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Top 10: Opening Movie Sequences

Lights down.  Film rolls.  Movie starts.  A director has a limited amount of time, especially in the ADHD world we live in today, to whack audiences between the eyes and grab their attention for the rest of their film.  Looper has put together a list of the 10 best opening sequences of all-time (the list appears to be a few years old).  You can’t argue with The Godfather, The Dark Knight, or Rear Window.  I’m not sure there aren’t better examples of an astounding opening sequence though than Hustle and Flow or Halloween, for example.  I think the list is a good jumping-off point for conversation more than I think Looper did a fantastic, impeccable job assembling the greatest opening scenes of all-time.  Patton was one that jumped immediately to my mind.  What, after reviewing Looper’s choices, are some films you feel should have made this list?

Marlon Brando and James Caan in The Godfather

“The Chosen One” The Tragic Descent of Anakin Skywalker

Hero Fan Productions is a channel you MUST be following on YouTube.  A week ago, I shared their video “The Last”, which depicts Luke Skywalker’s journey through Episode IV to the trailer to Episode VIII (click here if you missed it).  In “The Chosen One”, HFP looks at Luke’s father, Anakin, from Episodes I-VI (and Rogue One) plus footage from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels.  Vader’s legacy still loomed large over his family in Episode VII.  Even 30 years after his death, Anakin’s fall was still dividing and hurting his family, the irony being that it was the mad protection of his family that drove him from them into the arms of the Dark Side.  Everyone has their own view on the Prequels, but the information provided from them (mostly from Episode III and the 10 years of animated series) makes Vader’s story even more tragic.  The notions of “balance to the force” and “the chosen one” appear to be something that we’re going to be dealing with again in The Last Jedi, which is promising the BIGGEST jaw-dropping plot twist in the Saga’s history.  HFP does a great job with this (I wish they’d have stuck to using Williams’ score instead of epic music that gets a little distracting), and it gets you thinking about those parts of Anakin’s story that still may affect the stories yet to come.

Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Giles Keyte

10 Star Wars Changes That Were Completely Justified

Tomorrow is the best unofficial holiday on every geek’s calendar: MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!!!  In anticipation of our yearly celbration of Quatro de Mayo, and in keeping with running through some of my favorite YouTube channels for interesting and informative videos, I thought I’d post What Culture’s 10 Changes Made to Star Wars that Were Completely Justified. Continue reading 10 Star Wars Changes That Were Completely Justified

Top 5: Princess Leia Moments (Thank you, Carrie)

Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars

Ask any guy who grew up with Star Wars, and we’ll admit it: we were all in love with her at some point.  She blasted Stormtroopers, piloted speeder bikes, commanded armies, and choked out a Hutt in the hottest outfit in film history.  She was the only girl action figure most of us kept around.  She was awesome, and we loved her for it, and part of us always will.  So until we’re all one with the Force, here are my five favorite Leia memories.

1. Aren’t You a Little Short to be a Stormtrooper? (A New Hope)

2. You Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder! (The Empire Strikes Back)

3. I love you.  I know. (The Empire Strikes Back)

4. Slave Leia Chokes a Hutt OUT (Return of the Jedi)

5. I Always Hated Watching You Leave (The Force Awakens)

The Empire Strikes Back, Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, Star Wars
Carrie Fisher (1956 – 2016)

Every Rogue One Easter Egg and Hidden Secret And the Future of the Franchise!!!

It goes without saying, that if you have not seen Rogue One yet, do not watch this video or read further.  I like the film more and more I mull it over, and want to get back to see it again as soon as possible.  When I do, I will be looking for the incredible amount of Easter Eggs in the film, some of which I noticed, some of which slipped past me.  For a full accounting, check out this great rundown by the folks at Movieidol.  The Verge also writes a great piece on the hidden gems that you can read by clicking here. Continue reading Every Rogue One Easter Egg and Hidden Secret And the Future of the Franchise!!!