The Last Jedi Is a Failure, Part 3 – The Return of Zutara Fanfiction

A dashing, psychologically unbalanced, absurdly talented villain begins spending time with a pretty, talented young girl with a savior complex.  They go together like fire and water!  That’s right, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was written by a bunch of emotionally stunted and middle-aged Avatar: The Last Airbender fans with deviantart accounts.  And it shows. Continue reading “The Last Jedi Is a Failure, Part 3 – The Return of Zutara Fanfiction”

The Last Jedi is a Failure, Part 2 – Poe’s & Finn’s Un-Excellent Adventures

Read Part 1 of this analysis here.  This segment continues where we left off, diving right into the madness we’re supposed to accept as appropriate storytelling out of Poe’s and Finn’s arcs through The Last Jedi.  Poe will learn that leadership is subservience and that ignorance is knowledge, while Finn will learn that no cause is ever good enough to warrant dying for.  Except sometimes when it is. Continue reading “The Last Jedi is a Failure, Part 2 – Poe’s & Finn’s Un-Excellent Adventures”

ANALYSIS: The Last Jedi, Failure, and How Not to Write a Story (Part 1 of 5)

There are plenty of things wrong with Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly advise you not to.  If you like Star Wars, this film insultingly treats you like a retard and seems to have been written by people who haven’t seen any of the previous eight films that bear the title—not even The Force Awakens.  If you dislike Star Wars already, the film isn’t coherent enough to be appropriate as an attack on the franchise, either.  Worse than being a jumbled, incompetent mess, the film seems to be a joke at the audience’s expense, treating them mostly as idiots too stupid to notice contradictions in what is said versus what is depicted. Continue reading “ANALYSIS: The Last Jedi, Failure, and How Not to Write a Story (Part 1 of 5)”

HELLOOOOO 2018

2017, a year that opened with something of a bang, seems to have ended with a dull sigh.  True, there are still people getting killed in Syria, Iran is have some sort of mild civil unrest, and our Fat Little Dictator from that One Asian Peninsula has been waving around his nuclear weapons once a month, but at this point, very little of any of this is outside the realm of the norm.  About the only thing that’s been a surprise has been France’s slow and steady realization that the mysterious centrist candidate they elected in order to avoid “their version of Donald Trump” is turning out to be someone who has an even more radical position on immigration and ethno-centrism than Le Pen had initially suggested. Continue reading “HELLOOOOO 2018”

You Want Complete Ownership Over Your Own Body? Join the Cult of Modernity Today!

The Enlightenment has been credited with many things, including a revolution in the conception of rights as they apply to persons and property.  Property rights, by no means an invention of the Enlightenment thinkers, went from a matter of general contract law understood through the lens of Natural Law to being the basis of law in the first place.  The whole system of natural rights as defended by Locke, and less so by Hobbes, is reduced to an overly generalized interpretation of property rights. Continue reading “You Want Complete Ownership Over Your Own Body? Join the Cult of Modernity Today!”

Blade Runner 2049 Is No More Sexist Than Feminism Has Asked It To Be

The world of Blade Runner asks a lot of its audience.  At once futuristic, abstract, and startlingly familiar, the newest installment injects audiences into a dream-like expressionistic landscape populated by replicants, holograms, AI, dazzling architecture, and the occasional human being.  Surprisingly, 2049 manages to explore themes of humanity, companionship, and the relationship between the sexes that most science fiction stories leave either completely untouched or woefully underdeveloped.

This general analysis does contain spoilers. Continue reading “Blade Runner 2049 Is No More Sexist Than Feminism Has Asked It To Be”

REVIEW: Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve, 2017)

If there’s only one time you want to make it to a movie theatre in 2017, it should be now.  This seems to be the only movie worth braving the crowds, incessant stench of over-buttered popcorn, traffic, and noise to go outside to watch.  It’s got everything anyone should want from a movie, except perhaps a satisfying finale.  And since I actually think it’s worth seeing, I’ll be avoiding spoilers for this review. Continue reading “REVIEW: Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve, 2017)”

The Riddle of Steel: New York Times’ Edition!

Bret Stephens posted an amusing Op-Ed in the New York Times yesterday entitled “Repeal the Second Amendment”.  Bret Stephens, for those who aren’t aware, self-identifies as a conservative, and as is somewhat typical of the NYT op-ed crew who lean Right, he’s a card-carrying Republican who stands firmly on his principles to appeal to the NYT’s Left-liberal Democratic platform in this dangerous, Trump-tocratic, post-Obamanite era.  He is, in other words, one of the typical New York elite: clueless, educated, disconnected, and snobbish. Continue reading “The Riddle of Steel: New York Times’ Edition!”

The Riddle of Steel

In the 1982 action-adventure adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s pulp series Conan the Barbarian, director John Milius pits Arnold Schwarzenegger against James Earl Jones in a conflict that spans part of a continent, decades of life, and the dialectic between slavery and freedom.  It turned out to be a moderate financial success, reaping impressive profits in the home video market for years after its distribution, and it continues to be something of a mainstay in the popular culture to this day.  It’s not exactly Star Wars-tier in terms of recognition, but Star Wars has had the benefit of a major series of feature film revivals pumped out once every fifteen years.  The most Conan can say is that it got the predictable stripped-down remake a couple years back that everyone has conveniently forgotten about. Continue reading “The Riddle of Steel”

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