So, how does one review a movie without giving away any spoilers to those that haven't seen the movie yet?
One has to approach it as only a True FAN BOY can. You write the article the way a zealot like Fan Boy would want to read an article about his/her favorite Sci-Fi Saga. With class, style, respect and elated Geek Goose Bumps!
There will be no spoilers here. If you want spoilers, you are not a true fan, and should be ashamed. You're lazy and should feel like a low life . Go see the darn movie.
To say that I was eager, excited even flabbergasted to see this movie is an understatement. With no disrespect intended to George Lucas for giving us the original 3 episodes. Episodes 1-3 left me wanting. Were the special effects amazing in Episodes 1-3? Yes. Was the light saber duel between Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi amazing? Hell yes! However George Lucas did Episode VII a huge favor when he said, "...I don't like it...".
I walked into the theater with my 6 year old son, and the intrigue and excitement was overwhelming. The title rolled, the audience clapped and cheered and the story began.
It felt like home. The character development, the humor and "one liners", the action sequences. This is what Episodes 1-3 should have been. A perfect blend of Modern day technology, C.G.I. and classic "original" style film making. I seriously feel that J.J. Abrams did a service to the die hard's by getting back in touch with what the original movies were. Home.
The character attachment you develop to the new and original characters is almost instantaneous. A touch of old with a smothering of new is not overwhelming. The special effects are fantastic! The dog fighting between X-wings and Tie-Fighters is phenomenal!
I have to be honest, I was worried Disney and Abrams were going to botch the whole thing. However they did us justice and put out an amazing movie. I have no doubt that Disney is going to milk every penny they can out of their acquisition of the Star Wars franchise, but if they do what they did with Episode VII; I'm okay with it. The second that it begins to suck, I promise... I will be the first to declare shenanigans!
I GIVE "STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS" 5 STARS *****
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I have been infatuated with the gang from BAD LIP READING for a LONG time now! Ever since I first saw their Walking Dead Episodes. Now, only hours away from the premiere of "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens", the crew from B.L.R. have unleashed hands down, my favorite YouTube videos of ALL TIME! Star Wars Episodes IV, V and VI. B.L.R. Style!
I can truly relate to the warped and dry sense of humor it takes to come up with the sheer brillance that are their videos. From the current Presidential Debates to Football, these comedic goof balls have my full attention.
If you are unfamiliar with their videos, please; watch these three videos and then go SUBSCRIBE to their YOUTUBE Channel. It's well worth it!
Vader keeps texting Leia, while Ben continues his quest for the Pickaxe of Cortez. Jack Black, Maya Rudolph, and Bill Hader guest.
Yoda believes in the magic of song, while Vader struggles with technology. Bill Hader, Jack Black, and Maya Rudolph guest.
Ben criticizes Luke's taste in music. Jabba redecorates. Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, and Jack Black guest.
REAL FIRING STAR WARS BLASTER! WORLD RECORD 6 shots in 0.8 seconds with Han Solo's DL-44!
I have been working on doing a Weapons of Star Wars Video, which will come soon. Jerry just beat me to it with Han's blaster. Damn it.
From Jerry's Youtube Channel:
"Hokey Glocks and ancient revolvers are no match for a good blaster at your side! Jerry sets out to prove himself as the fastest shooter in the Galaxy, by shooting 2 of only 3 working blasters in the world. But can he use his newly acquired DL-44 to escape the iron grip of the Galactic Empire? Find out in a world first as we capture the first ever Galactic Record attempt in crisp 4K resolution and super slow mo that will blow you away, Alderaan style! (Too soon?) Stay tuned next year when Jerry embraces the dark side and tests out the Imperial weapon of choice: The E-11!"
Disney has released another two new TV spots for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
While trying to look up some info for this Potentially EPIC movie, I went to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Website. It is quite honestly one of the coolest Web Pages I have had the pleasure of surfing. CHECK IT OUT HERE!
HERE is the Cast list for Episode VII!
Mark Hamill...Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford...Han Solo
Adam Driver...Kylo Ren
Gwendoline Christie...Captain Phasma
Domhnall Gleeson...General Hux
Oscar Isaac...Poe Dameron
Andy Serkis...Supreme Leader Snoke
Lupita Nyong'o...Maz Kanata
Max von Sydow...Lor San Tekka
Maisie Richardson-Sellers...Korr Sella
Tim Rose...Admiral Ackbar
Jessica Henwick...Jessika Pava
Mark Stanley...Clan Leader
Mike Quinn...Nien Nunb
A LITTLE MORE THAN 2 WEEKS!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO FREAKING PUMPED UP FOR THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can you tell that I am excited?
Did you see it? Did you notice? Do you need to watch it again? You might once I point it out to you. The latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer reveals more than meets the eye upon first viewing. Before the big reveal, here; WATCH IT AGAIN!
Now, in case you still can't see it. Here is a hint.
look at the top! Do you see it?
Is it possible? Could Boba Fett still be alive and kicking? Notice the two banners side by side. There has been much speculation over the years as to if Boba Fett survived the sarlac pitt in Episode VI, Return of the Jedi. To include some pretty intense fan films.
Why is this so significant? Because it's Boba Fett that's why! Okay, well that's not a real valid reason. To understand the fascination of Boba Fett, it helps to be versed in his backstory, and the history of the Madalorians. In the original trilogy, he was more than just cool. He was quiet. The guy in the back of the room that could wipe out every person in the room (except Vader) on a whim if he wanted too and he never said much.
There are several different versions of his origins before Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Here's a brief run down:
Boba appears extensively in the Star Wars Legends non-canonical Expanded Universe of novels, comic books, and video games. The young adult Fett book series released after Clonesdepicts Fett taking his father's ship and armor to begin his own bounty-hunting career. Some Expanded Universe stories released before Attack of the Clones depict other accounts of Fett's origins. These stories include him being a stormtrooper who killed his commanding officer; a leader of the fabled Mandalorian warriors; and Jaster Mereel, a "Journeyman Protector" convicted of treason. Karen Traviss' novel Bloodlines (2006), published four years after Clones, states that Fett seeded some of these "false" backstories himself.
Various video games and books depict Fett's work as a bounty hunter, for which he charges "famously expensive" fees and that he undertakes only when the mission meets "his harsh sense of justice." K. W. Jeter's Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy (1998–1999) depicts Fett as more communicative than in the films because the books' plots require Fett to show "an ability to convince people as well as kill them."
Works such as Dark Horse Comics' Dark Empire series (1991–1992) describe Fett escaping from the Sarlacc. In another trilogy, after it describes him nearly killing the Sarlacc, it goes into detail about how Dengar, one of the bounty hunters hired to find Solo in Star Wars V, and featured in the series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, finds him and restores him back to health. He would have occasional run-ins with Han Solo and his family over the years, before fighting against the Yuuzhan Vong and becoming the leader of the Mandalorians. In the Legacy of the Force series (2006–2008), Jaina Solo asks Fett to train her to help her defeat her corrupted brother and ends up helping fight against Jacen's troops. Such media also reveal that Fett became a family man at one point, though he was forcibly separated from his wife after killing his commanding officer for assaulting her. His wife subsequently disappeared and was presumed dead, and their daughter blamed Boba for her fate, and began hunting him. Her own daughter, Mirta Gev, later sought Boba out and connected with her grandfather, while her mother was killed by Jacen Solo after he became Darth Caedus. Mirta later married a Mandalorian warrior, and Boba's wife was discovered to be alive, having been frozen in carbonite some decades previously. (WIKI)
Mandalorians are a group of warriors from several species in the Star Wars universe. They commonly act as mercenaries or bounty hunters. According to Star Wars Expanded Universe material, they are the cultural descendants of an extinct species called the Taung. The leader of the Mandalorians typically takes on the title of "Mand'alor," the name of their first leader, whose planet was named after him in honor. They have been portrayed in various media, including the novel, Triple Zero by Karen Traviss and Hasbro's Star Wars Elite Forces action figure sets Mandalorians & Omega Squad and Republic Mandalorians & Clone Troopers. Karen Traviss, author of Hard Contact, expanded Mandalorian culture in the novel, as explained inStar Wars on Trial. Mandalorians are most commonly portrayed as audacious and dangerous. (WIKI)
To be truthful, the whole Madalorian history and back story is really cool. Click the Link above to take the time and read it.
So now we wait. Well the famous Bounty Hunter be in the continuation of the Star Wars SAGA? Time will tell!
I was bottle fed on Star Wars. I grew up, played, breathed and lived Star Wars. Never before, have I been so excited for a movie. Phantom Menace had me ridiculous with joy. (Jar Jar Sucks BTW) Attack of the Clones regained a little of my faith. Revenge of the Sith, although long winded, Restored my faith in the series by the end.
However, I thought the hopes and aspirations for the continuation of the saga were a pipe dream. When Disney bought the rights, I was skeptical. Still am to be honest, but these previews... I have to say; look phenomenal! Please Disney, Don't break our hearts. We all know that you're going to milk every penny possible out of Star Wars that you can get your grubby little hands on. With Spin offs, merchandise, animated series, we all know you only care about the almighty dollar. Hell, you guys own a Porn label for cripes sake...
You probably don't care. You more than likely don't give a Ratatouille's Pa-tootie about the fact that Star Wars has molded the very fabric of society. Changed it. Inspired it. How it has given the inspiration for generations to go on in this sad little world. No matter how bad life was, we could always look to the saga for the inspiration we needed. People with potential, some reluctant; fighting against what was wrong with the world and fighting for each other. Whether it be a tyrannical government (hint hint) or every day common folk. The Protagonists did what needed to be done. For honor, for Love, for Family, for Truth.
The trailer looks AMAZING! It eludes to some key points, that the Jedi and Sith are a myth. That even though it is years later, the Empire is still a threat, and that Han Solo and Chewie are still kicking some MAJOR ASS!
ENJOY THE TRAILER! DISNEY, You better tread carefully. We Star Wars folk are a touchy bunch. We could end up being your downfall.
If Star Wars, Top Gun and ROBOTECH had a baby, it would be THIS ANIME SHORT!Why aren't we funding this? Drawn and Animated by Paul Johnson, with music by Zakir Rahman; this Star Wars Anime will leave you wanting more! It seriously took me back to when I was a boy and watched Roy Fokker fly the VF-1S Valkyirie Skull-One. Watching this short, has instilled a resurgence for the classic Animes, both old and new. ROBOTECH, Voltron, Witch Hunter Robin. I need to dig out my old VHS tapes. Anyway, ENJOY!!
We all love Star Wars. Well, most of us anyway. If you're like me, you grew up watching Han and Chewie running down the corridor chasing Stormtroopers and getting into firefights. Did you know, that a good majority of the blasters and blaster rifles from the films are actually old military surplus weapons?
True story. This is just a small bit of the arsenal contained within the saga and the history of the REAL variants. Yes, it's Guns AND Star Wars. What else would you expect from a "Gun Geek"?
Han Solos blaster is just a modified Mauser C96. A.K.A. a "BroomHandle Mauser"
The Mauser C96 (Construktion 96) is a semi-automatic pistol that was originally produced by German arms manufacturer Mauser from 1896 to 1937. Unlicensed copies of the gun were also manufactured in Spain and China in the first half of the 20th century.
The distinctive characteristics of the C96 are the integral box magazine in front of the trigger, the long barrel, the wooden shoulder stockwhich can double as a holster or carrying case and a grip shaped like the handle of a broom. The grip earned the gun the nickname "Broomhandle" in the English-speaking world because of its round wooden handle, and in China the C96 was nicknamed the "box cannon" (Chinese: 盒子炮; pinyin: hézipào) because of its rectangular internal magazine and the fact it could be holstered in its wooden box-like detachable stock.
With its long barrel and high-velocity cartridge, the Mauser C96 had superior range and better penetration than most other pistols; the7.63×25mm Mauser cartridge was the highest velocity commercially manufactured pistol cartridge until the advent of the .357 Magnumcartridge in 1935.
Mauser manufactured approximately 1 million C96 pistols, while the number produced in Spain and China was large but unknown due to the loss, non-existence or poor preservation of production records from those countries. WIKI
The Storm Trooper Blaster is a modified "Sterling Machine Gun"
We have all made jokes that the Storm Troopers couldn't hit the broadside of a barn. But the REAL weapon that the blasters are modified from were actually pretty cool.
The Sterling submachine gun is a British submachine gun. It was trialled with the British Army in 1944–1945 as a replacement for theSten, but it did not start to replace it until 1953. It remained in use until 1994, when it was phased out with the introduction of the L85A1 assault rifle
In 1944, the British General Staff issued a specification for a new submachine gun. It stated that the weapon should weigh no more than six pounds (2.7 kg), should fire 9×19mm Parabellum ammunition, have a rate of fire of no more than 500 rounds per minute and be sufficiently accurate to allow five consecutive shots (fired in semi-automatic mode) to be placed inside a one-foot-square target at a distance of 100 yd (91 m). WIKI
The Sand Trooper's Rifle- I always wondered how bad it would suck to walk around on Tattooine in armor carrying this beast, which is actually just a modified German MG-42. Then I was assigned to CAX at USMC 29 Palms. I found out. Minus the Storm Trooper armor.
The MG 42 (shortened from German: Maschinengewehr 42, or "machine gun 42") is a 7.92×57mm Mauser general purpose machine gun designed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS during the second half of World War II. Intended to replace the more expensive and time-consuming to manufacture frontline MG 34, they ended up produced in tandem until the end of the war.
The MG 42 has a proven record of reliability, durability, simplicity, and ease of operation, but is most notable for its ability to produce a high volume of suppressive fire. The MG 42 had one of the highest average cyclic rate of any single-barreled man-portable machine gun: between 1,200 and 1,500 rpm, which results in a distinctive muzzle report.
The MG 42's lineage continued past Nazi Germany's defeat, forming the basis for the nearly identical NATO round chambered MG1 (MG 42/59), which subsequently evolved into the MG1A3, then the Bundeswehr's MG 3. It also spawned the Swiss MG 51, Zastava M53, SIG MG 710-3, Austrian MG 74, and the Spanish 5.56mm Ameli light machine gun, and lent many design elements to the American M60 andBelgian MAG. The MG 42 was adopted by a number of armed organizations after the war, and was both copied and built under licence.
The Jawa Blaster- This one I'm really excited to talk about, for the simple fact that I OWN the real thing! This is a chopped down and modified 303 Lee Enfield.
Pictured above is my ACTUAL 303 Enfield mk 4. One of the best Battle Rifles ever made. British Marksman (snipers) still use the caliber today.
The Lee–Enfield bolt-action, magazine-fed, repeating rifle was the main firearm used by the military forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth during the first half of the 20th century. It was the British Army's standard rifle from its official adoption in 1895 until 1957.
A redesign of the Lee–Metford (adopted by the British Army in 1888), the Lee–Enfield superseded the earlier Martini–Henry, Martini–Enfield, and Lee–Metford rifles. It featured a ten-round box magazine which was loaded with the .303 British cartridge manually from the top, either one round at a time or by means of five-round chargers. The Lee–Enfield was the standard issue weapon to rifle companies of the British Army and other Commonwealth nations in both the First and Second World Wars (these Commonwealth nations included Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, among others). Although officially replaced in the UK with the L1A1 SLR in 1957, it remained in widespread British service until the early/mid-1960s and the 7.62 mm L42 sniper variant remained in service until the 1990s. As a standard-issue infantry rifle, it is still found in service in the armed forces of some Commonwealth nations, notably with the Bangladesh Police, which makes it the longest-serving military bolt-action rifle still in official service. The Canadian Forces' Rangers Arctic reserve unit still used Enfield No.4 rifles as of 2012, with plans announced to replace the weapons sometime in 2014 or 2015. Total production of all Lee–Enfields is estimated at over 17 million rifles.
The Lee–Enfield takes its name from the designer of the rifle's bolt system--James Paris Lee—and the factory in which it was designed—the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield. In Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Southern Africa and India the rifle became known simply as the "three-oh-three".
I would love to tell you what Chewbaccas Bowcaster was made from but I haven't been able to figure it out. Sorry. I will be doing a few videos in the future where we actually go out and shoot some of these Bad Boys! Be sure to subscribe to the Youtube Channel and give us a LIKE on Facebook!
Within moments of this NEW TRAILER being released it has gone viral! The Trailer came out of Korea and is hitting the internet like a Tidal Wave. STAR WARS: The Force Awakens has got to be the most anticipated movie of all time.
The Trailer has 2 seconds worth of NEW footage showing a Legion of Imperial Loyalist troops in formation. I know it's only 2 seconds worth, but DAMN are the goosebumps on my arms raising up! It is my prediction that Episode VII is going to have the Highest Box Office Record of all time.
I have grown up with Star Wars my whole life, and now I get to introduce the saga to my son. We already have a blast playing games together, so when I heard that Star Wars Battlefront was coming out; needless to say I was a little excited.
The game-play looks exciting and adrenaline packed. The graphics are crisp, clean and fluid. I'm in. My son is sitting here watching the clips and says he is in too.
X-Wings, A-Wings, TIE fighters, and even the Millennium Falcon itself. In addition to the 20 player-controlled ships in each battle, the game will allow for up to 20 AI-piloted ships, making for 40 vs. 40 ship-to-ship dog fighting. EA has really gone all out with this one! will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 17th.
Side-note* Watch the full "Dog Fight" clip, there's a surprise at the end!
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