Star Wars Borders

While watching Solo: A Star Wars Story, I was struck by a few things, some of which were glaringly obvious and which I have already written about, such as the extremely disappointing sexual politics, but some that were more subtle. One of the more subtle things I saw was the difference in border controls in Solo: A Star Wars Story, compared to the original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.

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I have just seen Solo: A Star Wars Story, and there was a story choice made in that movie that really left a bad taste in my mouth. There is no avoiding spoilers, so here goes: The character that is at the center of this plot point is, Val, played by Thandie Newton. As The Mary Sue puts it: There was one element of the movie that nearly ruined all that fluffy fun, and it was the treatment of the character Val.

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I am so angry at The Cloverfield Paradox because it had all the elements necessary to make something great, but spoiled it by forcing these elements into the service of possibly the worst screenplay ever written. Seriously, you could get a better piece of writing by scattering corn on the keyboard of a laptop and letting a hungry chicken peck at it. Make no mistake, this is a terrible and stupid movie, but there is a lot of good stuff here.

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Dirty Computer

I was getting my morning fix of news today, form a variety of outlets, when I saw on Vox that Janelle Monae’s movie, Dirty Computer, has finally been released. For her first couple of albums, she was inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1927 sci-fi film Metropolis to adopt an alternate “archandroid” persona named Cindi Mayweather. Now comes Dirty Computer and, as Vox says: Dirty Computer tells the story of Jane 57821, a defiant free spirit who lives in a near-future dystopia and takes joy in celebrating herself, her love for fellow rebel Zen (Tessa Thompson), and the queer black community that accepts them both.

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As usual when talking about a movie I really enjoyed, this review has ended up getting a little spoilery. I don’t think I’ve given much more away than can be guessed from the trailer, but if you don’t want to be spoiled at all and only want to know if this movie is worth watching, rest assured that it is and you should be hitting play or going to the screening right now.

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I loved Pacific Rim 2, and was grinning with glee at all the giant-robot action lovingly rendered on the big screen for my enjoyment. I don’t want to oversell the movie, though. I am a huge fan of giant robots and this sort of movie is slap-bang in the center of my wheelhouse but I am aware that for somebody who is not quite as in love with huge mechanoids as I am, this movie may not appeal quite as much.

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The Falcon's Nose

The trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story dropped a few days ago, undoubtedly the first of many, and the sort of websites where sci-fi geeks like me hang out are still all abuzz. The Millenium Falcon makes an appearance in the trailer, of course, for what story about Han Solo could be told without mentioning his famous spaceship, or his copilot Chewbacca. The Millenium Falcon is an iconic spacecraft, and I rated it as the best screen spaceship design ever in my top ten of spaceships right here on this blog.

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Brett Fitzpatrick

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