The Rise of Skywalker brought an (insert adjective here) ending to the Skywalker Saga. As Star Wars so often does, Rise of Skywalker referred back to past films in numerous ways, yet there is a feeling amongst the prequel generation (of which I am a card-carrying member) that the canonical beginning of the saga was […]Read more "How Rise of Skywalker Beautifully Links Rey and Qui-Gon"
“Darkness rises, and light to meet it.” From the moment Supreme Leader Snoke uttered these words, they’ve fit seamlessly into the pantheon of Star Wars quotable moments. Something about it just works. It fits naturally not only into the moment, but into the mythology. Light rising to meet the darkness has been an everlasting, though […]Read more "Darkness Rises and Light to Meet (Defeat?) It"
Aside from the snarky memes and Internet puns, Leia’s space scene seems problematic. Is there a way to fix it?Read more "Saving Leia"
A Poem on Darth VaderRead more "My Son, My Redemption"
Maz Kanata has it right. The choices we make define us, our duty, and the fate of the galaxy.Read more "The Duty of Choice and The Choice of Duty: The Dichotomy of Star Wars Mythos"
Color matters in storytelling, but this is especially true in Star Wars, which is often referred to as “silent film” in that that visuals tell you everything you need know. This is done through music, of course, but it is done in color as well. Here are the 10 best uses of color in the […]Read more "Words of Color: The Best Uses of Color to Tell the Star Wars Story"
“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"
Have we always been wrong about who the “other” is?Read more "Wait,Is There Still Another?"
The twins suns of Tatooine are setting, a hopeful Luke looking out on the horizon. Dreaming. Wishing. Hoping. Little did his young heart and mind know that the suns he looked upon were very metaphorical. They were him and his long lost father. The poetry of Star Wars is oft referred to, but mostly with […]Read more "The Twin Suns (Sons?)"
This past weekend I rewatched the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. I had not watched it since I was probably six years old, and watching it got me so excited for the release of the live action film in March. What really blew my mind, however, is that Beauty and the Beast is a […]Read more "George Lucas is a Storytelling Beast!"