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Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg and Us

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Mark O'Connell didn't want to be Luke Skywalker, He wanted to be one of the mop-haired kids on the Star Wars toy commercials. And he would have done it had his parents had better pine furniture and a condo in California. Star Wars, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Superman didn't just change cinema – they mad ...more
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published May 30th 2018 by The History Press
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Tony
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Were you a child of the 70’s or 80’s? If so, the chances are you grew up with men like Steven Spielberg or George Lucas in your lives with almost the potency of your own parents. Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg and Us, from author Mark O’Connell, serves as a love letter to a youth driven by a new kind of cinema: the blockbuster.

O’Connell came to prominence thanks to his first book, Catching Bullets, which captured his youthful, teenage into adulthood obsession with the James Bond franchise
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Joe Crowe
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Review from an early review copy.)

This book is a terrific look at growing up geeky, with touchstones familiar to those of us of a certain age who grew up with the original Star Wars, Spielberg movies-- you know. The good stuff.

O'Connell encapsulates the joy of encountering all that stuff at an innocent age, and better yet, makes the case for its effect on him (and our generation) as we grew up into bigger kids.

It's poignant, but also joyful. It's a cathartic look at a crazily creative time,
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