Category Archives: star wars

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Director: Ron Howard Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson & Emilia Clarke Rating: 12A Duration: 135 minutes Release date: 24 May (UK) For one reason or another, the latest instalment in the Star Wars saga does not seem as highly anticipated as is usually the case for the popular franchise. There may be various reasons for … Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story

Powered by WPeMatico

Sir Alec Guinness and Michael Parkinson Discuss Star Wars in 1977

Below we have Sir Alec Guinness’s first UK television interview to publicise Star Wars in 1977 with the then king of chat shows, Michael Parkinson. He is effusive and full of praise for the film and its creator George Lucas, deeming it to be have “a marvellous, healthy innocence”. Of course in his diaries Guinness […]

Powered by WPeMatico

Star Wars The Force Awakens: The Score

Now that  Star Wars The Force Awakens is on general release, Disney and LucasFilm have released John Williams’ sublime score, avoiding spoilers by not releasing it earlier. The soundtrack is one hour and 17 minutes, and includes  music for the alien menagerie of Maz Kanata’s hideaway, written by Broadway composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, in collaboration with director […]

Powered by WPeMatico

Hell’s Club – Murder On The Dance Floor

Check out this amazing video by Antonio Maria Da Silva, AKA AMDSFILMS – “Hell’s Club”, a funky nightclub where characters from different films meet to get down, and things can get ugly. Have you ever wanted to see Tom Cruise from Cocktail check himself out as silver fox Vincent from Collateral? Then see Saturday Night Fever’s […]

Powered by WPeMatico

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Director: Rian Johnson Starring: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill & John Boyega Rating: 12A Duration: 152 minutes Release date: 14 December – UK Exactly how does anyone try to critique the Star Wars films? They are so engraved in the minds of generations of film fans that by now any attempt at sensible criticism seems futile. … Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Powered by WPeMatico

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 […]

Powered by WPeMatico

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 […]

Powered by WPeMatico

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 […]

Powered by WPeMatico