New Craig Drake Art

Artist Craig Drake has returned with his fifth solo art show at Hero Complex Gallery, and with it comes a stellar collection of new posters created by the artist in his signature style.

The new Craig Drake art honors some of the strongest, fiercest, feistiest and most memorable females in films like Blade Runner, The Empire Strikes Back, Beetlejuice, Basic Instinct Kingsman: The Secret Service and Lost in Translation. But it also keys in on characters like RoboCop, Mad Max, and more. Plus, there are two other great Star Wars prints that will catch your eye. Read More »

Mondo Empire Strikes Back Poster

Mondo has unleashed a cool new Empire Strikes Back poster from artist Jock. The poster recreates a moment from the Star Wars film in which Luke Skywalker takes down an AT-AT Walker. See the Mondo Empire Strikes Back poster, and its variant, below.

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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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/Answers: Our Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Moments

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. In this week’s edition, we’re celebrating the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by fondly recalling our favorite Star Wars movie moments, the individual beats or reveals or lines of dialogue that stand out above all else for us. Read More »

The Last Jedi vs. The Empire Strikes Back

The challenges of Star Wars: The Force Awakens are well-documented by this point: J.J. Abrams had to reintroduce the classic Star Wars vibe to fans after the prequel trilogy and the way he chose to do that was to hone in on many of the same structural beats that kicked off the entire franchise in the first place in George Lucas’s original 1977 movie. But does that mean The Force Awakens‘ sequel will also loosely follow the storyline of The Empire Strikes Back, the second movie in the original trilogy?

It’s a question fans have been asking for years, and the darker vibe of the trailers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi have only bolstered that theory. We’re two weeks away from the movie’s release, and while out on the film’s international press tour, writer/director Rian Johnson explained his thoughts on The Last Jedi vs. The Empire Strikes Back observations.
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Guardians of the Galaxy movie connections

(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.)

Cue the Electric Light Orchestra, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters this week. That means Star-Lord (who?), Gamora, Rocket, Drax, and Baby Edition Groot are back for a new neon-tinged adventure. When the first installment of the franchise-within-a-giant-franchise landed, it breathed new life into the MCU by re-engaging with its sarcastic, hero may care roots.

It also walked in the footsteps of some of the biggest nostalgia targets of this generation. Namely, Indiana Jones and Star Wars. It was a space opera in the midst of Iron Man and Captain America, complete with a banging ’70s soundtrack. A black sheep in its family, there was a time people were absolutely convinced it would tank the Marvel brand name. Now, it’s essentially its second pillar upon which James Gunn gets to goof off and throw a dance party.

While the first was about abandoned child Peter Quill forming an unusual family, Vol. 2 is about keeping that family together after reuniting with the father you’ve been searching for your whole life.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Empire Strikes Back Poster

Back in 2014, artist Matt Ferguson created a stunning poster for Guardians of the Galaxy inspired by the original poster art for the release of Star Wars in 1977 (it was one of Germain Lussier’s favorite pieces that year). Sadly, it was a privately commissioned piece of art, so fans weren’t able to get ahold of it to add to their own collection. Now you can get frustrated all over again as Matt Ferguson has created a poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 inspired by the classic poster art for The Empire Strikes Back. It might even be more stunning than the first one.

Check out the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Empire Strikes Back poster after the jump. Read More »

/Film Ranks the ‘Star Wars’ Saga

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Hey…did you know that a new Star Wars movie came out a few days ago?

If the box office numbers are any indication, everyone reading this sentence found some time to check out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story over the weekend, which means that everyone reading this sentence probably has a Very Serious Opinion about the first standalone film in the sprawling universe George Lucas built nearly 40 years ago. And since this is the internet, there is only one thing to do now: rank all eight movies.

To ensure the validity and accuracy of this list, each member of the /Film team contributed their own personal ranking of all eight movies in the saga. The combined results are the most scientifically sound and tasteful Star Wars you are reading at this very moment. You. Are. Welcome.

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The Empire Strikes Back Honest Trailer

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting some theaters as early as tomorrow night and the early buzz painting quite a positive picture (along with David Chen’s video review and Peter Sciretta’s spoiler-free review), everyone is all about Star Wars this week. That includes the folks over at Honest Trailers who have decided to tackle what many Star Wars fans regard as the greatest film in the saga: The Empire Strikes Back.

Even outside of Star Wars fans, The Empire Strikes Back is largely considered to be one of the greatest sequels of all time, and as the Honest Trailer points out, it has become the lazy shorthand for anyone trying to hype up the darkness and quality of plenty of other sequels. Beyond that, the quality of this movie is so high that the voiceover guy knows it’s not going to be easy to make fun of this one.

Watch The Empire Strikes Back Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Star Wars - AT-AT Desk Organizer

There is an endless array of Star Wars merchandise out there for you to put on your shelves, decorate your car, cook cheeseburgers with and pretty much anything you can think of. They’re not all great items, but every now and then comes something that isn’t just an easy cash grab with a logo slapped on it. Today we have one of those items.

Premium Bandai over in Japan has an incredible new desk organizer in the form of an AT-AT. As you can see in the picture above, it has some cool compartments in the body of the Imperial vehicle that obliterates the Rebel Alliance on the ground assault on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. But the real selling point is how it organizes a charging cable for your mobile devices.

Check out the AT-AT desk organizer after the jump. Read More »