WatchMojo’s got a timely list of everyone’s favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder’s 10 best moments from the Star Wars Saga. WM does a really nice job putting together a highlight reel of Harrison Ford’s time with the character pulling its list from A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Force Awakens (nothing from Return of the Jedi?).
The list comes in the wake of Solo: A Star Wars Story’s pretty disastrous opening weekend. Adjusted for inflation, it’s the worst opening in franchise history, and considering the film was shot twice, Lucasfilm had a lot of money wrapped up in its second spin-off. Every franchise eventually has a bomb, but it’s usually a film that deserves to bomb. In this case, Solo was doomed even before The Last Jedi’s controversy that alienated a large portion of the fan base that traditionally whips itself into a frenzy for opening weekends. I wrote a column last summer, before The Last Jedi alienated me, begging Lucasfilm to keep Star Wars in December and to stop trying to put the franchise back in May, where it had traditionally opened under FOX. Even though it’s uneven, Solo is ultimately a good film with a really nice cast that sets itself up for even bigger adventures that we likely now will never get to see. I hope we do, but that would take some serious introspection on Disney’s part as to why exactly the film failed to connect. Hopefully they’ll take the lessons they should learn, let future installments breathe, and realize their mistakes. If not, they’re going to have a much more serious problem than a single Star Wars film that lost money.
As The Last Jedi approaches, many Star Wars fans are coming up in full preparation mode, scrutinizing every detail of the eighth episode in the Saga whether it be the exciting props, from box office odds to who will Kylo Ren kill, the questions are endless. I’ve pared it down to ten critical queries as we hit T-minus two weeks until Episode VII opens. No spoilers below, simply my best guesses, combined with a few answers straight from director Rian Johnson. Continue reading 10 Big Questions Going Into Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Unusual Suspects has put together a truly awesome trailer for The Empire Strikes Back featuring the score and the style of the trailer for The Last Jedi. A lot of people criticized The Force Awakens for drawing too heavily from A New Hope, but I don’t think that criticism is going to be valid for Empire and TLJ (for the record, I think it’s a lazy critique of the first film in the sequel trilogy). At any rate, this is just a well-done piece of Star Wars candy to get you through your week. You can click here to see all six prior saga trilogy films get this same sort of treatment with the music and style of The Force Awakens trailer.
Star Wars fans have a long history of creating some of the best fan art and fan made posters cinema has ever seen. Episode VII, especially, and the speculation surrounding it brought out the best in the fan community and, as much as I love the official poster, there are some fan posters that are just as good if not better. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story too had a number of amazing fan posters created that were on par with the official banner. Where movie posters have become a lost art, Star Wars has always had gorgeous official posters, and-since the advent of the Internet-fans have been able to share their own amazing work with the global fan community. Episode VIII is next on the radar, and-while it is early-there are already a number of outstanding posters online. I apologize to the artists for not being able to track down the names for most of them, and it IS early (I think the secrecy behind the plot has a lot of fan artists waiting for the first trailer to show some iconic imagery to work with), but here’s an early gallery of some of the best Episode VIII posters.
It’s a question all Star Wars fans have been asking since the tragic death of Carrie Fisher last month: “How big a deal is this going to be for the finale of the current trilogy?” Unfortunately, it’s a really big deal. A movie (yes, even a Star Wars movie) next to the life of a person is nothing at all, but Leia is going be the largest part of her acting legacy. I don’t think it’s out of line for fans to be concerned for the future of Leia, for in our concern for the character, we’re also safeguarding Fisher’s decades-long investment in the character.
Continue reading What to do about Carrie Fisher? The Episode IX Dilemma.