My Top 10 Favorite Movie Scenes of All Time

Happy Birthday to me again. Today I will be showing you my top 10 personal favorite scenes in all of cinema. This is a list I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time. This list is also filled with SPOILERS so be warned and these choices are based on my personal opinion.

Honorable Mentions:

Leaving stones on Schindler’s grave (Schindler’s List)

Two Worlds (Tarzan)

I Need A Hero (Shrek 2)

Heads exploding (Kingsman: The Secret Service)

Leap of Faith (Spider Man: into the Spider-Verse)

10. Smile you Son of a… (Jaws):

I don’t know why but there’s just something so funny about the way Roy Scheider yells those five words and then blows up the shark. You can feel the relief and satisfaction in Roy’s laugh afterwards. There’s also that beautiful and eerie shot of the shark sinking to the bottom of the ocean symbolizing the end of his reign of terror.

9. Han Solo’s death (Star Wars: The Force Awakens):

Han tries to talk to Kylo Ren to come home but is killed by him instead. There are great little touches like how everything becomes darker once the sun is gone and the preceding quietness and unsureness gives Han’s death much more of a punch. The use of red from those lights and Kylo’s lightsaber give this scene a sense of dread.

8. The Snap (Avengers: Infinity War):

This is one of the most depressing cliffhangers I’ve ever seen. The idea of seeing all these Marvel characters you’ve come to love disintegrate is hard to swallow and we had to wait a whole year to see them return. The lack of music brilliantly gives this scene such a sense of emptiness and the sound use for the disintegration is makes it even more disturbing.

7. The Shrieking Shack (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban):

I was debating whether to choose between this or the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. This scene is full of great performances from Gary Oldman as Sirius Black and David Thewlis as Remus Lupin. There are also great twists such as Sirius Black being good and Peter Pettigrew being Ron’s rat and the one who sold out Harry’s parents.

6. Po Finds the Truth (Kung Fu Panda 2):

This scene has some of the best use of animation I’ve ever seen. I also love how the animation changes from 2d to 3d when Po finds out his mother save him from Shen. The 2d flashbacks brilliantly contrast with the present day 3d animation and the tonal shift in the music and color scheme change to red when Lord Shen attacks is incredibly powerful.

5. Another Day of Sun (La La Land):

This is how you make traffic fun. Another Day of Sun is such a catchy and upbeat opening song full of wonderful choreography, vibrant colors and all done in just one shot that helps establish what type of musical this is going to be. I still stand by that this should have been nominated and won the Academy Award for best song.

4. Bilbo’s birthday Party (The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring):

As much as I’m not a fan of the Lord of the Rings series I do think the Shire is a beautiful setting especially during Bilbo’s party. There are many great moments like Sam getting the courage to dance and Pippin and Merry fooling around with fireworks. It makes you really want to go to this party and mingle with everyone.

3. A tie “sort of” between Married Life and the last shot (Up):

I had to give my favorite movie special treatment. The montage of Carl and Ellie’s life is full of so much heart, humor and especially heartbreak all with just beautiful music and no dialogue. Heck it could be its own short. I also want to give shout out to the last shot with Carl’s house sitting on Paradise Falls in front of the sunset which is probably the most perfect note for a movie to end on.

2. A Million Miles Away (Belle):

You recently heard me gush over this movie and how this scene brought me to tears. I love how Suzu sings to the Beast in her true identity in order to earn his trust and how everyone in U showed her support when she almost lost her voice by singing with her. The song gives me goosebumps and the animation is beautiful. There’s a recent great article on cbr.com that explains why this is a great scene.

1. Dorothy enters Oz (The Wizard of Oz):

There’s so much I love about this scene. The transition from brown to technicolor with the opening of the door is so brilliant and the fact that no music plays until Dorothy opens the door is a great touch. My favorite thing has to the long wide shot of Munchkinland. Most of my favorite movies let you breath in and immerse yourself into these new worlds and I think The Wizard of Oz does it the best which is why this scene is my favorite scene in all of cinema.

What are your favorite movie scenes? Like and share our favorite scenes and thank you for reading.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness review

It’s kind of ironic that Tobey Maguire played Peter Parker in Sam Raimi’s Spider Man trilogy, then co-starred with Doctor Strange in No Way Home and now Sam Raimi is directing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It’s come full circle. Doctor Strange 2 is about Stephen Strange traveling the multiverse to try to stop a new and old enemy for causing destruction. This is basically 50% MCU movie and 50% Sam Raimi movie.

Benedict Cumberbatch is still excellent as Stephen Strange and I like the dynamic between him and America Chavezplayed by Xochitl Gomez. The Illuminati members were also neat and I also really enjoyed seeing Patrick Stewart reprise his role as Charles Xavier. The real standout here however has to be Elizabeth Olsen is probably at her best here as Wanda. I thought it was surprising the see her being the villain since she redeemed herself but her motives are understandable and Elizabeth is having a lot of fun being the villain. I will admit Karl Mordo didn’t really have a purpose in the story and we don’t even see our universe’s Mordo. Still, that’s my only nitpick.

This movie is up there with Thor Ragnarok and the Gaurdians of the Galaxy movies as one of the visually best-looking movies in the MCU. As little as we of the other dimensions they were still awesome to look at especially the pain universe. I also have to give credit to Sam Raimi’s terrific directing. you can definitely see Sam Raimi’s footprint throughout especially during the gruesome moments. There’s a scene where Wanda kills all the Illuminati member that’s very creative and gruesome ways. The climax also has Stephen take over the body of a dead Stephen in order to fight Wanda that’s definitely cool. The best action scene has to be involving Doctor Strange fighting Sinister Strange with musical notes. It’s like something from a Fantasia sequel.

Funny enough, this movie came out near Mother’s Day and the main villain of this movie is a mother trying to reunite with her children. I don’t know if this was intentional or not but it is funny to think about. Doctor Strange 2 is better than the first one and much like Everything Everywhere All at Once this movie can be enjoyed in any dimension in the multiverse.

Verdict:

+Gruesome violence

+Sam Raimi’s directing

+Visually amazing

+Wonderful performances

-Karl Mordo

Score: A

2022 recap part 1

Don’t forget I also have a Letterboxd account now so check that out if you want more in depth reviews.

Movies:

Jackass Forever: Gross, stupid, but hilarious and enjoyable fun. B

The Batman: Best Batman movie since 1989. A

Turning Red: Not the biggest in terms of scale but it’s a nice little movie with cartoonish animation. A-

Uncharted: The Uncharted series was like an action-adventure movie you can play so just making it into a movie makes very generic. C

Sonic The Hedgehog 2: An improvement from the first one that feels more true to the source material. B

Everywhere and Everything All at Once: Everything great that people said about this is true, wonderful acting, great humor, and fun action. A+

The Bad Guys: Familiar cliches aside this has some of the best Dreamworks animation. A-

Belle and Pompo the Cinephile: Two of the best anime movies and now two of my favorite movies ever. A+

TV:

Peacemaker: A fun action-packed series with a kickass theme song.

Smiling Friends: It surprised how hilarious this was. Charlie is the best character.

Kid Cosmic season 3: This season contain a plot twist I actually didn’t see coming. I d

The Cuphead Show: Pretty much exactly what I wanted from a show based on Cuphead.

Cat Burglar: A really good trivia game that actually was surprisingly difficult at times.

Amphibia season 3 and The Owl House season 2: Both mid-season premieres are some of if not the best episodes of there shows.

The Proud Family Louder and Prouder: An ok revival of a classic Disney cartoon. Dijonay is the still the worst. Sasha from Amphibia even before her redemption was a better friend.  

Close Enough season 3: Still has that Regular Show charm. The Halloween episode was amazing.

Pinecone and Pony: Cute and innocent, reminds me a lot of Hilda.

Green Eggs and Ham season 2: I once wondered if The Butter Battle Book would ever be adapted and this is probably the closest we’ll ever get.

Pompo: The Cinéphile review

I consider myself a cinephile which means I have a passion for the film industry and I dream one day of joining. Pompo: The Cinéphile is an anime movie from Studio Clap that’s about an assistant to B-movie producer Pompo named Gene. Pompo writes an artistic script but puts Gene in charge of both directing and editing the film. In a way this movie is kind of like Ed Wood or The Disaster Artist is they were anime movies.

This movie manages to show the positive side of filmmaking but also doesn’t shy away from some of the cons of it either. There’s great scene where they need a bunch of sheep for a scene but most of them were eaten so Gene uses a smoke machine and cardboard sheep. We also see how risky it is to do reshoots since most of the crew has already left and they need more money. If I had one problem is that the bank sub plot is not that interesting. Still, that’s just a nitpick. The movie also gives great filmmaking advice like how to grab people’s attention with a good tv spot.

All the characters are very likable but the two that really stood out to me are Gene and Pompo. The scenes where Gene is editing the movie which has probably the best animation in an already wonderfully animated movie (the sword cutting the film is a great touch) reminds me a lot of when I took a video editing class in college. Pompo is definitely my favorite character. She’s so upbeat and full of energy and I love how passionate she is for movies. She gives great advice and I also agree with her reason of not liking long movies (no offense to Avengers Endgame).

Pompo: The Cinéphile is up there with Belle as not just one of my favorite Anime movies but also one of my favorite movies of all time. This is a movie that really speaks to anyone with a love for cinema and anyone who dreams of entering the film industry including me. Its a film that is worthy of winning every Osc… I mean Nyacademy Award. Why are the best movies I’ve seen this year both anime and technically from last year?

Verdict:

+ Gene

+ Great filmmaking advice

+ Pompo

+ The animation

+ The pros and cons of filmmaking

-Bank sub plot

Score: A+

The Bad Guys review

Rick, you son of a bitch I’m in

DreamWorks Animation hasn’t really caught my interest in a very long time until now. The Bad Guys is about a group of criminal animals led by Mr.Wolf, when one of their heists fails Wolf tells everyone that they plan to become good though really it’s a cover up for another heist. Wolf does however end up having a change of heart. It’s kind of like Sly Cooper (one of my favorite game series) with the plot of Megamind set in a world populated by both humans and animals like BoJack Horseman.

Now the story of a bad guy turning good isn’t particularly new in animated movies, in fact DreamWorks already did this in Megamind. Spoilers: This movie does have a bunch of familiar tropes seen in other family films. There’s a 2nd act break up between Wolf and his gang. There’s also an obvious twist villain in the form Professor Marmalade. I also think that twist that Professor Marmalade was disguised as the old lady Mr. Wolf saved seemed too forced. It would’ve been fine if Marmalade and the old lady were two separate characters.

The best thing about this movie is the animation. This is one of the best-looking DreamWorks movies I’ve ever seen. I’m really happy that recent animated movies are using the 2d/3d hybrid method like in the Peanuts Movie, Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse, and the Mitchells vs the Machines. Apparently, the animators looked at for inspiration from Spider-Man so that’s a really good sign. I also really love the character designs which are very cartoony, and the facial expressions are great. What also helps give these characters so much energy is the voice talent. Everyone puts on there A game especially Sam Rockwell as Mr.Wolf who I think is the biggest standout.

The Bad Guys is one of the better DreamWorks animated movies in recent history. It has the charm of Sly Cooper with the visually astonishing visuals of Spider Man into the Spider-Verse. I’m really glad DreamWorks is also using this same method for Puss in Boots 2 and I hope they do more movies with unique styles in the future.

Verdict:

+Great voice talent

+Visually amazing

-Familiar family film tropes

-The Old lady

Score: A-

Everything Everywhere All at Once review

I finally got around to seeing Everything Everywhere All at Once. This is first movie from A24 I’ve ever seen since I’ve actually never seen one A24 movie until now. Mostly because 1. there mostly horror/drama films, 2.They never usually show at any of my local movie theaters. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to see it but I was lucky enough to find a screening. Everything Everywhere All at Once is about a struggling Chinese woman named Evelyn that discovers the ability to verse-jump.

Spoiler warning: The verse jumping is a little hard to understand at first but it gets easier as the movie goes on and it’s actually a very creative and unique. I do like that instead of just traveling to different dimensions; the characters actually take over the minds of their alternate selves and even gain some of their abilities. Some of the stuff they do to jump is hilarious. Speaking of which the comedy in the film is great, there’s a brilliant reference to a Pixar movie that I don’t want to give away but it cracked me up. There’s also a bunch of comedy in the action scenes which are really badass and fun. I will admit that this movie at maybe too many climaxes near the end but to be fair there are really good climaxes. One of them involves Evelyn and Jobu in a dimension where they are rocks.

The cast of this movie is amazing and every one managed to nail their roles. Michelle Yeoh is terrific as Evelyn Quan Wang. Honestly seeing Evelyn in the opening scene reminds me a lot of my Mom. Stephanie Ann Hsu is good as Evelyn’s daughter Joy Wang, but I think she really shined as Jobu Tupaki who is such an entertaining and interesting villain. Her first fight scene with the guards is amazing and hilarious. Other standout performances include Ke Huy Quan as Waymond Wang/Alpha Wang, and James Hong as Gong Gong.

I don’t do acid but man this really felt like an acid trip. People say Everything Everywhere All at Once is one of the best movies of the year and I completely agree. It’s hilarious, touching, and most of all completely insane. This is a movie that can be enjoyed in any alternate universe. Doctor Strange 2’s got a lot of competition this year.

Verdict:

+The action

+The comedy

+Unique multiverse traveling

+Wonderful acting

+/-A lot of climaxes

Score: A+

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

Belfast

CODA

Don’t Look Up

Drive My Car

Dune

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

Directing

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)

CODA

Drive My Car

Dune

The Lost Daughter

The Power of the Dog

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Belfast

Don’t Look Up

King Richard

Licorice Pizza

The Worst Person in the World

Animated Feature Film

Encanto

Flee

Luca

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

Raya and the Last Dragon

Cinematography

Dune

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

Film Editing

Don’t Look Up

Dune

King Richard

The Power of the Dog

Tick, Tick…Boom!

Animated Short Film

Affairs of the Art

Bestia

Boxballet

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

Dune

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

Costume Design

Cruella

Cyrano

Dune

Nightmare Alley

West Side Story

Makeup and Hairstyling

Coming 2 America

Cruella

Dune

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

House of Gucci

Sound

Belfast

Dune

No Time to Die

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

Visual Effects

Dune

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.

Verdict:

+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.

Verdict:

+Film noir feel

+Gotham City

+Robert Patterson as Batman

+The Riddler

-Long runtime

Score: A