Before the new Star Wars trilogy came around, the prequels were the most divisive installments of the sci-fi saga. While older Star Wars fans love the original trilogy more, those who grew up with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith hold the movies in high esteem. So there’s plenty of interest in learning anything and everything about the making of those films with the benefit of hindsight. And a new Star Wars book has finally provided that.
The Star Wars Archives: 1999-2005 is a new book from author Paul Duncan and specialty book publishers Taschen that pulls the curtain back on the making of the prequel trilogy more than any other piece of media. With 600 pages of material, this follow-up to the previously released The Star Wars Archives: 1977-1983 digs deep into the Star Wars prequels, with some particularly fascinating insights from George Lucas himself, including a couple details on his plans for an eventual sequel trilogy that we never got to see. Read More »
One of the best parts of Frozen II is when Olaf has to recap the events of the first movie for the Northuldra and a troop of Arendelle soldiers who have been trapped in an enchanted forest for decades. Now, to help motivate people to vote in the 2020 election, Josh Gad has taken it upon himself to recap the entire Star Wars franchise as Olaf, starting with the prequel trilogy in just eight minutes. In addition to telling the story in Olaf’s endlessly chipper voice, he also offers some amusing meta commentary and jokes about certain details of the prequels. Watch and enjoy. Read More »
The collection of lightsabers that Star Wars fans can bring home as part of Hasbro’s line of Force FX Lightsabers from The Black Series is pretty impressive. They include the more prominent hero and villain weapons from Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Darth Maul, Rey and Kylo Ren, but they also include the likes of characters who aren’t quite Kit Fisto, Asajj Ventress, and Count Dooku. But there’s one villain who hasn’t been given a proper collectible lightsaber yet.
Emperor Palpatine reveals his lightsaber for the first time in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. It’s a sleek, polished, elegant hilt, and now you can bring it home. Read More »
There are so many Star Wars LEGO sets out there that it’s hard to keep track. But the building brick company isn’t slowing down because the Star Wars line is one of their most popular themes, and this year they’ve got plenty of new additions from across the spectrum of media set in a galaxy far, far away.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a new video game coming in October this year that goes through all nine chapters of the primary Star Wars saga with all the action, adventure and humor that the LEGO video games bring to the table. So LEGO is releasing a bunch of sets from across the spectrum of Star Wars that tie into the video game, including sets that will include codes for the game to unlock certain characters and ships to be used in the game. Get a look at the 2020 Star Wars LEGO sets below. Read More »
It seemed like The Clone Wars has been raging on for a long time. The Star Wars animated series that covers the three years between the prequel films Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith has been on and off the air for more than a decade. It was only a matter of time before the series, which debuted on Cartoon Network in 2008 and has started airing its final season on Disney+ this year, would reach the events of Revenge of the Sith. And supervising director Dave Filoni hints that the final season of The Clone Wars timeline will reach Revenge of the Sith.
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In the grand scheme of cinema, digital visual effects are still a relatively new endeavor. As technology has advanced over the years, so have visual effects. But sometimes it’s fun to look back at now-dated used of computer generated imagery (CGI) of the past, and there’s no one better to do it that a group of expert visual effects artists.
The YouTube channel Corridor Crew has gotten a big reaction from movie fans for their recent run of videos breaking down some of the best and worst visual effects in movies over the years. Their most recent edition takes a more focused look at the Star Wars prequels visual effects, which include some pretty egregious and laughable uses of CGI. Watch below! Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, see an incredibly choreographed lightsaber battle that unfolds during a Star Wars orchestra concert. Plus, watch a Silence of the Lambs video essay that dissects several scenes from the film to show the larger part they play in the narrative, and check out an interview with Goose the cat from Captain Marvel. Read More »
In Solo: A Star Wars Story, we’ll get a Han Solo origin story that mirrors the one that was first told in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. But did you know that we almost had a Han Solo Star Wars prequels cameo that would have changed that?
In a cut subplot from 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas had written a completely different backstory for Han Solo that would have nullified not only his EU origin, but the entire basis for Solo.
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When you think of Star Wars, you think of the movies first and foremost. Sure, Star Wars Rebels ranks among the Star Wars stories, and the Extended Universe books are beloved by all who suffered through the Dark Age in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, a time before we were blessed with new content every three minutes or so. But for the most part, Star Wars fandom begins and ends with the movies.
I’m a prequels kid (see also: Millennial), in that the prequel trilogy was the one that truly ensnared my imagination and drew me into the fandom. (Sorry not sorry, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.) And before The Force Awakens graced our screens, I used to consistently and emphatically rank Revenge of the Sith as my favorite Star Wars film (while editing out the mistreatment of Padmé Amidala in my head, of course). But I was always fudging my answer a little. Because it wasn’t the Revenge of the Sith movie I loved so deeply – it was the book.
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Even though Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is the best of the prequel trilogy in the Star Wars saga, it’s still a far cry from measuring up to the original trilogy. One of the biggest issues with the final chapter in the story of how Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) became Darth Vader is how the former Jedi’s relationship with his secret lover Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) comes to an end.
On one hand, seeing Anakin’s judgment clouded by the dark side, so much that he nearly kills her, is a powerful tragedy. But the fact that Amidala ends up essentially dying because she “lost the will to live” is a bit silly. It doesn’t help that Padmé, who was once a strong, independent leader, never willing to walk away from a fight, just cries and whines when Anakin clearly isn’t himself anymore. But in the original ending, she didn’t take Anakin’s betrayal the same way. In fact, in the Revenge of the Sith original ending, Padmé made some bold moves to stop him. Find out more below. Read More »