Happy 35th to the first Star Wars film I ever saw!
35 long years ago, what we thought was the end of the Star Wars saga finally hit the cinemas. It wowed audiences, filled us with gloom before lifting us back up with hope and answered the big question that had been on every fan’s mind for three years: was Vader really Luke’s father?
While most of the fandom claim Empire is their favourite Star Wars film, I differ a little and state Return Of The Jedi is mine, simply because when I was a young child, I had my brother’s Star Wars toys to play with and loved them (still do, ask Mags), and would almost weekly ask my mother to put on our copy of Star Wars on VHS to watch. She’d always found the first tape she could find and played it for me, the movie in question was Return Of The Jedi. I started at the end of the trilogy and loved it. It was years before I even realised there were other films.
We can call Upgrade a cross between Blade Runner and John Wick, but if you think you are watching a film based on a story by Philip K. Dick, you would be wrong.
Everywhere I go in the interwebs, I only see people saying good things about Upgrade, so I went in pretty positive that I was going to enjoy this Sci-fi/ Revenge/ Thriller, and sure enough, I did.
Netflix + Alex Garland + Natalie Portman = Cinematic Gold!
We first discovered and mentioned Annihilation to you guys late last year in a Triple R, so it was an easy choice for me to review, and I'm glad I did. Based on the award winning novel of the same name, Annihilation is a sci-fi horror, two genres that are right up my ally. Despite being hit with some controversy a few months ago, I can confirm Annihilation is a massive success for director Alex Garland, Netflix and actresses Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson.
Wow, just wow.
We’ve been waiting for this for two years and The Last Jedi was worth every moment, it is the movie I had hoped The Force Awakens would have been. It’s no secret that TFA is my least favourite in the Star Wars Saga (Rogue One in my opinion was a much better film) and I was worried about TLJ, but after seeing it at a midnight screening (strong is my connection to this franchise) opening day, all fears are gone. The Last Jedi is 2017’s film of the year for me.
Before we begin let's just get one thing straight... Han shot first.
Who would have thought exactly 40 years ago, a film would be released, that would take the world by storm, amass one of the most fanatical followings in pop culture and spawn one of the largest franchise in history that is still going today? Yup, I’m finally talking about Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.