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Why Star Wars is so effective at world building

Star Wars Month was both the easiest and hardest theme month I’ve done so far.  It was the easiest because it was clear to me back in September that EVERY movie blog would be talking about The Last Jedi come December, and – unlike horror or DC movies – I actually wanted to see this tent pole.  But it was the hardest because it’s not … Continue reading Why Star Wars is so effective at world building

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Why I wish I would have known about the Star Wars “Despecialized Edition” earlier

As I stated earlier, I saw the special editions of the original trilogy on the big screen in 1997, and I LOVED them.  It was probably more the idea of seeing it in the theater than the special editions themselves (I remember applause in the theater when Han Solo first appeared), but I also have a distinct memory of praising The Empire Strikes Back’s “Darth … Continue reading Why I wish I would have known about the Star Wars “Despecialized Edition” earlier

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Why Rogue One is the best looking Star Wars film yet

Gareth Edwards is not my favorite director, just like Rogue One is not my favorite Star Wars movie. That said, Edwards has the ability to compose shots that few modern directors have. His shots don’t just look cool – they look beautiful. More than anything, he’s able to contrast scale better than almost any other big budget director working today. I loved Pacific Rim, but … Continue reading Why Rogue One is the best looking Star Wars film yet

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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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Why I don’t like the DC films’ thematic choices better

I started this month talking about why DC’s superheroes appeal to me more than Marvel’s. That’s still the case, although the modern DC film canon has done its best to try and make them as unappealing as possible.  While there certainly is a unifying look for the franchise (as a friend of mine who worked as a technical advisor on Batman V Superman put it, “Zack … Continue reading Why I don’t like the DC films’ thematic choices better

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Why the snap zoom is out of place in Man of Steel

I had some issues with Man of Steel. But more so than its muddled theme, I found myself increasingly distracted by its use of snap zooms. Routinely when I watch a movie by myself, I use the voice memo function on my phone to record my thoughts for later. Man of Steel featured so many laments about snap zooms that I 1) lost count and … Continue reading Why the snap zoom is out of place in Man of Steel