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The films you can’t miss in 2020

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If the year is over and you didn’t have time to watch the best movies left at the end of the decade, don’t worry. Thanks to streaming websites like movie4k you can access the best films at any time, to watch them for the first time or relive them. The year 2019 left some pretty strong titles, and for every movie lover, it’s a must to see them.

Globalization has had a substantial impact on filmmaking, and although markets outside of Hollywood are expanding, the academy had been quite adamant about segregation. However, these barriers have been breaking down. Both in terms of culture and topics to be dealt with on the big screen. So there is a great diversity in the most memorable films of the end of the decade.

El Hoyo

Released in November 2019, this Spanish horror film tells the story of a futuristic vertical prison and the lives of its prisoners, or rather, their survival. 

The central axis of the film revolves around resources, more specifically food, which is brought down through the prison floors. The point of conflict is found in the distribution of the cells, being vertical, the resources that reach the upper cells in one piece, reach the lower ones without anything, making the coexistence a struggle for survival and sanity. 

The horror genre is not known for its messages, but “El Hoyo” is a social critique of an ingenious and claustrophobic form. Making a difference in its genre and being excellently performed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia is a title that although not as popular, cannot be missed.

Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler surprised everyone with the Netflix production directed by Benny and Josh Safdie which, although released in 2020, is on the verge of a new decade. We return to an unusual genre to catalogued among the best films, the black comedy. Uncut Gems tells the story of a jeweller who, after making a bet, has to deal with a series of obstacles to obtain the desired gain. 

The premise alone does not seem impressive it seems to give rise to a comedy of errors, but nothing could be further from the truth. The film is schizoid, with an unstoppable pace that lets viewers experience the most vivid anxiety of the events that attack the protagonist. 

I lost my body

Animation cannot be missing, despite being a type of cinema finally relegated to “cinema for children” the reality is that within animation there are as many genres as in the cinema. In the French animation film, “I lost my body” directed by Jérémy Clapin, one of these cases is evident where animated cinema used to tell a story that goes beyond.

The film tells two stories, that of Naoufel, a young man with a rather miserable life who decides to change his way of living by falling in love and a hand that escapes looking for his body. The film takes place between these two stories and interwoven with memories that end up uniting the stories.

The premise may seem to be that of surrealist cinema, but when you watch the film the message is quite clear, but the curious narrative and symbolism make it one of the best of the year. 

The Irishman

Martin Scorsese’s return title must necessarily be on your list. Bringing together legends like Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci was a film that promised a lot, and it certainly delivered. A gangster film that delves into topics such as the relationship between organized crime and politics through high-level performances.

A film that is not only entertaining and interesting but also allows us to reflect on the passage of time as the protagonist narrates it many years after the events that take place in addition to the topics covered by organized crime and its operation.

Joker

The superhero genre is one of the most sought-after and has opened large franchises creating more comic book lovers. Still, after so many deliveries, nobody expected a film like “Joker”. Directed by Todd Phillips who makes this film an open tribute to the cinema of Scorsese and with the masterful performance of Joaquin Phoenix rewrite the history of the antagonist of Batman in a raw and real way.

The film touches on themes that are parallel to social reality, the inefficiency of public policies, social discontent, the marginality in which people with mental problems live with low resources, and social and political indifference. The film breaks with the limits that haunt superhero films and which Watchmen had not dared to cross, opening up new possibilities for the genre.

Parasite

We end the list with the best film of 2019, the Korean film by Boon Joon-ho that although it could be called “black comedy” the film jumps between genres as it advances and changes the branch of it. Parasite is a film that surprises and shocks the viewer because as it progresses, it completely transformed. 

The story revolves around the Kim family, a low-income family living in a poor, low-lying area of the city. When the eldest son Gi woo gets a job at the home of the prestigious Park family, the story of Kim’s struggle for social climbing begins and triggers all the events that end up revealing to the viewer who the parasites are.

The end of the decade left a large number of films entertaining, perfectly executed and above all, with many social themes. The cinema is a reflection of the times, and it is essential to watch movies that mark an era.

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Spend All Your Time Online? Hobbies That’ll Get You More Hands On

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If you find yourself always online, it’s best to turn off the computer or phone and find something else to do. However, that’s a lot easier said than done! But if you’ve got a hands-on hobby in your back pocket, you’ll always have something fun and practical to turn to when you get bored. 

Staring at a screen all day isn’t healthy for you, and it’s good to find real ways to rest your eyes and get outside a bit more. As such, here are some ideas regarding the kinds of hobbies that’ll help you find enjoyment in things other than what’s going on online.

Woodworking 

If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a carpenter, this is the first step on your journey to putting huge items of furniture together for your own home. Get a bit of wood, get a carving knife, and see how you can manipulate the material to make something interesting. Take precautions and protect your hands, but have fun at the same time. And while you’ve not got a woodworking shop yet, even just a small set of tools can help you whittle your way to new cutlery, decorative figurines, and incredibly personal birthday and anniversary presents. 

Building Models

Miniatures are a very popular hobby, and all thanks to the time and love we have to put into making them. And when you’re a fan of building your own models, you can move into other item builds, such as attaching 80 lower receiver jigs to a rifle project of your own. But to get started, all you need is a set of models to crack open, snip off, and glue together. Once you’re done with this, you can start painting them and even put together your own playing team. It’s not just a one step hobby you can then display in a cabinet – there’s a lot of nuance to explore. 

Gardening and Landscaping

Gardening is a totally free hobby to pick up if you’ve already got a garden. You can take cuttings from bushes, trees, and plants that you see out and about and then try to cultivate the same greenery in your own garden. Indeed, it’s a great way to blow off steam as well as get your hands dirty, which is something a screen just won’t allow! But if you prefer cutting back in the garden, you can try out landscaping instead, which will help you to design the outdoor space you’ve always wanted to relax in. 

Bake Your Own Bread

Baking is one of the best hands-on hobbies out there. Why? Because you get to eat something when you’re finished. And baking bread is quite the artform, so you’ll need to really brush up on your skills here. Plus, a freshly baked loaf every morning is always something to look forward to – it’s just the cleaning that’s annoying! 

If you’re always online, it’s time to break the habit! Get out and remind yourself there are other things to enjoy.

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Not Prioritizing Yourself Enough? Here’s How You Can Change It!

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In today’s society, there’s this push to promote self-care. While society five or maybe ten years ago would see the term “self-care” as something selfish, fortunately now, mental health has become a larger concern. While toxic positivity is being pushed out, and the whole “put yourself first” mantra is slowly beginning to reign supreme, there’s one question to ask. How exactly can one put themselves first? Also, how can these self-care changes even boost your well-being? These are some helpful ways to achieve that!

Understand Your Life Goals, Values, and Purpose

When it comes to putting yourself first, it’s important to begin by thinking of your life goals, your values, and what type of purpose you want in your life. While society once deemed people as “selfish” for even considering this, it’s your life, and you’re entitled to live your life the way you want it. Is one of your life goals to travel? Then that’s great! Keep aiming for it!

Identify Your Wants and Needs

Everyone has their own wants and needs, everyone does. What are yours? While it’s important to put other people’s wants and needs in front of your own (such as if you’re a parent), just keep in mind that you don’t have to do this all the time. So think about it, what are some small ways you can put your own wants and needs ahead without it jeopardizing anyone else. Maybe it can be something small such as getting more sleep, or maybe even something huge such as changing careers. It’s entirely up to you to decide.

Take Time to Get Your Headspace Right

A great way to get yourself into the right headspace is through the beauty of travel. This is actually one of the biggest ways that people are treating themselves and putting themselves first. Changing up your environment and your routine through the power of travel can be one of the very best ways to get yourself feeling recharged and just completely breaking away from what may be stressing you out. Whether you opt into a long vacation, weekend trip, or a day trip, just allow yourself the chance to breathe, take a break, and recharge.

Treat Yourself

There’s nothing wrong at all with treating yourself to things. Whether you’re wanting to gift yourself a nice car you shopped with through edmunds, a fun vacation, or anything else. There isn’t anything wrong with gifting things to yourself as long as you have the disposable income to do it and if it’s in moderation.

Opt-Out of Social Media That’s Not Good for You

Social media is a double-edged sword. It can be a great tool for connecting with people and staying in touch with friends and an extension of our personal brand. However, many people are finding that social media is not the best tool for their mental health and well-being. If possible, try to opt-out of social media if you feel it’s not good for you. And instead, try to spend more time in nature or offline activities like hanging out with family and friends.

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Building A Social Support System: An Essential Key To A Life Of Wellness

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Everybody needs somebody, even if you believe you thrive better as a lone wolf or prefer being antisocial. While having a support system around you will help you get through life, it also offers far-reaching health benefits. These include helping you deal with loneliness and even improving your chances to beat unhealthy addictions. A strong social system can also be very helpful when going through stressful times, battling chronic illnesses, etc. But how can you build a healthy social support system around you, and what does it entail? 

It’s important to first understand what a social support system is. It comprises friends, family, loved ones, and peers that you can call or rely on, especially in times of need to provide support, respect, and care. Having a support system around you can provide wisdom and guidance through tough times. It can also provide strength and hope with a generous supply of understanding and compassion.

Although research has shown that building a social support system can help you through the tough times, the last thing you want to do is try developing one only when you feel stressed and need assistance. Creating a social support system is something you should do when you’re not under stress or in need. This way, you don’t end up relying on the wrong people.

Start by making a list of those already in your life, including friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors. When you are done with this, go through your list and highlight or underline those who have been supportive in your life and how. Next, make it a point to contact these people to check on them and find out how they’re doing. However, it’s important to note that you can also include professionals in your support system. For instance, counselors, psychologists, teachers, coaches, and healthcare professionals who have assisted you in difficult times, whether in the classroom, the gym, or in treatment programs you’re undergoing or already went through. 

Creating a healthy social support system also requires you to identify the barriers that have prevented you from creating healthy and meaningful connections with people. For instance, are you antisocial? Are you dealing with depression, drug abuse, or alcohol addiction issues that make it impossible to keep loving people around you? Once you identify your roadblocks to healthy social connections, find ways of removing them. For example, if you’re addicted to drugs and alcohol, you can find help through inpatient treatment programs. 

Another great way to build a social support system is to explore and embrace shared interests. It is easier to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who understand your emotions and can empathize in ways that others may not. For example, parents of a child with special needs will find immense support from other parents who share the same or similar difficulties. A great way to build such connections is by joining groups, associations, or clubs that share your interests and ensuring that you maintain regular interaction with the members. 

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