Starring: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher (rip), Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Anthony Daniels, Kelly Marie TranPlot: After killing his father, High pants wearing Kylo Ren wants to finish the job and take out the rest of the rebellion! But it'll have to be over his own mothers, uncles and Rey's bodies! Wait... that's his plan the whole time!Runtime: 152 minutesReview: Gonna say it right off the bat guys, THIS IS MY FAVOURITE STAR WARS MOVIE. I THINK IT'S GREAT. FIGHT ME.Now that this is out of the way, as well as all of the spoilers, because if you're reading this you likely know the story behind it and are either ok with it, or violently hate it. I am here to say my piece about it and if you don't like it, we all have our own opinions.Reasons why I think this movie is great:1.) Good action scenes2.) Good music3.) Good actors doing what they're told to do4.) Laser Swords5.) It goes as outside the box as it can, while still staying well within the circle and not scaring people.6.) I love Rian JohnsonReasons why I think the other Star Wars movies are great:1.) Good action scenes2.) Good music3.) Good actors doing what they're told to do4.) Laser SwordsReasons why people don't like this movie:1.) The movie didn't do what "they" wanted2.) They're sad people who cannot find happiness3.) They are blind and deaf, unfair of you to judge them for not liking this movie guys. That's rude.I think the biggest issue people have with this movie is, in fact, that Rain Johnson took it somewhere they didn't want. "They made Luke look like a jerk and a whiny baby" is one I get a lot, but at the same time, Luke was clearly a jerk and a whiny baby for a lot of 4 and a lot of 5. The whole point of Luke is to redeem himself throughout the movies, which he clearly does by the end. I've also heard people complain that "Rey can't be a Jedi, she's a girl!" Shut up from your moms basement guy.This movie put together a mosaic of new and old characters, new and old stories and even newer characters and foundations for more. So much so that Kelly Marie Tran quit the internet because people were scared of new things and changes in something they loved. By no means did her character, Rose Tico, make this movie worse. She was and is a true believer in the rebel alliance. So much so that she grows to love (spoiler, it's Finn). She brings more life to a movie series that never stops having life added to it. I personally thought she was fantastic in the role written for her.For all the people that are so against any new Star Wars movies, saying the old ones are better and stronger movies I say that the acting from Mark Hamill in this movie is better than his acting in any of the other 4 he's been in. The raw emotion he has when speaking of his failures is fantastic, the wise-cracking antics that were almost Yoda-esque were awesome.I think Adam Driver gives a near flawless performance throughout the movie to be honest. He shows nothing but emotion and somehow hides all the motives behind his actions. The internal struggle he has as Kylo Ren is phenomenal and I am excited to see more of it in IX.The weird power struggle between Hux and Ren is entertaining, there is more than one occasion where Hux repeats exactly what Ren says and Ren gives weird looks at him because of it and I laugh out loud every time. I want a Ren and Hux buddy comedy. Legit my only concern or fear for the series is that they had the perfect chance to give Carrie Fisher an A+ send off in this movie and they didn't. I know they have a plan for Leia, I just hope if follows through. She deserves to be sent off well in this. I know she's happy with John Belushi, John Candy and Harold Ramis.
2016 has claimed yet another amazing life. This one has both fangirls and fanboys in shock as many of us lost our first childhood crush in Carrie Fisher. It was a horrendous day that made a bad year worse. I never had the chance to meet Carrie Fisher, despite having the opportunity, but I have heard that amazing was simply not a good enough word to describe her and that, while she has passed, her light will shine through the ages. I can't really talk about the sadness I have, this has been a heavy and disheartening year to say the least. But I can, hopefully, educate some people onto movies she's been in outside of the ones we know and, even more hopefully, do her justice through the movies she's been in with a marathon.Minutes in a day: 1,440Shampoo (1975): is a satirical, sexual drama based in a 24 hour time period around the time that Richard Nixon was elected President of the United States of America and the Watergate scandal. It was her first movie, a decently convoluted movie that had some good scenes and she privileged such people as Goldie Hawn, Warren Beatty and Julie Christie with her young acting ability. Minutes Remaining: 1,330Star Wars (1977): Later retitled "A New Hope" after it made more money than anything in existence and got two sequels, a slough of products and spinoffs and made people popular for life, Star Wars shot Fisher up into the upper echelon of Nerd-dom and fame. Alongside Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Peter Cushing and Sir Alec Guiness, Carrie Fisher cemented herself in history with the start of the biggest franchise in the history of the world. Minutes Remaining: 1,209The Blue Brothers (1980): She's only in two scenes in the movie, but I love this movie so much and think it deserves to be on the list. Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd respectively) are essentially on the run from the police for the entirety of the movie, but it's all for a good reason. They're on a mission from God to get their band back together guys... also, to gather money to save the orphanage that they grew up in. Among the endless musicians in this movie, you get John Candy, Kathleen Freeman and Frank Oz with your Fisher. Her scenes have her as a jilted ex lover of Jakes, hellbent on killing him throughout the movie. Minutes Remaining: 1,077The Burbs (1989): Corey Feldman, Tom Hanks and Bruce Dern act alongside Fisher in this super great dark comedy about a suburban neighbourhood in rural America being turned on its head by a weird new family moving in. Minutes Remaining: 976When Harry met Sally... (1989): Meg Ryan, Bruno Kirby and Billy Crystal this time star in a movie about two people that find one another and, through no fault of their own, fall in love as the movie progresses. A great movie with a very iconic scene of Meg Ryan... doing her thing let's say. Minutes Remaining: 880Soapdish (1991): Oh the people in this movie about the goings on behind the scenes of a Soap Opera in the early 90's. A fantastic comedy that makes light of a lot of things and gives all the actors and actresses the opportunity to overact their asses off. Among Fisher you get Kevin Kline, Sally Field, a young Robert Downey Jr., Cathy Moriarty, Elizabeth Shue, Whoopi Goldberg and Terry Hatcher, to only name some. Minutes Remaining: 787Scream 3 (2000): While not a main character in this movie, I wanted to show the range she had in her acting and her choices. This slasher horror movie directed by Wes Craven revisits Sidney Prescotts journey through life as she's repeatedly defying death at the hands of many different people. While I don't think this is the best in the series by any stretch (the first one revitalized slashers for us all), this movie is really fun and I think people would enjoy it. Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Live Schreiber, Lance Henriksen, Patrick Dempsey and about twenty other people got to work with her too. Minutes Remaining: 670Heartbreakers (2001): is a fun movie starring Jennifer Love-Hewiit, Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta, Jason Lee and maybe my favourite actor of all time in Gene Hackman about a mother-daughter con artist duo who set out for the score of their lives, but are doing their best to not fall in love first. A really funny movie with some good scenes. Minutes Remaining: 548Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001): The fifth in the Jay and Silent Bob series, this movie was not my favourite. But I know that Kevin Smith, the creator of the characters, loves Star Wars and Carrie Fisher more than life itself. So, as a nod to him as well as her, I put this movie in. It's a story that has the comedic stoner duo on a quest of sorts, to get money for a movie created based on a comic book with characters of their likeness. A lot of in jokes and some funny scenes wrap around the two, who are probably the worst part of the movie in all honesty. But don't let my opinion of the movie sway you, watch it and form your own opinion, or at least try to get all of the cameos in the movie. I got about 1,500, including Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Will Ferrell, Alli Larter, Chris Rock, Judd Nelson and James Van Der Been himself. Minutes Remaining: 444Fanboys (2009): A feel good movie about four friends who go on a trip to steal the plans, I mean reel to reel of "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" from Skywalker ranch. It has some pretty sad parts, but all in all a very fun movie starring Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, Sam Huntington (who looks far too much like Paul Dano to me), Danny McBride and many more. Minutes Remaining: 354Maps to the Stars (2014): This weird satirical drama is directed by David Cronenberg, so you should be in for a weird ride, if not a fun one. I'm kidding, this movie is far from fun. It's a drama after all, and involves the attempted revival of a child actor and a lot of crazy stuff happens. Cronenberg doesn't disappoint in this movie at all, but it's not for the faint of heart at all guys. Minutes Remaining: 242 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015): The last big movie she was in while still alive (She's in a documentary about herself and her mother Debbie Reynolds too though), this movie has her revisit her role as Princess Leia Organa in an attempt to once again save the universe, this time from The First Order, Empire revivalists. While not an earth shattering movie, it has broken so many records for money that it did something right. It brought everyones favourites back for (at least) one last hurrah. Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac join the ranks of those enshrined in carbonate for all time. Minutes Remaining: 106 I made a point to talk about all the people she affected through the years in the movies she's been in because I don't know if I've seen this much of an outcry from all of Hollywood at one time (Maybe Alan Rickman, also this year dammit). I wanted to showcase all of the people that she touched and how they, by their own admission, we better off for knowing her. Even into her waning years Carrie Fisher seemed like a lioness in a world of sheep. I don't mean that in a way to negatively reflect her or anyone that she knew or worked with, merely that her ability to stand out in the shoes of her mother and the amazing people she worked with made her literally one of a kind. To me that means the world.Don't fret though, it has been rumoured that Carrie Fisher had finished all of her parts for the upcoming Episode VIII, so we will get to see her on the big screen at least one more time! I know it's a minuscule gain for such a monumental loss, but I imagine the tears shed when they show the dedication to her will let her know that she will be missed for all time. Rest in Peace as you join the Force itself Carrie Fisher.
Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, Mads MikkelsenPlot: Jyn Erso embarks on a voyage to steal the plans to the Death Star to help save the rebellion from the Empire.Runtime: 2h14mReview: I'll avoid spoilers as much as humanly possible for this review, so here we go.I went into this movie with a decent amount of skepticism as I basically knew the entire plot ahead of time. Not via any research or putting any effort into it, but because they literally just tell you what the movie is about in the trailers. The reason this made me skeptical was because... anyone who has paid attention to Star Wars movies should know exactly how this movie will go. That being said this was a decently enjoyable movie. I cannot say as I think it was amazing by any stretch of the imagination, nor can I say it was a bad movie. A solid high 7/10 for me.It was a gorgeous movie, the effects that had already been eclipsed from the 77 movie, to the 99 movie, to last year are still getting better. The filming locations for the movie include Iceland and the Maldive Islands, so it's just beautiful to look at as well. Not really a spoiler, but they CGI'd Peter Cushing to reprise his role of Grand Moff Tarkin and he looked immaculate.The music was done by Michael Giacchino, who added onto the John Williams scores to make them his own and they were fantastic.The acting was pretty okay. I was happy to see Donnie Yen get a push into the Western world as I think he's awesome and equally as happy that Mads Mikkelsen is getting more and more known over here as well. Alan Tudyk (better known as Wash from Firefly fame) does a voice and I'm glad that they got someone who has a good voice and isn't ultra famous. I enjoyed Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, he seemed like a BoBo Inigo Montoya to me, which is always a win. The only person I was not a big fan of was Felicity Jones. She just didn't pop to me as the main character at all. Seemed like they were trying to do a cross between Han and Leia with English sass. She was fine, but just not for me I suppose.There were an abundance of Easter Eggs in the movie, so many lead ins to the 77 classic, which was both nice and unnecessary at the same time. Nice because it brings a certain amount of fun nostalgia, but unnecessary as it leads into a movie many of us have seen a dozen times.It was a very linear movie. When I found out what the plot was I basically knew all of the points it was going to get to and didn't disappoint in that, which may be disappointing in a sense. As it was the first "Extended Universe" movie that we've seen from Disney, not a bad thing that they didn't stray too far as it could have gone a bit wonky for them.I did enjoy that it wasn't a typical Star Wars movie in the way that it was more of a war movie and less of a Jedi movie. You see people storming beaches and a lot more of the militaristic side of the Universe, which was pretty cool. There's one awesome scene with an AT-AT where it comes out of the mist and it just look super badass to me.Despite it's two hour runtime, it was a decently fast watch as well. If you're a Star Wars fan see the movie, but don't go in thinking it's going to change the world for you. It you aren't a Star Wars fan, I mean... don't see it? It's a lot of space stuff and war-ish stuff, so you may not like it? I don't know what goes through your head realistically. It was fun though.
The world lost a surprisingly huge actor this week. I don't mean that to be rude or anything as he was a little person, but Kenny Baker did so many more things for acting than a lot of people will give him credit for. Aside from being the number one money earning little person in history (R2-D2 made some green), he paved the way for a lot of amazing actors. Size wise or not, he was very important and I am very sad he's gone. I did a marathon for you today that I hope helps people see the talent he had:Circus of Horror (1960): A British horror movie about a surgeon who uses a circus as a front for his corrupt procedures. Minutes left in the Day: 1,353Star Wars (1977): Later renamed "Episode IV: A New Hope", this is the first of many movies that paved the way for a lot of science fiction movies and began a lot of careers. A chunk of the movie was taken from a Japanese movie called the Hidden Fortess. Minutes left in the Day: 1,232Flash Gordon (1980): A really fun space opera about a human who is taken from Earth to save Earth from space emperor who wants to destroy the Earth. Love this movie and has Queen sing the title song! Minutes left in the Day: 1,118The Elephant Man (1980): A sad drama about a man who is trying to live a normal life after leaving a freak show. Has one of the most famous line in movie history of "I am not an animal, I am a man!" Really depressing, but a good movie. Minutes left in the Day: 994Time Bandits (1981): A really weird Terry Gilliam movie about a kid who's whisked away into the world of fantasy. Also weird to see Sean Connery in a movie that isn't James Bond. John Cleese is in it and he's the man. Minutes left in the Day: 881Amadeus (1984): A long movie about Salieri confessing to his murder of Mozart, this movie was nominated for 53 awards and won 40. Wow. Minutes left in the Day: 720Labyrinth (1986): Fantasy meets comedy meets children movie in this tale about a hot, young Jennifer Connelly (not to be confused with hot, older Jennifer Connelly) who travels a mystical world to find her younger brother who was kidnapped by the Goblin King, played by David Bowie. Minutes left in the Day: 618Willow (1988): Warwick Davis plays Willow, a Nelwyn who has to save a baby from being killed before she can save the world. I love this movie, Val Kilmer slays it so much it's not even funny... but also very funny. Minutes left in the Day: 492Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999): The start of the prequel trilogy has a young Obi-wan Kenobi find an even younger Anakin Skywalker and brings him in to bring balance to the force. Aside from a super unnecessarily long pod race scene, this is a pretty fun movie. The Duel of Fates is a stellar tune as well. Minutes left in the Day: 359The King and I (1999): An animated retelling of the classic tale about the ruler of Siam and a sassy English bitch. Also, a plot to overthrow the throne! Minutes left in the Day: 26924 hour Party People (2002): A fun movie about the music industry spanning from 1972-1996. Pretty fun scaling through the years about punk rock and things. Minutes left in the Day: 152Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015): The start of a third trilogy, we sadly will not be able to see him perform one of the only roles that exists in the entire series. Minutes left in the Day: 16 Rest in Peace Mr. Baker.
Starring: Old the oldies, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Kylo Ren, Max von Sydow, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline ChristiePlotline: Luke has fled, it's now up to three young upstarts to save the galaxy! Or find Luke, or whatever.Review: I waited a full week to do this review, because I wanted at least a decent chunk of my friends to go see it, so I didn't get stabbed for this. Why would I get stabbed you ask? THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. If you want a spoiler free review, go see the movie, that's my review.That being said, let's just dive into it. I liked this movie a lot. I can't say as I loved it, but I've only seen it once thus far. I tried my damnedest to lessen the hype going in, because I was afraid of being let down like I was for Jurassic World (sorry, that movie sucks). But even with that I was still very excited and wanted nothing more than to hear the opening musical number, and from that moment on I was basically hooked. The movie didn't let down at all, if anything it was better than expected. I wanted to go in thinking it would be as good as JJ Abrams Star Trek, it surpassed it by lightyears (see what I did there?) and left me wanting more.Being the loser I am, I have already ranked it in my mind as third best in the series, first being a New Hope, then Empire, This, Jedi, Sith/Phantom (could go either way dependent on the day and Attacks of the clones bottoms out at number 12 in a series of 7 movies so far. Before people get pissy and snotty and say that Empire is way better than A New Hope let me defend myself in two ways. 1.) I have this thing in a New Hope where Empire wouldn't exist without it and I find it more of a complete movie, because the second one didn't NEED to get made. Empire had an abundance of character growth behind it, every character had an impressive arc and grew throughout Empire, even the robots, who shouldn't grow at all. The second defence for my decision would be 2.) piss off, it's my opinion and this review is about VII, not V.Next, let's get the demon out of the closet. Han Solo dies. I knew it was going to happen, most people that had an ear to the ground already knew it was going to happen. Harrison Ford wanted Han Solo to die at the end of VI, he also only signed a single movie contract for the franchise, so yeah, he died. His death was done pretty well, not greasy or shitty. It was classy and they gave one of the best antihero/hero characters in film history a proper sendoff. Which is way more credit than I give George Lucas for doing, that guy Jar Jars it up way too much. When Han dies, I really expected Chewbacca to go on a gigantic killing spree and murder basically the entire empire, but he doesn't. He kills handful of guys and shoots the guy who kills Han, but doesn't kill him. Then, when they're back on the planet with Leia, he doesn't even hug her, he walks right past her into obscurity. Moreover, Leia doesn't even fucking glance at him, she looks right at the young lady who is the protagonist through the movie. Her name is Rey, she's played by hot English actress Daisy Ridley. Leia then walks up to Rey and hugs her, but not Chewie, don't hug the guy who was basically his fucking brother! That made me a bit mad.Second Spoiler, the guy who kills Han Solo is Kylo Ren, his kid, Ben...Kylo Ben...weird. He was supposed to be a Jedi, but got seduced by the dark side (most shirts say they have cookies, so I get that), goes on a rampage and kills all the Jedi but Luke Skywalker. Luke takes the blame onto himself and flees to the first ever Jedi temple on an unknown planet, which we find out later that this temple is completely open, on a mountainous island and not a temple at all (maybe the temple is in his mind! Man that's deep!)John Boyega plays Finn, a storm trooper who defects to the rebels because the bad guys just ain't right. In the trailer I really thought he'd be super annoying, but he's not. He's pretty funny, decently smart and has some good lines (the scene with him and Phasma at the end is hilarious to me).Oscar Isaac plays Poe Dameron, a character that was supposed to die, but doesn't, which is great because Isaac is the man. He plays the rebels new best pilot and the owner/pal of BB-8, who is R2-D2 2.0 basically. Dameron is entertaining and starts the banter off where the prequel trilogy had no feel of comedic banter. He's the roguish devil similar to Han Solo was, that the prequels didn't have at all.Domhnall Gleeson plays General Hux, he's the new Grand Moff Tarkin. Pretty badass and I'm happy that gingers are getting their proper dues in the world... represent!Kylo Ren is played by a guy that I think was in an emo band for the last 65 years, oh crap, it's actually Adam Driver, the awesome actor who was in "Inside Llewyn Davis" with Isaac and he just looks realllllly young and sad when he has his mask off.Carrie Fisher looks old, but I imagine that's what happens when you stop doing rails with John Belushi because he's dead for the past 30 years.Mark Hamill reprises his role as the villainous, yet hilarious Joker to Bale Batma....wait, he's play Luke Skywalker! Looks like an old homeless man, but I got shivers when I saw him nonetheless.Third and possibly biggest spoiler... FUCKING ACKBAR IS IN THIS MOVIE! IT'TH NOT A TRAP!Two scenes that confused me and upset me with Rey involved her firstly getting off her speeder bike thingy and going to a junk shoppe to sell her junk. The problem with this is that she has a speeder bike that hovers and carries the stuff, sorry, DRAGS the stuff like 200 feet to sell it. The second scene is right at the end where she goes to find Luke and lands at the bottom of the island, leaving Chewie and R2 behind so she can find Luke.... she walks up this mountain island thingy for like 3 minutes of movie time, all the while I'm saying "Bitch doesn't know she had a space ship that can land on the god damned top of the island? " ALSO, she left behind Chewie and R2... what, they didn't want to see their old and one of their best friends, maybe break the news of Han being dead? They just wanted this random girl to walk up this mountain alone? What if Luke wasn't there? What if it wasn't him? You know what this is a recipe for guys? Assault. Women's rights aside, the gentleman Wookie should have walked with her. Better yet, he should have growled at her and let him drop her the fuck off the top of the mountain and been all "that's Luke, don't tell him Han is dead, I got that, I'm a better hugger than you are."The star killer base is basically a giant death star with the same problem, they leave a giant sign that says "shoot here" to blow it up. They also didn't go into how badass it is. I spaced out on the name of it until I saw that it was literally draining the life from a fucking star so it could shoot a fucking laser beam at 5 planets at the same time and blow them to smithereens! Why wouldn't they say that "This planet literally sucks the power out of a star, hence the name. Awesome, right? Don't act like you aren't impressed ghost Vader."The action was done really well, the acting was done really well (Though, a lot of English actors in the movie... Han and Leia have a son who's fucking English.. space English?), the scenery was beautiful and paid homage to the original trilogy quite well. The races were awesome, JJ uses practical effects, which meant suits on people, which is great.Clocked in at just over 2 hours and felt like 25 minutes. Go see it. Well worth it, even if you pay the 200 dollars to see it in 3D.