Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: 5 reasons why “Rogue One” is one of the best Star Wars films.

1. The Rebellion.

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While the original trilogy paints the Rebellion against the Empire in a more romanticized way, this film does not shy away from the violence and bitterness of war. It shows how the Rebellion has effected those involved and also how the Empire’s existence has affected everybody else. It is in essence, a World War II movie that happens to take place in outer space.

2. No Jedi.

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A questionable reason. But without the Jedi, it essentially lessens the spirituality of this particular story. It makes it less of a story of the rise of a hero, and more about a mission. It becomes a movie with a more complex plot. Essentially, it removes the fantasy factor to a degree.

3. The Force.

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The Force is presented as more of a religion in this film, mostly because none of the main characters presented are Force-sensitive like the Jedi or the Sith are. It makes the Force itself seem like more of a sentient being and less of a magical superpower. And in doing so, makes us as audience members, better understand the Force in a way not presented in any previous movies.

4. A better prequel.

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One could make the argument that this is a more of prequel than the prequel trilogy. While episodes 1, 2, and 3 take place decades before the originals, this film shows us more familiar characters and situations all too similar.

5. A familiar era.

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By taking place just before the events of Episode IV: A New Hope, it revisits the Star Wars universe that most grown ups today are very familiar with. In revisiting this era, we can not only experience again the thrills of the original, but we can also see how to expand it. In ways the prequel trilogy just couldn’t do.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Religulous” (2008)

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In Bill Maher’s documentary “Religulous” he rather humorously attempts to debunk religion. He makes his intentions on religion very well known on his show. Comparative mythology is an attempt to show parallels between myths and faiths, and in the film there is a funny montage showing the multiple similarities between the stories of Jesus Christ and the Egyptian god, Horus. Facts trying to show that essentially the story of Christ is simply a retelling.
Facts such as:
Horus was born of a virgin, he had 12 disciples, he died and 3 days later ascended to the sky, and that he raised a man names Asar from the dead (which allegedly translates to Lazarus).
Only one little problem, all the evidence is fake.
The bits of the story of Horus have been altered just to make the story of Christ look fabricated. This has been debunked by professional Egyptologists and scholars. Not only Christians, but Atheists as well.

This documentary is referenced in an article from Cracked.com entitled:
“6 Famous Documentaries That Were Shockingly Full of Crap.”
http://www.cracked.com/article_20585_6-famous-documentaries-that-were-shockingly-full-crap.html