The Force Awakens

Ranked: Star Wars Episodes I – VII

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Not so long ago, in a galaxy that’s… well, this one, actually… Star Wars enjoyed a spectacular revival and has reclaimed its place as an entertainment phenomenon. It’s a saga that’s spanned nearly 40 years, with its two-and-a-bit trilogies (so far) now seen and beloved by different generations. Whether it’s the originals, the prequels, or the sequels, it’s the sci-fi series that serves as a multimedia constant and binds the cinematic universe together. But, as we go full-circle and head back towards the beginning (which is actually more the middle, but whatever) in this year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, one question needs to be asked – which Star Wars films are the best?

It’s no secret that the franchise has been through some ups and downs, so to shamelessly cash in on all the Star Wars hype surrounding Rogue One’s release, here’s my personal rankings for all seven of the main series films we’ve seen so far…

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Best of Entertainment 2015

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The end is nigh for 2015 – it’s been 365 days of thrills, spills, and just about everything in between. It’s the year we finally went Back to the Future, and in true time-travelling style we could delve into the biggest new stories gone by or make predictions for the year ahead… but let’s be honest, all we really want is to be entertained! 2015 has hardly been what I’d consider a vintage year for the entertainment world, somewhat lacking in substance compared to its predecessors in recent memory – however, that’s not to discredit some of the quality output we have received over the last 12 months, because when entertainment in 2015 was good, it was really good. Rather, it’s been a steady drip-feed of smaller, less groundbreaking media that’s mildly satisfying but left you craving just that little more, with the real big hitters fewer and further apart.

Just what was the cream of the crop though? Which stellar examples of entertainment really set my heart alight and left me with a ridiculously stupid grin right across my face? Well, you’re about to find out, as we crown the winners that will stand the test of time and make 2015 an exciting year to look back on…

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SPOILER Review: Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens

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***WARNING! THE SPOILERS ARE STRONG IN THIS ONE!***

The following review contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you haven’t seen the film yet and don’t want to know what happens, steer clear!

Click here for my spoiler-free review or read on for a more detailed, in-depth discussion… you have been warned!

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Spoiler-Free Review: Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens

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In 1977, a certain little film called Star Wars came out that would spawn one of the biggest movie franchises history has ever seen. After three hugely successful entries culminating in 1983, the world would then have to wait until 1999 for a brand new trilogy of prequels telling the story of Darth Vader’s rise to the dark side. The Phantom Menace cleaned up at the box office but ultimately left fans hollow, and unfortunately Attack of the Clones or Revenge of the Sith didn’t do much to aid the cause either, despite having some fleeting glimmers of promise. To say the franchise had ended its cinematic journey on a bit of an anti-climax would be an understatement, and as a result the series lay dormant for 10 long years…

However, against all of the odds, there has been an awakening. The question on everybody’s lips though: is the Force finally strong again with this one?

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