Archive for November, 2014

BBC Story On Save Mos Espa Campaign

November 30, 2014

The Save Mos Espa project recently got some exposure on the BBC. It’s a video interview with Raya Ben Guiza-Verniers of the Save Mos Espa campaign on how fans and the Tunisian tourist board have pitched in to save Anakin’s hometown.

Teaser Trailer Brings Out The Haters

November 30, 2014

With Star Wars upfront and center again, the ugly has come out of the woodwork from hate boys, the lame stream media, and the rest of the usual suspects.

Hunk A Junk in the Trailer Reax (11/28) comments referred to a post at The Atlantic’s web site about the trailer and its preposterous assertion that the Star Wars movies, particularly the prequels, are racist.

Here’s the truth bomb I dropped on the guy who wrote the Atlantic click bait:

“Real Star Wars fans know the saga is not racist and I’m not sure why anyone would waste too much time on these movies if he genuinely believed they are racist. If George Lucas was an anti-Semite he has a weird way of showing it, given that his long time close friend/collaborator Steven Spielberg is Jewish, the female lead of the prequels is Jewish, and two of his stars from Eps IV-VI are half-Jewish. If George Lucas was a racist, he has a weird way of showing it. He could’ve cast anyone in the world to play Jar Jar, and he picked a black actor. Lando Calrissian was not written to be a black character; Lucas wanted Billy Dee Williams for the part anyway. Mace Windu was not written to be black character; Samuel L. Jackson–a good friend of that horrible racist Lucas–asked to be in Star Wars and got the part. A black actor was cast to play Queen Amidala’s bodyguard in The Phantom Menace. Polynesian actors played Jango Fett, young Boba Fett, and another one of Padmé Amidala’s bodyguards in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Lucas originally considered a black actor to play Han Solo and an Asian actress to play Princess Leia. He considered Toshiro Mifune to play Obi-Wan Kenobi. Oh and have you noticed who the current Mrs. Lucas is? Or that he has a child with the current Mrs. Lucas? If he’s a racist, he’s not very good at it in my opinion. And no, I don’t think the movies are racist either. If you ask me, putting John Boyega in the flick, likely in a prominent role, is one of the most Lucas-esque moves I’ve seen so far.”

Jim Raynor, also in the Trailer Reax comments, noted that “The Hollywood Reporter” inexplicably dug up its 12-year-old review of AOTC just to beat up on it and Yahoo! inexplicably decided to link to it. There are many reasons why I don’t trust the lame stream media and why I especially don’t trust the “entertainment press.”

Open Thread: Teaser Reax

November 28, 2014

It’s online now (my honest opinion, it’s not worth paying for the ticket just to see it unless you’re planning to see a movie anyway), so sound off on what you think.

I’ll have my thoughts on the Holocron later today in fuller detail. The shots look cool (right, practical effects) but I had no sense of what this is all about. Interesting the emphasis was on new characters. Right now I’m a little baffled by the super ebullient over-the-top reactions I’ve seen because there just isn’t enough to bring a strong opinion one way or another. I thought the previous teasers were a lot better but this is the earliest they’ve ever done a teaser. I hope for something more substantial in the spring.

Update: I’ve got a longer analysis here.

Throwback Thursday: TPM Teaser Trailer

November 27, 2014

16 years and one week ago today, the most anticipated trailerever debuted at 75 theaters, on t.v., and on the internet.

Will history be repeated tomorrow? Stay tuned…

Promoting My New Site

November 26, 2014

lazypadawan’s Holocron has had a soft opening since last summer but I’ve been posting there more. The link is also under Blogroll. The old “Holocron” link to over at LiveJournal is now retitled “lazypadawan’s LiveJournal.”

In case you haven’t heard yet, the TFA trailer will be up on Friday on iTunes Trailers.

Updates On AOTC 3D & ROTS 3D

November 24, 2014

Jason Ward at Making Star got to check out AOTC in 3D over the weekend and posted some video of Dennis Muren introducing the film.

Ward also tweeted today that Muren mentioned ROTS’s conversion to 3D had been completed, they made Anakin’s red Sith eyes extra creepy, and he thinks that sometime after TFA comes out, we’ll see it. Personally I’m a bit more skeptical that we’ll see it any time soon after TFA’s release, with a full slate of new material Disney will want us to see first.

Flashback Friday: Moviefone Unscripted Interview 2005

November 21, 2014

Prior to ROTS’s release in 2005, Moviefone posted this interesting and amusing interview/conversation between Hayden Christensen and George Lucas. I have to admit, my favorite part is when they talk about Vader’s underwear.

Marvel’s Look Back At TPM

November 20, 2014

Now that Marvel is the official comics publisher of all things Star Wars, it’s taking a look back at the existing movie saga, starting off with TPM.

ROTS Is The Best Star Wars Movie To Date: A Commentary

November 19, 2014

I don’t have a favorite Star Wars movie. Each one is unique and adds so much to the saga, it’s hard for me 37 years out to imagine any one of them without the others. There are things to love about each movie and there are favorite things about Star Wars that are scattered across the existing films.

But as I often say, “favorite” and “best” are two different things. Sure you can cite something as your favorite because in your opinion it’s the best, however they aren’t synonymous. Between Anthony Daniels’s cryptic Tweet from a couple of weeks ago that TFA might exceed TESB as the “best Star Wars film” and someone on my Facebook feed expressing the opinion ROTS had the best opening of the series, I started to feel it was time to finally cite what I think is artistically the best of the series to date.

It’s a realization that crept on me for the past decade. I’d never been a member of the “TESB is the best” club. Even when there were just three Star Wars films, I’d leaned more toward ANH’s deathless charm and revolutionary cinema (so much so its taken for granted today, much like “Casablanca” or “Gone With The Wind”) and I thought ROTJ did some things even better than TESB. With the prequels, there was an audacity and grandeur not seen before in the saga, though you did have to wait until the conclusion for it all to fully pay off.

And what a payoff it was. ROTS isn’t always the easiest movie to watch, especially after you’ve invested six years into these characters and came to love them. It’s even tougher taking The Clone Wars into account. But in that film, I really felt Lucas saved his best for his last. He took the saga to territory it had never crossed, not compromising what he felt was necessary to tell the story, neither flinching nor becoming gratuitous in its darkest moments. While ROTS has its share of action, adventure, and pulpy/comic bookish moments as the other films do, it also has many amazing, dramatic scenes that still make me go, “Wow.” I think the scene at the opera house between Anakin and Palpatine is the single best scene in the whole series and all it consists of is the two of them talking. The second best scene in the whole saga is the “ruminations” scene with Anakin and Padmé. From a pure filmmaking perspective, it’s brilliant. So is the Order 66 montage, which owes heavily to Lucas’s mentor Francis Ford Coppola as well as to Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein.

I thought it was a great decision to cut between the Anakin/Obi-Wan duel and the duel between the most powerful of each side, Yoda and Sidious. The stakes are never higher and I have to agree with Camille Paglia, I can’t remember a more passionate, emotional scene involving two men (Anakin and Obi-Wan, that is). The denouement is as close to perfect as it gets artistically. It was genius to cut between Padmé’s final moments/the birth of the twins and Darth Vader’s torturous installation in his suit. Vader’s cri-de-coeur at hearing the news of Padmé’s death got to me; it resonates depending on how you invested in what’s happening, as is the case with all of the movies. The final montage of the film brilliantly concludes the fates of the Skywalker clan: Padmé’s funeral, Darth Vader gazing at the under-construction Death Star, Leia’s arrival on Alderaan, and Obi-Wan bringing Luke to the Lars homestead. ROTS not only wraps up the prequel trilogy, it also brilliantly establishes what’s to come next in Eps IV-VI.

On top of it all, the film is beautiful to look at and John Williams’s score hits all of the right notes (ha ha).

Watching ROTS is like watching the best Olympic skater alive not only do a gold medal winning, perfect 10 program but also the best program of her career, all for kicking it up a higher notch than usual.

Is There A Mace Movie On The Way?

November 17, 2014

Making Star posted a screen cap of a Reddit AMA session with director A.J. Edwards. Someone had asked about rumors he may direct a spinoff movie and his reply was “talking about it, not able to say a lot yet” and then he posted, “It will focus on Mace Windu.”

Kind of a strange, unexpected answer, no? The question is, was he kidding or will we see the further adventures of the baddest mofo on the Council?