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
One of the most common complaints of film fans is that everything is a remake or a franchise these days, and that film has lost all originality. It’s true, to a certain extent, that the market for original films has never been thinner (Get Out and Wind River being two notable 2017 exceptions), but as CineFix points out in their list, remaking films is nothing new. The Wizard of Oz and Ben-Hur (the second one) are both remakes. Hollywood has always cannibalized its own material and always will. Even films like The Lion King are remakes (loosely in that case of Hamlet). Studios have never been more obvious about it than they are today, but take a look at CineFix’s different categories of remake, and learn a little about how Hollywood has been munching on its own tail since its inception.
WatchMojo is back with another great film list, this time putting their back into making sure you never feel safe on an airplane ever again. It’s a safe bet you’ll never be seeing any of these as your in-flight film. While I’m usually lock-step with WM in most of their list, I think they made some serious missteps. To be honest, I haven’t even seen their #1 pick (Fearless), but I don’t think it would beat either of my top two, Flight and Cast Away, which-to be fair-ARE their #2 and #3. However, several of their honorable mentions (The Dark Knight Rises, Superman Returns, and COME ON, United 93) definitely belong on the list proper. And where’s Sully??? It’s an ENTIRE FILM ABOUT A PLANE CRASH!!! Well, the get a mulligan on that one, because they actually made this list three years ago, but I have some serious issues. Also, I know it’s TV, but the plane crash in Lost’s pilot is as good as anything the movies have done. What about you? What’s your pick for the greatest plane crash in film history? Let me know in the comments below!
WatchMojo is another great YouTube channel. Alongside CineFix and WhatCulture, it produces the best lists on YouTube. In honor of Geostorm hitting the box office amidst a sea of ACTUAL natural disasters that are horrible enough, I thought why not shoot the moon and feature a list where the entire planet actually ends? It goes without saying that if you haven’t seen any of these films…..well, the world DOES in fact end in them. Bang. Gone. Spoiler. They include some interesting films I haven’t seen and I love that they picked the criminally underrated Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, but how is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy only an honorable mention??? I cannot argue with their #1 pick and the only Kubrick film I could watch on a loop: Dr. Strangelove. So sit back, DON’T PANIC, and watch the world end a dozen or so times. Then real life won’t seem quite so dire (probably, I haven’t seen the news today so don’t hold me to that).
We’ve all shared this familiar childhood moment: with a towel on our back that functions as our imaginary cape, and a cut-up cloth over our heads that’s supposed to be a make-shift mask, we run all over our house thinking we’re flying across a city that needs saving. On numerous occasions growing up, we imagined living the superhero and superheroine mythology ourselves even before fully understanding the fascinating comic book universe they come from and the captivating stories they hold.
Just by this virtue alone, you can expect the superhero genre to live on as it is deeply ingrained in our consciousness, more so in today’s culture, and will continue for many years to come. Not convinced? We’ve got five persuasive points to make you consider otherwise. Continue reading 5 Reasons Why the Superhero Genre Will Endure