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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A Timeline Of The New “Star Wars” Canon Reveals All That’s Officially Happened

from co.CREATE Because the cultural appetite for new Star Wars stories has always vastly exceeded the ability or interest George Lucas had in actually telling those stories, the “expanded universe” of the Star Wars world was a bloated, ballooned thing that contained thousands of years’ worth of “canonical” stories—which is basically just a fancy way of scoffing at that book you liked because it didn’t officially happen in Star Wars. That was an easy position for Lucas to take when his interest in expanding the Star Wars universe himself on film was nonexistent—if some video game had a neat idea, it didn’t mess with his plans to grant that to […]

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The Physics of the Death Star

from Medium “What’s that star? It’s the Death Star. What does it do? It does Death. It does Death, buddy. Get out of my way!” –Eddie Izzard It’s one of the most iconic sequences in all of film: the evil galactic empire takes the captured princess to her home planet of Alderaan, a world not so different from Earth, threatening to destroy it unless she tells them the location of the hidden rebel base. Distressed but loyal to her cause, she lies, giving them the name of a false location, which they have no way of knowing. Nevertheless, they give […]

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