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Star Wars - Darth Vader

Star Wars – Darth Vader (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I honestly thought this was a joke when I saw it posted on my favorite video game site, despite the fact that the text preview contained the phrase “This is not a joke.”.




Disney bought Lucasfilm.




That’s…pretty crazy actually.  I’m not sure what to think about it.  I respect George Lucas a great deal for Star Wars, but frankly if ever a person could be accused of misunderstanding the appeal of his own creation, it’s him.  Letting someone else have a crack at his universe might be just the thing.




And while Disney may be the poster child of corporate media mega-conglomerates they do have a good tract record with studios they’ve bought.  In 2006 they bought Pixar which never makes bad movies, and the movies since the buy out included Ratatouille, Wall-E, and Up.




In 2009 they bought Marvel Comics and their first film collaboration was The Avengers, which, if it’s not the best superhero movie ever made, is certainly the best superhero team movie.




It’ll be interesting to see what they do with Star Wars in 2015.




But the best thing they could do to garner fan support, would be to put the original cuts of episodes IV-VI out on Blu-Ray.




Now imagine the theme park rides!





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I don’t care if it is a musical, this trailer got me excited to see this movie.

Les Miserables is the only live theater production I’ve ever seen.  But what a first!  My wife and I went to London a few years ago, and decided we should dress up and go out to the theater one night.  I chose what we saw, but to be honest I picked it with only the vaguest notions of what it was like or even about.  When the curtain went up, I was transfixed for hours.  The songs are wonderful, the story powerful, and the sets range from an effective use of a single light to evoke a sewer to the massive and elaborate barricade.  If you ever get a chance to see it, you should.

English: Les Miserables at Queen's Theatre, as...

English: Les Miserables at Queen’s Theatre, as seen in the day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But if you can’t get to a live production, and you don’t want to wait until December to see what it’s all about, I’ve got good news for you!  It’s also a book by 19th Century French author Victor Hugo.  Don’t let the oldness and Frenchness put you off.  If you do, you’ll be missing out on a beautiful story of forgiveness and redemption.  Also quite a bit of stuff about the sewers under Paris.  Besides being a little on the long side, it’s not all that difficult to read.

And it’s very much worth it.

You have plenty of time to finish it between now and December.  The musical is fantastic, but it really is a singing summary of an even better book.

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Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon (Photo credit: perobinson)

As far as what I’m familiar with, I’m a Joss Whedon fan.  I loved his run on Astonishing X-Men, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was awesome, and  I think Firefly and Serenity are fantastic.  I have to admit that I’ve never watched a single episode of Buffy.  I know, I know.  Now the real fans are rolling their eyes and wondering why I even bother talking about the guy, but I just want to make the point that I like him, and I think he does good work.

However, I didn’t think anybody could make a good movie about the Avengers.

There’s just too many characters sharing screen time.  How can you cram them in, give everyone their due, build team chemistry, and have them save the day in the span of a single movie?  I didn’t think it could be done.

Joss Whedon did it.

If you haven’t seen The Avengers, go watch it now.  Find the best cinema near you, get in line earlier, and enjoy the show.  But make sure it’s in 2D.  3D is for suckers and real life.

The movie really is that good.  The script is clever and funny and spot on character-wise.  The action set pieces are huge but easy to follow.  The acting is great.  And somehow Joss Whedon juggles all six Avengers in such a way that everyone fits, nothing seems forced, and everyone gets their due on screen.  It’s just pure fun from beginning to end.

Seriously, quit reading this and go watch it.

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To continue what I ended with last week.  Here’s the trailer for the new Spider-man:

And while we’re watching trailers for super-hero movies:

And the big one:

Who thinks this is going to be a good summer for comic book movies?

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I guess it was only a matter of time before someone did a superhero movie in the found-footage style.  You can only make so many Paranormal Activity’s before it starts to get lame.

And by so many I mean one.

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Academy Award

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Did you think Thor was one of the best movies you saw this year?  Well it wasn’t, and I’ve got the list to prove it.   That’s right, today the Academy announced this years Oscar

nominees.   Now you can find out what you should have been watching instead of The Hangover II: Hangovier.   Because, really, if I’m going to let someone else tell me what life choices I should make, I could do worse than a mysterious committee of rich, Hollywood types.

I’ve watched a grand total of one of the nine movies up for Best Picture.  So I think it’s time to modify my Netflix queue and see if I can fit a few more in before the big night.  Although I’ll really be tuning in to make sure “Man or Muppet” wins Best Song.


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Who’s ready for next December?

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