Disclaimer: Video production company Akjak first put the Vader Sessions on the Web six years ago. But to my mind, if George Lucas continues to reissue the Star Wars films in theaters, I should be allowed to post this ingenious parody over and over. The concept is simple: Director Steven Frailey simply removed James Earl Jones’ voice work from Star Wars: A New Hope and replaced it with sound bites from the Academy Award-winning actor’s other films. What was your basic tale of good vs. evil is now painted in shades of gray as Vader, pushed beyond his limits, suffers a nervous breakdown (“After 14 years on the Force … it just came upon me without any warning at all”). A broken and depraved man, he hits on Princess Leia (“You lucky I’m too busy to find you, girl”), makes awkward attempts to apologize to strangled co-workers (“Can I explain something to you about bein’ a daddy?”) and questions Obi-Wan Kenobi’s masculinity (“That’s right, Sally”). All the film’s other characters speak their original dialogue, and the music and sound effects remain intact. If Lucas really wants to reshape Star Wars for new generations, he could follow worse examples.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.