7. The Heroes Journey (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)

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Welcome to the latest episode of the MOTION PICTURES podcast.

Your regular hosts, Carl Sweeney & Tony Black, are back to discuss the biggest cinematic release of 2019 – STAR WARS EPISODE IX: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.

With the recent release of the concluding chapter, George Lucas’ original story of the Skywalker family comes to an end after 42 years of twists and turns, prequels and sequels, and a complete transformation of Hollywood and cinema around it.

We talk about the saga, our own experiences with it growing up in the wake of the original trilogy, and how The Rise of Skywalker brings it all to an end, but we’re also going to look at the myth-making behind Star Wars as a whole and how much the Campbellian ‘heroes journey’ has influenced fiction as a whole.

Plus! In our ‘What We’ve Watched’ section, we pick through some recommendations of cinema new and old, including MARRIAGE STORY & IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK &, plus a couple to avoid along the way…

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Pre-order Myth-Building in Modern Media: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Myth-Building-Modern-Media-Black-author/dp/1476675635/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=myth-building+in+modern+media&qid=1577184704&sr=8-1

Tony on The Rise of Skywalker: https://ajblackwriter.com/2019/12/21/star-wars-episode-ix-the-rise-of-skywalker-the-expected-soulless-capstone-of-a-four-decade-saga/

Tony on Rey’s heroes journey: https://ajblackwriter.com/2019/12/22/the-importance-of-being-rey-star-wars-exceptionalism-problem/

Tim Kreider on experiencing Star Wars: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/20/opinion/star-wars-movie.html

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