It’s Hard Out There For A Bad Guy – How Do The New Villains Measure Up To Vader?

When Darth Vader appeared in the hallway of the Tantive IV in A New Hope, silently surveying the carnage his Imperial stormtroopers wrought against the rebels, he instantly became the standard against which all movie villains would be compared. Thanks to the brilliant design of Ralph McQuarrie, Vader didn’t have to say anything to be […]

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CHAIN OF SUFFERING – HOW THE EMPEROR CONTROLLED VADER AND THE MOMENT THAT CHANGED IT ALL

The following article contains mild spoilers for The Clone Wars TV series, Darth Vader Comic #1 (2017), and canon novel Lords of the Sith. "Governor Tarkin, I should've expected to find you holding Vader's leash."  Leia Organa was defiant in the face of evil. Her quip was addressed to Grand Moff Tarkin but it was […]

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Worth a Thousand Words: How George Lucas Used Visual Composition to Tell the Story of Revenge of the Sith

“I like visual imagery, but I started out in pure film which is really a kinetic experience. So that’s where my focus is. That’s why I intend more of a kinship with silent films than more modern film.” –George Lucas, Empire Magazine, 1999 The prequel trilogy elicits strong feelings from admirers and detractors alike, but […]

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