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Top 10 Low Budget Movies That Were Huge Hits

Hollywood is well known for lavish projects where costs are hardly an impediment. This however does not hold true for all successful films. There are some low budget movies whose success, positive audience feedback and critical acclaim, resonate till date. Here’s a list of Top 10 Low Budget Movies that were Huge Hits. In spite of going really low on the element of financial expenditure, they all made a grand fortune upon release.



Directed by John. G. Avildsen and scripted by Sylvester Stallone, Rocky received a great response from the audience. Starring the fetching and young Stallone, the movie was a light film made within 28 days on a low budget of only $950,000. The movie’s release, in return, fetched mammoth amounts adding up to $225 million. Apart from the financial gains, the movie even won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

The Full Monty


This British comedy with a simple story of six unemployed men who try to make a difference in their lives by forming a striptease act proved to be quite surprise hit at the box office. The movie was made on a budget of $3.5 million, but thanks to its hilarious plot and storyline, the movie generated gross revenue of over $250 million. The Full Monty received critical acclaim, after its release and was the highest grossing film in the United Kingdom, until the grandiose Titanic was released.



Directed by James Wan, this $1.2 million low budget horror film was made based on the story of two men who are trapped in a bathroom and then given separate instructions via tape recorders to help them escape. The mind numbing horror and gut wrenching details in the movie received a positive reaction from the audience, allowing Saw to garner returns of over $103 million. The movie then became a franchise with seven equally thrilling parts, which were a hit with the audience too.

Paranormal Activity


Created on a budget of a measly $11,000, this movie created a wave of curiosity with its highly unusual yet gripping plot. The movie was originally created as an independent feature and played at film festival screenings in 2007 and a couple of years later, in 2009, the movie was officially released by Paramount Pictures. Paranormal Activity depicts eerie experiences of a young couple, Katie and Micah, who move into a home in the suburbs. Katie claims to be haunted by the presence of an evil spirit in the house, and to further investigate the disturbing occurrences, Micah and Katie carefully set video cameras all over their home. The happenings that follow are grippingly spooky. The movie is worth every second of viewing and rightfully earned over a whopping $193 million worldwide.

Napoleon Dynamite


Jared Hess had created a short film Peluca that was later adapted into a full-length film called Napoleon Dynamite. The protagonist and title role of Napoleon Dynamite was played by actor Jon Heder, who received a meager sum of $1,000 for his exceptional role in the movie. Later, it is said he renegotiated and was given a profit percentage of the movie. The movie was not just made on a restricted budget of $400,000, but was also filmed in a rather cost-friendly location – producer Jeremy Coon’s apartment! It created a new fondness towards the nerd kind and many movies adopted this leitmotif in their making. Napoleon Dynamite grossed $46,140,956 at the worldwide box office.

Mad Max


This larger than life action film was director George Miller’s debut adventure in filmmaking. The actors risked life and limb with the stunts they had to perform in the action sequences and it is said that Miller could only afford one actual leather suit for the movie, the one worn by Mel Gibson and the rest of the gangsters were costumed in pleather or imitation leather. The movie’s budget was tightly set at $400,000, but the profits it made added up to $100 million. Mad Max even entered the Guinness Book of World records for the film with the highest profit-to-cost percentage.

The Purge


In Purge, writer and director James DeMonaco created the perfect plot for a crime thriller horror film. The budget invested in the making of the movie, which hit theaters in 2013, was a meager $3 million. But the reviews and audiences’ response boosted its revenue to a stupendous $89.3 million! With a story that revolves around the high crime rate in America and the government legally sanctioning criminal activities for 12 whole hours, the terror that strikes thereafter is portrayed in a horrifying real manner in the movie. The enthralling dreadfulness of the plot gripped the attention of the audience and not in a pleasant way either!



Once is the love story of two musicians, a street guitarist and a pianist, who fall in love and create a perfect blend of tunes together. The actors, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, are real musicians and have no prior experience in acting. But the work created by them in the movie is astounding and produced in just $150,000, this one created waves among viewers and critics alike. The movie raked in whopping returns of $20,710,513 and also received an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

The Blair Witch Project


The Blair Witch Project is a transfixing horror story of three student filmmakers who mysteriously disappeared in Maryland while on a trip to film a documentary. Their video footage was recovered after a year and the recording is not just eerie but absolutely bloodcurdling! Written and directed by Daniel Myrick, the movie was made on a budget of $60,000. But the massively positive reviews earned the movie its $248 million revenue.

Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels


This 1998 British crime comedy gained critical acclaim due to its outstanding hilarious plot. The film is also said to have emerged as the project that made director Guy Ritchie internationally famous. Scripted and directed by Ritchie, the movie tells the story of a heist to rob a smalltime gang. The heist turns comic when the number of gangs, interested in making some easy money by robbing each other, increases. The budget used in the making of the film was $1.35 million, but the revenue it generated worldwide was a phenomenal $28.35 million.
All the movies on this list have gone all out to prove the fact that not every successful movie needs to be created with a monstrous budget, a monumental location or a cast of legendary actors. These Top 10 Low Budget Movies that were Huge Hits were appreciated by viewers and critics alike due to their originality and creativity and the fact that they were epics created with a relatively shoestring budget!


Short Film Showcase- Shadows

You know how in a movie that goes on for around a hundred minutes or more, it’s only a couple of sequences lasting only a few minutes that actually keep you on the edge of your seat? Well, Shadows is made up of those few minutes. You don’t have to sit through 90 odd minutes in order to watch the most interesting part! It is indeed difficult to pull off a short, maybe that’s why only the gutsiest filmmakers do it. In the case of Shadows: Director Colin Berry, Writer Eric Walker, Producer Kyle Sevier and lone actor Corey Sevier all come together to give effect to a tight, interesting plot that makes the audience’s hair stand on end.
The storyline is simple. It’s based on a simple looking guy in a simple shirt and tie, simply getting the s**t scared out of him. Well, that’s where the simplicity of it all ends. Shadows then moves on into territory that is quite difficult to fathom and capture. One that holds both horror and science fiction.
The creature in the dark could very well have been a ghost. Except that it does something inexplicable to the Glen- The protagonist. Showing him images and taking his mind to bright blue places.
Ghosts don’t do that you know, they simply whack the hell out of you and ask you to get out of there! The sci-fi angle in Shadows is gripping and makes you think twice about all that went down. It makes you think about what could possibly happen next! That’s part of the magic that makes a good short and Shadows accomplishes that element just fine.
The film is well paced and doesn’t rush you into things. It takes its own sweet time to get into the groove and even then, keeps the element of horror and surprise alive by allowing you to catch your breath at the right times. The sound in the background is great and the visual effects are surprisingly convincing for a piece that has been made on a micro budget! – A lesson for the biggies perhaps?
So what does Shadows leave you with? One thing’s for sure – the next time you have to wait back at the office late in the night to wrap up some work, you will end up taking it home instead!
Oh, and did I tell you the bad thing about shorts? They leave you wanting more. That’s what Shadows does to you. And when you know you can’t get any right now, you simply go back and watch it again. Or ask the makers to make some more. So, here we are, asking the Shadows team for just that – more! Stop by their FaceBook page and tell them what you think.


Spectre: Falls Drastically Short, Even By Action Thriller Standards

The days when the very mention of a 007 movie captivated the audience are long gone. Now, unless a film is brilliant in every way, the audience wouldn’t waste a penny to watch it, far less spend time in spreading a good word about it.

So that way, Spectre didn’t really enjoy the usual launch pad that 007 films of yore enjoyed, which meant it had to have a certain amount of standalone brilliance to shine through in the crowd of works that the film industry brings.
Unfortunately, the film fails to do this on several fronts. And when one considers the fact that this was a James Bond 007 movie, this fact turns out to be even more of a disappointment. When it’s a 007 movie, the audience’s expectations automatically rise to a certain level. Well, the biggest regret in case of Spectre is that it doesn’t even meet the expectations of a normal film-going audience that expects a well-rounded action thriller.

Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and directed by Sam Mendes, Spectre hit theaters on October 26th in the UK earlier this year and opened to the US audience a few days later on November 6th, although the reviews of the shows in the UK pretty much told the world that this one was a rare 007 disaster.

For starters, considering that the budget for the film was somewhere to the tune of around $250 million, there was talk of whether or not the film would even manage to break even. So you can imagine how disastrous the opening was. Eventually, the film did manage to scrape through to this point in spite of initial fears and until November 11th, had raked in $310 million, certainly not a number that would term it a success, but certainly enough to save it from the tag of a financial disaster. Of course, the box office performance certainly doesn’t warrant Spectre an acquittal on other fronts.

The 148-minute long ordeal was Daniel Craig’s last outing as the suave spy James Bond and the super-spy’s 24th, and it seems like Craig was among the few who truly dedicated their soul to the film, irrespective of it turning out to be a writing catastrophe, among other things. It was indeed a surprise to see the audience welcome the film with largely negative reviews, especially since the experts of the industry had termed the film a success through earlier screenings. We are sure Craig must have been among those to see the film take off on a high with most professional critics providing it the thrust, only to see the audience shoot it down. Of course, there were a fair number of negative reviews to sit up and take notice but the miserable show with the audience proved that the numbers were greatly divided on this one.

Of course, the film certainly wasn’t an entirely drab affair – the $310 million in the coffers so far will tell you that. The film is surely an enjoyable affair too – you certainly wouldn’t walk out of the theater in the middle of the screening. Yet, it does indeed fall short of what we expect from a 007 film. Some reviewers have openly proclaimed that this was the worst James Bond movie in three decades, while others have said it doesn’t even stand tall against other mediocre action films that hit the audience on occasion.

Firstly, the fact that this was a James Bond film hit it the hardest. Come on, we all know how the weight of expectations can weigh something down no matter how grand it is and to an extent, the fate that Spectre has met is a result of this paradox. Then again, the film has relied too heavily on past elements and doesn’t have anything fresh to offer in several departments, something that happens to occur in franchise stories. So here is Bond taking off on a solo mission yet again, defying the rules that made him the man he is, and frankly, this plot is one that has been explored too often.

Although the sequences of the film live up to the standards set by the average action thriller, the boredom with which most of the characters participate in these sequences is almost depressing in some cases. The plot keeps too many elements under wraps and in the end, nothing really comes together in a dramatic climax. When compared to the awesome opening sequence that is shot in a single swoop of extraordinary talent and impeccable planning, the rest of the movie sure pales in comparison.

At the end of it all, Spectre is momentarily brilliant with flashes of dazzling brightness that truly lift it up to the levels of its predecessors. Sadly, the moments are far too few. If only the entire movie was wrapped in this cloak. It would have been a perfect goodbye for Daniel Craig, and yet another gem for James Bond fans to lust after.


Top 10 Best Van Damme Films

Jean-Claude Van Damme is a name that has the perfect image of all brawn and brain attached to it. Van Damme has earned his name among some of the top action heroes in Hollywood. Jean-Claude Van Damme’s name was originally Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg and the actor had not always aimed at getting into movies.
Guided by his father, Van Damme started martial arts training at the age of 11, and while participating in numerous matches and championships, he found himself winning most of them most of them.
However, in 1980 Jean-Claude suffered an injury to his nose in one of the matches and was unable to continue as a martial arts fighter. This led him to take up alternate jobs that included carpet laying, pizza delivery, a limo driver and with the help of Chuck Norris was also a bouncer at a club in Los Angeles. To his good luck he later met a Cannon Pictures producer who helped him star in his debut film.
While his journey into the world of films may have been a shaky one, his career was just as confident and stable as one of his revolving kicks! Jean-Claude Van Damme has some great movies to his credit and here, we have listed some of them for you.



The film Bloodsport is the one started off Jean-Claude’s career in action films and in this one, Van Damme played the role of a U.S. Army Captain. Fans would definitely recall the complete split done by Van Damme, among some of the extreme martial arts stunts and as the name goes, the movie included a lot of martial art stunts, brutal kicks and punches and a lot of bloodshed.



This one had Van Damme show off some of the most extreme martial arts stunts he had learned. The story revolves around Van Damme travelling to Thailand to avenge his brothers beating in a fight with the martial arts champion Tong Po. The final fight in the movie is worth every minute and both fighters display some of the most unbelievable martial arts stunts. Even today, viewers find themselves biting their fingernails even at the thought of the dangerous in this fight.

Double Impact


Van Damme fans go crazy watching the martial arts champion in action so imagine getting the opportunity to see two Van Dammes in a single flick. Twice the action! Twice the heat! Every fans dream come true! In Double Impact, Van Damme plays the role of twins who get separated and meet after 25 years. They unite to fight the bad guys. While one of his characters had the usual cropped hair and rugged look, the other flaunted a slick look with his hair gelled back but both Van Damme characters with the tightly toned muscles were indeed a treat for martial arts fans and flailing hearts.

Hard Target


Directed by the creator of Face Off and Mission Impossible II, this movie was John Woo’s American directorial debut. Van Damme plays the role of a merchant seaman who rescues a young lady from some thugs. Later he goes on to help the damsel-in-distress avenge her father’s death.

Sudden Death


Sudden Death is a movie based on the story of a normal man’s fight against terrorists. With the amazing martial arts stunts performed by Van Damme, the movie was no doubt one of the greatest films the actor has starred in.

Universal Soldier


Van Damme fans love to see their idol perform in some bloodshed and hardcore action and with this movie, Van Damme gives them just that! Van Damme’s acting always sets him apart from other well-known action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steven Seagal and in this project, Van Damme plays the role of dead soldier who has been brought back to life as part of a secret Army project. He played opposite the famous Dolph Lundgren. The picture earned decent revenue of over $36 million.



Timecop is one of Van Damme’s sci-fi action films, similar to Universal Soldier in terms of its genre. Released in 1994, this movie is about a man who travels in time over a decade to stop the evil works of a politician. This is, till date, the highest grossing film starring Van Damme. While the film generated revenue of over $100 million, even critics state that this movie is one of Van Damme’s best works as far as his acting prowess is concerned.



Van Damme fans are well aware and quite used to the kind of movie plots he acts in. This film again is one that includes revenge, fight tournaments, bloodshed, murder and survival. None the less, this is one of Van Damme’s essential performances. In this movie, Van Damme starred along with Michel Qissi, who also starred as Tong Po in Kickboxer.



Cyborg was the first of director Albert Pyun’s trilogy and was again one of Van Damme’s few sci-fi movies. The plot of the movie is set in the post-apocalyptic future and Van Damme plays the role of a mercenary. Ironically, the film was made on a small budget with spare costumes from another movie that hadn’t been used! However, the movie gained importance owing to the excellent martial arts stunts by Van Damme. There were a number of blood-filled scenes that had to be edited from the movie considering the fact that it required an R-rating to be released.

The Expendables 2


The Expendables 2 was released in 2012. The original movie, The Expendables, to which this is a sequel, was released the previous year. However, due to Van Damme’s busy schedule, he was unable to be a part of that movie in 2011. Starring alongside some of the most celebrated action heroes of all time, this movie is definitely one of Van Damme’s best. However, it is said that Van Damme stayed away from the rest of the cast that included Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Bruce Willis and Chuck Norris so that he could focus on his character. Van Damme sure takes his acting very seriously!
Now that you’ve caught a glimpse of Jean Claude Van Damme’s best works, you can get back to your martial arts practice sessions!

Jupiter Ascending: This One Failed To Take Off

When a movie is based on a plot that plays across galaxies, you need more than just a great landing and stunning visuals to pull it off and convince the audience of its authenticity. Unfortunately, Jupiter Ascending fails on this front, thus pushing into the background the brilliance of some of its elements.
Starring Channing Tatum as Caine and Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones with Eddie Redmayne, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean and Douglas Booth among others acting as their supporting cast, the Wachowski duo of Andy and Lana are the directors as well as those responsible for the screenplay of Jupiter Ascending. The Wachowskis are well known for the stretches of imagination their screenplays can delve into and this has always been a strength that fans as well as critics have admired in the team. This time around though, the foundation necessary for the story to take root in the minds of the audience is surprisingly absent and although the concept of Planet Earth being merely a bolt in the universal machinery does come across, the depth of it all simply fails to reach us.

The fight between good and evil exists throughout the movie except that we don’t quite grasp what each one wishes to do next. Yes, we understand the larger scheme of the power struggle but what actually goes down in the movie is hardly sewn together in the narrative. No, it isn’t only about the Wachowski brilliance that is missing here. It is about the absolute absence of any sane link between the beautiful graphics and the incoherent ramblings in the storyline.

“Your Earth is a very small part of a very large industry”, goes one line in the movie, and the biggest disappointment lays in the fact that the narrative in this one never gets strong enough to convince us of this. Good movies lure us into the plot and make us believe that what’s happening is indeed real. Great movies make us forget everything else. Movies like Jupiter Ascending simply make us believe that we should have read the reviews before actually spending money on the tickets!

The only saviors are the beautiful cinematography and eye-catching sequences that run throughout the movie. Some of the sequences on Earth too are beautifully shot while there is no dearth of extravagance in handling the ones that depict the scenes outside our planet. The movie deserves full marks for its visuals but sadly, indulging in great moviemaking isn’t only about the visuals. If only Andy and Lana Wachowski had given Jupiter Ascending the narrative it deserves, this one would have blown every other out of the waters. As far as movies set in space and those with alternate existential theories go, this one truly had potential.

Sadly, this aim remains unfulfilled and Jupiter Ascending remains a visual treat that does little to rein in any of the other senses, and therein lays its misery and failure.


Enemy: Intelligent and Gripping

The psychological thriller film, Enemy was released in 2013 and earned numerous awards for its excellent direction and the actors’ performances. Of course, Director Denis Villeneuve deserves all credit for the creation of the film and the excellent performance he manages to get out of his actors.

A French-Canadian writer and film maker, Villeneuve is celebrated for having won three Genie Awards for Best Director. The first was in 2001 for his film Maelstrom, while his second and third awards were for Polytechnique and Incendies in 2010 and 2011, respectively. All these films also won the award for Best Picture.
His latest directorial venture was the film Enemy. Enemy was created and directed between the making of Villeneuve’s two other excellent films, Oscar nominated Incendies and Academy Award winner Prisoners.

Released at the Toronto International Film Festival, in 2013, the movie has received positive responses from audiences and critics, and even though the plot may be confusing and bewildering, the story unfolds in an eerily well-designed manner. Adapted from the novel The Double, written by José Saramago, the movie has bagged five Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Director, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Picture. The 2014 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards nominated Enemy as the Best Canadian Film of the Year.

Villeneuve has always had a penchant for excellence. His creation of this double-themed film is one of the best creations in the history of film-making. While filming Enemy, Villeneuve definitely did his homework and has even managed to surpass his previous works in several ways. The story is gripping and every aspect has been carefully designed. At first, one may be totally at sea, thanks to the various intricacies of the storyline. But if the film is carefully analyzed, you will see what a beautiful director Villeneuve is and will surely agree on him having rightfully received all those awards.

Enemy is a mesmerizing story about a history professor, Adam Bell, who leads a simple yet complicated life with his girlfriend Mary. He happens to come across an actor named Anthony Claire, who looks exactly like him. The story does not flow in a smooth manner as most movies do. So there is no transitional element that truly gels one scene to another. In spite of this, each scene is carefully placed in its rightful position. This position may not be chronological and therefore, each occurrence must be looked at separately. If one fails to grasp this nuance, confusion is bound to reign!

While Villeneuve gets his audience to believe that the two identical characters in the movie, Adam and Anthony, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, are two different people; they are actually the same. This can be easily understood when they discuss their identical features right down to a scar on the chest. The truth is that Adam is actually experiencing the condition known as Multiple Personality Disorder, a favorite topic in the film fraternity. And in the movie, it is the main protagonist’s girlfriend who realizes this when she notices the sudden change in his behavior.

The film is so enthralling that you wouldn’t lose your focus for even a moment, for fear that you may miss out on something important. That’s the flair Villeneuve uses in his films to get his audiences’ undivided attention.

In the film’s poster and well as in the film, Villeneuve uses the image of a spider now and then. Its significance is unknown as there is nothing explained about the spider anytime during the movie. This metaphorical use of spiders in the film gets audiences to react, think and analyze the film differently.

Some believe that the spider signifies Adam’s mental conflict with the thought of commitment to his girlfriend. In some spider species the males are known to sacrifice themselves during copulation, while some female spiders kill the male spiders even before mating has occurred. Adam’s relationship with his girlfriend Mary is strenuous and could be compared to that of the spiders’.

This mind thrilling film grossed a colossal $3.4 million worldwide. With music by film score composers Daniel Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans, the film’s soundtrack is as extraordinary as the film itself, giving this project a well-rounded finish that is certainly worth a watch!


A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night – A Review

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is a brilliant debut work by writer and director Ana Lily Amirpour, telling us how even the minimally experienced can turn out to be brilliant.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and made waves there as well as with future audiences, and rightfully so. Amirpour drew influence from a short film written and directed by her under the same title and that short even went on to win the award for the Best Short Film at the Noor Iranian Film Festival in 2012.
The story that A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night revolves around a young woman, played by Sheila Vand. Simply called ‘The Girl’ in the movie, the character is a twisted one, a lonely vampire lurking in the dark, hunting and preying on men who display a lack of respect toward women. Set in an imaginary Iranian town that goes by the name Bad City, the film unfolds in a slow and leisurely manner.

The plot further becomes interesting through the introduction of a young handsome lad, a role played by Arash Marandi, whose hard-earned ’57 convertible ride is taken away by Saeed’s (Dominic Rains) procurer, as collateral for the drugs sold to Arash’s father Hossein (Marshall Manesh), an aged drug addict. Arash is later entangled into a play of mistaken identity following death and bloodshed. As the plot unfolds, Saeed and Hossein are killed by ‘The Girl’ for their disrespectful treatment of women. Arash recovers his car and later meets the lonely vampire, while he is ironically dressed as the Dracula.

Amirpour utilizes expressions and gestures more than dialogues and weighs importance in bringing out the message through non verbal means. In almost all scenes of the film, Amirpour gets her audience to concentrate on her characters intensely. The film is mostly a series of tableaux and this lends it a different hue.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night gives off the perfect amount of eeriness, suspense and emotion and Amirpour uses ancient as well as modern elements in her film well. The film’s black and white cinematography is the perfect touch to Amirpour’s concept of a town stalked by a revengeful vampire. The Iranian-American writer and director envelopes the perfect blend of novelty and conventional elements in her debut direction.

This movie is the multi-production film made by Elijah Wood, Reza Sixo Safai, Ben Conrad, Daniel Noah, Josh Waller, Daniel Grove, Alexei Tylevich, Nicholas Moceri and Patrick Grove, and while Amirpour has included a talented cast to play each character, the movie can easily be termed a successful debut.

Having played out well with her first shot at a feature film, Amirpour is all set with her next feature film, The Bad Batch, starring Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey and Diego Luna. Going by her undoubtedly successful debut film, the brilliant cast of The Bad Batch is likely to have great expectations of this blossoming director.

And since we all know how the talented only get better in the film world, so here’s hoping that Ana Lily Amirpour repeats the success of A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night with her new venture too.


These Films Surely Deserved A Sequel!

No matter what genre, Hollywood is celebrated for its indisputable ability to create some of the best sequels in the history of cinema. While some movies were best in the original, some others exceeded all expectations in their sequels.
And then there are these few brilliant standalone movies that never had sequels. Now, even though these original movies have been much appreciated, one can’t help but wonder as to why there weren’t sequels created.
Forrest Gump


This epic romantic comedy movie was viewed and loved by numerous movie aficionados all over the world. Even with the success of the movie, much to the disappointment of its fans there wasn’t a sequel released. The movie was based on a novel by Winston Groom who released a sequel novel in 1995 titled Gump and Co. Director Robert Zemeckis however, did not go with making a movie sequel. Many viewers would not be of the same opinion but it is said that the creators of Forrest Gump did not find the sequel plot relevant.

The 1998 sci-fi film Armageddon is one of the most well received movies at the box office. Having earned revenue of over 553 million, this movie had great prospects to go all out with a sequel. Lately, director Michael Bay is drowned in the making of the Transformers franchise. But we strongly believe that given the opportunity, Armageddon would’ve made an amazing sequel maybe with the storyline of another world ending meteor threat that truly creates havoc this time.
The Sixth Sense

This supernatural thriller scripted and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and released in 1999 gripped its viewers with its spellbinding plot and talented cast. The movie was even nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Due to the huge success of this movie, there were rumors about a sequel; however, this was soon doused and the movie was left at its original.

Another one of M. Night Shyamalan’s epic drama films, Unbreakable is a movie about a superhero that survives any calamity and escapes without a scratch. Surprisingly, there was no sequel created to this film. The movie had great potential for a sequel but Shyamalan may not have been of the same opinion as some of his other films didn’t meet its audience with the same enthusiasm as expected.

Moviegoers doubted the success of Inception as it didn’t really seem likely to hit the box office big time, being a risky jump at something totally original and stimulating. However, once released, the movie scooped unbelievable revenue trailing a great opportunity for a sequel.
Mamma Mia!

The 2008 musical romantic film is based on the songs sung by the celebrated pop group of 70’s, ABBA. While the plot of the movie may not have been the best in this genre, movie fans gorged on the movie solely for the songs, the music and the talented cast. There was great potential for director Phyllida Lloyd to fashion a sequel, considering the numerous songs by ABBA that could be incorporated into the next movie. But Lloyd decided to make and stop Mamma Mia! at its original.

Actor Will Smith created waves with his image as the King of the Box Office. That is one of the reasons that made Hancock a hit amongst its viewers. Hancock being a movie about a man who was originally a bummed out alcoholic and was then transformed into a superhero that saves the day, is a plot that was enjoyed by many. This action drama movie laid the foundation for a great sequel, but surprisingly, this is nowhere on the cards.

With the enormous success of the Titanic, it is rather surprising that James Cameron didn’t go in with the idea for a sequel. It is agreed that the sinking of the great ship on its maiden voyage would spell the end of the movie; however, the idea of a sequel that showed the survival and existence of Rose would make for a great sequel. Hence, it is astonishing that after earning such gargantuan revenue the makers had not jumped at the thought of a sequel.
Easy A

Emma Stone at her best in this comedy drama film Easy A! The plot involves a teenager who goes with a rumor and ends up being the center of attraction at her high school. She is then inspired by the novel The Scarlett Letter and changes the way people look at her. With an interesting plot, the movie would’ve made for a great sequel. But guess the director thought otherwise.
True Lies

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been appreciated by his fans all through his Terminator movie franchise. His work in True Lies alongside Jamie Lee Curtis too gained equal response. Hence, it would be a great idea to make a sequel of the movie. But the director thought the movie was best left at its original.


Movies You May have Missed: Under the Skin

The British- American sci-fi horror film Under The Skin was released for viewing at the Telluride Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado. It was later released in theatres in the first quarter of 2014. Directed by the celebrated English filmmaker, Jonathan Glazer, this film is a definite must-watch! Glazer is famous for his work with some of the most interesting music videos and advertisements.

Under The Skin is a movie about an alien who lands on earth and takes disguise as an attractive woman seducing and preying on unwary men in Scotland. Script writers Jonathan Glazer and Walter Campbell have created the script and made a film adaptation of Michel Faber’s novel of the same name.
Starring Scarlett Johansson, the film has received critical acclaim for its script and Johansson’s performance. Glazer spent more than 10 years trying to create the film and has eventually created this masterpiece with a budget of a little over $13 million. The movie was well-received by the audience and critics; however, it failed to recover the budget that was spent in the making of the film. The original sound track for the film is given by Mica Levi, who is better known by her stage name Micachu.

While the movie has an erotic ambience to it, the feeling of fear, anxiety and a deep sense of disturbance cannot be excluded. Johansson’s outstanding performance is worth praising and no one could have done more justice to the role than this talented actress has. The men casted in the film are non-actors. Some scenes from the film were created using random, unscripted conversations that were recorded on the streets, with the use of hidden cameras.
Johansson’s stupendous presence easily attracts attention and this would be typical even if she were to turn up as an alien in its natural form. So it’s easy to say that Glazer made the perfect choice when he casted Johansson as the protagonist in the film.

The film begins with a scene wherein an alien is born. The alien is brought to earth and is consistently assisted, throughout the movie, by a motorcyclist. This man on a motorcycle even assists her in getting the human form when she lands on earth. Once in her human form, the woman drives around Glasgow in a Ford Transit van and picks up random men as her prey. Johansson doesn’t have a name and can simply be addressed as “the woman.”

Not much is shown of the scene where she preys on the men other than the fact that the men are led into a dark apartment followed by scenes showing Johansson and her prey taking off their clothes before she starts backing up leading the men to walk towards her while they slowly descend into a pool of black liquid. Johansson seems undisturbed by the liquid as she calmly walks on its surface with an expressionless look. The woman’s indifference to her hosts’ external appearance is obvious when she even picks up a man with a disfigured face. The role of this character is played by Adam Person, who suffers from neurofibromatosis.
Towards the end of the film, the woman walks through a forest and comes across a commercial logger, who later tries to molest and rape her in the forest. In the act he tears off the skin on her back, revealing a pitch black human shaped figure. The logger runs away, only to return with fuel that he uses to set the woman/alien on fire. The alien is burnt alive and the movie ends with smoke rising towards the skies.

Quite a modest amount of the film is detailed while some parts seem to have been left unexplained by Glazer, in a hope that the audience will imagine its meaning or analyze it. Not many directors do this and Glazer must be credited for such direction as he gives his audience something to think about even after the film is over.


Top 10 Disastrous Movie Sequels

A hit movie, with even the remote chance of a storyline that can be stretched, often sees a sequel. Not all of these turn out to be as good as the original though. In fact, some of them are plain disastrous! This list of Top 10 Disastrous Movie Sequels will show you what we mean.

Speed 2: Cruise Control

The 1994 original movie Speed showed us what a brilliant plot could do. Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Daniels and Joe Morton came together to build upon an amazing screenplay and the result was a hit that even won two Academy Awards in the categories of sound. Then, a sequel was decided and it all went downhill. Keanu Reeves declined to play a part in the sequel after reading the script but Sandra Bullock agreed. This one took place on the high seas and turned out to be a disaster. Although it made a decent profit, even those involved deemed it a mistake.

Jaws 2

We still quote the original Jaws movie and consider it among the best thrillers up there. As for the sequel, not many of us even know it’s out there! The tagline, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water.” was great, but that was about the only good thing related to the movie. Steven Spielberg took his hands off the project and even Roy Scheider would have, if it wasn’t for the contract. As terrible as this one turned out, the makers still went ahead with a couple more in the franchise. A Jaws-sized error indeed!

Exorcist II: The Heretic

Now, to be fair to this sequel, the original was so good that few other horrow movies even came close to it, so an encore was downright impossible. Well, the Exorcist II: The Heretic did attempt the impossible then, and miserably failed. The director stayed away but most of the cast jumped aboard what was eventually a sinking ship. This one, wasn’t just a far cry from the first, but was a disappointment in comparison to other horror movies as well.

The Ring Two

The original movie The Ring was an all-out remake of the Japanese version. A horror flick that is counted as the best in its genre even today, even the evil soul in the original would have cringed at how the sequel turned out. The Ring Two wasn’t a departure from the usual like the first one was, and this was its main undoing. In the end, it simply turned out to be a feeble, and unsuccessful, attempt at keeping the momentum of the first one going.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Even the staunchest of Star Wars fans will agree that this sequel was, well a disaster of gargantuan proportions. Some might argue on this but then that would only be theStar Wars spirit in them asking them to defy the truth. This movie remains one of George Lucas’ forgettable works and certainly one that finds itself at the bottom of the pile in the franchise.

Son of the Mask

Everyone who saw The Mask knew it was Jim Carrey all the way. Why then would someone venture to make a sequel without him! The sequel lacked a storyline and was void of any decent level of comedy whatsoever. In comparison to the original, this one never stood a chance. Oh and the CGI was pathetic too.

Grease 2

Grease was an epic movie and finds place among the classics even today. Grease 2 on the other hand is forgettable at best. Maxwell Caulfield simply couldn’t carry the movie on his limited talents and the pale storyline just didn’t have the same oomph that the original did. This one turned out to be a perfect example of why some hits should be left alone!

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

Anaconda, the 1997 adventure horror flick was a refreshing one for many reasons. It was the first movie to truly explore the myth of gigantic anacondas and then there was the tagline, “If you can’t breathe you can’t scream.” Well, the movie had the audience hooked, especially with a starry cast falling prey to the vicious snake. Unfortunately, the second movie did not boast of a great cast not of convincing graphics. This one went down faster than a rat down an anaconda’s throat!

Men in Black II

The original movie was a great one, with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones playing the perfect partners fighting a weird looking alien that is out to destroy the equilibrium of the universe. The sequel was destructive by itself and certainly did not need a pug to fit into the equation. Anyways, the pug was right there and so was a new female partner Agent K for hunky Agent J. if the alphabetical names did not turn you off the first time around, it was only because of the brilliant plot. The sequel however gave the audience time to think about this and more, an utter disaster especially when compared to the original Men in Black.

Basic Instinct 2

The original movie was an amazing one that revealed to audiences all that the power of sensuality coupled with a criminal mind could do. The sequel proved to audiences that even healthy doses of both these traits could bring down a film if it’s just not made right. The buildup for the second movie was promising, especially since it had Sharon Stone reprising her role. Well, once the movie hit theaters, the audience soon understood this was nowhere close to the first and chose to stay away, in spite of oodles of crime and sex.

Some originals are simply too great to follow up convincingly, while some sequels are so bad that they can’t even match up to a mediocre original. Whatever the case may be, this list of Top 10 Disastrous Movie Sequels shows us why Hollywood doesn’t always get the formula right the second time around.


Movies You May Have Missed: Snowpiercer

The structure of Hollywood is such that at times, the most powerful works are related to the darkest corners of the spectrum and one look at Snowpiercer will certainly have you agreeing that this was one movie that deserved a lot more recognition that it received.
Directed by Joon-ho Bong of South Korea, rechristened Bong Joon Ho for the convenience of the Western world, Snowpiercer has powerful names such Chris Evans, Jamie Bell and Tilda Swinton leading the cast with their equally powerful performances leaving an indelible mark on the movie too. The 2013 South Korean film that hit theaters across the US on July 11th 2014 is based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceniege, itself an impressive work from Jacques Lob, Jean-Marc Rochette and Benjamin Legrand.
Lasting 126 minutes, each of these minutes filled with extraordinary amounts of action and drama, this sci-fi thriller is set in the year 2031, where after a climate change experiment gone wrong, the only means of survival is to keep the train with the last human beings on Earth running along its tracks incessantly. In short, the movie is based in a post-apocalypse era where of course, humanity is on its last leg and the slightest error would end in the eradication of the species.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and this time around, the so-called guardians of the race have devised a perfect formula to keep the last of the species going – a monstrous train that depicts the Ark of old runs along a never-ending track on a seemingly eternal journey for survival, and works on the same rules that society does. So while the richer classes in the first compartments of this train enjoy the fruits of others’ labors, the one who actually labor are left to lead a miserable life.

This cannot go on forever of course and in comes a revolution where the few who question the misery around them choose to rise and revolt. What follows is a gruesome tale and this is where the Asian hand of the director comes into play. The entire setup of the movie may be Hollywood-ish but when it comes to the execution of the macabre side of things, the Asian way takes over.

Whether it is the gunning down of schoolchildren or the blatant sadism and elements of terror that Snowpiercer portrays, it reminds you of those violent Asian flicks where blood and gore is part of the entire routine. To the Western audience, it may come across as excessive and yet, the brilliant execution of every sequence doesn’t allow you to tear your eyes away from even the most gruesome ones.

The portrayal of each car of the train too presents a great journey and each step takes the lowly creatures of the last rungs of the survival chain to a world they had never imagined existed. As the perfect rule of order, the train seems to be running on breaks down, the questions regarding the survival of the rebel group increase, along with the threats of deadly repercussions for the last surviving lives of a species.

The many tones the movie carries are indeed surprising. On one side of the coin is the unapologetic violence and tragedy, and on the other side is the depiction of a world that resembles everything ugly that humanity stands for.

Several critics labeled Snowpiercer the best they had seen in 2014 and reviews ranged from riveting to epic. Dark yet beautiful, and bringing to the big screen a perfect depiction of gruesome violence interlaced with cheerful moments, Snowpiercer is an unforgettable journey that undeniably deserves a lot more attention.


Top 10 Best Unscripted Movie Scenes

Every movie buff tends to have his/her favorite part of a favorite movie and the credit usually goes to the screenwriters. On rare occasions, instinct takes over and actors and directors make up their mind to instill changes that they feel will make the scene a better one. This, surprisingly, turns out to be the movie’s best line or scene sometimes! Creating a touch of absolute ingenuity gives the movie an allure as viewers react to it differently. Here are the Top 10 Best Unscripted Movie Scenes that left an impact.

The Godfather

In this 1972 crime film, the Italian-American director, Francis Ford Coppola, not only gets every inch of every reel right but also adds a piquant shade to the mafia mob drama. His liberal approach to film direction accepts innovation with open arms, making The Godfather a true classic! The few but significant unscripted touches to the movie give it its well-earned fame. During the introduction of his character in the movie, Marlon Brando is seen gently stroking a cat, while sentencing a man to be beaten for raising his hand on a woman. This image was Coppola’s brainchild and it masterfully gives you a complete review of the character, while it also accentuates the character’s dual personality as the head of a mafia family.

Full Metal Jacket

The movie Full Metal Jacket contains an moment where actor R. Lee Ermey, who played the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, used his impromptu skills and experience as a drill sergeant, to make up almost 50 percent of the dialogues in the movie! Ermey was a drill sergeant before he got into acting and hence had the intended expertise for this kind of a role. He has resourcefully utilized his military façade to capture similar roles in other movies too. This one earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

The Shining

Another instantaneous addition that shocked and awed, is the shot from the movie The Shining, where Jack Nicholson, donning the character of a drunk Jack Torrance, uses an axe to chop through a door to get to actress Shelly Duvall, who played the role of Wendy Torrance. The iconic scene petrifies it’s viewers with the frenzied screams of Duvall, but Nicholson decided to add to the scare factor with a little something of his own. Borrowing the intro from ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson’, Nicholson says “Heeere’s Johnny!” with an eerie smile on his face. This inference was totally off the line of dialogues, but still managed to instill in the audience a weird sense of horror, making this line one of the best ones in the movie.

The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger bagged himself a retrospective Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the movie The Dark Knight. He recreated the perfect villainous image of ‘The Joker’, Batman’s villain, in the minds of the film viewers and not only added the true dark, despiteful and frightening image of the character, but also blended in some satirical humor. Ledger’s talented improvisation of the character earned the movie its fame. In the film, the Joker blows up a hospital in Gotham. While Ledger was acting out the scene of walking away from the explosion, he deviated from the scripted scene to add a touch of satirical humor by stopping and reacting in a fidgety manner to the delayed explosion. This instantaneous act got the viewers hooked!


Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller film Jaws still sends shivers down its viewers spine, every time they watch it. The actor, Roy Scheider, who played the role of Chief Martin Brody in this film, fabricated a dialogue in one of the movie’s scenes, making this dialogue one of those that transcends a movie to exist in a life of its own. In the scene, where Scheider notices the size of the 25-foot Great White for the first time, he chose to say the exact words that were on the tip of the audiences’ tongue, “You’re going to need a bigger boat.” The line has now become a part of everyday life too and used where a problem seems to be one that’s Jaws-sized!

Midnight Cowboy

This Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman starrer grabbed three well-deserved Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. The 1969 film is one of the paramount American movies of its time and is the only X-rated movie, until date, to bag the Best Picture Award. The movie acquired its fame for the famous line “I’m walking here!” quoted by Dustin Hoffman in the spur of the moment. When asked about this during an interview, Hoffman stated that they had a tough time getting the take right, as it had to be shot in a continuous smooth flow, crossing a traffic light without any disruptions. During one of the takes, an NYC cab that wasn’t part of the setup careened onto the movie set and screeched to a halt. Dustin Hoffman wanted to actually say, “We’re filming a movie here!” but then Hoffman, out of that actor’s instinct he had developed over the years, managed to stay in character and banging his palm on the cab retorted, “I’m walkin’ here!” Now here’s a guy who walks the talk!

Good Will Hunting

Owing to its unique storyline and brilliant performances from Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Robin Williams, this 1997 American drama film received universal critical acclaim. One particular scene, where actor Robin Williams narrates the story of the “farting wife”, cracked up everyone including the guy at the camera! You can even notice the slight shaking of the camera if you pay close attention!

The Warriors

Directed and scripted by Walter Hill, this 1979 cult movie was an action thriller about powerful gangs in New York. Hill made judicious use of fictitious cult language and gang lingo, making the movie a success. The actor, David Patrick Kelly, who played the character of Luther in the film, is famous for his shrilly entice, “Warriors, come out to play-ayy…”, while clinking glass bottles in his hand. This, according to most, exists as the most memorable slice of the movie.

Pretty Woman

The American actor and heartthrob, Richard Gere, has never failed to impress women, on screen and off. In the 1990 movie, Pretty Woman, he hires an expensive diamond necklace for actress Julia Roberts, who plays the role of a hooker. As Julia reached out to touch the necklace, Gere instinctively snapped shut the jewelry box, startling Roberts.  Roberts’ laugh was so authentic and pleasant that the director decided to use it as part of the film!

Taxi Driver

Martin Scorsese is an aficionado of impulsive improvisations! In the movie Taxi Driver, there is a scene that is most talked about. Scorsese had scripted a scene wherein actor Robert De Niro had to talk to himself in the mirror. De Niro was given the liberty to create his own lines and he did a perfect job by improvising the line “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? There’s nobody else here.”

This list of Top 10 Best Unscripted Movie Scenes includes some that are iconic and others that one would never have imagined to be different from the original script. Yet, they all shone with brilliance!


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