Coming Up With Star Wars: Episode IX Title Predictions

With filming for Episode IX under way and 2018 almost over, I wanted to write up my Episode IX title predictions. Coming up with a Star Wars film title is a daunting task and I’m warning you that my predictions are probably bad and cringeworthy, but I had so much fun thinking about it!

First, I listed what we have so far, in regards to the Skywalker Saga:

The Phantom Menace

Attack of the Clones

Revenge of the Sith

A New Hope

The Empire Strikes Back

Return of the Jedi

The Force Awakens

The Last Jedi

Then I listed some words that probably would NOT be apart of the title for various reasons:

Guardian(s) – Disney’s other space property– Guardians of the Galaxy.

Resistance – I don’t think they would want people to get confused with the DisneyXD show Star Wars: Resistance.

Ominous words like Revenge, Empire, Order, Sith, Strikes, Final, Last Stand, etc. – It’s the grande finale, why end with a title that brings dread?

Anything dealing with the First Order – Similar to the reason above, Episode IX (for now) is the last installment in the Skywalker Saga, I can’t imagine them naming the last film something that has to do with the First Order striking back or getting revenge.

With that said I listed words that I felt more appropriate for the grand finale:

Knight

Balance

Spark

Rebellion

Return

Hope

Freedom

Legacy

Galaxy

I believe that Episode IX will focus on the force, the new Jedi Order, Rey and Kylo’s relationship, a victory for the Rebellion, and of course Bendemption. These are all very hopeful and positive elements in a film that will be tying everything together.

So, without further ado these are my Episode IX title predictions:

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force

Star Wars: Knights of the Rebellion

Star Wars: Spark of the Rebellion

Star Wars: Balance of the Force

Star Wars: The First Knight

My personal favorite and number one choice is Star Wars: Legacy of the Force. While it is the name of an EU book series, it’s the most perfect name I could think of that could tie the Skywalker saga together. Ben Solo is apart of a legacy that has given him so much grief and Rey has no legacy to define her, she only has the legacy she will build on her own. I think this film could even be called Star Wars: Legacies of the Force, referring to not only Rey and Ben, but Finn, Poe, and Rose who will all have their own legacies as time goes on. We know good will always prevail in Star Wars and if it’s truly the end, we know that this series will end on a satisfying note. So, what a better way to end then to name it something that goes on long after the characters are gone and refers to the everlasting Force, the one thing that started this journey in the first place.

What are your Episode IX title predictions? Leave a comment below!

My Five Favorite Classic Horror Films

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With Halloween right around the corner, I decided to compile a list of my favorite classic horror films. I’m in no means a horror film buff or someone who particularly enjoys scary movies, however, if I do watch them and I like them, they almost always have a tendency of being older films. I guess the monsters and special effects from back in the day don’t scare me enough to be afraid of every room I enter or have nightmares for weeks on end. If you have never seen a classic film, then I implore you to start, because watching the old stuff is cool and you’d be surprised with how great they can be. Filmmaking has a come a long way and it’s because of what came before. So, without further ado, I present to you a list of my favorite old school horror flicks… enjoy!

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

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Dr. Caligari is a hypnotist who uses Cesare, a somnambulist, to commit murders around town. It is one of the first silent films I ever saw and a prime example of German expressionism. I highly recommend viewing if you’re looking for gothic horror as the film is notable for its dark visual style.

Freaks (1932)

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Freaks tells the story of a traveling circus that finds itself in the middle of a sinister plot. The film features a cast of actual performers from the circus who each have their own deformities, which lend to the film’s shock factor. This film will not be for everybody, but it does have significant cultural importance and imparts a moral lesson for the viewer to not judge a person based on their appearance.

Frankenstein (1931)

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We all know the story of Frankenstein’s monster and if you don’t, go pick up Mary Shelley’s book and educate yourself! Boris Karloff is Frankenstein’s monster and this film is one of the most iconic horror films in cinematic history. Jack Pierce is responsible for creating the make-up worn by Karloff, which has since transcended time to become the most recognizable of classic monster movie make-ups.

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

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This is a sequel to the 1931 Frankenstein which continues the story of the infamous Doctor and his Monster. With the insistence of Dr. Pretorius and the Monster, Frankenstein must create a counterpart for his rejected monster. Elsa Lanchester stars as the monster bride with her iconic hairstyle and make-up that I love so much. The film is great and is often considered better than its predecessor.

Nosferatu (1922)

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Basically, Dracula. Nosferatu is in fact an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and another example of German expressionist cinema. The film tells the story of Count Orlok who requires a new residence and the blood of living humans. It’s a classic horror film renowned for it’s artistry and features probably the creepiest looking monster on this list.

Solo: An Initial Reaction Post

Hey.

The new trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story has been released. HAVE YOU SEEN IT?

It’s pretty great right?!

Look, I wasn’t exactly a huge fan of the idea of a young Han Solo film. When it was first announced I often made jokes at its expense because I was skeptical and refused to think that anyone could fill Harrison Ford’s shoes. Not only is it a huge task to fulfill but as a Star Wars fan, it’s difficult for me to pretend that this is the same Han Solo we eventually see in the original trilogy and The Force Awakens.

That was my main complaint for a long time. Deep down I was afraid this movie would be the beginning of the end for Lucasfilm and perhaps the movie that makes fans second guess the anthology films as a whole. I was wrong. Every Star Wars film, no matter what, is going to be subjected to scrutiny. Not all Star Wars fans are going to love every film that gets released and we’re just going to have to deal with it and move on.

Now, let’s get down to business…

I loved everything I saw in this trailer, starting with Lando Glover. Er, I mean Donald Calrissian. I MEAN Donald “Lando Calrissian” Glover.

He was my favorite casting pick during pre-production and one that I never worried about, not even once. Glover is perfect in my opinion and I believe he will bring justice to the character once played by the great Billy Dee Williams.

Another thing I loved was the music. It immediately reminded me of the Tron soundtrack and I am here for it. I doubt they will use that piece in the actual movie, but I can only hope they try and do something unique and different than the previous films. As much as I love John Williams (and I really, really do), I want a new take on the classic themes, is that too much to ask for?

The cinematography is gorgeous. Solo is similar to Rogue One in that it sets the tone for the time period. I like these bleak filters they’re using for these standalone films. It not only sets them apart from the Skywalker saga but gives the era between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope a realistic gritty tone.

One thing is for sure. Solo‘s costume game is strong.

Everyone in this movie has either a badass cape or a badass coat. Like, I’m practically sitting here waiting for Her Universe to start releasing all these Solo inspired clothing pieces because seriously I need them. (Oh, and faux fur/leather obviously.)

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Lastly, young Han Solo.

I can’t confidently say “I love what Alden’s doing and think he’s going to be great.” I will never let my guard down like that. I will say that while he doesn’t sound like the Han Solo we know and love (no, I wasn’t expecting him to) I can see that he’s trying his best. His facial expressions and manner of speaking, especially at the end, were more than enough to get me excited. For a moment there, my suspension of disbelief kicked in and I was actually imagining him as YOUNG HAN SOLO.

Can you believe it?

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Alden Ehrenreich knows how tough the role is and I’d rather give my opinion when the film is out and I’ve seen it from start to finish. I’m excited. I’m really excited. After Rogue One and The Last Jedi, I look forward to Star Wars films that feel different and take me out of my comfort zone. Bring it, Solo.

BONUS:

These posters are to die for. I want them all.

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All photos and gifs are courtesy of Lucasfilm and StarWars.com.

What were your favorite moments from the Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer? Please comment below or tweet me all your thoughts @JediLore!

Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Scene From The Last Jedi

Star Wars ComLINKS is a monthly link up by Anakin And His Angel centered around the galaxy far, far away.

Let’s be real here, I have many favorite scenes in The Last Jedi and that’s because this movie is filled with incredible moments that either gut punch you or make you feel like you could jump out of your seat in exhilaration. I’d like to preface this by saying that I do not have a top or number one favorite scene. However, the one I’ll choose to discuss today is Leia using the force to save her life.

Yup.

It’s probably the most controversial because of the way she flew through space. Some people found it cringy, others found it to be impossible. While I agree a different positioning of her body would have been less comical, I didn’t mind it at all when I first saw it. In fact, I was so awestruck at the fact that she was using the force in the first place, I wasn’t even concerned with the way she was flying.

For those of you who don’t know, Carrie Fisher passed away in December of 2016. The Last Jedi had already finished filming and many were concerned with how the character of General Leia would be handled, me included. I can honestly say Lucasfilm, Rian Johnson, and Carrie Fisher did an wonderful job with Leia. Her lines ironically felt like comforting goodbyes and this scene in particular let the audience know that Leia was stronger in the force than we could have possibly imagined.

When the explosion of the bridge occurs we watch Leia get blown out into the vacuum of space and the scene cuts. I immediately thought “oh, this is how they’re going to do it, this is how they’re going to kill off Leia.” Then I thought “wait, I’ve seen so many promotional stills of her interacting with Admiral Holdo (who has yet to be introduced), this can’t be it.” As soon as we cut back to Leia’s body surrounded by debris, I knew something would happen I just didn’t know what.

In my opinion the music is what makes this scene. As we close up on her face, her theme starts playing in a soft and melancholic tone and it instantly made me cry. The music builds up as her fingers begin to twitch and we know Leia is alive and then we realize, she’s using the force, she’s saving herself.

When her eyes open she starts to move through space, passing the debris from the explosion. Poe Dameron, Finn, and Kaydel Ko Connix (played by Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s daughter) watch from the Raddus as they witness something truly incredible. That’s another thing, nobody aboard the cruiser questions how Leia is doing this. They know.

 

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Upon my first viewing, I couldn’t help but exclaim in my head Leia is a Skywalker, Leia is Anakin’s daughter, of course she’s this powerful. When she arrives at the cruiser we cut to her in a space stretcher (at least that’s what I’m calling it) as she is being taken away to be treated. She used the force to save her own life and it was incredibly powerful to watch, especially as a Carrie Fisher fan. The music, the backdrop of desolate space, her face being illuminated by the stars, and the extraordinary way she used the force made this scene one of my favorites of all time in Star Wars and in film in general.

If you are someone who had trouble accepting this scene, I just want you to think about what Carrie Fisher would have thought about it, if she had the chance. She’d probably make fun herself, I laugh just thinking about would have come out of her mouth. Carrie loved poking fun, but I’m also sure that she would have loved to see Leia in such a profound way.

If you’re interested in the music from the scene: John Williams – The Supremacy

What was your favorite scene from The Last Jedi? Comment below!

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A New Hope

A little over a week ago, Star Wars announced that Rian Johnson would helm a new trilogy focused on new characters in an unexplored part of the galaxy. My initial reaction was “holy shit, my body is ready, give it to me now.” First of all, I’m all in for Rian Johnson. I’ve been a big supporter of him since he was announced as the director of episode VII, now titled The Last Jedi. I like his style, his writing, and his undeniable love for cinema.

While I do not know him, Johnson seems like a very genuine person who is incredibly grateful to have worked on a Star Wars film. His beautiful black and white photos of The Last Jedi set (PLEASE MAKE A BOOK ONE DAY RIAN) are just one example of him sharing his experiences with us fans. A lot of people are thinking (me included) that The Last Jedi must be fucking amazing. Why on earth would Disney/Lucasfilm give him the job of developing three films and an entirely new story if his movie is just subpar?

I have faith in Rian Johnson, I’ve always had faith, but now I believe he is our new hope.

As far as subject matter for the new trilogy goes, I only really have one theory and it’s all about The Journal of the Whills. Several people have speculated that the Journal of the Whills makes an appearance in the trailer for The Last Jedi. I am crossing my fingers because it’s probably one of my favorite parts of Star Wars lore and history. Fun fact, one of the first drafts of Star Wars by George Lucas is titled The Journal of the Whills. It was originally intended to be used as a plot device in which all the stories and adventures in Star Wars came from said journal. I absolutely love the idea and wish it hadn’t been scrapped. If the book featured in TLJ is in fact the journal, it would be the first time it is seen and mentioned in a Star Wars film. The novelization of The Force Awakens made the Journal of the Whills canon and Rogue One is the first Star Wars film that briefly mentions the “Guardians of the Whills” as a religious order of monks who believe in the Force. I feel like if there is going to be a trilogy about something unexplored, this would be the perfect subject matter.

I don’t know how compelling it would be for the average viewer, but I do know that the Journal of the Whills will make an appearance again, most likely as a passage in the novelization for The Last Jedi. If the journal does make an appearance in TLJ then that leads me to believe that we will most likely see it again in the future. If it sparks interest then why wouldn’t people want to see an ancient Star Wars universe and the eventual formation of the Jedi Order and the Sith.

I absolutely love that Lucasfilm is venturing beyond the Skywalker saga and is taking audiences to different times and places in the Star Wars universe. It allows for an infinite amount of possibilities regarding content and insures that Star Wars will never die.

If the films never explore this then I hope to at least see a book one day that really delves into the lore and history of the galaxy and the earliest Jedi… because I’m not Jedi Lore for nothing…