David Prowse: The Man in the Suit — in memoriam

Of all the people who were involved with the movie, I only ever met one in person and shook his hand. I was there in the summer of 1977 when the imposing figure of Darth Vader boarded the captured Rebel starship at the beginning of Star Wars (a movie that didn’t become “A New Hope” […]

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Star Wars (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Seven: The Empire’s Crazy, Convoluted Plan (and Leia’s Equally Crazy Counterplan)

  01:30:01 – 01:45:00 Iconic though the duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader which opens this chapter of the Star Wars Edition of 15-Minute Force may be, it’s not really very exciting to watch. I think it seemed more energetic back in 1977. But, now, more than four decades later, Obi-Wan and Vader look […]

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Star Wars (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Six: They Did The Mash (The Garbage Masher Monster Mash)

  01;15:01 – 01:30:00 Last week, we left three of our heroes—Luke, Han and Chewbacca—in the middle of a firefight in Detention Block AA-23 on the Death Star space station. They had a loosely formed plan to rescue Princess Leia Organa, who is about to be terminated. Not “immediately” as Grand Moff Tarkin wanted, but. […]

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Star Wars:The Phantom Menace (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Eight: Executing A 14-Year-Old Queen’s 3-Pronged Battle Plan

  1:45:01 – 2:00:00 The Gungans come out of the fog and march towards battle while one of them blows on a didgeridoo, as if this were a television commercial for Outback restaurant. They surround themselves with some sort of energy shield as they approach the droid army. You see, I wanted to say “force […]

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Star Wars:The Phantom Menace (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Four: The Results are in…Your Midichlorian Count says…You Have No Father

  45:01 – 60:00 You know, it’s come to my attention that I didn’t say anything about Jake Lloyd’s acting during our last segment. Here’s the thing, I don’t really like criticizing child actors too harshly. When a child is an excellent actor, as Natalie Portman was long before this movie, I don’t mind saying […]

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