Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine, named after the Tunisian city 'Tataouine,' is a harsh environment much like the ancient city of Mecca. Luke would look out in to the wilderness and ponder over his purpose much like the Prophet Muhammad did in the seventh century.
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It's perhaps fitting than in a year when Antony Hegarty nabbed a Best Original Song nomination and Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander were recognized for their work on The Danish Girl we've been prompted to revisit Morley's story and return her, perhaps, to the place in LGBT history she'd always earned.
Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens is the hugely popular sequel to George Lucas' sci-fi blockbuster series. Adult fans love sharing this special series with kids of all ages and learning what Han, Chewie, Leia, and all their new friends are up to in that galaxy far, far away.
I'm a Star Wars fan (movies, not yet as deep as canon-love) for as long as I can remember being alive, a woman, and a mother of three boys and one girl. The idea of Rey (pre-movie viewing) was enough to make me feel positively giddy. The actual portrayal? It moved me to tears. (Yes, much of this movie did, I'm not afraid to admit!)
The excitement and media blitz surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens is beginning to fade. But there is a message in this movie that permeates the ...
I took some time over the holidays to see the new Star Wars movie with my family, and regardless of age, everybody loved it -- myself, my teenage children, even the younger nieces and nephews in our group. This was no surprise.
Ah, the Academy Awards- that one night a year we stop watching the audience-pleasing movies we love in order to appreciate the critically-acclaimed movies we'll eventually get around to watching on DVD... or maybe HBO.
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I may be the only one on the planet willing to say this right now...but I am not a fan of the Star Wars franchise. Sure I saw the first film back when...
The latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, is a golden goose. Everything in its path has turned to gold, including Twitter parody accounts. Emo Kylo Ren, @KyloR3n, is officially now its own blockbuster.
In 1977, there was no positive gay imagery in American culture. No movies or television shows had gay characters. "Coming out" was not a thing. I had no idea what homosexuality was. So ... Luke became my boyhood hero, my role model. He was someone who feels different and has a secret, like me.
I must confess, as a Star Wars fan, this is a question that didn't even occur to me. Everyone around me grew up watching Star Wars. We had pop up book...
It should come as no surprise, then, that stormtroopers and dinosaurs -- fairy tale visions conjured decades ago, and at great effort, by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg -- are still ruling the box office today.
Speculation is always fun and the makers of The Force Awakens clearly invited the speculation. Even so, unless the filmmakers have a really terrific idea up their sleeve and none of the current speculation turns out to be accurate, there will be no element of surprise when this story aspect resolves itself.
What's crucial about this blockbuster passing the Bechdel test is the power it holds to influence a whole new generation of pop culture consumers on gender representations.