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My Only Complaint About Joker

I love Joker, and if you haven't seen it, then please do so, especially before reading this blog post, because I will be spoiling the end of the film in the fourth paragraph, so don't even think of looking at the fourth paragraph if you haven't seen the movie yet. And yes, I believe a… Continue reading My Only Complaint About Joker

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The Problem With Character Resets: Talking About Jumanji: The Next Level

There are SPOILERS ahead for Jumanji: The Next Level. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out. I think you’ll enjoy it. If you have seen it, I hope you enjoyed it. I sure did. 🙂 Anyway, to be blunt, in Jumanji: The Next Level, I feel the writers made what I would label… Continue reading The Problem With Character Resets: Talking About Jumanji: The Next Level

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I Think This Is About As Positive As I’ll Get With Modern-Era Star Wars

After watching Star Wars: The Phantom Menace a few times to get an idea of why some people have said the film is boring, I decided to go back and watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens, just out of curiosity as to how it compares to The Phantom Menace, seeing as how I hear some… Continue reading I Think This Is About As Positive As I’ll Get With Modern-Era Star Wars

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A Good Lesson for Writers: Question Everything in Your Writing

I know I’m picking on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace here, but it’s only because I’ve seen the movie so many times that I know it really well. Anyway, in my previous post about The Phantom Menace, I talked about the bad pacing of the film and how better editing can make the film flow… Continue reading A Good Lesson for Writers: Question Everything in Your Writing

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The Importance of Good Pacing: The Phantom Menace and Editing

So, I’m watching Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace yet again. I’m doing this after hearing someone say the movie is “boring.” I want to understand why. What makes the film so uncompelling? I pause after the opening scene to reflect on it. Yes, it drags in places, with interruptions to the flow of… Continue reading The Importance of Good Pacing: The Phantom Menace and Editing

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The Tragedy of FN-2187, Finn: How Not to Handle a Character

Now that the circle is complete on Disney’s Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, we can look back on it without hearing the classic excuse, “They’ll fix it in the next film.” There is no next film. The trilogy is finished. We got what we got, and unfortunately, what we got was a lot of good intentions… Continue reading The Tragedy of FN-2187, Finn: How Not to Handle a Character

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Changing The Rules: Where The New Terminator, Dark Fate, Went Wrong

Quick note: I will not be covering Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Salvation, or Terminator: Genisys as the recently released Terminator: Dark Fate doesn’t recognize the events of those films, essentially removing them from the official canon. Besides, in terms of how each movie handles the concept of time, Rise of the Machines… Continue reading Changing The Rules: Where The New Terminator, Dark Fate, Went Wrong

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“And Then This Happens” Storytelling Starring Hellboy (2019)

SPOILER ALERT! This post contains spoilers for the 2019 release Hellboy, and while it’s arguable that calling the movie awful could come across as a compliment, I’m going to encourage you to see the movie anyway. So, if you have a local library that carries DVDs or Blu-rays, then check it out, or stream it… Continue reading “And Then This Happens” Storytelling Starring Hellboy (2019)

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Following the Story, with Alita: Battle Angel

Spoilers ahead for Alita: Battle Angel! Check out the movie first, if you haven’t yet seen it, then come back and read this post. Ready? Here we go… Alita: Battle Angel pulled me in, walked me through its world, introduced me to it characters, and hinted that more lay ahead and elsewhere. Then the writer(s)… Continue reading Following the Story, with Alita: Battle Angel