Attack the Block Helped Set the Course for the Last Decade of SciFi Films


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When I recently took my seven-year-old daughter to see The Kid Who Would Be King, I did so out of parental obligation, not out of personal interest. Much to my surprise, I was rewarded with an exceptionally well-crafted adventure film—one with a winning and diverse cast, exciting setpieces, and entertaining supporting performances by Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson. None of this would of been a surprise to me, however, had the trailers touted the fact that the movie was directed by Joe Cornish.

Then again, I shouldn’t be too surprised. With only one directing credit to his name, and a few co-writing credits alongside Edgar Wright on The Adventures of Tin-Tin and Ant-Man, Cornish is hardly a household name, especially since his directorial debut came out in 2011. But, oh, what a debut it was…

Like The Kid Who Would Be King, Attack the Block could be ...

Attack the Block Helped Set the Course for the Last Decade of SciFi Films


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When I recently took my seven-year-old daughter to see The Kid Who Would Be King, I did so out of parental obligation, not out of personal interest. Much to my surprise, I was rewarded with an exceptionally well-crafted adventure film—one with a winning and diverse cast, exciting setpieces, and entertaining supporting performances by Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson. None of this would of been a surprise to me, however, had the trailers touted the fact that the movie was directed by Joe Cornish.

Then again, I shouldn’t be too surprised. With only one directing credit to his name, and a few co-writing credits alongside Edgar Wright on The Adventures of Tin-Tin and Ant-Man, Cornish is hardly a household name, especially since his directorial debut came out in 2011. But, oh, what a debut it was…

Like The Kid Who Would Be King, Attack the Block could be ...

Let’s Remake the Star Wars Holiday Special


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This past summer, box office analysts all over the galaxy blamed Solo’s disappointing earnings on poor marketing and oversaturation of Star Wars movies. Personally, I believe these theories are (and forgive my French) a whole lot of hooey. The problem with Star Wars these days is that there are too many new ideas, new characters. Why enjoy something fresh and exciting and possibly even challenging, when you can watch the same old thing over and over?

With this in mind, I’m sure you will agree that what Star Wars truly needs is a remake. Search your feelings. You will know it to be true. You probably already know what film I’m going to recommend that they reimagine, and that is the beloved sequel to A New Hope.

I am, of course, speaking of The Star Wars Holiday Special.

This made-for-TV movie honestly has everything you could ask for in ...

5 Things Obi-Wan Kenobi Should Have Told Luke Skywalker (Instead of LIES)


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Calling yourself “Old Ben” is fine. Saying mean things about someone’s uncle is rude yet necessary. Pretending that you don’t remember your BBF’s old copilot droid is crappy, but saves time. Does that excuse all the outright lies that Obi-Wan Kenobi tells to Luke Skywalker? Maybe if those lies were truly essential to getting the kid to bring down the Empire. But they’re not, so most of those lies (and omissions) are pretty egregious.

Here are a few things that Obi-Wan could have said to avoid the most ridiculous ones. Because let’s face it, most of Ben’s lies are just kind of… ill-conceived.

 

1. Darth Vader and Your Dad Are the Same Guy, Sorry That Your Dad is Evil

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Star Wars is Really a Cautionary Tale About Devoting All Technological Advancements to Death


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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Death Star II

It’s called Star Wars. Not Star Trek, not Star Peace, not Star Friends, not even Star Tales. This gargantuan fictional universe is labeled with a title that guarantees the ability to travel space… and near-constant warfare.

We can debate the relative okay-ness of this focus from a moral standpoint, sure. But in reality, I think that Star Wars is accidentally teaching us the greatest lesson of all: It’s depicting what a universe looks like when you dedicate all of your research and technological advancements to war and destruction, and unwittingly showing us what an incredibly dark place that universe is. Because the Star Wars universe is a fun fictional playground for sure, a great place to build weird and wonderful stories… but it’s not a good place. Not by a longshot.

If there’s one thing that the Star Wars universe is super into, it’s creating bigger, louder, faster ways to ...

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Diego Luna to Reprise Role of Cassian Andor in Live-Action Star Wars Spy Thriller TV Series


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Cassian Andor live-action Star Wars spy thriller TV series Diego Luna Disney+ streaming service

Earlier today, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced a second live-action Star Wars television series in the works: an untitled spy thriller series starring Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), taking place before the events of Rogue One. Luna will reprise his role as the pilot and intelligence officer, who will set out on top-secret missions somehow more daring than stealing the Death Star plans.

Alongside Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, this new series will be developed for Disney+, the Walt Disney Company’s forthcoming streaming service (which finally has a name).

“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” Luna said in the official announcement. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more ...

Boba Fett vs. Zombies and Other Bonkers Moments from Star Wars: Galaxy of Fear


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John Whitman’s 12-book Galaxy of Fear series was the Star Wars Expanded Universe’s attempt to tap into the middle-grade horror market of the late ’90s—bringing Goosebumps to a galaxy far, far away. The series introduced two adorable Alderaanian orphans under the care of their mysterious shape-shifting anthropologist uncle Hoole, and set them loose into every random corner of the Star Wars universe, occasionally crossing paths all the fan favorites from the original (and at the time, only) film trilogy: Luke provides Tash some one-on-one lessons in the Force, while Boba Fett shows up to save Zak from space zombies. Thrawn’s in there somewhere, too, as badass as ever.

These character cameos made Galaxy of Fear the ultimate self-insert fiction—except if you preferred nightmares to fantasies. Because while R.L. Stine’s haunted ventriloquist dummies and egg monsters rarely provoked much of a reaction beyond, well, goosebumps, Galaxy of Fear was the ...

11 Bizarre Comic Book Sidekicks That You Should Definitely Dress as For Halloween


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I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of The League of Regrettable Sidekicks by Jon Morris, a gorgeous technicolor reference tome that documents some of the worst comic book characters to grace the racks of local grocery stores and dusty comics shops. It occurred to me—these would make superb Halloween costumes, especially if you’re the sort who loves to explain yourself all night to strangers (you know who you are). So here are a few suggestions, if your usual go-tos have failed you.

Note before we begin: Some Halloween costumes can come off offensive if carried off without sensitivity. This list is not meant to condone those practices. Do not use fun and/or odd characters as an excuse to ridicule others, please.

 

The Raven (Feature Comics and Police Comics — Quality)

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Fighter Pilots in Space: Star Wars: X-Wing: Rogue Squadron by Michael A. Stackpole


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In this bi-weekly series reviewing classic science fiction and fantasy books, Alan Brown looks at the front lines and frontiers of the field; books about soldiers and spacers, scientists and engineers, explorers and adventurers. Stories full of what Shakespeare used to refer to as “alarums and excursions”: battles, chases, clashes, and the stuff of excitement.

One of the reasons for the phenomenal success of the Star Wars movies is that they offer something for everyone. They are built around epic fantasy concepts like the hero’s journey and the adventures of a “chosen one.” They center on a power struggle between the Sith and the Jedi, beings with paranormal powers. They take us to worlds different than our own, and introduce us to a diverse range of alien races. They present a thrilling political struggle between freedom and tyranny. They are full of rogues and smugglers and other colorful characters. ...

Star Wars: Resistance Examines the Galaxy From a Surprising Perspective


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Star Wars: Resistance, The Recruit

Star Wars: Resistance is the latest animated series executive produced by Dave Filoni, the man responsible for The Clone Wars and Rebels. This show is meant to cover the period leading up to The Force Awakens from the perspective of Resistance operatives, under the tutelage of Poe Dameron—and it’s while we can’t be sure what the season will bring, in the first episode we’ve already got a fascinating set of characters and a base of operations unlike anything we’ve seen before in this galaxy far, far away.

Resistance follows Kazuda (Kaz) Xiono, a young New Republic pilot who finds himself embroiled in the work of the Resistance when he hands over some important intel to Poe Dameron. Poe sees something in the kid, and asks him to join their cause, stationing Kaz on the Colossus, an aircraft refueling station on the Outer Rim where many of the galaxy’s greatest ...

Jon Favreau’s Star Wars Series Will be The Mandalorian (And No, Not That One)


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Jon Favreau’s long-discussed Star  Wars series finally has a name, and, presumably, a main character! The actor/director shared the name and a little bit of plot on Instagram on Wednesday night: it will be called The Mandalorian.

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Favreau shared a familiar yellow scrawl on his Instagram:

There have been no cast announcements yet, but The Mandalorian is set to air on Disney’s streaming service—which still doesn’t have a name?—where it will join shows like the proposed Loki and Scarlet Witch standalone series, along with all the huge tracts of film in the Disney/Marvel/Star Wars vaults.

So if this show isn’t following the adventures of the Fetts (and the trials and tribulations they face as they attempt to finance their vehicles) who is this mysterious Mandalorian? What new stories will unfold in the murky time after the fall of the Empire?

[via Variety!]

Watch General Leia and Captain Phasma in the Latest Star Wars Resistance Trailer


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Star Wars Resistance extended sneak peek trailer General Leia Captain Phasma

“There are a lot of dangers out there in the galaxy. When people are in need, we help.” Welp, Poe Dameron had us tearing up even before General Leia Organa appeared in the extended sneak peek for Star Wars Resistance, premiering next weekend. Hers wasn’t the only familiar face, er, helmet: Captain Phasma will be showing up for at least some of Poe’s ace pilots’ attacks on and spy missions within the First Order.

Rachel Butera, whose voice you’ve heard as Natasha in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Meryl Streep on Family Guy, lends her voice talents to Leia. Gwendoline Christie reprises the role of Phasma. There’s also plenty of the new characters, including pilot-turned-spy Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono, Tam Ryvora, Hype Fazon, Orka, Flix, and the rest of Team Fireball:

The official synopsis for the one-hour series premiere “The Recruit”:

Poe (Oscar Isaac) and BB-8 assign ...

The Greatest Science Fiction Robots of All Time


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Yesterday I got a phone call from a robot.

No kidding, a robot. If this had happened when I was 10, you never would’ve gotten me off the phone. I would have excitedly talked that robot, who’d innocently called our house to give my wife a programmed survey on politics or laundry soap or something, into a heuristic coma. Talk to a robot?? Are you kidding me? They would have had to pry the phone out of my tiny sweaty hands. I would’ve asked it a thousand questions about the future, and life as a robot, and if it had any friends from Jupiter, and ten million other things. Who wouldn’t want to talk to a robot, like, for hours?

My wife, as it turns out. “Those survey bots are annoying,” she said. They’ve been calling for months and she’s bored with them already.

Bored. With robots.

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Poe Dameron Has a Mission For a Few Good Rebels in First Star Wars: Resistance Trailer


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Star Wars Resistance trailer

Following the wrap up of Star Wars: Rebels, there are two new animated Star Wars series on the way; one is a revival of the much beloved Clone Wars, the other is a show that leads up to events in the current ongoing trilogy, Star Wars: Resistance.

The first trailer is here!

We’ve got some Voltron-style animation, some Legend of Korra-esque characters, and Poe Dameron to pull the whole thing together. Take a peek:

Given the success of the past two series, the show seems like a sure thing at this point. Granted, it usually takes them about a season for them to pick up speed, so we might have to reserve judgement until we’ve seen a bigger bulk of episodes, but it’s still exciting! Having Poe Dameron around to occasionally help our new heroes bluster through will certainly help things along. Just… don’t think about ...

If We Ask Nicely, Will Misson: Impossible — Fallout Director Christopher McQuarrie Please Make a Star War?


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We could argue until the metaphorical cows come home about whether or not the Mission: Impossible franchise is science fiction; I contend it is, and hold up “this dude is wearing this other dude’s face” as Exhibit A. However you slice it, the Mission: Impossible movies are genre: you might call them SF-adjacent, or just plain action, or my preferred (if unwieldy) category designation: Movies so precisely calibrated yet entirely ridiculous you can’t stop laughing with incredulous glee.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout contains a lot of sequences that, if you have a Thing for impressively orchestrated action, you truly need to see as big as possible. (I have this Thing. In spades.) You can watch a wee featurette about the HALO jump sequence here, and it’s a lot of you-seriously-did-this-oh-my-god fun, but this is not even the most over-the-top sequence in the film. (That’s the finale, of course....

5 Video Games With Sudden But Inevitable Betrayals


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My novel, The Fortress at the End of Time, is about a betrayal. It is not a secret or a twist or a surprise. In fact, it is revealed within the first few paragraphs. I am in the habit of writing betrayals or twists in this fashion because I feel that, too often, books are not an ideal form for a sudden or unexpected twist. The format does not, to me, create an ideal space for a sudden reversal similar to what we see on screen. Even on screen, twists are generally more about the big reveal, itself, than whatever that thing revealed may or may not symbolize or indicate to the larger purpose of the narrative. The momentum of the story, and the meaning of the story, is moving in a direction, after all. A sudden shift in the flow is jarring, and breaks the wall of narrative ...

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Pull List: Queering Canon with Doctor Aphra


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Hey you! Yeah, you! Do you love Star Wars? Are you eager to explore the non-Skywalker part of the EU? Do you wanna read stories starring a badass queer woman of color? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then it’s time you picked up Doctor Aphra. She’s cool, she’s tough, and she can out maneuver anyone at anytime. Aphra will flirt until you swoon, then pick your pocket. Oh yes, my friend, you’re gonna love this comic.

Doctor Aphra was first introduced in the Star Wars canon with issue #25 of Darth Vader. The series is set about two years after the Battle of Yavin during the three-year gap between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. The rogue archaeologist’s first solo story arc has a strong Indiana Jones vibe. In hiding from Vader, who thinks she’s dead, Aphra sets her sights on retrieving ancient ...

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Has Been Revived-New Season Incoming!


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Star Wars The Clone Wars, new season, new trailer

At a San Diego Comic Con, fans gathered for a 10th Anniversary panel dedicated to Star Wars: The Clone Wars… and got the greatest surprise possible.

Brace yourselves:

*takes deep breath* IT’S BACK IT’S BACK IT’S FREAKING BACK I AM LITERALLY VIBRATING WITH JOY ARE JOY-SHAKES A THING????

For those who don’t know, The Clone Wars was cancelled with its sixth season complete. That season went straight to Netflix, but the show was never allowed a proper ending per se. That is, the show was not allowed to end where Revenge of the Sith began, completing the arc of the Clone War itself.

That’s about to change.

Ahsoka Tano is back! She’s on Mandalore! She’s hanging out with the late-Duchess Satine’s sister! There’s a clear plot possibility here; the novel Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston followed Anakin Skywalker’s former apprentice to Mandalore, where she helped free the population following ...

It’s Time to Remake the Star Wars Holiday Special


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Star Wars Holiday Special, Han Solo

Box office analysts all over the galaxy have blamed Solo’s disappointing earnings on poor marketing and oversaturation of Star Wars movies. Personally, I believe these theories are (and forgive my French) a whole lot of hooey. The problem with Star Wars these days is that there are too many new ideas, new characters. Why enjoy something fresh and exciting and possibly even challenging, when you can watch the same old thing over and over?

With all this in mind, I’m sure you will agree that what Star Wars truly needs is a remake. Search your feelings. You will know it to be true. You probably already know what film I’m going to recommend that they reimagine, and that is the beloved sequel to A New Hope.

I am, of course, speaking of The Star Wars Holiday Special.

This made-for-TV movie honestly has everything you could ask for in a ...

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A Smuggler’s OTP: What is the Best Han Solo ‘Ship?


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You may know the podcast I work on, One True Pairing, but what you may not know is that I am a Star Wars devotee. Don’t get me started on this series. I’ve seen all the movies multiple times, including the the remastered versions which I have some OPINIONS on. I could get into my love of all of the (space)ships in the Star Wars franchise (because if you don’t want a TIE Interceptor then I literally don’t know what would ever make you happy) but that’s another post for another time.

So today, I’ll be talking about Han ’ships. My co-host Marissa and I covered Han and Leia in honor of the new movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, on our last episode, but there’s only so much we can hit on in such a short time. And, because we are all about ’ships—any ships, really, ...

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