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Month: October, 2012

Star Wars and Disney .. New film set 2015

So my first post on Star Wars. I have always wanted to write about Star Wars since I am a huge fan of the original Trilogy. They are my all time favorite films and a have seen them too many times and still there great to watch. But yesterday the news came that Disney has bought Lucasarts Ltd and that a new film is set for 2015. The fan community was shocked and a wave of comments followed:

“So it’s true… I’ve felt a sudden disturbance in the force…”

” I’m not sure Disney are the right people to carry on these films, but the can’t be any worse than episodes 1,2 and 3. Lets just hope Hayden Christensen isn’t involved, shockingly bad acting.”

“Congratulations to George for today’s mega-deal! Can’t comment on Ep 7 before I have all the facts which are short supply right now-Patience – Mark Hamill”

“A lot of people asking me what I think of the Star Wars – Disney news. I was surprised at first, but I think I’m ok with it now (superfan’s) Eliot Sirota”.

I was shocked too, my first thought  was “Nooooooooooo”. But than I got me thinking. Why not Disney? I mean they did a good job on the Iron Man Trilogy and  The Avengers. The take over does have great prospects to all Star Wars fans out there.

Why am I saying this, well let me explain. Star Wars has such an expanded univers with infinte possiblities. First of all there are the books that came out after the original trilogy. Secondly George Lucas wrote stories for nine films and third the spinoffs e.g. standalone film about Boba Fett, which fans would love to see.

Another plus that Dinsey has take over is that other producers and director can now get to work on Star Wars. Nolan for instance did a great job on Batman if he could get cracking on Star Wars that could be interesting to see. Bruckheimer or Bay on other hand should never get involved in the Star Wars franchise (this is my onwn opinion). I meaan they make great films but this is not their cup of tea.

Josh Wendon is someone I’d like to see to do a Star Wars film, Serenity and Firefly are great so was The Avengers,  imagen what he can do with Star Wars.

There are great opertunities ahead now that the fresh minds can get cracking at the new film which is set for 2015, all we can do as fans is to sit down and wait it out, but I have great convindence ( after the initail shock) that Disney will reamain true to the very big Star Wars fan base, may be even Mara Jade Skywalker can finally come to life on the Big screen.

Seeing as Disney is also working on the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series this also might happen to the already writen and long awaited Star Wars Live Action TV series, Star Wars: Underworld. “They take place between Episode III and Episode IV, that 20-year period when Luke is growing up. It’s not about Luke, but it’s about that period when the Empire is trying to take things [over].”

Rick McCallum on Star Wars : Underworld

George Lucus on the Dinsey take over.

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Revolution… So far…

Revolution Revolution the new NBC series by Eric Kripke and produced by J.J. Abrams aired it’s fourth episode, time for a recap. For those who don’t know the show a plot summary. Revolution takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian future. Fifteen years earlier, an unknown phenomenon disabled all technology dependent on electricity on the planet, ranging from computers and electronics to car engines, jet engines, and batteries. People were forced to adapt to a world without functioning technology. Due to the collapse of government and public order, many areas are ruled by warlords and militias. The series focuses on the Matheson family, who possess a special device (resembling a flash drive) that is the key to not only finding out what happened fifteen years ago, but also a possible way to reverse its effects (source wikipedia).

In the first epsiode we’re introduced to the main characters. Ben Matheson (Tim Guinee) and his children: Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and Danny (Graham Rogers ), setting 15 years after the blackout. One day a millitia party, under the command of  Captain Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) comes in the town, looking for Ben. When he sees them coming and gives a medaillon to a friend, Aaron ( Zak Orth). The militia  finds Ben and his son Danny tries to protect him, a scermish erupts and Ben is shot and dies. Danny is taken prisoner.

Charlie is determined to free her brother, but to do so she has to find her uncle Miles ( Billy Burke) and warn him that the militia is also coming for him. Aaron and Maggie (Anna Lise Phillips),  the woman who brought Charlie and Danny up, is joining them.

Miles MathesonThe quest can begin. They find Miles, but he is not what he appears to be. Millitia followed Charlie, and Miles turns out to be a kick ass soldier. After a few discussions he is willing to help Charlie find her brother, but he leaves the group to search for a “friend” who  he think is an asset to the party. So the group splits up. The story line get a new an interisting twist when it turns out that that Miles is the founding father the new republic and helped set up the militia.

Meanwhile Aaron and Maggie find a home which belonged to a woman named Grace (Maria Howell). She too has a medallion and a working pc. But she ‘s arrested by a unknown character and eveything is thrashed. When Aaron and Maggie arrive at her place and Aaron sees the broken pc. He wants to know what hapened and why someone still has pc and than…….. suddenly in Grace’s her house…. there is power, only briefly. They find out that it is the medallion causing it but have no clue whatsoever how it works. The group meet ups in eps 4, but keep their findings to themselves.. trust issues anyone? 🙂

So here we are after 4 esisodes. At first Charlie annoyed me because she did so much whinnig but she came around. But the characters Aaron and Miles make up for that. Aaron the nerd lost in a world without pc’s and internet. Miles the renegade. Looking forward to see the next episodes and I wonder what direction the show will take? The plot twist so far a nice and they keep me interested.

Revolution - blackout

Charlie and Danny

Revolution - Season 1

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Les Miserables character posters

Les Miserables, the movie adapation of the the book and musical, has a trailer and the character posters have starting to come online. First there was Isabelle Allen as  Young Cosette,  yesterday Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and today Russell Crowe  as Javert. Over the next few days the others will appear as well is my guess. But here ‘s the first impression.

Isabelle Allen as Young Cosette

Hugh Jackman as Jean ValjeanRussell Crowe as Javert

Les Misérables  is scheduled to be released on 25 December 2012.  Till then, enjoy the trailer:

Highschool movies a reflection of the time?

Project x

After having seen Project X I looked back on the various high school / teen movies and thought if they are a projection of what teens are like at time the movie came out. Most of them are comedies but they do reflect the troubles teens have at school. Am I cool? A jock, a nerd, a geek etc etc. I never looked at teens movies like this , but looking back, most have the same theme. It also shows that teens and their problems have not changed much, but because of technology things can spin out of control faster.

The movie “Can’t Buy Me Love” from 1987  is about a guy who wants to be popular, and pay’s the most popular girl in school to date him in order to become popular. since she has the influence to make it happen (and it does), the psychology behind  it is fascinating. In the end the experiment backfired due to the main character becoming somewhat arrogant, but it shows good insights of how a group functions.

The Breakfast Club is one, if not, the best teen movie ever to have been made. A group of students have detention on a Saturday and have to write an essay on who they think they are. The groups consists of the various types os students which roam the school halls. All belonging to the different groups within the school it shows who people react to old “friends” but have become part of the different groups with the high school society: Claire not having noticed Brain for a long time even though the were “friends” before high school.  But there’s a underlying layer in this one, parents. The expectations parents have of their kids. All the kids in the Breakfast Club can’t live up to the exepectations of their parents, they all have to be winners. Pretty in Pink. Is also about wanting to be with the popular guy ( played by Andrew McCarthy). But this time the difference between the classes was more obvious. Poor girl loving a rich kid. Both of these film are is some perspective reflection of what was going in the 80’s (ression).

The tendency to be one of the popular kids at school is so strong that some will go a long way in achieving popularty. Project X is a great example of this.  A pbirthday party becoming the most epic in the history of  high school students.

“Costa: [Thomas and Costa are on the roof. The crowd below is chanting Thomas’ name] Are you hearing this? This is your fucking Party man!
Thomas: You’re right dude. I needed this”.

american-pieAmerican Pie (1999)  set a new expample in the genre. From students being rough with each other en bullying  to  more sex and drinking. In the 1980’s this never was such a big issue. I mean talk of sex was there but not like the way American Pie portraited it. This ( to me) is a change in the gerne and therefore if it can be a reflection of how kids of the the 90’s and the beginning of  the new millenium changed. The world became “faster” because of the internet, IM-ing and mobile phones. They grew faster than kids from the 70’and 80’s. Another great high school wich I need to mention is Varsity Blues (James van der Beek, Ali Larter). I love this film and its soundtrack. Teens drinking, sex, and football, but less of a comedy as American Pie is(again the issue of winners is being raised). Euro Trip, Ten Things I hate about you, She’s all that. All of hem depicting the kids of that time. For a while there was nothing new ( kids didn’t change that must in what they did). The American Pie series got more sequels but they didn’t deliver (more of the same).

In 2011, some 10 years after the American Pie there is Project X. Still with the same young troubled minds of how to become popular, of being a winner and not meeting up to the expectation of your parents.

Dad: Let’s be realistic here. This is Thomas we’re talking about. He’s not exactly Mr. Popular.
Mom: What is that supposed to mean?
Dad: I’m just saying that he’s not that type of kid, you know. He’s got a couple friends, they’re gonna hang out, but they’re not gonna do anything. He’s a sweet kid, but he’s a loser. 

Besides it being a great movie, it shows how teens are these days and how social media is influencing their lives thanks to smartphones etc. They are in constant connection with their friends.

 

From the Breakfast Club to Project X, if these movies are indeed a reflection of the time, a lot has changed. To end this acticle with a great quote:

Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us… In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete….and a basket case…a princess… and a criminal… Does that answer your question?… Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club

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