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10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

I know 2015 was a great year for movies but looking at the list of movies for 2016, it looks like it’s going to be another great year. It is going to be incredibly difficult for everyone and anyone to pick their top movies to watch this year. I present just a few of the outstanding and brilliant films that will be premiering this year and are highly expected for years now.

1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Expected 16 December 2016)

Another awaited Star Wars movie is coming out in the very near future. A Gareth Edwards film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a movie about a group of resistance fighters on a mission to steal the Death Star. This movie is more of an untold story of an event that occurred between Star Wars III (2005) and Star Wars IV (1977). I see promising stuff towards this film especially since Gareth Edwards directing history involves Monsters (2010) and Godzilla (2014). Also since Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) has possibly broken every single cinema record since the premiere, it is clear that this movie is going to be everyone’s top pick for 2016. This involves a great number of big celebrities, which include Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Wen Jiang, Donnie Yen, and many more. So while we wait to for the upcoming Star Wars movie, which includes Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley- this movie will possibly satisfy every Star Wars (and non-Star Wars) fan out there.

2. Suicide Squad (Expected 5 August 2016)

Suicide Squad is just one of the DC movie spremiering this year however the story is centered on the supervillains. Supervillains include Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), The Joker (Jared Leto), Deadshot (Will Smith), and Enchantress (Cara Delevingne). The trailer for this movie got so much hype the day the trailer got leaked, so why wouldn’t the movie get the same or, even more, hype? Everyone is more than ready for this movie to premiere, and it’s driving us insane.

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3. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (In cinemas 25 March 2016)

2016 is the year of superhero movies, and, of course, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has to be one of the most anticipated movies of 2016. And it is also a DC movie. Directed by Zach Snyder, who previously directed 300 (2006) and Man of Steel (2013), and written by David S. Goyer, who previously was involved with the story for Man of Steel (2013) and the Dark Knight Trilogy, and Chris Terrio, who wrote the screenplays for Argo (2012), the Justice League Part One (2017), and Justice League Part Two (2019).

I think just by that you’re going to think that this movie will have an excellent script and directing skills, and you are right! Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is about how the world is now worried about the presence of Superman, so Batman will then take on Superman, and now the world is wondering which superhero do they really need.

4. X-Men: Apocalypse (Expected 19 May 2016)

I have to admit; I feel that Bryan Singer is going to produce another great X-Men film. I mean the trailer on its own gave me goosebumps. The movie shows many familiar faces from the younger version in the X-Men films and introduces many new faces that play highly important roles in the older X-Men films. The reason X-Men will be on everyone’s list is mainly because superhero films have been dominating cinemas everywhere. With more characters and a stronger storyline, everything is going to go down in this movie.

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5. Midnight Special (Expected 15 April 2016)

Jeff Nichol is back with another movie that I’m sure is going to be one of the greats. Jeff Nichol, who previously directed Mud (2012), Shotgun Stories (2007), and Take Shelter (2011) is known for good work.  Michael Shannon is also starring in Midnight Special. Jeff Nichol is one of those indie directors who create masterpiece art films. However, this time, it is more of a commercial film as it is being distributed by Warner Bros. Sci-fi thriller about a father trying to protect his supernatural son from a religious cult and the government. This movie has an excellent cast, which includes Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Shepard, and many more. Jeff Nichol is known for his perfect filmmaking; films that are moving and powerful. It will leave you with a scar.

6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Expected 18 November 2016)

Another wizarding movie by David Yates and J. K. Rowling?! Starring Eddie Redmayne?! How can this not be perfect?! A movie about a writer, Newt Scamander, in New York City’s wizardry and witching community, seventy years before Harry Potter read his book in Hogwarts. This is definitely going to be on the top of the list for every Harry Potter fan out there and certainly will satisfy them too. I mean they’ve been waiting five years for another wizarding movie, so why wouldn’t this be a highly anticipated movie for fans and well, basically everyone.

7. Triple 9 (In cinemas 19 February 2016)

John Hillcoat is here with a thriller about a group of criminals and corrupted cops who plan the murder of a police officer to pull off a seemingly impossible but greatest heist yet. A movie with Casey Affleck, Kate Winslet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson, and Anthony Mackie. John Hillcoat is sure not to disappoint audience with his great directing history. It is true; the trailer alone has won us, so a movie with an excellent director, excellent cast, and brilliant story? How can this movie disappoint?

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8. Untitled Matt Damon/Bourne Sequel (Expected 28 July 2016)

Although the plot is unknown, the Untitled Matt Damon/Bourne Sequel is one of those movies everyone has to watch. Paul Greengrass has his history with the Bourne films by directing the Bourne Supremacy (2004) and the Bourne Ultimatum (2007). I know change is good but let’s hope not in this case. The movie stars the original Bourne, Matt Damon, rising-star, Alicia Vikander, and more all-star actors. Currently, according to IMDB, the plot is still unknown although expected to be premiered very soon. Therefore, suspense is incredibly high here. Another form of a spy movie, the Untitled Matt Damon/Bourne Sequel has a lot of competition coming from the Bond movies, especially since Spectre was just released last year. =

9. Captain America: Civil War (Expected 29 April 2016)

Again, as 2016 seems to be the year for superheroes- of course, Captain America: Civil War has to be an anticipated one for the year. The same directors as Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Anthony and Joe Russo bring a larger storyline for Steve Rogers. The movie is centered on the feud between Captain America and Iron Man. Starring many familiar faces such as Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan and more, and even some new faces, such as Tom Holland. With the big reveal of the new Spiderman, the rising rage between Captain America and Iron Man, and considering how many people thought Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) was a letdown, Anthony and Joe Russo have a lot on their plate to deliver a great Marvel film. Just by watching the trailer, I think we’re in for a treat.

10. The Girl on the Train (Expected 7 October 2016)

Tate Taylor is here to direct another adaptation of a best-selling novel into a movie. This year it’s The Girl on the Train. A movie that stars Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, and Édgar Ramírez. I have to admit some of the actors in this movie are brilliant but often under looked. Therefore with a movie like this, I hope that people would appreciate them more because these actors’ movies affect me greatly and quickly becomes an excellent movie that moves me. A movie filled with drama, intrigue, and suspense- it’s definitely one of those movies you won’t be able to stop thinking about.

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Featured photo credit: Stanley Wood via flickr.com

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The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

Why you can’t sleep through the night

The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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Stress

If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

Exposure to blue light before sleep time

We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

Eating close to bedtime

Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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Medical conditions

In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

The vicious sleep cycle

The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

You get a bad night’s sleep
–> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
–> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
–> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

    Sleep better form now on

    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

    Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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