Paul Levinson is an author, professor, media commentator, and singer-songwriter. His blog, Paul Levinson’s Infinite Regress is well-known for his reviews of many TV shows, movies, music, books, and politics. His quote on the first page is “George Santayana had irrational faith in reason- I have irrational faith in TV.”
I enjoy Levinson’s reviews of science fiction movies and looked forward to his thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Note: spoiler alerts if you haven’t seen the movie.)
He mixed politics into his review by saying, “This movie was so good that I wish it was twice as long. I was glad to see Hillary Clinton say “the force be with you” at the end of the Democratic debate on Saturday, because you could say she’s Leia and Trump was Snoke or maybe General Hux, or someone in between in age.”
Here is the link for the rest of his review:
The Daily Miner’s article, “10 reasons Star Wars still has major box office mojo” by Jocelyn Noveck on December 18/2015 6:00 AM, referred to Levinson. “Just ask a science fiction nerd.”
“I remember going with my wife and saying, ‘Look at these audiences!’ says Paul Levinson, sci-fi author and communications professor at Fordham University. “This franchise really brought science fiction, which had a cult following, into the mainstream in a huge way.”
Several paragraphs below in the same article Noveck quotes Levinson again: “What Star Wars line is more iconic that “I am your father?” (And to satisfy purists out there, it’s “No, I am your father,” not the oft-quoted “Luke, I am your father.”) The father-son dynamic is “a motif that goes back to the ancient Greeks,” says Levinson. Fans will be happy to know the motif figures again in the new film.”
To read the full article, go to:
I want to see the movie again. We went to IMAX Theater and saw it in 3D, but I’d be happy to see it anywhere. The plot is spell-binding and has unusual new characters as well as many we remember from the first series.
Levinson’s review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is right on.
Tomorrow I will be posting about Levinson’s thoughts regarding a bookstore on my blog http://www.timetowritenow.com.
Julaina Kleist-Corwin, editor of Written Across the Genres.