Harrison Ford may have broke his ankle filming ‘Star Wars’

Harrison Ford may have broke his ankle filming 'Star Wars' - Bent Corner
Harrison Ford was rushed by helicopter from the set of the new Star Wars movie at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England. It’s believed that the 71-year-old American movie icon broke his ankle.

Good thing he has two of them.

I can’t imagine flying to the hospital because of an injured ankle. Even if a piece of bone was sticking out, it’s hard to believe that the injury was helicopter worthy. Then again, it’s Harrison Ford we’re talking about. If England broke him, they should spare no cost or effort to fix him.

Let’s hope his British doctor takes this opportunity to recommend that Ford stops wearing that earring in his left ear. It looks silly. Maybe they could tell him that tacky fashion trends from the 80′s lead to weak bone density.

Final ‘Star Wars’ solicitation from Dark Horse

Final 'Star Wars' solicitation from Dark Horse - Bent Corner
A long time ago, in a galaxy not far away, Dark Horse Comics was the sole publisher of Star Wars comics. Then Disney purchased everything Star Wars related from LucasFilm for a tidy $4.05 billion.

This started the clock ticking for Dark Horse and their run on publishing comics in the Star Wars universe. Disney, the new owners of everything Star Wars, also owns Marvel Comics. Everyone assumed that Marvel would get the Star Wars property and as it turned out, everyone was right.

That almost never happens.

The final Star Wars release from Dark Horse will be a fancy hardcover gallery edition of Star Wars: Dark Times #1–#5. It features original artwork from Douglas Wheatley, as well as scripts written by Randy Stradley. The book will come out on November 18, 2014 and it has a suggested retail price of $99.99. Like most things, it can be had for much cheaper on Amazon.

On a personal note, I like the title, A Path to Nowhere. I can so relate. If I were to write a story based on my last three months at work, I think this is what I would call it.

Poster from the ‘Star Wars’ soundtrack

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The Star Wars soundtrack, scored by John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, was released in 1977. It was a double LP album and it included a nifty looking poster. It featured the artwork of science fiction artist John Berkey. It showed brave and courageous T.I.E pilots protecting a space station, their home, against the dishonorable scum from the Rebel Alliance.

It was a sad day for the Empire, but it made for a visually striking poster.

‘Godzilla’ makes $93.2 million over the weelend

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Godzilla took in $93.2 million at the box office this weekend, exceeding all expectations. In comparison, Pacific Rim, a movie similar to  this year’s Godzilla, only better, made only $37.2 million its opening weekend

Why would theater goers flock to Godzilla, but not Pacific Rim? Both movies feature city killing, gigantic monsters and lots of special effects.

I think it comes down to licensing. For some reason, people would rather go see a move based on a licensed product, something unoriginal that’s been around for years, than something based on a new and original idea.

It hasn’t always been that way. The movie Star Wars succeeded while Flash Gordon did not. Star Wars was new and original, like Pacific Rim, while Flash Gordon was based on characters and ideas that had been around for decades. I think if Star Wars and Flash Gordon had never been released and came out today, it would be Flash Gordon that was the success, not Star Wars.

Flash Gordon would be the blockbuster, not Star Wars.

May the Fourth be with you!

May the Fourth be with you! - Bent Corner
Today is May 4th, also known in geek circles as Star Wars Day. The reason is because May 4th sort of sounds like the beginning of the expression, “May the Force be with you.”

It’s kind of silly but not as silly as Talk Like a Pirate Day or Columbus Day.

The origin of the day supposedly goes back to 1979, and it wasn’t even invented by George Lucas or anyone else officially connected to the movie franchise. Strangely enough, its creation is connected to Margaret Thatcher becoming UK Prime Minister on May 4, 1979. The day after she was elected, her party, the Conservative Party, took out a newspaper ad that stated, “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

I have a love-hate relationship with Star Wars. There’s a lot I love about the franchise, but there’s also a lot I hate about it. I loved the original trilogy, but like most people, I thought the prequels are nearly unwatchable. Even though I loved the original movies, I think I loved the look of the original movies more than anything else; I think a lot of the writing and dialogue were really bad. Most of that, I think, can be blamed on George Lucas. Though he created Star Wars, he’s an awful director and an even worse screenwriter.

To say that George Lucas is a talentless hack is an insult to talentless hacks.