Legends of RuneTerra First Thoughts…

Riot Games has done an incredible job with their property League of Legends. They have kept evolving League of Legends to keep it one of the most relevant games of the last decade. The game has kept the community afloat, but the lore is so enticing. We have also seen Riot Games bring in their version of auto chess with TFT, and they have don’t fascinating things with it so far. The last decade has been remarkable for Riot Games, but 2020 might be their best year yet.

  The year is starting strong with Legends of Runeterra. Riot Games just released their new online card game this past week, and the game is bringing in many player bases together. Legends of Runeterra is bringing players from League of Legends and the hardcore online card game players to one place. Runeterra takes the beloved champions of League of Legends and brings them into a card-based game. The game has a Hearthstone feel mixed with Magic the Gathering. It has a Mana system that each round your team regenerates Mana equal to which round it is. There are 3 phases to each turn, summoning, battling, and blocking. The game has introduced 2 dozen champions so far to help build your deck around them. They did an excellent job of bringing in popular and non-popular heroes into the mix to begin. It is also fantastic that they have brought in different types of decks for different play styles. You can construct a deck around gradual building teams, one card focused, or swarm compositions. 

 The game has a very balanced system for being so new, but every game has its problems when it launches. Legends of Runeterra has some issues at times with the pace of the matches. Rounds of Runeterra can be extremely prolonged because of the sectioned phases. It does allow for players to be creative with their turns because you can get back into the game with extra summoning, or you can go through the standard attack phases. Outside of the prolonged matches, Riot Games has done a fantastic job thus far. The animations in the game for special moves or champions are pleasant, and the game is reasonably balanced for how new it is. 

 It is impressive to see what Riot Games can do with their other ideas with the world of League of Legends. There is so much more to come from the studio in 2020. What are you most excited for in the upcoming year? Have you had a chance to join the fun in Legends of Runeterra? If so, let us know in the comments below what you think of it so far! If you enjoyed the article, make sure to follow us for more articles like these!

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The Fuery Film Review

Updated: 3/9/2020 Newest Movie: Onward Rating: Buy it

Hello everyone, let me preface this list with a little bit of backstory.

My name is Alex Fuery and I like movies. So much so that back in June of 2018 I decided to join AMC A-list (not a sponsor…yet?). If you don’t know what that is, basically I pay monthly to see movies whenever I want (up to 3 a week, no restrictions on things like IMAX, Dolby, etc.) 

Fast forward to the present, and I’ve taken all of the movies I have seen and compiled a tiered list for the movies I think are worthy of your time. This isn’t a numerically ranked list though; I have put each movie into one of five categories that I will explain below. 

Tier 1: Buy it. These are the movies that I think belong in everyone’s movie collection regardless of personal bias or genre preference. This doesn’t necessarily mean that these movies are my personal favorites, but I think they are fantastic and belong in every cinema fans collection. 

Tier 2: Watch it. These movies are really good. Go spend the money to see them in the theatre, they’re worth it. The only things keeping these movies from going up to the top of the list include things like genre preference; I wouldn’t recommend a musical to someone who hates music, or a horror movie to someone who hates being scared, or if the movie is really good, but not quite great. Either way, go see it. 

Tier 3: Watch it, but don’t pay for it. These movies are worth the 2ish hours of your day to watch, but maybe wait until they’re out on Netflix/your streaming service of choice. 

Tier 4: No need to see it, no need to avoid it. This tier is made for the movies you put on when there’s nothing else to watch. Maybe you’ve been looking for something to watch for the past 20 minutes and can’t find anything. If one of these pops up, go ahead and give it a watch, but don’t go out of your way to see it. 

Tier 5: Don’t watch it. These movies are just bad, don’t waste your time. 

Again, this list only contains movies I have personally seen in the theatre since joining A-List back in June 2018. I will also keep updating this list as I see more movies in the future. With all of that said, let’s get down to the list. Oh, and I will give a little bit of information about some of these movies, so just to be safe, spoiler alert.

Buy it: 

Onward: I can’t believe this movie ended up being a buy it. I honestly thought this movie would be a passable, but forgettable, addition to the animated movie Rolodex. Even for the high standards Pixar sets, this movie was fantastic! It made me laugh with genuinely funny humor, it had a full cast of characters that were all well developed and believable, and it was even more emotional than Up. On top of that, they created a wonderful universe that follows all of the rules they establish, which is a big deal for me. I also genuinely appreciate the ending of this movie, but I won’t spoil it. Just take my word for it and watch/buy this movie.

1917: This one was intense. This movie is very heavy, and it approaches life and death with a brutally cold sense of indifference. That is exactly why this movie was almost put in the “Watch it” category. Some people just don’t want to watch something like that. However, this was just too good to not be a “Buy it”. I could go on and on about this movie. It had beautiful continuous shots, heart pounding suspense, and fantastic acting throughout. The 2010’s were a bit of a renaissance for really good war movies, but 2020 might have the best one yet with 1917.

Jojo Rabbit: For a movie that was billed as Taika Waititi turning a serious book about war into “come watch me play Hitler” this movie was fantastic. It’s ridiculous, hilarious, emotional, deep, and it tells a beautifully tragic story. He perfectly balances over the top comedy with heart wrenching tragedy.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: The only superhero movie so far that breaks into the buy it tier. This movie has ground breaking visuals, A+ voice acting, a great story, and an obvious love and respect for the source material. I would recommend this to even those who say they don’t like superhero movies.

Watch it: 

The Invisible Man: Don’t watch this movie if you have high blood pressure or a heart condition. This one had my heart racing from the first scene to the last. The Invisible Man is a really good thriller on it’s own, but the story itself is even more unnerving than the action. While some of the gadgets in this movie might only exist in science fiction, the message it sends about the terrifying relationship between an abuser and the person they abuse is anything but. This movie hits you in a real way, and it doesn’t stop until the credits are rolling.

Sonic The Hedgehog: Before you say anything, I know. How the hell is this movie up there with some of the other great movies in the “Watch it” category? Hear me out. This movie is delightful. There are so many ways this movie could have been bad, but they just did everything right. Sonic is fun and funny without crossing over into being annoying, props to Ben Schwartz for some A+ voice acting. Jim Carrey was very Jim Carrey, but it all the best ways. He didn’t try to steal the show, or take away from the story, and instead gave us a great and funny villain. None of the conflict comes from places it doesn’t need to, like relationship drama or ridiculous and unrealistic decision making by the heroes. The human characters are actual characters. They are developed and have personalities of their own instead of just being flat and one dimensional. I can go on and on, but my point stands. This movie just did it right. I mean come on, this is a movie that listened to the fans and went to rework the entire design of Sonic. That alone deserves a movie ticket.

Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn): Wow that title is a mouthful. I’m not going to get preachy here, but this is what happens when you let a badass woman direct a movie about badass women, instead of having Zack Snyder touch anything. All of these characters were very well developed, and each one had a distinct personality. Some of the fight scenes fell into bad fight scene tropes like everyone one attacking one at a time, or some ridiculous logic (I’m looking at you phone to the face KO), but those were in the minority. The rest of the violence, along with most of this movie kicks ass. Couple that awesome fighting with solid character development, a good story arc, and a very well done villain, and I’m sold. This movie is everything Suicide Squad wanted to be. It was just smart enough to go with an R rating, and not go with Jared Leto as the Joker. Add this to the short list of DC movies that are totally worth the price of admission.

Parasite: What a clever and original movie. Don’t let your fear of subtitles stop you from seeing this. This movie has moments that are lighthearted and make you laugh and then within two seconds you’re sweating bullets. It also has some powerful moments that kind of catch you off guard. You can never really get comfortable with this movie. It leaves you feeling conflicted, shocked, and on edge, but in the best way possible. Give this one a watch and you’ll understand the hype behind it.

Avengers: Endgame: Has anyone not seen this movie? Of course it’s great, it broke all the records. The only reason it’s not a ”buy it” is because some people just genuinely don’t like superhero movies, so if you haven’t seen any of them then this ones not going to be for you either. If you’re reading something on TNC though I’m pretty sure you’re cool with superhero stuff. Go watch it again. 

Frozen 2: I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a grown ass man and I’ve seen this 4 times in the theatre. It is a rare sequel that rivals the original. Frozen 2 has great songs, a great story, laugh out loud moments, and a refreshing sense of self awareness. It also manages to do all of this without falling into the trap of overdoing things they found successful in the first movie.

Little Women: This movie was incredibly impressive. I left the theatre trying to think of something I didn’t like about this movie and I couldn’t come up with anything. The acting was fabulous, the characters were believable, and the story was compelling. Don’t brush this one off a just a “chick flick”, do yourself a favor and go check this one out.

Knives Out: A fun murder mystery full of twists and turns that is also refreshingly different that the typical, predictable “who done it?” This movie is also genuinely funny without having to dip into cheesy one liners or over used cliches. Points all around to the stellar ensemble cast and for excellent direction throughout.

Spider-Man: Far From Home: Tom Holland cements his status as the best Spider-Man with this one, don’t @ me. I was there for the Sam Remy’s, and I sat through the Garfield era, this is the true Spider-Man golden age. Jake Gyllenhaal was marvelous (pun intended), add in a twist at the end to make us all pumped for what’s next, and I’m ready for it.

Rocketman: For those crying about this movie not having a correct music timeline, cram it. It’s not a documentary, it’s basically a musical. It’s also fabulous. I mean what’s not to love about a movie filled with Elton John songs? Taron Egerton beautifully portrays Elton in a very believable way, and he manages to hold his own as a singer too.

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu: Man this one could’ve been bad. Ryan Reynolds coming off of Deadpool to play Pikachu? I was a little worried going in, but they managed to make something that was both entertaining for kids and nostalgic for those of us that grew up with Ash Ketchum. I was pleasantly surprised to see a movie that was genuinely solid.

Shazam!: Finally! A DC movie that doesn’t suck! (Except you Wonder Woman, you were fantastic.) This movie is fun, funny, and everything you want in a hero flick. Take notes DC, more of this and less of Zack Snyder. Sorry Zack.

Captain Marvel: Marvel just keeps making hits. There are a few things in this movie you could nitpick, but why waste your time? Grab some popcorn, sit back, relax, and watch Brie Larson kick some alien butt.

Bohemian Rhapsody: Maybe it’s not as historically accurate as they try to make it seem. Maybe the living members of Queen were a little greedy with screen time. Maybe that doesn’t matter because this is still a really good movie. Take some points off for Rami Malek lip syncing if you want, but his portrayal of Freddie Mercury is incredible.

Venom: I’m not sure why this movie got as much hate as it did. Don’t get me wrong it’s not a perfect movie. You can complain even more if you’re a comic purist, but this was fun! Venom is funny, action packed, and already working toward joining the MCU.

A Star is Born: Lady Gaga can act, Bradley Cooper can sing, and this movie can join my collection. Touching, heartfelt, and all of those other words you see with movies like this. Honestly, this ones worth the watch.

Ant-Man And The Wasp: What a brilliant job Marvel did by having Paul Rudd play Ant-Man. My biggest gripe is when movies like this use “quantum” to lazily get passed having to explain anything. This movie is very guilty of that, but still definitely worth watching. 

Watch it, but don’t pay for it:

The Call Of The Wild: How is this a kids movie? This dog goes through some ruff stuff (sorry). I was a little worried at first about a movie that had all CGI dogs, but honestly I don’t know if they would have been able to pull this one off any other way. This one tugs at the heartstrings and shows the hardships that Buck goes through in his life. It has a nice message to it, some cute scenes with the dogs, some moments of darkness and sadness, and pretty much what you expect from a movie about a dog that goes through some hard times. It was a solid movie for sure, but you could probably wait until it’s available at home to see it.

Impractical Jokers: The Movie: Going into this movie I thought it was going to be a longer episode of Impractical Jokers, but with some weird or dumb plot to make the excuse that it’s a movie. I wasn’t wrong. That’s not really a bad thing though. These guys have a lot of experience in sketch comedy and acting, so the scripted scenes didn’t feel like they were completely out of place, and the unscripted stuff is right on par with what’s been on the show. Bottom line is I laughed a lot watching it, and that’s really all that matters with a movie like this. If you’re a fan of the show then you’ll probably like this movie too.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: In terms of Star Wars movies, this one’s in the middle. It’s not great, and some of the plot points are very convenient and bland. It’s also not bad, and the chemistry that has developed with some of these characters is very charming.

The Lion King (2019): This movie is a classic case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Disney kept this live action remake fairly close to the original with some minor tweaks here and there. Watch it if you’re a fan of Disney movies, but wait until it’s streaming on Disney+.

Booksmart: This movie has the feel of an early 2000’s comedy classic without having that not aging well cringe factor that those movies are starting to have. It’s very refreshing to see a movie with characters that I believe could actually exist in the real world, instead of seeing what some 50 year old rich dude thinks teenagers act like.

Wonder Park: A cute animated movie that any kid would like, and any adult would find totally watchable. What bothers me about Wonder Park is that the park in Wonder Park is called Wonderland. They don’t even say the words “Wonder Park” one time in this movie. Am I being pedantic? Maybe, but what gives?

How to Train Your Dragon the Hidden World: A very well written way to wrap up a great trilogy, but man did they murder any semblance of character development with all of their secondary characters. This one is probably the worst of the three movies, but the other two were amazing so that doesn’t mean this one is bad.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again: This movie is just fun, dumb, and nice. The duel plot lines in different times is well done, the songs are catchy and make you tap your feet, and you’re just in a good mood after watching this. Give it a shot one day if you’re bored and tell me you won’t have Waterloo in your head and a smile on your face.

The Meg: Talk about fun and dumb. This movie is exactly what you think it’s going to be. If you’re down to watch a cheesy shark movie with way over the top everything and so-so acting then you’ll be in heaven.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part: I feel a little bit bad putting this down here with a movie like The Meg, but I already did so there’s no going back. It’s a nice movie. If you liked the first one you’ll probably like this one, but I wouldn’t say it’s worth spending $20+ on. If you can stream it, do it. If you find it on sale, grab it. You’re not missing much if you don’t though.

No need to see it, no need to avoid it:

Jumanji: The Next Level: Classic money grab sequel from a studio. Is it bad? No. Is it good? Not really. Watching Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson play grandparents was kind of funny for a little while, and Danny DeVito is a welcome addition to almost any movie. However, watching Jack Black pretend to be a black teenager wasn’t what anyone needed to see. Not quite racist, but uncomfortable.

Zombieland: Double Tap: This one was almost a don’t watch. Another classic flop of a sequel that relied way too much on riding the wave of the original, but Zoey Deutch has a few moments that are absolutely hilarious as Madison. 

Men in Black International: One of many in a long line of movies that didn’t need to be made, but if you have some housework to do it’s worth throwing on in the background. Charming but forgettable.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: This movie falls victim to what is happening to so many preplanned movie franchises. They take the second movie in the series and make it entirely setup with no real movement behind it. You spend the entire movie waiting for climax and resolution and then the credits start rolling. They don’t care if you like it because they know you’ll be back for the next one. It’s fine, but don’t spend your money on it.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters: Even for a Godzilla movie this was kind of a let down. Maybe I’m a little harsh on it because I have a vendetta against movies that break their own rules. I’m all for agreeing to whatever rules the movie tells me this universe follows, but if you point blank tell me something that is a rule in your universe, then 5 minutes later break that rule, I’m out.

Alita: Battle Angel: I really like the idea of this movie, and Christoph Waltz is an amazing actor, but this one is just another movie that tries to wow you with visual effects in an era where that’s not enough to set a movie apart anymore . It may have worked for Avatar back in 2009, but it’s nothing special now.

Glass: Unbreakable was really cool when it came out, and James McAvoy deserves an award for each personality he played in Split, but this movie just feels forced. It’s unnecessary, and underwhelming. Chalk this one up to another miss from M. Night Shyamalan.

Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch (2018): Why? The animated one from the 60’s is perfect, and the live action one with Jim Carrey became an instant classic. What was the plan here? I guess it’s not terrible. That’s the best it’s going to get from me.

Equalizer 2: Can we please stop ruining good movies with unneeded sequels? Or at least make the sequel interesting. I had to rewatch the trailer to remember what happened in this movie. Although, the scene where he beats the hell out of those frat bro’s is awesome.

Tag: I actually like this movie, and it was the first movie I saw with A-List, but it’s still very dumb. If you pass by it while scrolling through Netflix go ahead and give it a watch, but don’t waste your time searching for it.

The House with a Clock in its Walls: This movie came close to being passable, but then they made me see Jack Black with a CGI baby body and a freakish little head. That’s something I can never unsee. If you ever played the horror game PT and saw the baby in the sink just picture that but with Jack Black’s face.

Don’t watch it:  

Dolittle: For a large part of my life there really wasn’t a movie I could consistently call the worst movie I’d ever seen. I thought that had changed after I saw Cats (see below), but even with Cats I could see how that might work for someone. Dolittle showed me that there can in fact be a “worst movie I’ve ever seen”. This movie didn’t know what it was, it didn’t know what it wanted to be, and it didn’t know who it was trying to talk to. There was literally nothing in this entire movie that wasn’t inexcusable, horrendous garbage. This was a movie that seemed to go out of its way to try and break all of its own rules. They also cut out huge chunks of the movie and just had a parrot tell you what happened. Why am I even watching it at that point? I won’t even mention the horrors with the dragon. I almost considered creating an new tier to my list that would be exclusively for this movie, a Dolittle tier, because comparing this movie to the other “Don’t watch it” movies is disrespectful to the other terrible movies I told you not to watch.

Cats: WTF. This acid headed fever dream was doomed from the start. The director didn’t even finishing the movie by the time it came out, and rereleases of the new edit didn’t help. We still had to watch crazy cockroaches with human faces being eaten, the most ridiculous CGI I think I’ve ever seen, and no continuity on the size of these demons. If you are a true lover of the musical then maybe this is for you, but honestly I feel like “Don’t watch it” doesn’t quite cover it.

Dark Phoenix: Other than the big hero deaths, this movie is completely forgettable. I don’t have anything terrible to say about it, but I can’t think of anything good to say either.

Dumbo: Weird. I’m all for Disney movies, and the cast in this movie has a long history of success, but don’t waste your time. If you need to see a dumbo movie just watch the original.

Aquaman: God this movie sucks. Terribly cheesy superhero poses and quips, wasted talent, spotty CGI, and a brutal murder of Africa by Toto thanks to Pitbull. This movie is full of inconsistencies and it’s frustrating to watch. It just sucks.

Robin Hood (2018): Yikes. Let’s be honest here, the bar for a Robin Hood movie is set somewhere around “good, not great”. This one misses completely and manages to underperform all of the previous adaptations.

League of Legends Season 2020…

  There has been one game over the last decade I swore to never get into, and that is League of Legends. I have not been able to place my finger on the exact reason for this, but I finally changed my mind about two almost three years ago. I have always heard about how toxic the community is, and that pushed me away massively. The other tremendous turn off from League of Legends is the lengths of matches as well as the insane amount of time you have to put in to be average at it. I had a few friends who finally pushed me into trying the game a few years back, and I must say I am glad I powered through. Now that season 2020 is here I need to express my opinions on the cinematic, and changes to the new season. 

  It blows me away how excited a community can get because of a new season in a video game. It is not just because of the fresh start of the new season, but also the incredible cinematic that comes with every season start. When Riot released 2019 cinematic, I remember watching it over a dozen times. Every year they seem to do a great job, and it looks ridiculous. Riot Games brought in some of the very visually interesting characters for this cinematic. 

One of my favorite parts for the cinematic is the fact they brought in some of the newer characters for this year with Kai Sai and Sylas. It was fantastic that they brought the Sylas lore full circle with Garen and Lux in this trailer. They do another incredible job with the music in this trailer. Riot needs to turn the franchise into an animated series. 

In the last two years of playing League of Legends, I have slowly learned more and more about the game. I love the amount of process I have made over the last few seasons. It is astounding to watch myself grow throughout the games life span. I started at the absolute bottom of the rank system in Bronze V. By the end of season eight, I made it just into silver, and last season I broke into gold. I am going to set my goal for season ten to either break into platinum or be in the high gold range! I will continue to stream my process through the season. 

  Riot Games has released a plethora of new characters from season ten pre-season into the beginning of the new season. I can’t believe how many changes happened to start this season. They added a couple of new items for lethality, and they changed the support items. They made a complete change to how dragons and rift heald works. Dragons now have a much more prominent role thanks to the Dragon Soul and the new execution for Eldar Dragon. Also, rift herald now spawns two times before Baron, but with much less health and strength. Riot is also trying something new by adding a handful of characters at the start of the season. It has made the start of the season so exciting with everyone trying to learn the new characters. 

  We will have to see where this season goes. You will have to make sure to keep up with our progress on stream! What do you think of season ten? What are the most exciting changes to season ten League of Legends, in your opinion? Who is your favorite new champion for this season? Let us know in the comments below! If you enjoyed the article, leave a like! 

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TNC and Vivid Event… (Rocket League Tournament)

This last Tuesday, the 7th of January, was one to remember for a long time. Thanks to our friends in Vivid (@WeAreVivid), we got to experience a very enjoyable Rocket League tournament. Manny and I got together with a couple of the members for a LAN event where they hosted a 2v2 Rocket League tournament. I still can’t believe in such short notice we arranged 16 teams for the competition. The members of Vivid were such great sports and were fierce competition. They put our skills to the test throughout the brackets. Thank you to the Vivid organization for letting us be apart of this event, and a huge thanks to Zookuzero (@Zookuzero) for doing a phenomenal job hosting the event. Huge congratulations to @Squiggly_YT and his teammate on their success! Please share some love and give all of them some love on social media!

     Going into the event, I was not too sure what I should expect. I had no clue about the number of people that would enter the contest, the quality of players, or the seriousness of the tournament itself. Zookuzero did such a great job getting everything together in such short notice, and his casting during the games was impeccable. For someone who has minimal casting experience, at no point did I question his commentary. Thanks to his broadcast, it made me take a look at that side of esports more in-depth. I spent part of my day observing various esports casters because of the tourney. I was interested in what makes each caster unique, and it is honestly amazing to see each person’s style. I believe there is a chance I will dip my feet into the world of casting thanks to Zookuzero.

     I am eager to see where the Vivid and Nerd Chambers connection will take us both. I am sure we will see more tournaments like this and other collaborations between the teams in 2020. We are both hoping to make it to similar paths, and with each other, I am sure we will get there. I hope we can continue to partner together for more events like this in the future. What would you like to see from our upcoming collaborations with Vivid? If you have any ideas, let us know down in the comments! Thank you for all the support!

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My Most Anticipated Movie of 2020… (Brandon)

     The year 2019 was one of the most captivating years of film ever. Every month had so many fantastic films that were worth a watch. After looking through the upcoming movies for 2020, not many are that exciting. 2020 came down to two films, Free Guy and Venom 2, for my list. At first, I assumed it was surely going to be Free Guy once I started this article. Once I saw the Free Guy trailer, I lost my mind. Not only does it have Ryan Reynolds, my favorite actor, but the concept is phenomenal! After some serious deliberation, I had to choose Venom 2.

     When I was little, there were two things I wanted to see in the film world. One was Deadpool, and I finally got that thanks to Ryan Reynolds and Fox. Now, Sony is bringing my other wish to life. Later this year, Venom 2 is bringing my favorite villain to the silver screen, Carnage. I am excited to see how Sony will interpret the menacing character of Carnage. I am hoping to see a very extreme R rating for this film. It would accurately bring the monster to life. There have also been some intriguing rumors that Tom Holland could appear in Venom 2. I am sure this would be a small cameo in the flick. I am hoping to see Tom Holand join the fight to take down Carnage at the end of the film, but I am sure the appearance will be much more modest than that. The possibility of this cameo is a big reason this is my most anticipated film of the year. It would fulfill one of the most significant moments in comic book history to me. 

    It will be amusing to see how Venom 2 plays out. We will have to hope that Sony does not make the same mistakes from the first Venom. 2020 is just starting, which means there are so many movies to release. Let us know in the comments which one you are most anticipating! What are your thoughts on Venom 2? Are you hoping to see Tom Holland appear in the sequel? Make sure to give us your opinions! If you enjoyed the article, leave a like!  

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My Top Five Films of the Decade (Brandon)…

I would be doing the decade an injustice if I did just my top 5 video games of the decade. Since I am the one who runs our movie segment on TNC Live (Report From the Back Row), it would only be fitting for me to do a Top 5 Movie list as well for the decade. After a lot of deliberating, I finally have my top 5 movies of the decade (also an honorable mention or two). There have been some fantastic movies over the last decade, but here are my top 5 that meant the most to me.

     I will start with my honorable mention for the decade, and that has to be Wolf of Wallstreet. I have always been someone who never really enjoys movies about real-life scenarios. Wolf of Wallstreet finally changed my way of thinking. I could not express how much this movie blew me away. It took such a realistic concept of money driving someone off the ledge and made it so intense going through this roller coaster. It is so disheartening that Lionardo Dicaprio did not win an Oscar for his performance in this film. Thanks to this film, I have opened up my variety of movies into realistic movies.

     Now to start the real list. Starting my top 5 is Ted. Ted was the first time I have ever seen everyone in a theatre laughing hysterically. Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis killed their roles with Seth McFarlane. The film not only kept you laughing, but it had a great bond between two friends. It shows the two best friends dealing with one of the two finding a love interest. The movie starts strong and honestly never stops with the humor. It has some of the most vulgar and obscene jokes I have seen in a comedy, but it honestly does such a good job. Thanks to Seth McFarlane, he brings the world of Family Guy to life in Ted.

    Kingsman Secret Service is the next film on my list. I have never enjoyed spy movies, but Kingsman gave it a new flavor. It took a juvenile delinquent and made him a hero. The film did such an immeasurable job of turning a criminal into someone you root for in his campaign. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between Eggsy and Harry. The duo had a father-son dynamic that made it a heartwarming plot. I was pleasantly surprised by how good the action sequences were. I wasn’t expecting much from this film when I first went to see it, but it has to be one of my favorite of the decade. 

     I have spent hours trying to figure out how to order these final films. After a lot of deliberating, I finally have them in proper order. The third movie to crack my list is Kick-Ass. Kick-Ass took superhero movies to a brand new light. It wasn’t afraid to be ridiculously over the top. Watching a child murder villains, badass Nicholas Cage, and a nerdy teenager becoming a hero was astounding. The soundtrack to this film was one of the first times I have ever thought about the music in a movie. It was incredible to see such a raunchy superhero movie during the rise of the MCU.

     Speaking of the MCU, Infinity War comes in at number 2. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been transcendent, but overly predictable. Every single expansion to the franchise, you always had an idea where it would go. There was certainly never a time where there was fear the hero would not make it. That is why the Infinity War is incredible. SPOILER ALERT for Avengers Infinity War! ************************************************

They did such a good job surprising all fans. Most people who went into Infinity War were expecting to see characters like Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America to perish. That is not the case for Infinity War. There were so many unexpected deaths. This film took so many new characters away from us Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Dr. Strange. It was a brilliant move by Marvel. They are going to keep us on our toes for further installments. 

     Now it is time to talk about some Deadpool. Growing up, Deadpool was one of my favorite Marvel characters, next to Spider-Man. I would continually hear reports that there was a Deadpool project that was floating around with a script. Even better, it had Ryan Reynolds linked to the rumors. It was outrageous to have my favorite actor set to play my favorite anti-hero. It was one of the biggest days in media for me when the test footage was “leaked.” When the world got wind of Deadpool, everyone freaked out, and people were begging to see this movie hit theaters. I have never had my hype set to a record high. To be honest, I have always been disappointed when I get this excited about anything. Deadpool is the first to ever match my hype for anything. After seeing Deadpool 7 times in theatres, I can easily say it is my favorite movie of the decade. 

     I have not had so much fun deciding a top list for anything until this article. I had to reach out to friends and family for their help with this one. I needed people to tell me how excited I was after leaving these movies. I had to narrow down my choices from my original 20 films down to 5 and an honorable mention. What do you think of my list? Am I insane for putting these films on my list? What are your picks of the decade? Let us know in the comments below! If you enjoyed the article, please leave us a like!

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Watchlist 2020: Fairytail

Hey friends, first of all, Happy New Year! Everyone here at TNC feels like 2020 is going to be a big year for us and we could not be more excited to share another year with all of you. We are going to start the New Year off right and continue our Watchlist series for the games we are excited about for this year. The next game on the list is a game based on one of my favorite anime series, Fairytail.

Fairytail is a long-running manga/anime franchise that is centered around a guild of wizards and their adventures as they work to be the best guild in the kingdom of Fiore. The game is based directly on three main story arcs of the show but also ties in some brand new story content unique to the game. The story arcs that are included in the game are some of the most exciting in the show and include the Tenrou, Tartarus, and the Grand Magic Games arc, which was a personal favorite of mine.

When I first found out that a Fairytail game was being made, the first thought that came to mind was, “oh cheese its I hope this game is gonna be just another anime fighting game.” I was thankfully reassured when the first trailer was released explaining that the game was going to be an RPG of sorts.

In the game, you will control a party of up to five wizards as you battle your way through various jobs to help Fairytail go from one of the lowest-ranked guilds all the way back to the top. There will be several different wizards for you to choose from including members that you will be able to recruit from other guilds. As you progress through the game your characters will level up to gain new attacks as well as rank within the Fairytail guild.

The combat in Fairytail is going to be a fun mix of Final Fantasy and Persona. It is turn-based combat with enemies placed on a 3×3 grid. You will choose different spells that the wizards will have at their disposal, and each spell will attack in a different pattern on the 3×3 grid. There will also be elements of gathering and crafting in the game that they have yet to give more details on.

Koei Tecmo seems like they are going to great lengths to make Fairytail more than just a service to fans of the anime but a game that fans of turn-based RPGs can thoroughly enjoy as well. If you like games like Final Fantasy, Persona, or Fire Emblem this is a game that should definitely be on your radar. Fairytail will be launching on PS4, Switch and Steam on March, 20 of this year. For those that pre-order the game there is a bonus outfit for Erza Scarlett that players will get to use.

What games are you guys looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments below or let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Kyrie!