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…
A friend of mine used to call me “Daring Doug” when I was a kid because I was willing to do all sorts of crazy stuff in the neighborhood. That fun element of my past has morphed into a new segment on the YouTube channel called “Subs Dare Doug.” In short, my subscribers dare me to answer questions on all sorts of subjects, and then I answer in a future broadcast.
Today’s “Subs Dare Doug” is focused on Dr. Jordan Peterson, Star Wars: Episode VII, politics at Marvel Comics, a comic recommendation, and progressive activists.
If this is something you’d like to take part in, then just head on over to the YouTube channel on any day and ask in the following format: SubsDareDoug: [Insert question here].
I can’t promise I’ll answer everyone’s question, but I’ll try my best.
It’s hard not to feel bad for Gareth Edwards, director of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The guy was asked to direct a stand-alone Star Wars film that felt new and fresh while simultaneously resonating with fans who watched Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. He also had to direct a film that would satisfy the moviegoers who grew up with Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. The creative gaps he had to bridge with this project were near impossible to close, but yet he somehow managed to make it all work.
Is Rogue One a perfect movie? No. It certainly has its flaws. Most notably is the skimpy backstory for every major character, from Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), to Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) and Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen). The Star Wars franchise is enough of a cultural juggernaut that millions of people are already emotionally invested in this story (i.e., Who captured the Death Star plans from the Empire and how did they pull it off?), but the screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy was too lean. But I digress.
Here is what you need to know for Rogue One:
- Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), and Imperial scientist, is forced at gunpoint to leave his family and work on the Death Star. His wife is killed, but his daughter escapes to a hideaway and is saved by Saw Gerrera.
- The Rebellion has many factions, often working at odds with one another. Rebel Jyn Erso is captured early on in the movie but is rescued by Cassian and his repurposed Imperial droid K-2SO (Alan Tudyk).
- Cassian has been a part of the Rebellion since he was six years old and has had to make some tough (deadly) decisions working in the world of espionage.
- It is revealed in a smuggled hologram to Saw that Galen has secretly engineered a kill switch into the Death Star. If the Rebel Alliance can get the plans, then there is chance they can end the threat to the galaxy.
- The Rebellion plans to use Jyn as a way of working with her old guardian, Saw, who is seen as an extremist. Elements of the Rebellion do not plan on working with Galen once he is found. Instead, they plan to kill him.
- A series of events convinces Cassian that Galen truly was a good man trying to do his best in a horrible situation, and before long he, Jyn, and a motley crew go “rogue” to capture the plans to the Death Star. Initially reluctant bureaucrats within the Rebellion come to their aid when the crew of Rogue One put boots on the ground in enemy territory.
- The movie ends right where Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope picks up.
In short, if you want to see a good Star Wars movie that emphasizes the “war” aspect of the franchise, then you should see Rogue One. It has a scene with Darth Vader that is worth the price of admission alone, solid space battles, and plenty of The Force courtesy of Donnie Yen’s character. If you don’t overthink the movie, then you should have a good time in the theater with friends and family.
Editor’s Note: Feel free to head on over to The Conservative Book Club to check out the review I did for them.
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.
The new Rogue One trailer came out this morning, which means the “social justice” force field to protect lead actor Felicity Jones was immediately deployed. The way the internet works is that as long as two anonymous people say something then a story can be written about “some men” — or just “men” if editors are particularly angry.
Here is the thing about the Rogue One trailer: It looks interesting. Is there any Star Wars fan out there who wouldn’t want to see how the Rebel Alliance managed to steal plans for the Death Star? Of course not.
Added bonuses: Donnie Yen and Forest Whitaker have roles, the movie has a gritty look, and it opens up new possibilities for the Star Wars universe.
With that said, it is also a natural reaction for men to raise an eyebrow when Jones’ character, Jyn Erso, beats up stormtroopers as if drunk octogenarians are wearing the armor.
Are there tough women out there? Sure. Can female leads be convincing action stars? Of course. That is one of the many reasons why I gave Star Wars: The Force Awakens rave reviews.
In general, however, a 120-pound woman is not going to stand a chance against a 200-pound man in a street brawl — let alone a group of 200-pound men.
Sorry. It’s just not happening. To get upset at men who point that out after viewing a movie trailer is absurd.
Regardless, at the end of the day, Rogue One looks intriguing. If the movie does well, then the only thing Disney will have to worry about will be over-saturating the market with Star Wars flicks. That is a good problem to have.
Remember: Even a person who enjoys chocolate cake will turn it down if you give them too much.
Let me know what you think of the Rogue One trailer in the comments section below.
Should Felicity Jones be the main character? Will she nail the role, or will she be choke like Admiral Motti before Lord Vader?
It was only a matter of time before George Lucas allowed the anger and jealously of J.J. Abrams’ extremely-awesome take on Star Wars to burst forth for all the world to see. That moment came when Lucas, who was paid $4 billion dollars by Disney, called the company a bunch of “white slavers.”
Variety reported Wednesday:
Lucas, who has always been protective of his series and even refers to them as his “kids,” hasn’t been looking back well on the deal with Disney (via Collider).
“I sold them to the white slavers that takes these things, and…,” Lucas said before laughing and deciding it better not to finish.
The father of “Star Wars” also opened up about why he and Disney were split on their decisions for the franchise’s future.
“They looked at the stories, and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans,’” Lucas said. “They decided they didn’t want to use those stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing. … They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway — but if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that anymore, and all I would do is muck everything up,” he said. “And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”
Lucas apologized when some lawyers from Disney started screaming in his ear, but the damage is already done. He showed his hand.
Here is the truth: George Lucas — the guy who has a “ranch” that we might as well call Skywalker Plantation — is much more of a “white slaver” than Disney will ever be.
George Lucas surrounded himself with yes-men and created his own fiefdom, where computer experts were holed up inside dark rooms for years to make monstrosities like Jar Jar Binks. Men who might as well be called indentured servants toiled away so finicky Lucas could barge in and criticize their hard work.
Note: Watch the behind-the-scenes specials on the prequels to see how people cower in fear when Lucas comes around. Watch as otherwise-talented men bow down and submit to Lucas’ stupidity because he somehow managed to bring the original trilogy into existence.
Speaking of the Star Wars movies, let’s rate them:
Episode I: Horrible. Lucas called it “bold.” It’s also “bold” to take a bowel movement in the middle of Times Square, but it’s still unacceptable.
Episode II: Horrible.
Episode III:Barely passable. Lucas must have received help with the script. Someone intervened behind the scenes. There is no doubt.
Episode IV: Classic. Young George Lucas, saddled with setbacks, takes part in a truly collaborative project and creates a winner.
Episode V: Great movie. Note that it was directed by Irvin Kershner with a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan.
Episode VI: Good movie, but shaky. We see the divisions between “white slaver” Lucas and writer Kasdan on full display.
Episode VII: Bravo. J.J. Abrams and Kasdan begin to “make things right.” A return to form.
Notice how ungrateful George Lucas, after taking $4 billion dollars, turns his nose at the idea of giving fans what they want.
Lucas is still steaming all these years later because he tried to shove half-baked prequels down the world’s throat and the feedback was, “It looks like someone has isolated himself on Skywalker Ranch for far too long…”
The kicker, not picked up by most media outlets, comes when the guy who sells merchandise like Watto sneered at American capitalism. He then had the gall to say he cares more about the craft of writing than Hollywood.
“Whenever there is a new tool, everybody goes crazy and they forget the fact that there is actually a story and that’s the point. You’re telling a story using tools. You’re not using tools to tell a story. You understand that? The other thing that got abused [after Star Wars came out], naturally in a capitalist society, especially with an American point of view, is the studios and everything said, ‘Well, wow! We can make a lot of money.”
I almost feel sorry for George Lucas. What a pathetic attempt to revise history.
When rational human beings think of a Top 10 list of movies where a director allowed story to suffer as he got lost in his desire to fool around with new technology, the prequels will always make the list.
I honestly did not want to rehash the prequels, but since George Lucas has the nerve to accept a $4 billion dollar check and then call the guys who wrote it “white slavers,” then his ego needs to be chopped down like the losing party in a lightsaber fight.
Make sure to catch the part of Red Letter Media’s review where they cover Lucas’ private screening of The Phantom Menace. It is incredibly telling.
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.
The new teaser trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is out, and it looks pretty darn amazing. It’s got a little something old, a little something new, and George Lucas has been replaced by J.J. Abrams. Score. However, the history nerd in me has his interest piqued because of the squadron of X-Wing fighters seemingly headed into battle about 100 feet above a large body of water. Did Mr. Abrams draw inspiration from Israel’s Six-Day War — Operation Focus in particular? If so, then I’m more excited to see the film.
If you’re not familiar with what the Israeli air force did during the Six-Day War in 1967, then look it up. In short, Israel’s air force pulled off a daring operation in which they flew over the Mediterranean — so low that they would not be picked up by Egyptian radar — and then destroyed the entire Egyptian air force.
If J.J. Abrams needed the Rebel Alliance to pull off an inspiring win, then drawing from Operation Focus was a brilliant move. If it turns out to have absolutely nothing to do with the movie, then I guess we’re just left with really cool images of X-Wing Fighters flying over water. It’s a win-win situation.
Let me know what you thought of the trailer below, and make sure to include your thoughts on the new lightsaber as well. I think the crossguard looks cool, but I’m not sure if it would work in battle. Since I’m not a Sith Lord, I’ll withhold judgment until December, 2015.
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.