solo cameo

I’ll assume everyone is planning to rewatch the prequels before seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story, so I only need to offer three double features this week.

Just kidding. Would that it were so simple.

Ron Howard’s foray into the universe of Corellia and Kashyyyk also takes place before A New Hope, but there’s little reason to subject yourself to podracing and amorous picnics just to get a feel for the time period. Watch all the Star Wars movies your head can handle, sure, but let’s see if we can expand the galaxy a bit with some space Westerns, classic adventures, and a look at what Howard was doing back in 1977 when Star Wars first lit a fire in fans’ eyes.

Here are 6 non-Star Wars movies to watch before or after you see young Han borrow young Lando’s capes.

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revisiting willow

(Welcome to Nostalgia Bomb, a series where we take a look back on beloved childhood favorites and discern whether or not they’re actually any good. In this edition: Willow turns 30 and we take a look back.)

Every summer, my great Aunt Nancy would come to visit my family all the way from Hoboken, New Jersey. She would smell of tub roses, wear long sleeved cardigans in 80 degree weather, and refused to sit in the driver’s seat of a car. She seemed out of a children’s book novel – as perfectly perfect as any woman could be. Yet somehow around the mid-90s, she became even more grand, after admitting a secret: “Willow is my favorite movie.”

And if you were a nerdy kid of such a VHS driven time, this was delightful news to your ears.

With the click of the remote control, Nancy (and a six-year-old me) were transported into this high fantasy world created by George Lucas and director Ron Howard. Lush forests, intimidating mountains, and a rich color palette took over our sight. The cries of an infant, and a powerful musical score, filled our ears – we were fully invested in this cinematic adventure.

With the 30th anniversary of Willow here this week (it was released in theaters on May 20, 1988), I decided it was time to take a trip back to Tir Asleen and see if everything looked the same. What lessons can the film teach moviegoers 30 years later? Does it retain that same flawless childhood magic? And is it too weird to say I still have a crush on Madmartigan?

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the handmaid's tale first blood review

(We’re going to kickstart our weekly The Handmaid’s Tale review by answering one simple question: Who suffered the most?)

This season of The Handmaid’s Tale has been an exercise in dangling hope in front of our eyes, only to wrench it away immediately. But in the explosive “First Blood,” that hope may finally stick around.

The sixth episode of season 2 finally turns the tide on the dour mood (even more than usual) that has overtaken the series for the past few episodes. But despite a riveting final few minutes, the rest of the episode stumbles through some lurid love triangles and a questionably sympathetic portrayal of Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) pre-Gilead.

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Gallery Nucleus - Incredibles 2 Art Show

We’re a few weeks way from Pixar Animation revealing their eagerly anticipated sequel to The Incredibles. The animated sequel arrives in June and to help celebrate the film’s opening, Gallery Nucleus is teaming up with Pixar, Disney Fine Art, Cyclops Print Works, and Oh My Disney! for an Incredibles 2 art show honoring the superhero family. Check out some of the advance pieces released for the art show below. Read More »

Solo A Star Wars Story LEGO Trailer

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, the cast of Solo: A Star Wars Story answers some of the most searched questions on the web about themselves and their characters. Plus, check out a LEGO version of the trailer for the Star Wars spin-off hitting theaters this weekend, and watch a Childish Gambino music video parody with Lando Calrissian doing some intergalactic rapping. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Star Trek

On the May 23, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film senior writer Ben Pearson and writer Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest film and tv news, including Analog, IT: Chapter 2, Star Trek, Men in Black spin-off, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Watchmen and in our Feature Presentation, Chris will give his reaction to Arrested Development Season 5.

You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast, Spotify and all the popular podcast apps (here is the RSS URL if you need it).

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The Art of Ant-Man and the Wasp

What villain would Ezra Miller like to face off with as The Flash? What two new characters are coming to Arrow next season? What record did Deadpool 2 set at the box office yesterday? Could the villain Black Manchester be coming to Supergirl next season? Why did Ryan Reynolds end up voicing a “secret” character in Deadpool 2? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

noblemen review

The New York Indian Film Festival played host to several Shakespeare adaptations this year. Among them were Bornilla Chatterjee’s The Hungry and Abhaya Simha’s Paddayi, relatively direct transpositions of Titus Andronicus and Macbeth, though unassuming upland bullying drama Noblemen decided to use the Bard more obliquely: as a moral backdrop for its twisted tale.

Set in a co-ed boarding school but focusing on boys in their volatile teen years, Vandana Kataria’s debut feature sees a Founder’s Day The Merchant of Venice production host a tale of mercy gone awry. It’s a nuanced piece that spirals into stomach-churning violence (more implied than overt, yet unflinchingly realistic) as the unique nexus of Indian Christian schooling and silent, deadly homophobia come to an explosive head.

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Avengers Infinity War Red Skull

Fans who’ve found themselves invested in Captain America/Steve Rogers’ love life might have missed Emily VanCamp‘s Agent Sharon Carter amid all the chaos of Avengers: Infinity War. Now that film’s writers, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, have explained why she didn’t make the cut, and they’ve also elaborated on one of the movie’s biggest surprises: the return of a villain no one saw coming.

Plus, check out an Infinity War infographic that features the amount of screen time each hero received in Marvel’s latest blockbuster. But be warned: if you haven’t seen the film yet, there are spoilers for Infinity War below. Read More »

(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: Fun fact – when Chris suggested we focus on intergalactic terrors in favor of Solo’s May 25 release date, I assumed it to be a rather accomplishable task. Turns out, streaming platforms are far better suited for other subgenres of horror. After scouring Hulu, Shudder, HBOGo and far more digitized cinematic resources, I’ve plucked a few under-the-radar titles as to leave Chris with enough ammunition for his own five slots. No streamable love for our alien overlords, eh? Just goes to show where current horror trends set their sights. I guess it can’t get better than Killer Klowns From Outer Space anyhow, so why even bother trying?

Chris: Like Matt says, I, too, thought this was going to be a very easy theme. Incorrect! While there is a wealth of sci-fi horror in the world, almost none of it is available to stream. What I’m saying is, you should be very proud of us for coming up with the titles included here. I tried to shy away from obvious choices – Alien, perhaps the best sci-fi horror movie ever made, isn’t here, for instance, but an Alien sequel is! John Carpenter’s The Thing isn’t here either, but another, lesser Carpenter movie makes an appearance.  So if you’re pumped for Solo this week, and want even more content from galaxies far, far away, let this edition of Now Scream This take you to the stars, and beyond.

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