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Ryan is a sound engineer in Los Angeles, focusing on Production Sound for Film and TV. He's an avid video game player, comic book reader, and all-around collector of nerd culture.

A Hype To Remember: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

All of us here at After The Hype love Star Wars, because… well… it’s STAR WARS!

In honor of Star Wars Day (May 4th) we will be releasing one “Hype to Remember” a day to cover all 8 of the released Star Wars films! Ryan here, back again to bring us up to speed with the next generation of Star Wars.

 

After living through the prequels as a huge fan, I kept my excitement in check as Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced a slew of new movies, including episodes 7-9. Of course, I assumed it would be a film about passing torches, and we’d get new versions of Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, Artoo, and Threepio.

 

The first teaser for Force Awakens cemented this, and we got introductions to Finn, BB-8, Rey, and Poe. Everything looked and felt like Star Wars – rolling droids, X-Wing cockpits, and the Millennium Falcon!

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Ryan James
Ryan is a sound engineer in Los Angeles, focusing on Production Sound for Film and TV. He's an avid video game player, comic book reader, and all-around collector of nerd culture.

A Hype to Remember: Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)

ALL OF US HERE AT AFTER THE HYPE LOVE STAR WARS, BECAUSE… WELL… IT’S STAR WARS!

In honor of Star Wars Day (May 4th) we will be releasing one “Hype to Remember” a day to cover all 8 of the released Star Wars films! It’s your boy Ryan and we’re going to talk about clones.

I’m here to give Bryan a writing break by talking about a new hope…A new hope that the Star Wars prequels could be good!

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)

 

By the time we saw the trailer for Episode II: Attack of the Clones, the truth about The Phantom Menace had sunk in. It wasn’t good. It was flashy without any of the heart that made the first three films special.

 

But wait!

 

The music from my favorite scene in Return of the Jedi! Obi-Wan with a beard already? Anakin with a lightsaber! Stormtroopers? No Jar Jar! Another Boba Fett, except this one is named Jango? More lightsabers!

 

Ok, I don’t want to get fooled again but this one looks way better than Phantom Menace, I can’t wait…

 

Aw, crap.

 

Ryan James
Ryan is a sound engineer in Los Angeles, focusing on Production Sound for Film and TV. He's an avid video game player, comic book reader, and all-around collector of nerd culture.

A Hype To Remember: Trainspotting (1996)

Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose this trailer for Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, just in time for the sequel!

 

You can’t get much better than the drum beat of “Lust for Life” to kick off a trailer, and it sets the tone for the whole movie. The 90’s were a great time for young, dumb anarchist adventures, before it was a little too close to home, and TRAINSPOTTING set the bar high. Hopefully the filmmakers aged along with their audience, and deliver something meaningful to the current generation in T2!

TRAINSPOTTING (1996)

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Ryan James
Ryan is a sound engineer in Los Angeles, focusing on Production Sound for Film and TV. He's an avid video game player, comic book reader, and all-around collector of nerd culture.

Least-Worst Comic Book Movies of 2016

Hey everyone! Ryan here, emerging from the Comic Corner to bring you 2016’s TOP 7 LEAST-WORST COMIC BOOK MOVIES.

 

To keep it from being any longer, I only included the live action theatrical releases, so no mention of Batman: The Killing Joke on this list. They were easy to rank at the top, but the rest were engaged in a nosedive race to the bottom.

 

I gave it my best shot anyway, enjoy!

 

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Ryan James
Ryan is a sound engineer in Los Angeles, focusing on Production Sound for Film and TV. He's an avid video game player, comic book reader, and all-around collector of nerd culture.