Author: Bill Watters

Bill Watters is a child of the late 70s- he walked into a theater to watch Star Wars, and emerged to become a lifelong fan of cinema and television. Spending nearly a decade as a projectionist, he fell into the Silicon Valley dot-com boom and became a codemonkey for a range of game companies. These days he's a frequent speaker, moderator, and panelist at pop-culture events and conventions, as well as a prolific film and television critic and genre news writer. He is also a member critic of both the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. In addition to his writing, he is also a photojournalist and can be found on Getty Images.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” remains ironically one of the best franchise entries into the “Star Wars” feature films, even though it was only billed as one of the side-quest chapters. After mixed results of the sequel trilogy, not much was expected from something not directly part of the “trilogy of trilogies.” Disney+’s “Andor” kicks things off with a three-episode premiere, stepping outside the bounds of rehashed Skywalker Saga story beats for something fresh. It takes things just as far afield of what we’ve had from the prior live-action outings (“The Mandalorian,” “Book of Boba Fett,” and “Obi-Wan Kenobi”).…

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Marking two weeks since Netflix released season 1 of the much acclaimed “The Sandman,” they have summoned something entirely unexpected up. An 11th episode, composing two stories, one animated, and one live-action. It’s not the first time that Netflix has dropped something unexpectedly. They famously premiered “The Cloverfield Paradox” immediately following the 2018 Superbowl (during which the first trailer aired for it, announcing it’s premiere to follow). This is the first time that they have done it for one of their series. “The Sandman” The episode is an adaptation from two of creator Neil Gaiman’s graphic novels, “A Dream of…

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Four-time Grammy Award winner, and Academy Award Nominee, Dame Olivia Newton-John DBE, has passed away today at her home surrounded by family and friends. The announcement, posted by her husband, John Easterling, did not give a cause of death, but did make a reference to her ongoing championing of awareness and treatments for breast cancer. Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30…

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Bback in 2017, “American Gods” premiered on STARZ. While it started off strong, incessant showrunner, writer, and cast changes wound up running it off the rails. 5 years later, Netflix has dropped ten episodes of “The Sandman,” adapted from Neil Gaiman’s 26-Eisner award-winning comic series of the same name. This time around the whole package comes in as a tight and effective series from beginning to end. Netflix “Sandman” is another comic which while I have long been aware of it and it’s laurels. But, I’d never gotten around to reading it. This made for more of a pleasant surprise…

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One of the biggest challenges these days when it comes to finding quality series or movies is the sheer volume of content. A myriad of streamers (not to mention hundreds of channels languishing on cable), wading through haystacks to find that needle is a challenge. On a recommendation from Nerdbot’s Editor-in-Chief, Mary Anne Butler, I went to check out one of FX’s latest series, “The Bear.” Cutting right to the chase, “Bear” is the singularly best new series to come out in the last several years. “The Bear” FX, Hulu Comprised of eight roughly half-hour episodes, the series follows Carmen…

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With the release of “Jurassic World: Dominion,” there will be six feature films in the franchise. “Jurassic Park,” the original 1993 film, remains a classic in the evolution of blockbusters as well as special effects. Unfortunately the films that followed ranged from truly awful to meh. At least, this is another pretty good entry, though that’s not to say that it doesn’t have it’s dino-sized share of problems. Universal Pictures Picking up four years after the events in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” the escaped dinosaurs have spread across most of the planet. That sets up a tug of war between…

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It’s June 8th, and Disney+ has dropped the seventh original series expanding on the Marvel Studios universe with “Ms. Marvel.” As with the earlier “Moon Knight,” it follows a new (to the film and television MCU) character, Kamala Khan. Played by newcomer Iman Vellani, Kamala eventually becomes the titular Ms. Marvel. She also represents the first Muslim-American superhero to come to the big or small screens. Image Courtesy of Disney+ The series doesn’t immediately dovetail into the myriad existent Marvel Studios storylines. Instead, it picks up focusing on Kamala and her tribulations striving to balance her geeky fangirl side with…

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“Star Wars” is a franchise which has always had the burden of its own legacy weighing down its installments. “Star Wars” (or “A New Hope” for its retconned name), and “The Empire Strikes Back” set a level of cinematic firsts and their pop-culture impact which still reverberates nearly a half a century later. After those, it’s been a cavalcade of hits and misses (and too often the latter). The long awaited “Obi-Wan Kenobi” has finally premiered on Disney+ and it’s the closest we’ve gotten to a series that, at least at its outset, belongs in among the better entries. Obi-Wan…

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Just as Star Wars Celebration was wrapping up its first day in Anaheim, CA. Just one day after the anniversary of the release of “Star Wars,” Disney+ has dropped “Obi-Wan Kenobi” several hours earlier than expected. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) in Lucasfilm’s OBI-WAN KENOBI, exclusively on Disney+. © 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved. As the dust settles on the first day of news from Disney and Lucasfilm’s biggest event gathering of the year, fans were planning to stay up til midnight pacific time to catch the drop of the new spin-off series. It spotlights the years spent…

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