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  1. The Oscars is around the corner, precisely one week away, and I am sure most of you will be thinking about this question right now. Who will be this year's Leonardo DiCaprio? Well, if you didn't think earlier, I am sure you will now. Yeah I know I am talking about something that happened 2 years ago. But, at least reminiscing that moment is better than reminding you guys about the epic goof-up that happened between 'Moonlight' and 'La La Land'. To refresh your memories, 'La La Land' was announced the Best Picture instead of 'Moonlight', giving the world another Steve Harvey moment. © twitter Anyway, the point is, this time our expectations from the nominations are quite high and given the killer line-up of nominees, we are confirmed that this year's Oscars is going to be one eventful night. While, people are discussing categories like Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress, there is one certain category that has been grabbing eyeballs like no one else. We are talking about the Best Animated Feature films. © DreamWorks Honestly, you are never too old to watch an animated movie, and when those movies are as exceptional as the ones mentioned here; you shouldn't bother thinking twice. So, before the world knows who will take the award home, let's check these nominations out and see if they truly deserve to be in the list or not. The Boss Baby Babies are cute! But this little fella here means only business…strict business. Honestly, a business suit with a briefcase is not an image you associate with a toddler, but he isn't any ordinary kid. This baby is a secret agent. Director Tom McGrath's hard work and efforts reflect in each frame of the movie. Alec Baldwin, Miles Bakshi, Lisa Kudrow, and Jimmy Kimmel among others, have done the voiceover for this movie. The Breadwinner Based on the best-selling novel by Deborah Ellis, 'The Breadwinner' touches base with the struggles of a young girl whose father gets unjustly arrested. The girl then decides to dress as a boy, so she can help support her mother, sister and younger brother. Angelina Jolie is the executive producer of this brilliant film. In the past couple of days, 'The Breadwinner' has earned many awards and we aren't surprised because the movie is damn good. It is directed by Nora Twomey. Coco I don't know if it's just me or you guys feel the same way too, but there is something about the Pixar movies that just weave magic with literally anything. Based on the original idea by director Lee Unkrich, 'Coco' narrates the story of a 12-year-old boy Miguel Rivera. Miguel gets accidentally transported to the land of the dead and then begins his journey to not only return among the living, but also to unearth certain secrets and find out where his true passion lies. Ferdinand Directed by Carlos Saldanha, 'Ferdinand' was based on Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson's children's book. The movie talks about a gentle bull who refuses to participate in bullfighting, but eventually is forced back into the fighting arena. However, Ferdinand decides to take matters in his own hands and not only escape himself but also help everyone else run away from the place, where they were kept. John Cena has lent his voice to the character of Ferdinand. Loving Vincent This is the most unusual and the most special film from the lot. Why? Because 'Loving Vincent' is the world's first fully oil painted feature film. Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, this movie is said to be an animated biographical drama that talks about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh. Interestingly, there are 65,000 frames in the movie and all of them are oil painting on canvas. Using the same technique as Van Gogh, this has been created by a team of over 100 painters. So folks! Do let us know which movie is your favourite.
  2. Horror as a genre has always intrigued us enough to give us some great cinematic experience. Horror movies are bringing about some great show and tell of different experimental ideas, better visual and sound effects and characters you cannot forget easily, unfortunately. It's quickly becoming the highest grossing story-telling genre and we're loving the enthusiasm with which Hollywood is releasing more and more horror every year. Just last year, 29 horror movies were released, some of them being aptly successful, while some couldn't make their way to India. This year too, the list of horror movies Hollywood is releasing is quite fascinating and we can't wait to watch them all, as and when they release. For now, we've picked 10 of our favourite horror movies coming out this year, which should definitely be caught at cinema halls or through the interweb. The Nun © Warner Bros. Pictures Remember 2016's 'Conjuring 2'? Well, we're sure you remember the demonic nun that haunted the Hodgson family in London? Well, she's back in her own horror movie to scare the bejesus out of you. The movie is a take on the origin of the evil nun and we guarantee you'll be sitting at the edge of your seat. Release date: July 13, 2018 Watch the trailer here. Hereditary © A24 The film was very well received at the Sundance Film festival a few months ago and was termed as 'one of the scariest movies to be screened ever'. The movie revolves around the passing away of the matriarch of the Graham family, after which the daughter of the family begins to unravel cryptic and terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the chaotic it gets. Definitely catch this one. Release Date: June 08, 2018 Watch the trailer here. Mama 2 © Universal Pictures 'Mama 2' is a sequel to the 2013 Spanish horror release 'Mama', which was about two young girls who were abandoned in the forest cabin and fostered by an unknown entity they fondly call Mama. The plot for the second part is still unknown but it's clearly the most awaited movie of the year. The release date is not out yet. You can watch the trailer for the first part here. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Am7i7uM9r0) Annihilation © YouTube The story revolves around a group of troops who enter a disaster zone and only one survives out of the lot. When Natalie Portman's husband doesn't come back alive she enters the zone to figure out what happened to him. It's an all in all action packed science fiction horror with a super cast to watch out for. Release Date: 22 February, 2018. (Only in U.S. and Brazil) Watch the trailer here. The Predator © 20th Century Fox Remember Arnold's 'Predator' from back in 1987? Well, it's being remade and it's here to give us more creeps than the one before. Obviously nothing beats watching Arnold in action. The plot is similar to the first release where a group of soldiers find themselves stranded in a jungle with the 'Predator' hunting them one by one. Watch out for this one because it's going to be a real treat. Release Date:14 September, 2018 Trailer unavailable. A Quiet Place © Paramount Pictures Interestingly enough the film has a twisted plot. Mysterious supernatural forces, attracted to sound have surfaced all over the world and a family tries its best to live in a quiet secluded farm away from any noise whatsoever. Dare they make a sound! Release Date: 9 March, 2018 Watch the trailer here. Slender Man © Screen Gems 'Slender Man' is believed to be a popular and an old legend and the movie revolves around four teenagers who try to break the myth by bringing him to life. Of course, they summon evil instead and that's where it gets nerve wrecking. Release Date: 24 August, 2018 (U.S.) Watch the trailer here. Halloween © Universal Pictures Remember the creepy Micheal Myers? Well he's back! One of the few slasher films coming out this year, 'Halloween' is the eleventh instalment in the Halloween franchise, picking up 40 years after the events of the previous film. This will be one gut-wrenching watch for sure. Release Date: 19 October Watch the trailer here. Nightmare Return To Elm Street © YouTube Freddy Krueger is back and not with a sequel this time but a remake of the classic horror movie which released back in 1984. The story revolves around Drew's daughter who is suffering from nightmares with Freddy in them. Drew has to go back in time to face his horrific memories with his fellow classmates of the Elm Street haunting in order to save his daughters life. Release Date: 27 November, 2018 Watch the trailer here. Truth Or Dare © Universal Pictures A group of students rent a house on Halloween which is supposedly haunted by a vengeful spirit who lost a deadly game of truth or dare several years prior. The group gets lured into performing acts of dare which are violent in nature and if they fail to do so, they're eventually haunted and killed by the evil spirit. The trailer surely sent chills down our spines. Release Date: 8 October, 2017 Watch the trailer here. So, find your perfect horror movie buddy and shortlist the ones you want to watch because we can assure you, you're gonna be in for one hell of a ride this year.
  3. LEFT: Robert Pattinson reacts during a news conference at 70th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 25, 2017; RIGHT: Australian actress Mia Wasikowska arrives at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California, US, February 26, 2011. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau and Danny Moloshok/Files BERLIN: Hollywood stars Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska said the current reckoning with power abuses in the entertainment industry has opened a door to new movies that subvert traditional gender roles, as they presented the feminist Western Damsel Friday at the Berlin film festival. Pattinson ? the Twilight heartthrob turned independent film actor ? said the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct felt like a watershed moment both on and off screen. "I think if you feel that you?ve been wronged and you feel like you?ve been bullied into silence, it?s one of the most awful feelings in the world," he told reporters after the screening of Damsel in competition at the 11-day event. "It?s kind of amazing when any kind of dam breaks and people feel like they?ve got the numbers to say ?you?ll be safe to say whatever?s happened to you?. "A lot of these kind of conversations kind of mirror what we?re trying to say on the screen." ?Not how love works? Pattinson plays Samuel, a dim-witted cowboy in the Old West who is searching for his old flame Penelope (Wasikowska), his purported fiancee who he says has been kidnapped by an old rival. Samuel hires a pastor he hopes will marry them and the pair set off on horseback to track down his heart?s desire. But as they come upon the prairie homestead where she is supposedly being held captive, Samuel instead finds a scene of domestic bliss with Penelope, far from being a damsel in distress, happily married to the other man. Samuel, first seen as a hopeless romantic and dashing saviour, is exposed as something of a bumbling stalker, while a furious, rifle-toting Penelope accuses him of destroying "the first time I?ve ever been happy". "I guess with Samuel, he just has a kind of extremely skewed idea of consent. He?s just completely delusional about it ? obviously it?s pushed to a massive extreme," he said. "When someone has said no to you and because you think ?I?m in love with you, the only thing that matters is the fact that I love you so all of my behaviour has to be excused?. It?s like ?no, that?s not how love works, that?s not how reality works?." ?Projection of man?s desires? The Polish-Australian Wasikowska ? who also divides her time between big Hollywood productions such as Alice in Wonderland, television series like In Therapy, and smaller budget movies ? said her character represented a new take on the old-fashioned Western heroine. "I just really like that we were led to believe a certain thing of this character and then halfway through the film, it gets flipped on its head and all the expectations we have of this woman are very much a projection of the man?s desires," she said. "I think it?s part of a growing kind of consciousness of changing the way that women are seen. "The more you see empowered female characters that have a really strong voice or who know who they are or are challenging expectations that are deeply ingrained in culture, the better it is." Wasikowska said she thought her character meshed with the current zeitgeist, in which seismic shifts in *** and power dynamics are becoming palpable. "I think it?s amazing ? I?ve been in Australia for most of the last year and watching it from afar," she said. "The Respect Rally (for women?s rights) in Sundance (last month?s Utah-based film festival) was the first thing I?d been able to go to and been a part of and that was really amazing to feel the energy there and the connectedness of the people. "I think it?s great, and I think it?s going to be a really significant change." Damsel by US filmmaker brothers David and Nathan Zellner is one of 19 movies in competition for the festival?s Golden and Silver Bear top prizes, to be awarded on February 24.
  4. Movies are an impression of our lives. Things, at times, might seem extraordinary, but there is always something ordinary that makes us love that one particular film in an instant. They make us laugh, they make us cry. And especially when we see an underdog making it big, that just inspires us even more. Today's world is full of complexity that and we sometimes need a kick to uplift our spirits. So, here's the list of films that just don't just entertain but will inspire, motivate and will leave a strong imprint on you even after the credits roll. The Fundamentals of Caring This Netflix original buddy comedy is worth a watch. It's a beautiful story of a young shut-in and his caregiver taking a road trip in search of landmarks, but find hope and friendship in the process. This story will assure you that even in the darkest of times, you will have something to laugh about. But, you might not want to pull a Trevor on your folks. I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore This film might not be your first pick but it indeed should be on your watch list. The film is about a timid nursing assistant who finds a new lease on life when she and her neighbour work together and tack down the degenerates who broke into her house. This beautiful film simply makes you believe in humanity, despite all the bad in the world. Tangerine Sin Dee and Alexandra's story is nothing less than an inspiration. Fresh out of a stint in jail, transgender prostitute Sin-Dee and her friend Alexandra hit the streets of LA to find her giddy pimp and take revenge. But nothing is as simple as it seems, every day brings a new challenge but its all about how you perceive life. Take note from these two on how to live life, despite all the problems in the world. A Single Man This stream-of-consciousness drama centres on a day in the life of a gay college professor who's reeling from his longtime lover's recent death. Many LGBTQ films focus on convincing viewers of a love between two men, in 'A Single Man', it's understood as a given and that's the sublime beauty of the script. The Bucket List If you thought elderly gentlemen didn't match up with the millennial concept of YOLO, you might want to rethink that after watching this film. 'The Bucket List' is a story of two terminally ill men suffering from cancer who plan to live life to the fullest and experience the finer things in life before they hit the dirt road. Pursuit of Happyness Christopher Gardener's life is the best example of how to make the best of a bad situation. Chris starts up by taking an unpaid internship in a brokerage when he loses all his earnings. His wife leaves him and he is just left with a song. The simple moral of the film is if you want to make it big, you stick by it and work hard to achieve it. Lion Lion is a movie that hits your soul and moves you. From the acting to the script, there is nothing in the film that disappoints you. The story revolves around an Indian man who gets separated from his mother at age 5 and later gets adopted by an Australian couple. But despite everything, the boy is still determined to find his birth family. When Google Earth becomes available, he commits himself to finding his lost family, even though he remembers so little of them. This is a film that you just can't miss! Beginners Rather than sticking with one side of the conversation, 'Beginners' shows you Hal's delight at being free and exploring life as a gay man. And, there is Oliver, Hal's son, who through his father's experience learns the most important lesson – enjoy life, one day at a time.
  5. Oscar nominee Guillermo del Toro needs no introduction. He is undoubtedly one of the finest directors, a glimpse of which we saw in his latest movie, 'The Shape of Water' that acts as a window to del Toro's incredible world of fantasies and fairy tales for adults. While del Toro is basking in the success of 'The Shape of Water', it is only a fraction of the incredible movies he has given us. After toying with our imagination with his intriguing aquatic monster, del Toro is now low-key gearing up for another kickass sci-fi monster movie, 'Pacific Rim: Uprising', a sequel to his 2013 movie 'Pacific Rim'. © Universal Pictures The first installment enjoyed a good amount of success in the sci-fi genre back then, and by the looks of the recently released trailer, the sequel too is going to be great as it promises to be bigger and better than the first one. In the first movie, Raleigh's commanding officer, Stacker Pentecost gave his life to secure humanity's victory against the monstrous 'Kaiju', a bunch of huge alien sea monsters who invaded the planet from an interdimensional portal called the Breach located at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. © Universal Pictures Fast forward ten years and 'Kaiju' aliens have been summoned to earth by someone (with an unknown agenda) and it is now in the hands of Stacker's son Jake Pentecost, an ex-Jaeger pilot to save the world. 'Star Wars' actor John Boyega has been roped in to play Jake, who will take down the Kaiju in a deadly conflict between these sea monsters and the human-piloted super machines. How Jake steps out of the shadow of his father's legacy and expectations and writes his own victory story weaves the rest of the plot. The trailer completely lives up to the hype that people were expecting from the 'Pacific Rim' sequel and Boyega truly stands out as the baddest action hero of this year. Trailer highlight: Jake Pentecost's inspiring speech, which manages to strike the right chords with us; although it doesn't inch any close to Idris Elba's iconic 'Cancelling the apocalypse' speech in the first one. The movie is directed by Steven S. DeKnight and also features actors Charlie day, Burn Gorman, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Cailee Spaeny and Jing Tian. 'Pacific Rim Uprising' is expected to release on March 23, 2018.
  6. And so begins another hopeful year at the movies, brimming with infinite possibility, potential and promise. As we try and shake off the ghost of 2017 past, we look ahead to all the upcoming titles that look to entice and enthrall us with offbeat stories, unlikely casting and memorable characters. This is in many ways the most exciting time of year for cinephiles, as we haven't yet been jaded by jarring commercial vehicles, disillusioned by duds or bombarded with unnecessary hash tags and marketing blitzkriegs. All we really have to go on at this point is just the very idea of films on lists like this one, and the hope and excitement of what they could be and there's a distinct joy in that. Looking at the more pressing concerns and key questions for 2018, chief among them being: will Bollywood bounce back? Will the mainstream deliver and redeem itself from the lousy year that was? Will the notion of content being king be something we see on screen rather than just the oft-repeated buzzword and popular talking point that it's become? Will we see yet another regional gem dominate the national consciousness and emerge victorious as the definitive pan India hit? Will Priyanka Chopra finally make her long-awaited Bollywood comeback film? Will what looks to be a Khan-studded year get audiences back to cinemas in large numbers? Only time will tell. Till then, in no specific order, here's our list of the Bollywood films from 2018 that we're looking forward to the most: 1. 'Kaalakaandi' Like many, I for one to this day suffer from severe 'Delhi Belly' withdrawal symptoms. The path-breaking comedy was in every way a landmark within the mainstream with its distinct balls to the wall, no holds barred brand of hilarity. 'Delhi Belly' came out of nowhere, blew minds, and then disappeared without a trace with no film since coming even close to its legacy. It's a good thing then that the film's writer Akshat Verma is making his directorial debut with 'Kaalakaandi', a Bombay-based black comedy. The trailer certainly doesn't disappoint promising the same flavour of colourful crazy with an exciting cast including Saif Ali Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Akshay Oberoi and the man himself - Vijay Raaz. Suffice to say, high hopes from this one! 2. 'Padmaavat' So much has been said, alleged and insinuated about this one that there's little I can add. Despite so much controversy, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus is finally seeing the light of a release day and at last we'll get to see what all the fuss is about. All I can say is beneath all the death threats, shameful politics, media circuses and straight up bullying – there is a film which clearly has had many a heart and soul poured into it. What can be said with confidence is regardless of its outcome 'Padmaavat' is a film born out of pure, unwavering passion, the kind that's rare to see in our industry and you know you're in for something truly special. At a time when creative freedom is being so devastatingly trampled on, it almost feels like something of a responsibility to prove to the powers that despite all they've done to subjugate it, the film could still prove to be a success and is simply a must see. 3. 'Sanju' © twitter One of the most talked about releases headed our way this year which boasts of a wonderfully fascinating mix of elements. Not only is it the next from the heart-stealing mainstream maestro himself Rajkumar Hirani, it's also one of the few Bollywood biopics based on the life of a star who's still very much alive and kicking. With leading man Ranbir Kapoor essaying the title role of Sanjay Dutt, to see what the two talent powerhouses of Kapoor and Hirani pull off together is the stuff of movie dreams. Add to that the fact that it's the first time Hirani will be seen helming a biopic, a stark departure from his usual brand of social message-infused heart warmers. Above all, the ultimate test of Sanju will undoubtedly be whether it chooses to portray an honest picture of the controversial life of Sanjay Dutt or instead fall into the typical trap of needing to glorify and pander. Either way, the fact is it's simply one of the most anticipated films of the year. 4. 'Veere Di Wedding' © twitter Touted as one of Bollywood's first bonafide female buddy film and led by a power-packed all-female cast of Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan and the infinitely talented Swara Bhaskar, this movie is about a group of friends who attend a wedding. While Sonam Kapoor hasn't traditionally been associated with quality cinema or strong performances, 'Neerja' was in every way her breakout performance and a potential turning point for the young star. We haven't seen her onscreen since so it'll be interesting to see what post-'Neerja' Sonam brings to the table. In an industry which typically churns out the same male-centered stories over and over again, everything about 'Veere Di Wedding' screams fun, new, refreshing, and long overdue. 5. 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi' © instagram The idea of Kangana Ranaut playing a sword-wielding firebrand warrior feels so damn right that it's a wonder no one's done it before. Ranaut is already a one-woman army just waiting for the right role to match and the hope is 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi' will be just that. From Telugu director Krish, who's known for helming epic period war drama 'Gautamiputra Satakarni', making him well-placed to lead a project of this scope. The film is based on the life of Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi and the war she led against the British during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Let's hope 'Manikarnika' proves to be the definitive fiery feminist battle cry of 2018, the kind we sorely need more of. 6. 'Zero' 'Zero' is one of the most intriguing experiments of 2018 which sees SRK essaying the role of a vertically challenged man, teaming up with Aanand L Rai, a man who's become an industry unto himself. You have to applaud Aanand's ambition and SRK's courage. Unlike most superstars, you certainly can't accuse him of playing it safe. He is simply one of the most exciting actors today in that you just don't know what he's going to do next. 'Zero' is slated for a December release and also sees Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in key roles. 7. 'Pari' © twitter Speaking of a talented one, Anushka Sharma will open 2018 with her 'Pari'. Barring that first striking visual, very little is known about the film which makes it all the more exciting. But given it stars Anushka Sharma and marks her third outing as producer, consider us on board, signed up and waiting. The film is due for a release in March. 8. 'Gold' © bollywood life While on face value, Akshay Kumar leading a film based on true events about a historic Indian sporting victory doesn't seem that surprising or different from the kinds of films he's currently taking on. But what really makes 'Gold' particularly interesting is that it's helmed by director Reema Kagti. The director, known for 'Talaash' and 'Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd' and co-writer of all things Zoya Akhtar, makes her much-awaited directorial comeback with this true story of how India won its first hockey gold medal as a free nation at the 1948 London Olympics. Keeping in line with its subject matter, 'Gold' will hit screens on 15th August. 9. 'October' © ht The dynamic duo and filmmaking force of nature that is director Shoojit Sircar, and writer Juhi Chaturvedi ('Vicky Donor', 'Madras Café') team up once again for the Varun Dhawan-starrer 'October'. While it's rumored to be a love story of sorts, very little is known about the film at present. The fact is Sircar is one of the best filmmakers in the country with a track record which is above reproach, so his name alone is enough to have us eager with anticipation. What's more, to see Varun Dhawan team up with him is certainly a welcome sight. Lord knows it's high time we see the young star in something less flashy and more substantial so he can once again blow us away a la 'Badlapur'. Shrouded in mystery, October is one of the most interesting releases of the year. 10. 'Raazi' © IE After making one of the best films of the last decade in 'Talvar', Meghna Gulzar is finally back with a much-awaited return to the director's chair with period spy drama 'Raazi' starring Alia Bhatt, and 'Masaan's Vicky Kaushal. The Bhatt-Gulzar colab is easily among the year's most exciting and we can't wait to see what it holds. 'Raazi' tells the story of a Kashmiri spy married to a Pakistani Army officer played by Kaushal, during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The movie is expected to release in May. 11. 'Love Per Square Foot' © cinestaan This is perhaps the most curious little addition on this list as it is Bollywood's first straight to Netflix release. In a recent interview, the inimitable and outspoken Ratna Pathak Shah said this is one of her most eagerly awaited films. From talented actor and web series helmer Anand Tiwari, here making his directorial debut, 'Love Per Square Foot' is a quirky romantic comedy that chronicles a guy and girl who enter a marriage of convenience to buy a flat in Mumbai. The film stars Vicky Kaushal and 'Bang Baja Baarat's Angira Dhar making her big screen debut with supporting turns from the likes of Ratna Pathak Shah, Supriya Pathak and Raghubir Yadav. If that doesn't get the cinephile in you going I don't know what will. Above all, 'Love Per Square Foot' is an interesting experiment to see how a mainstream Bollywood release fairs on the global platform and could quite well prove to be something of a game-changer 12. 'Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar' © IE What do you do when one of the country's best filmmakers teams up with two of its least interesting and arguably most forgettable actors? Be curious as hell for one. To see what someone, as accomplished as Dibakar Bannerjee, saw in the casting choice of Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra is worth the ticket price alone. And Lord knows both Kapoor and Chopra need something worthwhile going for them with nothing but hollow commercial outings to their name of late. Touted to be a romantic thriller, the YRF film is scheduled for release in August. 13. 'Karwan' © koimi Malayalam superstar Dulquer Salmaan finally making his Bollywood debut in a road movie across Irrfan Khan and web series sensation Mithila Palkar?! Take. My. Money. Is there such a thing as too much talent in one film? Let's wait and watch because man I just can't wait. 14. 'Shoot The Piano Player' © twimg Not only is it thriller god Sriram Raghavan's next, but it also sees Ayushmann Khuranna taking a far darker tune in a much-needed exploration of his range outside of his quintessential boy-next-door-redefining-masculinity avatar. 'Shoot The Piano Player' is also rumored to star the unendingly talented Tabu and Radhika Apte in key roles. 15. 'Thugs Of Hindostan' © mtwiki Aamir Khan's next. Sold yet? No? Aamir Khan starring alongside Amitabh Bachchan. How about now? The upcoming epic period action film from Vijay Krishna Acharya ('Dhoom3') also features 'Dangal's Fatima Sana Shaikh and centers on a gang of thugs who posed a serious challenge to the British Empire in India in the early 19th century. 'Thugs Of Hindostan' is rumoured to be YRF's most expensive film to date. Suffice to say, expect scale and spectacle. The film is due for a November release, and damn can it not get here fast enough. Special Mentions: Sharat Katriya's 'Sui Dhaaga', R Balki's 'Pad Man', Anurag Kashyap's 'Mukkabaaz', Abhishek Sharma's 'Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran', Siddharth Malhotra's 'Hichki' ,Neeraj Pandey's 'Aiyaary', Shankar's '2.0', Rohit Shetty's 'Simmba', 'Bombay Talkies 2', Vikramaditya Motwane's 'Bhavesh Joshi', Abhinay Deo's 'Raita' and whatever the hell even thinks about doing S S Rajamouli does next.
  7. Movies have been an integral part of most of our lives. If you've spent your lifetime cribbing about never getting to watch good movies, it is the right time to visit the nearest DVD store because you won't be around for too long. 2012 is close on your heels which is why you should grab the below listed moves and be a part of the history of international cinema. Here are 10 Hollywood movies you must watch before you die. The Godfather Trilogy 'The Godfather' trilogy takes you into the world of gangsters through the combined brilliance of Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino and Mario Puzo. Star Quote: "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." The Shawshank Redemption The highlight of this movie is the simplistic yet endearing take on human relationships. It might not entirely influence you to alter the way you live your life but will definitely help you realize the importance of building healthy relationships. Star Quote: "I guess it comes down to a simple choice. Get busy living or get busy dying." Fight Club This is the ultimate guy movie which shows how two men build an almost global 'organisation' of sorts for people to vent out their anger and frustration. The pulsating movement of the plot will keep you glued till the 'end of time'. Star Quote: "This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time" Raging Bull Another story of an angry young man played by the insanely talented Robert De Niro. It deals with the rise and fall of a temperamental boxer whose personal life becomes a wreck because of the same temper. Star Quote: "If you win, you win. If you lose, you still win" Pulp Fiction Believe us when we say this movie will take you on a roller-coaster ride. It revels in violence, profanity and generous use of drugs, while the speed, that is crucial to the movie, will definitely make your head spin. Watch Quentin Tarantino prove why he is the boss in making movies that almost always have a cult following. Star Quote: "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children.." Saving Private Ryan Watching this movie is bound to be a heart-breaking experience as it explores the uncharted perils of war. Also, you don't actually need a reason to watch a Steven Speilberg film starring Tom Hanks, do you? Star Quote: "I'll need a wheelchair before this war is over." Apocalypse Now Yet another movie by Francis Ford Coppola, 'Apocalypse Now' is considered by many to be the best war movie ever made. An adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel, this movie is truly 'a vision of hell' owing to the darkness of theme and action. It is also counted amongst the best movies ever made. Star Quote: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for twelve hours. When it was all over I walked up. We didn’t find one of ‘em, not one stinkin’ dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like… victory. Someday this war’s gonna end…" One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest We're really hoping you've read the book. If you haven't, you probably don't know the significance of this in the list. Just like the book, the movie leaves quite an impact on the viewer. Be a art of the experience that so many people treasure, before you die. Star Quote: "Why don't ya shut your goddamn mouth and play some music?" GoodFellas Another Martin Scorsese film makes the cut. Dealing with the life of a gangster, this movie was a classic in this genre. In fact, it was considered a benchmark in the '90s and was hugely lauded in various award ceremonies. Star Quote: "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster" The Gold Rush You cannot possibly go to your grave without watching a Charlie Chaplin movie, can you? 'The Gold Rush' is a quintessential Charlie Chaplin film, complete with some great comic and emotional moments. An added advantage of watching this movie would be that you could surely have something to discuss about in case you meet him in heaven. Star Quote: You do know Charlie Chaplin's movies were made in the silent era, right? P.S. The author has deliberately avoided the inclusion of movies like 'Star Wars', 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, The 'Rocky' series, etc because she assumes that you've already seen this movies. (Special Features, MensXP.com) Also read: World will end in 2012 - Confirmed Bollywood movies to watch before you Die.
  8. She is now the highest paid actress in Bollywood according to the latest list released by Forbes. Yes, that's Deepika Padukone for you! This is perhaps thanks to her Hollywood debut opposite Vin Diesel (who is now the top-grossing star in Hollywood). Her lead roles in 'Bajirao Mastani' and 'Padmavati' and brand endorsements are an add-on to her big bank balance. At the peak of her career, Deepika is known for making some smart choices and even rejecting films which she regretted later. Here is a list of films rejected by Deepika Padukone, right from the very beginning. Jab Tak Hai Jaan © YRF Ace filmmaker Yash Chopra's last film 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' could have been that one chance for Deepika to work with him. However, when Deepika was approached to work in the film, she rejected and the golden opportunity was given to Katrina Kaif. She must have surely regretted later for not being able to be a part of the film that grossed Rs 2.11 billion all over the world. Furious 7 (Fast and Furious 7) © universal pictures We know that Deepika made her Hollywood debut opposite Vin Diesel in 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage'. Though the film couldn't do that well in India, it made a huge sum of money in other countries. However, not many people know that Deepika was offered a role in 'Furious 7' (the seventh installment in the Fast and Furious franchise), but she declined the role for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela'. That was one smart choice Deepika made. Do you think the same? Sultan © YRF Almost every actress dreams of starring again the three Khans of Bollywood. The role of Anushka Sharma in 'Sultan' was offered to Deepika first. But, at that time Deepika must be thinking something else and she turned down the offer which means pissing off Salman Khan. Not only once, she also rejected another film starring Salman, which was offered by Rajshri Films. Till date, Deepika has not signed any film with Salman. Quite a daring choice! Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo © Rajshri Productions That's the Rajshri Films movie we are talking about, which was first offered to Deepika instead of Sonam Kapoor. However, it is believed that due to her busy schedule and unavailable dates for the shooting of the film, Deepika said a complete no to 'Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo'. Dhoom 3 © YRF This film was a good blockbuster and the one big reason to watch the movie was Aamir Khan. It would not be wrong to say that Aamir is one perfectionist with whom most of the actors love to work. However, it was Deepika's well-calculated decision to not go for the movie, may be due to the loose storyline of the film. Her role was later given to Katrina Kaif. Roy © T-Series A super flop film which almost left Ranbir Kapoor shattered. The movie might have been somewhat better if Deepika would have portrayed the role of Jacqueline Fernandez. After her terrific performance in 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani', Deepika embarked on a journey to stardom and her decision to not go for 'Roy' proved to be fruitful. Kick © Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment This was another Salman Khan film which the glamorous diva of the tinsel town refused to sign. The filmmakers offered Deepika to do an item song. However, knowing the fact that her song Lovely was about to release then, she refused to do another item number.
  9. You might be going on a date tomorrow, a Christmas brunch, sipping mulled wine with family or simply calling in sick for all celebrations and snuggling in with a tub of popcorn, pizza and your blanket. Whatever you do, watching a holiday 'Christmasy' movie for that Yuletide spirit is essential. We list out 7 such movies that you can binge watch , that are basically not 'Home Alone'( because we will watch it anyway, duh!) : 1. Bad Santa- What happens when a conman and his partner in crime decide to be Santa? He makes for a bad Santa obviously! 2. Love Actually- It's the season of joy and if you are watching a holiday movie with your family, then this could be a nice pick. So many love stories embedded in one beautiful screen play. 3. Elf – Will Ferrel raised as an elf is a good kick start to get you in the festive mood I'd say. 4. Polar Express- We all have wanted to catch this train every time we watched it. Why should this Christmas be any different? 5. How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Jim Carrey and hot chocolate in front of the screen? Yes please. 6. Frozen- This HAS to be on the list! If you couldn't find anything else, trust Olaf to make you smile. 7.Jingle All The Way- Arnold sets some pretty good #dadgoals in the world of parent gifting standards with this one. Nag you dad to get you something right after this. If nothing else works, bring on that 'Home Alone' DVD you have kept aside. Happy Christmas Folks!
  10. You never know where life will take you. But you definitely know it is one hell of an inspirational ride. Look around, scan through the crowd and you will find a ton of inspiring stories. Be it a story about a college dropout who becomes one of the richest men in the world, a Hooters waitress becoming a CEO of a company or a simple television actor becoming a top gun in the world of movies. Did you know that before Salma Hayek became the famous beautiful and sexy leading Latina of Hollywood, she was in a Mexican telenova called 'Teresa' in 1989? Did you know your favourite Leonardo Di Caprio has television roots as well? Here is a list of 7 actors you may not know started their career as television stars and then rocked the movie industry with their sheer persona and talent. Brad Pitt (c) Youtube/ Screengrab Way before Brad Pitt became known for his impeccable acting and his good looks in Hollywood, he played Randy in a popular drama series called 'Dallas' (1987-1988), a show about a wealthy Texas family in the oil and cattle-ranching industry. Even back then, Brad Pitt showed us he had what is takes to be a star. Katie Holmes (c) Youtube/ Screengrab Katie Holmes is a well-known name but out of everything, she is probably best known for making Tom Cruise jump on Oprah's sofa. Before making it to the big screen, Katie Holmes made her acting debut in TV series called 'Dawson's Creek' in 1998 after which she was flooded with calls from producers asking her to come to Hollywood. Johnny Depp (c) Youtube/ Screengrab Perhaps one of the most versatile actors in the business, Johnny Depp actually shot to fame first as Tommy Hanson, an undercover cop in '21 Jump Street' in 1987. And, since then, people have just loved him! Check the video out and we bet you will love it too! Kylie Minogue (c) Youtube/ Screengrab The popstar and actress, Kylie Minogue started her career pretty young, appearing in soap operas at the age of 12. Her first major role though, was in a show called 'Henderson Kids'. Despite protests from her mother, Kylie took time off school to film 'Henderson Kids'. She felt that she needed the independence to make it in the entertainment industry. Diego Luna (c) Youtube/ Screengrab One day Diego Luna was a popular telenova star and the next day he was a part of the Star Wars universe. Talk about career goals. Diego Luna went from a television star, movie actor to even directing and producing movies. He has played distinct and memorable roles such as Cassion in 'Rogue One' to his role in 'The Night Buffalo'. If you want to know how well the transformation went then you totally have to watch his star making turn in Blood Father, Criminal and Rogue One. George Clooney (c) Youtube/ Screengrab The award-winning, charming and talented George Clooney, who recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award, started his career with a small role in a TV series called 'Riptide' (1984) as Lenny Colwell. His first major breakthrough role was on a sitcom ER as Dr. Doug Ross. With many hit movies to follow, 'Riptide' seems like a century ago. Leonardo DiCaprio (c) Youtube/ Screengrab In 1992, Leonardo DiCaprio made his television debut in a TV sitcom called 'Growing Pains'. The show was about the misadventures of a family with a father who runs a business from home and a journalist mother. Luke Brower (Leonardo DiCaprio), a homeless boy, is taken in by the family at the end of season 7. This super young and adorable version of Leonardo DiCaprio is definitely worth the watch.
  11. 2017 started on a high note with an action-packed performance by Vin Diesel in 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage'. Though the action thriller did well in the international market, we saw the genre slipping at the box office. What we witnessed in the next few months was exciting and record-breaking at the same time. Movies after movies broke records in earnings and popularity. Where on one hand the horror genre ruled the box office, many crime thrillers did well in the overseas market. It was the zest of the talented filmmakers who took a brave attempt in bringing out crime stories when the market for horror flicks was soaring. Here we have compiled the list of the most amazing crime-thriller movies you must watch before the year ends. 1. Wind River © thunder road pictures This murder mystery, starring Jeremy Renner, Graham Greene, and Elizabeth Olsen, has won accolades at many film festivals and award shows in different categories, including the Best Director award at Cannes Film Festival and Best Actor (Graham Greene) and Best Film at American Indian Film Festival. Directed by Taylor Sheridan, this movie is about two officers – a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officer and an FBI agent – solving a murder that takes place on the Wind River Indian reservation in mysterious circumstances. Director Sheridan said that he was motivated to make this movie after finding out about the numerous true stories of assault and murder of women in reservations. 2. Baby Driver © big talk productions With a 7.8 rating on IMDb, 'Baby Driver', starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily Kames and Jamie Foxx, is a must watch for those who fancy action-thriller movies. More than 15 nominations in various award categories, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Ansel Elgort), this movie has been able to appeal to the audiences and critics alike. Writer and director Edgar Wright says that he found inspiration to develop a story around a post-heist car chase from the 1994 song 'Bellbottoms'. Eventually, this song was used in the opening credits of this movie. 3. American Made © universal pictures This Tom Cruise starrer biographical crime movie is a gripping tale of a former pilot becoming a deadly drug dealer. With an 88 percent approval aggregate on Rotten Tomatoes, the critical consensus for this movie here is this: "American Made's fast-and-loose attitude with its real-life story mirrors the cavalier – and delightfully watchable – energy Tom Cruise gives off in the leading role." Now, don't we love Tom Cruise donning aviators, crash landing planes and going badass? Of course, we do! A cherry on the cake is that he does most of it in a pilot's uniform. 4. The Snowman © perfect world pictures This English crime thriller is based on a novel of the same name, written by Jo Nesbo. The story keeps viewers glued to their seats as they discover the protagonist – Detective Harry Hole investigating the case of the disappearance of a woman. Intriguingly, her scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. Though there have been mixed responses to the film but it has gained popularity for its impactful storytelling. Michael Fassbender gives a striking performance and has tried to explore a different genre through this film. The film is directed by Tomas Alfredson and keeps you gripped till the end. Scenic backdrop and snow-laden mountains are an attraction and make you feel the thrill. 5. Shot Caller © bold films This crime thriller stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lake Bell, Omari Hardwick, Emory Cohen, Jon Bernthal, Evan Jones, Jeffrey Donovan, with Holt McCallany and Benjamin Bratt. Written and directed by Ric Roman Waugh, the movie entails the transformation of a charming family guy into a hardcore gangster. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's performance in the lead role received raving reviews. He has given a breathtaking performance and ensures that the movie never gets static at all. As per the New York Times, the film would be 'Breaking Bad' of the prison genre. 6. John Wick: Chapter 2 © lionsgate This film sets your heart racing. With a 7.5 IMDb rating, this Keanu Reeves thriller grossed a whopping 171 million dollars worldwide. Mike Rougeau of IGN stated that the movie "takes joy in expanding on the original's lore", giving it an 8.5 out of 10. He praised the movie as a big improvement with regard to action set pieces, cinematography, fight choreography and writing. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called this movie "pure cinema" and "the real deal". Now, who would want to miss a movie that made both the audience and the critics happy? 7. The Foreigner © wanda pictures Written by David Marconi and directed by Martin Campbell, this Anglo China action thriller is must watch for suspense lovers. Based on Stephen Leather's novel 'The Chinaman'; the movie stars Jackie Chan, Katie Leung, Pierce Brosnan, and Rufus Jones among others. Oscar winner Jackie Chan received good reviews for his dramatic performance as Ngoc Minh Quan – a former war Special Forces operator turned restaurateur in London. It is needless to say that those who have a thing for action definitely have a thing for Jackie Chan. It would not be wrong to say that the story is a fierce vendetta dipped in emotions. In addition, we get to see different shades of Chan – desperate, helpless, crying and angry. So, go, watch it and thank us later! 8. Brawl in Cell Block 99 © assemble media This is a story of a former boxer turned drug dealer who lands in prison after a drug deal goes wrong. With an IMDb rating of 7.2, this Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Carpenter criminal drama is a good watch. From nail-biting action scenes to a raunchy background score, this Craig Zahler directorial keeps you engaged and thrilled throughout. On Rotten Tomatoes, this movie has a brilliant aggregate of 93 percent and an approval of “certified fresh”. Need I say more? 9. Good Time © elara pictures 'Good Time' is undoubtedly Robert Pattinson's best performance so far. With a raw touch to his personality, Robert is almost unrecognizable in the trailers of this movie. He definitely walks out of his Cedric Diggory and Edward days in this one. Not just a pretty face anymore! With an IMDb rating of 7.4 and a whopping 91 percent approval on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie was appreciated by almost all critics alike. The consensus rating on Rotten Tomatoes reads – “A visual treat filled out by consistently stellar work from Robert Pattinson, Good Time is a singularly distinctive crime drama offering far more than the usual genre thrills." This crime drama was written by Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstien, and directed by Ben and Josh Safdie. Oneohtrix Point Never developed the film's background score, which won the Soundtrack Award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. 10. Detroit © annapurna pictures From Kathryn Ann Bigelow, an Academy Award-winning writer-director of blockbusters like Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, 'Detroit' is the story of one of the darkest times during the civil unrest in the summer of 1967 that rocked the city of Detroit. A 7.5 on IMDb, this gripping historical crime drama, is a must watch. The film stars Will Poulter, John Boyega, Jason Mitchell, Algee Smith, Anthony Mackie and John Krasinski. Will Leitch and Tim Grierson from The New Republic referred to the film as a potential Oscar candidate in the main category of Best Picture. They also mentioned John Boyega as a potentially deserving Oscar nominee for Best Actor.
  12. The year 2017 was one hell of a year for Bollywood and we mean literally. While there were a few films that left us impressed, most of the movies that were released left us utterly disappointed. Films like 'Jab Harry Met Sejal', 'Tubelight', 'Rangoon' and 'Half Girlfriend' were the biggest blunders that B-town created this year. In fact, it would be perfect to say that these films were designed with the whole and sole intention to torture us thoroughly! From pure evil to kill-me-now flicks, here's the list of films that tanked big time at the Box Office and left us numb forever! Ok Jaanu © Dharma Productions There was nothing ok with this Jaanu! This Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor starrer had given high hopes to the viewers, after all, they were coming back on screen after the commercial success of 'Aashiqui 2'. However, 'Ok Jaanu' was nothing but a cliché film that left everyone wondering why was it even made? In fact, this film was just the start of the more disappointing string of films to come. Raabta © Tseries This mediocre cliché love story starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon and Jim Sarbh literally made everyone cringe. 'Raabta', yet another reincarnation drama takes you to two different time zones, making the past and the present both very difficult to bear. And now we totally understand what made Rajkummar Rao get that unrecognisable look. Half Girlfriend © BalajiTelefilms This cheesy love story by Mohit Suri was anything but a love story. 'Half Girlfriend' was so bad that you would never like the concept of being half of anything ever again. This Chetan Bhagat's book adaptation was below anyone's IQ level. Jagga Jasoos © Disney It feels sad to feature a Ranbir Kapoor- Katrina Kaif film in the list. Despite being a refreshing film by Anurag Basu, the film fell flat on its face at the Box Office. Rangoon © Tseries Vishal Bharadwaj's 'Rangoon' was one of the most anticipated films with a stellar cast like Saif Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut and Shahid Kapoor. But the sloppy execution literally crushed the whole essence of this drama. Tubelight © SKF We don't need to tell you how excited everyone was when Kabir Khan and Salman Khan announced their third film together. This Eid, Salman disappointed millions of his fans with this emotionally annoying film. Set in the backdrop of the Indo-China war, this movie turned out to be more frustrating every second. The 1962 war was a lost cause for India and so is the film. And you don't have to be a 'Tubelight' to figure this one out. Jab Harry Met Sejal © Red Chillies Entertainment This Imtiaz Ali- Shah Rukh Khan flick got our hopes up for sure but our illusion was shattered once we witnessed it on the big screen. The star and the director failed to recreate the magic, making it the biggest bummer of the year. It would have been perfect if only Harry had never met Sejal! Baadshaho © Tseries Well, if you thought Milan Luthria's 'Baadshaho' starring Ileana D'Cruz, Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi has anything to do with the emergency, you are mistaken. This film is nothing more than a 90's revamped version of the 'chor-police' saga. Blame the mediocrity of making for the failure of the film. 'Baadshaho' could have been a great, entertaining flick but in the end what we actually got was a film that thought it was entertaining but falls way short of the mark! Haseena Parkar © Twitter What on earth could be funny than casting Shraddha Kapoor for the role of a don who ideally ran the city? Quite a misfit, isn't it? Apoorva Lakhi's film was nothing but a laughing stock of B-town. Shraddha tries something new and truly does try her best. But all we get is a tanned actress with terrible prosthetic work. In all, this film was a shabby, gutless, saga of Haseena, whose story just doesn't make a difference and shouldn't have been made. It's high time Bollywood stops glamorising the underworld. Simran © Tseries Hansal Mehta's 'Simran' starring National Award winning actress Kangana Ranaut was flawed. The aimless story lets down the sheer talented actress. Kangana is amazing sans this film. Even the controversy that began overt Kangana and Hrithik's alleged love affair was not enough to save 'Simran' from drowning.
  13. 2017 has been a great year for movies. Right from the horrors of 'It' and 'Annabelle: Creation' to subtle storylines of 'Lady Bird' and 'Song to Song', filmmakers explored a myriad of genres and themes. Where on one hand we saw the rise of female characters in superhero films, on the other hand, we witnessed the emergence of the horror category, setting benchmarks and breaking records. However, amidst the hush-hush to watch a number of hyped films this year, there were quite a few which slipped through the cracks. We have compiled a list of incredible movies which you may have skipped somehow, but are a necessary watch before the year ends, even if you are not a movie buff! 1. The Big Sick © amazon studios Directed by Michael Showalter, this American rom-com has received major nominations for the Golden Globes and SAG awards this year. Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar and Anupam Kher, the film revolves around a family and explores the complexities of love. Though the film is a bit long for the audience, it is actually too lovable to be ignored. 2. I Tonya © clubhouse pictures This film is being taken as Margot Robbie's career-defining performance. Directed by Craig Gillespie the movie is a raw portrayal of Tonya Harding's struggle as a skater. Robbie's world-class performance has received positive reviews and she is even being projected as a strong contender for Oscars this year. 3. The Shape Of Water © fox searchlight Directed by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, the film has received seven Golden Globe nominations this year. Described as a 'creature feature and a melodrama' by Business Insider, the film presents a compelling story of a mute woman serving as a cleaning lady at a top-secret United States government lab during the 1960s, when she develops a relationship with a creature in the lab. 4. American Made © universal pictures Tom Cruise makes a diligent effort to take us on an adventure-filled journey, as he nearly perfects the biggest CIA operation in the history of United States. The film is perpetually entertaining; one needs to wait until the end to see the magic happen. 5. A Ghost Story © Zero Trans Fat Productions The storyline of 'A Ghost Story' is almost effortless. A musician, who dies in a car accident, simply returns as a ghost to the same house where he lived with his wife. As you watch the characters navigating though love and pain, 'A Ghost Story' lures you in with engaging performances and leaves your soul shattered. 6. Lady Bird © focus features After giving an Oscar-worthy performance in 'Brooklyn', Saoirse Ronan is believed to be a strong contender this year too. Directed by Greta Gerwig, the film explores the bay between childhood and adulthood. Currently, have an 8.4 rating on IMDb, the film also became the best-reviewed movies of all time on Rotten Tomatoes till as a few days back, when just one reviewer wrote a negative review about the film. 7. Logan Lucky © bleeker street It's a real tragedy that this movie has not gotten half the attention it deserves. The Steven Soderberg heist movie is one of the most entertaining movies of the year and that's saying something considering the blockbuster year we've had. From action packed scenes to a heartfelt rendition of “take me home, country roads” this movie is one redefines a long lost genre with incredible panache. 8. Get Out © blumhouse productions Daniel Kaluyya created a mark through his noteworthy performance resulting in his first Golden Globe nomination. The film is a well-scripted version of everyday experiences. The acting by the stellar cast will hit you like a truck and while it comes under the genre of horror, there are lots of other elements which will blow you away. At various junctures, one starts observing the lead character in a belief that he is the culprit. 'Get Out' is nominated in the Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, and star Daniel Kaluuya scored a Best Actor nom in the category for Golden Globes. 9. Split © universal studios Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the film is based on the existence of 23 different personalities inside an individual. James McAvoy effortlessly pulls off the complex role and scares the lights out of us by changing personalities in the blink of an eye. This is a performance of a lifetime and is worthy of many awards this season. McAvoy solely carries the film on his shoulders; this tense horror thriller is a well-calculated risk. 10. The Post © dreamworks pictures Who can skip the historic collaboration of Hollywood's best actors – Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, especially when it is a Steven Spielberg film? The investigative journalism saga and Streep's portrayal of Katharine Graham are iconic. The film has already received nominations for Golden Globes and SAG awards and it going to be released on December 22 this year.
  14. The New Year is almost here and for some or the other reason, people across the globe are more than happy to bid goodbye to 2017. The year hasn't exactly proved to be the best one for a variety of reasons and of course, hopes for 2018 are high. And in case you are a superhero movie fan, we can assure you that 2018 might as well be your favorite year. Recently, the number of superhero movies hitting the theatres has increased manifold and 2018 would not be an exception. In fact, the year is going to be all about capes and some stunning action sequences. via GIPHY Since keeping up with the endless number of films can be hard, we suggest you keep your calendars open to mark the dates. Here's a handy guide to all of the superhero films releasing next year: 1. Black Panther- February 16, 2018 © Marvel Black Panther had already made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in 'Captain America: Civil War', where T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) was coming to terms with the decision of becoming king after the death of his father. And now, in the upcoming movie we'd get to see the challenges and threats that T'Challa faces as the new leader, specifically from Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) — a Wakandan outcast who wants to overthrow T'Challa. 2. New Mutants- April 13, 2018 © 20th Century Fox It isn't exactly as vivid and flashy like a superhero movie. In fact, it's more horror than superhero. The movie is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name and is intended to be the eleventh installment in the X-Men film series. The Marvel's comics were about a younger generation of 'gifted' students coming together at a school for the first time while the film is set largely in an eerie asylum where young mutants are kept in cells and observed for study. 3. Avengers: Infinity War- May 4, 2018 © Marvel Easily the biggest of all superhero movies of 2018, Infinity War will continue after the events of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', and 'Captain America: Civil War'. The Avengers are still torn apart from the events of Civil War, but they must join their forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to defeat the powerful Thanos before he brings the universe to an end. 4. Deadpool 2- June 1, 2018 The untitled sequel movie has been given a release date but weirdly no other information has come to light yet. And the absolutely absurd teaser and video description did not help us either. Here's what 20th Century Fox gave us in the name of the plot of the film: “After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry's hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover.” 5. The Incredibles 2- June 1, 2018 © Pixar If you say that the kid inside you didn't squeal on seeing the teaser of 'The Incredibles 2', you are lying. Although by next year, it'd be 14 years since the first part was released, what's important is that we finally have a second installment. In an interview, John Lasseter, Pixar's chief creative officer said that the film will begin “a minute” after the events of the first film that is when The Incredibles encountered a villain called The Underminer. “It starts with the Underminer and a big old set piece,” he said. “You know that at the end of the first movie when he comes up and you see the family dressed as superheroes? Well that's where start this movie.” 6. Ant-Man and The Wasp- July 6, 2018 © Marvel Set after the events of 'Captain America: Civil War', the movie would revolve around Scott Lang trying to balance his life as a father and being Ant-Man. He is soon presented with a new mission requiring him to team up with Hope Van Dyne as the Wasp. A small video showing the movie in production was released by Marvel: 7. Venom- October 5, 2018 With no poster or teasers, Venom is still a mystery for us. But we do know it is coming out in October next year. The movie will have Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a photographer who becomes infected by an alien lifeform and turns into a half-human, half-alien Villain-Venom who he sees Spider-Man as his enemy. 8. X Men: Dark Phoenix- November 2, 2018 © 20th Century Fox Jean Grey was seen struggling with some dark powers at the end of Apocalypse, and now those will arrive full throttle and transform her into the Dark Phoenix, while the X-men would go to any lengths to save her, even if it breaks them apart. 9. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse- December 21, 2018 For all the animation fans out there, you are in for a treat as Sony Pictures has got your back with an animated film featuring your favorite Spidey. But the film would feature Miles Morales, rather than Peter Parker. Miles Morales is another popular version of the character and just like Peter, he too was bitten by a radioactive spider and developed superpowers, and became Spiderman. 10. Aquaman- December 21, 2018 Last but definitely not the least. Jason Momoa playing Aquaman, the superhero with the ability to harness the power of the ocean is just what we need. © DC Comics Arthur Curry (Jason) learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis and must take steps in the direction of leading his people and to come out as a hero. As of now, these are the only superhero movies with confirmed release dates. But who'd say no to more? Definitely not us.
  15. This year was quite an eventful one for Hollywood and all the movie junkies out there. If you ever thought that 2017 went by in the blink of an eye or was a really bland year, we've got something in store for you. Since, New Year is right around the corner; let's take a look at these 10 reasons (read movies) that made 2017 one of the coolest years to live in. 1. Dunkirk © Warner Bros. Christopher Nolan needs no introduction. From a man who has earlier given us movies like 'Interstellar', 'The Dark Knight' and 'Inception'; one can expect nothing but the best and sometimes even beyond that. His 2017 release 'Dunkirk' was no different. Set in the backdrop of World War II, 'Dunkirk' revolves around the allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France, who found themselves surrounded by the German Army. How they get safely evacuated after a fierce battle, weaves the rest of the story. 2. Thor: Ragnarok © Marvel Entertainment If there was to be an epitome for 'The Midas Touch', we would most definitely vouch for Marvel. They can turn anything into gold and 'Thor: Ragnarok' is proof. Yes, it is best Thor movie you will ever see! Yes, it is the same movie which Mark Ruffalo aka Hulk accidently live streamed a portion from, prior to the release! Yes, it is same movie that we would love to watch again and again and again. So folks, don't wait for Christmas, go and watch it right now. 3. Coco © Pixar If there was anything that Disney and Pixar taught us this year, it was the fact that we can never grow old to watch an animated movie. And the immense popularity of 'Coco' is proof of the same. This movie has already grossed nearly $390 million worldwide and has also nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 75th Golden Globe Awards. The movie narrates the story of Miguel Rivera, a 12-year-old boy, who accidently gets transported to the land of the dead. There he meets his musician great-great-grandfather and seeks his help to reunite with his living family. Even if you are not someone who watches animated movies, give this at least one chance. The movie also has a hidden message, which you need you find out yourself. 4. Justice League © DC Comics *Drum Roll please*…Let's get on with the much-talked about movie of this year, a movie that we have waited 10 years for, 'Justice League'. We agree, the flick turned more heads for Superman's airbrushed moustache than the new characters and their superpowers. But let's not take away from the fact that this was one movie that compelled us to say, “We came! We saw! And we never got over it.” And for all the critics who feel that this movie was a disappointment, let's take revenge on them by making them watch Hindi superhero movies. 5. IT © New Line Cinema Until last year, whenever someone made plans to watch a horror movie, people could not think beyond 'The Exorcist', 'The Conjuring', 'Death Note' or 'The Ring'. But, after the release of 'It', things changed and how. Maybe, this is the charm or should we say fear of Stephen King's novels. Even today, people might not remember what they did two days back, but they surely remember Pennywise, the evil clown who loves to feast on innocent children. While Stephen King did a fantastic job with the novel, director Andrés Muschietti left no stone unturned in making the movie adaptation bigger and scarier than any horror movies out there in the market. 6. Blade Runner 2049 We don't think we can get over this picture of Ryan Gosling anytime soon. © Columbia Pictures Now that we saw this picture, let's talk about the movie it is from - 'Blade Runner 2049'. If we were to explain this movie in one word, we would possible use either 'Exceptional' or 'Brilliant'; and the fact that it has already grossed $256 million worldwide, is kind of reassuring that we are not wrong. Set 30 years after the first film, this one will take you through the life of Officer K (played by Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department. His unravels a long-buried secret and…we won't tell you the whole story. Go and watch the movie, right now. 7. Logan © Marvel Entertainment Another fantastic superhero movie from Marvel, 'Logan' is the 10th installment in the 'X-Men' series and final solo movie of our beloved superhero Wolverine. The movie has already grossed $616 million worldwide, becoming this year's second highest grossing R-rated film ('It' is the first). We don't think we need to say anything in addition to it or explain why you should watch it. All we can say is, you are missing out on some really cool stuff, if you haven't seen it already. 'Logan' features an aged Wolverine along with an extremely ill Professor X, who set out to save Laura (she was created from Wolverine's DNA), from the evil forces Reaves and Alkali-Transigen led by Donald Pierce and Zander Rice. 8. Baby Driver © Media Rights Capital 'Baby Driver' is probably one of the best action movies of 2017, with a musical touch that makes it all the more intriguing. 'The Fault In Our Stars' actor Ansel Elgort did a fabulous job as the talented (music obsessed) getaway driver named Baby, who is forced into working for a mysterious kingpin (Kevin Spacey) of a gang of bank robbers. In other news, Director Edgar Wright has already teased the fans that a sequel is “being hammered out”. 9. Wonder Woman © Warner Bros. If there was an award for the best season (we are talking about weather and not a show), summer of 2017 will possibly win that prize without any competition. Reason? Gal Gadot, our 'Wonder Woman'. She was the primary reason for all the heat and rise in temperature we all witnessed. Want proof? How about we tell you that this movie was the 8th highest grossing film of 2017, after it earned a whopping $821 million globally! Still need reasons? It singlehandedly destroyed everything that Marvel worked hard for. Still not sure whether to watch it? Well go and watch it for Gal Gadot and how she turns into one of the most badass superheroes this world has ever seen. 10. Get Out © Universal Pictures Written and directed by Jordan Peele, 'Get Out' is a horror movie that follows the lives of a young couple, who visit the woman's parents, only to witness a series of strange events that scar the man's life forever. It is an amazing movie that was critically acclaimed to be one of the best films of this year. So peeps, go ahead and tag your friends to make a movie marathon plan with them. Also let us know about your favourite movies from 2017, which did not make it to this list.
  16. 2017 has been a great year when it comes to films in the horror genre. Right from novel adaptations to prequels, horror films kept us glued to our seats and gave us major spooks. Where on one hand, 'It' smashed all box office records and gained immense popularity in the opening weekend, the 'Conjuring' series presented another version of the demonic doll 'Annabelle' and attracted record-breaking footfall at the theatres. Here are the top 10 horror movies, which made 2017 a historic year. It Directed by Andy Muschietti, 'It' broke all records and became the highest grossing horror film of all time. The haunting bogeyman of Stephen King's novel was devilish and spookier than the previous version of the film. The story builds up when a small boy named George disappears inside a drain while running behind his boat. The series of incidents that follow later are meaningful and scary enough to cause jitters. 'It' or Pennywise, the dancing clown made us realize that a horror movie is just not about fear but more than that. Get Out Nominated for his first Golden Globe, actor Daniel Kaluyya describes the film as a well-documented version of everyday experiences. This thriller cum horror has a plot that sends chills down your spine and keeps you glued till the end. 'Get Out' is nominated in the Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, and star Daniel Kaluuya scored a Best Actor nomination in the category for Golden Globes. Annabelle: Creation 'Annabelle: Creation' is the fourth film in the 'Conjuring' franchise. The film depicts how the cursed doll came into being and killed many through her evil existence. The demon inside the doll possesses a teenage orphan and makes her kill others. Split Directed by celebrated director M. Night Shyamalan, the film is based on the existence of 23 different personalities inside an individual. James McAvoy beautifully carries out the role and arouses the real 'beast' in him. This is a performance of a lifetime and is worthy of many awards this season. Raw A teenage French-Belgian horror drama depicts cannibalism at its best. A young girl's taste for human skin is intoxicating and thrilling at the same time. 'Raw' has no space for criticism, but applause. Prevenge The characters in 'Prevenge' are expressive and easily make you delve into imagination, it would be better to call it a 'slasher', right on its mark. Directed by Alice Lowe, the story of a pregnant serial killer is much consuming and smartly puts the viewer in amazement. Gerald's Game Another Stephen King's story comes to the big screen with a captivating screenplay and great performances. A combo of horror and thrill, the film is based on how a *** game turns into the worst form of terror for Jessie, whose husband Gerald dies during the game while she is handcuffed. The Shape of Water Directed by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, the film has received seven Golden Globe nominations this year. Described as a 'creature feature and a melodrama' by Business Insider, the film presents a compelling story of a mute woman serving as a cleaning lady at a top-secret United States government lab during the 1960s, when she develops a relationship with a creature in the lab. A Dark Song This Irish horror is a story of a woman and an occultist played by Catherine Walker and Steve Oram respectively, who indulge into practicing black-magic rituals and fall prey to something terrifying – A result of witchcraft. This is a powerful portrayal of how a minimum budget film yields a worth-watch affair. Mother Jennifer Lawrence tries stepping into different shoes every time, and this time her performance is noteworthy. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, 'Mother' is pretty similar to 1968 film 'Rosemary's Baby'. Though the film has been called an artist's auto-critique, Javier Bardem and Lawrence together make it a strong affair.
  17. Life is too short to miss out on good things! So when you are grumpy and low, movies are your go-to things that will transport you to a different world. We are human, and with that comes the share of feeling blue at times. Now, not all of us have a special someone to perk us up and that is when the magic of movies comes to our rescue. Here's our list of feel-good movies that will make you feel warm and happy anywhere, anytime, anyplace! 1. Amelie © Claudie Ossard Productions This critically acclaimed French romantic comedy movie is a must watch. The story revolves around a shy and lonely girl, Amelie. After a decidedly unusual childhood, Amelie develops an active imagination. At 22, she discovers her life's purpose which is to make people happy. Her imagination roams freely as she invents various strategies to help the people around her. This enchanting movie with the lively and delightful Amelie charms you and leaves you asking for more. 2. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty © New Line Pictures This movie fulfils every travel enthusiast's fantasies. The story is about a simple middle-aged man named Walter Mitty, living a regular life, working a 9 to 5 job where every day is pretty much the same(basically, us). As the title aptly suggests, the story is about his secret life- his wild imagination; an alternate life that is enthralling. In a compelling turn of events, he embarks on a global journey to find his idol. One gets engrossed as the lines between his secret life and the real one gets blurred as he goes through some extraordinary adventures. 3. Little Miss Sunshine © Fox Pictures The story is so brilliantly laid out that it simply touches your heart. 'Little Miss Sunshine' is the story of a dysfunctional family as they embark on an adventure of a road trip, determined to enter their young daughter, Olive, a dumpling of a child with oversize glasses and a seemingly endless reserve of optimism, to compete in a beauty pageant called Little Miss Sunshine. This marvellous satire on modern life with its humorous one-liners along with the wonderful character development and terrific performances which gives us a sharp depiction of contemporary America makes for a touching human comedy. 4. Trolls © Dream Works What better to feel happy than to watch the happiest creatures on earth. Trolls is an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music featuring some of the biggest singers in very colourful avatars, this movie leaves you with that happy feeling. It is about a group of adorable trolls who are supposed to be the happiest creatures on this planet and are attacked and eaten by the Bergen (monsters) who believe that eating trolls is the only way to get happiness. However, this movie that may seem like a sweet concoction version of the Smurfs has a deeper message underneath it and is more relatable than you think. This movie tops the list, especially when you're feeling down and low. 5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory © Warner Bros. Director Tim Burton brings his unique vision and sensibility to Roald Dahl's classic with his lavish screen interpretation. Charlie Bucket, who is poor but has a loving family, is lucky enough to obtain one of the golden tickets to visit Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Charlie is in for the ride of a lifetime as he tours the strange and remarkable world of Wonka with fellow winners. 6. The Intouchables © SBS Movies Based on a true story, 'The Intouchables' is a heartfelt movie about a beautiful friendship between two oddballs, Philippe, a rich widower who is paralyzed neck down and Driss, an ex-convict from Senegal. The two form a close bond where both lives are developed for better. An international blockbuster, 'The Intouchables' is a heart-warming and engaging movie that leaves you with a smile on your face. 7. About Time © RegencyEnterprises This romantic comedy deals with about the vicissitudes of life and love. The film is every bit entertaining and revolves around 21 years old Tim, who realises that he has the ability to travel in time. He often time travels to help people around him and help build a strong bond with his family. However, he soon realizes that his exceptional gift does not protect him from the normal ups and downs of life. Filled with moving scenes and deep life lessons, this makes for an inspiring watch.
  18. LOS ANGELES: Press freedom movie ?The Post,? ?Call Me By Your Name,? World War Two film ?Dunkirk? and superhero movie ?Wonder Woman? were among 10 films of the year chosen by the American Film Institute (AFI) on Thursday, in a list likely to be echoed at Hollywood?s high-profile awards shows next year. Racial psychological thriller ?Get Out,? coming-of-age drama ?Lady Bird,? fantasy romance ?The Shape of Water,? romantic comedy ?The Big Sick,? dark comedy ?Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri? and social drama ?The Florida Project? were also on the AFI?s annual list. The AFI?s list is non-competitive with no overall winner. The movies are selected because they ?advance the art of the moving image, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America?s art form, inspire audiences and artists alike and make a mark on American society,? the AFI said in a statement. The list was announced as Hollywood?s awards season moves into high gear with nominations next week for the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards. Oscar nominations will be announced in January. The AFI list covered a wide range of movies spanning personal, political, racial and women?s issues. ?Lady Bird? and ?Wonder Woman? are both directed by women, while ?The Big Sick,? ?The Shape of Water? and ?Get Out? were written and directed by people of color. The AFI also picked its top television shows of the year, with HBO?s medieval fantasy ?Game of Thrones,? female-led drama ?Big Little Lies,? Netflix?s 1980s science-fiction series ?Stranger Things? and Hulu?s dystopian thriller ?The Handmaid?s Tale? making the list.
  19. Even though the Marvel cinematic universe is fast approaching its 10th anniversary, it doesn't mean it's slowing down at all, it's quite the opposite, especially with the recent success of 'Thor: Ragnarok' hammering that point home. 2018 will be a big year for Marvel with the release of 'Black Panther', the first Marvel movie with a black actor in the lead, and obviously the much anticipated 'Avengers: Infinity War'. The release of the third instalment of the Avengers franchise in May will also mark the 10th anniversary of the release of 'Iron Man', which kicked off Marvel Studios' grand cinematic universe experiment. And now, basically a decade later, MCU's success is unmatched by any other franchise in Hollywood. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, ( https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/11/marvel-cover-story?mbid=social_twitter ) Marvel Studios' president Kevin Feige teased the fans by saying that the as-yet-untitled fourth Avengers movie, scheduled for 2019, will “bring things you've never seen in superhero films: a finale.” Even with the almost overwhelming star-studded Avengers franchise coming to an end, with the contracts of key actors like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Scarlett Johansson about run out after the last Avengers movie, there's not much to worry about. Marvel owns the rights to 7,000 characters, and they will for sure bring a lot of them to the big screen very soon. © Marvel The cover story with Vanity Fair featuring the conversation with Feige took an in-depth look at the history of the MCU, talking about everything from the wildly successful Thor: Ragnarok this year to the very first Iron Man film back in 2008. Till now, Marvel has already released or plotted 22 MCU movies, from 'Iron Man' through to the end of the studio's 'Phase Three' arc, which wraps with a fourth and supposedly final Avengers film in 2019, closing out the Infinity War story. According to Feige, they've “got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that's come before — intentionally.” He added, “There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after.” But, all we know is that everything will be different, and that's building up more excitement for the fans, but that's pretty much it for now. Marvel is not ready to reveal its post-Avengers plan as yet. As of now, we only know of two confirmed upcoming sequels in Feige's alluded-to “second period” of 20 new films post-Avengers films: a 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' sequel in 2019, and a third 'Guardians of the Galaxy' film to be released in 2020. Marvel Studios has done a marvellous (pun intended) job of elevating a bunch of heroes and villains to household names and it will be interesting to see all the new characters that are about to come our way, especially when there are 7,000 characters to choose from, making the possibilities basically infinite.
  20. Contradictory to popular belief, watching porn can be quite thrilling and healthy. It keeps your sexual health meter incheck since you're using your right hand often and makes you a little less desperate in real time sexual scenarios. You can always play it cool with hot women around, if you spend enough time playing with your boy down there. If you're the kinda guy who likes his porn like his action thrillers (with a story and a twist), here are 5 aesthetically well-made pornography movies you can watch, to give yourself some much needed lovin'. Shortbus © THINKFilm This sexually charged erotic comedy is full of life and colourful characters who are desperately trying to connect to New York City. They're an indulgent bunch and have no qualms having actual *** in front of the camera. Pola X © AMLF If you're the mushy kind, you'll dig this one. It's a romantic French drama revolving around a successful young novelist who is confronted by a woman who claims to be his lost sister and they develop a sexual relationship. Ahem. Disturbing yet sexually explicit. Love © Wild Bunch The story revolves around three film school students and their sexual exploits. The sexual scenes are quite real and unbelievable in this one. Watch it for some unsimulated *** onscreen! Fallo! © Italgest Video A classic Tinto Brass stint, Fallo! Revolves around 6 short stories with lots of raw and wild *** (Tinto Brass style). This one's surely gonna give you a boner of a lifetime. Nymphomaniac 1 & 2 © Les Films du Losange This two part European art film is Von Trier's most perverse and ingenious film yet. The movie was so long that it had to have a second part. The film revolves around the sexual life of a woman right from birth till she's 50. So, lots of wild *** and nudity, the kind your junk would love. So, go ahead, make the most of your drab Saturday night, if you're not up to much and want to give your hand the exercise it needs. Besides, some aesthetically pretty porn is a good change, once a while!
  21. “Be it caste or communal violence, they stall the growth of the nation. Let us affirm that we will be free from these tensions.” This is a test. It's a great quote, actually. Threatening violence just because of caste or communal differences does take us backwards as a society. We are better than this, right? I like to think we are. Now, just take a moment here and guess whose quote it is. Difficult? Okay, let me make it easier. The quote is by a seasoned politician, with a bright future. Try and guess again and keep it to yourself. It's a test, remember. Read on. The controversy around 'Padmavati' has well and truly erupted in the past couple of days. It's been so crazy that I've personally not managed to keep account of all the bounties on the heads of Ranveer, Deepika and Bhansali himself. Is it Rs. 5 crores for deepika's hands or 10 crores for Ranveer's head? And who are these incredibly rich people who are outbidding and sponsoring murders direct on national television? © BCCL What we're witnessing in 'Padmavati' protests is the silent extreme majority, that's not silent anymore. And this is not just a one-off. There have been warning signs we've ignored for a few years now. It's a continuation of the dilution of the Indian culture to suit the extremist views of the right wing. We've seen it in other forms earlier - you eat meat, you die; you speak out against the establishment, you're anti-national; you marry outside your religion, it's love jihad. For a country that prides itself for being incredibly tolerant, the evidence points otherwise. While artists, journalists and anyone with liberal set of values are labelled inconsequential in regards to this new idea of India, the likes of Hindu Mahasabha and Karni Sena are allowed to run amok. Recently, in one of the most bashful displays of power, the Hindu Mahasabha established a 32-inch tall bust of Nathuram Godse, the assassinator of Mahatma Gandhi at its office in Daulatganj, Gwalior City. For them, Godse was a nationalist and the 'temple' at their office is a matter of pride. "Nobody should have any objection to this as we have set up the temple in our own space. It is Mahasabha's own property," said Mahasabha's Vice-president Jaiveer Bharadwaj, justifying his organisation's actions. To understand the current political environment of the country, it's important to know what feeds this kind of hate and activism. India is going through an economic downturn. After a massive blow to the Indian economy because of outlandish and brutal policies that were executed badly, the government lead by Narendra Modi is facing unprecedented backlash from its core group of supporters. Be it jobs or the promise of bringing structural reforms to labour laws, the gulf of difference between what was promised and what's been delivered is slowly changing the mood at the ground level. It's not scary enough for an upset in the upcoming state elections but it will definitely be an issue if the tide doesn't turn soon. © BCCL Therefore, the current wave of nationalism and cultural protectionism is a quick-fix way to divert attention from issues that truly matter. It's a master-stroke by the government in power but there's a thin line between insanity and genius. Historically, whenever the government of the day muddles in issues that flame communal hatred or pit particular communities against each other, it doesn't end well. Be it Indira Gandhi in Kashmir in 1983 or the Sangh Parivar's agenda of Hindutva now, political parties looking to further their vision of a 'new-age' India with societal controls often blows up with horrendous circumstances. In contrast then, the hullabaloo surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum-opus 'Padmavati' is intriguing to say the least. The Rajput community contests that some scenes in the movie depict Rani Padmini as the love interest of Khalji, the bashful Muslim ruler who is supposed to have courted Rani Padmini during his conquests in north India. But according to Bhansali himself, that's not the case because the controversial 'dream sequence' was never filmed. This statement from Bhansali must have cleared all such doubts but somehow it snowballed into a bigger controversy thereafter. “This movie embroiled into so many controversies because of some rumour. Rumour is this, in the movie a dream scene has been filmed between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji. I have already rejected this claim and also given a written proof of this. Today again, I am reiterating through this video that in our movie there is no such scene between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, which would hurt the sentiments of anyone,” Bhansali had said in his attempt to clear the rumours. That there's no dream sequence in the movie is abundantly clear from Bhansali's statement as well as the special screening that was held for a handful of media persons. But still, the release of the movie seems to have been deferred. What is it then that makes the story of 'Padmavati' controversial? © BCCL In order to understand the historical account of this story, it's important to note that Khilji defeated the Rana of Chittor in 1303 and subsequently died in 1316. The story of 'Padmavati' though first appears in 1540, in a book of poetry by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, a sufi poet. That there's no mention of Padmavati for 224 years when she's supposed to have committed jauhar to save her honour against a Muslim ruler shows that the Khilji-Padmavati romance theorists did actually got it wrong. Why haven't then the filmmakers made sure that the true story comes out? Were the protests being seen as a good marketing vehicle for a movie with considerable investment? In hindsight, 'Padmavati' the movie doesn't deserve to be released. In fact, it should be banned. The government, by default, should take steps to stop its screening, now or in future, just because we know how inept it was in stopping all the protests and madness around it. If you are not against it, then you are for it, surely. The makers of the movie have given in to threats and political statements that amount to extortion, even though they can objectively convey that there's not even a single frame with both the characters of Padmavati and Khilji onscreen. They have chosen to take a step back and allow a theatre of threats and lunacy to play and sort itself. It puts up a lot of question marks over their beliefs and priorities because if they can't even stand up for their own work, then why should the audience risk a viewing amidst a threatening and violent environment? And so, we come back to what it means for India. What it means for a country where installing a statue of a murderer is tolerable but releasing a movie with stories of characters that might actually be fictional, is a headache? Can we continue to call ourselves modern when every difference of opinion is labelled anti-national? It's all inconsequential. Why? Read that quote once again. “Be it caste or communal violence, they stall the growth of the nation. Let us affirm that we will be free from these tensions.” -Narendra Modi See the irony now? Modi is essentially a politician PM. And the problem with politicians is that they want us to affirm that we will be free from these tensions (communal, caste violence) but only when it suits their agenda. Other than that, be it Padmavati or Bajirao, Godse or Bhindrawale, they're going to leave you at the mercy of the mob because fear is the best form of social control and that is all they crave, especially when they are in power.
  22. Before you read this and start spewing hate, let me tell you that I am just as much a fan of 'The Rock' as anyone who grew up watching the legend. From every WWE match to his not so anticipated start in Hollywood, I have tracked Johnson's rise for over 12 years now. It's 2017 and we are a long way from the 90s. Dwayne is bigger (incredibly jacked) and richer. Most importantly, he's more loved than he ever was. Social media has brought his fans closer to him and this has converted to Hollywood success. He's not only the highest paid actor on the planet but also one of the least hated actors as well. Noone has a bad thing to say about him. All This Box-Office Success But The Reality Is That Dwayne's Movies Suck! Since his debut in 1999, The Rock's been in 37 movies. A lot of which were low budget, run-of-the-mill productions. How social media changed Dwayne's fortune at the box office is pretty evident. To give you a more precise understanding, I'll divide his Hollywood career into pre-2010 and post 2010. Now, it's needless to say how dull the internet was before 2010 and how unfathomably exciting it became after 2010. Dwayne starred in exactly 15 films between 2000 and 2010. With 'The Mummy Returns' (2001) and 'The Scorpion King' (2002), he cemented his place in Hollywood. Apart from these films, 'Doom' and 'Grid Iron Gang' were the only two movies that made a little noise at the box office. Most of these movies lacked a decent plot and any sort of character development. So, almost 10 films that he starred in, apart from the ones mentioned above, went completely unnoticed, making little to no money. Welcome the weed like growth of social media. From 2010 to this day, the Rock has his hands on more than 22 movies, most of which, like the 'Pain and Gain', 'Fast and Furious 6', 'Hercules', 'Central Intelligence' and 'Furious 7' were billion dollar babies. You see the difference here? The more The Rock interacted with his followers, the more money his movies made. Still Don't Agree? Here Is A List Of Dwayne's Movies You Probably Haven't Even Heard Of Beyond the Mat (1999) Longshot (2000) Be Cool (2005) Reno 911!: Miami (2007) Southland Tales (2007) The Game Plan (2007) Get Smart (2008) Planet 51 (2009) Tooth Fairy (2010) Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010) The Other Guys (2010) You Again (2010) Faster (2010) Snitch (2013) Empire State (2013) Take your time to remember them all. I'll wait ! The Masses Love The Rock For The Magnificent Person He Is, Not Because Of The Movies He Makes Social Media is brutal and judgmental. Make a wrong move and you will be trolled, roasted and memed' out. Dwayne though, is immune to all the social media negativity and hate. There's not a single reason that anybody has to hate him. Not one! People already loved him and with the intervention of social media, they are expressing their love for him more personally than ever before. Even when he was tossing wrestlers in the ring and not making bank at the box-office, he was still the people's champ. He's out there with all his humbleness and gratitude, greeting his fans like family. You know it and the internet knows it. His attitude towards life is so positive that it can brighten up the bleakest of days. Have you personally seen a public personality as famous and as busy as him taking out the time to consistently put out stuff on social media? Nope, there isn't any. He is one with his fans and this is what drives his success and money at the box office, not his acting skills. He's Always Been A Great Entertainer But Never A Great Actor People loved the Rock in the ring. That was him entertaining people. He's probably the best entertainer in showbiz in the past 15 years. From his social media accounts, interviews to his public interactions, he's a fountain of entertainment that just keeps on giving but in no way is he a stellar actor. He's a decent one but not an outstanding actor. Then why is he paid the most for being an actor? Good question. The answer to this is exactly what I explained above. People flock to watch his films to show him their love. Just like he loves them, they give it back with sold-out shows of his movies. He's Not An Actor But A People's Champ Who Will Remain So No Matter What Dwayne is a shining example of what giving love to fans can do. They don't care about his acting skills. They just go and buy the ticket because they love to see him on the screen. And he gives back to them via an incredibly active social media schedule and surprise stop-bys at red lights and traffic junctions. That's a people's champ who never went to an acting school and still became the highest paid actor in Hollywood. Everybody knows his hustle right from the gutter to the penthouses and that is a story that is relatable to millions. Does all this make him a great actor? No. Does all this make him a great entertainer who you wouldn't mind seeing on the silver screen? Hell yeah!
  23. There are days when you and bae wanna just sit at home and Netflix and chill in your pj's and messy hair. We mean how many times do you want to binge on drinking sessions or ceremoniously be a part of each and every wedding you're invited to. Don't you just wish to be with her and do things only the two of you enjoy doing? One of them is definitely Netflix and 'chilling' and beyond the movie binge-watching, there is always some raw, hot and steamy *** that follows. We know you don't need constant reminders on how to turn each other on while you're spending some quality time together but there is no harm buffering a sexy movie to get you guys in the perfect mood. So, we have our pick of ten movies that'll make her panties drop in a minute and make your mojo swing like Tarzan, right after watching them. Ahem, you're welcome! 9 Songs © Revolution Films This movie does have an interesting storyline but some believe it to be an excuse for 'soft porn'. The movie is based on a couple's sexual relationship, told through music (hence 9 songs). If you weren't horny before pressing play, you definitely will be after watching this flim. Blue Is The Warmest Colour © Wild Bunch Umm, remember critically acclaimed good cinematic experiences? Well, you can have that with a really explicit ten-minute *** scene in this movie. A beautiful love story that you guys will probably want to sit through. Killing Me Softly © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer The movie has lots of hot *** scenes between Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes and fulfils the famous '*** with a mysterious hot stranger' fantasy. There is, of course, lots of mystery in the movie to go along with the ***. Worth a watch, if you're watching it for Heathers smashing hot bod. Secretary © Lions Gate Films Back when 'Secretary' made its way in the halls, everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation completely fell in love with the movie and of course got massively turned on as well. The movie unfolds some really sexy S & M role play and if you think you're kinky as hell, you're gonna love this one. 9 1/2 Weeks © Galactic Films Together Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke break every sexual taboo there is through this movie. Remember the famous ice-cube scene? No? Watch this movie! Unfaithful © Regency Enterprises A bit of an intense one but the *** scenes will drive you wild and you will love the chemistry between Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez. As the name suggests, the movie is about being unfaithful (duh). Remember Imraan Hashmi's 'Murder'? Yeah, direct rip off but this one got the *** scenes! Little Children © New Line Cinema Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson get down and dirty in this one and of course they will, as they're both are stuck in sexless marriages. Watch this for the legendary *** scene on the washing machine scene. Fear © Universal Pictures Watch this movie just so you can act out the famous 'fingering whilst stuck in mid-air' scene with bae! The movie gets a bit too dramatic and borderline creepy towards the end but that scene is worth the watch! Wild Things © Columbia Pictures This 1998 erotic thriller is right up your alley if you're looking something exciting to watch. The *** scene between Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell and Denise Richards is gold. Also watch it for the pool scene between Neve and Denise. We lost our mind over how hot Denise is. We're sure you will too. Poison Ivy © New Line Cinema Another erotic thriller, if you're looking for some ahem, rush of blood to the head. This movie has everything, including the very hot Drew Barrymore who gives Sharon Stone a run for her money. So get hot, cosy and comfy with her this coming weekend and pull out the big guns, along with these movies from the interweb!
  24. Bollywood Dabangg Khan, Salman Khan, shared that his biggest hits have been multi-starrers and if given the chance he would love to do movies with other stars such as Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgn. However, Salman added that he would only work with them if their characters are superb, reported Indian media. Comparing the industry to its olden days, he said that films were written before made the actors say yes without thinking much, which is not the case now. The actor further reportedly added that the younger generation of actors are more reluctant in doing multi-starrers and that their insecurities shouldn?t come in the way of this. He apparently recounted how he and other stars were also young at one time and didn?t let professional rivalries come in the way of their friendships. Overall, the actor shared some valuable insight that will hopefully be helpful for the newer crop of B-Town stars. The star is currently busy promoting is upcoming action-thriller, Tiger Zinda Hai, opposite ex-flame Katrina Kaif.
  25. When it comes to box office earnings, superhero films are definitely uo there with their earning potential. For almost a decade Richard Donner's 'Superman' was the second highest grossing film in 1978 and Tim Burton's 'Batman' was on top of the charts in 1989. Since then, the superhero trend took off all across the globe and one after the other, films were making and breaking records. The DC and Marvel cinematic universes have truly helped ignite our imagination and bring these characters out of comic books and onto the big screen, bringing all our childhood dreams to life. Be it an otherworldly demigod who has special powers or an eccentric billionaire who is also an armoured superhero, we have seen it all. These movies not only have captured our hearts but have also got the bankrolling and made megabucks at the box office. Here is a list of 8 of the highest grossing movies from both cinematic universes. 1. The Avengers (2012) – 1.52 Billion USD © Marvel The original Avengers truly encapsulate the word 'Blockbuster'. With a stellar cast and all the major Marvel Superheroes under one roof, fans of the series flocked to theaters and helped make 'The Avengers' the highest grossing superhero movie of all time. The critically acclaimed movie saw Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruit Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor to form a team that must stop Thor's brother Loki from subjugating Earth. Now, what else do you need? 2. The Avengers 2- Age Of Ultron (2015) – 1.4 Billion USD © Marvel Post the battle of New York in the previous film, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner work on creating Ultron, an Artificial Intelligence to help The Avengers work on saving the human race. Problems emerge when Ultron becomes hostile and decides to wipe out the human race. Well, breaking the box office record created by the Avengers franchise is a big, big task indeed. 3. Iron Man 3 (2013) – 1.214 Billion © Marvel On facing a formidable for in the form of the Mandarin, who manages to wipe out everything dear to Tony Stark, he is forced to change directions and focus on finding newer and innovative ways to defeat his enemies. The third instalment of the Iron Man franchise was not the best of the trilogy but it was damn fine entertainment. 4. Captain America- Civil War (2016) – 1.153 Billion © Marvel Governments across the World have been fighting to control the Avengers. With the incident in Sokovia, a rift is now appearing in the Avengers, with one faction supporting the need for control over their actions and the other believing that control only brings about corruption. Plus, we got that amazing airport fight scene between all the Marvel heroes. 5. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – 1.08 Billion © DC Comics It has been eight years since the Joker was defeated by the Batman. Since then, Gotham City hasn't needed the Bat. But, a terrorist by the name of Bane has decided to attack Gotham and hold it hostage. That pretty much is a call to Bruce Wayne to come out of his self-imposed exile and defend the city once more. This was the final Batman film in Christopher Nolan's trilogy. 6. The Dark Knight (2008) – 1.004 Billion © DC Comics The criminals of Gotham call on the services of a mysterious man called the Joker, who has the power to wreak havoc on Gotham City. Batman teams up with Lieutenant Gordon and District Attorney Dent to defeat the Joker and derail his plans to bring chaos and destruction to Gotham. 7. Spiderman 3 (2007) – 890 Million © Sony Peter Parker, finds a symbiote that changes his behaviour for the worse and has to fight a man made out of sand! Apart from all the other craziness in his life, his relationship with Mary Jane also goes through a rough patch. With three villains and an insane dance number, 'Spiderman 3' made a ton of cash at the box office. 8. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – 879 Million © Marvel Peter Parker had the experience of a lifetime working with the Avengers. However, once back to his normal life, he feels the need to be something more than just be a neighbourhood superhero. His real test comes when he has to balance his high school life and being a superhero all while battling the menacing Vulture.