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Movie Review: The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan’s Journey
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The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan's Journey

The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan’s Journey
Amazon Instant Video
Directed by Bradley Weatherholt
Official Website | Ministry of Cinema
Not Rated | 80 Minutes
Release Date: September 14, 2016

Midichlorians. The Trade Federation. Watto. The coarseness of sand. Jar-Jar freakin’ Binks. Oh, and you can’t forget…. “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!”

George LucasStar Wars prequels comprise what is possibly the most controversial motion picture trilogy of all time. Despite grossing hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office and selling countless DVD and Blu-ray copies, Episodes I through III remain a serious bone of contention for ferociously devoted fans of the Star Wars universe for many reasons.

Bradley Weatherholt’s Indiegogo-funded documentary The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan’s Journey provides — through a series of insightful and provocative interviews with open-minded admirers of the films and their thematic elements and links to the original trilogy –- a pointed critical analysis of the prequel trilogy’s multitude of perceived narrative and technical flaws. Rather than serve as the set-up for a rude, feature-length rebuttal of the faults that have fueled many a furious blog post or chatroom discussion, detractors of these unjustly-derided intergalactic adventures to look at those faults once more, but placed in different contexts and interpreted through a series of unbiased points-of-view.

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Book Review: The World According To Star Wars By Cass R. Sunstein
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The World According To Star Wars
Hardcover | Kindle Edition | Audio CD
Written by Cass R. Sunstein
Dey Street Books
Release Date: May 31st, 2016

No one can deny the power of the Force as it permeates all aspects of American society (and other societies), including education and especially pop culture. It’s amazing how a silly little science fiction movie from the 1970s became a global phenomenon, spawning bunches of movies, television shows, books, and toys for billions of dollars. I remember sitting in a college mythology class reading Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces, and the professor said, “Luke Skywalker follows the cycle of the hero,” and I perked up. He really does. I, in turn, taught mythology to high school students and used Luke Skywalker (and Neo from Matrix). I’ve also discussed it right here on Geeks of Doom, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

And that is just a drop of what Cass R. Sunstein discusses in his soon-to-be-required-for-college text, The World According To Star Wars.

More below.

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Star Wars Day: These ARE The Droids You’re Looking For
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Star Wars Return of the Jedi: May the 4th Darth Vader

The truth: I was having trouble coming up with a Star Wars Day “May the Fourth” feature that would be just as good or better than what I wrote last year. I had more time then, I do a lot of reviews now, and my brain wasn’t working. Luckily, I ran into my friends Brad and Christine who provided me with an idea. Based on the passion with which they spoke about it, it seemed like something worth talking about, especially since “Hans shot first” is obviously out of the way. The question?

Why doesn’t Darth Vader or Obi-Wan acknowledge C-3PO (or R2-D2), when the former built Threepio as a child and hung around a lot with R2, and the latter spent so much time with them?

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‘Star Wars’: All 6 Films To Be Released On Digital HD For The First Time
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Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., and 20th Century Fox announced today that they will soon be releasing all six movies in George Lucas‘ groundbreaking space fantasy saga Star Wars on Digital HD for the first time as The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. Each film, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will come packaged with fan-pleasing bonus content, including interviews, documentaries, and deleted scenes.

You can check out a promotional video and a full breakdown of extra content here below.

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‘Star Wars’ & I: My Childhood Journeys To A Galaxy Far, Far Away
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Empire Strikes Back

As fans of the Star Wars franchise the world over prepare to celebrate this year’s May the 4th, I found myself giving serious consideration to writing something for Geeks of Doom in order to commemorate the occasion. After racking my brain for several constantly interrupted hours, I drew nothing but blanks.

It’s difficult for me to get excited about anything Star Wars-related this days; I’ve written news stories about the continuing developments behind the upcoming Episode VII even though I have little interest in them, but that’s part of the reason why I’m on the writing staff of this website. The stories have to be reported even though I may not care much about them because one or more of our readers certainly will. But the staggering drop in allure regarding the dauntless heroes and dastardly villains who inhabit the expansive universe that sprang forth from George Lucas‘ euphoric imagination more than four decades ago in my view wasn’t something that happened overnight. It took many unpleasant, heartbreaking years.

However, I came not to talk about how much Star Wars has disappointed me over time. May 4th is meant to be a day of remembrance and celebration. With that in mind I will instead document in brief to the best of my abilities the role Lucas’ creation has played in inspiring me to embrace my own evolving sense of wonder and take control of my intellectual maturation.

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Geek Reaction: Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace In 3D
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Star Wars The Phantom Menace 3D

Ever since I was a little kid I have always loved Star Wars. In fact, it was one of the biggest experiences of my childhood having my dad show the movies to me at home when I was about 6 or 7. I automatically fell in love with not only the characters, but this story of good and evil set in space. After the special editions of the original trilogy were released I found out that they were going to release the first of the prequels in two yrs and I was so excited, but when it happened I was a bit disappointed with the first prequel movie — Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace — itself.

Flash forward to present day. It has been 13 years since Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released and now since everything is going 3D, I guess creator George Lucas had to jump on the bandwagon and convert the film to 3D — the 3D reversion was released in theaters this weekend.

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Watch Now: Great Video Mashup Of ‘Doctor Who’ And ‘Star Wars Episode I’
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Doctor Who: The Phantom Menace

Some of you may remember last year about this time, just before Christmas, we wrote about an awesome Doctor Who and Star Wars mashup video done by Rick Kelvington. The video got a lot of attention online, quickly becoming a favorite among fans, and was even mentioned in Doctor Who Magazine. Now, Kelvington is back, with a brand new mashup of the two universes, where Jedi Knights and Time Lords meet.

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Comic Review: Star Wars: Episode I Adventures
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Star WarsStar Wars: Episode I Adventures
Written by Henry Gilroy, Mark Schultz, Timothy Truman, and Ryder Windham
Art by Chris Chuckry, Steve Crespo, Martin Egeland, George Freeman, Harold Mackinnon, P. Craig Russell, Galen Showman, Howard M. Shum, Lisa Stamp, Robert Teranishi
Cover Art by Hugh Fleming
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: December 21, 2011
Cover Price: $7.99

With the Star Wars 3D Movie logo on the cover of Dark Horse’s Star Wars: Episode I Adventures, it is clear that the comic company (along with many other licensees) is now gearing up for the 3D Re-release of The Phantom Menace scheduled to be released on February 10, 2012. Despite the negative outlook on the prequels by vocal movie fans, I am sure there are some, almost 13 years after its first release, nostalgic enough and looking forward to the 3D screenings — and prequel fans will undoubtedly be excited too. However, this collection of Episode I-related narratives isn’t quite for everyone, although there are some positive elements to the book.

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‘Star Wars’ Gold Heart Pins Being Sold To Benefit Children’s Charity
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Star Wars Gold Heart Pin

In conjunction with the upcoming 3D re-release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Lucasfilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox are teaming up with Variety the Children’s Charity to create a Star Wars-themed pin for their annual Gold Heart Pin Campaign. Every year since 1991, Variety has worked with a major Hollywood studio to sell special pins based on a certain film or character in theaters across the United States in order to raise money to provide much-needed assistance to disabled and disadvantaged children around the world.

This year, the Gold Heart Pin will feature the Star Wars franchise’s lovable droid duo C-3PO and R2-D2. The pin will be sold in over 1,000 theaters from November 2011 until April 2012 and will be priced at $3.00.

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‘Star Wars’: The Opinion Menace
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Star Wars

It’s no mystery that when the Star Wars Prequels were released, opinions were divided. On one hand you had fans that seemed reasonably happy with the films, and on the other, you had a very vocal group of fans who despised the movies and believed them substandard to the Original Trilogy.

There’s been a lot of Star Wars buzz on the web lately. From the planned re-release of all six films (if they perform well) in 3D format, to the upcoming release of the films on Blu-Ray with deleted scenes and other bonus materials, to latest news bytes about the developing live-action series, it seems that there’s always stuff out there for Star Wars followers.

Unfortunately, when it comes to reporting a lot of Star Wars content, it seems that facts of projects or news as they come to light continue to get tainted by the negative opinion some writers have of the prequel trilogy.

Don’t get me wrong. You are welcome to have your opinion on the Star Wars prequels. I’m not saying that’s the problem.

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