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I once starred in a movie titled "Tomi's First Birthday" it was a straight to VHS production that received mix reviews. My parents loved it, my brother thought it was boring.

Top 3 Movies on Netflix that are Based on True Events

There’s something about a movie about real events that always seems to enthrall the audience. Going back 50,60, 100 years and seeing what life was like, is inspiring and also enlightening. Without further ado a list of some of the best movies based on Real Life Events with some fun facts about each.

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

 

The harrowing story of a Army medic in World War II who risked life and limb rescuing those who treated him poorly. Desmond Doss was a hero amongst men, his courage, and resolve serve as a benchmark as too what people should strive too. FACT: The real Desmond Doss treated and recused nearly 300 men during his 3 week deployment.

The Man who Knew Infinity (2016)

Dev Patel portrays Srinivasa Ramanujan, the brilliant mathematician from Indian who travelled from his home land to study Math at Cambridge. This movie takes place in 1913 and is set during wartime England. I enjoyed this movie from start to finish and I think it was because I had no idea Srinivasa Ramanujan existed prior to watching this. It was a inside look into the mind of genius and should be on everyone list. FACT: As his mentor Professor G. H. Hardy (Played by Jermey Irons), a celebrated mathematician himself who considered his own life’s greatest contribution to mathematics as the discovery of Ramanujan, put it, numbers were “personal friends of Ramanujan.” 

 

Lee Daniel’s The Butler (2013)

The story of  a butler who served every president from Truman to Reagan and weathered the worst of the country’s brutal racial history. A great, although, sometimes difficult to watch movie, about the longest standing butler in the Whitehouse. Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey lead this star studded cast and truly put further inspiring performances. FACT: When he started at the White House in 1952, he couldn’t even use the public restrooms when he ventured back to his native Virginia.

Best Movies to Watch When you’re Feeling Blue

One universal truth is that there is always a movie to watch that fits your mood. Whether you’re in need of some motivation,a good scare, or (The most common) something to cheer you up.

Listed below are my picks for the best movies to watch when you’re feeling a little down.

Aladdin (1992)

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Disney movies always seem to help cheer me up, something about the bright colors, and magical story lines just work for me. Aladdin is by far my favorite Disney movie and reminds me of my childhood days, when life was simple and without care. Also Robin Williams as Genie is just incredible. (They actually animated Genie around Robin Williams improved lines)

The Princess Bride (1987)

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The Princess Bride is one of those timeless classics, that touches on a bunch of different genres, it beautifully melds together action, romance, sci-fi, thriller, etc. It’s no wonder this movie has stood the test of time, it’s now considered a cult classic, and is regularly in the news. It’s too bad the Dread Pirate Roberts (Cary Elwes) went on to play the jerk meteorologist in Twister (1996).

Raiders of the Lost Ark – Indiana Jones (1981)

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A Steven Spielberg classic and one of my favorite movies of all times! Raiders of the Lost Ark is the definition of Action/Adventure movie. Booby traps and buried treasure, this movie will make you forget about everything else going on in your life and will whisk you away into a heart racing adventure where you join Indiana Jones as he scours the earth in pursuit of treasure while batting the quintessential bad guy, the Nazi’s, all the while saving a damsel in distress.

Back to the Future (1985)

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Something about movies made in the 80’s always cheers me up, the funny clothes, outdated views on the world, and old sayings, put a smile on my face. Back to the Future is a classic, Marty McFly and the mad scientist Dr. Emmett Brown, team up to get into trouble when the doctor creates a functioning time machine out of a DeLorean, Marty is sent back in time and the shenanigans commence.

 

 

Top 10 Highest Grossing Actors at the US Box Office

 

Samuel L. Jackson
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Total Gross: $5,149,077,633*
Average Gross: $70,535,310
Highest-Grossing Movie: The Avengers (2012), $623,357,910 (U.S.)

 

Harrison Ford
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Total Gross: $4,963,778,480*
Average Gross: $118,185,202
Highest-Grossing Movie: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), $936,662,225 (U.S.)

Tom Hanks
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Lifetime Total Gross: $4,602,786,488*
Average Gross: $95,891,385
Highest-Grossing Movie: Toy Story 3 (2010), $415,004,880 (U.S.)

Morgan Freeman
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Lifetime Total Gross: $4,521,987,421*
Average Gross: $71,777,578
Highest-Grossing Movie: The Dark Knight (2008), $534,858,444 (U.S.)

Robert Downey Jr.
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Lifetime Total Gross: $4,281,583,790*
Average Gross: $79,288,589
Highest-Grossing Movie: The Avengers (2012), $623,357,910 (U.S.)

Andy Serkis
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Lifetime Total Gross: $4,067,942,930*
Average Gross: $156,459,343
Highest-Grossing Movie: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), $936,662,225 (U.S.)

Anthony Daniels
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Lifetime Total Gross: $4,039,454,056*
Average Gross: $448,828,228
Highest-Grossing Movie: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), $936,662,225 (U.S.)

Eddie Murphy
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Lifetime Total Gross: $3,811,107,808*
Average Gross: $97,720,713
Highest-Grossing Movie: Shrek 2 (2004), $441,226,247 (U.S.)

Tom Cruise
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Lifetime Total Gross: $3,777,468,816*
Average Gross: $96,858,175
Highest-Grossing Movie: War of the Worlds (2005), $234,280,354 (U.S.)

Stanley Tucci
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Lifetime Total Gross: $3,758,106,508*
Average Gross: $72,271,279
Highest-Grossing Movie: Beauty and the Beast (2017), $504,014,165 (U.S.)

The 5 Stages of Trying to Pick What Movie to Watch

You decide that tonight would be the perfect night to stay in and watch a movie (7:30PM)

We’ve all been there, whether it’s a cold rainy night, there’s nothing going on, or you just don’t feel like getting off the couch. Movie’s are the best way to spend a night in, you turn on the TV and decide to fire up your old friend Netflix.

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The hunt for the perfect movie begins. (7:32PM)

One of the most difficult things about deciding to watch a movie is actually picking the perfect movie to watch. You flip though all the movie’s on the main page, flipping through the list 2 or more times. The struggle to find the perfect movie is real.

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Picking one movie is hard so you decide to try and figure out what genre movie you want to watch (8:32PM)

This in itself is an impossible task but you have far less options to choose from so you tell yourself it can be done. You flip through picking 3 different genres but you struggle committing to one of them. Finally, you decide that your in the mood for a comedy (Everyones always down to watch a comedy)

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You hit a snag when, after an hour, you realize that you’re not quite in the mood for a Comedy anymore. (9:32PM)

Fuck genre’s, you scroll back to the main page, and go straight to the trending list on Netflix. WHAT ARE THE PEOPLE WATCHING?! Someone has to have some good idea’s on movies to watch.

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You’ve looked at every possible movie on the Main Page of Netflix and still can’t decide(10:15PM)

You’ve actually gone over each movie twice, maybe even three times, but you can’t decide. The frustration mounts as you begin to realize that you’ll never find the “Perfect movie to watch.

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You look at the clock and realize it’s 10:35PM, you still haven’t picked a movie to watch, and that your super picky nature is why you’re going to grow old alone without so much as a movie to watch.

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5 Movies Inspired by Stephen Hawking

Woke up to extremely sad news that Stephen Hawking passed away this morning, he will be remembered as a genuinely brilliant, and inspired physicist. I listed 5 films that were inspired by his life and the Actors who played him.

The Theory of Everything (2014) – Eddie Raymond

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Hawking (2013) – Documentary/Himself

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Hawking (2004) – Benedict Cumberbatch

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A Brief History of Time (1991) – Documentary/Himself

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Beyond the Horizon (2009) – Documentary/Himself

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FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD – In the New Trailer Dumbledore steals the Show

The new trailer for FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD was released today, I’m sure every Harry Potter fan is excited to see this trailer, it looks like Dumbledore (Played by Jude Law) will be stealing the show, just take a look at how he carries himself in the trailer.

 

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Johnny Depp is back and looking all sorts of weird, he grew his hair out (Thankfully) and is a much darker and twisted version of Grindelwald . Compare his look in the pictures below, this alone leads me to believe the sequel is going to be better than the original.

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The movie looks amazing, but I’m bias, I loved Harry Potter and the first Fantastic Beast movie, I can admit that it wasn’t nearly as good as any of the Harry Potter Movies.

I’m still super excited to see it Big fan of JK Rowling Stonessss

Fact’s About the Making of the First Jurassic Park

As we all know Jurassic Park is one of the most memorable movies for a generation of cinema fans. I remember it as being the first movie I ever saw in theaters, being absolutely terrified by the surround sound, thinking a dinosaur was waiting behind me to take a bite. It also sparked a ever-lasting love of films and filmmaking in me that I will cherish forever. In honor of the upcoming blockbuster Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom coming to theaters on June 22, 2018, I’ve put together a list of some little known fact about the Marking of the first Jurassic Park. Enjoy!

 

1. The T-Rex would often unexpectedly turn on without warning, Terrifying the crew!

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Producer Kathleen Kennedy recalled, “The T. rex went into the heebie-jeebies sometimes. Scared the crap out of us. We’d be, like, eating lunch, and all of a sudden a T. rex would come alive. At first we didn’t know what was happening, and then we realized it was the rain. You’d hear people start screaming.”

2. The T-Rex wasn’t suppose to break through the glass roof of the Jeep while trying to eat the kids.

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In the original script, the T-Rex was suppose to bump into the glass, frightening the kids, and then pull away. What actually happened was the T-Rex broke right through the glass causing to fall on the kids inside. If you watch the movie again, note how realistic the screams are!

3. Every film in the Jurassic Franchise has a reference to another Spielberg movie.

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Jurassic Park: Shortly after Nedry makes his first appearance in the control room, during his argument with Hammond, one can clearly see Jaws playing in a small video window on one of Nedry’s computer screens. That movie was, of course, also directed by Steven Spielberg.

The Lost World: When the bus crashes into the front of the video rental store, a poster can be seen for Hook, which Spielberg also directed.

Jurassic Park III: When the paleontologists enter the bar for dinner with the Kirbys, you can see a Jurassic Park (1993) pinball machine in the background.

Jurassic World: The great white shark being eaten in Jurassic World is a clear homage to Jaws

5. The Dinosaurs in the First Jurassic Park Were the First Fully CG Flesh and Blood Creatures Ever on Screen

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For the animatronic dinosaurs, Spielberg hired Stan Winston (because of his amazing work on Aliens). Winston built the life-size lizards, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops. Spielberg also hired stop-motion puppeteer Phil Tippett to animate model dinosaurs that would be superimposed in post-production, and Dennis Muren (fresh from creating the molten-metal morphing effects for Terminator 2: Judgment Day) to see if dinosaurs could be created using computer-generated imagery.

The dinosaurs Muren created on the computer were the first major flesh-and-blood CGI creatures in movie history. When he screened an early test of wire-frame dinosaurs in motion for the rest of the filmmakers, Tippett realized he was out of a job. “I think I’m extinct,” he told Spielberg, who liked the quip so much that he put it in the movie. In reality, Tippett stayed on as an adviser to the computer animators, using his knowledge of paleontology and pantomime to instruct the effects artists in how dinosaurs should move.

5 Thoughts when you have Social Anxiety and you’re at the Movie Theater

“I have to pee, oh god, everyones going to look at me! They’re going to know I have to pee, or worst they’ll think it’s a number 2, I’m fine, I’ll wait till the movies done, its fine”

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Me: Let’s sit right in the middle!

Also Me: Oh, there 3 or 4 people kind of near the middle better just sit off to the side, don’t want to annoy them by sitting too close.

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Feeling trapped in a confined spaces with a bunch of Strangers in the dark is totally fine for anxious people.

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That awkward moment when your butt fall asleep because you’ve been sitting for 2 hours but you don’t want to get up and walk around for fear of annoying other movie goers

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When someone who’s 7 Feet tall is sitting behind you and accidentally keeps hitting the back of you chair but you don’t want to cause a scene so you convince  yourself that you enjoy it.

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Ready Player One Premier’s at SXSW

Steven Spielberg’s newest Blockbuster Ready Player One (March 28th, 2018) premiered at SXSW to mixed reviews. Some people are hailing it as Spielberg’s return to nostalgic blockbusters and others saying it offers “…nothing new or exciting..” – After going through hundred’s of tweets, I would say the majority of people loved it. The common trend seems to be that normal movie goers love the movie but critics are picking it apart on technicalities on it’s Story Telling.

I think critics need to understand that movies don’t have to be perfect, sometimes, movies are perfectly nostalgic and are made to make evoke happiness, instead of being a commentary on social injustices. I’ll update this as soon as I see the movie.

Check out the trailer and a few tweets below…

 

Top 5 Summer Blockbuster to Get Excited About

 

Every summer viewers are blessed with the release of the year’s biggest blockbusters. I took some time to list some of the movies I’m most excited to see this summer.

Avengers: Infinity War (April 27th, 2018) – Rumor has it that the follow up Avengers movie is slated for release exactly one year after Infinity War is released.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25th, 2018) – One Rumor that has been confirmed to be true, we will finally see how Han Solo acquired the Millennium Falcom from Lando!

The Incredibles 2 (June 15th, 2018) – I have been waiting for this for so long, the original was released in 2004! We’ve been waiting 14 years for this, let’s go already!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22nd, 2018) – This installment in the Jurassic franchise is being directed by J.A Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible, A Monster Calls), after watching the trailer I have a feeling this will be the most frightening film in the Jurassic collection.

Deadpool 2 (May 18th, 2018) – I mean it’s hard not to get excited about this movie. Ryan Reynolds is back as everybody’s favorite douchbag, Deadpool! Josh Brolin being added as the villain is awesome, I mean the guy is tough as nails, and is the perfect man to play Cable!

Christopher Nolan Marathon Time

Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite film-makers, I feel in love with his movies when I watch Memento (2000) 18 years ago, and have loved every movie he’s made since then. Today we list the ultimate Christopher Nolan Marathon list, Enjoy!

1. Memento (2000) – This movie only took 25 days to shoot

2. Insomnia (2002) – The only movie where Nolan is not credited for writing the movie, even though, he wrote the final draft

3. Batman Begins (2005) – Nolan was so fascinated with Cillian Murphy’s bright blue eyes that he kept trying to find reasons to have Crane remove his glasses.

4. The Prestige (2006) – Nolan meticulously studied Tesla’s experiments to recreate them with integrity. Especially the light globe scene.

5. The Dark Knight (2008) – Heath Ledger created the make-up for The Joker, when Nolan saw it, he immediately asked his make up team to recreate it.

6. Inception (2010) – Leonardo DiCaprio provided a lot of feedback and changes to the actual script. Nolan was quoted as saying “Once Leo came on board, I spent months and months sitting with him and discussing the script”

7. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – This movie was the fastest to shoot out of all of Nolan’s Batman movies.

8. Interstellar (2014) – The plot of this movie was so secretive, Matthew McConaughey didn’t even revel the plot to his wife until the post-production was complete.

9. Dunkirk (2017) – The ticking sounds that serve as the crucial theme on the Dunkirk’s score were recorded by Hans Zimmer from one of Nolan’s own pocket watches.

Hype Movie Alert: Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom

The first movie I ever saw in theaters was Jurassic Park, so it should come as no surprise that I am super excited for the release on the latest installment in the Jurassic Universe.

So far the biggest news I’ve seen is that Jeff Goldblum is set to return as Dr. Ian Malcolm. Ladies and Gent’s Get your popcorn ready for June 22, 2018 that’s when Fallen Kingdom is set to be released.

Hype Movie Alert: A Quiet Place

Ladies and Gentleman Jim from the office is all grown up and in a Horror movie now! This past weekend John was in Austin at SXSW 2018 to premier his latest film A Quiet Place, the reviews have started coming in and people are impressed/terrified! Check out some of the tweets…

 

Needless to say I’m looking forward to this one, the storyline seems original, and intense. Well done Jim Harper, Well done.

Top 5 Old Movies You Need to Rewatch Now

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Something about watching snobby upper-class people fawn over a seemingly average everyday Genius is heart warming. The dialogue between Robin Williams and Matt Damon is incredible and the scene when Matt Damon has an emotional break through with Robin Williams still makes me tear up.

 

The Godfather Trilogy (1972, 1974, 1990)

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, one of the most iconic movie trilogy’s ever created. The performances by all actor’s in this movie are mesmerizing, the dedication to making this a one of a kind movie, for example, do you remember the scene with the horse’s head in the movie producers bed? Guess what, they got a real horses head from a dog food company and used it without telling the actor, so when we moved the sheets and saw the head his screams are genuine as he was not expecting to see a REAL severed horse head in the scene.

 

E.T. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)

This movie was nominated for 9 OSCARS! A Sci-Fi movie about a weird looking alien and the group of kids who found him received more Oscar noms than some dramatic serious movies that are made with the sole intention of receiving awards. This movie was actually suppose to be very different, Spielberg originally intended this movie to be about a family that is terrorized by a group of aliens, he decided that it would be better suited as a family friendly movie and because of that we have this master piece.

 

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Another Speilberg movie makes the list, but are you surprised?, he is one of the most iconic storytellers. Indiana Jones is just a fun movie to watch, everything about it, you have a hero, a villain, and a whole lot of action in between. Harrison Ford cemented his place as a leading man with this movie. The iconic scene in the market when the crowd parts ways to reveal a sword swinging bad guy, the audience thinking a big over the top fight scene is about to take place, instead Indie pulls his gun out a shoots him! Guess what, that was improved by Harrison Ford and is one of my favorite parts of the movie.

 

Forrest Gump (1994)

Everyone should have seen this movie at least once by now, the story of a simple man, and his journey through life. Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors, he seem like he’d be a nice guy if you ran into him on the street. Also based on everything that’s going on in Hollywood it’s nice to know that there are still some good guys out there. This movie garnered a total of thirteen Academy Award nominations, of which it won six, including Best Picture, Best Visual Effects, Best Director (Robert Zemeckis), and Best Actor (Tom Hanks). While you’re rewatching this movie take a close look at any picture of Forrest through out the film? Notice anything? HIS EYES ARE CLOSED IN ANY PICTURE OF HIM IN THE MOVIE!

 

Let me know what you think of the picks for oldies to re-watch. Thanks!

Thor: Ragnarok Out Now

The long awaited third movie in the Thor Franchise will be available online and on DVD today! – Chris Hemsworth can do no wrong, Marvel movies are always a treat! Check out Thor Ragnarok out now!
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Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.

The Definitive list of Movies About Fish Men/Sea Monsters

In light of “The Shape of Water” winning the Oscar for best picture, we thought we’d share the definitive list of movies featuring none other than Fish People/Sea Monsters. If we missed any let us know in the comments

1. The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

2. Revenge of the Creature (1955)

3. The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)

4. She-Creature (1956)

5. War-Gods of the Deep (1965)

6. Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

7. Dagon

The Shape of Water wins Best Picture

Guillermo del Toro does it again! A visually stunning movie with excellent performances from the entire cast. I can’t believe a movie that would of been pitched as a thriller/musical/interspecies love story got made, let alone, won Oscar’s and is being regarded as one of the best movies of the year.

Online Release Date: March 13th, 2018

It was an “uncomfortable” story line and some people might not like it but damnnnnnnn it was engaging and made me want to keep watching.

FUN FACT: Guillermo del Toro was drunk at a Golden Globes party when he pitched the idea to Hawkins

Definitely worth watching!

Story: 4/5

Acting: 5/5

Visuals: 5/5

Comedy: 2/5

Frightening: 2/5

Enjoyment: 3/5