Wednesday, December 16, 2015

What I Want From The New Star Wars Movie:

From all appearances, J.J. Abrams has done good work with his new Star Wars sequel. I'm excited to see John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong'o and Adam Driver heading this cast, which will push the saga forward. (I'm talking about diversity, y'all.) All the new additions and directions the series looks to be taking seem OK by me, but here's a list of elements I'm also interested in seeing in a Star Wars movie, some of which are commonly found in the previous installments, some... maybe not.
  • Heroes from humble beginnings
  • Monstrous villains who represent corruption and repression of the people
  • The fate of the galaxy at stake
  • Strange, exotic locales, usually in the form of planets with a single defining characteristic
  • Daring escapes
  • People being shot at but never hit
  • Crazy looking creatures in busy social meeting places
  • A musical number
  • Weapons of mass destruction
  • Space dogfights
  • Rad lightsaber battles, but ones that look like they are occurring in a place with gravity
  • People concocting flimsy lies to get themselves out of tough situations
  • Confrontation with, and defeat of, the conflict within, between right and wrong
  • Impractical, but cool-looking industrial structures, catwalks and balconies
  • Funny, charming droids
  • Bickering
  • A good Sand-Person
  • Last-minute rescues
  • People using the Force but not talking too much about how it works
  • Vague allusions to things that have happened in the past that the audience doesn't have any clue about, but sounds cool
  • Ewoks... like a bunch of them all over the place. Preferably one as a tertiary protagonist.
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Friday, January 16, 2015

That Song Belongs To Me: 2014 in Music

The 16th of the January is, by some reckonings, too late to bother spending time reflecting on the previous year, but this blog has never been all that concerned with timeliness anyway. I also, famously (as famous as I can be to the three regular readers I have) am not a huge fan of regular year-end lists: while they can be useful, I certainly didn't listen to enough music myself throughout the year to form any kind of authoritative list. I listened to a lot of good music - some of which was from this year - but the year ended early for me on that score.

Back in July, I found out the store where I'd worked for nearly 5 years was closing by the end of September. I wasn't devastated exactly, but it meant an upheaval. There were times over the course of the next three months that I felt broken and lost, confused how to proceed. It wasn't just that I was losing income (I was fairly sure I could find a way to make money) it was that I was losing something that provided a lot of stability in my daily routine. Something that, in a way, had defined me since the middle of my undergrad years.