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Hereditary fails by throwing away its own past

SPOILERS FOLLOW. SERIOUSLY. People are describing Hereditary as one of the most terrifying movies of all time. I’d say they’re three-quarters correct, in that the first three quarters of the movie were indeed pretty damned unnerving. But then it all … Continue reading

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The Last Jedi redux: how Rose and Finn succeeded

WARNING: SPOILERS This post follows from the last one, which you may want to read first. At least in these early days, one of the most common gripes about The Last Jedi is that the Rose/Finn subplot ends up being … Continue reading

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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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Epic Dune pun battle

This really happened. Big ups to Rob Hill for kicking it off. Click to enFremenate.

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