mark hamill the last jedi

Two weeks after its release, the Star Wars: The Last Jedi discourse is far from over. Fans are starkly divided on whether Rian Johnson‘s newest entry into the Star Wars saga is good or not, but star Mark Hamill certainly hasn’t helped to calm the fan outcry.

Hamill has publicly aired his grievances with Johnson over the direction for Luke Skywalker, the character that Hamill has inhabited for decades. After initially expressing doubts over the choices for Luke’s arc, he walked back that statement, giving his full support to Johnson. But soon, Hamill was back to adding fuel to the fan fire, claiming “He’s not my Luke Skywalker anymore.” And now, surprise surprise, Hamill is realizing that he shouldn’t have bad-mouthed a movie that arguably gave Luke his most complex and compelling storyline yet.

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ahead.

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Dunkirk Comparison - Morning Watch

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, see footage from Christopher Nolan‘s film Dunkirk compared to archival footage and photos from history. Plus, go behind the scenes of the practical effects created for Ghost in the Shell, and see an impressive fanmade time lapse of the Death Star being constructed from scratch. Read More »

Is Han Solo Force Sensitive? An Investigation

Han Solo Director Replacement

In Star Wars fandom, there’s a whole galaxy of outrageous fan theories, driven by love, passion, and often a desire to see ourselves reflected on the screen. Much of the time, these theories derive from fans who adore the source material so much that they watch it over and over again, building their own legend and lore within the confines of their own minds. Decades between Star Wars trilogies have encouraged these speculative stories, especially with the wild world of the late Star Wars expanded universe, which added fuel to many a fan fire.

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi now in theaters, it’s time to explore one of the fan theories most dear to my heart, one that changes the face of the franchise and is honestly probably not true at all. But boy, is it fun to think about!

Is everyone’s favorite rogue smuggler and space cowboy Han Solo actually Force sensitive? Let’s investigate (and not take this too seriously).

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Rian Johnson talks The Last Jedi spoilers
  • Science reveals that our milk is greener than we think
  • We get our first real Star Wars: Episode 9 news
  • J.J. Abrams reacts to The Last Jedi
  • And more!

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Morning Watch

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 crew of the USS Enterprise comes up against a threat the likes of which they’ve never seen in a mash-up of Star Wars and Star Trek. Plus, a Lost in Translation video essay shows how Sofia Coppola uses the frame to define her characters, and cartoon voice actors Rob Paulsen and Charlie Adler recreate a scene from Mission: Impossible III with some interesting character choices. Read More »

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Box Office

In just one week, Star Wars: The Last Jedi pulled in $296 million at the domestic box office. With the Christmas weekend ahead of us, the sci-fi sequel will have no problem dominating the box office despite the onslaught of new releases that include Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Pitch Perfect 3, Downsizing, The Greatest Showman and Father Figures, not to mention a limited release of Steven Spielberg’s The Post.

However, it should be noted that even though Star Wars: The Last Jedi is raking in plenty of cash at the box office, it’s not holding onto anywhere near as large of an audience as Star Wars: The Force Awakens did. In fact, The Last Jedi is retaining even less of its opening day audience than Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Find out more about the Star Wars: The Last Jedi box office below. Read More »

Star Wars Sabacc

Disney, who now own literally everything along with Star Wars, have filed a federal trademark lawsuit in an effort to stop a mobile app game based on Sabacc, a card game that was created for the Star Wars universe. Sabacc was first referenced in The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars novels later revealed that Han Solo won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian in a game of Sabacc – a fact that’s likely to come up at some point in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi - Adam Driver - Kylo Ren Redemption

There’s no doubt that Kylo Ren is the clear villain of the new Star Wars trilogy the began with The Force Awakens and continued this year with The Last Jedi. However, simply because he’s the antagonist of this series doesn’t mean that there isn’t hope for him to see the error of his ways and come back to the light, right?

Director Rian Johnson was recently asked if the Jedi formerly known as Ben Solo has turned so far to the dark side that he’s now beyond redemption. However, in order to dive into his answer, it means dealing with spoilers. So if you haven’t seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, then don’t read any further. Read More »

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Since my first viewing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I have been Searching My Feelings to determine my definitive stance on the film, but like Kylo Ren, I’m still impossibly conflicted. I gasped during some scenes. I laughed during many scenes. I furrowed my brow during most scenes, including the scenes mentioned above. And throughout the entire movie I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. It didn’t, and after a draining two hours and 33 minutes, John Williams’s triumphant, end credits fanfare lit up the screen. My primary thought walking out of the Star Wars movie I have been aching for incessantly for two whole years was: What just happened?

By contrast, my immediate reaction to Star Wars: The Force Awakens was unbridled joy and inexpressible love and an unquenchable desire to head back to the theater as soon as possible, as often as possible, to watch the movie again.

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The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary

Written by the Lucasfilm Story Group’s own Pablo Hidalgo, Star Wars: The Last Jedi The Visual Dictionary is a fun book showcasing many of the characters, props, locations, and vehicles from the film. The great thing about these Visual Dictionaries is that they give us new Star Wars canon information and explanations for things that might not have been clear in the film itself. Let’s take a look at interesting details we learned from this book that you’ll want to store in your arsenal of Star Wars knowledge.

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