Star Wars: The Force Awakens

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: J.J. Abrams WRITTEN BY: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, & Michael Arndt RELEASE: 2015 PEW PEW: The Force Awakens is complete with a near perfect ratio of swashbuckling action to compelling narrative. The series positively glows with, and is perhaps the greatest example of pure ‘pew pew!’ CAT FOOD: This…

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: Dave Filoni WRITTEN BY: Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, & Scott Murphy (screenplay); George Lucas (story) RELEASE: 2008 PEW PEW: Fantastic animated action, focused on military action and lightsaber duels, with more or less realistic physics. CAT FOOD: While the series that this film piloted is rich with social commentary…

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: George Lucas WRITTEN BY: George Lucas RELEASE: 2005 PEW PEW: The action in this film is gripping with plenty of emotional stakes. The series positively glows with, and is perhaps the greatest example of pure ‘pew pew!’ CAT FOOD: Lucas’ final vision of the corruption of the human heart…

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: George Lucas WRITTEN BY: George Lucas & Jonathan Hales (screenplay); George Lucas (story) RELEASE: 2002 PEW PEW: This film learned from the mistakes of its predecessor and presents far more action. Attack of the Clones is very satisfying from an action perspective. The series positively glows with, and is…

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: George Lucas WRITTEN BY: George Lucas RELEASE: 1999 PEW PEW: While the feel of the original trilogy is gone, and the politics detracts from the immediacy of the action, The Phantom Menace has its fair share of excitement. The series positively glows with, and is perhaps the greatest example…

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: Richard Marquand WRITTEN BY: Lawrence Kasdan & George Lucas (screenplay); George Lucas (story) RELEASE: 1983 PEW PEW: This movie is a wonderful blend of the two movies that preceded it. It is altogether more fun than the first and second, and the depth adds new stakes to the action….

Ewoks: The Battle for Endor

SUB-GENRES: Fantasy / Adventure DIRECTED BY: Jim & Ken Wheat WRITTEN BY: Jim & Ken Wheat (screenplay); George Lucas (story) RELEASE: 1985 PEW PEW: The Battle for Endor is a very fun fantasy adventure with plenty of action to entertain children and adults alike. CAT FOOD: This film is intended for children, but one can’t…

Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure

SUB-GENRES: Fantasy / Adventure DIRECTED BY: John Korty WRITTEN BY: Bob Carrau (screenplay); George Lucas (story) RELEASE: 1984 PEW PEW: The film isn’t as exciting as it could have been, but there is some action that goes along with the adventure spirit of the film. CAT FOOD: This film is for young children and contains…

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: Irvin Kershner WRITTEN BY: Leigh Brackett & Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay); George Lucas (story) RELEASE: 1980 PEW PEW: Empire pairs the tense cat and mouse chases and swashbuckling action of Star Wars with a compelling drama that does a little more to underscore the severity of the situations. The series…

Star Wars Holiday Special

SUB-GENRES: Variety Show / Garbage DIRECTED BY: Steve Binder (Dr. Victor Frankenstein, uncredited) WRITTEN BY: Pat Proft, Leonard Ripps, Bruce Vilanch, Rod Warren, & Mitzie Welch RELEASE: 1978 PEW PEW: The sound a blaster makes when, beyond your capacity to take any more abuse, it is leveled at your TV and fired. CAT FOOD: The…

Star Wars

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: George Lucas WRITTEN BY: George Lucas RELEASE: 1977 PEW PEW: Star Wars is riddled with tense cat and mouse chases and swashbuckling action. The series positively glows with it, and is perhaps the greatest example of pure ‘pew pew!’ CAT FOOD: With simplistic morality, there’s not a terrible amount…