MENTAL NOTE

"Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run."
Blue, resist the urge to use facebook. You can do it. Good luck.
Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and indians. So can we.
Why try to be the best when there's no hierarchy in heaven?

Monday, December 19, 2016

When Rogue One Comes Crawling Back to You

If you want to see a Star Wars crawl come to life, call Disney and they'll do a job so good you'll think you're actually watching a movie. Hooray! But, wait. Rogue One isn't just any movie. It's a new kind of porn: fan porn. Hooray!


Here's the thing, movie-watching boys and girls. It takes a prudish hypocrite to deny that we all love us some hot-n'-steamy porn every once in a while, and Star Wars fanboys are no different, even if they are girls. We don't want to imagine a sex scene that some lazy scriptwriter back in the late 70s casually hinted at. No, no, no. We want to see it spelled out in the flesh, right there, in front of us, loud and clear. "And... action!" Now, if that's more than just your thing, this is more than just your lucky day, for lucky you are going to get, no thanks to good ole George.

Oh that lazy George Lucas thought he could get away with a funky crawl that said,

Episode IV
A NEW HOPE

It is a period of civil war. Rebel
spaceships, striking from a hidden
base, have won their first victory
against the evil Galactic Empire. 

During the battle, rebel spies managed
to steal secret plans to the Empire's
DEATH STAR, an armored
space station with enough
power to destroy an entire planet. 

Now George's unforgivable laziness has finally been replaced by what should've been aptly named Star Wars III 1/2 a.k.a. IV Minus 1/2: Rogue One: The Crawl in the Flesh. Get those tissues ready! The big question, of course, is... was it as good for you as it was for me? Well, for one, in the tradition of a good porn movie, a lot of holes were filled in Rogue One: The Crawl in the Flesh. Plot holes, to be exact. Some big, some small. I'm not going to spoil this one for you, but in Episode IV there's a plot hole so big you've been wondering for at least four decades why that frigging Death Star exploded in the first place. Well, here comes Rogue One: The Crawl in the Flesh to put a stop to your pain and agony, and, yes, it's such a relief. Give me a tissue. All of this is getting me so emotional.

For another, Gareth Edwards' epic Walt Disney space opera knows it's a Star Wars movie, and we know that it knows. Without spoiling this one for you either (if you're still reading — and if so, The Force must be really strong in you), the obscene number of Easter eggs on offer is depressing, not to mention the digital resurrection of characters we love and hate (or love to hate or hate to love), which is, as the Brits would put it, positively skin-scrawl inducing — more so than the first time your mother-in-law informed you she had the hots for you. And there are plenty of Brits in this one, too. Some real, some not, some in fact wondering if their on-screen accent is British or perhaps positively alien. Hi there, Forest Whitaker. Yes, we would need some oxygen, too, if we sounded like you.

But the list doesn't end there. I hope your infinite supply of tissues isn't letting you down (pun intended). You see, if you know Star Wars the way Disney knows Star Wars, Easter eggs and rebellious oxygen-sucking non-Brits with more spare parts than Darth Vader won't do the trick. Well, not entirely, they don't, though that oxygen-sucking non-Brit comes pretty close, because who does he remind you of? Let me run that by you again: a rebellious oxygen-sucking non-Brit with more spare parts than Darth Vader. Of course, Darth Vader! Star Wars wouldn't be Star Wars if there wasn't someone other than Vader who needed spare parts and oxygen! Hello, Saw Gerrera! Hello, General Grievous! Three is not a crowd or so your average Star Wars tissue wanker.

Given that everything in Star Wars gets repeated as though repetition were some kind of magical intergalactic stylistic feat, it should come as no surprise that we are, once again, supposed to feministically connect with a female hero fighter type whose lame male sidekick discovers that she doesn't need a guy to come and rescue her. "Wasn't that repeated lack of subtlety not amusing, viewer? Wasn't it wonderfully politically-correct to once again be taught by us, movie makers, that this is 2016 so you'd better get your act together? Isn't it mind-blowing that we dig women yet feel the need to imply that they are so insecure about their kick-assery that we need to instill this not-so-subtle notion in our viewers, one movie at a time, and again, and again?" Yes, we get it, movie makers. Women can kick ass, too. My wife kicks my ass on a daily basis, so there's absolutely no need to remind me. Enough with the meta stuff. It takes viewers out of a movie.

Okay, so what is there to love about this movie? It's not the lack of solid characterization that should've followed the umpteenth introduction of yet another character we are supposed to care about. It is not the fact that the story is more predictable than the tone of a review written by someone called Blue. It's not the musical score that sounded rushed and unoriginal. (Yes, I miss John Williams.) And Whitaker's hair is also not the reason why this reviewer would need a tissue. It's the look of the movie. It's pretty, glossy, in your face, just like a good porn movie, and gives you plenty of pleasure until it's finally over. That's a virtue in its own right and, the truth be told, I would be the last one to say, "Let's not do that again."

Merry X-mas!

Story: ★★★☆☆
Acting and chemistry: ★★★☆☆
Cast: ★★★★☆
Look and feel: ★★★★☆


122 comments:

  1. Sorry, I really enjoyed it. Thought the director did an awesome job and it was dark like Empire. Plus adults finally got a Star Wars film just for them.

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    1. I didn't even hear ya. Good to hear you had such fun. No kiddy stuff - that's for sure.

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  2. You said pretty much the same for Force Awakens and when I saw it da movie made me fall asleep three and a half times, yes, I counted.... And the casting in those Star Snores movies is always so blah and meh.

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    1. I said no such thing. I was mesmerized by that one. Not so much by this one :p

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    2. Wendy, why does he sound like a broken C3PO?

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    3. It's my frigging phone or my incredibly masculine fingers that are just too big for my phone.

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    4. well, as long as they're in proportion with certain other body parts....

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    5. Are you saying I'm not saying the truth?

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  3. Wow, look at you go.
    Didn't you just cheer Ghostbusters though?
    Should the cat believe you?
    Wait, the same old story is in view?
    You don't say?
    But no Ewoks came to play
    That has to be a win
    Maybe they'll do those guys in
    For something named the Death Star
    It dies and comes back more than the town drunk at a bar
    But bigger and better made next time
    Until it blows up in its prime
    So not Star Wars reborn?
    Now where is my porn?

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    1. You're rigjt anout Girlbusters. I will have write a new review. I must have been drunk.

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    2. Drunk as a skunk
      In a ghostly funk

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    3. I guess I was too,
      typing like that at my shoe...
      That frigging phone's just way too small
      at my hall

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  4. Haven't seen it yet but I have no doubt Disney has at least done a better job than WB with it's DCEU mess.The editing for Suicide Squad alone was a suicide job. Some movies make us glad we've seen them and others not so much to just eye ball tearing awful. What was your favorite movie going experience this year blue? Mine was Hell or High Water and Captain America: Civil War.

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    1. Suicide Squad... or how the trailer deceived all of us. My favorite one is Arrival.

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  5. I think I'm going to see it anyway. I don't go see a lot of movies.

    When "Superman vs. Batman" came out, there was sort of a collective feeling by movie goers of "OK, let's get this over with. Mght as well see it."

    But I did not see it. Still, this is Star Wars, kind of.

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    1. S vs. B was a disgrace on many levels. Yes, this is a real Star Wars movie.

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  6. This film has me confused. I keep thinking it's an X-men film!! Alas, more star wars!

    Merry Christmas!!!

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    1. No need to be confused. The Episode IV crawl quoted in my post summarizes the plot.

      Merry Christmas, AlleyCat!

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  7. I have never watched any Star Wars movies. If there is a book about Star Wars, I surely haven't read it. Star Wars is not a very big thing here in India, at least outside the 5-6 big cities.

    I think the reason for the most recent movie catering to adults is that the original fans, mostly teens and young adults from 1970s are grown up now. And that they are 'expanding' their user base.

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    1. How about that?Not a single one? I have yet to meet a person who's never seen a single episode. Even my own Bollywood Princes has seen at least um.... 7 of them. But it makes perfect sense what you're saying. Besides, it's just entertainment, so who cares.

      You may have a point there, though Episode 7 featuring BB-8 clearly caters to kids as well as big kids.

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  8. I'm just going to go and see it (eventually) because the ads feature a (Nissan) Rogue and we bought one this past October :) Seriously, my hubby loves all the Star Trek movies so we'll go to this one (eventually) and I hope it won't be too boring for me.

    Merry Christmas!

    betty

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    1. Wait a minute, betty... Did you say.... Star Trek?

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    2. Love it! I'm a huge Star Trek fan too, Betty :)

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    3. So am I but... that new guy is not Captain Kirk and that Vulcan wannabe sure is no Mr. Spock. As for the doc... he sounds like a copy that knows he's a copy. Great guys, I'm sure.

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    4. That's the thing with remakes, Blue. They're never as good as the originals. No matter the casting.

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    5. Great casting would make a difference. Imitating other actors doesn't.

      CLICK 1

      CLICK 2

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    6. As true as a blue suede shoe. Or Bora Bora. Or the gold I don't have.

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  9. I've never been a big Star Wars fan and since that's the case I'll probably wait to see this until it's free on cable.

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    1. Well, you know what they say... All good comes to those who wait. :)

      Merry X-mas, Mary.

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  10. I loved the original Star Wars, but I gotta say, I'm kinda over the new films. Sorry, Blue :))

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  11. Until Episode 7 came out, I had never seen a Star Wars film in its entirety!

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    1. No particular reason. Lord knows I've had millions of opportunities over the years. Maybe it's the fact that I know so many people who have, plus the fact that I worked in (plus hung around in) a comic shop for several years, so I knew so much that it felt like I'd actually seen them. Never felt the need. :)

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    2. Well, that makes perfect sense to me, Mr. Silver Fox. Sometimes I feel my living room is a comic shop too and I know all the original stories. No need to see them come to life on the big screen. But somehow I usually get tempted by the force, you know. But I didn't see Dr. Strange. That trailer reminded me too much of that other movie... Inception.

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  12. It wasn't bad as movies go these days. It's what I expected, but not what I'd hoped for. It was mega pretty. Perhaps distractingly pretty in places that took me out of the story. Those easter eggs were distracting too. And they certainly are getting good at the cgi people, but not quite good enough yet. At least they've finally got the lighting right on them.

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    1. That's a great summary of my post, Lynda :)

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  13. I thought I was fur-stumpled on my last comment......You're talking to someone
    who still watches the Andy Griffith Show. Reruns for 3 hours every day.
    Merry Christman Blue

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    1. Well maybe Christman too. I still have a brace thingy on my arm and typing is still "hunt and guess."

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    2. A brace thingy... Say it ain't so. Does your arm hurt a lot?

      Nothing wrong with a healthy dose of Andy Griffith on a daily basis. I myself keep Dreaming of Jeanie. Now, I'm not even sure if I spelled her name right being so preoccupied with her... um... outfit and all. I may be blue but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. Plus I love Larry Hagman, though not in the same way.

      Sleep tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite.

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    3. Or could go get hitched
      Here we are with Bewitched
      Wiggle a nose
      And magic goes

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    4. That I could
      Especially in my neighborhood
      Plenty of witches to be found
      So I'd better not make a sound
      My new neighbor makes more sounds than I's like to hear
      Oh oh oh oh oh! (Oh dear)

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    5. lol you get the humpers
      And the wall bumpers
      Maybe a witch cast some spell
      or all find humping swell

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    6. Or maybe I should buy myself a decent house
      Where you don't have to be as quiet as a frigging mouse
      Good thing money doesn't make one happy, Pat
      Or so they say at many a mat
      Don't quite know why
      So this is goodbye

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    7. That would be the way
      Buy a decent house and move away
      Then you can do what you want
      And your humping to the cats you can flaunt lol

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    8. That would be the way
      But I would need to up my pay
      Maybe snore a bit less
      Form a plan like when playing chess
      Maybe ask Trump for a loan
      Or a rich old lady to bone
      Wait... that's misogynist shit
      Might want to avoid that bit
      You know what I mean
      At the Pat Hatt scene?

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    9. lol hey, a rich old lady
      Wouldn't be shady
      She may like to be thrown a bone
      But Angie may never leave you two alone

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    10. She might set the bed on fire
      Or connect me to a wire lol

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  14. If I said I never have seen a Star Wars film, would you hold it against me? *wink wink* Just sticking with the porn thing you got going on up there ;)

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    1. Up? Oh don't let that Dezzzmeister hear ya, Theresa. He's bound to share a naughty comment or two.... hundred.

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    2. Theresa, we don't call them Star Wars but Star Snores films :)

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    3. Speaking of snores, may the snore be with me.

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    4. I wish it was with me too, but I just got too much work to do :(

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    5. I don't even want to pretend I know what that's like on a regular basis. There have been periods in my life when I had to work 12 hours a day, but you're the real deal, I know.

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    6. Yep, I work from 9AM till 8PM every day, weekend, holidays, winter, summer... I might have a week long break around New Year's Eve if I finish ART MUSEM soon and the next one does not arrive from USA.

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    7. Which would be fine if you got paid the amount you deserve. Then, at least, you could say no.

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  15. Good grief. Not another Blue gets angry over a freaking movie post. It's just a movie. It's not a personal attack on you. The other Star Wars movies still exist, you're not obligated to go see the new ones. Let people like what they like. And your rant about female leads is boring and irksome. If you think them trotting out another female lead is tiresome, you should read and re-read your inane rants against female leads. Just because the lead is a woman, doesn't mean it's a feminist agenda. The fact that all the previews pointed to there being a woman protagonist, should have tipped you off that there was a woman protagonist. And I'm glad that, having a daughter, she will have some movie to watch that doesn't reinforce feminine helplessness. Yes, little girls NEED to see a kick ass woman in the lead. So sorry if that tramples on your fragile male testosterone. In all the reviews I've read, not one complains about them cramming a feminist agenda down anyone's throat. That's unique to you, and I think you ought to do a little self-examination as to why a female lead sticks in your craw so much.
    To your final point, complaining that the ending of a prequel is telegraphed completely ignores that it's a prequel. You're right, the ending was telegraphed over 35 years ago.

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    1. I guess I should've made myself more clear. I love both actresses and I love female leads. Sigourney Weaver in Alien... great stuff! Princess Leia leading the troops...great stuff! Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs... great stuff! Uma frigging Thurman in Kill Bill 1 and 2... great stuff! What I'm not buying is this constant meta need of Hollyheads to remind us that women can take care of themselves. I know they can. My wife kicks my ass on a daily basis. This is not the fifties. It's clear you haven't read my post in its entirity and that's understandable. Or maybe you have but I'm just not much of a writer.

      Yes, it's a movie and to you I'm saying this is just a review. Not even a rant. I think the points I'm making are valid, Pickster. It's just a movie. I'm not taking any of this made-up Ewok meets Joda stuff seriously and my youth has not been ruined by female leads. Maybe next time I should add a couple of smileys lest you should get upset and think I can't sleep. Maybe next time I'll write a review so positive you'll need a pill. Maybe not. Maybe you should read some of your own stuff and ask yourself why I'm not complaining. Maybe I get your posts more than you get mine. And, if numbers are your thing, no, I'm not the only one. It took me some time (I grant you that) to find a well-known reviewer to notice the same thing but you didn't (why else would you say it's only me... Give me a break, Pick), and here it is for your enjoying displeasure, and I'm sure there are more like us sick twisted misogynist complainers: CLICK! (5:56). To spell it out for you, Christ Stuckman says, "One thing I noticed about this movie when compared to The Force Awakens, strangely enough they both have a very strong female protagonist that's brunette who has a scene where they are kicking ass, and a man is about to come up in there and help and then they get their shocked look and they just kinda stop. In The Force Awakens Rey is beating up dudes and Fin is like,'Okay, I guess I don't have to do anything.' The same thing happens in Rogue One. Jin is beating up dudes and Diego Luna is like, 'Okay', I guess I don't have to do anything.' It's just kind of like really? We just did that a year ago."

      Yes, I still like you. Here's a pill and a smiley for ya.

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    2. Men or women, they're all nasty role models, because they all wanna fight and kill and use weapons and 'kick ass'... if you're teaching that to your kids you're a bad parent. That ain't empowerment that is indoctrination of kids into becoming future soldiers for ebil governments and capitalist goals.

      I'm certainly not a fan of Star Snores, and as far as I got it the men complain about the two last films being lead by ladies because the franchise was originally envisioned as an action saga for boys and men, with protagonists being brave dynamic males whose skin they'd like to be in because they travel the space, go on adventures and kiss with princesses. Suddenly it has been turned into movies with female leads. Imagine if somebody would do that to SEX AND THE CITY or some other female classic? I personally of course, don't care, because these STAR SNORES make me snore in matters of minutes :)

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    3. Do you know how many $100+ million dollar budget movies made this year had a female lead? Two. That's it. You cherry picked from 30 years of movies and could barely name 2 movies with a female lead you didn't have a problem with (and I'd take Uma off that list because in order to motivate her character she had to be raped repeatedly, which is a plot device that is used way too much in reference to women protagonists). So yeah, Hollywood does need to cram it down your throat again and again because every other movie depicts the woman in a horrifying way as either a sex object (Han forces himself on Leia in Empire and that makes her fall in love with him I'd say they have some penance to do), a manic pixy dream girl, or being completely ancillary to the plot (all Marvel movies). So yes, if proving the female lead is strong without her having to survive a massive, usually sexual, trauma by having her brush the dude off while kicking ass is what it takes, thank you, Hollywood. More of that please.

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    4. Cherry picking my butt. I can't think of any female lead I have a problem with, not because she is female.

      Dorothy (Wizard of Oz)
      Sarah Conner (Terminator)
      Selene (Underworld)
      Charlize Theron in Mad "Wimpy" Max
      Geena Davies in Long Kiss Goodnight
      Demi Moore in G.I. Jane
      Pam Grier in both Foxy Brown and Jackie Brown
      That female cop in Fargo (the movie)
      Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich
      The Thing Prequel

      I could go on for a long time, sir. I agree that Hollywood is still living in the stone ages and that more women should be given a kick-ass role. That, however, has nothing to do with my line of argument. Be a good Pickleope and take that pill. It makes reading much easier.

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    5. Dear god, Pickleope. You are an excellent example of why some animals eat their young.

      Here we have an articulate and thoroughly enjoyable post written by Blue, and then there's you who's come along like a rabid dog and regurgitated your thoughts all over the page.

      Take a chill pill. It's Christmas.

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    6. Wow... didn't see that one coming. 'd say you qualify as a kick-ass woman, all right. Would I give you the lead role in a movie? You bet. But maybe I shouldn't or someone could point out that I, a man, were in charge... you know, giving you that role and all. Maybe I should henceforth be called The Blue Misogynist. What say you, Wendy... being a woman and all?

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    7. I know this is crude, but I thought you'd enjoy a laugh :) Ho Ho F**king Ho - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYmNZiQROVk

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    8. If Mrs. Santa says so, it's gotta be true :D

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    9. How does looking up to fake anything do a kid any good anyway? Oh look, some actor who has stunt doubles and servants that wait on them hand and foot can show up on screen and regurgitate lines they'd never be able to write themselves. They can stand in front of a camera that they'd never be able to use themselves. Their scenes can look good in editing due to editors and such, again, things they'd never be able to do themselves. They can sit in a makeup chair and get all dolled up. They can spend their millions on plastic surgery. They can post how they had a good shit on Facebook and the sheep bow down to them.

      Maybe people should look for role models in real life, closer to home, and not some completely fake character who's life consists of a 2 hour movie. Then maybe they'll actually have a brain and not believe everything doesn't end up roses.

      Male or female, letting any kid think some fake character should be worshiped and thus the actor should be worshiped is far more stupid than worrying about whether the lead is male or female.

      reality beats fiction, like the fiction you spun from this review.

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    10. That's as true as the gold most of us don't have.

      But... did you say, "how they had a good shit on Facebook"? Did FB need a bath afterwards? That's one double-layered observation you're making there. Deep and priceless.

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    11. Facebook, what is that? I've never experienced it...lmao..you can keep that crap...

      leave it to the cat or is that Pat to speak words of wisdom...

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    12. lol let the layers flow
      As the shit does grow

      Didn't rhyme, so may be a bit of both

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    13. I bit of both... I see
      In the place to be

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    14. Of course, I'm on your site, so I expected to be vilified and for people to miss the nuance. That's fine, this might not (obviously) be the right format for a nuanced discussion of the importance of representation (not "role models") in media. My point isn't that we need more women "role models" but it helps for people not typically represented in media to see themselves represented on screen in a positive way, not as the victim or villain or helpless side character. Especially in Star Wars, not typically known for its subtlety (they literally called the bad guys the "Dark Side"), to see a woman, ham fisted as you may see it, to take lead. It sucks that we can't have a reasoned discussion online. I have learned once again the dangers of comment sections.

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    15. Ugh. Like a dog with a bone ...

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    16. There are no dangers here, Pick. You're welcome to give your opinion. Sometimes I'll agree with you, this time I didn't, and that's putting it mildly since I didn't care for your analysis of my view of women. Not one bit.

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  16. Does not sound like my cup of tea a all ;)

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    1. Couldn't hurt to take a sip. You might like it.

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  17. I would like to see this movie Grumopy !

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    1. Grumopy? Blue, is Gloria Dear telling you that you are mopy as much as you are grumpy?

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    2. Of course not. But did you read that comment above about mebeing a misogynist with issues? That's something Gloria Dear would never say to me, right?

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    3. With issues, yes, but misogynist no, I thought we was misanthropes :)

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  19. Unlike KK, I have seen some of the Star Wars movies..but it's been years. Just not that into them but at some point I might watch it just to see what people are talking about. Judging from the people I have talked to it seems to be an even divide between the haters and the lovers.

    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!!

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    1. Hi Cheryl. It's a glossy popcorn flick. Well, this one is.

      Merry X-mas :)

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  20. I really liked this movie, but at the end...a bit of WTF! That never happens!! Sappy, I know...

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    1. I said, YIKES! when I saw that final second of the movie. YIKES!

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  21. I saw only the 1st Star Wars in it's entirety and I enjoyed it. Tried to watch the 2nd one and was not impressed. But I tend to forget the plots of movies and books as soon as the credits roll so it's hard to keep up with the sequels, although I can remember the lyrics to every song ever written...go figure. I also could never watch all the sequels to Back to the Future but enjoyed the first one.

    Once a co-worker loaned me the first book of the Left Behind series. She was buying them as they came out. By the time I got the 2nd book I had forgotten the whole thing and had to read #1 first and then right to #2. There was no way I was going to read 1 & 2 when 3 came out so I just quit. I ended up buying the whole collection one at a time at 2nd hand bookstores and thrift shops. Once I had the whole collection I read them kind of like people now watch movies, a weekend book binge-read!

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    1. Yes, that first Back to the Future movie is great on so many levels. The second one was as dark as the second Back to the Future movie as well as the second Indiana Jones movie. Are we on to something, Alicia?

      There's nothing wrong with a weekend book binge-read. My living room looks like a library. I know what you're talking about.

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  22. "...more so than the first time your mother-in-law informed you she had the hots for you."

    Oh god, my mother-in-law only speaks Spanish. Is THIS what she's been telling me all these years???

    I've never been a huge Star Wars fan, so I'm in no rush to see this. Like Mary, maybe I'll watch it once it's on cable. BTW, I got what you were saying, and I agree with you. I love a badass woman, but Hollywood needs to stop pretending that we're stupid and feel the need to have our hands held through the whole process as everyone winks and nods at the camera and says, "Wow, she sure is badass and doesn't need a man, isn't she? Did you catch that? Because she's badass and she doesn't need a man." That's not feminism or misogyny, that's just writing 101: a good writer shows, they don't tell, and that's a whole bunch of telling. I'd rather just see her be a badass than have everyone else explain it to me like I'm braindead.

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    1. I love a badass woman, but Hollywood needs to stop pretending that we're stupid and feel the need to have our hands held through the whole process as everyone winks and nods at the camera and says, "Wow, she sure is badass and doesn't need a man, isn't she? Did you catch that? Because she's badass and she doesn't need a man."

      It's official: you're a much better writer than I will ever be. (I know... wasn't THAT official already?)

      I'm not going to say anything else about mothers-in-law lest I shall be branded a misogynist! Didn't that sound positively Shakespearean? Am I... a writer?

      Thanks.

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    2. You're definitely a writer, and even an artist, and you use it to make highly amusing posts and pictures. I'd call you a triple threat. Hey, maybe that's why my mother-in-law is hot for me? All of that writing/drawing skill. Either that or my monster co
      *ERROR COMMENT TRUNCATED*

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    3. That's gotta be it. Good thing we're not called Marty.

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    4. Of course you are a writer and definitely not a misogynist...so misunderstood is my blue guy...

      you have a lovely way of speaking with words, in fact if you wanted to you could leave me spellbound..

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    5. I know what you're doing. You're trying to make a blue guy blush and turn red.

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    6. Of course. it makes me feel alive.

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  23. Hi Blue, I love your new banner
    especially the blue handyman
    I love me a man who knows how to use his tools
    (haha) ok, I just had to...

    I haven't seen the movie yet, but now I have 5 days off so maybe I will have time to see it. I really want to see Passenger that comes out Christmas Day!

    https://youtu.be/7BWWWQzTpNU

    So Blue, here is a song just for you from my heart to yours.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9-PN1sftaI

    And when those blue snowflakes start falling
    That's when those blue memories start calling
    You'll be doin' all right, with your Christmas of white
    But I'll have a blue, blue blue blue Christmas

    Read more: Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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    1. Hey Blue, one of my favorite quotes - Do you know the movies?

      'Nothing is stronger than the law in the Universe, but on Earth nothing is stronger than love.'

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    2. Romance in space! Something tells me that trailer is a tad deceptive, but I haven't seen the movie yet so I wouldn't know. It sure looks glossy and the two of them look great.

      Thanks for the song, True. A blue X-mas is the only way! No? Of course it is. Sing along!

      That quote doesn't ring a bell. I may have to google it.

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    3. Blue, sometimes glossy is nice as movies are a means of escapism. Why not romance in space? When I go to see a movie I want to be entertained with the magic on the big screen. I want to be caught up in the story, plot and characters, I want to go somewhere I've never been. It's much like a good book I want to be teleported into another place and time.
      Of course a blue Christmas would be our style.

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    4. Let me know if you liked it, okay?

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  24. Merry Xmas Blue
    It's such a fantastic review!
    Rogue One is all encompassing
    Nothing seems missing!

    Hank

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    1. Thank you, Hank. others are slightly begging to differ thinking I didn't like the movie. ;)

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  25. Blue, You've given a hole new meaning to the Star Wars movies! Yes, I deliberately wrote hole instead of whole as a reference to your " in the tradition of a good porn movie a lot of holes were filled in Rogue One" line. I really enjoyed your well written and clever review! Happy Holidays!

    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie. Believe it or not, I was thinking about you, what, six, seven hours ago, and here you are. What are the odds, right? Thank you for actually reading my post. It means a lot.

      Happy Holidays!

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  26. As it's Christmas Day Down Under, I thought I'd swing by to wish you and yours a very happy day!

    May your fun be large and your bills small. Cheers :)

    *hugs*

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    1. Small bills... What a revolutionary thought, Wendy! I'll need to put that on my list of new year's resolutions. So far I've got:
      1. Don't die
      2. Be patient with people who are unlike you (99%)
      3. Small bills

      Are you impressed? ;)

      May your X-mas be wonderful! Just make it so.

      Blue Randy (not randy Blue, Dezzzz!)

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    2. "Tis all over Down Under (Xmas that is!). Now we head into the bleak unknown - ie with possibility of Donald Trump's short fat fingers hovering over the nuke button. We'll probably all be dead by this time next year.

      On that happy note, I wish you well. lol.

      As you were ... :)

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    3. I wish you well, too. May he he be too dumb to find that button.

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