With Solo: A Star Wars Story hitting the DVD shelves this week I want to talk about the missed opportunities of the film. In many ways, it is amazing that Solo is as good as it is considering the trouble production history the film had. However, the film still feels safe as it ticks off all the standard tropes and key moments of Star Wars history you’d expect. I believe, with a one tiny changes, Solo could have been a much more interesting film.
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This week’s Microcosms took on a bit of a Scottish theme – by accident more than design – as the three suggested elements were Fiery Redhead, Highland Estate and Tragedy. You can insert your own joke about the last one.
Back to the writing, these three elements inspired my story Faerie Stories below and achieved the runners up spot in the weekly contest. You can check out the story below the break
Microcosms 117 took a slightly different form. Instead of the usual slot machine, we had to include a judge’s favour line from the past few months and write a story around that. I’ll explain more in the author’s notes but this style of competition doesn’t suit my writing style but I settle on the line:
#106 – Uttering a simple prayer, she scattered Gloria’s ashes on the breeze, returning her beloved friend to her native soil.
Below the line you’ll see how well I managed to include the line in my story A Simple Plan. Let me know in the comments below if you enjoyed it.
Last night was the L!! Super Bowl and the best bit about the event – for me anyway – is the glut of trailers released during the half time break. This year I wanted to highlight the five trailers I felt were the most important or interesting. They will all be posted below in a you tube format with a brief bit of discussion for each and there is only one place I can start:
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Due out in just over 3 months this is the first bit of footage we’ve seen from the troubled film and this trailer is a bit…well meh to be honest. A fuller trailer is due later today so maybe it’ll create more excitement but at the moment Solo is not looking good. I want my Star Wars films to be more than meh!
As well as seeing the popcorn pleaser Thor: Ragnarok over the weekend I also saw the much smaller UK/Poland animated movie Loving Vincent. What makes this biographical tale of Vincent Van Gogh stand out is the animation style: each frame is an oil painting on canvas like a Van Gogh painting. Don’t believe me, check out the trailer below:
As you can see the animation is definitely beautiful but is there more to the movie than pretty pictures? You’ll have to click below the break to find out
Thanks to work, I’ve only just caught up with Thor: Ragnarok – another solid seven out of ten film from Marvel Studios. One thing the film does do is highlight Marvel’s problem with comedy and how it undercuts any tension the movie may have.
I’m not saying that superhero movies shouldn’t make a single joke. In fact characters like Thor need to embrace the silliness of their premises but they need to do it in a way that still takes their stories seriously. Below the break I’ll have examples!
The only way to complete this mini Northern Lights/The Golden Compass series is to do a rewatch of the film and see if the concerns I had of the original trailer were unfounded. The short version is it is better than I remembered but does have a couple of major issues stopped it ever becoming a good film.
Beware spoilers for The Northern Lights/The Golden Compass below
The blog post ‘Northern Lights’ Trailer’ below was written just over 10 years ago on the 11th of October 2007 on my now deleted Bebo Account. When I copied this post across to my new website, of course, I forgot include a link to the actually trailer. So the trailer below is one I’ve taken off Youtube tonight but my comments could easily have described the trailer below as the original one I wrote about.
Today is the day that Philip Pullman publishes his new book La Belle Sauvage, the first volume of The Book of Dust series – a sequel series to Pullman‘s His Dark Materials trilogy.
Introducing Golden Compass Film Discussion
I’ve loved the original trilogy since my university days and I’ve talked a bit about them on previous blogs before so to celebrate the launch of the new book I’ll be re-publishing my original trailer review for The Golden Compass as a Ghost of Blogs Past. The following day I’ll publish a re-watch review of the film that refers back to the trailer review post to see if my concerns from 2007 are still true today. I’ll post both of these articles below the break once they have been published.
After a short break I’m back in the Microcosms game with my story Legacy Exhibition. The 92nd Microcosms theme was based around Mad Hatter Day (which I didn’t realise was a thing!). Using the elements of explorer, museum and memoir I wrote the story below the break. I hope you enjoy it!