I Like It and I Don’t Care What You Think!

Here’s the thing… I like Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Spike TV was having a marathon last weekend… as usual. And possibly in lieu of the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi.

And sure… it’s a weak installment in the canon and I could write a list of things that didn’t work for me and nothing beats the original trilogy… duh! But I’m a glass-half-full kinda girl and I like to focus on things I like in a movie.

So haters… move along.

1. John Williams returned to score The Phantom Menace and beautifully scored it was. Duel of the Fates is one of my favorite pieces of music not only in the Star Wars universe but in movie music history. It’s powerful and poignant! And I can’t wait to hear what Williams has in store for Ep. VII.

2. Darth Maul holds up as a super baddie!! Ok, so he’ll never be Darth Vader. No one will ever be Darth Vader. But Maul has a great fighting style. He’s fast, looks scary as all get out and weilds a two-sided lightsaber. Pretty dang bad-ass!!

3. Foreshadowing. I love, love, love foreshadowing.

4. Awesomely wild costumes!!

And finally 5. Qui-Gon Jinn. What a great addition to the Jedi counsel. Liam Neeson’s Jinn is part rebel, part devoted member of the counsel. The force flows through him, but he walks his own path. His death was surprising and tragic for the Jedi and for the audience.

There you have it. Agree or don’t. But I am predisposed to love anything and everything Star Wars. The extended universe, the prequels, Star Wars Clone Wars… even the Star Wars Christmas Special. I love it all and it’s all near and dear to my heart. The future films will be no exception!! Can not wait.

Pics

Here are the pics from Star Wars Christmas. Last time I posted, my computer was not being my friend. But we made up and now it likes me again. So without further ado I present… STAR WARS CHRISTMAS!!!

Me as Queen Amidala in front of the green screen
Another of me
Here's mom as Aunt Beru
Dad won the costume contest for his AT-ST costume. Rightfully so!!
My granny, the Imperial Guard.
Uncle Bruce's Boba Fett
My brother Doug
My cousin Sterling and her fiancee Wes in what I like to call the perfect engagement photo!!
My brother and his wife: Admiral Ackbar and a Bothan.
Aunt Beck's festive take on Yoda
Grandma's fancy interpretation of Mon Mothma
Uncle Lint as Obi Wan
All the cousins.
Group shot!!

 

 

Thanks to Uncle Lint for the photos and all the digital work!! These take time and talent. He has it!

A Full Accounting of Eastbank Family Christmas: Star Wars Edition

As previously mentioned, in my family, we celebrate with a bit more pizazz than your average Joe. We vote the previous year on what our theme will be. This year was Star Wars. The ultimate theme. All of us have a pretty even love of it. (Except my Grandma, but even she got in the spirit) Then throughout the year we all individually research who we want to be and start claiming characters. This process can be viewed at www.sterlinghutchinson.com/christmas

When it comes to the day itself we all show up to my Granny’s house in full costume and resume Christmas as usual. Including breakfast, stockings, presents, pictures and videos in front of the green screen and a new tradition… the singing of the themed carols. Yours truly penned a few Star Wars Christmas Carols. ie: “Leia, It’s Cold Outside”  “God Rest Ye Merry Stormtroopers” “O Jedi Knight” and countless others.

This year we had some extra joiners. Non family members who were just interested in the phenomenon and wanted to be apart of it. So take a look at the photos here and if you’d like to join next year just remember two things: 1. The theme is going to be Lord of the Rings and 2. Costumes are not a suggestion… they are mandatory!

Lessons I Learned from NY Comic Con 2011

Lesson 1: “There’s always a bigger fish”

In my head I’m pretty much the biggest geek ever. I mean I own a lightsaber, I’ve been to 3 Star Wars conventions and I can quote the entire original trilogy word for word. Yeah… it’s safe to say that I’m a nerd and proud of it.

But I am inevitably out-geeked time and time again and it continues to baffle me. Weirdly enough.

At the midnight showing of The Phantom Menace, I wasn’t first in line like I had planned to be. I definitely didn’t get my tickets fast enough got that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book release party. And at NY Comic Con, I was consistently behind 30+ people for every panel I wasn’t interested in. Qui-Gon had it right “There’s always a bigger fish.”

Drawing Star Wars with Bonnie Burton and Katie Cook
Chris Hardwick, Felicia Day and Sandeep Parikh

Lessons I Learned from NY Comic Con 2011

Lesson 1: “There’s always a bigger fish”

In my head I’m pretty much the biggest geek ever. I mean I own a lightsaber, I’ve been to 3 Star Wars conventions and I can quote the entire original trilogy word for word. Yeah… it’s safe to say that I’m a nerd and proud of it.

But I am inevitably out-geeked time and time again and it continues to baffle me. Weirdly enough.

At the midnight showing of The Phantom Menace, I wasn’t first in line like I had planned to be. I definitely didn’t get my tickets fast enough got that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book release party. And at NY Comic Con, I was consistently behind 30+ people for every panel I wasn’t interested in. Qui-Gon had it right “There’s always a bigger fish.”

Drawing Star Wars with Bonnie Burton and Katie Cook
Chris Hardwick, Felicia Day and Sandeep Parikh