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Moyer and Campbell's "Power of Myth" documentary now online for free

Joseph Campbell was well-known for his exploration of the monomyth, or the hero's journey, which posits that worldwide myths that have survived for thousands of years all share a fundamental structure. Campbell's work inspired George Lucas to create the first Star Wars trilogy. In the mid-1980s, Bill Moyers spent many hours interviewing Campbell at Skywalker Ranch. The result was a now famous documentary called "The Power of Myth." The series has been available on DVD since 2001, but Moyers has just made the full series available for streaming and download on his site.
posted by ajr on Mar 16, 2013 - 29 comments

 

May The Please Don't Screw This Up Be With You.

Here is what a bunch of folks seem to think are the 74 Things Every Great Star Wars Movie Needs.
posted by timsteil on Mar 2, 2013 - 62 comments

Lando, Lando, Lando get your adverbs here

Happy this makes me (hurray!). Excited I am! (woo-hoo!)
posted by ericbop on Mar 1, 2013 - 15 comments

Genderbending, Nerdery, and Armorsmithing, Oh My

Having previously written an article titled "Don't Dress as Slave Leia" and then, a rather more nuanced rehash in which he explored why telling people not to dress as Slave Leia is not itself free from problems, Ryan (of Mad Art Lab) has decided that, actually, he's going to dress as Slave Leia this con season; or, rather, Slave Leo.
posted by ocherdraco on Feb 16, 2013 - 32 comments

The Empire Strikes Back?

Inside the Battle of Hoth. [more inside]
posted by mazola on Feb 12, 2013 - 63 comments

What did you do with your snow day?

Fun With Traceroute
posted by eviemath on Feb 9, 2013 - 23 comments

TIE Fighter: A Post 9/11 Parable

TIE Fighter: A Post 9/11 Parable
posted by Drinky Die on Jan 31, 2013 - 36 comments

"Will treaty lead us to form a “Treaty Empire” or a “Treaty Rebellion”?"

Northwest coast native artist, Andy Everson explores pop culture and native rights in his prints. Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw artist Andy Everson's image of a hand holding a feather has become synonymous with the Idle No More Movement, which has shifted the Canadian political spotlight on First Nations issues in recent months (previously). But I predict it is his C3P0, Yoda, and LEGO figurine self portrait giclée prints that will be irresistible to many mefites.
posted by chapps on Jan 28, 2013 - 7 comments

and ne'er the twain shall meet.

Felicity show-runner J.J. Abrams is reportedly close to being tapped to direct Star Wars Episode 7. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jan 24, 2013 - 421 comments

Battle Beyond the Stars: Seven Samurai... in spaaaaaaace!

If you're sad that there's no Seven Samurai-inspired Star Wars movie in the foreseeable future, or if you want to view James Cameron's first feature film special effects, or early soundtrack work by James Horner, look no further than Battle Beyond the Stars (full film on YT; Wikipedia), Roger Corman's 1980 film that was inspired by Star Wars and Seven Samurai (by way of The Magnificent Seven). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 19, 2013 - 46 comments

Hunt For The Gay Planet

Hunt For The Gay Planet is a game Anna Anthropy made in response to Bioware restricting all same-sex romances in Star Wars: The Old Republic to a single planet that's part of paid downloadable content.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Jan 18, 2013 - 85 comments

This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For

US citizens petitioned the White House to "secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016" (previously). The White House (or, more specifically, Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget) responded.
posted by capricorn on Jan 11, 2013 - 66 comments

This will be a SLYT long remembered...

Darth Vader has some trouble hearing through his helmet. [SLYT]
posted by AgentRocket on Jan 9, 2013 - 20 comments

My father didn't fight in the Clone Wars. He was a navigator on a spice freighter.

The Best Of Star Wars: Clone Wars - The CGI Star Wars spin off that made the franchise fun again for young and old reached it's 100th episode today.
posted by Artw on Jan 5, 2013 - 35 comments

The Force will guide you

The Original Star Wars Trilogy as Maps
posted by dry white toast on Jan 3, 2013 - 28 comments

The Royal Mail marks 50 years of Dr. Who

Dr. Who gets a commemorative stamp [more inside]
posted by chapps on Jan 2, 2013 - 72 comments

JUST IN TIME FOR LIFE DAY

Last Year Rifftrax, the MST3K spin-off movie riffing series, completed a "best of five years" compilation video. Why not get into the festive seasonal mood with three more "best of" clips from such beloved holiday classics as SANTA CLAUS AND THE ICE CREAM BUNNY - MAGIC CHRISTMAS TREE - and of course, THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL.
posted by The Whelk on Dec 21, 2012 - 28 comments

Again With The Midichlorians

Flash Friday: If you can't wait for until 2015 for the new Star Wars film, good news: you can find out how good it will be right now!
posted by mightygodking on Dec 21, 2012 - 66 comments

EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY! ...RHAOMI! ...VERSUS... RHYTHM! ...BEGIN!!!

Since it debuted on the blue in '11 // Epic Rap Battles of History preppin' // to score itself more than a billion views // and become TopDog of the pack YouTube
Made by NicePeter and EpicLloyd // (two improv comics by Maker employed) // The series pits icons of legend renowned // in a slick-wit freestyle rap throwdown
With snappier writing, and better FX // online celebs (and Google Ad checks) // The Epic Rap crew's halfway done with the brew // that is Epic Rap Battles of History Part Deux
The midseason's close? It comes out today. // In one corner: Santa Claus, fresh from his sleigh
And his prophet o' doom? "He ain't Mayan," ERBoH sez.
It's Snoop Dogg -- Snoop Lion -- as mothafuckin' Moses
[WHO WON?][WHO'S NEXT?][more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Dec 10, 2012 - 27 comments

Before There Was Star Wars There Was High School

Denis Medri (original source) envisions the original trilogy Star Wars characters as high school students and faculty.
posted by deborah on Dec 4, 2012 - 57 comments

"I loved that the Rancor had a friend"

"Hello, my name is Allison, and I have never seen Star Wars.  Nope, not any of them. " - confessions of a Star Wars virgin as she watches Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
posted by Artw on Nov 22, 2012 - 124 comments

...and then you strangle a giant slug with a chain.

Searching for Slave Leia fiction by Sandra McDonald. Slave Leia PSA starring Kaley Cuoco (yt), Leia's Metal Bikini, Meet the Slave Leia's of Star Wars Celebration V (yt), Slave Leia Appreciation Society, In Defense of Slave Leia , In Response to In Defense of Slave Leia.
posted by Artw on Nov 10, 2012 - 76 comments

[INSERT STORMTROOPER HEIGHT REFERENCE HERE]

In 2010, 1st grader Katie Goldman was the bullied kid at her school for being a girl who was into Star Wars (which is, of course, only for boys). Geeks and fans across the net rallied to give moral support to Katie ("The Littlest Jedi") for standing up for who she wanted to be. Katie and her mother went on to lead an anti-bullying effort at Katie's school (which now observes December 10th as "Proud To Be Me Day") and Katie became a symbol of geek pride and anti-bullying, standing up at a birthday party for a boy who wanted to have his nails painted like the girls were getting. The experience became the source of book Bullied. In 2012, it was Katie's turn to show geek solidarity. The 501st Legion/"Vader's Fist", who had been so supportive when her story went viral, were now among those being taunted online for their cosplay geekery at a con, and Katie wanted to be a stormtrooper for Halloween to show her support. When the troopers heard that, the 501st's First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment came together to raise the funds/materials/expertise and build a full-on custom-fitted set of proper stormtrooper armor ('77 movie specs and all), with just days to spare before Halloween, as a gift for the little girl whose courage inspired them so much. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Nov 2, 2012 - 61 comments

Fingertips, using clips from Star Wars

Fingertips, using clips from Star Wars
posted by Deathalicious on Oct 31, 2012 - 44 comments

The 80s called, they want their Star Wars and Disney back.

Around this time in 1982, "The Wonderful World of Disney" on CBS aired Disney's Halloween Treat. In February of '83, a pre-special-edition Star Wars debuted on HBO. Later that year, what used to be known as the Disney Channel went on the air. Then in '84, Star Wars made its network debut on CBS, which included a short introduction ("We've seen Star Wars 324 times!"). [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Oct 31, 2012 - 22 comments

Those aren't the generic film franchises you're looking for

Disney has purchased LucasFilm, including the Star Wars movies, for a shade over four billion dollars in cash and stock. Also in the Sydney Morning Herald.
posted by Wordshore on Oct 30, 2012 - 769 comments

She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid.

Chris Lee is building a full-sized replica of the Millennium Falcon.
posted by Chrysostom on Oct 26, 2012 - 42 comments

Movies are a mass of objects moving across a large surface.

Why George Lucas Is the Greatest Artist of Our Time, by Camille Paglia.
posted by shakespeherian on Oct 16, 2012 - 103 comments

von Irvin Kershner

A documentary about Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, parts one and two, by Michel Parbot (fr.wikipedia), broadcast on Dutch TV in 1980 (so the first 30 seconds or so are in Dutch). [more inside]
posted by cthuljew on Oct 13, 2012 - 5 comments

I HAVE TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE FUTURE

The mash-up clip music group Electic Method re-mix and paste together sounds from Sci-Fi movies to create THE FUTURE
posted by The Whelk on Oct 8, 2012 - 5 comments

Alan Dean Who?

Not only is there no paper in the Star Wars universe, it's highly likely that almost everyone is illiterate.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 4, 2012 - 120 comments

Empire Strikes Back Uncut needs your donations. Chip in 15 seconds today.

Earlier this year, the people behind Star Wars Uncut presented a "final" version of their crowdsourced feature-length fan film, comprised of a continuous series of 15-second clips. After much anticipation, the Empire Strikes Back version is officially underway. [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Sep 29, 2012 - 23 comments

"The reason they joined the Navy was because Starfleet Command wasn't hiring."

Aircraft Carriers in Space: Naval analyst Chris Weuve talks to Foreign Policy about what Battlestar Galactica gets right about space warfare.
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 29, 2012 - 63 comments

The Star Wars franchise continuity administrator

His official title is continuity database administrator for the Lucas Licensing arm of Lucasfilm — which means Chee keeps meticulous track of not just the six live-action [Star Wars] movies but also cartoons, TV specials, scores of videogames and reference books, and hundreds of novels and comics.
posted by Egg Shen on Sep 27, 2012 - 65 comments

George...Please no. Please.

If you're an old school Star Wars fan, and your relationship status with its chief architect could best be described as "it's complicated," Andrew Bridgeman provides levity with his Facebook mockups. Embrace some catharsis, and feel the lighter side flowing through you.
posted by trackofalljades on Sep 20, 2012 - 42 comments

"AHA...this is a ploy...no this is a ruse....no...."

STAR WARS DETOURS™ Trailer [SLYT] "Star Wars Detours™ is an animated comedy that explores what daily life is like in a galaxy far, far away. There are no Empires striking back or attacking clones here. Instead, Star Wars Detours focuses on the universe's regular folks and their everyday problems... which, to be fair, do frequently involve famous bounty hunters, crazed Ewoks, and even a Dark Lord of the Sith."
posted by Fizz on Aug 25, 2012 - 85 comments

"...and some feature the Troopers just fooling around."

David Eger's Cloned Photos recreate famous pictures with Star Wars action figures and imagery. [via]
posted by quin on Aug 21, 2012 - 16 comments

Yo, I’m going to deconstruct the hell out of this.”

Released in 2004, Obsidian's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords ("KOTOR 2") was said to be a good game, crippled by the push to get it out in time for the 2004 holiday season. Beside the frequent bugs, a huge amount of story content was cut from the game, but remained on the discs. Now, three years after its inception, The Sith Lords Restored Content Mod has been completed. The goal? To get "the best possible chance to get the full experience Obsidian tried for when making the game." Rock Paper Shotgun has high hopes: "If you missed it the first time, you really should check it out. It’s ... Chris Avellone (who?) and co really going to town on Star Wars." [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 13, 2012 - 59 comments

Polygonal Portraiture

Liam Brazier uses geometric shapes to create neat illustrations of pop-culture icons. [more inside]
posted by quin on Aug 13, 2012 - 5 comments

Zeppelin Vs Pterodactyl

100 Wonderful and Terrible Movies that never Existed
posted by Artw on Aug 10, 2012 - 66 comments

A new pizza roll

Mr. Plinkett's Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope Commentary Track (stream for free or buy to download)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Aug 4, 2012 - 51 comments

"Move along. Move along."

Ever wonder what Stormtroopers do on their day off? Motocross. [more inside]
posted by quin on Jul 28, 2012 - 8 comments

You must unfold what you have folded.

Origami Yoda [more inside]
posted by stebulus on Jul 27, 2012 - 8 comments

Dun dah dun daaa dun dah daa....

Vocal artist Nick McKaig provides his own accompaniment in this amazing a capella cover of the Indiana Jones theme. [more inside]
posted by quin on Jul 27, 2012 - 20 comments

I Ain't Afraid of No Pedeconferences

If Aaron Sorkin had written Star Wars, Avatar, Ghostbusters, Twilight, and Harry Potter.
posted by WCityMike on Jul 22, 2012 - 53 comments

(for various definitions of 'classic')

Classic movies in miniature style. It all started 2 years ago with an experiment to blend traditional ‘oriental’ (Ottoman) motifs and contemporary ‘western’ cinema. After a positive response to "Ottoman Star Wars", I decided to take the theme further, and developed more film posters using the same technique.
posted by shakespeherian on Jul 11, 2012 - 19 comments

I’ve got a very bad feeling about this...

The 7 best behind-the-scenes Star Wars photos. (More photos here, and here.)
posted by Artw on Jul 11, 2012 - 55 comments

Something Clever About Star Warsteros or Something

Ned Stark - Jaime Lannister Lightsaber Duel
posted by J0 on Jul 9, 2012 - 24 comments

A Historic Restoration Project In A Galaxy Far, Far Away

After leading several expeditions into Tunisia to visit the filming locations for Tatooine landmarks, tour guide Mark Dermul was dismayed by the state of the Owen Lars homestead. A joke about restoring it turned into serious thought which led to fundraising and planning and delays due to social unrest, and finally in June, the "Igloo" was restored to its former glory.
posted by hippybear on Jul 8, 2012 - 40 comments

Revenge of the Fan

The Star Wars that I Used to Know (SLYT)
posted by astapasta24 on Jun 28, 2012 - 127 comments

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