Beach Please!

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For most of us, summer time automatically means beach time. People flock to the beaches to surf, swim, build sand castles and overall, have some fun in the sun. Hollywood is no stranger to this fun, and has an array of ‘beachy’ films. We present to you seven such films that prove the fact that life’s a beach!

Cast Away

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Robert Zemeckis, who is known for his incredible VFX, considers Tom Hanks to be the most impressive image he ever put on screen. Hanks, took a year’s break to lose 50 lbs., so as to better play a man stuck on a deserted island for many years. This was so worth it, when the film made quite the splash at the box office (pun intended). It’s a harrowing and beautifully filmed film about survival at any cost.

Jaws

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Jaws is probably one of those few beach films which is so good, that it scares you away from beaches. This thriller/drama is about how a group of people set out on stopping a great white shark that had been terrorising an island community. Gripping, and full of suspense, this film will definitely want to make you think twice before stepping into the big blue. (Side note: During the end credits, if you look carefully, you can see Brody and Hooper slowly floating to the shore.)

The Beach

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The film revolves around Richard, who finds himself in possession of an odd map that is rumoured to lead to an island paradise. The film’s tagline “Paradise has its price” soon became trending when the film hit the box office. Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance as an obsessive traveller was much appreciated in this oceanic adventure.

The Blue Lagoon

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This 1980 American romantic adventure drama film directed by Randal Kleiser, was based on a novel by the same name by Henry De Vere Stacpoole. This Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins starrer finds its spot in almost every list of beach films. It tells the story of two young children marooned on a tropical island paradise in the South Pacific. In the absence of societal restrictions, with just the company of each other, emotional feelings arise and they eventually fall in love. It’s quite funny how the film caused quite a stir back in the 80’s for its explicit nude scenes, which will seem quite normal in today’s time!

Beaches

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Beaches or Forever Friends, is a 1988 American comedy-drama adapted by Mary Agnes Donoghue from an Iris Rainer Dart novel that goes by the same name. The most iconic part of the film is probably its theme song, ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’, that went on to win several awards, including the Grammys, whose popularity can be seen even today.

The Endless Summer

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This is probably the only beach themed documentary to have received such popularity. Filmmaker/narrator Bruce Brown follows two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August as they embark on an all around the world surfing trip. It was been recorded that the film’s title comes from the idea, expressed at both the beginning and end of the film, that if one had enough time and money it would be possible to follow the summer up and down the world, making it endless. The film makes you want to pack up your bags and take off on such a trip as well.

Blue Hawaii

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This list could not end at a better note, that one delivered by the rock and roll king, Elvis Presley himself, who traded his shiny black shoes for flip flops for this film. The Hawaiian musical romance will make you want to sip your Mai Tai while lying on a beach gazing up at the stars, while ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ serenades you all night.

Baking recipes in a film’s credits. Wait, what?!

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Do you generally leave the movie theater as soon as the credit starts rolling? I bet you won’t be doing that once you get through this article. Marvel and DC are famous for their after-credit scenes, but did you know that they are not the only movie franchise that do this? There have been several films, some even before the time of Marvel or DC, which have hidden gems and funny credit roles. We bring to you a compilation of films that had a hidden gem in their end credits. Here are sneaky end credit gems that you might have missed:

Pulp Fiction:

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Quentin Tarantino is probably the king of movie references and self-conscious nods. Hawk-eyed credit viewers have pointed out this credit. We dug a little deeper just to make sure this wasn’t an error. The slightly smug explanation comes from the dialogue of the scene that featured Mr. Robert Ruth, the Coffee Shop Manager who finds his head on the wrong end of Tim Roth’s gun barrel. Here’s the script as it was intended…

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But Tim Roth’s performance cut Ruth’s lines, and all he got out was:
“I’m just a coffee shop…”

Finding Nemo:

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Pixar is famous for hiding a ton of easter eggs in their movies. Not just these, their movies always have character cameos and inside jokes. In the end credits of Finding Nemo, you will notice one-eyed cynic Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. Getting around the fact that the film was set almost entirely under water, the Pixar team fitted Mike with a scuba suit for his fan-friendly appearance.

Robocop:

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Robocop’s official anti-piracy message carries further warning than film fans are traditionally used to. Paul Verhoeven’s most famous armoured creation continues to stamp his authority beyond the end of the movie. The message here? If the copyright authorities are smart, they’ll consider hiring law enforcement droids to put an end to piracy once and for all.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:

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This film’s credit scene involves the magical Marauder’s Map that plays a key part in the film’s narrative. We all know that this map shows the location of Hogwarts students, and gives a hint at their activities, including, as revealed above, a pair of unnamed students apparently locked in a very close lovers’ lock in a dark corner. When they proclaimed Azkaban as a more grown up film, they obviously weren’t joking.

Frozen:

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In Disney’s colossal hit Frozen, the lead male Kristoff claims that all men eat their own boogers. Someone working behind the scenes at The Walt Disney Company clearly felt self-conscious enough about that to include a special disclaimer, making it clear that Kristoff’s views are purely his own and are not shared by the company as a whole.

Hot Shots!:

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The team behind Airplane! continued making off-the-wall comedies with the Hot Shots! The films maintained the tradition of bizarre credits, and went onto even including baking recipes. In this film, the makers give us the recipe of ‘Nobby Buns’. Side-note: The end of the credits sequence in the first film informs viewers that “IF YOU HAD LEFT THIS THEATRE WHEN THESE CREDITS BEGAN, YOU’D BE HOME NOW.”

Special Mention

Mongrels:

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We could not have ended this list with anything better. Even though this is a TV series, the snarky undertone of these credits, by the BBC franchise convinced us to give it a special mention. This credit scene basically calls us writers out for doing exactly what we did in this entire article!

Hashtag #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly !

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Twitter never fails to give us gems of entertainment every once in a while! This week’s gem, aka the hashtag, #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly is no exception. Its concept is simple: take any film, and distort its plot to such an extent that the outcome is hilarious, yet remains accurate when thought about the movie. We have rounded up the best tweets that we found on twitter, that bring out the hysterical truths behind our favourite films!

1. Harry Potter

2. The Hunger Games

3. Big Hero 6

4.  Goliyon Ki Raaslela: Ram-Leela

5. The Little Mermaid

6. Monsters Inc.

7. Star Wars

8. Shrek

9. Mulan

10. Batman

11. Les Miserables

12.  Spiderman

13. Edge of Tomorrow

14. Sholay

15. Avatar

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Sandra Bullock in Gravity

Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine

Judi Dench in Philomena

Emma Thomson in Saving Mr Banks

Kate Winslet in Labor Day

Carey Mulligan in Inside Llewyn Davis

Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle

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