Carrie Fisher was so much more than Princess Leia.
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
Warning: This entire post is filled with ‘Star Wars’ spoilers From: Star Wars: J.J. Abrams Says He Knows Who Rey’s Parents Are | TIME
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.
This post could be also be called: Mike Tries To Maintain Composure While His Inner Fanboy Completely Geeks Out
Circumstances alter cases.
Darth Binks is the real villain in Star Wars.
A response to #BoycottStarWarsVII.
There’s really no place for the Force in a historical narrative of the First Galactic Empire.
Why isn’t it Christmas yet?
Movies, sports, food, relaxation, fun times. At least, hopefully that’s the sort of thing that your weekend promises!
Fanboy Criticism is a growing form of art criticism that makes the oddest of demands from today’s artists:
The complete cessation of the artistic impulse.
Brando, Krueger, Skywalker, and Vin Diesel? Yes, you read that right.
How much social responsibility is attached to modern film making?
And we’re back. Friday afternoon I got sidetracked trying to buy a car, but that fell through because the one I was looking at had already been sold. That’s what happens when you take a break from aggregating Internet links. The market for Internet access is a mess, but Karma might make it a little bit…
Adm. William McRaven, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command, believes, “We are achieving in the SOF world probably the best results we’ve seen in many, many years.”
Sorry, folks. I got a little burned out from all the talk about lady-parts that dominated this place for a couple weeks, and then I completely went off the radar over the weekend, so I missed a whole lot of drama around these parts. In the interest of pretending that never happened, here are some…
During World War II, Brigadier General S.L.A. Marshall asked average soldiers how they conducted themselves in battle. Before that, it had always been assumed that the average soldier would kill in combat simply because his country and his leaders had told him to do so, and because it might be essential to defend his own…
Why did Star Wars go off the rails? The Los Angeles Times takes a look at the producers’ internecine squabbles — and how the toy industry shaped the movies’ trajectory:
Via the First Church of Bracketology, the Ole Miss Rebels have a chance to pick up the best mascot in college sports and strike a blow for inter-galactic inclusiveness.
The ultimate guilty pleasure: Alyssa Rosenberg delves into the Star Wars expanded universe.
We have enough examples of republican forms of galactic government to know that the alternative isn’t that much better.
Note: This was a shitty movie. So, if Memeorandum is any indication, a few conservative bloggers have taken to mining fourth-rate dialogue from third-rate science fiction movies in order to make an absurd point about how a modest package of insurance reforms amounts to an attack on liberty itself. I asked something along these lines on Facebook…