Top 10 Star Wars Performances

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Star Wars was never really known for its standout performances, but some of the work involved was still quite good! Here were the best of the bunch!

10. Ewan McGregor

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Jerome’s 100 Favorite Movies – The Podcast: Part II (50 – 1)

Jerome Cusson put together a list of 100 favorite movies. This podcast is a discussion of numbers 50-1. Enjoy a three hour discussion of some great moments in cinema. MOVIES!

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There Will Be Movies – Episode 48: Knives Out

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters continue to present 25 of their favourite movies from a given decade, this time with 2010 – 2019.

Is this movie a defining Trumpian work? A giant middle finger to Last Jedi critics? A giant advert for knit-ware? Let’s discuss! Plus one of the best assessments of the top ten highest grossing movies of the year we’ve ever done.

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Top 5 Takeaways from The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

If Mike Thomas can do these, then why can’t I, especially in this holiday season?

I’ve spent a lot of the last six months working through my list of 100* favorite movies of all-time, and this is a chance for me to stretch my writing muscles. Instead of focusing on the very best of cinema, let’s explore a mediocre Star Wars holiday special.

First, it’s worth nothing Life Day was an important part of the first holiday special, one that aired 42 years ago on CBS in front of over 40 million people. Audiences struggled through 15 minutes of unsubtitled wookie conversation, Harrison Ford looking like he had no interest in being there, and Bea Arthur** stealing the show by earnestly singing a song in the Mos Eisley Cantina. The people behind this special lowered the stakes quite a bit by making it a lego animated special.

Set around the first celebration of Life Day since whatever version of the empire versus rebel conflict has ended, Rey is training force sensitive Finn and once again is trying to find her way in the world and searches around for a mentor. The special takes us around the world of the franchise and shows other characters preparing to celebrate Life Day on the Millenium Falcon. They even paid Kelly Marie Tran to utter more dialogue here than she did in Rise of Skywalker! Without further adieu, here are my top five takeaways. Continue reading Top 5 Takeaways from The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

Star Wars Week

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December 14th – 5 Takeaways from Star Wars Lego Holiday Special

December 15th – 5 Takeaways from the Original Thrawn Trilogy

December 16th – Solo Podcast Review & 14 Questions about The Star Wars Holiday Special

December 17th – Top 10 Star Wars Performances

December 18th – Ranking the Star Wars Films

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Jerome’s 100 Favorite Movies – The Podcast: Part I (100 – 51)

Jerome Cusson put together a list of 100 favorite movies. This podcast is a discussion of numbers 100-51.

Ben Phillips hosts and takes listeners through the list while Jerome explains why the movies are where they are. They naively thought they’d be able to get the full list in one podcast, but alas, there will be a part two next week.

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There Will Be Movies – Episode 47: Booksmart

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters continue to present 25 of their favourite movies from a given decade, this time with 2010 – 2019.

Have you wanted a stronger female presence in the films covered by the podcast? Or maybe you’ve just always wanted to know which Harry Potter houses Ben & Matt would get sorted into. Either way, this episode has you covered!

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There Will Be Movies – Episode 46: If Beale Street Could Talk

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters continue to present 25 of their favourite movies from a given decade, this time with 2010 – 2019.

At last, an excuse to talk about Regina King again! How did more people not get Oscar nominations for this film? Why not Moonlight? Has Matt ever read a book? Let’s discuss!

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