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Monthly Archives: December 2015

2015 in review


 

2015 has been a difficult year.  Personally, my family and I have spent the bulk of the year trying to sell our house and move into a new school district.  We have faced a number of challenges in pursuit of that goal.  Thankfully, the finish line is in sight.  We close on our current house next week and should be closing on the new house some time in January.  Obviously, that leaves us in limbo for a week or two which is pretty much par for the course in this process.  Looking at the bright side, we will finally complete this long term goal within a span of a few weeks.

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The 100 Best Movies Ever Made


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In the December 1995 issue of Movieline magazine, the staff named the 100 best movies ever made.

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How The Force Awakens Invalidates the Original Trilogy


Star Wars - Kylo Ren

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently breaking box office records.  For the most part, the movie has been embraced by fans and critics alike.  The most common complaint about the new movie is that it borrows heavily from the original films.  These similarities create another issue for the new movie.  It’s easy to feel like the events of the first three films didn’t really matter.

**Spoiler Warning: Plot points for The Force Awakens follow

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Penny Marshall: A Penny for your Thoughts


Marshall - Awakenings

Twenty-five years ago, director Penny Marshall spoke with Movieline about her upcoming drama, Awakenings, how she became one of two prominent female directors in Hollywood at the time and what it was like working on her brother’s sitcom while being married to Rob Reiner.

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Star Wars Heroes and Villains Bracket Game Winner!


Darth Vader

The Star Wars bracket game was set up to be heroes vs. villains.  In the end, the victory went to the Dark Side.  Darth Vader beat out his own daughter to win the title of Ultimate Star Wars Character.  He’s definitely one of the most iconic villains in movie history.

That brings this iteration of the bracket game to a close.  It will be back next year.  I will probably run two bracket games in January just as I did this year.  2015 started off with bracket games covering the movies of 1985 and 1995.  That set the tone for a lot of the articles that came out all year long.  I’m looking to do essentially the same thing with the years 1986 and 1996.

As always, thanks to everyone who played along with the Star Wars bracket game.  Things are going to be a bit hectic for the next few weeks.  Updates over the holidays will likely be a bit less frequent.  But rest assured Le Blog will be back in full force in the new year.  If I don’t see you before then, best wishes!

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Spoilers


The Force Awakens

I already posted my spoiler-free review of the latest Star Wars.  Now it’s time to discuss the movie in detail.  If you have already seen the movie or you don’t mind massive spoilers, read on.  If you haven’t seen The Force Awakens, come back when you have.  We’ll wait for you.

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Han and Chewie - Star Wars Force Awakens

The long wait is finally over.  Star Wars Episode VII is open and the good news is that J.J. Abrams’ revival is better than George Lucas’ prequels.  The Force Awakens is similar to Abrams’ 2009 reboot of the Star Trek franchise.  The story is sloppy, but the action is fast-paced and the movie is fun enough that audiences probably won’t mind its short-comings.  I will keep my review spoiler-free so feel free to read on even if you have yet to see the movie.

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Star Wars Heroes and Villains Bracket Game: Darth Vader Vs. Princess Leia


Vader Leia

There is a little movie coming out later this month.  You may have heard of it.  I think it’s called Star Wars.  At Le Blog, it’s important that we support obscure indie movies like this one.  As part of our build up to the Dec 18th release of The Force Awakens, we’re going to have a bracket game.  All of your favorite Star Wars heroes and villains from the original trilogy (and one or two from the prequels) face off to determine who is your favorite character from the series.

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Harrison Ford: Still Sane After All These Years


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Today, as Harrison Ford reprises his role as Han Solo for the first time in over 30 years, let’s take a look at an interview from Movieline magazine from December of 1995.  At the time, Ford had recently been named “Star of the Century” and he was promoting his somewhat risky move into romantic comedy, a remake of the Audrey Hepburn movie, Sabrina.

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Star Wars Heroes and Villains Bracket Game: Darth Vader Vs. Jabba the Hutt


Vader Hutt

There is a little movie coming out later this month.  You may have heard of it.  I think it’s called Star Wars.  At Le Blog, it’s important that we support obscure indie movies like this one.  As part of our build up to the Dec 18th release of The Force Awakens, we’re going to have a bracket game.  All of your favorite Star Wars heroes and villains from the original trilogy (and one or two from the prequels) face off to determine who is your favorite character from the series.

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 1991


Razzies 1991

The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke.  Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended.  Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition.  In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year.  But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call.  We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.

The twelth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 1991.  Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves were the big movies that year.  Johnathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs swept most of the major Oscar categories and Jack Palance did one-armed push-ups while accepting his award for Best Supporting Actor.   At the Razzies, it was time to pile on Bruce Willis and his massive ego.

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Star Wars Heroes and Villains Bracket Game: Han Solo Vs. Princess Leia Organa


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There is a little movie coming out later this month.  You may have heard of it.  I think it’s called Star Wars.  At Le Blog, it’s important that we support obscure indie movies like this one.  As part of our build up to the Dec 18th release of The Force Awakens, we’re going to have a bracket game.  All of your favorite Star Wars heroes and villains from the original trilogy (and one or two from the prequels) face off to determine who is your favorite character from the series.

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What Might Have Been Wednesday: Cindy Williams as Princess Leia


Cindy Williams as Leia

Several actresses were considered for the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars.  At one point, the character was supposed to be a teenager.  When that was the case, George Lucas had Jodie Foster in mind.  One actress who came very close to being cast was Cindy Williams.  Williams had already worked for Lucas on American Graffiti.  Williams expresses embarrassment over her Star Wars screentest, so of course we need to watch it.

Williams said she wasn’t sure why she was passed over in favor of Carrie Fisher.  “I don’t really know what happened, I think George Lucas might have wanted to go younger. I was already starring in Laverne & Shirley by then.”

 

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