By Michelle Lynn Tackett
I am doing a top five fighting games of all time list. Only one per series, let’s get this show on the road.
5: Soul Calibur 2! The GameCube Version. Link is in this version. That’s all I need to say. Besides that, it has the best combat, balance, and challenge of all the Soul Calibur games. The graphics are still impressive, and the music is perfect. SC 2 will test your reflexes and your skill.
4: Killer Instinct The last arcade game I played a lot. I loved the CGI characters, the combo system, the depth, and the characters. Glacious was always my favorite character. The sequels did not live up to the first one, but they don’t dampen the reputation of the first KI either.
3: Dragon Ball FighterZ Wild combos, great characters, tons of modes, and fast gameplay make DBFZ a must play. It doesn’t matter what system you own DBFZ is a must-own fighting experience. It will test your reflexes and make you smile. You don’t have to be a DB fan to love this game. Buy this game.
2: Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers SF 2 hasn’t aged. It was the game that made the one on one fighting craze. Turbo is my favorite version of SF2. Playing as the boss characters and setting the speed to your liking adds lots of replay value. That says a lot about this game that it hasn’t aged, this is still a classic.
1: Super Smash Bros Ultimate No fighting game can come close to SSBU. Smash Bros. Ultimate lives up to its moniker with tons of characters and modes. Smash Ultimate is the best party game on the market. Smash makes a great one-player experience too. The story mode is engaging, and the characters are balanced. Smash is the best fighting game I’ve ever played.
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Our full review of the Oscars will be up Wednesday, but today, we are breaking down the best looks of the Oscars. The Oscars are a great time for fashion. I love seeing who is wearing what, and from whom. Let’s get started.
If I had to pick one, it would be Rene Zellwegger’s Oscar dress that stole the show. She looked like old Hollywood glam. Natalie Portman’s dress was amazing. She bought a mix of modern and vintage style.
Less Is More
Charlize Theron looked vintage in her simple black dress that bought out her gorgeous face. Going with nude colors for her makeup was a great move. Less is more in this case. Lily Aldridge was elegant, vintage, and sparkling. The red rose on her white dress was a great touch. She was so gorgeous.
Vintage Is Back!
The vintage style is fabulous. I love how it makes starlets look classy and elegant. Beanie Feldstein wore a gorgeous vintage dress that made her sparkle like Grace Kelly. Her confidence helped her pull the look off. Janelle Monae glowed in a sparkling, simple dress with bright makeup colors. The pictures are below.
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This is about my favorite franchises in any form of entertainment. This is not a best list, but my favorite list. Let’s get started.
10: Star Trek. I adore Star Trek. My favorite ST show is Star Trek DS9. The movies have been a mixed bag, but it never took my love away from Star Trek.
9: Fire Emblem. There are lots of great RPGs, but Fire Emblem is my favorite. Awakening and Three Houses are both in my top ten games of all time. The characters, stories, and gameplay are all top-notch.
8: Xenoblade Chronicles. There are only three Xenoblade games, but they are some of the best games I’ve ever played. I love the characters and stories so much. They go into deep philosophy, and that gives Xenoblade Chronicles an edge on a lot of modern RPGs, including Final Fantasy.
7: X-Men. I love the X-Men! I grew up watching cartoons, reading comics, and watching movies tons of times. Wolverine is one of my favorite characters ever. I love Cyclops, Storm, Rogue, Kitty Pride, and so many more! They have great subjects to delve into, and the X-Men makes outsiders feel like they belong.
6: My Little Pony. I loved MLP. Ever since the first iteration, but it’s the newest version that I love the most. The colorful characters and hilarious humor will make you smile. I have MLP plushies, DVDs, and comic books. I love this adorable franchise.
5: She-Ra. I love He-Man, but I have always been partial to She-Ra. I love her backstory, her friends, and Hordak is one of my favorite villains of all time. The Netflix show is the best-animated show on right now.
4: Whedonverse. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly are three of my favorite shows of all time. There is no TV show I love more than Buffy. The innovation, wit, and mythology influenced me on how to write the Buzzies.
3: Lord of the Rings. LOTR is special to me. I have seen the movies tons of times, and I love the World JRR Tolkein created. He was so good at creating lived-in worlds with real characters and relatable problems. The first trilogy remains three of the best movies ever made.
2: Star Wars. Nothing gets me excited like a new Star Wars movie. It’s like a holiday for me. I saw Episode Nine two times already. I have seen the first six movies over one hundred times apiece. No franchise has influenced me more than Star Wars. There is a lot of Star Wars in the Buzzies. That is no coincidence. I quote lines from the movies and shows all the time. I never get tired of watching or reading Star Wars.
1: Nintendo. Nothing brightens my day like playing Nintendo games. From Yoshi, Kirby, and Donkey Kong to Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Pokemon, and Star Fox. Nintendo makes me smile, and feel good about myself. When I was homeless, my 3DS kept me from going insane. Nothing means more to me than Nintendo games. They are my favorite company and make games that have a long-lasting impact on me. Thank you, Nintendo.
By Michelle Lynn Tackett
We are getting into the big guns now. I am on part 8 of my favorite movies of all time.
30: Kiki’s Delivery Service is one of Miyazaki’s best movies. Anyone who thinks Anime serializes all women needs to watch this charming classic. The humor is adorable, the characters will charm the pants off of you, and the story will melt your heart.
Rating: 4 Stars.
29: Alien/Aliens. Two of my favorite movies ever. Sigourney Weaver shines as Ellen Ripley, one of the greatest female heroines of all time. I like the second Alien movie better thanks to the heartwarming relationship between Ripley and Newt. One of the best mother/daughter relationships put in a movie.
28: Amelie. Audrey Tautou became a household name after this charmer became a worldwide hit. Amelie has a simple story, relatable characters, and an uplifting message. If you’re in a bad mood, watch Amelie. It will put a smile on your face.
27: Terminator and Terminator 2. I love James Cameron movies. It was the original Terminator that put him on the map. Unique cinematography, fast-paced action, and great storytelling make both Terminator movies classics. They are often imitated but never duplicated.
Grade: 4 Stars
26: Wolf Children. A timeless Anime that will make you laugh and cry in a matter of seconds. One of the best brother and sister duos you’ll ever see in any movie. You feel their conflict and pain with each other. How protective they get and how much they ultimately care about each other. Give this movie a chance, you will love it.
Grade: 4 Stars
25: Rear Window. Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly own the screen in this Hitchcock classic. Everything from the directing, to the screenplay, is done with care, attention to detail, and crafted to perfection. The last ten minutes are so intense, and the characters are smart. That’s a nice change of pace.
Grade: 4 Stars
24: GoldFinger. My favorite James Bond movie is Goldfinger. Goldfinger is a classic that never ages. Great action that is there to tell a story, not just blow things up for no reason. The humor is witty, and the story is classic Bond. The third entry in the Bond series is still my favorite.
Grade: 4 Stars
23: Hidden Fortress. Akira Kurosawa’s classic that influenced Star Wars still holds up. Kurosawa put so much love in his movies, and it shows. Hidden Fortress is a great movie to start with if you are new to Kurosawa. Hidden Fortress has a simple story and is easy to follow. A classic that hasn’t aged.
Grade: 4 Stars
22: Gravity. An incredible sci-fi marvel. Sandra Bullock is incredible. She makes you feel for her character. The movie avoids cliches by focusing on her inner thoughts. Tight directing and gorgeous cinematography are icing on the cake.
Grade: 4 Stars
21: Frozen 1 and 2. I love Frozen 1 and 2 now. The songs are catchy, the characters are memorable, and the animation is breathtaking. You will fall in love with both movies. I like the second one better myself. I thought it had a better story, and the girl power theme was stronger in the second movie.
Grade: 4 Stars
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It’s safe to say that the New England Patriot’s run is over. With a new decade comes new teams that could be the next Patriots, Cowboys, 49ers or Steelers. Let’s get to cracking. These picks are in no particular order.
Tennessee Titans. The Titans have an incredible defense, a great running game, and offensive line. They have a lot of the tools to win two or three Super Bowls. The big question mark for the Titans is their quarterback.
San Francisco Forty-Niners. They’ve had one dynasty, and this group of young stars looks like they could be another. Nick Bosa is a future HOF, Garoppolo is a good quarterback, but he’s no Aaron Rodgers. Also, Kittle is not an elite tight end. They have a great shot, but they got to fill in a few spots before they can do it.
Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have a great defense, offensive line, and a great running game. What the Vikings don’t have is a top tier QB. If the Vikings had someone like Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson, they would be a dynasty.
Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have a great QB, running game and offensive line. They don’t have an elite defense though to complete the package. The Chiefs are close to being a dynasty.
Jacksonville Jaguars. Josh Allen. That’s all I need to say. Allen is on his way to being the best defensive player the NFL has seen in decades. He had nearly eleven sacks, forty-two tackles, and two forced fumbles. He is a rookie, that’s the scary part. If the Jags can get an elite QB, and some great receivers, they will win two or three Super Bowls. Allen is that good.
The Baltimore Ravens. They’re a safe pick, but a great pick. The Ravens have everything a team needs to be a dynasty. A play-making QB, a great running game, and defense give them a great chance to be a dynasty. Their biggest flaw is their wide receivers who are average at best. The teams who beat Baltimore shut Jackson down to force the Ravens to win by using their wide receivers. Jackson is an elite talent who deserves better receivers. The Ravens would be a dynasty if they had better wide-outs.
The Cincinnati Bengals. Don’t laugh at this pick. They have the best tight end in the league Tyler Eifert, Geno Atkins is one of the best DTs in the league and AJ Green who is arguably the best wide receiver when he is healthy. The Bengals need to fix their offensive line, they need a middle linebacker, and they need to draft a QB. If the Bengals draft Joe Burrows, that could tip the scale in their favor to be the next great dynasty. The Bengals could win three or four Super Bowls.
Do you agree? Who do you think could be the NFL’s next great dynasty?
This is a list that talks about my favorite artist from 2010-2019. They don’t have to start from this decade, but they have to done at least 1 album this decade. Here we go.
10: Katy Perry, the decade started out great for Katy, but her last album was a dud. Oh well, She had some great songs this decade. Roar is an anthem for strong women.
9: Clint Black, songs like Nothing’s News shows Clint still knows how to tell a story. His new album sounds great as well.
8: Brandi Carlile, a real country artist who sings from the heart and writes with passion. What a great job she has done with highlighting social issues.
7: Kacey Musgraves, she is one of the best writers I’ve seen in a long time. Progressive, smart and fierce. Musgraves can write any man under the table. Biscuits is a highlight for me.
6: Miranda Lambert, with attitude, sass and great writing. Miranda is one of the best. She makes you afraid to make her mad, and that’s great. We can be Friends is a classic.
5: Ashley Monroe, the voice of an angel and writing that pierces the heart. Ashley deserves more attention than she gets. Like A Rose is a masterpiece.
4: Oak Ridge Boys, their Dave Cobb music has been some of the best country music of the decade. They are in their 70s and 80s and can put most acts to shame when it comes to singing. Seven Nation Army is a masterwork.
3: Ariana Grande, such a gorgeous voice and soul. Her songs are vibrant, colorful and thoughtful. She can do some of the best pop music on the planet. Focus is my jam when I want to dance.
2: Vince Gill, a true master. Gill can sing, write and play instruments. His guitar playing is unmatched by most players today and he’s not afraid of taking a chance and singing controversial songs. Nothing Like A Guy Clark Song will send chills up your spine.
1: Lady Gaga, was there any doubt? She has so much range, she can do any type of music well and she can write up to the heavens and sing as well. Born this Way made me cry and made me feel proud to be me. I can’t wait to see what she does next.
How was this decade in music? It wasn’t great, but it was good. The decade started out slow, but the explosion of You Tube and indie artist helped the music industry avoid a dark decade. This ended up being a good decade for music. Let’s hope the next decade is better.
Grade: B 85
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By Michelle Lynn Tackett
We are getting up there now. Here come some beloved classics and hidden gems.
40: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Jack Nicholson delivers a performance for the ages as Randle P Murphy, who is living in a mental institution with other colorful characters. The abuse some of the patients take at the hands of nurse Nurse Ratched is painful to watch. One of the best movies ever made.
Rating: 4 Stars, this is a magical experience.
39: A Touch of Evil, Orson Welles was a master filmmaker, and this movie was a perfect example of that. Top-notch performances and great plot twists elevate this movie to another level. Wells’s ability to craft a twisting story with innovation is legendary. Watch this movie, you’ll love it.
Rating: 4 Stars, a must-see cinematic experience.
38: A Nightmare on Elm Street, not the best horror movie I’ve seen, but it’s one of my favorites. Robert Englund steals every scene as the maniacal Freddy Kruger. Wes Craven gives us kids to root for, not kids who we don’t care about. Imaginative special effects and perfect direction make this a classic.
Rating: 4 Stars, one of the best horror movies ever.
37: The Fugitive, the legendary Harrison Ford. He is so underrated. This movie shows why. Ford’s ability to play every person is perfect. We root for him to clear his name and fear for him when he’s in danger. The script is tight, the action scenes are thrilling, and the performances are perfect. A classic that still holds up.
Rating: 4 Stars, a thrill-ride that never gets hold.
36: Roma, Netflix made the best picture of 2018 with this stunner. You know you have a winner when the characters live a boring life, but you’re still fascinated. Each character is fully developed, the story is intriguing, and the directing is stunning. The gorgeous cinematography and glorious music are icing on the cake.
Rating: 4 Stars, you have to see this movie! It’s that good.
35: Wait Until Dark, one of the most influential thrillers of all time. Alan Arkin laid the groundwork for action villains with his performance as Harry Roat Jr. Audrey Hepburn in her last Oscar-nominated performance is priceless. Some may complain about the slow pace but have patience. The last 15 minutes are a rocket.
Rating: 4 Stars, a nail-biting thriller with great acting.
34: A Fantastic Woman, the best movie made about someone being trans. Daniela Vega is electrifying as Marina, who faces prejudice from her lover’s family. The subject is handled with subtle care. Beautiful directing and cinematography give it an otherworldly feel. This is how you do a movie about trans people.
Rating: 4 Stars, a touching masterpiece that will make you think.
33: What About Bob, Bill Murray is a gem. He has comedic gold for timing. What About Bob could’ve been a disaster in the wrong hands, but Murray saves the day. The ending divided people, but I loved it. This is how you do a good comedy.
Rating: 4 Stars, one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.
32: Wall-E, my favorite Disney movie ever made. Nothing comes close. What a magical movie with an adorable robot as the lead, and his adorable love interest Eva. Gorgeous animation, adorable characters, great storytelling, and a timely message make Wall-E a classic.
Rating: 4 Stars, the best movie Disney has ever done.
31: X-Men Days of Future Past, the second-best X-Men movie. The story is engaging, the performances are great, and the action scenes are mind-blowing. Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine to perfection. This is one of the best comic book movies I’ve ever seen.
Grade: 4 Stars, this is a must-see for comic book fans and non-comic book fans alike.
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By Michelle Lynn Tackett
I did a list of why this isn’t a golden age of TV, but it’s not all bad. I am going to give five reasons for what I like about modern TV.
1: Strong women!
Lots of ’em too! From VEEP to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Killing Eve. You’ll see an abundance of great female characters. There are more lesbians and trans women too. This gives women lots of great characters to relate to.
2: More diversity
There are more shows with LGBTQ characters, women, POC, and immigrants. Empire, Supergirl, and Stranger Things do a great job showcasing different types of characters. Lots of groups get represented today, and that’s great. This helps people learn about different groups.
3: More choices
Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu all have tons of shows. Each service differs in price, but you can watch hundreds of shows for ten to fifteen bucks a month. Hulu is eight dollars a month, and Amazon Prime Video is six bucks a month for disabled people. That is fantastic. You can watch these shows whenever you want, but they can be taken down at any moment. That is the downside of streaming services.
4: Bigger Budgets
Look at the gorgeous sets of Game of Thrones and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. They’re gorgeous with lots of details and big landscapes. They don’t look cheap either. People used to think TV was a cheap alternative to movies, not anymore. Bigger budgets are spent on these shows to give fans a rich experience in visuals.
5: More Foreign Shows
From Anime to dramas and Bollywood Musicals, you’ll find tons of shows from different countries. This gives people from all over the world shows to enjoy. It also gives people a chance to learn about different cultures.
There are lots of things wrong with TV right now, but there are lots of good things as well. This may not be a Golden Age, but it isn’t the dark ages either.
I took time off so I could really try to pick the right picks on my list. This is where the movies that I treasure are and it is so hard to pick one over the other. I will try my best, so let’s get started.
50: The Secret World of Arrietty, a problem I have with so many big movies now is how cynical they are. Here is a wonderful anime that is the antithesis of that. What a wonderful, charming, sweet and heartfelt movie without any cynicism whatsoever. This is a wonderful children’s fable with adorable characters. The animation takes it to another level.
Rating: 4 Stars. This puts big Hollywood blockbusters to shame when it comes to sweetness and real emotion.
49: While You Were Sleeping, I know, this movie isn’t original and it is very glossy, but I love the charm and lack of cynicism. Sandra Bullock is positively adorable and shines like a star. She really makes you want to see Lucy succeed. Goofy? Yes, but charming and good natured as well. I have seen this movie over twenty times. Any time I need a lift, I put this movie on and I feel a lot better.
Rating: 4 Stars. I miss old fashioned charmers like this. Nothing original, but made with such loving detail and acted to perfection. This is a classic charmer.
48: Prisoners, probably the best thriller I’ve ever seen. Prisoners stars the one of a kind Hugh Jackmanas a father (Keller Dover), whose child is kidnapped. The story sounds cliche on the surface, but it’s the execution that makes this a masterwork. This is a deep, dark journey, it is not for the faint of heart. One of the many times Jackman should’ve won an Oscar, but for some reason, he didn’t. The ending will send chills up your spine and the tension is palpable. A real must see.
Rating: 4 Stars, you owe it to yourself to see this masterwork of film making.
47: Halloween, the Carpenter masterpiece that never ages. Much better than the 2018 version. Jamie Lee Curtis is at the top of her game in this movie. The directing is taunt, the writing is not the best, but the scares are phenomenal! Take notes Hollywood, this is how you do a horror movie. The movie that put independent movies on the map.
Rating: 4 Stars, still a classic that holds up well.
46: Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first Indiana Jones movie is still the best. I love Harrison Ford in this movie. It is such a classic when it comes to action scenes, comedy and special effects. One of the better Spielberg movies.
Rating: 4 Stars, an all-time classic that you need to watch.
45: Spirited Away, simply one of the best animated movies ever. Miyazaki is at his best creating a wondrous world filled with imaginative creatures and gorgeous images. The story of a strong willed girl trying to find her parents will touch your heart. Once again, a movie lack of cynicism that chooses to have warmth and sincerity to give us characters we can care about. A once in a lifetime movie experience.
Rating: 4 Stars, just see it. You’ll thank me later.
44: The Last Detail, one of the best Jack Nicholson performances and movies. He takes a young man to prison, but befriends him along the way. What a raw, emotional and funny movie with an honest look at what life is like for people in the military.
Rating: 4 Stars, what a masterwork of film making and heart.
43: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, what a charming slice of life story that centers around a young woman who can travel back in time. The time travel idea is used brilliantly and the characters are likeable and flawed. The animation is gorgeous with bright colors and stunning visuals. Movies like this show why I love anime so much. The gentle stories you can tell with stunning visuals and great facial expressions.
Rating: 4 Stars, a wonderful, quiet and gentle movie that you don’t see much in Hollywood anymore. See this movie, it’s a must watch.
42: Breakfast At Tiffany’s, I know, Micky Rooney, but that aside. This is one of the best romantic comedies of all time. Pure charm, elegant film making and great characters make this an unforgettable movie experience.
Rating: 4 Stars, sweet and funny to a tee.
41: Heat, I will make this short and sweet. Al Pachino and Robert DeNiro have a scene together. Is there anything else I need to say about this movie? It is a sparkling crime thriller, with lots of great action and incredible family drama.
Rating: 4 stars, a must see.
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