Has there been a rising interest in sports these days? If you go to the cinema at all, you would certainly think so.

Not only have there been some prominent sports movies in recent years, it seems clear that the bar has been raised for the genre. In the 2009 hit “The Blind Side,” about the young football great Michael Oher, actress Sandra Bullock won the Academy Award's Oscar for Best Performance. And this year, at the Golden Globes award ceremony, Sylvester Stallone, the rugged, beefed up creator of the Rocky movie franchise, won a Golden Globe playing the elderly Rocky Balboa in last year's hit boxing movie, “Creed.”

The movies are a ready-made vehicle for sports stories. Sports are very dramatic and very visual, lending themselves well to the big screen. And there are any number of stories of glorious championships and of great efforts on the field—win, lose or draw.

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As the new Disney powered Star Wars has set new world records that may never be beaten, not all movie goers are pleased. One movie critic is actually fuming. You may have never heard of the movie blogger Dylan Sporn, but once you read what he has to say, you will assuredly agree with him on some of the valid points that he makes. 

Same Story, Different Movie

If you ever saw Star Wars 4, 5 and 6, then you would know that this movie was basically a reboot that combined all three plots with a small twist. A rebel girl whose parents were killed, living in a desert town, who finds out later that she’s the last remaining Jedi. A Death Star like weapon that can kill four planets at once. The return of Han Solo and Company. The end fight to take out the Death Star-like weapon … there’s really nothing new at all. 

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Film is not only a form of entertainment, but also one of today’s best ways to learn about the world around us. Enchanting settings from Mother Nature’s many landscapes and environments allow for the creation of breathtaking documentaries. If you are on the side of the lens responsible for capturing nature in its glory, you must be well aware of safety precautions during the duration of the filming process for both you and your team.

The natural landscape and weather conditions vary vastly across the earth’s surface, giving you opportunities to explore many filming conditions, including a great deal of potentially dangerous ones. These include extreme cold, deserts, forests, mountains, aerial and underwater filming. Yet, they remain popular for their scenic beauty, naturally occurring wildlife and vegetation, and of course, man’s thirst for adventure and love for nature.

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If you want to be a great writer, you read. If you want to be a great actor, you analyze movies. If you want to be a great artist, you study modern artists. Making great art is about understanding the craft perfectly, and the best way to do that is to devote a significant amount of time to art study. 

Select a genre, and then select an artist that’s particularly renowned for excelling in that genre. Study their works, techniques, life, and styles. This will serve as the best source for inspiring your creative and artistic side. Begin by studying some of these incredible artists. 

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