Anakin Skywalker’s tragedy is not become Darth Vader. It happened well before that….Read more "Forbidden Grief: The Real Tragedy of Anakin Skywalker"
How Does The Last Jedi Challenge Our Preconceptions About Mentors and Heroes and the People Who Look Up To Them?Read more "The Burden of All Masters"
The following contains major spoilers for the book Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, as well as the Battlefront II single-player campaign. Above the forested moon of Endor, a fleet unites against an enemy that is bent on the destruction of the galaxy. Soldiers are deployed to the moon’s surface to finally end a threat that has […]Read more "Peace Through Power – An Imperial Perspective"
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 […]Read more "It’s Hard Out There For A Bad Guy – How Do The New Villains Measure Up To Vader?"
Star Wars hit 1977 like a pop culture atom bomb. Audiences couldn’t get enough of the strange worlds and the stirring blend of science fiction and fantasy that sprang from the imagination of George Lucas. He took the template of a damsel in distress and turned her into an independent, self-assured rebel. He made a […]Read more "Cinematic Catalysts: Star Wars Would Not Have Been Possible Without These Films"
The monsters of Star Wars have fascinated us for so long, but their importance is far greater than we have ever imagined.Read more "Monsters and Monomyth in a Galaxy Far Far Away"
“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 […]Read more "Worth a Thousand Words: How George Lucas Used Visual Composition to Tell the Story of Revenge of the Sith"