Album Review: Wilco, “Star Wars”

We’ve seen this a few times now. With the immediacy and access that the Internet offers, an artist announces they are dropping a secret album for you, the adoring fan, for free. All you have to do is provide your email ...

24 current reasons to be thankful in 2014

Sure, the government’s a mess, the environment is spiraling out of control and American cities are actually burning. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take time to consider some of the reasons we all have to be thankful. So everyone, please put down your ...

The Great Summer Movies: Unlimited Power!!!!!

Whatever the case, I think…I think I’m letting go. Maybe I’ll grab hold again someday. For now, let this latest outrage drift right on by. I’ve got Star Wars friends, I’ve got Star Wars memories, and I don’t need anything else from ...

Popdose Flashback 1973: American Graffiti

There’s a lot of ire thrown in George Lucas’ direction. Star Wars meant a lot to many, many people and a great many felt the franchise was best served when Lucas only had tertiary input into it (otherwise known as the ...

The Great Summer Movies: Don’t Get Cocky!

18 Observations On Star Wars As It Turns 36, Just As I Did Last July

1. This was one of the first VHS tapes we owned; we had a guy across the street who somehow got us a dub of it, even ...

Revival House: Return of the Jedi

It was a three year wait to find out what happened to Han Solo, who was last seen frozen in carbonite and loaded onto Boba Fett’s spaceship. 30 years ago, on May 25, 1983, Return of the Jedi, one of the most ...

Top 5 Holy Grail Playset Toys of the 1980s

For most of us who played with any of the mass-produced toy lines of the 1980s, our appetite for bigger and better toys was curbed by two things — limited space and limited (parental) money. Working with those restraints we scooped up ...

7 Movie Franchises With Way Too Many Sequels

Now that Disney owns George Lucas’s Star Wars franchise, we already know that Episode VII is a done deal and that VIII and IX are coming unless something unexpected happens. It’s also quite likely that before long the series will see ...

Valentine’s Day Character Crushes!

So this is Valentine’s Day? They can keep it! OK, so maybe I shouldn’t be saying that, after all I’m hitched and as a decent ...

Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 63

For those of you who weren’t around in 1977, you should probably know that there was this fairly popular independent film called Star Wars. Its success led not only to a pair of well-received sequels, but an oddly well-received disco adaptation ...

Ghost Rider, Creator’s Rights And Bill Mantlo

The history of comic books is rife with the undercutting of creators in the credit process. Few had the ability to retain the rights to their creations, and up until the very late 1970’s/early 1980s many were contractually obliged to create ...

Thanks For The Turkey!: The Black Hole

Movies have that peculiar charm about them that even though they can be pretty darn bad, you can still kind of love them. That love can come in a variety of intellectual “scents,” from the pungent stink of gas being pumped ...

George Lucas Doesn’t Give A Shit About You

Let’s start here: George Lucas will never stop.

He’s never going to give up on tinkering with his movies. He’s never going to wake up one morning and say, “Hey, I got it pretty close the first time, let’s go ...

DVD Review: “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III”

At 44 minutes, Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III is infinitely shorter than Star Wars Episodes I, II and III and it’s also infinitely better than George Lucas’ very flawed movies. Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and their cohorts behind Robot Chicken, ...

Greatest Un-Hits: Meco’s “Theme From Superman” (1978)

Despite the cool, vaguely exotic euro-discoy name, Meco was really a kind of nerdy dude from Pennsylvania (real name: Domenico Monardo). As such, Meco loved only two things in life: over-the-top disco music, the kind with both lots of violins and ...

The Composers: John Williams

Don’t think of an elephant. Now you see an elephant, don’t you?

Star Wars. Harry Potter. Jurassic Park. Jaws. Now you’re hearing the music of John Williams, aren’t you? Williams turns 79 today ...

Dw. Dunphy On… Killogies: When Sagas Turn Soggy

There is no specific term for a film franchise that is directly undermined by later installments of itself, but there should be. If there are so many trilogies out there that have crippled themselves by simply not walking away while the getting ...

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