Ouija Movie Lacks Any Real Terror by Christian Lovera

Ouija Movie - Christian Lovera

Ouija Movie

The infamous Ouija board games are popular all over the world. More than one has been seduced by the game’s creepy goal, to contact dead people’s spiritis. These games, however, are far from harmless, as very creepy incidents have happened surrounding this game. I try to keep away from it as far as human possible, got enough problems in my life without adding spirits from beyond the rift haunting me just because the other world is too boring for them. With such a creepy backstory one would think that a horror movie based on this would be a success. Far from it.

The movie begins with the mysterious death of long time childhood friend of  group of kids. Everyone is shocked by recent events since the girl that died used to be so cheerful. Her friends try to make sense out of her death and are looking for some answers, and here is when the Ouija board comes into play. They try to use it to contact her to get some answers and finally move on with their lifes, what they discover, however, has the opposite effect.The kids become hunted by a malignant force bent on killing each one.

The scare factor from the movie comes mainly from well placed jump scares, but that is about it. No good horror movie can exist based on a manufactured product.

The Top 10 Indie Films of this Year that You Should Definitely Watch

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Blue Rain

 

From blogs to viewers’ opinion and critics of indie films, these are the common picks as the best independent pictures of the year:

1. Ida: from Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, who in 2001 won BAFTA‘s “Most Promising Newcomer in British Film” award, Ida portrays the story of a young girl on the quest to find her roots, as Jewish holocaust survivor descendants. Incredibly moving, we see through the film how a simple discovery turns out into an unexpected development of events.

2. Boyhood: one of the very few -or maybe the only- film that was recorded during 12 years and using the same actors. So what we get is what we see: the real deal. Growing pains, the ordinary happenings of daily life and the big moments that shape the life of a boy who turns out surprisingly well against all odds. It has been highly praised and well criticized since its release.

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Boyhood – The movie

3. Only Lovers Left Alive: yet again, they’re still doing vampire movies. Except for this one stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, and showcases the dreadness of the modern world through a couple that’s been alive for quite a while now. As described by Vanity Fair, “vampires have never appeared so cool, cultured or human“. Just the trailer is intriguing enough to make you want to watch it -even if you’re a firm detractor of the vampire hype.

4. The Grand Budapest Hotel: with an outstanding direction of photography, a picturesque story and remarkable acting, these movie features a lobby boy that inherits a great first class hotel. But way before that happens, a succession of weird events and murders take place, in a fictional country set in the years between the two World Wars. The acting of  Ralph Fiennes is amazing!

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Grand Budapest Hotel movie

5. The Wind Rises: from director Hayao Miyazaki, this animated film takes a look at Hiro Jorikoshi’s life, the man who designed planes in Japan during World War II. The dialogues and music are entirely in Japanese, so if you’re a fan of manga or anime you’re in for a treat, even though it’s more of a kids-oriented tale film.

6. Like Father Like Son: have you ever imagined having your baby mixed up with another one after birth? This is what happens to Ryota Nonomiya. This is also a Japanese film, that shows the moving story of Nonomiya facing the difficult choice of choosing over his biological son or the one he has helped to raise for years.

7. Life Itself: ironically enough, this movie is about the American movie critic, Roger Ebert, who passed away just last year. The film walks by his journey, his illness and his reputation as a newspaper writer. Luckily, it has been received well by the critics. In fact, as some have put it “the only shame of Life Itself is that we can’t read Roger Ebert’s review”.

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Roger Ebert – Life itself

8. Blue Ruin: “The one with the gun gets to tell the truth”. This is a story filled with vengeance, suspense, the seek of justice and thrill, of how a man is capable of doing pretty much anything to protect his family, even when that means becoming an assasin.

9. Nymphomaniac vol. I: This highly expected Lars von Trier movie show a woman who is addicted to sex and, after she is saved by a man from a brutal beating, begins to recount all of her sexual encounters -which are mostly sickly-. Featuring well-known actors like Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman and Stellan Skarsgård, Nymphomaniac will leave you wanting more. The second part was also released this year.

10. Stranger by The Lake: this French film was launched at the beginning of the year. It tells the story of a paradisiac vacation spot in France only for men, and how one of them gets stuck in a love whimsy that seems to be destined to end with death. Regardless, this summer passion goes on…

 

 

 

British Independent Film Awards Has Its Favorites, by Christian Lovera

Independent movies, such as 71 and Pride, lead the list of favorites in order to win the British Film Awards. The British movie 71, directed by Yann Demange, has nine nominations, such as:

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    71

    Best Director

  • Best screenplay
  • Best debut director
  • Best British independent film
  • Best actor for Jack O’Connell
  • Best supporting actor for Sean Harris

The movie 71 follows the story of a British young soldier who is abandoned by his unit as a result of a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971.

In addition, the movie Pride has seven nominations, including:

  • Best British independent film
  • Best director
  • Best screenplay
  • Best supporting actress for Imelda Staunton
  • Best supporting actor for Andrew Scott and Ben Schnetzer
  • Most promising newcomer for Ben Schnetzer
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Pride

Pride is a British movie that follows the stories of gay activists who work to help miners during the strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in 1984.

In addition, other independent movies, such as Catch Me Daddy, Frank, and Mr. Turner, have five nominations respectively.

The independent movie Catch Me Daddy follows the story of girl named Laila, who is running away from her family. That is why, she hides in the West of Yorkshire with her boyfriend named Aaron. However, everything changes when her brother arrives in town with a gang of criminals. Now Laila has to run away in order to preserve her life.

The British movie Frank is about a young wanna-be musician who faces difficult situations when he joins a weird pop band, led by the uncommon and rare Frank.

The Bristish independent film Mr. Turner follows the story of part of the life of the eccentric and brilliant British painter J. M. W. Turner. I f you consider yourself as a fan of independent movies, we recommend you watching these incredible British independent films.

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Frank

In addition to the independent films mentioned above, the British Independent Film Awards nominated actors of the movie The Imitation Game for best actor Benedict Cumberbatch and best actress Keira Knightley. Addtionally, actress Alicia Vikander was nominated for best actress for her performance in Testament of Youth. Moreover, American actress Maggie Gyllenhaal was nominated for best supporting actress in the movie Frank, and Michael Fassbender for best supporting actor due to his performance in Frank too.

Approximately 70 British film industry professionals participated in the pre-selection committee. They had to watch more than 250 movies in order to choose the best ones. In addition, Oscar winning director Tom Hooper (King’s Speech) was chosen to select the final winners of the British Independent Film Awards. According to Hooper, he is really looking forward to taking wise decisions in order to award those British independent films that deserve it.   

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British Independent Film Awards

The ceremony of the British Independent Film Awards will take place in December 7th, Sunday, at the Old Billingsgate in London, England.

We suggest you to watch those movies before the ceremony in order to pick your favorite movies. In addition, you may predict the winners of this British ceremony.

 

 

 

 

Awesome Indie Movie Theaters and Websites, by Christian Lovera

There is no better way to spend our leisure time than watching a great movie and although, there are thousands of incredible Hollywood productions, we recommend you to watch at least once in your life an independent film, better-known as indie film. The directors of these movies focus more on creating a reaction towards the movie than the profits. In other words, you will be watching awesome movies with a low budget. From documentaries,comedies, drama, to science fiction, the independent cinema has something for you.

That is why, these are the incredible indie theaters in the United States and websites to watch indie movies:

Nuart Theater in Los Angeles

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Nuart Theater

Nuart Theater is located on the Westside of Los Angeles. This theater is dedicated to present the most creative independent films in LA. In addition, this theater has premiered indie movies, documentaries, foreign movies as well as animation films. Moreover, the theater has been renovated in order to have the ultimate technology.

The Nuart Theater is an adult-oriented cinema and offers a wide variety of amenities, such as:

  • beverages,
  • and gourmet snacks.

The experience in this movie theater is absolutely amazing.

Arena Cinema Hollywood in Los Angeles

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Arena Cinema Hollywood

One of the greatest features of this cinema is that it encourages indie films to be presented in the theater. In that way, the theater supports indie films as well as new directors, who have started in the movie industry. In addition, a forum, after the movies, is usually made in order to clear doubts of the viewers and solve any problem regarding the movie. In other words, directors have a closer contact with the viewers, which facilitate the experience of watching a movie, especially if it has a strange plot.

The staff is really kind and makes you feel like you were at home. As a matter of fact, this theater offers healthy snacks.

Harvard Film Archive in Boston

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Havard Film Archive

I f you want to watch hidden indie movies, this is the place that you should go. In the Harvard Film Archive, the movies present are unknown, which is good in order to know your indie movie taste and other movies as well as genres. The movies presented in this theater are part of big collection of movies that belong to Harvard Library System. In addition, the films presented here are from the beginning of the indie movie industry to current times.

Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston

You can watch almost every indie movie in the Coolidge Corner Theater, from black comedies, cartoons, comedies, to even war films. An awesome experience in this theater is guarantee. In addition, there are several theaters in Coolidge and you can rent them in order to make parties and events.

Website to Watch Indie Films

Indiepixfilm.com: in this website, you can buy indie films with an excellent quality. In addition, the films are very affordable; as a matter of fact, a movie costs 3, 99 US dollars.

Indiepixunlimited.com: if you are an amateur filmmaker, you have arrived to the right website. This site allows you to upload your movie and receive critics. In addition, if your movie is watched by lots of people, the website pays you.

Tallgrass Film Festival Rising Popularity

Every year the Tallgrass Film Festival takes place in Whichita, Kansas, United States. This year is not an exception and this film festival brings five days of parties, VIP events, educational opportunities and, of course, film screening. As a matter of fact, more than 200 indie movies will be screened in this festival. For that reason, if you are near Kansas and you consider yourself as an indie movie lover, we recommend you to go to the Tallgrass Film Festival.

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Half Brother is one of the movies that will be screened in the Tallgrass Film Festival

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Before I Disappear

The Tallgrass Film Festival was founded in 2003 by filmmaker and former student from Brigham Young University, Timothy Gruver. Since 2003 this festival has increased its popularity. According to the festival’s statistics, in 2013, more than 10,000 people attended to the Tallgrass Film Festival, including 34 visiting filmmakers and this year is expected more attendance that the previous years.

As a matter of fact, 206 movies will be screened in this festival, including 49 movies and 157 shorts. In addition, there are opportunities not only to watch American or Kansas-related indie movies, but there are movies that represent other countries, such as:

  • Nigeria
  • Sudan
  • Bulgaria
  • Iraq
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Morocco

According to director, Anthony Grippa, he heard from a friend that the Tallgrass Film Festival was an excellent event to submit his movie. Grippa stated that his friend told him that everyone that worked at Tallgrass were really nice and were very interested in movies. Thus, Grippa knew that this would be the perfect place to present his new movie called Half Brother. This movie follows a man on his thirties that is dumped by his girlfriend and has to move back with his parents. When the man comes back to his parent’s house, he notices that his mom and dad are facing a difficult situation in their marriage and probably they will divorce.

Some other movies that will be present at the Tallgrass Film Festival are:

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    Gone Doggy Gone

    Before I Disappear: this movie follows the life of Richie, an irresponsible man, who receives a call from his sister to take care of his niece, Sophia, for a few hours.

  • Life Itself: this documentary follows the life and career of popular film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.
  • Gone Doggy Gone: it follows the life of a married couple who treat their dog as a baby. Suddenly, the dog disappears and the couple begins a journey to look for the dog. At the end, they found the dog’s kidnapper and the couple renews the love of each other while defeat their fear of becoming parents.
  • The Living: a man wakes up with a terrible hangover and realizes that he has severely beaten his wife. Now, he has to redeem with her while her mother-in-law disapproves his actions and his brother-in-law hires an ex-con to kill him.

These are some of the movie that will be presented in the Tallgrass Film Festival, you must watch them all. For that reason, if you live or you currently are in Kansas, this film festival is a must, especially if you are a movie lover.

 

 

Dear White People: Living in Two Different Worlds, According to Christian Lovera

Racism has been a very controversial topic throughout the years and we have watched a lot of movies about racismin the United States in the 20th century such as The Help, 12 Years a Slave, and more. However, nowadays, racism still exists and that is what Dear White People is about.

The story follows the lives of several African-American students attending to the fictional Ivy League college Winchester University. Troy is a boy that wants to make his father proud and in order to do that he has to live in different worlds, the white one and the black one. In addition, there is Lionel, a gay student that wants to find his place in the world. Also, there is Coco, a girl that has identity issues since she wants to be famous without embracing her blackness. Lastly, there is Sam, a student who is in charge of demonstrating that racism still exists in the university.

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Dear White People

The purpose of the movie Dear White People is to present the lives of African-American teenagers and how they face their identity issues in a college that is surrounded with white people, that is to say, they are a minority.

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Dear White People

The idea of the movie came from new director Justin Simien. Simien began to write the first draft of the script in 2006 while he was studying at Chapman University in Orange, California. The movie reflects the life of Simien during college, where he was one of the few black people at a university filled with white people. Justin Simien states that during his stay at Chapman University he had to live in two different worlds, the black one and the white one and, of course, it was not easy.

For Simien, it was very important to find his identity, the type of black that he represents. For that reason, Simien wanted to reflect his point of view in an indie movie while creating a discussion about the state of racism in America, especially at the universities.

Increasing the Audience for Dear White People

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Dear White People

It was not an easy task to carry on with the movie. Since Simien is new in the movie industry, many Hollywood establishments rejected the project stating that it was too personal. However, Justin Simien did not give up and continue looking for options to produce his movie.

One of the director’s best ideas was to create social media accounts in order to increase the audience of the project and know the opinions of people regarding the movie. For example, Simien created a Twitter account impersonating one of the characters of the movie, Samantha White. The Twitter feed is @DeerWhitePeople and is fill with controversial commentaries about racism in order to get the attention of people.

The Twitter account increased the popularity of the movie and people were anxious to watch it. According to Justin Simien, the Twitter feed was useful to create lines in the movie and to develop Sam’s character and the reactions of people towards her comments.

Dear White People is a movie that you must watch because it is funny and explores racism in a different and humorous way.

 

Foreign Indie Movies According to Christian Lovera

We are used to Hollywood movies, those big productions with incredible visual effects, and more. However, once in a while, we need to relax and watch different movies, those low-budget films that are not necessarily bad, but different. In fact, some indie movies are even greater that Hollywood movies.

In this article, we talk about foreign independent movies! Keep scrolling to know what we found!

From Venezuela

Regarding Venezuelan movies, the film industry is increasing in the Latin American country, producing awesome movies of different genres. One of its popular films of this year was the movie Libertador (The Liberator); this film focuses on the life of Venezuelan liberator and one of the most notable men in South America, Simón BolívarLibertador is definitely a movie that you must watch, starring famous Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramírez. The rest of the cast includes:

  • Erich Wildpret
  • María Valverde
  • Iwan Rheon
  • Gary Lewis

Another awesome Venezuelan movie is Pelo Malo (Bad Hair), it follows the life of a nine-year-old boy named Junior, who lives with his hard-working mother and his baby brother. Junior has curly hair but he has an obsession with straightened his hair while her mother is scared of Junior becoming a homosexual in the future. This movie presents aspects of the Venezuelan culture; especially it presents the working poor people and their lifestyle. The cast includes:

  • Samantha Castillo
  • Beto Benites
  • Nelly Ramos
  • María Emilia Sulbarán

From Argentina

Argentinean movies have had a lot success at Cannes Film Festival and other events. As matter of fact, they have been acclaimed as some of the best movies regarding the Latin American film industry. One of the movies that you must watch is Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales). This movie comprises six short films about love, deception, tragedy,drama, and violence, everything contained in just 120 minutes. Relatos Salvajes presents different stories, but the structure of the movie is very organized; therefore, there are no reasons to get lost in the plot. In addition, the movie has a particular dark humor. This Argentinean film is 100% recommended. The cast includes:

  • Ricardo Darín
  • Oscar Martínez
  • Leonardo Sbaraglia
  • Erica Rivas
  • Rita Cortese

El Ardor is another Argentinean movie that you must watch. The film follows the story of Kaí, interpreted by Gael García Bernal, a man that came out from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue the kidnapped the daughter of a poor famer who was murdered by people that took his farm. The story has love, drama, and more. In addition, Brazilian actress Alice Braga plays Vania, the kidnapped daughter. In addition, the rest of the cast includes:

  • Claudio Tolcachir
  • Jorge Sesán
  • Iván Steinhardt

From Brazil

The Brazilian film industry is one of the most advanced industries in Latin America. The country produces a considerable amount of movies per year. However, one of the greatest Brazilian films of 2014 is O lobo atrás da Porta (A Wolf at the Door). The movie is about the feelings of people involved in a love triangle. This movie is about love, lust, and revenge. Although this is the first movie of director Fernando Coimbra, it is absolutely awesome. The cast includes:

  • Thalita Carauta
  • Juliano Cazarré
  • Milhem Cortaz
  • Leandra Leal