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Media Studies

Revisiting the Star Wars Prequels

May 19, 2015 | 24 Ten years ago today, the Galactic Republic transformed into the evil Empire, the Jedi Order was destroyed by the Sith, and young Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) was the long-awaited end of George Lucas’ six-film magnum opus. It completed both the prequel trilogy that Lucas began writing in 1994 and the larger story he had been telling since 1977...

Dr. Reno Lauro Shares Insight with CNMA Students

April 30, 2015 |

This semester, our CNMA students are studying the cinematic work of Terrence Malick, the brilliant and elusive filmmaker behind The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line, and Days of Heaven. We were …

The New World

July 3, 2013 |

That Terrence Malick is an enigma need not be overstated. Much has been made and speculated over regarding the director’s almost J.D. Saliger-like reclusiveness and the notoriously mysterious twenty year gap between his second and third …

Stepping Back: The Key to Star Wars

May 25, 2013 |

“One of the things that I’m doing in these films, to give it a little bit of a reality, is to give the shots a kind of documentary feel, where things float off the shot. I …

Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder”

April 26, 2013 | 1

In The Tree of Life, director Terrence Malick crafted a grandiose yet personal theodicy through a family story against the cosmic backdrop of creation and redemption. His new film To the Wonder is equally existential …

Thoughts on "To the Wonder"

April 12, 2013 |

Terrence Malick’s new film, To the Wonder, premieres this weekend. The latest from the acclaimed filmmaker of The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line, and Badlands, is already prompting quite nuanced …

Making “To the Wonder”

February 27, 2013 |

Director Terrence Malick’s new film To the Wonder is a month away from release in the United States. Here are three featurettes documenting Malick’s unique creative process.

Love and “The New World”

February 14, 2013 |

Jeffrey Overstreet on Terrence Malick’s The New World

If you’ve followed this blog for a few years, you may have grown tired of my enthusiasm for Terrence Malick’s The New World. Deal with it. The New