Thursday, July 13, 2017

Rogue One Breathes New life into the Star Wars Universe

Who would have thought that this side-story of a prequel would rekindle the faith of fans in the Star Wars franchise? The positive and even rave reviews came out of leftfield, but it shouldn’t be a surprise now. Let’s look at why Rogue One is as good as advertised.

Let’s face it: before the current trilogy was announced, many solid fans were harboring much disappointment with how episodes one to three had turned out. While the cinematics and overall visual aspect were much better, the characters looked fake; the heavy indulgence in CGI left viewers feeling like they watched a video game. Even familiar characters came across as odd, even flat. The Phantom Menace did much in menacing the fan base, and Attack of the Clones made it worse.

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But Rogue One, riding the coattails of The Force Awakens (2015), ensured that respective directors J.J. Abrams and Gareth Edward’s take on the franchise should be taken seriously, and with much fanfare. Much has been said about the former, but Rogue One surely is the new fan favorite.

While we wait for the new trilogy to be realized, Rogue One succeeds in reminding us why we love the franchise in the first place. Real and relatable characters, a grand ambition, awesome fight scenes, and none of that mushy love story arc that would have weakened the plot greatly.

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And it’s not because the movie ended badly for our heroes; we all knew it would. It’s more because we felt sincerely bad for their plight as though we didn’t know.

High-quality films, such as Star Wars, Reservoir Dogs, Blade Runner, and The Godfather, are some of the projects that helped me realize my love and passion for filmmaking. I’m David Berkowitz of Chicago, a production designer for an indie film production company. Do visit my blog for more articles..

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The most anticipated blockbusters yet to be released this 2017

The first half of 2017 is nearing its end, and we have already seen various blockbusters grace movie theaters around the world. Some of those are Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Logan, Beauty and the Beast, and The Fate of the Furious.

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Over the next months, there are even more movies lined up that have many people on the edge of their seat. Here are some examples:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Two years ago, another Star Wars trilogy set off with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Amid all the expectations surrounding it, especially after the prequel trilogy disappointed many fans, Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm Ltd. brought us one of the best films in the series.

This coming December, the much-anticipated sequel will pick up on the story of the new set of protagonists, Rey, Finn, and Poe, and antagonist, Kylo Ren, along with the a character we have all loved since 1977, Luke Skywalker.

Marvel Cinematic Universe films
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is already one of the best films of 2017. It is a good thing then that two more MCU movies are coming in July and November, Spider-man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. Fans and casual moviegoers are excited not just to watch the story of these two Avengers, but to also see how these films will build up the story of next year’s Avengers movie, the Infinity War.

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