quinta-feira, 29 de outubro de 2015

Exhibition - "Founding Myths. From Hercules to Darth Vader"

If by chance you´re visiting in Paris or you live there, here´s a great opportunity to see Darth Vader (Dark Vador in french) in Le Musée du Louvre.

The exhibition "Exposition Mythes fondateurs - D’Hercule à Dark Vador", opened its doors on the 17th of October and it will run until the 4th of July of 2016. So there´s still plenty of time to enjoy it and to see how Darth Vader is depicted in one of the most iconic museums of the planet.

Here´s a bit of what can you experience: 
"What are myths? And how are they portrayed? How are myths passed on to us? How have artists appropriated them? Told, sung, written, and illustrated, myths are a part of all cultures and civilizations, including contemporary popular culture."

And pop culture is what Star Wars is about!
If you go there, let me know, I would love to see some pictures of it.

sábado, 24 de outubro de 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer analysis

Alright Star Wars fans, what are your thoughts on these:

- Rey knows who she is, she knows about her heritage, she´s just playing with us. Which leads us to:
- She is running from it, from her family (is she Han and Leia´s daughter?)
- Rey and Kylo are siblings? Are they somehow relatives? Brothers, cousins...
- Is BB-8 a female droid?
- What does Kylo Ren mean when he says "I will finish what you started"? Will he bring Vader back from the dead?
- Is Luke in exile or was he sent/forced into exile?
- Did Luke trained the Knights of Ren and they went rogue? Luke promised to restore the Jedi Order and maybe he was gathering Force sensitive people during these 30 years between Episode VI and VII
- Is that furry body in front of a crying Rey, Chewie? (dead or possibly injured)
- And who´s that voice in the end and to whom is she talking to? Is it Leia talking to Rey, Finn or Kylo Ren? Might be Poe as well..

To wrap this up, why´s Rey pending to the Dark Side in the new poster?…
Just think about it for a few seconds and about the theory that her and Kylo can be relatives.

I would love to hear your thoughts about these theories in the comments bellow, so just go ahead and let´s discuss it there.

Thanks for reading (and thanks also to the Jedi Council for sharing their excitement and theories).

sexta-feira, 23 de outubro de 2015

Will Luke go Dark Side in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"?

I don´t think so...
Still, I love a good conspiracy and all the theories around this Universe.
That´s what makes Star Wars so alive and unique.

Let´s take a look at some interesting facts:
- Luke fails at the Dark cave in Dagobah, with the cave "showig" him his future
- Luke uses Force choke against Jabba´s guards (no Jedi uses Force choke dude!)
- Luke chooses to wear black (no Jedi uses black!)
- Luke´s rage (a well known DS tool) fighting Vader gives him the advantage and the win, if you can call it a win (ok, some Jedi like, once in a while, to taste the Dark Side flowing through them)
- And he cuts his father hand in a vendetta style!
- There are more, I just can´t remember right now

Although George Lucas never wanted to turn Luke to the Dark Side, truth is, Mark Hammil gave him this (cool?) idea. Here´s the video where he states it.

Will we have a Dark Luke in J.J. Abrams movie? Honestly I don´t think so, because even if we don´t see Luke in the teasers and trailer, we see his hand touching R2 in a gentle nostalgic way. More, he´s wearing light colors, not the dark mantle of the Sith. But I still find pretty interesting that some people say he is Kylo Ren´s Dark Master, and that Ren is only his apprentice (like Vader was to Palpatine) and a puppet of his Master´s will.
Talking about Palpatine, some even say that his Master, Darth Plagueis, is still alive and might have something to do with all this turn of events. Plagueis is dead, for what we know, but this is Star Wars so anything can happen!

Now tell me, isn´t this amazing? One has to love the internet and all the Star Wars fans around the world building up such fantastic conspiracies.

I´m anxious to see what will unravel next...

quinta-feira, 22 de outubro de 2015

Star Wars: Shattered Empire

"Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
It kinda of says it all.

This 4 issue miniseries brings the bitter-sweet taste of the Rebel Alliance´s triumph over Palpatine´s Empire. It all starts in Endor, with the Rebels celebrating the destruction of the 2nd Death Star, along with the fall of Palpatine and Vader (you can see the genuine happiness in our heroes faces in issue #1´s cover).
But they soon realize that some Imperials did not acknowledge defeat. Worse than that, they discover that even dead, Palpatine still had plans to finish the Rebel Alliance. From here on I won´t spoil the script, go grab your comics now!
They are beautifully sketched by Marco Checchetto and colored by Andres Mossa. Greg Rucka took the helm at writing a story that takes the fans to the undiscovered journey that was the (supposed) end of the Galactic Empire. Let´s see what the movie will unveil in 2 months time.

The miniseries was concluded yesterday with number #4 (hoping to grab it in my comic book shop next week).

P.S. - if you love covers as I do, check these variants, they are AWESOME!!!

What are the Mandalorian symbols in the new Star Wars trailer?

The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer has plenty of information that your eyes might not catch the first time you´re watching it (as a fan, I hope you saw it at least 13 times in a row). One of the things I found more interesting is the Mandalorian Symbols at the entrance of a castle/temple? Is it Maz Kanata´s hive? (when we see Han, Rey and Finn passing by a big robot - pic below). Probably yes, but as many other things, we can only speculate about it at the moment.

Besides the panoply of colored flags, we see some Mandalorian imagery, like the Krybes. The Krybes is probably the most known Mandalorian symbol (printed in Boba Fett´s armor) and it represents a Mythosaurus skull, ancient creature that it is said to have wondered in Mandalore before the Taung arrived (there are other theories about what the Krybes represents, so feel free to check which one suits you best). There´s another symbol there but it´s unknown to me (unless it´s the wheat symbol of the house Fett), so if you know what´s that please let me know.

Another interesting thing about Mandalorians in this new trailer, is when Kylo Ren appears with the (presumable) Knights of Ren. It seems that the guy on the far left is a Mandalorian. Just sayin´...
And, in case you didn´t know, which I think you do, that´s where Kylo took his surname from.

All in all, it was another mind blowing trailer, the darkest one so far! We see plenty of killing, some blood, tears and sweat, scared and reluctant faces but also (finally!!!) Leia and Han in a sad hug, which leads me to believe that this won´t end as "light sided" as in the original trilogy.

Can´t wait for December the 16th...

terça-feira, 20 de outubro de 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer #3

I am sooooooooo excited!!!
Can´t wait for December the 16th! Because yes, in Amsterdam we can see it 2 days before :D
UK folks have to wait 1 more day and in the U.S. only on the 18th. But I won´t spoil it for you guys.

May the Force be with you!