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A Galaxy Here And Now: Historical And Cultural Readings Of Star Wars edited by Peter W. Lee (book review).

September 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
A Galaxy Here And Now: Historical And Cultural Readings Of Star Wars edited by Peter W. Lee (book review).

‘Star Wars’ is a genre-mashing, cultural melting pot and therefore open to multiple interpretations. This is presented across the variety of essays presented in ‘A Galaxy Here And Now: Historical And Cultural Readings Of Star Wars’ edited by Peter W. Lee. Explorations of race, nation and gender dominate the text. Gregory E Rutledge and Paul […]

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The Impossible Has Happened: The Life And Work Of Gene Roddenberry by Lance Parkin (book review).

September 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Impossible Has Happened: The Life And Work Of Gene Roddenberry by Lance Parkin (book review).

As ‘Star Trek Beyond’ continues to perform well at the box office, it is an opportune time to revisit the life of the man that started it all. This is exactly what Lance Parkin does in his new book ‘The Impossible Has Happened: The Life And Work Of Gene Roddenberry – The Creator Of Star […]

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Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume 3 introduction by Gary Gerani (book review).

August 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume 3 introduction by Gary Gerani (book review).

Hot on the heels of previous volumes for ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, Abrams have released volume 3 in their series of books looking at Topps Original Trading Cards, this time covering ‘Return Of The Jedi’. Once again, it provides a unique perspective on the nature of merchandising and development of ‘Star Wars’ […]

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Timeslip (1970-71) (DVD TV series review)

August 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Timeslip (1970-71)  (DVD TV series review)

First broadcast on ITV from September 1970 to March 1971, ‘Timeslip’ told the story of two teenagers Simon Randall (Spencer Banks) and Liz Skinner (Cheryl Burfield) who find themselves with a unique ability to cross a time barrier located at an abandoned military base in rural England. Consisting of 26 episodes, each of 25 minutes […]

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Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy edited by JW Rinzler, Introduction by Iain McCaig (book review)

August 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy edited by JW Rinzler, Introduction by Iain McCaig   (book review)

In the digitally-driven world of twenty-first century fantasy film-making, the role of the storyboard has changed and arguably diminished. Animatics and digital art packages have meant that film sequences can be staged, positioned, re-worked and edited before a single frame has been captured. This is what makes ‘Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy’ so interesting. […]

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Star Wars Art: Concept :Foreword by Joe Johnston, Introduction by Doug Chiang (book review)

August 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Star Wars Art: Concept :Foreword by Joe Johnston, Introduction by Doug Chiang    (book review)

A large part of the visual grandeur and scale that the ‘Star Wars’ films show on screen is down to the work of key conceptual artists. George Lucas was smart enough to recognise that in order for the imagery in his films to have impact, he would need to employ artists to realise and translate […]

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Star Wars Celebration 2016 : a review by: John Rivers

July 31, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Star Wars Celebration 2016  : a review by: John Rivers

I’ve put off writing this article for almost a week now, but decided I wanted to relay my experience of ‘Star Wars Celebration’ that happened in the ExCel in London last week in July. Managing to get hold of a day ticket for the Friday, I was excited to go and see all the new […]

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Star Wars Art: Posters foreword by Drew Struzan, introduction by Roger Kastel (book review).

June 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Star Wars Art: Posters foreword by Drew Struzan, introduction by Roger Kastel (book review).

‘Star Wars Art: Posters’ is a large format book looking at how poster art for the ‘Star Wars’ films has changed over the last forty years. Not only does this provide a unique comparison of how times and tastes change but also how richly the ‘Star Wars’ universe can be interpreted. During the original trilogy […]

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Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series by Gary Gerani (book review).

June 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series by Gary Gerani (book review).

I’ve gone about reviewing these ‘Original Topps Trading Card Series’ books in a bit of an odd order, starting with the ‘Galaxy’ series, then ‘Empire Strikes Back’ and now the series that kickstarted them all ‘Star Wars’. Once again, though, it proves to be a fascinating journey into a world of collectible merchandise from nearly […]

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Rose (The Black Archive) by Jon Arnold (book review).

May 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Rose (The Black Archive) by Jon Arnold (book review).

‘Rose’ the opening episode of the 2005 relaunch of ‘Doctor Who’ is a remarkable piece of television. That it even exists is a testament to the hard work, dedication and downright faith that a once-dead TV show could be brought back to life successfully. It is in examining the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of ‘Rose’ that […]

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