Star Wars Downunder, a fan made film by Michael Cox

Thursday, 12 January, 2017

It’s a fan made film, so I know you sometimes need to be in the right place, at the right time, to hear about these sorts of things, but I’m still not sure how I missed Star Wars Downunder. Made by filmmaker Michael Cox in 2013, “Downunder” brings a distinctly Australian taste, in the form of beer no less, to the popular sci-fi saga.

See the full film here, 30 minutes in length, or take a look at the trailer for a preview.

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Rogue One, a new trailer, and a new hope for the Star Wars films?

Monday, 12 December, 2016

This is a red-letter week for fans of the Star Wars films, with the first of the Anthology series movies, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, opening on 15 December. I doubt I’ll be going to the one minute past midnight screenings that some cinemas are scheduling, but I’m sure I’ll have seen it by this time next week.

In what I hope is an encouraging sign, Star Wars creator George Lucas, has already seen the film (I wonder how you manage to do that?) and, according to Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, “really liked the movie“. This in contrast to his comments after seeing the J.J. Abrams directed The Force Awakens:

“I think the fans are going to love it. It’s very much the kind of movie they’ve been looking for.”

How circumspect is that? The Force Awakens wasn’t quite the film I’d hoped to see, and I think J.J. Abrams went a little too far with his penchant for rehashing earlier storylines. Whether Rogue One will be a good film, or a better one, remains to be seen, but there’s no harm in keeping our fingers crossed, and hoping for the best.

In the meantime, immerse yourself a in little more of the Star Wars hype, with another of the latest batch of Rogue One trailers.

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The second trailer for the next Star Wars film, Rogue One

Monday, 17 October, 2016

Not long to go now until the first Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One, opens in cinemas.

Just two months. I hope hope hope this will be good. The new trailer, released late last week, looks hopeful.

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Albums covers from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away

Wednesday, 31 August, 2016

Album cover artwork by Steven Lear

More album cover designs influenced by Star Wars. This time a collection by London based freelance digital artist Steven Lear.

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A trailer for Kenobi: A Star Wars Story. Wait, is that even a thing?

Tuesday, 23 August, 2016

Even though it was introduced as a fan-made clip, as I watched I thought, no, this must be an official trailer, for a Star Wars Anthology, or spin-off, film about Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. But, no, it is not official, it is a labour of love by Canadian filmmaker Rich Williamson, for a would-be film that might be titled Kenobi: A Star Wars Story.

I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this went on to spawn an actual film. Or trilogy of films, a prospect that has been on the cards for sometime, from what I can gather. Ewan McGregor, who played Kenobi in the Prequel Trilogy films, is said to be interested in reprising his role, if production were to proceed.

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Rock music during the time of the Star War’s Galactic Empire

Thursday, 18 August, 2016

Rolling Stone album cover, artwork by Superfi

What if planet Earth had become part of the Star Wars Galactic Empire? What would be the impact on our day to day lives? Would we be better off, or worse, that we are now?

ABBA album cover, artwork by Superfi

And what about the arts? And music? How would being an actual part of the Star Wars universe, have influenced our favourite musicians? This is the way Superfi thinks it may have been

Sex Pistols album cover, artwork by Superfi

(Thanks Erastus)

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. An official trailer

Monday, 15 August, 2016

I was lurking on Twitter at just the right time last Friday afternoon, to catch word that the official trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, had dropped.

Up until now we’ve only been treated to a couple of teasers. This is a more substantial outline of the story, and there’s even a glimpse of Darth Vader. Rogue One opens in cinemas on 16 December. Not long to go now.

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Years later the Empire and Rebels are still skirmishing on Endor

Monday, 1 August, 2016

I’m surprised forces from either side of the conflict would still be present in this region of the galaxy, but there you go. Star Wars – Call of the Empire, is a fun, fan made, short film set years after the battle of Endor, which played out in Return of the Jedi.

It has been reasoned that Endor was plunged into a nuclear winter shortly after the destruction of the second Death Star, so it’s a puzzle that anyone is there in the first place. Having said that, it seems clear that an active Imperial base is present. Perhaps that’s where the First Order took its roots? The basis for a possible Star Wars Anthology series film?

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Star Wars sans Empire, Rebellion, and light side of force. Is that so?

Tuesday, 19 July, 2016

If you like your alternative takes on the Star Wars saga, you’ll enjoy this article by UK writer Sam Kriss. Here he argues there is no real empire, or rebellion, for that matter.

For instance: what, exactly, is the Galactic Empire? It’s strange: something that’s fully omnipresent, but also nowhere to be found. The Empire rules the entire galaxy, but all we see are border zones: corrupt, bandit-strewn scrubworlds; autonomous mining colonies; planets inhabited only by storms and monsters; bucolic pre-agricultural fantasies. There are warships and soldiers, thousands even, but that only proves the existence of a border, not anything on the other side. The Empire is all hollow inside, it’s nothing more than its own border. If you have shipyards, why build your weapons platform off the forest moon of Endor?

Just goes to show doesn’t it? The more thought you give a story like Star Wars, which on the surface seems like a relatively simple story of good against bad, the less sense it begins to make.

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Darth Vader, the one and only rogue

Friday, 24 June, 2016

A surprise this is. Not. It has been confirmed that Darth Vader will feature in the first of the Star Wars Anthology series films, Rogue One, that is due for release in December. That’s less than six months away. Just thought you’d like to know. About Vader, that is.

While already known that Australian Ben Mendelsohn would appear as an officer with plans to ingratiate himself with the Emperor that might earn the wrath of the supreme commander Darth Vader, it has only now been confirmed by Entertainment Weekly that the black-clad, mask-wearing and not overly sweet-natured dark lord Vader himself would appear in the film.

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