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Inception

Let’s just face it, 2010 has had some great movies: Shutter Island, Toy Story 3, and even some surprises –Karate Kid. No one expected that movie to be good. But, Christopher Nolan’s Inception took the first page in my book.

Imagine, just for a brief of the second, some futuristic world where people can transmit themselves into peoples’ dreams to extract information from those dreams and plant an idea. Leonardo DiCaprio is a thief with uncommon ability to enter someone’s dream and steal their secrets. This movie has everything: the acting is excellent, screenplay, sound production, visual effects, Christopher Nolan spent almost ten years writing this story and it’s perfect.

Okay, let’s get started with the story, and don’t worry – no spoiler alert, because the movie is basically immune to spoilers. If you knew how it ended it’s meaningless unless you know how the story got there. So, Leonardo DiCaprio has his business team (Joseph Gordon – Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy) and their job is to fight through the cover of reality and dream, reality within a dream. For the movie viewer, it’s a “time struggle”, because we are never quite sure what the correlation between real-time and dream time is. One of the main stars in the movie explains that you can never remember the begging of a dream and how it got at the moment your consciousness realizes some action is happening, and that dreams that seem to last for hours may actually last for a few minutes. Also, when you’re dreaming you’re never quite sure if it’s a dream because it feels like reality.

Leonardo DiCaprio is hired by the powerful billionaire (Ken Watanabe) to plant an idea into his rival’s mind (Cillian Murphy), and he needs do to it so well that Murphy believes it is his own. And it’s impossible, it has never been done before. So, DiCaprio gathers his team of skilled and talented people who are going to try to plant an idea. So, let’s talk a little bit about this team of skilled and talented people, and their roles. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Arthur) is DiCaprio’s longtime associate, his “right hand” in missions and also his friend. Tom Hardy (Eames) is a master at deception. And last to join the team was Ellen Page (Ariadne), a smart young architect who is a prodigy at creating space. The mission is to create a dream within a dream within a dream and plant an idea in Murphy’s mind, entirely different and far more dangerous procedure that can leave them trapped in their victim mind. And because the movie being an action thriller, it’s not really hard to say that things don’t go exactly according to plan. Now, many people complained that the movie is confusing, but this movie requires paying attention, because it’s not predictable.

“Inception is truly a one of a kind experience and amazing accomplishments of Christopher Nolan. Even if the movie is complex he never fails to entertain us, telling an exciting story with great characters we care about, even if they are the bad guys.”

Let’s just face it, 2010 has had some great movies: Shutter Island, Toy Story 3, and even some surprises –Karate Kid. No one expected that movie to be good. But, Christopher Nolan’s Inception took the first page in my book.
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Modern Punk Bands

From Ramones and Sex Pistols to Blink 182 and Neck Deep. Punk music has seen big changes. Modern punk bands are changing the rules.

It’s not about breaking anymore. Today’s punk music is unique than ever. The new decade brought some great artists with it, including catching vocal melodies and groovy riffs. Lyrics are more poetic and music is more emotional. If you were a kid in 90s and you’re probably going to like this list of most influential punk bands of this era, picked by my choice.

Blink 182 (Pop Punk/Punk Rock/Skate Punk) is most known punk band from the 90s. They were formed in Poway, California by Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Scott Raynor in early 90s. Shortly after, they came to light in Southern California punk scene. Later, legendary drummer Travis Barker replaces Scott Raynor and the group’s next two albums Enema of the State (1999) and Take off Your Pants and Jacket (2001) were an enormous success. From irrelevant lyrical toilet humor to Tom DeLonge leaving bend, now Blink 182 has a new sound. Matt Skiba replaced Tom and came with some really interesting vocal melodies. Their last album named California (2016) is something no one expected, so check that out if you didn’t already.

Neck Deep (Pop Punk/Punk Rock) is a Welsh punk band formed in 2012 by Ben Barlow and former guitarist Lloyd Roberts. They released two EPs – Rain in July (2012) and A History of Bed Decisions (2013) which gained a lot of attention. After that, they signed with Hopeless Records in August 2013, following the release of album Wishful Thinking (2014). For them, band became the full-time project, and like every teenager would, they quit their jobs and dropped out of university’s (even if they are not teenagers anymore). They bring totally new sound in punk genre, including on-point melodic pop vocals with fast punk riffs and groove. Their last album named Life’s Not out to Get You (2015) is something worth listening to.

Gnarwolves (Melodic Hardcore Punk/Skate Punk/Pop Punk) is a British punk bend formed in 2011 by Thom, Charlie and Max. Their first release was EP by the name Fun Club (2011) but it was re-released in 2012 with the different album cover and a few more cover songs. At the same year, the band released the second EP – CRU, and a year later band released the third EP named Funemployed (2013). At this time Gnarwolves did a lot of touring around the UK and Europe, which they continued to do. In 2014 Gnarwolves announced their debut album by the name Gnarwolves which was released through Pure Noise Records. Their hits like Smoking Kills, Bottle to Bottle and Limerence exactly show how this band is different than others. Their passion for music is something that is recognizable in their live shows. Strong melodic vocals in this band are hurtfully honest in lyrics, and drummer never fails to keep that energy flowing around the room.

The Story So Far (Pop Punk/Punk Rock) is band from Walnut Creek, California, formed in 2007. Their band name was influenced by New Found Glory song “The Story So Far”. They are signed with Pure Noise Records and have released 3 studio albums. Their lyrics are focused upon personal relationships and break-ups.

Honorable mentions: The Wonder Years, New Found Glory, Stick To Your Guns, Allister, Man Overboard, State Champs, Basement, Knuckle Puck, Sum 41, Real Friends.

From Ramones and Sex Pistols to Blink 182 and Neck Deep. Punk music has seen big changes. Modern punk bands are changing the rules.
It’s not about breaking anymore. Today’s punk music is unique than ever. The new decade brought some great artists with it...

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The Best Movies to Watch

Are you a movies fan? Do you like spending your free nights on the sofa watching good movies? We have a list of movies we found very interesting and entertaining.

Inception (2010) DiCaprio has a rare ability to enter people’s dream and steal their secrets from their subconscious. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page. Director: Christopher Nolan.

The Butterfly Effect (2004) Ashton Kutcher is victim of his blackouts during important events of his childhood. Growing up he finds a journal, a way to remember those lost memories, and a way to alter his life. Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters. Directors: Erick Bress, J. Mackye Gruber.

Memento (2000) Guy Pearce struggles with keeping his short-term memory loss an obstacle while searching for his wife murderer. Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Annie Moss, Joe Pantolino. Director: Christopher Nolan.

The Hateful Eight (2015) Tarantino’s violent “western” story sets in the post Civil War era where a group of criminals against each other found shelter in the wooden cabin. Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh. Director: Quentin Tarantino.

Django Unchained (2012) Django is a slave who is in Mississippi, with his German friend, trying to rescue his wife from a brutal plantation owner. Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio. Director: Quentin Tarantino

Interstellar (2014) A team of astronauts on a mission of finding life out of Earth in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival. Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain. Director: Christopher Nolan.

The Revenant (2015) Leonardo Dicaprio sustains deathly injuries from a brutal bear attack in the wilderness. He must use his survival skills to find back a way to civilization. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter. Director: Alejando G. Inarritu.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Based on true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to the being a billionaire to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie. Director: Martin Scorsese.

Definitely, Maybe (2008) A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year old daughter. Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Breslin. Director: Adam Brooks.

Shutter Island (2010) Leonardo DiCaprio is investigating a disappearance of a murderess from a hospital for the criminally insane. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo. Director: Martin Scorsese.

Fight Club (1999) An insomniac office worker forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf. Director: David Fincher.

The Dark Knight (2008) Joker is here, wrecking and creating chaos in town. Bruce Wayne needs to save Gotham City. Stars: Christian Bale, Heather Ledger, Aaron Eckhart. Director: Christopher Nolan.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Two men in prison bond over time, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. Stars: Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins, Bob Gunton. Director: Frank Darabont.

Now You See Me (2013) An FBI agent and Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank money during the performance and gave it to the audience. Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo. Director: Louis Leterrier.

Hope you enjoy this list!

Are you a movies fan? Do you like spending your free nights on the sofa watching good movies? We have a list of movies we found very interesting and entertaining.
Inception (2010) DiCaprio has a rare ability to enter people’s dream and steal their secrets...

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The Five Best Drummers of the 21st Century

These guys certainly know how to lay down the beat. Their weapons are sticks and their special power is speed. In this list, we’ve picked up 5 best drummers of the 21st century!

Luke Holland

Born: June 14, 1993 (age 23)
Music Group: The World Alive

Unlike many drummers, Luke is completely self-taught. He started playing drums when he was only eleven, after taking jobs around the neighborhood in order to save up for drum kit of his own. At the age of sixteen, Luke got a chance to stand-in as the drummer for Texas in July. Luke also notorious on YouTube – his most popular video being his drum cover of Skrillex’s Cinema, which has over five million views. Other than YouTube, he’s known as the drummer of metalcore band The World Alive, which he joined in 2013.

Matt Greiner

Born: October 28, 1985 (age 31)
Music Group: August Burns Red

His powerful, precise, fast, groovy and creative drumming has been turning heads and earning him accolades all over the world. As a toddler, Matt played beats with his hands on every surface he could make sound with, pretending it was the drums he was playing. At the age of ten, Matt’s mother signed him for piano lessons, where he developed his sense of dynamics and melody, but after a while, he realized he wasn’t enthralled, so he quit playing the piano. At the age of sixteen, Matt purchased his first drum set. He is now one of the most popular drummers in the world, also known as the drummer of the band August Burns Red. Matt Greiner is definitely on the way to becoming one of the greatest drummers that heavy-metal has ever seen.

Larnell Lewis

Born: March 22, 1984 (age 32)
Music Group: Snarky Puppy

The legendary Larnell Lewis is a Toronto-born musician, composer, producer, educator, clinician, and drummer. Lewis has been featured on the cover of Drums Etc, a national drumming magazine. He was first introduced to drums in church when he was only four years old. This is where he started to learn to play a variety of styles including gospel music. Larnell was a student at Humber College in which he was the 2004 recipient of the “Oscar Peterson” for Outstanding Achievement in Music ($5000 scholarship reward) – the highest reward given by the institution. He is known as a drummer for Snarky Puppy (jazz, jazz fusion, pop, jam band), and he has also performed with many music artists and musicians, such as Dave Holland, Michael Brecker, and Jully Black.

Chad Smith

Born: October 25, 1961 (age 55)
Music Group: Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Chickenfoot

Widely is regarded as one of the best rock music drummers, Spin magazine places him at #10 on their list “100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music” in May 2013. He started playing drums at the age of seven, mainly listening to music groups including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and so on. Chad Smith is best known as a drummer of Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Travis Barker

Born: November 14, 1975 (age 41)
Music Group: Blink – 182, Antemasque, Box Car Racer, Yelawolf, Transplants

Travis can play beats all day long. Thanks to his hardcore sensibility, punk rock energ, and hip hop groove, he brings a new style of drumming to this millennium’s scene. In 2014 and 2015, Travis Barker was named the best rock drummer based on the results of the Rhythm Magazine’s poll. He is also ranked #99 on the Rolling Stones Magazine’s list “The Best Drummers of All Time”. He started playing drums at the age of 4. Now, he’s best known as the drummer of Blink – 182.

These guys certainly know how to lay down the beat. Their weapons are sticks and their special power is speed. In this list, we’ve picked up 5 best drummers of the 21st century!
Luke Holland
Born: June 14, 1993 (age 23)
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Is Suicide Squad best superhero movie in 2016

Is Suicide Squad going to be the best super hero movie in 2016?

For fans all around the world this year has been exciting because of the superhero movies that came out. X- Men, Deadpool, Batman Vs Superman, Captain America Civil War and the movie we are going to discuss is the Suicide Squad. Directed and written by David Ayer, known for his movies such as Fury, Training Day, The Fast and the Furious. This movie will cast some of the most popular actors such as Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jared Leto (The Joker), Ezra Miller (The Flash).

The group of some of the most notorious villains in DC Universe is gathered to complete a mission for the government in exchange for amnesty. The movie title comes from the fact that all of the team members have micro bombs installed in them which will be detonated if they try to escape or cause trouble.

Cast:

Will Smith, Deadshot

Deadshot is an expert marksman and assassin. He is closely connected with his daughter. While some people are suspicious about Will Smith doing this role, others think that it’s going to be a blast!

Jared Leto, The Joker

Is one of the world’s most famous villains, Jared Leto said that he tried really hard for this role and that he thinks that his Joker is going to be as good as his pervious movie appearances. Also Joker has tattoos on his body for the first time since he appeared on screen.

Margot Robbie, Harley Quinn

A crazy villain that was a psychiatrist that treated The Joker before she went mad. Her relationship with The Joker is going to be showed in the movie. Margot Robbie said that this will probably be one of her favorite roles.

Viola Davis, Amanda Waller

Government’s official that gives orders to the squad. She has her eyes on the prize and will do anything to achieve her goals. Viola Davis stated that Amanda Waller is “relentless in her villainy”.

Jai Courtney, Boomerang

Assassin that uses his deadly boomerangs to fight his enemies. He is the squad’s loudmouth.

Jay Hernandez, El Diablo

He was a gangster in Los Angeles, he has powers to summon flames. El Diablo is a lonely wolf and does not enjoy killing and destruction like his teammates.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Killer Croc

A villain that has a rare skin condition that caused him to look like an reptilian.

Music

Many famous musicians and bands are going to part take in the movie. The soundtrack was a collab between the famous producer Skrillex and one of the most popular names in the rap game Rick Ross, the title of the song is “Purple Lamborghini”.

Locations

The movie was mostly shot on the streets of Toronto.

There’s no doubt that this movie has an unique concept and a good cast, the only question is how much money is it going to bring in to the box office. Some experts are expecting high numbers when it comes to the movie success. There’s nothing we can do but wait for this exciting movie to come out.

Is Suicide Squad going to be the best super hero movie in 2016?
For fans all around the world this year has been exciting because of the superhero movies that came out. X- Men, Deadpool, Batman Vs Superman, Captain America Civil War and the movie we are going...

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Best movie posters – Part 3

Today, we continue with our list of the most famous and influent movie posters ever made.

Casablanka (1942)

Even though the original is simply the best, it was famously riffed on in the poster for The Good German. This black and white simplicity of the film is presented properly, adding a strong color in the title treatment. It can be said that this poster successfully presents the era and looks cool no matter what the actual year is.

The Third Man (1949)

We could say that the border is the most important element of this one. But we won’t forget the elements of the 40’s classic noir neither. It spreads from the striking color scheme to the Vienna backdrop, which grabs attention immediately.  But what a border this poster has!

The Wild Bunch (1969)

These four action shots are the first thing we think about, looking at this one. This short glance explains us precisely what kind of movie we get, a Western which is full of action scenes. The great work of graphic design can be easily recognized in that poetic synopsis and long shadows.

Vanishing Point (1971)

The inevitable detail is that flashy image of a car in the centre of the poster. It really looks like it’s going very fast. But, besides cars driving fast, this movie is also a kind of existential journey which is very suitable for early 70s. It contains that hippy sense of freedom of the road, which can be clearly seen in this poster. The important element would surely be that cheesy tagline.

Badlands (1973)

The debut film of Terrence Malick is an amazing thriller with rather disturbing subject, a couple who go on a killing spree in Dakota. The poster is a attention grabber as well. It has that fairy-tale blurb mixed with a striking photo of the silhouetted pair. The first look immediately says you what sort of film it is. That last line is made like it hits you in the head.

Mean Streets (1973)

What is more striking than the image of a smoking gun? Just the right thing to show the daily life on mob-streets of Little Italy at its best. Mixed with the display of stylised apartment blocks, it gives us the message that the life in this town is very dangerous. It has a crisp and striking, but also a clean design in Scorsese classic style.

Barry Lyndon (1975)

The first film since banned “A Clockwork Orange” of Stanley Kubrick is actually an 18th Century cautionary tale. Following the great artwork, this one had a tough job, but it is still a beautiful movie. As it can be seen on the poster, it won four Oscars. It’s like stripped-down artwork, but elegant enough to do justice to this big screen adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel.

Rocketeer (1991)                                                                                                    

Even if the jetpack was invented in 1930s, the helmet surely wouldn’t look as cool as this one. This space style of the rocketeer outfit comes from the creator of the graphic novel that inspired this movie, Dave Stevens. The most fascinating thing about this image is the notion of speed that it has.

 

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Today, we continue with our list of the most famous and influent movie posters ever made.

Casablanka (1942)
Even though the original is simply the best, it was famously riffed on in the poster for The Good German. This black and white simplicity of the film...

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Top 30 movie posters – Part 2

Here we continue our journey through cinematography by prolonging our list of most impressive movie posters. The second part of the list brings us more of this fine piece of art, included in every movie.

Vertigo (1958)

This is the one of the most iconic artworks for Hitchcock movies, although some might see it as a predictable addition to a film student’s apartment today. Besides it looking so cool, this is actually the second Saul Bass poster, after Anatomy of a Murder, which only proves his greatness in this area of art. Bass somehow managed to transform the simple movie advertisement into an artwork that has been remembered ever since.

Straw Dogs (1971)

Although this poster doesn’t contain elements that would be considered as fancy, like intricate border, bright colours or jazzy fonts, it is classic. This simple photograph with a white border, showing the close-up of Dustin Hoffman with smashed spectacles was surely enough to demonstrate the spirit of this controversial story about violence.

Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (1979)

This one looks like a typical copy of American Graffiti poster made six years before this one, but it’s not that simple to give a final conclusion about this poster. This movie is known for the so called kids-versus-adults plot in an atmosphere of Ramones’ Blitzkrieg Pop and its poster presents the anarchic lifestyle of some punk-rock teen movie that appreciates the band massively.

The Fan (1981)

One of those that didn’t grab that amount of attention like other movies in the list, talking about the stalker obsessed with a movie star played by Lauren Bacall, has the poster that can freely be considered as a design genius display. Having a generic subgenre in relative manner, this sharp and brutal image might be seen even as the best piece of the entire film. Although it’s not a blockbuster that everybody has seen, it is pretty obvious what’s the ambience by looking at its poster.

Moon (2009)

This immersive sci-fi film made by Duncan Jones has a poster that was magnificently and yet simply advertising the movie. Rockwell’s tragic astronaut who’s trapped in this mysterious future space ship shape is just a perfect description for the movie. This is a mix of the retro titles and a contemporary poster that goes along very well.

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Here we continue our journey through cinematography by prolonging our list of most impressive movie posters. The second part of the list brings us more of this fine piece of art, included in every movie.
Vertigo (1958)
This is the one of the most iconic...

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Top 30 movie posters – Part 1

People easily forget most movie posters, but there are always some pieces that we remember for a long time. Some of those images even became a part of pop culture. Here’s the first part of our list of best movie posters.

Downhill Racer (1969)

The poster for this movie consists of very cool photography when you first look at it. But when you look couple more times, you start asking yourself some new questions. The intrigue of this one is hidden in that late 1960s look with very simple typography.

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

There are 3 things that take our immediate attention in this movie. Rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven just kick in the atmosphere in this one. Stanley Kubrick’s disturbing masterpiece was displayed with an extremely cool illustration. Those frame triangles and very catchy typography make the perfect mix with the whole image.

The Driver (1978)
Putting the illustration on side, this poster has an amazing typography. It’s a simple movie name, too, which allows the creator to make it looks great much easier. The illustration is done brilliantly in this concept. The two men who look thoughtful, holding a gun, and a beautiful woman that looks so mysterious make a good combination. And finally the car that burst through, making us think that we’ll also see some high-speed action.

Scarface (1983)
This is surely Al Pacino’s best definitive role after The Godfather. The artwork of this one puts his name in big letters in red, to announce the amount of blood in the movie. There’s also that great image of himself, which later became a huge pop culture classic. In pokes our mind so good, that the people never stopped wearing the t-shirts of this masterpiece.

Secretary (2002)

This twisted romantic comedy perfectly displays the image of a tired “sexy-secretary” stereotype. The image can even makes us feel uncomfortable by simply looking at it. The pose that looks so unnatural and the tagline offer us an image of the power struggles, as a basis.

On next saturday, we’ll continue with our list, so everyone who thinks that we maybe forgot something should feel comfortable to write to us with your recommendations.

People easily forget most movie posters, but there are always some pieces that we remember for a long time. Some of those images even became a part of pop culture. Here’s the first part of our list of best movie posters.
Downhill Racer (1969)
The poster...