Monday, June 30, 2014

Community Season 6!

Image from Wikipedia
Community, the NBC sitcom about a bunch of people and their misadventures at Greendale Community College, has had a rocky lifetime. Each season, people were sure it would be the last.

After the (admittedly not-very-good) season 3, NBC cancelled Community...then brought it back but replaced show creator Dan Harmon with some other dudes. The result was a season that had occasional moments that would touch on the quality of the other seasons, but often felt slightly off, like reasonable quality fan-fiction, but still not the real thing.

Season 5 resulted in Donald Glover leaving (sadly), but bringing on John Oliver back in a more consistent role, and Mike from Breaking Bad--basically playing Mike, from Breaking Bad--comes on as a teacher. And season 5 is great. It's a bit of a reboot...sorta...kinda...but it's brilliant, and really echoes back to the first season.

AND THEN NBC CANCELLED IT...AGAIN!

Through some sort of bizarre legal and magical mumbo jumbo, Yahoo--y'know, that company that you used for e-mail after you left Hotmail but only until GMail came along?--has ordered a sixth season of 13 episodes. Through some seemingly Netflix-like service called Yahoo Screen? Apparently that's a thing?

Whatever.

HOOOOOORAAAAAY!

Seriously. This is great news. I don't want to examine the black magic that Harmon must have done to create this deal too closely because I'm afraid staring into the eye of the Elder Gods that Harmon made a pact with to do his bidding would devour my soul and eradicate my higher brain functions.

So. Yeah. Exciting. Coolcoolcool.

I guess everyone didn't die in a catastrophic meteor crash after all.

Netflix Rating Conundrum

This will be a post in which I way overthink a simple rating tool on a website, the sole function of which is just to help the sentient robots that turn the hamster wheels pick movies you'll enjoy more accurately.

Anyway...



So: shitty movies.

In my experience, shitty movies fall into a few categories.

There's the movies that are shitty, but you love them in spite of their flaws. These are movies that have some flaws that are pretty damning, but you can't help but love the movie anyway. Maybe it's an actor's particular performance, maybe it's something they tried to do and just didn't accomplish, or maybe it's an affinity for a particular style of story. These are the movies you love regardless.

For me, a great example of this is the bizarre movie 9--the movie about the burlap dolls, not the stripper movie. It's a movie that is narratively all over the place, with a really nonsensical script that tried to apply some logic to what was just a cool little short film originally. But it explored ideas that were pretty interesting, the actors did a great job, and I love the art style and animation.

Next there's movies that are shitty that you love because of their flaws. These are obviously the hilariously awful movies. The kind of movies MST3K was made for. Bad acting. Low budget. Bizarre script. But there's just something about them. Like Max Bialystock in The Producers, "Where did we go right?" Examples are too numerous to count, but if you enjoy these types of movies, you know them. Birdemic, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, and other gloriously stupid movies.

Finally, there's movies that are shitty, and...they're just shitty. You don't like them. You might even hate them. They're just bad movies and that's all there is to it. Maybe they're too cynical, maybe they're too commercial, maybe they're just not your cup of tea.

What does this have to do with Netflix?

Netflix rating system is an easy 5-star system. 5 stars means "loved it." 4 stars means "really liked it." 3 stars means "liked it." 2 stars means "didn't like it." And 1 star means "hated it."

So, for movies that you like or love in spite of their flaws, you rate them 4 or 5 stars.

For movies that are just bad and you don't like them or hate them, you rate them 3, 4, or 5 stars.

It's that middle category that gets tricky. If a movie is terrible, and you love it because it is just so terrible...how do you rate that?

I guess you could call this the irony-viewing problem. I'm not sure how sophisticated Netflix's algorithms are. So far, they're mostly able to predict my reactions pretty accurately, but I don't want to confuse them.

This got into my head because my wife and I were talking about Maleficent. We didn't like the movie. Like, at all. I admired some of the things it tried to do--subvert sexist fairy tale tropes and characterizations by playing with character interactions, motivations, and expectations--but it did it in a movie that was a narrative mess. For example: in a 1 hour 37 minute movie, 45-50 minutes of the movie was backstory told in an expositiony, summarizing kind of way. It wasn't until about an hour into the movie that the movie finally gets going.

We found ourselves comparing Maleficent, a multi-million dollar budgeted action movie from Disney, to the small-budgeted horror flick Twixt from Francis Ford Coppola, probably because it also stars Ella Fanning. That movie is also a train wreck. Val Kilmer sleep-walks through the starring role, Bruce Dern eats so much of the scenery he probably needed to have his stomach pumped post shoot, and the plot makes no goddamned sense. Plus, it was filled with ridiculous green-screen and CG effects that seemed to indicate that Coppola had just figured out how to use CGI and so he was shoving it into every place he could think of while he made the movie--like I did when I was a kid and figured out how to use transitions in Windows Movie Maker.

Both movies are horrible. But Maleficent was just bad. It made us angry. I felt insulted, like I had been tricked. I so badly wanted to like the movie because I could see what it was trying to do, but all I could think was "how is it possible that this movie feels so long while being so short." Meanwhile, Twixt is so off-the-rails stupid and poorly executed that my wife and I could laugh at it and enjoy it for its charming "wtf" moments.

I know it's silly to worry about this kind of thing, but I don't want Netflix thinking that I thought Twixt was a good movie. It wasn't. If I rate it 4 stars, I don't want it thinking that I thought it was a 4-star movie. I just enjoyed laughing at its awful. And I don't want Netflix to start recommending movies to me that it thinks I'll legitimately enjoy that are dogshit just because I enjoy laughing at a bad movie every now and then.

So, are you the type of person that likes to watch bad movies? Do you think I should just rate them how much I enjoyed them, or do you think I shouldn't risk screwing up the algorithm?

Clearly I'm over-thinking this.

But I can't help it. It vexes me.
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Edited to add: I feel the need to add: if you enjoyed Maleficent, I hope you don't think I'm pissing in your cheerios. I didn't particularly enjoy it, but that doesn't mean I don't think other people shouldn't. Hell, I enjoyed John Carter, and most people bashed the bejeesus out of that movie.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Comics I'm Currently Reading

It's been a while since I've written about the comics that I'm reading. From what I can tell, since my post in December counting down my favorite comics from 2013, I haven't really mentioned anything about my comic reading habits, except for a brief mention of Charles Soule's She-Hulk back when David Goyer was being a complete fuckwad.

With that in mind, I thought I'd post a little bit about what I've been reading. I picked out five comics that I'm currently reading monthly to recommend to you.

1) Captain Marvel (2014) 


Kelly Sue Deconnick managed to write one of my favorite superhero runs in one of my favorite books ever with the previous run of Captain Marvel. When Carol Danvers decided to adopt the Captain Marvel monicker and wear a new costume, it became clear that she was focusing up on the hero thing and really becoming awesome. I own all three trades of the original run (vol. 1, vol. 2, and Avengers: Enemy Within--the crossover event with her other then-running series, Avengers Assemble).

There was a loooooong time where there were no new issues, and then they said they were relaunching the book in February with a new #1. That worried me. From what I can tell, comics get relaunched when they're not selling well, and Captain Marvel deserves to sell well. Since they also cancelled Avengers Assemble, I was worried Carol Danvers would also get the ax.

While I can't say the new run is as good as the old, because I do occasionally miss the Earth-based adventures, I can say that the current run of Captain Marvel is very good. It's more space adventures, and it still has Kelly Sue Deconnick's trademark dialog. Carol is still as snarky, good-hearted, and bad ass as ever. Only now, instead of teaming up with Captain America, she's teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. The current arc isn't finished yet, but it is still very good and I strongly recommend you pick it up. Since issue 4 came out a couple of weeks ago, there's still plenty of time for you to catch up if you wish.

As always, while your local comic shop should be considered for any comic purchases, if you don't have one (or if the one in your area is run by a douchebag, like mine is), then I recommend buying from Comixology. It's owned by Amazon, which is gross, but it became a well-known app for a reason, and so far Amazon hasn't fucked it up in any major way (at least, for me).

Captain Marvel current run
Previous issues: Vol 1, Vol 2, Avengers: Enemy Within

2) Daredevil (2014)


I'm trying to put the current issue cover up for each series so you know what to look for if you want the current issue. But, honestly, I love the cover to #1. It looks so trippy and cool.

I didn't read the previous run of Daredevil. I always intended to, but I was so far behind I didn't see the point in trying to catch up, especially since I'd never read any Daredevil and had only seen the movie from way back. But when they announced that it, too, was rebooting at #1, I decided to give it a shot.

Now, full disclosure, I've only read the first two issues. I don't have quite the money at the moment to add another title to my pull-list, but this series has been so fun that I couldn't leave it off the list. Matt Murdock has left his native New York and settled down in California. The first two issues involve Matt getting used to the new environment (no tall buildings = no swinging from rooftop to rooftop), and the Daredevil is sharp, witty, and a very interesting hero.

Issue 2 introduced a villain that I found very interesting, and I can't wait to read how things pan out.

If you're interested in the original run, the first two trades have been combined into a hardcover edition. I won't like to all of them, though, because there are several trades and I don't want to sort out all the volumes.

Daredevil current run
Previous issues: Daredevil by Mark Waid vol 1

3) Ms. Marvel


Originally, Carol Danvers was Ms. Marvel, and she fought alongside the original Captain Marvel. When he died, she decided to take up his name and don a new costume. Thus was born one of my favorite superheroes out right now.

No spoilers, but at the end of the Avengers: Enemy Within story arc, the last thing you see is a young woman who is a big fan of Captain Marvel hanging a picture of her up on the wall. She then flexes, and grows ginormous muscles. This is that girl's story.

G. Willow Wilson's Ms. Marvel is a very interesting series. Particularly of note is the new Ms. Marvel (although she doesn't really adopt that name for herself for quite a while--the first few issues are definitely an origin story) is that she's a Muslim of Pakistani origin. She lives in Jersey City with her more conservative family. The first issue of this series may be my favorite comic ever. G. Willow Wilson does a fantastic job writing a relatable teenage girl trying to strike a balance between her American teen life and her home life. Unlike Peter Parker's incessant whining (I love Spider-Man, but, y'all, he's a man-child), Kamala Khan is smart, proactive, and snarky. And weaving in little touches of her family's religion and how that influences her adds to the rich depth of the story.

Seriously, this is a book that deserves a huge audience. Pick it up while there's only five issues out, okay? Do it. DO IT!

Preorder the trade: Vol 1

4) Sex Criminals


While I mostly read Marvel comics anymore (seriously, DC, you need to shape up), I do try to read a few indie titles. I read Red Sonja when I can, but as I said, I can't afford to add a new title to my pull-list, so I can only read it sporadically.

One comic that is in my pull-list is Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. This one comes with a content warning, but if you're the type of person that loves funny, irreverent comics exploring relationships, sex, and crime, this is a comic you don't want to miss.

The story starts centering around Suzie. Whenever she has an orgasm, time stops. Literally. This is very lonely, and she thinks she's the only one like this until she meets Jon. Shenanigans ensue when they decide to use this time-stopping ability to their advantage.

The comic went on hiatus a while back while Fraction and Zdarsky worked on other deadlines, but now they're back, and they're just as awesome. Issue 6 starts a new story arc, this time more from Jon's point of view, and it's a great place to jump on. Or, you could catch up and just buy all 6 issues if you have the extra dough.

One thing: I strongly suggest you pick up the individual comics just for the letters column. They are hilarious and embarrassing, and amazing.

Sex Criminals current run
Previous issues: Vol 1

5) She-Hulk (2014)


I've never read a She-Hulk comic. In fact, I didn't even know there was a She-Hulk character until I watched the Hulk animated series that ran in the late 90's.

While the Hulk is all ideal-male physical build and unbridled rage, She-Hulk is the opposite. Where the Hulk becomes stupid and beast-like, She-Hulk maintains her intelligence. While Bruce Banner can't control when he transforms and when he doesn't except very minimally, Jennifer Walters can control her transformation at will. In fact, she's so in control, and so comfortable with who she is, she spends most of her time transformed anyway.

And she's a lawyer, too. Yeah, she's a total bad-ass.

She-Hulk has always been a relatively funny series, from what I understand. This run is no different. Charles Soule write She-Hulk as a completely competent, in charge, and nuanced character. She's not extremely sexualized (well...not much...she is a gigantic, green, Amazon...), she's smart, she's dedicated to her job. And while there's definitely some exciting super-villain fights, a lot of it is also wacky law-related hi-jinks, which proves that not every superhero book HAS to be a crime-fighting, epic-fighting adventure. There's room in comics for other stories. This is a great one. And only 5 issues are out right now.

She-Hulk current run.
Preorder the trade: Vol 1

Special Mention: The Movement


The reason The Movement isn't numbered like the rest of my countdown is because DC can take a hard sit on their own nutsacks.

Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, Hal Jordan, Barry Allen, Wally West, Dick Grayson, Damien Wayne, Jason Todd, Jonah Hex, Arthur Curry, Oliver Queen, Alec Holland...what do all of these characters have in common?

They're white dudes.

And while I can name several female characters that head their own books, they are also almost entirely white.

What's more, the above mentioned people are also straight.

What I'm saying is, white, straight people--men and women--have their pick of story types and heroes.

There are an extremely limited number of heroes that are gay, or a person-of-color, or disabled. And that is a goddamned shame.

Enter The Movement, a very cool comic series that sort-of-kind-of spun off of the Batman universe. It's about a group of kids with super powers that unite together to fend off both a super powered serial killer and a corrupt police department. While that is an interesting enough premise, each kid has a unique something about them. You've got characters of varying sexualities, races, and abilities, and it's AWESOME! And just when we were finally getting to some character development and fleshing out a little of who these people are, the series got canned.

The series lasted only 12 issues because apparently DC can't let have a title featuring so many different types of people or...I don't know, maybe a giant white dudebro comes and devours the Earth while shotgunning a can of beer.

Obviously, I'm a little bitter about the series' cancellation.

All 12 issues will be out in trades eventually, but you can get them all on Comixology if you don't want to wait.

Individual issues (whole series)
Vol 1 trade (available now) & Preorder Vol 2 trade (available 12/9/14)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

3 Problems with Horror Movies

When I was a kid, I wasn’t the most discerning horror fan. I would watch whatever I could get my hands on. I was blessed with a mother that didn’t really worry about what I watched as long as I didn’t repeat or take in some of the poorer lessons you can learn from those movies.

I still love horror movies, but as I’ve gotten older, I have become more discerning in my tastes. And that means that I’ve become pickier in what I look for in movies. And horror...well...it’s let me down some.

1) Shitty Main Characters


The slasher movies are a staple of the genre. A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Scream, Sleepaway Camp, Hatchet, the list goes on. Sometimes, the killers have so much personality, or are become so legendary, they become popular with the audience. Not necessarily something to fear, but almost to root for...sorta. Or at least, someone to anticipate (see: Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees). And there’s not necessarily anything wrong with that, but I hypothesize that in order to make it easier for the audience to root for the killers, at a certain point slasher movies started filling their casts with awful, shitty people.

The characters swear, the characters have sex, the characters party and make crude observations because they’re often teenagers and teenagers can sometimes be dicks because they’re still learning how to be people. However, not every teenager is a pot-smoking, foul mouthed little troll. When every single movie is populated with assholes with little more characterization then “they’re young, they like to drink, and they like to have sex,” they seriously just grate on my nerves and make me want them to die all the sooner. It removes all of the tension from any situation where the characters are in danger because the characters suck and I don’t care about them.

Characters can and should sometimes be bad people. If your characters were perfect little people, they’d have no reason to grow and change, and they’d be as interesting as a piece of unbuttered toast. However, you have to balance that badness with something interesting about them. Walter White will probably be studied for decades for how his characterization kept him riding a increasingly narrow fence for shitty while still being likable--or at least interesting--enough to keep following.

2) Sweet Christ, the Found Footage


Let’s say you’re hanging out with your family or friends for Christmas, and you’re in charge of filming the festivities. Suddenly, a giant raging Santa Claus comes stomping into your living room and starts murdering people in front of your eyes. Do you:

A. Put the camera down and defend yourself with a sharpened candy cane like a hero,

B. Drop the camera and run out of the house screaming like a child leaving a surprise in the back of your pants as you run,

C. Don’t stop filming as if the camera is superglued to your hand and pay witness to the Christmassy demise of everyone you know like some sort of sociopathic voyeur.

The answer is, of course, anything but C. And yet that’s what you get with many found footage movies.

We’ve gotten slightly more clever with this--Grave Encounters and Chronicle get around the standard found-footage problems with clever innovations, but most are the vast majority of movies still feature morons holding onto their camera long past the moment any sane person would have let the camera go. And they’re so prominent at this point.I can’t swing an arm around without knocking over a display case full of found footage movies--although that could just be because I’m in the Walmart.

Even directors that I like and respect are making them: both Ti West and Bobcat Goldthwait have found footage movies out now.

I think my biggest problem with these movies is not that they can’t be done well, but they’re a style that is often used simply as a gimmick that’s over represented in the genre at this point. Often the format isn’t used toward any purpose, it’s just the cheapest way to film a movie. And because of the nature of the film--footage that is found--the editing can be sloppy and amateurish with the excuse that it’s just raw film, and there doesn’t have to be any resolution to the plot because the person often just dies.

Remember when movies required directors to have an eye for framing shots and editing things in a tight and clever way? I miss that.

3) Can We Please Stop with the Rape, Now? [Obvious Trigger Warning Here]

PLEASE STOP MAKING MOVIES FEATURING RAPE.

If you need to understand how to read that last sentence, imagine Michael Shannon screaming at the top of his lungs. Why?


I am by no means in favor of censorship. I don’t think that we should avoid topics just because they’re uncomfortable or taboo. However, rape is way, way, way, way, way, way, waaaaaay overused. It’s in practically every horror movie you watch. There are other motivations women can have besides having been raped, molested, or otherwise sexually harassed.

Let me give you an example: I watched (part of) a movie called Contracted recently. It was a horror movie about a woman that has sex with a guy and gets an STD, but unlike your normal STDs, this one causes her to start rotting from the inside out.

I was totally on board with the idea...until the main character got her STD. The movie starts with a guy fucking a corpse in a morgue. Then, he goes to a party where the main character is in attendance. She’s a lesbian (they really, REALLY hammer this home), and she’s having relationship troubles. At some point she gets drunk, she’s kinda-sorta-not-really flirting with the corpse fucker. Then, he takes her back to his car and forces sex on her. I know because she begs several times for him to stop, that she doesn’t want to.

That’s rape. And that’s fucked up.*

Why did she have to get raped at all? Why couldn’t she be bisexual? She’s shown as having relationship problems with her girlfriend in the film, why couldn’t she have sex with this dude in a moment of vulnerability, and then have to deal with the awkward tension of hiding both her infidelity and her strange STD from her girlfriend? They don’t treat it like a rape, they treat it like a moment of vulnerability, like she deserves this STD for sleeping around...but that’s not what happened!

These movies sometimes try to justify including rape usually by having the victim get vengeance at some point. another movie I saw recently, American Mary, did that, and I’m sure Contracted would have eventually, too. The Hills Have Eyes 2 (remake) did, as well. It’s a worthless, lazy writing technique thrown into stories to either add some edge (oh my god! I can’t believe they went there!) or to provide some sort of motivation for the character to do something (as if that’s the only way women can be motivated to do things). It’s also sometimes used as shorthand for “this guy is a bad, bad guy.” But there are more clever ways to establish someone as evil than just having him rape or otherwise sexually assault someone.

Another closely related annoyance is that of the malevolent pregnancy, which often follows a rape in horror movies. As if the rape wasn’t enough, let’s make the entirety of how we understand the character be about what’s growing in her uterus. It’s like a bizarro version of the medieval idea that women were only good for sex and having babies.

Horror isn’t a floundering genre by any means, and I’ve seen lots of movies released within the past 5 years that have done very cool, very innovative things with the genre. But if these three things could go away, it would make sifting through the crap to find the corn a little easier on me.

*Yes, corpse-rape is fucked up, but the corpses don’t really care. Live women, on the other hand...

Monday, June 16, 2014

Guns

Let's talk about guns.

I don't know why people gets so weird about them. I'm honestly at my wits end. I had dinner with a friend over the weekend where we talked about this very thing, about how bad gun violence has gotten, and how blind we seem to be to evidence-based fixes.

The thing is, America is pretty much the only developed nation that has such a high rate of gun violence. And some people say its because we share a border with Mexico, who constantly funnel in guns to criminals and drug dealers...ignoring that England also shares borders with other countries, and has successfully suppressed gun violence. Unless the argument is that Mexicans are just a violent people, which--HELLO RACISM!

I posted an Onion article on my Facebook a while back. The Onion has a way, frequently, of boiling things down to stark, funny-yet-depressing headlines. This one was no different.


The saddest thing about the above article is I had someone whom I consider to be a smart, reasonable person respond to my post and say that although the headline is supposed to be a joke, it's actually sorta-kinda true.

True? True???

It's true that there's no way to prevent this?!

I believe I've talked about Tobias Buckell's amazing post simply titled "Rice" before. It's a hard look at the myth v. the reality of guns in America and in other countries.

Just as an example, here are some statistics from links from his post:

9,470 gun homicides per year. The UK? 32. Canada? 181. Japan? Virtually 0. Germany? 277.

From: Wikipedia
From: http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/compareyears/194/number_of_gun_homicides

From: businessinsider.com
And yet there's no way to prevent this?

The thing is, and I do not actually have the data to back up this particular inference, it looks like you can chart the rise of these types of shootings with the rise of people becoming ever increasingly paranoid of government overreach.

Here's how bad it's gotten in the US:

Someone in Oklahoma has invented bulletproof blankets to protect children from gunfire and falling debris from tornado damage (it is Oklahoma afterall, the only place that makes Arkansas feel like we got lucky in the tornado placement pool).

From: bodyguardblanket.com
Even if those things did work (and the jury's still out on that), it's still a horrifying idea to consider. Apparently, we in America are so completely unable to deal with our gun problem--we are apparently so afraid of having a few of our gun rights taken away--that we are willing to let our kids and teachers deal with the technicalities of surviving a school day.

And if you think the bulletproof blanket is just some people and schools being silly, I take you, again, to my conversation with a friend on Facebook. This was before the blanket stories came to light. My friend seriously suggested that we, instead of passing stricter gun restrictions, that we teach kids how to avoid shooters. The only downside that he mentioned was that when those kids grew up, if any of them snapped, they'd know how to circumnavigate the defense measures the kids would take.

Look, I am not anti guns. I think hunting is great if that's your thing, and who doesn't want to go to a shooting range and fire off a few rounds for fun?

But, c'mon people. Look at the above picture. Those are children laying on the ground, hiding under bulletproof blankets in an attempt to survive the next time someone decides to shoot a bunch of kids at a school.

We have got to get a handle on this thing.  We just do.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day

Picture by Atzinaghy of deviantart
Today is the day we all remember the faces of our fathers. 

Thankee-sai to all the dads and people who took that role.

Happy Father's Day

Thursday, June 12, 2014

"Let it Go" as Sung by a Dude

Holy crap does this guy have skills.

If you can bear to hear "Let it Go" one more time, give this a listen.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Star Wars Thoughts

Image from Wikipedia
As news trickles out of the Abrams camp while they work on the new Star Wars movies, I can't seem to tamp down my excitement.

I'm not the biggest nerd when it comes to Star Wars. Like, I like the movies quite a lot, but I've only seen them a handful of times--most recently a few years ago when I made my wife watch the original trilogy followed by the prequel trilogy (for posterity's sake, and so she can see the horror of what the franchise became).

Recently, JJ Abrams posted a video for a Star Wars charity, but in the video, a long-necked alien comes waddling into the frame and kind of grunts at Abrams. It's not like it was an accident, but that little moment filled me with all kinds of giddiness. See, the alien was a puppet. As in, someone was operating that creature. And it looked great.

CG, no matter how good it looks, always looks slightly off. Even the best CG will look dated eventually. But a well done practical effect will always look good.

I'm of the opinion that the 90's was the greatest period in movie effects history. You could accomplish some amazing things with CG--creating certain sequences that would never have been possible before. But you also got some great practical effects mixed in. If you watch RedLetterMedia's Plinkett review of Titanic, you see there's definitely CG--they had to use CG to create some of the ocean effects and stuff. But the ship? Often a giant model. The breaking, smashing interior? Miniatures. And so on. That movie looked great because it was a blend of styles.

Contrast that with the shitty the prequels looked with their rubbery, soft, fake looking environments, and you see why I'd be so excited for the new movies.

I was saying to my wife the other day: Abrams' Star Trek movies were sort of "meh" because he didn't care about Star Trek. He openly admitted that he was never into it when he was a kid, so the movies he made were just movies to him. However, he's exactly the right guy to be handling the Star Wars franchise.

Anyway, no real point. Just things that were on my mind as I looked at the leaked pictures from the set and tried to avoid any real spoilers.

How are you feeling about the upcoming Star Wars movies?