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The Highwayman Comes Riding in “Beyond the Mask”

The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees. The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas. The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor, And the highwayman came riding— Riding—riding— The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door. He’d a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his ...

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The Star Wars Expanded Universe as Corporate Storytelling

The Star Wars Expanded Universe as Corporate Storytelling by Dom Nardi The most controversial issue in contemporary Star Wars fandom isn’t Jar Jar Binks, Kylo Ren’s lightsaber, or even whether or not Han shot first, but rather the status of tie-in media. On April 25, 2014, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that the Star Wars Expanded Universe—all the books, comics, and ...

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How to Integrate Diversity into Star Wars

How to Integrate Diversity into Star Wars by Dom Nardi With new Star Wars films on the horizons, we are once again bombarded with promotional photos of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa, as well as new characters like Rey and Finn. These characters all look human, yet they lived a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far ...

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Review – Halo: Nightfall

Halo: Nightfall is the latest production from 343 Industries following ONI Commander Jameson Locke and UNSC Colonel Randall Aiken on a mission to destroy the source of new element that’s been turned into a biological weapon against humans. 343 Industries’ previous film, Forward Unto Dawn, was a wonderful and near-perfect introduction to the Halo universe, but Nightfall ultimately fails to ...

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What I Found 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

What I Found 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Andrew Gilbertson Note: The title above is completely inaccurate, of course- designed to grab attention and identify the subject of the blog, but also perpetuating an unfortunate myth. As I recently read in another author’s blog, 20,000 leagues beneath the surface of the sea would go straight through the Earth and ...

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Peter Jackson’s Hobbit: The Utter Ineptness of ‘The Desolation of Smaug’?

(Warning: The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug is mercilessly and comprehensively discussed below; major plot spoilers abound.) Peter Jackson’s Hobbit: The Utter Ineptness of ‘The Desolation of Smaug’? by Andrew Gilbertson Oh, Desolation of Smaug… what went wrong? As of the time of this writing, it looks as if the Battle of Five Armies will be the only Jackson/Tolkien film ...

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Another Look at the “Narnia Chronological” Debate

(Fair warning: While this blog discusses the concept of spoilers for the Chronicles of Narnia, it also contains them in a major and overt way. I would never want to ruin such a fantastic set of books for someone who hasn’t read them; indeed, the entire thrust of the article is precisely that. So if you haven’t read the Chronicles- ...

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When Movie Adaptations Miss the Point: Narnia Edition

When Movie Adaptation Miss the Point: Narnia Edition by Andrew Gilbertson Oh, Narnia. Narnia, Narnia, Narnia. Whatever is it with you and adaptations? There was that animated one where the Witch explodes into black smoke (but at least they did some cool stuff with that ‘fire and water’ bit). Then there was that BBC one with the terrible, terrible costumes, ...

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When Movie Adaptations Miss the Point: Lord of the Rings Edition

In many film adaptations- most particularly in those with Christian themes or subtext- it is very common these days to diverge from the original intent, plot-line, or characterization of the source material. Often, it is for the purpose of cramming some new tension, conflict, or action sequence to ‘spice up’ the work. (Logic would dictate that, if it is popular ...

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Films Released Before Their Time

Just now, I’m reading ‘Return to Tomorrow’ by Preston Neal Jones- a comprehensive behind-the-scenes account of the making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. (A great read, by the way!) It’s a well known anecdote that the motion picture- and indeed, Star Trek’s new lease on life, post-60s-cancellation- came about due to the success of Star Wars. It’s a Hollywood ...

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