Category Archives: Star Wars

Second ‘Rogue One’ Trailer

Well the second trailer for the Star Wars side story “Rogue One” is out and it both looks good and different from the first trailer. We learn a little more about the main character Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones). This movie will fill in some of the gaps as to what happened between Star Wars III “Revenge of the Sith” and Star Wars IV “A New Hope“.

I am certainly looking forward to the December 16 release date.

Star Wars TK-436

Lucas Film and StarWars.com held a fan film contest a few months ago. They had more than 500 submissions. The film “Star Wars TK-436: A Stormtrooper Story was awarded the Filmmaker Select Award. The version of the video above is the “Director’s Cut” of just over 12 minutes.

Submissions for the context were limited to just 5 minutes. Six other fan films are highlighted at the StarWars.com site. If you like Star Wars and/or Science Fiction I encourage you to take a few minutes and view these videos.

Star Wars Day in Austin

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Star Wars day (May the 4th – you know, “May the For[th] be With you”) will be celebrated again this year in Austin by Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival. If you are interested in Science Fiction and are free the evening of May 4th, this might be a great event for you!

To quote from their recent email : Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival will celebrate Star Wars Day (May the Fourth) with a program of stellar Star Wars fan films, a SciFi Dance Party (hosted by DJ Boba Fett), a costume contest, a special burlesque performance by OWA’s own Gemmi Galactic, as well as Star Wars memorabilia from Austin Books & Comics. The free event will take place at the North Door (502 Brushy St, Austin, TX 78702). Doors will open at 6:00pm and the program will begin at 7:30pm.

Fan films will include:

DARTH MAUL: APPRENTICE

With his training almost complete, Darth Maul must face six Jedi in order to reach his true potential, and become a Dark Lord of the Sith. Directed by Shawn Bu.

THE LESSER EVIL

2015 “Filmmaker Select” Star Wars Fan Film Award winner as chosen by Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy. A Jedi Master and his Padawan, with the help of a bounty hunter, go after a Sith Lord. Directed by Sy Cody White.

GEORGE LUCAS IN LOVE

1967 film student George Lucas has writer’s block trying to finish his “Space Wheat” script, until a beautiful fellow student with a familiar hairstyle teaches him that the best stories are in plain sight. Directed by Joe Nussbaum.

CRAZY WATTO

A commercial for Watto’s Junkyard, the best used vehicle dealership in the galaxy. Directed by 2014 OWA alum John E. Hudgens.

PINK FIVE STRIKES BACK

The “totally awesome” saga of Stacey continues as she treks to Dagobah, where Master Yoda trains her to be a Jedi. Kinda. Directed by Trey Stokes.

“Last year’s Star Wars Day event was such a hit we wanted to come back this year even bigger and better,” says Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Artistic Director. “The fan films are real passion projects and advances in technology have allowed some of them to look as good as the real thing. Watching them on the laptop is one thing, but up on the big screen, like the originals that inspired them—that’s a great excuse to celebrate a fan driven holiday like May the 4th.”

Pretty amazing for a FREE EVENT. To stay up to date on the party, be sure to Check out the facebook event page →

Review of “Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company”

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“Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company” eBook was published in 2015 and was authored by Alexander Freed (http://www.alexanderfreed.com/). Mr. Freed is the author or co-author of nearly a dozen books and comics.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains some scenes of Violence. The setting of this Science Fiction novel is the Star Wars universe. It spans the time from just before Hoth falls in “The Empire Strikes Back” to shortly after. None of the main Star Wars characters are included. The focus is on the 61st Mobile Infantry – Twilight Company – of the Rebel Alliance. Hazram Namir, the Twilight Comapny First Sergeant, is the primary character, though several others are important.

Twilight company is a rag tag outfit. It is made up of volunteers recruited from nearly every world that the Alliance sends the unit. Twilight company seems to get many of those missions that have little likelihood of success. Yet somehow, Twilight company struggles through and rebuilds itself for the next confrontation.

Time and again Twilight company finds itself confronting Star Troopers of the Empire. They always find a way to battle through even when things look bleak. It is a bit of a dark story. Twilight always seems short of supplies. After nearly every battle, the say a brief goodbye to their fallen comrades, then recruit ‘fresh meat’ to fill the holes in their ranks.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 8 hours I spent reading this 418 page novel. It reminded me a great deal of the “Black Company” novels. I hope that there are more novels that will follow Twilight company. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

We Saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens Again

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My wife and i went today to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens . . . . again. If anything, I think I liked it better the second time. I could probably go see it again, but I’ll wait until it comes out on DVD . . . probably.

Having watched the movie once, I finally read some of the reviews. There were so many little details that I missed the first time. I am looking forward to having it on DVD so that I can repeatedly view parts of it a few times. And of course we are looking forward to the already announce sequels in the franchise.

It is a must see if you are a Star Wars or Science Fiction fan.

We saw “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens” Last Night

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First, there will be no spoilers!

My wife and I went to a local theater and finally saw “The Force Awakens” last night. Having seen all of the Star Wars movies in a theater when they were first released, we thought that this was a good expansion of the series. I recently viewed the first six episodes on DVD to refresh my memory of the full story. “The Force Awakens” is, in my opinion, much better than episodes 1-3.

The special effects were as good as expected. The main character of Rey looks to be a strong character on which to base a story line. There is also so little known about her that there will be an opportunity for much to be revealed in the upcoming movies.

My wife and I both think that this was a great addition to the franchise and will probably be returning to the theater to see it at least one more  time. If you have liked Star Wars, you need to see this in the theater.

 

Review of “Star Wars: Dark Disciple”

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“Star Wars: Dark Disciple” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Christie Golden (http://www.christiegolden.com). Ms. Golden has published over 30 novels.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are instances of Violence and minor Mature Situations. This Science Fiction novel is set in the Star Wars Universe. The primary characters are Jedi Master Quinlan Vos and former Sith Acolyte Asajj Ventress.

Jedi Master turned Sith Lord Count Dooku commits one atrocity after another. The Jedi council decides to take a more direct action against Dooku by sending Vos to kill him. Vos is also sent to recruit Ventress to their cause, as she is Dooku’s former acolyte and has tried to kill him more than once since they split.

Vos finds Ventress and slowly establishes trust with her. She extends his training, introducing him to the Dark Side. As they train and work together, their feelings become more romantic. When they try to find and kill Dooku, Vos seems to loose control and cross over to the Dark Side. After that it is up to Ventress and Obi Wan Kenobi to find Vos and try to bring him back.

I enjoyed the 7 hours spent with this novel. There was a little romance along with quite a bit of action in this novel. I have enjoyed reading these new stores that are “Canon” to the Disney version of the Star Wars Universe. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).