Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

J. Giambrone

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This film should have replaced the godawful prequels (1-3), and our universe would be far better off.

Must say I loved this new direction, and I have hope for the Star Wars franchise. That said, I’m not sure how many will notice the parallels between Vader’s empire and our own.  Rather than adding to the cacophony, I’ll stick to the major points.

Chirrut3.jpgStar Wars was basically California rogues vs. the British empire in space, with a few new tricks. The environment is so vast that people can read their own interpretations into it, but clearly we had scrappy revolutionaries fighting the technically supreme fascist state which sought to encroach on every parsec of the known universe.

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In 2016 they’re not so California anymore.

What’s more, they delivered on the theme, sacrificing for the greater good in a world of high tech and mysticism, where not everyone can see the…

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Evil Empires Far Away

Posted: December 28, 2016 in -
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May have more to say later.

The Empire Is Us: The Politics of ‘Rogue One’

 

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I also discuss Star Wars as American war propaganda in my short book on allegory and metaphor (free).

NY Times:

‘Star Wars’ and the Fantasy of American Violence

The bloody track of American history, from slavery to genocide to empire, is plain for all to see. But reckoning with the violence itself was the appeal: I thought I could confront our dark side, just like Luke Skywalker, and come away enlightened.

 

The most frustrating reality of all, American youth who join the military despite knowing they are agents of immoral empire. They do it anyway, like mercenaries, content with swallowing any and all bullshit myths, even those from popular movies.

And that’s why this blog is here.

 

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This is the best thing I’ve seen all day.

 

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If you haven’t seen serial killer Buffalo Bill’s 70 min. review of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, your life is truly deficient.

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Question: Are you now hoping for that Mayan Apocalypse a little more?