It’s Official. Lando Is Going To Appear in ‘Episode IX’

Lucasfilm hasn’t confirmed that Billy Dee Williams will reprise his role for Episode IX but it’s become obvious that he will as he has recently canceled a bunch of his conference engagements throughout the rest of the year. Hmm, I wonder why. And honestly, this is great news.

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Every classic Star Wars character besides Lando has been involved with this current trilogy. For years Star Wars fans have been wondering where is everyone’s favorite caped smuggler-turned-rebel? We had been given the explanation that he was once again Baron of Cloud City but that felt like a sorry excuse not to have him participate in the films. I’m so glad to think that finally he will get the recognition he deserves and play, hopefully, a decent-sized role in this upcoming Star Wars movie.

Ah, I’m so excited! I can’t wait to see what Lando will be up to over thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi and I’m so glad J.J Abrams is telling this story. He brought so much magic and nostalgia to The Force Awakens with his perfect revival of these classic characters which means he will provide Lando plenty of justice.

I would also love to see a settled down Lando with potentially a wife or at least a child. When the first rumors started coming out for Episode IX one of those rumors was that a young actress of color was being cast for a mysterious role and some people, including me, suspected that this new character could be Lando’s daughter. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Not only would that perfectly fit in with the tone of this trilogy which is highly focused one the next generation of young heroes but I think I would lose it if Lando returned with a beautiful daughter in tow. I mean, can you imagine how cool she would be, cape and all?

Of course, this may be a bunch of bologna and Lando may not return in Episode IX after all, for like I said before, Lucasfilm hasn’t confirmed he will appear in this trilogy finale. But if he does it will be very exciting indeed. 🙂

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day. May the Force be with you.

‘The Incredibles’ After ‘Incredibles II’

I went to see Incredibles II last Sunday and for the most part I enjoyed it. After not having seen The Incredibles in at least seven years it was nice reacquainting myself with the superhero family I had grown up with. But as I watched the movie I realized that while the film was well made and perfect in every sense of the word there was something about that just didn’t strike me as much as the first one did. But how could I be sure? I hadn’t seen The Incredibles in years. Was it really better than this highly-anticipated sequel that delivered a semi-scary villain and even more superheroes?! So, I watched The Incredibles last night after not having seen it in such a long time and as soon as the movie came on I was hit with an intense nostalgia punch I wasn’t expecting.

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The Incredibles perfectly places us in a world where supers are still totally legal and awesome. We get to experience life as Mr. Incredible as he zips around town to stop bad guys and save lives while also trying not to miss the wedding that’ll marry him and his beloved Elastigirl. It seems like everything is great and then the lawsuits start. The supers are forced to disappear and that’s when the real story begins fifteen years later.

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The ‘Jurassic’ Franchise Has Become A Fallen Kingdom

Yesterday I went to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, hoping that the alarming Rotten Tomatoes score (a rotten 51%) wasn’t completely accurate and that I would end up actually liking the film. Wrong! This movie is clearly the worst film of the year I’ve seen so far and for so many reasons. So, I’m about to relay to you every reason why this movie was so lackluster in quality and there will be plenty of MAJOR SPOILERS so I advise you to discontinue reading this now if you don’t want to know any of the details of this film. Thank you for heeding this warning and I hope you enjoy. Let me tell you about this movie.

The Story

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I’ve just recently watched Ant-Man and the Wasp and the reason why that movie was so incredibly enjoyable was because of its simplicity. The same cannot, unfortunately, be said for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Unlike most Jurassic films which are essentially part horror/action films this movie was focused heavily on dialogue to spur forth the movie’s story. For some movies that works but for a franchise that is designed heavily on enjoyment via dinosaur chomping this was not a great change of pace.

For twenty to thirty minutes the movie sets up this plotline that the dinosaurs are about to become extinct (um, yay) and that there are those that want to make sure these prehistoric animals survive. That’s when Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) who happens to run a dinosaur protection agency gets contacted by the Lockwood Estate (one-time friends of the pioneer, John Hammond who created Jurassic Park) to participate in an expedition to save the remaining dinosaurs before they are wiped out by a volcano. One of the dinosaurs the Lockwoods want is Blue, the velociraptor that Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) trained and so she goes to recruit him for the rescue mission.

Owen, however, was one of the few people in the movie (besides Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm) to have a head on straight when it came to the annihilation of the dinosaurs. He knew they were about to go extinct but why should he care? He almost got eaten a numerous amount of times when things in Jurassic World went awry. Why on Earth would he want to go back to the same place that nearly killed him time and time again to save these man-eating monsters? But of course, because you can’t have Jurassic World without Chris Pratt in it, he decides to help his ex-girlfriend, Claire go save the dinosaurs and that’s when the movie basically starts.

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Keri Russel Is Rumored To Join ‘Episode IX’

Episode IX begins filming this month and it seems a new actress will be joining the cast for this Star Wars finale. FX’s The Americans actress, Keri Russel, is highly rumored to play a mystery role in the upcoming Star Wars movie and that’s exciting news indeed for two reasons.

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One, that means there will be even more fascinating female characters to enjoy in Star Wars. Disney has made the Star Wars franchise such an inclusive instrument of movie making and to see that yet another actress is set to appear in another Star Wars film is super excitign to see.

Secondly, it’s always fun contemplating who certain actors or actresses will be portrayed as. The easy answer is that she’s probably going to play an officer or commander of the Resistance because she just seems like the perfect candidate for that role. Or she could be on the First Order side of things and potentially be a major female villain for the film in the absence of Captain Phasma. Or…and this is where my imagination turns a little bonkers, but what if she was cast for the role of Rey’s mother?

The two actresses definitely have their similarities. They both have the same square face shapes and while Daisy Ridley is clearly a different complexion than Keri Russel that doesn’t matter as much because Rey has a father too. She could’ve gotten her complexion from him.

Wouldn’t this be an astonishing twist?! Here was Kylo Ren saying that her parents were drunkards who died in the Jakku desert and it turns out that they are in fact alive and well. That would be absolutely fascinating and would take the emotional complexity of Episode IX to the next level.

Of course, Keri Russel will probably not be playing Rey’s mystery mother but if she is I am going to lose it with excitement. Please J.J Abrams, please bring the conversation of Rey’s parents come around full circle in this most satisfying scenario. (Please.)

All in all, this is exciting news and I can’t wait to share more tantalizing rumors with you all. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you.

‘Jurassic Park’ 25 Years Later

I didn’t know anything about Jurassic Park until five years ago. For years I had seen fleeting glimpses of the film and I had acquired enough knowledge about the movie to know it had something to do with dinosaurs but beyond that I knew zip about the movie. So five years ago I guess they were celebrating Jurassic Park‘s 20th year anniversary and my father took me to see it in the movie theaters in IMAX. I didn’t know what I was getting into. I didn’t know the terrifying ride I was about to take. I just figured I was going to see an 90s’ classic.

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As soon as the movie came on I knew something was amiss. This wasn’t the old classic that I was expecting. I remember when I saw the dinosaurs for the first time in the film. I was utterly stunned. Here was this movie that had come out twenty years ago and it looked FANTASTIC! The dinosaurs actually looked kind of real and the music composed by the legendary, John Williams, was in every sense of the world magical. The genius about Jurassic Park is it takes its own time to get rolling but once it does it doesn’t stop.

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I don’t think I’ve ever screamed or jumped as much in a movie theater as when I watched Jurassic Park. It was like the Jaws of dinosaur movies and even today, five years after seeing it for the first time, it still horrifies me in ways that most movies can’t. Even when I know what is going to happen I still watch with wide eyes full of terror when the T-Rex gets out of his pen and terrorizes all of the characters with that iconic roar that pierces the very soul.

The other day I watched Jurassic Park and once again my mind was blown. The other films in the Jurassic franchise have tried to recreate that same horrific magic as Jurassic Park managed to achieve but they haven’t been able to do it yet. I’m hoping that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will be able to conjure at least a hint of that same terror.

It might’ve taken me a long while to finally see Jurassic Park but now that I have it’s easily one of the best movies I have ever seen.

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

 

 

Iron Man or Captain America: Who’s Your Favorite?

Marvel has over two dozen superheroes in their reservoir now but remember the time when there only a select few heroes to get excited about? Iron Man was the first hero to be introduced in this franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Captain America was the sixth hero to make his debut. Together they have gone on incredible adventures, saved the world a handful of times, and they have even fought each other when things went sour. Basically they’ve been through a lot. After ten years and ten combined movies Iron Man and Captain America seem to be the elders of the franchise as new faces and heroes make their own first appearances. So today, on this weekly segment of Who’s Your Favorite I’m asking you which of these ridiculously cool characters is your favorite? Here they are.

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My Spoiler-Free Review of ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

Marvel hasn’t had the best luck with sequels over the years. Iron Man 2 was largely considered worse than its hailed predecessor, Iron ManThor: The Dark World, the sequel to Thor, is so bad I’m still trying to figure out why it was even called Thor: The Dark World. And Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a far cry less enjoyable than the critically acclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy. So, would Ant-Man and the Wasp suffer the same fate? I’m glad to announce that it didn’t.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp is a small-story type of movie. You don’t have to worry about surprise Avengers cameos dropping in to make the movie exciting or complex situations that turn the film into a whirlwind of material. Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place in one city, in three days, and with four main characters, Scott Lang, Hope van Dyne, Hank Pym, and the constant thorn in their side, Ghost. Simple as that.

It’s always a breath of fresh air to see creators of movies decide that less is more. When writers try to over complicate things and make a sequel that’s bouncing all over the place seven times out of ten that movie’s going to end up becoming a confusing hodgepodge of material. Ant-Man and the Wasp does not suffer from that in the slightest.

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