Mark Hamill Walk of Fame

Mark Hamill is best known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga, but he’s also a renowned voice actor. That’s why Hamill also lent his voice to some extra characters in the galaxy far, far away, but it turns out there’s even more that Mark Hamill did as a voice actor than previously known.

Recently, the documentary series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian revealed that Mark Hamill lent his voice to the droid EV-9D9 in an episode of the live-action Star Wars series on Disney+. That prompted Hamill to confirm on social media that he has extra voice roles in the Star Wars universe outside of the ones we already knew about. Read More »

the last jedi behind the scenes photos

Star Wars: The Last Jedi and its incredible throne room scene remains burned in our minds, even three years after the polarizing film’s release. Now, as we sit twiddling our thumbs and scrolling through Twitter during our self-quarantines, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is dropping a few behind-the-scenes photos from that scene, as well as a sweet candid image of Carrie Fisher. See The Last Jedi behind the scenes photos below.

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Watching The Last Jedi After The Rise of Skywalker

When it comes to beloved genre film franchises, Star Wars stands alone. I’m not talking about in terms of box office numbers or household name recognition, but in the DNA of how the brand came to exist. Unlike The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, a galaxy far, far away doesn’t have the underlying structure of novels to hang its themes and narrative on. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe have decades of source material to mine, Star Wars does not have that luxury. Unless you count Legends lore, which is a gnarled tangle from which a handful of useful pieces have been salvaged. 

My point being that Star Wars is a multi-billion dollar machine that operates like a pantser instead of a planner. In fiction writing, there are two major schools of thought: planners are pretty self-explanatory. They like to have an outline, to know where the story is going and have a detailed plan for how to get there. On the downside, planners can get bogged down in the details, refusing to set pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) until every single bit of minutia is locked down. Then there are the pantsers. These are the writers who have a vague idea of where their story is going and just fly by the seat of their pants, throwing themselves into the narrative and trusting the characters will lead the narrative where it needs to go. The downside to this can be that without an outline, stories can meander and peter out or hit a wall after the author writes themselves into a metaphorical corner. 

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The Best Movie Trailers of the Decade

Best Movie Trailers of the Decade

(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)

A well-cut trailer is a thing of beauty. To be clear: trailers are pieces of advertising. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be art, too. A bad trailer either shows us too much, relies heavily on cliches, or fails to grab our interest. A great trailer, however, can make or break a film. Put together a compelling, interesting, and original trailer, and you’ve gone a long way towards drawing in your audience. Which is exactly what the best trailers of the decade did.

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Ethan Anderton’s Top 10 Movies of the Decade

Ethan Anderton's Top 10 Best Movies of the Decade

(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)

The 2010s will mark the decade when cinema as we know it started changing drastically. The movies themselves aren’t really changing, but the manner in which we get to see them is in the middle of a drastic overhaul. In some ways, it’s easier than ever to watch a movie. But along with that, it’s also gotten harder for movies to find their audience, let alone get made. Even so, the 2010s were full of movies that will stick with us for years to come, and below you can find my own top ten movies of the decade. Read More »

Chris Evangelista’s Top 10 Movies of the Decade

Chris Evangelista's Top 10 Movies of the Decade

(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)

Narrowing down a top 10 list for one year is hard enough. An entire decade? It’s almost impossible. Almost. I hemmed and hawed my way through this task, debating with myself as to what titles would go where, and what titles would make the list at all. The bottom line: it was a great decade for film, and don’t let anyone claim otherwise. As of this moment, I am happy with this list. But check back in with me in a week – I may have changed my mind by then.

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Ben Pearson’s Top 10 Movies of the Decade

Ben Pearson's top 10 movies of the decade

(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)

The 2010s were a tumultuous era for movies, but reports of their demise have been greatly exaggerated. While television made a powerful surge to try to usurp the crown and become the defining medium of the past decade, movies held their own and occasionally reminded us why we love them so much in the first place. Here are my ten favorite films of the 2010s.

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Hoai-Tran Bui’s Top 10 Movies of the Decade

hoai-tran bui's top 10 movies of the decade

(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)

I can’t stress enough how formative this past decade of movies has been for my moviegoing experience. Sometimes I wonder if I can fully trust my opinions during 2010-2019, ever-shifting they were, and ever-evolving my movie knowledge was. I went and graduated college during that time, and began to form a movie opinion of my own outside of the one the film classes would impose on me. And in my opinion, the last decade of movies was fantastic.

It was never a more exciting time to be a movie fan in the 2010s, because the movie landscape itself underwent a dramatic shift. This was the decade when the genre movie began to get taken seriously by critics and the Academy, when cerebral sci-fi made a vengeful comeback, when horror got a socially thrilling edge. And most importantly, it’s one where a bear taught us the value of being kind. Here are my top 10 movies of the past decade.

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The Last Jedi Lightsaber Fight Breakdown

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, Daisy Ridley revisits the throne room lightsaber battle from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Plus, Marriage Story writer and director Noah Baumbach breaks down the opening montages focusing on the two main characters played by Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, and Jumanji: The Next Level co-stars Awkwafina and Jack Black sit down to answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »

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Star Wars Episode X

We’re just over a week away from the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and the discourse continues to roll as we inch closer to the final entry in the Skywalker saga. Today, a lengthy profile in The New York Times resulted in some interesting quotes from J.J. Abrams, especially in regard to the apparently endless back-and-forth about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as touching on the possible future of the franchise. Read Abrams quotes below, along with an intriguing one from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
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