I found The Force Awakens more of a nostalgic retread instead of using the new trilogy as an opportunity to try something new. (Rogue One was pretty to look at but an utter waste of a cast.)The Last Jedi manages to evoke nostalgia without it feeling heavy-handed while introducing new ideas to the franchise.
That doesn’t mean that some things could’ve been executed better. Finn and Rose’s arc was a mess – I have no idea how Finn has grown in this movie and what is Rose’s role in this movie? I’m glad Rose and Kelly Marie Tran means that there’s a larger space for Asian American women but her character arc had a lot of Mary Sue elements – grieving backstory, fierce idealism, can-do ability, somehow shows a hero a reason to fight in the war? (Which I don’t buy. And the romance? Where did that come from?) Vice Admiral Holdo is used as a foil for Poe to grow into leadership but I felt like she was mostly there so she could sacrifice herself instead of Leia. While I liked Yoda coming back to grandstand Luke in force powers one more time and to tell him what to do, why have the Jedi Master Force Ghosts been letting Luke stew for a decade instead of helping him out?
I was hoping that Rey would kill Luke in this movie and explore the concept of grey Jedi (having both light and dark because the Force just wants balance, man) as well as seeing how the franchise could show redemption for both Rey and Kylo Ren but that is not to be. The Last Jedi felt more family-friendly with the abundance of porgs and reinforcing the idea that anyone could have the Force instead of another fixation on bloodline purity. I’m pretty sure I’m not the audience the new Star Wars franchise is aiming for, but that’s okay.
I’ve been watching Little Witch Academia during my lunch breaks lately. It’s pretty charming, about a girl with seemingly little magic talent but a lot of enthusiasm going to witch school. I admire her determination and optimism and the surrounding cast of characters are also charming as all get out.
I don’t know how I feel about Destiny 2 but I really like Nessus. The color palatte reminds me of No Man’s Sky for some reason.
(D2 looks and feels more polished but some of the dialogue is terrible and Nathan Fillion is Nathan Fillion and it doesn’t feel challenging even though it kinda is? I’m enjoying the Lost Sectors and trying to get other folks to notice Falysion the Frenzied Mind after a public event is done but ?? It could be me, it could be the game.)
Now, I don’t know what Charles put in your head, but I am not whatever it is you think I am, okay? I only met you, like, a week ago. You got your Rebecca, your Delilah, your blah, blah, blah, whatever. Everything you asked for, you’ve got it! And it is better this way. Because I suck at this. Bad shit happens to people I care about, you understand me?
Logan (2017)dir. James Mangold
This was one of the more impressive movies I’ve seen this year. It’s incredibly violent and bleak but Mangold knows what story he wants to tell and does it confidently and exceptionally well.
I finished Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, the sequel to The New Order, earlier tonight and have a lot of mixed thoughts. While TNC has some interesting gameplay ideas and levels, flaws in the user experience created a very frustrating experience.
The storytelling ultimately fell flat for me. I really loved the story in The New Order – it was a deeply personal one while fighting for a Nazi-free world. In TNC, there were a few additions to the cast but the BJ is the only one who gets fully fleshed out more. Everyone else gets very little except for a new character whose arc culminates in a tonally jarring cutscene with really bad optics. I`m surprised no one else has commented on it, it’s the type of scene that could easily be meme’d and used in the wrong circles. It makes me think people are so satisfied with killing Nazis that they’re willing to overlook the game’s flaws. And there are a lot.
I enjoyed playing the game in the beginning but due to my playstyle (stealth), it became a frustrating experience. Add in the UI/UX problems as well as a disappointing story, and you get ambivalent feelings. I’m glad I played it, TNO provided a lot of goodwill, but seeing how TNC panned out makes me wary about the conclusion of the trilogy.
“It was fiery and pure, the time I long for. Do you hear me? If you hear me, answer, my ’90s Me.”
Answer Me 1997 is a Korean slice-of-life cable drama that follows a group of teens’ last year of high school (and later in 2005 and 2012) and how they transition from youth to adulthood. It’s funny and sometimes heartwarming and gets the ache of unrequited love so well. While I missed some context due to Netflix’ blurring various things and not actually knowing what happened in South Korea in the 90s, a lot of the show is very relatable.