If, like me, you have watched countless kung fu movies, then you’ll recognize this story: a boy goes with his father and elder brother to a local village festival. An ardent fan of Peking Opera, the boy goes off by himself to watch the festival performances. Hearing some commotion, he investigates and sees his father confronting a man who has accused an elderly woman selling steamed buns of cheating him. The boy’s father warns the man to leave, but, instead, the scoundrel strikes the woman. The father defeats the man in three blows and tells him to leave, which he does. The father notices his son and says, “You shouldn’t have seen that.” Continue reading…
Tenth Letter of the Alphabet examines the elaboration of the Star Wars logo–with an extensive gallery of images!
Patton Oswalt’s multi-franchise super-movie described in his Star Wars filibuster from Parks and Recreation, animated.
Comic artist Carmine Infantino has died. Infantino is most famous for his work on Barry Allen, The Flash, as co-creator of Batgirl and on the 1980s Star Wars comics, but he also worked as an editor, freelance artist and teacher. Comics Alliance, The AV Club and Robot Six have obituaries. Gary Groth interviewed Infantino in […]
At Wired, Laura Hudson writes about the women of Star Wars and the dearth of female characters in film and television in general. she notes, “Criticisms about representations of gender (or race and other diversity) are often countered in fandom by analyses attempting to explain why the inequality happens according to the internal logic of […]
7 animation voice actors–including Tara Strong and Kevin Conroy–perform Star Wars at Emerald City Comic Con. (Thanks, Miguel)
Lonely serial killer and film smarty Harry S. Plinkett reviews the Star Wars prequels: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. Trenchant analysis aside, current favorite segments are his love advice to Anakin and “Citizen Vader”–starts here and continues. (Trigger warning for those sensitive to ladies held captive in basements […]
Ralph McQuarrie has died. McQuarrie was an artist best known for his conceptual work for Star Wars. 24 Frames has a brief obituary with links to some of McQuarrie’s work. McQuarrie’s personal site has more galleries and a place for tributes.
Videogame developer Ross Mills was concerned that a British educational toy store was selling Anakin Skywalker toys figures, given that Anakin had massacred a village of sand people, tried to kill his teacher and slaughtered a school of Jedi younglings. The Early Learning Centre responded with an excellent customer service letter.
As a follow up to “The Yellow Curse,” Grady Hendrix has posted a gallery of images offering a tour of racist stereotypes of Chinese people from 1881 to the present.
Olympic fencer, sword master, stunt choreographer, performer and actor, Bob Anderson has died. Anderson performed Darth Vader’s lightsaber battles in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Her served as sword master, fight coordinator and stunt performer in films such as 1953′s The Master of Ballantrae featuring a swashbuckling Errol Flynn, The Princess […]
George Takei tries to broker a peace between Star Wars and Star Trek fans by asking them to join together against a common foe.
Imprisoned in one room for 20 years, George Lucas wants revenge. (Thanks, John!)
Star Wars Episodes IV-VI compared, simultaneously and in their entirety. Watch while it’s available. (via August Ragone)
Cracked presents 10 deleted scenes–with video clips–that would have ruined movies, from the very good, Alien, to the very bad, Revenge of the Sith.
The Secret History of Star Wars writes about Marcia Lucas, the woman who made Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi better. (via Geek Tyrant and Mike White!)
Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance and Star Wars. (Thanks, B-Sol!)
Kirk And Spock Are Friends and other science fiction children’s books…
Fun with Star Wars–Seussian Star Wars and Star Wars ABC’s. Cause that’s what Star Wars is for.
Irvin Kershner has died. He directed The Empire Strikes Back, Robocop 2, Eyes of Laura Mars and The Raid on Entebbe. Vanity Fair recently posted an interview with him about working on Star Wars. Agence France-Presse has a report. Film School Rejects has 5 great Kershner films besides The Empire Strikes Back.
Genndy Tartakovsky talks live-action and animation (Dexter’s Lab, Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls, Star Wars: Clone Wars and Sym-Bionic Titan) in an interview with Animation World Network.(via @aicnanime)keep looking »