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Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

rogueone_onesheeta_1000_309ed8f6Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendehlson, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed

Directed By: Gareth Edwards

MILD SPOILERS

More so than The Force Awakens, Rogue One needs to succeed. As the first of the anthology Star Wars films, there’s a lot at stake for the future of the franchise riding on the shoulders of director Gareth Edwards’ film. If it fails, we’d still get Star Wars movies, but ones that would strictly be within the “saga”, which would be a waste for a franchise so rich with potential. As much as I love Star Wars, I don’t want to be watching adventures of Finn and Rey in “Episode 19”. With Rogue One, the possibilities exist for the franchise to continue on outside of the Skywalker family and those around them, and Rogue One is a pretty damn good start for this area of the franchise. Read the rest of this entry

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Doctor Rogue Squad

Cf5OyuVWwAEA_gzDid you forget about Rogue One? It’s okay, I almost did too. But we’ve finally got our first look at the film, and holy hell does it look awesome. The first of Disney’s Star Wars “anthology” films, this will be the real test for Disney’s take on the world that George Lucas created. “But Force Awakens made a butt load of money” you say. That’s true, but Force Awakens also had the benefit of not only being the first of the Disney Star Wars movies, but it also had the most connections to the original trilogy. Appearances from Han Solo, Chewbacca, Leia, R2-D2, and more were going to generate interest. It had the curiosity factor. But Rogue One? This is an entirely new story set between movies. Read the rest of this entry

2016 Nerd Preview!

maxresdefault2015 is in the rearview, and now it’s full steam ahead to 2016. If you thought 2015 had a ton of crazy nerd stuff heading your way, just wait till you see what 2016 has up its sleeve. With so much stuff coming out, it’s a little overwhelming. What’s that? You want my help? Well, I’m glad you asked! Without further ado, here’s the stuff I’m most looking forward to in 2016! Read the rest of this entry

Disney Awakens the Force

star_wars_poster_full.0.0Man, what a week to be a Marvel and Star Wars fan. First, Entertainment Weekly had a massive reveal for Force Awakens, and then Disney’s big D23 Expo was this past weekend, where they certainly brought their A game. From the first concept art of Doctor Strange to the reveal that Jurassic World’s Colin Treverrow will be helming Star Wars Episode IX, there’s no doubt that the House of Mouse will be dominating the pop culture landscape for years to come. Between their Marvel and Star Wars presentation, one has to wonder: how can anyone hope to match up against Disney? They have two of the hottest properties in the world right now in Marvel and Star Wars, and the latter hasn’t even had its new film released!

Disney sure knows how to get the nerd blood flowing though. Concept art for Doctor Strange has been shown, as well as a fun video greeting from Stephen Strange himself (aka Benedict Cumberbatch). Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige then brought out the Sentinel of Liberty himself, Chris Evans (and Anthony Mackie) to introduce the first footage of Captain America: Civil War, which from what I’ve heard is friggin’ awesome (for real Disney, it would only help you if you borrowed a page from Lucasfilm and WB’s Comic Con footage and released the damn thing). Read the rest of this entry