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Unsung heroes: Drew Struzan, The Name On The Poster

Remember when a poster really sold the promise of a good time at the movies? When that one sheet of an iconic character, maybe even one you hadn’t got to know yet, but just knew looked intriguing, could get your heart racing? Chances are it was painted by the Don of movie poster artists, Drew […]

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The Great Unmade? The Early Drafts of Star Wars, Part 2

Following part one of my read-thru, with his second draft, dated January 1975, George Lucas began stripping down his massive manuscript of ideas and refocusing them into something much more budget conscious and achievable for the time. The Skywalker is a prophetic figure, a man who learned how to manipulate the spiritual fabric of reality […]

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The Great Unmade? The Early Drafts of Star Wars, Part 1

Discussion of the origins of Star Wars must begin with Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress, the tale of a bearded General and a young Princess, both in the guise of peasants, trying to sneak across enemy lines while pursued by the clan who overthrew their kingdom, and having to work with a bumbling pair of […]

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New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Poster & Trailer Arrive

In what has seemed like an eternity in waiting, a new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally arrived. There’s plenty to take in here. Luke & Leia have some heavy moments, Kylo Ren’s voyage into the darkness continues and Rey has her fair share of dramatic weight to carry. The scale of […]

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The Empire Strikes Back Vintage Documentary Unearthed

It’s hard to believe that more making of footage from the Star Wars saga remains to be discovered, but fresh gold is still being dug up from the vaults. The latest is French journalist Michel Parbot’s fly on the wall footage from the sets and Norway location of The Empire Strikes Back. Previously this material was shown on […]

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Ken Loach’s Star Wars

Here’s a funny spoof –  Greg Haiste and Marie Lawrence, together with director Nick Reed, have done a spoof version of Star Wars, in the style of social realist director Ken Loach’s grim northern schoolboy classic, Kes. Altogether now – “It’s not a Kestrel, it’s a Falcon.”   Originally posted 2015-08-27 21:26:07. Republished by Blog […]

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Thinking In Circles – Interpreting The Star Wars Saga Through Ring Composition

      Even the most casual glance at the Star Wars prequels (and indeed, even within the original trilogy) will reveal recurring motifs. But have you really noticed the true depth of synchronicity with regard to narrative structure, plot points, themes and so on, that thread throughout all six (so far) films? Mike Klimo […]

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A Robot Tribute – Our A”droid”able Friends

“Balldroid” from the Star Wars The Force Awakens teaser trailer has fast become a fan favourite, already inspiring several Twitter accounts, fan posters, and 3D print instructions to create your very own. So we thought we’d share this video tribute to robots, both cute and menacing, from science fiction TV shows and movies through the […]

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