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Okay, guys, I know I wrote recently about how I don’t “get” romantic love. But there is another type of love that I do get. I’m always the type of person to find pieces of pop culture and fall madly in love with them. Songs I’ll listen to until I can’t hear them ever again, movies I’ll watch until I know every line, hours spent on Tumblr looking at cast pictures and reading what other people have to say about my favorite TV shows. I’m obsessive, and mostly unapologetic about it.
Case in point: I went through a pretty intense “Star Wars” phase (we’re talking posters, action figures, books, an actual lightsaber, a fan club membership… everything). I was ostracized and ridiculed for it (particularly by one “friend” who is actually just a miserable human being) but I always tried to be honest about my obsession. It was the purest kind of love. It made me have swoopy stomach feelings thinking about it, I daydreamed about being a Jedi in class, I drew lightsabers in my notes like girls might write “Mrs. Justin Timberlake” in their notes. I have a framed photo of me standing next to a Darth Vader and R2-D2 made of Legos (it kind of looks like a prom photo, no lie).
Eventually my “Star Wars” fervor cooled down and I became interested in much cooler things. Indie music, classic literature, foreign films, and all that pretentious shit. I was still a pop culture obsessed dork, but I had diversified.
Except for when it comes to television. I am in love with television. I think it is the perfect artistic medium. I think we’re in a Golden Age of television. I think that television is a great way to bring about social justice and understanding. When I picture my perfect job, I picture a job in television. Let me expound on this.
1.) Why is television the perfect artistic medium?
Well, mystery interrogator, television is perfect because of its format. It combines words and visuals (and music and tons of other little bits) in perfect harmony, much like film. But, the structure of a season of television, filled with six to 22 episodes, hopefully followed by one or two more seasons, is perfect. It allows time for tension to build at the end of every episode and every season. Rarely (if ever) can you use a cliffhanger in a book or a single film and maintain that delicious tension that lasts a whole week or longer. I’d say most artists hope that they can stick in the minds of those who consume their work, but those who make TV are almost guaranteed that their viewers will think about their work even after it’s over.
Also, it allows a creator to write and develop wonderful characters and breathe so much life into them. Think about this: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are two of the most recognizable faces in the western world, and yet they can flit from film role to film role and never really have to worry about being “type-cast” because they played one singular iconic role. Now look at Michael Richards and Jason Alexander. You might think, “Who?” Exactly. You might know them better as Kramer and George Costanza from “Seinfeld.” The people they are have become eclipsed by those iconic characters they played, which is sad for their careers, but really speaks to the power of television characters. If you love character (and I do), then TV is the place for you.
To read the rest of this post, head on over to the Chicklitz blog, right HERE.
Here is the trailer for “Star Wars: Uncut.” Basically, “Star Wars” fans film 15 second scenes from the original film – interpreting it any way they want – and then the whole thing is pieced together into a “remake” of (but really a tribute to) the original. It looks really cool, and shows a lot more respect for the saga than George Lucas himself gave it with his prequel films. I only wish that I could’ve been involved in this somehow. That would’ve been an honor. A big, nerdy honor.
This movie better be released somewhere within a 50 mile radius of me.
Today, May 4th (even though I’m pretty sure my blog thinks it’s May 5th), is Star Wars day. In honor of the day, I am watching my favorite film from the saga, The Empire Strikes Back. In fact, let’s get this out of the way right now. I would order the films like this:
1.) Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
2.) Episode IV: A New Hope
3.) Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
4.) Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
5.) Episode II: Attack of the Clones
6.) Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
In order from my favorite to my least favorite (and, dare I say, everyone’s least favorite?).
I have taken a lot of flak over my love of the saga, so much so that I put the “Star Wars nerd” side of my personality into hiding. No more, I say! I am comfortable enough with myself and my nerdiness that I can come out and say it: I love Star Wars. Man, I even love the new trilogy, in a way, if only because of the nostalgia factor, though most nostalgic feelings I had during those three travesties were due to John Williams’ score, and certainly not because of the wooden acting, cringe-worthy dialogue, and the fact that many of my beloved characters got raped by a computer (no one suffered more than poor Yoda). But, that didn’t stop me from hanging an Attack of the Clones poster on my wall, and having Phantom of the Menace in my VCR almost at all times. I was young and too stupid and naive to realize that George Lucas had slaughtered my beloved saga and left it for dead.
But, I digress. I am now watching Empire and loving the fact that this amazing film exists. These films were a staple of my childhood and adolescence. They are the ultimate in escape films. I pop one in, and I’m simultaneously in the present, in my childhood, and in a galaxy far, far away. So, thank you Star Wars. And, to everyone else, may the force be with you. Unless you don’t like the saga. In that case, I’d tell you that you smell worse than a tauntaun.