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9 Underrated Christmas Movies that are Worth a Watch

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9 Underrated Christmas Movies that are Worth a Watch

There is a plethora of Christmas classics that families relish to watch in the holiday season. Almost all of us watch the more prominent titles as part of the Christmas movie marathon each year. But we tend to ignore the not-so-popular movies. I would urge you to consider adding the following underrated movies to your list this year. Thus, expanding your roster of Christmas movies.

Here are the best ones:

Miracle on 34th Street

The only reason for recommending this movie is Attenborough and his exceptional acting. Although this movie is nowhere near the 1947 classic with the same name, it is not without merits. You can call this movie a different retelling of the original classic produced by John Hughes.

The rest of the cast and even the plot might not impress you. But the Santa will astound you beyond words with his acting and the way he gets absorbed in that role. Consider it a comfort food movie and watch it with your family at this warm time of the year. I am lucky to have access to WOW cable TV channels that offer channels airing Christmas movies all day long at this time of the year. If you are a cord-cutter, you can watch the movie online.

Batman Returns

Before you frown upon this recommendation, let me do some explaining. Many (read: almost all) won’t be able to link the name Batman Returns to Christmas. However, the whole movie is shot against a Christmas backdrop. Hence, the suggestion. The plot of the movie revolves around the mysterious Batman and his fights apart from the outlandish villains and car sequences. No surprises there.

The fact that all the events of the movie take place in the setting of a snow-covered Gotham city makes Batman Returns a perfect candidate for the Christmas movies.

The Man Who Invented Christmas

You will find many adaptations of Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, but this movie gives attention to the author in its true sense. You will find it rather interesting to dive into Dickens’ creative process as narrated in the movie. It will be intriguing to watch his character come to life. The maddening portrayal of Charles Dickens in the movie by none other than Dan Stevens will leave you flabbergasted. This new take on the Christmas classic is a must-watch.

A Christmas Carol

This movie that premiered in 1999 is by far the most accurate portrayal of the classic tale. It’s a one-man-show adaptation. In my opinion, this movie is underrated and deserves more attention than it has received in all these years.

The Bishop’s Wife

The story of this movie revolves around the character Cary Grant who answers the prayer of David Niven (a bishop). The bishop needs funds for a new cathedral. Everything works fine and the operations remain smooth until the day the bishop catches the eye of Niven’s neglected wife. Watch the movie to see how interesting events unfold.

The Holly and the Ivy

This 1952 British drama film is an adaptation of the play with the same name. The plot of the story revolves around the widespread Gregory family. As the family’s tradition, everyone returns to the parsonage in their remote village at the time of Christmas. The whole story is a long unfolding of family events and problems. You, yourself will get involved in a rollercoaster of emotions as you watch all the events unfold.

We’re No Angels

Released in 1955, We’re No Angels was the first movie in a decade that was directed by the iconic duo Michael Curtiz and Humphrey Bogart. This comedy movie stars Bogie who plays the character of an escaped convict. Apart from that, you will see Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray who are the fugitives as well. These three decide to help a befuddled shopkeeper. And the rest you will have to watch to laugh at all the fun that happens in the movie.

All That Heaven Allows

This movie has to do with class consciousness. This Douglas Sirk film stars a widow who gets romantically involved with a gardener. Thus, giving her class-conscious friends something to frown upon. Jane Wyman (the widow) decides against the norms and continues her relationship with the gardener. You will have to watch it for a more detailed analysis of the film.

Father Christmas

I came across this movie as a part of WOW cable specials suggestions. Intrigued, I watched this quirky alternative tale of Santa Clause. Calling it an alternative because, in most of the Christmas movies, Santa Claus assumes the character of a jolly and bright individual. But this movie shows the dark side of Santa’s life. Father Christmas shows Santa on a vacation that is interesting.

What makes the whole thing even more fascinating is Santa doing not-so-Santa things. For example, drinking wine on his trip to France.

I hope that you will consider watching one, some or all of the suggested movies. You won’t regret.

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5 Key things that you must know about producing great rap music

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Producing great rap music that resonates with your audience is every rapper’s dream. However, you cannot achieve it just by going to a studio, recording a song, and waiting for your breakthrough after releasing it to social media platforms.

There are a lot of things that an upcoming rapper must do if they want to outsmart others and be a big star. Here are five key things that every rapper needs to know about producing great rap music.

  1. Invest in quality musical instrumentals

One of the first things that will impress your fans is the beats that you use in your songs because they are the first things the fans notice, not the lyrics. The rap beats you use and the message you give out in your songs will be a big factor in whether your rap songs are a hit or not. If you want to be a successful rapper, it is important that you invest in high-quality rap instrumentals.

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  1. Know your target audience

Can you even compose a song if you don’t have a specific target audience? Songs that are targeted towards the youth might sound great to youngsters, but elders might not highly appreciate them. If you know the audience you’re targeting, whether they’re young people, older adults, men, women, create something that they can resonate with. It would be helpful if you can compose rap songs that connect with your fans emotionally. Make sure that your listeners feel every bit of emotion that you’re trying to portray in the song. Identifying your target audience will give you a better idea of the kind of emotions they’re looking to receive. Analyzing your target audience’s age, gender, and hobbies will help you give your audience what they want to hear.

  1. Improve your presence on social media

One of the key areas that’ll help you improve your reach is by improving your social media presence. If you aren’t active on social media, you are missing out on a lot as a musician. On social media, you can connect with your fans, interact with them, and get ideas from them on what they want to listen to. Songs can easily go viral on social media these days and if you manage to drop a banger rap song on social media, you might even find yourself trending worldwide. Some of the popular artist discovery platforms that you can use include YouTube, SoundCloud, Spotify, and Apple Music.

  1. Be more creative

Creativity is essential if you want to succeed in the rap industry. You must be creative enough to bring something unique to the table that other rappers cannot. Come up with different ideas that other artists haven’t thought of. It is a good idea to find recording studios where you can listen to yourself over and over again. Venture into places that no one has ever dared to. Try to think outside the box.

  1. Create lyrics that have significance

One of the qualities that define great rap is the lyrics that are so amazing that they transcend time. Once you become influential through your words, you would be able to stay relevant in the rap industry for a long time. A great way to come up with deep, mighty lyrics would be to look for something or someone you’re really passionate about and come up with words that will make your voice be heard.

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J25- Occupying the hearts of millions with her melodious voice

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J25

J25 at a very young age has succeeded to attract millions of people around the world with her tremendous skills in writing. She has developed an extensive interest in people into music with her modernized way of making and writing music. She has explicitly displayed some of the most electrical and astounding tracks of the rap genre.

About her:

Well, let us know some important things about this rising charming music inspo. J25, whose real name is “Jazelle Michet Evans.  She is a Female American rap artist and entrepreneur, making an important place in the hearts of millions of youngsters. She is also a record label founder. She is from Gary, Indiana born in 1983.  She spent her childhood in 25th Broadway, Gary, Indiana.

Unrevealing of the dashboard:

J25 surely made history in her area Indiana. Yes, that is right. Jazelle was privileged to have a billboard in her hometown as the female entrepreneur of native American descent. It was on August 24th, 2020 when a lot of citizens of Gary, Indiana witnessed the revealing of the dashboard. She has been the very first girl to have done that to herself in her town.  The ceremony was presented on her behalf as her citizens hoped to celebrate her accomplishments and welcome her home.

Not only that, but Jazelle was also the first female artist from Gary to be approached by radio hosted. she was hosted by power 92.3 own seandale.

Collaboration:

J25 is a creative and luxuriant female rapper. she has already dropped some of the most brilliant tracks ever, just like ‘Commas’, ‘Out Da Mud’, ‘trust one’, ‘Trending’ & also ‘with me or against me’. All of them are surely worth listening to. Her music gives some serious electrical music goals to her fans and any youngsters around the globe. She has earned some extraordinary command over the contemporary rappers. This is all because of her unique style, which is known to be the “Gary Hip-Hop Culture”. She has undoubtedly created havoc amongst people with her professionalism and music-creating skills.

One of her most recognized collaborations was with Chicago Female Rap Legend Rashawnna “Shawnna” Guy (twerk it slowly). This was the collaboration from 2012 that turned out to be one of the most powerful ones and helped her take over the music world. Listen to Spotify.

Who was Jazelle’s inspiration?

Well, fans must be restless to know who was Jazelle inspired by? J25 was highly inspired by the family of Michael Jackson as she lived where his family had been living. This was the major factor behind her being inspired by him. Not only him but she was also highly inspired by some other big names of the music world like C-Saw, 3-6 Mafia, Twista, DMX, BoneThugsNHarmony, and Dr. Dre.

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The very first project of J25:

All of the tracks of her are equipped with an exceptional swag with the touch of friendly soft funkiness.  Her first-ever project was “Queen & King” and was released in early 2004. It featured the legend Johny P. also her two mixtapes that she dropped simultaneously were “Paper Route” & Hustle Society.

J25’s music group:

J25 has been pursuing her music career for many years and keep rocking the music industry with her new and new tracks. Also in May 2020, She found her record label, it was called HGM Music GROUP. She always had some Holy grails of becoming WNBA star and she broke the stereotypes with her punch of hip-hop and music creating skills.  You can also fetch some brilliant stuff on Youtube.

 

 What Jazelle’s fans should do to approach her music?

Want to explore more? Just click the link and plug into most trending music streaming apps like Spotify and YouTube to listen to her brilliant music.  J25 looks forward to dropping some more astounding music singles and much more like that in the near future. So stay tuned and see what has for you guys.

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From the movie “TAKEN” to real life for the rescue of a special kidnapped Hollywood dog

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Hollywood, California

In a year full of coronavirus, collapsing economies, and some say murder hornets, what else could go wrong? Well, someone could steal your dog. Drug dealers could be trafficking in stolen dogs in a way that doesn’t even make sense, and your pooch could be on the line.

Actor and producer Enzo Zelocchi, who recently had one of the most viewed trailers on Instagram during the COVID-19 lockdown (over 26 million views for “The First Secret,”) found out from a family member that his beloved dog Bengie was gone.

“A missing dog is not a high police priority,” Mr. Zelocchi says, “especially during these sensitive times, but I wasn’t going to give up.”

He says he established contact with the kidnappers in less than 24 hours by leading them to himself. (Not Recommended).

In a matter of days, his search exposed a criminal enterprise based in San Diego County. The facts coalesced around a surveillance video of the actual dog extraction from two local drug dealers at Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego County, about 110 miles from the actor’s residence in Beverly Hills.

“While pretending to negotiate with Bengie ‘s captors,” Zelocchi says, “money became no object. I was actively tracking their approximate location and getting closer.”

“At some point,” he adds, “they found out that someone posted on Facebook that the dog had been stolen and that there was footage of the two taking my Bengie. They got scared and sold my dog to a local homeless drug addict woman for $20.

An informant sent the footage to a personal contact showing a homeless female drug addict taking Bengie to a San Diego grooming establishment called City Dog located at 550 Park Blvd in San Diego to self-wash him and paying $14 cash.

From the movie “TAKEN” to real life

“I went to City Dog,” Mr. Zelocchi says, “and spoke with the store owner, Gary. He looked at the surveillance recording and kindly offered to drive me around to show me the part of town where this woman was most likely to be found. After finding the woman and my Bengie in a stroller surrounded by five homeless males in an area covered with trash and syringes, I jumped out of the car with a strong demeanor and grabbed my dog. Some of these men had some funny thoughts about me, but they shortly understood that it wasn’t their lucky day.”

He felt sorry for the woman and gave her $100 to compensate for her unwitting part in the ordeal. Bengie got another bath right away and a trip to the groomer and the vet the following day. The family pet had marijuana residue on his teeth and traces of meth and heroin, but thankfully he was fine.

“Now, we are all happy again!” Mr. Zelocchi says, reflecting on his family. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who helped in some way to find Bengie.”

When asked if this true story could be the raw material for a future film, Mr. Zelocchi acknowledges that it might.

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