An Open Letter to Star Wars from a Fan

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Dear Star Wars,

Forty years is a long time to be relevant in our culture.  In the age of trending videos, instant streaming, and direct to viewer original movies and television shows, it’s rare to find a story we return to, not just because it’s familiar, but because it’s deeply rooted in our collective memory.  This is you, Star Wars.

Photo from IGN.com

What keeps us coming back to you after forays into universes with strange Doctors, super soldiers, and bold new worlds?  Your own Emperor, Ian McDiarmid said it best.  “It’s the story.  It’s always the story that gets you,” he told crowds at your celebration in Orlando.

Now, when we say story, we mean the central thread of your narrative that connects an entire sweep of films, spin-offs, fan creations, and books-and the EU both before and after the Disney reboot.  At your core is light versus dark, and the inner struggle between both.  This is everyone’s struggle in our fallen world, but you wrap it in an adventurous package.

Because of you, any given day we can choose to be Jedi, Sith or something in between. 

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Marvel’s Infinity War…and Beyond

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A trailer for the start of production.  Now that’s modern film marketing at its best if I’ve ever seen it.  And yes, I’m as much a sucker for it as anyone.  The hype has started for Avengers Infinity War, and Kevin Feige himself has confirmed casting and plot rumors.

In the past decade, the Marvel movies have woven together a pantheon of comic book characters like we’ve never seen before.  Comic book plots are dense, convoluted, and downright long.  Writers have so much back story to work from, it’s a wonder they can boil down and distill a character at all to a screen version.  The films, from Iron Man to Captain America Civil War, have been some of the most anticipated blockbusters of movie history.  Heart and humor, wit and action, and a focus on true characterization have complimented the big budget zeal.

Feige introduces a Marvel timeline that is already out of date.

Marvel’s Infinity War, the penultimate installment of the Avengers saga began filming a few weeks ago in Atlanta.  Marvel head Kevin Fiege took to the camera and unleashed a blip of tantalizing footage from the set. 

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The Legacy of Star Wars Heroines

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With each new film, the Star Wars saga continues to tell a compelling story with unforgettable characters.  Among these are a pantheon of strong females.  In a box office world that is often critiqued for being male-dominated, this fantastical universe consistently turns out films with epic female heroines.  From the beginnings of the galaxy far-far away to the newest editions of the saga, the women of Star Wars continue to inspire us through their journeys.  With the sad passing of Carrie Fisher, it seems fitting to profile those female characters who have encouraged generations of women through their sci-fi roots.

Princess Leia

From her first cryptic minutes on the screen, Princess Leia became an instant pop-culture icon.

Her hair alone could have gained a following, but what hyper-sped her into the limelight was probably that moment when she grabbed the gun from Han, shot the wall, and shouted “into the garbage shoot, fly boy.”

Princess Leia is definitely no shrinking damsel in distress, yet she embodies femininity.  There is never a question that she’s as powerful and intriguing as her male counterparts.  It makes the old posters with her low-cut and leg-bearing white sheaths laughable. 

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  • {{ HUGE STAR WARS DISCOVERY}} Twenty years ago I filmed the awful demise of the estate art studio of pop culture artist, Maxfield Parrish. George Lucas has come out and said that it was the art work of Maxfield Parrish that directly inspired the feel and look of his Star Wars film, page 282, The Lucas Effect. WOW! I own that historic world on film, I have been working on this epic discovery for years unearthing vital information for the world of Star Wars and art historians world wide. I need help getting this info out to the universe. I have “”major”” discoveries about Parrish’s model Sue Lewin, their is a direct link between her and Princess Leia and it is big! I also know what inspired Lucas, my film footage is loaded with fantastic info. **I believe that Star Wars truly began in that art studio of Maxfield Parrish in 1904…… My years of research have uncovered many discoveries, I made a movie to better release the information. This is real Star Wars info, maxfieldparrishmovie.com and maxfieldparrishmotif.com the world must know of this historic info, even George Lucas does not know of this. If you know George Lucas please tell him of this story. Every one can help by podcasting this story and get the chatter going, social media this story, I am not tech savvy at all with any of this, so I am asking for help, reaching out— Thank you all so much, research this for yourself, maybe you will uncover something too. Thank you, Robin Lee, Maine — The force does exist, jump on board this story and you will see. ||

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Karate Kid Comparison

Why Hollywood Reboots Prey on the Geeks

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The Hollywood Reboot Machine continue to remake old movies and TV shows for the sake of nostalgia and why not? Nostalgia sells. There’s a magic formula in digging out the classic stories of the media-consuming generation and whipping them into some modern homage.  Look at the new Star Wars,   Ghostbusters, Goosebumps, The Karate Kid,  Pete’s Dragon. If it was ever cult or classic to geeks, chances are it has been repackaged and pushed into the Cineplex.Why, Disney is turning every story it ever slapped inside a VHS box into a live action extravaganza.

Pete's Dragon ComparisonWe geeks are suckers for collecting.  We want to gather those memories again, so we consume, even if we know it’ll be awful.  It’s fun to see a favorite series come to life again, a beloved character set revamped in the moment, or a favorite world reborn.  And we want it, but not with every other movie or TV series being churned out.

Jem and The HologramsI cried happy tears when I heard JEM and the Holograms was in the works.

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10 Geek-Worthy Gifts for the Season

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Deciding which collector series comic book to buy your fanish friend can be difficult, but a Star Wars kitchen accessory — now that’s magic.  Nothing will curry favor like an unexpectedly geekish present.  I’ve vetted the webs for my top picks.  Here’s a Geek Salad-approved shopping list for all your geek holiday needs.

 

  1.  Throw Back Throw
Photo Credit: Hot Topic
Photo Credit: Hot Topic

Hot Topic has a barrage of geek-themed throw blankets, but this old school Nintendo console blanket would make me snuggly and nostalgic on cold winter nights.

http://www.hottopic.com/product/nintendo-nes-classic-controller-throw/10777002.html#q=Throw&start=30

 

  1. Star Wars Waffle Makers — BB8 and Death Star
Photo Credit: Think Geek
Photo Credit: Think Geek

Get out the maple syrup and powdered sugar. These single-serve waffle makers cook up a perfectly-formed Death Star or BB-8.  You’ll find your lack of plates disturbing.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/huik/

 

  1. Marvel Unlimited Subscription
Photo Credit: Marvel
Photo Credit: Marvel

If you’d like to splurge and make a comic book reader very happy, this is a great gift. 

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