Monthly Archives: December 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Visual Dictionary

With every new Star Wars movie I’ve gotten into the habit of buying two books

  • The visual dictionary
  • The art of Star Wars

I enjoyed both books for The Force Awakens so picked up The Visual Dictionary on Amazon for £11.99.

These books are a great reference if you want to know a bit more about the characters, vehicles, weapons and worlds. The great part about them is that they show characters that appeared in the background and smaller parts. One that I was keen on was the commander of the dreadnought at the beginning of the movie.

They are full of rich images showing costume design and details that you just can’t get from watching the movie alone. For each of the images you’ll find accompanying text descriptions showing details of a costume or item in a scene.

One difference with TLJ (The Last Jedi) vs TFA (The Force Awakens) is it doesn’t seem so rich, it’s also thinner. I’m not sure if that’s because we know more of the characters or there’s less background stuff going on.

A larger portion of the book is around the casino based planet, a lower point of the movie for me. So, apart from reading about a few characters flipped straight past (it’s a bit prequel for me).

So, at £11.99 it’s on the expensive side. Wait until after Christmas and pick up when it gets to £5.99 or less.

Could Disney reboot the X-Men?

Since Disney picked some of Fox along with it came a raft of Marvel characters such as Deadpool and the X-Men. As a bit of an X-Men fan it got me thinking about the state of the existing film series and whether they could get a reboot.

Let’s be honest there hasn’t been a good one since the second movie. The possibility of seeing them done justice and a possible tie into Infinity War Part 2 sounds great to me.

There is such a diverse set of characters in the X-Men universe that they could be the next launch pad for a series of movies. Personally I’d be ok with Capt and Iron Man taking a break to focus on Spider-Man, an X-Men solo film and a couple of independent character ones (Nightcrawler or Gambit anyone?).

Personally I think that we’ll see a new X-Men movie announced within the next 2 years.

The Last Jedi, non spoiler review

First off, I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I’ve grown up with it, it’s always been there. I’m the generation that grew up with watching New Hope and Empire Strikes back on VHS then Return of the Jedi in the cinema.

I didn’t get on well with the prequels and this new trilogy always had me nervous until I watched it myself.

When I saw The Force Awakens it was a huge relief, it’s a great Star Wars movie.

As the title states this isn’t a spoiler fest, just my honest view on The Last Jedi.

First off, don’t expect Empire Strikes Back. It’s something else, unique and fits in well after Force Awakens. Some would say it’s too unique, it’s a very divisive movie based on what I’ve seen. Some love it, others hate it.

For me, it felt like a Star Wars film. Yes, there is a lot going on but it very much fits into the trilogy.

I enjoyed almost all of it, there is one thread of the story that could have been shortened a bit but it doesn’t take anything away from the overall feel of the movie.

After almost a week of watching it I’m still thinking about it, question that are still unanswered and new ones raised.

Thumbs up from me.

Starting something new…

I’ve decided to leave my old blog at Squarespace and start something new over here on WordPress.  There are several reasons for this

  • WordPress is more iOS friendly and shows commitment to keeping their apps updated (especially as I go more iOS native)
  • Blogging is better, yes there are more templates and options for a mainly text blogger like me
  • It’s good to make a fresh start sometimes

I’ve gotten to a point where I cannot support myself on my writing alone so finding a more affordable, more expansive platform was a must for me

In conjunction with stopping over at LJPUK.COM I am planning on a few more creative projects that I’ll share on here when the time is right. In short this new blog is going to be more than just tech, I’ll talk more on my workflows etc.. but also sharing my thoughts on movies and my photography.

Thanks to those that have followed me on my journey and continue to follow me on this new project.

 

Squarespace isn’t good for bloggers

I’m feeling a little abandoned by Squarespace (as a blogger) at the moment. All of their new templates and focus seem to be on serving the business market rather than individual bloggers.

Their apps are also very slow to update, especially their blogging app.

That’s one of the reasons I’m writing this from an iPhone X with an updated WordPress app.

I pay a good amount of money monthly to run my Squarespace site and not feeling I’m getting the value for money I think I deserve.