The Last Jedi: Second Viewing

Hey, it’s me! I’m alive, though you may not have been able to tell. Just here, desperately looking for a job. That old Maslow’s basic needs hierarchy is keeping YOU from enjoying movie reviews. But certain social issues must be addressed, such as whether Last Jedi is good or bad. Sure, I’ve seen Call Me…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Well, once more a movie I wanted to like and expected to like. The only Rian Johnson movie I have seen is Looper, which I thought was good science fiction, which is exactly what I hoped for from this one, and was excited about the direction he might take this film. I had no problem…

Movie Gun Violence

Here’s an interesting article that discusses a finding from a group that tracks such things, the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania, which finds that gun violence in PG-13 films began to exceed that in R-rated films since about 2011, and the gap continues to grow. Part of the finding probably…

Rogue One: Spoiler Discussion

Ah, so we now come back to discuss all the issues with Rogue One that we couldn’t do when we had to keep its secrets. BTW, you couldn’t possibly be in here without knowing you’re going to get spoilers, right? The short version is: they all die. Yes, every single one of them, even the…

Rogue One

Okay, so Rogue One. To review, Disney bought the Star Wars intellectual property for 4 BILLION dollars, and now plans to have a Star Wars movie every year until the end of time. There are going to be the Episodes, which continue the Skywalker saga, and Stories, which are separate takes around in the Star Wars…

Discussion: Cultural Stories

Today, since I don’t have an update for you, I have a discussion question, and I’d like to hear your opinions in the comments. By the way, there’s one rule for comments here and that is that while you can respectfully disagree with anything, please do not attack other commenters. We’re just not going to…

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

This 1998 book by Peter Biskind, executive editor of Premiere magazine for several years, has justifiably gained a reputation as one of the best books about movies of the past few decades. I saw it for $1 at the resale store, then spent the next week obsessively devouring it. It’s about the auteur directors of…