"The Space Shuttle Columbia on Rogers Dry lakebed at Edwards AFB after landing to complete its first orbital mission on April 14, 1981. Technicians towed the Shuttle back to the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center for post-flight processing and preparation for a return ferry flight atop a modified 747 to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (NASA/JSC)" +In Focus



Flash Gordon 1980

I've always loved how the miniature environments in Mike Hodges' Flash Gordon look so fake yet so real. This is probably my favorite shot/sequence in the whole film.


Jawas at Dusk

McQuarrie's latter paintings of Tatooine evoke a tranquil sense of loneliness that I find oddly poignant. Each is like a little window into the lives of the planet's inhabitants.


Dark World


via http://maloneybaloney.tumblr.com/post/89587682485



Jurassic Park

CGI test



Star Wars

I recently asked two super cool kids, both huge Star Wars fans, to name their favorite of the six movies. Both said Attack of the Clones. Which gave me great amusement, as it's the bane of the 'proper' fan.

The boy, a little older, was already aware of the scorn with which older fans look upon the prequels, and he was a little shy about admitting his love for AOTC at first. His dad had even made him watch the original trilogy before the prequels so that he could experience Star Wars the 'right' way. The girl, still in elementary school, wore her allegiance on her sleeve.

I love asking kids this question, and I've been doing it for years. More often than not, I get one of the prequels -- usually Attack of the Clones -- as the answer.

I think there's something key in this for the jaded older fan to learn, and I've certainly learned from it. The prequels may not have connected with us like the originals did when we were kids, but they've clearly connected with the next generation of kids like the originals did with us. So I'm going to say George Lucas ultimately succeeded.

I think a person needs to get this in order to do Star Wars right.