Breaking: Leaked Letter from Santa

NOTE: This is a developing story. Republished from The North Pole Sentinel, “The Newspaper at the Top of the World” Editor’s note: Santa’s note below is from an early draft never intended for public distribution. He accidentally grabbed the “adult” egg nog while writing this draft late at night and deleted it shortly afterward. Unfortunately, […]

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“I Know”

The easiest trap for a film fan, especially a franchise fan, to fall into is the subconscious need to express their dominant awareness of minutiae in a property/film/work. It’s a difficult impulse to suppress, especially when it’s a lauded sign of fandom to be so deeply entrenched in it that you can recite without effort the obscure references buried within something.

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What I think Now and Why: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Star Wars: The Force AWakens [Part V]

From the previous blog in this series: The ironic thing is that everything Lucas had pointed out, from the Tone Poem structure to the old movie serials influences, helped shine a bright new light on The Force Awakens which allowed me for find my way to enjoying it. Which brings me, finally, to my new […]

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The Question of George Lucas: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Part IV]

George Lucas is one of the most significant artistic influences on my life. I’d think that’s obvious to anyone who knows me or has read this blog. I love George Lucas’ work. I’m one of those who’s spent a lot of time “at his knee,” as it were, learning what he thought made a good story. Nevertheless, the swashbuckling fun within the Star Wars universe came to be dulled a bit by the Seriousness of It All after a certain point.

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Sick of Thinking Happy Thoughts

Important note: You may notice that I’m not releasing the How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Star Wars: The Force Awakens blogs sequentially. The simple reason is that the blogs are evolving as I write. As I finish each part, they will be released. No wine before its time. I believe in positivity. We need […]

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The Further Adventures of the Meta-Narrative: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Part III]

From the previous blog in this series: I had to come back to The Force Awakens understanding that no decision in a script is taken lightly, nor is it accidental. Given that, what was it trying to say both in its own context, and as a meta-work within the frame of Star Wars itself? A […]

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