Darth Luke

In Return of the Jedi the “hero” Luke Skywalker does not ascend to the kingship and rule over a land, erm, galaxy of peace and prosperity (for now). No, he goes over to the Dark Side. Full stop. He joins the evil forces of darkness, kills off his two rivals (like a bad guy should)
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Enough politics. Now– on to something TRULY important. Something that has had a massive impact on our culture and, to some extent, our daily lives. Something that constitutes an ongoing process– an American institution. Something that may, one day, give rise to a kind of “new religion.” I’m talking, of course, about Star Wars. Question:
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A hobby you may consider if you find that the thrill of building plastic models is gone: screenwriting. I’ve been writing screenplays and it’s a good way to learn about movies as well as sharpening your writing skills. The first thing you have to learn is that you don’t need to show everything. In most
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I really liked Inception. I think that Christopher Nolan is a genius. But his latest film, Dunkirk, is a turkey. This is one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. I’m not just saying that because I sat there and nit-picked the military hardware and special effects and found them lacking. I’m saying it because
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The Petrified Forest is a famous play by Robert Sherwood. The fact that I have to explain that should indicate just how famous a famous play really is. Most people don’t go to live theater very often. But The Petrified Forest is also a famous movie, where two future greats (Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart)
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I thought we’d take a small break from the usual complaining to take a look at the history of The Old West. I find that people who like plastic model kits also like two other things–The Old West and dinosaurs. Well, I like The Old West and dinosaurs, so I’m assuming everyone else does, too.
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Yes, there is a connection. I love VHS. I love it because it’s cheap. I can buy a VHS player for ten bucks and repair it and run it forever. I can buy a new remote on eBay for a few dollars. I can buy any movie I want for a dollar (or less) and
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Barely an entry today, at all. But I am going to mention this groovy website. The Internet Movie Plane Database. This site is actually good enough to stand in for a real blog post. Check it out.

I saw a remarkable film recently on Netflix. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is famous for being snubbed by the Oscars (I couldn’t believe it myself). It’s a great film–the only possible complaint I could make would the difficult-to-read (for us old-timers) white subtitles. But, the subject matter is interesting enough to cause me to watch
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