Soapbox: 10 Incredible Movie Cliffhangers (And 5 That Are Absolutely TERRIBLE)

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“Bring Your Kid To Work Day” had taken a real turn for the worst…

Cliffhanger endings have been keeping movie audiences on the edge of their seats since virtually the dawn of cinema. Not to be confused with stand alone films containing ambiguous, “open” endings, this storytelling device sees films draw to a close without a true resolution, but rather with the promise of more events to come.

First popularized in serials of the 1920s and 1930s – famous for the “To be continued” text that rounded each instalment – cliffhangers have long proven divisive among cinemagoers. After all, by their nature, cliffhanger endings typically prevent a film from having a truly satisfying conclusion.

How can they, when they’re designed to build anticipation for a follow-up movie containing the story’s actual finale? Even so, when done well, cliffhangers can be a thrilling way to wrap up a film, dramatically raising the stakes even as they surprise viewers with shocking revelations and happenings.

Of course, when they go wrong, cliffhangers can add an extra note of frustration to an already vexing theatrical outing – especially when they tease a sequel that never materializes!

As cinema history is filled to the brim with famous – and infamous! – cliffhanger endings, we’ve pulled together this list of 10 Amazing Movie Cliffhangers (And 5 That Are Terrible) for your reading pleasure.

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Soapbox: 10 Incredible Movie Cliffhangers (And 5 That Are Absolutely TERRIBLE)

Soapbox: Star Wars – 15 Deleted Scenes That Should Never Have Been Cut

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Fortunately, everything the filmmakers left in was pretty good, too

Every great movie franchise – from James Bond to Harry Potter – has its fair share of amazing deleted scenes, and Star Wars is no different. Ever since the first film was released way back in 1977, awesome footage of our favorite galaxy far, far away has ended up on the cutting room floor!

Of course, the filmmakers almost always had very good reasons for trimming these moments from their respective Star Wars episodes. More often than not, the rationale behind these cuts was two-fold – to improve the plot’s pacing, as well as to streamline the narrative.

Whilst we can all agree that a briskly-paced, tightly-focused Star Wars movie is ideal, there’s a few instances where it seems that the editor’s scissors were used a bit too judiciously. The end result is scenes being omitted that should arguably have been left in the final cut.

Over the years, Lucasfilm has shared a hefty chunk of these rejected sequences, leading fans to speculate over whether or not they deserved to wind up on the trash heap.

With this in mind, we’ve sifted through all the available unused Star Wars footage, in order to pull together this list of 15 Star Wars Deleted Scenes That Should Have Been Included in the finished films!

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Soapbox: Star Wars – 15 Deleted Scenes That Should Never Have Been Cut

Soapbox: 20 Movie Cameos You Completely Missed

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It was Bond’s most outlandish disguise yet…

Most movie cameos are easy to spot – indeed, a lot of the time, noticing these brief appearances by big names in the industry is entirely the point! But sometimes, these “mega star, minor moment” instances can fly completely under the radar.

When this happens, it’s almost always on purpose. The typical rationale for sneaking a recognizable face into a film is that the filmmakers want to do a favor for one of their high profile friends – and c’mon, who doesn’t want to be in a flick like Star Wars? – without distracting the audience.

Other times, it’s a case of those involved looking to have a bit of good-natured fun and hoodwinking the audience by hiding a major celebrity in plain sight.

Whatever the reason, spotting these often ultra-brief walk-ons by some of the biggest names in the entertainment world can be a surprisingly rewarding feeling – consider it the movie geek version of bird watching.

It also means that you’ll likely never watch certain scenes in quite the same way, knowing that guy or gal you thought was only an extra is actually a Hollywood A-lister in disguise.

So in order to totally rock your world – or at the very least, encourage you to revisit a lot of great films – we’ve compiled this list of 20 Movie Cameos You Completely Missed. Happy hunting!

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Soapbox: 20 Movie Cameos You Completely Missed

Crystal Ball: Visions Of The Force – The Five Biggest Things We Learned From The Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser

So the plan this month really wasn’t to feature TWO Star Wars posts (let alone two virtually back to back).

But, as I lack Jedi clairvoyance, I wasn’t able to foresee the arrival of the Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi teaser trailer earlier this week, and thus realise that my intended next post would soon be headed the way of the Death Star.

Still, what you lose in variety, we all gain in excitement – because The Last Jedi teaser is exciting. VERY exciting.

This first sneak peek at director Rian Johnson’s new adventure offers fleeting, tantalising glimpses of Leia, Finn, the Millennium Falcon and at least one breathtakingly epic space battle, all of which are enough to give fans genuine goosebumps of anticipation.

Even so, these brief moments – whilst undeniably cool – are virtually nothing compared to what else is on show, which is why I’ve pulled together this rundown of the biggest talking points across the galaxy (or at least, the internet) surrounding the teaser, and what they might mean when The Last Jedi hits cinemas this December!

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Crystal Ball: Visions Of The Force – The Five Biggest Things We Learned From The Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser

Soapbox: Action Words, Plot Hints And Cheese – Ranking The Star Wars Episode Titles From Best To Worst

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Have three little words ever caused such Internet frenzy?

It’s no secret that I spend a lot of time thinking about movie titles. It’s also no secret that I spend a lot of time thinking about Star Wars.

So it’s not going to come as much of a shock when I say that after the recent announcement that Star Wars – Episode VIII is called The Last Jedi, I found myself spending a frankly embarrassing amount of time considering what makes a good Star Wars title, and that before too long, I had ranked all eight episode titles from best to worst.

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Soapbox: Action Words, Plot Hints And Cheese – Ranking The Star Wars Episode Titles From Best To Worst

Soapbox: Crazy Star Wars theory time – maybe Supreme Leader Snoke is really…Supreme Leader Snoke!

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He sure is an ugly son of a gun, regardless of whoever he really is

For as long as there has been pop culture, there have been fans. And for as long as there have been fans, there have been fan theories.

Without doubt one of the most theorised about franchises in all of pop culture is the Star Wars series, with theories ranging from the obvious (Palpatine and Darth Sidious are the same guy) to the entertaining (Jar Jar Binks is secretly a Sith Lord) and right on through to the desperate (Boba Fett actually killed Luke’s aunt and uncle because…reasons?).

With the upcoming release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I’ve had our favourite galaxy far, far away on my mind more and more, and in particular, I’ve been mulling over theories related to the identity of shadowy villain Supreme Leader Snoke.

After trawling through a sea of online hypotheses as deep as Darth Vader’s hatred for Obi-Wan Kenobi, I’ve reviewed the most popular fan conjecture regarding Snoke (courtesy of a one page rundown and analysis by the fine folk at Goliath), and come away with the conclusion that NONE of them are correct.

In fact, I think it’s just as likely that the secret to Snoke’s true identity is that there is no secret at all!

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Soapbox: Crazy Star Wars theory time – maybe Supreme Leader Snoke is really…Supreme Leader Snoke!

Review: Super 8

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“Super 8″?! But there are only five of ’em! Ohhhh, it’s a reference to film stock…

I’ve written before about how all directors have their trademarks – creative calling cards that let you know you’re watching a Scorsese movie as opposed to a Tarantino flick, for example.

I’ve also bashed out more than a few hundred words on the trademark that defines J.J. Abrams body of work.

No, I’m not talking about lens flares, but rather his tendency to largely recreate the films he loves, rather than use that inspiration to create something new (for evidence of this, look no further than The Force Awakens).

Yet when it came time to take a look back at Super 8 – released this month five years ago – what struck me was how, even though the film does indeed owe a huge debt to the films of Steven Spielberg, it still works as a stand alone effort, telling a unique and personal story all its own.

This is visible in every strand of Super 8‘s DNA, from its semi-autobiographical narrative that looks back at what it was like for Abrams growing up a movie-obsessed kid making his own short films, through to its nostalgia-tinged sensibilities, which allow it to serve as a love letter from that same kid to the films of the late 70s and 80s that influenced his eventual blockbuster career.

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Review: Super 8