2010s, 3/4, Fantasy, JJ Abrams, Review

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

#5 in my Ranking of the Star Wars franchise. “I think those are really valid ideas that Rian put forth, but any series of films, especially if you have three, is a conversation — which is, as I said early on when I was talking to J.J., thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. If Force Awakens asks… Continue reading Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

2.5/4, 2010s, Fantasy, JJ Abrams, Review

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

#8 in my Ranking of the Star Wars franchise. This shares a lot of the same structural problems as Episode I, but it’s better made, more energetically assembled, and with stronger dialogue which helps make up for it. There are a lot of stories floating around in this thing which obfuscates the emotional core of… Continue reading Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

2.5/4, 2000s, Action, JJ Abrams, Mission Impossible, Review

Mission: Impossible III

For most of this movie’s runtime, it’s quite an enjoyable high tech spy thriller, but I absolutely hate it’s last twenty minutes. I’ve only seen this twice: once upon its initial theatrical run and just recently on Amazon Prime. I remember feeling largely the same reaction then as I did this time, and the epicenter… Continue reading Mission: Impossible III