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‘Andor’ Is a Good Show But Its Lack of Aliens Is Criminal

I’ve been watching Andor for six weeks now and while the series has been one of the best-written and most enjoyable Star Wars projects I’ve seen in a long time it is bothering me for one reason and one reason only: its utter lack of aliens.

I have watched eight episodes and have counted only four aliens in the entire series so far! How can that even be possible in Star Wars?!

Since 1977 Star Wars has been a franchise of inspiring heroes, fierce heroines, lovable droids, and iconic aliens. There’s been Chewbacca, Yoda, Jar Jar Binks, Ahsoka Tano, Asajj Ventress, Zeb, Plo Koon, Kit Fisto, and so many other incredible alien characters throughout this franchise.

And then there’s this show and the lack of aliens is just strange. In fact, it’s jarring. Who thought it was a good idea to have a show set in this universe and yet it’s partly devoid of what makes this franchise so lovable?

I want to love this series, and I do, but the lack of love for alien characters in this franchise is starting to really bother me on a personal level. I hope the second season doesn’t repeat this same mistake.

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I Miss Aliens in ‘Star Wars’

Star Wars is one of the most successful stories ever created and part of that reason is because of its remarkable escapism. For a couple of hours, you are literally transported to another galaxy where heroes and heroines larger than life fight evil on a movie-to-movie or show-show basis. And while Disney has given us so many wonderful Star Wars stories lately there has been something that has been really missing for me with these new stories; the aliens.

In the Original Trilogy, three of the main characters were not human: C-3PO, R2-D2, and Chewbacca. They were extraordinary characters with intriguing backgrounds and what they added to the overall story cannot be overstated. Jar Jar Binks isn’t a fan-favorite but his presence reminded us that this was a story set in a galaxy where aliens do exist. And don’t get me started on The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels which gave us a plethora of fascinating alien characters: Ahsoka, Hera Syndulla, Zeb, Asajj Ventress, Cad Bane, Savage Opress, and so many more. And then I think about the live-action movies and series Disney has given us in the last few years and the lack of alien characters is almost criminal.

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I Love ‘Arrival’!

I just watched Arrival yesterday after not having seen it for a while and wow, I really love this movie. In fact, it’s one of my top ten favorite movies of all time. I just can’t get enough of the brilliant screenplay and the outstanding performances of Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in this visually masterful handling of a sci-fi film. Denis Villeneuve is a master of this genre.

Considering how much I enjoyed the film last night I wanted to revisit this review I wrote celebrating the beauty of this one-of-a-kind film. Enjoy!

I went to see Arrival roughly five years ago when it sprung into theaters around the country. I went to watch it because it was garnering immense praise from critics and it seemed like an interesting science fiction film to watch. After seeing it I, for the most part, enjoyed it but its plot was confusing and I didn’t fully understand what was going on. It ended up being nominated for Best Picture that year, showing that the praise it received was somewhat legitimate. I, however, hadn’t watched the movie since…until a couple of days ago.

I was bored and looking for a fun movie to watch in the middle of the day. I came across Arrival and considering that I had only seen the film once about a year and half ago I figured I might as well give it a go again and see if I’ll understand it a little better the second time around. As soon as it came on I knew that I was going to enjoy the movie immensely.

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The cinematography was beautiful and immediately sucked me in with its dark tones. The music, composed by the recently deceased Jóhan Jóhannsson (Sicario,) is perfectly alien and it works brilliantly with the overall film. But what struck me the most about the movie wasn’t the colorful tones of the movie’s scenes or the way the music gave me chill bumps but rather the originality of the story.

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‘A Quiet Place: Part II’ Delivers The Scares and Sets Up A Thrilling Sequel

Well, I watched A Quiet Place: Part II today…fully vaccinated and maskless, which was very rewarding as a diehard movie theater fan. There’s nothing like walking into a theater to see a movie, to smell that iconic scent of popcorn in the air, and to hear the faint rumbling of the auditoriums throughout the theater as they each play a different film.

My theater, considering that it was the earliest showing, wasn’t packed but it was full of people ready to see the sequel to Krasinski’s 2018 surprise horror masterpiece. And sure enough, A Quiet Place: Part II delivers perfectly.

Like Aliens, the sequel builds upon the story with larger action pieces built around the same sort of slow-burn infuriating tenseness that the first film delivered so brilliantly. While A Quiet Place was more profoundly terrifying due to its various situations, the sequel manages to be just as nail-bitingly tense and I loved every second of anxiety.

A Quiet Place: Part II also begs for a sequel with an ending that, like the first one, leaves you wanting more. A Quiet Place: Part III has the chance of being even bigger and better than its two predecessors and if Krasinski returns to direct and write I can see it being another hit.

We have had horror movies strike luck twice but I believe A Quiet Place: Part III could be the first of a franchise to strike three times. In fact, I can see this story being split into a spinoff limited series on HBO Max, produced by Krasinski, giving us a chance to see this story from another angle with a brand new group of people because it is fascinating.

All in all, while A Quiet Place was inspiring for its originality and a true masterclass in suspense A Quiet Place: Part II is a masterclass in understanding how to keep the story going without losing the steam.

I’ll give it 93 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars.

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The Ten Coolest Aliens in ‘Star Wars’

Star Wars is known mainly for its fantastic human characters and its wildly imaginative worlds and stories but a part of the reason why Star Wars is such an amazing franchise is because of the various species throughout its vast topography. And there are a LOT of incredible aliens in Star Wars. So, here are the ten aliens I find are the coolest in this lovable franchise. Enjoy!

10. The Infamous Sarlacc

databank_sarlacc_01_169_c5356bf9Ever since I saw Return of the Jedi I have been strangely fascinated by the Sarlacc. The fact that it digests its unfortunate victims over an agonizing thousand years is not only horrifying but kind of interesting. First of all, it shows that this terrifying creature has evolved to survive in the brutal, arid world of Tatooine due to its only having to eat every thousand years. Secondly, I would just love to know what exactly happens to the things it eats. I bet it would be horrifically fascinating. Continue reading The Ten Coolest Aliens in ‘Star Wars’

‘A Quiet Place: Part II’ Is Following the Playbook of ‘ALIENS’

ALIEN is one of the greatest movies of all time and easily, in my opinion, the greatest sci-fi/horror film ever made. A Quiet Place is the second best movie I’ve watched that melds horror with science-fiction and it seems that its sequel is taking ques from ALIENS.

James Cameron took the storyline conceived in ALIEN to the next level, delivering a thrilling action-packed experience that added to the greatness of the first film in abundance.

It seems that A Quiet Place: Part II is taking the same initiative by delivering an action-packed sequel with more characters, more suspense, more horror, and a whole lot more people running everywhere. That’s a smart approach considering that ALIENS is considered, according to IMDb, the 74th best movie of all time. Continue reading ‘A Quiet Place: Part II’ Is Following the Playbook of ‘ALIENS’