Thursday, December 24, 2015

7 Days without The Force Awakens: Day 7

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) poster from StarWars.com
Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII in the Star Wars filmogy) is releasing only on the 25th December (instead of the 18th December, like the rest of the world), I'm trying to keep everyone's Star Wars 'fixes' up, in the countdown to the India launch with the 7 Days without The Force Awakens series. We're on Day 7 now - which means The Force Awakens tomorrow! Yeah, baby!!!

1. We're almost there! Just 24 hours for the Force to Awaken in India! Yipppeeeeeeeee!!!! See and LOL at this meme from a week ago...


2. Read this spoiler-free review of The Force Awakens from The Verge. Trust me, there are ZERO plot-spoilers: http://www.theverge.com/2015/12/16/10243884/star-wars-the-force-awakens-review This should help prep your anticipation for the film's release tomorrow.

3. Watch the full set of trailers and spots for The Force Awakens below (have you seen all of them?!) I'm sure you can skip the 1.5 hour long Red Carpet premier video though (2nd video in the below playlist).



And tomorrow, go watch The Force Awakens. In theatres. IMAX, if you're in a city with an IMAX theatre. Enjoy it!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

7 Days without The Force Awakens: Day 6

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) poster from StarWars.com
Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII in the Star Wars filmogy) is releasing only on the 25th December (instead of the 18th December, like the rest of the world), I'm trying to keep everyone's Star Wars 'fixes' up, in the countdown to the India launch with the 7 Days without The Force Awakens series. We're on Day 6 now.

1. Watch this fun-tastic video of the cast of The Force Awakens, along with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, singing the Star Wars theme, A Capella style!


2. Read this thorough, well-written article from The Verge on what happens across the Star Wars universe (outside of the 6 films as well) in the events leading up to The Force Awakenshttp://www.theverge.com/2015/12/16/10215194/star-wars-the-force-awakens-guide-canon

3. Watch the Cinema Sins video for Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (it's only Part 1; you can click through to Part 2 when this ends). WARNING: Mild NSFW for language of the narrator,


Visit again, tomorrow morning (roughly 9 am IST) for what to do tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

7 Days without The Force Awakens: Day 5

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) poster from StarWars.com
Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII in the Star Wars filmogy) is releasing only on the 25th December (instead of the 18th December, like the rest of the world), I'm trying to keep everyone's Star Wars 'fixes' up, in the countdown to the India launch with the 7 Days without The Force Awakens series. We're on Day 5 now.

1. First things first - today's probably the day you can book advance tickets to The Force Awakens premiere in India. So, mark the date - be prepared with all your login/payment details, and watch out for tickets to run out really quickly after booking opens.

For people in Madras, www.spicinemas.in and www.jazzcinemas.com should be the best options to watch the film (the latter providing IMAX shows; unsure if SPI has opened the IMAX theatre at the new Palazzo outlet)

For people outside Madras, I guess in.bookmyshow.com, www.inoxmovies.com/Index.aspx and www.pvrcinemas.com should be good bets.


2. If you, like me, love Luke Skywalker for the hero that he is (in the original trilogy), then I'm sure you've been wondering where he's disappeared off to, in all the promotional material for The Force Awakens, including being totally absent from all the trailers and the iconic Star Wars posters. Here's People magazine's snippet of info on the subject: http://www.people.com/article/star-wars-force-awakens-luke-skywalker-missing-cover-clues


3. Watch the Cinema Sins video for Episode II - Attack of the Clones (it's only Part 1; you can click through to Part 2 when this ends). WARNING: Mild NSFW for language of the narrator,


Visit again, tomorrow morning (roughly 9 am IST) for what to do tomorrow.

Monday, December 21, 2015

7 Days without The Force Awakens: Day 4

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) poster from StarWars.com
Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII in the Star Wars filmogy) is releasing only on the 25th December (instead of the 18th December, like the rest of the world), I'm trying to keep everyone's Star Wars 'fixes' up, in the countdown to the India launch with the 7 Days without The Force Awakens series. We're on Day 4 now.

1. Watch this amazing little remote-controlled, robot-esque toy of the BB8 droid from The Force Awakens, in action. It is just fantastic. Also, if you wouldn't mind spending $150 on it (about Rs. 10,000), then you should just go ahead and buy it. Really.


2. Read and interact with this seriously insane, well-detailed analysis of every scene in all the trailers released for The Force Awakens. For a stats-junkie like myself, this is sheer gold: http://qz.com/551572/every-shot-from-every-star-wars-the-force-awakens-trailer-logged-and-charted/

3. Watch the Cinema Sins video for Episode I - The Phantom Menace (it's only Part 1; you can click through to Part 2 when this ends). WARNING: Mild NSFW for language of the narrator,


Visit again, tomorrow morning (roughly 9 am IST) for what to do tomorrow.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

7 Days without The Force Awakens: Day 3

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) poster from StarWars.com
Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII in the Star Wars filmogy) is releasing only on the 25th December (instead of the 18th December, like the rest of the world), I'm trying to keep everyone's Star Wars 'fixes' up, in the countdown to the India launch with the 7 Days without The Force Awakens series. We're on Day 3 now.

1. Watch this UK weather girl make plenty of Star Wars puns in a short weather report. It's fun!



2. Read this article from The Verge about how women and diversity is reflected in the Star Wars Universe: http://www.theverge.com/2015/12/7/9860588/star-wars-force-awakens-women-diversity-press-panel


3. Watch the Cinema Sins video for Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi below. WARNING: Mild NSFW for language of the narrator,


Visit again, tomorrow morning (roughly 9 am IST) for what to do tomorrow.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

7 Days without The Force Awakens: Day 2

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) poster from StarWars.com
Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII in the Star Wars film-verse) is releasing only on the 25th December (instead of the 18th December, like the rest of the world), I'm trying to keep everyone's Star Wars 'fixes' up, in the countdown to the India launch with the 7 Days without The Force Awakens series. We're on Day 2 now.

1. We covered Google and Facebook yesterday - but what if you read a lots of news and other online articles, and you would prefer to have your online web Spoiler-free? Well, we present to you The Force Blocker Chrome extension for the Chrome web browser. Install this, and it will alert you of possible spoilers in a page you are visiting. It's hit-or-miss, but it's definitely useful to keep me alert for spoilers in pages I'm visiting.

2. This well-articulated, well-researched (and backed with evidence) theory on why Jar Jar Binks is actually a supremely-powerful Sith Lord, and was supposed to be revealed in the Original Trilogy as the Sith Lord behind everything that occurred in that trilogy. A good read, this one: https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWars/comments/3qvj6w/theory_jar_jar_binks_was_a_trained_force_user/

3. The next Cinema Sins video for you. From Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, this time. WARNING: Mild NSFW for language used by the narrator.


Visit again, tomorrow morning (roughly 9 am IST) for what to do tomorrow.

Friday, December 18, 2015

7 Days without The Force Awakens: Day 1

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) poster from StarWars.com
So, you're in India (or Greece!) and you can't catch Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) in theatres till the 25th of December. You're bummed, and you wish there was something you could throw at the powers-that-be which make you wait so long to get your long-awaited Star Wars fix.

Me, being me, have put together a little something for those interested, to keep whiling away your time till the launch of the film in India.

I'll be putting out a post every single day, from today till the launch of the film in India - D day (Friday, 25th December). Each post will attempt to collate and provide access to content from across the Internet - stuff that many Star Wars fans may have already viewed or read.

For today, Friday, 18th December 2015, being the 7th day prior to the launch of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens in India, here's what you can do.

1. First, get your Google products in order to reflect what a fantastic Star Wars fan you are: https://www.google.com/starwars/ (You can also light-saber-ify your Facebook profile icon here: https://www.facebook.com/StarWars/posts/1068727766512157

2. Second, if you haven't already, read this well-written case for watching the Prequel + Original trilogies in the Machete order (Episodes IV, V, II, III and VI): http://www.nomachetejuggling.com/2011/11/11/the-star-wars-saga-suggested-viewing-order/ And if you haven't watched the films in a long time, then download the original films (unedited, as-close-to the original release versions!) through the 'Long Description' portion of the 'About' section of this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/despecialized/info/ You can download these overnight, and watch them through tomorrow (Saturday).

3. Watch the Cinema Sins video for Episode IV - A New Hope below. WARNING: Mild NSFW for language of the narrator,



Come back tomorrow morning (roughly 9 am IST) for what to do tomorrow.