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Star Wars Rise Prep: Rogue One – A Star Wars Story | Built on Hope


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ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

 

Thoughts….

  • This is the darkest of the Star Wars films. It makes The Empire Strikes Back look like Attack of the Clones.  (and that is the ONLY time I will use those two films in the same sentence.
  • I am very excited for the Cassian Andor solo series coming to Disney +. What a GREAT character!
  • Felicity Jones is so terrific in this movie.
  • I love K2SO.
  • Every moment featuring Darth Vader works. Overtime.
  • I had no issue with the CGI Tarkin or the CGI Leia, but I am a forgiving type.
  • I was so surprised when I first saw the movie and thrilled again to note that A New Hope takes place immediately after this movie. That’s a clever connection – one of many in the film (though Dr. Evazan and Walrus Man were bridges too far).
  • Jimmy Smits makes it back! I had actually forgotten that… perhaps we will see him on Disney + too?
  • There is something really compelling about the grittiness of this movie.
  • Churrit and Baze are great characters… are they gay characters? That would be fine by me.
  • The scenes on Jedha before the ambush of the storm troopers by Saw Gurrera’s forces don’t make much sense. At all.

Retro-Reaction

I really, really like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Every character works and every character has a great arc. The action is pretty stunning (Churrit’s first battle on Jedha, Vader on the Tantive IV). The chemistry among the characters is wonderful. K2SO is my favorite of all the new droid creations. There is very little that detracts from this fascinating prologue to A New Hope. Perhaps one downside is that Director Krennic is such a mustache twirling adversary and Ben Mendelson is a bit wasted. Other than that, I really enjoy this movie!

The Schedule 

  • Review One: The Phantom Menace
  • Review Two: Attack of the Clones
  • Review Week Three: Revenge of the Sith
  • Review Week Four: Solo
  • Review Week Five: Rogue One
  • Review Week Six: A New Hope
  • Review Week Seven: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Review Week Eight: Return of the Jedi
  • Review Week Nine: The Force Awakens
  • Review Week Ten: The Last Jedi

May the Force Be With Us!

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The 2019 Denver Broncos Week Twelve | Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver Broncos


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LAST WEEK’S RESULT

Prediction: Denver 20 @  Buffalo 16

Actual: Denver 3 @  Buffalo 20

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BACKGROUND

It was a pretty rough game. It was a pretty rough performance. It was hard to watch.

Let the Drew Lock era begin, right?

There’s nothing left to do with this season… start the rookie and picture what might be over the course of the next five games.

KEY MATCH UP

I am having a hard time coming up with a key match up for a team going nowhere versus a team in the Los Angeles Chargers that seems to be going nowhere. Personally, the key match up is me versus the next four games. Can I keep writing this blog when the Denver Broncos only seem poised for draft position?

X-FACTOR

Obviously, Drew Lock is the X-Factor. As I write this, all signs point to him starting Sunday.

Give him a look, Denver. Give the fans a look. Give us a reason to cheer. 

Even die hard Bronco fans like me need one…

PREDICTION

Inserting the average (below average) Brandon Allen sparked the team three weeks ago. Can inserting the hope of the future (and the third starting quarterback for Denver this season) do the same? 

You know what? Why not? I’ll go with yes!

And Von Miller, though he may be a bit banged up, always rises like a River when he plays Phillip.

Let’s start December off with a W, Denver!

Los Angeles Chargers – 23

Denver Broncos – 26

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Star Wars Rise Prep: Solo – A Star Wars Story | I’ve Got a Good Feeling about This


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SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

 

Thoughts….

  • People are jerks. Did anyone “ask” for this movie? Who cares? It’s more than fine, it’s very good.
  • Alden Ehrenreich is a very good Han Solo. This is not a Harrison Ford impersonation, it’s Ehrenreich doing his own thing, and that thing works.
  • Donald Glover is a perfect Lando Calrissian and the film nails the relationship between the lovable scoundrels.
  • The first third of the movie feels a bit unfocused – perhaps due to the change in directors – but the last two thirds are terrific fun.
  • The movie is so very true to the character and the movie makes it very, very, abundantly clear that HAN. SHOT. FIRST. He always does.
  • I cannot be the only one who thinks it’s so very clever that Han Solo had a hand in starting the Rebellion, right?
  • I was shocked by the Darth Maul reveal and would love to see more of that storyline.
  • I wanted more Solo immediately after the movie ended.
  • Galaxy’s Edge – the Disney Star Wars lands – connect heavily to this movie. Maybe that bothered people, too. People! Lighten up!
  • The movie is a great addition to the Star Wars universe – certainly better, in my opinion, than The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. I think it’s as good as Revenge of the Sith.

Retro-Reaction

There is very, very little wrong with Solo: A Star Wars Story. It does have a slow start but, when it gets going, it makes the Kessel Run in less than… well, you know. The cast is having a bunch of fun and they should be. So should the audience. I really believe that the negative fanboy press coupled with the change in creative team and a reshoot of the movie that some describe as “almost total” kept the audience away. That’s a shame. If you avoided this one, do yourself a favor and see it. It’s a more than worthy installment. I would take a sequel in a heartbeat. Perhaps they can get Ehrenreich to reprise his role on Disney +. I’d sure watch!

The Schedule 

  • Review One: The Phantom Menace
  • Review Two: Attack of the Clones
  • Review Week Three: Revenge of the Sith
  • Review Week Four: Solo
  • Review Week Five: Rogue One
  • Review Week Six: A New Hope
  • Review Week Seven: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Review Week Eight: Return of the Jedi
  • Review Week Nine: The Force Awakens
  • Review Week Ten: The Last Jedi

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Star Wars Rise Prep: Revenge of the Sith| Unlimited Power!


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REVENGE OF THE SITH

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Thoughts….

  • This is the only movie that Lucas really had an idea for in the new trilogy – he has all but admitted as much. That shows. Of the prequel trilogy, it is far and away the best.
  • Jar Jar Binks DOOMED THE GALAXY. It’s true…
  • Hayden Christensen still cannot act.
  • Natalie Portman is surprisingly bland here.
  • While there is great action, there is very little emotional connection for the audience.
  • Mace Windu deserved better!
  • Seeing the Emperor revealed is a great moment.
  • Ewan McGregor is a terrific Obi Wan Kenobi and I cannot wait for his Disney + series!
  • This is the most satisfying of the prequel movies. It has a reason for being and that helps – a lot!
  • The battle on Mustafar is worth the price of multiple admissions.
  • The Tantive IV makes a wonderful appearance.
  • I would like more of Jimmy’s Smits’ Bail Organa.

Retro-Reaction

Revenge of the Sith is, really, the one we’ve been waiting for. This is the story we really wanted to see – the fall of Anakin Skywalker, the rise of Darth Vader and the Emperor and the race into seclusion for Obi Wan Kenobi. The only thing holding the movie back is George Lucas’ over indulgence in his desire to make this a movie for children. While there is no argument that Star Wars is entertainment primarily aimed at kids, Lucas embraced that idea a little too closely throughout the prequels. While that tone worked okay in The Phantom Menace and was really on display in the daffy Attack of the Clones, it is very discordant here. This is a movie of sweeping themes and terrifying murders – anything that takes away from that is unfortunate. Lucas doesn’t quite find the middle ground here, but he comes close enough for this to be the best of the prequel bunch!

The Schedule 

  • Review One: The Phantom Menace
  • Review Two: Attack of the Clones
  • Review Week Three: Revenge of the Sith
  • Review Week Four: Solo
  • Review Week Five: Rogue One
  • Review Week Six: A New Hope
  • Review Week Seven: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Review Week Eight: Return of the Jedi
  • Review Week Nine: The Force Awakens
  • Review Week Ten: The Last Jedi

May the Force Be With Us!

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