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Is ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ the Perfect Sequel?

When A New Hope came out 41 years ago people didn’t know there was going to be a sequel. It, sure enough, didn’t seem like it. A New Hope told a solid story with unsuspecting heroes who defeated the bad guys and were given medals in an unforgettable celebration at the end of the movie that made it seem like this story was over. But oh no, the story hadn’t ended. In fact, it had just begun.

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Three years later, it’s 1980, and The Empire Strikes Back is in theaters. Star Wars was a practically a perfect movie. Who would want to continue something that didn’t need to be tampered with? But George Lucas, with the help of the magnificent Lawrence Kasdan, built on A New Hope‘s momentum and told a story that was so utterly magnificent that it’s still regarded as the zenith of sequel movie making.

Everything about The Empire Strikes Back was better than the first. The planets were more awe-inspiring, the character developments were phenomenal, Darth Vader was on the next level of awesome, it displayed a compelling romance between Han and Leia that will go down as one of the greatest movie love stories of all time, the action was absolutely incredible, and it dropped a movie bombshell that no one could’ve seen coming.

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The 5 Creepiest ‘Star Wars’ Moments

It’s a beautiful day for it to be Halloween and to keep the spooky theme going I’m going to share with you the five moments that I have found to be the scariest in Star Wars. Enjoy!

5. The Mynock on the Window

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I think all Star Wars fans can agree that this scene is easily one of the creepiest scenes in Star Wars. Leia’s scream-of-terror reaction says as much. The Mynocks are disgusting creatures (as you can see from this picture) and so it wasn’t a hard decision to add this to this spooktacular list.

4. Evil Yoda

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Okay, if you haven’t watched The Clone Wars then you will have no idea what this is but let me tell you…it’s creepy. Yoda, through a trio of episodes, finds himself on a spiritual journey after being visited by Qui-Gon’s ghost. During that journey, he finds himself face to face with this evil side. It’s an ultra creepy moment that made me realize how glad I am that Yoda never turned to the dark side.

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My Newest Ranking of the ‘Star Wars’ Movies

Every once in a while there comes a time when one must update their standing on how the Star Wars movies should be ranked, for as months go by new revelations come to light and that can move a film from first to fifth place in a blink of an eye.

Well, recently I participated, for the first time, in watching a Star Wars marathon using the Machete Order which means you watch the films in this order: SoloRogue OneA New HopeThe Empire Strikes BackThe Phantom MenaceAttack of the ClonesRevenge of the SithReturn of the JediThe Force Awakens, and The Last Jedi.

After finishing that adventurous marathon experience I learned a lot about Star Wars and how beautifully and deeply interconnected the films’ stories truly are. I was struck with revelation after revelation and I soon realized that it was time to update my ranking of these movies. Hence, this post. I hope you enjoy.

10. Attack of the Clones

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Attack of the Clones is still hands down the worst Star Wars movie.

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My Top 5 Yoda Quotes

Yoda is one of the most beloved Star Wars characters for obvious reasons; he’s awesome. He’s, in my opinion, the wisest character in the franchise and this can be said as much from his memorable sayings. So, on that note, here are my five favorite quotes from the wizened Jedi master. Enjoy!

5. “We are what they grow beyond. That is the burden of all masters.”

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The Last Jedi delivered a delightful Yoda cameo that reunited the deceased master with his former apprentice, Luke Skywalker. It was a fascinating moment the two characters shared after a three-decade hiatus and this quote pushed the idea that yes, the old ways of the Jedi were passing on, but that another generation of Jedi was rising.

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My Ten Favorite Movie Endings

I’ve seen a whole bunch of GREAT movies in my time but there’s nothing more memorable than an awesome ending. A movie can be really good but if the ending is sub par then the movie ends up being sub par. So, I’m here to share with you the ten movie endings that have utterly rocked my world, in fascinating, thrilling, and sometimes chilling ways. Enjoy!

(And this isn’t a ranking.) 🙂

The Empire Strikes Back

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The Empire Strikes Back is easily one of the greatest Star Wars movies (and sci-fi films) ever made. Every time I watch it I am simply awed by the fact that it came out in 1980 because it is still, to this day, one of the best renditions of special effects ever created in a movie. From the asteroid field chase to the Cloud City sequence this movie is filled with incredible moments but the ending of the film is literally the cherry on the sundae.

The movie is already really, really good but the ending is simply magical for me. It has made me cry, covered me in super goosebumps, and just taken my imagination to other places. It’s definitely one of my favorite endings.

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Princess Leia: How One Woman Created A Generation of Heroines in ‘Star Wars’

Star Wars is a franchise that has lived and transcended generations. The cultural phenomenon began way back in 1977 and now, after 40 years, the excitement for this seemingly unending franchise is even stronger. The question is, what was it that made this science-fiction space opera resonate with so many people? Was it the lore of the story, was it the music, was it the characters? I believe there was a collaboration of all of these different aspects but the characters were a huge part of why A New Hope 40 years ago became such a global hit.

You had Luke, the simple farm boy who wanted to explore the stars and follow in the footsteps of his “dead” father. Then there was Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi, the wise mentor. You had the rascally Han Solo, a scoundrel at first meeting but a hero at heart.

And finally you have Princess Leia, which this post is dedicated to.

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At the time of A New Hope princesses were usually thought of as damsels in distress that needed rescuing . Princess Leia rewrote that narrative. Princess Leia didn’t run screaming from the stormtroopers, she shot at them. Princess Leia didn’t whimper in the face of Darth Vader, she patronized him. She did the exact opposite of nearly everything that was expected, except fall for the “prince” which in this case would be Luke Skywalker.

She was one of the pioneers of all the strong women you have in film today. Throughout A New Hope she never played the role of damsel in distress. And yes, she was rescued, but she didn’t treat her rescuers like they were “her heroes.” She instead told them off for not coming up with a better escape plan. Ha! I love it. 🙂

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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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