In what’s become a frequent repose in the last year, the merchandisers for a major movie franchise are under attack for ignoring the idea that girls like big sci-fi, action/adventure movies too. A new version of Star Wars Monopoly was released back in September includes Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Finn and Luke Skywalker game pieces, but mysteriously, the new hero character of the sequel trilogy is mysteriously absent. The question before the Monopoly makers now is where is Rey, the character played by Daisy Ridley? The Monopoly mess is now the latest rallying point for gender equality, at least so far as toys and games are concerned. (more…)
2016 is going to be a huge year for movies. HUGE! DC is finally going to get the motor going on their Extended Universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Marvel is taking things bigger and more supernatural with Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange. 20th Century Fox is providing another Bryan Singer X-Men movie with X-Men: Apocalypse, as well as some less Hugh Jackman-centric offerings with Deadpool, and Gambit. There’s going to be another Ghostbusters movie after more than a quarter century. Suffice to say there’s a lot to look forward to in 2016, but a survey done by Fandango has identified the MOST anticipated movie of 2016, and that movie is Star Wars: Rogue One! There are plenty of reasons for all the hype, even aside from the success of The Force Awakens. Read on to find out what and to see what else topped Fandango’s list.
George Lucas got paid $4 billion by Disney for Lucasfilms that included the rights to Star Wars. Of course everyone was on the side lines was waiting to hear what George Lucas would have to say about the first Star Wars Movie created under that Disney umbrella and it seemed like they weren’t waiting in vain. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Lucas used and analogy of “selling his children to White Slavers” to describe the Star Wars: The Force Awakens experience. I wasn’t really shocked in one sense. With $4 billion Lucas can say what he wants, it’s not like he has to go to work tomorrow, or ever again. As the news of his comments went around the Internet, the eventual back peddling has begun. (more…)
From the folks who bring you honest reviews of movies and games in plethora for our amusement, we bring you Honest Game Trailers getting down and dirty, as they pick apart Star Wars Battlefront by EA. The highly hyped addition to the Battlefront series was said to bring vivid graphic updates paired with all new modes of gameplay, and while Honest Game Trailer does give them just due for EA “trying” it hones in on the true qualms that many had with this game that played on our nostalgia, all the while leading us down the rabbit-hole of frustration.
This piece started with a simple question: how many times have you seen Star Wars? Whether I was asking it of me, or was planning to direct the query back to you the reader, discussions with the Nerd Bastards editorial team turned this around to a broader question: Why do people love Star Wars as much as they do? On the eve of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the overwhelming media and merchandise machine that covers all bases from HP to Subway to Cover Girl, why have we poured our hopes, dreams, and happiness into a fictional galaxy of the distant past? (more…)
If you’ve been anywhere near social media over the past few days you are most likely very aware of two things, that Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens tomorrow in wide release (many advance screenings have already happened globally) and that apparently, a select group of (for lack of a better term) people out there, a particular pivotal scene/event/plot point should be spoiled, publicly, for those yet to see the film.
There has been a deluge of spoilers* hitting the internet over the past few hours, from official Star Wars fan pages to IMDB and Wiki pages, heck even our own Facebook fan page (which, if you have not joined, you totally should… unless of course you want to post spoilers,) has been hit with links, clips, and… well, jerks.
People, seriously, calm down. For whatever reasoning you have to take the internet and spoil* the movie for the masses (and there are numerous theories and reasonings for those actions out there that I won’t bother entertaining here,) well, maybe you just shouldn’t. But hey, why listen to some chubby dude behind a keyboard, right? (you chubby dude behind a keyboard.) How about letting Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and a very well regarded Henry tell you himself. (more…)
Last night I found myself wandering the Internet, as most of us do when I can across Weird Al‘s The Sage Begins video. That led me to another Star Wars Parody song which led me to others. It’s a vicious cycle once the Internet starts matching what you’ve just watched with other things it thinks you should be watching. An hour or so later I thought, “Hey, why not make a post and make this easier for folks.” So here’s a post of 20 or so Star Wars Parody Songs/Skits to kill some time before you head out to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (more…)
No doubt many of your are mere hours away from seeing Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens, and a very good percentage of you have probably re-watched the the original 3 movies in preparation for this cinematic event. Of course that leaves a great many of us scrambling to find time to get a good solid recap in before the new movie and since Episode VII starts nationwide in just a few hours we don’t really have the time, now do we?
So, rather than blaming our poor time management skills (but seriously, we have to reevaluate how we spend our time,) we can breathe sigh of relief and bang out a full review of the only Star Wars movies that matter in a little more than 20 minutes thanks to the folks over at Bad Lip Reading. You can relive all the high points of the saga like Old Ben’s endless quest for the Pickaxe of Cortez, Vader’s surprise tear jerking emotional reveal at the end of Empire, and of course the songs… Oh all the songs. (more…)
With Christmas fast approaching and Star Wars just days away, you know Marvel’s Merc With A Mouth won’t let the Galaxy Far, Far Away get away trying to steal the Yuletide thunder. And Just like a hungry Sarlacc Pit, Deadpool slaps down a Chimichanga load of epic rhymes in the latest Epic Rap Battle Of History.
Everyone is completely preoccupied with Star Wars right now. There is nothing else. Sign painters are just painting the words Star Wars on everything, judges are finding all defendants “Star Wars,” and in the latest polls, Star Wars has been found to have taken the lead in the republican primary. (Whew, that’s a relief.) If you’re not excited about Star Wars right now, then you’re a liar. In the midst of all this excitement and Star Wars over-stimulation, Screen Junkies (the channel that does those honest trailers on YouTube) has released a new honest trailer on YouTube for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Let’s check it out below.