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Still Forceful

I’m looking forward to the new Star Wars movies. Unlike some folks, I don’t feel that there was anything tragic about the three prequels that were released. I’ve sat through far worse movies and even if you don’t like the stories, you can’t beat the fabulous soundtracks!

Whether the new films and their spin offs will appease dyed in the wool fans of the original series, only time will tell. A new cast and new writers should ensure that, at the very least, the next few years will provide us with some exciting, sci-fi blockbusters. Oh, and lots and lots of promotional merchandise.

I remember when Return of the Jedi was released at the cinema. It was a long time before I saw it on the big screen, but I avidly collected a book full of stickers until I had my own account of the movie. It was the first sticker album I completed – even though I didn’t immediately realise they were self adhesive stickers, so I glued the first half of the album into the pages. Still, you live and learn…

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Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Books, Movies, Sci Fi

 

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Feeling The Force

When I first heard the announcement that Disney were buying Lucasfilm I didn’t take the news well. I feel uncomfortable seeing Captain America in the Disney Store next to Goofy since Marvel joined The House of Mouse. However, on reflection, it’s not like the Star Wars franchise hasn’t produced its fair share of merchandise cash-ins. Look out for those ‘Mickey dressed as Indiana Jones’ dolls…

I was born in the same year that A New Hope was released and so I have grown up with the Star Wars movies. I remember seeing Empire Strikes Back on VHS and collecting Return of the Jedi stickers when Episode VI arrived on the cinema. I had the official Star Wars screensaver on my 386 PC (back when you paid for screensavers on discs in stores). If you let the screensaver roll for an hour the scroller text changed to give a message from George Lucas that outlined the prequel trilogy.

I actually like Phantom, Clones and Sith. The SFX are aging rapidly and the dialogue is weak, but they are fun movies. George Lucas personally took a lot of flack for these but they spawned the Clone Wars series which is well worth any Sci Fi fan’s time. However, I can understand why he would be tired of these characters after all these years.

If the franchise had stayed with George Lucas, there would never be an Episode VII – the man has clearly lost his passion for the movies. Return of the Jedi will get its follow-up in 2015 and Disney have promised VIII and IX will soon follow. There is even talk of more films after those – remakes? Caravan of Courage II? Who knows? What loose ends need to be tied up now that *SPOILER ALERT* Luke has defeat his father and Anakin has brought balance to The Force by ending Palpatine’s Empire? The answers aren’t far, far away.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2012 in Movies, Sci Fi

 

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