Written By: Dan Geer

Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens

In the last couple of decades, it has become increasingly apparent that there has been a paradigm shift in terms of how audiences watch and enjoy movies. While film criticism has been around for as long as I can remember, it seems as if your average modern-day cinephiles have become more critical than ever, and as a result have enjoyed films much less in the last couple of decades than they did in the decades prior. What went wrong?

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Written By: Dan Geer

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Dear Chris Carter,

As someone who has been a huge fan of The X-Files since 1993, grew up with it and never gave up on it when we all thought it would never return (whether it’d be a third feature film or on television) – I would like to thank you for working so hard to bring back this iconic series with Season 10 earlier this year. The eight-year wait between The X-Files: I Want to Believe and this latest season was almost unbearable, but it was well worth it.

I also would like to take the time to bring to the forefront something that has been weighing on me heavily in the last few months since the series returned.

Update provided after the jump…

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Written By: Dan Geer

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a movie that is literally going to change everything we thought we knew about Star Wars. As a prequel to Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, it will change the way you view that story completely. It pushes the boundaries of camerawork and editing beyond what the saga films did (and will continue to do). This is the first standalone Star Wars film, and is highly experimental in a number of ways, which is risky, but well worth it as long as one is open to Star Wars not really feeling so much like your typical Star Wars episodes.

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Written By: Dan Geer

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Last year around this time, I wrote an article designed to help keep one’s expectations for Star Wars: The Force Awakens in check. After all, it was probably the most anticipated Star Wars movie since 1999’s The Phantom Menace, and we all know how expectations definitely played a part in our enjoyment of that movie. Even though Episode I has flaws, one has to admit that our expectations for that movie back in 1999 were so high that the film didn’t stand a chance – even if it was great (pssst… I liked the movie, but agree that it has some shortcomings). The Force Awakens, thankfully didn’t suffer nearly as brutal of a beating (and it was a better movie overall).

My article probably didn’t have a huge impact on setting expectations, but I like knowing that it was out there and that maybe even just one person read it and enjoyed The Force Awakens more because of it. Therefore, it seemed only fitting that I uphold the tradition and compose a similar article for “the next Star Wars movie” – which really isn’t what we all think of when we frame it like that. When people used to say this, it meant the next episode in the saga. That is clearly not the case this time, and with that it means that we really need to go into this one with a clean slate for the most part, and rethink what we should be expecting for the first standalone movie in the franchise.

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Source: Collider | Posted By: Dan Geer

Blair Witch

Collider has debuted a new trailer for Blair Witch, and it is definitely not to be watched if you have claustrophobia (you’ll see why if you dare to watch)!

Acting as more of a direct sequel to 1999’s smash it The Blair Witch Project (because who cares about the terrible Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2?), this third film in the franchise revolves around a character named James who sets out on a mission to find out what happened to his sister Heather –  the woman who went missing in the original 1999 film.

The movie has really been getting a lot of positive buzz ever since the movie was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con (it was originally titled The Woods to maintain secrecy on the project) and screened there in front of an excited crowd. Apparently it is “one of the scariest films ever made,” according to this latest trailer. While I have never believed such claims for any horror movie (and neither should you), this trailer does have me convinced that I won’t sleep after I watch it. Give it a go after the jump!

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Source: Entertainment Weekly | Posted By: Dan Geer

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This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the original Batman TV series that debuted in 1966 starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the famed Caped Crusaders of Gotham City. So what better way to commemorate such a triumph than by releasing an all-new animated movie with West, Ward, and even Julie Newmar (Catwoman) reprising their roles from the original series?! I can’t think of anything.

Entertainment Weekly has provided the first teaser trailer for the movie, which maintains the tongue-in-cheek vibe of the original live-action series, complete with over-the-top dialogue and a hilarious death trap for the Dynamic Duo to escape from. West and Ward do sound older (obviously), but they step right back into their roles as if it were yesterday. Check it out after the jump!

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Source: StarWars.com | Posted By: Dan Geer

RogueOneTrailer2

For the fans who couldn’t attend Star Wars Celebration Europe this year that whined about not being able to view the Rogue One trailer that premiered exclusively for Celebration attendees there, at least they were able to view the latest public trailer that just debuted during the Olympics, right? Well, even if they missed it tonight, they can still watch it here. Can we all get along now?

This second trailer release packs all the punches and definitely shows us why we all should be looking forward to the first stand-alone live-action Star Wars movie. Rogue One really looks to be that fresh take on the Star Wars galaxy that we’ve all been dying to see. Check it out below!

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Source: San Diego Comic-Con | Posted By: Dan Geer

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For the few of you who decided to camp out in the woods this weekend without any internet and had no idea San Diego Comic-Con was happening until you got back from your trip – you’re in luck!

During the course of the weekend, a whole plethora of brand new trailers debuted. Dr. Strange, Kong: Skull Island, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Lego Batman Movie, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Suicide Squad and even The Woods – which was just revealed to actually be the next Blair Witch movie (and is already receiving fantastic reviews from those that caught the screening at the Con, in case you’re thinking it’s going to be just another Book of Shadows).

Hit the jump to check ’em all out in one place! In short, EVERYTHING looks great, and we are clearly living in the new golden age of geek cinema…

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Written By: Dan Geer

Captain America: Civil War

Summertime. For most, it means going to the beach, blasting off fireworks, grilling steaks, etc. But for movie geeks, it means lining up for some of the years most anticipated blockbusters. Who needs fun in the sun and the smell of barbeque and gunpowder in the air when you have the comfort of a cool movie theater with the smell of buttered popcorn to look forward to just about every week? Okay, well, I like all of those things, but seriously this summer is going to be insane. Really don’t think I’ll even make it to all of these. Will you? Check out this year’s list of the Top 10 Movies to See This Summer and find out!

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Source: Star Wars | Posted By: Dan Geer

Rogue One

It seemed like this trailer would never arrive. Finally, after years of waiting, we receive the official teaser trailer for the first Star Wars stand-alone film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). Set before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, the story shines on the rebel fighters who set out on a mission to steal the Death Star plans that make their way into the hands of Princess Leia in A New Hope. Hit the jump to watch!

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