The 11 Best Movie Westerns

  • For a Few Dollars More (1965)
  • The Great Silence (1968)
  • McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971
  • My Darling Clementine (1946)
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
  • Ride the High Country (1962)
  • Rio Bravo (1959)
  • Stagecoach (1939)
  • Unforgiven (1992)
  • Warlock (1959)
  • The Wild Bunch (1969)

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-Walter Tyrone Howard-

The 11 Best Movie Musicals

  • The Bandwagon (1953)
  • It’s Always Fair Weather (1955)
  • My Fair Lady (1964)
  • Pal Joey (1957)
  • Pennies From Heaven (1981)
  • Singin’ in the Rain (1951)
  • Sing Street (2016)
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
  • Top Hat (1935)
  • Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

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-Walter Tyrone Howard-

Oscar Predictions: Howard Pool

This Sunday, February 24th, the 91st annual Academy Awards will broadcast, and for the 13th straight year, my family has done an Oscar pool. Regardless of where I’ve been in the world during the show (Navy Bootcamp being the most inconvenient), we’ve kept it going, and I’m excited. Not so much for this year’s show, which I’m highly skeptical about, but for the results which I can see going any number of ways. Predictions set, my family goes into this year’s show with my brothers having won five straight pools, and nine times total. I’m determined to win this year.

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Best Picture (6 points)

Me: BlackKlansmen

David: Roma

Father: Green Book

Hannah: Green Book

Ava: Roma

Mother: A Star is Born

Best Director (5 points)

Me: Spike Lee

David: Alfonso Cuaron

Father: Alfonso Cuaron

Hannah: Alfonso Cuaron

Ava: Spike Lee

Mother: Spike Lee

Best Actor (5 points)

Me: Rami Malek

David: Rami Malek

Father: Rami Malek

Hannah: Rami Malek

Ava: Rami Malek

Mother: Christian Bale

Best Actress (5 points)

Me: Glenn Close

David: Glenn Close

Father: Glenn Close

Hannah: Lady Gaga

Ava: Glenn Close

Mother: Lady Gaga

Best Supporting Actress (4 points)

Me: Amy Adams

David: Regina King

Father: Regina King

Hannah: Regina King

Ava: Regina King

Mother: Amy Adams

Best Supporting Actor (4 points)

Me: Mahershala Ali

David: Mahershala Ali

Father: Mahershala Ali

Hannah: Mahershala Ali

Ava: Mahershala Ali

Mother: Mahershala Ali

Best Adapted Script (3 points)

Me: BlackKlansmen

David: BlackKlansmen

Father: If Beale Street Could Talk

Hannah: BlackKlansmen

Ava: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Mother: A Star is Born

Best Original Script (3 points)

Me: The Favourite

David: The Favourite

Father: The Favourite

Hannah: The Favourite

Ava: The Favourite

Mother: Roma

Best Animated Film (3 points)

Me: Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse

David: Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse

Father: Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse

Hannah: Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse

Ava: The Incredibles 2

Mother: The Incredibles 2

Best Foreign Language Film (3 points)

Me: Roma

David: Roma

Father: Roma

Hannah: Roma

Ava: Cold War

Mother: Roma

Best Cinematography (2 points)

Me: Roma

David: Roma

Father: Roma

Hannah: Roma

Ava: Roma

Mother: Roma

Best Documentary (2 points)

Me: RBG

David: Free Solo

Father: Free Solo

Hannah: Minding the Gap

Ava: Free Solo

Mother: Minding the Gap

Best Film Editing (2 points)

Me: BlackKklansmen

David: BlackKlansmen

Father: Bohemian Rhapsody

Hannah: Bohemian Rhapsody

Ava: BlackKklansmen

Mother: Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Original Score (2 points)

Me: BlackKklansmen

David: If Beale Street Could Talk

Father: If Beale Street Could Talk

Hannah: Black Panther

Ava: BlackKklansmen

Mother: If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Original Song (2 points)

Me: “Shallow” A Star is Born

David: “Shallow” A Star is Born

Father: “Shallow” A Star is Born

Hannah: “Shallow” A Star is Born

Ava: “Shallow” A Star is Born

Mother: “Shallow” A Star is Born

Best Sound Editing (2 points)

Me: Roma

David: First Man

Father: Bohemian Rhapsody

Hannah: First Man

Ava: First Man

Mother: Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Sound Mixing (2 points)

Me: Roma

David: First Man

Father: Bohemian Rhapsody

Hannah: A Star is Born

Ava: First Man

Mother: First Man

Best Animated Short (1 point)

Me: Bao

David: Bao

Father: Lost and Found

Hannah: Bao

Ava: Bao

Mother: Bao

Best Live Action Short (1 point)

Me: Marguerite

David: Marguerite

Father: Mother

Hannah: Skin

Ava: Marguerite

Mother: Fauve

Best Documentary Short (1 point)

Me: Period. End of Sentence.

David: End Game

Father: Black Sheep

Hannah: End Game

Ava: Period. End of Sentence.

Mother: End Game

Best Art Design (1 point)

Me: Roma

David: Black Panther

Father: The Favourite

Hannah: First Man

Ava: Black Panther

Mother: The Favourite

Best Costume Design (1 point)

Me: Black Panther

David: The Favourite

Father: The Favourite

Hannah: Mary Poppins Returns

Ava: The Favourite

Mother: The Favourite

Best Makeup (1 point)

Me: Vice

David: Vice

Father: Mary Queen of Scots

Hannah: Vice

Ava: Vice

Mother: Mary Queen of Scots

Best Visual Effects (1 point)

Me: Avengers: Infinity War

David: Avengers: Infinity War

Father: Avengers: Infinity War

Hannah: Avengers: Infinity War

Ava: First Man

Mother: First Man

-Walter Tyrone Howard-

The Best Disney Animated Film (45-55)

45. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) This adaptation of A.A Milne’s stories works best as nostalgia. Pooh Bear, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, and my favorite, Eeyore, are unforgettable characters and the artwork resembling storybook illustrations hasn’t dated, still every bit as charming today as when it first was released.

46. Sleeping Beauty (1959) This is my lowest rated Disney film centered around a princess. The studio usually turns classic fairytales into classic movies, and while this one is still being watched today, it lacks that added magic that stays with you past the closing credits.

47. Dumbo (1941) Regarded by many to be amongst Disney’s greatest efforts, I unfortunately missed this one as a child. Viewed as an adult, Dumbo is a simple tale that manages some great artistic, humorous touches such as the famous alcohol scene that culminates in a brilliant expressionistic sequence of purple elephants, while also not seeming to have one superfluous frame.

48. Bambi (1942) One of the essentials of the studio, but not one I’m especially fond of. The art design, story, characterization, music, are all solid, but unspectacular to me.

49. Winnie the Pooh (2011) An homage to the original, this update should garner new fans for Pooh and the gang, which is fine but not very ambitious.

50. Chicken Little (2005) Made during one of the company’s lulls, this early CGI picture has a fun premise, good voice work and animation but fails to deliver enough thrills or humor to last in the memory. Very anti-climactic.

51. Saludos Amigos (1942) At less than fifty minutes running time, this shouldn’t really qualify as feature film. It is one of many compilation films Disney made during the fifties that strung together several short films. As impressive as these short films are, they cannot measure up with the best the studio has to offer. This one focuses on South America which adds some fun cultural touches.

52. Sword in the Stone (1963) Working from T.H White’s classic The Once and Future King, the Sword in the Stone loses much of the internal drama and philosophy of White’s work in the translation. The character design is overly straightforward to my eyes. The wizard Merlin looks exactly how every wizard has ever looked. There are no chances taken here. The narrative is also very episodic with no real climax.

53. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) Enjoyable but not special telling of two stories based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Wind in the Willows. Exciting at times, there is however nothing memorable present in this film.

54. Make Mine Music (1946) A compilation of ten short films, the standouts being Peter and the Wolf and The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met. The short films by their selves are all superlative. As a whole there is no reason for them to be together and as a result, this can hardly be considered a true feature film.

55. Fun and Fancy Free (1947) Probably the least recognized film from Walt Disney, and for good reason. As a compilation film, it’s short films aren’t particularly interesting, and this is possibly the only Disney movie that can be described as boring.

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-Walter Tyrone Howard-

The Best Disney Animated Films (34-44)

34. Lady and the Tramp (1955) Disney’s most romantic film.

35. Three Caballeros (1944) Separates itself from the half-dozen other compilation films Disney was turning out in the forties by creating a strong link between its short films.

36. Lilo and Stitch (2002) A girl and her supervillain alien pet make for charming company surprisingly, and its message of family sticking together hits home. This one feels odd though in Disney’s canon as it seems more like an offbeat, quirky independent film rather than a big-budget studio offering.

37. Fantasia (1940) This may seem sacrilegious to some, but as I don’t care about classical music, there is a limit to how much enjoyment I can have with this film. Considered by many to be one of the greatest animated films of all time, I consider it nice to look at.

38. Robin Hood (1973) Pretty straightforward telling of the Robin Hood legend with the only fresh draw being that it’s done with animals.

39. Fantasia 2000 (2000) Similar to its predecessor, this artistic venture is beautiful to look at but bores my primitive ears.

40. Brother Bear (2003) Shows a different culture than we are used to seeing in a Disney film and does so respectably, but its message is understood before it is even revealed. It’s obvious.

41. The Rescuers (1977) A huge hit for the company in a time when they weren’t doing so well, the idea of two mice voiced by Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor is a fun one and makes for a nice enough time at the movies.

42. Bolt (2008) Reminiscent of Buzz Lightyear’s struggles in Toy Story, the canine superstar Bolt doesn’t know that his heroics are all for show. He is the star of a sci-fi series on the television. This was when Disney was starting to get its powers back, but Bolt is still just a good movie. Not a special one.

43. 101 Dalmations (1961) One of the most popular films of all-time, apparently I am too apathetic to animals to love this movie. Cruella De Vil is a memorable villain, but I was not overly interested in any of the exploits on display.

44. Home on the Range (2004) Audiences have largely ignored this picture, and it’s not great, but it is good and worth seeing for Disney fans. The voice work is all well done and the adventure is appealing enough.

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-Walter Tyrone Howard-

The Best Disney Animated Films (23-33)

23. Pocahontas (1995) Viewed as a weaker outing for Disney during their strongest era of feature filmmaking, this film features beautiful animation and music while tackling racism and bigotry in a way that will stick with you.

24. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) Not altogether well received, perhaps compared too closely to the director’s previous films, Beauty and the Beast and Hunchback of Notre Dame, Atlantis nevertheless has some great moments of adventure and mystery, and the design of the characters and setting represent the studio at its best. However, the story is a little thin and fails to achieve the scope its story sets up.

25. Dinosaur (2000) Innovative animation bolsters a pretty generic script.

26. The Jungle Book (1967) The last film Walt Disney himself had his hands on before he passed on, it’s fitting that it should be one of the studio’s most beloved pictures. A beautiful combination of music, humor, story, and setting with a great group of characters.

27. Melody Time (1948) Disney’s best compilation film. The shorts are all fantastic.

28. The Aristocats (1970) Rewatching this film, I expected it to lose most of the appeal it had for me when I was a child. I was pleasantly surprised to find it amusing as ever. “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat” is a great song and its accompanying animation is perfect.

29. The Rescuers Down Under (1990) Small in scope and mostly forgotten, the world traveling mouse duo’s escapades in Australia are better than the original in my opinion.

30. Oliver and Company (1988) Slight but fun urban take on the famous Dickens’ tale. Billy Joel provides the tuneage to Oliver’s capers.

31. Wreck-It-Ralph (2012) Gorgeous, lively animation to go with a clever exploration of video game existentialism.

32. Alice in Wonderland (1951) As an exercise in style and imagination, this feature is one of Disney’s top efforts but the plotless voyage of Alice is more interesting as prose than a motion picture.

33. Big Hero 6 (2014) Its incredible imagery is let down by a somewhat limited origin story. The relationships between the protagonist and his brother and the protagonist and his robot make up for whatever the plot lacks in surprises.

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-Walter Tyrone Howard-

 

 

The Best Disney Animated Film (12-22)

12. Tangled (2010) The first Disney Princess film done in CGI rather than the traditional hand-drawn animation, this retelling of Rapunzel’s story set the new standard in a lot of ways. Ed Catmull, a big-time exec at Disney said it would be the last Princess movie done by the studio. Well, that didn’t last, and I suspect this film had a lot to do with it.

13. Hercules (1997) Following their success with Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, directors John Musker and Ron Clements turned their talent to Roman mythology. Featuring tons of clever jokes and an inspired villain-Hades is more like a malevolent car salesman than your usual run of the mill foe-Hercules is an excellent movie.

14. The Princess and the Frog (2009) A spectacular return to 2-d animation after CGI had become the norm, this Disney Princess tale, the first to star black leads, was not as well received as its predecessors. That’s a shame because it measures up in my opinion, and it stands as one of Disney’s very best visual achievements.

15. Meet the Robinsons (2007) Kind of slipped through the cracks of popular appeal, and critics were mostly indifferent towards it, but Meet the Robinsons cleverly navigates time paradoxes in a way children can understand and adults can still appreciate. It’s also noteworthy for being a rare positive vision of the future that contrasts the dozens of dystopian visions we get in film.

16. Treasure Planet (2002) 2-d animation was on the decline. Whether this film expedited this or fell victim to it I couldn’t say, but the characters are strong and the visuals are impressive.

17. Emperor’s New Groove (2000) Disney’s funniest film. Possibly the funniest animated film period.

18. Fox and the Hound (1981) Sad, nostalgic, beautiful film.

19. Peter Pan (1953) Perfect adaptation of J.M Barrie’s work. Tinker Bell. Captain Hook. Smee. Classic.

20. Frozen (2013) Massive hit that focuses more on the relationship between sisters than on romance with the prince. It’s easy to be swept up in the global phenomenon this film became, whether positively or adversely, but this is one of Disney’s better films period.

21. Cinderella (1950) Saved the studio after it had fallen into a box-office funk, the titular character might be Disney’s most beloved.

22. The Black Cauldron (1985) Very underrated. There’s a lot that doesn’t work or isn’t satisfying, but I love cheesy fantasy films from the 80s. Gurgi is hilarious to me, and John Hurt makes the most out of a pretty basic villain. It’s a shame to think what could have been had they not fired a young Tim Burton from its production.

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-Walter Tyrone Howard-