It’s here! The long-awaited seventh installment in the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens, opens today. Directed by J.J. Abrams, who also helmed the Star Trek film reboot (and who, if his numerous Lost plot lines are any indication, appears to have some serious “father issues”, thus natural fit for the Skywalker saga), using a good deal of “practical effects”, introducing a variety of new characters, as well as a host of old favorites (none of whom appear to be Jar Jar Binks), and eschewing racially and culturally insensitive caricatures, and any plot lines about taxation, it appears to be closer in style and spirit to the original trilogy, and far superior to the prequels (a mighty low bar, of course.) Hallelujah!
Below are some of our favorite Star Wars-related things:
Yes, this will be stuck in your head for days. You are welcome.
Alec Guiness makes a boy cry by asking him to promise he’ll never see Star Wars again.
The Onion on point, as always.
Pretty much the coolest person involved in the making of Star Wars, and an essential part of why the original trilogy is so superior to the prequels– like, you know, because they had actual storytelling, suspense, humor, likable characters, dialogue… Larry Kasdan.
Some more SW history.
Editor Todd was born in January 1973, and according to this article, that’s when Lucas first began his Star Wars synopsis! He and Star Wars are the exact same age. Coincidence? Yeah, okay probably. But he did see the movie st the drive-in in 1977, and during the climactic attack on The Death Star, some teenagers climbed to the top of the screen and threw a dummy off. Everybody in the audience screamed and freaked out, and the police came, and that was his first movie-going experience ever. It’s only been downhill since then.
This classic 1978 parody played often between feature films on the earliest pay cable format, Showtime.
PANK, which was sold earlier this year to John Gosslee of Fjords Review, has already stirred up a bit of (unfortunately) familiar controversy, but here is a smart, informative, and inspiring interview with co-founder M. Bartley Siegel over at Electric Literature. Regardless of what happens with the new iteration of the magazine, there is plenty to be learned from the previous decade of brave and exciting work made and curated by Siegel and Roxane Gay.
Beautiful, thought-provoking interview with essayist Charles D’Ambrosio, over at Tin House.
AV Club’s year-end Best Of lists.
Huff Posts’ list of essential 2015 pieces by, about, and for women.
The trailer for Issue 1 of the new journal Reality Beach.