Rian Johnson and Christopher McQuarrie have pretty different takes on film criticism

Artists have always had a complicated relationship with critics, but that’s gotten immeasurably worse in a culture where a) everybody now has a public platform and b) everybody has a direct line to the artist. Despite getting mostly positive notices for The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, for example, has seen his movie (and…

A small group of Star Wars fans has declared rebellion against Disney

While still reeling from the mere $350 million raked in by Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as rumors that some of the three planned Star Wars trilogies will be reconfigured in this disaster’s wake, Disney must now face a new rebellion from within their own ranks. Yes, that nattering horde still upset that Luke was a…

Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill are back to shut down whiny "manbabies"

Yesterday, we reported that some motherfuckers hiding behind the banner of “Star Wars fans” had driven The Last Jedi’s Kelly Marie Tran off of Instagram with a months-long harassment campaign built on the traditional internet values of sexism and racism. (New Star Wars star Daisy Ridley was also driven off of…

Rian Johnson had some real crazy ideas about who Rey's parents might be

J.J. Abrams left some big narrative holes for his predecessor, Rian Johnson, to fill when he shipped The Force Awakens off to theaters, questions like, “What’s up with Luke?” “Who is Snoke?” and “What’s the deal with Rey’s parents?” And while Johnson found satisfying answers for at least some of those queries—”Snoke…

Rian Johnson has a riposte for the nerds whinging about Skywalker's big finale move

Because no Star Wars film is as good as the one they’ve dreamt up in their head, nerds everywhere are finding every conceivable means of criticizing what is a perfectly enjoyable sci-fi action drama. The main points of contention, however, boil down to sexism and Luke Skywalker. Director Rian Johnson recently responded

The makers of The Last Jedi respond to its 46-minute chauvinist edit the only way possible

Let’s say you’ve spent three or so years toiling away at a movie—the eighth canonical installment in one of the most storied and beloved franchises in cinematic history. Let’s say that film does really, historically well, first with critics, who hail it as one of the series’ absolute high points and also a bracing…

What is motion smoothing, and why do all your favorite directors hate it?

Out of the box, new televisions can make many films and TV shows look wrong, with settings that can often make the picture brighter or more saturated than the filmmakers originally intended. But there’s one setting that has filmmakers like Reed Morano, James Gunn, and Rian Johnson up in arms: motion interpolation, or…

Watch Mark Hamill reject and then accept The Last Jedi’s version of Luke Skywalker in 1 minute

One of the more frequently heard criticisms being hurled at The Last Jedi is that writer-director Rian Johnson got the character of Luke Skywalker all wrong. This, in addition to some other histrionic complaints, led a small group of “fans” to do ridiculous things like craft drug-induced petitions to have the film…

Porgs given reason to exist, besides the fact that they are cool and good

We live in a post-Last Jedi universe, where we know the truth about [REDACTED], how Kylo Ren looks without a shirt, and that, yes, the alt-right will even launch a campaign against fucking Star Wars. But prior to its release—a simpler era for us all—the greatest controversy around the film was the space penguins…