“This is not going to go the way you think!”

I can not get enough of all the trailers that have been released for The Last Jedi.  Ask Larry.  I watch them endlessly.  And the long wait from the last scene of The Force Awakens with Luke Skywalker to show up but not say anything is just about over.  It’s almost time to see the damn next movie!!!  Happily, as I posted about earlier, we have tickets for 3D IMAX on Saturday, but then PwC also is providing its employees a screening of the movie this Thursday night, so yeah, we’ll be seeing it twice.  So excited!!!

Porgs!  Poe!  Leia!  Luke – evil?  Luke – not evil?  Rey – evil?  Snoke – menacing!   And Luke’s line in many of the trailers which spoke to me from the get-go:  “This is not going to go the way you think!”   I figured that was a hint from Rian Johnson about the movie.  The early buzz from the screenings supports that, and they’ve all warned in non-spoiler terms that by all means, go into this movie without knowing anything of the story.  The internet blackout will definitely be in effect for me starting….maybe Wednesday?

Anyway, to make it easier for me, I’m going to link to all my favorite The Last Jedi trailers here:

This first teaser had very little in the way of giving us much to go on, but the whole “the Jedi…must end” was one hell of a way to end it.  Preparing all of us for some shit to go down.

The music in the Official Trailer is so damn good.  “This is not going to go the way you think.”  Leia and Kylo Ren’s connection.  Snoke’s “Fulfill your destiny.”  SO PUMPED.

My favorite of the “shorter” teasers.  The music, yet again, is amazing.  Luke on the Millennium Falcon.  “Darkness rises…and light to meet it.”  HELLS YEAH.  This is the one I watch most often to get that buzz going.

Here’s where we started getting a lot more new footage, especially around Finn and Poe.

oooooo….way more with Luke and Rey and what looks like Rey losing control.  What ever is going to happen out there on Ahch-to?

Delicious line reading by Phasma of “so good to have you back.”  And I can’t help but cackle with glee when Chewbacca swats aside the Porg in the Millennium Falcon and you hear that quick “sqweek!”  Another of my favorite teasers.

A fantastic assortment of BB-8/Poe moments and one of my favorite moments which includes a Porg smashed up against the window.

Oooo…update as I found some more with additional footage I’d forgotten I’d seen before but couldn’t find in videos:

That’s a lot of new stuff to see!!!!

Then here are some of the ‘behind-the-scenes’ videos that have been officially released.  Some are quite amazing and might give away locations and such, but they’re edited well enough to I think minimize getting spoiled too much:

This one is great to see some more scenes with Carrie Fisher and of course the very last moment:  “It’s a Wrap!!!”

This one just came out and I was stoked to see it was partially filmed in Dubrovnik!

This last one is just fun as Anthony Daniels is still rocking it as C-3PO and now is the mentor to others playing droids.

This post is a long way of saying I can not believe Episode VIII is about to be released!!!!!  We just rewatched Episode VII this past weekend (after starting the process of buying the house) and it is still just as fantastic as ever.  The only bittersweet thing is Carrie Fisher dying after filming 8.  I can only imagine what the plan was originally.

Tickets for Last Jedi? Check!

It took a few tries, and finally yet again got them via the MovieTickets app on my iPhone, but here we are, with tickets to see the next Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, at the AMC Universal City IMAX.  Hells yeah!  And here’s a trailer that shows a lot more new footage that may be revealing a lot….or not.

Not YOUUUUU Bitch!

The Emmys were on last night and the amazing FX mini-series, Feud:  Bette & Joan, pretty much got shut out from winning any awards.  It’s too bad, but there was some pretty fierce competition.  Anyway, I got to thinking about one of the funniest scenes from early in the series, when Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) have one of their many arguments – and Joan Crawford storms away mocking Bette Davis’ regret at not winning the 1950 Best Actress Oscar for All About Eve:

It’s hard to believe that both Bette Davis for All About Eve AND Gloria Swanson for Sunset Boulevard lost that year.  HOW????

Anyway, I’ll get back to posting pics from the many vacations we’ve taken over the last year – think I’ll still have to go in reverse chronological order as I’d like to finish ONE of these trips!

Twin Peaks: The Return – I AM the FBI

OH MAN!  Yes, Part 16 of Twin Peaks: The Return was enough to finally knock me out of my posting laziness.  It was really that fucking good.  Agent Cooper is back, and just in time for the last two parts next weekend, and then I can be utterly distraught at the fact that Twin Peaks will yet again be over.  It’s not clear if it’s for good, but likely this will be all there is.  But to no longer have “How’s Annie?” as the endpoint will be magical.  It really is hard to believe that my favorite show is back and not only back, but has been balls to the wall fantastic.  It’s yet again in a class by itself in terms of how it tells its stories, and I eagerly anticipate a complete rewatch of this season.  But in the meantime….

The Diane scene, including her reveal of what happened with “Coop” many years ago as well as the reveal that she “isn’t me”?  Amazing.  The resolution helped explain a lot while still providing more to chew on.  And I loved her final ‘fuck you’ while chilling the Black Lodge before getting disassembled.

And our dear girl Audrey finally got to the Roadhouse to see a performance by Eddie Vedder, and while it seemed that maybe everyone’s theory that Audrey was still in a coma from the bank vault explosion (and all the associated trauma that we also learned about, including Mr. C confirming Richard was his son….ugh…) was getting disproven because “hey, here she is outside of that living room FINALLY” and then we get the emcee introducing “Audrey’s Dance” and the whole floor clears out for Audrey to yet again dance to her music and everyone is swaying along and it’s like, OKAY NO, none of this is happening for real.  Is the Roadhouse real?  It has to be, but maybe it isn’t sometimes???  And then that moment after some fight breaks out and Audrey is shocked out of this reverie and we see her…somewhere:

All we can hope is that with the happy turn of events occurring now, maybe Audrey will also be free of whatever prison she’s in?

But the best part of course during this episode?  Dale motherfucking Cooper waking up and affirming to Mike (and us) that he’s “100 Percent” and taking charge and knowing exactly what he needs to be doing.  I literally was screaming with joy at what was happening and every moment with Dale was so fucking amazing.  I definitely appreciated that it took this long and will honestly miss the Dougie stuff, but this Return was so fucking cathartic to have occur.

I loved that he remembered everything that had happened with Janey-E and Sonny Jim and have high hopes that he’s asking Mike to create a “Dougie” off of him, so hopefully one that isn’t a piece of shit like the original model and treats his family with love.

People, next week will be fucking amazing and the anticipation is killing me.  At the same time, I hate to think about this feeling ending too.  🙁  These last few months of Sundays have been stellar entertainment, with Twin Peaks, Season 7 of Game of Thrones, and  Big Brother 19 occupying my happy place all on the same night.

Twin Peaks Season 3 – Episode 8 aka the WTF episode

So…um, yeah….there’s really no way to put it except this episode was insane.  The previous episode from last week suddenly was narratively clear, it felt like some momentum was being made on both the past and in the current, and it was almost like, oh, maybe it’s going to keep going in that direction.  David Lynch and Mark Frost would like you to kindly take your seat as NO, that is not what is about to happen.

Instead, we were treated to about 10 minutes of super creepy moments with Dark Cooper and Ray, and what seemed like a zig instead of a zag as suddenly, did someone just up and kill Bob?  Cue a Nine Inch Nails concert at the Roadhouse, Bob rising back up, and then, yes, then…1945.  And a nuclear test as seen above….and then?  Lynch did Lynch mixed with Kubrick mixed with who the fuck else knows.  For the next 45 minutes or so, we witnessed a wordless cataclysm, some intriguing imagery at a “Convenience Store”, a weird purple haze sea and building, the Giant interacting with some weird bell while accompanied by some dressed-up woman who looks ready for the opera.  We then do go into the theater and witness creation of BOB (maybe), and then the Giant creates his own thing, which is gold and beautiful and looks to contain Laura Palmer.  Is this the past and is this Laura’s creation?  or is this now and somehow a resurrection?

There’s then a very disturbing sequence of a creature emerging from an egg, the “Woodsman” menacing drivers and then a radio station set to The Platters’ “My Prayer”, what might be Sarah Palmer as a young girl (that was my first hunch too, when I saw the young lovers) who falls prey to the mantra that the Woodsman chants over the radio, and then a bug crawls into her unconscious mouth, and yeah, I’m gonna have nightmares about this episode FOR SURE.

So….who the fuck knows?  It was stunning television, and I kind of think there is a lot that was shown that will perhaps make more sense later.  In the meantime…..WTF.  And I love that Twin Peaks is back.

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