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‘Star Trek’: What a Ride!

The other day I revisited Star Trek: Into Darkness for the first time in seven years and to my great surprise I enjoyed the heck out of it. There was so much I had forgotten and it’s safe to say, I was riveted. After finishing that film my sister and I were so intrigued with the Star Trek sequel that we wanted to see the first one…so we did…yesterday.

Wow, wow, wow!!!! I have to admit, I’m not a Star Trek enthusiast and yet even this movie had me losing my mind and crying way more often that I expected.

J.J Abrams is the king of starting great stories and Star Trek is no exception. The amount of heart he manages to throw into this action-packed film is nothing short of spectacular. The relationship between Chris Pine’s James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto’s Spock was so perfectly fleshed out and deliciously contentious. There was so much drama, so many stakes, and a jaw-dropping surprise that had me freaking out like when I watched The Force Awakens.

Star Trek is like a rollercoaster that doesn’t stop once it tips over that hill. It just loops and loops and throws you around with that singular slight pause in the middle that makes you think the ride is over before throwing you into another dip that leads you screaming and holding on for dear life until the ride eventually comes to an end. I just couldn’t get enough of it.

I’ve heard of Star Trek for years and now that I’ve watched it I understand why. It’s pretty fantastic.

I’ll give it 97 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. I would’ve given it a perfect score but its unnecessary partial sex scene that I skipped in the first thirty minutes of the movie was not needed at all. We get the idea that he’s a lady’s man, we didn’t need to see it.

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

Counting Down my 20 Favorite Trailers: #1: ‘The Force Awakens’

Yes, my favorite trailer of all time is The Force Awakens official trailer. Why, you may ask. Simple; it makes me cry. Why does it make me cry? Well, let me share with you the trailer and then I’ll get to the tear-inducing details.

Okay, first of all, I’m a Star Wars fan, as you already know, and this trailer reminds me of a time when I was the happiest I had ever been with this franchise that I cherish so deeply. So that sense of nostalgia (and slight sense of sadness considering how I feel about the franchise now) helps pull the tears from my eyes.

Secondly, the trailer alone is a story. We first meet Rey and in a few words we learn that she is a lonely scavenger who considers herself to be “no one.” Finn is a stormtrooper who has “nothing to fight for” and has defected from the First Order. And Kylo Ren is essentially a puppet who wants to live up to Darth Vader’s greatness. “I will finish what you started,” he says as a streak of red death races across the vastness of space.

Immediately we are introduced to the films’ three primary characters and after that, the rest is history. The plot of the movie is laid out, action scenes are shown, Han Solo gets some words, the Millennium Falcon flies again, Leia is seen hugging Han Solo, and by the trailer’s conclusion, as Finn prepares himself for Kylo Ren’s onslaught and the music crescendos we can hear Maz Kanata saying, “The Force. It’s calling to you. Just let in.”

Cue the tears.

I know that Avengers: Infinity War is perfection incarnate, that Logan gives us one of the best uses of a song for a trailer maybe of all time, that The Lord of the Rings teaser is magic through and through, and that the trailer for Instellar is an utter masterpiece, but when I watch this trailer it hits my emotions in ways the other trailers can’t and that is why it is my favorite trailer.

I thank you so much for following this series. I’ll be seeing the teaser for Dune ahead of TENET tomorrow (hopefully) and if it’s good as people are saying it is that’ll be another trailer to talk about for years to come.

Have a great day.

What’s Your Favorite Sequel Trilogy Teaser Poster?

I love movie posters! Teaser posters, official posters, they are all very, very fascinating. Sometimes posters can be a bit underwhelming but overall they provide the vibe for a movie long before you’ve seen the story. Here’s a look at the three teaser posters for The Force AwakensThe Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker. Enjoy!

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This teaser poster is very simple and to the point. These four characters are the main characters of this new trilogy, the illustrated effect gives it an original trilogy feel, and there is a clear distinction between the dark and the light, with Rey unexpectedly standing in the middle. Fascinating. Continue reading What’s Your Favorite Sequel Trilogy Teaser Poster?

Movie Review Flashback: ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Is the First Disney ‘Star Wars’ Movie

With The Rise of Skywalker close to being available to buy on Digital and Blu-Ray, I thought it prudent to revisit this spoiler-free review of The Rise of Skywalker. So, with no further delay, enjoy!

You probably saw the title of this post and was confused. “The Rise of Skywalker isn’t the first Star Wars movie under Disney,” you may have said. No, it isn’t. It’s actually the fifth. But it’s the first “Disney” Star Wars movie. Let me explain.

When Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 Star Wars fans’ worries were heard. Would the House of Mouse turn a franchise we loved so much into a joke? And then The Force Awakens came out.

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Suddenly, we began to believe that Disney had this beloved franchise in their safe and loving hands.

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The very next year, Rogue One only increased our excitement by delivering a standalone film that was unlike anything we’d ever seen before. There was drama, there were stakes, and every character was lovable, making their individual demises that much more painful.

Star Wars fans were riding high with joy. The next two years wouldn’t be so kind to Disney. Continue reading Movie Review Flashback: ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Is the First Disney ‘Star Wars’ Movie

Have You Seen ’10 Cloverfield Lane’?

Okay, let me tell you a little about 10 Cloverfield Lane. A few days ago I was bored and I wanted to watch a good movie. There was nothing on tv, I didn’t want to revisit one of the films that I’ve watched before, I was determined to watch something I’ve never seen before. At first, my family and I were going to watch The Conjuring 2 but I’m too much of a scaredy-cat and so we didn’t get very far with that. And so instead we turned another movie on. It was 10 Cloverfield Lane.

At first, I was watching the movie a bit disinterested but it wasn’t long before I couldn’t tear my gaze from the screen because I had to see what was happening. The story follows a woman named Michelle who, after leaving her fianceé, gets in a terrible life-threatening accident and finds herself locked away in a stranger’s basement. I’ll leave the description of the movie there because this is a film you’ll have to discover yourself.

This movie shouldn’t have been called 10 Cloverfield Lane. It should have been more appropriately titled Plot Twist because this film would not stop surprising me at every turn. It kind of felt like a mystery film because I was trying to figure out what was going on but the movie kept managing to surprise me.

And the conclusion of this film is downright shocking. I mean, it is so unexpected that it’ll leave you utterly flabbergasted.

I’m giving this movie 98 out of a 100 and 4.8 out of 5 stars. This is practically a perfect movie but the ending is so upsetting (in a good way) that I took the score down just a bit. If you want to watch a riveting film then I suggest this one. It’s filled with suspense from beginning to end and I highly recommend it because it’s kind of amazing.

It’s rare to watch a movie that keeps you on your toes the entire time but this is definitely one of those films.

If you’ve seen 10 Cloverfield Lane then I’d love to hear your opinion on it because this movie was quite the doozy indeed.

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

I’m Still Sad about ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

The Rise of Skywalker has been out for nearly eight weeks and I still feel hollow. Yes, absolutely hollow. I thought I would get over it. I thought after several weeks I would forgive and forget.

I haven’t forgiven or forgotten…yet.

The Rise of Skywalker, with every week, that passes, reminds me just how badly Abrams brought this story to an end. And what hurts the most is Rose’s minuscule role in the film.

She was one of my favorite things about The Last Jedi. Her relationship with Finn was beautiful. Her sweetness was infectious. Her story was unique. And she was the first major Asian female character to appear in a Star Wars movie.

The Rise of Skywalker made her not exist. Continue reading I’m Still Sad about ‘The Rise of Skywalker’