Friday, December 15, 2017

The Last Jedi: First Impressions[Spoiler Free]

I had the pleasure to see The Last Jedi tonight! Despite my dad and I walking in half an hour early, we only found two seats together in the next-to-front row, so the experience was quite up close and personal.

I came very close to tearing up during the opening crawl. This is one of a couple franchises I could say I grew up with and I guess it's a bit nostalgic.



Anyways, I'm pretty happy with what Rian Johnson has done! Here are a couple thoughts--

1. The plot felt a little cluttered, but moved along nicely.

2. A handful of jokes broke up otherwise-climatic moments and I could have gone without about half of them.

3. Speaking of which, I think this and The Force Awakens have a different, less subtle sense of humor than the originals did. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it does stand out as a little incongruous.


4. It was aesthetically stunning.

5.  Rian Johnson introduces some news creatures and ideas to the universe that I really liked.



6. This was likely the most character-driven Star Wars installment, excepting maybe Revenge of the Sith.

In conclusion, I definitely recommend The Last Jedi! It did fall short of what I'd hoped in a few ways, but overall I think this is one of the better films to come out of the Star Wars universe and one I look forward to sharing with my kids. 


If you've seen The Last Jedi, what did you think? How would it rank with the other episodes? 


Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Last Jedi Hype

Merry Christmas! Or, happy The Last Jedi release day-- which is kind of the same thing. I bought tickets almost two months ago and I am so excited!

(if you're confused-- technically tomorrow is the release date, but my theater is showing it tonight)



The summer after The Force Awakens was released, I wrote this blog post about some of the nagging questions I had for the future of the franchise. Will they kill off any leading characters? Will Finn and Rey become a couple like we've dreamed and hoped? Who are Rey's parents??? 

Anyways, I'm rather stoked to find that all out tonight and maybe I'll even write a spoiler-free, first impressions post when I get back. We'll see!




Have a happy December, everyone!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Things I've Been Enjoying Lately

It seems spending less time on the internet works wonders. At the same time, the internet is a magical place and while it's the last few hours of the day I permit myself to be here, I thought I'd throw together a post about some of the happy things going on in my life.

listening to...

~La La Land

I didn't know exactly what to make of the movie, but Another Day of Sun and The Fools Who Dream are extraordinarily uplifting in distinct ways.




~Lecrae

Rebel from 2008 is one of my favorite albums right now.

studying...

~philosophy

And a lot of other things. 11th grade is actually kind of great.

reading...

~The Secret Thoughts of An Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Buttterfield

I wrote this on Goodreads....

This is incredible. Rosaria Butterfield tells her conversion story from practicing lesbian and feminist to Christian homeschool mom in a warm but convicting manner that always pointed me back to the One who grants salvation. 

Reading this was definitely a highlight of my fall. So good.

~Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

Whew. This is intense, but it's helped me understand my faith thoroughly and joyfully.

~Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare



It's always a good arrangement when school assignments are fun. Life hack, though: watch a good movie version of the Shakespeare play before reading said Shakespeare play.  For Much Ado About Nothing, I'd recommed the Kenneth Branagh/Emma Thompson adaption(well, minus a couple scenes).

watching...

~The Flash and Downton Abbey(for a second time, yes) with my sister

~old-ish classics like Jaws and The Truman Show and The Matrix, which is old right?

and...

~eating chocolate chip cookies

Semisweet chocolate chips taste so grown up.

~waiting *cough* patiently for snow

~trying out Twitter

You can find me at, https://twitter.com/meredithmayj .


What have you been up to this fall? Are there any songs or albums you're particularly fond of at the moment? 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Another Internet Break(And Why I Bother To Tell You)

I'm going to take a break from the internet again. It's been way too distracting to my school and hobbies.

I'll be off October and November, excepting one day a week when I'll  try to be as productive as possible. xD (There should be an acronym for that. How about APAP?) And of course I'll still check emails and get on for a few other exceptions.

Hopefully I can still stay on top of blogging with only weekly internet visits. I guess I'll find out!

what I'll be doing with my new time


Why do I bother to post every time I take an internet break? It's partly to notify you but it's really because I need the accountability. If I publicly say I'm going to get off the internet and then don't that's much worse than breaking a resolve I only made for myself. It's become a joke to announce internet fasts as if just for the attention and respect taking such a fast commands. Well, in may case it's the opposite. My incredible tendency to be distracted by the internet does not request your respect! So thanks for reading this and being an unwitting participant in the accountability I need.

Have a lovely fall, everyone!

Have you taken internet breaks? Do you have plans for this fall?