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A Sunday Movie Extravaganza!

Okay, yesterday was eventful because I watched SO many movies yesterday. I’m talking watching movies from 6am to 9pm before finally passing out into la la land (I’m meaning sleep, not the movie, lol.) It was such a random movie day that I wanted to share miniature versions of my experience with each film that I watched yesterday. Enjoy!

The First Movie: The Last Samurai

If you’re new to my blog you may not know this but The Last Samurai is one of my favorite movies of all time and it’s my personal favorite Tom Cruise film.

This movie, set in the 1800s’ and documenting the last days of the awe-inducing Samurai through the eyes of American Captain Algren (Tom Cruise), is an absolutely beautiful movie. Its sweeping score, composed by Hans Zimmer, carries the emotion of the film incredibly, leaving me in sheer awe (and goosebumps) every time I’ve ever watched this film. Ken Watanabe would get his only Oscar nomination for this movie as he portrays the leader of the last Samurai, Katsumoto.

Honestly, this movie needed more accolades, including a Best Picture nomination because it is utter perfection. Unlike The Great Wall which clearly follows the narrative of the superhero white guy (Matt Damon, in this case) who seems to know more and be more skilled at everything than the actual Chinese, The Last Samurai never tries to act like Tom Cruise’s Captain Algren is the savior of the samurai and I appreciate that.

He is merely a spectator and a friend who happens to share in this historic event alongside Katsumoto.

And yeah, every time I have ever watched this movie it has made me cry buckets. But unlike most movies which have super emotional scenes at the end of the film, The Last Samurai‘s emotional moments start with roughly forty minutes left in the film, hence leaving me sporadically crying my eyes out for forty minutes straight. So, as can be expected, when the movie ended and I was left wiping the waterfalls protruding from my eyes, my head was throbbing. What a way to start the morning right?

10/10 stars

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‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Gave Us One of the Best Scenes in ‘Star Wars’

The Rise of Skywalker is the finale to a saga that has consumed nearly 100% of my lifetime. As a one-year-old baby, my parents went to watch The Phantom Menace in the movie theater and I was there, intrigued by the big screen whenever I heard something interesting happening. Star Wars is in my bones, it’s partially made me who I am today, and I thank my parents for introducing me to a story that I love so much.

Now, The Rise of Skywalker isn’t perfect. Far from it, in fact. There are so many plot holes, so many convenient scenarios, and it’s clearly a rushed story with a bunch of content crammed into a movie that isn’t given the time to be anything special. But there is one scene that is perfect. A scene that has made me cry since the first time I saw it and made me ball my eyes out last night after watching The Rise of Skywalker for what I think is my…seventh viewing.

And that scene, of course, is Kylo Ren’s turn to the Light with Harrison Ford reprising his role one last time as Han Solo.

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There is something so beautiful about this scene and how it mirrors the tragic scene in The Force Awakens where Kylo Ren kills his father on StarKiller Base. Kylo Ren is undoubtedly the most interesting character of the Sequel Trilogy and, for a while, became my favorite Star Wars character (that is, until Ezra Bridger and Mando entered my life.)

Despite having the personal weakest storyline of the trilogy as Kylo Ren fawns after Rey for basically the entirety of The Rise of Skywalker instead of being his good old scary self, this moment where he rejects the dark side to fulfill his mother’s dying wish is golden.

From the subtle music that doesn’t overtake the power of this moment to Adam Driver’s perfect acting chops coming to life as he slowly becomes Ben Solo before our eyes, culminating in the words that’ll melt any and every Star Wars fan: “Dad”, “I know.” And then, when he throws that lightsaber away and John Williams pairs the moment with a powerful swell of redemptive music I often find myself weeping profusely and praising the film for that scene.

No, this movie isn’t perfect, but if the whole film had been like this one part, it would undoubtedly be my favorite Star Wars movie.

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

It’s Four Days Away from ‘The Rise of Skywalker’!

The Rise of Skywalker is four days away. The global premiere happens tonight. To say I’m excited is an understatement. So, here’s a look at the posters for Return of the Jedi. Enjoy!

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A Movie Ranking: Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford is one of the most iconic actors. Whether you know him as Han Solo, Indiana Jones, or Rick Deckard, it’s very possible that you’ve seen a movie starring the action star. The amazing thing about Harrison Ford is his transition from Star Wars star to action hero.

He became your classic action movie every-man. His charm, wit, and instant likability made him the perfect man to cast in action movie roles and I’ve seen a lot of his films. On that note, here’s my movie ranking featuring Harrison Ford.

12. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, and Shia LaBeouf in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

The Indiana Jones movies are fantastic, however, this movie wasn’t very fun to watch.

11. Cowboys & Aliens

Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig in Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

Cowboys & Aliens started interestingly but it wasn’t long before the movie dwindled into a boring hodgepodge of bland storytelling.

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Throwback Friday: How One Line In ‘Solo’ Sums Up Han’s Entire Journey

Not much was known about Han Solo’s past except for the legendary rumors that he ran the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs and that he won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian in a game. Solo, however, helped clear up a lot about his past and it turns out that the film predicted much of his future as well. And I’m talking about one scene in particular.

Tobias Beckett is Han’s Ben Kenobi. He’s the older wise guy who helps direct young Han through life and introduces him to the criminal world just like Ben Kenobi helped introduce Luke Skywalker to the concept of the Force and the Jedi. But unlike Ben who is clearly benevolent Beckett is a smuggler through and through and his life lessons are a lot more cynical.

At one point in Solo: A Star Wars Story Beckett berates Han for trying to bring Qi’ra back into his life. Han tells Beckett that Qi’ra is perfectly fine and will never try to do him wrong but Tobias knows better. He tells Han, and I quote, “Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed.”

At first glance, it seems that this disturbing wisdom is only a setup for Beckett’s betrayal later in the movie but actually it sums up Han’s entire life in a few words. Let me give you a quick rundown of Han’s journey after Solo.

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Indiana Jones Is Practically a Superhero

I love the Indiana Jones movies, particularly Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s a film of perfection, crafted from outstanding storytelling from the geniuses who brought us Star Wars and Jaws; George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Harrison Ford starred as the adventurous archaeologist, Indiana Jones, and honestly, I think it’s my favorite role of his, alongside playing Han Solo of course. But what makes Indiana Jones so riveting that he had become an icon in our world of cinema? Simple, he was created practically in the mold of a superhero.

Think about it.

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Outside of his work, he is known as Professor Jones, teaching his students about archaeology and dealing with swooning girls every day.

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But then in the field, voila, he instantly changes, wearing his patented Indiana Jones look and wielding his trusty whip. I mean, who carries a whip around? His whip is practically the equivalent of Thor’s hammer. Without it, he just wouldn’t be the same. That sounds like someone who clearly has superhero tendencies.

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