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Rebel Rose This is a page dedicated not just to Star Wars but to all things pop culture. Television, film, music on occasion, books, if it can be reviewed, I will take a crack at it. If you have a suggestion for a film you would like reviewed, sent me a message.

My favorite companion in any game is still Fenris in Dragon Age II. He could have been supplanted by Cullen in Inquisiti...
06/01/2019

My favorite companion in any game is still Fenris in Dragon Age II. He could have been supplanted by Cullen in Inquisition but, in their infinite stupidity, they wouldn't let him come on missions. I like my companions to come with me.

Who are some of your favorite game companions?

Short review of the latest run of Captain Marvel:
03/25/2019

Short review of the latest run of Captain Marvel:

How to ruin Marvel's day: Remind them that someone without the power cosmic can't defeat Thanos because only with that c...
03/17/2019

How to ruin Marvel's day:

Remind them that someone without the power cosmic can't defeat Thanos because only with that can you transport him and the infinity gauntlet to another demension.

Carol does not and never has had the Power Cosmic.

Rebel Rose Retro ReviewOver the last two days, my boyfriend and I have rewatched all five theatrically released Terminat...
03/17/2019

Rebel Rose Retro Review

Over the last two days, my boyfriend and I have rewatched all five theatrically released Terminator films. That franchise is the equal only of Aliens in my heart and I truly can’t put into words just how much I admire the first two films and appreciate the richness of the mythology that feels both fantastical and grounded in an all too possible future. In short, James Cameron and Stan Winston for the win.
It is quite the journey, spanning a generation and decades and ripples of time but … there is one stumbling block that I find undeniably terrible. Today, we tackle the lowest point in the entire franchise for me, a movie filled with inaccuracies, plotlines that go nowhere, flashes of brilliance that fizzle as soon as they appear, and choices that completely derail the film. Join me as we look at … Terminator 3: Curse of the Threequel … I mean Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
When starting out to make a Terminator film, there is one thing that you should do. You should watch the previous films and at least make sure that you have the dates right. The writers of Rise of the Machines clearly missed this very simple step and, unfortunately, it damages the film from the very beginning. The opening with just the voice of this film’s John Connor, played fairly well by Nick Stahl, is very effective in filling us in on the last two films and what John’s life is like now that Judgement Day hasn’t happened. I think that Stahl could have been a good John Connor if the writing was stronger and gave him a meatier part to play and better writing.
Making John a bit of a wastrel is hardly the worst choice they make. The most ridiculous choices are in the designs of the T-X and the T-850. The T-X, the “terminatrix”, is overpowered to the extreme. She not only has pulse rifles for hands, negating the need for a gun, which is what she uses primarily in this film for reasons but also the ability to form blades like the T-1000 and has a saw blade for again reasons. This is the Swiss army knife of terminators and yet … she feels weaker than her predecessors. If you’re capable and well made, you shouldn’t need all the toys.
It also feels rather silly that Skynet would suddenly switch to female models that are lighter, instantly attention-grabbing, especially since they chose to give her inflatable breasts, and wouldn’t be able to do the job that she was designed to do, which was kill other T models. I feel like the T-900 was a better model for this because it was simply an armored version of the T-800 and T-888.
This brings me to the T-850 and the idiotic choice to load the chassis with hydrogen fuel cells, essentially four small hydrogen bombs. How is this an improvement on the design? One well-placed shot and they would be destroyed along with the facility they were guarding. This is demonstrated when they are driving through the desert and the T-850 casually tossed a damaged cell out, causing a blast strong enough to rock the truck they’re in with a substantial shockwave. This is not only illogical but would make the T-850 unstable and practically unusable as in infiltration unit. Skynet had a linear progression of types and this one … this is just a pointless plot device for the climax of the film.
Another issued concerning the way the Terminators are used is that the writers can not keep their abilities consistent from beginning to end and insist on showing that they are extremely heavy, cracking the floor or sidewalk when they fall. Just watching the other films would show you that this is inconsistent with the light hyper alloy chassis of all the models. Yeah, I know I’m being hypercritical here but I’m of the opinion that if you can’t do it right you shouldn’t do it.
It seems that in writing this story they didn’t fully understand the technology they were working around and only read a short synopsis of the films that came before. I have no problem with John feeling as if he has no choices in his life because he has been told since birth that he is the savior of humanity and doesn’t have much choice in the matter. That would be a difficult burden for anyone. What I do have a problem with is the incompetence that seemed to touch the entire production.
There was only one thing that I thought could save the movie and that was the one person that we all show up to see in these films … Arnold Schwarzenegger. When he appears from the future in the middle of the desert and they took the time to show that the heat and electrical charge had turned the sand to glass, I thought that maybe I had only convinced myself that it was bad. I was sorely disappointed when the arrival of the T-850 quickly devolved into a cheap ploy for laughs, including the T-850 stealing a strippers clothes and donning ridiculous star-shaped glasses. Throughout the film, there are more attempts at comedy and honestly, none of them feel anything close to natural and come across as cringy at best and eye-roll inducing at the worst. The dramatic, emotional moments aren’t as bad but they aren’t allowed to play out, instead being cut off with stupid choices, poorly done action scenes, or attempts at humor that make them fall flat. The funniest and most effective joke is when Dr. Silberman from the two previous films talks about how his experiences with Sarah screwed him up.
The Terminator franchise has always been known for its effects both practical and digital. This film takes that legacy of excellence and tosses it out the window. I have seen better effects in games based on the films. The first shot showing the future war is rendered completely in CGI and looks like it would have been right at home in a PlayStation 2 game. This is a continuous issue with the film. If it’s not done practically, it looks horrible and cheap, which makes no sense for a film with a $155 million dollar budget. I’m not sure exactly where they put all that money because the CGI is worse than anything you’ll see in T2.
Story is another major failing in this film. We are told that the T-X has 23 targets, John Connor and several lieutenants that we have never heard anything about, including a wife that is just pointless in my opinion. I can’t see John putting anyone in danger like that or focusing on anything in his personal life until the war is over, but that might just be me. Going back to the plot, the T-X almost instantly abandons her mission to kill all these people once she finds John in a scene that makes me wonder what in the heck kind of direction Kristianna Loken was given because the look on her face is laughable. She kills three of her targets but in doing so brings up questions about her methods of tracking and capabilities. How does she know where Catherine is? Wouldn’t it have made more sense for her to find her address and go to her apartment you know like the T-800 did? Is it asking too much for this movie to have logical methods?
Instead, she goes to the vet clinic where she works, which is supposed to be closed. The T-X wouldn’t have any way of knowing that Kate was there and that is one of the less juvenile mistakes. John continually talks to the T-850 like he is the same one that John watched meltdown. This might have worked once in the film but not all through it.
Kate is a flat, boring, and pointless character that has zero chemistry with John. They couldn’t have chosen two people that were less likely to fall in love. Claire Danes and Nick Stahl don’t help this at all because the two of them don’t seem to want to portray a romantic relationship and it ends up being more antagonistic. Kate spends most of her screen time being thrown around, thrashed, and at one point being thrown head first into a solid steel craftsman tool chest. Sorry, but you’re dead, honey. No one is going to take being tossed headfirst into that and not have a fractured skull and brain damage. She pops up and proceeds to fly a plane afterward…yeah, totally believable.
The T-850 is well a terminator. It is poorly written and its actions are completely inconsistent. Upon encountering Kate, he picks her up and locks her in the back of a truck while she is screaming to let her go, disobeying a direct order from her. Not twenty minutes later, the T-850 says that he can only follow her orders. Well, why didn’t you just let her run off when she ORDERED you to let her go? Nothing in this film is definite or treated like it matters to the story. Not even the action, which is rarely accompanied by music. The score is so sparse that the action scenes drag on, making the film seem so much longer and boring. Do you remember the chase scenes from the previous two films with their hard-hitting score and pulse-pounding action? Well, you won’t get that here. You’ll just find yourself checking your watch and wondering if you have time to get another bag of popcorn before the story starts again.
I’m not going to spoil the whole film with this review but out of the five films, this is the most ridiculous and pointless film in the franchise. There’s nothing in this film that couldn’t have been covered in an opening narration to another, better film. The music is uninspired. The action is weak. The acting is spotty at best. The story has little to nothing new and the main villain seems more like a typical gender-swapped villain trope that other franchises have used with more success. I would rank this as the worst film of the franchise and would only give it a one out of five if I’m being generous. If I could, I wouldn't even give it a one.

When someone asks if I'm interested in seeing Avatar 2, I feel like they may have underestimated my love for James Camer...
03/10/2019

When someone asks if I'm interested in seeing Avatar 2, I feel like they may have underestimated my love for James Cameron films. I would seriously watch a movie about a flying rock if he directed it and would have no doubt that rock would go on to save the world.

So ... Captain Mar-Vell is now ... an older woman? You had ONE job, Marvel. You just had to follow the comics and show C...
03/08/2019

So ... Captain Mar-Vell is now ... an older woman? You had ONE job, Marvel. You just had to follow the comics and show Carol having a male mentor that gave her the power that she uses to save the world but I guess that just wasn't in keeping with your agenda...
You had Jude Law right freaking there! He would have been perfection as Mar-Vell! But no. We can't show that the supposed ultimate power in the Marvel universe (also wrong) comes from a man. That would be sexist I guess. Ugh!

03/05/2019
ALITA vs. CAPTAIN MARVEL: Mainstream Media Choosing Best Girl?

So we shouldn't like Alita: Battle Angel because she is too feminine but we should like Captain Marvel with her even more tight-fitting costume which supposedly was something that sexualized Alita? Riiiiight.

Is mainstream media pitting Alita: Battle Angel against Captain Marvel in a showdown of female-led sci-fi films? If so, who do they seem to favor? Hint: It's...

I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to ...
11/12/2018

I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing. – Stan Lee

I will never forget the love I have for Spiderman or any of the characters that came from you, Stan, or the joy that you gave all of us. You were the mind that held a universe of fantastical characters and stories together and it will never be the same without you.

We lost a great person today and he will be forever missed.

Stan Lee December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018

Oscar-winning director, Danny Boyle, as of this morning, has left the production of the yet untitled Bond 25 citing crea...
08/21/2018

Oscar-winning director, Danny Boyle, as of this morning, has left the production of the yet untitled Bond 25 citing creative differences.
Personally, I feel like this is a good thing for the film as Boyle and action haven't mixed well in my opinion in the past.
Who do you think should replace Boyle in the director's seat for Bond 25?

Iron Man 2 as well. lol
08/08/2018

Iron Man 2 as well. lol

08/08/2018
It's been twenty-one years since the first Spawn film underperformed at the box office, making back less than half of it...
06/03/2018

It's been twenty-one years since the first Spawn film underperformed at the box office, making back less than half of its budget. Now, after being stuck in development purgatory for years, Spawn is coming back with Jamie Foxx in the title role and is promised to be a hard R comic book film. This is bound to be good.

Oh god...I don't even know where to begin with what is wrong with this new iteration of Thundercats. One thing I will sa...
05/28/2018

Oh god...I don't even know where to begin with what is wrong with this new iteration of Thundercats. One thing I will say is that there is a distinct lack of masculinity or any form of strength in cartoons and animation lately. Everything is dumbed down to a ridiculous point that is ruining good ideas and series.

I have heard so many negative reviews about Justice League that I was putting off watching it. Was it going to be a horr...
03/23/2018

I have heard so many negative reviews about Justice League that I was putting off watching it. Was it going to be a horrifying disappointment that would make me want to walk away from the DCEU like some people have suggested? Well, after giving into temptation, I can honestly say that, no, it was not horrifically terrible or world breakingly bad. So let's get into it.
I will be the first to admit that there are issues and one of them is the reshoots. There is so much Whedon in these parts of the film that it hurts. The lighting is not Snyder's style in the scenes that were part of the reshoot. It's just too bright in Gotham. Batman is not supposed to stick out. The shadows should conceal him not make him stand out more. This is Justice League. Not Avengers 3. Please stop trying to make DC be the bright and sparkly MCU. We like it dark. We want it dark. Leave it that way.
Jeremy Irons is wonderful as Alfred as always and his humor fits well especially when he is talking with Bruce. They have excellent on-screen chemistry as Bruce and Alfred, who is still trying to hook him up with someone.
Ben Affleck is still good as Batman. He isn't the best that has ever been but he is better than average in this installment. The dynamic of Diana and Bruce is perfect. Bruce opens his mouth and gets it shut by Diana. Loved that. There are some things you don't do and talking about someone's lover who died to save her and others...that would be one of them, Bruce. I still want Wonder Woman and Batman together. Call me a fangirl if you like but they have a nice relationship building and it would be better than having her fall for someone that is so deeply in love with his partner ... I'm looking at you, Supes. Keep it in the cape where Diana is concerned.
Superman is Superman. He's the pillar of hope that he should always be even in death and I can forgive the silliness with him lifting the building near the end because, hey, can't say it wasn't efficient. Henry Cavill was wonderful and his scenes with Amy Adams were some of my favorite moments. The Kent family was perfection, except for one scene that Whedon tried to insert humor in when it should have been played straight. Why does he feel the need to punctuate deep emotional moments with pointless laughs? Ugh. I hate his writing. Haaaaaate.
Aquaman...can I just say that this is probably the most badass that the King of Atlantis has been since he lost his hand. I've never been over the moon in love with Jason Momoa's acting but I can honestly say that he is greatly improved here and in his more recent work. I wasn't quite sure that I wanted to see a solo Aquaman film but now...bring it on!
As for the Flash, I can definitely see why people enjoyed Ezra Miller's performance. He brought a playful, silliness to Barry Allen that reminded me of the Flash I watched as a kid, which was on the Justice League animated series. This Barry is very much a young guy not sure how to be a hero or if he is even capable of it. He ended up being one of the best parts of the film.
This feels more honest than Avengers and I have to chalk that up to Chris Terrio being a hell of a lot better when it comes to writing these characters. They work perfectly together. The performances are more natural and there is no false conflict here. Aquaman's attitude toward Batman is well played because honestly, a man dressing up like a bat must be pretty ridiculous to someone like the King of Atlantis. The story is well done even if there are silly moments that I could have done without but there are others that did make me smile, like Diana using her lasso on Aquaman and him getting emotional.
If there is one thing these films get right, it's the big three of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. These are the characters that I was most afraid to see under Whedon's direction, especially Diana. I do not trust him with female characters. I never will. And you can tell that there is a difference in Snyder's version and Whedon's version. It would be interesting to see Snyder's full version because I feel like Bruce, in particular, would have been better.
The music was good. I adore Diana's theme and the use of the classic Superman theme later was perfect. The CGI ... This is the one part of the film that I have to say is busted. The CGI reminds me of a PlayStation 3 game and it is obvious that it wasn't finished before the final released. Steppenwolf could have been done with makeup and would have been much better. The Hellscape was well designed but way too purple.
In the end, I felt like it was a film of two separate minds that had different ideas what this film should be. One's scenes flow into each other. The others are chopped off like scenes from his other works. I am one of those people that while I loved the film as it is, it definitely needs a director's or ultimate cut to make it whole. There are issues with it but I would give it a solid four out of five.

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