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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...

Review: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, Stronger Than Ever with the Force

There’s nothing better than a great Star Wars movie. And this is a great Star Wars movie. In the interest of rightly remaining spoiler free, I’ll put forth that, generally speaking, The Last Jedi pulls off many things that The...

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Teaser Offers Space Opera at its Finest

Disney and Lucasfilm have dropped the teaser trailer for Rian Johnson's entry in the Star Wars series, The Last Jedi, which for us old school fans we'll fondly call Episode VIII. Of course, Star Wars is such a behemoth that...

Destroy All Monsters: THE PHANTOM MENACE Started The Conversation On Fan Entitlement

We are in the midst of a renewed conversation about fandom's relationship with the properties they cherish. This is thanks in no small part to (of all things!) a white male internet dweeb proclaiming to all who would listen that...

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,...

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...

Destroy All Monsters: "Our Lot In Life" - Droid Personhood In STAR WARS

Is BB-8 a boy? A girl? A non-gendered utility device? I don't know. And I'm off the internet through the release of The Force Awakens because honestly, I don't want to find out. I mentioned who was playing Captain Phasma...

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...

Destroy All Monsters: The STAR WARS Prequel Films Aren't The Worst Movies Ever Made, Just The Most Disappointing

As we approach the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I've been noodling the idea of writing some sort of defense of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. If stirring up the comments section is an objective of any "think...

STAR WARS: THE LEGO MOVIE Duo To Direct Han Solo, The Early Years, Anthology Film

Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the directing duo behind The Lego Movie and the Jump Street films will direct a Star Wars anthology film focused on the adventures and misadventures of the young Han Solo. Star Wars alumi Lawrence Kasdan and...

Have Your Say: Which Actor/Actress Would You Like To Hop Into The STAR WARS Universe?

(Oi! The article is down here!) Yesterday, the biggest news was probably the announcement that Donnie Yen might be joining the cast of Star Wars: Episode VIII (mentioned here). Before that, there was much rejoicing when Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian...

STAR WARS: The Original Trilogy To Screen In China For The First Time

It is hard to imagine that there would be a place in this World where Star Wars has not screened other than imagining something archaic like, "Oh, I bet it hasn't been shown in the deepest Congo!" So color me surprised to find...

Have Your Say: What Does Your Ideal STAR WARS Movie Look Like?

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens much in the news, and speculation about other Star Wars films abound, let's have a bit of a thought experiment. With the universe apparently wide-open, instead of working up our (new) hopes we can...

Josh Trank No Longer Directing Second STAR WARS Anthology Film

THR is reporting that Josh Trank will not direct the second Stars Wars anthology film. "After a year of having the incredible honor of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I'm making a personal decision to move forward...

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK at Jason Reitman's Live Read

George Lucas' refusal to let sleeping dogs lie has confused the essence of Star Wars since the film's 20th anniversary in 1997, when Lucas re-released the trilogy with his first installment of effects revisionism. Now, one can't even watch...