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Party Like it's 1989!

It's 1989 and 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.

You will need to sign up and make an account to get an API key. In the URL below replace the text YOUR_KEY_HERE with the key you receive when signing up for an account.

NOTE: If you have any challenge signing up for an account, see your instructor.

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

An example of the movie object is

"popularity": 22.582,
"vote_count": 2896,
"video": false,
"poster_path": "/2FC9L9MrjBoGHYjYZjdWQdopVYb.jpg",
"id": 2493,
"adult": false,
"backdrop_path": "/aQ2ZbNqIaecoQsryNe33UmDtms.jpg",
"original_language": "en",
"original_title": "The Princess Bride",
"genre_ids": [12, 35, 14, 10749, 10751],
"title": "The Princess Bride",
"vote_average": 7.6,
"overview": "In this enchantingly cracked fairy tale, the beautiful Princess Buttercup and the dashing Westley must overcome staggering odds to find happiness amid six-fingered swordsmen, murderous princes, Sicilians and rodents of unusual size. But even death can't stop these true lovebirds from triumphing.",
"release_date": "1987-09-25"

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:

NOTE: in place of w185 you can also use w92, w154, w185, w342, w500, w780, or original for different image widths based on your design's need.


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


degit $GITHUB_USER/react-project-template PartyLikeIts1989

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 a 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 or some utility code you write yourself!

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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