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Red Dragon

Red Dragon, directed by Brett Ratner, is the third cinematic installment in the “Hannibal Lecter” series. In this film, retired FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) is assigned to track down “the tooth fairy” (Ralph Finnes); a mysterious and elusive serial killer. Graham enlists the help of imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to […]

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The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3, directed by Patrick Hughes, is the continuation of the Expendables franchise, where we have the honor (or dishonor) of watching our favorite 80s and 90s action stars team up to defeat a common baddie. In this movie, the crew unite to take down Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), a ruthless illegal arms trader who also happens to […]

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The Core

The Core, directed by Joe Amiel is all about the Earth’s core. Due to an unknown set of circumstances, the core of the Earth stops spinning. This causes the Earth’s electromagnetic field to deteriorate, leading to a series of extreme natural disasters and exposure to deadly forms of radiation from outer space. It is up […]

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Blockers

Blockers, directed by Kay Cannon revolves around three teenage girls reaching the end of their lives as high school students. As prom night approaches, the three best friends make a pact; a pact to lose their virginity. Unfortunately for them, their parents (John Cena, Leslie Mann & Ike Barinholtz) find out about this arrangement, and embark […]

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Color Palettes of my Favorite Films (Part VII)

Hope everyone is having a smashing Thursday! Below are the remainder of the color palettes that I managed to generate for some of my favorite movies! As always, let me know if you want me to generate such palettes for any movies YOU like: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/image-downloader/cnpniohnfphhjihaiiggeabnkjhpaldj google chrome extension that quickly downloads selected images from a […]

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The Change-Up

The Change-Up, directed by David Dobin is the story of best friends Dave Lockwood (Jason Bateman) and Mitch Planko (Ryan Reynolds). Dave works as a partner in a law-firm and is often upset with himself due to his perceived repetitive and exhaustive lifestyle. Mitch on the other hand is a single man who is at […]

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Scott Pilgrim vs the World

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is directed by the great and powerful Edgar Wright. The plot  surrounds Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), an introverted 23 year old bass player who falls in love with Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winsted). In order to win her heart, Scott must defeat her seven evil exes. Edgar Wright made sure […]

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Color Palettes of my Favorite Films (Part VI)

Below are ten more palettes of some of my favorite movies! Enjoy! Part VII coming soon! Please let me know if you want me to make any such color palettes for movies YOU like. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/image-downloader/cnpniohnfphhjihaiiggeabnkjhpaldj google chrome extension that quickly downloads selected images from a web-page https://www.photovisi.com/photovisi/a-big-big-grid generates a tightly packed collage of ~200 images […]

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xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, directed by DJ Caruso, is the follow-up to xXx: State of the Union. In this installment, Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is resummoned to the xXx program in order to stop a rogue xXx team from possessing and utilizing an encryption device capable of hacking into satellites and military software programs. This movie […]

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Designated Survivor (Season 1)

So I thought I’d make a post about this Netflix series, since I’ve been binging it from time to time over the past 2 weeks. Designated Survivor is a three season (or 53 episodes) long TV series created by David Guggenheim. The show follows Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), a former academic who is the secretary for housing […]

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Paddington

Paddington, directed by the great and powerful Paul King, is the story of a young Peruvian bear named Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) and his journey to London in the search for a home. The bear stumbles upon the kind Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. What follows is a series of mishaps, […]

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Color Palettes of my Favorite Films (Part V)

Below are ten more palettes of some of my favorite movies! Enjoy! Part VI coming soon! https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/image-downloader/cnpniohnfphhjihaiiggeabnkjhpaldj google chrome extension that quickly downloads selected images from a webpage https://www.photovisi.com/photovisi/a-big-big-grid generates a tightly packed collage of ~200 images https://palettegenerator.com/ creates a natural color palette from an image https://digitalsynopsis.com/design/cinema-palettes-famous-movie-colors/ a brilliant example from the web showing similiar […]

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Aliens

“Get away from her you bitch”  Aliens, directed by the great and powerful James Cameron, is the sequel to the highly acclaimed science fiction film Alien, released in 1979. The story of Aliens picks up 57 years after the first film. Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is awoken from her hyper-sleep after being rescued by a deep space salvage team. She […]

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Contact

Contact, directed by the great and powerful Robert Zemeckis, is the 1997 film adaptation of the novel Contact, written by Carl Sagan. Jodie Foster (Dr. Eleanor Ann Arroway) plays a radio astronomer, who has spent much of her life scouring the universe for signs of intelligent extra-terrestrial life. Her efforts seem to pay off one day, when she […]

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Bad Education

Bad Education, directed by Cory Finley, is all about the perception of perfection. The film is based on a true story surrounding the administrative staff of Roslyn High School. Superintendent Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) and his assistant Pam Gluckin (Allison Janey) are credited with bringing the school district unprecedented prestige through their positive messaging and community […]

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Snatch

Snatch, directed by the great and powerful Guy Ritchie, was a British gangster film released over 20 years ago (can you believe its been that long?!). The movie features a star studded cast with the lights of Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, Benicio Del Toro, and Dennis Farina, among many other recognizable actors. The story is about […]

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Rampage

Rampage, directed by the great and powerful Brad Peyton, was an action-flick released in the summer of 2018 starring Dwayne Johnson. He plays a primatologist (Davis Okoye), who observes his albino gorilla (George) undergo unusual changes in his physique as a result of exposure to a synthesized gas. Alongside George, two other creatures in the animal […]

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, directed by the great and powerful Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm, is an iconic animated comic book film released in 1993. Kevin Conroy takes the helm of Batman, with support from Mark Hamill as the Joker and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. playing Bruce Wayne’s personal butler, Alfred. In this installment, Batman is squared up against a mysterious vigilante, […]

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Knowing

Knowing, directed by Alex Proyas, is yet another disaster/end-of-the-world movie starring Nicolas Cage who plays an MIT professor by the name of John Koestler. After his son receives a mysterious encoded letter that precisely maps out every past and forthcoming natural & artificial disaster, John Koestler goes on a journey to determine its origin and contemplate […]

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Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station, directed by the great and powerful Ryan Coogler, is the tragic real life story of the final living day of the late Oscar Grant (Michael B Jordan), a 22 year old black man from Oakland who is trying hard to live a clean life and support his girlfriend (Melonie Diaz), and his young daughter. […]

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Drive

Drive, directed by the great and powerful Nicolas Winding Refn, was released in 2011. The story surrounds a stunt driver (Ryan Gosling), who doubles as a getaway driver and one day finds himself in a pickle to rescue his neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her child from a group of gangsters in Los Angeles. It is […]

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The Shape of Water

Today we are going to be discussing the best picture winner of 2018. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water surrounds the story of Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a lonely janitor whose life gets flipped around through their encounters with a mysterious amphibious creature (played by Toby Jones). The film is shot predominantly in a […]

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Outbreak

Outbreak, directed by the great and powerful Wolfgang Petersen, is 25 year old film more relevant today than ever before. The movie predominantly is set in the quaint rural town of Cedar Creek, California where army doctors Col Sam Daniels (Dustin Hoffman), Major Casey Schuler (Kevin Spacey) as well as CDC medical expert Robby Keough (Rene […]

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Ford v Ferrari

Ford v Ferrari (directed by James Mangold) is the encaptivating tale of the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1966. American car designer Caroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and his creative team of engineers, mechanics, and drivers, one of which included Ken Miles (Christian Bale), faced off against the reigning champions Ferrari to develop a revolutionary […]

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Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch and is set during the final days of the cold war in Berlin, where the wall is about to fall. Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), an elite spy from MI6, has been sent to Berlin to recover a priceless dossier and eliminate a deadly Russian mafia gang who currently possess. […]

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Gifted

Gifted is directed by Marc Webb and is about Frank Adler (Chris Evans) raising a child prodigy (McKenna Grace). Mary has mathematical abilities well beyond her age, which quickly come to the attention of those around here. However Frank wishes to raise Mary in an ordinary social environment so that she can experience the life of […]

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Detroit

Detroit is directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starrs a predominantly African American cast with the lights of John Boyega, Anthony Mackie and Jason Mitchell. This is fitting because this film recounts the 1967 Detroit riots, specifically the tragic events that unfolded in the Algiers Hotel. It is safe to say that this was not an easy […]

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Baby Driver

Hello folks! Its been a while but I’m back to review some more movies over this christmas holiday. What better way to start than to review one of the most critically acclaimed films of this year; Baby Driver. This movie marks the triumphant return of Edgar Wright and features Ansel Elgort as Baby, a talented […]

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Moneyball

Moneyball is the true story about Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), the general manager of the Oakland Athletics during the 2001-2002 season of the MLB. Faced with a tight budget, Billy Beane must reinvent his team by disregarding conventional baseball wisdom. He teams up with Ivy League graduate Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) and uses modern day analytics […]

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The Hunt for Red October

The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 espionage thriller directed by John McTiernan. Based on the popular Tom Clancy novel, the film tracks Soviet submarine captain Marko Ramius (Sean Connery) and his crew in the brand new, state of the art submarine called the Red October. The Red October is equipped with innovative stealth technology, […]

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The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland is the on screen adaptation of the Giles Foden’s novel of the same name. Set in 1970’s Uganda, military general Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker) has risen to power as the country’s president. During the same time, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) is on a humanitarian medical mission to Uganda. An […]

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Shattered Glass

Shattered Glass is based on the real life drama and controversy surrounding Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen), a young and prominent writer for the The New Republic. The film recounts the downfall of Stephen Glass, as he was responsible for turning in dozens of phony, false and outrageous stories for his company in the hopes of furthering his career. […]

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The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay and is the second for what I assume to be many more movies to spawn out of this new ‘Lego-verse’. Starring Will Arnett as Batman, The Lego Batman Movie is about Batman’s relationship with his sidekick Robin (Michael Cera), butler/long time carer Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) and his arch nemesis […]

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Forrest Gump

Winner of 1994’s best picture award, Forrest Gump is a biopic for the fictional character of Forrest Gump. Despite being raised in the small town of Greensboro, Alabama and having an IQ of 85, Forrest never thought of himself as being disadvantaged or restricted in comparison to others. Thanks to his supportive mother (Sally Field), and the […]

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The Edge of Seventeen

Wowzers. Its been over two weeks since my last review so let’s see if I still have the flow. The Edge of Seventeen is a modern age teen drama centered around the fictional character of Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld). In her junior year of high school, Nadine faces significant difficulties in her life. From the passing of her […]

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State of Play

State of Play is directed by Kevin Macdonald and is the big screen adaption of the 2003 BBC series of the same name. The film starts of with a string of murders, one of them involving the aide of a powerful D.C congressman; Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck). Journalist Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe), an old friend of […]

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Hotel Rwanda

Wow this was a difficult movie to watch. Hotel Rwanda, directed by Terry George is about the 1992 Rwandan genocide. Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) manages the Hôtel des Mille Collines in Kigali, Rwanda. During the same time, Rwanda is facing a political crisis between the country’s two major social classes: the Hutu and Tutsi. The Hutu military […]

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Django Unchained

Django Unchained is Quentin Tarantino’s homage to its spaghetti western inspiration and an unorthodox commentary about America’s slave trade. Set two years prior to the American Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx) is freed from his brutal slave owner by a German bounty hunter who goes by the name of Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz seeks […]

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Gran Torino

Gran Torino is yet another film directed and starred by Clint Eastwood. Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) is a retired Korean War veteran and auto parts manufacturer who finds emptiness in his life due to the death of his wife. On the day of his wife’s funeral, a Vietnamese family by the name of Hmong moves in […]

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Valkyrie

Valkyrie is directed Bryan Singer and is about the 15th and final assassination attempt of Adolf Hitler before his death. Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise), is a military officer of the national socialist party who serves his country with utmost patriotism but fears that Germany would collapse under the further rule of Hitler. He […]

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Dunkirk

Dunkirk is revered filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s latest epic, which is about the real life events of May 1940. Germany’s advance into France left over 330,000 Allied troops stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk. Due to the enormous air and sea support from British and French forces alike, these troops were slowly and strategically evacuated using every […]

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Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips is the real life story of the US containership Maersk Alabama, captained by Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years. The hijackers are a small band of Somali pirates led by Abduwali Muse (Barkhad Abdi) who sought out to initially steal some basic supplies and cash. […]

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American Sniper

American Sniper is directed by Clint Eastwood and is the real life story of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), a US Navy SEALS officer who serves his country for 4 tours in Iraq and later becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history with over 160 confirmed kills. However during his endeavours to battle terror […]

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