STAR WARS: Will the Frustration Always Be with Us?

Forty years ago today, Star Wars made its cinematic debut. For over twenty weeks in 1977, Star Wars was the number one movie in the United States. That first domestic release grossed $307 million, the highest ever at the time. Star Wars also earned Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Alec…

From Ugnaughts to Ewoks: Ranking the Star Wars Movies

Two new Star Wars movies have been released so far since Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in 2012 for over 4 billion dollars. Before the sale, most fans thought the saga was complete. Now, there is no end in sight. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting as a pulse check to rank…

Laughing with Elvis

Elvis Presley fans tend to take a moment to remember him on January 8, for today would have been his 82nd birthday. I was 9 years old when I first became aware of Elvis’ birthday. Either the weekend before or after January 8, 1985, local radio station AM 1140 WRVA hosted guest DJ Steve Christopher…

Music of the Year for 2016

It is the end of the year, which means I like to crunch the numbers around my digital music collection and listening habits. According to iTunes, out of 10,217 unique tracks in my collection, the one I played most often in 2016 was “Rey’s Theme,” composed by John Williams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens…

Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)

She was a legend that helped a generation redefine what it means to be a princess in the movies. Carrie Fisher died today in Los Angeles. She was 60. Though best known for portraying Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return Of The Jedi (1983), Fisher went on…

ROGUE ONE Lacks the Star Wars Magic

Film: Rogue One USA Release Date: December 16, 2016 Written By: Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy (Screenplay) and John Knoll & Gary Whitta (Story) Music Composed By: Michael Giacchino Produced By: Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel Directed By: Gareth Edwards Running Time: 133 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 3 (out of 10) Performances: 7 Visual…