If you want to understand more about the past, why not tune into stories out of the Star Wars galaxy? Here are some simple history lessons that you can learn from Star Wars.
Film is a visual and aural medium, so it's only natural for filmmakers to strive to create a grand spectacle for the eyes and ears, but it takes a grand spectacle of emotion and story to create a true sense of wonder. That's where the magic of film lies.
With the holidays in full swing, that means my nostalgia is too. And it's not for being a teenager in the late 90s or just graduating college in the early oughts. I'm talking about full-fledged 80s nostalgia.
It's by far the biggest, best and most surprising entertainment news of 2012, yet still no one knows quite what to make of it: starting in 2015 we're getting a new Star Wars trilogy, beginning with Episode VII, supervised by George Lucas and produced by Disney.
A wall Luke Skywalker would love.
While working at Vimeo, Casey Pugh used his flex time to create a full-length swede of Star Wars IV.
A lot of cyberspace has been filled with blind hope and fear about the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm these last two weeks, but very little has been devoted to acknowledging the reason for the deal: the enormous debt of gratitude owed by our culture to George Lucas.
Whoever Disney hires -- and whatever these hires produce -- there are some basic rules that the next Star Wars team must keep in mind. Powerful childhood experiences are not easily recreated.
Now that I have kids of my own, I realize I have something way cooler than Jedi Powers.
I had two immediate reactions at the exact same time. One was, "Oh my god, this is going to be a train wreck." Another was, "THIS IS AMAZING!!! Disney will SAVE Star Wars!!"
In addition to answering listener emails and dissecting the trailers for Gangster Squad and Iron Man 3, the centerpiece of our show is the impact of George Lucas film's acquisition by the Disney company.
There you have it. The cutest non-political discussion of the political parties in the history of the United States took place right here in Arizona.
Can an independent visionary who created a vast sci-fi entertainment multiverse really think that a pop-culture multinational can better protect his brainchild? You bet your asteroids, kid. And he's not alone.
While I've had plenty to say about how Lucas mismanaged his brands, I do have to admit feeling a little sadness that his entire legacy -- the greatest independent filmmaking operation in history -- is now subsumed as another appendage of the Disney monster.
It's hard to express in words the excitement I felt in the mid-1990s when it was announced that there would be a fourth Star Wars movie. (Here is my...
So, there's going to be a Star Wars: Episode VII (and VIII and IX) after all. For years, George Lucas had sworn that 2005's Revenge of the Sith woul...