My Blogging New Years Resolution

Any stranger to 4therace should know that I am a lover of films. I hope to complete a minor in film at my school and continue film studies into graduate school. My dream is to become a film critic and possibly a screenwriter one day. 4therace is extremely special to me because I not only get to connect with so many awesome readers but also get to the chance to strengthen my film review and analysis skills outside the classroom. I’m aware that I struggle to keep up blogging throughout the semester but I really want to push myself in 2018. Life is going to get busier for me but it never should be too hard for me to practice what I love doing. So I’ve made a promise with myself to write about every movie I watch this year and post my words here on 4therace. I’m already three movies behind but at least it means I have some content to talk about! I’ve got a review for last year’s Ingrid Goes West and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It on the way so do stick around!

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Review: [Spoiler Free]

If Star Wars The Last Jedi isn’t one of the best additions to the franchise, it is undeniably the best film at expanding the mythos of the galaxy far, far away. Rogue One does  this exceptionally well through the character of Chirrut — here are my thoughts — but the Last Jedi continuously does so through nearly all of its characters. The Jedi, as many fans were hoping for in this film, do not engulf the majority of the film’s runtime. They are indeed a central component but not entirely the dominant one. People are going to hate this film (edit: they do) and I was aware of this the moment I left the theatre. Others, like myself, are absolutely going to love this film and how Rian Johnson gives his viewers a unique Star Wars experience.

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Star Wars in Relation to My Life

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On December 17th, 2015 I received my first admission decision from a university I vividly pictured myself living and learning in. They didn’t want me. Rejection hurts bad as a seventeen year old and still does two years later at the age of nineteen. Admittedly, I sobbed a little that night scared that I wouldn’t be anywhere in the Fall of 2016. A day later I saw the highly anticipated  Force Awakens with around 15 people. For about 2 hours my anxieties and worries of the real world disappeared. I left the theater elated but still scared of the future. Later on I applied to several other schools and hoped for the best. That frightened 12th grader to the left is me.

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The Last Jedi Trailer Trailer Analysis!

I’m not going to do a shot by shot analysis like I did The Last Jedi’s official teaser  because this full length trailer has way too much going on — in a good way. I will, however, share my thoughts on how the story of Episode VIII may unfold based on some observations I’ve made.

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Let’s Talk About: My Inexplicable Excitement for Blade Runner 2049

Thanks to a man who accidently stumbled on the other side of the world 500 plus years ago, I’ve got a 4-day weekend! And in this 4-day weekend I plan to do a couple things: 1) catch up on some blogging and blog myself 2) do some work (not really) and 3) watch freaking Blade Runner 2049! 

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What Have I Been Doing [LIFE, BLOGGING, MOVIES & TV]????

Studying…….

Yes my first semester as a sophomore in university has begun and I have thus become far less involved with the WordPress community than I would like to be. I’ve been a little anxious just knowing that I’ve been missing out on the opportunity to expand 4therace, connect with my current followers,as well as new ones, and read other blogs. Well I’m trying my best to jump back into this community I hold so dearly as best I can. Before I (hopefully) return back to a casual blogging schedule, I wanted to make this post in order to catch everyone up with what I’ve been up to.

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I’m 19-years-old and I’m Scared of the Movies…?

Yesterday I turned 19-years-old, really not that old, but still older than I’ve ever been before. Every year I face this sense of melancholy after being shocked at how close adulthood is approaching – it’s practically here now. It isn’t until a couple years later, through the ability of hindsight, that I come to realize how young I really was. When I turned 14, and I didn’t think that was really young until I was 17, and now that I’m 19, 17 seems really young as well. Maybe it’s my anxiety that results in me constantly worrying about how I will be ‘later’ and how I was ‘then’ rather than focusing on how I am ‘now’.

This time around my biggest fear about the days after September 2nd, 2017 is my ability to immerse in my favorite form of escapism, movies. At a young age, heroes like Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, and even freaking Naruto – who were all older than me – lost me in their fictitious worlds, encouraged me to be kind-hearted, a hero, and most of all never give up. I couldn’t help be feel like my imagination and connection with fiction would weaken as I grow older, and it freaking scared the hell out of me. Stories and movies are my everything and I feel like, somehow, I’ll let go of them over time.

But today I say FUCK THAT!  I’ll only be 19-years-old 364 times until I fully depart being a teenageer and then it’s off to the twenties.  So this year, officially, I’m done with going through this feeling of pensive sadness and just learning to just live in the now and appreciate the blessing that is life. There is no reason to fear getting older. My imagination, as long as I live, will never fade away. And movies will always be movies. Happy belated to me!

What’s on your mind?

Against the Crowd Blogathon

Against the Crowd is a blogathon hosted by Dell on Movies that entails participants follow these simple instructions:

1. Pick one movie that “everyone” loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have a score of 75% or more on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you hate it.

2. Pick one movie that “everyone” hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of 35% or less on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you love it.

3. Include the tomato meter scores of both movies.

4. Use a banners from the announcement post, or feel free to create your own.

5. Let them know what two movies you intend on writing about in one of the following ways: 1) Comment on this Mettel Ray post 2) Comment on KG’s Movie Rants 3) Tweet @ @w_ott3 or 4) Tweet KG @KGsMovieRants1

6. Publish your post on any day from Monday August 14 through Sunday August 20, 2017.

So this is me going Against the Crowd

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Dunkirk [Film of the Week #4]

I am a huge Nolan fan so I am a little sad to say that I didn’t get to watch Dunkirk in IMAX or glorious 70mm. In fact I’ve never seen a Nolan film in anything but a standard 35mm movie theatre. The experience, of course, is not as great but at the end of the day I’m still a subject to his unique stories.

Dunkirk, Nolan’s first film based off a historical event, follows the evacuation of 300 000 British, French, Belgian and Dutch soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk during WWII. While it isn’t mind boggling or a sci-fi epic, Dunkirk has Nolan sprinkled all over it, from its non-linear storytelling all the way to the colour palette. So, does that mean it’s any good?

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A Short Letter to Hollywood on The Female Character

I’m just going to jump right into this because I have a lot of content planned for the weeks to come.

Dear Hollywood, 

We need female characters of all colours and creeds who are grounded and relatable. Who can lose and get knocked down. Who can overcome adversity but still struggle to get up. We need female characters who can drastically impact story.  We need some weak female characters. Weak female characters, weak as in flawed, are strong female characters. Write woman who can be physically strong and intelligent but have them act and react in the world instead of following behind the footsteps of male leads. Too often do you create characters who are [X] and nothing else but that. Write female characters who are three-dimensional. Have them look like my mom and sister. Make them your leads. Make them protagonists.

Woman work just as hard, if not harder, in your male dominated industry. Pay female actors equally to the male co-stars.   

Despite the Ripleys, Furiosas and Diana Princes, women are still objectified and sidelined in a lot of your movies. As of right now you still have a lot of progress to do both on and off the screen. So please Hollywood, get to work.