This is the ‘Star Wars’/Pink Floyd mash-up you’re looking for

J.J. Abrams, you sly dog.

The “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director and all-around nerd culture savior is known for putting Easter Eggs into his films, but this is just creepy.

Some Redditors discovered that if you play Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” record right as the intro credits stop in “The Force Awakens,” some pretty eerie similarities pop up.

Promotional hand out photo of the cover of musical group Pink Floyd's album Dark Side of the Moon, released 1973. CREDIT: Capitol Records. Received 03/25/11 for OpEd.
Promotional hand out photo of the cover of musical group Pink Floyd’s album Dark Side of the Moon, released 1973. CREDIT: Capitol Records.

The running time of the film is 2 hours and 15 minutes, meaning the 42-minute album can be played a total of three times before the film ends. And some of the dialogue and musical cues sync up perfectly. (Some spoilers ahead, obviously).

For instance:

-In “Breathe (In the Air),” the line “Don’t leave me” syncs up perfectly with BB-8 running to attach himself to Poe Dameron’s ship

-The disorienting opening to “On the Run” matches Finn’s growing uncertainty in the middle of the film’s opening battle;

-The “Live for today, gone tomorrow” lyric is heard right before Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) swings his lightsaber to kill Lor San Tekka (Max von Sydow) in the opening action sequence; and

-Some evil cackling from the same song can be heard as Stormtroopers start to torch a village.

And those are just from the first eight minutes. Other examples, as listed by Consequence of Sound, include “I never said I was afraid of dying” being heard as the camera focuses on Han Solo in his final scene and “Brain Damage” seemingly matching the entire final scene where Rey meets Luke Skywalker.

This isn’t the first time a film has matched up with the breakthrough Pink Floyd album. “The Wizard of Oz” is well known for syncing with the album, forming “Dark Side of the Rainbow.” What could the titles be for this mash-up? “Dark Side of the Force Awakens”? “The Force Awakens the Dark Side of the Moon”? “The Dark Side of the Force”? It’s a match made in movie heaven.

While it’s a stretch to imagine Abrams did this on purpose or it’s just a happy coincidence, it’s a fun watch all the same. Check out the first eight minutes on Vimeo below, before it gets taken down. Then fire up the record and film for yourself, and see if there are any more similarities.


This superhero-themed Alamo Drafthouse menu will be your kryptonite

“Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” finally arrives in theaters this weekend. DC Comics’ first big response to Marvel’s “Avengers” franchise will no doubt divide fans—some will root for The Dark Knight while others will support the Man of Steel. However, both factions will be eating off of the same superhero-themed menu at Alamo Drafthouse.

Photo Credit: Heather Kennedy
Photo Credit: Heather Kennedy

Austin chef and self-proclaimed “avid Batman fan” Brad Sorenson created the exclusive menu for the movie theater chain, which will be available for a limited time only.

The menu, according to a news release, has something for everyone, in the tradition of Alamo Drafthouse’s previous film-themed foods.

There’s the Versus Wings, which feature aspects of both characters on the same plate.

“Both Gotham and Metropolis are located in the North East and have a heavy Italian influence, as you can see in their respective comics,” Sorenson wrote in the news release. “This led me to using Italian flavors as the inspiration for these fried chicken wings. Batman’s is a deep dark reduction of balsamic to represent the Dark Knight. For Superman, I liked the term “Heat Vision” and so i approached it as an Italian influenced spicy sauce with a base of roasted red peppers and tomato. Black Vs Red. Dark Vs Light.”

For more of a down-home feel, Superman fans can try Ma Kent’s Meatloaf Sandwich, which features corn and potatoes and a family recipe chili glaze.

If you’re seeing the film for its supervillain, don’t worry! Sorenson didn’t forget about you. The menu also features the Doomsday Pizza, with a blue cheese base, mushrooms, torn potatoes and arugula.

And for dessert? Kryptonite Cheesecake is what you want. “The color green made me lean towards a mint dessert before I came up with scooping balls of free form cheesecake and dusting it with dark cookie crumbs to give it a more rugged real feel,” Sorenson said.

Oh, and drinks? Viewers can chose from Batman’s Utility Belt beer or the Superman’s Punch cocktail. (We think Alfred would approve.)

Forget about Batman or Superman. The real winner here is the viewer.