Alicia Lu

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Personality: Social, charismatic, funny, and multifaceted. There’s a reason why Gemini’s symbol is the twins—you can be two different people in one body. Sometimes you’re an extroverted social butterfly, sometimes you sit on the sidelines and observe the action. Either way, you are a people person and you have a razor-sharp sense for reading others. On the downside, being the twin sign means fearing being alone. Recommended Playlist: Geminis want their entertainment to feel like good company, and you’re especially intrigued by contrasting personalities and alter egos. If this sounds like you, you’ll love these titles. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets Sakho & Mangane Vernon Subutex Anne+ Aka Wyatt Cenac
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Are you sensitive one minute and grouchy the next? Then you might be a Cancer. These titles will suit either mood, and they’re great for watching solo, as introverted Cancers probably prefer.
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Tauruses are stable, calm, grounded, and steadfastly reliable. You are comfort creatures through and through. But like the bull that you are, you will buck at anything that threatens your routine. Want to meet some other characters who hate change? Read on for your recommended movies.
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Aries are spontaneous, courageous, passionate, and highly competitive. You like your entertainment quick and dirty; otherwise, you’d rather be outside, riding down a hill really fast on something with wheels. So what movies will get your adrenaline going? Read more for your recommended playlist.
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If you’ve ever checked your horoscope, then this astrology viewing guide might be for you.
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Topic is dedicated to portraying and normalizing mental health stories every day. Here are seven titles that present a diverse range of experiences and even more diverse ways people grapple with, manage, and triumph over mental illness.
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Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, “The Letter Room” follows a kindhearted correctional officer who becomes deeply invested in the correspondence between an inmate on death row and his lover on the outside.
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In an increasingly mercurial world, self-care is more important than ever, and you can do it just by streaming. We’re rounding up shows and docs that encourage self-love, explore exciting health developments, and spotlight individuals who are overcoming relatable struggles. Here are 12 titles perfect for adding to your self-care regimen.
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From immigration to abortion, to incarceration, these short films give voice to those affected. These are portraits of modern America.
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Filmmaker Tony Zosherafatain travels to four red states with blatant anti-trans legislation to meet with a group of trans individuals and hear their stories.
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Death on a train, ritual-like murders, a highly contagious virus that seemingly came out of nowhere. These are the premises of some of our most suspenseful and eyebrow-raising mystery stories on Topic.
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In her holiday special, “Ave Maria Bamford,” the comedian shines a silver lining on some of life’s darkest scenarios, like dying young, financial ruin, and the end of the world.
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If you’d rather use the holiday to recognize and honor Indigenous communities who have been forgotten or rewritten by history, we’ve rounded up five titles that spotlight Indigenous stories from all over the world, from the people of Canada’s First Nations to spiritual shamans in Colombia.
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If you have that exhilarating, energizing, “anything can happen” feeling in your guts right now, embrace it, lean into it, and let’s ride this wave of optimism.
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As challenging as you think your family is, we guarantee you they’re not as flawed as these 10 families.
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Need a crash course on the platform issues before November? These 5 titles address and explore some of the most pressing issues in America today.
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From gruesome ritual killings to apocalyptic pandemics, to experimentations with the dark arts, our collection explores the vast, dark landscape that is horror. If you’re morbidly curious like us, then creep on over to Topic and add these 13 titles to your Halloween marathons this month.
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Love in real life is messy, and that’s how we prefer to portray it. Here are 5 of our favorite love stories on Topic. They may not be pretty, but they’ll be painfully relatable.
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Whether you’re still a student starting a new semester or you’re just feeling nostalgic for your school days, we have seven titles that celebrate the student experience.
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These five very different visionaries dared to shatter norms, challenge the status quo, and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Watch their stories.
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In celebration of video games and the groundbreaking tech and solid community they’ve inspired, set aside your controller for just a few hours and check out these six titles that pay tribute to gamers like you.
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Sometimes there is nothing better than a good cathartic cry. We’ve rounded up our top five poignant stories that will help you get it all out.
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Whether your adolescence was in the swinging ‘60s, the decadent ‘80s, the era of grunge, or if you’re just coming of age now, you can probably remember or relate to the adrenaline rush that is teenage rebellion. We’ve rounded up six titles that spotlight various youth in revolt.
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From graffiti artists to hip-hop lyricists to everyday folks, cities are filled with creators, visionaries, and dreamers. We’ve rounded up five documentaries that perfectly capture the essence of urban life, celebrate legendary creators, and give proper cred to those with street cred.
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Cows with best friends, fish who can’t swim, and birdwatching in the heart of New York City— these are not your typical animal stories.
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You thought Tiger King was wild? Prepare to have your mind blown all over again with these 6 unbelievable documentaries.
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From family dramedies to whip-smart comedians and Aussie filmmakers exploring other cultures, we’re spotlighting 10 titles on Topic that show you all sides of Australia.
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A pair of perfect strangers is the foundation to so many unforgettable stories. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites on Topic, so you can become acquainted with a whole new cast of strangers.
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Mysterious vanishings, dark secrets from the past, life-changing phone calls, unforeseen connections, shifting perspectives, dangerous searches for even more dangerous truths—we’ve got ‘em all.
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Topic embraces stories that show the full spectrum of womanhood. Here are 12 stories that show what being a woman is really like.
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Whether you’re a shy teen trying to navigate your own birthday party or a young immigrant trying to hold on to your future, coming of age is an emotional battleground. We’ve rounded up seven of our favorite coming-of-age stories on Topic to help you prepare for adulting.
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For those of you who spent a large portion of 2020 inside, you deserve a trip outdoors. Here are 8 breathtaking, nature-filled trips you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch.
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If you are a transgender person living in America, you deserve to be protected, and even more importantly, you are not alone. Included is a non-definitive list of crucial resources that every trans person should know about.
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Director Dan Rubenstein talks about the very DIY nature of his filming process, proving that, despite the uphill battle that is the changing film industry, indie filmmaking is not dead.
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Filmmaker Cara Jones was born into the Unification Church, a group known as the “Moonies,” along with her four brothers. When she decided to leave the church in her mid-20s, it was more difficult than she expected—not because of how she was going to leave, but what she was going to leave behind: her parents.
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We. Have. To. Vote. Seven titles that serve as emphatic reminders why your vote is needed.
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Get to some larger-than-life big-screen characters, hear real-life stories from immigrants, and see what life is like in various Spanish-speaking countries around the globe. Here are 12 titles to watch for National Hispanic Heritage Month.
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Spring is here! In celebration of its arrival, we’re highlighting eight stories that feel like a warm, sunny day.
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What’s more thrilling than a white-knuckle mystery series? One with a dash—or heavy dose— of the supernatural.
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A fascination with evil, the adrenaline rush, the fear that it could happen to us, and the relief that it’s not. Whatever the reason, we’re obsessed with true crime. If you are too, here are 10 of our wildest true crime documentaries, series, and films to feed your obsession.
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We’ll take our families as dysfunctional as possible, because not only does that make for more captivating storytelling, but it also makes us feel a little bit better about our own loved ones.
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“Los Ultimos Frikis” follows the rocky journey of Cuba’s most popular heavy metal band, Zeus. Topic sat down with frontman Diony and Dave Lombardo, founding drummer of legendary metal band Slayer, who served as executive producer and composer on the film, to talk about all things heavy metal.
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“Los Ultimos Frikis” director Nicholas Brennan talks about what it was like to spend 10 years in Cuba making a film about a heavy metal band.
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Many of the most astonishing true stories are rooted in political turmoil. Here are 6 of our favorite political thrillers based on real history.
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Roxy Rexvany’s film “Wifi Rider” is an intimate portrait of young Palestinian artist Shukri Lawrence. Topic chats with the multi-hyphenate artist-designer-photographer-director about the digital world he’s created.
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Streamed all of “Mare of Easttown” and looking for a similar murder mystery? Check out “Beau Séjour,” its Belgian doppelganger.
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If you’re looking to celebrate Juneteenth by lifting up Black creators, actors, and stories, here are 19 films and series to watch.
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Meet the must-watch foreign equivalents to your favorite American shows. There’s a whole world of Tony Sopranos and Walter Whites out there.
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What makes “The Bridge (Bron/Broen)” a cult classic that’s inspired five remakes and counting?
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The Ultimate Heavy Metal Playlist, curated by Diony Arce, lead singer of Cuba’s biggest metal band, Zeus.
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We picked the brains of Jeppe Gjervig Gram, director of “Follow the Money,” and star Esben Smed on their gripping series, which makes white-collar crime feel like a white-knuckle thriller.
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Nordic Noir has become a worldwide obsession with a cult following. But what is it? Here’s a crash course and handy playlist.
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If you’re a fan of Topic’s Scandinavian crime thrillers, you might come across these six prominent actors more than once. May we present to you: Six Degrees of Scandi TV.
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Sarah Lund’s sweater on The Killing (Forbrydelsen) has achieved as much cult status as the show itself. Topic unravels the significance of the jumper.
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Can you name a better duo than a crime thriller and a cocktail? Here are 11 pairings to take TV night to the next level.
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If you like Ann Dowd in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” you’ll be blown away by her in “Lambs of God.”
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Go ahead and smash that subtitles button.
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Get an exclusive glimpse at the making of true crime thriller “Dark Woods” with director Sven Bohse.
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The Bridge (Bron/Broen)’s unapologetically blunt detective Saga Norén is our hero. Here are 7 of her most brutally honest moments.
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In anticipation for the Tokyo Olympics, we’ve rounded up seven inspiring sports stories to get you extra amped for the big event.
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Picture a female, Russian version of Walter White from “Breaking Bad,” who runs an illegal empire of her own. If you miss following Walter on his journey in crime, you’ll want to meet Marina in “An Ordinary Woman.”
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What if I told you that you already like subtitles and you don’t even know it?
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We’ve rounded up five of our favorite historical documentaries that examine the power of political mobilization. Some will inspire you, some will anger you, and some might even terrify you. But they will all open your eyes to some of the most unforgettable moments in history.
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In many ways, “Irresponsable” is the French counterpart to Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up.” Both center around feckless but lovable man-children who accidentally become fathers. Both witness them struggling to leave their own juvenile behaviors behind to step up to fatherhood. And both follow their hapless efforts to win the hearts of the women who give them way too many chances. Oh, and of course, both are absolutely hysterical.
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The documentary “Blue Code of Silence” reveals how and why former NYPD detective Bob Leuci turned informant on his own squad in the 1970s to blow the lid off of New York City’s most corrupt police unit. Topic sat down with director Magnus Skatvold to talk about the film.
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