Best Style At The Oscars!

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.

Best Dresses

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.

Photos Courtesy of: https://www.thecut.com/2020/02/oscars-2020-best-worst-dressed.html

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/a30816223/best-worst-dressed-oscars-2020/

https://oscar.go.com/photos/2020/oscars-red-carpet-arrivals-2020/abcs-coverage-of-the-92nd-annual-academy-awards-red-carpet-3

My Favorite Entertainment Franchises

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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.

The Problems With The Get Out Script

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

Jordan Peele is the toast of Hollywood right now. I have mixed feelings about this. I am glad he is doing well but is he a good writer? He won the Oscar for best original screenplay for Get Out. Here are the reasons I don’t think Get Out deserved the best screenplay.

Plot Holes

Spoilers ahead, if you don’t want to know any spoilers, leave now.

Some things don’t make sense in the screenplay. How does Chris get the cotton in his ears with his hands strapped down? How did Chris’s friend find him? Chris suspected the family of being racist, but not his girlfriend (the families’ daughter) wasn’t? There are so many plot holes in the script I could drive a semi-truck through them.

The Characters Are Dumb

More Spoilers ahead. Don’t blame me if the movie is ruined for you.

Gee, I am a young man of color. I go to my girlfriend’s house to meet my future in-laws, some black servants are working there. The light bulb should’ve gone off in his head. He didn’t think Rose didn’t know about it? When he saw the pictures of her with all of the others, why didn’t he go for help? Some of the decisions the characters made in this movie made the teenagers in Friday the 13th movies look smart.

It Doesn’t Add Up

This wealthy family held all these POC against their will, but Chris and Rocky were able to outsmart them and the police? Why didn’t the police come and arrest Chris? How was Chris going to explain this? If this family had so much power? Why didn’t they call for help when Chris started to get the upper-hand? Hollywood Elsewhere did a brilliant critique of the screenplay to Get Out, so some of this is from his article.

http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2017/02/absurdly-overpraised-get-boasts-intriguing-concept-turns-minor-league/

Final Thoughts

The only reason Jodan Peele won the best screenplay is Hollywood doesn’t want people to think they’re racist.
A lot of POC directors and writers ignored over the years. One award doesn’t make you pro POC Hollywood. Giving a mediocre screenplay best screenplay doesn’t make you woke. It makes your racism more obvious. 

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/12/get-out-hypnosis-scene-sunken-place/547409/

Favorite Movies of All Time Part 8

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.

4 Stars

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.

4 Stars.

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

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5-cvnmtWu4

Defending the Star Wars Prequels

I love Star Wars. I loved the original trilogy, AND I love the prequels! You heard me! I love Episodes 1, 2, and 3. This blog is centered on what the prequels did right, why they are great and why you should watch them.

Unique Worlds 

Mustafar and Naboo are incredible worlds. Both of them are brimming with unique creatures and gorgeous vistas. I loved the underwater city of Otoh Gunga, home of the Gungans. Mustafar scared me with scorching lava and terrifying creatures. I loved episodes seven, eight, and nine, but none of their worlds could touch the wonder of the worlds that I saw in the prequels.

Jar Jar Binks 

At me, you come bro! That’s right, I said it. Do you have a problem with this? Jar Jar is such a unique character. No one talks like him, look like him or act like him. He got so much unnecessary hate. He bought so much innocence and joy to the screen. I have watched Episode one over twenty times, and he is one of the main reasons I keep coming back. He made me laugh and look at life with joy instead of cynicism. 

The Best Light-saber Duels 

The crackling of the blades never felt so intense. The acrobatics, verity, and intensity of these battles outdo the sequels in every way shape and form. Getting to see Yoda in a light-saber duel alone, is worth the price of admission. Anakin and Obi-Wan’s fight will break your heart. Nothing in the sequels comes close to these fights. 

More Palpatine 

You can never have enough Palpatine! One of the greatest screen villains ever. Palpatine becomes a fully realized character in the prequels. He’s not a one-note evil politician. He wants to end the conflict and bring order to the galaxy. Seeing his point of view makes him relatable. He thinks he is doing the right thing, even if we know better. 

Deeper Mythology 

The prequels expanded on what happened to the republic. How Palpatine got control of the government and how powerful the Jedi were. It showed how the Jedi let their overconfidence cloud their judgment. The Jedi didn’t think the Sith would come into power again. The prequels also dealt with the governing side of the Star Wars universe. The prequels helped the Star Wars universe become richer and more diverse mythology.

The Clone Wars TV Show

I don’t need to say anything else. The best-animated show, ever. “This is the animated show you’ve been looking for.”

Final Thoughts 

From fan-favorite new characters, legendary scenes, and a grad conclusion, the prequels are not bad movies. They do a great job of world-building an already rich universe. Two of the best Star Wars products were made, (The Clone Wars and Rebels) and the prequels introduced us to some of the best worlds I’ve ever seen in any form of media. I know the prequels are not perfect, but I think you should give them a chance. Don’t listen to the haters, open your mind, and explore wondrous worlds with fantastic characters. May the force be with you, always. 

Photo Courtesy of: https://revengeofthefans.com/2019/05/20/looking-back-on-star-wars-prequel-trilogy/

Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer Review

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

I loved the first Wonder Woman movie, so I was excited to hear about the upcoming WW 1984. The trailer dropped today, so let’s get to it.

Action

Whoa Nelly is there action. Slow motion bullets, check. Wonder Woman flipping a semi truck in the air. Double check. Wonder Woman using the lasso of truth to swing from one lighting bolt to another, che….WHAT? WHOA! That’s insane. This trailer is jam packed full of great action moments.

Editing

The editing is spot on. It is quick, fluid and keeps the action going. It looks better than the first one, which is a great thing. Showing off the great action, plus how good the character interaction is, that shows what kind of love went into this trailer alone.

Acting

The acting looks very good. Gal Gadot is so charming and strong as Diana, and it’s good to see Chris Pine back as Steve. The real scene stealer is Pedro Pascal, who tears every scene alive as Lord Maxwell. Fantastic.

Final Verdict

Great job Warner Bros. This trailer is gonna set up WW 1984 to be one of the biggest blockbusters next summer. If the rest of the movie is as good as the trailer, we are in for a treat.

Grade: An A 96.

Link to Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfM7_JLk-84

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.screengeek.net/2019/12/07/wonder-woman-1984-footage-teaser/

How Will Star Wars Rise of Skywalker Do?

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

Star Wars is not as big as it used to be. The thought of a Star Wars movie coming out, drove people up the wall with excitement. This one has a lot of people worried. Will JJ pull it off? Will it be a disaster? How well will it do? Let’s find out.

Critics

The Last Jedi got rave reviews, so critics weren’t the problem. The problem was fans who were split down the middle. Some thought TLJ was the best SW movie since Empire, while others thought it was a disaster. It is hard to say how this movie will do with critics. I am gonna take a guess and say an 88 on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie does look exciting, but I wonder how critics will receive the story? That’s the big question.

Box office

It will debut huge. This is the last of the Skywalker sage and there will be lots of people curious to see how it does. I think it will do around one billion and four hundred million. I don’t think it will do as well as the Force Awakens, but it could do better than TLJ.

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/11/23/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-tv-spot-shows-the-knights-of-ren-kylo-rey-palpatine-episode-ix

Favorite Movies of All Time Part 7 40-31

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.

Photo Courtesy of: http://lifefascinations.blogspot.com/2010/11/movies-series-pt1.html

Is Silence of the Lamb Transphobic?

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

Buffalo Bill is often used to mock transgender people. He wants to wear women’s skin, and the famous scene of him tucking his penis causes some to think he is transgender. This is a very big mischaracterization of the character according to director Johnathan Demme. From an article published by Slate, the interview was done by Film Comment,

“He described the killer as “someone who is so completely, completely horrified by who he is that his desperation to become someone completely other is manifested in his ill-guided attempts at transvestism, and behavior and mannerisms that can be interpreted as gay.” To be fair, Demme is correct—in the movie, Hannibal Lecter posits that Gumb apes queer and trans people because they’re the most outré, far-off identities he can imagine—the ultimate escape.”

The problem comes from the context. Anyone who listened to Hannibal will know he said that Buffalo Bill wasn’t transgender, but some missed the analogy it seems. Transphobes use Buffalo Bill as an example of how trans people are mentally disturbed. Is it the movie’s fault? No. Buffalo Bill wants to transform into another person, not another gender.

The movie could’ve done a better job of distinguishing how Buffalo Bill was not transgender. This caused Ted Levine to get unnecessary heat. The actor who played Buffalo Bill hated the backlash. Screenhub interviewed with Ted Levine and they said,

” Realizing that the LGBT community had nothing to do with his character, Levine set out to search for a new angle by which to play him, insisting on not playing the character as gay. Rather, he tried to play the character as someone who despised homosexuals and transgender people to mask his insecurities.”

Jonathan Demme and Ted Levine claim they weren’t stereotyping gays or trans people, does that make it true? No, but there’s no evidence of them being homophobic or transphobic. It’s not wise to make accusations without proof. Until there is evidence, Buffalo Bill isn’t transgender.

Trans people have been represented horribly in pop culture. Look at Ace Ventura Pet Detective. That’s a blatant example of transphobia. It’s not the director or the actor’s fault if some misinterpret the character. This won’t stop some from using him, but if we educate people that Buffalo Bill isn’t trans, trolls will stop using him. Without evidence, the Silence of the Lambs is not transphobic.

Links to articles: https://slate.com/human-interest/2017/04/director-jonathan-demme-faced-down-silence-of-the-lambs-gay-backlash.html

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.newsweek.com/silence-lambs-newsweek-review-jonathan-demmes-terrifying-thriller-590489

Why is CGI Getting Worse In Movies?

By Shawn Tackett and Michelle Lynn Tackett

T2 and Jurassic Park set the bar for CGI. Then the Matrix and Avatar raised special effects for the 21st century. Special effects have gotten better with photo-realistic images and worlds that look real. People couldn’t wait to see what new effects Hollywood would do next.

Something happened along the way. CGI has gotten worse. Black Panther, IT chapter 2, and Avengers Endgame are examples of big-budget movies with B grade effects. How did we go from James Cameron breaking new ground with Avatar, to IT chapter 2 looking like it was made for a buck twenty-five? Let’s find out.

Time
Movies are on a tight release schedule. It’s difficult to get all the effects done on time. The problem could be solved if the studios would delay the movie. They won’t do that. They know the investors will be upset if they don’t meet their deadlines. However, they will upset them if the movie flops because of the effects. It’s better to delay the movie so it can deliver.

Lack of understanding
A lot of effect artists don’t understand what makes CGI look great. You can have detailed models, but if the image doesn’t fit with the lighting, backgrounds, and textures, it will look off. Look at Endgame. Some of the effects looked phony because the images didn’t fit with the look of the movie. Paying attention to details can make a difference between good effects or bad.

Too fluid
Look at American Werewolf in Paris. The werewolf transformation looked phony. Whereas, the original American Werewolf in London transformation looked amazing. John Landis made the ware wolf transformation look painful. We were taken through the process of David turning into a werewolf. Sometimes less is more. The effect doesn’t have to be smooth to work.

How to fix the problem
Give artists more time. Teach them what makes effects work. James Cameron is taking four years to make the Avatar sequels. That’s dedication and a commitment to quality. He delayed them to get it right. With big-budget movies, there’s no excuse why effects can’t look professional. Black Panther and IT Chapter 2 are reaching parody levels. With all the resources and money Hollywood has, there’s no excuse. One bad effect? OK. Throughout the whole movie? That’s inexcusable.

Photo Courtesy of: https://variety.com/2018/artisans/production/vfx-summer-box-office-1202824543/