• Movies

    Movie Review: The Force Awakens (Spoilers)

    by I’m writing two reviews for this movie, since it’s only been in theatres for about a week and a half and it is Star Wars after all. This is the Spoiler-Filled review. If you want an opinion without spoilers, that one is here. So let’s start with what I liked about the film. The characters showed some cross section and some diversity, which was nice for a Star Wars film, in addition to being a relatively new thing if you don’t count mostly negative stereotypes from the prequel films. Those characters were mostly played by actors who were allowed to act, which was also pretty neat. I mostly liked…

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    Movie Review: The Force Awakens (Spoiler-Free)

    by Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens I’m writing two reviews for this movie, since it’s only been in theatres for about a week and a half and it is Star Wars after all. This is the Spoiler-Free review. If you don’t mind spoilers, or you’ve see the movie, that review is here. This is naturally the shorter review, because I can’t talk about specific things. I’ll start with what I liked about the film, and this will be in the spoiler-filled review almost word for word, because it’s easy to make the same points either way. The characters showed some cross section and some diversity, which was nice…

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    2015 Reading Journey: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back

    by by Ian Doescher I’m not big on mash ups, generally, but I saw the individual volumes of the first trilogy in a bookstore and thought it had a lot of potential to be fun. And it did have a lot of potential. It was a lot of fun. For the first couple of scenes. After that, it got old. Fast. That it’s written as a dialogue-only play with very little real direction other than characters entering or leaving helped to speed things along, but there were times I caught myself skimming for the next good line and had to drop back a page or more. I don’t think there’s…