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I love to write, and I love all things geek: movies, TV, comics, and more. Stories provide an escape from this increasingly loathsome world. In my site and my writing I try to celebrate the worlds that allow us to escape: from the shores of Middle-Earth, to atop The Wall and Castle Black, to the bridge of the USS Enterprise, and to a galaxy far, far away.

Site Note: Broken Links

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Hey, gang.  Just a quick note asking you to help me help you.  I use a lot of video in my posts.  Anyone who is familiar with YouTube knows that video links over time tend to vanish.  I have written over 3,700 posts for KT since we started back in January 2013, so I have absolutely no clue if some YouTube clip I embedded within the last five years or not is broken unless I happen to run across it (as I did today in an old post on Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) or someone tells me.  If you comment on a post, I get notified, and I do read them all.  You’d be doing me a favor by telling me if you run across a broken link, expired YouTube clip, or something that just looks weird.  I can usually fix the issue in 30 seconds, and I’d rather have everything look up to par.  You won’t be hurting my feelings if you tell me something’s gone sideways.

My Favorite Scene: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) “Rey & Kylo vs. Snoke’s Praetorian Guard”

 

Six months removed from the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans have some perspective but little direction.  For a film that did so well at the box office, it sure vanished off the cultural and geek landscape quickly.  After The Force Awakens, people were still buzzing about the film a year after its release.  Most fans I know put it behind them, or are looking to JJ Abrams to somehow make sense of Rian Johnson’s film in Episode IX.  Not even Star Wars fans seem very pumped about Solo’s release this week.  Whether you thought it was brilliant (which passes my understanding) or, like me, thought it was an incredible misstep that broke characters and plot lines irredeemably, the point of these columns is to highlight the best of a film.  Maybe the thing about The Last Jedi that most frustrating is that there is enough coolness in it to not be able to hate it straight out.  However, in every bit of greatness in the film there’s something embedded that makes nitpicking Star Wars fans (and we do love to nitpick like no others) wince. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) “Rey & Kylo vs. Snoke’s Praetorian Guard”

Mowgli Trailer #1 (2018) *Witness the Darkest Telling*

I loved Disney’s The Jungle Book.  I thought it was not only better than the animated version; I thought it was better than Kipling’s book (maybe blasphemy, but there it is).  I have wondered for a long time how Andy Serkis was going to separate his take on The Jungle Book, and with the release of the first trailer for the fall film, you can clearly see this is an entirely different take.  Mowgli appears to be well-titled, because its focus is squarely on the man-cub after he’s grown to the age where Disney’s version leaves him.  I’ve always thought the animated version’s end was ridiculous because you knew five seconds after he wandered into that village after the girl that a mob was going to chase him right back out or throw him in a cage.  That’s exactly where Andy Serkis begins this trailer.  You add to that a voice cast boasting Serkis, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris, and Cate Blanchett as well as the motion capture expertise that Serkis has been perfecting through the Planet of the Apes trilogy, and Mowgli just jumped to the top of my most anticipated films of the fall.  The film is set to open October 19, 2018, more from Coming Soon below. Continue reading Mowgli Trailer #1 (2018) *Witness the Darkest Telling*

Mile 22 Trailer #1 (2018) *Option Number Three*

An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country.  

Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg have teamed over the last few years to bring some extraordinary true-life events to the screen with Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, and Patriots Day.  Mile 22 is their first fictional collaboration, and the first trailer promises an action stuffed outing for the first weekend in August (SOMETHING IS COMING OUT IN AUGUST THIS YEAR!!!).  Mark Wahlberg is joined by The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan, Rhonda Rousey, and John Malkovich for the film.  The Wahlberg/Berg connection has been flawless so far, and I’m hoping they can do fiction as well as they’ve done reality.  Personally, I’d like to see them tackle more real tales in the future.  Their films have been fitting monuments to dark hours in recent history.  I can, however, understand after those three in a row, they could use a little fictional escape. Mile 22 opens August 2, 2018.

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