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My Review of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

I’m a huge fan of action movies but every once in a while I like to dabble into other genres and see films of a different variety. So, a couple of days ago I decided to watch Murder on the Orient Express. It caught my attention last year mainly because Daisy Ridley (Rey from Star Wars) was in it and I finally decided to watch it. Since I’ve seen it I’m here to share with you my review of the movie. Enjoy!

The Story

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Murder on the Orient Express plays out as expected. Renowned detective Poirot has been cracking cases around the world without rest and after solving one final mystery he decides to go on vacation. We are introduced to characters played by immediately recognizable big name actors and actresses and together he and these unknown individuals hop aboard the Orient Express. Little does he know that one of the passengers will end up being murdered. And so the mystery begins.

As he went through the train obtaining clues and trying to resolve who committed the crime it was fun to try to solve the mystery along with him. I picked three suspects and I kind of was right but I was mostly wrong on who actually did the murderous deed. *shrug*

Like all murder mystery movies there’s always deflections on who the actual killer is but by the end the answer to the conundrum was finally resolved and I was legitimately surprised.

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Leia or Rey: Who’s Your Favorite?

Princess/General Leia and Rey are two of the most important heroines in cinema history. Each character was a groundbreaking development for the portrayal of women in Star Wars and have paved their own legacies through this wonderful franchise. Now as one character’s story continues and another’s has fallen their inspiring paths are all the more brilliant to observe, especially when the two strong women are in the same presence as one another. But of the two who is the greater heroine?

Each of these characters has inspired girls and women around the globe by showing how powerful a woman can be through young and old age. It seems unthinkable to distinguish one above the other but they do have their differences. Their strengths and weaknesses are the things that we individually identify with the most. So, on this segment of Who’s Your Favorite, I am celebrating the heroines that have brought much happiness to so many people around the world. Enjoy!

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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.

What’s Next for Rey?

I know it’s still a long time before Episode IX comes out in theaters (605 days to be exact) but I’ve owned The Last Jedi over a month now, I’ve watched and analyzed the movie over a dozen times, and it’s time for the Episode IX theories to start flowing. Especially with the filming for the movie beginning this summer. So, through the next few days I’m going to provide my theories on where these characters’ stories should go next and maybe my theories will be slightly correct. Only time will tell. 🙂 Enjoy!

And Rey’s Journey Continues….

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Rey has undergone an emotional and fascinating journey as she has learned about the Force, discovered that her parents were Jakku bums (I know that sounds terrible but it’s the truth,) and become the new hope for the Resistance but now where does her story take her? What could J.J Abrams pick up story wise where Rian Johnson left off? Well, I have an idea and even though it might not happen I think it sounds pretty awesome.

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Is Rey the Next Chosen One or Another Darth Vader In the Making?

The story of Star Wars really harks back to the tale of destiny that has been told for centuries through fairy tales and epic plays. In the original trilogy the story revolved around Luke and his journey as he turned from being just a hopeful farm boy wanting to go an adventure to a powerful Jedi who would then bring peace and order back to the galaxy. His journey was complex and difficult but it all led to a rather satisfying end. For Anakin his journey was reminiscent to Luke’s and the exact opposite at the same time. He was a young slave boy who wanted to travel the galaxy and explore the stars but instead of him becoming a hero like Luke did he became a galactic monster as he transformed into Darth Vader and brought a terrible darkness to the galaxy. Both of these men were central figures in their trilogies and while their humble beginnings were very similar their outcomes were much different. And that’s where I come to Rey.

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Rey, like Luke and Anakin, has a nearly identical humble beginning to her incredible journey. She was a scavenger surviving day by day by providing Unkar Plutt mechanical scraps in return for food. She too, like them, wanted to journey beyond the stars and make a better life for herself. She was basically a slave, like Anakin was, and she also came from a sand planet. If you really think about it, it’s kind of odd how much alike Luke, Anakin, and Rey’s stories are.

So yeah, Rey is very much like these two past central characters but, judging from her story in the two movies of her journey so far, what does it look like the end of her journey will entail for her? Well, let’s take a quick look at that journey she’s partaken on.

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Should ‘The Last Jedi’ Be Part of the Oscar Conversation?

When you think of Star Wars the Oscars doesn’t immediately come to mind. The Force Awakens only got nominations for Best Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Editing, and it didn’t get a single win for these nominations. And Rogue One only obtained two nominations for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing. Now it’s The Last Jedi‘s turn to hit the Oscars and I think it should get a lot more recognition than its two predecessors.

First, I believe it should be nominated for Best Picture and this is why.

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Rian Johnson put so much thought and work into the making of this movie that it would be sad to see him get zero recognition for his hard work. And it’s not like the movie was poorly reviewed. Critics and fans loved the film for its bold choices and its impeccable storytelling. Because The Last Jedi was one of the more thoughtful Star Wars movies in a long time I think it should be nominated.

Two, Adam Driver needs to be nominated for Best Actor In A Supporting Role because his performance in The Last Jedi was utterly perfect.

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I hated Kylo Ren at the end of The Force Awakens but The Last Jedi humanized him. I felt his sorrow, his inner conflict, his anger, his pain, I understood Kylo Ren and that could only have been achieved because of Adam Driver’s impeccable acting. He made Kylo Ren believable, relatable, and he’s now my favorite character in the trilogy.

One of my favorite scenes with Kylo Ren is his final scene in the movie when he enters the rebel base on Crait. He had just found out he wasn’t as powerful as he thought he was when he faced Luke’s mirage and he was an emotional wreck. When he sees Han’s golden dice and watches as they melt away it’s such a powerful moment. The expression on Kylo Ren’s face is that of pure sorrow and I can’t believe it but I truly feel sorry for him.

Adam Driver is a remarkable actor and even though he probably won’t be nominated I he should be.

Three, Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley should also be nominated for Actor and Actress in a Leading Role.

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They are both incredible actors and whenever they were onscreen, whether they were together or not, they infused the movie with a sense of mystical wonder and realism that made the movie that much better. I’m sure they won’t be nominated because, well, they’re starring in a Star Wars movie but if the committee can look past that and recognize how incredible their acting was I would definitely give them consideration.

Well, this is how I feel about The Last Jedi and its chances with the Oscars. I know for a fact The Last Jedi won’t be part of these major categories but if it does I am going to be a very happy Star Wars fan.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force Be With You.

 

The Force Is Strong with Forces of Destiny

First of all Happy 4th of July! It’s a beautiful day for our country and what’s better on this glorious day than being introduced to something new with Star Wars? At the Star Wars Celebration in April they announced that there will be a special series focused on the heroines of Star Wars called Forces of Destiny. It would feature characters such as Rey, Jyn, Ahsoka Tano, and Princess Leia, and more. And what’s even better the actresses such as Daisy Ridley and Felicity Jones will reprise their roles as their characters.

Today I watched the first one that has been released which can be found on Youtube. It features Rey when she first met BB-8 and their tiny adventure. Take a look.

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