20 Years of Kingdom Hearts

I’ve been having these weird thoughts lately…like is any of this for real or not?

On this day 20 years ago Disney and Square Enix released one of the most bestselling video games of all time, Kingdom Hearts………Edd: In Japan. Ok sure it wasn’t released in America yet but still technically it’s the 28th in Japan right now. Kingdom Hearts is a series that means a lot to my brother and me. I’ve already talked about my history and praise for this series three years ago so I’m not going to repeat myself. Instead, I’ve decided to share a few Kingdom Hearts themed top 10 lists. These lists are based on my personal opinion.

Top 10 Favorite Characters:

10. Yen Sid

9. King Mickey

8. Luxord

7. Riku

6. Donald/Goofy

5. Demyx

4. Xigbar

3. Kairi

2. Sora

1. Axel: Got it memorized?

Top 10 Favorite Bosses:

10. Oogie Boogie (KH2)

9. Hydra (KH2)

8. The titans (KH3)

7. Groundshaker (KH2)

6. Armored Xahanort (KH3)

5. Master Xahanort final boss (KH3)

4. Roxas (KH2)

3. Ansem/Xemnas/Young Xahanort (KH3)

2. Xemnas final boss (KH2): Greatest final boss ever!

1. Riku 2nd fight (KH1)

Top 10 Favorite Worlds:

10. Scala Ad Calum

9. Timeless River

8. Space Paranoids

7. Monstropolis

6. Toy Box

5. The Caribbean

4. Halloween Town

3. Traverse Town: I freaking love the music!

2. The World that Never Was

1. Hollow Bastion (KH1 particularly)

Top 10 worlds I want in the future. (Gravity Falls is unfortunately unlikely):

10. Raya and the Last Dragon

9. Luca

8. Mary Poppins

7. The Jungle Book

6. Up

5. Amphibia/Owl House

4. Zootopia

3.The Princess and the Frog

2. Moana

1. The Incredibles

Hikaru Utada Songs Ranked:

4. Face My Fears

3. Sanctuary

2. Don’t Think Twice

1. Simple and Clean

Top 6 KH Memories:

5. Watching Doug Walker play the series

4. Giving a life-size keyblade to my brother for Christmas 2020

3. Pixar/Toy Story World Reveal Trailer/Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Sora Reveal Trailer

2. The trailer on the Mickey’s House of Villains vhs

1. Getting the game on Christmas Day 2002

Kingdom Hearts Trilogy ranked (the top 2 are basically tied):

3. Kingdom Hearts 3

2. Kingdom Hearts 1

1. Kingdom Hearts 2

I don’t think I can thank Tetsuya Nomura, Disney and Square Enix enough for creating a series that me and my brother keep close to our hearts and I look forward to seeing what the series has in store for us in the future. Happy 20th anniversary Kingdom Hearts!

What are your favorite characters, worlds, bosses, and memories in the series? What worlds do you want to see in the future? How would you rank the games? Feel free to like and share your thoughts.

94th Academy Awards Predictions

It’s nice to be doing this again. This follows as the same rules before. My choices are in bold and these predictions are based on my opinion. Feel free to comment your predictions.

Best Picture



Don’t Look Up

Drive My Car


King Richard

Licorice Pizza

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem Being the Ricardos

Benedict Cumberbatch The Power of the Dog

Andrew Garfield tick, tick…Boom!

Will Smith King Richard

Denzel Washington The Tragedy of Macbeth

Actress in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Olivia Colman The Lost Daughter

Penélope Cruz Parallel Mothers

Nicole Kidman Being the Ricardos

Kristen Stewart Spencer

Actor in a Supporting Role

Ciarán Hinds Belfast

Troy Kotsur CODA

Jesse Plemons The Power of the Dog

J.K. Simmons Being the Ricardos

Kodi Smit-McPhee The Power of the Dog

Actress in a Supporting Role

Jessie Buckley The Lost Daughter

Ariana DeBose West Side Story

Judi Dench Belfast

Kirsten Dunst The Power of the Dog

Aunjanue Ellis King Richard


Belfast Kenneth Branagh

Drive My Car Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Licorice Pizza Paul Thomas Anderson

The Power of the Dog Jane Campion

West Side Story Steven Spielberg

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)


Drive My Car


The Lost Daughter

The Power of the Dog

Writing (Original Screenplay)


Don’t Look Up

King Richard

Licorice Pizza

The Worst Person in the World

Animated Feature Film




The Mitchells vs. the Machines

Raya and the Last Dragon



Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

Film Editing

Don’t Look Up


King Richard

The Power of the Dog

Tick, Tick…Boom!

Animated Short Film

Affairs of the Art



Robin Robin

The Windshield Wiper

Music (Original Score)

Don’t Look Up Nicholas Britell

Dune Hans Zimmer

Encanto Germaine Franco

Parallel Mothers Alberto Iglesias

The Power of the Dog Jonny Greenwood

Music (Original Song)

“Be Alive” from King Richard

“Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto

“Down To Joy” from Belfast

“No Time To Die” from No Time to Die

“Somehow You Do” from Four Good Days

Production Design


Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

Costume Design




Nightmare Alley

West Side Story

Makeup and Hairstyling

Coming 2 America



The Eyes of Tammy Faye

House of Gucci




No Time to Die

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

Visual Effects


Free Guy

No Time to Die

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Turning Red review

This movie missed a perfect opportunity to use the Pixar Disney castle logo used from 1995 to 2007 since this movie takes place in 2002. Pixar’s Turning Red is written and directed by Domee Shi who also wrote and directed the Academy Award winning Pixar short Bao. Turning Red is about a 13-year-old Chinese Canadian girl named Mei Lee who can turn into a red panda whenever she feels strong emotions.  

I think Mei Lee is a very likable protagonist. The movie focuses a lot on the relationship between her and her mother. I do like that they have a flawed but still nice relationship. I also really enjoyed Mei Lee’s friends. Each one has unique character designs, ethnicities and personalities and work off each other wonderfully. There is sort of a liar revealed bit that involved Mei lying to Mom and using her red panda abilities to raise money for a concert. While not as bad as A Bug’s Life it still leads to a scene where Mei Lee throws her friends under the bus.

The animation in Turning Red is really good and practically has the same style as Domee Shi’s short Bao. This film has more unique character designs compared to other Pixar movies much like how Luca also has unique character designs. What really stood out to me in terms of animation were the facial expressions. I heard the animation was inspired by anime and it really shows. I also really liked the comedy in this movie. The wide-eyed facial expressions, fast paced jokes make this one of the funniest movies Pixar has done.

Again, like Luca last year I’m really glad Pixar has been giving new animators who proven there protentional through shorts opportunities to write and direct movies. I’m really exited to see who will be given that opportunity again in the future. Turning Red is one of the more fun outings in Pixar while also being heartwarming and hilarious.


+Mei Lee and her friends

+Mei Lee and her mother

+The animation

+The comedy

-Liar revealed cliche

Score: A

The Batman review

The Batman is directed by Matt Reeves who also directed “Dawn of” and “War for” the Planet of the Apes. It’s also the first DC movie where Batman has gotten a movie all to himself since The Dark Knight Rises nearly 10 years ago. At 176 minutes it is the longest Batman movie and will admit that’s my biggest gripe with this movie. It really does feel like it goes on for a very long time but too be fair it is a huge story.

Most of the cast is terrific but the biggest highlights are the hero and villain. Robert Patterson is terrific as a younger and angsty Bruce Wayne/Batman. I really like his character arc about him turning from a vigilante symbol for fear and vengeance to a heroic symbol of hope. Characters calling him Vengeance is a nice touch. I also think the Riddler played by Paul Dano is a huge improvement from Jim Carry. Not only was I surprised that Matt Reeves turned this joke villain into a really creepy character yet still had a bunch of humor to him. Batman villains are great when they balance being both threatening and funny. Heck even The Penguin is enjoyable and his makeup is amazing.

A problem I’ve had with recent Batman movies is that Gotham City looks too much like a real city, especially in the Dark Knight trilogy. I always felt like superhero cities especially Gotham City should feel like another world. Fortunately, this movie’s Gotham City is incredible. It’s both dirty, gothic and full of video screens like in Time Square. Gotham City’s Time Square might be my favorite location in the movie. Probably the best movie version is this city since Tim Burton’s Batman. Matt Reeves managed to pull off the film noir style thanks to his direction and cinematography.  

The Batman everything a great Batman movie should have, a great Batman, a great villain, and a great Gotham City. It is up there with Batman 1989 as one of my favorite Batman movies. Heck I even say it’s better than all three Dark Knight movies.


+Film noir feel

+Gotham City

+Robert Patterson as Batman

+The Riddler

-Long runtime

Score: A