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Review: Star Wars Poster Activity Book

Review: Star Wars Poster Activity Book (or, The One Where I Forget One Of Those Things)

You know, for a slim book this thing packs quite the punch. You may be tempted, like I was, to think little of the Poster Activity Book, published Egmont UK, and, well, you’d be right. What? It’s an activity book. No one really pays much attention to them. But this book knows this – that’s right, books have become sapient now. We’re doomed – and it’s evolved, becoming more than a mere collection of puzzles.

It. Has. Posters. Stickers, too.

Stop laughing. I’m serious.

Deadly serious.

Okay, okay. I see you’re sceptical, so let’s take it one thing at a time. Continue reading

Review: Rey’s Survival Guide

Review: Rey’s Survival Guide (or, Is It A Spoiler That She Survived Jakku?)

SPOILER WARNING: Due to the nature of the book, and the closeness to the release of the film, you should treat this, with regards to spoilers, as you would any other article about The Force Awakens (this book does cover the events of the first third of the film, as well as some of Rey’s backstory). THIS IS YOUR LAST SPOILER WARNING.

‘Before you came to Jakku,’ writes Rey, ‘I bet you thought it was small and unimportant. And you were right. But up close, every planet is gigantic and full of mysteries – including ones that will kill you.’ And thus is the book summed up. Thank you, and good night.

The night is dark and full of terrors – this book, probably.

Okay I should probably includes just a few more words here. As the name suggests, Rey’s Survival Guide, published by Egmont, details what it takes to survive Jakku. Written from the perspective of, well, Rey*, and addresses the reader as though they were new to Jakku – and to scavenging. It’s a neat touch that better helped me to feel like all this was real and that I could really go there (although the Aurebesh ‘wish you were here’ postcard did stretch credulity a bit). And that I could be friends with Rey and we’d go scavenging and we’d talk about flying and, erm, sand. And stuff, I don’t know what people talk about.

*Honestly how dare this book have such a descriptive, concise title that clearly demonstrates what it’s about, thus making my job of writing what it’s about all the more superfluous? Oblique names are clearly the way to go. Continue reading

Why Episode VIII Needs More Time

In a move that doesn’t surprise me at all, Disney/Lucasfilm have pushed back the release date to Star Wars: Episode VIII to Open December 15, 2017.

This is GREAT news.

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Here’s why:

First off, script re-writes.

According to the Meet the Movie Press podcast, writer/director Rian Johnson is currently rewriting his screenplay to focus more on the characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens instead of introducing new protagonists.

This makes perfect sense to me. The new cast of TFA have received almost universal affection from fans new and old. In my view Rey, Finn, and to a lesser extent Poe, are the very life and energy of the film. Putting them front and center is the right choice. It can’t be stated enough: the new characters in TFA have captured the hearts and minds of fans much in the way the original cast did in 77.

Second, financial and cultural impact (aka MONEY!)

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Now the biggest movie in U.S. box office history, TFA has proved the December release window is the perfect time for a Star Wars movie. Also, with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in early may, it makes sense not to have 2 big budget space fantasy films from Disney releasing in the same month.

So what do you think of the release date  change? shoot e a tweet: @TheRileyGuy

Inside the Star Wars Rebels Mid-Season Trailer – Shot by Shot

Star Wars Rebels returns with a vengeance.

During the era of the Clone Wars airing on television, Star Wars fans received the treat of many connections with the greater Star Wars mythology. However, we’ve never seen such an interconnected fireworks display of the Star Wars myth on television until the Star Wars Rebels midseason trailer dropped. With direct connections to the Clone Wars, the prequels, the original trilogy, and The Force Awakens, Star Wars Rebels graduated to an absolute must see for any Star Wars fan.

Rebels is transcending what any Star Wars TV show has ever accomplished previously. Let’s take a look at the trailer:

What follows is a *almost* comprehensive shot by shot analysis of the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 midseason trailer.

Note: TFA spoilers to follow!

Let’s dive in. Continue reading