QI’RA: Chapter Fifty

Qi’ra’s Return

Captain Peer was in a meeting with Moff Arnim, several other senators surrounding them as they prepared to move ahead with claiming the Noad System. When the moff asked him where Qi’ra was he told her of the dark times that had befallen the Crimson Dawn leader and her sudden need to depart the planet. That had been two days ago.

She had told him she would return but Captain Peer wasn’t sure how much he could trust her word. It’s why they had continued the meeting without her in case she would, in fact, never return. Continue reading QI’RA: Chapter Fifty

Movie Review Flashback: ‘Toy Story 4’

With Toy Story 4 becoming available to watch on Disney Plus I figured it’d be best to revisit my review of the film. Enjoy!

If you’ve checked to see what Toy Story 4‘s rating among critics has been and glimpsed the 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes or the 7.9 out of 10 scores on IMDb let me assure you, it deserves those ratings.


Toy Story 3 was supposedly the end of the franchise that had started in 1995 and it was a great story as it transitioned little Andy from childhood to adulthood and the imminent but bittersweet breakup between Andy and his favorite toys. It was a tear-inducing “finale” that ended up not only winning Best Animated Film but was only the second animated movie to also be nominated for Best Picture.

It was perfectly written, it told a concise story, and it left people happy. No one was clamoring for a sequel like we wished for a sequel to The Incredibles but we were given one anyway and it was worth the wait. Continue reading Movie Review Flashback: ‘Toy Story 4’

Movie Review Flashback: ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’

The Nutcracker, it’s my favorite classical music of all time. As a child, I would listen to The Nutcracker every night (and it didn’t even have to be Christmas time.) The music was magical, transporting me to another world where I was a ballerina dancing gracefully to the lilting melodies of the album.

In November of 2018, Disney released a live-action adaptation of the classic Nutcracker story and it was bombarded with awful reviews by the critics. It currently has a 33% critics and audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes and sits at a 5.5 out of 10-star ratings on IMDb. Pretty dismal right?

Don’t believe the haters.

I watched this film very recently and I was like, “What’s so terrible about this film?”


Yeah, it isn’t the best Disney movie I’ve ever seen but it wasn’t as horrible as everyone seemed to claim either. The same thing happened with A Wrinkle in Time. People said it was a horrible film but when I watched it I was pleasantly surprised.

Both of these films have predictable storylines, yes, but these are children’s movies. They are designed to inspire, not win Oscars for Best Picture. For children, especially little girls, films like The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and A Wrinkle in Time celebrate the power of girls and how we can find ways to be heroes against all odds.

If you’re a parent and you have little children I highly recommend you watch this with your family this holiday season. I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised. And besides, who doesn’t love The Nutcracker?

I’m giving this film 87 out of 100 and 3.75 out 5 stars. Like I said, it isn’t the best Disney movie I’ve ever seen (not b a long shot) but it is way better than people are saying.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.