Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi has proven to be the most divisive Star Wars film ever. While it earned generally favorable reviews from critics (91% on Rotten Tomatoes), the general audience was a little more even split (47% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes). Those most vocal about the film have been hard-core Star Wars fans who were not fans of many of the plot details that happened in the film. Depending on who you ask, The Last Jedi was either a bold new direction for the Star Wars franchise, or something that finally destroyed fans’ childhoods. Many who were displeased with the film did not like the direction Luke Skywalker went, even Luke himself, Mark Hamil wasn’t too pleased with the direction his beloved character went.


If Star Wars: The Force Awakens taught us anything, it’s that there’s no “happily every after” in the Star Wars universe. Empires fall, but they rise again. And like empires, republics rise and fall again. A cynic would add, “Especially not when there’s tens of billions of dollars to be made from Stars Wars fans, diehard or otherwise,” but cynicism has no place – or at least shouldn’t have a place – when it comes to writer-director Rian Johnson’s (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick) follow-up, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the middle chapter in a third trilogy that will eventually span nine films. Temporarily borrowing the directing reins from J.J. Abrams (Abrams will direct the ninth and presumably final entry in the Skywalker Saga), Johnson has succeeded beyond even the highest expectations, delivering a Star Wars not for 2017, not for 2019, but for a soon-to-be-classic that will rightly take its place with A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back as the best the Star Wars franchise has to offer.   (more…)

Oh yes, there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out later this year, and in case you aren’t excited enough yet, here comes some buzz courtesy of D23. It was perhaps unreasonable to expect a new trailer, although it has been about three months since we got that first one, so in lieu of any completed footage, we got a three-minute, behind-the-scenes sneak peak into what might be expected in Star Wars: The Last Jedi(more…)

Just because each of the entries in the new Star Wars trilogy are being made by a separate director, it doesn’t mean that they’re making each film on an island of their own ideas, and their ideas alone. Certainly you’re probably thinking that Lucasfilm has its say, and you would be right, but what about the directors sharing ideas with each other? It’s been known to happen, and Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow is the one opening up about the process. In a new interview, the Jurassic World director said he asked Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson to include a specific scene in Episode VIII, and he did… (more…)

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Last week in preparation for the upcoming DCEU film Wonder Woman, the Alamo Drafthouse, stated that they would have a “ladies only” screening of the upcoming film. That set off a firestorm of coverage on the idea. Many males voiced their anger on their keyboards as they saw it as a form of “reverse-sexism” even if it was for a special occasion and only for one night. The Alamo Drafthouse didn’t budge, and even expanded the idea to their satellite theaters across the United States. It didn’t take long for those against the idea to come up with their own “guys night out.”


Who are these people?! These are two pictures from the latest Star Wars edition of Vanity Fair taken by the legendary Annie Leibovitz, a group of aliens dressed to the nines like a wierdo looking cosplay version of an extravagant James Bond casino scene. Funny we should note that because that’s just the feeling its supposed to invoke when you watch the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The photo reveals a hint at what will be a key scene in the upcoming Episode VIII and what may be a key scene for FN-2187, Finn FN-2187. Welcome to Canto Bight.  (more…)

So many questions. That’s what we were left with after last Friday’s debut of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser trailer. Of course, there have been a lot of questions about the next direction of the Star Wars saga since the end credits for The Force Awakens, and a lot of promises about answers in The Last Jedi. The film’s writer/director Rian Johnson was cagey in the panel at Star Wars Celebration, but how about an exclusive chat with corporate colleagues over at Good Morning America, what new details might they be able to pry out of Johnson? Well, there are a few. (more…)

So how was your Easter weekend, and how much of it did you spend re-watching the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser again, and again (and again, and again, and again)? Probably a few times, and then there were long, contemplative periods thinking about the line, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” What does that mean? Was Luke serious, or was he caught in a moment of self-doubt? Or perhaps he’s – gasp – turned to the Dark Side! Well, Mark Hamill knows from where you speak, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to shed any new meaning on the line he’s heard to utter in that teaser.  (more…)

Thank God for corporate synergy! Star Wars Celebration, the annual fan commemoration of all things Star Wars, is just a couple of days away from beginning at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, so the hype is about to beginning even earlier. Not that Star Wars needs the hype help, but when the parent corporation of Star Wars also owns a broadcast network with a morning show, hype is easier to come by. So Star Wars will celebrate tomorrow morning on Good Morning America, but what are we celebrating specifically, and with who?  (more…)