For those of you who have a Paramount+ subscription and are unaware of the best content to check out, are pondering the idea of possibly becoming a new member, or would simply like to look at some releases to see if the streaming network is even worth the price, you have all come to the right place.
With streaming more than 580 movies and 450 television shows, both a combination of original and re-released content, Paramount+ has a pretty solid palette to choose from. It might not be as massive of a collection as Netflix has, with its more 15,000 titles and constant release of great new original Netflix movies, but the draw in Paramount+ is its ability to put out original programing along with its existing blockbusters (from the vast archives of Paramount Pictures), eliminating the need for a string of third party distribution content.
What’s important to understand is the distinct difference between the Paramount network and Paramount+. Although the two are housed under the same name and corporate umbrella, while offering overall access to many of the same content features, the key difference is based in Paramount being a traditional cable channel requiring a live TV subscription, whereas Paramount+ is predominately a streaming service. Let’s look into some of the best movies currently available on the streaming service.
The ’94 drama The Crow opens with musician Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and his fiancée as the two are violently murdered by a local street gang, the night before they were supposed to marry. On the eve of their untimely death, Eric rises from the grave and sets out to murder the group who is responsible, killing all in his path as Eric searches for the head gangster in charge, Top Dollar (Michael Wincott), to complete his beyond-the-grave mission in one of the best revenge movies ever made. The tragic on-set death of Brandon Lee prevented the sequels from achieving anything like the gothic beauty of the first installment, but a Crow reboot is back on.
The Michael Bay action movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldier of Benghazi depicts the series of events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2012, when a group of Islamic militants attacked the U.S. Consulate in Libya, killing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and Sean Smith, an officer for the Foreign Service. As the attack intensifies, six former soldiers assigned to protected city diplomats fight to save the lives of Americans who are trapped in the carnage. The action scenes are solid (almost as much as John Krasinski’s chiseled body in preparation for the film), and the plot of 13 Hours is intense, evoking extreme emotion.
Suffering from what appears to be schizophrenia (at first glance that is), Evan McCauley (Mark Wahlberg) is plagued with memories he’s never experienced. As he comes to realize the events in his most recent life are from never ending cycles of reincarnation, McCauley reconnects with his former group of reborn individuals to put an end to the evil figure who deeply wants possession of an object that McCauley has been hiding for decades. After watching Infinite, you will 100% question what you just watched, along with your sense of reality, thanks to this unique Antoine Fuqua movie.
The epic American comedy from 1961, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, is based on the novel by Truman Capote and tells the story of a young woman (Audrey Hepburn) who lives in an ultra elite New York City apartment building. Working as an escort, while also in pursuit of a rich, older man to marry, she meets a young guy who has recently moved into her building. Though she is absolutely interested in him, her past encounters threaten their developing relationship. Mostly famous for its visual aesthetics, the beautiful fashions and personal backstories of each character embodies New York and its overall atmosphere, creating one of the most romantic movies from the ’60s.
Whenever the fate of human existence is ever tested, you can always count on Matthew McConaughey to save mankind (at least in movies). As the future of earth becomes unsuitable to live in, NASA experts work diligently for a resolution in Interstellar. With the possibility of transporting earth’s existing population into new tunnels via space, NASA physicist Professor Brand (Michael Caine) sends in a former NASA pilot, Cooper (one of the best Matthew McConaughey movie performances), along with a team of expert researchers, to travel through the wormhole (two black holes that connect distant regions of space-time), in order to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new base.
With best friends like these, there would absolutely be no need for reoccurring spats or arguments, and why would there be when the both of you are helping others (aside from the fact that it’s all illegal). The premise of Queenpins surrounds suburban housewife Connie Kaminski (Kristen Bell) and her friend (and neighbor) Jojo Johnson (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), as the two cultivate an illegal scam that takes from multimillion-dollar corporations, and in turn, delivers a substantial amount of deals to numerous coupon clippers. The film is totally a cross between the iconic Girls Trip and Thelma & Louise, with a little Robin Hood mixed in.
Everything The Wolf Of Wall Street Doesn't Tell You About The True Story
Jordan Belfort bought a yacht and named it after his second wife. In the film, the boat is named Naomi after the character played by Margot Robbie, but in real life the boat was called the Nadine. True to the film, Belfort insisted his boat’s captain take the yacht into choppy waters, where the boat happened upon powerful but unpredictable mistrals, leading to the Nadine sinking into the Mediterranean Sea in an event known as Mayday In The Med. Belfort, his guests and crew, were rescued by the Italian coast guard.
What the film doesn’t tell you is that Belfort’s yacht had an interesting past. Belfort’s vintage yacht once belonged to none other than the famous French fashion designer Coco Chanel. Chanel is known for her outspoken nature and is associated with quite a few fiercely female quotes. Chanel is quoted as saying, “As soon as you set foot on a yacht, you belong to some man, not to yourself, and you die of boredom.” Rather than avoid luxury yachts all together, Chanel made the boss move of buying her own in 1961, naming her the Matilda (per Boss Hunting).
As bizarre as this interlude of the film was, it actually happened, with one major difference. In an interview with The Room Live, Belfort explained how the group waiting to be rescued had to push the helicopter off of the boat to make room for a rescue team to lower down onto the yacht. In the film, the waves knock the helicopter off of the yacht. Belfort also explains that although his private jet also crashed, it was 10 days after the yacht sunk, not at the same time, as it was depicted in the film for dramatic effect.
Star Wars: Why Peace Can Never Be Attained in the Galaxy
A genuine state of peace is accompanied by tranquility. Anyone who experiences peace is free from pain or suffering of any nature. Peace is often viewed as the opposite of war and can be experienced on two levels. One can experience both internal and external peace when a conflict is resolved without the need to resort to violence. A solution practice, peace is a foundation of humanity that brings people and their inhabited communities together. Some cultural practices and traditions strive to achieve peace and welcome the idea of its effects on both body and mind. Inner peace offers a sense of clarity to daily life. It enhances a sense of calm and strengthens focus. On a global scale, there has been an outcry for world peace since the early documentations of human history. Time has proven that the idea of reaching a consistent state of peace on an international level has presented unique challenges due to the ongoing clash between national and international leaders. Circumstances of extreme suffering or conflict can be taken as a stark reminder of why peace across the world is a necessity.
Star Wars creator George Lucas once said, “It’s like poetry, sort of. They rhyme. Every stanza kind of rhymes with the last one. Hopefully, it’ll work,” when presenting the parallels between his Original Trilogy and the Prequel Trilogy to an executive production team. In a way, the poetry that exists in the Star Wars movies can extend to the real world — our world — that was so instrumental to its creation: much like how our world cannot yet attain peace, neither can a galaxy far, far away. There have been, of course, moments peppered throughout the franchise during which the galaxy was able to breathe a sigh of relief and revel in peaceful times. However, moments of peace are continually disrupted by the spark of conflict and the commencement of war. The quest for serenity across the stars remains ongoing, sparking hope that it will one day return again. Naturally, Star Wars, as the name suggests, is built on a foundation of conflict and struggle, which is ultimately why peace can never be attained in the galaxy.
In order to achieve peace, there must be an absence of civil unrest. Star Wars has not known a moment of quiet since its earliest Legends onwards, and just as the franchise was founded on real-world issues, it will continue to feed on conflict. Rebellions, after all, are built on hope. Without the rebellions that have caused magnitudes of change across the galaxy, there would not be strides made towards addressing issues that threaten to overrule the underprivileged communities of different planets. Time and again, socio-political disturbance has established itself as an immortal piece of Star Wars history that show no signs of finding its end. Whether it’s the Jedi versus the Sith Lords or the rebels versus the Empire, there will always be two sides fighting against each other.
Periods of turmoil that have resulted in wars have pillaged communities throughout time, costing the destruction of nations and planets that cannot be undone. Societies cannot find themselves seeing eye-to-eye with legislative restrictions in order to successfully co-exist. The Imperial Army of the Galactic Empire refused to release its oppressive grip over those who called out for their freedom. Pushback from rebellion forces is a direct answer to their unrelenting, unforgiving hunger for control. Because of the unremitting attitudes, beliefs, and ethics of the major associations that loop themselves in endless contention, the galaxy strays away from finding the peace it seeks.
The concept of peace is not always a unanimous thought. Per Cinema Blend, there is no one simple definition of peace in Star Wars; each culture, creed, and religion has solidified its own idea of what peace consists of. To the Jedi, peace may present itself as being one with the Force. Their pacifism and their connection to rich spirituality bind their envisioned serenity directly to religious connotations. Jedi were firm in their beliefs that their quest for peace was the only way, though their mission did not fully resonate with every single being that inhabited the cosmos. They were missionaries, in a way, whose objectives didn’t always appeal to those who host opposing views and were unsure of the Jedi were to be the established peacekeepers. In fact, many Star Wars properties have explored the idea that Jedi were actually villains in the lives of many across the galaxy. Their tenacious intention to share the Way of the Force across the galaxy can, in this way, be to blame for the constant counter-productivity of securing it.
Those who do not find themselves in the ranks of prominent organizations that participate in the crossfire of ongoing frictions are seemingly forgotten from the equation of galactic goodwill. Star Wars has made note that suffering has a strong thematic pull over its narrative structure. For others, the concept of peace was not as intense as finding enlightenment. It could be viewed as liberation or freedom from injustice. It does not have to be a grand feat that sweeps across the galaxy, but is such a personal feeling that even the end of the smallest suffering can be deemed to be peaceful. The franchise has sampled what peace may look like throughout its waves of history that ebb and flow throughout it. Just as the “wave” of peace may reach the “shore,” it is jerked back into the sea of disharmony.
For peace to be possible, there must be a galaxy-wide shared desire to bring it to fruition. The Star Wars universe is so infinitely diverse that in order to see even the slightest sliver of galactic peace, all sectors of every planet must be satisfied. Religious affiliations and societal customs across a variety of intensely unique backgrounds must find themselves in harmony for peace to fully manifest. Galaxy-wide reconciliation would require the dismissal of all rivalries and forms of hatred. The concept of releasing grievances in exchange for benefiting humanity was not a possibility for those who did not feel a natural need to do so. Those who are laden with greed and self-interest must set aside their desires and want to view change in the galaxy.
Star Wars knows that there is the possibility of redeeming the fates of even its most unforgivable villains, and yet chooses to plunge itself into the uncharted waters of moral discord. The Sith had no desire to sacrifice their power for peace. Their insatiable lust for power is an immediate threat to self-reformation. While the Jedi press on with their own crusade for peace, they were too blinded by defeating the Sith in order to consider that changing their ways could benefit the greater good of the galaxy. They had a want for self-reformation from their own point of view. Peace across the galaxy must apply to all the galaxy, not just major allegiances that will benefit from peace being sought out for themselves.