This Week Elsewhere – 12/15/17

Cinematic Slant

Cinematic Slant is where I write about movies, including the campaign recaps I’ve been doing since 2004 along with other news and opinions.

The Massive Unrealized Potential of Phoenix after X-2: There have been few endings to superhero movies that have left me as anxious and eager to see more than the final moments of X-2: X-Men United.

No Year-End Top 10 Lists Here: I have no problem with anyone weighing in with their top 10 lists on whatever they like. It’s just not an exercise I care to engage in because doing so misses vast swaths of the point of why these materials are created and released and what they’re meant to achieve.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Marketing Recap: There’s so much good stuff here, all meant to get the adrenaline of Star Wars fans of all ages pumping. Older fans like me will be glad to see Luke back in the spotlight, get all the feels when Leia emerges on screen and experience a familiar rush of excitement when the Falcon zooms past the camera. Newer fans will be excited to keep following Poe, Rey and Finn’s adventures as they take their own place in the history of the franchise. And of course, there are the porgs, who will sell a trillion products featuring their huge, anime-esque eyes and furry flippers.

Chris Thilk is a freelance writer and content strategist who lives in the Chicago suburbs.

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