Rogue One Is A Star Wars Story

19 12 2016

Having just seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I can say, with certainty, that this is very much a Star Wars story, and a very, very good one. It has a few blemishes, but those are easily overlooked when you take the thing as a whole. It is, in a word, amazing.

Warning: this contains descriptions that may give away important story elements, thus being a spoiler. Read at your own risk.

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Nerds As Heroes

10 08 2016

The Martian has become my current obsession (I get that way, wanting to watch a movie or movie series repeatedly). Despite a couple technical flaws, the movie feels like something that actually happened, and this despite being set in the future. But what really struck me about the movie is that all of the central heroes in the movie are nerds. Geeky, slightly pedantic at times, but nerds nonetheless.

Spoiler alert: this piece discusses important plot points that may gave away the ending or expose key parts of the story. Read at your own risk.

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Grown Up Television

25 07 2016

I finally got a chance to watch a couple of TV series that looked promising: HBO’s Vinyl and Show Time’s Billions. Both present an interesting contrast in the continued evolution of “grown up television”, television shows that aren’t really meant for a general audience. I enjoyed both, but noticed some differences that may make one a classic and one a bit of one-hit wonder.

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SPECTRE

24 07 2016

After multiple viewings, I realized it was time to talk about the 4th instalment in the current James Bond franchise with Daniel Craig, Spectre. The movie is the 24th “official” James Bond film, and the 26th movie made about the iconic secret agent. Some have complained it is too long, and wasn’t as good as some of the previous 3 movies. My only complaint is that it was following the “Bond out of bounds” motif yet again, but otherwise I found it to be classic Bond.

SPOILER ALERT: In this piece I discuss important plot points that may give away the ending. Read at your own risk.

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A Sequel We Don’t Need

18 02 2016

Apparently Blade Runner 2 is coming. A release date of January 12, 2018 has been set, even before principle photography has started. They’ve selected a director (Denis Villeneuve) and Ryan Gosling will be in the leading role. This worries me, and frankly, we don’t need this movie. Blade Runner didn’t exactly beg for a sequel.

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The Driving Beat of Glenn Frey

19 01 2016

Glenn Frey was a key part of the Eagles sound, and he was able to take that talent out on his own. I believe that his best work was in the 1970’s and 1980’s. He seemed to slow down some, which is fine. We’re all allowed to enjoy our success.

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The Brilliance of Alan Rickman

19 01 2016

The movie and stage world lost a tremendous talent in Alan Rickman. His ability to disappear into a character was staggering. I never saw “Alan Rickman” in his performances, I saw the character he was portraying. But his real brilliance was his portrayal of the bad guys.

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