Listen to Kyle on St. Paul Filmcast Talking Episode IX Spoilers

I recently appeared on St. Paul Filmcast again alongside Jay Ness and Ben Enke, where the three of us talked Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Spoilers. I’ve embedding the tweet below, and you can find the episode on Podbean and other apps where podcasts can be found.

-Kyle A. Goethe

New Episode of Kyle & Nick on Film Discusses Christmas Vacation

Hey everyone! There’s another new episode of my web series, Kyle & Nick on Film, where Nick Palodichuk and I discuss the merits of Christmas Vacation, my all-time favorite Christmas classic.

I’ve embedded the video below, so take the time to give it a few if you can, and help support independent content creators by liking, commenting with your thoughts on the film, and subscribing so you don’t miss the next episode!

Thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next time!

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

900 Posts is the Best Way to End the Year!

Hello everyone!

Yesterday, I published my 900th post on the site, and I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the amazing support over the past several years. When I started this site, I just wanted to get my love of film out of my head and onto the page. It was a hobby that’s become a pretty big part of my life and I’ve been able to share it with lots of people in the space. Thank you so much.

As per usual, I thought I’d look back on my Ten Most Popular pieces and share that list with you.

  1. London Has Fallen (2016)
  2. Turbo Charged Prelude (2003)
  3. Poltergeist (1982)
  4. Bad Boys (1995)
  5. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
  6. Frankenstein (1994)
  7. Leprechaun (1993)
  8. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
  9. The Thing (1982)
  10. Zootopia (2016)

So there you have it. Quite a spread of popular pieces.

Now, let’s get to the pleading of it all. If you’ve enjoyed any of these reviews or really anything at all, help me out by liking my reviews, commenting with your thoughts, and sharing the reviews when you read them. It’s the easiest way to support independent content creators.

Thanks again, and we’ll see you at 1000.

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

Ryan Reynolds Confirms Development on Deadpool 3

We all knew it was coming, but Ryan Reynolds has confirmed that Marvel Studios is currently developing a third Deadpool film with Reynolds involved. The actor discussed the film with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on Live with Kelly and Ryan.

Kevin Feige was recently promoted to a position where he will oversee all Marvel properties, both in and out of the MCU, and the question is still unanswered as to whether Deadpool will be a part of the MCU or stay in his own universe.

The first two Deadpool films have been incredibly successful, bringing the idea of R-rated superheroes back into public knowledge. With the sale of Fox, questions have been raised about how Disney will handle Deadpool as a character and franchise.

I am very happy to hear the news that development has begun. Now, this whole thing could still fall apart so this isn’t a confirmation that Deadpool 3 is being released, but it’s still a good sign that development is happening.

So what do you think? Is this a good sign for the Deadpool franchise, and will Deadpool stay in his own universe or join the MCU? Let me know/Drop a comment down below!

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

The Mandalorian to Return Fall 2020

I hope you’ve all had a great holiday thus far. I just wrapped up the first season of The Mandalorian on Disney+ and I cannot wait for more. Well, more’s on the way.

Show creator Jon Favreau has confirmed that the second installment of The Mandalorian is set to premiere in the Fall of 2020. Favreau dropped a photo on his Twitter feed with a new creature and the confirmation.

It’s been rumored that the second season will feature more connections with the Skywalker Saga, which makes sense as the Saga has come to an end with The Rise of Skywalker out this past week.

For me, I loved The Mandalorian Season 1 and I’m waiting as patiently as I can for the next season. I also happen to believe in short seasons, so I get that I have to wait for it. This first season just made me so impatient for more.

So what do you think? Can you possibly wait until the fall for more Mandalorian? Let me know/Drop a comment below!

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Director: J.J. Abrams

Cast: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams

Screenplay: Chris Terrio, J.J. Abrams

141 mins. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action.

 

Well, we’ve come to the end, haven’t we? I guess, in the grand scheme of things, this is the third end, but who is really counting? With Episode IX, the Skywalker Saga has come to an end…for now, at least. Director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8) came on to an impossible task of ending the nine-film saga, the sequel trilogy itself, and make a less-divisive film than The Last Jedi. He also had to work around the death of one of his stars, Carrie Fisher (Maps to the Stars, TV’s Family Guy). He also had the, perhaps unfair, perception that he’s much better at starting a story than finishing one. So with all that, is The Rise of Skywalker the perfect film that delivers on all of its goals. As it turns out, it’s more of a mixed bag.

It’s been a year since The Last Jedi, and the crumbling resistance fighters have gained a few additions but still pale in comparison with the size of the dreaded First Order, now under the leadership of Supreme Leader Kylo Ren (Adam Driver, Paterson, Marriage Story). Now, a strange message has been sent across the galaxy, seemingly coming from the long-dead Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid, The Lost City of Z, Sleepy Hollow), and it’s up to Rey (Daisy Ridley, Murder on the Orient Express, Ophelia) and her friends to discover his location before he unleashes his new Final Order upon the galaxy.

I think the best way to describe this final film in the Skywalker Saga is “Great Story, Poor Execution.” I had loads of fun in this movie, and I quite enjoyed the experience when I saw it a second time, but there are a lot of strange choices made, particularly in the screenplay and the editing, that I just didn’t understand. I don’t need everything explained for me in a movie, but some of the plot progression happens just because…

The inclusion of Carrie Fisher in this film had to come as a difficult decision. Ultimately, Abrams decided to utilize unused footage from The Force Awakens to create a performance for Leia in the film. Does it work? Kind of. I still stand by my thoughts that it would have served the character and the story better to just not have Fisher in the film and announce in the opening crawl that “Our princess has passed” or something similar. I think for what he tried to do, I can commend Abrams for getting Leia in the film, and the second viewing softened my criticism in the realm of Leia.

Adam Driver is absolutely stellar as Kylo Ren. I don’t agree entirely with the route taken in this film with Kylo Ren, but Driver’s performance sold me on it. Again, Kylo’s arc is one I felt would be better going one way, but the filmmakers decided to take it the expected route. Overall, he surprised me yet again as Ren.

J.J. Abrams did manage to get the galactic Scooby gang together for a bulk of this film. It was crazy to me that Rey and Poe (Oscar Isaac, Ex Machina, The Addams Family) met for the first time officially in The Last Jedi at the end of the film. The Last Jedi also managed to keep most of our heroes separate for a bulk of the runtime, so it’s great that they are all on a journey together. These areas are where a bulk of the lightheartedness of the film takes place and elevates what could be a very dreary story.

Daisy Ridley’s arc as Rey is another tough one to pull off, and I think her performance rises above expectations because of Ridley’s inherent charm onscreen. She’s a fun character and one that the audience has no problems rooting for. Again, there are some twists and turns to her character arc, some I did not expect and didn’t think would work, and they mostly did.

As far as legacy characters go, no one had a better showcase in this film than C-3PO (Anthony Daniels, I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle, The Lord of the Rings). This is 3PO at his most funny and probably most utilized since the first film. Anthony Daniels continues to prove why this franchise continues to go to the C-3PO well.

The rest of the cast all perform ably, and any faults can be attributed to the screenplay. Newcomers Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth, Yardie) and Keri Russell (Waitress, TV’s The Americans) are both quite entertaining, but their characters seek only to convolute an already bloated screenplay. The subplot involving General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson, Frank, Peter Rabbit) and General Pryde (Richard E. Grant, Gosford Park, Can You Ever Forgive Me?) is well-acted, but it didn’t need to be in the film and is ultimately meaningless. It was great to see Billy Dee Williams (The LEGO Batman Movie, The Man in 3B) back as Lando Calrissian, but he isn’t given a whole lot to do, and one wonders why he wasn’t included earlier. It seems odd for him to just show up now.

Ian McDiarmid’s return to the franchise does give an overall feeling of cohesiveness to the saga, but Palpatine’s plans for Rey and Kylo just don’t really make sense all around. I love the visual look of Palpatine and the environment he appears in (in fact, some of Ralph McQuarrie’s unused concept art from decades ago was put to good use here), but again, it feels like lazy storytelling and I didn’t get the sense that there was detail in the screenplay because the story lacked a lot, not in how Palpatine is back, but why he waited until now and how he manages to do what he does in the film.

I think the problems of The Rise of Skywalker all stem from the fact that Lucasfilm did not have a plan for this trilogy. By not putting the three directors in a room with someone like Dave Filoni who can offer guidance in crafting a cohesive long-form story. Not having a plan forced Abrams to do a lot of heavy lifting here and it created a film with an interesting and exciting finale that lacked direction because so much is jammed into a movie. Having Chris Terrio as a writer may also have created some problems in the screenplay. While I think Terrio is quite talented, he seems to have a lot of trouble with franchise storytelling, most notably from his tie working on the DCEU. It also feels like The Rise of Skywalker would have fared batter as a three-hour film. That and tightening up the MacGuffin-filled narrative would have helped the film to be more successful in its execution.

I still think The Rise of Skywalker turned out better with Abrams than it would have with Colin Trevorrow behind the wheel. The number one thing here is whether the film is entertaining an enjoyable, and problems and nitpicks aside, there’s a lot to love in this finale. The film is filled with fun surprises, callbacks and appearances, and the score from John Williams is absolutely awe-inspiring. A better screenplay and some more cohesive editing could’ve helped quite a bit, but this is a hell of an action-packed conclusion to the Skywalker Saga.

 

3.5/5

-Kyle A. Goethe

 

 

For my review of George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, click here.

For my review of George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, click here.

For my review of George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, click here.

For my review of Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, click here.

For my review of George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, click here.

For my review of Irvin Kershner’s Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, click here.

For my review of Richard Marquand’s Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, click here.

For my review of J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, click here.

For my review of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, click here.

New Episode of Kyle & Nick on Film Discusses Ford v Ferrari

Hey everyone! There’s another new episode of my web series, Kyle & Nick on Film, where Nick Palodichuk and I discuss the merits of Ford v Ferrari and get into the unusual Oscar campaign being run for Matt Damon and Christian Bale as co-leads.

I’ve embedded the video below, so take the time to give it a view if you can, and help support independent content creators by liking, commenting with your thoughts on the film, and subscribing so you don’t miss our next episode!

Thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next time!

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

Oscar Shortlist Revealed for Best Documentary Feature

It’s the time of year when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences releases its Oscar shortlists, and the Best Documentary Feature shortlist is now available with a wide swath of different nonfiction features, led by popular hits Apollo 11, Maiden, and American Factory.

Here are the 15 films that made the cut:

  • Maiden
  • Apollo 11
  • American Factory
  • For Sama
  • The Cave
  • Honeyland
  • One Child Nation
  • The Great Hack
  • The Edge of Democracy
  • The Biggest Little Farm
  • Midnight Family
  • Knock Down the House
  • The Apollo
  • Advocate
  • Aquarela

Now, the race is officially on. Having seen three of the films, I could easily see Apollo 11 or American Factory make it to the nominations, but while The Biggest Little Farm is an important film, I don’t know if it has the ability to cross that nomination barrier and make it to awards night.

Right now, I see the five being Apollo 11, Maiden, American Factory, One Child Nation, and The Great Hack, but I’m also not as versed in documentaries at the Oscars as others. TIme will tell.

So what do you think? Have you seen any of these documentaries and, if so, what films do you see making the cut? Let me know/Drop a comment below!

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

Turner & Hooch Series Set at Disney+?

The folks over at Disney+ seem bent on resurrecting as many dead IPs as possible for their new streaming service, and now it seems that Turner & Hooch is the next on the docket.

The original 1989 film starred Tom Hanks as a detective solving crimes with his dog. Not much is currently known about the new series and how it will adapt the original film into the new series, but Matt Nix (TV’s The Gifted and Burn Notice) will write and executive produce.

Personally, I feel like Turner & Hooch has a potential. It’s been a bit since I last caught the film, but it lies in that realm of recognizable IP that isn’t a holier-than-thou classic film. People don’t hold the film as perfect and untouchable, and I think, if done right, a series could work. It’s just a question of whether or not Disney and Fox know what to do with it.

So what do you think? Can a Turner & Hooch survive over at Disney+? Let me know/Drop a comment down below!

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

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