My Top 10 Anticipated Movies of 2019

Here are my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2019.

10. Five way tie between Dumbo, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion King and Frozen 2

9. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

8. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

7. Shazam

6. Captain Marvel

5. Spider-Man: Far From Home

4. The Addams Family

3. Missing Link

2. Avengers: Endgame

1. Star Wars: Episode 9

Despite being excited for all these movies, none of them are my most anticipated thing of 2019. That honor goes to…………….. Kingdom Hears 3!

I may have said before that I don’t play video games but I’ve watched my brother play them. The Kingdom Hearts series is our most favorite video game series of all time. We’ve played and loved the first two and we’ve been waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3 for years now. Because of this I’ll be doing a retrospective post on the 2 main Kingdom Hearts games.

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My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2018

Another year has come and gone my Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2018.  You know the drill, these choices are based on my opinion and what I think are the best movies of 2018.

10. Ready Player One:

I really liked the three challenges (especially The Shining) not only because there creative and fun but also because the characters and even the audience had to figure out how to solve them. The Oasis was also a creative version of the internet and the cameos like the Iron Giant and the DeLorean were cool too.

9. Mary Poppins Returns:

You could argue that this is this generation’s Mary Poppins and watching this was like seeing the original back in 1964. Emily Blunt was “practically perfect” as Mary Poppins and Lin-Manuel Miranda was just as charming as Dick Van Dyke. The animated bowl scene was awesome and the songs would make the Sherman Brothers so proud.

8. Deadpool 2:

2018 surprisingly was a great year for superhero movies (we’ll get to more of them later). Ryan Reynolds is still wonderful as God’s perfect idiot and the comedy is still funny but what made Deadpool 2 great was that there’s no real villain just people with harsh but understandable motives. This is a movie about antiheroes after all.

7. Mary and the Witch’s FlowerIsle of Dogs:

These two films are tied because they both have similar positive things (great main character and animation). Mary is clumsy but very likable and Chief while tough and cold has a good heart. The animation of Mary and the Witch’s Flower is wonderful and would make Ghibli proud and the stop motion of Isle of Dogs is great because of Wes Anderson’s directing.

6. Ralph Breaks the Internet:

Closes thing to a Disney crossover movie. The heart of the movie is the friendship between Ralph and Vanellope and the theme of friends growing apart but not completely is bittersweet and done well. It’s also refreshing to not have a twist villain but more of an internal conflict. The internet setting and the websites used in the story are great too.

5. Game Night:

Game Night is a comedy with twist after twist after twist. The unpredictability of the story makes you wonder what’s going to happen next. This movie also has an enjoyable cast of characters that are all funny and enjoyable to watch banter. This was probably the biggest surprise of the year in my opinion and is the perfect movie for any game night.

4. Black Panther:

In my opinion this is Marvel’s The Lion King in terms of story and themes. Killmonger is one the best MCU villains because his motives are understandable and how he slowly becomes the main villain throughout the movie. Wakanda is a great location not because it looks cool but because its history and how the city works is well thought out. Also All the Stars is a perfect end credits song.

3. Avengers:Infinity War:

I feel bad putting this at only number 3 (ironically the third Avengers movie). Thanos was built up wonderfully as not only a threatening villain but also very complex. Each Marvel hero has their fair share of screen time and it was fun to see new interactions between them. The snap at the end was a very ballsy thing to do but it payed off making us wonder what’s going to happen next.

2. Incredibles 2:

This was a close second (ironically both the 2nd Incredibles movie and also 2nd place). My most anticipated movie of the year and for a while my favorite movie of the year. In my opinion I think this is better than the first one (except for the villain). Everything else about this movie from the characters, the action, the music (Here comes Elastic Girl is my jam), and the visuals are all incredible pun taken.

1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:

I feel like this is Sony Animation Studio’s apology for The Emoji Movie and they pretty much earned my forgiveness. The Spider Men in general are all great characters (ones I want to see more of later) and the animation is amazing. I also like how the theme of loss plays into the character’s motivations and the story. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is not just my favorite Spider Man movie but also my favorite movie of 2018.

What are your favorite movies of 2018? Like and Comment below and I’ll see you in 2019 for more movie reviews.

Happy Birthday Eds!

Today marks the 20th anniversary of a big part of my childhood. I know I’ve talked a lot about Steven Universe but my favorite Cartoon Network show has always been and still is Ed Edd n Eddy. My brother and I love this show. Ed Edd n Eddy was different from the other Cartoon Network shows but that’s what made so special. The Eds are one of the best trios of all time and I love each one of them (especially Ed). I always looked forward to a new episode whether it was bad or not. Their unexpected appearance in the Grim Adventures of the KND is one of the greatest cameos ever. It felt so satisfying to see the Eds finally accepted by everyone in the finale. Thank You so much Danny Antonucci for making one of the greatest cartoons of all time.

Holiday recap 2018

Movies:
Bohemian Rhapsody: Rami Malek nails Freddie Mercury though the finale concert goes on longer than it should have. B-

The Grinch: Probably the least bad of the Dr. Seuss movies but unfortunately doesn’t do anything new either. C

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Underwhelming sequel with a story that’s too complicated and confusing. C

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Fun look at the internet and the pros and cons with friendship. A

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Best Spider Man movie ever! A+

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: Just another Disney fantasy world with an annoying main character and one of the worst Disney twist villains. D

Mary Poppins Returns: Not as practically perfect as the original but still has the same charm. A-

Aquaman: Though not saying much it’s still one of the few good DC movies. Standard story with a likable main character. B

TV:
F is For Family season 3: Everyone’s an asshole and I love it.

Steven Universe Diamond Days: Together Alone’s ending was awesome.

Be on the lookout for my top 10 favorite movies of 2018 and my most anticipated movies of 2019 coming soon.

Mary Poppins Returns review

I’m Mary Poppins Y’All!

Now with that overused reference out of the way, Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way. It was the first Disney movie to be nominated for Best Picture technically the first movie with animation to be nominated too (Beauty and the Beast was the first fully animated movie to be nominated). They literally made a movie about the author. The story is pretty simple. A nanny named Mary Poppins comes to take care of the Banks children. If you think this is too similar to the first one, yes it is. After my family watched this my brother said that he thought Mary Poppins Returns was Mary Poppins 2.0 and I kind of agree with him. The movie at times feels like a retread of the original. It has similar beats like making a chore fun, going to an animated world, meeting one of Mary Poppins “relatives”,

Emily Blunt is practically perfect as Mary Poppins. She has the same strict but also charming performance as Julie Andrews. Of course you can’t beat the original actress Emily is still a great replacement for Julie. My Mom is a huge fan of the Broadway show Hamilton so she was excited to see Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack. Jack is very likable and has the same charm and energy as Dick Van Dyke’s Bert. Both leads work wonderfully with each other. The rest of the cast is good including two well done cameos by Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. However there is one that doesn’t work and that’s the villain. Why did this have to have a villain? His motivations for taking the Bank’s house is never explained and comes off as like some kids movie villain from the 90s.

I got more excited for Mary Poppins Returns when they confirmed that there would be a scene with 2d animation just like in the original. If you know me, I love 2d animation (why can’t we get more 2d animated movies nowadays?). The Royal Doulton Bowl scene is definitely one of the highlights of the movie. The animation is wonderful, the textures are impressive and the live action characters look like there in the scene. Mary Poppins is known for having great songs and the sequel managed to make great songs too. My favorite songs have to be the opening song (Underneath the) Lovely London Sky and Trip a Little Light Fantastic both ironically sung by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The songs capture the same energy as the songs from the original. It also helps that Richard M. Sherman one of the original song writers worked on this movie as a music consultant

Is Mary Poppins Returns better than the first one? No but let’s face it, why should we top something that was great to begin with. I heard somewhere that Mary Poppins Returns feels like seeing an old friend and I believe that too. Mary Poppins Returns is a nice welcome back into the whimsical world of the practically perfect nanny Mary Poppins.

Verdict:
+ Emily Blunt
+ Lin-Manuel Miranda
+ Royal Doulton Bowl
+ Songs
– A retread
– A villain

Score: A-

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse review

This review is dedicated to the creators of the web slinger, Steve Ditko and Stan Lee.

2018 has surprisingly been a good year for Spider Man. He had a great video game and now a great animated movie by Sony animation. Yes the same studio that made The Emoji Movie. How did an animation studio that made that garbage one year later created what I think is there best animated movie yet? I bet nobody thought this would happen.

One of the highlights of Into the Spider Verse is the animation. If Hilda was this year’s best animation of for an animated series, than Spider Man into the Spider verse is this year’s best animation for film. The animation is incredible. It feels like a comic book with so much attention to detail like the thought bubbles or textures and the colors really pop out and help make the movie amazing to look at. The animation also gives us some really cool actions scenes especially in the climax.

Another highlight for me were the Spider Men. Each of them have their own unique backstories, and personalities. Miles Morales is a really likable main character and it’ refreshing to have Spider Man movie where Peter Parker is not the protagonist. The washed up Peter Parker we see throughout the movie is a lot different from other Spider Men but still enjoyable and Gwen Stacy is also cool too. My favorites have to be Spider-Man Noir, Peni Parker, and Spider-Ham. I love their designs, animations, and personalities. I hope they get their own spinoff shorts because you know you have great characters when you want to see more of them.

Loss is a big theme in superhero media and that goes for Spider Man. Loss plays a big theme in this movie and it ties into the plot nicely. Spoilers: Miles loses his Uncle and the other Spider Men tell him that they have all experienced lost too and that’s what makes them Spider Man. New York City also suffers the loss of Peter Parker from Mile’s universe and even the villain’s plan ties into losing his family. I will admit we didn’t get much scenes between Miles and his uncle (Prowler while cool wasn’t in it that long either). There could have been a few more scenes with Miles and Aaron in order to give his death more of an impact. Though that’s my only problem with the movie, other than that I think this movie is awesome.

I compare this movie to Blue Sky Studio’s The Peanuts because when both animated studios did something new and different compared to there other movies, both Peanuts and Spider Verse ended up being the best movies from their studios. I heard there are spin-offs and sequels planned for the future so s so that pretty much shows that this movie was a hit. Spider Man: into the Spider Verse feels like a love letter to the character himself. There’s not contest this is not only the best Sony animated movie and in my opinion the best Spider Man movie.

Verdict:
+ Loss
+ Spider Men
+ The action
+ The animation
-The Prowler

Score: A+

Ralph Breaks the Internet review

Finally a Disney movie without a twist villain! Ralph Breaks The Internet is the sequel to one of my favorite Disney movies Wreck it Ralph. It was kind of like Who Framed Roger Rabbit but with video games. This time Ralph and Vanellope explore the internet.

The internet is probably one of the biggest worlds in the Disney canon. Disney does some really creative ideas with the websites like Ebay being an auctioning convention or the Searchbar being controlled by this know it all named KnowsMore. Oh My Disney is a brilliant way to do a giant crossover with Disney. There’s a lot of jokes making fun of Disney and seeing all the princesses was great too. Don’t expect a lot of Fix-It Felix Jr or Calhoun because there not in the film that much even though they sort of set up a sub plot of them adopting the racers of Sugar Rush. It’s only one scene and whatever Felix Jr. and Calhoun do happens off screen and didn’t seem necessary.

The friendship between Ralph and Vanellope is the emotional center of the movie. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman bring to much life to these characters. They both have a lot in common and great moments together. Ralph’s friendship with Vanellope however does cause him to make really reckless choices. Spoilers: In the beginning he tries to make a new track for her to race on which causes the steering wheel to break. Didn’t he learn from the first movie to not mess with the program? Later he gets worried that Vanellope will stay in Slaughter Race so he decides to use a virus to make it less awesome. Something about this didn’t seem in character for Ralph and came off as selfish. The movie surprisingly has a bittersweet ending where Ralph lets Vanellope stay in Slaughter Race which means while they won’t see each other more often they’ll still be best friends. Learning that best friends don’t always have e the same dream but can still work it out is a really good lesson and great way to end the movie.

While I do think the first one is better Ralph breaks the Internet is a great continuation of the first movie. I would say the first one is better but this was a fun adventure to explore the pros and cons of the internet even if they did waste the opportunity to do a Kingdom Hearts reference.

Verdict:
+ Bittersweet ending
+ Ralph and Vanellope
+ The internet
– Fix it Felix Jr. subplot
– Ralph’s choices

Score: A

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald review

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Wizarding World is the next installment of Fantastic Beasts series. One think the Harry Potter series does wonderfully is it’s world building. I like how each movie takes place in a new country outside of England and and the wizarding world in Paris has really creative ideas and looks nice. I hear the next movie takes place in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro so that sounds promising. It’s also cool to see old locations from the Harry Potter series like Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic.

The cast is pretty much the same as the first one and they do their job just fine. Jude Law while not on screen that much is wonderfully casted as Albus Dumbledore. I think the best comparison to him is Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan Kenobi. Both play younger version of old mentors to the main character and you feel like this is what they’d be like if you saw a younger Obi Wan and Dumbledore. Johnny Depp as Grindelwald is sort of a mixed bag for me. He does a have a creepy vibe to his performance especially in the opening scene (which is really cool).

One of the problems with the Fantastic Beasts movies is the pacing which tends to drag make the scenes not interesting. I also think story is also messy. There’s this complicated red herring where Credence was thought to be related to this wizard that cursed the mother of  this one character but then it turns out that baby was dead. This also leads to this really weird plot twist in the end SPOILERS: Credence turns out to Aurelius Dumbledore. Last time I remember Dumbledore only had a brother (Aberforth) and a sister. Maybe Grindelwald tricked Credence or maybe we’ll find out more in a later sequel. I don’t know, I just felt it came out of nowhere.

I find Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald to be similar to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Both are underwhelming sequels to perfectly fine spinoffs from classic movies that try to setup more sequels. Heck both got higher scores on IGN than their previous movies.

Verdict:
+ Wizarding world
+ Jude Law
+/- Johnny Depp as Grindelwald
– Pacing
– Weak story
– Weird plot twist

Score: C+

The Grinch review

You probably know by now that I love the original How the Grinch stole Christmas special from 1966 although my family also enjoys the Jim Carrey version from 2000 but I won’t deny that the Dr. Seuss movies are not very good and considering Illuminations also did The Lorax I wasn’t that excited. I’ll just get this out of the way, Tyler the Creator’s cover of the classic Grinch song sucks. It sounds too much like Despicable Me by Pharrell Williams (weird choice for a narrator). Jordin Smith’s cover was a way better cover.

Benedict Cumberbatch is decent as the Grinch but I feel like they wasted an opportunity on using his deep voice. He also comes off as little too nice especially towards Max. His backstory is simpler and less mean spirited than the 2000 version. There’s also a b plot focusing on Cindy Lou Who trying to capture Santa so she can ask him to help her mother. She sort of feels like a combination of Gru’s daughters. Her arc isn’t that necessary to the movie but the character is still really likable. Speaking of which the whos this time are much more friendly than in 2000 especially Bricklebaum who’s sort of a foil to the Grinch.

Illumination films usually have nice animation but standard humor and the Grinch also falls into that. I like the design of Whoville which looks like a mix between gingerbread houses and no straight lines which looks very similar to the book. The character designs while your standard Illumination character designs still look nice compared to 2000 (the only reason they won the Oscar for makeup was because of Jim Carrey). The comedy again is pretty much like Illumination’s other movies which are filled with pop culture references and slapstick. The screaming goat gag got old even before it screamed.

The Grinch feels more like a Christmas version of Despicable Me. Out of all the Dr. Seuss movies this is probably the least disrespectful of the Dr. Seuss adaptations. I would say this is better than the 2000 version because it’s less mean spirited but I feel like this movies too new to compare it. It’s still a nice Christmas movie for your kids.

Verdict:
+ More friendly Whos
+ Nice animation
+/- Grinch
+/- Cindy Lou Who
– Standard kid jokes
– Tyler the Creator’s Grinch cover

Score: C

Stan Lee

Excelsior!

Today we lost one of the most famous and beloved person in the comic book industry Stan Lee 😥 He’s created some of the most famous comic book characters of all time. Without him we never would have had Spider Man, the Hulk, or Iron Man. His cameos brought so much joy and laughter to all of us. He was an inspiration not just to me but to so many people and we will miss him very much.

Rest in Peace Stan Lee
December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018