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It is not going to go the way you think – Luke Skywalker to Rey

Well, he was right about that.  This movie didn’t go the way I thought it would.  Sorry to be a  little late with a review, but today was the first time I had a chance to see it.

It’s hard to write a spoiler-free review, but I’ll give it a try.  I wasn’t a big fan of this one, and someone who went with me described it as schmaltzy and badly written.  Ouch!  Writer/director Rian Johnson has been given the keys to an entire new trilogy of SW films, so we’ll see how that goes.  I have to agree that it was schmaltzy, she had that right.  There are a lot of callbacks to the original films, and at one point I was wondering if Johnson was going to have an original thought.

Having said that, there are some things to like – namely, BB8 and the Porgs are as adorable as we knew they would be.  The crystal fox-like creatures are, according to Nerdist, called Vulptices (plural) or Vulptex (singular), and they are beautiful.  You can tell I like the creatures, eh?  Also look for BB-9E, the Darth Vader of the droid world, as well as a surprise appearance by a character from one of the original films.

And yes, we finally find out who Rey’s parents were.

Some of the things I wasn’t so crazy about include, as I mentioned before, lots and lots of emoting, interrupted by some action sequences that were a bit repetitive, although it was a lot of fun seeing the Millenium Falcon in action again.  Things I thought (and hoped) would happen didn’t.  The ending wasn’t what I would have written, either.  This does feel like it’s a movie that’s setting up for the next one more than one that is a good movie on its own.  I’m glad I saw it, but I don’t feel a need to watch it again.  Of course it’s a little sad to watch anyway, knowing that Carrie Fisher passed away after the completion of filming.

Now about some other things… there are way too many trailers before movies these days.  The only one out of a dozen trailers (or so it felt) that I want to see is Avengers: Infinity War.  Now that we have reserved seating in the theater, I think I’ll get there about half an hour later than the official start time of a film, because I’m over having so.many.trailers!

The other thing I wanted to mention, in case you were wondering, is that there are no scenes in the credits, so you don’t have to stay for those unless you just want to.  This is not a Marvel film, where watching the credits is pretty much required.

Below is a trailer:


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Disney has announced that Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be writing an entirely new trilogy, and directing at least the first one.

Johnson is being given free rein to create an entirely new cast of characters separate from the current SW universe.  To be given that opportunity when The Last Jedi has not even been released yet shows that Disney and Lucasfilm are extremely pleased with what Rian did on that film.  We’ll be able to see for ourselves when it arrives on December 15th.

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Wow – all I can say, they threw everything in here!  We’ve got Luke, Rey, Kylo Ren, BB8, a porg, Captain Phasma and Leia.  And I do NOT like the last scene one little bit…

The Last Jedi is out December 15th.

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Star Wars Episode IX has gone through some director changes, but J.J. Abrams has now been tapped to take over writing and directing duties.  Abrams was at the helm of 2015’s The Force Awakens and is the executive producer of the upcoming The Last Jedi.  The announcement was made on StarWars.com.

The changes have forced Disney to push back the film to December 20, 2019.

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Han, you’ll always be my favorite scoundrel

The standalone Han Solo Star Wars film (still without a title) is getting a new director.

As posted on StarWars.com, Ron Howard is stepping in after the duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left via the ubiquitous “creative differences.”

Alden Ehrenreich (whom I will once again mention looks nothing like Harrison Ford) will take on the role of Han.  Co-stars include Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke.  Joonas Suotamo is replacing Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca.

The film is due May 25th of next year.

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It’s been a month since I posted!  With all the crap going on around the world and at home I wasn’t particularly inspired, plus there wasn’t a lot of news to report.  I saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 but after a lot of other folks, and frankly I didn’t write up a review on it because I actually liked the first one a lot better.  I imagine that’s a minority view, but that’s my opinion!

So now I’m going to post a couple of news tidbits from the last few days.

The first is a sad bit of news.  Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89 from cancer.  Moore was, of course, the third James Bond.  He did seven of the films, including Live and Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me.  Prior to playing 007 he was Simon Templar, The Saint, for six seasons.  It was his work as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, however, that earned him his knighthood in 2003.  He leaves his wife Kristina and three children.

There are four Star Wars magazine covers I want to mention, and they’re not from EmpireVanity Fair will release in early June covers of The Last Jedi actors in costume, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.  One shows Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill; the second is of Gwendolyn Christie, Domhnall Gleeson and Adam Driver; Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran grace the third cover, and the fourth has the late Carrie Fisher by herself.  You can see the covers here on VF’s website.

For Downton Abbey fans there’s news of two of the show’s leading ladies.  Joanne Froggatt plays a serial killer in Dark Angel.  The first episode was last Sunday, but you can still catch it online here on PBS’ website.  Elizabeth McGovern will star in The Chaperone, a film written by Downtown creator Julian Fellowes.  After its run in theaters it will be shown on PBS.

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Without further ado, here’s the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi that was just released by Disney.

The film opens December 15th in the both the U.S. and the U.K.

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La La Land has tied with All About Eve and Titanic for the most Oscar nominations at 14.  The musical/romance film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), and pretty much everything else it was eligible for.

The other Best Picture nominees were Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Moonlight, Lion and Manchester By The Sea.

Joining Stone in the Best Actress category are Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Ruth Negga (Loving), and Natalie Portman (Jackie).

Best Actor nominees are Gosling, Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), and Denzel Washington (Fences).

The nominees for Animated Feature Film include Moana, Kubo and the Two Strings, My Life as a Zucchini, The Red Turtle and Zootopia.

Deadpool was unfortunately shut out, even in the technical categories.  Doctor Strange received a nomination for Best Visual Effects.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was also nominated in that category as well as for Sound Mixing.

You can see a list of all the nominees here on the official website.

Congratulations to all!

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The title for Star Wars‘ Episode VIII has just been revealed to be The Last Jedi.

The ending of Episode VII, The Force Awakens, sees Rey (Daisy Ridley) finding Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) where he’s been hiding since Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Leia and Han’s son, turned to the Dark Side as Luke was training him along with other would-be Jedi.  Does The Last Jedi refer to Luke?  The last scene of The Force Awakens obviously sets up Rey to be trained by Luke.  I’m hoping this means there would then be two, and not that Luke will somehow meet his end in this film, leaving Rey.

As Radio Times helpfully points out, Luke is referred to as “the last Jedi” in The Force Awakens.  That and the fact that Mark Hamill is (at least rumored to be) in Episode IX, I’m breathing a little easier, but we will have to wait until December 15th to find out for certain.

I’m still not over Han Solo!

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Actress and writer Carrie Fisher has died at UCLA Medical Center at the age of 60.  The sad news was confirmed by her daughter, Billie Lourd, according to Rolling Stone.  Fisher suffered a massive heart attack last week while on a flight and had been in the ICU since then.

carrie_re_starwars_dot_comShe was best known as Princess Leia (later General) in the Star Wars franchise, but Fisher was also the writer of four novels, as well as the semi-autobiographical Postcards From The Edge, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA.  She had just recently published her memoir, The Princess Diarist.

She was married briefly to singer Paul Simon, but Billie was the daughter from another relationship, with Bryan Lourd.  Her parents were actress Debbie Reynolds, who survives her, and singer Eddie Fisher, who passed away in 2010.  Carrie had one brother and two half-sisters.

She will be greatly missed.

Image via StarWars.com

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Is everybody jolly out there?  Well, if not, I’m here to give you some ideas how to spend your time off from work.

  1. Go to a movie.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the big one out there that you may have trouble getting tickets to.  Order them online if necessary.  I haven’t had time to check this one out yet, but I probably will in the next few days.  Chris Pratt’s Passengers is also out, but with a big ol’ Rotten Tomatoes splat (31% – yikes!) I’m not sure if I’ll put out the coin for that one or just wait for it to show up for rent online.  If anybody’s seen it feel free to let me know how it is by posting a comment.
  2. Watch Sherlock series 4.  This will premiere on the BBC and PBS on January 1 with the next two episodes on subsequent Sundays.  The last episode, The Final Problem, will also be shown in certain theaters.  See my previous post for more info.
  3. Do some charitable work and/or donate to your favorite cause.
  4. Catch up on Lethal Weapon.  Episodes are available for free online.
  5. Play with the furkids.  You got the felines and canines and any other animals in your lives presents, right?  Mine are getting a some-assembly-required new cat tree.  Cross your fingers I get this one put together before I have to go back to work.  I have 10 days.
  6. Rewatch all the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.  That’ll take you a while.  Be sure to get up and stretch once in a while.
  7. Write down your New Year’s Resolutions.  Then put them in an envelope, tear them in half, and throw them away.  Seriously, who needs the pressure?
  8. Watch all the old Sherlock Holmes films with Basil Rathbone.  There were 14 of them.  Personally I’d skip the ones where they’re chasing Nazis (outside of the first two they were all in what was then present day.  No, BBC’s Sherlock wasn’t the first to do that).
  9. Listen to all 26 episodes of BBC radio’s Cabin Pressure.  With Benedict Cumberbatch and a crew of very funny people (including Anthony Head in some later episodes), it’s my go-to comedy series when I need a laugh.  You can order the CD’s or an Audible version on Amazon.

Everyone have a very happy whatever-you’re-celebrating, and hug the furkids for me!

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There’s a new trailer for Rogue One out.  Looks like droid K-2SO (voiced by Firefly’s Alan Tudyk) may be the breakout star of this one.

Tickets go on sale in the U.S. on Monday for a Dec. 16th release.


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The third trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been released and is below.

Our favorite heavy breathing, black masked character makes an appearance.  The events in the film occur before those of the original 1977 one.

The film premieres on December 16th in the U.S. and the U.K.  It stars Felicity Jones and Mads Mikkelsen.

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He’s baaaccckkk!!


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out December 16 in the U.S. and the U.K.  It has a long list of stars, including Riz Ahmed, Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk as the voice of K-2SO, and James Earl Jones is back as you-know-who.

A synopsis from imdb.com:

Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.

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San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 21st to the 24th at the San Diego Convention Center.

The official Twitter feed is here, the website is here.

For those of you brave enough to face the crowds, there will be plenty of fun for Sherlock, Star Trek, Star Wars and Marvel fans.  Don’t forget the premiere of Star Trek Beyond on Wednesday, July 20, at the Embarcadero Marine Park.  There will be a drawing beginning at 11 a.m. for tickets to the premiere that night, so if you’re interested go here for details on how to get in on that.

A complete program schedule is here.

Have fun, be safe.

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