Solo: A Star Wars Storyhas proven to be a box office disaster for Disney, and has been received with mixed reaction with the fans. I enjoyed the film myself, but the most important question is….WHAT DID KYLO REN THINK OF IT??? Here with a VERY SPOILER INTENSIVE REVIEW is none other than Auralnauts’ Kylo Ren. For Kylo’s thoughts on The Last Jedi, and Rogue One click on the link and enjoy.
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”→
The latest fantastic Star Wars tribute video from Hero Fan Productions (you have to subscribe to them on YouTube) features something not often dwelt upon when you think of the Jedi. They are awesome. They are heroic. They are also…possibly the worst educators in fiction. Yoda trained Dooku, Obi-Wan trained Anakin, Obi-Wan and Yoda barely trained Luke, Luke botched training Ben, and gave Rey 48 hours or so of instruction before Ghost Yoda had to show up and whack him over the head with his ghost stick (which apparently you can do if you’re a ghost…now).
Of course there were extenuating circumstances in all these training failures, and the hubris of the Jedi Order was what ensured its downfall from Palpatine (who was, all things considered, probably a better teacher than any of them). Those who can do; those who can’t teach. What the Jedi needed were a lot more mediocre doers who made better teachers. I’m sure Rey will take all the magic broom kids from Canto Bight and turn them into a new generation of Sith if the pattern holds. Still, it’s a wonderfully edited look at the lessons of failure in the Star Wars Saga from The Phantom Menace through The Last Jedi.
“May the Fourth be with you!”
“And also with you!”
If you can have this exchange with someone today, this person is someone to not ignore the other 364 days of the year. Today is, of COURSE, the greatest unofficial holiday on the calendar: Star Wars Day! Not Cinco de Mayo eve, but a celebration of the greatest fictional universe and the state of that fictional universe is, unfortunately, a lot more precarious than it was at this time last year. Star Wars is at a crossroads. Though it was a financial and critical success, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi split the fanbase in a way that it hasn’t been since Disney started managing the property. Whether you thought what Rian Johnson with TLJ was brilliant, or-like me-you’re still kind of trying to suppress the whole experience because the more you dwell on it the more depressed you get, it was a divisive film. My short, personal rant is that it undid nearly everything good that The Force Awakens did, ruined several characters (some irredeemably), and didn’t really accomplish a whole lot for being the longest film in the Saga. But it’s more fun if Auralnauts’ Kylo Ren breaks down the film.
While it was challenged, Dunkirklead the way in the voting for the 6th Annual Killing Time Community’s Best Picture, and managed to hold off an early charge by Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and a surprising late onslaught by Wind River to give Christopher Nolan his second win in six years. The story of this year’s poll may well be just how divided people were over what the best film of last year was. Out of 15 nominees, 13 received votes, and though Dunkirk won, it did so with only 21.43% of the vote, the lowest winning percentage of any champion in the six years of the poll. Finishing a surprising second was Wind River with 17.86%. Wind River, while fantastic, hasn’t really figured in to any awards talk, and didn’t receive a single Oscar nomination. Star Wars: The Last Jedi broke the Star Wars winning streak and finished third with 10.71%. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, finished fourth with 8.93%, and Get Out and Wonder Womantied for fifth place with 7.14%.
Dunkirk joins the Killing Time Hall of Fame alongside past poll winners, becoming the sixth KT Community Best Picture of the Year. Tomorrow, I’ll reveal my picks before Oscar weekend with Killing Time’s version of the Oscars: The Renaissance Film Awards.
2012: The Dark Knight Rises 2013: Gravity 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy 2015: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
2016: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story