Saturday, April 26, 2008
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
I was down in Wildwood, NJ recently and the theater that I first saw the original “Star Wars” is now a condo. That little bit of history made my geek heart break a little. I mean really – condos? The theater closed in the late eighties and became a “Laser Tag” arena where players would run around shooting each other while people played sniper shooting at the players from the sidelines. The summer tourist attraction was originally located close to the “Jack Rabbit” roller coaster and “Dracula’s Castle”, both of which are now gone – just like the theater. While I morn it’s passing, the fact remains, MY first “Star Wars” experience was right there – in Wildwood, New Jersey; right next to my home church and the Atlantic Ocean.
It changed my life.
Really; it did. It may seem shallow but I saw “Star Wars” and I started to view the world from a different perspective. I saw how the power of story worked. I saw imagination and how it could touch and change the world and I loved it. I still do; but enough about ancient history… Let us consider the future.
Opening night is a special time for a movie geek. Let me spare us both some time in saying that “Star Wars: Episode One – The Phantom Menace”, “Star Wars: Episode Two – The Attack of the Clones”, and “Star Wars: Episode Three – The Revenge of the Sith”; I was there opening night. I did not like the “prequel trilogy” as much as the “original trilogy” but I was (and am) still on the Lucasfilm bandwagon, so to speak.
I liked the third one the best and it was not without a degree of sadness that when I saw the credits roll that I believed that there would never again be a STAR WARS movie in the theaters. Gentle Reader, I am very pleased to say that “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” will be in theaters on August 15th. The movie will be followed up with a computer generated TV series.
As per Ain’t It Cool News; http://www.aintitcool.com/talkback_display/36482?q=node/36482, you can check out this site: http://www.starwars.com/video/view/000623.html, which gives you all the gory details.
Star Wars – in the theaters once again? Sign me up.