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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

James Bond: Spectre Trailer Review


Spectre is shaping up to be yet another top notch James Bond film from director Sam Mendes! While it is only a teaser, a surprisingly amount of the film's plot is revealed in it. At first, I thought the picture Bond is looking was of him and his previously unknown brother. After researching it, this seems that the person in the picture is a childhood friend. Christoph Waltz is set to play the character, and he is rumored to be a new Blofeld, a classic Bond villain. For one, Christoph Waltz is the perfect choice to play a villainous role in a Bond flick. He can be a little over-the-top yet never reaching camp, at least in his good roles. Connecting Bond and Blofeld by a shared past is an interesting idea, and if executed well, we might just have a Bond villain with depth.

Visually, Sam Mendes' cinematography is stunning! As far as teaser trailers go, Spectre's is one of the best of the year; I am very impressed. Overall, let's hope that Spectre will be yet another excellent James Bond film, and for reference, my favorite Bond films are: Casino Royale, Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, and Skyfall (in no particular order), although I enjoy most of them. What do you think of the trailer? Please comment below and let me know.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

The Librarians Season 1 Review

The Librarians is a spinoff of TNT's Librarian TV movie trilogy, which is set in a modern day world where the general public does not know that magic actually exists, and, and in a very Warehouse 13 meets Indiana Jones way, the Librarian must recovers magical artifacts to protect the world from evil. The Librarians series takes place after the trilogy of movies, and instead of focusing on main character from the trilogy, Flynn Carsen, the series is about the new generation of Librarians and their guardian, who is essentially the muscle to the Librarians' smarts. However, watching the movies is not necessary to understanding the series.
Plot: 7.0/10- The Librarians is an episodic series with each episode focusing on a different magical artifact from legend. However, what sets the series apart from the rest is the tone. The Librarians is unashamedly campy, and as such, never takes itself too seriously, and somehow, it actually works. Despite almost every episode featuring a couple of really dumb moments of bad writing, due to the lighthearted tone, the poor writing is surprisingly forgivable. With that said, the series can have moments of seriousness, which work rather well.

Characterization: 7.9/10- The characters in the series are not all that deep or complex, but they are fun and likable. The chemistry between the members of the team is what makes the series fun to watch. However, the villains are a bit too corny for their own.

Acting: 7.0/10- Despite the corny tone, the actors manage to playoff of the ridiculous situations well, especially Noah Wyle, who makes appearances from time to time. Also, special mention should go to Bruce Campbell for playing an exceptionally fun version of Santa Claus.
Special effects: 4.2/10- The Librarians' special effects use the campiness of the series to get away with some seriously low budget effects. At times, the special effects are not bad for television, but other times, they are terrible to the point of hilarity, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Humor: 8.2/10- The series is not a comedy. With that said, there are plenty of laughs throughout as expected with a series of its nature.

Entertainment Value: 8.7/10- The Librarians' best aspect is its sheer amount of fun it is to watch. Sure, the campy tone may be a turn off for some, but you like to sit back and enjoy some old school fun, then The Librarians is likely to entertain you.

Overall: 7.9/10- The Librarians is one of those rare modern television series that never takes itself too seriously, yet not to the point of parody or comedy, because it acknowledges its campiness, while not winking to the audience. It might not blow you away with the story or characters, but as an incredibly entertaining weekly romp, The Librarians is a complete success!

Watch if you like: Campy fun, Fantasy, Warehouse 13, Indiana Jones,

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Batman v Superman Lex Luthor Picture

Yet another picture from Batman v Superman has been released, and this time it is of a bald Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Considering the lack of color in all of these promotional images, either Jack Snyder is color blind (I would not be surprised) or the movie is being filmed in black and white. In all seriousness, this new picture is yet another instance of what we have come to expect from this film. Well, at least Lex is bald now, but I still do not see Eisenberg as the character. What do you think? Please comment below and let me know, and check back tomorrow for a movie review.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation


After the release date being moved up to this summer, the trailer for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is here! In recent years, the Mission Impossible franchise is one of the only quality action franchise that is not based on a comic book, and Rogue Nation will hope to continue the trend of the previous film. Tom Cruise is back, and regardless of what people say about him, he is reliable actor, and he does his own stunts, so that’s never a bad thing. My problem is that spies going rogue is not original, at all. So many films and TV series have used the concept, but let's hope that Rogue Nation executes the idea well. However, Ghost Protocol is a hard act to follow with Brad Bird not returning. Instead, the director of Jack Reacher is taking the helm. With that said, Simon Pegg is always fun, and everything else looks like a lot of fun, although there is not that one amazing stunt that blows your mind like Ghost Protocol. What do you think of the trailer? Please comment below and let me know.


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Friday, March 27, 2015

Year in Review: 2014

2014 was one amazing year for geeks! From Guardians of the Galaxy to Sherlock's long awaited return, 2014 has had something for geeks of almost every fandom! Yet, at the same time, it has been a year that has seen several of our favorite franchises end... Today's post is going to take a look back at the highlights of 2014, and yes, I realize that this post is really late.

Marvel Domination
Without a doubt, Marvel dominated the year in movies! Starting in April, Marvel really hit a homerun with Captain America: The Winter Soldier being possibly the most thematically profound comic book film to date. Next came The Amazing Spider-Man 2, while flawed, was a fun movie that captured the spirit of the comic book, although now we know these movies do not matter anymore. In May, X-Men: Days of Future Past provided us with an exceptional time-travel story that brought the X-Men franchise to its former glory. Guardians of the Galaxy crushed the domestic box office, and even Big Hero 6 received high critical praise and a moderate box office haul.

End of Middle-Earth
Unless The Silmarillion is ever adapted into film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the last journey into Middle Earth that we will experience on film, at least until some idiots reboot the franchise. Sure, not that many people loved the final chapter, but it certainly delivered on the emotion.

A New Doctor
2015 ushered in the first season with a new Doctor Peter Capaldi. Season 8 had its ups and downs with "Kill the Moon" being one of the worst episodes of Doctor Who since the 2005 reboot, yet we were also treated to the amazingly atmospheric "Flatline." As a whole, it was a solid season of Doctor Who that makes me excited for the next one later this year!

Hooked on a Feeling
Even though Guardians was mentioned in the Marvel Domination, it deserves special mention by getting the entire country "Hooked on a Feeling!" With Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel has proven that they can adapt even the most obscure source material and have outstanding results in both quality and box office success.

Arrow and The Flash
Despite DC's failure to make quality live-action films, they do success in area, their TV series on the CW, Arrow and The Flash. Thanks to Netflix, I was able to catch up on Arrow's first two seasons, and then start watching the recent third season along with The Flash. Both series, while not perfect, are incredibly fun and showcase that not all DC properties have to feature dull, lifeless, and emo protagonists with comical amounts of over-seriousness.

Parks and Recreation
After watching Guardians of the Galaxy, I felt the need for more Chris Pratt and to satisfy this craving, I discovered Parks and Recreation, a hilarious comedy from the creators of the Office about the Parks and Rec department in the small town named Pawnee. From the lovable characters to the wide variety of humor, Parks and Rec quickly became my favorite comedy series. Unfortunately, earlier this year, the final season finished airing, and while it had a fantastic conclusion, it is still sad to see it go.

The Godfather
Finally, after years of hearing that the Godfather is quote: "The Best Movie of All-Time," I got to see it for myself. As you may know from my review, which you can read here, the first Godfather was a great film, definitely not the best movie ever by any means, but it was good enough to place on my Top 100 Movies List.

Avatar/Korra Franchise Ends
During the fall of last year, I watched the entire Avatar series and caught up to what was currently airing of the Legend of Korra. Of course, as soon as I started watching, Korra aired its final season. While the final season was not all that consistent, the finale was mostly excellent. With that said, as a whole, the Avatar/Korra franchise is one of my favorites from American television. If you want to know more, you can read my reviews of each season, as well as reviews for every episode of Korra's last season.

Three 10 out of 10s
2014 might just be the best year ever in movies, or at least if you are a geek, because we had three films, all of which based on comic books, that completely blew my mind enough to warrant 10 out of 10. Unlike some, 10/10 is not a score that I give out often. In fact, until 2014, there were only eight films deserving of such a score. Of course, the three films that far exceeded expectations were: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Guardians of the Galaxy. However, you are going to make to wait until my J and J Movie Awards before you see which of the three ranks the highest.

What are some of your highlights from 2014? Please comment below and let me know.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Top 10 Comedies: Part 3

The third and final part of my Top 10 Comedies list is here! If you the first two parts, you can click here for part 1 and here for part 2.

While Shaun of the Dead was a lot of fun, Hot Fuzz sold me on Edgar Wright's skill as a director in a film that both funny and intriguing enough to be a real mystery.
Plot: 9.4/10- Considering that Hot Fuzz is a comedy that is intentionally parodying the crime and mystery genres, the mystery and plot is surprisingly competent.
Hot Fuzz's plot is well written with the audience being given enough information to figure out the mystery, while also being a smart satire on the genre. At some points, the movie actually feels like a serious, well written mystery with some great humor thrown in.
Characterization: 8.2/10- As with Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead, the two main characters in the film have satisfying character arcs. Nick Angel is a likable protagonist, and his extra dedicated demeanor often results is some great humor.
Humor: 9.3/10- Edgar Wright's British satirical humor is right up my alley, and Hot Fuzz is full of it. While the movie is not necessarily hilarious all of the time, the jokes rarely miss, especially if you are an action movie fan.  Also, the movie is rated R for a reason, and the deaths in the movie are gruesome with plenty of blood to comedic extent, providing you have a sick sense of my humor like myself.
Overall: 9.2/10- Overall, Hot Fuzz is an intelligent and often humorous action comedy that also has one of the best and most competent plots of any comedy. Edgar Wright's is a genius when it comes to comedy and satire, and Hot Fuzz is his best work to date. (you can read the full review here)

2: Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot, the classic comedy that follows two guys, Joe and Jerry, who disguise themselves as women and join a band to escape from the mob. Ranking number one on AFI (American Film Institute)'s comedy list, Some Like It Hot is the quintessential comedy that anyone that considers themselves a film fan should watch.
Acting: 9.3/10- Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon star in my favorite roles from the duo. Their performances make the concept of two guys dressed as women really work. Marilyn Monroe is surprisingly good in her role of the ditzy blonde, and while she might not have the most depth as an actress, she is great at playing this type of role.
Humor: 10/10- Screwball comedy at its finest, Some Like It Hot's humor is the epitome of classic humor. Trying to describe the humor is difficult, but it is something that you need to see for yourself. 
Overall: 9.5/10- Some Like It Hot's screwball humor might not appeal to some of today's audience; however, if you enjoy comedy or movies in general, at least watch this classic.

1: Ghostbusters
"Who you gonna call!? Ghostbusters!" Yeah, Ghostbusters is my favorite comedy of all-time!
Acting: 9.9/10- Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, and Rick Moranis: with a cast like that how could the movie not be amazing!? Bill Murray is at his deadpan finest as Dr. Peter Venkman. His reaction and delivery of the witty dialogue is absolutely perfect. Despite Murray's scene stealing performance, Aykroyd, Weaver, and Ramis are not out shined in their roles.
Humor: 10/10- Ghostbusters might not be the comedy that makes me laugh the most, but Ghostbusters is the most fun to watch and rewatch. When I rewatched the film for the first time since I was a kid about two years ago, I did not expect it be nearly as smart as some critics had said, and yet it far surpassed my expectations. 
Overall: 9.5/10- With a witty script and a surprisingly competent plot, Ghostbusters continues to prove why so many hold it in such high regard!

What are your favorite comedies? What do you think of my list? Please comment below and let me know. Also, thanks everyone for comment and making this one of the more successful posts in a long time. My next list is probably going to be Top 10 Villains since it received the most votes.

Honorable Mentions: Beverly Hills Cop, Elf, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Lego Movie, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, The Pink Panther, The Great Dictator, Spaceballs,

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Changing my Profile Name to James the Reviewer

Today I am changing my profile name slightly so that I can be up to date with Google's new account and all of its new features. To connect the blog with Google+ more easily, it is mandatory to use your Google+ profile for Blogger, and it is kind of a pain. My new name is "James the Reviewer." For all intents and purposes I will still be known as "James the Movie Reviewer" but I just go my James on the Blogosphere anyway, so it shouldn't be a big deal. The biggest problem is that when I comment on other blogs, the link in my name sends you to my Google+ profile instead of my Blogger profile so you will not see links to my blogs first, which is annoying. Well, that's just about it. Please be sure to check back tomorrow for the unveiling of my new website!
My original profile picture.
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Movie Music and More #4


Today's Movie Music and More features one of my absolute favorite main themes of all-time, Danny Elfman's theme from the original Spider-Man trilogy. As soon as the theme starts up, it makes you feel as though you are swinging through the city just like Spider-Man himself. Of all superhero themes, this is my favorite with John Williams' Superman theme not too far behind. While some may prefer Elfman's scores from Tim Burton's films, this is easily my favorite of his work, and it is one of my all-time favorites. Elfman brilliantly draws in the listener with a slow and enticing start before the heavier instruments start to play coming together to create my favorite theme for any hero since Indiana Jones. Please check back tomorrow for an announcement about my profile name change and Wednesday for a big announcement that will change the blog. After Wednesday, I will go back to my regularly scheduled posts with the final part of the Top 10 Comedies and my Year in Review post.



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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Attack on Titan Live-Action Trailer

The first teaser trailer for the upcoming Attack on Titan live-action film is here! And it actually does not look half-bad. I am curious as to what those, who do not know anything about the series, think about this live-action trailer. Of course, this is only a teaser and there are no subtitles to translate the dialogue, but it looks alright. You can notice the lower budget, but I hope that the movie will not be terrible like most other anime/manga live-action adaptations. It looks dark and gritty, and the costumes look good for the most part. The film is set to be released in August later this year, although I am not sure when it is set to hit US theaters, and I really hope that it not released with a dub, because that would ruin it. Even though Hollywood has a tenancy to butcher films based on anime/manga, Attack on Titan could work as an adaptation since most of the characters are Caucasian, except for Mikasa, and the action should be amazing, so I think this would work better than most adaptations if executed well. What do you think of the trailer? Please comment below and let me know, and check back Tuesday and Wednesday for a big announcement!


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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pixels Trailer


Pixels, the upcoming video game inspired comedy starring Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Kevin James, Josh Gad, and Sean Bean. First off, wow what a loaded cast! I have never cared for many of Sandler or James' films, but Dinklage, Bean, and Gad are all great, although they are not in the trailer nearly enough. As for the trailer itself, it seems to certainly have dumb moments, but as a video game fan, I love how Pac-Man is used! Having Pac-Man meet his creator is hilarious, although the name of the creator, Toru Iwatani, is correct, an actor is playing him. The look of the video game characters with the CGI pixels is surprisingly excellent, and the references to all the classics are great! Of course, there are some problems like goofy child oriented humor, as well as Sandler and James not being very funny (I have nothing against them, but I have not seen them in something funny in a while). In spite of these problems, I am hoping that Pixels can defy expectations and be a legitimately fun movie. What do you think of it? Please comment below and let me know.


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Friday, March 20, 2015

Movie Music and More #3



After my first two Movie Music and More posts have gotten the series off to a strong start with more well known film scores, let's take a look at one that is relatively popular, yet not brought up nearly enough, Princess Mononoke by Joe Hisaishi. My particular favorite of the score is "Departure to the West." Everytime I listen to the score, I literally get chills. Even though more fast pace fair is usually my thing, Hisaishi's sweeping melody sets the perfect melancholy yet adventurous atmosphere that fits the film perfectly. Another excellent track is "The Legend of Ashitaka," which is also included on the playlist above along with several other tracks

If you are interested in film scores, you should probably have at least heard of Joe Hisaishi, and if not, you have now, because he is one of the greats that is most known for working with Hayao Miyazaki on many Studio Ghibli films.

What do you think of today's pick? Are you interested in these lesser known film scores? Please comment below and let me know, and check back tomorrow for a trailer review.





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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Lucy Review

Lucy, a movie where Lucy, played by Scarlett Johansson, gets mixed up in a drug smuggling operation that leads to her absorbing a new experimental drug, CPH4, which subsequently unlocks certain percentages of her brainpower, thus giving her all kinds of crazy superpowers.

After watching the trailers and seeing the sizable box office haul, Lucy had me intrigued to say the least. How could an action movie with Scarlett Johansson kicking butt not be good? Well, you get Luc Besson to write a nonsensical script that butchers a potentially fantastic idea, that's how.
Directed by: Luc Besson
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action,
Release Date: 25 July 2014
Running Time: 89 minutes
MMPA rating: R

The Good: Unique editing, Scarlett Johansson is good considering her material, Intriguing first 20 minutes, Lucy using her powers can be cool, Interesting idea (poor execution), Morgan Freeman gives another solid performance.

The Bad: Morgan Freeman's BS speech is needlessly long and pointless, Subpar CGI, Lucy is overpowered, Plot conveniences everywhere, Not nearly as cool as it should be,

Plot: 2.1/10- Lucy's concept is full of potential. Sure, the idea of humans only using 15% of our brainpower is not scientifically accurate (or at least I think that is what they say now), but as with any sci-fi film, if the concept is portrayed well, you can sell the audience on just about anything. Unfortunately, the concept is the only thing the movie has going for it, well, aside from the first 20 minutes, which have some really intriguing editing.
The movie begins to fall apart when Lucy's part of the story is cut between Morgan Freeman's speech. Everything relative in the speech could have been summed up in three minutes, essentially the portion about the percentage of brainpower used. The rest of the speech is completely pointless. After the setup for Lucy being exposed to the drugs, the movie has some fun scenes of her destroying anyone in her way, but then the movie's thin semblance of a plot progresses through plot convenience after another.
To add insult to injury, the last 15 minutes of the movie go completely off the rails! It tries to jam in some BS theme into a movie to the point that it is so stupid that I literally was laughing-out-loud while watching it.

Characterization: 3.2/10- Lucy starts out as a realistic college student that likes to party and do crazy things, and the fact that she does start out as a normal person works well. As her powers progress, Lucy turns into an emotionless robot void of humanity, and for the movie is going for, it kind of works. There is one good towards the beginning that humanizes her briefly before it becomes laughable.
Morgan Freeman as Professor Samuel Norman is literally only present in the film to spout exposition so that the audience understands what is going on. He serves no purpose as a character, nor does he do anything relevant. South Korean actor, Choi Min-sik, plays the antagonist, although "antagonist" would imply that he actually poses a real threat to the protagonist, as he serves only as a plot device. Pierre Del Rio is a standard policemen character that follows Lucy around in the second half of the movie, and he is decently likable, but entirely one-dimensional.

Action: 5.5/10- Disregarding the fact that there is no tension with Lucy being an unkillable machine, the action is not bad. Watching Lucy completely wreck everyone in a room is entertaining, but she barely uses her more visually impressive powers, and most other action sequences boil down to her shooting up a room of enemies before they realize what is happening. There is one car chase scene, and the use of Lucy's powers in a car chase should be entertaining, but the CGI is so noticeable that feels like a video game, in a bad way, although there is one or two moments that are somewhat impressive.

Acting: 6.9/10- Easily its best aspect, the acting is just about the only genuinely good thing in the film, yet still not all that impressive. Scarlett Johansson is my favorite actress in Hollywood, and she does a great job during the early scenes considering her material. When Lucy becomes emotionless, she pulls off the scenes well with some eerie twitching and eye movements, albeit her material is generally subpar.
Morgan Freeman delivers the pointless jargon and mandatory exposition using his iconic voice, and that is all he does.
Choi Min-sik (one of my favorite Korean actors) only speaks Korean in the film (without subtitles) and he is menacing enough, and Amr Waked, aka second rate Antonio Banderas, is likable in his limited role.
Discount Antonio Banderas
Special effects: 5.0/10- Lucy was filmed on a $40 million budget and the relatively low budget is painfully noticeable throughout with a lot of CGI that stands out.

Soundtrack: 5.0/10- √Čric Serra's score is never a negative or positive to the film.

Humor: 7.7/10- Lucy's epicness is genuinely humorous at times with some decent dark comedy. On the other hand, the last part of the film is unintentionally hysterical because it is just so absurd.

Entertainment Value: 4.9/10- Certain parts of the film are genuinely entertaining; however, the film is so poorly written that it is impossible not to be distracted while watching.

Overall: 3.8/10- When the bullets are flying, Lucy can be occasionally entertaining thanks to Johansson performance and overpowered exploits. However, for a movie about brain power, Lucy is, ironically, just dumb.

Closing comments: Due to the misleading trailers, Lucy made a lot of money, and while I am glad that Johansson is successful, hopefully her future films will have decent scripts.

Recommended for: Scarlett Johansson fans, BS fans,

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Reader's Choice

Reader's Choice is back again! Please vote from the following movies and list posts for which ones you want to see in the coming months. Also, please do not forget to check back tomorrow for my review of Lucy (2014) and Wednesday for the final part of my Top 10 Comedies list.

New Movie Reviews:
3 Days to Kill
Draft Day
Hercules (2014)
Olympus Has Fallen
RoboCop
Safe
When the Game Stands Tall

TV Reviews:
Agent Carter
Board Chruch: Season 1
The Librarians: Season 1

Older Movie Reviews:
12 Angry Men
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
The Expendables (1)
Exam
The French Connection
Lincoln
Metropolis (1927) 
Night of the Living Dead

Top Lists (vote for only one of these):
Top 25 Action Movies
Top 25 Fantasy Movies
Top 25 Sci-Fi Movies
Top 10 Movie Heroes
Top 10 Movie Villains
Top 10 Soundtrack Composers

My previous lists:
Top 10 Comedies: Part 1
Top 10 Comedies: Part 2

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Top 5 Green Characters (Happy Saint Patrick's Day)

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! To celebrate, I will countdown the Top 5 Green Characters in movies. My rules for the list are only going to include characters with green skin, although my honorable mentions will include characters that are associated with the color green. The picks are listed by favorite personal preference of each character.

5: Grinch
How does not know of How the Grinch Stole Christmas? The story is a classic Christmas tale that children have watched and read for decades. Sure, as a character, the Grinch is not deep or developed, but few characters have such a memorable association with the color green than the Grinch!

4: Gamora
Making her film debut in Guardians of the Galaxy, this green-skinned anti-heroine is the last of her race and the adopted daughter of the Mad Titan Thanos. While arguably the least memorable of the Guardians in the film, Gamora still made an impression as the bad*ss warrior of the team with her nonsense attitude and occasionally comedic misunderstandings of human culture.

3: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Yes, all of the "Heroes in a half shell" make this list because Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello are all classic characters, although Raphael is easily my favorite of the four. As you would know from my review of the recent Michael Bay adaptation, which you can read here, this generation's turtles are kind of a disappointment for nostalgic fans like myself. Even though cartoons and 90s film might not necessarily hold up for adult audiences, the characters will never be forgotten.

2: Hulk
Originally grey in color in the first issue of "The Incredible Hulk," due to the printer's inability to consistently maintain the grey color, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby changed the character's skin to more easily reproduce, and the now iconic green that we all know today. However, the Grey Hulk continues to make occasional appearances in the comics. As for the Hulk himself, the character has finally been reproduced faithfully in 2012's The Avengers, where he almost stole the show.

1: Yoda
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” How could Yoda not be number one on this list? With his role in The Empire Strikes Back being especially noteworthy, Yoda is the exact opposite of the stereotypical "legendary warrior," which is expressed by Luke upon their first meeting. In the other films, television, and novels, Yoda's role in the universe is further expanded with even a bit of backstory to of his mysterious past.

Kermit the Frog
Well, whenever you make a green characters list, Kermit had to make it somewhere. Since I have not seen anything of the Muppets since childhood, I cannot say much about the character except that he is an iconic character in pop-culture, and thus deserving of an honorable mention.

Who are your favorite green characters? Please comment below and let me know! And do not forget to check back tomorrow for a new Reader's Choice and on Thursday for my review of Lucy.

Honorable Mentions: Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein's Monster, Greedo, Green Giant, Green Goblin, Green Lantern, Green M&M, Gojira (Godzilla), The Mask, Mike (Monsters Inc.), She-Hulk, Shrek, Slimer, T-Rex (Toy Story), Yoshi, Wicked Witch of the West,

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