Everything is a remix, and that includes The Force Awakens

Monday, 23 May, 2016

What’s with the often glaring similarities between the latest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, and the 1977 original, A New Hope? It’s because the latter is a remix of the former, of course. Or a remix for the most part.

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This station is made of bamboo… we are vulnerable

Friday, 6 May, 2016

Amazing, a model of the Death Star, from the original Star Wars film, built from bamboo by Frank Howarth. The video depicting its construction is just over ten minutes long, but it seems far shorter, so fascinating is the assembly process.

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Cutaway illustrations of Star Wars vehicles by Hans Jenssen

Wednesday, 27 April, 2016

Star Wars fans will doubtless enjoy Hans Jenssen’s series of cross section, or cutaway, and intricately detailed, illustrations of a number of vehicles and vessels featured in the sci-fi saga.

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We can rebuild Darth Vader, but at what cost?

Monday, 18 April, 2016

We can rebuild him, we have the technology… Darth Vader that is. I wonder if Emperor Palpatine realised the cost would total close to eighteen million dollars, all up, though? Short wonder Vader is never seen taking a holiday, or even a tea break for that matter. For that sort of money you’d want to be sure you were seeing a return on your investment.

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The trailer for Rogue One… a true stand alone Star Wars story then?

Monday, 11 April, 2016

The first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, due for release in Australian cinemas on 16 December, is set shortly before events of Episode IV, and tells the story of how the Rebel Alliance managed to acquire the design plans of the Death Star.

It looks promising. So far. Here’s hoping Rogue One is truly standalone, and only makes necessary references to other films in the series, rather than being some sort of… duplicate.

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The Force Awakens, a sequel, or a remake of A New Hope?

Monday, 4 April, 2016

There’s been much talk of the similarities between Star Wars films A New Hope, and The Force Awakens, and here you can see select scenes from both side by side. Stark, or what? While some of the comparisons were obvious, there’s a fair number of more subtle likenesses.

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The Millennium Falcon may be a pirate ship, but that’s no name

Tuesday, 8 March, 2016

An extensive history of the creation, and evolution, of the Millennium Falcon, a story that includes a little bit of revolution… can you believe it, one of science fiction’s most iconic vessels might have had the name Pirate Ship?

The Millennium Falcon underwent a long and arduous number of conceptual iterations before its final iconic shape emerged; the one we now once again see blasting its way across the big screen. In fact it wasn’t even known by its famous name until well into production, having up until then gone under the much mundane moniker: Pirate Ship.

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The Imperial March in a major key, music for Kylo Ren I think

Thursday, 25 February, 2016

This is the Imperial March, or Darth Vader’s Theme, from Star Wars.

Listen now to the Imperial March performed in a major key, rather than a minor. It sure suits the black dress wearing punk bitch that is Kylo Ren, don’t you think?

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Star Wars Episode VIII is in production, and this trailer proves it

Wednesday, 17 February, 2016

This is what it has come to… “trailers” announcing that a new film is in production, in this case Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is slated for release in late 2017.

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A step by step guide to building your own Daft Punk helmet

Monday, 1 February, 2016

New generation Star Wars belligerent Kylo Ren still has a lot to learn about being badass. For instance, take that head ornament that he thinks passes for a face mask. He should really have taken a cue from helmet wearing French electronic music duo, Daft Punk.

It’s not as if it would have been difficult either, as Greg Santacruz recently built a replica of the helmet Thomas Bangalter wears, a process that Tim Bottchen photographed at each stage.

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