In ten days, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will make its exclusive premium cable TV debut on Starz.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will premiere on Starz on Saturday, September 10th (9/8C) and again at 11:25/10:25C). Special features – including deleted scenes and featurettes can be downloaded via the Starz app on that date, as well.
The North American box office crossed $11 billion; two studios crossed $2 billion; franchises raked in bucks, and a lot of movies that should have done well, flopped. It was crazy.
Whether you were into superheroes, caper flicks, horror, comedy (rude or not), big budget or low-fi sci-fi, romance, or well done big dumb fun, it was available to you. Of course, there were bad examples in every genre, too. But here, we’re looking for the Good Stuff and there’s so much of it that the potential is for an honorable mentions list that could be a second Favorite Fifteen list. That’s how many good movies there were this year.
As always, these are my seventeen (!) favorites. Your mileage, etc…
Before Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered, I bet a friend it would reach half-a-billion dollars by New Years. He didn’t think it would. We were both wrong.
Globally, Episode VII passed the half-billion mark today and may well pass its first billion by New Years.
How does this happen? Well, Rotten Tomatoes has it ranked 95% Fresh; Metacritic sits at 81 (Universal Acclaim) and fans scoring it at IMDb give it 8.8/10 – plus Cinemascore has it as an A.
If you’re interested in numbers, there are a bunch of them following the jump – including biggest IMAX Thursday night and best IMAX global debut; biggest opening ever in 19 countries (excluding China, where it opens on January 9th), and biggest Thursday preview gross.
My first published movie review was for Star Wars – long before it became Episode Four: A New Hope. That opening shot of the rebel fighter being pursued by the Empire dreadnought hooked me like new movie before – or since.
After the sheer awfulness of the second trilogy (Episodes I, II, and III), I had given up hope of there being another Star Wars movie to get it right – until this morning.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is probably a near perfect Star Wars film that regular fans and fanatics alike have been waiting for, but it suffers by slavishly sticking to the tropes from the original and doesn’t strive to go off script. After the disaster of the prequels, it seemed like the mandate here was “Don’t fuck it up by trying to deliver something new and fresh.” This isn’t a bad thing, but while watching it I kept thinking, why isn’t this THRILLING me? It’s very much a weirdly, self contained movie that only exists to slowly set things up for future movies. Again, not a bad thing.
The American Film Institute has named its top films and television series for 2015.
The AFI lists their choices alphabetically so there’s way to tell which got the most votes, but it’s interesting to note that Star Wars: The Force Awakens made the the film list and Better Call Saul made the television list.
A special award was given to Mad Men – undoubtedly for its high level of quality throughout its seven season run. For the full list, follow the jump.
There is one movie dominating the film discussion this week and that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Over two years ago, 158 episodes back, GeekScholars Movie News first reported on the seventh Star Wars film starting with the sale to Disney. Since then, the hosts have discussed everything from titles, directors, cast, and even music.
Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally here, we’ve compiled a historical journey by putting together all of our favorite moments and clips covering the film for the past three years in one retrospective episode to get you ready for the main event. Enjoy!
Cineplex Entertainment has announced that – due to overwhelming public demand through advance ticket sales – it has increased screens available for Star Wars: The Force Awakens by 50% and added a third block of tickets amounting to 160 additional showtimes at 115 theaters across Canada.
Never one to let an opportunity to geek out pass without giving it a shot, Conan O’Brien will be letting his freak flag fly on Thursday, December 17th – when he hosts the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on CONAN (TBS, 11/10C).
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie, along with director J.J. Abrams will guest that night.