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Colin Devroe

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Luke Skywalker is The Last Jedi

Earlier this week I rewatched Star Wars Episode VII. It is really great. Most of the criticisms of the film do not hold up well. It is fun, engaging the entire time, and the actors are perfect. And the film fits in perfectly with the other 3 originals.

One thing I’m surprised about, and was reminded of while watching Episode VII, is the ongoing “who is The Last Jedi” discussions that I’ve seen ever since the next movie’s title was announced.

Multiple times during Episode VII – including during the opening crawl – Luke Skywalker is referred to as The Last Jedi.

Some would think that Rey may become the last Jedi. But she isn’t one. Far from it. It took Luke three films to be a Jedi (and even then, it is questionable whether or not the Council would have ever approved him). Rey isn’t a Jedi simply because she closed her eyes once and bested the loose-canon Kylo Ren.

The next movie will be Luke’s movie. While he’s teaching Rey he will be not be on the sidelines.

That being said I believe Luke at his word in the trailer. It is time for the Jedi to end. A new order of things seems to be on the brink. Perhaps someone without so much fear and hate. Someone filled with hope now that Maz Kanata was straight with her regarding her family ever returning. Someone not tied to the Skywalker lineage and thus not having Vader’s rage in them. Perhaps someone like Rey. But what will this new “thing” be? I’m excited to find out.

Jack Baty on Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Jack Baty:

Almost lost me in the first 15 minutes. Way too silly for its own good. Felt to me like they took what they thought made the first film successful and just cranked up those bits. I enjoyed the middle portion, so stuck with it.

If I had written a review, this would be it.

We saw Spiderman: Homecoming ★★★☆ last weekend. It was a fun summer flick but nothing I’d gush over.

Amazon Prime on Apple TV

Peter Kafka at Recode:

The tech giants, who are increasingly competing for customers’ time, eyeballs and money, are close to an agreement to bring an Amazon video app to Apple’s Apple TV set-top box, according to people familiar with the two companies.

Recently we’ve begun renting movies on Amazon Prime instead of iTunes via Apple TV because our Apple TV (which is, admittedly a generation behind) no longer works to rent movies. Rented movies play for a few moments than stop. All other videos (even trailers for the movies) work just fine. So we end up asking for a refund every time. So now we use Prime and it works great.

I am, however, hopeful that Amazon and Apple make this happen. It may actually get me to upgrade to the latest Apple TV.

/via John Gruber.

Watching the Jaws anthology 

For the sake of humanity, and because Netflix took the time, effort and expense of adding these movies to their library, I’ve watched Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3-D, and Jaws: The Revenge.

Do you know how sometimes your memory of a thing can make that thing seem better than it really was? This seems to happen a lot with things like TV shows, cartoons from my childhood, music and movies. In the case of these Jaws movies I remembered each for being far better than they really are.

Jaws stands out far and away as the best movie of the lot. Spielberg managed to squeeze in enough technique, enough suspense, some incredible characters, and a few great lines into the movie so that it seems to age a bit longer than the others. It isn’t great. If it were made today it’d be laughed at. But for the time period is was well made.

The others, they aren’t worth watching. They are laughably bad. Bad acting (even from good actors like Michael Caine), bad lines, poorly shot, and terrible editing. Notably: Every line uttered by the deputy from Jaws 2 and the “stand off” game from Jaws 3-D, also Michael Caine’s “Perhaps he has indigestion he already ate my plane”. How did any of that make the cut?

If you see these movies in the recently added section of your Netflix app skip them.

RunPee

Have you ever wondered when would be a good time to go pee during a movie? Or, whether or not you should wait through the end credits? RunPee will tell you these things.

The design of the app leaves much to be desired but if it works it is an excellent idea for an application.

 

THX 1138

Got a gift from Eliza.

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Thanks babe!

Some of the best movies I’ve never seen

Chris and I are catching up on some classics. Being born in 1980 makes it pretty tough to have seen some of the classics. Just old enough to know about the movies, just young enough to have not been able to see them until later on in life.

There are thousands of movies that I’d like to see. If it were possible, and not a total waste of one’s life, I’d probably watch every movie ever made. But since that isn’t possible, you go by what critics and viewers say are “must sees”, and you try to catch up with those.

So far we’ve been able to catch The Godfather Part I and Apocolypse Now Redux, both are Directed by Francis Ford Copolla. I think we’re going to round out the Godfather series before moving onto others.

Oh, side note: My pens were out by the TV again this morning.