Review: Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)

Del Toro is gone and so is the magic.

by Benjamín Harguindey

It’s tempting to think of Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) less as a sequel to Guillermo del Toro‘s mecha-vs.-kaiju love letter Pacific Rim (2013) and more as a franchise pitch, retconning any sense of urgency or achievement from the original movie while laying down the groundwork to “expand the universe”, as director Steven S. DeKnight has said. “You can go main canon, you can go spin-offs, you can go one-offs,” he goes on to fawn in the same interview.

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Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Spoiler-free judgment.

by Benjamín Harguindey

Continuing the process of mirroring the original trilogy movie by movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) is a send-off of The Empire Strikes Back (1981), albeit a feeble one. Though it supplies some entertaining action-adventure and strikes emotional notes as characters find closure to their arcs, as a “dark middle” for the new trilogy it’s quite tame.

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Stardust Requiem

A farewell to my galactic princess Carrie Fisher.

by Iñaki Oñate

A long time ago, when I was a teenager I set out to shoot a short film entitled “Carry The Fisher”. It was about a young clerk bored with his existence and the world around him and whose only joy came from a psychotic obsession with Princess Leia in Return of The Jedi (1983). That and smoked salmon.

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What happens to Star Wars now?

I have a bad feeling about this.

by Benjamín Harguindey

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has only been out for a few days and as expected is performing strongly at the box office, but the dust is already clearing and from a critical standpoint it seems to have attracted less favorable reviews than preceding entry Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), even if by all accounts it hews closer to the spirit of the original movies. Where does Disney take it from here?

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Review: Rogue One (2016)

Many Bothans died to bring you this review.

by Benjamín Harguindey

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) is exactly what it says on the tin: a brand new story set in the Star Wars universe, numberless because it doesn’t expand on the Skywalker family history of hubris and redemption (if we’re to allot a connecting thread to all numbered movies) and very much its own movie, even if it’s set in such a way that it ends up tailgating the original Star Wars (1977).

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