Which is the streaming service that fans swear by after Netflix? It’s got to be Amazon Prime, right? With its array of brilliant original TV shows and an enviable growing collection of movies from all around the world, Amazon Prime is really giving Netflix a tough competition for the top spot among streaming platforms. Movies belonging to all the possible genres are readily available to stream on Amazon. Their collection is so enviable that at times it becomes very difficult to choose.
7. The Loft (2014)
This 2014 film by Erik Van Looy can be called an erotic whodunit. However, despite its rather interesting premise, ‘The Loft‘ ultimately fails to charm you by the end of it all. The story revolves around five friends who are all interested in extramarital affairs, and thus they buy a penthouse together to indulge in their illicit affairs without their wives coming to know about anything. Things go smoothly until one day the corpse of a woman is discovered in the house. The five guys are sure that one among them is the killer, and naturally, start suspecting each other. There are some steamy scenes in the movie, but the film in itself doesn’t have much to offer. It loses its coherence in trying to cram up the movie with unnecessary twists and turns.
6. The Last Seduction (1994)
5. The Apartment (1960)
Billy Wilder is one of the greatest visionaries to have ever stood behind a movie camera. Be it film noir or comedy, the master has left his indelible impact on both genres equally. ‘The Apartment’ starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine is undoubtedly one of his best works. Lemmon here plays the character of a man called C. C. “Bud” Baxter who rents out his apartment to his senior officers in order to gain easy promotions at work. The people who rent this apartment use it for spending some alone time with their mistresses, away from the prying eyes of their wives. Bud hardly realizes that this way of gaining easy access without putting in hard work will one day become his reason of great misery. The way Wilder stages each scene and keeps us thoroughly interested in the events of the movie is simply outstanding. Once you’re done watching the film, you tend to realize you were in the hands of a master of the cinematic art form.
4. Original Sin (2001)
Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie star in this 2001 erotic thriller directed by Michael Cristofer. Banderas plays the character of Luis Vargas, a rich Cuban, Luis Vargas, who has decided to marry a mail-order American bride. He had hardly expected the woman to turn out as hot as she does, and thus immediately falls head over heels in love with her as soon as she arrives. But we slowly come to understand that this woman, Julia (Jolie) is actually an imposter who’s playing along just to cheat on him and run away with his money with her actual lover. However, things take a turn for the worse when she ends up falling in love with Vargas. Despite sounding so interesting, the film turns out to be quite dull by the end, with the only saving grace being the magnetic performance by Jolie.
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3. The Graduate (1967)
The 1960s was one of the greatest decades of American cinema. From the “Movie Brats” coming into prominence to the old Hollywood studio system seeing a massive change, the 1960s was an era of revolution in the film business. To be considered one of the greatest films of the decade is no mean feat. Mike Nichols’ ‘The Graduate‘ is a film belonging to this category. The story of ‘The Graduate’ centres around a young man called Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) who has just returned home after earning his bachelor’s degree. His father’s law partner’s wife Mrs Robinson comes to Benjamin’s house one day and takes a fancy to him. She asks him to drive her home, and once there, she makes it clear that she wishes to have an affair with him. Meanwhile, Benjamin has invited more trouble by falling in love with her daughter. Great writing and performances have catapulted this film to a status few others have managed to achieve. Dustin Hoffman immediately became a sensation after its release.
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2. A Bittersweet Life (2005)
South Korean action movies have created a huge impact on the genre all over the world. With some amazing stories, performances, and well-choreographed fighting sequences, these films have managed to capture the interest of audiences all over the world. If you have not yet checked any of the South Korean flicks, this is your greatest opportunity to do so. ‘A Bittersweet Life’ tells the story of a mob enforcer, Kim Sun-woo, who has been instructed to kill his boss’ mistress when the woman is found to be cheating with another man. But Sun-woo falls into trouble as he takes a fancy towards the woman and refuses to carry out the order. The plot revolves around how he manages to save himself and the girl from the mob, which is now after them. The realistic fight scenes, and the brilliant performances of the actors in this film are truly commendable. The filmmaker applies a noir-ish style to the movie while keeping the South Korean aesthetics alive.
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1. American Beauty (1999)
‘American Beauty‘ deals with infidelity in very interesting ways. The central character, Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) does not exactly cheat on his wife but merely fantasizes about what it would be like to sleep with his daughter’s friend from school, Angela. His life is the epitome of a boring middle-class existence, and the young girl is the only thrill he has managed to find in years. However, on the other hand, Lester’s wife is shown to have a steamy extramarital affair with another man. The story never dwells on Lester’s wife much but is more about his fantasy and how far he takes it in his life. Kevin Spacey delivers one of the best performances of his career in this film and even walked away with the Academy Award for Best Actor. The movie is visually enriching and emotionally fulfilling – a rare combination to come by in general.
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