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Adding “The Force Awakens” to the Star Wars Ring

The Force Awakens is clearly soaked in nostalgia, to the point where some critics allege that it’s little more than a copy of the original Star Wars film. I addressed this claim in my last post. The film isn’t just a remake, reboot, or “requel” of A New Hope. The film mirrors the past, but often does so in new ...

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Retrospective Review: Return of the Jedi

Retrospective Review: Return of the Jedi by Dom Nardi In preparation for The Force Awakens, I’m rewatching all six Star Wars films and sharing my thoughts here. This week, I look at Return of the Jedi, the final film in the story… until now! For almost 30 years, Return of the Jedi was the end of the Star Wars saga. ...

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First Impressions: The Force Awakens – SPOILER FREE

First Impressions: The Force Awakens (*Spoiler-Free*) by Dom Nardi I finally had a chance to see The Force Awakens! This review is intended to minimize the risk of spoilers for readers who have not had a chance to see the film yet. Later next week, I will write a more detailed review with spoilers to discuss some important moments in ...

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The Star Wars Menu: “Chewie Chews”

The Star Wars Menu: “Chewie Chews” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Perhaps when Chewbacca needs some comforting food—such as when he seems on the verge of losing an important game while traveling around the galaxy—he might like to nibble on these decadent treats. These have the added bonus of being excellent winter holiday cookies! “Chewie Chews” ⅓ cup soft salted butter ...

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Retrospective Review: The Empire Strikes Back

Retrospective Review: The Empire Strikes Back by Dom Nardi In preparation for The Force Awakens, I’m rewatching all six Star Wars films and sharing my thoughts here. This week, I look at The Empire Strikes Back, widely regarded as the best film in the series… There are many, many reasons why The Empire Strikes Back ranks as my favorite Star ...

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Star Wars Menu: “Ménage à Millennium”

Star Wars Menu: “Ménage à Millennium” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar I’m imagining the Millennium Falcon household consisting of three people for awhile, in a sort of cozy, cooperative alliance. Pair it with the Yoda Pods from last week if you need to feed four people. Although the recipe is presented in three parts, one person can easily put it all ...

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Retrospective Review: A New Hope

Retrospective Review: A New Hope by Dom Nardi In preparation for The Force Awakens, I’m rewatching all six Star Wars films and sharing my thoughts here. This week, I look at A New Hope, the film that started it all… What is there left to say about Star Wars: A New Hope that hasn’t already been said? The original Star ...

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Retrospective Review: Revenge of the Sith

Retrospective Review: Revenge of the Sith by Dom Nardi In preparation for The Force Awakens, I’m rewatching all six Star Wars films and sharing my thoughts here. This week, I look at Revenge of the Sith, the film that finally showed us Anakin’s fall… Revenge of the Sith dominates the Prequel Trilogy in a way that none of the classic ...

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Retrospective Review: Attack of the Clones

Retrospective Review: Attack of the Clones by Dom Nardi In preparation for The Force Awakens, I’m rewatching all six Star Wars films and sharing my thoughts here. This week, I look at Attack of the Clones, which sees the start of the Clone Wars… Over the years, I’ve heard many people complain about politics in the Prequel Trilogy. Unlike in ...

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