Our strictly controlled airspace will soon become a society in the sky. Much like Star Wars, there is already a battle between the good and the evil, as the feds and the states try to police and regulate drones.
I just watched Stars Wars and I am so proud of Disney for creating the first true Warrior Princess.
One would say "It's not possible to sneak in any more huge-budget films in one year." 2016 laughs. We haven't yet realized how crowded with blockbusters the next year is going to be.
The box office news just keeps on comin'. Having already passed $1 billion in ticket sales faster than any movie in history, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to overtake Avatar as the highest grossing film of all time within days.
She is brave, skilled, resourceful, determined. She has a past that is not spelled out for us but rather is left as a tantalizing mystery. She is no one's love interest, and is not defined by her relationships with or unrequited longings for any particular man. And she kicks tremendous ass.
On Christmas morning, millions of children woke up early to see what was under the Christmas tree (no doubt, merchandise from a certain movie set "a long time ago" was well-represented). But millions more woke up to a very different reality filled with fear, instability and misery in parts of the world where conflict, civil war, and massive refugee displacements rage. And that's to say nothing of the xenophobia, scapegoating and ugliness that have taken hold of our political culture here at home. No matter what tradition we come from, as we enjoy the last moments of the holiday season with our loved ones, let's remember those around the world for whom Peace on Earth isn't just a holiday greeting, but a dream that is tragically out of reach.
There are times when Abrams leans too heavily on the in-jokes and those nostalgic inversions -- the reintroductions of the original trilogy characters are especially awkward. But when the film focuses on its new characters, as it does more confidently in its latter half the more it becomes its own thing.
This week presented a unique opportunity to test consumer and voter engagement around the marketing of a major movie, "The Force Awakens", and the race for President. We commissioned a national survey to research the intersection between pop culture and politics. This survey was not only fun, but insightful. Below are the findings:
So here are my tips for making your resolutions this year.
A submyth looks and acts like a myth and borrows stirring mythic themes and characters, but it lacks the transformative total involvement of authentic, living myth. However much it moves us, we leave its presence as spectators, knowing it to be fiction.
It doesn't matter how old you are, who doesn't love getting a stocking filled with little presents? These are sure to please, so don't stop at just one gift -- grab a stocking and fill it up!
Like the turning of the year, the return to Star Wars brings memories of past rituals (previous screenings; the much-maligned "Star Wars Christmas Special;" that plush Ewok you got that one year). It simultaneously gives us hope that, in each new trip to the theater, the bright light of the opening crawl will renew us again. It can make us what we think we were but have never really been.
You know who you are and you know what I mean. You hear someone say "Everyone should have their rights" or you read a sentence like that and you feel tormented. You simmer. Then you explode. You call down the wrath of the grammar gods on the offenders.
While most would agree that Ren could never fill Darth Vader's black boots, he seems to be a suitable successor for this and subsequent sequels. But although Kylo Ren is a great new heir to the dark side, I do have some critiques about his characterization (or lack thereof).
Let your 2016 be a good one. And may the force (self control, of course) be with you!
Logical inconsistencies in films can be produced by in-film data-dumps, characters' behaviors and personalities, the trajectory of longer plot arcs. And of course logical inconsistencies can plague sci-fi films as easily as any other genre