Book Review: George Lucas, A Life by Brian Jay Jones

4 out of 5

George seems to be a talented visual storyteller. He knows how to craft engaging images, but is almost lost when he has to create a movie that requires a plot
and not just pretty images. He works best when he’s got people to collaborate with and fill in his gaps as long as he takes their advice. This became less common when he got older and more established thus the interesting but less engaging Star Wars prequels. Being able to assemble and overlook creative teams is a good skillset but is not one that most artists can emulate. I didn’t find what I wanted from this book, but it was interesting to get this glimpse into his work methods, and his fans may want to read this to satisfy their curiosity.


Movie Review: Metropolis

Writers can learn a lot from movies so movie reviews will be a semi-regular feature if I feel a movie has taught me something writers can use for their works.

Metropolis is credited with being the first #scifi movie.It was released in 1927 and produced by Fritz Lang. It’s best regarded as a historical document. It’s overacting, melodrama, and the fashion sense of its stars is comical to modern tastes. The evil factory uses oppressed blue collar workers never anticipating a time when manufacturing jobs would face automation. It’s set design of the technology is still eye catching. This movie made me grateful for all the progress made in movie storytelling throughout the decades. I recommend this movie if you are a history buff, but not for general #scifi fans unless you have a taste for pulp.

Review: HBO Westworld-Damaging Hosts Unnecessary Expense

Itunes has released season 1 of HBO’s Westworld and I am now able to finally review it. I like it. However, I see a plot hole.

Guests are allowed to act out sadistic impulses and enact gruesome assault, murder and death scenes with their “Hosts” robots. This is meant as a metaphor about God allowing suffering. It doesn’t work as a metaphor for me since what company would allow valuable equipment to be constantly damaged? Especially when the offscreen Board demands cutbacks in the park’s budget. Allowing guests to damage equipment is an unnecessary expense.

This show’s trope might work if Westworld was cast in a far–future, post–scarcity society that could afford to be so wasteful but this is the dawn of sentience in A.I. I figure the Westworld company may not care about the Hosts’ civic rights but what about the protection of their capital and tangible assets?