My Top 10 Animated Disney Films

In conjunction with my post last week, where I ranked my roughly 10 favorite live-action Disney films, now I will be ranking my 10 favorite animated ones. I expect most of them to be the old classics I grew up watching, but we shall see!

 

#10 Robin Hood (1973)

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Robin Hood is a fox and his band of animals do what Robin Hood does best, steal from the rich and give to the poor, and attempt to marry Maid Marian, who conveniently is a fox as a well.

#9 Oliver and Company (1988)

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Disney’s take on Oliver Twist, this focuses on an adopted cat who gets lost and is taken in by a hobo and his ragtag band of thieving dogs, all the while battling a deadly loan shark who wants them all dead. There’s love, great songs, and ransom in this exciting tale!

 

#8 Bolt (2008)

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This is about an adorable action-star doggy who essentially gets lost and has to make his way out in the real world. Circumstances force him to see if he really has the stuff that he pretends to have in the movies. A massive test of character if you will.

 

#7 The Princess and the Frog (2009)

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An interesting take on the old children’s story, when Tiana, who is mistaken for a princess, is convinced to kiss a prince who’s been turned into a frog, but winds up a frog herself. Then the two go on an intense adventure both in personal growth, and survival. There are a lot of great characters, very sad moments, as well as heart-warming ones, and a lot of great songs, mostly focused around that awesome New Orleans sound.

 

#6 The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (1998)

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This movie focuses on Nala and Simba’s child, as well as the offspring of Scar. It’s essentially Romeo and Juliet…with lions. And it’s great. The songs are ridiculously good in it.

 

#5 The Lion King (1994)

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A tale about Simba, a lion prince who’s blamed for the death of his father and tricked into running away, where he’s content spending the rest of his life living with a warthog and a prairie dog until he is convinced to face his destiny by his starving ex-girlfriend. He must return to his old kingdom and retake it from his bloodthirsty uncle, all the while clearing his own name. Simba also gets beat up by a baboon for good measure.

 

#4 The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

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This is a sequel about two mice who work for an organization that work to help children. In this case, they need to free a child from a psychotic poacher who’s hell bent on killing some fancy, endangered eagle. Oh, and the kid too, who happens to be the eagle’s friend. Not to worry little boy, some rodent pests are on the job! It sounds silly, but it’s really good.

 

#3 The Rescuers (1977)

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This movie is really stinking dark. The entire setting, tone, themes, music. It’s all extremely dark and depressing. It’s about two mice who volunteer at an organization that helps kids in need. They embark on a dangerous journey to help an orphan who is adopted strictly for slave labor to mine in a cave that gets flooded at high tide. She is guarded by alligators, and when she is no longer needed, she’s left to die. It’s really a depressing and fantastic movie.

 

#2 Aladdin (1992)

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A homeless guy who’s only friend is a monkey is tricked by a sorcerer to find a lamp. He is left to die, but manages to steal the loot, which happens to contain a genie. After some intense life events, the homeless guy ends up nailing the hottest woman ever. All in all a very solid movie.

 

#1 Tangled (2010)

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This movie really surprised me. Every single character is great, even the villain. Rapunzel is absolutely adorable and innocent. She’s been locked in a tower her whole life, so virtually knows nothing about the world, until a wanted criminal with a moody horse accidentally find her, and after a bunch of intense and hilarious events, Rapunzel learns about her life that was robbed from her as a baby, as well as a few other things about life in general. This is seriously a great movie, very funny and entertaining.

Well, there you have it. So most of them I grew up watching. I am amazed that my favorite one actually came out when I was in college. I’m glad to know Disney is still making quality stuff after all these years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Top 10 Live-Action Disney Movies

I was recently asked to do a list of my favorite Disney movies. If you know anything about Disney at all, you know there are more than a few handfuls of these, so I will be splitting them into two lists, one for live-action, and one for animated. I will be keeping it straight Disney, which certainly means absolutely no Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, Fox, or whatever the heck they own nowadays. I’ve actually already done lists for Marvel and Pixar anyway. This list will also not include any of the recent live-action remakes of old animated movies, as I have not seen any of those.

 

#10 The Princess Diaries (2001)

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Okay, so I haven’t seen this movie in a long time…probably not since 2001 as a matter of fact. But I remember really liking it and watched it like three times in a week. I was also 12 at the time, so my opinion now could be vastly different. But I’m putting it on this list anyway, because there are very few movies, if any, where I can say I’ve watched it that many times in such a short period.

 

 

 

 

#9 D2: Mighty Ducks (1994)

d2 mighty ducks I have seen the first and third only once, but the second is the only one I ever owned, and I loved watching it. It’s funny and exciting. The hockey team is chosen to represent the US in some kind of tournament that I can’t remember, so off they go to a different country, while learning to work as a team. The wildly diverse cast makes everything a lot of fun to watch. This movie has given me an appreciation for hockey.

 

 

 

 

#8 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

homeward boundA movie about animals who can talk among themselves sounds cool enough, but when they think they’re abandoned and have to travel across a brutal and dangerous mountainside and return home miles upon miles away makes it sound even cooler. The main characters are diverse and likeable in their own ways. Each has strength and weaknesses, and they must use these strengths and make up for the other’s weaknesses to find their way home, even though if they just waited, they would have saved themselves the trouble.

 

#7 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Fransisco (1996)

homeward bound 2 These three animals tackled the treacherous mountain ranges, but how will they fare against the big city, where they must face dog catchers, blood-thirsty dog gangs…and love…again, all things that could have been avoided if they just stayed put. It’s amazing how these animals can be so dumb, and yet so awesome.

 

 

 

 

#6 National Treasure (2004)

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#5 National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

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#4 Remember the Titans (2000)

Remember_the_titansposterFor some reason, my middle and high school had us watch this movie like 10 times in a variety of classes, and I never knew it was Disney. At first glance, this seems like a stupid football movie, but it is so much more. A bunch of racists have to play football with some black folk. They start out enemies but eventually become brothers. Then they go along their final year in school, dealing with all the troubles kids do back in the 60’s or 70’s I think it was, with all sorts of dramatics. It is quite emotional and entertaining.

 

 

 

#3 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

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#2 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

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#1 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

pirates 3 This is the most ambitious and thrilling of the three. There’s pirate wars, sea monsters, sea witches, violence, heartbreak, a not-so-happy ending. Just awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So yeah, obviously I really enjoy the Pirates series. I haven’t seen the last two yet, but I’m willing to bet they would take up two of these spots as well.

There are a lot of great Disney live-action movies, so this was a tough list to be sure, but these are probably the 10 that have brought me the most enjoyment in my life.

My Top 10 Movies Series

I was recently challenged to make a list of my Top 10 movies of all time. That wouldn’t be very exciting, as most of them would all likely belong to one series or two. So instead, I will do my Top 10 movie series.

So without further ado, here they are!

#10 Halloween

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I haven’t seen the most recent film, but all the others I more or less liked, except Zombie’s Halloween II.

I really like the story and the development of the characters through each movie. The mysterious and intriguing relationship between Sam and Michael is very interesting, as well as the moments when Michael shows he might just have a soul somewhere deep down.

#9 Austin Powers

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These movies get better the older I get, probably because I was too young to get half the jokes when they first came out. They do an amazing job spoofing the old James Bond films, and the goofy jokes, and wackiness of everything gets me every time.

#8 Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy

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I can watch this trilogy all the time. The third one took a while to grow on me, but the first two are still two of my favorite super-hero films of all time, and considering they are 20 years old now, and made in a time before technology for such films really got going, that’s a pretty amazing thing to say.

I love the stories, and most importantly, the character relationships. I find them very gripping, and the emotion behind each character is amazing.

#7 American Pie

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I already did a series ranked on these movies. I am only referring to the four main movies. I haven’t seen any of the spin-offs. What I like about these movies so much, besides the incredible humor, is that everyone probably knows someone similar to all the characters in the movies, and can relate to each and every one of them. Not to mention, despite it’s crude, adult humor, there are very emotional issues the characters go through, which are all things people in real life have to deal with, thus allowing us to relate even more.

They are very powerful movies, propelled forward by outrageous humor.

#6 Jason Bourne

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These are probably my favorite action movies of all time. I am excluding Legacy in this. I didn’t really like that one.

I really enjoy the story and characters. This, amplified by the non-stop gun fights, car chases, and assassins fighting each other in hand-to-hand combat, makes for a really thrilling experience.

#5 Rambo

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Speaking of amazing action films, these are five of the best. What makes these better than the Bourne movies is Rambo. I really like his character. He’s this traumatized victim, struggling to find his way in life. Naturally, he is a quiet, innocent man that doesn’t want any trouble. But when trouble knocks on his door, all hell breaks loose, and he turns into a relentless, unstoppable killing machine. I think 1-3 and 5 are some of the greatest films ever made. And 4 is really good too.

I also like that each one brings awareness to real world problems, and they don’t hold back, showing some rather graphic things from time to time.

#4 Star Wars

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With 9 movies and 2 spin-off movies, there is a lot to talk about with Star Wars. I like every single film made, and only one did I ever dislike until I saw it three times. I can go on for days talking about what I like, but the whole connecting themes through three trilogies, the characters and how they grow and change, and everything about the force are probably my favorite things about it.

I really enjoy Lucas’ world building, and the technology he’s come up with as well.

#3 Avengers

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Some of the best coordinated action can be found in these movies. The first two are two of my favorite movies of all time, the third isn’t quite there, but is still incredible, and the fourth…meh…I didn’t really like it all that much.

But thanks to the first three, I can always go back and watch some truly jaw-dropping action.

#2 Captain America

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The first one is wonderful, the second is mind-blowing and intense, the third is easily the greatest action film ever made and will likely always hold that title in my heart. Steve Rogers is annoyingly likeable and it’s fun to watch how everyone he works with grows to like him, despite his often narrow-minded, tunnel-visiony sense of justice.

#1 Rocky

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I absolutely love everything about these movies. The emotion in each character can not be found anywhere else. It’s incredible to watch all these down-and-out characters grow personally, as well their relationships with others. The music is just as emotional and does an amazing job enhancing everything that happens.

Not to mention the training montages and fights are always exciting.

I will keep it short, cuz I could probably rant about these movies for a good long while. so let’s just say, it’s like seeing these movies for the first time every time I watch them, which is often.

One of my first posts ranks this series.

 

So ranking these was really hard. Rocky is absolutely my favorite series, and Halloween definitely belongs in the 10 spot, but the others are kind of up in the air as to what rank they place. Truthfully Jason Bourne and Rambo should probably be higher, but I don’t know. All I know is that these series’ have brought mucho goodness in my life.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi- Third Time’s the Charm

For some reason I feel the need to post about this every time I watch the Last Jedi.

If you’re curious, this is what I had to say the first time, and here’s what I said the second.

Basically, I didn’t like it the first time, and then claimed it was bad, but not as bad the second time.

Now the third time, I have to admit I enjoyed it.

It has great action, the characters are cool, there’s some decent humor. Heck, I didn’t even mind Rose this time around.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not thrilled about a lot of the decisions made in the movie, and the casino scene is still horrendous, but overall, it’s a solid movie that leaves a lot open for the ninth episode.

So basically, I’m saying I have hope Rise of Skywalker will smooth out everything, in which afterwards, The Last Jedi won’t seem so terrible, but a necessary component that sets some plots in motion, and simply puts others on hold, and ties the whole trilogy together.

I can see why the second movie may be the toughest to make, since it’s basically filler while the first episode starts up everything and the third concludes it. So the middle movie, as it stands alone without a complete trilogy may seem off and terrible.

Episodes 2 and 5 are my least favorite from the other trilogies (usually), so it’s no surprise this one will definitely be my least favorite in this trilogy too. Unless of course they really mess up Episode 9.

But anyway, I never go into any movie with any kind of expectations, except for Last Jedi, for it was something I wanted to see for literally as long as I can remember, and that is why it fell flat for me, and many other people too. But now that I know what happens and the shock has worn off, and I’ve accepted that this is what it is, I have found enjoyment in it.

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Kingdom Hearts III- The End of Something I Have Cherished Most of my Life

Don’t worry, this post contains no spoilers.

I fell in love with Kingdom Hearts the second I played it. It came to me at the right time in my life. I had always wanted to like RPG’s but for the most part found them far too unnecessarily complicated with all the materials, controls, traveling, stats, and spells. I wanted to love them, for I like big stories with a bunch of characters and all that, but it was never worth the time getting to learn the complicated systems of the games.

Then Kingdom Hearts found me when I was around 12 or 13 years old, and I had been delivered what I had always hoped for. An RPG that takes all the best elements and dumbs them down significantly, while combining it with action adventure, my favorite genre.

On top of the ridiculously clever gameplay and opportunity to visit places from the movies I watched so often growing up, I found there was an incredible story being told throughout, making the series original characters some of the best fictional characters I have ever seen, somehow completely overshadowing the beloved Disney characters.

I beat the game and loved it. When KH2 came out, I had missed Chain of Memories and found the story all quite confusing and overwhelming at first, but despite having no idea what was going on, by the end of the game, I gathered the gist of it and realized I had just finished one of the best games I have ever played, with THE best story line, told in a positively convoluted, confusing, and delightful way that I adored.

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I remember beating it, watching the secret movie for BBS and wondering what the heck it could all possibly mean. The moment I beat the game, I immediately took to the internet to research Kingdom Hearts 3 and when it would be coming out. Little did I know that I would be waiting for over a decade.

But that’s not to say we weren’t treated to nothing in all that time. Firstly, I immediately got hold of Chain of Memories, which helped ease some of my confusion, but then I still waited for several years to get a new game…a DS game by the name 358/2 Days. Immediately I loved it just by reading the title, it was so ridiculously cryptic and weird, the things I love about KH. This game finally told us what all that Roxas business in the beginning of the second game was about, and gave us a deeper look into all the black coated fiends you slaughtered in the two previous games.

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Then to my delight we were treated to another game, Birth By Sleep, less than a year later. But I soon found myself despairing, for it was a PSP exclusive, something I didn’t own. But forget that, I needed to play it. At last I would learn what that secret video from KH2 was all about, so I bought the KH special edition PSP solely for that game and still have no regrets in doing so. I played this game for hours upon hours. I don’t even want to know how many.

And then again in a year, we got another game that finally told us what the message in a bottle said at the end of KH2 and at long last advancing the story beyond 2, not a prequel to it.

3 games in the span of a year. We were finally being rewarded for all our patience.

Then we had to wait nearly another 2 years for the game that set us up for 3, the big one, the conclusion.

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After completing Dream Drop Distance, I had that same feeling I did when I first beat KH2. But the PS3 came and went with no KH3 to be seen.

Finally, after a 7 year wait, the game is released and I couldn’t believe it when I started to play it. And then I found I couldn’t stop. Finally, after a week, I beat it and the conflict that started back when I was 12 years old has finally been concluded now, when I am 29, nearly 17 years after the first game.

I loved the game, and I loved the ending, but now I feel so empty. What do you do when something you have looked forward to for more than half your life ends?

Yes, there is more to look forward to, but it’s like I have finally grown up. The 12 year old kid in me has finally moved on, vanished like a heart disappearing up into Kingdom Hearts. I am ecstatic that I beat the game, yet at the same time, was so terrified of beating it the closer I got to the end.

I realize this is just a video game, but the story and it’s characters have always meant so much to me, beyond any book, game, movie or any other form of media has ever reached me.

I feel similar every time I beat a Kingdom Hearts game.  It’s like spending time with those characters was something truly great to me and the time I spend playing these games will always be cherished. But like how Sora has to say goodbye to his friends every time he leaves a world, I too must close this chapter on my life, and make room for a new adventure.

So I guess I am trying to say, thank you Tetsuya Nomura for bringing to life such a fantastic story, Square-Enix for making such a fun game, and Disney, for allowing them to use your characters to kill a bunch of monsters.

If you make one person feel the way I do about KH, on any form of media, for any product, then the creators of that media have done their job and should be proud.

Thanks again, I can’t wait to see what else you bring us!

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Kingdom Hearts Series Ranked

In celebration of the extremely long awaited Kingdom Hearts III (it’s hard to believe it’s nearly here) I am going to rank all the games from worst to best in my opinion. I will just be listing the base games, not all the Re:this or that or Final Mix versions and compilation games.

So without further ado, here we go!

 

*UPDATE 2/8/19* Added Kingdom Hearts III to list.

#10

Kingdom Hearts Unchained X

2016, Mobile

Times Beaten- N/A

This is a mobile phone game where you collect and upgrade medals of characters from Kingdom Hearts, Disney, and Final Fantasy. You use these medals to perform special attacks. The more powerful you become, the more quests you can take on and the more rewards you will reap. It is a never ending soul sucking game, but I continue to play it everyday…such is my devotion to Kingdom Hearts. For a free to play game, the devs are extremely generous in giving you a lot of stuff, and overall, it’s probably the best mobile game out there.

#9

Kingdom Hearts .2 Birth By Sleep

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2017, PlayStation 4

Times Beaten- 1

This is a brand new entry included in Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (rolls right off the tongue) that takes place right after Birth By Sleep and uncovers a lot of mysteries leading up to Kingdom Hearts 1. Well some mysteries anyway.

This is actually a fantastic game, which really gives us a taste of what to expect from Kingdom Hearts III. The only reason it is so low on the list is because of how short it is (less than 3 hours).

#8

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

GameBoy Advanced, 2004- PlayStation 2, 2008

Times Beaten- GBA 2, PS2, 2

This, gameplay wise, is not very fun. The game itself is very long, especially with the Riku story. It wouldn’t be so bad if the card system was better, but it is so annoying to have your cards broken all the time, making the game very grindy and monotonous. The story is very interesting however, which makes it all worth it, taking place immediately after the first game.

#7

Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded

DS, 2011

Times Beaten- 1

Taking place right after KH2, this takes us on a very unusual journey with some rather differentish gameplay. I wasn’t all that crazy about this one, and the story did little for the overall arc.

#6

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

DS, 2009

Times Beaten- 2

This is where the games really start to get incredible. This varies the gameplay up a bit, having you run missions for Organization XIII. There’s an awesome multiplayer where you can play as all the members, and the story, which takes place during the later end of 1, all of CoM and leads directly into 2, fills in a whole lot of confusing things that occur during CoM and especially 2. And the game is incredibly fun to boot!

#5

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

3DS, 2012

Times Beaten- 2

Taking place after Re:Coded, this one takes us right up into KH3. The gameplay is quite good, the story rather mindblowing, and the dream eaters…meh…Fortunately the game is so stinking fun it’s easy to forget about the constant care of those needy creatures. And for the first time, you switch off between playing as Sora and Riku, which is most welcome.

#4

Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep

PlayStation Portable, 2010

Times Beaten- 4

I have easily put the most time into this game. Taking place like 10 years before the first game, you play as 3 wannabe keyblade masters and experience how each of them is set on a different path that leads to nowhere good. The story, gameplay, and skill customization is wonderful. This is the reason I bought a PSP and have no regrets.

#3

Kingdom Hearts

PlayStation 2, 2002

Times Beaten- Around 5

I can still remember playing this for the first time after refusing to have any interest in it for over a year. When my brother convinced me to play it, I fell in love immediately. The story gripped me so, the Disney characters were awesome, seeing them kill stuff was even more awesome.

As far as gameplay goes, this has some of the worst in the series, but it still holds up enough. It was the first in the series so it gets a break. It’s still a great game and one I still get excited about playing.

#2

Kingdom Hearts II

PlayStation 2, 2005

Times Beaten- Around 4

This is by far and away the best game in the series. The gameplay is absolutely perfect. There are so many abilities to use that keep it fresh, but even just mashing the X button is highly satisfying. The story is as wonderful as ever, leaving us all dying to see what happens next, until Re: Coded came out that is. This is definitely a masterpiece to go down in history.

#1

Kingdom Hearts III

PlayStation 4, 2019

Times Beaten- 1

The conclusion to the Xehanort saga, this game focuses on Sora and company looking for all the other characters that have had relevance in the series. It’s a fun ride, with interesting connections and reasoning for going to each world, whether it be a clever connection to the world itself or the characters themselves. There are less worlds, but they are much, much bigger.

The best part of this game is that it takes the gameplay of KH2, and just makes it better, with all sorts of wild attacks and transformations that are awesome looking, on top of being powerful. I couldn’t stop playing the game. It is so much fun and so diverse. Well worth the wait!

And that’s it!

If you have never played these games, I highly recommend getting the story so far compilation and prepare to have your mind blown with exceptional gameplay and a crazy, amazing story.

Solo Is Fantastic!!! (No Spoilers)

As the title says, it is amazing, though if you have not seen the Clone Wars and Rebels shows, there are going to be some very confusing moments and you’ll miss some cool shout outs and nods to the shows.

But the movie gives you almost everything one would want to see in a movie about Han Solo and it is an intense, wild ride. Probably my third favorite Star Wars movie.

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!

#20- 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.

#19- The Incredibles 2 (2018)

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Having just watched this a few months ago, I really have no memory of it, but I remember possibly thinking I didn’t like it as much as the first. I don’t know, maybe this one will move up in the future.

#18- 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.

 

 

 

 

 

#17- The Good Dinosaur (2015)

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A nice, heart warming and at times weird tale. This is the classic personal growth adventure where enemies become friends. The only issue is the main character is a bit too whiny and annoying.

#16- Coco

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This is a clever, unique and heart-warming tale focused around a fatherless boy and that Death Day Mexican holiday thing…and guitars. Very good.

 

#15- 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.

#14- A Bug’s Life (1998)

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The entertaining tale of an outcast oddball turned hero. Very good movie.

 

#13- Finding Dory (2016)

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

#12- 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.

#11- 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.

#10- 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.

#9- 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.

#8- Cars 2 (2011)

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They really changed the pace of this movie, making it a James Bond movie…but with motor vehicles. It’s still got some charm and a whole lot of action. Very different from the first one.

#7- Cars 3 (2017)

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This one goes back to more the style of the first one, but easily makes it it’s own movie. It is really a great film and I love the direction they went with it.

#6- 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.

#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!

 

Series Ranked: Marvel Movies (Avengers Universe)

So for the past 10 years, we’ve been getting like 3 Marvel superhero movies a year, most of them connected to the others in one way or another, all of them eventually meeting up on screen at some point. There are a seemingly endless amount of TV shows set in the same universe and countless movies from outside.

Many of these shows and movies are good, and many are not so good. Today, I am going to be taking a look at the Marvel movies set in the Avengers Universe and ranking them from worst to best, in my opinion.

So here we go!!

#23 Iron Man 2 (2010)

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I was hoping this would be one of the best movies ever made, since all the origin stuff was taken care of in the first movie.

Nope. It was crap. And the ending was unbelievably anti-climatic. The only good thing about this movie was it introduced Black Widow, one of the hottest ladies on the planet.

 

 

 

#22 Iron Man 3 (2013)

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Okay, so after two movies of barely having Iron Man in it, you would think they would shape up for this movie, right?

Nope. They might as well rename this trilogy Tony Stark, for he is in it almost the entirety of the time instead of Iron Man. Why bother making superhero movies if you aren’t even going to showcase them kicking butt and blowing stuff up most of the time? Though the ending is pretty cool this time around.

But the best part of the movie, I now just realized, is this poster to the left. Pepper looks sexy as heck.

 

#21 Thor: The Dark World (2013)

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So this is the first movie that I would not consider bad, but just…okayyyyy.

It isn’t all that memorable, but it does have a few good parts, but a disappointing ending.

You know what the best part of this movie is? If you guessed Natalie Portman on the poster, then you are right, my friend!

 

 

 

 

 

#20 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

spider man far from home This is a well made movie, but if you want to see some good Spider-Man scenes, you won’t find them here. There’s really only two good action scenes, and Mysterio is the main focus on the first one. The final fight is awesome, but the villain’s motivation is more or less the same as The Vulture’s, which was already horrible, but at least in this the villain isn’t trying to kill everyone.

The plot is good, and it has you questioning a lot of the the time what it real or not. The new costumes are cool too.

But other than that, it’s just an okay movie that is easy enough to sit through. It also has a huge hard-on for Tony Stark the whole time, which takes away from the overall experience. Definitely the worst Spider-Man movie ever made though. Just barely falling short of…

#19 Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

spider-man-homecoming-vertical1 I liked this movie, but it lacked so much that it really prevented it from being all that great. The villain seems to be just thrown into the movie for the sake of having a villain with no backstory or motivation whatsoever. He gets kicked off a job and starts killing people…okay…

Peter’s high pitched voice kind of gets annoying after a while, the fight scenes are all awful except one. Spidey is way cooler in Civil War, the whole movie is just focusing on Peter wanting to be an Avenger and him essentially becoming Iron Man .2.

But it could definitely be worse.

 

#18 Iron Man (2008)

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This is the first movie in the Avengers Universe. Iron Man, aside from maybe Spider-Man, is my favorite hero, so I was thrilled that they started with him. It’s an interesting movie that is fun to watch, but the whole movie is about him making the suit, only giving Iron Man two or three really cool scenes.

The movie as a whole is just okay.

And there’s not even a hot girl on the poster…

 

 

#17 Thor (2011)

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This is another okay movie, though it is highly more involved and entertaining than it’s sequel. It is enjoyable enough to get through, but nothing all that good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#16 Avengers EndGame (2019)

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Even though this one focuses on a smaller cast of characters than Infinity War, it manages to still feel completely overcrowded, far more so than the previous entry, especially in the end, where most of the hero’s just have a quick cameo. Even Thanos is way worse a character than he was in the first.

This is essentially a virtual yearbook, looking back on the whole Avengers universe and paying homage to most of the original Avengers. But the movie is sorely lacking in its usual humor (though there is some), and jaw dropping action. In fact, there is only one really good fight, and it isn’t all that long.

Is it a good movie? Absolutely…I would label it the best disappointment of all time.

#15 Captain Marvel (2019)

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This is a solid movie, but nothing incredible or anything. It has some cool fights, an entertaining story with some awesome 90’s nostalgia. but Captain Marvel is basically a cocky, overpowered, less interesting Iron Man, so meh. And the last fight was disappointing.

#14 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

gg2This is a weird one. It is highly enjoyable, but mostly as a comedy. There is some cool action in the movie. But really only Rocket and Star Lord are the only ones relevant to the movie. The others are just there as a romantic interest and comic relief. I just feel like nothing really happens in this movie. It mostly fleshes out Star Lord’s back story, thus making it feel more like an origin movie. But it is still excellent.

#13 The Incredible Hulk (2008)

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This is the first movie on the list I can honestly say is good. This was made more in the style of old school superhero movies, meaning it was a lot more simple with only one enemy and a few epic fight scenes. Though this was more well done, making both versions of Bruce Banner very interesting. The movie kept me intrigued the whole time, and kept me entertained throughout.

 

 

 

#12 Black Panther (2018)

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The brandy newest movie from the Marvel machine. This is a good movie, but it has so many flaws which dampen it from being a great movie. The motivation behind the main villain is stupid and out of place, and there isn’t all that much action. Somehow, the Black Panther was a way more involved character in Civil War and had better action scenes.

Overall, it suffers just as badly as all the other origin movies, though it is done a bit better.

 

 

 

#11 Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

antman waspThis movie is both fantastic and disappointing.

As a comedy/heist movie, it is golden. It really is very funny. But as a super-hero movie…meh. There are only about two fight scenes in it, though incredible and clever ones. The Wasp is awesome, (and hot) and the villain is cool…well looks cool. What they did with the villain is lame and boring. Overall, it’s a clever and hilarious journey that is worth checking out.

#10 Ant-Man (2015)

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I wasn’t really into this movie the first time I saw it, but the second time I watched it, I was very impressed. It is very unique within the Marvel universe, has great humor and action as well.

Finally, an origin movie done right!

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9 Doctor Strange (2016)

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Like Ant-Man, this is another unique and truly good origin movie. This has some truly great action in it, which is what I am looking for! The story is definitely bizarre, but interesting. It is a very well put together film.

 

 

 

 

#8 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Just when I had given up on Marvel, thinking only movies with Captain America involved with them are good, my brother showed me this and my faith was restored. This is a highly entertaining, funny, unique movie, with plenty of action and other fun scenes. Very well done. Especially for an origin movie.

 

 

 

 

 

#7 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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What???? An origin movie that is absolutely amazing? I never thought I would see the day until this came out. This is what an origin movie should be like. It takes just the early part of the movie to establish how he becomes Captain America, and they also take that time to develop his character, so that most of the movie is action packed, and tells a great and interesting story.

 

 

 

 

#6 Thor: Ragnarok (2018)

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Wow, who would have thought…a good…no a great Thor movie. From beginning to end, this is a very funny and entertaining movie with great action to boot! I really enjoyed it!

#5 Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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This is truly a spectacular movie with tons of great action and flashy fight scenes. Everyone is awesome in it, especially Thanos. He is truly a great character who makes you wonder if he is the bad guy, or are the Avengers? The movie does suffer from an overly large cast however, giving only a little taste of everyone, instead of big awesome chunks of a few characters. Definitely one to remember!

#4 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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This movie blew me away. I could not believe how good it was, raising itself high above almost every other superhero movie ever made. Tons of amazingly choreographed fights, plus a crap ton of other action, and again, an awesome story with a great villain.

Oh and then there is Black Widow. You see her on that poster, I know you do. Mmm…

 

 

 

 

 

#3 The Avengers (2012)

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I almost cried the first time I saw this movie. This set the bar for what a superhero movie should be. Incredible action, good story and villains, and incredible action.

This is also the movie where I first laid eyes on Black Widow and fell in love.

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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This is quite an amazing movie. Great action, character development for the lesser Avengers, a cool villain and story…just awesome.

And I don’t have to mention Black Widow.

 

 

 

#1 Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America Civil War poster

DANG! This movie is a dream come true. I was super apprehensive that this movie would be good, what with their being so many characters in it, but they somehow are all fleshed out, have a good amount of screen time, and are all interesting. But then there is the action. This movie is 90% action, 10% thought provoking story. This is the film all future superhero movies should strive to be like. It is perfect.

Tournament of Hotties: Disney Princesses (Final)

Well here we are, the finals. Two Princesses fought and clawed their way to the top, but now we will at long last get to see who is hottest.

Catch up on the previous rounds listed here, and without further ado, here is finalist #1!!

Say hello to the Princess of Agrabah!!!

 

Jasmine

Seriously, how can she look hotter drawn than as a real person!!! She is crazy hot.

But here are some pictures of one of the hottest women on Earth dressed as one of the hottest animated women. This should be good.

Yep…definitely good.

And what is hotter than a little girl on girl?

 

VS

 

Next up we have the Princess of….Somewhere!!! This unheard of beauty has taken down more girls than any other in this tournament. Now that she only is up against one other, it should be easy for her, right? Well, we shall see. There isn’t much to show for her unfortunately, but I’ll do my best to showcase this hottie.

Giselle

Her long hair flowing over those loose shoulders is very sexy. And her hot, body hugging night gown, or dress just makes you wild over her, slim, tight body.

Since that’s all I could find, here’s some repeats.

I don’t know anything about her, but I want to. She is just a very alluring woman…uh…drawing. Any piece of skin she is showing off is so hot. Problem is, the same can be said for Jasmine. So which of the two is the hottest Disney Princess?

Honestly this a no contest. The whole tournament has practically been a no contest for this woman. She is simply put, a goddess. She can give Jessica Rabbit a run for her money, and anyone who can say that is just amazingly drawn. But in addition to her phenomenal looks, it’s her personality that adds to her incredible hotness. It’s so tough, yet kind, yet sexy…omg is it sexy. This is the woman of every man’s dream.

Winner of Tournament

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Anyone who has seen Aladdin will understand why she deserves the win. So congratulations Jasmine, for being the hottest creation the fine folk at Disney have ever come up with!

And as always, here is the ranking of all our brilliantly drawn women, ranked from least hottest, to hottest. In parentheses will be how far into the tournament they made it.

#19-Eilonwy (Round 1)

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#18-Merida (Round 1)

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#17-Snow White (Round 1)

Snow White poison apple

#16-Moanna (Round 1)

moanna water

#15-Megara (Round 1)

meg belly dancer

#14- Anna (Round 2)

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#13-Mulan (Round 1)

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#12-Tiana (Round 1)

tiana green bikini

#11-Kida (Round 2)

kida drawn hot

#10-Pocahontas (Round 2)

Pocahontas near nude

#9-Aurora (Round 1)

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#8-Elsa (Round 1)

elsa sexy

#7-Cinderella (Round 2)

Cindarella 12th stroke of midnight

#6-Elena (Round 2)

elena

#5-Rapunzel (Semi-Finalist)

Rapunzel letting her hair down

#4-Giselle (Runner Up)

Giselle

#3-Belle (Round 1)

Belle with robe

#2-Ariel (Semi-Finalist)

Little Mermaid capsized

#1-Jasmine (Winner)

Jasmine Aladin

 

Well, that’s all we’ll get to see of these hotties. Thanks for checking them out, and thanks to Disney for giving us something so wonderful to look at.