Pixar Movies Ranked

I have loved the Disney Pixar movies ever since I saw Toy Story way back when. Each one is just a grand slam, filled with adventure, emotion and a heartwarming tale in some way. As with all Disney movies, they are perfect for all ages, and have jokes fitting for each age as well, adding to the masterpieces that they are.

So I was curious how they stack up against each other. I don’t own all of them and haven’t seen nearly all of them yet, but for the ones I have, I will rank them from my least favorite to most favorite, so away we go!

#15- Monsters Inc. (2001)

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I don’t know if it’s because I just saw this for the first time a month or two ago, or because it just didn’t float my boat all that much, but this is the second movie Pixar made that has failed to wow me. Though it is still very good.

#14- The Incredibles (2004)

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This is the first one that failed to wow me. I remember leaving the movie theater being disappointed by it. But since then, I have learned to love it. It really is fantastic.

 

 

 

 

 

#13- Brave (2012)

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This one had such a different feel from a normal Pixar film, but that is what made it so fantastic. Really a great, entertaining movie.

#12- Finding Dory (2016)

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This is an emotional, hilarious, fantastic film, though it falls a tad short of it’s prequel.

#11- Finding Nemo (2003)

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I refused to watch this movie for over a decade. I thought it looked stupid, but due to some nagging from my wife, I finally watched it and was completely blown away by how good it is.

#10- Up (2009)

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I remember all the trailers or commercials or whatever and I thought this movie was going to be about two little kids with crazy imaginations…which is how the movie starts, and within minutes it becomes the most depressing movie in the Pixar library. It is very touching and sad, yes, but also very imaginative, unique, and a whole lot of fun to watch.

#9- WALL-E (2008)

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Speaking of unique movies, this one takes the cake. For a movie with barely any talking, it is truly fantastic. You get lost in this depressing story and it just gets better every second. This is what Pixar is all about.

#8- Inside Out (2015)

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And yet another unique film. This one is truly fascinating, making you wonder what really is going on inside your body. And of course, it is another heart wrenching/heartwarming tale that is a blast to watch from beginning to end.

#7- Cars (2006)

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Yet another fantastic story. Humorous, diverse cast and an interesting story of personal growth really make this something special.

#6- Cars 2 (2011)

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This has all the charm of the first one, but with a more fast paced story that fits the tone of the movie quite well. Highly entertaining.

#5- Monsters University (2013)

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Yet another fantastic movie that pulls at your heartstrings, but is also filled with tons of funny moments and action packed adventure. It is definitely cool to see where the cast of Monsters Inc. got their start.

#4- Ratatouille (2007)

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For a movie about cooking and rats, it’s incredible. Everything about it is simply wonderful and fascinating to watch. I don’t really know why I like it so much, but Pixar can just make anything so very awesome.

#3- Toy Story 2 (1999)

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What a great sequel that falls just short of the first one. This takes your favorite toys on an even bigger adventure with higher stakes, and we meet a lot of great new characters along the way.

#2- Toy Story (1995)

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This movie gave every little kid the proof they always dreamed of. That their toys were in fact alive. A fierce rivalry of old and new toys breaks out and sends them on a grand, dangerous adventure. Favorite toys, replaced toys etc. are all part of growing up, and this takes an interesting look at the effect this all has on the toys themselves.

#1- Toy Story 3 (2010)

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What can I say? I love the Toy Story movies. They have such an interesting cast, especially since we’ve all had toys we can relate to in these movies. This deals with their owner growing up and moving away. We all know how hard it is to throw away things from our childhood, and again, this movie shows us the horrendous effects our maturity has on our poor toys. This is probably more sad than Up. But dang is it incredible. I wonder if another reason I like these movies is because I grew up with them the way Andy grows up with them in the films. Andy turns 8 in the first one…I was 6, and in this one he is 17, when I was 21. I don’t know, but being able to relate so equivalently on a timeline probably helps out quite a bit.

I feel bad ranking them since they are all so good, but there they are, my personal rank of the ones I have seen. I know I am missing quite a few and I can’t wait to see them, because they are all so very good. I will update as I see them.

It’s amazing. Most of these I can remember exactly where I was and how I felt watching these for the first time, which just goes to show how much I enjoyed them and how much they’ve impacted me.

Here’s to more great films in the future!

 

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My Top 10 Genesis Games

I absolutely love the Sega Genesis. But unfortunately I have not played nearly any of the games I have for it for some reason, and most of the ones I did play as a child, I no longer own. So this list will be comprised between a mixture of games I own and used to own. Not that that really matters.

So here we go, my favorite games for my favorite Sega console!

#10

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Sculptured Software/ Flying Edge

1993

 

 

 

I was a huge fan of wrestling as a kid, so the cover alone of this game got me pumped. As for the game, I hated it first because I couldn’t figure out the controls. After studying the manual and practicing, I finally got it down and the game turned out to be a lot of fun. My brothers and I would play this all the time.

#9

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Sega

1989

 

 

 

I got this because I was a huge fan of King of Dragons for SNES and this looked to be about the same. It’s just as hard, and almost as fun. I was much older when I got this so I didn’t really put a lot of time into it, but I loved the time I did.

#8

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Sega Technical Institute/ Sega

1993

 

 

This is a phenomenal and extremely challenging pinball game, one of the best ever made probably. For being completely out of Sonic’s element, it manages to feel like a Sonic game.

#7

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Sonic 3D Blast

Traveller’s Tales/ Sega

1996

 

 

 

I remember being so excited for this when I first heard about Sonic being in 3D! It was like a dream come true. I remember also being immediately disappointed with it, but it was something new and risky, and I respect it for that. It’s quite fun anyway.

#6

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Sega Interactive/Sega

1995

 

 

 

I was never a big fan of the show, but I did really enjoy this game. You went through different movie sets trying to stop Ottie I think…it’s been like 2 decades since I’ve played it. But the level design was fantastic and there was some great platforming. It’s a very difficult game, but I managed to get further and further every time, though I never did beat it.

#5

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Eden Entertainment Software/ Takara

1993

 

 

 

This game is rather similar to Super Adventure Island, but on crack and I immediately fell in love with it. And it has co-op, so my brothers and I would play this all the time, just having a blast. I don’t think any of us ever beat it, but that didn’t matter, it was all about the journey man. Good stuff.

#4

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Sonic Team/ Sega

1991

 

 

 

At long last a game emerged that could rival Mario. This fast paced platformer was something new and done to perfection. You always wanted to run fast, but had to show restraint or else you would most likely wind up dying. But the game would give you plenty of all out running moments as well, and with multiple paths to take from beginning to end, it is just one of the greatest games out there.

#3

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Sonic Team/ Sega

1992

 

 

 

This game takes everything amazing about the first game and just builds upon it, making it far better.

#2

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Sonic Team/ Sega

1994

 

 

 

Again, this just improves upon the second game, even giving it a deeper story. I still remember how I felt playing this for the first time.

And my favorite Genesis game of all time is…I bet you know…

#1

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Sonic Team/ Sega

1994

 

 

I remember being in awe just from the sight of the cover. But that was nothing to when I actually played it. Getting to play as a way cooler character than Sonic was just mind blowing, but to have them play through separate story lines that connected with Sonic 3 was even more mind blowing.

The greatest thing was the unusual cartridge that allowed you to plug Sonic 2 and 3 into the top of it to play the full games they were intended to be, and with Knuckles now playable. This game basically gave us everything we ever wanted and I still play this game as often as I can today.

And that’s it. My 10 favorite games on the amazing Genesis console. Of these 10, I unfortunately only have 7 still in my possession, and of the 43 Genesis games I currently own I’ve only played a small handful of them, and none of them very extensively. I fully plan to get around to it one day in my lifetime…and you can bet this list will most likely change.

Star Wars-Practical Effects Vs. CGI

I know I talked about Star Wars last week, but I’ve just got to say something about the war that seems to be going on with the effect preferences for the films. When the original trilogy came out, CGI didn’t really exist, so naturally, everything was made by the extremely talented crew, and it looked astonishing, every costume, creature, set piece, etc. This is one of the reasons the films became so popular. The special effects for the time were practically unheard of.

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The prequels were made sometime later and used basically all CGI. This caused a great outcry by many people, no doubt because it insulted the awe the fans experienced the first time they saw the originals, thus irritating their nostalgia. Never mind the fact that 99% of the movie looked far better, it wasn’t the same as the beloved originals.

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The difference in effects I happen to like very much however. Each trilogy has a unique feel to it, largely in part by their special effects. The original trilogy had a much darker feel, and all the man made things fit that theme perfectly. You got the vibe that the world was a lousy place to live in due to the emperor’s rule and the dark magic around Darth Vader, who himself was completely black. Everything meshed together and made the movies very enjoyable.

The prequels were the opposite. Here we had the Republic in control, everyone seemed happy and less danger was scattered throughout the worlds. The galaxy seemed to be thriving and all the beautiful CGI effects added to this just as the physical effects played to the originals. The colors are all so vibrant, the world’s gorgeous, the lightsabers looked a whole lot better. Again, the effects worked so well for the theme of the movie that it came as a shock to me that so many people were complaining. CGI made everything look so much more alive as well.

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Look at Yoda in the original version of Episode 1. He was a horrendous looking puppet that had to go around in a flying chair. But when it was redone, he was CGI and looks amazing. Thanks to CGI, one can now believe Yoda to be a powerful Jedi warrior.

But not every can come to terms with change and technological advancements.. Though personally, I feel if you are going to judge a movie by it’s effects, then I feel you aren’t really enjoying the movies at all, good effects or bad, it means if so much of your attention is focused on such things, the story itself, the chunk of the movie to say, has failed to grip you.

But anyway. Disney buys Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise and then answers the cries of the fans and the solution we get is a horrible mish mash of CGI and practical effects. And it is just awful. The CGI looks great. I would say 90% of the movie is CGI, because sorry practical lovers, the world has moved beyond slow, costly practical effects and film makers are restricted badly due to the limits of human construction and all that. With CGI, literally anything is possible. So obviously, in the evermore competitive world we live in, movies have, particularly in the genre that is Star Wars, filled with intense battles, diverse worlds and creatures, and all sorts of flashy things going on, have advanced to a stage not possible with practical effects. It is not hard to see that CGI is a must to make these movies the most they can be. That is why George Lucas made 4-6 first afterall. The lack of CGI made his visions for 1-3 impossible.

So as I said, we have a mish mash in 7 and 8. For the most part, it is fine, but there are so many puppets I noticed when I just watched episode 8 for the second time that just look so terrible and out of place. You can’t place puppets in a CGI world with more than half the surrounding creatures CGI as well. They stand out like a very, very sore thumb. Plus, they don’t even look good. At least in the original trilogy, mostly everything looked believable and amazing. In the casino scene in episode 8, there’s just puppets sitting at tables that look like they were just pulled from a ventriloquist’s arm and plopped at a table. They look SO BAD and it pulls you out of the fantasy that is Star Wars.

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Another horrid example that comes to the front of my mind is some stupid bird on Jakku in episode 7. It looks good when standing still but when it moves, dear God does it look bad.  It moves like a stupid puppet and not a bird, leaving you with a disgusted feeling because you are pulled out of the world thanks to such horrid “effects.” If you want to makes practical effects, great, but they have to act, move and feel real. They failed here and several other places.

This brings me to my next point. CGI really does make everything look more alive. Animators can make things move more realistically, this doesn’t go just for creatures but for the X-Wings and other ships. A model of a ship is limited vastly on how it can move, but with CGI you can do whatever you want, and the ships look better too.

Sure older CGI doesn’t age well usually, but it still looks better than the crap practical ones they are making now. And that’s not to say practical effects don’t age well either, because many don’t as well.

So I ask what is the point of holding on to nostalgic feelings and all that if it means hindering the potential that a film could truly be? These companies are going out of their way to please fans like this, but these fans are never going to be happy anyway because obviously they are so absorbed by the originals that nothing anyone can ever do will ever please them! This all wraps around back to my nostalgia prevents progression post.

But don’t get me wrong, some stuff still looks great, but it still for the most part seems so out of place in today’s world.

Is Star Wars: The Last Jedi Better the Second Time Watching?

The more one watches the same film, the more their opinion changes, or so I’ve noticed. You may like a movie better each time, or like it less, noticing things that you may have missed the first few times viewing it. Also, once you know what to expect, you can go into the movie with a suitable mind set and severely lowered expectations.

amazing spider man 2I recently discovered just how much an opinion can change when I watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for the third time. The first time I watched it…in theaters…I thought it was awful garbage, save for the 3 scenes Spider-Man was in it. It doesn’t help that I saw two movies in the theater that day, Captain America: Winter Soldier was the first I saw, about a half hour before ASM2. That, being one of the best super hero movies of all time, might have really crushed Spider-Man’s movie looking any good at all.

The second time I watched it, I was prepared for it’s disappointment and I actually found it good, though nothing great. This might be because I watched the other 4 Spider-Man films before it, and I find Sam Raimi’s trilogy to be far superior to the two newer ones, which may have shown me how lacking ASM2 was, much in the same way Winter Soldier did.

But the third time I watched it, I only watched Amazing Spider-Man before it, and this time around, I found the movie to be quite excellent, like an 8 out of 10 excellent.

So with this knowledge, I hesitantly bought The Last Jedi, a film that completely ruined a series I adored my whole life. What made me even more hesitant is that each time I watch The Force Awakens, I like it less.

So did I like this film more or less?

I would have to say more. And I didn’t watch it with any other Star Wars movies, where as the first time, I watched all 7 leading up to it. I didn’t hate the parts with Luke in it as much, and the casino scene didn’t seem as long as I remembered.

Do I like the movie now? No, not really. By itself, I have to say it is a solid movie, but when you remember it’s connected to 7 other movies, I can only just shake my head. When I remember Luke is acting so un-Lukeish, then those scenes become worse to me. But I tried to forget the other movies and I almost liked it. Sort of…

The plot is still boring, the lack of anything interesting going on is still annoying, but the movie is easy enough to sit through and that is all that counts.

Though there are 3 points in the movie that I swear the characters are talking to the audience.

star-wars-the-last-jedi_0The first is when Luke tells Rey “What? Did you expect me to walk out with a laser sword and face down the entire First Order?” Not an exact quote but something like that.

This feels like the writers calling out the fans who wanted to see Luke kick some serious tail with unbelievable Jedi power. It’s basically telling us to shut up, that’s not going to happen, and just for thinking that, we aren’t going to make him do anything and then kill him for no reason at all. So hah! Dumb fans.

The second instance of the characters talking to the fans is when Kylo is yelling at Rey to forget the past. He is really telling us to forget about the other movies and all the lore and characters and everything that the main plot of Force Awakens was built around and focus on Rey and Kylo and their relationship and growth of power. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!!

I sadly don’t remember the third instance, but it’s in there!

It is painfully obvious that the original characters were only put into the movies to sell tickets, and now they are killing them off as fast as possible. Carrie Fisher saved them the trouble of having to kill off Leia, but you can bet Chewie is probably going to blow up in the Millennium Falcon with R2 and C-3PO in the next movie.

But anyway, yes, it is better the second time around, so now I am wondering if third time’s the charm…

Ironically, though I liked it more the second time, I have even less interest in seeing Episode 9 now for some reason.

God of War Series Ranked

The release of the God of War reboot, which follows Kratos into Norse mythology somehow, (apparantly dying multiple times can not slow this man down), is almost upon us.

While I personally don’t think it looks all that great, I am a huge fan of the series and am excited nonetheless. So to celebrate the occasion, I am going to list all the previous games from worst to best. This is one of Sony’s best franchises, which will make this fun to go back for a quick glimpse at them all.

Haven’t played any or all of them? Not to worry! They re-release them about every 2 years it seems, so they shouldn’t be hard to find. These remasters will not be included in the list, for that would be redundant.

And here we go, starting with the worst game in the series.

#6

God of War: Chains of Olympus

PSP, 2008

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It’s been a really long time since I’ve played it, but I remember it being very good, but unquestionably the worst in the series. The handheld system really held it back from it’s potential, but it is definitely worth playing.

#5

God of War

PlayStation 2, 2005

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This game blew my mind when it first came out. It’s gameplay set the bar for modern day action games with it’s intense, fast paced combat, over the top violence, combos and spells, and just overall awesomeness. Kratos is the definition of bad ass, and it all started here.

#4

God of War: Ascension

PlayStation 3, 2013

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This one is a tad disappointing considering it is the latest in the series. It is a prequel to all of them and shows a bit into Kratos’ past, I think, I can’t remember too much. I didn’t like how you have to change into different styles or whatever mid combo to execute all the abilities you had in all the other games, but he’s not as experienced in this one, so it makes sense, right? I don’t know. It manages to be better than the original game because of the experience and growth the developers had with the series, making it more fun and entertaining.

#3

God of War II

PlayStation 2, 2007

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This kept everything from the first game, and then improved upon it, while adding even more to Kratos’ skills and items/weapons. I always found this to be cool. Most games in a series, you start each game with nothing. But not this one. Kratos keeps all his goodies, making it feel like you jump right into the action with a full arsenal. This is easily one of the best games on PS2 hands down. It somehow completely destroys it’s prequel.

#2

God of War: Ghost of Sparta

PSP, 2010

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Holy crap. This game came as a huge surprise. I thought it would be a lackluster game like Chains of Olympus, but no way in Hades! Everything about this game is amazing. I couldn’t stop playing it. I was completely baffled that it is better than 2, a game I thought nearly impossible to trump, but this game does it all. Great combat, story, and the different weapons are the best in the whole series in my opinion. Truly a great surprise this game was, and I loved every second of it. Though I guess coming after the third game, it had a lot to live up to…which brings us to…

#1

God of War III

PlayStation 3, 2010

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This was the game we had been working towards, where Kratos finally takes down the gods of Olympus. This game had so much hype leading up to it, and it did not disappoint at all. It was everything we expected and more. All the fights, weapons, story, everything, all just incredible. This is probably one of the best games ever made, in fact.

 

Well, that does it. 5 phenomenal games (and 1 very good game) make up the legacy of the God of War series. This also means the reboot has a lot to live up to. I am excited to see how it will hold up in this string of amazing titles! Just remember…judge the game on its own and not how it compares to these 6 great titles and I trust you will like it much, much more. But who knows? It could blow away all of them!

Series Ranked: American Pie

Today I will be ranking the main installments of the American Pie film franchise. I have never seen any of the spin offs, so they will not be included, and I probably wouldn’t include them if I did see them anyway.

American Pie is one of my favorite film series of all time. At first glance they appear to be stupid teen party sex movies, but they are actually so much deeper. The films explore pivotal parts of life that we all experience and relate to. Every single character can be compared to someone we know in real life, as well as most of the situations the characters are in. Obviously, most of this is exaggerated greatly for the sake of humor, but remains true to life in some respect all the same. From the awkward, embarrassing situations main character Jim is found in, to his deep/hilarious talks with his dad, each second is an emotional, hysterical blast that leaves you feeling quite satisfied at the end.

So here we go, I will be ranking them from worst to best, but note that I love every single one of these movies.

#4

American Wedding

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The third film and final one for around a decade is my least favorite. When I first saw it, I was rather disappointed by it. Perhaps because I was too young at the time to relate? I don’t know, but now that I have seen it probably 10 times, it really has quite grown on me.

The film starts off just after college graduation, setting the scene for the next big step in life…marriage. The movie focuses on main character Jim and his fiance Michelle planning their big wedding day. It does a nice job showing all the work and stress that leads up to a wedding, and how girls always dream up these perfect days and how the husband to be must break his back doing his best to not disappoint her.

The sub plot involves Stiffler and Finch competing over a woman, all the while trying to impress her parents. This turns out to be a hilarious ordeal.

What I don’t like is that the film is entirely focused on these four characters. All the other series regulars are absent, even main character Chris, and even though Kevin is in it, he has no real part and only has a handful of lines.

Regardless, the film is a blast and shows us that no matter what crazy set backs can happen, eventually in the end it all works out.

#3

American Pie

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Next up is the one that started it all. The main plot is a group of horny virgins coming up on their high school graduation vow to lose their virginity on prom night. The movie focuses on them doing absurd things to make it happen.

I know that plot sounds ridiculous, but it is absolutely how high school is, and every character and their motivations is completely relateable. We get to watch them all grow and mature in their last few weeks of high school, where they realize sex isn’t everything.

Another big part of the plot, and something we all also experience, is them learning to face the future. Once you graduate high school, your life completely changes, and the film does a great job dealing with these teenagers coming to terms with that, and they do everything they can to prepare and/or prevent their lives from changing.

#2

American Pie 2

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This movie starts off just as the gang is finishing up their freshman year in college. They all reunite back home to attempt to live the lives they were so accustomed to in high school, only to find that something just wasn’t right. To attempt to put things right, they rent a big house on Lake Michigan and spend the summer working and partying together. As the summer slips away from them, they realize the future can not be stopped and must accept the changes they were not ready to face in the first movie.

This is a challenge we all must face, usually against our will. No one is truly ready to grow up and it is just awesome to watch a film where you get to see people struggle with this, but in a hugely hilarious, yet emotional way. Again each character winds up maturing tremendously by the end of it.

#1

American Reunion

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The fourth and final film brings back all the characters that were missing in American Wedding for a truly spectacular high school reunion, their 13 year high school reunion to be specific.

The film is about the gang dealing with the troubles of early adulthood, while at the same time, trying to still keep that kid alive inside of them. They each face their own turmoils about their lives and lean on each other to help make it seem better. But when they all get together, they once again try to relive their glorious high school days, only to find their old home isn’t quite how it used to be, now taken over by the current high schoolers. A few scenes show off the generational gaps of kids today versus how they were in the 90’s, and how problematic this becomes for the older generation, whose maturity must be forlorn, reverting back to the kids they once were to meet the youngen’s on their level.

It is fun to watch how old memories are brought up and how it makes the characters feel and act. There are many deep nostalgic moments in the movie, and it is the funniest, wildest, and somehow the most mature film in the franchise, making it my favorite.

Well that’s all of them. There was rumor of a fifth one, but I don’t think that will come to pass unfortunately. I would love to see these guys in yet another struggle through life!

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Dragon Ball Sagas Ranked

With the conclusion of Dragon Ball Super this week, I’m feeling all sad, so I decided to rank all the sagas from all of the series, including GT. Dragon Ball has been one of my favorite things in life since the mid 90’s, so it is exciting to write this out and actual figure out my favorite stories and what not.

Note that I love the show primarily for the action, the flashy fights and power ups, and humor. I will not be ranking them by story, for in this show, it’s not all that important, and some are far more fleshed out than others, so it’s hard to compare long stories against short ones.

I will be grouping some of the sagas together to keep the list shorter and make it a bit easier. They will be listed from worst to best.

#20

Emperor Pilaf Saga (Dragon Ball)

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The saga that started it all is understandably the worst. It introduces many of the main characters and is a very typical anime, with tons of little boy wiener and pervy jokes, rather than the intense action that the series is known for. Goku pretty much beats everything in one hit. Not that great, but pretty short.

#19

Black Star Dragon Ball Saga (Dragon Ball GT)

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This one seems to take influence from the Pilaf saga. Both focus on going around on different adventures each episode, looking for dragon balls. It’s got better action, but barely. And there’s Pan. It probably wouldn’t be so bad if she wasn’t involved. This and the Pilaf saga are the only two on this list that I can say I don’t like. Though the end of the saga picks up a lot.

#18

First World Tournament (Dragon Ball)

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This saga really steps up from the first one. We meet Goku’s best friend and rival for the first time, and watch as they train for the martial arts tournament and rise up the ranks.

#17

Red Ribbon Saga (Dragon Ball)

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Goku is again in search of the Dragon Balls, but this time he takes on an entire army. There are some cool villains and it is fun enough to watch, though it gets a bit dull at times. Very good overall though.

#16

Baby Saga (Dragon Ball GT)

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This is a neat story that brings up the Saiyan race’s past and how that comes to haunt the survivors. Baby is a cool, unique opponent who gives the Z fighters a run for their money.

#15

Second World Tournament (Dragon Ball)

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This is where I really start to love the sagas. The first fight between Yamcha and Tien set the bar for the action that we will see from every saga made after this one. It is a great saga, with lots of intense fights. Really good stuff.

#14

Garlic Jr. Saga (Dragon Ball Z)

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For this being filler, it is quite phenomenal. For once, the center of attention is in the hands of someone other than Goku. The fights are great and the stakes are high. Very good saga.

#13

Golden Frieza Saga (Dragon Ball Super)

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I was a bit disappointed with this one, for the movie, Ressurection F, I found better. I wasn’t thrilled with the use of Frieza as an enemy again, but it is a blast to watch nonetheless. And I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more if I didn’t see the movie first, for nothing was surprising in this saga because of it. Though to be fair, the movie is  my favorite DB movie ever made.

#12

Super 17 Saga (Dragon Ball GT)

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This was an interesting villain to use and provided us with some good action and use of characters other than Goku (sort of). This saga really stepped up the GT series in my eyes.

#11

Battle Of Gods Saga (Dragon Ball Super)

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This as well is dampened by releasing a movie first, though this time, the series is better than the movie. This introduces some truly great characters that stick with the entire series, not to mention shows us a whole new scale of how big the world(s) are and how pitiful Goku, with all his might, really is.

#10

Majunior Saga (Dragon Ball)

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This shows Goku as an adult beating down the off spring of an old enemy. Both Goku and Majunior rise to the finals in an awesome World Tournament, and give us the best fight in the Dragon Ball series.

#9

King Piccolo Saga (Dragon Ball)

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This is the first truly menacing villain we see in the entire franchise, and it is awesome to watch. Finally we see Goku get beaten easily (well, for the second time, actually), making us wonder how anyone will ever stop Piccolo from taking over the world. A great saga.

#8

Saiyan Saga (Dragon Ball Z)

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The first saga of the new DBZ series really takes it a step beyond Dragon Ball. Impossibly strong villains show us that Goku and friends have a lot of catching up to do. We at long last learn the truth about Goku’s past as well. We are also introduced to his son for the first time.

#7

Universe 6 Tournament (Dragon Ball Super)

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This is a lot of fun. This is the first saga that Super gives us that wasn’t a movie, and it’s just awesome. A bunch of new characters are introduced, with amazing powers. The Saiyans also face off against their most dangerous (and coolest) villain to date. Lots of good fights within this tournament. Awesome stuff.

#6

Namek Saga (Dragon Ball Z)

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This one is really long and drawn out and the famous clash between Goku and Frieza isn’t all that great. But soooooooo much stuff happens in between the first landing on Namek to it’s demise that helped push this up the list. Many great fights, power ups and revelations happen that make this one really cool to watch.

#5

Shadow Dragon Saga (Dragon Ball GT)

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The last and best saga in GT and the last saga fans would get for over a decade. It is really a great saga, with a lot of cool enemies, the return of old ones and the fiercest enemy to ever grace the series up to that point and still after Super, is quite formidable. And he’s cool. This saga has some new surprises in it that make it really fun to watch.

 

#4

Majin Buu Saga (Dragon Ball Z)

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This saga gives us a ton more characters, lots of new surprises, an invincible enemy and just so much more cool stuff. It is a lot of fun to watch, though it drags on like the Namek Saga.

#3

Cell Saga (Dragon Ball Z)

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I am including everything with Future Trunks and the androids in this saga as well. This has some of the best action, some amazing transformations, a great suspenseful story, and the use of mostly every character in the DB universe. It is really awesome. And the Goku vs. Cell fight is my favorite one in the whole DBZ series.

#2

Goku Black Saga (Dragon Ball Super)

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This has an interesting, dangerous enemy, with a deeper story than the DB franchise has seen so far. There is a lot of twists and turns that make way for some of the best fights that have been in the franchise so far. The last fights are very different from what we come to expect, which was a cool surprise.

#1

Tournament of Power (Dragon Ball Super)

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This is what the series is all about. Just awesome action with tons of characters, one episode after another. So many surprises happen during the 48 minutes of fighting, and the fights far surpass anything seen in the franchise. The conclusion is really good. The Goku vs Jiren fight is the best in the franchise, and tops off the end well. Speaking of the ending, it it just fantastic and ends the series on a happy, positive note, much more so than DBZ did, in my opinion.

 

Well there you have it.

Dragon Ball is something I have watched almost my entire life, and I expect to continue rewatching them for the rest of my life. I love all 4 series. They have brought me so much joy. I just hope they come out with more series’. Super showed that they can still make an amazing show and I want to see more.

Though for the past 3 years or so, I have been looking forward to watching the new DBS episode every week, but now that is gone and I will not be able to handle it for a while…sniff… It’s very sad. At least I have the dubbed versions to look forward too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Well Do You Take Care Of Your Games?

I am genuinely curious about the care people show to their games, and this is because when I buy used games on sites such as ebay, the amount of ware and tare on these games has generally been fairly varied. A lot of the times I get the games in splendid condition, maybe a scratch or two on the disk, a cracked case, you know, cosmetic stuff that is bound to happen, but also pay a bit extra for them to be in that condition.

But then half the stuff I look at and avoid buying unless there is no alternative look like these games have been through a war or two, plus a few trips through the washing machine.

Like what in the blazes are people doing with these games? The cover art inside the case is trashed. Why is it even out of the case? The booklets are soggy or missing. What are you doing with them? Do people really take them out and use them so much that they are torn to shreds and/or never return them and  become lost. Do people use them for toilet paper?

Some game discs are so scratched it appears that they never reenter their case after being taken out the first time. And this I have personally witnessed. Some of my friends will just pop the game out, throw it off to the side and then put another one in. They repeat this process until there are a dozen or more games thrown about the living room, and then they wonder why they can’t find a game or why it doesn’t work.

And for old cartridge games, the cover labels are practically dissolved down to nothing. How does this happen? I was being serious when I said they looked like they went through a washing machine. It is the only thing I can think of to make some of these games like this.

img_0322.jpgHere is a game I bought about a year ago on ebay. What happened to it?  How did it get so messed up? I had to buy this for there was no other choice, and I was honestly, extremely surprised that the game even worked. And this is in fairly good shape compared to some that I have seen!

 

 

 

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Here’s what a well taken care of cartridge looks like…

 

Like, I just have to know what people are doing with these games.

I personally take wonderful care of my games. 99% of them I could wrap in plastic and sell them as brand new. And that other 1% could come pretty close as well. The only signs of use are the old cartridge SNES games mainly, because as they age they become discolored from the original gray. And this isn’t even a sign of use, so much as just a sign of being old.

I keep everything in a case at all times, and keep them neat and organized so nothing happens to them.

So I would just like to hear how you treat your games. Are they in good shape? If not, how did they became like some of the monstrosities I have seen?

 

 

My Top 10 GameCube Games

GameCube is my favorite console of all time at the moment. It hads a diverse, fantastic library of games, some new adaptive abilities with the GBA, and the most comfortable controller ever made. But it’s really all about the games, so let’s see the 10 best in my opinion. It was hard to narrow it down, for of the 39 games I have gotten around to playing out of the 46 I own for the system, they were pretty much all phenomenal.

#10

Super_Mario_SunshineSuper Mario Sunshine

Nintendo

2002

 

This took the Mario franchise into a whole new territory, and I’ve got to say, it is quite creative and unique, making it fun to play at anytime. Shooting stuff with a waterpack while performing amazingly acrobatic jumps is just so much fun.

#9

Star_Fox_Adventures_GCN_Game_BoxStar Fox Adventures

Rare Ltd./ Nintendo

2002

 

 

This is another complete twist of a massive Nintendo franchise, and by far my favorite in the Star Fox series. It resembles more of a Zelda game, with some space battles. But finding items, solving puzzles and beating the heck out of dinosaurs is super fun whether you play as Link or Fox, or really anyone else for that matter.

#8

wwThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Nintendo

2003

 

Turns out Zelda still does the genre better than Star Fox. But nevertheless, this game took a unique twist as well on it’s franchise, though not as much as the #9 & 10 spots. Using a gorgeous, new graphic style, flooding the kingdom we’ve saved countless times and introducing an interesting new story of sorts, this was one gripping game, though it does have a few rather annoying flaws. But even so, this is one great game.

#7

super_smash_bros_melee_box_artSuper Smash Bros. Melee

HAL Labs/ Nintendo

2001

Hoo boy, I easily put 1000 hours into this game with my friends and family. This took everything amazing about the first game and doubled it. There are so many modes to play, double the characters and probably even more stages. The most fun part was trying to unlock all the characters and stages. But once you did, it was nothing but 4 on 4 all out melee, and it never gets old. It doesn’t hold up all that well today, but that doesn’t stop me from going back to it every so often.

#6

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Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

Retro Studios/ Nintendo

2004

 

 

This dark and atmospheric game differed quite a bit from it’s prequel, and really, from the rest of the Metroid franchise. It is slightly more story driven and is the first game to feature a whole bunch of new items for Samus to acquire. The deadly double sided world is also very different and cool. Great game.

#5

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Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Sonic Team/ Sega

2002

 

 

This is another game that I put more hours than I care to know in. Thanks to the addicting Chao Gardens, and the incredibly fun and diverse/cleverly designed missions, with special medals to earn in each one, the replay value in this game is enormous. After probably well over 100 hours or so, I still have so much left to do in the game. Though it has been a while since I played it. (Pesky backlog).

#4

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Clover Studio/ Capcom

2003

 

 

This is another from out of nowhere classic. Completely unique gameplay mixed into an equally unique and bizarre storyline, with a bunch of unlockables makes this challenging game just truly wonderful. The humor is great as well. One of my favorite games of all time.

#3

twilight-princessThe Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Nintendo

2006

 

One of the last games to come out for GameCube was one of it’s best, and one of the best in the Zelda series. The gloomy graphical style fit the atmosphere of the game so well. A darker, interesting story with new characters and some brand new gameplay mechanics make this one to remember. This also has the best dungeons in the series as well, having deviated a bit from the usual formula.

#2

MetroidPrimeboxMetroid Prime

Retro Studios/ Nintendo

2002

 

 

2002 must have been the year for Nintendo to take their big franchises and flip them on their heads. Here is another drastic change to formula. An intense action side scroller became a dark, atmospheric first person shooter that was done so well, it feels to be a logical step in the direction of the series. This game is just perfect. The gameplay, the music, the level design, the enemy design, everything…just absolutely amazing. Easily one of the best games ever made.

And here we are, the best game to ever grace the GameCube!!!

#1

paper mario tydPaper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Intelligent Systems/ Nintendo

2004

 

 

This game is a master piece. Each area you visit is so unique and interesting, making it fun and exciting to explore. The gameplay is fantastic, using the same mechanics from the first game, but tweaked a bit. And what’s more, every single character in the game…I mean EVERY one, even the ones you just pass by, are so interesting and fun to watch or interact with. The large amount of party members and the special attacks are all so cool. The story is highly entertaining and fun to follow as well. It…it’s just so good. Like…I don’t know. It makes me feel like I am in the game, adventuring with Mario in all his papery glory. It is one of the few games where I became legitimately sad when I reached the half way point to beating it, but felt completely and wholly satisfied when I beat it, though I could just restart the game over and over again after beating it, it’s that much fun. But luckily, there is some challenging end game stuff to do to keep me preoccupied.

Great game…sniff.

So there you have it, the 10 best games on a console full of even more. Each one of these games filled me with a joyful spirit that I will carry with me forever.

Why Are People So Obsessed With Sports?

This is just something I am wondering about. What is with the ridiculous love for sports? I don’t mind people enjoying watching sports at all. But leave it at that. But they don’t. Sports are like the bane of our existence, for people are so neurotic about them, as if nothing else in the world matters.

How many violent actions have come out of people simply liking a team that another person hates? And heaven forbid if they say something negative about their favorite teams. I mean, people are murdered over this kind of crap, and I just can’t understand why. Who cares if someone hates a team you love? What does that matter in the slightest? What does that teams success even mean to all these spectators? I have the answer right here…ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!

None of these sports fanatics have anything to gain from a team they root for winning out their season. People who place bets do, but most of the time, I’ve seen people are far more upset that their favorite team lost rather than the fact that they just lost $500, which is truly baffling to me.

I’ve been told from many people that they gain bragging rights. Great…really good answer. People are killing one another over bragging rights. But guess what? You don’t get bragging rights. What could you possibly have to brag about?

What…do people going around saying, “Ha Ha, I decided to like a team that won the championship. You stupid losers picked the wrong team to cheer for.”

Wow guys, good job, brag that up, really, you earned it.

Seriously, they aren’t playing for the team, they don’t coach the team, they are associated virtually in no way with the teams they would kill and die for. All they do is add to the athletes already way too high salaries.

Seriously, they play a game and make more in one season than everyone in my community will make combined in our lifetimes.

But that is besides the point. All I am wondering is why people are so frickin’ crazy about it. Football fans being by far the worst that I’ve seen. And going with that, the Super Bowl is the biggest over-hyped ridiculous thing I have ever witnessed. It’s a stupid football game dragged out to be four times longer than it needs to be. And everybody every year raves about how great the commercials are. I’ve gone to my brothers super bowl party the past three years (for the delicious food, I couldn’t care less about the game) and I’ve seen a few of the commercials, and I’ve got to say, they are really, really dumb. They all try too hard to be funny, and most of the jokes seem to be geared towards people with the sense of humor of a fifth grader. I don’t know, it might just be me. If you like the commercials, than more power to you.

While watching sports, I’ve seen people punch holes in their walls, smash bowls over their heads, cry, freak out like someone just ran over their child, scream themselves hoarse out of excitement or rage so they can’t talk right for days, and I just can’t understand why. It just is so pointless.

Again, it’s great if you watch sports, but for the love of God, settle down, because other than a quick bit of entertainment, it has no meaning or purpose in your life. None. At all. Accept it. And I use the term “entertainment” loosely, for I find watching sports almost as dull as watching people play video games. In other words, my God is it boring. But that is just my personal opinion. Just like it’s my own personal opinion if I think your favorite team sucks. Get over it, you don’t need to fight me over it, for our opinions are insignificant in that matter.

And let it be known, I don’t hate sports. I will play any sport if a game presents itself, but that’s just it. I would rather play them, not watch them.

And holy crap, sports is all anyone and everyone talks about, all year long and it drives me nuts. One of the first things I’m generally asked when meeting new people is “So, who do you like?” Not, “do you watch sports,” or “do you like soccer?” or something related to that. Just who do I like. At first, I was very confused by this question, but now I know they are always asking what teams I like. And a lot of people ask these questions so apprehensively, as if they are afraid I am going to name a team that they hate, so that even though we just met, we are going to have to throw down for not liking the same teams. And when I tell them I don’t follow any sports, they look as if I either slapped them across the face or told them I was a transgender engaged to a rhinoceros. How dare I not participate in the beloved covenant that is observing sports!

And the worst part…I mean the absolute WORST part is how people talk about sports. Instead of saying the Yankees, or the Cardinals or Giants or what have you, they refer to their team as “we.”

For example, a typical conversation I hear everyday sounds something like this.

“We are playing the Giants on Sunday. It might be tough, but I think we can beat them. Then we’ll have to play the Reds in the playoffs, which means we will be in really great shape. That is exactly where we need to be. It will be smooth sailing from there on.”

Oh really? And here I thought you were just a guy who works in the dairy department at a food store. I had no idea you played for the Patriots in the evenings. Play real hard for me, will you? Your teams success is banking on it!

That’s all I have to say about it I guess. People can gladly enjoy their sports, but just remember, you don’t play for the team, hurting others, yourselves or property is quite unnecessary, and at the end of the day, you are really just watching a bunch of people living far better lives than you ever will.