I was wrong about Star Wars

It was something I used to whisper, embarrassed, ashamed, feeling as if my opinion would see me cast out as a social leper – I don’t like Star Wars. Now, this might not sound like a big thing in the grand scheme of things, but I’m a nerd. Most of my friends are nerds. I […]

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Scene Of The Crime: Return Of The Jedi’s “Jedi Rocks”

Imagine Martin Scorsese  takes the head staggers and makes an anniversary redux of his crime classic, Mean Streets. Harvey Keitel’s Charlie looks up from his drink as De Niro’s Johnny Boy enters the hellishly red tinted bar in atmospheric slow-mo, only, instead of being accompanied by the amazing Jumpin’ Jack Flash, his debut is marked by Elton John’s uptempo I […]

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Star Wars The Force Awakens VFX Reels

Via The Art Of VFX, here is a great effects reel showcasing ILM’s VFX work on Star Wars The Force Awakens. Did you know that out of 2,500 shots in the film, the majority of those had some amount of digital effects? Studio Daily has an interesting interview with the effects Supervisor Roger Guyett. In […]

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Empire Of Dreams: Star Wars Documentary

Some kind soul has posted the George Lucas approved doc Empire of Dreams from the DVD release of the original Special Edition Star Wars Trilogy online, so we thought we’d share it with you here. The documentary covers his early career and follows him through the difficult making of the original Star Wars trilogy. It […]

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Sir Alec Guinness and Michael Parkinson Discuss Star Wars in 1977

Below we have Sir Alec Guinness’s first UK television interview to publicise Star Wars in 1977 with the then king of chat shows, Michael Parkinson. He is effusive and full of praise for the film and its creator George Lucas, deeming it to be have “a marvellous, healthy innocence”. Of course in his diaries Guinness […]

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Star Wars The Force Awakens: The Score

Now that  Star Wars The Force Awakens is on general release, Disney and LucasFilm have released John Williams’ sublime score, avoiding spoilers by not releasing it earlier. The soundtrack is one hour and 17 minutes, and includes  music for the alien menagerie of Maz Kanata’s hideaway, written by Broadway composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, in collaboration with director […]

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Meet BB8: Star Wars The Force Awakens’ Scene Stealer

Here is BB8 introduced at the Star Wars Celebration event today, in advance of the screening of the second teaser for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. The tumbling “ball-droid” is actually a real, practical effect. I can’t even tell how his head doesn’t just roll off. Amazing ingenuity from the designers. Has […]

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The Great Unmade? The Early Drafts of Star Wars, Part 2

Following part one of my read-thru, with his second draft, dated January 1975, George Lucas began stripping down his massive manuscript of ideas and refocusing them into something much more budget conscious and achievable for the time. The Skywalker is a prophetic figure, a man who learned how to manipulate the spiritual fabric of reality […]

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The Great Unmade? The Early Drafts of Star Wars, Part 1

Discussion of the origins of Star Wars must begin with Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress, the tale of a bearded General and a young Princess, both in the guise of peasants, trying to sneak across enemy lines while pursued by the clan who overthrew their kingdom, and having to work with a bumbling pair of […]

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Thinking In Circles – Interpreting The Star Wars Saga Through Ring Composition

      Even the most casual glance at the Star Wars prequels (and indeed, even within the original trilogy) will reveal recurring motifs. But have you really noticed the true depth of synchronicity with regard to narrative structure, plot points, themes and so on, that thread throughout all six (so far) films? Mike Klimo […]

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