Catching Up on ‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Has Been a Bit of Fun

If you haven’t noticed by now, I came away from The Rise of Skywalker disappointed. Because of this, I skipped last week’s episode of Star Wars: Resistance. For the last year, I have followed the story in the hopes that it would contain a secret clue to something that might happen in The Rise of Skywalker. Or, maybe a character from Resistance would make a cameo appearance in the Skywalker Saga finale, which would’ve been exciting. When that didn’t happen my obligation to continue watching Star Wars: Resistance faded away but, after my week-long hiatus, I’ve decided to return to the series to see what happened next and for the most part, the past two episodes have been pretty enjoyable.

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Featuring a brand new ally of the Resistance named Norath, a pretty cool-looking bounty hunter named Ax Tagrin, and more action with the First Order, both episodes The Missing Agent and Breakout were somewhat enjoyable and a bit direr than what we’ve seen previously, which was a relief.

Star Wars: Resistance is the most childish of the series, meaning there is no real peril. However, the suspense was there and the implications that maybe the series is starting to get a little more series were very apparent.

Where will this story head next? I’m not quite sure but I’m hoping that the series retains this quality over the next few weeks.

I’ll give these two episodes combined a total of 4 out of 5 stars and 89 out of 100. Not perfect but not an atrocious score either.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a remarkable day. May the Force be with you.

The Movies of 2019: Ranked from Worst to Best

It’s almost the end of the year which means it’s time to look back at my ranking for the films I watched in 2019 ahead of my 2020 ranking. Enjoy! 14. Triple Frontier

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Netflix never fails to deliver original films and I’ve seen a few this year. One such movie was Triple Frontier, starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck. It’s a film whose facade makes it seem like this is Sicario 2.0 but in reality, it’s a military take on Ocean’s Eleven which was an unexpected twist, I’m not going to lie.

My family and I ended up watching the whole movie actually, which was a bit surprising. So yeah, it may not have been as good as I had hoped but decent enough for a matinee film.

13. The Irishman

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This may be the unpopular opinion but I wasn’t a fan of The Irishman. In fact, it literally made me sick. I was lost from the get-go as the screenplay tried to deliver a powerful narrative of the rise of one of the past century’s most prolific gangsters but ended up just muddling what could’ve been a great film.

I’ve seen The Godfather and Godfather 2. Both are great films that seized me and didn’t let go. The Irishman didn’t do that. The only reason why this movie is getting as much praise as it’s getting is because it has Al Pacino, Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci, and even Ray Romano in it. Talk about a stellar cast for what I thought was going to be a stellar film.

12. Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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The extended trailers and sneak peeks in IMAX is what lured me into watching this film in the movie theaters on my birthday. Godzilla: King of the Monsters was HORRIBLE! I’m talking about absolutely ridiculous. The action scenes were expectedly enjoyable but the annoying storyline outshined the good, which was far and few.

Godzilla vs. Kong is coming out next year and I refuse to be tricked again. I went to see Godzilla in 2014. Hated it! I went to watch Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Once again, I was disappointed. I’m not going three strikes and I’m out. Godzilla vs. Kong is going to be horrible again.

11. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is one of those movies that I was actually excited to see. I liked the first one, my sister said the second one was pretty good, but the third one was ultimately disappointing. There was nothing emotionally impactful about the film, it was predictable with zero surprises, and yeah, the conclusion was touching but The Hidden World will definitely not be winning Best Animated Film of the Year this year either.

10. Alita: Battle Angel

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I saw the trailers for Alita: Battle Angel several times in the movie theater and every time I was wowed. When I finally got to see the film I can’t express to you how disappointed I was. James Cameron may have produced this movie but it is nowhere near the brilliance of his other films like The Terminator or Avatar.

Alita: Battle Angel is one of those movies that left me saying, “Why?!” The action scenes were pretty good but the characters weren’t likable enough and the story wasn’t compelling enough to have me want to watch a sequel or a prequel.

9. Beats

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Beats is one of those Netflix movies that are worth the watch. Emotionally impactful and filled with a pretty dope musical score, Beats was pretty good, I have to say. Watch this with headphones. It’ll give you the best experience for sure.

8. The Rise of Skywalker

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The Rise of Skywalker had every chance of being the best film of the year. Instead, it would become yet another controversial cog in the tirade that is Star Wars. Filled with boring fan-service and nonsensical storytelling, The Rise of Skywalker has ended the year on a bit of a sour note. But it still manages to outshine some of the other films on this list simply because it’s Star Wars.

7. Captain Marvel

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Captain Marvel was not a tremendous superhero movie and never will be but it is fun to watch. Brie Larson did an excellent job bringing the cocky, soaring superhero to life and the characters surrounding her were likable enough for this film to be both memorable and rewatchable.

6. Toy Story 4

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The best thing about Toy Story 4 was the animation and the newest character to join the cast of lovable toys, Forky. The animation was the best that had ever been displayed for the Toy Story franchise and Forky just might be my favorite character ever to appear in the films, besides Woody and Buzz of course. However, the story was expectedly sappy and while I did cry at the end (because how are you not going to cry at a Toy Story film?!) it was nowhere near as enjoyable as Toy Story or Toy Story 3.

5. Murder Mystery

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Murder Mystery was a real surprise. Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler are a perfect comedy pair that brought this hilarious riff on a murder mystery to life. With a hilarious supporting cast featuring Luke Evans and many others, Murder Mystery is one of the best Netflix movies of the year. Take a look. It’s hilarious!

4. Spider-Man: Far from Home

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Spider-Man: Far from Home was so cute! With teenage drama, fun action sequences, one of the greatest Marvel villains in the MCU, and some nice surprises via the two post-credit scenes, this was a worthy sequel to the first film that redeemed Spider-Man on the big screen in 2017.

3. Shazam!

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Shazam! was so much fun. I saw the trailers. Wasn’t excited! I heard the reviews. I became intrigued. My family and I went to see it and we were in love with the film. Yes, it was cliché and yes it was a bit of a drag at times but overall, this was hands down the best DCEU film by a mile. Funny and with a fantastic surprise that’ll surely make the sequel worth the watch, Shazam! was one of the most joyous surprises this year.

2. The Two Popes

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What charmed me the most about The Two Popes was how beautiful it was. The churches, the robes, the cinematography, people have been talking about The Irishman but the movie critics should really be praising is The Two Popes. Showcasing an actually heartwarming friendship between former Pope Benedict XVI and the present Pope Francis, The Two Popes surprisingly wowed me in ways The Irishman couldn’t.

Check it out. It’s up for a Golden Globe and rightfully so. I definitely feel it’s one of the best movies of the year.

It’s currently available on Netflix.

1. Avengers: Endgame

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No, Avengers: Endgame wasn’t the best Marvel movie I’ve ever seen (that title still goes to Avengers: Infinity War) but it was one of the greatest experiences I will ever have at the movie theaters. The tears, the cheers, this movie’s final act shattered my expectations in ways that I will never forget. Hence, it is undoubtedly my favorite film of the year.

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I’d like to give an honorable mention to The Mandalorian which, of course, wasn’t a movie but because it was such an enjoyable series this year I had to highlight it as one of the best things of 2019, maybe even the decade!

I thank you once again for sharing another year with me. Here’s to 2020 and the decade to come! May the Force be with you.

The Ten Best Movies of the Decade

It’s the final day of the decade, meaning it’s a chance to look back and reflect on the groundbreaking, eye-widening, truly impactful films of the decade that have managed to make me laugh, cry, and downright lose it with happiness. So, with no further delay, here are the ten best movies of the decade.

10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a welcome surprise that I don’t think anyone saw coming. Miles Morales, a beloved rendition of the iconic Spider-Man character, was finally afforded his own film and the result was mindblowing.

With an animation style that feels like watching a comic book in motion mixed with sometimes startling realism at times, Into the Spider-Verse has easily become one of my favorite movies of the decade. Continue reading The Ten Best Movies of the Decade

Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Thirty-Three

Strange creatures squawked in the forest and the sky, painted orange and pink from the sunset, was beginning to darken as Ora knelt before the ramp of her craft, unable to move. Her mother’s passing had entirely immobilized her, leaving her utterly distraught with grief.

With tears pouring down her face she whispered, “Ma, I’m sorry. I’m so so sorry.”

And yet there was clearly no response. Just that incessant emptiness where her mother’s presence used to be. And then, out of nowhere, she felt another presence. One that blared in the force bright like the sun. Her head rose and heart pounded with hope. She stood and began to run as fast as she could, hoping that the presence was not a trick. Continue reading Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Thirty-Three

Looking Back: The Movies of 2018; Ranked from Worst to Best

2018 was a year jam-packed with awesome movies and while there are some films that I didn’t get the chance to see that year (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldGreenbookSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) there were many others that I did manage to watch. And so, on that note, here is how I would rank all of the movies of 2018.

15. Ocean’s 8

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When it was announced that there would be a spinoff to the Ocean’s films but with an all-female cast, I was kind of excited. Especially after seeing the astounding list of ladies that would be in the movie. Unfortunately, this movie was a total flop. It was so boring that I couldn’t even finish the film. Hence, it was my least favorite movie of the year.

14. Venom

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For Venom to be the next to the worst movie of the year in my list then 2018 has been pretty awesome because this isn’t exactly a horrendous movie. I mean, it is, but at least it was somewhat watchable and enjoyable to a certain extent. With better writers, Venom could’ve been a whole lot better and I’m hoping that the sequel can make this story better.

13. Sicario: Day of the Soldado

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Sicario was amazing. The sequel, not so much. I actually fell asleep at a certain point because it was taking too long for anything truly good to happen. Benicio del Toro still managed to shine in the movie but he was bogged down as a babysitter which was kind of annoying considering his character is so much more interesting than that. And the movie clearly ended in the fashion of setting up yet another sequel, turning these films into money grabs rather than movies with actual substance. But maybe the third one will be better. *shrug*

12. A Wrinkle in Time

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I honestly thought A Wrinkle in Time was going to be worse than it was but I found myself actually enjoying it, to a certain extent. It was nice to see women and girls portrayed in such a powerful way and the movie was gorgeous. No, it wasn’t the best film of the year, but it wasn’t the worse either.

11. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Ever since I watched Jurassic Park for the first time five years ago I have become a fan of this franchise. Unfortunately, since Jurassic Park, there hasn’t been a film in this franchise that has managed to reach the same level of sheer awesomeness and Fallen Kingdom is no exception. This movie was lame and I have no more to say about it.

10. Incredibles 2

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This movie was perfect in nearly every sense of the word but it was also perfectly boring as well. I came away from that movie finding myself more disappointed than elated but I am excited to hear that it’s coming to Netflix next month so yeah, it was good. It just wasn’t great.

9. Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Fun, hilarious, great action sequences, Ant-Man and the Wasp was the perfect final Marvel movie of the year because after the heartbreaking events of Infinity War we definitely needed a film with a bit more levity. I also love that this film perfectly sets up Ant-Man’s involvement in Avengers: Endgame and I can’t wait to see what he can bring to the mission of stopping Thanos.

8. Solo: A Star Wars Story

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I never thought I would say there were seven movies better than a Star Wars movie in a single year but for 2018 that is definitely the case. I haven’t watched Solo in over two months which, for me, is a clear sign that it didn’t wow me as much as I hoped it would. But it is a good movie and definitely one of the surprises of the year.

7. A Quiet Place

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When I saw the trailer for A Quiet Place when I went to watch Justice League I knew I wanted to see it because it just looked too unique not to watch. So, I did. And it was pretty good. Was it the best science-fiction film that I’ve ever seen? No. But it was enjoyable and its conclusion was definitely a perfect way to end the movie.

If you like creepy sci-fi movies this is a must-see.

6. Bumblebee

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Cute, easy to follow, funny, heartfelt, riveting, oh this movie brought all the feels. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me love Bumblebee even more as a character. And it saved the Transformers franchise big time. If you love Transformers this is a definite must-watch because it’s really, really good. At one time the very words impeccable storytelling and Transformers movie seemed like an oxymoron but Bumblebee is exactly that; a delightful Transformers movie with a perfect story.

5. Teen Titans Go! to the Movies

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This may come as a surprise that I would place this movie so high in my list but I am a legitimate Teen Titans fan. I’ve loved the cartoon ever since I was a child and I love it even more now considering that the creators of the series have turned it into an absolutely hilarious comedy. When I heard they were making a Teen Titans Go! movie I couldn’t be more excited and sure enough it was everything I expected it would be…and more.

I enjoyed this movie so much that I am determined to own it eventually so I can laugh at all of its jokes as many times as I’d like. I love this movie. 🙂

4. Black Panther

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Black Panther is an undoubted triumph, not just for people of color who are so glad to see a film filled with characters that look like them but for the Hollywood industry as well. This film is literally the first superhero film to ever be nominated for a Golden Globe and I am utterly baffled by the awesomeness of that fact.

This was a very well-written, well thought out story and it honestly only makes Marvel look that much better. Ryan Coogler is a brilliant director and storyteller and I can’t wait to see what new things he can bring to the table in Black Panther 2.

3. Aquaman

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If you’ve read my blog recently you will notice how much I have enjoyed Aquaman since I saw it this past Christmas. If you had told me at the beginning of the year that Aquaman would be my third favorite movie of 2018 I would’ve laughed at the absurdity of that prediction but it’s true. Aquaman was awesome in every sense of the word and I’m just counting down the days until I can see it again. 🙂

2. Avengers: Infinity War

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I love Marvel. I love Marvel superheroes. I love the choice of actors who play the roles of these characters. And to see all of their stories and lovable personalities come together into one ultra movie to face an incredible threat in Thanos is hands down movie gold for me. I’ve said it before and I will say it again; this movie was everything I could’ve asked for and so much more.

There were plot twists, plenty of humor, phenomenal action sequences, and its conclusion was so downright unexpected that I am patiently (not patiently) waiting to see what happens. Ugh, it’s so annoying having to wait. But wait I must. 😦

1. Mission: Impossible-Fallout

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This is hands down my favorite movie of the year. It garnered a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes and it totally deserves it. In my opinion, I’d give it 100% because it is literally a perfect movie. From beginning to end the suspense, the action, everything just keeps getting more and more awesome until I feel like I’m going to combust with excitement.

Tom Cruise took this movie to the next level of awesomeness and with a soundtrack that’s so awesome I have it on my Spotify this film just continues to find ways to please.

So, this is my ranking of the movies I’ve seen this year. 2018 has been very fun indeed but it looks like 2019 is going to be an even better year for movies and I. Can’t. Wait!!!!

What would you say has been your favorite movie of the year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular New Year’s Eve.

Let’s Talk: The Mandalorian Season Finale

The season finale of The Mandalorian was phenomenal. Filled with fascinating moments, completing plot threads laid bare in earlier in the season and delivering exciting teases for season 2, this was the season finale worthy of The Mandalorian‘s great first season. So, with no further delay, let’s talk a little more about this season finale.

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! Continue reading Let’s Talk: The Mandalorian Season Finale