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.

Ariana Grande Dress Is Legendary! Best Looks At The Grammys!

Ariana did not win a lot of Grammy’s, but she did win our hearts with her adorable dress. She looked like a billion dollars. Airana stole the show. Rock it girl! Here are some other great looks at the Grammy’s.

The Gloves cap the look off Ariana! Fabulous!

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.eonline.com/news/1115067/ariana-grande-stuns-in-a-massive-tulle-ballgown-on-the-2020-grammys-red-carpet

Lizzo Looks Fabulous!

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/26/style/red-carpet-grammy-photos.html

Dua Lipa Looks fabulous

Photo courtesy of: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/red-carpet-dresses/g30647540/grammys-best-dressed-2020/

Alicia Keys looks like an angel!

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/red-carpet-dresses/g30647540/grammys-best-dressed-2020/

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/a30647399/ariana-grande-dress-grammys-2020/

The Problems With The Get Out Script

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

Jordan Peele is the toast of Hollywood right now. I have mixed feelings about this. I am glad he is doing well but is he a good writer? He won the Oscar for best original screenplay for Get Out. Here are the reasons I don’t think Get Out deserved the best screenplay.

Plot Holes

Spoilers ahead, if you don’t want to know any spoilers, leave now.

Some things don’t make sense in the screenplay. How does Chris get the cotton in his ears with his hands strapped down? How did Chris’s friend find him? Chris suspected the family of being racist, but not his girlfriend (the families’ daughter) wasn’t? There are so many plot holes in the script I could drive a semi-truck through them.

The Characters Are Dumb

More Spoilers ahead. Don’t blame me if the movie is ruined for you.

Gee, I am a young man of color. I go to my girlfriend’s house to meet my future in-laws, some black servants are working there. The light bulb should’ve gone off in his head. He didn’t think Rose didn’t know about it? When he saw the pictures of her with all of the others, why didn’t he go for help? Some of the decisions the characters made in this movie made the teenagers in Friday the 13th movies look smart.

It Doesn’t Add Up

This wealthy family held all these POC against their will, but Chris and Rocky were able to outsmart them and the police? Why didn’t the police come and arrest Chris? How was Chris going to explain this? If this family had so much power? Why didn’t they call for help when Chris started to get the upper-hand? Hollywood Elsewhere did a brilliant critique of the screenplay to Get Out, so some of this is from his article.

http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2017/02/absurdly-overpraised-get-boasts-intriguing-concept-turns-minor-league/

Final Thoughts

The only reason Jodan Peele won the best screenplay is Hollywood doesn’t want people to think they’re racist.
A lot of POC directors and writers ignored over the years. One award doesn’t make you pro POC Hollywood.¬†Giving a mediocre screenplay best screenplay doesn’t make you woke. It makes your racism more obvious.¬†

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/12/get-out-hypnosis-scene-sunken-place/547409/

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

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5-cvnmtWu4

NFL Teams That Could Be The Next Dynasty

It’s safe to say that the New England Patriot’s run is over. With a new decade comes new teams that could be the next Patriots, Cowboys, 49ers or Steelers. Let’s get to cracking. These picks are in no particular order.

Tennessee Titans. The Titans have an incredible defense, a great running game, and offensive line. They have a lot of the tools to win two or three Super Bowls. The big question mark for the Titans is their quarterback.

San Francisco Forty-Niners. They’ve had one dynasty, and this group of young stars looks like they could be another. Nick Bosa is a future HOF, Garoppolo is a good quarterback, but he’s no Aaron Rodgers. Also, Kittle is not an elite tight end. They have a great shot, but they got to fill in a few spots before they can do it.

Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have a great defense, offensive line, and a great running game. What the Vikings don’t have is a top tier QB. If the Vikings had someone like Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson, they would be a dynasty.

Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have a great QB, running game and offensive line. They don’t have an elite defense though to complete the package. The Chiefs are close to being a dynasty.

Jacksonville Jaguars. Josh Allen. That’s all I need to say. Allen is on his way to being the best defensive player the NFL has seen in decades. He had nearly eleven sacks, forty-two tackles, and two forced fumbles. He is a rookie, that’s the scary part. If the Jags can get an elite QB, and some great receivers, they will win two or three Super Bowls. Allen is that good.

The Baltimore Ravens. They’re a safe pick, but a great pick. The Ravens have everything a team needs to be a dynasty. A play-making QB, a great running game, and defense give them a great chance to be a dynasty. Their biggest flaw is their wide receivers who are average at best. The teams who beat Baltimore shut Jackson down to force the Ravens to win by using their wide receivers. Jackson is an elite talent who deserves better receivers. The Ravens would be a dynasty if they had better wide-outs.

The Cincinnati Bengals. Don’t laugh at this pick. They have the best tight end in the league Tyler Eifert, Geno Atkins is one of the best DTs in the league and AJ Green who is arguably the best wide receiver when he is healthy. The Bengals need to fix their offensive line, they need a middle linebacker, and they need to draft a QB. If the Bengals draft Joe Burrows, that could tip the scale in their favor to be the next great dynasty. The Bengals could win three or four Super Bowls.

Do you agree? Who do you think could be the NFL’s next great dynasty?

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/which-nfl-team-could-become-the-next-patriots-style-dynasty-here-are-the-most-likely-candidates/

She-Ra Princess Of Power Review: A Modern LGBTQ Classic

I remember the original She-Ra from my childhood. It was corny, funny, plus it had one of my favorite heroines ever. It is outdated by today’s standards, but the original She-Ra still has a place in my heart. When I heard a new version was in the works, I was skeptical. I didn’t want them to ruin one of my favorite cartoons from my childhood. I’m happy to say they get it.

Animation

The art style is stunning. Gorgeous colors, big eyes and expressions bring the characters and world to life. The colors are bright, but they can be darker to give a sinister look to the villains. There are some scary monsters in the show, so I don’t think I would let a really small child watch this.

Characters

One of the brightest spots of this show is the characters. Fan favorites like Catra, She-Ra, Bow, and Glimmer lead the charge with Hordak and other members of the evil horde making appearances. The characters have a surprising amount of depth to them. The show is not black or white on morality either.

Writing

The writing is sharp, clean and witty. Each character is vividly bought to life with distinct personality traits, and a clear sense of morality. The stories are fresh avoiding cliches that bring down too many shows aimed at younger people. She-Ra shows that shows aimed at younger people don’t have to insult their intelligence.

Flaws

Some of the dialogue can be corny. The first episode takes a little long to get going, and some of the twists are a predictable. This doesn’t sink the show, not by a mile.

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for a show aimed at LGBTQ yough that’s funny, action packed and intelligent, look no further than She-Ra and the Princess of Power. The pace moves fast, the jokes are funny, emotional moments and complex morality make She-Ra a top-notch show for the whole family. She-Ra is available for streaming on Netflix.

Grade: A-96

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.whats-on-netflix.com/news/she-ra-and-the-princesses-of-power-season-3-coming-in-august-2019/

Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer Review

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

I loved the first Wonder Woman movie, so I was excited to hear about the upcoming WW 1984. The trailer dropped today, so let’s get to it.

Action

Whoa Nelly is there action. Slow motion bullets, check. Wonder Woman flipping a semi truck in the air. Double check. Wonder Woman using the lasso of truth to swing from one lighting bolt to another, che….WHAT? WHOA! That’s insane. This trailer is jam packed full of great action moments.

Editing

The editing is spot on. It is quick, fluid and keeps the action going. It looks better than the first one, which is a great thing. Showing off the great action, plus how good the character interaction is, that shows what kind of love went into this trailer alone.

Acting

The acting looks very good. Gal Gadot is so charming and strong as Diana, and it’s good to see Chris Pine back as Steve. The real scene stealer is Pedro Pascal, who tears every scene alive as Lord Maxwell. Fantastic.

Final Verdict

Great job Warner Bros. This trailer is gonna set up WW 1984 to be one of the biggest blockbusters next summer. If the rest of the movie is as good as the trailer, we are in for a treat.

Grade: An A 96.

Link to Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfM7_JLk-84

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.screengeek.net/2019/12/07/wonder-woman-1984-footage-teaser/

The Nintendo Switch Sold Great On Black Friday

The Nintendo Switch dominated black Friday sales. Call of Duty was the top selling game on Black Friday. The Nintendo Switch will outsell the Wii. With Pokemon Ss and Sh selling insane numbers, this should help the Switch sell more than the Wii by the time it’s done. I will link the article below.

Link: http://money.com/money/5664343/black-friday-deals-most-popular-toys-electronics/

Photo courtesy of: https://www.cnet.com/news/walmarts-2019-black-friday-ad-the-best-deals-starting-today-updated/

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.

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/11/23/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-tv-spot-shows-the-knights-of-ren-kylo-rey-palpatine-episode-ix