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20 Mind-Bending Movies On Netflix

Black Mirror

Some shows portray dystopian futures with zombies, artificial intelligence gaining sentience, and intergalactic travel. Black Mirror just needs a smartphone to show you how damning the future could be, how society could end up too reliant on technology to the point where we lose what makes us human in the first place. In many regards, that is already happening.

In this anthology series — these are standalone episodes, meaning you can watch in any order — the future could be either one of these:

A mother who, so keen on protecting her daughter, monitors her every move using a highly advanced tablet hooked up wirelessly to the child’s brain; a reclusive programmer so bitter about not getting recognition from his colleagues at work he creates digital clones out of their DNA and takes them to Star Trek-like hijinks across a made-up world where he reigns supreme; a society in which people can record everything they see and play it back on command.

Obviously, what these episodes have in common is their bleak portrayals of the future — but what makes them truly terrifying is that they’re grounded in psychological fears that feel authentic, concerns very urgent in this day and age where most of our intimacies occur facing a screen. Whis is all to say Black Mirror’s portraits of dystopia seem only a few steps away from our real present.

The show is intelligent, thought-provoking, and comically sinister, a modern-day Twilight Zone. It takes on a prescient voice without in any way sounding preachy or didactic. It is, after all, called “Black Mirror,” which could be referring to us seeing dark and twisted reflections of ourselves in trying times.

Creator: Charlie Brooker – Screenplay: Various – Cast: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel – Run Time: Various

19 Best Love Stories On Netflix That Aren’t Rom-Coms

Lust Stories

Lust Stories, a Netflix original film, peels away the luster of Bollywood to open the table for discussions pervasive Indian culture typically shy away from. At the center is lust, and the show is concerned, mainly, on how that emotion makes ruthless, unreasonable, and imperfect animals out of us. More especially, how lust can interfere with the emotional aspects of our sex lives.

The anthology film is made of four parts, all from prominent Indian directors, namely Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, and Karan Johar. Between them are discussions of sex, attraction, and, of course, lust — topics that you won’t normally hear aloud in modern-day India.

Each story centers on a stigma: One centers on a relationship between a teacher and a student; one is a relationship between two people who belong in different social classes; another follows an adulterous marriage; and to complete the four is a story that explores sexual satisfaction.

None of these stories are told quite as neatly as we’d like, but that’s the nature of love, sex, and even lust. They’re messy, torrid affairs that more often than not end in dissatisfaction, if not guilt or shame. Even still, Lust Stories is richly layered and multi-dimensional, offering a nuanced, eye-opening take on pressing matters shared often only in whispers.

Directors: Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap – Screenplay:Cast: Radhika Apte, Bhumi Pednekar, Manisha Koirala – Run Time: 2h

The 15 Best Historical Documentaries On Netflix

Hard times make you want to look away. These days, political turmoil is the norm. Hate speech seems like it’s part of the vernacular. And people debate diversity rather than celebrate it. We seem to be living in a dystopia. Right now, even acknowledging that there’s turmoil is a Herculean undertaking.

That’s why information is key. Below, you’ll find historical documentaries that demonstrate human folly. They also discuss fragility of peace. Most importantly, they show how easy it is to lose touch with others over perceived differences.

Yes, they show the tolls of war, demonstrate the importance of liberation, or dig deep in search of personal closure. But they also illustrate perseverance, resilience, and a desire for connection. They keep us from looking away, and we need them now more than ever.

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1She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry documents the onslaught of second-wave feminism in America during the ’60s. Also, more generally, when the plight of women’s cries for liberation began.

Mary Dore, the director, is no stranger to stories of struggle. In 1984, she released her documentary The Good Fight, about the a crew of fascism fighters called the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

Decades later, she wipes her lenses and puts the focus on women and their harried persistence on claiming agency.

We’re at a time where even the legitimacy of factual news is contested, where history is disagreed with by rewriting it haphazardly.

Dore reminds everyone what happened that time by deconstructing the phenomenon into a series of archival footage, documents, anecdotes, and talking heads. The result is a less romanticized version of that storied fight in favor of a more a visceral account.

Sad to say that She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry remain an urgent documentary to this day. Women in many parts of the world are still fighting for equal rights, equal pay, and protection from harassment, to name just a few.

Director: Mary Dore – Cast: Alta, Chaude Pamela Allen, Judith Arcana, Nona Willis Aronowitz, Fran Beal, Heather Booth – Subject/Topic: Feminism, Liberation, Gender Politics – Release Date: 2014 – Run Time: 1h 27m

2Five Came Back

Five Came Back

This mini-documentary series explores the stories of five Hollywood filmmakers who enlisted in the armed forces to document the Second World War.

Adapted from Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by journalist Mark Harris, the series focuses on U.S. directors John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens and their frontline war work.

Their artistic comes into careful but rigorous analysis with the help of modern directors. Paul Greengrass, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, and Lawrence Kasdan pick apart and put them back together again.

As much as it’s a deft, delicate portrait of war, Five Came Back is also a meditation on the role of art as evidence in very trying times. It draws on over 100 hours of archival footage and studies the impact and legacies of the all the directors’ work.

Director: Laurent Bouzereau – Cast: Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass, Lawrence Kasdan, Steven Spielberg – Subject/Topic: Second World War, Art, Cinema – Release Date: 2017 – Run Time: Varies

3Wormwood

Wormwood

One of documentary veteran Errol Morris’ first Netflix projects, Wormwood is a six-part docu-drama series centered on Frank Olson, a scientist who may have unwittingly joined a controversial program called Project MKUltra.

Project MKUltra was a secret government biological warfare project. It’s hard to get into this subject without writing a thousand paragraphs on it, but for word count reasons, let’s just call it the CIA mind control program.

Olson died under mysterious circumstances in 1953. It was suicide, the people up there said. But posthumous investigations have raised suspicions of a coverup of an alleged murder.

Much of Wormwood focuses on Eric Olson, the son of Frank, who aims to find out what really happened to his father.

Ultimately, Wormwood is about the fragility of facts, even if we perceive them to be true. Morris says, “What Wormwood tries to do is tell a story about how we know what we know and how reliable is that knowledge.”

Director: Errol Morris – Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker, Christian Camargo, Scott Shepherd, Tim Blake Nelson, Jimmi Simpson, Bob Balaban, Michael Chernus – Subject/Topic: Government, Psychology, Mind Control – Release Date: 2017 – Run Time: 4h 1m

4The Civil War

The Civil War

The Civil War might be the documentary of documentaries, and also one of, if not the finest anti-war documentaries ever made.

Released in 1990, The Civil War pulls the curtains off Virginia’s tumultuous history and reveals horrors of human doing. Bloodshed and the perishment of innocence are the themes it focuses on.

A deeply poignant miniseries, The Civil War plays out with staccato-like verve. It’s at once delicate, somber, and unapologetic about the romanticism it tries to denounce. So much so that Burns has often been criticized for pushing the “Lost Cause” sentimentality too aggressively.

But Burns is unwavering in his conviction. Instead of playing coy about the murderous spree of that era, he instills its horrors sharply. The War, indeed, was fought over slavery. And the South almost burned the entire country down for that racial hierarchy to remain.

Director: Ken Burns – Cast: Sam Waterston, Jason Robards, Julie Harris, Morgan Freeman, Garrison Keillor, Arthur Miller, George Plimpton – Subject/Topic: American Civil WarRelease Date: 1990  – Run Time: 11h 30m

5Paris Is Burning

Paris Is Burning

Paris Is Burning takes us to the world of drag balls: Harlem in the mid-to-late 1980s. This historical documentary, deemed one of the most invaluable pieces of evidence in drag ball culture, chronicles the lives of African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities at the time.

New York City then was very different from what it is now. You can walk down the streets of Harlem today in stilts and no one will bat an eye. But it was a different case then. They needed “houses” as a way to form and foster marginalized LGBTQ communities.

Jennie Livingston offers a harrowing, sensitive, and unflinching portrait of New York when it was not quite New York still. Race, class, and gender intersect in this authentic portrait of oppression. But ultimately, it is a celebration of identity and culture.

Director: Jennie Livingston – Cast: Dorian Corey, Pepper LaBeija, Venus Xtravaganza, Octavia St. Laurent, Willi Ninja, Angie Xtravaganza, Sol Pendavis, Freddie Pendavis, Junior Labeija, Paris Dupree – Subject/Topic: Drag Culture, LGBTQ, Gender Politics – Release Date: 1990 – Run Time: 1h 18m

6Raiders of the Lost Art

Raiders of the Lost Art

Discover the history behind some of the most iconic art heists in history. From the too-crazy-to-be-true episodes of the Monuments Men to the hunt of the missing Fabergé eggs.

Each episode of this docu-series illustrates how these heists went down. Some are downright ridiculous. Some, however, are pretty impressive. Through re-enactment, rare archival documents, and expert commentary, we find out how crummy thieves looted these priceless treasures.

Even the story of how the Mona Lisa got stolen is the focus of one episode. Yes, Da Vinci’s most famous work was once kidnapped. And though it’s hanging safely at The Louvre now, the same can’t be said of many other stolen works featured in this series.

Director: Cal Seville, Daniel Kontur – Cast: Various – Subject/Topic: Art, Art History, Heists – Release Date: 2014 – Present – Run Time: Varies

713th

13th

Ava DuVernay, who directed the Oscar-nominated film Selma, follows up her seminal film with 13th, the bulk of which explores racial tensions in America.

Tracing back to the Emancipation era, the film makes a compelling yet hardly-startling case on racial oppression in the stateside. It presents ways that institutional bias has created systemic inequalities that lead black men and women to receive heavier criminal sentences than any other groups.

13th refers to the country’s 13th Amendment, which freed slaves and prohibited slavery. The film takes a critical look at how slavery runs rampant still in America long after the amendment was passed.

Director: Ava DuVernay – Cast: Various – Subject/Topic: Racial Bias, Racism, Slavery, Black Lives Matter – Release Date: 2016 – Run Time: 1h 40m

8Karl Marx City

Karl Marx City

Part cinema, part personal history, Karl Marx City sees filmmaker Petra Epperlein reach deep within to find the truth about her late father’s suicide.

Chances are you weren’t in East Germany during the height of the Stasi and don’t really have a firm grasp on the atrocities on privacy the GDR secret police committed.

Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker go deeper than some films about the Stasi plight, taking care to illustrate the period as accurately as possible. They unravel the Stasi authoritarianism in all its bleakness.

Politics and personal history converge in Karl Marx City. The film’s most striking achievement is how it carefully inserts Epperlein’s own story as a way to examine the broader fabric of Germany’s paranoia period.

Director: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker – Cast: Christa Epperlein, Petra Epperlein, Uwe Epperlein – Subject/Topic: Karl Marx, Personal History – Release Date: 2016 – Run Time: 1h 29m

9Let It Fall

Let It Fall

America in the 1980s. A time of electronic music, disco, and fanny packs. But also rampant racism. Oppression. Marginalization. A country of vibrant music, colorful clothing, and cheesy TV sitcoms. But also a country divided over growing racial tensions.

Let It Fall takes a closer look at the building aggressions between African Americans and the Los Angeles police department during the ‘80s up to the early ‘90s. Recounting various events that led up to the Los Angeles riots, the film explores vile symptoms of America’s crumbling racial politics.

Through archival footage and firsthand accounts, it analyzes many facets that triggered this harrowing period in American civil rights history. The death of James Mincey Jr. The 1984 Summer Olympics. America’s growing crack problem. The beating of Rodney King. It puts civil unrest front and center and asks you not to flinch. The people lost in bloodshed didn’t have a chance to.

Director: John Ridley – Cast: Tim Goldman, Damian ‘Football’ Williams, Henry Keith Watson – Subject/Topic: Racism, Black Lives Matter, Civil Rights – Release Date: 2017 – Run Time: 2h

10Last Days In Vietnam

Last Days In Vietnam

It’s often said that the final days of the Vietnam War were the period’s most morose segment. Yes, in 1973, the then-president of America, Richard Nixon, commanded the exit of U.S. troops from Vietnam.

But the North Vietnamese Army nevertheless resumed its march toward Saigon. American soldiers and diplomats then had to ask themselves whether to obey White House orders or stay and help those in imminent danger.

In the thick of it, an unlikely band of heroes emerged as Americans and South Vietnamese took matters into their own hands.

Last Days in Vietnam is aware of the moral burdens of war. But it also leaves space to explore a hint of humanity in the midst of terrible tragedy and looming danger. Faced with a terrible moral question, would you defy orders in favor of autonomously doing what you think is right?

Director: Rory Kennedy – Cast: Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Stuart Herrington – Subject/Topic: Vietnam War – Release Date: 2014 – Run Time: 1h 38m

11The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line

The second Errol Morris in this list, The Thin Blue Line is documentary about one midnight.

In 1976, in chilly November, Dallas police officers Robert Wood and Teresa Turko performed a routine traffic stop for a car driving without headlights. When Wood approached the vehicle, the driver shot him five times and sped off, leaving Wood’s lifeless body on the ground and Turko firing helplessly.

Turko hard trouble recounting details of the incident. So, a total of 50 investigators worked on the few clues available. There wasn’t a single witness, to make matters worse.

Then, on Dec. 21, less than a month later, authorities seized Randall Dale Adams, a 28-year-old itinerant laborer from Ohio. He said he was innocent. But the jury still declared him guilty. The judge put him on death row.

Then Morris made this documentary and proved Adams’ innocence.

Director: Errol Morris – Cast: Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose – Subject/Topic: Criminal Justice System – Release Date: 1988 – Run Time: 1h 41m

12Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi, released in 2011, is kind of the proto-Chef’s Table. It’s a film that makes mouth-watering food also things of visual splendor.

The film is a profile of Jiro Ono. He’s the beloved and renowned owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a sushi restaurant with Michelin stars under its belt. Here you’ll find jaw-dropping yet weirdly zen-inducing shots of food. Director David Gelb knows how to film food in a way that it’s rendered like love poems onscreen.

But Gelb is interested in more things than just sliced raw fish. Beyond a painstaking documentation of the practice of preparing sushi, the film serves at the same time an ode to family. Gelb also films, with delicate sensitivity, the interesting dynamics behind this little sushi empire.

Ultimately, and above all else, it’s a film about the merits tireless passion. And also the toils required for its upkeep.

Director: David Gelb – Cast: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto – Subject/Topic: Food, Family, Japan – Release Date: 2011 – Run Time: 1h 21m

13Icarus

Icarus

Director Bryan Fogel set out to make a film about performance-enhancing drugs. But things don’t always go the way you want them to. Though he originally aimed to illustrate a broad portrait of doping in sports, Fogel went off the rails.

And thank god he did, because now we have this fleshed out documentary that digs deeper than doping. When Fogel encountered the Russian doping scandal from the Sochi Olympics, he suddenly thrust himself into a complex whirlwind of international sports fraught with under-the-table political shenanigans.

Icarus is an eye-opening account of how far some people will go to win. How expendable dignity is in the relentless desire for honor. How ultimately valueless the people who make the sports are to the sporting world.

Director: Bryan Fogel – Cast: Thomas Bach, Sebastian Coe, Bryan Fogel – Subject/Topic: Sports, Doping, Geographical Politics – Release Date: 2017 – Run Time: 2h

14Tickled

Tickled

Much like Icarus, Tickled was also one thing before it germinated into a far more compelling film that goes beyond its origins.

David Farrier, a pop culture writer from New Zealand, thought he hit gold when he stumbled upon the bizarre world of endurance tickling. It’s a sport in which the participants, with their hands and feet tied down, endures tickling for as long as they can.

But when Farrier tried to contact the organizers for an interview, he was met with severe and unexpected disdain. But it didn’t unnerve him. In fact, Farrier grew more curious about the sudden defensiveness initiated by his very polite inquiry and decided to press on.

What followed was a sequence of events far, far stranger than fiction. Seriously, the less you know about Tickled, the better the experience will be.

Director: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve – Cast: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, Marko Realmonte – Subject/Topic: Toxic Masculinity, Online Bullying, Conspiracies – Release Date: 2016 – Run Time: 1h 32m

15Shirkers

Shirkers

Closing this is a little gem of a film called Shirkers. Full disclosure: this isn’t what you’d call a typical documentary. It involves much more personal fare, but is better for it. Sandi Tan recounts a vivid but fleeting account of her childhood.

In it, she hunts lost footage that she and a bunch of friends made when they were kids, which mysteriously disappeared.

Shirkers pokes an open wound with gentle hands. It strives for past memories not to recollect them, but to reconstruct them and bring closure to the present. It is at times mournful, elegiac, but never drenching in its own sentimentality.

Shirkers shows ephemeral memories as fragile as physical objects that get lost without a trace. But rather than grieve, it contemplates, broods, then tries to make do with what’s lost.

Director: Sandi Tan – Cast: Sandi Tan, Jasmine Kin Kia Ng, Philip Cheah – Subject/Topic: Childhood, Personal History – Release Date: 2018 – Run Time: 1h 37m

Best 13 Korean Movies On Netflix

Pandora (2016)

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Disaster films are nothing new. Most revolve around natural causes such as earthquakes, tidal waves, floods, or hurricanes. Rarely are there based on manmade disasters, although this is what Pandora tackles.

This film uses an earthquake to jumpstart a horrific tragedy involving an explosion of a nuclear power plant. The event takes place in a small Korean town where work at the plant seems to be the main livelihood.

The story follows Jae-Hyeok (Kim Nam-Gil), his sister-in-law (Moon Jeong-Hee), his mother (Kim Young-Ae) and his nephew (Bae Gang-Yoo) as they fight to stay alive amid the chaos and panic that ensues.

Prior to the catastrophe, an employee (Jung Jin-Young) tries to warn the government about the conditions at the plant and expresses his fears of a disaster. His warnings were unheard. Only when the explosion causes a national meltdown in the form of a deadly cloud of radiation that the government starts to act.

This film puts humanity front and center as tears, cries, and screams fill the screen amid the panic. We also see acts of selflessness from a few brave workers who return to the plant in order to prevent further national cataclysm.

Director: Park Jung-woo – Screenplay: Park Jung-woo – Cast: Kim Nam-Gil, Kim Joo-Hyun, Jung Jin-Young, Kim Young-Ae, Moon Jeong-Hee, Kim Dae-Myung, Kang Shin-Il, Yoo Seung-Mok, Lee Kyoung-Young Baek Do-bin, Choi Seung-Hoon, Bae Gang-Yoo –  Run Time: 2h 16m

Best 12 Portable Monitors

BEST PORTABLE MONITORS

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With a 15.6-inch IPS display, full high definition 1080p resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a lightweight and slim design, the Asus MB169B+ Portable Monitor is an excellent choice to kick of our reviews of the best portable monitors.

This is a mid-range portable monitor with regards to cost compared to the others on our list and we have to say that this price fits just about right. You’re getting a well-known brand in Asus and a portable USB monitor that not only looks stylish but also gives you stunning detail clarity. This is due to the 160°/160° viewing angles it provides, a contrast ratio of 700:1, and a 25ms response time.

We adore the lightweight design of the MB169B+ and you can tell that there has been a heavy focus of making it as portable as possible. It weighs just 1.76lbs is amazingly thin at just 8.5mm. This sleek design is topped off with a smart looking metallic finish that will leave your friends and colleagues drooling.

It’s powered by USB cable which is also where the video signal will come from which means you’ll essentially need just one cable to get the monitor up and running. USB is the only option that you’ll have for video input too as there are simply no other ports on this monitor – that said, this was probably done so that it could be this thin.

All in all, this is a fantastic portable monitor which is probably best used for work rather than gaming although it will perform more than well enough with the latter. It’s just that there are other portable monitors out there right now that are a better fit for you gamers out there.

Pros

  • check3-Year warranty
  • checkAuto-rotating feature
  • checkSleek & Slender

Cons

  • cross-altNo HDMI input

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  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size 15.6”
  • HDMI No
  • USB Yes
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GeChic might not be a name that many of you are familiar with but you’d be surprised at the reputation that this Taiwanese company has built up because of its range of quality portable monitors. The GeChic 1303i is basically everything that the Asus MB169B+ is not. Obviously, they are both designed with different focuses in mind with this one being about functionality rather than portability.

It is thicker but still thin at 10.4mm, is heavier but still light at 2lbs but offers far more in terms of ports and features. It’s still powered by USB but the video input signal can come either from USB, HDMI, MiniDisplay, or VGA. This gives you a lot more options in terms of the devices that you can connect it to other than that of a laptop.

It’s compatible with all laptops and desktop computers that run Windows, Linux, or MacOS while it’s also compatible to run on games consoles and smartphones too. Where this really differs from the previous portable external monitor is that it has a slightly smaller screen size of 13.3 inches but is also portable touch screen monitor. This means that just like a tablet or smartphone, you’ll be able to use touch mechanics as one form of input.

The above is probably one of the main reasons why this is the most expensive portable HDMI monitor on our list. That said, the reviews that the 1303i has combined with its excellent functionality and the wide range of devices it’s compatible with, really does make it well worth that price. You’ll not even need to worry about installing drivers as the 1303i is fully plug & play.

Pros

  • check10-Point multi-touch touchscreen
  • checkCompatible with many devices
  • checkPlug & play

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  • cross-altBit pricey

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  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size 13.3”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
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From one end of the price scale with the GeChic 1303i being our ‘Premium Choice’ comes our ‘Budget Choice’ in the AOC e1659Fwu 16-Inch Portable Computer Monitor. AOC has been making a bit of a name for themselves by bringing good quality monitors and portable monitors into the market that are of very good value and this is yet another in their range that follows suit.

Of course, for that price, you should not be expecting anything groundbreaking and should just accept that this is a good budget choice if you’re somebody that travels a lot that would be able to take advantage of being able to hook up a second monitor to a laptop that’s powered by Windows or Mac.

For the money, you’ll be getting a resolution of 1366 x 768 on a lightweight & streamlined portable monitor that weighs just 2.4 pounds and measures 22.86mm in thickness. The screen size is decent at 15.6 “ and the panel used is the cost-effective Twisted Nematic otherwise known as TM, which is found in many portable monitors.

One nice surprise is that it uses USB 3.0 which is not something that is common in a monitor that’s usually found in this price range. This will ensure that the monitor is able to get all of its power from the device that it’s connected to as well as it’s signal. Just one cable is needed which really aids the portability of the monitor as you can imagine.

While the AOC e1659Fwu might not come with the bells and whistles of some of the more premium models, it serves its primary purpose more than adequately and is covered by a solid three-year warranty.

Pros

  • checkPowered by USB 3.0
  • checkStreamlined design
  • checkVery affordable

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  • cross-altColors a little inaccurate

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  • Resolution 1366 x 768
  • Screen size 15.6in
  • HDMI No
  • USB Yes
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If you’re like us, you’ll really admire the sleek, slender, and fantastically designed portable USB monitors that Asus are renowned for. They have a strong focus on the portable aspects of their monitors as you would have seen from our first monitor on this list and with this ZenScreen MB16AC 15.6” HD Portable Monitor, it’s seen at an even greater level.

It’s thinner and lighter than its predecessor at 7.62mm and 1.7lb respectively while it also retains its 15.6” full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS paneled screen.  Featuring auto-rotation on the screen which allows you to flip it between portrait and landscape instantly, this really is going to be the perfect companion when working on your travels.

All power and video transmission are received via a USB connection between the monitor and the laptop or computer it’s being used on and via an adapter, you’re able to choose between a Type-C or Type-A USB connection.

The Asus ZenScreen MB16AC ditches using the cheaper TN panel screen and instead uses the more expensive IPS panel which offers better color and viewing angles. That combined with the implemented Asus Eye Care technology and a crisp full high definition resolution ensures that the quality of the picture is very high.

The MB169B+ and this MB16AC are very similar in many respects but this just about edges out the former albeit at a bit extra in cost. Either would be suitable for most of you but if you have a few more dollars to spend, this is certainly worth taking a look at.

Pros

  • checkWell designed
  • checkExtremely lightweight & slender
  • checkAuto-rotation feature

Cons

  • cross-altCould be a little brighter

Specs

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size 15.6”
  • HDMI Yes or No
  • USB Yes
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Now admittedly, we fully expect that most of you’ll be as unfamiliar with Elecrow as we were when we first tested their 13.3” FULL HD Dual HDMI Portable Monitor. However, we also think that you’ll be as equally surprised as we were after purchasing it. Available at an affordable price, you’re actually getting quite an impressive portable monitor that suits both working and gaming.

It’s actually pretty portable too while not being able to compete with some of the more highly priced monitors on our list. Not as thin as others, especially those from Asus, at 15mm, this is still a very portable monitor that can be packed away and carried with ease the next time that you’re traveling.

What we really like is the fact that you’re getting an IPS paneled portable monitor at such great value. Throw in the fact that it has a full 1080p HD resolution and you’re getting some real bang for the buck with this 13.3” portable external monitor. That IPS screen allows for improved coloring and viewing angles that you’d normally get from a monitor in this price range.

As for connectivity, this is done via HDMI but you will need to use either the packed 5V/2A power adapter or a USB cable to power the portable monitor. This really is the only drawback as you’ll need two cables for this monitor to work compared to just the one for many others on our list. That said, what’s an extra cable between friends – especially at this price? You do have two HDMI ports which do go some way to make up for this as you can have two devices connected to it at once.

Another big positive though is that this monitor is compatible games consoles, laptops, computers, and many other types of devices. Want quality at a budget price, you really do not have to look much further than this solid portable HDMI monitor.

Pros

  • check1-Year warranty
  • checkCompatible with a range of devices
  • checkTwo HDMI ports

Cons

  • cross-altNeeds two cables to use

Specs

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size 13.3”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
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Another great little option for you to consider is that of the UPERFECT 12.3” a small but highly portable touch screen monitor. This IPS-paneled monitor provides a good resolution of 1600 x 1200, aspect ratio of 4:3, and a contrast of 700:1 that will look great no matter which of the compatible devices that you choose to use it with.

One area where the UPERFECT really does stand out is through the many connectivity options that you have. You have ports for USB, HDMI, DVI, VGA, and also in and out audio ports. This is great if you wanted to use it in a more extensive setup or have a variety of devices with different connections that you wanted to use the monitor on.

On top of that, you, of course, have to factor in that the UPERFECT is a touchscreen monitor too. This means that whether you want to enjoy gaming on a console, use it as part of a Raspberry Pi setup, or for some standard office work on your computer, you’re going to be able to make use of touch controls to make your desired use that so much more efficient.

With the monitor, you’re shipped a HDMI cable, monitor stand, DC power cable, USB power cable, and of course, a handy manual that will take you through everything that you need to know about the monitor and what it can. If your budget is on the small size but you really need a value for money portable monitor, we’ve no problems recommending this one to you.

Pros

  • checkExcellent connectivity
  • checkAffordable price
  • checkTouch screen capability

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  • cross-altNot full high definition

Specs

  • Resolution 1600 x 1200
  • Screen size 12.3”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
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Designed for those of you that like your gaming to be more mobile, the Eviciv 10.8” Full HD Portable Gaming Monitor might be just what you’ve been looking for. Able to easily fit into a tablet pocket in a bag or case due to its size of 10.8 inches and a thickness of 8mm, this monitor can be packed away within seconds and will give you a high-quality high definition image of 1920 x 1080 whenever the need arises.

Plug & play so no drivers needed, this portable gaming monitor can be plugged into most gaming consoles including the PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Alternatively, this portable HDMI monitor is also able to be connected to laptops, and computers.

An IPS panel is what provides you with the high definition output and this will give you improved viewing angles, quality coloring, and 1000:1 contrast ratio. As for the ports on this bad boy, there is a type-c USB port for the power, two HDMI ports that’ll allow you to connect two consoles at once, and an audio out port.

Once delivered, your package will contain the monitor, a mini HDMI cable, a type-c power cable, and a 5V/2A adapter which plugs into your power socket. You’ll also be happy to hear that you’re given a lifetime warranty with this product – that alone should give you some peace of mind with regards to the quality.

Pros

  • checkLifetime warranty
  • checkCompatible with many devices
  • checkUSB Powered

Cons

  • cross-altA little small for gaming

Specs

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size 10.8”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
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WIMAXIT is another brand that will not be recognizable for many of you in the same way that it wasn’t for us but we have to say that we’ve been very impressed with it in pretty much all areas. It’s lightweight, has a nice and portable screen size of 15.6”, a 1920 x 1080 full definition IPS-paneled screen, and it is a touch screen monitor to boot.

Another key selling point is that while you have plenty of different setup configurations available to you if you like to work light when on your travels, you could just opt to use a single USB cable to both power and connect the device to your laptop. Sure, if you wanted to plug any HDMI sources into it, you have that option but it’s the flexibility that we love.

Functionality does not end there with the Wixamit either, as you can connect anything from computers, consoles, and even mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones to this portable monitor. Want to enjoy some remote gaming, you can, want to be able to work more efficiently and with less cabling, you can.

Summing up, this is a great portable monitor if you plan to use it in a variety of different ways. If you wanted a monitor aimed primarily at gaming or working there might be others out there that suit you better. However, this will cover all bases extremely well which when combined with its portability, a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty, and a crisp and clear high definition picture, makes this a very interesting portable monitor for you to consider.

Pros

  • checkFull touch screen capabilities
  • check1-Year warranty
  • checkTwo HDMI ports

Cons

  • cross-altA bit on the pricey side

Specs

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size 15.6”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
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The G-Story 17.3” HDR 1080p Portable Gaming Monitor is our ‘Editor’s Choice’ and while it has been designed with a big focus on gamers, we think that it’ll also standout for many of you that’s looking for a monitor for your mobile office as well. This is because it’s still lightweight, thin, and portable while offering you all the additional benefits in terms of clarity, picture, and resolution that the gamers will be enjoying.

For the gamers among you, features including AMD Radeon’s FreeSync which improves gaming performance, a 120Hz refresh rate, the 1ms response rate, and a special FPS/FTS game plus function are going to be what appeals to you over anything else. This has been designed specifically for gaming and whether you want it connected to a PC, laptop, or console, your experience is going to be in ultra-high quality.

You’re not confined to using this excellent monitor with computers or consoles either as tablets and smartphones can also connect using one of the dual HDMI ports.

Pros

  • checkIdeal for gaming
  • checkHDR (high dynamic range)
  • checkRemote control

Cons

  • cross-altCan’t put too much pressure on it

Specs

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size 17.3”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
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Up there with some of the more upmarket and high-end portable monitors on our list is the Eleduino 15.6” Full HD Touchscreen Monitor. This will give you a 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS-paneled screen, multiple connectivity options, touchscreen capabilities, and the ability to connect to a multitude of devices.

The first thing you’ll notice when you unpack this beauty is just that, its beauty. It has a sleek design, is only 9.5mm thick, and has a lightweight but solid bezel made from aviation aluminum. This means that whiles it small and compact enough to be highly mobile, it’s also made from strong stuff which makes it highly durable as well.

Another little bonus is that along with the many cables shipped with this portable monitor (2 x USB, 1 x HDMI to Mini HDMI, and OTG cable), you’re also given a cover that also acts as a handy stand for the monitor.

Whether you want to connect to a PC, laptop, games console, or smartphone, we’re pretty sure that this portable monitor from Elduino is going to have you covered. It might be a little pricier compared to some on this list but it’s hard to argue the fact that this is a quality monitor.

Pros

  • check10-Point multi-touch touchscreen
  • checkStylish and durable design
  • checkCover/stand included

Cons

  • cross-altPricey

Specs

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size 15.6”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
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Rocking up us the penultimate selection on our list is the excellent UPERFECT 10.1” 2K HDMI Portable Gaming Monitor. This is the only portable monitor on our list with a staggering 2560 x 1600 IPS display and this is what makes it so good to be used for gaming. Whether you own a PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo Switch, your gaming experience is not going to get as good as this from a portable monitor.

Powered by USB, this portable monitor has an ultra-slim design which allows it to have a thickness of 9.9mm and a weight of just 0.72lbs. This makes carrying it around extremely easy as it can simply slot into any tablet pocket in a bag or carry case. The price of this monitor is another big selling point as for the money, you’re not going to be able to find anything that matches it in terms of picture quality, resolution, and functionality.

Shipping with this UPERFECT monitor is a mini-HDMI cable, micro USB power cable, a power adapter, monitor stand, and a manual that will teach you how to set it all up and operate it. A 1-year warranty is also in place from the manufacturer and that combined with the many good reviews that we’ve read would indicate that this is a product that has a good build quality.

While mainly aimed at you gamers out there, this portable monitor can be used for other purposes too. It can be hooked up to Windows, Mac, and Linux computers without problem or you could even use it as a UAV monitor if you’re into your drones.

Pros

  • check1-Year warranty
  • check2k Resolution
  • checkIdeal for mobile gaming

Cons

  • cross-altA little small

Specs

  • Resolution 2560 x 1600
  • Screen size 10.1”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
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Last but not least on our list of the best portable monitors in 2019 is that of the TOGUARD 10.1” HD Portable Touchscreen Monitor. Ideal for use as a second screen on your computer or laptop, or as an indoor monitor for a CCTV system, this touchscreen monitor will be able to deliver the sharp and colorful picture that only an IPS paneled screen can.

You also have to consider the affordable price with this portable monitor as it goes for quite a bit less than some of the more high-end options out there. The resolution is not full HD but it is still high definition at 1280 x 800 and that will be more than enough for what most of you will be using it for. In fact, you’ll be surprised at just how good the picture is considering the size of the screen.

One drawback is that you’ll have to use a separate power cable as well as a cable to connect the portable monitor to the device of your choosing. This is only a small issue and will only affect those of you that do a lot of traveling and would rather use fewer cables for your office setup. It does offer plenty of connectivity options though as you can connect via HDMI, AV, VGA, or BNC.

It should be noted that the touch screen capabilities of this monitor only stretch to being used on laptops or desktop computers that have installed the driver that is shipped as part of the package. When connected to other devices, the touch screen will not be functional.

Pros

  • checkRange of connectivity options
  • checkAffordably priced
  • checkTouchscreen

Cons

  • cross-altNeeds separate power cable

Specs

  • Resolution 1280 x 800
  • Screen size 10.1”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes

BUYING GUIDE & FAQ’S

What are Portable Monitors Used For?

For most of you that work at home or the office, a lot of the time a single monitor is not enough and you’ll have an external monitor or two set up. This is to allow you to extend your desktop and have more screens to display what you want to see rather than being confined to a single screen with tabs.

Portable monitors are just that, more portable monitors – they’re monitors that you can pick up, pack easily, and take with you on your travels. Whether you travel a lot for work and want to have a multi-monitor setup for your laptop, or want to enjoy some gaming when on your vacation, a portable monitor is going to be of great help to you.

Traditional monitors are much bigger, are not really designed to be carried around, and will usually require an external power source, something that most portable monitors do not need as they get their power via a USB connection into the device they’re used on.

What Types of Portable Monitors are Available?

No portable monitor is the same as another and your choice is going to come down to what type you’re going to need. Do you want a type of portable monitor that is a certain size, weight, or thickness? How about one that has touchscreen capabilities? Perhaps the resolution or type of screen is an important factor for you?

All of the above and more will have to be considered, which is why our buying guide and review was written in the first place – so that you can find all of that information and more without lifting too many of your own fingers.

  • Types by Resolution

As most of you’ll know, screens come in different resolutions with the higher these resolutions comes to a sharper and clearing picture on the screen. This might not be overly important to you if you’re just going to be using the monitors for work but if you want to watch movies or play games, you’re going to want the highest resolution you can possibly get.

  • Types by Screen Size

You’ll be able to find portable monitors that range from as small as 10/1” to as large as 17.3% on our list and generally speaking, these should offer you more than enough without affecting their portability and functionality too much. Normal monitors will be bigger but these are not designed to be carried with you on your travels.

  • Types by Screen Types

Portable monitors can also be categorized in terms of the panels that they’re using. There are a number of different panel types that are used in LCD monitors with the most common being Twisted Nematic (TN), In-Plane Switching (IPS), and Vertical Alignment (VA).

Each of these will have their own benefits and without going into much detail, TN are the cheapest and best for gaming, IPS have better viewing angles and colors, and VA has better contrast and image depth. So, with that in mind, if you’re going to be making presentations you might want the better viewing angles of IPS or if some gaming is going to be your main use for a portable monitor, TN might be the best option.

  • Touchscreen

If you prefer to have touchscreen capabilities on your portable monitor, you’ll be happy to hear that there are plenty of them out there for you to choose from. These will give you the ability to operate your computer or device through touch rather than through other input devices. Many of these monitors will provide 10-point touch capabilities which mean you’ll be able to use all the same tapping, swiping, and all the other commands that you can do on your tablets and smartphones.

What to Look for When Buying a Portable Monitor for Your Laptop or Computer?

The first thing to consider is exactly what it is that you’re going to be doing on your laptop or computer. If you’re simply working, you’re going to be more interested in its portability, connectivity options, and durability. On the other hand, if you want a high resolution to play games or watch movies, this is going to be high on your priority list.

Something else you’ll want to consider for a portable monitor for your laptop or computer is whether or not it’ll actually run on your operating system. Not all monitors are designed to work on all systems, so always make sure your one will be compatible before buying.

What to Look for When Buying a Portable Gaming Monitor?

If you’re buying a portable monitor specifically for gaming, the first thing you should be looking for is a high resolution. You’ll want at least full HD 1080p but if you can find a monitor that fits your budget with even higher, even better!

As well as the resolution, you’ll also want a portable monitor for gaming that gives you plenty of connectivity options. HDMI will be a must for any consoles and computers but you’ll also want to be able to plug in external speakers as most portable monitor built-in speakers suck a bit in this regard. If it’s mobile games you want to play, you’ll need to make sure that you can connect your monitor to your tablet or smartphone.

After that, your considerations will come down to what else you want. Do you want as large a screen as possible? How about the type of paneling used for that screen? You might even want a monitor that only requires one cable to operate.

Conclusion

So, did you find a monitor among that lot that you think could be a perfect fit for what you need?

If yes, great, if no, go back and look again as we’re sure you missed it. Jokes aside, we’re pretty confident that we have provided an extensive list that offers plenty of variety in terms of what you might need or the budget that you might have. Whether you’re looking for the best portable monitor for a laptop or for your consoles, tablets, or smartphones, any of the above will be worth consideration.

Just be sure to know what it is that you’re going to need from your monitor and what you’re going to be using it for before ultimately making a decision.

13 Best Gaming Desks

BEST GAMING DESKS

1Arozzi’s New Arena Gaming Desk

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There is a reason that we have put Arena at number one on our list of best gaming desks. Well, there are several reasons, in fact. Arena is a product of Swedish design which is a fact that can be seen by its utilitarian nature, great looks, and ease-of-use. This gaming desk has a very large 14 ft² surface which can hold no fewer than three large monitors.

What’s even better is that even with all of your gear on this gaming desk, there is still plenty of room left over for a massive area for mouse play. Whether you like the simplistic look, or you like to put as many things as you possibly can on top of your gaming desk the Arena won’t let you down.

The all metal base and frame make this gaming desk incredibly sturdy, as does the solid desktop. For an even more substantial feel, Arozzi has opted for a mousepad which covers the entire surface of the desk. The mousepad itself has a self-adhesion quality to it, can hold a considerable amount of weight due to its 5mm thickness, and has stitched edges for increased durability and longevity.

Another exciting feature of the Arena is that it is height adjustable which means you don’t have to sacrifice stability when you’re looking for the perfect desk height for your individual body size and posture. Whether you are sitting on a barstool or a top-of-the-line gaming chair you’ll be able to find the perfect line of sight to keep you in the game. As soon as you decide that this gaming desk is the one for you, all that you’ll need to do is choose one of the five colors that are available. You can decide on this black model, as well as white, green, blue, and red.

Pros

  • checkPlenty of space for mouse play
  • checkAdjustable height

Cons

  • cross-altQuality control issues reported on older models

Specs

  • Design Standard
  • Warranty 2-year limited warranty
  • Holders N/A
  • Size 14’sq (27.90″ x 63.00″ x 32.30″)
  • Weight 85.5lbs.
  • Capacity Holds up to three large monitors
2Atlantic Gaming Desk

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Coming in at number 2, we have the gaming desk from Atlantic. There are plenty of reasons that would make someone decide on this gaming desk. If not for the slick-looking carbon fiber surface to keep your command station looking the part, the great use of space lets you game for hours on end while never feeling cramped.

Definitely not for the minimalist, this desk is perfect for the storage hound. Do you want to keep all your controllers, game discs, speakers, headphones, and pretty much all your other odds and ends within arm’s reach? You won’t find many other gaming desks that have quite as many storage options.

This gaming desk comes with a charging stand for your smartphone or tablet so that you can stay connected, even through the fiercest battles. There’s even a cup holder to ensure you are always refreshed and playing at your best. Another nice feature of this gaming desk from Atlantic is that it comes with a monitor stand capable of holding screens of up to 40lbs. Cable management is also a cinch with the clever surge protector bracket and cable routes.

One of the best things about this desk is that despite all the bells and whistles, it still gives off a simple and sophisticated look that would fit well into any space. You could easily put this desk into an office setting, a bedroom, a living room, or your dedicated game room, and the transformation that it provides would be equally as impressive. With so many good things going for this gaming desk, we can see where we have decided to put it at number two on our list. The build quality, attention to detail, and convenience that this gaming desk provides definitely makes it a win in our books.

Pros

  • checkTons of storage space
  • checkCompact for all the gear it holds

Cons

  • cross-altAlignment issues on older models

Specs

  • Design Standard
  • Warranty Yes
  • Holders cup, speaker, CD rack, headphone, controller (x2) storage basket, and more
  • Size 44.75 x 26.25 x 7in
  • Weight 37.4lbs.
  • Capacity 40lbs.
3Eureka R1-S Gaming Desk

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For anyone looking to upgrade their gaming station with the desk worthy of the high-end equipment they use, Eureka R1-S Gaming Desk might just be one of the best options out there. The fairly simple, sturdy, spacious, and just plain cool, Eureka R1-S Gaming Desk will certainly make a statement without any unnecessary noise.

The surface area is almost 45 inches wide by almost 25 inches deep which is more than enough room for a full-size keyboard, a large monitor or two, and plenty of mouse play. Size isn’t the only thing that this desk is going for it, though. Eureka R1-S Gaming Desk sports the stealth-like carbon fiber coating that not only looks the part but also improves mouse accuracy while at the same time hindering reflective light making it perfect for late-night gaming sessions. The RGB lighting included on this desktop also gives it a nice dose of style, and of course, can be set to any color making it possible to match your desk with your gaming rig theme.

Eureka R1-S Gaming Desk isn’t just about looks. The R-shape leg design is surprisingly sturdy and wobble free, without being bulky or complicated. The idea behind the design to give you the most stability possible while still creating a minimalist look. The fact that it has a cupholder, headphone hook, racks for your controllers, and an oversized mousepad are just icing on the cake.

This gaming desk is perfect for anyone looking for ample desktop space in a cool design that is as futuristic as it is functional. Whether you’re the type of gamer who likes to go all out, or you just need a space where you can keep all your gear safe, Eureka R1-S Gaming Desk will definitely hold its own.

Pros

  • checkRGB lighting effects
  • checkSturdy
  • checkSleek design
  • checkAmple storage space for peripherals

Cons

  • cross-altShipping issues at times
  • cross-altBranding on mousepad comes off easily

Specs

  • Design: Steel R-Frame/Standard
  • Warranty: Yes/Limited Manufacturer Warranty
  • Holders cup holder, controller holder (x2), CD rack, headphone stand
  • Size 44.5 x 26.6 x 30.5in
  • Weight 55.1lbs.
  • Capacity 40lbs.
4Kinsal Z-Shaped Gaming Desk

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a gaming desk that took after some of the most famous F1 racing cars the world has ever known? Why are we even asking that? Of course you have! Well, your wait might just be over. The Kinsal z-shaped gaming desk combines speed and style with stability and design choices proven on the racetrack to provide great balance. Whether you’re into racing games, shooters, or anything else, Kinsal z-shaped gaming desk will definitely supply you with the support you need for all your gear, no matter how much you have.

The large 47 x 25” desktop space is more than enough for just about any kind of kit you have, be it a full-size mechanical keyboard and mouse combo, a joystick set up, or steering wheel. The ability of this desk to hold more than 500 pounds is another impressive feat, and it’s able to do that because of its high-quality steel frame and intelligent design. In fact, all of the materials used for this desk are top-of-the-line and will last very long time. All of that attention to quality comes together to create a gaming computer desk that is about as minimalistic as they come while being more stable than most. If you’re wondering if this thing wobbles? The answer would be, “only as much as your carpet is thick”.

The extra features that come with this desk add to the list of things that make it a great choice for anyone looking for a gaming desk with this form factor. For one thing, it will always look its best thanks to the RGB lighting, clever cable management solutions and rear storage deck. You also won’t have to worry about your headphones getting cracked or damaged as there are convenient hooks within arm’s reach on both sides of the Kinsal z-shaped gaming desk.

Pros

  • checkDesigned to maximize desk space
  • checkGreat cable management
  • checkFull sized mouse pad
  • checkRGB LED lighting with multifunction

Cons

  • cross-altUnclear instructions
  • cross-alt Slight wobble

Specs

  • Design Z-Shaped
  • Warranty Limited Manufacturer warranty
  • Holders headphone holder, cable and power strip bracket, storage space
  • Size 47.2 x 25.2 x 30in
  • Capacity: 550lbs.
5RESPAWN 1010 Gaming Desk

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RESPAWN 1010 is coming in at number five on the list. It could, however, have taken a higher spot with ease. This desk has just about everything it needs going for it. From full accessory support to an elevated monitor stand to great looks and a robust build, RESPAWN 1010 could be used for long, intense gaming sessions and a sleek-looking home office equally well.

The entire desk is blacked out except for a few pieces of blue trim along the sides of the desktop to give it a little flair. It’s just enough style to let you know that it’s meant to house a serious gaming rig, not too much to make you feel like you’re in a teenage gamer’s bedroom.

This is a perfect desk for anybody who has a full-size gaming chair with adjustable height and who needs a little extra legroom as the surface of the desk is about 4 inches higher than the standard 30-inch height. Not every gamer feels comfortable sitting under a compact desk and having the extra space underneath can really make a long gaming session more comfortable. The fact that the monitor sits atop an elevated monitor stand also means that this desk is made for players who like to kick back and relax while getting into the game.

For a 27-pound desk, RESPAWN 1010 is one of the most stable gaming desks we’ve come across in a long time. Not only can RESPAWN 1010 hold up to 200lbs. of gaming rig, theoretically allowing most of us to do a victory dance on top of the desk, but the thing doesn’t wobble at all thanks to the steel construction and top-quality hardware that it comes with. For anyone looking for a good-looking, stealth inspired, understated gaming desk that is a lot sturdier than it looks, RESPAWN 1010 is definitely one that you should check out.

Pros

  • checkCompact
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  • checkConvenient peripheral holders
  • checkEasy assembly process

Cons

  • cross-altSurface can scratch

Specs

  • Design Fixed Height/Metal Frame/Standard
  • Warranty Limited manufacturer warranty
  • Holders headphones rack, speaker holders, cup holders
  • Size 23.6 x 52.6 x 34.6in
  • Weight 27lbs.
  • Capacity 200lbs.
6Atlantic Gaming Desk PRO

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Another great option to consider is the Atlantic Gaming Desk PRO. Created by a company who is been making office furniture for more than 30 years, this gaming desk might surprise you at how well its manufacturers paid attention to every little detail they included. According to them, this gaming desk is made for gaming sessions spanning several hours with the intention of keeping the gamer comfortable and well-equipped. Sounds like a pretty big claim, but we definitely agree with it.

Atlantic Gaming Desk PRO has all the features you could need in a desk, without including any gimmicks or extras that most players don’t even use. Another fact that shows that the company behind this one knows what they’re doing and understands their customers well, something only an experienced company can do.

The build of this gaming desk is sturdy and very well thought out. There’s a slight curvature the front of the desk that lets you lean in when your gaming session is getting intense, and there are storage racks, hooks, baskets, and shelves to contain every piece of gear you own, and they are all within an arm’s reach.

The built-in cable management system is simple but effective. There is a basket under the backside of the desk for the power strip which allows for a clean aesthetic that fits well with the overall appearance of this gaming desk. For all the extra features and storage space, Atlantic Gaming Desk PRO still managed to have a minimalistic feel to it thanks to its x-shaped leg design, matte black color, and carbon fiber coding on the surface of the desk.

Apart from all the features that this gaming desk provides, and its top-notch build quality, Atlantic Gaming Desk PRO would be a very good option for any gamer looking for some extra leg space and an elevated monitor. With a desk surface of 35 inches off the ground and the monitor sitting even higher, taller gamers certainly appreciate this set up.

Pros

  • checkSolid build and easy installation
  • checkLots of storage space
  • checkClean, minimalistic design
  • checkMonitor stand

Cons

  • cross-altExtra hardware can be confusing
  • cross-altMonitor stand not height adjustable

Specs

  • Design Standard/X-leg design
  • Warranty Yes
  • Holders Charging stand for smartphone or tablet, speaker holders, game racks, storage basket, controller rack, cable management solutions, powerstrip bracket, cup holder, headphone holder
  • Size 51 x 24.5 x 35.8in
  • Weight 41.5lbs.

BEST L SHAPED / CORNER GAMING DESKS

1Walker Edison Soreno 3-Piece Gaming Desk

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The Walker Edison Soreno gaming desk is number seven on our list, but it’s number one in the L-shaped gaming desk category. This desk is just plain beautiful and would fit in just about anywhere you could think of to put it. The uncomplicated black metal frame, along with the 6 mm thick tempered glass top come together to give this desk a look unlike most other gaming desks out there.

At first glance, it might come across as something you would find in a flatpack furniture store but when you get close enough to touch it you can see how quality craftsmanship and premium materials really make a difference.

This computer gaming desk screams quality and simplicity, but the company behind this product is quick to let you know that durability, stability, and longevity were at the top of their priority list when putting this desk together. Whether you’re a professional looking to put together a workstation that can also serve as a battle station, or you just want a dedicated PC gaming desk it’s large and strong enough to hold all of your gear, while at the same time giving you plenty of space to feel comfortable while you play, Walker Edison Soreno will fit the bill perfectly.

Apart from its attractive design and solid build, there are a lot of other reasons that you would want to go for this gaming desk as well. One of the main reasons that Walker Edison Soreno gets so many great reviews is that it is one of the most stable desks on the market at this price range. The tight corners and clean lines also make this desk perfect for a variety of different setups. A lot of people have taken this desk home have liked it so much, in fact, they bought a second to create a larger U-shaped desk.

Pros

  • checkDesk halves can separate into two desks
  • checkSturdy
  • checkEasily modifiable

Cons

  • cross-altShiny tempered glass surface may not be for everyone

Specs

  • Design L-Shape
  • Warranty Yes/Limited warranty from manufacturer
  • Holders PC holder, keyboard tray
  • Size 20 x 51 x 29in
  • Weight 57lbs.
2Green Forest L-Shape Corner Gaming Desk

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Another favorite of ours, the Green Forest corner gaming desk, might be the desk you’re looking for if you’ve got a lot of gear to keep track of. L-shaped desks are perfect for anyone looking to sprawl out a little bit as they give twice the desktop space compared with a conventional gaming desk. L-shaped desks allow for a lot more freedom in where you put your speakers, headphone stand, controller racks, and all the other gear that you need to save the world.

Spreading things out also makes for a cleaner, and better organized appearance of your battle station which is always a good idea if you’re gaming desk happens to be in a room with high traffic.

An interesting thing about the Green Forest corner gaming desk, is that unlike other corner desks this one is actually shaped like an L with one side longer than the other. The thick metal frame and glass surface separate into three individual pieces which can be moved around to fit whatever space they are being put into. Each piece can even be used as its own standalone desk, or multiple Green Forest gaming desks can be combined in multiple ways to make all sorts of interesting desk layouts.

Another benefit of the sturdy frame that holds this gaming desk together is that it can take a lot of weight while still maintaining stability. In fact, once you get this desk set up and start playing on it, you’ll quickly forget that wobbliness is even a thing. No matter how long you plan to keep your desk, this computer desk from Green Forest is sure to serve you well for many years to come. Get it for its stability, its looks, its customizability, or any combination of the three.

Pros

  • checkStylish design that looks great in almost every room
  • checkStable and good frame

Cons

  • cross-altNo holders for peripherals

Specs

  • Design L-shape
  • Warranty Yes
  • Holders N/A
  • Size 58.1 x 44.3 x 29.1in
  • Weight 37.2lbs.
3AmazonBasics 3-Piece Gaming Desk (L-Shaped)

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There is no shortage of L-shaped desks constructed with metal framework and glass tops, but the three-piece gaming desk Amazon basics is one of our favorites. For this style of gaming desk to work it as to have a few things going for it.

The framework has to be extremely strong and durable making it possible for the desk to be virtually wobble free, the glass on top has to be thick, strong, level, and of a quality good enough to look the part, and the assembly process should be pain free. Many of the metal framed L-shaped desks available today fail one, two, for all of these tests and would have no chance making it onto a list of top choices on our site. The AmazonBasics 3-Piece gaming desk is a good example of what happens when the style of desk is done the right way.

While sporting a simplistic, almost industrial design, the AmazonBasics 3-Piece gaming desk can be arranged in a variety of different ways as all three of its parts are independent of each other. They all come together to create a very large workspace where every piece of essential gear can be accessed within a moment’s notice when needed. The desktop on each side extends to more than 50 inches wide means there is plenty of room for several large monitors to be placed side-by-side. Another plus with this gaming desk is that it is designed to be at an optimal height for ergonomics making it a very good choice for anybody who does a lot of keyboard work.

Another nice touch that this selection brings to the table is the CPU stand which can be placed wherever you want. The ability to choose where your PC is located is more important than a lot of people think. Whether you want your gaming rig to set off to the side of your desk or under a specific desk surface, cable management and aesthetics are much easier to maintain when you have the freedom to choose where things go.

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  • checkVery sturdy
  • checkEasy installation
  • checkSleek Design
  • checkCompact

Cons

  • cross-altLack of features such as cup holders and speaker racks
  • cross-altKeyboard tray is on the small side

Specs

  • Design L-shaped
  • Warranty Yes/AmazonBasics 1-year limited warranty
  • Holders keyboard tray, CPU stand,
  • Size 53 x 53 x 29
  • Weight 67.7lbs.
4Clutch Ergonomic L-Shaped Gaming Desk

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The Clutch Ergonomic gaming desk is not for the faint of heart. To put it shortly, this gaming desk doesn’t mess around. Not only is it one of the best-looking L-shaped gaming desks we’ve seen in a long time, it’s also one of the most robust and well thought out corner desks on our list.

While the Clutch Ergonomic gaming desk could theoretically be used for both gaming and home office setups, it is obviously centered on gaming which explains the mousepad that covers the entire surface of the desk. The branding and color scheme on the mousepad are also reminiscent of E-sports events and competitive matches in the world of gaming.

At first glance, the Clutch Ergonomic gaming desk looks a bit like standard office table with a giant mousepad. A closer look, however, reveals design choices that are extremely clever. The long side of the L-shape, at over 65 inches, as well as the shorter desk coming in hands nearly 30 inches long, have straight backs that would normally have them sitting flush against whatever wall they were pushed up against.

Common problem straight-backed gaming desks is that there is no space for cables which leads to gamers keeping their gaming table a few inches from the wall, reducing their desk’s overall stability. With the Clutch Ergonomic gaming desk, the ends of each side are curved slightly outward creating a natural space between the flat surface of the desk and the wall. The gamer-facing side of the desk is curved inward to create a more comfortable experience, as well.

The Clutch Ergonomic gaming desk is a heavy-duty desk without a lot of bells and whistles, but it’s simplicity and attention to detail makes this L-shaped gaming desk a top choice for gaming pros. Where it lacks in features like headphone hanging hooks, controller stands, and cupholders that makes up for in stability, quality craftsmanship, and spaciousness. We suppose the folks over at Clutch understand that if a pro-gamer opts for this top-of-the-line gaming desk, they likely already have a headphone stand and everything else they would need to house their gear.

Pros

  • check Premium design and weight
  • checkCombines to create a U-shaped command center
  • checkEasy installation & very sturdy design
  • checkFull mousepad

Cons

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  • cross-altInstructions are complex

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  • Design L-shape
  • Warranty Limited manufacturer warranty (3 years)
  • Holders Cable management tube
  • Size 30 x 66 x 48 x 24 x 29in
5HomCom Modern L-Shaped Gaming Desk

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For our final L-shaped gaming desk, we have an option for you that people can’t seem to stop talking about. Coming from long-time quality furniture makers, the HomCom Modern l-shaped gaming desk comprises every bit of the company’s expertise and attention to what makes their customers happy.

This offering from HomCom is not quite as simplistic as many others on the list, but it isn’t what we’d call complex, either. There is a very strong steel frame that runs from below the desk surface to the adjustable feet that creates an extremely stable desk, an MDF board surface, as well as a drawer for a keyboard which can be placed on either side of the desk. Other than that, there aren’t too many other features that stand out apart from the included CPU cart and braces for the frame to add even more stability. In general, this gaming desk owes its popularity to the fact that it is simple and versatile, while being robust and roomy.

For all the surface size that this gaming computer desk offers thanks to its design, it is also surprisingly compact. Putting this corner PC gaming desk into any type of space, including a bedroom, home office, or small office would be incredibly easy, but it looks good in larger setting too. Anyone looking to maximize space without sacrificing room size would do well to consider this gaming desk from HomCom.

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  • checkPremium look and feel
  • checkEasy installation
  • checkVery strong
  • checkPlenty of room for all your gear

Cons

  • cross-altPackaging not the best
  • cross-altLack of height adjustability

Specs

  • Design L-shape design
  • Warranty Yes
  • Holders CPU cart, keyboard tray, cable management
  • Size 64.6 x 54.7 x 29.5in
  • Weight 75lbs.
  • Capacity 110lbs.

BEST STANDING GAMING DESKS

1Vivo Adjustable Workstation

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If you’ve never considered a standing desk before, you’d be surprised at how much functionality they can add to a gaming setup. Making sure that your gaming desk is stable and large enough to hold all your gear is a great first step but adding in the capability to raise your monitor and keyboard high enough to game standing up makes a world of difference.

Number twelve on our list is just plain wizardry. Sitting right on top of your current desk, the Vivo Adjustable Workstation is a dual platform, steel frame desk sitting on gas springs allowing you to lift almost 40lbs. of kit to any one of the eight predetermined heights with a simple pull on a lever.

Gone are the days that you need to stop playing because your back starts to get sore. Now, in true warrior fashion, all you need to do to stay in the game is to raise your desk to a standing position and carry on. Health isn’t the only reason that standing desks are starting to take over the scene. Gaming while standing makes you more alert and (quite literally) faster on your toes which turns into you being more of a beast.

Another reason to get the Vivo standing desk is that despite being a desk on top of another desk, it is more spacious that you might think. The top surface is large enough to hold two decently-sized monitors, and a few other odds and ends. What’s even better is that the (optionally removable) lower level of the standing desk meant for the keyboard and mouse is also plenty large making this a comfortable solution for anyone looking to get more out of their setup. Of course, the ease of installation, extra storage baskets that are included with every new desk.

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  • checkIncredibly sturdy
  • checkTransitions from sitting to standing position very easily
  • checkEnough space for two monitors
  • checkStrong enough for heavier equipment

Cons

  • cross-altNot a desk, per say. Sits on top of a desk
  • cross-altGas springs do not completely alleviate weight from gear

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  • Design Adjustable/Standing
  • Warranty Yes, 3-year warranty from manufacturer
  • Holders N/A
  • Size 40 x 24.5 x 9.5in
  • Weight 51.6lbs.
2FlexiSpot Standup Gaming Desk

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If you are looking for a sit/stand desk that has the potential to take your game to the next level, the last gaming desk on our list could be the one you are looking for. We’ve seen a lot of standing desks lately but this offering from FlexiSpot is one the best around, according to our extensive testing.

For a gamer, the benefits of a standing desk are many. Heightened senses equal better response times, the better blood flow that comes from standing leads to better in-game bloodletting, and a better posture has a laundry list of benefits all its own. The best thing about this standing desk, is that it works in conjunction with the desk you already entrust with all your equipment. That means you won’t have to give up your headphone rack or cup holder! Just put the FlexiSpot standing desk on top of the existing desk and you’re good to go.

Installation couldn’t be easier, the large surface area accommodates a large amount of gear, gas-spring-powered x-pattern leg design means you can lift this desk from sitting to standing with little to no effort. As the desk raises straight up, you won’t run into any unwanted surprises when you lift it up, either. Oh yeah, did we mention that the lifting mechanism doesn’t have any set heights? You can decide which height is best for your particular needs which is a thing of beauty.

Get into the game with this convertible gaming desk and take a new stance on what makes the perfect gaming desk.

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  • checkMoves up and down smoothly and easily

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  • cross-alt Requires a sturdy desk as it is quite robust

Specs

  • Design Standing desk
  • Holders detachable keyboard
  • Size 28 x 31.5 x 8in
  • Weight 37.5lbs.
  • Capacity 35lb.

BUYING GUIDE & FAQ’S

How we selected our list of best gaming desks?

The process that we go through to select the best gaming available is nothing short of painstakingly tedious. We look at a broad list of features commonly found in today’s best gaming desks. We investigate every gaming desk manufacturer that matters within the industry for details on topics such as warranty information, customer experience policies, and much more.

The first thing that we look for is the number of features that the desk has. Some have many and others just a few, but it is in how those features are implemented that puts them into the territory of being great or just plain sad.

If you’ve ever sprung for a motorized, convertible gaming desk that simply stopped working after a few short months and then found nothing but the sounds of crickets on the line when trying to contact the customer support, you would know how important it is to focus on quality over shiny features. That’s not to say that you should decide on utter simplicity, though. It just means you’ve got to be sure that the features you get will do what they promise.

Some gaming desks come with so many features it’s hard to know exactly which are for you and which will just get in your way. Are you looking for built-in speaker stands, cable management options, modular setups that allow for rearranging and expanding, keyboard drawers, or cupholders? You’ll find countless lists of ‘special features’ on offer and we see it as our duty to tell you whether these features are game-changers or nothing more than gimmicks to sell a product.

Another major focus for us when testing out gaming desks is how effective the design choices from the manufacturers are. There are various styles to choose from, and although many tend to look quite similar to others on the market, differences in height, stability, measurements, and much more come into play when deciding which are the most effective at what they promise to do.

The only gaming desks that you will see on this list are options that have been tried and tested by gamers just like you. They come highly reviewed, in general, and we have also given each one on the list our Men’s Gear stamp of approval.

What features should you look for in a gaming desk?

So, you know there are many features available and you are aware that not all of them are necessary, or even that great to begin with. How do you know how to narrow the list down to find the exact feature set that’s going to bring your gaming into another level? Fortunately for you, we’ve come up with a quick and dirty guide to help with the decision-making process.

When it comes to gaming desks, stability is something that you should never overlook. Gaming setups have many different parts and peripherals and can be quite heavy. Making sure that your gaming desk sturdy enough to withstand the load that you intend to put on it means you aren’t going to end up with a wobbly desk that feels as if it’s going to collapse at any given moment. Product descriptions won’t often tell you how stable a desk is because there is no universally accepted measure for stability other than an in person shake test. We use data from actual gamers to ensure that every gaming desk on our list passes the aforementioned stability tests.

Once you have the stability issue figured out, it’s time to look at whether you need to gaming desk with specialized mounts for your monitor(s) and speakers or if you simply need a tabletop style gaming desk. If mounts are something that you need, opting for mounts with sturdy build quality makes a huge difference in the end product. Nobody wants to see their monitors shaking all over the place as soon as they sit down at the gaming desk. Another feature that mounts often come with is angle and height adjustability which is certainly a good feature for anyone particular about their viewing angles.

Size is another important factor, although it is one of the easiest to figure out. You’ll want to get ballpark measurements for the desk that you have in mind which you can use to make comparisons with the options that you’re sorting through. For room size might be a deciding factor for the size of gaming desk you choose, the amount of equipment that you plan on including in your gaming setup also matters a great deal.

Are you going to put your gaming tower into a cabinet built into the gaming desk or you going to put it on the floor? Are you going to need separate drawers and compartments to keep your gear hidden away or do you want everything on display? Once you’ve taken all of these things into consideration, remember that you want enough space to game comfortably so as not to feel cramped and stressed while you play.

Storage unique features are also something that you want to look at, and every different gaming desk and gaming desk manufacturer is known for its own signature special features. Some come with unique cable management systems, others with modularity built into their designs making it easy to expand and contract your set up, some have heights and angle adjustments baked right in, and some of the higher end options have unique materials and surface types that add to precision mouse movements and stability.

What different types of gaming desks are there?

One decision to make when it comes to choosing a gaming desk is what style you would like. There are many styles to choose from and each one comes with its own set of pros and cons, depending on how you plan to use it. Some of the most popular options available today are z-shaped, l-shaped, u-shaped, wooden, corner, arena-style, convertor, and height adjustable desks. While there are a few other takes on gaming desk styles out there, these are by far the most widely used.

The z-shaped gaming desk is very popular due to its sleek design. From a side view, the leg design on these gaming desks form a z pattern with the desktop and feet of the desk providing a minimalist design that is both functional and great to look at. These types of desks can be outfitted with a number of attachments like a side platform for your PC, a cup holder, a keyboard drawer, a monitor mount, and more, but many who choose this style appreciate the simplicity that comes with them.

A similar desk style to the z-shaped design is the classic arena-style gaming desk which essentially the same thing with legs going straight down and a curvature at the front of the desktop allowing the player to stay close to the action. While they are all often the same basic shape, arena gaming desks come in different sizes to suit different needs.

Simplicity aside, gamers with a lot of gear generally tend to lean more towards larger, heavier options to provide themselves with the storage space they require as well as the stability that comes with them. Of course, the extra elbowroom has got to be a factor, too. L-shaped and corner desks, for example, could be seen as two desks in one. Because of their l shape, a monitor can be placed on either side or directly in the center. The u-shaped design is great too because it makes you feel like you are in a cockpit. With this design, the monitor goes right in the middle and all the peripherals spread to the sides.

For the ultimate in stability, heavy wooden desks are popular too. These come in a variety of sizes and shapes, but the wooden desks designed for gaming are built to house all the usual equipment that comes with a proper gaming setup.

Sometimes, functionality is more important and that’s where convertor desks, modular designs, and height adjustable desks come into play. With these, you can put together a gaming station that not only fits the space and equipment it is intended for but also the way you intend to use it.

What are the benefits of owning a desk for gaming?

At this point, we should address the elephant in the room. Do you really need a gaming desk? Many people believe that any product with the word ‘gaming’ attached to its name is going to come with a fair amount of hype and a healthy price hike as well. Luckily, that reputation for gaming gear doesn’t really hold much water when it comes to gaming desks. Gaming desks are designed more for their features than anything else and that’s what makes them great for their intended purpose.

One benefit that you will quickly notice is that these desks are designed for the PC, the monitor, the keyboard and mouse, and all the other peripherals associated with gaming. That means you’ll never have to worry about having too little space for you gear. That also means you’re not too likely to spill coffee on your $150 mechanical keyboard because you didn’t have anywhere to put it due to all the unnecessary clutter on your desk.

Apart from having plenty of room for all your gear, gaming desks also have clever ways to manage all those pesky cables that end up tangled up everywhere. Bad cable management can wreak havoc on the appearance of your setup, so having a desk that helps you keep the cable situation under control is always a good thing.

The fact gaming desks sit at just the right height also makes for healthier (a fact we go into in more detail further down) gameplay. Not only do the right ergonomics help with posture, stress, eyestrain, and repetitive stress reduction, they also improve the overall comfort levels making you a better gamer.

Speaking of comfort, height, angle, and size aren’t the only things that improve your gaming experience, either. Gaming desks come with many features that make it easier to protect your coveted gear and modify your experience as you see fit.

What is the best height for your desk?

Determining the best desk height for your setup is helpful for many reasons. Having the correct desk height is not only more comfortable and conducive to better gameplay, but it is also connected to your health.

Health may not be one of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about gaming and gaming desks, but it is a factor that should never be ignored. Especially seeing as how gamers tend to sit in front of their computers for hours on end. To maintain your health and comfort, being sure that your eye levels and desk height are at optimal settings is crucial.

Ensuring that your set up encourages proper ergonomics will reduce problems relating to the neck, the back, the arms and joints, as well as tendon related problems and repetitive stress issues.

Finding the perfect height balance for your gaming desk ultimately comes down to your posture while sitting at the desk. Considering your  keyboard, your hands should be able to float on top of the keys and your forearms should be level with the floor, give or take a few degrees for comfort. Excessive forearm and wrist angles can easily lead to serious problems.

Likewise, reaching up or down with your shoulders for long periods of time can be detrimental to your shoulders, neck, upper back, and overall posture. How your monitor is positioned on the desk is also a key piece of the puzzle. While sitting straight back in your chair with your feet flat on the floor, the top of the monitor should be at about eye level.

To put these concepts to numbers, a standard office desk and chair set up for an average height person puts the desk height somewhere between 28 and 30 inches tall. Of course, that’s just an average taken from standard equipment and will vary quite a bit depending on what type of chair you have and where you get your gaming desk.

If you are unsure about how high your gaming desk should be, it could be a good idea to get a gaming desk with adjustable height so that you can experiment until you find the perfect desk height.

Leveling Off

No matter what kind of gaming desk you are looking for, you can definitely find one that’s the best for your needs by looking at what each one provides. As you can see from our buying guide, there is no simple answer to which desk is perfect for each person as every desk comes with its own set of features and unique attributes. Sometimes it comes down to the amount of gear you have, sometimes it’s all about looks, and sometimes you’re looking for an option that looks as good as it is functional. You also might be looking for a gaming desk to meet very specific needs, like a standing desk or one with just the right amount of legroom.

The trick is to figure out how you want your command station to look and what kinds of features you need before you start to shop around. That way, choosing between a modular design, an l-shaped desk, a sit/stand desk, or a competition-style PC gaming desk gets a lot easier. You also have to know whether you want racks and storage options, or if you want to go with a more minimalist approach.

All the desks here on our list of the 13 best computer gaming desks available now are reviewed very highly which means you could choose any one of them and be satisfied with your purchase. As long as the gaming desk that you choose has the features you want, of course. Give each one a look and decide which of the desks from out list is best for you.

Best 17 Electronic Dart Boards

BEST ELECTRONIC DART BOARDS

1Harley-Davidson Electronic Dartboard

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Let’s start as we mean to go on with this badass Harley-Davidson electronic dart board. Fully emblazoned with the Harley logo and lots of fire, this is one perfect addition to any self-respecting biker or rock ‘n’ roller’s man cave or games room. It looks awesome, it’s true, but it also offers a plethora of great options and features to give you and your buddies hours of fun and games.

High-definition graphics and colors provide a suitable backdrop for an electronic dart board that can track the progress of up to eight players, while offering 48 games. Gone are the chalkboards and notepads, as there’s a crystal-clear four-color LCD scores panel. Wanna know something extremely cool about this, amigo, that makes it all the more a worthwhile investment? When you either hit the bullseye or completely win a game, it makes a noise. Not just any noise though – a Harley-Davidson engine revving noise.

Don’t tell us that doesn’t excite you! We’d never believe you anyway. The board comes complete with everything you need to get started, out of the box, including the required AC-adaptor and six Harley-Davidson darts. You even get extra tips and a rulebook. Who can argue with that value?

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2Fat Cat Mercury Electronic Dart Board

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Next in our guide is this much more intense and feature-filled electronic dart board cabinet from Fat Cat by GLD Products. Rather than just being an electronic dart board, it’s a full-on dart board and unit with doors that close over, hiding it in plain sight, when you’re not using it. Briefly on the doors, they’ve got a nice wooden curved finish, so if you’re looking for an electronic dart board to place ion your main living area, this might be a great match aesthetically.

In terms of the playability offered by this board, you and seven friends or relatives can play together without any hassle or fuss. There’s 34 different games and 183 scoring options, with five skill levels. Thanks to the ultra-thin spider and concave segment holes, bounce-outs are less likely. Everything is operational from the easy-to-use control panel and in addition to the LCD display at the front, there’s also traditional cricket scoreboard on the interior of the cabinet door.

The build quality from the bottom up is outstanding, with built-in slots on the doors that can store a maximum of four sets of darts. With the board and cabinet, you are supplied with the necessary mounting hardware, the AC-adaptor, six darts and six additional tips.

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  • checkAppealing cricket-style scoreboard
  • checkUltra-thin spider and concave-segment holes prevent darts bouncing out

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3Viper X-Treme Electronic Dartboard

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What sets the Viper X-Treme apart from many of the others out there is that it features a full-size regulation 15.5” dartboard face. With commercial standard nylon segments, you not only have access to a much quieter game surface, but also a more durable one. Like the above, there’s extra-thin spiders that reduce the number of potential dart bounce outs and allowing you the opportunity to aim darts at the same section as others you’ve thrown to get the best scores.

With it capable of handling as many as 56 games and there being 266 different game options, you and a large group of 16 can enjoy an exhilarating game of darts. Some popular game options include double bull, double in/out, single in/out and cricket. From the LCD display you’ve got full access to not just the current scores, but statistics too. As is standard for many of these, you get 6 darts, 24 additional tips, the necessary mounting hardware and an AC-adaptor.

Regardless of whatever your favorite version of darts is, this is a cool board that you should look at closer.

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  • checkAccommodates 16 players

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4Viper Neptune Electronic Dartboard Cabinet

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Another regulation size board, the Viper Neptune with 15.5-inch target face. This is another that has closing cabinet doors, a nice decorative piece that would help the dart board fit in with your décor. Whether you’re intent on hanging it in your games room or more general living space. It has the same very slim spider that helps lower the risk of bounce outs, meaning darts can be grouped together on the board more easily for higher scores.

As well as these design elements, the dart board benefits from handling 57 games across 307 different option settings, and a total of 16 players can play at the same time. The LCD display notes scoring, statistics and is very easy to use.

All in all, if you’re looking for a sophisticated electronic board to fire darts at whether it’s a way of chasing frustration away or for some friendly competition among family and friends, this model’s an ideal choice. There’s even an extended and new way to play Cricket, called Spanish Cricket. It comes with the cabinet, the necessary mounting hardware, the AC-power adaptor, along with six soft-tipped darts and places to store them in the cabinet, in both doors on the inside.

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  • checkAccommodates 16 players in total
  • checkWell-constructed cabinet

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5Franklin Sports FS6000 Electronic Dartboard

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Next in our guide is this very traditional-looking, tournament-size board with a 15.5” playing face that will suit players of all levels. The first thing you’ll notice about this board is the price. Compared to the others we’ve featured so far, it’s considerably cheaper. Although that does mean you get less games and options, what it lacks in quantity, it makes up for it in quality. It’s been designed to be very easy to mount on the wall and play, virtually out of the box.

The games that are included amount to 28 with more than 100 options. So, there’s still some variety. The LED Cricket scoreboard keeps track of score, so you don’t have to. All you need to do is aim and throw those darts. To the sides of the board, there storage holes for the darts to be kept, so you’ll never lose them.

As standard with most electronic dart machines, you get a set of six soft-tipped darts and six replacement tips too. For the price, the quality and the design this is an excellent choice.

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  • checkEasy to mount
  • checkHandy storage space at sides of board

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  • cross-altThe Player 2 green score line is difficult to read from afar
6Arachnid Cricket Pro 300 Electronic Dartboard Game

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Slightly higher in price than the above, but still lower in price than many of the others, the Arachnid Cricket Pro 300 is one that is spoken about with dart enthusiasts and beginners alike. With a 13.5-inch target area and a range of 26 different games and 170 options, including seven Cricket settings, this is an affordable and fun dart board.

It benefits from having very thin segment dividers that reduces the risk of bounce outs exponentially. With the LED display, players can keep track of their scores and the computer even calls out recorded player names, which is a nice touch.

Like others on this list, it comes complete with additional tips and six soft-tipped darts. You’ll also find all the mounting hardware included, so you don’t have to make unnecessary trips to your local hardware store.

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  • checkExtremely thin segment dividers to help avoid bounce outs
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7Fat Cat 727 Electronic Dartboard

Another great dartboard from Fat Cat next. This has a 13-inch target area and the obligatory catch ring for missed darts that saves your walls from all those unwanted holes. As this is by far the lowest price in our guide we’ve covered so far, it’s not got many games, but does have a lot of options for the settings, so there’s still plenty of variety to be had.

Like many of the modern electronic dartboards in this guide, it’s got thin spider and polymer compound segments that have been target-tested to ensure you can hit the board without bounce outs occurring.

Even, given its smaller size and lower price than others, the scoring display screen is exceptionally bright and easy to use and read for your cricket scores as you play. As you’d probably expect, even for under 40-bucks it still comes with six soft-tipped darts, although the batteries that it requires, 3 x AA, are not included in the package.

Pros

  • checkFeatures 96 different game options for versatile fun
  • checkCatch ring protection for walls
  • checkEasy to read and control screen

Cons

  • cross-altIssues with mounting bracket
8Viper 797 Electronic Dartboard

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Back with Viper again and another awesome regulation-size board with a 15.5-inch target area. The segments are also made from competition-standard thermal-resin to provide an incredibly durable surface to play on. Combine that with the extremely-thin spider and you’re sure to have a great board to play with the minimum bounce-outs, if any. The board, like so many others, has handy storage spots for your darts at either side.

When it comes to games, you need to remember that this is another budget-priced board, so there’s not as many as you’d get on more expensive boards. However, with 43 in total and 240 settings, there is more than enough variety to have a whole lot of fun with this product. 16 players can play at the same time and the LCD display screen will keep track of all the scores and statistics, so that you don’t have to. Especially handy, if you’re having a beer or two while playing.

You get six soft tip starter darts, additional tips and the mounting hardware to install on the wall. In addition, as this does not require any batteries, you also get the AC-power adaptor required to use it.

Pros

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  • checkFive different difficulty settings
  • checkCricket display for up to four players

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  • cross-altMounting requires additional measuring, not based on bull height
9Arachnid Bullshooter Illuminator 1.0 Electronic Light-Up Dartboard

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Arachnid are one of the originators of the electronic dartboards. This one is a great addition to any home, especially if you’re not interested in having a tournament-ready board and just want something to do on rainy nights and when you have social gatherings. There’s not many differences between this one and others.

There are only 13 game styles to choose from and you get six soft-tipped darts, red and black so that there’s no confusion. The most striking thing, and fun, if you like that sorta thing, is the ‘heckler’ function. Yes, that’s right, this board will heckle you if you get low scores or play a stinker of a game. This can be annoying for some people, but others will find it hilarious. Especially if you’re getting a little tipsy with your mates and the competitive juices are flowing.

Another great option, if you’re at home alone or in the office on a break and looking to unwind, is the chance to play a solo game. All you need is in the box and it’s ready to go, almost from the moment you take it out.

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  • checkHeckler function ‘can’ be funny for some people
  • checkOption to play solo rounds, if you’re on your own
  • checkAffordable

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10Arachnid Bullshooter Cricket Maxx Electronic Dartboard Cabinet Set

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Sitting at just under 100 bucks, this electronic dartboard cabinet set from Arachnid and their Bullshooter range is not the most expensive or the cheapest either. It’s a nice happy medium price. What does it offer? Well, you get access to 34 different games and 183 settings, including 4 cricket options, that accommodates as many as 8 players at a time. As with the above model, there’s the option to paly solo so you can hone your skills more and it also comes with the heckler feature.

Admittedly, an electronic voice shouting and pointing out your worst throws and shots might get annoying after a while. Therefore, it’s great to know that you can switch it off, if you want a break from the constant down talking. In terms of scoring, along with the digital screen, there’s also the traditional pub-style X/O cricket scoreboard mounted on the doors for a more authentic feel and game.

Speaking of the doors and the cabinet design, this gives it an extremely elegant look and feel. So, whether it’s destined to go on the wall in your man cave, games room, office or even living room, it’ll not detract from the existing décor. The sophisticated cabinet, as well as providing a way to hide it when not in use, provides a place to store your darts so they don’t get lost and you’re not tearing the house apart trying to find them just to have a quick game.

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  • checkElegant cabinet design
  • checkPub style cricket display scoreboard
  • checkPlenty of great playing options for versatile fun

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  • cross-altPlaying 1 on 1 against computer is extremely difficult
11Viper Showdown Electronic Dartboard

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Back with Viper again for another tournament regulation-size board. This electronic dartboard has a very bright appearance and offers a versatile range of 32 games and 590 settings, with room for as many as 8 players to play at any one time. Despite its low-ticket price, it still features thermal-resin segments you’d find on competition standard boards and due to the ultra-thin spider in its design, there’s less chance of bounce outs occurring.

Do you often miss the board when firing shots? On a traditional board that might mean your wall would get harm and abuse. However, as this board has a generously-sized catch ring for missed darts, your walls are safe.

Viper Showdown is a gem that’ll get your blood going when there’s that competitive spirit in the air. The LCD display will ensure that scoring is handled in a fair manner and you can even keep track of statistics, if you’re interested in that sorta thing. You get the standard six soft-tipped darts and mounting hardware to get started with this board. However, you will need to remember to invest in batteries, as it takes 3 x AA that are not supplied.

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  • checkPopular game settings like single in/out, double bull and cricket
  • checkGameplay for up to 8 players
  • checkRobust and durable construction

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12Win.Max Electronic Soft-Tip Dartboard Set with Cabinet

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If you’re looking for a way to beat those winter blues and want to bring the games hall and old-fashioned pub feel to your home, whether it’s in your man cave or main socializing area, you might want to consider the Win.Max electronic dartboard cabinet. It features an easy-to-use and read control unit and LED screen that is incredibly bright and provides you with crisp and accurate scoring and game statistics.

It supports play involving 8 people at a time and comes with 27 preset games and 195 different scoring settings, to really give your darts and games nights versatility. The addition of five different skill levels adds an extra element of excitement to it.

The construction quality of this board Is very high, with concave-shaped segment holes and an extremely thin spider to reduce the number of bounce-outs. For the less experienced and younger players, there’s a catch ring that provides additional space for your darts to land if you miss the target face, protecting your walls from damage.

The ABS cabinet not only hides the board away but has slots for storing as many as four sets of darts and all other associated accessories when you close it up and aren’t using it. To get you started, you are supplied with 12 soft-tipped darts, 40 additional tips, user manual and mains adaptor.

Pros

  • checkHigh quality construction
  • checkVersatile range of games
  • checkGreat value for money

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  • cross-altDarts could be better quality
13Franklin Sports FS3000 Electronic Dartboard

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Are you thinking that you’d love to invest in an electronic dartboard, but are looking to avoid spending as much as 100 bucks or more, then this affordable model from Franklin Sports is an ideal choice? Despite the low-price tag, it still measures at 13.5” and features the sound and voice affects you get in higher quality, higher priced boards.

It has a really streamlined design and construction that means it doesn’t take up more space than is necessary. Which is great if you’re looking to have it in a small office, an already busy and full games room or your living room. Even for the price, there’s 90 game options so you’ll have plenty of fun whenever you open those darts up and get throwing those darts.

Also, for the price, there’s a generously-sized LCD display that allows you to keep up with the score, meaning you don’t have to use a notepad or even a chalkboard anymore. Well, you could, if you wanted to, but there could be discrepancies between your score keeping and the computer!

Pros

  • checkGreat quality for the price
  • checkLarge and clear LCD display for scoreboard
  • check90 game choices

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  • cross-altCabinet doors don’t close fully with the darts in place
14Fat Cat Sirius 13.5” Electronic Dartboard

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Arguably one of the lowest priced electronic dartboards on our list, the Fat Cat Sirius is an awesome treat for the whole family or those game nights with your buddies in your man cave. Despite its low price though, you still get a tournament-style spider and 13” target face. The LCD display is bright and clear and offers cricket scoring and fun sound effects.

With regards to gameplay, as many as 8 players can play at one time, with the choice of 18 preset game styles and 114 options for scoring. So much versatility and so much fun for such a low price. Can you really argue with that?

As standard, you get a user manual to help you navigate your way round the controls, along with six plastic starter darts and 24 additional soft tips. However, the only major downside is that it is powered with 2 x AA batteries and as it doesn’t come with these, you’ll have to invest in some. But, for such a low ticket-price, is that really a big issue?

Pros

  • checkCompetitively priced
  • check114 scoring options and 18 preset game choices
  • checkClear and easy to read LCD screen

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  • cross-altBuild quality could be better
15DMI Sports Deluxe Dartboard Cabinet Set

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Now, with so many electronic dartboards that look more or less the same, this next one from DMI Sports is a bit of a breath of fresh air. It must be said that as the only element that’s electronic is the included electronic scoreboard, this will suit someone who’s looking for that traditional bristle dartboard with the help of technology, without taking away from the look and feel.

What really makes this stand out, apart from the traditional design and construction and the option of both electronic and traditional scoring, is the light cherry finish on the cabinet.

The dartboard itself is a full-size 18-inch by 1 ½-inch bristle board and it comes with two sets of darts. When you’re not playing, you can simply stick the darts in the slots along the bottom of the cabinet, close the doors and it’ll be hidden in plain sight.

Although this guide is all about electronic dartboards, this is one of our favorites. We’re sorry, but not sorry. This will suit someone looking for a bridge between that traditional dart experience, with the sound of darts hitting the bristle board and more accurate scoring.

Pros

  • checkExceptionally beautiful cabinet
  • checkTwo forms of scoring
  • checkFull-size board

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  • cross-altNot technically an electronic board, as it’s just the scorer that’s electronic

BEST BUDGET ELECTRONIC DART BOARD

1Franklin Sports FS1500 Electronic Dartboard

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Unlike the above model, this from Franklin Sports is most definitely an electronic dartboard that features everything you’d expect from a higher priced item. It features a 13.5-inch board, provides sound and voice effects to bring the dart game experience to life. For versatility and ensuring that you’re not left playing the same game styles all the time, as it provides you with as many as 65 different game options. That should be more than enough to keep you and your friends or family entertained for hours.

The screen is large enough that reading the scores is easy and it’s also been deigned to be easy to use when you’re switching between the various game options and skill difficulties. The board comes with six soft-tipped darts but does not come with the necessary 2 x AA batteries it requires. However, for such a steal of a price as under 30 bucks, you can’t really say fairer than that.

Pros

  • checkFun voice and sounds for more lively games
  • check65 different game options
  • checkSimple mounting system

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  • cross-altDarts could be better quality

BONUS PRODUCT

1Spider 360 Galaxy 3 Home Edition Dartboard

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The last in our guide is this awesome, dripping-with-nostalgia arcade-style electronic dartboard. Unlike others, this does not need to be hung using any convoluted hardware or ineffective hooks, as it’s contained within a cabinet that’s impact-resistant. Yes, we’re totally going to ignore that humdinger of a price tag. Let us entrance you some more with just how cool it is.

It is illuminated with a vibrant and dazzling tri-color LED, while the dartboard itself is set onto a 19-inch wide flat screen LCD monitor and is the full-size tournament-regulation 15-inch. You get the benefit of various game options and can play against other human players or computer opponents. Some of the most popular forms of darts can be played including double and single bull and 25/50. Really, this would make any man cave complete.

As with all the other, more affordable dartboards, you get six darts, but also 500 spare .25-inch plastic soft-tips. If budget isn’t something you have to worry about, we’d suggest you get this in a heartbeat.

Pros

  • checkIt really is stunning and has a nostalgic arcade feel
  • checkNo mounting or hanging required
  • checkVirtually unbreakable

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  • cross-altThe price, that’s all, the price

BUYING GUIDE & FAQ’S

What type of electronic dart boards are available?

Most dart boards are more or less the same, in terms of basic construction and layout. Depending on what you’re looking for from at-home darts games, there’s something to suit just about anyone. So, if you’re only interested in playing straightforward darts, there’s very inexpensive models that offer a basic number of games and scoring options. Whereas, if you’re looking for a more intensive and involved experience and are willing to pay a little more, you’ll be able to find an electronic dart board that provides an incredible range of gameplay options and scoring, as well as various skill difficulty levels too.

While some simply light up, others make noises and have voices that are played if you miss the board or hit a bullseye.

What to consider when buying an electronic dart board?

As there’s clearly a wide variety of different electronic dart boards to choose from these days, it helps you have a clear idea in your head what you should be looking for. If the above 17 is still too big a list to decide on just one, why not think about some of the following considerations –

How many players will be playing at any one time? – You probably noticed that one of the key things that differs between electronic dartboards that appear to be the same is the number of players that they can accommodate. While some of the cheaper models will only allow up to six players in a game at a time, there are some that can maintain scoring for games featuring as many as 16 different players.

Therefore, before spending your hard-earned cash, think carefully about how many friends and relatives will be playing and try to find the model that will accommodate your own social circumstances.

Consider the quality of the board itself – While many of the boards in our guide are extremely high-priced, there’s a great deal that are available for next-to-nothing. Although they may seem tempting, you need to think carefully before rushing out and buying them, because the price tag is not a clear indicator of the quality in terms of construction. Some cheaper models hold up against scrutiny better than others, that’s why it always pays to check out customer reviews alongside out overviews of these great boards.

How serious are you about darts? – This is a relevant question to ask, because if you’re not especially serious about the sport, then what’s the point in investing in an expensive tournament-standard electronic dartboard? If you are serious though, then by all means go ahead and do it. We’re not your keepers!

Hit the Bullseye!

Darts can be a fun way to let off some steam and to enjoy some friendly competition between friends. Electronic dartboards add an additional level of entertainment to the game though, as we’ve hopefully shown from our guide above. You can enjoy a livelier game of darts, even if you are just playing off against the computer in one of these great electronic dart machines.

Scoring is where fun and games turns into murder and mayhem…or at least one buddy or uncle storming off in a grumble because they think they’ve been cheated out of some points. Simply because no one can really remember what the points where or because they weren’t jotted down on the chalkboard accurately.

By leaving that side of it up to the computer, you can be sure of a more accurate scoreboard from start to finish. We hope that our guide, whether it’s the top picks or any one of the intriguing and exciting dartboards we’ve covered, helps you get what you’re looking for. We’re sure that your game room, man cave, home office or even workplace rec room could do a lot worse than have one setup. There’s a reason why darts has never gone out of fashion and if you’re new to the sport, it might just be time to find out why!

Top 10 Most Powerful Countries In The World

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia sits at the ninth place of this year’s most powerful countries in the world. The giant country that lies in the Arabian Peninsula has vast lands and wealth.

Located in the Western part of Asia, Saudi Arabia spans about 830,000 square miles, making it the fifth largest in the continent. It is also the second largest Arab country in the world, next to Algeria.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is home to 32.9 million people. About 50 percent of its population is below 24 years of age.

This powerful Arab country used to be the heart of cradle of the civilization, Fertile Crescent. The arc-shaped region had seen Agricultural and technological development, which include the use of irrigation as well as the invention of writing, glass, and the like.

What makes Saudi Arabia stand out from the rest of nations is its arid climate and deserts. The country’s deserts were discovered to contain overflowing oil reserves. It has about 22 percent of the world’s oil deposits.

Oil is one of the limited commodities that keep the world turning. Since then, Saudi has become a top exporter of oil, hence, its rapid economic growth.

Today, Saudi Arabia has a GDP of $683.8 billion, with a GDP per Capita of $ 54,532. In fact, nearly half of its GDP comes from oil.

On top of its oil reserves, the country also has gas reserves, the sixth largest in the world.  Saudi has also ventured in manufacturing concrete, steel, auto parts, and construction materials.

At present, Saudi Arabia is building the Jeddah Tower, formerly known as the Kingdom Tower. The unprecedented 3,280-feet or 1,000-meter-tall building is expected to open in 2020. By then, the Jeddah Tower will knock Dubai’s skyscraper, Burj Khalifa, off its throne as the world’s tallest building.

Saudi’s form of government is a Unitary Islamic absolute monarchy. There is a king, the crown prince, and deputy crown prince. The king of the Islamic state is a direct descendant of the kingdom’s 1932 founder. His official title is “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques” and has assistance from 12 appointed ministers.

The people living in the country share a rich culture and deep heritage. Also, they are more committed to their religion. The country has four World Heritage Sites.

The Islamic kingdom receives millions of Muslims from various parts of the globe to take part in a pilgrimage to Mecca every year. They commonly believe that prophet Mohammed was born in Mecca, the cradle of Islam.

Saudi Arabia’s Domestic Challenges

Saudi Arabia also deals with domestic challenges, as well as ongoing threats from nearby countries. Currently, it builds a fence along its border due to the conflict in Yemen. The wall also helps restrain ISIS members from infiltrating the country.

The growing tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran wave across the region. The country fights an internal war, too, against extremist groups and protesters who demand reform. Still, the kingdom limits freedom of expression, uses torture on its prisoners, and does public executions.

It is extremely wealthy in the supply of oil. However, the Islamic state also looks other means to reduce its dependency on oil.

The country now implements its newest policy known as Saudization. Aimed at addressing high unemployment rates, the ministry of labor mandates a certain level of companies’ workforce is comprised of Saudi nationals.

Saudi Arabia is a founding member of OPEC. As the newest member of the World Trade Organization, the country has allowed itself to welcome foreign investment.

15 Cool Zippo Lighter Tricks You Should Learn Now

Rock Star

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Get cool points and feel like a Rockstar with this Zrick that’ll surely impress the girls. This one is quite a complicated trick and requires several finger movements.

It bears a resemblance to the Flick Spin Flick but a prolonged version of it. Also with this one, you twirl a lighted Zippo around your fingers. So on to the process.

First thing you do is position the lighter sideways with the hinge facing upward and the lid outward. Hold the entire body with your thumb and index finger. With your middle finger, squeeze until the lighter pops open with the wheel facing away from you.

With your palm supporting the base of the Zippo and your thumb and index finger holding the lid, turn the lighter on using your ring finger. Then bring your ring finger in front of the hinge and your middle finger on the back.

Now you have the Zippo in between these fingers. Let go of your hold on the lid. Then push the middle finger forward to rotate so the lid is now against your ring finger and the bottom case rests on your pointer finger.

Bring the Zippo back to its original position by bending your fingers then push rotate the case with your thumb. Closing requires a bit of flourish too. With your thumb and index finger holding the bottom, push down the body with your middle finger to flip the lighter down. Then grip the device between your middle and ring finger.

If you stretch out your other fingers it looks like you are making the rock and roll hand symbol. At this point, you can close the lid with your thumb.

This Zippo lighter trick definitely requires a lot of practice and nimble hands. But makes you look like a superstar once you’ve mastered it.

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20 Best Hollywood Movies Based On True Stories

127 Hours (2010)

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This survival movie takes inspiration from the memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place. It tells how the author, Aron Ralston (James Franco), survived while trapped in a remote canyon in Utah.

In April 2003, Ralston, a real-life canyoneer, packed his gear and hiked Canyonlands National Park. He didn’t tell anyone about his trip.

Disaster struck when he slipped through a slot and knocked a boulder that trapped his wrist and hand against the wall. He braved hunger, thirst, hypothermia, paranoia, and resisted the call of death through his sheer will to live.

He got himself out of the tight situation through any means necessary. Ralston defied the odds and climbed back up to tell the story of his survival.

Despite his harrowing experience, he continues his passion to this day even with one-hand less to carry his weight.  He now also leaves a note saying where he’s going.

This movie might not even qualify as entertaining for some. After all, watching someone slowly succumb to his possible demise is not enjoyable. Yet, as the story unfolds, you become invested in the protagonist’s plight to live.

At some point, you even wish you were there to help. However, you can only watch as the time ticks idly by and cross your fingers that rescue arrives or that he doesn’t die.

Director: Danny Boyle – Screenplay: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy – Cast: James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan, Clémence Poésy, Amber Tamblyn, Bailee Michelle Johnson- Run Time: 94m

201+ Questions To Ask A Girl To Strike Up A Meaningful Conversation

Whether you’re at a party with friends or trying to start a conversation with people you’ve just met, you can sometimes be at a loss on what to say. Conversations among close friends tend to come and go smoothly because you already know each other. You are familiar with each other’s topic of conversations.

However, the struggle happens when you want to get to know someone better or you want to strike a conversation with someone you just met. You just don’t know what to say. Even small talks become a challenge.

They say having a few drinks is a great icebreaker and a good excuse for someone to open up. There’s no way though that you can easily get a person drank without having to offer them a drink first. There’s also the off chance that the person notices your intention right away.

This tactic is not foolproof and doesn’t work all the time. If you’re one of those guys who want to get to know the woman he likes better or charm your crush, then getting her drunk is definitely a risk you don’t want to take. Your best option is to find the right topic that would steer to a good conversation, and who knows, to a good relationship.

Most girls love to tell stories about themselves but also feel nervous and shy. A surefire way to get her to talk is to ask specific questions that may target her interests. Topics about movies, songs, food, holidays, work, and so on, might spark long answers.

However, not all girls love to share their opinions right away. They need to establish trust first before they can truly open up. In this situation, it’s better to ask open-ended questions and you can improvise with a few details. You should never pry information out and let the answers come naturally.

Another thing to remember is being intuitive. When you ask, she is bound to reciprocate with her own set of questions. Try not to clam up and use common sense in your responses. It’s best to also have backup questions ready.

Also, be mindful of the information you share. In your attempt to create a connection, you might be sharing or asking for more personal details than necessary.

However, knowing a good conversation starter is not all there is to it. You also need to know when to ask the right questions at the right time. You have to be prepared for all scenarios so you are more relaxed, and when this happens, then the talk goes smoothly.

We know all these reminders tend to go out the window once you’re in that situation already. That’s why we have rounded up some tips and gathered over a hundred questions that you can ask a girl, whether on a date, at work, at a party, or at any situation where you just want to have an inspiring one-on-one conversation with someone you like.

1 Talking To Girls

Questions To Ask At A Party

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It can be nerve-wracking or intimidating to talk to the girl you like when you see her at a party. It can be a challenge to get her attention especially when she’s with her friends or other people.

If she knows you already then it wouldn’t be so hard to open with pleasantries. If she somehow has an inkling that you like her, then it could go two ways: she walks away or entertains your interest.

Regardless, you still have to find ways to single her out and eventually, get the two of you talking together. It always pays to find the right things to say to her and you could pick a conversation based on your surroundings.

Of course, before you ask away, you need to set the mood first. You catch her eye first regardless if she’s alone or with friends. Then you approach, smile, and greet everyone warmly (create a positive impression).

Remember, her friends are going to be your best advocates. At this point, it’s also important to angle your body toward the girl that you like to convey your interest. Once her friends realize what you’re trying to do, they’ll make way.

Then you strike up a conversation. You can start by asking how she feels about the party and pick up from there. If you’re the ballsy type, you can go straight with mild flirtation. Below you can find a list of questions you can ask to keep the conversation interesting.

  • Hi, I couldn’t help but overhear that you think this (event) is great/boring/so-so. Why do you think so? (If you feel the same you can say, “I couldn’t agree more with you.”)
  • Hey there. Off all the many faces in this room, yours sparked my interest. I hope you don’t mind me saying that.
  • If you could be somewhere else right now, where would it be and why?
  •  Do you feel like yourself during parties?
  • Where’s one place you feel most like yourself?
  • Do you feel comfortable talking to strangers?
  • Do you believe in fate or free will?
  • Do you have problems accepting compliments?
  • Do you want another drink?
  • What’s your favorite party drink and why?
  • Have you blacked out from too much alcohol during a party? What happened if you don’t mind me asking?
  • Have you ever had an embarrassing moment at a party?
  • If you could speak to anyone at this party, who would you choose, why, and what would you say?
  • What’s the most daring thing you’ve done at a party?
  • What’s your most memorable experience at a party?
  • What age do you feel right now and why?
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Questions To Ask On A Date

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If you’ve come to this list then we take it that you’ve broken the proverbial introduction jitters and you’ve both agreed to meet again. Congratulations! You’re about to go on a date.

We know you’re teeming with excitement just thinking about that day. We also know you’re anxious, since you’d be talking to her alone in an intimate setting.

Contrary at the party, this time you’d have to devote your attention to her. There’s no blaring music or a crowd of people to get your thoughts lost into and no friends to break the awkwardness with a quick hello. It’s only going to be her and you. 

The thought is daunting, nevertheless exciting since it could lead to more dates. Then you’d be on your way to getting to know her on a more personal and deep level when you officially become a couple.

People can have different ideas for their first date. Usually, it’s over dinner, coffee, or anywhere else where you can talk leisurely and enjoy each other’s company.

There are important things to consider including the ambiance and importantly, making a good first impression. Just because you’ve successfully asked her out on a date doesn’t mean you stop impressing her.

It may seem cliché but you can never go wrong with giving her flowers. If she’s getting the sniffles, don’t jump to conclusions. She may just be allergic so at least now you know not to do it again.

Then, of course, there’s the conversation part again. You still have to be careful what you ask and say to keep the date going smoothly.  

You want to make the exchange interesting but reserve a few details for the second date. The questions below can serve as a guide but as always, it’s important to ask earnestly and answer truthfully. 

  • Have you lived in (name of city) all your life?
  • Tell me about your hometown…
  • What are your plans after graduation?
  • Do you know which university you want to go? Why there?
  • What do you do? Do you enjoy your job?
  • What do you usually do after work?
  • Have you always wanted to be a (name of profession)?
  • What’s one food that you can’t live without?
  • What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten (or done)?
  • If you could work in one place, which would it be and why?
  • If you could live in another country or city, where would it be and why?
  • Do you often keep in touch with your friends? (you can mention those you met at the party. This means you’re interested in knowing her circle of friends).
  • I’d love to hear about your family…
  • What’s your favorite season?
  • Chicken, beef, or pork?
  • Is your job or career something you plan to do forever?
  • Are you as excited as I am about (name an event, movie, book)? You may find something of mutual interest.
  • What’s the best thing that happened to you last week or in the past month?
  • Have you ever been away from home? What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from?
  • Have you had any worst jobs?
  • What was the last movie you watched and did you enjoy it? (this helps determine which genre she likes so you can ask her out on a movie date).
  • Have you traveled to other countries? Which was your favorite?
  • What was your worst first/last date?
  • If you had a day left to live, what would you do?
  • What’s one thing you’re afraid to ask a man but you really want to?
  • If money was not an issue, what’s your ideal job?
  • What do you usually do in your free time?
  • What was the most stimulating conversation you’ve ever had?
  • Which romantic gesture do you think is overrated? (This way you’d know to avoid them).
  • Can you remember the last time you complimented a stranger?
  • Do you like long drives? (If so, you can ask which song or music playlist she listens to. This way you’d know which type of music she likes).
  • Where do you escape to when you want a quiet moment by yourself?
  • Are you an avid social media user? (If so, you can expound on which app she prefers or what she likes to share most. This is an indirect way to share Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram info.)
  • Do you like to travel often? What’s the one place in your travels that you’d love to visit over and over again?
  • Would you prefer living in one place for a long time or stay in different places and move around?
  • What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to try? (This gives you the chance to ask her out to do it or for you to join her).
  • What’s one thing that you could/couldn’t live without?
  • What’s the most heartwarming thing you’ve ever seen? (This brings out her and your sentimental side).
  • If you could learn something new, what is it and why?
  • Are you a morning person or a night person? (This helps you know when not to bother her with calls or texts.)
  • What’s your favorite movie or book character and why?
  • Do you love animals and do you have a pet?
  • Do you know that our height is matched by the width from our fingertips on each hand? (This gives you an excuse to hold her hand).
  • Do you think men and women can be friends? Or is there always going to be chemistry between them?
  • What’s your favorite day or holiday?
  • Who would you spend time with if you were stuck in the elevator and why?
  • What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep?
  • Do you feel comfortable hanging out with people you don’t know?
3 Questions To Ask A Girl 2

Questions To Ask A Girl If You’re In A Relationship

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The way to a healthy and strong relationship is knowing each other’s weakness and strengths, likes and dislikes. One way to achieve this is through communication.

Any relationship needs constant communication and honesty, above all else. Just because you’re already in this stage doesn’t mean you stop trying to know the other person better. In fact, this is the most challenging part of any relationship.

One thing that’s constant is change and people can change as the years go by. Depending on the situation, your girlfriend or wife may no longer be as caring or sweet as she was when you first started the relationship.

A few personal traits may have changed or disappeared and she may have acquired new ones. Several factors can contribute to these changes.

However, no matter these changes, the important thing is you let her know that you’re there for her physically and mentally. This is why, when you’re in a relationship you find time to talk with each other.

You can ask about mundane things like how her day at work went, and if she did anything interesting or met new friends. This is to show that you still find her interesting and to let her know that you want to be a part of her life.

By this time, you probably already know some of her healthy and unhealthy habits, met her family and close circle of friends, and know some few personal details. If you don’t, then no worries, since you’ll still learn more about her in the course of your relationship.

There are great conversation starters to have between couples. You may find the questions below helpful.

  • What’s the most illegal thing you’ve done?
  • What are the three most interesting thing about you that I don’t already know? (This gives you a chance to discover them for yourself or a way for her to prove them to you).
  • What was the most memorable and sentimental gift you’ve ever received?
  • What’s the strangest or weirdest gift you’ve ever received?
  • Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character and why?
  • What’s the theme song of your life?
  • How different was your life a year (or so) ago? (This gives you a chance to revisit some happy memories and redo them).
  • What’s your best childhood memory?
  • What’s your least favorite word and why?
  • “What would be on the gag reel of your life?”
  • What’s your favorite body part of the opposite sex?
  • Which fictional character do you think is boring in real life?
  • What would you do if you won the lottery?
  • What was the worst pickup line you’ve heard?
  • What do think of most of the time?
  • Is there one thing that you’d never do again?
  • Will you quit your job if you won the lottery?
  • Would you rather have beauty or brains? (This gives you an opportunity to compliment her or tell her that she has both).
  • What were the turning points of your life? (This helps you understand her journey and learn about her past experiences).
  • What do you fear most and why?
  • What personality trait do you value most and which do you dislike? (You can use her response to improve yourself).
  • If you could only have five possessions, what would they be?
  • Which do you prefer to live in, indoors or outdoors?
  • What’s the best and worst thing about aging?
  • What about me made you fall in love? (Relieve those giddy moments)
  • Can you see spending the rest of your life with just one person?
  • If you were given a million dollars to sleep with some other guy, would you do it?
  • “How do you think we’re similar to one another?”
  • What do you consider as cheating in a relationship?
  • “Is trust something you believe can be rebuilt?”
  • What makes our relationship different from your past relationships?
  • What about me first attracted you?
  • Do you think our connection or feelings for each other remain strong or has it weakened?
  • Are there things that you’d rather do on your own than we do it together?
  • Are there things you want to experience that our relationship is stopping you?
  • What would make you leave a relationship or someone you love?
  • Were there ways that you’ve shown how much you love me that I just haven’t picked up on?
  • Would you give a cheater a second chance?
  • “What does family mean to you?”
  • Would you want me to tell you if I found someone else attractive?
  • Would you tell me if ever you feel tempted to cheat on me with someone else?
  • Would you want me to tell you if I was tempted to cheat on you with another woman?
  • Do you think I take things in our relationship for granted?
  • Are there certain things that you want us to do together?
  • Are there things that we’ve never done that you really want us to do?
  • What little things in our relationship do you think you sometimes take for granted?
  • Will you trust me with your deepest secret?
  • Which of your parents do you hope to grow up to be?
  • Do you like pet names? If so, which ones do you find the cutest or sweetest?
  • Can you honestly say that you love and admire yourself?
  • What are you most proud of in all your achievements?

Here’s a friendly reminder when talking to someone. You may have all the right questions in the world, but if you don’t show sincerity then your efforts are futile.

The most important part is to listen attentively to her answers and on how she replies. You need to acknowledge her responses appropriately with the right words and not just nod in acknowledgment.

What Order Should You Watch Marvel Netflix Series In 2019?

Daredevil, Season 1 (April 2015) 

Daredevil is the first-ever Marvel superhero that debuted on Netflix. It can be recalled that 20the Century Fox’s movie adaptation starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner disappointed the fans.

The first season of Marvel’s take, however, did not fail to impress. Upon its release on April 10, 2015, Charlie Cox’s version is dubbed as one of the best superhero series to land on the small screen.

Season 1 has introduced Matthew Murdock, played by Charlie Cox as Daredevil, the man without fear. A lawyer by day, he turns into a masked vigilante at night. He fights crimes and defends the streets of New York City using his mind-blowing abilities, which make him a superhuman.

Orphaned at a young age and without any family to take care of him, he was brought up in an orphanage. He lost his eyesight due to radioactive chemicals in a freak accident. All these setbacks in his childhood years did not hinder him, though, to one day avenge the death of his father who was a boxer.

He became a lawyer in order to help the oppressed get the justice they deserve. Matt Murdock also secretly trained to master hand-to-hand combat. With his fighting skills, he goes after a Russian mob, a Japanese gang, and other notorious groups of criminals lurking in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen.

His best friend and law partner, Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), only knows him as a practicing lawyer. But for the people in his neighborhood, however, Matt Murdock has become the vigilante at night whom they call the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.

The first season of Daredevil amazingly stood out from the rest of previously released superhero shows. Its rivals simply tell the backstory or origin of the character. Daredevil, on the other hand, inspires viewers of a handicap who might have lost his sight but is able to use his gift of heightened senses of touch, taste, smell, and hearing to protect the innocent.

His nemesis Wilson Fisk, played by Vincent D’Onorfio, also makes a huge impression to the critics and fans alike. Fisk, otherwise known as Kingpin, is tagged as one of the best-portrayed villains on the small screen in this era. A single episode of the first season entices viewers to binge-watch the entire season.

Daredevil season 1 gets raving reviews online and earns critical acclaim with three Emmy nominations in creative categories, including visual effects. Marvel’s first superhero show on TV receives a 99 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.7/10 rating on IMDb.

10 Best Revenge Movies To Stream Now On Netflix

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a movie adaptation based on a book of the same name. Because of its nature, this not for movie fans who do not have a strong stomach.

The big screen adaptation has stayed true to the almost unbearable events accounted for in the book, so those that have read it can expect the gore scenes play out on the screen. The book is already too tough to read and it makes its movie counterpart sickening to watch as well.

Author Stieg Larsson revealed that he drew his inspiration to write the book from an incident that transpired in his teen years. Larsson recalled that when he was only 15, he saw right before his eyes how three guys gang-raped Lisbeth, a girl he was acquainted with.

He felt guilty that just stood by and did nothing. Days past the incident, he asked Lisbeth to forgive him but she refused to give it to him.

Years later, Larsson wrote The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, where he named the main character Lisbeth, also a rape survivor. In 2011, the movie adaptation hit the big screen.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo tells the story of journalist Mikael Blomkvist, played by Daniel Craig, who is investigating the disappearance of a rich man’s niece that occurred 40 years ago. Along the way, he crosses paths with Lisbeth Salander, a punk computer hacker who helps him expose unthinkable, ginormous corruption.

The psychological crime thriller film accounts on how Lisbeth takes revenge on the person who raped her. She tortures him in the most sadistic, brutal manner and records it on camera.

Watching this sequence in the film is stomach-churning. Nevertheless, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is dubbed as one of the best revenge movies regardless of its dark narrative.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is directed by David Fincher, who received Academy Award nomination for Best Director for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network. The main cast includes Rooney Mara and Christopher Plummer.

Run Time:  2 hours, 38 minutes

IMDb Rating: 7.9 out of 10

30 Best Foreign Films On Netflix You’ll Love Even If You’re Not A Hardcore Film Buff

Pan’s Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth was made in 2006, but it can still easily give most films made today a run for their money. Made by the brilliant Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro, this film is what you get when you dip Alice In Wonderland in a tar pit, pour grease all over it, and sprinkle it with dark magic.

A visually dazzling fairy tale set Franco-era Spain, you could say that Pan’s Labyrinth is a deeply political film, illustrating the boundaries and tolls of totalitarianism. Embedded in its DNA is del Toro’s ingenious and unmistakable brand of Gothic fantasy.

The year is 1944. Fascists have emerged victorious from the brutal civil war in Spain. We meet Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), who’s traveling with her mother, Carmen (Ariadna Gil), to go live with her new stepfather, Vidal (Sergi Lopez), a Nationalist army captain.

Ofelia finally arrives at her new home, and there she realizes Vidal doesn’t care for her one bit, only the son her mother is carrying. Like all great tales, Pan’s Labyrinth is about many things: coming of age, womanhood, and a journey of overcoming evil. The level of filmmaking here is staggering, as is its visual palette.

At its core, though, is a story of survival and imagination.

Director: Guillermo del Toro – Screenplay: Guillermo del Toro – Cast: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López  – Run Time: – 1h 58m

The 30 Most Anticipated Video Games Of 2019

2019 is going to be a busy year for games. January alone paved the way for some heavy-hitters, and this February we’ll see another smattering of guaranteed juggernauts like Crackdown 3 and Anthem. Below, you’ll find the best video games of 2019.

Apart from blockbusters-to-be, this year’s roster is packed with a bunch oddballs, too, so you’re looking at one of the most diverse years in gaming. You’ve got sprawling combat titles sure to please hardcore crowds. But you also have quieter, more understated explorations of personal turmoil, like the highly intriguing Sea of Solitude, an EA Originals alum.

Note that this list also includes some games that have been announced and could very well come out in 2019 but haven’t received proper release dates yet. Beyond Good and Evil 2 and the mainline Pokémon title for the Nintendo Switch aren’t here, to name a few.

In any case, Below are some of the very best and most hotly anticipated video games to look forward to this year.

1 Far Cry New Dawn

Far Cry New Dawn

Ubisoft has mastered the open-world genre with the Far Cry franchise, and Far Cry 5 in particular marked a return to form for the studio’s action-adventure series. Far Cry New Dawn stands to add a bit more dynamite to the overall experience with some elements and flair borrowed from Fallout.

The upcoming entry will take Far Cry’s rural setting to the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse. Players must establish their base, craft weapons, and pull off survival tactics to make do with dystopia.

That’s perhaps the oddest yet most refreshing spin on the Far Cry formula yet. We can’t wait to see Hope County, Montana at its bleakest.

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal – Publisher: Ubisoft – Genre: First-person shooter, open world, action-adventure – Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC – Release Date: Feb. 15

2 Yoshi

Yoshi’s Crafted World

One of Nintendo’s most underrated and overlooked icons gets to star in a brand-new game, called Yoshi’s Crafted World. The title heavily borrows the skeuomorphic charm Kirby’s Epic Yarn first brought to the table during the Wii era.

Plastic cups, tissue boxes, knitting yarns, and papier-mâché — just some of the stuff you’d find on an artisan’s workbench, and certainly not on a game about a cutesy green dinosaur. Yet here we are. This isn’t exactly unprecedented, however. In same vein is an often overlooked title called Lumino City, a stop motion masterpiece that turns mundane detritus into art direction genius.

Though so little is known about this game at the moment, the aesthetics alone almost ensures it’s going to be a hit. If you ache for a refreshing and colorful platform adventure, look no further. Plus, it’s going to be on the Switch, so you’ll be able to take Yoshi anywhere. Neat.

Developer: Good-Feel – Publisher: Nintendo – Genre: Side-scrolling platformer – Platforms: Nintendo Switch – Release Date: Nintendo Switch

3 Anthem

Anthem

Anthem is certainly BioWare’s most buzzed-about game in years, but probably not for the reason you think. There are some accusations of it feeling too similar to Destiny, a multiplayer first-person shooter that catapulted Bungie to widespread conversation.

Not to mention that some are already questioning whether the game would be mired with pesky microtransactions, seeing as EA is publishing this one. Beyond the early controversial chatter, however, lies a game full of promise.

The epic sci-fi action title has plenty of things going for it, like its epic vibe, focus on characters, and what looks like excellent writing. Anthem is about four classes of human-controlled mechs doing all sorts of things. Like roaming an open world, completing story missions, and engaging in public events.

Early buzz notwithstanding, this is sure to be one of EA’s most hyped up releases this year.

Developer: BioWare, Motive Studios – Publisher: Electronic Arts – Genre: One line multiplayer, action, RPG – Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC – Release Date: February 22

4 Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Three Houses is the first-ever Fire Emblem title for the Switch, marking the franchise’s switch from handheld to home console. Well, the Switch is technically a handheld, too, but it’s got more than the power of a Wii U.

That means more gorgeous-looking visuals. Perfect for the cutscene-infested Fire Emblem. The home console debut of Nintendo’s tactical role-playing series is, much like the predecessors, grid-based. But this time you get 3D battle arenas and larger forces than entries past.

In other words, it’s basically classic Fire Emblem fare upped to the tenth power, which essentially guarantees it a spot in this year’s best tactical titles.

Main combat is this game’s bread and butter. But outside that, there will also be a storyline that introduces a fully rendered environment. That should make for one of the immersive Fire Emblem games to date, and we’re here for it.

Developer: Nintendo, Intelligent Systems – Publisher: Nintendo – Genre: Tactical RPG – Platforms: Nintendo Switch – Release Date: 2019

5 Devil May Cry 5

Devil May Cry 5

It’s been ten years since a proper Devil May Cry title was released if you ignore the 2013 DmC reboot. Capcom’s ultra-popular hack-and-slash series is making a comeback this year in the form of Devil May Cry 5.

Demon slayers Dante and Nero will make their much-awaited return, along with a mysterious newcomer known only as V. Devil May Cry 5 will center on a demon invasion of Red Grave City. Each playable character will come with their own unique skills toward slaying gruesome enemies.

Sky’s the limit for weapons. You get giant swords, powerful firearms, and just about anything, really. Fancy a motorbike-chainsaw for your kills? Go to town.

Developer: Capcom – Publisher: Capcom – Genre: Action-adventure, hack-and-slash – Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC – Release Date: March 8

6 Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal

Bethesda and id Software is releasing a sequel to Doom, which was one of the most popular shooters of 2016. Unsatisfied with its already breakneck pace, Doom Eternal is gunning for even more speed and combat fluidity. Only the most skilled players allowed.

Doom isn’t for the faint of heart, and we imagine that will be the same case for Doom Eternal. Take note: The weapons roster shown so far include a shotgun attached to a tether.

It’s hard to make a good game even better, so there’s a chance that Doom Eternal will be a mere rehash. But most of the improvements will probably be reserved for online brawl. Players will be able to play as monsters and go after Doom slayers. They will be able to go solo or in teams as part of Doom Eternal’s campaign.

Developer: id Software – Publisher: Bethesda Softworks – Genre: First-person shooter – Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch – Release Date: 2019

7 Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing

If you ask an Animal Crossing fan why they love the game so much, they wouldn’t be able to answer you. That’s because Animal Crossing is more than just a game. It’s an experience, and great ones are often hard to put into words.

There’s fishing. Home decorating. Fossil-hunting. Fruit-picking. Bug-catching. These sound absolutely asinine, yes. But in the context of Animal Crossing’s laid-back charm, they make perfect sense. No other game can make mundane stuff feel so essential and fulfilling.

There’s no working title for Animal Crossing Switch yet. No one’s even sure if it’ll come out this year. Rumors say it will, but take that with a grain of salt. This will be the first proper Animal Crossing game since New Leaf in 2012, and the first for a home console since City Folk in 2008.

Developer: TBA – Publisher: Nintendo – Genre: Social simulation, life simulation – Platforms: Nintendo Switch – Release Date: 2019

8 In The Valley of Gods

In The Valley of Gods

Some video games let you roam around a time or milieu long gone. In the Valley of Gods, which takes place in 1920s Egypt is a prime example.

The game follows an explorer, Zora, and her partner as they investigate ancient tombs while making a film. Its trailer gives us a taste of what’s to come, chief of them the game’s breathtakingly somber yet beautiful setting.

No surprise there. This comes from the same folks who made the excellent narrative adventure Firewatch. Campo Santo knows how to integrate a story into a game in ways that feel organic. In The Valley of Gods is likely also to be an accolade-heavy masterpiece when it comes out sometime later this year.

Developer: Campo Santo – Publisher: Campo Santo – Genre: First-person adventure – Platforms: In development for Windows, Mac, and Linux – Release Date: 2019

9 Ori And The Will Of The Wisps

Ori And The Will Of The Wisps

With Ori and the Blind Forest, Moon Studios can brag about having made one of the most inventive and hauntingly engrossing platformers of 2015. Perhaps even the entire decade. A sophomore effort is underway this year, called Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

If it’s anything like its predecessor, expect the sequel to be another magical and thematic platform-combat puzzle. Little about the game is known, but we’ll again follow the titular white guardian spirit across elaborate forests, caves, and more.

Ori and the Blind Forest was a marvelously made and enchanting reinvention of the Metroidvania style of gameplay. Can Moon Studios pull it off a second time?

Developer: Moon Studios – Publisher: Microsoft Studios – Genre: Platform-adventure, Metroidvania – Platforms: Xbox One, PC – Release Date: 2019

10 The Pathless

The Pathless

From the makers of Abzu comes The Pathless. So little information about this game is available, but a trailer reveals what appears to be a bow-wielding hunter traveling across a fantasy landscape. He also interacts with magical creatures, if that’s your thing. He also has an eagle with him, and both of them roam around a vast forest.

Like Abzu, The Pathless has a distinctive art style. No surprise there: Noted art director Matt Nava worked on this one. He did exemplary work on Journey, one of the most experimental games both in terms of visuals and mechanics.

In this game you’ll be exploring forests full of secrets, solving puzzles in ancient ruins, and engaging in epic battles.

Developer: Giant Squid Studios – Publisher: Giant Squid Studios – Genre: Fantasy, adventure – Platforms: PS4, PC – Release Date: 2019

11 Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts 3

Perhaps one of the most talked-about releases in this list, Kingdom Hearts 3 needs no introduction. But we’ll do it anyway: The action-adventure game puts the Toy Story crew into a video game world chock full of solid combat, epic battles, and most especially, wonder.

You’ll play as main character Sora and battle your way through a magical world not unlike those on Final Fantasy. You’ll be crossing different worlds in search of the seven sources of light.

Apart from Woody, Buzz, Rex, and the rest of the Toy Story family, you’ll also find Goofy, Donald Duck and some other Disney icons in the mix.

Developer: Square Enix – Publisher: Square Enix – Genre: Action RPG – Platforms: PS4, Xbox One – Release Date: Out Now

12 The Occupation

The Occupation

Ether One, released in 2014, is a modestly acclaimed first-person adventure game from White Paper Games. But it’s clear now that the game was just a preview of other worlds the developer wants to explore.

This year, we’re getting The Occupation, a investigative thriller set in 1980s North West England. You play as a journalist in a systems-driven world where people react to your actions and time is your biggest enemy. It sounds like the most boring game ever.

Buta actually, it’s a taut and tense race against time. As compelling as BioShock Infinite, but without all the combat. It’s also one of the more unique ideas seen in video games, where you are the reporter and can therefore steer the narrative. We’ve really come a long way since Paperboy.

Developer: White Paper Games – Publisher: Humble Bundle – Genre: First-person adventure – Platforms:  – PS4, Xbox One, PC Release Date: Out Now

13 Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus

As it turns out, 4A Games’ multiple subterranean first-person shooters were just opening salvos for what is its most ambitious project yet: Metro Exodus. The game, which takes place in post-apocalyptic Moscow, is a sprawling adaptation of Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novels.

But unlike its predecessors, Metro Exodus shaves the linearity in favor of more open areas. In other words, more opportunities for exploration without a helping hand at the ready.

Improvements can be found not just in the gameplay department, but also in its visuals. This is one of the most aesthetically striking games we’ve seen this year. We can only hope that third time’s the charm for 4A Games.

Developer: 4A Games – Publisher: Deep Silver – Genre: First-person shooter – Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC – Release Date: February 15

14 Atomic Heart

Atomic Heart

Atomic Heart, from newcomer Mundfish, is an outre crossover between BioShock and Soviet horrors, a combination typically unseen in the video game world.

Games like Atomic Heart are super rare because they’re hard to pull off. You’ve got Another World, sure, but not everyone can be a genius like Éric Chahi.

But let’s give this one a chance. After all, apart from BioShock, it’s got hints of Fallout thrown in there, as well. Pulling from the right resources, clearly. Hopefully it’s got more going for it than just plain brawl.

Developer: Mundfish – Publisher: Mundfish – Genre: Action RPG – Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC – Release Date: 2019

15 Void Bastards

Void Bastards

So few shooters are cel-shaded, and it’s easy to see why. The art style, while it can work in games like Zelda, doesn’t do as well in combat-based action. The cartoonish appeal rarely melds well with the high-octane breathlessness of some games.

Blue Manchu wants to prove that notion wrong with Void Bastards, a game about about boarding and raiding spaceships. The comic book-inspired caper has a distinct visual style, like if Tron was made by Satoshi Kon.

The off-kilter elements don’t stop there. You also get a coterie of oddball characters, who may or may not be fit for the strains of combat at hand. Crew members are tasked with different jobs for heists, which typically end in farce.

Developer: Blue Manchu – Publisher: Humble Bundle – Genre: Strategy shooter – Platforms: Xbox One, PC – Release Date: 2019

16 Sea Of Solitude

Sea Of Solitude

Thanks to EA’s indie publishing program EA Originals, we’re getting a gem of a game called Sea of Solitude. Exploring themes of loneliness and isolation, it’s as much of a game as it is a meditation on the frailty human condition.

The third-person exploration-platform-puzzle adventure follows a woman on a quest for redemption. Afflicted with potent loneliness, Kay becomes a monster. She must then face fellow monsters in order to claim her life back.

Its gorgeous art style escapes easy description. The vibe is mournfully impressionistic, as if drops of color dissolving in water. Warning: may turn on the waterworks.

Developer: Jo-Mei Games – Publisher: Electronic Arts – Genre: Adventure – Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC – Release Date: 2019

17 Crackdown 3

Crackdown 3

Crackdown 3 has been in development hell for years now, having suffered multiple delays. But the game is finally coming this year.

Thankfully, it stars the human manifestation of sunshine, Terry Crews, to make up for the frustrating delays. The third iteration of the popular open world action-adventure franchise will probably involve a lot of moving around. Oh, and bombs. Lots and lots of bombs. How this third title freshens up the series formula is anyone’s guess.

Developer: Sumo Digital – Publisher: Microsoft Studios – Genre: Action-adventure – Platforms: Xbox One, PC – Release Date: February 2019

18 Dead Or Alive 6

Dead Or Alive 6

Can Dead Or Alive 6 be as phenomenal and game-changing as Dead Or Alive 2? We’ll find out this year when the latest entry to the ultra-popular fighting franchise finally comes out.

Dead Or Alive has always been fun, dynamic, fast-paced, and oftentimes compelling. It might even be beautiful. But sometimes it can get pretty sloppy. Which is why critics have never quite been comfortable putting it in the same ranks as its contemporaries like Street Fighter or Tekken.

Hopefully Dead Or Alive 6 finally makes them think twice.

Developer: Team Ninja – Publisher: Koei Tecmo – Genre: Fighting – Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC – Release Date: March 1

19 Babylon’s Fall

Babylon’s Fall

Babylon Fall was one of the most talked-about games at last year’s E3, and for good reason. It’s the next project from PlatinumGames, the company behind the Bayonetta series and Nier: Automata.

We don’t have much information at the moment, but the trailer fast forwards to the future and hints at a great and pervasive civil unrest caused by forces clashing with each other.

If the Bayonetta entries are anything to go by, this too will rely heavily on sophisticated hack-and-slash mechanics. In that regard, it already sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Developer: PlatinumGames – Publisher: Square Enix – Genre: TBD – Platforms: PS4, PC – Release Date: 2019

20 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

The latest from FromSoftware looks vastly different from the Dark Souls titles and Bloodborne, and that could be a good thing. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice marks a new direction for the developer in that it’s more about free-flowing fighting with a limited set of weapons.

Whereas players revelled in the Dark Souls games and Bloodborne, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice presents a fresh new milieu and brand-new sets of challenges. It takes you to medieval Japan and seems to prize stealth and aerial combat above all else.

Developer: FromSoftware – Publisher: FromSoftware, Activision – Genre: Action-adventure – Platforms:  PS$, Xbox One, PC – Release Date: March 22

21 Gears 5

Gears 5

The latest Gears of War game is coming this year at last, much to the delight of players around the world aching for a follow-up to this gruff and grisly series. Expect the third-person shooter to give you your daily fix of brutalism when it comes out sometime this year.

Kait Diaz, who first appeared on the Gears series as a supporting character, takes center stage. You follow her as she seeks the truth about the Locust invaders. Past heroes Marcus Fenix and HD will join you in your journey. With their own secret missions, no less.

Gears 5 is poised to pivot the series’ cover-shooter origins into a more full-fledged action-adventure genre. Hopefully that switch lends it a breath of fresh air.

Developer: The Coalition – Publisher: Microsoft Studios – Genre: Third-person shooter – Platforms: Xbox One, PC – Release Date: 2019

22 Ooblets

Ooblets

It’s hard to believe Nintendo didn’t make Ooblets. It has the makings of a true Nintendo title: charm, wit, silliness, and humor.

The title is heavily inspired by the likes of Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, and Harvest Moon (throw in a bit of Pokémon there, too).

The result is a farming and life simulator oozing with ridiculous twee. Set in a whimsical world full of kawaii creatures called Ooblets, the game is all about collecting them, growing them, and entering them in prestigious dance competitions. We’ll stop now because it’s only going to get weirder. In the best way.

Developer: Glumberland – Publisher: Double Fine – Genre: Life simulator – Platforms: Xbox One, PC – Release Date: 2019

23 Inmost

Inmost

If you like dark and twisted puzzle platformers, you’re likely going to love Inmost, the latest output from Hidden Layer Games, which takes place where else but in the underworld?

There has been a surge of platformers with an intricate focus on story. Celeste, a fine example, is arguably peak platforming genius, incorporating story with painfully heartrending results.

And if not story, characters. Although the genre has been flipped, turned upside down, and twisted many times, Inmost still looks like a fresh take on the model. The game also features one of the most terrifying pixel art we’ve ever seen.

Developer: Hidden Layer Games – Publisher: Chucklefish – Genre: Puzzle-platformer – Platforms: TBD – Release Date: 2019 

24 Days Gone

Days Gone

Except for The Walking Dead series, what other great zombie-apocalypse adventures can you name?

Thankfully, Days Gone is here to reinvigorate the genre and give it the gore it deserves. Set in the Pacific Northwest, Days Gone follows a motorcyclist bounty hunter as he pulls of a bevy of slick maneuvers to lure zombie hordes into choke points.

Unlike on most zombie shows, the zombies in this game are really brain-dead. Still, there’s power in numbers, and the undead know that better than us, the living. They’re also pretty varied, so you have to figure out how to defeat them using various strategies.

Developer: SIE Bend Studio – Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment – Genre: Action-adventure, survival-horror – Platforms: PS4 – Release Date: April 26

25 The Last Night

The Last Night

Where the heck is this game? Odd Tales stole our hearts when it debuted this 2.5D artistic masterpiece back in 2017, and since then it’s nowhere to be seen. There’s a chance it finally comes out this year, but don’t take our word for it.

The Last Night is hard to describe. Some say it’s an homage to classic platformers like Another World and Flashback. Some say it’s pixel art on steroids. Others just can’t quite put their finger on what it is exactly. We’re in the same boat. We don’t know what the heck it is, but we can’t stop staring. And we hope it comes very, very soon.

Developer: Odd Tales – Publisher: Raw Fury – Genre: Platformer – Platforms: Xbox One, PC, macOS, Linux – Release Date: TBD

26 Vane

Vane

Let’s face it, there’s never going to be anything like Ico again, one of the finest works from a genius like Fumito Ueda. But that doesn’t mean developers can’t try making one. So comes Vane, about the story of a boy in a vast desert landscape not visually unlike the expanse of Journey. The main character is able to transform into a bird, which should make roaming around caves and ruins much easier.

Developer: Friend & Foe – Publisher: Friend & Foe – Genre: Adventure, puzzle – Platforms: PS4 – Release Date: Out Now

27 The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds

A first-person RPG set in space? Groundbreaking. No shade intended, though, as this actually looks pretty intriguing despite its very familiar genre blend. It’s by Obsidian Entertainment, the folks responsible for Fallout: New Vegas and the Pillars of Eternity series.

It’s hard to say exactly what this game is about, but the trailer shows hints of a dystopia. Plus players exploring an alien planet and engaging in combat with that planet’s breed of monsters.

Developer: Obsidian Entertainment – Publisher: Private Division – Genre: Action-RPG – Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC – Release Date: 2019

28 The Division 2

The Division 2

The Division 2 sees the series move out of New York and toward Washington, D.C. (actually modeled after the city, by the way) seven months after the events of the original game. It takes place in America, which here is ruled by a dictator and engulfed in a civil war. In this game, you play as a member of the Division, an elite group of civilian agents charged with being the last line of defense. Washington is at risk, and it’s your duty to protect it.

Much like its predecessor, The Division 2 is a third-person online combat open world title. You can go solo if you’re feeling brave enough. If not, you can join a crew and topple the dictatorship slowly but surely. The game’s 1:1 representation of Washington, D.C. is the cherry on top. You can pull up the map for up-close-and-personal views of landmarks, natural landscapes, neighborhoods, and enemy hideouts.

Developer:  Massive Entertainment, Ubisoft Reflections – Publisher: Ubisoft – Genre: Online action RPG – Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC – Release Date: March 15

29 Afterparty

Afterparty

You play as Milo and Lola in Afterparty, best buds who were recently deceased and suddenly find out they’re bound to spend eternity in hell. But there’s a way to get their lives back, literally.

Simply outdrink Stan himself, the devil of all devils ,and you’ll be given a free pass into the world of the living. Go on the best bender ever as you solve the mystery of why you’re there in the first place. And maybe you can even avoid an infinite stay in hell while you’re at it.

Developer: Night School Studio – Publisher: Night School Studio – Genre: Adventure – Platforms: PC, macOS, Linux – Release Date: 2019

30 Sable

Sable

Sable rises through the cruft of haphazardly made indies with solid visuals and what appears to be compelling mechanics. Players take on the role of a young wanderer in an open-world planet. Here, nothing makes sense, everything is weird, and you will probably cry at some point. But that’s the beauty of a fleshed-out world, making the imagined seem real.

Described as a heartrending coming-of-age tale, Sable is part game, part graphic novel, part cinema. That fine blend of media is care of Shedworks, a relative newcomer in the field. You’ll be traversing around an open-world desert as you go on a personal journey and discover the history of the planet’s inhabitants. It’s best to have tissues at the ready.

Developer: Shedworks – Publisher: Raw Fury – Genre: Adventure, exploration – Platforms: Xbox One, PC, macOS – Release Date: 2019

A Glimpse into the Fascinating World of Vacheron Constantin

Holding a prestigious position among historic Swiss luxury watch brands that have been around for centuries, Vacheron Constantin is believed to be the oldest manufacturer of fine timepieces in continuous operation, followed closely by Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe. Together, they form the “big three” – a trinity of iconic names in the industry.

It was in 1755 that the company began to take shape, and it all started with a 24-year-old master watchmaker by the name of Jean-Marc Vacheron, who decided to sign on his first apprentice and seal the deal with an official contract. The contract was rediscovered many decades later, and before that even the company was unclear about its exact date of birth.

J.M. Vacheron’s passion and dedication to the craft was strong enough to survive through generations and thus it kept the company going even during critically harsh times, such as The Great Depression and World War II. Both his son and his grandson shared his talent and love for Swiss luxury, and they all played crucial parts in the watchmaker’s remarkable history of innovation and success.

As the business grew larger, the need for a good partner became increasingly apparent. Jacques Barthélémi Vacheron, the founder’s grandson, discovered the much needed help in a talented and visionary entrepreneur named François Constantin. The business received a new name – Vacheron et Constantin – as well as new horizons. With the help of a new partner, the company’s iconic Swiss luxury watches reached new markets, including that of North America.

It was Constantin who coined the company’s famous motto that says: “Do better if possible, and that is always possible”. Still relevant today, those words have been guiding Vacheron Constantin watchmakers for centuries, and we are happy to present to you some of their most inspiring creations. Keep reading our following Swiss luxury watch reviews for more remarkable watchmaking stories.Jean-Marc Vacheron Constantin

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Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées for Only Watch 2015

Created for the Only Watch 2015 charity event, the spectacular Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées timepiece draws its inspiration from the imposing European railway stations and their impressive architecture. With many decades of experience in creating beautiful openwork calibers, Vacheron Constantin took the art of engraving one step further, bringing it very close to the art of sculpture.

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The original in-house Caliber 4400 movement was transformed into a horological masterpiece by cutting out almost half of the solid material, thus inviting light to reach inside the mechanism and cast eye-catching shadows and reflections as if on a three dimensional work of art. Instead of using the classic tools which typically rendered straight lines and sharp angles, the master artisans have carefully hand-crafted the movement following smooth curves and a new interlacing pattern of interior juxtapositions.

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For an even more spectacular effect, the various components received different finishes – some polished, others matte – creating a pleasing contrast of textures. The one-off luxury watch was then further embellished with another artistic craft which Vacheron Constantin has employed for many of its creations since its inception, namely Grand Feu enameling. The deep red color of the enamel is one of the most difficult to work with using the Grand Feu technique, and the circular application along a ring poses another set of challenges, given the increased risk of distortion. However, the challenge was welcomed by the fabled watch manufacturer, and the result is nothing short of flawless.

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Metiers d'Art Mecaniques Ajourees Watch

Technical data:

Reference: 82020/000G-B143
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Caliber: 4400SQ
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
28.60 mm (12 ’’’ ½) diameter
2.80 mm thick
Approximately 65 hours power reserve
4Hz (28’800 vibrations/hour)
127 components
21 jewels
Hand-engraved openworked caliber on front and back

Indications: Hours, minutes

Case: 18K white gold
40 mm diameter, 7.50 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial: Red Grand Feu opaque enameled external ring
Openworked Roman numerals on an 18K gold ring
“ONLY WATCH” openworked on the 18K gold ring, at 3 o’clock

Strap: Black Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with alligator leather inner shell, stitched-tip, large square scales

Clasp: 18K white gold buckle
Half Maltese cross-shaped

Accessory: Delivered with a magnifying glass
Unique piece for ONLY WATCH
“2015” and “N°1/1” engraved on the back of the timepiece

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Harmony Collection – Limited Edition Timepieces

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Harmony is the latest collection of luxury timepieces from Vacheron Constantin. Its launch marks the company’s 260th birthday and the first seven models represent limited anniversary issues. The timepieces are inspired by the watchmaker’s first wristwatch chronographs, which were manufactured in 1928, but they feature fresh contemporary aesthetics based on a brand new cushion shape.

The first four timepieces in the collection pay tribute to the chronograph complication itself. Interestingly enough, the first ever chronograph complication was actually produced by Vacheron Constantin in 1873 for pocket watches that were used mainly by doctors.

The new self-winding Caliber 3500 is only 5.20 mm thick, making it the thinnest monopusher pulsimeter chronograph in the world; Caliber 3300 is also a monopusher pulsimeter chronograph, but with manual winding, and it represents the closest variation to the original 1928 caliber; Caliber 3200 is a monopusher tourbillon chronograph with a manually-wound mechanism; Caliber 1142 is a manually-wound double-pusher ladies’ chronograph.

The last three watches in the line feature an all-new dual-time movement, Caliber 2640DT, which successfully merges tradition with cutting-edge technologies and manufacturing techniques. Two of them are dedicated to men and are available in pink or white gold, while the last one is a white gold piece with glamorous diamond adornments.

Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955

Characterized by a pleasing juxtaposition of old and new, the Cornes de Vache 1955 chronograph represents a contemporary interpretation of an iconic Vacheron Constantin model, created back in 1955. The original timepiece was the watchmaker’s first water-resistant, anti-magnetic chronograph, and it remains to this day one of their three most coveted watches by vintage collectors.

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Aesthetically, the new timepiece features a subtle tension between curves and straight lines, as well as between classical elegance and modern adornments. The traditional round case is topped by beautifully stylized ‘cornes de vache’ or ‘cow-horn’ lugs, for an overall look that is bold and full of character.

While the original watch featured a 35-mm 18kt gold case, the new one has a larger, 38.5-mm case in 950 platinum. The slight difference in size allows for improved readability due to an airier display of dial and subdial elements. Legibility was also enhanced by the royal blue tachometric scale, 30-minute counter hand, and central seconds hand. The applied Roman numeral hour markers and the hands are made of 18kt white gold.

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Vacheron Constantin Cornes de Vache 1955

Cornes de Vache 1955 chronograph

Vacheron Constantin has come a long way since the introduction of their very first chronograph complication in an 1877 pocket watch. Almost 140 years later, the Cornes de Vache 1955 makes a wonderful addition to the Historiques collection, flaunting a hand-wound Caliber 1142 with a 48-hour power reserve, a 3 Hz frequency, and 164 hand-decorated movement parts, some of which can be easily admired through the sapphire caseback.

Technical data

Reference: 5000H/000P-B058

Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Calibre: 1142

Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin

Mechanical, manual-winding

27.5 mm (12’’’) diameter, 5.6 mm thick

Approximately 48 hours of power reserve

3Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

164 components

21 jewels

Indications: Hours, minutes

Small seconds at 9 o’clock

Column-wheel chronograph (30-minute counter)

Case: Platinum 950

38.5 mm diameter, 10.9 mm thick

Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial: Silvered opaline center with sun-brushed external zone (minute-track and tachometer scale)

18K white gold applied hour-markers

Strap: Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Buckle: Platinum 950 buckle

Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Gravées Collection

Marking the 260th anniversary of Vacheron Constantin, these two stunning luxury timepieces represent a glorious return to the company’s roots by bringing classic ornamental traditions into the limelight. As we’ve come to expect of every new addition to the Métiers d’Art collection, they beautifully incorporate fine art into the watchmaking process.

In both models, the distinctive feature is the incredibly detailed hand-engraved movement. The plates and bridges feature intricate floral, scrolling and arabesque motifs which speak volumes about the extreme dexterity of the master artisans who worked on them. To better demonstrate the skill of these artists, Vacheron Constantin decided to not make any changes in dimension to the original movements before starting to engrave them.

Both Caliber 2260 and Caliber 4400 have kept their slender figures untouched, meaning that no part was thickened in order to make the engraver’s work easier. Consequently, the artisan had to carve out material from miniature pieces that were less than one millimeter thick, sometimes thinning them down to 0.35 mm. The task was so demanding, that one movement took more than ten days of painstaking work to complete.

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Caliber 2260 was placed inside a 41-mm 950 platinum round case, and it is a 14-day mechanical hand-wound tourbillon movement. Its 280° power reserve window allows for a very precise division into exactly 14 days, as well as 12-hour subdivisions for extra precision. Water resistant to 30 meters, it features a sapphire crystal back which offers a generous view of the 231-part movement.

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Technical data

Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Gravées – 14-day tourbillon

Reference: 6000A/000P-B026

Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Only available in Vacheron Constantin Boutiques

Caliber: 2260/1

Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin

Mechanical, manual-winding

29.1 mm (12’’’¾) diameter

6.8 mm thick

Approximately 336 hours (14 days) of power reserve

2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)

231 components

31 jewels

Hand-engraved caliber on front and back with “acanthus leaves” pattern

(copper-plate and champlevé)

Indications: Hours

Minutes

Small seconds at 6’oclock on tourbillon carriage

Power reserve

Tourbillon

Case: Platinum 950

41 mm diameter, 12.35 mm thick

Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial: Central zone: sapphire glass, engraved and inked indications

External zone: slate-colored metal external ring with transferred minute-track

Bracelet: Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Buckle: Platinum 950 buckle

Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Accessory: Delivered with a magnifying glass

Caliber 4400 is also housed in a round 950 platinum case and it features 127 different parts. It has almost three days of power reserve, and it drives hour and minute functions. While the previous model has a perfectly transparent dial, this one features no dial whatsoever, but the white gold hands and slate grey minute outer circle makes everything perfectly legible. Also water resistant to 30 meters, this model too features a transparent back.

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Technical data

Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Gravées

Reference: 1100A/000P-B026

Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Only available in Vacheron Constantin Boutiques

Caliber: 4400/1

Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin

Mechanical, manual-winding

28.6 mm (12’’’½) diameter

2.8 mm thick

Approximately 65 hours of power reserve

4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

127 components

21 jewels

Hand-engraved caliber on front and back with “acanthus leaves” pattern

(copper-plate and champlevé)

Indications: Hours, minutes

Case: Platinum 950

39 mm diameter, 8.5 mm thick

Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial: Slate-colored metal external ring with transferred minute-track

Bracelet: Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Buckle: Platinum 950 buckle

Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Accessory: Delivered with a magnifying glass

Métiers d’Art Savoirs Enluminés

Another example of Vacheron Constantin’s undisputed creativity and expertise in artistic crafts, the Savoir Enluminés line is a superb addition to the brand’s fabled Métiers d’Art collection. This is a limited series of only 60 units which celebrate the marriage of exceptional watchmaking expertise and absolute mastery of the decorative arts.

The range is inspired by historic illuminated manuscripts, more specifically an ancient Celtic manuscript called Aberdeen Bestiary, which was recovered during the Middle Ages, and which amazes with the quality of its miniaturized decorations. Old illuminations represented miniature works of decorative art which accompanied old handwritten documents.

This art required the harmonious collaboration of painters, gilders and scribes for a beautiful and unitary outcome. The same type of close communication was also what ensured the success of the Savoir Enluminés project, with watchmaking experts working closely with master artisans for spectacular results.

Drawing inspiration from the 12th century Celtic “book of beasts”, each timepiece features an incredibly detailed illustration of an animal, representing a different human emotion or character trait. The 22-carat gold dials make for excellent backdrops onto which the miniature enameled masterpieces are displayed.

Adding to the artistic complexity of the watches, the movements boast an original hour display, which was developed in keeping with the traditions of haute horlogerie. Three hour wheels, each carrying four numerals, take turns in indicating the hour across a fixed 60-minute gradation on the right side of the dial. A subtle golden background of old letters brings the entire design together and adds a poetic touch to the time-reading experience.

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Technical data

Métiers d’Art Savoirs Enluminés

Reference: 7000S/000G-B001 – Vultures

7000S/000G-B002 – Caper

7000S/000G-B003 – Altion

Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Only available in Vacheron Constantin Boutiques

Caliber: 1120 AT

Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin

Mechanical self-winding, with dragging hours additional mechanism

32.80 mm (12’’’½) diameter

5.45 mm thick

Approximately 40 hours of power reserve

2.75 Hz (19’800 vibrations/hour)

205 components

36 jewels

Indications: Hours, minutes

Time indicated by Arabic numerals mounted on satellite-wheels

The hours move one after the other across a 120° scale located on the lower dial

Case: 18K white gold

40 x 49.45 mm, 10.30 mm thick

Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Name of the inspiration model engraved on caseband

Dial: Two-level dial:

Upper dial : hand-textured champlevé gold base with Grand Feu miniature enameling

Lower dial : polished letters in relief on a grained gold base

Strap: Brown Mississippiensis alligator leather strap, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Buckle: 18K white gold triple blade folding clasp

Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Accessories: Delivered with a magnifying glass, a pair of gloves and a dedicated brochure to better showcase the craftsmanship and technicality behind these creations

Limited edition of 20 pieces for each model

« N°X/20 » engraved on the back of each timepiece

Overseas and Overseas Dual Time Limited Editions

Created for refined travelers, the Overseas and Overseas Dual Time limited edition watches flaunt a wonderful mix of classic elegance and sporty sophistication. They represent an impossible-to-refuse invitation to embark on a new journey of discovery and adventure. The ultramarine color of the dial evokes the oceans which a regular traveler often crosses in their quest for new horizons.

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The Overseas model is powered by a mechanical self-winding Caliber 1226 movement, and it indicates the hour, minutes, seconds, and date. For the Overseas Dual Time version, Vacheron Constantin used a self-winding Caliber 1222 SC mechanism with a few extra functions in addition to the other model’s: a dual-time display – as the name suggests, day/night indication and a power-reserve display.

Both movements beat at a frequency of 28,800 vph and can work without winding for approximately 40 hours. A soft iron case is integrated into the timepiece case itself to ensure protection from magnetic fields. Being fit for explorers, the watches also boast a water resistance of 15 bar (approx. 150 meters or 492 feet). The simple date version is limited to 350 units, while the Dual Time one is a 300-unit issue.

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Overseas (simple date)

Technical data

Overseas (simple date)

Reference: 47040/000A-9008

Caliber: 1226

Mechanical, self-winding

Anti-magnetic protection

26.6 mm (11’’’ ¼) diameter

3.25 mm thick

Approximately 40 hours of power reserve

4 Hz (28,000 vibrations/hour)

143 components

36 jewels

Indications: Hours, minutes

Center seconds

Date

Case: Stainless steel

42 mm diameter, 9.7 mm thick

Screwed-down crown

Solid case-back with stamped “Overseas” medallion

Water resistance tested at a pressure of 15 bar (approx. 150 meters)

Dial: Vanished blue shiny dial, white painted indications

Hands and hour-markers in 18K gold, pfinodal seconds hand

Hours and minutes hands and hour-markers with white luminescent material

Strap: Blue rubber

Delivered with a second blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap, hand-stitched, large square scales

Clasp: Stainless steel triple blade folding clasp, double security with buttons

Limited edition of 350 timepieces

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time 47450

Overseas dual time

Technical data

Overseas dual time

Reference: 47450/000A-9039

Caliber: 1222 SC

Mechanical, self-winding

Anti-magnetic protection

26.6 mm (11’’’ ¼) diameter

4.85 mm thick

Approximately 40 hours of power reserve

4 Hz (28,000 vibrations/hour)

153 components

34 jewels

Indications: Hours, minutes

Center seconds

Hand-type date

Second time zone with day/night indication

Power reserve

Case: Stainless steel

42 mm diameter, 12.45 mm thick

Screwed-down crown and pushpiece

Solid case-back with stamped “Overseas” medallion

Water resistance tested at a pressure of 15 bar (approx. 150 meters)

Dial: Vanished blue shiny dial, white painted indications

Blue snailed counters with rhodiumized diamond-polished filets

Hands and hour-markers in 18K gold, pfinodal seconds hand

Hours and minutes hands and hour-markers with white luminescent material

Strap: Blue rubber

Delivered with a second blue Mississippiensis alligator leather strap, hand-stitched, large square scales

Clasp: Stainless steel triple blade folding clasp, double security with buttons

Limited edition of 300 timepieces

Top 10 Most Expensive Historic Paintings in The World

It can be baffling how much a historically significant work of art can go for at auction. Not everybody gets it, but then again not everybody can afford the perspective of a millionaire. For anyone interested in some of the most remarkable and expensive paintings ever sold, we created this list of truly exceptional pieces.

From portraits to landscapes and abstract creations, all paintings have a story to tell. They talk about an era, but most of all about the artists behind them. Every work of art on this list is accompanied by a few key facts about its maker, who more often than not was underappreciated during his lifetime. Centuries later, however, these masterpieces ended up fetching millions of dollars at public and private sales which only the privileged got to attend.

Historic Expensive Paintings

When Will You Marry?

It never ceases to amaze us how little-appreciated some artists are in their lifetime and then how incredibly expensive their works become long after their demise. The When Will You Marry? Post-Impressionist oil painting by Paul Gauguin represents one of the most spectacular such stories of late fame: it recently became the world’s most expensive piece of art. [Update: A legal dispute has revealed that a painting thought to be the world’s most expensive artwork is not the most expensive one after all. Paul Gauguin’s 1892 oil painting “Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry)?” sold for $210 million in 2014, $90 million less than originally reported]

About Paul Gauguin

Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin had a strong influence on iconic artists such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. However, this only happened after his tragic death (morphine overdose) in 1903. During his life, the French Post-Impressionist artist did not manage to raise much interest, though he tinkered with various arts: sculpture, ceramics, print making, painting, and writing.

He was initially a successful stockbroker, during which time he earned a lot of money from both brokering and art dealing. However, the Parisian stock market suffered a great blow in 1882 and crashed, which led to the quick deterioration of Gauguin’s personal wealth. Shortly afterwards he decided to become a full-time painter.

His decision affected his relationship with his Danish wife and her family, who eventually decided to banish him for not staying true to their middle-class values. His vision of romance and realty gradually deteriorated to the point where the artist started to see the world through his own made-up fictions.

As an example, Gauguin tried to portray Tahiti as a place where people spent their time doing nothing else but sing and make love. He did so both in his paintings and in a book that he later wrote to describe his adventures in the French Polynesia. Neither his paintings nor his writings enjoyed any real success in his lifetime, and he eventually ended up bitterly disappointed by reality. His talent and artistic influence were only later fully recognized.

The French artist who created it did not enjoy much attention during his life, and yet this painting was sold to an undisclosed buyer for approximately $300 million (the exact sum has not been revealed). The image depicts two Tahitian women, and it used to be on loan at the Kunstmuseum in Basel for nearly half a century.

During that time it was owned by the family of Rudolf Staechelin, one of the most important Swiss art collectors of the early 20th century. Experts believe the buyer to be Qatar Museums, but the painting will only be delivered to its new owner in January 2016.

When will you marry - Paul Gauguin Oil Painting 1892

When Will You Marry? by Paul Gauguin

The Card Players

Painted in the early 1890s, The Card Players series by Paul Cezanne was completed during the artist’s so-called final period, in which he created some of his most acclaimed works. There are five final versions of the scene, all showing Provencal peasants focused on the game of cards. The number of subjects and the size of the paintings varies, but the final three are very similar in composition, showing only two men.

About Paul Cezanne

Recognized as the father of all 20th century artists by masters such as Picasso and Matisse, Paul Cezanne represents the artistic bridge between the 19th century Impressionism and the radically different tendencies of the following century, especially cubism. Like many great artists, he was initially misunderstood by the public, but his desire to break from norms and to freely express himself kept him going. He eventually completely grew out of the conventions of the time.

His exploratory and repetitive brushstrokes are instantly recognizable, and his works show his dedication to understanding human visual perception. Cezanne was preoccupied with the simplification of forms and their reduction to basic geometric shapes such as spheres, cylinders and cubes. He was also fascinated by optical phenomena and tried to render binocular vision in graphic form by painting slightly different visual perceptions of the same subject.

His visual explorations opened a new path for the younger artists of his time and for the ones who followed. In order to achieve a “lived perspective”, Cezanne renounced essential classic artistic concepts, such as single view perspective, pictorial arrangements, and even outlines, which in his vision simply enclosed color. This tendency of altering the objects in order to capture the complexity of what the eye naturally sees later evolved into even greater distortions and eventually into form fracturing as seen in the iconic works of Picasso.

One version was sold in 2011 for a record price, and even though the exact sum has never been disclosed, it is believed to be the second most expensive painting ever sold, estimated to have fetched between $250 and $300 million. The buyer was the Royal Family of Qatar.

A number of drawings and sketches were made in preparation for this project. Over a dozen studies paved the road for the final five pieces, but there is no way to tell for sure what the exact order of completion for each painting in the series was.

The Card Players - Paul Cezanne most expensive painting

The Card Players by Paul Cezanne

No. 5, 1948

Often described as a “dense bird’s nest”, No. 5, 1948 is a record-breaking painting by famous American abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. Its first ever buyer was Alfonso A. Ossorio, who paid $1,500 for it back in 1948. If that sum doesn’t say much to you today, $140 million certainly will. That is how much the painting went for at a 2006 sale, when an unknown buyer added it to his or her collection.

About Jackson Pollock

The unique drip painting technique is instantly recognizable as a Jackson Pollock trademark. You don’t need to be an art connoisseur to know the name behind the iconic No. 5, 1948 painting, as well as all the others in the series.

This totally innovative way of creating art is what Pollock is most famous for as a contributor to the abstract expressionist movement of the 1940s. He first discovered liquid paint in 1936 during a workshop in New York City. This opened a new door for the artist’s creative spirit and he soon started using synthetic resin-based paints, which represented a completely unconventional medium at the time.

He also ditched the traditional art tools and replaced them with pretty much anything that met his creative needs: sticks, hardened brushes, basting syringes. Pollock discovered that sturdier surfaces such as walls and floors worked better for his art than the conventional easels. By placing his canvas on the floor he had the privilege of working on his paintings from various angles and he could even “literally be in the painting”, as he himself pointed out.

Pollock was known to completely disconnect from the environment and everything that was going on around him while he worked. “When I’m in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing”, he said. His painting technique had him constantly move around the canvas in a dance-like manner searching for the right angles from which to add new dimension to his creations. Contrary to what some may believe, his drip paintings were not the result of accidents, but of purpose-driven actions, as well as a complete lack of fear to experiment and adjust while in the middle of the creative process.

This is not only a prime example of very expensive abstract art, but also the most expensive Jackson Pollock ever sold. Prohibitive as that price may be, it is actually completely justified in the world of arts. The rarer a painting is, the more expensive it is going to be.

Also, pieces that have had a significant impact on the evolution of art and the birth of new movements are always going to be more valuable than ordinary ones, and Pollock’s No. 5, 1948 definitely embodies the essence of a new artistic era called abstract expressionism. Plus, the painting is the only one from the artist’s drip series that is not safely displayed in a museum, which makes it incredibly covetable among art collectors.

No. 5, 1948, dense bird’s nest - Jackson Pollock - expensive abstract art

No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock

Le Reve (The Dream)

One of the most expensive oil paintings currently in private hands, Le Reve is a 1932 creation of Pablo Picasso. The world-famous Spanish artist was 50 years old when he painted this, and the young lady in the picture was his 22-year-old mistress Marie-Therese Walter. While distorted characters were very common in the painter’s depictions at the time, some people believe that the dramatically tilted head of the woman was intentionally drawn so as to resemble an erect penis – arguably symbolizing Picasso’s passionate feelings for his lover.

About Pablo Picasso

While Pablo Picasso’s cubist paintings may suggest that he actually did not know how to properly draw, one would be very far from the truth to assume that. Picasso was born in a middle-class Spanish family which valued art very much: his father was a painter, and young Pablo’s first word was a shortened version of the Spanish word for pencil.

His drawing skills were remarkable even from an early age, so starting at age seven he began to receive formal artistic training from his father, who believed in the traditional academic ways of teaching art. By the time Pablo was 13 years old, his master already felt surpassed by his son’s talent and precise technique.

At age 16, the young artist was sent to Madrid’s Royal Academy of San Fernando, which was the best art school in the country. Formal education, though, did not satisfy Pablo Picasso’s need for freedom of expression, so he gradually strayed from traditional techniques, creating his own set of rules.

He became famous for developing and exploring a variety of new styles, such as constructed sculpture (assemblage), collage, and cubism. The latter represents what Picasso is most famous for: an avant-garde movement which he co-developed together with George Braque. Highly prolific, Picasso became widely appreciated for his revolutionary views and accomplishments, and gained remarkable fame and fortune – something that very few artists have the privilege to experience in their lifetime.

With oversimplified shapes and bold contrasting colors, Le Reve last changed hands in 2013, when Steven A. Cohen paid $155 million for it. The seller was Steve Wynn, a casino magnate with poor peripheral vision. That last detail is relevant because it led to the accidental damage of the painting in 2006: Wynn put his shoulder through the canvas, tearing a six-inch hole into it. After paying $90,000 for repairs and having some insurance troubles, he was finally able to sell the painting to Cohen, making Le Reve the most expensive Picasso.

Le Reve The Dream - Pablo Picasso - the most expensive Picasso

Le Reve (The Dream) by Pablo Picasso

Garcon a la Pipe (Boy with Pipe)

Another famous Picasso, Garcon a la Pipe is a 1905 creation that belongs to the artist’s Rose Period. It shows a teenage boy wearing a wreath of flowers and holding a pipe, but the identity of this young man has remained unknown. The artist himself (24 years old at the time) was very vague about it, which suggests that he either didn’t know the boy, or didn’t want people to know who he was.

The creative process involved lots of posing, during which time Picasso had the young man changing positions from standing up to leaning against a wall and finally sitting. The exact placement of the hand holding the pipe was also a detail that took a lot of preparation.

The artistic and historic value of the painting is not really significant, but it has still managed to fetch over $104 million at a Sotheby’s auction in 2004, simply because it is a Picasso. Experts have even been disappointed by “how much the marketplace is divorced from the true values of art”, as curator Pepe Karmel put it.

Garcon a la Pipe (Boy with Pipe) - Picasso - expensive piece of art

Garcon a la Pipe (Boy with Pipe) by Pablo Picasso

The Scream

The original name of the painting is actually The Scream of Nature, but it is better known as simply The Scream by Edvard Munch. The Norwegian expressionist artist created four versions of the work – using tempera, pastel, and crayon– between 1893 and 1910.

About Edvard Munch

The painting for which Edvard Munch is most famous actually embodies the essence of his artistic direction and even of his personal story. The popular name of the paining is The Scream, and it depicts a troubled person whose expression and figure are distorted by pain or agony.

Growing up without a mother (she died when Edvard was very young) and with an overly-religious father who struggled with mental illness, the artist struggled with fear of hell, death and insanity for all of his life. A series of family tragedies marked his development in a deep way, with one of his sisters dying of tuberculosis at age 16, another sister being institutionalized in a psychiatric institution, and his only brother dying at age 30, only a few months after getting married.

In 1886 Munch finished the first rendition of a painting called “The Sick Child”, which showed his teenage sister on the deathbed next to a grieving woman with her head bowed in sorrow, seemingly for not being able to help the child. This was the artist’s first work for which he left behind the norms of realist representations and used his brushstrokes to express emotions rather than objective realities.

The painting was not received well by critics at the time, but Munch continued to explore this new way of expression and later became a world-renowned initiator of Expressionism: a modernist movement that focused on representing reality solely from a subjective perspective. The physical world becomes less important in an expressionist’s art, and it is even distorted in order to evoke moods, ideas and feelings. Munch’s real success only occurred when he started creating art in this novel and inspiring way.

The composition depicts a sexless screaming person with a movingly agonized expression. The person appears to be standing on a bridge, with a deep orange and red sky in the background. The artist explained his source of inspiration in a hand-painted poem that he placed onto the frame of one of the pastel versions:

“I was walking along the road with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.”

The 1895 pastel-on-board version set a new record price in 2012, when it was sold by Sotheby’s for $120 million. Much more expensive paintings have gone under the hammer since then, but at the time that was a huge price for a painting that was originally expected to fetch around $40 million.

The Scream by Edvard Munch - expensive painting

The Scream by Edvard Munch

Woman III

For non-connoisseur of art, Woman III is probably one of the strangest and most expensive paintings out there. For passionate collectors, it is a covetable masterpiece which rightfully fetched $137.5 million when it last went on the market in 2006. The buyer was Steven A. Cohen, and the inflation-adjusted price puts it at number 4 on the world’s most expensive paintings list.

Expressionist painter Willelm de Kooning created six versions of it between 1951 and 1953, all inspired by his wife. She became his muse after they first met in 1950, and thus the iconic Woman series began. Highly reminiscent of Picasso’s deconstructive portraits, these works are prime examples of abstract expressionism.

About Willem de Kooning

With a very unique style of painting, Willem de Kooning was one of the visionary artists that formed what became known as the New York School – an informal group where American musicians, painters, dancers, and poets of the 1950s and 1960s created freely, drawing inspiration from avant-garde movements such as surrealism, action painting, experimental music, jazz, and improvisational theater.

De Kooning’s style became known as abstract expressionism, with his iconic black-and-white series (painted approximately between 1946 and 1949) playing a very important role in the history of the movement. While most people don’t see much beyond the densely packed shapes and seemingly random brush strokes, art enthusiasts will always appreciate the spontaneity and free expression of self that is naturally encompassed within Willem de Kooning’s creations.

Woman III by Willem de Kooning - strangest and most expensive paintings

Woman III by Willem de Kooning

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

With quite a tumultuous history, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is the first of two portraits by Gustav Klimt representing an art-loving lady from Vienna. Adele Bloch-Bauer and his wealthy husband were good friends and patrons of the artist, and Adele became the only model to be painted twice by Klimt.

About Gustav Klimt

One of the artists who initiated the Vienna Secession movement, Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter who found most of his artistic inspiration in the female body. Many of his creations are marked by open eroticism, but Klimt also painted landscapes.

During his first period of success as an artist, he made remarkable architectural decorations, but his inclination to paint nudes attracted too much criticism. He consequently decided to no longer accept public commissions – a decision which eventually led him to the famous “golden phase”, or his second stage of artistic success.

Rather private, Klimt did not like to socialize with other artists very much, and he kept his interactions mostly limited to the Secession Movement and his undisclosed lovers. Patrons would have to visit him at home, where he passionately worked very long hours. He did not write much about himself and never made a self-portrait, saying “There is nothing special about me. I am a painter who paints day after day from morning to night… Whoever wants to know something about me… ought to look carefully at my pictures.”

This spectacular 54-inch by 54-inch oil and gold on canvas painting was commissioned by the model’s husband, industrialist Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, and its completion took three years of work. After Adele’s death and the Nazi invasion of Austria, the masterpiece was confiscated together with the rest of the Bloch-Bauer properties. It was only in 2006 that it found its way back into the rightful heiress Maria Altmann’s hands, as established by a panel of judges.

Not long afterwards, the painting was sold for a remarkable $135 million through Christie’s. It now represents the most spectacular piece in businessman Ronald Lauder’s New York art collection. The rightful inheritors’ decision to sell all of the paintings that were restituted to them by the government was criticized by many. People expected the family to use this opportunity to tell a story of justice after the Holocaust instead of a tale of greed, as they see it.

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I - Gustav Klimt - art-loving lady from Vienna

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt

Portrait of Dr. Gachet

Vincent Van Gogh’s intention when painting his famous Portrait of Dr. Gachet was to immortalize the sensitivity, gentleness, intelligence and melancholy of the doctor who helped manage the artist’s health during the last months of his life. He described the project as a “modern portrait”, which was a fitting description for the then unconventional painting.

About Vincent Van Gogh

One of the most recognizable artists that ever lived, Vincent Van Gogh was a great post-impressionist painter, with a remarkable influence on the 20th century art. He drew landscapes, still lifes, portraits and quite a significant number of self-portraits. He was a remarkably prolific artist, producing over 2,100 artworks in only about one decade of activity: he started painting in his late twenties and he passed away at thirty-seven.

Even though he drew as a child, and even worked for an art dealing company, Van Gogh began his career as a painter only later. During his early adulthood, he was a very religious man, with a desire to become a minister, but his experience with religion turned out to be more frustrating than rewarding for him.

His brother Theo encouraged him to explore his artistic side and even connect with an important Dutch artist of the time, named Willem Roelofs. He took his new path very seriously and spent a lot of time studying and drawing. His first major work was finished in 1885, the same year that Van Gogh lost his father. After years of studying peasant characters, he finally created a truly remarkable piece, called The Potato Eaters.

Vincent Van Gogh’s life and artistic activity was tragically affected by mental illness. It was only towards the end of his life that he finally seemed to gain more confidence and control in his work. After moving to France in 1888 and discovering the French impressionists, he seemed to finally find his true personal style as an artist.
At the age of 37, however, he died as a result of an infection from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. After a short and intense life, Van Gogh left the world suddenly, but not without leaving a priceless artistic legacy behind.

Dr. Gachet was recommended to Van Gogh by a former patient of his, who knew of the doctor’s interest to work with artists. Upon meeting him for the first time, the painter felt disappointed by the doctor, describing him as “sicker than I am”. Soon afterwards, though, he found many similarities between them, both mentally and physically, and ended up being very fond of his caretaker.

In 1990, after changing hands a few times over the years, the first version of the portrait broke the record for the most expensive painting at the time, by fetching $82.5 million at a Christie’s auction. After the demise of his buyer six years later, the whereabouts of the painting remained undisclosed. To this date, the portrait remains the most expensive Van Gogh painting.

Portrait of Dr. Gachet - most expensive Van Gogh painting

Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent Van Gogh

Bal du Moulin de la Galette

Bal du Moulin de la Galette (popularly known as Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette) is one of the most notable masterpieces of the Impressionist era. It was painted in 1876 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, who beautifully capture the atmosphere of the typical Sunday afternoon dance at Moulin de la Galette, in Paris.

About Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Contributing greatly to the development of the Impressionist movement, Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French painter who loved and celebrated beauty, especially in the female figure. His talent for drawing was apparent from childhood, so when as a boy he worked in a porcelain factory, he was asked to decorate fine china.

He later went on to formally study art and meet a few important artists of the time, including Alfred Sisley and Claude Monet. While his success came slowly, Renoir did eventually become a highly regarded and very fashionable painter of his time. His work first received positive reactions at the Paris Salon of 1868, where Lise with a Parasol gained much attention.
The artist eventually became the co-founder of Impressionism, together with his friends Monet, Cezanne, Pissarro and Degas. The five of them decided to exhibit their paintings independently in 1874 in Paris, and that event became the world’s first Impressionist exhibition – which was actually not a very big success at the time.

Shedding the traditional styles and techniques, the artists created what people called “impressions”, rather than accurate and highly detailed representations of reality. Renoir loved working with brighter colors to create more luminous compositions, and he also enjoyed mixing various types of brushstrokes in order to best illustrate his visions. His three sons – Pierre, Jean, and Claude – inherited his artistic inclinations and went on to become an actor, a filmmaker, and a ceramic artist, respectively.

Working class Parisians of the time would gather there every week, all dressed up nicely and ready to dance, socialize, enjoy drinks and eat ‘galettes’ – a type of crusty cakes. Some of the characters in the painting were inspired by real people who regularly went to the dance, as the artist’s civil servant friend mentioned in his memoir called Renoir et ses amis.

There are two versions of the painting, both oil on canvas, but one is significantly smaller than the other. Experts could not determine which of the two was painted first, and other than their size, the differences between them are not significant: the composition is identical, and the colors are very similar, but the smaller painting flaunts a more fluid and spontaneous in execution.

The large version is safely displayed in the Musee d’Orsay, and has been since 1986. The smaller one, however, has been in private hands for many years. Its current owner has remained undisclosed, but the last public purchase happened in 1990, when the same collector who also bought the famous Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Van Gogh paid $78 million for it, making it the most expensive Renoir painting ever.

Bal du Moulin de la Galette - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - most expensive Renoir painting

Bal du Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Richest Criminals & Gangsters and Their Troubling Stories

Probably one of the fastest ways to become rich is to engage in some sort of illegal activities. Now, while we do not approve their actions, we cannot exclude some of the world’s richest criminals from our luxury encyclopedia. They managed to build financial empires for themselves, enjoying luxury lifestyle services, vacations, properties, and everything in between.

Drug trafficking was the major source of income for most of these characters, but some also engaged in illegal weapon sales and terrorism. What is remarkable is the fact that some of them even made it into the famous Forbes lists of ridiculously rich people. In most cases their illegal operations and criminal actions led these leaders to prison and sometimes even death, but until that point hey all basked in an abundance of privileges and pretty much everything that money can buy.

Pablo Escobar

Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria the notorious Colombian drug lord

Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria the notorious Colombian drug lord

Pablo Escobar, aka The King of Cocaine, was a ridiculously rich Colombian drug lord, who dealt only with cocaine. He remained famous for his impressive wealth, being considered the world’s richest criminal ever. In the early 1990s, his drug empire translated to a personal fortune of about $30 billion ($58 billion after inflation adjustment for 2014). In 1989, Escobar’s cartel controlled 80% of the global cocaine market, which brought him worldwide notoriety. He was even featured on the Forbes list of billionaires, which included 227 people at the time.

the story of pablo escobar

The Story of Pablo Escobar

I’d rather be in a grave in Colombia than in prison in the United States

Pablo Escobar

I can replace things, but I could never replace my wife and kids

Pablo Escobar

Pablo Escobar and his soon Sebastián Marroquín( born Pablo Emilio Escobar )

Pablo Escobar and his soon Sebastián Marroquín( born Pablo Emilio Escobar )

Pablo Escobar wife Maria Victoria Henao

Pablo Escobar wife Maria Victoria Henao

Pablo Escobar and his daughter Manuela Escobar Henao

Pablo Escobar and his daughter Manuela Escobar Henao

As a child he set himself a very high goal: he wanted to become rich quick, and he had the ambition of being a millionaire by age twenty-two. Pablo (his full name was Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria) began his career as a criminal in his teenage years by selling contraband cigarettes, stealing cars, running petty street scams, selling fake lottery tickets, and even stealing and then selling gravestones. His brother later claimed that the gravestones were not stolen, but taken away from those who hadn’t paid for the site.

There can only be one king.

Pablo Escobar

Pablo Escobar after his arrest for trafficking in 1976

Pablo Escobar after his arrest for trafficking in 1976

In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn’t know what he is doing.

Pablo Escobar

The first time he made a quick $100,000 was in his early twenties, when he kidnaped and received a ransom for an important executive in Medellin, his hometown. Soon afterwards he entered the alluring realm of drug dealing and worked his way up to become its undisputed ruler in the city. The 1980s represented the height of his trafficking career, and at that time he would spend $1,000 a week on rubber bands that were used to wrap the innumerable stacks of cash.

The money was deposited mainly in warehouses, which led to a significantly high annual loss of ten percent, caused by rats that would creep in and nibble at the bills. Even so, Escobar’s wealth was increasing constantly, allowing him to enjoy a fabulous luxury lifestyle, while dealing with the authorities in a very simple way: his approach was called “plata o plomo”, which literally meant “silver or lead”, alluding to the fact that the authorities had only two options – to accept hefty bribes, or to be shot.

Having a native talent for public relations, the drug lord also played the Robin Hood card by helping the poor in his city. He would sponsor children’s football teams, and even help build schools, hospitals and churches. The poor loved him and voluntarily helped conceal his illegal operations by not talking to the authorities or by helping as lookouts. When he was finally cornered and shot dead by the police in 1993 at age 44, over 25,000 people attended his funeral.

Pablo Escobar's Death

Colombian police and military forces storm the rooftop where drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot dead

Pablo Escobar Grave - Cemetario Jardins Montesacro, Itagui, Colombia

Pablo Escobar Grave

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Amado Carrillo Fuentes

Amado Carrillo Fuentes

Amado Carrillo Fuentes

For most people the phrase Personal Business Jet evokes fabulous leather interiors, executive designs with advanced built-in technologies, and even lavish en-suite bedrooms. For Amado Carrillo Fuentes, jets had a much more practical purpose: they had to transport tons of drugs in absolute safety to wherever his clients were. Hence his Senor de Los Cielos (Lord of the Skies) nickname.

If I die, nobody killed me. The only person who can kill Amado Carrillo is Amado Carrillo

Amazo Carrillo Fuentes

Amado was one of the wealthiest criminals in the world, as well as one of the most powerful drug lords of his time. He was born in 1956 in a family that had experience in the drug business, so learning the trade was not difficult for him. He began his trafficking career under the guidance of his uncle, Don Neto, who was the leader of the Guadalajara Cartel.

He soon became Mexico’s top cocaine distributor, delivering four times more cocaine in the US than any other drug lord in the world. For that he had a serious fleet of Boeing 727 aircrafts (27 of them!) which he acquired with laundered money. He of course also had a few very comfortable luxury private jets for himself, which he used a lot for fleeing the country in search of safe havens.

He knew how to become rich in the world of illegal businesses, and during his lifetime he managed to amass a $25 billion personal fortune. Even though the authorities hunted him ever since he had assassinated and replaced the leader of the Juarez Cartel in 1993, seizing him was quite a challenge, as Amado proved to be one of the most sophisticated, diplomatic, powerful and low-key cartel leaders in Mexico.

As the search for him intensified, he decided to dramatically change his appearance by undergoing both liposuction and plastic surgery. In July 1997 he was admitted to the Santa Monica Hospital in Mexico City for the massive procedure, but the nine-hour operation proved fatal to him. Amado died on the operating table either due to a malfunctioning ventilator or because of the medication he received for the surgery. Some conspiracy theories were obviously also launched, but never proved.

Dawood Ibrahim

Dawood Ibrahim

Criminals and wrongdoers who are highly successful in their enterprises are usually rich people. The more significant the damage they make, the wealthier they seem to be. Indian organized crime leader Dawood Ibrahim is one such character, enjoying a luxury life by creating mayhem in his country and in other places around the globe. He is currently one of the world’s most wanted people, ranking high on Interpol’s list of priorities.

Dawood is the head of an organized crime group called D-Company, which is unlike regular mafia organizations, given that its criminal actions also involve terrorist attacks and liaisons with dangerous groups such as Al-Qaeda. Back in 1993 Dawood was tied to the devastating Mumbai bombings, which led the Indian authorities to put him at the top of the list of India’s most wanted criminals. In 2003 it was proven that the crime lord had helped Al-Qaeda conduct their terrorist plans by allowing them to use his private smuggling routes.

He then became an official “global terrorist”, who operated not only against his own country, but against other nations as well. The United Nations decided to try and seize all of his assets from around the world, while also forbidding financial entities from working with him and his organization. A travel ban was also imposed among UN members.

Even though he is a widely known enemy of the Indian government, involved in large-scale illegal trafficking of narcotics and weapons, his family continues to lead a fairly public life in India. One of his daughters was married in 2005 to the son of a famous former Pakistani cricketer, and six years later his other daughter became the wife of a Pakistani-American. Despite his obvious relations to Pakistan, he claims he is not currently living in the Islamic country.

The Ochoa Vasquez Brothers

The Ochoa Vasquez Brothers

The Ochoa Vasquez Brothers

The three Ochoa Vasquez brothers – Jorge Luis, Juan David and Fabio – played a major role in founding the vicious Medellin Cartel in late 1970s’ Colombia. Juan David Ochoa, who was the oldest of the three, passed away in 2013 due to a heart attack. Before that, he had gone to prison for five years, only to be released in 1996 after a sentence plea bargain with the state.

Jorge Luis Ochoa, the middle brother, also spent time in prison and was released the same year as his brother after a five-and-a-half year sentence. They both had agreed to turn themselves in after former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria Trujillo offered reduced prison time in the country for drug traffickers like themselves. After years of extradition threats, the deal seemed very reasonable for the drug lords.

The youngest brother, however, did not enjoy the same treatment: Fabio Ochoa was extradited to the United States in 2001 and later sentenced to 30 years in a U.S. federal prison, where he still is today. Even after his brothers were released from penitentiary, Fabio continued his highly lucrative trafficking business, sending out regular shipments of cocaine in collaboration with the Milenio Cartel from Mexico. Between 1997 and 1999 he led massive smuggling actions of approximately 30 tons of cocaine per month.

The three were born in an entrepreneurial family, which started business legally. They owned family restaurant and cattle breeding businesses in the beginning, but that changed in the 1970s, when they found there were other ways to become rich, one of them being trafficking narcotics.

At least for a good few years, their decision allowed them to enjoy lavish lifestyles, owning expensive cars and relaxing onboard expensive yachts. In 1987 Juan David was ranked among the world’s twenty wealthiest people by Forbes, with a fortune of $3 billion. That, however, did not make the Ochoa family completely immune to the justice system, as history shows.

Khun Sa (Chang Chi-fu)

Khun Sa (Chang Chi-fu) - the Opium King

Khun Sa (Chang Chi-fu) – the Opium King (Source wikipedia)

Arm lord and drug trafficker Khun Sa was one of the wealthiest and most dangerous men in Burma. Also known as the Opium King, he built himself an illegal empire by producing, selling and distributing narcotics. After becoming rich, he started to call himself “Khun Sa”, which means “Prince Prosperus”. His actual name was Chang Chi-fu.

His mother was Shan, but his father was Chinese, so as a young man he trained with the Chinese Nationalist Party known as the Kuomintang. After the Chinese Civil War, however, he fled the party, organized his own small army, and started collaborating with the Burmese government, who provided his men with weapons, uniforms and money in return for fighting against the Shan rebels.

The army kept growing in numbers, so the leader decided to cease the collaboration and shift his focus towards the production of opium. His narcotics operations soon landed him to prison, where he spent four years, from 1969 to 1973. He was only set free because his second-in-command had kidnapped two Russian doctors and used them as leverage to obtain his leader’s freedom.

Shortly after his release, Khun Sa returned to his opium business and even started fighting the Burmese government for the autonomy of the Shan state. He continued to make smart alliances and gradually increase his power and success, eventually becoming one of the main leaders of the notorious Golden Triangle, one of the two main opium smuggling areas of Asia.

Khun Sa's forces at Ner Mone Shan State 1990

Khun Sa’s forces at Ner Mone Shan State 1990 (Source wikipedia)

By 1994, his operation had grown so much that it was providing 90% of the total heroin on the streets of New York. In the following years he offered to sell his entire crop of opium to both the Australian and the US governments, arguing that otherwise he would continue to sell it illegally as heroin. In 1996 he reportedly finally surrendered to the Burmese authorities to avoid being charged in the US.

Even though the US DEA had offered a $2 million reward for his arrest, the officials in Burma never imprisoned or extradited him. He lived in the country’s Rangoon area until his demise in 2007, at age 73. While the exact cause of death is unclear, it is known that he had suffered from a number of health issues, including high blood pressure, partial paralysis, and diabetes.

Khun Sa with Australian journalist Stephen Rice

Khun Sa with Australian journalist Stephen Rice (Source wikipedia)

Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha

One of the main characters behind the notoriously dangerous Medellin Cartel in Colombia, Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha was also one of the richest criminals in the world. Forbes included his name in its 1988 list of world’s billionaires. While he did not become rich overnight, his involvement in illegal businesses led them there quite fast.

He was born in a small town to a poor family who did pig farming. He reportedly never continued his formal education beyond grade school, which was probably one of the reasons why he engaged into various criminal activities from a young age. He developed a reputation as a very dangerous young man when he became a hired killer for various groups. One of his most important early associations was with Veronica Rivera de Vargas, the first cocaine queen who had earned her status by murdering her competition.

In 1976 Rodriguez moved to Medellin, the place where he would eventually build his narcotics empire together with Pablo Escobar, the Ochoba family, and the rest of the Medellin Cartel leaders. Together they covered all the stages the cocaine business, from production to distribution and marketing. As he became increasingly better at his trade, the drug lord ventured into creating new trafficking routes into the US and Mexico. He was a great fan of the Mexican culture, which led people to call him El Mexicano (The Mexican).

Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha

Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha – EL MEXICANO

Rodriguez was also credited by his associates for being the first person to set up Tranquilandia – one of the most notorious and large jungle laboratories. Over two thousand people lived and worked there, producing, packaging and preparing cocaine for distribution. The success of his operations made the authorities increasingly anxious and determined to disrupt the cartel’s illegal activities. They eventually even agreed to extradite Colombian citizens, putting the all the narcotraffickers at the top of the list.

The government’s anti-drug actions led to an outright war between the justice system and the Medellin Cartel, who went so far as to create its own paramilitary organization. Hundreds of judges, politicians and even civilians were killed in a number of terrorist actions led by the cartel. Bombings and assassinations happened almost daily for several months in 1988.

Rodriguez was eventually coughed by the police in December 1989, when his son unsuspectingly led them to his father’s hiding place. The kingpin committed suicide by detonating a grenade, and a surprisingly large number of people came to his ensuing funeral: it was estimated that approximately 15,000 mourners gathered around the cemetery.

Gilberto and Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela

Gilberto Jose Rodriguez Orejuela together with his brother Miguel Angel Rodriguez Orejuela and Jose Santacruz Londono were the heads of the Cali Cartel which they founded in Colombia during the 1970s. They started building their drug trafficking empire with marijuana, but during the 1980s they branched out and included cocaine in the business.

The cartel soon became the main supplier of cocaine for both the US (an estimated 80%) and Europe (90%), which obviously translated to huge personal fortunes for the brothers. Unlike their rivals in the extremely violent Medellin Cartel, the leaders of the Cali Cartel were more inclined to avoid the legal consequences to their illegal actions by bribery and not assassinations.

Gilberto and Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela

Gilberto and Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela (Source)

That determined the authorities to keep pretty much all their attention on the rivaling drug lords in Medellin, who in turn responded with even more violence and also acts of terror. While the state was engaged in an outright war with the other crime bosses, the Rodriguez Orejuela brothers and their associates continued to focus their energies in laundering money and smuggling drugs across the borders, which resulted in a period of visible growth for their organization.

After the Medellin Cartel was dismantled by the authorities in the early 1990s, the police switched focus towards the traffickers in Cali. In 1995 both Gilberto and Miguel were captured and sentenced to prison. They started their prison life in Colombia, but several years later they were both extradited to the United States, where they were accused of both trafficking and money laundering, which resulted in 30-year sentences for each of them. They are currently detained in different federal institutions.

Carlos Enrique Lehder Rivas

Like most crime lords, Carlos Lehder began his illegal activities young. He was born into a mixed-nationality family (German father and Colombian mother) who operated a semi-legal used car business. He contributed to the family business by stealing American vehicles and bringing them home for sale. He also engaged in marijuana dealing on the side, but was eventually arrested and imprisoned in Danbury, Connecticut for car theft.

Carlos Lehder - Drug Dealer, Organized Crime

Carlos Lehder – Drug Dealer, Organized Crime(Source)

It was during his time in prison that he met his future business partner Geroge Jung, who had experience in smuggling marijuana using a small aircraft. Jung’s stories seemed fascinating to Lehder, who decided that once he would be released he would try to take advantage of the blooming cocaine market of the time. He invited Jung to join his plans and then kept learning everything he could about drug trafficking and money laundering from his fellow inmates.

After Lehder and Jung were released from prison, they used two American women to smuggle cocaine in their suitcases after a paid vacation in Antigua. After repeating this classic trafficking process for several times, they raised enough money to purchase a small plane and pay a professional pilot to help them fly large amounts of cocaine into the US via the Bahamas. The plane would always stay below radar and then land on dry lakebeds, which was an innovative way of trafficking narcotics at the time.

The business soon flourished and Lehder could afford to bribe enough Bahamas officials to make sure that he could continue his operations unhindered. He also gained increasing credibility among other drug lords, which opened new doors and opportunities for him. His success gradually turned him into a megalomaniac with a ridiculously luxurious lifestyle and even plans to own his very own Bahamian island with the purpose of setting his business headquarters there.

The island that he chose was Norman’s Cay, which at the time held only about 100 private properties. Lehder made sure every inhabitant felt threatened to the point where they would move away and leave the island to him. He also forced Jung out of the business and kept working with the Medellin Cartel to bring tons of cocaine into the US every year. Between 1978 and 1982 his island was the main drug smuggling hub in the Caribbean, and also a place where he and his associates could bask in luxury.

In 1984 Colombia announced that it would extradite its drug traffickers to the United States, which marked the beginning of the fall for Carlos Lehder and his associates. The government also froze all of his accounts, suddenly sending him into near bankruptcy. He was forced to retreat in the jungle, where he became very ill and had to be flown into Colombia by Escobar in order to receive medical attention. There he was later betrayed and handed over to the authorities, which in turn sent him into the US, where he is still imprisoned today.

Griselda Blanco

Griselda Blanco was a notoriously violent cocaine trafficker and an important figure in the Medellin Cartel. Also known as the Black Widow, the Cocaine Godmother, the Queen of Narco-Trafficking, La Madrina, or La Dama de la Mafia (The Lady of the Mafia), she had a pioneering role in the Miami cocaine trade during the 1970 and early 1980s.

Griselda Blanco - The Lady of the Mafia

Griselda Blanco – The Lady of the Mafia

Blanco and her mother moved from their home place in Cartagena, Colombia to Medellin when she was only three years old. With a reportedly abusive mother and living in a slum neighborhood with bad company, she quickly became involved in criminal activities. She was only eleven years old when she reportedly kidnapped and tried to ransom a child from an upscale neighborhood, but ended up shooting and killing the boy.

At age 14 she decided to run away from home, and later got engaged in prostitution. After years of pickpocketing and other petty crimes, she eventually started doing major hustles together with smuggler Carlos Trujillo, who later became her husband and the father of their three children. The relationship ended a few years later and it is believed that Griselda had him murdered after a drug-related argument.

In the mid-1970s she and her second husband moved to New York, where they established a flourishing cocaine operation which spanned across the entire United States. At the peak of her business she was making over $80 million per month, which allowed her to indulge in a highly luxurious lifestyle. Her inclination for violence, though, attracted a lot of attention from the authorities, who charged her and thirty subordinates of hers on federal drug conspiracy charges. This was the largest cocaine case in history at the time.

Griselda Blanco was a notoriously violent cocaine trafficker and an important figure in the Medellin Cartel

Griselda Blanco was a notoriously violent cocaine trafficker and an important figure in the Medellin Cartel

To avoid the US authorities, Blanco fled to Colombia only to return to Miami a few years later. The DEA finally arrested her in 1985 and she was condemned to over ten years of prison time. Later she was indicted of three murders, but due to some technicalities she had to be released and deported to Colombia in 2004. Having had an extremely violent business approach (even murdering her cocaine suppliers to avoid payment), she soon found herself surrounded by enemies who all wanted her dead. In 2012 she was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Medellin.

Al Capone

Al Capone, the infamous Italian leader of Chicago organized crime

Al Capone, the infamous Italian leader of Chicago organized crime

Few criminals are as widely known as Al Capone, the infamous Italian leader of Chicago organized crime. Born into a family of immigrants, he was not the stereotypical poor foreign kid, but the son of a respectable family. Even though he did pretty well in school, he decided to quit formal education at age 14 after he hit a teacher in the face and got expelled for it. He took various jobs after that, but felt that he learned the most from Johnny Torrio, a gangster whom he saw as a mentor.
The legendary gangster Al Capone

The legendary gangster Al Capone (Source)

Torrio taught him how to be a racketeer and yet keep an appearance of integrity, and Capone was quick to learn everything that the mafia business required. His famous “Scarface” nickname was given to him after he got into a fight with a young man in a club for unintentionally insulting his sister. The man slashed his left cheek with a knife, and Capone was stuck with a moniker that he loathed. His friends called him “Snorky”, which was slang for well-dressed and elegant.

Al 'Scarface' Capone, nickname he received because of the scar on his face, caused by a cutting knife

Al ‘Scarface’ Capone, nickname he received because of the scar on his face, caused by a cutting knife

I don’t even know what street Canada is on.

Al Capone

At age 20 the young gangster was summoned to Chicago by Torrio and it is alleged that he also assassinated his mentor’s boss in order to help make him the new boss of the successful brothel where they were working. Torrio retired in 1925 after having shot several times in an assassination attempt and decided to leave Capone in charge of their operations. By this time they had already built a small mafia empire that revolved around bootlegging, gambling, prostitution and extortion. He was making around $100 million a year, and he didn’t mind drawing the media’s attention with his luxurious cars and expensive jewelry.

Al Capone's bullet proof car

Al Capone’s bullet proof car (Source)

The Kursaal's re-enactments of Al Capone's shoot-outs

The Kursaal’s re-enactments of Al Capone’s shoot-outs

He became increasingly preoccupied with safety and protection, travelling everywhere with bodyguards, but never actually carrying a gun. He did that as a symbol of status and power. After his father’s unexpected demise, he altogether stopped trying to keep a respectable façade and lived a blatantly lawless lifestyle. He murdered at least four people himself, and had countless others killed by his subordinates. By paying off the city’s authorities, he also enjoyed plenty of protection from the justice system while conducting his immensely lucrative alcohol business in a time of prohibition.

Al Capone a celebrity. Ringside at Comiskey Park, sitting with state Rep Roland Libonati

Al Capone a celebrity. Ringside at Comiskey Park, sitting with state Rep Roland Libonati(Source)

The one act that made him lose much of his power and respect in the public eye and among officials was the infamous Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. The event happened in 1929, when Capone was trying to eliminate his long-time rival Bugs Moran and his North Siders gang. The men were lured into a garage where they were told they would be sold whiskey, but then few of Al Capone’s people git dressed in fake police uniforms and pretended to raid the place. They lined the victims along a wall and executed them with machine guns. Seven men were killed in the massacre, and the event became national media news.

Al Capone's police mug shot

Al Capone’s police mug shot

May 1932, Al Capone was transferred to prison for tax evasion

May 1932, Al Capone was transferred to prison for tax evasion(Source)

Now I know why tigers eat their young.

Al Capone

While no one could directly link the assassinations to Capone, the police knew exactly who had been behind them. Actually, the mafia head never went to prison for any of his murders. It was only tax evasion that the authorities could eventually link him to, and so in 1931 he was sentenced to eleven years of prison time. By this time his health was increasingly poorer due to his syphilis complications. After he started to manifest dementia symptoms, the court reduced his sentence and released him. He died at home, surrounded by his family, after suffering a heart attack in 1947.

Al Capone's death certificate

Al Capone’s death certificate

When I sell liquor, it’s called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it’s called hospitality.

Al Capone

Alphonse Gabriel „Al” Capone

Best 22 Survival Movies Every Man Should Watch

Instinct and the natural desire to live usually kick in when we are in survival mode. Often times, it’s man vs. wild, man vs. nature, or man against man. This reality has and will always be a great theatrical premise because it serves as an inspiration regardless of the outcome of the feat.

There are hundreds if not thousands of films about survival be it fictional or based on true events. These movies always leave a lasting impression on viewers because they show the depths of human emotions: fear, sadness, anger, love, and joy. They give a glimpse of humanity’s core values: courage, wisdom, perseverance.

These stories are based on multiple accounts of people who survived a harrowing experience or from a lone survivor. Either way, survival movies offer an interesting and sometimes difficult view of a person’s will to live. Below you will find 22 of the best survival movies every man should watch.

The Revenant (2015)

This cinematic masterpiece is based on true events and puts Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) at the forefront of a grueling struggle to survive amid brutal-cold temperatures and life-threatening injuries.

During an expedition, a bear mauls him from head to foot and leaves him in a fatal state; broken leg, gaping wounds, punctured organs, and slashed skin. Glass has to crawl to safety. Two members of his expedition leave him for dead and one murders his son right before his eyes.

Fuelled by his desire to avenge his young son’s (Forrest Goodluck) death, the frontiersman utilizes his survival skills and treks through snowy terrain to track down his son’s killer and those who betrayed him. Glass battles extreme weather conditions and the dangers of the unknown in uncharted terrain despite the agonizing physical torture of his badly wounded body.

The bereaved father survives an infection brought by his near-fatal injuries by having maggots eat at his dead tissues. He endures being shot at by both the French and Native Americans.

He fights off malnutrition and hypothermia by making use of what nature has to offer (he sleeps inside the hollowed carcass of a horse for warmth). Glass lives through the relentless winter armed with a seething desire for justice.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu – Screenplay: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mark L. Smith – Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Paul Anderson, Duane Howard, Lukas Haas, Forrest Goodluck, Arthur Redcould, Melaw Nakehk’o – Run Time: 2h 36m

Into The Wild (2007)

Straight out of college, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless (Emil Hirsch) decides on a whim to trek through North America and live in the Alaskan wilderness. He abandons his material possessions and donates his money to charity. Along the way, he meets a series of characters that help give meaning to his life.

The film is an adaptation of the biographical book of the same title by Jon Krakauer. The novel narrates the travels and life of McCandless in the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s.

Into The Wild is a survival film that chronicles the character’s self-discovery and acceptance of the importance of family and friends in the pursuit of happiness. McCandless learns the hard truth during his solitude in the confines of an abandoned bus, which has become his home and ultimately his deathbed.

Director: Sean Penn- Screenplay: Sean Penn – Cast: – Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Kristen Stewart, Jena Malone, Catherine Keener, Zach Galifianakis, Vince Vaughn, Hal Holbrook – Run Time: 2h 46m

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Nathaniel Philbrick, this adventure-drama film focuses on the aftermath of the sinking of the New England whaling ship Essex in 1820. It tells the harrowing experience of the survivors.

The crew-members battle to survive in the middle of the Pacific Ocean after a whale of mammoth size attacked and capsized their ship. Left with no choice, the crew abandons the sinking Essex and with limited supplies, they start the journey back to shore in the intact whaling boats.

The whale is persistent and continues to torment the crew further on until such time it finally decides to leave them in peace. The men remain adrift in the ocean for days on end battling starvation, storms, despair, and panic.

The feeling of hopelessness begins to sink in and the crew starts to question their moral judgment when food and water became scarce. They are left to do the unthinkable in order to survive.

The story is told through the recollection of the remaining living survivor Thomas Nickerson. It is 1850 and he recounts the horrors in an interview with author Herman Melville (whose novel Moby-Dick is largely inspired by the tragedy).

Director: Ron Howard – Screenplay: Charles Leavitt, Amanda Silver,  Peter Morgan – Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw – Run Time: 2h 1m

127 Hours (2010)

The film is an adaptation of the memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place by real-life canyoneer and sports enthusiasts Aron Ralston. It tells how he survived and escaped after a boulder trapped him inside an isolated canyon in Utah.

In April 2003, Ralston (James Franco) hikes Canyonlands National Park and goes through a slot in Blue John Canyon. He slips, falls, and in the process knocks a boulder that traps his right hand and wrist against the wall.

Thus begins Ralston’s quest to survive. He chips away at rocks in an attempt to free his hand. He records a video of himself to keep himself sane and rations his food. He recycles water (you know what I mean). Ralston eventually succeeds in freeing himself but after five grueling days.

For someone who has been trapped for 127 hours, you would expect him not to have the strength to get out of the canyon by himself. However, the will to live pushes Ralson to climb back up and find rescue.

You may be wondering how he pulled himself out of the situation. Let’s just say he did it through any nasty and painful means necessary.

Director: Danny Boyle – Screenplay: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy – Cast: James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan, Clémence Poésy, Amber Tamblyn, Bailee Michelle Johnson- Run Time: 94m

The Martian (2015)

Based on the novel of the same title by Andy Weir, this sci-fi adventure film tells of survival on a distant planet. During a mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) finds himself alone after his team presumed he died during a fierce storm.

Watney must learn to adapt to his environment and deal with his situation smartly if he wants to survive. With the meager food that he has, the ingenious scientist soon finds himself planting vegetables on the hostile planet. He uses his wit and knowledge and eventually finds a way to signal Earth for his rescue.

The Martian is different from other survival films in that it doesn’t offer many twists and surprises. Instead, the plot is predictable.

The beauty in this movie though lies in the ability of the survivor to make light of his situation so to uplift his spirit. He remains funny, interesting, and likable, which makes the audience invested in his determination to survive and return to Earth.

Director: Ridley Scott- Screenplay: Drew Goddard – Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Kristen Wiig, Donald Glover, Benedict Wong, Mackenzie Davis – Run Time: 2h 31m

The Way Back (2010)

The film is loosely based on the 1956 memoir The Long Walk, which tells the story of former Polish prisoner of war Sławomir Rawicz. It chronicles his escape from a Soviet Gulag and into freedom during World War II.

The cinematic version of the story follows Polish army officer Janusz Wieszczek (Jim Sturgess) and seven other prisoners as they journey 4,000 miles away from the Gulag camp on foot. Along the way, they meet Polish orphaned girl Irena (Saoirse Ronan) who is also on a quest of her own.

The Way Back is a gripping story of survival in a very real situation where characters have to learn to adapt to their environment in order to live.  It takes viewers on an exhausting and challenging journey as the group brave the harsh cold of Siberia and the hot and dry temperatures of the Mongolian desert.

The film shows their determination to survive despite their hostile environment. They battle the freezing cold, starvation, thirst, sandstorms, sunstroke, and blisters. They learn to rely on each other despite the doubts and suspicions that threaten to mar their trust on each other.

Director: Peter Weir- Screenplay: Peter Weir, Keith Clarke- Cast: Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan, Ed Harris, Mark Strong, Jim Sturgess, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Gustaf Skarsgård, Dragoș Bucur, Alexandru Potocean – Run Time: 2h 13m

Lone Survivor (2013)

Lone Survivor caters to war movie enthusiasts since it tells the story of survival on enemy grounds. It is loosely based on true events and told from the recollection of the surviving member of a SEAL group that was sent to war-torn Afghanistan.

Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch), Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), and Matthew “Axe” Axelson (Ben Foster) are on a reconnaissance and surveillance mission to track and kill a high Taliban operative. The team arrives in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan where they were ambushed.

Luttrell is the only one who makes it out alive. He lives to tell the story of how the team fought for their lives when they were outnumbered by the enemy.

Lone Survivor highlights the realness of combat situations and people’s desire to live under overwhelming pressures from the enemy. It is an honest and brutal depiction of the repercussions of war and tells an emotional story about bravery and heroism.

Director: Peter Berg – Screenplay: Peter Berg – Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch – Run Time: 2h 2m

Rescue Dawn (2006)

A jungle is no place for a man to live, especially one who is unfamiliar with the territory. So when German-American US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale) crashes into the Laotian jungle in 1966, he must learn to adapt to his environment in order to survive.

Rescue Dawn tells of a man’s fight for survival against man and nature. It is based on the true story of how Dengler lived through starvation, thirst, and physical tortures as a Vietcong prisoner of war. It highlights his plight to survive in one of the world’s vicious wilderness, where he battles both hot and cold temperatures.

The film takes viewers on an exhilarating ride of action and suspense but fails to display any human flaw to the hero as per usual with any other survival movies. Instead, Herzog paints Dengler as someone who feels no fear or despair during his harrowing journey, but only courage and the indomitable will to survive.

Director: Werner Herzog – Screenplay: Werner Herzog – Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davis, Zach Grenier, Toby Huss, Pat Healy, Marshall Bell – Run Time: 2h

The Pursuit Of Happyness (2006)

This is the most realistic depiction of survival in the real world. It shows the truth about surviving when you are broke, homeless, jobless, and on top of that, have kids to take care of.

The film tells an emotional and triumphant story of a father’s love for his son and his determination to provide him with the best care possible. It is a true story based on Chris Gardner’s (Will Smith) struggle of being homeless while trying to make a name for himself at a very reputable American stock brokerage firm.

He does this while trying to be a good father to his young son (Jaden Smith). Despite their situation of jumping from shelter to shelter day by day, Gardner never gave up on his dreams and looked at things positively. The film is very relatable and inspirational for the survival of real-life issues.

Director: Gabriele Muccino – Screenplay: Steven Conrad – Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton, James Karen, Dan Castellaneta, Brian Howe, Kurt Fuller, Takayo Fischer – Run Time: 1h 57m

Everest (2015)

The best survival films are usually those based on true events and Everest is no exception. Inspired by the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, it highlights the plight of a group of climbers as they struggle to survive against the brunt of nature’s piercing cold temperatures.

The story focuses on the survival attempts of New Zealand’s Robert Edwin Hall (Jason Clarke) and Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal) as they each lead an expedition to climb Earth’s highest mountain. A storm greets the group on their final ascent to the summit, which leaves them in an epic fight for survival against nature.

They battle through a fierce blizzard and the repercussions brought by freezing temperatures. They attempt to descend but with tragic results.

The film highlights the dangers of commercial Everest expeditions regardless of the expertise of the guides since rapid changes in weather conditions can pose problems.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur- Screenplay: William Nicholson, Simon Beaufoy – Cast: Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kiera Knightley, Emily Watson, Robin Wright, John Hawkes, Sam Worthington – Run Time: 2h 1m

The Grey (2011)

Based on the short story Ghost Walker by Ian Mackenzie Jeffers, the movie sees a group of oilmen stranded in Alaska after a storm crashes their plane. The men struggle to stay alive against the threat of wolves and amid the extreme cold weather.

John Ottway (Liam Neeson) shows great survival skills among the survivors and he soon assumes responsibility as the leader of the group. Ottway is a skilled huntsman and knows how to deal with wolves. However, the men find themselves cornered by the carnivorous mammals on their way to seek protection in the woods.

The film tells a classic prey vs. predator story where the former is on unfamiliar territory. The grey wolves are comfortable in its own environment, which puts the men at a disadvantage when it comes to surviving their attack.

Director: Joe Carnahan- Screenplay: Joe Carnahan, Ian Mackenzie Jeffers – Cast: Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson, Nonso Anozie, Jacob Blair, James Badge Dale – Run Time: 1h 95m

I Am Legend (2007)

This zombie survival film is set in a post-apocalyptic New York City where US Army virologist Robert Neville (Will Smith) lives alone with his dog Samantha. The story follows him as he and his companion make the most of what’s left of the city.

The movie takes viewers through the security checks and building of security procedures to the scavenging. All the while, we see the close bond the pair has developed in the course of their time together. We also learn about prior events through flashbacks.

For the most part of the film, the focus is on Neville and his dog.  That is until the dead decides to come out and hunt. The pair must now learn to survive the zombie onslaught by any means possible.

Director: Francis Lawrence – Screenplay: Mark Protosevich, Akiva Goldsman – Cast: Will Smith,   Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Willow Smith – Run Time: 1h 41m

Cast Away (2000)

This survival film highlights man’s ability to adapt to his environment under conditions where hope for rescue seems futile. It is the epitome of what a good and inspirational survival movie should be.

The story centers on Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks), a systems engineer, who finds a home in an uninhabited island after a plane crash. He lived off the island for years and learned to be satisfied with his meager living conditions of hunting food and making fires.

He is completely withdrawn from any actual social interaction. His only talking companion is a volleyball he calls Wilson.

Noland’s determination to survive makes him the Robinson Crusoe in this film. And just like Crusoe’s story, he eventually escapes the island to return to civilization.

Director: Robert Zemeckis – Screenplay: William Broyles Jr. – Cast: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy, Chris Noth, Jennifer Lewis, Lari White, Vince Martin – Run Time: 2h 23m

All Is Lost (2013)

Robert Redford stars in this gripping story about perseverance, determination, and courage in the quest for survival amid uncontrollable conditions. It follows him as he drifts in the Indian Ocean battling the forces of nature.

Redford’s character nearly drowns, survives a storm, and lives through hunger and thirst while aboard an inflatable life raft. Despite his harrowing situation, he remains focused on the task at hand, which is finding ways to live.

Using his mariner’s instinct and resourcefulness, he is able to make clean drinking water. He lets the ocean currents guide him to his rescue. He remains undeterred in his quest to survive despite the threat of the sharks and unrelenting sun.

All Is Lost is similar to Cast Away in that it focuses on one man’s strong will to live. The only difference is that it lacks spoken words since more attention is placed on how one survives while adrift in the ocean.

Director: J. C. Chandor – Screenplay: J. C. Chandor – Cast: Robert Redford – Run Time: 1h 46m

The Road (2009)

The film is set in a post-apocalyptic world where most of humanity is gone. It follows a father and son as they battle to survive among what remains of the world and of the human population.

The threat comes from people who hold no values and do the unfathomable for the sake of survival.  The ailing father (Viggo Mortensen) must protect his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) at all cost amid the dangers of cannibals, thieves, and vicious gangs. All the while, they battle hunger and the freezing cold as they journey toward a warmer and safe place.

The film is an adaptation of the novel of the same title by Cormac McCarthy. While the book emphasizes on cannibalism as the theme for the shocking twists and turns, the movie uses father-and-son relationship and their struggles to steer the story forward.

Director: John Hillcoat – Screenplay: Joe Penhall – Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Kodi Smit-McPhee – Run Time: 1h 51m

12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years a Slave is a historical drama about survival during the pre-Civil War United States, where black slavery was rampant. It is a film adaptation of Solomon Northup’s memoir of the same name.

The movie tells of his struggles as a New York State-born free African-American who is abducted and sold into slavery in 1853 New Orleans. Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) endures physical and emotional torture, as no one believes that he is a free man.

He slaves off in the cotton farm while hiding his true identity. In order to survive, he assumes a different persona and pretends not to know how to read and write.

Passed from one slave owner to another, Northup survives hunger, malnutrition, and physical abuse. Despite his struggles, he never lost his identity and never wavered in his hope for freedom.   A chance meeting with a Canadian man (Brad Pitt) who is against American slavery ultimately changes the course of his fate.

Director: Steve McQueen – Screenplay: John Ridley- Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard – Run Time: 2h 14m

Life of Pi (2012)

Filmmaker Ang Lee’s cinematic version of Yann Martel’s novel takes viewers on an epic journey across the Pacific Ocean where the hero learns the value of friendship, discovery, and survival.

The story follows an Indian boy named Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) who survives a shipwreck but is adrift in the ocean without food and water. His only companions are the animals who fell into the lifeboat with him; lion, zebra, orangutan, and a hyena.

Being wild animals as they are, one by one they soon perish. What remains is a Bengal tiger, whom Pi forms a close connection with and names him Richard Parker.

The dangers of the ocean and the unpredictable weather conditions prompt Pi to find ways to survive. He learns how to catch fish to sustain him and Richard. The boy and his friend eventually found their rescue after 227 grueling days.

The movie highlights the importance of adaptation and acceptance when in dire situations. It shows that man and beast can coexist; with the former capable of showing ingenuity and the latter the ability to learn.

Director Ang Lee – Screenplay: David Magee – Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Gérard Depardieu, Andrea Di Stefano, Shravanthi Sainath – Run Time: 2h 7m

Buried (2010)

This claustrophobic thriller sees American truck driver Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) in a race against time in order to survive. While in a contract job in Iraq delivering kitchen equipment, insurgent guerrillas capture him, render him unconscious, and place him inside a coffin-like box as a captive for ransom.

Conroy wakes up to find himself buried alive. He wakes up frantic and unable to move much in the small confines of the box. He finds ways to escape but his only means of survival lies in a lighter, some glow sticks, alcohol, his mobile phone, and a note.

Desperate to get out before he runs out of oxygen, he calls his family, co-workers, and even political figures and the American military for help. He tries to remain calm and think through his situation even as he feels his chances of rescue slowly start to slip away.

The entirety of the movie and action takes place in the box and for some, this may seem boring and uneventful. But Reynolds manages to capture viewers’ attention with facial gestures that convey his feelings. The voice actors also do a great job of projecting emotions to tell a story.

Director: Rodrigo Cortés – Screenplay: Chris Sparling- Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samantha Mathis, Robert Paterson, Ivana Miño, Stephen Tobolowsky – Run Time: 1h 35m

Alive (1993)

This is one survival film that begs the timeless question of “what would you do” when you crash in a cold uncharted territory with no food and water and minimal clothing to keep you warm.

Alive is based on the 1972 tragedy involving a group of Uruguayan rugby players and their relatives who become stranded in the Andes Mountain after a plane crash. They take refuge in the remnants of their wrecked plane, use body heat to keep warm, and ration food.

However, they are forced to resort to cannibalism when they ran out of the sustenance they need in order to scavenge around for supplies and find rescue. It took months before the survivors were finally found thanks to the resilience and bravery of a few of their own, who trek the mountain for days despite the cold just to find rescue.

Director: Frank Marshall – Screenplay: John Patrick Shanley – Cast: Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, Josh Hamilton – Run Time: 2h

Against the Sun (2014)

The ocean is a popular setting for a survival film including Against the Sun, which tells the story of three US Navy pilots who are forced to crash land their torpedo bomber in the South Pacific after it ran low on fuel. The men drift in the open ocean aboard a life raft with limited food, water, and little hope of rescue.

The film is based on true events that happened during World War II. It follows the harrowing experience of pilot Harold Dixon, radioman Gene Aldrich, and bombardier Tony Pastula, as they fight to stay alive amid the threat of sharks and harsh weather conditions. Despite their hunger, sleeplessness, and weakness, they continue to travel a thousand miles to safety.

Director: Brian Falk- Screenplay: Brian Falk, Mark David Keegan- Cast: Garret Dillahunt, Tom Felton, Jake Abel – Run Time: 1h 40m

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

Owen Wilson delivers a memorable performance as Lieutenant Chris Burnett, an American naval flight officer, who finds himself alone on enemy territory.

The film is set during the Bosnian war and follows Lt. Burnett in his attempts to evade the pursuing enemy. A Serbian paramilitary leader is intent on killing him because he holds viable proof that genocidal crimes are happening in the remote area of the Balkans. The lone soldier is constantly on the run until rescue arrives.

Behind Enemy Lines is a classic escape and rescue mission filled with spectacular flight scenes, tension, action, and suspense. It shows a perfect depiction of flight-or-fight scenarios.

Director: John Moore – Screenplay: David Veloz, Zak Penn – Cast: Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson, Gabriel Macht, Charles Malik Whitfield, David Keith, Vladimir Mashkov – Run Time: 1h 46m

Cargo (2017)

Martin Freeman stars in this rousing survival drama as a father who goes to great lengths to protect and save his child from a sickness that has turned the living into the undead.

It is the aftermath of the pandemic in rural Australia. Food is scarce and safety is uncertain. The government has no control over the spread of the disease and provides the survivors instead with a quick solution in case of an infection.

Andy (Freeman), still grieving the loss of his wife, treks the wilderness on a path toward a safe haven for his young daughter. Along the way, he scavenges for food and supplies from abandoned houses.

All the while, Andy is also thinking of ways to protect his daughter. He only has 48 hours to find people who can take care of her before he succumbs to his changing nature.

Director: Yolanda Ramke, Ben Howling – Screenplay: Yolanda Ramke – Cast: Martin Freeman, Susie Porter, Anthony Hayes, Caren Pistorius, Kris McQuade, David Gulpilil- Run Time: 91m

Best 11 German Movies and TV Shows On Netflix

German films and TV shows are not just important from a historical standpoint. They also provide source material for those learning the language.

However, for those who simply want to immerse themselves in the beauty and dynamic style of German cinema, then they can scour through the numerous offerings on Netflix.

The streaming service has become a melting pot of international titles related to TV and movie.

It provides titles of every genre and any language, including German, and below are just some of the best German movies and TV shows on Netflix.

List of Best German Movies and TV Shows On Netflix

In The Fade/Aus dem Nichts (2017)

In The Fade tells the story of love and loss and how grief can change a person’s moral values. It is a family crime drama that follows widowed Katja (Diane Kruger) and the struggles she faces following the tragic death of her 6-year-old son Rocco (Rafael Santana) and her Kurdish husband Nuri (Numan Acar) in a bomb attack orchestrated by two neo-Nazis. Katja’s thirst for vengeance pushes her to the edge as the murderers stand trial.

The film paints a clear picture of a cruel legal system where social prejudice dictates the verdict. It mirrors a courtroom setting where the victims are demonized and treated as unworthy of justice while the evildoers are protected. Even those whom Katja calls her family starts to turn against each other and puts the blame on her and her so-called carelessness.

This film is no different from other revenge-filled B movies but shines nevertheless thanks to Kruger’s acting. She captivates viewers with her performance as the grieving wife and mother who would go through great lengths to avenge her family’s death.

Kruger is able to convey inner turmoil and toughness mix with a vulnerability that makes viewers easily gravitate toward her character, sympathize with her, and make the audience emotionally invested in Katja’s plight. Her acting enticed viewers and led to her winning the Best Actress Award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Director: Fatih Akin – Screenplay: Fatih Akin, Hark Bohm – Cast: Cem Akin, Denis Moschitto, Diane Kruger, Hanna Hilsdorf, Johannes Krisch, Numan A, Samia Muriel Chancrin, Siir Eloglu, Ulrich Brandhoff, Ulrich Tukur, Yannis Economides, Youla Boudali – Run Time: 1h 46m

Toni Erdmann (2016)

Filmmaker Maren Ade explores the highs and lows of the corporate world in this nearly 3-hour German comedy that centers on a father-and-daughter relationship.

Music teacher Winfred (Peter Simonischek) does not see much of her daughter Ines who works as a corporate consultant in Bucharest, so he decides to pay her a visit after the death of his puppy. He expects to spend more time with his daughter but ends up being a nuisance instead.

He annoys her with his practical jokes and jabs about her monotonous busy lifestyle of hotel bars, prepping reports, and attending meetings. Winfred eventually agrees to leave and go back home to Germany only to return, but this time as a different person.

In comes, Toni Erdmann, Winfred’s flashy and smooth-talking alter ego who dons a ridiculous shaggy wig, fake teeth, and tacky suit. He forces himself into his daughter’s work circle and introduces himself as her CEO’s freelance life coach.

The no-holds-barge Toni challenges Ines and she meets the challenges face-on. The harder they go against each other the closer they become. Ines eventually realizes that her eccentric father deserves a place in her busy life all things considered.

The film uses subtle yet sharp humor spread throughout to tell a story about family dynamics. It is a social study on a father-and-daughter relationship and the factors that help shape or destroy the relationship.

Simonischek’s portrayal of a thoughtful-to-the-point-of-being-annoying father speaks volumes for those who are desperate to reconnect with their estranged loved ones.

Director: Maren Ade – Screenplay: Maren Ade – Cast: Sandra Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Trystan Pütter, Ingrid Bisu Hadewych Minis, Lucy Russell, Ingrid Burkhard – Run Time: 2h 42m

Phoenix/Ave Fénix (2014)

Phoenix talks about love and digs into personal connections in post-WWII Berlin. It tells a sentimental story about identity, loss, betrayal, deception, and the search for answers.

The narrative puts Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, who returns to Berlin after surviving a concentration camp. She comes back home with a new face after having undergone reconstructive surgery to fix a bullet wound.

Nelly goes against a friend’s stern warning and seeks her husband Johnny, who works at the Phoenix club in Berlin. She suspects that he may have betrayed her to the Nazis and she wants answers.

Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), who believes that Nelly is dead, does not realize that the woman before him is really his wife, although she bears an uncanny resemblance to her. He capitalizes on her appearance and asks her to conspire with him on a scheme involving his wife’s inheritance.

Thus begins a dangerous game of duplicity, seduction, and disguise, as Nelly plays along for the sake of finding out the truth.

The film is a psychological drama about revenge and guilt. It has both suspense and mystery to tell a story about rebirth (a nod at the title, which is a metaphor for Nelly’s transformation).

Props also go to Hoss, who delivered an emotional performance of someone who yearns to know the depth of someone’s loyalty and love.

Director: Christian Petzold – Screenplay: Christian Petzold, Harun Farocki – Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Trystan Pütter – Run Time: 1h 38m

Naked Among Wolves/ Nackt unter Wölfen (2015)

A remake of the 1963 film and based on the Bruno Apitz novel of the same title, this heart-wrenching WWII drama takes place entirely in the confines of the Buchenwald concentration camp at the end of March 1945. It chronicles the story of a 3-year-old Polish Jewish boy who was smuggled in the camp inside a suitcase by his father.

The story follows the child as he assimilates to prison life. It tells of deception and misdirection that spared him from extermination in Auschwitz, where he was presumably killed. The film later reveals the disturbing truth about how he survived until Buchenwald was liberated.

Naked Among Wolves tells the horrors of the Holocaust through the eyes of the prisoners and of the German commanders. The addition of the young boy adds much more emotional heft to the already stirring narrative about real events that happened in the WWII concentration camps.

Apitz, who was also a prisoner at the time, heard stories about the child through the prison grapevine and saw a dramatic potential to his story. He initially wanted a film made out of the story but was turned down until he made it into a bestselling novel, after which it was made into a movie.

The film tells Apitz’s experiences in the concentration camp and on hearsays about the child. The success of the movie eventually led to the discovery of the real boy years after.

Stefan Jerzy Zweig was identified as the Buchenwald child and he too published a memoir, to tell the truth about his life in the concentration camp.

Director: Philipp Kadelbach – Screenplay: Stefan Kolditz Cast: Sabin Tambrea, Florian Stetter, Peter Schneider, Sylvester Groth, Rainer Bock, Maria Simon, Ulrich Brandhoff, Torsten Ranft, Andreas Lust – Run Time: 1h 45m

Lore (2012)

Lore is based on the bestselling novel titled The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert. It was an entry of Australia in the 85th Academy Awards under the Best Foreign Language Film category.

The film is a WWII drama that tells a story of discovery, love, and friendship. It is set in the aftermath of the war in south-west Germany.

The plot follows the title character (Saskia Rosendahl) and her four siblings as they embark on a journey that would change their beliefs about the Nazi regime. The journey would open their eyes to the realities and casualties of their parents’ actions.

The narrative starts after their parents abandoned them following the death of Adolf Hitler and amid the arrests of Nazi believers by Allied forces. The siblings are forced to travel 900km away by foot to their grandmother’s home.

Along the way, they meet other Germans and encounter a mysterious Jewish man named Thomas who was liberated from a concentration camp. He later became their guardian.

Lore and her siblings battle through illnesses, starvation, and other challenges during their journey. All the time, the charismatic Thomas (Kai Malina) provided support and helped them through the harrowing ordeal.

The journey changed Lore’s belief in the Nazi regime after she saw through photos the atrocities that happened at the concentration camps. The discovery rocks her to the core and she soon develops a growing revulsion toward her parents.

As the story progresses, the heroine soon finds her world shattered by confusing feelings. Lore feels both desire and hate as she grows closer to Thomas, who may not be who he seems. He also happens to be the one person Lore was taught to hate in order to survive.

The film tells an unconventional yet moving and intriguing story of the Holocaust and Nazism through the eyes and emotions of the 14-year-old Lore, who is the only one capable of comprehension among her younger siblings. Meanwhile, the cinematography heightens the emotional heft and evokes both wonder and horror.

Director: Cate Shortland – Screenplay: Cate Shortland, Robin Mukherjee – Cast: Saskia Rosendahl, Kai-Peter Malina, Nele Trebs, Ursina Lardi, Philip Wiegratz, Mike Weidner, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Nick Holaschke, André Frid, Mika Seidel, Eva-Marie Hagen – Run Time: 1h 49m

Good Bye, Lenin (2003)

This film is a mixture of comedy, drama, and romance and set in East Berlin in the year 1989. It follows a family whose members have opposing beliefs in Germany’s plight for improvement through socialism.

Alex (Daniel Brühl) and her sister Ariane (Maria Simon) are cynics unlike their mother Christiane, who is a member of the Socialist Unity Party.  The story kicks off when Alex participates in an anti-government rally and is arrested. His mother sees the arrest, suffers a heart attack, and falls into a coma.

Now, Alex must do his best not to trigger another near-fatal heart attack after Christiane wakes up. She must not learn about the fall of the Berlin Wall and everything that happened in the months she was asleep.

Alex and the rest of the family find ways to shield Christiane from the truth that East Germany is not what it used to be, so they resort to deception. They recreate the German Democratic Republic (GDR) but with hilarious results. After all, they can only do so much since a lot has changed.

Director: Wolfgang Becker – Screenplay: Wolfgang Becker, Bernd Lichtenberg – Cast: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas, Maria Simon, Alexander Beyer, Burghart Klaußner, Michael Gwisdek – Run Time: 2h 1m

Dark (2017-)

Dark is a mystery-drama and the first German original series produced for Netflix. It follows the lives of four families and uses the supernatural to tell a story that spans three generations.

The premise builds on the disappearance of two children. It rattles a community in the small fictional German town of Winden. As the search for the missing continues, family drama ensues and dark secrets start to unravel.

The narrative spreads to include two timelines: the present in 2019 and the past in 1986 and 1953. The storytelling switches between the different timelines not through flashbacks but via time travel.

Through these travels, viewers see the events unfold in a slow-motion series of family disasters and mind-boggling mysteries. Ultimately, the unraveling of dark secrets reveals a link between past and present and with the four families.

Viewers have compared Dark to The Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things. However,  it surpasses the latter with its overwhelming twists, surprises, and dark atmosphere.

A great deal of the show takes place in dim rooms, shadowy corners, and ominous surroundings. Even the underlying concept is dark– outrageous killings, dreadful secrets, and cheating partners.

Director: Baran bo Odar – Screenplay: Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese, Martin Behnke, Ronny Schalk, Marc O. Seng – Cast: Oliver Masucci, Karoline Eichhorn, Jördis Triebel, Louis Hofmann, Shani Atias – No. of Seasons, Episodes: 1, 10 – Run Time: 1h

Old Money/ Altes Geld (2015)

This Austrian dark comedy mini-series tells of greed, corruption, and incest made worthy to watch through a bizarre, vicious and downright funny storytelling. David Schalko’s creation brings into focus a family that knows no love and holds no moral grounds.

The show delves into family intrigue after the evil billionaire patriarch ignites a war among his children over his inheritance. Rauchensteiner (Udo Kier) is in urgent need of a liver transplant so his wife Liane (Sunnyi Melles) gathers the estranged family. She enlists the children’s help.

Rauchensteiner suffers from several types of Hepatitis. He only has less than a year to live unless he gets a new liver. Being a billionaire, it shouldn’t be hard to get the transplant right away. But he doesn’t’ want to be blackmailed into getting one.

Instead, Rauchensteiner devices a plan to have his children get the organ for him in exchange for his inheritance. However, there can only be one heir. Thus begins the momentous and unscrupulous family drama.

Director: – Screenplay: David Schalko – Cast: Udo Kier, Sunnyi Melles, Nicholas Ofczarek, Edita Malovcic, Nora von Waldstätten, Cornelius Obonya, Robert Palfrader, Ursula Strauss – No. of Seasons, Episodes: 1, 8 – Run Time: 47m

Babylon Berlin (2017-)

Babylon Berlin from Sky Atlantic is a German noir crime-drama set in 1929 Berlin during the Weimar Republic. It is an adaptation of the series of best-selling novels by Volker Kutscher.

The TV show follows German Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch) who served in the military during World War I. Shell-shocked from his service, the young detective from Cologne is transferred to Berlin to investigate the porno ring run by the Berlin Mafia.

Rath is on a secret mission to dismantle the extortion ring. Together with his irrepressible stenotypist Charlotte Ritter (Liv Lisa Fries) and his partner Bruno Wolter (Peter Kurth), they infiltrate the world of extortion masked by the glitz and glamor of 1920s Berlin.

However, they uncover a far more troubling truth the deeper they went into the investigation. They unravel a scandal and the mission opens a bigger conspiracy that could implicate their lives.

In the course of his mission, Rath also gets caught up in a tangled web of arms trafficking, corruption, and drug dealing. The discovery forces him into an existential crisis as he is torn between loyalty and revealing the truth.

Babylon Berlin offers thrills and drama every season. It provides satisfying twists and turns, and heart-pounding action sequences to get you through the whole two seasons.

The characters are striking and irresistible to watch, enough to get you hooked. Every episode of this TV show is binge-watch worthy until Season 3 arrives.

Director: Henk Handloegten, Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries – Screenplay- Volker Kutscher, Henk Handloegten, Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries – Cast: Volker Bruch, Matthias Brandt, Liv Lisa Fries, Peter Kurth, Severija Janusauskaite, Leonie Benesch – No. of Seasons, Episodes: 3, 16  – Run Time: 45m

The Same Sky/ Der gleiche Himmel (2017)

This six-part German spy thriller is set in 1974 during the Cold War. It tells the fate of two families from opposing sides of the Berlin Wall.

The series explores the tactics the East German secret agents used to get government secrets from the West. It follows Lt. Col Lars Weber (Tom Schilling), a “Romeo Agent” from East Germany. He went through seduction training as a member of Romeo Operation so he can gather information from female intelligent officers of the West.

The young Weber assumes a different persona and sneaks into West Berlin for a special assignment. He is tasked to seduce German Lauren Faber (Sofia Helin), a 40-something single mother who works as an NSA analyst. He is to seduce her first and then spy on the women who work in the government.

Of course, what follows is a series of encounters between the two. Slowly but surely Weber graduates from meaningful eye contacts and mere skin brushes to the actual bedroom action.

However, halfway through the show, the young spy sets his eyes on Faber’s friend Sabine (Friederike Becht). He forgets the divorcee in the process.

The Same Sky provides a historical glimpse at the daily struggles and triumphs during the Cold War. It tells a story about oppression and the pursuit of freedom from people of the Cold War and not just from one side of the wall.

Director: – Oliver Hirschbiegel – Screenplay- Paula Milne – Cast: – Tom Schilling, Sofia Helin, Friederike Becht, Ben Becker, Anja Kling, Hannes Wegener – No. of Seasons, Episodes: 1, 6 – Run Time: 2h

Dogs of Berlin (2018-)

Dogs of Berlin is the second German series produced for Netflix after Dark. The story revolves around detectives Kurt Grimmer (Felix Kramer) and Erol Birkan (Fahri Yardım) as they investigate the murder of German-Turkish football star Orkan Erdem.

These two unconventional and very different police officers suspect the crime is politically motivated.  As they dig deeper into the investigation, they must confront personal demons and battle with the Berlin underwold.

The series is a modern German exploration of the Berlin underworld and the dark underside of football: illegal sports betting. It shows the diverse inhabitants of the city as listed in the long list of murder suspects: Neo-Nazis from the district of Marzahn, Turkish relatives of the victims, or possible crazed fans.

Dogs of Berlin is a gritty crime drama that hits close to home. The interpretation of police corruption and the characterization of the criminal gangs and the biker groups are spot-on. The show makes light of the actual happenings in Germany and mirrors the country’s politics and issues.

Director: Christian Alvart – Screenplay: Christian Alvart, Ipek Zübert, Erol Yesilkaya – Cast: Felix Kramer, Fahri Yardim, Samy Abdel Fattah Mohamed Issa, Anna Maria Mühe, Katharina Schüttler, Urs Rechn – No. of Seasons, Episodes: 1, 10 – Run Time: 45m