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5 Reasons Why Star Wars The Force Awakens Might Suck

5 Reasons Why Star Wars The Force Awakens Might Suck

With the premiere of Star Wars The Force Awakens just days away and a tremendous amount of secrecy surrounding it, one fact is certain. That fact is that The Force Awakens is bound to make a great deal of money. But, like with other recent cinematic interpretations of life in a galaxy far far away, a lot of gross at the box office doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality of it will necessarily be all that good. As one who spent most of his early childhood obsessed with the original trilogy and was at first extremely excited and profoundly disappointed by The Phantom Menace and the films that followed it, I’m coming to this latest part of the Star Wars saga with extreme skepticism. In my mind, the chances of this one being well done and able to capture the magic of the original are about 50/50. I hope my worst fears are not confirmed, but here are 5 Reasons That Star Wars The Force Awakens Might Suck.
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1. The Prequels: The Force Awakens may bear almost no resemblance to the prequels released in the late 2Oth and early 21st Centuries. It is set in a different time with different characters, has a different director in J.J. Abrams, and obviously has a different storyline. However, it does share one similarity with its predecessors. Like The Phantom Menace, Attack of The Clones, and Revenge of The Sith, it is a new Star Wars movie. It is not The Empire Strikes Back or Return of The Jedi that we came to love. As a result, there is a very good chance that it will be unable to match up to the movies that inspired us all so long ago. It may be hard to remember now, but the world was thrilled about the Phantom Menace being the first new Star Wars movie before it was actually seen. There seems to be similar hype about this one and like those movies it may be unable to deliver. Finally, the mediocrity of the sequels was so hard to stomach that even if The Force Awakens is excellent, people like me maybe so jaded from the prequels that we’re unable to appreciate the attributes of this one.

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2. The Force Awakens Release Date Was Pushed Back:
Since I have not kept a watchful eye on when this film was bound to come out I’m not quite sure when it was slated to be released. But, what I do know, is that its release date was pushed back to December 2016, when it was meant to come out earlier. When it comes to movies this is generally not a good sign. A movie being released later than expected can sometimes be due to the fact that world events seem putting it out after a real event like it has just occurred to be in poor taste (This was the case with O and Phone Booth.) or because the studio behind it feels that it could be more successful financially if it is released at a particular time of the year. But, more likely it means that the movie had some serious issues with it that need fixing before it can be released. I’m sure there are instances where doing this has worked well. But, many times when seeing a picture that showed great promise, and then turned out to be bad this is often a reason given for its lackluster quality. Remember that Star Wars: A New Hope was released on May 25, 1977 because it and films like it tend to do well during the Summer Blockbuster period. According to what I’ve seen in the trailer, The Force Awakens appears to fit a summer release better than a holiday one. Perhaps, they didn’t release it in the summer because of problems. If that is so, that doesn’t bode well.
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3. The Producers And Director Are Considering Reprising Anakin Skywalker: In recent months, a spate of stories stated that J.J. Abrams and the producers are considering having Anakin Skywalker from the prequels come back in the next two films after the Force Awakens to play Darth Vader. If that is true, even though that story arc won’t be present in this film, it doesn’t leave a good taste in my mouth. Reawakening anything from the prequels whether it be actors, dialogue or story lines is not promising. The prequels were terrible and the acting was a big part of why. Therefore, they should stay way from anyone that was involved with them. The fact that they’re even thinking of this means that this film could contain all of the things about the prequels that the public did not like. or even if they don’t, could end up being just as weak.

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4. Han Solo, Leia and Luke May Be Present, But They’re Not The Central Focus: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and the chemistry between the actors portraying them were a big part of the success of the original three films. Fans of Star Wars came to love all three characters and the reason for that was how wonderful Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fischer were at playing them. It appears that in this movie all three of them will have a focus, but they won’t be the central focus. Instead the story appears to aim most of its attention at brand new characters that we’re all unfamiliar with. Unless the actors playing them render fabulous performances and the script is excellent, they may not be able to engender the same kind of good feelings that the original stars did. If that happens, no matter how good it may be to see Han, Luke and Leia again they won’t be able to make up for the lack of connection we may feel to the characters that they’re interacting with.

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5. Return of The Jedi Will Be Forever Altered: At the end of Return of The Jedi, the Empire has been defeated, the Galaxy has been liberated, Han and Leia are together and Luke has redeemed his father. Although we were all sad to see it end, this was a solid conclusion to a brilliant set of movies that left us feeling happy. This film by its very nature will undo all of that. Based on whats been shown and leaked to the public, the years since the victory of the Rebel Alliance have not been kind especially to those characters we came to love. As good as this movie could be, it may prove too difficult to see that the conclusion of The Return of The Jedi will be seen differently from the moment that The Force Awakens starts. For fans of Jedi like myself, that may be tough to see.

I haven’t seen the original trilogy in sixteen years because the prequels forever altered my preconceptions about its origins. My preconceptions about The aftermath of life in the galaxy after the fall of the Empire will no doubt be changed by this film and its sequels, and that may mean I won’t like it.

So, there are my reasons that Star Wars The Force Awakens Might Suck. I hope that I’m proven wrong, but I’m not exactly cautiously optimistic.

Pink Astromech Droid, R2-KT To Appear In The Force Awakens

Pink Astromech, R2-KT To Appear In The Force Awakens

In one of the best pieces of Star Wars news I’ve heard since terminally ill superfan Daniel Fleetwood was given a special advance screening of The Force Awakens days before loosing his battle to cancer, it’s been confirmed that R2-KT will officially appear in the new film as well!

What makes R2-KT so special besides just being a pink version of R2-D2?

In 2004, a little six year old girl named Katie Johnson was diagnosed with a brain tumor that quickly took a toll on her young body. Her father, Albine Johnson happened to be the founder of the 501st Legion, a group of Star Wars fans who dress up in costume for charity events around the world. One day Katie’s father had an idea to build Katie her very own R2-D2 type droid to watch over her while she went to bed and set upon building her one. Katie’s sister came up with the idea of painting it pink and naming it after Katie herself, and thus R2-KT was born.

A special pink droid was delivered to Katie by members of the 501st in time for her to enjoy it while the scratch built R2-KT was still being built with donated parts from supporters. She slept with it every night as it watched over her like R2 did for Padme in the 2nd prequel film, Attack of the Clones.

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Sadly,  Katie soon lost her battle to cancer after receiving her very own R2-KT, but her memory lives on with the pink astromech droid that has become a fan favorite in the Star Wars community in the years since. A toy of R2-KT was even produced, which became highly collectible with all proceeds from sales going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Fast forward to today, as we are less than a month away from the release of The Force Awakens and what was rumored is now confirmed as Katie’s father Albine has been told by Lucasfilm that R2-KT survived the editing process and will indeed make a cameo in the film.

I just love how Disney, J.J. Abrams, and Lucasfilm have been so fan friendly with everything concerning the production of the Force Awakens. You can see how much care and love they have put into the film and it how it extends beyond the cameras in how they are treating fans.

I’m a grown man, yet I fully expect to tear up a few times in the theater when I see the film for the first time.

Seeing R2-KT on the big screen will be another big tear jerker for me.

 

Christmas Gift Ideas For Movie Lovers

Christmas Gift Ideas For Movie Lovers

The holidays are almost here and that means one thing.

Christmas shopping. And the dreaded images of long lines, angry customers, gridlocked parking lots,  and the promise of door buster deals replaced with the reality of depleted shelves. A true holiday headache.

To make matters worse, you have a movie fan on your gift list with no idea what to give them. With everything streaming on the internet now, the old days of simply giving a DVD or Blu-Ray are long gone.

So what do you do? One can only give and receive so many Starbucks and itunes gifts cards after all.

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You take your gift giving to the next level is what you do, with these great Christmas gift ideas for movie lovers of all kinds. Guaranteed to stand out from the socks and sweaters and bring a smile to that special someone’s face.

And with the ease of online point and click shopping, these Christmas gift ideas for movie lovers are sure to bring holiday joy to your valuable time as well.

Gifts for the Star Wars Fan

 

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Figure Set

Best For: Kids and kids at heart

If you collect Star Wars then chances are you are bound to have some action figures laying around the house somewhere. This 6 pack has the main characters from the new Force Awakens movie along with an awesome looking Flame Trooper for an extra bonus. (The secret of Star Wars figure collecting is that you can never have enough storm troopers). Besides being a toy that can actually be played with on Christmas morning, this is package is a total bargain as each figure would normally be sold for $8.00 separately by themselves.

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X-Wing Miniatures Game

Best For: Gamers who spend too much time in front of the TV.

The Star Wars Miniatures Game came out only a few years ago and has quickly grown and increased in popularity to become among players of all ages. With the game you can recreate the action packed space battles from the Star Wars movies right on your kitchen table.

Players pick a side, X-wings or TIE fighters and strategically fly their intricately detailed models around a game board rolling dice to fire lasers and dodge incoming hits.

The X-Wing miniatures game is so cool for so many reasons. First of all, the ships look like toys onto themselves and are built in impress. The detail and paint jobs on each is impressive. Most impressive. What’s really cool is that there are a slew of of other ships you can buy to grow your game beyond the starter set and allow each player to further customize their fleet. From the Millennium Falcon to Darth Vader’s TIE fighter. The base started kit was recently updated with ships from The Force Awakens and I’m sure more new craft will follow once the new film is released.

And the best part about the X-Wing Miniatures Game is that it’s something that can actually be played with right after opening.

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Remote Controlled Sphero BB-8

Best For: Tech lovers big and small

Sure to be one of the hottest toys this holiday season, the Sphero remote controlled BB-8 is a little techno wonder every kid is sure to flip out over. And for good reason as this is the closest most of us will ever get to owning an actual Star Wars droid.

The miniature BB-8 is unlike any other remote controlled toy like it. It uses an app on your phone as remote to drive the little guy around, however he’s fully capable of rolling around autonomously on his own. He listens to voice commands and can also project holographic images through the altered reality screen of your cell phone!

And if nothing else, the little guy is just so darn cute it’s hard to imagine any child wouldn’t instantly fall in love with him.

Gifts for Classical Movie Fans

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Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Blu-Ray

Best For: Hardcore movie aficionados

For serious cinema fans, there are few directors in the same upper echelon as the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock. His movies have inspired generations of filmmakers and kept millions of fans on the edges of their seats for years, and now 15 of his best films have been digitally remastered and collected together on Blu-Ray.

All of Hitchcock’s classic’s are represented here like Psycho, The Birds, North by Northwest, Rear Window, Marnie and Rope. However my personal favorite would have to be Vertigo, a deeply personal tale of how far a desperate man would go to recreate the lost love of his life. Already a beautiful film to watch, I can’t imagine how crisp and colorful Vertigo would look, remastered in Blu-Ray high definition.

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Biographical Books of Hollywood Legends

Best For: Avid readers and fans of Hollywood’s Golden Age

Sure everybody’s seen their movies, but how well do people know the lives and stories of the stars of the silver screen? There’s countless books that have been written through the years about all of Hollywood’s biggest stars that prove life is often stranger than fiction. Because of that, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find the right book about the right actor to make the perfect present.

Some famous actors that are guaranteed to make for good reading would 40’s bombshell Ava Gardner, her ex husband Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne or Cary Grant. Their lives read like movies onto themselves and who doesn’t love curling up to read a good book?

audrey hepburn barbie dollAudrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany’s Barbie Doll

Best For: 60’s film fans, Barbie doll collectors, those who appreciate timeless style

Audrey Hepburn has to be one of the most beautiful actresses of all time, and one of the greatest movie stars of her generation.

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She’s been in so many classic films that it’s hard to pick a favorite. But her most iconic role’s has to be Holly Goligthly in the romantic comedy classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And now you can share Audrey’s classic look in this glamorous looking official Barbie doll based on the film’s opening scene, complete with pearl necklace’s and cup of coffee.

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Miracle on 34th Street Christmas Village Theater

There is no more classic Christmas movie than Miracle on 34th Street which makes it the perfect movie to give holiday gifts for.

People love this movie because it captures the true spirit of Christmas like few movies have. People also love Christmas villages. So why not tap into both of these wells of good feelings with this intricately detailed miniature theater that would make a great centerpiece of any Christmas village?

 

Gifts For Comedy Movie Fans

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Sex Panther Cologne

Best For: Guys who want to be the life of the party

“60% of the time, it works every time.”

For fans of Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy Anchorman films there can be no greater gift than a bottle of your very own Sex Panther cologne spray. Made with bits of real panther, this pungent odor is sure to sway the ladies closer to any guy brave enough to musk up with the manliest cologne ever made.

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Sadly, the cologne doesn’t come with the iconic panther bottle made famous by the movie, but the box does make the sound of a panther growling when opened which is good enough to bring a smile to the guy lucky enough to receive this stocking stuffer on Christmas morning or at the office party.

(not made with bits of real panther)

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The Room DVD

Best For: Rocky Horror Picture Fans. Lovers of movies so bad they are so good. 

It’s hard to explain The Room to people who haven’t seen it. To say it is quite possible the worst movie ever made is an understatement that doesn’t do this justice to this masterpiece of a train wreck. It is a movie that can’t be seen. It must be experienced.

the room castWritten, directed, produced and starring the unintelligible, Tommy Wiseau, the scary man on the cover, The Room has become an underground cult favorite among movie goers and Hollywood stars for it’s horribly written dialogue and acting. The film focuses on a middle aged banker named Tommy days before he is set to wed his future wife. However betrayal after betrayal from his friends threaten to ruin his engagement and drive Tommy into deep spiral of depression he cannot escape from until it’s too late.

But there’s more to The Room than betrayal and a ruined wedding. There’s also a drug deal gone bad, breast cancer, football and plenty of spoons.

The film is so good in a bad way that rabid fans still turn out to watch midnight screenings to laugh at the ridiculous lines and throw plastic spoons at the screen, years after it’s release.

If you want to go for the complete package, one of the film’s main actors, Greg Sestero recently wrote a book entitled, The Distaster Artist, which details the ordeal the cast went through in surviving the shoot and enduring the eccentric demands of Tommy Wiseau. (Wiseau shot the film simultaneously on 35mm and hi def cameras because he didn’t understand the difference and would take upwards of 30 takes to say the simplest of lines). The book is as hilarious as the movie and is currently being produced into a major film in itself.

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The Big Lebowski Replica Bowling Shirt

Best For: Bowlers and wannbe Dude’s.

The dude abides.

dudex-largeAnd now your loved one can show off their lackadaisical attitude towards life with their very own bowling jersey inspired by the cult favorite film, The Big Lebowski. Made of 100% cotton, this bowling shirt is identical to the one worn by Jeff Bridges, complete with embroidered Art name tag and “Medina Sod” sponsorship on the back. As a bonus, you can make it even more authentic by spilling a little white russian cocktail on it before you wrap it up.

Gifts For Disney Fans

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Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Ragdoll Perfume

Best For: Those hard to shop for tweeners. A slam dunk for Goth kids.

Kids and teens love Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. But is it a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie? And since when did Nightmare Before Christmas become a Disney property?

It doesn’t matter as there are few things that can would be cooler to receive on Christmas morning than a bottle of Sally Ragdoll perfume. Made with hints of jasmine, black currant, strawberry, sandalwood and almond it’s a scent they’re sure to love and treasure.

Hopefully, Sally left the frog’s breath out of the perfume when she mixed it up. 🙂

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UP Adventure Book

Best For: Newlyweds and young couples.

If you want to find the perfect gift for any young love birds on your list, you can’t do any better than this handmade adventure book taken straight the beloved Pixar animated film, Up.

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The perfect scrapbook or wedding album, this unique book will bring a smile to everyone’s face once opened. Who wouldn’t love having their very own adventure book to store life’s special memories in just like Carl and Ellie did in Up.

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Mickey Mouse Glove Wireless Mouse

Best For: College Students and those not afraid to let their Disney flag fly.

How cool is this? A Mickey Mouse….mouse. Whoever though of this is a pure genius.

Wireless mice always look so generic and cheap looking. Everybody I see at my local coffee works around on their ultra high end laptops personalized with stickers and cases to make them stand out. But wireless mice get no love and are always treated as after thoughts.

Well not anymore with this unique mouse that carries more personality with it than any trendy sticker ever could. People will do a double take and smile when they see this being used for sure and ask where they can get one of their own. Problem is, they don’t know anybody as great as you at gift giving and so will have to do without.

 

Gifts For Comic Book Movie Fans

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Funko POP! Collectible Figures

Best For: Collectors of all kinds. Cubicle and shelf decorators.

These collectible Funko POP! bobble heads are everywhere these days. And for good reason. They’re original, cute, well made and due to aggressive licensing you can be guaranteed to find a figurine on pretty much ANY film or TV property you can think of. Star Wars. Game of Thrones. Ghostbusters. Disney. The Hunger Games. Sesame Street. The Silence of the Lambs.

Like I said, everything.

Which is great when it comes to comic book films as pretty much every character from every movie you can think of has been given the Funko POP! treatment. You could assemble and gift wrap up the whole team of Avengers or give a little tiny Batman and Superman to fight each other in anticipation of their upcoming movie.

The hardest part is choosing and finding which figures you want to get.

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Hot Toys Dark Knight Joker Collectible Figure

Best For: Serious comic books fans who seem to have everything. They won’t have this.

If you really want to take your gift giving to the next level, and really show somebody how much you care, then this insanely detailed Heath Ledger Joker toy is the way to go. Known for being the Lamborghini or Ducatti of the toy world, Hong Kong based Hot Toys produces the most luxurious toys you’ve ever seen. (They must considering this Joker goes for over $600.00! Like I said, this is the action figure equivalent of a Lambo.)

jokerThis Joker is the real deal. 12 inches tall with real cloth clothing, two interchangeable heads, 35 points of articulation and multiple sets of interchangeable hands.  This Joker even comes with movie accurate accessories right down to the metal desk Batman slams his head on in the film!

And look at the detail in that sculpting! It’s almost haunting how realistic Hot toys was able to get Ledger’s facial expressions molded into plastic. It’s hard to tell if this is a toy or a still of the Dark Knight.

Even better is that Hot Toys makes figures for all the major comic films coming out there days, so if Batman isn’t your thing they have tons of Marvel, DC, and other film property toys for purchase. All with the insane level of detail you can only get from buying a 400.00 toy. Er…. statue. Er…. collectible. Er…. screw it. These toys are downright awesome!

 

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Comic Book T-Shirts

Best For: Fashionable comic book fans

No doubt about it, geek is in these days. Thanks to all the blockbuster super hero movies getting made these days, being a comic book fan is something hip to brag about. What better way to show that off than with a t-shirt of your favorite superhero?

Like the Funko POP! figures, there are superhero themed T-shirts of all kinds out there for fans of every type. A popular style these days is to go with a hero logo on a solid colored background or a vintage image with a distressed look to appear old and worn.

Gifts For Fantasy Movie Fans

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Lord of The Rings Sting Letter Opener

Best For: Business owners and legal reps with flair

Finding the perfect gift for fans pf the Lord of the Rings movies is rather easy when you think about it. You could buy them a set of the films, though they would already own them if they were a fan. You could buy them a set of the books but they assuredly have that already too. I guess you could buy them their own replica copy of the one true ring but that’s a little too obvious.

And they probably bought that for themselves a long time ago.

Which means you have to look outside the obvious. And what better present could there be than a mini replica Sting sword which is pretty cool on it’s own, but ones that doubles as a letter opener! I don’t know how many letters would get opened with this thing (who sends mail anymore really) but this mini Sting makes for a great decorative piece for any desk and will be sure to protect it’s owner from any unwelcome goblin attacks or raids.

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Harry Potter Book:  Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them

Best For: Muggles and wizards

Get ready for another round of Harry Potter mania as the newest movie in the series, Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them is due to hit theaters next year. Until that time comes Harry Potter fans will have to make due by watching the recently released teaser trailer, or reading the book upon which the film is based.

If it’s been awhile since your loved ones have been into Harry Potter they may not have even known a new book had come out, yet alone made into a movie. What better way to get reacquainted with the Potterverse than by having the holidays to settle in with a new book to enjoy?

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Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings Legos

Best For: Kids and dads

This list wouldn’t be any good if I didn’t mention Legos at least once it.

When I was a kid Legos were still awesome (everything is awesome when Legos are around after all) but they were generic. If me and my brothers wanted to use them to play some of our favorite shows and movies we had to do our best to use our imagination.

But now, Legos come ready made for every type of property imaginable. Kids these days don’t even have to use their imagination when they play with their imagination. It’s not fair.

You gotta hand it to Lego though, they’ve really doubled down on expanding the types of sets they have in stores these days. And the great thing is, besides Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings playsets they have also branched out into Star Wars, superheros, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and even video games like Minecraft. There’s literally a lego set for everybody these days which makes for easy Christmas present shopping.

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A Long Time Ago in A Galaxy Far Far Away: Star Wars Planets

The Star Wars Galaxy is a big place that stretches for over 120,000 light years and consists of over 180 billion star systems each full of their planets.

However not all planets are created equal as some keep appearing the Star Wars movies over and over again. Here is a handy infographic detailing some of the more important planets in the Star Wars universe.

The Galaxy Far, Far Away: A Tour of the Star Wars Universe
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New Force Awakens International Trailer Footage Exposed!

New Force Awakens International Trailer Exposed!

Well this was a nice surprise. The world woke up this morning to see that a relatively new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens had appeared on the internet.

And it has a whole slew of new footage.

Usually international trailers are nearly identical to their American counterparts with 1 or 2 more extra scenes thrown in. The new international trailer for the Force Awakens however is almost all new footage!

Yes it’s shorter than the American version, and lacks the emotional depth of any of the three previous trailers, but there’s still plenty of spoilery goodness to be found if we look at it with a keen eye, as I’ve done with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trailers so far.

Including one heartbreaking scene I hope isn’t real.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Anticipated Movies of 2015 Still Yet to be Released

The year 2015 has been a very exciting year for all the film-goers.

Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Inside Out, Furious Seven, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Ex Machina, Ant-Man, Southpaw, Sicario, The Martian, The Man from U.N.C.L.Eand Jurassic World.

Although some films didn’t live up to its expectations and bombed at the box office, just looking at some of titles above we’ve got to acknowledge that going to the theaters this year was worth our time. But with two months still remaining, the list just got better with some of the most anticipated movies of 2015 still yet to be released.

The 33

13 November 2015

Based on the real event of the mining disaster in San Jose, Chile, this story is about the 33 minors that were trapped for two months.

Secret In Their Eyes 

20 November 2015

Based on Juan Jose Campanella’s 2005 novel El secreto de sus ojos, this is a remake of the 2009 version. Remakes have always been shunned, but seeing the director, Billy Ray,  who is more notable for his screenplays than directing, we’re not sure how this film will deliver.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – part 2

20 November 2015

The second of the two cinematic parts based on the novel Mockingjay. Although this is the fourth and final installment of the The Hunger Games film series, rumors have it that there could be possible sequels or prequels.

Legend

20 November 2015

At this rate, Tom Hardy himself could become a legend. Playing as identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, this film tells the story of these two notorious criminals of the 1960s in London.

 

Creed

25 November 2015

Rocky Balboa is back, but this time he will be training Adonis Johnson, the son of his friend and former boxing rival Apollo Creed.

The Good Dinosaur

25 November 2015

Brought to you by Pixar along with Disney as the distributor, The Good Dinosaur will be Peter Sohn‘s first feature film. Prior to this directorial debut, he is notable for voice acting for The Incredibles (2004)Ratatouille (2007), and Monster University (2013).

Hitchcock/Truffaut

4 December 2015

In 1962,  Alfred Hitchcock the “Master of Suspense,” and the French director Francois Truffaut had a week long conversation, in a room with no windows at the Hollywood office, which eventually became a seminal book, “Hitchcock/Truffaut.”

Macbeth

4 December 2015

William Shakespeare’s epic tragedy is once again back on the big screen with this time Michael Fassbender in the title role and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth.

Youth

4 December 2015

The two veteran actors, Michael Caine, and Harvey Keitel will star in this new drama under the Italian director, Paolo Sorrentino, known for The Great Beauty (2013) and This Must Be the Place  (2011), where it explores the eternal struggle between age and youth, past and future, life and death, commitment and betrayal.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

18 December 2015

Joy

25 December 2015

David O. Russell will return to the theaters with his usual cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro. This biographical film depicts the life of a single mother building a business empire after creating the Miracle Mop.

The Revenant

25 December 2015

Last year’s Academy Award winner for best director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, has stirred up the crowd with his new upcoming The Revenant. Being shot with all natural lights with amazing backdrops, Leonardo DiCaprio himself has gone a long way to create the most authentic atmosphere by sleeping in animal carcasses, eating a raw bison liver, and swimming in and out of frozen rivers.

Netflix Secures deal to stream “Star Wars VII,” but only in Canada

Disney just helped Canada become “one of the places to visit,” for next year.

Just two months away from the theatrical release of the new Star Wars film, the only “new” discussion is the new deal that has allowed Netflix subscribers in Canada to stream Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens eight months after the theatrical release.

Disney’s new multi-year licensing deal with Netflix that started in 2015, has agreed to release titles from Disney Live Action, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Disneynature and DreamWorks Studios.

Although in the U.S., there hasn’t been a deal between Netflix and Disney about Star Wars VII, on the bright side, starting on January 1, 2016, there is a possibility to release all the previous Star Wars films. This is similar to a deal that was struck last month with Disney and Fox to screen the Star Wars franchise through Tencent, one of China’s biggest social media company. This is to promote and create interest of the franchise ahead of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

As of now, Netflix Canada is the only country that has obtained the streaming rights to the new film, but according to a Netflix representative, negotiations are still ongoing for other parts of the continent.

The Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren Connection

Is Luke Really Kylo Ren in disguise?

No.

No he isn’t. Kinda.

Since the release of the third and final The Force Awakens trailer, the internet seems to have gone crazy multiple ways. The trailer broke the record for most amount of views in a single day with 128 million. Advanced ticket sales for the film which went on sale as the trailer released also smashed the previous record for The Hunger Games eight times over.

Everything seemed right in a galaxy far far away until a disturbance in the force was felt in the days following the trailer’s release. As great as the trailers are, the one complaint has been the total lack of all things, Luke Skywalker. You know, the main character from the original trilogy.

As rabid fanboys tried to make sense of this apparent oversight a crazy fan theory started to make it’s way through the internet. Maybe Luke has been hiding in plain sight all along! Maybe he’s really Kylo Ren in disguise!

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According to supporters of the theory the evidence is overwhelming. (it isn’t and SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!)

  • Kylo walks around in a black hood and robes just as Luke wore in Return of the Jedi.
  • Who else would have the knowledge to build their very own lightsaber as Kylo Ren clearly has, except for Luke?
  • Kylo appears to be in possession of Vader’s burnt and melted mask. Only Luke would know the location of Vader’s mask since he was the last to see Vader’s body as he burned it on a giant funeral pyre.
  • Luke has been tempted to turn to the dark side before and a tendency to do so kinda does run in his family. 30 years is plenty of time to fall off the wagon.
  • In a perfectly planned coincidence, days after the trailers release video footage of a conversation between Mark Hamill and J.J Abrams appeared on the internet where Hamill pitches the idea of an evil Luke to the future director of the franchise 10 full years ago.
  • In the wiped away Star Wars expanded continuity, there was a story line where Luke did indeed go over to the dark side. However studio execs have said on record that because of the depth of material in the expanded universe it would nearly impossible to disregard it completely and that some story elements from 30 years of books may still make it into the new films.
  • J.J. Abrams has pulled off fake outs before. Noticeably in Star Trek Into Darkness where he secretly cast Benedict Cumberbatch as Kahn, but instead publicized him as a new character named  John Harrison.
  • In the new trailer Kylo mentions he wishes to finished the work that Vader has started. Which fans of the theory say Luke all of the sudden now wants to do.
  • Although Adam Driver has been cast as Kylo Ren, he could merely be the actor in the suit for the much older Mark Hammil in the same way David Prowess played Darth Vader who was voiced by James Earl Jones.
  • Others admit Kylo Ren may just be a secret apprentice of Luke who has trained him in the ways of the force.
  • Disney doesn’t want to give such a major plot twist like Luke being the main villain away so they’ve buried the revelation deep in the promotional materials while also hiding it in plain sight.

As you can see, the evidence behind Luke Skywalker-Kylo Ren connection is pretty weak.

There are also numerous reasons why Luke Skywalker isn’t Kylo Ren but instead of going over every obvious detail why I’ll just let the following two pictures do the talking. The first a officially released photo from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens issue of Vanity Fair. The other a leaked picture of Mark Hamill taking promotional photos in full costume.

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Ok, can we move on?

However another more recently leaked picture of Luke from the actually film is a bit more interesting.

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Again, obviously not Kylo. But what’s interesting is that over the years, Luke’s cybernetic hand has become much more primitive in appearance. I normally I would just write this off as creative license and pay it no mind. This is very good confirmation we have seen Luke in the trailer’s as he’s the one reaching out to touch R2-D2 that’s been shown a couple times now.

In the words of Yoda, “another, there is.”

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In a previous article written almost a year ago,  I thoroughly examined leaked Force Awakens concept art and went deep on this guy. At the time I was pretty sure we were looking at the reconstructed remains of none other than the Emperor himself. As he was clearly on a Star Destroyer, cloaked in black, partially destroyed and heavily rebuilt with cybernetics, and longingly gazing at the smoking gun of Vader’s charred helmet who else could it be?

It was a good guess at the time but doesn’t seem to hold up now.  (I totally nailed Jakku though) Some have speculated that this could somehow be Anakin reborn, or Supreme Leader Snoke as played by motion capture genius Andy Serkis. It’s been confirmed that it was Snoke’s voice we hear talking about an awakening of the force in the first trailer after all.

I currently think this is just early concept art for Kylo Ren. The latest trailer put Kylo on the bridge of a Star Destroyer followed quickly by a glimpse of Vader’s destroyed mask as seen in the concept art above. Everything matches except for the character design which changes often in the early stages of production.

But look at this guy’s hand, known simply as the Grave Robber on the internet . It looks ALOT like Luke’s mechanical hand. Like identical.

In the third trailer we finally hear Kylo Ren speak for the first time as he talks about finishing what Vader started while looking at Vader’s burnt mask. We presume it’s Kylo looking at it but let’s remember we don’t actually see them in the same frame. It could be that Vader’s mask is entirely in somebody else’s possession.

The question is what unfinished work of Vader’s is Kylo Ren vowing to finish? On my initial breakdown of the trailer I took the quote at face value that Kylo was intent on restoring peace to the galaxy through the iron fist of his rule. But the more I think of it, the more sinister I believe Kylo’s intentions are.

Think about it. Yes ending the Rebellion and regaining control over the galaxy was a main goal of the Empire, Palpatine and Darth Vader through the original trilogy. But beginning in the Empire Strikes Back, Vader had a new goal. To capture and turn Luke to the dark side as a key cog in their plan for galactic domination. Remember that both the Emperor and Obi-Wan foresaw that Luke would one day become a powerful Jedi. More powerful than Luke could even imagine. If you’ve had your ear open to the latest coming out of the rumor mill there’s a good chance that this may have happened to Luke after he events in Return of the Jedi, as he’s become force crazy and gone into hiding for fear of what he’s capable of.

This would be a way to keep many of the familiar themes going from the previous movies while raising the stakes. What’s the most powerful weapon you could posses in the galaxy? A fully operational battle station reincarnated? Or a force mad Jedi turned Sith?

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Another interesting piece of leaked concept art from last year shows what appears to be Rey discovering what know appears to be Luke in seclusion hidden in a cave. The walls look a lot like the ones behind Luke in the leaked picture above too for further proof.

The composition of the piece clearly shows that Luke is caught between the light and dark sides of the force. Interesting don’t you think?

One thing is certain.

Luke Skywalker is not Kylo Ren.

But that does not mean he may not be joining his side by the time the movie ends.

What do you think? Is Luke really Kylo? Or is Kylo really Luke? Will Luke go over to the dark side? Explain your thoughts in the comments section below.