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Name: Marsha Brofka-Berends
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24 May 2007

"The Last Guy in the World to See Star Wars"

Here's a fun commentary piece just published on the Wired website: nearly thirty years to the day after Star Wars was first released, this guy finally saw it. He points out up front that he didn't go into the viewing totally clueless. It's impossible to have lived in our society for the past three decades without being exposed (heavily!) to what he calls "the fallout from this pop-culture phenomenon." In the end, he's unimpressed--and rightly so. This is an entertaining film but by no means great art. George Lucas's ability to write decent dialogue is nonexistent and, amazingly, somehow manages to get even worse over the course of the rest of the series, culminating in the gut-wrenching (for anyone who saw the film) palaver of the courtship scene in episode 2. His final verdict? "I should have waited for the 50th anniversary." Heh.

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15 May 2007


This is a real trip down memory lane. Jan sent this link to me recently, and as soon as I heard "Ed Gruberman" I was back in high school, listening to the Dr. Demento Show on the radio. "Boot to the head!" indeed. He also sent me a link to a short film called Balance that won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Animated Short and was shown in art-house theaters in the early 90s (that's where I first saw it). Then and now it's a striking commentary on the absurdity of greed.

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09 April 2007


No, I'm not talking about some casino that was blown up in Las Vegas recently. That Stardust pales in comparison to the upcoming film Stardust, based on the fabulous novel by the fabulous Neil Gaiman. I saw the trailer a couple of weeks ago, and I've been drooling with anticipation ever since. Based on that, it looks like it will be fairly true to the book. Gaiman discussed it in his blog, and he says he likes it. He also says in another post that he isn't contractually restricted from saying anything bad about the film adaption of Stardust. So if he thinks the final result is lousy...well, I hope he tells us!

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