Uncle Warren ranks the Star Wars saga

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OK, so that’s that for the Skywalker Saga, or at least the final wrap on the legend of Luke, Leia and Han. Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker looks and feels like a finale for those characters, although it certainly leaves many possible other stories to tell. (I’ll have a slight spoiler at the end.)

You may have noticed I like to rank stuff. I was a sucker for the Top 40 when I was a kid, and I haven’t actually grown up, so I’m still obsessed with lists.

So naturally, as the closing credits rolled on Episode IX, I had already started thinking about how I would rank the episodes in terms of meeting, exceeding, or failing to meet expectations. The dust settled with this list – and let me add the caveat that I don’t dislike any of the films in this series. Even the bottom two, which I think are seriously flawed, were an absolute joy to watch.

Without further preamble, my favorite Star Wars movies are: Continue reading “Uncle Warren ranks the Star Wars saga”

W.B. at the Movies: The Rise of Skywalker

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The 12 Most Unfairly Maligned Movies of the 2010s,” an article by Kristina Manente at SyFy.com, has three of my favorites on the list: John Carter, Tomorrowland, and Godzilla King of the Monsters – although I hadn’t noticed the third was maligned.

“These are the films that should be shouted from the rooftops and the tallest mountains about how great they are, despite what critics or angry mobs across the internet might say,” Manente writes.

I have always been a champion for music or movies or TV shows that did not initially (or ever) get the accolades they deserved. I like to tell friends, “Hey, here’s a special something that got lost in the deluge of pop culture but you should give it a second look.” It’s always a treat to see the rest of the world (or at least a nice healthy cult) start to see what I saw. Missions accomplished on Star Trek and Firefly, for example – I’m still working (with a growing crowd) to redeem the brilliant John Carter, and it’s good to see Tomorrowland get some love.

Now: About Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Continue reading “W.B. at the Movies: The Rise of Skywalker”

This is the day

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“Good morning! Coming up in the news, things could not possibly be worse! Death! Destruction! Violence and mayhem against persons and property! Unspeakable rudeness! We’ll have a complete report. But first, here’s Todd with a look at the weather.”

“Hi folks! It’s a beautiful day outside, but don’t worry, it’s going to get worse in no time at all.”

I defy you.

I defy you all, who assail me with how the world is terrifying and awful and why we should all go back into our shells and die.

I say the world is wonderful, that is to say, full of wonder.

I say I am awful, that is to say, full of awe at the wonder everywhere.

I am so happy to be inside this vessel that can see the sky and all that surrounds me and be joyful.

The sun is shining, and I refuse to despair, for there is life, and where life is, hope is.

I rejoice that I have lived to see this day.

This is the day the Lord has made; rejoice and be glad.

Morning follows night: Light always follows, no matter how dark it was. Spring always follows winter.

Dark always follows light? Winter eventually returns?

Yep. That’s how it goes. The half-empty cup is also half-full.

Choose this day what you will see.

A dream of light in darkness

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The shortest days of the year are here. Clouds mask what sunshine might come. Darkness or grayness hovers over the land daily. Who stole the sunlight? A malaise has fallen over us, our little band of travelers.

“Oh, bother,” said the one over there, obviously fishing for someone to ask what’s wrong. When no one took the bait, she muttered, “Fine. Don’t bother.”

An undertow of resentment may have rippled through the group, but no one else spoke. Continue reading “A dream of light in darkness”

Avoiding the rage trap

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Nope, no one spoiling dogs here. Nothing to see … move along …

“People love to be enraged about something, no matter what it is.”

Those words sprang out at me in the middle of an Amazon product review, as a person defended the device’s features against what he saw as unfair trashing. So I’ve taken the comment totally out of context.

But ain’t it the truth? Continue reading “Avoiding the rage trap”

NaNoWriMo: Update 1

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Longtime readers of this blog and my other writings (all three of you) know how frustrating my journey has been for all of us. I’m the classic big-idea guy who never quite gets around to following through.

My personal frustration led me to yet another re-prioritization and a first-time resolution to complete the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge – write the first draft of a 50,000-word novel during the month of November.

After three days, I’m pleased to say I’m on track. I averaged about 1,700 words each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, just enough to reach the 1,667-per-day average output for 50,000 words in 30 days. With Chapter 1 already done before I started, I had a 3,762-word head start (although I’m therefore aiming to complete a 53,762-word novel by Nov. 30), and I start today at 9,141 and looking forward to cracking five digits. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo: Update 1”