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    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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    Watch Good Movies

    by I’m giving the new Mad Max movie a complete miss, and I really don’t care how good it is. The same goes for the new Terminator, and Fantastic Four films. I’d like to get behind Insurgent, and the last Hunger Games movie since they’re based on books, but the earlier films in both franchises didn’t impress me. At all. I probably will see Jurassic World, and I’ve been told we’re going to see the new Star Wars, but these are sequels rather than reboots. Still, I’d like to see fewer sequels, too. What’s my problem? Hollywood needs to get back to making more new stories not just remaking the…

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    What I’m Watching for Christmas

    by On this edition of “What I’m Watching”, we learn what my favourite Christmas movies are. I love Christmas, although mainly in a Tim Minchin “White Wine in the Sun” sort of way. It’s a secular Christmas and I don’t really care about presents. I want to spend time with my family, nuclear and extended, even the ones I don’t get along with (in fact, a lot of the presents are selected with this in mind). I also want to manage to visit with as many friends as possible, in person, by phone, or virtually. The decorations are fun, but it’s about decorating as a family. Parties are fun, even when I have…

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    Into Dorkness

    by Yes, I know that’s been used on any number of internet memes, but it still works. The Star Trek sequel is possibly the biggest genre film release of the year. Sorry Fe Man 3. (Yes, I’m ignoring the second Hunger Games movie. I don’t want to see it. Really.) I’m going to try to keep this spoiler free. I think I’ve made my opinion clear in the past on the 2009 Star Trek reboot. The look, feel, sound, overall aesthetic, casting, and acting were all great. So was the writing, for the first half of the movie. The second half, not so much, and to the degree that it…