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The Battle for Blade Runner

Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Carrie Fisher Irvin Kershner Behind The Scenes Princess Leia

Unscripted: How the Famous ‘I Love You/I Know’ Scene Really Came Together

It’s a legendary story, but it’s not true: When Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) confesses her love for Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in Empire Strikes Back, the scripted reply was, “Just remember that, because I’ll be back.” Feeling that the line lacked a certain je ne sais quoi, Ford changed it.

“I love you.”

“I know.”

It’s humorous, poignant, and a spot-on character-driven interaction. It’s often cited as the best actor-improvised line in movie history, but, here’s the thing, it wasn’t improvised. Read more…

Retroactive Continuity: The Secret to Star Wars Success

Yep. You read that title correctly. Here’s another goddamn article about Star Wars!

Star Wars celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and the ubiquity of George Lucas’s groundbreaking creation is enough to choke a rancor. Every time you get online, there’s a slew of clickbait promising spoilers, beat-by-beat breakdowns of the latest trailer, and advertisements for the newest doodad with Star Wars stamped on the box.

It takes a near-herculean effort to slog through the crap and remember what it is that makes Star Wars SO FUCKING GOOD. Read more…

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

“Before I show you the results of my trifling experiments, I would like to drink to our partnership. Do you like gin? It is my only weakness. To a new world of gods and monsters.” —Dr. Pretorius, Bride of Frankenstein

“Mr. Thursday,” a short story by Station Eleven author Emily St. John Mandel

Interview Magazine

“Star Wars Stars: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford.” Interview Magazine. Jun. 1977. Photos by Matthew Rolston.

A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.

Madeleine L’Engle

When Heroes Die

Spoilers to follow.

The best Westerns don’t have happy endings. Movies like Unforgiven, High Noon, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid end on the lowest of low notes. Our heroes save the day, but they make tremendous personal sacrifices (most often their lives) in order to do so.

Of course, as far as endings go, there’s none better than John Ford’s The Searchers. Ethan Edwards, a haggard and out-of-place Civil War veteran (John Wayne), rescues his abducted niece (Natalie Wood) and returns her safely home. In one of cinemas most famous and bittersweet scenes, Edwards turns around, forgotten by his family, and walks off into the desert silhouetted by a doorway. It’s a near-perfect ending. The doorway is a threshold between the outlaw West and civilization; a metaphor for the character’s internal struggle to find his place in the modern world. Read more…

The Expanse: A Journey To Humanity’s Limit

On the surface, James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse may seem like science fiction escapism, but there’s so much more. It’s the very best of modern juggernauts like Game Of Thrones and Star Wars with a dash of The Walking Dead and All The President’s Men. It’s fun, action-packed, full of political intrigue, hard science, and sometimes it’s really freaking scary.

Pure and simple, The Expanse is epic space opera done right.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story poster artwork by Alexey Kot.

Star Trek IV: The Blockbuster That Broke All The Rules Turns 30

2001: A Space Odyssey Q&A

Jeff Goldsmith interviews actors Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood about the making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

You said, 'People come here to change the story of their lives.' I imagined a story where I didn't have to be the damsel.

Dolores on HBO’s Westworld

Stories Of Your Life and Others

Stories Of Your Life and Others is a collection of eight science fiction short stories by Ted Chiang. “Story of Your Life,” the fourth short story in this collection, was adapted into the 2016 film Arrival.

ARRIVAL: Bridging The Divide

While the US is seemingly tearing itself apart through narrow-minded interpretation and megalomaniacal levels of self interest, it’s invigorating to see a movie that explores the way in which we communicate with each other. Through a step-by-step deconstruction of language, context, and meaning, Arrival reminds us that we’re all just one small piece in a very large puzzle that’s still being put together. Read more…

A Horror Renaissance: Six New Movies for the Halloween Season

Move over Michael Meyers, there’s some new kids in town.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years you may have missed that we’re in the midst of a horror movie renaissance, and there are some soon-to-be-classics just waiting to be watched. Butter up some popcorn, turn the lights down low, and get ready to make this Halloween a frightening treat that you won’t soon forget.

Here’s a look at five newish horror movies that are guaranteed to set your spine atingle. Read more…

Mr. Plinkett’s The Star Wars Awakens Review

It’s FINALLY here! Red Letter Media returns with a dizzying analysis of fandom, corporate greed, and the magic of forgetfulness. In other words, they’re critiquing the blockbuster of blockbusters, The Force Awakens.

If you’re not familiar with Red Letter Media I wrote an introductory piece about them a few weeks ago. I’d suggest watching The Phantom Menace review before delving into this video, but if you’ve already seen that, it’s time to sit back, cook up some Pizza Rolls, and listen to the monotone brilliance of Mr. Plinkett.

Alien (1979)

“I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.”

STRANGER THINGS: the Upside-Down and not Exactly Right

From House of Cards to Orange Is the New Black, Netflix produces many of the best television series currently running. Since Netflix isn’t bound by the same restrictions of cable television, they have the freedom to explore more mature subject matter that often carries a heavy dose of sex, violence, and Shakespearean heft. In an age where any form of entertainment is just a click away, Netflix is churning out high quality content that’s guaranteed to create the buzz and hysteria needed to attract new members. Read more…

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