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Shows To Look Out For This July!!

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Happy New Month, folks!

July brings with it a pinch of cold and a host of shows to keep you warm at home. Scroll on for July’s ultimate Netflix & Chill list:

  1. 1. Those About to Die

Dive into the world of sun, sand and sword with this epic drama. Set in Ancient Rome, Those About to Die explores the dark side of the arena and the intoxicating world of gladiatorial competition.

You probably think you’re done watching any Rome-inspired shows, but I’ll be quick to remind you that you haven’t seen the legendary Anthony Hopkins as Emperor Vespasian.

2. Gladiator II

ICYMI: The Roman Empire is about to be your Roman Empire this July. Serving as a sequel to the Best-Picture award-winning Gladiator film, this instalment follows the story of Lucius Verus II, son of Lucilla and nephew of Emperor Commodus.

This star-studded ensemble boasts the likes of Denzel Washington (who plays Macrinus, an evil arms dealer), Paul Mescal, Pedro Pascal, Connie Nielsen, Joseph Quinn and Djimon Hounsou, among others.

3. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

Holly Jackson’s debut novel was an immediate hit- and with good reason. Who doesn’t love cozying up to a good mystery thriller where young teens fight crime, solve mysteries and save the world (hello, PLL)?

Follow Pippa “Pip” Fitz-Amobi as she unravels the murder of popular high schooler Andie Bell by her boyfriend, Sal Singh. Emma Myers, who plays Wednesday’s cheery BFF Enid Sinclair in Tim Burton’s Wednesday, leads the cast.

4. Beverly Hills COP: Axel F

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Three decades after Beverly Hills COP: III, Eddie Murphy returns as Foley in Beverly Hills: Axel F. Once again, the quick-witted Detroit policeman finds himself in Los Angeles as he helps his estranged daughter, Jane.

It’s a fun reunion as he runs into old friends, including Billy Rosewood, Jeffrey Friedman, John Taggart and Serge.

5. House of The Dragon

While HOTD saison deux premiered on 16th June, episodes drop weekly every Sunday. Episode 4, which promises a particularly… hot encounter between The Rogue Prince and Aemond One-Eye, drops on 7th July.

With episode three showing Daemon having omens and seeing apparitions at Harrenhal, is it time for fans to bid him adieu?

6. Cobra Kai VI

Part 1 of Cobra Kai’s final season drops on 18th July. The finale is divided into 3 parts, with five parts dropping in July, with the rest dropping in November and sometime next year.

Cobra Kai, a sequel series to the original four films in The Karate Kid Franchise, follows characters Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence 3 decades after the first film.

7. Lobola Man

Last but certainly not least, Lobola Man follows Ace Ngubeni, a silver-tongued bride price (lobola) negotiator who takes on a new project for a shy client, Duke. All is well until Ace meets the bride in question. Will the price be too high?

Brought to you by the very same creators of the successful How to Ruin franchise, Lobola Man promises to be a masterful blend of romance, drama, comedy and culture.

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Scariest Horror Movies You Need to Watch

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We all have that one friend who pretends not to be scared by horror films, mocking us for jumping at the slightest scare. Well, this list is for them! Share and watch them revere horrors. Here are ten of the scariest horror films that will challenge even the bravest souls. Remember to share your list in the comments.

1. The Moor

Set in the eerie Yorkshire moors, “The Moor” follows the story of a grief-stricken father and a guilt-ridden friend searching for answers about a long-lost child. The atmospheric setting and unsettling folklore elements create a haunting experience that will stick with you long after the credits roll.

2. Baghead

Ever wondered what you’d do for a chance to speak with a loved one who’d passed on? “Baghead” explores this terrifying concept with a basement-dwelling monster that offers brief reunions with the dead at a high price. The tension and horror escalate quickly, making it a must-watch for any horror enthusiast.

3. A Quiet Place: Day One

A prequel to the popular series, this film delves into the chaotic first day when the terrifying creatures emerged. The suspense and survival elements are intense, with Lupita Nyong’o and Joseph Quinn delivering gripping performances as strangers navigating this new world.

4. I Saw the TV Glow

This film combines the nostalgia of 90s horror TV shows with a modern coming-of-age twist. Following two teens who are fans of a horror TV show, the movie explores their nightmarish realities blending with the show’s terror, making for a unique and chilling experience.

5. The Watchers

When artist Mina gets stranded in a forest in Ireland, she finds herself trapped with three strangers and stalked by mysterious creatures. The isolation and the supernatural threats in “The Watchers” will have you on the edge of your seat.

6. Speak No Evil

A family’s dream vacation turns into a psychological nightmare in this remake. The tension between the idyllic setting and the unfolding horror creates a deeply unsettling experience that challenges the boundaries of psychological horror.

7. Alien: Romulus

A new chapter in the Alien franchise, this film is set on a distant planet where a crew discovers ancient alien technology. The encounter with the unknown brings a fresh and terrifying take on the classic alien horror theme.

8. Smile 2

Building on the eerie premise of its predecessor, “Smile 2” delves deeper into the origins of the sinister smile that curses its victims. The psychological terror is amplified, making it a chilling sequel that digs into your fears.

9. Nosferatu

This reimagining of the classic vampire tale combines stunning visuals with eerie storytelling. “Nosferatu” follows an ancient vampire haunting a secluded village, blending horror with artful cinematography for a truly terrifying experience.

10. Trap

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, “Trap” takes place at a concert where attendees find themselves caught in a psychological thriller. With Shyamalan’s signature twists and turns, this film is sure to keep you guessing and scared throughout. Set for release on August 9, this psychological thriller by M. Night Shyamalan stars Josh Hartnett​

Each of these films brings something unique to the table, whether it’s atmospheric dread, psychological horror, or supernatural terror. So gather your bravest friends, turn off the lights, and see who can last through these terrifying tales.

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Supacell, Stream it or Skip it?

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To be honest, it took me the entire week watching an episode a day of “Supacell,” Netflix’s sudden breakout superhero series that has been garnering high praise and impressive viewership numbers. Being a limited series it went by pretty fast regardless so now I am fiending for a second season, desperately.

“Supacell” presents a refreshing twist on the traditional superhero narrative, I promise it’s not what you’re expecting or something you’ve seen before. With its solid foundation and an intentionally well-cast, each of the six episodes in Season 1 goes deeper into the characters and their intertwined destinies, building up an intriguing mystery around their extraordinary abilities. This inaugural season marks a remarkable start to an original superhero saga that manages to distinguish itself in a crowded genre landscape.

The storyline of “Supacell” centres on a group of Black Londoners who unexpectedly acquire superpowers without any discernible rhyme or reason, uniting them in a shared mission to safeguard their loved ones.

In a departure from the typical solo Black hero representation in media, “Supacell” features not just one but five Black superheroes, each grappling with their newfound powers in distinct ways. The gradual unravelling of the origin and significance of these abilities adds a fresh perspective to the superhero genre, showcasing a well-crafted narrative that captivates audiences.

Drawing parallels to the renowned series “Top Boy,” “Supacell” intertwines superhuman abilities with grounded portrayals of Black characters, probing themes of race without overshadowing other storylines.

While the possibility of a second season remains uncertain, both fans and critics are eager to see the continuation of this captivating series on Netflix. Creator Rapman envisions a multi-season arc for “Supacell,” likening the first season to the origin story of Batman and hinting at intricate plans for future instalments.

With its record-breaking viewership and sustained popularity, the prospects for a renewal of “Supacell” for a second season appear promising, leaving most audiences eagerly awaiting further developments in this unique superhero saga.

If you have a Netflix subscription and like drama, Supacell is your next weekend binge-watch. Or you know, there are a few other places to watch it from if you know what I mean.

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Top 10 Must-Watch Medieval Movies and Series for Fans of Epic Tales

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Are you a fan of medieval set shows? If so, you’re in for a treat! Here’s a list of the best medieval movies and series of all time, perfect for immersing yourself in the gritty, glorious world of knights, battles, and ancient lore.

  1. The Green Knight (2021)
    Dive into this visually stunning retelling of the Arthurian legend. Dev Patel stars as Sir Gawain, embarking on a quest to confront the mysterious Green Knight. The film’s dreamy, haunting atmosphere makes it a standout.
  1. The Northman (2022)
    Directed by Robert Eggers, this epic saga of Viking revenge follows a young prince avenging his father’s murder. With Alexander Skarsgård leading the cast, it’s a brutal yet beautifully shot journey into Norse mythology.
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  1. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
    Ridley Scott’s epic film takes you to the Crusades, where Orlando Bloom’s character, Balian, defends Jerusalem. The director’s cut is especially recommended for its deeper storytelling and character development.
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  1. Vikings (2013-2020)
    This popular TV series chronicles the legendary Norse hero Ragnar Lothbrok and his descendants. Full of battles, explorations, and Viking lore, it’s a must-watch for history and action enthusiasts.
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  1. The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
    Based on Ken Follett’s novel, this miniseries follows the construction of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge. With a rich plot and compelling characters, it offers a detailed look at medieval life and politics.
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  1. Outlaw King (2018)
    Chris Pine stars as Robert the Bruce in this gritty historical drama about Scotland’s fight for independence. The film captures the brutality and rawness of medieval warfare beautifully.
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  1. Vinland Saga (2019-)
    This anime series, inspired by historical events, follows Thorfinn’s journey during the Viking invasions of England. With intense battles and deep character arcs, it’s a gripping watch for anime and history fans alike.
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  1. The Last Kingdom (2015-2022)
    Based on Bernard Cornwell’s “The Saxon Stories,” this series follows Uhtred of Bebbanburg as he navigates his Saxon and Viking heritage. It’s a thrilling ride through the battles and politics of medieval England.
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  1. Shogun (2024)
    Based on James Clavell’s novel, tells the story of an English navigator shipwrecked in Japan. It’s a fascinating look at the clash and melding of Eastern and Western cultures during the early 1600s.
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  1. Outlander (2014-)
    Though not strictly medieval, this time-travel series starts in the 1940s and takes you back to 18th-century Scotland. With its rich historical setting and epic romance, it offers a unique blend of genres that captivates audiences.
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Whether you’re looking for intense battles, intricate political plots, or deep character development, these films and series offer a window into the tumultuous and fascinating medieval world. Happy watching!

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