Today is the real Star Wars day! Happy 40th to all of my fellow fans across the galaxy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCm2PX5Iz00 With the upcoming release of The Mummy, Universal Studios has been putting forth more information on their shared universe, including this little teaser for their "Dark Universe." Cheesy name and cheesier music aside, I wanted to really give this some thought before I wrote up my own thoughts on the matter. And if you've … Continue reading A New World of Gods and Monsters
I just heard the heartbreaking news. Sir Roger Moore has passed away after a short battle with cancer. I'm not really certain how to process this just yet. Moore's Live and Let Die was the first 007 film I ever saw as a kid, one of many I would first experience on TV before finally … Continue reading RIP, Sir Roger Moore
The only thing sketchier and more esoteric than an Elf in Middle-Earth is a Dwarf. Tolkien tells us that "strange tales" are told of their beginnings by the Eldar and by the Dwarves themselves. Surprisingly, he doesn't go into their sordid history here in the Appendices. I can promise you he does dive deep in … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix A: III. Durin’s Folk
Unlike with the larger focus on British history, I can't say I've ever had a good grasp on the Irish side of the story. Given the sheer amount of Irish music (and various types of Celtic music) I listen to, I decided this was long overdue when I ran across this quote: “Those in power write … Continue reading Irish History for Dummies by Mike Cronin, PhD
Thanks to the wonder that is the internet, there was a persistent, repeated meme going around that lasted from 1999, shortly after The Phantom Menace was released, to 2015 when The Force Awakens debuted. It's a meme that has, thankfully, gone somewhat dormant because there's new Star Wars to distract people. That meme in question … Continue reading Star Wars: The Holiday Special, 1978
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dxe_ugmIVM This video can be found accompanying some key art for the series at StarTrek.com.
This could be the most difficult review I will ever write. It's not for lack of what to say, but for lack of what's already been said, throughout the years and across the world. Star Wars is the most scrutinized film on the planet. It spawned one of the most lucrative franchises ever created. It's been … Continue reading Star Wars: A New Hope, 1977
I'd heard the rumors that Don Henley was bringing back the Eagles. I understood -- and opposed the idea -- that the only way he could do it was to replace Glenn Frey. That just seemed all kinds of wrong to me. This morning, the news is official. And I really can't be bent out of … Continue reading Don Henley Reveals Eagles’ Newest Member
We come to the end of Ian Fleming’s original run of James Bond. This one is a short story collection, published post-mortem at the height of the spy craze that was caused as a direct result of the successful 007 film franchise. Sean Connery had starred in four Bond films to that point, with a fifth on … Continue reading Octopussy and the Living Daylights, 1966 (posthumous)