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Loss: Carrie Fisher – Forever the Princess of Our Dreams

In 1977, the world at large was introduced to a beautiful and bright eyed 19-year-old girl in the science fiction/fantasy saga known as Star Wars. There were many beloved figures in that film and the subsequent sequels, prequels, and even cartoons, but to many, none shown so bright as a star than Carrie Fisher.  Today, December 27th, 2016, that starlight has vanished when, after a heart attack just a few days ago, she passed away.

so many of us will need this today.
So many of us will need this today.

Like many of you, and myself, this will be a heartbreaking affair.  Not only did we love Carrie Fisher and her work, but have grown up knowing her as Princess Leia.  There are a few things about her work that some forget to acknowledge and even admire.  As I was not born yet, but raised on the Disney Princesses, I had an idea of what a Princess should be.  Looking back at the Star Wars films as an adult, Carrie Fisher and the writers had already re-imagined what a Princess should be and absolutely what they could be.

A Warrior Princess - and one with the attitude to match
A Warrior Princess – and one with the attitude to match

I don’t have many words as this is a close loss of an actor as I’ve seen in a while and at the age of 60, Carrie was relatively young.  I do want to draw your attention to a few things that Carrie loved and cared about over the years and perhaps you’ll get a glimpse of her as a person.

Her latest book, The Princess Diarist, which can be purchased here, show another side of the actress we all grew up loving.  Carrie’s struggle with addiction and mental illness made her respected in the acting community as she was willing to speak open and honestly about what so many of us have have struggled with through the years.  I believe her having the courage to be self-deprecating and share her pain is something that should be admired.  She was an active advocate of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and if you feel the need to share something with the Princess you loved, go there are donate so that so many can benefit from their, and her, support.

Her look of loss in the Empire Strikes Back, something that I myself emulated earlier today.
Her look of loss and sadness in the Empire Strikes Back, something that I myself emulated earlier today.

Other than her charities and causes, Carrie Fisher had a few true loves in her life.  One being her daughter, Billie Catherine Lourd, who actually had a brief cameo appearance in The Force Awakens.  Then there was Gary Fisher, her pet dog who was there with her everywhere she went and stayed by her side til the end.  And when she took Gary as her date to the premier of The Force Awakens, it was a love that all could see and easily identify with due to their own love of their pets.  I’m sure we will all mourn for her, but pet parents will know that Gary, who has his own Instagram page, will be particularly lost without his mother.

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Gary stealing the charisma from the room
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Carrie Fisher’s longtime co-star and friend Mark Hamill, bringing his own dog, a rescue named Millie, to accompany Carrie and Gary to the wrap party for The Force Awakens

There are not many things left to say about the great Carrie Fisher, but I hope that you were able to learn a little more about the person behind the Princess who stole our hearts so many years ago.  You will be missed Carrie Fisher and we here at IWTMM thank you for your contribution to film and to society as a whole.

Rest in Peace our lovely Princess Leia
Rest in Peace our lovely Princess Leia

-Darkmovienight

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I’m a Freak Friday…and Happy New Years!

Good afternoon our Bleary-Eyed movie viewers.  Hopefully you’ve had enough time to sober up from last night’s festivities or you’re like me and went to bed at 10 PM, so you’re just wasting the day away until reality comes back and you actually have to do something.

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Not saying everyone is a sweaty construction worker, this is merely a comment on Climate Change- it’s real and we need to wake up before it’s too late!  This photo was taken in December…in Alaska!

Yesterday we ended 2015 with our thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a quick look at some of the most amazing trailers from the excellent 2016 slate.  We don’t have a lot today until we catch The Hateful Eight tomorrow, which certainly looks interesting, but I will say it doesn’t have enough Christoph Waltz for my taste:

Hopefully we’ll have a review for you all on Tuesday and get to tell you what Mr. Tarantino’s film has in store for the unsuspecting public.  Until then, I know many of you may have asked: “Just who are these handsome gentlemen who are telling us which movie we should see and which one we shouldn’t?”

First, I’ll not dignify the “Handsome” remark above as it just wouldn’t be proper.  Lastly, not secondly, I will give you a tiny bit of our credentials from 2015.  I will direct your attention to the picture below:

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What you are viewing above you are 63 movie ticket stubs.  Also, it represents 56 individual films, I mean seriously, you think we wouldn’t see Star Wars twice?  We began this lovely site somewhere in the third or fourth row and hopefully you’ve enjoyed everything we have thrown at you in that time.  If you didn’t, let’s just say we have friends that can change your mind…

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“We read “I Watch Too Many Movies” before it was mainstream.  And we’ll totally be sarcastic when talking to you…that’ll show you” – Hipster “Enforcers”

Anyway, other than Hipster Attack Squad Plaid, we wanted to show you we take our jobs seriously here at I Watch Too Many Movies.  We’ll watch good movies, we’ll watch terrible movies, and we’ll watch movies that will likely make most of you sleepy, but watch them we shall.

So keep that in mind, if there is a film arriving in theaters that you’re thinking about going to see, and you’re not sure about it because those supposed “Professional Movie Reviewers” used some fancy words like “Celluloid” in their review.  We’ll only ask you one question?  Who ya gonna call?

Terrible babysitters, not us. Dear god not us.
Terrible babysitters, not us. Dear god not us.

Happy New Years Day everyone and we can’t wait to bring 2016 to a digital device near you…probably in your hands, on the screen, or streaming to your TV, you get the point.

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Ah! There he is! Thank you so much Mr. Waltz, your so kind giving me the credit for your last few Oscars.

-Darkmovienight

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Wednesday Wars- 36 Days and Counting and a Salute to Intergalactic Veterans

Good Morning Bleary Eyed Fans and welcome to a special segment of Wednesday Wars!

Yes, it’s that time again that we celebrate all things Star Wars and continue our countdown till we can return to a Galaxy Far Far Away. This is a special session of Wednesday Wars as we salute the Veterans of our Local Galaxy and those from long time ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away.

First off, we want to make it clear that we at I Watch Too Many Movies will not express our own personal beliefs on war and the various outcomes.  Today is meant to honor those that chose or were chosen by their Governments, Resistances, or Empires to fight for their cause.  Even if that cause was to enslave an entire galaxy.  Now, onto our countdown!

5) The Sith Order

vader-helmetWhile many would call the Sith the primary antagonists in the Star Wars Universe, I propose that they were fighting a Holy War against the Jedi Order.  Their basic dogma was one of control and order while exploiting the Force for power, aggression or personal gain. Unfortunately for many Sith, this inevitably led to both imperial conquest and their own self-destruction.  Tyrannical despots such as Emperor Palpatine are prime examples of how their belief caused corruption, pain, and enslavement of others while engineering their own downfall.  Other Sith, such as Darth Vader, who turned to the Dark Side due to fear and love for another were manipulated into the Sith Order’s Doctrine. Above we honor Darth Vader, previously Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, by presenting the only remaining fragment of his existence. A powerful reminder to not let Religious Dogma, fear, and charismatic tyrants influence you or anyone you hold dear.

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Other Sith Lords, such as Darth Maul, were merely pawns in the larger game of Intergalactic War and the eventual subjugation of an entire Galaxy

4) The Jedi Order

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Similar in many ways to the Sith, the Jedi Order were an ancient monk-like peacekeeping organization unified by the belief and observance of the Light Side of the Force.  Again we have many heroes and veterans of the Jedi Order.  One of the greatest Jedi to ever have lived perished after a long life of 874 years.  We honor Jedi Master Yoda:

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Mentor to many Jedi and key to the continuation of the Jedi Order through his last pupil, Luke Skywalker

Due to a cruel purge of the Jedi Order by Emperor Palpatine, many of the veterans of The Clone Wars were exterminated quickly once the Emperor seized power of the Galactic Senate and formed the Empire. One such fallen hero, Jedi Master Mace Windu, was the first to be claimed by the rise to power of Emperor Palpatine.  We honor this brave warrior:

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Known as the fiercest Lightsaber wielder in all of the Galaxy and one bad mother…

A final hero and veteran of The Clone Wars, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, also known as General Kenobi, fought in a noble manner for the Jedi Order and Peace in the Galaxy.  Master Kenobi was one of the only survivors of the Jedi Purge known as “Order 66”, thus beginning a silent and lonesome war against the Galactic Empire and even his friend and apprentice Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker.

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The two brothers in arms stand together, only knowing bits and pieces of the fate that would eventually tear them apart

We salute Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi as after defeating what his friend had become, he continued honoring the Jedi Order by caring for the offspring of his fallen friend.  Master Kenobi met his end at the hands of his old apprentice, now the mechanized Sith Lord, Darth Vader.  He also assisted the Rebel Alliance by taking part in the initial rescue of Leia Organa and saving young Luke Skywalker from Vader which would eventually be key to their victory in the Battle of Yavin.  We honor Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi:

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His spirit literally lives on and guides through The Living Force

3) The Galactic Empire

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While under the control of The Sith Lord, Emperor Palpatine, the veterans from the many engagements with the Rebel Alliance, remnants of the Galactic Senate, should be known but still held accountable for the various atrocities they were commanded to inflict upon innocents and other peaceful races and species in the Galaxy.  Before becoming the Stormtroopers of the Galactic Empire, many were part of The Grand Army of the Republic during The Clone Wars.  These veterans were once comrades in arms with the Jedi commanding during The Clone Wars. One such veteran, the Clone Trooper known as Commander Cody (CC-2224) fought with Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi until he was compelled to turn against his long time ally with his implanted loyalty program. Like all of his Clone brethren, Commander Cody executed Order 66, the Galactic Jedi purge, without question or ability to resist.  His career ended with betrayal but as it was engineered into his very DNA (and brain), we still honor his service:

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After The Clone Wars, many Clone Troopers were converted to the elite soldiers known as Stormtroopers to serve in the militia of the newly formed Galactic Empire. Once Clone production was slowed, and eventually halted, as others joined the Imperial War Machine, Stormtroopers became nameless soldiers of innumerable numbers.  The conflicts in which they battled the Rebel Alliance, Stormtroopers were considered extremely expendable by Emperor Palpatine. After being defeated at the hands of the Rebels, prisoners of the Battle of Endor, and other conflicts throughout the Galaxy, many Stormtroopers were forced to see the horrors wrought by Palpatine.  Some went into hiding and others began to develop an Imperial Remnant known as The First Order many decades later.  Today we honor the fallen, the controlled, and remorseful Stormtrooper men and women:

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A Rebel artist’s depiction of a Stormtrooper surrendering.  Mourning the loss of his comrades and feeling disgust by his actions done in the service of a Tyrannical Sith Lord

2) The Rebel Alliance

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Opposing the Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance has many heroes to mourn and even veterans that are still forced to continue the fight for freedom from the oppressive Galactic Empire and its Remnants, The First Order.  Chief among the heroes of the Rebels is Jedi Knight (and now possibly Master) Luke Skywalker.  Trained by Jedi Master’s Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, Skywalker was integral to the fall of the Galactic Empire.  First, single-handedly winning The Battle of Yavin by destroying the Original Death Star with The Force and Obi-Wan’s guidance, then conquering a personal battle against the Sith Lord Palpatine by refusing to kill his father, former Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, in the form of Darth Vader.  This eventually lead to the downfall of Palpatine at the hands of Darth Vader, who had been redeemed by his son.  While now in suspected isolation, Luke Skywalker remains a glorious veteran of the Galactic War.

Ever fearless, Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker
Ever fearless, Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, seen here with his final lightsaber, battled all aspects of corruption and tyranny in the Galaxy

Considered two of the bravest and most heroic soldiers: Han Solo and his long time companion, the Wookiee known as Chewbacca or “Chewie” to Han. Both heroes became renown Veterans of the Rebel Alliance by assisting Luke Skywalker in the destruction of the Original Death Star in the Battle of Yavin, supporting multiple rescues of the Rebel leader, Princess Leia Organa, and lead attacks against the Empire in the Battle of Endor, aided by the local inhabitants of Endor, the Ewoks.  His ship, the now legendary Millennium Falcon held up against all odds and continues to be General Solo’s trusty starship.

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Even decades later, he continues to fight for peace and freedom, we honor his bravery and cunning, even for a “Scruffy looking nerf herder” -Princess Leia Organa.

Other heroes and veterans of the Galactic War who fought on the side of the Rebels are also honored below:

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Lando Calrissian, at first treacherous against his friend Han Solo, but later redeeming himself by becoming a hero and veteran of the Battle of Endor.  Allowed to use the Millennium Falcon to destroy the Second Death Star along with a Rebel Fleet
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Veteran and Founder of Rogue Squadron, Wedge Antilles fought bravely alongside Luke Skywalker in the Battle of Yavin in Red Squadron
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Finally, Jek Tono Porkins, X-Wing Pilot in Red Squadron during the Battle of Yavin, this brave soldier fell during the initial run of attacks on the Death Star.  Posthumously awarded a rank among Rogue Squadron, the Elite Pilots of the Rebellion

1) The United States Armed Services

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While not part of any Galaxy Far, Far Away, the men and women who are veterans of all wars, conflicts, and engagements are honored today in the United States on Veteran’s Day.

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Sadly too many graves across the United States are filled with those who have fought for our exceptional freedoms that other Countries throughout our Earth do not share

Again, today’s Wednesday Wars post was mostly satire and fiction, we are not sharing our own personal opinions on war.  However, we mourn the loss of all life in any conflict.  This Veteran’s Day, please attempt to understand the hardships many Veterans suffer each and every day. From homelessness, neglected healthcare needs, or psychological trauma, many Veterans could use assistance.  There are many ways to support Veterans, but this is entirely your own prerogative and we leave it completely up to you.  As stated above, we are just presenting satire about the Veterans of the Star Wars Universe and some insight into what Veterans face here in the United States.

Join us next week as we choose a lighter topic for Wednesday Wars and continue the hype and countdown to the film, as we’re just over a month from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!  Until then, may the Force be with you and many others that need it.

This post is personally dedicated to my Grandfather (PawPaw) who is a Veteran of the Korean War and has been lucky with his care since returning home in 1953.

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Depicted here alongside yours truly, doing what he does best nowadays…nothing :-)

-Darkmovienight