My Top 10 Favorite Female Characters in Fiction

While working on a future list I thought about female characters that I really enjoyed and since this is Woman’s Month, I wanted to share my top 10 favorite female characters of all time. I chose these characters for how likable and well written they are. Some of these characters you’ve probably already seen in my (outdated) favorite characters list years ago but most are brand new.

Honorable Mentions: Carmelita Fox from Sly Cooper, Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist, Yoko Littner from Gurren Lagann, Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony, Wendy Corduroy from Gravity Falls, Stella Zhau from The Loud House, Sid Chang from The Casagrandes

10. Kairi from Kingdom Hearts:

I know she’s not the most developed character in KH, but I think she serves a very important purpose. I love characters that are the heart of the story and she fits that role perfectly as the representation of Sora and even Riku’s light. Also her manga version is GOAT lol. 

9. Katara from Avatar:

Much like Kairi, Katara is the heart of the story and in a way she’s technically the hero of the show. She woke up Aang from his 100-year sleep, brought him back to life when Azula killed him, and even defeated the (almost crowned) firelord. Without her loyalty and hope, the Avatar wouldn’t have brought balance to the world.

8. Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter:

Even though she was introduced half way through the series Luna is exactly what the story needed once Voldemort came back and everything got darker. Luna is extremely supportive and loyal to Harry. She acts different from everyone else but she doesn’t mind it because she doesn’t care what they think.

7. Hilda:

One of the reasons I love this character is Bella Ramsay’s performance whose voice matches the character so well that I can’t imagine anyone else playing her instead. She brings a lot of snarky and heart to her. Hilda has a great adventurous spirit and a love for creatures and nature.

6. Ochaco Uraraka from My Hero Academia:

I think it is impossible or even illegal to hate Ochaco. She is just so likable, supportive, bubbly and kind that it’s really hard to dislike her. I love how she gets along with all of her classmates even Bakugo. Even her motive about getting money is actually touching because she wants to earn money to help her family.

5. Pompo Pomponette from Pompo the Cinephile:

I consider myself a cinephile so I identify a lot with her. We both have hard times sitting through three-hour films. Her snarky and confident personality makes her a joy to watch. Her advice on directing, filming, casting, and editing are extremely helpful for anyone who wants to join the film business like me.

4. Suzu Naito from Belle:

You’ve already heard me gush over my love of this movie and I’ll will again. One of my favorite things about this movie is the main character Suzu. Her quiet and distant personality is so understandable and relatable that you want to hug her. I love how she was willing to risk her celebrity reputation to help someone who needed her help.

3. Amity Blight from The Owl House:

Mae Whitman really nails great female characters. Amity has some of the best character development I’ve ever seen. Every episode she appears in develops her from a typical academic school bully into a loyal friend that stands up to her abusive mother. Heck she was my favorite character right from the start and she got better. Also, her relationship with Luz is so precious.

2. Amethyst from Steven Universe:

After I posted my favorite characters list the episode “What’s Your Problem?” aired which showed another reason why she’s great. She was the first character to tell Steven that he should’ve have to take responsibility for his mom’s crimes and she won’t use him as a pillow to cry on. I love how Ametyst is like a surrogate older sister to Steven and Michaela Dietz brought so much humor and heart to her.

1.Anne Boonchuy from Amphibia:

One of if not the best portrayal of a teenage character I’ve ever seen and one of my favorite main protagonists in all of fiction. Anne starts off as a typical teenage girl but her time in Amphibia changed her into a better person that stood up for her friends and family. Brenda Song is absolutely pitch perfect and gives so much humor, emotion and life to this great character.

Happy International Woman’s Day!

Who are your favorite female characters? Like and comment below.

Ranking Rick and Morty Season 6

Season 6 of Rick and Morty ended a month ago and I my opinion I think this might be one of my favorite seasons of the show so far. So now that the season is over it’s time to rank the episodes of season 6. This list does have spoilers and is based on my personal opinion.

10. Rick: A Mort Well Lived: Just because this is last place doesn’t mean it’s not good. The Die-Hard parody a-plot is good. The b-plot which focues on a Morty cult taking place in the Roy arcade game is what really stood out to me.

9. A Rick in King Mortur’s Mort: It was nice to Rick being nice to his grandson (at least until the next episode). Hearing Daniel Radcliffe and Jack Black was fun. The punchline at the end is a great callback to another great episode from season 4 that I won’t give away.

8. Juricksic Mort: The idea of dinosaurs fixing the world is hilarious and the twist of the hate filled meteor is hilarious. It’s always great when Rick has to face off with someone with the same intelligence as him and he has to ruin them out of pettiness.

7. Ricktional Mortpoon’s Rickmas Mortcation: This finale felt smaller compared to the last two finales and most of the humor was just making fun of Star Wars but it’s still a good finale. The twist that Rick being nice in the previous episode was just a robot was clever and the President is always enjoyable.

6. Night Family: Finally, an episode 4 that didn’t suck. This episode has the feel of a Jordan Peele film being both funny but surprisingly very creepy. I also really liked the 80s music in this episode. I could listen to the end credits theme all day.

5. Analyze Piss: I can’t believe this show managed to make a tragic piss themed villain work. It was nice to see both Rick trying to improve and Jerry actually getting some respect. It really is a great episode with full of great character development.

4. Final DeSmithation: The dynamic between Rick and Jerry is one of the more interesting dynamics in the show and the episodes focused on them like this one are usually really fun. This episode just pure insanity. I love the conspiracy involving the fortune cookies and the different fortunes are creative and funny. 

3. Full Meta Jackrick: The most meta episode of the show and as a fan of meta humor I really enjoyed this. I really liked the stabs at story tropes, and Dan Harmon’s story circle. Having Story Lord return and planning to steal all the motivation in the world is a very unique evil plan.

2. Bethic Twinstinct: This is Sarah Chalke’s best performance. Beth and Space Beth have some really good chemistry that’s both sweet and hilarious. Jerry’s reaction to finding out this affair will shock you and the realistic video games Morty and Summer play to cope were also hilarious.

1. Solaricks: Rick and Morty really knows how to make a great season premiere. The idea of sending Rick, Morty, and Jerry back to their original universes and showing the consequences to their actions is brilliant. The twist that our Morty is the grandson of Rick Prime is interesting and promising.

My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2022

2022 was honestly a really great year for movies. Now that the year is over it’s time for me to share my top 10 favorite movies of the year. Pretty much every film on this list are movies I would watch over and over again. As usual this list is based on my personal opinions.

Honorable Mention: Top Gun: Maverick

10. Elvis:

Like Baz Luhrmann’s other films, this one is pure eye candy thanks to Baz’s terrific directing and Matt Villa’s amazing editing. Austin Butler is perfect as Elvis and his downward spiel is very tragic to watch. Tom Hanks as the Colonel is enjoyably despicable and it’s very refreshing to see Hanks as villain.

9. The Batman:

Never thought a DC movie would top all the Marvel movies this year. Robert Patterson is a great Batman and the Riddler was a great villain. This film also has one of the best Gotham Cities I’ve seen since 1989 thanks to the great cinematography and directing from Matt Reeves.

8. The Bad Guys:

Sly Cooper is one of my favorite game series so this film spoke to me. The cell shaded animation and cartoonish character designs make this one of the most amazing DreamWorks films to look at. Every character has a great design and great voice that gives them so much life.

7. Nope:

Like Jordan Peele’s other films, Nope manages to balance being both scary and funny. I love the sibling’s dynamic and the unique take on the spaceship. Tying the alien ship to the central theme on the spectacular and trying to tame the untamable is handle very well.

6. The Bob’s Burgers Movie:

Before I start, I just want to say that the Christmas episode this year, The Plight Before Christmas is a fantastic episode and one of my personal favorites. It has all the charm of the show along with flued 2d animation. Anyone who watches and loves the show will love this.

5. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story:

FYI, my review of this film was a parody review. This is probably the funniest movie of the year. The idea of doing a parody biography of a song parody singer is genius. Every actor gives a hilarious performance but of course the real stand out was Daniel Radcliffe as Weird Al.

4. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish:

I think this was DreamWorks’s best year for animation in a long time. I loved all the new characters and I love that this film managed to do multiple villains perfectly. The animation is some of the best the studio has ever done and I love that DreamWorks took inspiration from Spider-Verse for their films this year.

3. Everything Everywhere all at Once:

Everything about this movie is like a drug trip. Every actor from Ke Huy Quan, Jamie Lee Curtis and James Hong is at their A game here, especially Michelle Yeoh and Stephanie Ann Hsu. The action is both badass and hilarious and the different universes were all unique and visually amazing.

2. Glass Onion A Knives Out Mystery:

Technically this is my favorite movie of 2022 since number one was released in Japan last year. Benoit Blanc is one of the greatest characters ever thanks to Daniel Craig nailing it again. Much like the first film both Rian Johnson’s directing and writing are pitch perfect and the cast pull off great performances.

1. Belle/Pompo the Cinephile:

They say the best movie is one that touches you personally and emotionally and each of these films has accomplished that along with having both great animation and great relatable protagonists. Pompo the Cinephile touched me personally because I am also a cinephile and I took editing classes in college. This film also gave me great advice about editing and directing. Belle touched me emotionally, there were scenes that made me choke up especially the “A Million Miles Away” scene. I watched this around the time I just started my Letterboxd account. It’s a great commentary on the escapism and deceptiveness of social media. These animes aren’t just my favorite movies of the year, there also both my favorite anime films of all time and two of my favorite movies of all time.

You can also check out my ranking of all the movies I’ve seen here. What were your favorite movies of 2022?

My Top 5 Favorite Monkey Island Games

I love the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, I love the Humongous Entertainment point and click adventure games. Put them both together and you get one of my favorite video game series of all time, Monkey Island. Now that I’ve played Return of Monkey Island, I’ve decided to list my top 5 favorite games in the series. I have not played Tales of Monkey Island but even if I did it probably be last place since I’m not a huge Telltale fan.

5. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge: I know some people love this one but I honestly didn’t. Traveling between three different islands while neat, suffers from tedious backtracking especially if you forgot something you need. The puzzles also felt a bit too difficult (especially the finger puzzle). It also felt a bit too cynical and mean spirited.  

4. Escape from Monkey Island: This was the first game in the series I played so ranking is sort of higher is mostly based on nostalgia. I also played the ps2 version of the game so it was easier to navigate. The CGI is very dated and the monkey combat stuff at the end was bad but still has the witty charm of the other games.

3. The Secret of Monkey Island: Like most first games in a game series, Secret is the simplest of the series but it wonderfully established the world, the characters, the comedy, and the story. The puzzles were well done and the music is also really good especially Ghost Ship Shuffle. The creator Ron Gilbert (who also worked at Humongous Entertainment) said this game is like if you got of the Disney ride and he was right.

2. The Curse of Monkey Island: This was the game that grabbed my interest and I was so lucky to buy it on steam a few years ago. I love the 2d art style that anyone could mistake it for an animated movie and every background is a work of art. This is also probably the funniest of the games (the punchline with Skull Island is hilarious). This is the pinnacle Monkey Island experience with the best puzzles, music, and humor. A pitch perfect adventure game.

1. Return to Monkey Island: I’ll be honest, both Curse and Return are neck to neck and could switch at any time but since this is the most recent one, I’ve decided to place it at number 1. The storybook art style is really nice to look at and the animation is really great. The game is also easy to control, Guybrush is a lot faster, and the puzzles were not frustrating. This game really felt like a love letter to not just the Monkey Island series but also to the point and click genre.

What’s your favorite Monkey Island game?

My Top 10 Favorite Cartoon Network Shows

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Cartoon Network, a channel that I grew up watching. To celebrate I’ve decided to share my top 10 favorite Cartoon Network shows. This has been a list that I never got around to making or had a reason to until now. I am not counting shows from Kids WB, Teletoon, or Adult Swim. This is also my personal opinion.

Honorable Mentions: Codename Kids Next Door, Mad, Ok Ko Let’s Be Heroes, Apple and Onion

10. Chowder: This show is ridiculously bonkers and has some of the greatest fourth wall jokes ever. The car wash gag is something to be seen to believe. The food is both creative and kind of delicious. I also really like the pattern animation technique used on the character’s clothing. It’s a simple but very unique detail.

9. The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy: There are lot of scenes that flew over my mind as a kid. For example, one scene involves Grim holding an acorn for an old squirrel, I used to think he was just being a softy when really, he was trying to take his soul. This show is both creepy, funny and I’m surprised Tim Burton never did an adaption.

8. Craig of the Creek: There’s a great sense of childhood innocence here. All of the kids in the creek are all very likable, and have unique personalities. This show also handles diversity wonderfully and respecifully.

7. Genndy Tartakovsky’s Star Wars: Clone Wars: Not the CGI one fyi. This is Genndy Tartakovsky’s best work next to Primal. The action is great and the animation. The best part was General Grevious’s amazing introduction who was a legit threatening villain unlike in the movie. 

6. Regular Show: This show is like Seinfeld if taken to the extreme. The characters are fun and the situations they get into are crazy. It’s only low because of that damn love triangle (who dumps their girlfriend during their friend’s wedding?!).

5. We Bare Bears: The best way to describe this show is if you combined Paddington and Seinfeld. All three bears are very likable, funny, and have unique personalities thanks to their wonderfully casted voice actors. Ice Bear has always been my favorite since episode 1.

4. Infinity Train: I love how each season has a different protagonist each one has a well written character arc. The carts the characters travel though are all unique. It honestly feels like a video game. My favorite season is still season 1.

3. Over the Garden Wall: There is such a great sense of the Autumn season present throughout the show. The world Wirt and Greg explore is dripping with atmosphere with beautiful backgrounds and eerie music. Fitting that I’m sharing this list in October because this is the perfect month to watch this miniseries.

2. Steven Universe: Unless you’ve been living under a rock (pun intended) you probably know how much I love this show so I won’t repeat myself too much. Great characters, beautiful animation, catchy songs, and amazing LGBT representation.

1. Ed Edd n Eddy: This is also my favorite cartoon of all time. The three Ed’s are great, the animation is wacky, and the comedy is hilarious. Is it perfect? No, there are some bad episodes, but it was the show that introduce me to CN and the one my brother and I were obsessed with as kids.

What are your favorite Cartoon Network shows?

My Top 10 Favorite Gravity Falls Characters (10th Anniversary Special)

On this day 10 years ago Disney Channel premiere not just one of the best Disney animated shows but one of the best animated shows of all time, Gravity Falls. Gravity Falls is a show that has inspired me and many people, heck some people who worked on the show went on to do other great shows like Amphibia and The Owl House which has a lot of the show’s influence. I’ve already done a few episode ranking lists in the past and my opinions haven’t really changed since then. So instead, I want to share my top 10 favorite Gravity Falls characters list in honor of the show’s 10th anniversary. Also character number 5 is a SPOILER so be warned and this list is my personal opinion.

Honorable Mentions: Shmebulock, Toby Determined, Pacifica Northwest, Abuelita, Big Henry

10. Gideon Gleeful: Gideon is a good starter villain that’s both threatening and funny. There’s something so threatening about a villain with a southern accent that I like. It’s kind of funny hearing the voice of Flapjack come out of this antagonistic character.

9. GiFFany: This creepy girl is probably my favorite one-shot character and monster. She has the perfect balance between being cute, creepy, and hilarious. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if the creator of Doki Doki Literature Club! took a lot of inspiration from her.

8. Old Man McGucket: I love characters that that seem like just crazy comic reliefs but then turn out to actually be extremely important and Fiddleford is a great example of that. Also, Alex Hirsh making a fake leak of him being the author was genius.

7. Mabel Pines: Mabel is basically a human version of Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. I will admit I think her selfishness is what puts her low on the list. She’s still funny thanks to the perfect casting of Kristen Schaal.

6. Dipper Pines: I don’t dislike the twins; I just like my top 5 favorite characters more. Dipper is a good, and relatable protagonist while also being an excellent foil to his sister Mabel. I kind of see myself as Mabel and my brother as Dipper.

5. Ford Pines: 31 episodes of buildup to who the author is and it wonderfully paid off with the new addition of Stan’s brother played by the always amazing J.K. Simmons. I really like the dynamic between him and Dipper and his troubled relationship with Stanford.

4. Wendy Corduroy: Wendy is one of the most underused and underrated characters ever which is a shame because I thought she was very likable, badass, and had a really cool design. Why couldn’t we get the episode where she and Stan become partners in crime?!

3. Bill Cipher: Bill Cipher is one of the best animated villains of all time and maybe in all of fiction. This is how you perfectly make a villain that’s both hilarious but also very threatening thanks to Alex Hirsh’s performance and Bill’s simple but unique design.

2. Grunkle Stan: Not only does a lot of the show’s great comedy come from him but also a lot of the show’s great drama as well. He’s probably the most complex character on the show. Alex Hirsh brings so much charm, humor and depth to this character. Much like Dipper and Mabel I see myself as Stan and my brother as Ford.

1. Soos Ramirez: Soos is probably the most likable character on the show which is probably why he’s my favorite character. He’s kind of like that likable co-worker you have. A lot of my favorite episodes such as Soos and the Real Girl and Blendin’s Game focus on him and having him inherent the Mystery Shack in the end is a great end to his arc.

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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 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.

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.

My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2021

Another year has come and gone but fortunately I think this year was an improvement from last year because I got to see a lot more movies in theaters. It is now time to share my top 10 favorite movies of 2021. To be honest 10-6 were easy to rank but 5-1 are more like a five-way tie for me. All five are kind of the best movie of the year and each movie can go in any order. I also want to say that this is based on my personal opinion so now lets begin.

Honorable Mentions:

West Side Story: Great directing by Steven Spielberg, terrific choreography in both the dancing and fighting, and a outstanding performance from Mike Faist as Riff.

The King’s Man: A fun prequel with good action, excellent performances, and an interesting villain concept with the shepherd.

10. Raya and the Last Dragon:

This is the closest we’ll ever get to a Disney version of Avatar the Last Airbender. It’s refreshing to have a Disney princess movie with action scenes and no songs. I also really enjoyed the world building with each nation being based on a dragon body part.

9. Nobody:

This is probably the most underrated movie of the year. It’s sort of like John Wick with a more violent and badass Home Alone climax. Bob Odenkirk is terrific as mild-mannered turned badass Hutch Mansell and it was enjoyable to see Cristopher Lloyd who plays Hutch’s father kick ass.

8. Encanto:

Mirabel is a very likable Disney protagonist and I like that ever though she doesn’t have a power she still cares and want to help her family and home. The more grounded story perfectly balances out with the superpowered family who while flawed are still very likeable.

7. Ghostbusters Afterlife:

Sure, it’s a repeat of the first movie but that emotional ending is what really put this on my list. There are only two other endings in film that have made me cry (Pocahontas and Schindler’s List). If this list were ranked in terms of endings this would be number 1.

6. No Time to Die:

A great swan song from Daniel Craig who will always be my favorite James Bond. It has everything the makes James Bond great like the action, the villain and song. Much like Ghostbusters Afterlife if this were the final film in the whole series than this was an excellent way to end it on.

5. Hilda and the Mountain King:

My list my rules. Everything that I love about the show is all right here, while also being faithful to the graphic novel. The animation is still beautiful. Bella Ramsey and Daisy Haggard are still perfect roles for Hilda and Johanna and the scene where they reunite is touching.

4. Spider Man: No Way Home:

This movie is both the funniest and darkest Spider Man ever. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Spider Men were amazing and the banter between them and Tom Holland was great. The old villains and their interactions were also fun to watch. This is one of those movies that’s great to watch with a packed theater.

3. The Suicide Squad:

This movie proves that James Gunn is great with both Marvel and DC. The action scenes are violent but fun, the humor is enjoyably dark, and the characters are very likable. An improvement from the 2016 film in every way and the best DC movie since Tim Burton’s Batman (sorry Dark Knight fans).

2. Luca:

This has the slice of life feeling of a Studio Ghibli film with character designs similar of Aardman Studios I love the friendship between Luca, Alberto and Giulia and thank God there’s no love triangle. I love the unique character designs, the beautiful animation and the more grounded story compared to other Pixar movies.

1. The Mitchells vs the Machines:

It’s weird to think that this this and Spider-Verse came from the same studio that made the Emoji Movie. The animation and character designs are very unique compared to the other Sony animated movies. The comedy is hilarious and the heartwarming moments are very touching. The Mitchell family have such great dynamics that are both hilarious and touching.

Here’s hoping that 2022 will a great year for movies.

Ranking the Disney Canon part 4

Merry Christmas everyone, as a gift from me to you here are my top 15 favorite Disney movies.

15. The Sword in the Stone: I really like the laid-back yet whimsical atmosphere this movie has and the lesson on how important education is. Merlin is such a likable character and the whole seeing into the future thing is a clever way to do pop culture references. The magical duel between him and Madame Mim is really fun.

14. Moana: Shout out to Schafrillas Productions. The Polynesian setting is beautiful. Moana and Maui are both very likable and have a great dynamic. I love how this movie treats the ocean like its own character and I like how this subverted the twist villain cliché. The songs are really fun and who could forget Tamoa?

13. Zootopia: Judy and Nick have great chemistry and great story arcs that deal with racism. The film handles themes of racism very well. The different districts in Zootopia are really great and unique and makes you want to explore it. Sure it has a weak twist villain but to be fair this is a mystery movie.

12. Sleeping Beauty: Sure, Aurora and the prince are bland but those flaws are cancelled out by everything else. George Bruns’s score is beautiful to listen to. Maleficent is one of the best Disney villains and the climax with the dragon is epic. The animation is amazing and being in widescreen really gives the film a huge scope.

11. Robin Hood: This has always been and will forever be my Robin Hood. I find thieves that steal from bad people to help poor people very noble and it makes Robin Hood such a great protagonist. Prince John is also an entertaining villain. This is one of the most fun outings in the canon.

10. The Emperor’s New Groove: This might be the most quotable Disney movie ever. It’s rare for Disney to have a jerk hero but Kuzco is a well done one that’s still funny. Yzma and Kronk are an amazing and hilarious villain duo. There are so many moments that are still hilarious like wrong lever, spinach puffs, and the waterfall.

9. The Hunchback of Notre Dame: This might be the most adult and darkest Disney movie ever. Alan Menken’s score is epic thanks the chorus. Quasimodo is a very sympathetic and likable protagonist. Frollo who is the greatest and maybe the evilest Disney villain ever thanks to Tony Jay’s amazing and threatening performance, and Hellfire might be the best villain song ever.

8. Wreck-It Ralph: The Roger Rabbit of video games. I’m glad that Disney focused more on characters and story rather than on product placement that would’ve been cringy. The video game references are still clever and funny. Ralph is a very likable protagonist with a very well-done character arc and his friendship with Vannelope is great.

7. The Great Mouse Detective: This has one of the best hero/villain dynamics of any Disney movie. Basil is a smart and badass protagonist. Ratigan is probably the 2nd best Disney villain next to Frollo thanks to Vincent Price. He comes across as both funny and threatening especially in the climax and his villain song is also great.

6. Atlantis: The Lost Empire: One of the most underrated movies in the canon. Atlantis has such great worldbuilding and I like the subtle parallel between the heart of Atlantis and the atomic bomb. Milo is a very likable and relatable protagonist and the side characters are very enjoyable too. It also has one of my favorite movie climaxes ever.

5. Beauty and the Beast: Objectively I’d say this is Disney’s magnum opus considering it was nominated for Best Picture. Belle and Beast have a great relationship and I like seeing them slowly fall in love instead of immediately like most Disney romances. Gaston is a great villain subversion of the hero archetype. All the songs are memorable and wonderful thanks to Alan Menken and Harold Ashman.

4. Aladdin: I really love the color pallet in this movie and how each color represents good and evil. Aladdin and Jasmine are my favorite Disney couple and A Whole New World is my favorite romantic Disney song. Jafar is a fun mustache twirling villain. The Genie is of course hilarious thanks to the amazing Robin Williams and his song Friend Like Me is awesome.

3. Pinocchio: I used to think this movie took place in Germany LOL. When I think of old school Disney this is what pops into my mind first. I like that Pinocchio here is just a gullible kid rather than a troublemaker. I love how this movie while cute has some of the darkest moments in the form of Pleasure Island. The animation also holds up today.

2. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Pooh is one of the most likable characters ever in fiction. There’s such a whimsical laid-back charm to this movie. I love how unlike most movies which have a three-act structure this one has three stories that let you immerse yourself in this little setting with these likable characters. It makes the Hundred Acre Woods one of the most immersive worlds created in the Disney canon.

1.Tarzan: This was the first movie I saw in theaters. The movie is surprisingly hardcore with a lot of onscreen deaths. The scope of this movie feels huge thanks to both the animation and music and I love Phil Collin’s songs, especially the opening song Two Worlds. Your first movie in theaters always leaves such a huge impact on you like what Tarzan did for me and that’s why it will always be my favorite Disney movie.

What are your favorite Disney movies? Thanks for reading and happy holidays to everyone.