Archive for May, 2015

What If TPM Had Come Out In 1977?

May 29, 2015

That’s the question Adam asks in his latest post for Jedi News.

So what do we get when we replace A New Hope with The Phantom Menace? Well, we still get a rollicking space adventure. We still get some light-hearted fun, pulse-pounding action, and effects more realistic than has been seen in the history of film up to that point. We even still get a heroic victory against some less-than-savory types. But there’s one crucial difference.

People would have taken one look at Palpatine and screamed “Nixon!”

A ROTS Memory I Forgot To Post

May 28, 2015

Apologies to Josh for neglecting to include his submission with the rest of the Prequel Appreciation Day memories of summer 2005:

I very much appreciate that you are celebrating 10 years of Revenge of the Sith. For the occasion I have attached a photo of my original ticket stub from 2005 to share with everyone. I can’t tell you how many times I re-watched the trailer leading up to that day. I had to beg my mom to take me to see it and I wouldn’t shut up until she did. Ultimately I went to see it twice. I had never done that before with any movie so at the time that was a big deal for me. The scene from the movie that is burned into my memory ever since the first viewing was the scene in early Act II when Yoda tells Anakin to “train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.” It was just what I needed to hear at that point in my young life. I think it is one of those movies that made me realize a lot of unpleasant things about myself and helped me deal with them, therefore it is a very personal experience for me. The experience reminds me of something Roger Ebert once said, “When a movie character is really working, we become that character.” I feel like I become Anakin every time I watch that movie, which is both an unpleasant and a rewarding experience. I believe it is an example of how an audience can learn from the pain and mistakes of the protagonist through empathy. That’s what’s great about movies, they may not make you a better person, but they can help you to become a more conscious, self-aware, and reflective person. Revenge of the Sith certainly did all of those things for me, and elevated cinema from a pass time into a passion that continues to this day.

Thank you for all that you do to celebrate the Prequel Trilogy. The Star Wars fandom becomes a more interesting place to be when a diversity of opinion is allowed to flourish.

Throwback Flashback Photos & Video

May 28, 2015

I kept meaning to post some photos of Linda from the time ROTS came out and finally, I remembered! (She also sent an mpg file but it won’t load on WordPress. Sorry!)



Attention To Those Who Want To Pitch Stuff To SWPAS

May 27, 2015

1. Your product/video/project must be relevant to SWPAS’s mission. This is not a generic Star Wars fan site, this is niche. If your stuff has nothing to do with the prequels, there are a bunch of other general sites that will be happy to run it instead.

2. Your product/video/project CANNOT be anti-PT in any way. I am not interested in pimping your epic rewrite of TPM that you assure me is so much better than the original, even as I can tell your spelling is bad and I can’t understand half of your mangled sentences in your e-mail.

3. At this time I do not accept paid advertising on the site.

4. Please be aware I am an extremely busy person with a full-time job and I don’t have time to watch your 2 hour forty-eight minute “fun parody” with all non-professional actors or three hours of you and your boys rambling about Star Wars in someone’s garage.

5. Freebies are welcome but please be aware that 1) I will let readers know up front I’m reviewing or discussing a product I got for free, 2) the product has to be relevant to SWPAS (prequel or overall saga related), and 3) I reserve the right to give it away to readers afterward.

Thank you!

Some Great Stuff To Read

May 27, 2015

Dan Zehr has a new piece about Palpatine/Darth Sidious as a mentor. An evil mentor, but one nonetheless.

Over at Clone Corridor, there’s a great account of Linda’s (comolucas) trip to sites in Italy where parts of AOTC were filmed. There’s stuff in here I had never read before!

And in honor of Sir Christopher Lee’s 93rd birthday today, CC also has a character study of Count Dooku.

Fan Writes About His Love of the PT

May 25, 2015

A blog called Fan of Star Wars (@ThomasStorai on Twitter) posted his love letter to Eps I-III. Check it out!

Star Wars Flicks To Be Screened In China

May 25, 2015

Disney is D-E-S-P-E-R-A-T-E to break Star Wars in China, where there’s a potential audience of two billion and American blockbusters are finally making big bank there.

Star Wars has always had a spotty record in the PRC. While Hong Kong got all of the films when they were first released, Eps IV-VI never got a formal release in China proper. The prequels did, but I think they were a little ahead of China’s economic boom that has created a large middle class. Most Chinese, if they knew anything about Star Wars, were likely introduced to the saga through bootleg video in a country where piracy of Western intellectual property is rampant and actually backed by the government. (Stay tuned for the Backstroke of the West 10th Anniversary Special!)

So ahead of TFA’s release, they are formally screening all six films next month at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Fan Shares TPM With Kid

May 25, 2015

Live The Force is back again with a tale of watching TPM with his 4-year-old daughter:

I love it as a Star Wars fan. But after this morning I now love it as a father as well. For the first time I got to watch my daughter experience the magic while actually watching a Star Wars film. Her reactions where the same as so many of us the first time we watched a Star Wars movie. Even though she has been exposed to the characters all her life, this is the first time I think she was following along with the story and who the players were.

Hilarious Star Wars/Frozen Parody

May 25, 2015

From My Wonder Factory, Anakin letting loose to “Let It Go”.

How the PT Enriches The Saga

May 22, 2015

Live The Force, a Star Wars/lifestyle and fitness blog, had a post about the prequels enriching the other films:

The entire original trilogy benefits from the things we learned in the prequel’s. When Yoda is referred to as a great warrior we now know why. Obi-Wan Kenobi is no longer some strange old guy watching over Luke. We now know the great man that he was. Not only that, but we also now understand the sacrifice he makes for 20 years to safeguard Anakin’s son. The Emperor is no longer the “final boss” figure that appears at the end, but now we know how truly an absolutely evil he is. The satisfaction of watching him be thrown down the chasm is so much more gratifying now.