J.J. Abrams

SN: Did “Force Awakens” over-homage?

Star-Wars-Kylo-Ren-watches-Starkiller-Base-firingSN: Did “Force Awakens over-homage?

Now that a couple weeks have past since its highly anticipated release, and the hyperbole is starting to die down, I’ve noticed a lot more backlash for “Force Awakens.”

When I saw it, I loved it. Yes, it had many flaws, but I had the stupidest grin on my face the whole time. The flaws were minuscule compared to how happy this film had just made me. That last time I experienced something like that was “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”

I’m not a huge Trekker, nor am I a huge “Star Wars” geek. But I love both of the franchises. Both also happen to be directed by J.J. Abrams. Both also have a ton of fan service within them that probably could’ve been left out.

SN: If “Force Awakens” sucks

PhasmaSN: If “Force Awakens” sucks

I wrote about this awhile back, but now with the films release less than two weeks ago. I want to touch on this point one last time.

The original “Star Wars” trilogy was perfect. In its own contained way, all 3 films told a perfect story in a fantastical universe (say what you want about Ewoks, still a perfect conclusion).

Every single “Star Wars” project since that trilogy has been a bonus – icing on the cake. Not even the horrendous holiday special could bring the greatness of the original saga down. Nothing will ever “ruin” that trilogy.”

The prequels – a bonus. Imperfect icing with insight into the origins of our great trilogy. These films? They could still be perfect, but what we had with the original trilogy was rare and not easily re-created by anyone. It’s also additional icing, insight into the epilogue of the franchise.

So no worries if “Force Awakens” isn’t up to par with the original trilogy. It’ll still be awesome to see Abrams’ vision unfold and for us to spend more time in this amazing universe.



SN: Fan Service – “Star Wars,” “Batman vs. Superman,” and “Suicide Squad” explode out of Comic-Con

SN: Fan Service – “Star Wars,” “Batman vs. Superman,” and “Suicide Squad” explode out of Comic-Con

Perhaps the greatest thing to come out of this year’s Comic-Con was the behind the scenes look of “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.” You’d have to be drowning in cynicism to say that the most recent trailer didn’t awaken some part of the inner child in you.

Now we have a solid look at what Abrams is trying to accomplish. Yes “Star Wars” may eventually become an exhausted franchise with spin-offs and sequels already planned. But for now with a strong merging of practical effects and motion capture effects, this behind-the-scenes look continues to bring smiles to fans faces.

Hit “Continue Reading” for Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad.


SN: The Force Awakens – It’s okay to put your guard down

SN: The Force Awakens – It’s okay to put your guard down

Your guard is up. Very few moments in your life you felt the sensation of anxiety and jubilant  glee: your first wedding, birth of your first child, and the premiere of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace when John Williams’ classic score accompanied your beating heart. You were pumped. Goosebumps riddled your scrawny body… Lucas’ masterpiece franchise finally to come full circle..

The movie starts… you shrug off the occasional mediocre dialogue, you shrug off the explanation of “The Force” being lazily defined to “Midi-chlorians.” You try and shrug off Jar Jar Binks, but he just… keeps… talking…. You’re at war with your own nostalgia: “No! This can’t be bad! This isn’t bad!”

SideNote: Star Wars Episode VII Trailer – Pros and Cons

It’s finally here! “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” delivers a teaser trailer worthy of fandom deduction and criticism.

Here are some notable Pros and Cons. Click “More” to keep reading.

Film: Star Wars Episode VII News Timeline

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**This page will be updated frequently following the pre-production, production, and post-production of “Star Wars: VII.” It is in order with the most recent news bits on top.

Star Wars VII Timeline

Nov. 29, 2013 – Millennium Falcon reportedly built for Episode VII
Source: The Guardian

Nov. 28, 2013 – Emmanuelle Chriqui, Alexis Dziene and Taissa Farmiga reportedly up for Star Wars VII roles.
Source: ComicBookMovie

Nov. 19, 2013 – R2D2 confirmed
Source: ComingSoon

Nov. 18, 2013 – Samuel L. Jackson reveals on Letterman that Mark Hamill hasn’t been contacted by J.J. Abrams on returning.
Source: ComicBookMovie

Nov. 13, 2013 – Bad Robot tweets possibly the first BTS photo.
Source: Twitter

Film Preview: Star Wars VII to hit a theater near you – December 18, 2015

kathleen-kennedy-jj-abrams-george-lucasFilm Preview: “Star Wars VII” to hit a theater near you – December 18, 2015

StarWars.Com just released the following statement:

With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J. J. Abrams (Super 8Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek)and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost ArkThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolJack RyanStar Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (TintinWar of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.

Film Preview: Joe Cornish to direct “Star Trek 3”


Film Preview: Joe Cornish to direct “Star Trek 3”

Deadline has reported that Paramount and Skydance Productions is “sweet on” Joe Cornish to direct “Star Trek 3.”

Joe Cornish made his directorial debut in 2011 with “Attack the Block,” an independent sci-fi comedy, that scored him a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding Debut by a British writer, director , or producer. It also scored a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 75 on Metacritic.

Top 20: TV Shows of All Time

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The Sopranos
Breaking Bad
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Battlestar Galactica
The Wire
The X-Files
The Simpsons


Film Anticipation Preview: Star Trek: Into Darkness

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Film Anticipation Preview: Star Trek: Into Darkness Announcement Trailer released

We recently heard the incredible news that, not only will we see the full length trailer upon the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 14th, but if you see The Hobbit in IMAX you will receive a 9-minute taste of the film. For now, as we wait ever so impatiently, we have this one-minute announcement trailer.

There was a recent release saying that the film was initially a “manhunt.” The speculation has been ongoing with Trekkers (this includes myself) as to what this installment will be. Will it work as a remake to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or will it just be its own story occasionally paying homage to the original series, Abrams and his cast/crew have kept the lid pretty tight on this jar.

The image above you will not find in the English version of the Announcement trailer, but in the Japanese. Considering it is the only version that is 15-seconds longer I am questioning if it was a mistake for the extra footage to be in there? So, before it was struck down I stole the most important screenshot above. For fans of the original series/movies they know why this image is so iconic. For Star Trek newbies (and I use the term sincerely, everyone should love Star Trek) we saw a similar image in what is arguably the greatest Star Trek flick of all-time The Wrath of Khan which was also the sequel the original movies.

So could this speculation relate back to the story of Khan? Could we be getting an essential re-imagining of the classic old film? Regardless, after 2009’s Star Trek I have complete faith in the filmmakers and will be there happily surrounded by Trekkers on opening night.

Let me know your thoughts on the Announcement trailer and we will have a more in-depth analysis of the film once a full trailer is release December 14th with The Hobbit.