Month: February 2014

Garret’s Top Animated Features 50-1

50. Shrek (2001)
49. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
48. Titan A.E. (2000)
47. Cats Don’t Dance (1997)
46. Surf’s Up (2007)
45. Chicken Run (2000)
44. Megamind (2010)
43. Happy Feet (2006)
42. Pinnochio (1940)
41. Oliver and Company (1997)
40. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
39. Snow Whit and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
38. Corpse Bride (2005)
37. The Land Before Time (1988)
36. A Bug’s Life (1998)
35. Balto (1995)
34. Toy Story Trilogy (1995/99/2010)
33. The Lion King (1994)
32. Robin Hood (1973)
31. Ratatouille (2007)
30. Monsters Inc. (2001)
29. The Incredibles (2004)
28. Osmosis Jones (2001)
27. Hercules (1997)
26. Aladdin (1992)
25. Mulan (1998)
24. Anastasia (1997)
23. All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989/96)
22. The Black Cauldron (1985)
21. ParaNorman (2012)
20. Lilo and Stitch (2002)
19. The Lego Movie (2014)
18. The Secret of NIMH (1982)
17. The Iron Giant (1999)
16. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
15. 9 (2009)
14. James and the Giant Peach (1996)
13. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
12. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
11. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
10. The Dark Crystal (1982)
9. Fantasia (1940)
8. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
7. Coraline (2009)
6. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
5. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
4. Rango (2011)
3. The Road to El Dorado (2000)
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
1. The Prince of Egypt (1998)


Taylor’s Top Animated Movies 50-1

50. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
49. Balto (1995)
48. Cinderella (1950)
47. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
46. Madagascar 3 (2012)
45. All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
44. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
43. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
42. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
41. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
40. The Jungle Book (1967)
39. Tarzan (1999)
38. Robots (2005)
37. The Road to El Dorado (2000)
36. The Lego Movie (2014)
35. Robin Hood (1973)
34. The Prince of Egypt (1998)
33. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
32. Oliver & Company (1998)
31. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
30. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
29. The Lorax (2012)
28. The Dark Crystal (1982)
27. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
26. Pocahontas (1995)
25. Ratatoulle (2007)
24. The Polar Express (2004)
23. Peter Pan (1953)
22. A Bug’s Life (1998)
21. The Swan Princess (1994)
20. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
19. Up (2009)
18. The Aristocats (1970)
17. Mulan (1998)
16. Anastasia (1997)
15. Toy Story trilogy (1995-)
14. The Lion King (1994)
13. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
12. Aladdin (1992)
11. Hercules (1997)
10. Coraline (2009)
9. Monsters, Inc (2001)
8. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
7. Brave (2012)
6. Meet the Robinsons (2007)
5. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
4. The Incredibles (2004)
3. The Little Mermaid (1989)
2. Frozen (2013)
1. Tangled (2010)

Garret’s Top Animated Movies 100-51

100. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
99. Open Season (2006)
98. A Monster In Paris (2011)
97. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)
96. The Sword in the Stone (1963)
95. A Troll in Central Park (1994)
94. The Rescuers (1977)
93. Spirited Away (2001)
92. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
91. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
90. Peter Pan (1953)
89. Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
88. The Swan Princess (1994)
87. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
86. Home on the Range (2004)
85. Quest for Camelot (1998)
84. The Little Mermaid (1989)
83. Tangled (2010)
82. Ferngully: The Last Rain Forest (1992)
81: Brother Bear (2003)
80. Flushed Away (2006)
79. Shark Tale (2004)
78. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
77. Monster House (2006)
76. We’re Back! (1993)
75. Madagascar (2005)
74. Robots (2005)
73. Chicken Little (2005)
72. An American Tale (Series) (1986/91/98/99)
71. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)
70. The Lorax (2012)
69. Frozen (2013)
68. A Goofy Movie (1995)
67. Bambi (1942)
66. Hoodwinked! (2005)
65. Bee Movie (2007)
64. Meet the Robinsons (2007)
63. The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
62. Up (2009)
61. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
60. Tarzan (1999)
59. The Jungle Book (1967)
58. Brave (2012)
57. Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
56. Dumbo (1941)
55. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
54. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
53. The AritoCats (1970)
52. Finding Nemo (2003)
51. Wall.E (2008)

Taylor’s Top Animated Movies 100-51

100. The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
99. Hoodwinked! (2005)
98. Rio (2011)
97. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
96. Surf’s Up (2007)
95. Epic (2013)
94. Open Season (2006)
93. Shark Tale (2004)
92. Chicken Little (2005)
91. Bambi (1942)
90. Arthur Christmas (2011)
89. Fantasia (1940)
88. Over the Hedge (2006)
87. The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
86. Monster House (2006)
85. Pinocchio (1940)
84. Pippi Longstocking (1997)
83. The Wild Throneberrys Movie (2002)
82. Wall- E (2008)
81. Charlotte’s Web (1973)
80. ParaNorman (2012)
79. The Rugrats Movies (1998, 2000, 2003)
78. Dumbo (1941)
77. Rise of the Guardians (2012)
76. Finding Nemo (2003)
75. Horton Hears a Who (2008)
74. Megamind (2010)
73. Space Jam (1996)
72. Happy Feet (2006)
71. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
70. Ice Age (2002)
69. The Land Before Time (1988)
68. Rango (2011)
67. Madagascar (2005)
66. Monsters University (2013)
65. Osmosis Jones (2001)
64. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)
63. Brother Bear (2003)
62. A Goofy Movie (1995)
61. Cars (2006)
60. Thumbelina (1992)
59. James and the Giant Peach (1996)
58. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
57. Lady and the Tramp (1954)
56. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
55. Despicable Me (2010)
54. The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004)
53. The Iron Giant (1999)
52. Shrek (2001)
51. The Secret of NIMH (1982)

This Week on Garret and Taylor Watch Movies

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We have been working on compiling a complete list of our favorite movies, which has proven to be quite difficult. We had trouble limiting ourselves to only 100 movies, so we broke it down and decided to make a live-action movie list and an animated movie list. This week we both will be posting each of those Top 100 lists.

There will also be a few movie reviews coming soon.

Taylor’s The Lego Movie Review

For my first separate movie review, I wanted to start off with something light. So I present, The Lego Movie.

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I read somewhere where someone said that this movie was “the best film about blocks you’ll ever see” (remind me to find where I read that one day) and I loved how true and hilarious that is at the same time. Because yes, it is a film about blocks, but somehow it managed to really be a genuinely good movie. Of course it is a kids’ movie, but I promise you’ll laugh just as much as any kid will.

First of all, this movie has the advantage of being uber- nostalgic. I know that I always had tons of legos laying around everywhere when I was a kid, and I still love a lot of the characters they brought in. They even managed to do a really good job of mixing in well-known characters with some brand new ones (um hello, how cute was Uni-Kitty!?).

Second of all, the digitization! The movie had a pretty big budget, but who even cares when it looks that amazing! It’s the closest thing digital can probably get to stop-motion, and it manages to look flawless while doing it!

**Spoiler Alert!**

I found myself really into the story, which I was slightly shocked about because that doesn’t happen all that often with kids’ movies. And when they stepped out of the lego world and showed what was going on in the real world, I thought I might be pulled out a little bit, but I wasn’t at all! They managed to make it all work really well and the story fell right into place.

All in all, The Lego Movie was a great nod to your childhood and great laugh for you even in your adulthood, 4 stars.


Taylor’s BEST X-Men Characters Explained

T371731his week our Ranking Games were about which X-Men characters are our favorites. It should be made clear that the X-Men are some of my favorite characters from anything ever, so picking and ranking only 5 of them was really difficult for me. I was forced to leave out some pretty awesome people like Professor X, who was my runner up, and Storm, Gambit, and Jean Grey! When you read the Ranking Games and this, just keep in mind that my top 5 are kind of really all my number 1’s in one way or another. For those of you who love X-Men like I do and were surprised or curious as to how I picked my top, I decided that I should go into a little more detail about them than the Ranking Games allows me to do. Plus, I’ll take any opportunity I can get to talk about X-Men. So here is a little bit more information on who my top 5 X-Men characters are and why, with extra emphasis on the characters in the X-Men movies as well.

shadowcat5. Shadowcat- Young little Kitty Pryde has always been one of my favorite characters. Her innocence and ignorance are enduring in a way that only she can achieve, and I’ve always been slightly reminded of myself by her (hence why my gamertag is xSHaD0WKiTTeNx). Her powers are pretty awesome, I mean who wouldn’t want to be able to phase through anything anytime you want?

I was slightly disappointed in her portrayal in the first X-Men trilogy, mostly because she wasn’t given enough of a chance to show off how awesome she is. She had a few cool moments, but nothing that exciting. I’m not letting that get me down though as I can’t wait to see what she gets to do in X-Men: Days of Future Past since she plays such an important role in the comic story line. I’m excited to see what all she gets to do in the movie.

3172751-nightcrawler-nightcrawler-7305243-275-2754. Nightcrawler- How can you not love Nightcrawler? He’s my number 4 choice because he has awesome powers and an awesome story to go with it (I’m admittedly a fan of the idea of him being Mystique and Azazel’s little lovechild.). His faith is another differentiating factor for him because he is so devout and faithful, and the irony of his demon-like appearance is ingenious in itself. I also have a thing for Germans, so that helps too.

As if his comic book character isn’t awesome enough, they heaped on even more coolness with his character in the X-Men trilogy. That White House scene in X2 is by far one of the best scenes in the whole trilogy, and I’ll argue that with anyone who wishes to.

tumblr_inline_n0cs4m27Az1r24r6r3. Rogue- Though she may not be as universally loved as some of the other characters, I have developed quite a fascination with Rogue. Even so much so that when asked which character I’d most like to be, I often choose her. Some people say that I have a cop out reason for it, but saying that is saying that she is a cop out mutant– because my reason for it is that she can have anyone’s powers that she wants at any moment, and guess what, that’s real, she can. Of course I would choose to be her post-learning to control her powers because I genuinely believe that there is some way that she could. Plus, if I had to pick a mutant boyfriend, Gambit would probably be my choice too.

I approve of what they did with her in the movies for the most part, except for a few minor issues. One, Anna Paquin? No. No. No. Two, she took the freaking cure.

3498814-7061009170-Wolve2. Wolverine- This one was a toughie to put in 2nd place because he really deserves to be tied for 1st. My long-term favorite hero, the one and only Wolverine (X-23 is a chick, so he’s still a one and only, ok). I’ve honestly spent more time reading and learning about him than I have probably any other character from anything else ever. He’s just plain and simply awesome and interesting. I’ve dreamed about having healing powers and being made of adamantium… My toothbrush even has him on it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way, Bub.

I’m a huge fan of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and he’s probably the only live actor I’ll ever support as him. He is fantastic in the trilogy, and his cameo in First Class was priceless. I will admit that I wish they would have just not done X-Men Origins, but obviously I watched it anyway and still loved seeing him, no matter how bad of a movie it was. The Wolverine was a much better attempt at a movie of his own, and I approve. Especially that credit scene that leads you into DoFP.

magneto-mvc31. Magneto- My 1st place X-Men character is technically not an X-Man at all, so let’s say my 1st place mutant. Magneto is the bad ass of all bad asses, and the villain of all villains. I’m a firm believer in the theory that behind every good villain is an emotionally enthralling backstory that will make you feel more than the original story even does– and Magneto is the epitome of that.

His portrayals in the trilogy and in First Class were both spot-on. Ian McKellen is one of my favorite people, and he plays him with the class and sassiness that exudes from every fiber in Sir Ian’s body. And then Michael Fassbender. He brings more to the character than I’ve ever seen anyone bring to a so-called villain. By the end of First Class I was crying for both Professor X and him, and that’s a big deal when you’re supposed to believe that he is wrong and bad and someone you aren’t supposed to believe in at all. But it isn’t the actors’ fault, it’s purely just the fact that he is such a deep character with so many layers. He’s just a really, really good character.

And that’s how the mutant’s cookie crumbles.

BEST X-Men Characters

In honor of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past movie, we’re going to rank the best X-Men characters.


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5— Shadowcat                             5— Nightcrawler

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4— Nightcrawler                               4— Wolverine

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3— Rogue                            3— Emma Frost

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2— Wolverine                                2— Gambit

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1— Magneto                       1— Magneto

And the Runner Ups

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Professor X                                    The Dark Phoenix

Taylor’s 2013 Awards

Worst Films:

5. After Earth

4. City of Bones

3. The Host

2. Beautiful Creatures

1. Movie 43


Visual Effects:

3. Prisoners

2. The Hobbit

1. The Great Gatsby


Sound Design:

3. The Hobbit

2. Conjuring

1. 12 Years a Slave



3. American Hustle

2. Wolf of Wall Street

1. As I Lay Dying


3. Prisoners

2. The Great Gatsby

1. 12 Years a Slave


3. 12 Years a Slave

2. The Book Thief

1. Frozen


Supporting Actress:

3. Sarah Paulson—12 Years a Slave

2. Rooney Mara—Side Effects & Her

1. Lupita Nyong’o—12 Years a Slave



3. Brei Larson—Short Term 12

2. Amy Adams—American Hustle

1. Emma Thompson—Saving Mr. Banks

Supporting Actor:

3. Tom Hanks—Saving Mr. Banks/ Bradley Cooper—American Hustle

2. Jared Leto—Dallas Buyers Club

1. Michael Fassbender—12 Years a Slave


3. Leonardo Di Caprio–

2. Christian Bale– American Hustle

1. Chiwetel Ejiofor– 12 Years a Slave

Best Cast:

3. Short Term 12

2. American Hustle

1. 12 Years a Slave


Adapted Screenplay:

Honorable Mentions: The Book Thief, As I Lay Dying, Wolf of Wall Street, and The Spectacular Now

3. The Hobbit

2. The Great Gatsby

1. 12 Years a Slave

Original Screenplay:

Honorable Mentions: Prisoners and The Place Beyond the Pines

3. Short Term 12

2. American Hustle

1. Her

Best Director:

Honorable Mentions: Derek Cianfrance—The Place Beyond the Pines and Denis Villeneuve—Prisoners

3. Spike Jonze—Her/ David O Russell—American Hustle

2. Martin Scorsese—Wolf of Wall Street

1. Steve McQueen—12 years a Slave


Best Kid’s Movie:

3. Jack the Giant Slayer

2. Monsters University

1. Frozen

Best Action:

3. Trance

2. 2 Guns

1. Catching Fire

Best Horror:

3. The Purge

2. VHS 2

1. The Conjuring

Best Fantasy:

3. Wolverine/ 47 Ronin

2. Thor 2

1. The Hobbit

Best Sci-Fi:

3. Riddik

2. Star Trek

1. Her

Best Romance/Romantic Comedy:

3. Her

2. The Spectacular Now

1. The Great Gatsby


Best Comedy (Dramedy?):

3. Way Way Back

2. Kings of Summer

1. Saving Mr. Banks

Best Drama:

Honorable Mentions: Place Beyond the Pines, As I Lay Dying, American Hustle, Prisoners, and The Book Thief

3. Wolf of Wall Street

2. Short Term 12

1. 12 Years a Slave

Best Films of 2013:

Honorable mentions: Prisoners, Frozen, Side Effects, and the Bling Ring

10. Her/ The Spectacular Now/ The Conjuring

9. The Great Gatsby

8. As I Lay Dying

7. Dallas Buyers Club

6. Wolf of Wall Street

5. American Hustle

4. Place Beyond the Pines

3. Short Term 12

2. Saving Mr. Banks

1. 12 Years a Slave

Garret’s 2013 Awards

Worst Films:

Dishonorable Mentions: Pacific Rim, You’re Next, Stranded, Elysium, and Much Ado About Nothing

10. After Earth

9. Iron Man 3

8. City of Bones

7. A Haunted House

6. Movie 43

5. InAPPropriate Comedy

4. The Host

3. Beautiful Creatures

2. Hammer of the Gods

1. Crystal Fairy


Best Visual Effects:

Honorable Mentions: 47 Ronin, Star Trek: Into Darkness/ 12 Years a Slave, Riddik, and The Conjuring

3. Welcome to the Punch /Upside Down/Man of Steel

2. Thor: The Dark World

1. The Great Gatsby


Best Sound Design:

3. Trance/Riddik

2. The Place Beyond the Pines

1. 12 Years a Slave


Best Editing:

Honorable Mentions: The East, 12 Years a Slave, Trance, Prisoners, and As I Lay Dying

3. The Counselor/Broken City

2. Gangster Squad

1. Side Effects


Best Cinematography:

Honorable Mentions: The Conjuring, Side Effects, Gangster Squad, Prisoners, 12 Years a Slave, and 47 Ronin

3. Welcome to the Punch/ Upside Down

2. The Counselor

1. The East


Best Music:

Honorable Mentions: 12 Years a Slave and Spring Breakers


3. The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug

2. Frozen

1. The Place Beyond the Pines


Best Supporting Actress:

3. Patricia Clarckson– The East

2. Evangeline Lilly– The Hobbit

1. Penelope Cruz– The Counselor


Best Actress:

3. Emma Thompson– Saving Mr. Banks/Noomi Rapace– Dead Man Down

2. Roony Mara– Side Effects

1. Vera Farmiga– The Conjuring


Best Supporting Actor:

Honorable Mentions: Leonardo DiCaprio– The Great Gatsby, Javier Bardem–The Counselor, Bradley Cooper– American Hustle, and Tom Hanks– Saving Mr. Banks

3. Geoffrey Rush– The Book Thief

2. Jared Leto– Dallas Buyers Club

1. Michael Fassbender– 12 Years a Slave


Best Actor:

3. Matthew McConaughey– Dallas Buyers Club/ Chiwetel Ejiofor– 12 Years a Slave

2. Christian Bale– American Hustle

1. Joaquin Phoenix– Her


Best Cast:

Honorable Mentions: Now You See Me, The Place Beyond the Pines, and Side Effects

3. Broken City

2. 12 Years a Slave

1. American Hustle


Best Adapted Screenplay:

3. As I Lay Dying

2. The Book Thief

1. The Great Gatsby


Best Original Screenplay:

3. Prisoners

2. The Place Beyond the Pines

1. The Counselor


Best Director:

Honorable Mentions: Steve McQueen– 12 Years a Slave, Denis Villeneuve—Prisoners, James Franco- As I Lay Dying, Ridley Scott– The Counselor

3. David O. Russel– American Hustle

2. Michael Bay– Pain and Gain

1. Derek Cianfrance– The Place Beyond the Pines


Best Kid’s Movie:

3. Jack the Giant Slayer

2. Escape from Planet Earth

1. Frozen


Best Action:

Honorable Mentions: Killing Season, Catching Fire, and Phantom

3. 2Guns

2. Welcome to the Punch

1. Trance


Best Horror:

Honorable Mentions: VHS 2, Insidious 2, Mama, and Evil Dead

3. Lords of Salem

2. The Purge

1. The Conjuring


Best Fantasy:

3. The Wolverine/ 47 Ronin

2. Thor 2: The Dark World

1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


Best Sci-Fi:

3. Europa Report

2. Star Trek: Into Darkness

1. Riddik


Best Romance/Romantic Comedy:

Honorable Mentions: Admission and Drinking Buddies

3. Upside Down

2. The Great Gatsby

1. Her


Best Comedy:

Honorable Mentions: We’re the Millers and Dealin’ With Idiots

3. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

2. This is the End

1. Pain and Gain


Best Drama:

Honorable Mentions: Prisoners, The East, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Book Thief, and As I Lay Dying

3. Dallas Buyer’s Club/ 12 Years a Slave

2. American Hustle

1. The Place Beyond the Pines


Best Movies of 2013:

Honorable Mentions: Prisoners, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Purge, Trance, Lords of Salem, Broken City, Gangster Squad, The Book Thief, and Phantom

10. As I Lay Dying

9. The Counselor

8. Her

7. The East

6. 12 Years a Slave

5. Pain and Gain

4. Side Effects

3. The Conjuring

2. American Hustle

1. The Place Beyond the Pines