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Throwback Friday: The Last Day Before ‘Rogue One’

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for another segment of¬†Throwback Friday. Today I’m sharing with you all the very first post I ever wrote on this blog. I hope you enjoy! ūüôā

Darth Vader Returns

One more day! One more day until I finally, for the first time,¬†hear Darth Vader’s breathing in the movie theater, particularly in¬†IMAX. I was¬†brought into the fantastic world of Star Wars with the prequels Episode I, II, and III. I mean I was literally a baby just coming into my first year when I first experienced The Phantom Menace in the movie theater with my parents. Because those prequels¬†didn’t give the backstory of Anakin Skywalker any justice when I finally did see Darth Vader in the classic trilogy of Star Wars he wasn’t as intimidating as he¬†should’ve been.

Finally, with the help of Disney, I think he will truly become the beloved, scary, iconic villain we¬†have all¬†been waiting¬†to enjoy again. I mean who can compete with “No, I am your father.”¬†Definitely one of the best and most jaw-dropping lines in¬†movie history. Of course, Darth Vader isn’t the only reason why I’m excited for Rogue One but he’s definitely¬†a large part of my enthusiasm to see this film.

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Should ‘Star Wars Stories’ Become Exclusive Movies for the Disney Streaming Service?

When Disney bought Lucasfilm back in 2012 they immediately decided they wanted to bring Star Wars movies back into existence with a brand new trilogy and at least a couple of Star Wars standalone films called Star Wars Stories.

Both installments in the current trilogy have made north of a billion dollars and the first standalone film, Rogue One, also made over a billion dollars. It seemed that the Star Wars Stories was actually a brilliant idea. And then came Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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Solo¬†was surrounded by controversy since the summer of last year after Disney decided to fire the film’s directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street,) three-fourths of the way into filming. It placed a huge monkey wrench in the production of the new standalone movie and we didn’t get a trailer for¬†Solo¬†until February of this year, three months before the actual film came out!

So, it was no surprise that Solo bombed at the box office, becoming the first Star Wars movie to do so, and now Disney is completely rethinking their entire approach with the Star Wars Stories.

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

Star Wars is a wonderful franchise¬†filled with fantastical things and the last three years of Star Wars movies underneath the Disney brand have presented some pretty cool creations. So, I’m going to share with you the fifteen coolest additions to Star Wars in the last three years. Enjoy!

1. Porgs

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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. First Light

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Have you ever wondered what a yacht in¬†Star Wars¬†would look like? Well, look no further than¬†Solo. The second standalone¬†Star Wars Story¬†introduced the film’s major gangster antagonist in Paul Bettany’s Dryden Vos aboard his ultra-fancy yacht,¬†First Light and I can positively say it is mind-blowing. I’ve seen a lot of cool vehicles in¬†Star Wars¬†but this is easily one of the most awesome vessels in the franchise.

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Qi’Ra or Jyn Erso: Who’s Cooler?

In the past three years there have been two¬†Star Wars Stories¬†for me to enjoy. The first was¬†Rogue One, a¬†Star Wars¬†film that highlighted the ugliness of war in the galaxy from a non Force-wielding perspective. And then¬†Solo¬†was a classic heist film done in a¬†Star Wars¬†fashion that was simply awesome to watch. Both films had compelling leading ladies who took charge when the moments arose and set their own stamp on the¬†Star Wars¬†franchise. But which of the two heroines were cooler? That’s what I’m here to find out. Enjoy!

Their Stories:

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Qi’Ra, like Han, was an orphan living on the rough streets of Corellia hoping to one day escape the gang they worked for. Unfortunately Han escaped and Qi’Ra didn’t and was forced to work for the crime syndicate, Crimson Dawn for the rest of her life.

In¬†Solo¬†we see Qi’Ra’s many chances at redemption but she’s too far in to the criminal system. She’s made a name for herself in the criminal underworld and she wasn’t about to give that up, even for Han, the man she loved. But at the end of the day, he escaped to live his life while she remained on Corellia. You have to think that through those years she acquired some bitterness to her ex-boyfriend. It’s probably why she was able to make the decision to betray him so easily.

Qi’Ra has been through the wringer and I’m super interested in seeing where her story continues.

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Jyn’s story is one of tragedy. She lost her mother when she was but a child. She was abandoned as a teenager by the only people she could call family; Saw Gerrera and his rebels. And, in an attempt to find out what the Empire was building, her only family member remaining, her father Galen Erso, was killed before her very eyes.

And yet through all of this sorrow she kept on fighting to the very end. That’s quite inspiring indeed.

Honestly, both of these women have compelling storylines that I would love to no more of. I have this category at a tie.

Qi’Ra: 1 pt

Jyn Erso: 1 pt

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Ranking the Action in ‘Star Wars’ Movies; from Worst to Best

One of the funnest things about watching a¬†Star Wars¬†movie is the action. No matter how lackluster a¬†Star Wars¬†film may be the action is always entertaining. With ten movies now in the franchise which films reign supreme in the action department and which movies don’t? That’s what I’m here to share with you. Enjoy!

10. A New Hope

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I love¬†A New Hope¬†because it’s the first¬†Star Wars¬†movie ever made. If it wasn’t for¬†A New Hope¬†being such an amazing film when it came over forty years ago the¬†Star Wars¬†franchise probably wouldn’t exist right now. But while¬†A New Hope¬†is undoubtedly a great movie the action is about as boring as it gets in comparison to the other nine¬†Star Wars films. I mean, it has the slowest lightsaber duel ever created. I rest my case.

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What’s Your Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Movie?

Every week I present a new segment of¬†Who’s Your Favorite¬†this or that but this week I’m changing it up a bit and today I’m asking you which¬†Star Wars¬†movie is your favorite?¬†Star Wars¬†is a tough topic, especially when you get into the conversation of which film in the franchise is your favorite because they’re all so good. It’s also a fun topic to broach as well, as it sparks debates and connects¬†Star Wars¬†fans around the world. So, out of all of the¬†Star Wars¬†movies, what is your favorite of the franchise? Here they all are.

1. The Phantom Menace

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The Phantom Menace¬†was the first of the prequels and while its arrival had¬†Star Wars¬†fans riled up its actual quality quickly turned those same fans against the movie within no time. Now¬†The Phantom Menace¬†is considered one of the worst entries in the franchise but it has its shining moments as well; the podrace sequence, Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, etc. It might not be the greatest movie ever made but it’s still¬†Star Wars¬†and that’s always awesome.

2. Attack of the Clones

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Attack of the Clones¬†is the second entry in the prequel trilogy and instead of building up a compelling foundation for the trilogy it is viewed, to most fans, as easily the worst or second to worst¬†Star Wars¬†film. But, like¬†The Phantom Menace, it’s got its bright spots as Ewan Mcgregor shines as Obi-Wan Kenobi and makes the film worth watching.

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Ranking the Star Wars Movies; from Worst to Best

The last time I wrote this post¬†Rogue One¬†had been out for a little over a month and¬†Episode VIII‘s title,¬†The Last Jedi, had just been announced the day before I wrote the post. Now it’s been a year and a half later, there have been two new¬†Star Wars¬†movies, and with¬†Solo¬†arriving in theaters a month ago I figured it’s time to update this list. Enjoy!

10. Attack of the Clones

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Star Wars¬†is a wonderful franchise with plenty of great movies but¬†Attack of the Clones¬†really fell short of being a fantastic sequel. On one side I love the mystery aspect of the film which involves Obi-Wan Kenobi trying to discover who assassinated Senator Padme Amidala but then on the other side you’ve got Anakin and Padme…falling in love. Ugh. And then on top of that it has the worst lightsaber duels out of the entire franchise.

9. The Phantom Menace

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I used to love¬†The Phantom Menace…as a child. But as I’ve grown older and Disney has taken the wheel of the franchise¬†The Phantom Menace¬†has become less and less appealing to watch. I still love seeing Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn and Padme at her coolest but the overall movie is just boring. And don’t get me started on Jar Jar Binks. *shaking my head*

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