QI’RA: Chapter Twenty-Nine

Reaching Coruscant

Several hours later Qi’ra woke when she heard a knock at the door. She hadn’t gotten in the bed and instead chose to take on a nap in one of her room’s chairs. Being a leader of Crimson Dawn, she wasn’t afforded many times to sit back and relax, and with the ship’s incessant thrumming, she was lulled into the deepest sleep she had in years.

When she went to the door, fluffing her hair which she had made sure not to ruin while she slept, she found Captain Peer standing outside. It startled her, for she was expecting to see T-38 who often came to fetch her.

“We have arrived,” he told her.

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Movie Review flashback: My Review of ‘Doctor Zhivago’

I just watched¬†Doctor Zhivago, another of David Lean’s (he directed¬†Lawrence of Arabia) great works over the course of two nights, and as the film came to a resounding conclusion I felt, for the first time, absolutely confused. My emotions were in a roil, I didn’t know whether to cry or to be happy about what the film’s ending implied. All I knew was that I had seen another David Lean masterpiece.

Doctor Zhivago would ultimately lose Best Picture to The Sound of Music and I absolutely agree with that choice. Doctor Zhivago is an epic romance of two forbidden lovers who juggle their affection for one another through the throes of World War I and the October Revolution.

Unlike most movies that feature moments of joy and sometimes sadness, Doctor Zhivago¬†never fully brightens. The story only gets worse and worse and worse until, by the end, you’re slightly depressed. Just slightly.

Oscar-nominated actor Omar Sharif and Oscar-winning actress Julie Christie really grab this story by the reins and help guide it to a place where you are intrigued in both of their stories rather than being bored with the various scenarios.

I’m so glad I watched this film and I’m very excited to see more David Lean movies in the future, namely¬†The Bridge on the River Kwai¬†which should be another great experience. (Watched it and I loved it!)

I’m giving this movie 95 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. It’s not the best movie I’ve ever seen but it definitely has its lovable qualities, namely David Lean’s extraordinary directorial vision which, after¬†Doctor Zhivago, is personally one of the best I’ve ever seen.

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

‘The Mandaloran: Chapter Nine’ Is PERRRRFect!

Okay, it’s safe to say that my brain is busted after watching the season premiere of The Mandalorian. When season one my expectations for the continuing story were high but as we got closer to the premiere date I decided to dampen my enthusiasm in case the show ultimately would disappoint me. Of course, this is just the first episode of eight. Episodes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 could be super boring and underwhelming but I’m happy to announce the first episode is incredible.

I’m talking new characters, old characters, beloved characters, and (SPOILER ALERT!) even a dragon. It’s insane.

The first episode clocks in at a whopping 55 minutes and it utilizes every second to great effect. I was riveted from the get-go and gloriously reintroduced to Mando’s ruthlessness. Baby Yoda once again has his cute moments. I mean, the feeling the first season gave me is the same feeling I’m getting with this season and honestly, I’m thankful.

I’m giving Chapter Nine: The Marshal a solid 5 out of 5 stars. Great job, Jon Favreau. It was incredible.

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

QI’RA: Chapter Twenty-Eight

Tremors in a Friendship

Qi’ra, as she had promised herself earlier that day, didn’t head straight to her room after leaving the bridge. Instead, she went to talk to Nienye who she noticed was behaving…strangely to say the least. He was always a quiet, calm person but he was never too standoffish as if he needed time to himself. It made her wonder if something was wrong.

When she reached his room she knocked on the door, half expecting it not to open. When it did slide open she found Nienye looking down at her. When he saw her there was a bit of surprise that was quickly replaced by his patented smile. Continue reading QI’RA: Chapter Twenty-Eight

‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’: Another David Lean Masterpiece!

Wow, wow, wow. I’ve watched three David Lean movies: Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and now The Bridge on the River Kwai. Each film has been utterly stunning, both visually and narratively. Doctor Zhivago was a bit slower but a crack at the more romantic side of things. Lawrence of Arabia swept me away for three hours and fifty-eight minutes with its mesmerizing performance by Peter O’ Toole and David Lean’s incredible directing which brought the beauty of the desert in ways I didn’t conceive imaginable on the big screen. And once again David Lean does not stray from highlighting the beauty of his movie’s regional settings with The Bridge on the River Kwai.

Set in the sweltering jungles of Burma and filmed in Sri Lanka, the movie immerses you in its seemingly unlivable conditions. The white soldiers with their tanned brown skins and bare-chested bodies gleaming in a thin slick of sweat and their hair matted against their heads make you feel their incredible discomfort. The giant bats swarming overhead is something that I actually hope I can see with my own eyes one day but in the context of the film is utterly terrifying.

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