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Top 5 Movies That Accurately Describe Depression

Art is clearly imitating real life in these honest movies that tackle on a rather sensitive topic: depression.

Depression is described as a state wherein daily activities become difficult, constant anxiety is experienced and it ultimately affects the person’s well-being and their will to go on with life.  Whether diagnosed or not, depression is very real and is something that many people should seek help for.

In cinema, there has been a variety of movies that get the subject right and don’t sugarcoat it like most mainstream films do. Many of these plots are driven by those who choose to keep their depression a secret, and oftentimes the characters are artists or young people who go through a period wherein people have a hard time trying to comprehend with. The movies aren’t always told with a gloomy tone, some even use comedy to depict how life continues to go on, no matter how hard it is for the protagonist to move along with it. Regardless of how they are made, these movies were all brutally honest yet beautifully crafted.

Check out ExploreTalent’s list of top movies that accurately tackle on depression:

1. Sylvia (2003)

This British biographical film is about acclaimed poets Sylvia Plath (author of The Bell Jar and played by Gwyneth Paltrow) and her relationship with fellow poet Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig). Like many relationships, they started out with so much potential but gradually drifted apart after episodes of infidelity committed by Hughes. It ultimately concluded with Plath’s suicide after dealing with depression for so many years. The film, however, does not accurately depict what had transpired during their marriage as Plath never did admit her mental condition to her husband.

Throughout her young life, she battled with depression and her feelings of betrayal throughout her marriage had only intensified her sadness. The movie explores what contributed to her death and how cases of depression can sometimes turn into something as heartbreaking as suicide.

2. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

The black comedy film Little Miss Sunshine went on to receive critical acclaim and several film awards including an Oscar for Alan Arkin as best supporting actor. It talks about a family that is composed of amusing characters including young actress Abigail Breslin as Olive, a little girl who joins the Little Miss Sunshine pageant, and Steve Carell as her homosexual uncle who has repeatedly tried to kill himself.

The whole family packs up to leave for California where the pageant is held in the now iconic yellow Volkswagen van. Over the course of their road trip, they have to deal with their own issues while trying to remain positive for Olive.

The whole movie is equally funny and heartbreaking, and it teaches the audiences a lesson about how we can all learn to see the burdens of life in a different way through the eyes of an innocent child.

3. Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

The main protagonist, Zia, commits suicide at very start of the film. It then cuts to a certain afterlife, where he meets people who committed suicide as well. There are a slew of interesting characters in the movie, including the people Zia befriends in this limbo world: Eugene, a man who lives with his family who committed suicide as well, and Zia’s love interest in the film, a girl named Mikal.

Despite the fantastical elements, the movie does not steer away from the reality of suicide and the feeling of regret and hopelessness that comes along with it.

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

When Charlie (played by Percy Jackson actor Logan Lerman) enters his first day of high school, he is haunted by the suicide of his friend Michael, who killed himself just a year before. There he encounters Patrick (Ezra Miller), who is involved in a secret relationship with the school’s star football player and his cousin Sam (Emma Watson), whom Charlie develops a crush on.

This heartfelt story is based on the novel of the same name written by author Stephen Chbosky. Over the course of the movie, the audience will get a glimpse of Charlie’s struggles and how the many things that have transpired in his life triggered his constant panic attacks.

5. It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

The 2007 film It’s Kind of a Funny Story is based on another young adult book, this time written by the late Ned Vizzini. Vizzini suffered depression as well and committed suicide three years after the movie was shown.

Just like the book, the movie had a comedic tone to it. It follows teenager Craig (Keir Gilchrist), who checks himself in a mental facility after he contemplates suicide by jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. There, Craig meets the other patients of the ward and finds solace through their companionship.

The movie does not focus on depression being caused by strained relationship or any events that could have triggered it but mostly talks about how the pressures of life can sometimes be overwhelming.

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ExploreTalent: Horror Movies Derived from Literary Classics

Film and literature have gone hand in hand over the years. Together, they have helped weave imaginations and gave audiences the kind of entertainment they deserve. There are numerous horror movies that have gotten inspiration from literary masterpieces. These stories, which are set during the romantic era, make for perfect plot and stunning scenes. The gothic yet romantic feel definitely makes a pleasurable viewing experience, so it is no wonder that filmmakers turn to the past to create stories for the future generation.

But do know that not all horror movies got their start from ghoulish tales. In fact, a few of them come from fairy tales or tragedies. Familiarize with some of these films by checking out the list brought to you by ExploreTalent:

1. Interview with a Vampire (1994)

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The Anne Rice classic gets its big screen treatment in the 1994 film starring Hollywood heavyweights Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, and Kirsten Dunst. Cruise takes the role of one of the most iconic villains of all time: Lestat the vampire.

The dynamic on-screen chemistry of Pitt and Cruise may have received mixed reviews and even got a Razzie for Worst On-Screen Couple, but the movie still went on to be both a critical and financial success. Ten years later, a sequel entitled The Queen of the Damned was released to cinemas but did not do as well as its predecessor did.

2. Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

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Edgar Allan Poe is known for his tales of both mystery and macabre and he has a made a slew of stories under this theme throughout his career. But what Poe also contributed to literature was that when he created The Murders in the Rue Morgue and brought to life the detective genre as well.

The 1932 film, however, bears little resemblance to the actual book, but it still does include grisly murders, orangutans, and a lot of mystery.

3. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2006)

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Many might argue that the original 1886 novella written by Robert Louis Stevenson was in no way a horror story. But looking back at the story line, the double persona that Dr. Jekyll has to go through explores the greatest horror that humans have ever known: that dark—often sinister—side that many keep to themselves.

The 2006 adaptation featured horror movie staple Tony Todd as both doctor and his feral alter ego. The movie failed to retell the literary classic and focused more on gore and violence so it could appeal to modern audiences.

4. The Exorcist (1973)

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There is something about a demonic possession that disturbs audiences but draws them in at the same time. The Exorcist, which was written by William Peter Blatty, follows a young girl who is possessed by a demon and the two priests that are racing against time and risking their lives to save her.

The movie version, which came just two years after, is often regarded as one of the most famous horror movies of all time. By 2000, the movie was re-released to audiences. It has since then inspired a slew of possession-themed films over the years and is definitely something that movie lovers should not skip.

5. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

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When it comes to vampire movies or television series involving a similar theme, no one has seemed to have outdone the 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Based on the 1897 novel from Bram Stroker himself, this movie became an international hit and has continued to bedazzle audiences everywhere. It does help that acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola was the one behind the movie as his story telling proves to appeal to different generations. What is great about this film is that it does not attempt to dehumanize Dracula but shows audiences what caused him to resort to bloodthirsty ways.

6. The Shining (1980)

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Perhaps, there’s nothing more terrifying haunted hotel–themed movie than The Shining. The movie was based on the novel of the same name written by one of this generation’s most notable authors, Stephen King.

In The Shining, Jack Nicholson plays the character Jack Torrance who is haunted by the ghosts of mountain isolated hotel after he takes the job to be the caretaker. Today, the movie is regarded as one of the greatest horror classics of all time and has become a staple in popular culture.

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Most Expensive Films Ranked from Worst to Worth Watching

Despite the threat of Netflix taking over, movies continue to be an unstoppable force in the entertainment industry. When talking about massive and not to mention expensive films, audiences still find a way to clamor around cinemas to see the movie unfold through a supersized screen.

But unfortunately, big budgets do not automatically translate to massive returns or favorable reviews. See the most expensive films ranked from bad to worth watching brought to you by ExploreTalent:

10. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

Budget: $210 million

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Metacritic: 32%

Rotten Tomatoes: 18%

IMDb: 5.7/10 

The fourth installment of the Transformers franchise was just a bore fest filled with nothing but CGI robots fighting each other. Despite the low reviews, it still went on to be one of the most successful movies of 2014, hitting box-office sales of $1.104 billion worldwide.

9. John Carter (2012)

Budget: $263.7 million

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Metacritic: 51%

Rotten Tomatoes: 51%

IMDb: 6.6/10

The movie John Carter is infamously known to be the biggest box-office bombs in history. But it isn’t the worst film on this list because it has a more interesting story line than Transformers: Age of Extinction, and it also helps that it did a good amount of justice to the book that it was based on amid stunning cinematic visuals.

8. Minions (2015)

Budget: $74 million

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Rotten Tomatoes: 55%

IMDb: 6.4/10

Minions were first introduced through the Despicable Me movies as the adorable but clumsy assistants to evil mastermind Gru. They finally got their self titled “origin” movie that was released last 2015. The movie was not quite a hit with the critics, but they did manage to reel in audiences, earning over a billion dollars in the box office.

7. Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Budget: $200 million

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Rotten Tomatoes: 52%

IMDb: 6.5/10

Despite showcasing a strong cast and a jaw-dropping CGI filled recreation of Wonderland, 2010’s adaptation of the iconic Lewis Carroll book was not as astonishing as the original movie. Disney did do a good job by having Tim Burton direct Alice in Wonderland, though, as his signature filmmaking skills resonated throughout the film. But this sits far from standards of the recent live action movies that the production company has been coming out with, and the 2016 sequel did not seem to fare any better.

6. Avatar (2009)

Budget: $237 million

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Metacritic: 83%

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

IMDb: 7.9/10 

James Cameron‘s Avatar surpassed his own hit Titanic in the box office. The graphics and gripping plot were enough to reel audiences in. But many have argued that the story line had been borrowed from that of Pocahontas with American settlers looking to conquer foreign lands for resources. Whether Cameron took inspiration from that movie or not, no one can argue that Avatar continues to be one of the most compelling films in cinematic history.

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II (2011)

Budget: $250 million 

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Metacritic: 87%

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

IMDb: 8.1/10

After the Harry Potter franchise ended, most young adult book adaptations failed to gain as much momentum as it did. The last movie proved to be the perfect film to wrap the whole story line up with and their efforts were not in vain. Fans gave a well-deserved good-bye and thank you to what can only be the best movie of the series.

4. Jurassic Park (1993)

Budget: $379 million

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Metacritic: 59%

Rotten Tomatoes: 72%

IMDb: 7.1/10

No doubt about it, Jurassic Park is easily one of Steven Spielberg‘s most well-loved masterpiece. The movie gave a terrifying look into what happens when humans mess up with nature, and not to mention introduce the world to the wrath of an angry Tyrannosaurus Rex and an equally terrifying pack of velociraptors.

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Budget: $306 million

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Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

IMDb: 7.1/10

Fans of the Star Wars franchise were pretty pleased at this reboot after that highly criticized prequels released a decade ago. The Force was literally awakened by this film as it stayed true to the original story line and even featured iconic characters such as Han Solo, Princess Leia, and even the lovable Chewbaca while introducing new players to the plot.

2. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)

Budget: $220 million

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Metacritic: 69%

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

IMDb: 8.1/10

The 2016 film Captain America Civil War came close to taking this spot, but everyone would agree that this was the film that started it all. The cinematic masterpiece that was The Avengers introduced the new generation to a league of superheroes, and while it may have naturally spawned a sequel, nothing really beats the original.

1. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Budget: $93 million

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Metacritic: 92%

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

IMDb: 8.8/10

Ironically, the best expensive film on this list uses half the budget of most of the movies here. But that did not stop the first installment of the Lord of the Rings franchise from becoming the best epic fantasy film to date. So far, no movie has ever surpassed this book adaptation, which garnered several accolades including four Academy Awards that year. So far, its reboot prequel The Hobbit has not been as well received and only received success because of the legacy it rides on.

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The Most Unforgettable Movie Scenes of All Time

A strong story line is the back bone of a great film. The screenplay comes in at close second while the acting, editing, and other technical details follow. But one thing people often take note of is that one scene that audiences won’t stop chattering about as soon as they leave the cinema. These can sometimes even be better than the entire movie itself.

ExploreTalent has put up a list of the most unforgettable movie scenes of all time. Find out if your pick made it in the list below:

1. American History X

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This movie gave Edward Norton an Oscar nomination and it was a well-deserved one. In the film, Norton plays a young man named Derek who practices neo-Nazism and influences his younger brother to do the same. Together they fall into a life of crime involving racism and even murder.

The whole movie was filled with shocking scenes, including the brutal rape and beating of Derek during his time in jail by fellow neo-Nazis. But another scene that had audiences at the edge of their seat was Derek taking revenge on the men who stole his truck in a rather violent outburst. He comes to the point where he pins one of the thugs to the curb and crushes his teeth as his younger brother watches. It immediately makes the audience question why anyone would go that far in response of a stolen truck. This particular scene displays Derek’s white supremacy and how the same beliefs lead to his own downfall.

2. Silence of the Lambs

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It is no question that Hannibal Lecter is the most terrifying fictional serial killer of all time. But people often forget that Buffalo Bill was the main antagonist of the film Silence of the Lambs, and he happened to be a part of one of the most thrilling movie scenes of all time.

When FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodi Foster) is unwittingly lured to Buffalo Bill’s lair, she finds herself blind when he cuts the power out. What happens next is a deeply unsettling scene that audience can view through Bill’s night vision goggles. However, Starling proves to be the gifted agent that she was sought out to be and ultimately gets the upper hand.

3. Toy Story 3

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This entry may raise some eyebrows as both Pixar and Disney have to be the most family-friendly production studios out there. But in Toy Story 3, one particular scene had the audiences biting their nails, even the adults! That is the infamous incinerator scene where Woody and the other toys that were loved since childhood almost met their fiery doom. The toys held hands—and there probably wasn’t a dry eye in the audience as many were convinced that this was the end of the Toy Story series. But as fate (and Disney magic) would have it, they were rescued by a blinding light and by characters that have been in the story line since the very beginning. It is not only an interesting twist but a very satisfying one that proves that Pixar is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

4. Se7en

Scene: The Box

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The movie Se7en has been dubbed as one of the best neo-noir thrillers in film history. All of the movie scenes involve a shocking death depicting each of the seven deadly scenes. As soon as Detectives Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and his hotheaded yet quick-thinking partner Mills (Brad Pitt) capture John Doe (Kevin Spacey), they are led through a series of mind games, which conclude in a dessert where they are presented with a mysterious box.

Mills ultimately becomes a victim himself as he plays out the last deadly sin, wrath, after violently shooting John Doe. It is pretty understandable why this character did so, but it left audiences at awe on how gripping the whole scene was that many forgot that they were only acting.

5. Full Metal Jacket

Scene: Pyle’s death

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Every film buff knows that Stanley Kubrick is more than capable of creating a masterpiece, and one of his most notable works is Full Metal Jacket, which centers around a platoon of marines throughout their training period. While the movie is full of groundbreaking movie scenes, seeing the character Pyle (Vincent D’ Onofrio) succumb to his mental breakdown was particularly heartbreaking and terrifyingly brutal at the same time.

The whole scene plays out as Private “Joker” is confronted by Pyle in the bathrooms. The latter is in a dangerous state of mind and has live ammunition in tow. It just showed how much the bullying Pyle had undergone throughout the film had finally taken its toll. Their sergeant steps in and yells at Pyle to pull himself together, but it is unsuccessful as Pyle shoots him anyway, and just as the audience gears up to see Joker shot as well, Pyle turns the rifle to himself.

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Stars of ‘Game of Thrones’ Reveal Their Diet and Fitness Secrets

Game of Thrones has to be the biggest and most popular show in television. A part of its success can be credited to the extraordinary cast members. After all, shooting a medieval-themed television series is both physically and mentally demanding especially with the long hours spent on the set. To cope up with this, most of the stars follow healthy diet regimes and workouts to be fit at all times.

ExploreTalent has rounded up the fitness secrets of different Game of Thrones stars. Find out how they stay in shape below.

1. Hafþór JúlíusThorBjörnsson (The Mountain)

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In the series, The Mountain is a fearsome presence; and with a physique like that, it is easy to see why. While Björnsson is certainly nowhere near as violent as his Game of Thrones counterpart, he still is intimidating to look at. Other than appearing in the HBO show, Björnsson participates in the World’s Strongest Man competition and often ends up as a constant front runner.
Björnsson practices natural exercise methods, such as lifting traditional weight. But it should be noted that the weight he lifts is more than what the average man can take. His diet is not for the fainthearted as well, so it is best to consult a licensed health expert before following it. Björnsson’s “light” breakfast consists of eight eggs, 200 grams of oats, and a variety of strawberries, avocados, and blueberries. To get a full list of his diet, check out his official Facebook post.

2. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark)

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This striking redhead started off young in the series, but audiences had the delight of watching her bloom to a beautiful lady. Sophie Turner, whose recently starred in X-Men:Apocalypse where she played the mutant Jean Grey, needed to shape up for the part.

Turner’s training involved hill sprints and kettle bells, which took more than 60 minutes for six days a week. In the June issue of Self magazine, Turner shared that exercise has made her feel more positive and less self-conscious about her body. As for her diet, the English actress stated that she had adopted a “healthy lifestyle.”

“I’ve really embraced healthy eating,” she told the magazine. “It makes you feel a lot better and more energetic. I’m inspired to get up and out.”

3. Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo)

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Even with his character killed after just one season, fans could not get enough of Jason Momoa. The actor has always been known for his muscular build, but upon getting numerous movie and television roles like Khal Drogo, Conan the Barbarian, and a part in the upcoming Aquaman movie, Momoa needed to build even more muscle.

Momoa followed the Accelerated Results 7 (AR 7) developed by fitness expert Eric Laciste. The high-intensity workout focuses on weight training and involved short rest intervals.

4. Kit Harington (Jon Snow)

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Jon Snow knows nothing, but Kit Harington definitely knows fitness. The 29-year-old actor finds himself garbed in layers of coats and armor in the show, but beneath all that is one of the most impressive physiques in the entire show. Looks like it is not an easy job trying to train the world’s most popular bastard, as Harrington’s workout is far from the ordinary weight training many individuals endure.

His coach, Dalton Wong, told Men’s Journal that Harington’s routine is modeled after actual things he would do on set, so it involves a ton of full body movements rather than isolation exercises. Wong focused on strength training workouts, which are aimed at strengthening his back, glutes, and legs. Some examples incorporated in Harrington’s 60-minute sessions include deadlifts, lunges, and cable routines that are similar to swinging a sword.

5. Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell)

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Natalie Dormer has already been a household name before she appeared in Game of Thrones, and she is well known for her fit body. Dormer stays in shape by running, yoga, swimming, and is always keen to try new fitness activities. She happens to be a fan of juicing as well, which helps rid the body of harmful toxins.

After starring in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Dormer revealed that running while carrying semiautomatic rifles proved to be a grueling workout. She was also able to compete in the 2014 London Marathon, and she shared with Self magazine that she was both amazed and proud of her feat.

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Shark Films for Every ‘Jaws’ Fans Out There

There has been a slew of shark films since Steven Spielberg came out with Jaws back in 1975. Moviegoers  have seen a few hits and misses out there, but this type of movies never really fails to draw fans of the genre in. So it just begs the question, what makes a good shark film? Well, the secret lies not only in the terrifying monster of the deep ocean but with the characters as well. Audiences would most likely remember a film for the memorable characters that are weaved in with a compelling plot and thrilling action scenes.

While Jaws may have been successful in making moviegoers fear the ocean, it also can take credit for changing the destructive monster genre in Hollywood. In honor of the classic movie, ExploreTalent has put up a list of shark attack movies that are certainly worth your time.

1. Open Water (2003)

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This movie is a terrifying look into what could happen to you if you get stranded in the middle of the ocean. A vacationing couple is left by their scuba group when the crew mistakenly counted two members twice. They are forced to fend for themselves while dangerous bull sharks and jellyfishes lurk around.

The movie has a simple plot, but the action is enough to reel audiences in and no one can argue that the ending is something people don’t usually see in disaster films. It is loosely based on the real-life disappearance of American couple Tom and Eileen Lonergan back in 1998. The couple went missing during a scuba trip in the Coral Sea and are now presumed dead.

2. 12 Days of Terror (2004)

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This made-for-television film is one of the best shark-themed movies out there, and another one that is based on true events that took place in New Jersey back in 1916. The incident left four out of five victims dead after a series of vicious attacks. The man-eating shark even terrorized rivers as it ventured toward freshwater territory, causing a wave of panic among the residents of the nearby towns. What’s even more eerie about all these events was that the exact species of shark was never determined neither was the reason behind their destructive behavior.

3. The Shallows (2016)

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Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively stars in this heart-stopping survival thriller, which centers around a surfer who is attacked and stranded a few yards from the shore. She then needs to gather her wits and resources to outsmart a ravenous great white shark that targets her.

The movie has been released to generally positive reviews, with critics praising Lively’s performance and the overall unsettling atmosphere the whole film has to offer. It has also done well in the box office, earning beyond the estimated box office projection.

4. Sharnado (2013)

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As far as B-rated monster flicks are concerned, this has to be an all-time favorite. An outrageously silly plot? Check. Monstrous sharks sprouting from a tornado? Check. Sharknado embodies a movie that is so bad, it’s actually pretty good.

For those who are curious, a fictional “Sharknado” is formed when a water sprout in the ocean brings a slew of killer sharks to Los Angeles. The movie was released on SyFy and has since then spawned several sequels.

5. Deep Blue Sea (1999)

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Just imagine all the sharks mentioned on this list are given steroids that can somehow make them smarter and more dangerous with a profound taste for human flesh. That is exactly what the movie Deep Blue Sea is all about. A research facility breaks the code of ethics and raises genetically enhanced sharks that eventually turn against them. The movie features one of the most comical and unexpected death scenes in film history.

Upcoming Shark film: Meg (2018)

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Horror film director Eli Roth is teaming up with popular Hollywood actor Jason Statham for the movie adaptation of the 1997 novel Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror. Statham will star as Jonas Taylor, a U.S. Navy deep sea diver who goes head to head with a prehistoric alpha predator.

The film has been in production hell for more than a decade, so it’s nice to know that production has officially started. A film that features the most sought-after action star going against a massive shark will surely be something that is worth watching.

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The Most Fascinating Self-Destructive Characters in Film

Not all movies have happen endings, especially with characters that exhibit self-destructive behavior.

Self-destructive behavior can closely be associated to a state of paranoia wherein a person becomes a victim of their wrongdoings. Film has a way of imitating people who struggle with this, and it allows audiences to have a look into how destructive acts can easily turn against you.

On this list put together for you by ExploreTalent, you will find the most famous and fascinating self-destructive characters in the history of cinema:

1. The Joker (The Dark Knight)

The late Heath Ledger left the world heartbroken after his shocking death, but his legacy was forever cemented by his portrayal of the most notorious super villains of all time.

As The Joker in Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight, Ledger stepped into the shoes of the role made famous by Jack Nicholson. His take was a darker and sinister antagonist who causes an immediate feeling of dread whenever he shows up onscreen.

Ultimately, The Joker had been playing out his tricks and mind games but bringing the destruction all to himself in the end. His violent tendencies lead to his own demise as even Batman realizes that all he wants to do is inflict harm and test the world without ever thinking of the consequences.

2. Lisa Rowe (Girl Interrupted)

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As soon as Winona Ryder‘s character Sussana from Girl Interrupted was placed in the mental health facility, the last thing she expected to feel was admiration for fellow patient Lisa Rowe (Angelina Jolie). Rowe is charismatic, brass, and is proud of her ability to manipulate other people to follow what she says. She was branded as a dangerous sociopath and it leads to her being admitted to the facility she hates so much over and over again. As the movie comes to and end, Sussana is able to overcome her own demons, but Rowe stays behind.

3. Nina Sayers (Black Swan)

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There was always something so dark and unsettling about the movie Black Swan. It has given audiences a look into the competitive and unmerciful world of ballet amid fabulous costumes and admirable routines. The film’s protagonist, Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), will do anything to play the White Swan, even if it means resorting to drastic measures in doing so.

Naturally, Nina gets threatened when another woman named Lily (Mila Kunis) is considered for the role as she possesses more alluring qualities than her. So she does everything in her power to stop that from happening and this results in Nina losing her mind—and her life as well.

4. Jack Torrance (The Shining)

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No one has quite captured madness like Jack Nicholson‘s character Jack Torrance in The Shining.

Torrance, who was an alcoholic with a temper, gets a caretaker job in a remote hotel to get his mind off his strained marriage and his dream to finish a book. But there is apparently inhuman guests in the hotel that have continued to haunt its premises over the years.

Torrance finally loses his mind in a climactic scene where he chases his own wife and child with an ax in attempt to murder them. This particular scene gave birth to the “Here’s Johnny!” scene, which has notably gone down in horror film history.

5. Lester Burnham (American Beauty)

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Every American living in a suburb has their own set of secrets and broken dreams that they won’t share to anyone. For Lester Burnham, he is just sick of his routine existence, and for matters that he somehow cannot control. He starts to fantasize about his teenage daughter’s friend. His series of hallucinations involve her being scantily clad and filled with roses, and it is enough to inspire him to pursue her altogether.

Burnham does everything from working out to even doing some “hip” yet destructive behavior like smoking pot and blackmailing his own boss in an attempt to escape his existential crisis. But Burnham finds out that his actions have been backfiring and that the girl he has been hoping to make him feel young again is not what she seems. While he does not die like most of the characters on this list, Burnham’s own action led to his destruction because of the impact it made on his family.

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Thought-Provoking Films That You Should Watch If You Want a Change of Pace

People are capable of so many thoughts and emotions, and many of these are projected in films, where conversations can be as thought-provoking as they can be.

Here are a few lines from beautiful films that can make you rethink your life:

The Night of the Hunter, 1955

Would you like me to tell you the little story of right hand, left hand? The story of good and evil? H-A-T-E. It was with this left hand that old brother Cain struck the blow that laid his brother low. L-O-V-E. You see these fingers, dear hearts? These fingers has veins that run straight to the soul of man— the right hand, friends, the hand of love.

Preacher Harry Powell

Strange as the film is, it is advanced in aspects of editing and image composition. It centers around a corrupt reverend-turned-serial-killer who attempts to charm a widow to steal $10,000 hidden by her husband.

Preacher Harry is a dichotomy who is shedding the idea of religion as a source of purity. We can see in his speech that evil is a place we find in ourselves.

Directed by Charles Laughton, this film noir stars Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, and Lillian Gish and is based on the 1953 novel of the same name. The story itself, however, is based on the true story of Harry Powers, who was hanged in 1932 for the murder of two widows and three children in West Virginia.

The Godfather, 1972

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A man that doesn’t spend time with his family, can never be a real man.

—Vito Corleone

One of the finest in history, the Marlon Brando and Al Pacino starred mobster movie is source of the best lines in cinema. Despite being centered on the life of crime, it also speaks of the importance of family, even revolving about their inner conflicts, as well as their definition of right and wrong.

It chronicles the Corleone family’s transition, the transformation of reluctant family outsider Michael into the ruthless Mafia Boss that he became. The Godfather started a trend of mobster films, and decades later, it still shines as among the most influential ones in cinema.

Hunger, 2008

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There is no such thing as political murder, political bombing, political violence. There is only criminal murder, criminal bombing, and criminal violence. There will be no political status.

—The Governor

The Michael Fassbender-starred film shares a similar visual and narrative style to Steve McQueen’s Shame. It is morbid and truthful in its imagery and is accompanied by a certain strength in its words without being overbearing.

The British/Irish historical drama centers around Bobby Sands, the Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer who led the second hunger strike and participated in the “no-wash protest,” where Irish republican prisoners tried to regain their political status after it had been revoked by the government, dramatizing significantly the events of the Maze Prison, the period leading up to the hunger strike and its aftermath as well.

Good Will Hunting, 1997

The only feeling of real loss is when you love someone more than you love yourself.

—Will Hunting

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon showed that there is no need for highfalutin words to describe an experience that will touch people’s hearts, just sheer force of timing and a lot of journeys to speak about. This film is about love and friendship just as it comes—nothing more, nothing less. Their journey also keeps evolving and maturing, making the film lasting as it is the most resilient emotion that we make life to be.

The Departed, 2006

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When I was your age, they would say you could become cops or criminals; today what I’m saying to you is this: When facing a loaded gun, what’s the difference?

 —Frank Costello

The idea of loyalty is apparent in the film, but in a world that is fragmented, there is a need of finding a path of discovery and introspection. Based on famous gangster Whitey Bulger and corrupt FBI Agent John Connolly, this film full of lies and deceit also shows that there is much to be said about the innate characteristics of people. With Jack Nicholson showing what use of loyalty there is in a corrupt world, the film makes people wonder just how far we are willing to go over the thin line when it comes to our lives.

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Philosophical Films with Fantastic Photography

There are films that make you laugh, make you cry, or make you think. And philosophically profound films are especially beautiful to watch if they have stunning visuals to go with the stories.

Here are some of the best philosophical films that you should watch if you want your brain to do a bit of flexing and exercise:

Metropolis, 1927

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Fritz Lang’s most impressive film featured incredible special effects for its day. Set in the year 1926, the film is about oppression of the working class by wealthy industrialists, particularly by a businessman named Joh Frederson. Unfortunately for Frederson, his son Freder falls in love with a woman from the working class.

The experience changes Freder, who then, despite his upper-class upbringing, started fighting for the right of the underprivileged. The film also explores technology and its relationship with mankind. Lang examines how technology and racing to maximize production and efficiency can cause people to lose sight of what matters: life and being.

What makes the film even more impressive is that despite the fact that it was made in 1927, yet it made use of incredible special effects, allowing viewers to believe that indeed, Lang lived in a futuristic society that is capable of a massive industrial revolution—he created stunning shots of cathedrals and buildings that didn’t actually exist and managed to create a grandiose feeling in the film.

Winter Light, 1963

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Ingmar Bergman is known for his deep, powerful, and beautiful films, and he knew how to construct a scene to create splendor in front of the camera. Winter Light is among his most beautiful works, tackling a heavy issue such as the silence of God.

The story centers around Tomas Ericsson, a pastor dealing with his mistress as well as troubled parishioners.

The film witnessed parishioner Jonas Persson (Max Von Sydow) commit suicide and showed the havoc it wreaked among his loved ones. Concerned about God’s omnipotence asking that if God is all good and all knowing, then why does He allow individuals to commit suicide?

Stalker, 1979

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The film is Andrei Tarkovsky’s return to the science fiction genre, but unlike Solaris, it takes place on earth and focuses on an impenetrable and mysterious zone in Soviet Russia. The story centers around a stalker who makes it into the zone as an escort for a couple of desperate men. Inside the zone is a room that is rumored to grant the deepest desire of the heart of anyone who enters.

It is important to emphasize “deepest desire” because sometimes it may not be the wish one thinks he or she wants, the central meaning of the film questions reality and how we can determine what is real, versus what we think is real.

Tarkovsky’s ability to capture the magnificent landscape of Soviet Russia is particularly striking, especially when the Stalker tries to determine the areas safe for travel by throwing lug nuts. The director was able to show sweeping shots of the landscape, with the plants in full bloom and vibrant.

No Country for Old Men, 2007

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The Coen Brothers didn’t write the film in its entirety, unlike most of their other projects; however, it is still an excellent one to watch.

The film centers around Anton, a murderous fiend who slays everyone he meets across the Western landscape in search for missing drug money. Meanwhile, the Sheriff, who witnessed these atrocities, was left shocked and speechless, faced with nihilism and destruction.

The Coen Brothers managed to grasp and depict the west as writer Cormac McCarthy originally wrote it and provided it with empty shots that convey loneliness in a wide, open country with literally nobody to turn to for help.

The poignant film also goes around themes like tension between destiny and self-determination, with the main characters being torn between their sense of inevitability that will lead them to the way the world wants them to. There is also the fact that the story managed to shift identities between the hunter and the hunted, when the hunter and the investigator find themselves as the targets. The story was able to contrast old narratives and modern crimes, suggesting that heroes can at best, hope to escape from, but not triumph over evil.

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European Horror Films That You Would Love to Scare Yourself With

The United States has a lot of horror remakes from foreign films. The Ring, for instance, was fantastic in its storytelling. However, it was significantly less scary than its Japanese counterpart. Critics also thought Let the Right One In is due for a remake, but the US did so anyway, if only to put the film on an American setting.

And then there are these other European films that will surely give you the terrors—if you can go through them. It’s fright night, and here are some horror movies that you would love to watch with the entire gang:

Taxidermia, 2006 (Hungary/Austria)

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There is always a reason for evil to exist in horror films, and their characters, to get their wants and desires, should have to fight it to get what they want—the girl, that treasure, even the home.

The grimy and grotesque film is about a pig’s corpse, an eating competition, and the main character’s morbidly obese father. More of a black comedy than an outright horror film, this shockingly graphic production features acts of bestiality, paedophilia, necrophilia, pyrophilia, extensive gluttony, hyper-obesity, dismemberment, and taxidermy (duh) to thoroughly repulse the viewer.

[Rec], 2007 (Spain)

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When Hollywood or American producers remake foreign horrors, they usually become less graphic, and that happened with this found-footage Spanish film.

Following the story of a television reporter and a cameraman who were filming emergency workers who were called out to an apartment block, they believed that there was a benevolent story behind it. Unfortunately, what is deadly lay inside the building and they were trapped inside it.

The Skin I Live In, 2011 (Spain)

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This modern update of the French horror classic Eyes Without a Face showed an overprotective husband replacing body parts similar to what happened with Frankenstein’s monster.

After his wife died in a fiery car crash, a plastic surgeon attempted to create a skin substitute that could survive burns, cuts, and other threats. To do this, he begins experimenting on a mysterious woman, whose secret was revealed as the story unfolded.

The unexpected ending would throw you off, but its compelling narrative and almost realistic gore made the film practically visceral. It begs to answer: how far should humans go in the name of science?

Anatomie, 2000 (Germany)

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This fascinating film centers around an anti-Hippocratic society that dissects terminal patients while they are still alive—for the purpose of research, of course. The story may be weak, but there are several good jump-scares and gore and people in body bags to keep it from totally falling apart.

Despite its heavy tone, it does provide with a bit of comic relief, because dissected penis jokes can never really be not-funny. Find the one with the subtitles as opposed to the dubbed versions, though—there is always something unsettling about dubbed films.

Inside, 2007 (France)

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Not to be confused with the cutesy film about emotions called Inside Out, this one is far less joyful than it is terrifying—as it is a story about motherhood—with a side of mutilation and matricide.

A woman who survived the same car crash that killed her husband had to endure being alone and pregnant on Christmas Eve. However, a relentless attacker devoted on doing her and her unborn child harm had been looking in, and nobody knew exactly what her motives were. It does have a steady rhythm of violence and inventive ways to kill, including knitting needles, toasters, and even massive scissors that were, to be honest, ingenious in adding gory horror to the story.

The Orphanage, 2009 (Spain)

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This film has the approval of Mama director Guillermo Del Toro, which is to say—it’s definitely terrifying.

Kids can be very creepy. Imagine all the stories that involved them, and you’d get goosebumps. However, this ghost story is somewhat similar to Del Toro’s own The Devil’s Backbone and an obvious homage on The Conjuring.

A mother believes that her terminally son has been kidnapped by an odd social worker that has been lurking around the house, and she is intent on saving him, no matter the cost.

But why the Orphanage, though? It’s where the story actually begins, but you can see it for yourself (no spoilers here).

Amer, 2009 (France/Belgium)

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It may simply mean “bitter,” but Amer is more terrifying than bitterness from a scorned lover.

It is a compilation of three tales on muted female sexuality—as a child, an adolescent, and an adult—and the biggest villain, it could be argued, is the male gaze because the film is sexist in its form and a vision to see. Its dreamy, psychedelic take on horror and a goblin-esque freakout makes it a movie for the books, if only for its beauty.

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