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Being a self-proclaimed “Star Wars” super fan, local radio personality, Obi Won Kenobi, is hoping to fulfill a dream by being cast in the empire’s newest sequel.
It was ancient Chinese general and military strategist, Sun Tzu, who believed back in 500 B.C. that; “All warfare is based on deception.” It’s this philosophy and other timeless gems found in Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” that have made his battlefield tactics and techniques marveled by military planners and tacticians ever since. In “300: Rise of an Empire”, the true Battle of Artemisium takes place on the sea in 480 B.C., pitting the invading Persian navy led by Artemisia (played masterfully by Eva Green) against the overmatched, smaller Greek forces led by General Themistocles.
The Walt Disney Company has been responsible for some of the most timeless classics to grace our theaters and TV screens since the company’s inception in 1923. The multinational mass media conglomerate is one of the largest companies in the world and has established itself as a leader in the American animation industry as well as live-action film, television, travel, and theme parks. The Disney train has been going strong for decades now and there seems to be nothing stopping its momentum in the coming years.
For most males born after the year 1970, entire chapters of childhood are in someway intertwined with the Star Wars universe. We have all levitated objects across the room with our make believe force capabilities, attempted to utilize jedi mind tricks to persuade our mothers that ice cream before bed was a good idea, and had heroic battles with vibrant buzzing lightsabers (that in reality, were made of gift wrap rolls).
When most people think of George Lucas, they are hurtled along a prestigious history of inspiration, creation, and creativity the likes of which have sparked the imaginations of millions around the world. Lucas, and his entities LucasFilms and LucasArts, have been responsible for some of the most innovative and groundbreaking creations in the past decades. Both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchise empires were birthed from the mind of Lucas, and their successes have been nearly unparalleled in modern culture. The Lucas empire stretches beyond movies, though. While LucasFilms is responsible for the classic films we all know and love, LucasArts has been supplying the gaming world with games as impressive as the movies.
Two great contributions to Southwestern history and three great western novelists head my personal book recommendation list this year.
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Rated PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking. 167 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four.
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