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This weekend, we’re keeping you on the edge of your seats with some of the more gritty, binge worthy movies of the 2010s. From science fiction to comedy dramas, we have got you covered.
We put in a little something at the end to help relieve the tension built up by these movies.
This is the directional debut of scriptwriter and novelist, Alex Garland. It’s a gripping, claustrophobic story centred around Artificial intelligence.
A Fortune 500 CEO genius, Nathan (Oscar Isaac),invites Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), to his remote home in forested mountains to test out his AI invention.
The female AI prototype, Ava (Alicia Vikander), blurs the line between being a self-aware robot and just an elaborate simulation.
It’s from the onset, unique; going against generic stereotypes, like for example, Nathan looking or behaving nothing like your average Nerd.
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As the movie moves along, Nathan’s domineering traits come to the fore. You get chills as the sinister reasons for his inventions become known.
Over the course of the film, it is carefully paced towards a violent conclusion that seems right and inevitable. It doesn’t end the way you would think though.
The aesthetics of the movie are astounding and push the limits to how far the sci-fi genre can go. It’s extremely well scripted and the four person cast deliver on it to create the tense atmosphere of dread and impending violence needed al. It is a 7.5/10.
This is Hugh Jackman’s last on-screen appearance as the wolverine and it’s a fitting end to this cinematic arch. It’s easily one of the best X-Men movies ever and has it origins in the comic book saga titled OLD MAN LOGAN.
It’s an intense, brutal film, full of sudden waves of bloody mayhem. What’s surprisingly brutal about it though, is the overwhelmingly dark emotional content in it.
Based off the huge success of Deadpool at the box office, James Mangold is given a lot of leeway by way of profanity, nudity and R-rated Violence.
The premise centers around Logan being drawn into a conflict between an organization called Transigen and its experimental subject X-23, also known as Laura (Dafne Keen).
As the movie progresses, it becomes clear that she is his clone. Another key factor to note is the tortured relationship between Logan and Charles Xavier, who resent and need each other in equal measure.
Incredibly graphic images of blood and Gore are on full display on our screens wherever Logan and his daughter go.This is in stark contrast to the bloodless maiming of enemies by Logan in previous movies.
It’s a gory watch that will leave you with both feelings of satisfaction and sadness at the end of this X-Men arch. It is an 8/10.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa, heavily influenced by Alien, it’s an interesting watch despite it’s predictable conclusion.
It’s plot revolves around a space crew coming in contact with some primitive life from a Mars soil sample.
Initially the organism (Calvin) is held in awe and scientific fascination. As it’s fed Glycerin by Hank (Ariyon Bakare), it grows exponentially fast.
As it grows, it becomes incredibly dangerous. It also becomes obvious that the organism is highly intelligent.
The rest of the crew is played by Jake Gyllenhaal, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rebecca Ferguson,as a C.D.C. emissary tasked with quarantining any foreign entity; Olga Dihovichnaya and Ryan Reynolds as a cocky mechanic.
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The labyrinthine feel to the space ship combines with the increasingly dangerous alien that can seemingly survive anything creates a sense of dread throughout the film.
Questionable decisions are taken by the crew out of empathy at critical intervals, which lead to the eventual death of everyone on board.
It’s a gripping watch with the beautiful sci-fi aesthetics and how much detail is put into how the scenes progresses. It is a 6.9/10.
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
This highly acclaimed film is a comedy-drama heavy on the dark elements.
After a teenager is raped to death and the case goes cold without any matching DNA, the distraught mother (Frances McDormand) rents 3 billboards on a road to call out the local Police’s negligence.
This move draws the attention of the local press which lead to things spiralling out of control for the police department.
This causes a series of events that culminates in suicide and arson amongst other things.
The plot seems simple enough but an excellently written script by Martin McDonagh presents this movie with different layers.
A brilliant cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Caleb Landry Jones, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges, Clarke Peters, and John Hawkes all perform incredibly to bring the script to life.
The dialogues are exceptionally written. The screenplay is judiciously paced but never boring. Every scene has it’s consequence in the grand scheme of things in the movie. This movie is one of those rare films that feels both profound and grounded. It is an 8.6/10.
This comedy drama is set in Southern America in the 60s where racist tensions are high and palpable.
This mismatched-buddy road trip movie with a message about race relations is directed by Peter Farelly and is based on a true story.
Two men of contrasting personalities and backgrounds will develop an unusual bond as they travel across the American south.
Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen)is a lug of a man with a clear idea of right and wrong. He’s hired by world class pianist, Dr Don Shirley( Mahershala Ali) to be his chauffeur, valet and muscle.
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Both of them couldn’t be more different in term of their background. In addition Dr Don is African-American while Tony is Caucasian.
What is so emphatic about this movie is the detail in the script to which the characters are developed and interwoven in a way not as predictable as you would first think.
The script is brought to life by two exemplary actors that make every second of this movie’s 2 hour watch time worth it. It is an 8/10.
PARKS AND RECREATION
This is a good natured comedy series that’s probably up there with 30 rock as the one of the most underrated comedy series ever.
It’s witty from episode to episode and heavy on light hearted comedy from line to line. It also has its elements of dark humor here and there.
It is set in Pawnee, a small Indiana town. The plot of the comedy series is more or less about how an ambitious, optimistic, stickler-for-rules Civil servant, Leslie Knope ( Amy Poehler) battles to give her beloved small town a park.
The supporting cast led by Nick Offerman are a diverse yet unanimously weird bunch. Whats noteworthy is that, there’s a progression in the development of all the characters.
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By the season finale, one can sense that all the characters that at the end are almost. completely different to those that started
It will have you laughing with it’s feel good wit. It’s so well scripted that the jokes always hit home. It is an 8.2/10.