Chapin City Blues

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Imagine being a nerd—an adult nerd—who grew up watching the epic battles of the “star wars” on VHS tapes. Movies recorded off cable TV. Or catching the edited-for-time versions networks seemed to play on heavy rotation. Imagine this adult nerd in high school, sophomore year, feeling the excitement—an excitement that he spent weeks cultivating—drain out …

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When Carrie Fisher passed away at the tail end of 2016, there was a great loss in Hollywood and mental illness awareness. Like many Star Wars fanboys and fangirls, I struggled with the loss of a princess, a general. Of a freedom fighting rebel. With the second installment of the sequel trilogy on its way …

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Part of the reason I’m having trouble enjoying the new Star Wars movies is the information they hold back. The Force Awakens tugs at the audiences’ curiosity by presenting the mystery of Rey’s past. I understand J.J. Abrams’s love for the mystery box, but the original films didn’t hold that much mystery. Each question placed …

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Above is a clip from the 1994 indie film Clerks. In it, Randall Graves explains the darker side of the Rebel Alliance’s attack and destruction of the second Death Star. Now here’s Ransolm Casterfo in Claudia Gray’s novel, Bloodline. “‘Destroying the Death Stars, for a death toll of nearly one and a half million people, …

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Or how I feel guilty for not loving Rogue One There are so many things great about Rogue One: a great female lead, a diverse cast, a subliminal hint of queerness. And it paid the perfect homage to the original. And while it irked me at times, seeing a CGI’d Peter Cushing reprising his role …

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