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The Life of Starlog Magazine
In the days before the internet and social media, one of the means for fans to stay informed was to subscribe to print media. While commercial TV and radio produced some news coverage for fans, the amount of time was limited. Therefore fans could get more in-depth coverage by reading a print story on their favorite movie or show. There were many different fan-oriented magazines back in the day, but one does stand out as being very popular during the 70s and 80s. That was Starlog Magazine.
It was just another ordinary day. Just another ordinary day until... it wasn't. The raindrops raced each other down the foggy window, like tears caressing the glass. Theo watched them hypnotically, letting all other thoughts empty from his head, quietening as they did so.
My Picks From Bloomingdale's
Late night “window shopping/ what’s in my cart” from Bloomingdales. Every time I visit LA I go to Bloomingdale’s. I always see celebs when I am in there. It’s great for shopping and people watching, that I don’t get in Houston. Since it’s one of my favorite places to shop in person and I haven’t been in a while I thought I’d take a look and see what’s new. They have some great brands like Aqua, Sandro, Sept a Cinq and so many more. Here’s my current wishlist plus some things I have in my cart.
Life is a silent illusion
Life is a silent illusion. When I wake up, in the gap of time, I think of those past events that seem far away again. Perhaps everyone has a city in their heart, where the undead are buried. There are their own stories, their own scenery, far or near, happy or sad, and then choose to forget or bury.
Not Lamb Brain Fritters
Hello Mum, As May is the month of Mother’s Day, Vocal has a new challenge for writers to conquer. It asks that we write you an open letter and confess to something we never planned to tell you and that got me thinking.
From Outcast To Clown - The Tragedy Of Jar Jar Binks
More than two decades after the debut of Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace, the Gungan remains a divisive character in the community. However, whether you believe Jar Jar is a Sith Lord or just an annoying addition to the story, the Gungan has an interesting history from his conception by George Lucas until his character arc was closed in Aftermath: Empire’s End in 2017. Here we explain the history behind Jar Jar’s character archetype and the meaning of his complete story arc to date.
Friday the 13th: Impact of a Legend.
On May 9th, 1980, Friday the 13th made it's theatrical debut across the country. Written by Victor Miller and directed by Sean S. Cunningham, critics labelled it the most definitive slasher film in horror. Though Friday the 13th was not the first slasher film ever made, having been preceded by Psycho (1960), The Last House on the Left (1972), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), and Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th was the first of it's horror kind to have the moniker of "slasher" tied to its identity due to its exploitative nature displayed by a slasher-killer. Friday the 13th would not only become one of the most beloved horror classics of all time, but would influence many other slashers in the genre it pioneered down the line. In addition to it's status as horror royalty, the Friday the 13th film series would also become a staple on the identity of American pop culture.
Zoo Animals and the Effects of Captivity
Zoos are places where people maintain animals for their entertainment. People adore animals because they are attractive, which is why zoos were developed so they could admire them from a safe distance. Nonetheless, the poor caged animals suffer greatly and have mental disorders as a result of this.
The Kind of Man I Waited For
Growing up I was always told the same few things about marriage. “Wait for the man who brings home flowers to you!” “Wait for the man who always holds the door open for you.”
Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles: The Time Vampire Review
Before 2012, and Tom Baker's return to the part of the Fourth Doctor, the Companion Chronicles were the only way to enjoy new stories with one of the most-beloved Doctors in the show's history. One of the most highly-acclaimed releases during this time was "The Catalyst", the first story in the range to feature Louise Jameson as Leela. This was followed by sequel story "Empathy Games" and then, in 2010, the trilogy was completed with "The Time Vampire". Stepping up a level from the previous two stories, this one reunited Louise with John Leeson as the voice of K9 in a time-twisting narrative that really demands the listener pay attention. It's an incredibly complex story, and I'm not entirely sure I agree with everything it does regarding Leela. However, I do admire this release's ambition, and I think it ties together a number of plot points from the previous two releases really interestingly and satisfactorily.
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