COOL VIDEO: WatchMojo’s Top 20 TV Show Opening Scenes!

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Paul here…

  For several years now, I’ve been of the opinion that television is the dominant storytelling medium of the 21st century. When I say dominant I mean, television has been consistently turning out storytelling, acting, and action set pieces that we normally only expect from big budget Hollywood films. Personally I think the real game changer was Game of Thrones. 

    Love or hate how it ended, up until Game of Thrones, in theory there’s nothing stopping a television show from having an actor give a riveting and compelling performance that rivals the years Oscar nominees. Where television couldn’t measure up, was its ability to deliver visual effects heavy, action set pieces. Game of Thrones was the first television show to deliver action sequences that were as good or better than anything on the big screen that year. The Siege of Castle Black, The Massacre at Hardholme, The Battle of The Bastards, were among some of the best battle sequences in any medium and rivaled what we’ve come to expect from our summer blockbusters. The VFX quality that went into making Dany’s dragons look damn near photo real was astonishing. In fact I’ll go so far as to even say that I think Daenerys dragons were the most realistic looking dragons ever put on film. They look like real living breathing creatures. 

     Game of Thrones was only the beginning. My favorite kind of storytelling: fantasy, science fiction, superhero stories, all require complex VFX, stunt work, and make up effects, among other things to make them work. Fortunately as Television has progressed as a medium, Visual Effects have become advanced enough and cost effective enough, for even a network like The CW can have one of their hit superhero shows feature a spectacular fight scene between The Flash and Gorilla Grodd. Now we get to see armies of creatures out of fantasy clash in battle, we can marvel at our favorite superheroes saving the day in daring fashion, and watch some of the coolest fight choreography this side of John Wick, all without setting foot in a movie theatre. 

     Especially with movie theaters currently closed, we all appreciate now more than ever that some of the most memorable characters, some of the greatest drama and storytelling, as well as incredible VFX are available to us every day on streaming and TV. Which is why I loved it when one of my favorite YouTube channels,  Watchmojo,  put together this list of the Top 20 TV Show Opening Scenes. As I thought back to some of my all time favorite, opening scenes to a TV series, it was fun to think of all the shows that came to mind for me and compare them to the 20 picks and honorable mentions in this video. Like I said, I had a some fun with it, so will I thought I’d share it with all of you! Give it a watch right here:

I’d love to know what some of your favorite TV show openings are! Hell, it doesn’t have to be just TV, what are some of your favorite movie openings scenes? Let me know in the comments below!

-Paul 

NEW TRAILER: Christopher Nolan’s TENET

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Summer has always been my favorite season. I love spending an afternoon, sitting under a shady tree, reading a good book or graphic novel. I love going to Cape Cod as often as I can and enjoy the beautiful beaches. Most of all, I love SUMMER MOVIE SEASON. They may not always be the most high brow of films, but Big Summer Blockbusters have always been and always will be, my favorite kind of movies. It’s purest form of the moviegoing experiences. You get your hot popcorn, a cold drink, and hopefully, the world outside of the theatre falls away for a few hours. You can put you problems and worries aside and take a trip to Gotham City or an island resort where cloned dinosaurs roam or a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… and if anyone understands the cinematic magic of the Summer Blockbuster, it’s Christopher Nolan. The best Summer Blockbusters don’t only offer amazing spectacle, but gripping, fleshed out characters and stories as well. To quote Will Smith, Nolan has become a master of “Popcorn and Prestige” filmmaking. The trailer for his new film Tenet, has dropped and it sure looks like a blast!

Tenet Director, Christopher Nolan

Starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Michael Caine, Tenet looks to be a thrilling spy film with time travel thrown into the mix. Watch the trailer here and let me know what you think….

Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, Summer Movie Season 2020 is a bust. Most theatres are still closed and only a few movies like Wonder Woman: 1984 are keeping their current summer release dates. While other movie studios and filmmakers are pushing their movies back to next summer or releasing their films on streaming services or On Demand. Come Hell or high water, Christopher Nolan is determined to release Tenet THIS YEAR, IN MOVIE THEATERS. Though originally scheduled for a 7/17/20 release date, it’s possible Nolan may push back the release date to ensure a larger audience. If I to bet on it, I’d say movie end up will hitting theaters in August or November. If they’re not going to stick to the original release date, these are the 2 most logical months for such a high profile project (and Nolan will still be able get the movie in theaters before the end of the year). I suppose we’ll have to wait and see. I know I’m excited!


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PODCAST: How To Rob A Bank… with SUPERPOWERS!

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On this episode of The World’s Best Podcast, Paul Sr. and I discuss which superpowers would be the most useful if you were robbing a bank? As the discussion continues, more about Paul Sr.’s criminal past emerges…

Considering how often super villains rob banks in comic books, there aren’t that many bank robbery scenes in superhero films. However the few scenes that do exist are all pretty fucking awesome. I can think of three great ones… well, two and a half anyway.

  1. The iconic opening sequence of The Dark Knight, when The Joker and his gang of masked clowns rob a mob bank:

2. The great bank robbery scene in Spider-Man 2, where Doc Ock and The Ole’ Wallcrawler’s clash for the first time:

2b. This is what I meant when I said two and a half great bank robbery scenes in superhero movies. This scene from Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t quite a bank robbery. It’s a bunch of thugs with high-tech weaponry trying to steal an ATM, but it’s still a lot of fun, so I wanted to include it here:

For more super-powered bank robbing shenanigans, make sure you listen to this episode of The World’s Best Podcast, posted right here.

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-Paul

A Look At The Upcoming Video Game: The Last of Us Part II

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Like many other kids of my generation, I grew up playing video games on Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. However, by the time I got to high school, I rarely played and pretty much lost interest in video games. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking gaming, it’s just that, at the time, it wasn’t my thing anymore. One of my close friends kept gaming and every once in a while, he’d send me a cool video, like the cinematic teaser for one of the Batman Arkham games and I was always impressed. It was clear that gaming had made a big jump forward, but I was just intrigued more than anything else. I wasn’t exactly ready to dive headfirst back in to playing video games.

  Not long after, the same friend of mine and I were meeting up with another group of people to grab dinner and I was supposed to meet my buddy at his place. I was a few minutes early and he was wrapping up playing one of the Uncharted games. I was completely blown away by what I was seeing. It was so incredibly cinematic, with 360° visibility, amazing rendering of characters and environments. The cherry onto for me was that it wasn’t just a game, but a real story with well developed characters. I’m sure this sounds stupid to a lot of you, but for me this is a quantum leap forward in video gaming. It felt like he was playing an Indiana Jones movie. I even remember the part of the game he was playing. It was (at least for me, at the time) a mind-bogglingly cool action sequence, involving Nathan Drake and some bad guys, on a cargo plane, with an open hold door, flying over the desert. I was sold. I never looked at videos games the same way.

   I haven’t played as much as I’d have liked to over the last year, but there’s a new game coming out in a few weeks will definitely change that: The Last of Us Part II. The is sequel to, in my opinion, one of the best games ever created, The Last of Us. When The Last of Us came out on PS3, it was the best story, in any medium, of 2013. The best analogy I could use to describe The Last of Us, would be that it feels like you’re “playing” a movie and that doesn’t even do the game justice.

   The Last of Us, from the video game developer Naughty Dog, tells the story of Joel, a bitter, cynical, middle aged man and teenage Ellie, as they make their way across a post-Apocalyptic United States. Of course, they have to contend with weird, zombie like creatures roaming the country. Oh, and our heroes have to deal with the worst monsters of all… other human survivors! Dah, dah, duhn! I’m sure this may sound like a cliched story you’ve heard too many times before, but The Last of Us is in a class all its own. I became more invested in the character’s of Joel and Ellie than the characters in the books I was reading or the movies I was watching that summer. If you’ve ever played the game, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It was a masterpiece. A beautiful piece of art. Now, in just a few short weeks, we will get a chance to revisit Joel, Elle, and their broken, but not completely hopeless, world when The Last of Us Part II launches on 5/29/2020!

Now take a look at the new trailer below….

…And this really cool behind the scenes video from the creators of the game, as well:

The Last of Us II drops on 5/29/20

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-Paul

PODCAST: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (The Final Season) REVIEW!

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On this episode of The World’s Best Podcast, I reviews the EPIC Final Season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Disney+! Other streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime release all the episodes of a new series when it premieres. Disney+ on the other hand only releases one new episode of a series each week. Personally, I prefer the “binge watching” format of Netflix. However, the weekly release of original Disney+ content, like the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, was probably a necessity for the relatively new streaming service.

When Disney+ launched last November, the vast majority of the people who subscribed to the service were there to watch the first live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. If Disney+ released the entire season of The Mandalorian when it was launched, it’s likely that many people would have binge-watched the show and canceled their subscription when the finished Season 1. By making the audience to come back each week to watch new episodes of The Mandalorian, they’d also become more familiar with the service and the rest of the content available. I think when Disney+ has built up enough original content they may adopt the “binge” release format like other streaming services. It’s possible that, in a few years, the service could become a juggernaut because of all the toys Disney has at his disposal. There are six or seven new original shows being developed for Disney+ that are going to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This year alone will see the release of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier later this summer and WandaVision in December, with a LOKI series following shortly after, and that’s just the Marvel content. From the Star Wars universe, we have Season 2 of The Mandalorian premiering in October and a live action Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor in the works.

That was my long winded way of saying that, I showed a rare level of restraint and waited until all the episodes were available until I watched the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Man, I’m glad I did because the final four episodes of this series are among some of the very best Star Wars storytelling I have ever seen. The wait between those last four episodes must’ve been excruciating. I think it’s fair to say the the finale of this series will blow fans away! (This episode contains MILD SPOILERS)

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FIRST LOOK: HBO’s Lovecraft Country

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I read Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff, when it was published in 2016, it was by far my favorite book of the year. Naturally, I was excited when I heard that the book was being developed as a TV series by Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) for HBO.

The novel, which takes during the 1950’s Jim Crowe era, comprises of several interconnected stories that form one large narrative. The story follows an African-American family in a time still ripe with prejudice and hate (As I was typing that last sentence I realized, sadly, that it can still apply to today). When Atticus Turner sets out to find his missing father, last seen up in Massachusetts in “Lovecraft Country”, Atticus and his family soon find themselves exposed to a world of monsters, dark magik, ghosts, cults, and eldreitch horrors from other dimensions.

The combination of this shameful time in American history and supernatural horror, heavily inspired by H.P Lovecraft, makes for one hell of a compelling story. The cast includes some fantastic actors including Michael Kenneth Williams, Courtney B. Vance, Jonathan Majors, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, among others. The series which is produced by Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams premieres on HBO this summer. This looks like it could be great, so check back here for continuing coverage of the series. Take a look the trailer below…

Lovecraft Country premieres on HBO in August.

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PODCAST: Extraction- Movie Review & More!

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On this episode of The World’s Best Podcast we review the new Netflix movie starring Chris Hemsworth, EXTRACTION! Also, we give our take on the HBO Original Film starring Hugh Jackman, Bad Education! We wrap up the episode with a comic book review and recommend the excellent Marvel graphic novel The Immortal Hulk!

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-Paul

Awesome Art From The Upcoming BATMAN Story Arc From DC Comics: JOKER WAR!

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It’s been an open secret in the world of comic books that The Joker knows, and has always known, that Bruce Wayne is Batman. He just doesn’t care. It wouldn’t be funny for him to sneak into Wayne Manor in the middle of the night and put a bullet in Bruce Wayne’s head while he’s sleeping. It’s Batman who he’s interested in, Batman is his playmate.
Well after years of teasing it looks like The Joker is finally going to pull the ripcord on pretending he doesn’t know that Bruce Wayne and Batman are the same man. He’s finally going to play that Ace up up his sleeve. This awesome art from Jorge Jimenez gives us a little preview of things to come in the upcoming Joker War storyline. It certainly looks like The Clown Prince of Crime is not holding back.

To add another interesting wrinkle to the story, The Joker’s got a new girlfriend and her name is Punchline. The Joker and Harley has been consciously uncoupled for several years now, with Harley Quinn leaning more into hero than villain territory these days. So it looks like Mister J. has moved on to a woman who is more interested in keeping up with his bloody, homicidal antics. We’ve only seen a little bit of Punchline in the current Batman comics, but expect her to play a bigger role as we get closer to Joker War. Here’s more beautiful art by Jorge Jimenez, who designed Punchline, so you can get a better look at the character and how she is different from Harley Quinn.

Joker War will be written by James Tynion IV, the current writer of DC’s monthly Batman comic. Tynion’s been doing excellent Batman work at DC for several years now, on books like Detective Comics and his current run on Batman. He also worked closely with Scott Snyder, arguably the greatest modern Batman writer, on Snyder’s Batman books as well as co-writing multiple issues of Snyder’s recent run on Justice League. This storyline has been teased for awhile now and we’ve been treated to sneak peeks at The Joker while he’s planning his masterpiece.


As you can see in the images below, any doubt about how much knowledge The Joker really has about Batman and his family, is quickly erased…

Because of the national health crisis, there haven’t been any new monthly comic books shipped to vendors over the last few weeks. Regular comic book distribution to Comic Book Store‘s and apps like ComiXology, is expected to begin again in mid-May, in a few weeks. So the release dates of storylines like Joker War, that were supposed to start at the end of April or the beginning of May with Batman # 95, No loolike a late May or early June beginning for the joker war. Fortunately however long it takes, things will get back on track. This is definitely going to be a big story for the Batman franchise so look for more coverage when Joker War begins in late May or June. I know I’m excited!

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COOL VIDEO: WatchMojo’s Top 20 Defining Movie Moments Of The Century (So Far)!

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If you’re anything like me, every once in a while you find yourself watching a video on YouTube, the video ends, and YouTube rolls into the next video. Next thing you know, you’ve just spent hours getting sucked down into the whirlpool that is the never-ending abyss of YouTube videos. While most of the time that can lead to some wasted hours, every once in awhile you come across some cool stuff. One of the easiest YouTube channels to get sucked into is WatchMojo. They have great Top 10 videos to cover every corner of pop culture. TV, Movies, Comic Books, Podcasts, they  have great Top 10 Videos that cover it all. Chances are, if you can think of a potential pop culture Top 10 Videos, WatchMojo probably has it. They’ll get their hooks into me with videos like; Top 10 Characters On The TV Series Supernatural or the Top 10 Best Moments in Avengers: Endgame or the Top 10 Best Final Lines In A Movie, these are just some random examples,  I could go on and on. Last week, they posted a pretty cool video that I wanted to share with you guys: Top 20 Defining Movie Moments of The Century (So Far). I think they’re pretty damn spot on with their picks! Watch it right here to decide for yourself:

Pretty cool, right? You can Subscribe to WatchMojo through this video here or on YouTube. So, do you think that WatchMojo had a good group of picks? Or are their some glaring omissions they left out? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @PJWrightWBM!You can also like and follow us on our Facebook page; World’s Best Media!

-Paul

Awesome Batman: The Animated Series Art!

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   It’s a good time to be a fan of Batman: The Animated Series. With the new comic book series Batman: The Adventure Continues, an in canon continuation of the series. Written by Alan Burnett and Paul Dini, 2 of the biggest creative players behind the original Animated Series, this new comic continues the classic story of the original show, while introducing new and iconic elements from Batman’s rich mythology. Besides the new comic book series, there’s some fantastic art I found online by an incredible artist.

I’ve been an artist my whole life. Even as kid I was always drawing. Though I would experiment with painting, watercolor, and other material, Sketching has always been my favorite. I love finding cool art online. Specially art featuring the kind of stuff we cover here at World’s Best Media. Cool paintings of classic scenes from movies, aspiring comic book artists displaying their version of iconic characters, hand drawn movie posters, that sort of thing. A quick word on film posters: they used to so cool. Works of art in their own right.  A few movies will still put out cool posters, but most are photoshopped crap. The work of men like Drew Struzan who’s worked on some of the most iconic films of all time! I’ll post some his work below so you can see what I’m talking about.

      Whether it’s movies, comics, or TV, there are a lot of fantastic artists (amateur and professional) that put their stamp on great genre work with their art. The Batman: The Animated Series pics below definitely fall into the category of fucking amazing. 


   All of these incredibly beautiful pieces of art based on the characters from Batman: The Animated Series, were done by rafagrassetti . You can see more of his spectacular artwork on his Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/rafagrassetti/?hl=en right here. It’s amazing how he takes the unmistakable design of BTAS, yet still makes it his own with his slightly more realistic take on the characters. As you can see he based all of his work in the original BTAS character designs, not any of the redesigns done in Season 4 or the hour long block that was referred to as “The New Adventure of Batman/Superman”. My personal favorite is Killer Croc. He’s drawn with slightly more animalistic attributes without turning him into a full blow crocodile monster like we’ve seen in recent years. I think some of these may even be sculptures, which just shows what a monumentally talented artist Rafa Grassetti is.

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-Paul