Written By: Brandon Engel

Rey Speeder

Sci-Fi fans are forever wishing for their favorite fiction technology and gadgets to become reality, and none more so than Star Wars fans. While lightsabers are unfortunately still firmly ensconced in the fictional side of that universe, there are several examples of Star Wars technology which have become or are in the process of becoming a reality. From the original trilogy to the extended universe and beyond, there are plenty of opportunities to find examples of fictional technology inspiring real life technology.

When fans were first introduced to the universe in 1977, such things as artificial intelligence, communicating robots and self-driving cars were either very rudimentary or pure fantasy – but today we have Apple’s Siri and Tesla’s driverless cars. In honor of The Force Awakens in the canon and of science fiction becoming science fact, the following are just some of the fun gadgets found in the Star Wars universe that have since become part of our very real lives.

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Source: Matty Granger Facebook | The Huffington Post | Posted By: Dan Geer

ForceAwakens

So it has been a few weeks since J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters and broke just about every box office record known to mankind. Reviews have been very positive overall. However, the pendulum has started to sway the other way a little bit, with some reviews even pointing out supposed plot holes or flaws in the film. One such article from The Huffington Post, titled “40 Unforgivable Plot Holes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” attempts to lay out extensively just how flawed the film allegedly is, and many people have re-posted this article time and time again, commenting on how they actually agree with the article.

I was going to write a rebuttal on this, but a man by the name of Matty Granger (The Granger Brothers) beat me to the punch and posted one himself, addressing (in “colorful” language, mind you) each and every point laid out by The Huffington Post’s . The article not only easily refutes these “plot holes” for the most part, but also agrees very much with the reason PopcornMonster.com was started in the first place, which is to get people to think twice when it comes to film. To quote Granger, “…sadly all it takes is a bold, contrarian statement to convince people who aren’t interested in doing research for themselves that something wildly incorrect is truth.”

Click here for the Huffington Post article, then read Granger’s amusing rebuttal here. When you’re done, read below for a few more points that I personally address about the film that aren’t brought up in either article, but have been also debated at length in various fanboy circles (possible spoilers ahead)…

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Written By: Dan Geer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Wow. Simply wow.

It is so hard to put into words how it really feels to finally see Episode VII of the Star Wars saga. It’s been 32 years since Return of the Jedi, and over a decade since Revenge of the Sith, which we thought was going to be the very last Star Wars film we’d EVER see. As far as we knew, George Lucas was done. And he’s still done, but just not in the way we all thought.

Lucas of course made the decision to step out of the Star Wars sandbox and let other talent play in it, which caught us ALL by surprise. Selling the Lucasfilm rights over to Disney, Lucas handed the company over to long-time friend and film producer Kathleen Kennedy to lead the charge into a whole new era of Star Wars – one that takes us back to its roots. And it all started by bringing back The Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan to pen the screenplay, and hiring J.J. Abrams to direct. I couldn’t have imagined a more brilliant team to kick off the sequel trilogy  – a trilogy NO ONE thought would ever happen.

This review will not spoil anything for the reader. It is best to let the film unveil it all. Instead, let us just focus on what we can expect, in terms of tone, characters and story. After all, what you’re really reading this for is simply to know one thing: IS IT GOOD?!!!!

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Source: Paramount Pictures | Posted By: Dan Geer

StarTrekBeyond

The onslaught of summer movie trailers just doesn’t seem to end as of late. The BFG, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, X-Men: Apocalypse, Independence Day: Resurgence – all released within the last week (and don’t forget the latest trailer for Batman V Superman that debuted only a few days before that)!

But now that the first trailer for Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond has arrived, “Movie Trailer Week” has probably now come to a close, since most, if not all of these trailers will more than likely be playing with Star Wars: The Force Awakens this week. Check out the latest trailer for Star Trek Beyond after the jump!

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Source: 20th Century Fox| Posted By: Dan Geer

Indpendence Day Resurgence

“We always knew they would come back.” Or did we? Well, at least I never believed we’d actually get a sequel to the beloved 1996 hit Independence Day. But here we are, nearly twenty years later, getting our first look!

Independence Day: Resurgence reunites the original cast from the first film, minus Will Smith (although we do have a new actor, Jessie Usher, playing the son of Simth’s character), and deals with the aftermath of the first film and what Earth has been up for the last twenty years. In a nutshell, Earth anticipated another alien attack might happen at some point, so we used alien technology to prepare for the inevitable. After all, you’ve got to figure there are more out there, and that they’d probably want revenge on the citizens of planet Earth for what happened in the first film. Simple enough.

Hit the jump to check out the first trailer for the film. It looks surprisingly great!

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Source: moviemaniacsDE | Posted By: Dan Geer

X-Men Apocalypse

The trailers just keep coming, and this one tops ’em all. The first trailer for director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse is here, and it is wonderful. The film has a lot to live up to after the genius execution of Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past (especially The Rogue Cut), but if this trailer is any indication of how good Apocalypse will be, it shouldn’t be a problem. This looks fantastic! Hit the jump to check it out!

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Source: TMNT Movie | Posted By: Dan Geer

Casey Jones

The first trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows has made its way online. This trailer really looks like it’s going for the same vibe as the last film (which I enjoyed, although I was disappointed in the under-usage of Shredder), so if you’re a fan of what director Jonathan Liebesman did with the first movie, odds are you’ll love what Dave Green will do with the sequel, especially since a ton of fan favorites are making their debut here, including Casey Jones! Check it out below!

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Source: Disney Movie Trailers | Posted By: Dan Geer

BFG

An amazing new teaser for Disney’s The BFG, starring Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader and Mark Rylance, has landed online, and it comes to me totally unexpected! Based on the popular Roald Dahl book, and directed by none other than Steven Spielberg, this story tells us of a Big Friendly Giant than takes a little girl away off to “the wonders and perils of Giant Country.” It hits theaters next summer. Check it out after the jump!

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Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live | Posted By: Dan Geer

Batman_V_Superman

We haven’t received a trailer for DC’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for quite some time. Today we finally received the latest, and it really looks great! Check it out below!

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Written By: Dan Geer

Peter Jackson

When Guillermo del Toro left the director’s chair on The Hobbit trilogy, Peter Jackson stepped up and took the reins once again for Middle Earth and decided to direct. This posed a huge problem for Jackson and his team of designers and writers, and put a tremendous amount of pressure on everyone because Jackson’s vision differed greatly from del Toro’s. They basically had to redesign the films all over again, essentially throwing out a year and a half’s work of pre-production time out the window. What this meant for Jackson was that he was not able to have that same amount of prep time for his version of the films, and the vast majority of the time he had to wing it on set.

Now that the Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has finally been released, one of the special features on this release chronicles what it was like for the director, as well as the designers and writers to go through this trial of getting these films completed in light of what happened. A segment of the video has gone viral, with many movie sites claiming this is Jackson owning up to the reason why The Hobbit films were supposedly “a mess.”

I argue the exact opposite. Watch the video below first, and then we’ll dive in!

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