The Force Awakens may have dominated the world when it debuted at Christmas time but all our Christmas times are devoted to the Oscar race so we didn't truly give it its due here. And thus it's our pick this week for Hit Me With Your Best Shot (though we don't normally do movies this recent) to give us a chance to spend a little more time with Luke, Leia, Han, Finn, Rey, and the galaxy's new collective boyfriend Poe Dameron.
My own Force Awakens post is here if you missed it. I had been running late. Let's blame Thelma & Louise (I've been distracted). The power of the Dark Side or the Light are no match for the Force of Great Actressing in my galaxy right now and close close by.
Alright. Let's see what the Best Shot club chose...
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Director: JJ Abrams | Cinematographer: Daniel Mindel
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A space tableaux so stark it’s almost monochrome minimalism...
Her makeshift home, the rusty, run-down insides of a broken down Armored Transport, is given depth by showing us small, tangible details
-Nebel Without a Cause
Good enough to stand on its own, but dwarfed by what came before...
One of the points where it most taps into the easy, pleasurable innocence of the original trilogy...
-Antagony & Ecstasy
Force Awakens is a pretty unnecessary movie except in seeing where Rian Johnson takes it for Episode 8
-Scopophiliac at the Movies
All of it. It's all true...
-Sorta That Guy
ultimately, I’m a big sucker for a great tracking shot.
a reunion with telling distance, smoking wreckage surrounds them
-The Film Experience
Concept art come to life in the best way...
-Storyphile *first time participant!*
Nostalgia factors heavily in my thoughts about Star Wars these days and nostalgia is a huge part of The Force Awakens...
-I Want to Believe
The thrills get to breathe, both in the frame and in the editing.
-Film Mix Tape
I could have easily filled this post with only shots of Rey...
It might be blasphemous to say but I think Force Awakens takes what I loved about New Hope and improved upon it."
And tweeted entries to close us out...
When emojis speak the truth: Hearts for eyes is right!
Next Tuesday: It's a Josef von Sternberg / Marlene Dietrich Double Feature in glorious black and white. You can do Morocco (1930) OR Blonde Venus (1932) OR both.