Six months removed from the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans have some perspective but little direction. For a film that did so well at the box office, it sure vanished off the cultural and geek landscape quickly. After The Force Awakens, people were still buzzing about the film a year after its release. Most fans I know put it behind them, or are looking to JJ Abrams to somehow make sense of Rian Johnson’s film in Episode IX. Not even Star Wars fans seem very pumped about Solo’srelease this week. Whether you thought it was brilliant (which passes my understanding) or, like me, thought it was an incredible misstep that broke characters and plot lines irredeemably, the point of these columns is to highlight the best of a film. Maybe the thing about The Last Jedi that most frustrating is that there is enough coolness in it to not be able to hate it straight out. However, in every bit of greatness in the film there’s something embedded that makes nitpicking Star Wars fans (and we do love to nitpick like no others) wince. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) “Rey & Kylo vs. Snoke’s Praetorian Guard”→
Auralnauts is a YouTube channel you should be following if, for no other reason, to get their Kylo Ren’s reaction to the latest Star Wars news and trailers. Sounding uncannily like Adam Driver, Kylo will give you his take on the trailers and review Star Wars films he’s not even in (here’s his review for Rogue One). They’re always hilarious, the more so the bigger a Star Wars nerd you are. Ren was especially a fan of the beginning to the latest The Last Jedi trailer (he also wants a porg). Check it and Auralnauts out. They mint mirth. Happy Saturday to all!
As a bonus, here’s Kylo trying some less aggressive interrogation techniques.
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. August is a time where you hope a movie comes along and becomes a critical surprise, and we have that this weekend in addition to the usual August dumping ground material.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been the most secretive of any of the Disney-era films yet, with nary a leak out there aside from those spun off of the teaser trailer (click here to watch) released four months ago. I can’t help but think that we’re on the cusp of getting the full trailer as we’re now only four months away from the opening of the next Saga film. Entertainment Weekly’s fall preview issue features two covers for The Last Jedi (still keeping people wondering whether the title refers to Luke or Rey, though Hamill has said it refers to Luke). The captions provide some interesting details, but the most awesome pic has to be Snoke’s Praetorian Guard, an upgraded look on Palpatine’s Imperial Guard. Snoke may be a new character, but everything about The First Order seems like an upgrade or an evolution from The Empire, so there is a connection somewhere. Take a look at these full slew of images and begin to speculate. It’s not too far now. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi opens December 15, 2017. Continue reading New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Pictures from Entertainment Weekly!!!→
Steven Soderbergh used to be one of the most interesting directors in Hollywood, producing thought-provoking, big dramas like Traffic or Syriana to turning that same style on its head for fun and mayhem in the Ocean’s 11 trilogy. Lately though, the same skill that once had him weaving huge casts and multiple plot threads together to perfect cohesion has fallen flat. Soderbergh has, on multiple occasions, said he’s retiring from directing following either a disappointment or an effort by a contemporary that he’s said makes his work seem inferior. So that all being said, guess who has a new movie opening on August 17th?
Logan Lucky is about a group of misfits attempting to pull off a heist during the middle of a NASCAR race. Starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, and Daniel Craig, it definitely seems to be channeling the Ocean’s spirit. After SPECTRE, Craig has some making up to do to me (yes, personally) and really all he needs to do…is just be whatever the heck this character in the trailer is for two hours and I’ll be happy.