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.Read more "The Question of George Lucas: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Part IV]"
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 […]Read more "Sick of Thinking Happy Thoughts"
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 […]Read more "The Further Adventures of the Meta-Narrative: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Part III]"
The first big question with The Force Awakens was, for a fan like myself who liked it all, from Cloud City and Naboo to Tatooine and Gungans, if I would continue to love it now that Lucas wasn’t driving things.Read more "Jedi that was, Jedi to Be – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Part II]"
This is not a maudlin blog. It’s no laborious tour through conflicting emotions and a plea for online sympathy. This is a simple reflection about my mother, about whom I’ve not written in too long. I know that personal pieces like this expose some of my inner thoughts to people who don’t deserve them, but […]Read more "16 Years Without Mom"
I’m taking you through my own mental and emotional acceptance of The Force Awakens as a legitimate, artistic work worthy of recognition as part of the Skywalker family saga.Read more "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and love Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Part I]"
I love my wife, known here and elsewhere online as “Agent Bun.” I love her and am thankful every day that we decided to fight the odds together.Read more "To my wife on her birthday"