Carrie Fisher, a long time ago

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in May the schwartz be with you | 0 comments

Since Lisa is not here, and there is not much to report on regarding Star Wars: The old republic. I thought we should celebrate Carrie Fisher’s birthday ( yesterday) by posting some eye candy of this great woman. you can purchase a print of the photo here. Photo credit Aaron Rapoport. … I’ll be in my bunk....

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15 Reasons Why Jedi Knights Are Better than Pirates and Ninjas

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in May the schwartz be with you | 0 comments

There are too many pirates and ninjas roaming the Interwebs for my liking, so  it makes sense to examine specifically why Jedi Knights pwn both Ninjas and Pirates. 1. Ninjas and Pirates have to at least break a sweat to disarm each other.  A Jedi Knight just has to think it and you’re screwed. 2. Ninjas may use stealth, but Jedi Knights can use the Force to make you freakin’ forget they were even there.  In fact, with just a wave of a Jedi’s hand, you might end up finding yourself rocking back and forth outside a 7-11 while drooling profusely. 3. Seriously, can you name a ninja or pirate that is able to take out Sith Lord like Darth Maul, or a giant beast like the Rancor?  I didn’t think so… 4. A sword used by a Pirate or a Ninja can be broken.  Try and break a lightsaber.  Go on, bitch, try it. 5. Dress someone in a pirate or ninja suit and they look like they’re in costume.  Hand someone a lightsaber, and a cloak, and they look bad-ass. 6. Janitors prefer Jedi Knights because the lightsaber cauterizes wounds.  That means less clean up than what’s left over after a ninja and pirate go at it like a pair of retarded spider monkeys. 7. Thousands of people around the world have identified their religion as “Jedi” in international censuses.  Nobody has identified their religion as pirate or ninja, because the pirates were too hung-over and the ninjas couldn’t find the way out of their pajamas. 8. Jedi Knights can rub their eyes without poking them out, whereas a Pirate can not. 9. Jedi Knights have incredibly visual names like “Skywalker”.  Pirates have sissy names like “Sparrow“. 10. A ninja may try to sneak up on a Jedi, but a Jedi Knight can sense danger through the Force.  A Ninja doesn’t have a chance of using stealth. 11. Despite the talk of wookiees, durasteel, and midichlorians, you still have a better chance of understanding what a Jedi says, than what a Pirate says with all those ridiculous “arrr”‘s… 12. Jedi Knights have Lightsabers.  Period.  13. How many ninjas and pirates do you know of that achieve immortality in the form of ghostly spirits?  That’s right, not only can Yoda kick your sorry ass, he can also haunt your sorry ass for the rest of your life. 14. If a Jedi loses a limb, they get a robotic replacement.  Pirates just get a wooden stump that somebody ripped off from a rocking chair.  The last ninja who lost a limb is still stuck in the tree he was hiding in because he can’t climb down. 15. Some might argue that Pirates get the wenches; but people forget that there can be some ‘creative’ uses for a “Jedi Mind Trick”.  You really don’t think Yoda reached 900 years of age without getting lucky, right?  ...

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Seven Songs Inspired By Star Wars You Should Check Out

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in May the schwartz be with you, music | 0 comments

Star Wars has had a massive impact on pop culture around the world, inspiring fans to create their own works of art, fan films, fan fiction, and crafts.  But it is in music that we can also see the influence that George Lucas and Star Wars has had over the years.  Take a look at these 8 tunes inspired by the Star Wars saga: Weird Al Yankovic: The Saga Begins Amusing to many, iconic to geeks, and known to many as a Star Wars nerd at heart, The Saga Begins is not Weird Al’s first tribute to the films.  He’s done a few songs, but what makes this one stand out is it came out just before The Phantom Menace – which proved one thing: just like most of us hardcore fans, Al was scouring the web for spoilers about the prequels.  He did it so well; he used the plot synopsis as the basis for his song, written to the tune of American Pie: Richard Cheese: Star Wars Cantina For those who aren’t familiar with the name Richard Cheese, think of the swing version of Disturbed‘s The Sickness you heard in Zack Snyder‘s remake of Dawn of the Dead.  That’s Richard Cheese.  He’s done a whole bunch of tributes to the style of big band / swing sounds, but one of his lesser known tunes is the tribute he did to Star Wars.  Sung to the tune of Barry Manilow‘s Copacabana, Cheese’s Star Wars Cantina captures the magic of Mos Eisley that only a true Star Wars geek could: MC Chris: Fett’s Vette The man known as MC Chris recently came to fame over the internet and via some appearances in media such as Aqua Teen Hunger Force.  He carries on over a variety of topics, but like the above artists, he also regularly pays tribute to Star Wars.  His best known effort in this regard is a tune known as Fett’s Vette (often mis-titled as My Backpack’s Got Jets) which follows the adventures of everyone’s favorite Mandalorian Bounty Hunter, and finally reveals his motivations behind the hunt – to finally finish doing up his Corvette: Star Wars Gangsta Rap There’s not much I can really add to this one.  It’s extremely well known across the web, and there’s been a variety of video versions on the web.  The song became so popular on the web that it has its own Wikipedia entry, which highlights that the origins of the song lie in a winning entry to the official Star Wars Fan Film Awards: Chris Bodily: Pretty Fly For A Jedi Loosely based on The Offspring‘s Pretty Fly For A White Guy, Chris Bodily’s parody became well known on the web.  Like Weird Al Yankovic’s The Saga Begins, the song mainly focuses on the events of the prequels and follows mainly the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Most importantly though, the song is a lot of fun, and worth including on this list: Supernova: Chewbacca Like Weird Al, Kevin Smith is one of the biggest (pardon the pun – sorry, Kev) Star Wars fans out there.  In every single movie he has released, there is always a reference to Star Wars – sometimes it’s small and quick; other times it’s very explicit and an essential part of the movie.  Who could forget the Jedi vs. Hobbit commentary in Clerks II?  Or what about the Star Wars related cameos and references in Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back?  There’s even Tracey Morgan‘s mention of lines from some of the Star Wars films in Cop Out as well.  But Smith’s first effort was Clerks, and there were some very explicit Star Wars references in that film – one in particular is the debate between the main characters of which movie is the best.  Here’s a song from the Clerks soundtrack that embraces that moment, Supernova’s Chewbacca: Meco’s Star Wars Disco This list would be incomplete without this inclusion.  Released in late 1977, Meco’s Star Wars Mix was released in the right place at the right time.  The first movie was an amazing smash, and in some places across the world, would screen in some theaters for longer than a year.  Disco was the rising trend in the music scene (much to the dismay of many rock fans and metal heads).  Marrying the two together was a winning combination for Meco, and not only helped the Disco scene, but also contributed to the continuing rise of Star Wars and its influence on pop...

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Star Wars: Hunt for the Holocron

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in May the schwartz be with you | 0 comments

  Here is a pretty good fan film that I have been waiting for for a while. It named “Hunt for the Holocron” and is directed by Martin Spitznagel. The movie is made by a dedicated group of young people entirely with practical effects — no 3D models were used in the film, only real models filmed against a greenscreen! — the film is a 30-minute love letter to Star Wars, complete with an original orchestral score. Read more about the movie here, and check it out below: HUNT FOR THE HOLOCRON is the story of Bando (Mark August Spitznagel, SAG-AFTRA) and Sahn (Dan Clavey) Jinkuru, young men thrown into a dangerous world when they find a Holocron, a record of Jedi secrets. Pursued by Dark Jedi Dregr Jarrat (Martin Spitznagel), whose thirst for the Holocron has reached obsession, the boys are aided by Jedi E’Din Kyle (David Turka) and smuggler Ariah Duen (Jennifer Moreau), old business partners of their father. As Dregr closes in, the brothers struggle to survive both their present and their past. The film, originally shot in Pittsburgh, PA from 2003-2005, is the culmination of a childhood dream for director Martin Spitznagel: Create a Star Wars film in the spirit of the Original Trilogy. Along with a dedicated all-volunteer cast and crew, Martin spent countless stolen nights and weekends over ten years to write, film, edit, and bring this creation to life with the most limited of resources. Aside from an original screenplay, the film boasts original characters, models, costumes, visual effects, and orchestral score, worked on in locations from Washington, DC to Houston, TX. The not-for-profit project was funded through the generosity of family and friends and worked on without pay by a 20-person team hailing everywhere from Texas to Brazil. Literally thousands of hours were invested by the cast and crew to write, scout, build, storyboard, film, act, record, cut, edit, equalize, compose, accompany, add special effects, color-time, and finalize HUNT FOR THE HOLOCRON in time for its premiere on April 20th, 2013 — complete with a red carpet, meet-and-greet hour, presentation, director’s note, and cast-and-crew Q&A — at Dormont’s Hollywood Theater, the beautiful standalone theater located in the heart of the Dormont business district. Spitzfire Productions is very proud to now present this film to the worldwide audience of Star Wars fans and big dreamers everywhere. We’re very excited to share this news with the fan film community, who supported the initial effort and for whom this film was created. Will you help us share the good...

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Star Wars vs Game of Thrones- Meme Throwdown

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in May the schwartz be with you | 0 comments

Star Wars and Game of Thrones face off in this epic series of memes that Mashable has combined for us. Mashable says: Westeros and the Death Star may seem light years apart in the sci-fi universe, but Game of Thrones and Star Wars actually share a lot of scenarios. And thanks to this awesome subreddit, we can prove it. Ok, so we knew Redditors had to be behind this all along! So what the heck do these two things even have in common? Well Mashable lays out a few examples of the symmetry: Sure, outer space doesn’t have any dragons and the Seven Kingdoms won’t be fighting off Darth Vader and his Stormtrooper army anytime soon. But long before Cersei Lannister macked it with her brother, Princess Leia made familial flirting look totally normal. And Lord Walder Frey probably learned a few things about betrayal from Lando Calrissian himself. If you’re a fan of Star Wars and Game of Thrones, you’ll get a good giggle out of these for sure. And maybe it will even inspire you to make some of your own and add them to the thread....

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