Star Wars

Blockbuster Antidote: UPGRADE Gives Us Exactly What We Need

Blockbuster Antidote: UPGRADE Gives Us Exactly What We Need

Genuinely fun and joyous, UPGRADE indulges in the inherent silliness of its premise, never takes itself too seriously, while also taking the audience through a complex and well-constructed journey of intrigue and mystery.

How I Learned to Stop the Hate, and Love STAR WARS Fan Films

How I Learned to Stop the Hate, and Love STAR WARS Fan Films

STAR WARS was a sacred cinematic experience from my childhood as I shared in this earlier blog post. How dare someone attempt to recreate or reimagine the epic? Oh, the sacrilegious injustice! I could only imagine the desecration of no to low-budget cinematography, editing, and special effects to the STAR WARS canon. 

Boy, was I proven wrong.

An Ewokian Recipe from Far, Far Away: FORCEJOADA

An Ewokian Recipe from Far, Far Away: FORCEJOADA

The following recipe has been translated into Galactic Basic from it’s native Ewokian and adapted to suit a more universal palat by Michael Thielvoldt, Editor-chef of Cooking Lightsaber Magazine and Film Programmer for Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival.

Jar Jar Binks is the Most Necessary Character in the Star Wars Universe

Jar Jar Binks is the Most Necessary Character in the Star Wars Universe

It’s time to reassess the much-reviled Jar Jar, who, when it comes down to it, may just be the most important character to the plot of the entire film series (yes, all nine of them).  Watch out, dissen gonna be bery messy!

Lamentations of a Sarlacc

Lamentations of a Sarlacc

Anyway, Jabba is dead and I’m unemployed.  Excuse me while I update my resume. I’ve got a bad feeling about being able to transfer my 401K.

Getting More Out of the Star Wars Universe

Getting More Out of the Star Wars Universe

At some point, people are going to get bored of the same old characters, the same old dynamics, and stop going.  But: the universe of STAR WARS is vast, deep and largely unexplored.   I hope the success of ROGUE ONE will soften Disney’s view of what can work as a STAR WARS property and allow for new and exciting stories to be told in that galaxy so long ago and so far, far away.

To "SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE" and Back Again: An Ode to Vintage STAR WARS Video Gaming

To "SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE" and Back Again: An Ode to Vintage STAR WARS Video Gaming

I shake my fist in anger/fear at the kids today who will never understand renting a cartridge game from a video store after school on Fridays.  The pressure was on, as you had 48 hours to make as much progress as possible before it was time to return it and return to normalcy on Monday. And if you rented STAR WARS on the original NES, you didn’t make much progress at all.

An Emperor's Reprimand

An Emperor's Reprimand

Thorn number one, why do I have TheEmperor03 email? Who else decided they deserve the most powerful Sith Overlord’s email address?  I thought we programmed these clones without a sense of humor or desire for power.  There must be a glitch.  Speaking of glitches, have you addressed the pitiful marksmanship of the troopers with the blaster pistol trainer?   Maybe Grand Moff Tarkin took TheEmperor@Dstar.emp.  Let him know, if my prophecy is correct, I will replace him with an awkward droid projection with eyes dead as the Jedi. 

The Spontaneous Spectacle of STAR WARS

The Spontaneous Spectacle of STAR WARS

Back in the day, we waited in line because we had to. That was the only way to see the show. By contrast, a month before its release, THE FORCE AWAKENS had already surpassed $50 million in advanced ticket sales, breaking the overall record previously held by THE HUNGER GAMES more than eight times over.

A Case for Ewoks

A Case for Ewoks

When it comes to STAR WARS you should know that Ewoks hold a special place in my soul. Now, I have read many blogs about people’s hate for Ewoks and that they are the worst, etc.  However, I am here to make a case for the Ewoks and prove to you why they actually are worthy of respect.

May the Fourth be with You at 4th Tap Brewing Co-operative 

May the Fourth be with You at 4th Tap Brewing Co-operative 

The 4th Tap founders and brewers have stepped up to the challenge of hosting this stellar event,by offering a taproom-only limited release beer created specifically for our special event! Read more about our Dark Side/Light Side beer and learn a bit about the head brewers.

Science Fiction as a Social Juggernaut and What’s Finally Stopped It

Science Fiction as a Social Juggernaut and What’s Finally Stopped It

It seems we have hit a point of rigidity. We can’t make anything new or original without having it soaked in blood and gore. We certainly can’t make anything original AND with a diverse cast because the internet is still too young for it. So we must look back to “better days” where there was just not enough POC to make white people uncomfortable but give the industry a reason to say, “hey, look, you guys get roles too.” 

Dan O'Bannon: the Man Who Inspired the OWA Filmmaker Grant

Dan O'Bannon: the Man Who Inspired the OWA Filmmaker Grant

Dan O’Bannon’s story is one of unabashed creativity and generic infusions, both in terms of hybridization and innovation.  It is with this consideration and ambitions toward new horizons that we introduce the “Dan O’Bannon Other Worlds Austin Filmmaker Grant,” which we hope will allow burgeoning local voices representing the genres of SciFi, horror, and fantasy, an opportunity to bring those voices to fruition.

Star Wars The Force Awakens is the most Disappointing Movie of All Time

Star Wars The Force Awakens is the most Disappointing Movie of All Time

Why do I groan when I hear people talking about it, lavishing it with praise? Because I hold Star Wars to a higher standard than any other series, and because J.J. Abrams and his team didn’t.  This new film suffered from lazy, repetitious storytelling, a disregard for the original trilogy, and a whole mess of missed opportunities. 

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is the NEW HOPE for future generations

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is the NEW HOPE for future generations

Much like the original film that inspired its saga, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is not merely entertainment for the masses. This film exemplifies the power of storytelling through film, making a profound effect on its viewers for a lifetime.