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The Scariest Films Ever Made

There is a lot more to a good spine-chilling movie than cheap jump-scares. Take for example creepy kids, or frightening ghosts, or the terrifying phantoms of kid-ghosts.

There’s the prom-dress drenched in the blood of pigs, haunted houses, ravenous zombies, serial killers, and people being possessed to choose from too!

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Woody and Buzz Return: Toy Story 4 (2019)

It’s been almost 25 years since Pixar graced us with the magic of Toy Story (1995) and with the runaway success of the 2nd and 3rd instalments, it’s no surprise that we are once again hanging out with Woody and Buzz in Toy Story 4.

Pixar has always been incredible at bringing forth animated movies melancholic enough to make the viewer search for a deeper meaning and Toy Story 4 is no different.

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Dissecting Ari Aster’s Midsommar (2019)

Those of us who were brave enough to watch Hereditary in 2018 are likely just recovering, but writer and director Ari Aster isn’t done with us yet. In fact, it would seem that he’s just getting started. There are many moments in Hereditary – for example that car scene – which are likely to live with us for years to come and by all accounts Midsommar is destined to be no different.

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A Quiet Place – An Innovative Horror Film

The horror genre isn’t quite what it once was, with endless clichéd projects being released year after year, and none coming close to the golden age of horror during the 1970s and 80s. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t any good horror films still being produced, and A Quiet Place is a testament to that fact.

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Pet Sematary (2019)

Following hot on the heels of the recent remake of IT (2017), a remake of another of Stephen King’s terrifying novel-to-film adaptations was released this year – Pet Sematary.

Starring Jason Clarke, Amy Steimetz, and John Lithgow, Pet Sematary may not have proved as popular as the remake of IT – which has been hailed has the highest grossing horror movie of all time – but it certainly serves up plenty of classic horror thrills and spills.

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Iron Man – Where It All Strated

With Avengers: Endgame hitting cinemas and setting the record for the highest grossing movie of all time, it’s easy to forget that the entire series has spanned over 11 years in total, and all begin with one film in 2008: Iron Man. Starring the now massively-popular Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man came along when superhero films had all but drawn to an end, and it’s refreshing take on the superhero genre spawned an entire new decade of high-quality films with some of the best comic book characters of all time.

Iron Man directed by Jon Favreau, and the screenplay was written by Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus, who took inspiration from the titular comic book. It revolves around Tony Stark, a genius billionaire that decides to take matters into his own hands after he gets kidnapped. The film was released on the 2nd of May 2008, and received widespread critical acclaim, remains a good watch between games at an online casino Singapore.

The Plot

Tony Stark is a billionaire playboy that owns Stark Industries, a contract company that supplies militaries around the world with modern arms. While demonstrating one of his latest weapons, his convoy is attacked by extremists, who kidnap him and take him to their base in the mountains. The fight that ensued left some shrapnel in Stark’s chest, and the prisoner he finds himself with after waking up fashions a magnet onto Stark’s chest to keep the shrapnel from finding its way into his heart.

Over time, the two grow close, and devise a plan to create a metal suit, complete with weapons, in order to secure their escape. While they finish the suit, Stark’s friend is killed in the process, and he manages to successfully escape before being rescued.

Once home, Stark announces that his company will no longer produce weapons, much to the disdain of his long-time business partner, Obadiah Stane. Stark begins work on a new Iron Man suit, this time more advanced, along with a special arc reactor for the magnet on his chest.

He tests out the new suit by attacking the same group that had kidnapped him, while they begin to reverse engineer the pieces of Stark’s original suit that he had left in the desert.

Stane reveals that he was working with the group that kidnapped Start from the beginning, and takes Stark’s arc reactor in order to power the reverse engineered suit of his own.

The two confront each other at Stark Industries, where a battle ensues on top of the building, with Stark eventually overcoming Stane in a climactic finale.

Accolades

Iron Man is one of the highest films in the MCU roster, with an aggregate of 93% based off of both audience and critical approval.

Many cite it as the best Marvel film ever to be made, and it’s legacy grew into the MCU series that has become the world’s most popular of all time. Downey Jr. is renown for embodying the famous character, and bringing the character of Tony Stark to life.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road is a post-apocalyptic action film written and directed by original Mad Max director, George Miller. The film is both a reboot and the fourth instalment of the Mad max franchise that takes place in an Australia that has been decimated by war. The plot follows Max Rocksteady, who is played by Tom Hardy, as he joins forces with Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa, assisting her in fleeing from the local warlord, Immortan Joe, played by Hugh Keays-Byrne.

The film had development problem for a number of years, with pre-production being in the works from as early as 1997. There had also been attempts to make the film in 2001 and 2003, but delays were caused due to the attacks of September 11th, as well as the Iraq War.

The film premiered worldwide on the 14th of May, 2015, and was met with critical acclaim both by critics and audience members, and has become the highest-grossing film in the decade-spanning franchise, and the perfect film to have on while enjoying River Belle casino games.

The Fury Road Plot

The film begins with an introduction to Max and his explanation of his mental state before a road crew captures him. He’s then shown to be locked in a large oasis, and is being used as a universal blood donor for the crewmen, all of whom are suffering cancers due to the radiation from the wars. Immortan Joe leads the settlement through control of the water, and keeps the best looking women in the settlement as his wives and as breeders.

His most valued commander is Imperator Furiosa, who is put in charge of making a run to neighbouring settlements to stock up on gasoline and ammunition. She has ulterior motives, however, and takes Joe’s wives without his knowledge and heads off of the track.

A war party follows, with Max along with them, although he manages to escape. Him and Furiosa forge an unstable alliance and head off to the ‘Green Place’ in order to allow the wives some freedom. They come to a dead end, and decide to turn back, accompanied by the women that once controlled the area. They manage to evade Immortan Joe and his war party, killing him in the process, and making it back to the settlement. They run fresh water for everyone, while Max is slowly absorbed into the crowd before leaving to go back on his own path.

The Accolades

Mad Max: Fury Road was met with critical and financial success, although many feel that their financial success was moderate at best, comparing it to numbers that Edge of Tomorrow made in the same year. One of the reasons for the poorer financial performance was due to its not being released to the Chinese market, which has become one of the biggest in the world.

Critical acclaim was widespread across the globe, with an aggregate of 97%. Critics praised the world building, the practical action sequences, and the screenplay.

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9 Fascinating Facts About the Marvel Universe Movies

Marvel Universe movies have taken the world by storm and these superhero themed flicks have bought characters like daredevil, Iron Man, The Avengers and Captain America to life in a whole new way.

But behind these blockbuster films are some interesting facts, and we’ve rounded up the most interesting of them all.

1. Not the “Real’ Wolverine

Everyone loves Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but it turns out not that many people would realise that it was him dressed up if they came face to face.

A few years back, Jackman spent a day at Comic Con dressed as the iconic character, and people complained that it couldn’t possibly be him, as he was ‘too tall!”

2. Captain America Quandary

Director Jon Favreau was originally hired to direct Captain America and the movie was supposed to be a comedy.

The idea was scrapped and he went on to direct Iron Man.

3. Tarantino Tackles Luke Cage- almost

Quentin Tarantino has always loved comic books and many of his movies are based on the style of a graphic novel.

At one point Tarantino was all set to direct a Luke Cage movie, but he opted out and ended up making Pulp Fiction instead.

4. Mechanical Web Shooters Get Cut

The 2002 movie trailer for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man showed Peter Parker making use of mechanical web shooters.

But when the movie hit the big screen, the web shooters were missing in action, so they must have ended up somewhere on the cutting room floor.

5. The Wasp Bites the Dust

In the movie adaptation of The Avengers, the Wasp was left out, and this upset many ardent fans.

The Wasp was the Ant Man’s wife and the one that came up with the moniker The Avengers, so the omission was a glaring one but many hope that the character was in absentia as there’s a full length feature film in the works that will put the Wasp centre stage and tell the whole story.

6. Updating Iron Man

Although Iron Man’s suit has changed with the times, one core feature has been left out of the movies. In the comics we often see Iron Man charging his suit using a plug and wall socket, but we certainly don’t see this dated tech on the silver screen.

Instead the suit is as sophisticated as betting sites and other cutting edge apps.

7. Ed Norton Gets the Boot

He may have played Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk; Ed Norton was given the boot for The Avengers.

Rumour was that the directors found him a bit bland and didn’t think he was creative enough for the movie.

8. Captain America’s To Do List

Steve Rodgers has a list of cultural events and things that he keeps track of as he tries to acquaint himself with the 21st Century.

Depending on which country the movie was being screened in, this list changed to incorporate important cultural landmarks, touchstone and facets.

9. The Original Hulk Gets a Look In

In Stan Lee’s 2003 version of The Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno who played the character in the 70’s in the TV series makes an appearance as a bodyguard.

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The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker, written and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, was released in 2015 and can be classified as a revenge comedy drama.  The film is based on a novel by Rosalie Ham written in 2000, and the main character is Kate Winslett, who plays Tilly Dunnage.

Tilly Returns to Town

The film is set in Dungalar in the Australian outback where Tilly grew up.  After 25 years, Tilly returns to her hometown to visit her mother Molly, played by Judy Davis, who is mentally ill and no longer able to take care of herself and her home is in a mess.  We are given insight to why Tilly left as the film progresses.  We meet Stewart Pettyman who died in 1926 and Tilly was blamed for his death and was banished from the town by Horatio Farrat, played by Hugo Weaving who was the local sergeant.

Tilly shocks the small town with her sophisticated outfits that are as cutting edge as the online slots Canada has to offer, and causes many heads to turn and the ladies in the town beg Tilly to make them outfits just like hers.  Gertrude Pratt, played by Sarah Snook asks Tilly to make her a special dress for the footballer’s dance, and Tilly agrees in exchange for the truth of how Stewart Pettyman died.  Tilly is unable to remember the events of that fateful day, and believes that she was responsible and so she was cursed. Gertrude tells Tilly that Stewart used to bully her and reveals the truth to her.

Sergeant Farrat tells Tilly that he was blackmailed into forcing her out of town by Stewart’s father, Evan Pettyman, played by Shane Bourne.  Farrat was a closet cross dresser and he and Tilly became friends and they shared their love of designer clothing.  The people of the town are beginning to accept Tilly back and Evan Pettyman is not happy about this and he tries to get her out of town by getting another dressmaker, Una Pleasance, played by Sacha Horler to start up another dressmaking service.  Tilly also falls in love with Teddy McSwiney played by Liam Hensworth, but their love story has a tragic ending.

The Truth is Revealed

Teddy recounts the full story of the day that Stewart died and Tilly finds out that it was an accident and she was not to blame for his death.  Stewart tried to hurt her by pushing her up against a wall and threatened to kill her by charging at her.  Tilly moved out of the way and he went head first into the wall and broke his neck.  Teddy’s brother, Barney McSwiney, played by Gyton Grantley witnessed the event but was afraid to come forward as he thought people would not believe him.

Molly encourages Tilly to make use of her talent for dressmaking as a way of getting back at the people of the town for treating her so badly.  Molly dies from a stroke and soon after that many things start going wrong in the town.  The local chemist who mistreated Molly drowns and his wife lets him die as he mistreats her.

The Dressmaker is an excellent film and is an important addition to your must see movie list.