The Cartoon Shows on Disney+ Right Now
DuckTales (1987) The first animated series Disney produced for modern television is arguably still the best (its theme song is undeniably the best). DuckTales follows the globetrotting adventures of Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and their grotesquely wealthy uncle Scrooge McDuck. After Donald Duck dumps his nephews on Scrooge so he can go to war (not a joke), Scrooge takes the boys to exotic locales around the planet on quests to find valuable treasures to increase his status as the richest duck in the world (yes, that is his sole motivation). It’s a fun show in the style of old adventure serials, and the animation, which was leaps and bounds better than anything else on TV at the time, still holds up.
Best LiveAction Shows on Disney+ Right Now
Agent Carter Alas, Agent Carter, we only knew ye for a pair of all-too-short seasons. The series, created by Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, is a truly unique and endlessly charming pocket of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, led by Hayley Atwell’s consistently dynamite performance as Peggy Carter. Set in the 1940s after Captain America crashed into the Arctic ice, the series saw Carter emerge as one of the brightest live-action characters in Marvel’s catalog while also filling in fascinating layers of the modern-day MCU. Way more of an espionage show than your classic superhero fare, Atwell’s Peggy Carter was a force as she balanced personal life with top-secret missions for Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), usually accompanied by Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy, always a delight). Definitely make some time in your Disney+ scrolling schedule for a few more dances with Agent Carter.
Best TV Shows on Amazon Prime Pt.2
Upload Imagine a sci-fi version of The Good Place, and you have Upload. But what makes this Amazon original series special is its creator Greg Daniels, who you might also know as the guy who created and ran the American version of The Office and co-created Parks and Recreation. Daniels’ penchant for blending comedy with romance is alive and well in Upload, which takes place in a near-future in which humans have the ability to have their consciousness uploaded into a digital afterlife—provided they can afford it. When a programmer (Robbie Amell) dies and uploads, he has trouble adjusting to his swanky new afterlife while also dealing with his shallow (and still living) girlfriend and romantic feelings for his customer service representative. Oh, and he may or may not be trying to figure out if he was murdered. Comedy, romance, and a mystery, Upload has it all, and since the show has been renewed for a second season, you can rest assured the finale cliffhanger will be resolved.
5 Best TV Shows on Amazon Prime
Mr. Robot If you’ve heard nothing but ecstatic praise for Mr. Robot, let me be the 22nd to tell you: it’s true, it’s all true. Few single seasons of television distinguish themselves so quickly from the glut of familiar, visually dull dramas that networks churn out with the efficiency of a cat-food-canning operation as Mr. Robot, which follows the doings of a deeply unstable hacker named Elliot living in a small Manhattan apartment. Creator Sam Esmail, who took on the series after his fascinating yet facile romantic drama Comet, cleverly creates a distinct fictional world where the world is all-but-owned by Evil Corp, or E Corp, which has a logo that suggests a riff off of several bank logos, most noticeably Bank of America, and its potency is bolstered by nuanced characters and alluring, clever visuals. The shots throughout the season are pointedly off-kilter, placing characters in corners or to the side often, bringing out the displacement and alienation that our hero (the intensely engaging Rami Malek) is increasingly overwhelmed by. The exquisite editing stirs these images up into a bewitching spell of aesthetics and ruminative, rigorous performances from Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, and Martin Wallstrom as Elliot’s friendly nemesis at Evil Corp. Even as the show’s second season has hit some dull moments, the spell Mr. Robot casts remains intoxicating.
TOP 5 BEST MONSTER MOVIES
A Quiet Place (2018) This excellent and inventive horror movie established the already-beloved John Krasinski as a horror filmmaker to watch. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been overrun with deadly sightless creatures that hunt using hyper-sensitive hearing. The Abbott family, who are at the center of the film, survive by leading a life of relative silence; a single loud noise could mean the difference between life and death. Fast and ferocious, the monsters are undeniably terrifying, but it's Krasinki’s alternating use of sound and silence throughout the film that really makes “A Quiet Place” such a remarkable and effective creature feature. With solid character development and excellent performances all around, this is also a horror movie with a ton of heart.
Western Movies That NOT Set In The Old West
Rango The joy of Rango is that it's set (technically) in the Old West. Or, rather, a "town" inhabited by animals who are marred by bandits, a large conspiracy and dire times. Directed by Gore Verbinski and starring the never funnier Johnny Depp as the titular chameleon, Rango was released in 2011 and remains one of Hollywood's most enjoyable and unique family animations.
Footballers Who Proved Everybody Wrong
Arjen Robben Dutch winger Arjen Robben was very much Chelsea's Cinderella, a gracious albeit temporal beauty of the ball, whose flat-footed crystal slippers would shatter at the slightest contact. Although his time at Stamford Bridge was trophy laden, almost constant injury strife meant Robben gradually became an expensive liability. Being substituted as a substitute in the 2007 FA Cup Final - the ultimate ignominy for a player - signalled the end. Months later, Jose Mourinho offloaded his unreliable attacker to Real Madrid.
X-Men Actors Who Perfect For The MCU
Shawn Ashmore Although he was an original X-Men, the X-Men film series was wise to keep him young and immature to grow alongside Rogue, Colossus, and Kitty Pryde. By the time X-Men: Days of Future Past rolled around, he was able to complete his arc and do the character justice.
MASTERMINDS IN HORROR MOVIES
Norman Bates Psycho (1960) Sometimes the best way to fool the world is to believe your own lie. At first glance, Norman Bates seems like the most harmless guy in the universe: he’s polite, soft-spoken, and awkward around women. But beneath this non-threatening exterior lurks a dangerous individual with a severe case of mommy issues. When Marion gets stabbed to death at the Bates Motel, we’re led to believe that it’s the work of Norman’s overly possessive mother. Only later do we learn this “mother” is none other than an alternate personality created by Norman’s troubled mind. Hardly anyone could’ve suspected this timid motel owner to be capable of such brutal murders - least of all himself.
TOP 5 CURSED MOVIES
The Omen (1976) It's not difficult to imagine the sort of heebie-jeebies that filmmakers probably experienced shooting "The Omen" back in the mid-70s. After all, it was Satan's big moment in the sun, after the success of "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist" made everyone terrified of what was lurking in the dark. Some very real incidents surrounded production on "The Omen," however, from the pre-production suicide of Gregory Peck's son to some serious airline issues, like lightning strikes to the fatal crash of a small plane carrying film crew. Finally, special effects lead John Richardson, who was responsible for the film's infamous beheading scene, was involved in a tragic car accident after shooting "The Omen," where his passenger, assistant and girlfriend Liz Moore, suffered the same, grisly fate.
4 Super Hero Movies Ruined in the Editing Room
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) When it was announced that Zack Snyder would be helming “Batman v Superman,” fans were understandably concerned given his track record. They were right to worry, as what should’ve been an epic crossover is a bloated mess, taking a fairly straightforward story and convoluting it. Several iconic characters are shoehorned in just to tease future movies and many scenes feel unnecessary in the long run, most notably the whole “Lois is the key” fiasco. One can’t help but feel that there’s a better movie buried in its slipshod editing - or at least better scenes. The Ultimate Edition did fix a few problems with the theatrical release. Much like its director, though, the extended cut was still more concerned with looking cool than making narrative sense.