Blade Runner 2049

The original Ridley Scott Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies I’ve ever seen, despite its many flaws. The story it tries to tell is compelling, and the way Mr. Scott tries to tell it is even more compelling. I also absolutely love Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.”  The book that originated this story tells a story that is, while very different, is even more compelling. But once again, I love the way the story is told. It asks compelling questions, makes you think about them, and then refuses to answer them in a satisfactory … Read more…

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I Don’t Understand the Hate for Ghost in the Shell

Over this past weekend, I finally dragged myself out of the cave I’ve been hiding in since November and saw Ghost in the Shell. I’ve only seen bits and pieces of the anime (which is a shame, I know), but I generally liked what I saw of the anime and I also love Cyberpunk. You’d think this would be a perfect movie for me, right? Well, I lagged a bit in seeing it because of the insane amount of hate it’s been getting online as well as by critics. Currently, Rotten Tomatoes has an accumulated critic score of just 46%, … Read more…

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Rogue One – The Spoiler-Free Review

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is probably the most anticipated movie release of 2016, a year which saw the release of Marvel’s Civil War and Doctor Strange movies, both of DC’s attempts to build their new DC Universe, and the highly-anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo. But of course it’s highly-anticipated, it’s Star Wars, right? Except that this movie holds the future of Star Wars beyond episode 9 on it’s shoulders, being the first of many expected standalone films. No matter how good the movie was, it was going to be successful. It was going to open about as well … Read more…

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X-Men: Apocalypse – My Spoilery Reasons For Liking It

The latest entry in Fox’s superhero reboot debuted to an audience, and critical reception, that has recently seen the best and the worst of superhero movies within a few mere months. After the rollercoaster of emotions that was transitioning from Batman v. Superman to Civil War, it’s understandable that both critics and fans may be weary of yet another superhero movie produced by Not-Disney. And while it doesn’t reach the heights of the Russo brothers’ latest entry, it’s still eminently watchful, with a few caveats. The scene in which Cyclops, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, and a Jubilee who still has nothing … Read more…

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Rogue One Trailer: What Does It All Mean?!

Rogue One is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, especially since J.J. nailed the execution of Episode 7. Personally, I’m more excited about this movie than I was about The Force Awakens. Yeah, Ep 7 was going to continue the Skywalker story and introduce a new era of Star Wars, but it was going to be a typical fun space opera romp. I was pleasantly surprised by how good the movie was, but I still hold a lot of respect for what Gareth Edwards is doing with Rogue One. For those who don’t know, this movie … Read more…

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Deadpool Review

So, I went to see Deadpool over Valentine’s Day weekend, because what better thing is there than watching a super(hero?) movie with egregious violence and juvenile dick humor? Mostly, it was because I had four days off, other previously designed plans had fallen apart, and it was a movie that sounded interesting. To be honest, I had all the expectations in the world for this to be a terrible movie. Consider the following: Although they’re using the Marvel license, Fox is still behind it. Sure, the latest X-Men movies have been slightly better, but Deadpool is like trying to climb … Read more…

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The Politics of The Force Awakens

If you’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you probably left the theatre with a bunch of questions. Oddly enough, some of those questions probably involved the politics involved in the galaxy, given that it takes place 30 years after the last movie. There’s a lot of political changes and situations that the movie simply breezes over, as if we didn’t care about them. And maybe it’s for the better, considering how audiences despised the political stuff built into the prequels. But if you have a hankering for learning a bit more about the missing politics, keep reading. If you … Read more…

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The Many Sides of Kylo Ren

Since Star Wars: The Force Awakened opened, I’ve been keeping a close eye on the criticism from the fan base. And I found it odd that Kylo Ren was actually the character that the most criticism surrounded. Not to say everyone hated him, but in every scene that he played a part, there was something that irked them about the character. While I agreed with some fans in feeling a bit conflicted about him on my first viewing after, four viewings, I’m actually finding myself appreciating this character more and more. While Rey is still my favorite character of the … Read more…

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Star Wars TFA Spoiler Speculation – Rey

Now that millions have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one of the most hotly debated characters is that of the titular main character, known only as Rey. Due to the breakneck pace of the film and the film’s tendency to break action without a word of explanation, we actually don’t know much more about this character now than we did before the film’s release. But due to her own seeming awakening, and various important spoilery events within the film, this character is the center of the most speculation within fan communities. Due to the inherent spoilery nature of this … Read more…

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

Many have tried to explain the legacy behind Star Wars. Many have tried to understand how this has become such a multi-decade phenomenon despite it’s creator’s seeming ambivalence towards the series for nearly two decades. No matter your feeling about the prequels, it’s impossible to deny that the prequels failed to fan the same flames that the first trilogy ignited. Yet despite all of those set backs, the fandom continues and has re-emerged in a way that has so far been impossible to replicate in the dozens of Hollywood rebates that have emerged over the last 15 years. Only Disney, … Read more…

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