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- •SammySammy was a cooooool cat. Definitely too cool for me.
- •ShadowMy favorite pet until he decided to run into the street and get killed by a car and scar me for life.
- •ChanceA hot mess and a great friend.
- 1.AsylumBold, well-executed, coherent, features an actual beginning, middle, and end. Only "great" season of the series.
- 2.Murder HouseWell-realized world, really fun characters and story turns. The high highs more than outweigh the low lows; really good debut season.
- 3.RoanokeDitched the old tried and true formula of throwing as many beloved actors as Ryan Murphy and co. can get their hands on into a room and hoping for best, and replaced it with something genuinely thoughtful and interesting. It wasn't always pretty but the break from formula and mostly strong, focused execution was enough to earn this season's place as one of the best.
Revisited all 6 films over the past 2 weeks in story order. Some broad thoughts...
- •The Phantom MenaceThe first Star Wars film I'd ever seen - after revisiting it all these years later, it's the clear choice for worst of the series. No sense of pacing or tone, bland dialogue/ performances, over-reliance on outdated, pre-2000 era CGI, and above all else, a story that does nothing to evoke the charisma or charm or wonder of the original trilogy. D+
- •Attack of the ClonesA marginal improvement over Menace, but is by no means a good film. The awful, wooden dialogue is still as present as ever - a problem for a film that hinges upon the audience buying into the doomed romance of its two leads (I certainly didn't). The plotting is murky and the antagonist is laaame. That said, the pacing issues aren't as apparent and the climactic set piece is a lot of fun. C-
- •Revenge of the SithEasily the best of the prequel trilogy. The dialogue remains stiff and overly expositional and the story feels rushed in parts, but there's actually an interesting story here that's mostly executed very well. The climactic light saber duels that the entire trilogy had been seemingly building towards are great, and are as emotionally involving as anything in the entire trilogy. B
At the moment. Hopefully more to come (and to go)!
- 1.David PriceFinally, a top 5 big league ACE! Exorbitantly overpaid, but irrelevant in the short term
- 2.Clay BuchholzHe'll be solid for 3 months, steadily decline, then be DL'd for remainder of season with shoulder inflammation or some bull shit like that
- 3.Eduardo RodriguezGreat #3 with plenty of #2 upside