Archive for November, 2016

Movie Score Video & More About HU’s “Naboo Collection”

November 30, 2016

Pedro passed along this video from about a year ago about Sony’s “Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection” of scores from Eps I-VI. It was an unboxing and Q&A session with movie score professionals:

The current episode (18) of the Galactic Fashion podcast features a long interview with Ashley Eckstein about Her Universe.  In it, she mentions the so-called Naboo collection we might see late next spring/summer.  It’s part of a vintage-themed planets line (she mentions Tatooine and Endor as other lines planned) and she discusses a Naboo dress design that features all kinds of stuff associated with it, including Anakin and Padmé.  I gotta have it!

“Everything Great About TPM”

November 28, 2016

A You Tube channel called Cinema Wins apparently likes to focus on the positive with a series on what was great about particular films. The latest installment? “Everything Great About Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.”

I haven’t had time to watch it yet but the feedback I’m seeing is pretty positive.

Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy: Yoda Confronts Dooku

November 28, 2016

 

Perhaps the biggest crowd-pleasing scene in AOTC was Yoda confronting Count Dooku.  Up until the time AOTC was released, we’d never seen Yoda do anything other than train Jedi, walk around with that stick, and say wise stuff.  But Yoda could open a can of whoop-ass if necessary and thanks to ILM’s digital magic, what was once impossible for a character realized by a puppet was in 2002 a reality.

This was something George Lucas had wanted to do in AOTC from the get-go.  He wanted to show audiences why Yoda was “the” Jedi.  But he found a lot of resistance from people along the way.  ILM balked at the logistics of creating a credible fight scene with the little Jedi Master.  Others thought it would look dumb and people would laugh at it.  But of the 11 times I’d seen AOTC in the theaters, audiences applauded the top of this scene every single time.  The audience at the first screening I’d gone to at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C. went absolutely bananas.

We all know the drill.  Obi-Wan and Anakin attempt to battle Dooku and get it handed to both of them. It gets quiet and all of a sudden, Yoda humbly enters the scene.  After some trash talking, Dooku tries to fling things at Yoda with the Force.  After Yoda deflects the flying objects, Dooku tries Force lightning.  When that doesn’t work, it’s time to take out the lightsabers.  Yoda flips around and engages the really tall Dooku like a champ.  It’s only when Dooku tries to topple a pillar on top of Anakin and Obi-Wan that he’s able to escape from Yoda.  Cheater.

ILM’s visual effects artists of course did an amazing job realizing this scene. If the visuals didn’t work, the whole thing would’ve been a disaster. While today’s animation would be even better it was pretty spectacular for 2002. I happen to think it works now. Not only does Yoda look great in fight mode, I like his whole attitude prior to the fight. Some of those poses were seemingly inspired by Neo in “The Matrix.” Christopher Lee had to sell the duel on his end and he didn’t even have anyone to fight as it was shot on a soundstage. Lee does an amazing job but that just goes without saying. The lighting in the scene–some of it digital, some of it done on set–is perfect.

This was a high risk scene that walks the line between “wow, this is awesome” and the absurd but it became one of the most iconic fight scenes in the saga so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bright Lights Film Journal On AOTC

November 26, 2016

Mike Thorn posted a recent piece (Nov. 16) on Bright Lights Film Journal called “George Lucas’s Wildest Vision: Retrofuturist Auteurism in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones”.

This is a real critique of art from the standpoint of someone who is serious about cinema as an art form:

Returning to the comparison between Attack of the Clones and *Corpus Callosum, I would also argue that both films are born to differing degrees from avant-garde traditions, given Lucas’s directorial background and origins (his early work in short films is largely comprised of formalist experimentation, and even his feature debut THX 1138 [1971] eschews many of the customary characteristics of its genre). What defines Attack of the Clones more than anything is its wild formal inventiveness, which remains unprecedented in mainstream cinema. And like Snow’s Callosum, Lucas’s film deals with the futuristic possibilities of digital filmmaking, in this case, resulting ultimately in the alteration of an entire art form.

First Peek At Bail Organa in “Rogue One”

November 25, 2016

It looks like it came from celebrity gossip mag “Us” (originally posted by IndianaJedi on Twitter):

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Still has the House Organa thingie on his belt buckle.  Nice job, Costume Department.  He may not be as high up the food chain anymore because Leia took his job.

Some Anakin News

November 22, 2016

First off, Star Wars The Prequel Trilogy Facebook page posted an image of SH Figuarts AOTC Anakin figure coming May 2017.

Clone Wars alum Matt Lanter has a hit with NBC’s “Timeless” and is currently featured in People magazine as part of its Sexiest Man Alive issue.  Here’s the kicker…he named his dog after his former padawan Ahsoka:

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No word if she gets called Snips when she barks too much.

Finally, the Christmas comedy “Jingle All The Way” was released 20 years ago today.  I remember going to see that, “Space Jam,” and “Star Trek:  First Contact” (also released 20 years ago this week) just to see the Star Wars Special Edition trailers attached to them.   Little did any of us know that just a short time later, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son in the movie, Jake Lloyd, would be part of the saga himself.

AAHA Celebrates 16 Years

November 21, 2016

Fan site Anakin And His Angel is celebrating 16 years of being online.  To mark this occasion, it has some quotes from fans on why they love A/P plus there’s a Tsum Tsum giveaway.

Fan Post Of The Day

November 17, 2016

I honestly don’t know when this person on Tumblr posted thoughts on Padmé but I thought it had a lot of great points about her character.  YMMV of course:

That can be seen as sweet, in a way—that she’s her true, “just Padmé” self with her family. But for me, it’s a little unsettling. She has no home of her own. Padmé’s room is a corner of her family’s estate with depressing political pictures of herself. Her private residence is just another piece of her Amidala persona.

And it’s not that she couldn’t have anything else. She’s a wealthy twenty-four-year-old woman. Rather, it seems like she doesn’t quite know how to exist outside the roles she serves for others—queen, senator, relative, wife. By ROTS, I think it exhausts her. She loves the Republic, she’s devoted to the Republic, but it’s tearing her apart.

Star Wars.com’s 5 Reasons Why Qui-Gon Is The Best Jedi

November 14, 2016

Finally, a listicle we can get behind!  Star Wars.com listed five reasons why Qui-Gon might be the best Jedi ever.

I’m sure you all can think of many more!

Maul’s Coming To Marvel

November 14, 2016

Darth Maul will star in an all-new mini comics series from Marvel beginning in February!

The news got dropped today.  Here are the basics:

Cullen Bunn is the writer and Luke Ross is the artist.

It’s going to run five issues.

It takes place prior to TPM and will feature his training under Darth Sidious.

He will meet a new OC who will have a big effect on his life.

Story is basically about Maul’s permanent descent to the dark side and how he was almost tempted out of it.