TV & Films Recommendations

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of November 15th - November 21st


Films

#Soft Flex
Movie:
Shadow (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Description: Another praiseworthy wuxia film gracing us from China, Shadow is an action/drama with stunning visuals and political intrigue surrounding the goings-on of the city of Jingzhou. We learn that prior to the onset of the story, two neighbouring kingdoms competed for control of the city in the form of a duel between two of their best warriors. The loser of the duel (Ziyu) challenges Yang Cang (the winner) to a rematch without his kingdom's permission and is stripped of his rank and authority by the kingdom's cowardly ruler. Afterwards, it is revealed that Ziyu is not the real Ziyu, but a look-alike adopted at a young age due to his uncanny resemblance and potential use as his "shadow" (hence the title inspiration) - the real Ziyu was nearly fatally wounded in the original duel and is recuperating in a cave while plotting the recapture of Jingzhou.

While the story is well-written, the immediate draw of the film is its visual aesthetic. The entire movie is shot with a filter that dulls the majority of the natural colours and renders characters and backdrops in near black and white. In addition, much of the dialogue is soft spoken making the whole experience nearly hypnotic at times. A very strong title for fans of cinematography and action alike!

@ Saburo
Movie:
The Foreigner (2017)
Genre: Action, Thriller
IMDb Synopsis: A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers' identities.

%IWouldPreferNotTo
Movie:
Source Code
Genre: Sci-Fi
Description: Groundhog Day but with high stakes. Source Code presents an incredibly thrilling situation: What if you died, but you had the chance to stop an event that killed hundreds? It stars Jake Gyllenhaal so you know it's a good movie.

+yackback
Movie:
Incendies
Genre(s): War, Thriller, Mystery
Description: Before he did Blade Runner 2049, before he did Arrival, before he did Sicario, Denis Villeneuve made Incendies. The film's title is French for "Scorched" and based on a play that in turn was based in part on a real person's experience in the Lebanese Civil War. I don't want to say too much more about the plot, but I'll just say this is probably my favorite Villeneuve film of the 4/6 I've seen.



Television

#Celestial
Show:
Hell's Kitchen
Genre: Reality
Description: A show known for Gordon Ramsay yelling at cooks in a kitchen, the show is much more than that and truly shines. It's a great look into what it takes to run a high end restaurant. From preparing foods for a dinner service, to being able to work together with multiple chefs, to being able to deliver multiple different dishes simultaneously and more. Don't want to give too much away here, so definitely watch it if you haven't yet!

%Fragments
Show:
Into the Badlands
Genre: Drama, Action
Description: In a dystopian future, civilization has resorted to a feudal landscape where factions are led by rival barons. A prestigious warrior named Sunny aims to escape the Badlands with the help of M.K., a strange and mysteriously powerful teenage boy. One of the best martial arts-based dramas I've seen, it's got plenty of action, drama, comedy, and even heartbreak.

Bondie
Show:
Toast of London
Genre: Comedy, Sitcom
Description: Written by Arthur Matthews and Matt Berry, starring Matt Berry as the lead character Steven Toast, an actor living in London with his best friend Ed. A very British comedy following Toast through his unsuccessful acting career and love life.
 

Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of November 29th - December 5th

Movies

#Celestial
Film:
Wet Hot American Summer
Genre: Indie, Comedy
Description: An absolute classic film about the last day of summer camp. Stars tons of actors before they became nearly as big as they are today (don't want to spoil the surprise of who here) and a definite must watch for casual fun by anyone who hasn't yet watched it.

#Soft Flex
Film:
Pacific Rim
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Description: Earth is rocked by the arrival of Kaiju (giant monsters) via an interdimensional rift in its Pacific Rim (see what they did there?). In response, humankind develops Jaegers (big robots) to combat them and preserve life as they know it. Honestly, it's robots punching monsters - you can sign up for that alone and leave satisfied, but there is JUST enough plot in between punches and explosions to pique one's interest in an overarching extended universe.

What else can I say? It's a fun ride, and one probably best enjoyed on a big screen. My only advice is take your time getting around to seeing the sequel - it's a mess of a movie.

@ Saburo
Film:
The Protector (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
IMDb Synopsis: A young fighter named Kham must go to Australia to retrieve his stolen elephant. With the help of a Thai-born Australian detective, Kham must take on all comers, including a gang led by an evil woman and her two deadly bodyguards.

%aenima
Film:
Evil Dead (2013)
Genre: Horror
Description: An absolute blast of a blood bath.



Television

%iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Insatiable
Genre: Comedy
Description: A disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager as his client and has no idea what he's about to unleash upon the world.

%IWouldPreferNotTo
Show:
The Legend of Korra
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Description: Everyone says it's not as good as The Last Airbender, which is true, but it's still a really good show. While it's in the Avatar series and features the Avatar after Aang, Korra is its own, more mature show and you should approach it as such, not expecting more of The Last Airbender.
 
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Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of December 6th - December 12th

Movies

#Celestial
Film:
Batman Begins
Genre: Action, Adventure
Description: Often overlooked in the shadow of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, the initiation of Nolan's series is one that quite a few actually consider to be the best of the trilogy. While I won't go so far as to say that, I will say that it lays down the roots wonderfully for the series and stands out as one of Cillian Murphy's best performances.

#Soft Flex
Film:
Bumblebee
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Description:
It took approximately 1 minute and 30 seconds to realize this movie was destined to surpass the mess that Michael Bay made of the Transformers franchise in his five (yes, FIVE, somehow) live-action films. The action begins on Cybertron and in its opening moments, long-time fans of the series should be able to recognize classic Autobots/Decepticons without ever needing to hear their names. The bulk of the picture follows plucky, yet troubled teen Charlie and her discovery of the battered Bumblebee on Earth some time after his landing. Hailee Steinfeld makes for a likeable human focal point within the story and even contributes on the movie's soundtrack!

I put off watching this film for two years after having had enough of watching Bay butcher the franchise I loved while growing up (I even skipped his last attempt altogether), but was in the mood for an action/sci-fi picture yesterday and was more than pleasantly surprised. The action is a good bit of fun and there's plenty of subtle nostalgia/throwbacks for fans to pick up on!

@ Saburo
Film:
About Time (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
IMDb Synopsis: At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

%IWouldPreferNotTo
Film:
The Shawshank Redemption
Genre: Drama
IMDB Synopsis: Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

%RavioliQueen
Film:
Ocean's Eleven
Genre: Action, Heist
IMDb Synopsis: Danny Ocean and his ten accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.



Television

%iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Big Mouth
Genre: Comedy
IMDB Synopsis: Teenage friends find their lives upended by the wonders and horrors of puberty.

+yackback
Show: Doom Patrol
Genre: Superhero, Comedy, Action
Description: "I am become God! Destroyer of worlds!" - Ezekiel, the apocalyptic cockroach. The best superhero show outside of Daredevil. Also, the first 3 episodes are on YouTube. Also, Brendan Fraser and Timothy Dalton.
 

Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of December 13th - December 19th

Films

@ Saburo
Film:
Yesterday (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Music
IMDb Synopsis: A struggling musician realizes he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.

%aenima
Film:
Almost Famous
Genre: Coming-of-age, Comedy
Description: A story of a teenage kid travelling the U.S. with a rock band, falling in love, living the lifestyle, and trying to write for Rolling Stone. It's a fantastic film, one that will warm your heart and rock your socks.

%IWouldPreferNotTo
Film:
Venom
Genre: Superhero/Antihero
Description: Tom Hardy as Venom, the Spider-Man villain/antihero. This film isn't that amazing as a superhero film (it's pretty generic and there's some rough action moments), but I highly recommend watching it in the lens of a part horror, part romantic comedy.



Television

#Soft Flex
Show:
Cobra Kai
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Description: Set approximately 30 years after The Karate Kid, Cobra Kai feels like a true sequel to the original film. The story follows a middle-aged Daniel and Johnny with the former maintaining a healthy work/family balance, while the latter has been struggling through life since his story left off. After a series of misfortunes, Johnny is inspired to revive his infamous dojo, Cobra Kai, much to Daniel's dismay, which sparks the old rivalry between them.

I went in with mild expectations and was met with a blast of nostalgia I didn't know I needed. The series has no shortage of familiar characters making cameos, props, music, set pieces, flashbacks and a healthy dose of cheese! If you enjoyed The Karate Kid at any point in life, I have a feeling you'll find something you love within this series - check it out!

%iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Archer
Genre: Comedy, Action
IMDb Synopsis: Covert black ops and espionage take a back seat to zany personalities and relationships between secret agents and drones.
 

Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of December 20th - December 26th

Movies
#Soft Flex
Film:
True Grit (2010)
Genre: Drama, Western
Description: This film is a remake of the classic 1969 John Wayne western, and I'll admit up front I have yet to see the original (I will someday), but I can fully vouch for the quality of this picture on its own! The story is simple and easy to follow, while the characters are colourful and fun to watch interact. In particular, a young Hailee Steinfeld stands out in her big screen debut as Mattie Ross - she's a fast-talking, peppy, driven girl who gives her veteran acting coworkers a run for their money.

@ Saburo
Film:
The Wrestler (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sport
IMDb Synopsis: A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.



Television
%iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show: Elite
Genre: Teen Drama, Mystery
IMDB Synopsis: When three working-class teenagers begin attending an exclusive private school in Spain, the clash between them and the wealthy students leads to murder.
 
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Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of December 22nd - January 2nd

Movies

@ Saburo
Film:
Incendies (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
IMDb Synopsis: To fulfill their mother’s last wish after her sudden death, a twin brother and sister must travel through the Middle East to deliver letters to close relatives they never knew they had. As we follow their search, flashbacks slowly reveal to us key moments in the life of their mother's own journey.

%aenima
Film:
REC (2007)
Genre: Horror, Found Footage.
IMDb Synopsis: A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

%IWouldPreferNotTo
Film:
Coco
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
IMDb Synopsis: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.



Television

#Celestial
Show:
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Genre: Supernatural
Description: Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as Buffy, a teenage vampire slayer who hunts not only vampires, but also other supernatural beings as she attempts to balance her social and school life and tries to not lose herself along the way. Joss Whedon's creation is full of kick ass action and takes the viewer on a truly unique ride.

#Soft Flex
Show:
Mike Tyson Mysteries
Genre: Comedy, Animation, Adventure
Description: Join a ragtag crew consisting of the former heavyweight champion of the world, his adopted daughter, the ghost of a nobleman from the 1800's and a man-turned-pigeon as they muddle their way through clearing up unsolved situations together. I wish I'd discovered this series sooner, as I'm a big fan of silly, deadpan humour. And although the series was cancelled back in September, there are 4 glorious seasons to revisit with most episodes only running 10-11 minutes - perfect for filling up gaps in your day when you don't have enough time for hour-long dramas or feature-length films!

%iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Final Space
Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy, Adventure
IMDb Synopsis: An astronaut named Gary and his planet-destroying sidekick called Mooncake embark on serialized journeys through space in order to unlock the mystery of where the universe actually ends and if it actually does exist.
 

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Movies


Film: The Help
Genre: Drama, Historical Drama, Romance
IMDb Synopsis: An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.


Film: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Genre: Drama, Music
IMDb Synopsis: Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable "Mother of the Blues". Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's play.

Television

Show: Lovecraft Country
Genre: Drama, Novel, Historical fiction, Horror fiction, Historical fantasy, Dark fantasy
IMDb Synopsis:
A young African-American travels across the U.S. in the 1950s in search of his missing father.


Show: The Umbrella Academy
Genre: Action, Drama, Superhero fiction, Fantasy television, Science fiction, Dark comedy
IMDb Synopsis: A family of former child heroes, now grown apart, must reunite to continue to protect the world.
 

Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of January 2nd - January 9th

Movies

#Buffy (formerly Celestial)
Film:
Wonder Woman 1984
Genre: Superhero/Comic Book
Description: The follow-up to the 2017 hit Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman 1984 takes a little while to get going, but picks it up and finishes strong. The theme resonates well and it packs much of the fun and action present in the 2017 original film.

#Soft Flex
Film:
Detroit Rock City
Genre: Comedy, Music
Description: A coming-of-age comedy following four rebellious youth and their misadventures as they make their way to Cobo Hall, Detroit to see their (as well as my ;]) favourite band - KISS! Shortly after the onset of the movie, our leading group of friends hit a snag when one of their mothers (the hardass, religiously-fanatical one - go figure!) discovers their four concert tickets while doing laundry. After pulling her son out of school, she burns the tickets and sends him off to boarding school, leaving it up to the others to bust him out, make their way to the big city and come up with a contingency plan along the way.

The soundtrack in particular will appeal to rock and metal enthusiasts, as it's comprised of about 50% KISS and 50% other legendary bands from the 70's/80's. The rest of the film is hilarious, provocative, occasionally heartfelt and a must-watch for comedy/music enthusiasts alike!

@ Saburo
Film:
Bad Education (2019)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime
IMDb Synopsis: The beloved superintendent of New York's Roslyn school district and his staff, friends, and relatives become the prime suspects in the unfolding of the single largest public school embezzlement scandal in American history.

%aenima
Film:
Jennifer's Body (2009)
Genre: Horror, Comedy
IMDb Synopsis: A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?

+yackback
Film:
Oldboy (2003)
Genre: Drama, Action, Mystery
Description: My favorite movie from South Korea. A man is kidnapped and imprisoned. After 15 years, he's given a cell phone and a suit and told to go find out the who and the why.



Television

%iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
IMDB Synopsis: As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.
 
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Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of January 10th - January 16th

Movies

#Buffy
Film:
Blue Crush
Genre: Sports, Romance
Description: A young woman has to find balance not only on her surfboard as she prepares for a big competition with the best surfers from around the world, but also her own insecurities, her relationship, taking care of her little sister and trying to live up to her own as well as her friends' expectations.

#Soft Flex
Film:
A Simple Favor
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Description: Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), an overachieving, underappreciated, single mom who runs a parenting vlog befriends (somewhat by accident) Emily (Blake Lively), a fellow mother of a child in her kid's class. One day, Emily goes missing and due to her somewhat brash and off-putting demeanor, Stephanie decides it's her responsibility to dig into the nature of her disappearance since no one else is likely to volunteer.

I wasn't expecting much going in, but the way the mystery unravels is solidly entertaining and Anna Kendrick is hilarious in her role. Worth a watch for fans of thrillers and mysteries that border on becoming black comedies without ever quite crossing the line.

@ Saburo
Film:
Underwater (2020)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
IMDb Synopsis: 7 miles below the ocean surface something has awakened. A crew of oceanic researchers (Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Mamoudou Athie, T.J. Miller, John Gallagher Jr., Jessica Henwick) working for a deep-sea drilling company try to get to safety after a mysterious earthquake devastates their deepwater research and drilling facility located at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. They are constantly under the threats of deep pressure, dark water, dangerous deep-sea creatures, and a constant lack of oxygen.

P.S. It gave me SOMA vibes.

%IWouldPreferNotTo
Movie:
Soul (2020)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
IMDb Synopsis: A musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself.

%noct
Film:
Perfect Blue
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Anime
IMDb Synopsis: A pop singer gives up her career to become an actress, but she slowly goes insane when she starts being stalked by an obsessed fan and what seems to be a ghost of her past.



Television

%iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Raising Dion
Genre: Superhero, Comedy
Description: A widowed single mom discovers that her son has superpowers and tries to figure out how to raise him safely and responsibly.

+yackback
Show:
The Wire
Genre: Drama, Crime, Police
Description: Sometimes you gotta go to the classics. Overshadowed by The Sopranos during its original run, it's now held up next to it (along with Breaking Bad) as possibly the best drama out there. I can't really undersell this show's reception critically. Every season takes a look at a different institution within Baltimore, from the drug trade to the political system to the media. The creators were dedicated to realism, and several former police officers have minor roles, including a former commissioner of the Baltimore police. A significant number of characters on both sides of the law are based off of real people, and several of these inspirations appear in other roles. Normally I don't go to trailers, but this is one of the best I've ever seen:
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Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of January 17th - January 23rd

Movies
#Buffy
Film:
Speed Racer
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sports
Description: One of my personal favorite films, Speed Racer is a fun, action packed film with a retro style of coloring combined with futuristic technologies. Based on the comic (and later on TV series), the film's protagonist, Speed, must balance his family history and business with his own personal goals and relationship as he competes on the world's racing circuit. The Wachowskis' work is fantastic (completely different from The Matrix and Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon and Emile Hirsch are all perfectly cast.

#Soft Flex
Film:
Thoroughbreds
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Description: A pair of upper-class high schoolers (Lily, an only child from a broken family and Amanda, an emotionless teen with pending animal cruelty charges following the unlawful euthanization of her crippled horse) reconnect after letting their friendship dwindle years prior. It's hard to tiptoe around the details of the rather simple (but not unentertaining) plot without spoiling anything, but suffice it to say they enter into an agreement to carry out a rather heavy task with the help of a third party.

The strength of the movie is not in the story so much as it is the performances by the two girls. Their chemistry is unique, particularly in the way they view other characters in the film. This was also one of the very last films Anton Yelchin appeared in before his untimely passing.

@ Saburo
Film:
Ran (1985)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
IMDb Synopsis: Japanese warlord Hidetori Ichimonji decides the time has come to retire and divide his kingdom among his three sons. His eldest and middle sons - Taro and Jiro - agree with his decision and promise to support him for his remaining days. The youngest son Saburo disagrees with all of them arguing that there is little likelihood the three brothers will remain united. Insulted by his son's brashness, the warlord banishes Saburo. As the warlord begins his retirement, he quickly realizes that his two eldest sons selfish and have no intention of keeping their promises. It leads to war and only banished Saburo can possibly save him.

+yackback
Movie:
Wolfwalkers (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Description: The best and most beautiful animated movie this year. Like, almost every frame could be a desktop background. Amazing score, cinematography, direction, wolves. Best comparison I can think of is Kubo and the Two Strings. 9/10. Just don't watch the trailer and go in blind, it gives away literally 7/8ths of the movie.



Television
%iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Total Drama
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Action
IMDb Synopsis: Created as a parody of shows such as Survivor and Fear Factor, Total Drama Island focuses on twenty-two teenagers' arrival at Camp to compete on a reality television show. The contestants are divided into two teams and must compete in challenges. While the winning team earns invincibility, the losing team has to vote off one of their own players. Whoever is voted off must walk the Dock of Shame to the Boat of Losers and leave the island. The teams eventually dissolve and the elimination process continues until the last contestant standing wins a grand prize of $100,000.

%IWouldPreferNotTo
Show:
Disenchantment
Genre: Animated, Medieval
IMDb Synopsis: Princess Tiabeanie, 'Bean', is annoyed at her imminent arranged marriage to Prince Merkimer. Then she meets Luci, a demon, and Elfo, an elf, and things get rather exciting, and dangerous.

Bondie
Show:
Vikings
Genre: Action, Adventure, History
IMDb Synopsis: Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore - and raid - the distant shores across the ocean.
 
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Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of January 24th - January 30th

Movies

#Soft Flex
Film:
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Description: Ruth (Melanie Lynskey), a single woman living alone and battling depression, feels that the world is full of assholes. This sentiment is compounded when her house is burglarized, her family's heirloom silverware set is stolen and the police just don't seem motivated enough to provide any real assistance. She takes matters into her own hands, teaming up with a very unusual neighbour (Elijah Wood) along the way, and together muddle their way through the early steps of an amateur private investigation before realizing too late that they've bitten off more than they can chew. A hilarious, black comedy for anyone who can appreciate crude/dark humour.

@ Saburo
Film: Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Music
IMDb Synopsis: In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero's fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all.

+yackback
Film:
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Description: A boy and his foster father are the subjects of a manhunt through the forests of New Zealand. Absolutely hilarious. Directed by Taika Waititi.


Television
%iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Someone Has to Die
Genre: Crime, Drama
Description: The story begins with a young boy being asked by his parents to return to Spain to meet his fiancée. He returns accompanied by Lazaro, a mysterious ballet dancer. This show is about the bad traditions in the past.
 

Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of January 31st - February 6th

Movies

@ Saburo
Film:
The Proposal (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
IMDb Synopsis: A pushy boss (Sandra Bullock) forces her young assistant (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in order to keep her visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada.



Television
#Soft Flex
Show: Fargo
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Description:
A mishmash of dark crime mysteries based in and around the same eponymous town as the original 1996 film. Each season has its own separate story which wraps up neatly by the end, which means they can technically be viewed in any order, but there are loose connections between the seasons which allow for cameos and Easter eggs for those who watch chronologically. The show features powerful performances from its broad cast which will have you glued to your screen (my favourite being Billy Bob Thornton in S1).


%iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Merlí
Genre: School, Comedy, Philosophy
IMDB Synopsis: TV series about a high school philosophy teacher, Merlí, who teaches in an original way, and about the students of his class, including his own son, and the relationship, friendship, love, and problems among the students of the class.
 

Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of February 7th - February 13th

Movies

@ Sab
Film:
Roman Holiday (1953)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
IMDb Synopsis: Overwhelmed by her suffocating touring schedule, Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) begins to rebel against her guardians when she and her royal entourage arrive in Rome. One night Ann sneaks out of her room and escapes her luxurious confinement. However, a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, and she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann's regal identity and promises his editor he can get an exclusive interview with the Princess, but romance soon gets in the way.



Television
#Buffy
Show:
Angel
Genre: Supernatural
Description: Technically a spin off from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel stands as a good show of its own volition and can be watched as a standalone series (though I would highly recommend watching it in concert with Buffy). It centers around the titular character as he embarks on his path of redemption from all the destruction and horrible things that haunt him from his past. This show is full of action, dark humor at times, relationships and demons as well as plenty of other supernatural things.

#Soft Flex
Show:
Superstore
Genre: Comedy
Description: After Netflix recently dropped the first five seasons, I decided to dip my toe in for an episode or 2 in between shows and ended up binging all five seasons in about 6 days. The cast and characters are fantastic (I'm a fan of naive/adorkable Cheyenne and dimwitted Marcus, personally) and the humour brings a good mix of witty, silly and slapstick. Honestly, after 5 seasons I can say the strength of the writing hasn't waned in my eyes and I could see it plowing ahead for another several seasons.

%iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Locke & Key
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
IMDB Synopsis: After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father's death.

%IWouldPreferNotTo
Show:
Frasier
Genre: Sitcom, 90's
IMDB Synopsis: Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle, where he lives with his father, and works as a radio psychiatrist.
Additional comments: Honestly this show is aged in a lot of ways, and if you take that into account and ignore some of the stuff that's problematic now (the 90s were a different time), it's still really hilarious, speaking as someone who watched it for the first time in 2021.

%RavioliQueen
Show:
Derry Girls
Genre: Comedy, Sitcom
IMDB Synopsis: Set during the time of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, this show follows a group of 4 Irish girls (and one English lad) as they navigate their teen years, juggling school, religion, and their family, all while getting themselves into heaps of trouble and mischief.
 

Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of February 14th - February 20th

Movies

#Soft Flex
Film:
Galveston
Genre: Crime, Drama
Description: Galveston follows a retiring hitman in the wake of a recent terminal illness diagnosis. Unbeknownst to him, he is set up by his former employer and narrowly escapes with a teenaged prostitute named Rocky who he reluctantly agrees to shelter while they run for their lives. To complicate things, Rocky convinces him to let her rescue her younger sister from an abusive household along the way.

The film is billed as an action revenge thriller, but I don't believe that to be a fair or accurate description of what this picture is really about. The film is not outstandingly rated on many mainstream sites and I believe that to be due to the confusing nature of the various synopses found around the web. There are powerful acting moments woven between the various subplots and reveals, and they are what makes this film stand out in my opinion. NOT recommended for younger audiences or those who shy away from darker themes.

@ Sab
Film:
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Description: Three magazine employees - Darius (Aubrey Plaza), Jeff (Jake Johnson), and Arnau (Karan Soni) - head out on an assignment to investigate the author of a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel. They travel to a coastal town in Washington where Jeff only becomes interested in chasing after his high school crush and Arnau wants some kind of life experience. Darius ends up spending her time with Kenneth (Mark Duplass), the man who believes that he has built a time machine. The closer they become and the more they understand about each other, the less clear it becomes whether Kenneth is just crazy or if he actually is going to successfully travel back in time.


+yackback
Film: The Fall (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Description: A bedridden and possibly paralyzed stuntman tells a fantastical story to a young girl recovering from a broken arm. Shot in 28 countries over four years. No sets, only locations.



Television

%iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Lupin
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Description: Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief Assane Diop sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family. I LOVED this show because it's a crime show but in the thief's POV. They show you the whole story of why he is who he is and why he does what he does until you think that what he is doing is the right thing to do. It is very interesting and only has 5 chapters.

%RavioliQueen
Show:
Doctor Who
Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
IMDB Synopsis: Follow adventures through time and space facing aliens, deadly monsters, machines, and much more alongside the Doctor and their companions.
 
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Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of February 21st - February 27th

Movies

@ Saburo
Film:
Coherence (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
IMDb Synopsis: Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead. Venturing out to investigate why a particular house has lights after a blackout, the friends start to experience a troubling chain of reality bending events.

%noct
Film:
10 Cloverfield Lane
Genre: Horror, Thriller
IMDb Synopsis: After getting in a car accident, Michelle awakens to find herself in a mysterious bunker with two men named Howard and Emmett. Howard offers her a pair of crutches to help her remain mobile with her leg injury sustained from the car crash and tells her to "get good on those" before leaving the bunker. She has been given the information that there has been an alien attack and the outside world is poisoned. However, Howard and Emmett's intentions soon become questionable and Michelle is faced with a question: Is it better in here or out there?



Television

#Buffy
Show:
Legend of the Seeker
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Description: A man raised away from a whole world of magic and other fantasy things is suddenly told he is the chosen one, the seeker. As the seeker he is to wield The Sword of Truth and bring balance back to the world. Based on a fantastic book series, this show is well worth watching.

#Soft Flex
Show:
Pros vs. Joes
Genre: Game Show, Sports
Description: A goofy Spike TV game show from the mid-2000's, Pros vs. Joes features average dudes competing against themselves and former professional athletes across a wide variety of sports in a series of drills, circuits, races and other exercise variants. I wish the network had done more with this series - it was always entertaining to see normal people get thrown into the fray and get a taste of what professional athletes do at the highest level, and even more entertaining to see them rise to the challenge and raise a few eyebrows among the pros!

%czim
Show:
The Sopranos
Genre: Drama, Action, Mafia
Description: Follows the personal life of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano after he starts seeing a shrink following panic attacks. One of the greatest TV shows of all time having excellent drama, action and comedy.

%iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Never Have I Ever
Genre: Comedy
IMDB Synopsis: The complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl, inspired by Mindy Kaling's own childhood.

%RavioliQueen
Show:
Good Girls
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
IMDb Synopsis: Three suburban moms turn to robbery for monetary gain before being roped into working alongside a dangerous gang and building a criminal empire.

+Blue YM
Show:
Daredevil
Genre: Superhero
Description: Show about blind lawyer by day, the devil of Hell's Kitchen by night. Acting, characters, cinematography and plot are all on a very high tier. Marvel outdid themselves with this show.
 

Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of February 28th - March 6th

Movies

#Buffy
Film:
21
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Description: A young man in college looking for a way to pay for his upcoming graduate school meets a professor who helps him realize his potential at counting cards. Starring Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth and Laurence Fishburne, this is a fun and quick watch that will surely satisfy the viewer.

#Soft Flex
Film:
Mortal Kombat (1995)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Description: To commemorate the soon-to-be-released, seemingly-faithful sequel in April of this year that fans have been waiting for for the past 25, I pay tribute this week to the film my younger self called my favourite movie for the decade prior to Kung Fu Hustle's release!

I was as big a fan of this movie as I was terrible at the games it was based on, and I could not even begin to accurately predict how many times I've seen it over the years. Easily one of the best video game adaptations on the big screen, and for sure my favourite, this movie is an epic cheesefest of a time. The characters they chose to include look accurate to their game counterparts, the action is entertaining despite the dated special effects and it's just an easy movie to get into when you don't feel like thinking too hard for an afternoon.

Plus, the greatest movie theme song of all times! Just don't go expecting great things from its technical sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation...

@ Saburo
Film:
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
IMDb Synopsis: Taking place in Missouri in the early 1880s, the last seven months in the life of famed outlaw Jesse James is shown, beginning with the Blue Cut train robbery of 1881 and culminating in his assassination at the hands of Robert Ford. In the time between these two fateful events, the young and jealous Ford befriends the increasingly mistrustful outlaw, even as he plots his demise.

%IWouldPreferNotTo
Film:
21 Jump Street (2012)
Genre: Cop, Comedy
IMDb Synopsis: A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

%noct
Film
: Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
IMDb Synopsis After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.



Television

@iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Lucifer
Genre: Crime, Fantasy, Drama
IMDb Synopsis: Lucifer Morningstar has decided he's had enough of being the dutiful servant in Hell and decides to spend some time on Earth to better understand humanity. He settles in Los Angeles - the City of Angels.
 
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Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of March 7th - March 13th

Movies

@ Saburo
Film: Ripley's Game (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
IMDb Synopsis: A former business associate from Berlin's underworld pays a call asking for Tom Ripley's help in killing a European crime boss. Ripley - ever a student of human nature - decides to initiate a game to turn a dying family man in need of money into a hitman.

%noct
Movie:
Blue Velvet
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
IMDb Synopsis: The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

+Kiwiko
Film:
Spirited Away
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
IMDb Synopsis: During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

%Toxtricity-Amped
Movie:
The Prestige
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
IMDb Synopsis: After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.



Television

#Soft Flex
Show:
MXC: Most Extreme Elimination Challenge
Genre: Game Show, Comedy
Description: MXC was a goofy, yet addicting, Spike TV "original" that aired in the mid-2000's. It repackaged footage from the late 80's Japanese game show Takeshi's Castle and dubbed over the original audio with silly/crude dialogue and sound effects. Since the original clips were old, producers were able to bring its audience the best highlights of the original game show over its run to maximize the hilarity. The courses and stunts set the tone for similar game shows in the future such as Wipeout and American Ninja Warrior.

@iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Star vs. The Forces of Evil
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Action
Description: I'M A BIG FAN OF THIS SHOW! This was my favorite show for a lot of time - it is about a girl who is learning to use her magic and travels to Earth to live with a family, the Diaz's. The son of the family, Marco Diaz, becomes her best friend and they begin to have adventures. It is a simple plot but as the seasons go by you see the past, the evolution and the personality of the characters - you love or hate each of them and you yearn to see how it will end.
 

Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of March 14th - March 20th

Movies

#Buffy
Film:
Adventureland
Genre: Dramedy
Description: A fun thrill that follows young adults and their lives as they work in a theme park in the 70's. The cast headlined by Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds and Bill Hader packs comedic elements with dramatic overtones that make for a must watch. Available to stream via HBO at the time of this writing, definitely check it out!

#Soft Flex
Film:
Léon: The Professional
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Description: When a young girl is orphaned following her family's murder by her father's corrupt employers, she is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a reclusive assassin living down the hall from her apartment. Over time the two develop a unique relationship and he begins teaching her the tricks of the trade in his profession.

At the time of this post, the film is available on Netflix but it appears to be a director's cut of sorts. There is a version(s) available elsewhere that, if available to you, contains extra scenes that add to the character development and bond between the two protagonist stars. I do, however, see arguments for and against the exclusion of them in the slightly abbreviated release (still a great film in either case!).

@ Saburo
Film:
Primer (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
IMDb Synopsis: Four men in a suburban garage have built a cottage industry of error-checking devices. But, they know that there is something more. There is some idea, some mechanism, some accidental side effect that is standing between them and a pure leap of innovation. The limit of their trust in each other is strained when they are faced with the question, "If you always want what you can't have, what do you want when you can have anything?"

%noct
Film:
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Genre: Horror, Slasher
IMDb Synopsis: Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas fall victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

+yackback
Film: Fail-Safe (1966)
Genre: Thriller, War
Description: Directed by Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men), starring Henry Fonda and Walter Matthau. Similar to Dr. Strangelove in plot, but not a comedy. Lumet and Kubrick had a war on which one should be released first. You can probably guess the winner.

Bondie
Film:
I Got A Story To Tell
Genre: Documentary
IMDb Synopsis: This documentary features rare footage filmed by Christopher Wallace's best friend, Damion "D-Roc" Butler, and interviews with his closest friends and family, revealing a side of Biggie Smalls that the world never knew.



Television

@iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Fate: The Winx Saga
Genre: Adventure, Drama
IMDB Synopsis: A live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon's Winx Club (2004). It follows Bloom as she adjusts to life in the Otherworld, where she must learn to control her dangerous magical powers.

%Toxtricity-Amped
Show:
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
IMDB Synopsis: In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.
 
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Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of March 21st - March 27th

Movies

#Soft Flex
Film:
Hero
Genre: Action, Adventure, History
Description: A nameless prefect is awarded an audience with the king of Qin during China's Warring States period after claiming to have successfully bested three assassins in single combat with whom the king has survived multiple attempts on his life previously. The king's skepticism leads to him hypothethizing the true nature of Nameless' meetings and several reenactments of those moments play out for the audience.

I believe I previously recommended this film in our old TVBF Recs thread, but I'm bringing it up again for our newer/returning visitors as I believe it's an amazingly well-told and beautiful wuxia film even as we near its 20th anniversary next year (and full disclosure, I've been nominating it for FOTD for the better part of the past half-year and will do anything for brownie points in our draws every other day so I can finally pick a new film :[).

@ Saburo
Film:
Moon (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
IMDb Synopsis: With only three weeks left in his three-year contract, astronaut Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. The long period of time alone however has already taken an alarming toll on his mind. When he has an accident, he wakens to find that he is not alone. He also comes to realize that his world is not what he thought it was.

%noct
Movie:
Creep
Genre: Horror, Found Footage
IMDb Synopsis: A young videographer answers an online ad for a one-day job in a remote town to record the last messages of a dying man. When he notices the man's odd behavior, he starts to question his intentions.



Television

@iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Blue Mountain State
Genre: Sport, Comedy
IMDB Synopsis: Three incoming freshmen attending Midwestern college football powerhouse Blue Mountain State must quickly adapt to college life and juggle football, girls, classes and nonstop hazing.
 

Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of March 28th - April 3rd

Movies

@ Saburo
Film:
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
IMDb Synopsis: Unhappy with the dull and lonely direction his life has taken him, the socially-awkward Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) has a chance to change that when he's tasked with finding a missing photo that could save his company from being downsized. In a wild and unexpected turn of events, Walter's adventure takes him to all corners of the world as he attempts to track down the mysterious and elusive photographer to ask the whereabouts of the missing photo.

%IWouldPreferNotTo
Film:
Nomadland (2020)
Genre: Drama
IMDb Synopsis: After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.



Television
#Soft Flex
Show:
Invincible
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Description: A series focused on a high-schooler whose father is the most powerful superhero on Earth, as he develops powers of his own and navigates the challenges of balancing those abilities along with school and family life.

The series dropped its first 3 episodes on Prime Video just a couple days ago and is adapted from the comic of the same name by Robert Kirkman. It's yet another mature and nuanced take on superheroes and although I haven't read the comic and am therefore only judging it based on its initial TV launch, I have to say its strength seems to be in its character interactions and development. Just be ready for some sharp turns in plot and tone!

@iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Nicky Jam: El Ganador
Genre: Biography, Music
IMDb Synopsis: A look at the life and career of the Latin music superstar, Nicky Jam.

%Toxtricity-Amped
Show:
The Office (US)
Genre: Comedy
IMDb Synopsis: A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium.
 

Toshinden

/me flexes softly
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TV & Films Recommendations for April 1st

Movies
#Buffy
Film:
Scary Movie
Genre: Spoof, Comedy
Description: Absolutely comedic gold and a true classic. Do you want a ridiculously-cheesy-in-all-the-wrong-ways spoof? You got it! Honestly, it's a shame this was just snubbed from AFI's 100 years...100 Films list and if you don't have this film on constant loop playing in your house what is you doing?

@iDybalaJr en YT!~
Film:
All Harry Potter films
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Description: A very interesting saga of movies. I can literally watch this masterpiece without sleep, excellent characters, excellent villains, and they pass really fast from how entertaining it is.

@ Saburo
Film:
Dragonball Evolution (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Description: Probably the best adaptation of DBZ we could ever ask for. They even put a modern spin on it which could have ruined the entire movie, but the directors were smart with it and it paid off big time. I don't even want to spoil a single thing about this film, it's a masterpiece. If you have the time, please watch it.

%noct
Film:
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
Genre: Horror, Cosmic Horror, Mindmelting
Description: A true masterpiece of horror. Combines a common phobia of clowns and the fear of the uncertainty of the cold, unfeeling universe. Gave me nightmares for weeks.

%Toxtricity-Amped
Film: The Last Airbender
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Description: First off, this is movie is a cinematic masterpiece. The acting, CGI and direction are all near flawless. The casting choices and name pronunciations are part of what really makes this film. Not to mention, it is a fantastic adaptation of an average children's animated TV series, finding a way to expertly fill 20 episodes of filler into a great story. There isn't much else to say other than M. Night Shyamalan really outdid himself with his best project yet.

+yackback
Film:
Drive Hard
Genre: Action, Buddy
Description: John Cusack. Thomas Jane. Guns. Explosions. Driving. John Cusack's vape. One of the best films ever made, with some of the best writing ever seen. I want you to watch this, alright? Because that's what I said you should do and you do the things that I say that you're gonna do, alright? That's something you do.
 

Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of April 11th - April 17th

Movies

#Soft Flex
Film:
Run
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Description: Following complications at birth, Chloe grows up into a promising senior high schooler on the verge of being accepted into college despite being challenged by a myriad of long-term health conditions. She lives with her mother who plays the role of caretaker, teacher and the majority of her social interaction in the world. One day, however, she finds something peculiar when her mom returns from a grocery trip which causes her to wonder if her mother is hiding something.

A solid, recent thriller starring Sarah Paulson (the mother) who, as usual, shines in the thriller genre. I will say that the biggest twist is perhaps on the predictable side, but I found surprises in places I didn't expect to find them, which, coupled with Sarah's performance, made it a very worthwhile watch (especially since the film is only an hour and a half). If you like thrillers, check it out!

@ Saburo
Film:
Salt (2010)
Genre: Action, Thriller
IMDb Synopsis: As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt's efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: "Who is Salt?"

%noct
Film:
Sound of Metal (2019)
Genre: Drama
IMDb Synopsis: A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.



Television
@iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
How To Get Away With Murder
Genre: Crime
IMDb Synopsis: A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.
 

Toshinden

/me flexes softly
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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of April 18th - April 24th

Movies
#Saburo
Film:
The Lobster (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
IMDb Synopsis: In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts of their choice and then sent off into The Woods.

#Soft Flex
Film:
Deadpool 2
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Description: This week I pay homage to the then new and now former champion (read: highest grossing) of R-rated films. It's already impressive when a comedy sequel can match the laughs garnered by its predecessor, but even moreso when it can do it without leaning too heavily on throwback jokes and references from the original while also introducing compelling and likeable new characters, which is exactly what Deadpool 2 accomplishes.

Honestly, the X-Force sequence alone is better than half of today's full-length comedy films being released - absolutely worth the watch if you enjoy superhero and/or comedy films.

%noct
Movie:
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
Genre: Horror, Neo-Western
IMDB Synopsis: In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.



Television
@iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Money Heist
Genre: Action, Drama
IMDb Synopsis: An unusual group of robbers attempt to carry out the most perfect robbery in Spanish history - stealing 2.4 billion euros from the Royal Mint of Spain.

%RavioliQueen
Show:
Psych
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Action
Description: Shawn Spencer, a mischievous and novice sleuth with a keen eye for detail, is hired by the Santa Barbara Police Department after fooling them into thinking he's a psychic. Dragging his best friend Gus into his hijinks, the pair take on solving many a case, but not without getting into some trouble along the way.
 
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Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of April 25th - May 1st

Movies
#Buffy
Film:
Mortal Kombat (2021)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Description: Never really played the games (tho I did watch my friend play Injustice), but I can say that this film is definitely entertaining. The plot is somewhat cheesy and predictable at times, but the action sequences and special effects more than make up for it. If you like fantasy and action films, you should definitely check it out and at the time of this post, it is still available to stream on HBO Max (as well as playing in theatres)!

#Saburo
Film:
The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
IMDb Synopsis: In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

%noct
Film:
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)
Genre: Horror
Description: "Who's flicking the lights?" "Nosferatu!" In all seriousness though, this is a classic horror movie from the olden days that I can't recommend enough out of respect for its sheer influence.

%Toxtricity-Amped
Film:
Zack Snyder's Justice League
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
IMDb Synopsis: Determined to ensure Superman's ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne aligns forces with Diana Prince with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions.



Television
#Soft Flex
Show:
Blue Mountain State
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Description: A small handful of freshmen commence their post-secondary "educational" years at college football powerhouse Blue Mountain State. They all go through their own struggles as they adapt to training, school, girls, and party life while committing the bare minimum effort to maintaining good standing with the school.

This is one of my favourite sitcoms that didn't get enough recognition during its original run on Spike TV due to poor marketing (in my opinion). Season 3 falls a little flat compared to the strong opening seasons of the show due to odd casting decisions but the show is very bingeable and rewatchable even 10 years later - Thad Castle (Alan Ritchson) absolutely steals the show every episode and it's a crying shame that he isn't featured in more movies and shows by this point.

@iDybalaJr en YT!~
Show:
Codename: Kids Next Door
Genre: Animation, Adventure
IMDb Synopsis: The adventures of a group of ten-year-old friends who fight for the right to do everything that adults restrict from them.

%IWouldPreferNotTo
Show:
Better Off Ted
Genre: Sitcom
IMDb Synopsis: In an amoral science-based company, a manager tries to keep control of his scientists while being pressured by his shrewd boss.

%RavioliQueen
Show:
Outer Banks
Genre: Teen, Drama, Adventure
IMDb Synopsis: A group of teenagers from the wrong side of the tracks stumble upon a treasure map that unearths a long buried secret. This show follows John B and his friends (the Pogues) as they follow clues to a treasure, and find out their town is hiding much more than meets the eye.
 
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