Rian Johnson: The Art in Film

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Episode VIII!”

Since director Rian Johnson uttered those words, Star Wars fandom has been anticipating and speculating where he will bring the next story. As Mark Hamill said, “It’s a real journey of discovery.” However, before we take the next step into a new larger world, let’s rediscover Rian Johnson and his previous directing achievements.

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 37 – Coming Back For More, Part 4. Which Is Actually Part 1…

Ok, here goes. We’ve made our way through the original trilogy, so that means it must be time to go back to the very beginning. It’s obviously not ALWAYS a very good place to start, since George Lucas didn’t start there, which is why we’re discussing it now. And I promise that’s the last Sound of Music reference I’ll make for at LEAST a paragraph. It’s time to talk about what may be the most divisive chapter in the entire saga: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. This may be the most challenging entry in this series for me. Keep reading, and I’ll explain why.

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Some of Luke Skywalker’s Most Memorable Moments in ‘Star Wars’

Throughout the generations, Star Wars has captured the imaginations of fans and creators alike. Forty years have passed, and yet, Star Wars’ themes still ring true today. Hope, family, love, heroism, and redemption are as relatable now as they were in 1977 and one of the many reasons why Star Wars has remained timeless, becoming a cultural phenomenon.

A recurring theme is the Hero’s Journey and Luke Skywalker is one of the most iconic examples of this monomyth. Even if you have never watched a Star Wars film, most likely, you know the name Luke Skywalker. Luke Skywalker, the farm boy who became a Jedi like his father before him.

So, in honor of the fortieth year of Star Wars and to gear-up for the upcoming film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ I thought it would be fitting to go back and recap some of Luke’s most memorable moments from Star Wars.

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George Lucas Named One of the Best Screenwriters of All Time

Vulture recently asked 40 of the top screenwriters currently working in the industry to name their selections for the ‘100 Best Screenwriters of All Time.’ Star Wars creator George Lucas placed sixteenth on a list that also includes the Coen Brothers, Billy Wilder, Francis Ford Coppola, and Lawrence Kasdan, to name a few.

Here’s what they had to say about The Maker himself:

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 36 – Coming Back For More, Part 3. Which Is Actually Part 6…

It’s that time again! Are you guys enjoying these? I know I am, so even if you’re not, they’re gonna keep on coming. So strap yourselves in. The next film in my discussion of the things that bring me back to the Star Wars films is the most hotly-debated film in the original trilogy: Return of the Jedi. From the script to the Ewoks to the ending, this is the original trilogy film that has the most wildly-varying opinions associated with it. Some people put it near the bottom of the saga, and some people put it at the very top. For me, it falls near the middle, but definitely upper-middle. I recognize that it has some flaws, but those flaws are not glaring enough to diminish my enjoyment of it. So what is it about THIS admittedly flawed film that makes me develop a hankering for it? And why is it called a “hankering”? Read on to find out!

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How Deep Did George Lucas Go with the Hero’s Journey in Star Wars? — A Guest Blog by Tomas Pueyo

How Deep Did George Lucas Go with the Hero’s Journey in Star Wars? — A Guest Blog by Tomas Pueyo

Much has been said about George Lucas and the Hero’s Journey. He discovered Joseph Campbell’s idea while the script for A New Hope and became instantly fascinated: so many elements of his movie fit in the Hero’s Journey framework! He decided to go all in and rewrite his script to turn it into a fundamental myth.

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Melinda’s Brew: The Force of Female Fandom [2]

Melinda's Brew

The more things change, the more things stay the same. Aside from the fact I never have been a huge fan of using such a vague word as “thing[s]”, I always have been rather amazed at the truth behind this simple adage. Shouldn’t it stand to reason that change brings about … well, change … thus “things” don’t stay the same? Isn’t that what change is all about?

Yet, we’re all human. Since that is the case, human nature, emotions, preferences come into play, and each of those facets of our beings will affect how adaptable – or resistant to change – we are. Getting philosophical on you I seem to be but this line of thinking popped into my head – quite naturally – when I sat down to write the second installment in my series about Star Wars’ female fan base. From a certain point of view, change has occurred. Read more

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George Lucas and What it Takes to be a Creative Genius

As I’m about to watch a movie loosely based on Andrei Rublev, a 15th century Russian painter, I ask myself what does it take to be a creative genius besides being creative? Intelligence? Persistence? Curiosity? A slight case of mental instability? Probably a mixture of everything.. Every so often we are gifted with an individual that has an idea. A thought of how to make our world a better place. I recently read the May 2017 issue of National Geographic in which there was an article about what clues science gives us as to what it takes for someone to have such an exceptional mind that they change the world.

Shortly after reading that article I listened to a podcast called Stuff You Missed in History Class about Jane Austen and how supportive her father was in helping her writing career even in the 18th century when women weren’t exactly expected to be great at anything. Even being an author of fiction at that time was not very well received. But with her family’s support and Jane’s gift and perseverance, she went on to become a world renown author of so many classics. So with these two sources in mind let’s delve into the creative geniuses of history and see if there any connections.

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 35 – Coming Back For More, Part 2. Which Is Actually Part 5…

Hi folks! It’s that time again. We all know I’m a fan of Memory Lane, so here’s another round of rumination for you. As I continue my exploration of what keeps me coming back to each Star Wars film individually, I’m taking a look at The Empire Strikes Back this month. As much as I talked about nostalgia last time, the second film in the saga may hold even more warm, fuzzy thoughts. It is the first movie I remember seeing in a movie theater. My brother took me to see it. I’ve mentioned before how funny I thought “Laugh it up, fuzzball” was to me at the time, so I won’t go into that again, but suffice it to say I laughed so much that my brother got annoyed. I’ve struggled with how much nostalgia should play a role in these discussions, and I think I’ve come to a conclusion.

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CWK Show #82: “The gorilla walker has a Fu Manchu”, with Brian Jay Jones and Bobby Roberts (178)

Dan Z is joined by the author of George Lucas: A Life, Brian Jay Jones, and the former host of Full of Sith, Bobby Roberts. They start the show with the Hollywood Reporter article about the search for a director for a Kenobi film. Brian brings us up to date on George Lucas, and Tom Gross brings the latest Star Wars news. For the Coffee Chat, Dan Z talks with Din, the lead singer of F-105, to talk about their debut album. They close out the show with email. This the podcast you’re looking for!

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