December 28, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

OK.

Well.
How best to put this?

Someday, I will ruefully look back on this post and realize that this is the day I became "The Other".

This was a serviceable summer blockbuster and was a decent, if uneven J.J.Abrams flick. I say uneven in part because while the first hour or so was sublimely paced and and at times as tight as a Swiss watch, the last seven and a half hours seemed to drag a bit. 

To be fair, this was a vastly better film than any of the prequels and I suspect that this alone accounts for some of the gushing over this movie. The film has some wonderful moments and introduced a genuinely interesting character,

There is much to like in the early part of the film but it still fell short.

 All in all, it was better than the prequels (but so was Battle Beyond the Stars) and in the same league as Return of the Jedi...which I confess I did not care for, and frankly despite some awesome early moments and glorious effects, this film ultimately ended up disappointing due to the draggy inchoate ending and what came off as the writer's laziness towards the end.

There. 
I said it.
Now flame away.

UPDATE: Ubu Roi has  a particularly good disquisition on the film including a focus on a speciffic characterization problem that I strongly suggest you read in full. I also note that I'm not the only person that the name "Darth Emo" occurred to...which probably means something.

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December 13, 2015

And That Was My Reaction Too



From episode 3-6 of RWBY which is entitled Fall...a title that can be taken a number of different ways. 

This answered several important questions and put a couple of characters in really bad situations for utterly different reasons.


Boy. 
Howdy.

The next 166 hours are going to be like forever. 

RWBY's been uneven but on balance quite enjoyable. This season they have REALLY hit their stride though. 

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December 06, 2015

This Week's Chapter of RWBY Seems to Have No Title



I Propose Retro Funk!

As has generally been the case in this tournament cour, most of this episode's important stuff takes place outside of the fights. But the main fight went in an entirely unexpected direction and was gloriously worthy. 



The pacing and voicework were fantastic, Meg Turney in particular did a stellar job as Neon Catt.
 
UPDATE: Wait..Of course! 

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