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A Jedi Tribute To Richard Marquand

Here’s a short video and audio compilation of interviews with Return Of The Jedi director Richard Marquand, a man unfairly maligned, being seen as under George Lucas’ thumb. Hopefully the recent excellent J W Rinzler book on the making of that film has gone some way to acknowledging the not inconsiderable input he had to the […]

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The Great Unmade? Star Wars: Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye

Imagine if you will, Star Wars hasn’t taken off quite as well as we now know. George Lucas had a contingency plan. He approached writer Alan Dean Foster, who ghost wrote the novelization of Star Wars, to come up with a story that could be knocked out as a quickie screen sequel. That story became the first Star Wars spin-off novel, […]

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The Star Wars 4k Restoration You *May* See Sometime

“Having had the good fortune of scrutinizing every scanned pixel of every 4K frame of many near-pristine original run prints, I find the most curious and distressing part of all of this to be this simple, undeniable fact: Every single frame of the Blu-Ray version of Star Wars is incorrect. There is not a single […]

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Star Wars The Legacy Revealed Documentary

Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed is a documentary about the impact the original 1977 Star Wars film has had upon society and filmmaking, with a focus on the place of the series in the continuum of cultural mythology. The two-hour program debuted on The History Channel on May 28, 2007, coinciding roughly with the 30-year […]

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Unhappy Life Day – The Star Wars Holiday Special

Many people doubt the existence of Bigfoot. There are copious stories of what Bigfoot looks like, what he is supposed to be and there is even grainy film footage of him. Many people just dismiss Bigfoot witnesses as opportunists trying to fool people into believing what is essentially just a myth. George Lucas would like you to believe that […]

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The Making Of Super 8

Apropos of Star Wars Episode VII wrapping, here’s a look at the making of Super 8, considered a JJ tribute to Steven Spielberg’s “suburban phase”. Another instance, after George Lucas, of the director getting to walk a mile in his idol’s shoes. Spielberg told Empire magazine: “JJ made a very modern movie, but at the […]

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Star Wars The Force Awakens: A Scoundrel’s Mantle

With each further glimpse of Star Wars The Force Awakens it’s clear that there is no reset button in the galaxy far, far away to a peaceful Republic redux. Indeed, with the revelation that Luke Skywalker is missing, and there is a sort of “death cult” that idolises Darth Vader, led by the sinister Kylo […]

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Guilty Pleasures: After Earth

After Earth was almost universally derided as “the worst film of 2013” a vanity vehicle for Will Smith, or more precisely, his son Jaden, and a flat, empty spectacle, ploddingly directed by M. Night Shyamalan, thrown a bone by Smith after a string of self-created disappointments. Co-written by Gary Whitta, it seemingly follows computer game […]

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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Space Oddity: The Black Hole

  Now that Disney have bought Lucasfilm, will they plough ahead with their intended remake of Star Wars’ coat trailer, The Black Hole, or consign this imitators memory to the dustbin of history? The success of Star Wars took Hollywood by surprise in 1977, and suddenly science fiction films were hip again. Disney dusted off elements of 20,000 […]

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