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Is Rey a Superhero?

  For the most part, audiences fell in love with Rey in The Force Awakens. Daisy Ridley brought an irrepressible charm and energy to the role. Over the holidays, people were frustrated by the lack of Rey merchandising available in stores. But there have been questions about her development as a character. For example, screenwriter Max Landis calls Rey too ...

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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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Did The Force Awakens Plagiarize Star Wars?

Every four years, Americans are confronted with a basic question during presidential elections: change or more of the same? In the 2016 presidential campaign, the winning mantra definitely seems to be “change” of some sort, whether on the extreme left or the extreme right. In Star Wars fandom, audiences voted with their wallets for “more of the same” in The ...

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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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The Star Wars Menu Awakens: “Yoda Pods”

“Yoda Pods” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar As promised, here are three recipes I’ve dreamt up to honor the Galaxy which is Far, Far Away. All three together would make a nice meal for three or four people, with some dessert leftover. I recently viewed the six Star Wars films for some food ideas. However, the Star Wars world (and its ...

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Putting a Ring on Star Wars

Putting a Ring on Star Wars by Dom Nardi In the DVD documentary “The Beginning: Making Episode I,” George Lucas famously described the relationship between the Original Trilogy and the Prequel Trilogy as “like poetry. Every stanza kind of rhymes with the last one.” In the audio commentary to The Phantom Menace, he adds, “You just take a concept and ...

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