Star Wars: The Acting Awakens — A Guest Blog by Eric Onkenhout

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Star Wars: The Acting Awakens — A Guest Blog by Eric Onkenhout

Star Wars is typically known for its masterful story-telling, and its ground breaking special effects. However, the one aspect that Star Wars is not typically known for is its acting. That is why I want to discuss some examples of great acting performances in Star Wars. When Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope premiered in May 1977, movies with such a profound classic tale of good vs. evil were not the norm–hence the long-lasting effect it had on the following generations. The same goes for the special effects; a whole entire special effects division (ILM) had to be built in order to perform the incredible effects that have influenced movies to this day.

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Why Rey Deserves Your Respect

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Even though we never heard it in the movie, I wonder if some Star Wars fans never forgot a certain line from the last trailer for The Force Awakens – “I’m no one.”  We heard Rey say that right after Maz Kanata asked her, “Who are you?”  Despite those lines never being said in the movie, we’re still trying to figure out more details about her.  I think that’s what we’re supposed to be doing after seeing the film.

What baffles me are the fans who seem to be running with the idea that Rey is “no one.”

*Spoilers* from this point on.

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Force and Faith: Growing with the Saga, Childhood Intact

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At first, I was a little kid, stolen away to a movie by my doting aunt. For the second trilogy premiere I was a young man beginning my adult life just a few days after my wedding. Now as a grown man, I share the joys with the ones I am trying, with varying degrees of success, to raise.

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Best Opening Sequence In Star Wars? Revenge of the Sith

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The opening scene of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope is iconic not only in the Star Wars saga but in movie history itself. A tiny Rebel blockade runner flies overhead, as laser bolts lash out at it from behind. Then a loud rumble is heard and an Imperial Star Destroyer follows, seemingly over the audience’s head, its enormous arrow shape filling the screen. For so many viewers, especially those of us lucky enough to have seen it in theatres for the first time back in the 1970’s, this scene grabbed our imaginations and hearts. I didn’t think another movie in the saga could have come close to topping the emotion and excitement that this scene presents. That is until 2005 when Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith hit theatres.

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