Review: The Good Place is A Great Show

I love it when I find a show that makes me feel good. The Good Place is a show like that. I smile from beginning to end. It is becoming my favorite show on TV. I love it that much. Why? Here’s why.

Characters
Kristen Bell is delightful as Elanor, who ends up in the Good Place, (she doesn’t belong there), she is so charming and cute from the get-go. You root for Elanor, even though she’s not a great person. Ted Danson is sensational as Michael or the creator. All the characters are given lots of room to grow, and develop. Each episode reveals new layers to the characters, giving them depth.

Story
There is no heaven or hell. The Good Place is Heaven, and the Bad Place is Hell. Each person is judged by their actions, if they get enough good points, they make it to the Good Place. The story starts simple but gets more complex as the season goes on. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Writing
Funny jokes, heartwarming moments, and rich dialogue show how good the writing is. Drew Goddard worked on Buffy, so it’s not surprising the Good Place has great writing. The story has twists, you care about the characters, and the jokes never insult the audience’s intelligence. This is how you write a show.

Flaws
No show is perfect. Sometimes, there is too much going on in the story. Focusing on one story might be better. Some of the jokes fall flat.

Rating
The Good Place is a GREAT show! I cannot recommend it enough. Great characters, wonderful stories, and writing make this show a winner. I haven’t liked a comedy this much since Scrubs.
Grade: 4 Stars, watch this show. It’s a winner!

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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.

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Luigi’s Mansion 3 Sales and Critical Predictions

Luigi’s Mansion 3 comes out at the end of the month. Here are my predictions on how Luigi’s Mansion 3 will do with fans and critics.

Sales prediction

Until Pokemon S/S comes out Nov. 15th, this will have the biggest sales week of the year for a Switch game. 3-4 million for the first 3 days is my prediction. The holidays will be kind to this game and it could go on to sell over 11 million copies overall. The graphics look steller and the multiplayer will keep fans coming back for more.

Critical reception

With all the new features and improvements, I could see this game getting between a 88-93 on Metacritic and Opencritic. Critics will love the graphics, funny humor, the diverse gameplay and the size of the game. They may not like the multiplayer mode as much.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 will be a mega seller for the Switch, it could end up getting nominated for GOTY at the video game awards. Next Level Games, you’ve done a great job on this game. Be ready for the rewards.

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Review

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

I adore the fifty’s style, so when I see a show about the fifty’s, I get excited. When Amazon started airing this show called The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, I had to check it out. I am four episodes in, and I like it. How much? That’s what the review is for.

Acting
The cast is up to the task. Rachel Brosnahan sparkles as the lead. She brings warmth, energy, and cuteness to Midge. She makes her relatable and real. The real scene-stealer is Alex Borstein, who destroys every scene she’s in. Her sassy attitude shines, and she gets the best jokes in the show. If there is one criticism about the acting, it’s the men. They’re not given deep characters. Clueless dad and cheating husband are two examples. None of the men can stand up to the wonderful women. That does bring down the acting some.

Screenplays
The screenplays are funny, sharp, but cliched. Sometimes the show goes from heartfelt humor to cold as ice in seconds. I don’t think it fits the show. The jokes are funny, they give the women characters a lot of depth, not enough for the men, and the tone shifts too much at times. Writing isn’t the strong suit of this show. It is good, but not great. More consistency would help.

Directing
The directing is crisp, clean, and captures the look and feel of the fifty’s. From the clothes to the look of the homes. No detail goes overlooked. What a great job they do on each episode to make the tempo flow nicely and keep the look authentic. The best part of the show is directing.

Flaws
Some of the jokes and language come off as cheap shocks. Lots of cussing, too much at times. How many people do you know who curse like that? Male characters are not up to par with the women counterparts, and the stories get cliched. She gets on stage, and people love her, but she doesn’t think she can do it. Will she? What do you think? We know the answer to this. There’s no suspense.

Verdict
I don’t love the Marvelous Mrs. Masiel, but I do like it. Some cliches bring the showdown, and the inconsistency in tone keeps it from being, well, marvelous! This isn’t the type of show I will watch over and over. It is a show I can watch once and have fun with.

Grade: 3 Stars, a good drama, comedy with some great acting and directing. However, the cliches and shift in tone keep it from being great.

What I love About Modern TV

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.

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We Aren’t Living In the Golden Age of Television

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

Now, this is based on how I see it, so I am not trying to act like I am the authority, but I believe this. I don’t see this as another golden age of TV. If the best shows on TV are Fleabag and the last season of Game of Thrones, I’m sorry, but this seems like the Bronze age of TV, not a golden age. Don’t get me wrong I see some really good shows, but I am gonna list five reasons why we aren’t living in a golden age of TV.

1: Nothing original

I know, stories have been done over and over, there is nothing original now. It is how you tell the stories. What we’re seeing are the same stories over and over. A housewife who has a cheating husband, so she wonders about her life and gets a career? Check! Corrupt politician exposing the inner working of Washington? Check. A woman who sees how dysfunctional her family is? Check. I could go on. Stranger Things is good, but it’s like Supernatural and a modern version of Buffy. 24 and Lost were very original. I miss shows like that because they were trying to be different.

2: Everything is “Edgy”

There is cussing galore, blood, sex, and drugs in most shows. Even network TV is getting more “edgy” I use those quotations because when everyone does it, it isn’t edgy anymore. It makes it boring.

3: Too many shocks

Oh my gosh gurl, did you see what happened on Breaking Bad last night? Just about every show tries to out shock each other with twists and shocks. It has become a standard. Are we surprised anymore when the main character is killed off? Or when someone is the bad person now? It happens so much it doesn’t feel special anymore. When Buffy, 24 and Lost did this, it was news, now it is just another show trying to be shocking. If you ask me, it loses some of the effects. I don’t feel shocked anymore, I see the twist coming a mile away.

4: Cliches

Men are clueless, sexist and dumb don’t cha know? I mean, we know that sexist writers used to write women bad ok? But, doing this to men isn’t equality. It is petty revenge. Why not make both genders equal in their struggles and intelligence? The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has some of the worst male characters on a TV show. Cheating ex? Of course. Clueless dads? Yep. It is becoming a cliche. Writing strong women characters is great, but writing men like clueless idiots is not good. Remember Buffy? Angel, Spike, Xander, and Giles were Buffy’s equal.

5: Saturation

There are too many shows now. On the one hand, it gives anyone a chance to make a show, but that also means that it can be too easy to get a show on the air with streaming services. This can be good, but it also can bring too much to the market. Here is hoping that this doesn’t lead to burnout.

What do you think? Do you think I am wrong and we are living in a golden age of TV? Tell me in the comments, I would love to hear from you.

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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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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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Favorite Movies of All Time Part 3

Picks by Michelle Lynn Tackett

80: Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this movie made so many people upset with its dark tone and violence (although the movie doesn’t show a lot of violence). Over the years it has become a cult favorite among horror fans. It has some incredible scares, great acting, and some terrifying villains. Especially Leather Face, who will give you nightmares with his mask made of human skin. Do not watch this classic alone in the dark.

79: Beauty and the Beast (1991 Animated movie), this movie is pure magic. The timeless animation, voices, and story will always grip you. This is one of Disney’s best movies to date. It has aged very well when some of Disney’s past efforts have not. If you’re burned out on the current crop of Disney movies, watch this one. You’ll love it. Rating: 4 Stars

78: The Eye (2002 Asian Version), Hollywood became obsessed with remaking great Asian horror movies from the late 90s to the middle of the 2000s. It didn’t work out as the Asian version always turned out better. The Eye can be confusing if you’re not familiar with ghost stories from the East, but you don’t need to understand the mythology to know good scares. This movie has em in spades. Rating: 4 Stars

77: Superman (1979), It is hard to watch this movie now, but I would watch the heck out of this movie when I was young. Christopher Reeve embodied Superman and I have not seen any actor since come close to making me believe they were Superman. The action scenes are fun, that John Williams score is perfection, and Gene Hackman rips up the screen as Lex Luther. What a joy to watch. Rating: 4 Stars

76: Chinese Puzzle, Audrey Tautou is a gem. She will have another movie on this list, guess which one it is. She is like the modern Audrey Hepburn with her huge eyes and adorable smile. Every time she comes on the screen, she brightens it with her charm. Chinese Puzzle is a charming movie from start to finish. It is a movie about people who are trying to deal with life. A divorced dad, his ex-wife, their kids, his potential new girlfriend and more. This movie moves at such a good pace making it easy to watch. The genuine laughs and heart make this movie a winner. Seek this one out! Rating: 4 Stars

75: Secretary, oh the wonderful Maggie Gyllenhaal, she can put on some incredible performances. This movie is a perfect example of her talent. Think of this as 50 shades of Grey, only a million times better. The characters are likable, the story makes sense and the screenplay actually has a brain! This movie exposed the underbelly of people who love S&M in their relationships. The directing give it a 50s romantic comedy feel. This fits with the movie since Lee and Mr. Gray act like a 50s couple. The ending will make some feminist mad, but it shouldn’t. This is about choices, and how empowering choices can be. Rating: 4 Stars

74: Open Water. What a horror classic! This indie gem from Lionsgate is an example of film making with passion. Open Water is based on a true story about a couple who go on a trip, then things happen. The minimal use of music and wide angles gave this movie a different feel for a horror movie, and that works to perfection. The last 30 minutes will put you on pins and needles. The story is so simple, you think it wouldn’t work, but smart pacing and great directing can accomplish anything. A must watch for horror fans. Rating: 4 Stars

73: Wonder Woman, this 2017 comic book adaptation is one of my favorite comic book movies ever. Gal Gadot is a gold mine as Diana, Princess of the Amazon who finds a young man who crashes on the Island. She goes off on an adventure to help him. The story isn’t the most original, but this has a winning performance by Gal who brings warmth and kindness to Wonder Woman. Making this God seem human. That is a superpower! Rating: 4 Stars

72: American Hustle, Amy Adams is one of the best actors walking the planet. There is no other actress who can do what she can. Working with great actors like Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper who also put on sparkling performances, really gives this movie some shine. This movie crackles with energy and makes good use of some of the best modern talent. A sharp screenplay with smart characters completes this movie. Rating: 4 Stars

71: Bringing Up Baby, Katherine Hepburn+Cary Grant=Grandslam! The premise is a perfect set up for a comedy. A nerdy archeologist finds a priceless bone, and he has to get it to a location. He also has to babysit Katherine Hepburn who shines like a star. Howard Hawks did a great job with the comedy. Comedy has become a lost art, this movie shows what great comedies can be. There are times I laughed so much, I got exhausted from laughter. What a winner. I won’t give too much of the story away. Kate is on fire and Grant has better chemistry than she did with Spencer. How I miss comedies like this. Rating: 4 Stars

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Top 100 Favorite Movies Of All Time List: Part 2

Here is part 2 of my list for 100 favorite movies of all time. Here we go!

90: Rain Man

I told you I don’t like a lot of Tom Cruise movies, but there are a few. Rain Man is one of my favorite movies starring Mr. Cruise. He wonderfully portrays Charlie Babbitt, who finds out after his father dies that he has a brother named Raymond. Ray and Charlie embark on a road trip that ends up with the pair bonding along the way. This movie could’ve easily have been a soapy mess, but thanks to great acting, honest dialogue and a brilliant script. Rain Man is a timeless movie that still holds up.

Rating: 4 Stars

89: Toy Story

One of my favorite animated movies ever. The first movie to be all CGI and it’s a gem. It’s a simple story about Andy who gets a new toy called Buzz Lightyear. Woody, (played to deadpan perfection), by Tom Hanks, feels threatened by Buzz and they battle it out for Andy’s heart. Revolutionary animation that dazzle, amazing characters, and hilarious humor make this one of the best animated movies ever made.
Rating: 4 Stars

88: Witness

Harrison Ford is an underrated actor. He’s put on so many iconic performances but doesn’t have an Oscar to show for it. Witness, did get him a nomination as John Book. A hard-boiled cop who goes on the run, hiding out in an Amish community. Peter Weir directed this masterpiece with grace and simplicity. He uses subtle clues and facial expressions to tell the story. It isn’t a loud action movie, it’s more about a man who lives with the Amish community and learns about their culture. Ford gives one of his best performances to date. Quiet, reserved and caring, John Book is a character you won’t forget. Witness is a movie you won’t forget.

Rating: 4 Stars

87: A Nightmare On Elm Street

Freddy Kruger is one of the best screen villains of all-time. Robert Englund created one of the best screen monsters cinema has ever seen. Freddy invades the dreams of teenagers who live on Elm Street and kills them. Why is this happening? Heather Langenkamp plays Nancy, who is the horror version of Sarah Connor. Tough, resourceful and caring. Nancy is one of the best horror movie heroines to ever be in a horror movie. The scares are top notch and the story makes sense. It doesn’t use jump scares, the scares are built up and they pay off. Wes Craven, you were a master.

Rating: 4 Stars

86: Happy Go Lucky

Oh my gosh I adore Sally Hawkins in this wonderful movie! Sally plays Poppy Cross. She is a cheerful teacher who has a positive outlook on life. She loves being in a good mood, even if it drives others crazy. Sally plays her with no hint of cynicism or winking at the audience. The crisp locations and colorful characters make this movie pop. There are some sad scenes in the movie, but Poppy keeps her positive attitude, to the dismay of some. Her relationship with her driving instructor is comedy gold. The screenplay is sharp and avoids cliches for authentic moments.

Rating: 4 Stars

85: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

A one of a kind space opus from Steven Spielberg. Spielberg was at his best when he concentrated on ordinary people who went through extraordinary circumstances, (not like his newer movies). Richard Dreyfuss is great as Roy Neary. An ordinary family man who sees spaceships one night then becomes obsessed with finding them. He goes to any length to find out the truth about the space ships he saw. A harrowing experience from start to finish, with a cliche-free script and human characters whom we identify with. The legendary musical score hits all the right notes with each scene painting a beautiful picture. A bullseye!

Rating: 4 Stars

84: Susperia

Jessica Harper stars as Suzi, a young ballet dancer who goes to an all-girl school to learn ballet. Suzi meets other girls, but they start disappearing. Dario Argento is a master of horror movies. My favorite movie of his is this masterpiece. Scorching scares that’ll leave you rattled, great performances that keep you rooting for the characters, gorgeous cinematography and spot-on directing will keep this movie with you. It is a haunting experience. Some scenes will give you nightmares for days.

4 Stars

83: Blade Runner 2049

I admit, I cringed when I found out there was a sequel to Blade Runner. How on earth could they do one! Well, they did, and it’s brilliant. Dennis Villeneuve directed this wonderful masterpiece with care and gorgeous details. Amazingly, this movie captures the same magic as the first one. Dark atmosphere, with gorgeous colors, startling images, and eye-popping sets. Ryan Gosling holds his own against Harrison Ford. His officer K is our link to this world, and Gosling’s brilliant acting pulls us in. The screenplay is fantastic, with great twists that don’t seem forced. There are some mega shocks and the story doesn’t go for easy answers. One of the best movies of the 2010s.

Grade: 4 Stars

82: Ghostbusters 1984

You won’t see the crappy remake here. The original is still the best. Bill Murray was perfection as DR. Peter Venkman. The whole cast is perfect and this movie is close to perfection. 4 friends start a paranormal investigation business to hunt down ghosts. More ghosts pop up for unknown reasons, so it is up to the 4 Ghostbusters to find the ghosts and bring peace to NYC. The soundtrack is classic, the special effects are good, but it’s the 4 leads with the help of a brilliant script that make this movie soar. This is an instant classic.

Rating: 4 Stars

81: The Prestige

Christopher Nolan, plus 3 of Hollywood’s best modern talents, (Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, and Scarlet Johansson), in a dark, twisting fantasy about magic. How could it go wrong? The movie is sheer perfection with three of the best performances I’ve ever seen. Especially Jackman who is building quite the resume. I don’t know how to talk about this movie without giving anything away. The story is chalked to the brim with exciting turns and complex characters who keep you engaged. David Bowie has a scene-stealing performance and Nolan adds so much detail, it demands your attention, or you will miss something. An absolute masterpiece.

Rating: 4 Stars

There is part 2 and I’ll be back with part 3 next week. I hope you like my picks. I think you need to check em out. They are all great movies.

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