So well put. Along those lines, I feel that we live in a very conformist era and people feel comfortable expressing allegiance to movies and characters that they already think everyone else likes. And they're essentially children's films, so there is a very low bar for thematic complexity and understanding.
I remember the reaction of some white people I know to seeing "Get Out" - they called it "weird" and it clearly made them uncomfortable. But it was such a great movie that it made a huge splash and they had to see it. We need more of that.
What happened to "no film school"?
Looks pretty lame to me. JJ Abrams is a hack. Pretty FX though.
I've been boycotting the main Star Wars releases since the disappointment that was The Force Awakens - it was a straight remake of A New Hope that ruined the Han/Leia happily-ever-after from my childhood while doing plot contortions to reunite the favorite characters and starships from the original.
Poor storytelling! I have too much riding on Star Wars emotionally to expose myself to this calculated corporate cash-grab. But I will watch The Mandalorian and the other offerings that don't mess with the original saga.
The Force Awakens was a fricking remake of A New Hope. It was like eating last night's popcorn: a familiar taste, but worse in every way. They played it safe to cash out Lucas' chips. You're either building something up, or you're selling it off. I stopped watching the Star Wars releases that "advanced" the primary storyline after that film, especially since they completely ruined the Han/Leia love story I grew up with. Others may disagree, but as a die-hard Star Wars fan, I felt totally betrayed.
What about the Canon 18-80?