Movie Posters

40th Anniversary of ‘Star Wars’

The original Star Wars film made its debut 40 years ago today on May 25, 1977. I still vividly remember my Mom and Dad taking our family to the Center Theatre in downtown Salt Lake City that summer to see Star Wars and how wowed we all were by it. I am extremely grateful for my dear parents for this and so many other happy memories.

Here’s one of my all-time favorite Star Wars posters–the “Style A” poster designed and painted by the great American artist Tom Jung.

And as an added bonus, here’s a 40th birthday post from the official Star Wars Instagram feed:

And many more. 🎈🎉 #StarWars #StarWars40th #ANewHope

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Images © Lucasfilm Ltd.

Thoughts on Movies

Happy Star Wars Day

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It’s May 4th, so let me be the millionth person to tell you Happy Star Wars Day and “May the fourth be with you.” Here are some of my favorite posts I’ve seen online today from the many creative folks on the internet.


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#starwarsday #maythe4thbewithyou #starwars

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Once upon a time, in a cooler far, far away… #MayTheFourthBeWithYou #ShareaCoke #StarWarsDay

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And some of my Mormon Tabernacle Choir friends might appreciate this one, particularly after tonight’s rehearsal:

Current Cinema, Movie Posters

Posters for “Rogue One”

I am loving the marketing campaign for the upcoming Star Wars anthology film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The eight character posters just got released today.

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Original teaser poster

Another teaser poster released earlier this year

Official poster. So great!


Saw Gerrera

Bodhi Rook

Director Orson Krennic

Chirrut Imwe

Baze Malbus

Cassian Andor

Jyn Erso

Current Cinema

First Look at “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Image © Lucasfilm and Disney

Image © Lucasfilm and Disney

One thing I never thought I’d see in my lifetime was another Star Wars movie with a storyline past Episode VI (and particularly with the prequel trilogy leaving such a bad aftertaste). Now, as we all know, that’s changed and Episode VII, or Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be coming to a galaxy near you in December 2015.

The first teaser trailer is here and it makes me feel like I’m 12 years old all over again. What do you think of it?

Thoughts on Movies

“Star Wars – Episode I” in 3D

"Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" (Lucasfilm Ltd./20th Century Fox, 1999)

“Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (Lucasfilm Ltd./20th Century Fox, 1999)

Seeing “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (Lucasfilm Ltd./20th Century Fox, 1999) on the big screen again tonight in 3D was both a happy and sad experience. The film has two absolutely breathtaking, thrilling scenes: the pod racing sequence on Tatooine and the lightsaber battle between Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul during the film’s triple-action finale. It was such a treat to see these amazing sequences again on the big screen beautifully rendered in 3D. Watching the rest of “Episode I” was and is mostly painful for me–Jar Jar Binks, the terrible acting, the monotonous dialogue, Jar Jar Binks, the ridiculous accents and dialects spoken, Jar Jar Binks, and the melancholy thoughts about what the film could have been. Oh well, I’m just pleased for the chance to see any “Star Wars” film on the big screen and, mostly, can’t wait to see “Episode IV – A New Hope” and “Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” down the road again in an actual theater, just like I did as a kid. (And don’t get me started on those Ewoks…)

What I wish would happen to Jar Jar Binks

What I wish would happen to Jar Jar Binks