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Netflix to Release Olivier Assayas’ “The Wasp Network”!

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In December 2014, the Obama administration admitted the daunting truth that had already surfaced in the eyes of the world long ago- the failure of U.S. policy against communist Cuba!
The policy came to light when the members of “The Cuban Five”, an organization of spies which infiltrated anti-Castro terrorist groups responsible for bombings in Havana, plane Hijacking, conspiracy against the Cuban government among other terrorist activities and operating from Miami (Florida), were charged to “conspiracy against the U.S. Government” (among several other charges of espionage) and confined in prisons.

Based on Fernando Morais’ book “The Last soldiers on the Cold War”, Olivier Assayas’ detailed emotional drama about “The Cuban Five” is set to release on Netflix this June 19, 2020.

First premiered on the Venice Film Festival, “Wasp Network” was nominated for the “Golden Lion”, it also premiered in several other films festivals like the New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival among others.

Olivier Assayas is no stranger to the international film community, he started his career writing for the influential magazine “Cahiers Du Cinema”, his film “Something in the air” was also nominated for the “Golden Lion” at Venice, “Clouds of Sils Maria” featuring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart (won Ceasar for best actress) competed for the Palm d’Or at Cannes, he won the Best Director at Cannes for the film “Personal Shopper” (my favourite) which also starred Kristen Stewart. Although “Wasp Network” opened to mixed reviews due to the overwhelming emotional stance and glamorized portrayal of the spies (both literal and metaphorical), it garnered much attention among the fans of Morais and Assayas alike. Featuring stellar acting performances from Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez among others, the film was appreciated for its bold stand against the U.S. foreign policies, the involvement of First-World countries in organized international terrorism and the abuse or torture that “The Cuban Five” faced for protecting their motherland.

 

The film follows a group of Cuban spies or “Red Avispa” (Wasp Network), who, in the 1990s, infiltrated many anti-Castro militant groups responsible for deadly, treacherous terrorist activities and “crimes against humanity” in communist Cuba. These terrorist organizations operated from Miami, Florida and so, the Cuban spies “Defect” to America leaving their families and friends behind and keeping their “defect” a secret. The Spies were arrested by the U.S. government in 1998 and put to trials resulting in prisons. These spies are celebrated as “National Heroes” of Cuba in real life.

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Darth Vader vs Darth Maul: Who could win in this battle of the giants!

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Darth Maul and Darth Vader are two of the foremost iconic villains in Star Wars history, and therefore the Clone Wars now has the right opportunity to possess the two characters not only share the screen but face one another in battle. Both villains would have the prospect to wreak havoc and prove which is the better Sith Lord.

Of course, a fight between Vader and Maul can’t end in death. After all, Vader lives to return during “A New Hope”, while we all know that Maul survives the top of “The Clone Wars” given his cameo appearance in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and role in “Star Wars Rebels”. But in a larger panorama, that does not really matter. The Clone Wars has featured some dramatically high-end battles, and the fight must be a dream battle sequence for fans of the two bosses.

It is of no surprise that Vader is the more powerful villain among the competitors, but victory won’t be easy. Vader’s indiscriminate use of the Force against non-Force users gives him an upper hand. However, his history of lightsaber fights against other Jedi and Sith are compromising. As Anakin Skywalker, he was good, but not good enough to defeat Obi-Wan on Mustafar during Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. This fight almost killed his “formed” humanity and weakened him even more.

While Maul brings a great amount of power with him, as we have seen in his fight within the Clone Wars, Anakin is the one to balance back to the Force. Darth Vader is the “Chosen One”, and his force is unmatched. Vader’s area of expertise lies in telekinesis, Force chokes, and mind attacks. Vader can repair his suit mid-fight, toss AT-DP walkers aside, and invade the minds of opponents without losing stamina. Although Vader’s machine body could slow him down, it could also protect him from Maul’s attacks.

What Vader lacks are the complexities and intricacies of a duel, but he is a master of raw power. He can also gather information and data about enemies even till the end of the galaxy, leading Stormtroopers and Sith Inquisitors. Darth Maul had to lose his organization “Crimson Dawn” and was defeated again by Obi-Wan, Maul admitted that he could not fight with Vader alone. This story doesn’t belong to official “Star Wars” series or movies, but Darth Vader fought and defeated Maul in comic Star Wars Tales #9. The only person who could get close enough to Darth Vader a was Luke Skywalker.

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Godzilla vs Kong: Director assures of Massive Destruction!

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Godzilla franchise has come a long way since its original Japanese beginnings. The upcoming movie in the franchise Godzilla vs Kong has excited fans globally. The fight between two ferocious monsters is enough to terrorize the audience. Godzilla getting to fight a worthy enemy in form of Kong is sufficient to make a film successful.

The word Godzilla itself is derived from the Japanese word ‘Gojira’.Gojira itself is further made of two Japanese words for gorilla and whale indicating a powerful amphibious creature. Its manifestation in the modern world is attributed to the detonation of atomic bombs over Japan which released enough energy to wake this ancient creature.

The upcoming Godzilla vs Kong will be directed by Adam Wingard. The story is developed by Terry Rosio, Michael Dougherty, and Zach Shields.

 

What has director Adam Wingard revealed about the movie?

Adam Wingard on Instagram announced that Godzilla vs Kong was given a  PG-13 for its violent action and destruction sequences. But he also called this an understatement. He hints that the movie has much more to offer than this numerical ratings can describe.

Well, if what the director says is true, the film will offer massive levels of destruction.

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Adam had revealed back in 2017 about his opinion on the fight between Godzilla and Kong. He wanted that this fight should have a clear winner but did not hint who would be the winner. Adam added “I do want there to be a winner. The original film was very fun, but you feel a little let down that the movie doesn’t take a definitive stance. People are still debating now who won in that original movie, you know. So, I do want people to walk away from this film feeling like, Okay, there is a winner”.

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No official trailer has been released by the makers yet. But given the already announced release date, the trailer launch is not much far.

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What will be cast of Godzilla vs Kong?

The cast of this film includes  Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir.

What will be the release date for Godzilla vs Kong?

The movie is set to release on 20 November 2020. But with the world still recovering from the effects of the pandemic, the movie may get delayed. It is also possible that the delay might force an online release only.

Fans will have to wait for the situation to become clear.

 

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Is ‘Clueless’ Finally Available on Netflix? (Spoilers)

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The 90s classic hit Clueless is finally available on Netflix USA from this month. The OTT platform has been trying to bring back the oldies, giving a nostalgic vibe to all the audience. Not only it is good news for Gen Y, but the new generation can enjoy the old classics, the much-needed flavor during the season of nostalgia. And we must say, the viewers are growing day by day.

1995 American teen-comedy was written and directed by Amy Heckerling and was produced by Scott Rudin and Robert Lawrence. The story is said to be adapted from Jane Austen’s Emma, with a modern touch of Los Angeles. Since the movie dealt with the high-school students of Beverly Hills, the director took out time to study and research on their lifestyle and teen behavior.

 

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The movie manifests the regular banter of rich teens, facing “rich people” problems. For instance, the protagonist, Cher’s mother died of routine liposuction. Cher goes on to do the deed of matchmaking, along with her best friend Dionne, when she was successful connecting her teachers and make them fall in love with each other. They both meet Tai, a new student in school, and the three become a gang. Again, Cher tries to set up Tai with a rich guy but fails. But Tai’s newfound fame ruins their relationship and cracks started forming. This leads Cher to reflect on her priorities and her repeated failures to understand or appreciate the people in her life.

The movie also gave rise to a similar TV series with the same casts in 1996. Also, Simon Spotlight Entertainment spun off a collection of paperback books, from 1995 to 1999, aimed at adolescent readers, written by H. B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld, a Simon & Schuster publication. The producers are also expecting a sequel to the movie, but there has no confirmed news. The film grossed $56.1 million in the United States.

The movie stars Alicia Silverstone as Cher,
Stacey Dash as Dionne, Brittany Murphy as Tai, Paul Rudd as Josh, Justin Walker as Christian, Breckin Meyer as Travis, and many more.

 

Some more oldies available on Netflix are Armageddon (1998), Cruel Intentions (1999),  Empire Records (1995), Pocahontas (1995), etc.

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