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Essay “Revisiting The Prequels”

May 20, 2015

Anthony Parisi has a well-written essay called Revisiting The Prequels, which asks for people to give the films another look:

The six films form one larger epic that is constructed like a piece of music. The narratives are light on plot and characterization, instead built on archetypal themes and psychological motifs that reverberate throughout the six episodes. Lucas often talks of approaching Star Wars like a silent film where the sound and the effects “are just a part of the musical composition to tell the story visually rather than through a lot of heavy dialogue.” This becomes more refined in his work on the prequels, where everything from mirrored plot points to spaceship designs are carefully placed to echo and build into the original trilogy. Lucas is a firm believer in “pure cinema.” His story is in the images and every image tells a story.

Great Stuff From Clone Corridor

May 19, 2015

Whatever they’re drinking over there, send it here, because they keep coming up with great articles!

First, check out this analysis of the “ruminations” scene from ROTS.

Here’s a fan’s memories of ROTS.

And a look at how the Clone Wars episode Bombad Jedi bucks stereotypes.

Drop Whatever You’re Doing And Read This Right Now

May 16, 2015

Another great piece at Clone Corridor looks at the prequels, the era when they were released, and what it all means:

Yet Lucas grants us one look into the helmet before it closes so that we may spot that Anakin’s eyes have lost their Sith nature. Just before that moment Padme has told Obi Wan that there still is some good in Anakin. She has not given up on him, although he may never have known. But her words are lost on Obi Wan whose heart is mortally wounded by the loss of his ‘brother’. It is a reminder for us living in the real world, that the ‘splinter of good’, that is necessary to revive a world that is broken and corrupted, sometimes survives not in the words and deeds of the surviving hero but in the encased and lonely heart of the desperate villain. Revenge of the Sith makes it undeniably clear why for Anakin there is no return to a normal life possible after his redemption in Return of the Jedi. His fall was so deep that there is no happy end in his generation. But there is hope for the generation after and that hope may very well draw inspiration from the ‘some good’ that was still in him.

“Ben Hur”‘s Influence On The PT

May 11, 2015

Bryan Young is back with another installment of The Cinema Behind Star Wars, this time focusing on the 1959 film “Ben Hur”:

Watching all three and a half hours of Ben Hur it’s apparent that it had an influence on the Star Wars saga. On a base level, this film used a lot of matte paintings and composite shots of the sort that Star Wars built upon, making the first film possible in the first place. But the film that shares the most with Ben Hur is The Phantom Menace, though Anakin’s journey through the entire era of the old Republic echoes that of Judah Ben Hur.

A Trifecta Of Terrific Reads

May 7, 2015

On Clone Corridor, there are a couple of essays worth reading.

Juli Witte’s J.J. On Jar Jar…Why? nails exactly what I think about Abrams “kidding” (or was he?) about putting a dead Jar Jar in TFA during an interview with Vanity Fair. Couldn’t have said it better myself!

A second article discusses fan-made saga tribute videos.

On FarFarAway Radio’s opinion page The Resolute, there’s Why Are We Still Apologizing For The Prequels, addressing an issue that drives me nuts…people who feel like they have to point out perceived flaws with the prequels before saying anything good about them.

What Can You Learn From A Gungan?

May 1, 2015

Adam’s new essay on Jedi News explores how the Gungans shown in the prequels don’t all share the same characteristics. It’s pretty interesting and makes a good point about how in Star Wars there are still distinctions among “alien” characters.

Stuff To Read

April 24, 2015

Sonic Clone posted a link on the SWPAS Facebook page to a piece he wrote called “Poor Jar Jar” last year.

Carrie Christian on the Cantina Cast has a short essay called “I Don’t Know You Anymore,” which is about Anakin’s character arc.

And if you haven’t seen it already on star there’s a feature about the Jedi at Geonosis.

A Fascinating Look At the Clone Wars Mortis Trilogy

April 5, 2015

Coffee With Kenobi had a three part analysis of the Clone Wars’s Mortis Trilogy that’s well worth reading.

Check out Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

Thoughtful Stuff To Read

March 26, 2015

A new essay on Cantina Cast discusses the baptism motif in the Star Wars saga.

And, this oldie but goodie from Making Star makes the case that Padmé Amidala is the hero(ine) of TPM.

Padmé Didn’t Die From A Broken Heart II

March 12, 2015

Joseph Tavano is back with the second part of his theory on what he believes is Padmé’s “true” cause of death. What it boils down to is Darth Sidious “killed” both Padmé and Anakin and used their life force to bring Darth Vader to life. And yes, Palpatine was the one keeping Vader afloat all along.

Do you really think a little electricity is enough to bring Darth Vader down? Does he really look that fragile? He may be an egghead at the end, but Anakin was TOUGH. A few seconds of Force lightning just isn’t enough to bring the Chosen One down.

But, the death of Darth Vader makes much more sense when we understand that the life force he was given was suddenly severed by the death of Darth Sidious.


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