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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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 Best Films of 2015

 

Best Films of the Year

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At the end of every year I find myself saying “This was actually a good year for film”, I want to say that about 2015 but I can’t. 2015 was honestly a let down for me, the films many of us were looking forward too failed or didn’t live up to expectations. It was many of the smaller films from 2015 that really wowed us, i.e Ex Machina, It Follows, Slow West.

When we look back on 2015 we will remember Straight Outta Compton, Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina, and maybe The Revenant. 2015. In my opinion 2015 will not be exactly a memorable year for movies, I can say that boldly because in ten years when we look back on it no one will remember that I said this. Don’t get me wrong, I love the films in my top ten, and even some in my top 20.

If you’re looking at my best of the year list and wondering how I came to my decisions, well, let me tell you. You may be looking at my list and say “Mitch, Brooklyn is ten times better than Bone Tomahawk”. On a film making level, I may agree with you, but a best of the year list is one part personal taste, and one part good film making.

Without Further Ado, the moment I’ve been waiting for, The Best Films of the year:

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (A+)
  2. Room (A+)
  3. Ex Machina (A)
  4. The Revenant (A)
  5. Youth (A)
  6. The Hateful Eight (A)
  7. Mommy (A)
  8. Straight outta Compton (A)
  9. It Follows (A-)
  10. Steve Jobs (A-)

The Next Ten:

  1. Bone Tomahawk (A-)
  2. Brooklyn (A-)
  3. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (A-)
  4. The End of the Tour (B+)
  5. Slow West (A-)
  6. Mistress America (A-)
  7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (A-)
  8. The Bridge of Spies (A-)
  9. Spotlight (A)
  10. Jurassic World (A-)

Honorable Mentions: The Stanford Prison Experiment (A-), Sicario (A-), Cop Car (A-), Macbeth (B+), Amy (A), Creed (A), Dope (B+), Tales of the Grim Sleeper (A-), Inside Out (B+), Everest (B), The Big Short (A)

Stay tuned for a bunch of content the month of February!


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The Best Acting of 2015

The Best Acting of 2015

Lead, Supporting, Young Actor, Ensemble, Voice talent and Breakout Performance


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I am not a film critic, I am a film enthusiast, I love every aspect of film but most of all I love a good performance in a movie. A great performance can elevate a film, it can allow you to fall in love with a character or hate a character.

Putting together my best of the year in acting list is my favorite part of the award season/year end rundown, I love seeing great acting. In this article I have picked my top five-ten in eight categories: Best Male Lead Actor, Best Female Lead Actor, Best Female Supporting Actor, Best Male Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Voice Acting, Best Young Actor and Best Breakthrough Performance, along with honorable mentions for all categories. Enjoy.

Best Male Actor – Lead

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  2. Jacob Tremblay – Room
  3. Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
  4. Michael Caine – Youth
  5. Johnny Depp – Black Mass
  6. Samuel L. Jackson – The Hateful Eight
  7. Will Smith – Concussion
  8. Mark Ruffalo – Infinitely Polar Bear
  9. Antoine-Olivier Pilon – Mommy
  10. Michael B. Jordan – Creed

Honorable Mentions: Ian Mckellan – Mr. Holmes, Matt Damon – The Martian, Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl, Michael Fassbender – Macbeth, Ryan Reynolds – The Voices, Billy Crudup – The Stanford Prison Experiment, Kodi Smit McPhee – Slow West, Bryan Cranston – Trumbo, Jake Gyllenhaal – Southpaw, Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation, Andrew Garfield – 99 Homes

Best Female Actor – Lead

  1. Brie Larson – Room
  2. Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
  3. Cate Blanchett – Carol
  4. Anne Dorval – Mommy
  5. Marion Cotillard – Macbeth
  6. Emily Blunt – Sicario
  7. Olivia Cooke – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  8. Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
  9. Sarah Silverman – I Smile Back
  10. Carey Mulligan – Far from the Madding Crowd

Honorable Mentions: Jennifer Lawrence – Joy, Lola Kirke – Mistress America, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez – Tangerine, Amy Schumer – Trainwreck, Kristen Wiig – Welcome to Me, Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road, Melissa McCarthy – Spy, Juliette Binoche – Clouds of Sils Maria, Helen Mirren – Woman in Gold, Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens,  Blythe Danner – I’ll See You in my Dreams

Best Female Actor – Supporting

  1. Alicia Vikander – the Danish girl
  2. Rachel McCadams – Spotlight
  3. Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
  4. Suzanne Clement – Mommy
  5. Rachel Weisz – Youth
  6. Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
  7. Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
  8. Elizabeth Banks – Love & Mercy
  9. Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
  10. Greta Gerwig – Mistress America/Mya Taylor – Tangerine

Honorable Mentions: Jane Fonda – Youth, Helen Mirren – Trumbo, Greta Gerwig – Mistress America, Jessica Chastain – Crimson Peak, Cate Blanchett – Cinderella, Kiersey Clemons – Dope, Rachel McAdams – Southpaw, Oona Laurence – Southpaw, Olivia Wilde – Meadowland

Best Male Actor – Supporting

  1. Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
  2. Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
  3. Sylvester Stallone – Creed
  4. Richard Jenkins – Bone Tomahawk
  5. Steve Carrell – The Big Short
  6. Walton Goggins – The Hateful Eight
  7. Liev Schrieber – Spotlight
  8. Jason Segel – The End of the Tour
  9. Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
  10. Sean Harris – Macbeth

Honorable Mentions: Harrison Ford – Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight, Seth Rogen – Steve Jobs, Luke Wilson – Meadowland, John Cusack – Love & Mercy, , Domhnall Gleeson – Ex Machina and The Revenant, Oscar Isaac – Ex Machina, Joel Edgerton – The Gift, , Ezra Miller – The Stanford Prison Experiment, Tye Sheridan – The Stanford Prison Experiment, Will Poulter – The Revenant, Benecio Del Toro – Sicario, Kurt Russel – The Hateful Eight, Tim Roth – The Hateful Eight, Michael Fassbender – Slow West, Tom Courtenay – 45 Years, O’Shea Jackson Jr. – Straight Outta Compton, Corey Hawkins – Straight Outta Compton, Forrest Witaker – Southpaw

Best Ensemble –

1. The Hateful Eight: Kurt Russel, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Walton Goggins, Demian Bechir, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks

2. The Stanford Prison Experiment – Billy Crudup, Michael Angarano, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Thomas Mann, Miles Heizer, Keir Gilchrist, Johnny Simmons, Moises Arias, Olivia Thirlby, Nelsan Ellis, James Wolk, Logan Miller

3.  Spotlight – Liev Schrieber, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, John Slattery, Brian D’arcy James, Stanley Tucci,

4. Steve Jobs – Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Katherine Waterston, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbard, Pearl Haney-Jardine

5. The Big Short – Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, John Magaro, Finn Whitrock, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Rafe Spall

6.      Youth – Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Roly Serrano, Alex Macqueen, Luna Zimic Mijovic

7.      Straight Outta Compton – Jason Mitchell, O’Shea Jackson, Corey Hawkins, Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr., Marlon Yates, Corey Reynolds, R. Marcus Taylor

8.      Sicario – Emily Blunt. Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Daniel Kaluuya, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, Maximiliano Hernandez, Jeffrey Donovan,

9.      The Revenant – Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Paul Anderson

10.  Mad Max: Fury Road – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Richard Carter, Nathan Jones, John Howard, Courtney Eaton.

Best Young Actor

  1. Jacob Tremblay – Room
  2. abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation
  3. Oona Laurence – Southpaw
  4. Zsofia Psotta – White God
  5. Hays Wellford – Cop Car
  6. James Freedson-Jackson – Cop Car
  7. Emmanuel Nii Adom Quaye – Beasts of no Nation
  8. Levi Miller – Pan
  9. Emilia Jones – What we did on our Holiday
  10. Milo Parker – Mr. Holmes

Honorable Mentions: Ed Oxenbould – The Visit, Olivia DeJonge – The Visit, Ashley Aufderheide – Infinitely Polar Bear, Robert Daniel Sloan – Sinister 2, Kennedi Clements – Poltergeist

Best Voice Acting –

  1. Phyllis Smith – Inside Out
  2. Anomalisa – Jennifer Jason Leigh
  3. Amy Poehler – Inside Out
  4. Anomalisa – David Thewlis
  5. Ryan Reynolds – The Voices
  6. Richard Kind – Inside Out
  7. James Spader – Avengers: Age of Ultron
  8. Sharlto Copley – Chappie
  9. Bill Hader – Inside Out
  10. Noah Schnapp – The Peanuts Movie

Honorable Mentions: Tom Kenny – Spongebob: Sponge out of water

Best Newcomer/Breakout Perfomance

  1. Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
  2. Olivia Cooke – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  3. Lola Kirke – Mistress America
  4. Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  5. Maika Monroe – It Follows
  6. O’Shea Jackson Jr. – Straight Outta Compton
  7. Kitana Kiki Rodriguez – Tangerine
  8. Mya Taylor – Tangerine
  9. LeBron James – Trainwreck
  10. Taron Egerton – Kingsman: the Secret Service

Honorable Mentions: Lily James – Cinderella, Miranda Hart – Spy, Shameik Moore – Dope, Charlotte Le Bon – The Walk

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Most Disappointing Films of 2015

The Most Disappointing Films of 2015

Some of the following movies are bad, but most didn’t meet expectations or should have been better due to factors such as a good cast, big budget, great directors or writers, and many other reasons.
A disappointing movie is worse than a bad movie though, A lot of times you have a pretty good idea that a movie is going to be bad, or at least, not great. Below are some movies that I was desperately holding on hope for.

Before we dive in though here are some (un)honorable mentions: The Wedding Ringer, The Water Diviner, Maggie,Creep, Ted 2, The Lazarus Effect, Knock Knock, Focus, The Danish Girl, Trumbo, Crimson Peak, Concussion, When Marnie was There, The Intern and Meadowland. 

There were a good amount of movies that I had high hopes for last year… but here are the top ten, starting with 10 and going to #1.

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10. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Why I anticipated it:

In 2015 I realized that my scared white ass hadn’t seen a single Paranormal Activity film yet, so I sat down and watch the first five films in the span of a few days and even wrote about my thoughts on the series (Read Here). Well the series had its up and downs, I enjoyed the overall style and the story-line they had created was interesting, and I was in. When I heard the 6th installment was to be the final installment my hopes for an interesting and scary finale that answered all our burning questions were high.

Why it didn’t live up: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension has to be one of the worst conclusions to a series ever. Going in directions that didn’t pertain to the originals very well at all, introducing new and irritating characters, not including barely any references or characters that had come before it, and being downright boring. It was not scary in the least, and only succeeded in pissing me off and wasting my time.

My Grade: F

9. Jupiter Ascending

Why I anticipated it: You’re lying if you say you weren’t excited to see what the Wachowski’s would follow 2012’s Cloud Atlas with. We were excited to see Eddie Redmayne again, hot off his Oscar win for The Theory of EverythingBesides Redmayne, the Wachowski’s also seemed to net a good cast for this including Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean and more, and the trailers looked visually stunning.

Why it didn’t live up:The Wachowski’s didn’t completely fail, I did enjoy myself during Jupiter Ascending, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a mess. The ending is a huge dissapointment, Kunis’ character needs to be saved far too many times by a man, and the movie is essentially full of countdowns.
On top of that, there is enough story here for a mini-series, the span of time becomes confusing,  relationships develop oddly. There wasn’t enough time to flesh out a proper story or real characters.I left wanted something more and different.

My Grade: C-

8. Sinister 2

Why I anticipated it:Purely on the fact that I loved the original Sinister film, one of the scariest films of the last decade.

Why it didn’t live up: The only thing about Sinister 2 that is scary are the home videos

My Grade:D+

7. Terminator Genisys

Why I anticipated it: Another Terminator film with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role he originated, being toted as a film that might help us forget Terminator: Salvation.

Why it didn’t live up:A loud, nonsensical, over-dramatic, poorly paced, with Emilia Clarke completely hamming up her role as Sarah Connor. The best thing about the film was Arnold and a half decent opening.

My Grade: D

6. The Good Dinosaur

Why I anticipated it: Pixar + Dinosaurs = a perfect match…. or it should.

Why it didn’t live up: Excluding some beautiful imagery, the script seems recycled from better and more engaging Disney films.

My Grade:C+

5. Self/Less

Why I anticipated it: Didn’t we all? A serious and interesting body switching movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingley, directed by Tarsem Singh.

Why it didn’t live up: Quickly turns into a very mediocre action movie instead of being something interesting, in fact, it ends up being quite bad and even boring.

My Grade:D+

4. Ant-Man

Why I anticipated it: The trailer made it look as if some of Edgar Wrights script was still in there, and The actors involved all seemed game for something incredible.

Why it didn’t live up: Not a bad movie, but Edgar Wright’s script clearly didn’t make it through to much of the film, except for maybe the terrific scenes involving Michael Pena. Marvel clearly decided they would rather keep the traditional cookie cutter film we’re used to, and that we will one day tire of, if you’re not like me and already have.

My Grade: C+

3. Chappie

Why I anticipated it: The trailers looked bad, but last years Edge of Tomorrow suffered from terrible marketing and turned out to be one of my favorite films of 2014. I also loved District 9, detested Elysium, but had hopes we would get the District 9 Neil Blomkamp back.

Why it didn’t live up: Irritating and loud, with annoying, underdeveloped characters and Bad dialogue. Where the movie succeeds is its softer sweeter moments, and the development of Chappie as a character is terrific. The action on the other hand turns the movie into an over the top, B movie, where the characters and their motivations are silly and unrealistic.

My Grade:C-

2. While we’re Young

Why I anticipated it: Noah Baumbach’s writing is terrific.

Why it didn’t live up: unfunny, depressing, boring, with unlikeable and unrealistic characters

My Grade: C

1.  Joy

Why I anticipated it: It’s obvious why I anticipated Joy, a film by David O. Russel with a terrific cast, lead by Jennifer Lawrence.

Why it didn’t live up: Russel seemed to throw a script together and hope it would bring him the same acclaim he’s been recieving. Joy is a jumbled mess, it’s full of so many ideas and thoughts, that you can’t grasp on to anything. The script is FILLED with cliches, it’s often exaggerated, Bradley Coopers character is unbelievable. It wants to tell a story about a strong female character, and we want to see one, but it doesn’t have an interesting story nor characters.

My Grade:C-

 

Best Director, Writing, Music,Visual Effects, Cinematography and more, of 2015

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Today I reveal who my top 5-10 in 11 categories. These are 11 categories that The Academy Awards recognize each year. Including Director, Original Screenplay, Original Score, Original Song, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Costume Design and more.

Best Director –

  1. George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – The Revenant
  3. Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
  4. Lenny Abrahamson – Room
  5. Alex Garland – Ex Machina

Honorable Mentions: David Robert Mitchell – It Follows, Danny Boyle – Steve Jobs, Adam McKay – The Big Short

Writing – Original Screenplay

  1. Ex Machina – Alex Garland
  2. Youth – Paolo Sorrentino
  3. Mommy – Xavier Dolan
  4. Mistress America – Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig
  5. The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino

Honorable Mentions: Inside Out – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh cooley, Spotlight – Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Straight Outta Compton – Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff

Writing – Adapted Screenplay

  1. Steve Jobs – written by Aaron Sorkin based on the book “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson
  2. Room – Screenplay and book written by Emma Donaghue
  3. The Revenant – Written by Alejandro Inarritu and Mark L. Smith, based on the book “The Revenant by Michael Punke
  4. The End of the Tour – Screenplay by Donald Margulies based on the book “Although of Course you end up becoming yourself” by David Lipsky
  5. Brooklyn – written by Nick Hornby based on the novel “Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin

Honorable Mentions: Me, and Earl and the Dying Girl – based on book of the same name, both written by Jesse Andrews, Anomalisa – written by Charlie Kaufman based on a play by Charlie Kaufman

Cinematography –

  1. Adam Arkapaw – Macbeth
  2. Yves Belanger – Brookyln
  3. Emmanuel Lubezki – The Revenant
  4. John Seale – Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Roger Deakins – Sicario

Honorable Mentions: Ed Lachman – Carol, Robbie Ryan – Slow West

Costume Design –

  1. Odile Dicks-Mireaux – Brooklyn
  2. Jenny Beavan – Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Jacqueline Durran – Macbeth
  4. Kate Hawley – Crimson Peak
  5. Kelli Jones – Straight Outta Compton

Honorable Mention: Courtney Hoffman – The Hateful Eight, Paco Delgado – The Danish Girl, Janet Patterson – Far From the Madding Crowd, Sandy Powell – Carol

Editing

  1. Margaret Sixel – Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Stephen Mirrione – The Revenant
  3. Tom McArdle – Spotlight
  4. Elliot Graham – Steve Jobs
  5. Billy Fox & Michael Tronick – Straight Outta Compton

Honorable Mentions: Joe Walker – Sicario, Kyle Patrick Alvarez – The Stanford Prison Experiment, Nathan Nugent – Room

Makeup & Hairstyling

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Danish Girl
  3. Black Mass
  4. Carol
  5. Star Wars: the Force Awakens

Special Mention: Backcountry makeup team for one scene

Music – Original Score

  1. Sicario – Jóhann Jóhannsson
  2. Far from the Madding Crowd – Craig Armstrong
  3. The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone
  4. It Follows – Rich Vreeland
  5. Spotlight – Howard Shore
  6. Creed – Ludwig Göransson
  7. Macbeth – Jed Kurzel
  8. Steve Jobs – Daniel Pemberton
  9. Ex Machina – geoff barrow & ben salisbury
  10. Brooklyn – Michael Brook

Music – Best original song

  1. Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again” (from Furious 7)
  2. David Lang, “Simple Song #3″ (from Youth)
  3. Jessie J, “Flashlight” (from Pitch Perfect 2)
  4. Eminem, “Phenomenal” (from Southpaw)
  5. Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do” (from Fifty Shades of Grey)
  6. Ester Dean, “Crazy Youngsters” (From Pitch Perfect 2)
  7. Keegan DeWitt, “I’ll See You in My Dreams” (from I’ll See You in My Dreams)
  8. Meghan Trainor, “Better When I’m Dancin’” (from The Peanuts Movie)
  9. Rihanna, “As Real As You and Me” (from Home)
  10. Leon Bridges, “So Long” (from Concussion)

Bonus: Best Soundtrack of 2015: “Mommy” Soundtrack

 Production Design

  1. Room – Ethan Tobman
  2. The Revenant – Jack Fisk
  3. Bridge of Spies – Adam Stockhausen
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Rick Carter & Darren Gilford
  5. Brooklyn – François Séguin
  6. Jurassic World – Rick Carter & Ed Verreaux
  7. Jupiter Ascending – Hugh Bateup
  8. The Martian – Arthur Max
  9. Steve Jobs – Guy Hendrix Dyas
  10. Trumbo – Mark Ricker

Visual Effects

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. Ex Machina
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. The Martian
  5. The Revenant

Honorable Mentions: The Walk, Furious 7, Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys

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The Best & Worst Characters of 2015

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Best Character in a Movie

  1. Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) – Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Ava (Alicia Vikander) – Ex Machina
  3. Rey (Daisy Ridley) – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  4. Chicory (Richard Jenkins) – Bone Tomahawk
  5. Tracy (Lola Kirke) – Mistress America
  6. Nux (Nicholas Holt)– Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. Jack (Jacob Tremblay) – Room
  8. Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) – The Revenant
  9. Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) – The Hateful Eight
  10. David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) – The End of the Tour

Imperator Furiosa, who else! Not only did she completely steal the spotlight from the main character, who the film was named for, she kicked ass, with one arm and can drive like a champ.
I don’t know if it’s upsetting that the number two spot is taken by a slightly sadistic A.I. or not. I’m also not sure if it’s because myself and the entire world is stricken by the lovely Alicia Vikander.
Rey is a character that will carry the new Star Wars franchise far, Chicory is easily one of the best and most earnest sidekicks in years, and Tracy/Lola Kirke is funny and lovely and lovely…

Honorable Mentions: Cam Stuart – Infinitely Polar Bear, Ma – Room, Ice Cube – Straight Outta Compton, Dr. Dre – Straight Outta Compton, Ellis – Brooklyn, Joanna Hoffman – Steve Jobs, Rudolf Abel – Bridge of Spies

Worst Character in a Movie

  1. Ninja & Yolandi – Chappie
  2. Alissa (Alisson Brie) – Get Hard
  3. Gretchen Palmer (Kaley Cuoco) – The Wedding Ringer
  4. Aaron (Patrick Brice) – Creep
  5. Daniella Riva (Sofia Vergara) – Hot Pursuit
  6. The entire cast of Unfriended
  7. Jason (Adam DeVine), Matt (Anders Holm), & Davis (Zach Pearlman) – The Intern
  8. Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) & Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) – 50 Shades of Grey
  9. David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) – The End of the Tour
  10. Alejandro (Ariel Levy) – The Green Inferno
  11. Rich Purnell (Donald Glover) – The Martian

Ninja & Yolandi, they’re dumb, there motivations are whack, and they dress like 14 year olds. If you weren’t annoyed with them, I don’t think we could get along.
You may not remember Alissa, Alisson Brie’s character from Get Hard, but in my opinion her character was one of the more atrocious portrayals of a woman onscreen in a while… wait, and number 3, and number 5…. I completely understand why women are vying for better roles.

Honorable Mentions: Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) – Seventh Son, Denise (Molly Shannon) – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Edward (James Fraser) – The Water Diviner, Sam Smiegel (Adeel Akhtar) – Pan

Bonus: The Volcanos in Lava (Short film before “Up”)

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Best Blockbusters, Comedy, Horror, and Documentaries of 2015

Best Blockbusters, Comedy, Horror, and Documentaries of 2015

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My Top ten of 2015 may be filled with Dramas and more independent cinema, but that isn’t what makes up a large percentage of what the movie going public sees, and I recognize that. So below I’ve put together what I consider the best Blockbusters, Comedies, Horror and Documentaries.

Why no foreign film best of?

This would usually be the area where I would put my favorite Foreign films of 2015 but This has been an odd year for me and foreign films. The only ones I’ve seen are “Wild Tales”, “Mommy” and “White God”. The first two of those films would be considered to most a 2014 release. All three were great films, one or two may show up on more “Best of” lists from myself. It’s quite sad that I didn’t have a chance to see “Mommy” until this year, as it is Canadian. That’s right, I am Canadian and people in OTHER COUNTRIES had a better chance of seeing a spectacular Canadian made film than myself (I’m not bitter).

If I had to rank those, it would be “Mommy” (#1), “Wild Tales” (#2) and “White God” (#3), I will attempt to watch as many of the Oscar nominated foreign films as possible.

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

I don’t know how to exactly differentiate a blockbuster from another genre of film, but you just kind of know don’t you?

The list is pretty straightforward, “Mad Max: Fury Road” is one of the best action films of the year. J.J. Abrams did terrific work bringing the force back to the big screen. “Furious 7” is another thrilling entry in the Furious franchise, and a wonderful send of for the late Paul Walker. “Jurassic World” made this huge “Jurassic PArk” fan smile even after the third time watching it. “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is the best spy film of the year, and I found “Spectre” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” to be two well crafted spy films, both lacking, but providing solid entertainment.

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  3. Furious 7
  4. Jurassic World
  5. Kingsman: The Secret Service
  6. Spectre
  7. The Man from U.N.C.L.E
  8. The Martian
  9. The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  10. Ant-Man

(If Everest is counted as a blockbuster, it would get the number 5 spot and push Ant-Man off)

Best Comedy

Please don’t shame me, Trainwreck didn’t bowl me over like it did so many others. I adore Amy Schumer and love almost every Apatow film, but it didn’t resonate with me quite like a couple other films did. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it’s one I’m hoping to love on a second viewing.
“Spy” has its own issues, but it is a hilarious comedy with McCarthy giving a wonderful performance. It also has the added benefit of being released in the same year as two of Ian Fleming’s creations (James Bond in “Spectre” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”)  and poked some good fun at the spy genre.

  1. Spy
  2. Mistress America
  3. Trainwreck
  4. Dope
  5. Sleeping with Other People
  6. Pitch Perfect 2
  7. Vacation
  8. What we do in the Shadows
  9. The Final Girls
  10. Sisters

Best Horror

Horror comes across as a weak year, except for the fact that my number 1 is one of the most original and scary Horror films since 2013’s “The Conjuring” . “The Final Girls” is more of a comedy with horror elements, but it’s a terrific little genre bender. “Bone Tomahawk” is a film I would like to own and watch over and over again, “The gift” walks a line between horror and drama, it is one of the more tense films of the year “The Visit” earns the 5th spot as it’s M. Night Shyamalan’s best film since 2004’s “The Village” (Which I really enjoy).

The Honorable mentions are three more horror films that Weren’t terrible, but weren’t good, so take that section with a grain of salt. Look for my “Worst of 2015” to see some Horror films I really hated from 2015.

  1. It Follows
  2. Bone Tomahawk
  3. The Final Girls
  4. The Gift
  5. The Visit

Honorable Mentions: Poltergeist, Unfriended, The Green Inferno

Best Animated Film –

The Animated film selection this year was WEAK. Besides “Inside Out”, which I didn’t completely love until a second viewing, there isn’t a film on this list I really WANT to watch again.

“Shaun the Sheep” is cute and funny and I would plop my son down in front of it in a heart beat. I got a lot out of Kaufman’s rated R, claymation film “Anomolisa”, it’s a terrific script, but I have no desire to watch it again. “The Peanuts Movie” is adorable, and captured the feeling of the old movies and show,but I have a hard time knowing who this film was for. As for “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water”, The Spongebob Squarepants loving little boy in me enjoyed it, the critic in me had many issues with it.

now as for “Home”, I completely recognize that it is not a good movie, its silly, overly colorful, loud, full of corny jokes and includes a voice performance by Steve Martin that might actually kill you. As for my wife and I, we loved it, for some reason it connected with us and we laughed, enjoyed the heartfelt moments, liked the music and loved Sheldons Jim Parsons performance and the character of “Oh”. We own it, we quote it, and we (not so) secretly love it.

  1. Inside Out
  2. Shaun The Sheep
  3. Anomolisa
  4. The Peanuts Movie
  5. TIE: Home and The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water

Honorable mentions: The Boy and the World

Best Documentary

In most years I see about ten foreign films and only a couple documentaries, this year it was the opposite. There were so many Documentaries that I had to see that I ended up seeing a bunch.

The only thing I really knew about Amy Whinehouse before the documentary “Amy” were her songs “Back to Black” “Rehab” and her cover of “Valerie” and I knew she died of an overdose in 2011. I enjoyed the songs of hers I knew, but I didn’t think I liked her really. The documentary “Amy” opens the doors to her life, shows you everything, every dirty little detail, and makes you fall in love with her to the point that I definitely shed a tear at the end.

  1. Amy
  2. Tales of the Grim Sleeper
  3. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
  4. I am Big Bird
  5. Meru

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Jurassic Park: a Reflection

Jurassic Park: A Reflection

by Mitchell Burns


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“Welcome to Jurassic Park” – John Hammond

Let’s lay it all out on the line, I am an unabashed ‘Jurassic Park’ fan-boy. I grew up in awe of Dinosaurs, as a young boy I had books upon books, and I could name a plethora of dinosaurs upon first glance. I was three when ‘Jurassic park’ was released, my parents saw it in the theater, and after seeing it decided it was suitable for a child so in love with dinosaurs. They waited until it’s home release, rented it on VHS FROM A STORE – Something unheard of to today’s youth- and we watched it.

“God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.” – Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) “Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth” – Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern)

I was immediately in love with ‘Jurassic park’ after first viewing, my parents eventually bought us a copy on VHS and me and my younger brother watched it whenever possible. I never remember being scared of the dinosaurs, I was more in awe of them, you could even say I had a respect for them. Director Steven Spielberg had a way of making the dinosaurs and some of the more scary scenes terrifying and grand, but never completely horrifying. It’s like what he did with ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’, as kids these films had scary moments but none of us were wetting the bed or crying to our mothers. Spielberg had a delicate way of handling these situations, children were entertained but not too frightened, and parents were never bored, in fact they mostly reveled in it.

“Hold onto your Butts” – Arnold (Samuel L. Jackson)

My family and I can quote many lines from ‘Jurassic park’, it’s not hard as it’s a very quotable movie. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) is the most quotable, and probably the most memorable character. Goldblum is cast perfectly, with the wittiest lines and great delivery of said lines, whether he’s hitting on Laura Dern’s character, Dr. Ellie Sattler, or admiring a big pile of shit, he’s the comedic relief that really should have never been there in the first place.

“Clever Girl” – Muldoon (Bob Peck)

Growing up, I was a big fan of Dr. Alan Grant, played by Sam Neil, I idolized Dr. Grant like Tim Murphy (Joseph Mazzello) did in the film. Neil played him well, stoic, intelligent, and brave, reminiscent of Indiana Jones himself. His partner, in both paleontology and romantically, is Dr. Ellie Sattler, played by the wonderful Laura Dern. Even in a 1993 film, with men crawling all over the park, we’re given a strong female role, someone who pushes herself in the face of insurmountable danger.

“What have they got in there? King Kong?” – Ian Malcolm

The main cast are surrounded by a bevy of likeable and interesting side characters, each of whom are introduced and developed superbly, so if, and when, they meet there untimely demise, it comes with some weight. The late Richard Attenborough plays Dr. John Hammond, the creator of the park, who brought our characters to the island with the intention of getting them to give his park their seal of approval. Attenborough’s character is changed a bit from the book, he’s more greedy and slimy in Michael Crichtons novel. Dr. John Hammond’s change to the screen is appreciated, he invites his grandchildren to the park and is overjoyed with their excitement, but you can see that same excitement in him as he shows off his park. Hammond adds a bit of added wonderment to the whole thing, and I think I saw myself in him.

“We Spared no expense” – John Hammond (Richard Attenbourough)

Speaking of Hammond, his grandchildren, Tim (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex Murphy (Ariana Richards), come to the island the same time as Dr. Grant and the others. At first, these kids come across as annoying, it almost feels cheesy. But when pitted against real danger, and interacting with Dr. Grant, they become real characters, and at times the heart of the film.

“I’m, I’m simply saying that life, uh… finds a way.” – Ian Malcom

My Mothers favorite character is Robert Muldoon, played by the late Bob Peck, Muldoon is most remembered for his line “Clever Girl”. Muldoon knows the dangers of the park as he is the parks warden, and he sees the risk in the parks most vicious attractions, the Velociraptor. Rounding out the cast are Wayne Knight, as the shifty Park employee Dennis Nedry, Martin Ferrero as the Smarmy lawyer Donald Gennaro, Samuel L. Jackson in a small but very memorable role as chief engineer Ray Arnold, and BD Wong, as the chief scientist. Wong serves as the only returning cast member in ‘Jurassic World’.

“What’s the matter, kid? You never had lamb chops?” – Donald Gennaro

I’ve stated now that I enjoy these characters? Well, it’s pretty awesome that these characters stand out when the dinosaurs at the center of the film are characters themselves, and when onscreen, they command your attention. Most memorable are the dilophosaurus and it’s moments with Dennis Nedry who tries to make it fetch a stick. The brachiosaurus, as the first dinosaur encountered at the park by Dr. Grant and the gang, and for sneezing on Lex. The Gallimimus, in that beautiful shot of them “flocking this way” to Dr. Grant and the kids, across an open grass plain. The sick Triceratops, The velociraptors in all their horrific glory and of course, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, who steals the whole show.

“They’re moving in herds. They do move in herds.” – Dr. Alan Grant

The way Spielberg and his crew mixed practical and CGI effects is masterful, even today it holds up well. I’m hoping ‘Jurassic World’ can keep this feel in some way, using some practical effects and not making it a huge CGI mess that most blockbusters today have become.

“Shoot her! Shoot her!” – Muldoon

On top of everything, is John Williams score, it’s magnificent, something I’ve admired for many years. John Williams has created many great scores, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, and we know he’ll go down in history for all of these, but in my opinion, Jurassic Park has the greatest score of all these, and that’s saying something. I’ve heard most of Michael Giacchino’s score for ‘Jurassic World’, and it sounds pretty good, he seems to be paying homage to Williams’ original score, but has created something that can be remembered on its own. I’ve admired Giacchino ever since his work on ‘Lost‘ and Pixars’ ‘Up’, and am happy with his involvement.

“They’re, uh… they’re flocking this way.” – Tim Murphy

‘Jurassic Park’ is a thrill-ride, an adventure unlike any other, but it’s not completely brainless it gives you something to think about. Dr. Ian Malcom’s beliefs on Chaos Theory are woven throughout the plot, and of course his ramblings begin to take form as chaos unleashes. The science behind the creation of the park, while implausible, is still quite interesting. The commerce of running and operating a park of dinosaurs, paleontology, and the habits of animals that have been extinct for thousands of years are all really interesting ideas and points that are brought up in ‘Jurassic Park’. It may be a bit dumb-ed down from Michael Chrichton’s novel, but it is nonetheless some interesting fodder to ponder.

“He left us! He left us!” – Lex Murphy

‘Jurassic Park’ has two sequels, the first is ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ in 1997 followed by ‘Jurassic Park 3’ in 2001. I won’t say too much on these sequels, I saw them both pretty close to their initial release so I was pretty young and still in love with dinosaurs. While I can enjoy both sequels, I see the issues with them, ‘The Lost World’ goes for big and loud action and that’s about all, while JP3 is a pretty unimaginative and dumb third installment. Saying that, I own both and I’d gladly throw either of them in the Blu-ray player.

“John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.” – Dr. Ian Malcom

If you are reading this article looking for some negativity, you’ve been mislead. ‘Jurassic Park’ was a part of my childhood, and even through my jaded adult eyes, I can see that it’s damn near perfection. Steven Spielberg took ‘Jaws’ and mixed it with ‘Indiana Jones’ and we were given ‘Jurassic Park’, The man can do whatever he wants with the rest of his career, Myself, and Child me, thank him.

“Don’t move! He can’t see us if we don’t move.” – Dr. Alan Grant

As for ‘Jurassic World’, Hold onto your Butts, I’m seeing it this weekend and will have a review Sunday.

Ranking all the Marvel films

Ranking 34 live-action Marvel Movies

From Worst to first, before I see ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

I’ll start of by saying my list is incomplete! I have a small blind spot that consists of 6 Marvel films, which includes the first Marvel iteration, ‘Captain America’ in 1944, which was actually a 15-part black and white serial. Next is ‘Howard the Duck’ (1986), a direct-to-video ‘The Punisher’ (1989), a direct-to-video ‘Captain America’ (1990) a really awful looking, unreleased ‘Fantastic Four’ (1994) and a movie called ‘Man-Thing’ in 2005. I don’t exactly feel as if I’ve missed out on anything, although I would like to go back and see ‘Howard the Duck’ at some point.

You might say this list is incomplete, as I haven’t had a chance to see ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ quite yet, but I will definitely be placing it somewhere on this list afterwards.

In my opinion, there aren’t a lot of great movies on this list, It really isn’t until the top 5 where you might start seeing some A grades, and you probably wouldn’t see a C+ or above  until you hit about 20 on the list. Marvel hasn’t made a bevy of great films, and of course that is my own opinion. I have high hopes for the future of Marvel, I see Marvels future catalog and I am intrigued by the uniqueness of what’s to come, as they’ve already begun to show some differences with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.

Let’s run down the list, starting at #34 (the worst) and going to #1 (the best):


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34. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

They made a terrible sequel to a terrible movie? So bad even Eva Mendes wouldn’t return.

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33. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Basically unwatchable, and completely unmemorable.

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32. Fantastic Four (2005)

“What? No? I’ve never been in any other superhero films” – Chris Evans

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31. Punisher: War Zone (2008)

Supposedly this had a Theatrical release? Ray Stevenson wasn’t a bad Punisher, just a bad movie.

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30. Ghost Rider (2007)

I can’t believe there are 4 movies worse than this.

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29. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Basically ignored all past X-men movies, and treated it’s characters like cardboard cutouts.

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28. Hulk (2003)

Terrible CGI, an unmemorable story, and Eric Bana makes for a boring Hulk

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27. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

We didn’t need another spider-man. we didn’t want another Spider-man, so they gave us another Spider-Man.

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26. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

3 terribly underdeveloped villains in a slap stick bore-fest.

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25. The Punisher (2004)

Thomas Jane is a great Punisher, and the movie isn’t terrible but it’s melodramatic and doesn’t hold up.

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24. Elektra (2005)

I enjoyed Jennifer Garner as a superhero, but unfortunately Elektra is kinda dull.

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23. Spider-man 3 (2007)

It’s a messy film, and it brings down the entire franchise

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22. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

A bad end to a good trilogy, where they shit all over these great characters

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21. Daredevil (2003)

Not as bad as everyone says, if the same story was made today it could be a lot better

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20. Blade Trinity (2004)

A fun little romp, but nothing you’ll remember the next day

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19. The Wolverine (2013)

Some great scenes amidst this superhero movie, but I’m sick of the Rom-Com Wolverine Marvel’s created.

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18. Spider-man (2002)

If you recast most of the main cast (Besides Franco, Dafoe and Simmons) this film would be a lot higher!

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17. Blade 2 (2002)

Fun, thrilling and just the right amount of R-rated camp.

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16. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

It sets Chris Evans up to become a good superhero, it looks great and has some good characters, but it’s a tad boring.

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15. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Better than people give it credit for, Norton was a great Hulk, and the villain was fun.

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14. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

The Other-wordly moments are great, Loki is the best and it looks good, but it doesn’t take any risks

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13. Spider-man 2 (2004)

I think most would disagree, but this is the best Spider-man film so far, Maguire and Dunst aren’t good, but it’s fun.

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12. Thor (2011)

It sets up a great superhero, and adds something different to the Marvel universe.

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11. Iron Man 2 (2010)

I enjoy Iron Man 2 for it’s great character additions, I enjoy Iron Man 2 for some of the reasons others dislike it…

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10. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man 3 gets a higher slot because Marvel tried something different, and it’s interesting, fun and of course… Downey Jr.

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9. X-Men: First Class (2011)

They succeeded in taking a 11 year old franchise and moving it in a fun and exciting direction

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8. Blade (1998)

Fun, thrilling, and cool. R-rated fun with great characters and effects that hold up!

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7. X-Men (2000)

X-men might be the start of our obsession with superhero love, it introduced us to a world of terrific characters.

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6. Iron Man (2008)

Marvel and Downey Jr. shocked us all with this terrific film that launched everything

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5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

If Disney’s Marvel does more films like this, and actually tries something, they’ll be prosperous forever.

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4. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Days of Future Past surprised almost everyone, it’s smart, exciting and weaves two worlds together almost seamlessly

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3. The Avengers (2012)

Most of the credit goes to Joss Whedon for bringing together these worlds and characters for a action-pack thrill-ride

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2. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Undoubtedly the most creative thing Disney’s Marvel has created, and it’s succeeds in being funny and electrifying

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1. X2 (2003)

No surprise here, X-men 2 will top most Marvel fans list,but deservedly so. Every comic book film should strive for X2 greatness.

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Would Love to hear your top five! Comment below and let me know! (That rhymed!)


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