Star Wars fans Casey Pugh and Jamie Wilkinson have been working on this special version of Episode IV for a while. They have cut the original Star Wars film in 15 second clips and asked the fans to re-make the sequences. Then they have re-joined all together and voila! here the result. To know more visit their site

George Lucas to abandon blockbusters

This week, George Lucas said that he is done with blockbusters. In an interview given to The new York Times, he stated that he is retiring from commercial cinema business. Even though some sources are sceptical about it.

I would like to believe that Lucas has a hidden card and he will mesmerize us any of this days with a new blockbuster though. It could be that, due to the criticism that accompanied the prequel trilogy films, that were directed by Lucas himself from 1999 to 2005, and the hate that some people have shown for the constant tweaking of the original trilogy throughout the various home video releases, Lucas decided to set aside from commercial cinema and focus on arthouse cinema works.

Meanwhile, 2012 marks the 35th anniversary of the original Star Wars film and during all these years, Star Wars has become the biggest film franchise ever created. A world renown cultural phenomenon, that to this day, captures the imagination of young audiences and continues alive in the hearts of the not so young ones. I wonder if in the next 35 years after Episode I, children that have grown up with the prequel trilogy will be loving this films as much as the people who grew up with the original trilogy in the seventies and eighties. Or, if the "Force" will be forgotten and lost among all the media noise in which we are living these days. Only the pass of time will tell.

I started to get interested on Star Wars thanks to the release of Episode I, back in 1999. That is with the prequel trilogy. I was 15 years old then and it was an inflection point in my life. The new film and the old trilogy that I borrowed from a friend on VHS, together with all the making of featurettes and all the media and books that came with it, awoke on me the interest in cinema that still lives with me today. So, I can only thank all those guys that worked so hard on creating this movies. I like the old ones, the new ones, the revisions, the tweaks and whatever they come up with. Keep on the good work!... Well... I like them all, but to be honest, some I like them more than,  Keep on the risky work!

The Star Wars saga is being re-released in 3D, starting with Episode I next February and a fifth chapter in the Indiana Jones saga is on the making. But the most exciting is the latest film Lucas has produced and financed: Red Tails, to be released in just a couple of days. The first high-budget all-black cast film ever done. Here a making of featurette:


Last Friday finally The girl with the Dragoon Tattoo was released in Spain. It's a luck to live in Madrid and being able to go to a digitally projected English version presentation of the movie. The movie looks awesome, pure Fincher style. I thought it was going to be harder anyway, maybe is because of everything I have read those past month. Go see it. Rooney Mara rocks.

Here the 8min especial trailer that was released on iTunes when the Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Soundtrack for the movie was released last December.

DVD - Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge

Yesterday I watched a  1988 Helmut Newton documentary directed by Adrian Maben. Through many interviews and behind the camera featurettes, Maben depicts perfectly the creative process behind Helmut Newtons awesome photographic works. A must see for anyone interested in photography.

Helmut Newton - Frames from the Edge (1988)
Directed by  Adrian Maben
Image Entertainment
95 minutes / Color / DVD / NTSC /  1.33:1 / English
DVD Release Date: March 19, 2002
re-edited on 2009

Available in Amazon:
US / ES / JP

George Lucas on Red Tails

George Lucas is back. Red Tails, the last movie he has written and also financed is about to open this month. Even the Star Wars shadow will follow him forever, it's great to see that he does new things and has such a a good sense of humor.

Starting Point 1979-1996 by Hayao Miyazaki

It's great being at home on Christmas. Visiting family, eating well at home, playing Nintendo games  with my brother and seeing old friends. It's also great to take a look back to my old stuff; mostly books and movies. As I don't like carrying heavy stuff around, since I got the Kindle, I almost don't read on paper, but I remember I left at home a couple of books that have not been published on digital, just yet.

One of these books is a collection of essays, lectures and comments written from 1979 to 1996 by Hayao Miyazaki, published in Japan under the title 出発点―1979~1996 on August 1996 and that Viz Media published in English on August 2009 as Starting Point: 1979-1996. These readings are a unique opportunity to dig deep inside Miyazaki's head and understand his thoughts on manga, animation and even  Japanese society and culture in those first years in which he went from being an animator at TOEI to founding together with Isao Takahata, one of the most successful animation studios in Japan: Studio Ghibli.

I Hope the English translation of the second volume titled in Japanese: 折り返し点―1997~2008 and published on July 2008 is already on its way. If I would know how to read Japanese, I wouldn't have to wait more but that's my tragedy. I should start learning one of this days.

Stating Point: 1979~1996 by Hayao Miyazaki

Publisher: Viz Media
Release date: 2009-VIII-4
Language: English
Number of pages: 461
Size: 9 x 1.5 x 6 inches
Retail price: $29.99
ISBN-10: 1421505940
ISBN-13: 978-1421505947

出発点―1979~1996 宮崎 駿

Publisher: Studio Ghibli (スタジオジブリ)
Release date: 1996-VIII-1
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 580
Size: 18.6 x 13 x 3.6 cm
Retail price: ¥ 2808
ISBN-10: 4198605416
ISBN-13: 978-4198605414