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An interesting viewpoint. We need to start reading between the lines.

Due to a clerical error in the temporal department, 2017 will not be starting as planned.
Instead, 2016 will be repeated.
We apologize for any inconvenience and the emotional carnage.


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The Force will be with you forever.

#StarWars #CarrieFisher #RIPCarrieFisher
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Spoiler-free impressions of Rogue One.

First a bit of advice. Have the original Star Wars movie queued up and ready to play for AFTER watching Rogue One. Trust me, it is the right thing to do. From the initial crawl of text to the moment C-3PO and R2-D2 land on Tatooine, it will make everything good and geeky.

Now, this isn’t a review since that would require spoilers, so this is impressions only.

First, I didn’t have the highest expectations for this movie. I thought it would cut too close to the beloved original trilogy and the audience would “rebel” against anything messing with the first Star Wars movie. So that leads to the next piece of advice and that is to remember that it is a side story. Not a saga movie. It most definitely connects to the saga, but these are side characters in their own storyline. So don’t expect it to feel the same. Judge it as an independent movie.

The good.
It was great action and truly funny lines. A new favourite robot. One of the most skillful thing accomplished in this movie was referencing other Star Wars events and characters without being banged over the head by it. Most of these moments just fit naturally with only a couple of exceptions.

The potentially negative.
The biggest one is the music. This is the first Star Wars movie not scored by John Williams. Nothing against Michael Giacchino. It is good and I really like his music but Star Wars with Williams makes this movie feel more like a distant cousin of Star Wars saga movies. However, it does help identify this movie as a side move.
Not much character development but I don’t think that is a big issue here. It feels like a war movie. Never big on back story, just enough to understand these characters enough to care about them and find them interesting. Along with character development, there is some questionable use of CGI for characters. For some people, this is a major gripe, others feel it was done amazingly well. I overall liked it but it still kicked me out of the suspension of disbelief but just a little.

Overall,it is a damn great movie. Despite, the fact that we have all seen the movies that are chronologically before and after this movie, I was still got wrapped up in it. Better than The Force Awakens since the creative team made braver decisions to try something new and still be fun and bring us more into the Star Wars universe.

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Grew up with his music via my parents but this was the first Leonard Cohen​ song and album that really grabbed me.

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