James Bond Actors Ranked From Least Favorite To Favorite


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James Bond: Spectre is coming to theaters next month, and rumor is already spreading about the Bond actor who will replace Daniel Craig. I thought this would be a good time to offer my opinions on all six Bond actors.

6. George Lazenby (definitive movie: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service): George Lazenby is not a bad Bond actor but he was only in one movie and was highly forgettable. Some people say that he was good at physical action scenes, but a Bond actor needs personality, too.

5. Daniel Craig (definitive movies: Casino Royale and Skyfall) Daniel Craig did not have much more personality than George Lazenby, but at least he was in more than one movie, which makes him more memorable. He also seemed to fit the role well of an icy but suave Bond. Hopefully, his replacement is an improvement over Craig, though.

4. Pierce Brosnan (definitive movies: Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies) Pierce Brosnan was funny and upbeat, but he was definitely too corny sometimes. Some people say that Pierce Brosnan wasn’t comfortable as Bond in his first couple of movies and improved with each Bond movie he made. Unfortunately, his improved acting was dragged down by the rest of his mediocre third and fourth movies.

3. Sean Connery (definitive movies: Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice) Sean Connery will always be the definitive Bond actor because he was the first popular Bond actor and  one of the two longest lasting Bond actors along with Roger Moore. However, his treatment of other people in his movies, particularly the women, what with slapping them silly, wrestling them in barns and pretty much telling them to make him a sandwich, was poor at times.

2. Roger Moore (definitive movies: Man With the Golden Gun, Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only) Roger Moore has always been one of my favorite Bond actors, even though the other Bond actors have frequently changed places with me over the years. He does have a couple of issues. For one thing he has some of the worst romantic scenes, although this could easily be blamed on the inane dialogue. His other issue was that he was the oldest Bond actor in the series, which made some action scenes unconvincing.

Roger Moore more than makes up for for these issues, though, with his great sense of humor. I’ve never watched a Bond movie for the romantic subplots or the realism. I watch James Bond movies for entertainment, and Roger Moore’s sense of humor made his Bond movies even more entertaining.

  1. Timothy Dalton (definitive movies: Living Daylights and License To Kill) Some people blame Timothy Dalton for over acting in his Bond movies, but he usually acted in plays so this is completely understandable. One of the greatest horror actors ever, Bela Lugosi, also acted in many plays and as a result some critics accused him of over acting in Dracula and his other horror movies.

Timothy Dalton had two great strengths when it came to Bond movies. First he had probably the best chemistry with his Bond women. When he’s with Kara in Living Daylights we get some great scenes of them having fun together at an amusement park. In License To Kill he and my favorite Bond woman do a great job acting against each other and keeping each other alert with a sort of hot headed but passionate rivalry.

His other great strength was his action scenes. Timothy Dalton had an intense, serious personality that made him one of the more believable Bond actors in action scenes. Scenes such as when he is going after a crime boss for revenge in a great truck chase at the end of License To Kill are made even more thrilling by Timothy Dalton’s over the top, barely able to get a grip acting style.

At the end of it, each Bond actor has their own style and something to offer. Whether it’s convincing action scenes, a good sense of humor, good chemistry with the Bond women or being able to fit the role well, each Bond actor has made their mark on Hollywood history.

Power Station’s Debut: The Definitive 1980s Album


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Power Station was a super group during the mid 1980s with Robert Palmer on vocals, the guitarist and bass player, Andy and John Taylor, from Duran Duran and Tony Thompson on drums. They only made one album in the 1980s but in my opinion it is the definitive 1980s album because it has everything a good 1980s album should have, passionate vocals, funky riffs, blazing solos and drums that sound like plastic buckets.

The album had three singles, Some Like It Hot, Communication and Get It On Bang a Gong. Some Like It Hot features a good chorus and excellent solo. Communication has a startlingly blaring intro, you might want to turn down the volume before this one starts, and is the most dance oriented of the three. Get It On Bang a Gong is a choppy cover of T-Rex’s original and is great for blasting out the window while driving.

The other songs on the album include an anthem for a dangerous woman called Murderous. Lonely Tonight and Go To Zero are a couple dance songs with Lonely Tonight featuring probably the best solo. The last two songs are the cover of the Isley Brothers’ Harvest For the World, which might have the most passionate vocals on the album and the ballad Still In Your Heart featuring a saxophone solo.

There is an extended edition of this album, which features the theme song for Commando with Arnold Schwarzenegger called We Fight For Love, and some alternative, more dance oriented versions of the three singles. I originally thought that the alternative versions were a little repetitive, but I like them more now because the original album was so incredibly concise the alternative versions really flesh it out more.

What makes this album brilliant is how it manages to be so incredibly diverse and concise at the same time. In just eight songs, little more than just half an hour, we have powerful rockers, bouncy dance songs, classic covers and an incredibly atmospheric ballad. Power Station might have made only one album, but when you’ve captured lightning in a bottle it shines bright as a beacon and then it’s gone.

Top Ten Favorite Albums (Part 2)

5. Unvarnished by Joan Jett: We now move to a couple of albums that weren’t just good albums but showed a deep, personal side of the music artist. Unvarnished is the newest album by Joan Jett. She had not made an album in fifteen years and during that time both of her parents had died. Joan Jett, who is very loyal to her friends and family, made this album after dealing with those hardships and the result was not only one of the most poignant albums I’ve ever heard but also one of the most inspirational and bravest. Not to mention it has the classic Joan Jett, spunky, rebellious sound to it, too.

4. Slang by Def Leppard: This album ironically used to be my least favorite Def Leppard album but has risen recently to my favorite one. Def Leppard had made a couple of incredibly popular albums during the 1980s with Pyromania and Hysteria, which were primarily about good times. Their good times ran out, though, with their lead guitarist dying from alcoholism, their drummer losing an arm and a couple of band members getting in trouble with the law. Slang was a bare bones, gritty, grungy 1990s album represented so incredibly well by the album cover. The album did an effective job of showing the angst and brooding that Def Leppard was going through.

3. Chicago’s Second Album: Chicago’s second album had around twenty songs on it and had a lot of variety. It had rockers like 25 or 6 to 4, ballads and experimental songs. The instrumentation and atmosphere from Chicago were at their best on this album. It’s a comfortable, versatile album that could just as easily set the mood while walking outside during the day or reading a good book indoors at night. It’s not really what you could call a hard rocking album, but sometimes rock should take a break from the usual heavy guitars and go for something a little more substantial like this album.

2. Paradise Theater by Styx: Paradise Theater boasted some big singles like the rock anthem Rocking the Paradise, amusing Too Much Time On My Hands and poignant Best of Times. The filler songs are all great, too, such as the atmospheric Snowblind, few songs are better for a cold, dark winter’s night than that one, and the upbeat She Cares. The message of the album is great, too. It’s about a theater that opens in 1928 but goes out of business thirty years later because people no longer appreciate fine arts. The final two short songs on the album both convey a powerful feeling of changing times.

  1. How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb by U2: For somebody who appreciates classic rock and roll as much as I do, it might be surprising that my favorite album was made after 2000, but I feel like few things represent pop rock of the early 2000s or make me more nostalgic for my growing up years as much as this album does. Vertigo of course is a great rocker with a good solo, but Love and Peace has some nice, distorted guitar, City of Blinding Lights is a poignant tribute to New York City and the rest of the songs on the album all convey an interesting atmosphere as well.

Top Ten Favorite Albums (Part One)

10. Burning Sky by Bad Company: Burning Sky only had one notable single, Burning Sky, but the other songs on the album were all good, too. Some of the songs had a natural feel such as Morning Sun. Other songs demonstrated the brooding of Bad Company at its best such as Passing Time. It had one of the few songs by Bad Company that was amusing, Knapsack, which many people dislike, but I actually think it has a lot of character. They even had a long, experimental song at the end of the album called Master of Ceremony that was as close to progressive rock as Bad Company ever got.

9. Last Night by Moby: Last Night might have been one of the most obscure Moby albums, but it was the most recent album by Moby to be more than just anesthetizing house music. Half of the album was full of songs that you could really dance to such as Disco Lies and I Like To Move In Here. The other half of the album was full of atmospheric, instrumental songs that while not as interesting to me as the dance songs gave some nice variety to the album. The final song on the album called Last Night is very interesting and has some nice rain sound effects.

8. 7800 Fahrenheit by Bon Jovi: 7800 Fahrenheit might have been one of Bon Jovi’s most obscure albums, but it was probably the only album by Bon Jovi that was brooding and deep. It had some great rockers such as Tokyo Road and King of the Mountain. It had poignant ballads such as Silent Night. Some of the songs such as I Don’t Want To Fall Into the Fire experimented with synth and drum beats. Other songs had interesting song writing such as Secret Dreams, which was about a woman Bon Jovi could only be with in his dreams. This is one album that proved Bon Jovi could be more than just pop.

7. Appetite For Destruction by Guns and Roses: We move from some obscure, over looked albums to a couple of the most popular albums ever starting with Appetite For Destruction, one of the highest selling debuts albums of all time. Appetite For Destruction had the combined power of Axl’s vocals and Slash’s guitar, which led to some of the best rock and roll songs ever such as Welcome To the Jungle, the poignant Sweet Child of Mine and my second favorite song, Paradise City. This album dominated music during the late 1980s and rightly so.

6. Boston’s Debut: Boston’s debut was probably the highest selling debut album ever. It’s also the only album to have every song from that album still played regularly on the radio today. It boasted the euphoric More Than a Feeling, the epic work Long Time, the reassuring Peace of Mind and the rock and roll ballad Rock and Roll Band. Hitch a Ride, another song on the album, boasted not one but two guitar solos in the same song. There was a lot of guitar power in this album but it also boasted some great vocals that turned this album into a true master piece that everybody knew during the 1970s.

Top Ten Most Inconsistent Bands (Part Two)


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We now continue with the second half of my top ten list for artists and bands who did some great music but unfortunately not consistently and sound great on certain studio albums but not compilations.

6. Lenny Kravitz: I’m going to be careful with this one because I’ve listened to his big hits and I’ve listened to his compilation but not really his studio albums. His hits featured on the Now That’s What I Call Music compilations are all great, but it’s his other singles that I think could be better.

I just don’t think that Lenny Kravitz really sounds that appealing when he’s making music that is on the softer side. Some ballads are good but other ballads of his just bore me to death. In my opinion albums of his that sound good would be during the late 1990s and early 2000s when he was coming out with big singles such as Dig In, Fly Away and Where Are We Running? Baptism seems to be one of those albums that people either love or hate.

7. Living Colour: I suppose you could consider Living Colour the African American counter part of Boston. They had one fantastic album right at the beginning of their career and then they thought too hard, tried too hard and ended up with heavy sludge. Each album after their first one seemed to be one step deeper into the hoopla.

Neither Boston or Living Colour really seemed to care what people thought and while this keeps you from becoming a sell out like Bon Jovi or Don Henley, this can definitely lead to the opposite issue, which is making music incredibly dense. While Boston went too prog, though, Living Colour just seemed to go ballistic with the gnashing, in your face guitar. They always fought for a cause of some sort, but they really should’ve made sure that their followers were still on board with it all.

8. Moby: Moby is a rare example on this list of an artist who made good and bad albums but not all at the same time. During the early 1990s Moby made some really rocking dance albums but later on during the early 2000s made a few albums that were much better suited as background music for commercials. When your music is used as background music for commercials that is probably not what you want to aspire to.

My personal favorite album of Moby’s would be Last Night. This album had some great dance songs on it, but ironically enough is probably one of the least known Moby albums because around the time this album was released one of the labels who supported Moby’s music went belly up and only five hundred thousand copies were sold… around the entire damn world. After that his music became incredibly anesthetic and I feel like only hipsters and stoners would appreciate the way-too-chill music he is coming out with today on albums such as Innocents, which by the way features probably one of the most bizarre album covers i have ever seen.

9. Survivor: Survivor is a band that was almost always way too poppish to be a good hard rock band,at least when their singles were concerned. They came out with one great album featuring Eye of the Tiger and an epic album cover of the face of a tiger and then after that went back to being very much second tier.

One issue Survivor has is that most of their singles aside from the ones used for action movies such as Burning Heart were way too synthy and slick. Today their singles such as Is This Love? and The Search Is Over at best sound really dated and at worst sound incredibly boring and nonessential. They might have gained success with High On You and Can’t Hold Back, but today pretty much the only song people remember them for is Eye of the Tiger, and that is probably, rightfully so.

10. Bryan Adams: Some people might wonder why I put Bryan Adams at the end of an otherwise alphabetical list. That is because I do not think that Bryan Adams is nearly as inconsistent as the other artists and bands on this list. Really, my main issue with Bryan Adams is that his music from 1990s and onwards had kind of a Bon Jovi effect. He went from heavy rockers to pretty much all poppish ballads, but I would like to say that this doesn’t bug me nearly as much as Bon Jovi because Bryan Adams actually could at some times make decent pop music.

I really would recommend getting the single disc So Far So Good instead of the anthology because most of the second disc for the Anthology is just ballads and not really worth it. Other than that he is good and I look forward to his newest album coming out in October, which I will of course be buying on hard copy directly at the store location, me and three other people… Hell, yeah!

Top Ten Most Inconsistent Music Groups and Artists (Part One)


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Have you ever heard a good song on the radio by an artist, only to check out a compilation by that artist and have the enthusiasm knocked right out of you because most of the compilation, regardless of which one, sounded like complete shit? Usually, this is because the artist totally sold out or because the artist got lucky with one album but most of the time was already making sludge without selling out. We will explore the artists, reasons why and good studio albums that you can turn to instead as a much better alternative with this article in alphabetical order.

1. Bon Jovi: Bon Jovi was at his best during the 1980s when he made really rocking glam metal albums. Later on Bon Jovi became a great example of a sell out by trying to appeal to many people despite his increasing age. Pretty much everything after 1990’s New Jersey in my opinion is bad news because it just doesn’t have that much personality to it.

However, his first three albums, an argument could be made for his first four albums, were pretty solid. Bon Jovi’s first album had the popular yet good single Runaway. 7800 Fahrenheit had no hits, good luck hearing one of the singles from that album at a concert of his, but was probably his most interesting album because it showed the dark, brooding side of Bon Jovi, if such a thing actually exists. Slippery When Wet had his three biggest, best singles and after that it quickly went downhill. New Jersey was fine, but it was his last tolerable album in my opinion.

2. Boston: Boston fell into a rare category trying to make music more intelligent than they originally had and failing at their objective. As we will find out later, they were not alone, though. Boston’s first album was fantastic, probably the best album from the 1970s, I include Zoso in that comparison, and the only album I would ever think it was worth listening to on vinyl. However, after that they took forever and did not deliver adequately for all the time they took. Albums after their first one are just way too over thought and forced. As far as Boston was concerned in my opinion they were a one album band, even if that one album was just pure rock and roll gold.

3. Don Henley: Are we seeing a trend yet? Many artists start out great and then decline. Don Henley is certainly no exception to this trend. After his split with the Eagles, he made a decent album with his single Dirty Laundry. His second album would be by far his best one of course, the brooding, synthy Building the Perfect Best. Ironically, probably one of the few weak songs on this album was the album title song. However, it did boast such amazing songs as the great summer ballad, Boys of Summer, and the incredibly interesting Sunset Grill.

It is after this that we take a large nose dive into music that was both way too excessive in duration and way too poppish for any self respecting rock and roll star to make. The End of the Innocence was probably the worst example of this and Inside Job in my opinion did not do much better. As far as Don Henley is concerned check out his first two albums and skip the rest.

4. Guns and Roses: Oh, boy, did I open a can of something with this one. We all remember the classic Appetite For Destruction but we’ve also been hearing for years now about feuds between band members, break ups and newer music performers who couldn’t lick the shoes of Slash. Fortunately, we now have Slash’s wonderful solo career with Myles Kennedy on vocals who both sings almost as well as Axl but also is apparently much easier to get along with.

Guns and Roses had one classic album, and three interesting albums, the often over looked GNR Lies, and the two highly experimental Use Your Illusion albums. After that we could see Axl’s mental condition deteriorating, band members getting fed up with Axl’s shit and Chinese Democracy on its way, which was truly an abomination for many reasons. Check out Guns and Roses’ first four albums and then switch camps to Slash’s solo career. Rooting for Guns and Roses these days is about as satisfying as being a Cubs fan, free sodas be damned.

5. Jefferson Starship: Speaking of turbulence within the band… Jefferson Starship was originally Jefferson Airplane but later went on to become Jefferson Starship and then just Starship. There are two camps for Jefferson Starship’s music. Their 1970s work was highly experimental but also lengthy and lacked an immediate appeal. Some think their 1970s albums are fantastic and Red Octopus is held in high esteem.

I think their best albums came about when Grace Slick was actually back in the band and they made their late 1970s early 1980s albums such as Modern Times, Winds of Change, highly over looked and critically lambasted although I have no idea why, and Nuclear Furniture, their last good album before they went downhill with Knee Deep In the Hoopla.

For good music from Jefferson Starship you could really go one of two different directions and this depends entirely on your preference. If you like deep, meaningful music with a lasting appeal then I suggest their 1970s music, but if you’re like me and just want to rock check out their Modern Times and Freedom At Point Zero albums. Those are the albums with the singles still played on the radio today anyway. We can all agree that Knee Deep In the Hoopla and onwards was bad, though.

Top Ten Favorite Songs


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10. Moving On by Bad Company: In my opinion this is the best song about moving on to the next phase of life or traveling. I filmed a video of a good friend leaving college and had this song as the back ground. We were both glad to “move on” from that experience.

9. More Than a Feeling by Boston: In my opinion this is the most nostalgic song I have ever heard. One of the earliest songs that I heard in classic rock and roll and really liked, it still remains a definitive staple with me all these years later.

8. Live and Learn by Crush 40: Crush 40 is probably the most obscure band on this entire list and only made one album, but that album featured the theme song for Sonic 2, which I think is really inspirational and wonderfully youthful.

7. Stronger by Kanye West: I dislike the music artist, but there were few songs during high school that I liked more. It’s a cover, but I think that Kanye West did a great job changing it and making it his own.

6. Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting by Nickelback: Yet another music group most people would not expect me to include on a top ten list and yet another cover song, but this cover was also really well made in my opinion.

5. Stronger by Daft Punk: The original version of this song, which I thought was better by a slim margin over the cover. It’s in my opinion the best dance song ever made and is very energetic like every other song on this list.

4. Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting: Elton John is considered by many people to be one of the best music artists ever and most of his songs I think are kind of average, but this song makes piano sound much more bad ass than I usually think it is.

3. Turn Up the Radio by Autograph: A one hit wonder band that ended up making in my opinion not only the definitive 1980s song, but also the definitive rock and roll anthem. It voices better than any other song just what rock and roll at its peak was all about.

2. Paradise City by Guns and Roses: One of the few music groups on this list that I thought had more than one great song and for a long time they had what i thought was the best song until it was replaced just recently. The build up, guitar riff and passion make it great.

1. Fight the Good Fight by Triumph: The title of best song now belongs to this one. Triumph is an incredibly average music group outside of this song, but this song with its lyrics, which I think are the strongest part of the song, about perseverance to the very end make it in my opinion the most inspirational song I think i have ever heard.

Top Ten Songs by Jefferson Starship That Are Passable


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Spring of 2014 I heard a song on the radio that I really liked called Find Your Way Back by Jefferson Starship. Summer of 2014 I went to a cover band concert and heard them play a cover of Jane by Jefferson Starship. Fall of 2014 I decided to buy both of the singles because I liked them so much. Then I came up with the idea of checking out the rest of their music. I liked two of their songs, so why wouldn’t the rest of their music be great, too?

It was not until I started checking them out in February and did some research on the group that I realized a couple of things about Jefferson Starship. They had originally been a band called Jefferson Airplane, but they changed their style during the 1970s from psychedelic, hippy rock to progressive rock. I did not like the music from these albums at all because their songs were too long and did not rock enough in my opinion. The only song I remember of theirs from that decade would be Ride the Tiger, and not even that song sounded that great in my opinion. I then realized that they had made several albums during the late 1970s and early 1980s that had more of a pop rock sound to them with shorter songs and featured the two songs I really liked by them.

I found Modern Times and Nuclear Furniture as a double disc set at a nearby library, but had to go very far to get Freedom At Point Zero from another library. I never did manage to check out Winds of Change on hard copy because that copy was checked out and is by far the most obscure of all four of the albums, so I had to buy it on Itunes, but it has by far my favorite album cover of the four with the wolf and saturn in the background, so I didn’t mind too much. I then began to listen to all four albums closely.

I quickly realized that aside from the big single called Jane and Rock Music that most of the music on their Freedom At Point Zero album really flipping sucked. Modern Times not only had their other big hit single on it called Find Your Way Back but was definitely one of the more consistently good albums by them. Winds of Change was very much half and half. Half of the songs, particularly Winds of Change, Keep On Dreaming and Black Widow were good, while the other half of the songs, particularly I Came Back From the Jaws of the Dragon and Out of the Control were absolutely atrocious. Nuclear Furniture was another one of the more consistently good albums by them despite not having any big singles on it.

What I find most comical and frankly hilarious, too, about this quirky little music group is people’s reactions to the group. You know a group is perceived as kind of lame when even your parents condemn them. I found out that people who had listened to Jefferson Airplane during the 1960s felt the same way about Jefferson Starship, even before they became just Starship and made the atrocious We Built This City On Rock and Roll as their only big single, that I did about modern day Guns and Roses. I got the gist pretty quickly that most people didn’t just think Jefferson Starship had sold out, most people thought that they had taken a swan dive into a vat full of cow shit. You have to keep in mind that I was not alive during this time period, so I’m getting the idea of this group’s banality second hand.

However, after listening to all of these albums pretty closely for quite some time, I did find what I think are some gems hidden among the forgettable crap.

10. Stairway to Cleveland from Modern Times: I thought this song was weird when I first heard it, but then I found out about the context behind the song and thought it was a great song about rebellion. What could possibly be more rebellious than telling the critical critics and consumers that “they do want they want” as a band and nobody can tell them otherwise be it for better or worse?

9. Keep On Dreaming from Winds of Change: This song was actually kind of inspiring with its go after your dreams song message and its wide eyed, young hearted take on rock and roll legends. The guitar riff and solo are both fantastic.

8. Rock Music from Freedom At Point Zero: Maybe this song just looked good compared to most of the rest of Freedom At Point Zero, which was pretty terrible, but I thought that this song was a pretty good rock and roll anthem with a memorable guitar riff.

7. No Way Out from Nuclear Furniture: No Way Out is an interesting song with its serious, ominous tone.

6. Black Widow from Winds of Change: You can tell that Black Widow is going to be a good song from its guitar intro, which is pretty cool. It has a great guitar riff and some fantastic vocals from Grace Slick. It’s incredibly intriguing with its lyrics, too.

5. Stranger from Modern Times: This song kind of sounds like something Heart would make with its song message about an encounter with a stranger. The chorus and vocals are great.

4. Winds of Change from Winds of Change: This song is pretty interesting with its spaced out feel. A lot of what made Winds of Change so good was its outer space feel as represented on the album cover.

3. Laying It On the Line from Nuclear Furniture: This song might not get played ever on the radio anymore, but I think it should because it is just as good as the two singles that are still played. It is very energetic and has some great synthesizer work along with a terrific guitar solo.

2. Jane from Freedom At Point Zero: This song has some great vocals and is one of the two songs that is played on the radio and got me interested in this group.

1. Find Your Way Back from Modern Times: This song has a great guitar solo and I love the song message about refinding yourself after you’ve started down the wrong path, too. Jefferson Starship with all of its issues with changing its sound and disillusioning the fans and critics seems like the perfect music group to make a song such as this.

Top Ten Favorite Super Smash Brothers Characters


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There’s been a lot of talk recently about the new Super Smash Brothers game, so I decided to give my top ten list for characters from the series with a description of the character and my main reasons for why I like them so much.

10. Pichu: Pichu is the unevolved form of Pikachu. Pichu does the same things that Pikachu does, but it hurts itself when it uses an electric attack. Pichu is probably one of the weakest characters in the entire Super Smash Brothers franchise of games, but I like Pichu because it’s an even more endearing version of Pikachu and looks great with blue goggles on. Also, his Taunt when he rolls around on the ground or flops his ears is funny to watch. I would only use Pichu if I was not being competitive, but he is a fun character for me to use.

9. Charizard: Charizard is not really a main character you can play as, but is one of the three Pokemon that Pokemon Trainer sends out when you battle as the Pokemon Trainer. I am not a big fan of the other two choices that Pokemon Trainer uses, Squirtle and Ivysaur, even though Ivysaur’s ability to recover back onto the stage with Vine Whip is a cool idea, but I do really like Charizard. Charizard was definitely one of the coolest Pokemon to use from the original series of Pokemon, and his abilities to breath fire racking up a lot of damage with one attack and fly around for good recovery make him useful to use.

8. Wolf: Wolf is one of the fighter pilots from the Star Fox games. He is like Fox and has the same moves as Fox, but is much heavier and stronger than Fox. His increased weight is both an advantage and disadvantage because he is harder to knock off the stage but also falls like a piece of lead, which makes it much tougher for him to recover. He has one of my favorite taunts in the game with his wolf howl. Also, his final smash as a tank is pretty devastating.

7. Lucina: The only character from the newest version of the game that I am interested to see. I do not know much about her because I played the earliest Fire Emblem games that came out ten years ago and have not stuck with the game series since then, although it’s clear to me that many things have changed since then in the series. She is also a Marth clone, which is bringing her a lot of criticism from certain critics of the games. However, I think the main reason I like her is because I love her character design. Few characters I think look as cool as Lucina does and her sword makes her a strong competitor, even if she is not particularly original to the games.

6. Sheik: Sheik is the tomboyish version of Zelda who dressed up as a man to disguise herself. When you select Zelda in the games, you have the option during the battle to switch between both versions of the character, Zelda or Sheik. I definitely prefer Sheik over the princess version of Zelda, though, because of her sleek build and ninja like abilities. I just appreciate well done women that are strong in battle. You can see my list of top ten favorite anime women for more examples of that idea.

5. Diddy: Diddy is the younger, smaller relative of Donkey Kong. He uses all kinds of monkeyish abilities and weapons like peanut guns and a jetpack. Diddy is a funny character to use because he’s a monkey and who doesn’t like monkeys when they’re not throwing their feces at you? I like how he can fly around with his jetpack during battle, although it can be a little complicated to use. My favorite move of his is when he jumps on an opponent’s face and humps the crap out of them.

4. Pikachu: Pikachu is the main character from the Pokemon series and the Pokemon mascot. There is no Pokemon out there that is more iconic than Pikachu who gets his own float in major Thanksgiving Day parades and is recognized by people who are even twice my age. Pikachu uses all kinds of electric attacks during battle such as Thunder, a powerful attack that hits anybody around him with a bolt of lightning from the skies above, and Thunderjolt, which is a grounded electric attack. I like Pikachu because he is just as endearing as Pichu, but doesn’t get his butt handed to him in competitive battles. Pikachu might look cuddly, but he can really back up his popularity with power.

3. Samus: Samus is a bounty hunter and hero in outer space. She’s an attractive, athletic woman who wears a suit that allows her to shoot projectiles, jump incredible distances through the air and endure extreme conditions from intense heat to outer space. I like Samus because she is yet another one of those female characters like Sheik and Lucina that not only looks pretty but can really nail people to the wall. For every Princess Peach out there that sets women’s rights back by twenty years, it’s also nice to know that there is a Samus out there who can make up the difference. Underestimate her and your ass will probably be terminated by a charged up laser charge from her cannon arm.

2. Falco: Falco is another pilot from the Star Fox games. He has a sarcastic personality and is the most maverick of all the heroes in Star Fox. With a last name like Lombardi you know he’s cool. He has all the same abilities as Fox and Wolf, but falls in the middle between the two of them when it comes to endurance, strength, speed and jumping. I just think he’s a really cool character with his maverick personality and the fact that he’s considered one of the stronger characters in Super Smash Brothers because of his well rounded stats and moves really helps matters.

1. Yoshi: Yoshi is the loyal assistant and riding animal of Mario in many of the Mario games. Yoshi can run fast, jump long distances and carry heavy loads on his back. He’s the character I usually use when I race in Mario Kart or compete in Mario Party, and I don’t always use him in Super Smash Brothers, but his friendly persona, ability to jump long distances for recovery, roll around quickly as an egg, bash people with his head and throw powerful egg bombs makes him a great character to use in competitive battles. For somebody who jumps far he surprisingly has a lot of endurance, too, which makes him even better, unlike most characters with good recoveries like Jigglypuff and Kirby. Yoshi is probably the definitive character when it comes to Super Smash Brothers for me.

Top Ten Favorite Tales From the Crypt Episodes


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Tales From the Crypt was a TV show that showed up in the 1990s. It was a series of horror stories presented by a puppet known as the crypt keeper. The show was full of horror, violence, suggestive content and humor, everything that makes for a classy show.

10. The Third Pig from Season Seven

The Third Pig is an animated story about the three pigs, only instead of the wolf eating the first two pigs and being defeated by the third pig, it is about the wolf killing the first two pigs and framing the third pig for their murder. In my opinion Tales From the Crypt was its absolute best during season four and the three seasons after season four quickly went downhill. This is one of the very few memorable episodes from the last three seasons because it is animated and funny.

9. Carrion Death from Season Three

Carrion Death is about a criminal who is pursued by a motorcycle cop and they have a fight in desert, which results in the cop getting killed but being hand cuffed to the criminal. The criminal now has to get out of the desert while being hand cuffed to the dead body of the cop. This episode has a good plot and some good characters, even though they do not say much. It also has a lot of good action.

8. House of Horror from Season Five

This is another one of the few memorable episodes from the later seasons. It’s about a group of rookie college kids who have to go into a creepy house, so they can become initiated into a fraternity. They have the extra incentive of sorority girls who want to see them get initiated. This episode has a great plot, some great humor, a creepy setting and some good plot twists.

7. Four Sided Triangle from Season Two

Now we get to an episode that I’m sure is actually pretty controversial. Some people like this episode and many people dislike this episode. My reason for liking this episode is entirely biased. It’s about a girl who is a criminal and on the run but she develops amnesia and ends up as a farm hand for a couple of farmers. She ends up being saved by a living scare crow from the abusive farmers. The reason I like this episode is because it has my personal favorite female character in the entire series. In my opinion there was nobody cooler or more attractive in the series than the character of Mary Jo. Even the crypt keeper during his commentary picks petals from a flower and wonders whether Mary Jo would love him. You know you’ve got a class act girl on your hands when the crypt keeper likes them, too.

6. Television Terror from Season Two

Television Terror is about a TV show host who goes into supposedly haunted places and talks about them while his cameraman films the places. He doesn’t seem to be liked by anybody, so nobody is really concerned when things get out of hand, the cameraman disappears and the TV show host is caught in the house on his own. It’s got a great set with the creepy house and a lot of good suspense. It’s definitely one of my favorite scary episodes of the series.

5. And All Through the House from Season One

One good thing about the first several seasons was that they still had fresh ides and they had not jumped the shark yet. Most of the early episodes had clear plots, which’s what made them enjoyable and memorable. Few plots are more straight forward than an episode about a crazy Santa who tries to kill a woman in her house. There are a couple other things that serve as subplots, though, such as the woman’s daughter being in the house and the woman having just murdered her husband, which means she could not get help from the police. It is a scary episode with a good villain and some good action. The ending is chilling, too.

4. The Man Who Was Death from Season One

The Man Who Was Death is about a man who used to be an executioner with the electric chair until they got rid of the death penalty and he was laid off from his old job. He decides to become a vigilante and electrocute people who had committed crimes, sort of a ghoulish Charles Bronson. This episode has a great protagonist and I think the narrative being done by the main character as he works is very effective.

3. The Reluctant Vampire from Season Three

The Reluctant Vampire is an interesting twist on the old vampire story. This time a vampire does not want to drink the blood of people and dislikes being a vampire, so he works at a blood bank where he can get blood without having to kill people to get his fix on blood. In my opinion it is the funniest and also probably the most endearing episode of the whole series taking the vampire villain and making them the protagonist instead.

2. Maniac At Large from Season Four

A woman works in a library while murders keep occurring in the area. She hears about them and becomes worried that she might be the next person to get killed. The killer seems to be getting closer and closer to the library, which makes her more and more paranoid. This episode has a great plot, great setting and a great plot twist at the end, which reveals who the killer is.

1. Werewolf Concerto from Season Four

Some people are at a wilderness lodge and some of them are attacked by a werewolf in the woods. They realize that one of the people at the lodge is probably the killer and they recruit Timothy Dalton as a werewolf hunter to find the murderer and bring them down. The best part of this episode is the great James Bond actor, Timothy Dalton, in a starring role for this episode. However, other episodes have good actors and celebrities in them, too, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Slash and Daniel Craig, but those episodes weren’t nearly as strong in other areas as this one was. With or without Timothy Dalton this would be a solid episode because it has a good plot, great setting, good action and some great suspense. The plot twist at the end is also good.