Tuesday, January 24, 2017


A psychological thriller directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan and starring James McAvoy as a man with over 20 different personalities due to dissociative identity disorder. The film is all about McAvoy's character kidnapping three teen girls and holding them captive for one of his personalities, as the three girls try to figure out a way to escape by taking advantage of some of the personalities. Split is a very original film that starts out as a pretty normal thriller that then turns more supernatural by the end when the last personality is revealed, which could have gone too far by what the beginning was like, but the very last shot of the film makes what happened more plausible and fitting with a previous film that Shyamalan had made before. It has a slow pace, at times too many closeups, and some of the dialogue can come off weird at times if it wasn't explained better through one of the girls' flashback and McAvoy's backstory. The performances by McAvoy and the actresses who play the teen girls Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, and Haley Lu Richardson are all perfect, believable, and frightening and the scenes involving McAvoy's psychiatrist talking about his condition help foreshadow what happens at the end without being too obvious. Over all: 81%
2017 top list so far:
1. Split

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Justice League/Power Rangers #1

The first issue of a six part crossover storyline between the Justice League and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which begins with a flash forward of Angel Grove in ruins, Zack blaming himself, and Superman telling him he shouldn't, to the Rangers looking for Alpha, Zedd using a fake one to enter the Command Center, Zack teleporting himself to Gotham and fighting Batman due to thinking he's a monster, the rest of the Rangers arriving to help Zack, the Flash confiscating their weapons, and Kimberly's Pterodactyl Zord flying off with the Batmobile in its mouth. Through all of that, the first issue is very descent, not as amazing as the first issue of the Turtles and Batman crossover, but pretty fun nonetheless. Taking place early in the show's second season, as noted by Zedd's appearance and Tommy being the Green Ranger, the comic is both serious and filled with fun nostalgia. Batman's introduction, especially as he notes that Zack's fighting style suggest he has a head injury due to his battle with Zedd, is awesome. The way this issue ends makes me wonder how their fighting will be resolved, how Batman and the League react to the Rangers being teens, and how this will all lead to Angel Grove in ashes and how it will be fixed. Over all: 100%
Top list so far:
1. Deadpool Killustrated
2. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6
3. Civil War: Choosing Sides Vol. 1 #1
4. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4
5. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3
6. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2
7. An Innocent Guy
8. Batman: The Killing Joke
9. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
10. Batman: The Long Halloween
11. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1
12. Justice League/Power Rangers #1
13. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
14. Crisis on Infinite Earths
15. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5
16. Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive
17. Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2
18. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
19. The Dark Knight Returns
20. Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War
21. Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Vol. 1
22. The Comic Cavalcade: Archives Volume 1
23. Civil War
24. The New Mutants #98

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Top 10 2016 Series and Season Finales

Series Finales:
1. Gravity Falls
2. The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
3. Person of Interest
4. Austin & Ally
5. MythBusters
6. Castle
7. Braindead
8. Royal Pains
9. Hell on Wheels
10. Rizzoli & Isles
Honorable Mentions:
Beauty and the Beast

Season Finales:
1. Stranger Things first season finale-Chapter Eight: The Upside Down
2. American Horror Story: Roanoke finale-Chapter 10
3. The Flash second season finale-The Race of His Life
4. Supergirl first season finale-Better Angels
5. Star Wars Rebels second season finale-Twilight of the Apprentice
6. Arrow fourth season finale-Schism
7. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. third season finale-Ascension
8. Gotham second season finale-Transference
9. Ash vs. Evil Dead first season finale-The Dark One
10. Family Guy 14th season finale-Road to India
Honorable Mentions:
Fuller House first season finale-Love Is in the Air
Exorcist first season finale-Chapter Ten:Three Rooms
Scream second season finale-Halloween II
Scream Queens second season finale-Drain the Swamp
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson finale-The Verdict
Lucifer first season finale-Take Me Back to Hell
American Horror Story: Hotel finale-Be Our Guest
Quantico first season finale-Yes
Fear the Walking Dead second season finale-North
Legends of Tomorrow first season finale-Legendary
Luke Cage first season finale-You Know My Steez
Shades of Blue first season finale-One Last Lie
Sleepy Hollow third season finale-Ragnarok
The Walking Dead sixth season finale-Last Day on Earth
Bones eleventh season finale-The Nightmare within the Nightmare

Monday, January 2, 2017

Top 10 New Shows and Season Premieres of 2016

New Shows:
1. Stranger Things
2. Angie Tribeca
3. Luke Cage
4. American Crime Story
5. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
6. Legends of Tomorrow
7. 11.22.63
8. The Good Place
9. Preacher
10. Lucifer
Honorable Mentions:
You, Me, and the Apocalypse
Angel From Hell
The Ranch
Houdini & Doyle
Lab Rats: Elite Force
Maya & Marty
Still the King
Dead of Summer
Fuller House
Son of Zorn
Shades of Blue
This is Us
Designated Survivor
Lethal Weapon
The Exorcist
Van Helsing
Crisis in Six Scenes
Wynona Earp
No Tomorrow
The Great Indoors
The Crown
Search Party
Justice League Action
People of Earth
Voltron: Legendary Defender

Season Premieres:
1. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fourth season premiere-The Ghost
2. Daredevil second season premiere-Bang
3. Supergirl second season premiere-The Adventures of Supergirl
4. Arrow fifth season premiere-Legacy
5. The Flash third season premiere-Flashpoint
6. NCIS 14th season premiere-Rogue
7. Nashville fifth season premiere-The Wayfaring Stranger
8. The Fosters fourth season premiere-Potentional Energy
9. Saturday Night Live 42nd season premiere-Margot Robbie
10. Scream Queen second season premiere-Scream Again
Honorable Mentions:
Ash vs. Evil Dead second season premiere-Home
The X-Files tenth season premiere-My Struggle
American Horror Story: Roanoke premiere-Chapter 1
The Walking Dead seventh season premiere-The Day Will Come When You Won't Be
Blue Bloods seventh season premiere-The Greater Good
Modern Family eighth season premiere-A Tale of Three Cities
Family Guy fifteenth season premiere-The Boys in the Band
Scream second season premiere-I Know What You Did Last Summer

Top 10 Most Anticipated New Shows Of 2017

1. The Defenders
2. Star Trek: Discovery
3. The Punisher
4. Iron Fist
5. Legion
6. Riverdale
7. Big Hero 6
8. Powerless
9. 24: Legacy
10. The Blacklist: Redemption
Honorable Mentions:
Training Day
Ben 10
Emerald City

Most Anticipated 2017 Films

Order of release:
1. Split- Thriller from M. Night Shyamalan about a man with multiple personalities.
2. The Space Between Us- Science-fiction drama about a boy born in Mars wanting to experience life on Earth.
3. The Lego Batman Movie- Lego version of Batman.
4. Logan- Hugh Jackman's last go as Wolverine.
5. Kong: Skull Island- Reboot of the King Kong franchise connecting it to the 2014 Godzilla film.
6. Beauty and the Beast- Live action reimagining of the classic Disney animated film.
7. Life- Science-fiction horror about the crew of a space station uncovering something they shouldn't have.
8. Power Rangers- A modern, darker interpretation of the original '90s show.
9. The Zookeeper's Wife- The true story of zookeepers using their zoo to protect people from Nazis.
10. Going in Style- Three elderly men decide to rob banks.
11. The Fate of the Furious- The eighth film of the franchise sees Dom betray his family for mysterious reasons.
12. The Circle- Thriller centering on Tom Hanks as a shady company founder with mysterious intents.
13. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2- Sequel to the 2014 film seeing Kurt Russel as Star Lord's father, Ego the Living Planet.
14. Alien: Covenant- Sequel to Prometheus expanding more of the Alien franchise's past.
15. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales- Fifth film of the franchise that sees Javier Bardem as the main villain.
16. Wonder Woman- Origin story of the first female superhero.
17. The Mummy- Reboot with Tom Cruise meant to start a new Universal Horror universe.
18. Cars 3- Third film in the series that sees everything change for Lightning McQueen.
19. Transformers: The Last Knight- Fifth film sees Optimus going bad, King Arthur, and Anthony Hopkins.
20. Despicable Me 3- Gru battles a new enemy with the help of his long lost brother.
21. Spider-Man: Homecoming- The first Spider-Man film set in the MCU.
22. War for the Planet of the Apes- Third film in the Planet of the Apes reboot.
23. Dunkirk- Christopher Nolan's WW2 film.
24. It- Feature film adaptation of Stephen King's novel previously turned into a miniseries in the '90s.
25. Kingsman: The Golden Circle- Sequel to the 2015 film that sees the American branch of the agency.
26. Friday the 13th- Reboot of the series looking into Jason's past.
27. Thor: Ragnarok- Third film in the series that sees Thor, Hulk, and Doctor Strange fighting in other worlds.
28. Justice League- The first film that puts the team together in live action form.
29. Coco- Pixar film dealing with The Day of the Dead.
30. Murder on the Orient Express- Adaptation of the Agatha Christie story by Kenneth Branagh.
31- Star Wars Episode VIII- Sequel to the Force Awakens.

Top 10 Most Anticipated:
1.Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2- Baby Groot.
2. Logan- The fact that Hugh Jackman will no longer play the role that made him famous, and as a great swan song it will be rated R to fully capture Logan's carnage.
3. Star Wars Episode VIII- The secrecy of what's going on, as well as the last time we will ever see Carrie Fisher as Leia after her death.
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming- After Civil War we'll get to see what Spider-Man is like alone now that the MCU co-creates his films.
5. Power Rangers- The trailer looks amazing and always wanted to see a more serious take on the show.
6. Thor: Ragnarok- Seeing the closest thing to Planet Hulk.
7. Wonder Woman- The best part of Dawn of Justice was Wonder Woman's introduction, and hopefully will be more fun.
8. Kong: Skull Island- The fact that Kong is as big as a mountain.
9. Justice League- It took over 50 years for a live action interpretation to be made.
10. The Lego Batman Movie- Legos and Batman.

Top 10 2016 TV Moments

1. Ghost Rider's appearance throughout Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2. Invasion crossover from Arrowverse
3. Punisher's monologue as he chains up Daredevil in Daredevil
4. Millie Bobby Brown's performance as Eleven in Stranger Things
5. Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump impersonation throughout Saturday Night Live
6. Superman's introduction in Supergirl
7. Negan's introduction in The Waking Dead
8. Vanessa Hudgens's performance in Grease Live
9. Bill's defeat on Gravity Falls
10. Ahsoka and Vader's final fight in Star Wars Rebels
Honorable Mentions:
Supergirl and The Flash crossover, Worlds' Finest
Dave Chappelle's monologue on SNL
Leonard Cohen tribute on SNL
David S. Pumpkin on SNL
Identity reveal in The Exorcist
Tony's exit on NCIS
Garry Marshall tribute episode on The Odd Couple
Live segment from The Simpsons
Darth Maul's introduction in Star Wars Rebels
Tom Cruise and James Corden recreating Cruise's films on The Late Late Show
Punisher's prison fight in Daredevil
Lincoln's sacrifice in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
House caving in on Liv and Maddie
Sofia Carson's performance at the RDMAs
The Ghost's introduction in Doctor Who's Christmas special
Luke Cage's origin story from Luke Cage
Megan Fox's performance in New Girl
The white bronco chase from American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson
Vandal Savage's defeat in Legends of Tomorrow
Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows
Kathy Bates's performance in American Horror Story: Roanoke
Savitar's introduction in The Flash
Justice Society of America's introduction in Legends of Tomorrow
Inside Family Guy episode of Family Guy
The Flash defeating Zoom in The Flash
Abbie's death on Sleepy Hollow
Zack's reveal in Bones

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Top 10 2016 Film Moments

1. The final minutes of Rogue One
2. Quicksilver's mansion save from X-Men: Apocalypse
3. Ryan Reynolds's entire performance in Deadpool
4. Dormammu's defeat in Doctor Strange
5. Airport fight in Captain America: Civil War
6. Wonder Woman's introduction in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
7. Breaking Bad reference from Zootopia
8. "We Know The Way" number from Moana
9. Final ghost fight in Ghostbusters 2016
10. End of Jason Bourne
Honorable Mentions:
The Death Star's first test from Rogue One
"You're Welcome" and "I Am Moana" numbers from Moana
Shakira's song from the end of Zootopia
Mirror Dimension fight sequence in Doctor Strange
Credits gag from start of Deadpool
Meat Loaf's cameo in Sausage Party
Dory reuniting with her parents in Finding Dory
Final fight in Independence Day: Resurgence
Blake Lively's entire performance in The Shallows
The supermarket fight in Sausage Party
The battle sequences in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Newt's suitcase reveal in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Batman's cameo in Suicide Squad
Ryan Gosling's hallucinations in The Nice Guys
Oogway's appearances in Kung Fu Panda 3
Mark Rylance's and Ruby Barnhill's performances in The BFG
Plane water landing in Sully
Opening to Ghostbusters 2016
Josh Brolin's performance in Hail, Caesar!
Wolverine's cameo in X-Men: Apocalypse
The time travel twist in Arrival
The Enterprise's destruction in Star Trek Beyond
Batman saving Martha Kent in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
DMV sloth and Godfather scene from Zootopia

Revised Overall Ratings of 2016 Films

1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story-100%
2. Moana-100%
3. Zootopia-100%
4. Doctor Strange-98%
5. Sully-98%
6. Deadpool-98%
7. Captain America: Civil War-95%
8. Finding Dory-90%
9. Arrival-90%
10. Sausage Party-89%
11. Star Trek Beyond-89%
12. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them-86%
13. Indepence Day: Resurgence-84%
14. The Shallows-82%
15. The Nice Guys-80%
16. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi-79%
17. Suicide Squad-69%
18. Jason Bourne-68%
19. Kung Fu Panda 3-66%
20. The BFG-65%
21. Ghostbusters 2016-65%
22. Hail, Caesar!-62%
23. X-Men: Apocalypse-57%
24. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice-50%

The Comic Cavalcade: Archives Volume 1

One of the longest comics I ever read and my first foray into the Golden Age of comic books, The Comic Cavalcade: Archives Volume 1 is a collection of the first three issues of the Comic Cavalcade series by DC Comics, with some as long as 96 pages long. Originally debuting in the 1940s, each of the first three issues told stories revolving around The Flash, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern as well as other lesser known superheroes, adventure stories, comedy skits, and written shorts. While it was fun to read these older stories, there are some problems they have that are obvious for today's readers. While it makes sense that there are numerous times when they make Hitler to look like an absolute fool due to World War 2, the over the top German accents they gave to some characters made it hard to read. The odd resolutions and over the top ways some stories played out showed how young comics were at the time and how they weren't always taken serious unlike today. Wonder Woman always being bound by her hands and having to be rescued, a pirate hero and his son donning their costumes just to get clothes for their family, lots of paragraphs for each frame, and a police detective being hired by Hollywood all because he was good at his job. For it's time it's very racial insensitive in that it portrays any Japanese, African American, and other minorities as over the top stereotypes. It still has some really great artwork made by the best that DC Comics had to offer for their times. Over all: 68%
1. Deadpool Killustrated
2. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6
3. Civil War: Choosing Sides Vol. 1 #1
4. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4
5. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3
6. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2
7. An Innocent Guy
8. Batman: The Killing Joke
9. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
10. Batman: The Long Halloween
11. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1
12. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
13. Crisis on Infinite Earths
14. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5
15. Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive
16. Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2
17. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
18. The Dark Knight Returns
19. Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War
20. Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Vol. 1
21. The Comic Cavalcade: Archives Volume 1
22. Civil War
23. The New Mutants #98