In early 2015, I spent an evening editing a short video comprised of clips that appealed to a certain nostalgic, optimistic spot in my brain. It was just a low-stakes exercise, a personalized riff on the ‘80s-that-never-quite-was aesthetic of music artists like Kavinsky:

“M∞D ℃HROℳ△TI©,” 2015.

In truth, when I made this, I was just late to the party. In the years since, the outrun/retrowave scene has only cemented itself as one of the hardiest subcultural fixtures of the last decade, along with its more melancholy, consciously alienating cousin, vaporwave.

As Alican Koc put it in the December 2016…


Last fall, I began a series of retrospective essays on every live-action Star Wars feature film to date heading into the release of Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker. Now, with the conclusion to the Skywalker Saga heading to home video, I’ve written a final piece to go alongside it.


Last year, I watched all 33-and-counting Godzilla feature films ahead of the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. This year, I’ve undertaken a programming schedule that is much more manageable in scope, but even closer to my heart. This is The Road to ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Rewatch!

Previously: What ‘The Force Awakens’ Remembered — and What It Forgot


Last year, I watched all 33-and-counting Godzilla feature films ahead of the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. This year, I’ve undertaken a programming schedule that is much more manageable in scope, but even closer to my heart. This is The Road to ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Rewatch!

Previously: ‘Return of the Jedi’ Signaled Star Wars’ Impending Ambivalence

When I heard that the Walt Disney Company had purchased Lucasfilm Ltd., and that the creation of a new trilogy was to kick off with a seventh episode, I figured it had to be a fake-out rumor. George Lucas, notorious franchise control…


Last year, I watched all 33-and-counting Godzilla feature films ahead of the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. This year, I’ve undertaken a programming schedule that is much more manageable in scope, but even closer to my heart. This is The Road to ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Rewatch!

Previously: ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Gave Star Wars Its Saga

Who is Star Wars meant for?

George Lucas has long been pretty clear on his answer:

It’s a film for 12-year-olds. This is what we stand for. You’re about to enter the real world. You’re moving away from your parents. You’re probably scared, you don’t know what’s going…


Last year, I watched all 33-and-counting Godzilla feature films ahead of the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. This year, I’ve undertaken a programming schedule that is much more manageable in scope, but even closer to my heart. This is The Road to ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Rewatch!

Previously: ‘A New Hope’ Changed Movies Forever, And Itself Continues to Change

In last week’s installment on A New Hope, I wrote about how the 1977 film that kicked off Star Wars is perhaps best thought of as two movies: the standalone Star Wars, inspired by adventure serials of yore, and its…


Last year, I watched all 33-and-counting Godzilla feature films ahead of the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. This year, I’ve undertaken a programming schedule that is much more manageable in scope, but even closer to my heart. This is The Road to ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Rewatch!

Previously: ‘Rogue One’ Was Star Wars’ Most Egalitarian Chapter

At last, in Star Wars’ byzantine ordering scheme, we arrive at the “beginning”: Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope, the film that launched a phenomenon.

As the Star Wars franchise has grown in all directions around it, this movie has been…


Last year, I watched all 33-and-counting Godzilla feature films ahead of the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. This year, I’ve undertaken a programming schedule that is much more manageable in scope, but even closer to my heart. This is The Road to ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Rewatch!

Previously: “Solo” Was Too Small to Withstand the Big-Screen Heat

From the beginning, Star Wars has been framed by hero’s journeys. No matter how vast the backdrop against which its tale was set, filled as it is with countless strange characters and settings waiting to have their histories revealed, the narrative was…


Last year, I watched all 33-and-counting Godzilla feature films ahead of the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. This year, I’ve undertaken a programming schedule that is much more manageable in scope, but even closer to my heart. This is The Road to ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Rewatch!

Previously: Autobiographic Allegory Framed ‘Star Wars: Episode III’

I’m four weeks into this retrospective now. With each of the preceding installments, spilling my thoughts onto the page was effortless. There’s a lot to talk about with the prequels — the good, the bad, and the downright strange. With Solo: A Star Wars…


Last year, I watched all 33-and-counting Godzilla feature films ahead of the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. This year, I’ve undertaken a programming schedule that is much more manageable in scope, but even closer to my heart. This is The Road to ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Rewatch!

Previously: ‘Star Wars: Episode II’ Was the Teenage Wasteland

At the midpoint of Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, there’s a scene that’s uncharacteristic for the series in its quiet moodiness. Anakin and Padmé seem to be connected through the Force to one another across town as the sun…

Giovanni Iacobucci

Media producer, director of the movie "West Coast Gothic," and author of the Bridgetown series. Sans-serif fonts have ruined my last name.

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