Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)

She was a legend that helped a generation redefine what it means to be a princess in the movies. Carrie Fisher died today in Los Angeles. She was 60. Though best known for portraying Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return Of The Jedi (1983), Fisher went on…

ROGUE ONE Lacks the Star Wars Magic

Film: Rogue One USA Release Date: December 16, 2016 Written By: Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy (Screenplay) and John Knoll & Gary Whitta (Story) Music Composed By: Michael Giacchino Produced By: Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel Directed By: Gareth Edwards Running Time: 133 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 3 (out of 10) Performances: 7 Visual…

Bonk-Bonk on the Head If You Dislike STAR TREK: “Miri”

Television Series: Star Trek Episode #12: “Miri” USA Airdate: October 27, 1966 (#8) Written By: Adrian Spies Music Composed By: Alexander Courage Directed By: Vincent McEveety Running Time: 50 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 9 (out of 10) Performances: 10 Visual Style: 10 Music: 10 Overall: 10 Verdict: Must See Comments: Though the logic of the episode cannot hold up under close scrutiny, “Miri” turns out to be– Blah,…

Keep a Close Watch on STAR TREK’s “Dagger of the Mind” Neural Neutralizer

Television Series: Star Trek Episode #11: “Dagger of the Mind” USA Airdate: November 3, 1966 (#9) Written By: S. Bar-David (Shimon Wincelberg) Music Composed By: Alexander Courage Directed By: Vincent McEveety Running Time: 50 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 5 (out of 10) Performances: 5 Visual Style: 8 Music: 8 Overall: 6 Verdict: Worth Watching Comments: The story meanders and Morgan Woodward (Doctor Simon Van Gelder) overacts, but…

STAR TREK Asks, “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”

Television Series: Star Trek Episode #10: “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” USA Airdate: October 20, 1966 (#7) Written By: Robert Bloch Music Composed By: Fred Steiner Directed By: James Goldstone Running Time: 50 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 7 (out of 10) Performances: 8 Visual Style: 7 Music: 10 Overall: 8 Verdict: Must See Comments: This is one of those Star Trek episodes that feels like it…

Watch STAR TREK’s Take on THE ENEMY BELOW In “Balance of Terror”

Television Series: Star Trek Episode #9: “Balance of Terror” USA Airdate: December 15, 1966 (#14) Written By: Paul Schneider Music Composed By: Fred Steiner Directed By: Vincent McEveety Running Time: 50 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 8 (out of 10) Performances: 10 Visual Style: 10 Music: 10 Overall: 9 Verdict: Must See Comments: For years, “Balance of Terror” reigned as my favorite Star Trek episode. Back in January, I…