Star Wars Rap Recap

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, watch as Star Wars franchise star Daisy Ridley gives a rap recap of the entire Skywalker saga on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Plus, find out the origins of stop-motion animation, long before it took off in Hollywood, and listen as HBO’s Watchmen co-star Tim Blake Nelson breaks down the most memorable roles in his career. Read More »

Who Are Rey's Parents

One of the biggest questions about the new Star Wars trilogy is the origin of the galaxy’s new savior. Who is Rey and where does she come from? Star Wars: The Last Jedi seemed to give us an answer when Kylo Ren flat out told her, “They were filthy junk traders, sold you off for drinking money. They’re dead in a pauper’s grave in the Jakku desert.” Rey seemed to acknowledge this as a truth that she knew but was never willing to fully accept, but it turns out, like some Star Wars fans, she wants to know more.

When we reunite with Rey in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, not only have her skills in the Force improved as she’s continued training in the time since The Last Jedi, but she’s still trying to figure out who she is and exactly what lies in her past. In fact, Daisy Ridley says that aspect of Rey “is not satisfied” with that part of her story. So how will this movie rectify that? Read More »

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The Star Wars saga began back in 1977 with the release of a blockbuster the likes of which audiences had never seen before. The story began with Luke Skywalker fulfilling a destiny that had been set in motion years before. We backtracked to those origins as his father Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. And now we find ourselves at the end with a new story where Kylo Ren, formerly Ben Solo, has to contend with the rise of the light side of the Force in the form of a mysteriously powerful girl named Rey.

Because of this legacy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has a lot riding on it. So it should please fans that despite having three fewer months of post-production on this movie than The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams feels much better about this final installment of the Skywalker saga than he did about the beginning of this new trilogy at the same point in production. Find out what the director is willing to reveal about the movie, and also hear what stars Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega have to say about where we find our heroes in this final chapter. Read More »

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker

Rey is not about to let the past die. As Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brings an end to the Skywalker Saga, a familiar weapon is brought back to the forefront. Luke’s old lightsaber, itself passed down from Anakin Skywalker, was broken in half during Rey and Kylo Ren’s battle in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But Rey has reforged the lightsaber and wields it once again in the ninth and final installment of the Skywalker Saga. A closer look at this repaired lightsaber was unveiled during the Star Wars event Triple Force Friday along with a new Empire Magazine cover of Rey and Kylo Ren.

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star wars the rise of skywalker theory

The secret to Rey’s origins are ever a topic for debate, despite the issue being seemingly put to bed in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But a new leaked Star Wars guide for the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens the doors for new theories regarding Rey’s origins.

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Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Concept Art

With Avengers: Endgame out of the way, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is probably the next most anticipated movie of 2019. The film will bring the Skywalker saga in the Star Wars universe to an end, but after a certain menacing laugh was heard at the end of the first teaser trailer, fans are filled with infinitely more questions about how this will all come to a head.

Thanks to the return of director J.J. Abrams, everyone is keeping Star Wars secrets even more fiercely than usual, but franchise star Daisy Ridley recently opened up ever so slightly about an epic lightsaber fight that we’ll see between her character Rey and the First Order’s leader Kylo Ren. Read More »

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

We may never learn what Bill Murray whispered in Scarlett Johansson’s ear in Lost in Translation, but we at least will know what Carrie Fisher whispered in Daisy Ridley‘s ear during their emotional hug scene in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And considering the fact that this scene was filmed during the production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, thus making it one of Fisher’s last scenes to be put to film, you might expect something profound or deep. Not at all, according to Ridley. But it was something pure Carrie.

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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, check out nearly 100 Easter eggs and comic book references you might have missed in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Plus, watch as Daisy Ridley takes us through a normal British day as she experiences it, and Workaholics star Adam DeVine gets spicy and patriotic on a special 4th of July edition of the YouTube series Hot Ones. Read More »

Claire McCarthy interview

Ophelia is one of the most maligned characters in literary history. It’s not entirely her fault — the tragic heroine of Hamlet suffers from being not much of a heroine, but rather a cipher for the purity and virtue of women and all that will befall them when that innocence is corrupted by the world. She’s best known for her descent into madness, culminating in a suicide whose tragic beauty has been enshrined in many an oil painting. But Australian filmmaker Claire McCarthy’s (The Turning, The Waiting City) upcoming Shakespeare retelling Ophelia asks, what if Ophelia was more? More active, more assured, more than just a laundry list of perfect virtues.

Ophelia is a revisionist retelling of Hamlet that imagines the classic Shakespeare tragedy from the point of view of the doomed heroine. But McCarthy wanted to do more than simply depict a straightforward adaptation of Hamlet based only on Ophelia’s brief interactions with the story.

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ophelia trailer

There’s no greater tragedy in the classic Shakespeare plays than the frequent under-serving of their secondary female characters. But Ophelia seeks to remedy that in its reimagining of Hamlet, which tells the tragedy of the Danish prince through the eyes of his doomed lover. Watch the Ophelia trailer below.

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