In 1976 George Lucas was just that guy who made American Graffit and was currently working on some cheesy outer space project that no one believed in. In July 1977 Star Wars debuted and became the biggest cultural phenomenon in history. I was six months old at the time, and I’m told I saw it twice. My apologies to anyone stuck in the theater with me, I hope I wasn’t fussy.

In the few years Cinema Blend has been around, in its various incarnations, we’ve spent a lot of time covering Star Wars, everyone has. It’s impossible to write about movies without at some point getting embroiled in Lucas’ mythos. Like it or not, he changed the world of movies forever. Personally I’m in the camp that likes it, but then I’ve never been a very high class critic.

Well, the last movie is here and it’s fantastic. Unlike Star Trek, which recently said goodbye with one of the worst episodes of Enterprise ever, Star Wars is going out with a bang. I couldn’t be happier. It’s a good time to be a Star Wars geek… and it’s also the last time. To bring you up to speed, I’ve put together a little guide to Star Wars as covered on CinemaBlend.com over the past few years. Below you’ll find Star Wars reviews, Star Wars discussion forums, and pictures aplenty. We’ve got Rancors, Ewoks, and speederbikes waiting for you; enjoy.


Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
"The real beauty is that you could easily toss out the previous two awkward attempts, watch only this in sequence with the original films, and come out completely satisfied. Attack of the Clones and The Phantom Menace are best forgotten. Lucas’s real miscalculation was in not making this movie right from the start. He tried to stretch the story when all we needed was Vader’s rise in its purest form. Star Wars fans have finally been rewarded for their patience. George has made another masterpiece."

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
"So maybe I've got to sit through a bland hour or so of Lucasite pontificating that tries to cover over bad directing with excessive technology. That's only a reminder that maybe we haven't given Harrison Ford enough credit for making George Lucas look good all these years. In the end, Attack of the Clones pulls its ass out of the fire and delivers the kind of Star Wars adventure we've all really been waiting for."

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
"Unlike its predecessors (and in a way its progeny) Episode I seems to be missing many of the key elements that make the original three Star Wars films such a memorable and undeniable part of modern pop culture. The staggering effects are there, so are the mysterious Jedi and their light-sabers. In fact, you’ll see more of that than you have ever seen before. Cool starships? Yep. Huge battles in which desperate people fight against hopeless odds for freedom? That too. Ok, maybe they left out that wicked gold bikini this time, but I don’t know that Portman would look all that good in it anyway."

The Original Star Wars Trilogy
"Despite its simplicity both in story and characters, there’s something magical about Star Wars that’s hard to finger. It can’t simply be attributed to the bond that forms between friends, or the sage wisdom of a puppet, or even the special effects - unlike anything we’d seen before, and quite frankly have yet to really be rivaled in a space film - even by the newer Star Wars films. There’s just something that forms in the story that appeals to the audience and has affected our culture as much as the discovery of fire."

Spaceballs
"Spaceballs was originally released in 1987 and received mediocre business but decent video and rental sales. With thousands of silly quotes and its skewering of the George Lucas merchandising juggernaut known as Star Wars, it has remained a cult favorite especially among Science Fiction fans. It only makes sense that it would be re-released on DVD in a special edition just in time to cash in commemorate the release of the presumably last Star Wars movie."

The Ewok Adventures
"With the second Death Star destroyed and the Empire in shambles, the Star Wars franchise had nowhere left to go in the '80s- except to television. This DVD presents the two Star Wars made-for-tv movies, "The Ewok Adventure: Caravan of Courage" and "Ewoks: The Battle for Endor."



Star Wars: The Movie Posters
Glorious Star Wars one sheets from all six movies. Which ones are on your wall?

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Movie Stills
Grevious gets busy, Obi Wan in The Matrix, lightsabers aplenty, Anakin topless, and Padme pregnant.

Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith Production Stills
Sam Jackson has the moves, George tells actors to follow the bouncing ball, and Vader’s helmet gets shined.

ROTS Trailer Captures
Captures from the trailers mixed in with our Sith preview.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Photo Gallery
Anakin awakened, Jango’s got a jet pack, captures, starships, and circle the wagons.

Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith – POST WHEN YOU SEE IT - Go here to discuss the final chapter in the Star Wars saga after you’ve seen it. Let everyone know what you thought! Make yourself heard.

Rate/Discuss Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones - Rate the film on a scale of 1-5 and then discuss it. Yoda got a lightsaber!

Rate/Discuss Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - Rate the film on a scale of 1-5 and then discuss it. Vent your Jar Jar hate.

Rate/Discuss Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - Rate the film on a scale of 1-5 and then discuss it. Spread your Ewok love.

Rate/Discuss Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - Rate the film on a scale of 1-5 and then discuss it. Discuss or discuss not, there is no try.

Rate/Discuss Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope - Rate the film on a scale of 1-5 and then discuss it. Use the force!

Favorite Star Wars Moments - Talk about your favorite moments in Star Wars with other fans.

Favorite Star Wars Species - The discussion officially crosses the line into uber geeky with talk of the most beloved Star Wars species. There’s no going back from here. Vote Ewok, support the cause.

Favorite Minor Star Wars Character - Show love to Wedge, Bossk, and Porkins, the pilot who died for being fat here.

Star Wars Books and Extended Universe - Discuss Star Wars beyond the movies. Do you know how Chewie dies?

Star Wars on TV - Discuss the impending Star Wars TV shows! Bring Luke to the small screen.

Star Wars Movie Trivia - Play the game, test your Yoda knowledge.

Star Wars Extended Universe Trivia - How much do you know about Hapans? Play and find out!

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