Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Digging Star Wars Season 3 Playlist

Wait! There's one more Christmas gift: The Digging Star Wars Season 3 Playlist! Check it out and Hoth-y Holidays...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Godfather

Matt Flesher, a self-taught sculptor with 19 years experience in the Special Effects, Stop-Motion Animation, and Toy Industries, joins Digging Star Wars host Chris Mich to explore the connections between Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. But the conversation doesn't stop there as both Matt and Chris muse on what's possible with the upcoming Episode VII installment in the Star Wars saga. Featuring music by Paul Oehlers, George Wolstenholme, Peter Fey, JDubious and more.

As mentioned in the episode, here is an official Star Wars Trivial Pursuit Card with a question regarding just one of The Godfather's connections to Star Wars...

 And here is a picture circa August 1998 of several Digging Star Wars guests and a very special lady...

Pictured above: Holding R2-D2 is my wife Christy. To her left (faking pushing up glasses) is DSW: The Terminator guest David P. Ramos. In the back with tan shorts and a go-get-'em attitude is DSW: The Godfather guest Matt "Chief" Flesher, and to the right is DSW: The Clone Wars guest Josh Taback.

And, for a limited time, you can listen and download Digging Star Wars - The Godfather as an MP3 via the SoundCloud link below...

Digging Star Wars - The Godfather by DiggingStarWars

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season and best wishes for the New Year!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Godfather Coppola Restoration Trailer

We're all set to record Digging Star Wars: The Godfather. In the meantime, we're going to offer this video that you can't refuse...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Test Pilot

This Halloween, Digging Star Wars turns 2! And, to celebrate, we have a brand new episode exploring the connections between Victor Fleming's 1938 film Test Pilot and George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. Our special guest Gaetan Pappalardo not only chats about these two films with me, but raises some interesting points on Star Wars action figures. Here's a shot of Gaetan - and an awesome Star Wars toy -  circa Christmas 1978...

If you're interested in picking Gaetan's book Louie Licks and the Wicked Snakes: Battleaxe, you can pick it up at Amazon.com.

Also in this episode: original music from my niece Rachel. Thanks for sharing your talents, Rachel!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Clip from "Test Pilot"

Our next episode of Digging Star Wars compares Victor Fleming's 1938 film Test Pilot - starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy - to George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. Here's a clip from Test Pilot - courtesy of TCM.com...

Test Pilot airs this Monday, October 8th at 11:30pm on Turner Classic Movies. We hope to record the "Test Pilot/Empire" DSW episode within the weeks to come...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Dying Breed Movie Club: Jerry Lewis - Parts I & II

Did you know that Jerry Lewis taught George Lucas in film school? How cool is that?!

To learn about this misunderstood filmmaker, listen to this insightful podcast on Mr. Lewis - hosted by my good friend Phil Congleton and starring several special guests including moi.

Here is Part I...

...and here is Part II...

Sunday, September 9, 2012

501st Garrison Carida

Earlier today, I ushered the kids into the minivan and headed out to witness the 501st Garrsion Carida invade the Tredyffrin Public Library. If you never been to an event with the 501st, I highly recommend it. In addition to being extreme Star Wars fans, these men and women know how to make Star Wars accessible and fun for everyone. They must have posed for a million pictures and we're always very patient and great with kids of all ages (including yours truly).

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Foolish Wives

In this special 5-minute episode of Digging Star Wars, we "dig in the wrong place" by exploring how Erich Von Stroheim's 1921 silent classic "Foolish Wives" inspired Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Want to download this episode as an MP3? It's available on SoundCloud for a limited time. Just click on the portal below...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Dam Busters

This is the Digging Star Wars you have been waiting for: The Dam Busters vs. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope! George Lucas can deny and/or ignore mentioning this British World War II film all he likes, but there is NO DOUBT that the 1955 aerial war epic , The Dam Busters (directed by Elstree Studios alum Michael Anderson) not only has an overwhelming number of connections to A NEW HOPE, it practically provided the entire third act of the original Star Wars film.

Join me, returning DSW guest/composer/editor Peter Fey and special guest Mark Forshaw for this eye-opening, ear-tickling comparison of two of the greatest films ever made….

Special thanks to both Mark Forshaw and Peter Fey for their time, talent, and recollections...  

...and, as always, thanks to our faithful listeners!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Saving Private Ryan

DSW host Chris Mich and UnsungPhilly.com creator Michael Zolomij delve into the connection between Steven Spielberg’s award-winning, epic war film Saving Private Ryan and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, the final Star Wars film directed by Speilberg’s good friend George Lucas.

Also in this episode, we urge listeners to show your appreciation of our veterans by giving to one or more of the following charities:

Wounded Warrior Project.
Honor their sacrifice. Support a Wounded Warrior today.

C. Michael Steadman Golf Tournament.
Providing scholarship funds for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Unit.

Military Order Purple Heart Foundation.
Donate used clothing and household items to help support vets.

Disabled American Veterans
Better Lives for America's Disabled Veterans.

Finally, we need to send out a very special thanks to Teddie Films for bringing some levity to this episode with their hysterical spoof of Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know” cleverly parodied as “The Star Wars I Used to Know.”  Please subscribe to their YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/teddiefilms

As always, thanks for listening!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Blade Runner "Love the Journey" Video

To see a recap of the Digging Star Wars: Blade Runner tour of L.A., check out my video entry in American Airlines' AAdvantage "Love the Journey" contest. Once you're there, click VIEW GALLERY, then look for the GOLDFISH VIDEO by yours truly and VOTE FOR US. You can vote once per day, so be sure to go back when you can and cast another vote. To get to the contest Facebook page, just click on the goldfish picture above or on the link below...


Thanks in advance this and all your DSW support!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Mysterious Island

Grab your swim trunks and sunscreen as we head to the original Mysterious Island! In this episode, Digging Star Wars host Chris Mich is joined by three special guests to chat up the connections between the 1961 Ray Harryhausen special effects vehicle Mysterious Island and its connections to Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.

Guests include longtime listener/first time guest Corey Yaktus, lifelong Star Wars fan and collector Randy Petras, and Dying Breed Movie Club podcaster Phil Congleton.

Once you’ve listened to our take on Mysterious Island, watch Dying Breed Movie Club Meets the Movies: Episode 3 – Clash of the Titans on YouTube to learn more about additional works and influences of Ray HarryHausen.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Seven Chances

In this episode of Digging Star Wars returning guest Phil Congleton and host Chris Mich discuss the 1925 Buster Keaton six-reeler Seven Chances and its influences on George Lucas and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Also, we touch upon films: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Terrible Tues., The Bachelor, Ethnic Notions, The General and more. Most importantly, we finally explain just what the heck Lucas was trying to achieve with Jar Jar Binks.
Also in this episode: the music of Colorado-based DJ now known as JDubious. Listen to more of his music on  SoundCloud.
Thanks to Phil Congleton, JDubious, and Josh Taback for the new Season 3 logo (yup, that’s me in Star Wars gear!).

Once you’ve listened to this DSW episode, head over to YouTube to start watching Seven Chances. Or check out how I inadvertently ripped off Mr. Keaton in my short film, Terrible Tues.


Friday, April 27, 2012

The Ultimate Digging Star Wars Season 2 Playlist

A complete playlist of official movie trailers of the classic films covered in Digging Star Wars Season 2 AND the DSW Episode discussing them!

The list includes:
Blade Runner
Clone Encounters of the Third Kind
Fort Apache
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Singin' in the Rain
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Season 4
and bonus videos:
Robotech: The Macross Saga trailer
My PASSHE presentation on Robotech and...
The Robotech PSA for the United Nations

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Loving the Alien, Hating the Hybrid: A Cultural Study of Robotech

In lieu of our regularly recorded episode this month, I wanted to share with you additional worthy recordings and other DSW news...

The YouTube video above is my recent oral presentation on Robotech from the 6th Annual PASSHE Graduate Research Symposium at the Dixon Center in Harrisburg, PA. Think of it as a LIVE recording DSW - complete with questions from the audience. Okay, there was only one question - but it was from one of the twelve audience members in Adminstration Room C. I geared this presentation to listeners who are Robotech fans, haters, or even newbies to anime.

As some of our listeners may recall, our DSW Blade Runner episode was up for an award in West Chester University's Student Research and Creative Activities Competition. Did we win? No. But I did  recieve this very handsome certificate....

I realize this is the academic equivalent of the "everybody gets an award" so common in kids' sports these days - but it's still a nice gesture. Thanks again to all who listened and commented on the Blade Runner post.

What else have I been up to since there's no DSW this month? Well, I guest starred on my good friend Phil Congleton's podcast Dying Breed Movie Club Meets the Movies: The Marx Brothers. Last weekend, we recorded another episode about the works and influences of Ray Harryhausen. Stay tuned for more info on that episode.

And, yes, we have started working on Season 3 of Digging Star Wars. As a matter of fact, we've already recorded one episode and are slated to record another one next week! So, keep checking back - because I plan on launching Season 3 in May.

As always, take care and thanks for listening!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Review: The Clone Wars, Season 4

Omni Award-winning editor John Cervino joins Digging Star Wars host Chris Mich in this comprehensive review of Season 4 of Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Also in this episode: music from GeoCentric's latest album, GeoCentric 6: Sound Formed in a Vacuum.

Special thanks to GarthIvan, Phil Congleton, all our guests and listeners who have made this past season of Digging Star Wars so much fun!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Star Wars in Las Vegas

There's a handful of streets in Las Vegas named after Star Wars characters. Earlier today, I grabbed a photo of yours truly at Skywalker Avenue, Tarkin Avenue, Kinobe Avenue (yes, that's how they spelled it) and Leia Street. But my favorite pic was...

Monday, February 13, 2012

Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain stars Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds (mother of "Princess Leia Organa" Carrie Fisher), Donald O'Connor, Jean Hagen and Cyd Charisse. It has been hailed as "the greatest musical picture of all-time." It is Technicolor in all it's glory. But did it provide the inspiration for Twi'lek dancing girl Oola and the Max Rebo band number in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi?

Listen to Digging Star Wars - Singin' In The Rain with special guest Dan Porto to find out...