I know that I'm probably the last person on earth to see it, but Spider-Man: No Way Home released in Japan last week and I finally saw it today.

It's a film that I think will please even most cynics of the MCU, being a wonderful tribute to Spider-Man's cinematic history. Image
I always thought Tom Holland was a good Spider-Man, but by the end of No Way Home he feels fully matured into the role with a completed story arc.

The stakes feel higher this time and the audience feels his losses. It's palpable stuff we haven't seen from Holland's take before.
It goes without saying, but Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield being in this film was the year's worst kept film secret to the point it's barely even a spoiler anymore.

But rather than just being fan service, the film expands upon them and adds to their respective lore. Image
The returning villains in No Way Home don't miss a beat either. You can tell that the actors were passionate about coming back to Spider-Man and it's like they never stopped playing their parts.

Alfred Molina and Willem Dafoe knock it out of the park especially. ImageImageImageImage
By the end of No Way Home, Spider-Man is back to his basics, which I hope means the character will be given a clean slate in future films.

He's no longer a watered down Iron Man, and there's potential for him to be closer to the comics now.
Spider-Man: No Way Home was one of 2021's best films and a breath of fresh air for the MCU. I'm not sure if this magic can ever be captured again or if Tobey and Andrew will return, but this was a treat.

Minori enjoyed picking up the Marvel goods for sale in the cinema lobby. Image

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15 Jan
The modern day equivalent of naive American leftists who were useful idiots for Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong and Ho Chi Minh in the 20th century. ImageImageImageImage
The idea that China with its global influence and reach feels threatened by the United States is laughable.

And it’s even more laughable that there are Americans out there who feel compelled to defend the CCP, one of the most totalitarian and corrupt governments on earth.
If you actually look at elected American officials, there is general bipartisan consensus that China is a rival, not a friend of the U.S.

People thought Biden would be soft on China, but he wouldn’t have boycotted the Olympics or brought Uyghur abuses to attention if he was.
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14 Jan
Unfortunately I highly doubt that I’m going to visit China anytime soon, maybe never in my lifetime at the rate things are going.

It’s especially conflicting given that I’m from a Chinese family, but the risks are becoming too high now.
After seeing what happened to the two Michaels, the benefits of visiting China as a foreigner are diminishing.

If Beijing ends up having political beef with your country, you could find yourself used as a bargaining chip merely for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
It’s my goal to see Hong Kong before there’s no Hong Kong left, but even that might be impossible with the pandemic and the PRC’s growing influence.

Taiwan isn’t going away though and I’ll always be a firm supporter of them. It’ll certainly be among my first holiday choices.
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13 Jan
Not surprising. Most books I consume these days are via Audible, which has essentially turned audiobooks into podcasts.

I do read novels in my spare time occasionally, but the landscape for books is nowhere near what it once was. That’s inevitable at this point.
Back in the 1970s, James Clavell’s Shōgun was *the* novel everyone in America was reading.

Even though it was over 1000 pages long, millions of people breezed through it.

There is no novel today which has the same equivalent force. Arguably the last was Harry Potter. Image
We live in an era where everything is fast paced and people have low attention spans due to social media and technology.

The younger you get, the less you see people making the time to read books. At least not in the traditional way.
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12 Jan
I understand if people don’t like the design of the bikes, but let’s not pretend Star Wars has never had colorful vehicles before. Image
It’s ok if the Boba Fett series doesn’t appeal to you, but much of the stuff people criticize it for has been done by either George Lucas himself or Legends writers.

Personally I think it’s doing a good job incorporating that old lore into the new canon.
Some people really want to pretend that they liked everything about Star Wars before Disney.

I’m from the generation that grew up with the prequels, which were very divisive back then.

Before that you had the EU/Legends which many people also constantly criticized.
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12 Jan
#BookofBobaFett Episode 3 had its enjoyable and nostalgic moments, but was probably the weakest of the series so far.

I get what it was trying to do in continuing to be setup, but some characters felt underdeveloped. Admittedly Episode 2 was quite the difficult act to follow. Image
The previous two episodes of Boba Fett gave us some more insights into Tusken Raider culture, which is what made them interesting.

Episode 3 does something similar with humanizing the Rancor. It isn't Disney being soft though, it's actually incorporating previous Legends lore. Image
I also appreciated how the episode gave us a bit more lore on Tatooine, referencing how in the Legends continuity the planet was once a lush world with oceans and forests.

It'll be interesting to see if they continue with that. Image
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Interesting how Nixon also had some socially progressive policies (yes, even though he was a Republican), but his reputation is nowhere near as high as Johnson’s.

Even though Johnson lying to the American public to escalate Vietnam was arguably worse than Watergate.
The Vietnam War was a failure of multiple administrations across both parties from Eisenhower to Nixon, but only Nixon is remembered because he was the last and most controversial.

Johnson’s poor leadership doesn’t get nearly as much scrutiny today though and it should.
Honestly, I think many Americans miss the forest for the trees when it comes to looking at history and that’s entirely dependent on their politics.

Don’t worship political leaders. They’re all flawed human beings who are supposed to be public servants. They aren’t your buddy.
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