Star Wars: The series that never should have continued

The Art of the Story
Having finally seen Star Wars, The Last Jedi, I have a few thoughts about the entire franchise. I'm grateful that I only paid the RedBox fee. Had I paid movie theater prices for that movie, I would have walked out and demanded a full refund. I saw enough entertainment in Rogue One to like it as a B-Side Star Wars movie. I wasn't a fan of the discontinuity of the technology and had a flashback to SpaceBalls while watching it, but as a one off, I was OK with it. I thought The Force Awakens was formulaic, and served only the purpose of passing the baton with a copy/paste of the major Episode IV themes. I maintained an optimistic thumbs up, but wasn't completely sold on the movie. The Prequels…
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When good shows start to smell

Airing of Grievances, The Art of the Story
Benjamin Franklin famously said that guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. The idea being that both are delightful at first and can be enjoyed for a while, but in time you will begin to tire of them and at a point you will really not want to be in the proximity of them. Three days for guests and fish. 7-8 seasons for most successful television shows. The television show expiration date is one that can be manipulated somewhat, depending on the show's premise and the ability for the scope of the show to expand without losing credibility. Signs of impending doom for a show include the addition of a major character and a large change to the premise of the show. These are both indicators that the…
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I don’t believe you

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYP2EJb1nTQ Last night I watched "Walk the Line" with Joaquin Phoenix for the first time. This movie is a biopic of the life of Johnny Cash from his younger years as a poor child of a sharecropper, through his dark years of addiction and a failing family life, to his eventual proposal to June Carter. I enjoyed it very much and several details of his younger life come into play in his later years. This is a movie that I would suggest you watch more than once and I suspect you'd pick up on more things as you watch it again. One such pivotal event in his life was his audition for Sun Records, which is shared in this post. Johnny and his band are playing the gospel song they have been…
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Two Shows Coming to Amazon Prime Video

The Art of the Story
Amazon Prime Video doesn't have the brand or saturation of Netflix yet but it is rapidly gaining thanks to Amazon's dominance in online shopping and the quality (if not the quantity) of the shows. People get Prime for the free shipping and a lot of us don't even think about what's available in Prime Video. Well please allow me to direct your attention to two shows that I have enjoyed very much. Shows that will have you directing your smart TV, Roku, game console or connected DVD player toward Amazon the next time you want a good story. The Man in the High Castle, Season Two This Amazon original is set in the 1960s, but not the '60s that you may remember or imagine. The premise of this story is…
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Stupid Zombies > Smart Zombies

The Art of the Story
Yesterday, I shared my opinion that slow zombies make for a better story than fast zombies. Gripping stuff, right? Well today, I'd like to share my opinion that stupid zombies are better than intelligent zombies. And hear me out, it is more logical! Theoretically, zombies are animated corpses with just enough brain activity to move about and feed to satisfy their continual starvation pains. Somehow, many movies translate this into fast moving, cunning zombies that are capable of hatching elaborate plans and using teamwork to get at a living person's brains, which would require the use of a tool of some sort to get at the grey matter. Say what? Animated corpses displaying such a degree of advancement? If I were an evolutionary theorist, I would assume that zombies are…
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Slow Zombies > Fast Zombies

The Art of the Story
While I'm no expert in the genre, I've been watching The Walking Dead from the beginning and seen a few examples of zombie movies. Over-thinking things way to much here, I just gotta say that I prefer the "slow zombie" aspect of The Walking Dead over the "fast zombies" that are depicted in most of the movies. Why? In a fast zombie show, the entire story is about the surviving humans surviving against the horde of zombies, that are often quite intelligent and not really unlike the Aliens movies when you think about it.  They have superhuman abilities and can rely on cunning and even teamwork as they go after the human protagonists. In a slow zombie show, the story is more about the surviving humans interacting with each other.…
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