It’s May 4th, Star Wars day! There’s a lot to like about Star Wars. Lightsaber duels, blasters, starfighter dogfights, and the magic and mystery of the Force have helped to make it a beloved franchise. At the heart of all the action, though, is the tilt between good and evil. While several of the films have underpinnings of Eastern worldviews, the fundamental concepts of good versus evil are still easily identifiable.
Have you ever been trapped by your own selfishness? If the movie Groundhog Day poses any existential questions, I’d like to think this is the one at the heart of it.
When it comes to good mystery thrillers that fly under the radar, one of the first that always comes to my mind is Red Eye. I have to tell you, before I watched it, I had a sinking feeling I wasn’t going to be impressed. I just figured it would be one of those run-of-the-mill attempts at a suspense film that feels superficial and one one-dimensional. But guess what . . . I own a copy. I don’t spend money on a film that I don’t intend to watch more than once, and I’ve watched Red Eye quite a few times.
Before Star Lord hit the big screen, there was Emmet Brickowski.
Thrawn is back. His presence in the Star Wars: Rebels animated series has made quite a splash. It’s been fun seeing him on the the show and Rebels has done a great job with the character’s onscreen appearances, but now comes the moment we’ve been waiting for. It’s time for the Grand Admiral to return to his roots: the literary wing of the Star Wars franchise. There is no one more qualified to usher him in than Timothy Zahn. Fortunately for us, that’s exactly who got the job. Thrawn, the most anticipated novel in the new Star Wars canon, is here.
While Volume 2 of Guardians of the Galaxy is still a bit reluctant to part with its delinquent spirit and doubles down on its off-color humor, it makes a surprisingly powerful bid for matters of the heart.