Wonder Woman (Review)

The DCEU doesn’t have much in it’s canon to be proud of yet, but I wasn’t ready to write it off yet. Man of Steel was almost good, Suicide Squad was watchable, and Batman Vs. Superman was a dismal piece of garbage, but with such great characters, and so many points of inspiration to pull from, I knew there would be some greatness to come along.

Que Wonder Woman. I didn’t think it would be Wonder Woman, I’ll admit, I didn’t see this coming at all. Ideas for a Wonder Woman film have been bounced around since 1996, I just assumed we hadn’t seen anything by now because bringing her origin to the screen was undo able.

Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) lives with her people, the Amazons, on the island of Themyscira. The Amazons are all women, created by Zeus in order to one day defeat the God of War, Ares. Diana’s mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielson) forbids her daughter to train to become a warrior, but Diana’s spirit prevails, and she beings training with her aunt, General Antiope (Robin Wright).

Diana is a fast learner, she is strong and brave, and it seems to surprise only her, there are secrets surrounding Diana’s powers, and she may be the only one who doesn’t understand. When a mysterious man named Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) appears on the shores of Themyscira, War and the evils of man follow closely behind, and Diana can only hear so much before she must take action.

I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Wonder Woman is wondrous and inspirational. What surprisingly drives the film, is Gal Gadot’s stellar Performance. Why surprisingly? Because I personally haven’t seen her give even half the performance she gave in Wonder Woman, in her other films. People praised her performance in Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but I found the film so horrible that for me, it completely drowned out any greatness that might have been. Gadot handles her character with grace and compassion, she’s hilariously naive, but as confident and valiant as we could expect from someone playing the Wonder Woman.

But how about the movie as a whole? It could be better.

Wow, you’re so negative Mitch. Geez.

Hey now, no back talk. I enjoyed Wonder Woman about as much as I did this years superhero film “Logan”, but there were ways to improve the film.

for one, remove everything involving Dr. Maru/poison (Elena Anaya) and General Erich Ludendorff. Ludendorff was entirely over the top, played laughably by Danny Huston, he was entirely the worst part of the movie. Elena Anaya, played her role well, but there was so much good in this film that having these two instigators at the center of the film was unnecessary. The bit that had General Erich Ludendorff sniffing a poison that made him stronger was silly.

***Now for SPOILER territory***

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For a film that wants to celebrate it’s femininity, it’s frustrating that it has Steve Trevor, and the rest of the supporting characters, doubting her thoughts on Ares, the God of War, the whole film. Nobody believes her, to the point that the audience believes she is wrong. I would have preferred Ares be the bad guy the whole film, instead of have Diana be the butt of the joke the entire film.

My next critique will begin as a critique and end as a positive, so bear with me, oh and again ***Spoiler***….

I haven’t seen much criticism over this, and why haven’t I? Diana Prince isn’t able to unleash her full power until the death of a man. Steve Trevors death is what allows Diana Prince to tap into the full extent of her powers. Now, this bothered me at first, but the film quickly shows us that it’s not that he’s a man, it’s the love, and loss of love, that allowed her to become the “Wonder Woman”.

all of that said, The relationship between Steve Trevor and Diana Prince is BY FAR the best relationship I’ve ever seen in a superhero film. I’m going to be honest, I haven’t been so invested in a love story in a movie in years, and years. Chris Pine and Gal Gadot have great chemistry, and this was definitely my favorite Chris Pine role since the first “Star Trek”.

Wonder Woman has so many astounding, breathtaking moments, that I recommend it to every woman, their daughters AND every man. Wonder Woman is brave and beautiful, while it’s script lacks in some places, Gadot, Pine and director Patty Jenkins have created a triumph that all women deserve.

There’s one scene that I will never forget, I wanted to cry with triumph. Wonder Woman turns “No Mans Land” into Woman land, when she runs onto the battlefield alone in order to fight the war single-handedly. “If” Wonder Woman is nominated for an Oscar, it will be for that incredible scene.

Grade: A-


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Alien: Covenant (Review)

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Let me be Clear, I am an Alien fanboy, the beautiful photo above has been my lock screen photo since it was revealed months ago. You can read my ranking of the films on Letterboxd here.

Alien: Covenant tries to be a Prometheus sequel and an Alien prequel at the same time, the film is as terrifying and interesting as it is frustrating and nonsensical. The film answers few questions poised by Prometheus, but still offers enough thrill and intrigue to keep anyone entertained.

The year is 2104, ten years after the events of Prometheus, and 18 years before the events of Alien. A colonization ship is traveling to the planet Origae-6, a planet that is hospitable for human life. The ship, which holds thousands of colonists in cryo-sleep, and a small crew, is hit with a blast and damaged. The crew is awakened from hyper-sleep to fix the ship, they are surprised to find a planet close by that can sustain human life as well, and may be even better suited for them than Origae-6.

The crew decides to land on this new-found planet to investigate. It doesn’t take them long to realize the planet they’ve discovered holds shocking secrets, and unimaginable horrors.

***SPOILERS***

The secrets are SHOCKING and the horrors are quite UNIMAGINABLE, I wasn’t exaggerating. In Prometheus David was quite nefarious, but in Alien: Covenant he is pure evil, and it is glorious. David is the best movie villain in recent memory, Michael Fassbender plays him, and Walter, with skill and talent.

The subtlety in this film is, well, nonexistent. Ridley Scott answers critics of the perplexing Prometheus by having David completely wipe out the engineers, and turn his focus towards the Xenomorphs. I expected Scott to turn away slightly from the Engineer storyline, never did I think he’d set it in flames. It’s a mixed bag of emotions, I still have questions about the engineers, but the pivot back to the Xenomorphs is a welcome diversion, and may give us answers to other questions.

Unfortunately, Scott presents even more infuriating questions in Alien: Covenant, questions he will have no chance of answering, even if he does get the chance to make a sequel.

Some of my questions include:

  1. Why did David Destroy the engineers?
  2. How/did David create the Xenomorph?
  3. How did David obtain a Xenomorph egg?
  4. How was David put back together? (If you say Shaw did it…How? come on?)

Just a few questions, I’ve seen much speculation but there’s really no hard proof. When all is said and done, these plot holes got under my skin only minimally. The Original Alien presented many questions and never attempted to answer them. My main problem with the film is its plotting, Covenant has many stops and starts, playing like a Yo-Yo of highs and lows. Most scenes are great, from mesmerizing, to terrifying, to suspenseful, yet they don’t mesh as well as they should. This film had most of the right parts, but was in need of a better editor, the editor of the Amazing Spider-man series doesn’t exactly bode well.

Enough negative, let me be positive. Covenant succeeds in many aspects, first and foremost, it has more scares than The Alien Vs. Predator films, Alien 3, and Resurrection combined, and while Prometheus had it’s terrifying moments, Covenant supersedes it in almost every way. Covenant is just as beautifully shot as Prometheus, taking even the most bleak and boring set pieces and making them artistic and intriguing.

Katherine Waterston’s Daniels is more representative of Ripley, and a much better character than Prometheus’ Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace). Danny McBride plays it pretty straight in this film, he had only one laughable line in the whole film, and I actually enjoyed his performance and character.

That leads us to David, the star of the film. Michael Fassbender deserves an Oscar Nomination for his role in this film, playing dual roles of Walter and David. David is a terrific character, one who I want to see more of, something I haven’t felt since I was first introduced to Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. The scenes between Walter and David are a deeper look into A.I. and our creators, and they manage to be insightful, eerie, and sensual.

79 year old Ridley Scott listened to his critics, and I think he’s put an end to the Engineer story-line almost completely. I feel the end of Alien: Covenant takes us into territory that I am excited to see more of. I’m eager to see more, because if anything, Covenant leaves you want more, for better or for worse.

Grade: B+


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Ranking The Grey’s Anatomy characters

 

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I have never worked as hard on an article, I don’t think I’ve ever worked as hard on homework even. To start, I had to re-watch every episode of Grey’s Anatomy, from Season 1, episode 1, to Season 13, episode 20, keeping notes as I went along. Not hard work, but with so many movies and TV shows out there to watch, it was a struggle at times (I haven’t finished Stranger Things yet!). Then I had to rank them all, I wanted to be concise on my feelings with each character, so I printed out my list of characters, with pictures, laid them out in an empty room on the floor and began numbering them with a marker. A lot more work than I had expected, but I’m proud I finished it.

Now, what were my guidelines for the list? Obviously every.single.character who’s ever appeared on Grey’s Anatomy is not on my list, I narrowed it down to 136 (there are two ties). How did I narrow it down, well here were my very rough guidelines.

  1. Appears in 2+ Episodes: This rules out about 99% of patients. Of course, rule number one has many exceptions, go to rule 2 for more clarification
  2. Memorability is key: memorability: the quality or state of being easy to remember or worth remembering. There are quite a few characters on my list who were only in one episode, but had enough of an impact on me/the show that they made it on my list. On the other hand, There are also characters who appeared in several episodes but didn’t make it to my list. A lot of nurses, doctors, and patients fall into the latter category.
  3. No Private Practice Characters: and I obviously mean any of the characters who came over from crossover episodes, not Addison or Amelia.
  4. No Paramedics: I think there are two exceptions to this rule on my list, but I just found keeping track of the paramedics was too much. Plus, I wouldn’t know how to rank them, they didn’t really interact with the characters enough.
  5. No kids: Originally, I had all the kids involved, (Ellis Grey, Bailey Grey, Harriet Kepner-Avery, Sofia Robbin Sloan Torres, Zola Grey Sheppard, Ethan Dawson, Winnie, Tuck, etc.) but then I realized I couldn’t rank little kids, plus the really young ones have barely made appearances.
  6. Ranked from worst to best: Number 134 appears first, but 134 is the worst character, and the best character is obviously number 1. You’ll have to scroll through the whole list to see who is number one.
  7. ☠️ Denotes dead character: When you see ☠️, that means that character is no longer with us. Obviously, Spoilers for all 13 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy!!!

That’s about it, Thanks for reading everyone. If you think I missed anyone, leave them in the comments. Tell me how you would have ranked the characters differently!

Also, I own none of the pictures below. They all belong to Grey’s.

***Spoilers Below***

134.    Gary Clarke ☠️

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The man responsible for the mass murder shooting at (then) Seattle Grace Mercy West, takes the crown as the worst character on my list. Taking the lives of Reed Adamson, Charles percy and many more, as well as wounding Alex Karev and Derek Shepard.

133.    Dr. Cohn and Dr. Paul

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Dr. Cohn and Dr. Paul are two doctors who you may not remember, but my only tie on my list goes to the two doctors who had a hand in the death of Derek Shepard. If Dr. Paul had of listened to Dr. Penny Blake, and gotten the head CT, they could have gotten Dr. Cohn  to the hospital a little faster. Then, they called Dr. Cohn, and he took hours to get to the hospital, and it was too late.

132.    Jason “Chest Peckwell” Myers

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As Alex finally got up the nerve to ask Jo out, she already had a date with this prick, who ended up hitting her, thankfully she hit his pompous ass back.

131.    Dr. Robert Stark

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While Dr. Robbins was in Africa, Dr. Robert Stark took over as head of pediatrics, and even once she was back. Alex Karev, who saw a future in pediatrics, had a hell of a time trying to learn with Robert Stark, one of the biggest douche bags you’ve met, as head of pediatrics. To top it off, his relationship with April Kepner was plain creepy.

130.    Darren Parker

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Probably the one relationship I never understood on the show was Cristina Yang sleeping with Darren Parker, her boss at the Mayo clinic. He was rude, ageist towards sweet old Feeny Dr. Thomas, and Cristina could do so much better.

129.    Dr. Taylor

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Alcoholism is a disease, but when you’re an anesthesiologist and you’re coming to work drunk and falling asleep when you’re supposed to be keeping a two year old girl under anesthesia, you’re careless.

128.    Nurse Rose

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Nurse Rose was so easy to hate, in my opinion, she got in the way of Derek and Meredith’s relationship, she seemed a bit full of herself, and her jokes and humor were inappropriate and unfunny. When I see her, I think serial killer.

127.    Eli Lloyd

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I do not understand what Bailey saw in Eli. He was cocky and rude, and he wasn’t the right fit for Bailey, and obviously she realized that.

126.    Elizabeth Chen

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Elizabeth Chen has shown up three times in Grey’s Anatomy history, and royally messed up each time. Chen butted heads with Meredith over a baby with a murmur, and Meredith turned out to be right. Chen nearly ripped a babies arm off in surgery. Then, when she was on Sloan Riley’s (Marks daughter) case, she said nothing could be done for her baby, Mark knew she was wrong and went over her head. How she still has a job is beyond me.

125.    Graham Maddox

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Nobody likes a kiss-ass, and Graham Maddox was a kiss-ass to Nicole Herman. He was also disrespectful to Arizona Robins during there time together working under Dr. Herman, training to become a neo-natal surgeon.

124.    Dr. Milton

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Coward. Dr. Milton is a coward, whether you have two kids or not, he left two other people in a room with a bomb, and ran out when they needed him.

123.    Lauren Boswell

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Lauren Boswell knew Arizona was with Callie, and she still pursued her anyways, finally winning Arizona over during a power outage at the hospital. She was very smug, and even kept that smugness when lying to Arizona’s wife after the fact.

122.    Tucker Jones

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Tucker Jones married one of the most brilliant, and busiest, surgeons (Miranda Bailey) and still raised hell whenever she was too busy. He acted like a little child whenever Dr. Bailey was too busy for him, even though she was saving peoples lives.

121.    Leah Murphy

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Leah Murphy is an odd one, I don’t hate her, but I definitely do not like her. She caused all sorts of drama at the hospital by raising a fuss after Arizona didn’t want to be with her. She is clingy, and she wasn’t the greatest doctor. Now that she’s back, maybe she can redeem herself a bit, but I’m still very cautious.

120.    Robert Avery

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When Jackson showed up to see his estranged father after years he didn’t recognize him. Once he found out who he was he acted as if nothing was wrong, as if he was a good father and always had been.

119.    Nurse Debbie

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I understand that nurses are probably understaffed and underpaid, but Nurse Debbie didn’t have to be so damn rude to the chief, and everyone else.

118.    Thatcher Grey

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What plunges Thatcher Grey to the bottom of my list isn’t his alcoholism, but his absenteeism in Meredith’s life. He started a whole other family, had two other daughters who he cared and loved for, when he had an amazing daughter in Meredith. He does redeem himself, but personally, I will not forget the time he slapped his own daughter across the face.

117.    James Evans ☠️

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James Evans, Alex Karev’s father, is only one spot higher than Thatcher Grey, another absentee father who started another family even though he had kids elsewhere that he wasn’t there for. His bittersweet moments with his son Alex near the end of his life, and the fact that he tried to get clean for his son, makes him just just a bit better than Thatcher.

116.    Sadie Harris

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I found Sadie Harris to be annoying, her careless and reckless behaviors put herself, and her colleagues in serious danger. She didn’t know what she was doing, she cheated and she lied her way through the program, she’s a part of Meredith’s past and she should have stayed there.

115.    Renee Collier

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She kissed Derek while he was married to Meredith, end of story.

114.    Rob Harmon

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Derek did everything in his power to try and save Rob Harmon’s wife’s life, and after everything they tried, Jen Harmon didn’t make it. Rob Harmon called Derek a murderer, sending Derek down a dark and twisty road.

113.    Amanda

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George died to save Amanda’s life, how did she repay that? by crying her eyes out for days over someone she never even met. Thankfully, Izzie told her to go live the life that George lost.

112.    Reed Adamson ☠️

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Reed was a little off, saying she’d trade sexual favors for the chance to scrub in. Reed was a gossip and a bit snarky, but other than that, her character wasn’t developed  enough, like her fellow Mercy West residents, to warrant much sadness over death.

111.    Colin Marlow

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Colin Marlow was considered for the chief of surgery job, he was arrogant and smarmy, not a good fit for the hospital, and definitely not a good fit for Cristina, whom he had dated for three years.

110.    Sydney Heron

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We all remember Sydney Heron right? The overly perky doctor who never really did anything wrong, but that voice…

109.    Sloan Riley

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Mark Sloan’s daughter, Sloan Riley, blew into Seattle like a wrecking ball, she was vain and coarse. On top of everything, She caused a major divide in Mark and Lexie’s relationship, forcing them into positions they weren’t comfortable being in.

108.    Eliza Minnick

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She’s new, but she’s caused one of the biggest divides the hospital has ever seen, even hurting the relationship between Webber and Bailey. Her way of teaching might work, but it’s shaking up the hospital like nothing other. Also, the actress playing Minnick, Marika Dominczyk, isn’t that great of an actor in my opinion.

107.    Julia Canner

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Nice girl, but she shoved her relationship with Mark down Lexie’s throat.

106.    Janet Meyers

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The social worker that seemed really picky about Meredith and Derek, even though they were clearly good, fit parents. Meredith taking Zola and hiding wasn’t the best idea, but come on, we all knew Meredith and Derek were going to make great parents.

105.    Andrew Perkins

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Andrew Perkins was a good looking guy and he knew it, then the tried to take Teddy Altman away from us… NO!

104.    Morgan Peterson

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Stage 4 clinger. She was into Alex, but the feelings weren’t mutual, and it got awkward.

103.    Margaret Campbell

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Called an old dino by Christina, she was still working at the hospital passed her time. She made a mistake on a surgery, and decided it would be her last.

102.    Rebecca Pope/Jane Doe/Ava

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Alex cared for Rebecca, and while it was sweet, their relationship never felt right. She had some mental issues, and a whole other life somewhere else, this just wasn’t for Alex and we all knew it.

101.    Tracy McConnell

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Catherine Avery brought Tracy McConnell into the hospital to run against Dr. Bailey for the position of chief of surgery. Tracy seemed shiny and new, but let’s face it, the job should have just been handed to Dr. Bailey.

100.    Ryan Spalding

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Ryan Spalding wasn’t given much to do on the show, he’s not a bad character but he’s not memorable enough to even be given a full number by Christina, who just called him 4.2.

99.    Robbie Stevens

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Not a bad parent, but not a great one. A tad eccentric and different, she showed up when Izzie had cancer and she only helped in making things worse than better. Bailey thought she was doing Izzie a favor by calling her to see her sick daughter, but Izzie knew why she didn’t want her mother there.

98.    Lawrence Jennings

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Lawrence Jenning, who was the chairman of the board, was a grumpy man, who was caught cheating on his wife for years. His old fashioned ways never really meshed with the hospital and its doctors.

97.    Darryl Nessabaum

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An irritating man who tried to teach several of the doctors at the hospital how to do a cross-stitch. He admitted to the staff the he felt that the “patient doesn’t matter”.

96.    Emily Kovach

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Emily Kovach flirted with Owen Hunt, while he was with Christina, leading Christina to believe that they were sleeping together.

95.    Molly Thompson

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Who is she? Many will have forgotten that Meredith has a third sister, Lexie and Maggie are not the only ones. Molly Thompson came to Seattle Grace Hospital, with her parents Thatcher and Susan Grey, to have her baby. She was a bit stand-offish, but other than that we don’t know much about her… and the mystery continues.

94.    Pierce Halley

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Pierce was an intern at the hospital, he was a part of the infamous love triangle with Steve, Megan and himself. He falls into the trap that all the season 3/4 interns fall into, where you remember there face, but we don’t really know much about them.

93.    William Thorpe

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He started off as a dick, but then took a liking to Meredith. He was just not interesting enough to stick around.

92.    Katie Bryce

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Meredith’s first patient ever, showed up again 10 years later. She’s whiny and questions Meredith’s skills as a doctor.

91.    William Dunn ☠️

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Why is a murderer so “high” on my list. Well, everything about the man was intriguing, like Hannibal Lecter. Creepy, but illustrious,

90.    Oliver Lebackes

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Also known as Dr. Butthole, he was a nice man, but he tried to take Karev away from the hospital, and for that reason he’s only number 90.

89.    Mitchell Spencer

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This intern started in season 11, and has quite a few screw-ups under his belt, like loosening a patients restraints, causing her to dislocate her neck. Seeing brains made him vomit, I like him more than the season 3/4 interns as he was developed a bit more.

88.    Dan Pruitt

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Dan’s a nice guy, but even Callie said he was a bit boring. Callie worked on him as a patient, eventually removing one of his legs, They flirted and went on one date, but Callie just wasn’t interested in him.

87.    Graciela Guzman

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Again, another victim of the season 3/4 interns, you probably remember her face but not too much more about her.

86.    Virginia Dixon

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Virginia Dixon, A cardiothoracic  surgeon, was only in a few episodes, but you probably remember her. Dixon had Autism/Asperger’s syndrome, She came across as a fish out of water on the show, many criticized the portrayal of Asperger’s syndrome.

85.    Nurse Ruth

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You probably recognize Nurse Ruth, she is a go-getter and a fighter, one of the nurses you’d be happy to see on your case.

84.    Jim Nelson

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Jim Nelson was commonly known around the hospital as Shadow Shepherd, the mans work has been called sloppy, but he was always second best around the hospital compared to Derek Shepherd. This resulted in quite a bit of humor, and just seeing his face makes me laugh.

83.    Raj Sen

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A psychologist who’s been around since season one, he’s smart and always knows what he’s doing, even if Meredith rejected his application to live with her.

82.    Lucy Fields

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I kind of liked her relationship with Alex, but like her time on the show, it was short and forgettable.

81.    Alana Cahill

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She was just at the hospital doing what she was hired to do, make budget cuts, does that make her evil? Not really, in the end I felt bad for her just trying to do her job, even thought she shut down the ER.

80.    Megan Mostow

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An intern in the background, but caused a lot of fuss, like when she got pregnant while on a break with pierce and slept with Steve, or when she got fired and filed a lawsuit against the hospital. If you’re a long time watcher you’ll recognize her, for good or for bad.

79.    Aaron Karev

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A one episode family member appearance, Aaron Karev, Alex’s little brother, showed up with a hernia. Him and Alex fought, Aaron was fixed, and then he was gone.

78.    Dr. Knox

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Honestly, you wouldn’t know his face, but you might know his name, He’s been an anesthesiologist since season 5 of Grey’s Anatomy, and has appeared in 20+ episodes.

77.    Ronny O’Malley

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76.    Jerry O’Malley

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Annoying O’Malley brother 2

75.    Finn “McVet” Dandridge

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Finn was a sweet, caring guy. Meredith was the first girl he sought after his wife’s passing, he was there for her, he just wasn’t Derek, and he was about as plain as buttered toast.

74.    Roberta Thompson

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A strong board member who helped the doctors fight for their rights after the plane crash.

73.    Isaac Cross

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If Cross is in the scene, he’s usually good for a laugh, his deer caught in the headlights expression makes me wonder if he’s learned anything thing at that hospital.

72.    Nick

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A sweet guy, who came to the hospital with cancer, seeking Arizona’s help. If he’d come sooner he might still be alive, and he might have had a better friendship with Arizona.

71.    Nick Hanscom ☠️

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A genuinely nice guy, who if he had survived, might have had a shot at dating Lexie Grey.

70.    Carolyn Shepherd

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She is tough, like we all expected her to be. The mother of Derek Shepherd and four girls, a former navy nurse, and she approves of Meredith. She’d be higher on the list if she would have made the trip for her daughter, Amelia’s, wedding.

69.    Andrew Deluca

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He started off as an interesting character, but hasn’t really done much for me since, a nice guy but his looks are only skin deep, he isn’t that interesting. His relationship with Pierce didn’t make sense, and now he likes Jo which is irritating.

68.    Megan Hunt ☠️(?)

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Okay, so she made an appearance in flashbacks, and that’s basically it, but she’s cool. Plus, there is a theory that she’s still alive, and she’ll return to shake things up.

67.    Penelope “Penny” Blake

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I enjoyed Penny’s time on Grey’s Anatomy, although she’s number 67 for several shitty reasons, and not because she “killed” Derek (if you want the people responsible for that check number 133). Her relationship with Callie never felt right, especially for Callie to pick up and move away from her friends and family. I admired her courage and pluckiness, and her eventual relationship with Meredith.

66.    Jeff Russell

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Just a good guy, who came to work, did his job and left. He let Christina do what she wanted for the most part, and didn’t interfere with goings on around the hospital.

65.    Harold O’Malley ☠️

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A sweet, but often misguided father.

64.   Olivia Harper

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A friendly familiar face around the hospital, the syphilis accident was just that, an accident.

63.    Patricia

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You might remember Patricia as Richard Webbers secretary while he was chief, she was witty, and a great aid to Webber.

62.    Jane “Mama” Burke

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Mama was strong and confident like her son, she deserves the 62nd spot, even though she took Christina’s eyebrows.

61.    Bonnie Crasnoff ☠️

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You’ll remember Bonnie as the girl with a pole going through her body, and into another patients body. She also appeared to Meredith when Meredith nearly drown.

60.    Dr. Alma

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When Bailey suffered from OCD, Dr. Alma was assigned to help her overcome her problems, and it takes someone with guts to boss Bailey around like she did.

59.   Shane Ross

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nicknamed “Happy” by Christina Yang, he was definitely that, to the point of annoyance. His friendship with Yang was nice, and I’m glad he went with her to Switzerland.

58.    Matthew Taylor

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Mathew Taylor did everything right, including throwing a beautiful proposal/wedding for April Kepner, he just wasn’t Jackson, and we knew that April wanted to be with Jackson.

57.    Hannah Davies

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Unlike Dr. Milton, Hannah stayed with the patient and in that room with Meredith and a bomb, until she couldn’t take it anymore.

56.    Susan Grey ☠️

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Susan Grey was a very sweet lady who brought Meredith and her father closer together, she didn’t deserve to die. If it wasn’t for her death Meredith’s relationship with her father would be stronger.

55.    Tyler Christian

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He was there from day one (and then another ten seasons), hid dissapearance without a trace or explanation kind of stinks because he was another friendly face around the hospital.

54.    Norman Shales

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Why would you team up one of the kindest, sweetest old men with Alex Karev? That was bound for failure. At least it all worked for the best and we know that Norman is in Psych where he belongs. RIP Edward Herrmann

53.    Walter

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While we don’t know much about Walter, we do know that his relationship with Joe the bartender seemed like a good one.

52.    Evelyn Hunt

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A very caring mother to Owen Hunt.

51.    Kyle Diaz ☠️

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A very nice young man who came to the hospital with a hand tremor and took a liking to Stephanie Edwards. He was a great guy but the way he reacted when Edwards broke up with him, whining to his mom and sister and giving her the silent treatment, was embarrassing.

50.    Emma Marling

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Emma Marling might very well have been the best choice for Owen, I’m Crowen all the way, but Emma seemed like she might have been pretty good for Owen.

49.    Jen Harmon ☠️

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A very nice woman who was a pregnant patient of Derek’s and Addison’s who died, her husband is number 114, as her death and his comments made Derek leave the hospital for a short time.

48.    Rebecca Swender

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a very competent doctor who was there for Izzie during her cancer treatments.

47.    Helen Rubenstein

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May be a little overbearing but she was a loving mother to Cristina, and similar in many ways.

46.    Elizabeth Fallon ☠️

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Elizabeth Fallon was a scrub nurse that worked for Ellis Grey and came to the hospital while Meredith worked there, they bonded shortly before her death. After Meredith had a near death experience, Elizabeth appeared to her to help her.

45.    Lizzie Shepard & Nancy Shepherd

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We’ve never met Kathleen Shepherd, but we have met Derek’s other three sisters, Amelia, Lizzie and Nancy. Liz and Nancy appear as number 45 on my list, they both seem to be strong, intelligent women, both are doctors and similar to Derek.

44.    David Moore

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One of the nicest guys you might have ever met in the hospital, he worked with Arizona helping her with her new prosthetic and even when she was rude and non-responsive to his help, he still stuck by her.

43.    Steve Mostow

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He’s probably one of the more recognizable interns, starting in season 4, he’s a likeable and funny guy, if not a little awkward.

42.    Diane Pierce ☠️

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Maggie’s wonderful, wonderful mother, who sadly passed away but really made an impression in her limited time on the show.

41.    Heather Brooks ☠️

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She was a little off, but in my opinion she was one of the more interesting interns the show has had. She actually had a unique personality, she was cute and funny. All you Heather Brooks haters can back off.

40.    Louise O’Malley

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George’s sweet, yet slightly overbearing mother, lost her husband and son in such a short period of time. Her re-appearance later on in the show with Callie was tender and sweet.

39.    Bokhee

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What can I say about Bokhee, except for the fact that if you don’t know who she is then you need to get off this page. I don’t think she’s said a single word, but she is a Grey’s Anatomy staple since day one.

38.    Ben Warren

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Bailey finally got it right with with Ben Warren, a caring man who has recently had some interesting story-lines, but I still find him a bit bland at times.

37.    Dylan Young ☠️

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The bomb squad leader who helped Meredith through the situation that found her holding a bomb in a mans chest cavity. He later was killed by that bomb, but appeared to Meredith after she had a near death experience.

36.    Katharine Wyatt

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A Psychiatrist at the hospital, she assisted Meredith, Owen and many of the other doctors at the hospital.

35.    Jo Wilson

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Jo is somewhere between sweet and awesome, to whiny and misguided, Some day’s you love her, others not so much. I’m also not sure how I feel about her relationship with Alex.

34.    Erica Hahn

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I enjoyed Erica Hahn, she had a real arc on the show and while she did end up going against the grain several times, it gave her an authenticity. You may not have liked the choices her character was making, like her hostility towards Cristina and Izzie, but it made her a real character with different aspirations.

33.    Catherine Avery

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Catherine Avery is as strong and hard as Miranda Bailey, but not as likeable. The show hasn’t been afraid to make the audience dislike Catherine, but through all her flaws we still find her to be the one we love to hate.

32.    Joe

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Everyone’s favorite bartender, it’s too bad we don’t have him around anymore, he was a great familiar face at the bar, providing many hilarious moments, like coming out to Richard Webber, or having to fire Cristina Yang.

31.    Carlos Torres

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Carlos Torres has an amazing transition on the show, from hard-ass, homophobic father, to accepting, caring dad. It doesn’t hurt to have the terrific Hector Elizondo playing him.

30.    Mary Portman ☠️

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Mary Portman, one of the kindest patients the shows ever had, survived the hospital shooting, only to die six months later due to organ failure.

29.    Charles Percy ☠️

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Another victim of the hospital shooting, Charles Percy may have been a little full of himself, but he was a lovable brute.

28.    Craig Thomas ☠️

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A kind man and mentor to Cristina Yang, he was sweet and helped guide Cristina through a difficult time in her life following the plane crash. FEENY!

27.    April Kepner

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During my complete re-watch of Grey’s Anatomy, I found that I liked April Kepner a lot more than I did my first time around. I never found her to be too “Annoying” unless she was fighting with Jackson or forcing religion. At the end of the day, I really do love Kepner.

26.    Nicole Herman

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Nicole Herman started as a hard-ass on the show, even showing disdain for the lovable Arizona Robbins. As it is with all curmudgeons, the have a soft side, and Arizona found that soft side and we all fell in love with Herman, rooting for her survival.

25.    Adele Webber ☠️

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Adele is the late wife of Richard Webber, an incredibly adorable and charming lady, who was also quite funny at times, putting Richard, and others, in their place when needed.

24.    Stephanie Edwards

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Edwards’ character has only recently been able to shine as a character, she’s shown incredible determination as a doctor and I’m glad.

23.    Nathan Riggs

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likable, smart, resourceful, and possibly the next great love story for Meredith Grey? His story is still unfolding on Grey’s Anatomy, but he’s definitely an interesting character.

22.    Ameilia Shepard

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I watched Private Practice for a few seasons, and never saw Amelia on the show. I think you love her a lot more if you know her harried past, but I’ve recently grown to admire her more and more.

21.    Jackson Avery

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Jackson is a quiet, brooding man, I haven’t found him as insanely interesting, but he’s a constant on the show and deserves the number 21 spot. Jackson is often a voice of reason, one of the more sensible characters on the show. His relationship with Mark Sloan, which would lead to the “Plastics Posse”, was funny and entertaining. He’s the type of son you’d expect to be raised by Catherine Avery, and I mean that in the best way.

20.    Preston Burke

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Preston Burke was such a complex, interesting, smart character. Everything about him felt real, and he stayed true to his character and for that he earns the twentieth spot. He could be a prick, to George, Derek, and even Christina in the beginning, but all of those relationships became strong.

19.    Ellis Grey ☠️

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One of the strongest characters the show has seen, an interesting woman who’s story, and life, has been a presence throughout the entire show. I could have her lower on my list for the way she mothered Meredith, but I never once disliked Ellis Grey, I respected the hell out of her.

18.    Maggie Pierce

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When Maggie Pierce first appeared on the show, I was not very receptive to the idea of doing another unknown sister story-line. She became so much more than that, she is this emotional, caring, determined doctor and sister.

17.    Henry Burton ☠️

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Henry deserved better! He was the definition of a great guy, wooing Teddy at the right time, he was polite, and funny, and charming. It was all so bittersweet.

16.    Denny Duquette ☠️

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Very similar to Henry Burton (above), but Denny Duquette was fucking Denny Duquette am I right? A rock star in his own right. Swooping in like a sick prince charming, capturing the attention of Izzie, falling in love, a love story that was so swift, yet so full of passion.

15.    Owen Hunt

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Owen Hunt is a bad ass with a heart of gold. From his first moments on the show, where he pulled an icicle from Cristina Yangs chest, to being chief, and running the trauma department, Owen Hunt has proven to be one of the more capable doctors working at the hospital.

14.    Richard Webber

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Richard Webber is a staple at the hospital, and she’s been like a father to Meredith, and in a way he’s been like a father to all of us. He always knows what to say, he’s guided us along for 13 seasons, and will hopefully continue to do so.

13.    Teddy Altman

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Teddy is a brave woman, who wears her heart on her sleeve. I adore Teddy, she breathed life into her three seasons on the show, she was determined and formed some unforgettable friendships at the hospital.

12.    Arizona Robbins

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Arizona is incredible, and resilient. I adore her for her kindness and warmth towards her patients, and everyone. She’s human, she’ll cry when she gets overwhelmed, and isn’t afraid to stand up for her tiny humans. Her perkiness might scare you off at first, but beneath that perkiness is the strength of a tiger.

11.    Isobel “Izzie” Stevens

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There is no one quite like Izzie, courageous, funny, aggressive and a deeply caring person. Her caring for her patients too much has landed her in hot water at the hospital, but only landed her higher in our hearts.

10.    Alex Karev

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Alex Karev is everyone’s favorite bad boy. He works in pediatrics, and his story from an asshole to likeable pediatric surgery head is heartwarming. His friendship with Meredith is delightful, and the way he treats his patients is lovely.

9.    Miranda Bailey

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Bailey has had quite the progressive storyline on Grey’s Anatomy, starting out as “The Nazi”, then with every episode, she became just a little more kind and lovable. It’s only recently, with her promotion to chief of surgery, that I’ve seen a bit of a bounce back to the “Old Bailey”. On the show, the character Bailey’s change in temperment is blamed on having a child. I think that it is no coincidence that her more lovable side came out once a certain five interns came to work at the hospital.

8.    Addison Forbes Montgomery

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If Addison had stayed on Grey’s Anatomy, who knows where the writers would have taken her. Everything in Seattle seemed to be over for her, and it takes a certain character to commandeer her own show. Addison was that character, smart, wickedly funny, and a kind heart, but can never seem to get it right. I watched a few seasons of Private Practice, but this list is solely Grey’s Anatomy based, and Addison’s time on Grey’s Anatomy was fun and  scandalous.

7.    Derek Shepherd ☠️

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It’s difficult for all of us trying to watch Meredith move on in the current seasons of Grey’s Anatomy because we know that her and Derek were one of the great love stories. He screwed up, a lot of times, I don’t know if anyone will really forgive him for “Choosing” Addison, but he was human, and we miss him dearly.

6.    Lexie Grey ☠️

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There’s something about Lexie Grey, the girl who went through medical school and surprised her sister by showing up at her work one day, as an intern. Lexie Grey had a photographic memory, but it didn’t exactly make her the smartest at making decisions. Her naivety and her big heart made her one of the funniest characters on the show, and possibly the sweetest.

5.    Mark Sloan ☠️

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Mark might have slept with his best friend’s wife, and slept around the hospital, but that doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy. Mark gave his relationships there all, with Derek, Addison, Callie, Jackson, and more, the friendships Mark had on Grey’s Anatomy were some of my favorites. Marks kindness, compassion and humor land him in my fifth spot.

4.    Callie Torres

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The best part about Callie was how the writers made her so incredibly human, she made mistakes and owned them. Callie was never afraid to stand up for herself and what she believed in, her bisexual story-line, and ultimate relationship with Arizona, was beautiful. Her friendship with Mark was my favorite relationship (next to Christina and Meredith’s), Callie’s disappearance from the show is one of the biggest losses.

3.    George O’Malley ☠️

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Maybe George O’Malley is so high on my list because of how much he reminds me of myself. He clearly deals with Anxiety, but he has a tendency to be brave when it’s needed. He was smart, but made mistakes, He was funny and genuine. His heart was big, right up until his final moments.

2.    Meredith Grey

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For 13 seasons we have watched the saga of Meredith Grey unfold, we have stuck by her through many, many problems and hardships. It’s Meredith Grey who keeps us coming back, It’s her courage and vigor and compassion for the people she loves that makes Meredith Grey so incredible. She’s been through so much loss and struggle, seeing her fortitude through all of this has given myself and so many others strength. Meredith Grey is an incredible human being and I will continue to watch her for years to come.

1.    Cristina Yang

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Cristina Yang is quite possibly the most incredible character Shonda Rhimes has created. Resolute and beautiful inside and out, she fights for what she wants and has incredibly wicked sense of humor. Her “Twisted sister” friendship with Meredith is one of the better friendships I’ve seen portrayed on TV, and both of her relationships (Burke & Hunt) were mesmerizing. The writers worked hard to crate a character that would live on, I’m sure/hope we haven’t seen the last of Cristina Yang.


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89th Academy Awards: Predictions & Everything you need to know about the Oscars

Host: Jimmy Kimmel

Time: 8:30 pm EST & 5:30 pm PST

Pre-show: 7pm EST. & 4pm PST

Channel: ABC

Presenters & Performers

Alicia Vikander
Amy Adams
Auli’i Cravalho
Brie Larson
Charlize Theron
Chris Evans
Dakota Johnson
David Oyelowo
Dev Patel
Dwayne Johnson
Emma Stone
Faye Dunaway
Felicity Jones
Gael Garcia Bernal
Hailee Steinfeld
Halle Berry
Jamie Dornan
Janelle Monáe
Jason Bateman
Javier Bardem
Jennifer Aniston
John Cho
John Legend
Justin Timberlake
Kate McKinnon
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leslie Mann
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Mark Rylance
Matt Damon
Meryl Streep
Michael J. Fox
Octavia Spencer
Riz Ahmed
Ryan Gosling
Salma Hayek
Samuel L. Jackson
Scarlett Johansson
Seth Rogen
Shirley MacLaine
Sofia Boutella
Sting
Taraji P. Henson
Vince Vaughn
Warren Beatty

Nominees & Predictions:

Best Picture

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Moonlight

Who Should Win: Arrival

Directing

Who Will Win: Damien Chazelle

Who Could Win: Barry Jenkins

Who Should Win: Damien Chazelle

Actor in a Leading Role

Who Will Win: Casey Affleck

Who Could Win: Ryan Gosling

Who Should Win: Casey Affleck

Actress in a Leading Role

Who Will Win: Emma Stone

Who Could Win: Isabelle Huppert

Who Should Win: Amy Adams…. Er… Emma Stone

Actress in a Supporting Role

Who Will Win: Viola Davis

Who Could Win: Michelle Williams

Who Should Win: Naomie Harris

Actor in a Supporting Role

Who Will Win: Mahershala Ali

Who Could Win: Jeff Bridges

Who Should Win: Lucas Hedges

Adapted Screenplay

  • Arrival, Eric Heisserer
  • Fences, August Wilson
  • Hidden Figures, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
  • Lion, Luke Davies
  • Moonlight, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney

Who Will Win: Moonlight

Who Could Win: Arrival

Who Should Win: Arrival

Original Screenplay

  • Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan
  • La La Land, Damien Chazelle
  • The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou
  • Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
  • 20th Century Women, Mike Mills

Who Will Win: Manchester by the Sea

Who Could Win: La La Land

Who Should Win: Manchester by the Sea

Animated Feature Film

Who Will Win: Zootopia

Who Could Win: Kubo and the Two Strings

Who Should Win: Kubo and the Two Strings

Foreign Language Film

Who Will Win: The Salesman

Who Could Win: Toni erdmann

Documentary Feature

Who Will Win: O.J.: Made in America

Who Could Win: I am not your Negro

Cinematography

  • Arrival, Bradford Young
  • La La Land, Linus Sandgren
  • Lion, Greig Fraser
  • Moonlight, James Laxton
  • Silence, Rodrigo Prieto

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Arrival

Who Should Win: Arrival

Film Editing

  • Arrival, Joe Walker
  • Hacksaw Ridge, John Gilbert
  • Hell or High Water, Jake Roberts
  • La La Land, Tom Cross
  • Moonlight, Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Moonlight

Who Should Win: Arrival

Production Design

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Arrival

Who Should Win: La La Land

Costume Design

Who Will Win: Jackie

Who Could Win: La La Land

Who Should Win: Jackie

Makeup and Hairstyling

Who Will Win: Star Trek Beyond

Who Could Win: Suicide Squad

Who Should Win: Star Trek Beyond

Original Score

  • Jackie, Mica Levi
  • La La Land, Justin Hurwitz
  • Lion, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
  • Moonlight, Nicholas Britell
  • Passengers, Thomas Newman

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Moonlight

Who Should Win: Moonlight

Original Song

  • “Audition (The Fools who Dream),” La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls, music and lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, and Karl Johan Schuster
  • “City of Stars,” La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story, music and lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
  • “How Far I’ll Go,” Moana, music and lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Who Will Win: City of Stars

Who Could Win: How Far I’ll Go

Who Should Win: Audition (The Fools Who Dream)

Sound Editing

  • Arrival, Sylvain Bellemare
  • Deepwater Horizon, Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
  • Hacksaw Ridge, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
  • La La Land, Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • Sully, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Who Will Win: Arrival

Who Could Win: Hacksaw Ridge

Who Should Win: Arrival

Sound Mixing

  • Arrival, Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye
  • Hacksaw Ridge, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace
  • La La Land, Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee, and Steve A. Morrow
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, and Mac Ruth

Who Will Win: La La Land

Who Could Win: Hacksaw Ridge

Who Should Win: La La Land

Visual Effects

  • Deepwater Horizon, Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Justin Billington, and Burt Dalton
  • Doctor Strange, Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli, and Paul Corbould
  • The Jungle Book, Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon
  • Kubo and the Two Strings, Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean, and Brad Schiff
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel, and Neil Corbould

Who Will Win: The Jungle Book

Who Could Win: Doctor Strange

Who Should Win: The Jungle Book

Animated Short Film

Who Will Win: Piper

Who Could Win: Borrowed Time

Live Action Short Film

Who Will Win: Ennemis Interieurs

Who Could Win: Sing

Documentary Short Subject

Who Will Win: Joe’s Violin

Who Could Win: The White Helmets

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The 3rd Hollywood Persona Awards

The 3rd Hollywood Persona Awards

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Here’s to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem

Welcome all to the Third annual Hollywood Persona Awards, Where we celebrate the best in film. If you’re looking for the worst of 2016, click here!

I, Mitch Burns, work Tirelessly throughout the year to watch as many movies as possible; with two kids, one of which came this year, that’s not always an easy task. Some films I missed this year are Miss Sloane, Rules don’t Apply, Queen of Katwe, Toni Erdmann, The Sea of Trees, Paterson and Knight of Cups. It does bother me, but I can’t watch them all.

Let’s run through all the categories we will be awarding In this article:*

  • Best Films of the Year
  • Best Director
  • Best Male Actor – Lead
  • Best Female Actor – Lead
  • Best Female Actor – Supporting
  • Best Male Actor – Supporting
  • Best Ensemble
  • Best Young Actor
  • Best Newcomer/Breakout Performance
  • Best Animated Film
  • Cinematography
  • Costume Design
  • Editing
  • Writing – Original Screenplay
  • Writing – Adapted Screenplay
  • Makeup & Hair styling
  • Music – Original Score
  • Music – Best original song
  • Production Design
  • Visual Effects
  • Best Blockbuster
  • Best Comedy
  • Best Horror
  • Best Voice Acting
  • Best Characters in a Movie

*No one Actually gets an award

Most categories are in order of the top 5 or top 10, the first on the list being the best, some categories have honorable mentions.

I’ll take this opportunity to say thank you to all my readers, I’m sticking with it.

Without Further ado, here are the winners (and runner-ups) of the Hollywood Persona Awards.

Best Films of the Year

Let’s begin with my top films of the year. 2016 was a bummer of a year, the films I expected to be great were not, my favorite of the year are films I didn’t see coming. 2016 boasted lackluster films from The Coen Bros., Antoine Fuqua and Woody Allen. Most blockbusters and Comedies from 2016 were worse than could have been foreseen.

2016 seems to belong to the unforeseen indies, and smaller fare. While films from Denis Villeneuve and Damien Chazelle could have been expected, Green Room, Sing Street, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople were welcome surprises.

Arrival takes my number one spot, my top three could very well have shaken up at any moment, any one of them could have landed in the number one spot. Arrival takes it for it’s sheer uniqueness and heartfelt emotion. Arrival is a film that will be talked about for years to come, as are the other two, but a great Sci-fi film is hard to come by.

If you have seen all the films on my lists I think you’ll understand their placement. If you haven’t seen them, I suggest you watch them, I guarantee they will evoke something. See beyond my number 10 for more honorable mentions, films that may have been on my top ten at one point in the year.

  1. Arrival
  2. Moonlight
  3. La La Land
  4. Nocturnal Animals
  5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  6. Green Room
  7. Sing Street
  8. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  9. Manchester by the Sea
  10. Don’t Think Twice

Honorable Mentions:

  1. Kubo and the Two Strings
  2. Captain Fantastic
  3. Hacksaw Ridge
  4. The Edge of Seventeen
  5. Deadpool
  6. Zootopia
  7. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  8. A Monster Calls
  9. The Neon Demon
  10. Moana
  11. 20th Century Women
  12. Tickled
  13. American Honey
  14. Lion
  15. Tower
  16. Deepwater Horizon
  17. Don’t Breathe
  18. The Light Between Oceans
  19. The Accountant
  20. The Wave

Honorable Mentions: Loving, Pete’s Dragon, Hell or High Water The Girl with All the Gifts, Train to Busan, The Ivory Game, King Jack, The Witch, The Jungle Book

Best Director –

Chazelle created something so breathtaking, so astounding, modern yet had a feeling of a bygone era. The movie, like his previous film Whiplash, must have taken blood sweat and tears to create.

  1. Damien Chazelle – La La Land (Winner)
    Runner-ups (In order)
  2. Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
  3. Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
  4. Derek Cianfrance – The Light between Oceans
  5. Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
  6. Tim Miller – Deadpool
  7. Jeremy Saulnier – Green Room
  8. Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
  9. Travis Knight – Kubo and the Two Strings
  10. John Carney – Sing Street

Best Male Actor – Lead

If we can separate the art from the artist, It’s safe to say that Casey Affleck gave the best performance of the year, hands down.

  1. Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
  2. Ryan Gosling – La La Land
  3. Viggo Mortenson – Captain Fantastic
  4. Joel Edgerton – Loving
  5. Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool
  6. Denzel Washington – Fences
  7. Jake Gyllenhaal – Nocturnal Animals
  8. Shia Lebouf – American Honey
  9. Michael Fassbender – The Light Between Oceans
  10. Andrew Garfield – Silence

Honorable Mentions: Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls,Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge, Andrew Garfield – Silence, Ben Affleck – The Accountant, Colin Farrel – The Lobster, Joseph Gorden Levitt – Snowden, Julian Dennison – Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Paul Dano – Swiss Army Man, Taron Egerton – Eddie The Eagle, Tom Hanks – Sully

Best Female Actor – Lead

In my opinion, there is no Arrival without Amy Adams, Adams gave the film its heart. It’s crazy to think that every woman in my top six is deserving of the Oscar, it could go to any of them and I would be happy. Portman gives the best performance of her career, She probably did the most heavy lifting out of the bunch, yet Stone and Adams outrank her.

  1. Amy Adams – Arrival
  2. Emma Stone – La La Land
  3. Natalie Portman – Jackie
  4. Annette Benning – 20th Century Women
  5. Viola Davis – Fences
  6. Ruth Negga – Loving
  7. Isabelle Huppert – Elle
  8. Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures
  9. Amy Adams – Nocturnal Animals
  10. Elle Fanning – The Neon Demon

Honorable Mentions: Hailee Steinfeld – Edge of Seventeen, Blake Lively – The Shallows, Emily Blunt – The Girl on the Train, Felicity Jones – Rogue one: A Star Wars Story, Jane Levy – Don’t Breathe, Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins, Sasha Lane – American Honey, Shailene Woodley – Snowden

Best Female Actor – Supporting

I’ve found myself having trouble with this category, this year and in the past, as when women  are antiquated to a supporting role they aren’t given as much to do as their male counterparts in a supporting role. My list of male supporting roles are stronger performances, It’s hard to believe that Spencer was even nominated for her performance in Hidden Figures, and Michelle Williams has very little screen time. The Academy seems to have brushed over 20th Century woman, as Gerwig and Benning both gave terrific performances, but the year belongs to Harris and her incredible work in Moonlight.

  1. Naomie Harris – Moonlight
  2. Nicole Kidman – Lion
  3. Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women
  4. Felicity Jones – A Monster Calls
  5. Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
  6. Sigourney Weaver – A Monster Calls
  7. Elle Fanning – 20th Century Women
  8. Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
  9. Anya Taylor-Joy – The Witch
  10. Janelle Monae – Moonlight

Honorable Mentions: Jena Malone – The Neon Demon, Janelle Monae – Hidden Figures, Hayley Bennet – The Girl on the Train, Kirsten Dunst – Hidden Figures, Margo Martindale – The Hollars, Rebecca Ferguson – The Girl on the Train

Best Male Actor – Supporting

Mahershala Ali kind of came out of nowhere and delivered a swoonworthy, memorable performance in Moonlight, a film full of terrific performances. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who I’ve had mixed feelings for before, gives an amazing performance in Nocturnal Animals, it’s too bad him and Shannon couldn’t have gotten the nomination for an Oscar.

  1. Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
  2. Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals
  3. Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals
  4. John Goodman – 10 Cloverfield Lane
  5. Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
  6. Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
  7. Sam Neil – Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  8. Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight
  9. Ashton Sanders – Moonlight
  10. Hugo Weaving – Hacksaw Ridge

Honorable Mentions: Ben Foster – Hell or High Water, Chris Pine – Hell or High Water, Daniel Radcliffe – Swiss Army Man, Jovan Adepo – Fences, Michael Fassbender – X-men: Apocalypse, Stephen Henderson – Fences, Stephen Lang – Don’t Breathe, Thomas Jane – The Veil, Vince Vaughn – Hacksaw Ridge, Zac Efron – Neighbors 2

Best Ensemble –

Harris, Monae, Ali, Rhodes, Sanders, etc. almost every performance in Moonlight is Awards worthy.

  1. Moonlight
  2. Sing Street
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. Captain Fantastic
  6. Hacksaw Ridge
  7. Hidden Figures
  8. Hell or High Water
  9. Nocturnal Animals
  10. Don’t Think Twice

Best Young Actor –

The actor playing the lead character in A Monster calls makes or breaks that film, and MacDougall Makes it. His performance had to be heartfelt, without overacting, emotional without being whiny, and he nailed it.

  1. Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls
  2. Sunny Pawar – Lion
  3. Neel Sethi – The Jungle Book
  4. Julian Dennison – Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  5. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo – Sing Street
  6. Lucas Jade Zumann – 20th Century Women
  7. Alex Hebert – Moonlight
  8. Kelly Thornton – Sing Street
  9. Oakes Fegley – Pete’s Dragon
  10. Angourie Rice – The Nice Guys
  11. Lulu Wilson – Ouija: Origin of Evil
  12. Jaeden Lieberher – Midnight Special

Best  Newcomer/Breakout Performance-

My list here is alphabetical, hard to pick who “Broke Out” the most, I think we’ll see as these actors below make an appearance in more and more films.

  • Alex Hebert – Moonlight
  • Angourie Rice – The Nice Guys
  • Ashton Sanders – Moonlight
  • Ferdia Walsh-Peelo – Sing Street
  • Haley Lu Richardson – Edge of Seventeen
  • Julian Dennison – Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Kelly Thornton – Sing Street
  • Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls
  • Neel Sethi – The Jungle Book
  • Oakes Fegley – Pete’s Dragon
  • Sunny Pawar – Lion
  • Tami Sagher – Don’t Think Twice

Best Animated Film –

 

  1. Kubo and the Two Strings
  2. Moana
  3. Zootopia
  4. Finding Dory
  5. The Secret Life of Pets
  6. Kung Fu Panda 3
  7. Storks
  8. Sing
  9. Trolls
  10. The Angry Birds Movie

Cinematography –

  1. Moonlight
  2. Arrival
  3. Nocturnal Animals
  4. La La Land
  5. Manchester by the Sea
  6. Hacksaw Ridge
  7. Lion
  8. American Honey
  9. The Light Between Oceans
  10. Loving

Costume Design –

  1. La La Land
  2. Nocturnal Animals
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  4. Sing Street
  5. Hacksaw Ridge
  6. The Light Between Oceans
  7. Jackie
  8. The Witch
  9. Hidden Figures
  10. 20th Century Women

Editing –

  1. Moonlight
  2. La La Land
  3. Nocturnal Animals
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. Arrival
  6. Jackie
  7. Deepwater Horizon
  8. Hardcore Henry
  9. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  10. 20th Century Women

Writing – Original Screenplay

  1. 20th Century Women
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. The Lobster
  4. Don’t Think Twice
  5. Sing Street

Writing – Adapted Screenplay

  1. Arrival
  2. Moonlight
  3. Deadpool
  4. Nocturnal Animals
  5. Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Makeup & Hairstyling

  1. Deadpool
  2. The Neon Demon
  3. X-Men: Apocalypse
  4. Jackie
  5. Hacksaw Ridge
  6. La La Land
  7. Star Trek: Beyond
  8. Suicide Squad
  9. Swiss Army Man
  10. The Witch

Music – Original Score

  1. La La Land
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. Lion
  4. Arrival
  5. Jackie

Honorable Mentions: Moonlight, Kubo and the Two Strings

Music – Best original song

  1. “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” by Emma Stone – From La La Land
  2. “Drive it like You Stole it” by Sing Street – From Sing Street
  3. “Never Give up” by Sia – From Lion
  4. “Up” by Sing Street – From Sing Street
  5. “How Far I’ll Go” Auli’I Cravalho or Alessia Cara – From Moana
  6. “Shiny” by Jemaine Clement – From Moana
  7. “City of Stars” by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone – From La La Land
  8. “Try Everything” by Shakira – From Zootopia
  9. “Start a Fire” by John Legend – From La La Land
  10. “Another Day of Sun” by La La Land Cast – From La La Land

Honorable Mentions: “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake – From Trolls, “Good Girls” by Elle King – From Ghostbusters, “Heathens” by Twenty-One Pilots – From Suicide Squad, “Just Like Fire” by Pink – From Alice through the Looking Glass, “Not Today” by Imagine Dragons – From Me before You, “Someone in the Crowd” by La La Land Cast – From La La Land, “You’re Welcome” by Dwayne Johnson – From Moana

Production Design –

  1. La La Land
  2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  3. Kubo and the Two Strings
  4. The Light Between Oceans
  5. Jackie

Visual Effects –

  1. The Jungle Book
  2. Arrival
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  4. A Monster Calls
  5. Deepwater Horizon

Honorable Mentions: The Wave (Bolgen), Sully, X-Men: Apocalypse, Captain America: Civil War,

Best Blockbuster (Action, Sci-Fi, Superhero, etc.) –

  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  2. Deadpool
  3. The Accountant
  4. Hardcore Henry
  5. X-Men: Apocalypse
  6. Civil War: Captain America

Best Comedy –

  1. Don’t Think Twice
  2. The Edge of Seventeen
  3. Deadpool
  4. The Nice Guys
  5. Neighbours 2

Best Horror –

  1. Green Room
  2. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  3. The Neon Demon
  4. Don’t Breathe
  5. Train to Busan
  6. The Witch
  7. Ouija: Origin of Evil
  8. The Conjuring 2
  9. Lights Out
  10. Hush

Best Voice Acting –

  1. Ginnifer Goodwin as Officer Judy Hops – Zootopia
  2. Dwayne Johnson as Maui – Moana
  3. Alan Tudyk as K-2S0 – Rogue One: a Star Wars Story
  4. Auli’I Cravalho as Moana – Moana
  5. Art Parkinson as Kubo – Kubo and the Two Strings
  6. Liam Neeson as The Monster – A Monster Calls
  7. Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde – Zootopia
  8. Zooey Deschanel as Bridget – Trolls
  9. Ben Kingsley as Bagheera – The Jungle Book
  10. Andy Samberg as junior – Storks

Honorable Mentions: Ellen DeGeneres as Dory – Finding Dory, Mark Rylance as The BFG – The BFG, Taron Edgerton as Johnny – Sing

10 Best Character in a Movie –

  1. DeadPool (Ryan Gosling) – Deadpool
  2. Chirrut Imew (Donnie Yen) – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  3. Bobby Andes (Michael Shannon) – Nocturnal Animals
  4. Brendan (Jack Reynor) – Sing Street
  5. Hank (Ed O’neill) – Finding Dory
  6. Juan (Mahershala Ali) – Monlight
  7. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  8. K-2S0 (Alan Tudyk) – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  9. Officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) – Zootopia
  10. The Cast of 20th Century  Women

Honorable Mentions: The Monster (Liam Neeson) – A Monster Calls, Flash (Raymond S. Persi) – Zootopia, Jesse (Elle Fanning) – The Neon Demon, HeiHei (Alan Tudyk) – Moana, Mauia (Dwayne Johnson) – Moana.

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The Worst and Most Disappointing of 2016

Worst Films of the Year


I watched over 120 films, and hear are the ten worst, starting with the “Best” of the bunch:

10. They’re Watching

  • The ending is batshit insane, if it wasn’t for the end of Sausage Party, the Ending to They’re Watching would be the most insane ending of the year. It’s almost worth watching because of that, although the 80 minutes of clunky buildup, bad acting, and detestable characters, are not worth the poor visual effects pay off

9. Maggie’s Plan

  • I couldn’t stand listening to three rich white people complain about their minor problems and how horrible life is for one more minute.

8. Morgan

  • You won’t see the twist coming, but that is not worth the boring story, poorly choreographed action, and contrived plot.

7. Cell

  • You can almost feel Cusack and Jackson not wanting to be there, they’re in pain and it’s no wonder why. The story is slightly interesting, but it isn’t plausible, and it’s delivered in an incredibly boring way.

6. The Forest

  • A horror movie should equal out to be boring and uninteresting

5. Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

  •  How do you take an idea that seems so great, and make it one of the longest, self indulgent, uninteresting, frivolous superhero film of the last ten years. DC has a long road ahead of them.

4. Sausage Party

  • Over-sexualizing the food world isn’t humor, there needs to be actual jokes in your humor. Sausage Party is filled with jokes that two 13 year old klids would come up with around a campfire.

3. Yoga Hosers

  • Too absurd to be taken seriously, not funny enough to be taken as a joke. Just plain stupid, through and through.

2. Cabin Fever

  • The original is a cult classic, not great but creepy and smart, but we didn’t need a shot for shot, literally word for word, remake.

1.Ice Age: Collision Course

  • The original is forever sullied in my mind now, after watching the last two in the series that will not die. it’s all slapstick and childish games, and no heart. It deserves the title of worst film of the year for taking characters I once loved and tarnishing them.

Honorable Mentions: Ratchet & Clank, The Evil in Us, Arrowhead, The Veil, The Boss


Most Disappointing Films –

  • Suicide Squad
    • I found Suicide Squad to be fun, if nothing else, but there was potential here for this to be a welcome shot of life into the superhero  genre
  • Hail Caesar
    • The Coen brothers may have had fun watching this, but it definitely didn’t resonate with the audience like their other films have.
  • The Magnificent Seven
    • What could have been good Western fun, comes across more like a cheesy satire of the genre.
  • The Secret Life of Pets
    • all the ingredients for a good kids film were there, but it couldn’t quite get off the ground
  • The Shallows
    • I enjoy shark films as much as the next person, but the logic flaws in this film put too much of a damper on my enjoyment.
  • Snowden
    • It’s evident it was too soon for a film to be made on this subject matter, we’re not far enough removed from the situation to enjoy something like this thoroughly. especially since you’ll know every detail if you saw last years documentary “Citizenfour”
  • Sing
    • So many great Voice/singing talents in a been there, done that story
  • Café Society
    • Woody Allen continues to prove he makes one for him, and then one for us. This one is for him.
  • Central Intelligence/Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
    • Great cast in each film, brought down with non-existent or silly humor
  • Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children
    • Tim Burton is just phoning it in now, this feels like someone mimicking old Tim Burton films, and not very well.

Worst Characters in a Movie ­-

These are the characters that brought the movie down, irritated & frustrated me, and stuck out enough to make me remember them for their terribleness. In Alphabetical Order:

  • Alex (Dylan Minette) – Don’t Breathe
    • Let’s be honest here, *Spoilers* his death came as a pleasant surprise. He was whiny and love struck in the worst way.
  • Bailey (Ty Burrell) – Finding Dory
    • An irritating beluga whale with powers to see things hundreds of miles away. It just gives children the wrong idea of echolocation.
  • Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) – Central Intelligence
    • I have tried hard not to jump on the Kevin Hart hate train, but this film doesn’t really help that. Central Intelligence puts his character in the role of whiny loser, and it doesn’t work.
  • Efram Diveroli (Jonah Hill) – War Dogs
    • Jonah Hill can play a white, rich cretin well. It’s scary.
  • Gunter (Nick Kroll) & Lance (Beck Bennett) – Sing
    • Two irritating characters that really brought this movie down for me. an archetype and a cliche respectively.
  • King Louie (Christopher Walken) – The Jungle Book
    • In a film full of talking animals, This scene is the only scene that didn’t only take me out of the film, it lifted me out of my seat and shook me like a giant orangutan.
  • Maggie (Greta Gerwig), John (Ethan Hawke) and Georgette (Julianne Moore) – Maggies Plan
    • Three idiots complain for 2 hours, I couldn’t hate the three of them more.
  • Pete the Bartender (Michael Rapaport) – Sully
    • A small character, you might not remember him, but you can’t tell me his scene wasn’t egregious and clearly untrue.
  • Seok Woo (Yoo Gong) – Train to Busan
    • Well he may redeem himself in the end, it wasn’t worth the entire build up of an annoying character
  • The Entire Cast of Sausage Party
    • Read above in “Worst films of the year”

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Oscar Nominees: Surprises, snubs and my score

Best Picture:

La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Fences
Arrival
Lion
Hidden Figure

My Score: 1 wrong. I had guessed Silence would get in over Lion.

Snubs/Surprises: This category barely has a snub in it, People will say Deadpool is a snub but it’s only a snub if you really thought it’d nominated, and I don’t think anoyone really thought it’d be nominated.Silence Might be considered a snub.

Best Actor:

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Denzel Washington (Fences)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Viggo Mortenson (Captain Fantastic)

My Score: 1 wrong. I had guessed Joel Edgerton (Loving) would get in over Viggo Mortenson.

Snubs/Surprises: I thought Edgerton would get in over Mortenson considering the films they were in, but I’m happy, Viggo gave the better performance in my opinion. Some may say Tom Hanks is the snub here for Sully.

Best Actress:

Emma Stone (La La Land)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Ruth Negga (Loving)

My Score: 1 wrong. I had guessed Amy Adams (Arrival) would get in over Meryl Streep.

Snubs/Surprises: It’s a God damn travesty that Meryl Streep got in for Florence Foster Jenkins over Amy Adams. Meryls performance was just fine, in a movie that was just fine. Arrival gets a Best Picture nom, but there is no Arrival without Amy Adams. Anette Bennings performance in 20th Century Women is supposed to be incredible, and Oscar worthy.

Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”)
Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”)
Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”)
Dev Patel (“Lion”)
Michael Shannon (“Nocturnal Animals”

My Score: 1 wrong. I had guessed Aaron-Taylor Johnson (Nocturnal Animals) would get in over Michael Shannon.

Snubs: No snubs, either one of them would get in for Nocturnal Animals, sucks for Johnson, but both great performances.

Supporting Actress:

Viola Davis (“Fences”)
Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”)
Nicole Kidman (“Lion”)
Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”)
Michelle Williams (“Manchester By the Sea”)

My Score: 0 Wrong

Snubs/Surprises: None really for me, I haven’t seen 20th Century Women yet, but people say Greta Gerwigs performance should have been nominated.

Best Director

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Dennis Villeneuve (Arrival)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

My Score: 1 wrong, I had guessed Denzel Washington (Fences) would get in over Mel Gibson.

Snubs/Surprises: I can’t believe Mel Gibson got in, In my opinion I think he deserved it over Denzel, but his history makes it a big surprise. Denzel deserves it because he directed himself to an Oscar nomination, but Mel Gibson definitely had a lot more work on his film and delivered a great product.

Animated Feature

“Kubo and the Two Strings” (Laika/Focus Features)
“Moana” (Disney)
“The Red Turtle” (Studio Ghibli/Sony Pictures Classics)
“Zootopia” (Disney)
“My Life as a Zuchinni”

My Score: 1 Wrong, I had guessed Sing over My Life as a Zuchinni

Snubs/Surprises: Finding Dory is a snub, although I haven’t seen The Red Turtle or My Life as a Zuchinni. I knew Finding Dory wouldn’t get in, yet I still got one wrong, by guessing Sing would get the nom.

Best Documentary:

“13th”

“Life, Animated”

“OJ: Made in America”

“I am Not your Negro”

“Fire at Sea”

My Score: 2 wrong. I had guessed The Ivory Game and Zero Days over Fire at Sea and I am not your Negro.

 

My Final Score: 36/44


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My Oscar Predictions

Predicting the 89th Academy Award Nominees

Best Picture:

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Fences

Arrival

Silence

Hidden Figure

Upsets: Lion, Deadpool

Best Actor:

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Denzel Washington (Fences)

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)

Joel Edgerton (Loving)

Upsets: Viggo Mortenson, Tom Hanks

Best Actress:

Emma Stone (La La Land)

Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Amy Adams (Arrival)

Ruth Negga (Loving)

Best Director

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Dennis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Denzel Washington (Fences)

Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”)

Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”)

Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”)

Dev Patel (“Lion”)

Aaron-Taylor Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals”

Upsets: Hugh Grant (“Florence Foster Jenkins”), Kevin Costner (“Hidden Figures”)

Supporting Actress:

Viola Davis (“Fences”)

Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”)

Nicole Kidman (“Lion”)

Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”)

Michelle Williams (“Manchester By the Sea”)

Upsets: Greta Gerwig (“20th Century Women”)

Animated Feature

“Kubo and the Two Strings” (Laika/Focus Features)

“Moana” (Disney)

“The Red Turtle” (Studio Ghibli/Sony Pictures Classics)

“Zootopia” (Disney)

“Sing” (Illumination/Universal)

Upsets: “Finding Dory” (Pixar/Disney), “Trolls” (DreamWorks/Fox)

Best Documentary:

“13th” (Ava DuVernay)

“Life, Animated” (Roger Ross Williams)

“OJ: Made in America” (Ezra Edelman)

“The Ivory Game” (Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani)

“Zero Days” (Alex Gibney)

Upsets: “Cameraperson” (Kirsten Johnson), “Gleason” (Clay Tweel)