Happy Corporate Commodification of Love Valentine’s Day everyone!!! Hopefully, through all the cultural ridiculousness today, you find some time to think about those you love and reflect on what a wonderful gift sharing love is. In that spirit, Jenmarie, of Anakin and His Angel, has dedicated this month’s ComLINKS to, “This year I thought writing about who we love to share Star Wars with would be a very uplifting topic. So, who do you love to watch the films/cartoons with or talk about the latest books/comics with? Is it your parents? Maybe they introduced you to the franchise? Your loved one or friends you met at Star Wars Celebration? How do you share Star Wars with this person/people? Do you have any fun traditions?” Aww, I love it (no pun intended). Without further ado, let’s tell some stories! Continue reading
So this isn’t another essay or reflection on The Last Jedi. I’m not looking deeper at the themes in the film nor am I furthering my analysis on Star Wars’ future as folklore in this post. Rather, this piece is about an unexpected lesson I learned from The Last Jedi, care of everyone’s favorite chrome-plated stormtrooper Captain Phasma, regarding the growing Disney Canon of works in their Star Wars Universe. What lesson, you may ask, did you glean from Phasma’s fifteen seconds of screen time?!? While it’s probably quite the opposite of what Disney would want, I think it will make my Star Wars time far more enjoyable. Continue reading
When I came out of my first showing of The Last Jedi, I was ready to say I liked it. By the time I exited my third showing of The Last Jedi, I was ready to say I really liked it. I was still struggling to figure out where to place this film in my larger emotional and intellectual experience of the Star Wars Saga but I was able to say, as a film, The Last Jedi was well done. I was not ready for the heatedly divisive storm that followed. As someone who needed a year and a half to be able to like The Force Awakens, I certainly appreciate the pain many feel over this film. I’m just a bit surprised, given reactions to The Force Awakens, this film caused such an uproar. Anyway, I’m finally ready to delve into my thoughts and feelings on The Last Jedi. Be warned MASSIVE SPOILERS WILL FOLLOW. So if you haven’t seen it, I suggest you come back and read this once you have. Continue reading
No spoilers here my friends, don’t worry – not yet. This isn’t even about The Last Jedi‘s plot. Rather, this is all about our hopes and dreams going into the film. Hyperspace PodBlast’s Bryan and Shelby spent opening day talking to people in line at Maya Cinemas in Bakersfield, CA while Hannah and I interviewed people at Tinseltown in Erie, PA. You heard that right folks – I’m a STAR WARS REPORTER now!!! Yay for team work!! It was incredible and we had sooooo much fun doing these interviews. So we owe a big THANK YOU to Hyperspace PodBlast for having us be your Senior East Coast Correspondents and a big THANK YOU to everyone who chatted with us all day too. Continue reading
Remember a month ago when Hyperspace PodBlast had Hannah and I on to discuss our Star Wars class? I know! It was so fun! Well Charlotte and Caitlin of Skytalkers: A Star Wars Podcast heard the episode and they invited Hannah and I on their show to talk about our class too! Yay! We had so much fun chatting with them and, if you’re in the mood for some great Star Wars banter, you should totally click this link and head on over to Skytalkers to give it a listen. BONUS – you’ll also learn which five people associated with Star Wars (fictional or real, alive or dead) Hannah and I would invite to a dinner party!! Um, what are you still doing here? It’s time to click the link and enjoy the show! Continue reading
Okay folks, the time has ALMOST ARRIVED. The Last Jedi will be hitting theatres next week! Let’s all pause for a moment to squeal while basking in excitement and anticipation.
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Alright, now that we have all that out of the way, let’s look at how I’m getting ready for The Last Jedi shall we? Who knows?!? Maybe we’ll have the same process!! Wouldn’t that be a fun coincidence?? Aww, it would be. Continue reading
There…I said it. All that matters is head canon. The Last Jedi is on its way right? (Yay!) With it will come countless analyses, deconstructions, and evaluations (myself included). No matter where you’re at in the world of Star Wars, you’re going to have opinions (myself included!). And that’s exciting! However, the Star Wars community can be volatile at times (especially online). Instead of sharing our love, we seem to enjoy chastising those who love something else or love what we love in a different way. Yet we can (and should) happily love what we love and respect what someone else loves too! At the end of the day, no one can tell you what Star Wars stories move you. So in the seemingly endless debate over what is or isn’t “canon” or what stories are “best,” the only important question is what do you like? If the story moves you, it’s part of your Star Wars experience and those are the only stories that really matter. Continue reading
Okay, alright, yes…to pick any one Star Wars quote as my all time favorite is pretty much impossible. There are SO MANY brilliant lines to choose from and SO MANY have become a regular part of my life. Any fan can tell you there are several Star Wars quotes to fit any occasion. But Jenmarie clearly gets this and that’s why this month’s ComLINKS prompt asks, “If you were to pick one favorite quote, which would it be and why?” Did you see that “one” in there? I can pick one favorite quote, easy. And, just like last month, I didn’t even hesitate in my choice. I immediately knew what I’d write about. So what’s my favorite Star Wars quote? Drum roll please…. Continue reading
I’ll keep this short so you’ll actually click the link. On Monday, Hannah and I were guests on Hyperspace PodBlast (A Star Wars Podcast) to talk about our Star Wars & Contemporary Myth class! For real. How amazing is that?!? We had so much fun with Bryan and Shelby and it was a nerd dream come true. So please (pretty please), click on this link and bounce over to their site so you can hear us all geek out about Star Wars and talk about the nature of our course! Best. Day. Ever :). Continue reading
While my record with posting in the Star Wars ComLINKS series is far from perfect, I pride myself on being the first link added (for the ones I write) when Jenmarie has the post go live on Anakin and His Angel. Welllllllllll this linkup went live on October 18th. YIKES. Now I must wrestle with not meeting the arbitrary standards I set for myself. Mea culpa! My angsty writer issues aside, this month’s (or last month’s technically) topic is (was) to choose our favorite score in the films and discuss why it means so much to us/speaks to us in the way it does. Are you ready to know mine?! Has the featured image already given it away?!? Continue reading