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sxswm: Gary Lucas' Bite
The guitar scholar scores in church, and talks Beefheart today
DAILY SXSW  March 16, 2011, by Audra Schroeder
"...For those looking for a quick pick-me-up the Tuesday of SXSW week, Gary Lucas scoring the Spanish language version of Dracula in a church was sort of the antithesis. It was meditation..."

MIDI Pioneer George Alistair Sanger The Fat Man
Music Story  June 16, 1995
"...Warhol then moved on to Lucas Arts, where he recruited Sanger for Loom, one of the first games on CD-ROM, for which Sanger fashioned a MIDI soundtrack adapted from Swan Lake. Then Warhol referred Origin Systems to Sanger, who had already been peppering the Austin-based game company with letters saying, "You gotta work with me, I'm the Fat Man, I have what you need, call me," he recalls..."

American Graffiti
Once upon a time in what seems like a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas knew how to tell stories about real people in real settings. He hit one out...
Film Review  August 16, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: George Lucas. Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Ron Howard, Charles Martin Smith, Paul Le Mat, Mackenzie Phillips, Candy Clark, Debralee Scott, Joe Spano, Suzanne Somers, Kathleen Quinlan, Bo Hopkins, Harrison Ford and Wolfman Jack..."

Radioland Murders
Those who grew up on it say radio was magic. The first medium to bring adventure, comedy, and romance into your home, it let you cozy up to Don Ameche,...
Film Review  October 28, 1994, by Robert Faires
"...And it did it with sound, sound that sparked images in your head, as grand as you could imagine. The enchantment radio spun inspires loving tributes -- such as Woody Allen's Radio Days -- and it seems George Lucas tried something like it with Radioland Murders..."

Red Tails
George Lucas exec produced – and bankrolled – this action/drama about the historic Tuskegee Airmen.
Film Review  January 27, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...George Lucas' longtime pet project about the pioneering Tuskegee airmen of World War II's all African-American 332nd Fighter Group finally makes it to the big screen with zero financing from the major studios. It's mind-boggling that no one would take a gamble on a prize pic produced by the director of what is arguably the most influential motion picture in history, but that's what it's come to, apparently..."

Armor of God II: Operation Condor
A wisecracking adventurer finds himself confronted by spear-wielding savages as he attempts to make off with tribal treasures. Thugs, Nazis, and mufti-clad killers confront him at every hair-raising turn as...
Film Review  July 2, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Raiders of the Lost Ark, right? Wrong. George Lucas and Harrison Ford are nowhere in sight..."

Dear George Lucas … It's bad enough that you've cloaked your true identity behind that of the 15-year-old bestselling novelist Christopher Paolini, but did you have to remake Episode IV all over again? With friggin' dragons?!
Film Review  December 15, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Edward Speleers, Sienna Guillory, Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Robert Carlyle and Garrett Hedlund. Dear George Lucas: What gives with this Eragon jazz? I mean, gee whiz, did you seriously think that we wouldn't recognize you, the Great Man, as the guiding, um, force behind this dull retelling of Star Wars? C'mon, man, give us a little credit: An orphaned farm boy raised by his uncle who harbors a secret destiny as the last of a magical breed of warriors? An evil king and an imperiled princess? A sage old mentor and a cocksure sidekick? A rebel alliance, and a desperate, final airborne assault on the forces of darkness? Dude, we've been over this before..."

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Force is strong with this one
Film Review  December 16, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...I had a bad feeling about this, the first stand-alone spinoff of George Lucas’ revered Star Wars saga, but it turned out it was just something I ate. Because Rogue One kicks ass in all the right ways..."

Strange Magic
Woodland goblins, elves, and fairies go to war in this animated movie from LucasFilm Animation.
Film Review  January 30, 2015, by Steve Davis
"...The animated musical fairy tale Strange Magic from Lucasfilm Animation envisions A Midsummer Night’s Dream as your hit parade, churning out pop tune after pop tune with an unrelenting zeal that’s nothing short of maddening. It’s like watching a cartoon version of American Idol on an endless karaoke loop..."

Robot Stories
A short film collection billed as "science fiction from the heart," with an emphasis on the heart part.
Film Review  May 7, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Only the last segment, "Clay," seems a bit sketchy, as though it might benefit from a longer running time. In terms of the subject matter – interactions between robots and humans – Pak has few ideas that haven’t already been covered by everyone from Isaac Asimov to George Lucas..."

The Mask
Bank teller Stanley Ipkiss (Carrey) is one of the nicest guys in the world, but he probably couldn't get a date to save his life. Pondering his fate after being...
Film Review  July 29, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...Carrey has always been an odd performer, what with his naturally elastic facial features and the manic, almost psychopathic energy that he obviously has bottled up inside him, but that works to his advantage in a film like this: portraying a living, breathing cartoon character is a natural for him, even if quiet romantic interludes aren't. The best things about The Mask are, naturally, the splendid, Tex Avery-inspired computer effects courtesy of George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic; it's no secret that even people who despised Carrey's turn as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective will be swayed into seeing this newest offering just to catch a glimpse of ILM's outlandish creations..."

Warlock: The Armageddon
Young Druids in Love. Anthony Hickox, who seems to be making quite a name for himself in the bad sequels department (his Hellraiser III seriously missed the mark), returns to...

Film Review  October 1, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...this sounds silly, doesn't it? It is. Lifting whole passages from George Lucas's Star Wars (the young hero here might as well be named Skywalker for all the similarities), we're treated to extended scenes of the young warrior in training, using his own special version of the Force to blow up trees and zoom baseballs around..."

Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones
If you managed to catch the Sci-Fi Channel's recent Star Wars Fan Film Awards, during which George Lucas offered up an astonishingly serpentine and generally incomprehensible thank-you to the assorted...
Film Review  May 17, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: George Lucas. Starring: Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Ahmed Best, Jimmy Smits, Temuera Morrison, Pernilla August, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L..."

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Veering from moments of breathtakingly visualized valor to outright stupidity, Sith is a vast improvement over the previous two outings, but still and all, it’s no Star Wars.
Film Review  May 20, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: George Lucas. Starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Frank Oz, Samuel L..."

Star Wars: Special Edition
No synopsis necessary, I’ll presume. On the eve of commencing work on the new triumvirate that will make up the Star Wars trilogy’s prequels, wunderkind Lucas and 20th Century Fox...
Film Review  January 31, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: George Lucas. Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Alec Guinness..."

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
The only important things in this new animated epic is that viewers be blown away by the endless and pointless laser battles and that girl power comes into its own.
Film Review  August 15, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Jackson and Anthony Daniels. Remember, a long time ago, when the most powerful agent in George Lucas’ universe was the Force? Remember how simple and compelling the idea was? A faceless, benevolent energy binding the galaxy together, fueling good and fighting evil, and easily interchangeable with whatever mealy-mouthed spiritual half-traditions audiences were comfortable with? Then came The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, and suddenly the greatest power in Lucas’ cosmology wasn’t the Force but endless, grinding exposition spread thick over soulless technological flimflammery, leaving anything resembling wonder or excitement out in the cold..."

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
The Force awakens, and a franchise reboots
Film Review  December 18, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...Scoundrel Han Solo (Ford) and the former Princess – now General – Leia (Fisher) are getting a bit long in the tooth to keep gallivanting around the galaxy but, as ever, there’s an evil empire to thwart, shocking revelations involving the parentage of certain new characters, and an even bigger Death Star. For clarity’s sake, it’s been rechristened the Starkiller Base and, in yet another nod to George Lucas’ original game-changer, it comes complete with another fucking Achilles trench..."

The Industry of Light and Magic
Fx guru and key 'Star Wars' figure Tom Smith to HRC
DAILY Screens  April 15, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...With the acquisition of former Industrial Light and Magic boss Tom Smith's personal archive, the Harry Ransom Center pulled a major coup: But by inviting Smith to speak on April 19 at UT, they are bringing an innovator who worked with the architects of a generation of films – George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Jim Henson...."

This shaggy comedy is an earnest, sweetly geeked tribute to fandom.
Film Review  February 6, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Fanboys – bless its earnest, sweetly geeked heart – wisely waits till the end of the film to bring up the elephant in the room. We all know what happened next – that George Lucas' latter-era trilogy by and large sucked, the bitter taste of which still lingers – but Fanboys sets itself in the months leading up to the release, when hearts were still full of hope and geekboys everywhere told time by their Episode I countdown clock..."

Star Wars: Episode One – The Phantom Menace
It's time to find out if a 3-D lightsaber is any more effective than 1999's 2-D model.
Film Review  February 10, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: George Lucas. Starring: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Jake Lloyd, Natalie Portman, Pernilla August, Ahmed Best, Samuel L..."

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