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Wednesday’s Quotes (1/25/2017): Famous Words from Famous People – Alec Guinness

“An actor is at his best a kind of unfrocked priest who, for an hour or two, can call on heaven and hell to mesmerize a group of innocents.” 

Source: A-Z Quotes

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Wednesday’s Quotes (1/18/2017): Famous Words from Famous People – Mark Hamill

“I always think a day when you never get out of your pajamas is a win.”

Source: A-Z Quotes

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Wednesday’s Quotes (1/4/2017): Famous Words from Famous People – Carrie Fisher

A new change. Instead of just focusing on writers I am going to expand to anyone famous. I hope that will open up the door for lots of these in the upcoming year. Today, I want to focus in on a Princess who was involved in a trilogy of movies that helped to shape my childhood. She will be missed.

“Instant gratification takes too long.”

Source: BrainyQuote

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Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I really enjoyed Rogue One from start to finish. Disney is now 2 for 2 in bringing this franchise not only back to the big screen, but in many ways they’ve been able to bring the Star Wars Universe back to life. They have put into the two movies they’ve released a sense of magic, hope, wonder, excitement that I thought was lost after the prequels were released. I wasn’t a man going on 44 years old when I watched this one and The Force Awakens, I was a kid again waiting anxiously for the movie to start. I have to say thank you to Disney for giving me that experience. I can’t wait see where they go next with this Universe.

Anyway, I didn’t mean to go off on a sidebar there. Rogue One is a great movie filled with a grand score, solid top-notch acting, action scenes that are spectacular to watch, and effects that aren’t overly loaded with CGI. The story is also strong and it never lags throughout any part of the movie. I was hooked from the opening scene to the last scene. If you enjoy Star Wars and the Universe around it then I don’t see why you wouldn’t enjoy this movie. About the only beef I had was that it didn’t have an opening scroll. When you see “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . .” you kind of expect to see a scroll after it. Just saying.

So, yes, I give this one high marks – 3 ½ stars out of 5.

Have you seen it? What did you think of it?

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Haiku – The Java Awakens

Star Wars mug filled up

Full of hot steamy coffee

Caffeine starts the day

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Have you guys seen the new Rogue One trailer?

Looks good.

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Cover Song Saturday: Epica – Imperial March

It has been a while since I posted something for Cover Song Saturday, but this was such a cool version of this song that I thought I had to share it. Will Cover Song Saturday return? Will it crawl out from the blogging ooze to be reborn? Not sure, but I hope you enjoy this one this week. Love this cover version combining two of my favorite things – Star Wars and Metal.

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OLD VERSION 

NEW VERSION

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So, use the force and tell me which one you prefer? I like both of them, but you will never go wrong with the original. It is classic and timeless. It will transcend the ages.

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Something just for fun.

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Featured Friday: Star Wars in 100 Scenes

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Relive the most dramatic and iconic moments from the epic six-part saga, Star Wars, one spread at a time in DK’s Star Wars in 100 Scenes!

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • Presented in chronological movie order
  • Hand-picked scenes explored and explained
  • Behind-the-scenes insight

KOHL’S

Click the KOHL’S Link (yes, KOHL’S) to get your copy today.

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This book comes with a strong recommendation from me. I know lots and lots about Star Wars, but some of the information found in this book I knew nothing about. If you haven’t been versed in the Star Wars Universe then this is a great place to start.

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I’ve been enjoying this band since the album “Shout at the Devil” in 1983 when a buddy of mine brought it to my house so I could listen to it.  They retired recently and I just wanted to give a shout out to them.

I’m not a gigantic Motorhead fan, but I do enjoy their music and appreciate their contribution to the Heavy Metal Genre. Lemmy, their lead singer, passed away recently and I wanted to give a shout out to him as well. We’ve lost another great one in the Heavy Metal community.

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Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a rag-tag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. Source: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – IMDb

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4 Stars out of 5. Trust me, one time just isn’t enough for this one. I plan to go see it again in a few weeks.

I will not say too much about it because the less you know the better. But I will say that it had a great story, effects, cast, villain, and direction-J.J. Abrams has brought back the magic.

Go see it now! That is the best way to close out this quick review.

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I loved BB-8

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Star Wars: A Haiku Awakens

A hero’s journey

Simply starts on Tatooine

With a farm boy

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Death star plans stolen

A tiny weakness revealed

Destruction looming

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A rogue space pirate

Looking for his next big score

Takes on the challenge

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Spaceships and lasers

Battles rage among the stars

Good versus evil

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Black suited villain

Rules the entire galaxy

With an iron fist

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I managed to squeeze in the original three Star Wars movies this week just in time for the latest saga in this series. I thought I might put the movies in order the way I like to watch them.

  1. The Empire Strikes Back
  2. A New Hope
  3. Return of the Jedi
  4. Revenge of the Sith
  5. The Clone Wars
  6. The Phantom Menace

Needless to say, I am more of a fan of the older ones than the newer ones. I turned five in ’77 just when the whole thing was blowing up so you can understand my one-sided love for the original trilogy. Jedi (as a kid) was my favorite, but as an adult I find Empire and Hope to be almost tied in the watch the most category in this saga for me. I still love Jedi, but I do see more flaws now in it than I did way back when. New Hope and Empire though are flawless and stay flawless no matter how many times I watch them. I am also warming to the prequels even though I do see them as a failed opportunity by Lucas to bring back the magic of this series. The prequels were only concerned with one thing, and it is an obvious thing – special effects. George really wanted to show off what he could do with CGI and it shows. Anyway, not going to go to the dark side on the prequels, but I just wanted to let you know I’m not as much of a hater on them as I used to be.

That’s about it. If you get out to seeing the new movie today (bought my ticket in advance) I hope you enjoy it. I hear it gets a lot of stuff right this time around.

Quick question:

Do you think Disney will eventually remake the prequels? 

I see them as being a negative on the series because of all the hate from fans. It seems like Disney would want to erase that with their new billion dollar property. I honestly think this will eventually happen.

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Re-Visit Haiku – Lightsaber

In honor of this awesome teaser trailer (I have watched it 3 times, a couple of happy dances as well), I thought I would re-post an old Haiku I wrote. Some of you guys have seen it, some haven’t.

Here’s the Haiku for Lightsaber:

Multiple colors

A Jedi’s lethal weapon

Instrument of death

Here’s the teaser (and yes, I am too old to be saying OMG, but the end of this thing deserves a big OMG – just saying, major chills):

Here’s the original post, in case you want to read it:

https://awrenfro.com/2014/05/04/haiku-lightsaber/

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One Zombie Giveaway Ends, Another Zombie Giveaway Begins

A Zombie Holiday Trilogy
852 people entered.

It is hard to fathom that number above. Eight Hundred and Fifty Two people took a shot at getting my book for free. That just seems staggering to me. Sure, it isn’t in the thousands or millions mind you, but still Eight Hundred and Fifty Two. Phenomenal. Thanks to all of you guys who follow me here for entering – if you did.

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I have shipped out the winning copy.

But, do not lose heart.

Like Yoda Said – “There is another.”

I converted my Zombie Christmas short story into a small 34 pages paperback. Kind of a kooky thing to do, but since it seems to be so well received on the EBook side I thought it might be fun to offer it in another form.

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I have now put this little paperback up in a contest that will run for about a month. Trying to not only drive some buzz for it, but also give someone just a little bit of holiday cheer. If you want a copy just follow the link in the box at the bottom of the page, and find out for yourself how 3 men save Christmas for surviving kids in a Zombie Apocalypse.

Good luck, and have a happy Zombie Christmas on me!

You can find all my Zombie Holiday Stories at these links:

US: http://www.amazon.com/Anthony-Renfro/e/B0075Q5G4C/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Anthony-Renfro/e/B0075Q5G4C/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Zombie Christmas by Anthony Renfro

A Zombie Christmas

by Anthony Renfro

Giveaway ends December 15, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Haiku – The “Dagobah” Run Part 2

Hellish summer night

Dampness holds me with moist arms

Soup like pre-storm air

Have to dedicate this one to Jimmy Buffett – his music got me through it tonight.

Part 1 can be found here: http://wp.me/p2kmxm-3iG

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Haiku – Lightsaber

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Multiple colors

A Jedi’s lethal weapon

Instrument of death

Designed as much for elegance in combat as for ceremony, the lightsaber, also referred to as the “laser sword” by those who were unfamiliar with it, was a distinctive weapon, the very image of which was inextricably bound with the mythos of the Jedi Order and their polar opposites, the Sith. The lightsaber also became synonymous with the Jedi Order’s values to uphold peace and justice throughout the galaxy. This perception endured, despite the many conflicts with lightsaber-wielding Sith and Dark Jedi.

The weapon consisted of a blade of pure plasma emitted from the hilt and suspended in a force containment field. The field contained the immense heat of the plasma, protecting the wielder, and allowed the blade to keep its shape.

via Lightsaber – Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki

May the fourth be with you!

Happy Star Wars Day!

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The People vs. George Lucas

* * * 1/2 STARS

Where do I even start with this review because there is so much that can be said about the movie itself and the thoughts and feelings this movie stirred up inside of me?

I guess you guys want to know how the movie was.

It was a blast to watch, funny in spots, and thought-provoking in others.  I advise you to have someone sitting beside you who loves the Star Wars saga as much as you do when you watch it.  I promise you will have great conversations during it and after it, but don’t go in expecting a well-balanced argument.

This movie is one-sided with most of the anger directed at Mr. George Lucas himself and it doesn’t give you the other side, the positive side, as much as it should.  To really have a biting documentary they needed to balance the piece a little more evenly.   As it stands, this is a movie about what George has done for and against the people who love the Star wars universe.  If you aren’t a fan then this documentary will probably not appeal to you.

I enjoyed it a lot because most of the arguments and issues brought forth in this documentary are the same ones I have had.  I have issues with what George has done with this universe he created.  I have issues with what he thinks he can do with the original trilogy.  I have all those issues running through me head.  I found myself agreeing with a lot of people in this movie because I am that same kind of fan.

Rant will begin here (for those non Star Wars geeks – Episodes 1-3 are the prequels and Episodes 4-6 are the original trilogy).

I have seen every one of the Star Wars movies in the theater even though I was a tiny child when I saw Episode IV many years ago.  I was there for the hype and the toys and the madness it created.  I let George invade my childhood imagination and I let these movies become a cornerstone for me.  So I of course take issue with the smallest change and when something doesn’t live up.

I could go on all day about how the prequels stink and how I don’t think it is because I saw them as an adult.  Those new movies – the prequels – don’t have that it factor.  You can look back at the original trilogy and pick out a character you want to be or side with.  A character you would love to portray and did portray for that matter many years ago.  I don’t see that character in any of the latest movies.  I don’t see any charisma or charm to these new characters.  They are all written in a way that they don’t stand out.  They exist because they are characters on a screen and they need to be there to advance the story.  That’s it.

Where’s the brash and reckless Han Solo?  Where’s the young Jedi growing up to be a master in Luke Skywalker?  There isn’t a character like that in any of the latest three movies and that’s one of the things that sinks it.  Then you throw in poor writing and an over abuse of special effects.  It’s then when the fans start to turn on you.  They start to revolt because they feel like they’ve waited so long and this is it.  This is all you can give us.

I still don’t know why they didn’t make the prequels follow the pattern of the original trilogy.  Every three years put one out until the story is complete.  You would have had the first prequel in ’86, the second in ’89, and the third in ’92.  Ride the wave and don’t take so much time in between.  By taking so much time off no matter how good or bad the first prequel was it was doomed to fail.  That one had to be rock solid if it was going to live up to the gap created between ’83 and ’99.  I remember going to see the first prequel and being so excited, but by the end I was so let down.  I saw it again and have tried on several occasions to re view on DVD.  I always hoped it would get better, but it never did.  That movie is just off.

Then the second one came out and then the third.  None of them ever grabbed me.  They just didn’t work.

On top of all that George goes and alters the original trilogy to the point of ridiculousness.  I can understand going in and cleaning things up.  Going in and making it look better.  I can even understand giving us a director’s cut, but you can’t get rid of the originals because you don’t like them or think they don’t work.  A lot of the hatred for the prequels could have been squashed if you would just given us the originals unaltered and cleaned up.  When George didn’t do that and he tried to tell us what we fell in love with was all wrong then that sent a backlash through the prequels.  That sent a backlash through everything.  We as fans turned on him because we felt like he turned on us.

I to this day don’t understand why there isn’t a box set out there like the Blade Runner or Dawn of the Dead set.  Several versions of the same movie.  The ones the fans love, the one the director or studio loves, and then whatever other version exists out there.  What’s so hard about that?

I don’t want you to think this is a bash George Lucas post.  It isn’t.  I appreciate all the man has done for us as fans.  I am so glad he created Star Wars.  I am glad he exists and I am glad for all the stuff he has made – not just Star Wars.  I don’t think people have a right to say he raped their childhood or we are being treated like battered wives.  Rape and battery are horrendous violent acts that no one should ever have to suffer.  I cringe when people say that it this movie.  Folks, these are movies and we have our opinions, but lets not go too far over the top.

George Lucas is a brilliant man with a brilliant imagination who I think just caught up in a world he never saw coming.  Has he done anything to break out of it?  No, but could he?  Would we allow him to do that?  I don’t think we would.

What do you think?  Is George done for?  How about the prequels?  Do they belong?

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