The Problem With The Last Jedi Trailer

The teaser trailer for The Last Jedi was released today.  It has one huge problem.  It is promoting a movie that is a sequel to The Force Awakens.  And The Force Awakens was a really bad movie.  It wasn’t, “I like the originals better,” kind of bad or the, “I’ve seen better,” kind of bad.  It…

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The Loss of Optimism

I’m an optimistic person. I’m not unrealistic, but my natural assumption is that things will work out OK in the end. I don’t deny the bad things that happen, I just feel like we’ll be able to work through or past them. It works for me. It keeps me hopeful and looking forward. It extends…

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Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol – Stave Four, The Last of the Spirits

Of all the staves, this is probably the easiest one to get right on film.  The spirit is nothing more than a black, hooded robe with a “spectral” hand outstretched.  There are a few conversations about the death (Scrooge doesn’t realize it is his own death, but it’s obvious to the audience).  Then a scene…

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