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The writers for the hit NBC show The Blacklist have managed to weave together a storyline that has lasted seven seasons and viewers still have no clue as to what’s going in terms of relationships and final destinations for its characters. Seven seasons in and viewers are still trying to figure out who Raymond Reddington is and what is his relationship to Elizabeth Keen.

Related: The Blacklist: Most Shocking Moments From The Show, Ranked

With the show heading for its summer break, fans are left wondering what they can watch to fill that void. While The Blacklist is in a league of its own, there are shows out there that are very similar in terms of storylines and mystery. Here are 15 shows to watch if you love The Blacklist.

Updated July 10th, 2020 by Matthew Rudoy: With the show still on hiatus, it felt like the right time to update this list with additional shows. The new additions are shows that not only feature similar storylines and mystery, but also shows that feature similar formats, character personalities, and character relationships. The Blacklist is a unique show, but it’s not the only series driven by a unique and mysterious relationship, along with characters who sometimes have to bend the rules in order to save the day. 

15 The Following

Raymond Reddington may be a mastermind criminal, but he also possesses undeniable charisma that inspires loyalty. In The Following, James Purefoy’s character Joe Carroll has a similar kind of endearing charm that captivates the other characters as well as the audience. The serial killer and cult leader Carroll is more of a straight-up villain while Reddington is more of an antihero, but they are equally mesmerizing to watch.

Kevin Bacon’s character Ryan Hardy, Shawn Ashmore’s character Mike Weston, and the other FBI agents are dedicated to tracking down Carroll and other serial killers, but much like The Blacklist’s FBI task force, they often struggle with morality as they toe the line between what is legal and what is right.

14 Gotham

While The Blacklist doesn’t exist in the world of superheroes and supervillains, it does have a lot of similarities to Gotham. Both shows begin with a procedural, case-of-the-week format. As the episodes progress in the seasons of both series, it becomes clear that these individual cases are all connected to a bigger bad like Berlin in The Blacklist or the Court of Owls in Gotham.

RELATED: Gotham: 5 Characters Who Got Fitting Endings (& 5 Who Deserved More)

Gotham’s rogues’ gallery and Reddington’s Blacklisters are bizarre, colorful villains. They often have outlandish skillsets and strange quirks that make them far more memorable than the average television show villain.

13 Graceland

Graceland tells the story of undercover agents from different U.S. agencies living together in a Southern California beach house. They work together on a variety of undercover cases and form close-knit bonds with each other. There are definitely parallels to the close-knit team dynamic and undercover work of the Reddington task force, along with the secrets they keep from one another.

Much like Reddington, Daniel Sunjata’s character Paul Briggs often has ambiguous motives and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty or manipulate others in order to do what he believes is right. The relationship between Briggs and Aaron Tveit’s character Mike Warren is somewhat analogous to the relationship between Reddington and Elizabeth Keen. Briggs is both a mentor and a corrupting force for Mike, with the “student” developing and learning from the “master” in unexpected ways.

12 Quantico

Much like The Blacklist, Quantico tells a story about FBI agents that keeps the audience guessing and unsure of who they can trust. Both shows contain little details that fans have to piece together to uncover the truth of larger mysteries.

Both stories also emphasize exposing corruption within the FBI. Reddington’s Blacklisters, the terrorists in Quantico, and the FBI in both shows examine the gray area between right and wrong.

11 How to Get Away with Murder

The mysterious relationship between Raymond Reddington and Elizabeth Keen is at the heart of The Blacklist, just as the relationship between Annalise Keating and Wes Gibbins is at the heart of How to Get Away with Murder. While fans try to figure out why Reddington cares about Liz so much, HTGAWM makes fans just as invested in uncovering the truth behind Annalise’s relationship with Wes.

RELATED: How To Get Away With Murder: 5 Things That Brought Us Closure (& 5 That Didn’t)

Beyond the central relationship, HTGAWM also takes on a procedural, case-of-the-week format in its earlier seasons. The courtroom cases and larger narratives often deal with social injustices and corrupt authorities, similar to many of Reddington’s Blacklisters.

10 Blindspot

A lady shows up in the middle of Times Square in New York City in a duffel bag with no clothes on. That opening scene should have been enough to let viewers know Blindspot is aiming to be different than anything else on TV. With her memory wiped clean, Jane Doe becomes the central point of the show. Who is she and what does she want?

The storylines get more intense when she learns that the baddies are her brother and mother. The rest of her team has to now figure out if Jane can be trusted. Plenty of nail-biting scenes and intense fights should have Blindspot as a must-see for fans of The Blacklist.

9 Chicago PD

Raymond Reddington is one of the best characters on TV. But there is another who doesn’t get as much credit. Chicago PD has a man by the name of Hank Voight who leads the Intelligence Unit on the tough streets of Chicago. Everything about Voight suggests he and Reddington would get along if their paths were to ever cross.

Chicago PD is gritty where The Blacklist displays a different level of criminals. Even so, the action is great and the writers for Chicago PD expand on multiple storylines throughout a season.

8 Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds was done so brilliantly that the carousel of characters never made a difference. What made this show so great was the thought process viewers had to go through trying to figure out, not only who the killer was, but why he/she may have done it.

Related: The Blacklist: 5 Best & 5 Worst Episodes Of Season 1, According To IMDb

The FBI profilers were tasked with getting inside the minds of criminals and figuring out what drove them to do what they did. It was intense in every aspect and, for at least an hour out of the week, the writing made you feel like a member of the cast.


Based in New York, FBI is another cog in the Dick Wolf saga of great television shows that include Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Law & Order: SVU. FBI is more The Blacklist than the rest of his shows, as they fight terrorism, organized crime and just about any other high-profile crime roaming the streets of NYC.

Maggie Bell and Omar Adom form a great team, but it wasn’t always smooth sailing between the two in the beginning. Not to be outdone by the above-mentioned shows, FBI still manages to chase the bad guys but has enough room in the storylines to focus each character’s backstories.

6 Homeland

The war on terrorism is still looming and the United States of America has some of their best agents taking action. Carrie Mathison has been through more heartbreak, terror, and deceit than one agent should be able to carry. Her war on terror begins with a simple question of who can she trust?

Homeland has touched on sensitive topics, but when hasn’t The Blacklist? Both shows can pull viewers in with their well-crafted storylines that will have them sitting on the edge of their seats.

5 Seal Team

Action all the way through is the best way to describe Seal Team. Jason Hayes is the team leader and, with this, comes tons of responsibility. Recently divorced, Hayes must work through the high-stakes pressure at work, then deal with his personal life. His team members are dealing with their own backstories, which is like watching a live version of Call of Duty.

Related: 20 Secrets Only True Fans Know About The Blacklist

Seal Team does not disappoint in terms of action. There’s plenty of explosions, gun battles, and hand-to-hand combat. It may not be widely viewed as must-see TV on the primetime docket, but for fans of The Blacklist, it’s a must-watch.

4 The Wire

What set The Wire apart from most dramas is the insight into different aspects of society that viewers were given. Is the show based on the cops, the street hustlers, the school district, the politicians, or the media? Fans of The Blacklist can walk away from this hit HBO show with a different mindset that doesn’t include love and mystery and still offers a great story.

The characters in The Wire have gone down in TV history as some of the best ever scripted. The storylines were so heartfelt that a character’s murder was front-page news on the USA Today when the show was at its peak.

3 Designated Survivor

Ever wondered what the outcome would be if something not only happens to The President but everyone in the Oval Office? If so, then Designated Survivor will provide that answer. After a deadly explosion, one man is left to take over as the new President of The United States of America.

Kiefer Southerland is no longer the protector he was in 24, he’s now the one being protected. The storylines were great and although Designated Survivor was canceled by ABC, it was later picked up by Netflix for season 3.

2 S.W.A.T.

After leaving the hit CBS show Criminal Minds, Shemar Moore found his way over to S.W.A.T. to lead the elite team and headline a new action-packed show. S.W.A.T. is everything The Blacklist fans will want to reunite with. It focuses on a group of cops who track down criminals in Los Angeles with some of the best tech on TV.

While the storylines are not as in-depth as the Raymond Reddington and Elizabeth Keen saga, S.W.A.T. is more action-based. In terms of a storyline, it improved in season 2.

1 The Blacklist: Redemption

If fans wanted to know more about the background of Tom Keen, then The Blacklist: Redemption is the show. While it only ran for a single season, it revealed the secrecy surrounding Tom’s parents. But there were a few more surprises. One of the best villains on The Blacklist, Matius, returns. But this time, he’s on the good side.

Tom is thrown for another loop as he now has to decide who he can trust, his mother or father. It’s another cat and mouse game that should have lasted longer than one season.

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Parasite Black and White Edition Trailer Shines New Light on Oscar Winner Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:37:01 +0000

Parasite has been given a black and white makeover, with the new version set to hit theaters in the U.K. later this month. Now, a new teaser trailer and poster for Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar-winning modern masterpiece have been revealed. While it is still the same movie, the black and white edition will offer a fresh perspective on the critically-heralded drama.

The teaser is brief, clocking in at around 30 seconds. It uses quite a bit of the same footage from the main theatrical trailer, but gives a good sense of what the black and white version will look and feel like. As for the poster, it is the reverse of the main Parasite poster, which, quite literally, flips the perspective. One could argue it is a bit spoilery for those who have seen it, but it is a clever way to present the new edition of the movie.

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Unfortunately, for the time being, there is no word on a theatrical release for the Parasite black and white edition in the U.S. For now, most major theaters remain closed, with plans for them to reopen at the end of July. Perhaps when things settle down Neon will look to get this version out in more locations around the world. Bong Joon-ho had this to say in a statement when the new version was first announced back in January.

“I’m extremely happy to present Parasite in black and white and have it play on the big screen. It will be fascinating to see how the viewing experience changes when an identical film is presented in black and white. I watched the black and white version twice now, and at times the film felt more like a fable and gave me the strange sense that I was watching a story from old times. The second time I watched it, the film felt more realistic and sharp as if I was being cut by a blade. It also further highlighted the actors’ performances and seemed to revolve more around the characters. I had many fleeting impressions of this new version, but I do not wish to define them before it is presented. I hope everyone in the audience can compare their own experiences from the color version and find their own path to Parasite in black and white.”

Several recent blockbusters have opted to release a black and white version following their initial success in theaters. Mad Max: Fury Road and Logan both released alternate editions, stripping away the color in favor of a different look. In this case, it can only serve to add to what has already been a legendarily successful run for Parasite. Any further success or financial gains at this point will serve to further ice an already thoroughly iced cake.

Working from a budget of just $11 million, Parasite grossed $257 million at the global box office against near-universal praise. It also went on to become the first non-English-speaking movie ever to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Be sure to check out the new trailer and poster for yourself, which were originally shared by Empire.

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The Swing Of Things – Trailer Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:45:10 +0000

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Bad weather diverts Tom (Chord Overstreet, “Glee”) and Laura Jane (Olivia Culpo) from their Bahamas dream wedding. So, with friends, parents and Laura’s protective big brother (Luke Wilson), they land at a mystery hotel in Jamaica – which turns out to be a swinger’s resort! Can the innocent couple avoid the nonstop booze, weed, naked bodies, and lusty dolphins long enough to make it to the alter” This righteous, raunchy laugh riot also stars Adelaide Kane (The Purge) and Jon Lovitz (“Saturday Night Live”).
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Starring: Luke Wilson, Olivia Culpo, Adelaide Kane, Chord Overstreet, Jon Lovitz

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Is Hulu Better Than Netflix? Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:24:05 +0000
The streaming battle. Who comes out on top? This doesn’t even take into account Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video, premium cable like HBO and Showtime, that stupid thing CBS has, and all the other streaming services out there. It’s Hulu vs Netflix: the heavyweight fight of the century. So, who is better? I honestly don’t know. But hopefully this video makes you as confused as I am.

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Halloween Kills Teaser Featured An Easter Egg To The Original Halloween II Thu, 09 Jul 2020 07:48:40 +0000

Today brought some crushing news for horror fans, as Halloween Kills was delayed by a whole year. Instead of arriving this October, we’ll instead have to wait until fall 2021 for the next rematch between Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. To soften the blow, though, Blumhouse did release a teaser for the sequel to their 2018 reboot, which has given us a lot to chew on.

It seems likely that this clip is actually the start of the film, as it follows on directly from where we left the Strode women at the end of the last one – recuperating from their attack on the back of a truck. This is supported by the opening shot of the teaser, which appears to be a reference to the opening of the original Halloween sequel, 1981’s Halloween II. 

This clip begins with a jack-o-lantern on the side of the road. It’s not an exact match, but the style of the carving is similar enough to the one featured in the opening credits of the 1981 movie that it must be a deliberate easter egg.

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Blumhouse’s films have already continued the franchise’s tradition of beginning with pumpkins, as the 2018 flick started with a direct homage to the opening credits of the 1978 classic, except the familiar jack-o-lantern was initially rotting before it returned to life. This obviously represented the series being relaunched after years of laying dormant.

The HII references won’t stop there, either, as the behind-the-scenes reel we got during filming last year revealed that the characters will take a trip to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, which was the main setting of the first sequel. As painful as it is to have to wait a lot longer, maybe it’s for the best that Halloween Kills has been pushed back until 2021. Now it’ll arrive on the 40th anniversary of Halloween II. That’s pretty fitting, no?

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Skin Documentary Trailer Explores the History of Nudity in Movies Thu, 09 Jul 2020 07:31:59 +0000

The Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies trailer has arrived. The definitive documentary on the history of nudity in the movies begins with the silent movie era and moves through to present day. Director Danny Wolf examines the changes in morality that led to the use of nudity on the big screen, while emphasizing the political, sociological, and artistic changes that shaped this rich history. Nudity has always been controversial even as new dialogues continue on the subject as to whether it is right or wrong.

The Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies documentary features revealing interviews with actors including Pam Grier, Eric Roberts, Shannon Elizabeth, Sean Young, and Malcolm McDowell, along with directors Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show), Kevin Smith (Clerks), and Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High). In the trailer, we see American Pie’s Shannon Elizabeth talking about the benefits of tackling nudity so early on in her career. Mariel Hemingway also credits her willingness to perform nude as something that helped her career.

However, not everybody is as lucky as Shannon Elizabeth and Mariel Hemingway. There is a dark side to the industry, which is also explored in Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies. The documentary delves into the gender bias concerning nudity in motion pictures and will follow the revolution that has pushed for gender equality in feature films today. A deep discussion of pre-code Hollywood and its amoral roots, the censorship that “cleaned up” Hollywood and how the MPAA was formed leads into a discussion of how nudity changed cinematic culture through the decades. It culminates in a discussion of “what are nude scenes like in the age of the #MeToo movement?”

Even today, most of the nudity found on-screen is from women. It has only been recently that men have been taking part more, but still not nearly as much as women. The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have helped to open up a new dialogue, but the future is still uncertain as to how nudity works safely for everyone involved on a Hollywood set. With that being said, new protocols have been put in place by SAG-AFRTA as of this year. Intimacy coordinators on sets now have more power than ever to address the problem of sexual harassment on sets.

It’s even been said that the future of sex scenes on the big screen will be through the use of CGI, which is a whole other argument. It’s not clear at this time if the documentary will get into the new technological horizons. Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies is directed by Danny Wolf, produced by Paul Fishbein, and executive produced by Jim McBride, aka Mr. Skin. Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies released on demand August 18th. You can check out the SFW trailer above, thanks to the Quiver Distribution YouTube channel.

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Tom Hanks Overcomes Lackluster CGI in WWII Thriller Thu, 09 Jul 2020 07:05:52 +0000

Tom Hanks takes command in Greyhound, an action-packed World War II naval thriller set during the Battle of the Atlantic. The film is adapted from C. S. Forester’s classic fifties novel, “The Good Shepherd.” Originally slated for a June 12th theatrical release, the estimated $50 million flick was sold by Sony Pictures to Apple TV+ because of the coronavirus pandemic. Greyhound marks the biggest acquisition yet for the fledgling streaming service. A strong lead performance from Hanks and crisp editing keeps the short runtime tense. The biggest drawbacks are the CGI visual effects. Greyhound often looks like a video game.

In the summer of 1942, the USS Keeling leads a convoy of thirty-seven Allied ships across the Atlantic. The destroyer has the call sign Greyhound. It is the first command for Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks), a career officer promoted after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The convoy has air support until reaching the Black Pit, the open sea where German submarines, U-boats, are waiting to strike. Krause wonders if he’s truly ready for the daunting mission. He relies on his stalwart Christian faith to guide him.

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Sonar pings an enemy contact approaching underwater. Krause orders the Greyhound to advance and intercept. The destroyer rocks back and forth on the tumultuous, freezing sea. The men on board are nervous about their novice captain. First Officer Charlie Cole (Stephen Graham) keeps discipline in check. The Germans make their move. Six U-boats, a wolfpack of torpedo launching terror, targets the convoy. Krause engages in a ferocious cat and mouse strategy against the Germans. They taunt him over the radio as ships are sunk under their relentless assault. Krause must outwit the Nazis as the convoy tries to re-establish air cover.

Greyhound is seen from Krause’s point of view. He races back and forth across the bridge, bellowing orders; while getting constant updates. The destroyer is punished by rough seas. Seamen relay radar and sonar coordinates at a fever pitch. The U-boats slink in and out of range. Krause refuses to eat as he vigilantly searches for any sign of enemy contact. Greyhound succeeds in its depiction of war’s uncertainty and chaos. The Germans could be anywhere below. The men must rely on their training and equipment to find them. Tom Hanks, who also wrote the screenplay, is in top acting form as usual. Krause exudes authority in critical moments. He gains the respect of his men.

The battle scenes are hit and miss. Director Aaron Schneider (Get Low) captures the intensity on the boat. He cuts sharply between the radar room, bridge, and outside gunners. Krause is fighting an unseen enemy using mathematical probability and intuition. There’s no room for error as the ship takes damage and casualties. Realism fades when Krause is outside in the elements. The ships, U-boats, and most importantly the ocean, look artificial. There’s a tremendous amount of detail to the visual effects. The problem is that they are clearly digital. The sea action looks computerized. This is especially evident in the climax of this Apple TV+ original.

Greyhound avoids the graphic violence of modern war films. There’s death and destruction, but little carnage. The supporting characters have no exposition. Their dialogue is present and in the moment of battle. Tom Hanks portrays heroism and calm under fire, not a bloodbath. He pays homage to the sailors who braved the Atlantic crossing. Greyhound hearkens back to old-fashioned patriotism and storytelling. The lackluster CGI does not torpedo the narrative. Greyhound is a production of Columbia Pictures, Bron, and Playtone. It will be available to stream July 10th on Apple TV+.

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NEW MOVIE TRAILERS 2020 Weekly #7 Thu, 09 Jul 2020 06:42:54 +0000

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Paydirt – Trailer Wed, 08 Jul 2020 15:36:14 +0000

Criminal law   Paydirt – Trailer
A parolee teams up with his old crew determined to find a buried bag of cash stolen a decade ago from a DEA bust gone bad, while being tracked by a retired Sheriff.
Directed by: Christian Sesma
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Back To The Future Writer Addresses Long-Standing Fan Theory Tue, 07 Jul 2020 07:47:56 +0000

But are you ready for the second wrinkle in this development? According to Bob Gale, the shot of Marty punching Biff, if it does indeed feature Eric Stoltz, may not actually be the only representation of Stolz’s contribution to the theatrical cut of Back To The Future. What makes the circumstances different, though, is the possibility that the individual in the shot could be Stoltz, Michael J. Fox, or possibly a third or fourth party involved with the production. Said Gale,

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Die Hart Trailer Teams Kevin Hart and John Travolta for Big Action on Quibi Tue, 07 Jul 2020 07:29:28 +0000

Quibi has released the first trailer for Die Hart. Much as the name implies, this is an action/comedy series that stars Kevin Hart, who is playing a version of himself that looks to become an action hero. Hart, in addition to his starring role, is producing the series. As we can see in the trailer, the transition from comedian to action star isn’t going to be a smooth one. Also, it is extremely NSFW. You have been warned.

The trailer kicks off with Kevin Hart explaining that he has wanted to be an action movie star his whole life. Yet, he ends up playing second fiddle to his friend and co-star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson time and time again. We then get to the heart of the matter, which sees Hart attending a school for action stars, which is headed up by none other than John Travolta. The footage is filled with stunts, jokes at Hart’s expense, explosions and everything one would expect from a big action flick.

Nathalie Emmanuel, Jean Reno and Josh Hartnett round out the cast. Tripper Clancy (Stuber) and Derek Kolstad (John Wick) created the series, with Eric Appel (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) directing. Jeff Clanagan, Candice Wilson and Bryan Smiley are on board as producers. This is just one of several projects Kevin Hart has going at the moment. He is also putting together The Man From Toronto, which will co-star Kaley Cuoco, as well as his superhero comedy Night Wolf and a Monopoly movie, among other things. Despite the controversial comments that lost Hart his job as host of the Oscars a couple of years back, he remains one of the busiest men in Hollywood.

Die Hart centers on Kevin Hart as a fictionalized version of himself. Hart is fed up with the comedic sidekick and is granted his wish when a famous director offers him his dream to be a leading man action star. However, there’s a catch, as Kevin must first train at the world’s greatest action star school, which is run by a lunatic. Pushed to his limits by this action school coach, as well as a rival student (Nathalie Emmanuel), Kevin is forced to survive a series of action sequences and face his fears if he wants to achieve his dream and land the role of a lifetime.

Quibi launched earlier this year with a focus on short-form content produced for mobile devices. Despite billions in funding and a huge stable of A-list creators, the service has failed to gain mainstream traction in the first several months. Doubt has been cast by many in the industry in terms of the service’s long-term viability. But, for now, the content keeps on coming. Die Hart is set to debut on July 20, with new chapters every weekday until July 29, when the season finale airs. Be sure to check out the trailer for yourself from the Quibi YouTube channel.

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Train To Busan Presents: PENINSULA – Teaser Mon, 06 Jul 2020 15:25:58 +0000

: Yeon Sang Ho   Train To Busan Presents: PENINSULA – Teaser
Four years after South Korea’s total decimation in TRAIN TO BUSAN, the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us PENINSULA, the next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best—or worst—of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances
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PALM SPRINGS Official Trailer (2020) Andy Samberg, Camila Mendes Comedy Movie HD Mon, 06 Jul 2020 15:20:37 +0000

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A Gut-Wrenching Account of the Afghanistan War Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:04:49 +0000

The War in Afghanistan has raged for nineteen brutal years. America’s longest running conflict is again front page news. Explosive revelations that the Taliban were paid bounties by the Russians to target American troops have rocked the political establishment. The Outpost, a gut-wrenching film about the war’s bloodiest battle, couldn’t have a more fitting release date. It is a stark reminder of the lives lost, and the heroes who’ve fought valiantly for their country. The film asks the most important questions. Are the sacrifices worth it? And why did we put our troops in a place that was impossible to defend?

The Outpost is adapted from CNN journalist Jake Tapper‘s 2012 novel. It begins in October of 2006 with Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha (Scott Eastwood) and his unit arriving at PMT Kamdesh under cover of darkness. Nestled in a deep valley in the north of Afghanistan, Camp Kamdesh was nicknamed “Camp Custer” by the soldiers. The Outpost was a forward operating base for counterinsurgency. It was surrounded by a steep mountain range; where Taliban fighters could take easy potshots at the troops below. Reinforcements were forty minutes away in the best conditions.

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Captain Keating (Orlando Bloom) updates the new arrivals on their situation. The mission is to engage with the local villagers to win hearts and minds. He requests a shura, a consultation, with the elders. The United States will pay them to build schools, roads, and utilities for their homes. But they must lay down their arms and provide intelligence about the Taliban. The elders do not see a difference between the British, Russian, and now American troops in their country. They are occupiers.

The Outpost introduces us to the soldiers and their daily activities. Staff Sgt. Gallegos (Jacob Scipio) is tough as nails. Private Scusa (Scott Alda Coffey) is kindhearted and takes care of the camp’s stray dog. First Lt. Bundermann (Taylor John Smith) listens to his men’s complaints. Specialist Carter (Caleb Landry Jones) is the odd man out. An outsider by nature, he dislikes the “frat boy” atmosphere. The soldiers live in constant fear of attack. Insurgents fire on them at all times.

The Outpost takes casualties as time passes. New commanding officers come and go, some in body bags. In the early morning of October 3rd, 2009, hundreds of Taliban soldiers attacked the camp from the mountains above. Inclement weather prevented reinforcements for two hours. The soldiers, some pinned down by enemy fire, fought savagely for every inch of the camp. The men of Bravo Troop 3-61 Cavalry would become the most decorated of Operation Enduring Freedom. Two soldiers won The Medal of Honor, America’s highest commendation for valor. It was the first time in fifty years that multiple medals were awarded to a unit.

The Battle of Kamdesh was the deadliest firefight of the Afghanistan war. It is now known as a different name. The film explains why. Director Rod Lurie (The Contender, Straw Dogs) offers an unflinching portrayal of soldiers in combat. Their youth, hopes, and dreams are shattered by the grim reality of their situation. They were placed in an indefensible position with no support. Their lives were essentially fodder for a failed military strategy. The Outpost’s harrowing climax is akin to the carnage of Saving Private Ryan’s beach invasion. You will be moved to tears by the death and destruction.

Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class, Get Out) delivers his career best performance as Specialist Ty Michael Carter. His character arc throughout the film is riveting. Carter was the outsider personality-wise, but a dedicated comrade in arms. His heroism under fire is the definition of courage and selflessness. Carter’s last scenes in the film are absolutely heartbreaking. He embodies the feelings of devastation and loss. Caleb Landry Jones deserves an Oscar nomination.

The Outpost is a difficult watch in this dark pandemic time. But we cannot allow the Afghanistan War to become an afterthought. Our political and military leaders must be held accountable for this seemingly never ending conflict. Too many of our fellow citizens have paid the ultimate price. The Outpost is a production of Millennium Media and York Films. It will be available July 3rd on demand from Screen Media Films.

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Secret Society of Second Born Royals Official Trailer (2020) New Disney + Teen Movie HD Mon, 06 Jul 2020 06:41:32 +0000

Secret Society of Second Born Royals Official Trailer (2020) New Disney + Teen Movie HD
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15 Best Forgotten Disney Films Sun, 05 Jul 2020 07:45:32 +0000

 There’s no doubt that Disney has been responsible for some of the world’s most beloved and well-known films. From the early glory days to the Disney Renaissance of the 90s, to the recent tidal wave of live-action remakes, Disney’s films have captured the world’s imagination like no other. Such is the lasting effect of Disney’s most popular films that they can seen in theme parks, on lunch boxes, and in toy stores around the world. The recent slate of remakes is a testament to the fact that people are obsessed. But there are some Disney films in the canon which the public has forgotten.

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It’s not for a lack of quality that these films have begun to go unnoticed. Some of Disney’s most experimental and boundary pushing work can be found on this list. For whatever reason, some of these films performed badly at the box office or simply weren’t able to grab the attention of moviegoers. But that doesn’t mean these forgotten films don’t live up to the high standard of Disney. Below is a look at some of the best forgotten Disney films.

Updated July 4 2020, by Zach Gass: With their impressive collection of films, both live-action and animated, Disney has no shortage of entertainment for audiences of all ages. Whether the viewers are young or young at heart, there’s always something fun and exciting. Thanks to the creation of Disney+, fans now have access to nearly the entire Disney library. That includes the dozens of films that have fallen by the wayside. Forgotten they might be, but that doesn’t mean the Disney magic isn’t still fresh. Hopefully, these films will find a new generation of fans to enchant and delight


Before Disney acquired the rights to the galaxy far, far away, they tried to get in on the sci-fi boom with their own tale of intergalactic adventure. Though viewers will find no Jedi or smugglers aboard this adventure, there is the presence of an intimidating space-station, an army of armor-clad soldiers with blasters, and more than a few droids.

The film is by no means perfect, but if one treats it as a tribute to the movies it takes from, it actually begins to take on a more impressive shape. It might lack a certain bonding element, but as a stand-alone film, it’s worth a watch or two.


Winnie the Pooh and his Hundred Acre crew have been on many wonderful outings in their time, but of all the flicks featuring the silly old bear, this one doesn’t get nearly enough attention. Not only is it perhaps the character’s most mature outing predating Christopher Robin, but it’s definitely Pooh’s darkest film to date.

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It’s not a joke, Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, and Eeyore all face rather intimidating trials on their quest to locate their missing friend. They climb mountains, cut through a thorn-infested forest, traverse a bottomless pit, and all while being stalked by the mysterious Skull-a-saurus. It’s not all honey pots and Heffalumps.


Nowadays, The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of Disney’s most beloved cult films. For those who can’t get enough Tim Burton, Henry Selick, or stop-motion puppets, this film is an absolute eccentric delight.

Based on Roald Dahl’s book of the same name, the film follows James and his insect friends as they sail on a giant flying peach across the sea and beyond the sky to the shimmering land of New York City. It’s magical, it’s heartwarming, it’s weird and bizarre, everything fans could possibly want from the two minds behind it. An underrated classic if there ever was one.

12 FANTASIA 2000

Although the original will always be the undisputed classic, the 1999 sequel is without a doubt one of the most beautiful creations to come out of Walt Disney Animation. Like the original film, Fantasia 2000 features segments of animation inspired by famous pieces of music.

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Unlike its predecessor, however, the film uses different animation styles and technologies to create its visuals, as well as throwing in one of the most well-known jazz compositions, “Rhapsody in Blue,” to add an extra layer of variety to the mix. Walt would definitely be impressed with this addition.


It might have had Walt Disney’s personal touch and involvement, but this film is definitely the most adult-oriented in the studio’s existence. Sure, it can keep a young viewer’s attention with its submarines, deep-sea diving, and giant squids, but the plot and interactions with the characters are definitely directed at older audiences.

It’s one of those films that proves that Disney isn’t just for kids, and they can be mature, dark, and engaging while still being family-friendly. For those looking for something different from the house of mouse, this subaquatic sci-fi classic comes with the highest of recommendations.


Perhaps Disney’s most controversial film, The Black Cauldron was released in cinemas in 1985. The film was based on The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, a trilogy of novels in turn based on Welsh mythology. In the film an evil Horned King attempts to utilize the aforementioned black cauldron in his attempts to rule the world. Hoping to prevent the Horned King from fulfilling his evil plan is a farmer, specifically a pig farmer, named Taran and his cohorts.

The film was revolutionary in a number of ways. It was one of the first films to use computer-generated imagery as well as the first Disney film to be rated PG. However, it was also the most expensive film Disney had ever produced at this point in time and a lackluster box office taking meant that this film nearly bankrupted the company. Although today it has a cult following this film has never received a great deal of public attention, certainly it was one Disney wanted to forget.


Coming quickly on the heels of The Black Cauldron’s epic failure was an updated version of Dicken’s Oliver Twist. Only in this version the orphan Oliver is a kitten who teams up with a pack of stray dogs in New York. Released in 1998, just before the Disney Renaissance, the film was a commercial success, however, it became quickly overshadowed by 1989’s release of The Little Mermaid and wasn’t to be released on home video until 1996. Although, a quality retelling of a Dicken’s classic Oliver and company have gone largely overlooked in the intervening years.


The fifth highest-grossing film in 2000, the year of its release, and well-liked by audiences and critics alike for its stunning visuals and technical wizardry, Dinosaur has drifted into obscurity. At the time of its release, Dinosaur was considered a technical marvel, blending live-action backdrops with CGI dinosaur characters, achieving a sense of photorealism no other film had achieved so spectacularly until now. One could almost argue this film was a precursor to today’s photorealistic remake of The Lion King. Despite the technical achievements of the filmmakers, audiences found the story and characters in Dinosaur somewhat forgettable. Although, a vital step along the way to achieving the computer animation techniques used in today’s films, Dinosaur was unable to stomp its way into achieving the kind of reverie attributed to its decedents.


Released in 2004, Home on the Range came at the tail end of what’s known as the Disney Renaissance and is often considered exemplary of the waning quality at Disney around this time. In actual fact, Disney was turning its attention to computer animation, with Home on the Range their last 2D animated film until 2009’s Princess and the Frog. Critics and audiences were tough on this film for not living up to their idea of the Disney standard, and although largely forgotten, it’s possible to look back on this entry in the Disney canon and see the better qualities of this piece. With a fun story, a wacky cast of characters, and music from Disney stalwart and part of the Disney Renaissance’s driving force, Alan Menken, this film has a lot going for it.


The Great Mouse Detective was released in 1986 to commercial and critical success. It tells the story of a mouse, emulating the great detective Sherlock Holmes. While the film itself has drifted from the mainstream discourse, Disney fans have a good deal to thank Basil and his mystery solving adventures for.

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After the abysmal box office taking of The Black Cauldron, Disney was considering shutting down their animation department, however, the success of this film proved to the executives that animation was a commercially viable route to explore. Without this film the Disney Renaissance would never have happened. This film also speaks for itself with legendary directors Ron Clements and John Musker, directors of numerous future Disney classics, working on the film, it’s a fun story with vivid, colorful characters.


Atlantis: The Lost Empire remains an outlier in the Disney canon. Released in 2001, the film uses a combination of 2D and 3D animation and tells the story of a gang of mercenaries who find their way to the lost city of Atlantis. A decision made by the studio to depart from its usual musical fare led to the conception of this film. Pitched at a slightly older audience this film represents one of Disney’s only attempts at science fiction. Although it’s box office takings were disappointing at the time, this film now has something of a cult fan base and some of Disney’s most stunning visuals. It truly is a more grown-up, action-heavy work, and this proved divisive with Disney fans. For this reason, Atlantis has become one of Disney’s forgotten classics, but one worth giving a second look.


A classic Disney blend of heartwarming, endearing creatures and some rather grown-up themes, Fox and the Hound tells the story of two cubs destined to grow up into adversaries. Friends from their childhood, Tod the fox, and Copper the hound dog, must contend with their roles in society as they develop from youthful friends into their prescribed destinies. Fox and the Hound performed well at the box office when it was released in 1981 and was praised for its voice work. Although largely overlooked nowadays, this film is a great example of Disney’s ability to explore adult themes such as societal pressure and loss of innocence within a child-friendly animated feature. This stands as one of Disney’s great achievements despite a lack of representation in modern Disney.


The premise of this film is somewhat bizarre. Two mice, belonging to the Rescue Aid society, a group responsible for assisting victims of abduction, attempt to save a young girl from the evil, money hungry Madame Medusa. The film, released in 1977, languished in development since 1962 but was finally produced and was well liked by both critics and audiences. In fact, this film was so popular a sequel called The Rescuers: Down Under was approved and released in 1990. Both films are a rollicking mysterious adventure and despite they’re status as ‘forgotten’ they stand the test of time.


Treasure Planet, Disney’s science fiction retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, remains something of an anomaly. Directed by Disney legends Ron Clements and John Musker, this film used revolutionary animated techniques, blending 2D character animation of 3D computer-generated backdrops, to create some of Disney’s most stunning visuals to date.

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The film also had a stellar voice cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Hyde Pierce, and Emma Thompson; music by the Googoo Dolls, a well-known adventure story behind it, a strong positive critical response, and a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars. Yet, it performed spectacularly badly at the box office. Considered one of Disney’s biggest flops Treasure Island is rarely heard of or seen in the world of Disney. However, a look back at this film proves it stands the test of time.


Finally, A Goofy Movie is a Disney animation that deserved better. Following on from the cartoon series Goof Troop, A Goofy Movie sees Goofy trying to maintain his relationship with adolescent son Max who’s more interested in his crush, Roxanne, and standing out from the crowd. For all intents and purposes, this 1995 release, is a simple road movie but with a spectacular tracklist of musical numbers, laughs a minute, and also renders Goofy in a more nuanced, emotional light than ever before. Mixed reactions from critics mean that Goofy and his troop weren’t given the attention they deserved, however, love for this ‘forgotten’ classic means a strong cult following has sprung up around this film. Perhaps, Goofy and Max could be due for the live-action remake treatment.

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Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! Trailer Teams Mystery, Inc. with Elvira and Bill Nye Sun, 05 Jul 2020 07:28:33 +0000

Warner Bros. is going all out this Halloween to bring you a new Scooby-Doo adventure that pits the mystery gang against the scourge of Gotham, Jonathan Crane aka The Scarecrow! However, Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby are not alone in dealing with one of Batman’s most dangerous foes. When it comes to the new animated movie Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!, they have in their corner such distinguished guests as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and Bill Nye, the Science Guy. You can read the synopsis for the film below.

“When toxic ooze brings the Crystal Cove pumpkin patch to life, it’s up to Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard), Daphne (Grey Griffin), Velma (Kate Micucci), and Fred (Welker) to save the day. And who’s behind these high-flying jack-o-lanters and their king-sized pumpkin leader? Why, it’s Doctor Jonathan Crane, aka Scarecrow (Dwight Schultz), a recent escapee from Arkham Asylum!”
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The trailer for the movie reveals that trouble begins on All Hollow’s eve when the Mystery Inc. runs into Elvira taking part in the festivities for the special day. Things quickly turn south when the celebrations are hijacked by a pumpkin-headed fiend, who is identified by Velma as an alter-ego of The Scarecrow.

Now, the gang, along with Elvira, must stop Scarecrow’s deadly creations from wreaking havoc on the town. Special guest Bill Nye aids them in their work by offering them a souped-up Mystery Van with enough fancy gadgets and features to put the Batmobile to shame.

Cassandra Peterson rounds out the voice cast as Elvira. The film was written, produced, and directed by Maxwell Atoms – creator of Cartoon Network classics like Evil Con Carne and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. Sam Register (Ben 10, Batman: The Killing Joke, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai) serves as executive producer.

As one of the longest-running and most popular franchises in Hollywood, Scooby and the gang are used to teaming up with a host of illustrious guest stars on their eternal journey solving one mystery after another. In fact, Mystery Inc. has crossed over with Batman as recently as 2018, for Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold to take on a variety of Gotham villains.

Now that Warner Bros. is gearing up to enter the world of streaming with HBO Max, it is likely that fans will get to see a lot more of such types of crossovers to appeal to as many fans as possible. In fact, the recently released SCOOB! was meant to be the start of the Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe, combining the world of Scooby and the gang with other classic characters from the legendary animation studio, including Blue Falcon and Dick Dastardly. Although since SCOOB! was met with middling reviews, it is debatable how many more entries we get to see in that particular series.

For now, Scooby fans can look forward to Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!, when it arrives on Digital and DVD this fall. This trailer dropped exclusively on

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All I Can Say – Trailer Sat, 04 Jul 2020 15:23:03 +0000

Blind Melon   All I Can Say – Trailer
Shannon Hoon, lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, filmed himself from 1990-95 with a Hi8 video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of 28. His camera was a diary and his closest confidant. In the hundreds of hours of footage, Hoon meticulously documented his life – his family, his creative process, his television, his band’s rise to fame and his struggle with addiction. He filmed his daughter’s birth, and archived the politics and culture of the 90’s, an era right before the internet changed the world. Created with his own footage, voice and music, this intimate autobiography is a prescient exploration of experience and memory in the age of video. It is also Shannon Hoon’s last work, completed 23 years after his death.
Directed by: Danny Clinch, Taryn Gould, Colleen Hennessy

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The Great – Trailer (Official) • A Hulu Original Sat, 04 Jul 2020 15:19:16 +0000

All is bliss in the court of Catherine the Great. #TheGreat premieres May 15, only on Hulu.

The Great is a satirical, comedic drama about the rise of Catherine the Great from outsider to the longest-reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. With only occasional historical facts the series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan, Sebastian de Souza, Bayo Gbadamosi and Belinda Bromilow.

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