The Best TV Shows For Binge-Watching

The holiday season is a perfect time to find a great TV show and binge it all the way. With cold weather and plenty of free time, what else to do? But be careful when choosing what to watch, because we’ve recently witnessed a lot of good shows being canceled. 

Luckily, this is the age of Netflix, HBO, and a bunch of fantastic TV shows, so it shouldn’t be so hard to find a perfect one to be mad about. In our finest selection, we can make a bit of variance, depending on watchers’ mood and taste. 

When it comes to the best TV shows for binge-watching, there are some of them that should be reviewed, others that should be studied, and returning shows to be welcomed.

TV Shows to Review

Game Of Thrones (8 seasons) — For all of you who successfully resisted watching this show when everybody else was mad about it, now is the perfect time to finally meet the North and the Mother of the Dragons.

Breaking Bad (5 seasons) — When it comes to TV storytelling, it doesn’t get much better than Breaking Bad. This mindblowing story about a chemistry teacher who cooks meth can keep you on the edge of your seat for hours. If you missed it before, don’t miss it now.

True Detective ( 3 seasons) — Each season is a different brilliant story filled up with mystery and excitement, as well as fantastic casting crew, photography, and music. 

TV Shows to Study

Stranger Things (4 seasons, on-air) — A small-town community, faced with supernatural forces and dark government secrets — perfect for binge-watching weekends.

Orange is the new black (7 seasons) — Much rewarded and nominated TV show that follows the story inside the minimum-security women’s prison.

Peaky Blinders (7 seasons) — Epic story about the family of gangsters located in Birmingham, England at the beginning of the twentieth century. Shelby brothers can easily get under your skin and make you binge-watch the whole seven seasons in one breath.

Returning Shows

Vikings (6 seasons) — History Chanel productions brought us the Vikings saga back in 2013. Since then, we are more than addicted to the bravery of savage warriors in a unique combination of history and fiction and a lot of intrigues. While waiting for new adventures, it can be a good idea to remind ourselves of the old ones.

A Discovery of Witches (2 seasons) — We met Diana Bishop last year and immediately fell in love with her. This is yet another TV show about a witch, but with a whole new perspective.

Ray Donovan (7 seasons) — The best “fixer” in LA is returning this December with one of the strongest characters and TV shows that can be watched for hours. 


7 Things You Should Never Say To Cinephile

When you find yourself in a group of passionate cinema lovers, be careful about what you will say. They are a special type of people who will, for a single wrong statement about movies, rebuke and cut you off from their company.

What makes a real cinephile particularly offended, besides the fact that someone does not like to watch movies at all, are the unqualified people who are trying to make conversations about a movie. Always have in mind that they are the most competent for such debates. Also, remember these seven things you should never say to the person whose real passion is cinematography:

  • It’s a Waste of Time

We hope you have never tried to say such a thing to the cinephile. If you did, we hope you had a big smile on your face and told it as a joke.

True cinema lovers will never say, not even for the worst movie, that it’s a waste of time. They find cinematography to be the source of inspiration, wisdom, and knowledge; therefore, it’s worth each second.

  • Why Would I Watch a Movie I’ve Watched Before?

Obviously, you have never delved deep enough into movies if you find it annoying to watch the same one multiple times. Watching a favorite movie is always a new experience, depending on the period you watch it, your life course or your mood. 

  • Cinematography Is Not a Form of Art

Statements like this can evoke a tornado of comments. A cinephile will lecture you about post-revolutionary Russian art film, surrealism, Igmar Bergam, and provide you with a million other pieces of evidence that will prove cinematography has always been an integral part of the art. Moreover, the cinematography was a pioneer of many artistic movements throughout history.

  • Black and White Movies Are so Boring

Cinephile would tell you that you don’t deserve to watch them, as black and white films are elite. Citizen Cane, Psycho or To Kill a Mockingbird, are just some of the relics that you should never underestimate.

  • A Book Is Better Than a Screen Adaptation

Movie lovers will say that this kind of statement is ridiculous. Books are entirely different dimensions, as literature is a completely different art form. A movie can carry out the story and characters in its particular way, and the experience of watching it is unique. 

  • I’ll Watch It Later When It Comes out on DVD

True fans know that in two years, when the sequel to the movie they just watched comes out, they will be in the same movie theatre and watch it. If you show less interest in a new movie, they will find offensive.

  • Who Cares About the Awards?

Awards do matter. It is not just about fancy nights and glamorous toilets. The Academy Award, Golden Palm or the Bear from Belin are the recognition of meaningful work of art and human brilliance. They are also proof that cinephiles were right about everything mentioned above. 


10 Great Movies You Might Have Missed

It’s a perfect time to recapitulate the greatest cinema moments in 2019. Truth be told, this year was more about some pretty awesome TV shows. Still, we had the fortune to see the Joker, movies like Marvel’s Avengers, the long-awaited Toy Story, Once Upon a Time, and finally, John Wick’s Chapter 3.

However, some genuinely great movies will pass by, and we won’t even notice them. They will never get high ratings on sites like IMDb or Still, it would be a real shame to miss them, knowing that this kind of filmmaking could be a real treat for true cinema enthusiasts.

2019 Movies You Should See

10. The Dead Don’t Lie — Jim Jarmusch once again gathered the fantastic acting crew in the exciting and original black satire. The story follows apocalyptic events in the small town of Centerville where two local police officers (Bill Murray and Adam Driver) have to fight against the zombies.

9. Tell Me Who I Am — A great Netflix adaptation of a touching story about the twins, the mystical powers of the human mind and the memories we share with our loved ones.

8. Diane — The movie is about the deep and complicated feelings of the lonely woman. Diane (Mary Kay Place) is thoughtful, religious and sensitive. She struggles with her own fears, other people’s problems and secrets of the past.

7. Skin — Jamie Bell in a moving biography of a young man growing up in the neo-Nazi environment, with hate tattoos all over his face. The story is about his personal transformation and the change he experiences after he meets the love of his life and the black activist who helps him.

6. Parasite — The drama with elements of comedy, coming from North Korea, that follows the events of an ordinary working-class family and a lost and desperate man. This movie comes from a different climate, and it represents the Asian culture from a refreshingly unique perspective.

5. The Beach Bum — This hilarious comedy is proof that Matthew McConaughey will be brilliant in every role. The story is about a famous stoner from a beach in Florida, his personal troubles and career. With Snoop Dog as a supporting role, this parody will definitely cheer you up.

4. The Lighthouse — A disturbing story of two people on a lighthouse on the New England’s island, their loneliness, separation from the world, and the struggle to preserve common sense.

3. The Last Black Man In San Francisco — Two friends in their hometown are experiencing many changes and adjustments through a life transition. Also, they witness all the changes in the city as well.

2. The Mustang — A convicted man prone to violence gets into the program of equine therapy where he finds true love and profound emotional bond with a mustang.

1. The Irishman — Probably after seeing the first trailer for a new mob movie starring both Robert de Niro and Al Pacino, you watched the movie, too. However, if you haven’t, don’t miss the fantastic biography of the Irishman, one of the most famous hitmen ever.


Best Sport-Themed TV Series Of All Times

As much as the cinematography cherishes the sport as one of the most inspirational ideas, things are a little bit different in the world of TV series. It seems like the TV series concept rarely puts sports into the focus and produces less TV series on this subject. Even if one show is somehow linked to sports, it is usually a side story that follows some of the characters.

Yet, we can select some genuinely great TV masterpieces that can introduce you to the whole new world of sports. The following stories are about particular athletes, careers, and their lifestyle. They picture another, sometimes comic, but more exciting world. However, TV series sometimes can show us some more repulsive and cruel side of sports. 

One thing is sure — by watching any TV series of this type, we can find out a lot of the sport in question and none of them will leave us without reaction. 

Best Sports TV Series Ever

10. The League (2009–2015) — This is a hilarious comedy about the group of friends who are playing fantasy football league. Through a funny storyline, they constantly trap each other, but also share the most profound emotions and real friendship. 

9. Coach (1989–1997) — An old-school comedy that follows the university coach who dedicated his life to football. Opposite to him, his partner is a family guy. Together, they make a perfect match.

8. Sports Nights (1998–2000) — TV series that present the unrevealed part of the story — the life of sports reporters behind the camera. It is a story about best friends and their cable sports programs. 

7. GLOW (2017– In duration) — Glow is a refreshing and unique drama with comic elements that follow both the professional and personal life of the women’s wrestling organization members in LA during the ’80s.

6. The Game (2006–2015) — The story is more about personal lives and love relationships of the pro football players seen through the eyes of their girlfriends. 

5. Eastbound & Down (2009–2013) — The professional footballer with a harsh nature returns to his hometown after a failed career and begins to teach physics at his former school.

4. Footballers’ Wives (2002–2006) — British TV series that details the scandalous life of the famous European football couples that is full of intrigues, deceptions, and rivalries.

3. The White Shadow (1978–1981) — Ken Reeves is a former NBA player who returns to his hometown and takes the job of a basketball coach in a mixed-race school. It is a touching story about the basketball, personal struggles, and the power of community. 

2. Ballers (2015–2018 ) — The story about former and active football players, their lives and professional careers, with adorable Dwayne Jonson in the leading role. 

1. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011) — It is a quite popular TV series about the small Texas community. It portrays people’s passion and love for football and their high-school team. 


Blade Runner, Caught Up With the Real World

Los Angeles, November 2019. Extremely polluted air, artificial lights, flying cars. No, this is not a dream; this is how Ridley Scott imagined the world 37 years ago in his sci-fi classic, the Blade Runner. 

He found the inspiration in Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sleep and created a movie about the police officer on his mission to hunt down a fugitive group of replicants, or human clones. The story is located partly in outer space and partly in Los Angeles, which makes this movie both futuristic and apocalyptical. 

The Blade Runner Is Happening Now

Everyone who grew up with Blade Runner had an ingrained idea of the future based on this movie. Finally, it is caught in real-time, and we are its witnesses. Moreover, we can be pretty cruel judges about whether Scott was a visionary who predicted the future or his fiction was entirely untrue.

Expectations Too High

Well, we don’t have replicants. At least not yet. So Ridley might have hurried with humanlike clones and artificial intelligence.

But we do have humanoid robots, and that can be considered the beginning. For example, Sophia is a replicant prototype with a human appearance. Luckily, far away from the Blade Runner prediction, our robots are not even close to starting the rebellion.

The next red “x” goes to flying cars. Everyone dreams about such a revolutionary vehicle, but we are still stuck in traffic, down on the ground. 

Also, unlike in the movie, we haven’t yet established a single colony in space. In real 2019, life officially exists only on planet Earth.

What Did the Blade Runner Overlook?

In the movie, there’s no Internet. In a futuristic 2019, people are still reading newspapers. There are no cellphones, either. The creators recognized some things, like voice control or lie detector, as a useful technology, but it is almost comic to see cathode-ray monitors and TV sets as a part of the future/present. 

The movie failed to predict some of the most significant 21st-century discoveries, but perhaps that is the point that makes it even more attractive to watch in 2019. Imagine that you have to fight humanlike androids and robots without the Internet or cellphone. It seems really scary.

What Was Ridley Scott Right About?

First of all, the Blade Runner story brings some compelling ethical dilemmas and a hero who is questioning his own humanity. It focuses on the future of the human race — everything we cause and everything we can prevent.

In Ridley’s year of 2019, the world is polluted in so many different aspects. In the present 2019, things are not much better. Our air has never been worse. The neon lights surround us. We are drowning in a capitalist dystopia, political and ethical bumpiness, dominated by global corporations. We tolerate criminals. Perhaps the movie had a real vision about the future.

Thankfully, we find the beauty in this sci-fi masterpiece, and we find it in our real lives. The Earth is still a home of gorgeous, stylish women, good cops, and fancy drinks. And yes, we are so lucky to have a magnificent Harrison Ford around. Unfortunately, our beloved Rutger Hauer left us at the beginning of the year. Let’s just say he didn’t want to get trapped in real-time, so he became a legend.


Good and Bad Influence Of Binge-Watching

A highly practiced trend in watching movies and especially series over the past few years, the so-called binge-watching, is increasingly gaining its pros and cons on social networks and discussions around the world.

Binge-watch refers to a constant watching, episode after episode of all seasons, or even entire series. At first glance, it may seem as addictive as anything else you would do manically, but is it actually that dangerous? 

Have You Ever Binged a Series?

It’s just like with gambling — if you have enough money for sports betting or gaming, you will do it. It will not make you addicted or put you in big trouble. But when you start spending the money you don’t have — that’s when the problem arises.

It’s the same story with binge-watching. An adult and responsible person is completely capable of determining the time they want to spend in front of the screen. It might mean a few sleepless nights or a missed party at the dorm, but it’s an individual choice. After finishing your series, stretch out a bit, fix your hair and move on with life. It’s not a big deal. 

Still, it happens that we find our friends in a terrible physical state after trying to reach them on the phone for days. The reason — they hooked on Marvel’s Punisher. They binge-watched, but also binge-ate and drank the whole week.

With a completely objective approach, here’s why the new trend is so great, but also when you should start worrying about it.

The Bright Sides of Binge-Watch

It’s a perfect getaway. After a tough week, the stress you bring home from school or work, or a lousy relationship, it is good to have some “me-time.” Watching a good series in one breath is an excellent anti-stress therapy.

Quite the opposite, a binge-watch in a dark room doesn’t necessarily mean that you are an introvert who runs away from others. It can be a perfect activity for family bonding, quality time with the best friend, or even a romantic weekend with your partner. Choose some adorable love story, get a bottle of wine and some chocolate, and you can create the perfect date. 

Binge-watching is a pure hedonistic pleasure. In the end, you wouldn’t watch episode after episode if you didn’t find it exciting and worth your time. Everyone occasionally deserves a complete enjoyment.

The Dark Side of Binge-Watch

The particular warning applies to huge fans of the series and people who are prone to manic worship of anything.

Continuous watching of series can lead to behavior that has elements of obsession. When you notice that you are nervous when you have to go outside, or you ignore your friends because you would rather watch the series than be with them, it’s time to cool down.

Episodes always end in a way that you can’t wait to see what happens next. But when we calculate that the average episode lasts at least thirty to forty-five minutes, and multiply that by the number of episodes we watched, it is a lot of time. Those who have never binged in life will say it is a waste of time. We would disagree, but could certainly use it for something more noble and relevant.

Diving too much into fiction can lead to the loss of the real world’s concept. After you watched a few seasons of the zombie apocalypse series, you can feel “infected” by the story and start thinking about it constantly.

With a little care and moderation, it is possible to enjoy your favorite stories and still have your own when you turn off the screen.


The New Joker Movie Controversy — What’s All the Fuss About?

The virus called Joker was released this summer during the Film Festival in Venice and seems like it spread all over the world. Months before we could even see the movie in cinemas, the public had started creating a lot of fuss about it. Perhaps it will all disappear after a few Oscars and enormous income, but, what if Joker is ready to stay?

Savage, Sad, and Shocking Story

Critics debate about the movie since its premiere. Also, everyone is talking about Joaquin Phoenix’s brilliant acting. The public is confused and has a million questions and theories like — Why is it so cruel, can you relate it with Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and where is Bruce Wayne? But the most significant hype seems to arrive after the Joker movie was compared to the 2012 movie theatre mass shooting in Colorado.

Could this movie be so powerful that it eventually gets out of control?

Is the New Joker What We Were All Looking For?

Through the eyes of one cinephile, the movie is a true masterpiece. From a complete fiction that Batman’s story is, Todd Phillips managed to create such a complex and deviant character who became more realistic than ever. 

Arthur is a depressed and mentally ill person. He was lonely, degraded and mocked all his life. Therefore, Arthur couldn’t do anything else but accumulate his pain and rage until one day that rage became his superpower. From a sad clown, he becomes a king of terror, someone who takes justice into his own hands.

Only this time, Joker is not a villain. His extreme psychoticism, aggression, and dysfunction turned him into the hero or anti-hero, with the audience full of compassion and understanding for his vigilante justice.

Is Joker More About the Story or Its Character?

There is no story without Joker. Nothing would happen. Gotham City would live its same filthy life like the day before Arthur put his makeup on. The rich and powerful would be still in their big safe houses. On the other part of the city, those poor and miserable losers would be forgotten by every single part of society. So, Jocker was provoked. He was born to make this story happen.

In bringing out the character to the screen, it would be unforgivable not to mention great Joaqione Pheonix. This brilliant actor was Oscar-nominated and celebrated for many incredible roles in his career, but this time his job was to overshadow the legendary Heath Ledger. It probably was one of the worst parts of his life. 

Fortunately, Joaqione is so talented and natural that he didn’t have to take Joker from our beloved Ledger, but he created his own. The way he moves, runs or laughs is an intense and profound revival of one psychopath. With his acting and strange and sad eyes, Joaqione made the clown even more creepy.

Who Should Be Worried About the Joker Escalating?

Society should be a regulated system with people full of compassion and care. They are helping each other and have clear moral codes. All members are equal, and the same rules apply to everyone. So, where fear and violence are coming from?

Society can sometimes be a broken system, where things like mass shootings, aggression, and terror happen — we have seen it all before. We saw how violence could move from the screen to real life, and it was scary every time. 

In this movie, the injustice, harassment, and negligence moved from our reality to the screen. Consequently, many institutions and the public are worried that Joker might come to life, and this time, their concern is justified.


Ten Fan Theories About Popular Movies

Each movie that captures the interest of the audience must provide enough excitement and energy, as well as have a great script. Yet, great directors will never reveal everything — for the most exciting details, they will give only a hint.

Hidden Messages & Conspiracy Theories

On the other hand, true fans can have a vast imagination. They can make stories even more twisted and complicated than the movie itself. So they create myths, conspiracies, and theories that keep one move eternal.

We heard that Walt Disney was a spy and Willy Wanka a serial killer. There is a Matrix inside the Matrix, and some movie heroes actually don’t exist. From all the facts and theories that movie lovers bring up every day, we will single out some of the most original ones.

John Wick is Actually Neo

Keanu Reeves’ fans might see the connection between his most celebrated character, Neo, and the latest hit about the avenger and fighter John Wick. Many believe that John Wick is actually Neo on his Matrix training program. So, is John Wick a sequel to the famous Matrix?

Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte Do Not Exist

Years after the HBO series Sex and the city is over, the story about the girls from New York got a whole new theory. Some fans came up with a story that Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte were personalized but represented only a part of Carrie Bradshaw’s character.

Kevin’s Uncle Frank Planned the Hole Robbery

Famous villains in Home Alone were Hary and Marv, but the theory tells that uncle Frank actually was the bad guy who arranged the robbery. 

Shining Inspired Disney’s Frozen

In parallel Universum, princess Elsa is Jack Torrence, and her sister Anna is little Danny from the horror classic The Shining. Except for too much snow, do you see any other similarity?

Jack From Titanic Is a Terminator

Some fans believe that Jack is a time-traveler who came from the future to save Rose and make sure she survives. He is related to another time-traveling savior or destroyer — the Terminator.

Harry Potter Is Mentally Ill, Abused Boy

Stories like Harry Potter serve to expand our imagination and make sense of a variety of possible theories, but one of them is particularly disturbing. Imagine that the whole world of Harry Poter did not exist and that he was mentally disturbed after being closed in a dusty, dark staircase, so he imagined everything. Quite a sad story, isn’t it?

Sandy Dies At The Begining Of the Movie Grease

Some cruel fans’ theories indicate that Grease is actually a movie about dead lovers. Sandy died at the beginning, and Danny is singing about it in “Summer Nights.” The final scene in a car that takes off represents her going to Heaven.

The Avengers Overturn — Tony Stark Is a Member of Hydra

Remember Ultron or support for Sokovia Accords? The theory goes that, if you think logically, Tony Star always sabotaged the Avengers, wanting their mission to fail. The only person who realized it was Doctor Strange.

Jamie Lannister Was Mind-Controlled by Bran Stark

GoT characters, Jamie Lannister and Bran Stark, had a really complicated relationship since season one. However, during the first season, things weren’t so bright — Bran controlled Jamie using his mind power in order to throw him off the tower. Jamie remained a cripple but gained powers that eventually led him to the throne.

Nemo Doesn’t Exist

Theorists identify five stages of mourning in this animated movie. A clownfish lost everyone at the beginning, and Nemo is his fiction. The little hero has never existed.


All the Benefits of Watching Movies

Some people will always lecture you on how you should read a book instead of watching a movie. Books are the best soul food on earth, and we agree with that. But this has nothing to do with movies. Cinematography is a distinctive dimension that can inspire and touch us on a completely different level. The way we connect with a storyline or characters is a unique experience. 

A movie can change not just our mood, but our life course as well. And from the list of the beneficial impacts they have on people, we selected the most significant ones:

1. Movies Can Make Us Laugh

Laughter means health. It boosts our immune system and regulates hormone levels wrecked by stress and frustrations. 

Watching a comedy will raise our mood and help us relax and feel better. Everybody deserves such feelings after a long and stressful day. 

2. Movies Can Make Us Cry

Some people are tough nuts. They keep all their emotions within themselves and have a problem with revealing them. However, psychologists claim that it is beneficial for our mental health to express our feelings from time to time. 

A good touching story can help us clean up our soul and cry out everything that bathers us. It is much easier to cry over the lost dog in a movie than over the exaggerated bills in real life.

3. Watching Movies Can Be Educational

Parents always worry about the bad influence TV can have on their children. But the truth is, we can learn much easier by watching a historical movie, a documentary or biopic, for example. Moreover, no matter if you are a kid or an adult, movies can help us develop our communication abilities. 

4. Movies Can Help Us Overcome Tough Life Periods

There is actually something that professionals call “movie therapy.” It is dedicated to the people who are getting through the harsh time. For example, if you are in the midst of going through a divorce or a breakup, you should watch movies like “Eat, pray, love” to help you lift your spirits.

5. Movies Can Inspire

As grown-ups, we learn how to make the difference between fiction and reality. But did you know that there are so many modern scientific achievements that were actually inspired by movies or books? 

We can catch some great ideas from the screen. But moreover, we can get infected with positive thinking, emotions, and will to proceed with our goals. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been encouraged by “Back to the future” or a romantic Christmas comedy, both of them can be such a strong motivation. 

It is proved that our love for cinematography depends on chemistry — movies affect our brain, the immune system, and heart. They can slander stress, reduce our blood pressure, and even increase pain tolerance. Movies also have a significant role in our growing up by shaping and building our character.

No matter if you see it as a piece of art or just pure entertainment, cinematography changed the world and became quite an important image of it.