Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

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’ve just been thinking about this today because I’m a huge nerd, but isn’t the Galactic Empire in Star Wars kind of a lousy empire?  If we accept that the prequel movies exist, then the beginning of the  Empire, the transformation of Anakin into Darth Vader, and the birth of Luke and Leia all happen at about the same time.  That gives what?  Twenty years or less before Luke joins the Rebel Alliance in Episode IV?  Now supposedly Return of the Jedi takes place approximately four years after A New Hope, so at most that means this all-powerful “Galactic Empire” existed for about twenty-five years.  I’m older than the entire reign of Emperor Palpatine, who must have the most difficult job in the galaxy because it ages him what appears to be five hundred years during his brief time in power.

For reference the Roman Empire lasted hundreds of years.  The Byzantine Empire lasted a thousand.   I mean as far as  dictators go, Castro’s had a better run than Palpatine, but I guess he’s had a much smaller area to rule.

By the way, I suspect the Empire fell because the stormtroopers were all such lousy shots.

I guess this is just another reason why we were probably better off without the prequels.

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If anyone out there is still trying to figure out what to get me for Christmas and they have a spare $300,000 or so lying around, consider this officially added to my wishlist.

LONDON – For sale: A chance to embrace the dark side.

Christie’s auction house is selling an original Darth Vader costume from the “Star Wars” movie franchise.

The outfit — a jet-black helmet, mask and armor — is expected to sell Thursday for between 160,000 pounds and 230,000 pounds ($250,000 to $365,000).

Christie’s says the costume is thought to have been made for “The Empire Strikes Back,” the second film in George Lucas’s sci-fi series, released in 1980.

The auction house’s head of popular culture, Neil Roberts, says the costume is one of the most iconic in the history of cinema.

Christie’s did not name the seller, identified only as an American private collector.

If I owned that, I’d wear it to teach in and discipline would be a thing of the past.

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It’s homecoming week and that means there is going to be a parade in town this Friday.  It also means that since I’m a junior class sponsor I’ve been helping with the Junior class float this week.  The theme is smack in my comfort zone – Star Wars: The Badgers Strike Back.  How easy is that?  If you have even a passing acquaintance with Star Wars a dozen cool ideas probably just popped into your head.  I know I immediately started thinking of all the large-scale, elaborate floats that you could put together, with giant TIE Fighters, a Millennium Falcon, a platform where Darth Badger stood over a one-handed yellow jacket dangling over an abyss.

Yeah, I don’t know how to build any of that stuff.

Also, we’ve had maybe a grand total of eight juniors show up to work on that thing over the last two days.  Remember when you were in school, and people seemed to care more about this stuff?  What happened?

I’m sorry if you read the title of this post and froze in fear at the idea that a clown hiding in a storm drain was about to reach out and rip your arm off.  Want a balloon?

Update: Some parents/elementary teachers came in and started running the show the other night.  Bless them.  Our float is going to be pretty nice now, with a giant Yoda and everything.

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