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Star Wars homework: Brick (2005)

Part of the Star Wars homework project. Star Wars connection: written and directed by Rian Johnson, the writer and director of Episode VIII and writer of Episode IX. From having seen Looper, I was pretty sure going into this one … Continue reading

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Star Wars homework: Ex Machina (2015)

Part of the Star Wars homework project. Star Wars connection: lead actors Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleason play Poe Dameron and General Hux, respectively, in The Force Awakens and the upcoming sequels. I saw Ex Machina¬†about a month ago. It … Continue reading

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Star Wars homework: the other movies of the actors and directors

I thought it would be fun to catch up on the non-Star Wars films of the creators and actors of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and stand-alone films. Here’s the list of people, their roles in the sequel trilogy, and … Continue reading

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What I thought about The Force Awakens

Spoileriffic, so steer clear if you’ve not yet seen it. Last night, after one viewing (from an email to Mike): London and I just got back from the movie. Two biggest impressions: it was a hell of a lot of … Continue reading

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Thinking about The Force Awakens and spoilers

The impending release of a new Star Wars movie – and a new Star Wars trilogy – has me thinking about the last time a new trilogy launched, back in 1999. My brother Todd and I took opposite approaches to … Continue reading

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“Post-plot cinema” and comic book movies as picaresques

Steven Zeitchik at the LA Times titled his Guardians review, “‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ and the rise of post-plot cinema“. In the review he basically makes two claims: first, that the plot of GotG is complex, and second, that therefore … Continue reading

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James Gunn on his vision for Guardians of the Galaxy (spoiler-free)

From James Gunn’s Forward to The Art of Guardians of the Galaxy¬†(images added by me, mostly not from the book): I have loved science fiction my whole life. To be more specific, I have loved space epics, or space operas, … Continue reading

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