What do you think was the result of the exchange you had in Star Wars on Trial?
Absolutely freaking nothing. Does entertainment have to have an outcome? We were doing it for fun. Fortunately, Lucas’ propaganda for evil is completely ineffectual. Almost none of the viewers who have enjoyed his films, and count me as one of them, even notice his sneering contempt for democracy and the common man. Though it appears that it has not gone unnoticed in China, where many commentators have spoken about the core lesson of Star Wars—that democracy is futile. But much simpler moral lessons are absorbed by kids: be brave, defend your friends, try to be nice. Those simple messages from the first and second films could not be washed away and they are the ones that kids take home. So while I have fun poking at the deeper moral lapses, I can sleep well knowing that almost nobody is listening when George Lucas vamps for evil. All they notice is the fun.
From: Yoda Is Dead but Star Wars’ Dubious Lessons Live On – Nautilus
Fascinating short doc on Chuck Jones, with insights on humor, discipline, psychology, and inspiration.
Vikram thinks confirmation bias may be an adaptation to a bigger problem. Also, he finally saw Star Wars VII.
Or, Copying the Cool Kids by Posting My Own Review
Friends, cinephiles, Star Wars fans, lend me your eyes.
The cinematic rather than merely narrative objective of Star Wars VII is to persuade by being overwhelmingly Star Wars VII.
The Force Awakens cautiously steps back into the universe – but it risks shrinking the setting too much.
SPOILERS ABOUND. That said, if you participate on this thread, please use the anti-spoiler tool for your comments, as they can be reflected on the side bar on the front page.
May the Force not be against you.
I really, really wanted it to be good, I swear.
Many spoilers follow. Also, while my intention is to just talk about MY experience as a film-goer and not to get into feminist politics per se, that whole “personal is political” thing means that some folks may experience this as a political post. In keeping with the spirit of Mindless Diversions (and my own intentions), I’d encourage you not to read it as an argument, and not to respond with one. It’s just my story.
Mind-Blowing Possible Easter Egg In The Force Awakens. Spoilers, obviously.
The non-dairy cheese of George Lucas films.
A series of impressions of the new Star Wars movie. Spoilers are included but blacked out.
The Force Awakens is a great, new story wrapped in a warm blanket of nostalgia.
If you’re stuck wondering what do I get for the person who has everything (or you just want to see what we think is cool), we’re here to help!
The Magic of Pixar (Cry Because of a Dinosaur Edition)
How is a television series like a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos?
Circumstances alter cases.
On the subtle distinctions between cash grabs and finding a richness and depth in a story that allows for another chapter to be written.
(It’s about the upcoming Rocky spin-off called “Creed”. Well, mostly about the movies that spun the upcoming movie off.)
A response to #BoycottStarWarsVII.
Okay. I will try to not talk about Person of Interest except for one or two more times this year. After this, I mean.
Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar.
Musings on the remake of The Karate Kid in light of this whole “80’s Nostalgia” thing.
There’s really no place for the Force in a historical narrative of the First Galactic Empire.
Stolen from Kyle Cupp’s Facebook feed: “Whom would you cast in a remake of CLUE?”
Think about it before you click through, I don’t want to bias your results.
Why isn’t it Christmas yet?
Where I reflect on the importance of The Simpsons and their Halloween specials.
Before Saul Goodman, before those damned Chipmunk movies, there was Mr. Show, for my money the best post-Python sketch comedy show.
Oceans of water, oceans of time.
On Twitter, Gentleperson Emeritus Elizabeth Picciuto pointed out that “1995 has no business being 20 years ago.” So I googled the pop culture events of 1995.
They are, apparently, making a Peanuts movie.