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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Yoda, a nasty little green oven mitt, until proved otherwise?

Tuesday, 19 January, 2016

It’s fair to say that US scientist and science fiction author David Brin takes a reasonably dim view of the Star Wars films, especially the first six movies. It’s series creator George Lucas’ “sneering contempt for democracy and the common man”, that particularly gets on Brin’s goat, to say nothing of that “nasty little green oven mit” Yoda:

Yoda is pretty much, inarguably, the most evil figure ever in the history of any human mythology. I have defied folks to name one time when he says or does anything that is indisputably wise. The trail of destruction that follows him and every decision that he makes is inarguable and overwhelming.

Evil, and not much of a strategist either. Or was he?

I do hope folks will notice, for example, that Yoda, in Attack of the Clones, orders the Jedi into a suicide charge that kills most of them, then conveniently shows up with the new clone army that he ordered. An act of treachery and betrayal so stunning that I had to watch the movie twice. Perhaps that was Lucas’ evil plan.

Brin has written a book, Star Wars on Trial, that examines the good and bad aspects of the saga in court case fashion, where he, unsurprisingly, acts as the prosecuting attorney.

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Avatar, and the mystery of the missing cultural footprint

Friday, 15 January, 2016

Avatar, directed by James Cameron, took over US$2.7 billion at the box office, upon its release in 2009. By way of comparison, The Force Awakens, the latest Star Wars film, has taken about US$1.7 billion to date. Here’s a puzzle though, if Avatar was so popular, why is it devoid of any sort of cultural footprint?

The total absence of a cultural footprint for Avatar is fascinating… Hey. Right now. Try to quote Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time. Quote ANY line. Or name 2 characters. No cheating.

How often, for instance, do you notice certain of these lines from Star Wars cropping up? Mind you, the Star Wars story is spread across seven films, not counting animations and holiday specials, over almost four decades, so that has to be a help.

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Han Solo’s life story may not stand up to many special modifications

Thursday, 14 January, 2016

Today’s obligatory Star Wars related post – I think have one ready to go for tomorrow as well – asks the question, should there be a Han Solo anthology, or “spin off” film made? As I said a few months ago, Solo’s the sort of person who’d have a couple of stories to tell. Thing is, would it be a good idea to make movies out of them?

Something else I also wondered about was who on Earth would you cast to portray a younger Solo? One thing is for sure, whoever it might be will have big shoes to fill, as David Sim, writing for The Atlantic, notes:

Why do audiences need to see the events that made Han Solo who he is? He’s a complete package the second he’s introduced – rebellious, charming, with just enough bravado to disguise that he’s making it up as he goes along – and so much of that is down to Ford’s performance. Any new actor in the role will be saddled with the choice between trying to imitate Ford or creating their own take on the character, and both will be a tough sell.

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