Midnight Mass

Midnight Mass¬†is an American¬†supernatural¬†horror¬†streaming television¬†miniseries¬†created and directed by¬†Mike Flanagan¬†and starring¬†Zach Gilford,¬†Kate Siegel,¬†Hamish Linklater,¬†Samantha Sloyan,¬†Rahul Kohli,¬†Kristin Lehman, and¬†Henry Thomas. The plot centers on an isolated island community that experiences supernatural events after the arrival of a mysterious priest. A young man returns to his isolated hometown on Crockett Island, hoping to rebuild his life after serving four years in prison for killing someone in a drunk-driving incident. He arrives at the same time as a mysterious, charismatic young priest who begins to revitalise the town’s flagging faith. However, the community’s divisions are soon exacerbated by the priest’s deeds while mysterious events befall the small town.

Aliens (1986)

Aliens is a 1986 science fiction action film written and directed by James Cameron. It is the sequel to the 1979 science fiction horror film Alien, and the second film in the Alien franchise. Set in the far future, the film stars Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of an alien attack on her ship. When communications are lost with a human colony on the moon on which her crew first encountered the alien creatures, Ripley agrees to return to the site with a unit of Colonial Marines to investigate. Aliens features Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, and Carrie Henn in supporting roles.

Aliens is now considered to be among the greatest films of the 1980s, and among the best science fiction, action, and sequel films ever made, arguably equal to (or better than) Alien. The film is credited with expanding the franchise’s scope with additions to the series’ lore and factions such as the Colonial Marines. With its effect on popular culture and fan following, Aliens has inspired a variety of merchandise which includes video games, comic books, and toys. The film was followed by two sequels ‚Äď Alien 3 (1992) and Alien Resurrection (1997), neither of which were as successful, as well as the prequels,  Prometheus  (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017). A standalone film in the Alien series is in development as of 2022.

MomoMia – Pizza Hut’s Chicken Momo Pizza

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Once in a while even the big brands of fast food deliver a real winner. Pizza Hut India gave food lovers a lifetime of happiness as they will not have to choose between pizzas or momos, ever again. The brand launched India’s¬†first ever Momo Pizza¬†called¬†‘Momo Mia’,¬†an epic fusion of two beloved dishes offering the best of both worlds back in October of 2021. Pizza Hut’s signature, pan pizza has been topped with spicy schezwan sauce and has juicy street-style momos in its crust. You can choose between the veg or chicken options.

Momo Mia Pizza’s¬†vegetarian variant has a delightfully crunchy pan pizza base, with toppings of capsicum, onion and sweet corn, encircled by mouth-watering mixed vegetable & paneer momos. The non-vegetarian variant comes with capsicum, onion and schezwan chicken meatball toppings, with succulent chicken momos around the edges. Pizza Hut has created a unique sauce recipe for the¬†Momo Mia Pizza¬†with the much-loved flavours of spicy schezwan, which is generously spread on the base¬†along with 100% mozzarella cheese. Customers can also order a special spicy schezwan dipping sauce with the¬†Momo Mia Pizzas¬†at just Rs. 20 for an added burst of flavour.

Today is the only second time I am trying the Momomia pizza, chicken. I haven’t yet tried the veggie one. I had it once in October of last year and felt an inkling for it this evening,hence I ordered one. I really love the kick of the schezwan sauce on the pizza with the chicken balls and chicken filled momos. A big winner from Pizza Hut.

Old (2021)

Old is a 2021 American thriller film written, directed, and produced by M. Night Shyamalan. It is based on the French-language Swiss graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff,  Thomasin McKenzie, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Eliza Scanlen, Aaron Pierre, Embeth Davidtz, and Emun Elliott. The plot follows a group of people who find themselves aging rapidly on a secluded beach.

Shyamalan decided to adapt¬†Sandcastle¬†into a film after receiving it as a¬†Father’s Day¬†gift in 2017. The then-untitled project was announced in September 2019, with the filmmaker revealing a partnership with¬†Universal Pictures. The following year, filming took place in the Dominican Republic for three months, during the¬†COVID-19 pandemic, with cinematographer¬†Michael Gioulakis.¬†Old¬†premiered at¬†Jazz at Lincoln Center¬†in New York City on July 19, 2021, and was theatrically released in the United States on July 23. The film was a box office success, grossing $90 million worldwide against an $18 million budget while receiving polarized reviews from critics.

The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad¬†is a 2021 American¬†superhero film¬†based on the¬†DC Comics¬†team¬†Suicide Squad. Produced by¬†DC Films,¬†Atlas Entertainment, and¬†The Safran Company, and distributed by¬†Warner Bros. Pictures, it is a¬†standalone sequel¬†to¬†Suicide Squad¬†(2016) and the 10th film in the¬†DC Extended Universe¬†(DCEU). It was written and directed by¬†James Gunn¬†and stars an¬†ensemble cast¬†including¬†Margot Robbie,¬†Idris Elba,¬†John Cena,¬†Joel Kinnaman,¬†Sylvester Stallone,¬†Viola Davis,¬†David Dastmalchian,¬†Daniela Melchior,¬†Michael Rooker,¬†Jai Courtney,¬†Peter Capaldi,¬†Alice Braga, and¬†Pete Davidson. In the film, several convicts join a task force known as the “Suicide Squad” in exchange for lighter sentences. They are sent to the South American island nation of¬†Corto Maltese¬†to destroy all traces of the giant alien starfish¬†Starro the Conqueror¬†before it falls into the local government’s control.

The Suicide Squad¬†premiered theatrically in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2021. It was released in the United States on August 5, simultaneously in theaters and on the streaming service¬†HBO Max. The film received positive reviews from critics who praised Gunn’s script, direction, and visual style. Many found the film to be a significant improvement over its predecessor, and it became the most-streamed DCEU film on HBO Max. It was a box office disappointment and grossed just $168 million worldwide against a production budget of $185 million, which was attributed to factors such as the¬†COVID-19 pandemic, the film’s availability on HBO Max, and its relationship to the first¬†Suicide Squad.¬†Peacemaker, a spin-off television series starring Cena, debuted on HBO Max in January 2022. Two other spin-off series are in development for HBO Max.

Unthinkable (2010)

Unthinkable is a 2010 American thriller film directed by Gregor Jordan and starring Samuel L. Jackson,  Michael Sheen and Carrie-Anne Moss. It was released direct-to-video on June 14, 2010. The film is noteworthy for the controversy it generated around its subject matter, the torture of a man who threatens to detonate three nuclear bombs in three U.S. cities.

An American man and former Delta Force operator, Yusuf threatens to detonate three nuclear bombs in separate U.S. cities if his demands are not met. A special interrogator, “H” (Samuel L. Jackson), is brought in to force Yusuf to reveal the locations of the nuclear bombs; his methods don’t sit well with everyone as the cruelty shown is more than the rest of the team can adjust to.

Alien (1979)

Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Dan O’Bannon. Based on a story by O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett, it follows the crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo, who, after coming across a mysterious derelict spaceship on an undiscovered moon, find themselves up against an aggressive and deadly extraterrestrial set loose on the Nostromo. The film stars Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, and Yaphet Kotto. It was produced by Gordon Carroll, David Giler, and Walter Hill through their company Brandywine Productions, and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. Giler and Hill revised and made additions to the script; Shusett was executive producer. The Alien and its accompanying artifacts were designed by the Swiss artist H. R. Giger, while concept artists Ron Cobb and Chris Foss designed the more human settings.

It was met with mixed reviews on release but was a box-office success, winning the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, three Saturn Awards (Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction for Scott, and Best Supporting Actress for Cartwright), and a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. Critical reassessment since then has made Alien widely considered to be one of the greatest science fiction and horror films of all time. In 2002, Alien was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. In 2008, it was ranked by the American Film Institute as the seventh-best film in the science fiction genre, and as the 33rd-greatest film of all time by Empire.