On Books & Reading: The Joy of Reading (and Rereading) Books…It’s in My DNA!


On Books and Reading “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”― Oscar Wilde Over the years, as I have grown older, grayer, and more set in my ways, I’ve noticed how many habits I have that are like those of my momContinue reading “On Books & Reading: The Joy of Reading (and Rereading) Books…It’s in My DNA!”

Happy 45th Anniversary, Star Wars: A Fan’s ‘Love Letter’ to the Movie that Saved His Adolescence


Star Wars – both as the original film and as a multimedia franchise – is 45 years old today. On Wednesday, May 25, 1977, the space-fantasy film billed in its teaser trailer as the “story of a boy, a girl, and a universe” opened in a handful of theaters in North America (42 screens inContinue reading “Happy 45th Anniversary, Star Wars: A Fan’s ‘Love Letter’ to the Movie that Saved His Adolescence”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, May 5, 2022, or: My Not-So-Thrilling Wednesday Night


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning on Thursday, May 5, 2022. It is a warm spring day in the Tampa Bay area, but it is going to be hotter. Currently, the temperature is 87°F (30°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 63% and the wind blowing from the southwest at 2 MPH (6Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, May 5, 2022, or: My Not-So-Thrilling Wednesday Night”

On Music: My Top 10 John Williams ‘Star Wars’ Themes


I have been a fan of John Williams’ symphonic scores ever since I saw the original Star Wars – aka Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope – in the autumn of 1977[1] For me, Williams’ swashbuckling, neo-Romantic themes and action cues sold the rest of George Lucas’s out-of-this-world space-fantasy about “a boy, a girl,Continue reading “On Music: My Top 10 John Williams ‘Star Wars’ Themes”

Documentary Review: ‘Empire of Dreams: The Story of the STAR WARS Trilogy’


Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (2004) Directed by: Kevin Burns, Edith Becker Written by: Ed Singer Starring: Robert Clotworthy (Narrator), George Lucas, Gary Kurtz, Walter Cronkite, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alan Ladd Jr., Steven Spielberg, Irvin Kershner, Joe Johnston, Dennis Muren, Warwick Davis Harrison Ford: There’s a princessContinue reading “Documentary Review: ‘Empire of Dreams: The Story of the STAR WARS Trilogy’”

4K UHD Blu-ray Review: ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’


If you are a regular visitor to A Certain Point of View, Too, you probably remember that I bought the exclusive-to-Best Buy Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 27-disc UHD/HD Blu-ray box set earlier this year. At $249.99 (plus sales tax, fees, and surcharges), this is the most expensive box set I’ve ever purchased. Considering thatContinue reading “4K UHD Blu-ray Review: ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’”

Book Review: Marvel Comics ‘Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope’ (Remastered 2015 Edition)


Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope Based on a screenplay by George Lucas Writer/Editor: Roy Thomas Artist: Howard Chaykin Consulting Editor (1977): Archie Goodwin Cover Artist (2015): Adi Granov The original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all is remastered for the modern age! Weeks before George Lucas’ first Star WarsContinue reading “Book Review: Marvel Comics ‘Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope’ (Remastered 2015 Edition)”

‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Darth Vader (Star Wars 40th Anniversary) and Legacy Pack


Darth Vader The Emperor’s Sinister Agent In early April of 2017, shortly after introducing the first five Star Wars The Black Series 40th Anniversary figures[1] to commemorate the Ruby Anniversary of George Lucas’ original Star Wars (aka Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope), Hasbro released its Star Wars The Black Series Darth Vader (StarContinue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Darth Vader (Star Wars 40th Anniversary) and Legacy Pack”

‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Star Wars 40th Anniversary Figure)


From Farm Boy to Hero of the Rebellion In the spring of 2017, in anticipation of the 40th Anniversary of the theatrical premiere of George Lucas’s Star Wars (aka Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope), Hasbro, Inc. of Pawtucket (RI) released its first wave of Star Wars The Black Series 40th Anniversary 6-inch scaleContinue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Star Wars 40th Anniversary Figure)”

‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Star Wars The Black Series Princess Leia Organa (Star Wars 40th Anniversary Figure)


Princess, Diplomat, and Rebel Fighter On April 21, 2017, Hasbro, Inc. of Pawtucket, RI released Princess Leia Organa (Star Wars 40th Anniversary), one of an initial series of 12 Star Wars The Black Series 6-inch scale action figures sold in “Kenner” branded packaging based on the original 1978 cardbacks used for Kenner Toys’ 3.75-inch scaleContinue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Star Wars The Black Series Princess Leia Organa (Star Wars 40th Anniversary Figure)”