'The Last Jedi' Is A Beautiful And Confounding Conundrum

'The Last Jedi' Is A Beautiful And Confounding Conundrum

My entire opinion of this movie relies on one tiny question.

Even as I sit down to write this review, I am at a bit of a loss when it comes to The Last Jedi. The crowd hit the sidewalk after the screening in Italy babbling away, but I'm still struggling to figure out exactly what my opinion of this movie was. It was exciting, that's for sure. It changed the game for several characters. It was beautiful and entrancing. Something about just doesn't sit right with me, though. My thoughts all revolve around one plot detail.

Warning: This review is going to remain spoiler-free for the most part, but there may be some minor implications about what is/isn't revealed in this movie. Read at your own risk.

It's no secret that Kylo Ren and Rey's plotlines are converging in this movie. Whether or not this convergence really worked goes hand in hand with Rey's parentage. Without spoiling too much of how Rey's family is discussed in this movie, I will say if Kylo and Rey are related, I would love a good portion of this movie. That's not just me being a hardcore Rey Skywalker enthusiast, it's a genuine belief in the way this movie played out. Whether they're siblings or cousins, Rey and Kylo's storyline in a familial context was exciting to see. The parallels between them, Luke, and Leia were so clear and neat. I would have cashed in on my Rey Parentage Theory right then and there halfway through the film. It's an enticing dynamic that I would be thrilled to see play out in the next film.

This dynamic all relies on that familial connection already being there as a foundation for what happens in this film, though. If Rey is not a Skywalker, their relationship is incredibly weak. Whatever connection they form is forced and unbelievable. The entire dynamic moves too quickly and is utterly unconvincing based on Rey's opinion of Kylo in The Force Awakens. What could be an exciting development between these characters feels like Rian Johnson's awkward attempt at mimicking Luke's ability to see good in Vader. Rey's character is fundamentally different from Luke's, so if they are not related, any doubt she has about Kylo's nature has to be warranted. This film didn't convince me that it was.

Outside of my Schrödinger's Film Critique, my opinions on the film's strange treatment of other characters is a little more sturdy. Luke, especially, moves in and out of character like it's his job. There were moments where my heart jumped at seeing Mark Hamill say or do something that was so undeniably Luke. And others made it hard to reconcile the original trilogy's characterization with this new one.

The rest of the resistance is handed a plot that feels like it was crafted simply because Rian Johnson's focus on Rey and Kylo left him at a loss when it came to figuring out something for the other characters to do. Rose is a wonderful and instantly-lovable addition to the franchise. Most of her journey with Finn felt unnecessary until the very end. The movie's strong points are mainly found in Leia and Poe, both of whom really step up from their roles in The Force Awakens. It adds some essential love and life to this film's more edgy take on the franchise. Overall, the Resistance feels like a backdrop for Johnson's fixation on Rey and Kylo.

This film is competing with The Empire Strikes Back, so I'll give it points for trying, but it goes about combating that film in the wrong way. The paralleled training montage and rebellion mission storylines do not have the same urgency or power behind them. It features some incredible and beautiful moments worthy of Empire, but the characters behind them often feel off or like they haven't earned them.

While I know my stance on these aspects of the film, I almost feel like I have to withhold judgment on this movie's central plotline until Episode IX comes out. I have the full story for all of these characters. Until then, The Last Jedi remains a giant, possibly entertaining bundle of questions to analyze for the next two years.

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75 Last-Minute College Halloween Costume Ideas

To all the procrastinators out there: I got you.

Halloween is only a few days away and is a time to have fun getting dressed up as practically anything you want to be. This year, the college gods have blessed us by putting Halloween on a Saturday and if you’re not a freshman, you know what that means: two nights of fun and two different costumes!

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Now if you obsess over Halloween like I do, you probably plan your costume months in advance and wait around until it’s finally time to wear it. Kudos to your crafty self for not procrastinating! But maybe you’re more of a last-minute type of person who scrambles to find a costume the day before Halloween. Or maybe you’re the type of person who wears normal street clothes when you go out on Halloween because you “couldn’t think of anything.” Here are 70 worthy costume options I’ve seen throughout this year's picking process that I would love to see people sporting on Saturday. Feel free to adapt any of these ideas and make them your own!

1. Ginger Bread Man

If you're a red head and I see you dressed like this, I'm buying you a drink.

2. Brawny Man

Nothing's manlier than paper towels.

3. Rosie The Riveter

Girl power.

4. Elmer’s Glue

People will be stuck on you all night!

5. Ned Flanders

6. Ceiling Fan

7. Laziest of the Lazy

Even this is better than wearing no costume at all.

8. Regina George

9. Beanie Baby

How to do it: dress up as any animal you want and wear a paper TY sign around your neck. Easy!

10. Heisenberg

Or, even better, if you happen to own a burger suit, wear it with the hat and glasses and be Heisenburger.

11. When Life Hands You Lemons

Lazy, cheap, and clever. What can be better?

12. Dancing Twins Emoji

13. Bank Emoji

14. Nudist On Strike

Nothing says lazy and last-minute like this!

15. Margarita

16. Franzia

And yes, that is me sophomore year.

17. Sim Getting Out of the Shower

18. Strawberry

Red dress + paper cutouts = this sweet costume!

19. Pineapple

A yellow dress and green paper is all you need!

20. M&Ms

21. Wayne & Garth

Party time! Excellent!

22. Blue & Steve

23. Dora the Explorer

Just please don't make it slutty.

24. Hot Rod

25. Game Boy

26. Reggie Rocket

27. Ace Ventura

28. Energizer Bunny

Keep the party going!

29. Crayon

30. Sriracha

Add a little spice to everyone's night.

31. Dilbert

32. Dexter and His Victim

33. Spice Rack

At least one person might think it's funny?

34. Bamm Bamm & Pebbles

35. Curious George & The Man in the Yellow Hat

AKA one of the cutest things I've seen in a while.

36. Ice Cream Cone

37. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy

What's better than wearing slippers all night?

38. Lilo and Stitch

39. Kermit the Frog

40. Blair and Serena

XOXO, Gossip Girl.

41. Cat & Dog

For you and your inseparable friend.

42. Spongebob & Patrick

43. Damien from Mean Girls

44. Teletubbies

45. Deviled Egg

46. Pacman Ghost

47. Clueless

48. Miss Universe

Just wear galaxy print and a homemade sash!

49. Cereal Killer

50. Almond Joy and Mounds

Relationship goals amirite?

51. Tom Hanks and Wilson from Castaway

52. Most Interesting Man in the World and Dos Equis

53. Bud Light Year

54. Drunk 1 and Drunk 2

Just be honest with everyone.

55. Pinata

I wouldn't recommend wearing this if it's supposed to rain. I learned that lesson the hard way freshman year.

56. Ash and Pikachu

57. Cruella De Ville and Dalmatian

58. Loofah

Bonus: it doubles as something to sleep on in case you don't make it to your bed.

59. Beer

60. Troll Doll

Your childhood nightmares turned into a costume.

61. Garth & Kat from SNL

62. Target Lady from SNL

63. Moaning Myrtle

64. Death Eater

65. Napoleon Dynamite Characters

66. Taco Bell Sauce Packets

67. Candy Corn

68. Solo Cup

69. Gum Ball Machine

70. Skeleton

71. Cuzco from Emperor's New Groove

72. Darla from Finding Nemo

73. T.J. and Spinelli from Recess

74. Kim Possible

Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me.

75. Russell & Mr. Fredrickson from "Up"

There you go! Now you have 75 potential costume options, so if you still go out in normal clothes, you'll have to tell people the real reason you're not dressed up: you're lazy. I hope these inspire at least someone and I'd love to see these being rocked this weekend!

Happy Halloween!

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Forget Halloween Costumes And Trick Or Treating, Inktober Has My Full Attention This Year

Inktober dares artists to push some time for themselves to draw at least one drawing each day in their October schedules.


Besides waiting for October to celebrate Halloween, artists look forward to something else in October, which is Inktober.

Inktober means artists can draw things each day according to the month of October, under the requirement that they must be drawn in ink. Often times, many people will think it is a waste of time to draw during the month of October, but it's not for artists. Other than putting up costumes and preparing Halloween decorations, artists can try out ink for the first time if they have not done so already during this time of the year when drawing. Also, for ink, artists do not have to use expensive or any fancy ink at all, it can just be simply drawing with pens that have ink. And of course, artists need to draw on a paper to do Inktober as well.

In addition, this does not only challenge artists in drawing in ink but also their consistency and time management. Inktober is more fun if you actually do create one ink drawing each day in October. However, many people who are so busy with their lives, have the tendency of not able to have time to draw. Therefore, Inktober dares artists to push some time for themselves to draw at least one drawing each day in their October schedules.

Besides challenging artists for time management and consistency, it is also a time for artists to see and view other artists' Inktober drawings. This is also the best part. Artists will then can see many unique and beautiful Inktober drawings posted on social media such as Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram. Then, all the inspiration will be overflowing within the artists during the month of October. This is the perfect time to do Inktober because this October is a big hype for many Halloween festivities and film anniversaries. Artists will then be in touch with their creativity and imagination this October.

Furthermore, this year is the first time that I have tried Inktober, which is great to do in an hour or so. Although I was cluttered with lots of work and homework, I decided to take a little time off from them and give myself some time to draw a little to celebrate October. It is a perfect way to cope with stress. As I was drawing for Inktober, I already forgot what I was stressing about. Then, I was amazed by what I could draw with ink. After, when I am done with an Inktober, I will have the confidence to finish up my homework. Other than that, you will also be amazed by how your Inktober drawing turns out at the end and the reaction you will get after seeing the finished product of your Inktober drawing.

It's another fun activity that I insist artists should do this October because it's another way for artists to express themselves through drawing. I also encourage artists to hurry to do some of the Inktober because it only lasts only in October, which means one month. Overall, I am excited to see what kind of Inktober drawings there'll be for this year!

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