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An American Film Geek's Top Ten of 2017

What an embarrassment. An embarrassment of riches, that is. 2017 had so many excellent, top-tier, wonderful, provocative, enjoyable films, that any given critic's list can't help but be embarrassing for what's not able to be included. I've seen no shortage...

Destroy All Monsters: General Leia Is STAR WARS' No-Win Scenario

Two weeks ago, Disney took the unprecedented step of announcing that, in spite of their recent resurrection of Peter Cushing for CGI Frankentarkin in Rogue One and in the wake of the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher, that they would...

Carrie Fisher: 1956 - 2016

Just when we thought we were in the clear 2016 has socked us again. The year has taken away our Princess. Actress and author Carrie Fisher, known forever and ever as Star Wars`Princess/General Leia, had a heart attack before Christmas...

Destroy All Monsters: Mindfulness In STAR WARS

The first conversation about the Force in the Star Wars saga (chronologically, anyway) is about mindfulness. In their first scene together in The Phantom Menace, Obi-Wan has "a bad feeling about this" and Qui-Gon does not, and they talk about...

Destroy All Monsters: Gay Or Straight, Finn/Poe Matters

Like most fans of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I found the relationship between John Boyega's Finn and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron to be one of the film's most charming aspects. As soon as they'd uttered their enthusiastically mutual "nice...

Destroy All Monsters: Whedon vs. Abrams

Last week, Joss Whedon quietly confirmed that he has finished his deal with Marvel Studios and won't be participating in any more of their movies. This wasn't a surprise. Frankly, even given the degree to which hiring Whedon to make...

Destroy All Monsters: The Power Of THE FORCE AWAKENS

Sure, within moments of the wider pop cultural world becoming aware of the fact that Rey (Daisy Ridley) wasn't just the main character of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but was indeed that kind of main character - the Luke,...

The Many Faces Of Carrie Fisher

This may come as news to some of you, but there is a new Star Wars film out in theaters, right now. And believe it or not, some of the old (literally) cast members of the original trilogy are in...

Review: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, A Blast Of Fun

A few hours ago I saw a new Star Wars film. This wasn't ever something I had planned for. We always knew, back in '80, that there were three untold episodes. The connective tissue was there to tell Annikin's...

Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Alien From The STAR WARS Universe?

(What? Of course this is an alien, she's from another planet, ain't she?) So, yeah, Star Wars is happening again, and the hype is stronger than even I imagined, and I'm old enough to have seen this happen quite a...

Critical Distance: Will STAR WARS Reveal The Real J.J. Abrams?

Will the real J.J. Abrams finally be revealed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Abrams has directed five films, four of which have been franchise installments. So far, the only one that has felt personal is Super 8. He followed...

Have Your Say: On The 16th Of December, I Will...

So, yeah. New Star Wars is coming, in 3D and 3D IMAX even. Will you be making an extra effort to see it on opening day, if possible? Finish this sentence: "On the 16th of December, I will..." Possible answers...

STAR WARS Ruminations: The Princess Strikes Back with Carrie Fisher Returning

It's becoming less of a surprise, particularly when it became all but assured that Harrison Ford was going to reprise his role, that the other stars from the Original Trilogy would be coming back for one more go with the...

Sitges 09: WHITE LIGHTNIN' Review

[Our thanks to Olivier D'Amour who submitted this review when the film screened at the 2009 Fantasia Festival in Montreal.] The festival has only just started and we've already been treated to many fine films, from Thirst to Grace to...