The Mandalorian – The Siege

by Alan Rapp on November 23, 2020

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  • Title: The Mandalorian – The Siege (Chapter 12)
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The Mandalorian - The Siege television review

The Mandalorian takes a detour on the search for Jedi as the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) returns to Nevarro for some much needed repairs to the Razor Crest (which take place off-camera in record time which allows for the fully-repaired ship to fly in and help save the day in an unlikely sequence that concludes events). While there, our bounty hunter helps Karga (Carl Weathers, who also directed the episode) and Dune (Gina Carano) with the destruction of the last Imperial base on the planet still in control by the remnants of the Empire. Although they believe it to be little more than an outpost, the facility hold secrets of Imperial medical experiments which tie back, somehow, to Gideon‘s (Giancarlo Esposito) interest in Baby Yoda.

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Like Stories of Old examines how Star Wars changed and what this means for the franchise’s future.

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The Last Vermeer

by Alan Rapp on November 20, 2020

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  • Title: The Last Vermeer
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The Last Vermeer movie reviewBased on true events, and adapted from 2008’s The Man Who Made Vermeers by Jonathan Lopez, The Last Vermeer is set in 1945 and centers around Captain Joseph Piller (Claes Bang) of the Allied Forces charged with returning art stolen by the Nazis to its rightful owners. Piller’s latest investigation is of art seller Han van Meegeren (Guy Pearce) who is a suspected Nazi collaborator after tracing a sale of one of Johannes Vermeer‘s paintings back to van Meegeren. Over the course of his investigation, and during van Meegeren’s trial, Piller becomes aware of facts which lead him to doubt the suspect’s guilt.

The film’s biggest problem is how the screenplay by James McGee, Mark Fergus, and Hawk Ostby is framed. We’re given the wrong leading man. As a main character, Pillar is your typical bland police officer. The script isn’t helped by subplots spending time delving into his troubled marriage and his feelings for his assistant leading in large part to the melodramatic air of the tale. The trial’s inevitable big reveal, which takes an amazing amount of Hollywood liberties to show off facts the audience has known for an hour or more, is laughably over-the-top.

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Anna Akana – pink

by Alan Rapp on November 18, 2020

in Music News & Reviews

Here’s Anna Akana with the official video for “pink.”

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The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special

by Alan Rapp on November 18, 2020

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  • Title: The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special
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The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special TV review

The first official Star Wars Holiday Special in more than four decades offers a time travel tale on Life Day allowing Rey (Helen Sadler) and BB-8 to jump through time and land up in various iconic moments throughout the films. Far less atrocious than the infamous 1978 special, the LEGO-inspired new one never-the-less honors what has come before with its Life Day themes and cameos from as many iconic characters as possible. Taking place after the events of The Rise of Skywalker, Rey’s struggles to teach Finn the ways of the Force lead her away from her friends on the festive holiday to a Jedi Temple where a crystal allows her to journey to the past and see glimpses of other Jedi and their apprentices.

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