Dave Filoni is Confirmed To Be In A Position That Could Have Saved The Star Wars Sequels

According to Lucasfilm, Dave Filoni has been Executive Creative Director for several months, since last summer to be exact.

To anyone who has seen his work, this is great news. Dave Filoni is basically George Lucas 2.0 and is known for creating content adored by Star Wars fans for the simple fact that he tells stories borrowing from existing lore, such as characters, items, and awesome little nods to all things Star Wars. In short, the guy gives fans what they want, because he clearly is a fan of the franchise, and understands it and it’s fanbase more than most.

Things that could not be said for literally everyone involved in the decision-making for the recent sequels. As stand-alone films, they’re fine. They just seem to literally go out of their way to make sure these movies were anything but what fans wanted, under the guise that as long as Han, Luke, and Leia are in them, they’ll be hits. And let’s face it, Disney had dollars signs in it’s eyes after buying the enormously popular franchise, so we can’t really blame them for rushing into a new trilogy.

But if you’ve seen Filoni’s works, such as The Clone Wars, The Bad Batch, The Mandolorian, then you know what this man is capable of. Now just take a moment to imagine him being the head of the sequel trilogy.

Yeah. They probably would have been the best trilogy of the three.

That famous scene at the end of Mando season 2 is proof enough.

It really bums me out, knowing what he could have done, but hey, he’s got like a dozen or more projects in the works, so I am excited for the franchises future!

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!

dragon ball super

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?

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.

My Top 10 Favorite Star Wars Characters

I must be in a Star Wars mood, since I just wrote about it last week. But hey, I just watched season 7 of Clone Wars and with the weekly Mandalorian episodes, how could you blame me?

Today I will attempt to pick 10 out of the countless Star Wars characters who I believe to be my favorite. This is going to be really tough, but here goes.

 

#10

Han Solo

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He’s easily one of the funniest characters in the Star Wars universe thanks to his reckless courage, crude/sarcastic personality, and tendency to tick off the wrong people. Yet he always pulls through, and while he’s a jerk to most people, he will sacrifice everything to help the ones he cares about. Whether portrayed by Harrison Ford, or the guy from Solo, he is a whole lot of fun to watch.

#9

Darth Maul

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The first time I saw this guy I was blown away. Seriously, how much cooler could someone look? Plus a double-sided lightsaber? Awesome acrobats? This guy is nuts. I was devastated when he died, but thrilled when he came back. It wasn’t until Clone Wars/ Rebels that we got to really see his personality. His is a cunning, manipulative, and hugely angry son-of-a-gun who constantly gets shat on to the point where you feel bad for him.

#8

Yoda

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I think a big part of Yoda that intrigues me is the mystery around him. We know so little about him, other than he is likely the most powerful Jedi to exist in the timelines exposed to viewers. Sadly the only time we really see just how grand he is in episodes 2 & 3, and they are two of the best scenes in the films. He proves he can easily match and overpower even the mightiest of Sith Lords, both with his saber and force abilities.

But he’s a strange guy. I’m pretty sure he knew everything that was going on with Palpatine’s grand scheme and just let it happen. I suspect he wanted to retire when he was on top…

#7

Darth Tyrannus

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This Sith Lord is interesting for he is a well-respected retired Jedi. But what the movies don’t show is just how powerful he truly is. Sort of. He easily defeats Anakin and Obi-Wan in Attack of the Clones, and even stands his ground for a bit against Yoda, but it isn’t until Clone Wars that we see just what a power house he is. His feats in that show are more or less astounding, proving he is one of the most powerful Jedi/Sith ever.

Plus Christoper Lee has one of the coolest voices ever, so that makes him even more awesome.

#6

R2-D2

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He started out as this adorable, charismatic, loveable droid, and remained a big part of the series until he’s replaced by BB-8. But why I like him so much is because he’s a frickin’ bad-ass. This droid does not give a f$&k. He will fight anything that stands in his way. He’s defeated numerous battle droids, dodged hundreds of lasers, and even led a mission of his own during the Clone Wars. I don’t know what’s stored inside his trash can of a body, but you can bet he’s got a tool or weapon to help you out in any situation.

#5

Rex

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Wielding 2 pistols rather than the more standard rifles, this guy is the most bad-ass Clone out there. Serving under Anakin during the Clone Wars, this guy has been a key part of many highly dangerous and equally important missions. He is as loyal as can be, bred and trained to be the perfect soldier. He even sticks around to do his part in the civil war, for there is nothing this guy does better than war.

#4

Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader

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I really like the whole story behind Anakin. The chosen one, born of the midichlorians, a ridiculously powerful Jedi turned Sith turned proud father. As a Padawan, he’s a cocky immature prick, but once he is promoted and mature, he’s a very powerful warrior and incredible tactician. He is a key player in the success of the Clone Wars, both in the fact that he is an unstoppable powerhouse and helps the republic beat the separatists, and also taking down the republic and starting an empire which was why the Clone Wars was started in the first place. So like I said…key player for both sides.

The Clone Wars shows how truly powerful he is as a Jedi. As a Sith Lord, we don’t get to see too much of him, other than he is angry and ruthless. Knowing the events that led up to him becoming Vader in his scary suit and all, you can’t really blame him for being angry. I actually feel bad for the guy. His life pretty much completely sucks. He lost everything he loved simply because he feared to lose them, and is forced to live for several decades with this knowledge eating away at him. Not to mention he has to live in that miserable suit as practically a machine because he had to pick a fight with his best friend/ father-figure.

#3

Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Obi-Wan is one of the most powerful Jedi ever. He slays a Sith Lord when he’s just a Padawan, proves throughout the Clone Wars, both in the show and movies, that he’s a beast, and his “duel” with Darth Maul in Rebels shows he doesn’t stop growing in power after his isolation post-Order 66.

Ewan McGregor gives him a strong and hilarious personality that carries perfectly into The Clone Wars series, making him one of the most entertaining characters in the franchise.

#2

Sabine Wren

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Sabine is a master at like everything. She is incredibly acrobatic, to near Jedi levels, a master at hand-to-hand combat and all sorts of weaponry. But she’s also a tech genius, and explosives extraordinaire. Not to mention she’s a crazy good artist.

She even received training from Jedi to use the Dark Saber, which belonged to her, which is kind of a big deal. She’s got a deep backstory, and a wonderful, loving, not to mention loveable personality, and I hope very much to see more of her one day.

#1

Ahsoka Tano

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We essentially watch Ahsoka, the Padawan of Anakin Skywalker, grow up. Unfortunately her whole life is nothing but war, and because of this (and being apprenticed to an extremely reckless and powerful Jedi), she quickly becomes the ultimate warrior. Her acrobatic skills are unlike any other Jedi, making her a hard target to hit on the battlefield. Her lightsaber skills become very hard to rival as well, especially after she adds a second lightsaber, thus changing up her whole style to match her swift movements.

Ahsoka displays enormous power throughout the Clone Wars, which only grows along with her body. In season 7, we really see just how incredible she is. But even though she leaves the order, she is willing to help those in need, thus she gets dragged into the civil war, continuing the only life she knows, like some orange skinned Rambo, but with laser swords.

And there you have it! That’s 10 of my favorite Star Wars characters! Though I wouldn’t exactly say I’m certain on this, as there are so many. Definitely, without a doubt, Sabine and Ahsoka belong where they are. They hint that those two might go an adventure to find Ezra, and I wish they make a show or something about that. Seeing my two favorite characters in their own series would be a dream come true.

The Most Disappointing Movie Sequels Of All Time

Going hand in hand with my last post about why sequels don’t have to be better, and how expectations ruin any chance of enjoying sequels, I am going to keep a running list of sequels as I can think of them that were disappointing to me, whether I had expectations or not.

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2007

 

 

 

I absolutely loved the first two in this trilogy, and when I heard Venom, one of my favorite villains of all time was at last going to be in a movie, I couldn’t rest easy until I saw it. This is probably the most excited I had ever been to see a movie in my life. In other words, my expectations were through the roof, and they weren’t even close to met.

Too many villains, Venom being terrible, and a heavier focus on MJ’s and Peter’s relationship were not up to my standards, and I hated the movie, all my hopes and dreams shattered.

After the third or fourth time I saw it, it grew on me though, and now I actually like it quite a bit.

 

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2014

 

 

 

Sticking with Spider-Man, here’s one that I didn’t have any expectations for. And it was still disappointing. Again, too many villains, and all of them pointless. This was almost entirely about Peter and Gwen, Spider-Man being in like four scenes the whole movie.

The first one in the series, I wasn’t crazy about, but it was still enjoyable, but not as much as the original trilogy. I guess I was a little bit hoping this one would be better since all the origin stuff was out of the way, but no, not even close.

But again, after three viewings, I can now say I really like this movie.

star wars last jediStar Wars: The Last Jedi

 

2017

 

 

 

This is the only movie in recent years that I actually did go into with some expectations, for it was finally going to give me something I have been wanting to see for literally my entire life… what Luke Skywalker was doing after episode 6.

And it was beyond disappointing. I can’t even describe how much so. Especially since the entire plot to 7 & 8 was to find and enlist Luke to help save the galaxy like he did before. The furthest possible thing from this happens, and it is a huge kick in the nads to every person wanting to see what Luke was all about.

The second he tosses his old lightsaber off the cliff, my hopes and dreams and childhood fell with it.

Oddly enough, after the third time seeing it, I like it now. Third time seems to be the charm for all these movies!

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2019

 

 

 

I call this the best disappointment of all time, for it is a good movie, but nothing worthy of the Avengers name. They spend most of the movie focusing on the past, and paying tribute to the whole 11-year story line. None of the intense action was there, and the climatic fight at the end is a ridiculous mess of cameos.

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2010

 

 

 

I don’t really like the Iron Man trilogy at all, but this movie is straight up bad. I didn’t have any expectations for this, but again, now that the origin stuff was out of the way, you’d think they’d have a good action movie with Iron Man in more than three scenes, and a final fight that didn’t put you to sleep.

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The Dark Knight Rises

 

2012

 

 

 

After the masterpiece that was The Dark Knight, this one had a lot to live up to, especially since the ending left it open for some awesome possibilities. Instead, it’s way in the future and Bat Man’s crippled and I don’t know what the heck was going on. It was filled with bad choices and ultimately a bit on the boring side.

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head. I’m sure I will add more later. But it sure seems like Marvel is really good at making disappointing movies.

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2019

 

 

 

I held off seeing this for over a year, despite the fact that I absolutely love this series. I had no interest in seeing it because the third one closed the series out beautifully. There was no need to go any further.

My fears were realized when I did see it. The happy ending in three was completely shattered. All Woody’s ideals were thrown away. Hardly any of the classic characters had any lines, Buzz suddenly became a clueless idiot. It’s a mess and it ruined my childhood completely.

It’s a good movie though as a whole, but I prefer to pretend it doesn’t exist.

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A Good Day To Die Hard

2013

 

This lacks everything that makes Die Hard Die Hard. It’s an okay action movie, but a pretty terrible Die Hard movie. It’s a quick obvious cash out with a barely there story and not-so-intense action the series is known for.

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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My Top 10 PlayStation 3 Games

Of Sony’s consoles, the PS3 is by far my favorite…sort of. They are all so similar, it’s hard to truly judge, but in terms of games, this one takes the cake for sure. Looking into my top 10 was super difficult, because there are a TON of amazing games on the console. I couldn’t easily pick 10 of them, and the ten that I did, I’m not even sure if they are truly my top 10 or even ordered correctly…but whatever.

I’ve got a whopping 97 games for the console, and of those I have so far played 82. So here are the ten I struggled to pick out.

#10

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Visceral Games/ Electronic Arts

2010

This is a shameless rip off of God of War, but it is actually better than almost every game in the God of War franchise. I couldn’t put this game down. It is so much fun. It was left wide open for a sequel that never came…which is nothing short of heartbreaking, because I couldn’t wait for it.

#9

re5 coverResident Evil 5

Capcom

2009

This game is so much fun. The enemies are awesome, the co-op is great, (but make sure you don’t give Sheva any bullets if playing alone) playing as Chris again is awesome. The story involving him, Jill and Wesker coming to a close is even more awesome, the intense action and real time inventory management make this a endlessly fun, intense action game.

#8

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Naughty Dog/ SCEA

2009

I don’t know why I love this game so much, but I do. The action, the settings, the characters, the story were all so perfect. I couldn’t put this game down, which is weird because the other 2 games in the trilogy (haven’t played 4 yet) I find to be just okay at best. But 2 is so stinking good.

#7

Resident_Evil_6_box_artworkResident Evil 6

Capcom

2012

Combining elements of all Resident Evil styles, having multiple campaigns with old and new characters interacting in the same interesting overall story that is fun to see how they affect each other and crossover one another, intense, yet tense gameplay, nuts bosses and just an overall amazing experience make this one of the best games out there. It is one of the few games I have ever played that made me sad to beat it.

#6

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LucasArts

2010

I didn’t really like this game the first playthrough, but when I came back to it, I loved it the second time around. The gameplay is so much fun and very satisfying. The story, however, is what is truly amazing about this game. It’s a shame they never finished the originally planned trilogy.

#5

forceunleashedStar Wars: The Force Unleashed

LucasArts

2008

I was hoping for a game with gameplay like this my whole life, and finally received it when this came out. I played through this game like 3 times in a row because it was so much fun. And being able to change costumes after you beat it is cool, especially when you can play as a whole slew of different Jedi. The story is amazing, the different planets look incredible. This one manages to slip by as the better of the two games by a small margin.

#4

God_of_War_III_cover_artGod of War III

SCE Santa Monica/ SCEA

2010

This completely blows away all other games in the series. This is taking the already perfect gameplay of the previous games and somehow perfecting it even further. I loved it from beginning to end.

#3

Castlevania_Lords_of_ShadowCastlevania: Lords of Shadow

Mercury Steam/ Konami

2010

This is another game I enjoyed from beginning to end. It borrows heavily from God of War, but does it better. The story is excellent, the gameplay is wonderful, the puzzles are fun, the scenery gorgeous, the music only adding to it’s allure. I just wish the second one came somewhat close to the glory of this game.

#2

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Sucker Punch/ SCEA

2011

This game is incredibly fun. It’s got a very interesting story, all sorts of crazy characters, a bunch of areas to climb and explore, crazy enemies to take down and a whole slew of new powers. Top notch.

#1

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Sucker Punch/ SCEA

2009

That’s right, my favorite game on the PS3 is actually the first game in the inFAMOUS series. While the gameplay isn’t as good, I just liked the story and overall simplicity better. It was fun to stay in one city, obtaining your powers as you progress, trying to figure out what the heck was going on with you, and just killing hordes of gang members. A lot of the time, simple is better.

Pixar Movies Ranked

I have loved the Disney Pixar movies ever since I saw Toy Story way back when. Each one is 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 will only be doing this for the ones I’ve seen, which is just about everyone of them at this point.

#21- 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.

#20- The Incredibles 2 (2018)

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Even though I 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.

#19- 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, or rather, incredible (guh-huh)

 

 

 

 

 

#18- 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.

#17- Coco (2017)

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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.

 

#16- 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.

#15- A Bug’s Life (1998)

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

#14- Toy Story 4 (2019)

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This is a good movie, but it does destroy childhoods, and is completely unnecessary.

 

#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, or I guess sequel technically.

#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 one, 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 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.

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)

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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)

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#16-Moanna (Round 1)

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#15-Megara (Round 1)

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#14- Anna (Round 2)

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#13-Mulan (Round 1)

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#12-Tiana (Round 1)

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#11-Kida (Round 2)

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#10-Pocahontas (Round 2)

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#9-Aurora (Round 1)

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#8-Elsa (Round 1)

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#7-Cinderella (Round 2)

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#6-Elena (Round 2)

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#5-Rapunzel (Semi-Finalist)

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#4-Giselle (Runner Up)

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#3-Belle (Round 1)

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#2-Ariel (Semi-Finalist)

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#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.