As promised, a teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi dropped yesterday and it was absolutely gorgeous. I’ve watched it about a dozen times now, discussed with friends, and watched a handful of youtube videos dissecting the trailer.
OK!OK!OK! Apparently……. a teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode 8 is supposed to drop tomorrow as part of the 40th anniversary of the epic franchise. Forget Game of Thrones, forget my apparent hype for Ragnarok, all that matters is Last Jedi News!
I have been following every ounce of Star Wars news I could get ever since I walked out of the theatre for Force Awakens. Every little detail from toys, to official release dates, and even the title announcement of “Last Jedi” got me pumped for another adventure into the galaxy. Now, according to Express Entertainment, fans of the galaxy far, far way are expected to get a taste of not just a teaser but a full length trailer!!! After the footage drops at the annual Star Wars celebration, it is set, HOPEFULLY, to release on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel at around 12 ish EST.
Be sure to expect my reaction and review of the teaser trailer tomorrow…..
In 2016 I watched 116 movies, possibly more, making it the most amount of movies that I have watched in a single year (beating 2015 by 30+ films). This year, last year I should say now, I revisited some favorites, watched a few classics, rewatched some films that I loved as a kid and saw them in an entirely new light as an adolescent, and watched a bunch a movies for the very first time- some I loved, some I hated. I explored a handful of French films and got a glimpse of a couple indies. This list is truly diverse and filled with a bunch of gems that some may or may not know. So fill free to explore my 2016 film watchlist……
When reading/watching most reviews of Rogue One, Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Imwe is always referenced as the standout character. Be it how he elegantly uses his staff to disarm enemy troops or the fact that he does so as a blind man, Chirrut is an extremely unique character.But what made him a standout to me was not his fighting skills, but his connection with the spiritual. Chirrut wields no lightsaber, nor can he use mind tricks yet he is as strong with the force as any Jedi Knight.
*Heavy spoilers of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story follow
Rogue One (dir. Gareth Edwards) is the very first entry in the Star Wars franchise’s slated three film anthology series. Many fans, including myself ,were highly skeptical about how necessary it was to tell the story of how the schematics for the first Death Star found its way into Rebellion hands. Rogue One had to prove that its story was worth telling, it not only had to serve as a successful prequel but it had to be a strong stand alone film that could differentiate itself from what are now known as the “Episodes” as well. It had to introduce, for the very first time, non-Skywalker/Jedi affiliated characters whilst concluding their stories without the benefit of proceeding projects. Miraculously, against the immense amount of pressure and obscenely high expectations, Disney, Edwards and the cast of Rogue One fulfilled these requirements and then some.
Star Wars: Rogue One will prove to be a great addition into one of the most beloved franchises in cinematic history. What I believe separates Rogue One from the rest of the Star Wars films is not that it is the first addition into the anthology series but how different it looks visually from its predecessors. The second and most likely the last trailer of Rogue One has completely shown off the clean, clean, so very clean special effects by Industrial Light and Magic. To show my appreciation of the endless amount of effort put in by the VFX team, and director Gareth Edwards, I have created a compilation of gifs and stills of the most gorgeous moments of the trailer!
Whether you think that 2016 films have been meh or awesome, or you even believe that this is the worst blockbuster summer ever, the final half of the year certainly has some promising projects. Check out 5 films that I am looking forward to in the second half on 2016.
Television has evolved into a fantastic platform where the viewing of our favorite shows are no longer at the hands of the network of origin but at the hands of the people. Through the existence of Amazon, Hulu, Netflix and other streaming sites, viewers are able to access all the episodes of almost every season of nearly any television series. We can all catch up with a show that we may have fell behind on, watch that series that we always wanted to or watch that old show that that everyone was obsessed with a couple of years back. The God-like ability to watch whatever, whenever has promoted the popular “binge-watching” habit, or the complete viewing of an entire season or at times an entire show.
No words, just images. Enjoy!
I promised no words but……c’mon! Right?!