JWM 2018 wrap-up

Happy New Year everyone! Thanks to all who took the time to check out this humble movie blog of mine in 2018.
Here are a few stats and superlatives from the year that was at Joel Watches Movies:
Reviews posted: 125
First review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Last review: Green Book (2018)
Most liked review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Least liked review: Gold (2016)Green Book (2018)
Best classic film (20+ years old) watched: Reservoir Dogs (1992) (8/10)
Worst film(s) watched: Game Over, Man! (2018) (3.5/10)
Stay tuned for my Oscar picks and snubs when the nominations come out! (I’ll hopefully have watched all the major contenders by then!)
Looking forward to another year of film in 2019- thanks for following along on my journey 🙂
– Joel

 

Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)

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Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order. (IMDb)
It was the cons I was thinking about when I left the theatre–the jumble of rollercoaster plot threads and tones, the bloated run-time, the sometimes cheesy dialogue (“Every word in that sentence was wrong”)–but it’s the pros that have been popping up for me ever since: The fantastic female representation, the fascinating relationship between pro- and an-tagonist, and the bold (often fourth-wall) subversions of tradition and expectations (see Yoda’s lightning, Poe’s humbling, Rose’s save).
7/10 (Good)