Ralph McQuarrie: The (Other) Man Behind Star Wars

Who’s the primary creative force behind the original Star Wars franchise? That’s easy, right? It’s George Lucas. He directed the original film, he oversaw the next two films, came back to direct the prequel trilogy, and then rode into the sunset after selling his company. Naturally. Star Wars is full of visually iconic moments, and Lucas… Continue reading Ralph McQuarrie: The (Other) Man Behind Star Wars

“Han Shot First” is important (not for the reasons you think)

The Cantina is one of the iconic locations in the original Star Wars. In the center of Mos Eisley, the “wretched hive of scum and villainy” there’s a seedy tavern where Obi-Wan and Luke meet Han and Chewbacca, Han fights off and over-eager bounty hunter, and we see the first of many limbs being chopped off in… Continue reading “Han Shot First” is important (not for the reasons you think)

Rian Johnson was great before the Last Jedi

This week, after seeing Justice League this past weekend, I was going to write a post about what I didn’t like about it. However, I couldn’t decide what to specifically write about: Do I write about how the film copied The Avengers but left out a crucial part – having a charming villain? Do I write about how Barry… Continue reading Rian Johnson was great before the Last Jedi

Why the Justice League Movie Will Probably Suck

I recently wrote an article for No Coast Bias about the issues facing the upcoming Justice League movie. I hadn’t intended to write this post, but I saw Thor: Ragnarok the other day, which had a trailer for Justice League, and I just think that the movie looks so bad that I was compelled to put this post together. But… Continue reading Why the Justice League Movie Will Probably Suck

Seinfeld demonstrates how to do a proper clip show episode

Ah, the Clip Show episode. It’s an inevitable staple of longrunning sitcoms and anime. It’s when a show has an episode which compiles some of the show’s most memorable moments. This is usually in the frame narrative of having characters reminisce over everything that has happened. Friends, Scrubs, The Office, The Cosby Show… if I listed every show to… Continue reading Seinfeld demonstrates how to do a proper clip show episode

Spooky versus Scary: Prisoner of Azkaban as a Horror Film (Kind of)

Halloween is upon us, meaning that everyone is socially obligated to consume horror media. Horror, more than any other genre, forces the audience to tap into their emotion. The ultimate goal of many horror is to make the viewer feel the same dread and fear that the characters do. My issue is that movies in… Continue reading Spooky versus Scary: Prisoner of Azkaban as a Horror Film (Kind of)