Tag: Star Wars

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Last Jedi: A Spoiler-Filled Discussion

 

In 1977 my life changed. I was seven years old, and fascinated with dinosaurs. Then one day my parents took me to see a new movie that had just come out about a galaxy far, far away. I left the theater that day and started reading all about space and astronomy. And I was hooked. I even ended up getting a degree in space physics (which I haven’t really used, but that’s another story). It’s not an overstatement to say that Star Wars, which lead to a love of science fiction and then science, was a major factor in my life.

Yesterday afternoon I got to see The Last Jedi. As they say, I have thoughts. Feel free to share your own. All this is before reading any other reviews or discussions, so it may be that all the ground here has been covered elsewhere. And if the title of this didn’t make it clear, what follows is one giant spoiler of everything in the movie. Don’t read on unless you really want to know.


Overall, I enjoyed it. It wasn’t perfect, and there are definitely some parts I wish they had done differently, but I think it’s a better movie than The Force Awakens. I know some people found it unpredictable and said that the whole movie was an exercise in doing the unexpected. I disagree with that assessment. I found parts of it were extremely predictable. For example, when Rey handed Luke the lightsaber at the beginning of the movie, I just knew that Luke would look at it and throw it over his shoulder. Which is exactly what he did. Let’s look at the story by character or plotline.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud President Trump for making good on his efforts to eliminate and postpone costly and burdensome federal regulations. They also tense up as five different Senate GOP votes could be in jeopardy as vote nears on tax reform. They shake their heads as liberals lose their minds and predict an internet wasteland after the Federal Communications Commission votes to return internet regulations to where they were two years ago. And Jim offers a spoiler-free look at the new Star Wars movie.

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The Last Jedi: Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice

 

Two years ago, the world was set alight when The Force Awakens was released. The movie was a mega-hit, in no small part because it stood astride two worlds, the old and the new. It gave us new characters, new worlds, new adventures, but it was grounded in and was respectful, even reverent, of the original trilogy. And, as the first of three movies in a new trilogy, it set up larger questions to be paid off later.

The movie still holds up two years later and I stand by what I wrote about it then.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Middlebrow#4 Star Wars!

 

James Lileks and I talk Star Wars. He’s from the generation that saw it in theaters; I’m from the generation that puzzled over why The Phantom Menace was a big deal either way. We talk about how America turned that one story into a national myth, changed Hollywood, and, 40 years later, a new generation is as bewitched as the old was. We talk about the new tack of the films — dark stories and diverse casts — and the future we’re inhabiting already: Gaming, online streaming and, inevitably, VR. A tech revolution is going to take over the story. Also, George Lucas comes in for remarks…

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The three of us were hanging out just outside the entrance, waiting for the trooper to arrive. He finally showed up, and we walked in through the archway, weapons ready. The initial mobs were no problem, pretty typical. We took them down with a minimum of fuss. As we cleared out the last set of road bumps, we […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi Teaser

 

The wise man saith, “Do not judge a movie solely by its trailer.” While I do enjoy trailers (and spend far too much time watching them I think) I do think it’s always important to keep in mind how different the final product may be from what the ad’s selling you. And I don’t mean this just in reference to a movie falling far short of delivering on the thrills or sense of awe that’s generated by a trailer; there’s also many instances when a movie is actually better than the mediocre trailer put together for it.

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I have a theory that the counterculture space claimed by the Left since the 1960s is no longer dominated by the hippie generation and its descendants. It gets hard to fight the man when you are the man, a result of multiple victories in the culture war that has given social liberals political power and a sense […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. A Different Kind of Star Wars Movie

 

rogue-one-star-wars-story-trailer-posterThe nice thing about the Disney takeover of Star Wars is that we’re going to get a new movie every year. This year’s offering, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gets released today. This movie is a stand alone. It is not a sequel to last year’s mega-hit The Force Awakens. If you want to see more of Rey and Finn, you’ll have to wait another year.

This story is set immediately before the original 1977 Star Wars film. It’s not part of the main sequence. Unlike every other Star Wars flick, it doesn’t have an episode number. And right up top, you realize this is a very different kind of Star Wars movie. It has the necessary “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…,” but you’re not treated to the John Williams’ main title theme and there is no opening crawl. (In fact, while the score was inspired by Williams, his music is noticeably absent from this film, especially the Imperial March.)

Instead we get something we’ve never seen in a Star Wars movie, a flashback. Everything always takes place in the present. But this movie is different. We see the protagonist, Jyn Erso, as a child in the past before being brought into the present. That’s because this film tells a very different story, a war story.

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Before The Force Awakens opened last year, I was actively denigrating it to any fanboy who would listen. “It’s going to stink,” I said, still bitter about J. J. Abrams’s treatment of Star Trek few years earlier. “Search your feelings; you know it to be true!” Well, I was wrong — something I find myself saying a lot these days — and The Force Awakens was delightful. This got me excited about the prospects of Rogue One, which opened last night and tells the story of how the Rebel Alliance stole the plans to the Death Star back when Luke Skywalker was still moisture farming for Owen and Beru Lars. Unusually, they promised that this would be a once-off affair, with no franchise to follow; that spoke of a refreshing confidence and commitment that made it all the more intriguing.

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Please select the answer below that best defines your views. Star Wars is better than Star Trek. Because light sabers. Duh. Star Trek is better than Star Wars because of the uplifting portrayal of humanity. Star Wars is better than Star Trek because it has better music. Star Trek is better than Star Wars because […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Story in a Single Word

 

Though every great story juggles multiple themes at once, there’s usually one that dominates and with which the others all interact and highlight. As @BrianWatt reminds us in his wonderful post, that theme in Robert Bolt’s A Man for all Seasons is integrityYou could tell other stories about the same events and characters, they’d be different stories than the one Bolt told.

It’s fun and often illuminating to try this on other works. Below, I’ve four attempts, but I’d very much like to hear yours.

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. A Day of Geekery

 

Well, it’s Planet Comicon time again, Kansas City’s largest entertainment convention. Long time Ricochetti may remember my adventure as a Villain of Cosplay back in 2013; luckily, this one was far more fun and less fraught with reality TV crews.

The headliners were George Takei and Stan Lee, and at $60 and $120 a pop for an autograph, I decided I could live without meeting them. I did run into George on the con floor, when I realized that I couldn’t cross the aisle because I was about to run into a small Japanese man being interviewed about transgender bathrooms. As for Stan, well, there’s a group known as the Iron Brothers of Topeka (IBOT) who have the most scarily realistic Stan Lee cosplayer ever. The universe should have exploded at this moment:

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Since the release of Star Wars VII, The Force Awakens, it’s become common news that Disney plans the release of a Star Wars film a year. The main trilogy will be spaced every couple of years or so, and there will be other films that run parallel or outside the stories of the main plot […]

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It seems to me that being a jedi, or a sith, is a dangerous business. Someone is always trying to kill you with an edged weapon. It may be a member of a rival faction, it may be your own apprentice. Having recently rewatched the original six films, I note the following: Yoda – taught […]

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