Category: Thriller

Follow the Footsteps of Harry Potter

Everyone is familiar with the range of Harry Potter books turned into mega box office films, which entertained fans non-stop for an entire decade. Yet the fans still can’t get enough of the school of wizardry and thousands are keen to take the Harry Potter studio tours.

The range of films that kept fans entertained across ten years is based on the novels, of which the first was released in 2001 titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Thousands counted the days until the release of the second film in 2002 titled Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The next film in the series was released two years later in 2004 and was titled

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


Then only a year later it was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire hit movie theatres across the globe in 2005, while the next instalment was only released in 2007, this time titled Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince offering fans 2hours and 34 minutes of action in 2009. The two latest Harry Potter releases include the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 screened in 2010 and 2011.

The four most fan-visited places in London


Rich with Harry Potter themed places and activities to unbridled the inner wizard in every visitor, while the official studio guided tour takes fans on a visit to potion making and mixing cocktail bars and wizard-themed hotel rooms.

If you are a keen fan of Potter, then you’ll find London a magical destination, the official Harry Potter tour started in 2012 and enables all visitors to step onto the sets used in some of the films when the Diagon Alley, Great Hall and the Forbidden Forest was used.

The whole experience part of the Potion Room is themed and structured like the alchemy class showed in the films, it’s like wizardry and every guest gets a magic wand and wears a cloak. The experience includes creating an edible and/or drinkable potion, which is served as part of a tray filled with savory items or a tray covered in sweet treats.

Hotel rooms referred to as Wizard Chambers, in London the Georgian House Hotel offers a few rooms inspired by the range of popular Harry Potter books. Booking one of the rooms provides stayers to enjoy a night at Hogwarts! Each of the themed rooms features cauldrons, stone walls, stained glass windows and artifacts to ensure the whole experience has a Harry Potter feel to it.

To ensure the experience is as real as it gets, you could go for a night cup at the Wizarding bar called the Cauldron, it’s the bar every fantasy book devotee dreams off, all guests have to dress up in the robes and then receives a cauldron and they get to experiment and mix their own drinks.

The Darkest Minds

One of the most exciting science fictions thrillers in 2018 is, The Darkest Minds directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, based on the adult novel by Alexandra Bracken. Actors include Harry Dickinson, Amandla Stenberg, Gwendoline Christie and Mandy Moore. Released by 20th Century Fox in the US on the 3rd of August, moviegoers got to enjoy the mysteriously powerful teens send to a detainment camp as they’re seen as a treat by the government. Ruby only 16 years old at the time escapes and joins others on the run. The teens combine their powers to fight against those on their tracks.

The Darkest Minds, Colour Code Those Needed to be Killed on Sight


IAAN is a mysterious pandemic that wiped out 90% of the nation’s children six years ago, the superpowers seen as a disease changes those who survived. Some ore telekinetic, other just really smart while some can manipulate electrical currents. Survivors with the superpower-disease are sorted by colour. The colour-coded children categories include least dangerous marked by green and blue, those uncontrollable are marked in red and orange and are to be killed on sight.

Should a kid fall into the green category his/her eyes turn green as soon as he/she is thinking of something smart, telekinetic children have the power to make all kinds of thing float in the air and their eyes then turn blue. The colour coding simplifies things and Ruby with orange eyes are marked since she has the ability to control the minds of others. Although she has managed to pass as a code green to qualify for the Green concentration camp.

Did Parents Just Hand Over Their Surviving Kids to Government in The Darkest Minds?

The outbreak and the reaction of the public to the IAAN pandemic is not part of the film, and when it comes to reasoning, it seems the government did not have a hard job capturing the surviving youngsters. One who does put up a fight is the US president who claims his son is cured. A kind doctor first freed Ruby, the doctor, Cate, played by Mandy Moore, turns out to be part of The Children’s League, which she describes as a safe-haven. This is a fact doubted by Ruby who decides to join three run-aways, which includes an electricity harnesser and a smart one.

The four dodge their tracers, and bounty hunters are out to clean up, for a while the film and those enjoying it, forget about the fact that Ruby can control other’s minds, while she also wiped out her own memories, accidentally. The only two ‘Oranges” get romantically involved, while the story offers a captivating view of adults that are fearful of their offspring and wanted them imprisoned or killed.

The Heroine in Possession of Extraordinary Powers Need to Decide which Team is Worth her Loyalty

Multiple resistance rise, leadership comes into question, and Ruby must decide, remain truthful to those who have helped her or joining a team where her superpowers can make a difference. The Darkest Mind film conveys a lot to the audience, it is smart, and there is no doubt that it attracted millions of followers.

Alpha, an Awe-Inspiring Man, Meets Furry Friend Prehistoric Survivalist Epic

Film-critics calls it a beautifully filmed captivating adventure while Alpha conveys the tale of the survival of a young man accompanied by his best friend. Part adoration boy-meets-wolf, part wilderness survival and part American Museum of Natural exhibit comes to live, audiences get to enjoy an epic adventure involving a pre-historic hunter surviving via the powerful intelligence and instincts of his Canis lupus friend.

Wolves are loyal guardians with the ability to form firm emotional attachments, trust their instincts and as a spiritual animal, has balance, self-control and mostly goes out of their way to avoid attacks. Albert Hughes’ epic is devoted to overwhelming viewers with craggy cliffs, lush vistas, eye-popping auroras, endless snowy tundras and impossible green forests. Visuals simply can’t be described, and it’s a film well deserving of big-screen viewing, in actual fact, Alpha demands it.

Fearless, Spectacular, Companionship & A Young Man Leading by His Heart, Not His Spear

It is a film about the stranded hunter who needs to prove his manhood in the wilderness, told in a remarkable prehistoric eye-candy tale of survival kind of way. Almost like a Disney adventure, masterly fuelled by visual dazzle, enhanced by a gnarly consistency twisted from elements such as maggots, excrement and blood. It is an antiquated sceptical with no superhero, taking place many centuries into the past. Huge credit goes to the Hughes’ timing as he artful never hold any of the scenes for longer than necessary to provide potent moments depicted by the gnawing war of man against the elements of nature.

Kodi Smit-McPhee is seen in the role of Keda, the most inexperienced hunter in the tribe, which is also the son of the chief reminding of an unsympathetically friendly samurai called Tau played by Johannes Haukur Johannesson. Alpha is the wolf wounded and rescued by Keda, and he becomes refugeed from his wolf-pack. Keda earns his place in the food chain when he stares down his new-found animal’s hunger and consumes his own food first. A slow-growing bond forms between the young hunter and the wolf, they become tag-team hunters, and their emotional bond is the emotional core of the film.

Alpha, Captivating Entertainment Keeping Audiences Starved for Old-Fashion Films Created with New-Fashioned Finesse

In Alpha, Hughes proves he is the choreographer that does natural world breath-takingly, a director the world has been waiting for, yet the most memorable moment leaps into human evolution as his bravura image-timing takes conventional filming to exceptionally excitingly new heights.

Despite being tailor-made for the modern culture, it is completely alien to it, which is the reason why Alpha is no less than impressive in every way. Its formulaic tale beast historical accuracy and the film is a tonic in the modern age of pumped-up big-budget superhero films. It’s an inspiring tale that reminds movie-goers of the value of respecting nature, earning leadership through the willingness to learn and just how much we can still gain from studying the Palaeolithic era.

Escape to a Magical World with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Wizardry and Witchcraft magically transport movie fans back to Hogwarts School, the place everyone knows has where Harry, Ron and Hermione were taught, just by viewing the exterior of the school during the trailers made fans ecstatic. The audience already knows Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne, as the magizoologist was introduced in the first film as he travelled to America from England in 1926 to meet up with magical types and Muggles. It’s near the end that the dark wizard emerges as Gellert Grindelwald is taken into custody.

Harry Potter fans get yet another opportunity to dive back into the world of magic, and this time it’s the sequel to the 2016 box office hit Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Moviegoers get to see Dumbledore at a much younger age in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, a film which trailer was revealed during the 2018 Comin-Con. J.K. Rowling revealed that there would be five Fantastic Beasts films in which the second introduces Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, a dark wizard.

Albus Dumbledore’s Earlier Life

Albus Dumbledore is introduced at a much earlier stage of his life as he enlists Scamander to stop Gellert Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards in order to rule over the worlds non-magical beings. Jude Law is cast in the role of Dumbledore, while the film is set in 1927 and takes fans on a magical trip to Paris and England. While the original film made well over $234 million in 2016, its sequel is set to beat all records when it is released in November 2018.

J.K. Rowling revealed as far back as 2007 that she meant for Dumbledore to be gay, in a relationship with Grindelwald, yet in the sequel, the intense relationship more focusses on the young men falling in love with each other’s ideology and ideas. Dumbledore is far from what fans might expect, he is young and inspiring Hogwarts teacher, he is a rebel and a maverick and very witty, far from the elderly statesman he is in Harry Potter films.

Many scenes in the trailer got fans euphoric, yet one really stood out, and that is when the Ministry of Magic officials can be seen apparating, its most unusual as in the novels Granger keeps reminding others that disapparating and apparating is never allowed on the grounds of Hogwarts. Could the sequel reveal why such a rule was enforced in the first place or is there another reason for the appearances out of nowhere? Find out how the fat of one will or can change the future of all when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is released in Australia on the 15th of November and in the UK and US on the 16th of November 2018.

Sara’s Notebook

Sara’s Notebook

This non-fiction movie would make you feel as though your heart is in your hands. It delves into the dark side of human nature, deep into the Congo of Africa. It shows you how much journalists risk their lives for a story and how much danger someone is willing to put themselves in while searching for their loved one. Sara was a medical doctor who would practice her skills in Africa regularly. She had a father who suffered from Alzheimer’s and a sister Laura, who was a lawyer in Madrid. Sara disappeared for 2 years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) when she turned up in a photo taken by a journalist, setting the scene for this political thriller.

Laura, determined to find her sister, travels to Uganda and was given Sara’s Notebook by a foreign aid worker who worked with Sara. Laura met up with another aid worker who agreed to retrieve Sara from the DRC in exchange for money, which resulted in Laura selling off her wealth. She agreed but insisted that she must be part of the search crew. The aid worker, Sergio, suspiciously agreed to the condition but later called Sara with an excuse that there was an issue with the transportation and she can follow later with his crew. Laura, using her smart wit, discovered that Sergio was being dishonest, took back her money and enrolled the help of a friend of Sara’s called Sven.

Upon reaching the DRC via a light aircraft, the airplane flagger or air traffic controller for a more appropriate term, risked his life to alert the pilots that there was danger on the ground. On pulling the aircraft upward, the rebel group on the ground began shooting, striking Sven in the foot. Back in Uganda, Sven and Laura sought the help of Jamir, a native of the Congo and a former child soldier. Unwilling to come to their aid at first, Jamir refused at first, but admired Laura’s courage and joined her on her journey.

It must be noted here that Laura spoke Spanish in a country where it was not a first language of anyone, except maybe a United Nations (UN) employee. Jamir claimed to have learned Spanish from Sara and this is what he and Laura used to communicate. They successfully entered the Congo via boat and after Laura used money to bribe the Immigration officers to let Jamir through. A series of violent occurrences ensued, showcasing how rebels would descend on the community, rape its women, murder the adults and kidnap the children, even forcing the children to shoot and kill their own parents. The heart wrenching ordeals continued, all the way until Sara could have safely left the Congo with her sister.

Sara, believing that she could do more to change the situation in the Congo, choose to stay where she eventually died and was buried. While the movie may have been an over dramatization of the real events, it touches on actual barbaric acts and conflict that still exists in Africa.