Who Are the Best Actors Working Today? My Top 10 Actors Today

Here is my criteria, range, believably, power, consistency, charisma, emotion and longevity. This is a lot of my favorite actors, but who are the best.

10: Angelina Jolie, you want to talk about range? She has it in spades! From action heroes as Lara Croft, to a troubled young girl in Girl Interrupted. Angelina can play a wide variety of roles doing it with piazzas.

Best performance: Girl Interrupted.

9: Leonardo DiCaprio, a veteran who proved the naysayers wrong. Leo has been in huge blockbusters to art house favorites. Leo is going to have one heck of a long career. He can play so many roles. He isn’t the best at comedy, so that hurts his range a bit, but he can nail it when it comes to drama.

Best Performance: The Revenant 

8: Daniel Day Lewis, the Oscar darling. He has put on some great performances, but some that weren’t so good. His range was also a bit limiting. His Lincoln wasn’t as good as the academy made it out to be. Still, he had one heck of a career with some great performances.

Best performance: There Will Be Blood

7: Kate Winslet, her recent roles haven’t been up to her older roles, but when she was at her peek, Kate was arguably the best actor working. She has depth and range that few have. Let’s hope she gets back on the right track.

Best Performance: Revolutionary Road

6: Johnny Depp, I know some might think this is low for him, but his current work hasn’t been as good. He excels at weird performances, but falls flat when playing a relatable character. His personal life has taken a toll on his work, so he may fall further in future lists.

Best Performance: Edward Scissorhands.

5: Frances McDormand, she is still putting on great performances and showing what kind of roles women can play. Versatile and powerful. That is how you describe Frances. She portrays strong women who have deep flaws and quirky flaws. She makes it seem natural, which is the best complement an actor can get.

Best performance: Fargo.

4: Christian Bale, like him or not, he is one heck of a talented actor. From American Psycho to Vice, Bale can tear through a part with ample intensity. Bale could’ve done better as Batman, but he has been one of the more consistent actors of the 21st century.

Best Performance: American Psycho

3: Nicole Kidman, class, elegance and charm to spare. Kidman is a legend in the making. She is the new Katherine Hepburn, yes you can quote me saying that. She can play a struggling housewife, a cold hearted nun, a mother who has lost her mind, etc,. all with ease. Kidman is a rarity and a national treasure.

Best Performance: Killing of a Sacred Deer

2: Amy Adams, easily the best actress working today. Adams has range, talent, charm, personality and intensity. Adams is so cute, but she can also be cold and intense. She can change at the drop of a hat, and we believe it.

Best Performance: American Hustle

1: Hugh Jackman, he can sing, dance and act like no other entertainer before him. Jackman is this generation’s Jack Nicholson. He can play any role. He can do musicals, family movies, play a father loosing his mind and play a super hero in the blink of an eye. Why on earth this man has never won the Oscar is beyond me. He has no equal when it comes to range and pure talent.

Best Performance: Logan

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The Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening Critic and Sales Predictions

It is that time again. I am gonna predict what kind of critical response and how much a certain game could sell. This time, it’s Link’s Awakening for the Nintendo Switch.

Critical Response

The early previews have been glowing, so that should equal to a 88-92 on Open and Meta critic. Reviewers love the look and the combat. That will help it score great with critics.

Sales

Remakes sell very well now, so I got this one between 4-6 million. A lot of people have never played Link’s Awakening, and for fans who missed dungeons in Breath of the Wild, Link’s Awakening has a dungeon creator and dungeons galore.

Final Thoughts

Link’s Awakening is a gem and since tons of new gamers have gotten into Zelda, a lot of them will check out this lost gem. Do not pass it up, this is going to be such a great game. The Legend of Zelda, Link’s Awakening comes out this Friday.

Photo Courtesy of: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2019/09/the_first_zelda_links_awakening_switch_review_is_now_in_and_its_looking_good

Link:: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-links-awakening-switch/

Vince Gill: Nothing Like A Guy Clark Song Review

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

The music industry is going through a phase were most artist gotta have auto tune for their voice and big production to hide mediocre songs. This is what makes artist like Vince Gill special. Vince gill doesn’t need auto tune or a big production. Give him a guitar and watch him go.

Lyrics

They are simple and paint a brilliant picture of an artist who misses one of his idols. The writing is brilliant with Vince singing like he is talking to people telling them a story. Lines like, “That work bench was a holy place.” Will stick with you long after the song is over.

Music

The music is very clean, beautiful and clean. This is the antithesis of what Nashville and 95% of the music industry does now. Vince has enough confidence in the brilliant lyrics he wrote, that he doesn’t need to hide nothing. Like one of his heroes Johnny Cash, Vince strips down to get to the human element of music and it is a sight to behold for your eyes and ears.

Singing

It’s Vince Gill. That’s all.

Final Thoughts

Nashville needs to hang it’s head in shame for not playing legends like this on the radio. Gill is doing some of his best work and it’s a dang shame Nashville is ignoring incredible artistic expression in favor of generic bro country. Gill’s mastery will be remembered long after bro country is dead.

Grade: A 96 A masterpiece of writing and music that will send chills up your spine. Take notes music industry. This is how you do music. Take notes and learn.

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NPD For August 2019 Astral Chain is A Hit! Switch No1 System Seller

According to NPD, Nintendo Switch is holding the video game business together. Also, 9 out of the top 20 NPD games are Switch exclusives. Astral Chain only had 2 days of tracking and was no 10 for the month. This is without digital included. Fire Emblem held up strong. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 and Super Mario Maker 2 held up strong. Expect September to be a big month with Link’s Awakening, Gears 5, Dragon Quest XI S, NBA 2K20 and Borderlands 3 coming out in September.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB43TcUwWsQ

Photo Courtesy of: https://nintendoeverything.com/august-2019-npd-top-20-best-selling-games-in-the-u-s-astral-chain-in-the-top-ten/

All The Good Girls Go To Hell: Song Review

Billie Eilish has a new song called all the good girls go to hell. She also put out a new video of it, so I am here to review it.

Lyrics
Billie is known for her creative writing, so I am sad to say this song has nothing memorable to it. The lyrics are the standard faux pass for rebellion. We never get to know why all the good girls go to hell. There is no clear message in this song. Very disappointing.

Music
Nothing special. The music sounds like grunge mixed with pop. Nothing stands out about the music, and the song takes itself too serious. This could’ve been a fun tongue-in-cheek song, but the music is too bland and boring for that.

Video
The video shows Billie growing wings in the beginning. Is she supposed to be a fallen angel? This video is drab and void of life. Music videos are one of Billie’s weakest categories. Watching her videos is the equivalent of watching paint dry. Never mind, the paint may give you something different to look at.

Final Grade
Billie has a few good songs, but this isn’t one of them. Forgettable lyrics and bland production sink what could’ve been a great song. I know Billie wanted to do a girl power statement, but we have to be invested in the lyrics and music to care. This could’ve been a great song showcasing how society looks at powerful women. Instead, it’s a forgettable song with nothing to remember.

Grade: 1 Star

Billie shows her young age on this song. A better songwriter could’ve made this a satirical masterpiece, but this is forgettable and bland.

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.seventeen.com/celebrity/music/a28831446/billie-eilish-sleeps-through-wins-russia-2019-mtv-vmas/

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PZsSWwc9xA

Astral Chain is a GOTY Contender! My Early Impressions

I have been excited for Astral Chain since I first saw it. The style, combat and Platinum Games were enough for me! What else do you need? My expectations were high, so when I got my copy, I was nervous? Will it live up to the hype? Is it is as good as Bayonetta 2 and Nier? I couldn’t wait to play AC and give my impressions.

Combat

The combat is unique and fun. You have two characters to control, you and your legion. Thankfully, the control set up is simple. You use ZL to call your legion, and ZR is your attack button. Your legion attacks on its own while you use the control stick to do different moves (rotating your stick will help chain your enemies up, so you can attack without them counter-attacking). It does take a while to get used to, but once you do, it flows like water. There are lots of layers to the combat, but the game adds it bit by bit instead of pouring it on. This helps the player adjust to the complex moves in the game.

Graphics

Graphics don’t matter to me, but Astral Chain is a looker. Gorgeous colors, shinning textures, great details, and a solid 30fps will have your eyes exploding. The environments are incredible. I’ve never seen anything like them in a game before. The world is huge. It isn’t an open world, but open-ended. I am not a digital foundry, but this game shows what the Switch can do when the right developer gets ahold of it.

Music

One part of this game that doesn’t get enough praise is the music. Holy cow the music is incredible. This is one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard. Thumping techno, rebellious punk, and glaring rock will fill your ears with original sounds and beats. The opening cinematic plays out like an Anime with a wonderful track called Savior. I would buy the soundtrack if it was available.

Investigation

Some people may not like detective work, but I love it. Its a nice break from the action, and gives you a chance to use your IRIS which helps you solve cases and fight enemies. The cases you solve can be pretty simple, but they’re engaging and fun. Sometimes you have to chase down a civilian who broke the law. You never kill anyone, but you can use your legion to catch them and arrest them. This adds variety to the gameplay.

Final thoughts

I thought Fire Emblem Three Houses was game of the year, but along comes Astral Chain. This is one of the best action games I’ve ever played. It is my favorite Platinum Games game, even over Nier and Bayonetta 2. The variety, size, graphics, combat, gameplay, and music are mind-blowing. I cannot get over how good this game is. I will be back in 2 weeks with my final review. I am 15 hours in and I am not finished, so it is a big game, and I am having a blast. Get this game for the Switch. If you don’t own a Switch? What’s wrong with you? Get one, and get this game now!

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Super Mario Maker 2 Review: A Real Master Piece

I love 3-D Mario games like Odyssey and Galaxy 2. The size, scope, and crazy levels make them some of my favorite games ever. However, nothing beats 2-D Mario for sheer fun. The platforming and power-ups are unmatched. Super Mario Maker 2 is out, and I waited a long time until I played enough of the online. Here is my review of Super Mario Maker 2.

Graphics
They’re great. The colors pop, the textures are clean, and the animations are fluid. The resolution is 1080p, and 720 in handheld mode. All skins look good, but NSMBU is my favorite. Mario games have always excelled when it comes to colorful graphics, and Mario Maker 2 is no different.

Gameplay
It is classic 2-D, Mario. The one player story mode is excellent, and the online levels are great. You will never run out of levels to play. Is it easy to make levels? Yes. Some will prefer the WII U gamepad, but I like the controller myself. It will depend on your preference. Handheld mode feels more like the WII U gamepad if that is what you prefer. Picking items and enemies can be slower, but I like having more time myself. If you like the split-second way, play portably.

Modes
This is where Mario Maker 2 shines. The amount of modes in this game makes the first MM game look bare bones. The multiplayer modes, story mode, and co-op give the game a ton of replay value.

Flaws
Some may not like the controller to make levels with, but you have a portable mode which is much better for those who like the WII U way. The only complaint I have is the lag time. When you play online multiplayer, it can get soooo sllooooooow. A tortuous race feels like the Indy 500. I hope Nintendo releases a patch to fix this. That is all I can find. This is a near-perfect package.

Final Thoughts
Super Mario Maker 2 is the dream tool-kit game you’ve been waiting for. Tons of modes make level creation fun, and lots of options to create levels give you the power to make levels your way. The online needs work, but that doesn’t drag down what a gem this game is. Buy it now.
Rating: 4 Stars, a must-have. One of the best games of the year, and another reason why the Switch is the best console on the market. An early candidate for game of the year, and that is saying a lot.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Super-Mario-Maker-2-Nintendo-Switch/dp/B07NQDG7RQ/ref=zg_bs_videogames_24/136-6255675-0274205?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=R0HVJF5V0ZF4XBA82ET9&th=1

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Sales Charts Weekly

Here we go, charts for movies, music, video games and books.

Young Thug is no1 on the Billboard 200. Marvel’s Avengers is no1 on the home video sales again. Mario Maker 2 seems to be no1 mostly on worldwide video game charts according to VGChartz and Where the Crawdads Sing is no1 on the NYT best selling books. For the rest of the lists, check out the links below.

Links: http://www.vgchartz.com/

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

Link: https://www.mediaplaynews.com/research/top-20-sellers-for-week-ended-8-24-19/

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

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Astral Chain Reviews Are In! Another GOTY Contender for Nintendo Switch!

Here we go. Astral Chain has an 88 on Opencritic. This is on par with Fire Emblem 3 Houses and better than Control. Astral Chain comes out this Friday, so get ready for the excitement. This is gonna be a GOTY contender along with Fire Emblem for the Switch. The Nintendo Switch is killing it this year. What an amazing year for games for the Switch. Nier got similar scores and Nier got a lot of GOTY nominations and won some. I think the same thing will happen with Astral Chain. Astral Chain’s sales on Amazon have shot up, so it seems like the reviews have done their job. Astral Chain comes out this Friday, be ready for one of the best games of the year.

Link: https://opencritic.com/game/7870/astral-chain

Link: https://www.amazon.com/best-sellers-video-games/zgbs/videogames

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.gamespot.com/astral-chain/

Billie Eilish: How Good is She Really?

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

Billie Eilish is the hottest musical act going today. She is selling great on the album charts, and some of her songs hit the top of the charts. She is very popular and a lot of times, popular artists are not very good. I wanted to look at Billie through an objective lens. How good is she? Is she an artist, or is she a smokescreen created by creative producers? Let’s find out.

Singing ability
Billie has a sad and soulful voice. It gets the job done for the type of songs she sings. There is a problem with her voice, she doesn’t have a diverse one. She doesn’t have the vocal range of Ariana Grande or Lady Gaga. To be blunt, her voice isn’t her strong suit, but her voice does a good job of helping deliver her songs.

Score: 2 Stars, a decent voice that lacks range and power, but it fits the type of songs she does.

Writing
Here is Billie’s strong suit. Her words pierce through the heart and stick in your mind. Billie goes places that most young artists won’t. She does a great job balancing sentiment and realism. Billie’s songs don’t get bogged down by hammering the message on you. It naturally flows, which makes it seem organic. Singing may not be her strong suit, but writing is.

Score: 4 stars, a genius writer who knows how to craft a great song.

Production
Hit and Miss. Some of her songs are perfectly produced, some are a complete mess. On some songs, the production comes off as forced, trying too hard to impress the listener. Other songs seem to come from the heart. She is young, so I think she will get better in this area, but she has a long way to go before she perfects her sound. For such an independent singer, she doesn’t speak her mind enough when it comes to producing her music. Here’s hoping she can find that independent voice that fits her wonderful lyrics.

Score: 3 Stars, she has a good ear for music, too bad she is inconsistent about her tone. Hopefully, she will find a voice as she matures.
Billie is very talented, but she needs to grow in some areas like her voice and produce.

My overall score for Billie is 3 stars out of 4. A good artist, who has the potential to be one of the best artists of this generation. Here’s hoping she gets better. I do want to like her more.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/WHEN-ALL-FALL-ASLEEP-WHERE/dp/B07N7PBZGF/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=billie+eilish+album&qid=1566511333&s=gateway&sr=8-1

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