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Introducing Cinema in Seconds

November 7, 2021

Well its been a while since I’ve updated my blog, but I thought it may finally be time. So what have I been doing since I last posted? Well, I started a podcast! Introducing Cinema in Seconds with myself and Daniel from Eyebrow Cinemas! The premise of the show is that we take small moments […]

Revisiting Star Wars

December 28, 2020

And so I end my Star Wars rewatch at the beginning: Star Wars, the one that started it all. Let’s take a look. Highlights One thing I love about Star Wars is how complete the story feels and how classic of a tale it tells. Sure its a very straight forward hero’s journey, but what’s […]

Revisiting Star Wars: The Spin-Offs

December 13, 2020

I’ve now gone through most of the main films, many of which I have already seen many times. Now I’m going to look at the spin-offs, both of which I have only seen once each in theaters.  Rogue One was particularly awkward after watching it, as we saw it in a large group then went […]

Revisiting Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

November 22, 2020

And so we come to the most recent film in my Star Wars rewatch: The Rise of Skywalker.  Obviously this only came out a year ago, so my thoughts likely wont change too much from then, but I was interested to see how it works in context with the other films.  In December I found […]

Revisiting Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

November 14, 2020

And now we come to what used to be the final film, but really a middle film, but now is somewhere near the front third… or is it back third? You know what I mean, its…Revenge of the Sith Highlights The structure of this film is actually quite strong. The first half sets up Anakin […]

Revisiting Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

November 7, 2020

The rewatch continues, and I now move to the film which used to be the conclusion to the Saga… Highlights: I love the Jabba’s Palace sequence. The production design of his headquarters is outstanding, and the Jabba puppet itself is so unique and tactile; it really looks great. I also love the atmosphere set up […]

Revisiting Star Wars: The Last Jedi

September 26, 2020

On to perhaps the most contentious of the Star Wars films.  The Last Jedi divided fans, though I’ll be honest that I have a lot of trouble understanding why.  Its really unfortunate, as this fan divide would shift the momentum of the new Star Wars film franchise considerably.  But that doesn’t detract from the greatness […]

Revisiting Star Wars: The Force Awakens

September 7, 2020

Remember 2015, when the long awaited new Star Wars film was released?  Such optimistic times, where everyone got on board to enjoy this new film.  Star Wars fans were united and the future of the franchise seemed so bright.  Sigh… Time to revisit The Force Awakens. Highlights: What this movie did really well was not […]

Revisiting Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

August 20, 2020

Continuing with my Star Wars rewatch, and I will just say that I did like this one better than Attack of the Clones.  Hot take, I know. Highlights: This movie looks gorgeous.  The canvases of Hoth, Dagobah, the Asteroid field, etc.  all weaves into this incredible looking fabric of film. This is Yoda at his […]

Revisiting Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

August 9, 2020

I am going to revisit all the Star Wars movies over the next while.  I have been a Star Wars fan since I was a kid and have seen most of the movies a number of times.  This is just based on the current series rewatch I have decided to undertake.  I will start with […]

Top Ten Movies of 2019

January 20, 2020

10. Parasite Parasite has been making waves in the last part of the year, and it really is a strong thriller.  It has something to say about the divide between social classes and the lengths people will go to to keep up.   9. Yesterday I know this didn’t win over a lot of people, […]

The Rise of Skywalker

December 23, 2019

“I can feel the conflict in you.” Yes you can, Luke, yes you can.  Because there are a lot of battling thoughts in my head after seeing Rise of Skywalker.  Ultimately, did I like it? I mean, yes.  Its still Star Wars after all, and I really like these characters; particularly Rey, Finn and Kylo […]

Alita: Battle Angel

November 30, 2019

Let me get this out of the way: this movie is visually stunning. So much so that I thought it was going to win me over, despite its flaws. Alas, it was not enough to overcome all of the problems I had with Alita. The other day I was watching The Expanse and pontificating on […]

Tolkien

November 18, 2019

Tolkien is pretty standard biopic fare, however, as a Tolkien fan I probably managed to get more out of it than most would. The film is at its best when it is touching upon inspirations for his later works. And even here, this only really works when the film is being subtle about it, less […]

It: Chapter 2

October 22, 2019

Okay, so let me work this out. First, maybe things are inherently less scary because its adults now, not kids? Also, what was with them not being able to remember even living in the town until they’re together again? (except for Stanley apparently). That was kinda pointless, and pretty tough to buy. The scare scenes […]