"The Last Jedi" Falls Short Of Star Wars Fans Approval

"The Last Jedi" Falls Short Of Star Wars Fans Approval

In a universe filled with peril, does the lack of depth drown out the plot and character potential?
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Yet again, the Resistance is in peril. Supreme leader Snoke, the leader of the First Order, is determined to eliminate the Resistance once and for all and regain control of the universe with the help of General Hux and Kylo Ren. Even with Princess Leia reigning the ropes of the Resistance, fighters are dying and no one in the galaxy has provided aid to these fighters. Without help, the Resistance is at risk of spiraling to a dreadful death causing the political power universe to be in jeopardy.

From “The Force Awakens," we were introduced to three of many main protagonists vital to the Star Wars trilogy and essentially the ones who need to save the Resistance: Rey, Finn, and Poe. Throughout the movie, we see these three perspectives played out at different ends of the universe trying their best to make sure the First Order doesn’t annihilate the Resistance. Their storylines in the movie all connect back together at the end and tie the movie together like a present.

During Rey’s perspectives, we see her on an island inhabited by none other than Luke Skywalker. After his seen failure with Ben Solo, also known as Kylo Ren, he shipped himself off to the other side of the universe shielding himself from the practice of the Jedi and anything having to do with political power in the universe. Rey is trying to convince him to come help the Resistance as they need him desperately and also came in hopes Skywalker could show her how to better handle the Force and her feelings.

Poe is stubborn and impulsive. When General Leia falls ill and is no longer able to be the general of the ship, she appoints Vice Admiral Holdo in charge of strategic planning for the ship. Having a bone for battle, Poe is disappointed and shocked when he hears the plans of Holdo and decides to take the fate of the Resistance in his own hands. Scheming a plan with Finn and Daisy, a new character to the movies, they create a dangerous plan that could possibly stop the First Order from destroying the Resistance’s ship.

Finn wants to save Rey. After being in a comatose state, Finn is awake and not only wants to save his friends from the fate of the First Order but also wants to prove that he is more than he was before in his past. With the help of Daisy, she and Finn set off a quest that will help the Resistance escape from the grasps of the First Order and help them figure out what to do next. This plan that Finn and Daisy embark on involves trouble, a hacker, and none other than our one and only BB-8.

Now that the movie has been out for a week, there are enough reviews to gauge the heart of the movie. Although the movie is 92% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, fans feelings on the movie are conflicted, a 53% approval rating, and regain on opposite sides of the spectrum.

Some love the movie. They like the introduction of the new characters and the personality they bring to the Star Wars movies. The comedy, the determination, and familiarity that it shares with some of the old Star Wars movies is nice to see again.

The picky and negative side of the spectrum hate the movie. From the lack of depth in many characters to the irrelevant scenes and storylines and the movie, many are disappointed in the buildup of "The Last Jedi." Why may this be? Too many characters and not enough screen time for all of them. Many of the characters seemed to lack a connection to the premise of Star Wars and were seen as merely "filler" characters.

Now while the plot is typical and slightly overdone and some characters should have had a way better storyline *cough, Finn, cough*, I think that this Star Wars movie was pretty great. The best one out there? Obviously not, but there were definitely some things that were unexpected and some connections between characters that I really enjoyed watching. Maybe I’m slightly biased because I absolutely love John Boyega and him playing Finn, but the movie definitely wasn’t the worst one out there from the Star Wars movie saga.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I say go and see it. Watching "The Last Jedi" or "The Force Awakens" is a great way to start delving into the world of Star Wars and get you more interested in the other six Star Wars movies that have been out for decades (seriously “Return of the Jedi” is magical). And, what better time to binge watch movies than during winter break?

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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10 Places From Movies And TV You Can Visit In Real Life

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I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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