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The Midi-Chlorian Ruination Scale and the summer movie season (photo)

The Midi-Chlorian Ruination Scale and the summer movie season

Movies are fixed (for the most part) but our opinions of them are fluid. You might see a movie and hate it, then see it again five years later and love it. Maybe your tastes changed, maybe the context changed, but for whatever reason the exact same movie generated two wildly different reactions. One common […]

British prop designer beats the Lucasfilm Empire, can still make Stormtrooper helmets (photo)

British prop designer beats the Lucasfilm Empire, can still make Stormtrooper helmets

Way back in the mid-1970s, before “The Phantom Menace” was even a twinkle in George Lucas’ eye, Andrew Ainsworth made the headgear that would become the legendary Stormtrooper helmets in the very first “Star Wars” film. Now, over 30 years later, he’s secured his rights to keep making replicas of the helmets in his native […]

Modders craft an all-new Star Wars game from “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” (photo)

Modders craft an all-new Star Wars game from “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare”

Aside from the “Lego Star Wars” games developed by the Traveller’s Tales studio, it’s been a dark time for video game fans of the Skywalker mythos. Last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2” got a poor reception from many. I myself was personally, very disappointed by the way its uneven storyline and cookie-cutter wasted […]

Wookie Translation in New “Star Wars” game (photo)

Wookie Translation in New “Star Wars” game

Would-be Jedi Knights and Sith Lords are counting down the days until the release of “Star Wars: The Old Republic,” the massively multiplayer online game that takes places thousands of years before the events of the six Skywalker movies. Players will be able to create characters in classes that map closely to the iconic roles […]

A Tribute To Film’s Fictional Bands (photo)

A Tribute To Film’s Fictional Bands

Check out this worthy montage featuring some of the greatest fictional bands from film history. Favorites include Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem playing “Can you picture that” in “The Muppet Movie,” the Soggy Mountain Boys belting out “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” in the Coen’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and Michael […]

The Ultimate “Star Wars: Episode III” Video Review (photo)

The Ultimate “Star Wars: Episode III” Video Review

I love Mike Stoklasa’s video reviews, though perhaps “video reviews” isn’t a generous enough term for this man’s borderline heroic work. Stoklasa uses carefully selected video clips, smart observations about the language of cinema, and deranged humor from his videos’ narrator — a grumpy and cruel old man named Harry Plinkett — to critique the […]

Reports of the death of the intelligent blockbuster have been greatly exaggerated. (photo)

Reports of the death of the intelligent blockbuster have been greatly exaggerated.

Around this time every year, the blame for the death of the intelligent Hollywood film is laid at the feet of “Jaws” and/or “Star Wars.” Richard Brody over at the New Yorker rounds up this week’s batch of articles, patiently noting that “It’s always the end of the world, and things were always better before.” […]

All About Antiheroes (photo)

All About Antiheroes

Lou Ford, the protagonist of “The Killer Inside Me,” cuts a violent swath through his home town while we ride with him the whole way down. Inspired by the film, this week’s IFC News podcast takes on antiheroes at the movies, looking at how they’ve become so prevalent that it’s rarer to see a classic […]

Adaptation Logic (photo)

Adaptation Logic

Both “Alien vs. Predator” films were by and large disposable mash-up exercises, undone by plots that couldn’t convincingly meld the two series’ worlds and directors who paled in comparison to the ones behind the creatures’ original solo outings. But in theory, this marriage of H.R. Giger’s acid-blooded beasts and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s camouflage-happy intergalactic nemesis is […]

George Lucas, fanboy martyr. (photo)

George Lucas, fanboy martyr.

Hating George Lucas can sometimes seem like a national sport. Over the years, there have been many reasons for rage: “Star Wars” killed American cinema and made us all blockbuster-watching morons! Then he refurbished his movies and raped everyone’s childhood! And he invented marketing! And he made terrible sequels! Every time George Lucas does anything, […]