All Seven Star Wars Movies, Ranked From Worst To Best

All Seven Star Wars Movies, Ranked From Worst To Best

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Star Wars has been part of pop culture since 1977. Since it first came out in theaters, millions of people have joined the fandom and anticipate the new arrivals into the Star Wars universe. In honor of Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming out December 15, 2017, I am ranking all seven trilogy films from worst to best.

7. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

The one that (technically) starts it all. This movie could have been so good, but sadly, the plot line just wasn't there. It's hard to follow what is going on in the storyline, and it leaves viewers confused and bored. If this was the actual first movie to be released, this would more than likely be the only Star Wars movie in existence.

6. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

A similar dilemma as Phantom Menace, this movie fails to keep viewers intrigued. However, in this one a forbidden love story starts to develop, which gives the story a little more excitement. Also, Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor are really hot and have a nice bromance going, so that adds a couple points, but not enough to place this movie any higher on the list.

5. Star Wars: A New Hope

Okay, okay, I know you probably think I'm crazy for ranking the one that started it all this low, but hear me out. This movie takes forever to get going, and tends to be boring until Luke meets Obi-Wan. Until then, he's just a whiny teenage farm boy who happens upon some pretty cool droids. Don't get me wrong-this is a good movie. It started a franchise. There were just better movies that came after.

4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Let's be real, The Force Awakens has pretty much the exact same plotline as A New Hope. What bumps it above the original is the nostalgia that surrounds the entire movie. It manages to introduce a new era of characters while still majorly incorporating the loved originals. I suspect there are more plot twists coming our way, but for now this is all we have, making this movie George Lucas's middle child.

3. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi is exactly what Star Wars needed to finish off its original trilogy. It is complete with fight scenes, surprising revelations, and a feel good ending. However, it loses points because it gets off to a slow start, plus the Ewoks are insanely annoying, and the movie probably would have been better off without them. Overall, a quality movie that can be watched anytime you need to be reminded that all things work out in the end.

2. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

I don't care what anyone says: this is a GOOD movie. It is so vital to the movies that take place after it. This movie gives Anakin depth. It makes it known that he loves Padme, and she is reason he is able to turn back from the dark side later on. The only reason he turned in the first place was to try and learn how to save her because he kept having dreams of her dying in child birth. Padme (and the children he had with her) were the good in him all those years, and he was able to turn back to the light because of that love he had for her. Also, that scene with Obi-Wan yelling "You were the chosen one! I loved you!" pulls on my heartstrings every time. I know pretty much everyone can't stand the prequels, but this movie is pretty fantastic, and I'll never stop defending it.

1. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

THIS. MOVIE. It has everything. It really does. It has action, a love triangle (even though it's kinda gross now, but hey no one knew better at the time), and of course-the plot twist to end all plot twists. Seriously, though. Can you imagine what happened in the theater when that oh so famous revelation was first made? It honestly must have been pandemonium. This is also the first time we see Darth Vadar without his helmet on. It's only for a second, but it shows his scars on his face and suggests there is more depth to him than meets the eye. Yoda is introduced in this movie, and he is such a pivotal character in Luke's training. Luke wouldn't have been able fight his father had he not trained with Yoda. This movie honestly has it all. 10/10, George Lucas. 10/10.

So there you have it. Star Wars is a franchise that has united so many generations because it has pumped out seven (soon to be eight) movies in forty years. Anyone of any age can enjoy it, and because of that, it has become a sensation. In a few years, there will be nine total movies to rank, and I honestly cannot wait for that day. Until then, this is what we have. And boy, do we have something good.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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