STAR WARS: RISE OF SKYWALKER (2019)

It’s fine.

Certainly not the best STAR WARS film, still not the worst.

Mostly felt like a series of loose ends and by-committee decisions dressed up in some of the most impressive, cool visuals of the whole franchise. The pacing is a mess, especially the first 45min, but eventually it levels out and becomes… fine.

Wastes too much time trying to backtrack over plot points from THE LAST JEDI (a movie which is also just fine, hyberbole aside) and doesn’t flesh out any of the interesting possibilities of The Force which that movie raised.

Adam Driver is great, everyone else does what they can at a breakneck speed through pinballing plot points and inconsequential Macguffins. But hey, it looks mostly fantastic even if everything amounts to a very medium scramble without any real tension or stakes.

People want this to be either amazing or awful and it’s really not either of those. Lucasfilm really should have planned the arc much more, but they did stick the landing even if they fractured an ankle doing so.

THE MANDALORIAN is doing much better, and now that I’m back from vacation I’ll have to get to get back to finishing that one up.

THE MANDALORIAN s01 e01/02 (2019)

Only two episodes in and already the best thing to come out of STAR WARS in 20 years.

Has a really vintage feel to it, like older pulp Westerns against a SW universe backdrop and enough balance of practical effects and higher concept space stuff to keep it interesting yet still very grounded.

Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that a certain integral character is the most adorable critter ever and they’re 100% going to sell a billion toys of it.

So far, so good. Very promising.

REVIEW SPECTACULAR 4: STILL SPECTACULAR IN 2018

Continuing on, here’s the 2018 batch (and some of late 2017)!
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SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (2018)
THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (2018)
CASTLEVANIA s02 (2018)
DAREDEVIL s03 (2018)
VENOM (2018)
THE PREDATOR (2018)
IRON FIST s02 (2018)
THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL (2018)
DISENCHANTED s01 (2018)
THE MEG (2018)
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (2018)
BLOCKERS (2018)
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT (2018)
READY PLAYER ONE (2018)
PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING (2018)
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (2018)
A QUIET PLACE (2018)
ANT-MAN & THE WASP (2018)
THE EXPANSE s03 (2018)
THE INCREDIBLES 2 (2018)
WESTWORLD s02 (2018)
LUKE CAGE s02 (2018)
HEREDITARY (2018)
SOLO (2018)
DEADPOOL 2 (2018)
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (2018)
THE TERROR s01 (2018)
THE MAGICIANS s03 (2018)
THE RITUAL (2017)
RED SPARROW (2018)
TOMB RAIDER (2018)
ANNIHILATION (2018)
BLACK PANTHER (2018)
BRIGHT (2017)
THE GOOD PLACE s02 (2018)
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EPPING MISSOURI (2017)
LADY BIRD (2017)
THE SHAPE OF WATER (2017)
JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017)
COCO (2017)
BLACK MIRROR s04 (2017)
WIND RIVER (2017)
LOGAN LUCKY (2017)
THE SINNER (2017)
THE PUNISHER s01 (2017)

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REVIEW SPECTACULAR

I’ve been randomly posting short reviews here and there for films and music and books and such over the years. It’s also where the updates to this page go when I fire them off into the internet stratosphere, so it’s far easier to have that page followed than it is to continually check in here for new posts, otherwise I’ll aim to do a collection like this a few times a year here. For the most part I try to skirt around spoilers, unless otherwise noted.
Meanwhile, here’s a copy/paste recap of the lot back to December 2015.
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (2016)
THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016)
ZOOLANDER 2 (2016)
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (2016)
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (2016)
KRAMPUS (2015)
THE VVITCH (2016)
DEADPOOL (2016)
THE LAST WITCH HUNTER (2015)
THE PEANUTS MOVIE (2015)
SPECTRE (2015)
THE REVENANT (2015)
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015)
FARGO s02 (2015)

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