One of the cool things about YouTube is that you never know when a video is going to hit a nerve. I recently saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and then posted my review. The post racked up over 50,000 views and roughly 2,000 comments in one week.
Here’s the abridged version for those who are in a hurry: Director Rian Johnson has given generations of fans a giant “middle finger chin scratch.”
If you want to see male characters get emasculated in a $200 million commercial for producer Kathleen “The Force is Female” Kennedy’s political agenda, then see it soon.
If, however, you want to see a product that honor’s George Lucas’ original trilogy, then you should avoid Last Jedi at all costs.
Below are my latest YouTube uploads on the movie, although you can head on over to Conservative Book Club if you want a more traditional review.
NOTE: There are SPOILERS in all of my videos. You have been warned.
Next up is my video titled: “Last Jedi: ‘Milking’ Luke, ‘leaking’ Fozzi Finn not in trailers for a reason.
Finally we have my two-hour live-stream on “sellout critics, spin doctors and more.”
Remember: Star Wars: The Last Jedi apologists say this guy has no agenda…
Someone needs to tell Mark Hamill that the internet is forever. After news broke yesterday that FBI Director James Comey was reopening the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, “Luke Skywalker” tried to play a Jedi Mind Trick with his 1.87 million followers.
“Don’t panic- VOTE!” he wrote, as if that was actually an appropriate response to the news.
Here is an embarrassing truth: Mr. Hamill wants Americans to vote early for a woman who is under an active FBI investigation. Does that sound like something a Jedi wold do? Tsk, tsk.
When principled men and women started pointing out the absurdity of Mr. Hamill’s advice, before long the tweet was deleted.
The problem for Mark is this — guys like me will go deep into the Memory Hole with a digital spelunking helmet on and pull that sucker out — no matter how long it takes.
Mark Hamill knew that it looked really bad to tell people to ignore the implications of voting for someone who could be indicted by the FBI, so he deleted the evidence. He doesn’t ever want to come across like a blind ideologue, because once that happens he begins to lose influence. He needs you to believe that he is just a “swell” guy like you — when the truth is far different.
Here is a truth bomb for Mark Hamill: He is the type of partisan hack who dehumanized Mitt Romney in 2012 and now wonders why Donald Trump is popular with millions of voters.
Here is what “Luke” said in July 2012:
“You look at Romney and I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but he’s like The Thing. He only imitates human behavior; he’s not actually human himself. Do you know he had lemonade on the campaign trail and he said ‘Lemon … wet … good.’ Gwwaaaahaha!”
When even decent candidates are dehumanized and mocked by cultural influencers, it is only a matter of time before a man like Donald Trump is embraced.
- Mitt Romney was tarred as the Batman villain “Bane” for his work at Bain Capital.
- Mitt Romney was framed as a guy who didn’t care if women got cancer and an architect of the so-called “war on women.”
- Mitt Romney’s running mate — another good man — was portrayed as someone who would literally push his own grandmother over a cliff.
Guys like Mark Hamill treat morally upstanding men like punching bags, but Donald Trump is not a punching bag. He is a lot of things that I do not agree with … but he is certainly not a pushover. And instead of admitting the role that he played in bringing about our current political and cultural wasteland, Mr. Hamill tells his Twitter followers to vote — as soon as possible — for a woman with a perpetual cloud of corruption over her head.
Mark Hamill may play a Jedi on the big screen, but in reality he is filled with hate and anger. When it becomes obvious for all the world to see, he tries to cover it up with the ‘delete’ button.
Unfortunately for Mark, the internet is forever.
Anyone who ran relay races on the high-school track team knows the importance of smoothly passing the baton during transitions. It is now safe to say that J.J. Abrams “coached” his team well — the “blaster” was seamlessly passed from one generation to the next.
Director J.J. Abrams created a Star Wars movie with heart and soul. He created a Star Wars movie that fans can embrace. He created a Star Wars movie that fans do not need to make excuses for, which is a nice way of saying The Force Awakens will open more eyes to the horridness of George Lucas’ prequels.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens begins, as usual, with its iconic scrawl across the screen. The announcement: Luke Skywalker has vanished. Within minutes the action starts and fans are introduced to the droid BB-8, ace-pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac), the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and the soon-to-be ex-stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega).
Poe gives sensitive information to BB-8 and instructs him to flee as Kylo’s Ren’s forces close in — reminiscent of R2D2’s mission in Star Wars: A New Hope. From there we meet “scavenger” Rey (Daisy Ridley), and the mystery unfolds. Everyone is looking for Luke, and the fate of entire star-systems will be determined by who retrieves BB-8’s data first.
One of the most welcome surprises of The Force Awakens is Han Solo’s role, played admirably by a grizzled Harrison Ford. Solo and General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) could have been given throwaway cameos, but Abrams chose instead to make them extremely relevant to plot.
There isn’t too much more one can disclose without getting into spoiler territory, other than to say Abrams made a movie with a little something for everyone — but he did it well. He was asked to juggle the Star Wars universe for everyone’s amusement, and he didn’t drop a single ball.
In some slightly sad but wonderful way, Abrams is now a better “George Lucas” than George Lucas.
Perhaps the only two criticisms The Force Awakens may be susceptible to are: 1.) Many of the situations these characters must overcome are rewrapped versions of events from the original trilogy, and 2.) Certain scenes seem a bit rushed. I, however, am inclined to dismiss the first critique since history does repeat itself and, more importantly, Abrams’ script and direction were superb.
The second observation has merit, but it does not change the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a legitimate return to form after the embarrassments that were Episodes I-III.
If you haven’t seen J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, then I would suggest doing so sooner rather than later. There is one major spoiler that will not remain a secret for much longer, and it’s better to go into the theater without that knowledge.
Editors Note: I refrained from including spoilers in the review, but the comments section are fair game. Do not read the comments section if you want to avoid spoilers.
The new trailer for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens’ was released on Monday night — and it delivered. Unfortunately, JJ Abrams’ political activism also has awakened the kind of Grade-A trolling one can only find via Twitter.
Harrison Ford’s narration for the new trailer is incredibly interesting when it is juxtaposed with his thoughts on The Force in ‘Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.’
A young Solo once said:
Luke Skywalker: You don’t believe in the Force, do you?
Han Solo: Kid, I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other, and I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen *anything* to make me believe that there’s one all-powerful Force controlling everything. ‘Cause no mystical energy field controls *my* destiny. It’s all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.
Now, after years of experience, Solo sounds like a former atheist who has experienced the metaphysical first-hand.
Han Solo: It’s true. All of it. The Dark Side. The Jedi. They’re real.
‘The Force Awakens’ looks like it will have something for everyone. If successful, it will be a beautiful bridge between generations of fans.
The only possible obstacle to enjoyment could be Abrams’ penchant for political activism, which helped inspire the #BoycottStarWarsVII hashtag Monday night. The top-trending hashtag included the following tweet from an account identified as End Cultural Marxism:
“#BoycottStarWarsVII because it is anti-white propaganda promoting #whitegenocide. A friend in L.A. said #StarWarsVII is basically ‘[Black Lives Matter activist Deray Mckesson] in Space.’ Jewish activist JJ Abrams is an anti-white nut.”
While it sounds far-fetched for ‘The Force Awakens’ to be “anti-white,” it is not hard to believe Abrams would allow politics into his films — because he has done it before.
‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ courted controversy when its writers and star actor Benedict Cumberbatch explicitly said it was social commentary on the Bush administration’s foreign policy.
It was also just over one week ago that Abrams helped raise $750,000 for the Democratic Party at his Pacific Palisades, California, home.
Deadline Hollywood reported Oct. 10:
After a praise-heavy intro by the Star Wars director, Obama spent about an hour and 15 minutes “passionately” talking to around 20 guests about issues such as gun control, prison reform, voter turnout and the economy, according to one source. The event was estimated to have raised over $750,000 for Democratic Party war chest, say insiders.
In town for the afternoon, Obama was speaking in the living room of the Pacific Palisades home of Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath at a $33,400-a-ticket roundtable. The event at the Star Wars director and longtime supporter’s pad to raise cash for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was the first of three fundraisers POTUS will hit while in Los Angeles for less than 7-hours today.
It is highly unlikely Disney would allow its first ‘Star Wars’ movie to get too heavy-handed with politics, but it is not unreasonable to believe Abrams would stitch his own activist politics into the finished product.
My prediction: ‘The Force Awakens‘ will be a fun movie that people of all ages and ethnicities can enjoy, even if there are subtle instances where JJ “I -hold-huge-Hollywood-fundraisers-for-Democrats” Abrams tries to sneak his own brand of activism into the finished product. That is par for the course in Hollywood. The key thing is to simply be aware of it when it happens.
Mark Hamill’s BMI suggests he hasn’t been training in the Dagobah system anytime within the past decade, but that’s no excuse for why he couldn’t answer a simple question at at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. A reporter asked “If you can pick one of your characters or one of Stan Lee’s characters, who would you dress up as?” Everyone’s favorite Skywalker used it as a springboard for a weird Occupy Wall Street-tinged attack on Gov. Mitt Romney.
“When I was a kid one of the great shows I used to watch was Disney’s Zorro. And I knew nothing about Mexican history, but just the idea of a privileged person fighting for the underdog — there is something very romantic about that. I guess it goes back to Robin Hood, people who are fighting for the middle class, the have-nots. It’s something that we even see playing out in the presidential race. And if you don’t vote for Barack Obama you’re insane, because without him I think the middle class will completely disappear. And you look at Romney and I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but he’s like The Thing. He only imitates human behavior; he’s not actually human himself. Do you know he had lemonade on the campaign trail and he said ‘Lemon … wet … good.’ Gwwaaaahaha!”
Given a softball question on superheroes, Hamill instead chose to personally attack Mitt Romney in a way that dehumanized the man. (Try that same tactic on President Obama and watch how fast you’re labeled a racist.) On top of that, he suggests that if you disagree with Barack Obama’s policies that you are, in fact, “insane.”
Why would a Hollywood actor do such a thing when he was completely unprovoked? The answer: He’s scared. There really is no other reason why someone would take an innocuous question that has nothing to do with politics and use it as an opportunity to let loose with ad hominem attacks and political screeds.
Mark Hamill should have remembered Yoda’s advice: “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” He didn’t, and the result was that he came across as the strange guy who is so obsessed with politics that he has to inject it into neutral environments and sour everyone’s mood.
Regardless, since Mark wanted to talk about Robin Hood and how “romantic” it is to steal from people, let’s look at IRS data, shall we?
It looks like Mark Hamill’s definition of “the rich” includes a lot more people than, say, liberal billionaire George Lucas. The top 10% of wage earners paid 71% of all federal income taxes, and the top 25% of wage earners paid 88% of federal income taxes. Any way you slice it (even with a lightsaber), the “wealthy” and the middle class are paying more than their fair share. But again, according to Mark Hamill, you must be “insane” if these stats — which come from the Internal Revenue Service — bother you.
Interestingly enough, the last question Comic-Con’s red carpet reporter asked Mr. Hamill was, “What’s it like to kind of be a God when you walk into a place like this?” Instead of saying, “I’m not a God and I shouldn’t be treated as one,” Hamill embraced the reporter’s premise and answered with a smile. Fitting, since it’s obvious that the actor imagines himself as a philosopher king straight from Plato’s Republic and he sees Barack Obama as our saving Sovereign from Hobbes’ Leviathan.
Mark Hamill has spent much of his life living in the world of science fiction and “romantic” tales. Those of us in the real world have to deal with the consequences of a confiscatory federal government that resembles the sarlacc pit monster. It’s not fun. Luckily, these days we usually only have to listen to guys like Hamill when he makes the rounds at comic book conventions.