The Best Fan Films (You can See for Free!)

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There a few things that I love above all others:

1. Free Things

2. Avatar the Last Airbender

3. Good Art

Now, while none of the following have combined all three satsifyingly (one day…), they’ve done a pretty good job of being free good art. So, open youtube in your browser and enjoy:

TOP FIVE FAN FILMS YOU CAN WATCH RIGHT NOW

5. THE OMEN CHRONICLES-HARRY POTTER UNIVERSE

Run Time: 13 minutes

Watch if: You like Harry Potter, Fantasy, Fun Special Effects

What It’s About: We bring the Harry Potter universe over to America with the reveal of a new magical item that the good guys want to hide and the bad guys want to use for mysterious purposes. Harry is directly involved in the plot, but his omission does not subtract from this fun film. What makes this worth the watch? Two reasons. One: American wizards and witches! Two: I think they did great things with their special effects on a presumably low budget. With an ominous tone, magical fights and a cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more, this one’s good for fans or non-fans alike.

4. BATMAN PUPPET MASTER

Run Time: 15:18

Watch if: You like Batman, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Crime Shows

What It’s About: This Batman tale takes place in between the Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises. Instead of having the focus  mainly on Batman, we focus on a new enemy looking to make his mark in Gotham-and his plan to take down the Bat. Now, there are tons of Batman fan films out there. What makes this stand out are the costumes, 3 Batman villains (and unlike Batman and Robin, this works!) and its commitment to the Dark Knight universe. There a few fun twists in this film too, so if you like crime thrillers, this one’s for you.

3. TRUTH IN JOURNALISM

Run Time: 17:08

Watch If: You like Spiderman, Venom, Mockumentaries

What It’s About: This tale completely omits Spider-man to focus on Eddie Brock, a discredited news reporter. We follow him around as he tries to redeem himself to a French camera crew and regain his former reputation. There is a lot to love in this story. The actor who plays Eddie Brock is full of charisma and is exciting to watch. The film is shot entirely in black and white “film”, giving it a unique lens. And let’s say the last scene is something that would satisfy any Venom fan. Whether you’re on your toes waiting for the next Spiderman film to be announced or like original ideas and concepts, this film is a must-see.

2. CROFT

Run Time: 19:57

Watch if: You like Tomb Raider, Strong Female Leads, Action Scenes

What It’s About: A group is held hostage on an island by a group of mercenaries. All hope seems lost…until a lone woman decides to fight back. Right away, let me tell you that the action scenes are excellent. You can tell that a lot of care was put into the choreography. The acting is fantastic, the settings make you feel like you’re in the game and the pacing of the story is perfect. And beyond all that, there is a great twist that you have to watch to truly appreciate. Whether you like strong female leads or you’re a fan of Lara Croft, this is a must-see.

1. PUNISHER: DIRTY LAUNDRY

Run Time: 10:15

Watch if: You like Punisher, Daredevil, Or Really Good Films

What It’s About: The Punisher is doing his laundry.

Seriously. Oh, in typical punisher fashion, there happens to be a gang terrorizing some people nearby and the Punisher has to decide whether to intervene or let it be. This film almost lost out to Croft, but it had three major points in the corner:

1. It’s got the original actor who played Frank Castle: Thomas Jane, and a guest starring role from Ron freakin’ Perlman. (Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy)

2. The tone is absolutely perfect. It almost feels as if you’re watching a deleted scene from the first move.

3. The length is perfect for a quick watch with friends. And out of any others on this list, it feels like a completed story.

Enjoy these free fan films! If you’ve seen any great ones lately, let me know! I’d love to add more to my free collection.

Binge Watch Weekend

In this new feature, I suggest a show to binge watch and give you six reasons to do so. This week:

AGENT CARTER

1. It’s MARVEL

That means high production quality, a deep plot and quirky humor right away.

2.  FEMALE LEAD

Fortunately, it is getting less rare for a show to have a strong female lead. But work still needs to be done. Until then, Hayley Atwell is a strong, powerful, female lead that overcomes amazing odds-and kicks ass

3. SET IN THE 40’s

Come on, that’s just cool.

4. EIGHT EPISODES

That is an easy, easy watch. You’ll still have time for dinner and drinks later.

5. AMAZING SUPPORTING CAST

i would’ve  Laughed in your face if you told me chad Michael Murray and Shea whigham would be amazing together before this series. Now, I’m shaking your hand.

6. IT IS (PROBABLY) GETTING A SEASON 2

so the goodness does not end!

Enjoy your Agent Carter weekend!

Five More Powerful Music Videos You May Have Missed

A couple of nights ago, there was a little award show on called the Grammy’s.

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All that music and magic got me thinking: I owe you guys a sequel. A sequel to the Five Most Powerful Music Videos you may have missed. This time around, I’m highlighting artists who have consistently produced emotional and effective videos. So don’t just stop at the one, I suggest you check out all their videos! Also this time around: they’re all ladies.  If you would like to see the original, you can go right over here:

Without further ado, here are:

FIVE MORE POWERFUL MUSIC VIDEOS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

5. Whitney Houston- I Have Nothing

Even with the problems she encountered later in life, there’s no denying Whitney Houston’s talent. She’s had plenty of hit singles, lasting songs and great music videos. So how do you choose just one? You start at the top, the pinnacle of her talent…and then watch all the other ones. Seriously, she’s amazing.

I have to go with I Have Nothing. Yes, this is one of those movie+music video tie-ins. But it has two things going for it.

  1. The Bodyguard was a great movie
  2. The performance is amazing.

The power comes mostly from the song. Her performance is so honest, so simple, and yet so elegant. Once you watch the movie, the effect doubles. It’s like whipped cream on chocolate milk. Not necessary to enjoy the final product, but oh man, it’s so much sweeter. So if you haven’t caught this one yet, go do it. And then watch every other Whitney video.

4. Adele-Chasing Pavements

Adele is another one of those artists that can just sit there and sing and have an amazing music video. So when she adds  a compelling story, it makes it even better. Before Adele became the standard for every radio station, she had a little hit called Chasing Pavements.  The song lends itself to a pretty straightforward interpretation. Luckily for us, Adele takes it that one step forward.

In the video, we follow a couple that has been involved in a car crash: and that’s just the beginning.  The couple dances, fights and eventually reconciles, despite their untimely demise. This video shows that love is everlasting, even if it’s not perfect. And as Adele observes from a  distance, you also get a sense that she truly appreciates her own relationship, despite its own problems. This video (besides having amazing choreography) reminds us to stop and really take stock in what we have, despite obstacles. And again, AMAZING CHOREOGRAPHY.

3. Rihanna- We Found Love (Unfaithful, Take A Bow)

Now we get to the point where artists have made it hard to choose one video. Rihanna is this artist…haha, like you don’t know who she is. Although she doesn’t always go for edgy and powerful videos, when she does, they leave an impression. Again, there are many to choose here. But let’s go recent with “We Found Love.”

In this video, Rihanna takes us through a relationship that is equal parts full of love and full of destructive behavior.  The couple seems to be hopelessly addicted to “the drug of love” and to each other. By the end, Rihanna hasn’t fully recovered, but is seen huddled in a corner (presumably from withdrawal). The video is bold on a couple of levels. First off, it’s a strong allusion to Rihanna’s personal life and struggles with her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. An artist confronting her demons in front of her fans, particularly ones that others may share, is bold on its on. Secondly, it does not have a happy ending.

The rhythm, lyrics and beat could have easily made this song into a happy-go-lucky video. But like the other artists, Rihanna took the extra step and it paid off big.

2. Mary J Blidge- Whole Damn Year  (No More Drama, Stronger, Each Tear)

If you’ve never listened to Mary J., you now know what you’re missing in your life. She has a powerful voice and always gives her all on the track. You  may have even seen her with a certain Sam Smith (who nearly made the first edition of this list). Mary J Blidge also knows how to make amazing music videos. She has  a few trademarks that you’ll see: black and white video, strong narratives and great ballads. Choosing one video was nearly impossible.  So again, I’ll go with the most recent.

“Whole Damn Year” is a montage of different people from every walk of life confronting their individual obstacles. It’s hard to identify what it doesn’t cover. There’s scenes involving child abuse, domestic violence and struggling with sexuality. Yes, it does get dark. But in the end, each person finds their light. They either accept what’s happened to them or are accepted by others.  It’s an encouraging message, especially to those who are still struggling today.

Not to mention, it’s a great song besides. Get a box of tissues ready and watch Whole Damn Year as soon as you can.

1. Pink-Who Knew, (Sober, Perfect, So many more!)

P!nk is our number one artist today. When I started this music video series, she was the first person to come to mind. Why? Because of the sheer volume of music videos with messages. For years, she’s sought to go beyond the usual rock star video to pieces of art and expression. I remember watching “Stupid Girls” when I was younger and thinking it was hilarious…but also getting the message of how girls are “expected” to behave in society. There was also “So What?” where she took her lyrics almost completely literally. (If you’re not familiar with the song, look at the lyrics and you’ll understand why)

P!nk excels at sending a message that is equal parts hilarious and thought-provoking. But she also knows how to present a straightforward dramatic story. P!nk has dabbled in both categories so well, I legitimately can’t pick a best one.

I’ll just go with one of my favorites.

“Who Knew” is a song about an experience that most of us have had. The feeling of being madly, hopefully, foolishly in love…only to have it fade away. Whether it was a crush or relationship, there’s that slight feeling of longing or sadness that accompanies those memories. The song alone captures that feeling, but the music video hits it out of the park. We watch a couple in an amusement park as they go through the ups and downs (see what I did there?) of their relationship. In the end, we see one of the lovers being taken away by an ambulance.  By the end, you can’t help but feel for both of them. They’ve lost so much.

Again, P!nk has so many impactful and influential videos. But when it comes down to it, my favorite will always be of that summer…I mean, that video.

I hope you enjoy these music videos! And remember…bring a tissue. Seriously .