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Was I Too Hard on the Last Jedi?

I have come to  what is for me an absolutely shocking conclusion.  There are people who like The Last Jedi that aren’t being paid by Disney to say they do. Most of these, unsurprisingly, weren’t Star Wars fans.  I know it seems odd but you have to remember, while there are Millennial fans of the franchise, it’s not as universal to them as Harry Potter is.  And I had also underestimated the rabid fascination of the Reylo fanbase. Although I sure...

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Streaming Popculture Holocaust

I was expecting Black Friday to come after Thanksgiving.    The only show that I wanted to see last weekend was Ghostbusters Afterlife.  But between a suddenly dead freezer and ¼ of steer that just finished getting processed, which absolutely had to be picked up because firearm season had started and the slaughterhouse needed the space for Deer, my weekend was sunk. I did get however get to watch a little TV, and wished that I had read in a book instead. Three new...

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In Case You Are Wondering, What Happened to Science?

"I have great hopes that we shall learn in due time how to emotionalise and mythologise their science to such an extent that what is, in effect, a belief in us (though not under that name) will creep in while the human mind remains closed to belief in the Enemy. The ‘Life Force’, the worship of sex, and some aspects of Psychoanalysis, may here prove useful. If once we can produce our perfect work—the Materialist Magician, the man, not...

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Why Kathleen Kennedy’s Contract Was Renewed

Under normal circumstances, the one-two punch of The Last Jedi and Solo would have sunk any executive's career. When John Carter failed at the box office, Iger fired the president of Disney Films. The guy who is above Kevin Feige and Kathleen Kennedy. However, the years of their releases changed things. Last Jedi came out in 2017, Solo in 2018. The films' performances were irrelevant. They both became inextricably tied to the #Resistance against the...

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It Looks Like I Was Right

Inside the Magic is reporting that Kathleen Kennedy's contract has been quietly extended. Inside the Magic (more commonly called Inside the Tragic) isn't just a shill site for Disney. They are an ironclad (4 feet thick) Disney shill site. There is no way in hell that Inside the Tragic would go with a story like this without the express permission of Disney. They just wouldn't do it. Their entire livelihood depends on their good relationship with...

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I Have Lost Something

This is more of a discussion than a review or recommendation. Consequently, I will make no effort whatsoever to avoid spoilers. You. Have. Been.  Warned. ************************SPOILERS***************** Busy weekend for Dwayne Johnson. He had Jungle Cruise drop to standard subscriber tier on Disney Plus and Red Notice launch on Netflix. First up, Jungle Cruise. Whether or not you’ve already seen this movie, you’ve already seen this movie.  It’s Brenden Frasier’s version of the Mummy from twenty years ago.  For that matter, it’s also Romancing the Stone from forty years ago (ouch). Woman...

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Chinballs Scorched Earth Doctor Who

Chris Chibnall is building a tribute to all Gamma Malekind with the 13th season of Doctor Who.  He would appear to be privately furious about being fired from the job he’s wanted since high school and is determined to leave Russel T. Davies with nothing but smoking ruins. There was a stream of leaks not too long ago that looked incomprehensibly ridiculous when they first hit the internet.  But one of these leaks has proven to be true.  And frankly, the Timeless Child looked...

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Did Feige Get the Stallone Treatment?

I think there is no question he did. But the big question is was it deliberate? For those who don't know what the Stallone Treatment is. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone had a feud going in the 1980s back when they were fighting it out for the title of King of the Blast Flicks. They officially kissed and made up but the underlying rivalry was still very much there, but they were pretending to be friendly in...

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Disney Plus Fails to Meet Wallstreet Expectations

Terrible earnings call for Bob Chapek today. The growth of Disney Plus is tortoise-like and it's all in the wrong markets. Disney Plus needs to get subs in the West where they can charge decent prices that will actually turn the company a profit. Instead, the only place anyone is signing up is in India, where the business model is dependent on low prices with mass subscriptions. I asked a friend who still has a free year...

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Rogue Squadron Shelved “Indefinitely”

The official statement is that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkin’s pet Star Wars film, Rogue Squadron has been delayed without a projected start date.  That usually translates from the Hollywoodese as ‘it's canceled but we don’t want to say it's canceled.’ It is supposedly being pushed back a year but here is the kill quote from Hollywood Reporter, “The hope is that once Jenkins’ fulfills her previous commitments, she will be able to return to the project.” Which wouldn’t be able to start...

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The Aggressive Mediocrity of Bob Chapek

A while back I had joked that the Disney difference was now just “Six Flags Over Orlando.”   I have never spoke truer words. When the new Riviera Resort opened it was a chance for Bob Chapek to demonstrate the kind of curator of Walt Disney’s legacy he had been as the big boss of all the Disney Parks. It turned out he was cheap and unimaginative.  One thing that has always set Disney Resorts apart was the theming. Even if the resort was...

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Cheap Thrills – The Friday Night Edition

Chris Chibnall's final season of failure has begun on the shortest season of Doctor Who in the show's nearly sixty-year history. Apparently. I have to take other people's word for it that it's on the air again because I'll be damned if I'm wasting another minute of my life on the travesty he created. However, there was a time when Doctor Who was something special. There was also a time that it was wandering in the wilderness after it was...

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BBC Loses Creative Control of Doctor Who

Despite the fact that the BBC are absolutely the owners of the IP, they are having to give up creative control of Doctor Who. Russel T Davies is being brought back on board to try to…  I was about to write “save a sinking ship,” but the sad truth of Doctor Who is that the only part of the ship still above the waterline is the top of the smokestack.  It would be more accurate to say that he’s been brought in...

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Blog Business

First. The first Open Thread seems to have been successful. I'll be posting one on Fridays from now on. Second. I'm afraid I'll be posting less frequently until the end of the year. I will finish writing my new book by Dec 31st if it kills me. Although I'm not abandoning you, my beloved readers.

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Eternals Tracking Softens After Rotten Rating

The opening weekend projection has been dropped from over $100 million to the mid-sixties.  After Eternals dipped below 60% on RT and stayed there.  The review battle was valiantly fought with Rotten Tomatoes frantically rounding upwards when it should have been down, changing votes to Fresh that were obviously Rotten.  And finally, frantically creating new reviewers who obviously hadn’t seen the movie.  They finally gave up, it’s at 58% as of this morning, certified Rotten by critics.  And that doesn’t include the newspaper reviews...

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Book of Boba Fett Not Trending on Twitter.

Buffy is, but not Boba. Buffy is probably getting by on Halloween inertia but the Book of Boba Fett's trailer just dropped on YouTube and it's not getting any traction. When you see it you'll know why. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOJ1cw6mohw I have no reason to watch this show. Admittedly, I was never much of a Boba-Boy but those that were don't seem that excited either. From what I can glean from the trailer, after murdering Bib Fortuna, Boba is promising...

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Open Thread

This is an experiment for me and like most of my experiments, it will likely end in disaster. Discuss what you want but... IT MUST BE ABOUT POP CULTURE, ANYTHING ELSE GETS NUKED. When I say the thread is locked no more posting is permitted. ******************************************************** THREAD LOCKED

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Kathleen Kennedy’s Contract Was Secretly Renewed

I've shaken the trees and that is what has fallen out. The deadline has come and gone. There has been no announcement of Kennedy's imminent departure as well as no ringing endorsements of her replacement coming from official Disney channels. Also, Kay-Kay has been making a bunch of little digs at the Star Wars fandom this week in interviews, which amounts to her yelling, "I'm still standing bitches!" The story I got is, that Chapek signed her renewal because John Favreau doesn't...

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Eternals is (or rather was) Officially Rotten

The Eternals was at 59% at Rotten Tomatoes (briefly). The SJWs absolutely freaked out over a deliberately and overtly Woke Marvel movie getting a certified Rotten rating at RT. Truthfully, it should be lower, a lot of fairly negative reviews for this movie are being rated Fresh. The positive review bombing started immediately, it is now slightly above Fresh. Just to let you know in advance. There will be no Dark Herald Recommends on Eternals. It's three hours...

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Vampire Rules: Kolchak – The Night Stalker

A man in a cheap suit that would be the envy of every Millenial Hipster on the planet, walks into an office setting that they would envy even more. He is whistling a happy and carefree little tune while he pours himself a cup of coffee that no hipster would touch with a thousand-foot pole.  The man throws his cheap straw, trilby at a hat rack, and misses it completely while bossa nova music begins to play along with his...

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Kay Kay Deathwatch?

As of this writing, it is now Noon, Oct 28th, and Kathleen Kennedy’s contract extension remains unsigned by Bob Chapek. I had recently predicted that I was quite certain she would have her contract renewed.  Now I’m not so sure. When Bob Chapek won his battle with her over Star Wars a deal was apparently struck.  She would stop fighting him over Star Wars but in exchange, he would fast-track an Indiana Jones movie that she would have complete autonomy over.  She would remain...

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Eternals Has a Record Low Rotten Tomatoes Score

As of this writing, it's at 63% fresh and it has been trending downward. If it goes just four points lower it will be officially Rotten. Is Disney out of "promotional" money? Because even the career shill sites like freaking I09 are giving it bad reviews. They have to mobilize their troops soon or risk prelaunch embarrassment. The question this is raising for me is, has Fiege lost control of the promotional budget? I was taking it for granted that...

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Things Were So Much Worse on the Set of Rust Then I Thought

There is nothing more dangerous than an unloaded gun. That was driven home to me when I was on weekend duty at battalion HQ and a report came in that one of the married Marines had committed suicide off base.  It turned out that he had shot himself in the brain because he had been playing with a pistol that he knew was “unloaded.”  As a joke, he had put it to his temple and pulled the trigger.  Death by Darwin ensued. Supernatural star...

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Why We Don’t Need Hollywood Production Values

Hollywood isn't just a collection of far-left freaks and mutants. It's also a colony of inbred dinosaurs. I call them, The Club. They have been hiring each other's kids for four generations, and the original bloodlines have clearly and obviously run thin. Hiring an incompetent armorer just because she was someone's daughter is typical. They all have to look after each other's interests because they can't make it in the real world. They are illusionists who need to convince...

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The Dark Herald Recommends: Dune

Frank Herbert’s Dune always makes the list of greatest science fiction books of all time.  And unlike Foundation and 2001, it actually has business being there.  It was a book that was genuinely for the thinking man. Dumb people have never been into Dune. Herbert’s inspiration was another book* The Sabres of Paradise (1960) by Lesley Blanch, it was a romanticized account of Imam Shamyl, “The Lion of Dagestan,” and his decades-long war against Tsarist expansionism. With Islamic holy war on his mind (decades...

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Shadows of Dune

In that time I say if I need to cut my armsin order to make that picture, I will cut my arms!I was even ready to die doing that.”– Alejandro Jodorowsky REPOST: Originally posted in December of last year. I was hoping to get my Recommends on Dune up this weekend but I have learned to live with frequent disappointments. Frank Herbert’s seminal work is everything that the Foundation Trilogy isn’t. Big, sprawling, and epic. A genuine groundbreaker. It turned...

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The Batman – The Second Thoughts

Not about the trailer I still think it looks like flash and thunder that signifies Bad Robot filmmaking. These are just a few notions that didn't fit the previous article. (1) Young Batman: The silly part of this whole thing is Young Batman. Going that route isn’t a bad idea at all. You can do a lot with it. You can get rid of the cape and have Young Batman parkouring his way across the rooftops of Gotham. Alfred...

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The Batman – The Trailer

Here it is. Look at it. LOOK AT IT!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqqft2x_Aa4 That. Was. Awful. People whose opinions I normally respect are wetting themselves over this thing.   I’m clearly not seeing what they are seeing or else I’m seeing through what they’re seeing.  I admit I’m a little jaundiced about this movie because I know just how sleazy the backstory of how it came into being actually is.  You may remember that Ben Affleck was supposed to have a Batman project of his own, however, there was a mass execution of...

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