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The Empire Strikes Back Is a Perfectly Symmetrical Film

Anakin Skywalker was prophesied to bring balance to the Force, and it looks like he did in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. This film, which many hail as the best of the original trilogy, is an example of … Continue reading

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10 Movie Poster Mashups

I usually compare movies’ plots to show how similar they are, but today I’m going to do something different. Here are 10 movies with titles that could work for completely different films. Let’s dive right in and start having fun.

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Forgotten Film Gems: Space Cowboys

Ten years before The Expendables came out, Space Cowboys made the idea of an old-geezers team-up movie cool. Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner came together to turn what could have been a predictable fish-out-of-water story … Continue reading

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11 Movies That Actually Live Up to Their Hype

Hype is a necessary part of the movie industry. Theatrical film releases have to compete with home theaters, tablets, and various other means of enjoying entertainment that are more convenient than driving to a movie theater, buying an overpriced movie … Continue reading

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Was It a Good Idea for Bryan Singer to Return to X-Men After a Decade-long Absence?

Bryan Singer is a talented director, no question. That admission might sound out of place coming from a guy who poked fun at Singer’s initials and said that Superman Returns gets worse every time I see it. But it’s true. … Continue reading

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How Han Solo Became Luke Skywalker (and Vice Versa) in The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is probably the most-analyzed film in the Star Wars saga. There’s no doubt why that is. It is the fan favorite, it has the most interesting character development, and it has one … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Make a Memorable Movie Character

This summer’s movies have had plenty of action and spectacle, but can you name one character from those films that made an indelible impression on your mind? One who joins the ranks of Indiana Jones, Luke Skywalker, and Michael Corleone … Continue reading

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10 Unsung Heroes Who Saved Star Wars

Star Wars didn’t become a cultural phenomenon by magic. Plenty of amazing films fail to find an audience and are only appreciated long after the fact, like It’s a Wonderful Life, Blade Runner, The Shawshank Redemption, and John Carpenter’s The … Continue reading

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Will the Next Star Wars Trilogy Stray Far, Far Away from the Original Formula?

The original Star Wars trilogy is a classic for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it exploited the traditional storytelling method (setup, conflict, resolution) in quite possibly the most effective way ever. A New Hope … Continue reading

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What Is the Best Star Wars Parody?

Star Wars is quite possibly the best film franchise of all time because not only are (most of) the films a blast to watch, but they are incredibly easy to spoof. I wrote about the original Star Wars parody, 1978’s … Continue reading

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