The Six Worst Movies Ever Made

There are a ton of bad moves out there. Some are so bad that they are good. Some have extremely low budgets, so they really have no chance at being very good. Some are bad, but watchable.

The five movies I am going to talk about today are five movies that tried really hard to be good, with full budgets and had large notoriety, big actors, (for the most part), but were just nearly impossible to get through.

Sucker Punch

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I saw this 2011 film directed by Zack Snyder a very long time after a couple people raved about it and forced me to watch it. It’s about some strippers or something who go around killing stuff to rescue something or someone. I really can’t remember. The only thing that stuck with me was how boring, stupid, and plain-awful it is. It was really tough to get through and made me pretty annoyed, something you wouldn’t think all that possible given the costumes the girls had…

Fifty Shades of Grey

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Like every internet trend, my wife got swept up with this one when this book series became wildly popular. Then when the movie came out, she just had to see it, which meant I got dragged along with it.

The books sounded awful, and judging by the movie, I was right. Every scene is so pointless and boring. Random, impassionate sex over and over, or boring talking scenes. I don’t remember too much, but I think I was tapping my foot impatiently throughout the whole thing.

Like, it’s about crazy rough sex right? And the girl wants it, and despite being warned multiple times, when it gets a little too rough for her, she runs away, thinking the guy is a psycho. Like, come on!

Anyway, the movie began to catch my interest eventually, and then it ended out of nowhere. Like, my interest was caught in literally the last five minutes of the film, maybe even the last two minutes. But not enough to see the sequel.

Brokeback Mountain

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This movie is hard to swallow. Two men (Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger)  who seem to dislike each other greatly, as there very few conversations indicate while doing some sheep herding for cash, out of nowhere jump to immediate butt sex with nothing but some chilly weather and booze as the catalyst.

The two men then don’t see or even talk to each other for several years, and then maybe only once a year or so afterwards, but by-God, that one summer forged an unbreakable love affair that even their wives and children can’t hold a candle to. It eventually culminates to them being old, looking back on their lives wishing they made the choice to stay together.

The whole thing is very unbelievable and a whole lot of stupid.

 

The Bling Ring

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I don’t know if this movie starring Emma Watson is bad itself, but really the source material might be the problem here. Not the event that it’s based off of, but the people involved in it.

The movie is based off of a string of burglaries known as the Hollywood Hills burglaries if memory serves correct. The trouble lies with the fact that the burglaries were committed by teenagers. Teenage people are awful, and very tough to watch live their lives, for the most part. Teenagers growing up in California in a highly-wealthy area with rich parents is a bad start, which leads to these teens having no grasp on what it’s like to actually live and don’t understand consequences and misery because they’ve had such privileged lives and thus think they can do whatever they want and think it’s okay because their parents will bail them out. This makes teenagers even more unbearable to watch 100fold.

And so we are treated to a couple hours of absolute high-class scum of the Earth obsessed with celebrities, drugs, and fitting in, and it’s very hard to sit through. My goodness.

This one might be worse for me thanks to my overall dislike of people.

Spring Breakers

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This, ladies and gentlemen, is the absolute worst movie I have ever seen and the only movie I have failed to finish. My wife wanted to see this because again, like the rest of the world, she had an unnatural obsession with Selena Gomez. Spoilers, she’s in the movie for like 15 minutes. She leaves to let her dirt bag friends do all the naughty things.

That’s all this movie is. A bunch of waste-of-life teenagers doing crimes in bright yellow bikinis. There are a lot of bikinis and nudity in this, which sounds awesome, but damn, I couldn’t get through more than a half hour. It’s so stupid, and pointless, every scene is awkward and the sex and nudity all seems forced and out of nowhere.

It’s like they were trying to do what the American Pie movies did, that is, show teenagers deal with growing up, but added more sluts and gangster activities in it. God, it’s so bad.

Are these the worst movies ever made? Not likely, but as I said, they are high-profile movies that I personally find to be very unbearable to watch.

Edit: Actually this is probably the worst movie ever made…

My Neighbor Totoro

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This movie is just…atrocious. The little kids are annoying, but not nearly as annoying as the ridiculous roar from Totoro. Oh yeah, nothing happens in this movie either. But I did somehow finish it. Which is regretful. So maybe Spring Breakers is worse.

 

 

 

I Feel Plain Awful For The Editors Of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”

I don’t how much is scripted or how organized such a show is, but imagine having to sift through countless hours of people going on vacation, talking, eating, complaining, or doing nothing at all. Then throw in those parts where they talk to the camera about what they were just talking about before. God, it sounds mundane and dreadful.

And the bleeps! God, all I hear when my wife watches that show is hundreds of bleeped out curses. That must take a good long while too.

All in all, the crew must have to watch each episode like 100 times, and that’s enough to make even the greatest fans of the show cringe.

And to top it all off, with the show ending soon, the editor’s are losing out on their long gig they had going. Don’t worry, y’all will find something else! And it might make you want to shoot yourself a little less…

10 Of The Most Epic Moments In The Dragon Ball Anime Series’

I was going to say top 10 most epic moments, but let’s face it, nearly every episode has at least 5-10 epic moments within, so picking the top 10 was pretty much impossible. So these 10 listed are some of the most epic, but I can’t say with any real certainty if they are in fact the top 10. Regardless, these moments really got my blood flowing.

I will be excluding the Tournament of Power arc in this one, because that whole thing is just unbelievably epic, so the top 10 on this list would likely all come from that arc alone. So I guess you could say that’s the number one spot in a way.

But anyway, here are 10 of the most epic moments in the four Dragon Ball animes (in my opinion).

 

#10: Goku’s First Full Episode As A Super Saiyan (Dragon Ball Z)

Why This Moment is So Epic: For like 20 episodes, we watched Frieza decimate the Z-fighters. And when any of them managed to gain ground, he would transform and become even more relentlessly powerful. Even when Goku finally steps in, he is outmatched tremendously.

The entire situation seems hopeless. This is especially confirmed when Frieza survives the enormous Spirit Bomb, Goku’s trump card.

But when his lil’ buddy goes boom and Goku transforms for the first time, the following episode (when they actually start fighting) shows Goku with his new Super Saiyan power actually overwhelm Frieza, outclassing him in every way. The feeling is truly wonderful, and relieving, and oh so epic.

 

#9: Gohan Vs Goku (Dragon Ball Super)

 

Why This Moment is So Epic: Let’s face it. We’ve always been curious how Gohan would fare in a fight against Goku ever since the former became a Super Saiyan 2, but especially when he reached his Ultimate Form during the Majin Buu saga.

DBS fulfills this wish with a sparring match of father vs son, so Goku can test Gohan to see if he is ready for the Tournament of Power. The fight is short, but is filled to the brim with intensity and epicness.

 

#8 Goku Transforming Into Super Saiyan 3 For The First Time (Dragon Ball Z)

 

Why This Moment is So Epic: The fact that Goku starts off showing Buu all his other forms is awesome. And if you remember the first time you watched it, in the back of your mind you’re thinking, “Wait, is he going to have a third form?” And sure enough, Goku starts talking about digging deeper, and the yelling and screaming begins over one of the best music tracks in the entire series, with some awesome commentary from the other characters building up the hype.

When he finally pulls it off, it’s a rather radically different appearance with a strictly lightning aura. It stills gives me chills every time I see it.

It’s so epic in fact, that I read somewhere the voice actor passed out while recording all the yelling. That’s f*ing epic.

 

#7 Gohan Transforming Into A Super Saiyan For The First Time (Dragon Ball Z)

 

Why This Moment Is So Epic: Goku is doing his best throughout the duo’s training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber to get Gohan to transform. He finally puts his son against the ropes, and Gohan finds himself recalling all the times he’s let people down while his father’s words and advice ring through his head. He finally let’s it all out, and afterwards, you see him struggle with his anger while he attempts to keep up the transformation. So epic.

 

#6 Vegeta Defeating Magetta (Dragon Ball Super)

 

Why This Moment Is So Epic: Vegeta seems to be in a hopeless situation as Champa somewhat cheats and locks him in a glass box so he can’t breathe. Not to mention the fact that his opponent can spew lava and is impervious to like all damage. But after a tough fight, the Saiyan prince gets pretty angry, destroys the glass box, and fires a Final Flash, accompanied by a whole lot of yelling, and then finishes him off with an epic punch.

 

#5 Goku Using Blue/Kaioken Against Hit

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Why This Moment Is So Epic: Hit seems like an unstoppable opponent. Even though Goku improves throughout the fight, Hit is literally always one step ahead of him. But then Goku brings out a move we haven’t seen in decades, the red aura of Kaioken merging with his Super Saiyan Blue one, for an awesome look and even more powerful combination of power-ups. He then unleashes an epic flurry of attacks and finishes it off with a gigantic Kamehameha Wave for a truly epic scene.

 

#4 Goku Finishing Kid Buu With Spirit Bomb

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Why This Moment is So Epic: Majin Buu killed a lot of people. Everyone in fact, save for a handful of folks. After an extremely long struggle against Buu in his many forms, the final battle takes place on the Supreme Kai’s homeworld. Things look entirely hopeless, until Vegeta hatches an ingenius plan that culminates up to Goku tossing a gigantic Spirit Bomb at the lil’ pink fella. After an awesome struggle where Buu still seems to be able to win out, Goku is healed by the dragon, recounts what an a-hole Buu is, and blows him to smithereens in pure epicness.

 

#3 Vegeta Using Final Flash For The First Time

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Why This Moment Is So Epic: Vegeta’s arrogance seems to have gotten the better of him. We all hated him for bullying Trunks and allowing Cell to reach his ultimate form, which proved to be too much. But then Vegeta surprises everyone with a new attack. The lengthy, intense buildup, complete with lightning, shocked characters, and awesome music culminates into an enormous blast of energy, so that for a time, we actually think Vegeta succeeds in defeating Cell.

 

#2 Goku Defeating King Piccolo (Dragon Ball)

 

Why This Moment Is So Epic: Goku and Piccolo both gain tremendous power throughout this arc, and it seems like Goku will come out top dog. But through some under-handed tactics, the little hero finds himself crippled in most of his limbs. As Piccolo moves in for the kill, Goku faces him with no fear and delivers the most epic punch ever, yelling “I’m coming at you with everything I’ve got!” That gets me every time. So. Epic.

 

#1 The Cell Games (Dragon Ball Z)

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Why This Moment Is So Epic: Okay, so this is more than a few moments. Like the Tournament of Power, the entire Cell Games is incredible, but on a much smaller scale.

Literally everything that happens is so over-the-top awesome. Hercule and his apprentices getting wrecked, we get to see all the Z-fighters the buffest they ever will be, Goku and Cell’s fight is in my opinion the best fight in all of Z, Gohan’s power-up before fighting Cell is so flippin’ epic, the Cell Juniors beating the heck out of people, Android 16 dying to set off Gohan’s first transformation into Super Saiyan 2, with awesome music I might add, where he unleashes crazy power to wreck all the Juniors and punch Android 18 out of Cell.

Whew, and don’t forget, Goku dying with King Kai, Cell coming back stronger than ever, Vegeta losing it after Trunks gets a whole blown through him, and then a final epic Kamehameha showdown between two superpowers. Every episode is killer. Oh man.

It’s obvious why this is my second favorite saga, and Tournament of Power is my first. They literally define Epic!

 

But aside from those two, the rest is hard to truly rank. As I said, these shows are chock-full-of epic moments, so these are really just 10 out of a very, very long list.

What are some of your favorite moments?

Franchises I Am So Thankful Continued On When I Thought They Were Dead

Ever think a franchise, whether from a movie, TV show, book, game…anything… was over and done with, only to surprise you years later with something more? This always fills me with gratitude beyond words, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to see more into the characters or stories that I love. So let’s see some of my favorites!

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This is probably the biggest return, as it is going stronger than ever today.

I spent the earliest days of my childhood obsessing over the original Star Wars trilogy. I loved everything about the movies, and the copious amount of toys that came with it. I wanted to own them all. (Consequently, I only had about 10).

I yearned to see what happened before A New Hope, for I desperately wanted to learn about Vader’s fall into darkness, the Clone Wars, and to just see a time where Jedi were plentiful.

First, we got the special editions. I was super-thrilled about that, but it was the same movies, but I figured it was better than nothing.

But then when I heard I was finally going to get my wish, I was beyond ecstatic. Just before my tenth birthday, a movie I literally was waiting my whole life for came out and started a new trilogy delivering the very things I wanted to see.

Fast-forward some 20 years and we are still getting Star Wars material. A plethora of comics, novels, TV shows, movies, both mainline and spin-off, so that now instead of waiting a decade for something new, it’s about a year. Heck we just got The Bad Batch premiere mere days ago!

I will continue to enjoy Star Wars in my adult life, until Disney inevitably runs it into the ground. But as long as Dave Filoni is creating things, I think we are in good hands.

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After American Wedding, one of my favorite movie series concluded. But after nine years, we received American Reunion, a continuation of the characters I so love trying to deal with middle-age adulthood. It happens to be my favorite in the series to boot!

There was rumor of a fifth movie years ago, but I think that has been squashed. I’m still holding out hope though!

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Dragon Ball Z was my favorite show as a kid…and pretty much still is. When it concluded, I was a mess. Sure, we had GT come out, but that was hardly anything comparable, and it wasn’t canon, so it just doesn’t really matter.

After about 20 years however, a new movie, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods was released, with the promise that if it did well, a new series would follow in it’s wake. This was some of the most exciting news I’ve ever heard. After one more movie, at long last, Dragon Ball Super began, and we were treated to an amazing series that surpasses even Z in my opinion!

While the show is currently on hiatus, it is confirmed to be coming back eventually. We have since been treated to one more movie, which is probably the best thing in DB history, and continued monthly releases of the manga, which is continuing the storyline!

Of all the items on this list, Dragon Ball Super is the one I am easily the most thankful for. Each month when I read the new manga chapter, I can hardly believe a series I thought dead in my early-teens is going strong in my early thirties!

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Like Star Wars, I spent a lot of my childhood watching the Rambo trilogy.

The trilogy concluded about a year before I was born, so I never thought I’d see a new Rambo movie, despite rumors about it floating around for over a decade. But finally, in 2008, 20 years after the third one, we were treated to Rambo.

I still remember perfectly going to see it opening night to a sold out theater of excited fans, red bands tied around many of their heads. Quotes from the movies were shouted out during the previews, cheers rang out throughout Rambo’s more awesome exploits. All-in-all, it was the best theater experience I had ever been to.

But then, 11 years after that, we got yet another Rambo movie! I was thrilled beyond words yet again. Now one of my favorite movie franchises that I thought was dead before I was even born had given me a movie when I was 18, and 30. I can’t ask for much more than that. Except I’m hoping for a sixth one, despite Stallone being very old at this point.

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Going along with Rambo, a sixth Rocky movie was rumored to be in the works for over 10 years. I also watched this series all the time as a kid. The fifth movie came out in 1990, but in 2006, we finally got that sequel! Better yet, we see the character return in a spin-off movie series, Creed, in 2015, and 2018!

Every time I watch these listed items, I seriously feel so appreciative that they even exist, so far in the future when I thought they were long gone.

I will add more as I think of them.

Is there anything that has made a comeback that you have a hard time believing yet are thrilled about?

Ever Wonder Why Most Villains Want To Take Over The World?

Seriously, most villains from any type of media have some interest in taking over the world. Sure, some of them just want to recreate it in their own image, unable to stomach the world they live in, but I’m talking about the ones that simply want to rule it, for no reason other than being on top.

But think about it. Why would anyone want that kind of responsibility?

It seems like a big enough pain to run a country, let alone a population consisting of billions of people. Is it really all that exciting to rule over all of them? And of course, as villains, they rule with an iron fist, using fear to control everyone.

But why do they need to control everyone? Just so they can have their way for everything and do whatever they want? What a bunch of spoiled, selfish brats! And honestly, they can do this anyway. Villains usually rise to power because they have power and ability the rest of the world can’t possibly compete with. So they can do whatever they want anyway. No one would be able to stop them. Why piss off billions of people and make enemies out of them all?

Think about it. If villains didn’t make a global stink, no hero would ever turn up to stop them, or even if they succeeded in taking over the world, revolution would always be on the minds of the people. So the newfound leader will always be under some kind of threat, just as those ruled are.

And honestly, villains, why would you want the stress of ruling the world? Or is it all just about sitting on a throne in front of the whole world? Are villains really all that egotistical? That’s gotta be why. If they wanted money, or some kind of rare item, they could effortlessly steal it, or win it in some kind of fighting tournament, like UFC or frickin’ boxing! Why go through all the trouble of taking over the world, usually through means of an absurdly complicated plan that sometimes could take years or even decades to complete.

So it must be power they want. But not the individual power they already possess. No, that’s not enough. They want power over people, just so they can rub it in their faces, and the villain can say “I’m better than you, and if you don’t agree, I’ll kill you!”

Wow, so deep down, that’s the motivation behind most villains. A huge ego, a need to showoff, and a lack of love. I suppose if their parents treated these folks better, they would never become villains.

How lame, both villains, and their parents.

How about you? Would you be interested in global domination?

Mortal Kombat Movie Review (No Spoilers)

Having put collectively give or take 3 hours into Mortal Kombat games in my lifetime, I wasn’t all that interested in seeing the new movie, despite being a fan of the original movie, that I only saw one time back in like 1997 or whenever.

Until my brother showed me the trailer. Then I couldn’t wait for it.

At last the movie came out, and I jumped on the chance to finally view it. And this is what I’ve got to say for people potentially interested in seeing it.

I don’t read reviews on pretty much anything, but knowing movie critics, they probably tear this movie to shreds. It has a bare-bones story, little to no character development, and a whole lot of violent fights complete with fatality moves and lots of CG effects.

Basically a movie critics nightmare. But a Mortal Kombat fans dream.

The movie takes an over-the-top violent fighting game and turns it into a fantastic film, with plenty of nods to the games, as well as a butt-ton of characters and special moves taken from the various titles.

In short, if you love violent action/fighting movies, this is going to rock your world. Even more so if you are familiar with the series. I feel like I would appreciate it a lot more if I actually knew much about the games.

If you are looking for a fleshed out story with deep characters, and not a fan of violence, well then I don’t know why you would ever be interested in watching this to begin with…

But if you want to see your favorite Mortal Kombat characters beat the hell out of each other like a live action video game, then do yourself a favor and watch it!

The only complaint I have is they had the audacity to fully dress Mileena instead of looking like this…

 

What’s So Great About the Works of Hayao Miyazaki?

My whole life, I have heard pretty much anyone who has seen any of his works rave about how he is a genius and makes the best movies ever.

Up until about a year ago, the only film I had seen by him was Princess Mononoke, which my brother got from a friend when we were middle-schoolish age. To this date, that is still his favorite movie of all time. I did not like it then and never finished watching it. About a year ago, as I said, this same brother gave me a whole collection of Miyazaki films. (If he loves him so much, why the heck did he give them to me?)

So I’m going to run down these films real quick, and see if Mr. Miyazaki lives up to all the hype.

A bunch of his older ones on the compilation didn’t work. I might be grateful for that…

My Neighbor Totoro:

So many people are obsessed with Totoro. And I can’t possibly fathom why. I can see maybe five-year-olds liking this, and that’s about it. It is literally, literally, the worst movie I have ever seen. Nothing happens in it, and Totoro is so obnoxiously loud when he does he roar/burp thing. And the kids in it…oh my God they are so annoying.

Kiki’s Delivery Service:

This one is okay. It’s at least watchable. I think this was like the fourth one in the compilation I watched, and the first I could say that about. Regardless, it’s hardly anything I would recommend to any one.

Pom Poko:

This one is about a bunch of Tanooki whose forests are getting destroyed. It’s really long and pretty awful.

Princess Mononoke:

Yeah…after 20 years I hate this even more. This is one of the slowest moving movies of all time. It pushes the three hour mark! I don’t mind long movies, but nothing happens half the time. The entire story could be wrapped up in 60-90 minutes.

Spirited Away:

This movie is weird as all heck, and I actually really liked it!

Howl’s Moving Castle:

The book is way better, and I hate the book…

Ponyo:

It’s pretty lousy.

Well that’s it for the Miyazaki films I’ve seen. The compilation consists of other movies from Studio Ghibli, some that were good, okay, and bad, but anyway, the whole point I’m trying to make is…

Miyazaki is highly overrated!!!

But such is my opinion. To each their own.

Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau Continue To Show How Disconnected The Folks Behind the Sequel Trilogy Are To Fans

Star Wars is a tricky thing to pull off, as there is so much nostalgia and personal wishes and all that behind it, especially the original trilogy. It’s impossible to please everyone, especially around this massive media franchise.

When George Lucas sold his massive media franchise, we were all uncertain what would become of Star Wars. The sequel trilogy was nothing more than an obvious cash grab. They put Han, Luke, and Leia in it only for the purpose of selling tickets. And then they threw tons of nostalgic bits and easter eggs to hopefully distract us from the fact that the actual story was kind of tossed together and made up as they went along. While the world was set in the Star Wars universe, it didn’t really feel like a true continuation of episode 6, and certainly does not feel worthy to be included in the “Skywalker Saga.”

In short, the films, while more or less good in some ways, seem to go out of their way to make sure they don’t please anyone.

But Dave Filoni, who is basically George Lucas 2.0 and has worked very closely with GL over the run of the incredible Clone Wars series, has made sure Star Wars fans still have something to look forward to.

And now Jon Favreau has joined in with his successful series The Mandalorian. In addition to that, Rebels and Season 7 of Clone Wars by Dave Filoni have been nothing short of a dream come true.

These shows create their own stories, but dig deeply into the lore of Star Wars, using characters and items to enhance the stories, and give some truly awesome moments to these beloved characters that we never got to see in the movies.

The only film since Disney took over to do something successfully similar to this was Solo. That movie is by far the best Star Wars film Disney produced, mainly for the same reasons that make the aforementioned television series’ so good. Rogue One did this pretty well also, but there was tons more lore in Solo.

Sure, these backstories and series’ have an easier time in a way, for they are all told within existing timelines, with existing characters, so it’s easier to pull ideas from them and include them into their own stories, but even so, Dave and Jon manage to create unique stories within a far greater story/universe, and take the best parts to bulk up their story-telling and actually give the fans what they want to see.

This is because the gentleman are clearly fans. They know what we want, because they grew up wanting the same things. Again, everyone wants different things, but there are just some things pretty much everyone wants to see, and these guys are nailing it time and time again.

After watching all these successes, it’s painfully obvious how disconnected the film makers behind the sequel trilogy are to fans and how they obviously aren’t fans of the franchise themselves…or at least not HUGE fans like most people are when it comes to Star Wars.

It is basically to the point where the tv series’ are the actual Star Wars to see, with the movies kind of just filler set in the background. 

But aside from Mando, it sounds like many people have not watched Clone Wars or Rebels, which is crazy, because most of Mando’s biggest moments pull from those shows, so viewers will have no sense of how important those moments are, and they miss out on those awesome “Oh my God!” moments.

Anyway, I am glad these two have plenty more shows lined up in the coming years. I was nervous when George gave it up, but at least there are some fans with knowledge of the universe working to give us something memorable and thrilling, utilizing the lore of one of the most iconic…things of all time, instead of dangling it in front of us and pulling it away, just to make a butt-ton of money like the movies did.

The Best Bromances In Media

Awhile ago I made a post about the best romances in media. Now it’s time to chronicle some of my favorite bromances, that is to say, some of the best guy-guy friendships that really give a sense of true loyalty and brotherhood, thus drastically enhancing their character interaction and stories.

Oliver Queen & John Diggle (Arrow)

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Vigilantism can certainly bond partners in crime-fighting. Diggle started out as an unwanted body guard, but they quickly became partners, then brothers. They always have each others backs, constantly give advice to one another, especially when it comes to telling the hard truth during emotional trauma that helps them see the light. They are not afraid to speak from the heart, or tell them when the other is doing something stupid.

So whether they are arguing, or having a heart-to-heart, their scenes are vastly enhanced thanks to the  wonderful on-screen chemistry these two actors share.

Sora & Riku (Kingdom Hearts)

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These two have been best friends their whole lives, but also rivals. Into the same exact activities, and at one point, the same girl, the two constantly try to outdo the other. When they are separated by the darkness, their friendship is put to the test, but their rivalry grows far greater.

But in the end, these two will do anything for each other. They literally will travel across dozens of worlds, slaying countless foes, just to see each other safe, sacrificing everything to rescue them from danger.

Rocky Balboa & Apollo Creed (Rocky)

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Never have friends beat the hell out of each as much as these two. They start out as fierce enemies, but eventually grow to rivals and best friends. Their on-screen interactions are fun to watch, given their history and similar loves in life. I wish they showed more of their friendship in the films, but there is enough to know these two are bros.

Even after his death in Rocky IV, Apollo’s presence is felt when Rocky is training in Russia. And the Creed movies, which take place decades later, even further enhances how close these two were.

Gimli & Legolas (The Lord of the Rings)

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Dwarves and Elves kind of hate each other. And it started out the same with these two. But three long movies of them doing nothing but fighting side by side kind of inevitably turns that hate into fierce loyalty. These two eventually become inseparable. They are such masters at killing that they turn it into a game, creating a friendly rivalry between the two characters.

Their small banter, general conversations, and fierce fighting make these two so much fun to watch.

Gilbert Blythe & Sebastian Lacroix (Anne With An E)

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There are many ways to form an unbreakable friendship. Shoveling coal on a ship is one of them. These two become such close friends that they travel around the world together (while shoveling coal) visiting each other’s home towns, and eventually settling down on Gilbert’s late father’s farm, where the two work together to maintain it, while building their own lives.

They both go through so many tragedies, but never fall, for the other is there for them to lean on. They are both extremely likeable characters, and seeing them together is a real treat. They joke around as friends, but also have extreme heart-to-hearts, as if they are true brothers.

And that’s all I can think of at the moment. I’ll add more as I discover/think of them.

Who are your favorite bromances?

Is Goku Really That Strong?

Goku is the main protagonist of the long-running Dragon Ball series and probably the most well-known anime character of all time, thus I really don’t need to give him an introduction.

Goku is depicted as this unstoppable beast of a martial artist. When the going gets tough, the Z-fighters go to Goku to solve their problems. He’s typically the only one who can stand up to the ever more powerful villains that seem to want to kill him all the time. And even when he’s not strong enough to take them down, he pushes himself until that becomes possible.

So in the Dragon Ball universe, Goku is pretty much the top tier ass-kicker. Compared to all his companions, he is leaps and bounds above them in power. Even Vegeta, Goku’s rival Saiyan and second-most powerful fighter, always seems to be miles and miles behind Goku.

But I gotta wonder. Is Goku really as strong as the shows make him out to be? Because for the most part. Goku gets huge advantages over his comrades, mainly because he let’s them do all the hard parts, while he sits back and watches from a safe distance. So despite usually being the hero that comes out on top each story arc, he really isn’t all that deserving of it.

Allow me to explain, by going through a large amount of Goku’s battles.

Pilaf:

Goku is captured by him and only breaks loose by turning into a giant ape. Granted he beats Pilaf multiple times in the future, but their first run in he nearly dies by the shrimp.

pilaf ape

Jackie Chun:

Goku loses to him in the World Martial Arts Tournament

jackie beats goku

General Blue:

Goku fails to actually defeat him. The only things that save him from death are Bulma’s advances on Blue and a collapsing cave.

general blue bulma

Mercenary Tau:

Goku gets obliterated, and only lives by a stroke of luck. Sure he beats him later, but only after some hard training.

goku vs tau

Red Ribbon Army:

I’ll give him that one. Though that was like the equivalent of Bruce Lee knocking down a beehive with a bee suit on and armed with bee spray.

goku vs red ribbon

Tien:

Goku loses to him at the World Martial Arts Tournament

goku lose against tien

King Piccolo:

Goku gets beaten up by him a few times, and only barely manages to defeat him in the end, even after going through great lengths to gain a lot of strength.

goku losing to king piccolo

Piccolo:

Goku barely manages to win this fight in the World Martial Arts Tournament, so I guess he’s not a total wuss. But Piccolo had to fight Krillin and Kami before taking on Goku. While he was able to defeat them easily, they gave him more trouble than expected, thus he had to use up more energy, especially when reversing the Evil Containment Wave.

Goku had to fight Tien, who he beat easily, but with some effort, and then had a nice break against Chi-Chi, who posed no challenge at all. So Piccolo was clearly the more fatigued fighter going into their match.

goku vs piccolo

Raditz:

Goku flat out loses, and only manages to actually help kill Raditz by holding him down while Piccolo deals out the only attack between them powerful enough to kill Raditz. And Goku dies. So yeah. Weak.

goku dying against raditz

Nappa

Goku wins this fight easily, but only because Nappa had been fighting for a very long time, taking many attacks from a whole lot of fighters and using up a lot of energy in the process.

goku beats nappa

Vegeta:

He loses spectacularly. Only with the combined powers of himself, Krillin, Gohan, and Yajirobe, and extreme luck, does Vegeta finally go down.

goku kicked by vegeta

Ginyu Force:

Goku beats Recoome in one shot. Like Nappa, Recoome had taken a lost of abuse and expelled a large amount of energy, so sorry Goku, not that impressive.

Sure he managed to defeat Burter easily enough. But was he really all that strong? They always boasted how fast he was, so he probably wasn’t very strong. So as long as Goku could catch him, knocking him out shouldn’t be too difficult.

Jeice, well, he just seems like a big wuss, and is easily defeated by Vegeta later on, so that just shows Goku’s not so great.

And Captain Ginyu? Goku loses to him without them practically even fighting.

goku after body change

Frieza:

Frieza barely even tries in this fight, and completely obliterates Goku. And this is after Frieza has been fighting for a very long time, getting beat up a whole lot, and transforming three times, something that takes up a whole lot of energy.

Even after turning Super Saiyan, which only happens because the ones who counted on him to protect them die, Goku still barely manages to win, and only does because Frieza’s cut down by his own attack. So his own power could destroy him. Not Goku’s.

And krikey! Goku wasn’t even strong enough to kill him with a final blow. Frieza lived through that, and a planet exploding, while cut in two. So Goku, you don’t impress me.

goku vs frieza

Android 19:

Goku loses. Blame his heart condition all you want. But he fought first, which he hardly ever does, and just couldn’t win.

goku vs android 19

Cell:

Goku fights first and loses. He can’t even beat a Cell Jr.

goku vs cell

Pikkon:

They tie in Other-World Tournament. Jeez, the guy can’t even legitimately beat some no-name dead guy in a filler episode.

goku other world tmt

Yakkon:

So Goku wins this fight. But that’s because Yakkon isn’t all that strong. Like at all. He just hides in the dark, and uses his opponents blindness against them, which obviously means he’s compensating for his lack of strength.

yakkon

Majin Vegeta:

He loses. Sure he was holding back, but that’s his problem.

majin vegeta knocks out goku

Majin Buu:

This one’s a little complicated, as he fights he so many times in different forms.

He draws against fat Buu but later claims he could have beaten him, but wasn’t trying to. Yeah, keep telling yourself that, Goku.

He beats Buu viciously when fused with Vegeta, so that doesn’t count.

And he gets wrecked against Kid Buu, though again claims he could have beaten him if he had gone all out at the start of the fight.

He eventually does beat Buu, only after Vegeta and fat Buu hold him off for him so he could gather energy. But Goku can’t take credit, because the brilliant stategy to beat Buu was orchestrated by Vegeta, the butt-ton of energy required to destroy Buu did not belong to Goku, and he only managed to successfully overpower Buu with said energy after being healed by the eternal dragon. So yeah, not really Goku’s win.

goku vs kid buu

Beerus:

Goku loses. But he puts up the best fight among all the Z-fighters because he hides in the shadows while he watches all his friends get the hell beat out them so he can develop a strategy that he fails to come up with anyway. He also needs the power from five other Saiyans to become a Super Saiyan God to be able to stand up to Beerus, so not his own doing. And he still loses.

And let’s face it. Beerus was only ever hit by Goku because Vegeta punched him so damn hard that it shook up the Egyptian cat so much that he couldn’t focus when it came time to fighting Goku. Also, Beerus wasn’t even trying.

goku vs beerus

Golden Frieza:

He loses. The only hope he had of winning was because Frieza ran out of energy. Before that, he was in big trouble. And he still lost. And he would have died had Whis not saved the day, giving Goku another chance to save the world.

golden frieza vs goku

Frost:

He loses.

goku lost

Hit:

The only reason he does well against Hit is because Vegeta is used as a guinea pig. Watching Vegeta fight him allowed him to learn his Time-Skipping technique, but only after Whis explained it to him. Something Vegeta did not have the luxury of. And Goku still loses.

And Hit kills him immediately in their second fight.

hit vs goku

Goku Black/Zamasu:

He gets repeatedly destroyed by this pair. He actually never even manages to defeat them.

goku black zamasu goku

Bergamo:

Okay, so Goku wins this one. Big deal. They aren’t even in the same league. It’s like a 20-year-old punching a 10-year-old in the face.

goku vs bergamo

Jiren:

Goku fights and beats a lot of fighters in the Tournament of Power, but we’ll just focus on the main antagonist, Jiren. Long story short, Goku loses to him several times.

jiren beats goku

So I covered a lot of his fights, but not nearly all of them. These were mostly some of the bigger, more noteable ones.

The fact is, Goku only wins by joining the fight late, to take on fatigued fighters or else watching others fight first, and usually can only win with help of a handful of others.

So you are a great big wuss Goku!