I recently watched the Obi Wan Kenobi series on Disney and was impressed with the quality of the storytelling and performances. The series takes place ten years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and follows Obi Wan as he tries to protect the secrets of the Jedi while living in self-imposed exile on Tatooine.
Ewan McGregor reprises his role as Obi Wan, and he delivers a standout performance as the iconic character. The supporting cast is also strong, with standout performances from Moses Ingram as a young scrapper named Katooni and Joel Edgerton as a familiar character from the Star Wars films.
The series explores the themes of redemption and responsibility, and it does so in a way that feels true to the spirit of the Star Wars franchise. The action sequences are well-done and the special effects are top-notch. Overall, I thought Obi Wan Kenobi was a great addition to the Star Wars universe and would highly recommend it to fans of the franchise. I give it a beer is optional rating despite the lack of dancing.
Although the girls are from 1988, the comparison to Stranger Things stops there. Based on a comic series that was published before Stranger Things, Paper Girls begins on November 1, 1988. These are four tween girls who deliver newspapers. The morning after Halloween is a bit rough, so they band together for safety. They are then thrown into the future. Part of it is really scary. Part of it seems pretty normal.
The four girls don’t know each other and are forced into a friendship as the series moves on. They do meet their older selves to see how their lives turned out. Most of them are unhappy with what they discover.
Hmm, my 12-year-old self wanted to either train horses or be a writer. I got the writer thing going. So, maybe she’d be happy with me.
There’s time travel and a secret war and a strange phenomenon that sucks things into the future. I heard it wasn’t renewed for a second season, but this series is definitely worth watching. I’ll go find the comics to find out what happens.
What to say about this one… First, I watch these movies so that you don’t have to.
Husband Unit and I both thought the lead actor, Colonel Tom, was annoying and creepy. If I met him in real life, I’d run away. Fast.
The special effects aren’t spectacular, and the storyline could have had some twists. It was a pretty straightforward plot. Rocket returns from Mars, female astronaut is too hysterical to speak, and something green is growing on Tom. We find out what happened on Mars via a flashback. As far as flashbacks go, it was better than most. It was the main story, and it was on Mars, so it wasn’t the boring kind.
What happened on Mars was pretty interesting, once we got past the boring bits of staring out the window a lot. There were some great monsters. I especially enjoyed the bat/rat/crab thing. The Martians then sent the rocket away with a warning not to come back. We had that warning from the Moon in another movie.
The acting was better than usual, the plot would have been better if they had emphasized the interesting bits and gotten rid of the boring parts, and the effects were below average. There was the helmet with no faceplate thing going on, too, and the spacesuits didn’t look like they’d protect anyone from a breeze.
The monsters take this from a 4 beer rating to a 3.5. If there had been more aliens/monsters, or dancing, or funny bits, the rating would be higher. Those cheesy moments were missing, however.
Cue dramatic music… “There’s only one thing we can do… wait.”
After watching a loudspeaker for longer than anyone would care to, this was the solution to Mars’s threat to Earth.
And then, the Martians come. After a lengthy speech as to why Earth is dangerous to Martians (mostly the greater gravity, which is accurate) and what they will need, the Martians’ first stop is to a… filling station. Watch out! The Martians have a very effective, Kirk-like karate chop maneuver. And no lock is a match for their air knives.
I really dug the red things over their ears and the painted bodysuits where the paint was gloppy and peeling off.
After the Martians steal some money, a car, and clothes and pick up some slang, they go cruising. There’s dancing! When they end up in a gentleman’s club, there’s a sexy lady dancing in a gown.
The Martians can beam around, so I’m not sure why they needed a car. They can also hypnotize you and make you do what they want. And, I guess the Martians are really scary when looking at you because the women started screaming. The Martian dude was just standing there. What’s scary about that? I must have missed something… maybe I was hypnotized by the loudspeaker.
Women start disappearing, and the Martians are pretty discerning. And what is going on with the Earth defense dudes? They’ve been in a conference all day without even a coffee break! Oh no!
One of the Martians falls in love but leaves his lady behind. The other women are sedated and taken to Mars. It ends with the quote The Earth is the cradle of mankind, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever. Okay. I guess that means it’s okay that women were stolen by Martians.
This wasn’t a horrible watch, but it could have been better. It did make me laugh a few times, and there was dancing. I’m not sure sexy dancing counts as it wasn’t a full-fledged dance number kind of thing that I enjoy most. I would give this a 2 beer rating. You might enjoy it with less, but… all you can do is… wait! Yeah, I watch these movies so you don’t have to.
You can watch it on YouTube, and it’s also streaming on Paramount.
Scarier than killer aliens were the opening scenes of actual atomic bomb tests. Real stuff. People sitting outside with nothing but protective goggles. Yikes!
Not long after the detonation, there’s a spooky flash. Oh no, the plane is crashing. However, they merely turned the image sideways, as the clouds are vertical.
Doctor Martin is dead. Noo! Never fear! He’s not quite dead yet. He shows up on the street, staggering, barely standing. Yet he has enough strength to check the mail before ambling over to the military base. Mail was uber important back then and especially after surviving a horrific crash.
You look healthy except for that scar on your chest, Dr. Martin.
As it turns out, and we shouldn’t be surprised, Dr. Martin was abducted by aliens.
The aliens travel via an electron bridge. I thought that idea pretty cool. Their planet, Astron Delta, is dying. Their sun went out and they need a new home. Guess what? Earth is it!
Dr. Martin frantically tries to leave the cavern. But it’s guarded by giant spiders. I guess killer aliens weren’t scary enough. There are also giant bugs and lizards. Darn those atomic bombs! A lot of time was spent gawking at ‘giant’ creatures. This made the aliens laugh. Hmm, we share that sense of humor.
The giant creatures will be the army for the aliens. Double darn those atomic bombs! And, no one believes Dr. Martin. They think he’s batsh*t crazy. It doesn’t help that he’s running around in his pajamas. Can Doug stop the alien invasion and save the day? Well, you’ll have to watch.
Here’s the trailer:
It was more on the entertaining side than boring, but there was no dancing. Bummer. I did really like the electron bridge and the goofy-looking aliens. So, I give this a 2 beer rating. Yeah, you’ll need more than one.
At a lake in Maine, roams a creature with a huge appetite and an enormous bite! I love my creature movies, and Lake Placid didn’t disappoint. I’m surprised I hadn’t seen it before.
Don’t expect any major character arcs or drama besides the mega crocodile eating people. Betty White’s character offers a few chuckles. I think they missed an opportunity not making her part bigger.
Pieces of this movie really don’t make sense. But I don’t require that as long as it’s fun. It’s not scary and, there could have been a lot more crocodile. It could have eaten more people. However, it wasn’t boring, and it left the door wide open for the ensuing sequels.
Because there was a human-munching creature and a mention of dinosaurs, and because it didn’t bore me, I give Lake Placid a 1 beer rating. One is enough to have a fun time, especially if you don’t set your expectations too high. It’s a creature movie. It’s going to eat people. If you like that, you’ll be happy.
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