A Fan Theory on Chewbacca at the End of A New Hope

It's another Fan Theory Friday. Although this is a special one, on a Saturday, because today is Star Wars Day. Today's fan theory is in honor of Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca and passed away this week at the age of 74. There is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. A …

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Some takes on 2017, before it ends

The end of 2017 is nigh. And with it, the top ten lists, the retrospectives, the predictions. Rather than the Top Books Published in 2017 or the Best Films of the Year or anything like this, here's my list of opinions, ideas, and arguments that I have not already written about in 2017 and would …

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What Should Mr. Robot Pay Homage to in Season Two?

The critically-acclaimed, award-winning cable series Mr. Robot is notable for a number of reasons, with a big twist: in the final two episodes, you realize you've been watching a ten hour unlicensed Fight Club reboot. One could say that the twist is "Elliot was Mr. Robot all along!" just like the twist in Fight Club is …

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Please, No More Origin Stories of How Evil Villains Used to be Good Guys or Children

If you haven't heard, the latest complete failure at the box office was the flaccid reboot Pan, an attempt to create a franchise out of the Peter Pan story by starting with Mr. Pan's origin as a young boy on an adventure to Neverland. In which the villain is Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard and Peter's best …

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Five Films That Would Benefit From Force Ghosts

There is at least one major question about the new Star Wars film that goes unanswered: will there be Force Ghosts? At least, this is what I'm wondering. Obi Wan's Force Ghost really kicked up the original trilogy a notch, and I doubt I'm the only one who thinks Liam Neeson should have made a few …

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If the Candidates were Sci-Fi Movie Characters: A Cheat Sheet to the 2016 Presidential Election

During the last presidential election, Rick Santorum famously told the media that he felt like "this campaign is like an episode of ‘Survivor.’ It’s just a matter of staying in there and doing well." It's hard to disagree with Santorum, especially when the field is this crowded and complicated, stuffed with minor characters and distractions. …

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Why Harper Lee’s “New Novel” is the Literary Equivalent of Greedo Shooting First

People love pretending that there is a new novel by Harper Lee, available in stores now. But we all know there isn't. I'm not going to go into all the details of it, because there are enough articles that already do, but basically: it's likely that Harper Lee is being exploited, her supposed new novel is really …

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Can Darth Vader Be Forgiven?

So.  The new trailer for the new Star Wars is out.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Episode 7.  If you haven't watched it yet, here you go: Okay, did you watch it?  As you saw, the entire thing is set to a monologue by Luke Skywalker, talking about the Force and his family. The one …

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