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My Top 10 Favourite Movies Ever (Revisited)

Everyone has their favourite movies, here are most of mine – these are my top 10 favourite movies ever.

My Top 10 Favourite Movies Ever... for now
Source: New Line Cinema

Now here’s a topic I haven’t revisited in over 5 years. On Sunday night, a bunch of friends and I were running through a lot of our favourite movies. Some people cited the old classics, whilst others favour modern films. It reminded me that it’s high time to revisit that list and see how things have changed over the years.

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Recommending Dragon Ball GT: The Adventure Too Many Fans Missed

Bit by bit you’ll be falling under its spell – my attempt at recommending Dragon Ball GT to the fans who may have missed one of the best parts of the series.

Recommending Dragon Ball GT
Source: Toei Animation

In a bit of a break from the serious topics such as handling marriage challenges, vaccines, great baby products as a new-ish dad, and difficulties in friendships, I should remind you that I’m a total nerd. I have First Class Honours in Games Technology, I have 15 games consoles, and I also love a lot of different types of sci fi shows.

In addition, I have a lot of animes that I enjoy. As per my list Amazing Shows From Japan: 15 of the Best Anime… Ever, my favourite anime is still Gundam SEED/SEED Destiny. What an epic adventure and a great story through and through.

However, Dragon Ball would be an absolutely firm number two. I have watched it all, from Dragon Ball to Z to Super to Heroes to some of the random fan projects.

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10 Realistic Movies About Love (Well, Realistic-Ish)

Hollywood romances are super popular, but not always truthful depictions of what really happens in love. Here are 10 realistic movies about love… well, as realistic as Hollywood can be anyway.

10 Realistic Movies About Love (Realistic-ish)
Source: Warner Bros

Love can be such a complicated and layered topic at times. Even moreso when it’s your own love life you’re looking at. It can be much easier to critique or explore the issues of love when you’re looking at someone else’s life.

And even if it’s not a real life, but a fictional one – watching someone else’s drama can be an escape from your own. Or perhaps more healthily, it can be used as an opportunity to evaluate and explore your own experiences.

Now you might have read this title and gone, “Matt you’ve gone insane, Hollywood romance isn’t realistic at all”. And I would concede your point, slightly. There are a ton of terrible depictions of love out there, my least favourite being the “hey I just met you and this is crazy but here’s my number so marry me in 10 minutes after meeting me” type.

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10 Christmas Movies That Are Actually Great

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but a lot of holiday movies deserve a lump of coal. Here are 10 Christmas movies that are actually great.

10 Christmas movies that are actually great
Source: Universal Pictures

We watched the new Lego Star Wars Holiday Special last night and it was a decently amusing love letter to Star Wars. Of course, it’s also 3000 times better than the original Star Wars Holiday Special which even George Lucas may or may not have said he would take a hammer and destroy every last copy of it. That said, the original did actually give us Boba Fett and result in the events leading to the creation of the currently brilliant The Mandalorian, so good job, Star Wars Holiday Special. You get a Baby Yoda toy for Christmas this year.

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Amazing Shows From Japan: 15 of the Best Anime… Ever

The world of anime has brought us some bizarre, over-the-top, and absolutely awesome entertainment. Here are 15 amazing shows from Japan.

15 Amazing Shows From Japan
Source: Toho Animation

Growing up in Australia there was an old show called CheezTV. If you were under 15 anywhere in the country, you were probably up in the mornings before school getting introduced to this whole new world of TV from The Land Of The Rising Sun thanks to this show. And then something amazing happened – Cartoon Network launched Toonami, their bold venture in exposing the Western world to a lot of the animation that no one else had seen before, and our worlds were never the same.

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A Married Man’s Response to Cuties and #CancelNetflix

I really try to avoid hating on things, but with #CancelNetflix and Cuties trending like mad around this film and after seeing in more detail why, I really need to say something. Here is my response to #CancelNetflix and Cuties.

My response to #CancelNetflix and Cuties
Source: Netflix

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Foreign film Cuties stirred a lot of controversy on original screening and even moreso when Netflix released a poster seen to be hyper sexualising children. After a brave reviewer shared a 90 second clip from the movie this morning, I’ve gotta say…

The old poster is really tame in comparison, and the true problem with that controversial poster is this: it’s actually from the movie. I was wondering how a marketing department could misrepresent something in such great detail, and now I see that the image was missing the true extent of the gratuitous depiction of young children that’s actually on display. If they used another shot you may have thought you just saw a child’s genitals by accident.

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“I Am Inevitable”: My Spoiler Review for Avengers: Endgame

This review was inevitable. On the way to being the highest grossing film ever made, the arrival of Thanos is sending the world wild. Does Avengers: Endgame live up to the hype? Here’s my spoiler review for Avengers: Endgame.

My spoiler review for Avengers: Endgame... there be spoilers
Source: Disney

It’s been a little while! I was tossing up between doing this one and writing about some of our great experiences across New Zealand last year for all the travel bloggers out there, but having just seen the movie for the second time with the in-laws last night, I thought it would be worth doing a review of Avengers: Endgame. The New Zealand one will be coming soon!

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Why Timon and Pumbaa Are The True Villains Of The Lion King

Hakuna Matata and eating bugs accompanied by utter devastation. Here’s why Timon and Pumbaa are the true villains of The Lion King… and of the lives of many of us.

Why Timon and Pumbaa are the true villains

Source: Disney

I had the awesome privilege of getting to witness the Aladdin musical featuring The Genie from Broadway last week. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. You get the point. It was stupendous. The sets, the songs, the costumes (!!!) were all top notch. Yes, I did cry… but it was from laughing so hard during the song High Adventure. People missed Abu but his replacements are quite hilarious. And the set they used for The Cave Of Wonders is something I won’t soon forget!

Unfortunately, I have yet to see The Lion King on stage yet, but definitely one for the list. What a timeless story that one is. Full of adventure, family, love, friends, conquering evil…

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Three Movies Better Than Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The latest episode in the space drama has got nothing on these. Jumanji, The Greatest Showman, and Your Name are three movies better than Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Movies Better Than Star Wars: The Last Jedi

For the record, I enjoyed The Last Jedi. I saw it three times in the cinema. I wrote one of the few fan reviews in favour of the film. But I’ve gotta say, there were two movies in the same holiday window that really took me by surprise.

The first one, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was one the lady and I thought would be a bit of a fun night out. Little did I know it would be one of the funniest and most memorable comedies in recent years.

The other, The Greatest Showman, is gunning for awards, and could possibly be in the upper echelon of musicals put to film.

Why am I comparing these two movies to Star Wars? Simply because Star Wars, especially as a big fan, was the movie in this holiday season I was expecting to enjoy the most. Now after seeing these two other films, I have been really looking forward to writing about them, and putting in a strong recommendation for each as they aren’t getting the press they deserve.

There was a third movie that I saw over in the last few weeks that absolutely took my breath away and that I’ve really wanted to write about too, so I thought I’d add it into the list. That is the award winning anime movie, Your Name, released in 2016.

So here’s my triple review of three movies better than Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and really, just an excuse to talk about these movies that I enjoyed in the last few weeks. With all these movies, there wasn’t much I didn’t like about them, so I’m pretty much going to just list the things I really enjoyed. Hard to do a triple review without blowing out a word count that will bore you if I listed negatives, plus to be honest I really didn’t have much of a problem with anything in these movies.  Continue reading

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