Maybe today was one of those days where nothing could make you smile–one of those “My first-born child took its first step? Swell. Wake me when it gets a job” kind of days. Well, if nothing else could did it, this sure should: character posters for Star Wars: The Force Awakens were released today!! Scroll down to get up-close-and-personal with Han Solo, Leia Organa (Organa-Solo??), Finn, Rey, and Kylo Ren.
Remember: just 44 days to go…or in my case, 43! Thank you advanced screenings!!
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, Han Solo Character Poster
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, Leia Character Poster
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, Finn Character Poster
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Rey Character Poster
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Kylo Ren Character Poster
The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered about 3.5 hours ago, and already has 281,721 views on YouTube. It’s so good that when you watch it, your face will melt–it happened to Vader, it can happen to you.
How many do you think it’ll have before the movie opens on December 18??
(Think of this as a more modern, and infinitely cooler version of guessing how many jellybeans are in a jar.)
Sad news for all of us today. Leonard Nimoy, the galaxy’s favourite pointy-eared Vulcan, passed away at age 83.
Though he’ll be greatly missed, his presence can still be felt in original Star Trek TV series, the six films featuring the original cast, the Star Trek reboot (2009), the original Mission: Impossible TV series, as well as memorable episodes of The Simpsons, The Twilight Zone, and The Outer Limits. Two performances of his which are less often mentioned, but are among my personal favourites, are as Dr. David Kibner in the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and his recurring role as Dr. William Bell in Fringe. In addition to acting, his vast career included work as an author, director, and photographer.
(I doubt people would read a review of the commentary before seeing the movie itself, but just in case…. SPOILER ALERT!!)
Director Richard Kelly’s commentary track will certainly shed some light on some elements of his debut film, Donnie Darko, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. Let me be clear: I love this movie. The performances, music, atmosphere, cinematography, and concepts are all top notch. I first saw it in 2002 and bought it a few years later. As much as I enjoyed watching it, I also enjoyed thinking about it. It seemed like a puzzle that could be assembled in a variety of ways, each of which formed a distinct image. After all these years, I was interested in discovering how Kelly sees it. Also featuring star Jake Gyllenhaal, the commentary reveals a number of surprising facts about the characters, their actions, and the forces at work in the film. The problem is that, in this case, “surprising” usually means “totally illogical.” Continue reading →