I'm a couple of days early in releasing this, yes. And that's ok. I wanted to do this when I had plenty of time to think about it. When I first sat down to begin writing this post, my mind went blank. It was as though this month didn't happen, or perhaps it was so … Continue reading July 2018 Overview and Assessments
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcu_BqK-9rQ&feature=youtu.be Following his backlash against the Star Wars prequels and Jar Jar Binks in particular, I personally carried a grudge against Pegg. Like him, I was there from the beginning. I carried on the defense of the prequels, of George Lucas, and of Jar Jar Binks because I chose to understand what the story was doing. … Continue reading Simon Pegg on Fandom and Guilt
https://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-episode-ix-cast-announced It's official from Lucasfilm now. We finally have confirmation of Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams. But now we know another vital question has been answered regarding the late, great Carrie Fisher. Click through that link for details. I have so many mixed feelings running through my head and my heart right now. But … Continue reading Star Wars: Episode IX Cast Announced
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=161&v=RI7WyhWZkzk 12 new episodes, to be aired on Disney's new streaming service. Details here: https://www.starwars.com/news/sdcc-2018-the-clone-wars-to-return I'm so happy right now, I don't have the words!
I wrote a post recently about how I gained a noble Scottish title as a final step on the path to knighthood some years ago. One of my readers -- Puddle Jumper Reads -- commented about wondering what that crest on my page was all about. It requires a full blog post to explain it … Continue reading “Knight of Angels”… What Does That Even Mean?
I've been slowly trying to collect Kotobukiya's Star Wars: A New Hope series of pre-painted models. I don't yet have the stormtroopers two-pack, and my efforts to get Vader have been thwarted because the one they finally released is the wrong scale (1/7 instead of 1/10 as these are) and looks like the helmet was … Continue reading The Heroes Assembled
Trust that every review has spoilers, and you'll never be disappointed. I've blogged about the music and the concept art for Solo: A Star Wars Story. But I found that when it came time to review the film, I ran into some personal roadblocks. It has nothing to do with the movie. It's just one of … Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story – First Reactions
My intention this weekend was to post three blogs about Solo: A Star Wars Story. I posted about the score and about the concept art book, but I didn't get the review finished. A funny thing happened on the journey to complete it: I realized I didn't know what I wanted to say about it. … Continue reading Movie Talk with a Side of Books
Perhaps as much or even more than the films themselves, there are two things I absolutely love about a new Star Wars movie: the music and the concept art. I love getting a peek behind the scenes at the evolution of the creative process. It's a chance to see how things we saw on screen … Continue reading The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story by Phil Szostak
There's a new Star Wars film. Perhaps you've heard something about it by now. A new film means a new score. For me, that's as exciting as the film itself, perhaps better. Solo: A Star Wars Story is the second in the series of anthology films set outside of the numbered Skywalker films that comprise … Continue reading John Williams and John Powell – Solo: A Star Wars Story