A couple of days ago, I stopped into our local financial institution to do a bit of banking, and since there were no other customers waiting in line, I took a little extra time to chat with the friendly teller. The course of our discussion took us down the path of musing about change and how open to it people are. About 35 years my junior, I was surprised when Sam told me she did not like change at all. “I like to know what I’m doing when, where I’ll be tomorrow,” she remarked. I remember being her age, and being very open to change. Don’t get me wrong. There is something comforting about the steadfast day-to-day goings-on, but change can open whole new worlds to a person, give one the chance to explore the previously unknown frontier. Different strokes for different folks, of course, but that didn’t stop me from smiling to myself as I left the bank, shaking my head pondering what Sam could be missing by wanting to keep her feet firmly planted in her own yard.
I first off want to apologize for my absence from all forms of social media and some delays in Rebels Reactions releases. The last two weeks have been extremely crazy for me and culminated in the laying to rest of a friend and co-worker today. Outside of work and home, no one has really known whats been going on as I sat and reevaluated my life, where I am, where I could be, the decisions made, and where to go from here. I’m not the best at talking my feelings out, my wife can attest to that. This is my only outsource for the moment. This is how I can pay my respects and come to grips with the reality of the situation and move on with my life.
In case you missed it, the Star Wars Fan Film Awards are underway! If you’ve got a great idea simmering, or you’re feeling particularly creative, now’s the time to get involved. Here’s some helpful information from StarWars.com and a word of encouragement from The Force Awakens director, J.J. Abrams:
Even though we never heard it in the movie, I wonder if some Star Wars fans never forgot a certain line from the last trailer for The Force Awakens – “I’m no one.” We heard Rey say that right after Maz Kanata asked her, “Who are you?” Despite those lines never being said in the movie, we’re still trying to figure out more details about her. I think that’s what we’re supposed to be doing after seeing the film.
What baffles me are the fans who seem to be running with the idea that Rey is “no one.”
*Spoilers* from this point on.
Star Wars: Episode VIII to Open December 15, 2017
The release date for the next film in the saga is confirmed.
Today, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release in summer 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017.
The move follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere outside the traditional summer blockbuster window and smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861.3 million and the third biggest global release ever with $1,886.7 billion.
The Case for New Canon: Why It’s Just Better This Way
— A Guest Blog by Mike Harris
While we were all speeding along on our “Journey to The Force Awakens,” I found myself thinking back to the day everything changed — October 30th, 2012. A day that will be long remembered. After the dust settled, I (and I’m sure many like me) was left wondering what would happen with the current Expanded Universe. I’ve been invested in the EU since 1991 when I cracked open Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire for the first time, and have spent the following two decades growing up with my favorite characters, and meeting many new ones along the way. With new movies on the horizon, movies that would take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, what would happen to all the existing stories? Will they follow after them? Will they get rid of them? Will they use Waru?!
In hindsight, the decision they made was really the only conceivable option.
Missing the Point:
An Analysis of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Part II – A Star Wars Story
By Daniel Noa
In Part I, I discussed some structural filmmaking issues in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, much of which has to do with filmmaking intent, and while I believe they keep the film from measuring up to previous Star Wars installments, they may still be legitimate filmmaking choices. But I was more troubled that The Force Awakens does not adhere to the rules and mythology of the Star Wars universe as we saw depicted in the original trilogy in some very essential ways.
As anyone who has seen The Force Awakens can attest, the secluded island home Luke Skywalker has chosen for himself is dramatic and beautiful. Skellig Michael, located off the southwest coast of Ireland, was selected by director J.J. Abrams for its breathtaking and otherworldly appearance, and it certainly made a lasting impression in the final moments of the film.
Take a behind-the-scenes peek in the video below:
Missing the Point:
An Analysis of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Part I – The Film
— A Guest Blog by Daniel Noa
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a massive hit. Given the caliber of the filmmakers, from Hollywood it-boy J.J. Abrams, to Kathleen Kennedy, elder-stateswoman of Hollywood, to the various production designers and department heads, and finally of course Harrison Ford, this should not be surprising. So it pains me to write that I was incredibly disappointed with the film. Given all the love I see for this movie on the internet, this may frustrate you. I do not want to diminish your enjoyment of this film, so rather than take to Twitter, I have written this 2-part essay to explain my issues with the movie, both as a film (Part I) and as a Star Wars story (Part II), in as clear and logical a way as possible.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams recently sat down with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan to discuss the making of TFA prior to a screening of the film at the Directors Guild of America (DGA).
The video is about 30 minutes in length, and, while it doesn’t contain outright plot spoilers, it is a discussion of the process of making the film and could contain things that some might find spoiler-ish. So, if you have yet to see TFA and you’re completely spoiler-free, proceed with caution.