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Star Wars Rise Of Skywalker Final Trailer

“The Saga Will End”
Sure.
We’ll see.

Who is Rey?
Will Poe Dameron ever do anything remotely heroic that doesn’t get lots of people killed?
Where will emo Darth Vader or whatever his name is end up?
Is Chewie going to get a medal sometime or another?
Is the Emperor really floating around somewhere, or was Supreme Leader Snoke just a complete waste of time?
Are we going to see a big, big, gathering of force ghosts sometime or another?
Any chance of the force being balanced?

Eh, maybe I have to watch eight or nine movies before December 19.


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“Died Tragically Rescuing His Family From The Wreckage Of A Destroyed Sinking Battleship”

If you’re in the market for an epitaph to put on your grave you could do worse that this one:
“Died Tragically Rescuing His Family From the Wreckage of a Destroyed Sinking Battleship”

And if you ever think you may have failed as a father, or your father failed you, watch The Royal Tenenbaums and see how you feel after.


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Things That Freak Out My Kids

Sometimes my kids learn things about me that blow their minds.
Earlier this week it was that I haven’t seen the Willie Wonka movies.
Tonight it was that I’ve never watched The Wedding Singer.
Never.
I haven’t consciously avoided it.
Just never been in the same room when it was on.


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Gene Kelly On Rollerskates

If you didn’t know better you might think the sight of Gene Kelly on rollerskates in Xanadu was just a sad and desperate cashing in on a fad like roller-disco.
But Kelly danced in roller skates decades before in the movie It’s Always Fair Weather.
It’s not one of his better known performances.
But it is better that Xanadu.


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Building Suspense – The Birds

The Birds is both a continuation and a departure for Alfred Hitchcock.
A continuation because danger and suspense abound.
A departure because this time there is no villain to either discover or await their discovery.
The lack of motivation for the arising threat multiplies the sense of foreboding and hopelessness.
Probably not best viewed during swooping season.
Memorably, suspense is built in a schoolyard playground with the voices of children singing in the background as Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren’s first role) waits for class to finish.


The original Angry Birds movie.


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All The Time Ya Spend Trying To Get Back What’s Been Took From Ya, More Is Going Out The Door ( No Country For Old Men)

No Country For All Men is a disquieting film from the Coen Brothers that, by all accounts, is faithful to its roots in Cormac McCarthy’s novel.
Tommy Lee Jones plays Ed Tom Bell, a lawman who comes to comes to a point in life where enough is enough, but he is sticking at the point of transition.
He visits Ellis, his uncle, also a lawman, but one who was crippled in the line of duty.

Ed Tom Bell : That man that shot you died in prison.
Ellis : Angola. Yeah…
Ed Tom Bell : What you’d done he had been released?
Ellis : Oh, I dunno. Nothing. Wouldn’t be no point in it.
Ed Tom Bell : I’m kindly surprised to hear you say that.
Ellis : Well all the time ya spend trying to get back what’s been took from ya, more is going out the door. After a while you just have to try to get a tourniquet on it.

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Ellis : You can’t stop what’s comin’, it ain’t all waitin’ on you… That’s vanity.


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All The Difference In The World – Leap Of Faith

Leap Of Faith is a conflicted movie.
A cynical look at manufactured religion transforms into something else.
Crippled teenager Boyd (Lukas Haas) interacts with Jonas Nightingale (Steve Martin) when a miracle show experiences what seems to be a miracle:

Jonas:
Look, I run a show here. It’s a lot of smoke and noise and it’s strictly for the suckers. I’ve been pulling one kind of scam or another since I was your age, and if there’s one thing I know it’s how to spot the genuine article because that’s what you’ve got to watch out for. Not the cops, you can always get around the cops. But the one thing you can never, ever get around is the genuine article, and you, kid, are the genuine article.
Boyd:
Are you saying you think you’re a fake?
Jonas:
I know I’m a fake.
Boyd:
Well, what difference does it make if you get the job done?
Jonas:
Kid, it makes all the difference in the world.

One of my friends from college days and I used to wonder about working the phrase ‘aluminium siding’ into one of our sermons, but to the best of my knowledge neither of us ever did.