Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Official Trailer #2

Screenshot 2017-10-10 13.54.53I have to admit that this trailer brought a smile to my face; which I honestly didn’t expect because as of late Star Wars movies have become known for the drama behind the scenes than on the screen since becoming a part of Disney.

And dissatisfaction with a director or the way a story seems to be progressing is by no means uncommon, though with Lucasfilm it seem to occur on a regular basis, such as with Rogue One, and the upcoming Han Solo prequel.

Which is why Rian Johnson’s (Brick, Looper) upcoming The Last Jedi is so refreshing.  It appears that he got the job, and shot the movie.  (Seemingly) No fuss, no muss and thankfully no drama.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Teaser Trailer

Screenshot 2017-04-14 12.35.54.pngRian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released a few hours ago, and looks… like a Star Wars movie.

Which is stating the obvious, though it also reveals a problem.  The last Star Wars movie, Rogue One, was what you get when you take Star Wars and remove the wonder, heart and engaging characters that made that made the series so well-loved by so many (even George Lucas’ much maligned–and deservedly so–prequel trilogy).

And sure, Rogue One made a gazillion dollars but it could easily be a case of diminishing returns, like in the case of Sony’s Spider-Man franchise.

Though to be fair it appears that The Last Jedi looks like it’s at least attempting to bring some of the aforementioned wonder and mystery central to prior entries, and that’s a good thing.

Will it work?  I have no idea, but it’s worth trying.

 

Latest ‘Looper’ Trailer

Not quite sure how I feel about Rian Johnson’s “Looper.”

Time travel in movies, like great power, must be used responsibly.  In most films that is often not the case, since they tend to bend or break rules they have already established as soon as the plot finds them inconvenient.

That being said, I am not a scientist, so unless a films does something blatantly obvious in the name of story, I don’t tend to pick up on it.

Of the many films that deal the concept, here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order: “The Terminator,” “Time After Time,” “Time Crimes, “Planet Of The Apes (the original), “Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes,” “Time Cop (though I am somewhat bothered by the fact that characters would time travel in a vehicle, yet not be in it when they emerged) and “Hot Tub Time Machine” (for the audacity of taking a remarkably stupid idea, and running with it).

A time travel film that I didn’t enjoy was “Primer,” mainly because it seemed to get so hung up on the science that it forgot that its primary job should have been to entertain.

Another thing is that I am not sure how Joseph Gordon-Levitt ‘grows up’ to be Bruce Willis because I suspect that it will take more than a bit of hard living and Demi Moore to make that happen.

‘Looper’ Trailer

Rian Johnson‘s followup to”The Brothers Bloom” has arrived, and it appears–for a movie that revolves around time travel–to be surprisingly light on special effects. Time travel movies, those that attempt to be faithful to the possibility, are oftentimes too mired in the science to be very entertaining.

A fate suffered by 2004’s Primer; though when they work, they can be move beyond being merely entertaining into the surreal.

This was the case with Timecrimes, which was one of the better time travel-based movies (though I don’t know how scientifically accurate it actually is), despite having a relatively small budget and virtually no FX.