What do you get when you package everything you loved about the original Star Wars trilogy with a new mysterious adventure? You get Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first of the new trilogy and Disney’s first production of the movie. The Force Awakens is the perfect early Christmas gift to any Star Wars fan as it stays true to what we love about the original films, while adding just enough intrigue to keep us wanting more. I don’t want to spoil the movie so I will keep this post to impressions, which is fine since this movie made quite an impression. The film begins on an action packed note that continues throughout, and any possible lulls in the film are there for story telling purposes. As a big time Star Wars fan, I welcomed the slow downs as I watched very closely for the deeper story, but the action was never too far around the next corner. The Force Awakens is a perfect example of how other franchises should model their sequels, it takes all of the spectacular elements of the prior movies and builds on them without losing touch with its roots. The Force Awakens has the ability to stand on its own as a great film without relying on the past of the franchise. The Star Wars movies are well know for throwing in surprises, and while this newest film had its share of surprises, I left the theatre with just as many questions as I had answered in the film. I definitely recommend this movie to any Star Wars fans who still haven’t seen it, and to all movie goers. It has been hours since I saw this film and I already can’t wait to see it again, hopefully the writers will be able to continue the strong storytelling in the impending sequels.
Last night, during an extremely disappointing Monday Night Football broadcast, a new trailer for the highly anticipated Star Wars movie was released. Some may think it a strange idea to tease the new Star Wars movie during a football game, but given the size of the audience, I feel this was a fantastic idea. The average Star Wars fan would have known about this trailer, but the average football fan may not be interested enough to search the web for it, so I feel the trailer was perfectly placed. The original Star Wars films were released almost 40 years ago, but they still manage to garner the same excitement today that they did years ago. When Star Wars was first introduced it was praised for being a visual masterpiece, but now, about 39 years later, many people believe the visuals in the trailer don’t seem like those of a Star Wars film. I have to admit, I loved the trailer, I even watched it several times in a row to be sure I caught every bit of the action, and I don’t see how any Star Wars fan could have been disappointed. I honestly think anyone who thought the teaser didn’t look like a Star Wars movie is nitpicking as well as working with a very small sample size. The name of this film is “The Force Awakens,” and while the trailer was short, it was skillfully crafted in a way that gave the viewer a sense of the overall theme of the movie. I am fairly certain that I have expressed my excitement for this film at least once before in this blog, and I will definitely have to write a full review once I get a chance to see it in a theatre.
The Martian was an interesting film, this movie is based on a 2011 novel, and it was pretty cool to see how quickly and effectively it has been adapted to film. While I enjoyed this movie, I felt as though a few aspects of the film were somewhat sped through. I understand that this was a long movie with a solid pace, and that a cinematic release will never be able to convey the intricacies of written literature, but I still felt like I was forced to know more than what they were telling me in the film. I love space travel, and I especially love that this movie deals with the matter of the possible colonization of Mars, but I wonder if I would have enjoyed it as much if I was ignorant to the film’s subject matter. The Martian is a good science fiction film, it packs enough suspense to keep most movie goers interested, while not over doing it in the dialogue with too much jargon. The visuals of the film, while someone plain, perfectly express the idea of total planetary isolation, and the special effects of the movie are top rate. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone looking for an interesting and thought provoking action film. If you like a somewhat mindless suspense movie that throws in a bit of science for flavor, then this is definitely the film for you.
Creativity is always a leap of faith. You’re faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage.
A blank page is one of the scariest and most powerful tools known to man. When placed in the wrong hands, a blank page can bring destruction, but in the right hands it can be turned into perfection. It is never easy to create anything, but when you fearlessly face a blank page, it can become a great ally. A blank page or an empty slate, is the highway that leads to creation, and once the mind is on the right track, great things can be made. One of the most daunting aspects of creation is having an idea that needs to be expressed, but seeing nothing more than an empty space. I find it both terrifying and exhilarating to see an empty space waiting to be filled while I have yet perfected the idea I am trying to convey. Creativity in itself is always hard, because anything created has to be consumed by others in some way, and there is never a way to gauge how others will comprehend what you have created. Anytime you face an empty space or a blank page, the easy thing to do is leave it the way it is, but when you allow your mind to work with that clean slate, you are always more satisfied with your creation than the emptiness that once existed. It is always scary to start something from nothing, but no matter the outcome, it is always much more rewarding than letting an idea stay locked away in the mind.
There has recently been much talk in the science arena about space travel beyond the moon, specifically travel to Mars. I am extremely intrigued by the notion of interplanetary travel but I am also concerned with the ability we have to safely get a human to Mars, then back home to Earth. I am confident Earthlings will have the ability to travel to mars within the next decade, but considering our lack of resources on the red planet and the planet’s size, I am skeptical of our ability to get back. I think it would be wise to build another space station, further out in the solar system, to work as a mid point and refueling station for the trip. The planet Mars is 140 million miles away from Earth in a straight line, and given the fastest speed of a manned spacecraft to date it would take about 235 days to get there. Keeping in mind variables such as planetary position and the fact that space travel has advanced well past the fastest manned ship of 1969, modern estimates read 150 – 300 days to get to Mars. Humans would literally need a truckload of supplies just to get to Mars let alone what is needed to stay and build on Mars. There is actually a project known as “Mars One” that is focused on building a settlement on Mars with everyday people. The Mars One project has been touted as a one-way ticket to mars, and participants of this mission were chosen via an online sign up and careful evaluation. I am generally concerned with this mission due to the lack of experience of the “settlers” as well as the lack of technology. I hope in time, if they plan to go through with Mars One, skilled astronauts will be used to shepherd these settlers to their new home planet. Mars travel is dream to many and while it is definitely years away, it is promising to see the brilliant minds and technology behind it. I am extremely optimistic for the future of interplanetary travel.