Building Hope in ROGUE ONE (2016) + Screencaps

(Diego’s Note: originally written for AE, thought I’d reupload since it’s been almost half a decade since this banger dropped. I’m not 100% as big on this film as I once was but I still think shit rocks and it’s a miracle that it comes together like it does for me. Still one of the most gorgeous blockbusters of the 2010s and I think we should all worship DP Greig Fraser for successfully pioneering the new digital look of Star Wars here and in The Mandalorian)

Early on in Rogue One Felicity Jones’s character, Jyn Erso, tells a commune of rebels, “Rebellions are built on hope.” It’s one of the more poignant lines in Rogue One, but also admittedly melancholy. In what is perhaps the darkest entry in the Star Wars saga to date, hope isn’t just a fleeting thing, it’s as though it’s been snuffed out of this once-magical universe entirely. The Empire’s arm extends across the entire galaxy, the rebellion is currently a conglomerate of uncertain allies, and the last bastion of Jedi history is now grounds for another hive of scum and villainy. How can a rebellion be built on hope when hope’s foundation is continuously pulled out from under them?Continue reading “Building Hope in ROGUE ONE (2016) + Screencaps”

THE MANDALORIAN (2019) Season 1 Trailer & Screencaps

Personally? I’m tired of trying to cram the ever-expansive mythology of Star Wars into the confines of westerns, war films and traditional American myth-making. No chagrin towards the new films, which I have enjoyed or flat-out adored, but I yearn for the emphasis on “fantasy” in space that hasn’t been fully fledged since the prequel trilogy. However, if it needs to continue down that Western path… The Mandalorian looks like it’s got its heart and head in the right place.

Directed by Jon Favreau, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow and Dave Filoni (in his live-action directorial debut), The Mandalorian debuts November 12, 2019 on Disney+

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