The Things I Would Love To See in ‘Episode IX’ of ‘Star Wars’

I know, Episode IX isn’t going to be here anytime soon and I should probably focus on Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is actually going to be in theaters in about three months, but I can’t help but think about the final installment of this current Star Wars trilogy.

The Last Jedi was amazing and now that the novel for The Last Jedi is almost upon us a lot of my questions will be answered and there will undoubtedly be some juicy content that I won’t even see coming that’ll hopefully shine a light on the upcoming sequel. Outside of the hints that The Last Jedi movie and novel might provide here are the things that I would love to see happen or explained in Episode IX. Enjoy!

The Knights of Ren

Adam Driver in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

In The Force Awakens we were given a brief, but very cool, glimpse of the evil cult Kylo Ren leads, the Knights of Ren, but since then there has been little mention of these black clad warriors. I believe this was intentional.

Rian Johnson took J.J Abrams’ ideas and upended them for the better by killing Snoke, making Kylo Ren the Supreme Leader of the First Order, literally grounding Poe to make him a better person, having Finn embark on a mission away from the friends that he knew to also help him grow, revealed that Rey’s parents are deadbeats, turned Luke into a depressed hermit/hero, and basically annihilating the Resistance. These were some of the more striking choices that Rian Johnson made and I loved them. One thing he didn’t tamper with, however, were the Knights of Ren.

This mysterious group he left to the devices of J.J Abrams in Episode IX and I am seriously hoping they finally make their major Star Wars debut in this ninth film. Snoke had his Praetorian Guards. I believe it’s only fair that Kylo Ren should have his Knights of Ren to be his personal guard. That would probably lead to a rather epic battle that I don’t even want to imagine just in case it doesn’t happen and I won’t be disappointed. Still sounds awesome though. 🙂

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My Opinion of ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy

I remember when it was announced that Peter Jackson was going to make a trilogy for The Hobbit, I was ecstatic. The Lord of the Rings franchise used to be my second favorite franchise, after Star Wars of course (its now third behind Marvel and Star Wars) and the thought of another trilogy to the Middle-Earth story was a dream come true. And it was going to be about Bilbo’s story in his early days. AWESOME!

Unfortunately the trilogy ended up becoming the Star Wars prequels of The Lord of the Rings franchise as it failed to generate the same buzz and excitement its predecessors had in the early 2000’s. The story wasn’t nearly as incredible, the CGI, at times, was horrendous, and it overall simply wasn’t as enjoyable as The Lord of the Rings films.

After recently watching The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug after not having seen it for quite some time I decided I wanted to share with you my opinion on the trilogy’s shortcomings, it’s triumphs, and my overall experience with The Hobbit films. Enjoy!

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My Review of ‘The Legends of Luke Skywalker’

I’ve just recently gotten into the fascinating world of Star Wars novels and my latest addition to my Star Wars book collection is, The Legends of Luke Skywalker. This book is amazing!

It’s so exciting getting Star Wars books that are prequels to an upcoming Star Wars movie.

First of all, it was part of the three month buildup to The Last Jedi and it truly does feel like a prequel to the movie. This story covers unknown characters who are on a transport heading to the dazzling city, Canto Bight, learning about the very interesting adventures one of The Last Jedi’s major characters, Luke Skywalker partook.

When you read some of the experiences he’s participated in after Return of the Jedi it’s kind of incredible. Luke was already an amazing character and hero but his journeys after the Battle of Endor kind of delve deeper into what it means to be a Jedi. Especially for him.

He didn’t have the privilege of having a Jedi council to help him through his growth as a Jedi master, he ultimately had to rely on himself, his instincts, and the powerful guide of the Force. It’s really fascinating stuff.

Yes, this book has pictures. 🙂

Another thing that made this novel so enjoyable were all of the beautifully painted pictures in this book. It’s not often when you get to read a YA/Adult fiction novel, leastwise a Star Wars book, that has pictures in it so that was an extra treat that I wasn’t expecting.

And this book’s author, Ken Liu, is an incredible writer as well. He brought such imagination and knowledge of the Force to this story that it really was a treat to read. I think I read this book in three days because I loved it so much and it has undoubtedly become my favorite Star Wars novel so far.

If you haven’t read this book I highly recommend that you do. Luke is already an amazing character and to read a book that covers just a small part of his accomplishments and adventures truly gives a different perspective of the old master Rey found on the beautiful planet, Ach-To. There’s also one portion of the book that will give you a completely different view of one of the greatest scenes of Return of the Jedi but I’ll leave it to you to discover it. It’s a really funny part of the novel.

What would I give this book? I’m going to say it’s 5 stars. This book is fantastic and I’m so happy I have it.

The next Star Wars book I’m excited to read is the novelization of The Last Jedi. It’s going to reveal a lot of content that wasn’t in the movie and I. Am. EXCITED!!!! It’s going to be so much fun to read.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force Be With You.

Why I Believe Marvel Movies Are Better Than DC Movies

For the past five years there have been five DC films and eleven! Marvel films (eight of the eleven Marvel films I have enjoyed immensely.) But it’s not that the fact that Marvel has eighteen and counting movies under their belt that makes them a better franchise all around but DC seems to willingly want to keep their franchise less liked by constantly cranking out mediocre superhero movies. I mean, let’s think about the comparisons of the two superhero franchises.

Marvel’s First Movie: Iron Man

Iron Man came out ten years ago and, for the most part, it was a good movie. Yeah it’s now available for free on subscription services like Hulu and Amazon Prime but that’s not because it’s essentially a bad movie. It’s just old. A movie featuring a character like Tony Stark’s Iron Man could’ve easily been a flop but with the genius casting of Robert Downey Jr. he managed to make the movie not only enjoyable but a global success.

Marvel’s first movie was a home run and an exciting precursor to what was to come.

DC’s First Movie: Man of Steel

Now, I for one, actually really enjoyed Man of Steel. It was an enjoyable film, the music was epic, the story was well executed, and Henry Cavill’s Superman wasn’t wack. A lot of people, however, did not feel the same way. They felt that Man of Steel was, in a word, terrible. This is the first movie that the new DC universe debuted to the world and it was not getting the excited buzz that Iron Man had obtained five years before.

So, what’s the difference between these two debut films? Why did Iron Man work where Man of Steel failed? Well, first off, Iron Man was a better executed movie. It conveyed a story that people could comprehend and when you have a character who’s as lovable as Tony Stark you can’t help but enjoy the movie more. I hadn’t even seen Iron Man and Iron Man 2 all the way through as a child and he had become my favorite superhero because he was that cool.

With Man of Steel I didn’t get that same love for Superman as I did for Iron Man. I enjoyed the movie but I didn’t love the superhero. I think that’s the difference. If Henry Cavill could’ve made Clark Kent as lovable as Robert Downey Jr. did with Tony Stark people would’ve probably met the movie with more praise than criticism.

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The 14 Coolest Additions to ‘Star Wars’ in the Last Three Years

With Disney’s acquiring of LucasFilm in 2012 there have been three Star Wars movies, dozens of books, two Star Wars games (which are terrible the way,) a new Star Wars cartoon, and there’s much more Star Wars to come which I’m beyond excited about. So, yesterday as I was participating in my daily activities I thought to myself of all the latest Star Wars movies and all of the incredibly cool, new additions to the Star Wars universe that have come in the past three years and so I’m here to share them with you. Enjoy!

1. Porgs


I have to admit, I love porgs. When I first saw them I was seriously hoping that they wouldn’t be another version of Ewoks but, thankfully, they’re not. They’re actually really adorable. I immediately knew I was going to love these cute creatures when it showed them toying with Luke’s lightsaber after Luke chucked it. They were SOOO cute…and funny. I wasn’t sure if I was going to jump on the Porg bandwagon or not but yeah, I’m a Porg fan.

2. Canto Bight

Canto Bight

Canto Bight is an interesting place. A lot of people didn’t like the Canto Bight sequence of The Last Jedi but I, for one, loved it and part of the reason why I enjoyed it so much was because the city was so gorgeous. One of the few things I liked about the prequels was that it didn’t shrug away from showing the niceties of the galaxy. You had Coruscant, a fascinating metropolis where wealthy people, politicians, and so forth enjoyed the different amenities of the planet. Then there was Naboo, a gorgeous world that, if real, I would want to live there because of its extreme beauty. For the past two Star Wars movies, however, there hasn’t been a world or a people that are remotely fancy in the slightest. The Last Jedi changed that by introducing Canto Bight which is, essentially, a giant casino.

I loved looking at all of the nicely dressed aliens and humans and even the policemen were really cool. I’m glad this beautiful world is now part of the Star Wars universe and I hope more fascinating worlds like this appear in the future.

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The Trailer for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Gets An Epic Re-Cut to the Backdrop of Sabotage

The teaser for Solo: A Star Wars Story came out a few weeks ago and I enjoyed it a lot. It was much different than previous Star Wars trailers and it highlighted was not going to be like any of its predecessors which is always exciting. Now someone has taken that teaser, edited it a bit, and set it to the song, Sabotage and let me tell you, it shines a whole new light on the movie. Check it out.

I was not expecting this to work but this trailer set to Sabotage is literally perfect. It matches the settings, characters, and action of the trailer which is saying something and truly conveys that this movie is about smugglers and criminals. It actually made the movie look more awesome if I’m being honest. Now do I like it over the original teaser?

I still happen to love the original trailer simply because the music is REALLY great. The one problem I have with the original teaser, however, is the end. It’s such a good trailer and then after the title, Solo: A Star Wars Story, comes up the last little bit gets a little, well boring. The music feels fragmented from the rest of the teaser and Han talking slows down the pace of the trailer. I still love the Millenium Falcon action though. *thumbs up*

All in all, I’m sharing this Sabotage re-cut with you because I totally think it’s worth seeing. If you were having second thoughts about seeing this movie this new teaser might change your mind.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force Be With You.

My Ten Favorite Movie Heroines

I love movies because they’re very fun to watch. I love seeing stories play out onscreen, I love watching actors portray different characters that I will either love or despise, I love action films, but most importantly, I love a movie with an off-the-chain heroine. There are hundreds of great films with male heroes but when a woman can come into the fold and kick butt alongside the men that’s when a movie, for me, gets really awesome and lately that’s become a regular occurrence.

Last year Wonder Woman finally got her own blockbuster film after being around for decades and there have been a bunch of critically acclaimed indie films and television shows led by women in the past year. The last three Star Wars films have been led by women and have made billions of dollars, an idea that at one time would seem preposterous to the Hollywood elite. And last year’s highest grossing films were all female-led, Beauty and the BeastWonder Woman, and The Last Jedi.

So, because women are clearly awesome, I’m going to share with you the ten movie heroines that I have come to love the most, at least, so far. Enjoy!

10. Dorothy

The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies of all time. I remember seeing this film as a child and it was one of the most magical films I have ever seen still to this day. To think that this movie was made in 1939! is beyond incredible and in the center of this epic tale is Dorothy.

Dorothy is a special character. She has those ruby slippers, she sings like an angel, she has the cutest dog ever, Toto, and she’s so sweet. She’s a regular farm girl trying to run away from home because a mean old lady wants her dog to be taken away who just so happened to end up embarking on an incredible journey in a magical world unlike any other. She faces flying monkeys, an evil witch, and many other obstacles but at the end of it all she survives the adventure and helps save the Land of Oz while never refraining from being herself. If you really think about it, Dorothy is a very brave girl. To face all of that strange stuff; a talking scarecrow, a talking lion, a tin man, munchkins, witches, etc. without utterly freaking out is very impressive.

Without Dorothy The Wizard of Oz would not be the same magical movie that it has been for almost a century and that’s why she is one of my favorite heroines.

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