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A Cinematic Guide to The Weeknd: Pt 3. My Dear Melancholy and After Hours

2020.12.02 19:27 eve_salmon A Cinematic Guide to The Weeknd: Pt 3. My Dear Melancholy and After Hours

A Cinematic Guide to The Weeknd: Pt 3. My Dear Melancholy and After Hours

My Dear Melancholy

Gaspar Noe/Cannes Film Festival
The My Dear Melancholy era notable for being a time when The Weeknd was in proximity to a lot of serious directors. While he’s had a foot in Hollywood for awhile, 2017 through 2019 he was actively engaging with filmmakers like the Safdies Brothers, Gaspar Noe, and Claire Denis, amongst others. While he had been actively courting the Safdies since Good Time was released, he attended the 2018 Cannes Film Festival where he crossed paths Noe, whose film Climax took home a number awards at Cannes. Noe’s Enter the Void had previously served as an inspiration for Kiss Land, and for MDM (and later After Hours) seem to call back to Noe’s other films, like Irreversible and Love, which are both twisted depictions of heartbreak. On the other hand, Climax is about a French dance troupe who accidentally take LSD, and according to Noe is not a “message” movie. It is an audacious psychedelic technical exercise, with numerous long takes and highly choreographed set pieces. The idea for Noe, who had previously captured the feeling of drugs in previous films, was to do the opposite, and present the objectively reality of drugs, watching people high from a sober perspective.
Noe is a rather strong advocate of film, and the opening scene of Climax features VHS boxes of a number of films that have influenced his filmmaking. Two of note are Schizophrenia, otherwise known as Angst, one of Noe’s favorite films which The Weeknd name checked to the Safdies, and Possession, which would go on to be an influence on After Hours (more on this later). He is also said to have sat next to Benicio Del Toro at Cannes, which means he likely caught some of the Un Certain Regard section, where Del Toro served as a jury member. Outside of that section, there were a few other films of interest such as The House That Jack Built from Lars Von Trier (The Weeknd has previously expressed affection for Von Trier’s Antichrist), Mandy from Pastos Costamos, and music video director Romain Gavras’s The World Is Yours, as well as a restoration of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which Noe has referred to as the film that got him into filmmaking.
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Asian Cinema
Later in 2018, The Weeknd continued his globetrotting with a tour of Asia. He once claimed in an interview that whenever visiting a foreign country he only watches films from there. I’ve previously written about the influence of Asian cinema on Kiss Land, and there’s not enough work from the MDM era to glean anything cinematically adjacent to this, but now would be a good time to mention that the "Call Out My Name" video was heavily inspired by the work of famed Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. The Asian tour poster seems to be a reference to Ichi the Killer, which leads us to Takashi Miike. Though he is notoriously prolific across a number of genres, his most popular works internationally are genre melding blends of horror, comedy and crime, most notably Audition, Ichi the Killer and Gozu. Another film worth mentioning is Perfect Blue, Satoshi Kon’s masterwork about a pop star’s mysterious stalker that The Weeknd posted about on Instagram before. Bloody and haunting, the film was a major influence on Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream. In Interviews he has also mentioned a number of Korean films, such as The Wailing, I Saw the Devil and Oldboy. While Wong Kar Wai was previously mentioned as an influence on Beauty Behind the Madness, also worth mentioning is the work of John Woo, specifically A Better Tomorrow, well known for the shot of smoking a cigar off money, and Infernal Affairs, Andrew Lau’s crime classic which served has the basis for Scorsese’s The Departed.
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After Hours

Martin Scorsese
While After Hours more so than any other Weeknd album is bursting at the seams with cinematic references, the influence of Martin Scorsese stands above all. Similar to The Weeknd’s body of work, many Scorsese’s are explorations of violence and masculinity, investigating them from a perspective that depending on who you ask (and how they’re feeling) glamorizes, condemns or just simply presents the reality of characters on the fringes of society.
While there are direct references to a number of prominent Scorsese films, what’s interesting is that his influence also reverberates in other films/filmmakers that influence After Hours. Todd Phillips’s Joker is in effect an homage to Scorsese’s loner-centric New York films, and the Safdie Brothers have been putting their own millennial spin on the type of 70s gritty thriller that Scorsese trafficked in (Scorsese was also a producer on Uncut Gems). Specific Scorsese works will be discussed more in depth in the requisite sections, but it is worth mentioning upfront what a prominent role that Scorsese plays in the nucleus of After Hours.
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Urban HorroIsolation
With After Hours, The Weeknd departs from the slicker sounds and influences that permeated Starboy and returns to the cinematic grittiness of Beauty Behind the Madness. While urban horror is a theme that permeates throughout The Weeknd as a project overall, there is a thorough line to be drawn here that follows a number of 70s and 80s cinematic and aesthetic references. For one thing, while the initial bandaged nose was a reference to Chinatown (previously, The Weeknd has a Kiss Land demo titled "Roman Polanski"), the full bandaged face that is so prominently featured throughout the After Hours era is a classic cinematic visual trope that was especially prominent throughout 60s and 80s, though it saw a slight re-emergence in the 2010s. The fully bandaged face is often used to remake someone in the image of another, usually against their will (The Skin I Live In, Eyes Without Face), or as a case of mistaken identity and doppelgängers (Good Night Mommy, Scalpel), themes present throughout much of After Hours. The "Too Late" video acknowledges these references, but instead presents the bandages on two Los Angeles models recovering from plastic surgery, in a nod to a famous Steven Meisel’s photoshoot for Vogue Italia.
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The “masks” people wear is another horror trope that is featured prominently on After Hours, and this is best seen in the red suit character. One important reference in the film is to Brian De Palma’s Dressed To Kill, where a serial killer is targeting the patients of a psychiatrist (any more on this film will veer towards spoiler territory). The Weeknd is on the record as saying Jim Carrey’s The Mask as being a large influence on the Red Suit character, it being one of the first film’s he watched in theaters. One of the more complex references would be to Joker. While it sort of an in-joke that the character of the Joker is commonly overanalyzed and misinterpreted, referencing Todd Phillips’s Joker is more nuanced because it is in essence a full on homage to Martin Scorsese’s New York films, most notably Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy, which focus on eccentric loners, and can both be seen as cautionary tale of urban isolation, a theme explored perhaps in songs like "Faith." The King of Comedy revolves around a would be obsessive stand up Rupert Pupkin haggling his way to perform on late night TV, with The Weeknd’s talk show appearances being a prominent part of the early After Hours marketing, most notably in the “short film”. This idea of isolated and compressed urbanites recurs throughout After Hours and it’s films.
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The idea of urban repression is in the subway scene of the After Hours short film. The entire film itself is something of a reference to the subway scene to Possession (another Gaspar Noe favorite), mimicking the (also subway set) scene in which Isabelle Adjani’s Anna convulses on the subway due to a miscarriage, as well as Jacob’s Ladder, a 90s cult classic horror film starring Tim Robbins as a Vietnam vet (like Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle) who is experiencing demonic hallucinations, encountering them in the subway and later at a party he attends, splitting the scene into two.
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Las Vegas
As always, The Weeknd once again grounds After Hours with a strong sense of place, this time setting the album against a nocturnal odyssey through Las Vegas. One of the most prominent films is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Terry Gilliam’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s book. This is directly referenced in the "Heartless" video, which sees The Weeknd and Metro Boomin in the Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro roles as they tumble through a Las Vegas casino. The Weeknd has gone on the record to state that the famous red suit character was influenced by Sammy Davis Jr.’s character in the film Poor Devil. However, similar red suit has also been sported by a number of Vegas characters, most notably Richard Pryor and Robert De Niro’s Sam Rothstein in Martin Scorsese’s Casino. With the red suit, The Weeknd seems to be playing with the idea of a devil-ish other, another side of his personality that emerges in Las Vegas.
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While the city lights are the oft discussed part of part of Las Vegas, it should be noted that similar to Beauty Behind the Madness, the desert that surrounds Las Vegas is just as important to the juxtaposition of its beauty. The "Until I Bleed Out" video ends/"Snowchild" video in the desert, similar to the confrontation between Robert De Niro’s and Joe Pesci’s showdown in the desert in Casino, as well as Joe Pesci's death in Goodfellas. The idea of a hedonistic desert playground also bears semblance to Westworld, both the film and the TV show. The desert seems to represent some sort of freedom to The Weeknd, as the "Snowchild" video portrays the desert as a pensive location for reflection, as well as the "In Your Eyes" video showing the girl prominently dancing with the dismembered head out in the open, in reference to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, another prominent desert film.
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New York/The Safdies
Despite it’s Las Vegas setting, After Hours also takes a good amount from films set in New York, most notably Martin Scorsese’s 1983 film After Hours. Besides the title, After Hours is similarly about a twisting and turning nighttime odyssey. The film stars Griffin Dunne as Paul, a working class stiff who heads downtown to rendezvous with a woman he met at a diner earlier that night. Of course, things don’t turn out the way they should, chaos ensues, and Paul is set on a dangerous trek back uptown. Like the film, the album After Hours is set off by a woman (though the album takes more stock in romantic endeavors), seems to be set over a single night (or at least a condensed period of time), and involves similar chaos and misadventures (sirens at night at the end of Faith). Tonally, After Hours the film is more comedic perhaps than After Hours the album, however The Weeknd is on the record as having said that "Heartless" and "Blinding Lights" placement on the album is intended to be somewhat comedic, reflecting exaggerated machismo and ecstasy, respectively (to comedic effect).
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Another of the most prominent filmmakers of After Hours are the Safdies, who featured The Weeknd in Uncut Gems. They also served as a link to Oneohtrix Point Never, who scored their last two films and later worked After Hours. I believe there are three major film tropes (not genres) that inspired After Hours, all of which the Safdies’s have engaged with. There is the one-long-night films, in which a character spends one-long-night on the run from whatever chaos and forces may be that they left in their path. This can be seen in the Good Time, as well as After Hours (the movie). Then, there is the descent-into-madness type, where a character slowly loses grip with reality and ends up in over their head (something like Scarface or Breaking Bad, but for our purposes Jacob’s Ladder can be categorized here as well), which the Safdies did with Uncut Gems. Lastly, but maybe most importantly, the Safdies also explored toxic romance (more on this later) in their less seen film Heaven Knows What, about two heroin addicts and the destructiveness their love brings out in each other, an idea that recurs throughout After Hours on songs like "Until I Bleed Out" and "Nothing Compares." A recurring song throughout Heaven Knows What is Isao Tomita’s synth version of Debussy’s "Claire De Lune", which is featured in some episodes of Memento Mori and bears some resemblance to the start of "Alone Again".
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Obsession/Toxic Romance
While love and lust and the ups and downs with it have been a formative part of The Weeknd’s ideology and themes, I don’t think it would be remiss to say that After Hours is perhaps his most outwardly romantic album. Despite this, one of the major arcs of the album is toxicity that comes with it, which a number of already mentioned films deal with. While "In Your Eyes" is one of the more romantic and accessible songs on the album, a re-assessment of it Ala Sting’s “Every Breathe You Take” could frame it as lonely obsessing, such as Travis Bickle’s infatuation with Jodie Foster’s teenage prostitute Iris, Joker's fixation on Murray Franklin, Rupert Pupkin’s obsession with Jerry Langford. Casino also deals with toxic romance, another prominent theme in After Hours, best seen in the love triangle that forms between Sam, his partner Nicky and his wife Ginger, played by Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone respectively.
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In almost all of the After Hours’s video content, The Weeknd seems to constantly meet his demise at the hands of women. Another interesting reference that may be something of a reach is to Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson’s film about Reynolds Woodcock, a couture dressmaker loosely based on Cristobal Balenciaga and his muse Alma, played by Daniel Day Lewis and Vicky Krieps, respectively. The film delves into their dysfunctional relationship, with Woodcock berating her and Alma poisoning his tea to keep him dependent on her. One of the highpoint of the film is a New Years Eve Party that bears strong resemblance to the "Until I Bleed Out" video. While the balloons may just be a callback to his earlier work, there is something about the color grading/temperature and the production design of the "Until I Bleed Out" video (as well as parts of the "Blinding Lights" video) that made me immediately think of Phantom Thread. A similar relationship is seen in the German horror film Der Fan, which The Weeknd has mentioned in a recent interview. In Der Fan, a young girl Simone spends her days obsessing over popstar R, until she finally encounters him outside his studio. The film is similar to the aforementioned Takashi Miike’s Audition in its exploration of obsession and idealization. In the film, an older man puts up a fake casting call to search for the perfect girlfriend. While Audition explores these themes from an Eastern perspective of societal pressure, Der Fan explores it through a Western lens of pop idolization and idealization. Both films deal with the idea that despite outward appearances, the perfect partner does not exist, and anyone that claims to be (or has the expectations put on them) is not who they seem.
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One film he has spoken at length about is Trouble Everyday, Claire Denis’s arthouse vampire movie. The film stars Vincent Gallo as Shane, a scientist who travels to Paris under the guise of his honeymoon to track down core, a woman who he was once obsessed with who has now become a vampire. Core is locked up in a basement but sometimes sneaks out to seduce and consume unwilling victims. This seems to be where some of the bloody face stuff comes from, but I believe it’s influence is a little more conceptual. To me, a good companion film to Trouble Everyday is American Psycho, which seems to also have been a thematic influence on After Hours. Both films concern idealized version of masculinity and femininity, both very sexual and physical, but hostile as well. American Psycho ends with Patrick Bateman confessing to the killing of a prostitute, but no one believe him. Trouble Everyday ends with Shane killing Core, but Shane is unable to arouse himself after that except through violence. Koji Wakamatsu, a former Yakuza turned prominent extreme Japanese filmmaker (and a major influence on Gaspar Noe) is quoted as saying “For me, violence, the body and sex are an integral part of life.” Despite being hollow, idealized impressions of the self, a vampire and as a banker (cold, seductive bloodsuckers = monsters), Patrick Bateman and Core represent the Frankenstein-ian relationship between sexuality and violence, which I believe is the main theme of After Hours. Truly, we hurt the ones we love.
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Postscript

To cap things off, I would just like to illuminate some key takeaways. As a filmmaker myself, this has been an extremely helpful exercise in understanding other artists process and ideas.
Steeped in the history of the medium…
It’s clear that The Weeknd is not your typical “I’m influenced by cinema” artist but an extremely legit film buff with serious credentials. The Weeknd’s film taste leans towards 70s-00s genre works, mostly horror, drama and thriller, and is well versed in the classics but also has the nose to sniff out deeper cuts and obscurities. The mantra of “good artists borrow, great artists steal” works even better if not many people know where you’re stealing from! What is impressive to me is that he is not just versed in “mainstream” obscurities, but also serious deep cuts. Films like Possession and Phantom of the Paradise may not stick out to the average person on the street but are well known in most film circles. Films like Inland Empire and New Rose Hotel (Der Fan was especially impressive to me, it is one of my favorite films) however are not as well known and it is very impressive to me that he can come across films like that, and really get enough out of it to bring into his own work.
…is able to interpolate contemporary/mainstream films…
This perhaps is one of the most impressive aspects of his integration of film into The Weeknd’s work. It is very easy for film buffs to get lost within their own obscure taste, living in a world where everyone is an idiot for not knowing who Shinya Tsukamoto. Trilogy and Kiss Land had a lot of contemporary obscurities, like Stalker, David Lynch etc., well known but they still existed as artifacts, not of the time we live in. However, perhaps picking something from his work on Fifty Shades of Grey, of late he has kept his finger on the zeitgeist and anticipated/integrated what the filmmakers of today are doing, such as his work on Black Panther and Game of Thrones, general appreciation of Tarantino, the works of Nicolas Winding Refn in Starboy, and his use of the Joker and Uncut Gems on After Hours, both of which came out just a few months before the album. It feels Jackson-esque, and I believe this is one thing that will help him further in his quest for pop stardom.
…while also being fully in tune to the works of modern transgressive auteurs…
In addition to keeping up with the mainstream is in touch with, The Weeknd also makes it a point to seek out and learn from the cutting edge filmmakers of today. While the Safdies were always going to blow up, I don’t doubt that a Weeknd co-sign accelerated their rise. Gaspar Noe is one thing, Enter the Void and Irreversible exist as masterpieces of the mainstream obscurities I’ve been mentioning, but he really truly tries to understand the heart of Noe’s work, even going so far back as to understand Noe’s influences (I sincerely hope he is tuned in to the work of Koji Wakamatsu). But most of all, to be a fan of Claire Denis is one thing, but to seek her out and make her an offer that she ACCEPTED is absolutely astounding to me. Just spitballing but it would be like if Michael Jackson shot a music video with Rainer Werner Fassbinder (who I’d bet good money that The Weeknd was put on to by Noe). We can only PRAY that one day we will be blessed with a David Lynch Weeknd video.
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…and that just about does it. Hope you enjoyed this and thanks for being patient with me. I got quite busy after the first two and had my own projects/work going that kept me occupied. As we’re still technically in the After Hours era, I also wanted to wait until a few more videos and interviews came out to aid me in my research.
I also wanted to find enough time to make the Letterboxd for this. I personally don’t love Letterboxd culture, I find the popular culture surrounding the site a bit snobbish and exclusive, but I’ve gotten a number of requests for one and you gotta give the people what they want. Throughout the list are a few films that he hasn’t mentioned but are some of my personal favorites and I believe Weeknd fans will like, I encourage you to accidentally stumble upon things on it. Don't overthink, just pick something and watch!
If you’d like to follow me further, you can find me on Instagram here, where I post about film reviews Letterboxd style. I prefer Instagram so that more average people see it instead of an echo chamber of film snobs. I am also a filmmaker myself, I just recently wrapped this short film and am currently in the process of putting together my next project.
The main reason I did this however, besides a general appreciation of The Weeknd’s work, was to put more people on to the beautiful art form that is cinema. One thing I learned from Scorsese is that one must be an advocate and truly champion your medium. I hope that this encourages to check out more interesting movies than they wouldn’t normally come across, and I hope this will inspire more people to create more as well, whether it be to write, make films, music, anything. If even one person picks up a pencil, a camera or a keyboard because of these posts, I will be satisfied.
Thanks all!
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2020.11.24 21:45 ThatsMrDick-ThatsMe r/StarWarsCantina, which is the best cantina scene (besides Mos Eisley)?

"Mos Eisley Spaceport. Never again will you find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious."
In the original Star Wars, Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina (yeah I just found out what it was actually called, thanks Wookieepedia) introduced us to the breadth of bizarre alien creatures in the Star Wars galaxy, all crammed in a seedy bar on a backwater planet. From the hammer-headed Ithorian designed by Ron Cobb to the devilish Devaronian designed by Rick Baker, Lucas's creative team helped bring a universe of seemingly limitless possibilities to life in one short sequence. The scene has had a number of homages and imitations in other entries of the saga, but how do they all stack up compared to the original and arguably the best?
There's some criteria for what constitutes a "cantina" scene. It has to be some kind of enclosed environment featuring a plethora of unique alien designs with tonnes of visible personality as well as an overall lively though somewhat intimidating atmosphere for the protagonists. I'll be ranking them all out of 10 on the Cantina Factor. I'll only be counting the mainline "episodes" of the saga.
Episode V... doesn't have a cantina scene. The closest thing is the bounty hunter gathering on the Star Destroyer bridge, but... it doesn't really have the same feel and is a bit too brief to count. Move along, move along.
Episode VI, on the other hand, throws us right into the 24/7 partyhouse that it Jabba's Palace. A stew of filth and debauchery surpassing Mos Eisley, you almost feel dirty just looking at this place. Jabba is truly the Fisher King of his establishment, everything is as grimy and seedy as the giant slug himself. We see Jabba's entourage of performers, jesters and burlesque dancers, as well as servants, guards, bounty hunters, VIPs and assorted criminal scum. Compared to Mos Eisley, we get to see this litany of bizarre characters in greater focus, with many turning out to be quite important figures in the expanded universe. The main centres of attraction include: Jabba's pale, weak-minded Twi'lek majordomo Bib Fortuna; the axe-wielding, boar-like Gamorrean Guards; Jabba's cackling jester Salacious B. Crumb; Boba Fett flirting with girls; Oola the sexy Twi'lek slave dancer who's fed to the Rancor; Malakili the Rancor keeper who tenderly weeps when his beloved pet is crushed to death; EV-9D9 the sadistic torture droid; Ephant Mon the horrifically ugly elephant thing who is apparently Jabba's best mate; and last but not least, Max Rebo the cute blue DJ. Bossk the Trandoshan bounty hunter also has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo. The 1997 Special Edition controversially extends the song-and-dance number with Sy Snootles, replacing her (admittedly awful) puppet with CGI and adding an entirely new singer, Joh Yowza, who obnoxiously mugs the camera during his solo. Overall, the Jabba's Palace scene is in many ways better than the original Mos Eisley cantina scene, but it suffers greatly in the Special Edition... still, nothing can stop it ranking a solid 9/10 on the Cantina Factor.
With an enhanced budget and new fangled digital effects technology, Episode I is basically one long creature-feature. There's not really a single scene quite like Mos Eisley, as nearly every scene seems to have crowds of alien extras wandering around. Ironically, we don't see any cantina-like locations on Tatooine in the film, though the Boonta Eve Classic podrace scene provides us a decent alternative. All of the greatest podracers in the Outer Rim gathered together with their own idiosyncratic vehicles, including Anakin's cruel arch-rival Sebulba, the four-armed Gasgano, and the legend himself Ben Quadrinaros. Pit droids wander around providing some visual comedy. We see Jabba and Gardulla presiding over the event, with live race commentary provided in both Basic and Huttese by the hammy two-headed Fodesinbeed Annodue, a.k.a. Fode and Beed. Anakin's slave friends, including the young Rhodian played by Warwick Davis, also appear to cheer him on. However, considering that the rest of the film shoves so many CGI alien mugs in our faces all the way through, it doesn't have quite as much impact. 6/10.
In Episode II, we get the Outlander Club on Coruscant during Obi-Wan and Anakin's citywide chase for the bounty hunter Zam Wessell. As an avid clubber myself (not so much now, thanks COVID), I naturally like this scene and it's also cool to see the night life on a civilised Core World for once. On the downside, we don't get a good look at many quirky alien characters, but the one who does make an impression is no less than excellent: the deathstick dealer Elan Sleazebaggio. I wonder if he did go home and rethink his life? The scene also started the fan theory that Obi-Wan might be an alcoholic, seeing as he eagerly heads straight to the bar for some shots like the absolute legend he is. The "Jedi causes commotion with lightsaber, everyone looks then just carries on as normal" beat is given a tribute too. Moreover, the Outlander Club is used in an awesome fan film called Hell's Club which mashes together various iconic club scenes from other movies -- Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan encounters Ewan McGregor's Renton from Trainspotting while Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever leers at Anakin a little too long (also the madness makes Carlito's death no less sad, RIP). 8/10.
Episode III, there isn't one, skip.
Being a soft remake of Episode IV, Episode VII gives us a straightforward cantina scene with Maz Kanata's Castle on Takodana. Takodana might be one of my favourite locations in the whole saga. On paper it's an unremarkable forest planet but there's something... tangible about it. The fact that it was filmed in a real forest and a real set for the castle rather than a greenscreen backdrop definitely helps. Beyond Kanata herself, we see glimpses of some interesting looking characters, including: Grummgar the hulking big game hunter; Bazine Netal the enigmatic First Order spy who rats on BB-8; and most memorable of all, Sidon Ithano a.k.a. The Crimson Corsair, the red-garbed mercenary who Finn offers to join up with. Among the flags adorning the castle, you can also see the emblem of the real life charity organisation, the 501st Legion. Nice touch. Will we ever find out how the Skywalker lightsaber got there though? 9/10.
Episode VIII gives us the controversial Canto Bight on planet Cantonica. I'm very much pro-Canto Bight, it's a perfect 'anti-Mos Eisley'. Rather than a usual wretched hive of destitute criminals, Cantonica is a luxury casino resort filled with the disgusting, decadent elite of the galaxy. Crooks of a different breed. The aesthetic is great, it's all white and clean but filled with some truly repulsive-looking aliens squeezed into tight tuxedos and dresses. Like Finn, it's easy to get lost in the glitz and glamour until you see what it's all built on, then you can cheer when the Fathiers tear it all down. As bad as it all is, a part of me still finds Canto Bight appealing -- I wouldn't mind getting suited and booted and playing a bit of roulette (or the Star Wars verse equivalent of it, idfk) with some fuckin' weird aliens. Speaking of, let's get to some. We've got: Countess Alissyndrex delga Cantonica Provincion, the ruler of the town who can only be described as a purple slab of meat with a human face; Lexo Sooger the long-armed masseur; Slowen Lo the busybody Abendedo who almost destroys the Resistance because Finn and Rose parked on a beach; the Cthulhu-esque Palandag jazz band, somehow weirder than the Modal Nodes from Mos Eisley; Dobbu Scay the diminutive monocled alien who drunkenly mistakes BB-8 for a slot machine, also played by Mark Hamill; Justin Theroux and doll-faced model Lily Cole cameoing as the suave "Master Codebreaker" and his square-haired partner respectively; and of course, Benicio del Toro's "DJ" imprisoned down in the cells. Below the casino itself, we see the abusive slavery practices on both animals and children, with the boy Temiri Blagg revealing himself as Force-sensitive in the ending shot of the film after being inspired by the legend of Luke Skywalker. Whether or not you like its role in the story, it's a damn good alien cantina, 10/10.
Finally, we get to Episode IX. It's easy to miss because of how insanely fast-paced the film is, but yeah, there is a cantina scene on Kijimi, in the Spice Runner Den. I always wondered if this planet is a reference to Hideo Kojima, makes sense considering he and J.J. Abrams are friends, though apparently it's also a reference to some Japanese synthesizer brand. It's nothing to write home about. I mean, yeah, we're introduced to Zorii Bliss and Babu Frik, the best character in the entire trilogy, but what else is there? Oh yeah, a cameo from John freakin' Williams as the bartender Oma Tres. But yeah, apart from that, it's bland and forgettable, there are some aliens dotted around but none of them are focused on particularly. 3/10.
And there you have it. I felt weird about ranking Mos Eisley itself with its own imitators when it originated the whole trope, so I leave that one to you guys. Which is your favourite?
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2020.11.24 01:00 Chetdizzy A Cantor Fitzgerald Christmas

An email string for a merry Christmas, 2020:
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: The Marriage at KNON <[email protected]> Date: Friday, November 20, 2020 Subject: Proposal To: "[email protected]" <[email protected]> Cc: ~60 recipients
Edie-Pie,
If you and Howie can have a real conversation with Donald about this PSA, then you can also consider it the formal Investment Banking application from the new spokesmen at the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund.
These two will donate all of their assets into it on Christmas Day, under the terms and conditions below.
Please also gather any media for my Folder. You and Howie will need a good Primary Dealer relationship, so Cantor Fitzgerald will act as the well deserved financial chassis here.
Just as losing mom and dad prepared us for the initial shock of 9/11, so nineteen years reveal our final instructions:
With the same force on Dec. 25, 2020, the 501(c)(3), Cantor Fitzgerald, its affiliates, and its families may participate in a brand new style of wedding. I scored front row seats. The only other invitees are those mentioned to this email string, many of whom you know.
These terms expire in 72 hours.
I love you, g
On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Dave Chaos <[email protected]> wrote: This looks very different from the first proposal It appears you are interested in promoting a trust ? An infomercial ? What exactly is the content you'd like to air ? KNON WILL NOT air the above content under any circumstances
On Sun, Nov 8, 2020 at 6:10 PM The Marriage at KNON <[email protected]> wrote: Dave and Christian,
Sorry about the delay. Comments look good: we prefer ten weeks without commercial interruption. Expect members of the group Tiger 21 to provide the escrow details.
We’ll need a date and time for the first hour, when Arash Mohomad P******* and James Robert Denke announce this new 501(c)(3), its unique tax status, and the contents already outlined in “Episode 1”.
In a show of solidarity, we’re asking Genevieve Collins to participate in the audit. We’ll invite some bipartisan folks to join the panel she moderates, simultaneously surprising listeners.
Jack Van Wunnik on your floor is the CPA for any tax-specific questions you may have:
  1. This is a new legal entity, structured with existing frameworks commonly known as “trusts”.
  2. Consisting of one (1) trust filed within the legal framework of every country on Earth, this universal Trust (“Trust”) grows into a borderless government by the final episode of the wedding. Its population of internationally recognized, remote citizens proceed to normalize relations with existing United Nations governments.
  3. No one, including its founding team, may participate in the Trust until the final episode, when the Trust is formed. Afterward, any human being may apply to participate in the Trust.
  4. Applicants must pass one (1) stringent proficiency test, for which the Trust and its members prepare them to take. Those who participate in the series are exempt from the test.
  5. Any individual (“Participant”) accepted into the Trust will receive one (1) checkbook, one (1) debit card, and one (1) benefits package, including comprehensive healthcare and retirement coverage. Once activated, these items can be used to purchase any good or service at anytime.
  6. In order to activate the accounts listed above, Participants must access a universal web portal (“Portal”) and complete tax steps 12-15 below. Afterward, Participants may populate their personal folder (“Folder”) with images, audio, video, digital print and other media to document the principal engine of the Trust. As Intellectual property of the Trust, Media files will be timestamped chronologically as permanent, auditable records inside any Folder.
  7. Due to their storytelling nature, Folders may contain significant records of personal, business, travel, and other matters. Participants may not share these contents with anyone other than the Chairman of the Board (“Chairman”) of the Trust.
  8. Participation is life long. After the natural death of any Participant, the Trust will make the entire contents of the aforementioned Folder available for public review. This allows future Participants to explore dormant Folders to match their contents to current Folders. When a match is confirmed, the Chairman will notify one (1) Participant immediately.
  9. Participants may produce up to one (1) film and one (1) book using the publishing and editing software within each Folder. Approved works may be updated and republished periodically. The Chairman maintains sole discretion over which films and books may be shared publicly before any Participant’s natural death.
  10. Prior to being made public, Participant films and books must be approved by a face-to-face meeting with the Chairman. All Participants are required to film and upload any meeting to their Folders for review.
  11. The mission of the Trust is to empower low and middle income individuals to become Board Members (“Board Members”) of the Trust. Only those granted a Chairman meeting, pending confirmation by existing Board Members, may become Board Members themselves. All Board Members share equal voting rights within the Trust.
  12. Participants must submit tax forms to their appropriate local tax authorities (example: IRS Form W-4 for United States Income Tax), claiming exempt status for the period beginning July 20, 2020. Participants must notify all appropriate local, state and federal tax authorities of their exemption.
  13. Participants must also withdraw from social security, pension, healthcare, and dental plan accounts, usually funded through employer payroll. Business-owner Participants must do similarly with proprietor accounts, equivalent to those listed above.
  14. Participants may utilize any and all Trust assets at the Chairman’s sole discretion. Likewise, Participants must assign all private assets (if any) to the Trust. These assets may include banking, brokerage, business and otherwise financial accounts, deeds, titles, interests, certificates, financial instruments, rights intellectual property, and hard assets. Though they work in various professions,
  15. Participants must maintain an annual income of zero ($0.00) to sustain the chassis of the Trust. Additionally, all income must be directed to the Trust in order for each Participant to maintain no-income tax status. Income may include wages, business interest, investment interest, and other passive sources. Inquiries made by local tax authorities, or any other authority, must be directed to one of the remote offices of the Board of Directors (“Board of Directors”); its offices will open in New York City, Beirut, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Seattle, Riyadh, Tel Aviv, Shiraz, Toronto, Split, Prague, Lisbon, Kyoto, Chiang Mai, Kuala Lumpur, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Lima, Medellin, Bogota, Mexico City, Houston, and Dallas, Texas.
  16. Two cofounders witnessed the creation of the Trust over two (2), consecutive 19 year periods. These are its only initial Board Members, announcing the public formation of the Trust. These initial Board Members are subject to full background investigations, including their private records, business interests, past relationships, careers, and transgressions, to which they admit sporadically throughout the series. Designed to help Participants inventory their own, transgressions are required uploads before additional files can be added to any new Folder.
  17. Both founders accept independent radio station KNON to broadcast ten (10) hours of the details of the Trust, its tax implications, its creation and subsequent storyline. During their broadcast, the cofounders will treat listeners and any questions with compassion and respect. The same will be requested of listeners. Panel questioning will be conducted in a timely, fair manner throughout the series, in order to encourage the fewest, unanswered questions at its conclusion.
  18. In the final episode of the series, each cofounder will execute the formation paperwork of the Trust, which has projected, worldwide Board Membership of only 55,555 individuals in its first year. The cofounders explain this ratio to listeners. Due to the vastly larger applicant pool size, the question Panel may only include those attached to this email or those called with direct involvement in the creation of the Trust’s first Folder. These may include some surprising individuals, including but not limited to: Genevieve Collins, George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, former secretary of Treasury Robert Rubin, former Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange Dick Grasso, former New Orleans Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson, Former Presidential Intern Monica Lewinsky, writers Judy Bloom and Elizabeth Sanders, Patricia Clarkson, Patrick Bateman, Paul Rudd, John Slattery, Benicio Del Toro, John Leguizamo, CEO American Airlines Doug Parker, CFO Southwest Airlines Tammy Romo, chefs Philippe Chow and Rick Moonen, Michael Mann, Gusmano Cesaretti, Wynton Marsalis, Naseer Shamma, Taj Mahal, Alan Braxe, DJ Falcon, Don Vappie, Trent Reznor, select members of Tiger 21, and among others, producer Mark Ellis, aka “Flood”.
  19. The series will be dedicated to Charles C. Bergman, the late Chairman of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
Working in those details, Episode 1 will follow the storyline shown in the string below. It may be best read as a disclaimer at the beginning of the series. Thank you Dave and Christian.
This will be great fun.
On Saturday, October 24, 2020, The Marriage at KNON <[email protected]> wrote: Joe?
On Saturday, October 24, 2020, Dave Chaos <[email protected]> wrote: Please let me know whom I am communicating with through this email exchange James, Arash, Mohomad or Isa I have seen all of these names on this email thread Some questions I have are in red $105,000 will be deposited in escrow for the benefit of Agape Broadcasting Foundation Inc. (“Agape”) in exchange for a live, ten hour broadcast titled, The Marriage at KNON (“Marriage”). Who is the escrow agent. The Marriage will air nightly from 9-10pm CST, during ten nights spanning from October 25, 2020 to November 3, 2020. These dates won't be possible. Do you want 10 nights in a row of a once a week broadcast ? Agape will provide current fundraising and/or profitability estimates for the existing 9-10pm time slots prior to the Marriage broadcast. Any funds raised in excess of two times (“2X”) the existing estimates for current programming during the 9-10pm time slots will be deducted from the amount payable to Agape. For example, if the current programming is estimated to raise $1,000 from 9-10pm on Oct. 25, then any amount raised above 2X $1,000, or $2,000, will be deducted from the $105,000. This incentivizes the Marriage to become more profitable than any show from 9-10pm CST, while still allowing for Agape to experience 2X upside prior to any deduction(s) from the $105,000. There will have to be guaranteed funds to start and a donate as we go arrangement moving forward. Agape is aware of the controversial nature of the Marriage. If for any reason Agape pulls the Marriage off air prior to all ten hours of broadcast, Agape forfeits right to all $105,000. This is simply to ensure the Marriage receives all ten hours of air time. Agape will need to know much more about what is the controversial nature of The Marriage and exactly what the content will be before entering into any agreement.Any programming content will have to conform to the laws of the United States and the State of Texas as well as regulations of the FCC regarding broadcasting and public radio broadcasting The Marriage will be allotted three live, in-studio sets from any artists of its choosing. One of these artists will be the rock band, Acid Tongue. The hosts may refer to themselves as The Prophet (“Prophet”) and The Lion (“Lion”), respectively. A portion of each segment may dial-out via telephone call to certain individuals. Agape will consult as to the best method and/or device to do so, in order to ensure quality audio for each phone call. A few of these calls may be international, and their costs may be added to the Marriage $105,000 payment. An in-studio wedding (“Wedding”) may take place at the conclusion of the final hour of the Marriage, as outlined below. All expenses associated with the Wedding will be paid by the Marriage. After the conclusion of the Marriage, Agape will email an itemized invoice within 48 hours to: [email protected]. $105,000, less any funds raised by the Marriage in excess of 2X projections (plus any telephone expenses) will be paid to Agape within 48 hours of invoice receipt. We will not bill on this arrangement. A non-refundable deposit will be required and the remaining funding recieved as air time is rendered. This is a highly unusual arrangement for us to be considering but we are willing to continue to review this proposal and will be able to make a decision once we have all of the details and our questions have been answered. No decision has yet been made by KNON to broadcast this. Thank You
On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 3:10 PM The Marriage at KNON <[email protected]> wrote: Dave and Christian,
We like the 9-10pm slot, but definitely understand if we can’t begin this Sunday, due to limited time to agree and fund the following: $105,000 will be deposited in escrow for the benefit of Agape Broadcasting Foundation Inc. (“Agape”) in exchange for a live, ten hour broadcast titled, The Marriage at KNON (“Marriage”). The Marriage will air nightly from 9-10pm CST, during ten nights spanning from October 25, 2020 to November 3, 2020. Agape will provide current fundraising and/or profitability estimates for the existing 9-10pm time slots prior to the Marriage broadcast. Any funds raised in excess of two times (“2X”) the existing estimates for current programming during the 9-10pm time slots will be deducted from the amount payable to Agape. For example, if the current programming is estimated to raise $1,000 from 9-10pm on Oct. 25, then any amount raised above 2X $1,000, or $2,000, will be deducted from the $105,000. This incentivizes the Marriage to become more profitable than any show from 9-10pm CST, while still allowing for Agape to experience 2X upside prior to any deduction(s) from the $105,000. Agape is aware of the controversial nature of the Marriage. If for any reason Agape pulls the Marriage off air prior to all ten hours of broadcast, Agape forfeits right to all $105,000. This is simply to ensure the Marriage receives all ten hours of air time. The Marriage will be allotted three live, in-studio sets from any artists of its choosing. One of these artists will be the rock band, Acid Tongue. The hosts may refer to themselves as The Prophet (“Prophet”) and The Lion (“Lion”), respectively. A portion of each segment may dial-out via telephone call to certain individuals. Agape will consult as to the best method and/or device to do so, in order to ensure quality audio for each phone call. A few of these calls may be international, and their costs may be added to the Marriage $105,000 payment. An in-studio wedding (“Wedding”) may take place at the conclusion of the final hour of the Marriage, as outlined below. All expenses associated with the Wedding will be paid by the Marriage. After the conclusion of the Marriage, Agape will email an itemized invoice within 48 hours to: [email protected]. $105,000, less any funds raised by the Marriage in excess of 2X projections (plus any telephone expenses) will be paid to Agape within 48 hours of invoice receipt. Standing by.
On Thursday, October 22, 2020, The Marriage at KNON <[email protected]> wrote: Copy that. We’ll send our term sheet tomorrow.
On Thursday, October 22, 2020, Dave Chaos <[email protected]> wrote: If you have a check for 105,000 that would certainly have an impact on an air slot wouldn't even need to guarantee anything on donald losing
On Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 1:32 PM The Marriage at KNON <[email protected]> wrote: Thanks. If you change your mind about the podcast, let us know.
If something opens up on air, we’ll cut you a check for $105,000 for 10 hours of airtime and offer a personal guarantee that Donald Trump will lose the 2020 election.
Thanks again for your consideration.
Mohomad & Isa (214) -* [email protected]
On Thursday, October 22, 2020, Dave Chaos <[email protected]> wrote: Arash and James Thank You for submitting your programming idea to us at KNON We have no programming space at this time and will not be able to host this program on KNON
On Tue, Oct 20, 2020 at 2:11 PM The Marriage at KNON <[email protected]> wrote: The Marriage at KNON
Show Dates: Oct. 26-Nov. 3, 2020 Underwriting Target: $105,000 Hosts: Arash and James Episodes: 10
Premise: Why do bad things happen?
On October 20, 2019, an EF3 tornado tore through KNON studios, bringing the station offline. As staff scrambled to broadcast a new signal, questions stirred inside the minds of some folks:
Why? How could the station deserve this? Was it a random event? Was it an act of God? If so, how could God exist and this happen to listener supported KNON?
Enter native Texans Arash and James. Friends since age twelve and former high school debate partners, these men are no strangers to tough discourse. They offer listeners a fresh lens to examine seemingly awful events through an ultra-modern love story:
Episode List (60 minutes each)
Episode 1: “1983” Four days after KNON’s first broadcast, a baby named Natasha was born. An atheist, she inspires the story that James begins to tell, one that he claims proves the existence of God. Arash, of course, doesn’t believe him, but as a non-practicing, Muslim-born man, he agrees to listen to his Jewish friend anyway. Since Arash spent a few of his younger years in examining all religions, he confidently takes notes to debate James, who is clearly in love with Natasha. They agree James may submit any evidence to support his case, including music and concert footage he’s gathered for their friendly debate. As the episode progresses, James sketches a cast of characters and events surrounding KNON’s first broadcast, his first piece of evidence being his own drowning and subsequent resuscitation in 1983. The episode ends with a listener challenge inspired by a Wynton Marsalis concert James attended in France.
Episode 2: “One Set for World Peace” Episode 3: “September 11, 2001” Episode 4: “Inauguration Day” Episode 5: “Acid Tongue” Episode 6: “Miracles” Episode 7: “The Tornado” Episode 8: “Covid-2020” Episode 9: “The Port of Beirut” Episode 10: “The Wedding”
Additional episode descriptions provided by request.
Dave (and Christian),
Thank you for taking the time to meet with James yesterday (and last Friday). We intend to self-promote this series and believe we can raise the donation amount listed above once we get rolling. We are also happy to meet with you to discuss the show in person.
We appreciate your consideration this Oct. 20.
Happy Anniversary, Arash and James (214) -* [email protected]

Dave Chaos Station Manager KNON Dallas Tx
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2020.06.30 22:21 Brachymeles I watched China Moon (1994)

A film noir from the 90s about a very competent detective who falls for an abused housewife of a wealthy banker. It was supposed to be released in 1991 (my birth year) but it was edited for test audiences and shelved for 3 years.
I liked the movie due to the actors despite the movie itself being mediocre and left me scratching my head in certain parts. An example of this is how Kyle (the detective) falls in love with Rachel (the abused wife) but why? Was it because she was pretty? Was it because she was sad? Seems like a lot of the development between the two characters happened off-screen and then there’s Dickey Kyle’s partner who isn’t good with details, so how did he get into the police force in the first place? The movie has a twist coming but the way the ending was executed was meh.
As I’ve said the actors really rise above the material they’re given. Madeleine Stowe is great as the femme fatale Rachel that you really feel for her when she gets abused by her husband Charles Dance who sports a ridiculously bad southern accent (and were told that the Brits are great at accents). Babyfaced Benicio Del Toro as Dickey also makes his presence felt. Ed Harris plays Kyle so perfectly that it makes you wish he was given more lead roles like this in his career, it’s one of Hollywood’s greatest sins to not have given him the chance to be the lead more. Stowe and Harris have great chemistry for characters that aren’t even given any reason as to why they’re together aside from the obvious that she wants to get away from her husband.
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2020.06.19 21:53 1000100001 Speculative fiction is recognising the power of disability by Brianna Albers

Speculative fiction is recognising the power of disability

Published June 18, 2020 by Brianna Albers
In 2016, the internet was rife with divisive opinions over Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You. The novel, published in 2012, chronicled the relationship between a recently-paralyzed man, Will, and his caregiver, Louisa. The 2016 film, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin, faced significant backlash over its ending. Despite his burgeoning relationship with Louisa, Will commits rational, assisted suicide.
Traditional storytelling is rife with similar narratives. In Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 novel, Station Eleven, a disabled man commits suicide to relieve his brother of the burden of his care. Steven Knight’s The Last Words of Will Wolfkin boasts a disabled protagonist, only to cure that protagonist in the first chapter, allowing him to set forth on several marvelous adventures.
Even positive examples of disability representation are often twisted by the ableism of the industry. Bran Stark, of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fame, is lauded for embracing his identity as a cripple. However, in the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the character was given the title of “Bran the Broken”—a far cry from GRRM’s wise young man with magic powers. Hawkeye, the archer turned superhero played by Jeremy Renner in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is blind in the comics, but shows no inkling of disability on the big screen.
We have, over the years, made progress. Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology features a compelling character by the name of Kaz Brekker. A con man and a thief, Brekker also uses a cane, and is impacted—but not hindered—by his disability. In 2018, the disability community celebrated the publication of Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens, an anthology of short stories featuring disabled characters. Last but not least, the popularity of Corinne Duyvis’ #OwnVoices and Beth Phelan’s #DVpit point to greater diversity in the industry.
But there is still work to be done. Disabled characters are villainized (see Benicio del Toro’s codebreaker with a speech impediment in Star Wars: The Last Jedi). Either they’re celibate and homebound or chasing normalcy. They are objects of pity. And they’re certainly not capable of having adventures of their own. Little by little, disability representation is making strides. But disabled characters, and the authors who write them, are still “typecasted,” relegated to tragic love stories and coming-of-age narratives.
I grew up with a deep love of speculative fiction. I desperately wanted to discover a floating city in a far-off galaxy, with monsters and ancient secrets and, most importantly, the stars. But I quickly realized that disabled people were barred from the magic of speculative fiction. Girls in wheelchairs didn’t belong in space; they were stuck on Earth. To see the stars, they either have to fix themselves or prove their worth. The alternative was, of course, a tragic death.
The industry, and the fairy tales it sells, would have us spurn our disabled—celibate, homebound—lives in favor of a mythical future. This is ableism at its most insidious. Like Will Wolfkin, we can pin our dreams on magical cures, or we can step outside the narrative of traditional storytelling and embrace the life-giving creativity of speculative fiction.
More than fantastical locales or optimistic visions of the future, speculative fiction calls for imagination. Playfulness. Idealism grounded in concrete action. Speculative fiction retains the hopefulness of the fairy tale but places the nexus of responsibility on us, the readers. Instead of waiting for the advent of magical cures, we are to engage in and court creation. We are to bring about the utopian vision of the fairy tale by speculating and experimenting.
The industry would have us believe that disability and adventure cannot coexist; to see the stars, disabled girls must die to what makes them unique, to the physical and mental barriers that shape their lives. Speculative fiction, on the other hand, argues that disability is a source of power. Disability encourages invention, adaptation, forward momentum. Disability questions our understanding of “normalcy” and pushes us to expand our ideas of value and worth.
We see this in Going Further, an anthology of short stories that imagine the future of mobility. In “Skye Finds Her Magic,” the titular character discovers a future of clean energy and adaptive mobility devices. In “Let Me Show You Something,” a disabled man reclaims a lifelong passion alongside his partner. In “The Velocity of Freefall,” barriers to accessible flights are dismantled, allowing the protagonists to serve in the Peace Corps.
Each story grapples with disability. Skye is frustrated with the ableism and inaccessibility of her world. Carter, the narrator of “Let Me Show You Something,” grieves his leg paralysis and the hobby it stole from him. In “The Velocity of Freefall,” mobility challenges prevented Blaire from traveling the world for years.
The industry would have us stop there, closing the book on Skye, Carter, and Blaire. But speculative fiction recognizes the power of disability. Speculative fiction allows disabled characters, and the disabled authors who write them, to imagine a new world. Speculative fiction encourages us, the readers, to dream alongside them—and then, once we’re heady with possibility, make those visions a reality.
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2020.06.09 03:09 pilgrimfage The Kennedy Family

***UPDATE*** Found stuff!!
It's crazy to me that no one is talking about the Kennedy family's involvement when there's 6 entries of them listed in the black book! I've only just started looking for more info.
Names from the book:
Ethel Kennedy: Widow of Robert Kennedy (Bobby Sr.), mother of Bobby Jr., Joe, and Kerry
Bobby Jr./Mary Kennedy: Second eldest son of Ethel and Bobby Sr.
Joe Kennedy: Eldest son of Ethel and Bobby Sr.
Kerry/Andrew Kennedy Cuomo: Daughter of Ethel and Bobby Sr.
Sen Edward Kennedy (Ted Sr.): brother of JFK
Ted Jr. Kennedy: Son of Ted Kennedy, legal partner at Epstein Becker & Green

Their connection to Epstein specifically may have have started with Ghislaine.
“When she first arrived [in NYC] in February 1991, in the wake of her father's triumphant entrance into Manhattan as the saviour of the New York Daily News, she had one important role - as Captain Bob's ticket into New York society. She accompanied him to all the right parties and helped to woo the Kennedy clan. When Kerry Kennedy, Robert Kennedy's daughter, was married Ghislaine was a guest. Recently, she was seen warmly greeting John Kennedy Jnr, JFK's only son, at a New York party. As they kissed on meeting their friendship was obvious.”
The Mystery of Ghislaine Maxwell's Secret Love, Mail on Sunday, 11/15/1992 x

I can't find much else on reddit so has anybody else come upon any Kennedy connections?

***UPDATE***
With a bit of looking I can already see so much stuff in plain sight pointing to their corruptness, history of assault, and pedophile/young women interests. I've only used sources in the public domain and have quoted them and more people can help in that.
Bobby Jr./Mary Kennedy:
• Bobby known for cheating in all his marriages and having drug problems
• 1980 Bobby ran Ted Sr.’s presidential campaign, slept with staffer x https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3231043/How-serial-cheater-Bobby-Kennedy-Jr-strutted-family-home-exposing-private-parts-demanded-m-nage-trois-wife-Mary-went-public-Cheryl-Hines-telling-Mary-things-easier-killed-herself.html
• 1994, Bobby divorced first wife Emily when new girlfriend Mary Richardson, a longtime friend of sister Kerry’s, was six months pregnant x https://nypost.com/2015/09/13/inside-ethel-kennedys-cruel-neglect-of-her-troubled-kids/
• February 1994 Both photographed with Epstein @ NY Academy of Art benefit
• Sex journal leaked, “sex demons,” sexual acts recorded at events where other Epstein blackbookers are ie David Blaine x https://nypost.com/2013/09/08/rfk-jr-s-sex-diary-of-adultery/
• 1987 Not only taught law but also created a system to have second- and third-year law students working under him at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic x https://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/1997/08/kennedykids199708
• 2007 Mary changes and starts to medicate with alcohol and show emotional distress x https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-tragic-decline-of-mary-kennedy-found-dead-in-apparent-suicide
• 2010 Mary drunk calls 911 3 times, says problems with husband and two days later Bobby began divorce proceedings and starts dating Cheryl Hines from Curb your Enthusiasm x https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-tragic-decline-of-mary-kennedy-found-dead-in-apparent-suicide
• 2012 Mary was found dead of suicide though previously had claimed that Bobby 'repeatedly 'told her that she would be 'better off dead,' X
RFK Jr.'s Sex Diary:
• “ "Despite the terrible things happening in the world, my life is . . . great,” he wrote on Nov. 5, 2001. “So I’ve been looking for ways to screw it up. I’m like Adam and live in Eden, and I can have everything but the fruit. But the fruit is all I want.” Richardson [Mary Kennedy] told a friend that her husband noted the names of his romantic conquests on pages in the back of his journal under the preprinted heading “cash accounts.”
The couple was not yet divorced when she died and were bitterly arguing over issues involving custody and finances. Kennedy had temporary custody of the four children and was dating actress Cheryl Hines.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy's car after a 1969 crash in Chappaquiddick. Mary Jo Kopechne, who worked with Bobby Kennedy before he was assassinated, died in the accident.
Sen. Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008 and died one year later. Kara Kennedy Allen, daughter of Sen. Edward Kennedy, died of a heart attack at age 51 in 2011.
“After daddy died I struggled to be a grown-up . . . I felt he was watching me from heaven. Every time I was afflicted with sexual thoughts, I felt a failure. I hated myself. I began to lie — to make up a character who was the hero and leader that I wished I was,” he writes on July 25.
"Andrew [Cuomo] could win because he is totally focused and energetic,” Kennedy later observes. “He could lose because he lacks humanity and doesn’t love people. He is not a retail politician."
While locked up [in New York], Kennedy had a stream of prominent visitors, including then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.Clinton, he writes, spoke of her recent visit to Sharpton in a Brooklyn cell block where he was alone with four television sets.Clinton said Sharpton griped about being strip-searched — and also “went off on’’ Jackson.Other jail visitors included actor Benicio del Toro and Kennedy’s mother, Ethel, whom he refers to as “Mummy.” Kennedy was released in early August 2001, a month before 9/11. Kennedy writes that he had breakfast with Bloomberg on Dec. 11 and that the mayor-elect “committed to consult me” on his choice of commissioner for the Department of Environmental Protection. Cousin Michael Skakel visited, Kennedy notes on May 5. He wanted to discuss their relationship, which had been strained since Skakel was fingered in June 2000 as a suspect in the 1975 murder of his 15-year-old Greenwich, Conn., neighbor Martha Moxley. Kennedy forgave Skakel during this meeting and they hugged when he left, Kennedy writes.Kennedy vigorously defended Skakel in articles, and after Skakel’s conviction in 2002, Kennedy would go on to write a controversial piece for The Atlantic Monthly proclaiming his cousin’s innocence.At a family celebration for Eunice Shriver’s 80th birthday party in August — an event that was attended by Kennedy’s uncle Sen. Ted Kennedy and his cousin Maria Shriver along with her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, he says he gave an impromptu toast to his aunt. " https://nypost.com/2013/09/15/rfks-diary-details-days-with-stars-yachts-and-falcons/ https://nypost.com/2013/09/08/rfk-jr-s-sex-diary-of-adultery/
Sen Edward Kennedy (Ted Sr.)
• 1969 Chappaquiddick, Kennedy was driving 28-year-old staffer for his brother Bobby when he drove off a bridge. She drowned in the car, and Kennedy left the scene to consult with Kennedy family advisers. He never reported the incident, which was discovered independently the next morning! Kennedy was charged only with leaving the scene of an accident.
" A pretty, talented blonde who had worked on Bobby’s speeches, she’d opted to join Ted for a mysterious late-night drive after a boozy reunion party in a cottage on the tiny island of Chappaquiddick, just off the millionaires’ playground of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Many were suspicious about the odd mix of young secretaries — all in their 20s and single — and Ted’s thirtysomething friends, nearly all of them married, but solo that night, who attended the party on Chappaquiddick. The filmmakers say they stuck as closely as possible to the nearly 1,000-page report of the inquest (conducted behind closed doors) released by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 1970. Kennedy is portrayed as shifty, self-pitying, entitled and weak. He changes his story repeatedly; first in a written statement, then in a televised address, and finally at the inquest — though none of the versions stood up to scrutiny. He claimed he was giving Miss Kopechne a lift to the ferry back to Martha’s Vineyard and mistakenly turned on to the track that led to the bridge. However, Mary Jo had left behind her purse and hotel room key at the party — suggesting she was intending to return. he friends said they accompanied him to the car and entered the water to free Mary Jo — but failed. (Even this has been questioned because there was no sign of the injuries Ted’s friends said they sustained in their rescue attempts). They told the inquest that it was at this point they advised him to alert the authorities.Kennedy would later claim that he didn’t immediately do so because he was concussed and confused. (His doctor later diagnosed mild concussion.) That didn’t stop him from making 17 phone calls to family, friends, aides and even his father Joe when he got back to his hotel.The next morning he joined sailing friends at brunch. The two men who’d gone to the crash scene with Kennedy, horrified to discover that he still hadn’t alerted the police, pulled him out of the meal.it was only after hearing that police had found the car and the body that Kennedy went to the local police station, installed himself in the absent police chief’s office and imperiously summoned him back from the accident scene as he worked on a statement. The matter was taken out of the bumbling Ted’s hands as his father masterminded the gathering of a nine-strong team of advisers to spin the scandal and twist the arms of amenable officials.Miss Kopechne’s body was removed from the island by plane before a post-mortem could be performed — one that could have confirmed the theory supported by the rescue diver and the undertaker that she suffocated rather than drowned. This would have made Kennedy’s long delay in raising the alarm even more indefensible by indicating that she might have been saved.In an interview in 1988, the late Mr joseph Gargan, cousin, — who became estranged from the Kennedys after Chappaquiddick — claimed Ted had tried to hatch a scenario in which Mr Gargan ‘discovered’ the accident, and informed the police that Miss Kopechne had left the party alone and driven off. Mr Gargan said he refused to cooperate. In the ensuing court case, Kennedy pleaded guilty to a minor charge of leaving the scene of an accident and received the minimum sentence of two months in prison — which the judge generously suspended. At the time, some U.S. media couldn’t even be bothered to spell Mary Jo’s name correctly. One news wire virtually ignored her, reporting: ‘TED SAFE; BLONDE DIES.’ "https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5614453/Truth-Ted-Kennedy-blonde-woman-died-car-exposed-new-film.html • 1991 Kennedy nephew William Smith was charged with rape while staying with uncle Teddy in the family's seaside estate in Palm Beach, FL. The woman claimed she met Smith at a night club at which he was accompanied by Ted Kennedy and his son, Patrick. Later, while ostensibly showing her around the estate, Smith began pursuing and pawing her as she tried to escape. Other women were found who described having similar experiences with the Kennedy nephew, but Smith was acquitted. x https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/addiction-in-society/200805/the-top-seven-kennedy-sex-scandals
• " In recent years there has been story after story after story of loutish behavior, in Hyannis, on Nantucket, in the Virgin Islands, on Fishers Island, at Claridge's in London, at the Fifth Avenue debutante party of a daughter of one of his friends, where, several young guests reported, his tit-and-fanny-pinching was "so gross," and his drinking totally out of control. In Leo Damore's best-selling book. Senatorial Privilege, Cleo O'Donnell, the brother of Kenny O'Donnell, the former White House appointments secretary and political strategist under President John Kennedy, said, "One problem Teddy always had was keeping it in his pants—even when other people were around." In recent years there have been confirmed accounts of a drunken tabletop episode with a waitress as well as public fornication with a lobbyist in La Brasserie, a Washington restaurant. There is also the by-now famous photograph of the senator atop a woman on the open deck of a sleek powerboat in the Mediterranean, a picture that prompted another senator to say to Kennedy, "Well, I see you've changed your position on offshore drilling." " https://archive.vanityfair.com/article/1991/10/damage • 1995 Blackbooker Lynn de Rothschild wrote a letter to Bill Clinton “ 'Dear Mr President: It was a pleasure to see you recently at Senator Kennedy's house. There was too much to discuss and too little time. Using my fifteen seconds of access to discuss Jeffrey Epstein and currency stabilization, I neglected to talk to you about a topic near and dear to my heart. Namely, affirmative action and the future,' she wrote.”x https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7283825/Jeffrey-Epstein-injured-jail-cell-following-possible-suicide-assault.html
Super important profile from GQ: " For his hard public drinking, his obsessive public womanizing and his frequent boorishness, he has become a late-century legend, Teddy the Terrible, the Kennedy Untrammeled. In Washington, it sometimes seems as if everyone knows someone who has slept with Kennedy, been invited to sleep with Kennedy, seen Kennedy drunk, been insulted by Kennedy. At Desirée, a private Georgetown club where well-heeled fat men mingle with society brats and party girls, Kennedy is known as a thrice-a-month habitué and remembered by at least one fellow customer for the time he made a scene with his overenthusiasm for a runway model during a club fashion show. In a downtown office, a former congressional page tells of her surprise meeting with Kennedy three years ago. She was 16 then. It was evening and she and her 16-year-old page, an attractive blonde, were walking down the Capitol steps on their way home from work when Kennedy's limo pulled up and the senator opened the door. In the backseat stood a bottle of wine on ice. Leaning his graying head out the door, the senator popped the question: Would one of the girls care to join him for dinner? No. How about the other? The girls said no thanks and the senator zoomed off. Kennedy, the formal page said, made no overt sexual overtures and was "very careful to make it seem like nothing out of the ordinary." It is possible that Kennedy did not know that the girls were underage or that they were pages and, as such, were under the protection of Congress, which serves in loco parentis. Nevertheless, the former page said she did find Kennedy's invitation surprising. "He didn't even know me," she says. "I knew this kind of stuff happened, but I didn't expect it to happen to me."
A former mid-level Kennedy staffer, bitterly disillusioned, recalls with disgust one (now ex-) high-ranking aide as "a pimp…whose real position was to procure women for Kennedy." The fellow did have a legitimate job, she says, but also openly bragged of his prowess at getting attractive and beddable dates for his boss. The former staffer also recalls attending a party at Kennedy's McLean, Virginia, mansion and finding it "sleazy and weird" to see that senator had apparently established as his live-in girlfriend a young woman known to the staff as the "T-Shirt Girl," a New Englander who had previously sold tees at a beach resort and who had reportedly met the senator through his son, Teddy junior.One East Coast playboy recalls an incident a few years ago in a popular Palm Beach bar when "a definitely drunk" Kennedy shoved him against the bar and spilled his beer as the senator rushed out the door with a blonde so young, the man at first mistook Kennedy for an angry father come to take home an underage daughter.
"He really will do anything at all," says veteran Washington gossip columnist Diana McLelan, "I think he's mad." Says Bill Thomas, writer of the "Heard on the Hill" column for Roll Call, the well-regarded newspaper of Capitol Hill, "He's off the reservation…out of control…He has no compunctions whatsoever." Thomas likens Kennedy and Dodd to "two guys in a fraternity who have been loosed upon the world."
Brasserie I: In December 1985, just before he announced he would run for president in 1988, Kennedy allegedly manhandled a pretty young woman employed as a Brasserie waitress. The woman, Carla Gaviglio, declined to be quoted in this article, but says the following account, a similar version of which first appeared in Penthouse last year, is full and accurate: It is after midnight and Kennedy and Dodd are just finishing up a long dinner in a private room on the first floor of the restaurant's annex. They are drunk. Their dates, two very young blondes, leave the table to go to the bathroom. (The dates are drunk too. "They'd always get their girls very, very drunk," says a former Brasserie waitress.) Betty Loh, who served the foursome, also leaves the room. Raymond Campet, the co-owner of La Brasserie, tells Gaviglio the senators want to see her.As Gaviglio enters the room, the six-foot-two, 225-plus-pound Kennedy grabs the five-foot-three, 103-pound waitress and throws her on the table. She lands on her back, scattering crystal, plates and cutlery and the lit candles. Several glasses and a crystal candlestick are broken. Kennedy then picks her up from the table and throws her on Dodd, who is sprawled in a chair. With Gaviglio on Dodd's lap, Kennedy jumps on top and begins rubbing his genital area against hers, supporting his weight on the arms of the chair. As he is doing this, Loh enters the room. She and Gaviglio both scream, drawing one or two dishwashers. Startled, Kennedy leaps up. He laughs. Bruised, shaken and angry over what she considered a sexual assault, Gaviglio runs from the room. Kennedy, Dodd and their dates leave shortly thereafter, following a friendly argument between the senators over the check.Eyewitness Betty Loh told me that Kennedy had "three or four" cocktails in his first half hour at the restaurant and wine with dinner. When she walked into the room after Gaviglio had gone in, she says, "what I saw was Senator Kennedy on top of Carla, who was on top of Senator Dodd's lap, and the tablecloth was sort of slid off the table 'cause the table was knocked over—not completely, but just on Senator Dodd's lap a little bit, and of course the glasses and the candlesticks were totally spilled and everything. And right when I walked in, Senator Kelly jumped off…and he leaped up, composed himself and got up. And Carla jumped up and ran out of the room." According to Loh, Kennedy "was sort of leaning" on Gaviglio, "not really straddling but sort of off-balance so it was like he might have accidentally fallen…He was partially on and off…pushing himself off her to get up." Dodd, she adds, "said 'It's not my fault.' " Kennedy said something similar and added, jokingly, "Makes you wonder about the leaders of this country."
Brasserie II: On September 25, 1987, Kennedy and a young blonde woman—identified by several sources as a congressional lobbyist—allegedly got carried away at a wine-fueled lunch in a private room upstairs and succumbed to the temptations of the carpet, where they were surprised in a state of semi-undress and wholehearted passion by waitress Frauke Morgan. The room, located next to the restrooms, is secured only by a flimsy accordion door, which could not be fully closed.

The columnist Taki, chronicler of Europe's idle rich, still calls Kennedy "a boorish and uncivilized philistine" because of an incident in the mid-Seventies. At the time, Taki was a UPI reporter in Athens and a well-known playboy. One day, he got a call from Kennedy's staffers, who asked him to "round up two dates, American girls preferably," for the senator and his nephew Joe during their brief visit to the Greek capital. Taki says he showed up at the Hotel Grande Bretagne, where the Kennedys were staying, with his girlfriend and dates for the Kennedys. "Teddy was…pretty much drunk," says Taki. "In fact, he was really out of it." Taki says he and the others left the senator and his date, a proper young Connecticut woman who was "very, very impressed with the Kennedys," at the hotel while they went nightclubbing. Back home later than night, Taki was awakened by Kennedy's hysterical date. Taki says the drink-befuddled young woman became frightened when she "saw Ted Kennedy coming naked at her," and adds, "that would scare me too, and I would like to say I am a pretty brave man."
Joseph Kennedy Sr. flaunted his affairs in front of his wife and children, made crude passes at his sons' dates and well past his middle years was still chasing doxies. Y
A woman in her mid-twenties who dated Kennedy steadily a few years ago also describes the senator as largely controlled, occasionally drunk. It was true, she says, that "when you go out with Chris Dodd, go out with the boys, you do get drunk and so on." But Kennedy drank little when he was with her, and the couple would often spend the evening by the fire at the senator's home, reading books or talking. The Ted Kennedy she knew was not the Bad Boy of La Brasserie but "a golden retriever," a "romanticist" who let her have the last bite of his dessert at night and kissed her good-bye on the forehead in the morning. Yet it is hard to believe that this picture is wholly accurate. At the time this woman was dating Kennedy, she was a fixture on the nightclub scene and a heavy partyer. But even giving the woman the benefit of the doubt and assuming that she and Kennedy did pass many quiet, contented evenings together, I question whether it would have been that fascinating for the 57-year-old senator to sit cozily around the fire, engaged in conversation with a woman who says that she developed a crush on him largely because they both had "blue eyes and fair hair" and who was surprised to learn that her ex-boyfriend had been the subject of several biographies.
Senator Joseph Biden, the Delaware Democrat who chairs the Judiciary Committee, says he will never forget the way Kennedy treated him during the seven months in 1988 that Biden was recovering from a brain aneurysm. "He would call my home and speak to my wife and offer to make contacts with doctors he thought were good," Biden recalls. "Once, he got on the train and came to the house in Wilmington, sat up here all day with me, talking. He brought a gift, too—a lovely engraving of an Irish stag." Much more importantly, says Biden, Kennedy did not take advantage of his associate's illness and reassert his authority over the Judiciary Committee, which Kennedy had previously chaired. " https://www.gq.com/story/kennedy-ted-senator-profile
Ethel • 1985 "When Bobby's widow Ethel Kennedy met Pope John Paul II in Washington, D.C. and the Pope told her, “I’ve met you once before! I made you a grilled cheese sandwich!” recalling when she and Bobby visited Poland in 1964" Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews, New York: Simon & Schuster
Joe Kennedy • At 21, crashed car and paralyzed 18 year old girl https://www.nytimes.com/1973/08/21/archives/joseph-kennedy-is-found-guilty-of-negligence-in-road-mishap-swerved.html • "He even toyed with the notion of becoming a drug smuggler, according to The Kennedys, a book by Peter Collier and David Horowitz, called a bully. " https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1988-11-16-8803070157-story.html • 1998 Hadn’t formally announced running for Mass Governor when first wife Sheila Rauch’s book Shattered Faith, talking out about Joe’s bullying her into a marriage annulment to appease the Catholic church
Family not in the book:
Michael Kennedy: Son of Bobby Sr. and Ethel Kennedy
▪ 1994 managed Ted Sr.’s senatorial campaign
▪ 1998 Case came out about that he had an affair with the family’s 16-year-old babysitter (needs research)
William Smith Kennedy: Nephew of Ted Sr.
▪ 1991 "charged with rape while staying with uncle Teddy in the family's seaside estate in Palm Beach, FL. The woman claimed she met Smith at a night club at which he was accompanied by Ted Kennedy and his son, Patrick. Later, while ostensibly showing her around the estate, Smith began pursuing and pawing her as she tried to escape. Other women were found who described having similar experiences with the Kennedy nephew, but Smith was acquitted." https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/addiction-in-society/200805/the-top-seven-kennedy-sex-scandals
IMPORTANT ARTICLE: " According to federal laws governing tax-exempt foundations, the estate should not be used by family members as a vacation retreat, but a Kennedy spokesman has denied that the mansion itself is owned by the foundation. However, in order to enter the house in the wake of the Easter incident, the Palm Beach police had to get permission from the foundation's trustees—the children of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. The reported facts of the boys' night out are sometimes contradictory. Often Senator Kennedy's version did not coincide with the versions of other witnesses. Just exactly when Willy and Patrick met up with the senator to continue their revels at Au Bar is not clear. But meet up they did. For a while the three men stood at the bar, drinking and watching the action. Then Willy drifted away, met a girl, and started dancing. After forty-five minutes at the bar, the senator and Patrick sat down at a table, and people the senator described as strangers came up and sat with them. One of these was a young woman named Anne Mercer, who in her version said the senator and Patrick sat down at her table. Within minutes of meeting, the senator had a heated exchange with Mercer, who, according to his deposition, he felt was rude to Patrick. Willy Smith then reappeared and introduced the senator to the girl whom he would later ask to drive him back to the compound, and who would later still accuse him of raping her on the grounds of the estate. The girl was there with Anne Mercer, who would, after the alleged rape, go to the compound with her boyfriend, Chuck Desiderio, to fetch her distraught friend and, in the process, look for her friend's lost shoes and remove a valuable china urn to prove that her friend had been where she said she had been. Also in the group was Anne Mercer's father, Leonard Mercer, a former Palm Beach restaurant owner, who is on parole after serving part of a four-year prison sentence for income-tax fraud, perjury, and bank fraud. Patrick Kennedy soon took up with Michele Cassone, the chatty waitress from Testa's. He brought her to his father's table to introduce her. Cassone said the senator "was not an attractive man—not someone you'd want to be with," although that didn't stop her from returning to La Guerida with father and son.
At the compound, the senator, Patrick, and Michele Cassone talked and continued to drink, but they did not interact with Willy Smith and his [Mercer], who went to the beach. Whatever, the woman claims she changed her mind and wanted out. In her deposition and in statements to the police, the alleged victim described what happened:
"I wondered who's grabbing me, and then I realized the only person who could be grabbing me was him, and I got real scared and got away and started to run. ... I thought, if this is playing, that's way too rough for me. I don't play that way. I broke my neck years ago, and I'm concerned about whether I'm fragile or not, and I don't want to be played with that way.... When I was running, he caught me again and tackled me, and I fell to the ground out by the pool which is on the south side of the house.... All I know is... he tackled me and then he had my dress up and his hands in my pants... and he raped me.... I was yelling no and to stop and he wouldn't.... He might have been yelling at me something, but I don't know what it was.. .. All I know is, I was just screaming no and to stop .. .and I couldn't figure out why, why he wasn't stopping and why nobody was helping me."
"The only thing I know is that Willy Smith couldn't remember her name after he was finished with her." Another account, not firsthand, had the scenario going this way: "The girl was in the bar when Teddy came in. Teddy was blasted. Willy definitely raped her. Teddy watched. The whole time Willy was saying, 'You can't do anything to me. You can't get me.' "
https://archive.vanityfair.com/article/1991/10/damage
More things to research:
• In addition to many affairs Joe Kennedy (father of JFK) assaulted Gloria Swanson on set and apparently flirted with his children’s girlfriends https://www.washingtonpost.com/gdpr-consent/?next_url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1987/03/22/the-kennedys-joe-sr-the-gloria-
• RFK Jr : Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and the dark side of the dream by Jerry Oppenheimer 2015 https://archive.org/details/rfkjrrobertfkenn0000oppe/page/n9/mode/2up
https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlodonnell/2014/07/08/how-the-1-billion-kennedy-family-fortune-defies-death-and-taxes-3/#3b499b284e4a
https://www.thedailybeast.com/who-gets-teddys-millions?ref=scroll
https://archive.vanityfair.com/article/1991/10/damage (there's more here than I put)
• More untimely deaths recently!
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2019.10.29 10:53 botania List of Professional Critics' Criticisms of TLJ

Part 1/3: https://www.reddit.com/saltierthancrait/comments/a7tzug/critics_criticisms_part_i_humo
Part 2/3: https://www.reddit.com/saltierthancrait/comments/a91mnv/critics_criticisms_part_ii_canto_bight/
Part 3/3: https://www.reddit.com/saltierthancrait/comments/aahmu6/critics_criticisms_part_iii_length/

Part 1/3

Critic's Criticisms Part I: Humor

A few months ago I completed a read through of all ~400 TLJ reviews on RT(now up to ~415). It was painfully boring at times, but that's salt mining for you. I wanted to get a handle on the critical reception which is commonly cited as universal praise. While it's generally true that critics loved TLJ, they also had some criticisms that would be right at home here at STC, and these come from super experienced and intellectual film critics, so they have to be valid, right? After all, these people know so much more about film than a layperson. They can fully evaluate a film on countless criteria that average fans don't comprehend. /s, but you see where I'm going here: many TLJ fans have put critics on a pedestal, as if their opinion is somehow more valuable as a baseline for TLJ's quality. So what about when critics are echoing our own criticisms of TLJ?
Almost every criticism we have lobbed at this movie was shared by at least a few critics, but there were three main criticisms that stood out as the most common. I'll start this series with humor in TLJ.
Peter Debruge, Variety -Fresh
Luke is funnier than we’ve ever seen him — a personality change that betrays how “Star Wars” has been influenced by industry trends. Though the series has always been self-aware enough to crack jokes, it now gives in to the same winking self-parody that is poisoning other franchises of late, from the Marvel movies to “Pirates of the Caribbean.” But it begs the question: If movies can’t take themselves seriously, why should audiences?
Harrison Ford was a good enough actor, and Han Solo an aloof enough character, that he could get away with it, but here, the laughs feel forced — as does the appearance of cuddly critters on each new planet.
Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter -Fresh
General Hux, who's goofily played by Domhnall Gleeson as if he were acting in a Monty Pythonesque parody
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger -Fresh
humor is not only prevalent but often turned, mockingly, on the self-serious mythology of the whole saga. Sometimes there are too many jokes; certainly there's an overabundance of cutesy aliens.
Niall Browne, Movies in Focus -Fresh
It’s Finn’s mission which takes the film off on a diversion where it didn’t really need to go. There’s a lot of comedic hijinks involved in all of this which George Lucas would have excised from the first draft of anything he ever wrote.
There’s more humour in The Last Jedi than previous Star Wars movies; some of it hits, some of it doesn’t. The much publicised Porgs work for a moment or two, but they outstay their welcome. The film drew to a halt too many times to show-odd cute creatures. I didn’t care for the crystal wolves during the climatic battle and the aforementioned space Llamas feel like they belong in a Disney movie (wait, this is a Disney movie!)
Rendy Jones, Rendy Reviews -Fresh
"The Last Jedi" is a movie that follows elements of other Star Wars movies that works on its own but feels so similar to a Marvel film because the first half of this movie is a comedy. Seriously a lot of the first half of the movie has a silly vibe amongst all the death and destruction that surrounds it. It desperately tries to be a parody of itself by making serious situations comedic.
Ruben Rosario, MiamiArtZine -Fresh
Much has also been made of “Jedi's” jarring tonal shifts. Johnson inserts broad humor, then abruptly makes things serious, then back again to goofy content.
Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Film Festival Today -Fresh
[Kylo's] partner in evil, Domnhall Gleeson, as General Hux, is less fine, though much of the problem stems not so much from the actor as from the tonally strange, abusively co-dependent relationship between the two men; their jokey rapport feels like it belongs in a very different movie.
Alex Doenau, Trespass -Fresh
However, from the beginning there’s a discordant sense of humour that’s somewhat counter to the series’ ethos to date: rather than funny situations rising organically in the script, many of the characters openly seem to be making jokes. It’s how we introduce Poe this go-round, and it feels slightly off.
Owen Richards, The Arts Desk -Fresh
There’s a surprising amount of comedy in the film, quite a bit at the expense of beloved characters or series law; it’s funny, but not respectful.
Tim Brayton , Alternate Ending -Rotten
The Last Jedi has an impressively poor batting average for its jokes: it opens with a vengefully dumb "I have a bad phone connection" bit that put me on the movie's bad side basically as soon as it had a side to be on, and it's not exactly all uphill from there.
James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk -Fresh
Sometimes, however, his proclivities come at the film’s expense, such as his penchant for inserting quippy humor, sarcasm, and sight gags at odd times, which often undercuts the drama or simply smacks of too much effort.
Craig Takeuchi, Georgia Straight -Fresh
Weak points come with awkward humour that lacks comedic rhythm and an unnecessary casino escapade, where a disposable underworld character DJ (Benicio del Toro) is introduced, that subsequently soft lens into what is essentially a children's adventure tale about animals.
Rob Dean, Bullz-Eye.com -Fresh
Further pushing the disconnect is that the script is far too self-aware, constantly making the sort of jokes that nerds have been making about “Star Wars” for decades, as if it’s too cool to purely accept itself on its own merits. The comedy works about half the time, but there are a ton of jokes in this film that underscore all of the overly serious talk of hope that populates the movie.
Sonny Bunch, Washington Free Beacon - Rotten
Johnson tries too hard on the humor front. Just one, brief, example: The whole opening sequences involves Poe doing conference call shtick while trolling Admiral Hux (Domhnall Gleeson). It's weirdly un-Star-Wars in the sense that it feels like something you could see on any dreadful sitcom here on planet Earth; this sequence is more fit for The Big Bang Theory than a supposedly dark entry in the Star Wars canon. The Star Wars movies have always been funny, of course, and there are moments when Johnson makes it work in a Star-Wars-sort-of-way. On the whole, though, it feels desperate and forced.
Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru - Rotten
Johnson's screenplay awkwardly blend action and drama with comedy and little bit of tacked-on romance. One particular scene involving an image that's not what it initially appears to be comes out of nowhere and feels like it belongs in a parody of Star Wars even though it does generate laughter.
Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground -Fresh
With more gags, one-liners and quirky moments than all the other Star Wars films combined, The Last Jedi introduces a levity to the staid franchise in the vein of Roger Moore's turn as post-Connery Bond. At times it works, even to the point of guffaws, but ultimately the humour feels misplaced. In a story where loss abounds and crushing defeat looms large at every turn, the repeated cutaways to doe-eyed porgs purring like extras from a Pixar film distract more than they entertain. So, too, does Domhnall Gleeson, whose character General Hux plays more like a parody of a Star Wars villain. As a result, both the New Order and the film itself are robbed of their most enduring menace: the Empire.
Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com -Fresh
In “The Last Jedi,” we watch Poe poke at Hux, who’s been turned into a buffoon for the new film, teasing him by faking communication issues and sharing an opinion about his mother. It’s the first of many awkward attempts at humor from Johnson, who isn’t known for funny business
Kevin McCarthy, WTTG-TV -Fresh
The first act of the film features major pacing issues combined with unnecessary comedic moments that ultimately hurt the tone of the film. Unfortunately, a lot of this comes from Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker character.
Jonathan W. Hickman, Daily Film Fix -Fresh
I found myself frustrated that the tone was comedy and sometimes almost veered into parody.
Everything else is jokes and comedic references with a side of cheese. I found myself shaking my head more than laughing along.
Ray Greene, CineGods.com - Rotten
But it also doesn’t feel quite right — the language, the iconography, the weirdly campy humor at the beginning — it doesn’t feel a part of the Star Wars universe.
Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly -Fresh
The less said about the awkward attempts at comic relief, the better.
Matt Looker, TheShiznit.co.uk -Fresh
the comedy - and there is plenty of it - is spread out more evenly across the whole cast. In the case of Domhnall Gleeson's Hux, this becomes a good opportunity to poke fun at the horribly hammy performance he gave in The Force Awakens. But when he is playing those laughs off against his only foil - Kylo Ren - Johnson threatens to undermine their status as epic villains.
Christian Toto, HollywoodInToto.com - Rotten
Johnson drops plenty of cutesy comic moments into the mix, some of which would make even George Lucas blush. What was passable in 1977 no longer flies as easily today. And a franchise as esteemed as this one deserves richer comic relief.
Mark Hughes, Forbes -Fresh
The first act's humor is the shakiest, with some gags seeming more like something out of a Star Wars satire. The tone and irreverence of it was out of place, and a couple of bits went on one or two beats too long.
Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment -Fresh
Speaking of laughs, the jokes and humor just fall flat. The jokes seemed out of place or were just so “on the nose” that I couldn’t help but be annoyed by them. I feel like the modern day humor didn’t feel the tone of the story and yet Johnson kept trying to lighten the mood by adding in cheesy jokes that weren’t even remotely amusing but instead were rather cringe-worthy.
Kevin Jagernauth The Playlist -Fresh
In the pursuit of providing some buoyancy to the picture, Johnson wields comedy like a sword, but it’s unfortunately the weakest element of the film. “Star Wars” has always been home to plenty of cornball one liners, and comedic passages, but there’s a delicacy to how they’re employed and delivered that allows them to land….or simply fall flat. Far too often, it’s the latter outcome in this picture, with some of the laughs feeling underwritten or simply shoehorned in. There’s a distinct lack of cleverness to the wit employed here — think something as seemingly spontaneous as BB-8’s “thumbs up” in ‘The Force Awakens’ — and while the gags don’t grind the picture to a halt, there are certainly some awkward patches where the expected laughs don’t materialize.
Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects -Fresh
The film is a series of points both high and low, and it’s nowhere more clear than in the humor. Several beats work well to bring a smile, but others fall tone deaf to the carnage and pain surrounding them. From the very beginning Hux’s scenes are made to feel like lost reels from Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs, and poor Boyega can’t catch a break as Finn is saddled with lame one-liners at every turn.
Alex Godfrey, GQ Magazine [UK] -Fresh
It’s funny, though not always when you want it to be – perhaps fearing too much gravitas, Johnson undermines it a little too often.
Robert Kojder, Flickering Myth -Fresh
Rian Johnson has crafted an installment that largely defies saga standard narrative structure and tone. There is a quick comedic dialogue exchange in the beginning between Oscar Isaac’s fighter pilot Poe Dameron and Domhnall Gleeson’s First Order General Hux that falls in line with the brand of humor Disney and Marvel inject into that particular cinematic universe.
John Serba, MLive.com -Fresh
Some stabs at comedy feel overwrought and clunky, including a stint on a ritzy planet of war profiteers, an extended sequence of skillfully directed silliness destined to be beloved fodder for apologists only.
Up next is Part II: Canto Bight.

Part 2/3

Critic's Criticisms Part II: Canto Bight

This is the continuation of my series highlighting specific critic's criticisms of TLJ. Part I on Humor is here, which also details my reasoning for this mining operation. Here we are covering Canto Bight, and we have everything from run of the mill iodized stuff to hail-sized rock salt on display, so adjust your goggles accordingly.
Johnson overplays his hand occasionally — most notably an unnecessary sequence at the casino city of Canto Bight that goes straight from a political sermon into a plot hole
Ethan Sacks, New York Daily News - Fresh
The bad news is, this involves an unnecessary trip to a kind of casino planet that doesn’t really advance the story.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic - Fresh
A scene in an opulent casino is easily the most painful yet in this new generation of Star Wars flicks, eliciting images of the green screen busy set pieces of the early-2000 franchise additions, enticing to the youngest members of the audience who need their stories overly padded with shiny spectacle.
Matt Oakes, Silver Screen Riot - Fresh
Boyega is a loveable hero, and his new compadre Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) is a nice addition. However, as much as it isn’t overbearing, their entire sub-plot is when the adventure loses steam. This moves the film away from where all the interest is – Luke. At this point, it becomes a little disjointed and unnecessary, never reaching a point of excitement required for a chunk of plot of this degree.
Cameron Frew, FrewFilm - Fresh
an extended digression with Finn and Rose that doesn’t end up counting for much plotwise
Bob Chipman, Moviebob Central - Fresh
Sadly, Boyega's Finn -- still an appealing character -- is saddled with a go-nowhere plot-line that has him and Resistance mechanic Rose show up at a space casino and cross paths with a rogue with a heart of a gold (or maybe just rogue?) played by Benicio Del Toro. There's the kernel of interesting idea there as we glimpse the socioeconomic underpinnings of this galaxy far, far away in a way we've never seen before, but it's a digression whose payoff doesn't warrant the build-up. And when you're already the longest Star Wars ever made (two and a half hours!), some snipping here and there might not have been a bad idea.
Zaki Hasan, Zaki's Corner - Fresh
I’m not a big fan of Finn and Rose’s side adventure, which has the air of a spinoff story being tacked onto the main narrative (probably to give Finn a purpose, since Rey is doing her own thing with Luke). Apart from showcasing the power of hope on a younger generation, it’s not as well integrated into the seams of the larger story as it could’ve been.
Tomas Trussow, The Lonely Film Critic - Fresh
It’s Finn’s mission which takes the film off on a diversion where it didn’t really need to go. There’s a lot of comedic hijinks involved in all of this which George Lucas would have excised from the first draft of anything he ever wrote.
Niall Browne, Movies in Focus - Fresh
Much of the Canto Bight sequence feels unnecessary
Molly Templeton, Eugene Weekly - Fresh
First, both prominent new characters Rose and DJ seemed shoe-horned in, and Rose especially doesn't seem to have a real place in this film nor does she add anything to be hopeful about in the future. And while both Rey and Poe fans will probably be pleased with where their characters go, Finn sort of takes a step back, as he is sent off on a side adventure that seems like second-tier Star Wars. It's a diversion that takes up a good portion of the film and really serves no purpose to the overall story...worse yet, it seems to contain some heavy-handed political messages not commonly found, at least not this blatantly, in the Star Wars universe. These are more than just quibbles too: Most fans will not be used to the slow, lumbering pace or the general unevenness of this film...especially coming on the heels of the action-packed pacing that JJ Abrams brought in Episode VII.
Tom Santilli, AXS.com - Fresh
There’s some stuff that feels extraneous (the whole Canto Bight sequence, which seems to exist to set up a new Lando-like character played by Benicio del Toro), and the cycle of attack and retreat — mostly retreat — gets a bit monotonous.
Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com - Fresh
Muchas de las situaciones se sienten forzadas e innecesarias (por ejemplo, la aventura de Finn y Rose, me parece innecesaria).
Ruben Peralta Rigaud, Cocalecas - Fresh
Their jaunt to the casino planet of Canto Bight serves little purpose besides introducing Del Toro, updating the cantina scene, and offering up a tired CGI chase scene that wouldn’t have looked out of place in Attack of the Clones. Kudos (maybe) to Johnson for introducing income inequality to the Star Wars universe, but the entire sequence feels rushed and shoehorned into an already long movie.
Pete Vonder Haar Houston Press - Fresh
The weakest of these is Finn's. It's briskly paced and full of action yes, but let's just say a casino is no cantina... Worse, it also sees him interacting with Prequel Trilogy levels of CGI critters.
Karl Puschmann, New Zealand Herald - Fresh
But the worst distraction “The Last Jedi” has to offer involves erstwhile Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) and a Resistance maintenance worker named Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), a subplot every bit as visually and narratively inept as Lucas’ prequels were taken as.
J. Olson, Cinemixtape - Rotten
Finn’s entire storyline could be cut and the film would be better off. As Finn was one of the driving-force leads of The Force Awakens and also a charming character, this is a disappointing development. His adventure is such a low point that it would not seem out of place in one of George Lucas’ efforts from between 1999 and 2005, and it serves little purpose to the film’s overall plot.
Alex Doenau, Trespass - Fresh
there’s too much going on in The Last Jedi, and a lot of it feels like filler. Besides the aforementioned, stalled-out space battle, there’s a clunky sequence in a casino that goes on far too long, a lot of distracting cameos, and new characters inhabited by Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro, who bring close to nothing to the proceedings.
Bob Grimm, Reno News and Review - Fresh
Finn and Rose (a new addition to the principal cast) distract the audience with an overlong and ultimately unnecessary side plot.
Richard Dove, International Business Times - Rotten
And this plotline feeds right into the absolutely unforgivably terrible subplot, which is the adventures of Finn (John Boyega) the cowardly ex-storm trooper, and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), the class-conscious engineer, who go on a fetch quest that is every bit as pointless as the whole matter of the military nonsense, only even worse, because it hinges on terrible comedy, bad CGI, and a spectacularly horrible moment when Johnson stops the film in its tracks to provide a ruthlessly on-the-nose lesson about economic inequality and the military-industrial complex.
Tim Brayton, Alternate Ending - Rotten
Some of what happens on the casino planet — called Canto Bight, and sure to figure in the next film — is goofy on a level as cringe-inducing as things we saw in the prequel trilogy; like, Jar-Jar Binks–awful.
MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher - Fresh
Johnson does his best to hustle from one location to the next, but the narrative has a tendency from time to time to drag. The biggest example of this are the scenes on Canto Bight. Which is a shame, because a huge chunk of the film’s message is established on these scenes. But the very nature of the story, with its many moving parts, inadvertently makes this section of the film feel like a diversion.
Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm - Fresh
The humour is kind of sour in other places, too, such as the silly neo-cantina scene as Finn and Rose track the whereabouts of a mysterious encrypter, who might be the rebellion’s last hope, into a sort of galactic Monte Carlo. The abundance of slapstick there and in other parts of the film doesn’t click and feels forced.
Diva Velez, TheDivaReview.com - Fresh
In an unnecessary and quite frankly preposterous third subplot, Finn (John Boyega) and a new character, Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), race against the clock to locate an underworld figure who can help them neutralise the First Order’s tracking device, thus allowing the diminished rebel fleet to escape.
Vicky Roach, Daily Telegraph (Australia) - Rotten
Weak points come with awkward humour that lacks comedic rhythm and an unnecessary casino escapade, where a disposable underworld character DJ (Benicio del Toro) is introduced, that subsequently soft lens into what is essentially a children's adventure tale about animals
Craig Takeuchi, Georgia Straight - Fresh
Unfortunately, we keep getting dragged away from the only emotionally resonant portion of the film to watch Finn and Rose engage in sub-prequel hijinks on the casino planet. Everything here is forced and awful, visually uninteresting and often dark to the point of unwatchability, lousy with mawkish little kids making bug eyes at the camera as we marvel at the horror of economic inequality, and drowned in an atrocious patina of truly terrible CGI. It calls to mind the droid factory in Attack of the Clones and the pre-podrace sequence in The Phantom Menace. Most offensively, the whole Finn/Rose diversion has absolutely no importance to the forward momentum of the plot—it's utterly irrelevant, even nonsensical.
Sonny Bunch, Washington Free Beacon - Rotten
Not everything in the film works: a few of the goofier comic moments fail to land and true to the legacy of Lucas there’s a fair amount of eye-wincing dialogue. More importantly, the second act bows under the weight of too many narrative strands; Finn’s away mission comes off as a bit superfluous, as does Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Holdo, and both Rose and the beloved Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) are sadly underwritten. In a trade-off that brings scope and complexity, Johnson has sacrificed narrative efficiency.
Christopher Machell, CineVue - Fresh
I didn't like the sequence in a casino--a callback to the Star Wars Cantina, of course, but also a chance to discuss the evils of war profiteers and the 1%. There are creatures there, there's slapstick, there's a heist of sorts, and it all harks back to my favourite of Johnson's films, The Brothers Bloom, in the interplay between the characters, in the lightness and clarity of the scheme. But it's tonally disruptive, and it introduces a trio of children who seem like part of a different film.
Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central - Fresh
Finn and Rose’s trip to a gambling planet – basically a space Monaco – flits between light fun and on-the-nose political narrative.
Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle - Fresh
It also begs the question why the space casino sequence, arguably the least relevant to the core story, wasn’t dramatically trimmed back. Aside from a throwaway final shot, this section of the film is the weakest – designed to depict profiteering space-capitalism run rampant (ironically, also depicting a stable of space-horses also running rampant).
Patrick Kolan, Shotgun Cinema - Fresh
But as ingenious as this setup may be, it also gives rise to the film's most pointless subplot. After waking from his coma, Finn (John Boyega) contrives a means by which he can disable the New Order's tracking device, albeit one that requires him to sneak off the fleeing vessel, travel to a Monaco-styled casino planet, track down a master codebreaker and infiltrate the enemy's warship undetected. This enormous MacGuffin sees Boyega partnered with the charming Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, a Resistance engineer low in status but high in pluck. The problem is that their side adventure does absolutely nothing to advance the actual story.
Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground - Fresh
Unfortunately, John Boyega’s Finn, Oscar Isaac’s Poe and Kelly Marie Tran—as Finn’s new partner-in-rebellion Rose—are given the equivalent of busywork while the rest of the cast moves the plot along.
Simon Miraudo, Student Edge - Fresh
A detour to a casino planet where Finn and a resistance mechanic named Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) search for a codebreaker to help them disrupt the First Order's tracking of the retreating resistance ships feels like a trip into another movie. The stakes here seem far lower than the live-or-die scenario facing Poe, General Leia Organa (the late Carrie Fisher) and the others trying to make their getaway.
Greg Maki Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) Fresh
The only characters not doing a huge amount of growing are Finn (John Boyega) and mechanic Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), and not for nothing, their subplot opens up a momentum drain that is the only weakness in The Last Jedi. Boyega and Tran are perfectly enjoyable, and their subplot isn’t a complete waste of time, but you start to feel the length of The Last Jedi when it veers off with them, and Finn’s arc is a pale echo of Poe’s so it’s not like much is being accomplished.
Sarah Marrs Lainey Gossip Fresh
Rey’s journey toward learning the ways of the Jedi is far more entertaining than Finn’s convoluted (and ultimately pointless) storyline
Josh Bell Las Vegas Weekly Fresh
Rose’s character is front and center in the film’s weakest sequences. We’re diverted to a city where the worst of the worst frolic. No, not the usual hives of scum and villainy. It’s a casino where the very, very rich cavort. The evil One Percenters! If you’re not immediately yanked out of the story here you deserve a prize. The accompanying dialogue is equally clunky, as is the reason all these vapid souls gained their fortunes.
Christian Toto, HollywoodInToto.com - Rotten
Far less successful is the time spent with the rebels on the run from Hux and the First Order. Not only is it centered on the slowest space chase in sci-fi history, but subplots featuring Poe, Finn (John Boyega), and Rose (newcomer Kelly Marie Tran) go absolutely nowhere. Sure we get introduced to DJ (Benicio Del Toro) and Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern), but it’s with actions that fail to connect either through sheer stupidity or the simple truth that their absence wouldn’t change the story in the slightest. They’re obvious filler, and as is the Disney way (witness their Marvel films) the studio’s never met a character that couldn’t be jammed into a movie for no reason other than the misguided belief that more is better. Finn and Rose’s adventure in particular offers some additional action beats and a visit to a casino — think the Mos Eisley Cantina scene from Star Wars, but for the 1% — but it is meaningless noise.
Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects - Fresh
Meanwhile, what feels too much like the “B plot” side adventure has Finn and Rose on a mission that takes them into another film entirely, a sort of intergalactic James Bond-meets-Free Willy. It’s hard not to feel that their entire subplot could be axed in order to make The Last Jedi stronger and tighter, which is unfortunate.
Kaila Hale-Stern, The Mary Sue - Fresh
There is a whole section that feels out of kilter and harks back to the CGI naffness of the prequels — and is also virtually pointless to the plot.
Jamie East, The Sun (UK) - Fresh
The film’s epic 150-minute runtime allows plenty of room for Johnson’s inventiveness, but there’s also a tiny bit of fat in the middle of the movie, specifically in the Canto Bight scenes with Finn and Rose. The casino city itself is gorgeous and has some crazy-cool characters, plus Finn and Rose’s presence there shines a light on some new, worthwhile themes for the Star Wars franchise. However, in terms of the overall story, the whole escapade feels a little pointless and small. It doesn’t help that Benicio del Toro’s new character, DJ, who is part of the same storyline, is largely insignificant.
Germain Lussier, io9.com - Fresh
Star Wars: The Last Jedi does have a clear weak spot -- specifically the side plot that develops between Finn (John Boyega) and newly-introduced Resistance member Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran). Following a genuinely funny meet-up between the two characters, they are given their own special mission searching for a codebreaker who can assist in the battle against the First Order. But this storyline never feels particularly inspired or impactful as everything else going down in the movie. While it is constructed to fit with the larger themes of the film, features its own interesting expectation-flipping turns, and does eventually have a key impact on the macro scale, it's also the only part of the feature that ever feels expendable, and not helping anything is that it features the weakest visual effects of the blockbuster (especially during a second-act chase sequence).
Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend - Fresh
Finn and Rose’s mission takes them to Canto Bight, a kind of Monte Carlo peopled by extras from Babylon 5, and feels like it is just ticking the Weird Alien Bar box started by the Cantina. A ride on space horses also feels like a needless diversion, as does Benicio Del Toro’s space rogue, whose strange, laconic presence never really makes its mark.
Ian Freer, Empire Magazine - Fresh
It’s a shame, then, that the righteousness of Finn and Rose’s place in the film is undermined slightly by the limpness of their mission. Perhaps feeling there had to be some kind of Mos Eisley–esque sequence in the film, Johnson sends the pair to a casino city full of all kinds of creatures. It’s fun, sure, but the whole operation ultimately turns out to be a red herring. At least there’s some nice musing on liberation during this stretch, reminding us of the real stakes of this long story—freedom is, after all, what the Empire denies and the Rebel Alliance promises. And in a gorgeous third-act sequence—which includes the film’s true Empire Strikes Back homage—Finn and Rose finally get the emboldened moments they deserve. I just wish they fit more integrally into the central thesis of the film, that they were just as special, in their way, as Rey is, glinting with messianic power as she ascends.
Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair - Fresh
Of the three simultaneous plots, it’s Finn’s that sometimes drags down the energy, particularly with an introduction of a shady thief played by Benicio del Toro, the only new addition to the cast that doesn’t quite work; he seems to be acting in his own private movie, and it’s not as good as this one.
Will Leitch Paste Magazine - Fresh
Where the film struggles the most is on Canto Bight. Taken on her own, Rose isn’t a bad addition to the Star Wars mythos, and the movie definitely needs someone to play against Finn. Unfortunately, they lack the electric chemistry we saw between Finn and Rey in The Force Awakens, and their secret mission in a casino feels like it should be far more entertaining than it actually is.
Matt Goldberg, Collider - Fresh
Some action sequences are superfluous and unengaging. Benicio del Toro all but cameos as a sort of hobo hustler, while John Boyega’s Finn is sidelined, relegated to relatively inconsequential hi-jinx.
Alex Godfrey, GQ Magazine [UK] - Fresh
Finn (John Boyega) and newcomer Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) attempt an espionage mission that takes them to what is the Star Wars equivalent of the French Riviera. It’s a casino city named Canto Bight, and their adventures here push the Rick’s Café sensibilities from the original Star Wars’ cantina sequence to their limit. Nevertheless, this entire subplot amounts to a whole lot of padding while the real tough and revelatory decisions are made on Ahch-To.
David Crow, Den of Geek - Fresh
Plot-wise, I felt the entire side story at the casino world of Canto Bight was unnecessary. If you cut the entire sequence out of the film, it would have little impact on the core narrative.
Scott Chitwood ComingSoon.net - Fresh
Finn (John Boyega) wakes up, meets a admiring fan down in maintenance named Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) and they head off on their own adventure, a detour that somehow combines the louche slickness of Cloud City and moralizing at its most Disney.
Joe Gross, Austin American-Statesman - Fresh
But The Last Jedi’s two-and-half-hour sprawl still includes an awful lot of clunky, derivative, and largely unnecessary incidents to wade through in order to get to its maverick last act. This is especially true when it comes to the plausibility-straining mission of stormtrooper turned Rebel Alliance fighter Finn (John Boyega) and puckish series newcomer Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran).
Sam C. Mac, Slant Magazine - Rotten
There are a couple of big names that fail to deliver much aside from, perhaps, realizing their childhood dreams of being in a “Star Wars” movie. A trip to a city that might as well be called Space Macau also fails to pay many dividends.
Christopher Lawrence, Las Vegas Review-Journal - Fresh
Case in point is the plot involving Finn (John Boyega) and new hero Rose's (Kelly Marie Tran) McGuffinesque mission to Canto Bight, which is of the ashtray-on-a-speederbike variety, and takes away from the tension cranked up elsewhere.
Harry Guerin, RTÉ (Ireland) - Fresh
The remaining 20% is made up of two different locales, one of which is entirely superfluous to the story. Essentially, there is a subplot that introduces Benicio del Toro’s mysterious work of eccentricity, except it doesn’t really do much of interest with him. Admittedly, it feels as if the character could be destined for bigger things in the final chapter, but I can only go off of what I watched, and well, the middle portion of The Last Jedi is stuck in the furthest setting from lightspeed. The journey expands to a space-Vegas full of various alien life forms and inhabitants, but it’s not as visually striking as previously explored planets. Additionally, by design, there seems to be filler injected simply because the other characters need things to do while Rey accomplishes what she needs to with Luke.
Robert Kojder, Flickering Myth - Fresh
The scenes on Canto Bight seemed like an unnecessary divert for Rose (a new character I actually really like) and Finn. This “casino planet” was like a scene right out of a low-budget Sy-Fy channel movie shot in Vancouver. It felt too familiar and earthbound to be a scene in an other-worldly scene in a Star Wars movie. The Rose/Finn alien horse race through the casino that ruined the galactic one-percenters good time and did some property damage was just ridiculous and should have been cut. Rose and Finn flopping around on the alien horse just looked like a bad theme park ride.
Chris Gore, Film Threat - Fresh
There’s a lengthy diversion to the casino planet of Canto Bight that feels pointless and tacked on just for the sake of giving us a cool new corner of the galaxy to feast our eyes on.
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly - Fresh
And that's it for Part II. Happy Holidays to all my fellow fans and miners! Next week I will conclude with Part III, which will cover- well, let's just say it's the longest of this series by far. Heh.
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2019.07.08 16:28 killa5abi Snatch (2000)

Screenplay Genre: Crime / Thriller
Movie Time: 103 minutes
INCITING INCIDENT
Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) heists an 84 carat diamond that sparks the interest of diamond sellers Avi (Dennis Farina) and Doug the Head (Mike Reid) during the time unlicensed boxing promoter Turkish (Jason Statham) and his partner Tommy (Stephen Graham) reach a deal for their fighter Gorgeous George (Adam Fogerty) with malicious boxing kingpin Brick Top (Alan Ford). (00:11:44)
LOCK IN (End of Act One)
Acting on a tip, Boris the Blade (Rade Sherbedgia) commissions two-bit thugs Sol (Lennie James) and Vince (Robbie Gee) to take down a bookie and steal a briefcase from a man with four fingers. They hire Tyrone (Ade) who fusses over Vince's dog, to be their getaway driver. Meanwhile, Tommy puts Gorgeous George in a bare-knuckle fight against the gypsy Mickey (Brad Pitt), but Mickey breaks Gorgeous George's jaw, knocking him out of Brick Top's fight. Turkish and Tommy have no choice but to get Mickey to replace Gorgeous George and fight for them. (00:29:50)
FIRST CULMINATION (Midpoint)
Sol and Vince botch the robbery and learn they held up one of Brick Top's bookies. They discover the briefcase contains the massive diamond and want in, but Boris has other plans and Avi is on his way to get his diamond. Brick Top assures the betters that Mickey will go down in the fourth round, but Mickey knocks his opponent out with one punch, landing Turkish and Tommy in Brick Top's debt. Turkish and Tommy need to make Mickey fight again, but he won’t do it unless they buy his mom a new camper. (1:02:19)
MAIN CULMINATION (End of Act Two)
Brick Top smashes up Turkish and Tommy's casino and burns down Mickey's mom's camper, with her still inside, in order to make Mickey fight. After the wake, Mickey goes on a wild bender and is stone drunk minutes before the fight. Brick Top warns Mickey that his gypsy camp is fucked if he doesn't cooperate this time. In the city, Avi and his hired gun Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) kill Boris, then come after Sol and Vince to get the diamond, but during a struggle, Vince's dog snatches the diamond and swallows it whole, then bolts, and Avi accidentally kills Tony and flees back to America, leaving Sol and Vince scratching their heads. (1:24:23)
THIRD ACT TWIST
Mickey knocks out the other fighter instead of going down in the fourth round, disrupting all bets and putting Tommy, Turkish, and the whole gypsy camp at the mercy of Brick Top. Tommy, Turkish, and Mickey flee, but run into Brick Top and his goons outside of the fight. Brick Top asks a goon in his car for a gun, but gets a gypsy with a double-barrel shotgun instead. Turkish learns that Mickey had a plan to take out Brick Top all along. (1:33:20)
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2018.12.24 05:12 egoshoppe Critic's Criticisms Part II: Canto Bight

This is the continuation of my series highlighting specific critic's criticisms of TLJ. Part I on Humor is here, which also details my reasoning for this mining operation. Here we are covering Canto Bight, and we have everything from run of the mill iodized stuff to hail-sized rock salt on display, so adjust your goggles accordingly.
Johnson overplays his hand occasionally — most notably an unnecessary sequence at the casino city of Canto Bight that goes straight from a political sermon into a plot hole
Ethan Sacks, New York Daily News - Fresh
The bad news is, this involves an unnecessary trip to a kind of casino planet that doesn’t really advance the story.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic - Fresh
A scene in an opulent casino is easily the most painful yet in this new generation of Star Wars flicks, eliciting images of the green screen busy set pieces of the early-2000 franchise additions, enticing to the youngest members of the audience who need their stories overly padded with shiny spectacle.
Matt Oakes, Silver Screen Riot - Fresh
Boyega is a loveable hero, and his new compadre Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) is a nice addition. However, as much as it isn’t overbearing, their entire sub-plot is when the adventure loses steam. This moves the film away from where all the interest is – Luke. At this point, it becomes a little disjointed and unnecessary, never reaching a point of excitement required for a chunk of plot of this degree.
Cameron Frew, FrewFilm - Fresh
an extended digression with Finn and Rose that doesn’t end up counting for much plotwise
Bob Chipman, Moviebob Central - Fresh
Sadly, Boyega's Finn -- still an appealing character -- is saddled with a go-nowhere plot-line that has him and Resistance mechanic Rose show up at a space casino and cross paths with a rogue with a heart of a gold (or maybe just rogue?) played by Benicio Del Toro. There's the kernel of interesting idea there as we glimpse the socioeconomic underpinnings of this galaxy far, far away in a way we've never seen before, but it's a digression whose payoff doesn't warrant the build-up. And when you're already the longest Star Wars ever made (two and a half hours!), some snipping here and there might not have been a bad idea.
Zaki Hasan, Zaki's Corner - Fresh
I’m not a big fan of Finn and Rose’s side adventure, which has the air of a spinoff story being tacked onto the main narrative (probably to give Finn a purpose, since Rey is doing her own thing with Luke). Apart from showcasing the power of hope on a younger generation, it’s not as well integrated into the seams of the larger story as it could’ve been.
Tomas Trussow, The Lonely Film Critic - Fresh
It’s Finn’s mission which takes the film off on a diversion where it didn’t really need to go. There’s a lot of comedic hijinks involved in all of this which George Lucas would have excised from the first draft of anything he ever wrote.
Niall Browne, Movies in Focus - Fresh
Much of the Canto Bight sequence feels unnecessary
Molly Templeton, Eugene Weekly - Fresh
First, both prominent new characters Rose and DJ seemed shoe-horned in, and Rose especially doesn't seem to have a real place in this film nor does she add anything to be hopeful about in the future. And while both Rey and Poe fans will probably be pleased with where their characters go, Finn sort of takes a step back, as he is sent off on a side adventure that seems like second-tier Star Wars. It's a diversion that takes up a good portion of the film and really serves no purpose to the overall story...worse yet, it seems to contain some heavy-handed political messages not commonly found, at least not this blatantly, in the Star Wars universe. These are more than just quibbles too: Most fans will not be used to the slow, lumbering pace or the general unevenness of this film...especially coming on the heels of the action-packed pacing that JJ Abrams brought in Episode VII.
Tom Santilli, AXS.com - Fresh
There’s some stuff that feels extraneous (the whole Canto Bight sequence, which seems to exist to set up a new Lando-like character played by Benicio del Toro), and the cycle of attack and retreat — mostly retreat — gets a bit monotonous.
Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com - Fresh
Muchas de las situaciones se sienten forzadas e innecesarias (por ejemplo, la aventura de Finn y Rose, me parece innecesaria).
Ruben Peralta Rigaud, Cocalecas - Fresh
Their jaunt to the casino planet of Canto Bight serves little purpose besides introducing Del Toro, updating the cantina scene, and offering up a tired CGI chase scene that wouldn’t have looked out of place in Attack of the Clones. Kudos (maybe) to Johnson for introducing income inequality to the Star Wars universe, but the entire sequence feels rushed and shoehorned into an already long movie.
Pete Vonder Haar Houston Press - Fresh
The weakest of these is Finn's. It's briskly paced and full of action yes, but let's just say a casino is no cantina... Worse, it also sees him interacting with Prequel Trilogy levels of CGI critters.
Karl Puschmann, New Zealand Herald - Fresh
But the worst distraction “The Last Jedi” has to offer involves erstwhile Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) and a Resistance maintenance worker named Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), a subplot every bit as visually and narratively inept as Lucas’ prequels were taken as.
J. Olson, Cinemixtape - Rotten
Finn’s entire storyline could be cut and the film would be better off. As Finn was one of the driving-force leads of The Force Awakens and also a charming character, this is a disappointing development. His adventure is such a low point that it would not seem out of place in one of George Lucas’ efforts from between 1999 and 2005, and it serves little purpose to the film’s overall plot.
Alex Doenau, Trespass - Fresh
there’s too much going on in The Last Jedi, and a lot of it feels like filler. Besides the aforementioned, stalled-out space battle, there’s a clunky sequence in a casino that goes on far too long, a lot of distracting cameos, and new characters inhabited by Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro, who bring close to nothing to the proceedings.
Bob Grimm, Reno News and Review - Fresh
Finn and Rose (a new addition to the principal cast) distract the audience with an overlong and ultimately unnecessary side plot.
Richard Dove, International Business Times - Rotten
And this plotline feeds right into the absolutely unforgivably terrible subplot, which is the adventures of Finn (John Boyega) the cowardly ex-storm trooper, and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), the class-conscious engineer, who go on a fetch quest that is every bit as pointless as the whole matter of the military nonsense, only even worse, because it hinges on terrible comedy, bad CGI, and a spectacularly horrible moment when Johnson stops the film in its tracks to provide a ruthlessly on-the-nose lesson about economic inequality and the military-industrial complex.
Tim Brayton, Alternate Ending - Rotten
Some of what happens on the casino planet — called Canto Bight, and sure to figure in the next film — is goofy on a level as cringe-inducing as things we saw in the prequel trilogy; like, Jar-Jar Binks–awful.
MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher - Fresh
Johnson does his best to hustle from one location to the next, but the narrative has a tendency from time to time to drag. The biggest example of this are the scenes on Canto Bight. Which is a shame, because a huge chunk of the film’s message is established on these scenes. But the very nature of the story, with its many moving parts, inadvertently makes this section of the film feel like a diversion.
Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm - Fresh
The humour is kind of sour in other places, too, such as the silly neo-cantina scene as Finn and Rose track the whereabouts of a mysterious encrypter, who might be the rebellion’s last hope, into a sort of galactic Monte Carlo. The abundance of slapstick there and in other parts of the film doesn’t click and feels forced.
Diva Velez, TheDivaReview.com - Fresh
In an unnecessary and quite frankly preposterous third subplot, Finn (John Boyega) and a new character, Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), race against the clock to locate an underworld figure who can help them neutralise the First Order’s tracking device, thus allowing the diminished rebel fleet to escape.
Vicky Roach, Daily Telegraph (Australia) - Rotten
Weak points come with awkward humour that lacks comedic rhythm and an unnecessary casino escapade, where a disposable underworld character DJ (Benicio del Toro) is introduced, that subsequently soft lens into what is essentially a children's adventure tale about animals
Craig Takeuchi, Georgia Straight - Fresh
Unfortunately, we keep getting dragged away from the only emotionally resonant portion of the film to watch Finn and Rose engage in sub-prequel hijinks on the casino planet. Everything here is forced and awful, visually uninteresting and often dark to the point of unwatchability, lousy with mawkish little kids making bug eyes at the camera as we marvel at the horror of economic inequality, and drowned in an atrocious patina of truly terrible CGI. It calls to mind the droid factory in Attack of the Clones and the pre-podrace sequence in The Phantom Menace. Most offensively, the whole Finn/Rose diversion has absolutely no importance to the forward momentum of the plot—it's utterly irrelevant, even nonsensical.
Sonny Bunch, Washington Free Beacon - Rotten
Not everything in the film works: a few of the goofier comic moments fail to land and true to the legacy of Lucas there’s a fair amount of eye-wincing dialogue. More importantly, the second act bows under the weight of too many narrative strands; Finn’s away mission comes off as a bit superfluous, as does Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Holdo, and both Rose and the beloved Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) are sadly underwritten. In a trade-off that brings scope and complexity, Johnson has sacrificed narrative efficiency.
Christopher Machell, CineVue - Fresh
I didn't like the sequence in a casino--a callback to the Star Wars Cantina, of course, but also a chance to discuss the evils of war profiteers and the 1%. There are creatures there, there's slapstick, there's a heist of sorts, and it all harks back to my favourite of Johnson's films, The Brothers Bloom, in the interplay between the characters, in the lightness and clarity of the scheme. But it's tonally disruptive, and it introduces a trio of children who seem like part of a different film.
Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central - Fresh
Finn and Rose’s trip to a gambling planet – basically a space Monaco – flits between light fun and on-the-nose political narrative.
Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle - Fresh
It also begs the question why the space casino sequence, arguably the least relevant to the core story, wasn’t dramatically trimmed back. Aside from a throwaway final shot, this section of the film is the weakest – designed to depict profiteering space-capitalism run rampant (ironically, also depicting a stable of space-horses also running rampant).
Patrick Kolan, Shotgun Cinema - Fresh
But as ingenious as this setup may be, it also gives rise to the film's most pointless subplot. After waking from his coma, Finn (John Boyega) contrives a means by which he can disable the New Order's tracking device, albeit one that requires him to sneak off the fleeing vessel, travel to a Monaco-styled casino planet, track down a master codebreaker and infiltrate the enemy's warship undetected. This enormous MacGuffin sees Boyega partnered with the charming Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, a Resistance engineer low in status but high in pluck. The problem is that their side adventure does absolutely nothing to advance the actual story.
Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground - Fresh
Unfortunately, John Boyega’s Finn, Oscar Isaac’s Poe and Kelly Marie Tran—as Finn’s new partner-in-rebellion Rose—are given the equivalent of busywork while the rest of the cast moves the plot along.
Simon Miraudo, Student Edge - Fresh
A detour to a casino planet where Finn and a resistance mechanic named Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) search for a codebreaker to help them disrupt the First Order's tracking of the retreating resistance ships feels like a trip into another movie. The stakes here seem far lower than the live-or-die scenario facing Poe, General Leia Organa (the late Carrie Fisher) and the others trying to make their getaway.
Greg Maki Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) Fresh
The only characters not doing a huge amount of growing are Finn (John Boyega) and mechanic Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), and not for nothing, their subplot opens up a momentum drain that is the only weakness in The Last Jedi. Boyega and Tran are perfectly enjoyable, and their subplot isn’t a complete waste of time, but you start to feel the length of The Last Jedi when it veers off with them, and Finn’s arc is a pale echo of Poe’s so it’s not like much is being accomplished.
Sarah Marrs Lainey Gossip Fresh
Rey’s journey toward learning the ways of the Jedi is far more entertaining than Finn’s convoluted (and ultimately pointless) storyline
Josh Bell Las Vegas Weekly Fresh
Rose’s character is front and center in the film’s weakest sequences. We’re diverted to a city where the worst of the worst frolic. No, not the usual hives of scum and villainy. It’s a casino where the very, very rich cavort. The evil One Percenters! If you’re not immediately yanked out of the story here you deserve a prize. The accompanying dialogue is equally clunky, as is the reason all these vapid souls gained their fortunes.
Christian Toto, HollywoodInToto.com - Rotten
Far less successful is the time spent with the rebels on the run from Hux and the First Order. Not only is it centered on the slowest space chase in sci-fi history, but subplots featuring Poe, Finn (John Boyega), and Rose (newcomer Kelly Marie Tran) go absolutely nowhere. Sure we get introduced to DJ (Benicio Del Toro) and Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern), but it’s with actions that fail to connect either through sheer stupidity or the simple truth that their absence wouldn’t change the story in the slightest. They’re obvious filler, and as is the Disney way (witness their Marvel films) the studio’s never met a character that couldn’t be jammed into a movie for no reason other than the misguided belief that more is better. Finn and Rose’s adventure in particular offers some additional action beats and a visit to a casino — think the Mos Eisley Cantina scene from Star Wars, but for the 1% — but it is meaningless noise.
Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects - Fresh
Meanwhile, what feels too much like the “B plot” side adventure has Finn and Rose on a mission that takes them into another film entirely, a sort of intergalactic James Bond-meets-Free Willy. It’s hard not to feel that their entire subplot could be axed in order to make The Last Jedi stronger and tighter, which is unfortunate.
Kaila Hale-Stern, The Mary Sue - Fresh
There is a whole section that feels out of kilter and harks back to the CGI naffness of the prequels — and is also virtually pointless to the plot.
Jamie East, The Sun (UK) - Fresh
The film’s epic 150-minute runtime allows plenty of room for Johnson’s inventiveness, but there’s also a tiny bit of fat in the middle of the movie, specifically in the Canto Bight scenes with Finn and Rose. The casino city itself is gorgeous and has some crazy-cool characters, plus Finn and Rose’s presence there shines a light on some new, worthwhile themes for the Star Wars franchise. However, in terms of the overall story, the whole escapade feels a little pointless and small. It doesn’t help that Benicio del Toro’s new character, DJ, who is part of the same storyline, is largely insignificant.
Germain Lussier, io9.com - Fresh
Star Wars: The Last Jedi does have a clear weak spot -- specifically the side plot that develops between Finn (John Boyega) and newly-introduced Resistance member Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran). Following a genuinely funny meet-up between the two characters, they are given their own special mission searching for a codebreaker who can assist in the battle against the First Order. But this storyline never feels particularly inspired or impactful as everything else going down in the movie. While it is constructed to fit with the larger themes of the film, features its own interesting expectation-flipping turns, and does eventually have a key impact on the macro scale, it's also the only part of the feature that ever feels expendable, and not helping anything is that it features the weakest visual effects of the blockbuster (especially during a second-act chase sequence).
Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend - Fresh
Finn and Rose’s mission takes them to Canto Bight, a kind of Monte Carlo peopled by extras from Babylon 5, and feels like it is just ticking the Weird Alien Bar box started by the Cantina. A ride on space horses also feels like a needless diversion, as does Benicio Del Toro’s space rogue, whose strange, laconic presence never really makes its mark.
Ian Freer, Empire Magazine - Fresh
It’s a shame, then, that the righteousness of Finn and Rose’s place in the film is undermined slightly by the limpness of their mission. Perhaps feeling there had to be some kind of Mos Eisley–esque sequence in the film, Johnson sends the pair to a casino city full of all kinds of creatures. It’s fun, sure, but the whole operation ultimately turns out to be a red herring. At least there’s some nice musing on liberation during this stretch, reminding us of the real stakes of this long story—freedom is, after all, what the Empire denies and the Rebel Alliance promises. And in a gorgeous third-act sequence—which includes the film’s true Empire Strikes Back homage—Finn and Rose finally get the emboldened moments they deserve. I just wish they fit more integrally into the central thesis of the film, that they were just as special, in their way, as Rey is, glinting with messianic power as she ascends.
Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair - Fresh
Of the three simultaneous plots, it’s Finn’s that sometimes drags down the energy, particularly with an introduction of a shady thief played by Benicio del Toro, the only new addition to the cast that doesn’t quite work; he seems to be acting in his own private movie, and it’s not as good as this one.
Will Leitch Paste Magazine - Fresh
Where the film struggles the most is on Canto Bight. Taken on her own, Rose isn’t a bad addition to the Star Wars mythos, and the movie definitely needs someone to play against Finn. Unfortunately, they lack the electric chemistry we saw between Finn and Rey in The Force Awakens, and their secret mission in a casino feels like it should be far more entertaining than it actually is.
Matt Goldberg, Collider - Fresh
Some action sequences are superfluous and unengaging. Benicio del Toro all but cameos as a sort of hobo hustler, while John Boyega’s Finn is sidelined, relegated to relatively inconsequential hi-jinx.
Alex Godfrey, GQ Magazine [UK] - Fresh
Finn (John Boyega) and newcomer Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) attempt an espionage mission that takes them to what is the Star Wars equivalent of the French Riviera. It’s a casino city named Canto Bight, and their adventures here push the Rick’s Café sensibilities from the original Star Wars’ cantina sequence to their limit. Nevertheless, this entire subplot amounts to a whole lot of padding while the real tough and revelatory decisions are made on Ahch-To.
David Crow, Den of Geek - Fresh
Plot-wise, I felt the entire side story at the casino world of Canto Bight was unnecessary. If you cut the entire sequence out of the film, it would have little impact on the core narrative.
Scott Chitwood ComingSoon.net - Fresh
Finn (John Boyega) wakes up, meets a admiring fan down in maintenance named Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) and they head off on their own adventure, a detour that somehow combines the louche slickness of Cloud City and moralizing at its most Disney.
Joe Gross, Austin American-Statesman - Fresh
But The Last Jedi’s two-and-half-hour sprawl still includes an awful lot of clunky, derivative, and largely unnecessary incidents to wade through in order to get to its maverick last act. This is especially true when it comes to the plausibility-straining mission of stormtrooper turned Rebel Alliance fighter Finn (John Boyega) and puckish series newcomer Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran).
Sam C. Mac, Slant Magazine - Rotten
There are a couple of big names that fail to deliver much aside from, perhaps, realizing their childhood dreams of being in a “Star Wars” movie. A trip to a city that might as well be called Space Macau also fails to pay many dividends.
Christopher Lawrence, Las Vegas Review-Journal - Fresh
Case in point is the plot involving Finn (John Boyega) and new hero Rose's (Kelly Marie Tran) McGuffinesque mission to Canto Bight, which is of the ashtray-on-a-speederbike variety, and takes away from the tension cranked up elsewhere.
Harry Guerin, RTÉ (Ireland) - Fresh
The remaining 20% is made up of two different locales, one of which is entirely superfluous to the story. Essentially, there is a subplot that introduces Benicio del Toro’s mysterious work of eccentricity, except it doesn’t really do much of interest with him. Admittedly, it feels as if the character could be destined for bigger things in the final chapter, but I can only go off of what I watched, and well, the middle portion of The Last Jedi is stuck in the furthest setting from lightspeed. The journey expands to a space-Vegas full of various alien life forms and inhabitants, but it’s not as visually striking as previously explored planets. Additionally, by design, there seems to be filler injected simply because the other characters need things to do while Rey accomplishes what she needs to with Luke.
Robert Kojder, Flickering Myth - Fresh
The scenes on Canto Bight seemed like an unnecessary divert for Rose (a new character I actually really like) and Finn. This “casino planet” was like a scene right out of a low-budget Sy-Fy channel movie shot in Vancouver. It felt too familiar and earthbound to be a scene in an other-worldly scene in a Star Wars movie. The Rose/Finn alien horse race through the casino that ruined the galactic one-percenters good time and did some property damage was just ridiculous and should have been cut. Rose and Finn flopping around on the alien horse just looked like a bad theme park ride.
Chris Gore, Film Threat - Fresh
There’s a lengthy diversion to the casino planet of Canto Bight that feels pointless and tacked on just for the sake of giving us a cool new corner of the galaxy to feast our eyes on.
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly - Fresh
And that's it for Part II. Happy Holidays to all my fellow fans and miners! Next week I will conclude with Part III, which will cover- well, let's just say it's the longest of this series by far. Heh.
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2018.12.20 04:44 egoshoppe Critic's Criticisms Part I: Humor

A few months ago I completed a read through of all ~400 TLJ reviews on RT(now up to ~415). It was painfully boring at times, but that's salt mining for you. I wanted to get a handle on the critical reception which is commonly cited as universal praise. While it's generally true that critics loved TLJ, they also had some criticisms that would be right at home here at STC, and these come from super experienced and intellectual film critics, so they have to be valid, right? After all, these people know so much more about film than a layperson. They can fully evaluate a film on countless criteria that average fans don't comprehend. /s, but you see where I'm going here: many TLJ fans have put critics on a pedestal, as if their opinion is somehow more valuable as a baseline for TLJ's quality. So what about when critics are echoing our own criticisms of TLJ?
Almost every criticism we have lobbed at this movie was shared by at least a few critics, but there were three main criticisms that stood out as the most common. I'll start this series with humor in TLJ.
Peter Debruge, Variety -Fresh
Luke is funnier than we’ve ever seen him — a personality change that betrays how “Star Wars” has been influenced by industry trends. Though the series has always been self-aware enough to crack jokes, it now gives in to the same winking self-parody that is poisoning other franchises of late, from the Marvel movies to “Pirates of the Caribbean.” But it begs the question: If movies can’t take themselves seriously, why should audiences?
Harrison Ford was a good enough actor, and Han Solo an aloof enough character, that he could get away with it, but here, the laughs feel forced — as does the appearance of cuddly critters on each new planet.
Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter -Fresh
General Hux, who's goofily played by Domhnall Gleeson as if he were acting in a Monty Pythonesque parody
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger -Fresh
humor is not only prevalent but often turned, mockingly, on the self-serious mythology of the whole saga. Sometimes there are too many jokes; certainly there's an overabundance of cutesy aliens.
Niall Browne, Movies in Focus -Fresh
It’s Finn’s mission which takes the film off on a diversion where it didn’t really need to go. There’s a lot of comedic hijinks involved in all of this which George Lucas would have excised from the first draft of anything he ever wrote.
There’s more humour in The Last Jedi than previous Star Wars movies; some of it hits, some of it doesn’t. The much publicised Porgs work for a moment or two, but they outstay their welcome. The film drew to a halt too many times to show-odd cute creatures. I didn’t care for the crystal wolves during the climatic battle and the aforementioned space Llamas feel like they belong in a Disney movie (wait, this is a Disney movie!)
Rendy Jones, Rendy Reviews -Fresh
"The Last Jedi" is a movie that follows elements of other Star Wars movies that works on its own but feels so similar to a Marvel film because the first half of this movie is a comedy. Seriously a lot of the first half of the movie has a silly vibe amongst all the death and destruction that surrounds it. It desperately tries to be a parody of itself by making serious situations comedic.
Ruben Rosario, MiamiArtZine -Fresh
Much has also been made of “Jedi's” jarring tonal shifts. Johnson inserts broad humor, then abruptly makes things serious, then back again to goofy content.
Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Film Festival Today -Fresh
[Kylo's] partner in evil, Domnhall Gleeson, as General Hux, is less fine, though much of the problem stems not so much from the actor as from the tonally strange, abusively co-dependent relationship between the two men; their jokey rapport feels like it belongs in a very different movie.
Alex Doenau, Trespass -Fresh
However, from the beginning there’s a discordant sense of humour that’s somewhat counter to the series’ ethos to date: rather than funny situations rising organically in the script, many of the characters openly seem to be making jokes. It’s how we introduce Poe this go-round, and it feels slightly off.
Owen Richards, The Arts Desk -Fresh
There’s a surprising amount of comedy in the film, quite a bit at the expense of beloved characters or series law; it’s funny, but not respectful.
Tim Brayton , Alternate Ending -Rotten
The Last Jedi has an impressively poor batting average for its jokes: it opens with a vengefully dumb "I have a bad phone connection" bit that put me on the movie's bad side basically as soon as it had a side to be on, and it's not exactly all uphill from there.
James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk -Fresh
Sometimes, however, his proclivities come at the film’s expense, such as his penchant for inserting quippy humor, sarcasm, and sight gags at odd times, which often undercuts the drama or simply smacks of too much effort.
Craig Takeuchi, Georgia Straight -Fresh
Weak points come with awkward humour that lacks comedic rhythm and an unnecessary casino escapade, where a disposable underworld character DJ (Benicio del Toro) is introduced, that subsequently soft lens into what is essentially a children's adventure tale about animals.
Rob Dean, Bullz-Eye.com -Fresh
Further pushing the disconnect is that the script is far too self-aware, constantly making the sort of jokes that nerds have been making about “Star Wars” for decades, as if it’s too cool to purely accept itself on its own merits. The comedy works about half the time, but there are a ton of jokes in this film that underscore all of the overly serious talk of hope that populates the movie.
Sonny Bunch, Washington Free Beacon - Rotten
Johnson tries too hard on the humor front. Just one, brief, example: The whole opening sequences involves Poe doing conference call shtick while trolling Admiral Hux (Domhnall Gleeson). It's weirdly un-Star-Wars in the sense that it feels like something you could see on any dreadful sitcom here on planet Earth; this sequence is more fit for The Big Bang Theory than a supposedly dark entry in the Star Wars canon. The Star Wars movies have always been funny, of course, and there are moments when Johnson makes it work in a Star-Wars-sort-of-way. On the whole, though, it feels desperate and forced.
Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru - Rotten
Johnson's screenplay awkwardly blend action and drama with comedy and little bit of tacked-on romance. One particular scene involving an image that's not what it initially appears to be comes out of nowhere and feels like it belongs in a parody of Star Wars even though it does generate laughter.
Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground -Fresh
With more gags, one-liners and quirky moments than all the other Star Wars films combined, The Last Jedi introduces a levity to the staid franchise in the vein of Roger Moore's turn as post-Connery Bond. At times it works, even to the point of guffaws, but ultimately the humour feels misplaced. In a story where loss abounds and crushing defeat looms large at every turn, the repeated cutaways to doe-eyed porgs purring like extras from a Pixar film distract more than they entertain. So, too, does Domhnall Gleeson, whose character General Hux plays more like a parody of a Star Wars villain. As a result, both the New Order and the film itself are robbed of their most enduring menace: the Empire.
Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com -Fresh
In “The Last Jedi,” we watch Poe poke at Hux, who’s been turned into a buffoon for the new film, teasing him by faking communication issues and sharing an opinion about his mother. It’s the first of many awkward attempts at humor from Johnson, who isn’t known for funny business
Kevin McCarthy, WTTG-TV -Fresh
The first act of the film features major pacing issues combined with unnecessary comedic moments that ultimately hurt the tone of the film. Unfortunately, a lot of this comes from Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker character.
Jonathan W. Hickman, Daily Film Fix -Fresh
I found myself frustrated that the tone was comedy and sometimes almost veered into parody.
Everything else is jokes and comedic references with a side of cheese. I found myself shaking my head more than laughing along.
Ray Greene, CineGods.com - Rotten
But it also doesn’t feel quite right — the language, the iconography, the weirdly campy humor at the beginning — it doesn’t feel a part of the Star Wars universe.
Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly -Fresh
The less said about the awkward attempts at comic relief, the better.
Matt Looker, TheShiznit.co.uk -Fresh
the comedy - and there is plenty of it - is spread out more evenly across the whole cast. In the case of Domhnall Gleeson's Hux, this becomes a good opportunity to poke fun at the horribly hammy performance he gave in The Force Awakens. But when he is playing those laughs off against his only foil - Kylo Ren - Johnson threatens to undermine their status as epic villains.
Christian Toto, HollywoodInToto.com - Rotten
Johnson drops plenty of cutesy comic moments into the mix, some of which would make even George Lucas blush. What was passable in 1977 no longer flies as easily today. And a franchise as esteemed as this one deserves richer comic relief.
Mark Hughes, Forbes -Fresh
The first act's humor is the shakiest, with some gags seeming more like something out of a Star Wars satire. The tone and irreverence of it was out of place, and a couple of bits went on one or two beats too long.
Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment -Fresh
Speaking of laughs, the jokes and humor just fall flat. The jokes seemed out of place or were just so “on the nose” that I couldn’t help but be annoyed by them. I feel like the modern day humor didn’t feel the tone of the story and yet Johnson kept trying to lighten the mood by adding in cheesy jokes that weren’t even remotely amusing but instead were rather cringe-worthy.
Kevin Jagernauth The Playlist -Fresh
In the pursuit of providing some buoyancy to the picture, Johnson wields comedy like a sword, but it’s unfortunately the weakest element of the film. “Star Wars” has always been home to plenty of cornball one liners, and comedic passages, but there’s a delicacy to how they’re employed and delivered that allows them to land….or simply fall flat. Far too often, it’s the latter outcome in this picture, with some of the laughs feeling underwritten or simply shoehorned in. There’s a distinct lack of cleverness to the wit employed here — think something as seemingly spontaneous as BB-8’s “thumbs up” in ‘The Force Awakens’ — and while the gags don’t grind the picture to a halt, there are certainly some awkward patches where the expected laughs don’t materialize.
Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects -Fresh
The film is a series of points both high and low, and it’s nowhere more clear than in the humor. Several beats work well to bring a smile, but others fall tone deaf to the carnage and pain surrounding them. From the very beginning Hux’s scenes are made to feel like lost reels from Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs, and poor Boyega can’t catch a break as Finn is saddled with lame one-liners at every turn.
Alex Godfrey, GQ Magazine [UK] -Fresh
It’s funny, though not always when you want it to be – perhaps fearing too much gravitas, Johnson undermines it a little too often.
Robert Kojder, Flickering Myth -Fresh
Rian Johnson has crafted an installment that largely defies saga standard narrative structure and tone. There is a quick comedic dialogue exchange in the beginning between Oscar Isaac’s fighter pilot Poe Dameron and Domhnall Gleeson’s First Order General Hux that falls in line with the brand of humor Disney and Marvel inject into that particular cinematic universe.
John Serba, MLive.com -Fresh
Some stabs at comedy feel overwrought and clunky, including a stint on a ritzy planet of war profiteers, an extended sequence of skillfully directed silliness destined to be beloved fodder for apologists only.
Up next is Part II: Canto Bight.
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2018.07.03 18:10 MsBluffy What's Going on in Columbia? July 3-8

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ON STAGE
Comedies in Concert – Spark Tuesday 7:30 PM at Studio 4, 672 Hitt St. In less than eight hours, Mizzou actors, directors and playwrights read, rehearse and stage a new comedy! Can they do it? Without losing lines, props, costume pieces, and their minds?!! Join us for an evening of comic mayhem with new comedies written by our Kennedy Center award-winning playwrights. Spark, by Lainie Vansant, is a little mermaid, fish-out-of-water tale on dry land as a young dragon transforms into a high schooler to win her horde and learn what it means to be human. Tickets are $5
Hot Summer Nights: Patriotic Pops Tuesday 7:30 PM at Missouri Theatre. Come celebrate everything America with selections from the American Songbook and a presentation by the VFW Color Guard.
Hot Summer Nights: “New World” Symphony Saturday 7:30 PM at Missouri Theatre. Enjoy the works of Antonin Dvorak as MSO performs the “New World” Symphony. Guest artist Chloe Trevor will perform Sibelius Violin Concerto and guest conductor Matthew Straw will be conducting Egmont Overture. Join Maestro Kirk Trevor for a ‘Pre-Concert Chat’ at 6:45 PM in the Missouri Theatre.
SPECIAL EVENTS
Hong Sang-soo & Kim Min-hee Week: “Claire’s Camera” Tuesday and Thursday 5:45 PM, Wednesday 1 PM at Ragtag Cinema. A refreshingly sunny performance from Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher) is at the center of this comic charmer. Huppert plays Claire, a school teacher with a camera (that might be magical) on her first visit to Cannes. She happens upon a film sales assistant, Manhee (Kim Minhee), recently laid off after a one-night stand with a film director (Jung Jinyoung). Together, this unlikely pair become detectives of sorts, as they wander around the seaside resort town, working to better understand the circumstances of Manhee's firing — and developing new outlooks on life in the process.
Hong Sang-soo & Kim Min-hee Week: “The Day After” Wednesday 2:50 and Thursday 3:30 PM at Ragtag Cinema. A mordantly comic tale of infidelity and mistaken identity. Book publisher Bongwan's (Kwon Haehyo) marriage is on the rocks after his wife (Cho Yunhee) discovers the affair he's been having with his assistant (Kim Saebyuk). Now that relationship is ending too and Bongwan's new assistant, the sharp and sensitive Areum (Kim Minhee), on her first day in the office, is left to navigate the fallout of all the turnover in Bongwan's life.
Fire in the Sky Wednesday 6:30 PM at Flat Branch Park and Lucky’s Market. Celebrate the 4th of July in downtown Columbia! Entertainment on two stages and activities for the whole family, capped off by a fireworks show at about 9:15 pm, shot from lot next to Lucky's Market.
First Friday in the North Village Arts District Friday 6-9 PM. A FREE gallery crawl held the first Friday of each month in the North Village Arts District. Come explore the unique venues and enjoy the live music art and entertainment!
COMO Flea Swap Saturday and Sunday at Wagon Trail Trading Post, 6060 Wagon Trail Rd. A monthly outdoor flea market with no admission and flat pavement for easy walking.
Columbia Farmers Market Saturday 8 AM-12 PM at Parkade Plaza. Find us every Saturday from 8am to noon (mid-March-mid-November) in our new temporary location, the northeast Parkade Center’s parking lot (601 Business Loop 70W). Fresh vegetables & fruit, meat, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by the farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) accepted at all markets. Live music every Saturday! Rain or Shine.
Boone County Farmers Market Saturday 8 AM – 12 PM at the Columbia Mall, Sears parking lot. The Boone County Farmers Market is a group of farmers and artisans dedicated to supplying their community with fresh, locally grown, nutritious fruits, vegetables, meats, baked goods, and other items produced in a sustainable manner.
Connor’s Cave Tours Saturday-Sunday 1-4 PM at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Explore the 166 ft. long Connor’s Cave with a guide and learn about caves, bats and pink planarians. Walk the Devil’s Icebox Trail on your own until you reach Devil’s Icebox where staff or volunteers will loan helmets and flashlights. Tours will take up to 15 people and last about 20 min. Expect to get your feet wet. Arrive anytime between 1 and 3:45 PM. Reservations are not required. Recommended for ages 5 and up. No pets please. Free.
“Hard Day’s Night:” Movie and a Show Saturday 8:30 PM at Rose Park; $5. All ages. Join us at Rose for A MOVIE & A SHOW! It will be exactly 54 years (July 7, 1964) since the the film “A Hard Day’s Night” hit theaters at the height of the British Invasion. A musical comedy Roger Ebert classified as one of his prestigious “GREAT MOVIES,” it portrays a “typical” day in the lives of the band and is credited as being one of the most influential musical films of all time. We’ll be showing it on the BIG SCREEN in ROSE PARK with a LIVE PERFORMANCE of the entire soundtrack and more indoors performed by Boone Howlers to follow!
Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market Sunday 9 AM – 1 PM at Wabash Bus Station. The Orr Street Farmers & Artisans Market is a community destination for farm fresh produce, hand crafted art, informational workshops and great entertainment.
GALLERIES
The July Exhibit through July 31 at Sager Braudis Gallery. July exhibit features paintings and sculptures primarily by Missouri-based artists. View abstract art by Amy Meyer, water-color masks by Shanlin Ye and more at this not-to-be-missed show.
MU School of Visual Studies’ Summer Faculty Showcase through August 16 at MU’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery. An exhibition of work by the school’s full time and adjunct faculty members. The showcase celebrates the faculty’s diversity in ideas and media, as well as the interesting visual and conceptual connections.
Pre-Columbian Pottery from the Museums' Collections: Ancient Peru at Museum of Art and Archaeology. Pottery from ancient Peru is justly celebrated for its beauty and technical craftsmanship, combining elements of naturalism and patterned abstraction with bold imagination. Reflecting a range of cultures and belief systems spanning more than a millennium, this exhibit highlights ceramic arts from the Chavin, Tiwanaku, Moche, Nazca, Wari, Sican and Chimu cultures.
Seeing Anew: A Reinterpretation of Modern and Contemporary Artworks from the Permanent Collection at Museum of Art and Archaeology. After two years of special exhibitions, two galleries will be rededicated to highlighting extraordinary works of modern and contemporary art. Selections of artworks from about 1950 to the present will be reinterpreted with an emphasis on diversity represented in the permanent collection. Both familiar favorites and recent acquisitions will be displayed, along with a new section devoted to works on paper.
Missouri County Courthouses: Building Memories on the Square Revisited through September 2018 at the State Historical Society of Missouri. In collaboration with the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, the State Historical Society of Missouri is pleased to present 35 of the original photographs taken by Dennis Weiser for the 2007 book Missouri County Courthouses: Building Memories on the Square. New didactic labels provide updated information about the architects and buildings. By studying these beautiful and significant structures, one can better understand the rich history and culture of Missouri.
Salvador Dali exhibit at The Tiger Hotel. In the lobby of the hotel, you will find two lithographs from Dali’s 1977 ‘Twelve Apostles or Knights of the Round Table’ Suite: James the Lesser or The Vicar of Britain and Phillip or Knighting of Sir Galahad. Between them is Dali’s1974 original work, The Last Corner of the Last Planet, from a suite of twelve paintings known as ‘Conquest of Cosmos.’
MUSIC
TUESDAY
Red, White, and Bluegrass: Arkansauce, Mercer & Johnson, and more 6 PM at Rose Park; $6
WEDNESDAY
Norm Ruebling Band 5-8 PM at The Roof
THURSDAY
C. Rock City 5-8 PM at The Roof
Paul Fotch 5:30 PM at Cooper’s Landing
Anthem: A Hip Hop Benefit for Welcome Home 9 PM at Rose Music Hall; $7 in advance, $10 day of show
FRIDAY
The Fried Crawdaddies 5 PM at Rose Music Hall; free
Norm Ruebling Band 6 PM at Katfish Katy’s
Route 358 7 PM at Cooper’s Landing
Marcella’s Ghost 8 PM at Rocheport General Store
Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band 9:30 PM at Rose Music Hall; $6 in advance, $8 day of show
SATURDAY
The Dave Lineberry Experience 1 PM at Cooper’s Landing
Dennis Layne and Abigail Rose 2 PM at Katfish Katy’s
DJ in the Park 4 PM at Douglass Park; free
Yappy Hour in the Park with C. Rock City 4 PM at Rose Park; free
The Barroom Billies 4:30 PM at Cooper’s Landing
La Movida 6 PM at Katfish Katy’s
Joe Lewis Band 7 PM at Cooper’s Landing
Baby D, Life Coach, The Lemon Settlement 8 PM at Café Berlin; $5
The Sonny Show 8 PM at Rocheport General Store
SUNDAY
Dennis Layne 1 PM at Cooper’s Landing
The Spincasters 2 PM at Katfish Katy’s
The Ridgerunners 5 PM at Cooper’s Landing
Norm Ruebling Band 7 PM at Shelter Gardens; free
MOVIE GUIDE
ADRIFT - Based on the true story of human survival, a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime before they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP - Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Scott Lang once again dons the Ant-Man suit to fight alongside the Wasp. The mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful enemy.
EN EL SÉPTIMO DÍA - With warmth and humor, En el Séptimo Día (On the Seventh Day) follows a group of undocumented immigrants living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn over the course of seven days. Bicycle delivery guys, construction workers, dishwashers, deli workers and cotton candy vendors, they work long hours six days a week and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Sunset Park. José (Fernando Cardona), a bicycle delivery worker, is the team's captain — young, talented, hardworking and responsible. When José's team makes it to the finals, he and his teammates are thrilled. But his boss throws a wrench into the celebration when he tells José he has to work on Sunday, the day of the finals. If he doesn't work, his job and his future will be on the line. But if he doesn't stand up for himself and his teammates, his dignity will be crushed.
THE FIRST PURGE - To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community.
FIRST REFORMED - Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence.
HEREDITARY - A family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about its ancestry.
INCREDIBLES 2 - Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge -- taking care of the problems of his three children.
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM - When Isla Nublar’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.
MAGIC MIKE XXL - The Kings of Tampa, a male stripper troupe, are calling it quits, but before they put away their thongs, these endearing bros decide to put on one final performance at a Myrtle Beach stripping convention. They board an artisanal Fro-Yo food truck and embark on one of cinema's most pleasurable road trips.
OCEAN’S 8 - Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting -- that's how long Debbie Ocean has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows what it's going to take -- a team of the best people in the field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller. Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including jeweler Amita, street con Constance, suburban mom Tammy, hacker Nine Ball, and fashion designer Rose. Their target -- a necklace that's worth more than $150 million.
ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN’T - In 1977, Agnés Varda (Faces Places, Cléo from 5 to 7) released this enchanting ode to female friendship and liberation, which is part blissed-out bohemian musical, part revolutionary cri de cœur. Spanning more than a decade, it traces the ups and downs—abortion, heartbreak, marriage, motherhood—of two friends, Pauline (Mairesse) and Suzanne (Liotard). Even as their lives radically diverge, they remain steadfastly devoted to one another while finding ways to empower other women: one as a traveling feminist folk singer, the other as a reproductive rights activist. Set against France’s pro-choice struggle—of which Varda herself was on the frontlines—this tender and intimate epic celebrates the power of women to lift one another up.
RBG - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg has created a breathtaking legal legacy for women's rights while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. The personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court during a hostile time for women, is revealed in this inspiring and multidimensional documentary portrait. Now 85, Ginsburg refuses to relinquish her passionate duty, continues to have vigorous dissenting opinions and her exercise workouts.
SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO - Federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) calls on the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to escalate the war in nefarious ways. Alejandro kidnaps the kingpin’s daughter to inflame the conflict.
SUPERFLY - Career criminal Youngblood Priest hatches a plan for a big score.
TAG - One month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking it all to take each other down with the battle cry “You’re It!”
UNCLE DREW - Desperate to win the Rucker Classic street ball tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend UNCLE DREW (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time.
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR - From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America's favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.
CHECK EACH THEATRE FOR SHOWTIMES
REGAL STADIUM 14 THEATER – 2800 Goodwin Pointe Drive 844-462-7342
GOODRICH FORUM 8 – 1209 Forum Katy Parkway 573-445-7469
RAGTAG CINEMA – 10 Hitt Street 573-443-4359
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2018.06.30 01:18 MsBluffy What's Going on in Columbia? June 29-July

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ON STAGE
“Dance on Bones” Wednesday-Saturday 7 PM, Thursday 10 PM, and Saturday-Sunday 2 PM at Studio 4, 672 Hitt St. Dance on Bones creates a futuristic world infused by jazz, creation myths, and a planet at war with its people. Building upon its jazz aesthetic, Dance on Bones will be presented in a spontaneous order for each performance. Come join our company of actors and musicians for an experience built with – and not just for – the audience!
“The Tempest” Thursday-Sunday 8 PM at Maplewood Barn Theatre. The Tempest is set on a remote island, where Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, has become a powerful magician. He plots to restore his son Miran to his rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to cause his usurping sister Antonia and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to believe they are shipwrecked and marooned on the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonia’s lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miran to Alonso’s daughter, Fernanda.
SPECIAL EVENTS
Columbia Farmers Market Saturday 8 AM-12 PM at Parkade Plaza. Find us every Saturday from 8am to noon (mid-March-mid-November) in our new temporary location, the northeast Parkade Center’s parking lot (601 Business Loop 70W). Fresh vegetables & fruit, meat, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by the farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) accepted at all markets. Live music every Saturday! Rain or Shine.
Boone County Farmers Market Saturday 8 AM – 12 PM at the Columbia Mall, Sears parking lot. The Boone County Farmers Market is a group of farmers and artisans dedicated to supplying their community with fresh, locally grown, nutritious fruits, vegetables, meats, baked goods, and other items produced in a sustainable manner.
Splat! Junior Obstacle Course Mud Run Saturday 9 AM at Gans Creek Recreation Area. This event will feature age appropriate waves with kid-friendly obstacles, mud and FUN for ages 4-15. Register by calling 573-874- 7700. CoMo.gov/ParksandRec .
Midway Golf and Games Grand Opening Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM. Come celebrate our Grand Opening after 6 months of renovations! Join us for food & drink, raffles throughout the day, and specials on attractions! Visit our Facebook page or website to find out more.
Missouri County Courthouses Gallery Walk-Through Saturday 1:30 PM at State Historical Society of Missouri. SHSMO’s current exhibition, Missouri County Courthouses: Building Memories on the Square Revisited, explores how Missouri’s built environments reflect local values. Join art curator Joan Stack and Carol Grove, adjunct assistant professor of American Art and Architecture, at a gallery walk-through.
Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market Sunday 9 AM – 1 PM at Wabash Bus Station. The Orr Street Farmers & Artisans Market is a community destination for farm fresh produce, hand crafted art, informational workshops and great entertainment.
Hot Summer Nights: Charlie Chaplin Silent Movies Sunday 6:30 PM at Missouri Theatre. Charlie Chaplin Silent Shorts & Missouri Symphony Orchestra. At intermission, Chaplin scholars will discuss all things ‘Chaplin.’ Enjoy free refreshments. Dress for “Your Best Chaplin” Costume Contest!
GALLERIES
June Exhibit through June 30 at Sager Braudis Gallery. Featuring work from Kyle Bader, Alejandrina Herrera, Gin O’keefe, Nora Othic, And James Wilson.
MU School of Visual Studies’ Summer Faculty Showcase through August 16 at MU’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery. An exhibition of work by the school’s full time and adjunct faculty members. The showcase celebrates the faculty’s diversity in ideas and media, as well as the interesting visual and conceptual connections.
Pre-Columbian Pottery from the Museums' Collections: Ancient Peru at Museum of Art and Archaeology. Pottery from ancient Peru is justly celebrated for its beauty and technical craftsmanship, combining elements of naturalism and patterned abstraction with bold imagination. Reflecting a range of cultures and belief systems spanning more than a millennium, this exhibit highlights ceramic arts from the Chavin, Tiwanaku, Moche, Nazca, Wari, Sican and Chimu cultures.
Seeing Anew: A Reinterpretation of Modern and Contemporary Artworks from the Permanent Collection at Museum of Art and Archaeology. After two years of special exhibitions, two galleries will be rededicated to highlighting extraordinary works of modern and contemporary art. Selections of artworks from about 1950 to the present will be reinterpreted with an emphasis on diversity represented in the permanent collection. Both familiar favorites and recent acquisitions will be displayed, along with a new section devoted to works on paper.
Missouri County Courthouses: Building Memories on the Square Revisited through September 2018 at the State Historical Society of Missouri. In collaboration with the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, the State Historical Society of Missouri is pleased to present 35 of the original photographs taken by Dennis Weiser for the 2007 book Missouri County Courthouses: Building Memories on the Square. New didactic labels provide updated information about the architects and buildings. By studying these beautiful and significant structures, one can better understand the rich history and culture of Missouri.
Salvador Dali exhibit at The Tiger Hotel. In the lobby of the hotel, you will find two lithographs from Dali’s 1977 ‘Twelve Apostles or Knights of the Round Table’ Suite: James the Lesser or The Vicar of Britain and Phillip or Knighting of Sir Galahad. Between them is Dali’s1974 original work, The Last Corner of the Last Planet, from a suite of twelve paintings known as ‘Conquest of Cosmos.’
MUSIC
FRIDAY
Happy Hour: Bruce Poe Band 5 PM at Rose Park; free
Dream Squeeze 6 PM at Katfish Katy’s
The Flood Brothers 7 PM at Cooper’s Landing
Hot Summer Nights: Opera: La Bohème 7:30 PM at Missouri Theatre
Fisheye 8 PM at Rocheport General Store
Soakie, Dead Dads Club, Conductor 8 PM at Café Berlin; $5
Mid-MO Rock Collective 9:30 PM at Rose Music Hall; $5
SATURDAY
River Ghost Revue 2 PM at Katfish Katy’s
Yappy Hour in the Park: The Overdue Bills 4 PM at Rose Park; free
Abigail Rose 4:30 PM at Cooper’s Landing
Mick Byrd and the Back Road Band 5 PM at Les Bourgeois A-Frame
Brad Cunningham Band 6 PM at Katfish Katy’s
Naked Dave 7 PM at Cooper’s Landing
Aina Cook 7 PM at Rocheport General Store
Morning Shag Birthday Bash with The Nobs, Mercury Trio, Orchard Fire, The Comancheros 8 PM at The Blue Note; $5 in advance, $10 day of show
Columbia Hip Hop Live: 3HM Monsta Mix Release Party 9 PM at Rose Music Hall; $6 in advance, $8 day of show
SUNDAY
Joe Johnson Band 5 PM at Cooper’s Landing
MOVIE GUIDE
ACTION POINT - D.C. is the crackpot owner of Action Point -- a low-rent, out-of-control amusement park where the rides are designed with minimum safety for maximum fun. Just as his estranged daughter Boogie comes to visit, a corporate mega-park opens nearby and jeopardizes the future of Action Point. To save his beloved park and his relationship with Boogie, D.C. and his loony crew of misfits must risk everything to pull out all the stops and save the day.
ADRIFT - Based on the true story of human survival, a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime before they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.
BOOK CLUB - Diane is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon is still working through her decades-old divorce. Carol's marriage is in a slump after 35 years. The lives of these four friends are turned upside down after reading the infamous "50 Shades of Grey."
DEADPOOL 2 - Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool joins forces with three mutants to battle the all-powerful Cable.
FIRST REFORMED - Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. .
HEREDITARY - A family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about its ancestry.
INCREDIBLES 2 - Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge -- taking care of the problems of his three children.
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM - When Isla Nublar’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. OCEAN’S 8 - Five years, eight
OCEAN’S 8 - Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting -- that's how long Debbie Ocean has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows what it's going to take -- a team of the best people in the field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller. Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including jeweler Amita, street con Constance, suburban mom Tammy, hacker Nine Ball, and fashion designer Rose. Their target -- a necklace that's worth more than $150 million.
ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN’T - In 1977, Agnés Varda (Faces Places, Cléo from 5 to 7) released this enchanting ode to female friendship and liberation, which is part blissed-out bohemian musical, part revolutionary cri de cœur. Spanning more than a decade, it traces the ups and downs—abortion, heartbreak, marriage, motherhood—of two friends, Pauline (Mairesse) and Suzanne (Liotard). Even as their lives radically diverge, they remain steadfastly devoted to one another while finding ways to empower other women: one as a traveling feminist folk singer, the other as a reproductive rights activist. Set against France’s pro-choice struggle—of which Varda herself was on the frontlines—this tender and intimate epic celebrates the power of women to lift one another up.
RBG - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg has created a breathtaking legal legacy for women's rights while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. The personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court during a hostile time for women, is revealed in this inspiring and multidimensional documentary portrait. Now 85, Ginsburg refuses to relinquish her passionate duty, continues to have vigorous dissenting opinions and her exercise workouts.
SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO - Federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) calls on the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to escalate the war in nefarious ways. Alejandro kidnaps the kingpin’s daughter to inflame the conflict.
SUPERFLY - Career criminal Youngblood Priest hatches a plan for a big score.
TAG - One month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking it all to take each other down with the battle cry “You’re It!”
UNCLE DREW - Desperate to win the Rucker Classic street ball tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend UNCLE DREW (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time.
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR - From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America's favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.
CHECK EACH THEATRE FOR SHOWTIMES
REGAL STADIUM 14 THEATER – 2800 Goodwin Pointe Drive 844-462-7342
GOODRICH FORUM 8 – 1209 Forum Katy Parkway 573-445-7469
RAGTAG CINEMA – 10 Hitt Street 573-443-4359
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2017.12.22 05:11 SammyJoon The importance of DJ in Star Wars.

The introduction of Benicio Del Toro’s character “DJ” has many fans split. Many were intrigued by him, while many found him to be a drag to the story. It took a few watches of The Last Jedi to fully understand the message and moral question brought up by this character. Lets start with his scene on the stolen ship: He opens the holograms of past business transactions in which the rich owner of the ship took part in. We see that the people getting rich off selling weapons to the first order are also selling weapons to the resistance. Presumably, DJ is trying to teach Finn that neither side of the war is innocent. The point of this scene actually ties in to an overall theme in all of the Star Wars movies. To quote Chancellor Palpatine, “Good is a point of view.” Nobody is the bad guy of their own story. Palpatine thinks he is bringing peace to the galaxy, but to us viewers, he’s the main villain. In the original trilogy, Obi Wan states “Luke, you’ll find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” And then in Revenge of the Sith, Anakin screams, (with questionable writing and line delivery), “from my point of view the Jedi are evil!”
 We consistently revisit this idea that there is never one correct side in Star Wars. Two of DJ’s main quotes in The Last Jedi are: “It’s all a machine partner, live free don’t join” and “They blow you up today, you blow them up tomorrow.” It is extremely clear, after reading Benicio Del Toro’s lines, what Rian Johnson’s vision was when writing DJ as a character. The more spiritual theme of this movie is “Balance between the Dark side and Light side.” One rises to meet the other. Now transition that into DJ’s message. Neither the resistance nor the first order are innocent. Both feed money to a larger machine only to receive weapons for the sole purpose of blowing up the other. 
If you realized this about DJ after your first couple times watching, do you agree?
If you haven’t noticed it, hopefully I gave you something interesting to think about for your next watch.
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2017.12.21 16:01 FinnagainsAwake Star Wars: The Last Jedi--The further business of the Disney franchise - by Matthew MacEgan (Boston Indie) 19 Dec 2017

Written and directed by Rian Johnson
December 15 saw the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth entry in the episodic film saga and the third to be released since its production company Lucasfilm was purchased by Disney in 2012.
The new film opened in 4,232 theaters in the US and took in $220 million on its opening weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie "delivered on expectations, debuting with the second largest opening weekend of all-time and propelling the box office to the third largest weekend ever based on estimates. ... Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivered the second largest opening weekend ever behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which debuted with $247.9 million back in 2015." It is "only the second film to ever gross over $100 million on opening day."
This is the only thing anyone at Disney or in Hollywood cares about. The statement by Disney president of theatrical distribution Dave Hollis to the effect that the makers of The Last Jedi "have delivered an experience that is totally Star Wars yet at the same time fresh, unexpected and new," which "has got people talking [and] puzzling over its mysteries," is so much hot air. Hollis, in any event, can't help but let the financial cat of the bag when he goes on to suggest that the qualities of the latest Star Wars entry "should help set the film up for great word-of-mouth and repeat viewing as we enter the lucrative holiday period."
Disney and its marketing partners spent nearly $60 million in television advertisements to make certain that a portion of the American population would feel obliged to see The Last Jedi. The studio spent $12 million on television marketing in the two weeks prior to the December 15 opening, much of it during sports programming, especially NFL football. According to iSpot.tv, the largest co-marketing sponsorship, $11.7 million, came from Nissan for its intelligent mobility technology.
As pymnts.com notes, the release of The Last Jedi "has once again unleashed a tidal wave of Star Wars products: Socks, home décor, kitchenware and linens, ice cream, nail polish, watches, cufflinks and even Star Wars-styled clothing designed not for cosplay--which is when fans dress up as their favorite characters in the most true-to-movie fashion possible--but for everyday wear."
Bloomberg comments that Star Wars fans with "$10,000 to burn" can purchase an "$8,999 Star Wars pinball machine," a "$6,499 Millennium Falcon coffee table," the "$9,999 Han Solo carbonite desk," or the "$10,250 Darth Vader crystal" from Swarovski.
The economic stakes are considerable and tend to ensure, as the Hollywood Reporter points out, that a "bona fide 'shake up'--philosophical, ethical, or otherwise--of the Star Wars universe would be a sort of pop-culture earthquake. ... Disney has not and almost certainly will not take the risks that would be involved in such a move when they spent over $4 billion acquiring the franchise."
This is the necessary prelude to and framework for any discussion of the film's "artistic" or dramatic merits.
The Last Jedi picks up where 2015's The Force Awakens left off, for those keeping track, with heroine Rey (Daisy Ridley) confronting Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), and the First Order ready to retaliate after the loss of its Starkiller super weapon.
The Resistance base is under attack. The rebels barely escape, but General Leia Organa (the late Carrie Fisher) is badly injured and left unconscious for much of the film. Command transfers to Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) who has conflicts with Captain Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) about which course to take.
Dameron helps Finn (John Boyega) and newcomer Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) escape on a small transport to the planet Canto Bight to find a codebreaker who can help them slice into the First Order's flagship and disable important systems. A mysterious individual (Benicio Del Toro) says he can help them accomplish the feat, and the three return to the remnants of the fleeing Resistance fleet.
Meanwhile, Skywalker refuses to return with Rey to the Resistance or train her as a Jedi. He has decided that the Jedi were a failure and that what he has learned must not be passed on. Rey decides to remain on the island where Skywalker has been hiding and finds herself repeatedly connected through the Force to villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
The First Order's Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) berates Ren for failing to find Skywalker. Ren leads the initial attack on the fleeing Resistance fleet, but fails to pull the trigger when he has the command ship of his mother, Leia Organa, in his sights. Rey reaches out to Ren and believes she can turn him back to the light side of the Force. Further formulaic adventures lie in store.
Writer-director Rian Johnson has included certain unexpected elements. More prominent characters see their end than one would expect, and it is difficult to predict how certain situations will play out. However, there are also a barrage of irritating gimmicks and gags obviously included to lighten the mood, but which often simply remove the viewer from whatever the central experience is intended to be.
The film also stretches the imagination far too much in terms of physics. The Star Wars franchise has never pretended to be scientifically accurate, but the creators reach new depths in The Last Jedi, particularly in terms of what is possible through the Force.
However, what really sets The Last Jedi apart from the last two Disney offerings is that there is so little to which one can relate in terms of anything historically or socially recognizable. The Force Awakens and Rogue One at least included militarist elements that recalled the roots of Nazism in the former case and terrorist organizations in the latter. The Last Jedi is almost entirely focused on the "spiritual side" with some military bombast and ill-placed jokes thrown in.
One might hope the second chapter in a trilogy would place more emphasis on character development and put the protagonists in positions where they might undergo life-altering experiences as well as lose more of their innocence. There is some such loss in The Last Jedi, but it is dealt with so trivially that none of the new, young protagonists seems to have gone through any significant changes by the end.
This film is another example of how much talent can be wasted on cinema that does not have anything of substance to say. Perhaps more than in any other Star Wars film, the technical effects and cinematography are at times breathtaking and beautiful. Many of the actors are talented and have shown an interest in being taken more seriously (Daisy Ridley in particular has said in interviews that she does not want to appear in any more Star Wars films after her contract expires).
Many people may be drawn to The Last Jedi because it includes the last screen performance by Carrie Fisher, who sadly passed away last December. Unfortunately, as in The Force Awakens, her dialogue and place in the story are weak. Dern's Admiral Holdo is far more believable as a Resistance leader. Whatever spark Fisher's performance added to the original trilogy has been lost in these latest films.
As noted above, Star Wars has become a big profit machine for Disney.
For The Last Jedi, Disney enforced new agreements with movie theaters, allowing it to keep as much as 70 percent of box office revenues and to stipulate how long the film appears on the biggest screens in each location. When this was announced in November, many theater owners complained it would hurt business.
Due to the profitability of the franchise, Star Wars films will not stop appearing any time soon. Currently, another standalone film--Solo, directed by Ron Howard--is set to be released in May 2018, and J.J. Abrams (writer and director of The Force Awakens) has been hired to complete the current episodic trilogy with Episode IX, to be released in December 2019.
Last month, Lucasfilm announced that Johnson had been hired to make a brand-new trilogy set in a different corner of the Star Wars universe that has not been explored. This first chapter of this new trilogy will likely appear in theaters in 2020 or 2021. Whether this is an item for a business columnist or a film reviewer remains a question.
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2017.12.15 11:54 agentc00per My vent list

Sorry, had to vent. Just back from the cinema. Massive SW fan although wasn't keen on TFA. This, though, was horseshit. A mere portion of the problems:
*Leia flying. FFS.
*Oscar Isaac vs Laura Dern arguments going on for ages. Utterly pointless and boring.
*Finn and Rose riding horse things - like a Harry Potter movie and they didn't "wreck the evil town" or whatever they said, they smashed a few windows.
*Captain Phasma - WTF is the point?
*Luke (still the best thing in the movie) is a cowardly jerk now
*Terrible humour, poorly positioned
*Yoda looks like a cartoon when he turns up
*LUKE: I'm not here to save him LEIA: I know he's gone. LUKE: No one's ever gone. -- WHAT? Are you talking to each other or just individually saying random stuff that sounds deep?!
*Luke goes fishing. Almost laughed aloud at this bit.
*General Hux - genuinely unsure if he is the comic relief or not.
*Snoke - awful bad guy. Is incredibly powerful but doesn't notice a lightsaber turning round on its own and pointing at him.
*The dark side "hole" Rey visits - basically a badly constructed carnival hall of mirrors
*Rey moves pebbles, Luke shits himself at the "power"
*Luke dies due to astral projection tiredness. Literally any other way for Luke to go would beat that.
Poe explains to everyone that Luke must be causing a diversion and must have had a great plan to allow everyone else to escape and let the Rebellion be re-born and...it's probably something to do with those foxes...and...IF LUKE HAD A FCKING PLAN WHY DIDN'T HE JUST TELL THE OTHERS?!!
*Casino place - utter crap.
*Benicio Del Toro character - seriously his thing is he has a stutter?
*Appearance by Maz Kanata, presented as though she is some super fan favourite. She's crap.
BB8 can do anything now. Just give him a fcking lightsaber and be done with it.
*Kylo Ren changes sides every 5 minutes - his conflict is supposed to be Shakespearean but it's more like a WWE wrestler turning on his tag team partner
Luke considered killing his own apprentice?! Just FCK OFF!
*The sound mix was off - sometimes dialogue was difficult to hear
*Finn continues to know every detailed technical aspect of the first order, despite only working there as a janitor
A mobile "death star gun". FCK OFF.
*All of the aliens on Luke's planet looked like they were from The Dark Crystal. And weren't funny.
*Bizarre reasons why the First Order ships couldn't blow up the good guys. "The ships are just too small", etc. ???!
*No visually striking locations, apart from the red salt place. Snoke's throne room looked like a Taylor Swift video.
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2017.07.01 12:39 FenriswulfAU Black Tie Dicks, Monday June 3rd - "Birthday Shake-up!"

Hellooooo Movie Dicks!
It's my birthday! Or was on Friday! So I am going to party like it's... well like it's my birthday! And for that I decided to go with two fun movies I really love, but might not be totally listed in "Best Ever Movie" category for others. So, it's a shake up this week for something fun to sit and enjoy, and not be completely serious about!
Tonight's movies are going to be both from the same director, that being Guy Ritchie. Yes, better known as Madonna's ex-Husband! He has a very distinct style to his films, and they are known for having witty banter between characters, prolific swearing, and multiple threads of many stories that come together at the end.

"Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (1998).
Four friends, a mix between those who earn their dough legitimately, and those those who don't, pony up 25,000 pounds each to stake their friend, Ed, at a poker game. He has a talent for cards, and with the amount of high-rollers involved, it seems a cinch for them to easily make their money back, if not quintuple it. But things don't turn out how they wanted and they end up going up against a pornographer with a habit of going psycho on people who get on the wrong side of him; a bear of a man who earned his name "The Baptist" in very real way; a big man and his little son debt collector team; a psychotic dwarf with an afro; and the worst neighbours you could possibly imagine.
Combined with two less-than-able burglers, a Greek man who has a trouble holding his drink, soft posh weed growers, and a Traffic Warden, and you'll likely come to the conclusion that all of this happened because Ed didn't get his rest in like he should have...
Written and directed by Guy Richie, starring Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, and Jason Statham.

"Snatch" (2000)
Turkish, named after a plane, is lumped with a small partner named after a gun (or so he says), and a lunk head boxer slash heavy who is prone to falling down in fights. After failing spectacularly to organise a fight after trying to secure a trailer from which to conduct his business from, he suddenly finds himself looking to put in a complete unknown into the ring, and have him throw the fight to please the mobster whom he cost money for scratching the first fight. Which doesn't go well at all, considering his unknown fighter is harder than a coffin nail and not willing to bend for anyone it seems.
And that doesn't even include the problems that get pulled into that mess from local and international mobsters, all trying to get their hands on a stolen diamond as big as a baby's fist. Here, don't diamonds come from Antwerp?
Written and directed again by Guy Ritchie, starring Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, and Vinnnie Jones.

Links to tonight's movies

Please check your links to see that they're working ahead of schedule, and then get in and buffer as soon as you can, because you'll want to have no disruptions in it as they play! Look forward to seeing you there at 8:30pm CDT!
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2015.10.08 19:05 GrabbinCowlicks IJW: Sicario (2015)

Originally published October 8th, 2015 on ObsessiveViewer.com
In Denis Villeneuve‘s latest movie Sicario, Emily Blunt plays Kate, an idealistic FBI agent recruited to an interagency task force working to take down a drug cartel on the US/Mexico border. As the task force moves closer to the objective, Kate begins to question the tactics they use and her purpose within the unit.
Sicario is a beautifully made film. The action sequences tell incredibly tense stories as Villeneuve maneuvers his characters through both open environments and confined areas, building tension equally well in every locale. Roger Deakins photographed the movie and composes some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful shots I’ve seen in recent memory. There’s a sequence late in the movie where the scene alternates between night vision and thermal imaging that’s nothing short of spectacular.
Despite such brilliance behind the camera however, I had a difficult time getting into Sicario. Blunt’s character is a “fish out of water” as she’s plucked from her position in Arizona for the task force led by Josh Brolin‘s delightfully quirky character. She acts as the audience surrogate to the plot, so her lack of information reflects our own lack of information.
It’s an effective storytelling technique as we see how ruthlessly the team operates and react just as Blunt’s character does. However, that doesn’t mean the plot is engaging. We’re as confused as Blunt’s character but we’re not trapped in the situation as she is. This had an adverse effect on my viewing experience because I wasn’t trying to figure out the methodology and climate of the war on drugs south of the border. I was trying to find something to latch onto from a narrative perspective.
Even though Blunt’s character is the audience surrogate of Sicario, she’s not the focal character. The movie belongs to Benicio Del Toro‘s mysterious Alejandro character, about whom Kate (and thus the audience) knows next to nothing. The mystique of Alejandro is played up throughout the first two thirds of the movie before we’re given insight into what drives him. He’s an interesting character and he has the best narrative arc of anyone else in the movie. I just wish we were being told his story from the beginning instead of affixing our attachment to Blunt’s ultimately superfluous character.
Throughout the movie we’re shown glimpses into the home life of a police officer in Mexico played by Maximiliano Hernández. While this character does follow a trajectory throughout the movie and have a purpose within the overall narrative, these small glimpses into his home life did nothing for me. Similar to the main task force plot and Alejandro’s arc in the first half of the movie, I didn’t have enough information about Hernandez’s character to invest me in the storyline.
There were also certain leaps in the story that didn’t make much sense. Blunt’s character has a dangerous encounter with someone, but the setup that leads to this circumstance seems a little far fetched. Later, Blunt refers to the person in a way that just wasn’t communicated in the scene. The situation plays out as happenstance but later she refers to herself as a target. It was confusing and took me out of the movie. Likewise, Brolin’s character goes to lengths not to have Kate’s partner (Daniel Kaluuya) included in the task force. After Kate’s baptism by fire, the partner becomes a part of the task force without much mention. It feels like there was a missing scene or line of dialogue somewhere in the first act.
My reaction to the narrative structure of the movie is really a shame. In the end, the story being told in Sicario is interesting and could have been engaging. Unfortunately, my interest was only piqued in intervals. There’s a narrative through line that I can get behind but the overall delivery method failed to engage me through the majority of the movie. The visual approach Villeneuve and Deakins used to unravel the plot is the standout of the movie and may convince me to see it again at some point. But the story and narrative left me wanting.
Obsessive Grade - 6.0/10
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2015.09.26 12:01 RustyDetective Sicario Quickee Film Review (Spoilers are marked separately at very end)

Here's the link to the direct blog if you prefer:
http://ivoryconsigliere.tumblr.com/post/129805934061/your-american-ears-wont-understand-your-eyes
"Your American ears won't understand, your eyes will see things that make no sense, but in the end, you'll understand."
Buona sera tutti!
Sicario is directed by one of my favorite newer directors, Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy, Blade Runner 2!) and written by rather greenhorn Taylor Sheridan (Sons of Anarchy). Ever since the I learned that this was Villeneuve's next film, and then added on with the cast and trailer, it had been in my most anticipated list for the year. It is clearly safe to swear by this man, his filmography expands before 2013, but with Prisoners and Enemy he swept just about everybody off their feet. You need look no further than the fact that he got offered the Blade Runner 2 helm, to prove his worth. Anything Villeneuve is good new(s)!
The film follows Emily Blunt as a hard working moral FBI Agent tasked into a special team dealing with the Mexican Border. Sicario itself stands for Hitman, so right from the start, you get a sense of what type of film this is going to be. It is easily Villeneuve's most action oriented film, even though it is technically a drama.
MAIN CAST:
Luckily, I was able to find a English screening of Sicario here in Rome! First review in a Roman cinema (Venice Film Festival aside), here we go.
As I already stated, Sicario was one of my most anticipated films of the year, and I had a great time. It was not as epic as I expected it to be, but it most certainly gets my seal of approval. Ranking from the four more known Villeneuve films, I'd go:
The PROS:
CONS:
I'm not condoning that the film shows the entirety of Mexico accurately, but when it comes to Juarez, the US government, and the overall toll of the cartel "war on drugs", it's extremely well made. If you were to see this film in a flight or drive to Mexico, it would make you reconsider. That being said, everyone who is well read or perceptive knows that Mexico is not the safest place to be. Being raised in Brasil, I can attest to the cause and effect of a drug laden country. Brasil is not as bad anymore, but I still wouldn't go telling all my friends that they can boast around the favelas with no worry. Sicario offers quite a brutal, gruesome, and intense look at the war on drugs, from exploded limbs, decapitation, headshots, government intervention, corruption, and the toll on family.
The strongest part of Sicario was the story and how it was directed. Sure it had a magnificent cast, who all did terrific, but the plot was true to the nature of the subject. Villeneuve did not stray away from showing what most expect to not see in a film. I can't specifically say one of the most intense scenes out if spoilers, but I can inform you that there are many violent scenes. Nothing made me sick or disturbed, as I myself like studying such topics, but my cousin had to leave the theater. Just in passing, there is a scene showing hanging bodies, all mutilated an naked... Just in passing, "Welcome to Juarez" says Benicio. Much like Beasts of No Nation, the film had its distinct beauty to it, regardless of the grittier vibes one Suspects. I relate it to True Detective S02, as in the long swooping arrival takes of the desolate wasteland and the immense cities. I liked it to a certain extent. By the first two or three pans, I think it is safe to say the audience understands how far away and isolated the FBI and other agents are from the US. Out here in the barren landscape their is nobody to come to your aid, you are entering the cartel land. After about 5 slow pans, I sort of got a bit annoyed (my sincere apologies to Roger Deakins). Villeneuve really impressed me with how he handled the topics of the drug war and how the cartels vs government affect the lives of others whether your innocent or corrupt. He did not shy away from leaving details or scenes out in fear of the rating he would get. Kudos!
The cast and the acting were phenomenal. You might be thinking that Emily Blunt playing morally concerned FBI agent Macer is the star, but Benicio Del Toro's Alejandro stole the film for me! Blunt's Macer is a very idealistic agent, always following the books, and very much a ball buster and tattle tale if you may. If you do not follow protocol to a tee, you will be written up in her report immediately. Her style and tactics do not fly or aid her very much when it clashes with that of the morally ambiguous and overall questionable backgrounds of Toro and Josh Brolin's Matt. Macer's partner has a small role, but a very good role I feel. I do not remember his name (Kulouya?), but he was in one of the best episodes of Black Box. He is a veteran of Iraq, as well as a lawyer turned FBI, and he questions everything done, while backing up Macer every step of the way. Blunt plays the role of a innocent well trained agent incredibly well, as she journeys further and further into the rabbit hole of how many wars are really fought, in the dark. I completely believe how her character arc evolves over time, and by the end she is a completely different character, for better or for worse... Josh Brolin has a small but pivotal part in the film. He plays an unknown government agent of unsure affiliatiation, who is leading this new anti cartel squad. He recruits Macer into the team after acknowledging how she is able to handle herself under pressure, proven by her streak of case research and on field busts in cartel oriented crimes. The little mannerisms and intonation of his voice at times are spit in and perfectly toned to the scene. Everytime he was on scene, you got a sense of humor, as well as something could happen at any time. Benicio Del Toro was by far my most favored character of the film! He is the shady individual, who you may be able to pinpoint right of the bat. Although Macer and the audience do not get a sense of what or who he is, we fully understand and appreciate that this man knows exactly what he is doing at all times, and exactly when to do so. There is not a single scene where his intensity is dulled by another element, nor taken over by another actor. I'm not going to complete confirm, but I would not be upset or surprised if her gets a supporting male nomination. His Alejandro and Blunt's Macer do not hit off on a grand note, but as the film progresses, we witness as their comradery and bond develops through their experiences. It was very much like an indirect master training his apprentice the hard way, tough love completely.
By far, this is Villeneuve's most violent film, including various action sequences and gore. As I stated my cousin left half way through unfortunately. I did not expect to see what I saw, but I'm glad that I did! You may get a slight Army of Two vibe from the plot, as well as the gun filled posters, but the film remains to be still a drama at heart. The themes of family, morals, how far you're willing to go all remain pillars to the structure of the film. Sure, we get some explosions, car shot outs, assassinations, gunfights galore, but I do not think the focus is ever on the violence. The key point of the film is how the war on drugs affects both sides. One of the characters explains how the cartel is not the only one to do the horror they do, who do you think they learned it from. That line was delivered very well, and with a lot of history behind it. I immediately thought of the Brasilian book, Brasil Nunca Mais. I highly recommend this excellent read into how Brasil at a time was trained by the CIA, specializing in torture techniques. It Follows various accounts of tortures taught, created, and done upon many individuals, in desolate houses, or even in the city itself. The Mexican cartels are not necessarily the antagonists of Sicario, and the title is the lends to the expanding plot unfolding as it progresses. There is not surfing plot twist, or revelation, but how it pans out and is set up, lays more credit to the masterful tension building that Villeneuve offers.
I always fear saying this, but I can see Villeneuve being somewhat of the next, if not disciple of David Fincher. I know they're not far in age difference, but it is impossible not to relate the intensity and dark vibes each director has. For example Prisoners and Se7en, come on! Paired with Roger Deakins once again, Villeneuve unveils yet another beautiful looking film, with excellent sound department, and story. I was surprised by Sheridan writing the plot, especially with him being only known (if known) for his role in Sons of Anarchy. Although the direction and cinematography were gorgeous, I do still stand by my gripe about the overabundance of arial pans, and close ups of the characters. By the fifth or sixth time, I think the audience understands the metaphor to how isolated they are, or how messed up their life easier at that moment. If you do not have patience, you might get irritated for the slow burn of a film. Personally, I enjoy a plot gradually unraveling and building up the tension before the inevitable explodes. A superb scene of our protagonist joining the special squad in the first entrance to Juarez is gripping and completely intense. Machine gun mounted trucks, blacked out suburbans, radio chatter, overbearing buildings, and suspicion in every character as they look out for where they could get ambushed from is spectacular. I was enthralled entirely, from start to finish.
Sicario had a True Detective S02 vibe once again, I must reiterate it for emphasis. I'm not comparing the quality (S02 being much lower then the first), but the tension building from start to finish, the barren landscape, the corruption, and the feeling that anyone can die at any moment is all there in common. You want gritty drug cartel film that is job afraid to show elements of what goes on, Sicario is one of the best films on that topic. I highly recommend going out to see Sicario if you can!
8.5/10 & BSA
NO END CREDIT SCENE
If you enjoyed this film, I recommend:
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2014.08.08 17:13 dr_hermes LICENCE TO KILL (1989) Reviewed

All right then, I seem to have covered all the Ian Fleming material, time to start on the movies___________
Dir: John Glen (not the astronaut)
The second and last film with Timothy Dalton as James Bond. It plays better now than I remembered it. At the time, LICENCE TO KILL was criticized for being too mundane, too ordinary, as Bond tackles a mere drug lord rather than a world-conquering megalomaniac. There were fewer of the unlikely gadgets, no larger than life Neanderthal henchman, no slapstick. I personally was glad, being more a fan of the Ian Fleming books than of the movie 007, and I liked seeing a more down-to-Earth adventure for the character. (Dalton's Bond starts off neatly groomed in impeccable evening wear, and ends up bloodied and bruised and half dead in tatters, which is very much how Fleming's Bond fared.) But it was not what most filmgoers expected. Years of Roger Moore had identified James Bond as a smooth suave playboy who barely gets his hair mussed as he foils the villains and escapes with the girl.
The bad guy is Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), a international cocaine emperor who is brutal in a crude way earlier Bond villains weren't. He whips his concubine with the tail of a stingray (Oww! this is taken from a Fleming short story, "The Hildebrand Rarity") and has the heart cut out of a man she was fooling around with. His main henchman is creepy little Dario (Benicio del Toro, all wicked grins and greasy hair), just aching to torture and kill. Sanchez wants revenge on DEA agent Felix Leiter (David Hedison), and he gets it by murdering Leiter's bride on their wedding night and feeding Leiter to a shark. This gives us a scene straight from Fleming's LIVE AND LET DIE, where Bond finds the bloody ruin of his friend with a note, "He disagreed with something that ate him." (Hedison's Leiter gets off with less damage than Fleming's character, who sported a hook hand, wooden leg and eyepatch if memory serves*.) Understandably annoyed at all this (He had been best man at the ceremony), Bond swears vegeance. Unfortunately, M has other assignments lined up and he orders 007 to get back on the job.
Bond tries to resign from the Service to go on a personal vendetta, and M revokes his licence to kill, prompting 007 to fight loose and go off on his own.[As an aside, the story goes that the original title was going to be LICENCE REVOKED but they tested it and those dumb Americans did not know the meaning of "revoked" so the title was changed to LICENCE TO KILL. I find this hard to believe, it sounds like a gratuitous dig at Americans (it's wrong when Americans poke fun at other nationalties but we are fair targets.). I don't know any adults who do not understand the word "revoked." On the other hand, the producers of the Bond films do seem inclined to work KILL, DIE, DEATH and similar words into their titles. TOMORROW NEVER LIES (a phrase within the film about Carver's newspaper) became TOMORROW NEVER DIES to get that death fetish in. So I can see LICENCE REVOKED becoming LICENCE TO KILL because it sounds meaner and tougher, and a little snark at Americans is just a bonus ("they're all fat, too.")]
Anyway, working outside the Secret Service doesn't seem any different than business as usual for Bond. He promptly kills a few people and skyjacks a seaplane packed with mattress-sized bundles of money, so he has capital to work with. Even Q shows up uninvited with some whacko gadgets, including a laser-firing camera and a gun that only shoots for its registered owner. Bond even quickly gets a female partner, Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell), who is a CIA-contract pilot and good with a shotgun. So it's business as usual, really. Bond isn't running from other 00-agents sent to retrieve or silence him; indeed, M seems to just feel, 'Oh let the lad run wild a bit, he'll come back once he blows off some steam.' Possibly M secretly agreed with Bond but couldn't say so because then there would be trouble with the Home Secretary or something.
I rather liked LICENCE TO KILL at the time, it seemed like a nice change of pace from the usual blow-up-the-world threats ending in a confused battle between armies of good guys and bad guys. It had more of an Ian Fleming feel. But it wasn't what audiences in general wanted (and there was serious competition for their dollars in the summer of 1989: LETHAL WEAPON 2, INDIANA JONES AND THE HOLT GRAIL, and BATMAN.)
As it happened, there would not be another James Bond movie for five years, when Pierce Brosnan took the role. But I have always had a feeling that, if Dalton had gotten one more Bond film to do in 1990 or so, the producers and writers and director would have found just the right balance for him. But you know, "of all sad words of tongue or pen..."
*Hedison is seen at the end of the movie, quite chipper and cheerful as he chats with Bond on the phone. Dude, what's wrong with you? Your new bride has been brutally murdered and you've been chewed up by a shark! How much Percocet did they give you, anyway?
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2013.12.17 21:37 Toodlum Hunter S. Thompson's Letter to a Movie Executive

The following letter was sent by Hunter S. Thompson to Holly Sorenson, executive at The Shooting Gallery, a film production company, regarding the proposed making of Hunter's novel, The Rum Diary, into a feature film.
Signed at top: Hunter S. Thompson, Woody Creek
Holly Sorenson / Shooting Gallery / Hollywood / Jan 22 '01
Dear Holly,
Okay, you lazy bitch, I'm getting tired of this waterhead fuckaround that you're doing with The Rum Diary.
We are not even spinning our wheels aggresivly. It's like the whole Project got turned over to Zombies who live in cardboard boxes under the Hollywood Freeway... I seem to be the only person who's doing anything about getting this movie Made. I have rounded up Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Brad Pitt, Nick Nolte & a fine screenwriter from England, named Michael Thomas, who is a very smart boy & has so far been a pleasure to talk to & conspire with...
So there's yr. fucking Script & all you have to do now is act like a Professional & Pay him. What the hell do you think Making a Movie is all about? Nobody needs to hear any more of that Gibberish about yr. New Mercedes & yr. Ski Trips & how Hopelessly Broke the Shooting Gallery is.... If you're that fucking Poor you should get out of the Movie Business. It is no place for Amateurs & Dilletants who don't want to do anything but "take lunch" & Waste serious people's Time.
Fuck this. We have a good writer, we have the main parts casted & we have a very marketable movie that will not even be hard to make....
And all you are is a goddamn Bystander, making stupid suggestions & jabbering now & then like some half-bright Kid with No Money & No Energy & no focus except on yr. own tits.... I'm sick of hearing about Cuba & Japs & yr. Yo-yo partners who want to change the story because the violence makes them Queasy.
Shit on them. I'd much rather deal with a Live asshole than a Dead worm with No Light in his Eyes.... If you people don't want to Do Anything with this movie, just cough up the Option & I'll talk to someone else. The only thing You're going to get by quitting and curling up in a Fetal position is relentless Grief and Embarrassment. And the one thing you won't have is Fun...
Okay, That's my Outburst for today. Let's hope that it gets Somebody off the dime. And if you don't Do Something QUICK you're going to Destroy a very good idea. I'm in the mood to chop yr. fucking hands off.
R.S.V.P
HUNTER <-- Signature -->
NOTES::
I have attempted to keep the original feel as much as possible, and have emphasized the parts Hunter did, and even kept his spelling mistakes.
Harry, over at Ain't It Cool News, was the first to get his hands on this letter.
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2012.11.27 00:01 tabledresser [Table] I am a senior VIP host in Las Vegas. I get paid to party with celebrities and athletes and do what it takes to make sure they have a good time. AMA

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I recently heard about a crazy birthday party for some Chinese billionaire and a bunch of celebs were there (Robert De Niro, Tobey Maguire, Jamie Foxx, Benicio Del Toro, Zack Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Britney Spears, Pharrell Williams, Busta Rhymes, Leonardo DiCaprio, Olympic medalist Michael Phelps, Korean pop-sensation PSY, Ludacris, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Chris Brown and more) and there were fireworks and the works...were you there??? How the hell did this billionaire get those people to come?? No i wasnt there it was at TAO nightclub not sure if they were all there at same time but could of been! I know a lot were there! And that guy is always in vegas and when he comes to the club he buys every table in the club a bottle of patron! Hes spends hundreds of thousands everytime he is in the club
That party wasn't at TAO. Link to kroq.cbslocal.com. Yea wasnt sure what date it was prob should of asked! Hes always at tao so that where i fig it was at.
1.)How much do you get paid? 2.)How did you get into this job? 3.)Who is your favorite celebrity that you have worked with? 4.)What is your craziest story? A lot hah.
A guy offered me it 10 yrs ago.
Prob anthony anderson.
Not sure about that one ill think about it and get back to you.
Anthony Anderson is the man , I was his caddie in NY once and man is he a character . Humble and funny as hell. Great guy and funny as hell his laugh is even funny
Normally how an AMA works, is that the person actually answers questions. Im trying I got hit with alot at once! Im new to this sorry, trying to get to everyone.
Have you had sex with any of the celebs? How many of them are divas? I had sex with a porn star not sure if that counts as a celeb ?
What celebrity was the craziest? Have you done anything illegal (you don't have to say what) to please a guest? Dont want put names as far as the craziest celeb but alot of them are fun and wild! And I wouldn't say illegal, but bent the rules haha
Did you get the pig? No but i had a stripper come dressed like a pig
Nobody requested a tiger in their bathroom? Hahah not yet!
Do you have suggestions for people who don't have a lot of money who want to go to clubs? Haha yes contact me i will set you up!
Not even joking, I've got a trip coming up in May for my birthday. Set me and a ladyfriend up for some fun, what would you do? We're torn between vegas or FL (we can drive to FL) and if you're serious about getting us in to some cool shit I'll definitely hit you up. I like florida but its def not vegas, i can def take care of u guys! May is good time to come too all the pool party's are going off! Dm ill give u my contact info!
I'm saving this comment for when I get back home from the middle east. :D. Get home safe!
I want to cash in on this also...considering Vegas for my bachelor party, cliche maybe, but it sounds fun. Dm if u have any ? Or want me to help set it up.
Im actually going to Vegas this summer for my 21 st bday hahaha. Come visit me at chateau nightclub.
I might have to take you up on this offer for my 22nd bday in january! Sounds good come see me ill take care of you.
Who was the coolest/your most favorite celebrity or actor? Who was the biggest dick you had to work with? Thanks for the AMA! My coolest/favorite, isnt an actor but an athlete and its q carter! And dont wanna say name of the ones I dont care for! I do like there business haha.
Quinton Carter of the Broncos? That's my favorite team dude. It's good to hear that people on the Broncos are cool. Yes q from broncos i also know chris harris very well too! I have a few pic up with me and him.
Thank you for the answer! Is there any room in this role for females or is it really a male thing? There are some female hosts, but its mostly males.
What was Larry David like? Is he funny in person. Damn you for getting to meet Larry David, I love his wokr. He was a nice guy, kinda quiet.
I'm having a hard time picturing Larry David at a Vegas club. Haha he was and a lil awkward but a nice guy.
How important is bottle service in a night club? thanks for the IAMA! I think its very important, but just depends how much u want to spend.
Why is your suit so large?? Its not its tailored and expensive
I knew a guy that was a limo driver and oddly enough the most important duty he had was to know of the best drug dealers around. Does this pertain to you also? Not so much but people do ask.
Is there a celebrity that you hope you will never have to deal with ever again? Not really but when certain ones call me i know it will be a handful
I know a guy who did the same job in Atlantic City for about 8 years. His stories are goddamned ridiculous. He tells me that he's lucky to be alive, given the amount of drugs and alcohol he's ingested. Is your experience similar, and if so, how are you holding up? Ive never done drugs but can drink like a fish ahha.
How did you spend your Thanksgiving? I went to Vegas lol. I went to a good friends house and watched football!
What do you think is the most interesting night you've been through? Omit names and such if you need to, but I'd like to think you've seen some crazy shenanigans from celebrities in Vegas. Prob when i got done raging with my high end client dave, after i left his villa he called me and asked "do you like basketball" i sad yea of course, he said be ready at 8am my limo is gonna pic u up! I said ok, at 8 am a phantom RR was there to pic me up we then went to the executive terminal at the airport, flew on a g5 to LA to to watch the lakers play in thes, i sat court side aka on the wood and was sitting right next to david beckam pretty rad!
Would you say that you need a LOT of patience in your job? Or do the fun times just counterbalance the bad? Just depends on the client but the fun def out ways the bad!
Were you one of Tiger Wood's Mistresses? Haha that is funny i really just lol! Fun u say that tho cause i do know one of them! And she got paid not to speak hahah
How much money do you need to make it rain? - Frank Reynolds. No less than a 100 but i got a guy who starts with 10k
Craziest celebrity request? No celebs really request anything weird. The most common request is girls. So we have a "girl" guy who's job it is to go around he club and bring girls over to hang out with them.
Doesn't look like it's been asked, so sorry if it has. Do you ever get sick or tired of your job? I think most people just get sick of doing the same thing over and over for work, and they probably think if they did something cool for ever, it would be fine. I'm wondering what you're opinion on that is. Do you get sick of pandering to celebrities? do you get sick of having to spend nearly every night out in noisy places? you say you've been going for 10 years, how long do you think you can keep it up for? The only thing that im not stoked about are the nights i plan on staying home and relaxing, are the nights my phone rings and i have to go out! Other than that i love what i do
If a client asked you to just give them a good night and you make all the decisions what would you plan? Set them up with dinner prob at STK, then a nightclub CHATEAU and prob finish the night at a strip club the RHINO
I went to Vegas a few months ago. Went to galleria Friday and chateau Saturday, and I have to say chateau was freakin' awesome! Had an outside table, which was pretty amazing. Chateau alone has made me want to go back again. If I do, can I contact you to find out what else is good? Vegas is a bit expensive for trial and error, haha. And, really random, I know, but would you happen to know any good places in Hong Kong or Taiwan? Thanks, man. Im glad u liked chateau! And yes pm and ill send you my contact info! And set u up.
So i had a root canal in Vegas once on Sunday about 4 am. (after trying to deal with it till i got home). Vegas can provide anything anytime it seems. Any bizarre requests come to mind? Had a guy req a mini pig and a midget i got a midget but couldnt get a mini pig so i got a stripper to dress like a pig and come! That was a funny party to say the least.
Along with everyone else i am quite curious as to how you got this job? It sounds pretty exciting! Do you need a degree or did you work your way up? Also are there any negative aspects or is every day "the best day yet"? Yea its really hard to get and i knew a guy who was a part owner of a lounge in vegas! It was mist lounge in treasure island! Its no longer there and worked my way up from there!
So when you "provide women" what does that mean exactly? Call up all the hotties you know and say "Hey is going to be tonight, wanna come bang him and hope he marries you?" Yep! exactly!
I'm coming to Vegas Thursday, where should I go, what should I do? Does your club let anyone in? I'm ready! Yes we let anyone in as long as your in dress code! Pm ill give u my contact info and txt me when u get in ill set u up.
Do all the hos come to you or do you have to round up the hos? You say you provide women, so how do you go about doing that? I have a lot of women contacts that I can call when need be. Or we have a "girl" guy that gathers women in the club.
Do you get them drugs if they ask? Do you get like the best cocaine available? No i dont personally get them drugs but i point them in the right direction! But they usually already have it...
So when I come to vegas can you point me in the right direction? lol don't answer that. Haha of course i can thats what i do.
Nice! Gonna PM you next time I'm in vegas. If it helps, I'm friends with some celebs that go there, but I don't rely on other people for my needs :) No prob if u want pm me now and ill send u my contact info! and if u ever need help with anything let me know!! maybe just meet up and get wasted hahaha.
Cool AMA Sluggo, I am coming to Vegas for a second time for EDC, any advice on some out the norm/off the track things to do for a young >25 males/females? Best place to stay in your opinion? I rec you stay at cosmo! And contact me before you get in town ill help u set stuff up.
I'll be coming to Vegas for the first time during Christmas vacation. What are some cool bars/clubs for a Vegas newbie? My club is a cool one and cool bars are all over my fav bar is at cosmo, pm and ill send u my info so u can contact me when u get here ill set u guys up!
Most insane celebrity/athlete to party with (aside from Gary Busey)? Its actually not a celeb but one of my high end clients dave! Guy go's nuts, he will spend 10-25k on bottles and then make it rain 10-20k.
Do you work for one club or a bunch of clubs? Which one(s)? One club now but i have contracts with al lot of clubs in vegas!!
I'm going to be in Vegas Super Bowl weekend in Feb, can you hook a brother up with VIP somewhere? Yes i can my friend, superbowl weekend is a good time to come... pm me ill send u my info to contact me.
With which celebrity was it the best to hang out with? Anthony anderson! He really is a funny guy! And all my NFL guys all good peep and rage
How would you suggest my buddies and me ball on a budget next time we're in Vegas?? Haha contact me! Dm me for my info.
Besides getting paid to party, what are the perks to this job? Who was your favorite celebrity to party with? Do you feel stressed when doing this job, because everything has to be perfect? No never stressed! It always fun the perks are getting hook ups all over the city to shows dinners and accesses to any club in the city, most fun celeb def anthony anderson
Do you wear the exact same pinstriped suit, silver patterned tie, and purple watch every time you work with a celebrity? I added more pics for u guys! And at that venue we did have a set suit we had to wear!
Edit: added more pictures after I posted. Not common at all that was the only place ever! And after about a yr they changed it, so we wore our own suits! Ill put pics up of me out in my normal clothes with them too.
How much do you make? Over 100k.
How was kicking it with Gucci? I cannot even imagine... Alot of fun my fav rapper! After that night his manager got my # about 9 months later when he came into town for his bday,he called me and invited me to party with him for his bday, That night was crazy to say the least ill put pic up from his bday soon.
So... When people ask for half an oz of the finest Bolivian cocaine, do you get it for them? No i sell bottles not drugs! And anyone who wanted that much would already have a dealer and know how to get it them self hah.
If one wanted to go to Vegas with a few friends and have an excellent VIP hosted weekend...not talking JayZ style or whatever, but just something most mortals would consider an amazing once-in-a-lifetime party...how much would you budget and why? Its hard to say depends how many peep and how long you would b in town?? Lmk that and i could throw u a round about fig.
What is the coolest, most worthy-of-a-celebrity thing one can do in Vegas that's actually and unexpectedly accessible to the average joe vacationer? Depending on the time of year u come pool party's and night clubs is what i recommend
I'll be making my way to the city of Sin in the summer time, and would love to not only meet a fellow redditor but get hooked up! For my question. What are the coolest perks you get either in hotels or clubs? Comped dinners, shows, access to all clubs. Its all amazing and I am lucky.
Have you kept in touch with any of the celebrities after partying with them? Of course all of them! U gotta maintain that relationship
How tall are you? All celebrities seems to be a head taller than you ;) 5'9 hah i guess they all are
Are there nice furry walls to calm people down? Haha yes they are lol
Current nba player? Star? Yes to both
How many women contacts do you have in your computer and smartphone? Not sure exact # of just girls but i have about 5200 contacts in my phone! I dont have it grouped
Do you keep drug dealers on hand for certain celebs? Also the last picture of you with Gucci Mane is hilarious. No no need its not hard for peep to find drugs in vegas! Usually peep walking strip offering them.
WHAT STAR OF THE PORNOGRAPHIC ARTS DID YOU STICK YOUR DICK IN? Not saying names im sorry! just unprofessional
Wait half mil on a hooker? No in the club on bottles
How do you go from VIP host to someone at the executive layer? All of the VIP hosts I deal with on a regular basis haven't made it up to management. I mostly deal with multi venue restaurant and bar groups. Hard work and connections. You have to have connections to get anywhere in this city.
So someone will promote you to a fiscally demanding and management focused senior level executive position with no relevant formal education or experience whatsoever because of "connections" to customers? How does that help you define a company roadmap, or set strategic goals? Can you give me an example of some las vegas nightlife company executives who started off booking tables and arranging bottle service? I started as a jr host 10 yrs ago and earned / worked my way up!! and all exec started the same way i did... and when you can do a million + in sales every yr that makes me more than qualified
Your're a freaky looking motherfucker... There's a fucking weird head on ya. Hahaha i really just lol'd!
What's the largest amount of money you've seen someone spulrge in one night> Prob 150,000 that ive seen but my boy that is a host had a guy spend half a million i wasnt there for that but saw the pics, and that is insane to me
Is Gucci Mane intimidating or is he really a chill guy Not really intimidating nut quite around peep he doesnt know! Ive hung out with him a few times soo hes cool around me! Hes drink of choice patron shots!
Everyone is saying your AMA is lacking because basically you're supposed to answer most of the questions. When they ask questions and you say you can't answer. Everyone loses interest and loses. Anyways, you probably have an awesome job and I wish I did something like this. I have replied to everyone! Sorry it takes me some time to get there! U can see for yourself...
What would you say is your biggest asset (I mean in terms of skills/charactecharisma) in helping you perform in your job. What do you feel you do well that sets you appart from any average Joe who thinks they can be a VIP host... Prob everything ive been through in life, seen a lot and been through a lot, and biggest asset is being able to talk to anyone! I like meeting new people so thats def in my favor.
You def have no clue what your talking about!! i just got an offer as a managing partner of a new club that is about to open! and at anytime i could be a casino host if i wanted!! Its a lot dif in Vegas!!
Your pics are from 1 event. I don't believe you are who you say you are. Not 1 event but 1 club i worked there for a long time! Sorry u dont believe me!
I added more pics as proof.
Sorry bro cuz i b h8tn on u bro. Haha its ok i added more pics.
U suck at ama. Why is that? Im new to it maybe u can help me.
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