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Movie Recommendations For Today: September 15th, 2020

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Happy Tuesday, folks! As you may already know, every day, we put together a list of three movies that we think you’ll enjoy, and today is no different. The selections are based on reviews, personal viewing, and relevance. Some you may have seen already, and some may not be your cup of tea, but we hope that at least one of these catches your eye. Without any further ado, let’s get right into it.

1922 (2017)



 

The first film on our list is the 2017 horror-drama ‘1922.’ The plot reads:

A rancher conspires to murder his wife for financial gain and convinces his teenage son to participate.

Zak Hilditch directed the film, and it stars Thomas Jane, Neal McDonough, and Molly Parker.

Battle Royale (2000)



 

The next film on our list is the 2000 Japanese action-thriller ‘Battle Royale.’ The plot reads:

42 9th graders are sent to a deserted island. They are given a map, food, and various weapons. An explosive collar is fitted around their neck. If they break a rule, the collar explodes. Their mission: kill each other and be the last one standing. The last survivor is allowed to leave the island. If there is more than one survivor, the collars explode and kill them all.

Kinji Fukasaku directed the film, and it stars Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarō Yamamoto, and Takeshi Kitano.

The Photograph (2020)



 

The last film on our list is the 2020 romantic drama ‘The Photograph.’ The plot reads: 

When famed photographer Christina Eames dies unexpectedly, she leaves her estranged daughter, Mae, hurt, angry and full of questions. When Mae finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, she soon finds herself delving into her mother’s early life — an investigation that leads to an unexpected romance with a rising journalist.

Stella Meghie directed the film, and it stars Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield.

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Gambian local, 32, marries ’85-year-old Belgian woman who sends him €60K’

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A 32-year-old Gambian man marries a Belgian woman ’53 years his senior’ in tonight’s Channel 4 documentary Sex On The Beach, a programme that delves deep into sex tourism in the West African country.

Alka, a local man, has had a string of relationships with European tourists over the last 15 years, but has finally found his future wife in Francoise, 85.

Speaking to journalist Seyi Rhodes about his past relationships with international tourists, Alka insists some visitors are not good as they come to ‘f*** you and leave you and when they go they dump you’.

‘I am looking for a good relationship,’ he says. ‘It’s an opportunity.’

Alka then shared details about Francoise and told Seyi: ‘The one I have right now is more than 85-years-old. Of course, I do everything with her. It’s nice to be nice.’

He added that he has never once asked for money, but that she sent him €60K (£54K).

Alka and Francoise get married in Channel 4’s Sex On The Beach – despite the age gap (Picture: Channel 4)

When pressed on what he gives Francoise in return, he disclosed: ‘Happiness and sex.’

Speaking about their relationship, Francoise confessed that Alka makes her feel like a ‘newborn baby’ and that he’s given her a ‘second life’.

Seyi Rhodes.

Journalist Seyi Rhodes investigates the sex tourism of Gambia (Picture: Channel 4)

At the end of the programme, it is revealed that the pair are now married and that Alka had mistakenly added 17 years onto his partner.

As Seyi probed him on Francoise’s real age of 68, Alka insisted: ‘Maybe I forgot what I told you.

‘In Gambia, we don’t care about ages. It’s just a number you know, age is just a number.’

Sex On The Beach is an hour-long documentary which sees Seyi head to Gambia to investigate Gambia’s reputation as a destination for British sex tourists, looking at the truth behind the tabloid headlines.

He meets 58-year-old Michelle, who recently married a younger Gambian man, and her 60-year-old friend, who regularly visits on holiday for a bit of ‘fun’.

Sex On The Beach airs tonight at 10pm on Channel 4.

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Here’s What Convinced Karate Kid Star Ralph Macchio to Return for Cobra Kai

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Karate Kid sequel series, Cobra Kai, has been a huge hit for Netflix since becoming available a few weeks ago. Successfully building on the foundations of the beloved 80s movie while maintaining the same endearingly cheesy charm, returning star Ralph Macchio has revealed that it was the change in perspective that ultimately convinced him to revive Daniel-san.

“[Creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg] found an angle into the universe from a different perspective, and they wanted to dive into the gray areas of these characters. And that’s what the big hook was for me.”

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Set 34 years after the first The Karate Kid movie, Cobra Kai re-examines the narrative from Daniel’s rival, Johnny Lawrence’s point of view. Now a struggling alcoholic, Johnny decides to reopen the Cobra Kai karate dojo, leading to the rekindling of his old rivalry with Daniel LaRusso. The show has even looked back over the events of the first Karate Kid through Johnny’s eyes, and paints Daniel in a very different light to the squeaky-clean adolescent we all remember him being.

“Karate Kid was very ‘black and white,’ ‘good over evil,’ ‘Daniel-son good, Johnny Lawrence bad,’ ‘Miyagi good, Kreese bad.’ Cobra Kai, each episode, your allegiance may change on who you’re rooting for and why. Diving into those areas and always paying homage to the film, the nostalgia of what The Karate Kid has become in pop culture and cinema was super important, but no less important than making the story fresh for this generation. And that’s what these guys convinced me we could do.”

This examination of gray areas has led to a debate over who is truly the villain of the piece, with both Ralph Macchio and co-star and on-screen rival, William Zabka, both recently offering their two cents. “As far as the ultimate “who’s the bad, who’s the good guy,” I’m way too close to it to make that decision,” Zabka said. “So that really is up to the fans and the viewers and it’s individual to look at it.”

Macchio echoed the same pragmatic approach to the subject saying, “They both are, at times, the bad, and they’re both, at times, the guy you’re rooting for. And that’s why it’s awesome.” Thankfully, their on-screen counter parts are not as mature, with both believing they are the hero of their own story, and more than willing to throw down to prove it.

A third season of the popular series is now on the way, with the recent confirmation that it will not be delayed due to the ongoing global situation. Thankfully, the series was able to wrap production and get everything necessary finished before the entertainment industry was put on indefinite hiatus some months ago. Showrunner Josh Heald said, “Thankfully with season 3, we wrapped production before the end of 2019, and we wrapped post-production… I think there was a little bit of overlap.” He also noted that, “we finished our final mix, the last big piece of post-production in person.”

Cobra Kai sees the return of both Ralph Macchio as Daniel and William Zabka as Johnny. The series also stars Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni Decenzo, Vanessa Rubio, Peyton List, and Martin Kove. The series was created by Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald. Seasons 1 and 2 of Cobra Kai are now available on Netflix, with the third season due to land on the streaming service sometime in 2021. This comes to us from Vanity Fair’s official YouTube channel.

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‘Too Hot To Handle’ Star Harry Jowsey Spills On His Split From Francesca Farago, Justin Bieber Sliding Into His DMs

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Harry Jowsey is opening up about life post-“Too Hot To Handle”.

The Australia native, 23, stopped by the “Hollywood Raw” podcast with co-hosts Dax Holt and Adam Glyn and spilled on his breakup with Francesca Farago and how Justin Bieber slid into his DMs.

“We have each other both blocked on everything,” Jowsey revealed. “So we broke up the first time and I wrote her this love letter. I was so sad, I was so heartbroken. I even bought her this rose gold cuff that had coordinates on it from where we met.”

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Jowsey and Farago met on set of the hit Netflix reality series. They later got engaged before breaking up for good.

“The only time we saw each other was one time in a whole year, and that’s when we decided we still loved each other and we wanted to give it another go,” he added. “It was weird… I was like once she moves to L.A. we’ll try it fresh and build it from the ground up and get those feelings back and move forward. BUT it wasn’t received that well and it went pear-shaped and now we just have each other blocked on everything.”

When asked about his DMs, Jowsey said Bieber was the “craziest person” to slide in.

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“He DM’d me and was like what’s your number because he watched the show,” he explained. “I think he saw a lot of similarities between myself and him… He’s the nicest guy I’ve ever met, he’s so sweet, he’s so warm and welcoming. Honestly, I kinda freaked out and cried. I was like there’s no f**king way this guy knows I’m a human and exist.”

What’s next for Jowsey? “I would f**king love to be ‘The Bachelor’.”

“Too Hot To Handle” is streaming now on Netflix.



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