(I originally posted this at The American Catholic, and I thought the Star Wars mavens of Almost Chosen People might enjoy it.)


Premiered December  24, 2019, and it is the best Star Wars that I have seen since the original trilogy.  Interesting echoes of Herod attempting to kill the Christ child, and the revolt of the Maccabees.  We live in an interesting time when fan flicks are sometimes superior to big budget productions with a thousand times their budget.


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A Very Special Star Wars Christmas

The sad thing is, I found this, back in 1978, immensely more entertaining than I have any of the movies since the end of the first trilogy.




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May the Fourth Be With You



Something for the weekend.  The Saga Begins by Weird Al Yankovich.  Bonus, hattip to my bride:

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Requiescat In Pace: Peter Mayhew

Sad that even wookies must die.  Peter Mayhew was the giant behind the mask.  Unlike most Hollywood figures, he lived a quiet life with his one and only wife, and their three kids.  Born a Brit he became a naturalized American citizen in 2005.  A deeply charitable man, he was always available to have Chewbaca bring wookie cheer to sick kids in hospital.  A well lived life.  Fare you well Mr. Mayhew, and may you now be in the land where the stars only know eternal peace and love.

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Star Wars: Always

(I originally posted this at The American Catholic, and I thought the Star Wars mavens of Almost Chosen People might enjoy it.

A lot more entertaining than anything since The Return of the Jedi, of course watching paint dry also fits into that category, although I do think that Solo was not quite the grand buzzard of a film that most of its detractors claim it was.


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Carrie Fisher: Resquiescat in Pace

Fear no more the heat o’ the sun,

Nor the furious winter’s rages;

Thou thy worldly task hast done,

Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages;

Golden lads and girls all must,

As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, Act IV, Scene II

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Star Wars the Premake

A truly epic attempt by John D’Amico to recreate the first Stars Wars film, A New Hope, shot for shot using clips from pre-1977 films.  Some of the clips are misses but most are so on-target that it is difficult not to believe that they influenced Lucas in his crafting of a film that took a mishmash of heroic themes and archetypes and made them a huge crowd pleaser with then cutting edge technology.    The seventies prior to Star Wars was the age of the anti-hero, especially after the aging and ailing John Wayne was in the process of departing the scene.  The first Star Wars trilogy brought back heroes to cheer and villians to boo and told their tale in a coherent manner,  simple accomplishments actually, but we were then entering a period when even the simplest things, due to cultural rot, would become fouled up beyond recognition. The first trilogy of the Star Wars films was a return to a better time in the culture.

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