Return of the Jedi Honest Trailer

This weekend brings the next installment of the Star Wars saga with Mark Hamill returning to the role he originated for the first time over 40 years ago. But before that, let’s flashback to the time Mark Hamill returned as Luke Skywalker in 1983, as a full blown Jedi.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi is the third chapter in the original Star Wars trilogy, and while there’s a lot to like, there’s also a lot to be upset about. The folks at Honest Trailers lean into the goofy, family friendly nonsense that George Lucas inserted into the franchise and continued with when he returned to Star Wars with the prequel trilogy.

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Goosebumps

Goosebumps was one of 2015’s more pleasant surprises, a goofy and spooky horror romp that was just scary enough for kids and just clever enough for their parents. It also managed to evoke R.L. Stine’s original books while lovingly poking fun at them. It’s a good kids’ movie, a kind of gateway horror movie that functions much like the original books in that it offers youngsters a successful entry point into an intimidating genre.

Now, the sequel has a new director. Unless it doesn’t get made. Because even as the sequel moves forward, some behind-the-scenes issues have been plaguing the follow-up as it struggles to get off the ground.

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • The secret evolution of the Porgs
  • A new look at Rose’s sister, Resistance fighter Paige Tico
  • Meet a few more Resistance fighters
  • The cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi struggles to avoid spoilers
  • And more!

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Star Wars The Last Jedi reviews

After a two year wait, Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally arrives in theaters this week. How does writer/director Rian Johnson‘s sequel measure up to what’s come before in a galaxy far, far away? You can read our review from Josh Spiegel right here, Peter Sciretta wrote his own extended spoiler-free review, and Chris Evangelista has a spoiler review coming soon, but in the meantime, check out our huge round-up of Star Wars The Last Jedi reviews to find out what the rest of the critical community thinks. Read More »

Avoiding Star Wars Trailers

(This article does not mention any details of Star Wars: The Last Jedi that haven’t already been revealed in trailers and marketing materials.)

During a recent visit to see Blade Runner 2049 at the Seattle Cinerama, I was seated comfortably and waiting for the show to start. Moments later, the Lucasfilm logo appeared on screen, a trailer started to play, and I saw Rey’s face against the backdrop of Luke Skywalker’s mysterious planet, Ach-To. Within seconds, I’d gotten up and left to go putter around near the concessions. I did this because I have been avoiding pretty much every single piece of marketing material for Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the past year.

As I exited the theater, I was surprised to find a few other men that had also stepped out at about the same time as me. I overheard one of them saying, “Yeah, I thought I was safe, but then that music came on and it’s soooo Star Wars…” His voice trailed off and he stared off wistfully into the middle distance. I realized that these were my brethren. We were all going to save ourselves for the “pure” Star Wars experience together.

I’ve now seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi and today, many months after the first trailer debuted, and many months of scrupulously avoiding any trailers, I want to try and answer the question: Was it worth it?
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Paul Shipper Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi left me speechless and shaken. I was not prepared for the “holy shit” shocking turn of events, the underlying emotion, the laugh-out-loud humor, the occasional ballsiness, and the bonkers weirdness. With Rian Johnson at the helm, I knew it was in good hands, but I was surprised to find it might be one of the best looking Star Wars films to date. It’s bold, it’s weird, it’s excellent. There are so many instantly iconic shots and so much to chew on.

I saw the film only a few days ago, and I’m still thinking about it. I definitely need to see the movie again, but for now, here are some spoiler-free thoughts.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has a large burden on its shoulders. The 2017 film is not only the highly anticipated follow-up to J.J. Abrams’ rousing and wildly successful 2015 revival of the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens, it also has The Empire Strikes Back looming over its head. The 1980 film has long been held up as the high watermark of sequels, let alone the peak of the Skywalker saga. How can any new Star Wars movie hope to measure up to such a pinnacle? The answer arriving this weekend presents a self-aware mirror image of the 1980 film, and pushes its familiar characters further than ever before. The Last Jedi, amazingly, moves above and beyond its predecessor, just like The Empire Strikes Back did decades ago.

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insidious: the last key trailer

Insidious: The Last Key is the sequel to Insidious: Chapter 3 and a prequel to Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2. That should be confusing, but these movies are ultimately about one thing and one thing only: scaring the crap right out of you. As long as they get that done, audiences will probably forgive a somewhat chaotic chronology.

The new Insidious: The Last Key trailer is here and it delivers what you’d expect from an Insidious movie: people slowly walking around dark rooms before something with an awful face appears suddenly. By now, you probably know if these movies are for you or not.

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Boba Fett movie

Writer/producer Simon Kinberg is about to make his directorial debut with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, but he could be heading to a very different galaxy in the not-too-distant future. A new rumor reignites an old story: that Kinberg is on board to produce Lucasfilm’s Boba Fett movie, a Star Wars spin-off film that’s been in development behind the scenes for years.
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Star Wars Cosplay

In certain circles, I’m sure – among those who don’t know an elf from an Ewok – cosplay is considered weird.

Even for me, a self-identified geek, the world of cosplay always seemed to be the ultimate boss level reserved for uber-nerds only. After all, I don’t possess the crafting skills necessary to construct a convincing and functional costume, and I certainly don’t have the confidence required to strut about in public in a leotard or green body paint or fake armor or alien headpieces.

But thanks to cheerful internet message boards with step-by-step instructionals and my budding patronage of Jo-Ann’s Fabric and Craft store, I realized that I’m craftier than I originally thought. As for the confidence? It turns out I had that backwards all along.

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