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What’s Your Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy?

Over the last four decades, we have been given three different Star Wars trilogies. Each trilogy has had its outstanding moments and decisions (or characters) that we’re not particularly fond of but no one can deny the beauty of this story that has inspired and brought together generations of fans.

So, for this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? I wanted this to be the topic. Enjoy!

The Prequel Trilogy

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Before Luke Skywalker, before the Empire and Darth Vader, the Cloud City and the magical world of the forest moon of Endor, there was the prequel trilogy; a story of Anakin Skywalker, the rise of Emperor Palpatine, and the horrifying fall of the Jedi.

There are love and darkness, politics and deception, epic lightsaber duels and Force battles, but most importantly, there’s a story that not many trilogies are able to tell; a hero’s descent into villainy. Continue reading What’s Your Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy?

‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Is an Underwhelming Finale

I remember when How to Train Your Dragon came out in 2010. I went to see it with my family in the movie theaters and I was dazzled, as were many other people. It sits as #188 out of the 250 best movies ever made and for good reason. It’s a great film.

Four years later Dreamworks delivered a powerful sequel that only added to the tremendous story the writers had created. And this year, we got the trilogy finale. When I saw it was available to watch on Hulu I jumped on the chance to see it, especially after hearing the rave reviews it was getting as the trilogy was heralded as one of the greatest animated film trilogies of all time (and there aren’t many.)

As I revisited the mesmerizing world where characters like Hiccup and Toothless reside I was super thrilled to see the trilogy finale but it wasn’t long before I realized How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World wasn’t anything like the first film in quality.

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What ultimately killed the movie for me was the film’s villain, Grimmel. Grimmel had made his living being a dragon killer but mainly he loved to hunt and kill Night Furys. And with Toothless finding himself a Night Fury girlfriend, the drama was…intense…I guess.

I understand that How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was made for children but that doesn’t excuse the lazy storytelling. I ended up falling asleep at the film because it was that boring and predictable. And yes, children movies are supposed to inspire joy and self-heroism with themes that aren’t too scary but every single one of my favorite children’s movies is written in a way where you can’t predict the end.

The IncrediblesThe Lion KingToy StoryUpFrozenSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, these films take you on a fascinating journey that transpires concisely, and, unpredictably.

For that reason, I’m giving How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World 85 out of 100 and 3.5 out of 5 stars. It’s not bad but it’s nowhere near as good as I hoped it would be.

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

What’s Your Favorite ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Movie?

Nearly two decades ago the world was introduced to a jaw-dropping masterpiece in cinema via The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Peter Jackson took the epic fantasy novel written by fiction-writing legend J.R.R Tolkien and produced, directed, and helped write three movies that still stand the test of time with their brilliance. This Oscar-nominated/winning trilogy changed the way Hollywood viewed making movies and now with big-budget productions like the Game of Thrones series, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and even the Star Wars franchise these films seem even more special.

The Lord of the Rings is clearly some of the greatest movies ever made and so that’s why I decided to make this the subject of this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? Enjoy!

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Iron Man, Captain America, or Thor: Who Has the Best Trilogy?

There are twenty movies in the MCU so far but there are only three trilogies which belong to some of the franchise’s most important characters; Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. Their movies have spanned eight years and debuted tons of different characters that have become prominent inclusions to the overall story but which trilogy is the most fun to watch? Well, that’s what I’m here to share with you all. Enjoy!

The Iron Man Trilogy

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Iron Man was the first hero to debut in the MCU and his standalone films have been fun to watch. Iron Man is still heralded as one of the best superhero movies ever made but the other two haven’t had the same critical acclaim. Now, personally, my favorite film of the trilogy is Iron Man 2 for its fun story and great characters. Iron Man 3, however, feels a bit disjointed from the overall story.

At first it seems like a great movie as it features Tony’s PTSD but that storyline is forgotten in other films following Iron Man 3. And the end of Iron Man 3 makes it feel like Tony Stark’s story is finished and yet he shows up later on in Age of Ultron. It’s all so confusing.

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