Top 30 Schmoedown Matches 2019

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The magic season.

This was, perhaps, the most difficult list that I have compiled yet.  The Movie Trivia Schmoedown was just amazing this season.  There were so many awesome matches from the first live event in New York to the Schmoedown Spectacular IV.

By the way… this post will contain SPOILERS for the Spectacular so be warned.

So literally, from 7 or 8 to 20 or so, any of these could be interchangeable.  There were so many great matches in all of the leagues.  It was amazing.

This will be my top 30 matches of 2019.  You may disagree and that is perfectly fine.  With this many great matches, you probably have an argument.

Some of these are matches because of entertainment value (like #30) and some of them are here because of exciting play.

#30.  Robert Meyer Burnett defeated Tom Dagnino 7-5, June 21

#29.  The Wildberries defeated Late to the Party, 30-26.  Sept. 20

#28.  Paul Oyama defeated Jeff Sneider, 16-15 sudden death.  Championship match Sept. 6

#27.  Inky & the Brain defeated Movie Guys, 24-23.  April 4th

#26.  John Rocha defeated Marc Andreyko, 19-17.  March 22

#25.  William Bibbiani defeated Ethan Erwin, 25-20.  Tournament.  Oct. 11

#24.  Tom Dagnino defeated Emma Fyffe & Kaiser.  Draft Bowl.  Oct 25

#23.  Chandru Dhandapani defeated Brandon Hanna.  21-20.  Oct. 24

#22.  Founding Fathers defeated KOrruption, 33-31.  Won Team Titles.  Oct. 25

#21.  William Bibbiani defeated Chance Ellison, 25-21.  Tournament.  Sept. 20

#20.  Time Machine defeated The Paddington Two, 33-32 Sudden Death.

#19.  Loony Bin defeated Self-Righteous Brothers, 33-31 Tournament.  Nov. 21

#18.  Odd Couple defeated Shirewolves 25-22 to win Team Titles.  May 31

#17.  Mike Kalinowski defeated Rachel Cushing, 26-25 for the Innergeekdom title.  July 26

#16.  John Rocha defeated Mike Kalinowski, 15-14.  Tournament. Oct. 10

#15.  Odd Couple defeated Who’s the Boss, 27-26.  #1 Contender Match.  April 18.

#14.  Shazam defeated the Odd Couple, 36-33.  Tournament.  Nov. 29

#13.  The Family defeated The Paddington Two, 32-31.  Tournament.  November 26.

#12.  Shirewolves defeated Critically Acclaimed, 35-33.  Defended Team titles.  March 21

#11.  Shazam defeated The Movie Guys, 32-30, tournament.  Nov. 14

#10.  Kevin Smets defeated Chandru Dhandapani, 28-24.  #1 Contender Match for IG Title.  Nov. 1

#9.  William Bibbiani defeated Ethan Erwin & John Rocha in #1 Contender Triple Threat.  April 12

#8.  Loony Bin defeated Time Machine, 32-31. Tournament.  Nov. 28

#7.  Founding Fathers defeated Shazam, 31-30 to defend Team Titles.  Dec. 7

#6.  KOrruption defeated The Founding Fathers, 32-30 #1 Contender Match.  July 15

#5.  KOrruption defeated Shirewolves, 36-32 to win Team titles.  Shirewolves retire.  August 29.

#4.  Mike Kalinowski defeated Kevin Smets, 26-21 in #1 Contender match.  June 28.

#3.  Shirewolves defeated Odd Couple, 33-30 and won Team titles.  June 28

#2.  Dan Murrell defeated Ethan Erwin 25-23 to win Single Championship, Feb. 1

#1.  Rachel Cushing defeated Mike Kalinowski, 31-30 in Sudden Death.  Wins Innergeekdom championship.  March 1.

 

 

EYG Top 3 Memes of 2019

There are memes every year.. in fact, too many to deal with.  However, we at EYG like to pick out a couple of the biggies for the year and highlight them here.

I have chosen three memes for the year.

#3.  Ok, Boomer.

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From a Google search: “Thousands of teens have responded through remixed reaction videos and art projects with a simple phrase: “ok boomer.” “Ok boomer” has become Generation Z’s endlessly repeated retort to the problem of older people who just don’t get it, a rallying cry for millions of fed up kids.”

 

#2.  Baby Yoda.

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Baby Yoda has become a phenomenon from Disney +’s Star Wars program, The Mandalorian.  Baby Yoda is cuter than all get out and it has inspired a rush of memes.

 

#1.  Nancy Pelosi’s clap.

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It was the State of the Union and it sure seemed as if Nancy Pelosi was conveying a message to President Donald Trump besides just applause.  At least, the Internet sure thought so.

The EYG Worst Movies of the Decade #90-81

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Saw some more tweets about how terrible the “Worst of” lists are and how no one should be doing them.  To that I say…. if you do not like posts that list the “worst of” then don’t read them.  However, it is my right to do them if I so choose.

I chose not to comment on the Tweet, which I wanted to but I avoided.  I was proud of myself.

Anyway… here are the nest 10.

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Image result for a team movie#90.  The A-Team.  I was looking forward to this one, but I was really disappointed.  I watched the TV show as a youngster but the movie was severely lacking.

#89.  Hangover 3.  This was actually the best of the Hangover sequels (there may be another one of those on this list eventually. SPOILER).  Too many penises all over the place.

#88.  The Nun.  This one made a lot of money considering, but the film was just not that scary.  Maybe a sequel will do better like Annabelle did.

Image result for dark phoenix movie#87.  Dark Phoenix.  The final FOX X-Men movie was not good.  This was the second time that FOX was unable to make a good film based on the Phoenix Saga.  Maybe Marvel Studios will give it a shot at some point.

#86.  RIPD.  This was basically Men in Black with ghosts.  Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges should have made this more successful, but this comic book adaptation was anything but.

#85.  Neighbors 2.  I did not like this movie or the original.  Too much juvenile humor in my mind, despite a solid cast.

Image result for lone ranger movie#84.  The Lone Ranger.  This movie did not know what tone it wanted to have or what kind of movie it wanted to be.  Johnny Depp as Tonto was most likely a poor decision.

#83.  Jonah Hex.  Another DC property that did not work despite seemingly being cast well.  I did not hate this as much as many, but there is no denying that the film was not good.

Image result for tmnt out of the shadows#82.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:  Out of the Shadows.  This was the last time the Turtles have made the big screen.  It was one of the worst times as well.

#81.  Inherent Vice.  This one a lot of people liked, but I found it boring and confusing.  I honestly do not remember much about it.

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2019 “I See Kid Actor” Award

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This has been a fantastic year for the child actors.  There is a crop of actors who just seem to bring it every time.  The days of it being acceptable practice to have a kid actor who cannot hold their own are over.  Heck, there are projects that are the lead of the show.

This can be a kid actor from either movies or television.

Previous Winners:  Emjay Anthony, Jacob Trembley, Millie Bobby Brown, Dafne Keen, Elsie Fisher

Runners Up

#13.  Oakes Fegley (Goldfinch)

#12.  Gabriel Bateman (Child’s Play)

#11.  Louis Ashbourne Serkis (The Kid Who Would Be King)

#10.  Charlie Shotwell (Eli)

#9.  Julia Butters (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

#8.  Jackson A. Dunn (Brightburn)

#7.  Asher Angel & Jack Dylan Grazer (Shazam)

#6.  The Cast of Stranger Things 3

#5.  Saniyya Sidney (Fast Color)

#4.  Jacob Trembley, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon (Good Boys)

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#3.  Kyliegh Curran (Doctor Sleep)

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#2.  Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo Rabbit)

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If someone had told me that Roman Griffin Davis wasn’t going to win this award this year, I would have laughed in their face because he was so brilliant in Jojo Rabbit that he was a shoo-in.  This is one of the best kid performances ever.  In fact, it other years, Kyliegh Curran‘s work in Doctor Sleep, the Good Boys cast, or Saniyya Sidney‘s Fast Color could have won this.  The Stranger Things 3 cast is great every time they appear.  Asher Angel & Jack Dylan Grazer made a wonderful pairing in the DC Comics movie Shazam. Julia Butters had my favorite scene in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in HollywoodLouis Ashbourne Serkis was the modern day King Arthur with Excalibur.  Charlie Shotwell led the horror movie Eli on Netflix.  Gabriel Bateman led the remake of Child’s Play and he was vital to make that film work.  Even though The Goldfinch was terrible, Oakes Fegley wasn’t the issue.

And the winner…

Noah Jupe (Honey Boy)

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Noah Jupe was transcendent in Honey Boy, the film based on the life of Shia LaBeouf.  He had to carry so much of the emotional weight of the film that Honey Boy would never have worked.  He took this character through the spectrum and it was a marvel to watch.

 

Best Kid Performance of the Decade

#10.  Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Sing Street)

#9.  Emjay Anthony (Chef)

#8.  Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)

#7.  Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)

#6.  Millicent Simmonds (A Quiet Place)

#5.  The cast of It

#4.  Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo Rabbit)

#3.  Dafne Keen (Logan)

#2.  Noah Jupe (Honey Boy)

#1.  Jacob Trembley (Room)

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EYG Top 100 Movies of the Decade #90-81

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We continue on with our list of the Top 100 movies of the decade according to EYG.

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#89.  The Big Short.  The ensemble film that told the story of the 2007-2008 financial crisis that was triggered by the housing market.  Adam McKay turned what could have been a boring topic into an entertaining romp.

Image result for dont breathe movie#88.  Don’t Breathe.  A horror/thriller that was as intense as it could possibly be that included a frighteningly intimidating performance from Stephen Lang.

#87.  Wind River.  Jeremy Renner helps with an investigation from FBI agent Elizabeth Olson about a dead body found in the snow.  Two great performances from these two Avengers.

Image result for nebraska movie#86.  Nebraska.  On old man thinks he has won the Publisher’s Clearing House and insists on his son driving him to the state capital to collect.  An amazing character story with an epic performance from Bruce Dern and one from June Squibb.

#85.  Mud.  Matthew McConaughey played a fugitive named Mud who meets two young boys who found him living on an island.  Mud is a fascinating story that focuses on the life of the young boy, played by Tye Sheridan.

Image result for three identical strangers#84.  Three Identical Strangers.  The first documentary on the list and it tells you a story that is almost too unbeleivable to believe about three men who were triplets separated at birth.  And that is not the most shocking part of the story.

#83.  Life of Pi.  A masterful film, gorgeous visuals signifying the advancement of CGI and the artistry of the images.  Directed wonderfully by Ang Lee, Life of Pi is astounding to see.

#82.  Shazam.  The DC hero once called “Captain Marvel” had his own stand alone film this past year and it was highly entertaining.  Funny and exciting, Shazam was very important for DC films.

Image result for rami malek bohemian rhapsody#81.  Bohemian Rhapsody.  “Is this the real life?  Is this just fantasy?”  The biopic of Queen worked because of the brilliant music of Queen and a spot on performance from Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury.

 

Next:  #80-71

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2019 YouTube Host of the Year

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Continuing the look at the EYG 2019 and YouTube, I have a list for the Top 10 YouTube hosts of the year.  It is quite the potpourri of individuals here as well.

#10.  Lamar (The Matthews Family).  He is one of the best reactors I have come across.  There is something about his laugh that just fills my heart full of happiness.  I loved his reactions to Epic Rap Battle and Weird Al Yankovic.

Image result for dorina collider live#9.  Dorina (Collider Live).  “The most evil of all time” Dorina came on Collider Live as a part timer about midway through the year and she has become so popular that she is now a co-host with Roxy Striar.

#8.  Hal Rudnick (Movie Fights Live).  Hal  really came into his own as the host and one of the judges of the debate show, Movie Fights Live.  He is funny and quick witted.  Hoot Hoot #OwlNation.

Image result for scott mantz FYC#7.  Scott Mantz (Collider FYC).  I love Scott Mantz.  He has so much energy and enthusiasm about what he loves that he is just completely engaging.  His chemistry with Sneider and Perri is off the charts.

#6.  Simon Miller (Ups and Downs).  He is funny and entertaining as he is upping those downs about professional wrestling at What Culture.  Whether he is dressing like a detective or telling us how “Nobody Talks like That”, Simon Miller is one of the best things about this show.

Image result for dan murrell screen junkies#5.  Dan Murrell (Screen Junkies).  Dan is just one of the best people on the internet.  Whether he is doing his charting with Dan or fighting on Movie Fights or reviewing the latest movie, Dan Murrell brings an amount of class like few others.

#4.  Kevin Smith/Marc Bernardin (Fatman Beyond). These two have amazing chemistry and are perhaps the most engaging storytellers going today on YouTube (or anywhere).  I could sit and listen to Kevin and Marc just talk about the entertainment they like for hours.  Heck, I think I have.

Image result for rocha and knost#3.  John Rocha/Matt Knost (The Top 10 Show).  Again, cheating a bit since they are truly podcasters and not on YouTube,until just recently.  Still, I love the Top 10 and I respect these two men’s opinions like few others.  They are funny and those moments when they are at an impasse and have to flip the dread coin… well, not much could get better.

#2.  Kristian Harloff (SEN Live/Collider Live/Movie Trivia Schmoedown).  Kristian Harloff is everywhere.  I loved him on Collider Live, but I have not gotten into his new show as much yet.  He is great though and continues to be the driving force behind the epic Schmoedown.

Image result for roxy striar collider live#1.  Roxy Striar (Collider Live)  Hey Roxy.  I love Roxy.  She talks as if she gets a lot of hate in the comments, but I can’t imagine why.  She is so fantastic. She is funny and I appreciated how she tried to make sure that she understood what was being discussed.  She is an underrated interviewer as she has shown on Collider Live and, when Kristian departed, Roxy was given the reigns of Collider Live.  Well deserved I say.  I have loved her since the early days of TV Fights and I do my best, despite a busy schedule, t try and check in daily with Collider Live.  When Chris Jericho tweets that you are Batman, then you know you have made it.

 

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Best of 2019 YouTube shows

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The shows on YouTube have taken the place of a lot of the other type of TV shows.  There are only so many minutes in the day and the quality of the content of YouTube has been amazing.  I spend a ton of time on YouTube and the shows have been so engaging.

The Top 15 Shows on YouTube for 2019

#15.  Charting with Dan.  The Screen Junkies show on Fandom where Dan Murrell looks at the Box Office movies…even with the new Box Office Mojo causing trouble for him.

Image result for the matthews family youtube Lamar aka "L", Kaela Epic rap battles#14. The Matthews Family (TMG).  A YouTube channel where Lamar aka “L”, Kaela reacts to videos.  His Epic Rap Battle reactions are great.  When he stops the video to laugh, you can’t help but laugh with him.  HAYMAKER!!!!

#13.  Collider Movie Talk.  I haven’t watched this one as much.  It has been moved around the schedule some and has changed format throughout the year and I think that hurts this show.

#12.  The Reel Rejects.  A movie review show (among other things) featuring the Reel Rejects- Greg Alba & John Humphrey. They are smart and charming and do a great job with their banter and comments.

Image result for cinema wins endgame#11.  Everything Great-Cinema Wins.  Just found this with their “review” of Avengers: Endgame.  The host speaks about parts of a movie that were “wins” and keeps a running counter.  Loved the Endgame three part video.  Ran through a whole bunch of others as well.

#10.  Honest Trailers.  I have warmed up to this some, mainly because of the great people involved in it.  Love Dan Murrell, Spencer Gilbert, Lon Harris, Billy Business, and Joe Starr.  I wasn’t always liking the snarkiness involved, but I think this has improved.

#9.  Jeremy Jahns.  This is a bit of a cheat, since this is Jeremy Jahns posting videos on movie reviews and reactions.  Not as much of a show, but still one that I watch on a regular basis.  I actually find myself agreeing with Jeremy more than just about any other online reviewer.

Image result for SEN live#8.  SEN Live.  Kristian Harloff is off Collider.  He has started up his own show.  I love Kristian and enjoy the people he has on, but I just have not had the time to commit to watching his live show.  I have enjoyed when I have watched it though.

#7.  Collider FYC.  Stands for “For Your Consideration” and this is the Collider Oscar talk show.  It is hosted by Scott Mantz and that alone makes this great viewing, but when they add Perri Nemiroff and Jeff Sneider to the panel, this show is smart and opinionated.

Image result for simon miller ups and downs#6.  Ups and Downs.  A wrestling show from What Culture Wrestling that features Simon Miller reacting to Monday Night RAW, Friday Night Smackdown or different pay per views.  Simon Miller is entertaining as hell and brings a cool vibe to the show.

#5.  Movie Fights Live.  This has slipped a little because this year the show has stopped being weekly or live and has become a monthly (sort of) show.  Still one of the best formats on YouTube. #DankMemes

Image result for fatman beyond#4.  Fatman Beyond.  Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin talking all things geek at the Scum and Villainy Cantina in California.  Usually a weekly show (depending on Kevin Smith’s busy schedule) Fatman Beyond has great audience involvement and benefits from two of the best story tellers in the world of entertainment today.

#3.  Top 10.  This kind of cheats again, because this is more of a podcast (and you’ll see it again when we talk podcasts).  However, it has just recently rejoined the Collider family and has been on camera so I think it qualifies.  I make sure to wake up early every Tuesday to listen to John Rocha and Matt Knost talk movies between their tangents.

#2.  Collider Live.  I was amazed how much I have enjoyed this show.  Even after Kristian Harloff was off the show, I just have enjoyed the talk and the comedy.  It is (almost) “the best show on the YouTubes” as Roxy Striar is fond of saying.  Between fart jokes, sound clips from Cody Hall (“Oh Good for you!”) and the news items, Collider Love is a show I try to check in with every day.

Image result for movie trivia schmoedown#1.  Movie Trivia Schmoedown.  This has become the best show on YouTube, by far.  It has grown this season, its “Magic” season thanks to some awesome storylines, amazing trivia competitors and some of the best personalities around.  Their big year end show, The Schmoedown Spectacular, comes this Saturday with five major matches and I cannot wait to see who will win.  An amazing amalgam of wrestling, movie trivia and creative characters, the Movie Trivia Schmoedown continues to be winning, compelling television no matter what outlet it is on.

 

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EYG Top 100 Worst Movies of the Decade: #100-91

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Here is the flip side.

These are, in my opinion, the worst films of the decade.  Again, it is only my opinion.  If your opinion differs from mine, more power to you.  You are welcome to love whatever you love.  Film is subjective and it is one of the best things about it.

In fact, looking at #100-91, there could be some controversial and divisive films among them.  Starting off with a bang, I guess.

Image result for elton john kingsman#100. Kingsman: The Golden Circle.  I really enjoyed the first Kingsman movie, but the second one went off the tracks for me.  Elton John was the only good thing for me.

#99.  Justice League.  #ReleasetheSnydercut.  Just kidding.  This film was so inconsistent.  Part with the Justice League were not terrible and the fight with Superman was cool, but one word messes this up… Steppenwolf.  I hated every last second this villain was on the screen.  He was way worse than Superman’s non-mustache.  This should have been one of the greatest epics of all time.  Instead, it was forgettable.

#98.  Chappie.  A police droid gains feelings.  As if this is something we have never seen before.  Chappie was such a disappointment after Neil Blomkamp’s District 9.

#97.  Ready Player One. How did this fail?  It was freaking Spielberg.  I guess that is what happens when you focus on the cameos in the background and forget the story.

Image result for scarlett johansson ghost in the shell#96.  Ghost in the Shell.  Scarlet Johansson had a great decade. This wasn’t one of them.  Her casting sent the geek world into a tizzy and the film wasn’t good enough to overcome.

#95.  The Mummy.  How about a movie that not only flopped, but totally destroyed an entire extended universe that was trying to get started?  The Mummy was so bad that the Dark Universe ceased to be.

Image result for Batman v Superman Martha#94.  Batman v. Superman.  Here you go.  Controversy!  MARTHA!  Another film that had no right to fail, but WB rushed it into existence before they should have.  Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck deserved better.

#93.  Amazing Spider-Man 2.  I tried to love this.  I pretended I did.  However, deep inside I knew this was horrendous.  Crammed too full, this film should have been two or three films.  Instead, they stuffed it too full.  Of course, this is one reason why Spidey wound up in the MCU so … there is that.

Image result for abraham lincoln vampire hunter#92.  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  I had read the book and it was great.  Tongue in cheek, satirical, clever.  Everything that this movie was not.  It was such a disappointment.

#91.  Fant4stic.  Josh Trank’s attempt at the FF that was meddled with by FOX to the point where it became unwatchable.  And once again, FOX failed with Dr. Doom.  How do you constantly screw up one of Marvel’s greatest villains ever?  The cast was strong, but everything else was just a joke.  Another property heading back to the MCU!

 

Next:  90-81 (this is not a link)

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Top 100 Movies of the Decade #100-91

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Here is the list of the top 100 movies of the last decade, according to EYG.  If you disagree with my ranking, that is fine.  You are entitled to your own opinion.  Film is subjective and I will never criticize you for what you like (unless you like Movie 43, I mean…come on…).  This is my personal list and only that.

BY the way, I did not look at any star ratings for any of these movies.  Those ratings change over time as does my thoughts on certain movies.  Rewatchability is one of those keys to consider.  Some times the film I liked in the theater really becomes less in my mind as time passes.  If I redid this list in a year, it might be very different. So this is a list for December, 2019 and only then.

I will be posting these in a series of 10 in the thread 2019 Year in Review.  The Worst movies are coming soon too.

Starting off….

 

#100.  Megamind.  As I said, the ranking has already changed a bit since when I wrote it down on paper.  The previous #100 has moved up the list a little bit.  This is an animated movie that was a surprise.  Voiced by Will Ferrell.

#99. Kick Ass.  Based on a comic, this was the better of the two films involving Kick Ass.  Big Daddy (Nic Cage) and Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) are standouts.

Image result for fruitvale station#98.  Fruitville Station.  My first exposure to both Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler and it was amazingly powerful and emotional.

#97.  Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.  Some would probably have this one higher, but it comes into the finish at 97.  I enjoyed this, but that was about all. Chris Evans though.

#96.  The Jungle Book.  The live action film of the Jungle Book by Jon Favreau was a technical marvel and was full of energy and excitement.  Beautiful scenery that was not real.

#95.  Baby Driver.  Great film from Edgar Wright.  The soundtrack was out of this world. The acting was fantastic.  Original and fun.

Image result for Lego Batman movie#94.  Lego Batman Movie.  One of the best Batman movies of the decade.  Perhaps the best since the Dark Knight.  I know… strange. But it is one of the funniest movies of the decade.

#93.  Argo. Here was the film that started on my list at #100, but found itself moved up.  I enjoyed this Oscar winner and found it totally thrilling.

Image result for mad max fury road#92.  Mad Max: Fury Road.  Another one that a lot of people would have considerably higher (I bet some would call it #1) but I never thought it was that great.  It is certainly good, if not very good.  Charlize Theron is standout in the cast.

#91.  Saving Mr. Banks.  I have heard lots of criticism about this film because Walt Disney did not treat P.L. Travers well and practically stole Mary Poppins.  The real life story is not coming into this for me.  I loved the performances and the music was great.  Haters gonna hate.

 

Next:  #90-81

 

This will carry on through the whole month of December.

TV 2019

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We would be in a glorious time for television watching.  There are a ton of content on all kinds of services, cable, network, streaming, everywhere.  However, there is a drawback to this new age of gold.  There is just no way to watch it all.  Not and still have a life.

Because of that I have to say that my viewing habits have changed dramatically over the last few years.  At one point, I was trying to keep up with the shows, but I found that I just could not do it.  Now, I was a select few shows.  That might pick up as more Marvel shows come to Disney +, but as for now, the TV part of EYG has been down.

So I have condensed the section on television into this singular post.

I also saw a Tweet that criticized the writing of these type of “best of 2019” lists.  The writer of said Tweet claimed that you had to use the term “favorite” instead of “best” otherwise the list was not correct.  Well, I plan on calling my lists whatever I want.  It is my website.  I should hope everyone understands that these are my subjective opinions.  I welcome all opposing opinions.  That is what we do here at EYG.

 

TV 2019..

 

Best Streaming Show:  Mindhunter (Netflix)

Best Network Show:  Agents of SHIELD (ABC)

Best Cable Show:  American Horror Story: 1984 (FX)

Best Speech:  Sheldon Cooper, Big Bang Theory, finale (CBS)

Best Actor:  Jonathan Groff, Mindhunter (Netflix)

Best Actress:  Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things 3 (Netflix)

Best Host: Jeff Goldblum, The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Disney +)

Best Game Show: Jeopardy (Syndicated)

Best Animated Show: Rick & Morty (Cartoon Network)

Best Villain:  The Mind Flayer, Stranger Things 3 (Netflix)

Best Breakout Character:  “Baby Yoda”, Mandalorian (Disney +)

Best Reality Show:  The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Disney +)

Best Late Night Show:  The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

 

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Other comics of the year

I have actually been expanding my reading beyond just Marvel this year, mainly because my comic shop people keep making me read these books that keep ending up great.  Here are my Top 7 Non-Marvel Comics of the Year.

#7.  Far Sector (DC Comics).  A new take on the Green Lantern character and a mystery all rolled into one.  There is a crime committed in a sector of space where there had not been a crime for centuries and we get a new GL to investigate.

#6.  Family Tree (Image).  This one just started and it is a very interesting first issue.  It is also one that I picked up on my own without any encouragement from Ben or Todd.

#5.  Undiscovered Country (Image).  This is another one that just started, which is why it is down this list.  Issue number one was completely engaging, creating a new world that is as interesting as any setting around.

#4.  Batman/Superman (DC Comics).  The Batman Who Laughs storyline has been invading this series and it has been epic.  I have enjoyed the interactions between Bats and Supes.

#3.  Sea of Stars (Image).  A father and son get separated in space and they must find their way back to each other. However, there is more going on than just that.  Well written by Jason Aaron, the space adventure has been very trippy.

Image result for something is killing the children#2.  Harleen (DC Black).  A new take on the origin of Harley Quinn, Harleen has been exceptional with each of the over sized issues.

#1.  Something is Killing the Children (Boom!).  This is just a tremendous book.  In fact, it is one of the first books I read when it is in my pull box.  The horror comic is filled with a mystery, monsters and some great dialogue.  The characters involved are compelling and fascinating and the story just flies along.  Brilliant work from James Tynion IV, Werther Dell’edera and Miquel Muerto.  Haunting images in each issue.

2019 Marvel Comics of the Year

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While my pull list continued to get larger this year, I knew that I would have a bunch of Marvel Comics to buy.  There have been a bunch of mini-series this year and/or some books that were top notch but were cancelled.  This is my Top 20 Marvel books of 2019.

 

#20.  Champions.  All the young heroes of the Marvel Universe led by Ms. Marvel, Spider-man, Nova.  There may have been too many characters at times, but it was consistently solid.

#19.  Savage Avengers.  The first story arc was tremendous in the Savage Land, but it has been only adequate since.

#18.  The Amazing Mary Jane.  This one just started (2 issues out of 5), but the meta narrative here is great as MJ is making a movie with Mysterio.

Image result for meet the skrulls 1#17.  Meet the Skrulls.  A great mini-series early in the year featuring a family of Skrulls undercover on the earth.

#16.  Ms. Marvel.  Kamala Khan has some very intimate adventures as the first ever Muslim super hero continues to grow through her teen years.

#15.  Doctor Strange. The story arcs in Doctor Strange continued to be fascinating as this series came to an end after Stephen regained the use of his hands. There was a whole Galactus arc that was great too.

#14. The Black Cat.  The fun criminal escapades of Felicia Hardy is chronicled here and they do a wonderful job of creating the excitement.

#13.  Miles Morales: Spider-Man.  Miles has continued to grow over the years and he faced some serious issues this year that pushed him as Spider-man.

Image result for avengers comic 25 (2019)#12.  The Avengers.  The Avengers loaded its line up with some odd choices this year (Blade, Ghost Rider etc) but they work well together.  The issue after the War of the Realms with the hot tub was one of the best issues of the year.

#11. Agents of Atlas.  The one great thing to come out of the War of the Realms was this mini-series that moved into a continuing series.  It featured a whole bunch of new international characters such as Aero, Wave, Swordmaster as well as Amadeus Cho, Shang Chi and others.

#10.  Invaders.  This is a great story of the troubles between Captain America and Namor.  It started with some intriguing mysteries that may not have played out to its best conclusion.  Still, the relationship between Cap and Namor carried this series.

Image result for conan the barbarian comic#9.  Conan the Barbarian.  I never thought I would be buying Conan, but the series with Jason Aaron writing was just so dang good.  I do not think that Marvel has had a misstep yet with Conan since they regained his rights.

#8.  House of X/Powers of X.  This double mini-series redefined the X-Men franchise.  I did not love this as much as most of the world seemed to, but it was still a fascinating take on the X-Men from Jonathan Hickman that will make me look differently at these mutants from now on.

#7.  Amazing Spider-Man.  This was the year where everything seemed to get back on track.  Peter and Mary Jane got back together and everything was right again.

Image result for invisible women 5#6.  Invisible Woman.  A great five issue series starring Susan Richards as a spy.  Sue is shown in a new light while maintaining the character that we have known for all these years.

#5.  The Runaways.  This is the most consistently entertaining book on the list with some of the best writing around.  The Runaways have a great cast of characters, and Doombot is one of my favs.

Image result for daredevil#4.  Daredevil.  Chip Zdarsky has created a remarkable Daredevil story arc where you are never sure what is going to happen next. Matt Murdock is lost and he is trying to find his way back to who he was.  This has been gripping every issue.

Image result for loki 5#3.  Loki.  This was a painful cancellation.  The first five issues of this series were as good as comics could be.  Written by Daniel Kibblesmith, Loki was funny, intriguing and brilliant.  With it ending, I have not felt this bad about a comic going since Mockingbird.  Easily of the best comics of the year.

#2.  Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man.  Writer Tom Taylor must have a better understanding and grasp on Peter Parker than most writers because this is such a perfect rendition of the wall-crawler that has been written in years.

Image result for immortal hulk 25#1.  Immortal Hulk.  The best comic Marvel has put out in years. Al Ewing’s take on Bruce Banner and the Hulk is one for nightmares.  Even with the trippy issue 25, this book is amazing every month. When I finished reading the Immortal Hulk with my mouth would always seem to be agape with disbelief.  And that is the sign of a great story.

 

Honorable Mentions:  Absolute Carnage mini Series, Captain America, Tony Stark: Iron Man, Savage Sword of Conan, King Thor, Valkyrie, Web of Black Widow.

 

The Best 2018 films in 2019

Starting off the lists…

First up is the films that came out in 2018, usually in a limited release to qualify for Oscar contention, but I did not get to see until 2019.  I did not want to include these films on the next year list, but I did not want to ignore them either.

So what I decided a couple of years ago was that I would list the best films from the previous year that I saw in the current year.  2018 films that I saw in 2019.

So..

#6.  Suspiria.  Hated this one.  It is last on the list.

#5.  The Wife.  Great performance from Glenn Close.  This was one of those films that was heavily performance based.

#4.  If Beale Street Could Talk.  Solid story with a great soundtrack.  Great performance from Regina King.

#3.  On the Basis of Sex.  Story of the early life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the case that propelled her to superstardom of the Supreme Courts.

#2.  Assassination Nation.  A funny and dramatic war in a small town with a group of girls whose texts are revealed by a hacker to the detriment of all.

#1. Stan & Ollie.  A great biopic of the end of the careers of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.  There are some massive performances from John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan.  This is a touching and beautiful film about two legends.

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2019 EYG Year in Review

It is that time of the year once again!

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We are putting together the Year End Awards and the Review of the past 365 days.  Everything from movies, TV, Wrestling, music, comic books among others.

What is the biggest flop of the year?

What is the best movie of the year? What about the worst?

What about the best matches of the Movie Trivia Schmoedown?

What are the biggest Geek moments from the past year?

SPOILERS, of course… as the posts following this will continue as if you have seen them all.  Be aware of that as you continue.

However, that is not all!

This year is a special year because it is the end of a decade.  2010-2019 is almost in the books and, while we look back at 2019, we will also be looking back at the first decade of EYG.

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What is the top movie of the decade?

What is the top TV show of the decade?

How about the best moments of the past 10 years?

This could be a major undertaking considering the normal year end review takes a good chunk of December to write up.  Adding a whole decade of review will push EYG to its limits.  It may be a terrible mistake, but we’re gonna give it the old college try!

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