Last week in my post about underrated fantasy, I brought up a movie called The Witches so it should go without saying that I like media about the topic. In all the hoopla about vampires and zombies over the past few years, it seems like witches have been lost in mix and forgotten about. Back when I was growing up, witches were in almost everything and we had great TV shows like Sabrina The Teenage Witch, movies like The Craft and the Blair Witch Project and there was that whole Harry Potter thing.

But recently, it seems like media makers are ready to shine a spotlight on witches once again with shows like Salem, American Horror Story: Coven, and most recently, this new film simply titled, The Witch. The trailer was just released today.
I'm not only excited to see the movie because as you know I'm a horror nut, and it has witches, but also because it may signal a shift back to real horror movies and perhaps an end to the lazy Blumhouse-esque 'found footage' horror films which have become the reality TV of feature films.

After I saw the trailer, I read that this film was screened at Sundance earlier this year and earned rave reviews. Hopefully it does well and we can finally get back to real horror films.
 
 
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Deadpool is also about to loose his mind.
Yesterday saw the release of the much-anticipated Deadpool trailer both in regular and extra violent editions and everyone lost their minds.  In case you've been under a rock...
Over the last decade this D-List character from the 90s has gained massive popularity. Heck, at this point, he is to fangirls what Harley Quinn is to fanboys. Personally, I'm not really a Deadpool fangirl and may be the only one but I am familiar with the character as he has popped up in almost every Marvel comic book series at this point cracking jokes, killing, or talking to the audience. I see him as Howard the Duck 2.0 and think the character is better in small doses.
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Howard the Deadpool.
Anyways, almost all the customers at the comic book shop today were all excited about the trailer and kept telling me how great is was gonna be and how Marvel is finally "doing it right this time" by giving us fans an "R" rated superhero movie.

That's when I had to stop them and remind them that there has been other Marvel movies with "R" rated Marvel movies. One, the Blade Trilogy and The Punisher & Punisher: War Zone. How quickly people forget...
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I think the reason people have forgotten is that Marvel/Whoever Has The Rights, haven't done an "R" movie since 2008 and to today's 'now generation,' 7 years is like 700. While the Blade and Punisher movies were quite successful, the more popular characters that played in the PG-13 space constantly overshadowed them so studios invested in those characters.   

But now, with the oversaturation of spandex clad superheroes, movie companies, including Marvel, are now having to look at new ways to make their movies appealing to ever harder-to-please audiences.  With the release of this new hard edge Deadpool movie I think we may be on the horizon of more "R" rated superhero movies and it makes sense.

Here's why. The kids that grew up in during the rise of the super hero movies (including myself) in the early 2000s are now adults and are still hungry for super hero stories, but that are more 'mature.' While they have gotten "R" rated comic book movies like Kingsmen and Kickass, they really want to see characters they love from the pages of the books on screen like the Joker, Magneto, Lobo, or Hulk.

You don't even want to know how many times a month I hear from my comic shop customers how "flipping awesome" an "R" rated Wolverine would be and I agree although, I think that one in particular is still a longshot.
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See what I did there.
So while I may not be 100% excited for the Deadpool movie, I am excited to see Marvel/Fox take a chance with such a popular character and give their audiences what they have been clamoring for, a more violent, swear word filled version of the 'merc with a mouth' and hopefully, this will lead to more movies "R" rated movies featuring popular characters from other companies, because as they say "variety is the spice of life."

What comic book characters do you think deserve an "R" rated movie? Leave a comment below.

 
 
So everyone's seen the trailer for the newest entry into the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens by now, and either cried their eyes out, shook uncontrollably, got chills, or curled up in a ball as if they were being attacked by a wild rancor.
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Not even Matthew McConaughey was immune.
Most of those that experienced the aforementioned effects were Generation Xers anxious to return to their childhoods which were apparently 'so great' that they felt the need to complain about them in Grunge music for 10 years.
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Everything sucks!
Anyway, based on the YouTube view stats for trailers one & two, most people have viewed both trailers multiple amounts of times (me included), and based on internet trends, it seems like with the limited amount of info presented, everyone has started to concoct a theory about what chapter VII is going to give us.

I'll give a kind curtsy to J.J. Abrams & Company for their ability to keep a lot of the details about this film hidden. J.J. Abrams knows as well as anyone, that speculating about what's going to happen in a Star Wars movie is half the fun of its fandom. That speculation seemed to hit a fever pitch a couple weeks ago when the second trailer hit, and started spawning theories around questions like these: Who's behind the Vader-type mask? Where's C-3P0? Why is that stormtrooper is always out of breath? And my personal favorite: How has Chewbacca avoided any grey hairs? 
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Chewie... we're at the drug store. Get your hair dye and let's go.
But with all the theories flying both good and bad, I noticed that there weren't that many about the young Skywalker-looking girl, named Rey. She's the one being played by newcomer, Daisy Ridley.
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I wish I knew how to use the Force.
Now, this could be due to the fact that everyone has just assumed that she is the daughter of Leia and Han, but it seems that in everyone's euphoria, they forgot to do simple math. Could a girl that's only looks to be about 17-years old really be the daughter of a now elderly Leia and Han? Granddaughter maybe, but even that's a stretch.

So sit back as I present to you a wild Phoebe theory that I've cooked up about this girl named Rey from the two existing TFA trailers (with the backup support of some hard cold official Star Wars canon facts).  Fair warning, everyone, this theory has all my friends thinking I've gone nuts from too many trailer viewings. [I'm only up to about 67 viewings... and counting]
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Before I get to my theory, let's start out with what we know about the Star Wars movies, shall we? Well, for one, we know that the Star Wars saga is about the Skywalkers, period.  So, could this new trilogy not feature a new generation of Skywalker(s)? I guess, but it'd be breaking away from a huge story element, and geeks around the world would probably be in a bigger uproar than they were about Jared Leto's Joker. To have this new set of movies not be about a new generation of Skywalker(s) would be like the producers of Doctor Who making the Doctor's new persona a robot, just because they felt like it.

If you'll concede to me the fact that the Star Wars Saga is about the Skywalkers, then maybe you'll agree with me when I take things a step further, and say that the Star Wars saga at it's core, is really about Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. So now when I ask, could they make a new trilogy without Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader involved somehow? You may be forced to say, "Well, I guess, no."
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This sand sure is interesting.
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It's all about ME!
This line of thinking was what I used to form my theory about this mysterious Rey girl, and my theory is this:
What if, the new trilogy is about a set of twins cloned from the DNA of Anakin Skywalker and this Rey girl is one of them?
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Dun, dun, dun...
Search your feelings fans, you know it to be... maybe true?

If you buy in to my theory, then all the clues are in the trailer, although it could just be conformational bias. Either way, let's break down select parts of the most recent trailer, and maybe I'll convince you to turn you to my dark side.  

Clue #1: This girl is apparently a scavenger on a desert planet. Sound familiar? This was the starting point for both Anakin and Luke. Also, it seems like she's quite good at driving fast machinery also a Skywalker trait.
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I want off this desert planet!
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Join the club, sister.
Clue #2: The lightsaber being handed to what many suspect is Leia due to the voiceover. Many fans were excited to see the weapon they remember being lost in ESB, but seem to have forgotten that it's not actually Luke's lightsaber, it's Anakin's. I blame this massive oversight by Starwoids on what I call 'Prequel Amnesia.' Could it be possible that in a round about way, the lightsaber is going back to its original owner?
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Hand and batteries not included.
Clue #3: Darth Vader's burned helmet on a platform. It seems someone went to a lot of trouble to obtain such a relic. For what purpose? Cloning. Could it be that a cult of Vader recovered such an artifact to recreate the most midichlorian rich being ever in the universe?
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Did the Emperor only make one helmet? That thing must have stunk.
Clue #4: Luke's voiceover. I think everything is intentional when it comes to film, and the strange duplicate echo seems to imply some kind of copying (or cloning if you will.) You also have to consider the subtext of what he says, "My father has is it, my sister has it, I have it... and you have that power too." Hmmm... Now if she were in fact a clone of Luke's father, how would she fit into the family tree? Niece? Mom? Grandma? Cousin? It seems like Luke just disregarded titles, and just went with, you.
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Bad robot?
Clue #5: The girl herself. Anyone else get the feeling she looked like someone we've seen before? I think J.J. Abrams & Company went to a lot of trouble to find someone that had a 'look' before a name for a very specific reason.
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Hmm....
Now let me reach into some deep Star Wars lore and present further evidence for my theory using Star Wars facts.

Fact #1: George Lucas originally planned for Luke Skywalker to be a girl in the first Star Wars. If this girl were an Anakin clone of sorts, he'd be getting his wish in a round about kind of way as this series would feature a strong female Skywalker lead.
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Lady Luke Skywalker concept art.
Fact #2: Like it or not, clones are a part of the Star Wars saga and have been since they were first mentioned by Princess Leia in "A New Hope." Now, if suddenly in the world of Game of Thrones, a King Joffery clone appeared, many fans of GOT would scoff at it as ridiculous and unbelievable, but in the world of Star Wars, clones are pretty commonplace, so to me, an Anakin clone isn't out of the question. After all, Boba Fett is a clone, no?
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Maybe I should clone myself, just in case. Nah, I'll do it after my wedding.
Fact #3: George Lucas has always stated that the Star Wars movies are like poetry and that they sort of 'rhyme.' So taking that into account, I think it's within reason to think that this new trilogy will also feature twins or siblings one good, one bad thus the ever-present balance of the force theme that runs though all the films.  So far, we have similar Skywalker themes with this Rey character.
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Hopefully Episodes VII -IX features less sibling kissing.
In closing, I really think that with this new trilogy, Disney is really going to unite fans of the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. So don't expect any of the new films to completely ignore Episodes I-III. As much as you may hate them, believe it of not, there are a lot of people under 35 that like the prequels (Jar Jar included), as they grew up with them, as well. Star Wars belongs to new fans just as much as it does to the old ones and with a clone angle, I think it's their best way to unite the trilogies.

I have more theories and speculations, but I'll stop here for now. I think in all the excitement that surrounded the newest trailer, people missed a lot, and if J.J. Abrams' Lost taught us anything, it's that the man sure loves his clues.

What do you think? Am I on to something or have I gone completely insane? 
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He's canon, folks. Deal with it.