Category: Arts & Entertainment

Rehabbing Wonder

Misha Burnett captures exactly how I feel. I haven’t seen the last five Star Wars, the last few Star Treks, and other remakes because I just want new stuff. Star Wars was great when I was a kid, but if I want Star Wars I will pop in my old DVD. I don’t need or want new Star Wars, I want new Science Fiction.

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Two films that I saw recently, Justice League and The Last Jedi, left me with very similar feelings that I have been trying to put into words.

As usual, I find that for me the most natural analogies are drawn from my day job. So I want you to imagine a building constructed in, say, the middle 1970s. The architect has very definite ideas about what the building is for and how it will be used. There is a plan.

But over time, things change.

The dry cleaner on the ground floor moved out and a candy store rented that space, so that the washing equipment was taken out and the piping cut off flush with the walls and capped.

An accounting form on the third floor needs a server room, with holes punched in the walls for cabling and new air conditioners, and a new high voltage electrical…

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Stranger Things 2 a Stunning Failure

 

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If only the show actually focused on these characters.. but nooo.. 

 

This past Friday I got off of work, ran to the store where I picked up some snacks, a pizza, and went home to begin the much-awaited binge watch of Stranger Things season 2. The wife and I loved season 1. It touched all of the themes I like in supernatural horror storytelling. Isolated children, massive supernatural conspiracies, well-acted characters, all wrapped up in a pseudo 80’s flavor.

Unfortunately, season 2 was a complete disappointment.  The show’s writing was pathetically poor, filled with nonsensical plots that went nowhere, emotional beats that were out of tune, and filled with cheezy new additions that felt jarringly out of place. It’s like the creators of the show took everything that made the first season likable and focused on the exact opposite.

 

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Bootleg Suicide Squad cringing up yo television since 1983!

 

The season’s sole accomplishment is providing the world with what must have been the shittiest hour of television in the past decade with the giant turd that was the 7th episode. It was an episode so incongruent with the rest of the show and so poorly written and acted that I almost turned off the whole damn thing and called it right then and there. Linnea Berthelsen’s dorky, poorly acted, horrible accented character was so lame I almost stopped watching the show out of embarrassment. Nauseatingly cringeworthy nonsense. If you read this and haven’t watched the second season do yourself a favor and skip episode 7. You will lose nothing and avoid the poor taste of garbage that ends up poisoning the last two episodes that follow it.

I don’t think I have been this disappointed with a movie or television since they allowed that hack J.J. Abrams to lens flare his way across Star Trek and Star Wars.

 

 

Blade Runner 2049

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A sequel that matched and in some parts surpassed the original in creativity and quality. It actually continued the interesting conversation on what it means to be human and added a few more questions and insights. Most of all it was gorgeous with amazing cinematography and a great soundtrack. I can’t wait for more people to go see it so I can discuss it without spoiling anything.

I really liked the Jared Leto and Sylvia Hoeks characters. They made downright creepy fantastic antagonists, and the final confrontation was an awesome setpiece.