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Throwback Friday: This Is a Fantastic Issue of ‘Entertainment Weekly’

I’m a proud subscriber of Entertainment Weekly and every once in a while there’s an issue arrives that blows. My. Mind! Well, this was one of those particular issues and because it was so great I had to share my experience reading it with you all. Enjoy!

The Cover

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Eddie Redmayne shines in this brilliant Entertainment Weekly cover.

When I got the issue I was already excited. It’s a beautiful cover in its simplicity. Eddie Redmayne graces the front as Fantastic Beasts hero, Newt Scamander, and just behind him lingers Jude Law as a young Dumbledore. What’s cooler than that? It didn’t take very long for me to begin reading this with gleeful excitement.

And the Journey Begins

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Love it!

Turning the page and finding this brilliant photo to welcome me was a sign that this was going to be one of the greatest Entertainment Weekly reads I’ve ever had. The words weaving out of Newt’s wand is a downright stroke of genius and the title Beastie Boy is perfect. This article truly got me at hello.

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A Movie Ranking: Johnny Depp

My A Movie Ranking series usually happens on Thursday but, due to being busy, I’ve had to move it to the weekend and as you can see the actor for this week is the eclectic, always eccentric Johnny Depp. Enjoy! 

8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, AnnaSophia Robb, Julia Winter, Jordan Fry, and Philip Wiegratz in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

This movie was horrible. Absolutely horrible. I’m a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory fan since I was a child and this, this was a pain to watch. Plus, Johnny Depp came off as super creepy to me.

7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales

Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Kaya Scodelario, and Brenton Thwaites in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

I really enjoy the Pirates of the Caribbean movies but this one, while decent, is hard to watch. Hence, 7th place on this list.

6. Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp and Alan Rickman in Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Alice in Wonderland was the first film that I ever saw in IMAX and because of that, I will always regard this movie with a particular fondness.

5. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

This movie, while undoubtedly entertaining, is easily the third weakest film in this franchise behind Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and it’s nowhere near as bad as the other movies on this list.

4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Dan Fogler, William Nadylam, Alison Sudol, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Claudia Kim, Zoë Kravitz, Ezra Miller, and Callum Turner in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Not horrible but not great either.

3. Rango

Rango (2011)

I saw this as a child. I didn’t like it. I saw it recently as an adult. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

2. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

While this film is clearly the most concise story in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise it’s not my favorite simply because the next one is just so darn fun.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

I love this movie. Yes, it can be a bit confusing but it’s so much fun that it’s undoubtedly my favorite Pirates of the Caribbean film.

So, this is how I rank all of the Johnny Depp movies I’ve seen. One day, I’m sure Johnny Depp will infiltrate the comic book movie scene, whether that’ll be Marvel or DC Comics (most likely DC), and that should be interesting.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

The Pros and Cons of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, a film that returned us to the magical world of witches and wizards living among us. After seeing the film once I decided to watch it again to refresh my memory on the film’s quality and boy was I refreshed…but not in a good way.

J.K Rowling delivers a powerful film 2 hour and 14-minute movie set, I think this is correct, 11 months after the events of the first film. Unfortunately, its “power” turns into a jumbled hodgepodge of a film that works too desperately to feel dark and important but ends up leaving you confused and exhausted by the end of the film.

Today, after analyzing the film for only the second time, I’m going to share with you the pros and cons of this movie. (Unfortunately, the cons far outweigh the pros.) Enjoy! Continue reading The Pros and Cons of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

Throwback Friday: A Bunch of New Movie Trailers Have Arrived at San Diego Comic-Con

It’s San Diego Comic-Con week and the trailers for the future’s biggest hits are dropping left and right. Because this is Throwback Friday day, I thought it would be so much fun to look back on what exciting movie trailers dropped last year. Enjoy!

As you may know, SDCC has arrived and debuted movie and television news for the past weekend. This is always the most exciting time of the year for me because there is so much news that arrives surrounding films that I’m eager to hear about. Well, yesterday Warner Bros. debuted a bunch of trailers to get us excited for their movies arriving either later this year or early next year and I’m here to share them with you all. Enjoy!

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

If you were at all bummed out by that eensy-weensy sneak peek of Godzilla: King of the Monsters that was revealed the other day well this official trailer was released yesterday and I have to say, it definitely looks decent. I watched Godzilla four years ago thinking it was going to be positively awesome and it was very disappointing indeed. I mean, it was absolutely horrendous, which was a bummer because I’ve always wanted to see a really good, modern Godzilla movie.

Well, this film definitely looks like it’ll be better than that movie as it clearly shows more monsters and plenty of jaw-dropping destruction that’ll look amazing in IMAX. I’m pretty sure the story will be sub par but the action will probably be worth the admission fee and that’s enough to make me want to see this movie.

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Who’s Your Favorite ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Character?

The Harry Potter movies are some of the most popular films in the world with millions of fans who know the movies (and the books) back and forth. Now J.K Rowling is sharing with us a new story, one that’s set several decades before Harry Potter’s time and those are the Fantastic Beasts movies. Only two have come out so far and neither has risen to the exact mystique and storytelling level that the Harry Potter films achieved with such ease but there is certainly enjoyment one can find with these movies.

I personally like the films because of the characters. They’re engaging and have interesting enough storylines to keep me holding on to the overall story by a thread.

Because I like these characters so much I decided to make them part of this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? Enjoy! Continue reading Who’s Your Favorite ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Character?

Why Are the Women in ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ So Sad?

A few days ago I watched Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald for the first time and for the most part, I enjoyed it. The sequel played an interesting role in setting up what is sure to be a thrilling final three films but it also alienated some as it told a complex story that didn’t exactly reach the standards we were all expecting.

I found the movie to be better than I expected…and a bit underwhelming at the same time. But what I clearly noticed and was slightly disturbed by after watching the film was the dreadfully depressing storylines of each and every female character in the movie.

J.K Rowling, who is clearly one of the greatest storytellers in this generation, is a woman and as a fellow woman, I would expect her to create strong, powerful women in these films. And she did, for the Harry Potter movies.

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There was Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Professor McGonnagal, Bellatrix Lestrange, Ginny Weasley, and so many other women who were never depicted as powerful because of men. They were simply, powerful.

With so many incredible ladies to love in the Harry Potter movies, one would expect to receive women just as awesome in the Fantastic Beasts series and at first, we did in Tina and Queenie Goldstein.

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As sisters, they stood out, not because they were damsels in distress, but because they were two young women navigating themselves through the growing conflict in the Wizardling World thanks to the excelling murmurings of Gellert Grindelwald. Yes, they both had serious crushes on the two male characters that accompanied them (Newt Scamander and Jacob Kowalski) but romance doesn’t diminish a woman’s strength. Or at least, it didn’t.

Now both sisters have become sacks of sadness, and obviously, they wouldn’t be the only ones dealing with strong emotions in the sequel, for J.K Rowling introduced two new heroines in Leta Lestrange and Nagini.

I mean, listen to the storylines for these four women.

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