Another ‘motivational poster’ I created myself. This is a reference to STAR’s (or Niichts, if you will) Team Fortress 2 video about the Sandvich Nerf and the Sticky Jumper (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3BKmLJ5MtY). I love this guy’s videos, and I thought this was a hilarious moment because it has happened to me countless times.
When The Artist became the first silent film to win an Oscar in a bajillion years, I figured it was about time to see it. And it was amazing. For the first 15 minutes it will probably be hard to forget that you’re watching a silent film, but once you reach the 1-hour mark, you’ll be completely focused on the interesting (and realistic) story, expressive characters, and clever writing (there are subtitles sometimes) that you’ll completely forget this is a silent film. Despite having less than 10 named characters, The Artist has the most likable cast out of any movie that came out in 2011. You’ll care for these characters. You’ll want to see if Peppy Miller becames the star she was born to be. You’ll want to know if George Valintin’s new movie is a success. And most of all, you won’t want it to end. And although the happy (and slightly vague) ending marks the finale of this masterpiece, you’ll be thinking about it’s characters and scenes for a long time afterward. So instead of watching Avatar for the umpteenth-billionth time this weekend, try something new and give The Artist a whirl. You won’t be disappointed. And if you are disappointed, you have no soul.
Okay, even the most hardcore fan of the HP novels has to admit, the movies were really good. Sure, they weren’t especially deep or thought-provoking, but they are fun to watch and you’ll probably watch them more then a few times (I believe I’m on my 50th viewing of Sorcerer’s Stone). And so, although not quite as good as the books, the Harry Potter films gave all three of those people who hadn’t read the books a reason to get interested in the adventures of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. So anyway, onto the list, which arranges the 8 Harry Potter films into a Worst to Best order. In addition, I will post a few other ‘awards’ along the list, including “Best Director” and “Best Character.” Now, onto the list! (Oh yeah, and watch out for SPOILERS!!!)
#8. Chamber of Secrets
Ugh….. The one nasty pimple on the beautiful face of the HP series, Chamber of Secrets was, and still is, the worst entry in the HP saga, both in the movies and the books. The story is the simplest of the series, with no suspense or mystery at all. Not to mention that this entry introduced the bumbling, Jar-Jar Binks-esque, self abusing house-elf, Dobby…… *shudder*. Seriously, this guy makes me want to mute the TV whenever he comes on. As a matter of fact, when Dobby dies in Deathly Hallows P.1, I was the only one in the whole theater who wasn’t misty-eyed. Now when Fred died, I did tear up a bit. But Dobby? Nope. Chamber of Secrets is certainly worth a watch, but just know that every other Harry Potter movie is about 20 times better. And bye the way, the Basilisk would have totally smelled Harry in that sewer drain.
#7. Deathly Hallows P.1
It really pains me to put Deathly Hallows P.1 at #7, but compared to the rest of the movies, Deathly Hallows was just lacking something. Maybe it was Ron’s constant bickering, maybe it was the fact that the whole Horcrux necklace thing was ripped straight out of Lord of the Rings, or maybe it was that Harry, Ron, and Hermione were the only characters who had more than 10 lines. Still, Deathly Hallows had some great moments, like the battle with the snake, the Battle of Malfoy Manor, the wedding, Dobby’s death (Note, I am saying it was good scene in terms of how it was done, not because I’m glad Dobby died!) DH P.1 is easily the most emotional entry, with lots of yelling and teen angst. Deathly Hallows is miles better than Chamber of Secrets, but it’s just not as good as the other entries.
Not only did David Yates direct 4 films where Christopher Columbus only did 2, but he also brought a new darker edge to Harry Potter that complimented the fun and sometimes silly world of HP beautifully. He has also won over 30 awards. Oh, and he’s British. That too.
#6. Goblet of Fire
The ‘black sheep’ of the series does not focus on Voldemort (save for the end), does not focus on some mystical object or person, and does not introduce any major characters who stays through the series (save for Cho, who only had 5 lines in the whole movie.) This was the first entrant in the series to introduce other schools in the Potter world. The 3 events were fantastically choreographed and the dialogue was fantastic. There are a couple mishaps though. Ron and Harry’s bizarre feud was simply idiotic, and I found the other schools boring. Still, Goblet of Fire is a great film, and it introduced Mad-Eye Moody, the only intriguing character who was actually new. And, the ending sets the scene for Order of the Phoenix, which is mind-blowingly amazing. This is the first ‘dark’ Harry Potter film in my opinion.
#5. Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Going into this monster of a film, I expected something along the lines of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Did the lofty expectation come true? Meh….Not really. It’s still a fantastic film, but didn’t have much of a unique hook that differed it from the other HP, making a slightly less interesting entry. E
Yes! Crunchy Frog has returned! Now that I’ve escaped from ninja shark-infested lagoon, I can finally start making posts again! I can assure you that I am working a new Top 11 List and a couple reviews. Annnnddd….. um….. that’s about it. Not much else to talk about. Ah, Yes! I have decided to include a picture to hint at my next Top 11 List! See if you can figure it out…..
This is it. It’s been a massive undertaking, but it’s here! The best of the best, the most amazing movie and game ever. People will agree and disagree with my choices, but oh well. This is my list. Go make your own. Now, prepare yourself.
#1 Movie: Saturday Night Fever
#1 Movie: Star Wars
It’s Star Wars. What can I say that hasn’t already been said?
#1 Game: Super Smash Bros. Melee
Wow. Nintendo achieved gaming perfection here. Anyone who says that Brawl is better can bite me, because Melee had perfectly balanced characters, brilliant stages, tons of bonus content, over a dozen multiplayer modes, simple yet surprisingly deep fighting mechanics, uber-fun single-player modes, and was really just perfect. That’s it. That’s all I’m gonna say about Melee. It’s perfect. A brilliant masterpiece that makes you keep your Gamecube and 4 controllers around. So I’m gonna end it. Right here. I love this game, I love this movie, these two things are the key to eternal happiness. That’s it. I’m done with this list. Bye.
Oh yeah, and Happy New Year.
#2 Movie: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
GRAAAHHHH!!! How I wanted to put this at #1!! I mean, It’s Lord of the Rings! No other film series just has the ‘epic’ feeling that stays throughout the whole series. What is there not to like about Lord of the Rings? It’s got a Ring of Power, Dwarves, Elves, Wizards, corrupted government officials, a freaky hermit guy named Gollum, a beast made of fire and pure darkness, dragons, ghost knights, Ring Wraiths (I was even a Ring Wraith for Halloween one year), a gaint flaming eyeball, Hobbits, and epic sword fights! Watching Lord of the Rings is like reading Beowulf, Robin Hood, and King Arthur all at the same time while eating a turkey leg. That’s the best I can describe it. and really, doesn’t that make you want to watch it right now?
#2 Game: Super Mario World
Ok, everyone says Super Mario Bros. 3 is better, but when ever that conversation begins, I say: “Super Mario World has 96 levels, Yoshi, the Cape, the best graphics, the best music, the best level design, the best difficulty curve, and pretty much revolutionized and perfected everything that we know and love in a platformer. I can still hear the fun boppy tunes, still see the colorful levels, still cringe when I remember the dozens of times I had to replay that castle level, at still remember buying at. It’s the best Mario game ever, the best platformer game ever, the best SNES game ever, the best second generation game ever, and one of the best games ever, period.