Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tomb Raider Trailer

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It's time to meet the new Lara Croft! Warner Bros just debuted their first official trailer for Tomb Raider.  This is a new remake based on the popular video game series. While I cringe at the thought of any remake these days, this one actually looks pretty rad. The ever so lovely and gorgeous, Swedish actress stars as the adventurous Lara Croft. She plays a young woman living in London who travels to a mysterious island in an attempt to figure out what happened to her eccentric father. As expected, there is a tomb she raids while loads of other crazy events ensue. 

The full cast includes Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Daniel Wu, and Alexandre Willaume. This is an awesome follow-up to WB's Wonder Woman about another ass-kicking, independent, fierce woman. I love how Hollywood is throwing more love to strong female leads! And I am 'such' a huge fan of Alicia Vikander! I just hope this movie is as cool as it looks. Check out the 'Becoming Lara Croft' video in addition to the action-packed trailer below. She looks absolutely cut in this blockbuster. Good lord! #inspiration Enjoy!...

 
Tomb Raider is directed by Norwegian filmmaker , of the films The Wave, Escape, Magic Silver, and Cold Prey previously. The screenplay is written by . Warner Bros will unleash Tomb Raider in theaters everywhere on March 16th, 2018.
 

Monday, September 11, 2017

IT Review

Being such a fan of Stephen King's work, it's safe to say 'IT' is easily one of his finest yet frightening novels to date. Upon hearing they were remaking this classic I immediately rolled my eyes. "Another day, another remake." I was such a fan of the '90s TV mini-series, I was worried they would ruin it (haha, get it?)Re-watching it now it's nothing short of hokey. It's more goofy than terrifying, with really bad acting. However, there's a whole generation scarred to death of clowns thanks to Tim Curry's portrayal of Pennywise the dancing clown. 

When children begin disappearing in the small town of Derry, Maine, a group of young teens, dubbed "The Losers Club" face their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries. The R-rated feature film, directed by , hits movie theaters just in time for a whole new generation to develop a healthy fear of murderous clowns in red and white face paint. 

Switching it up a bit, the '80s references now replaces the '50s touchstones from the novel. Yet it follows the source material with a smooth rhythm of control. This movie definitely surpasses my high exceptions. Dividing the film into two chapters is a stroke of genius! The first half told when they are kids, and the second half to be told when they are grown-ups. Brilliant! This horrifying flick is dark and moody.  It's fun and entertaining, with loads of thrilling jump-scars to feed your fancy, but it's also surprisingly soulful when you least expect it. The chemistry between the young teens is endearing and sweet, not to mention hilarious at times. And the gorgeously talented 's take on Pennywise, the shape-shifting clown, proves fresh yet evil, terrifying yet engaging. In fact he is so charismatic you miss him when he's gone. 

'It' so effortlessly blends the perfect amount of horror, humor and heart. There's definitely a skillful balance of nostalgic sentiment and hair-raising effects. Needless to say, fans alike will not be disappointed. Go. See. IT.
RATING: A-

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Blockbuster Hotties - 2017

Summer movies return to the blockbuster scene yet again and this time there's definitely no shortage of hotties to wet your tongue. I'm pretty sure there's more to life than being really, really, 'really' ridiculously good looking, but not here. Here, you will see Hollywood serving up some sizzling HOT realness of outrageous proportions. And with these fine babes of toy-land infiltrating our movie theaters this summer it's going to be hard to stay away. Caution: May cause third degree burns.




~Mouth-Watering Bombshells~

Alicia Vikander 
It's hard to fully resist this incredibly sexy, Oscar award winning starlet. This sparkling diamond, of Swedish descent, is a total babe, and has proven she's a force to be reckoned with. Check her out in Tulip Fever, out August 25th. It's a story about an artist who falls for a young married woman while he's commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.

Up Next: Sisters in conflict traveling through Europe toward a mystery destination in Euphoria, out sometime later this year.


Gal Gadot
There is something mysterious that surrounds this exotic mouth-watering, bombshell, and it has everyone fully intrigued! The calm, cool and collected actress is without question irresistibly stunning. She blew our minds away as the ever-so-powerful super-hero in this summer's epic-hit Wonder Woman, which happens to be one awesome blockbuster. Is it any "Wonder" this Israelian beauty made the cut?

Up Next: Reprising her role as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in DC's Justice League, out November 17th.  




Cara Delevingne
Freaky-deaky, silly-billy, fierce Cara-Cara-Cara is one of my all time favorite supermodels.  This stunning, sex-kitten oozes sex appeal whether she's on the cat-walk or on the silver screen.  One thing's for sure, this blonde vixen is making quite a splash in Hollywood. Be sure to check her out as she fights the dark forces of evil in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, out July 21st.  She also has a small role in Tulip Fever as well. 

Up Next: As far as modeling, I'm sure it'll be sexy AF, but when it comes to her acting chops she's currently filming Life in a Year. A story about a 17 year who finds out his girlfriend is dying, so he sets out to give her an entire life in the last year she has left. 




Zoe Saldana
This enchanting beauty of Dominican and Puerto Rican ancestry, is absolutely one sexy-licous knock-out! How can you not adore everything about her?! She's practically perfect. But this mom of three doesn't get by on those vapid hot-chick roles alone. Opting instead, to play a pirate, an assassin, a blue 'alien', all the way to her latest butt-kicking role as Gamora in this summer's monster-hit Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, currently in theaters. If you haven't see it yet... what are you waiting for?!

Up Next: She's currently filming Avengers: Infinity War, where she'll reprise her role as Gamora.  It's scheduled for release next summer.


Charlize Theron
As a rule, I would say most men want to date her, while most women want to be her. This long-legged, gorgeous, bombshell exudes confidence and strength in everything she does. With her vivacious sex appeal, those piercing, stunning blue eyes, and that deep husky voice, it's no wonder people all over the world are drawn to this sex-siren.  Watch this undercover MI6 agent kick a little boo-TAY in Atomic Blonde, which lands in theaters July 28th. 

Up Next: A political journalist tries to hook up with his old babysitter, who now holds an important government position in Flarsky. Out sometime next year.







 
~Lip-Smackin Man-Candy~

Hubba-Hubba!  They sure know how to grow 'em gooooood across the pond. The 37 year British babe is one absolute hunk! He's 'fasho' one delicious piece of lip-smacking, man-candy and an excellent addition to our summer blockbuster hotties. He seems so charming which definitely adds to his sex appeal. That tender, humble smile will easily render the ladies helpless in a matter of seconds. Don’t miss this eight-pack-toting, sexy, heart-throb breathe new life into an old classic in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which already entered theaters May 12th. 
Up Next: He plays a prisoner detained on a remote island who plots his escape in Papillon. Which happens to be a 1973 remake.
Oh baby!  Break me off a piece of that yum-yum, chocolate chip, honey-hip...  This devastatingly, gorgeous tall drink of water has got it going on! With that naughty body that just won't quit, this 6'2" beef-cake has everyone drooling. You make me wanna shoop! You don't wanna miss him in what is bound to be a rad sci-fi series either. The Dark Tower hits theaters everywhere August 4th.  He can be my 'gunslinger' any day. 
Up Next: He has two other movies hitting the scene later this year: The Mountain Between Us, out October 6th and Thor: Ragnarok, out November 3rd.  Boy be on fire!! 
He has this kind of charismatic and extremely sultry way about himself that one can't quite quantify or analyze.  It has to do with a sincerity and a clarity that makes you see something good in him. Which is undeniably fierce and sexy.  Aside from being blessed genetically this Irish born talent will blow your mind in this summer's drama The Beguiled, which storms theaters June 30th. Don't miss out!
Up Next: He will star in Tim Burton's live-action remake of Dumbo, out sometime next year.


Three words: DEE-LISH-US. Damn, this 27 year old, brown-eyed, stunner from down under is sure to make the lady-folk weak in the knees.  I mean c'mon!  This tall, dark and handsome, "boy-next-door" type has got it made!  And while this sex-on-a-stick isn't exactly a house-hold name he's bound to be soon enough. He proves he can play with the big boys too, staring alongside Johnny Depp and Jeffrey Rush in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, in theaters now.  Don't miss this him make a Caribbean splash.
Up Next: He will star in Office Uprising, which is an action/comedy about an employee at a weapons factory who discovers that an energy drink turns his co-workers into zombies. Due for release later this year.

This handsome looker has both sexes drooling over those breathtaking baby-blues and that lip-smackin hottie-body! He's definitely a thing of beauty and embodies style and grace with the up-most confidence and humility. I feel safe in declaring him one of our national treasures. There's little doubt Hollywood and the entire world are a better place thanks to his presence. Not only did he woo the general masses, but he stole the heart of our beloved Diana Prince in Wonder Woman, currently in theaters and taking the box office by t'town.
Up Next: He will star in A Wrinkle in Time, which is a film about the aftermath of the disappearance of a girls father and how these three peculiar beings send them into space in order to find him.

All the sizzling babes in this segment turned K-Rated's hotness dial up to... 11.  What can I say, 2017 means bidniss! Don't believe me? Check out this movie mash-up highlighting all the goodies summer blockbusters have to offer.  Enjoy! 
The floor is now yours. Share some of your favorite Summer Blockbuster Hotties of 2017 in the comment section below. 




Thursday, February 2, 2017

Oscar Predictions - 2017

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It's Christmas in tinsel town! With only a few weeks away the countdown is on! Oscar night is the biggest and most prestigious night in the glamorous world of Hollywood. Nothing like cramming a room full of over-privileged, self-involved beauties, who have everything (ahem, including a touch of narcissism) and awarding them with gold trophies. #amiright

Having grown up in a movie family my love for Hollywood film runs deep. There's something magical about movies that brings so much joy. They have the power to transform emotions in a heartbeat. They give us opportunities to expand our horizons, and least of all, they connect us to a whole new world outside our own - for two plus hours you become someone else. It's exciting. It's exhilarating. It's awe-inspiring. I look forward to this award show every year! I'm a huge fan of our host Jimmy Kimmel as well. Undoubtedly, he will bring some mockery to the table, mingled with some hilarious skits (hopefully). 

Here's a little something to fill the cup  of anticipation. Oh, you better believe "we're all about a good time."  (I just hope they keep politics at bay.  This is an award show, NOT a political rally!)

It's only a matter of time before we know exactly who the winners are, but for now we shall speculate. In the age of social media it's hard to surprise us anymore, which takes all the fun out of it. #amiright. Still, I hope there are a few major shocks & surprises. I'm talking Crash wins Best Picture kind of shocks. Alas, I don't think we'll get that lucky, but we shall see!  Below are my predictions for the glitzy-glam night.

Best Picture: La La Land
(But if it were up to me I'd pick Manchester by the Sea. LOVE that movie!)













Best Director: 
 









Best Actor: Denzel Washington 
(But I really, really, REALLY want Casey Affleck to win for Manchester by the Sea.  He KILLED it!)













Best Actress: Emma Stone
(If it were up to me, though, I'd give the award to Natalie Portman for Jackie #slayed)











Best Supporting Actor:  
(Though, I think the award should go to Dev Patel for Lion)











Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis











Best Animation: Zootopia 
(Seriously, Disney was on fire last year!)











Best Costume Design: La La Land















To celebrate the Oscar season, Canada's Cineplex movie theater chain threw a lil som-som together. This superb, super-cut video features footage from all of the Academy Awards nominees this year. This retrospective look is thrilling and exciting! Cheers to all the nominees!
 
Be sure to tune in to ABC Sunday, February 26th 7e | 4p for the 89th Academy Awards! For a full list of Oscar nominees click here. The floor is now yours, who do you think will be the big winners of the night?...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Most Beautiful Shots in The History of Disney animation

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Need a little pick-me-up?  Check out this awe-inspiring video! It will most-def. bring a smile to your face. The revolutionary Walt Disney brings magic, charm and wonder to the world and we are a better place because of him, his dream and perseverance. What he has done, in his realm, can never be replaced. Jorge Luengo Ruiz reminds us of that with a lovely montage he threw together titled "The Most Beautiful Shots in The History of Disney." It includes some the the most inspiring cinematography and beautiful moments from Disney movies only, which leaves out anything Pixar related. That could be its very own stellar video for another day. Have a look-see and enjoy!

The music in this video is by Jóhann Jóhannsson (also the composer for Arrival). See more of Jorge Luengo Ruiz work here. For a full list of the films featured in this, head to Vimeo. From hand-drawn features like Snow White, to CGI animated modern movies like Frozen, it's clear Disney has produced ah-mazing animated films over the years.  Disney's catalog is nothing short of spectacular, beautiful and inspiring. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Top Ten Best & Worst Movies - 2016

Source: IMDb.com

The best of the best & worst of the worst are here at last! 2016 was a slightly different year than most, as I didn't see a lot of horrible movies, but then again, I also didn't see a ton of stellar movies either. So I was really reaching when it came to forming these lists.  And then there are the movies I sadly didn't view in time - Collateral Beauty, Passengers, Lion, Ghostbusters, Fences, Pete's Dragon, Everybody Wants Some!!, The Conjuring 2, Independence Day: Resurgence, Moana, Manchester by the Sea, Captain Fantastic, and The Edge of Seventeen. As you can see I missed a lot (ahem, or not). Who knows what these lists would have looked like if I had seen them all. With that said, here are my top picks. Enjoy!

*YOU'RE THE WORST*

10. Suicide Squad
It's a shame Warner Bros. throws too much attention on making their movies look cool instead of investing in decent plots.  



9. Bad Moms
It's a complete eye-roller with an extremely thin script. It just wasn't clever enough to overlook its over-the-top vulgarity.  #Basic 


8. Nerve
It's just not stylish enough to be a decent film and it’s not cool enough to distract us.  






7. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 
One word, cluttered.  It's too much, Warner Bros. Stahp! Tone it down, bruh.  Two words, sexy Cavill.  The. End.


6. Hush 
This plot had no where to go.  Lack of depth with little intrigue. I mean we all knew how this was going to end anyway. No? You're right, who cares. 

5. Allegiant 
Did the studio-heads even read this book?! They completely changed the ending! I guess with a slew of dystopian, sci-fi cliches they were too busy to care. 



4. Money Monster 
The worst part about this lame crime thriller is the shame of how cool it thinks it really is. Sort of like the class dork posing as the class clown. 

Great premise, minor thrills, but in the end  you just wanted to die. #ICK






2. The Forest 
Rest assured your last camping trip had more thrills, twists and turns than this wannabe. #BringABook



1. Zoolander 2 
This painful sequel focused way too much on starlet cameos  that they completely forgot to insert a plot. By the end you really DO feel like you're taking crazy pills.

*YOU'RE THE BEST*

10. Deepwater Horizon
This movie actually surprised me. It's an eye opener to the real hero's behind this BP devastation. It's a slow build in the beginning but the tension soon rises and ultimately hooks you in. I really enjoyed it!

Best line: "My wife's name is Felicia and my daughter's Sydney and I will see them again. Do you understand me?"  

9. 10 Cloverfield Lane
Between all the dilated crap and reboots, this flick is proof Hollywood can still surprise us. It does an excellent job keeping you on the edge of your seat with loads of suspense.


Best line: "People are strange creatures. You can't always convince them that safety is in their best interest."

8. 13 Hours
Another true story that surprised me last year was 13 hours. Mostly because it's  a movie... WHAT?! But aside from that, it does a superb job chronicling what happened that night and proves can lead a great action/drama.

Best line: "Payback's a bitch and her stripper name is Karma."

7. Midnight Special
This sci-fi flick flew under the radar and I don't know why exactly. The unique plot unfolds so beautifully and does an excellent job keeping you intrigued until the very end. It's definitely an engaging story about family and what one would sacrifice for them.

Best line: "Is it too much to ask you to punch me in the face? No? Never mind."

6. Zootopia
This charming animation excels on so many levels and it most-def stands with the finest of the Disney classics. The underlining messages are so tender and sweet. It's modest with good old fashion storytelling. I also have a sneaky suspicion it will take the Oscar for Best Animation as well.

Best line: "Life's a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you."

5. Hidden Figures 
It's easy to see why this flick was nominated for Best Picture. This historic true story is a wonderful blend of Apollo 13 and The Help.  The assertion of humanity and civil rights is pure cinematic nourishment for soul. 

Best line: "Well, I don't own pearls. Lord knows you don't pay the colored enough to afford pearls!"


While I think this film is a tad overrated, I still fully enjoyed it! I thought this musical was entertaining and vibrant. It's light and extremely fun. It holds a beautiful mix of great acting and explosive musical numbers.  La La Land will leave you feeling refreshed and giddy about Hollywood.

Best line: "This is the dream! It's conflict and it's compromise, and it's very, very exciting!"


3. Nocturnal Animals 
This psychological thriller reveals director can play with the big boys.  It's dark and twisted, it's edgy, and it's incredibly gripping with mad intrigue. This well-wrought film explores penetrating questions and has an unbelievably poetic ending. 
Best line: "Do you ever feel like your life is turning into something you never intended?"  


2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
This highly intense, space-opera, that pairs good vs. evil, is beyond a well-crafted Star Wars spin-off. It spins Star Wars into a whole new orbit. It has plenty of fantastic nuances that bring back fond memories of the original.  And it has to be said, that ending scene is probably thee best scene in SW history!! #AMIRIGHT

Best line: "Do you want to know the odds of her using that blaster on you? It's high. It's very high."

One of the few movies worth seeing in 3D, Doctor Strange delivers with thunderous applause! It captures some of the most impressive visual effects ever, mingled with head-spinning mythology. This Marvel crowd-pleaser will not disappoint! It's surprisingly soulful, funny and engaging. Seriously, movies don't get any more fun than this! So it's easy to see why it snags the #1 spot on my list.

Best line: "Your work saved the lives of thousands. What if I told you that reality is one of many?"


While I wasn't particularly super impressed with what 2016 had to offer, I still had a blast at the movies! I'm excited to see how 2017 unfolds.  The floor is now yours! Did your favorite movie of the year make the list? Something I missed? Let me know what your Best and Worst movies of 2016 were in the comment section below.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Trailer Park - 2016

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A big part of Hollywood film is the build-up that drives anticipation, which is why it is a common practice to release trailers for trailers these days. Over the years movie trailers have become their own magnificent works of art, reaching new heights and bounds of excellence. Trailers are a huge deal - their popularity is really only second to the movies themselves. Some might even say trailers are better than the real McCoy (ahem, Suicide Squad, anyone?). And, of course, there are trailers that are simply the tip of the iceberg of stellar things to come. 

So what makes a trailer great? Great trailers "tease" without revealing too much. They build excitement for the movie while giving the audience an alluring taste of the final product, and they always leave you wanting more. Here are some key ingredients for a great trailer:
1. The two minute mark. Trailers now-a-days can give WAY too much upfront. If by the end you feel you saw the whole movie then what's the point in actually seeing the whole movie? Keep it tight, keep it simple. Less is more. (We're looking at you, Fast & Furious 8)
2. The set up. Too often trailers give us too much information regarding the plot or not enough. Successful trailers find that sweet spot right in between.
3. Introduction. If you have a star studded cast, it's easy to get wrapped up in giving everyone face time. Instead, great trailers focus on two or thee characters that will get the audience excited.
4. Music. Music is crucial! Music evokes emotion and emotion drives movement. If the music genuinely reflects the mood of the movie, you’re golden.
5. Capture the mood. Great trailers focus on emotion instead of just plot points. It gets the audience excited to enter whatever world they're trying to sell you.     

With a plethora of excellent trailers to choose from this year, it was a difficult task to pick just ten. However, I feel confident with my selection. In no particular order, here are my Top Ten Best Movie Trailers of 2016Enjoy!

Honorable Mentions:
Dunkirk (trailer 1)
The Legend of Tarzan (trailer 1)
A Monster Calls (trailer 1)
The Huntsman: Winter War (trailer 2)
Justice League (trailer 1)



Life (trailer 2)

Sure, this plot appears a little been-there-done-that, but from a marketing perspective and as a stand alone work of art, this has everything you could want from a trailer - space, aliens, danger, friendship, intrigue. Threading JFK's 1962 speech - "We choose to go to the moon" - throughout was a fantastic touch. It adds a realistic vibe to it.
Release Date: March 24th 

Wonder Woman (trailer 2)

Wonder. Courage. Power.  I "wonder" if this movie will be as good as it looks? Aside from the super-duper slow-mo bullet flying scenes it looks pretty stellar.  I love how they added a strong sense of humor in the mix as well. It feels exotic and exciting. The killer WW theme music at the end is a nice little awesome morsel.  Can't wait!
Release Date: June 2nd


Suicide Squad (trailer 2)

Put aside what you remember from the movie (ahem, or don't remember because you blocked it out), and just look at this trailer on its own. This is one well-crafted, souped-up, action-packed, phenomenal work of art.  It's exciting, mysterious, funny, mixed with some dope action sequences... all backed by some serious awesome tunage.  Definitely one of my all time favorite trailers to date!
Release Date: Currently on Blu-Ray/DVD


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (trailer 2)

You had me at hello. But did we really need a trailer to sell this flick? I mean s'rsly, the main purpose of a trailer is to hook you in and get you to say "Yeah, I'd see that."  They literally could have shown us a black screen accompanied with the Star Wars theme music and we'd still go see this movie... twice.  I loved how this trailer builds - it's hauntingly seductive, it's mysterious, alluring even, and then BAM! Vader?!!  Gotta love the iconic film score too.  SOLD.
Release Date: Currently in theaters


Beauty and the Beast (trailer 1)

A tale as old as time breaths new life into a favorite Disney classic. This magically whimsical trailer has it all, down to the set designs, costumes and casting. Everything about this trailer screams magnificent. We have the trailer's soundtrack to thank for that. Nothing moves this trailer along as much as the impactful, heart-warming music.  I got chills... they're multiplying.
Release Date: March 17th


La La Land (trailer 1)

I love how fresh this trailer feels.  It's fun, it's bright and it's certainly different from anything we've seen in a long while. I adore the old Hollywood glam-vibes throughout this trailer.  The eye-popping, vibrant colors, matched with the incredible catchy, fast-paced music is why this trailer is an absolute gem.
Release Date: Currently in theaters  


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (trailer 2)

"I am Groooooot!"  More like I am fully impressed! It's not too difficult to sell us on this odd looking crew of misfits, but just when you thought it couldn't get any better this trailer hits the scene. Marvel wins on all accounts.  This killer trailer has it all, but baby Groot is the real treasure here - too adorable for words. I can't even right now. 
Release Date: May 5th


The Neon Demon (trailer 2)

This provocative trailer is stylized to perfection. It starts off slow and gradually builds to a heart-pounding roar. I love the slinky feel to this entire trailer. It definitely intrigues, yet keeps you guessing. Those who cry it's shallow and ugly won't be wrong, but others will love it for those very reasons. 
Release Date: Currently on Amazon Prime/RedBox   


A Cure for Wellness (trailer 2)

This trailer is a bucket full of WTH's, fasho.  Dane DeHaan reading his bosses letter at the beginning, mixed in with heart-pounding, pulsating music fully captures the mood, and sets the stage of horrors to come. I love the filter they used, it almost feels like a live-action oil painting.  It's dark, eery and mysterious. I'm intrigued.
Release Date: February 17th


King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
(trailer 1)

I love the look and feel of this entire trailer!  It's PURE Guy Rickie.  It opens on an awesome action beat, with characters running and screaming, and that energy never really descends from that high.  I love the whole cast as well - specifically Charlie Hunnam - but the action, set pieces and choreography steal the focus.  By the end of the trailer you are definitely screaming for more.  Well done.   
Release Date: May 12th




Trailer editing is very much a work of art. The end product can motivate, captivate and generate major buzz-feed. Outside of the movie itself, was there a particular trailer in 2016 that you remember being wicked-awesome?  Feel free to share your opinions in the comment section below...


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