On this “May the 4th” of our discontent, let us take a step back from the dogmatic, narrow view of the Jedi and attempt to understand the “great mystery.”

Two years ago I marked “May the 4th Be With You” in this space by registering my suspicion that we will eventually look back on 2017’s The Last Jedi as the cultural moment when “Star Wars went off the rails.” I at least thought of The Last Jedi as a positively interesting film. My concern lies in how it undermined Anakin Skywalker’s sacrifice and Luke Skywalker’s achievement, to my taste poorly…


This December’s The Rise of Skywalker will be the final word on how three generations of Star Wars hero’s fit into one lore spanning four decades. (Image courtesy: Fanpop.)

On this last May the 4th preceding the final episodic installment of the Skywalker saga, we assess the state of Star Wars

As a lifelong Star Wars fan, I have been thinking about 2017’s The Last Jedi for well over a year now. Or, maybe it would be more accurate to say I’ve been trying in that time to make sense of what I think about The Last Jedi. If you know any Star Wars fanatics yourself then you surely understand that this simply is how it must be. When most people view most films, they watch it, and, especially…


At long last, we can firmly establish Die Hard’s claim to Yuletide cinema legitimacy (image courtesy: Imgur).

Where I live, it took barely more than a week after Halloween for Christmas music to appear on the FM dial. This was just a concession to reality, though. Christmas ornaments had already been spotted on display for sale at chain department stores in my area as early as September; ugly sweaters, stocking stuffers, and hard liquor gift sets followed them in over the intervening weeks. And then, of course, the movies entered the cable TV lineup. No, not the good Christmas movies. Rather, I mean the bad ones. If your mother is like my mother, or if you yourself…

Mitch Carter

Graduate teaching associate at a large public research university, with eclectic interests in media, culture, and politics.

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