I do find it kind of strange to see a new STAR WARS movie a week before Christmas. I’ve always associated STAR WARS with the early days of summer, Memorial Day weekend to be exact. Here’s the official release dates for the previous episodes:
A NEW HOPE — May 25, 1977
EMPIRE STRIKES BACK — May 17, 1980
RETURN OF THE JEDI — May 25, 1983
THE PHANTOM MENACE — May 19, 1999
ATTACK OF THE CLONES — May 16, 2002
REVENGE OF THE SITH — May 19, 2005
THE FORCE AWAKENS was originally supposed to be released in May, but was pushed back after a slight delay in the start of production. As far as it’s been reported, Episodes VIII and IX are slated for May releases. Read more...
There was some controversy over the weekend at the U.S. Olympic Women’s Figure Skating Championships, which helps determine which skaters will go on to represent the United States in the Winter Olympics. Traditionally, the top three finishers make the team. But not this year. Mirai Nagasu came in third, but it was fourth place finisher Ashley Wagner who earned a spot to Sochi.
Some are calling this a racist decision based on the fact that Nagasu is Asian and Wagner is white and blond. But is it really racist? Let’s examine the facts, shall we?
Before I get down to business, I should point out in the spirit of full disclosure that I know nothing about figure skating except what I remember from the Will Ferrell movie Blades of Glory. But as that film seemed like a pretty accurate look into the world of figure skating to me and since not knowing anything about a topic has never stopped me from writing about it before, it’s full steam ahead as they say in figure skating lingo. Read more...
As part of our new YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.
This week, we ask 5 questions to director Sarah Kim about her film, ODE TO A CHRISTMAS TREE.
We Offenders are all fans of Yuna Kim, the Gold Medal Winner and reigning world champion of Women’s Figureskating. Roger has professed his love here. Her athletic prowess is unmatchable and she has a few more good years to dominate the sport. Commentators are amazed at her sheer speed. So how does she do it? NYT produced a great segment, breaking down the physics of Yuna’s skating. I particularly love this because it’s told in her own words and is outlined in a very geeky way. Very cool! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAWl20HBxJM[/youtube]