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I am guessing that THIS will be the Seven Samurai reference (okay, it's six, but go with it) that will be remembered from this year.

I am guessing that THIS will be the Seven Samurai reference (okay, it’s six, but go with it) that will be remembered from this year.

The new trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One debuted during the Olympics coverage yesterday, and it looked pretty amazing.  (And it was even more enticing than the initial teaser, which already had fans energized.)  Just one point that I feel needs to be made for teachers gearing up for a new year of media literacy: Kurosawa.

The foremost acknowledged influence on Star Wars is Akira Kurosawa’s Hidden FortressAny student of moving images or educators who wish to explore the vital contemporary Star Wars universe is well advised to explore the singular power of director Akira Kurosawa and his influence on George Lucas.  For me, there appears to be some major inspiration from the universe of the Japanese cinematic master in the trailer for Rogue One (directed by Gareth Edwards), except in this case the references are to The Seven Samurai.  Whatever the inspirations, things appear to be looking good for the realm of Jedi, Force, and Dark Side.

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GodzillaVsMegalon4Ah, what did it take to bring Bryan Cranston and Juliette Binoche together?… GODZILLA!

Whatever the case, what an opportunity to look at issues of what moviegoers accept as “entertaining blockbusters” and “terrible movies” and everything in between (or outside of the boxes Hollywood dutifully assembles).  Particularly in terms of how what viewers – particularly kids – will accept evolves with time, technology, and taste.  As many cinephiles will explain to you, the original “Godzilla” is quite worth watching, and the various issues raised throughout this creature’s storied career also merit close analysis — but we’ll see if time will judge kindly the newest incarnation of the post-World War II quintessential Japanese-sourced menace of the silver screen who is reborn in the wake of Fukushima.  Well, for however long humanity has got, now that Godzilla is on the loose again… and never mind all of those enormous insect-creatures that are always the true bad guys: See, we’ve always loved those manly anti-heroes, well before Breaking Bad – just look back to Godzilla and his old pal King Kong

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