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!