Ren ignited the lightsaber–and the fiery red beam lanced outward to pierce Han’s chest from front to back.
Thank you,” Ren murmured, and truly, the darkness above was mimicked by the darkness in his voice.
Accepting without quite believing, Han stared back into the face of the creature that had been his son. There was nothing to see there. Only darkness in the shape of a face: alien, unthinking, unfeeling. His knees buckled, the beam tilting down with him as he crumpled. Ren extinguished it.
For another moment Han held on to the edge of the walkway. A rush of memories flashed through his mind: worlds and time, friends and enemies, triumphs and failures. Words he wished he had spoken and others he regretted. All gone now, lost in an instant, like the one he would never again be able to hold in his arms. Then he fell, to vanish into the depths.
Star Wars The Force Awakens novel
…the last person he thinks of before he falls is Leia. Thanks tfa novel, that’s fine.
I noticed you are a Carrie Fisher fan. What is your favorite Star Wars film? Do you think that was her best role? I liked her in Soapdish and When Harry met Sally too.
My preferences in the Str Wars movies come from my childhood, so don’t judge me too hard. ;) My favourite is The Return of the Jedi. I liked Leia in that a lot, her badassary as Boushh the bounty hunter, the way she killed Jabba, I liked her on Endor. I liked the twist that she was Luke’s sister and the hint that she also was Force-sensitive. (And I loved her clothes on Endor, and her hair too). I also love The New Hope and The Force Awakens.
For years I was not Carrie Fisher fan, only Leia fan if that makes sense. So I don’t really know her other works as good, I think I saw her only in Hannah’s sisters and it was a too tiny role and it was eons ago. I probably should watch her other stuff.
I started to fall in love with her as a person not so long ago, when my husband discovered her show Wishful Drinking. It was brilliant. After the new Star Wars movie I saw this Carrie in the interviews and everything, her humor, her strength, her charisma. I also read two of her books, Shockaholic and Wishful Drinking. Not much, but this is what I could find.
And because of this, I don’t really think of her as an actress only. For me she is an actress, but also a writer, a comedian, and a great human being who went through a lot and fought and survived.
Surprise surprise, my favorite film of 2015 is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This was my most anticipated film of my entire life thus far. There is no reality in which this movie isn’t my favorite film of the year so in some ways I’m incredibly biased. That being said, JJ Abrams finally delivered the goods. Of course the realistic feel and the mind blowing visuals were great but what really knocked this film out of the park was the cast. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver are my new favorite people on this planet. The old cast was perfectly used sparingly so that you don’t notice their age. This film is firing on all Star Wars cylinders for me, so surprise, it’s my number one.
2. It Follows
Now that Star Wars is out of the way, this can get interesting. It Follows steadily remained my favorite film of the year until December came around. I love this movie. It’s a love letter to everything I love; John Carpenter-esque horror. The premise will turn most people off right away but if it doesn’t, you’ve got to see this movie. It’s surprising that It Follows was only made for $2 million because at times it looks like a bigger budget studio film. The score really steals the show here though. This is easily one of the best horror scores of the last decade.
3. Jurassic World
This film feels extremely similar to my number three pick last year, Godzilla. Jurassic World isn’t a perfect film by any stretch of the imagination. It is however some of the most fun I’ve had at the movies in a long time. I love the cast of this film. Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt in particular shine together in the second half. I’m also a sucker for giant monster movies and that’s what this film sort of became. I was really impressed with how director Colin Trevorrow managed to fit in a giant monster fight in the climax of Jurassic World. Spoilers, it’s awesome.
4. What We Do In The Shadows
This is easily the funniest film that I saw all year. The premise of the film is simple, a group of vampires live in a house together and hilarity ensues. Several times throughout watching this film I was laughing out loud, which is saying quite a bit. The film explores day to day happenings and struggles of what being a vampire would actually be like. One example is that since vampires can’t see themselves in the mirror, they must dress puppets to see if they will look good for the day. Obviously seems extremely simple but the film portrays several of these struggles with great fun. Everyone should see this movie as soon as possible.
5. TheHateful Eight
Another year, another Tarantino film makes my end of the year list. The Hateful Eight is a master class in storytelling. The film plays out as if it were a stage play, right down to an actual narration of the story by none other than Tarantino himself. This film features gorgeous 70mm photography, fantastic actors and a progressively bloody affair. Like all Tarantino films, Hateful Eight packs a massive punch for the third act and this one doesn’t disappoint. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you to see this movie, but please, see this movie.
6. Mad Max: Fury Road
This is easily the most bonkers film of 2015. In fact, this is easily one of the most bonkers films I’ve ever seen. George Miller returns to his franchise which I honestly never had much affinity for. This film however completely blew me away. The amount of practical effects on display throughout Mad Max: Fury Road boggle the mind. Simply put, this film feels dangerous. It seems that at any moment, things could go wrong and a lot of people are going to get hurt. Top it all off with a great character from Charlize Theron and you’ve got one of the best films of 2015.
Predestination was the most surprising film of the year for me. This film is about a sort of time cop that travels back in time to catch a notorious serial killer. Easy sci-fi premise right? What follows is a mind blowing film that turns out to be an emotional roller coaster. The film is ultimately about what it means to love another person. The film also explores identity and self identification. If you do seek this one out, get ready for a crazy ride through time. You will be rewarded in the end.
8. The Martian
This film is just an absolute crowd pleaser. I went into this film hoping for Interstellar type ideas about space and the expanse. What I got was much more grounded in reality. That being said I loved this film. Matt Damon is completely hamming it up as Mark Watney, an astronaut stranded alone on Mars. He is asked to carry much of the film by himself and he pulls it off with ease. While I can’t say this film explores any deep thought provoking ideas, it does remind us that space travel can be done. We just have to work together. While it seems like a simple proposition, it’s easily forgotten.
9. Straight Outta Compton
Who knew that a film about the beginnings of N.W.A. would end up being this good? The actors picked for these iconic figures are remarkable. My favorite newcomer that has inevitably gained quite a bit of attention following this film’s release is Corey Hawkins. His portrayal of Dr. Dre is the heart of this film for me. Having said all of that the direction of this film is top notch film making by F. Gary Gray. All around, this film is a perfect rendition of the hip-hop business. Did I mention seeing Straight Outta Compton in the theater meant you got to hear N.W.A. songs blasting out of 7.1 surround sound?
I was set up to love this film for a multitude of reasons and guess what? I love this film. Krampus is directed by Michael Dougherty, the same man behind the best Halloween film of all time, Trick r’ Treat. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that he managed to craft a great Christmas horror movie. That being said this film doesn’t rise to Trick r’ Treat level for me but it is great. Krampus is full of inventive Christmas creatures that are all a ton of fun. This film instantly became regular viewing every holiday season from now on.
Best Television of The Year
The Leftovers Season 2
I created an all new category for my end of the year list just so I could include this pick. The second season of The Leftovers repeatedly knocked me out of my chair episode after episode. This show was created by Damon Lindelof of Lost fame but it’s a completely different type of show. Over its ten episode second season I’m pretty sure I cried at least once an episode. I don’t mind admitting that because The Leftovers is that strong. This season culminated with three of the best episodes of television I have ever seen, and I don’t say that lightly. Please, I beg you, give this show a chance. You won’t regret it.
Worst Movie of The Year
I hated this film from beginning to end. It’s a boring retread of the Terminator films we know and love. It’s a waste of a franchise that could actually be viable. I found myself pondering throughout the film, why on earth was this boring piece of crap made? What is the point? Why are we wasting Emilia Clarke on such an idiotic plot in a shameless Terminator sequel? These are questions we will never know the answers to. Luckily the sequels that were planned after this film have been canceled. Hallelujah.
Favorite fandom? Based on the fandom, Star Trek and Star Wars, probably.
Favorite film of 2015? Star Wars: the force awakens
Last article I read: One from a medical journal on the involvement of endosome sorting in neurodegenerative diseases.
Put your library on shuffle and put the first three titles here: 1) FROOT - Marina and the diamonds 2) Somebody told me - The Killers 3) Fearlessness - Tori Amos
My last online purchase: I just bought a wig for Luke
Last person I dreamed of: I actually can’t remember at all. I tend to forget my dreams pretty quickly, in general.
Any recurring dream? When I was a kid I had many, but now not so much anymore.
Any phobias or fears? Failure, attachment/abandonment
How would my friends describe me: They’d probably tell me rather sternly that I am at times too giving for my own good. They’d also say I take no shit these days and can be incredibly blunt. And they’d definitely call me a nerd. I like to think my friends also find me amusing or funny.
How would my enemies describe me: They’d most likely just call me an asshole, really.
Would I take a bullet for someone? hypothetically speaking I might, although I really don’t think about something like that actually being necessary
If I had money to spare, what would I buy? I’d use it to pay my own place and pay off my study, mostly. If I was able/allowed to spend it on less serious things, I think I’d mostly put it towards cosplay. There are so many things there that are outside of my budget right now.