Listening to “Star Wars”

from The New Yorker My favorite film of 1977 was not “Star Wars” but “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” Steven Spielberg’s U.F.O fantasia. Notwithstanding the fact that I was nine years old, I considered “Star Wars” a little childish. Also, the trash-compactor scene scared me. “Close Encounters,” on the other hand, drew me back to the theatre—the late, great K-B Cinema, in Washington, D.C.—five or six times. I irritated friends by insisting that it was better than “Star Wars,” and followed the box-office grosses in the forlorn hope that my favorite would surpass its rival. “Close Encounters” still strikes […]

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Where’s Luke in The Force Awakens? Our Favorite Theories

from Wired OVER THE PAST month or so, as Disney and Lucasfilm released a steady drip of posters and trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans began to feel what can only be described as a disturbance. It was as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror… “Where the hell is Luke?!” In the new canon, that query may just supplant “Han shot first” as the rallying cry to separate the professional fans from those who merely dabble in the goings-on in a galaxy far, far away. And while secrecy has long been a mandate of the franchise (Blue […]

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