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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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DIY Bathroom Repairs Everyone Should Know

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They say “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but if something is stuck or clogged, one should be on the know-how. Reaching almost a year since quarantine began, people have been spending longer than average locked inside their homes. With this, homes may have experienced more wear and tear than usual, especially bathrooms.

It can be frustrating to feel helpless when dealing with something as tedious as a leaky faucet, a broken toilet, or a clogged drain. Considering this, small do-it-yourself remedies may be resourceful. 

That began said, if challenges are too drastic, larger renovations may be in order. If that is the case, consider commercial bathroom renovations instead. 

For the meantime, these are some nice and easy-to-do remedies than can offer your bathroom a quick fix. 

Uncloging a Bathroom Drain

When taking a shower or washing your hands, having water rise from the drain is the least you would want. Slow bathroom drains are often caused by a build-up of soap-scum and hair. Many resort to using chemical drain cleansers to remedy this; however, these products carry toxic chemicals and can be ineffective at times. 

Instead, use a plastic hair snake. This product resembles a long zip-tie which can bend inside pipes to snag the accumulated gunk.

To begin, remove the drain stopper before inserting the wand. This will require unscrewing and disconnecting the stopper’s horizontal and vertical rods. After doing this, you may finally insert the snake. Once the cleaning process begins, beware: it’ll get gross. As a tip, try to girate or make sweeping motions with the snake in order to grab as much gunk as possible. 

Fixing a Broken Toilet

Dealing with a broken toilet can be a common issue. 

If the toilet won’t flush, check inside the it’s tank. To do so, remove the toilet’s rectangular lid; the lid can be found behind the toilet seat. Look for the chain which connects the flush lever to the plug at the bottom of the tank; the plug is also known as the flapper. If a toilet isn’t flushing, the likeliest answer is that the chain is disconnected from the lever. To resolve this, simply reattach the chain. 

Meanwhile, if water keeps on filling your toilet, it most likely means your toilet is flushing by itself. This isn’t good as it is wasteful. The likeliest reason would be that the toilet has a leaky flapper. To fix this, turn off the water valve from behind/ underneath your toilet. Flush your toilet until emptied. Check the flapper’s size and purchase another flapper. Brands do not matter as long as they match in size. Replace the old flapper with a new one, and voila! 

Replacing a Leaky Faucet

Fixing a leaky faucet often requires replacing the parts inside the handles. To do so, first turn off the hot and cold water valves. Doing this will help prevent any unwanted water geysers from jumping out of the faucet or handles. 

Once you’ve turned off the water valves, check if water is still trickling down. If so, rather than replacing the handles, this means your faucet is in need of a plumber. If it isn’t leaking, you may proceed. 

Pry off the handles and loosen the screws underneath. Once both items are removed, remove the top with an adjustable wrench and pull out all the parts. The best tip is to use needle nose pliers to do this. Head to a home improvement store and ask for help in searching for new replacements. To reassemble, repeat the steps in reverse and test the faucet.

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The 8 Best Christmas Movies to Watch with Your Family

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Christmas is the perfect time of year to get together with family and friends and spend as much time as possible with them, but it’s also a time to curl up on the couch and watch those Christmas movies we’ve seen a thousand times. Don’t know which one to choose, though? To inspire you over the next few days, we’ve created a top 8 Christmas movies list to watch with your loved ones during the incoming Christmas holidays. You can easily find them all online in platforms such as movie 4k, Netflix, Hulu or HBO.

Love Actually

One of the most romantic movies of recent times is also one of the most adorable Christmas films, so why not watch or the billionth time? In this movie, director Richard Curtis mixes 10 small love stories that at the beginning do not seem to have anywhing in common, but end up intertwined at the end. Apparently, as he didn’t have them all developed enough to make their own movies, he just left them as optimistic pills. They are very different stories -some euphoric, others tender, others surprising- but all of them to make you grab the handkerchief and want to wish Merry Christmas to the first person you come across.

Serendipity

Some may think that this is one of the most cheesy films in the history of cinema, but there is no denying that the chemistry between Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack is enormous. Serendipity’ is related to chance and the possibility of two people meeting over time and that’s what happens to Jonathan and Sara. The two meet in a department store while looking at a pair of wool gloves; they will connect in such a way that they are going to have a drink and skate to Central Park. When that ‘casual date’ is over, doubts will arise: to exchange the phone or not? To reveal their true identity or not? Destiny will play a key role in them.

Elf

The film follows the story of an abandoned baby who manages to slip into Santa’s sack and ends up at the North Pole. There, he will become one of the elves who help Santa make toys all year round. However, as soon as he learns that he is human, he will go to New York to look for his father. It’s not a masterpiece, but it’s definitely hilarious.

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

A classic among Christmas movies starring 90’s TV stars such as Connie Sellecca, Corbin Bersnen and Cole and Dylan Sprouse. The film shows how little Justin sees his mother kissing Santa Claus -and doesn’t recognize his father in the costume-, and he beleives that his mother’s affair is the prelude to their parents divorce, so he tries to keep Santa far away from the house with his bad behavior.

While you were sleeping

A classic romantic comedy that tells how Lucy, a subway ticket vendor, is in love with a man that she sees every morning catching a train. One day, he accidentlly falls on the track; she rescues him and, for some reason, she ends up pretending to be his girlfriend to his whole family. Everyone receives her with much affection except the brother of the victim, who did not buy her story.

Bridget Jones

A good dose of Bridget Jones never hurts anyone, not even at Christmas, and especially if you choose the first movie of the saga -since the second one wasn’t as good and the third and last wasn’t successful at all. Renée Zellwegger brings to life the most clumsy journalist in history who struggles between two men: Daniel Cleaver or Mark Darcy, an old friend of her family who seems a dull, boring guy, but also charming and caring.

Home Alone

Just in case you missed the huge cultural phenomenon that was John Hughes’ big Christmas movie, it needed to be on this list. Starring Macauly Culkin, it tells the story of a young boy who is forgotten at home when his family leaves to Paris to spend the holidays. While the parents try to come back for him, the boy ends up having to defend his home from thieves who are determined to celebrate their own Christmas party by robbing everything in the house.

It’s a wonderful life

Only a director as skilled as Frank Capra could turn a film about a suicidal man into a Christmas classic. Jimmy Stewart leads the cast as George Bailey, a guy who plans to end it all until an angel named Clarence shows him what his life (and that of all his neighbours in Bedford Falls) would be like without him. In a story taken directly from Dickens, it turns out that George has a much bigger impact than he thought.

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Try These Tips out to Simplify Your Everyday Life

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Everyday life naturally has a way of getting complicated, and spiralling out of control in one way or another.

Especially if you are an ambitious person and want to achieve the most you possibly can in your professional life, while also having a lively and uplifting personal life, it can be very difficult to avoid the experience of being drowned in excessive complexity from time to time.

The thing is, there are many downsides to excessive complexity in your everyday life, ranging from significantly increased stress levels, to a real difficulty with regards to being able to effectively juggle assorted projects and responsibilities.

Try these tips to simplify your everyday life.

Declutter your home and make sure everything has a place

A lot of excess complexity can sneak into your life via a cluttered home, where things just naturally feel overwhelming because of the fact that your mind and attention are constantly drawn to the chaotic nature of your living environment.

There are many different potential benefits to decluttering your home, but one of the key benefits that various home tidying gurus and productivity experts praise about the act of decluttering, is that it helps promote a state of mental tranquillity, focus, and an overall reduced sense of complexity.

So, do what you can to declutter your home and make sure that everything has a place. Contact e-waste recyclers, load bags of clothes to donate to charity shops, and do whatever else you need to do in order to begin simplifying your life and your mindset by simplifying your home environment.

Identify one or two big goals to work towards, and put the rest aside for later

Most of us have all sorts of different dreams, projects, and potential goals that we would hypothetically like to explore and devote our time and attention to, at some point or another over the course of our lives.

Unfortunately, however, trying to juggle too many goals at once is usually a recipe for stress and failure – not to mention a sense of overwhelming complexity, as we are constantly trying to figure out the best way to allocate our time and energy to the various projects we want to make headway on.

One of the best ways of simplifying your life and of focusing your energy, is to identify just one or two big goals to work towards at any given time, and put the rest aside for later.

Do your most important tasks at the start of each day

“Analysis paralysis” is a very real phenomenon, and it tends to occur when we have too many different options at our disposal, and have to try and figure out how best to juggle a variety of factors – such as where to fit in the different tasks and chores that we are committed to each day.

A great simplicity-boosting exercise here is to always do your most important task at the start of each day. That way, everything else is more or less a nice optional extra, and stress decreases dramatically.

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