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Why Low-Budget Horror Is Thriving This Summer

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The other new movies that have been able to find a foothold at drive-in theaters are a handful of new kids’ films and some streaming exclusives like Hulu’s Palm Springs or Amazon’s The Vast of Night. These movies also lend themselves to home viewing. A Marvel film, or other delayed 2020 films like Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, needs a huge screen and a packed audience for maximum effect; renting and watching them from the couch would blunt their power and be less profitable. But if you turn off all the lights and turn the sound on your TV up, these smaller horror movies lose very little of their creepy appeal—a win for viewers and indie studios alike.

For those who are interested in getting spooked at home, Relic is the standout work of the bunch, using its intimate scale to evoke more than just a few sharp jumps. Directed by the first-time filmmaker Natalie Erika James, it’s a haunted-house story in which its characters’ emotional interplay drives much of the horror. It’ll draw comparisons to the cult hit The Babadook because of its Australian setting and allegorical weight, but it also reminded me of ghost-story classics like The Changeling or The Others, films with a real sense of their environment that provoke scares with the slightest household shifts. In Relic, Kay (played by Emily Mortimer) and her daughter, Sam (Bella Heathcote), move into a house in the woods with Kay’s mother, Edna (Robyn Nevin), who is behaving oddly and suffering from dementia. It soon becomes clear that something is supernaturally wrong with Edna and the house she lives in, but the film is less interested in world-building than in charting the deteriorating dynamics among the three women. Though it’d be great to see it in a theater, Relic is a powerful film that doesn’t need bone-crunching sound effects and otherworldly visuals to be effective.

The summer’s other horror hits thus far are more of a mixed bag, though nonetheless popular with viewers. The box-office king, The Wretched, isn’t quite as nuanced as Relic—think The Goonies, but with lots of nasty creature effects—but it had me feeling similarly anxious on my couch all the same. Followed and Becky rely more on jumpy moments and shocking bits of gore, making them solid drive-in fare. But a couple of upcoming films are worth the anticipation.

Arriving next week is the delightfully weird Amulet, written and directed by Romola Garai, which gleefully mixes all sorts of genre influences together—there’s an emotional love story, frightening monsters, and an eerie house with something mysterious locked up in the attic. Another clever piece of horror filmmaking in the hopper is Saint Maud, a hit at least year’s Toronto International Film Festival that was originally due for release in April. The movie’s studio, A24, seems to be waiting for theaters to reopen before putting it out, but if the pandemic-related closures drag on for many more months, that strategy may have to change.

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Radhika Apte reveals real reason why she got married

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Radhika Apte needs no introduction to Kollywood fans after her appearance as Superstar Rajinikanth’s wife in ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa Ranjith.  The intense actress impressed with her performance of a meek girl to a mother of a grown-up and especially her reunion scene with Rajini took the audience on an emotional ride.

Radhika is happily married to her British boyfriend Benedict Taylor who is a singer and she shuttles between Mumbai and London to balance her personal and professional life.

Radhika Apte in her most recent interaction with Vikranth Massey on social media from London has admitted that she does not believe in the institution of marriage.  When asked why she got married the talented performer replied that it is easier for married people to get a British visa and that’s why she and her man opted for it in 2012.

Radhika is currently chilling with Taylor in their London home during the lockdown and will soon start filming her next English film ‘Noor Inayat Khan’ in which she plays a spy based on a true story.

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Jacqueline Fernandez shares picture of her being in ‘happy place’

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Actor Jacqueline Fernandez is working on a secret project where she found herself in a ‘happy place’. Taking it to Instagram on Sunday, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture dressed up like a traffic police officer as she is seen laughing her heart out.

“How was everyone’s Sunday?? Fun project coming up soon! #myhappyplace,” wrote Fernandez along with a picture where she is also seen holding a coffee mug. The ‘Kick’ actor also shared a few Instagram stories of her getting ready for the upcoming project.

Recently, the actor extended gratitude to her fans after the number of Instagram followers hit the 46 million mark.

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Why an ‘active’ approach to risk modelling is key to navigating markets today

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Whether investors are aiming for a cautious approach or a riskier investment profile with the potential for higher returns, Architas’ Blended Fund range is designed to match a range of investor risk appetites. And like many asset managers, Architas predominantly uses two approaches to define asset allocation within the five risk bands used in the Blended Range – strategic and tactical.

Whilst risk model provider EValue’s quantitative approach to asset allocation takes into account the long-term performance of different asset classes and the likely future performance given current valuations, along with long-term measures of volatility and correlations with other asset classes. Yet as with most systems of its kinds, EValue focuses on the long term; it is unable to analyse short-term market movements and fluctuations. So whilst it would have seen that in Q1 2020 markets fell by a record percentage before rebounding, it will not be able to factor in the cost of the coronavirus and lockdown and its impact on markets. Similarly, it is not able to consider ongoing Brexit woes, geo-political trade wars or the outcome of the US election in 2020.

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