The Stanford Prison Experiment Provides an Interesting Look Into The Human Condition

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Based on a true story of an experiment executed by Dr. Philip Zimbardo and his team, a group of college kids volunteered themselves for a two-week project to remove themselves from civilization and play the one of two roles. Half played prisoners while the other half played the guards who controlled and watched them in a mock prison in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. This was a study to analyze and collect data on the human psyche and find out how people deal with power whether given to them or taken away.

The study took on a life of its own not only on the participants but on the doctors and team behind the scenes.

The study only lasted six days.

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Valerian is Visually Stunning But Fails to Connect to the Audience

A friend of mine once said to me, “When you’re hanging with a new group of people, and they have all these inner jokes (that seem hilarious to them), but you’re watching from the outside like…I guess I’ll get the context later? If?”.

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That feeling is how I feel about Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets. I am watching this movie that is apparently supposed to be a comedy as well as a sci-fi action film, but I barely laughed. Not many chuckles came out either and I am wondering if it’s because I am just not in on the joke. Based on a comic series in France, Luc Besson brings to life the story of Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) who both play operatives who keep the peace of the human territories are assigned to visit Alpha which are the grounds of the blended and mix races from many different planets. At least a thousand of them based on the title. There is a threat to Alpha as well as the universe and it’s up to the pairing of the leads to help stop the threat.

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Recommendation: Hocus Pocus (1993)

It’s the 24th anniversary of the theatrical release of Hocus Pocus. I have already watched the film today and it motivated me to write a tribute and recommendation for the film for those who have or have not seen it. Basically everyone. What can I say about this Disney masterpiece that most of you don’t already know. I would be very surprised to find someone who hasn’t seen this movie let alone heard of it before. I remember the movie I saw this trailer on: Super Mario Bros. and I also remember the day I went to see this movie with my friends the day it was released. Hocus Pocus is one of those movies that parents would show their kids when they reach a certain age. Some movies transition into the next generation of movies and are not forgotten and this is one of those titles. For most families and individuals like myself it has become a Halloween tradition to watch the movie each year around the holiday in Oct. I want to pay tribute and recommend this wonderful children’s movie as one of the best Halloween and Disney films of all time.

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Director: Kenny Ortega
Writer: David Kirschner, Mick Garris, and Neil Cuthbert

Starring: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Vanessa Shaw, and Thora Birch

Plot: Three Witches known as The Sanderson Sisters need the lifeforce of children to stay young. They are caught and hung for their crimes and now 300 years later they are resurrected to finish what they started and it’s up to 3 children to stop them before the witches suck the life of all the children in Salem.

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Review: Wish Upon Is Fun and Better Than I Expected

Wish Upon is one of those horror movies that comes out and keeps you busy until a highly anticipated horror movie comes out, like Stephen King’s It. Not that these two movies are from the same production company but that is how I feel about movies like these. Wish Upon is a movie involving a story that has been told very often but just in a different way for a different audience. When movies like The Conjuring and Get Out are released to the world, the last think you want to see is some teenager having a hard time at school making messed up wishes that if granted takes someone’s life in return.

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Review: War for the Planet of the Apes Is A Stunning And Entertaining Delight

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Can you believe that we are finally here? Since 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes we have watched are little Caesar as a little baby ape and grow into a leader that leads his own kind into salvation against the very people who created him. What a journey it was as this epic quest didn’t come easy to accomplish. Since the first movie to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014 till now it’s been an epic six-year saga. To be honest, watching this series shows how much patience and dedication I have for this series. If you have been watching this since the first installment and couldn’t wait to see the latest then pat yourself on the back for your commitment. This prequel-sequel definitely pays of and makes it worth the wait.

The story begins sometime after the 2nd movie where Caesar (Andy Serkis), and his whole clan of apes are still trying to find peace or an understanding with the humans after the misunderstanding started by Koba who pretty much started the war making apes look like nothing but heartless savages towards humans. This time around, there is a new sheriff in town who goes by the name, The Colonel, played by Woody Harrelson. The Colonel is basically the love child of The Governor and Negan for you Walking Dead fans who are reading this. The Colonel doesn’t mess around and he wants those apes gone for good before they take over the world as the dominant species.

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Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming has a refreshing tone to the superhero genre

“Spider-Man big screen adaptation take 3” *claps clapperboard

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Sony is giving the Spider-Man franchise another go with another semi reboot of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man with the help of Marvel Studios. This time around, Spider-Man has been embedded into the MCU a.k.a Marvel Cinematic Universe. With his brief and scene stealing cameo in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) was introduced and kicked off the start of his involvement into one day becoming an avenger. Up till now, his franchise only has him swinging into crime solving solo, never receiving any assistance with his heroism and now fans get to see him team up with other marvel heroes where he belonged. 

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Review: Baby Driver Is Fun, Clever, And Thrilling. Basically, It Just Kicks Ass

Don’t let the somewhat questionable possibly horrible title of the film fool you. Baby Driver is an amazing flick. Edgar Wright, responsible for a lot of great films including one of my favorite movies of all time…Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, brings us an enjoyable ride for almost 2 hours. Right at the start of the movie you are sucked in with the eye-catching moves and charisma of Ansel Elgort, who plays Baby, and Edgar’s great direction with using the environment and surroundings to make one of the most entertaining openings sequences I can remember. I knew right then that this movie is going to be fun to watch.

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