Hollywood VFX Expert Phaneendra Gullapalli at AISFM

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AISFM had a Master Class with Mr. Phaneendra Gullapalli, a Hollywood VFX expert, and a member of the team that won an Oscar for the Hollywood film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for visual effects. Phaneendra  has also worked on visual effects for movies like 2012, Mummy-III, Transformers-II, Tron: Legacy, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and many more. Students enjoyed the interactive and engaging session with the expert greatly.

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Speaking about his journey from Vijayawada to Hollywood, he recounted how he fell in love with animation & visual effects early on in his life. He kept pursuing his passion inspite of being rejected four times for internships at famous Hollywood studios. The secret to his sustenance and success? He says “One third of your life is spent at your workplace and I didn’t want to pursue something that I was not happy with. I wanted to pursue my passion, so I took up animation. Some people give up after a setback. I didn’t because there is a thin line between winning and losing.”

What level of artistic instincts and capabilities, and how much technical skills should a person have, asked a student to which he said that “it is good to have both backgrounds if possible; artists and technologists together is a good combination.”

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Speaking about the process of visual effects in a typical film, he gave a walkthrough of his role of expertise in the process of filmmaking. He demonstrated how with Halon virtual camera, wherein you shoot your film before you shoot your film live. This method was used on projects like Bahubali, where by this previsualizataion, lot of production cost can be saved as the director can pre-emptively make changes to his visualization, rather than trying out his ideas on expensive sets.

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‘When do you come into the picture?’ was another question posed. “VFX and post production are collaborators right from Stage 1 and on a daily basis,” he said and cited an example of Bahubali, “We would shoot 10 to 12 shots for the scene and Director Rajamouli would pick one for the final scene.”

Talking about the role of a VFX supervisor, he said that he ensures that each scene is shot as per the requirement. “In Mummy III, the green screen was blue instead of green, so it is the supervisor’s job to ensure such things don’t happen.”

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Phaneendra also shared tips and tricks used in the industry and said that to tackle the challenges of lighting conditions, a chrome ball can be used and software like Nuke, Maya or Houdini. Talking about the work culture in Hollywood, he said “the culture is a lot different in Hollywood and there is no hierarchy per se but it is more about the role/job description of each individual on the team.”

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What happens towards the end of a shoot, how does an editor receive the scenes? To this, he said that actors have reference points and so do the VFX artists. “For example in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, we wanted to show an old man’s body and Brad Pitt’s face, so we shot two different portions of the same scene and Brad’s face was superimposed on it.” He went on to add that directing actors is also a fundamental requirement for VFX artists and said “In Mummy III, there is a scene where the demon is holding a sword, to make it more powerful, we made the hand holding the sword shake, which was the improvisation of the VFX artist.”

Sharing his thoughts on the current entertainment industry in India, which is growing at a rapid pace, he said, “These are certainly exciting times as the industry is evolving with new platforms for storytellers like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Example: Mr Rajamouli embraced virtual reality on his last feature film Bahubali2 and you can check it out here http://baahubali.com/vr/

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Content vs Technology, your take on the right balance required to succeed?  To this, he said, “Working on various tent-pole Hollywood feature films I have learnt that story is paramount. Every Hollywood director that I worked with used technology as a tool to create visual experiences that stand out which I believe is striking the right balance.”

What is your favorite movie in terms of animation/VFX and in the ones that he has worked? For this, he shared, “I’ve spend almost two years of my life working on Tron Legacy which is no doubt my favorite feature film till date that I worked on.”

Sharing his thoughts about AISFM and its facilities, Phaneendra said, “I’m impressed with AISFM’s facilities during my tour and believe AISFM is second to none. AISFM is in good hands with Mr. Bala Raj steering the ship with his phenomenal Hollywood industry & academic experience. I hope students will leverage the AISFM’s facilities, resources and personnel.”

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His advice to aspiring professionals in this field, “Focusing on foundations and fundamentals will enable students to adapt to the ever evolving industry and help them be at the forefront at any given time. For example: Virtual Production never existed prior to feature films like Avatar and today it’s pretty much the standard and integral part of film-making process.”

Closing the master class, Phaneendra gave some words of advice, “Job opportunities in other areas like virtual reality and augmented reality are now there to connect to the consumers. If you are up to speed with these latest technologies, then you have more chances. There are lot of applications in diverse areas – like Apple X has IR tech etc. The gaming industry is also garnering a lot of interest, and training in these areas is a good idea.” He further added, “Networking and working hard is very important and of course there is no stopping to your learning curve.”

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What’s your favourite movie quote?

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Every film fan has a favourite movie quote, including you and me! The memorable lines are also some of the greatest lines in film history. Sometimes, they reveal a vital truth about the film, introduce the film or give you a glimpse of what the film is all about. The dialogues often set the mood and tone of the film and are often great one-liners.

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“Elementary, my dear Watson.” Did you know that Sherlock Holmes never utters this line in any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories; it was invented entirely for the movies.

Keeping us hooked onto them forever, here are 30 favourite and greatest Hollywood movie quotes ever, carefully handpicked famous quotes and lines from new and old movies for you to compare to your own list.

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  • “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Love Story, 1970
  • “As if!” Clueless, 1995blog1
  • “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.” Chinatown, 1974
  • “I’m walking here! I’m walking here!” Midnight Cowboy, 1969blog3
  • “They’re here!” Poltergeist, 1982
  • “Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, 1937blog4
  • “I wish I knew how to quit you.” Brokeback Mountain, 2005
  • “My precious.” The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002blog10
  • “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Jaws, 1975
  • “May the Force be with you.” Star Wars, 1977blog6
  • “You talkin’ to me?” Taxi Driver, 1976
  • “There’s no place like home.” The Wizard of Oz, 1939blog11
  • “The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.” Fight Club, 1999
  • “I’ll have what she’s having.” When Harry Met Sally, 1989blog8
  • “I see dead people.” The Sixth Sense, 1999
  • “You can’t handle the truth!” A Few Good Men, 1992blog5
  • “E.T. phone home.” E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 1982
  • “It’s alive! It’s alive!” Frankenstein, 1931blog12

Digital Domain: Leading Hollywood VFX Company visits AISFM!

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Digital Domain, is known for VFX on about 200 blockbuster Hollywood movies like “Titanic”, “Maleficent”, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, “Iron Man 3”, “TRON: Legacy”, “Furious 7”, “Pixels”, “2012” and many more. Providing an exciting new future in storytelling and content creation technology, from Digital Domain; Austin Armus, Director – Business Services Integration, Lala Gavgavian – Vice President, Human Resources/Recruiting/Training, and Sudhir Reddy – Head of Digital Studio (India) were at the campus addressing the students along side Bala Raj (Dean, Academics) and Amala Akkineni (Hon. Director, AISFM).

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The Master Class included the representatives of Digital Domain showing us their work reels as an introduction to display their creative techniques and talking about the content that they have been making. The session then commenced from being an introduction to turning into a informative Q/A between the representatives and the students.

As VFX is one of the most indulged courses at the institute, art/animation enthusiasts were present amongst the students and faculty members. During the Q/A, the concerned representatives, according to their expertise, answered questions put up by the students in depth. With a vast number of movies in their roaster, they have worked with the best of the directors in the industry including Steven Spielberg.

Talking about the rapid pace at which the technology is evolving, Digital Domain mentioned that they fully utilised the potential of the advancement in their equipment, over the years. With High Definition viewing, HD has also paved it’s way for VFX and animated content to be seen by the audiences in HD.

As they plan to expand to India, working alongside the offices in Los Angeles and Vancouver they want to diversify in terms of creativity by having a presence in different countries. Austin also spoke about the scale of planning and collaboration with the director that goes into the pre/post production stage before they start on a film project.

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As technology is advancing day-to-day, Digital Domain tries to keep up with the best technical resources to get the desired output for their films/commercials. As high definition viewing has become necessary for the quality of the product, Digital Domain has expanded to areas of Virtual Reality, and are currently working on movies made especially for VR.

Founded in 1993, Digital Domain is one of the largest and most influential visual effects studios in the world. The company and its artists have produced industry-leading work for movies, commercials, video games, music videos, concerts, and virtual reality projects. The company has been at the forefront of innovation for over two decades and pioneered the creation of internationally famous Digital Performers including Virtual 2Pac (the “Coachella Hologram”) and Teresa Teng. Digital Domain was also a co-producer on the feature film “Ender’s Game”.

During that time, its artists have earned multiple Academy Awards in the Visual Effects and Technical Award categories. Digital Domain has evolved in its artistry to hundreds of commercials, video games, and music videos, from “Become Legend” game trailers, to Nike’s virtual reality “The Neymar Jr. Effect”, to the ground-breaking Ronda Rousey fight trailer “Revolution” for the UFC.

From setups in California and Vancouver, including its own state-of-the-art performance capture studio, Digital Domain continues a tradition of creating extraordinary imagery and productions for entertainment and advertising purposes.

Famous Hollywood one-liners every movie buff should know!

Everyone who is a lover of cinema has a set of dialogues that are their favourite and that they know by heart. For those of you who are newly admitted to the movie buff club, let me give you a low-down of those very Hollywood one-liners that you ought to know to stay in this club. After all, ‘This ain’t my first rodeo’!!

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1. Frankenstein (1931) – “It’s Alive! It’s Alive!”, Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive)

2. Gone with the Wind (1939) – “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”, Rhett Butler (Clark Gable)

3. The Wizard of Oz (1939) – “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”, Dorothy (Judy Garland)

4. Casablanca (1942) – “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)

5. All About Eve (1950) – “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride”, Margo Channing (Bette Davis)

From the film ‘Frankenstein’

6. Psycho (1960) – “We all go a little mad sometimes”, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins)

7. Dr. No (1962) – “Bond. James Bond.” James Bond (Sean Connery)

8. Goldfinger (1964) – “Shaken – Not stirred”, James Bond (Sean Connery)

9. The Godfather (1972) – “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse”, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino)

10. Taxi Driver (1976) – “You talkin’ to me”, Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro)

From the film ‘The Godfather’

11. The Godfather: Part 2 (1974) – “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino)

12. Star Wars (1977) – “May the force be with you”, Hans Solo (Harrison Ford)

13. The Shining (1980) – “He-e-e-e-re’s Johnny!”, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson)

14. The Terminator (1984) – “I’ll be back”, The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

15. Die Hard (1988) – “Yippe-ki-yi-yay, Motherf*****”, John McClane (Bruce Willis)

From the film ‘The Shining’

16. A Few Good Men (1992) – “You can’t handle the truth”, Colonel Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson)

17. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – “Either get busy living, or get busy dying”, Ellis “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman)

18. Apollo 13 (1995) – “Houston, we have a problem”, Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks)

19. Jerry Maguire (1996) – “Show me the money”, Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise)

20. Titanic (1997) – “I’m the king of the world”, Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio)

From the film ‘A Few Good Men’

21. Forrest Gump (1994) – “Stupid is as stupid does”, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)

22. Love Story (1970) – “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”, Jenny (Ali MacGraw)

23. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – “Hasta la vista, baby”, The Terminator / T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

24. Mean Girls (2004) – “You can’t sit with us”, Gretchen Wieners (Lacey Chabert)

25. The Dark Knight (2008) – “Why so serious?”, Joker (Heath Ledger)

From the film ‘Mean Girls’

Old-school films with the best cinematography!

Old-school films with the best cinematography!

What makes a cinematographer’s work perfect? The lighting, the framing of a shot or the movement of a camera? Is it simply one person’s work or an effort of a group of people? In an attempt to find some kind of common thread among the films that most consider “great” in terms of cinematography, Fandor’s Scout Tafoya personally polled over 60 film critics, asking them to list out films that “feature their version of ideal or perfect photography.” This is the result: 6 films that received the most votes.

  1. Days of Heaven (1978)

Old-school films with the best cinematography!

This film gave us the iconic dialogue, “You’ve got to go through Hell before you get to Heaven” amongst many other things. This romantic drama film is set in 1916 and talks about a farm labourer who convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune. The film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

  1. Barry Lynden (1975)

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Barry Lyndon follows the adventures of an opportunistic Irish nitwit, Redmond Barry (Ryan O’Neal), as he clambers inelegantly up the social ladder in search of a title and a fortune. At the 1975 Academy Awards, the film won four Oscars in production categories. Although having had a modest commercial success and a mixed reception from critics on release, Barry Lyndon is today regarded as one of Kubrick’s finest films. In numerous polls, it has been named one of the greatest films ever made.

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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2001: A Space Odyssey

“The genius is not in how much Stanley Kubrick does in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ but in how little”, says critic Roger Ebert. Despite initially receiving mixed reactions from critics and audiences, the film garnered a cult following and slowly became the highest-grossing North American film of 1968. Even today, it is regarded as of the most influential films to have been made. The film has also been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

  1. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

Old-school films with the best cinematography!

The twist is supposed to arrive at the end of the movie, but Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans pulls the rug from under our feet much sooner than that. What’s commendable is the fact that this silent film was the 1st ever film to have won an Academy Award for ‘Unique and Artistic Picture’. In this fable-morality subtitled ‘A Song of Two Humans’, the ‘evil’ temptress is a city woman who bewitches farmer, Anses and tries to convince him to murder his neglected wife, Indre.

  1. The Conformist (1970)

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Bertolucci makes use of the 1930s art and decor associated with the Fascist era: the middle-class drawing rooms and the huge halls of the ruling elite in his political drama The Conformist. Vincent Canby, film critic for The New York Times, liked Bertolucci’s screenplay and his directorial effort. Not only this, but the review generator at ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ gave this film a 100 percent positive review.

  1. Night of the Hunter (1955)

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Based on the 1953 novel of the same name by Davis Grubb, Night of the Hunter was adapted for the screen by James Agee and Laughton under film noir. The story focuses on a corrupt reverend-turned-serial killer who attempts to charm an unsuspecting widow and steal $10,000 hidden by her executed husband. Much like most of the films on this list, this film too was not a success with either audiences or critics at its initial release.

Movies that killed, literally!

Movies that killed literally

Imagine walking into a movie theatre and not coming out alive! Horror films hold a special place with everybody; either you’re too scared to watch them or you love the thrill they give. Whatever it may be, let’s just say that you’re lucky to be leaving the theatre at all, because for some people, the final credits truly are final. Here’s a look at some killer movies!

  1. The Conjuring 2 (2016)

The Conjuring 2 may have been a little too scary for one filmgoer in India. The afflicted viewer, described as a 65-year-old male, reportedly complained of chest pains during the film and was taken to the hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. His body was then remanded to another hospital for further examination, but it never arrived—as the Times put it, the driver “disappeared with the deceased’s body,” prompting an investigation to determine the whereabouts (and the identity) of the dead man.

  1. The Creeping Unknown (1955)

Released in America in 1956 under the title The Creeping Unknown, the film entered the annals of horror history in November of that year when, according to a story reported in Variety and related in the 1997 book The Hammer Story: The Authorised History of Hammer Films, a nine-year-old boy suffered a ruptured artery and died during a screening in Illinois.

  1. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Mel Gibson’s biblical epic was criticized by some viewers for excess gore and violence in depicting the death and resurrection of Jesus. Those critics may have had a point, given that two people are known to have died during screenings of the film.

  1. Avatar (2009)

James Cameron’s 3D CGI epic Avatar marked a ground-breaking achievement in visual effects, but they unfortunately proved to be a little too stimulating for one poor soul in Taiwan. An unidentified 42-year-old man felt ill and left a showing of Avatar; by the time he reached the emergency room, he was unconscious from a severe stroke, and 11 days later he died. The man had a history of high blood pressure, and doctors blamed his death on “over-excitement from watching the movie.”

  1. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

A lot of people say they would rather die than watch Twilight, but how many people have actually done it? One that we know of, and it’s really a sad story. 23-year-old Damian Anthony Smythe sneaked into a screening of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in Wellington, New Zealand during the summer of 2010, and was found unresponsive when the lights came up — with an empty one-litre bottle of whiskey on the floor next to him.

Hollywood celebrities who’ve starred in music videos!

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Hollywood’s famous actors have a storied history of popping up in music videos, from Eddie Murphy’s campy turn alongside Michael Jackson to Jennifer Love Hewitt’s devastated ‘Hero’ heroine. Here’s presenting to you, a list of our favourite music video cameos:

  1. Rupert Grint

The Harry Potter actor can be seen as an obsessed fan, lip-syncing to Ed Sheeran’s Lego House in the music video of the same. The song is a play on the similar appearances of the two celebrities, and was a big hit when it first released.

  1. Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood can easily be given the title of ‘Music Video King’ for the number of features he has made over the years in music videos. However, the first time he popped up in a video was during his childhood, and that too for a Paula Abdul song. He can be seen in the video of her single Forever Your Girl.

  1. Alicia Silverstone

Silverstone gained further prominence as a teen idol when she appeared in three music videos for the band Aerosmith during her peak as a teenage actor. Her most memorable feature would probably be the cinematic Cryin clip, in which the young actress leaps off a ledge with a bungee and flips off her man instead of plummeting to her death.

  1. Scarlett Johansson

Get a taste of Justin’s seduction strategy as Justin Timberlake woos Scarlett Johansson in a retro mansion with a vintage microphone, in the music video of his single What Goes Around… Comes Around.

  1. Eddie Murphy

Do you remember the time Eddie Murphy starred in Michael Jackson’s music video? (Yes, pun intended) Eddie Murphy played a sultan trying to “entertain his queen,” and the only one who can impress him is Michael Jackson himself.

Most ‘thrilling’ psychological thrillers ever!

Most thrilling psychological thrillers
The appeal of thrillers mainly comes because we humans crave for an adrenaline rush every once in a while. Whether it is the cliff-hangers, the final reveals, or the fact that this may as well might have happened to them, everybody loves a good thriller every once in a while; hence, we present to you a list of the most thrilling psycho thrillers ever, for you to binge watch this weekend!

  1. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

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Probably Matt Damon’s best work ever, the film taps into the ‘obsessive’ part of human behaviour. It tells the tale of a ‘nobody’ who feels that it would be better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody! Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) is sent to bring back Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) to his father, but ends up, through the length of the film, coveting his lifestyle and identity and developing a rather disturbing obsession with being like him. The film is based on a novel by the same name penned down by Patricia Highsmith; the book is a part of a series of books based on the workings of the mind of the protagonist, Tom Ripley.

  1. Insomnia (1997)

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Imagine being feeling guilty about an action that you not only lose sleep over, buy it slowly drags you over the edge of sanity. A 1997 Norwegian thriller film about a police investigation gone wrong, when one of the partners in investigation shoots the other by accident; the title refers to Jonas Engström’s (the protagonist) inability to sleep as a result of his guilt (represented by the relentless glare of the midnight sun). Insomnia was the film debut of director Erik Skjoldbjærg.

  1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Most thrilling psychological thrillers
This film gave cinema its most famous characters – Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter. The film is based on Thomas Harris’ 1988 novel of the same name, his second to feature Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, who in this film is behind bars and is being asked help by the psychiatrist to understand the workings of the mind of another serial killer. The two characters share similar problems in their respective lives, though the two are so different from each other, which is one of the many things that will keep you intrigued throughout the film (not that you need reasons.)

  1. Psycho (1960)

Most thrilling psychological thrillers
Every time somebody mentions Psycho, your mind automatically goes to its infamous ‘shower scene.’ There is however so much more to this Alfred Hitchcock film than just that. Hitchcock deliberately wanted the film to look like a cheap exploitation film. He shot it, not with his usual expensive feature crew, but with the crew he used for his television show, and filmed in black and white; long passages contained no dialogue. His budget, $800,000, was cheap even by 1960 standards. We couldn’t be more grateful!

  1. Fight Club (1999)

Most thrilling psychological thrillers
David Fincher’s directorial venture, Fight Club, gave a new outlook to people in regard with pink soap. A film with actors like Helena Bonham Carter, Edward Norton and Brad Pitt simply cannot go wrong. The unraveling at the end of the film is one of my favourite reveals of all time. Though the film may seem to be hard to follow at times, it is so engaging that the viewers will have a hard time taking their eyes off the screen. Few of the film’s dialogues have etched their mark on Hollywood history; fans will always keep in mind that the first rule of fight club is

  1. Gone Girl (2014)

Most thrilling psychological thrillers

A film that makes men all over the world have a second thought about their wives’ personalities and scar them for life in regard to simply the idea of cheating on them. The film seems simple in the beginning, showing a quintessential happily married couple. Things take a turn when the wife mysteriously goes missing one day. We wouldn’t want to let out any spoilers about the film, so if you haven’t seen this one yet, please spend your Saturday night watching it. We promise it’ll be worth it.

  1. The Shining (1980)

Most thrilling psychological thrillers

Only a horror film can make somebody be afraid of little girls in blue frocks, or freak out over a simple line like ‘Here’s Johnny’!  Hoping to cure his writer’s block, protagonist Jack Torrance takes the job of winter caretaker of an isolated hotel. Little does he know, that this isolation will result in him having psychic premonitions. What happens next is a series of events that succeed in keeping the viewers of the film at the edge of their seats.

  1. Vertigo (1958)

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Yet another Hitchcock masterpiece! Like promised in the film’s trailer, the film gives new meaning to the word ‘vertigo’. A detective (Scottie) who suffers from acrophobia is hired to investigate the strange activities of an old friend’s wife. Scottie becomes dangerously obsessed with her over the course of his investigation, while the wife commits suicide. Confused? Watch the film to know what happens next.

  1. Zodiac (2007)

Most thrilling psychological thrillers

Most films about a serial killer on the loose manage to keep their audience entertained; so what makes Zodiac different? How about the fact that it was based off true events and the fact that the person who was thought guilty, might have not done it at all?! Intrigued? Who wouldn’t be? The reason why the film seems so much more interesting is probably because it is not merely “based” on California’s infamous ‘Zodiac killings’, but seems to exude the very stench and provocation of the case. The film may be longer than usual, but its gripping story-line keeps you entertained throughout.

  1. Se7en (1995)

Most thrilling psychological thrillers

We are ending this list with yet another film about serial killings. There’s something about serial killing related films that keeps their audience hooked on, irrespective of how confused they may be. Mystery neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher, stars Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow and John C. McGinley, to name a few. A brutal, relentlessly grimy shocker with solid performances and mind blowing gory effects, this list would be incomplete without the mention of this film.

‘The Devil Wears Prada’ – Things you did not know!

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Meet Andy Sachs. A million girls would kill to have her job; she’s not one of them!

The Devil Wears Prada automatically comes to one’s mind when talking about fashion in films. It shows the harsh reality of what it means to be working in a field that, from the outside, looks dazzling and oh so inviting; based on the book with the same name by Lauren Weisberger. The 30th of June, 2016 makes the film’s 10th anniversary, and what better than 10 facts about the film to commemorate the day?!

1. The first bag that Miranda carries into the Runway office is in fact, a Prada bag.

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2. Anne Hathaway prepared for the role of a second-assistant by volunteering for a week as an assistant at an auction house.

3. The character of Miranda Priestley is supposedly based on the formidable Vogue editor, Anna Wintour.

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4. Meryl Streep supposedly told Anne Hathaway on the first day of filming, “I think you’re perfect for the role. I’m so happy we’re going to be working together.” She ended with, “That’s the last nice thing I’ll say to you.”

5. Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada, makes a cameo as the twins’ nanny.

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6. According to Lauren Weisberger, (also Wintour’s former assistant) the editor reportedly warned all fashion designers that she would banish them from Vogue if they made a cameo in the movie альфа банк заявка на кредитную карту. Anna Wintour’s spokespeople have since denied the claim, despite the fact that Vogue and other related fashion magazines refused to review or even mention the movie.

7. Meryl Streep’s daughter, Mamie Gummer, played a Starbucks clerk in one scene. Sadly the scene was cut for pacing.

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8. For the photo of Andrea with her parents, Anne Hathaway posed with her own mother Kate McCauley Hathaway and David Marshall Grant (who plays Andy’s father).

9. The clothes worn in the movie amount to about $1 million making it the film with the most expensive costumes in film history! Designer Patricia Field however, had a $100,000 budget, so most of the clothes were merely borrowed.

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10. Anna Wintour attended an advance screening for the press dressed, head-to-toe, in nothing other than Prada, of course!

Mission: Impossible, ‘Cruise’ing its way into our hearts since 20 years!

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This May marked the 20th Anniversary of Tom Cruise’s first major franchise, Mission: Impossible. The series, with its action filled plot lines and over-the-top stunts (we’re looking at the Burj Al-Arab scene here), captivated its audience, every time a new addition to the series released. Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to check out these 20 facts about the film, to commemorate its 20th Anniversary.

Mission: Impossible

  1. Cruise was originally not a fan of the helicopter flying into the tunnel after the train. De Palma insisted that they needed to go big for the film’s climatic set piece, so Cruise relented.
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  2. Before hiring Brian De Palma to direct, Cruise worked on the film’s story with legendary director Sydney Pollack, who’s uncredited in the final release
  3. The film was originally going to open with a scene that established a love triangle between Hunt, Phelps, and Phelps’s wife. De Palma scrapped that scene because it didn’t fit with the rest of the film.
  4. De Palma designed many of the film’s action sequences before the story connecting them was complete, forcing screenwriters to construct narratives around them.

Mission: Impossible II

  1. When developing the 2nd film of the series, director John Woo was inspired by Hitchcock’s “Notorious.” The classic thriller centers on a love triangle involving spies, and Woo wanted to bring a similar dynamic to the relationship between Ethan Hunt, the villain, Ambrose (Dougray Scott) and the love interest they both share, Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Thandie Newton).
  2. The opening scene, where Cruise climbs and leaps from a 2,000-foot cliff, was the scariest and most challenging of Woo’s career. Cruise did the aforementioned stunt himself, with no safety net on the ground (naturally) but with a safety harness, which was digitally-removed later.
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  3. Ambrose’s house on the water in Sydney wasn’t real. Instead, it was built of polystyrene and demolished after shooting.
  4. The famous shot of a dove flying through the fire, a Woo trademark, was computer-animated.

Mission: Impossible III

  1. Cruise became convinced that J.J. Abrams should direct the film after watching an episode of Alias at 2 a.m. one morning.
  2. Tom Cruise was holding cue cards for Crudup in the scene in which Musgrave reveals that he’s a villain. The scene was only written that morning and Crudup didn’t have time to learn his lines.
  3. Maggie Q, who plays Zhen Lei, hadn’t driven before shooting the film, a fact that became clear when she accidentally drove her character’s Lamborghini into another car during shooting in Italy.
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  4. The idea of providing mission information via a disposable camera came from Steven Spielberg.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

  1. The opening scene in Budapest was to have depicted Ethan Hunt leaping off the building and getting assassinated. When it was decided to keep Hunt (and Cruise) around, the scene was changed to involve the character of Hanaway, played by “Lost’s” Josh Holloway.
  2. The code Ethan punches into a pay phone to get his mission is 07362, the date of Cruise’s birthday.
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  3. Actor Dermot Mulroney plays cello on the film’s soundtrack; he also provided music for M:I 3.
  4. Bird included a common Easter egg that he often drops in his films: the code “A113.” It’s the number of an animation classroom at the California Institute of the Arts where he and John Lasseter studied and it appears in Ghost Protocol on Hanaway’s (Josh Holloway) class ring.
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Mission: Impossible – Rouge Nation

  1. “Rogue Nation” continued the tradition of Cruise sporting long hair for the even-numbered installments, and short hair for the odd-numbered films.
  2. The airplane stunt that Tom Cruise performed himself, without any stunt double or special effects, had him suspended on the aircraft 5000 feet in the air at times!
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  3. All the good guys in the movie drive BMW cars. The bad guys drive an Audi or a Mercedes!
  4. Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames are the only actors to appear in all five films in the franchise.
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