Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

For today’s Soundtrack Saturday track, I chose a special track because today is a special occasion. George Lucas, one of the geniuses behind one of the coolest Sci-Fi movie adventures of all time in Star Wars was born on May 14, 1944 making today, George’s 72ND birthday. So for today’s Soundtrack Saturday track, I chose one of my all time favorite songs from the film The Empire Strikes Back in The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) by John Williams. John Williams is a master of film scores and a absolute legend as well who will forever be synonymous with Star Wars in my opinion. The films in the series changed my life and it expanded my imagination and made me a fan for life. The track itself starts off with what sound like a futuristic military march theme that has always been associated with the evil empire. It’s an absolute amazing track whose tempo is in that opening sequence, but then it slows down a little before picking right back up. Check out the track below and I want to wish George Lucas a very Happy Birthday!!!

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cordenFor today’s Countdown To Christmas post, we have something for all of you that has to do with Star Wars considering the newest film Star Wars: The Force Awakens was just released. Unlike most of the internet, I am not going to give away any spoilers just in case you guys have not seen the film yet. So about a week or so ago, @Midnight and Nerdist host Chris Hardwick visited The Late Late Show with James Corden and together they sang a song to commemorate the fact that Star Wars had come out. They had Chewbacca on Piano and a Stormtrooper on bass as they they sang The Star Wars Song. They sing the song to the tune of Chestnuts Roasting On A Open Fire and the words are kind of clever. I have to give that to them so check it out below and go and see Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 

christopher_lee1When you think of Hammer films and the role of Dracula, you think of Sir Christopher Lee. When you think of the The Lord Of The Ring or The Hobbit franchise, you think of Sir Christopher Lee. When you think of the first episodes of Star Wars, you’ll think of Sir Christopher Lee, the iconic English born actor or at least I will. So, it is with great sadness that I report that Sir Christopher Lee has passed away at the age of 93 after suffering from heart and respiratory problems. The man was so iconic that he starred in 206 films (with one still scheduled for release), countless TV Movie, Miniseries, and Television show appearances, video games, and he even had a couple of metal albums that were released as well. The man accomplished everything in the film business with some of the film franchises I named above as well as the fact that he was a Bond villain in The Man With The Golden Gun. He also made appearances in some of my favorite films like Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Sleepy Hollow, Howling II: Your Sister Is A Werewolf, The Wicker Man, The Satanic Rite Of Dracula, Dracula A.D. 1972, The Mummy (1959), The Curse Of Frankenstein, The Face Of Fu Manchu, and so many more. The man spanned many generations and was an icon of film for not just your grandparents, but for their grand kids as well which is an amazing feet that not too many have accomplished since Sir Christopher Lee. He will be forever missed. R.I.P. Sir Christopher Lee (1922-2015)

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Everyone’s favorite 80’s German Power Metal band Helloween are back with a new album called My God-Given Right which is due out tomorrow (May 29) via Nuclear Blast Records and the band is doing just that. They are exercising their God given rights to rock out and they have also unleashed a music video for the title track. Singer Andi Deris describes the origin of the title My God-Given Right saying, “My God-Given Right’ was actually from my father telling me on finishing school and I did not know what to do with my life. You have a big question mark over your head, what should you do? I definitely had that dream of making music like so many kids have, but I was very fortunate to have a father who completely backed me up. He said ‘you’re my only son – if I see you happy, you make me happy and it’s your God-given right to do what you want with your life, or at least give it a try. And whatever you do, I’m behind you.’ And my own son last year was more or less asking me the same question, so it went back to the days with my father. I told my son what his Grandfather told me and I thought it’s a beautiful title for a song.” The music video is partly a performance based video with some Star Wars type of stuff going on except the stormtroopers have Helloween pumpkin as their helmets and they are shooting guns with lasers and going after a girl in the video. It’s classic metal at it’s best and you should check it out below.

I was never a huge fan of film scores as a kid, but there was always one that always had my attention every time I watched the film. In The Empire Strikes Back, there is a scene when Emperor Palpatine first lands on the death star and Darth Vader goes to greet him, the music that plays at that point is just amazing and it’s called The Imperial March (Darth Vaders Theme). I never thought in a million years that someone in the world was going to attempt to cover that particular song other than a school marching band, but someone has covered it. The Past four years has seen the rise of EDM or dubstep and how it has taken over the world. I knew it wouldn’t be long after Korn were the first to mix with their music that someone was going to take that idea and run with it. That band is called Celldweller and he decided to take a shot at covering the Imperial March theme. It actually sounds really cool as if it would fit the films that are about to come out from Star Wars. When asked about the song, he said, “Star Wars had a huge impact on me as a child. This, as well as science fiction as a whole, has clearly influenced my look and sound — so covering ‘The Imperial March’ was a natural fit.” I would say so myself, but after listening to this if you want to check out more from him, just go here.

IMG_2031Maitland Ward, you may remember her from a post that is still widely popular on this blog when she got in the Christmas spirit, or the fact that she loves cosplay, or the fact that she was Rachel on Boy Meets World. Nevertheless, you should definitely know who I am talking about now and she s back with some more amazing stuff. Star Wars besides all the Marvel and DC stuff has been the talk of the town as the new film will see it’s release around Christmas time. Well, Maitland has gotten into the Cosplay spirit and she has some amazing photos that she shared on her Snapchat account (which you can follow by searching MaitlandWard). To help celebrate the fact that it is May 4 (May The 4TH Be With You) I have some of the photos below for all of you to enjoy. Check them out and follow her on Twitter as well @MaitlandWard

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wonderlandFor today’s Based On A Truesday Story, we are looking at a film that I consider to be one of Val Kilmer’s best performances of the early 21ST century in the film Wonderland. In the 1970’s, John Holmes (played by Val Kilmer)was considered to be one of the first “Porn Stars” and he instantly became a legend having sex with over 14,000 women and having a legendary member whose size is still debated today. That was the 70’s and in the 80’s, John was a shell of his former self battling drug abuse problems that rattled his life. Due to the drug problems, John Holmes was in the center of a murder investigation for the Wonderland Murders along with famous club owner and suspect Eddie Nash (Eric Bogosian). Four people were killed and 1 survived a brutal attack and the story of what happened before the murders and during is told in two different perspectives with one being Holmes and the other being David Lind (Dylan McDermott). The film also stars Kate Bosworth (Still Alice) as Dawn Schiller, Carrie Fisher (Star Wars) as Sally Hansen, Josh Lucas (American Psycho) as Ron Launius, Tim Blake Nelson (The Incredible Hulk) as Billy Deverell, Janeane Garofalo (Mystery Men) as Joy Miller, Natasha Gregson Wagner (Lost Highway) as Barbara Richardson, Christina Applegate (Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitters Dead) as Susan Launius, Lisa Kudrow (Friends) as Sharon Holmes, Faizon Love (Friday) as Greg Diles, and the film was directed by James Cox (Highway).

wonderland 2In the film, you see something from each character’s perspective whether it an event that happened or the actual event itself. For Kate Bosworth, this was a real gritty role for her to play the girlfriend of John Holmes during the worst years of his life. As I said before, this was one of my favorite roles that had Val Kilmer in it and he was coming out with unique films at the time like The Salton Sea and Spartan. He totally engulfs the role of a junkie and a man who can’t even tell if he believes what he spews out of his own mouth. The editing of the film is where it is at as they mix footage of real newspaper articles, real news broadcasts, and they mix it in with the film almost creating a music video style approach to the editing at times. The acting in the film is absolutely superb from all angles and everyone in the film and the story is amazing. They could have done a biopic on John’s entire life, but they picked an event that was gritty and shocking. The scene when they go in for the attack is absolutely brutal and it even features an unwanted appearance from Paris Hilton. It still amazes me that the case went unsolved, but we all know how it ends for Johnny Wadd. I am giving the film an A for a final grade.