‘The Cursed’ Movie Review: See the haunting thriller this week

A lot of times horror films either go all out on the supernatural or all out on the gore.

Directed by Sean Ellis, ‘The Cursed’ gives viewers a good amount of both. Starring Boyd Holbrook, Kelly Reilly and Alistair Petrie, ‘The Cursed’ is set in France during the late 1800s.

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“A once-peaceful remote country village is under attack — but by who or what, no one knows. Villagers spread rumors of a cursed land, supernatural forces, and even demonic creatures, as the disappearances and killings continue. Pathologist John McBride (Boyd Holbrook) arrives to investigate the danger, only to discover something much deeper and more sinister than he ever could have imagined.” This was the excerpt sent to me in the press release.

The remote country village is also haunted by the decisions of those who live on the land. But was the land actually theirs to begin with? The patriarch of the main family has some dark secrets he’s kept hidden from his family.

The timeline of the movie jumps around a bit. It starts 35 years in the future, and jumps back in time about 5 minutes into the movie.

I mentioned above that the film is back supernatural and gory. That gore starts in the first few minutes. Soldiers get mowed down by enemy bullets on the battlefield, and you’re taken to a medical tent which shows limbs chopped off, blood spewing out of bodies, and more.

You then get introduced to one of the main characters in the film, Charlotte, who at this time is a grown woman. It appears she’s visiting a dying man, but you’re unsure who he is. Quickly after, Charlotte seems to drift back in time to when she was a child, and then comes practically the rest of the movie.

The story is set in France, but everyone speaks in plain English. There are French undertones, like the main family’s last name being the Laurents.

The village is on solid farm land, or so it seems. It’s a quiet community, and the main family appears to have a lot of money. With barns filled with horses and the main home filled with servants, it seems the harrowing tales of slaughter have come to past.

To keep the land, Seamus Laurent, the father, orders his men to kill a group of gypsies. The gypsies have legitimate claims to the land and the men figure the only way to defeat those claims…. is to brutally murder them all. It’s a horrific scene of burning, shooting, and screaming but it ends even creepier than it began.

The crew decides to take an interesting artistic decision by not showing the close-ups of the killing, but instead showing it from the fields above the campground and letting the scene play out.

After the murderous ransack, some of the men find the leaders of the gypsy group. It’s an older woman and a younger man. They drag the man off, tie him to posts, cut off his limbs, and literally make him a scarecrow. Remember, I said this would be gory. They then put a sack over his head and raise him into the sky. This scarecrow will end up haunting every single character for the rest of the movie, but we’ll get back to that.

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They also decide to bury the woman, who is seen as a witch. She has a mysterious box filled with silver fangs. These fangs, when put in someone’s mouth, possess them and make them blood thirsty. The gypsies claim the silver in the fangs came from the 30 silver coins given to Judas to betray Jesus.

Later in the film, the village children end up finding the scarecrow and the buried fangs. Once you open the box, it’s like a spell. It draws you in, and similarly to the Ring in Lord of the Rings, you want to put the fangs on. One of the boys does so, and then chaos ensues. He attacks the Laurent’s son, Edward, and bites him on the neck. You see part of his skin rip off, which was honestly startling and surprising to me. We’ll get back to that later.

After all the kids run away, Edward comes home and is badly injured/sick. He gets help from a doctor, but never gets better. Turns out, that night, Edward runs out of the home and isn’t seen again (until the end of the film).

Soon after, you find the child who attacked Edward in a field. He gets attacked by some “animal” and runs into the woods to safety. He finds himself an abandoned cabin and hides in there. The “animal” finds him and mauls him. Later on in the film, you see his mauled body and it is very gruesome.

This animal turns out to be some sort of demonic “werewolf,” but it’s not the kind of werewolf you’d imagine. It has no hair at all. It’s silver, similar to the coins, but is pretty terrifying. The werewolfs don’t go down too easily, except with a bullet to the head. But there is one other way, but we’ll save that tidbit of info for the ending.

The hardest part about defeating the werewolves is that they spread like a virus. If one attacks you and injures you, you become infected, and then turn into one.

The middle of the film is all about different people being attacked and going missing. There are creepy scenes in the woods and in fields where the crew uses fog to their advantage to make the scene that much scarier.

McBride has some pretty good luck killing these things, and he has a good reason to want them dead. Before he came to this village to help find the missing children, his wife & kid were killed by (what’s eluded to be) one of these creatures in another town. So vengeance is on his mind.

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Fast forward to about 2/3 of the way through the movie. One of the servant girls is outside the home doing laundry.

One thing about horror films, if there’s ever a clothesline, something creepy is going to happen.

And that’s just what The Cursed delivered. The servant was attacked by one of these monsters, but the build up of the attack is what made the scene so good. She is able to escape, which looking back at the movie now, I think is actually the plan of these werewolves. Sure, they could kill you pretty easily, but the whole purpose of them is to curse the town. They want to give payback to the people who stole the land from the gypsies. So increasing their numbers is the strategic decision that gets made.

The family notices something is off about the girl, but she plays it off that she’s okay. That night, you see her feeling very ill in her bedroom, and then you notice she soon will be cursed.

How you know someone is becoming possessed/cursed, or whatever you want to call it, is that things start to come out of their bodies. It starts by the neck, and it almost looks like tree branches are coming out. But I think it’s more like werewolf skin than anything else.

One of the greatest scenes in the movie is towards the end, when the fight gets brought to the Laurents’ home. Not only do the werewolves infiltrate the house, but a fire also gets started, causing smoke to spread through.

In these scenes, you see a few of the main characters die. While this is a review, I don’t want to ruin that for you, so I’ll let you watch the movie to find out.

You do find out more about the biology of the werewolves, too. McBride seems to have killed a werewolf, so they put the creature on a table to examine it. Cue the gore once again. He cuts into the insides of the beast, and in there he finds the servant girl, still breathing and moving. But she’s not the same anymore.

She’s still possessed and out to kill. Sadly, her father is the one to put a bullet in her head, and it’s a very emotional scene.

Another great scene comes minutes later.

Imagine the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones. This time, in a French church filled with villagers scared for their lives. Earlier on, the McBride the pathologist told everyone to barricade in the church while he attempted to hunt the werewolves.

Just like what happens in many other horror movies, when you keep everyone in one place, all hell breaks loose. And this time it’s in the holiest place in the town.

They keep the werewolves out for awhile, but then the Laurents’ mother hears her son Edward’s voice. He calls to her outside of the church to let him in.

You think, how in the world is this possible? This kid should be dead or a werewolf by now. Well, he is. And his werewolf body tears through the church, mauling people left and right and tossing people around like rag dolls.

Before the big hunt, McBride learns the history of the gypsies and their land and how the fangs came to be. He was told the story about Judas getting the 30 silver coins and that they were turned into fangs. He asked for a blacksmith, and melted the silver fangs into silver bullets.

One shot was all it took to take Edward’s werewolf body down, sadly, his mother was attempting to hug him while all of this was happening. She believed her son was still alive in there, and she wanted to bring him out. This was very foolish of her, because her son’s werewolf ended up tearing into her neck. The silver bullet went through the mother’s back and into the werewolf, killing her but cleansing him.

While the regular bullets kill the werewolf, the silver bullets turn them back into humans. You get a touching scene of Edward coming back to life and hugging his mother while she dies.

The story ends back where it begins. The last scene of the “35 years before” timeline is John McBride telling Edward and Charlotte they are going to come live with him and be his children. Then it switches back to “present-day” and showcases an older Charlotte next to what appears to be a dying John McBride.

You also have to remember the beginning of the movie to understand the end. In the beginning, you see the man get a silver bullet taken out of his stomach. At the end of the movie, I realized that man was Edward. Also look closely at the beginning and you’ll see Edward, Charlotte, and John in a picture frame on the mantle. This gets shown at the end as a “gotcha” moment.

If you’re a horror fan with a strong stomach, I would highly recommend seeing this movie. I think the movie SHOULD do very well in theaters and streaming, but we will see how marketing played out over the past year or so to get the word out there.

The acting is strong and I love the creepiness the 1800s village provides.

The crew did a great job at utilizing the environment around them to bring the scenes to life. Fire, smoke, fog, and the woods are main ways you’ll notice this point.

As I said, it is very gory, and I was a little taken aback that we saw one child get brutally attacked and another dead in the cabin. I always thought there was an unwritten rule of not showing that kind of thing, but who knows. The supernatural aspect is also a strong part of the film, but if supernatural horror films really bother you, I don’t think this one will do that. I think the fact the beasts are werewolves help out with that thinking. Instead of being a ghost or a demonic presence, the in-person threat seems more acceptable for those movie watchers who get really spooked out by the supernatural.

I’d give the movie a solid 7.5 out of 10. The only things that weren’t perfect for me was that the werewolves didn’t seem as menacing as they could have been. Sure, they were scary, but they were also pretty killable. But the terrifying aspect of gore and supernatural in the Cursed proved for it to be a great start to the horror film genre in 2022. The film featured a good mix of jump scares and built suspense scenes.

Deadline reports the film debuted at the Sunland Film Festival in 2021.

The movie is set in the late 1800s. So you’ll have the farmland vibe and weapons will be knives, muskets, and torches.

I received the Screener link courtesy of LD Entertainment. It opens theatrically February 18th.

The first showing at AMC Grand Prairie in Peoria is actually Thursday, 2/17 at 7:00 p.m. As of 2/9/2022, the movie has a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes. This seems fitting to me.

The magic of Estes Park, why you need to travel here

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It’s one of those “get to know you” questions. “Beaches or mountains?” My answer is “both.”

While I love the beaches of Florida and South Carolina, that’s nothing like being in the mountains of Colorado. Specifically, Estes Park.

As a kid, my family and I traveled to Estes Park fairly often. We’d all pack up in our big, green Winstar van and make the long trek from Missouri to Colorado. Now it’s much more simple. Hop on a plane from STL to Denver that takes roughly 2 hours and then drive an hour and a half to Estes Park.

Every time we’d stay in Whispering Pines Cottages right by the Big Thompson River. You’d walk outside and be next to calming, running water that you knew was really cold but you wanted to wade in anyway.

So let’s break down some of the main reasons you should visit Estes Park, Colorado.

Rocky Mountain National Park: The main attraction was always Rocky Mountain National Park, and for good reason. While the National Park is a fan-favorite for many Americans, I’ve never felt crowded when I’ve visited and we’ve always had enough space to do what we want without being bothered. If you want to hike, bike, or walk, you can do that here. If you just want to sight-see, you can drive Trail Ridge Road and get out when you want to take photos or breathe in the fresh, crisp air.

As the altitude is higher here, make sure to give yourself all the time you need to catch your breath, relax, and have a good time. Always have snacks and stay hydrated, and I’d recommend bringing both headache medicine and Tums. The road can be windy and you don’t want anyone getting sick during this incredible trip.

If you want souvenirs they’ve got plenty at the RMNP gift shop. Right outside you can also climb up stairs to get to the top of the park, which provides for a great photo-op.

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My parents and I

But the Park has much more to offer than just mountain views and uphill walks. If you want to going chasing waterfalls, it’s completely acceptable here, no matter what TLC tries to tell you.

Alberta Falls

After a nice hike, my family and I finally arrived to Alberta Falls. A beautiful waterfall where you can either view from a distance, or get up close and personal. This is just one of the waterfalls you can view here in Rocky Mountain National Park. Definitely remember to pack a lunch and plenty of water during this trip.

Bear Lake

For an easier, shorter walk, check out the abundance of lakes Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer. We chose to walk around Bear Lake, pretty much just because my family loves bears, but also because the distance was fairly short. As you can see, the lake is surrounded by woods and mountains. It’s a picturesque scene that’s perfect for taking photos. I guess I was also feeling extra adventurous this go round and decided to get on a rock in the lake for the perfect photo. Wouldn’t recommend it for all, but if you’re feeling like living on the edge, you’ve got the chance to do it.

There’s so much more to do in RMNP, but let’s move on to some of the other great things the Town has to offer.

The Stanley Hotel: Ever seen ‘The Shining’? Come see the hotel that inspired the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s story.

It’s now one of my travel bucket list goals to stay here. The beautiful hotel is quite the view itself, but if you turn around from where I’m at in the picture above, you’ll look out to see the mountains surrounding Estes Park and the town itself. We went there just when sunset was happening, and the view was amazing.

The wildlife: It’s safe to say Colorado is one of the greatest places in the country to see wildlife. I remember as a kid driving through Estes Park and having to stop in the middle of the street just to let the elk walk by. Now, with the help of an IPhone, I’m able to capture these moments a little better.

The Big Thompson runs right through downtown Estes Park, and the elk love to gather here in some of the Town’s green spaces. It’s a perfect moment to grab a photo of these stunning animals. You’re encouraged not to feed the elk or get close to them. While they are quite peaceful animals, they’re also very large and I definitely don’t want to go head to head with a full rack of antlers. There are also many baby elk in the area, so the parents could get defensive if you get too close.

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Lake Estes

One of the first things you’ll come across in downtown Estes Park is Lake Estes. It’s a beautiful place to come walk, swim, and eat at the restaurants right when you get into town. There’s also boats, paddle boards, and kayaks you can rent. You can also go fishing.

The housing options in Estes Park are also very diverse. You can stay in something fancy like the Stanley, or you can stay in a regular hotel like the Best Western. There’s also cabins and cottages like Whispering Pines, or you can grab an Airbnb like my family and I did back in 2020.

You also can’t miss out on the shopping and eateries. Stop by any of the local restaurants and you’ll be sure to find something you like. There’s also plenty of candy stores, souvenir shops, and ice-cream for dessert. One of my family’s favorite things to do is stop by the taffy shops and fill up a bag.

While there’s so much more to do and see in Estes Park, I hope this gives you some options if you ever choose to go there. If you’ve been there, please let me know what your favorite activities are to do!

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Funny, heart-warming rom-com ‘Marry Me’ premieres in theaters, Peacock

Well folks it’s Valentine’s Day weekend, and with that comes the “need” to watch some sort of romantic comedy.

My wife and I saw ‘Redeeming Love’ in theaters a couple of months ago, and one of the previews that popped up on the big screen was for Jennifer Lopez & Owen Wilson’s newest movie, ‘Marry Me.’

She immediately said “We gotta see that,” and I totally agreed.

The movie follows two completely different people, mega-star Kat Valdez (Lopez) and elementary school math teacher Charlie Gilbert (Wilson). In a social media-driven world, Valdez is set to marry the “love of her life” Bastian (Maluma). Bastian is also a pop sensation heart-throb, and they seem like one of Hollywood’s “match made in Heaven” couples. So what do you do when you’re the biggest stars in the world? You debut your new single “Marry Me” in front of an audience where it will also be streamed in front of 20 million people. Oh yeah, and you’re also going to recite your vows on stage and get married. Talk about quite the show.

But as I told my wife last night while watching this film, “There must be conflict for the story to progress!” She looked at me like I’m a crazy movie nerd and we just continued watching (she’s right though). Just before Valdez hits the stage in her elegant wedding dress, she’s shown a video where Bastian is making out with her assistant. It hits the internet and social media platforms by storm just as she’s coming up onto the stage.

Now she’s left with a choice. Does she go on and marry this man who seemingly cheated on her? Or does she do something sporadic?

Cue Charlie Gilbert. Gilbert’s been seen by his daughter Lou (Chloe Coleman) as uncool for so long. Divorced from his wife, he now pales in comparison to his ex’s new man, who his daughter thinks is “really cool and fun.” Sarah Silverman plays Parker Debbs, the guidance counselor at his school and Charlie’s best friend. She was supposed to take *both* her girlfriend, and her girlfriend’s ex-girlfriend to Kat Valdez’s concert. Well, after 17 days, Parker and her girlfriend break up and now she needs to take two people to the show. She invites Charlie and Chloe to the show, and begrudgingly, Charlie agrees to try and impress his daughter. Show her he’s still “cool.”

With ‘Marry Me’ being the hit song set to debut at this concert, Debbs brings a sign that reads the song title. At some point during the show, she has to run off and take a livestream of her at the concert and shove it in her ex’s face. Debbs was definitely a huge part in the movie’s comedic relief. So she hands the sign to Charlie.

Now Charlie is standing there with this ‘Marry Me’ sign, and Valdez begins to address the crowd. The speech probably could’ve been cut a little bit as we all knew where this was going. Valdez decides to take a leap of faith and do something spontaneous. She sees Charlie in the crowd and says “Yes, I’ll marry you.”

Well by Gawd Charlie is rushed to the stage and cheered on by many along the way. That poor man was probably in shock! But he gets up to the stage, meets Kat Valdez face to face, and they said “I do.” Well, she does. Charlie just says “okay.”

In the beginning, both just think this whole thing is a publicity stunt. But as time goes on, the pair begins to fall for each other. They realize they each have something to offer the other. It’s the classic “polar opposites” love story where they complete each other. Charlie helps Kat becoming more self-sustaining, and Kat helps Charlie open up to the beauty of life. And she gets him on social media, where he becomes an internet sensation in half an hour. If only.

You also see the compassion Kat possesses. She begins to show up to school functions and classes to help teach the kids with Charlie and also to have fun. I imagined myself as a 10-year-old student and having the biggest superstar in the world come to my class. That would’ve been pretty awesome.

As I mentioned earlier, I told my wife there needs to be conflict in the movie to really make the story compelling. I said about 2/3 of the way through this movie, there needs to be something “bad” that happens that throws this dream off-balance. Wow, I’m probably so fun to watch movies with. Sorry babe. But this is exactly what happens.

Bastian comes back into the picture and has his eyes completely set on Kat. But what will she choose? Does she forgive Bastian and return to the full-time megastar life? Or does she choose Charlie and settle for both simple and superstardom. Or is the question really, will Charlie choose her? You’ll have to find out!

The last thing I’ll say about this movie is the fact that Peoria, Illinois played a big part in the ending. Charlie and Lou head to Peoria for a “mathalon” tournament and J-Lo probably name drops Peoria five times in five minutes. Hey, I live here, so I’m not complaining. And my wife loved it! But I gotta know if somebody from the cast or crew is from P-Town.

It was comical though how when Kat lands in “Peoria,” the sign on the outside of the airport reads Champaign. Champaign is another medium-sized city about an hour and a half from Peoria… Also, the bus Kat rides also says “Champaign.” They should’ve called me and I could’ve hooked them up with the people at Peoria International Airport to do the shoots there. Honestly, the set would’ve looked way better at PIA than whatever backdrop they used for this scene. But I’ll digress.

Checkout the film if you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day rom-com! It’s showing in theaters and is available on Peacock! I would recommend this movie to romantic-comedy lovers. And this is coming from a guy who’s favorite genres are action, sci-fi and horror.

Also shoutout to J-Lo for acting, singing, and dancing throughout the whole movie. She basically gave a concert, while rehearsing her dances, while acting. Very impressive. Her songs were also very catchy. I wouldn’t be surprised if ‘On My Way’ starts trending on the charts here pretty quickly. Most of the songs are upbeat, pop songs. This one takes a step back and lets the story breathe. It’s a more melancholy, sad tune that coincides with where the story of the film is. Very nice song.

Owen Wilson was also… Owen Wilson. I’ve always enjoyed his characters and think he’s a very likeable guy. You want to root for him. Charlie’s a guy who’s really been down on his luck and he finally struck gold with Kat. You want to see this pair win, even though they’re nothing alike.

While ‘Marry Me’ has a 57% on Rotten Tomatoes, the Audience Score is 91%. I’m the type of guy who pays attention to the audience score a little more than “critics.” I’d give the movie a solid 7/10. I think it was funny, the characters were charming, and the story (while predictable) was something we hadn’t really seen before. My wife gives it a 10/10.

‘Peacemaker’ takes internet, HBO Max by storm; Hear from star Chukwudi Iwuji on playing ‘Murn’

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Peacemaker has taken HBO Max, and the internet, by storm.

Starring John Cena as the antihero, the show follows a covert mission looking to stop an alien invasion. The aliens are known as “butterflies,” creatures who inhabit people’s brains and then live on earth in their bodies.

The leader of the group, Murn, is played by actor Chukwudi Iwuji.

Iwuji joined WMBD’s Matt Sheehan for an exclusive interview that aired on WMBD This Morning and Good Day Central Illinois.

At the end of episode 5 it is revealed that Iwuji’s character is actually a butterfly. Episode 6 fleshes out his backstory and leaves the door wide open for where the show can go.

While it hasn’t been confirmed yet, many sources say there’s a “good chance” Peacemaker will be renewed for season 2. Iwuji said he’d love if this happened, and that there is much more story to tell.

I was working with WB to interview the cast from Peacemaker, and was thrilled to learn that I’d be speaking with Chukwudi Iwuji. Starting as an emotionless leader of the group, Murn seemed to just be focused on getting the job done than. The goal is to exterminate the butterflies and make Earth a safer place to live.

At the end of episode 5, you find out Murn is actually a Butterfly himself. At the time I released the original article, episode 6 wasn’t out yet so I wasn’t able to dive into his back story, but only refer to the big reveal at the end of ep. 5.

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The episode leaves viewers on a cliffhanger, thinking he was about to kill Leota Adebayo (the crew just calls her Adebayo), played by Danielle Brooks.

In episode 6, you find out that Murn is really an outlier of his own species and was morally at odds with the Butterflies’ plans. You see Iwuji finally really start to show emotion in this episode. He begins to care for his team and you see his desire to make the world a better place, even though he’s not even from Earth to begin with.

Sadly, Murn’s story seems to come to an abrupt end. The Butterflies have now infiltrated the local police department. One of the characters being the Captain, who was Murn’s inside guy on the force to make sure anything that went awry with his team’s mission got covered up.

One of the things Butterflies can do when they possess someone, is know their memories. This is how the entire Butterfly brigade learned of Murn’s plans and how to find him. You also hear about who Murn was before taken over by the Butterfly. He tells the team that the man he overtook was a criminal.

In Episode 7, we see Murn be killed (twice) by the Butterfly brigade. First, he’s shot multiple times while still in his human form, but then is where the real tear-jerker moment comes in.

You see the real Murn. The Butterfly Murn. And he tries to fly away, but is caught by the Butterfly leader, Goff, and crushed in the palm of its hand.

This is the saddest part of the entire show, and it’s not even about a human. But it kind of is? James Gunn did an impeccable job by causing the audience to care so deeply about Murn, both human and Butterfly. The Butterfly was seen as Murn’s soul.

At one point, I also thought they were gonna kill of Eagly. Which is probably the one thing you cannot do. Don’t ever kill Eagly!

I hope you all are enjoying Peacemaker on HBO Max. The series finale drops next Thursday, Feb. 17th.

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An inside look at the one-take horror film, ‘Those Who Walk Away’

Most films I review, I have no personal connection to. ‘Those Who Walk Away’ is a different story.

In 2019, I heard that an “LA film crew” was in central Illinois, where I live & work. I always considered myself a film aficionado so I thought “this could be a news story.”

I got connected with director Robert Rippberger and Producer KT Kent. There we scheduled a Zoom call, as the COVID-19 pandemic had started to ramp up, and my article became the first story the movie received.

Now, about a year and a half later, the film is on the cusp of releasing to theaters. It’s an exciting time for Rippberger and star of the film, Booboo Stewart.

I just got off a follow-up interview with both Robert & Booboo, and they both tell me they’re thrilled the world will finally get to see the film.

This was the first film I’ve seen that was done as “one take.” There were edits made, but you follow Max (Stewart) from a sunny afternoon, through golden hour, and eventually into the night. The movie never stops. There’s never a time lapse to the next morning. It’s all just one night of betrayal and horror.

The movie begins with Stewart on the phone in a park. He’s talking to his friend about life, where you learn Stewart had just left from being his mother’s caretaker. There was trauma he experienced and he decided ‘enough was enough’ and he had to leave. You also figure out that Stewart is about to go on a date with a girl he starting talking to on a dating app.

He walks out of the park and meets Avery (Scarlett Sperduto). This is when you really start to realize the longevity of the one-take. You literally follow them away from the park, into downtown Chillicothe, and then in the car as they drive from Chillicothe to Dunlap, Illinois.

Max and Avery both seem to have things in their past they’re trying to “walk away” from. Max’s is the pain from his mother, but what is Avery’s?

The original plan was for Max and Avery to see a horror film at the town’s theater. Turns out there was a “bomb threat” called in and the movie was cancelled. This led the pair to stop by a local bar, take some shots, and then Avery gets an idea.

Since the horror film was cancelled, why don’t we go to an actual haunted house? (paraphrased) Avery asks him. Max seems not to be a big fan of the idea, but he also realizes ‘hey, I kinda like this girl,’ and he wants to see where the night goes.

Cue possibly the most difficult shot in the movie. Robert and Booboo told me one of the hardest parts of shooting this film was the scene where Max and Avery get in a car and drive from Chillicothe to Dunlap. And this was the perfect time to make the drive too. It was golden hour, and central Illinois has some pretty epic sunsets. Especially in this area, which is very rural, the countryside is very flat. So you’re able to see the entire sunset happen if you’re in the right spot. The drive takes about 25 minutes, so how can you show the whole thing without boring an audience? Time lapse. What took 25 minutes or so was condensed down into just a few brief minutes. It was quite the artistic scene and a different feel from the rest of the movie. You saw the pair laugh, kiss, talk, and go into a night Max would never forget.

Just to get into the car, the camera had to switch hands at least two times, Rippberger told me. You had to make it seem completely seamless to get the camera in the vehicle and still make the audience feel like they’re there with Max and Avery.

Then they get to the haunted house.

When I did my original coverage, I was able to connect with the local fire department, who gave me a walk-through tour of the house before they full burned it down. We’ll get to why the fire department was there later on.

They walk into the home and Max is unsure of what’s going to happen next. He likes Avery, but he’s starting to worry about her intentions. As he should. They walk upstairs and there’s a bedroom where Avery begins to tell Max a story. It’s about a haunted house that’s cursed by “Rotcreep,” a sinister being that rots your flesh and soul just by touching you. Fun fact, Rotcreep is also played by Booboo’s dad, Nils Allen Stewart.

Max begins to get freaked out by Avery’s story about the beast, when she drops the bomb on him that the story is about her. She eluded earlier in the film that she and her brother were running from “someone,” but she never said who. Rotcreep is her father. And the home Max and Avery are sitting in is her childhood home where they were abused as children.

Max said ‘forget this’ and tried to escape, just to be knocked out by Avery’s brother Phillip (Grant Morningstar) and then handcuffed to the bed. Turns out, Avery lured Max to the house so Rotcreep can feast on his flesh.

She tells Max that Rotcreep needs one soul a year to feed on for him to leave Phillip and Avery alone. Max became the next victim, but it turns out he’s not alone.

He finds a little boy, Rudy (Bryson JonSteele) hiding from Rotcreep in the home. Avery and Phillip also found Rudy recently and left him in the home to die, but somehow he was able to avoid Rotcreep.

Now it’s time for Max & Rudy to work together to try and get out of this hell hole. The next scene really shows the creepiness of the house. You get to see the halls, the stairwell, and finally the basement. When I walked through in broad daylight, I was even amazed at how freaky it was.

Sadly, Rudy dies along the way and Max is left to find his own way out.

Horror films are often most remembered by how the movie ends, so I don’t want to ruin all of that for you. But let’s just say it was a dark night that went up in flames, and the theme of betrayal came back into play.

This is why the fire department was involved in the film. The crew did a set burn on the front of the house and needed the firefighter’s supervision to do it safely. They were able to have an awesome looking fire at the end of the movie, and from what the fire chief told me in 2020, everybody was safe.

The film does a good job at being creepy and suspenseful, but still having those jump scares along the way.

The score was a nice touch. While this is no Avengers or Spider-Man No Way Home, Ripperberger and the crew did a nice job of picking the underlying tones that helped set the tone of the movie. Both Booboo Stewart and Scarlett Sperduto did a great job leading the cast, but Bryson JonSteele and Grant Morningstar were great supporting roles. While dissecting each actor’s performance, I thought to myself that each of them has a bright future in the industry.

The set also really helped tell the story. Chillicothe and Dunlap are both fairly small towns in central Illinois. Chillicothe has this classic small town downtown look that you just gotta love. I think I enjoy it so much because it reminds me of where my grand-parents lived, Higginsville, Missouri. You’ve got shops, restaurants, and the Town Theatre with the bright lights that make for picture perfect moments. And of course the home was perfect. It was a dilapidated farm home in the middle of nowhere. A couple months after the film, the firefighter’s actually burned the entire thing down during a training exercise. It was deemed unsafe to live in anyway, so there was a statewide training held right there where the firefighters got some hands-on experience.

The cast and crew told me the community was amazing. People pitched in to help, asked “what can I do for you?” and just wanted to watch the action happen! That’s the beauty of shooting outside of the usual Los Angeles or New York City. You get a lot of people who are just excited that you’re there, and want to do whatever they can to help you out.

All in all, I’d tell you to check the movie out. I really enjoyed the story, the videography, and the sound of the movie. It flowed nice and the actors showed strong performances. Now the film heads to theaters!

Director: Robert Rippberger

Writer: Robert Rippberger, Spencer Moleda

Starring: Booboo Stewart & Scarlett Sperduto

Theater release: February 11, 2022

Obi-Wan Kenobi series debuting May 25 on Disney Plus

The time has finally come. Star Wars broke the news just before 4:00 p.m. (CT) Wednesday with a photo of Obi-Wan walking through the desert.

Ironically for me, I tweeted out earlier in the day that I was tired of seeing fan-made edits of the cover art, and Star Wars decides to drop this. Was it because of me? No, but we can pretend for now.

We know Hayden Christensen is returning as Darth Vader. The question is, how much will we see him and in what capacity? Rumors have gone around about force dreams, flash-backs, and an in-person duel between him and Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan. I’m hoping for all three.

I also hope we do see Ahsoka Tano at least for a little. I want there to be an emotional scene between her in Vader live-action. We saw in Rebels the duel they had, and it might’ve been the greatest scene in the entire series.

When it comes to flash-backs… How cool would it be to see Anakin and Obi-Wan in Clone Wars armor live-action like we saw them in Clone Wars, the animated series? Let it be brand new material we didn’t get to see in the show.

It sounds like we’re also going to see the Inquisitors play a role in this show. We’ve gotten a taste of what they’re like in both Rebels and Jedi: Fallen Order when you play as Cal Kestis.

Which also raises a good question. Will Cal be in the show? My assumption is, no. He did face off against Darth Vader in the video game, but I think Lucasfilm needs to be careful with how much they bring in other characters.

People want to see Obi-Wan, people want to see Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader. If you begin to add in too many characters, it will water down the product and disappoint the fans. I also can’t mention other characters without throwing in Darth Maul and Crimson Dawn. We saw him & the syndicate in the movie, Solo, but it’s unsure if they will return or in what capacity. This could be a good way to bring them back into the fold, but I also think they could take away from the conflict between Obi-Wan, Vader, and the Inquisitors.

This is also coming off a hit-or-miss Book of Boba Fett series. Some people loved it, some people were extremely disappointed. Episodes 5 & 6 were widely loved, but they were also referred to as “Mandalorian 2.5.” The finale just dropped today (2/9), and the majority of feedback I saw was… not good. I watched it myself, and can concur with that notion.

So I think Star Wars is at a fork in the road. The Mandalorian has brought back the greatness of the franchise, but it seems the Book of Boba Fett has caused some fans to worry. Not to mention the division the sequel trilogy caused for fans.

The Obi-Wan Kenobi show needs to blow people’s minds. Those are the expectations I have for the show, and I think most of the other Star Wars fans have a similar mindset.

The moment I see Ewan and Hayden back in the Star Wars universe, it will be a wonderful day. Since Attack of the Clones, Hayden Christensen has been one of my favorite actors. Anakin Skywalker has always been my favorite fictional character (tied with Bruce Wayne/Batman).

What are you most excited for in the Obi-Wan Kenobi show? Let me know your thoughts.

Why St. Louis is not a ‘dying city’

Too many times I’ve heard people tell me “St. Louis is a dying city.”

Nearly every time it’s by people who have never even been there, or who have only passed through.

So I want you to hear it from someone born and raised in STL of what the city has to offer.

Historic Sports: The legacy of St. Louis sports is far from over, but we’ve laid a pretty solid foundation. The St. Louis Cardinals, housed at Busch Stadium, is the second-greatest team in all of baseball history (behind the New York Yankees). With 11 World Series championships, the Cardinals have a beloved fanbase known as some of the best fans in Major League Baseball. That’s because when you go to a game, you won’t see fans throwing things on the field at either team. If you’re a fan of the away team, you might get some heckling, but it’s all in good fun. Busch Stadium isn’t known for being a place to cause fights or scare anyone, but a family-fun atmosphere where you can make memories. I know I’ve made plenty at both the “new” and old Busch Stadium.

Building on the importance the Cardinals play in our City, you now have to mention Ballpark Village. It’s a sports fans paradise filled with ginormous flat-screen TVs and all the food & beer you could want. Plus, if the game gets over late at night, head upstairs to the different bars and keep the night going. Or walk across the street to the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark and go alllllll the way up to the Three-Sixty bar. This is probably the greatest view in all of St. Louis, next to being on top of the Arch. But we’ll get to that later.

St. Louis is not only known as a ‘baseball town,’ but also a hockey town. The St. Louis Blues have a strong fanbase who love the team no matter how many times we lose in the playoffs. So many years I remember growing up and watching the Blues be one of the top teams in the entire league… then they lose first or second round in the playoffs. But, finally! Gloria! The St. Louis Blues became Stanley Cup Champions in 2019. The first ever cup for the team, fans finally felt a sense of peace. The Blues impact goes much further than just their games on the ice and the fans in the stands. There are other teams based around the Blues. One is known as the Junior Blues, which is basically a “select” team filled with some of the youngest stars. I knew a lot of kids in high-school who went played on this team, some ended up in the NHL. There’s also the St. Louis Blues Warriors hockey team. It’s a team built of veterans who play hockey together to build community and combat PTSD. I learned about this team when I did a story on the Central Illinois Veteran Warriors. These teams have tournaments playing Veteran Warriors teams across the country.

Sadly, to talk about St. Louis’ sports history, you have to mention the St. Louis Rams. The NFL team taken out of the city and sent out to LA. Stan Kroenke didn’t think St. Louis was a “football town.” No, Stan, you just had a horrendous team shell out losing seasons over and over. Fans still showed up to your games, I was one of them, but your lack of care for the team and the City proved to be the downfall of the St. Louis Rams. And don’t try to tell me the fanbase in LA is any better. When 65% of the fans at Sofi Stadium are from the opposing team, you don’t really have a fanbase. Luckily, the STL Rams gave us some of the greatest stories in NFL history. Kurt Warner’s Super Bowl victory is one of those. Go check out American Underdog starring Zachary Levi, it’s a fantastic movie. It showcases the side of Kurt Warner fans never really got to see.

But after talking about St. Louis’ pro sports past, you also need to talk about the future. St. Louis is the home of the next MLS team, ‘St. Louis City SC.’ Not only is the soccer fanbase strong in St. Louis, but the youth soccer programs in the city are second to none. You have clubs like Scott Gallagher, Ajax, and Lou Fusz that are helping athletes become the next stars. If your kid isn’t ready for that high level of soccer, they can play in leagues at Vetta which has locations around town that offer camps and leagues. In high-school I went to an exhibition game (hosted at Busch Stadium) between Manchester City and Chelsea. Tens of thousands of fans flooded the stadium to watch two of the greatest soccer teams play. All the bars surrounding the stadium were also packed. This showed me the desire for professional soccer is there in St. Louis. One of the greatest parts about the soccer team coming to St. Louis, is the location of the stadium. Let’s talk about that next.

Union Station: As a kid, Union Station was a place I never went to. It wasn’t kept up well, it was known to have crime. Now if you go, it’s been completed reinvented. If you go, you’ll find a world-class aquarium, restaurants, shops, and activities for the kids like zip-lining and major jungle gyms. Not only that, but there’s a pond right in the middle of it that does light and fire shows to the beat of the music at night. And if you need a date night, the Wheel is the perfect place. It’s a ferris wheel that was brought to the Lou a couple of years ago. I’ve been up in it a few times, and each time I’m blown away. You get a great view of the City, and you can grab a beer at an Anheusur beer truck before you go up. One of the main things you can see while you’re up in the air, is the Arch.

The Arch: I’ve always appreciated the greatness of the Arch. But ever since WWE Royal Rumble came to the Enterprise Center this year, I realized just how awesome it is. It was the centerpiece for all merchandise being sold. And compared to most other cities, I think the Arch made the apparel so much better. The City has done some work around the Arch to make it a place you can come and look at it and walk around. Of course, you can go up in the Arch, if you’re not afraid of heights. There’s also a museum where you learn about the nation’s history.

“Trace the story of the Native Americans, explorers, pioneers, and rebels who made America possible. Featuring six themed exhibit areas, this innovative and interactive museum celebrates America’s pioneering spirit,” the website says.

Food: This is a tough one for me. STL is home to so much good food it’s hard to choose what to talk about first. One of my favorite foods of all-time has to be BBQ ribs, specifically St. Louis style ribs. The dish is served all across the country, and I think it’s safe to say ribs is one of the best barbecue dishes out there. The main place I’d say you gotta try is Pappy’s. It’s well-known and has amazing food. A good middle of the road chain BBQ restaurant is good ole’ Bandanas. Smell that Smoke, amiright?

St. Louis Style Pizza. This one is a controversial one, I’ll admit it. But to me, there’s no better pizza than St. Louis thin-crust pizza. My favorite is Imo’s, but St. Louis Pizza and Wings as well as Deweys and Racanellis are fan favorites. The provel cheese is the key to the pizza. If you like regular pizza, we’ve got plenty of that too, but I’d recommend at least trying Imo’s once and seeing what you think.

If you mention the city’s pizza you gotta mention the Italian food. Yes, you’ve got the Hill which is full of options, but here are a few of my favorites. Rich N Charlies. I’m both an Italian food and seafood lover. So when I tried the tutta mare from Rich N Charlies, I knew I found one of the best dishes out there. You pay $15 for the meal, and you can turn it into 5 meals. It’s a never-ending pile of noodles, sauce, crab and other seafood meat. It’s incredible. There’s also both Bill Gianino’s and Frankie Gianino’s. Yes, they’re owned by the same family. And of course you have to talk about toasted ravioli. Yeah, you’ve probably had regular ravioli before, but toasted ravioli dipped in marinara sauce is a game changer. Let’s head now to the dessert options.

Gooey butter cake. A sweet treat found at just about any St. Louis grocery store, this has to be my favorite dessert out there. It’s very rich, so you’ll want to just have a little at a time, but topped with powdered sugar and filled with ooey gooey goodness, you’ll love it.

Frozen custard. I know this is available elsewhere, but STL has a very strong frozen custard scene. Everyone will tell you to try Ted Drewe’s, which I’d agree, it is great. BUT, I’d tell you to go to Fritz’s. Get the cake batter with cookie dough concrete or shake and you’ll never want a different flavor of ice-cream again. There’s also Silky’s which is really good, too. There’s also Andy’s. Yeah, it’s a chain, but you can’t tell me it’s not good.

Forest Park: What I love about Forest Park is the variety of activities it offers you. You can paddle-board in the beautiful lake, you can just walk and take photos, you can sled down Art Hill when it’s snowing. There’s also plenty of places to just sight see, museums to check out like the Art & History Museums, and a Boathouse Restaurant to grab some food. And of course you have one of the greatest zoos in the country.

St. Louis Zoo: Why does the St. Louis Zoo land in the top 3 zoos in the country every single year? Well for starters, it’s free. You can see all kinds of wildlife in the zoo like lions, tigers, bears (oh my!), penguins, zebras, and more. There’s an ape exhibit you can walk through that I think I can still smell since the last time I visited. For all you reptile and amphibian fans, there’s also a total mansion dedicated to these species. The future of the zoo doesn’t just stop at this location either. Set to debut in 2026, the 425-acre expansion will be called the St. Louis Zoo Wildcare Park.

Lone Elk Park: It’s a place full of elk and bison. You drive through certain parks of the park and then you can stop and walk around. My family loves coming here because you can drive right past bison and they act like you just don’t exist. I’ve also got some great middle school memories coming here and chasing geese across a field, but that’s a story for another day.

Six Flags: It might not be the greatest Six Flags, but it’s our Six Flags. If you grew up in St. Louis, you probably took at least one field trip here, and maybe you came during the summer with your friends. I really got into roller coasters in sixth/seventh grade, so I started getting summer passes to go to Six Flags with friends whenever I wanted. Filled with great rides like The Boss, Screaming Eagle, Mr. Freeze, and The Batman… Six Flags is a good place for roller coaster lovers and people who might be a little timid. There’s Hurricane Harbor for the water park lovers and plenty of food around to keep yourself busy.

The Foundry: This is one of the newest hot spots in the City. The Foundry used to be Century Electric, which was… you guessed it, a foundry. Now it’s a hopping place for all kinds of food and drinks. The Foundry tries to be a place that offers foods from all over the world. Last time I went, which was early October 2021, they also announced they were bringing in more places like a pizza shop and fried chicken place. If you know me, you know I love both of those things, so I’m definitely going back.

Frozen alcoholic drink bars: In college, there was a place called “Trops,” or Tropical Liqueurs. I went to Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. While there is one of these in St. Louis as well, there’s also a place called Narwhals. Both establishments serve fruity frozen concoctions that are delicious. They go down smooth, but let me tell ya, they’ll get ya out of nowhere like an RKO. Had to give Randy Orton a shout-out, he is a St. Louis boy! If you don’t want to go that fruity, have no fear, the bar has regular beer, shots, and wells as well.

Livability: One thing I like the most about St. Louis are the variety of areas you can live in. I was born in South County, moved out to West County, and then later moved to Jefferson County for more affordable living. Instead of having the suburbs like Chicago, St. Louis is broken up into the City (Metropolitan) and the County. South County has a good mix of both new and older home neighborhoods. It’s full of good food and hard-working people who love where they live. Not to mention the parks they have there are a lot of fun, like Cliff Cave and Bee Tree. West County is definitely a more middle to upper class area in most parts. It has a lot of the private schools in town and the malls people can shop.

While these next two technically aren’t the “County,” there are outlying counties just outside of St. Louis County.

On one side, you have St. Charles. This is one of the most up and coming places the area has to offer. It’s very business-friendly and is an affordable place for people to live and raise a family. Centered on Historic Main Street, the brick roads there are filled with shops on each side that honestly… and I hate to say this… looks like it could be a Hallmark move. At Christmas, there are carolers out singing on the corners (pronounced carner in STL, by the way), decorating contests, treats galore, and so much more.

On the other side, you’ve got Jefferson County. Known as a more rural area, you can live in a decent home in Jeff Co. at an affordable price. What’s not talked about much out there is the outdoor activities it offers. You’ve got parks like Don Robinson and Mastodon State Parks. Don Robinson is great for hiking and when you’re done hiking at Mastodon you can check out the museum that has a mastodon skeleton replica. Also head over to Kimmswick and check out the cute, small-town shops and restaurants to have a good day. There’s a winery, bakeries, shops, and eateries.

What do I want for the future of St. Louis? I want it to thrive. I want it to be more and more business-friendly and a place that people want to travel to. I want the St. Louis City SC to really bring life to downtown and the surrounding areas. I got very excited when I heard there’s going to be another Top Golf near St. Louis University. This is an area that could really use the energy and be a nice connection between Union Station and the downtown area.

I’d also like to see Ballpark Village continue to grow. Recently, they’ve released brand new apartments. This is beneficial because the downtown area doesn’t really have a lot of living options that are attractive to young adults. This changes the game.

I hope the XFL Battlehawks come back. The team was the most successful team (in terms of fans) in the entire league, then COVID happened. I’m hoping the league brings the team back to St. Louis and professional football is back in the Lou.

St. Louis also offers some great options for college. You have Washington University, which houses some of the brightest students in the country. You also have SLU, which has a rich sports history and is great academically. Then, for more affordable college, you have University of Missouri St. Louis, commonly known as UMSL. This is also a good option for students to get their college degree. You also have Webster University where I know many people who studied theater and fine arts that went there. Not to mention St. Louis’ Community College options are plentiful.

I want to see crime go down. I’m tired of seeing St. Louis at the top of the list for “Most dangerous cities in the U.S.”

I think the city can get to this place, it will just take time.

I hope you enjoyed my review of a city that means the world to me. There are so many great areas of St. Louis, let me know what your favorites are!

The calls to #RestoretheSnyderverse live on

I’ve never seen a fanbase so driven to make a movie happen.

In 2017, the original Justice League film was released. To be honest, I think we all know how that went.

Then came the legions of Zack Snyder’s Justice League fans making calls to the Super Hero movie gods to let Snyder release his cut of Justice League.

From trending on Twitter to online petitions, Snyder Cut fans used every platform possible to get the outcome they wanted.

In March of 2021, the army got its wish.

A wish that lasted 4 hours and 2 minutes.

Usually, I wouldn’t want to sit through a movie that’s over 3 hours long. But this film was the exception.

My older brother and I always bonded over DC, Star Wars, and Spider-Man. Batman was always the fan favorite for him and I.

I remember us talking for years about how we wanted a live-action Justice League movie to come out. There was rumors one would come out, and then finally there was word about the 2017 version. The amount of disappoint I felt from that movie was echoed by many other DC fans around the world.

So watching the Snyder Cut felt like redemption for me. A storyline, with characters that have meant a lot to me for so long, finally getting its due.

The return of Henry Cavill’s Superman. Ben Affleck’s Batman/Bruce Wayne getting the recognition he deserved. Everything felt right in the fandom.

The only thing left to do, is to finish the story.

The tale doesn’t end at the conclusion of the Justice League. More movies were originally planned to wrap up the Man of Steel story, as well as exploring the Knightmare future.

The end of Zack Snyder’s Justice League show the return of Jared Leto’s Joker and Batman leading a mix of heroes and villains on a mission through an apocalyptic-looking land.

We also see Superman return, but this time not as a friend.

What do you think? Should Warner Bros continue to #RestoretheSnyderverse? Or is it time to move on from this universe and start a new story?

The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz, comes out on March 4th in theaters.

Recently, reports came out that Ben Affleck said The Flash movie set to debut towards the end of 2022 would put a “nice finish” to his time as the Dark Knight.

Although Affleck said this, it hasn’t stopped the calls for him to have his own Batman movie, and to finish the story after Justice League.

Top things to do in Chillicothe this weekend

If you’re sick and tired of the cold weather, and last week’s snow storm had you begging for spring, let’s list out a couple of the top things to do in Chillicothe this weekend.

First, you’ve got the Eagle Watch Breakfast. Chillicothe leaders have been working to revitalize eagle watching by the Illinois River. One of the ways is by launching an eagle watch tower. So, this event is definitely on brand with that mission, plus you can have breakfast.

Sadly, this next event is sold out. The Chillicothe Chocolate Tour sounds like my kind of party. You get to venture on the downtown strip and check out the local businesses, while eating chocolate. This is the perfect thing to do right after the Eagle Watch Breakfast.

After you’re done with the Chocolate Tour, head over to the Town Theatre to see Spider-Man No Way Home or Moonfall.

Moonfall just came out Friday (2/4), and Spider-Man has become one of the top grossing films of all time (one of my personal favorites). There’s a showtime at 2:00 for Spidey and 2:30 for Moonfall. Which means it’s now time for dinner.

Head on over to Grecian Gardens for steak or Castaways for sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and more.

After dinner, learn how to become your very own bartender. Dustin Crawford is hosting a mixology class at 7:00 p.m. at the Westcott Room. All the information can be found in the image.

Chillicothe is one of the many places throughout Central Illinois offering people fun activities for the family.

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Star Wars: Filoni, Favreau are giving us the best SW content we’ve seen in years

Since the prequels were released, the Star Wars fan base has been divided.

So it’s no surprised the Sequel trilogy only fanned those flames. This time, prequel & original trilogy fans were bashing on Disney’s latest attempt to revive the Star Wars universe.

Complaints about Rey’s origin story, the return of Palpatine, and a lack of compelling characters were some of the main things echoed by upset fans. But lets focus on the positive now.

We are watching some of the best Star Wars we have seen in years.

The Mandalorian brought all generations of Star Wars fans together. The Force seemed to become balanced once again. After two hit seasons, Disney & Lucasfilm had to figure out what to do next.

While the Mandalorian is probably pretty tired of carrying the entire franchise on his back for the last couple of years, it’s time for new material.

That brings us to present day. Right now, fans are in awe from the Book of Boba Fett. While it started out slow, most of us realized it would take a couple of episodes to really get to the good stuff.

Cue episode 5 & 6. The greatest content of Star Wars we have witnessed since we saw Luke Skywalker in the Mandalorian Season 2. Ironically, we see Luke again in episode 6 of Boba Fett, too. We also finally get to see our little green friend, Grogu, again as well as Ahsoka Tano.

As a Star Wars fan, I am in a very content place right now. The sky is the limit. With the recent news of Obi-Wan supposed to release in May, followed by the Andor series, Star Wars fans will be feasting in 2022.

Let’s not forget about the Ahsoka Tano show supposed to come out in the near future. Oh yeah, and Mandalorian Season 3.

We’ll have to show some patience once The Book of Boba Fett wraps up in the next few weeks, but hopefully right around that time, Disney will release the trailer for Obi-Wan.

The return of Hayden Christensen to the franchise is enough for me to predict this show will be incredible. Ewan McGregor is the perfect Obi-Wan Kenobi, so yes, you can say my expectations are extremely high. I think with the use of “The Volume,” these stars will truly have all the essential materials to make something special.

I’m hoping we see Obi-Wan travel to different planets, return to Mustafar (where we could see Vader’s Castle), and have force dreams where we see Clone Wars era Anakin & Obi in action.

This rematch with Darth Vader needs to be epic. And my prediction is it will happen on Mustafar. Now with Ahsoka Tano finally being transferred over into live action (Rosario Dawson), I think there’s possibility we see her involved in the show.

Not to mention there’s always the possibility of the return of Darth Maul & Crimson Dawn. We saw Maul’s fate in Rebels, but this was a loss to a much older Obi-Wan.

What are your hopes & predictions for the Obi-Wan show? Comment below or let me know on social media!

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