Let the Past Die: Generational Conflict in Rian Johnson Films

In his recent features, Rian Johnson has weaved generational conflict into stories that feel universal and current; be it in a futuristic Kansas or a galaxy far far away.

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‘Uncut Gems’ (2020) and the Power of Flat Arcs

Uncut Gems is a beautiful mess, twisting and turning as warring factions scheme over a gemstone, but this isn’t what Uncut Gems is about. It’s about the gambling addiction of its protagonist Howard Ratner.

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The Way Forward is Through the Star Wars Animated Series

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Rebels, and Resistance each uniquely and artfully weave together the heartwarming, humorful, tragic, and mythological. These series so fully embody exactly what it means to be a part of the Star Wars universe.

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ and Its Failure to Reach a Cathartic Ending Through Reylo

This article contains spoilers for The Rise of Skywalker.  Since the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final film in the “Skywalker Saga”, the internet has been ablaze in untangling its divisiveness. The reception to the J.J. Abrams-directed feature has been mixed at best, however, most critics agree that the film is…

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Who Is Rey? – Why ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ (2019) Rey Reveal Is A Huge Missed Opportunity

When it comes to the Star Wars sequel trilogy, whether intentionally or not, the question “Who is Rey?” has become one of the biggest, most contentious talking points in the fandom.

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The Best Antagonists of the Decade

Along with seeing an influx of ‘Best of’ lists reflecting on the past 12 months, most critic sites are also reflecting on the past ten years as we head into a new decade. Whilst everyone is debating what the best films and performances were, we wanted to focus on a factor that has changed dramatically…

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REVIEW: A Better Film Lives in ‘Rise of Skywalker’ (2019)

“Far from perfect but offers enough action and heart to satisfy the majority of moviegoers.” This is a spoiler-free review of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Set after the events of The Last Jedi – which saw the resistance at their weakest – we are thrown straight into the action as Rey (Daisy Ridley),…

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The Father’s Frontier: Familial Separation in Modern Space Movies

With a fully-armed and operational Star Wars franchise in play, cinematic portrayals of the great unknown which don’t belong to a galaxy far, far away have truly had their work cut out. Financially and in terms of sheer screen space, the Skywalker saga (and its various spin-offs) has dominated the sci-fi landscape. But as this…

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ (2019) Preview

More than twenty-two hours of films over four decades, and I doubt there’s a Star Wars fan out there who feels ready to say goodbye to the Skywalker saga. Though many fans were disappointed with some of the decisions made in The Last Jedi (myself not included – the formula needed some shaking up), and…

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Rose Tico – Diversifying ‘A Galaxy Far Far Away’…

The highly anticipated first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Dir. J. J. Abrams, 2019), was revealed last Friday at Star Wars Celebration. The trailer was screened during a panel with the cast and crew, featuring beloved veterans such as Anthony Daniels, and our current leads Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar…

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