If only! This film can be called entertaining, but certainly not “good.” Most of the time I was holding my hands out in laughing disbelief at the shockingly vulgar, transparent, and trite antics of the producers in this naked cash grab. (more…)
Tag: Star Wars
Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 206
The Last [White Male] Jedi
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The Last Jedi isn’t an awful film. Not Force Awakens awful. But it is pretty bad. Down there at the bottom of the scrap heap, with The Force Awakens and The Phantom Menace. The question on my mind was whether The Force Awakens was just a Phantom Menace moment, a rocky start to a trilogy that redeemed itself with two pretty good films. (Yes, I like Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Fight me.) But no, it was not to be. It was not hard, of course, for The Last Jedi to improve upon The Force Awakens. (more…)
Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 168
Greg Johnson & John Morgan on a Sci-Fi Trifecta:
Arrival, Passengers, & Rogue One
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Greg Johnson and John Morgan inaugurate a series of movie podcasts by discussing three recent science fiction movies: the thoughtful and suspenseful Arrival, plus Passengers (reviewed here), and Rogue One (reviewed here). (more…)
Warning: a few minor spoilers
Rogue One is quite simply one of the best Star Wars movies ever. It has an interesting plot, a tight script, good pacing, uniformly good acting, excellent special effects, amazing sets, spectacular new worlds, and dazzling battle scenes. I really loved this movie. (more…)
Übersetzt von Deep Roots, English original here
Der neue „Star Wars“-Film ist genau das, was ich mir darunter aufgrund der Vorschauen und der Tatsache vorgestellt hatte, daß J. J. Abrams der Regisseur war, ein so vulgärer und kunstloser Filmemacher, daß er Jerry Bruckheimer wie Ingmar Bergman aussehen läßt. (more…)
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Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens
German translation here
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The new Star Wars movie is exactly what I deduced it would be from the trailers and the fact that it was directed by J. J. Abrams, a filmmaker so vulgar and artless that he makes Jerry Bruckheimer seem like Ingmar Bergman. (more…)
English original here
Wenn Science-Fiction typischerweise „progressiv“ und Fantasy-Literatur „rückwärtsgewandt“ ist, dann brauchen wir eine dritte Kategorie für die sechs Dune-Bücher von Frank Herbert (1920-1986) – gar nicht zu reden von George Lucas’ sechs Star Wars-Filmen –, die futuristische Sci-Fi-Elemente mit den archaischen Werten und magischen Welten der Fantasy verbinden.
If science fiction is quintessentially “progressive” and fantasy literature is “reactionary,” then we need a third category for the six Dune books by Frank Herbert (1920–1986)—not to mention George Lucas’ six Star Wars movies—which combine futuristic, sci-fi elements with the archaic values and magical universes of fantasy.