Spoiler Warning! Spoilers ahead. And weird ones, too.
TLDR: The lightsaber duels and force evolution and jedi trope-rejection are great. They take up an hour of a two-and-a-half-hour movie. The remaining hour and a half is rife with bad writing, acting and directing. Two fifths good, three fifths bad is a shitty movie.
Trigger Warning: I talk shit about a movie you may have liked.
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
"READ THIS BOOK" *****
Read this book.
No matter who you are, where you come from, what color your skin is, whatever, READ THIS BOOK.
For one thing, Coates is a flipping genius, one of the better writers working today.
But beyond the author's inarguable skill, the content of his message is terrifically important for all ages, in all ages, but especially in this one.
READ THIS BOOK.
If you are looking for something to hold your passport, phone, wallet and cash and ALSO alert pickpockets that, yes, you are an American traveling abroad, this is your jam.
Well-built though. And, I mean, as long as you wear it securely or maybe stash it in your bag, it's a convenient place to keep ALL YOUR VALUABLE THINGS YOU DON'T WANT STOLEN.
I wanted something that said "Donald Sutherland in Animal House is my spirit animal." I put on this vest, blacked out, and woke up with a twenty-one-year-old English major in my bed. This distressed me, but less than it would have if I had not been wearing this sweet, sweet vest.
The Bone Traders, by Mark Roper, is, overall, a fun romp through a strange, post-apocalyptic environment rife with menacing figures, desolate towns and intriguing magic. The story, set twenty years after a solar storm devastates Earth, follows the adventures of Joe, a man with a mysterious supernatural ability, as he searches for a way to set things right. Along the way, he encounters a beautiful woman, Dayna, and the menacing rulers of a small, desperate township, Trader and Sky. Told in a sparse, blow-by-blow style, the story is easy to read, and pulls the reader along with the action.
Split Second is a great idea hobbled by poor writing. To reiterate, because the following review sounds pretty harsh: The scifi story at the core of this thriller is cool as hell, terrifically well-thought out, and worth the price of admission. It's just that the writing is rough.
The science is excellent. The application of said science is damnably creative. The plot, a fair example of the thriller model, hums along at a good clip. But the writing...oof.
I bought this thing for my mom for her birthday right before I traveled abroad, so that we could skype. How many times has she skyped me? Frickin' once. ONCE. She tells me she doesn't remember how to turn it on, but I set it up on a mac mini and ran her through it, I dunno what the problem is. Seriously one of the most user-friendly machine setups I've ever used. But do I ever get to see my sweet mother? HELL no. You wanna know how many times we've talked? Like, as a symbol of how many times we've talked? I FORGOT I BOUGHT THE STUPID THING UNTIL JUST NOW. Like, I was scrolling down my amazon purchases, writing reviews, like ya do, and I was like, hey, cool camera, when did I buy OH GOD DAMMIT MOM.
Solid camera though. Would purchase again. Or maybe I'll just steal hers when I get home. Not like she uses the damn thing.