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The Fifteen Greatest Conversations in ‘Star Wars’

Star Wars is filled with plenty of incredible moments and some of those moments don’t belong to scenes packed with action but instead the simple art of dialogue. Dialogue is sometimes the most magical and memorable moment in a Star Wars film and there are surprisingly a lot of dialogue-driven scenes that helps bind the movies together in simple but concise ways. So I’m going to share with you my favorite conversations in Star Wars. Enjoy! 🙂

15. Yoda’s Death

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One of my favorite moments in Return of the Jedi is when Luke went to see Yoda again because of the profound and riveting dialogue between the ancient master and apprentice. Yoda tells Luke that he is dying but not to fret, for that is the way of the Force. Then Luke asks Yoda if Darth Vader really is his father which shines a light on how deeply pivotal that moment in the previous movie was. For years he had been hoping that the dark lord had been telling a lie but to find out that indeed he was Vader’s son was a horrific truth. And then at the end of this incredible scene Yoda tells him that there’s another Skywalker out there somewhere before becoming one with the Force. Um…that’s awesome. Even though I already knew that Luke and Leia were brother and sister by the time I watched the original trilogy this scene still felt very impactful.

14. The Spark Lives

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While The Last Jedi had its mistakes and annoyances one thing it definitely had in abundance was fabulous dialogue and this scene was one of many of those lovable moments for me. As Poe realizes that Luke is sacrificing himself to save the Resistance he knows what his new job must be, finding a way for the Resistance to survive, and it’s just such a fun scene to watch as he banters with C-3PO and figures out the “crystal critters” are trying to lead them to safety. Love it.

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I’ve Discovered A Secret Force Connection in ‘The Last Jedi’

Last night I watched The Last Jedi for the umpteenth time and as I was watching the scene where the First Order ambushes the unsuspecting Resistance I realized a fascinating discovery. Rian Johnson introduced us to new possibilities with the Force by creating Force connections, revealing the fact that Force ghosts can still do things in the tangible world like summon lightning, and Luke was able to project an image of himself across a galaxy. The Force connections were obviously one of the coolest ideas brought to the Star Wars universe as it opened ideas of how Force-wielders can interact with each other but while it seems like the only connections that transpired were between Kylo Ren and Rey it turns out that isn’t true. Here’s the scene between Leia and Kylo Ren during the ambush.

As both Kylo Ren and Leia sense each other the camera keeps going back and forth between their faces much in the same way that the camera flips between Rey and Kylo. Leia and Kylo, in those moments stare at each other as if they’re really standing face to face. He quivers with emotion as he tries to push the trigger and she looks at him, questioning him with her stare if he has the guts to kill her.

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Ranking the ‘Star Wars’ Movies By How Kid-Friendly They Are

When George Lucas created Star Wars all those years ago he wasn’t exactly catering the film to adults. He was making a fantasy epic for children and it just so happened to be one of the greatest movies ever made that resonated with people of all ages. As the years have gone by some of the Star Wars films have continued to cater mostly towards the younger people of the world while some of the franchise’s installments have been a little more adult than others. So which Star Wars films do I think are the most kid-friendly? That’s what I’m here to list for you and I hope you enjoy. 🙂

10. Revenge of the Sith

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The prequel trilogy might’ve produced some awful Star Wars movies but Revenge of the Sith definitely feels quite climactic and it doesn’t shrug away from being a dire film. We see the Jedi slaughtered, younglings and all, which could be VERY frightening for a child. We see General Grievous shot to the point of explosion. Padme is killed…by her husband! Palpatine’s face is enough to dissuade any child from wanting to see this movie. And then Anakin getting his limbs cut off and nearly burned alive? All of these points are blaring reasons why this is the least kid-friendly Star Wars movie. I mean, I still wince whenever I watch Anakin getting burnt to a crisp. This is definitely catered to an older audience.

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Looking Back on ‘5 Things I Would Love To See in ‘The Last Jedi’

Last August I wrote a post detailing 5 things I would love to see in The Last Jedi and to my great surprise everything I wanted to happen actually happened! So here’s a look back at that post I wrote nearly a year ago. Enjoy!

1. Luke and Leia Reunion

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(Last year): Luke and Leia haven’t seen each other for a very, very long time. I think not only would it be a great moment, story-wise but to see Luke and Leia together again after all of these years would not only be beautiful but would also probably be one of my favorite moments of the movie. I’m pretty sure it would be very emotional too. Woo, I can just imagine my tears flowing already.

Well, sure enough they did reunite in the actual movie and yes, my tears definitely flowed at this emotional reunion. I wanted to see the brother and sister together one last time and I’m so glad Rian Johnson provided us this beautiful scene to watch for years to come.

2. The Backstory of Luke’s Academy Being Betrayed by Kylo Ren

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(Last year): Another one of the great mysteries that came out of ‘The Force Awakens’ was the mystery revolving around Kylo Ren and just exactly what happened with Luke Skywalker. Of course, we all know Ben Solo turned to the dark side and destroyed Luke’s Jedi Academy but just exactly how did that happen. In the teaser trailer, a clip is shown of undoubtedly Luke falling to his knees beside R2-D2 as he watches a building on fire. This has to be a scene depicting what happened during that terrible time.

The Last Jedi has a chance to put some of the mysteries that sprouted from The Force Awakens to rest and this one, I hope, will be one of them.

Yes, the mystery revolving around Ben Solo’s fall to the dark side was depicted in the movie but definitely not in the way that I expected. To find out that it was Luke who pushed young Ben over the edge to commit that terrible deed of destroying the temple is unfortunate indeed. Yay, I know what happened now.

3. Finn and Rey’s Reunion

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(Last year): Finn and Rey were a great team in The Force Awakens. They survived deadly adventures and both ended up playing huge roles in the fight against the First Order, but their paths at the end of film split due to Finn’s injury and her destiny to find Luke. Now, in The Last Jedi, from what I’ve gleaned so far, Rey is, of course, training to become a Jedi on the remote world of Ach-To while Finn will be on adventures with the Resistance. But according to Rey at the end of The Force Awakens, they will see each other again and I’m hoping they’ll reunite sometime in The Last Jedi. When they do reunite I’m sure that’ll also be one of my favorite moments of the movie.

It took until the final minutes of The Last Jedi for Finn and Rey to finally reunite again and when they did it actually did become one of my favorite scenes in the movie. Not only does it make me teary nearly every time I watch it but it’s just so nice seeing them together after being apart for so long. It’s simply a heartwarming moment between two of my favorite Star Wars characters. I can’t wait to see them together again in Episode IX.

4. The Mystery Surrounding Rey Somewhat Revealed

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(Last year): I don’t need a complete explanation of who Rey’s parents are. I just want at least a hint. If ‘The Last Jedi’ ended without so much as a reference to her parentage or some sort of closure about that topic the wait for the ninth Star Wars will be just as agonizing as waiting for ‘The Last Jedi’ is. I mean, it would just be unnecessarily cruel considering that LucasFilm knows all of us fans want to know who her parents are so we can stop wondering who she is and just exactly why she’s so important.

Well, Lucasfilm didn’t break out hearts and actually answered our nagging questions about Rey’s parentage…or did they? Only time will tell but as it stands Rey is a nobody whose parents are dead in Jakku (which I don’t think is the final answer to that burning question of ours but who knows.)

5. Kylo Ren and Leia’s Not-So-Happy Reunion

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(Last year): If Leia sees her son again it is not going to be pretty. I’m really hoping they do manage to come face to face in ‘The Last Jedi’ because I know, for a fact, that that will be a crucial moment in the movie, much like in ‘The Force Awakens’ when Kylo Ren confronted Han Solo. Hopefully, it won’t have the same outcome though.

The reason why that would be such a riveting scene is the conversation between them would undoubtedly be fascinating. Would she scald him for the evil he has committed and his willingness to follow the dark path? Will she be, in some way, glad to see her son after not seeing him for so long? Will he be angry when he sees her or will he be ashamed? I know he hated Han, that much was obvious, but I don’t know how he feels about his mother. Will they fight?! Two force wielders in an epic battle, mother, and son. That would be awesome. Oh, there are so many implications of awesomeness if they do meet in ‘The Last Jedi’. I’m just really hoping that it won’t have a devastating outcome, for either of them.

So…they did have a reunion but it was nothing like I had imagined it being, as you can see from this post last year. Leia would end up using the Force but not in a fight against Kylo Ren and there wouldn’t actually be any words between them but the brief reunion between mother and son was definitely one of the best moments in The Last Jedi.

Every once in a while I like to look back at posts I wrote describing a movie before I’ve seen it and this was just so interesting to see that all of these points I wanted to see actually did come to fruition. That’s awesome. And while each topic I wanted The Last Jedi to broach didn’t happen in the way that I could’ve imagined it’s cool to know that the movie did prevail at hitting all of these fascinating points.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I did and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you.

Ranking the ‘Star Wars’ Movie Trailers: From Worst to Best

One of the most exciting things about a new Star Wars movie is seeing the trailer. There are movie trailers and then there are Star Wars movie trailers. Star Wars movie trailers make me SOOO excited in ways that other films just can’t and it’s especially a treat because we don’t get them often (or at least we didn’t used to) and so watching a new trailer is an experience in itself. But of the nine Star Wars films made so far which had the trailer that completely knocked my socks off? Well, that’s what I’m about to find out. Enjoy!

The Phantom Menace

Seeing this trailer is just a reminder of how much better the Star Wars films under Disney are than the prequels. This trailer is kind of good at first. It gave me chills as the words speaking of a new beginning and first steps to journeys appeared between well-known shots of the movie. And then as the trailer delved more into baby Anakin the trailer became worse and worse. Now I liked the end but overall the trailers have definitely gotten much better.

Return of the Jedi

This is old school for sure. The complex art of trailer making has gotten so much more epic in the last three decades. Wow. Um…this trailer was good. It’s got some exciting tidbits and shows plenty of action without revealing any tantalizing content from the movie like a quick shot of the evil Emperor. And who doesn’t love to see a lightsaber duel in a Star Wars movie? But like the film, Return of the Jedi‘s trailer definitely falls short of being as epic as its predecessors.

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Thanos or Kylo Ren: Who’s The Better Villain?

Disney has made me SOOO happy over the past few years with their mega-franchises, Star Wars and Marvel. Marvel has slowly but gradually become more and more entertaining over the years and Star Wars, well, Star Wars is the best. One thing Star Wars always had better than Marvel however were the villains. Marvel’s villain conundrum was the franchise’s main setback and made the films a little boring to watch because at the end of the day I knew, somehow, with every film that the heroes were going to win. Now, Marvel crafted a perfect formula at shaking things up and keeping the films fun and interesting but that’s exactly what it was; a formula that was never shaken or eradicated.

Star Wars on the other hand truly allows creative freedom to the movies’ individual creators and that was almost to a fault, for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were so different from each other that a lot of people rebuked the new direction the current Star Wars trilogy had headed and that slightly hurt the franchise.

With Avengers: Infinity War that formula was flipped on its head as the MCU finally created a villain that not only was compelling and memorable but so powerful that the heroes, no matter what they did, couldn’t defeat him! It was honestly one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. Thanos was basically a ridiculously difficult endgame boss brought to the big screen. Um…awesome!

And then The Last Jedi helped elevate Kylo Ren to a level where he wasn’t looked at as just a villain but as an individual who had just as much of a compelling storyline as Rey which isn’t usually seen in movies. At the end of The Force Awakens I despised Kylo Ren with all my being but by the end of The Last Jedi he was my favorite character of the current trilogy and that is a huge transition achieved by fantastic storytelling on Rian Johnson’s part. So…which villain is greater? Well, I’m going to base this analysis off of five criteria; design, villainy, storyline, victories, and music. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

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Was BB-8 Better in ‘The Force Awakens’ or ‘The Last Jedi’?

BB-8 is one of the coolest, and definitely, the cutest droids to be created in Star Wars. I wasn’t a fan of BB-8 to begin with like I wasn’t a fan of the Porgs but after watching The Force Awakens for the first time every time I see a BB-8 now a bright smile comes to my face. When The Last Jedi came out I was super excited to see more from the awesome astromech droid and Rian Johnson definitely delivered some more sides to the orange and white roly-poly than we had seen before but did I like him more in The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi? Well, let’s find out shall we.

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In The Force Awakens BB-8 was cute, cute, and did I mention he was cute? Unlike R2-D2 he was never rude and really seemed to be the equivalent of a puppy droid. His first interactions with Rey on Jakku are enough to make you ooh and ahh. When he gets feisty against Finn you can’t help but smile and laugh. And throughout the rest of the film he’s just this lovable droid that I wish was real because I would have a BB-8 asap. In fact, one day I’m definitely getting one of those remote control BB-8’s because he’s just that darn cute. So that leads me to his involvement in his next film.

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