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I will be be honest.  Walking out of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I had no idea just how controversial this film would be.  I wrote my first review and then rewrote it due to a spoiler claim. I watched as the film seemed to rise with critics and fall with some fans. So I went to see the film a second time in the hopes of determining my feelings on the… Read More

After the prequels, Star Wars appeared to be…well, complete.  Lucas was no longer talking about a third trilogy.  All had gone quiet on that front.  Instead, Star Wars thrived in animated fare like the Cone Wars cartoon and in comic books through Dark Horse. Dark Horse had even started a Canon series that took place between a New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. But then, in 2012, came a very unexpected announcement. … Read More

The Last Jedi picks up shortly after the Force Awakens. It begins with a bold battle that has powerful repercussions on the characters. Rey is trying to get Luke to come back with her to help the rebellion.  But Rey finds herself unsure of her true goals. This new Star Wars film is building off the questions and set up of the Force Awakens, and yet, it addresses them in very unexpected… Read More

In the third film since J.J. Abrams rebooted the Star Trek Universe, we get an original story.  And really? It is quite a bit of fun.  It begins a bit shaky with attempts to give us brief character moments that are not entirely effective.  It is nice to see McCoy taking a bigger role then the last film, and more of a focus on the friendship of he and Jim.  And hey,… Read More

And so, here it it is.  The fans started skeptical when new films were announced, yet as we grew closer, folks started to get more and more excited.  And as long as they were better than the prequels, these new films would be loved.  But now I have seen J.J. Abram’s film. For me?  This was an exhilarating rush.  I felt a genuine joy watching the film.  The characters we know are… Read More