Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I love Star Wars. I'm a fan. Always have been. My love of film, science fiction, and movie merchandise can be traced back to the film that sprung from the mind of George Lucas. I mention this because, as a fan, it's not always easy to look critically at what you love. However, I will do my best (while avoiding spoilers).


Kathryn Bigelow's distressing and unflinching look into the Algiers Motel killings during Detroit's 1967 12th Street Riot, is as masterful as it is hard to watch. It's a brutal film to sit through as the director refuses to pull punches or tack on any kind of happy or hopeful ending. As a result the film struggled mightily at the box office despite being a critical success. There are obviously parallels between the story we see unfold and recent events, such as those in Ferguson, Missouri. In 50 years we may not have come as far as we had hoped.

Screenwriter Mark Boal pieced together the script from written accounts and interviews with survivors. Algee Smith leads an exceptional cast as one of many held captive at gunpoint, threatened, beaten, and subject to psychological torture by racist police officers (Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, and Ben O'Toole) and members of the National Guard in the Algiers Motel. The longer the police stay, looking for a shooter that doesn't exist, the deeper the hole they dig for themselves and potential witnesses to their actions.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Usagi Yojimbo #164

The middle chapter of "The Mouse Trap" picks up with Usagi's attacker delivering the rabbit ronnin to the Black Goblin Gang where the quick intervention of Inspector Ishida and the thief Nezumi prevent a groggy Usagi from meeting an inglorious end. Although Ishida is able to save his friend, Usagi is able to overhear a bit of the underlings talk about the hidden true head of the gang, and several members are killed by our heroes, Usagi and Ishida don't learn about the next attack of the Black Goblin Gang until it is too late.

Star Wars Disney Princess Action Pack

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Psych: The Movie

Set three years after the events of the Psych season finale, Psych: The Movie reunites the cast in San Fransisco where Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) will insert themselves into the attempted murder of Juliet's (Maggie Lawson) partner leading to a confrontation with an old enemy. Along with all the familiar faces (including a cameo of Timothy Omundson, who suffered a stroke shortly before the shooting of the TV-movie), we get the usual catchphrases (even if some of the them feel a bit forced) and goofiness from the fake psychic detective and his pharmaceutical salesman partner fans of the show remember fondly.