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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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Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

Conclusion

While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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