Weekly Sales Charts

By Michelle Lynn Tackett and Shawn Tackett

We’re gonna start a new weekly segment. Instead of doing individual blogs to cover sales charts. We decided to put music, movies, books and video game charts all together. Hope you like it.

Links: https://www.mediaplaynews.com/research/top-20-sellers-for-week-ended-7-20-19/

https://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200

https://www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers

http://www.vgchartz.com/

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San Diego Comic Con Was Meh

San Diego Comic Con has came and went and it was meh. There was some new stuff shown, but most of it was things we had already seen or known. Nothing big or surprising was announced. No footage of Godzilla vs King Kong, or no big trailers for 2020. There wasn’t a new trailer for Episode 9. I wonder why so many conventions this year have been mediocre, I wonder why? I was really hoping to see some new trailers or big new announcements, instead I get the Harley Quinn cartoon. Why me?

Highlight

I really don’t know. That is how dry it was this year. Top Gun 2? I could care less, IT chapter 2? Yawn. Game of Thrones Season 9, er I mean The Witcher? No thanks. OK, probably Terminator Dark Fate. That is the only thing that got me excited.
Nintendo had some good games, but we’ve seen em before. Again, the good stuff we already knew about. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, the exciting new trailer for the Picard series. That got me excited, but we already knew about the show. Sigh.

Low Point

Nothing new. We knew most of the announcements and the few new announcements were very boring.

Grade: C- A few decent highlight can’t save a boring Comic Con. Let’s hope that next year is bearable.

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Will Hugh Jackman Ever Win the Oscar?

Look at the great performances that Hugh Jackman has put on, from Wolverine, to PT Barnum, Jackman is a diverse actor who can sing, dance and act to perfection. The really sad fact is, he has never won the Oscar. Not for Prisoners, the Fountain, Prestige, or Logan. This is criminal! He is so diverse and good at playing each part. He should have won for Logan. That is one of the best performances I’ve ever seen. He didn’t even get a nomination!

Some of the best actors have never won an Oscar. Cary Grant, Harrison Ford and Johnny Depp. It is so weird how the academy picks their winners. I hope they give Jackman the Oscar one day. He is easily the best actor working in Hollywood today. Let’s hope Hollywood doesn’t make a mistake and not give Jackman the Oscar he rightfully deserves.

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The Lion King is Getting Great Reviews

The premiere of the Lion King happened and according to early reviews from critics and fans, it’s a hit. A lot of people praised the CGI, saying it was a game changer, while others praised the movie for remaining true to the original.

With early word of mouth being great, I can see it opening at 180 million over the July 19-21st weekend. As for me, I have zero interest in seeing this movie. If I want to see the Lion King, I will watch the original. End of story.

Link: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/movies/2019/07/10/lion-king-first-reactions-hail-film-a-visual-masterpiece/1688570001/

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Part 5 of My Top 100 Favorite Movies of All Time

60: The Little Mermaid, I know this is a glossed over version of the horrific fairy tale, but I don’t care. I still love the Little Mermaid. Catchy songs, wonderful characters and glowing animation light the screen up like the 4th of July. I’ve seen this movie over 30 times and I don’t get tired of it no matter how many times I’ve seen it. A family classic for all.

Rating: 4 Stars

59: The Cell is an underrated cult classic that deserves more respect. Some people are put off by the dark subject matter. I love this movie for being daring. It is chock-full of wild images, and it was one of the first movies to dig into the mind of a killer. It asks the audience to care about a killer. Jennifer Lopez is sparking as the protagonist giving a human touch against the darkness. I admit this movie is not for everyone, but if you give it a chance you may like it. The directing is on point and the actors are game. An original and terrifying movie. This is one of the most original and horrifying movies I’ve seen.

Rating: 4 Stars

58: Working Girl, Harrison Ford, you were my schoolgirl crush. His charm and sarcasm make him appealing for comedies. He adds greatly to this classic comedy. Weaver knocks it out as the ice boss, and Griffin is charming as the title character. An adult comedy that is a grown-up look at relationships how the workplace treats women and how sexism still rears its ugly head. A winner.

Rating: 4 Stars

57: X2: X-Men United is one of the best comic book sequels of all time. X2 stars the incredible Hugh Jackman who runs through every scene like 20 bulls in a china shop. The X-Men contend with 2 villains this time, Striker and Magneto. The incredible scene of Nightcrawler at the white house and the police standoff are just a taste of the greatness this movie has to offer. X-Men was great, but X2 took the series to another level.

Rating: 4 Stars

56: LA LA Land, Yes I love movie musicals. Wonderful charm, sweetness, and bright colors make me want to dance in the street. Emma Stone is perfect and Ryan Gosling is charming their chemistry comes off the screen. The cinematography is gorgeous and the songs are toe-tapping perfect. La La Land will put you in a good mood it does me. A glorious return to old school musicals.

Rating: 4 Stars

55: My Neighbor Totoro, my goodness, this is one of the best-animated movies I’ve ever seen. This isn’t the only Japanese Anime movie you will see on my list. What a thrill ride of joy, innocence and how children deal with a sick parent. The gorgeous images and adorable characters will make you fall in love with this movie.

Rating: 4 Stars

54: The Shinning, Kubrick’s gorgeous horror movie is one of a kind classic. It easily makes my top 5 favorite horror movies of all time with great scares and great directing. The stellar performances and the innovative directing make this an instant classic. Some people gripe (cough Stephen King), this isn’t like the book. WHO CARES! Shelly Duvall carries the heart of the movie, Jack Nicholson is terrifying and the cinematography is simply stunning. Kubrick’s use of wide-angle lenses changed horror movies.

Rating: 4 Stars

53: Dr. Strangelove, Another Kubrick masterpiece. The quintessential cold war comedy that still has a bite. Peter Sellers is the best comedy actor of all time. I dare anyone to find an actor with a better resume of movies and performances. Kubrick’s stark black and white colors pop, the pacing is incredible, and the music soars. I know a lot of people who haven’t seen this movie, what are you waiting for? Check out this perennial classic now.

Rating: 4 Stars

52: The Abyss, James Cameron, you really know how to direct great movies. This is one of his best movies. Abyss was overlooked at the box office when it came out. Thankfully, it became a hit on home video. Ed Harris and Michael Bein put on great performances. The Abyss is like an 80s version of Close Encounters of the Third Kind the last 20 minutes are simply stunning. Cameron is a master of visual and emotional storytelling.

Rating: 4 Stars

51: Night of the Living Dead, this still the best of Romero’s zombie opus. This classic dealt with subjects like racism and classism. Romero’s directing gives you a claustrophobic feel the characters are real and relatable which helps the scares matter. A bulls-eye for horror movies. Still the best zombie movie I’ve ever seen. This is based on the original version, not the disaster of a remake.

Rating 4 Stars

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Gremlins Secret of the Mogwai Is Going to Be An Animated Series.

Gremlins was one of my favorite movies growing up. I loved the mixture of dark humor and scares. I loved tthe character Gizmo so much, I bought a stuffed Gizmo and he was my sleeping buddy for 12 years. I also loved the sequel, so I am a fan and I have high expectations for the show.

Oh I hope this new animated show is good. They could add to the mythology and make the Gremlins world much richer, or they could ruin this and put a stain on the Gremlins name. Let’s hope it’s option no1. Good luck!

Link: https://bloody-disgusting.com/tv/3570354/animated-prequel-gremlins-secrets-mogwai-ordered-series-warnermedia/?fbclid=IwAR0-dvYXU-UfgBNMFfjdqEVsEt3K1DAltWWz97s_iGYAnIWgN8wPOzJy_Fw

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Why I AM Not Excited For Spiderman Far From Home!

Maybe it has to do with how Sony has rebooted the series twice already. Between the first set, to the new ones. There are seven Spiderman movies now, counting the first Sam Raimi and Amazing Spiderman Movies. Maybe I have developed Spiderman fatigue. I loved the first 2 Spiderman movies and the Amazing Spiderman, but 3, Amazing Spiderman 2 and Homecoming I didn’t like. Why is that?

Who is the real Spiderman?

Who is the real Spiderman? This is confusing. This is were Marvel is getting into dangerous territory. When Disney reboots the X-Men and recasts Wolverine (NOOOOOOO)! Are they gonna forget about Hugh Jackman’s wonderful journey as Wolverine? They don’t even acknowledge the other Spidermen in the new one. It makes no sense. Don’t give me the alternate universe excuse, it makes it more confusing.

Writing

The writing seems too amateurish for me. Oh, look at someone called Peter a d*ck wad. Oh, I am laughing so much. He doesn’t know he was bragging on Spiderman, then he calls Peter a name. Oh, I am in stitches, someone calls the doctor, I need my side sewn back up, (that is sarcasm in case you couldn’t tell). I know they are college kids but look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The writing was intelligent. I don’t feel like my intelligence was being insulted as I do with the new Spiderman movies.

Nothing New

It is the same song and dance. There is nothing new in these Spiderman movies. If you are going to do new Spiderman movies, why not touch on stories the other movies didn’t? It makes the newer movies seem pointless. They come off like a cash grab instead of a piece of art with something to say.

I know Spiderman is not my favorite superhero, but I have liked some of his movies. I guess I am worn out on ol Spidey right now. I am gonna pass on Far From Home. I hope all of the Spiderman fans enjoy it, but I will stick with the first 2 Sam Raimi, and the first Amazing Spiderman. Have fun everyone, the movie is getting a lot of good reviews, but I am burnt out on Spiderman. Too many movies without doing anything interesting for me.

Link: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/spider_man_far_from_home

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Will 2019 Box Office Be Looked At As Disappointing?

Last year was huge. Blackpanther, IW, Incredibles 2 and A Quiet Place lead a huge record breaking year at the box office. This year was supposed to be a bigger year at the box office. Think about it? Endgame, Godzilla, Toy Story 4, Aladdin, Detective Pikachu, Lion King, Hobbs and Shaw to name a few.

Needless to say, it hasn’t worked out the way analysis were predicting. Godzilla, Pets 2, MIB International, Detective Pikachu and Dark Phoenix haven’t done as well as expected. Detective Pikachu and Godzilla are very good, but they’ve only managed to be mild hits. Even Toy Story 4 is not gonna perform as analyst thought it was. Are people getting burned out on going to the theater? Don’t they like the movies being shown? Or, is there nothing to really get audiences excited?

Frozen 2 and Star Wars are coming this fall. Will they be enough to help the box office reach it’s record breaking heights? Or will audiences sit this one out? It maybe a downtime for movies until Avatar 2 comes out. James Cameron come save us!

Link: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.businessinsider.com/sequel-flops-at-box-office-dark-phoenix-men-in-black-2019-6

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Toy Story 4 Will Be Huge It’s First Weekend: Box Office Predictions

I am going to go out on a limb and say Toy Story 4 will make 167 million this weekend. Disney seems to be the only brand to a lot of movie goers, and the great reviews TS4 is getting will carry it to a huge weekend. 2nd will be Child’s Play remake with 20 million. Curiosity will carry this for the first weekend, but if word of mouth is bad, it will sink fast. 3rd will be The Secret Life of Pets 2 with 16 million. 4th will be Alladin with 11 million. MIB International will come in 5th with 9 million.

Those are my predictions, do you think I’ll be right? Or am I off my rocker?

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Links: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/toy_story_4

Part 4 of My Top 100 Movies of All Time

Picks by Michelle Lynn Tackett

Let’s pick up where I left off why don’t we?

70: Wizard of Oz, Some people may think this is low, but it’s not. I just have 69 movies I like better. What else is there to say about this classic? Gorgeous cinematography, lovable characters, charming story, and wonderful music will make you feel like a kid again. If you haven’t watched this movie with your kids, do it now. This is a must-see movie that no cinephile should miss.

Rating: 4 Stars

69: Batman Begins/The Dark Knight, Nolan’s Batman movies are great, (let’s forget about The Dark Knight Rises), and The Dark Knight isn’t this top 10 be all masterpiece, but it is a great example of what comic book movies can be. Batman Begins is one of my favorite Nolan movies period. The dark tone, crisp look, and great acting keep both movies humming along nicely.

Rating: 4 Stars for both.

68: Serenity, from the legend, Joss Whedon is one of my favorite Sci-Fi movies of all time. Firefly was a great show, and this movie was a great follow-up that answered a lot of questions for fans of the series who were left hanging. Nathan Fillion is priceless as the Han Soloish Captain Malcolm Reynolds, who leads his ragtag group of members across the galaxy trying to get by. The special effects are glorious for a 30 million dollar movie, and the dialogue is spot on. Not a false moment for the characters. Whedon is a master of dialogue and storytelling. A must see for any fan of sci-fi.

Rating: 4 Stars

67: Patriot Games, Harrison Ford is STILL Jack Ryan to me. Other actors have tried, but Ford pulls off the role with ease. What a smart political thriller, with great action, intense moments and great characters. This is the best of the Jack Ryan series, with the screenplay focusing on family drama instead of some convoluted plot. This makes the stakes personal, that helps us identify with the characters and their plight.

Rating: 4 Stars

66: Pulse, there are a lot of Asian horror movies on my list. There is a good reason for that. Instead of focusing on cheap jump scares, Asian horror focuses on the atmosphere and the character’s facial expressions to tell a compelling story. It works in this gem of a movie. I don’t want to give too much away, but you will be in for a wild ride. A cheap, American remake tried to capture the greatness of this movie, but it failed. Watch this gem instead. Great build up to some unforgettable moments. Bravo.

Rating: 4 Stars

65: The Fountain, I don’t care what anyone says, this is a classic darn it. The incomparable Hugh Jackman plays 3 parts to perfection in Darrin Aronofsky’s brilliant bravura ode to life, death and the search for immortality. The striking visuals and emotional depth raise this masterwork to another level. I have seen this movie a lot, and it gets better with each viewing. I highly recommend this movie to anyone looking for a deep movie with an ambitious vision.

Rating: 4 Stars

64: The Muppet Movie (2011), I grew up on the Muppets, so it was good to see them come back to the big screen with this adorable, and funny movie. How can it go wrong with Jason Segel and Amy Adams in a movie? Throw in Kermit, Gonzo, Fozzy, and Miss Piggy, what else do you need? This movie was a return to form for the Muppets after a few disappointments. Lots of cute puns, heartfelt moments, and Amy Adams is heavenly in this movie! She is so cute you want to reach through the screen and hug her.

Rating: 4 Stars

63: Pride and Prejudice (2005 version), I usually don’t like remakes or retellings, but I love this movie. Keira Knightley sparkles as Elizabeth Bennett in this classic story. A very gentle, sweet movie with a perfect cast and a delightful tone. Not a cynical or mean bone in this movie. Lush cinematography, wonderful directing and a tight script make this a classic. It is Knightly who shines. She runs through the screen with elegance and charm as few others can.

Rating: 4 Stars

62: North By Northwest, I don’t like Hitchcock as a person, but he was an incredible director. Gary Grant is perfect as the every-man on the run. The tension is palpable, and the scenes are legendary. This is one movie I recommend for anyone who wants to know the difference between a good movie, and a bad movie. Well, this is a great movie, definitely one you should not miss out on.

Rating: 4 Stars

61: Sabrina, Audrey Hepburn is magical in this charming 1954 Billy Wilder comedy. William Holden and Humphrey Bogart are also good, but it is Hepburn who outshines them all. Her smile, stunning outfits, and charm will have you rooting for her. The delightful jokes, charming tone, and gorgeous scenery make this an instant classic, what a wonderful movie experience. I like this movie more, every time I watch it.

Rating: 4 Stars

Next week will be part 5 of my series. Stay tuned.

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