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.

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

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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.

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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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