abram

so basically to sum things up:

  • jj abrams wrote tfa thinking only of one movie and not an arc for the whole trilogy and just passed the bar for rian johnson to fix it
  • rian johnson did the exact same thing so colin trevorrow will be the one to deal with what they have left for episode ix
  • we got a trio (poe, finn and rey) who hasn’t even had one scene together yet and they’ll likely be split for tlj
  • the title was the first thing rian chose simply because he liked that and he sees it as one jedi, while most languages translated it to plural
  • we got new cast members (laura dern, benicio del toro) who will likely have supporting roles while other actors (gwendoline christie, domhnall gleeson) haven’t even had the chance to establish their characters well
  • since this is a space movie i’m kinda amused but not in a good way that there haven’t been many actual aliens as important characters (re: maz kanata)
  • the plot for tfa was very similar to anh: a planet destroyer weapon, someone is kidnapped, a mentor dies. the premise for tlj is very similar to esb: a main character gets training while the others go on another adventure. not very original

like… yall are quick to criticize the prequels but this is not looking very good scoob

Living Conditions (BTVS 4.02)

This is part of my ongoing Buffyverse Project, where I write notes/meta for every episode in an attempt to better understand the characters and themes of the shows. You can find the BTVS list here and the ATS list here. Gifs are not mine.

Look, I love Living Conditions. Always have, always will. I watched it at the perfect time (in college, fighting a demonic roommate) and it just got me. It was like someone had traveled to the future and filmed my roommate experience (if you want to know about it, feel free to message me. Be warned I’ll rant like Buffy). The ending kind of bugged me, but we’ll get there. 

This episode, much like the one before it, is about Buffy adjusting to college life. This time we’re focused on dorm living. I loved the passive aggressiveness in Kathy and Buffy’s relationship that just slowly got worse and worse. Anyone else identify here?

Buffy and Kathy are two very different people. Buffy is more on the messy side, a night owl (as slaying demands) and more type B. Kathy is a definite type A who wants to log every phone call, irons her jeans, measures her pencils to the same size, and won’t stop playing “the Divas”. Both are having trouble adjusting to living with someone different than them. To be honest, I kind of identified more with Kathy than Buffy here. I mean, yes, Kathy was really tightly wound, but leaving your gum on the dresser is so gross! And no one wants a mooch roommate who steals all your food (admittedly I’m a Type A, although not nearly as nitpicky or perky as Kathy). One thing I found kind of odd was that Kathy was the one to steal Buffy’s sweater. I guess it was revenge for ruining hers, but based on the archetypes here you’d expect Buffy to be the one who’s overly comfortable while Kathy wants a strict my-side-your-side. 

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“Loads and loads of actual, hand-built sets. Like J.J. Abrams before him, Johnson didn’t want to lean too heavily on C.G.I. for backgrounds. Therefore, The Last Jedi had more original sets built for it than any other Star Wars movie since Kathleen Kennedy took the helm of Lucasfilm in 2012—more than for The Force Awakens, Rogue One, or the untitled young Han Solo movie that will come out next year.

Most notably, a team of Irish craftsmen built the medieval-looking Jedi village where Luke Skywalker resides on Ahch-To, faithfully re-creating the ancient, beehive-shaped stone monks’ huts that sit on Skellig Michael, the island where Abrams filmed Rey and Luke’s encounter at the conclusion of The Force Awakens. (Because Skellig Michael is protected land, most of The Last Jedi’s Ahch-To scenes were filmed on the nearby Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry.)

“I guess the easy thing would have been to build the village in Pinewood Studios and then put the greenscreen up,” says Johnson. “But we tasked our incredible Irish crew with building this set on the edge of a cliff right outside of Dingle. When you stood on this set, you were looking out on this magnificent vista and getting all the interactive lighting. It was wonderful.”


http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/05/whats-in-star-wars-the-last-jedi-and-whats-not

If I read ONE MORE GODDAMN WORD ABOUT ACTUAL SETS OR PRACTICAL EFFECTS….

That is NOT why Star Wars is remembered 40 years later. It isn’t that Lucas went to Tunisia and, by the way, used the local architecture. Or built fantastic sets on soundstages - give me a break - Dagobah and Bespin look more like real places - different places - than D’Qar or Takodana. Or the redresses of locations in the prequels.

IT’S THE STORY THAT’S TOLD IN THOSE PLACES.

It’s because it’s an engaging story with vividly drawn characters and great performances. George didn’t use CGI in the OT because it didn’t exist - his teams invented it! He used it in the PT so he could have a duel on Mustafar or Jedi who aren’t human.

Stop pretending that the success of Star Wars is due to the practical effects and that the prequels “failed” because they used CGI. Because they used practical effects and models too AND - here’s the big AND - THEY DIDN’T FAIL. That’s a myth. 

Now, what did the PT and OT have that the ST does not? Hmmm….

ONE VISIONARY AT THE HELM.

Not a TV hack who is best known for starting out great and then running off to the next thing and never finishing the first thing, who leaves his followers in a lurch because he hasn’t planned anything or explained anything. Then the second filmmaker flits off too and leaves a self-described “mess” to the third director to finish up.

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Jordan Peele to Produce HBO Series ‘Lovecraft Country’ With J.J. Abrams, Misha Green
Jordan Peele will executive produce the new series “Lovecraft Country,” which has been ordered straight-to-series at HBO, Variety has confirmed. Based on the book of the same name by Ma…
By Joe Otterson

Jordan Peele will executive produce the new series “Lovecraft Country,” which has been ordered straight-to-series at HBO, Variety has confirmed.

Based on the book of the same name by Matt Ruff, the anthology horror series follows 25-year-old Atticus Black, who joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find his missing father.  They must survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.

“Underground” co-creator  and showrunner Misha Green will write and executive produce the series, with Peele executive producing through his Monkeypaw Productions banner.  J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson will also executive produce through Bad Robot, with Warner Bros. Television producing.

Peele, who broke out on the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele,” has been in high demand ever since the success of his low-budget horror film “Get Out.”  The film, about a black man who discovers a dark secret at his Caucasian girlfriend’s family estate, has grossed almost $215 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget.

He recently signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures based on the success of “Get Out.”  Under the deal, Universal will develop Peele’s next film, an untitled social thriller, which he will write, direct, and produce based on his original idea.  In addition, Peele will also produce a wide range of movies for the studio through Monkeypaw Productions, including several micro-budget projects with Jason Blum, as he did with “Get Out.”

For Green, the new series comes along as the fate of “Underground” remains uncertain.  Despite critical praise, the WGN America show saw a drop in the live-plus-same day ratings during its sophomore season.  In addition, Sinclair Broadcasting recently announced they will acquire WGN parent company Tribune Media, with plans to shift focus away from producing original series.  To that end, WGN recently canceled their other original, “Outsiders,” which enjoyed higher ratings than “Underground.”

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This entire chain of events, it’s gonna start happening this afternoon. But… we can change that. I studied relativistic physics my entire life. One thing emerged over and over, can’t change the past. Can’t do it. Whatever happened, happened, right? But then I finally realized… I had been spending so much time focused on the constants, I forgot about the variables. Do you know what the variables in these equations are, Jack? Us. We’re the variables. People. We think. We reason. We make choices. We have free will. We can change our destiny….

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Stacey Abrams, Democrat weary of Trump “fascists,” could be Georgia’s next governor

  • Stacey Abrams is the 43-year-old leader of the Georgia House of Representatives. The young black Democrat is also very clear about how her party can reach younger voters — and it’s got nothing to do with satisfying moderates.
  • “We can either move forward or we can let the president, and those fascists that surround him, pull us backwards,” Abrams told the New York Times. “I plan to go forward.”
  • With that, Abrams has positioned herself atop a cohort of progressive black Democrats poised to run for high-profile offices in 2018.
  • These young Democrats, who were profiled by the Times on Sunday, see a path to power by doing what the party seemed loathe to do during the 2016 presidential election: reaching beyond the party’s white moderates and speaking directly to black, Latino, Asian-American and low-income voters who feel directly targeted by President Donald Trump’s administration. Read more (5/15/17)

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