Monday, January 22, 2018

What makes a great Sports movie?

(0:36-end mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run play the camera moves back to see James on top of the slab with the words “The Last Of The Americans” on it before cutting to James physically in his office)

TLOTA:
I'm James Faraci The Last Of The Americans and The views I'm about to express are that of my own and some of yours. Watching all these movies about sports, the Olympics and everything else I noticed something of a formula. (Cut to different sports movies as James does a voiceover)

TLOTA (Voiceover):
And that's not a bad thing. Sometimes you need a good formula to a movie format. In the case of Sports movies there is usually either an underdog or a team of underdogs that are looked upon as jokes but slowly but surely are seen as equals with the exception of those who have been champions for so long everyone of the opponents is so beneath them they go through everyone without effort except the hard working underdogs who somehow found the right element that beats the champions and knocks them back to earth. Whether it'd be a wise mentor or something internal the underdogs find themselves sometimes rising beyond and becoming champs themselves. Now when it works, it's awesome and we get movies like "Rocky", "Creed", "The Bad News Bears" (The Original), "The Mighty Ducks", "Cool Runnings", "Miracle", "Angels In The Outfield" (Both the original and the remake with Christopher Lloyd) and others in the same vein. But when it goes bad it's the same as "Air Bud" movies, the "Bad News Bears" remake and the sequels to the "Angels In The Outfield" remake. (Cut to James physically)

TLOTA:
So when does the formula work and when doesn't it work.
(Cut to different sports movies as James does a voiceover)

TLOTA (Voiceover):
Part of it depends on the story. If the story isn't good then you can put in the best sport possible and it wouldn't matter because no one will buy it. Speaking of the sport, it has to be one that can get into easily , If it's something like say Racquets then the audience might not get what it's about and it could alienate the audience you were supposed to aim for and Also the characters have to be relatable even the stuck up champions have to relatable. That's why I not only liked Rocky but the villains had there likable moments even as someone as cartoonish and one dimensional as say George Washington Duke was likably bad. (Cut to James physically)

TLOTA:
But that's not what's entirely necessary to a movie's success. The audience has to be willing to accept that this movie will not be what they think it is. (Cut to the first Rocky movie as James does a voiceover)

TLOTA (Voiceover):
One of the reasons why the first Rocky movie was a success wasn't the fact the sport was the center of the movie. The focus was on Rocky and how he was before the offer of the shot to take on Apollo Creed for the championship and how he and the people react when he gets the shot and conversely how Apollo reacts or doesn't react as Rocky takes the match seriously. There's also how everyone is surprised to see how the two went the distance and for Rocky THAT was more worth it than winning the championship. (Cut to James physically)

TLOTA:
However, the formula is very easy to screw up under the wrong circumstances. (Show clips of Air Bud and it's multitude of sequels as James does a voiceover)

TLOTA (Voiceover):
The reason we can suspend our disbelief towards certain things in the Air Bud movies is yeah a basketball playing dog is something I can see. But when the sequels put him in crazier scenarios yeah even the most hardcore Sports movie fan is looking at this franchise while goofy fun does tend to wear a bit thin on the nerves of even the most casual film fan. (Cut to James physically)

TLOTA:
So is there a way to make every sports fan and movie fan happy with sports movies? Well, it depends on the movie itself. (Cut to clips of Sports movies as James does a voiceover)

TLOTA (Voiceover):
It has to be a sport that people not only know about but love, know about or want to know about and get into. The characters must be likable even the antagonists of the movie. The story must support the characters and the sport without making the sport the center of the movie. The finale must either be supportive to the heroes whether they win or not. The audience also has be invested in everything with what is going on with the characters. I know it sounds basic but that is what makes not only a great sports movie but great movies in general. If you can do that while keeping the formula fresh, there's no reason why you can't please everyone who love sports and movies. Just keep the formula fresh enough to keep everyone coming and keep some sports stars away from La-La Land. We've got plenty of them in the acting game as is. (Cut to James physically)

TLOTA:
I'm James Faraci The Last Of The Americans and that's my opinion.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Live to Win-Ter: The "Miracle" of The Olympics


(Scene starts as James straps on snowboarding gear and snowboarding down a mountain before cutting to John Santos, Mike Santos, Eric Kurtzke as they do curling Paulo Fonseca, Nick Yaun, Andrew Beach and Ed Champion as they hit the ice in Team USA Hockey gear before seeing Renee Miller and Rebecca Yaun in a two-person Bobsled careening through the course before seeing Olivia Horvath and Brenda Fonseca team up in pair of choreographed ice skating as they do a matching flying triple salchow and land next to everyone on top of the Olympic Podium as they all raise their Gold Medals before the raising of the American flag is seen and as the flag waves the words “Live To Win-Ter” is seen as 2:20-3:09 of “Live To Win” by Paul Stanley plays in the foreground before cutting to James in his office.)
TLOTA:
I’m James Faraci The Last Of The Americans and the views I’m about to express are that of my own and some of yours. With the Winter Olympics around the bend I figured it’d be a good thing to toss my hand into the Olympic Arena and talk about some Olympic Sports movies. (Cut to clips of different Olympic Sports Movies as James does a voiceover)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
You know those movies with the tales of either Underdogs facing insurmountable odds or the champions trying to regain one last glimpse of glory at the grandest sports event of the Winter every four years which is half way through the Presidential term so for those fearing how much longer Trump will be in office just another two years everyone! But I digress, For the next three months I will be talking about some stories featuring characters winning or coming close to winning the Gold and most of these movies though based on real life events that happened at the Winter Olympics will be judged as movies NOT as how the stories went in real life. (Cut to James physically)
TLOTA:
And one of those stories happened just at a point where Patriotism was at an all time low and our Country had been hurt and we were on the verge of nuclear war. Hmm, not much has changed in the nearly forty years since that has happened. Wow. Forty years. Time flies. (Cut to images of newspapers and stories and images of the 1979-1980 point in time leading to the “Miracle On Ice” as James does a voiceover.)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
By 1979 President Carter had made the statement of our country being in a state of Malaise. Even worse was the fact that the American Embassy in Iran had been taken over and all those insides were held hostage. While Cinemas were showing movies that were showing things getting better. The reality was far grimmer with The Cold War getting about as bad as it could get without nuclear weapons getting involved. Even in our Olympic sports we were looked upon as jokes. We couldn’t strike gold if we were in Fort Knox! That is until a member of the last team to win Gold for the United States in Hockey who was cut became the coach for the 1980 Winter Olympic Hockey Team. That man was Herb Brooks and instead going with name players from established teams. Brooks decided to use fresh faced College kids. Through rigorous training and dedication and some great wins and humiliating losses before the 1980 Winter Olympics opening February 14th, 1980. Team USA led by Coach Brooks made the Miracle on Ice happen February 22nd, 1980 one of the most Iconic moments in the history of the Olympics and a sign that things were going to be better in the 1980s. Making people believe in Miracles again and giving people a glimmer of hope in the process. While we did come up third in total Medal count the story behind the Miracle on Ice remains one of the most interesting ones to this day. (Cut to James physically)
TLOTA:
Perfect fare for a Disney Sports movie! (Cut to title card of “Miracle” before cutting to clips of the movie as James does a voiceover while “Dream On” by Aerosmith plays in the foreground)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
And unlike another movie bio, this had two things going for it.  The First one being Herb Brooks being the creative consultant and secondly EFFORT in making it the most honest and true to real life events. But will it recapture the Miracle, or will it be yet another New York Jets Season.  (Cut to James Physically)
TLOTA:
 Let’s start our Olympic Winter Festival with “Miracle” (Cut to the movie as James does a voiceover)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
As the credits roll we’re given very brief glimpses of the political and social issues that somehow have become more pertinent now than when the moments happened. We’re soon introduced to Herb Brooks played by one of the most awesomest men ever to walk the earth Kurt Russell as Herb is coaching at the University Of Minnesota when the call for a coach for Team USA in the 1980’s Winter Olympics in Lake Placid New York. Herb is a little reluctant given the fact he was cut a week before the 1960’s Olympic team were to play and in all honesty, I don’t blame Herb for having the taste of Sour Grapes in his mouth. (Cut to James physically as everyone else off screen says “STOP!” before cutting to James meeting up with the others in the lobby)
TLOTA:
What do you guys mean by “STOP!”? (Cut to everyone else)
Paulo Fonseca:
We know where this is heading.
Brenda Fonseca:
The same spiel about Hollywood.
John Ross Santos:
And how they’re the enemy
Mike Santos:
And how they’ll never change because guys like you and The Nostalgia Critic, The Cinema Snob, Alex DeCourville, Antoni Mattei Garcia, Rowdy, Linkara, Viga, everyone with a Keyboard or a camera and an opinion that opposes Hollywood’s ways of doing things are the enemy and how Hollywood isn’t gonna be happy until Internet Reviewers are wiped off the map.
Olivia Horvath:
So much so we’ve compilated every single rant that is anti-Hollywood and we have decided to compile a lost of your top five complaints about Hollywood. (Cut to James)
TLOTA:
Right here? Right now? (Cut to everyone else)
Team TLOTA (In Unison):
Why not? (Cut to a very upset James as he is in Boxing gear and facing off with a Star as Hollywood Premiere music plays in the background before the words “Top 5 The Last Of The Americans Anti-Hollywood Rants” before cutting to everyone in Team TLOTA.)
Paulo Fonseca:
Number Five: You and Hollywood are Politically incompatible
Brenda Fonseca:
We’re all aware that you are a Conservative Republican and in Hollywood terms you might as well be wearing a Swastika and carrying a copy of Mein Kampf. While there are a few Republicans in the entertainment industry they’re relegated to being made into jokes. Considering that a lot of your values come from here in Sullivan County New York it’s no surprise you don’t see eye to eye with Hollywood.
John Santos:
Number Four: Hollywood is age intolerant
Mike Santos:
You are nearly 40. People rarely as old as you get a break for someone around your nieces ages they would get a break easier and as you get older the odds mount against you so much a snowball in hell have a better chance. Let’s face it Hollywood would soon have you play grandparent roles than leading man or even second banana characters. If you were to have gone to Hollywood in your early teens, you would’ve stood a modicum of a chance. Now not so much.
Rebecca Yaun:
Number Three: Hollywood has NO concept of the real world
Nick Yaun:
According to you Hollywood is so far up its own ass it couldn’t see daylight if they found a way to find it on a GPS. Also, according to you they don’t see anything outside of itself. I can honestly say we’ve seen enough of that not only from your perspective but from all the news outlets siding with Hollywood in wanting not only Donald Trump Impeached but also all of us bowing before either terrorist from the Middle East or North Korea. Seeing men like you being made to be left saying “DUH!” sans any way of defending yourself and being led to slaughter like Cattle! If Hollywood were running the country, we’d never see what evil is out there.
Eric Kurtzke:
Number Two: Hollywood is a big city
Renee Miller:
You prefer being lost in the woods with your hunting rifle or a fishing rod than being a big city. You would be SO uncomfortable. You’d go crazy from being stuck in a city with a few hundred million people so quickly even your ancestors’ spirits’ heads would spin so FREAKING FAST they’d have no idea what happened.
Olivia Horvath:
And your Number One Anti-Hollywood Rant is…
Everyone except James (In Unison):
YOU’RE AN INTERNET REVIEWER AND HOLLYWOOD HATES THE INTERNET!
Ed Champion:
Hollywood Hates the internet unless Hollywood can milk the cash out of them quickly then send them back into the ether of the obscurity just as quickly. Poor Lucas Cruikshank became such a pop culture phenomenon with “Fred Figglehorn” Nickelodeon got three movies and a series from Lucas until they tried to put him in their network series sans any creative control like they did when they gave Fred and more of their tired old garbage of their current live action series.
Andrew Beach:
And of course Hollywood isn’t gonna be happy until every single Internet Reviewer like yourself, The Nostalgia Critic, Linkara, Alex DeCourville, Huey Toonmore, Rowdy, The Hardcore Kid, Antoni Matei Garcia and every single one of you guys are taken off YouTube for critics who Hollywood bought so even their worst movie is the best movie they ever saw. Disney bought Blip just to kill it off and since then every one of you have been limping on hoping to God something as good as Blip was comes to save the Internet Reviewer community. I mean now we have an Internet Creators Guild but that won’t stop Hollywood to try to use as much Political Muscle they can use to force everyone off. But until Hollywood sees that you are not the enemy. You are going to attack Hollywood for attacking your fellow internet reviewing friends and until Hollywood is forced to see the Real World, Accept Conservative Republicans in their 30’s, not be as big they are and somehow not see the Internet Reviewers and entertainers as evil we get it!
Everyone except James (In Unison):
As far as you’re concerned if Hollywood was wiped off the map. The world would be a better place! (Cut to James)
TLOTA:
Okay, can I get back to the review? (Cut to everyone else)
Olivia Horvath:
Yeah
Andrew Beach:
Sure
Ed Champion:
Go right ahead. It’s just being around you we kind of knew what you were thinking. (Cut to James)
TLOTA:
That’s scary. (Cut to the movie as James does a voiceover)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
Herb tells the Olympic Committee what he intends to do with the team for the United States when the Olympics come to Lake Placid and the Committee is impressed enough to give the Herb the job to coach the United Stated Olympic Hockey Team. Quickly getting his assistant coach and his team together but it’s not all sunshine and roses for the team as Coach Brooks tells the team his honest opinions and introduces an exercise known as “Herbies” until they dropped. (Cut to James physically)
TLOTA:
Now I know what many of you are thinking. Wasn’t that too much. Well me and my team do a team building exercise like that. (Cut to James and his team making strides from James’ home’s back porch to the far end of the Neversink Reservoir as everyone huffs and puffs James says “Just keep moving. We’ll be back soon enough and remember Pain is just God’s way of telling you to try harder” before cutting to 0:36-end mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run play the camera moves back to see James on top of the slab with the words “The Last Of The Americans” on it act as the commercial break intro and return to the review as it cuts to the movie as James does a voiceover.)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
After noticing his team was distracted during an exhibition game in Norway which ended in a tie. Herb made the team get back on the ice doing the “Herbies” until Mike Eruzione tells Coach Brooks that he and the team play for one place. (Show Mike Eruzione saying his name and that he plays for the United States before cutting to James physically.)
TLOTA:
Well that’s one way to say to your coach we’re ready to unite and open a can of Whoop-Ass. (Cut to the movie as James does a voiceover)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
While the movie omits the moment that had the US Team winning against the Russian second string in a championship game. It does show the team getting their backsides handed to them at Madison Square Garden by the Soviets as the Soviets won 10 to 3 and I’m willing to bet I know how the crowd handled the loss. (Cut to a bar as the patrons played by everyone on Team TLOTA are cheering the Downfall of the American dream as the character played by James starts drinking a bottle of Whiskey and falls as everyone else laughs before cutting to the movie as James continues his voiceover.)
But the time has come for the 1980 Olympics and as the US Team struggle against Sweden, but they tie and then go through Czechoslovakia, Norway, Romania and West Germany to make it to the Medal Round. Still feeling the hurting from the MSG manslaughter, they took that and turned it into inspiration as with split seconds left in the first period for the team Mark Johnson rebounds a shot from Soviet Goalie Vladislav Tretiak.  After the first round Tretiak is benched for Vladimir Myshkin as he takes them on ending the second period in a 3-2 lead in favor of the Soviets. Then came the mythic third and final period as Mark Johnson ties it up as a penalty that gave the US Team a man advantage. Later Mike Eruzione whose name means “Eruption” in English caused one with the game winning score, and then… (Show ending of the game through the movie as Al Michaels shouts “DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?! YEAH!” as 0:13-1:56 from “The Final Bell” in the Rocky Soundtrack plays as we see everyone getting excited and cheering before cutting to the movie as James continues his voiceover)
And as Team USA wins against Finland to seal the Miracle on Ice. The movie ends as Coach Herb Brooks waxes philosophic on what happened and a dedication to Herb Brooks who died after Principal Photography ended. (Cut to James physically)
TLOTA:
And that was “Miracle” and guess what, made me believe in Miracles again! (Cut to clips of the movie as James does a voiceover while “Dream On” by Aerosmith plays in the foreground)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
While it does take liberties, it doesn’t water down what truly happened for the most part and it could’ve easily done that. The acting is amazing especially from the one and only awesome Kurt Russell. Give it a watch for a trip down Memory Lane for those who were there, and you remember the good points as well as the bad I hope it helped you and if you have kids or grandkids, it’s a good motivation to get them to believe in Miracles again. (Cut to James physically)
TLOTA:
But our Olympian Movie Marathon has just begun I’m… (A knock on the door is heard as James looks around before looking down and seeing a folded-up message which James reads and sees the words “YOU WILL BE… DELETED!” before cutting to James going back into his office)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Top 10 TLOTA Moments of 2017

(0:36-end mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run play the camera moves back to see James on top of the slab with the words “The Last Of The Americans” on it before cutting to James physically in his office)

TLOTA:
I'm James Faraci The Last Of The Americans and The views I'm about to express are that of my own and some of yours. Phew, 2017 a year that defies descriptive words! (Cut to certain clips from different reviews as James does a voiceover)

TLOTA (Voiceover):
Having moved away from Rowdyc.com to Manic-Expression.com was a good move on my part. Not that I'm ungrateful to those from Rowdyc.com, they gave me my first big break. I did an entire Summer Retrospective Series. I made some pretty good reviews and I thank everyone at Manic-Expression for welcoming me and my reviews with open arms. I've made some new friends and I've got to take them to a con however the trip nearly ended in disaster. We've been afraid that any second North Korea would wipe us off the face of the earth. We've seen mighty names fall from grace. But through it all we survived this...year! And for me that's a miracle in itself! (Cut to James physically)

TLOTA:
And to celebrate that miracle... (James pulls out his morpher and reverts back to being James Faraci)

James Faraci:
Let's remember the good that happened by counting down five of your favorites and five of mine with The Top Ten Moments of 2017 from James Faraci The Last Of The Americans.

(A Hand pulling a card designed by Stevie Swigart with the statistics of James Faraci The Last Of The Americans while putting it into the Robo Knight Robo Morpher and punching in the code 428 from the 0:00-0:03 mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run. 0:04 mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators shows James Faraci morphing into James Faraci The Last Of The Americans with his Long sleeve Tee-Shirt with the American flag design on it, Blue cargo Jeans and Tan Work boots until 0:07 mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run as scene cuts to James stocking up on his arsenal from the Classic Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Morpher, a bandoleer stocked up with Sonic Screwdrivers, Ammunition for a 303 British Rifle and said rifle, The Ring Of Aeon, The Gem From the Gauntlet Malachite’s Hand, Emmalina’s amulet and the Sword Of Caliverti from 0:08-0:15 mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators. 0:15-0:29 mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run shows James leaping and running through moments from the 2016 calendar year of his reviews ranging from James morphing into his new suit for the first time, James getting slapped by Paulo, Mr. B Natural pop jump cutting into frame as James grabs Rowdy & The Nostalgia Kid as they scream in terror, Traci Hines shooting the Double Barreled handgun, Everyone trying to stop Eliza Dushku from using her switchblade knife on an unconscious Spoony,  James blast jumps and Eliza rolls out of the way as an electrical pulse knocks out everyone else before cutting to the clip of The Moviebusters pulling out their Proton Pack blasters until the 0:30 mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators shows the team line-up of the majority of 2015 walking towards the screen as the camera rises over to see the American Flag and James’ signal in the sky as before cutting to James as he jumps and pulls out a sonic screwdriver before cutting over to a slab of titanium where lasers cut out “The Last Of The Americans” until 0:36 mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run when James lands on top of the slab while doing a heroic pose with Paulo & Brenda Fonseca, Andrew Beach, John Santos & Eric Kurtzke on his right and Rebecca & Nick Yaun, Ed Champion, Olivia Horvath, Renee Miller and Mike Santos on his left doing their own heroic poses on a black background the 0:36 mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run play the camera moves back to see James on top of the slab with the words “The Last Of The Americans” on it with the words "The Top ten moments" and underneath "The Last Of The Americans" is "Of  2017" then the camera zooms to the backside of the slab with the number and James doing a voiceover the clip.)

James Faraci (Voiceover): Number ten

10) The Ass Kicking of Michael Myers in The Different Cuts of Halloween 6

James Faraci (Voiceover):
After watching both cuts of the worst movie in the Halloween Movie Franchise I honestly lost my cookies after hearing the twist in the Producers Cut and as an uncle to three nieces. Twins just about Jaime's age I really thought the only true thing to do to Michael was to let him have it with both barrels. It was so Cathartic to just beat Michael Myers into a bloody pile. Interesting fact while I was watching and writing this Paulo, Brenda and I were coming up on how to handle it. I was the most vocal on something really brutal. Brenda thought of me kicking his ass until he was dead for good but Paulo said that happened before in the movies and he walked away unscathed. That was when I thought of dropkicking him ass first into an industrial wood chipper. That was when I realized we had the right ending for the Different Cuts of Halloween 6: The Curse Of Michael Myers (Cut to an overhead shot of James as he walks away and the camera pulls back to show that blood spatter that was Michael Myers show the sign of the thorn as the audio of the creepy little girl singing “It’s Raining Red” echoes in the background as she sings “It’s Raining Red” echoing even further as it fades to black before cutting to 0:36-end mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run play the camera moves back to see James on top of the slab with the words “The Last Of The Americans” on it then the camera zooms to the backside of the slab with the number and James doing a voiceover the clip.)


James Faraci (Voice over): Number nine

9) The 3 Tails: A Mermaid Adventure review.

James Faraci (Voiceover):
I felt someone had to be honest but not hurtful when it came to reviewing this thing and I felt I had to be the one to review this but that may be me having seen this movie and not gone Cuckoo thus making me qualified to do so. The best parts were when I stepped away from the review to give a shoutout to Julia Alexa Miller and the series she works on "Life As A Mermaid" and the Bryan Mills moment. (Show clip of James as Bryan Mills and Spoony as Dr. Insano before cutting to the rest of the review as James does a voiceover) And believe it or not, back in November of Last year Me and Noah Antwiler AKA Spoony saw this and came up with the Dr. Insano/Bryan Mills interaction while we were working on the Highlander II Different Cuts. But yeah a really great episode and I truly hold NO ill will towards the movie, the web series it's based on and the people who worked on that. You put in a lot of effort and I applaud you for it. But sadly the movie did stink. I truly hope you forgive me for my review.


(0:36-end mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run play the camera moves back to see James on top of the slab with the words “The Last Of The Americans” on it then the camera zooms to the backside of the slab with the number and James doing a voiceover the clip.)



James Faraci (Voice over): Number eight



8) The Tom & Jerry: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory crossover with Steve Kidd

James Faraci (Voiceover):
Originally I was going to handle this one solo. But Steve wanted to do a review with me. So I decided "Okay, I'll let him help out on this" and I'm glad I did because had I done this on my own I probably wouldn't have had as good a time making this review. Letting Steve go off the rails was possibly the best part because as it was last year when I did the Jem Review the movie wasn't the focus of the review. It was me, Steve and the entire team giving the middle finger to what is truly wrong with not only Hollywood but also whose trying to run it and run us out of business! (Show ending musical number as James continues his voiceover)While Tom & Jerry: Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory is pure garbage. This review being one of the best by both you guys and me is one reason I keep this up. (Show ending as James sings his lines before fading to black)


(0:36-end mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run play the camera moves back to see James on top of the slab with the words “The Last Of The Americans” on it then the camera zooms to the backside of the slab with the number and James doing a voiceover the clip.)


James Faraci (Voiceover): Number Seven


7) Just Add Water: My Mako Adventure


James Faraci (Voiceover):
Possibly the hardest work I've done and yet the most rewarding of payoffs. I started preproduction in November of Last year and by September of this year I had gotten through the entire franchise. Am I still hot under the collar that Evie's Screwjob will never be rectified? Yes. Do I wish that Season 3 of Mako Mermaids was better written and paced? HELL YES! Do I hope for either another season or the rumored movie to rectify Season 3? OH GOD I HOPE SO! But the fact that there has been no negative reaction from fans of both H2O & Mako makes me glad that I did the Summer Retrospective. Do I hope I get a chance to do another summer retrospective? Well it depends the subject for the Retrospective.



(0:36-end mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run play the camera moves back to see James on top of the slab with the words “The Last Of The Americans” on it then the camera zooms to the backside of the slab with the number and James doing a voiceover the clip.)

James Faraci (Voiceover): Number six

6) The Top Ten Unexpectedly Bad Ass Characters


James Faraci (Voiceover):
This was one of my best countdowns because I wanted to give the characters that were seen as second fiddles or less than amazing and let everyone know that they're as bad ass as the heroes who are the main focus. As a matter of fact, when I posted the link to Manic-Expression.com. Les from Manic Expression gave me a bad ass that I missed (Cut to "The Lord Of The Rings as James does a voiceover) Samwise Gamgee and as Les said about the unexpected bad ass Sam is " A shy and delicate Hobbit, Sam starts out the epic series as a gardener who pines after the local barmaid, Rosie(Sarah McLeod) but never asks her out. Sent on a quest to protect ring bearer Frodo Baggins(Elijah Wood) from orcs, monsters, Gollum(Andy Serkis) and one really big spider, Sam shows his mettle and becomes courageous and fiery. Upon returning to the Shire, he goes straight to Rosie and in the next scene is marrying her." Good enough point for Sam to get to the 1.5 spot on the list and Samwise the Brave is worth it. (Cut to Sam saying to himself "Samwise The Brave" before cutting to 0:36-end mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run play the camera moves back to see James on top of the slab with the words “The Last Of The Americans” on it then the camera zooms to the backside of the slab with the number and James doing a voiceover the clip.)


James Faraci (Voiceover): Number five

5) The 2017 Power Rangers Movie Review


James Faraci (Voiceover):
Got to admit this was the quickest turn around from watching a movie to reviewing it. Quicker than the 2016 Ghostbusters movie. Though this review had a lot to do. It had to end Eliza Dushku and Traci Hines' brief tenure with us, introduce Brenda who is Paulo's Wife, Andrew Beach and Ed Champion quickly, reenact the movie while I review it and try to be fun. Working on it was anything BUT fun I had problems up the Wazoo. Believe it or not Eliza and Traci was nearly IN the review as Eliza was originally cast as Kimberly and Traci was Rita Repulsa. But I felt I had done enough to them in a year and a half. While they left on good terms and said they would make guest appearances now and then it was sad they left. Even harder was having to cut the original ending. Originally having had enough of everyone arguing I decided to unleash a Box of Spirits from the Krispy Kreme ala "Raiders of The Lost Ark" killing the negative influences and saving my team. But I decided to take advantage of the fact Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug, Amy Jo Johnson and Jason David Frank was in town and I asked if they'd be willing to be a part of my review which was also a saving grace vocally as I was going to dub Rita vocally but Amy was willing to go the extra mile. Also a lucky break was the fact that Gus was able to fit into Linkara's Green Ranger suit. But what really was great was everyone of you who checked out the review and the fact everyone enjoyed it. I am so glad you enjoyed it.

(0:36-end mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run play the camera moves back to see James on top of the slab with the words “The Last Of The Americans” on it then the camera zooms to the backside of the slab with the number and James doing a voiceover the clip.)


James Faraci (Voiceover): Number Four

4) Bad Romance

James Faraci (Voiceover):
I needed to do this. I needed to get out my rage towards the genre out in the three month review marathon that is the season premiere. Thankfully people understood that while I may not like the Genre they now are aware of the crap and can avoid it. Do I still hold on to a shred of hope that Romantic Comedies can be salvaged? A little. Plus it was a release just to go where I went in my "Hitch" review and I felt the ending of the "Hitch" review was the perfect time to start a storyline that'd be a little longer than people expected. When will the storyline end? Soon... I hope (Cut to ending of "Hitch" review as James' voice echoes "TO HELL WITH YOU!" before cutting to black then cutting to 0:36-end mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run play the camera moves back to see James on top of the slab with the words “The Last Of The Americans” on it then the camera zooms to the backside of the slab with the number and James doing a voiceover the clip.)


James Faraci (Voiceover): Number three

3) The Rocky Horror Picture Show Review


James Faraci (Voiceover):
The second most ambitious review I've done this year. The most ambitious one is at the top of the list. I am wholly thankful to Julia Alexa Miller, Taylor Huff, Marcella Di Pasquale, Maria Feist, Cam Dodson, Nick Slimmer and everyone from "Life As A Mermaid" that could be a part of this. I say everyone that could be a part of this because originally Johnny Berchtold was meant to be Dr. Vienerschnitzel and Diego Torres Kuri was going to be the Rocky Horror Creature. But due to the Horrible act of nature in Mexico Diego had to bow out and Johnny Berchtold had other engagements as we were many of the people I needed. But I am grateful to everyone who had signed on and my friends who did so much to see this happen. This took place ALL over Sullivan County. The exterior of Vienerschnitzel's place is in fact an old Hospital that had been shut down and it's a few stones throws from my Alma Matter Sullivan County BOCES, The Interior of the Vienerschnitzel's were made by a good friend of mine named Thorn Winter and that's just a few of the Behind The Scenes I remember off hand and yet despite the chaos. It became one of my best reviews of 2017 and to Julia Alexa Miller for being so strong and great a director to take the reins and make sure that this was one of the best of the year. (Show clip in which James ends the review as he sing speaks the last bit before fading to black)

(0:36-end mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run play the camera moves back to see James on top of the slab with the words “The Last Of The Americans” on it then the camera zooms to the backside of the slab with the number and James doing a voiceover the clip.)


James Faraci (Voiceover): Number two

2) The Muppet Movies for Muppet Wish Day

James Faraci (Voiceover):
Probably one of the most fun reviews because I got to remember what it is I loved about the Muppets on the big screen. There were fewer restrictions on what they could do. I especially loved getting the team in on the fun of the Cabin Fever musical number in "Muppet Treasure Island". In addition, I got to say my thoughts on Kermit's new performer and for me Jim Henson or Steve Whitmire's capability to bring Kermit to life will never be topped, I must admit Matt Vogel's performance has become less polarizing. Is he good? Not yet. Is it the Kermit I've known all 35 years of my life? Not really but I hope Matt Vogel will find his inner Kermit and let everyone see Kermit and not think okay, it's him but it's not him. Matt I wish you the best and I wish there'll be more Muppet Movies for Generations to come.

(A Hand pulling a card designed by Stevie Swigart with the statistics of James Faraci The Last Of The Americans while putting it into the Robo Knight Robo Morpher and punching in the code 428 from the 0:00-0:03 mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run. 0:04 mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators shows James Faraci morphing into James Faraci The Last Of The Americans with his Long sleeve Tee-Shirt with the American flag design on it, Blue cargo Jeans and Tan Work boots until 0:07 mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run as scene cuts to James stocking up on his arsenal from the Classic Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Morpher, a bandoleer stocked up with Sonic Screwdrivers, Ammunition for a 303 British Rifle and said rifle, The Ring Of Aeon, The Gem From the Gauntlet Malachite’s Hand, Emmalina’s amulet and the Sword Of Caliverti from 0:08-0:15 mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators. 0:15-0:29 mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run shows James leaping and running through moments from the 2016 calendar year of his reviews ranging from James morphing into his new suit for the first time, James getting slapped by Paulo, Mr. B Natural pop jump cutting into frame as James grabs Rowdy & The Nostalgia Kid as they scream in terror, Traci Hines shooting the Double Barreled handgun, Everyone trying to stop Eliza Dushku from using her switchblade knife on an unconscious Spoony,  James blast jumps and Eliza rolls out of the way as an electrical pulse knocks out everyone else before cutting to the clip of The Moviebusters pulling out their Proton Pack blasters until the 0:30 mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators shows the team line-up of the majority of 2015 walking towards the screen as the camera rises over to see the American Flag and James’ signal in the sky as before cutting to James as he jumps and pulls out a sonic screwdriver before cutting over to a slab of titanium where lasers cut out “The Last Of The Americans” until 0:36 mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run when James lands on top of the slab while doing a heroic pose with Paulo & Brenda Fonseca, Andrew Beach, John Santos & Eric Kurtzke on his right and Rebecca & Nick Yaun, Ed Champion, Olivia Horvath, Renee Miller and Mike Santos on his left doing their own heroic poses on a black background the 0:36 mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run play the camera moves back to see James on top of the slab with the words “The Last Of The Americans” on it then the camera zooms to the backside of the slab with the number and James doing a voiceover the clip.)

James Faraci (Voiceover): And THE number one The Last Of The Americans moment from 2017 is....

1)The Wonder Woman review

James Faraci (Voiceover):
This is probably the MOST ambitious review I've ever done, Bar NONE. I surprised myself because I was able to get Eric Rodriguez aka The Blockbuster Buster to be a part of it. Even though he didn't watch it. No matter how I tried. So having to tell E-Rod about the movie was hard but I was able to tell him where he would be getting involved and how he'd be in the review and I miraculously was able to get him to deal with me behind the camera and he graciously allowed me the chance to do the review. With a proviso, he didn't just want to sit behind a desk to do this review and wanted the both of us to be in the recreated clips of the review. So the opening was going to be traditional to the clipless review but afterwards was going to be interesting. Although I couldn't get through the thick head of The Blockbuster Buster to check out the Wonder Woman movie, I hope that people will see that complaining and being all I don't wanna and you shouldn't because I don't like it doesn't make you good. It makes you out to be an ass! But if anyone gets the idea to keep an open mind about things that everyone doesn't like then this review did it's job (Show clip of James, The Blockbuster Buster and "Wonder Woman" take on Ares as "The Majestic Tale (of An Idiot With a Box)" plays before cutting to James physically)

James Faraci:
What's gonna happen in 2018?  (Cut to clips of James and some of the subjects James will be talking about as James does a voiceover)

James Faraci (Voiceover):
In 2018 prepare for the fifth year anniversary as more movies and tv series are reviewed, more top tens including a Top Ten in March celebrating Three Successful seasons of the Web Series "Life As A Mermaid", A continuation of my Summer Retrospect to see where things are gonna go for the Schiff-verse of Mermaids and coming this summer with all the red tape cleared up. Coming to Manic Expression.com My Channel Awesome trilogy. But up next from January through March prepare for the Winter Olympics as I talk about three tales of Olympic Champions. Prepare to "Live To Win-Ter" (Cut to James physically)

James Faraci:
Once again thank you all for checking me out and keeping me going. Thanks to Manic Expression for keeping us going and... (James pulls out the Morpher and Morphs into James Faraci The Last Of The Americans)

TLOTA:
Let's make 2018 the year of good! I'm James Faraci The Last Of The Americans and That's my opinion!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas in the "Club"

(Music from the last seasons of the Original Run of American Gladiators play Speedy shot of James Faraci riding with Santa on his sleigh, throwing snowballs, singing Christmas Carols with The Muppets, baking cookies, Waxing Rudolph’s red nose to add to the brightness and pal around with Frosty before fading away to see a picture of the North Pole Santa Workshop appears in the background as Jesus Christ, Santa Claus and Santa Christ appear in the foreground as all three stand as a Christmas Tree land over them and James Faraci stands alongside the Christmas tree with a smile on his face and in Holiday text the words of The Last Of The Americans stand by his side as Jingling Bells and snow falls in the intro before cutting to a shot of stars whizzing past before winding up on a faraway planet with a red and green glowing atmosphere and in a title under the planet is the words “The Planet Blixbixbricabrac” before cutting to the interior of a hall filled with all sorts of alien life)
Alien (Played by Paulo Fonseca):
As ruler of The Planet Blixbixbricabrac, I am proud to pronounce Lady Myanamarashara as the proudest celebrator of the holiday known all over every galaxy in the ultraverse. (A crash is heard as James’ time and space device crashes into the hall as everybody looks up to see on the top of the device before cutting to the Top of the device where James Faraci is standing)
TLOTA:
CHHRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISSSTMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASS! (Cut to the echo of James’ proclamation echoing all throughout the galaxy before cutting to the USS Orville as everyone in the crew’s head perks up to hear it.)
Capt. Ed Mercer:
What the hell was that?!
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson:
Sounded like a shout of excited exuberance
Dr. Claire Finn:
That must be one hell of a set of lungs.
Isaac:
According from the distance we heard the shout of excited exuberance it came from the Planet Blixbixbricabrac.
Lt. Commander Bortus:
It sounded like the word Christmas.
Lt. Alara Kitan:
That’s an old earth holiday isn’t it?
Lt. Gordon Malloy:
Yep and for many people myself included, it was a day for festive clothing, drinking and making whoopie!
Lt. John LaMarr:
Let’s not forget awesome food and presents, parties as inhibitions fall away. (The sound of James’ Space & Time Device materialized inside the bridge of The Orville and everyone turns to see James)
TLOTA:
And you guys forgot the TV Specials and movies! (Cut to clips of Holiday movies and specials as James does a voiceover)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
The amazing movies, specials and tv episodes that are more prevalent this time. Last year I talked about twelve that everyone even The Nostalgia Critic had forgotten existed and since then a lot of people have found and rediscovered. (Cut to James physically as he wears a Santa hat.)
TLOTA:
But one special on my list surprised people because they had barely heard of the people in the special. (Cut to clips of the Shows starring and Music Videos of S Club 7 as James does a voiceover and “S Club Party” plays in the foreground)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
For the 95% of the people here in the states who missed the music of the late 1990’s and Early 2000’s there was a flood of pop music and one band that were underdogs who clawed tooth and nail to be as recognized as equals was a pop group known as the S Club 7. Their music was catchy and looking back they deserved to top the charts when Backstreet, Britney and NSYNC were topping the Billboard Charts plus the members had talent. There was Tina Barrett the best dancer and in my opinion, was one of the best vocalists in the band. Next up Hannah Spearitt she was the little spunky one that had boys becoming men and men fighting for her. Then there was Rachel Stevens the fashion plate and the second most used female vocalist in the band. Finally, the most used vocalist in the female equation of the band Jo O’Meara. She was the one who was tough as nails if you got on her bad side but there were moments where her sillier nature shined through. On the male side of the equation we have Bradley McIntosh basically the goofball and lovable lunkhead of the group and he was the primary male vocalist for the band. Next on the male side is Paul Cattermole he’s the guy that the ladies flocked to get away from but he’s a decent singer and his footwork is fine and the final member of the group Jon Lee he’s the guy that you think would attract the ladies and the guys if he didn’t act so stupid at times, though after the band split he came out and that’s fine all hope and positive power to him. While internationally they were successful musically, State side they couldn’t catch a break even if they had cut proof gloves to grab the shards. While the TV Series they did lasted four seasons the albums sold about as much as Brian Austin Green’s album. In 2003 the S Club 7 called it quits. But not before reaching number 10 on the Pop Singles charts here in a Pre-9/11 Stateside with “Never Had A Dream Come True”. Why am I giving you all this backstory? (Cut to James physically)
TLOTA:
So that way you’ll have a better understanding why their Christmas Special wound up in the number four spot in my list of 12 little known Christmas Specials. (Cut to the Opening Credit of “S Club 7: Christmas Special” as “Perfect Christmas” by S Club 7 plays in the foreground then cut to clips of the special as James does a voiceover)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
While like a certain more infamous special this one does have little about the holiday. Unlike the infamous special I found this special really entertaining. The acting is great, the music while full of 2000 pop is quite enjoyable, the story has heart and while the video quality is equal to that of a hand-held camcorder I can say without irony, snark or any of the usual Internet Reviewer tropes that this special is better than everyone who gives this special and the band the little to no recognition. (Cut to James physically.)
TLOTA:
And seeing as how I’ve got a few hours before my annual Christmas party gets into full swing let’s check out the S Club 7 Christmas Special. (Cut to the special as James does a voiceover)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
As our special begins we meet a music promoter looking for the next big musical band and consults a psychic for where to look. (The Psychic tells the Record exec about the S Club 7 before cutting to James physically)
TLOTA:
Well tell me can you see how successful they’ll be? (Cut to Olivia dressed and looking exactly like the psychic in the special)
The Psychic:
I foresee in this band one hit on this side of the pond. But internationally their success will be equal to the pop stars that have more than one hit and in May of 2015 they will successfully reunite for a month-long tour though they Americans must pay an arm and a leg just to see their reunion tour. (Olivia looks up into the camera)
Olivia Horvath:
That’s not even me making a prediction that is exactly what happened. (Cut to the special as James does a voiceover)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
Meanwhile our seven friends from across the pond The S Club 7 are working a Mall Santa job and preparing for one last gig to pay for a return trip to the England after two seasons and three other specials of working hard and getting nowhere decide a return trip home could give them a recharge to remind them of their goal of making it big and being successful. While working the Mall Santa job Hannah finds an Elf to her liking while Tina finds being a Reindeer’s Backside a pain especially since she’s seeing Paul’s tuchus. After dealing with bratty kids who would’ve sued the pants off the people who work at the mall. The S Club 7 decide to a few hours break at the beach right behind the music promoter who is using his assistants to find them, however if he turned around he would see them right behind him Problem solved but the guy has his poor assistant climb a wall promoting the band’s final performance in Los Angeles for the next few months and wind up in heavy traction! (Show clip of assistant as she tells the music promoter what happened to her Cut to James physically)
TLOTA:
WOW! That poor girl having been through so much and her boss being a piece of… (James snapping his fingers) what’s the right word without cursing and being angry. (Cut to different clips of the S Club 7 saying the word Parp! Before cutting to James physically) That’s the word. (Cut to the special as James does a voiceover)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
After one customer’s complaining brat forces the mall owner’s hand he has no choice but to fire the whole lot of them. (Show clip of the S Club 7 being fired and the mall owner then telling the customers to have a Merry Christmas before cutting to James physically)
TLOTA:
I doubt that the kids and parents would be happy to hear that the Mall Owner fired Santa!
 (Cut to a line of adults played by everyone in Team TLOTA with little kids as the audio of the Mall owner firing everyone in Santa’s Village before the kid James has played by Vivian Lee Faraci says “Uncle Jimmy did the mall owner fire Santa?” and James replies “I think he just fired all of Santa’s Village” and everyone overhear the two as the line of adults and kids get upset and tosses their packages before cutting to the commercial Sting with American Gladiators first run's final season's ten seconds theme with James Standing alongside a Christmas tree to Holiday Text saying The Last of the Americans. While the sound of Jingling bells and the sight of snow falling are covering the sting then same moment returns to the special as James does a voiceover)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
After getting the boot from the mall the S Club 7 get ready for their gig after Hannah and her Santa’s Village buddy’s brief fling call it quits. Paul, Hannah and Bradley go get the plane tickets before picking up the others if not for their car’s faulty brake system (Show the car crashing before cutting to James physically)
TLOTA:
Well I hope one of them had a cell phone to call the others and let them know what’s going on. (Cut to the special as James does a voiceover)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
Sufficive to say no one calls not even an on-looker. They discover the others were in an accident on their way to the gig! Tina, Rachel, Jo and Jon make it to the hospital and discover that Bradley was lucky with minor cuts and bruises and Hannah and Paul got the worst of it as Hannah occasionally will be scrambling or repeating what she just said and as for Paul… well. (Show moment in which Paul says he doesn’t remember them before cutting to James physically)
TLOTA:
At least they plan on bringing him back home for the holidays maybe that’ll jog his memory! (Cut to the special as James does a voiceover)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
But before Peg can say to Al “Not So Fast”, The doctor who is treating Paul says that traveling would not be good. With no choice the others decide to cancel their gig much to the chagrin of the music promoter and stay with Paul in Los Angeles as he recuperates and tries to remember his friends and his past sacrificing Christmas with their families and a chance to go home. (Cut to James physically)
TLOTA:
And… I must admit; this moment puts a tear to my eye. Because THAT IS A LEVEL OF LOYALTY VERY FEW BANDS WOULD EVER HAVE! TO SACRIFICE A CHANCE TO GO HOME TO STAY WITH A FRIEND IN NEED! THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY TO SALUTE THE S CLUB 7! (James stands up and begins a slow clap that slowly reaches the others in Team TLOTA before cutting to Rowdy as he claps as well, before cutting to Antoni Mattei Garcia as he claps as well, before cutting to Stevie Swiggart as he claps as well then cutting to everyone in the cast and crew of “Life As A Mermaid” as Cambell Dodson gets so exuberantly excited he strips down to his underwear and dumps a five gallon water bucket over himself then cutting to everyone in the Reviewerverse and Manic Expression as they clap before cutting to the special as James does a voiceover.)

TLOTA (Voiceover):
So as you come down from that moment of heart. The others try to help Paul remember by reminding the songs they performed and all the moments from the special they had before this one. (Cut to James physically)
TLOTA:
And as a Christmas bonus I shall quickly go through that one to show you how it connects. (Cut to clips of “S Club 7: Artistic Differences” as James does a voiceover)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
Following the end of their second season as the band decides to hit the road and hope for the best they get towed back to the city of Angels as apparently their car broke down and the others blamed Bradley for it. Bradley decided to join a boyband for extra money. That rubbed Paul the wrong way forcing Bradley to leave S Club 7. They held auditions and Rachel fell head over heels for a fellow while working in a restaurant and she nearly left the band until he’s discovered to be a charlatan and married. Paul and Bradley make up and the band competes in a battle of the bands winning the necessary cash to fix the car. “Artistic Differences” was okay and I liked the story and how everything ended well for the band. But I digress.
(Cut to “S Club 7: Christmas Special” as James does a voiceover)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
As the band prepares to celebrate the holiday together we get their holiday song that didn’t even get one second of radio airplay! Not even during this holiday season. Meanwhile as Paul and an elderly gentleman in a wheelchair have a conversation about how their memories are shot, the elderly gentleman and Paul don’t talk for long as… well this must be seen to understand the gravity of the situation. (Show the elderly gentleman heading downhill into a fountain and the elderly gentleman says he forgot to put on the brakes which causes Paul to aimlessly wander around.) The memories start to come back to Paul just as the music promoter nearly runs Paul down and Paul tells the music promoter that he’s in the S Club 7. The music promoter meets up with the others and the special ends with yet ANOTHER song that got so little airplay that it’d surprise anyone if they remember the song. (Cut to James physically)
TLOTA:
And that was the S Club 7 Christmas Special. Just like the band and their music they deserved better because THIS WAS JUST AMAZING! (Cut to clips of “S Club 7: Christmas Special” as “Perfect Christmas” by S Club 7 plays in the foreground then cut to clips of the special as James does a voiceover)
TLOTA (Voiceover):
The Story while having moments where things get silly even by Christmas Special standards, you can tell everyone was enjoying making the special. The acting is amazing, the music is that perfect amount of 2000’s cheese and all I can say is that there was a reason I put it on my Top 12 Little Known Christmas specials because the special there was a great amount of heart and effort in making a great Christmas Special and it shows. You can find it on Youtube and after doing some research it is available on DVD though it is through third party retailers regents free and I HIGHLY suggest you give this special a watch and make it a part of your usual Holiday Specials. (Cut to the others at James’ door.)
Ed Champion:
Say James, the party is about to get into gear.
Andrew Beach:
The thing is, we’re light on the drinks. (Cut to James)
TLOTA:
Say no more, I’m on it. But before I head out for drinks, why doesn’t everybody get over here. Come on in, I don’t want to do this on my own. (Everyone circles around James)
TLOTA:
On behalf of everyone here at Team The Last Of The Americans we want to thank you for checking out our reviews, our move to Manic-Expression.com and to everything good that happened to my team and myself this year I thank everyone for checking us out. I’m James Faraci The Last Of The Americans.
Everyone (In Unison):
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY! (Fade to black before cutting to the middle of the party as everyone enjoys themselves and James accidentally bumps into Julia Alexa Miller.)
TLOTA:
Oh, Excuse me! ALEX! (Julia Alexa Miller turns to James)
Julia Alexa Miller:
James, again thanks for taking Taylor and Marcella to the con.
TLOTA:
Did what they say happen?
Julia Alexa Miller:
Yeah, the whole kit & caboodle.  (James groans in regret before Julia gives James a reassuring touch that he did good which makes James smile and quietly whisper "Thank you" and Julia whispered "You're Welcome" in response)


TLOTA:
Would you care to join me for a bottle of Martinelli’s later?
Julia Alexa Miller:
Absolutely. (Johnny Berchtold bumps into James and Julia as Johnny is holding a kid)
Johnny Berchtold:
Whose is this?
TLOTA:
Vivian Lee! What are you doing bugging Mr. Berchtold?
 Vivian:
Uncle Jimmy, put me down first! (James puts Vivian down) Second, I thought he was the Smelthead.
TLOTA:
Lovebug, that is Mr. Berchtold his character is called “The Barnacle King”.
Vivian:
But I heard you call him “Smelthead”.
TLOTA:
No Vivian, his character I call a Smelthead because his plans were wrong and would’ve hurt kids like you and adults like Poppy and Grammy Faraci and Storey and would’ve hurt a lot of plants and  animals. You understand there, kiddo? (Vivian nods her head to signal yes.) Okay, why don’t I take you over to Madison and Mallory. In the meanwhile, … Alex, A gift for you. (James hands Julia Alexa Miller an envelope and walks away Julia Alexa Miller reads aloud what is in the envelope)
Julia Alexa Miller:
“Julia, I want to celebrate the continued success of your show “Life As A Mermaid” and to do so I’d like to do a countdown of my favorite moments from the show so far on March 29th 2018 with your permission of course” Oh James, you amazing person.  (Cut to Rowdy as he talks to Marcella DiPasquale and Taylor Huff.)
Rowdy:
So I tried the Rideshare thing he turned out to be an ambulance chasing lawyer who would take any case for a few million bucks even worse I missed the game.
Taylor:
Wait, I heard about you.
Rowdy:
Well you may have heard about my long running review series TV Trash and if you two are wrestling fans I have my monthly podcast called “The Rasslin’ Roundup”.
Marcella:
Could that be it or that story about that ultra-driver who…
Rowdy:
Never gonna live that down, am I? YES, I was the numbskull who mistook flour for the other portion of the Columbian Economy. The portion that isn’t anything legal!
Taylor:
That’s it. What were you thinking?
Rowdy:
I wasn’t
Marcella:
Relax, we’ve all made decisions that came back to bite us on the tail and in mine and Taylor’s case it’s not a pun.
Rowdy:
Huh? Oh, yeah now I get it. (Julia Alexa Miller walks over to Taylor, Marcella and Rowdy.)
Julia Alexa Miller:
Hey there, So James told me you’re working on making it as a writer or an entertainer. You know I’ve been thinking, we need another writer on the staff and if you have any characters to add to our cavalcade they’d be a welcomed addition. We start production soon, let me know if you are interested.
Rowdy:
Okay, I’ll let you know soon. (Cut to Paulo, Brenda, Rebecca, Nick and The Nostalgia Kid having a chat)
Paulo:
What a year it’s been! I thought we weren’t gonna make it.
Brenda:
But we did, and I must admit being here has been fun! The Wonder Woman Review in which I was an Amazon and Dr. Poison was enjoyable. Then there was Sister Kimberly of St. Zordon’s Basilica. Reminded me of a few times when I was in school.
The Nostalgia Kid:
How I was able to pull off my character in the Power Rangers Review was interesting. I know NOTHING about the Power Rangers, so James had to basically spoon feed me. Though seeing James beat the living daylights out of Michael Myers and then see James drop kick Michael Myers into a wood chipper was kind of cathartic in comparison to my review.
Nick:
Well seeing you reenact the infamous “Ace Ventura Crying Game” moment was HILARIOUS!
Rebecca:
We kind of had that in mind to calm James down but we were distracted.
The Nostalgia Kid:
Yeah, I know. Trust me, there is a reason I’m a straight reviewer with the odd sketch in it. Does James have any reason to keep this storyline going? I told him it wasn’t gonna be easy for him or me, but it will happen. Why is James doing this? How old is he, in the mid 20’s?
Rebecca, Nick, Brenda and Paulo (In Unison):
Closer to 40!
The Nostalgia Kid:
Doesn’t look it or Act it. (Cut to John, Mike, Andrew, Ed, Eric, and Cambell Dodson)
Cambell:
So this is a holiday tradition for everyone to come here, have a good time and forget the bad points of the year?
Ed:
Yep, just a friendly get together for everyone. I see you met a few people.
Cambell:
Who’s the one guy dressed like Sherlock Holmes meeting a stand-up comedian meeting a lawyer.
Andrew:
If the color of the clothes were brown, then it’s Linkara.
Cambell:
Linkara, Interesting name. Okay the guy with the Hat, Glasses, T-Shirt, Red tie and Blue Jeans.
John:
He’s the Nostalgia Critic, He remembers it, so we don’t have to and the guy next to him is Malcolm and that’s Tamara.
Mike:
That is Antoni Mattei Garcia, real decent guy, real super knowledgeable in Operatic, Classical and all known Musicals.
Eric:
The lady dressed in gothic gear with the hipster and their kid is The Maven Of The Eventide, Paw and the kid’s name Gray. The Bald guy in black is The Cinema Snob. The Tall guy with the black hair and goatee is Phelous and he’s with Obscurus Lupa. That’s Chris T. Ian The Captivating Christian next to The Media Whiz. A lot of them are from other sites. It wouldn’t hurt to get to know who they are by asking
Cambell:
Thanks For the tip.  (Cut to Renee, Olivia and Maria Feist)
Renee:
So Maria, what is your show about?
Maria:
The title is obvious. “Life As A Mermaid” and it’s about this mermaid, her sister, her friends and all the misadventures as they try to traverse the modern world and I play one of The mermaid’s reluctant friends.
Renee:
Oh, so where is it?
Maria:
On YouTube
Olivia:
Renee, why don’t you get James and see if he’s ready to make a toast.
Renee:
Right.
Olivia:
I’m sorry for Renee.
Maria:
That’s cool. But maybe it’s me but Julia is tickling James’ fancy.
Olivia:
After every setback he’s been through this year, it’s a miracle he’s still standing and not in the funny farm. (Olivia turns to see James and Julia laughing together and seeing they’re under the mistletoe before cutting to Olivia) And I think 2018 for the two of them will be… FANTASTIC! (Cut to James as he taps his bottle of Martinelli’s)
TLOTA:
Can I have everyone’s attention? (Cut to different in James’ studio as James speaks)
TLOTA (Audio only):
For many of us 2017 was one of our better years. For many myself included it was insanely bad. There were times when many of us felt we weren’t gonna make it, but the proof is in the human spirit. It can endure and survive the most trying of hardships. So, let us today celebrate the endurance of the human spirit. Let us celebrate the good of the year. (Cut to James)
TLOTA:
So today I ask that you make this resolution for 2018. To make 2018 a year of good! A year where we not only celebrate good but we all do something good no matter how small the amount of good we do make it count.  And for some who think that 2018 will be the end, let me say this if this to be our end then let us celebrate that end by reminding ourselves that good will eventually return. To 2018: The Year of Good! (Cut to the crowd as they raise their bottles or glasses and say either “To 2018” or “To The Year Of Good” before cutting to James as he raises his bottle to say “To The Year of Good” before cutting to black.)