After Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out, you might remember that the film received a special collector’s edition vinyl soundtrack release featuring the art of Dan Mumford. It’s been nearly a year since Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived, and we were worried that the soundtrack might not get the same treatment. But those worries have now vanished.
I Am Shark has revealed their limited edition Star Wars The Last Jedi vinyl soundtrack releases with art created again my Dan Mumford. There are four total collectible vinyl covers, and the first two have been released for pre-order. Check them out below. Read More »
Because we’re all stuck in a hellish computer simulation of reality, a new study has revealed that the Star Wars: The Last Jedi online backlash was amplified by Russian trolls, bots, and other politically motivated jerks. That’s not to say everyone who disliked Rian Johnson‘s film is disingenuous, of course – there are plenty of people with their own grievances against the movie, legitimate or otherwise. But per the study, there was a distinctively political bent to the backlash. So much so that “one in three negative fans express misogynist, anti-progressive, anti-social justice or conservative views.”
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During Star Wars: The Last Jedi, ace pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) disobeyed a direct order to end the attack on the First Order’s massive Dreadnought starship. The result was a victory for the Resistance, but at the cost of many lives the Resistance couldn’t afford to use. The consequence was a slap in the face and a demotion from the rank of Commander, both handed down by General Leia (Carrie Fisher) before she became incapacitated and left Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) to take over command of the Resistance.
On top of that, during Admiral Holdo’s tenure as the leader of the Resistance, Poe Dameron was responsible for overseeing a mission behind her back and also creating a mutiny during a time of crisis. He nearly ruined everything, all because he thought he knew better than his superior.
In any military outfit, that would result in a court-martial. But instead, Poe Dameron has apparently been given his Commander rank back, according to the latest issue of his own comic book series. Read More »
There are plenty of Star Wars LEGO sets out there, but there has never been one as adorable as this.
LEGO is bringing a life-size, building brick version of the flightless bird known as a Porg to shelves this fall, and there’s no way Chewbacca is going to be eating this thing. Read More »
Marvel’s comic book adaptation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi fleshes out Rian Johnson‘s acclaimed film, inserting tiny gems that make Episode 8 feel all the richer. And while The Last Jedi provided us with the perfect ending to Luke’s (Mark Hamill) journey, the Star Wars: The Last Jedi comic book throws a cherry on top with its insight to Luke Skywalker’s last words.
Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow.
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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, a video essay explains why Star Wars: The Last Jedi is great for those who haven’t caught on yet. Plus, relive every time Owen Wilson gives his signature “Wow” from 1996 through 2017, and listen as Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »
In 2005, Rian Johnson burst onto the indie film scene with Brick, a stylish film noir inspired by the writings of author Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon). 12 years and several films later, Johnson released Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the most divisive film in the franchise thus far.
Now a group of fans has created a short film that ties those two projects together – a fan film shot in the style of Brick (using many of its same exact locations) but directly addressing some of The Last Jedi controversies, like Kelly Marie Tran being driven off of Instagram and that idiotic Last Jedi remake that vocal fans promised to make. Check out Star Wars: Revenge of the Incels below. Read More »
When the Star Wars: Episode 9 cast was announced, the line-up included a big surprise: Carrie Fisher. Fisher died before the release of The Last Jedi, and many assumed her character, Leia Organa, wouldn’t be featured in the next film. According to the Episode 9 cast announcement, director J.J. Abrams plans to utilize unused Force Awakens footage of Fisher. Now, Fisher’s brother is claiming the film will also employ additional, unused Last Jedi footage as well.
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All eyes are about to turn to San Diego Comic-Con, but before the convention kicks into full gear, we wanted to bring some incredible new art prints to your attention – including one of the best pieces of Star Wars: The Last Jedi art I’ve seen thus far. See that below, as well as pieces celebrating Alex Garland‘s sci-fi stunner Annihilation and the David Bowie vehicle The Man Who Fell to Earth.
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(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films that inspired or help us better understand George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: The Last Temptation of Christ.)
Roger Ebert famously called movies machines of empathy. He said that you can watch a film and walk in the shoes of another person and see what their plight was like and feel it for yourself. In some cases, with some audiences, that effect backfires and it’s a curious thing. Some audiences don’t want to feel those things or walk in the shoes of that particular character in that particular way. They don’t like how the character reacts to the situations before them because it’s not how they would react, or maybe they find them inconsistent with the character.
I think this is a phenomenon we’ve seen with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, thanks to its intriguing and complex treatment of Luke Skywalker. As I watch The Last Jedi and the strident backlash behind the character, I looked back into film history and found an example that I think is instructive to helping understand some of the rejections of the film. That film is Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ.
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