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Quote of the day #2

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For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.

(George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm)

I’m glad for one that George is sticking to his word and not making, at least directly, any further Star Wars movies. Disney is an excellent choice to take over Lucasfilm based on their recent track record with Pixar and Marvel.

Other than what others had said, I for one would expect Disney to raise the look of the Star Wars movie franchise. To me that means far less Chroma Key and far more location-based filming. I think Lucas went way overboard in his use of this just to get the recent trilogy(episodes I-III) made quickly. I also believe that Disney do CGI better than anyone else which can’t be bad for the franchise.

I hope that Disney will give the generation that grew up with the original trilogy something to cheer. I remember how awe-inspired I was seeing my first Star Wars back in 1977 and Disney could do well by remembering those adults that still enjoy those original three movies.

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Written by David Osbon

October 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

I support no oceans

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It’s not just the gaming industry that are still practising old out-dated behaviours. Nope the movie industry alas still resorts to splitting release dates unevenly.

As a video rental store manager back in the early ’90s, delayed or staggered release dates had fewer people talking about as a topic. This was before the social networks that are so commonplace today. It’s incredulous that in an age of digital transfer and in a period of almost zero growth, the movie and videogame industries still like to use archaic formula when it comes to shipping and making available new movie or videogame titles in UK but also the US.

If anyone knows of any benefit derived from e.g Dishonored being released in the US on the 9th October and the UK having to wait until the 12th please leave a comment below.

Written by David Osbon

October 10, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Birthday time-travel

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If I could time-travel but I couldn’t influence the past then I’d like to revisit all my previous birthdays, in chronological order. Many birthdays I can no longer remember while others are just shadow memories.

I’d love to see my reaction to each birthday and how that has changed over the decades. Years 1-18 would be fascinating to watch.

Reaching 42 and in the process answering the meaning of life I appreciate the gifts I get now much more than I did as a child. But then as an adult, receiving presents is naturally a far less forthcoming activity. This years haul has been rather excellent:

Books; A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen and Champions League Dreams by Rafa Benitez. As you will know doubt know – unless you are a very new reader – my completion rate for books is very poor. I was surprised to receive two books when the best I can do recently is complete a graphic novel or two.

Videogames; Sleeping Dogs on 360 format. The only game that I had on my list.

Music; Prometheus OST. I’m a lapsed Muse fan and have yet to get over their appearance at this years Olympics, so no 2nd Law for me just now.

Movies; Avengers Assemble. Here in the UK we have been short-changed with a weak Blu-ray/DVD release; very few extras and no audio commentary. Happy enough to be able to watch this for a second time, mind.

Not to shabby, eh?

While on the subject of time-travel, I had hoped to round-off my birthday celebrations with a viewing of Looper – hasn’t happened yet. The last time-travel movie that Bruce Willis excelled in was Twelve Monkeys back in 1995. Which do you consider to be your favourite of the two movies?

We built our own world

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My continued studying relies heavily on excellent soundtracks that I listen to (with headphones of course) to keep my mind focused on the task at hand. Music without lyrics helps to motivate me but it’s also a form of meditation that keeps unwanted thoughts and distractions at bay.

I prefer my soundtracks to have a life of their own rather than just be incidental to the movie. Both The Social Network OST and Inception are their own creation and don’t need the movie to fully enjoy the experience. Probably my favourite from the last few years has been Hans Zimmer’s Inception OST.  The way it builds, climbs and simmers is just wonderful to hear and I never bore of hearing it.

So October will see my nose back in the study books and I’m anxious to pick up a few new OSTs that can aid me through the next six months. I’ll possibly pick up the Prometheus OST very soon but I need a few more, any suggestions?

Written by David Osbon

September 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm

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