Star Wars Episode 7 woke up a lot of thing in me. Memories of a simpler time, when a good story was a good story and the CGI effects were just additional effects. When ensemble casts were good from all actors speaking even the slightest word. When you could actually feel and sigh and feel sad and happy together even though you were strangers sitting in a dark movie hall.
Of course it awakens the Force, and of course the Box Office is on Fire.
While going out to the toilet in the intermission, I almost thought of using the force to guide you know. I bet no one reads this shit.
George Lucas is thankfully given reins to JJ Abrams. JJ Abrams now has the keys to entire geek kingdowm by directing BOTH Star Trek and Star Wars. The new Jedis are good, and the new Rebels are cool. The bad guys, well, there is no Darth, just a professor Snape look alike. The new robots are good. Where the hell is Luke, well we wonder? The ending left us strangely satisfied and impatient at the same time.
Two more years to watch the next Star Wars movie. Damn. I couldnt wait to get out and use the Force to write this review and chat up my buddies.
I love Mr Tom Cruise sense of humour. Shall we just call it his chutzpah. From the heavy Ving Rhames trying to catch the British rose in the wind, to the very dry raspy voice of the superb villian (perhaps the best) and Benji / Scotty doing one turn. One is only disappointed by the Hurt Locker /Avenger Guy/ Brett Ranner. I mean seriously dude, didnt you hear what they talked about you in Birdman.
And the scenes are lovely. But I wish John Woo directed this one too. Writing was much better this time.
Alec Baldwin reminds us why we love twinkling Irish eyes in our actors.
Go see this one people.
Hackeristan is the new rogue nation and when hackers unite despotic governments shall tremble.
The Seventh Movie in a franchise and yet it scores high in ooh aah moments of car chases, crashes, stunts and surprisingly even the emotional content and appeal. This one is a true send off for the beloved Paul Walker with Vin Diesel, Rocky, Jason Statham, and pals making this the start of a hot hot summer movie season. Oh yeah and watch how they top the MI4/Tom Cruise stunt in Burz Khalifa and how O Conner gets the best send off in a movie since the Joker ended with an Oscar.
Clint Eastwood is a director I enjoyed as much as I did his acting chutzpah in his younger days. Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino and Unforgiven are some of his best works. Mildly disappointing is his treatment of the rather incredible story of an ordinary human being caught up in extra ordinary events to become one of the most celebrated solders of one of the most celebrated special forces teams of the planet. Ironically what is jarring is not the violence and the killing but the transition from war time to peace time. The drums beating in the background of the killing scenes, Bradley Cooper’s over reliance on his eyes while mangling his otherwise perfect method acting routine- all take away points from the fact that Chris Kyle was both a great human and a great soldier. Some of the scenes seem quite implausible, but war is as implausible to us sitting in the arm chair as peace is to savages. Watch it for how horrible war is, without the expectations ofa genius. Keep your expectations low and this is a still a really good movie.
My second book – R for Cloud Computing : An Approach for Data Scientists is now ready for sale ( ebook). Softcover should be available within a month. Some of you have already booked an online review copy. It has taken me 2 years to write this book, and as always I accept all feedback on how to be a better writer.
I would like to especially thank Hannah Bracken of Springer Publishing for this.
and I dedicate this book to my 7 year son Kush.
“Everything that is good in me, come from your love, Kush“
The great thing about the movie is the story and the cast. The worst thing is you still end up cheering for Peter Dinklage. Wolverine is grayer ( which is surprising since he did not age right) and both Patrick Stewart and Gandalf the Grey look a wee bit subdued. The younger Magneto and Xavier though end up owning the show. The actor playing Nixon looked plastic. How did a guy with a nose like that ever get elected?
Fun time- awesome plot- Bryan Singer returns to prime form. Alas, this may be one over milked franchise if they decide to sequel it. This is the perfect ending!