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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100 Favorite Movies of All Time Part 6 50-41

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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Weekly Sales Charts

Aladdin went no1 this week on the home video sales. Borlderlands 3 was no1 on most of the charts on VGCartz, Post Malone was no1 on the Billboard 200 and Stephen King’s new book, the Institute was no1 on the NYT best sellers list. The links will be below if you want to read all of them.

Link: https://www.mediaplaynews.com/research/top-20-sellers-for-week-ended-9-14-19/

Link: http://www.vgchartz.com/

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

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

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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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Weekly Charts

Alita Battle Angel was no1 again on home video. Fire Emblem 3 Houses was still the global video game sales champ NF was no1 on Billboard and Where the Crawldad Sings is no1 on the NYT best sellers. Enioy the rest of the charts.

Links: https://www.mediaplaynews.com/research/top-20-sellers-for-week-ended-8-3-19/

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

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

http://www.vgchartz.com/article/439902/switzerland-weekly-week-31-2019/

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Weekly Charts

Here are the charts for home video, video games, music and books.

Alita Battle Angel was no1 with Hellboy being no2. Ed Sheeran was no1 on the Billboard 200 albums. Fire Emblem 3 Houses debuted no1 on most VGChartz this week. One Good Deed is the no1 book on the NYT best sellers list.

Links: https://www.mediaplaynews.com/research/top-20-sellers-for-week-ended-7-27-19/

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

http://www.vgchartz.com/

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

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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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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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