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Movie Review: Star Wars- The Last Jedi

So, yeah. Star Wars episode 8. Saw it at the first opportunity, pretty crowded theater, and I was mildly surprised by how un-disappointed I was. Makes sense?

Well, I figured Disney would screw this up just like the Avengers, which hey had a trailer on before the movie. Just served to remind me of Disney’s dominance and how many of their movies only serve as a huge machine, churning out the same storylines and non-creative ideas (see Force Awakens = A New Hope).

For all of its faults, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was not a bland movie out of a machine. It was interesting, it was funny, and it was emotional. With that being said…

**SPOILERS EVERYWHERE BEWARE**

Good-

  • Kylo and Rey Dynamics

Kylo Ren and Rey were the main focus of this storyline, and so, of course, every time they interacted with each other it was a huge deal. There were some funny moments, some sweet moments, and ultimately it set up the next movie with a great showdown. I hope, if everything works out, we get a huge showdown with them at the end, and that’s how this trilogy should really finish. I do wish Luke WAS STILL FREAKING ALIVE AND WE WOULDN’T HAVE TO SEE FORCE GHOSTS EVERY FEW SECONDS JUST BECAUSE DISNEY WANTS TO SELL FORCE GHOST ACTION FIGURES, but anyways Rey and Kylo made this movie very enticing, and very enjoyable.

Also, Poe Dameron.

  • Give Me Some Spaceships

Love, love, love the space battles (even if there were quite a lot of them…) and enjoy seeing the different kinds of ships, as well. That kind of belongs in the Tradition section, but whatever. Also, may I just say, Poe Dameron really makes this movie fun for me… and I couldn’t care less if Finn died. Sorry guys. I just like the spaceship dudes, and Poe is the spaceship dude in this one. And Chewie the Bacca.

  • Tradition

Obviously, this would have ruined the movie had it not been there, but it was nice to see. The opening scrawl, some Force Ghosts, fantastic spaceships at the beginning. Basically, all of the basics were there for Star Wars. I heard a rumor that there wasn’t as much of that epic music we’ve all come to associate with the franchise, but it seemed to me like there was plenty, so for you music-lovers don’t worry!

Also, it just felt like Star Wars. Something I’m just waiting on… the moment Disney makes one of these and it won’t feel like Star Wars… it’ll feel like a Disney movie. (See how confident I am).

Bad

  • Kill Choices……

Why would you kill Luke? Why? Why couldn’t he just stay on that island, and be really old, like Yoda was in Episode 5 and then die a peaceful death somewhere in Episode 9? Why did he have to die? Why does everybody have to be a force ghost? I don’t want a force ghost. I don’t want a force ghost. I want a Luke Skywalker, with Old Man Hamill and his grouchiness. I don’t want force ghosts everywhere.

Why didn’t you kill Rose or Finn, or somebody else of the new characters? Look, killing main characters suck BUT YOU CAN’T KILL OFF EVERY OLD CHARACTER. I WON’T ACCEPT IT.

That’s really my main problem with the movie. While trying to make these new characters “the next big thing,” they’ve gone and taken away all the familiar characters, killing them off piece by piece. Honor them by not killing them, please. Please. PLEASE.

  • Next Movie Is A Fog

Where the heck is the series going from here? I guess the rebels find a new base, and since J.J. Abrams (a.k.a. Mr. Make 17 Death Stars) is directing Episode 9, we can expect yet another Death Star, probably blown up the same way.

Seriously, though. We could’ve had some hints… as to what happened next… just to get some fan theories going.

SIDE NOTE… Why was Snoke so easy to kill, if he’s so powerful? Such a failure.

SIDE SIDE NOTE… That was the worst CGI Yoda I’ve ever seen in my life, and it looked like a cartoon Gremlin stuck into the real world. Come on. Whoever was in charge of that… fire him/her.

  • So. Many. Battles. So. Little. Plot.

The entire movie plot:

Battle, Escape, Get Help, Battle, Escape, Get Help, Battle, Escape, Movie Ends.

Just saying.

Score

So, yeah, I’ve been harsh because I expect a lot from my Star Wars. So, here is my overall rating.

  • If Rey is a Skywalker and they say this in the next episode: 8.3/10
  • If she is not: 6/10
  • If Episode 9 includes ANYTHING like a Death Star: 0/10 because Disney is the laziest mouse I’ve ever seen.

Movie Review: Zodiac

One of the longest and surprisingly-good movies I’ve seen in some time. A mystery movie that turned into a legal drama that turned into a thriller that turned into a melancholy ending that turned into a documentary. It has everything, including some real-life connection with a case that’s just as scary and much more famous.

(The case remains unsolved, although this very day some new evidence came out, and detectives hope the DNA will turn up the real killer.)

From the director of SE7EN and FIGHT CLUB, two of the best movies I’ve seen, comes… Zodiac.

Good

  • Actors (Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr.)

Mark Ruffalo = The Hulk, Robert Downey Jr. = Iron Man, and Jake Gyllenhaal = not really sure but apparently he’s famous. With this star-studded cast (and apparently superhero-studded), I figured the movie would turn out at least decent. What I got, though, was better. Jake Gyllenhaal gave a performance better than I could have imagined; Robert Downey Jr. was his usual, cocky character-self; and Mark Ruffalo was a thoughtful, expert detective. And together, they work to capture one of the most notorious serial killers, The Zodiac.

  • Storyline

The Zodiac Killer has always been super interesting, and super fascinating to even the casual viewer. The mystery, the codes, and the characters involved… it played out more like fiction than real life. So, of course, the adaption for the big screen turned out great. As far as I can tell, the storyline follows very closely, which makes sense because it’s based on the book by Robert Graysmith (played by Gyllenhaal in the movie). So a movie about making a book based on a book… turned out pretty well.

  • Setting

Not sure when it struck me exactly, but the director put a lot of work into the backgrounds in every scene. Whether it was the lake scene, the downtown scenes, or somewhere else, I was impressed with how real they seemed. Like the main characters were talking, but there was so much happening in the back that caught my attention. Or maybe it was just late and I was Dr. Pepper-ed.

Bad

  • Accuracy?

My main question throughout the movie was “how accurate is this really?” From a quick glance at Wikipedia (yep), it seems pretty legit. There weren’t any critics who hated it and called it inaccurate, which I was surprised at. In fact, some critics said it was too realistic, too legalistic, and didn’t take enough creative liberties to make it exciting. So… seems pretty real. But still a big question.

  • Backstory Missing

There wasn’t very much backstory for the characters, because it kinda just threw you in at the beginning of the murders. I was interested to see how nobody took it seriously except for Graysmith at the beginning, but I’m not really sure why because I didn’t know much about his character. Also, I had no idea he had a family until like 40 minutes into the story.

  • Bye Bye, Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. just kinda floats around, and his character is super important at times and then doesn’t show up for half an hour. Same with Robert Graysmith, and also Mark Ruffalo’s. That’s one problem with the movie being so realistic: It can’t really decide who the main character is. And that’s okay. It’s interesting. But, still, a bit odd, so it goes in the Bad category.

Both

  • Length

The movie was over two and a half hours long, which made it both too long and too good. Like, it took over 150 minutes… and it used all of them perfectly. It didn’t force the length, and it really made every minute count. Those usually don’t go together…

My Grade

So, at the end of the day, it’s a super long movie, it’s super unique, it has super good actors… and it’s super confusing. And I super like it.

Let’s go with…

8.9

 

She Watches Release Day

Today, at midnight (or around then), the Kindle edition of She Watches releases on Amazon. I’m super excited, and you should be too.

First off, there’s a Facebook party event tonight. Whether you’re reading this the day of, or in 2054, you can click over there and check out all the action.

Also, if you can’t wait, She Watches is already available to buy in paperback. Order your copy here!

I’ll be posting lots of new information about the book, and there will definitely be some big news about sales. This is gonna be the best launch I’ve ever had, and I’ll be keeping you all involved!

Plan for the Blog

We’re gonna have a couple different kinds of posts here, and over a lot of different subjects. Let’s have a quick tour through… the future.

First of all, lots of lists. Top 10 lists. Top 29 lists. Random lists in article. Lists in no order. We’re going to have every kind of list you can imagine, all the time. So, if you love lists, I’ll have them. If you don’t like them, deal with it.

Topics will be all over the place. Sports, horror, fantasy, other fiction genres, food, current news (not politics), and whatever’s on my mind. You all can suggest topics, of course. Let’s use those comment buttons!!

Those are the main points I wanted to cover. Any questions? Ask away in the comments, or comment on Facebook. That’s another thing. Friend me on there. It’s real fun.

Fear: What is the future for the podcast?

I’ve decided, after a lot of thought, to cut the first season of Fear a little bit short. I was planning to go for about 15 episodes before taking a break, but that pause is gonna have to come sooner for a lot of reason.

First of all, I want to spend more time focusing on this blog right here. Secondly, I want to write more, and be able to have more time for it. Thirdly, sports season is coming up for me, and school is time-consuming enough to really push me away from creative work (seems like it should be drawing me towards it, not pushing me away, but that’s a talk for another day.) So, below, here is the schedule for the rest of the episodes. I will be leaving up Fear on Patreon.com still, so feel free to head over and help get this thing off the ground again. I’m actually losing money right now by producing it, which sucks, I won’t lie.

Without further ado, here’s the rest of the schedule:

11/06/17- Serial Killer Episode #3: Menace

11/20/17- My Old Kentucky Home

12/04/17- Contemporary

Once I get these finished and planned on my host site, I’ll be posting more here, so be excited! Also, make sure you join my newsletter. It’s almost as fun as this site 😉

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Old Court Days (Coming Soon)

I’ll be posting pictures, updates, and everything else right here as they come in! My first author event where I’m selling books goes down tomorrow, and through Sunday. If you’re near Madison, Indiana, come check out Old Court Days and buy some stuff 🙂

I’ll start you off with this picture of all the books I had to sign!

She Watches: Pre-order Now!

I’m super excited to announce that the highly-anticipated sequel to She: A Horror Novel is finally out!

BUY YOUR COPY HERE

Here’s a brief description for you, and some promotional advertisements 🙂 It’s gonna be good, so get your copy as soon as possible!

“She still watches.

The nights grew longer and the streets became empty. There was nothing left in the city. What she had taken, none could restore. The terrible woman of the dark, who lived in the forest, who lived to destroy. She is a mystery; She was always mystery. And now She is back.

When Daniel Smith is lured home 20 years later, he has a family of his own and kids to care for. It’s been a long time away from Hardy, from the town where so much happened. There are demons waiting beneath every sidewalk and home -demons only he knows about.

Friends. Nightmares. Fears. Death. It all rises up from the murky past of the city.

Some things are meant to never come back.”

Call-In Show with Yvonne Mason (audio included)

I recently had the pleasure of being on Off The Chain with Yvonne Mason, which is an hour-long talk show that she hosts. It was a great time, and our discussions went all over the place. One moment, we were talking about books, and the next we discussed human fingers. You never know what’s gonna happen on these shows!

Listen to the audio for the full show, or skim through certain parts and find what interests you. A lot of the talk was background information about me that you probably haven’t heard before, and lots of information about my books, behind-the-scenes.

Enjoy! And check out her site here.