Saturday, January 23, 2016

Why "The Force Awakens" is the WORST Star Wars Movie Ever

This guy made me laugh out loud.  Where I differ is that I think The Force Awakens introduces us to new characters that we care about, and I think that was the point of the movie.

I think that repeating elements from the previous movies
 just the backdrop for the new story elements that were introduced.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Force Awakens

Since I agree with almost all of the comments, I am going to provide a couple of links to videos criticizing Star Wars The Force Awakens. However, I still think that the movie is entertaining. I think that the three central characters Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren are characters that we get emotionally invested in, and I think that Kylo Ren is a brilliant alternate view of evil.

Yes, there are major elements copied from Episode IV, but this is just the backdrop to introduce the new characters. The plot is not the point, but the characters are. One gets the sense that the real story is in the next movie, especially since the ending leaves us hanging.

I also see great potential for the next movie to fill in the missing details that felt like plot holes in this film.

Star Wars The Force Awakens has a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

My original review is here.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Big Short

The Big Short is a sharply acted, informative and entertaining movie about the events that lead up to the 2008 financial crisis.  Frequently the movie breaks the 4th wall while using humorous sequences to teach the audience about complex financial matters.  There is nothing better to catch our attention than a pretty lady in a bubble bath explaining how financial instruments work.

So what is there not to like?  What seems like an informative docudrama, and a clear cut indictment of corporate and personal greed, fails to tell the most important part of the story.  People who watch this move will think that they understand what happened, but they will be sadly misinformed.  Instead this movie has a political agenda that only presents one side.

Like the article "‘The Big Short’ is a lot of Hollywood bull about the 2008 financial crisis" points out, government policies were driving the housing bubble that lead to the decline of the world economy.

Let me put this another way:  If you are a bank, and you are lending your own money, then you are going be very careful about who you lend the money to, because if the loans you make go bad, then your bank loses money.  The same can be said about lending your depositor's money, because if you lose money on loans then you aren't going to be in the banking business very long.  But if Government Sponsored Entities are buying all your loans at a profit to you, then there is no risk to you and the only incentive you have is to make as many loans as possible.  Likewise, when the government actually requires you to make loans to people who aren't otherwise creditworthy, then there is going to be a higher rate of loans going bad.  When the Government Sponsored Entities take the bad loans and sell them to investors everywhere as presumably safe investments, then we have a recipe for disaster, which is why the whole financial system collapsed.

Yet this movie never mentions the government being involved.  So the movie is a one sided political message that happens to be somewhat informative, but also very entertaining.  The film is getting a great deal of praise and has been nominated for Best Picture.

Rating:  * * * .5