The BMD Week That Was: STAR WARS, Fantastic Fest and IT

Shining a light on those hard to reach stories.

Most days, a whole lot of stuff passes across our front page. Sometimes worthy stories disappear a bit too quickly. For that reason, we’re putting together an overview of how the week went down. From crazy news stories, to editorials we love, to just plain goofy articles that deserve a second look - this is The BMD Week that Was.

It was something of a slow week news-wise. Perhaps the most generous news item of the week was a Star Wars: The Last Jedi info dump courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, which included new photos, information on Luke Skywalker and some new bits on Porgs, little new aliens already beloved by the internet.

We also had some great articles in honor of Ingrid Goes West in the form of writeups of Chuck & Buck, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, and a look at Aubrey Plaza’s ascention as indie film producer.

On the IT front, we got a couple new photos and Scott Wampler took a trip on a scary VR bus activation where he pooped his pants (he didn’t write that part up, but you know it happened).

Actually, Stephen King was relevant all week. Not just with IT, but also with a Great Debate on the writer and an article from Jacob Knight about the future of the Dark Tower series, while Sam Strange shared his memories of making that very popular and profitable film.

And that’s not even all. In this week’s most exciting story, Fantastic Fest released its first-wave lineup, which includes not one but two King adaptations (1922 and Gerald’s Game).

Actually, we’re just getting started here. Maybe the week wasn’t as slow as I thought. In terms of just reviews, we got a look at The Transfiguration, Takashi Miike’s Blade of the Immortal and Step, while I reviewed Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later and Andrew Todd took on Twin Peaks duties. Meanwhile, Film Crit Hulk went deep on last week’s amazing “Pickle Rick”. Meredith Borders looked at the very unique graphic novel My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. We also had a great anniversary post on Grosse Point Blank.

Phil looked at new Bond rumors (as he does) and even appeared on a super fancy Bond podcast. Siddhant won some satisfaction as the guy in charge of censoring Indian cinema (and who once kicked him out of his office) got fired.

Collins' Crypt looked at Death Line, I stuck up for a bit of The Odd Couple II in this week's Say Something Nice, Wampler made me see a Corey Feldman concert in the latest Trying Times podcast, and we had a wonderful appreciation of Robert Mitchum as last week's Sunday Read.

So if you're bored this weekend and looking for something to read, I do believe we are your Huckleberry. Have fun, and we'll see you next week!