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A Movie Ranking: Will Smith: Updated

Will Smith is one of the few actors I can say I’ve never seen a bad movie involving him. No, not all of the films are the best movies I’ve ever seen but he chooses his films very well. I’ve seen so many of his movies, some even very recently, and because of his newest film, Gemini Man, which literally comes out today, it makes perfect sense to celebrate the renowned actor for this week’s A Movie Ranking. Enjoy!

14. Men in Black II

Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in Men in Black II (2002)

The first Men in Black, amazing. The second one, not so much. Men in Black II is one of those movies that you watch and forget. Continue reading “A Movie Ranking: Will Smith: Updated”

Characters, Movies, Romance, Star Wars

Throwback Friday: The Tragedy of Love in ‘Star Wars’

eI decided to take a vastly different approach by focusing on the tragic outcomes of these romantic relationships in this incredible franchise. I mean, think about it. Every love story ends badly. Don’t believe me? Well, read on.

 Cliegg Lars and Shmi Skywalker

Anakin Skywalker carries his mother

When Anakin Skywalker left Tatooine with Qui-Gon Jinn his mother Shmi was left behind. However, a man named Cliegg Lars would go on to marry her and they would have a happy life together…until Tusken Raiders captured her in the night and tortured her to death. Talk about a tragic ending. Continue reading “Throwback Friday: The Tragedy of Love in ‘Star Wars’”

Characters, Movies, Romance, Star Wars

The Tragedy of Love in ‘Star Wars’

Last Valentine’s Day, I shared a post ranking the romantic moments in Star Wars from worst to best. This year, I decided to take a vastly different approach by focusing on the tragic outcomes of these romantic relationships in this incredible franchise. I mean, think about it. Every love story ends badly. Don’t believe me? Well, read on.

 Cliegg Lars and Shmi Skywalker

Anakin Skywalker carries his mother

When Anakin Skywalker left Tatooine with Qui-Gon Jinn his mother Shmi was left behind. However, a man named Cliegg Lars would go on to marry her and they would have a happy life together…until Tusken Raiders captured her in the night and tortured her to death. Talk about a tragic ending. Continue reading “The Tragedy of Love in ‘Star Wars’”

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Throwback Friday: A Tantalizing Preview for Resistance Reborn Reveals a Very Blatant Fact for Rey

(Present day: I called it. Before The Rise of Skywalker came out, before the Reylo phenomenon was ultimately confirmed via smooch toward the conclusion of the movie, I had predicted that Rey was in love with Kylo Ren. This post details how I determined this shocking truth.)

Before The Mandalorian, before Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, before the biggest event of the year for Star Wars fans, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, we have Resistance Reborn, a novel set shortly after the events of The Last Jedi, featuring General Organa, Rey, Poe, and Finn in an adventure to restore the Resistance to glory before the events of The Rise of Skywalker. It’s a must-have prequel to the movie Star Wars fans are counting down the days for and yesterday an exclusive excerpt was dropped on starwars.com to get us pumped for the novel.

Of course, I read it, and it was expectedly thrilling but there was something very blatant that I gleaned from a certain section of the excerpt that caught my very rigid attention. Here it is. Continue reading “Throwback Friday: A Tantalizing Preview for Resistance Reborn Reveals a Very Blatant Fact for Rey”

Actors, Movie Reviews, Romance

‘Phantom Thread’ Is a Beautiful Piece of Art

(This is a repost of one of my favorite movies.)

In preparation for the Oscars this year my family and I have begun to look back at some of the Oscar-nominated films last year that we missed. One of those particular movies happened to be Phantom Thread.

This wasn’t a film I was particularly interested in seeing but after my mother watched it and came away from the film with nothing but praise I decided to check it out. I’m glad I did. This movie is going to stick with me for a long time because of its unique brilliance. So, on that note, let me tell you a little bit about this film.

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First off, I just want to say that Daniel Day-Lewis did an absolutely phenomenal job in this movie. This was his swan song and boy did he go out with a bang. I’m sure Gary Oldman’s stunning portrayal of Winston Churchill was undoubtedly worthy of an Oscar but in my opinion, I would’ve given the trophy to Mr. Day-Lewis. He played this part SO well but I figure, because he’s already won three Oscars, they gave Gary the trophy instead. Boo.

Anyway, this movie is amazing. It follows the story of a designer in England (Daniel Day-Lewis) whose dresses are unparalleled in their breathtaking quality. And these dresses are ravishing.

Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps in Phantom Thread (2017)

Time and time again I found myself staring at the screen in wide-eyed awe because of how beautiful the dresses were. This film’s only Oscar winner went to Best Costume Design and it rightfully deserved it. Okay, I’m getting off course again. Let me get back to telling you about the story.

Continue reading “‘Phantom Thread’ Is a Beautiful Piece of Art”

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Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla: The Greatest Love Story in ‘Star Wars’?

I say it all the time. I’m a sucker for love stories. Love stories can help intensify the emotional stakes of a film and, subsequently, leave you in a puddle of your own tears if anything sad (or happy) happens. Star Wars is practically one gigantic love story that’s transcended the generations.

First, it was Han and Leia, then it was Anakin and Padme, and now it’s…well now it seems that a love bomb has stricken the Sequel Trilogy, resulting in a bunch of different love-story shipping categories that hopefully will reach a conclusion in The Rise of Skywalker.

However, love has not escaped the other projects in the Star Wars universe, whether we’re talking about Han and Qi’ra’s passionate romance in Solo: A Star Wars Story or Cassian and Jyn’s subtle but just as blatant romance in Rogue One. And now, thanks to Star Wars: Rebels, I have been introduced to a new love story that I previously had little knowledge about and have now been emotionally touched by thanks to a rapid binge-watching session of the series.

And of course, that love story belongs to Jedi Kanan Jarrus and Rebellion leader Hera Syndulla.

My first contact with Kanan and Hera and their beautiful relationship began with the novel, A New Dawn. Continue reading “Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla: The Greatest Love Story in ‘Star Wars’?”

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My Sister’s Opinion: The Confusion of Kylo Ren’s Villainy and the Relationship between Rey and Kylo Ren

If you’ve followed the Sequel Trilogy, you will know about its conflicted main antagonist, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo, and its resourceful protagonist in Rey.

In The Force Awakens, their journeys began far apart but very near. Kylo Ren first entered the story as a masked crusader who instantly destroyed an entire village on Jakku in search of a map to the infamous Luke Skywalker.

Beyond the village, we were introduced to Rey somewhere else on Jakku, scrounging for scraps just to survive under the ruthlessness of Unkar Plutt.

Very different beginnings that would ultimately clash when they first encountered each other on Takodana, where Kylo Ren subsequently captured Rey, beginning their relationship.

This is where the confusion of Kylo Ren’s villainy and the intent behind their relationship becomes prevalent in the Sequel Trilogy storyline. Continue reading “My Sister’s Opinion: The Confusion of Kylo Ren’s Villainy and the Relationship between Rey and Kylo Ren”