Mark Englert The Last Jedi

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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The Last Temptation of Skywalker

(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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fan backlash

The fan outrage around Rian Johnson‘s direction of Star Wars: The Last Jedi has become so torrid that directors who have nothing to do with Star Wars are starting to get roped in. Or, perhaps out of some noble Jedi instinct, they’re stepping in to defend the director from the fan backlash that has been going on for more than six (!) months now.

James Mangold, who has a pretty good standing within the geek community for helming the terrific Logan and scoring an Oscar nomination for it, is the latest to chime in to tell fans to just…chill. But he has more to say than just “calm down” — Mangold warns that if fans take their extreme backlash too far, it could result in their worst fears coming true. Read More »

Best Movies Streaming Right Now

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Congratulations: you’ve survived the 4th of July. There are only two days left in the work week, and then you can blow off steam with the much-cherished weekend. There’s a heat-wave sweeping the world, and it’s just too hot to go outside. So what better thing to do this weekend than stay the heck inside and stream some great movies? That’s where this list comes in. Below you’ll find some of the best movies streaming right now, including Taxi DriverStar Wars: The Last JediInterview With the VampireSingle White Female, and more.

These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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Black Panther

Could this be the beginning of Black Panther‘s road to the Oscars? Don’t dismiss the Marvel blockbuster, which walked away with five wins at the 44th Annual Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films awards on Wednesday.

Black Panther reigned over the 2018 Saturn Awards ceremony, earning more wins than last year’s genre favorites like Get Out, The Shape of WaterBlade Runner 2049, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi  — all of which scored a fair number of their own trophies.

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Tiffany Haddish Challenges Black Panther

Remember when the MTV Movie Awards used to be a big enough deal that they would air over the weekend and actually stir up excitement? Well, those days are long gone, because last night, which was a Monday, brought the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards to air. They came and went without much pomp and circumstance, but at the very least Black Panther came away with awards for Best Movie, Best Hero for Chadwick Boseman and Best Villain for Michael B. Jordan.

But before all that, 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards host Tiffany Haddish challenged Black Panther himself for the role of master of ceremonies at the pop culture awards celebration. On top of that, she also made quite the connection with Kylo Ren that she couldn’t help but get a little worked up about. Read More »

Star Wars Fandom

I love Star Wars.

In our current defensive, insular fandom climate, that’s a contentious thing to admit. But I love it still, and I love its fans, and I love the warmth the movies – all of them, even the bad ones – give me, and have always given me, and will continue to give me forevermore. I’ve always been a fan, but it reached a crescendo in 2015, when The Force Awakens resurrected what had sat dormant for more than a decade. A special, familial, dreamlike pleasantness that starts with a blue serif font before catapulting my heart and imagination into a galaxy beyond.

I’m speaking so romantically of Star Wars because it’s easy to forget what brought us to these movies in the first place. As the Twitter war machine loads another round of ammunition, as the new creators are forced to protect themselves and their talent from vitriolic personal attacks, as conversations about the brokenness of fandom poison our timelines – and our spirit – we slip further and further into an empty void of endless, cyclical diatribe. Nothing changes, nothing gets better, things just dredge on with a savage melancholy that clashes diametrically with the essence of the thing we’re fighting about.

It’s called Star Wars. It’s about love.

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Hotel Transylvania Tours Austin - Star Wars: The Last Jedi Video Essay

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 the characters of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation taking some time to tour the family hot spots of Austin, Texas. Plus, a video essay takes a look at the character arcs of Finn and Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and check out an incredible recreation of Jurassic Park environments in the video game Far Cry 5. Read More »

Star Wars comic

Most Star Wars discussion is still centered on the newly-released Solo: A Star Wars Story, but let’s take a minute to turn our attention back to the Star War before that – Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. A new comic adaptation of that film has revealed the canonical final words of fan-favorite character Admiral Ackbar, and also shed some additional light on General Leia Organa’s controversial Force-aided flight as she floated through space wreckage.  Read More »

movies coming to Netflix in June 2018

New month, new movies. Netflix has a pretty stellar new line-up in June, and we’ve got the list to prove it. In addition to the constant barrage of Netflix Originals, you’ll also be able to stream Star Wars: The Last JediThe DepartedIn Bruges, Thor: Ragnarok, and more. Check out the best new TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in June 2018 below.

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