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Friday
Dec152017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Over the last few months it seems that The Force Awakens has caught a case of Phantom Menacing(See Chris Stuckman).  While I agree on a number of problems people point to on that film it still was a good fun film.  That said I imagine Rouge One will be a bigger target for Phantom Menacing as time goes on.

 

Story: The Last Jedi takes place immediately after the end of “The Force Awakens”.  “The First Order” is chasing “The Resistance” and trying to snuff the last bit of them out.  Meanwhile Rey is trying to get Luke to train her and return to fight or inspire the resistance.

 

Actors/Characters:  

Poe Dameron:  In TFA I feel people gave more love to Poe than was really needed.  People kept saying he was the Han Solo character for this trilogy.  Nope.  With this film he’s his own character and deserves all the love people have for him.  At times he is the main character of the film.  

 

Luke Skywalker: While it was predictable of what Luke’s character arc was going to be in this film it was still good.  Mark Hamil is a good actor and he knows the character well enough that he was able to pull off Lukes journey.  The reason Luke is in hiding is because of a betrayal of trust between master and student.  Kylo has very valid reasons for hating Luke and Luke had some reasons to not trust Klyo but I imagine because of Luke’s initial abbreviated training it probably wasn’t going to end well with anyone he trained.  

 

Leia:  I think Carrie Fisher was good in the role.  I did wonder several times if Leia was going to die since it seems these films seem to be about passing the torch…VIA DEATH!  Carrie Fisher appears at several points in the film and Leia does make her presence felt(even when she get’s taken out of action).  Slight spoiler incoming.  With the way the film ended it was obvious that Leia would have had a significant role in the next film.  I do wonder though how will they address Carrie Fisher’s death?  Will Leia die offscreen?  Will she be on a “mission”.  Or will they have someone be a body double and have her face cgi’d on? This happened at the end of Rouge One(FYI the body double was her daughter).

 

Hordo: Laura Dern’s character comes off one way but by the end of the film you realize that there is way more to her.  

 

Finn/Rose:  I’m putting them both together since they spend most to their time together.  I liked their relationship.  Rose was at times a resistance fangirl, no nonsense about her job and the war but did also have her vulnerable moments.  Finn meanwhile still wants to do the right thing but if it means he can’t help his friends well let’s just say it makes him…conflicted.  It is interesting though that even after 2 films he still doesn’t realize that he’s a better person than he thinks he is.

 

Rey:  One of the problems people had with Rey in TFA was that she was a bit of a “Mary Sue”.  She’s still a bit of a one here(at times) but here it just felt that her achievements were more well earned.  Also unlike most mary sue’s or gary stu’s her character is likable.

 

Kylo Ren:  I honestly didn’t see the trajectory of his character arc happen the way it did in this film.  I thought he would fall into darkness for the entire film and then get redeemed in the next one.  That doesn’t quite happen.

 

Pro’s:  A lot actually.  Good acting the directing was good(I don’t remember a single lens flare).  The Last Jedi solved several issues people had with “The Force Awakens”.  It didn’t copy the same story points and beats of “A New Hope”.   This film didn’t have a Death Star as the big bad weapon.  Well there was one but it was only used to open a door.  The development characters like Poe Damaran is expanded.  We actually see the conflict between Finn and Captain Fasma come to a conclusion.  

 

Con’s:  Not many but there is a couple.  While I enjoyed Finn’s and Rose’s relationship, the mission they went on in the middle of the film was pretty pointless looking back on it.  In the grand scheme them succeeding or failing wouldn’t have helped the rebels(resistance).  That said it did give them something to do and it introduced a scumbag character that I’m sure will pop up in the next film so I’ll allow it.  The other thing is during the 3rd act someone does something that saves what’s left of the rebels(resistance!) I about 10 mins before I asked the screen(yes I talked to the sceen(quietly)) Why didn’t you just do that.  As for what, do you remember how the Admiral in “Rouge One” used the ships against the planet shields and  star destroyers?  It’s something along those lines.  While I did enjoy Fasma and Finn’s final fight it didn’t have enough weight to it due to them not building it up in The Force Awakens.  Finn should’ve been fighting some random soldier it should have been Fasma.  A character is blown into space and survives and flies into the ship.  While I’m glad the character made it I was like c’mon man!  The action scenes weren’t as good as TFA or Rouge One but I gave that a pass because this film is more focused about being a character study.

 

Random Stuff:  I guess we know now where the infamous blue milk came from.  Maybe.  I’m not sure but was the last planet they were on “HOTH”?  If so, nice callback.  I also liked how on that planet both the “First Order” and “The Resistance” used old tech that was just hanging around.  The Resistance were out of resources and took whatever they could get.  Meanwhile I imagine the First Order were just being fiscally responsible.  They have galaxy to run you know.  It ain’t cheap!  During the climax Luke has one of the most badass moments of the year.  I also liked the scene where Luke receives a visit via force ghost.  I wasn’t aware that even as a force ghost you can still have that much power(or any power).  We get to see more of the Star Wars expanded universe(ex would be that weird camel horse thing races.).  Is that how Maz Kanada always deals with a difficult customer?  If I was Chewbacca I would’ve eaten one of those porg’s.  That would be one way to have them stop bothering you.  It looks like there could be a new romance blooming for the next film.  Also there could be possibly a love triangle maybe?  I hope this ends the Who is Snoke? and Who are Rey’s Parents(?) discussions that have been going on for EVERY DAY SINCE THE FORCE AWAKENS CAME OUT!

 

Recommend:  Yes, it’s better than the last two films.

 

This was an enjoyable film that helped further the story as well as fix issues I had from the previous film.  If your a fan of the franchise you’ll like it.  

Thursday
Dec142017

Top 10 things of the year 2017 (Writing in Progress)

1.  Possible end of football - CTE . CTE test can now be done on the living via the liver.

 

2.  YOUTUBE (in general). The Adapocalypse, Youtube tv, Youtube Red, Youtubers that complain but then don’t do anything smart to protect their livelihood.  RE: Universal Pictures(ZERF) Youtube Fair Use.  The closing of Vidme and no other alternative that people take seriously.  It needs to have a company like Amazon or Facebook backing them or it will go the way of blip, vid.me, etc.

 

3.  Politics (in general)

 

4.  Does anyone know what SJW means?:  Nope.

 

5.  HOLLYWOOD: Sexual Assault

 

6.  FANDOM: In general.  In specific Comic books(DC good MARVEL Horrible) and movies(DCEU movie are all and always will be horrible MARVEL EU are too funny and fun in general.)

 

7.  The Wonder Woman all female showing was illegal:  I hadn’t  

 

8.  President Donald Trump in pop culture:  The President Show, In manga(Platinum End) In Anime(Trap Kun)

 

9.  FOX is up for grabs(well the entertainment(movie and tv) portion anyway):  Will Disney by them out or Universal or SONY?  It is funny that about 2 years ago there was a rumor about FOX buying DISNEY now it’s the other way around.

 

10. The streaming sites:  CBS,  the proposed DISNEY streaming site, Warner Bros,  Youtube.

 

11 scratch that THIS IS NUMBER ONE! Net Neutrality:  Why don’t people care about this.  Whoops this just in it’s been predictably overturned. Hmm all over the news and internet Disney buying parts of Fox has been getting a bigger headline than the FCC overturning Net Neutrality.  I don't know how I feel about that.  You know I have notice that the news hasn’t made a big thing about this.  Heck the internet hasn’t much either really.  Sure some youtube channels and sites have been tooting about it but that’s it.  I wonder is the reason certain news agencies or networks don’t say anything is because they have more to gain?

 

The NBC networks and it’s affiliates are owned by Comcast.  A cable and telecom company.  Disney owns the ABC networks as well other channels(ESPN, Disney Channel, JR, XD, Freeform)and now it owns massive portions of 20th Century Fox.  In 2019 Disney will be starting it’s own streaming service and removing all of it’s properties from platforms like Hulu and Netflix.  So they will benefit because of this ruling as well.  Heck Warner Bros is owned by At&t now(or will be shortly) which is another telecom company and next year WB will be putting out their own streaming service.  Then there’s Paramount/Viacom and their streaming platform.  Well it’s no wonder now why this wasn’t made a big thing.  By “NET NEUTRALITY” being overturn this benefits these companies more than before.  Of course when you think about it this was all predictable seeing how President Trump ONLY appointed people into head positions of departments who were apposed to those departments before they were put into those positions!

 

Because of it being overturned this will more than likely go to the courts if the decision stands(which it could) major noticeable changes will happen within a year. For example an increase on your phone, cable and etc package bill.  As well as a decrease in your internet speed.  The way Net Neutrality worked is the telecom companies are treated as utility companies.  They have to the same level of service for EVERYONE.  If they are shown to be fudging around with the internet speed they can get hit with hefty fines.  Now with Net Neutrality gone that’s not an issue.  Now they can slow your times and say “Hey you want faster(or adequate)speed then you need to pay for an upgrade.” They will be able to do this as many times as they want as well.  How does this benefit the public at large?  It doesn’t and that’s the point.  Let’s not forget the telecom companies will also be able to prevent you from gaining access to certain sites.  Even if you had free access to them before net neutrality was overturned.  What could also happen in this case as well is they will allow you to go to these sites but you will have to pay a fee to do so.  Now the fee could be a one time thing but more than likely it will be on a subscription basis.

 

I’m sure their are people that are going to say “Yeah, well that won’t affect me I do everything on free wifi!”.  Aww…that’s adorable that you still think that wifi will still be free and that the companies slow that down too.

 

Well things are getting worse but I do wonder what it’s going to look like on the internet and life once this finally dawns on people.  Everyone will complain and blame everyone but it’ll be too late. The public will get screwed and major companies will be happy because they know everything is internet based now so it’s not like the public are going to do anything right?  Their not going to contact their elected representative to do something or heavens to Betsy vote and or vote people in that will do something.  Once the yelling and complaining starts I’ll just keep looking at them side eyed thinking pathetic.

Thursday
Dec142017

This just in "NET NEUTRALITY" has been overturned!!!

The 11th worst thing in the world is - scratch that THIS IS NUMBER ONE! Net Neutrality:  Why don’t people care about this.  Net Neutrlity has just been predictably overturned. Hmm all over the news and internet Disney buying parts of Fox has been getting a bigger headline than the FCC overturning Net Neutrality.  I don't know how I feel about that.  You know I have notice that the news hasn’t made a big thing about this.  Heck the internet hasn’t much either really.  Sure some youtube channels and sites have been tooting about it but that’s it.  I wonder is the reason certain news agencies or networks don’t say anything is because they have more to gain?

 

The NBC networks and it’s affiliates are owned by Comcast.  A cable and telecom company.  Disney owns the ABC networks as well other channels(ESPN, Disney Channel, JR, XD, Freeform)and now it owns massive portions of 20th Century Fox.  In 2019 Disney will be starting it’s own streaming service and removing all of it’s properties from platforms like Hulu and Netflix.  So they will benefit because of this ruling as well.  Heck Warner Bros is owned by At&t now(or will be shortly) which is another telecom company and next year WB will be putting out their own streaming service.  Then there’s Paramount/Viacom and their streaming platform.  Well it’s no wonder now why this wasn’t made a big thing.  By “NET NEUTRALITY” being overturn this benefits these companies more than before.  Of course when you think about it this was all predictable seeing how President Trump ONLY appointed people into head positions of departments who were apposed to those departments before they were put into those positions!

 

Because of it being overturned this will more than likely go to the courts if the decision stands(which it could) major noticeable changes will happen within a year. For example an increase on your phone, cable and etc package bill.  As well as a decrease in your internet speed.  The way Net Neutrality worked is the telecom companies are treated as utility companies.  They have to the same level of service for EVERYONE.  If they are shown to be fudging around with the internet speed they can get hit with hefty fines.  Now with Net Neutrality gone that’s not an issue.  Now they can slow your times and say “Hey you want faster(or adequate)speed then you need to pay for an upgrade.” They will be able to do this as many times as they want as well.  How does this benefit the public at large?  It doesn’t and that’s the point.  Let’s not forget the telecom companies will also be able to prevent you from gaining access to certain sites.  Even if you had free access to them before net neutrality was overturned.  What could also happen in this case as well is they will allow you to go to these sites but you will have to pay a fee to do so.  Now the fee could be a one time thing but more than likely it will be on a subscription basis.

 

I’m sure their are people that are going to say “Yeah, well that won’t affect me I do everything on free wifi!”.  Aww…that’s adorable that you still think that wifi will still be free and that the companies slow that down too.

 

Well things are getting worse but I do wonder what it’s going to look like on the internet and life once this finally dawns on people.  Everyone will complain and blame everyone but it’ll be too late. The public will get screwed and major companies will be happy because they know everything is internet based now so it’s not like the public are going to do anything right?  Their not going to contact their elected representative to do something or heavens to Betsy vote and or vote people in that will do something.  Once the yelling and complaining starts I’ll just keep looking at them side eyed thinking pathetic.

Tuesday
Dec122017

And the Nominees for Best Animated Feature 2017 (Golden Globes)

Nominees:

Loving Vincent

The Breadwinner

Coco

The Boss Baby

Ferdinand

 

Well it's better than the nominees for the "THE ANNIES" but then again just about anything would be.  Don't believe me take a look at this:

CARS 3 (really?)

THE BOSS BABY (ugh)

DESPICABLE ME 3 (now your just trolling)

COCO (a fine film)

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE (an underrated film bil not one of the 5 best of the year)

 

If an awards ceremony can't even be take it's mediou it's supposed to be honoring seriously why would anyone else.  The thing is I imagine this will be what Oscar nomination for "BEST ANIMATED FEATURE" will look like. 

God.  The worst thing is just based on this I already know who's going to win.  Well I know DISNEY will win just because.  It is interesting if that happens again this year will there be another contraversy just like the one a few years ago when people claimed the Annie board showed favortism to DISNEY? 

Tuesday
Dec122017

nteresting things in comic books this year(Writing in Progress)

1.  The annoying internet thing of DC v Marvel(when it comes to comic books, movies and tv).  Come on guys it's not that serious.

 

2.  Saying all of DC comics are great(but only using the main titles of Superman, Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and Teen Titans as examples) and saying all of Marvels are garbage without giving any (real)reasons why or what titles.  Are the main titles good since the relaunch?  Yes, however that has more to do with the quality of the creators working on it.  With the New 52 it had terrible retread writers or writers that didn’t understand the characters that they were writing.  Also in some instances there was conflicts with editorial that may have also ruined some of series.   

 

For fans of DC that say the titles are awesome and Marvel titles are garbage can you please do something for me?   1. Stop the hate it benefits no one.  2. give some examples of other DC titles that are great that aren’t part of the starting five as well as giving concrete reasons on why you feel these series are great.  3.  Look at the next subject-

 

3.  Good comics that Marvel put out.  Titles such as Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Spider-Man Renew Your Vows, The Amazing Spider-Man, RiRi’s Ironman,  Ms Marvel, Spider-Man-Miles Morales, VISION, Gwen-Pool, Squirrel Girl and so on.  These are some of the best comics being put out now.  All of these titles are great.  They have variety art-wise, 3 dimensional characters, engaging storylines and really good writing.  Even if you don’t like some of the mainline titles ex: The various Avenger or X-Men series.  There are still as many good series that Marvel puts as DC, or Image, Archie, Dynamite and so on.  Just keep an open mind and try some of these series.

 

4.  The Batman Ninja Anime it reminds me the Berserk 2016 anime and not in a good way.  Putting aside for the moment that the term anime is a bit redundant since it’s just the Japanese word of animation and doesn’t mean animation made by the Japanese for a Japanese audience(So things like Disney, Korra, The Last Airbender, Gravity Falls, etc. is considered anime) the animation looks off.  It looks like not just computer animation but the type of cgi animation from the recent “Berserk” series.  The character designs look fine but the character animation looks a bit stiff.  It doesn’t move organically and in some cases the rendering doesn’t look completely done. 

 

5.  Blaming diversity for failures or because you don’t want to like something.  Screaming how SJW and Forced  Diversity is bad.  Here’s the thing if diversity isn’t forced it won’t happen.  Big companies or humanity at large won’t do it organically it has to be pushed.

 

6.  How Flashpoint in the end didn’t do anything and it was Dr Manhattan all along.  Because of the Rebirth one-shot and now “The Doomsday Clock” my feelings about “FLASHPOINT” has changed.  I guess it’s now like an “ELSEWORLDS” story since Barry didn’t really affect anything in the grand scheme of things now.