Thursday, February 22, 2024


Wealth of Geeks Helps Film Lovers Size Up Spring Cinema

Wealth of Geeks, an information hub for financial, tech and lifestyle guides and reviews, is giving film lovers the lowdown on the newest releases in theatres this spring. Their recent article by Richard Chachowski highlights the most anticipated films of the season along with current showings leaving theatres soon and popular re-releases to look out for.  


The article serves as a user-friendly manual, offering a succinct overview of each movie, accompanied by a brief evaluation and insights into its critical reception. Additionally, it includes Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb ratings, allowing readers to make well-informed choices and schedule their upcoming cinema outings.


If there’s a theme that dominates their list of new releases, it’s action. First on their list is Shazam! Fury of the Gods, the latest offering from DCEU starring Zachary Levi and Asher Angel. Fans of Marvel can then get a rundown of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly.  


The article also features 65, a new sci-fi film starring Adam Driver and Ariana Greenblatt that Chachowski calls “equal parts Planet of the Apes as it is Jurassic Park” and states that the film “punctuates its exciting action with some added horror elements.” Scream VI, the new release from the Scream franchise, is also featured in the article and offers spring theatre-goers another horror-action option. 


Other films included in the new release section of the Wealth of Geeks article include the comedy-horror Cocaine Bear, the new dramatic comedy Moving On starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda along with two sports films, Creed III and Champions. The psychosocial thriller Inside starring William Dafoe also made the list. 


Subsequently, the article alerts readers about movies that are expected to depart from theatres shortly. This roster encompasses a diverse array of film genres, spanning from action-comedy to horror to biographical drama.


First on their list of notable movies is Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, the latest action comedy from Guy Ritchie starring Jason Statham, Aubrey Plaza, Josh Hartnett and Hugh Grant. Magic Mike’s Last Dance starring Channing Tatum and Salma Hayek is also featured along with Jesus Revolution starring Kelsey Grammer and Jonathan Roumie, both films drawing lukewarm reviews from critics. 


Other notable films on the list include M. Night Shyamalan’s Knock at the Cabin, a mystery-horror that Chachowski calls “one of Shyamalan’s better films in the grand scheme of his career.” Also featured is the sports comedy 80 for Brady starring Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Sally Field and Rita Moreno, and the British biographical drama Emily, which offers a portrait of writer Emily Bronte. 


Check out the full article on Wealth of Geeks to see which films are heating up in theatres and which ones are soon making their departure. 


‘How the 1970s shaped the Hollywood movie blockbuster’, according to Alpha1Media

By its Founder and Writer-Producer, Talal Malik, Global media and entertainment firm Alpha1Media launched the exclusive new industry opinion-editorial on ‘How the 1970s shaped the Hollywood blockbuster movie’, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of ‘The Godfather’ winning the Best Picture Oscar on March 27, 1973.
With eight out of the top 10 highest-grossing films at the global box office in 2022 being special effects-driven franchise sequels or superhero movies, the first Hollywood movie to dominate the box office as a blockbuster was actually ‘The Godfather’, writes Talal Malik in the exclusive op-ed on
“‘The Godfather’ was a drama film based on the relationships between people and the choices they make, made on a tight budget with a young director with no special effects, and yet became the first Hollywood blockbuster,” said Talal Malik at the launch of the op-ed.
“But if the truth be told, the Marvel, DC and Hollywood franchise films of today actually owe their box office dominance to the foundational performance of that film, and what it kickstarted, which also raises the question – and a challenge – of whether films like ‘The Godfather’ and influential successors can once again dominate the global box office.”
As a writer-producer with Alpha1Media, Talal Malik’s work and thought leadership has been recognised by some of the most influential people in the global film industry, and his latest article not only charts the lineage of the Hollywood blockbuster, but addresses the on-going controversy about franchise dominance at the box office and what can be done, as he terms, to achieve “a rebalancing.”
Alpha1Media Founder and Writer-Producer Talal Malik, as an official participant at the 75th Festival de Cannes, proposed that 2022 was to become the Year of Cinema’s Next Quantum Leap, and so published his exclusive milestone perspective on the future of global cinema on May 23, 2022, in prestigious British newspaper, ‘The Independent’(Premium Section), expanded exclusively on as ‘Cinema’s Next Quantum Leap’, and also published in Arabic in Fortune Magazine (US) and also in Mandarin, while ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ had its Official Selection Screening in Cannes on May 18, 2022.
With the immediate subsequent worldwide release of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’  ,this became true, with Tom Cruise’s first film in his career to exceed $100 million at the domestic U.S. box office, and exceeding $1 billion at the global box office, becoming the No. 1 on the A1Film Top 10 Films 2022 and the A1Film Best Picture Winner 2022, while James Cameron’s ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ became 2022’s highest grossing film within less than a month of its release and into 2023, also winning the A1Film Best Director Winner 2022 and No. 2 on the A1Film Top 10 Films 2022.

Some of the most influential people in the Hollywood movie industry and global popular culture are cited and discussed in the article, including Albert Ruddy, Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Rober De Niro, Talia Shire, Sylvester Stallone, Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler, Carl Weathers, Muhammad Ali, Thayer David, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, John Romita Sr., Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, Nicholas Hammond, Frank D. Gilroy, Dan Gilroy, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Ilya Salkind, Christopher Reeve, James Cameron, Tom Cruise, Joseph Zito, Christopher Nolan, Tom Shone, Orson Welles, Mario Kassar, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Michael Jordan.

In addition in 2022, Alpha1Media Founder Talal Malik as a Writer-Producer was also an official participant at the Berlinale – The 72nd Berlin International Film Festival in Germany where the company’s blockbuster film project was featured on the use of artificial intelligence (A.I.) on February 11, 2022 and was then featured as a key speaker on a panel discussion in Lausanne, Switzerland,  on ‘Financing movies with the help of A.I.’
Alpha1Media on January 4, 2023, launched the A1Film Preview 2023, its acclaimed annual list of the top most-anticipated films from around the world which cinema audiences can look forward to watching in 2023, with many great filmmakers and actors returning with films at critical points in their careers.
Alpha1Media on December 30, 2022, launched its A1Film Awards 2022, celebrating the best of cinema in 2022, based on the A1Film Top 10 Best Movies 2022, launched on December 28, 2022.
Alpha1Media (Media. ENHANCED) is a global media and entertainment firm. Alpha1Media produces and advises onmedia creation using 10×10 types of media including phone, print, TV, radio,  billboard, computer, cinema and futuristicmedia based on scale, motion and holograms.
In the film sector, Alpha1Media focuses on film development, production, financing and cultural advisory services. Itcurrently has six film projects in development with production value estimated at over USD $500 million.

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