Something has happened this year that I don’t think anyone had on their 2022 bingo card. Top Gun: Maverick, a sequel to the 80s’ classic Top Gun, blew audiences’ and critics’ minds, shattering box-office records and now, today, surpassing Titanic with its domestic box-office numbers. It’s now the seventh-highest grossing film domestically, and it’s considered one of the best action movies of all time (deservedly so.) And many people think it should be nominated for Best Picture.
And now we’ve got Prey, a prequel in a franchise that seemed like it had been saturated to death until it was a bit of a joke. But the prequel had other plans. Instead, with its debut on Hulu this weekend, the film has gone on to garner a better Rotten Tomatoes score than the movie that began this sci-fi franchise. And in a way, it deserves it.
Morning often arrived with the beckoning call of nature but on Pil’s fifteenth birthday the sound awakening her was something new and exciting; the hypnotic swish of the ocean.
Pil stretched beneath the sublime silk covers of her large bed cushioned with the softest feathers before standing, walking over to the deck of her sprawling bedroom. Her sleeveless silk white nightgown brushed against the perfectly polished wooden floor as she shuffled sleepily forward. She pushed aside the billowing white curtains that acted as the entrance to the wooden deck, breathing in deeply as the moist, warm air coated her bare skin. The unmistakable saltwater and fishy scent of the ocean greeted her instantly.
Last Friday I went to see Nope with my family. It was a personal milestone for me because it was the first horror film I’ve seen in theaters and as someone who’s deathly afraid of scary movies this was a huge achievement. But I was determined to see this film because Jordan Peele is forging a path in the horror industry that is always fresh, new, and exciting. And this movie, a horror sci-fi flick, seemed like the type of story I had to see in IMAX.
Nope, thankfully, wasn’t one of the scariest horror movies I’ve seen and yet it just might be one of the most disturbing movies I’ve watched in a while as well.
From the literal first scene, Nope is not the movie that you think it’s going to be. The story then plays out in chapters broken up by the reveal of animals’ names important to the narrative of the film.
Last week a magical documentary series was released on Disney+ about the iconic, groundbreaking visual effects company Industrial, Light, and Magic and how their work has literally changed cinema.
It’s a six-part series that documents their inception all the way to their work now, shining a light on the cinematic magicians that have brought so many iconic films to life besides just Star Wars. I’m talking Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T the Extra-Terrestrial, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and so much more.
If you want to see history literally being made and how George Lucas has done more for the world than just bringing Star Wars into existence then I implore you to watch this series. It’s so good that I hope it gets an Emmy next year because it was absolutely incredible.
I don’t want to share too much information because each episode is filled with so many fantastic details and delightful insights into this company that it’s best to enjoy it for yourself. I can say this with absolute certainty though. George Lucas is one of the most incredible figures in history for his contribution to cinema and how he completely changed the world.
Yes, Light and Magic is a perfect show and it’s one of the best things I’ve watched on Disney+.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.
Early today I said that I was going to share an exciting first look at the newest installment in my series, The Women of Adalor, tomorrow. And as fun, as that is, these novels act as defining chapters to these characters’ journies. What if, however, when the story ends, we continue to get to know these characters?
I’m excited to share that I will be sharing weekly short stories featuring these tremendous characters from my current short novels or maybe even some upcoming ones. Like I said before, these installments in my series are such quick glimpses into these characters’ lives at a certain point in time that sometimes I want to share more details about them. And this seemed like the perfect way to do that.
This Friday, I will be sharing my first of these weekly short stories. It will, of course, feature the protagonist of my first short novel, Pil, in an enthralling brief chapter centered around her fifteenth birthday. I’m so excited to share this cute addition to her story with you this Friday.
Once again, I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.