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Other than gorgeous production design, Rogue One adds little new to Star Wars

Rogue One represents several firsts – the first “prequel” since 2005, a self-contained story, and none of the big name of Star Wars save Darth Vader. It tells a story that franchise fans already know, but somehow fails to do much with that story other than make it pretty to look at. Rogue One doesn’t so much build a world as it does recreate the … Continue reading Other than gorgeous production design, Rogue One adds little new to Star Wars

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The Force Awakens largely succeeds in capturing the magic of the original

Although it was rightfully seen as a return to form for the franchise, The Force Awakens is not without its detractors. Some see it as a an attempt to recapture the original’s magic (and make the world forget about the prequels), while others see it as a shoddy knock off of the original Star Wars. They’re actually both right. The Force Awakens doesn’t so much … Continue reading The Force Awakens largely succeeds in capturing the magic of the original

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No movie builds a world as well as the original Star Wars

I haven’t seen the original Star Wars since 31 January 1997 when I saw the special edition on the big screen. (For a while, I refused to call it A New Hope as I assumed this was part of Lucas’ post-release tinkering – it was, but the change was made in 1981 so I think it’s probably fair to call it canon by now. If … Continue reading No movie builds a world as well as the original Star Wars

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Why did Star Wars work in the first place?

Like most kids, I grew up loving Star Wars, but I wasn’t as into it as some of my peers.  (In a move that I once considered totalitarian and now consider brilliant, my parents made me pick between toy lines – hello, Transformers and He-Man; good-bye, Star Wars and GI Joe.)  So while my friends and I played Star Wars all the time, I would … Continue reading Why did Star Wars work in the first place?

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Why the DC Extended Universe misses the point of its characters

I started this month not really knowing what I was getting into.  I’d always been more of a DC fan than a Marvel fan, but my fandom should be described as casual at best (essentially, I liked Superman more than the X-Men).  And I was burnt out on the whole Marvel movie formula, skipping everything after Deadpool.  I’d also heard that the modern DC canon … Continue reading Why the DC Extended Universe misses the point of its characters

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How a unifying theme would have elevated Wonder Woman from a good superhero movie to a great one

For the record, it is much easier to act as an amateur script doctor than it is to write something original (as my paltry screenwriting efforts to date prove).  It is also much easier to suggest improvements to a finished film than earlier in its development or production.  In other words, this is more of an exercise for me than any reflection on how good … Continue reading How a unifying theme would have elevated Wonder Woman from a good superhero movie to a great one