How to Fix The Last Jedi

December 24, 2017 Rob 1

Okay, sit down, everybody. I’ve figured out how you could make a really good movie out of The Last Jedi. (Spoilers ahead.)   There are several problems with the narrative of TLJ: The entire Poe/Finn/Rose arc is pointless and, in fact, counterproductive, as it’s how TFO finds out about the real escape plan. Despite doing more damage to the Resistance than Kylo Ren, Snoke and Hux combined, Poe is never held accountable for his insubordination or general stupidity. As a […]

We need to talk about the godawful writing in Luke Cage (minor spoilers)

October 20, 2016 Rob 2

The critical consensus seems to be that Luke Cage is the superhero show we’ve all been waiting for. It’s urban, it’s gritty, it’s powerful. Unfortunately, it also has some of the worst writing I’ve seen since I accidentally watched an episode of CSI: Miami a few years ago. For the sake of those who haven’t watched the whole thing yet, I’m not going to focus too much on the weird dramatic structure, erratic pacing, lack of dramatic tension, or painful […]

Thoughts on Rey after seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens a third time

January 13, 2016 Rob 1

Spoilers ahead, obviously. Just saw SW: TFA for the third time, and I’ve been thinking about the character of Rey. There’s definitely some Rey back story we haven’t seen yet. It’s tempting to think she has some force training that’s been repressed, but I think the explanation is more subtle than that. There are a few clues to this: When Rey picks up Luke’s lightsaber, she has a vision of events, some of which have already happened, but some of which occur […]

34 completely nonsensical things in Spectre (spoilers, obviously)

November 15, 2015 Rob 0

I saw Spectre, the latest James Bond movie, last night. I was already underwhelmed walking out of the theater, and Spectre is one of those moves where the more you think about it, the less sense it makes. Here’s a chronological list of plot holes and other problems I came up with in the shower this morning. Spoilers ahead. Why did M tell Bond to kill that bad guy in the beginning? What was so important about him? He was apparently […]

Review: Iron Man 3

May 8, 2013 Rob 1

There’s a scene in Iron Man 3 where Tony stark is testing out a new super-powered suit whose pieces can fly autonomously and self-assemble. The various pieces – gauntlets, chest piece, boots, codpiece, helmet, etc. – whizz across the room and affix themselves to Stark’s body. The codpiece and helmet give him a little trouble, as you might imagine, but ultimately the pieces come together to make Stark into the Invincible Iron Man we know and love. That scene is […]