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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George Lucas DID NOT Write Star Wars

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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Movie Review: Dunkirk

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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VHS

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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Dancho Dreams of Models

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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