Archive for the ‘Star Wars’ Category

Today Was Star Wars Day?

May 4, 2009

starwarslogoI woke up today to numerous greetings of “Happy Star Wars Day” — mostly all over Twitter. Did I miss something? Was there a geek meeting, or nerd memo circulated that I was unaware of? Now, I understand the pun of the reference in regards to today’s date and a line of dialog spoken throughout the Star Wars movies. Today was the fourth of May. “May the Force be with you” is uttered numerous times by various Star Wars characters. “May the fourth be with you” and “May the Force be with you”. Clever — kinda.

It has always been my assumption that May 25th was Star Wars Day — signifying the day that the first Star Wars movie was released in 1977.  Admittedly, “May the twenty-fifth be with” doesn’t quite sound very similar to Jedi mantra, but… “May the fourth be with you”? I don’t recall Obi-Wan Kenobi speaking with a lisp. And, I certainly don’t remember Cindy Brady being a member of the Jedi Council. But then again, maybe that’s how she managed to get Joe Namath to pay a visit to her “sick” brother, Bobby.

I’m Going To Forgo The Clones

August 15, 2008

At least for now. I was ready to head over the the cineplex to immense myself into the latest chapter — which actually falls somewhere between Episode II and Episode III — of the Star Wars lore, and catch a big screen viewing of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Now, before you take my geek card away, let me once again reiterate that I am in fact a Star Wars fan. Again, the license plate on my truck refers to the spaceship of a certain notorious bounty hunter from a galaxy far, far away. But, my admiration for the franchise is much more entrenched with the original trilogy — A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. That’s not to say that I disdain the prequels, but they didn’t live up to my expectations. Now, were my expectations set too high. I don’t think so. After not having a new Star Wars film (outside of a few somewhat forgettable Ewok movies made for television) for some sixteen years I was plenty hungry for more. The Phantom Menace was enjoyable enough. Attack of the Clones just fell flat. And Revenge of the Sith just reminded me of how much I miss the original trilogy as it crept closer in chronological terms to A New Hope.

The reviews for The Clone Wars haven’t been stellar, to say the least. But, that’s not what is keeping me from committing myself to the 98 minutes (and $12 popcorn/soda combo that I’d end up purchasing) of sitting in a darkened theater for the seventh theatrically released Star Wars installment. It’s just that I don’t feel that “the force is strong with this one.” (There, can I keep my geek card with that reference?)

So, I’m thinking that maybe Star Wars: The Clone Wars wasn’t made for me. It’s an animated movie made for the kids that grew up on the prequels. And that’s fair. I have “my Star Wars” and they can have “their Star Wars“. But, this movie is serving the purpose of a “curtain-raiser” to the upcoming Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series. Perhaps this chapter of Star Wars lore is best served as 22-minute vignettes on the small screen.

Sorry, Ahsoka Tano. It’s nothing personal. You seem like an alright plucky Padawan. But, it looks like I’ll just be meeting you on the small screen.

Only 188 Shopping Days Left Until Christmas

June 19, 2008

Or, 182 shopping days until my birthday — you have your choice. Either way, I have found what I want via the Official Star Wars Blog and Boing Boing — the LEGO Death Star!

How gorgeous does that set look? I got rid of a bunch of my LEGO Star Wars sets a couple of years ago, but dammit, if this set isn’t pulling me in as if it had a functional tractor beam.

It looks like it comes with over two dozen minifigs as well. But, like all good things, the LEGO Death Star does come at a price — something in the ballpark of $399 apparently. But damn, if it ain’t nifty.

I wonder how long something like this would take to build? I remember it took me something like three days to build the LEGO Millennium Falcon when I first got it.

Harvey Korman 1927 – 2008

May 29, 2008

“I just came in here for a drink… and I found a lot more.”Krelman

Comedic actor Harvey Korman will be remembered for many classic and hilarious roles, as well as his contributions to the art of comedy. There were his years on The Carol Burnett Show — in which he won four Emmys and a Golden Globe. His most memorable role may be that of Hedley Lamarr from Mel Brook’s Blazing Saddles in 1974. Also, he and fellow Burnett Show alumni made a classic comedy team that will be remembered for the ages.

But, who was Krelman? The character was one of the roles that Korman played in the 1978 made-for-television Star Wars Holiday Special. Many might not remember his contribution to the Star Wars legacy — and there are many that don’t want to remember. (Yes, I’m looking at you George. But, who can you blame? You let it happen.) But, when I was ten years old, I found it odd that not only was Maude (Bea Arthur) tending bar in the Star Wars universe, but the tall guy that always seemed to crack up during sketches I really didn’t get on The Carol Burnett Show was also hanging out at that cantina where Han Solo rightfully shot Greedo first.

It would be a couple of years later with the introduction of Mel Brooks movies on VHS and reruns of The Carol Burnett show that I would come to understand how funny this man was.

Angry Fanboy – 11

May 29, 2008

NOTE: The views of Angry Fanboy do not necessarily support my own personal views. I happened to have really dug Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Though, I do have to agree with him about how Han did in fact shoot Greedo first.

Angry Fanboy – 9

May 14, 2008

Today is George Lucas‘ 64th birthday. Can you imagine what he must have been experiencing on his 33rd birthday — just a mere eleven days before the release of the original Star Wars?

Send In The Clone Wars

May 8, 2008

Alright, this borderline jaded fan of the original Star Wars trilogy (that would be Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi, for you youngsters keeping score at home) is actually looking forward to the animated Star Wars: The Clone WarsEpisode II½, perhaps?

Now this theatrically released chapter of the Star Wars franchise — scheduled to hit theaters August 15th — is actually going to serve as the premiere of sorts to the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated television series that is scheduled to premiere this fall on both the Cartoon Network and TNT. The trailer of said “Episode II½,” will be making its own official premiere tonight — May 8, 2008 — on five (count’em, five) Turner networks…

At 7:58 p.m. in all U.S. time zones, Cartoon Network, TNT, TBS, CNN, and Boomerang will debut an action-packed, two-minute preview of the animated adventure from creator George Lucas and Lucasfilm Animation. It marks the first time a theatrical trailer has received a simultaneous, cross-network airing on Turner Networks. The trailer debuts in theaters on Friday, May 9, along with the first poster for the movie. (From StarWars.com)

Now, I may have already seen a crappy foreign language version of said trailer on line — before it was yanked. And, I’m sure a nice clear and crisp version in oh-so-pretty Quicktime will be available on line some time tomorrow as well. But, if I happen to remember I’m going to try to catch the airing tonight. (Probably on TBS since I’m more likely to watch a 7:30 rerun of Everybody Loves Raymond before watching Lou Dobbs on CNN.)

But… This isn’t the Star Wars TV series that I’m looking forward to the most. In the immortal words of Yoda (from The Empire Strikes Back) — “There is another

Angry Fanboy – 7

March 6, 2008
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Angry Fanboy – 6

February 21, 2008
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T-Shirt Tuesday – Han Job

January 15, 2008

Alright, I take my Star Wars pretty serious — especially the holy trinity that is the classic trilogy of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Sure, I mock the prequels, but generally I show Episodes IV, V, and VI nothing but respect. Then I saw this shirt…

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It’s wrong — I know — but it puts a smile on my face. Come to think of it, I’m wondering why Han isn’t smiling. This t-shirt can be found at… Where else? T-Shirt Hell.