Thursday, December 24, 2015

Video Round-Up: The Force Awakens

Movie critic Peter K. Rosenthal of The Onion’s Film Standard reviews J.J. Abram‘s new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Annotated Breakdown of Star Wars Episode IV - As a in-depth follow-up to his brilliant video, “Star Wars Minus Star Wars – Between the Lines,” New York City writer Kyle Kallgren released an annotated breakdown of the Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope film being retold using only clips from other movies and television shows.

BB-8 Explores a Museum - A miniature replica toy version of the adorable BB-8 droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens goes on an adventure at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

A Bad Lip Reading of the Original Star Wars Trilogy - Actors Jack Black, Maya Rudolph, and Bill Hader joined Bad Lip Reading, an anonymous music and video producer from Los Angeles, for this hilarious redubbing of scenes from the original three Star Wars films. The "bad lip reading" of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, followed by Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

The Best of Gary the Stormtrooper from ‘Robot Chicken’ - To celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Adult Swim put together this collection of the best clips of Gary the disgruntled Stormtrooper (voiced by Scrubs' Donald Faison) from the stop motion comedy series, Robot Chicken.

British Weather Girl Fills Weather Report with Star Wars Puns - To celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Channel 5 News weather presenter Sian Welby snuck some brilliant Star Wars-themed puns into yesterday's U.K. weather forecast.

Darth Santa - "Darth Santa" makes The Grinch look like a fluffy puppy.  This latest special effects video by Corridor Digital follows a festive Darth Vader who amuses himself by destroying Christmas presents, decorations, homes, and a young Padawan‘s heart.

Darth Vader Holiday Yule Log - YouTube user BenjaminApple humorously turned Luke Skywalker's ceremonious burning of Darth Vader, in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, into a relaxing five-hour long holiday Yule log video.

The Cast of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens Perform an A Cappella Star Wars Medley - On tonight's episode of The Tonight Show, the stars of the upcoming Star Wars sequel, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, join host Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots for a special a cappella performance of iconic Star Wars theme songs.

Easter Eggs, Secret Cameos and Hidden References in Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Mr. Sunday Movies points out some of the easter eggs, secret cameos and hidden references in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Every Easter Egg in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ - Australian film enthusiast, Mr. Sunday Movies, points out and explains all of the "easter eggs," hidden references, and unexpected secret cameos in the just released seventh film in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The 'Force Awakens’ Cast on Keeping the Movie a Secret - In this clip from a recent episode of BBC's The Graham Norton Show, Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega discuss how well and not-so-well they kept the secret of being cast in the film.

The Galactic Empire Band Plays a Heavy Metal Cover of the Star Wars Theme Song - The newly formed Galactic Empire band recently played an out of this world heavy metal cover of John Williams‘ classic Star Wars theme song. Their dark side band consists of Boba Fett (Grant McFarland) on drums, a Stormtrooper (Carson Slovak) on bass, Darth Vader (Chris Kelly) on lead guitar, a Shadow Trooper (CJ Masciantonio) on guitar, and an Imperial Royal Guard (Josh Willis) on guitar. Galactic Empire’s cover is available to purchase on iTunes.

Gwendoline Christie’s Chewbacca Impression Is Priceless - Gwendoline Christie is an international treasure.  Not only is she funny, thoughtful, charming, insightful, and fantastic in this video interview with Collider, but she does a Chewbacca impression.  It takes her a few tries and it's a little high, but I admire her enthusiasm. It begins at around the 3:40 mark.

How Phil Tippett Recreated the Iconic Stop-Motion Holochess for The Force Awakens - Tippett Studio has released a behind-the-scenes featurette that explores how visual effect master Phil Tippett and his Tippet Studio team recreated the iconic stop-motion Holochess set for the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the same one that was in the original Star Wars film. Tippett and his team discuss the process of animating the memorable little monsters for a quick easter egg in the new movie. Phil also goes into detail about his previous work in A New Hope.

How Stephen Colbert  Convinced Harrison Ford to Be in The Force Awakens - Late Show host Stephen Colbert shares never-before-scene footage of how director J.J. Abrams was able to get actor Harrison Ford to commit to reprising his role as Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars sequel, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Little Girl Reacts Adorably to ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ - Kenneth Carnes filmed his cute daughter going crazy with excitement while watching the teaser trailer for the latest film in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She gets especially excited when she sees the "Aluminum" Falcon.

Jedi & Sith Lightsaber Training - In a video by Kuma Films, contact manipulation specialist David Barron (a.k.a. “Mr-e Lull Abhay”) of Wizard of Flow and Daniel Musashi (a.k.a. “The FloWarrior“) dress up as a Jedi and a Sith Lord and sharpen their breathtaking lightsaber skills in the heart of Stanley Park in Vancouver.

Jedi Munchkin Cats Get Trained by Master Yoda - A realistic-looking toy replica of Master Yoda from the Star Wars saga teaches a group of munchkin Jedi cats the ways of The Force.

Jedi with a GoPro: Episode II - Indiana-based visual effects artist, Bill Parker, returns with part two of his "Jedi with a GoPro" short film series, which brilliantly imagines what we'd see if a lightsaber-wielding Jedi Knight from the Star Wars saga wore a head-mounted GoPro camera while battling Stormtroopers, TIE fighters, and the rest of the evil Empire.

Mikey Bolts Performs Funny Impressions of Star Wars Characters -  In honor of The Force Awakens releasing in theaters, Los Angeles-based impressionist Mikey Bolts performed funny impressions of popular characters from the ongoing Star Wars film series.

A Modernized Trailer for 'Star Wars: Return of The Jedi’ - YouTube user Tom F. gave a modern makeover to the trailer for 1983's Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, the third film in George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy.  

The Original Star Wars Trilogy as a Retro 8-Bit Video Game - In the latest edition of CineFix's "8-Bit Cinema" series, the plot of the original three films in George Lucas' Star Wars saga get reimagined as an old-school 8-bit video game from the 1980s.

Oscar Isaac Covers Bill Murray’s “Star Wars” Theme Song - Actor and musician Oscar Isaac, who played the part of Poe Dameron in The Force Awakens, recently sat down with GQ and performed a beautiful acoustic cover of Bill Murray‘s iconic Star Wars theme song that he sang during his “Nick The Lounge Singer” sketch on Saturday Night Live.

R2-D2 is the Perfect Wingman - In this new Star Wars-themed ad from HP, a clever but shy Star Wars fan builds a homemade replica of R2-D2 for a very important mission.

Star Wars Carbonite Freeze Prank - Magician Rahat Hussein recently surprised people in a park by running past them with an upset stomach, hopping into a porta potty, and then revealing that he had become frozen in carbonite while using the toilet. Some strangers found Rahat’s amusing Star Wars prank to be disturbing and others found it quite hilarious.

Star Wars Cast Sings "Stayin' Alive" - The cast of the original Star Wars trilogy, prequels, and even the maligned holiday special sing a version of the 1977 Disco hit “Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees thanks to some creative editing by The Tonight Show.

Star Wars Characters Can’t Figure Out Where the Song ‘Last Christmas’ Is Coming From in a Musicless ParodyStar Wars characters can’t figure out where the song “Last Christmas” by Wham! is coming from in a musicless parody by DIGITALOFEN. The song plays in the background across the galaxy as characters try to find its source.

Star Wars in 99 Seconds (A Song by ‘Paint’) - To prepare you for this week's release of Star wars: The Force Awakens, Jon Cozart, aka "Paint," performs a brilliant musical recap of the first six films in the Star Wars film franchise.

Star Wars: The Fail Awakens - Barcelona, Spain-based comedy group, Marca Blanca, cleverly mashed up funny Star Wars-related fail videos with the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

What Makes Star Wars So Special - In anticipation of The Force Awakens hitting theaters last week, filmmakers Oscar Boyson and Nate DeYoung teamed up and created a video for Time Magazine that explores what makes the Star Wars film series so special. The unique technology, alien planets that look like they have actually been inhabited by humans for quite some time, and iconic characters are only a few of the reasons why so many love and embrace the movies.

What Wookiees Would Sound Like if Voiced by Pee-wee Herman - The Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse has created an amusing new video that imagines what Wookiees would sound like in the Star Wars films if they were voiced by Pee-wee Herman.

Young Star Wars Fan Finds Love When a Girl Moves in Next Door - The German supermarket chain, Kaufland, released a cute Christmas commercial about a young Star Wars fan who finds true love when a new girl moves in next door. The young man works up the courage to dress as a Stormtrooper and then take a love letter to the girls home. She returns the favor by getting into costume as Princess Leia, with her dog as Chewbacca, and dropping a gift off at the boy’s house.

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