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Open Thread: Ep VIII Title Suddenly Drops

January 23, 2017

Perhaps against my better judgment, here’s an open thread on the suddenly revealed title of Ep VIII, “The Last Jedi.”  (I’m not linking this on the FB page because it’ll get too crazy there.)

My only thing is this, it’s obviously not Lucas’s style of nomenclature nor is there the same sense of rhyme as there was with his movies:

A New Hope <–> The Phantom Menace

The Empire Strikes Back <–> Attack Of The Clones

Return Of The Jedi <–> Revenge Of The Sith

I know this is nitpick theater but if I pay attention to those kinds of details, I don’t know why no one else can.  But of course, what ultimately matters is how the film turns out…

2004 Interview With Christopher Lee

January 2, 2017

Sergey found this video almost a month ago and it isn’t until now I remembered to post about it, heh heh.  It’s a 2004 interview with the late Sir Christopher Lee and he talks about his old pal Peter Cushing and their involvement with Star Wars:

Ep. VIII Sticks Up For PT

December 26, 2016

Not huge news but still nice to see (H/T Steve Bragg):

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Kitster Found

December 21, 2016

Whatever happened to Anakin’s young friend on Tatooine, Kitster?  Here’s the guy who played him anyway, Dhruv Chanchani, now an adult as he appeared on this week’s Star Wars Show Holiday Special:

Rogue One, Spoilers, and You

December 9, 2016

With the formal premiere of Rogue One tonight in Hollywood, with the film being screened for critics this weekend, with the embargo being lifted on Tuesday or Wednesday, with early birds in Europe getting to see the film around that time, and evening shows on Thursday in North America, stuff will start to come out about the film.

1. On Friday December 16, I will have an open thread set up by sometime in the morning PST. If you are not seeing the film on Thursday-Friday, avoid this thread until you do. I will not see the film until Sunday 12/18, so don’t expect my review in the comments until then.

2. There will be NO prequel bashing, taunting, baiting, or fighting in the comments. Any such comments will be deleted and trolls will be forever banished. If it gets out of hand, I will shut down the open thread and delete the whole thing.

3. Do NOT post spoilers on any other comment thread or post until after December 23. Some of you can’t or won’t see the film for a while and it’s just not realistic in this age of the internet to expect everyone to keep quiet about the movie for several weeks or months.

4. Any posts or discussion tying in themes, events, etc. of Rogue One with the saga as a whole are fair game after December 23.

5. The rules will be a little looser on the Facebook page. I’ve put a moratorium on spoilers until December 19. I’ll link to the open thread but any and all spoilers are fair game as of Monday December 19.

Bright Lights Film Journal On AOTC

November 26, 2016

Mike Thorn posted a recent piece (Nov. 16) on Bright Lights Film Journal called “George Lucas’s Wildest Vision: Retrofuturist Auteurism in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones”.

This is a real critique of art from the standpoint of someone who is serious about cinema as an art form:

Returning to the comparison between Attack of the Clones and *Corpus Callosum, I would also argue that both films are born to differing degrees from avant-garde traditions, given Lucas’s directorial background and origins (his early work in short films is largely comprised of formalist experimentation, and even his feature debut THX 1138 [1971] eschews many of the customary characteristics of its genre). What defines Attack of the Clones more than anything is its wild formal inventiveness, which remains unprecedented in mainstream cinema. And like Snow’s Callosum, Lucas’s film deals with the futuristic possibilities of digital filmmaking, in this case, resulting ultimately in the alteration of an entire art form.

Nine Years of SWPAS

October 31, 2016

Yesterday was the 9th anniversary of SWPAS’s launch.  Almost a whole decade!  I know I haven’t written very much lately due to other things draining my batteries, but I plan to keep this site chugging along.  Thanks for all of your support all of these years!

Is A Naboo Collection Coming From Her Universe?

October 28, 2016

Maybe.

Late today came the bombshell that Hot Topic has purchased Her Universe.  Ashley Eckstein is still staying with the company and there are plans to expand into offering men’s items (including Ahsoka wear), more plus sizes, and products available to the European market.  Eckstein did a half hour or so chat on Facebook where she answered questions live.

The really interesting part (to most of us anyway) comes about in the last 6 minutes of the chat.  Here Eckstein mentions the design team creating a beautiful Naboo dress and then mentions there are designs for an entire collection.  She says she’d like to get some of those designs made, possibly for next spring or summer.  You can watch the whole thing here.  Let’s hope these do make it to market and they’re not just made for teenagers.  In the nearer future, there’s supposed to be an Ahsoka design for the holidays.

 

PopWrapped’s Top 5 Lines From The PT

October 16, 2016

PopWrapped has a list of its Top 5 lines from the prequels.  Some really interesting choices and interpretations.

AOTC Tsum Tsums Coming Oct. 18

October 4, 2016

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The Disney Store at your local mall and online will unleash 10/18 the latest round of Star Wars Tsum Tsums, this time from AOTC: Anakin, Padmé, Jango, Mace Windu, Aayla Secura, and Plo Koon. These should retail for five bucks apiece. I also hope they have a cute online exclusive t-shirt as they did with the TPM set!