Top Nine Favourite Music Videos

For the past few months I have been watching a lot of music videos, either on my days off, getting up for work or waiting to start work and there have been a lot of videos that I like plus it shows that I have a weird taste in music as well.

9: Carly Rae Jepson- I Really Like You: It’s Tom Hanks lip syncing to the song of course I am going to like it. The video starts off with Hanks waking up and getting ready to go out somewhere and then it leads up to him being on the street encountering people that like him and even autographing a person’s table tennis bat. One of my favourite parts is a text message between him and Jepson in which she uses emojis of two men running and a tree, Run Forest Run, its something small and stupid that I like. The music is good to listen to and it goes well with the visuals and it is a nice video to watch.

8: Linkin Park- Bleed It Out: Here we go for the thousandth time, I have been listening to this song pretty much four or five times a day and it is thanks to playing Guitar Hero a lot to help me reduce my nerves in my day to day life and is one of the few songs that I can play with no mistakes. The video for it is rather unique since that all the video, beside from Linkin Park are all played in reverse and from the videos that I have seen, not that many do this. It is rather interesting, and it is another good music video.

7: Smash Mouth- All Star: When people think of this song they think of two things, Shrek or memes, for me it will always be the end of the Digimon Movie, but this is a pretty interesting video. Being the focus on the film Mystery Men, a superhero film, in which the lead singer from Smash Mouth goes around and does a lot of good deeds in which the leads of the film get annoyed by and then in once scene attack a limo in which the rest of the band are riding in. The video ends with the Mystery Men applauding Smash Mouth. The video is a bit of fun and it still holds up today.

6: Ed Sheeran- Galway Girl: Another interesting cinematographic approach for a music video as it is all done in a first-person perspective, and it was also filmed by Ed Sheeran himself and it follows him going after a girl that he likes in a bar and they basically spend the night around Galway, including them playing darts and him accidentally stabbing a guy with a dart. This then leads them to escape the pub where they were at and go wondering around the streets of Galway where they encounter a group of folk dancers as well as a busker in which both groups recognise Sheeran and get him to sign a few autographs as well as taking a group selfie. Near the end it Sheeran gets taken to a secret(?) bar in which after picking up another round of Guinness, he accidentally spills it on the same guy that he accidentally hit with a dart and Sheeran gets floored by the guy. It then ends with Sheeran waking up in what appears to be the girls room and ends with them hugging and the camera, most likely on a drone flying away from them getting a good shot of Galway from the sea.

5: Queen- Somebody to Love: I pretty much grew up listening to Queen songs and one of my favourites over the past few years but the reason why I decided to put this on the list is that video is different from the previous entries as it is a really good amalgamation since that it uses a combination on live stage performances as well as being in a recording studio as we not only see Freddy Mercury laying down the main vocals for the track but also along with the other Queen members with the back ensemble parts. It is an amazing song and is something that I will still be listen to.

4: Johnny Cash- Hurt: Weirdly this is the only song in which I have never heard the original version of, this song originally done by Nine Inch Nails, since I do really like the version that Cash did. The reason why that I like this version was released a in roughly the same year in which Cash had passed away and him knowing that he was going to die, which is something that is one of the reasons why I like it. The emotions that the visual use was powerful, using a lot of archived footage for the video showing the things that he has done. But one parts that I found to be rather the saddest was that of his wife, June, watching him play the guitar and knowing that this was his last song, possibly, being even more sadder as she died before him. Another reason why I love this song as much as the music video was for the fact that it has been used still today and most recently with Logan signalling the end of Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine (at that time.)

3: Tenacious D- Tribute: I don’t know what I like more Bill & Ted challenging Death through various board games or Tenacious D being challenged by the Devil into playing the greatest song in the world. The video starts off with Jack and Kyle heading to a recording booth in what could be a mall in which they go and record their song with a little bit of ‘studio interference’ and manage to record their song in which they recreate through a story where a demon appears before them asking for them to play the greatest song in the world, in which they battle the demon and they manage to beat him in that. But in the real world where they are recording their song it starts going bad for them as they end up getting arrested and an old lady with glowing eyes takes their CD from them. Also, this is the second song on the list where Ben Stiller appears.

2: Weird Al Yankovic- White & Nerdy: I had such an annoying time trying to pick which Weird Al music video that I liked, and I just went with something completely random and White and Nerdy is just that. The video pretty much plays along with what happens in the song and there are a lot of stupidly awesome bits in it.

1: Michael Jackson- Thriller (Full Version): This could have gone one of two ways, both of my pics for number one were going to be Michael Jackson songs. My other choice was Smooth Criminal since that it was a lengthy Jackson song and is an amazing video, but that was because it was also part of the film Moonwalker. So, I decided to go with my next choice, Thriller. There are many reasons why this is my favourite music video and it pretty much is that I am a huge fan of horror. It opens with a mini movie in which Jackson, playing a different character to the music video, takes his girlfriend out to somewhere but they have car trouble and they start walking. He then ends up proposing to her but that’s not the kicker as that it turns out that he has a dark secret, that being when there is a full moon he turns into a werewolf… werecat…. Were-something and before we see the kill happen on screen it cuts to Jackson and his date sitting in a theatre watching the film and we just hear the rest of the film playing, they walk out of the theatre and then the actual music video portion starts, and it just gets interesting from there as they dance down the street. My next favourite part comes up in which Vincent Price narrates a portion when the Thriller Zombies appear, and we then see that Jackson himself is a zombie as well. The choreography for the entire piece is amazing and well done and was another reason why I had a hard time between this and Smooth Criminal.

Top Five Power Ranger Villains

Power Rangers has been a staple show for me when I was a kid and the comics have reminded me on why I loved watching the show, but the best thing that usually has me gripped about the show are the villains and these are my favourite.

5: Dai Shi: Jungle Fury was one of the few seasons that I only caught a few episodes, but it was something that I did like watching and one of the reason why was because of its villain Dai Shi. An ancient evil that was locked away but this time it was different from the tales before, but this time Dai Shi had possessed a human body, most likely to film scenes instead of using the Sentai footage. Dai Shi proved to be a powerful villain in which he was able to take on the some of the Spirit Rangers and take control of them. But there was something else that I liked about the character and that is down to the person that he possessed, Jarrod, since that there were parts of his human side in which he did see worry for one of his generals, the only other non-suited character and in the end when seeing Jarrod realising what he did wrong and him aligning himself with the Rangers and helps them defeat Dai Shi.

4: Lord Drakkon: Coming from the pages of Boom Studios, Lord Drakkon so far has been an amazing villain and it’s all thanks to an alternate timeline in the Power Rangers Universe. Ever wondered what it would have been like if Tommy Oliver kept up his alliance with Rita instead of going the Rangers, this is what would happen.  In one of the stories from last year, the Rangers battle against a creature called Black Dragon and we found that in later in the story it turns out that Black Dragon was in fact a Zord piloted by a mysterious figure which turned out to be Lord Drakkon. Later in the story, when trying to defeat Black Dragon, both Tommy and Billy get trapped in an alternate universe where they find themselves in a universe where Rita beat Zordon and the Power Rangers were no more, only as a group of resistance fighters. But what makes me like Lord Drakkon is that he is rather ruthless and has one of the coolest villain designs being an amalgamation of the Green and White Ranger costumes. I do hope that we will see a return of Drakkon in the future because I really want to see what he is going to be like against the Rangers.

3: Venjix: What would happen if Skynet was set in the Power Ranger universe, you would pretty much get RPM and their lead villain Venjix. Not only is it a rather unique villain for a Power Ranger series but his backstory and what he has done does make him one of the best villains in the franchise. Originally, he was created by Doctor K who used it to get out a government facility where she was there since she was a child, she activated him and then started the whole process with Venjix creating an army, abducting people for his army as well as pushing the rest of humanity, or at least in that continent to the last safe-haven. But Venjix is a very clever villain since that he had managed to preprogramme a lot of the residents for his final assault, but he did a lot of clever things. The first was implanting the Black Ranger with a device that would turn him into a robot and then we find out that later in the series that his sister, who was at a Venjix Camp also got turned into a cyborg and turned out to be one of Venjix’s lieutenants. But what makes this villain even better is that at the end of RPM as well as the possibility of the end of Power Ranger’s, Venjix wasn’t destroyed as he ended up taking refuge inside the Red Rangers morpher.

2: Lord Zedd and Rita: Of-course these two would have ended up on the list since they are one of the most recognisable villains in Power Rangers history. First, we had Rita, who was an Empress of Evil and was freed from her dumpster and continued her plan from 10,000 years and her war with Zordon and his team of Power Rangers. Its also thanks to Rita that we got one of the most favourite characters in the history of Power Rangers, Tommy Oliver (Green Ranger) to be one of the biggest threats to her and then that turned out to be one of her biggest downfalls as the story arc turned him into joining the Rangers and helping them turn the tide in the fight. Lord Zedd on the other hand was the first American made villain for the series and he made quite the first impressions. Putting Rita back into her dumpster, throwing it to the depths of space, but she came back still, also destroying the Rangers Zords, thus forcing them to get new Zords, the Thunderzords. But through the series Zedd started to show a lot of the same problems that Rita had and seemed to become less and less of real threats. But the most that they seemed to shine was in Zeo when they were pretty much going up against the Machine Empire and in the end finishing them off and not the Rangers.

1: Astronema: After the events of Turbo I am glad that we finally got a female villain that was good. Astronema is one of my favourite villains that has appeared in Power Rangers because she was ruthless in a lot of the series but there was also a kinder side to her. Not only wash she the right hand for Dark Spectres army, she had the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles attack the Rangers and she also unleashed the Psycho Rangers to take care of the Rangers. But the thing that I liked the most about Astronema was that deep down in her she was a very nicer person with one time when she tired to leave Dark Spectre for her just to be turned into a more soulless machine. But in the end, after Dark Spectre assault of Earth and other allied places of the Rangers, Astronema managed to be brought back to the good side and in the next series, Lost Galaxy, she became something better, a Power Ranger.

Films I Want to See in 2018

Another year and more films to go and see, hopefully this year I will get a chance to see at least some of them.

Honourable Mention: The Greatest Showman: I am starting this list off rather cheating by picking a film from last year since that it came out around the Christmas season and it is something that I do like the look of. Hopefully I will get around to seeing the film, but if I can’t I will be picking it up when it comes out on DVD.

Insidious: The Last Key: I have loved watching the Insidious series since they do have a lot of good story telling engines with the first film discovering that the family is being haunted by spirits causing their son to be an open vessel to be possessed, the second film sees the husband to be possessed and then the story of him getting him back in his body, then the third film was a totally different setting, but it acts more of a prequel or a new chapter viewpoint. But this new one looks like that it going to step up the bar and I am looking forward to try and see it.

Tomb Raider: I am feeling rather uncertain about since I am a fan of the videogame series, especially the new games and I am always apprehensive when it comes to videogame adaptations since that it is hard to and why I think that the Metal Gear Solid film will be impossible to do, but that is a story for another time. I do like the look of the film and Alicia Vikander does look good in the role and what has been shown in the trailers does make it look like it is going to be interesting.

Pacific Rim: Uprising: It’s a film with Mechs fighting against monsters of course it is going to be a film that I am going to see this year.

The New Mutants: First of the superhero films of the year and we head over to 20th Century Fox with a new X-Men universe film and that is The New Mutants. I think that this is down to how they marketed the film and it makes me think that it is going down the supernatural roots and it is something that already interests me

Deadpool 2: I really enjoyed Deadpool and I think that Ryan Reynolds did an amazing job getting the first film over. I am also looking forward to seeing this film since it is going to be interesting to see what references that there are going to be with Deadpool and Cable since that the actor that is playing Cable is Josh Brolin, who also plays Thanos in the main MCU. Hopefully this will live up to the same calibre as the first film.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: I think that this could be a rather smash hit for Sony since that Spider-Man is a rather hot property when you think about all of the different mediums that Spider-Man is in, comics, videogames, cartoons. But this film is doing something a lot different, not only is it animated but we are getting a different focus on a different Spider-Man: Miles Morales. This is something that I have been wanting to see for a while because seeing the same old stich with Peter Parker gets rather old and boring rather quick, plus Spider-Verse is going to be a interesting setting since that it might mean that we are going to be getting even more Spider-Men/Women for the film.

Bohemian Rhapsody:  Out of the films that are coming out this year I think that this could be one of the best films to come out this year. A film focusing around Queen’s lead singer Freddy Mercury and leading up to their appearance at Live Aid (I think according to what is jotted on Imdb). It is something that looks interesting to me and it is something that I will be looking forward to seeing in… December, man that is going to be a long wait.

My 2017

Looking back to 2016 I always found this to be one of my more of my rockier years, but 2017 I think must be one of my better years.

The first thing is that after what felt like a dozen of attempts I have finally got a job and I do enjoy working there as well as the people that I do work with. It has been a fun 9 months and I look forward to seeing what the year brings me there.

This year will also be a rather big milestone for the site since that it will be the sixth(?) year that I have been blogging and I have a lot on my plate for the rest of 2016 with a lot of theme months coming, with the first theme month coming in June in which I will be doing some comic book reviews of the Netflix Marvel-Verse characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. I may do a Heroes for Hire comic for Cage and Iron Fist, that depends on when Netflix release the Iron Fist series and I might do a Good/Bad review on all four shows.

I also am considering on making a return to something that I changed in my previous years and that is bringing back predictions for WWE PPV’S. A while ago I found them to be a lot of a chore since that it meant keeping up a lot with stories and see where that would have taken me. Sometimes it paid off but there were times where I felt that a lot of it was wasted, but I have a new take on wrestling again and this year I will be doing a predictions blog for each PPV for each brand and Big 5 events.

Another big thing that has happened this year has been the abundance of films that have came out and I got to say there have been a lot of good, a lot of bad, but there have been a lot of mixed bag. But I think that the same is going to the same about this year. We have a lot of sequels, a lot more superhero movies and I get the feeling that when it is going to comes to the superhero movies for this year I’m not going to go into them with a good state of mine since that a lot of them are going to be repeating a lot of the same things over and over again and I’m not looking forward to them. I am looking forward to other films this year, but there will be a list for that coming in the following week.

Hopefully this year I will be able to achieve more and be able to do more than what I did this year.