The Dark Knight Lives (THIRTY-EIGHT)

Frustration. It was becoming something Pamela Isley was growing too used to feeling. The Penguin was basking in his role as Mayor, delivering “joy” to the millions of Gothamites all while secretly amassing a sprawl of crooked judges that would turn the city into a haven for criminals, rich and poor.

Pamela, however, was busy trying to discover Robin’s true identity. She had briefly seen him without his mask but seeing someone’s face didn’t mean their name was written on their forehead. And whoever Robin really was, he had taken great precautions to keep his true identity a secret. Continue reading The Dark Knight Lives (THIRTY-EIGHT)

Revisiting The Last Jedi Novel: Part 8

The Last Jedi novel has been an absolute blast to revisit, once again refreshing my memory on why I love this book so much and how much better it makes the movie. Yesterday, I missed writing part 8 of this elongated review so today will be a longer review. Enjoy!

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Chapters 21-24 are expectedly entertaining, delving into the nitty-gritty of the story. Rey’s encounter with the dark side in the cave is haunting, her confiding in Kylo Ren about her experience in the cave is not only riveting but telling, and Luke’s determination to finally help her only to once again turn the cold shoulder when he discovered her with Ben Solo is kind of heartbreaking.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the galaxy, Poe Dameron is practically losing his mind and Rose’s feelings for Finn is starting to grow. Luke’s moment with Yoda and the burning of the Force tree, hence the burning of the Jedi symbol, is powerful and a beautiful moment both in the film and on the pages.

The Last Jedi is a great story that has divided the fanbase straight down the middle but it’s very obvious that Rian Johnson was really thinking about the Star Wars story as a whole while making this film.

It’s reminding me why I was so thrilled at the idea of Rian Johnson having his own trilogy. He’s a good storyteller and I want to see what he can do with a story from scratch.

I rank these four chapters at a solid A.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a mesmerizing day. May the Force be with you.

A Movie Ranking: Johnny Depp

My A Movie Ranking series usually happens on Thursday but, due to being busy, I’ve had to move it to the weekend and as you can see the actor for this week is the eclectic, always eccentric Johnny Depp. Enjoy! 

8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, AnnaSophia Robb, Julia Winter, Jordan Fry, and Philip Wiegratz in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

This movie was horrible. Absolutely horrible. I’m a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory fan since I was a child and this, this was a pain to watch. Plus, Johnny Depp came off as super creepy to me.

7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales

Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Kaya Scodelario, and Brenton Thwaites in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

I really enjoy the Pirates of the Caribbean movies but this one, while decent, is hard to watch. Hence, 7th place on this list.

6. Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp and Alan Rickman in Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Alice in Wonderland was the first film that I ever saw in IMAX and because of that, I will always regard this movie with a particular fondness.

5. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

This movie, while undoubtedly entertaining, is easily the third weakest film in this franchise behind Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and it’s nowhere near as bad as the other movies on this list.

4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Dan Fogler, William Nadylam, Alison Sudol, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Claudia Kim, Zoë Kravitz, Ezra Miller, and Callum Turner in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Not horrible but not great either.

3. Rango

Rango (2011)

I saw this as a child. I didn’t like it. I saw it recently as an adult. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

2. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

While this film is clearly the most concise story in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise it’s not my favorite simply because the next one is just so darn fun.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

I love this movie. Yes, it can be a bit confusing but it’s so much fun that it’s undoubtedly my favorite Pirates of the Caribbean film.

So, this is how I rank all of the Johnny Depp movies I’ve seen. One day, I’m sure Johnny Depp will infiltrate the comic book movie scene, whether that’ll be Marvel or DC Comics (most likely DC), and that should be interesting.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

If Only She Could Tell the Truth: Part 20

The silence felt extra dense as Qi’ra, Han, Chewbacca, and Tobias Beckett stood around Lando who was still cradling a spasming L3-37 in his arms.

Tobias looked to Lando. Lando looked to Tobias. Lando’s head fell.

Qi’ra watched quietly, her own throat tightening as his sorrow washed over her.

“Lando,” L3-37 weakly spoke.

“Hold on, L3. I’ve got you.”

“Lando,” L3-37 continued. “Lando. What’s happening…to…me?”

With those final words, the droid ceased to move and her light faded away.

“L3,” Lando said. “L3! Come on, baby, answer me!”

Qi’ra’s gaze saddened. Tobias Beckett left the room. And Chewbacca quietly grunted.

“I can fix you,” he continued to say. “I can, I can,” he suddenly stopped himself, instead choosing to sigh and place his head on L3-37’s.

Qi’ra slowly approached him, placing a hand on his shoulder.

“Lando,” she said.

He looked up at her, his brown eyes wet with tears.

“It’s going to be okay,” she said.

He grabbed her hand and smiled sadly. “Thank you, Qi’ra,” he said.

She nodded and turned to leave, heading to the cockpit.