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A Movie Ranking: Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg is one of the most prominent actresses in Hollywood for her iconic roles and in some of Hollywood’s greatest films. I’m proud to say, nine years ago on an inaugural trip to Disney World for the first time to embark on a Disney Cruise, the Disney Dream, she waved at us as she drove by on a golf cart. It was very exciting.

So, on that note, I thought it would be fun to include her in this week’s A Movie Ranking. Enjoy!

4. Toy Story 3

Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack, Tim Allen, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Jodi Benson, Blake Clark, Estelle Harris, Jeff Pidgeon, and Don Rickles in Toy Story 3 (2010)

Apparently, Whoopi Goldberg voiced a character in Toy Story 3 at some point in the film. That’s pretty cool.

3. Ghost

Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in Ghost (1990)

If you’ve never seen Ghost do yourself a favor and please watch it. I saw it once several years ago but it stuck with me for its brilliant storytelling and acting. This movie is a classic for a reason and easily one of the best performances of Whoopi Goldberg’s career.

In fact, Whoopi Goldberg would go on to win Best Supporting Actress for this film because she was that phenomenal. A stellar movie.

2. The Lion King

Rowan Atkinson, Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, Jim Cummings, and Moira Kelly in The Lion King (1994)

Have you ever watched a perfect children’s movie? This is one of them.

1. The Color Purple

The Color Purple (1985)

I’ve never seen this movie all the way through due to some really adult themes in this film but I can say this much, I’ve seen a great deal of it and it is truly an incredible movie. In fact, it’s undoubtedly one of the best films of all time.

Nominated for a whopping eleven! Oscars, the film would unfortunately go on to not win any Oscars, showcasing once again the often depressing prejudice of Hollywood. Whoopi Goldberg would garner her first Oscar nomination for this film and deservedly so.

I thank you for reading this week’s movie ranking and I hope you have a lovely day.

 

Movie Review Flashback: My Spoiler-Free Review of ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

Marvel hasn’t had the best luck with sequels over the years. Iron Man 2 was largely considered worse than its hailed predecessor, Iron ManThor: The Dark World, the sequel to Thor, is so bad I’m still trying to figure out why it was even called Thor: The Dark World. And Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a far cry less enjoyable than the critically acclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy. So, would Ant-Man and the Wasp suffer the same fate? I’m glad to announce that it didn’t.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp is a small-story type of movie. There are no surprise Avengers cameos dropping in to make the movie exciting or complex situations that turn the film into a whirlwind of material. Ant-Man and the Wasp take place in one city, in three days, and with four main characters, Scott Lang, Hope van Dyne, Hank Pym, and the constant thorn in their side, Ghost. Simple as that.

It’s always a breath of fresh air to see movie creators decide that less is more. When writers try to over complicate things and make a sequel that’s bouncing all over the place seven times out of ten that movie’s going to end up becoming a confusing hodgepodge of material. Ant-Man and the Wasp does not suffer from that in the slightest.

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Who’s Your Favorite Marvel Villain?

The week has passed and that means it’s time for another weekly Who’s Your Favorite segment. Last week I asked you all who was your favorite Marvel hero and you all made sure your voices were heard as you shared your thoughts and praises of Marvel’s superheroes. So, this week I’m excited to see which Marvel villain is the one you happen to enjoy the most. Here they are.

Ronan the Accuser

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Ronan the Accuser, a deranged Kree terrorist whose despisal against Xandarians led him on a path of revenge, of course, aided by Thanos. This is an interesting storyline because as we can see from Captain Marvel‘s teaser there was a time when he wasn’t the crazed warrior we see in Guardians of the Galaxy. So what happened in that timespan? Thankfully we’ll soon get some answers.

General “Thunderbolt” Ross

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General “Thunderbolt” Ross was an acclaimed soldier of the US Army but his greed for power led him to become the abomination you see in the picture above. He had an awful fate. 😦

Malekith

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To be honest, I don’t remember Malekith’s motivations very well so I’m going to keep this short. Malekith was the leader of the Dark Elves and his quest to dominate the galaxy (or something like that) led him on a collision course with the mighty Thor.

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Is Ghost A Forgettable or Remarkable Character?

Ant-Man and the Wasp introduced us to a new female villain in the form of Ava/Ghost. She hounded the heroes left and right and caused them quite a deal of trouble throughout the film but at the end of the day she was of course defeated (like all Marvel villains, besides Thanos, are.) Her quest in the context of the movie was actually rather valiant and palpable, as she was trying to use Hank Pym’s quantum technology to save herself from death. It showed that once again Marvel was willing to make an antagonist with a comprehensible mission and storyline rather than creating a villain that was the typical I’m-going-to-take-over-the-world antagonist. I liked that. But was she a remarkable and memorable character like Erik Killmonger or was she as forgettable as say, Yellow Jacket?

Major Spoilers Ahead!

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My Spoiler-Free Review of ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

Marvel hasn’t had the best luck with sequels over the years. Iron Man 2 was largely considered worse than its hailed predecessor, Iron ManThor: The Dark World, the sequel to Thor, is so bad I’m still trying to figure out why it was even called Thor: The Dark World. And Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a far cry less enjoyable than the critically acclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy. So, would Ant-Man and the Wasp suffer the same fate? I’m glad to announce that it didn’t.

antmanandcassie.jpg

Ant-Man and the Wasp is a small-story type of movie. You don’t have to worry about surprise Avengers cameos dropping in to make the movie exciting or complex situations that turn the film into a whirlwind of material. Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place in one city, in three days, and with four main characters, Scott Lang, Hope van Dyne, Hank Pym, and the constant thorn in their side, Ghost. Simple as that.

It’s always a breath of fresh air to see creators of movies decide that less is more. When writers try to over complicate things and make a sequel that’s bouncing all over the place seven times out of ten that movie’s going to end up becoming a confusing hodgepodge of material. Ant-Man and the Wasp does not suffer from that in the slightest.

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I’m Experiencing Some Massive Excitement for ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

Ant-Man and the Wasp is set to officially burst into theaters tomorrow and I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m kind of super excited to see this movie. I went to see Ant-Man back in 2015, long story short I didn’t like it, but as the months have gone by and the ruckus surrounding Avengers: Infinity War has slowly faded away my intrigue of the next installment in this eensy-weensy sized superhero series has risen exponentially. Who’s the driving force behind that growing excitement? Wasp, the first female superhero to have her name in the title of a Marvel film. Um, yeah, that’s awesome.

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Hope van Dyne made her debut in Ant-Man and I immediately loved her just as much as I loved Scott Lang’s hilariousness. She wasn’t the typical love interest that most of the Marvel films depicted but rather she acted as Ant-Man’s mentor, gloriously teaching him in very painful fashions how to handle himself in a fight. Eventually romantic feelings began to blossom between the destined superhero duo but it never felt forced or unnecessary and it didn’t diminish her character in the slightest. Now we’re finally getting to see her in action as Wasp and I couldn’t be more excited.

It’s also awesome to see women take charge and kicking booty and it appears that she will be providing that in abundance throughout the movie.

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