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Top 10 Legend of Zelda games of All-Time

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We are a little late to the party here, but with Mario’s 35th anniversary finally coming to an end this month, it is now time to give some focus to Zelda and the little guy in the green hat – Without further ado…Here are the top 10 Legend of Zelda games of all-time.

10. The Legend Of Zelda:

Sometimes you just have to give credit to the OG. The first in the series debuted in 1986 on the NES. No one knew what impact this game would have for the future of gaming, but with the debut of Zelda, Link and Ganon – Well you just have to give respect here. It started the tale of one of the most iconic games in gaming history, and despite it’s dated graphics and gameplay, there is some beauty and fun in playing the original game in the longstanding series.

9. Skyward Sword:

I know I may catch some flak for this one, but hear me out. This title in the series did not truly move the series forward. The story was a bit bare bones, but even worse than any of that – was the use of the motion controls on the Wii system. Playing this game was a chore and the controls made the game not very responsive. Nintendo releasing a new HD version on the Switch, will look to right their wrongs, and with improved controls this game could move up on the list. You may not like it, but you agree.

 

8. Links Awakening (GB Edition):

This game could truly be described as one of the most mesmerizing or puzzling games in the series. Here we see Link partake on a voyage unlike any seen in the series. This was no run of the mill save the princess story. Here we saw Link collecting musical instruments to wake a sleeping Fish to get off a strange island. Part Mario – Part Zelda, this title was unlike any seen before and was a fascinating and thrilling ride for the series in it’s portable debut on the GameBoy.

7. Twilight Princess:

This game which was originally released on the GameCube and Wii system’s in one that is of the darker tales of Link and Zelda. This title is basically the “My Chemical Romance” of the Zelda series. Yes the emo equivalent. This game brought a different style and formula to the Zelda series and saw half the game played as the green capped crusader vs another half playing as the cursed wolf. It was an interesting format that has divided fans of the series for years. Deciding where to put it in lists is rather confusing. Here at seven I think is a good spot for the controversial title.

6. A Link Between Worlds:

I wrestled like Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Rock with where to put this entry. The 3ds exclusive saw the return of Link and Zelda to a portable system in very impressive fashion. The sequel to the SNES classic “A Link to the Past”, did a fine job of not only recreating that world, but in many ways improving upon it. This game pushed the boundaries of what a Zelda title can accomplish in a portable world and gave us one of the most impressive titles to date.

5. Majora’s Mask:

We are now in the elusive top five territory. Here we see the finale of Link and Zelda on the Nintendo 64. Since the game was released near the end of the system’s life cycle, it may have not gotten the love it deserved back in 2000. The game was released right after one of the all-time greats in “Ocarina of Time”, and told a tale that remains in Zelda folklore as being one of the most heartbreaking. The game delves into a story told in a way that differentiates it from the rest of the Zelda series, and could be one of it’s finest.

4. The Wind Waker:

This title really separates itself from the rest of the series. Escaping Hyrule, this cel-shading adventure shows Link traveling by boat in what one could describe as the ‘Pirate’ game of the series. An adventure that hopefully we get to see re-released sometime on the Nintendo Switch, it’s graphics make the game timeless and never outdated and tales a tale more swashbuckling than any game seen in the series.

3. A Link to the Past:

What is there to say that has already not been said about this game. Released in 1992 (at least in North America), the game is still considered by many to be one of the finest in the series. There is something just so darn astounding about this title, and will remain in Zelda folklore forever as the first title that really moved the series forward.

2. Ocarina of Time:

Wherever you want to put this title is up to you. Honestly if someone told me it should be number one; Well I would not disagree. This title really set the bar for the series and delivered such an impact, that it was one of the titles that truly helped sell the Nintendo 64 system. The storytelling, graphics and gameplay really set a standard for the series. No matter where you put this game, it’s almost video game blasphemy to not call it a pure classic.

1. Breath of The Wild:

What has been said about this title that has not already been said? This title released in 2017 for both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch – is gaming at it’s best. The first open world Zelda game is also it’s finest. the amount of activities you can accomplish here, with the introduction of shrines and a wonderfully woven story make this game a delight for newcomers and veterans to the series. Now Nintendo give us the sequel!

 

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Opinion | Why Affleck Is Right About Superhero Movies

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The whole “superhero vs. cinema” debate has been talked about ad nauseam, but add Ben Affleck to the list of actors who have put out their sort of opinion about the genre that he was once a part of. For those who don’t know, and for context, Affleck played Daredevil in the 2003 adaptation of the same name, along with Batman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League, and finally, Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Take it from someone who has done nothing but small movies recently, with the exception of reshoots for Zack Snyder’s Justice League, franchise movies are killing the spotlight for non-franchise movies. Note: Not the theatrical experience, as people are still going in droves to see No Way Home which is great for theaters, but the ability to see something other than Tom Holland at their local movie theater.

Affleck’s quote was pretty clear, talking to Entertainment Weekly, the Good Will Hunting star said: “Hey, I’m so into the Marvel Universe, I can’t wait to see what happens next.” And there’ll be 40 movies a year theatrically, probably, all IP, sequel, animated.” He would then go on to mention The Last Duel, the Ridley Scott film that he starred in this last fall that had critical acclaim but underperformed at the box office, only making $30.5 million worldwide according to Box Office Mojo. The Last Duel did top VOD charts, so at least they can hang their hat on something.

When reading Affleck’s quote, some may roll their eyes at yet another person using Marvel as their example, but the numbers back it up. The top ten highest-grossing movies of 2021 domestically were all franchise movies of the prequel, sequel, and franchise kickstarter assortment. The first original movie to come up (not counting Free Guy or Jungle Cruise, which obviously have hopes for sequels) was another Ridley Scott movie, House of Gucci. Hell, Disney accounted for a quarter of the entirety of 2021’s domestic box office (CNBC), with Sony, by the power of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, coming in at second place.

Ben Affleck photographed exclusively for EW on December 8, 2020, in LA.

Nothing that Affleck said above is wrong. Argo, Affleck’s Oscar-winning 2012 film, likely would be relegated to a streaming series. Hell, Martin-freaking-Scorsese had to make The Irishman for Netflix and his next film, Killers of the Flower Moon, for Apple. And look, thank God for streaming, or else these voices wouldn’t get to share their work. Ricky Gervais’ After Life has resided on Netflix for each of its three seasons, and it’s some of his best work. But what is depressing is that movies like Affleck’s The Tender Bar, which is not a perfect movie by any means, get a limited theatrical run before heading to Prime Video, a common practice nowadays for films without a post-credits scene.

And I should be the first to say, that I am very blessed to experience the number of movies I do at press screenings. If I hadn’t made a screening to see Flee, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, or The Tragedy of Macbeth to name a few, I likely would have missed them before they hit streaming. My local AMC usually does a decent job of getting the smaller releases, they had India Sweets and Spices for a week, but all three mentioned in the previous sentence were nowhere to be found at any point of their theatrical run. And I know that The Tragedy of Macbeth is heading to Apple TV+ this Friday, but it’s a visual spectacle more than anything, and seeing it on the big screen probably enhanced my enjoyment rather than watching the Bergman-like imagery on a laptop.

I must also disclose that screeners do have a certain level of convenience. Sometimes the commute into New York or Philadelphia does not outweigh the enjoyment of sitting in bed watching The Night House or Annette, so I cannot act like I am not guilty of opting for a screener, but there are also times where there isn’t a choice.

I’m also not trying to kid myself, not every movie needs a big-screen to fully experience the movie, but that also doesn’t mean that filmmakers who don’t make movies about men in tights should instantly be thrown onto a streaming service, with a limited theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles as the coveted added bonus.

Ben Affleck photographed exclusively for EW on December 8, 2020, in LA.

There are some filmmakers that seem to get theatrical runs; Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch expanded and was playing in almost every theater around me, Licorice Pizza has been going steady at the box office, hell, House of Gucci, by the same director of the financial flop that was The Last Duel, is still selling out showings almost two full months into its run.

The financial side of things is a whole other issue. Yes, of course, the film industry is a money-making business at the end of the day, but there has to be some middle ground that allows mid-budget/small-budget movies to see the light of day. There’s just something about seeing a comedy like Don’t Look Up in a crowded theater full of laughter that makes the movie funnier than watching it at home.

Look, at the end of the day, this is just my opinion and I am completely aware that people will go and see No Way Home for their sixth rewatch instead of The Worst Person in the World. I cannot act like I don’t catch the latest MCU movie, but I also make an effort to catch Spencer while it’s in theaters or do my rewatch of Licorice Pizza after already seeing it at a press screening at the AMC. I just wish that instead of asking people to cancel their reservation to see Nightmare Alley in an effort to open up auditoriums for No Way Home, Matrix Resurrections, etc., we let those films have at least one showtime. And none of what Affleck said was about the quality of the Marvel movies, that’s a whole different debate, it’s just the silencing of voices in the industry. With it seeming like the number of Marvel movies only rises every year, film lovers can only pray that Dr. Strange could cast that forgetting spell on moviegoers with the Peter Parker in this scenario being the MCU, DCEU, and any other franchise that has dominated the box office in recent years. Even Tom Brady and the Bill Belichick-led New England Patriots lost in the playoffs (thank you, Eli Manning) every once in a while.

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The Batman Director Matt Reeves Says Bruce Wayne is Inspired By Kurt Cobain

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The latest issue of Empire Magazine will feature new images and stories from the upcoming  DC film directed by Matt Reeves, ‘The Batman.’ In the latest issue, Reeves talks about his inspiration for this latest iteration of Gotham’s dark knight.

“When I write, I listen to music, and as I was writing the first act, I put on Nirvana’s ‘Something In The Way’. That’s when it came to me that, rather than make Bruce Wayne the playboy version we’ve seen before, there’s another version who had gone through a great tragedy and become a recluse. So I started making this connection to Gus Van Sant’s Last Days, and the idea of this fictionalised version of Kurt Cobain being in this kind of decaying manor.”

Robert Pattinson – Batman [credit: Empire Magazine | Warner Bros. Pictures]

Reeves knew that Robert Pattinson would be perfect for the role after seeing his performance in Safdie Brothers’ Good Time, which initially caught his eye.

“In that movie you could really feel his vulnerability and desperation, but you could also feel his power,” Reeves explains. “I thought that was a great mix. He’s also got that Kurt Cobain thing, where he looks like a rock star, but you also feel like he could be a recluse.”

Robert Pattinson also shed some light as to what we can expect from his version of the dark knight. We get the picture, that this Bruce Wayne will be a dark, tormented soul, finding purpose through his nightly struggles in the streets of Gotham.

“Bruce has been hiding away,” says Pattinson. “He’s not really a socialite at all. He’s building all these little contraptions and things, just with Alfred. And even Alfred thinks he’s gone insane!”

Robert Pattinson – Bruce Wayne [credit: Empire Magazine | Warner Bros. Pictures]

Some of the differences we will see in the new incarnation, will even appear in the bat-suit, in the form of limited gadgets but also, the noticeable wear and tear of the suit.

“He’s been out every single night for two years, getting beaten up and shot and stabbed and burnt, and it shows,” the actor explains. “There’s a bullet graze on the cowl, right at the beginning. I don’t think that’s been done before.”

The Empire Magazine “Batman Edition” hits shelves this Thursday 23 December.

The Batman hits theaters March 4, 2022

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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore – New Teaser Trailer

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You are invited back into the Magic! as Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, audiences will be taken back into the familiar and immersive world of magic, fun and excitement, featuring even more compelling and unique magical beasts in an all-new story that truly expands the iconic Wizarding World in surprising and unexpected ways.

Synopsis

Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?

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Dive into the complex, high-stakes relationship between Grindelwald and Dumbledore and unlock the story of these two legendary wizards.And for the first time, audiences will get an inside look at the complicated and enigmatic Dumbledore.

The film is also the ultimate wizard heist as what follows in The Secrets of Dumbledore is an action-packed cat-and-mouse game of secretive plans, mysteries and fun twists and turns. Our unlikely heroes – Newt, Jacob, Kama, Lally, Bunty and Theseus are brought together by Dumbledore in an attempt to defeat Grindelwald.

From the teaser trailer it looks like this film will be magical on the big screen as it’s a richly realised expansion of the story fans have been craving, a transportive cinematic experience for all ages that features familiar connections to Harry Potter, whilst also keeping the classic Magical elements like the whimsy humour as well as the heartwarming moments and heart-stopping action.

The film features an ensemble cast led by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law (“Cold Mountain,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley”), Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Katherine Waterston, and Mads Mikkelsen.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” was directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling & Steve Kloves, based upon a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film was produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram and Tim Lewis. Neil Blair, Danny Cohen, Josh Berger, Courtenay Valenti and Michael Sharp served as executive producers.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” is the newest adventure in the Wizarding World™ created by J.K. Rowling.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore will be released in cinemas across the UK & Ireland on 8 April 2022 by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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