TV Shows #7: The Legend of Korra.
Not to count against Netflix and its two gems, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. But there was one Queen of online only shows in 2014.
And it wasn’t that way to begin with.
Thanks to a leak Nick had to rush Season 3 of The Legend of Korra onto the screens of Nick without promotion in the late summer this year.
The low ratings led the show to be pulled and then released online only.
And thats when it got good again.
Season 3 where the Airbenders reemerge and Korra battles a major criminal who gains said ability.
And in a decision we could see coming Season 4 was rushed into production and brought on in the same matter.
And then declared the final season.
But this time it actually made the show better.
Voice acting was top notch led by Ms. Janet Varney, JK Simmons and newcomer to Korra, Zelda Williams bringing the final villianess of the series Earth Empress Kuvira to life.
Avatar was destroyed by Shamalamadingdog, but Korra brought it back. And if Korra and Asami ever return one day they’ll be thankful we were there the whole time watching.
While personally I had never seen the original Aladdin. What the live action one did in order to switch things up with its long familiarity was a welcome breath of fresh air.
Such as this scene the most famous of course in the original but definitely gets a lake up things to its visuals.￼
As well as Naomi Scott with her taken on Janine, but it’s Mena Massoud who actually outdoes the original version.
Better than Zayn by a mile.
One of the surprise of the last two years has been this quietly building momentum￼ all about the loudmouth dreamer who just wants his due in life.
A world of magic finds nearly all who inhabit it gifted with books for controlling and mastering thier powers.
And in that world two souls come of age.
Loudmouth Asta and cool and calculating Yuno. Both having grown up together in an orphanage and when the day comes for them to get their books Yuno gets his, while Asta finds out he is not gifted with magical ability.
Until his desire to save someone unlocks the rarest of all books containing a 5 leaf clover. Wielding a sword both for negating and defense of magic.
The duo would see themselves go on to audition for placement in the clover kingdoms magic guilds.￼￼￼￼. Yuno as a prodigy would go with the best The Golden Dawn, and Asta would find himself with a band of misfits like him in The Black Bulls.
Under tutorage of Yami and frequent partner and fellow rookie Noelle￼￼, Asta sets out to show the world there is more to him than what his appearance suggests.
More than what it’s appearance suggests.
Best of 2018 Movies #2: Mission Impossible Fallout
Its an anomaly how 6 movies in Mission Impossible is delivering its best moments of everything. You swear something would do Tom Cruise in, and if you’ve seen the rooftop scene it very nearly does. But that doesn’t deter is from being not only the best of the series, its this years second best movie.
As Ethan and the IMF continue doing what they do best. A gambit to save Benji and Luther results in 3 nuclear cores being taken by the Apostles, the splinter remnant of the previous movies Syndicate. Now the ever stoic Ethan is forced into teaming up with a CIA agent who knows more than his fare share of intimidance. Henry Cavil sporting the facial hair the brought the DCEU to a crashing halt can deliver more than his fair share of spectacular scenes.
And Boy they are present.
The Halo Jump
The Rooftop Chase
Wolf Blitzers Cameo
And the final scene with the helicopters all showing the race to save the world.
Tom Cruise shows no stop on a franchise that continues to mull like a fine wine. Better and Better as the years go on.
Never stop running tom, never stop.
Sum 22: 6 Movies In, Tom Cruise still brings the epic scope and spectacular action that the Mission Impossible Movies have become infamous for.
Many conventions when it comes to movies were broken this year.
One of those being the source material being far better than the product.
Especially when it comes to anime.
And the film that did it is a visual feast from Robert Rodriguez that brings one of the best known manga to life in spectacular fashion.
In the 26 century the shell of a girl Known as Alita is found and fixed by Dyson Ido, local tech repair guru. Her connections to a bigger picture involving the floating city above Known as zalem and how she may bring about a revolution are many and fruitful in this.
Make no mistake the visuals are absolutely fantastic especially while watching the behind-the-scenes footage and realizing Rosa Salazar was in a mo cap suit ￼￼￼￼￼￼doing the wide eyes that Alita would become known for.
For being the final movie of 20th century Fox before being gobbled up by Disney this sure was a great way to go out.
If only the sequel teased would happen.
My personal love of anime has evolved over the years. Complicated and simple affairs can be told over the span of 8 episodes to a full season and a half with just as much fire and flare as any show anywhere nowadays.
There was one new anime this year that switched things up to a different perspective.
And it had a really unique connection to one of the greatest of them all.
In the 22nd Century on a terraformed Mars, Tuesday Simmons flees her life as the daughter of a politician who happens to share some traits with a certain someone, though gender flipped. She heads off to the big city with only a suitcase and her guitar to realize her dream of becoming a singer.
While orphaned refugee Carole Stanley is barley making ends meet while realizing her own piano talents. The duo cross paths and become quick friends all while realizing their talents. They decide to pen songs together under the moniker of Carole&Tuesday.
The charm that comes with this is although it is an anime product, all songs are done in English from the getgo allowing quick melodies and unique tastes to blossom.
It is a pleasure to here so many unknowns gel together to make some really compelling tracks that if conventionally released could actually give some of today’s artists a good run for their money.
But their best shows the talents of the duo that even in complete boredom sitting next to a Donald Glover Lookalike while waiting for their laundry to get done, inspiration can strike. As busking can still happen on another world.
Stinks this was a closed loop but considering this takes place before the journey of the space cowboy Spike, this is a worthy inclusion to his world.
Best of 2017 Music #1: Ed Sheeran “Shape of You”
We end the countdown with one of the things that began the year. Ed Sheeran and another power ballad.
The kicker is the video which is opposite in song context, gives a verbatim Rocky homage with Sheeran cozying up with Jennie Pegouskie, A girl like her certainly knows how to throw down and train like she means it,
You sure as doornails buy their love and the way Sheeran pushes himself to get her back, even though that ends in a very humerous twist.
In a year full of so much eh, in music there were a few strands of greatness.
Ed Sheeran owned 2017 as one of them.
Sum 22: The Years Best Song comes via Ed Sheeran, a Rocky homage, Jennie Pegouskie and one of the best twists in a music video in a long time.
Nominee 2 for best new show expands upon a very popular short from 2016 into a full fledged 5 hour journey.
With gorgeous animation and a fully fledged lead to boot.
Tulip is a teen in Wisconsin, while internaling struggling with her parents divorce, her perceived shortcut to a designer’s convention leads to her being trapped on a perpetual train No front or back in sight.
Her companions are a robot sphere with 2 distinct hemispheres, and the king of a car full of corgis.
All she has is a countdown on her hand and the vague promise of getting to the engine to disembark no matter how long that may take.
What really brings this home is the support from the unlikely side characters that Tulip meets while hopping.
A cat voiced by Janeway, and another who was in Tulips same boat who now is trapped in her own world trying to hold on to her utopia.
Would have been on this list either way but like another nominee that also had a second season announcement, earned its place as one of the best new shows of the year.
Capping your career from the getgo may be a risky move overall. Especially when people don’t know what you can bring to the table.
Thankfully Quentin Tarantino brought it right away. And now here with his penultimate movie,￼￼￼ can still bring it.￼
1969 California, in the twilight of the silver age of movies. 3 stars see thier lives play out. One rising, one fading, and one looking to get a second light.
The rising is Sharon Tate, having just come off of supporting role in the wrecking crew, Tate along with new husband Roman Polanski moves to Cielo Drive in northern LA. Things are looking up for them.
The One looking for a second wind, is star of Bounty Law Rick Dalton. Fearing his better days are behind him￼￼￼￼, he commits to his persona in an attempt to win over a new fan base. One he happen to get right away in a costar of only 8 years old.
The falling, is ricks stunt man and personal assistant Clint booth. Already having been blacklisted￼￼￼ due to the suspected death of his wife and his involvement, he seeks a purpose in a changing world all the while running afoul of a growing cult in the shadows.
Make no mistake, Leo, Brad, and Margot Robbie carrry the film. And although longer by his own standards Tarantino does what he knows best.
Homages and revisionism￼￼￼￼￼, especially how he actually uses classic footage without the little hint of change other than quality upgrade and making it feel so authentic.
Let’s just hope his final chapter is just as magical as his penultimate one.
Next step on the decade list we get one of the most unseen yet consistent forms of enjoyment that nbc has ever put out.
There was never a dull moment￼￼ at Tgs with the antics of Liz, Tracy, Jenna, and company, under the watchful eyes of Optimism filled Kenneth the page and opportunistic Jack Donaghy.
Quotes certainly were felt all over the place.
And dealbreaker I want to go to there.
One of the unexpected pleasures this year was the return from cancellation of the police procedural that is far from procedure.
Jake, Holt, Amy and all the regulars at the precinct returned for more shenanigans than ever.
Glad for once NBC saved a show instead of ensuring its demise.
Will adjust once I’ve seen.
Epilogues can be one of two simple things.
Poingiant or long.
When your entire movie is a glorified 95 minute epilogue to an already perfect conclusion, this had better have one interesting coda.
Gladly the saga of Woody, Buzz and company does.
A year after becoming toys of Bonnie, the gang watches her grow up and start a new phase of her life. But on her first day of school, her feelings of loneliness would lead her to assemble a toy out of random parts.
The spork would gain life and become known simply as Forky.
Now as woody, is at his own crossroads no longer being one of bonnie’s own favorites he sets out to make sure her new favorite doesn’t literally recycle himself.
That goal along with a summer road trip would lead the sherif to cross paths with the long forgotten Bo Peep who has freed herself to become a beacon for all things lost who need an owner.
For epilogues this ranks up thier with return of the king. Not needed, but does bring the feels. Even more so with the sympathetic gabby gabby.
Annie Potts is more fantastic with age. As well as Keanu playing the Canadian Evel Kenevel.
Also makes you truly wonder if this will be the last time we see the old gang as this did feel more like a true send off then the previous one.
It’s no into the west, but woody and buzz splitting the to infinity and beyond does bring the feels.
2 spectrums are presented in both LEGO movies when it comes to manufactured music.
With everything is awesome it was about societal masking with happy tunes.
And in the 2nd part from February that gets thrown out the window in order to create the most obvious earworm in movie history.
And it definitely is that.￼
The factory of sadness expanded its front into the future by introducing us to another group going through their own struggles with life.
Jack Damon is a blind country singer. Cassidy just returned from service and has ptsd, and Malik is raising his own son while connecting with a girl who used to be where he was in life. Slowly but surly those three get woven into the ongoing saga of the Pearson family.
The big question asked by everyone who seen this this year is one simple one.
Can anyone on this show ever catch a break?
Admittingly limiting this list to 10 movies and one movie per year of the decade did cripple this choice a little bit.
As this list already has a 2013 entry and that year also delivered this franchises best installment we settle for the second best.
The original that introduced us properly to Jennifer Lawrence.
In￼￼￼ the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts.
Yearly competition places 24 kids in a fight to the death for the entertainment of the country.
Volunteering for her sister who is chosen on her very first year of eligibility, Katniss Everdeen wages her fight and surprisingly adapt archery skills in her fight for survival and even finding more along the way.
The YA trend peaked of course with this, and Jlaw, Josh, Liam and company were all the better for it.
Makes you wonder how the prequel is going to ship out.
With Disney’s grip firmly ensconced in culture the nostalgia goggle is also firmly attached with 3 live action remakes this year of thier animated classics.
You had the Tim Burton fest involving a dad in a circus with his 2 kids… that’s just happen to have the elephant known as Dumbo￼￼.
The Jon Favreau nature documentary￼…which was pretty much Lion King on Botox.
And from Guy Ritchie out of all people we have the diamond in the rough finding the genie and wooing the princess of a sultan.
While not necessary￼ this has its own merits. Mainly the charisma of will smith, and Naomi Scott expansion of jasmine into her own force to be reckoned with. Even the addition of her handmaiden played by Nasim Pedrad actually developed genies character more. You knew how was going to and from before but with Her in the mix, now He has something to look forward to.
Best of the live action Disney movies this year no contest.