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Party Like it's 1989!

It's 1989. The Internet has just come online and Tim Berners-Lee is going to invent the World Wide Web. The Cold War is ending, and the Berlin Wall will be coming down. It's also going to be a great year for film. In this assignment you're going to build a small webpage that showcases some of the most popular movies of 1989.

The data for this assignment comes from The Movie DB API.

This is the API end-point that supplied the data file for this project:

You will need to sign up and make an account to get an API key.

An example of the movie object is

"vote_count": 4300,
"id": 89,
"video": false,
"vote_average": 7.7,
"title": "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade",
"popularity": 18.43,
"poster_path": "/4p1N2Qrt8j0H8xMHMHvtRxv9weZ.jpg",
"original_language": "en",
"original_title": "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade",
"genre_ids": [12, 28],
"backdrop_path": "/vfvVuu1JdnEGcyZUj7VHrhhbeMj.jpg",
"adult": false,
"When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana must team up with Marcus Brody, Sallah and Elsa Schneider to follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis from recovering the power of eternal life.",
"release_date": "1989-05-24"

You'll notice that the poster images are just the file names. You can get the full URL to a poster by concatenating the path with the following base URL:


In this case:



  • Work with API data
  • Understand and use React components
  • Understand and use "props" in React
  • Use to render a collection of components in React

Explorer Mode

  • Use the API to fetch the data and render it on the page, rather than the supplied JSON file.
  • You should have at least two components; App and Movie.
  • Render at least the title, poster image, and plot overview. Feel free to include other pieces of the data.
  • Try to capture an 1980's or early 90's aesthetic when you style your page. Have fun with it!

Adventure Mode

  • Sort the films by release date, rather than as they appear in the file.'
  • Add a search bar that filters down the shown results. Note that is not making a new API call, just filtering the current list
  • Display the release date in a formatted manner, e.g. "May 24th", rather than 1989-05-24. HINT: moment.js or date-fns

Epic Mode

  • give the user a chance to "favorite" movies and store favorite movies in local storage
  • Explore the API and use other endpoints.
  • Allow the user to change the year they are searching for
  • change the style based on the decade they user selected

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