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Photo of the Day – 11/17/17 (“At the Drive-In”, 1957)

Daily Photo — “At the Drive-In, 1957”

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April 1957. “Teenage girls in car at drive-in.” From photos for the Look magazine assignment “How American Teenagers Live.”

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Posted by on November 17, 2017 in Daily Photo

 

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Fictional Drugs & Substances from Literature, TV, and Film — Infographic

Fictional Drugs & Substances from Literature, TV, and Film

The worlds created in popular literature, television, and film universes are extraordinarily deep, and as a result many aspects of these worlds and cultures are very throughtout and rich for exploration.  Unfortunately, illicit drugs and substances are no exception.  Drawing heavily from science fiction, but also including other genres, today’s infographic takes a look at several fictional drugs and other substances (for better or worse) you can find in literature, TV, and film.  [VIA]

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Posted by on February 23, 2017 in Infographics

 

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Review – William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher. July 2013. Quirk Books, 174p. $14.95 ISBN:1594746370.

“Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language—and William Shakespeare—here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations—William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.” — Publisher’s Description

For starters, I was almost literally born and raised on Star Wars — I’m only one year older than the franchise.  That brings with it certain biases, including the fact that I hold the original trilogy in my heart with a special reverence for all the happy memories, both as a child, and as an adult, that it brings me.  I also know all three movies in their original forms by heart (and yes, Han will always have shot first!).  Seeing that this unique take on the series had me very excited, and I was far from disappointed.

I admit, that when I first got the book, I was skeptical at how it would play out.  It was either going to be a truly groundbreaking new approach to popular literature and film, or it was going to be an absolute joke.  Fortunately, I think Shakespeare himself would be proud of the results.  Staying true to the original script, Doescher places a very bard-like spin to it that allows anyone even remotely familiar with the film and the story to follow along with no difficulty.  When you have lines like: “But unto Tosche Station would I go, And there obtain some pow’r converters. Fie!“, I think you know where we are in the film!  And I agree, Luke sounds whiny here too!

The writing style is exactly as you would expect from a William Shakespeare five act play.  In fact, it is written as a script, only lacking some stage direction, but containing all the description and scene setting you would expect from any script.  Inner dialogues are spoken aloud, and actions explained in the same way.  While we can see these on screen, simple gestures and actions are either written in as direction, or described by the players.  As it reads, there would be no doubt that any acting company could easily put on a production of this work.

Granted, there is a little bit of cheek, and some subtle nods to both Shakespeare and Star Wars fans alike, but they are hidden almost like Easter eggs throughout the text.  For example, this couplet, a favorite tool of the Bard’s, gives a tip of the hat to the “Han shot first” fans:  “I pray thee, sir, forgive me for the mess/And whether I shot first, I’ll not confess.- Han Solo”.  There are even points in the book where we see action or have a look at some inner dialogues that we don’t see in the film, for instance a Hamlet-like soliloquy by Luke, lamenting the death of the Stormtrooper whose uniform he has stolen on the Death Star: “[Luke, holding stormtrooper helmet.] Alas, poor stormtrooper, I knew ye not, Yet have I ta’en both uniform and life From thee. What manner of a man wert thou?”   Even something as simple as “Once more unto the trench, dear friends, once more!” during the penultimate battle gives a little grin when you get both references.

I simply cannot sing the praises of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars enough.  Perfect for fans of both Star Wars and Shakespeare, it will have you coming back again and again, just like the original.  I personally have recommended this to patrons who enjoy the films, but have poo-pooed plays and Shakespeare both.  Everyone has loved it so far!  I just can’t wait to see the stage production!

If you enjoy William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, fear not, the rest of the trilogy has also been given a similar treatment and you will want to find William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back, and William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return

Five of Five Stars

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Posted by on September 25, 2014 in Reviews

 

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Photo of the Day – 2/11/14 (“Metrotone News”, 1928)

Daily Photo — “Metrotone News”

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Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1928. “Photographing fire for newsreels.” National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

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Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Daily Photo

 

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Evolution of Wolverine – Infographic

Evolution of the Wolverine

Just a fun infographic for this sweltering Friday!  Superheroes and comics have always been a hobby of mine and the X-Men, and especially Wolverine, have been my favorites for as long as I can remember.  Even I forgot how many times his costume has changed over the years though….almost as many as Batman’s!!  Created by halloweencostumes.com, this infographic is just in time for the new Wolverine movie hitting theaters next week! [VIA]

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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in Infographics

 

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Photo of the Day – 6/13/13 (Desert Guns, 1937)

Daily Photo — “Desert Guns, 1937”

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June 1937. “Idle men attend the morning movies. There are three such movies in one block. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.” Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

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Posted by on June 13, 2013 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 5/14/13 (Bwana Devil Audience)

Daily Photo — “Bwana Devil Audience, 1952”

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Audience at the screening of Bwana Devil, the first feature-length, color 3-D movie.  November 26, 1952 – Paramount Studio in Hollywood, California.

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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Daily Photo

 

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Video of the Day – 5/8/13 (Fan Art: An Explosion of Creativity)

Daily Video — “Fan Art: An Explosion of Creativity

Today’s video from the PBS Off Book series takes you through the concept of fan art — where artists take established characters from TV, movies, video games, cartoons, etc. and either create their own visual pieces of fiction that includes those characters in new or unique situations.  Learn how many artists got their start drawing fan art or writing fan fiction and how it provides a very unique and creative outlet for them that is also accessible to the masses.  It is interesting to see what is the evolution of a subculture among artists and fans of the subjects as well as some of the unique pieces and “mash-ups” created.

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Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Daily Video

 

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History of Hollywood – Infographic

The History of Hollywood

You hear “Hollywood” today and probably instantly think of the film industry and mega-movie stars, but it wasn’t always this way.  From its humble beginnings as part of a ranch turned residential community in 1886 through 2001, where Hollywood is like we know it today, this infographic traces the history and growth of this small town as it grew and became embraced by the film industry. [VIA]

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2013 in Infographics

 

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The Oscars and Twitter — Infographic

Tweeting and the Oscars

Nothing brings out the social media bug in all of us like celebrities and what bigger gathering of A-list celebrities is there than last night’s Academy Awards ceremony?  UK bases Silverbean took a look at just how social the Oscars were with an analysis of the Tweets from during and after the ceremony, awarding their own winners, crowned by sheer number of mentions in tweets. [VIA]

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Infographics

 

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