J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars Episode VII


J.J. Abrams will direct the next “Star Wars” film for Disney, taking stewardship of one of Hollywood’s most iconic and lucrative film franchises, an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap. (Full story)

You’d think I would be thrilled. I have enjoyed all of J.J. Abrams films and has already proven his ability to handle science fiction on a large scale (Star Trek) and more personal one (Super 8). This just seems like a really uninspired selection.

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2009: 15 Favorite Movies

Now that I’ve seen Avatar, I can make this list. It didn’t feel right making a favorite movies list not having seen what appears to be the future highest grossing movie of all-time.

From least most favorite to most most favorite (movies link to my original poorly-written review):

15. Drag Me To Hell

14. (500) Days of Summer

13. Paranormal Activity

12. Away We Go

11. Star Trek

10. In The Loop

9. The Hangover

8. District 9

7. Where The Wild Things Are

6. Inglourious Basterds

5. Up

4. Fantastic Mr. Fox

3. Up In The Air

2. Avatar

1. The Hurt Locker

Movie of the Week: Star Trek: The IMAX Experience

This is definitely the movie to beat this summer.

I’m not a hardcore Star Trek fan.  I never watched any of the TV series but I’ve seen all but two of the movies (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek: Insurrection).  I thought director J.J. Abrams and screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman did a great job of reintroducing the new cast, respecting Star Trek canon but giving themselves an “out” of having to repeat the same stories everyone already knows.

I loved the inside jokes (never where the red jumpsuits) and every time a character said their stock line (“Damnit, Jim, I’m a doctor!”, “I’m giving it all she’s got!”, etc.), I got a little smile on my face

The cast was great although I think Chris Pine played Kirk as too much of a douche.  The standout was Zachary Quinto who was born to play Spock.

One quibble, what is Abrams’ obsession with powerful red glowing liquids?