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My Two Credits: Why did Darth Maul ignite his lightsaber in SOLO?

 

Hey guys, I just wanted to share my thoughts on why Maul lit up his saber on his holo-chat with Qi’Ra and why, in my opinion, it does make sense to put it in the movie.

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Sluggish Reaction: Solo trailer

My delayed take on the awesomeness coming up in Solo: A Star Wars Story, plus a few nitpicks…I mean, come on, I’m a Star Wars fan, it’s what we do!!

 

And in case you’ve already been living in a cave – here’s the trailer

Sluggish Reaction: 10 Cloverfield Lane

I was thrilled that Netflix FINALLY added this film, especially as the third film is Netflix exclusive. Anyway here’s some thoughts and stuff…

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In case you hadn’t seen it yet either here’s the basics. After a car accident A young woman named Michelle wakes in a bunker owned by a man says the world outside isn’t safe after a bomb detonated, but things aren’t exactly safe inside the bunker either…

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I don’t do horror – if this film didn’t have Cloverfield in the title I wouldn’t have considered watching it but I’m really glad I did. It was so well crafted – first keeping you guessing whether the event is real, then shoving proof in your face while still leaving you unsure because you know you just can’t trust Howard, masterfully played by John Goodman.

The main character Michelle impressed me the most with her character arc. From the opening scene we know she can design clothes so it makes sense that she could realistically make her own survival suit. Her progression was really well done too – she starts the film running away from her problems, she makes a choice, running towards her problems instead.

ALIENS!!!

I just loved how bonkers the ending section was. After discovering Howard is a murderer and likely worse she escapes from the bunker only to be ambushed by a flying spaceship…with teeth!!! I just loved how the reality was so much crazier than even the crazy person had imagined!!

How does it all fit?

The film keeps you guessing about this two and apart from some links in the ARG marketing (such as Howard working for the satellite company featured in the first film’s ARG) it’s hard to tell if there even is a connection.

At first I thought this crazy lady had been bitten by one of the ticks from the monster but later the cause is shown as gas from the alien ship

My best guess is the “Flash” mentioned by Howard and Emmett is the MOAB bomb dropped on the monster in the first film. But that was pretty far away so I don’t know if it holds up.

I’d like a connection to be revealed someday (maybe I should watch The Cloverfield Paradox) but for now I’m enjoying the mystery and would highly recommend this film

The Last Jedi: Review

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Just so you know what side of the fence I’m on I LOVED this film. I thought it was a great continuation of the franchise, full of unexpected moments and drove the series in a new direction. I can’t wait to see how it all goes down in Episode IX and I’m even more excited for Rian’s new trilogy.

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I’ve got be honest, after watching this movie and then having no internet for weeks, I was shocked to emerge to find that there had been some backlash against this movie. Sure I had some nitpicks about the film but the film was full of great moments, all the characters had an arc and grew through the movie. I thought the plot with the ships slowly being hunted was a great structure, it reminded me of a western or Wilbur Smith book, with the goodies being slowly but surely pursued through a valley by a stronger but slower force while a few brave heroes branch off to try and get help.

Nitpicks

I’d rather get negatives out of the way so here’s a few things I thought could have been better

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1) Ackbar and Phasma’s deaths. I get why Ackbar died, I don’t mind that he died when he did. In the situation they were in fans, including me, would be expecting Ackbar to get them out of it or turn the fight around, maybe sacrifice himself in Holdo’s place – but the movie is all about the new characters and I’m ok with that. My only problem was that his death was off-screen, I would have liked to see him die, maybe taking a final shot at the First Order or sealing a bulkhead to save other crew, something a bit more heroic. Or even just a bigger reaction to his death from the other characters.

Phasma I just felt was sold short, especially after the big push they’ve made in making Phasma books etc.

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2) Snoke and Ach-To. Rian Johnson has come out and defended why they didn’t go into Snoke’s backstory; it just wouldn’t fit seamlessly into what is already a very long film. That said, I hoped we would learn more about him in the film, or even in the Visual Dictionary, and not in the inevitable tie-in novel that will fill in the gaps.

As for Ach-To I felt that we could have had time to delve more into the origins of the Jedi and that it could have fitted into Luke’s lessons to Rey. The whole location was a huge setup and I thought that Luke was going to show the original teachings of the Jedi and how they needed to go back to them. Something like that could have fitted into one of his lessons but instead it wasn’t referenced at all. It didn’t stop me enjoying the film but I felt it could have been done.

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3) Too many reveals

I tried to find an image of the Libertine because, to my mind, it is the ONLY ship or vehicle that wasn’t revealed either in a trailer, App, LEGO set or on one of the reveals on Starwars.com. I found this disappointing because I like being surprised by new designs as I watch the movie and then researching them afterwards. Also it lessened their impact – a main example being the Dreadnaught (above). The reveal showed us this ship and we immediately pick it apart, complaining about it’s flat shape. When it appeared in the movie it looked AWESOME, and Poe  and the Bombers flying along it’s flat surface was a great set-piece – it just would have been better if we’d never seen it before.

Things I Loved

OK, it’s so easy to focus on negatives I just wanted to get that out of the way first because there was so much that was so great about this movie

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1)Yoda!!!

Seeing the puppet back was awesome, his wisdom and humour were spot on. What I really loved though was seeing an example of what ‘more powerful than you can possibly imagine’ actually looks like as Yoda summons a lightning bolt wiuith very little effort!!

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2) Giving each character their moment

OK, apart from maybe Phasma and Ackbar! I loved each of the new cast going on their journey. Poe learning to be a real leader, Finn learning that the cause is bigger than him, Rey’s sheer joy at experiencing rain was a lovely moment too. Other characters had good key moments, more than in the Force Awakens – I liked that 3PO was used well, R2 only had one scene but it was a good one and Holdo’s sacrifice was just epic.  I also liked DJ and the fact that he betrayed then to save his own skin rather than for profit.

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3) The Throne Room

I was going to be arrogant and say I predicted that Snoke would die, but what really I thought was “I’d love it if they did something crazy like…” and even then I thought something like that would happen only at the end so it still came as a surprise when Kylo bisected him. Everything that followed was amazing; the Praetorians clearly would have wiped the floor with Kylo or Rey individually, even as strong as they are in the Force and that fight scene was just epic. Kylo begging Rey to join him and his motivation for wanting to wipe the slate clean was really well done.

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4) Luke on Crait

Wow! Luke’s appearance on Crait was awesome, seeing him stand up to the First Order onslaught then dust himself off was hilarious and the revelation that he’d projected himself from across the galaxy was really well done with the final moment showing that it was the appearance of the Jedi that would inspire the galaxy with hope even as the Resistance crumbled down to a small handful.

Episode IX

These aren’t preditions, but things I would like to see in the final installment of the trilogy, but I’m happy to be surprised as much as I was by this film!!

1) Luke and the Force Ghosts (not a band name!)

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I think it’s a given Luke will return, especially as he never gave Rey her third lesson. I’d like to see Yoda again and maybe Obi-Wan and Anakin, even if it’s just as an RotJ ending scene

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2) Return of the Jedi

I almost missed the boy using the Force at the end of the movie. It gives me hope that the Jedi will rise. I think it would  be cool if there was a 10 year gap with Rey training her new Jedi with the help of some ghostly teachers ready to face the First Order

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3) The Knights of Ren

I think we just have to see who these guys are in the next film. With Kylo cementing his position as dark leader, surely we have to see some of his dark knights.

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4) Maz and the Outer Rim allies (also not a band name!)

I had hoped in my head that Maz would be the ally they mentioned and bring a rag-tag pirate/smuggler fleet to help the Resistance. I still have hopes for something like this in Episode IX,  and maybe have her train to use the Force more. If not her maybe a wider alliance of people banding together.

 

OK those are just some of my thoughts. Like I said I ansolutely loved this movie and it is so cool to be in a period where Star Wars is adventurous and daring and very much alive

 

Star Wars News: Delayed Reactions

Hi guys, sorry for the prolonged leave of absence – I’ve been trying something new. Here’s my first post done as a YouTube video, covering the Star Wars News that’s come out lately in usual delayed fashion!!

 

 

Also, here’s the Battlefront II Story trailer

 

And, as if you needed it, The Last Jedi trailer

 

Lastly for more information on Tag and Bink – here’s a video from Star Wars Explained which does them more justice than I ever could

Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer

Apologies if, like me, you tend to treat these official reveals as spoilers but what my eyes have seen they cannot now unsee so I’m blogging it!!

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The Sienar/Jaemus TIE/VN is the ship used by Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi.

The design keeps to the George Lucas’ 3 second rule in which you can tell what it is in 3 seconds. The Interceptor wings let you know it’s a fighter and the angular red cockpit is very reminiscent of the Upsilon shuttle so even if they hadn’t revealed it on StarWars.com you’d know by looking at it that it was Kylo’s.

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My only criticism is that the wings are exactly like those of an Interceptor, I’d have preferred it if they maybe angled back a bit more or something but I think the overall shape of the ship has changed enough, making it seem part personal shuttle as well as fighter and I’m giddy over the return of A-Wings which haven’t changed at all so this will do fine!

Can’t wait to see Kylo travelling in this!

 

BREAKING NEWS: Why the Han Solo movie Directors were fired.

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The Han Solo movie continues to be the subject of much controversy following the firing of it’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller over what has been dubbed ‘creative differences.’

Recent reports have uncovered that the directing pair favoured an improvisational and adaptable style over the rigid schedule demanded by Lucasfilm but the specifics remained vague until recently.

An E!Scoop journalist uncovered an internal e-mail from Kathleen Kennedy stating

“…they’re insisting on keeping the Carellia change, the new locations are way over budget…mentioned recasting again.”

Fans immediately made the connection with Han Solo’s homeworld, when questioned Lord and Miller were quick to confirm their intended change.

“Yes, it’s Carellia. We re-watched A New Hope over and over and that’s how it sounds to us. One we had an idea of what Carellia was it inspired changes, we wanted the Carellians to have a standout role in the film but it wasn’t to be.”

This remark sparked an outcry among loyal fans gaining another response

“Oh come on, we only changed one letter. Things get changed all the time in Star Wars, I mean – Moraband, seriously? What we did is just minor compared to that.”

So far Lucasfilm and Kennedy have declined to respond. When asked about the details new director Ron Howard commented

“Sounds like Corellia to me.”

 

below is a pre-production image of Carellia and some of the most notable Carellian characters.

 

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*this article is, of course, a complete load of Bantha Poodoo

Watch “Black Panther Teaser Trailer [HD]” on YouTube

So the guy with the superpower of interrupting conversations that could otherwise be resolved without violence gets his own movie

Joking aside I do like the idea of a hero who’s also a king and an inexperienced one at that. 

Wakanda looks cool but I gave to admit I struggled to follow what is actually going on in the trailer – but hey it’s an MCU film so I’m watching it!!!