Notice:


As of June 9, 2012 I will no longer be accepting e-books for review. This is due to the overwhelming
demand of reviews, work and night classes taking up a lot of my spare time. It
is taking me several months to read and post reviews therefore until “my to be
reviewed list” is smaller I will no longer accept any more e-books for review.
I am extremely sorry.


September 30, 2010

Review: Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus

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After her sister Athena’s tragic death, it’s obvious that grief-stricken Persephone "Phe" Archer no longer belongs in Los Angeles. Hoping to make sense of her sister’s sudden demise and the cryptic dreams following it, Phe abandons her bubbly LA life to attend an uptight East Coast preparatory school in Shadow Hills, MA -- a school which her sister mysteriously mentioned in her last diary entry before she died.
Once there, Phe quickly realizes that something is deeply amiss in her new town. Not only does Shadow Hills'' history boast an unexplained epidemic that decimated hundreds of its citizens in the 1700s, but its modern townies also seem eerily psychic, with the bizarre ability to bend metal. Even Zach -- the gorgeous stranger Phe meets and immediately begins to lust after -- seems as if he is hiding something serious. Phe is determined to get to the bottom of it. The longer she stays there, the more she suspects that her sister’s untimely death and her own destiny are intricately linked to those who reside in Shadow Hills.

Excerpt from chapters.indigo.com

I never thought I would say this but move over Edward and hellooooo Zach! This book was waiting so patiently for me to get to California and boy was it worth the wait. I loved it! I thought I knew where the story was going but I totally didn’t. That is probably why I like it so much was that I found it wasn’t predictable.

Phe is a strong female character that can pull her own when there is a hot guy in the picture. She doesn’t let anyone push her around no matter how dreamy he is. I like characters like that because not all girls lose their brains when you bring a boy into the mix.

Zach well he is just prefect and protective. You will have to read it to know what I mean I don’t want to give you all the details. :P

I like how Anastasia brought in history and science together to create a brilliant story.

I am crossing my fingers for a sequel because there is something that one character said at the end that is driving me a little crazy.

Please visit Anastasia on her website and twitter.

The Results:

Rating: 5 out of 5

Would I let my 15 year old sister read: You Betcha

No course language or inappropriate sexual references.

The Details:

Format:Hardcover
Dimensions:400 Pages, 5.95 x 8.5 x 1.62 in
Published: July 13, 2010
ISBN - 10:1606840835
ISBN - 13:9781606840832

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September 27, 2010

#SpeakLoudly – Banned Books Week

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So if you are in the Blogging community you know that this week is Banned Books Week. If you are not, nowharrypotter2xz2 you know.

I was reading through the lists of Top Banned Books of the Year/Decade and I noticed that a lot of the books I am reading or have read are on that list. Which forces me to ask why they are on these lists? I don’t agree with some of the reasons why each book is being banned for. Some of them I just don’t understand how someone got that conclusion about the book, maybe I’m just more open minded?

I consider myself very lucky to live in the city I live in Canada because I cannot recall our schools or libraries banning any books in my lifetime (people who know me personally correct me if I’m wrong – I’m curious to know if our schools/libraries have banned any books).

The top challenged book of the decade is one of my favourite series and actually started my love of reading. It is Harry Potter. Why would someone want to ban a book that brings so many people to love reading? I used to hate books, my mom now loves it that I love to read now. I get lectured about liking Harry Potter so much that it really pisses me off. It is a story, it is FICTION! Which means it isn’t real. I also hate the hypocrites who say you can’t read/watch Harry Potter but Lord of the Rings is fine. Is GanTwilight2(5)dalf not a wizard? Think about it.

What happened to freedom of speak? Or is there a double standard? Just because you don’t like wizards, vampires or other supernatural creatures doesn’t mean the person beside you doesn’t. Just because you don’t like to deal with issues affecting teens daily lives like drugs, sexual abuse, eating disorders and sexuality doesn’t mean that book isn’t helping a teen who feels like they have nowhere else to turn but the books he/she reads to get through her issues. Just because you aren’t able to deal with racism doesn’t mean it hasn’t affected decades of our history. Just because YOU disagree with what an author writes. Doesn’t give YOU the right to have it stolen away from readers who may agree with it.

I am all for parents regulating what your kids read but you shouldn’t be regulating what other people’s kids read.

My younger sister who will be turning 15 this October has been reading Adult books for the past couple vampire-academyyears. This is because my mother who buys my sister books feels she is mature enough to read those books. If my sister wasn’t mature enough she wouldn’t have those books bought for her.

I guess the point of my post is that just because you don’t agree  with something you read doesn’t mean you should ruin it for others. And if you don’t agree with what I have to say please keep your comments to yourself. This is not meant to start a debate but to bring up a worthy cause of stopping the ban of books.

 

 

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Movie Monday!

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This week on DVD:

Iron Man 2

Get Him to the Greek

This week in theatres:

The Social Network
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake
Director: David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)
Running Time: 2 hours
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On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

This week I saw:

Easy A
Starring: Emma Stone and Stanley Tucci
Director: Will Gluckeasy-a-movie-poster
Running Time: 1 hour and 32 min
Synopsis:
After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

If you have seen the preview for this movie then you have seen the “fake sex scene”. Well this scene was WAY funnier than what was shown on TV. I was in tears laughing so hard. I really enjoyed the movie. If you like comedies then go see this one.

All synopsis are from The Internet Movie Database.

 

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September 26, 2010

50 Followers Blog Contest Winners!!

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Well I am so impressed with you all! You got me to over 100 followers! I had 79 entrants and over 300 entries! It made me very happy! I’m sorry that I can’t send each and everyone of you a copy of your favourite book. If I win the $50 Million lottery, you guys will be the first after my family/friends that I will share with. But until then I can only have a few winners! Another thing I was excited about is that I have followers in countries other than Canada and the US. That is amazing that people overseas are reading my blog. It makes me feel very very special!

So with out further ado I shall announce the winners!

First Place went to………

#171 Jessica B! Who picked Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick & Rich and Mad by William Nicholson as her 2 books

Second Place goes to……..

#194 Mervi! Who picked a pre-order of Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

And because I was so over whelmed with all the entries and everyone wonderful comments I decided to add the third winner even thought we didn’t reach 150 followers. But that is okay it will come with time.

Third place went to……..

#3 Katrina! Who received a paperback copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

I also had a bonus round going for those that entered before August 18! Each winner in the Bonus Round will receive a Swag pack that I made up on Monday. I sealed 6 envelopes and put them in a bag, shook it up and when each winner gave me their address I pulled one of the envelopes out. So I don’t know what each person got for swag it shall be a surprise! Those winners are…..

#107 Extreme Reade
#86 Kelsey Dickson
#119 Beck
#58 Sandyg02
#25 Nat C
#27 Ashley

Congratulations to all the winners. All books have been orders and Swag packages will be mailed out tomorrow! I thank you soooo much for your support! In November I have thought up as to what I think is the BEST contest idea ever! It is so great (as I think) that it will be a combination of Halloween/Christmas!

 

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The Road to L.A

Well in my first week back from holidays my brain has not been working properly. I’m pretty sure I have ADD now. Every time I went to go do something for the blog I ended up doing something completely different :S. And I forgot to post the rest of my holidays! So here is what happens from Vegas to L.A.

On Sept 8 we headed to L.A to stay at our friends place. We stopped in Baker where we saw Alien Jerky and the World's Largest Thermometer. This drive wasn’t anything special but it was short so it was alright. We went to Sea World and worshiped Shamu to get us soaking wet, went to an Angels baseball game which went to 14 innings which was totally worth our money, we did a Hollywood Celebrity House tour – I got to see Orlando Blooms house I was sooo excited. And last but not least we went DISNEYLAND. I met Lightning McQueen, Mator, Mr. Incredible, Koda, Kenai, and I ganked a photo with Sulley. I love Disneyland, I could live there forever!        

I have posted picture of the killer whale during the Shamu show and a picture of the adorable seals and polar bears. I am a huge fan of Happy Feet so I loved the penguins! This penguin was missing an arm I felt so bad for him. This picture of the house is Orlando Bloom’s place. Then you have me being a dork in the Wax Museum….You can see how excited I am to be touching RPattz hair and sitting in Sue’s chair. Sleeping Beauty is my favourite movie so I had to get a picture with anything related to it :). Then there is me with Mr. Incredible and Koda & Kenai and the giant “C” for Cassay! Enjoy!

 

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September 24, 2010

Upcoming Contest!

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up of a cool contest going over at Reading or Breathing.

There is not 1 but 5 winners in this contest :O and they all consist of Kelsey’s Favourite novels!! How exciting? I'm excited!

The contest is International and will begin on October 1. Please check out her website for more details.

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September 22, 2010

Review: Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens

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I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister's guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him. Zoë's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoë lost in her broken life. Zoë escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoë's autistic sister. After Zoë is convinced he's legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny. But Heaven on Earth can't last forever.

Excerpt from Jennifer Lauren’s Website.

I received this book for review from the lovely and generous Jennifer Laurens who is an indie author. I was first introduced to Jennifer’s work by Tynga who mentioned Jennifer on her blog. I started looking into Jennifer’s work, reading reviews and I just had to get my hands on a copy of Heavenly. I was lucky enough to win one in Jennifer Blogger contests.

Jennifer puts so much emotion into the book that we feel exactly how Zoë and Luke feel with the stress of having an autistic sister. My heart went out to Abria who is their autistic sister. Abria is such a sweet little girl that loves to flap her arms, everytime Zoë mention was Abria was doing I giggled to myself. Thinking about how cute my BF’s niece and nephew and my friends little man are and the wacky things they do. Zoë and Luke both feel like they have become 2nd best in their parent’s eyes and resent Abria for it because she requires attention 24/7 so she doesn’t hurt herself.

I could relate to Zoë in the fact that we both have younger sisters that are more than 5 years younger than us. Matthias shows Zoë that there is more to life and gives her a 2nd chance to make her life better.

The ending shocked me. I closed the book and went “I totally did not see that coming”. I really enjoy books that I don’t know how to end.

This was the first book by an indie author that I have read and it was amazing. I will be ordering Jennifer’s other books and have already started looking into other indie authors.

If you are a fan of angels and want to read something that is one the lighter side of things I suggest buying this book.

You can find out more about Jennifer’s novels at http://www.jenniferlaurens.com/

The Results:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Would I let my 15 year old sister read: Yep

Minimal course language or inappropriate sexual references.

I have decided to join Alex from Tales of a Teenage Book Lover to support Indie Authors. Check out Alex’s blog to find out more information.

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Winners...?

I have used random.org to pick the winners you should be receiving an email shortly! There were 79 entrants and over 300 entries! It took me most of Sunday to verify everyone but it was well worth it. Winners you have until Saturday Morning at 10 a.m. MST to email me back or else I will draw a new winner.

I meant to post more of my vacation pictures on Monday but I got distracted my 12th Grade Kills by Heather Brewer...It was amazing and made me cry 4 times! Be on the look out for the review and more reviews I'm working my butt off for you guys.

September 20, 2010

Movie Monday

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This week in Theatres:

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas
Director: Oliver Stone
Run Time: 2 hours and 16 minutes
Synopsis:
As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader's mentor.

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Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten and David Wenham
Director: Zack Snyder
Run Time: 1 hour and 30 min
Synopsis:
Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie's, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga'Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie's. The film is based on the first three books in the series

All movie synopses are from my favourite movie website www.imdb.com

 

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September 19, 2010

Canada to Vegas

IMG_0757Well I am back from my trip and I am very glad to be back. We spent way too many hours driving. So our day started Friday September 3 at 6 a.m. Yep, we left that early! The GPS took us through a redneck Montana and I say that with no insult, it was very redneck (I’m from Alberta so I get to use rednecks because we have them here too). We were on a death road that had no shoulder and had very sharp turns and COWS on the road. Here in Alberta our cows are in fields with fences but in that area nope they roamed free. We didn’t get to Great Falls until 4 p.m. by then I was starving we hadn’t ate anything IMG_0772since breakfast which was at 7 a.m. Lunch consisted on Salt & Vinegar chips and candy lots of it. We stopped at a really good Drive-In burger place, I forget the name maybe it will come to me later.

We continued our journey and ended up making it to Vegas by Saturday evening. We made it in excellent time. The drive was very boring though I was starting to drive the BF crazy. The best part of the trip was when we hot Arizona it is Beautiful there! Red mountains! Lol

IMG_0819Vegas was pretty overwhelming at first but then I got a little bored probably because I wasn’t willing to spend more than 25/day on gambling... I’m cheap like that besides I needed my money to buy books. I do have an amazing picture of Vegas that I think would be perfect for CSI.

September 18, 2010

I’m Back!!

 

Well I’m back in Canada and I am very happy to be back. I miss technology! I am very proud of you all we got 101 followers!!! yay! I’m so happy. I bought ALOT of books while I was in the States. I will post pictures of my trip later. I also read Shadow Hills while I was in the States. I didn’t want to read but the BF decided he wanted to play video games with the friends for the day.

September 16, 2010

Review: Books to Movies VOL. 2

****Please keep in mind that these are my personal opinions and I believe in freedom of speech so if you don’t agree with me please be professional with your disagreements – I don’t want to be yelled at or called names because my views are different.****

 

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Rating: 3 out of 5 / Movies: 5 out of 5
Would I let my sister read: I would but she probably wouldn’t read it

I’m sure I just pissed off a lot of people by rating it a 3. But I honestly have to say that I like the movie better. I prefer to read about action over 5 pages of a blade of grass. I was very disappointed that the whole Mines of Moria scene got 5 pages but landscaping got tons more. Reading it gave a bit more insight to the movie got more background about everything else but I really truly love the movies more. I this is coming from the biggest LOTRs fan. You should have seen my room in school it was plastered with LOTRs poster and movie clips. Everything you can think of that was LOTRs I had it. I’m still very sad I forgot to mention that a store in one of the malls here was selling Legolas daggers for 50% off so they would have cost me $150.00 instead of the $300.00.

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All I’m going to say is Movie is 100 times better.

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Rating 5 out of 5 / Movie: 5 out of 5

Would i let me sister read: yeppers

I love Eragon so much. I almost refuse to read any other dragon rider books until the Eragon series is over. I have ants in my pants waiting for the next book. What I liked about this book is that there is enough action to get you through the descriptions of the landscape. I may be one of the only people that like the movie but whatever. I am so for them making Eldest into a movie. I say keep the actor who played Eragon and Ronan they were prefect!

Now that you have seen how I feel about books being turned into movies. I shall ask you what do you think?

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September 15, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I am eagerly anticipating

 

This weeks waiting is going to be a little different it is going to be MOVIE STYLE!!!

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COMES OUT IN NOVEMBER AND I WILL BE AT THE MIDNIGHT RELEASE I CAN NOT WAIT!!! If you don’t know what Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is then shame on you and go buy the books :P

 

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September 13, 2010

Movie Monday

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This week on DVD:

Prince of Persia

Letter to Juliet

The Big Bang Theory Season 3

GLEE: Season 1, Vol. 2

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Grey’s Anatomy Season 6

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This week in Theatres:

Nothing that I have ever heard of so another crappy week in movies.

 

 

 

 

 

Its a big week for DVD releases!

 

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September 9, 2010

Reviews: Books to Movies VOL. 1

So there are tons of books that I have read but a lot them are very popular so I am just going to do mini reviews for them.

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Rating: 5 out of 5
Would I let me little sister read: You betcha!

I looove this series. I was a little disappointed with Breaking Dawn I would have been more than happy if it ended with Bella and Edward getting married. I wasn’t for the whole prepping of a huge fight only to have every one pussy out and not fight like come on...there is a big epic fight in Harry Potter and it is for 6-12 year olds. I was mesmerized by this series I read all 4 books in just 7 days and I will tell you I was thinking about calling in sick to work just so I could spend all day reading (I didn’t by the way). But once it was done boy did it feel like an anvil was lifted off of my chest. I’m not going to lie I did watch the movie first and quite liked it and decided to read the books. P.S. I’ve been an RPattz fan since Harry Potter I think he was way hotter has Cedric than Edward.

Movies: 5 out of 5

I love all 3 of them so far. I was disappointed that Kristen Stewart had to give Robert Pattinson a hickey on his left nipple...also CG people you could have airbrushes it so that we Rob lovers could of had our ONE shirtless scene but nooo you had to ruin it! I was sitting in the theatre at the midnight release whispering to me friend “OMG LOOK AT HIS NIPPLE IT IS TWICE THE SIZE OF THE OTHER ONE” Yes we both laughed after that.

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Rating: 5 out of 5
Would I let my little sister read: Yes but she will only read it if I read Pretty Little Liars

This is probably my favourite series of all time including the movies! Harry Potter was the first “official” book I read – I used to hate reading. I read all 7 books in a month – that was very very fast for me seeing I was a very slow reader then. I laughed, cried, laughed again then balled my eyes out in the 7th book. I was so sad that the series had ended I was walking around the house like a zombie. Everyone was asking what's your problem and I was like there isn’t any more Harry Potter :’(. I’m very sad yet excited for the final 2 movies and I know that I’m going to have to bring some Kleenex. If you haven’t read the 7th books don’t read the next part. The characters that got the most tears....Hedwig, Tonks & Lupin, Colin and Dobby oh poor Dobby.

Movies: 5 out of 5

At first I hated the Harry Potter movies my mom bought the first one when it came to VHS and she made me watch it with her and my little sister and I was soo mad at her for making me watch a “nerdy” movie. I was 14 I had an image. Then I got forced to watch HP2 in theatres. I was not happy to see a giant spider from the 2nd row from the front. But then I was forced to see HP3 and then it was love at first sight and I haven’t gone back.

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Rating 5 out of 5
Would I let my little sister read: Mhmm

I really enjoyed this series. I have decided Greek Gods are in and Vampires are out. I was pretty sad that the series ended. But I am looking forward to reading The Red Pyramid. I don’t think there was anything that I didn’t like about the series.

Movie: 5 out of 5

I really enjoyed this movie (Bf didn’t really – but he never likes anything I like). Watching this movie actually made me buy the series. I’m really hoping that they make the other ones.

 

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September 8, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

“Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I am eagerly anticipating  nightshade_cover

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything - including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Nightshade comes out October 19, 2010.

Synopsis is from the Nightshade Website.

 

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September 6, 2010

Movie Monday

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This week on DVD:

****SUPERNATURAL: SEASON 5**** totally buying this while I’m in the states.

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This week in Theatres:

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Starring: Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Run Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Synopsis:
In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice (Jovovich), continues on her joResident Evilurney to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead takes th em to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead - and Alice and her comrades are about to step into a deadly trap.

 

All movie synopses are from my favourite movie website www.imdb.com

 

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