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Ranking the ‘Toy Story’ Movies: From Worst to Best

I just recently participated in a Toy Story marathon over the weekend; a fun activity I had never done before. What made the marathon so fascinating was that I rarely watch the Toy Story movies. I’m talking RARELY. I had seen the first one a couple of times, the second one only once, the third about, maybe…three or four times, and the last one only once a couple of years ago so I pretty much forgot the details of every movie, specifically the second one.

Toy Story is one of the most brilliant concepts for an animated film (or films) I’ve ever seen. There’s just something so unbelievably rewarding in watching a bunch of toys on these wild (and often emotional) adventures that help teach us life lessons and make our day a little brighter. In watching the Toy Story movies, I decided this was the perfect time to do a ranking of this wonderful franchise. Enjoy!

4. Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4 is a fun addition to the franchise and it has its lovable moments but ultimately the same level of sheer brilliance that the other three movies possess just isn’t there with this one. It’s the same old trope (Woody’s on a mission and he’s struggling to come to terms with his loyalty to his kid, this now being Bonnie.) Bo Beep’s character is updated from being more than the pretty farm girl toy who likes Woody to becoming essentially Sharon Carter.

The iconic duo, Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele bring Ducky and Bunny to life in an expectedly hilarious way but even they sometimes feel schticky. The best thing about this is Forky who is funny, sweet, and an instant iconic Toy Story character.

All in all, yeah this movie will make you shed some tears but it just doesn’t live up to the fantastic nature of the other films.

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Movie Review Flashback: ‘Toy Story 4’

With Toy Story 4 becoming available to watch on Disney Plus I figured it’d be best to revisit my review of the film. Enjoy!

If you’ve checked to see what Toy Story 4‘s rating among critics has been and glimpsed the 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes or the 7.9 out of 10 scores on IMDb let me assure you, it deserves those ratings.

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Toy Story 3 was supposedly the end of the franchise that had started in 1995 and it was a great story as it transitioned little Andy from childhood to adulthood and the imminent but bittersweet breakup between Andy and his favorite toys. It was a tear-inducing “finale” that ended up not only winning Best Animated Film but was only the second animated movie to also be nominated for Best Picture.

It was perfectly written, it told a concise story, and it left people happy. No one was clamoring for a sequel like we wished for a sequel to The Incredibles but we were given one anyway and it was worth the wait. Continue reading Movie Review Flashback: ‘Toy Story 4’

‘Saving Private Ryan’: The Best War Film of All Time?

I had heard about Saving Private Ryan but never felt compelled to watch it. All I knew was that it was a war movie starring Tom Hanks. On July 3 I watched it for the first time on TBS and was shaken to my very core by the power, grittiness, and at times disturbingly realistic portrayal of the ugliness of war.

Steven Spielberg, who would win Best Director for this film, provided what I feel is his greatest work in this movie. He made us feel like a soldier on the bloody battlefield. He made us feel the horror of seeing fellow countrymen killed mercilessly in battle. He made us begin to care for the characters and their internal struggles. He made us watch wide-eyed as the story continued, delivering gut punch after gut punch until the end.

Saving Private Ryan is a masterpiece. An utter masterpiece of filmmaking, specifically for the war movie category. I’ve seen Glory, I’ve seen Dunkirk and 1917 (by the way, 1917 is a total modern ripoff of Saving Private Ryan but isn’t nearly as good) but I have never quite seen anything like this movie I was fortunate enough to watch a couple of days ago.

Let me tell you, this movie is not for the weak. Its violence is on another tier of horror, showing war in a non-glorified light that reminds us why soldiers come home with so much trauma. But beyond the extreme violence lies a tale of bravery that is a testament to the character and virtue of the United States and what we are willing to do to protect our countrymen.

I’m giving this movie 100 out of 100 and 5 out of 5 stars.

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

A Movie Ranking: Tom Hanks: Updated

A little over a month ago my A Movie Ranking post that I shared focused on Tom Hanks. Well, since then, I have seen two new films of his, so I figured I had an obligation to update this list. Enjoy!

12. The Post

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in The Post (2017)

Nominated for two Oscars, one including Best Picture of the Year, my family and I watched The Post and I was not impressed. It was super boring, I barely remember anything about the film other than being bored to tears for nearly two hours. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Tom Hanks: Updated

I’ve Seen ‘Splash’!

I’ve recently done A Movie Ranking post featuring Tom Hanks and on the list, there are ten films I’ve seen him in. Well, make that eleven after watching Splash on Saturday for the first time, a movie that my parents both loved as children and we ran into on Disney+.

I had heard bits and pieces about the film and that it was a story about a man falling in love with a mermaid. I wasn’t quite about the story beyond that. Boy was I pleased with the movie.

No, it isn’t one of the best movies I’ve ever seen, but it was enjoyable from beginning to end. There were moments that were funny, there were times when things got a bit sad, and even though I tried to keep it together and not cry, I failed miserably. The very last clip in the film utterly broke me, resulting in me crying a river of tears. In fact, my entire family was crying.

Yeah…we’re softies. Disney movies are the worst. They always make me cry.

I’m giving this movie a deserved 4.5 out of 5 stars and 95 out of 100. It’s not perfect but it sure is lovable.

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

 

‘Toy Story 4’ Is Exactly What I Expected: Good

With Toy Story 4 becoming available to watch on Disney Plus I figured it’d be best to revisit my review of the film. Enjoy!

If you’ve checked to see what Toy Story 4‘s rating among critics has been and glimpsed the 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes or the 7.9 out of 10 scores on IMDb let me assure you, it deserves those ratings.

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Toy Story 3 was supposedly the end of the franchise that had started in 1995 and it was a great story as it transitioned little Andy from childhood to adulthood and the imminent but bittersweet breakup between Andy and his favorite toys. It was a tear-inducing “finale” that ended up not only winning Best Animated Film but was only the second animated movie to also be nominated for Best Picture.

It was perfectly written, it told a concise story, and it left people happy. No one was clamoring for a sequel like we wished for a sequel to The Incredibles but we were given one anyway and it was worth the wait. Continue reading ‘Toy Story 4’ Is Exactly What I Expected: Good