1:45:01 – 2:00:00 As this chapter of the 15-Minute Force opens, Anakin and Padme are being led to giant columns in the Geonosian arena to be chained up for execution alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi. Anakin tells Obi-Wan that they transmitted his message to Coruscant (while we notice Padme removing some sort of lock-picking tool from the […]Read more "Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Eight: We Snatch Defeat From The Jaws of Victory Several Times"
1:30:01 – 1:45:00 This chapter of the movie begins with everyone’s favorite pasttime: Political maneuvering. Chancellor Palpatine is meeting with a group that includes Mace Windu, Senator Bail Organa, and Jar Jar Binks. The consensus seems to be that they are in a crisis. It’s obvious that Count Dooku and the Trade Federation, […]Read more "Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Seven: Count Dooku Makes A Few Good Points. Or, Padme Continues to Die a Little Each Day."
45:01 – 1:00:00 This 15-Minute Force installment is another quiet one. The first thirty minutes of the movie are balls-out action-packed. The thirty minutes that follow are more sedate, even leisurely, although players are moved to new locations and the plot is pushed incrementally forward. This chapter begins where the other left off, with Anakin […]Read more "Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Four: Senator Amidala is a Lightsaber-Tease"
It’s all about perspective, really. If you’ve watched Star Trek: The Motion Picture already, you’ve formed your opinion of the film. This review, penned some 38 years after I watched the movie for the first time, but only a day after I watched it last, won’t change your mind about it. But, I hope it […]Read more "Star Trek: The Motion Picture: a review"
30:01 – 45;00 The brisk opening 30 minutes of this movie have adeptly set up a central story question: Will the Republic establish an army to oppose Count Dooku’s Separatist Movement? It also gave two of our main characters—Obi-Wan Kenobi and his young Padawan Anakin Skywalker—immediate character goals. Obi-Wan will continue the investigation into the […]Read more "Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Three: Kamino Saberdart/Romantic Lake House"
00:00 – 15:00 A Star Wars movie definitely wouldn’t be the same without the 20th Century Fox fanfare and logo at the start of it. . . Then the Lucasfilm logo. . .and then. . . A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… I had been disappointed by Phantom Menace when I […]Read more "Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter One: An Assassination-Attempt Sandwich"
I have a confession to make. I still haven’t watched Batman v. Superman or Suicide Squad. I know those movies have their detractors, and everyone is entitled to their opinion, whether or not I would agree. I did see Man of Steel, and, as I recall, I kind of liked it. Not the way […]Read more "Wonder Woman: a movie review"
1:15:01 – 1:30:00 We begin where we left off. Anakin runs back to his mother, Shmi, hugs her and says, “I just can’t do it.” It would be a more effective scene if Jake Lloyd had been a better actor. Shmi tells him to be brave and not to look back. Anakin vows that he […]Read more "Star Wars:The Phantom Menace (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Six: Face Tattoos and Inconceivable Vergences"
1:00:01 – 1:15:00 Anakin starts the race already in the hole. That’s the rule for writers, isn’t it? Get your protagonist up a tree, and then throw rocks at him. We’re making things difficult for Lil’ Anakin at the beginning of the race, because there would be little tension if he led the race the […]Read more "Star Wars:The Phantom Menace (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Five: And the Winner Is…"
If you watch the movie Veronica Mars without having previously watched the three seasons of the television show, I don’t think you’ll enjoy it as much. The movie felt, to me, like another episode of the show, with all the familiar characters just a little older. Logan Echolls is the prime suspect in a murder, […]Read more "Veronica Mars: the movie"