Dr. Jones, Meet Han Solo

Occasionally I come across artwork or a photograph so good that I just have to share it.  This great illustration featuring Indiana Jones and Han Solo is one that I felt compelled  to share.

Raiders Of The Lost Ark and The Empire Strikes Back are two of my favorite movies.  Harrison Ford is one of my favorite actors.  I am also a big fan of movies and art so everything about this illustration is a win for me.

There are other images on the internet depicting Indiana Jones and Han Solo together, but this one is by far my favorite.  A great deal of thought went into this concept. There are so many fantastic illustrations available depicting scenes from movies, or portraits of movie characters. I can really appreciate an artist who digs deep into their imagination to create a truly unique image based on beloved movie characters.  This well crafted illustration was created by artist Terry Peppers.

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Goodbye Princess Leia Organa

Wow, what can be said, Carrie Fisher has passed away. Like so many my age I can honestly say that the original Star Wars trilogy changed my life. There are not many movies that I would say that about. Seeing Star Wars in 1977 as a seven year old boy was quite an eye opening and mind expanding experience. A big part of that experience was of course due to Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. I did not have a crush on her as many fans did. I was to busy wanting to be like Luke Skywalker. But there is no doubt that she was an attractive and vibrant woman.

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A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi are films that I have viewed numerous times since their first release. I count myself fortunate that I was old enough to see the films in the theater on their initial release. I would rate them, especially The Empire Strikes Back, among my favorite movies. Princess Leia’s part is so pivotal to the films. Whether she was in the role of a member of the Imperial Senate, a leader of the Rebel Alliance, Han Solo’s love interest or Luke Skywalker’s twin sister, her part was so important to the success of the trilogy.

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The prequels and the two most recent Star Wars films have built on Leia’s legacy. They have offered portrayals of strong, confident women. Padme Amidala, Rey and most recently Jyn Erso have followed in Leia’s footsteps. However, I would say that none of them will have the same impact as Princess Leia.

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Goodbye Leia Organa.  Goodbye Carrie Fisher.  Many of us may have first met you in a galaxy far, far away…… but you have left us far too soon.

Illustrator Extraordinaire: Star Wars And Beyond

Last month I published a blog  post entitled “Fan Art Featuring The Empire Strikes Back”.  The post included an absolutely striking illustration depicting a scene from Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber duel with Darth Vader.

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At the time of the original post I was unaware of the name of the artist. Thankful this morning I discovered his name and I wanted to give credit where credit is  due.  His name is Marko Manev and he is an extremely talented freelance designer and illustrator.  I have included some more of his wonderful Star Wars influenced illustrations. Check out his website at http://markomanev.com to see more of his artwork, much of it inspired  by movies and television.  

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Fan Art Featuring The Empire Strikes Back

There are some really excellent examples of  movie inspired  fan art too be found on the web.  I came across this striking  image online and I had to share it. I have been a Star Wars fan for most of my life.  The Empire Strikes Back is far and away my favorite Star War movie, as well as being one of my favorite movies overall. I am unsure as to who the artist is, but the work is phenomenal. I love how the image depicts a slightly different vantage point of this extremely pivotal  scene in the movie and the series. 

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Harrison Ford: A Long Time Ago

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A big Happy 74th Birthday to my favorite actor, Harrison Ford. He has had an amazing film career spanning five plus decades that is far from over. I have been a huge fan since 1977 when he appeared in a little film called Star Wars. I feel very fortunate to have witnessed his growth from Han Solo into arguably the biggest movie star in the world during the 1980’s and 90’s.

Throughout the bulk of his career it is apparent, based on the earnings of his many films, that fans prefer to see him playing an action hero. That being said, he has appeared in some criminally overlooked movies throughout his career. Movies such as The Mosquito Coast, Frantic, Regarding Henry, Hollywood Homicide, Firewall, Paranoia and The Age Of Adaline. They may not all be classics, but they showcase a different side of Harrison Ford. As great as he is in action oriented pictures he is just as capable in dramas and comedies. If you have not seen any of these lesser known films I would highly recommend them.

Below, in no particular order, are my ten favorite Harrison Ford movies.

Blade Runner (1982) – A timeless classic, a movie like no other. Whether you watch the version with the voiceover or without it’s still a great, iconic film.

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – The greatest Star Wars movie, and Han Solo at his best.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – As great as Han Solo and Rick Deckard are, I believe that Indiana Jones is Harrison Ford’s greatest movie character.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) – Harrison Ford and Sean Connery are absolutely fantastic together, one of the great pairing in movie history.

Firewall (2006) – I know that I am in the minority, but I really love this movie, a throw back to the action movies of the 1980’s and 90’s. He may be grey, but he’s still the man. A tense action drama that builds to a satisfying conclusion.

Presumed Innocent (1990) – Far from a perfect movie, but a great cast and a phenomenal performance by Harrison Ford.

Regarding Henry (1991) – A big change of pace from the action hero audiences were used too, but his performance is emotional and heartwarming.

Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984) – A bit darker than the other Indiana Jones movies, but this is prime time Indy.

The Fugitive (1993) – A roller coaster ride of action and drama from Mr. Ford.

The Mosquito Coast (1986) – What a shame that barely anyone saw this movie. He was nominated for an Oscar but failed to win. For me this is his best acting performance to date.