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Mom and Dad (2018)



Genre : Horror-Comedy
Country : USA
Director: Brian Taylor

Nicolas Cage
Selma Blair
Anne Winters
Zackary Arthur


Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star in this pitch-black horror-comedy about a worldwide mass hysteria where, for 24 brutal hours, parents turn violently against their own children.


Nicolas Cage Hits Peak Nic Cage



When it comes to acting Nicolas Cage is an interesting case. Winning an Academy Award for his work in Leaving Las Vegas he has since gone on to develop an acting style unlike any other. Dubbed “Nouveau Shamanic” by Cage himself, it is a unique form of overacting that can make or break a film. It can either result in an unforgettable movie such as Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans or feel more like a parody of itself as seen in a number of direct-to-video fare. It takes a certain kind of director to harness Cage’s particular brand of acting. Thankfully for Mom and Dad, director Brian Taylor is more than up to the task.

One of the directors behind the Crank series and the Syfy show Happy! Taylor’s filmography has always had a distinct feel to it. More specifically he tends to push the boundaries and be as gratuitous as possible while still maintaining a fun, engaging story. His latest is no different and it makes for an enjoyable, if jarring, experience. On the one hand it gives audiences something new. Not only does Mom and Dad have children in peril but their safety isn’t guaranteed. It makes for a shocking, and enthralling movie to watch. That said this kind of carefree storytelling also effects the movie’s pacing. Exposition and flashbacks pop in abruptly effecting the flow of the movie. Despite these flaws it all makes for a frenetic, captivating movie. In other words, the perfect showcase for Nicolas Cage.

The big buzz around the trailer was the sheer amount of Crazy Cage and it doesn’t let audiences down. For most of the film audiences are treated to a wide-eyed Cage overacting as if his life depended on it. It’s the kind of exaggerated performance Nicolas Cage devotees eat up. That isn’t to say that’s all he does in Mom and Dad. Throughout the film we get flashbacks where Cage gets a chance to show off his acting chops. He does stellar work in these calmer dramatic moments without losing an undercurrent of rage. It’s a great performance from top to bottom and the ideal movie for Nic Cage to be his Nic Cagiest.


That isn’t to say he is the only good performance. As a whole the cast is great throughout. Selma Blair as the more levelheaded, put-upon wife Kendall and child star Zackary Arthur as their son Josh are excellent in their roles. Blair is particularly good before she gets infected, trying to figure out what is going on. But perhaps the best performance comes from Anne Winters. Best known for tween fair like Liz and Maddie, Winters puts in a heck of a performance as Carly Ryan. Starting as a typical rebellious teen she exudes a certain innocence that you want in your movie’s final girl. More importantly once things do start to go down her progression to the movie’s heroine feels natural. She always feels like a teen as opposed to becoming a full blown badass which is refreshing for a horror movie.

As mentioned before when it comes to his projects director Brian Taylor tends to take things to the extreme. Thankfully he brings this same sensibility to his first horror feature. While the idea of parents killing their kids in movies is still considered taboo Taylor dives headfirst into the concept. The parents shown in Mom and Dad are absolutely ruthless and will have you squirming throughout the movie. At the same time it never feels gratuitous either. Despite feeling like an older exploitation movie, it never goes all in with the gore. Instead it relies more on reactions and tension building which Taylor is surprisingly good at. Some scenes are downright chilling thanks to something as simple as a look. It’s a welcome change from the typically bombastic director.

If there is something the movie doesn’t do well it would be the comedy in the movie. For the most part the jokes about suburbia feel pretty standard. Things like the pervy yoga instructor or the housewife more concerned with being the “cool mom” are well worn territory. The delivery is fine it just isn’t particularly original though. Thankfully things do pick up when we focus more on the Ryan family. Mixing physical comedy with a more deadpan style it makes for a fun watch, particularly when Cage lets loose. Still the first 15 or so minutes can feel like Mean Girls leftovers. I can also see the way Taylor directs not being for everyone. The film’s style can be very frenetic and the way the flashbacks pop in and out of the story can be jarring for those that aren’t used to Taylor’s particular brand of film making.


Since the trailer dropped in late December, Mom and Dad has been touted as the pinnacle of crazy Nic Cage. And in all honesty, it probably is. The Academy Award-winning actor brings the same wild-eyed intensity he has become known for. But underneath that layer of Cage craziness is a pretty good cult movie. Even though the plot goes where you expect it to go and the humor can be hit-and-miss a stellar cast and a unique blend of tension building and gore make Mom and Dad the first great horror release of the year.


Rating 8/10
Links : IMDB



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Charlie Michael Baker: Journey of Autism, Social Media and Working with Kylie Jenner (EXCLUSIVE)



Charlie Michael Baker and Kylie Jenner

At just 17, Charlie Michael Baker is giving his all to change the world. Baker is a renowned author, entrepreneur, actor, and journalist and he is on a mission to help millions of people suffering from autism. Charlie Michael Baker previously told Costal House Media he raised over £400,000 to help people with autism. He faced many challenges since childhood but his determination and perseverance were the key to his success.

Baker is a Social Media sensation with over 1.2M followers on Instagram. Charlie Michael Baker is one of the many influencers being bullied on social media every day. He receives 300-500 rape and death threats daily!

Charlie Michael Baker

Charlie Michael Baker

We had the honor to connect with Charlie Michael Baker. You can read our conversation below.

Nikita Pahwa: Congratulations on launching your new book! What can you tell us about it?

Charlie Michael Baker: So my new book is about social media, specifically, the dangers of social media. All young kids now want to grow up and be ‘famous’ but don’t know the bad side of it all. I was one of those kids, I’d always wanted to be famous, it’s something I’d always dreamed of!

NP: How do you deal with death and rape threats?

CMB: The short answer is, I don’t, really. I stopped reading my DMs a few months back because of it all. I don’t deal with negativity and there’s too many trolls to block each and every one, so they all just get ignored.

Charlie Michael Baker Social Media and I

Charlie Michael Baker Social Media and I (Photo: @kaybeephotography2 on Instagram)

NP: What advice would you give to people in similar situations?

CMB: I’d say don’t listen to them, do what I do and just don’t read them. It’s better that way. What you don’t see can’t hurt you!

NP: If you could say one thing to people sending you threats, what would it be?

CMB: Without ruining my career *lol* I’d say just to be a bit kinder. If there’s something going on in your life that you’re not very happy with, ask someone for help. Speak to someone you trust rather than swaying to a life of being a keyboard warrior. It’s not nice!

NP: Is your new book related to Charlie Baker: Autism and Me?

CMB: It is! It will be written in the same – ish way BUT Charlie Michael Baker Social Media And I will be exclusively E – book sold on my website

NP: Are you currently working on a new venture with Kylie Jenner?

CMB: I am! We’re working with the same brand – glow beverages. We’re working alongside an NBA star too whose name I cannot remember for the life of me – oops lol.

Kylie Jenner and Charlie Michael Baker

Kylie Jenner and Charlie Michael Baker

NP: Are you planning to collaborate with more celebrities in the future?

CMB: I love working with celebrities. Mostly just to see what they’re like to be honest. Kylie is so nice though honestly I keep messaging her life updates!

NP: Last question, is it true that you’re working on the Charlie Baker: Autism and Me movie? Are we going to see it on the big screen?

CMB: Yes, it is! I’m filming something very very special this year with Creation Media 22 which should appear on Netflix and Prime Video which is so exciting! It will be my first time in front of an actual TV camera so it’s a bit different to daily vlogs!

You can get your Charlie Michael Baker Social Media And I E-copy on March, 1 for £0.01 (yes, a penny!). Get your Charlie Baker: Autism and Me copy on Amazon.

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EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Michael Baker, A 16-Year-Old CEO Changing the World of Autism and Anxiety



Charlie Michael Baker

Today, at the adolescent age of sixteen, Charlie Michael Baker is already set on his journey to help millions of people worldwide suffering from autism. Baker is more than just an influencer, CEO, and an accomplished author. After being diagnosed with autism Charlie has always tried to transform society and aware people of the difficulties one faces. From being bullied in school to collaborating with Kylie Jenner, Baker is the true definition of a champion as he continues to conquer everything against all odds!

We had the opportunity to connect with Charlie Michael Baker to understand his journey better. Read our conversation below.

At the mere age of 16 you’re helping kids and parents understand autism with your book Charlie Baker: Autism And Me, how do you think it’s creating an impact and helping people going through something similar as you did?

At just 16, it feels like I’ve accomplished so much in such a short amount of time and it’s so rewarding! My book, Charlie Baker: Autism And Me, has helped so many people which is such a rewarding thing to me. The whole reason I wrote my book was to help people and I even helped myself more than anything. Speaking up about what happened to me in school was such a relief for me because I felt like I had nobody to talk to when I was going through it.

Raising £350,000 for autism charities is praiseworthy, how do you plan to proceed further to help more autistic people worldwide?

So far, we’ve raised just over £400,000 ($485,000+, €458,000+). This is an unimaginable amount of money and has helped lots of people worldwide! I plan to continue to donate every cent of the proceeds to my book to charities helping people with autism forever!

Charlie Michael Baker

Charlie Michael Baker

How can other people help in your contribution?

Charlie: Purchasing my book, Charlie Baker: Autism And Me contributes to many charities globally helping autistic people who are not able to work due to their disability. Purchasing my book is a massive help to everyone currently struggling!

You suffered a lot, and even got suicidal at one point, how do you think the youth can protect themselves from situations like you faced?

Charlie: I was in a really dark place at that time… suicide crossed my mind a few times and it was so bad that I even had to lock myself into school toilets to get away from my bullies. My book was my only escape. I found myself in my writing and it’s honestly the most rewarding thing ever! If anyone is going through any sort of unkindness, tell someone that can help! Tell an adult, a friend, a family member. They can help so don’t be afraid to ask for it!

You once mentioned that you were physically assaulted and your teacher “did nothing about it”. Do you think your life would have been different if some action was taken?

Charlie: I was physically assaulted by another student at a school I was at and we were even right beside a teacher…. Not just any teacher, though, the head of safeguarding. The lead of the safeguarding team ignored what had just happened even though it was caught on camera. Many teachers have even bought my book and they were just as disgusted at this behaviour and have been very vocal about it! My book does circulate some school libraries in England which is such a rewarding feeling. Teachers and schooling staff know of my existence and I know some action is being taken off the back of people like me speaking out.

Charlie Michael Baker

Charlie Michael Baker

How do you feel about your bullies now?

Charlie: My bullies still message me to this day. Whether it’s asking me for money, or asking me to shout them out on Instagram… they are still around!

You once mentioned about having a job and working 9 to 5, what do you aim for your future?

Charlie: I work a 9-5 currently at a beauty company in Manchester, England and I love it there! I’ve always loved working and not just ‘sitting around and making money off of Instagram’ as some people may think that’s what we do, so I work full time! All money that I make through Instagram goes into a trust and is helping me build my future. I’m so thankful to every one of my followers, fans and even my not – so – friendly followers. Just remember, it’s nice to be nice!

Charlie Michael Baker

Charlie Michael Baker

Baker has been vocal about anxiety, ADHD, autism, and mental health problems. He continues to donate and help people in all ways he can. You can support his cause by getting a copy of his book Charlie Baker: Autism and Me.

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On Sale Today: The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai

The perfect tie-in for the fifth season of ‘Cobra Kai’ is here.



This feature was made possible by an advance copy from Harper Collins and Dey Street Books.

As the holiday season approaches and fans of the wildly-popular Cobra Kai have likely binged the show’s fifth season, a new addition has arrived that is a must-have for any true sensei. That would be The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai; a new book chronicling the history and making of the Netflix series.

Serving as the official companion to the series, The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai is filled with vibrant page-turning designs with complete character breakdowns, interviews (including an insightful chat with stunt coordinator Don Lee) and beautiful pictures from the show and behind-the-scenes.

For a complete synopsis of what to expect from the book, see the official one courtesy of Harper Collins below:

The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai is a celebration of the superfans — an essential companion to the show acting as a master sensei ready to guide readers through the karate-crazed San Fernando Valley. The legacy of The Karate Kid and Cobra Kai continues with never-before-seen photographs and illustrations as well as interviews with Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso), William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence), Martin Kove (John Kreese), Xolo Maridueña(Miguel Diaz), Mary Mouser (Samantha LaRusso), and MUCH MORE!
The show’s creators will give an unprecedented look inside the making of Cobra Kai: the writing, directing, and production of this beloved franchise that has grown from scrappy underdog to a global phenomenon. You will hear directly from the show’s crew, including our stunt team who will give you an exclusive behind the scenes look into fight choreography, journey through the Valley from the magical retreat of the Miyagi-do dojo to the humble strip mall that houses the Cobra Kai dojo with our set designers, and hear from our composers how the badass soundtrack for the show was conceived. And much more!

What better time than while you wait for the sixth season of the show to read through this incredible guide to all things Cobra Kai? Plus, what would your sensei likely suggest you do? Strike first and get your copy of The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai today.

Check out their official website for more information, including where to buy the book.

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