The chronological timeline order of the Star Wars movies

Feb 19, 2020
narative timeline of star wars films

What are the Star Wars movie's chronological order?

With all the Star Wars films coming out these days, you could be forgiven for not keeping track of what the chronological order of them is.

Where does the Solo film fit in for example?

Does it come before Rogue One?

And that's a fair question for the casual viewer who hasn't seen either of those films. 

So, here's the list of every single Star Wars film in chronological / narrative order. Which is to say the order they occurred in their time period (a long time ago) and not in the order they were theatrically released. 

We are even going to include the Ewok side stories because we just loved Caravan of Courage as a kid... (hey why is it not on Disney Plus!!)


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1. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

The one where a young Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-gon Jinn escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who turns about to be the Chosen One.

Fun Fact: "Phantom Menace" was the name of a villain in the "Flash Gordon" comics. This shouldn't surprise too many people as George Lucas has often cited Flash Gordon as one of his inspirations for making the original Star Wars.

there's always a bigger fish

2. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

The one where Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé Amidala, while Obi-Wan Kenobi investigates an assassination attempt on the senator which leads to ... an attack of Clones.

Fun Fact: When Anakin is slaughtering the Tusken Raider in Attack of the Clones, Qui-Gon's voice can be heard in the background yelling "Anakin! Anakin!".

This is no accident as Qui-Gon Jinn's Force-Ghost was trying to stop Anakin's rage but clearly failed.

Qui-Gon also urged Rey to rise up at the end of The Rise of Skywalker.

3. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

The one where after the Republic's victory on Christophsis, Anakin and his new apprentice Ashoka Tano must rescue the kidnapped son of Jabba the Hutt.

It was the first official Star Wars cartoon movie released in theatres.

The Clone Wars television show fits in between these two films.

4. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

The one where Anakin and Obi-Wan rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. Anakin is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy by Palpatine, succumbs and becomes Darth Vader.

Fun Fact: The Millennium Falcon is spied landing on Coruscant in Revenge of the Sith. This was prior to Lando or Han Solo owning it!

anakin as a sith

5. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

The second of the Anthology series, the young Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca (and learns his family name) and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion. Marks a Star Wars first where the original actor, Harrison Ford was replaced by Alden Ehrenreich as Solo.

Fun Fact: This was the first Star Wars movie to not mention the word 'Jedi'.

6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

The first Anthology film,  Jyn, finds her caught up with the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans in a desperate attempt to prevent the Empire from taking over the universe.

Fun Fact: This is the first Star Wars movie where the title of the movie is said. Bodhi Rook says it, confirming the title of the movie is a call sign.

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7. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

The one where Luke Skywalker joins forces with an old Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot who likes to shoot first, a Walking Carpet and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

Fun Fact: the original Star Wars soundtrack remains the highest-grossing non-popular music recording of all-time

8. The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978 TV Movie)

The one where it's so bad, it's so bad yet still is technically Star Wars canon. A TV movie featuring the original ANH cast getting up to some wild antics. One for trivia enthusiasts only...

Fun Fact: Chewbacca’s father is named Attichitcuk and his wife is called Mallatobuck. His son Lumpy’s proper name is Lumpawarrump. The name Attichitcuk was referred to in the Solo film.

9. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The one where Luke meets Yoda and his father.

Fun Fact: The classic "The first transport is away!" quote was delivered by Mark Hamill.

luke arm cut off

10. The Ewok Adventure (1984 TV Movie)

The one where Wicket and his friends agree to help two shipwrecked human children, Mace and Cindel, on a quest to find their parents. They have to rescue them from the Gorax:

gorax creature caravan of courage


Fun Fact: Cindel teaches Wicket to speak English which screws up the moment in ROTJ where Leia teaches Wicket to speak English...

11. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985 TV Movie)

The one where Marauders raid the Ewok village and steal a power supply they believe to be magical. It kinda goes off-piste and there's a wicked witch involved.

Fun Fact: The witch Charal is a Nightsister. The third season of the Clone Wars introduced them as being Sith Witches from the planet Dathomir.

12 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

The one where Princess Leia walks around in a golden bikini and there's a second Death Star.

Fun Fact: David Lynch was originally offered the chance to direct this episode of the series. He turned it down because he believed it was "Lucas' thing." He went on to direct the Dune movie instead. It's actually really interesting how much Frank Herbert's book influence the original Star Wars script development.

leia slave bikini

We are just going to sneak in here that The Mandalorian show is set 5 years after ROTJ.


13. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

The one where Thirty years after the Empire's defeat, the First Order appears to be looking for Luke. Rey is introduced as the yin to Kylo Ren's yang.

Fun Fact: The Starkiller base name was inspired by that word being the original last name of Luke Skywalker as found in Lucas's original scripting.


14.Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

The one where Luke decides who is really the last Jedi.

Fun Fact: When Luke raps Rey over the knuckles with the plant, that's a call back to when Yoda trained Luke in Empire.

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15. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

The one where Rey decided who is really the last Jedi.

We've covered the time sequence order of the movies but there's always going to be some conjecture about what order actually watch the movies.

We say watch all of them as you wish, others say the Machete Order is the best way to watch the films.

There as been no word on when the Rian Johnson trilogy will be set. We suspect whenever it is set, it will be very tangential to the Skywalker saga.

Force chokes and strangulation as a theme of Star Wars

Feb 18, 2020
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The first we see of Darth Vader in ANH is him bursting through into the Tantive IV, black Nazi inspired suit and all joining in the shock and awe tactics of his Stormtroopers.

Next thing we know, he's lifted up Captain Antilles by his throat and is choking him, demanding to know where the 'intercepted transmissions' are, thus beginning a theme of strangulation in Star Wars.

Now let's be clear, strangulation in Star Wars is definitely a power play and but its use can have different results on the user and individual on the other end.

When Vader uses it, it's to show strength or to intimidate. And when Luke uses it in Jedi, while it's an intended power movie, it's actually a sign of him dancing too close to the dark side of the Force.

Here's what George Lucas actually said in an interview about the theme in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine:

RS: One of Vader's favorite ways of dispatching people is by strangulation. Is that because of his inability to breathe without the iron lung?


"Well, it's a bigger metaphor than that. Strangulation is always a theme. Life is breath. It's a powerful idea in Buddhism: Cutting off life is cutting off breath. The road to the Force is through the breath. Impotency is cutting off hands and legs and arms. That's a theme too."

Let's examine the context of some of the classic choking examples in Star Wars.

Admiral Motti learns the full power of the Force


Even though Captain Antilles of the Tantive IV may have claim to fame as being the first person on screen to have had their oxygen supply cut off by Vader, it's Admiral Motti who gets the real nod as being the first person to be Force choked by Vader.

What an honor...



Motti believes as an Admiral that he is in a position of strength when he says to Tarkin's man "Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the rebels' hidden fort-...

Vader then gives Motto some gentle retribution in the form of some Force pressure to his throat and gives us the infamous "I find your lack of faith disturbing"

Motti was trying to say "hidden fortress" which is a direct shout out to Akira Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress movie which had a massive influence on the Star Wars plot.

These two moments really set the tone of Vader's character for the rest of the movie.

Rogue One gave us two fabulous choking moments. As Director Krennic visited Vader at his Castle, for his troubles he was choked and Vader quipped:

''Be careful not to choke on your aspirations, Director", said while he was Force choking the good director.




The second of course when Vader took apart the Rebels as he went for the stolen plans. He Force choked a soldier and flung around like a piece of meat.

Captain Needa has a hard time in Empire when he lost the Millennium Falcon and Jejerrod got a taste of it in a deleted scene in Jedi too:


The deleted scene featured this great exchange between the two:

"Jerjerrod: You may not enter.

Vader begins to choke Jerjerrod

Jerjerrod: it's the Emperor's command!

Vader releases his chock and says: As the Emperor wills.

Jerjerrod: Very good."


Jedi is a good time to think about Luke Skywalker's use of a force choke. 


He does two chokes just as he is entering Jabba the Hutt's palace to Jabba's Gamorrean Guards (the big green pigs). 

Why is a good guy Force choking people? 

It's a pretty aggressive move. Luke is wearing black at this point and it's reasoned he was veering close to the Dark Side and the choking is evidence of that.

Padme and Anakin: Two lovers lost across the stars


There's a clever moment of visual foreshadowing in Attack of the Clones that Anakin will eventually choke his pregnant wife.

anakin choking padme revenge sith

Star Wars Ring Theory expert Mike Klimo spells it out:

'In Attack of the Clones, Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala sit together—in an intimate "fire-lit" alcove—and talk about their growing feelings for each other and the impossibility of sharing a life together.

The pivotal scene is dimly lit and, according to George Lucas on the Clones DVD commentary, "intended to be overly dramatic, almost overly operatic in its emotional intensity." Padme wears a black leather gown, which Star Wars prequel trilogy costume designer Trisha Biggar dubbed the "leather and lace" outfit.

She added: "It was a beautiful gown with a very tight corset and matching gloves." (It’s important to remember that tight-fitting corsets squeeze your ribs and lungs, which makes it difficult to breathe.)

But perhaps most significantly, the outfit, which Lucas himself helped design, also includes a black "choker." So, taken as a whole, the scene’s carefully crafted visuals not only anticipate the choking of Padme, but also what ultimately lies at the end of the road if the star-crossed lovers let their emotions run rampant: the fiery landscape of Mustafar, the loss of life, and a dark leather life-support suit with a device to facilitate breathing.'

So there's that.

As an aside, Attack of the Clones has another moment of foreshadowing when Anakin meets Yoda's class of Younglings.

Speaking of Padme, let's talk about her daughter, Leia in the:

The chocking of Jabba the Hutt by Princess Leia


Princess Leia freeing herself from Jabba's slavery was a strong moment for the character. She famously strangles Jabba with the chains that bound her.

The moment of its plot development is very interesting:

Jabba the Hutt's death scene was inspired by the death of mafia henchman Luca Brasi in The Godfather film. 

Here's an excerpt from "The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi," in which George Lucas, scriptwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and director Richard Marquand discuss Jabba's death during a story conference:

"Kasdan: How do you feel about [Leia] being the one that causes Jabba’s death?

Lucas: That I could go for. She could strangle him.
Marquand: With the chain.
Lucas: She jumps around and wraps the chain around him and strangles him. Jabba is kind of a rubber character, so we could have this big, ugly tongue come out, uggghhhh . . . It’s The Godfather.

And as they now say on Tattoine, Jabba the Hutt is sleeping with the fishes!

compare godfather with return jedi choking


It all comes full circle in Revenge of the Sith as Mike Klimo continues to highlight:

"During the duel on Mustafar at the end of Sith, Anakin Skywalker grabs Obi-Wan Kenobi by the throat (with his right hand) and forces him down on a table.

At the start of Star Wars, Sith's corresponding episode in the Star Wars Ring Theory, Darth Vader physically lifts the captain of the Rebel Blockade Runner off the ground by his throat (with his left hand) and chokes him to death."


And this is where it gets weird


Sadly Carrie Fisher is no longer with us, but as a final joke or tipping of the hat to Star Wars, she said this in her memoir, Wishful Drinking:

"Now I think that this would make for a fantastic obit — so I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra."

Other notable chokes:


Sebula chokes Jar Jar Binks briefly in The Phantom Menace

Vader chokes Admiral Kendal Ozzel in Empire for dropping out of hyperspace in a manner that gave the Rebels the heads up and a chance to flee.

Kylo Ren gets in a force choke or two in the films as well.

What does 'The Rise of Skywalker' mean?

Jan 25, 2020
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What does 'The Rise of Skywalker' film title mean?

Is it Luke's growth as a Jedi in the Force?

Is it revealed that Rey is a Skywalker and is Luke's son? We think that's a red herring still

Leia's lost daughter?

Or is it a reference to Kylo Ren, being of the Skywalker lineage?

Or maybe the title refers to those who use the Force under Luke's Force Ghost tutelage? Or those that follow his ideology are known as Skywalkers?

NO.

It is a little more simple than that.

The Rise of Skywalker ends with Rey, killing her GRANDFATHER, Sheev Palpatine (AKA The Emperor AKA Darth Sidous.

The Skywalker line has ended with the death of Princess Leia and Ben Skywalker.

Rey, who was once 'no one', takes on the mantle of Skywalker as her last name.

One could also argue that Ben climbing out of the pit and in his last act of life, he saved Rey, this was a literal Skywalker rising.

The film finishes with Ray visiting the original Skywalker family moisture farm and burying Leia and Luke's lightsabers.

She is then accosted by a traveller whodemands her name - to with she reveals she has taken on the Skywalker family name - as she does do the Force Ghosts of Luke and Leia overlook, signalling they are happy with her decision to carry the mantle of the Skywalkers.

It's not like Ben Skywalker can eh?

Here's a guide to the meaning of the other Star Wars films.

Who is Jonathan Hales, script writer for Attack of the Clones & how he saved George Lucas

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Johnathan Hales and his role saving the script of Attack of the Clones


Keen eyes may have noticed the name Jonathan Hales as being credited as a script writer on prequel film Attack of the Clones.

While the story was Lucas’, Hales was called in to help with the third draft as time was up – filming was due to start and the script was not yet finished – what a mess!

Hales was tasked with saving the film.

When it was a live site, Secret History of Star Wars noted that Lucas’s first “rough draft - not yet even a proper first draft-was completed in March of 2000 and it was typed up as he was boarding the plane to leave for the studio since production would begin in June.”

Given Lucas was directing and there were pressing production duties, Hales was roped in to help write the finer details of the movie.

He was a writer for Lucas’s Adventures of Young Indiana Jones and clearly had his trust to get the scripting job done.

Production was well advanced and it was in a position that producer Rick McCallum described to as like trying to build a skyscraper without a foundation. Ultimately the final production script was only able to be read by the actors three days before filming!

So what contribution did Hales make? 


The Secret History of Star Wars (now a defunct website) surmised that given Lucas also re-wrote Hales' last polish, his contribution to the script was “tenuous”.

This may not be a fair assessment as Hales did receive a full screenwriter's credit and under the Writers Guild of America screenwriting credit system, a screenwriter must contribute more than 50 percent of an original screenplay or 33 percent of an adaptation to receive credit.

Despite the suggestion of Hale’s work being mere polish (well, if that’s the case, how did he not pick up on the Anakin's sand quote business? Or did he write that line into the script himself?) Lucas must have been happy enough with his contribution to the script as Hales continued to do a fair bit of writing of the Adventures of Young Indiana Jones series.

All this aside, Lucas gave Leigh Brackett a credit for The Empire Strikes Back, despite evidence from Lawrence Kasdan suggesting her work did not contribute materially to the final version of the film.

As an aside, some famous film re-writes or script doctoring moments have gone uncredited including Star War's very own Carrie Fisher as a script doctor for Hook, Sister Act, Lethal Weapon 3 but even Fisher couldn't save Last Action Hero.

In such circumstances, script doctors often deliberately go uncredited, even when they do major work.

But what is this business referred to as script doctoring and why is this discussion suddenly taken place?

To answer the latter, it's an interesting tangent and it gives a good reason to talk more about Star Wars. The first part of the question refers to a scriptwriter taking an existing script and giving it 'another go' with a major restructure or simply tidying up some pacing issues, improving dialogue, fixing scene that wasn't quite working or coming up with a more suitable ending.

Did you ever hear of a scriptwriter called Tom Stoppard?

If you've ever had a cup of tea in his living rooming, you'd have probably noticed his big shiny Oscar gathering a fine layer of dust on the mantlepiece. He won it for a delightful film called Shakespeare in Love.

Tom Stoppard also has a massive connection to George Lucas which fans will be amused to consider.

George Lucas once asked Stoppard to do a  re-write of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - he did the final version of the film but is uncredited - screen writing credit is shared between 5 people but not Stoppard.

Now if we go cast back to Revenge of the Sith, the film turned out a lot different to what was original script - and we're referring to the fall of Anakin Skywalker to the dark side of the Force here. As the film was pieced together Lucas felt Anakin's turn was too abrupt and not logical.

Lucas did two sets of extra pick up filming to ensure his new story line of Anakin turning to the dark side of the Force was in response to his need to save Padme's life.

So who helped Lucas get this very late piece of story incorporated into Sith?

It must have been Stoppard who is credited as being the uncredited script writer that saved the film.

This was a secret let out of the bag by Hayden Christiansen in an interview with Playboy.

So there we have it.

A small insight into Hale's work on Attack of the Clones lead us to learning that Carrie Fisher is an actual script doctor herself and that one of the most famous script writers in history, Tom Stoppard helped Lucas with Revenge of the Sith.

Hollywood is clearly a who you know industry!

Rey's leaked concept art has a sweet Return of the Jedi reference

Jan 23, 2020

Do you remember this image above from the end of the Return of the Jedi?

Luke had been dressed in black for most of the film. It was a metaphor for his potential alignment to the Dark Side. He was Force choking Gamorrean Guards after all...not to mention the key offer from Mr Dark Side himself the Emperor to join the Dark Side - at which point he rejects the job offer which the classic quote:

I'm a Jedi, like my father before me.

Here's the video of it.

Post the Emperor's supposed death, we see Luke's costume has come undone after being zapped by Force Lightning, showing he was part of the Light Side of the Force all along.

And now cut to the concept art that was designed for Colin Trevorrow's version of Star Wars which was titled Duel of the Fates (the title is a reference to the musical piece from Revenge of the Sith).

Trevorrow's version was ultimately rejected by Lucasfilm and JJ Abrams was bought back on for another crack at the story which became The Rise of Skywalker.

It features Rey on a Star Destroyer with a double saber blade and - a costume similar to Luke's Jedi outside - with the same open flap:

rey double saber concept art

We think the concept artist did this as a specific nod to Luke's moment in Jedi.

This artwork can be found in 'The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' book.

The concept art book also features this image of R2D2 and C3PO on the planet of Coruscant (which featured in the prequels).

c3po tros concept art colin trevorrow

It strongly reminds me of this scene from Retun of the Jedi - one which was based on a similarly styled shot in the Wizard of Oz:

star wars wizard of oz parallel

Order the Art of The Rise of Skywalker:

Box Office Sales of Star Wars films

Jan 20, 2020
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How much money has Star Wars made?


When Star Wars was first released in 1977 it had a slow start but then word of mouth spread and suddenly the film was a LITERAL blockbuster.

People were queuing around the block to see the film. It was making ticket sale records by the week.

Back then, you couldn't book tickets to see films on your cell phone, you had to do it the old fashion way and if you wanted to see the film at a peak demand time period, you had to take a place on the sidewalk.

Anyways ticket sales were massive and Star Wars (before it became known as A New Hope) became one of the biggest money-making movies ever.

Collectively, the 12 Star Wars films on this list have a worldwide cume of over 10 billion dollars.

Star Wars Box Office Sales:


Film Title
U.S. Year of Release
Box office grossAll-time ranking
Estimated Budget
U.S. and CanadaOther territoriesWorldwideU.S. and CanadaWorldwide
The Skywalker Saga
Star WarsMay 25, 1977$460,998,507$314,613,557$775,512,0641998$11,000,000
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackMay 21, 1980$290,371,960$257,607,494$547,975,06798182$18,000,000
Star Wars: Return of the JediMay 25, 1983$309,306,177$166,040,934$475,306,17782231$32,500,000
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom MenaceMay 19, 1999$474,544,677$552,538,030$1,027,044,6771742$115,000,000
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the ClonesMay 16, 2002$310,676,740$338,859,618$649,436,35880140$115,000,000
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the SithMay 19, 2005$380,270,577$469,765,058$850,035,6354478$113,000,000
Star Wars: The Force AwakensDecember 18, 2015$936,662,225$1,132,561,399$2,068,223,62414$245,000,000
Star Wars: The Last JediDecember 15, 2017$620,181,382$713,358,507$1,333,539,889912$317,000,000
Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerDecember 20, 2019$495,154,801$534,600,000$1,029,754,8011540$275,000,000
Spin-off movies
Star Wars: The Clone WarsAugust 15, 2008$35,161,554$33,121,290$68,282,8442,370$8,500,000
Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryDecember 16, 2016$532,177,324$524,879,949$1,056,057,2731235$265,000,000
Solo: A Star Wars StoryMay 25, 2018$213,767,512$179,157,295$392,924,807189311$300,000,000

Star Wars Box Office Ticket Sales Facts


  • Six months after it's release,  it was the number one box office champion in North American history, having overtaken Steven Speilberg's Jaws in revenue. It held that record until Speilberg's follow up to Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial claimed it back. 
  • If you adjust ticket sale prices for inflation, then Star Wars is the 4th highest-grossing film in history, sitting behind Gone With the Wind, Avatar, and Titanic.
  • Side Fact - Lucas put ET aliens in The Phantom Menance.  
  • When the Special Edition of Star Wars: A New Hope was released, ticket sales saw it go up to number two on the all time list until Titantic drowned it. 
  • JJ Abram's turn at the helm, The Force Awakens sits at number 10 on the adjusted for inflation list. 
  • That said and even though Avengers Endgame is the current number one box office champ world wide, The Force Awakens is the number one film in the North American market. That's some pretty good mojo eh!
  • 5 Star Wars films have been the highest-grossing films for their release year - the original Original Trilogy films, The Phantom Menace, The Force Awakens, and The Last Jedi.

Which Star Wars actor has the highest film grosses?

This is a trick question. You would think given the success of his career and his many movie hits, that Harrison Ford would have sold the most tickets when you add up every movie he's been in.

But the Star Wars character that has sold the more tickets than Ford when you add up all the sales of the movies they have been in?

Well.

You know that guy in The Empire Strikes Back when Han Solo tells that guy he's "see him in Hell!" When that guy is actually a well known actor called John Ratzenberger.

You may know him as Cliff from the classic comedy show, Cheers.

Your kids might know him as Mr Potatoe Head from Toy Story and just about every single Pixar film. That's right, his voice over work means that he is the Star Wars actor with the highest career box office gross!

But.

Hold.

On.

To.

Your.

Buts.

The truth is that Mace Windu himself has a higher earnings total than Force - that's right Samuel L Jackson has had more earnings - three Star Wars prequels, a turn as Frozo in The Incredibles and various other big selling tent pole such as a few Avengers films, Spider Man, Captain Marvel et al have it over Harrison Ford.

Ford is actually twelve on the all time list, Jackson 2.

Mark Hamill comes in about number 50 when you add in the recent billion-dollar performance of The Rise of Skywalker and Carrie Fisher 45 (she had a better post Star Wars career than Hamill).

The number one player across all films? It's cameo king Stan Lee who has appeared in most of the Marvel films until his death. 

How Box Office Numbers are calculated 


The nominal value of the ticket price is added multiplied by the number of tickets sold to arrive at the Box Office gross. 

This form of Box Office is thus a measure of success using the current value of a dollar.

An inflation adjusted box office will adjust the current measure to a consistent value of a ticket, removing the effect of inflationary ticket prices. 

The adjusted inflation value can thus give an insight into how popular a film is across generations - and that box office champ is Gone With the Wind. 

One reason to account for this is the time in which is was released it was considered a brilliant film and also that it didn't have to compete in the current movie industry where it would have faced many competitors which meant it was screened forever.

How does Han always 'know'?

Jan 14, 2020
I know han solo

My fave moment in Rise of Skywalker was the Han's Ghost or memory meets with BEN Skywalker. It was a nice, final send off for Han Solo. His I Know line has become iconic.

Everything you need to know about Darth Vader

Jan 1, 2020
Tis but a scratch!

Here's some facts and trivia bout Darth Vader


Here’s everything* you need to know about Darth Vader.

  • Who is he? Darth Vader was Anakin Skywalker before he became a Sith Lord known as Darth Vader. A fallen Jedi Knight, Vader became the 'evil henchman' of Sheev Palpatine who rose to rule over the galaxy. In reality, the first six Star Wars films are about the rise and fall of Vader’s character.
  • The Darth Vader mask that appeared in Revenge of the Sith was fashioned using a digital design to computer-lathe the base master, from which molds were made to cast the on-screen costume masks. This meant Vader’s mask was exactly symmetrical.
  • While Qui-Gon Jin theorized that Anakin’s virgin birth was the will of the Force, Palpatine implied in Revenge of the Sith that Darth Plagueis caused the birth using the Force - earlier drafts of the ROTS script suggested this was indeed the case. It’s non-canon however, so it’s only a theory.
  • Vader's look was inspired by Nazi uniforms.
  • In the Alan Dean Foster novel, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, Luke and Vader have a duel and Luke chops off Vader’s arm. When Lucas decided that the novel would not form the basis of the second film the book was made redundant however Lucas keep the idea of the arm severing and reversed who did what. Which was again reversed in Jedi…
  • Seven people have contributed to the character performance of Darth Vader in the movies. If we go in chronological order - Jake Lloyd played Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace, Hayden Christian played Anni and Darth in the other two prequels, David Prowse was the suit in all three original trilogy films while James Earl Jones did the voice over 4 times (inc Revenge of the Sith). Bob Anderson chipped in with some stunt work in Jedi and Sebastian Shaw famously played the unmasked Vader in Jedi as well. Finally, when The Empire Strikes Back was redone for re release in 1994-95, C. Andrew Nelson was used for a few fill in bits and bobs ( See his drop by notes in the comments!).
  • Occasionally people think it was Vader’s son Luke Skywalker who brought balance to the Force. While Luke’s efforts helped with it, the actual of balancing the Force came when Vader chose to throw the Emperor down the well (as the Emperor was in the middle of killing Luke with Force lightning). Vader found the compassion or love for his son was greater the choice he made to follow the Emperor and fall to the Dark Side of the Force. Vader truly was the chosen one. Or rather, he used to be until Rise of Skywalker determined Rey was The Chosen One.
  • Vader was a defeated man. The main way he fell to the Dark Side was by way of trying to find a means to prevent his wife’s death. When he actually caused Padme's death what did he have to live for? Nothing. He was simply trapped as the heavy breathing vessel of Palpatine. He did eventually become obsessed with finding this son so they together could overthrow Palatine.
  • In A New Hope, the character has only 8 minutes of screen time. It was all that was needed to propel Vader to becoming one of the most popular bad guys in the history of bad guys in movies.
  • Vader’s theme song is known as the Imperial March and is often used to signify the arrival of a bad person by smart alecs who hum the tune as they enter a room.
  • James Earl Jones did the voice of Vader.
  • Vader’s confession to Luke that he was his father in The Empire Strikes Back is considered by many movie fans to be the best plot twist in a movie. This concept was not originally thought of by Lucas for the first film which clearly intended that Vader and Anakin were different people -please recall Obi Wan’s expository scene with Luke. The line said during the filming of the scene was “Obi-Wan killed your father” – a clever ruse to throw people off the real twist (which apparently only the team of Lucas, Kasdan, Kershner, and Mark Hamill actually knew the truth of).
  • Darth Vader is not German for Dark Father and thus is not a clue about his parentage of Luke.
  • Vader's voice turned up briefly in Rise of Skywalker when it was revealed Darth Sidious had impersonated him. James Earl Jones returned one final (?) time to record the voice. 

How Mortal Engines is basically Star War in a post apocalyptic Earth setting

shrike from mortal engines

The Mortal Engines film is sadly about to become the new John Carter of Mars, which is a real shame as it's such a fun movie, full of things moviegoers have never seen before. It'll probably end up some kind of cult film.

 One thing they will have seen is some of the moves Peter Jackson and friends borrowed from the Star Wars playbook!

Check them out! Beware, spoilers below:

  • When young Historian Tom Natsworthy becomes an 'aviator' and flys into the heart of the engines of London and fires a blast at a key part of the engine, well he would make Lando Calrissian proud because he and Wedge Antilles pulled that move destroying the Death Star II in Return of the Jedi. It also quite clearly echoes what Luke did in ANH.
  • Valentine's big reveal to Hester that he was her father took place during a duel where the stakes were life and death is obviously straight from the playbook of The Empire Strikes Back where Darth Vader reveals he is Luke's dad.
  • The whole, racing against time to destroy London before it fires the Medusa Weapon on Batmunkh Gompa's shield wall is basically the plot of the last third of Star Wars: A New Hope. i.e. Destroy the Death Star before it destroys the Rebel base. Star Wars did first borrow the concept from the Gregory Peck film, The Guns of Navarone for this idea.
  • The author of the novel, Philip Reeve also freely acknowledges he based Anna Fang on Han Solo.
  • The opening chase where London runs down a smaller, fleeing traction city, is a retread copy of the opening of Star Wars when Darth Vader's Star Destroy is chasing Princess Leia's Correllian Corvette, the Tantive IV.
  • Shrike's 'half man half machine' character echoes Darth Vader, particularly his quest to find his 'child' and kill her, only for her love to save his soul. 

If you think it's an outrageous thing that Mortal Engines borrowed so many material ideas from Star Wars, just take a chill pill and count the number of movie ideas George Lucas borrowed himself!

Not to mention the Dune novel inspiration...

Star Wars cosplayers do it Playboy Bunny style....

Dec 27, 2019
playboy bunnies as star wars characters
This dude knows whats up
This is Star Wars cosplay awesomeness at its best - a collective of cosplayers bring the sexy back for Star Wars, Playboy bunny cocktail waitress style.

We can only wonder what the pillow fights after looked like....

Did you ever read what Carrie Fisher said when she didn't appear topless in Playboy?
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