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Every Iron Fist Costume, Ranked | ScreenRant

Because of its exotic nature, the Asian continent has been a subject of fascination for Western culture, leading to stories where Caucasian men travel there and bring something unusual back.  One of the prime examples of this is Doctor Strange, who traveled to Tibet and learned mystical arts from the wise yet powerful Ancient One.

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Continuing with this same tradition was Iron Fist, whose training in the fictional city K’un Lun gave him the power to emit energy that makes him physically deadlier.  Having made appearances in different media, let us rank the various costumes he’s worn over the years.

10 Iron Fist Netflix Series

Following the success of Netflix’s Daredevil series, Marvel Television gave the go-ahead to adapt other lesser-known superheroes to the streaming platform including Iron Fist.  While the first season of his show was universally panned, the second did better by contrast.  But that doesn’t change the fact that Iron Fist never got to wear his iconic costume.

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While something akin to it was teased in The Defenders crossover series according to Comic Book, the closest thing we got was the above outfit.  Though it gets points for simplicity, it looks like a poor man’s attempt at replicating Green Arrow’s costume from the first season of Arrow with a yellow bandana covering the bottom-half of his face.

9 Classic Comic-Book Costume

Now the above costume may seem silly at a glance, it makes sense in context.  Back in the 1970s, martial arts movies were incredibly popular with the Bruce Lee ones being among the top-ranking ones.  This was also the decade where popped collars and fancy belts were among the most common articles of clothing worn during this time.

So naturally, Iron Fist embodies these two things since he officially debuted in 1974.  Yet despite this costume’s silliness by today’s standards, it has “Survived for decades” as stated by Inverse.  Plus, given that the current Marvel movies embrace the goofier elements of their comic-book counterparts it’s a shame we didn’t get to see a version of this outfit in Netflix’s Iron Fist.

8 The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Animated Series

Following the success of the Iron Man films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe began to take shape leading to the eventual release of The Avengers which served as a launchpad for the films to come.  In preparation for the latter, Disney XD released an animated series called The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes which ran for two seasons before being succeeded by Avengers Assemble after The Avengers movie performed well.

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Because both series borrow elements from the Avengers comic-books, a lot of characters appeared including Iron Fist.  As the above picture shows, he’s sporting the classic outfit straight from the comic-books with a few minor changes including a bigger collar and the dragon tattoo on his chest looking slightly different for a faithful yet slightly new take on the character.

7 Iron Fist (Orson Randall)

Since the collaboration between Marvel Television and Netflix ended recently, all the superhero shows on the latter platform have been abruptly cancelled.  This in turn left many unresolved plot threads, including the mention of a character named Orson Randall towards the end of Iron Fist’s second season.

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While the Iron Fist that most people know of is Danny Rand, the heir to a wealthy business who got stranded in K’un Lun after his parents died, he’s far from the only one.  Another inheritor of the Iron Fist technique was Orson, who fought in World War I and went into hiding until later according to IGN.  Hence, Orson’s Iron Fist outfit resembles that of a soldier but with the same yellow mask thus making it unique though still recognizable.

6 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Video Game

Known for its impressive roster of characters, the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance video games allow players to create custom teams of up to four superheroes and/or villains while adapting elements from the comic-books.  In the case of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, it’s a direct adaptation of the Civil War event comic which also inspired the movie Captain America: Civil War.

So among the characters that can be played is Iron Fist, whose costume is much better than the outfit from the Netflix series.  The combination of black yellow and green goes really well together, with the overall outfit being very ninja-like aesthetically which makes it stylish.

5 The Immortal Iron Fist (2006)

As is the case with any comic-book ever conceived, a reboot always comes along every few decades.  So was this the case with Iron Fist, whose initial solo series in the 1970s didn’t do very well.  Thus, he only appeared in other comic-books until 2006 when he got a new solo series titled The Immortal Iron Fist.

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In it his origin changed to being one in a long line of people who inherited the Iron Fist title, as before it was just him, and he got a new costume.  Sleeker in design with the dragon tattoo being replaced by a symbol stitched onto the front of his suit, it’s less goofy than the original and seems more practical in its sleekness which therefore makes it more appealing.

4 Ultimate Spider-Man Animated Series

Not to be confused with the comic-book series of the same name, Ultimate Spider-Man was another animated series that premiered on Disney XD alongside The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.  While the series primarily focused on its titular hero, it also brought in other heroes including Iron Fist who is reimagined as a teenager.

Thus, his appearance was slightly altered along with his costume.  Compared to the previous ones, his blond hair is now sticking out from underneath the mask he wears and the dragon symbol looks different as well making for a bolder reinterpretation of the modern Iron Fist outfit.

3 Fear Itself (2011)

Published in 2011, the Fear Itself comic-book miniseries focused on the Avengers battling a fallen god called Serpent who sets out to reclaim the throne of Asgard from his brother Odin.  In the process, Iron Man forges new costumes and weapons for the Avengers to wield in their fight against Serpent’s generals known as the Worthy.

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At the time, Iron Fist was an Avenger and so he got a new outfit along with an Asgardian mace attached to a chain.  In the above picture alongside Doctor Strange, it’s clear the outfit adds yellow-orange lines to the modern Iron Fist costume with the dragon symbol glowing the same color creating a very Neo-martial arts look.

2 Power Man And Iron Fist (2016)

When Iron Fist’s first solo series ended in the 1970s, he was paired up with another lesser-known Marvel superhero called Power Man (better known as Luke Cage these days).  Together, they formed the superhero team Heroes for Hire while their comic-book series Power Man and Iron Fist did surprisingly well.

Then in an effort to promote the Iron Fist Netflix series, Marvel rebooted Power Man and Iron Fist in 2016 giving the heroes new outfits in the process.  Now sporting a dark green tracksuit with yellow sneakers and a smaller collar around his neck, Iron Fist embodies “A living Bruce Lee tribute” Inverse proclaims by blending elements from his original and newer costumes.

1 Weapon Of Agamotto

Among the mystical artifacts that Doctor Strange is known to wield is the Eye of Agamotto, which in the MCU movies was actually one of the Infinity Stones.  In the comic-books, though, the Eye of Agamotto’s origins are a lot more complicated involving an extra-dimensional being called Agamotto who could perceive various things across time and space even dispelling illusions which the Eye was capable of as well.

During The New Avengers comic-book series in 2010, Strange had to give up the Eye due to being corrupted by a demon leading to a series of battles over who would possess it.  Eventually, the Eye ended up in Iron Fist’s hands and he was given a new costume that was basically a white-and-gold palette swap of his traditional green-and-yellow one.  Shiny and visually stunning, it’s hard not to look at. 

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2019-07-21 05:07:39

Ursula Nizalowski

Gilmore Girls: Every Season Finale, Ranked | ScreenRant

It would have been virtually impossible to predict the legacy that a series like Gilmore Girls would go on to have. When the series first aired from 2000 to 2007 across both The WB and The CW, it was a critically beloved cult hit that generated very little in terms of audience numbers or awards enthusiasm. The feel good series followed the lives of three generations of the central Gilmore family, as they navigated life and love and work and school and all things in between.

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Thanks to the advent of streaming platforms, Gilmore Girls would go on to have a far greater impact on the popular culture landscape than it did during its original years of airing. That’s how, after all, Netflix produced a revival miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, which was released in 2016. Gilmore Girls boasts some of the smartest, wittiest, and warmest writing in all of television history – but not all finales were given the same level of artistry. We rank all eight season finales below.

8 “Partings” (Season 6)

Given the fact that this was the last episode of the series that Amy Sherman Palladino and Daniel Palladino worked on, it’s easy to see how things could go off the rails so quickly. But it’s downright painful to get through the sixth season finale, “Partings,” as there’s pretty much not a single enjoyable aspect present within it.

Rory and Logan spend the episode alternately drunkenly partying or crying as he prepares to head off to work in London. A plethora of obnoxious troubadour wannabes invade Stars Hollow. Emily and Richard once again try to intervene in Christopher’s love life, humiliating Lorelai in the process. And, of course, Lorelai and Luke have a terrible, entirely out of character screaming argument, leading to an ultimatum regarding their engagement, an unclear breakup, and Lorelai winding up in Christopher’s bed.

7 “A House Is Not A Home” (Season 5)

Honestly, there’s not much good to find in the fifth season finale, “A House Is Not A Home,” either – but there are a few brief glimmers of enjoyable moments sprinkled throughout. The episode really introduced the total ruin of Rory’s character, as she becomes almost wholly intolerable from this point onward. After getting arrested for stealing a yacht with her rich Yale friends, Rory decides to drop out of Yale.

Richard and Emily go along with her plan, sabotaging Lorelai’s attempts at convincing Rory to return to college in the fall. The ensuing conflict leads to a long lasting rift between Lorelai and Rory, as well as Lorelai and her parents, that continues for much of the subsequent season. But at least Luke steps up to the plate, showing himself to be total husband and dad material, which leads to Lorelai’s impulsive decision to ask him to marry her.

6 “Bon Voyage” (Season 7)

The series’ seventh season is one that is hotly debated by fans of all walks of life. Some fans refuse to even watch the season, since it was left in the hands of writers other than the Palladinos. Other fans proudly protect it. And some fans just pick and choose what they like from it and ignore the rest. But you can’t really deny that the seventh season finale – once the original series finale – is a profoundly satisfying, albeit saccharine conclusion.

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Rory is heading off to work on the Barack Obama campaign trail, and the episode follows Rory’s and Lorelai’s attempts to prepare for her inevitable departure. Stars Hollow comes out to wish Rory a Bon Voyage in the form of a big celebration, featuring heartfelt speeches and emotional moments among all of the series’ key relationships. And, of course, it all ends with Luke and Lorelai finally making amends, before one last stop for coffee at Luke’s Diner, just as it should.

5 “Love, Daisies, and Troubadours” (Season 1)

The world of Gilmore Girls was a much simpler place in its sweet and quirky first season. Its first season finale reflects that completely, as almost the entirety of the episode is spent on the girls’ romantic relationships and significant milestones within both of them. Rory reunites with Dean, after their uncomfortable and embarrassing breakup a few episodes prior.

Luke and his girlfriend, Rachel, split up after Rachel becomes convinced that she could never compare to Lorelai, thus setting up the ongoing arc of Luke’s secret love of Lorelai. And in Lorelai’s romantic life, her boyfriend, Rory’s teacher Max Medina, surprises her with a grand romantic gesture in the form of a thousand yellow daisies and a proposal.

4 “Fall” (Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life)

Just as the seventh season of Gilmore Girls remains a hot topic for debate among fans of the series, so, too, does the previously mentioned limited series Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Whether you agreed with the characters’ development or not, the final installment in the miniseries, “Fall,” is a compelling hour and a half of television – at least, if you ignore the self-indulgent Life and Death Brigade monkey mask montage. We still don’t know what to make of that.

Rory finally puts an end to her toxic back and forth with Logan, resolving instead to work on the story of her life in the form of the novel that she and Jess had discussed previously. Lorelai and Emily repair their long fraught relationship, in a gorgeous scene that Lauren Graham absolutely acts the hell out of. Luke and Lorelai make amends after struggling to connect, and impulsively decide to get married the night before their actual big town wedding. And, as the series draws to a close, Rory makes her game changing reveal: she’s pregnant.

3 “Those Are Strings, Pinocchio” (Season 3)

The third season of Gilmore Girls brought an end to one of the series’ central plots: Rory’s time at Chilton, the esteemed private school she worked her butt off to get into, and would ultimately become valedictorian of her graduating class in. The finale episode, “Those Are Strings, Pinocchio,” focuses on that special graduation day, and allows the series to mine richly emotional material regarding the gratitude Rory feels for everything her mother has done to help her get this far.

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The episode also allows Rory to make a clean break from an absent Jess; complicates yet another one of Luke’s romantic relationships, due to his subconscious feelings for Lorelai; and introduces a new financial element to the Gilmore family’s relationship, as Rory requests her grandparents help so that her mother won’t have to worry about paying for the Yale tuition she clearly cannot afford.

2 “I Can’t Get Started” (Season 2)

It’s hard to rank an episode of Gilmore Girls that so prominently focuses on the unhealthy relationship between Lorelai and Christopher among one of the series’ best, but in truth, the second season finale “I Can’t Get Started” just might be one of the strongest episodes of the entire series. Revolving around the wedding of Sookie and Jackson, the episode allows for people to be left in close proximity and for long simmering conflicts and tensions to boil over.

Lorelai and Christopher seem as though they may actually be rekindling a relationship for the first real time since they were teenagers, but just as things seem to be going their way, Christopher learns that his previous girlfriend, Sherry, is pregnant. Jess returns from his time in New York City and moves back in with Luke, showing up unexpectedly at Sookie’s wedding afterward, and forcing Rory to confront her growing feelings for him. And confront them she does, in the form of one of the series’ best kisses.

1 “Raincoats and Recipes” (Season 4)

Just as “I Can’t Get Started” puts characters in close quarters and lets the sparks fly, the fourth season finale, “Rain Coats and Recipes,” does exactly the same thing with even more dramatic results. The opening weekend of the Dragonfly Inn is finally here, and the inn is booked to capacity with guests and tension alike.

Rory spends the night with a married Dean, helping him cheat on his wife and losing her virginity in the process. A crazed Jason tries to win Lorelai over again, but it’s clear that things will never work out for them, after his betrayal of her father. Richard and Emily are forced to reveal the fractured nature of their relationship once and for all, much to Lorelai and Rory’s shock. And finally, after four long seasons of waiting, Luke and Lorelai share their first kiss and make their relationship official.

NEXT: Gilmore Girls: 10 Storylines That Were Never Resolved


2019-07-21 03:07:31

Katerina Daley

The 10 Most Thrilling Chase Sequences In The Star Wars Saga, Ranked

All of the Star Wars movies are packed with exhilarating action sequences, from the destruction of the Death Star to the saga’s many lightsaber duels. Due to the characters’ use of spacecraft and landspeeders, a lot of those action sequences are chases. There have even been some great chases on foot in this galaxy far, far away.

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Although the fan reception has dipped up and down from the original trilogy to the prequel trilogy to the sequel trilogy, one thing is apparent in all three: exciting well-crafted action sequences. So, here are The 10 Most Thrilling Chase Sequences In The Star Wars Saga, Ranked.

10 Obi-Wan chasing General Grievous’ wheelbike on a varactyl

Few Star Wars fans would argue that Revenge of the Sith is the best prequel. When Obi-Wan arrives at General Grievous’ base on Utapau, he’s faced with four MagnaGuards, and while they seem to be a threat at first, he manages to crush three of them by dislodging an air vent above them with the Force before decapitating the fourth. Then, he faces Grievous himself.

After severing a few of Grievous’ robotic limbs, the General relents and hops on his wheelbike. Obi-Wan won’t let him get away, so he hops on his varactyl, Boga, and chases him through the wilderness of Utapau.

9 TIE fighters chasing the Millennium Falcon away from the Death Star

Against all odds, Han, Luke, Leia, Chewie, and the droids managed to escape from the Death Star – albeit without Obi-Wan, who died fighting Darth Vader – after rescuing the princess from captivity and retrieving the plans for the Rebels. As they left in the Millennium Falcon, they were pursued by a couple of TIE fighters.

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Luke and Han went down to fire the blaster cannons on the bottom of the ship at them, and managed to pick them off. When Luke managed to blow up one of the TIE fighters, he bragged about it, until Han uttered the immortal words, “Great, kid! Don’t get cocky.”

8 Anakin’s podrace

“Now, this is podracing!” While this is technically more of a race than a chase, it is an exhilarating vehicular sequence involving two opposing parties, so it’s basically a chase. As soon as the podrace boils down to Anakin and Sebulba’s intense rivalry, it becomes a chase.

A lot of Star Wars fans were disappointed with The Phantom Menace, because it took their childhood and reduced it to political commentary on trade deals, but as the movie’s big action sequence at its midpoint, the podrace is pretty exciting – and it also introduced the idea of spectator sports in the Star Wars universe, which was an interesting development.

7 TIE fighters chasing the Millennium Falcon through the wreckage of a Star Destroyer

The distinction of the airborne action sequences in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens is that they take place in the skies of various planets as opposed to space. Whether the Resistance was blowing up Starkiller Base from inside its atmosphere or arriving to battle the First Order at Maz Kanata’s castle, the dogfights looked more like real dogfights, because they took place in the skies.

Another example is when Rey and Finn flee Jakku in the Millennium Falcon and get pursued through the downed wreckage of an Imperial Star Destroyer by a couple of TIE fighters. It was a spectacular sequence.

6 Anakin and Obi-Wan chasing Zam Wesell across Coruscant

Despite being mostly maligned by the Star Wars fan base, Attack of the Clones has a few great action sequences, like the scene in which a captured Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Padme are forced to fight malicious alien creatures in a gladiatorial arena. One of the early sequences sees Anakin and Obi-Wan chasing a bounty hunter named Zam Wesell across the urban landscapes of Coruscant.

With neo-noir visuals inspired by Blade Runner and whizzing camera movements, George Lucas created a chase scene that’s as beautiful as it is thrilling. It also builds on Anakin and Obi-Wan’s relationship as a Padawan and his Master.

5 Jango Fett chasing Obi-Wan from Kamino

Obi-Wan heads to the rainy planet of Kamino when he discovers that it has been erased from the Jedi Archives. There, he finds that the bounty hunter Jango Fett has been cloned to create a mysterious army. Jango and his son, Boba, pursue Obi-Wan through an asteroid field and Obi-Wan manages to avoid Jango’s detection by landing on the side of an asteroid and hiding in plain sight.

Boba takes note of this, and it explains how he later knows that Han Solo had landed the Millennium Falcon on the side of a Star Destroyer to avoid being captured by the Empire.

4 The Death Star trench run

In his quest to destroy the Death Star, Luke Skywalker was pursued by a couple of TIE fighters along the superweapon’s trenches. These TIE fighters included an experimental TIE fighter prototype piloted by Darth Vader. Vader was able to use the ship’s blaster cannons combined with the Force to obliterate a bunch of Rebel ships – but not Luke’s.

At one point, it seemed like Luke might not make it to the air shaft he needed to shoot in order to blow the thing up, but then Han and Chewie gloriously returned to show off their newfound heroism and shoot the TIE fighters off Luke’s tail.

3 Han and Qi’ra escape Corellia in a speeder

Although Solo: A Star Wars Story was criticized by fans because its existence wasn’t strictly necessary, it was a rollicking intergalactic adventure set in everyone’s favorite galaxy far, far away, so why complain? The movie opens with Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han Solo and Emilia Clarke’s femme fatale Qi’ra escaping from a Corellian gang that they owe money to by hopping into a speeder and gunning it out of there.

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The scene was great fun – like a Star Wars-ian car chase – with the only downside being that it led to the two splitting up to fight for Imperial forces, which dragged down the movie’s second act.

2 The speeder bike chase through the forests of Endor

Luke spends a lot of the final battle in Return of the Jedi up on the second Death Star, dueling with his father in the Emperor’s throne room. However, when it all kicks off, he’s down on the surface of Endor.

The Rebels have to take out a couple of Scout Troopers that are guarding the Empire’s tech, and part of this involves Luke and Leia hopping on a couple of speeder bikes and racing the troops through the woods. The bad guys all end up crashing into trees or flying from their speeder bikes, but Luke and Leia’s Force sensitivity keeps them safe.

1 The Empire pursuing the Millennium Falcon through an asteroid field

Despite the odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field being 3,720 to one, as C-3PO points out, Han Solo decides to try his luck. The Empire is close on the Millennium Falcon’s tail and the chances of making it out alive are looking slim, so Han decides to give navigating an asteroid field a go.

Most of the TIE fighters don’t make it through to the other side, but then TIE fighter pilots don’t tend to be as skilled at the controls of a starship as Han Solo. The Empire Strikes Back is full of exciting action sequences – this is just one of them.

NEXT: 10 Greatest Battle Sequences In The Star Wars Saga


2019-07-19 01:07:06

Ben Sherlock

The Office: All Of The Holiday Episodes, Ranked | ScreenRant

The Office is known for many things including its famous holiday episodes. Most of these had Dunder Mifflin’s employees celebrating the true meaning of Christmas through participation in some sort of dysfunctional holiday party. Let’s also not forget that one Season 7 episode that nodded Thanksgiving.

We’re here to see how every holiday episode of The Office stacks up, so get ready for one wild sleigh ride through Scranton: here is a ranking of The Office‘s most festive episodes.

8 WUPHF.com (S7E9)

We’re kicking it off with an honorable mention: The Office’s unofficial Thanksgiving episode.

WUPHF.com follows Ryan’s attempt to get his co-workers invested in his internet company. While Thanksgiving isn’t the main theme of the episode, it first aired near the autumn holiday, and Dwight turns the office parking lot into a hay bale festival.

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Thanksgiving is mentioned once during a chat between the senator and Angela. Even if it’s not a true Turkey Day episode, it’s the closest thing we’ll get.

7 Christmas Wishes (S8, E10)

“Christmas Wishes” sees Andy attempting to make everyone’s Christmas dreams become a reality. However, after introducing the gang to his new girlfriend Jessica, Erin becomes upset and drinks too much at the Christmas party. Robert California similarly mourns his divorce, and Andy becomes concerned about the pair bonding over their frustrations.

Meanwhile, Dwight and Jim are told by Andy that if they pull any more pranks on each other, they’ll lose their Christmas bonuses. Wanting to end up with twice as much as cash, they continuously frame each other by pranking themselves.

While “Christmas Wishes” is funny, it’s nothing outstanding and lacks some of the charm in earlier episodes.

6 Moroccan Christmas (S5E11)

“Moroccan Christmas” sees Phyllis throwing the annual holiday bash instead of Angela for the first time as the new head of the Party Planning Committee. She blackmails Angela into doing what she wants, holding Angela’s affair with Dwight over her head.

Meanwhile, Meredith gets drunk and sets her hair on fire at the party, which leads Michael to stage an intervention for her alcoholism and trick her into entering a rehab center. The last storyline has Dwight buying out the most-wished-for doll of the season, “Princess Unicorn,” so he can up-sell the toy for a profit.

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While some criticized the Michael-Meredith and Angela-Phyllis plots for feeling out of character, the episode is full of fresh humor when considered on its own.

5 Dwight Christmas (S9E9)

When the party planning committee doesn’t come through with their annual Christmas bash, Dwight gathers everyone around to celebrate a traditional Schrute Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas. He dresses up as the gift-bringer Belsnickel, who determines if Dunder Mifflin’s employees are impish or admirable: the equivalent of Santa’s naughty or nice.

The episode’s side plot sees Pete teaching Erin about his favorite film, Die Hard.

“Dwight Christmas” provided lots of laughs, returning with a feel more similar to earlier Office Christmas episodes. Rainn Wilson’s acting is also spot-on in this one.

4 Classy Christmas (S7E11/12)

This two-part Christmas collective saw Michael throwing a classy holiday party to celebrate Holly’s return to Dunder Mifflin. He believes that she will be single again, even though the last time he saw her, she was dating A.J. When she shows up and is still in a relationship, Michael decides to vandalize her Toy Story Woody doll and frame Toby.

Other storylines in the episodes include Darryl growing concerned that his daughter doesn’t want to spend the holidays with him and Dwight challenging Jim to an intense snowball fight.

“Classy Christmas” is all around funny and memorable, as it continues Micahel’s quest for love while containing gags familiar to the holiday-themed episodes before it.

3 A Benihana Christmas (S3E10)

“A Benihana Christmas” saw Pam and Karen teaming up to compete against Angela’s holiday party after they tire of her bossy antics.

Additionally, Michael’s girlfriend Carol breaks up with him after he sends her a family picture card with his head photoshopped over that of her ex-husband. This leads him to go to a Benihana restaurant, at which he and Andy meet waitress they bring to the holiday parties. Unfortunately for Michael, he gets the two girls confused and finds himself trying to figure out who is whom during the festivities.

The two-part episode is filled with the kind of conflict that’s so uncomfortable you can’t help but laugh. Jim’s two romantic partners scheming alongside each other additionally adds a fascinating and funny dynamic to the mix.

2 Secret Santa (S6E13)

In “Secret Santa,” Michael becomes upset when Phyllis walks in as Santa Clause because he’s used to dressing up as the big guy. In spite, he tries to out-do her by dressing up as Jesus. When Jim puts an end to his antics, Michael calls CFO David Wallace and learns that everyone might lose their jobs: news he uses to take back control of the Christmas party.

Pam meanwhile tries to push Oscar and the new warehouse worker into a relationship, and Dwight tries to determine what the mysterious pieces he’s receiving in the mail will build. Additionally, Erin asks her Secret Santa (Andy) to stop sending her actual “Twelve Days of Christmas” gifts after she gets attacked by the live birds.

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The episode features a ton of incredible one-liners and the cast’s various conquests kept it going strong.

1 Christmas Party (S2E10)

Topping off the list is the inaugural “Christmas Party” episode, in which Michael changes “Secret Santa” into a more competitive white elephant gift exchange. This causes all sorts of problems, with Dwight ending up with a teapot Jim filled with memorabilia for Pam — Ryan ending up with a flowery nameplate that says “Kelly” — and Pam ending up with the iPod Michael had originally intended for Ryan.

While most of the office is upset by the results, Michael decides to lighten the mood by breaking the company’s policy on alcohol and turning things up. In the end, Pam decides to trade with Dwight, ending up with teapot Jim had bought her.

While the dry jokes made this episode hilarious, the sweet twist ending makes it just as heartwarming as it is funny.

NEXT: 5 Things The Office Did Better Than Friends (& 5 Things Friends Did Better)


2019-07-17 03:07:22

Brooke Bajgrowicz

The 10 Best Action Sequences From The Transformers Franchise, Ranked

The recent series of live-action movies based on Hasbro’s famous Transformers have enthralled and enraged fans and general movie-goers alike for over a decade now. In that time, they’ve blown up all that can be blown up on multiple continents, in several oceans, on the moon, and through the fallen metallic utopia of Cybertron.

We’ve compiled the best of the best from all of the movies’ action sequences for your entertainment. If you’re a fan looking to revisit the cream of the crop or a newcomer who wants to sample the finest selection of action scenes, then this is the list for you.

10 Operation Firestorm (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)

The finale of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen centers around a military operation at the foot of the pyramids of Giza and, as you would expect, Michael Bay blows it all to kingdom come.

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There’s a tremendous amount going on the sequence from John Turturro ordering a rail gun strike on a pyramid-sized Decepticon (resulting in the immortal line “I am directly below the enemy scrotum”) to a transforming stealth bomber ripping out its own heart to allow a freshly resurrected Optimus Prime to salvage parts from his corpse. And that’s not even half of it. Expect shouting and every kind of explosion that you can imagine.

9 Highway Fight (Transformers)

The first moment that Michael Bay really showed his teeth in the Transformers franchise. The relatively short and simple fight between Optimus Prime and Bonecrusher showcased all of the goodies that modern moviemaking could throw at an idea like live-action Transformers and the results are eye-grabbing and explosive.

The short scuffle sees the heroes pursued by a group of Decepticons down a highway before Bonecrusher and Optimus Prime transform in broad daylight to brawl. The two go over the side in the middle of a spaghetti junction, falling several times before Prime debuts his new sword and shoves it straight through Bonecrusher’s face.

8 King Arthur Vs. The Saxons (Transformers: The Last Knight)

Michael Bay opens his potentially final Transformers movie in typically fiery style, with enormous catapulted fireballs emerging from behind the Paramount logo and crashing down on the battlefield of King Arthur’s last stand against a Saxon horde.

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If you think that setting the scene in the 5th century would deter Bay from incorporating massive explosions every few seconds then you don’t know Michael Bay very well. Like the rest of the movie, it’s a cacophonous boom of crashing metal and manly grunting. All tied together by the arrival of a three-headed fire-breathing robot dragon to save the day at the last moment.

7 The Death of Optimus Prime (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)

For better or worse, the forest fight between Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, and Grindor defines Michael Bay’s style in the live-action Transformers movies. To some people, it’s just visual chaos. To others, it’s oddly elegant.

The scene is mostly shot from the perspective of Shia LaBeouf’s Sam Witwicky running through the forest as the metallic giants duke it out around him, dodging explosions left and right. Prime proves why he’s so respected as a warrior as he takes on the three Decepticons alone and beats them, ripping Grindor’s face in half in the process. Megatron manages to get Prime in the end with a sneaky literal backstab, leading to his resurrection at the end of the movie.

6 The Leaning Tower of Chicago (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)

In the midst of the Decepticons’ destructive occupation of Chicago, Sam Witwicky and a small group embark on a covert mission to take out a portal that will bring the Transformer home-world of Cybertron to Earth so that the remnants of a conquered humanity can rebuild it.

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To stop the Decepticons’ plans, the group have to find a vantage point to fire their one rocket at a crucial point. To do this, they have to climb up a skyscraper that’s in the midst of snapping in half. Things just get worse from there as the Decepticons speed up the structural deterioration, sending in the giant metallic worm Driller to finish the job.

5 Bumblebee Vs. Nemesis Prime (Transformers: The Last Knight)

After being turned by the evil Quintessa into an evil minion called Nemesis Prime, the evil Optimus steals Merlin’s staff (long story) and attempts to escape a giant underwater spacecraft shaped like a Celtic cross (even longer story). 

As the craft begins to rise out of the water, Prime gets struck by a passing submarine; allowing his long-time friend Bumblebee to catch up with him. The two finally go toe to toe on the roof of the craft as it rises out of the water. It’s one of the most unforgettable of the Transformers series’ locations and fights, with Bumblebee’s death appearing imminent just before Prime is able to shake his brainwashing and come to his senses.

4 The Fall of Cybertron (Bumblebee)

After the increasingly overwhelming nature of Michael Bay’s take on the beloved franchise, many fans were relieved to see the 2018 spinoff Bumblebee take a simpler approach that harkened back to the original ’80s cartoon.

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The classic character designs were mixed with a much brighter color palette and showcased in all their glory with an opening action scene on the warring Cybertron. We see the heroic Autobots lose control of the planet to the Decepticons and escape to find refuge on other worlds and, even if you aren’t familiar with the original cartoon, it’s a refreshing change of pace for the series.

3 The Battle of Hong Kong (Transformers: Age of Extinction)

After punching some respect into the newly freed Dinobots, Optimus Prime rides into battle with them on the streets of Hong Kong and if Optimus Prime waving a giant sword on top of a fire-breathing robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex is wrong then who on earth wants to be right?

The battle is suitably maniacal and involves an extended fight between Bumblebee and a Decepticon knock-off on top of a flying Dinobot. It’s all overshadowed, though, when the main antagonist shows up to pick up the survivors with a giant flying magnet, destroying almost all of Hong Kong’s remaining landmarks in the process.

2 The Ruins of Cybertron (Transformers: The Last Knight)

The grand finale of Bay’s swansong for the old ways of the Transformers franchise, before a semi-reboot, is fittingly bonkers. It sees the shattered ruins of Cybertron finally arriving at earth to suck its energy dry in an attempt to rebuild itself while an alliance of human soldiers and Autobots crash land onto a section of Cybertron to take out a vital control room.

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The three-headed dragon from the beginning of the movie appears again to really kick things into overdrive. Not that that’s really needed with Optimus Prime decapitating six foes with a single sword swing, tactical nukes blowing sections of Cybertron into other sections and a final battle that has to be fought on a platform hurtling thousands of feet through the air in freefall.

1 The Wing-suit Jump (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)

In the sprawling warzone finale of the Decepticon takeover of Chicago, the centerpiece is the daring infiltration mission of soldiers into the city via a wing-suit jump from Osprey aircrafts. Most of them don’t make it and are taken down during the flight in. The lucky survivors are forced to jump into downtown Chicago and fly through the wreckage of half-destroyed skyscrapers with Decepticons hot on their tails. 

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The construction of the scene and the special effects are top-notch but the main selling point is their blending with the actual stunt work of the teams of skydivers flying through the city themselves.


2019-07-17 03:07:19

Mark Birrell

My Hero Academia: 10 Most Powerful Quirks, Ranked | ScreenRant

The world of My Hero Academia is full of amazing, useful, and silly quirks. But when it comes to being a superhero, some quirks are better than others. For example, All Might would never have become the hero we all know him to be, should the quirk handed down to him have been anything else (say having the ability to create bubbles).

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Here we’re going to look at 10 of the most powerful quirks in the series. And we’re going to take it a step further and rank them while we’re at it. Because why not?

This article pulls quirks that haven’t made it into the anime yet.

10 Copy

Neito Monoma has a unique quirk; he has the ability to copy other quirks. Now, thankfully he can’t actually copy all quirks. Imagine if he tried (and succeeded) to copy One For All. He would have torn himself apart!

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However, even with limitations on what he can mimic, this ability is extremely useful. It allows Monoma to be fairly versatile in any given situation. He can even combat an enemy with their own quirk – depending on what it is.

9 Bloodcurdle

Stain had what is quite possibly the most brutal combination of quirk and personality. His quirk–blood curdling—gives him the ability to freeze anybody whose blood he ingests. Since blood is involved in this manner, it’s already a given that the blood came from a fight. He then takes advantage of the person being frozen to maim or slaughter them.

In the hands of a killer like Stain, this quirk is incredibly powerful. And incredibly dangerous. The famous fight of him versus three UA students is indication enough of that fact. One has to wonder, how would this quirk have looked, had it been used for good?

8 Half-Cold Half-Hot

Most of the elemental quirks seem like they would be useful, depending on their situation. However, many of them are in fact limited by their environments (as evidenced in the series). That’s what makes Todoroki’s quirk standout among the rest.

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Todoroki has the quirk of both cold and hot – meaning ice and fire are under his control. And it’s a strong quirk too – you’ve seen the amount of ice and fire he can create. Todoroki is a versatile fighter thanks to his quirk (and his ability to stay clear-headed during a fight… usually). He will become an even bigger threat, as he learns more control over his quirk.

7 Mental Control

Shinso has a quirk that the UA criminally undervalues. Based on the way they test for new students, it’s no surprise that Shinso failed. But that doesn’t mean much about the strength of his quirk. The ability to control minds is not one that should be underestimated. Especially when he can mimic other’s voices, and gain a higher chance of getting a response from his targets.

So far we haven’t really had a chance to see Shinso go all out – but we can be sure that it’s coming. His quirk and his mentor more or less guarantee those facts. And it’s going to be explosive when we see it happen.

6 Black Hole

Thirteen is sort of an overlooked hero, due to their focus on rescue instead of combat. But do not make the mistake of looking down on their quirk. The ability to create black holes is no mean feat. And it makes Thirteen extremely dangerous in a fight (as long as they’re not surrounded).

One can understand why Thirteen has dedicated the use of their quirk to rescue instead of harm. Any fight they join in on significantly reduces the odds of bringing in the enemy alive, and killing is not a thing a hero should do lightly.

5 Disintegration

Tomura Shigaraki has one of the more disturbing quirks out there. Not only is it dangerous, but it’s painful and quite frankly, it just looks alarming. Shigaraki has the quirk of disintegration. We saw it get used against Aizawa in the first season.

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Shigaraki doesn’t seem terribly interested in using his quirk in excess. Perhaps there’s a cost to it. More likely there are other reasons he doesn’t want to rely on the quirk (pride, a reminder of his family, who knows).

4 Overhaul

Overhaul, aka Kai Chisaki, has one of the most terrifying quirks out there. His villain name is based off the quirk itself – Overhaul. With this quirk, he can deconstruct and reconstruct matter (including people) on a whim. He can also alter any item or person during this process – healing or damaging as he sees fit.That makes him an extremely dangerous person to try and fight against, as our heroes learned. The end of the most recent season showed just how lethal he can be – taking on a group of antagonists without a moment’s hesitation – and winning.

3 Rewind

Eri is a character that hasn’t yet made an appearance in the anime (though if you’ve watched the trailer, then you know what she looks like). Eri’s quirk is unique among the others. It can rewind a person’s state to any time of her choosing. Meaning, if a person is hurt, she can reset their body to a time when it wasn’t damaged — and vice versa.

Eri’s quirk is dangerous, a fact that Overhaul was well aware of. He used her body and her quirk to hurt and control others. Eri’s quirk is powerful for another reason as well – her ability to support other heroes and keep them upright during a fight. Think about that. Intense, right?

2 One For All

Naturally, we had to include One For All on this list. This quirk is technically a few quirks merged together, but since they’ll never be separated, we’re counting them as one. One For All combines immense strength and power with the ability to hand the quirk to somebody else. Thus it creates a lineage of heroes, handing the quirk down through the ages. It has some unusual side effects, as readers of the manga are well aware of.

One For All is an exceptionally powerful quirk. All Might and Midorya can both prove that fact for us. Both heroes have been capable of amazing feats, with All Might being the number one hero for years.

1 All For One

If One For All is going to make this list, then so should All For One. All For One is the quirk that allows our main villain to take any quirk he wishes. It’s basically the polar opposite of One For All. And it allows All For One to get more and more powerful with time – picking and choosing the quirks he desires.

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To make matters worse (or better, depending on how you want to look at it), this quirk can also transfer quirks. Allowing All For One to take quirks and give them to his followers. It’s a smart way to ensure loyalty, at the very least.


2019-07-16 01:07:35

Cat Wyatt

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The 10 Best Love Triangles, Ranked

Relationships are fraught with tension, drama, and anguish. And that’s just in real life. Imagine dating somebody on the Hellmouth. Not only could a vampire steal your life—but they could also steal your mate. On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Scooby Gang always has their hands full. Sometimes, it’s with fighting the latest Big Bad, but often it’s with their own romantic conflicts.

The love triangle is one of the most tried and true plot devices ever. That’s because the audience can get involved and invested, debating the ship worthiness of one couple over the other. Over its seven seasons, Buffy had more triangles than a geometry class. So which were most guaranteed to steam up your TV? Here is Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The 10 Best Love Triangles, Ranked.

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10 Willow, Oz, Veruca

Happy couples don’t exactly make for great TV. But it’s a testament to the stellar Buffy writing staff that we’d be tickled pink if Willow and Oz were able to carry out their too cute for words romance with nothing bad ever happening. Sadly, this is not in the cards for TV’s favorite witch-werewolf couple.

Despite his commitment and red-hot attraction to Willow, Oz finds himself drawn to Veruca. As a fellow werewolf, Veruca has a natural connection to Oz that Willow never will. The sexual connection between Oz and Veruca is animalistic, to say the least. Veruca urges him to literally cast off his shackles and roam free. Though this comes back to literally bite her, Oz realizes that his werewolf side isn’t nearly as under control as he thought. He fears being a danger to those he loves, namely Willow, and splits town. Love triangles are known for both their agony and ecstasy. With this one, it’s a lot of the former and not much of the latter.

9 Angel, Buffy, Scott

While the Willow-Oz-Veruca triangle was way too tumultuous to be enjoyable, this one has the opposite effect. Scott is like the poppy field in The Wizard of Oz—guaranteed to put the viewer to sleep. The best we can say about Scott is that he makes Angel, fresh back from his summer vacation in hell, green with envy. It looks like Buffy has moved on with her life and it’s a life that doesn’t include the vampire who tortured and murdered her friends.

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Alas, this never becomes a full-fledged love triangle as Scott takes himself out of the running by prematurely dumping Buffy. We should be outraged by his actions, but—zzzzzzzz.

8 Xander, Anya, Spike

Seriously, what’s more audacious? Xander leaving Anya at the altar or telling her he still wants to date her…then leaving her at the altar? Before we even have time to contemplate an answer, Xander goes for the hat trick of audacity, slut-shaming Anya for sleeping with Spike.

It’s called a rebound, Xander. Anya is left lonely and heartbroken and Spike’s in a similar boat after Buffy leaves his bed. Mutual misery isn’t the most positive reason for sexual congress, but given the circumstances, it’s beyond understandable. We’ll concede that it has to be painful for Xander to have watched it live, courtesy of the Trio’s creepy hidden cameras, but the man-made his choice. Even though Spike and Anya never pursue a romance, let’s just say it—they have a lot in common and are totally ship worthy. Meanwhile, Xander can walk the plank.

7 Buffy, Angel, Cordelia

This barely counts as a love triangle, as Cordelia deludes herself into thinking Angel has any real feelings for her. Still, Buffy is her own worst enemy, as her insecurity gets the better of her. Thanks to some liberated Watcher Diaries, Buffy gets it in her head that Angel has a thing for delicate women of nobility. In the present day this translates to a varsity cheerleader, not a Slayer.

Angel assures Buffy she has nothing to worry about and Cordy eventually gets the message. Ironically, years later Angel and Cordy end up getting together on Angel. That too has its own detrimental complications. Angel teaches us that if a vampire ever comes up on our Tinder, swipe left.

6 Cordelia, Xander, Willow

Xander, like many of us, wants what he can’t have. Even before Willow admits her crush on him, he has an inkling that it’s there. When she winds up blurting it out, it’s an explosive reaction to Xander’s relationship with Cordelia. Considering that Cordelia made her life hell for years, it’s a real boot to Willow’s heart.

But like a lotus growing out of mud, Xander and Cordelia’s relationship is the best thing for Willow. She’s finally able to let him go and find happiness with Oz. But now that Willow’s unattainable, all of a sudden she’s looking mighty fine to Xander, who puts the moves on her. Willow and Xander carry out an affair of the kissy variety behind their partners’ backs. When they get caught, it has disastrous consequences, namely for Cordelia who winds up getting impaled. No guy is worth dying for, especially Xander Harris.

5 Xander, Anya, Willow

Most love triangles involve two parties warring for an individual’s romantic affections. This one is an anomaly because Willow and Xander no longer have feelings for each other. Willow has come out as gay and besides, Xander is…Xander. But they’re still BFFs and Willow is used to being the most important woman in his life. Furthermore, Willow had beef with Anya before she even started dating Xander. The result is that Xander finds himself playing the role of rope in Willow and Anya’s tug-of-war.

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Tension between Willow and Anya comes to a head when Willow accidentally summons Anya’s ex, Olaf the Troll. He announces he will kill Willow or Anya, and Xander has to choose which one. It must be a blue moon because Xander makes the selfless decision to sacrifice himself instead. This obviously doesn’t happen, but Xander’s gesture dissolves the sharp edges of this contentious triangle.

4 Riley, Buffy, Spike

Usually a love triangle involves somebody loving two people at once. In this case, Buffy loves neither man nor vampire. Spike assesses the situation best: things suck for him because he’s on the outside looking in, never getting the tiniest bit of affection from Buffy. But then there’s Riley, who goes through the motions with Buffy, gets to live a romantic life with her, all the while knowing that she doesn’t fully return his feelings.

There’s some truth to Riley’s accusation that Buffy is using him. At some point, she should have the self-awareness to see what everyone else does. But oh yeah, her mom is dying of cancer. So she’s a little preoccupied. Besides, the Slayer deserves better options than a panty-stealing stalker and an ex-soldier who pays vampire prostitutes to bite him.

3 Spike, Drusilla, Angel

How does that expression go: You always hurt the ones you love? Or is it, the ones who hurt you, you always love? Either way, both adages can be applied to this three-ring circus of a love triangle. In their prime, Spike and Drusilla are total goals. But there’s the lingering shadow of Angel. Can you blame Drusilla? You don’t just forget the first person who tortures you to insanity. In the vampire world, this is like somebody giving you their class ring.

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Even though Angel gets Dru a human heart for Valentine’s Day, it’s clear he doesn’t really love her. He just enjoys getting under Spike’s skin. Dru adores being the cause of this cockfighting, and why shouldn’t she? All’s fair in love and undeath.

2 Oz, Willow, Tara

As flattering as it may be having two people love you at the same time, we don’t envy Willow’s decision. Tara is sweet and devoted, but also an unknown. Who’s to say things don’t blow up between them two weeks down the line? Then there’s Oz, who Willow knows she has crazy chemistry with. But there’s scorched earth there. Can Willow trust Oz not to break her heart again?

The whole thing ends up being a nonstarter. For all his Tibetan training, when it comes to Willow, Oz can’t keep his wolfiness under control. He packs his bags and Willow goes to Tara who’s waiting with open arms. It doesn’t fully sit right with us that Willow picks Tara by default, but we can’t thumb our noses at the beautiful love that comes from this relationship.

1 Angel, Buffy, Spike

What makes this one an anomaly is that Buffy is never really involved with Angel and Spike at the same time, save for the last episode. She previously spent a chaste yet intimate night with Spike, yet when Angel rolls into town, he and Buffy engage in a steamy make-out sesh that makes it clear their feelings have not changed own iota since their breakup.

There have been arguments upon tweets upon forums debating the merits of Team Angel vs. Team Spike. The series finale, for all its flaws, answers the question best—Buffy belongs with neither. Never mind the myriad of reasons why Angel and Spike are unfit partners in their own unique, spectacular ways. Buffy says it herself that she needs to figure out who she is first. When it comes to this triangle, we’re Team Buffy.

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2019-07-15 01:07:38

Liz Hersey

Stranger Things: The Show’s 10 Most Badass Characters, Ranked

Stranger Things is one of the most suspenseful and action-packed series airing on television right now. It’s impressive, really, considering about half of the series’ main characters are children under the age of 14. But season after season, the smash hit Netflix series proves that it’s one of the best in the game when it comes to delivering amazing action sequences and shocking twists.

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Unlike typical action movies and other action-packed procedural series, however, Stranger Things boasts a unique kind of character-driven action, due in large part to the strength of its own cast of characters. Whether a child, a teenager, or an adult, the series’ characters are all incredibly strong in their own way, each having their own distinct roles and journeys. Here, we take a look at the ten most badass characters the series has introduced so far.

10 Murray Bauman

Sure, Murray might not be your conventional action hero character, but there’s no denying that the series’ resident conspiracy theorist is a total badass in his own right. In the series’ second season, it was Murray’s dogged pursuit of the truth regarding Barb’s disappearance that led to the truth about Hawkins Lab being exposed.

In the third season, it’s Murray’s keen skills with Russian translation that allow Hopper and Joyce to learn the truth from Alexei about the current Russian experiments. He also manages to get the three of them into the Russian base with those same skills and proves that he’s also quite handy with a rifle.

9 Max Mayfield

It’s easy to write Max’s character off as a brat since she’s got one of the more aggressive personalities out of the group of children in the series. But across both of the seasons she’s appeared in, Max has revealed herself to have her own secret badass streak, despite the struggles she’s experienced in her own upbringing.

In the second season, Max drugs her abusive older brother, Billy, and threatens to beat him with a bat if he doesn’t start to shape up his act. And in the third season, when Billy is possessed by the Mind Flayer, she stands her ground, fearlessly facing him down and trying to get through to him on multiple occasions, no matter how afraid she is.

8 Nancy Wheeler

The Nancy Wheeler we leave at the end of Stranger Things 3 is practically a completely different young woman from the Nancy we met way back in the series’ pilot. Originally introduced as a total good girl with a secret desire to break free from what’s expected of her, Nancy soon revealed her investigative nature, hunting monsters with Jonathan and wielding a bat and gun alike.

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Over the years, she’s grown quite skilled in fighting monsters, exposing large scale conspiracies, and tackling sexism in the workplace. In the third season, she even gets a few action sequences of her own, fighting men possessed by the Flayer and squaring off with the slimy beast itself.

7 Bob Newby

When Bob was a high school student in Hawkins, he was known as Bob the Brain. But as the second season of Stranger Things showed, even the nerdiest of boys can grow up to be a total unexpected badass. After spending most of the second season as the supportive and geeky boyfriend of Joyce Byers, Bob became the hero everyone needed as the season neared its end.

As a crisis arose at Hawkins Lab that could only be solved by someone with a familiarity with computer programming, Bob rose to the task and saved the day, braving certain death in the form of invading Demodogs to ensure the safety of the Byers family and friends. Though he tragically lost his life in the process, Bob secured his place in the history of the show as Bob Newby: Superhero.

6 Billy Hargrove

It was practically impossible to like Billy Hargrove in the series’ second season. A one-note bully with a real penchant for sexism and racism, Billy was one of the series most underdeveloped characters. But the third season changed everything. In Stranger Things 3, Billy was possessed by the villainous Mind Flayer, serving as its new human host.

Multiple times throughout the season, Billy challenged the strength of the Flayer’s hold, letting his own personality and psyche peer through in desperate attempts to communicate. At the season’s end, Billy finally broke free of the monster’s grasp, physically fighting the enormous beast and giving his life in an attempt to save the nearby children, including his own step-sister, Max.

5 Will Byers

For three years, Will Byers has been fighting the control of Demogorgons and Mind Flayers alike, routinely proving himself to be one of the strongest characters in the series in the process. In the first season, Will survived the torture of the Upside Down, beating all the odds. In the second season, he endured being possessed by the Mind Flayer, surviving the beast’s otherworldly control and letting his family know he was still there all along.

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And in the third season, despite taking more of a backseat role, Will continued to prove that his strength and skills were one of the series’ most valuable assets, as his understanding of and connection with the Mind Flayer were immensely valuable.

4 Joyce Byers

From day one, various characters have questioned Joyce Byers’ fitness as a parent. But again and again, Joyce has shown that she’s one of the only characters in the series who has been totally paying attention and one of the only parents in the series who will go to any lengths to keep her child safe. Her strength and badassery in the series’ first season are unparalleled, whether in chewing out her jerk of an ex or venturing into the Upside Down to save her son.

In the second season, she stormed Hawkins Lab to demand answers for her son and took on the leadership role in the essential exorcism of the Mind Flayer from Will. And in the third season, she showed that she has what it takes to cut it as Detective Byers, beating up Mayor Kline and kicking ass and taking names while undercover.

3 Grigori

As one of its many homages to decades past, Stranger Things 3 introduced the character of Grigori, the Russian assassin assigned to take out characters like Alexei and Jim Hopper. A total homage to The Terminator, Grigori was ruthless, aggressively physical, and skilled at wielding most any kind of weapon.

Aided with a badass wardrobe, including leather and bulletproof vests, as well as a motorcycle for a quick getaway, Grigori is the first character that the series has introduced who has truly felt like nothing more than a killing machine. It’s ironic, then, that he winds up being killed by a machine. But the path of destruction he weaves throughout the season changes the show forever.

2 Jim Hopper

As the Chief of Police in Hawkins, Jim Hopper undergoes one of the biggest transformations in the series. When the show begins, he’s bumbling and clueless, weighed down by self-loathing and alcohol addiction. But as he becomes aware of the corruption and conspiracy going on in his own backyard, Hopper quickly gets into action hero mode and never really looks back.

He knocks security guards out without so much as a second thought and mows down the monsters of the Upside Down and evil foreign scientists alike. He beats the crap out of the corrupt Mayor Kline, refuses to give in during brutal interrogations at Hawkins Lab, protects his found family with his life, and heroically sacrifices himself to ensure the safety of those he loves.

1 Eleven

Eleven may have had a truly terrible upbringing, but as a result of being trained to be a weapon of super-powered destruction, this little girl has routinely shown herself to be a pint-sized powerhouse. She has killed countless people throughout the series’ run, all without raising a finger. Her telekinetic abilities may cause her to have a bloody nose, but the blood she has shed far outnumbers it.

She’s killed corrupt agents of Hawkins Lab and Russian guards, and she’s defeated Demogorgons, Demodogs, and Mind Flayers alike. She’s risked her life on countless occasions, even straining herself to the point of physical exhaustion and harm, all so that she can keep her friends and newly found family safe.

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2019-07-15 01:07:35

Katerina Daley

The Fast And The Furious Movies, Ranked By Rotten Tomatoes Score

What began as a thinly veiled rip-off of Point Break that replaced surfing with street racing has become one of the highest grossing and most popular movie franchises on the planet. The Fast and the Furious franchise has gone from strength to strength, incorporating new characters and going bigger and better and even more ludicrous with each installment.

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Now, the franchise is becoming its own fully-fledged cinematic universe with spin-offs and multiple sequels all on the way. As with any series – although more with this one than the average franchise – there have been ups and downs. So, here are The Fast And The Furious Movies, Ranked By Rotten Tomatoes Score.

8 Fast & Furious (29%)

With its fourth installment, the Fast & Furious franchise threw out the established focus on street racing and became a more straightforward action series, with Vin Diesel returning. There were still plenty of cars, and not a single major set piece that didn’t involve cars in some way, but the characters became vaguely defined mercenaries.

As a reinvention of the franchise, Fast & Furious didn’t quite reach the heights of gleeful absurdity that the later installments would. Still, there are a couple of wonderfully high-octane action sequences, and the seeds of what the movies would eventually become are clearly there.

7 2 Fast 2 Furious (36%)

2 Fast 2 Furious is a unique case for an installment in the Fast & Furious franchise in that it doesn’t tie into the wider storyline of the rest of the series. Instead, it’s a standalone story following Brian O’Conner and Roman Pearce’s attempts to bring down a vicious drug kingpin.

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The sequel might not be perfect, and its script leaves a lot to be desired, but the great John Singleton’s direction and the on-screen chemistry of Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson make it, at the very least, an entertaining blockbuster. While it doesn’t have a brain, it does have a heart – and it is a rousing, crowd-pleasing thrill-ride.

6 The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (38%)

Is a Fast & Furious movie without Vin Diesel or Paul Walker really a Fast & Furious movie? To be fair, Diesel makes a cameo appearance at the end (which he only agreed to do in exchange for ownership of the Riddick franchise), but it’s too little, too late.

Without the bromance of Dom and Brian at the center of its plot, Tokyo Drift devolves into yet another run-of-the-mill, by-the-numbers, automobile-based action movie. It feels like a Fast & Furious rip-off as opposed to striking the unique balance of heart and insanity that the franchise masters at its best. Aside from Han, who fans still want justice for, there isn’t anyone in this loosely related threequel that we really care about at all.

5 The Fast And The Furious (53%)

While its story of an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a sports-based criminal organization and finding himself getting too close to the perps is shamefully similar to the Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze vehicle Point Break, The Fast and the Furious is, mainly thanks to the chemistry shared by Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, an agreeable action thriller – and it’s also a visual treat for car fanatics.

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The success of The Fast and the Furious franchise is all down to the first movie feeling like a breath of fresh air when it was released in 2001. It was the sort of nitro-boosted, rubber-burning action movie that had been replaced by CG-laden snooze-fests like the Gone in 60 Seconds remake.

4 The Fate Of The Furious (67%)

Unfortunately for The Fate of the Furious, it faced the monumental challenge of being the first movie without the involvement of Paul Walker. It had to somehow honor his legacy, show how the franchise would continue without him, and be an entertaining movie, all at the same time.

Also, it made the controversial decision to turn Dom Toretto into a villain. However, against all odds, the eighth movie in the Fast & Furious franchise managed to be more than decent. With submarines tearing through ice and Dwayne Johnson redirecting torpedoes with his bare hands, the set pieces topped the previous ones yet again.

3 Fast & Furious 6 (70%)

To be fair to Fast & Furious 6, it had to follow up Fast Five. While it wasn’t quite as stunning as its predecessor, the sixth installment held its own. Taking the crew to London where the fifth one took them to Rio, Fast & Furious 6 has all the mega-sized action you could ask for from one of these movies.

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It culminates in that airport runway sequence, which is one of the most memorable and talked-about action scenes in recent memory (even if it was mostly discussed because, at 13 minutes long with a plane going 120 mph, that runway would have to be 26 miles long).

2 Fast Five (77%)

The moviegoing public was taken by surprise in 2011 when Fast Five came along. For the first time in the franchise’s history, critics and audiences were genuinely impressed with the craft of a Fast & Furious movie.

A heist movie set in Rio de Janeiro, Fast Five was bolstered by visceral, genuinely thrilling action set pieces and the cast becoming a true ensemble for the first time. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joined the cast in this one, and it’s fair to say that, while he didn’t necessarily singlehandedly save the franchise, his irresistible charm and rising star power did go a long way towards digging it out of a slump.

1 Furious 7 (81%)

There’s a special place in every Fast & Furious fan’s heart for Furious 7 because it was Paul Walker’s final movie before his tragic and untimely passing. The seventh movie has some of the franchise’s most memorable action sequences – from the inter-skyscraper car jump to the vehicular skydiving – as well as a stronger focus on the tenets of family than ever.

As a classically action-packed, adrenaline-fueled adventure, it was the perfect send-off for Walker and his character Brian. Plus, it ended with a suitably touching tribute to the franchise’s fallen star that left not a single eye in the audience dry.

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2019-07-15 01:07:15

Ben Sherlock

Toy Story: The 10 Saddest Things In The Franchise, Ranked

Although Toy Story 4 has only been out for a few weeks, please keep in mind that this list will have spoilers for the latest installment. It’s an absolute hit, critically revered, with parents being pulled to the theaters by countless waves of kids. It’s a new generation of fans, and they have no idea what the first Toy Story meant to us back in 1995. There had never even been a computer-animated feature before. Toy Story has been an insanely successful franchise, even with nearly a decade between each of the last three installments.

And although it’s a series of family-friendly stories, it also has endearing relationships and heart-wrenching moments. Here are ten of the latter, from the original trilogy.

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10 Andy’s Missing Father

This is something that easily goes over any kid’s head. Perhaps it was meant to imply why Andy became so involved with his toys and formed such a significant relationship with Woody. But truthfully, something like that is usually just a child’s incredible imagination at work. Either way, it’s quite a sad reality that Andy’s dad is never around.

We’re never given an official canon reason for that, and it’s really quite depressing that his single mom ends up raising two kids. Either Andy’s dad left, or died. Also, we’ve no idea what causes the crucial move that ends up being the climax of the film, but at least Andy’s birthday party suggests he isn’t lonely.

9 Woody Is Replaced

This movie probably made more than a few kids anxious about the attention they give their toys. Especially given that the film establishes they’re all living things with unique personalities, whenever you turn away. Woody’s entire purpose in life is to “be there for Andy”, a theme reinforced throughout every installment. So, when we’re hit with a montage about Andy redirecting all of his attention towards Buzz Lightyear, we can’t help but understand his jealousy. Buzz doesn’t even realize what he is yet, and can’t appreciate what Woody’s lost.

As per Randy Newman, Woody doesn’t just believe he’s Andy’s toy, but his friend too. It’s really tragic to see Andy toss Woody aside after all of the fun they share together.

8 Sid’s Destroyed Toys

If every toy is sentient, then Sid Phillips is one heck of a murderer. Sure, he gets his comeuppance, but given that he shows up as a functioning garbage man later on, it’s too bad that he wasn’t scarred for life.

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The three-eyed alien, every limb he ever dismembered—who knows how many toys he’s already destroyed by the time we meet him as the main antagonist of Toy Story. Worse, those toys that belonged to Sid’s sister were separated from her for every experiment. There has to be a reason Sid is so destructive, and that can’t be very good either.

7 Buzz Realizes He’s A Toy

Set to another Randy Newman tune, this is probably one of the saddest scenes in the entire franchise. It’s surprising how much these films have to do with one’s purpose in life.

For a greater part of the film, Buzz truly believes that he’s part of a grand, galactic endeavor. Buzz tries his best to fly but ends up literally broken. It’s truly fascinating that Woody has to teach him the value of being a toy. But before he does, Buzz sinks into a depression and even loses his mind for a minute, in a fantastic gag about one Mrs. Nesbit. But, our lowest moments offer us a chance to learn and rise again. Buzz adapts but doesn’t lose that signature personality.

6 Wheezy

It’s actually pretty tragic that Andy ends up throwing Wheezy on a shelf the moment he’s broken. Unfortunately, that’s simply the way things are. But the idea that Wheezy spent countless years in isolation is definitely a downer. It’s also Wheezy’s situation that gives Woody the anxiety about getting injured since the implication is that a broken toy doesn’t have a home with Andy.

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Truthfully, one wouldn’t want to think that was the case. However, it’s clear that as soon as Andy becomes excited about his new toy Buzz, he forgot all about Woody. He’s just a kid. And if you thought they had short attention spans before, you can only imagine what it’s like these days.

5 Jessie Was Donated

There’s a recurring theme of being forgotten in the original trilogy of Toy Story films. In Toy Story 2, we get our first brush with the simple reality of aging. Jessie is such an upbeat, spunky character, that it’s tough to see her suddenly tossed aside for makeup. And the whole ordeal is set to one of the most crushing songs imaginable. This could easily make an entire generation neurotic about giving up their childhood toys.

Facing abandonment, however, is unfortunately a very real obstacle for a lot of kids to identify with.

4 Andy Grew Up

By the time Toy Story 3 rolls around, it’s actually a shock for some reason, that Andy has sold the majority of his toys. Woody and Bo Peep were completely separated because of it. All that’s left are a handful of toys that Andy cherishes most.

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It is made clear that he plans on storing them in the attic. However, it is absolutely heartbreaking to see the familiar gang try so hard to get Andy to give them any kind of attention. They’re excited when he even touches them again. There’s hardly anything sadder than that.

3 The Toys Are Nearly Incinerated

As far as we knew, Toy Story 3 was truly going to be the end of the franchise altogether. An entire decade had gone by since the previous installment, and the filmmakers reacted accordingly. They treated Andy as an avatar for the audience.

He’s heading off to college, he drives (like he wanted to in the first movie), and he doesn’t play with toys anymore. Every kid who had grown up on Toy Story was on board with the final sequel for nostalgia. So, after all the toys fight so vehemently for freedom, it’s very difficult to watch them hold hands and accept death. It’s telling us that we will have to let them go, for good, too. And what makes it so deeply moving, is that they represent our childhood.

2 Andy Gives Up His Toys

In the end, this is ultimately more of a bittersweet moment than something just plain sad. Andy discovers that he can keep his favorite childhood toys within the family, so to speak. But it’s tough to watch anyhow. Particularly when he settles on Woody and Buzz, who aren’t just filled with history for Andy, but for the audience. He decides to give them up too, but not before he plays with his toys one last time.

Childhood memories root deeply in our minds, and you can tell by the nostalgia trend going around these days. But Andy lets go, and for nine years, we had to do the same.

1 Woody Moves On

In the original trilogy, there’s a lot of talk about sticking together. In the newest entry, it’s quite the opposite. As it turns out, Bo Peep wasn’t just sold off. It was her choice to leave, and Woody spends the duration of the film coming to understand that decision. Although Andy learned to move on from his toys, they needed to move on too. Woody hasn’t, and it’s truly difficult seeing him ignored by Bonnie, with little clout among friends. But Bonnie isn’t Andy, and Woody needs to find a new purpose. He absolutely needs Bonnie more than she needs him.

Woody chooses to live for himself, with Bo but abandons all of his friends. It’s a bittersweet and surprising end for Woody, but a perfect resolution. It’s the audience that will be heartbroken the most.

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2019-07-14 07:07:22

Anthony Fertino