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)

national treasure If Lara Croft was a man, who also wasn’t Indiana Jones or Nathan Drake, they’d be Nicholas Cage in this exciting and intense adventure..

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

Book_of_secrets_post Another clever journey, but with even more danger and excitement. Wahoo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

#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)

pirates 1Finally, an awesome pirate movie? But with undead curses, incredible action, and fierce, strong lead characters and high stakes? Damn…I was blown away by this movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Pirates_of_the_caribbean_2_poster_b This one just barely squeaks ahead of the first one. It’s a bit more intense and darker, and flippin’ nuts with a lot of cool effects on the characters.

 

#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.

Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee-Bringing Families Closer Together

This new game has done what I thought not possible.

I am a huge gamer and was in third grade when Pokemon took over the world. I loved the cards, the show, and especially the games…that is…red, blue and yellow. I lost interest in the games a little after Silver and Gold came out, because like a dumb kid, I was like “How dare they expand upon something I love and insult my nostalgia!?!?!”

But a few years ago I picked up where I left off, reentering the games with HeartGold/ SoulSilver, and now have every mainline Pokemon game except the Sun and Moon ones. And I now love the series more than I ever did as a child.

Then Pokemon Go comes out, and I had no interest at all in playing it. But my wife, who despises everything about video games and yells out me regularly for my hobby, has been playing Go nonstop since it came out and absolutely loves it.

I appreciated the game for bringing her into something I have more or less loved my whole life. Suddenly, she became just as knowledgeable as me, if not more so, on the franchise.

So naturally, I tried to get her to play the mainline games, which she will never, ever do and gets mad every time I ask. At the same time, she always asks me to play Pokemon Go, which I still have no interest in doing either. This frustrates my wife, as she claims “You have a thousand video games, yet you won’t play the one I actually do!”

Enter Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee. Eevee happens to be my wife’s favorite Pokemon, and here comes this game that let’s you have one walk around with you.

When I first saw the trailer, I thought it looked very good, was a smart business decision and pretty fun looking. I had no interest in it for myself, but I wondered what my wife would think, and so I showed her the trailer, and she loved it.

I just recently got it for her birthday and it has changed our lives (slight dramatization there). Here we are, playing co-op in a remade game that I cherished as a kid (and still do, really) with my wife in control. I don’t always play with her, cuz I find it kind of boring being the second player, but I find it so much more fascinating to watch her travel through Viridian Forest, battle Brock and all that, sharing the same experiences I had 20 years ago, but now with better graphics and different gameplay. It reminds me of my first time playing the first Pokemon games as I watch her play through it for the first time.  What’s more is she loves it. She actually likes it better than Pokemon Go, which I would have never thought possible.

It is truly baffling to me that when I go to bed, she goes and turns on my Switch and plays Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee for hours. Thanks to this new rendition of Pokemon, our similar interest, but on branching paths, have been joined and we can actually enjoy one of our greatest passions together, and for that, Nintendo, I thank you.