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Can 'Star Wars' Be Saved?

After the vitriolic fan backlash to Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the financial failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars needs saving. Here are some ideas on how to do that without invoking the help of The Force.

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The World Is Ready for 'Star Wars Episode VII'

All signs point to the upcoming seventh installment of Star Wars remediating the follies of the prequel trilogy and returning the series to its original glory.

Paul Gibbins
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May the Force (of Narrativity) Be With You

The Star Wars universe is a microcosmical example of the long-standing battle over the necessity of narrativity in shaping our lives.

Steve Neumann
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What Is It About TV These Days?

Can it still be called television if there's no network? Or even no actual, physical television?

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Tie Goes to the Computer: 'Side By Side'

Christopher Kenneally's documentary does its best to level the playing field between celluloid and digital cinema, but here even fairness can be a losing battle.

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Abandoned 'Star Wars' Plot Points Episode II: The Force Behind the Scenes

With Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm already changing Star Wars, let's look at the prior behind the scene changes in the saga.

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Abandoned 'Star Wars' Plot Points, Episode I: The Ties That Surround Us, Bind Us and Penetrate Us

To celebrate the added "layers" of unnecessary 3D onto both the Prequel and Original Trilogies, here are some actual plot layers straight out of George Lucas' old plans that just might have made Star Wars a more engrossing saga (in somebody's mind, anyway).

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Start Wars

It was announced yesterday that the Star Wars franchise is finally coming to Blu-ray. Let the (already in progress) geek kvetching begin (again).

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Ghosts of Presents Past: The 1970s

Here’s a look at gifts from over 30 years ago.

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Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2010: 'The People vs. George Lucas'

Who really cares if Han Solo shot first? The passionate protesters in this nerdcore documentary do – and they make a credible case for why it matters.

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Father's Day Is Over, But Daddy Issues Remain in 'Bioshock 2' and 'Red Dead Redemption'

Baby Boomer films such as Star Wars taught us about the corruptible and corrupting influence of an authoritarian father; now games like Bioshock 2 and Red Dead Redemption explore Generation X's “daddy issues”.

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'Lost' and 'The Empire Strikes Back' Are Both Pop Culture Belief Systems That Inspire Worship

Lost and The Empire Strikes Back revolve around the nature of light vs. dark, good vs. evil, science vs. faith and ultimately about the redemptive power of love and sacrifice. Ala Douglas Adams, both are about life, the universe and everything.

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Digital Dynamite: The 30 Best DVDs of 2007

It was the year of the behemoth box set, the multi-disc triumph that tried to give long suffering fans everything their demanding little digital hearts ever desired. Here are PopMatters' 30 picks for the best DVDs of the year.

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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse

The openness and honesty with which Eleanor Coppola portrays her husband is by far the greatest asset of Hearts of Darkness.

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The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story behind the Original Film by Jonathan W. Rinzler

A hefty, and pricy, art book crammed with newly unearthed interviews

Tish Wells
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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

For all its lavish effects, Sith's primary purpose is to showcase Anakin's dilemma.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

So in a post-September 11th world replete with conflicts from Afghanistan to continuous Palestinian-Israeli disputes, the lines between good and evil often seem blurry, and the cut-and-dry antics of galactic warriors instill a sense of hope, a realization of what morality should be. Who would've thought that the likes of Yoda, Obi Wan Kenobi and Chewbacca would serve as heroes for a celluloid generation whose sense of a world order would become crystal clear as a result of a few fictional characters?"

Tara Taghizadeh
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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

There are so very many characters playing central roles in the second half of the series, and accounting for all of their geneses is tricky indeed.

Todd R. Ramlow

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