Author: mkenobi

A Brazilian Jedi Master fighting tyranny and trying to bring more pop culture to the Old Republic.

May the Force be with Solo: A Star Wars Story

Let’s be honest, Solo: A Star Wars Story is a risky move for Disney. Launched just under 6 months after The Last Jedi – which shared different opinions around the world – and after a long production process that included several rewrites, director changes and countless reshoots, expectations are high that the second spinoff of Star Wars in the Disney Era will repeat at least the success of its predecessor, Rogue One.

Watch Solo: A Star Wars Story final trailer if you were off planet Earth in the last 2 months and have not seen it yet:

Honestly, I do not expect much from the movie. But it’s a Star Wars, which is enough to keep me interested even if the actor Alden Ehrenreich does not look like Harrison Ford, or that Emilia Clarke is not blonde and hot riding a Krayt Dragon (yes, I’m a huge GoT fan, so that would look familiar), or that the movie does not change that stupid scene when Han didn’t shoot first in Episode 4…

After my disappointment with The Last Jedi, maybe Solo: Star Wars Story is the light at the end of the tunnel to showing the path that franchise should follow after Episode 9.

Solo: A Star Wars Story Set For Huge Global Box Office Opening

Source: ScreenRant

As Solo: A Star Wars Story prepares to open in theaters, it’s looking at a substantial global box office haul in its first weekend. The fourth new Star Wars film in this Disney era, Ron Howard’s spinoff is the first to brave the competitive landscape of the summer movie season. In the last three years, the galaxy far, far away has dominated the holidays with December premieres, which proved to be a very successful strategy. The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi collectively grossed $4 billion worldwide, positioning themselves as events and taking advantage of minimal competition.

Arriving just one week after Deadpool 2Solo won’t have that luxury, but it looks to be in fine shape commercially. Even if its domestic opening weekend is the lowest of the modern Star Wars films, expectations are it will break the Memorial Day opening weekend record. Of course, the franchise is just as popular worldwide as in the United States, and audiences all around the globe are going to come out to see the adventures of young Han and Chewbacca.

Solo, which underwent substantial reshoots following its unprecedented director change, was not exactly a cheap movie to make. Reports indicate it cost Lucasfilm in excess of $250 million, which would be higher than the $245 million price tag of The Force Awakens. Because of the production woes, Solo finds itself in a position where it needs to do massive business in order to turn a profit. Fortunately, it’s poised to recoup its production budget in a single weekend, setting the stage for a lucrative run. Since the Solo reactions aren’t as enthusiastic as previous Star Wars movies, it’ll be interesting to see how strong its legs are, but there’s no reason to think right now there’ll be a drop-off.

While Deadpool 2 is still early in its run, Solo doesn’t have much to worry about for the next few weeks. Avengers: Infinity War has already done the majority of its damage at the box office, and there isn’t another four-quadrant blockbuster until Incredibles 2comes out in the middle of June. As long as Solo connects with viewers and goes down as the fun heist movie many say it is, it should be considered a success – despite everything it went through.

Recommended reading:

Solo: A Star Wars Story Cost More Than The Force Awakens
Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Director Problems – What Really Happened
Ron Howard Interview – Solo: A Star Wars Story
Solo Isn’t ‘Necessary’ – But Neither Is Star Wars

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A few last words about The Last Jedi and Disney’s Star Wars Era

Well, sorry about my long silence, but I’m done with this “Star Wars New Trilogy”. I was full of hope, like every Star Wars fan in the world when Mickey’s House acquired Lucasfilm some years ago. Great! I thought about all that brand new Star Wars stuff coming soon in games, comics, books, toys, TVs and, of course, theaters!

Today, I am desolated. Disney just ruined with everything George Lucas built. The dirty paws of Mickey Mouse ruined all my childhood in 2h30min of that adomination called The Last Jedi. How they dared? What stupid thoughts can pass through the minds of Kathleen Kennedy, and Jar Jar Johnson for them to think The Last Jedi is anyway a good movie?

I don’t want to enter the merit (or absence of merits) for The Last Jedi. Many sites and reviews already said everything that could be said about that living nightmare for ANY REAL STAR WARS FAN. I only would be repetitive about the plotholes, the lack of sense, awful dialogues, all stupid new characters, all poor action scenes, all the SJW stuff, and bullshits like Mary Poppins Leia, Nirvana Luke, and more of Emo Kylo Ren, Mary Sue Rey, and that idiotic Finn + Rose romance-secret-mission, or Who’s-the-Hell-is-Snoke-I-Don’t-Care-Anymore-He’s-Gone, and all those stupid pets that seem coming from some Pokemon’s game.

Even The Force Awakens being just a copy of A New Hope, the movie was not bad at all. Abrams was respectful of the Star Wars franchise and the old characters, and delivered a product well done. It was not exactly what the fans expected for more than a decade, but it opened the door to a whole new generation of fans who had never seen a Star Wars movie before. Mistakes happened, and could be corrected in the next film, which promised to be much better…

I went to watch The Last Jedi with an open mind, and I was hoping to repeat the great experience of Rogue One, but it did not happen. The Last Jedi only reinforces my thought about what I call mkenobi 1st Law: “Nothing is so bad that can not get worse.” Besides the First Law, I have the mkenobi’s 2nd Law: “The worst that can happen, will happen, at the worst time and in the worst possible way.”

Both sentences define what The Last Jedi meant to me: the worst. Compared with The Last Jedi, The Phantom Menace is a masterpiece. Forget about midichlorians, Jar Jar, that stupid talk about sand from Attack of the Clones, and Anakin (Jake/Hayden) all scenes.. George Lucas can beat Joe Ezterhas as the worst screenwriter ever, but the prequels are far better than the TFA/TLJ together. The prequels have subplots and great actors, the Palpatine of Ian McDiarmid is what makes me to like even more of the prequels, Palpatine is the guy. While Snoke is… nobody… nothing!

Star Wars is about fantasy, not a science fiction like 2001 – A Space Odyssey. No ones need to have an PhD to watch a SW movie. I don’t care if bombs fall in space! I want fun, magic, entertainment, adventure, great lightsaber duels, heroic space battles, a carismatic villain that I can hate and fear (Kylo Ren??? Really???) and good characters that I can worry about (Finn, Rey, Poe, Rose, Holdo who???? WTF…). 

I follow the SW saga for about 40 years. Luke Skywalker was my first childhood hero when I watched Star Wars in 1978 – I was 7 year-old, and now Jar Jar Johnson and Mrs. Kennedy tell me that Luke is nothing but a coward, a weakling ??? And they ordered Mark Hamill to shut up his criticisms over The Last Jedi… Mark was the only honest voice about Star Wars and the outrages inside Lucasfilm. Don’t worry about that, Mark. Disney can go to hell, you are still the guy. #NotMyLukeSkywalker

While Disney tries to convice people about their good intentions, they keep making money, what is what interest to Disney. A Han Solo movie, an Obi Wan movie, a new trilogy from the man who ruined Star Wars (Jar Jar Johnson), now elevated to the greatest living filmmaker just because he did what Mrs. Kennedy ordered him to do — and what about Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and about Colin Trevorrow? As we say in my country (I didn’t find a good translation so I think is something like this): “Who has the power, commands; who has good sense, obeys”.

Good job, Jar Jar Johnson. You messed up with everything. Like a demented Sith Lord you fucked up with everything people loved for decades. And good job too, Mrs. Kennedy, you gave the proof the pain in the ass you are as Studio Director. And good job, Disney, you guys are showing all your incompetence to produce any stuffs beyond cute talking pets and beautiful princesses in danger. Go on, Mickey, keep destroying everything like a Knight of the Apocalipse: Pixar, Marvel, whatever. I don’t care.

If Disney can ignore all good stories after ROTJ as “Legends”, good for Disney. I also can ignore everything Disney is producing after ROTJ as “crap”, “bullshit”, “garbage”… So I will just ignore. I can do that. It’s my right as a Star Wars fan do not accept any garbage just because is a Star Wars stuff… Star Wars Rebels is back tonight for its last episodes, The Han Solo movie will hit theaters in couple months, and the Obi Wan movie is sheduled to start filming in 2019. I don’t want to know about Episode 9.

There are still good plots to be explained and good stories to be told in the old Star Wars timeline. I don’t want to know about the future. I will keep my eyes on the past. Instead of what Disney thinks, to me Star Wars is about the Skywalker Saga, it is about Darth Vader and Luke, Leia and Han. And if Rey is not a Skywalker, she can go to hell… I keep saying Star Wars has ended in that last scene of our heroes on Endor. And that was a perfect end. Game over.

And before I forget, go to HELL, Disney. Or should I say: Go back to HELL, Disney.

 

 

 

Mark Hamill pays tribute to Carrie Fisher on anniversary of her death

Source: ScreenRant

With today (December 27) marking the one-year anniversary of Carrie Fisher’s passing, moviegoers around the world are once again remembering her. As one would expect, that also includes Mark Hamill, who made sure to commemorate Carrie in a heartfelt social media post.

No one's ever really gone… #AlwaysWithUs #CarrieOnForever

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Taking to Instagram, Mark Hamill shared a collage of three different images. On the far left is an artist’s drawing of Carrie Fisher as a religious figure, giving her famous middle-finger salute while holding her dog, Gary. The right column includes two photos of Mark and Carrie together; the first taken from the days of the original trilogy and the other from the Vanity Fair spread for Episode VIII earlier this year.

Mark Hamill’s post includes the caption “No one’s ever really gone…” which is a Last Jedi quote taken from the scene where Luke Skywalker and Leia have their brief reunion on Crait. 

Mark Hamill regrets his Last Jedi criticisms. Really???

As was posted here, Mark was giving many negative comments about The Last Jedi. I was really impressed by the frankness of the actor, and I confess that I was surprised with the freedom that he had to talk about the movie.

And of course, someone at Disney/Lucasfilm would start to feel uncomfortable, and soon someone defending Disney’s interests would order him to shut up and publicly retaliate that Rian Johnson is one of the greatest living filmmakers, that there are none problem with how Luke is portrayed in The Last Jedi and that Episode 8 is the eighth wonder of the world…

We’ve seen it happen before. In the movie industry this happens all the time.

Okay, let’s be realistic here. Can you believe that Mark Hamill wrote this Twitter of his own free will, and he did not was Force choked by Mickey Mouse? Let’s not forget for a second that Mark is a Disney employee, and an employee speaking ill of the boss’s business can result in dismissal and defamation proceedings.

As bad as his involvement in The Last Jedi may have been, Mark’s return to the character in Episode 9 has not been ruled out at least as a Force ghost. Probably in addition to the threats of prosecution for defamation, breach of contract, etc., Mark was forced to apologize publicly if he still has any hope of being in Episode 9.

Imagine how bad is for Disney/Lucasfilm have their own employee making negative reviews of something they produced while all efforts are being directed at marketing campaigns and spreading bots over the internet to try to convince people that The Last Jedi is a great movie…

Shut up, Luke!

Source: USA Today

The Dark Side of the Force even gets to Jedi masters. Mark Hamill took to Twitter on Tuesday, the day after Christmas, to apologize for the smack-talking he put out to the universe about the direction of his character, Luke Skywalker, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Hamill, who added the hashtag #HumbledHamill, said that Last Jedi director Rian Johnson “made an all-time GREAT one!”

In an interview for Vanity Fair posted in May, Hamill recounted a discussion he had with Johnson after reading the script featuring the full return of Skywalker in The Last Jedi.

“I, at one point, had to say to Rian, ‘I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you’ve created and do my best to realize your vision,’ ” Hamill recalled.

During an interview with the Spanish outlet SensaCine, an emotional Hamill said, “I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he’s Jake Skywalker — he’s not my Luke Skywalker. But I had to do what Rian wanted me to do because it serves the story well.”

In an interview with The Daily News, Hamill called himself “the host body to which this character has been assigned.”

“That’s the problem. When I disagree with the direction of the character, I get a little mouthy,” he said. “Like when the trailer came out and the line is, ‘It’s time for the Jedi to end.’ There’s no way, I don’t care what happened to this guy. Jedis do not give up. It’s just inherent in them.”

R.I.P. Star Wars

I’m taking some days off, enjoying the hell summer of Rio de Janeiro, but I’m not able to sleep at night after have the living nightmare that was to watch that abomination, that subversion, that stupidity in large doses called The Last Jedi, and I need a catharsis right now so I can rest in peace.

And now we have The Last Jedi, after 2 years of waiting, and for those who didn’t watch it yet, be careful, as Luke says “this is not going to go the way you think.”

I had wrote a little text about my disapointment about the “Disney Star Wars Era”, before The Last Jedi have its premiere in theaters last week, so here it is:

I’m done with the “Disney Star Wars Era”

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm, I was optimist that finally we could get good Star Wars stuff, brand new movies and TV shows and some good stories to read in books and comics. Unfortunally, nothing this hapenned. The Force Awakens is the worst Star Wars movie I’ve ever seen, if you don’t take in count the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special.

Disney killed Han, and we lost Carrie. And Disney machine gun is shooting at all sides while seeing if they can reach more and more Star Wars consumers to get back what they spent to buy Lucasfilm. But Disney is shooting their own feet. Star Wars is not about Disney, Star Wars belongs to the people who follow the saga for 40 years, and their children, and all those who dedicated time, love and energy to keep the saga alive even while George Lucas wasn’t interested in continue the stories after Return of the Jedi.

If the prequels are bad movies, yes, they are. But even The Phantom Menace is far better than The Force Awakens. Mistakes happen, but when you keep leading all your efforts in the same wrong direction, is not a mistake anymore, this is stupid. That’s what Disney is doing. Rogue One was a great hit, but there wasn’t nothing new in that. Death Star again, Darth Vader again, and some good actors playing interesting characters. I think the Han Solo movie is a terrible mistake. The Last Jedi is going in the same direction as The Force Awakens, like everything about Star Wars now since Disney is taking heavy control of all the stuff and denying all good Star Wars stories after the end of the original trilogy and calling them as “Legends”.

Well, if Disney can do that with all good stories writen after Return of the Jedi as Heir to the Empire and others, and simply ignore their existence, and keep creating new stories of what they want and not about what fans want, I have my right as fan and Star Wars lover to ignore everything Disney is creating now. That’s what I’m doing. I don’t buy comics, books or anything else Disney keeps dumping in the stores. Because most of this stuff is garbage created only to get a few bucks from hardcore fans. I try to know what they are about, but i won’t put my money in that.

Disney always was about Princess and Pets. They raised an empire of entertainment only doing that. Now they have Pixar, Marvel, Fox and Lucasfilm. Good for Disney, not for the fans. I’m done with Disney. I’m done with the “Disney Star Wars Era”.

I’m going to check only movies, TV shows, and stories that happened before or during the original trilogy because Disney can’t change the past even if they want. They can only provide new information about what hapened, but they can not change the course that things have taken. Or they can, what the hell, now Disney has Fox and all previous Star Wars movies under their control, and if Disney wants they can change the prequels and the original trilogy and alter all the past as we know it… Well, knowing Disney as I know it, I do not doubt they will try something like that if they want. J.J. Abrams did this with Star Trek. And in my experience, if is to make things even worse, everything is possible.

Awful dialogues, nonsense situations, plot holes and frenetic action to keep fans distract and don’t realize how poor the story is. The Force Awakens was a pale copy of the three Original movies, and didn’t give to a whole new generation the right idea of what Star Wars really is. I don’t want to know if Rey is a Skywalker, if Kylo Ren will betray his master, or if Luke will turn to the dark side or even die, if the Porgs will burn down the First Order like the Ewoks did with the Empire, or how they will explain Leia’s absence for Episode 9. And I don’t care about Finn, Poe, Phasma, Maz Kanata, BB-8, Snoke and all the rest of the new crew. All they are just badly written characters.

And to me, from now on, Star Wars has ended with that last picture of our heroes on that little moon of Endor. And was a perfect end. And if you excuse me, I’m going to watch The Empire Strikes Back one more time.

And now my thoughs after watch Episode VIII – The Last Jedi…

The Day Star Wars Died

As someone who watched Episode 4 much before it be called Episode 4 – A New Hope, and survived all changes Lucas did to the original movies through the years – VHS, Laser Discs, DVDs and Blurays – I accepted every change, even Greedo shooting first in A New Hope or the nefarious Vader’s “Noooooo!” and Hayden Christensen as Anakin’s ghost at the end of Return of the Jedi… But The Last Jedi was too much for me. We can call Rian Johnson a subversive. He and Disney simply destroyed the magic and ruined all my childhood in 2h30min.

I hate The Force Awakens, for very many reasons. “Jar Jar” Abrams sinked Star Trek, why someone could think it should be different with Star Wars? The Force Awakens was an awfull movie, not worst than The Holiday Special. I was affraid of Rogue One, basicly because they could ruin with the Original Trilogy and all Star Wars things we knew for decades. But Rogue One was a great surprise, a very good movie in all senses: It works as war drama, as action movie, as science fiction and was the Star Wars movie I was waiting since I watched The Empire Strikes Back in the 80s. All right, i cried like a baby at the end of Rogue One, for the two first times I watched the movie (I already watched it 5 times so far)… I never cried at the end of no Star Wars movie, and I thought I was too old to cry because of movies…

Then Disney did an awfull movie and a spectacular movie, so I gave the benefit of doubt to The Last Jedi before start to talk dirty about the movie. But now I can talk dirty. The Last Jedi is a pile of crap. I didn’t see any good thing in the movie, any good scene, any inteligent dialogue, anything to make sense, no explanations for some The Force Awakens crucials questions, and nothing, nothing at all to compensate the 2h30min lenght. I only saw bullshits, and some plot holes even bigger than The Force Awakens had, only stupid characters doing stupid things all the time, and more bullshits…

I thought I really was an optimist. I always waited for the prequels and sequels, even when Lucas seemed have abandoned the saga forever, and even with the prequels being horrible movies, I never lost the optimism about Star Wars. Then, Disney bought Lucasfilm… I was optimist, of course because of all new Star Wars stuff they were promising, but The Force Awakens was a cold water bucket… And now The Last Jedi just put the last nail in the Skywalker saga coffin forever. I’m giving up. Disney can keep doing how many Star Wars movies they want, they can do a movie for every character if they want, dozens of new trilogies, I don’t care if everything is after Return of the Jedi in the saga timeline.

Why? Because Disney abandoned all good stories after Return of the Jedi and called them “legends”. If they can do that, I also can ignore everything Disney will do from now on. If is after Return of the Jedi, I don’t want to know, and I won’t give a damn. To me, Star Wars has finished with that Return of the Jedi last scene of our heroes all together on that moon of Endor, and that was a great end. I don’t need anything else.

And to finish my thoughs, I agree with everyone saying that Star Wars must be only about the Skywalker saga, and while Rey is not a Skywalker (if we believe Kylo Ren is not lying to her in The Last Jedi – and I bet he is), there’s no more sense about the next movie. I think Episode 9 will be like a Pilot of a new TV show while Disney wants to Rian Johnson to create a new trilogy, and they will use the movie to introduce new arcs and characters that will be in the new trilogy. I will watch Episode 9, and the new trilogy like any other movies, but to me, The Last Jedi is the worst Star Wars movie ever, losing only for The Holiday Special, and the movie that killed the magic of Star Wars forever, and December 15th is the Day Star Wars died.

Better than I could say about The Last Jedi is here:

And I could say and complain about a lot more things in The Last Jedi, but one thing does not come out of my head: where the hell is Lando???

#NotMyLukeSkywalker

Source: irm. Source for animated gifs: Tumblr.

Mark Hamill has always been an outspoken voice regarding Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In an early first look for the film, he famously said that he fundamentally disagreed with Rian Johnson’s take on the Luke Skywalker character.

“I said to [director] Rian [Johnson], ‘Jedis don’t give up.’ I mean, even if he had a problem, he would maybe take a year to try and regroup. But if he made a mistake, he would try and right that wrong. So, right there we had a fundamental difference, but it’s not my story anymore. It’s somebody else’s story – and Rian needed me to be a certain way to make the ending effective.

[…]

That’s the crux of my problem. Luke would never say that. I’m sorry. Well, in this version, see I’m talking about the George Lucas Star Wars. This is the next generation of Star Wars, so I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he’s Jake Skywalker. He’s not my Luke Skywalker, but I had to do what Rian wanted me to do because it serves the story well.”

“But listen, I still haven’t accepted it completely. But it’s only a movie. I hope people like it. I hope they don’t get upset, and I came to really believe that Rian was the exact man that they need for this job.”

Fortunately we still have Mark as the most sensible voice on Star Wars. That “thing” in The Last Jedi is not our Luke Skywalker… Disney must put The Last Jedi in some sort of parallel universe and bring our Star Wars back, or you can go to hell, stupid Mickey Mouse.

And unfortunately, when the future coming on us begins to show itself as a dark time full of terror, when a single company has four of the most important movie studios (Disney now has Fox, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm), they have put an end in the neutrality of the Internet… Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a good time while you still can. See you in 2018, I hope.

Recommended Reading: The Day Star Wars Died

Halloween Speeder Bikes in Manhattan

Source: Time

YouTube vloggers Jesse Wellens and Carmella Rose dressed up as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, but not in their classic Star Wars garb. Instead, they dressed as Luke and Leia as rebels zipping through the forest world of Endor from The Return of the Jedi and the only thing missing was an Ewok or two.

While that retro costume would certainly rate well with Star Wars fans, Wellens and Rose had a plan to put their costume over the top. With a little help from some friends at Lithium Cycles, they built a replica of a Speeder Bike that looked like it was actually floating and rode it through the streets of Manhattan. The sight was exhilarating enough that even wizened, seen-it-all New Yorkers couldn’t help but gawk.

The entire escapade was captured on video by YouTube prankster Casey Neistat, who has teamed up with Wellens before for Halloween pranks like Aladdin and Silver Surfer taking magic carpet rides through the city. Watch Neistat’s video to see how the custom Star Wars Speeder Bike was built.