Star Wars: Where We Are and Where We’re Going

At the moment of this writing, I am about 16 hours away from watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi and witnessing what will be my third Star Wars film in cinemas. I am not that young, I simply missed the prequel trilogy’s cinematic release.

So, in anticipation of what will no doubt be a film that will make me cry from the moment John Williams’ first notes hit the speakers, let’s recap the state of a galaxy far, far away….

Full spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens follow.

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Firstly, where is our big four?

Rey Skywalker/Solo/Palpatine/Kenobi (depending on your theory) has been able to track the legendary Jedi Master Luke Skywalker in Ahch-To and presents him with his father’s long lost lightsaber, fully proclaiming her intent of becoming his Padawan.

Kylo Ren has been through a rollercoaster, having killed his father in an attempt to solidify his connection to the Dark Side, Kylo, after making some quick work on Finn, has experienced first-hand how powerful Rey is with the Force, and he has a scar to show for it. Supreme Leader Snoke doesn’t seem too pleased with it and has called upon his apprentice to complete his training.

So this means both our main Force-wielding characters are out perfecting her abilities. Keep that in mind.

Finn has, as mentioned, suffered a gruesome injury at the hands of Kylo Ren and is currently recovering. From what we know he will team-up with newcomer Rose to go on an undercover mission of some sort. Also, from the trailer, we know the former stormtrooper will square off against Captain Phasma at some point during Episode VIII.

Finally, Poe Dameron. Assuming Poe will have a story arc more connected with General Leia, I suspect they will both have different approaches on how they should respond to the First Order’s destruction of an entire star system.

So where is this all going?

My excitement is through the roof for this one. For one, The Last Jedi is the longest Star Wars film ever, and the more time I get to spend in these films, the better. Secondly, Luke Skywalker is back. The quintessential hero that gives me chills every time he says “I’m a Jedi, like my father before me” in Return of the Jedi, is back and I just can’t wait. Thirdly, Lucasfilm is so happy with the work Rian Johnson has presented, they offered him another trilogy of films. So yeah…bring in the popcorn.

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Expectations? Predictions? Anything?!

I have some predictions that will no doubt turn out to be inaccurate (Rey Palpatine, Empress of the Galaxy) but mostly I want three things out of Star Wars: The Last Jedi:

  1. Take risks and push the franchise’s boundaries towards something we have never seen before.
  2. A lightsaber duel and spaceship battle for the ages (see: Episodes III and VI for these)
  3. #IgniteTheGreen

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out 14th Dec 

Jessica Jones – Season 2 Trailer

She’s back!

Yes, our strong superhero with a sharp-ass wit and no time for your idiot behaviour is returning to Netflix after her stunning first season. That’s right, Jessica Jones is back and here’s the first trailer!

The aftermath of killing Killgrave is in affect as Jessica tries to reconcile the act whilst still being haunted by the memory. But it looks as though another evil is coming after her.

This looks to be brilliant, bringing back our favourite characters and this trailer is set to Barracuda which is possibly the best song to associate Jessica Jones to.  What do you think?


Jessica Jones Season 2 airs 8th March! 

78/52 – Review

The sell is kind of impossible, right?

“Hey you there, regular film consumers, would you like to watch a documentary shot entirely in black and white where filmmakers old, new, underground, and popular talk about this singular scene in a classic horror film?”

I can’t imagine any person with an average film interest finding the premise of 78/52 intriguing, let alone entertaining. It’s like sitting with that one annoying cinema obsessive as they whisper in your year about grading, transitions, scene direction and script. You just want to watch the film whilst, there they are, talking about how epic the scene is. That’s the feeling in movie form!

How do you plug that?

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Well, you find the right audience for it (me, me, and more me) and there are plenty who’ll lap up Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary 78/52.

The name comes from the 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits for Psycho’s shower scene. With directors and filmmakers speaking about how ground-breaking the whole horror show is.

Famous faces crop up in Philippe’s black and white drama to talk about everything Psycho provided the film industry.  There’s the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Elijah Wood, and Jamie Lee Curtis who unfold the impact this movie has had on their lives and how enriching the bloody, brutal scene has been for shaping the future of cinema.

It is interesting to delve into the history of this film and truly unpack the elements that pulled this movie together. From killing off the famed actress moments into the  to how the body lands, there is a lot to dissect within this film as well as moments leading up to it and after. It’s great to follow the roots to see how this epic scene ties it all together.

There are so many different interesting themes here that are embellished as filmmakers take you through Hitchcock’s direction. The decisions, the layout, the costumes, the music – even the painting covering the peep-hole is uncovered with theories and discussion that’ll bring joy for anyone keen to dig underneath the skin of the best thriller of all time.

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There’s also lots of details that you never knew about and points of view you hadn’t considered, drifting to show works completely inspired by the work. 78/52 excels when it is weaving the tapestry of the film industry that started with this ball of terrifying yarn.

So yes, 78/52 is crafted for the die-hard movie fans who love nothing more than to quantify, dissect, and look for the intricacies of a scene. It’s incredible to witness just how far director’s would go with their detail and how perfectly laying out one moment can ripple throughout a whole community. The documentary is a film fanatic’s dream; really cutting to the meaning of the most infamous moment in cinematic history in a super and excellent way.

Now there’s a plug!


78/52 is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now!