Star Wars Monopoly and the Merchandising of Rey

Over the past twenty-four hours, I’ve seen a number of people, some friends, some not, outraged by Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens Monopoly set because it doesn’t include a player token for Rey. For background on the story, see this article in The Guardian. For an example of the outrage, see this Gizmodo article. … Continue reading Star Wars Monopoly and the Merchandising of Rey

On the New Volkswagen Super Bowl Commercial

At work last week, one of my coworkers asked me why I drive a Volkswagen Beetle. Frankly, it makes me happy. While I have one of the older Beetles — the flat dashboard, the in-dash flower vase — this year’s VW Super Bowl commercial captures exactly the feeling I get from driving a Beetle: And … Continue reading On the New Volkswagen Super Bowl Commercial

On Volkswagen’s Star Wars Commercial and the Girl Vader

I drive a Volkswagen Beetle. It makes me very happy, though I’d be happier if the CD player didn’t skip. Volkswagen has always made fabulous commercials. I remember vividly the Cabrio commercial that introduced millions to “Pink Moon” and the work of Nick Drake. And, of course, there’s this one. Many people have seen this … Continue reading On Volkswagen’s Star Wars Commercial and the Girl Vader

On Random Video Silliness for a Late Sunday

Three recent video discoveries on YouTube… Vader Sessions, a Star Wars fanfilm that takes classic Star Wars scenes and remixes them with James Earl Jones’ dialogue from other films: A Young Sherlock Holmes fanvid. Okay, yes, it uses Evanescence’s “My Immortal,” which is a song that I tired of, oh, five years ago, but it’s … Continue reading On Random Video Silliness for a Late Sunday