A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Episode 5 of 5

It's taken me to episode five of this blog series to finally figure out why I was so disappointed by the Star Wars prequels. Well, I have untied the knots! The hyperdrive has been repaired in the nick of time! I feel the Force flowing through me once again...So, I re-watched the prequels, from my own couch. (They were previously banned from entering my house.) My mind was eager. My heart was open. First of all—standing ovation to the artists and technicians of all kinds who made these m … [Read more...]

A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Part 4 of 5

What is Captain Kirk doing in a series on Star Wars?  Well, I personally don't mind a Shatner cameo anywhere, but it actually has a lot to do with my journey to the ______ side.  (Fill in the blank based on your prequel proclivity.) WARP SPEED HYPOCRISYMy Star-Wars-is-a-banquet-come-as-you-please change of heart actually reveals my own hypocrisy. It's called (and this term I hereby coin) Warp Speed Hypocrisy.I love Star Trek. I LOVE Star Trek. Every rerun brings me home to my happy p … [Read more...]

A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Part 3 of 5

 As we re-explore the Star Wars prequels and steel ourselves for the upcoming installments, we need to hear a grounding voice.  A deep, sonorous, awe-inspiring... terrifyingly epic voice.  Sith Lords are notoriously unafraid to state their opinions. Mark Fordham is an artist, filmmaker, former cop, father of five, husband of a Stormtroopette, seasoned veteran of the 501st Alpine Garrison, and a well-known Darth Vader impersonator.  Mark can be contacted through markfordham.com.  And m … [Read more...]

A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Part 2 of 5

SO, what was it that changed me from a Star Wars prequel-hater to a... well... something different? As I debated "Jessi-Wan Kenobi," (AKA Jessica the Uberfan) on many occasions, she consistently drew upon Star Wars "stuff" not contained in the films---the Expanded Universe.Here is the definition of the Expanded Universe (now called "Star Wars Legends") from Wookiepedia: The Expanded Universe (or EU for short) encompasses every one of the officially licensed, fictional background stories of … [Read more...]

A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Part 1 of 5

Are you ready for the new Star Wars movies? Were you ready for the prequels? Or does your spacefaring heart beat only for the original trilogy? You see, something weird happened to me. Something which may cause me to lift the ban preventing the prequel movies from getting within 100 feet of my house. And lest you think this is just some tired old rant, this little blog series will include interviews with Bryan Young (recognized guru and Con fixture who writes for starwars.com), Mark Fordham … [Read more...]

Daredevil Teaser Trailer is Here! Fighting! Blindness! Catholicism!

As everyone who has been around the Rogue long enough knows, I'm a huge Daredevil fan (Click here  and here to see why). So, when Marvel announced they would do a TV series on Netflix, it was all I could do to refrain from uttering a Ron Swanson giggle of glee.The tone of this trailer...wow. It got everything right, especially Matt's conflicted Catholicism, which is the heart of his story. Bam. I'm totally in.     … [Read more...]

Groundhog Day and Waking Up With Humility

“What would you do if you were stuck in one place, and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” I’ve been thinking a lot recently about movies which have had a profound impact on my faith. One such movie is the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell. Our lead character Phil, an arrogant TV weatherman is assigned to cover the annual Groundhog Day celebration in Puxatawney, PA and manages to become stuck in a time loop where he awakes promp … [Read more...]

2015: Yes, Marty, We’re in the Future (But Not Quite)

We're now a week into 2015 and if you're anything like me, you might have noticed we've finally reached the year that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in Back to the Future Part II. The crazy unknown they zapped themselves into, aka the future. Back when the film was released in 1989, trying to picture 2015 was nearly as hard as trying to picture 3015. After all, while the world of the 80s saw some advances in technology, namely the VCR, it wasn't until the early 90s, and now the 21st … [Read more...]

Taking on Scott Farkus: Standing up to Your Bullies.

 In writing my YA novel, Against Her Will, I had to immerse myself in some sad realities. The story follows the struggles of teens in a psych ward who battle their inner demons in a place where not everything that happens is for their own good. As a nurse in a facility, co-author, Serita Stevens, has witnessed the sometimes horrific outcome when young people have been the victims of mistreatment. The book has strong themes about bullying and the dire consequences it can have.In … [Read more...]

Sony Pictures Bows the Knee to North Korea and Fear

I’ve seen the trailer for the movie, The Interview with Seth Rogan and James Franco. Honestly, it looks craptastic and silly. But I’m upset that it may never make it to the big screen. It was scheduled to release on Christmas Day. However, major theater chains and now Sony Pictures are backing out. Why? Are stupid movies suddenly not the meat and potatoes of Hollywood? If only that were true. Unfortunately, the reason is because they have been receiving 9/11 scale threats if they show it. It’s a … [Read more...]