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Hey JackHammer here.


Listen guys, I know I've done a lot of reviews, Top 10s and Rankings based on stuff I like such as movies, music, video games, etc. And I know some of you like that stuff.


But from now on, I'm gonna be doing a lot less of those mostly because a lot of them are really starting to feel like rehashes of videos I already saw from YouTubers such as the Nostalgia Critic, AniMat and Watchmojo.


And after being on this site for 4 years now, I'm now feeling the need to experiment and do something that's newer, something people haven't seen or heard before, and this doesn't mean I will stop doing this type of stuff completely, I will do a review or a Top 10 list or a ranking only if I have something new to say about it (like how I talked a bit more about my own experience with many of the Pixar movies when I did a ranking of all their films).


In fact, as of right now, I'm doing a ranking of all the Don Bluth films from worst to best, and I'm also planning on doing a Top 10 list of my favorite songs this YouTube songwriter I discovered recently.


Also, I know I haven't finished the Best Animated Feature reviews, and to be honest, I don't know if I'll ever finish it or not, especially since I'm really starting to care less about the Oscars these days. But maybe I will finish someday.


So overall, whenever I open my DeviantArt, I will be focusing more on my notifications, artwork and fanfictions from now on.

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  • Playing: GTA V
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  • Drinking: Coke Life

I'm sorry that I'm bringing this up again, but I feel this is way too important to ignore. And if you can't handle an opinion that's not yours, then I suggest you leave now.


Right now, America is at stake. All that the Trump administration is doing right now is ripping every one of you off! They hire an inconsiderate asshole as chairman of the FCC who wants to help big cable companies rob people on the internet, they refuse to change their gun control laws despite hundreds of school shootings, which scares students to the point that they don't wanna go to school anymore. and they took away thousands of children from immigrants who only wanted to visit the U.S.


To all the Americans who want to listen, if you're tired of Trump's shit, than you have to vote Democrat in the midterm elections this November! DO NOT make same mistake as last time where some of you chose not to vote for Hillary Clinton and just assumed she would win, because that's what got Trump elected in the first place! I repeat, YOU HAVE TO VOTE THIS TIME!


I'm not gonna act like the Democrats are perfect, but right now, they are far better than the Republicans! And if the Democrats win the majority of the senate and or the house of representatives, than they can stop Trump from making any more dumb decisions.


#VoteDemocrat2018

  • Listening to: Maroon 5 (early)
  • Reading: Miraculous Ladybug fanfictions and comics
  • Watching: Miraculous Ladybug
  • Playing: GTA V
  • Eating: Pesto Tacos
  • Drinking: Coke Life

Hey, JackHammer here! Welcome to another movie review, and this time we'll be looking at arguably the most anticipated animated sequel of all-time, Incredibles 2!


Incredibles 2 by JackHammer86

This is the one sequel that everyone DEMANDED Pixar to make, but even if we really wanted it all these years, Pixar instead chose to make sequels to their other films whether people wanted it or not, and the sequels themselves are a huge mix! Some like the Toy Story sequels (before 4) and Finding Dory are great, while others like the Cars sequels and Monsters University are SO unnecessary!


But at the same time, I kinda understand why they waited so long to make an Incredibles sequel. Because keep in mind, Brad Bird is NOT  a Pixar animator! He has a career outside of Pixar, and top of that, he was busy making live-action films for a while, like one of the Mission Impossible films and Tomorrowland. Heck, even before the first Incredibles, John Lasseter and his team couldn't get Brad to come to Pixar until a decade after they started making movies because again, Brad was busy with other stuff like The Simpsons or The Iron Giant.


But enough about that, let's talk about The Incredibles itself which like I said, I loved the first one growing up to the point where I saw it in theaters twice (and I might actually do the same with this film), but what I didn't tell you guys before was that I was freaking OBSESSED with The Incredibles in the early to mid 2000's!


I already wanted the DVD after I saw it! I played some of the video games! (Which were ok) I had some of the toys from the McDonald's Happy Meal! I reenacted a lot of the scenes! I did a lot of drawings of it! THE LIST GOES ON!


In fact, I bet most of the people that are seeing this film are people my age who also loved the first film growing up. XD


As for the film itself, It was AWESOME!


This film really succeeds in capturing what made the first film so good! Like the humor, the heartfelt family aspect, and the action scenes that are very intense and consists of a lot of cool superpowers.


If there's one thing that this film improved a lot from the first one, it would definitely be the animation! I'm not saying the animation in the first one is bad, in fact, it looks amazing for it's time! But seeing how Pixar's technology evolved A LOT since then, it allows them to put a lot more detail on everything, including the characters' skin and costumes as well as stuff like Frozone's ice or all the explosions.


Not only that, but it also fixes the one problem that some people had with the first film where it focused too much on Mr Incredible and not enough on the rest of the family, while in here, it is a lot more balanced and the rest of the family is given a lot more screen time, especially Elastigirl who does most of the superhero stuff while Mr. Incredible stays home and takes care of the kids, so it's pretty much a role reversal.


While it is nice to see the role reversal, that's also kind of a problem with this film, since a lot of it feels a bit like the first film, a problem similar to Finding Dory, but even at that, it's still greatly executed enough to catch us off guard.


However, the one flaw this film has that I have a hard time ignoring is the villain! The screenslaver IS interesting at first, until they decided to do that surprise twist villain bullcrap like other Disney films these days! And don't get me wrong, sometimes the twist villain works, like in Wreck-It Ralph, it works because we already knew that King Candy was the villain before the reveal at the end. And it also kinda worked in films like Frozen and Zootopia becuase even if it made the villains kinda weak, it still helped with the messages that those films were trying to get across.


But in here, not only does the twist become more predictable the more you know about the character, but it also takes away some of the suspense and you end up seeing the villain less as a villain and more as a nuisance.


But that didn't stop me from enjoying the experience at all, because I still loved seeing these characters on the big screen again, and Jack-Jack is probably one of my favorites now because he has some of the funniest moments in this film!


Compared to the first film, I really can't decide which one is better! I mean, I hear some people say this is not as good as the first one while others say it's better, and I get both sides of the argument. The first one has a better villain and a better climax (by a bit) while this one has better animation and is much more balanced in terms of character development.


So I don't know, tell me what you guys think. As for me, I'll just give it a 9/10 for now. It has it's flaws but it's still worth the wait and I highly recommend it if you haven't seen it already.

  • Listening to: Maroon 5 (early)
  • Reading: Miraculous Ladybug fanfictions and comics
  • Watching: Miraculous Ladybug
  • Playing: GTA V
  • Eating: Hamburger and Rice
  • Drinking: Coke Life

It's sad to report that drummer and co-founder of influential Heavy Metal band, Pantera, Vinnie Paul Abbott (Or as most people call him, Vinnie Paul) passed away yesterday at age 54.


 

It's bad enough that we already lost his equally talented brother over a decade ago! Waaaah!



After Pantera's breakup, Vinnie played for other bands like Damageplan alongside his brother and Pantera bandmate, Dimebag Darrell (Before the latter was shot to death during a concert), and Hellyeah.


He was definitely a hard hitting drummer, and he will be greatly missed along with Dimebag. May they both rest in peace and make great music together in heaven!

  • Listening to: Pantera
  • Reading: Miraculous Ladybug fanfictions and comics
  • Watching: Incredibles 2
  • Playing: Rock Band 4
  • Eating: Fried Chicken and Fries
  • Drinking: Coke
Inside-out-dynamic-100 by JackHammer86

Hey JackHammer here! If you follow my page a lot, then you most likely know that Pixar's 2015 hit, Inside Out is my favorite movie of all-time and that I talk about it to death on this site and I even did a fanart of it after I saw it. Inside Out Fanart by JackHammer86
When I saw the trailers back in 2015, I said to myself "I gotta see this no matter what." and when I did see it, I was blown away! And I even cried at the end (which was very rare for me at the time) And today we're gonna look at the Top 10 reasons why this is my favorite film. But first, a few honorable mentions.


P.S. This will probably be the last time I talk about this film in full detail on this site.



Honorable Mentions:


It's one of those few movies that has hockey in it

Riley hockey by JackHammer86

All the celebrity cameos (Including John Ratzenberger, some of the muppet actors, and even Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers fame)

Inside Out ratzenberger by JackHammer86 Inside Out muppets by JackHammer86 Inside Out Flea by JackHammer86

It would make a great attraction at Walt Disney World or Disneyland (Oh wait, there's already an Inside Out thing at Epcot???? *sigh* if only it was there when I went to Florida)

Inside Out epcot by JackHammer86


Now on with the list.



#10 It's an original film that was a huge success in terms of the box office, the critics, and the awards.


Keep in mind guys, that this film was released at a time where Hollywood was obsessed with making big franchises rather than stand alone movies, which is why we're mostly getting either stuff that are adapted from something else or a bunch of pointless sequels and remakes (I'm looking at you Disney live-action remakes!)


So with that said, this is one of those rare films based on an original idea that proves that you don't always have to rely on adaptations or sequels to become filthy rich! And sure it didn't really pass $1 Billion like some of Disney and Pixar's other films, but it still made a huge amount of money at the box office ($356 Million domestically and $857 Million Worldwide against a huge $175 Million Budget) despite being in competition against big films like Jurassic World and Minions!


It also got a HUGE amount of praise from critics to the point where Rotten Tomatoes calls it (as of May 2018) the best animated film of all-time! Rotten Tomatoes list by JackHammer86

Calling it Inventive, Gorgeously Animated and Powerfully Moving!


And in terms of awards, it won every single one in the Best Animated Feature category (including the Oscar), it got an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay (I personally think it should have gotten more nominations than that), and it even won 10 out of 11 Annie Awards in the movie categories! You could argue that it was because Inside Out didn't have much competition that year in terms of animated features but It's still very impressive nonetheless!



#9 Good Humor


Most animated films feel the need to be a part comedy to attract younger viewers and there are even some that choose the humor as one of it's main priorites like Despicable Me or The Emperor's New Groove or many of the DreamWorks films or even many of the recent cartoony movies (which I doubt people will remember years later) for example.


Pixar however often chooses to be more subtle with their humor. What I mean by that is that they usually choose to make the comedy a secondary thing in their films while their main priority is usually the development of the story and characters. However, that doesn't mean they're not capable of making us laugh.


For a studio that mostly focuses on story and drama rather than humor, they surprisingly give us plenty of scenes that are not only funny but hilarious as well and this movie is no exception!


With a concept like this, Pixar knew that there was plently of room for good comedy in this film, and for the most part, they used it to it's potential! Giving us possibly some of the funniest moments in any Pixar film like the broccoli pizza scene (which even turned into a meme), Anger Meme by JackHammer86

and possibly one of the funniest running gags I've ever seen!


To me, good humor comes from two things! One is that one of the characters has to have some form of misery! And two, it has to be unpredictable! And this movie handles both those elements very well! *sigh* If only Adam Sandler knew this!



#8 The Music

Michael Giacchino by JackHammer86
Michael Giacchino is one of my favorite film composers. He's done plenty of great film scores especially for other Pixar films like The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up and most recently, Coco and Incredibles 2.


But the music in here is probably some of his absolute best since the incredibles theme. In fact, I even have the entire soundtrack on my phone.


From what I heard, the producers met with Michael and showed him the movie, and then what he did was compose an eight-minute suite of music, unconnected to the film, based on his emotions viewing it. And according to Producer Jonas Rivera, while both him and director, Pete Docter were musicians, they discussed the film in terms of story and character.


And boy what a smart move, because every piece of music in this film matches the tone of each scene. Whether it be a funny moment, a sweet moment, or a dramatic moment Michael knows how to get us in the right mood with his music! Especially the opening, which I consider to be one of the most beautiful openings I've seen in any film



#7 Very Deep Drama

Inside-Out-Riley-parents-hugging by JackHammer86
So we all know that Pixar is capable of making us laugh even if their films aren't straight up comedies, but with that said, they are also notorious for making us cry as well thanks to strong character development and some legitimate sad moments in most of their films like the Toy Story trilogy for example. And once again this is no exception.


For a studio that makes animated films, Pixar is never afraid to go a little dark, and with this film, they actually made some insane choices.


Like, when they kill off a character, they don't just bring him back to life, they keep him dead.


And the ending is not entirely happy either, but it's still justified because they know it's part of growing up.


I'll explain all of this more in a later spot. But lemme just say that because we really care about the characters involved, the drama in this film really makes the movie powerful.



#6 Top notch animation by the masters of Pixar

Inside-Out-Cuartel-general by JackHammer86
As we all know, Pixar was the studio that made computer animated films huge in the 90's when Toy Story came into the scene.


And since then, technology has become more and more advanced allowing Pixar to step up their game every time they make a movie, and show their true capabilites. They basically mastered the art of computer animation with their feature films to the point where almost every mainstream animated film is computer animated these days.


Every single time a new Pixar film came out, we were blown away by how amazing the animation looked, and we probably said to ourselves "There's no way they can top this!"


And 15 films later, It's still hard to believe that they've outdone themselves here!


I seriously don't think you can get any better than this in terms of computer animation! With the kind of film this is, the animation is a perfect mix of realism and cartoon abstract!


The human world is more realistic and human like, which does match the realistic tone in there. But when it comes to the world inside Riley's mind, the animators pretty much do whatever they want with it, making it very colorful and cartoony with concepts that are so creative and out of this world, and once again it matches the tone because it's all set in the mind of an 11 year old girl.


And while it does take advantage of the squash and stretch, it still remembers that it's a MOVIE and not an over exaggerated cartoon like some of the Sony films.


We can all say that Pixar's animation is amazing no matter what, but we shouldn't forget how many times they push their limits in order to make great art.



#5 Perfect Casting

Insideout Actores by JackHammer86
Most animated films really feel the need to have celebrites do the voices in order to attract a crowd, and DreamWorks especially does it a lot in their films.


Some do it well, others not so much. But personally, I don't mind a celebrity cast as long as the celebrities fit their respective roles, otherwise you would most likely end up with good actors in a crappy film.


Pixar usually chooses their actors carefully in their films, and in here, they nailed the casting! Amy Poehler as Joy, Phyllis Smith as Sadness, Mindy Kahling as Disgust, Bill Hader as Fear, and even then unknown Kaitlyn Dias as Riley herself.


And of course, you cannot have a better casting choice than angry comedian, Lewis Black as Anger, which they even took advantage of his comedic talent.


Every actor in this film fits their roles perfectly, and all of their voices do a great job at bringing these characters to life, and speaking of which.



#4 It has some of the most 3-Dimensional characters I've seen in a movie

Joy-is-sad by JackHammer86
Whenever you see a film, you would most likely get a mix of great characters with a lot of development and bad ones who are either unlikeable, have little development, or don't even serve a purpose (or worse, you would get an entire cast of unlikeable or under developed characters)


But in here, none of the characters suck!


Allow me to explain, you get Riley, an 11 year old girl who has to move to another city that's far different than her old home, and is having a hard time fitting in because her new home isn't really as good as her old one.


But then you have the emotions inside her head.


Joy is the ecstatic one who's the main emotion and tries her hardest to keep Riley the happy little girl she always was, even when she's not enjoying her new home. Sadness is the depressed one who's always pushed to the side which some people may find harsh but I'll explain later why it works. Anger is the grumpy one with a hot temper (literally) who intervenes when things don't go Riley's way, and he also has some of the funniest moments in the film. Disgust is the teenage-like one who's supposed to keep Riley from being poisoned both physically and socially (no really, they say that) and Fear is the cowardly one who's supposed to keep Riley safe from danger.


But there's more to them than that though as they all have one thing in common, they all care about Riley. And after Joy and Sadness are sucked out of headquarters, they're supposed to find their way back before things go horribly wrong while Anger, Disgust and Fear try to fill in for them even though they can't.


Even Riley's parents are likeable. They don't mean to put their daughter in a bad position, they just do what they do because they care about their little girl.



And there's also Riley's imaginary friend, Bing Bong who seems like a simple comic relief at first (heck, he reminds me a lot of Patrick Star if he wasn't a big douchebag), but there is more to him than that which will make you both like him and even feel sad for him, especially after what he did at the end of the film.


So with that said, every character in here has a purpose to the film, they all have something memorable about them, and they all give us a reason why we should support them.



#3 Pete Docter and his crew did everything they could to make this amazing

Pete Docter by JackHammer86
As an animation fan, I always like to hear what happened behind the scenes of a film, whether they're good or bad, but out of all the behind the scenes stories I've heard, this is probably one of the most interesting ones.


  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inside_O…


So in short, director Pete Docter had a great idea in his mind based on many things that happened in his personal life which everyone knew was gonna be hard to make and even hard to promote right to the point where Pete even had self-doubts fearing that his film wasn't gonna work one time, but he pushed through, brought in some of the best people that he and Pixar could find, and managed to give us one of the greatest animated films in recent years.



#2 It does everything great you can do with a genius concept

Inside-out-movie-review-imagination-islands-1050x7 by JackHammer86
I hear some people say that this concept isn't entirely new, since this "Emotions portrayed as characters" idea was already done in many cartoons, and even in a sitcom called "Herman's Head" and maybe it even took a bit of inspiration from Warner Bros' Osmosis Jones in some ways. XD



But you know what, it doesn't really matter if a concept was already done before as long as it's done very well, which is something that Pixar is really capable of.


Toy Story for example, also had a concept that was kinda done before, but it was the way they did it that made it feel fresh and new, and that's also the case with this film.


Of course, this film focuses a lot on emotions and memories, but it also goes beyond that with stuff like imagination, imaginary friends, train of thought, dreams, the subconscious, pretty much everything that's going on inside somebody's head. Heck, they even went into great detail with Riley's personality.


It leaves no stone unturned, and gives us something that's not only better than anything done before it, but also something very smart and relatable.


I heard the people at Pixar actually had tons of other great ideas but they couldn't include them all because of time, and you know what? I'm actually interested in seeing those ideas come to life as well, which is why I really want a sequel to this film!


Like I really wanna see Riley grow up with her emotions the same way Andy grew up in the Toy Story trilogy.


I understand that Pixar wants to put their focus back on original stuff after Toy Story 4, but they better freakin make an Inside Out 2 at some point!



#1 It changed my life forever
Riley crying by JackHammer86
WARNING: There's gonna be some major spoilers in this spot, so if you haven't seen it, go watch it immediately and then come back here (unless you don't care about spoilers).


Anyways, one of the reasons this film changed my life forever is best described by this scene.


Don't see it? Allow me to explain!


Throughout the whole film, (like I said before) Joy tries her hardest to make Riley the happy girl she always was, and she does so by constantly pushing Sadness to the side, not seeing much of a purpose in her, and not letting her touch the core memories because they would go permanently sad if she did. But then Joy realizes that Sadness is just as important as everyone else.


To me, It's the equivilent of us trying to stay away from sadness, thinking that it's not healthy, but in actuality, it's extremely healthy, as well as all your other emotions, you just need to be careful with them.


And there's also these two scenes.

 


First, at the moment where Bing Bong convinces Joy they can make it, and then jumps off the wagon, allowing Joy to make it, that was the moment where Bing Bong accepted his fate, and knew that Joy was much more important for Riley than he was.


Second, Both of these scenes are very tearjerking on their own, and I love them both for the same reason.


After these scenes happen, they don't just bring back Bing Bong and the family doesn't move back to Minnesota, they instead move on from those things and focus on what's really important... growing up!


Sure we all have memories that we love and we wish we can go back to the good old days, but we also have to remember that nothing lasts forever and we have to keep moving forward in order to have a good life.


So in conclusion, this film doesn't just show who Riley is. It shows who WE are as well! And that's the main reason why Inside Out is my favorite film!



Hope you guys enjoyed this list, be sure to check me and my girlfriend :icongames-anjalea-mmd:'s other stuff, and if you like our stuff, leave a favorite, let us know what you think, and watch us. See ya next time!

  • Listening to: Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Reading: Miraculous Ladybug fanfictions and comics
  • Watching: Inside Out
  • Playing: GTA V
  • Eating: Oreos
  • Drinking: Coke

I like to mention that 2015 was personally one of the best years of my life. It was the first time I got to vote in an election (and I was proud of my vote). It was the year my girlfriend :icongames-anjalea-mmd: and I were finally able to date again after being forced to dump her the previous year (Which was one of the darkest days of my life).


But when it came to animated features........2015 was an ok year. Not great as 2012 or 2014, but still better than 2013 since most of the films that year were just enjoyably good, but then there was one film that year that was not only amazing but also changed my life forever! (Btw, I saved the winner for last this time, and you'll know why once I get to it)

  Inside Out by JackHammer86 

Btw, this is my absolute favorite Best Animated Feature presentation!



When Marnie Was There - Studio Ghibli

When Marnie Was There by JackHammer86
This was the second Ghibli film from Arrietty director, Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Unfortunately it was also the last one he made with the legendary studio before he decided to quit. And my god, what a powerful and depressing note to go out on!


It's about an introverted 12 year old girl named Anna who has asthma, doesn't really have any expression and doesn't talk to anyone, until her worrying foster mother decides to send her to her relatives in a seaside town where the air is clear, hoping she would make friends as well. And there, she comes across an abandoned mansion and sees a beautiful blonde named Marnie, whom Anna is really curious about.


What I love about this film, is that it really makes you think. It's like a huge puzzle that you have to piece together, it keeps you guessing the whole way through.


Now admittedly (without spoiling anything) I actually kinda predicted how it was gonna end right before it happened, but I'm not saying it's badly done, It's just me. The twist itself is still pretty well done and even tearjerking!


And of course, like every Studio Ghibli film, the animation is gorgeous! I probably should have said this a long time ago, but the animation in every Studio Ghibli film feels like you're looking at a landscape. It's the kind of animation where you have to see it to believe it! They make some of the best japanese animation you'll ever see!


This film is another must watch for fans of both Ghibli and animation!



Shaun the Sheep Movie - Aardman Animations

Shaun the Sheep Movie by JackHammer86

Based on the TV series starring the sheep from the Wallace & Gromit short, A Close Shave, this seems like a typical animated kids film at first.


The reason why is because the story itself is actually really simple. On paper, there's not much to describe about it. It's just a bunch of sheep and a dog rescuing their farmer in the big city, and it's like Aardman just had this idea for an episode of the TV series but then decided to extend it into a 90 minute film.


HOWEVER! That simplicity is what actually makes this movie unique.


There's isn't anything complex in it, it doesn't take us to a new world, heck it doesn't even have dialogue! (not counting the sheep noises, screams, grunts and mumbles) Yet it doesn't need any of that!


It instead makes the animators the true star of the film, and they did everything they could with a simple story that's easy to tell without over analyzing anything, giving us something unique, funny, charming, and even heartwarming.


Aardman fans would definately love this, and as for the rest, as long as you don't expect much and just wanna see something simple and charming, than you'll like this.



Anomalisa - HanWay Films/Starburns Industries/Snoot Films

Anomalisa by JackHammer86
This film was the first ever Best Animated Feature nominee with an R rating. And It made a lot of festival appearances before Paramount came in and released it at the very end of 2015, which resulted in tons of award nominations, including this one.


The story centers around an author named Michael Stone who broke up with his girlfriend years ago but doesn't know why and he seems to have a good life now since he has a wife, a kid, and a successful career, yet he feels like he has none of it, and that everything around him is just boring. Until he comes across a quirky fan of his named Lisa, who seems like the answer to his problems because of her unique personality that's unlike anything he's seen before. And while there was one scene that I thought was kinda weird and risque, the relationship between Michael and Lisa is still heartfelt to watch.


But what fascinates me about this is that I actually kinda see myself in Michael.


You see, I too have a very good life (heck, I don't even go to school anymore or even have a job as I'm writing this. Lol) So in a way, I'm pretty spoiled, yet I still feel lonely and that everything around me is so boring, and that the one thing I need to feel satisfied is my girlfriend (who has a unique personality on her own)...


Also, the funny thing about this is that there are only 3 actors in this film, there's David Thewlis as Michael and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lisa, but then you have everyone else around them (including Michael's family and ex-girlfriend) who are all voiced by Tom Noonan, and it seems weird hearing the same voice coming out of everyone besides Michael and Lisa, but It's it makes sense the more you think about it because It represents Michael's point of view (where everyone around him seems the same, but Lisa feels like a completely different person)


The animation is amazingly realistic without trying too hard, and it doesn't feel the end to add in something otherworldly or abstract like most animated films. And at first, animating this story seems pointless, but once you realize that everyone around Michael besides Lisa not only sounds the same but also looks the same, making it an animated film makes more sense.


The only flaw in this film is that it's a little too obvious that everyone's faces look like separate pieces of plastic on a puppet. While they did do something to get away with it a little, it would have looked better if they CG'd over those lines or something.


Usually I'm not a fan of these super realistic films, but I was rather impressed by this one.



Boy and the World - Filme de Papel

Boy and the World by JackHammer86
Sometimes I hear people say that the academy only nominates their films based on the quality of the animation itself, and if that's the truth, then I find it really unfair since the category is called "Best Animated Feature", not "Best Animation" So really, they should nominate these films based on the quality of the whole film, not just the animation.


Which is why I don't really see much of a point nominating this film over something like "The Peanuts Movie" because the only thing in this film that fascinates me is the animation, like the unique character designs that consist of simple shapes, and the nice and colorful looking sketches.


But when it comes to the story, I don't really see anything that special about it. At first, it's just a simple story where a boy misses his father and wants to be with him again, but none of the characters have much development, so I really didn't see a reason why I should route for the boy in the first place, plus a lot of the film does feel pretty rushed.


But then the second half suddenly wants to be a little more adult and political which I find very sudden and a little confusing.


I get that they wanted to tell the story visually, and it can have a nice scene every 10 minutes or so (including the very ending), but there are other silent films that told their stories better than this, and I feel this film probably would've been a little better with at least a bit of dialogue in it, because I had a bit of a hard time understanding it without looking it up online.


So overall, It's not as good as other independent animated films because of it's unfocused plot, but if you just wanna see a simple 80 minute film with pretty drawings, then I guess this isn't a bad one to choose from.



Inside Out - Pixar Animation Studios (Winner) (Was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay)

Inside Out by JackHammer86
Unlike my other reviews, I saved this one for last for one reason... It's my favorite movie of all-time!


One time, I actually saw a video that only contains Riley's clips, and I also heard someone say that one plot in the film wasn't as good as the other, but in my opinion, neither of these two plots would work as well on their own, and they work much better together.


But what else can I say about this film that I haven't said before? I mean I already talked about this film to death on this site!


I love this film so much that... You know what? I can't do this movie justice here! I have to do a whole Top 10 list out of it!


It is so good that it has to be fully analyzed. So tune in next time for the Top 10 reasons why Inside Out is my favorite movie!

First:  Best Animated Feature Reviews IntroductionHey JackHammer here!

Since the Academy Awards are coming soon, I thought to myself recently, "Why don't I review all the films that were nominated in the Best Animated Feature category?"


Now when it comes to animated features, the Academy Awards never really treated them as well as live-action films and at some points they seem to think that It's just a genre meant for kids as much as other people who don't take it seriously.


Granted there were plenty of times where an animated film would get nominated for an Oscar (and sometimes even win one) like some of the classic Disney films would get some (Which also includes Snow White and Toy Story both getting a special achievement award when they came out), some of the Disney renaissance films would win some for technical achievements like music, films like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Kubo and the Two Strings would get nominated for Best Visual Effects, and there were even
 Previous:  Best Animated Feature Reviews: 2014Seeing how many great animated films came out in 2014, it was automatically an improvement over the disaster known as 2013! Sure a few bad ones still slipped, but there were still plently of great ones that actually made people upset that some films like The LEGO Movie or The Book of Life weren't nominated that year.

And seeing how a non-Disney film won most of the other awards, I think it was about time they gave the award to someone other than Disney for on-


WHAT???!!! HOW???!!!
Big Hero 6 - Walt Disney Animation Studios (Winner)


So as you just saw...........I have mixed feelings about this film winning the award.


On one hand, I do like Big Hero 6 and I do think it's a great Disney film, but on the other hand........did Disney really need this one? Think about it! Disney and Pixar almost always get this award nowadays, and to be honest, this is the one where I think the
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Yes It's my birthday and I'm turning 22! Which means I can no longer say this! XD



But all joking aside, I like to thank everyone who wished me a happy birthday, and while we're at it, why don't we also pay respect to all the celebrities who share the same birthday as me! Including.......



Johnny Depp

 

Natalie Portman



Mae Whitman



Michael J. Fox



James Newton Howard (film composer)

 

David Koepp (screenwriter)

 

Les Paul (Guitarist with a famous guitar model named after him)



Jon Lord (keyboardist)

  

R.I.P. Jon Lord (June 9th 1941-July 16 2012)


And Matthew Bellamy (singer and guitarist)

 
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Seeing how many great animated films came out in 2014, it was automatically an improvement over the disaster known as 2013! Sure a few bad ones still slipped, but there were still plently of great ones that actually made people upset that some films like The LEGO Movie or The Book of Life weren't nominated that year.


And seeing how a non-Disney film won most of the other awards, I think it was about time they gave the award to someone other than Disney for on-


WHAT???!!! HOW???!!!

Big Hero 6 - Walt Disney Animation Studios (Winner)

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So as you just saw...........I have mixed feelings about this film winning the award.


On one hand, I do like Big Hero 6 and I do think it's a great Disney film, but on the other hand........did Disney really need this one? Think about it! Disney and Pixar almost always get this award nowadays, and to be honest, this is the one where I think the Academy probably should have given another studio a chance to win (I'll say which one later).


But I probably would've respected their opinion if it weren't for the fact that the people at the academy DIDN'T EVEN CARE! I'm dead serious! From what I heard, the voters only voted for this one because It's Disney and because it was the most popular one with the kids at the time, ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?! ANIMATION ISN'T JUST KIDS STUFF! GET THAT FACT IN YOUR TINY LITTLE MINDS ACADEMY! *huff* *huff* Sorry guys! I just get really mad when people don't take animation as seriously as live-action. Heck, even Dwayne Johnson called it a genre when they were presenting the award which kinda makes me go....Mid finger by JackHammer86

And one more thing, I think the voters really should watch all the movies before voting! Because this is bullshit!


But back on to Big Hero 6, the best way I can describe it is that it's the one comic book movie that we ever knew we wanted.


For those of you who don't know, this movie is loosely based on the Marvel Comic Book of the same name by a group of people called "Man of Action" who also made the Ben 10 franchise, and because Disney has owned most of Marvel's properties since the late 2000's, it would make sense that one of their comics would become a part of the long history of Disney's animated features at some point. Plus, I don't think many of us heard of Big Hero 6 before Disney put their spin on it, but seeing how Disney handled the Marvel Cinematic Universe pretty well, they unsurprisingly gave us something great with this film as well!


What makes this film work is how it greatly mixes the science, technology and action of Marvel with Disney's great storytelling and loveable cast of characters even if they seem a bit generic at times.


And sure, it may be predictable at times, but it's pretty engaging none the less and it's pretty deep as well. And what I mean by that is that they would go into a subject that's pretty ballsy for an animated film, let alone a Disney film, which is "Dealing with losing someone you love". And even my girlfriend cried during one scene when we saw it together. Lol


But the heart of the film is the relationship between Hiro and Baymax, where Hiro wants to avenge his dead brother while Baymax starts off as a robotic nurse but then he becomes even more than that to the point where he feels like a family member and he cares so much about his patients that you just wanna hug him!


I hear some complain that it's pretty obvious who the villain is, and that the ending is a little too happy. But with the villain to be honest, I didn't really see it coming, but even I admit that the surprise twist villain trope was getting pretty old by that point. And as for the ending, I get how some people think it's too happy, but I still thought it was a pretty emotional note to go out on because *spoiler alert* Baymax didn't just come back out of the blue. Hiro did techincally had to rebuild his body from the top, so I kinda give it a pass because of that.


So even if it's a questionable choice for Best Animated Feature (especially since some of the other films beat this one at all the other awards), but It's still a great addition to Disney's legendary collection.



How to Train Your Dragon 2 - DreamWorks Animation

How to Train Your Dragon 2 by JackHammer86
Now if the Oscars actually had voters who know what they're doing, this film most likely would've won since it also won the Golden Globe in the same category and it was the big winner at the Annie Awards, and it especially would've really helped DreamWorks gain more confidence because outside of this film's success, DreamWorks was really starting to suffer at this time with many of their films in that time period like Rise of the Guardians, Turbo, Mr Peabody & Sherman and Penguins of Madagascar being box office bombs, which made them lose a lot of money and forced them to change their game, and as a result, they're now complete sellouts with films like Trolls and The Boss Baby existing only to cash in on the younger demographic (I just really hope that How to Train Your Dragon 3 will be amazing! And hopefully with the recent deal they made with the legendary Guillermo Del Toro, they'll be able to make great films again in the future.)


But all joking aside, not only is this one of my favorite animated sequels but also one of my favorite DreamWorks films period!


A lot like Disney's The Rescuers Down Under, this film knew how to fix the problems the first film had (like putting the focus more on the dragons than Hiccup for example) while also expanding the world of it's predacessor.


The animation is some of the best that DreamWorks has ever done, giving us more of what made the first film enjoyable to begin with such as more cool dragons, and more awesome flying and action scenes!


Some of the recurring characters have also been improved from last time, especially Hiccup who is more mature here than in the last one. But the new characters are the ones that keep this movie strong! Hiccup's mother Valka is the heart of the film and she even gives Hiccup and Stoick more development, while Drago Bludvist is one of DreamWorks' best villains next to Lord Shen!


So if you guys are upset, that I don't think How to Train your Dragon is one of DreamWorks' best, than I hope you're at least happy that I think the sequel is!


At a time where DreamWorks is no longer Disney's biggest rival, this is definately one of the rare films from them that soar sky high!



The Tale of the Princess Kaguya - Studio Ghibli

The Tale of Princess Kaguya by JackHammer86
This is marked as the last film directed by Studio Ghibli founder, Isao Takahata before his death last April. He may not be as well known as the great Hayao Miyazaki, but he still has a good amount of feature films under his directorial belt like the coming of age film, "Only Yesterday", the very strange "Pom Poko", and of course, the incredibly depressing "Grave of the Fireflies".


But the one interesting thing about this guy is that he actually hated working with cel animation (which is what Studio Ghibli often does) and tried doing his own signature style, which actually made Takahata very hard to work with, and it made the production of his 4th film (My Neighbors the Yamadas) a nightmare for the animators, which is why he hasn't done another film for over a decade until a Ghibli producer finally convinced him to make another film before retiring for good.


And I gotta say, once I started watching, I was actually really invested! The characters were likeable, there were a couple of laughs, and I really liked seeing the baby grow up.


The second act is a little slower and kinda drags on (given it's super long running time), and it even has some cliches in it, like how the main character is destined to be a princess, but she doesn't want to be one, but it was still decently executed and I was still interested to see what would happen next.


But then there was this one scene in the second half where Kaguya snaps and runs from her new home all the way to her old one and omg! The way the show it by making it look a lot more sketchy than before, it's one of the most creative things I've ever seen in animation!


And speaking of the animation, like I said before, Takahata hated working with cel animation and for his last two films, he tried to create his own style for a change by making it look more sketchy, like if they just took the storyboards, added watercolor and used those as finished animation, and boy did he succeed. I find this sketchy style very beautiful and unique for an animated film, let alone one made in Japan. And since the movie really captures the feeling of Japanese culture, the sketchy animation really works for a film like this.


And the third act, without giving away anything, is a very bittersweet yet still satisfying conclusion that can even bring a tear to your eye, especially in the end credits when they play this song.


So out of all the Takahata films, I say this is either his best or his second best next to Grave of the Fireflies (I can't really tell because I only saw all his films once), but either way, there's no denying that he ended his career on a strong note.


R.I.P. Isao Takahata (1935-2018)



Song of the Sea - Cartoon Saloon

Song of the Sea by JackHammer86
When I first saw the trailer of this film back in 2014 knowing it's from the same people who made The Secret of Kells, I was blown away by how beautiful it looked, which makes me wonder why I never even bothered seeing this film until now. But now that I have seen it, I still have that question to this day because this is one of the most beautiful animated features I've seen in recent years both visually and story wise.


After the huge cultural impact of their first animated feature, The Secret of Kells, both Cartoon Saloon and director Tomm Moore had to step up their game to show audiences that they weren't just a one hit wonder, and with this film, they succeeded!


The story acts a lot like a Studio Ghibli film where it's main goal is to show us the world it's set in along with the many legends and myths, all told in an engaging and heartwarming story about two siblings named Ben and Saoirse, and as the movie progresses, their mission to go back home becomes more urgent than ever, and the stronger their bond becomes, the more powerful the movie itself becomes.


But the only downside to it is that Ben is a total jerk in the first act of the film, and as a result, it starts off with the wrong tone. But luckily, as the relationship between him and Saoirse progresses, he becomes more likeable.


But my favorite aspects of this are the animation and the music. Not only does the animation has that same artistic look as The Secret of Kells, but they somehow made it look even more amazing than last time. I'm not saying the animation in Kells is bad, I'm just saying that everything they did here looks a whole lot smoother and more polished! From the beautiful background animation, to Cartoon Saloon's signature character design but with a lot more depth, to the character animation where everyone is moving even when they're not in the foreground. This is one of the best examples of what hand-drawn animation can do.


And the music, omg! It is so beautiful! Especially the song of the sea itself!


It is pretty upsetting that hand-drawn animation isn't as popular as it used to be, but it's not really dead! And those who are saying it is are just not looking at the right places. If you wanna see a modern hand-drawn film that's not anime, then this is a perfect film for you!



The Boxtrolls - LAIKA

The Boxtrolls by JackHammer86
After making their first two films centered around light horror, LAIKA decided to go a different path with this film by going for a more fantasy adventure angle, and the result is was actually pretty good.


One of the best things about this film is actually The Boxtrolls themselves, because almost everything about them is super creative, like how they live, how they hide in their boxes, how they work together, and how they look. Granted, not a lot went into their personalities but they're still likeable.


The rest of the animation is just as impressive, thus continuing to show us that LAIKA are the new masters of stop-motion animation. The backgrounds look great, the character designs have the same weird yet unique look that ParaNorman had, and the character animation is really smooth which is very hard to do in stop-motion so major kudos to LAIKA! And there's also the villain's vehicles and his giant machine at the end which takes stop-motion to a whole new level and gaves us some great action scenes.


Unfortunately, as good as the animation and some of the writing is, the story itself is pretty weak! A lot of it feels like a copy of Tarzan to the point where there's even a scene where the main characters touch each others hands to show that the kid is a human. And it doesn't help either that the rest of the characters (especially the main ones) range from bland, generic and in some cases annoying, to douchey and unsympathetic (The worst being Winnie's father). That is except for Archabald Snatcher who really succeeds as a villain due to his threatening nature and a great performance by Ben Kingsley.


It may not be LAIKA's best or even one of the best of that year, but it is something that animation fans should watch at least once due to it's creativity. Also, if you're gonna watch this, stick around at the end credits for some nice 2D animation and a cool mid-credits scene.



First:  Best Animated Feature Reviews IntroductionHey JackHammer here!

Since the Academy Awards are coming soon, I thought to myself recently, "Why don't I review all the films that were nominated in the Best Animated Feature category?"


Now when it comes to animated features, the Academy Awards never really treated them as well as live-action films and at some points they seem to think that It's just a genre meant for kids as much as other people who don't take it seriously.


Granted there were plenty of times where an animated film would get nominated for an Oscar (and sometimes even win one) like some of the classic Disney films would get some (Which also includes Snow White and Toy Story both getting a special achievement award when they came out), some of the Disney renaissance films would win some for technical achievements like music, films like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Kubo and the Two Strings would get nominated for Best Visual Effects, and there were even
 Previous:  Best Animated Feature Reviews: 2013I'm not gonna lie people, 2013 was actually one of the WORST years for animated films!

Because most of the best films that year were considered just OK like The Croods, Epic or Monsters University, while the worst animated films that year were just TERRIBLE! Like Escape from Planet Earth, Planes, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Free Birds and even Walking with Dinosaurs!


But luckily there were still 2 mainstream animated films that year that are still memorable to this day and even some charming independent films as well, which still gave us a decent list of nominees for Best Animated Feature


Frozen - Walt Disney Animation Studios (Winner) (Also won Best Original Song for "Let It Go")


Many of you are probably sick of this film by this point, but guess who actually waited a long time to see this film, THIS GUY! 
 Next: Best Animated Feature Reviews: 2015I like to mention that 2015 was personally one of the best years of my life. It was the first time I got to vote in an election (and I was proud of my vote). It was the year my girlfriend :icongames-anjalea-mmd: and I were finally able to date again after being forced to dump her the previous year (Which was one of the darkest days of my life).

But when it came to animated features........2015 was an ok year. Not great as 2012 or 2014, but still better than 2013 since most of the films that year were just enjoyably good, but then there was one film that year that was not only amazing but also changed my life forever! (Btw, I saved the winner for last this time, and you'll know why once I get to it)

  
Btw, this is my absolute favorite Best Animated Feature presentation!

When Marnie Was There - Studio Ghibli

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 WE CAN'T LET THIS HAPPEN!

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from :iconcaptainedwardteague:

From Demand Progress:

The FCC's repeal of net neutrality will go into effect June 11th.

 

But we are halfway there toward a vote that would block the FCC's repeal and save net neutrality!

 

You live near a key member of Congress we need to convince to support net neutrality — will you attend a protest?

Hi Kay—

Today is the first day of June, which means we have ten days until the FCC's repeal of net neutrality goes into effect on June 11th.

Last month you helped convince the U.S. Senate to pass the resolution overturning the FCC and saving net neutrality. Now we need the U.S. House to do the same. One of your nearby members of Congress has not yet signed the discharge petition that will allow the House to act.

Click here to attend an in-person protest at a nearby Congressional office on Thursday, June 7. Join other activists by showing up and demanding support for the resolution to save net neutrality!

Community Office Hours - Linda Sánchez - CA-38
Thursday, June 7, 9:00 AM 
8051 Arroyo Dr
Rosemead, CA 91770

When Sen. Mitch McConnell opposed a vote in the Senate on the Congressional Review Act resolution -- which would reverse the FCC's vote to end net neutrality -- a majority of Senators signed a discharge petition that got around McConnell and forced the vote. And we won that vote last month.

Now we need to do the same thing in the House. We're halfway to the 218 signatures we need on the discharge petition to go around Speaker Paul Ryan and force a vote on the CRA in the House. 

That's why we're planning a massive day of protests on Thursday, June 7 outside the offices of members of Congress who haven't signed on to the discharge petition to save net neutrality. Click here attend an event at your lawmaker's office.

The CRA resolution is Congress' BEST chance to overturn the FCC's repeal and save real net neutrality rules, which prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from controlling what sites you visit and how fast they load.

With net neutrality protections set to end in just ten days, we need to turn out and show Congress we expect them to vote 'yes' on net neutrality! Attending an event on June 7th is one of the most important things you can do for net neutrality right now.

Can you help us build support for the discharge petition and restore net neutrality? Click here to attend an event.

We already won in the Senate, a victory many people didn't think was possible. Now we need to mobilize in the House. This will help determine whether we have a free and open internet for all, or whether Verizon, Comcast, and the rest of Big Cable get to decide what you can see and do online.

It's go time for Team Internet.

Let's do this,

Robert, Carli, Reuben, Mark, David, and the whole team at Demand Progress

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The FCC’s repeal of net neutrality officially goes into effect in ten days, on June 11th.

People are going to be angry. Really angry. And rightly so. None of us asked for our cable company to have the power to scam us for more money, censor us, or manipulate what we see online. But that’s exactly what the FCC’s new rules will allow.

But this is the important part: Congress can still stop the death of net neutrality using a joint resolution under Congressional Review Act (CRA). It already passed the Senate, now we need to force it to a vote in the House.

So we need to make sure that on June 11th, the Internet channels its anger productively—by sounding the alarm online and flooding lawmakers with calls and emails.

The whole Internet needs to rise up. Here’s how you can help:

  • If you run your own site, deploy our updated widget to let your users contact Congress without ever leaving your site. You can see a demo here.
  • Change your social media avatars and profile pics to help sound the alarm, there’s bunch of graphics in a shared folder here.
  • If you make videos, consider making a video about net neutrality, or use our simple video bumper to help spread the word.
  • Link back to BattleForTheNet.com whenever you can so people can easily contact their lawmakers.

Since June 11th is the day the repeal will go into effect, we're asking anyone who runs a site or app to go big with homepage announcements or in-app notifications to drive calls and emails to Congress. If you’ve got a creative idea, go for it! Just make sure it’s epic.

Two weeks ago we pulled off a historic upset when the Senate voted 52-47 in favor of the CRA.1 Now, with many House lawmakers vulnerable as we head towards the midterms, it’s very important they feel the pressure with our historic win fresh in their minds.

We need 218 lawmakers in the House of Representatives to sign a “discharge petition” in support of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution in order to force a vote in the House. It’s going to be an uphill battle, so we need to harness as much of the outrage surrounding the June 11th repeal date as possible, and turn it into effective action.

Please forward this to anyone you know who can help spread the word. We’re counting on you!

-Josh, on behalf of the team at Fight for the Future


Footnotes:

2. Forbes: www.forbes.com/sites/janetwbur…

 

Fight for the Future works to protect your rights in the digital age.

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Most people like me (especially Marvel fans) may know Bradley Cooper as the hilarious voice of Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I actually remember him telling a story on The Hour with George Stroumboulopolos 10 years ago. So back then, I knew him as the kid who messed up. XD


Unfortunately I can't find the video anywhere on the internet nowadays, yet I actually still remember the whole story by heart. Allow me to tell it to you all who most likely didn't see the video.



Back when he was 11, his parents went out to dinner and left him home alone with the new cable box they just got.


So he turns the TV on and saw that the movie, Airplane was on (or at least that's what I remember, so I might be wrong) and he said to himself "OMG! I'M GONNA SEE SOME BOOBIES!" XD


He got so excited that he ran into the kitchen, took out some microwave popcorn and put it in there for 5:55 (5 Minutes and 55 Seconds) and then he came back, sat down and watched it in his onesies.


An hour later, there were still no boobies and he was starting to get upset, then suddenly he heard a huge *CRASH* and he just ignored it and kept watching.


He didn't see any boobies when the movie ended (Meaning that he probably missed it when he went to do the popcorn).


Then all of a sudden, he sees that the whole living room is filled with smoke and he realizes "HOLY SHIT! THE POPCORN!"


He ran back to the kitchen and realized that he was so excited to see boobies that he wasn't paying attention and actually put 5 HOURS AND 55 MINUTES!


So the crash he heard was actually the glass plate in the microwave that cracked and all the popcorn was melted like black tar.


Bradley was completely panicking and his onesie was all full of sweat, and what he did was open all the windows and put all these fans everywhere, while also fearing that his parents were gonna find out what he just did.


And once his parents came home, he confessed what he did and may have cried a little bit, and apparently his parents actually started laughing. XD


And after Bradley tells the story, he finishes it off by saying "Do what you can to see some good boobies because I don't regret it at all."



And that's the story! Tell me what you think in the comments. XD

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So for the past few months, I've been trying to help my girlfriend lose weight, but I'm having a hard time doing so, because she's so out of shape right now that she sometimes refuses to exercise when she needs to. And I feel like it's my fault! Waaaah! 


My appreciation for fat girls might have discouraged her for a while, and she told me she wanted to impress me, and now her health is even worse than before. I never wanted her to gain more weight, I'M NOT THAT OBSESSED! Waaaah! 


I still wanna help her, but how am I supposed to when I can't even see her every weekend?! The most I can do is remind her through text and then motivate her when we go to each other's houses, but guess what! WE ONLY DO THAT EVERY 2 MONTHS! I mean, I do wanna see her more often but the most times we can see each other is like every 3 weeks or something because we don't even live in the same town!


And even when she says we should see each other every weekend, I'm always too much of a wuss to ask my dad that because I'm not even good at explaining things!


I'm running out of ideas guys! Inside Out Reaction Icon: Sadness 

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Huge news. Net neutrality defenders in the House of Representatives are trying to force a vote on the same Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that passed the Senate in a historic victory last week. If the CRA can clear the House next, we will block the FCC’s repeal.

Signature needed: tell Congress to save net neutrality!

TAKE ACTION

The Senate victory changes everything. We only needed one more vote to win, but the Internet made so much noise that we ended up getting two. Having three GOP senators on the record in support of restoring the FCC’s net neutrality rules is game-changing.

But now we need to turn the volume up way louder. We’re fighting an uphill battle in the House, where we’ll need to get all the Democrats and about 25 Republicans to sign a “discharge petition” that will trigger a vote to stop the FCC’s repeal.

I’ll be real with you: the only way that’s going to happen is if EVERYONE reading this contacts their reps right now, while we still have momentum from the Senate vote.

If we don’t get a vote on the CRA this year it dies when the new Congress comes into session. Click here to tell your representatives to vote for net neutrality!

Big ISPs like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T were getting nervous before the Senate vote. Now they’re freaking out.

And we can be sure they’ll be going in overdrive, fighting dirty, and pouring millions of dollars into lobbying, misleading ads, and astroturf campaigns, doing everything in their power to make sure the CRA dies in the House.

The bipartisan Senate vote is proof that if we fight hard and strategically, we can overcome the corrupting influence of these giant monopolies, and force our lawmakers to listen for once.

Winning in the House will be harder. We’ll need to pressure lawmakers district by district, with intense pressure from local businesses, constituent meetings, protests, and more.

But first we need to flood the House with emails and calls to get as many lawmakers on our side as possible RIGHT NOW in the wake of the historic Senate vote.

We’ve updated the tool at BattleForTheNet.com to make it easy to contact your representatives with just one click. Please share it everywhere and help sound the alarm!

TAKE ACTION

Remember: net neutrality isn’t just about how fast our videos load, it’s about the future of free expression and democracy. The stakes are high, but victory is within reach.

Ready for the fight,

-Evan at Fight for the Future

www.battleforthenet.com/?org=f…



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From :iconcaptainedwardteague:

From Demand Progress: 

Kay,

We won the vote to save net neutrality in the Senate! Now our fight moves to the House.

Tell your Representative:
Sign the discharge petition to bring the CRA resolution to save net neutrality to the floor for a vote!
SIGN THE PETITION

Kay—

We scored a HUGE win in our fight to save net neutrality when the Senate voted to overturn the FCC's disastrous and unpopular decision to repeal net neutrality protections.

As important as this victory is, it's not the final step in the fight to save net neutrality in Congress.

Now the resolution moves to the House. But before an actual vote can happen, a majority of members -- including your member of Congress -- must sign a discharge petition in order to force a vote on the floor.

Click here to tell Representative Ted Lieu: Sign the discharge petition for the CRA resolution to restore net neutrality!

A discharge petition is how we got around Sen. Mitch McConnell. He didn't want this week's vote to happen. Thanks to your hard work, we got a majority of Senators to sign the petition and force a vote on the resolution to save net neutrality -- and we won.

Demand Progress and our allies are now mobilizing to do the same thing in the House. Speaker Paul Ryan doesn't want to allow a vote to save net neutrality. We know how to mobilize and get a discharge petition done. That's where you come in -- you can persuade House members can go around Paul Ryan and force a vote.

The overwhelming majority of Americans support strong net neutrality protections under Title II, including 82% of Republicans, 86% of Independents, and 90% of Democrats.1 

Given that nearly all Americans agree the internet should be free and open, it is only right that members bring the resolution to the floor for a vote.

We need 25 Republicans and every Democrat to sign on to make that happen. And we're already building huge momentum.

Many pundits and politicians thought we couldn't win in the Senate. But thanks to the sustained grassroots activism of internet users like you, we proved them wrong. Your member of Congress needs to hear from you now so we can win again.

There's no time to waste. Sign the petition today and tell Rep. Lieu to sign the discharge petition on the CRA resolution to save net neutrality!

For the free and open internet,

Carli Stevenson
Campaigner
Demand Progress

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From Common Cause:


Kay, 


Thanks to you, something incredible happened this week: the U.S. Senate voted 52-47 to restore Net Neutrality.


We all thought Net Neutrality -- the principle of fair and equal treatment online -- was dead on arrival after Donald Trump’s FCC voted to repeal it back in December.


We thought to ourselves: saving Net Neutrality will mean convincing multiple Republican senators to directly disobey the President, AND Mitch McConnell, AND the armies of Big Cable lobbyists sent to kill Net Neutrality for good. Then, we’d need every single Democrat and Independent to agree to overrule the FCC too. Plus, we’d only have 60 days after the FCC submitted its net neutrality repeal to Congress to get it done.


But Kevin, with your support, that’s exactly what happened. Thousands of people took action to deliver a MAJOR win that nobody thought was possible. Now, we need your help as this fight moves on to the House. With enough public pressure we can make every single lawmaker go on the record and tell the American people whether they’ll put the interests of their constituents before the interests of Big Cable.


We’re launching a major grassroots mobilization to put pressure on EVERY House Member to join this effort -- can you make an emergency contribution today?


TAKE ACTION


We all deserve access to a free and open internet, especially if we are going to build the 21st century democracy our country deserves. But Trump’s FCC voted to gut the rules meant to stop corporations from making the internet work only for them, controlling what we see, what we say, and what we can do online.


We’ve already beaten the odds in the Senate, and we’re going to make sure the House knows we mean business.


Since we sounded the alarm, thousands of Common Cause members like you have called, tweeted, and rallied -- creating intense pressure on Republican Sens. Murkowski (Alaska), Kennedy (Louisiana), and Collins (Maine) -- all of whom ended up voting for Net Neutrality.


Senators already know a majority of Americans from both parties support net neutrality. And now we’re going to make the stakes for them clear: keep doing Big Cable’s bidding and risk your job this November, or stand with your constituents in this important fight.


We know a focus on our prominent and powerful grassroots pressure works – if we double down and increase the pressure on Congress we can keep Net Neutrality alive, win this House vote, and overrule the FCC’s misguided decision once and for all.


Kevin, can you help? The stakes for this fight are massively high, and we’ll do whatever it takes to save the free and open Internet.


Thanks for all you do,


Robert Reich, Board Chair

and the team at Common Cause 

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which members of the House of Representatives have called on the FCC to protect Net Neutrality.

If your representative supports Net Neutrality, urge them to speak out against the FCC's decision to kill the open-internet rules.

If your representative hasn't spoken out, urge them to take a public stand in support of Net Neutrality.


We need 218 votes to win the House.
We have 161. 57 to go.


And we have until the end of the year.

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Justice Democrats

Yesterday, the Senate approved a resolution to block the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of net neutrality. Unfortunately, the House currently has no plans to do the same -- meaning we are in grave danger of losing net neutrality, and all of the rules that protect our cable and internet companies from exploiting us.

This shouldn’t be a political issue. We’re sure pretty much everyone, regardless of party affiliation, likes fast, inexpensive, and open internet access. So why aren’t Members of Congress fighting to protect our net neutrality?

Well, that’s an easy one: corporate PAC money -- and lots of it.

At Justice Democrats, we’re working to stop this corrupt corporate money from influencing Congress. Can you chip in now to help us elect candidates who reject all corporate PAC money?

Contribute »

Just look at what Comcast has spent so far this year buying off Members of Congress:


Source: OpenSecrets

This is disgusting -- and it’s happening in districts across the country where we have Justice Democrats competing. For example, our next election is for Laura Moser on May 22, and she’s running to defeat a Republican incumbent who has received $10,000 in dirty money from AT&T this cycle alone.

We need to fight back now to ensure we can win back net neutrality protections with the next Congress -- and the only way to do that is to elect leaders who reject ALL corporate PAC money.

Can you chip in now to help Justice Democrats elect a Congress that represents the people, not the corporations?

We’re up against big money, but with your help, we can overcome their corporate campaign coffers with big grassroots support. Bernie Sanders proved that it was possible in 2016, and together, we’re going to prove it once again in 2018.

In solidarity,

Corbin Trent



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Ajit Pai is a dick by JackHammer86

Does this asshole seriously think we're not strong enough to stop his bullshit repeal???!!!


Even if you're annoyed with this topic by this point, we need to prove him wrong by calling your representatives and convince them to join our side the same way we convinced the Senate, or by donating to Fight for the Future, NOW! 


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Repeat after me!


THEY WILL NOT FORCE US!


THEY WILL STOP DEGRADING US!


THEY WILL NOT CONTROL US!


WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS!


SO COME ON AND FIGHT!


    
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