Star Wars Mega Weapons Make Awful Bureaucratic Sense
Warning! Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers below. If you’ve seen the posters for the new Star Wars movie — and frankly, how could you not have? — you may have noticed the large, Death Star-ish object lurking in the background. It’s called (spoiler alert!) Starkiller Base and if... Read more
From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Mad Max’ and ‘Jurassic World,’ 2015 Was a Great Year for Action Films
So many good films flickered across the silver screen this year it’s hard to pick my favorite. So I won’t, I’ll just share an informal list of the movies that stuck with me through the year. Kylo Ren and the menacing forces of the First Order showed the galaxy... Read more
The First Order Is Far More Frightening Than the Empire
I don’t like Star Wars but I loved The Force Awakens. J.J. Abrams’ new film completely turned me around and made me unabashedly love Luke, the Force and galactic space battles. It’s not that I hated Star Wars, I just didn’t grow up with it. I saw the original... Read more
The Marine Who Photographs ‘Star Wars’
The droid seems to struggle against his restraints. The machine looks up at his captors — clone troopers hidden behind white armor dinged and scuffed by constant battle. It’s a black and white photograph and so seems menacing and real. Another droid stands waiting, arms bound and held by the sturdy arms of a trooper.... Read more
According to ‘Star Wars,’ Targeted Killings Don’t Work
The end of Return of the Jedi is one big party. Fireworks explode over the capital cities of the galaxy’s major planets, ewoks dance with wookies, Han and Leia kiss and Luke sets fire to his father’s corpse while the ghosts of his mentors watch. And why shouldn’t they... Read more

Matthew Gault

Contributing Editor