Anyone who knows that I am a Star Wars fan, should also know that I am a Prequel lover and that Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is my favorite Star Wars movie and one of my all time favorite movies. There are many reasons for this and I was recently reminded of some of them. In an article published on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s website in October 2012, the author of the essay, Camila Paglia, enumerates on why Episode III is an artistic masterpiece.
The essay is lengthy and discusses George Lucas’ beginnings and how he came into Star Wars starting from Star Wars in 1977, but the end of the essay delves into Revenge of the Sith. This essay is actually an excerpt from her book, “Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars”, which I have yet to read but plan to do so at some point.
Who is the greatest artist of our time? Normally, we would look to literature and the fine arts to make that judgment. But Pop Art’s happy marriage to commercial mass media marked the end of an era. The supreme artists of the half century following Jackson Pollock were not painters but innovators who had embraced technology—such as the film director Ingmar Bergman and the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. During the decades bridging the 20th and 21st centuries, as the fine arts steadily shrank in visibility and importance, only one cultural figure had the pioneering boldness and world impact that we associate with the early masters of avant-garde modernism: George Lucas, an epic filmmaker who turned dazzling new technology into an expressive personal genre.
Marc’s back! We discuss upcoming conventions – Salt Lake FanX and Star Wars Celebration 2019, as well as some upcoming summer movies. We revisit The Last Jedi six months later as well as give our final thoughts on The Avengers Re-Watch series now that Avengers 3 is out. We discuss where are all the superheroes when the Earth is about to be destroyed?
Join The Credulous Nerds as we give a spoiler filled review of Solo: A Star Wars Story with special guest host – Harry. We break down the film and discuss what we like about Solo and how well it fits into the rest of the Star Wars Universe.
Here’s a great write up of Solo: A Star Wars Story by Variety by Kristopher Tapley. If you’re on the fence about seeing Solo, this article breaks it down and puts the movie into perspective and as to how it fits into the Star Wars Saga.
The article also outlines how Lucasfilm has misfired on hiring the right directors for over half of the Star Wars films (except Episode 7 and 8) since the Disney buyout, and how they made the right choice with Ron Howard for Solo.
“Solo” is the fourth film in Disney’s revamped franchise machine to creatively malfunction: Director Josh Trank exited a still-unmade Boba Fett spinoff in 2015; Oscar-nominated filmmaker Tony Gilroy was brought in to save 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” when director Gareth Edwards’ efforts missed the mark; and “Jurassic World” helmer Colin Trevorrow — who was originally hired to direct the next “Star Wars” movie, “Episode IX,” in 2019 — was shown the door following clashes over the script.
Making a Star Wars film isn’t easy and is serious business, not only from a financial perspective, but from a producer/actor/filmmaker’s perspective, and a fan’s perspective. It’s not easy to have a successful Star Wars film without scoring big on those three perspectives, something even George Lucas had to work hard to do.
The article also lets the reader know which scene George Lucas had a little bit of input on, so check it out!
While I am looking forward to Solo, I’m a little more excited about seeing it after reading this article from Variety. The Nerds will be seeing this film on Friday! We’ll be giving a reaction video and a review show as usual, so stay tuned! Anyone else have tickets yet?
Which is your favorite Star Wars movie? StarWars.com is having a poll on their official website, that you can vote in.
Are you old school with the Original Trilogy? Or are you down with the Prequels? Perhaps you’re loving the Disney-era films and the new stories being told?
I don’t think there can be a wrong answer as they all bring something awesome and fun to the Saga!
But we all have our favorite – which is yours?
My favorite – and yes it’s hard to choose just one, is Episode 3-Revenge of the Sith. For me it’s the pivotal point in the Saga, everything changes in this film. It’s the heart of Star Wars – the Prequels come to a dramatic end, and it provides a deep, dark hole for the Original Trilogy to climb out of and bring us that hope that we know and love that culminates in Return of the Jedi. – J
Marc and Justin delve into the history of May the Fourth Fan Day and how it came to be. We talk our memories of Star Wars since 1977 until 2018, and where the Star Wars franchise can go from here.
Yes, it’s that time of year again, May 4th to be specific, where Star Wars fans around the world post various memes, photos, and other Star Wars pictures on social media to celebrate this punny day – May the Fourth.
In the Star Wars movies, there is a phrase used by the heroes, “May the Force be with you.” that they say to each other as a way to wish those around them good luck or to offer them well wishes. May the Fourth is a fun way to play off of that sentiment. Believe it or not, this pun was actually created way back in 1979, but has only taken the world by storm since the rise of social media.
“Apocryphally, the reference was first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. An online news article from the Danish public broadcaster says her political party, the Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in The London Evening News, saying “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. ” Congratulations.” – Wikipedia
As a lifelong Star Wars fan, I appreciate and celebrate this day; but for me, as you may well know, Star Wars day is everyday!
But for the less casual fans, please join in the revelry and eat some Wookiee Cookies, drink some Yoda Soda, or a Darth Malt. Put on a Star Wars shirt, and watch your favorite Star Wars movie with family and friends, because that’s what this day is really about. Celebrating a fun movie franchise with those that matter the most to you.
May The Fourth Be With You – Always!
Listen to 3 Nerdy Things! A short podcast dedicated to the latest nerd news from The Credulous Nerds. We bring you the newest and most recent news from the Nerd Cosmos.
In this episode we talk about DC’s announcement at Cinemacon regarding the up and coming Aquaman.
A new Star Wars animated series is set to debut this fall – Star Wars: Resistance!
Plus not one, but two Star Trek movies are in development.
Listen in as The Credulous Nerds sit down for a nerdy conversation with best-selling author, Michaelbrent Collings! We discuss his career and the many novels he has written and why he tends to gravitate towards the horror genre. We talk all kinds of nerdy franchises, Star Wars, Star Trek – films and TV, DC films, and the Wheel of Time. Check him out on writteninsomnia.com and you can support him on Patreon too!
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Disney has released its second wave of animated shorts, Forces of Destiny. We get to see some more adventures of Rey, Jyn, Leia, Rose, Padme, and Luke on Dagobah.