Werner Herzog, Who Is Starring in an Upcoming Star Wars Series, Has Never Seen a Star Wars Movie

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Werner Herzog has done a lot of things in his prolific film directing career. He perused prehistoric art while creating the Cave of Forgotten Dreams documentary. He visited a jungle (and hated it). He ate his own shoe in front of a live audience. But one thing he hasn't done is watch a Star Wars movie.

"I have to confess I never saw a single one," he said while shaking his head in an interview with the Associated Press. "I've seen some trailers. I've seen some excerpts here and there. And I know about the whole franchise and about the toys for the kids and so—it's all a new mythology."

This wouldn't be all that unusual, except for the fact that he's starring in The Mandalorian, Disney's forthcoming series set in the Star Wars universe. According to AV Club, Herzog will be playing the role of a "mysterious villain" in the show, which was created by Jon Favreau. Herzog said he will likely appear in two or three episodes.

Despite this lack of a proper introduction to the Star Wars world, Herzog said he didn't have any misgivings about being part of the project. "I looked at the screenplay and I had the feeling of—though I know very little about Star Wars—I had the feeling, 'Yes, I could do it,'" he said.

He praised filmmakers for eschewing the "artificiality" of the green screen in favor of a more tangible approach. "[The Mandalorian] brings movie-making back to where it should be. It's a phenomenal achievement," he said.

According to the official synopsis of the series, "The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic." It will premiere on Disney's streaming platform, Disney+, sometime this year.

[h/t AV Club]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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What Movie Do You Want to Watch? This Website Analyzes Film Critic Reviews to Help You Choose

She's smiling because it only took her two minutes to choose a movie.
She's smiling because it only took her two minutes to choose a movie.
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Much like sommeliers can detect subtle notes of who-knows-what in a sip of wine, film critics are fantastic at identifying influences and drawing parallels between movies. Cinetrii is a handy website that crowdsources all that movie knowledge to help you find your next favorite film.

Basically, you enter the name of a movie you enjoyed in the search bar, and the site will show you a node graph with film recommendations splintering off the search query. Click on one, and you’ll see a quote from a critic (or critics) who referenced the films together. This way, you get a list of recommendations based on different aspects of the movie, and you get to decide for yourself what you’d like to see more of.

If, for example, you were blown away by the special effects in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, you might like Doctor Strange; according to Variety, it boasts “a staggering visual effects innovation, in which the building-bending seen in Christopher Nolan’s Inception is taken to an extreme that would blow even M.C. Escher’s mind.” If what the Chicago Tribune calls an “elegant brain-bender” quality appealed to you more, The Matrix might be a perfect fit.

Films above your search query were released before the movie you typed in, while films below came out after it. The shorter the line, the more closely the films are related, as calculated by the website’s algorithm. And, as Lifehacker points out, that algorithm doesn’t give any special treatment to massive Hollywood blockbusters, so Cinetrii is an especially great way to find hidden gems. Because it shows you the critics' actual quotes, you’re not left to wonder why a certain film landed on the recommendations list—which can’t always be said for “Watch next” lists on streaming services.

You can explore Cinetrii here.

[h/t Lifehacker]