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The ‘Star Wars’ Franchise Gets Its First Female Director for the Obi-Wan Kenobi Series

Star Wars; for nearly four decades the franchise has focused on white male characters and white male producers, directors, and writers calling the shots. And then Disney arrived to change that narrative slowly but surely.

Each film has offered more diversity than ever before.

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The upcoming rumored Knights of the Old Republic trilogy set to arrive in 2022 is supposedly being helmed by a female writer.

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And The Mandalorian will highlight the talents of a diverse cast of directors. Continue reading The ‘Star Wars’ Franchise Gets Its First Female Director for the Obi-Wan Kenobi Series

‘The Revenant’ Is a Dark, Traumatic, Beautiful Masterpiece

Movies. I love movies. I love all genres of movies. But there’s always that particular movie you come across that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Those movies are far and few but once watched will stick in your mind as long as time permits it. The Revenant is one of those movies.

I’ve wanted to watch The Revenant since I saw its first trailer in 2015. I would sit in the movie theater, riveted by what I was seeing on the screen. It took me four years to finally see it but now that I have I am absolutely stunned by the movie’s brilliance.

Let me tell you, the trailers gave no justice to the film whatsoever. This movie will shock you over and over again until you’re numb with the tragedy and trauma of this story.

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J.J Abrams Is Directing Episode IX: Is That A Good or Bad Thing?

So this is exciting news in the Star Wars galaxy. I have to say, I was very relieved when LucasFilm got rid of Colin Trevorrow for so many reasons. First, I didn’t like Jurassic World that much, and mainly because of the woman in the film. The fact that she was running from dinosaurs, trekking across mud, and never once got rid of those heels she was wearing was not realistic and rather irritating. You can’t have a director who treats their female characters like that in charge of a movie about heroines like Rey, that just doesn’t work. And secondly, the movie he directed this year, The Book of Henry, was so terribly critiqued that I was really starting to become nervous for Episode IX. Would he end this fantastic trilogy in the wrong way? Would it become another blotch in the Star Wars timeline like the prequels? So, obviously, LucasFilm didn’t like what they were seeing and got rid of him and I was ecstatic to see who they would replace him with.

And then it was announced two days ago that J.J Abrams would write and direct Episode IX and I’m two parts excited two parts disappointed. This is why.

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The Directors of the Han Solo Film Have Been Fired, Here’s Why That’s Good

I’ve been skeptical about the untitled Young Han Solo film since it was first announced. Now I’m totally confident in the direction Kathleen Kennedy and co. want to take these films. Especially after the groundbreaking Rogue One which shocked and wowed audiences around the world. It was so good that it edged out Empire Strikes Back to become my favorite Star Wars film. And it’s one of the few movies brave enough to kill off all of its characters, and mind you this is Disney being this heartless. Now with The Last Jedi coming out this December I’m beyond excited for the next installment into this brand new trilogy. This Han Solo movie, however, which is planned to come out in theaters next May has never gotten me really excited.

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First of all the actor, they chose to play the iconic smuggler doesn’t exactly look like Harrison Ford. His face is just a little too square and that’s already a problem. And now, due to some disagreeing between the directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and the producer, Kathleen Kennedy, and the writer, Lawrence Kasdan, the directors have been fired. Now at first, I was stunned. The movie is in the middle of filming and now the directors with the vision of the film have been fired! Why would this happen?

After finding out they were fired because they weren’t given the freedom to make the movie they wanted I was pleased. Yes, they made highly appraised films such as 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie but this is Star Wars. And not only is it Star Wars but it’s a movie about Han Solo. Han Solo has already been killed off in the most brutal fashion. The last thing LucasFilm needs to do is make the movie about him anywhere close to the quality of the prequels. It would be very bad for LucasFilm and very bad for their anthology films going forward. And the last person you’re supposed to disagree with when it comes to the creative vision of a Star Wars film is Lawrence Kasdan who actually wrote The Empire Strikes Back. So I’m happy the directors were fired.

The bad thing about this new development, however, is it refreshes my skepticism about this film. I hope it’s good, I really do but I just have a bad feeling about this (see what I did there.) Han Solo is too precious of a character to tamper with and I know LucasFilm realizes this. Until I see the first teaser I’m not going to be too excited for this film just yet. Hopefully, this new change will help the movie and not hurt it.

 

A Surprise Trailer Refreshes My Excitement for Marvel

It was Friday night and I was watching Game 4 of the NBA Finals (congratulations to the Warriors, by the way, they deserved to win.) There were a whole bunch of commercials for movies such as Transformers, Spider-Man, Baby Driver, etc. And then out of nowhere the world premiere trailer of Black Panther debuted and I momentarily lost it. This is why.

Okay, so that was amazing. First of all, I love surprise trailers. And it’s even better when the trailer is one you’ve been waiting for. Secondly, Black Panther is already my favorite new edition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His suit is so beautiful and even though he appeared in a Captain America film he pretty much stole the show. The new king of Wakanda had a lot to deal with the last time we saw him. His father had just died and he had embarked on a path to revenge. At the end of Civil War, he decided not to let his anger take him to that dark place of hatred and he let the murderer of his father live while also giving refuge to Steve Rogers and his companions in the mysterious world of Wakanda. Now he is being faced with a new challenge and I can’t wait until next February. Until that time I’m going to talk about my favorite aspects of this trailer.

All of the Strong Black Women

Women are not usually a huge part of films. They are either love interests or damsels in distress. They’re never the lead character or the hero who will save the day. Now movies have started changing the way they incorporate women into their movies. First, there were the Hunger Games series which was helmed by a woman. Then Star Wars broke boundaries by having two female leads in both of their newest films. And just a week and a half ago DC Comics took a step further with not only having a movie about the amazing Wonder Woman but they also got a woman to direct the film. It was so nice to see a woman direct the first big budget movie about a female hero because we got to see Wonder Woman through a woman’s eye which is only fair. It actually started to make Marvel look shameful.

Here we are nine years into the world of Marvel and there hasn’t been one movie about a female superhero yet. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow has been around since 2010’s Iron Man 2. She has become a fan favorite and has plenty of potential of having an enjoyable Marvel film. The Marvel executives have somehow found ways of introducing lesser known characters with their own blockbusters such as Ant-Man and Doctor Strange instead of slipping in a Black Widow film, for some reason. And on top of that, the margin between female and male superheroes in Marvel is staggering. And the women who are in these films are predominantly white. They’re just now starting to introduce women of color into the picture.

This teaser trailer for Black Panther fixes all of those problems in one fell swoop. Not only is this trailer filled with strong female characters left and right but they’re black. Their hair is natural, their style is so African, it’s simply beautiful. I’m an African-American woman and it’s very rare to find black women who are portrayed as strong, smart heroes in movies. This trailer had over five of those women in it and I’m just beaming with joy. Yeah DC Comics had Wonder Woman but Marvel is clearly punching back with this new teaser for the highly anticipated Black Panther.

The Design of the World

This trailer was also chock full of beautiful looking places and costumes. The garb of the female warriors, the Dora Milaje, were fantastic. Wakanda itself was more magnificent than I could’ve ever imagined. The city, the landscape, it was truly beautiful stuff. It looked like something right off of some concept art. And the culture seems to be very apparent. Marvel is not going to shrug away from Black Panther’s grass roots. I can’t wait to see the more native side of the movie.

The Music of the Trailer

Music for trailers is very, very important. If the music is really good and matches the trailer perfectly it can enhance a movie greatly. And if the music is terrible I won’t watch that film. Well, whoever decided to put Kendrid Lemar’s song to this Black Panther trailer was a genius. I loved the hip-hop aspect it brought to the trailer and how bold a statement it kind of presented. It was like as if Marvel was subliminally telling everyone this film has arrived and they don’t care what anyone thinks about it.

The Action

One of the reasons why Marvel has gripped my excitement about their films so much are because of some of the incredible action scenes the films have presented. Black Panther provided one of the best action sequences in Captain America: Civil War and so I have no doubt there are going to be many jaw dropping moments in this film. And this trailer was not short of action. I am so ready for this movie, can I just fast forward to February?

So those were my favorite aspects of the trailer. I can’t wait to find out a little bit more about this movie as the months go by. Until another trailer comes out I can’t wait to see this teaser in the movies. I know for a fact it’s going to be incredible.Tomorrow I’m going to write another review about the Wonder Woman movie, spoilers and all. I’ll tell you how I felt about some of its best and worst moments. Until then

Tomorrow I’m going to write another review about the Wonder Woman movie, spoilers and all. I’ll tell you how I felt about some of its best and worst moments. Until then I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and have a wonderful day…or night.