One of my favorite moments in the new Star Wars film Rogue One ( and believe me there are many of them) is getting to see Darth Vader’s personal fortress. The idea of Vader’s citadel has been a notion long toyed with since the first script for The Empire Strikes Back. This fortress was to be located on a volcanic planet then known as Had Abaddon, a name derived from the Hebrew word for “Destroyer” a fallen angel who is to lead the demonic hoards from the bottomless pit in the Last Days according to the book of Revelation.
Rogue One Concept Art of Vader’s Citadel
Not only was Had Abaddon the Imperial homeworld and location of Vader’s citadel, it was also where he was supposed to have received the wounds that forced him to need his iconic armor to survive. This idea was shelved due to budgetary concerns, and to be saved for Return of the Jedi. It would be nixed again due to budgetary concerns and instead fans were given a second Death Star. It would not be until 2005 with Revenge of the Sith that fans would get to see this world of fire and brimstone. Continue reading
Posted in Action, Adventure, animation, Fantasy, Holiday, Life Lessons, Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, Valentine's Day.
Tagged C.S. Lewis, Darth Vader, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mustafar, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, snake clowns, Star Wars, Star Wars: Rebels, Vader's citadel, Valentine's Day
Normally by this time of the year, I’ve usually posted a year-end review with nifty statistics and graphics. However, due to circumstances beyond my control, one was not composed this year. I could do it myself, but math has never been my strong spot. I just know I’ve been getting a lot of views, from a lot of countries I never imagined possible. More importantly, you guys are still reading my older blog series posts.
That is part of the reason I wanted to do this. I like taking the time to thank my readers for following my blog or stopping by. While it’s true that writers should always write what they want to read, the fact that other people want to read it too speaks volumes.
So…thanks! Hopefully, I’ll get a nice update next year with all the bells and whistles, but until then, hope you enjoy all that I’ve got planned this year.
Thanks to the Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, and Freeform (formerly ABC family, in one of the worst network renaming attempts since the Sci-Fi Channel adopted Sy-Fy), there is no shortage of brand new Christmas movies to watch on TV each year. However, some of the truly great specials aren’t live action rom-coms or drama stories, but animated films for the whole family. While not every single animated Christmas special isn’t destined to become a classic ( I’m looking at you, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer), the best ones have been with us for almost half a century. Joining the very top of that list is a feature about a green skinned curmudgeon, known only as The Grinch. In fact along with “Scrooge” few characters in the past 100 years or so has been so able to successfully integrate himself with Christmas, as the Grinch, so much so that like that old British miser, his name becomes shorthand for someone who hates Christmas.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Based on the story by the prolific children’s author Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas was a natural choice. Every kid grows up with the books of Dr. Seuss, and they always have a favorite. For me, it was always the Grinch. Sure Cat in the Hat was fun, and Sam I Am in Green Eggs and Ham was a lesson in perseverance, but there was always something about the Grinch that appealed to me more. So much so that we owned to copies in my household because I staked my claim and wrote my initials in the front cover in crayon, and when you’re three years old, nothing shows ownership more than scrawling some semblance of your name on a favorite book to make it “yours.”
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Tagged Boris Karloff, Chuck Jones, Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas 50th Anniversary, June Foray, Movie Retrospective, Thurl Ravenscroft
I grew up in a house with out air conditioning. Thus in the sweltering heat of a Minnesota summer night, my family and I would “camp” in our basement, turn on a huge fan and watch Christmas movies to beat the heat, many of which my mom had taped off TV and compiled into a series of collections. This was actually one of my first experiences with Frank Capra’s classic Christmas film It’s A Wonderful Life. This movies, along with the George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Holiday Inn were recorded off of TV broadcasts by my mother and usually placed near the middle or very end of the tape, which mom usually popped in the VCR when it was time to go to bed, and I’d be asleep before they started.
It wouldn’t be until I was in Junior High that I could successfully sit down and watch them, but it would take a half a semester of college for me to really appreciate many of these old classic Christmas movies. Chief among them is It’s A Wonderful Life. In fact every Christmas I’ve made a point to watch this movie. Despite an apparent love that I have for science fiction, fantasy, action and adventure movies, this quaint old film holds a special place in my heart.
Original poster from It’s A Wonderful Life
Posted in Christmas, Fantasy, Film, Holiday
Tagged Donna Reed, Frank Capra, George Bailey, It's a Wonderful Life, It's a Wonderful Life 75th Anniversary, Jimmy Stewart, Lionel Berrymore, Movie Retrospective, Mr. Potter