Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Validates Love

Of all the movie installments of the Star Wars saga, originals and prequels both, Return of the Jedi has always been my favorite. Over the years, however, my reasons for liking it most have changed. There was a time when I liked it simply because it was the episode in which Luke Skywalker, hero of the Rebellion, is finally skilled and powerful enough to outlast the infamous Darth Vader in a duel of lightsabers and potent Force abilities. That pivotal struggle in the Emperor’s throne room is the part of the film I always look forward to the most, because who doesn’t like seeing good decisively defeat evil? Read More


Star Wars: Buddha in Space

Films that we apply the classic label to tend to blind us, because no matter what its faults, we want it to be okay.  We need it to be okay.  Otherwise, what we will we do with the $50 extended edition blu-ray?  But sometimes the most frustrating classics to re-examine are not the ones that are explicitly bad, but ones that strive to tell a good thing in the wrong way.

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith


The Attack of the Clones told us that unchecked rage can turn you into a monster.  Revenge of the Sith channels a different emotion that the Jedi renounce: fear.

We’ve jumped forward in time since the last installment of the Star Wars saga, and Anakin is now a Jedi Knight, as well as general for the republic, an important role in the wake of the war.  Anakin has reveled in this newfound liberty by . . . well, growing his hair out.

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