The Kessel Runway has a japor snippet necklace DIY just in time for Valentine’s Day. This isn’t a movie replica; it’s designed to be a fashion item. So those of you who are present-less for tomorrow, here’s your last chance to impress your Valentine!
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There’s a new channel of pro-PT videos on YouTube called The Star Wars Prequels Channel. These are new, original videos discussing different aspects of the prequel films. There’s also a link on the blogroll.
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.
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.
Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer revealed in an interview with NBC Sports’s Joe Posnanski that not only he is a Star Wars fan, but The Phantom Menace is his favorite of the series. Posnanski felt it necessary to snark about it on Twitter, beginning a 2016-style media beatdown of anyone who fails to conform to their “correct opinions.” Next was a jock site called Larry Brown Sports that felt it was a headline worthy story to mock Bauer. Then back over at NBC Sports, Craig Cacacrappa or whatever his name is, also felt it worth several pixels beating up on Bauer. And Jason Lukehart at Let’s Go Tribe, an Indians fan site, decided to proclaim Bauer’s choice as “questionable.”
Gee, and they wonder why I despise the media so much. It’s full of despicable excuses for human beings.
Bryan Young called this bullying and gatekeeping. There’s no reason at all for anyone to pile on a young man for his taste in movies. I mean, WHO CARES? But we have a media today that feels it is appropriate to shame, harass, and destroy anyone for any reason. Just a few days ago, some outlets thought it was appropriate to dig into some Reddit posts by a guy who asked a question at a presidential/townhall debate and “expose” them. It was totally not newsworthy and meant to do nothing more than to humiliate the man. Unfortunately, the Gawker/Mic/Buzzfeed/etc. mentality is to do just that, humiliate and ruin anyone who doesn’t conform to what they think you should believe, act, say, etc.. And not only is that wrong, it’s frightening. It isn’t just the posts themselves that are problematic, they invite a bunch of mean-spirited comments and people take them as license to go after the target directly. On one site, a commenter said Bauer must have autism. I have to wonder how many trolls and bashers went after Bauer on social media.
In response, Young asked people on Twitter to send him their TPM memories, fan art, cosplay, etc.. If you’re so inclined, he’s at @swankmotron. He also tweeted to Bauer that he’s welcome on the Full of Sith podcast. Bauer might be a little busy right now but if you’re on Twitter, you can send some support to @BauerOutage.
Now what would be great is if Bauer is invited to appear on The Star Wars Show, Lucasfilm’s official YouTube program, to talk about his love for the saga. If Lucasfilm wants to put its money where its mouth is with being all anti-bullying and maybe show that they care about prequel fans too, this would be a great way to do it. And of course, we’ve got his back here!
Prequel Positive posted on Movie Pilot an essay on why Star Wars is more than just a bunch of movies (with quite a bit of discussion about the prequels):
The Star Wars saga gives us heroes we can relate to, that we can look at and say “That’s who I am,” “That’s what I would do.” We see this in Luke with his never-wavering faith in his father’s goodness, and Leia’s amazing ability to take control of any situation and never uphold the virtues of her mother, Padme, who was not only a very capable leader able to keep her cool during the invasion of her home planet, but who has always stood up for what was right, and Finn, who turned his back against the First Order and had the courage to fight for the good of the galaxy.
Jykdrumz on his blog World Of Peacecraft wrote about seeing TPM as a young boy and his affection for Jar Jar:
First off, I was the right age to find him quite funny. I loved his design, I loved his movements, and I sure as heck loved his pidgin-speak. This style of speaking was, in my eyes, a great form of world (or in this case, galaxy) building. While the original films include some characters who speak alien languages entirely, in most cases they clearly understand the Basic English being spoken to them by the humans, and said humans clearly understand their language as well. To me, Jar Jar and the other Gungans represent people in the real world who may learn and understand another language, but will never be completely comfortable speaking that language fluently. How do I know Basic English is not the Gungans’ first language? Because when Jar Jar first takes Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn to the underwater Otoh Gunga city, the camera explicitly shows two shocked Gungans exchanging the words: “Hu me gusa?” “Hata hata.”
“The Prequels Strike Back” now available on Amazon, VHX, and YouTube.
George Shot First is running a promo where if you purchase the film digitally and submit proof, you’ll get a 15% off discount on your next order!
Eleven Thirty Eight.com has an essay I think many of you here will enjoy. The author is a fan who got into Star Wars through the prequels and here he is expressing what the films mean to him:
It was the most transformative cinema experience of my life. I was pulled through the screen and into a galaxy that was bigger and richer and open to more possibilities than I could have imagined. From the renaissance beauty of Naboo to the towers and skyscrapers of Coruscant, it was true cinematic magic.
It also fulfilled my desire to know more. There was the Republic and the Senate that I had heard of, and the Sith – a name I had read but had never seen defined. Most of all, there were the Jedi at the height of their powers. The speed, athleticism and ferocity of the duel between Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul took my breath away, and it still does so today. It fired my imagination, and I spent many hours daydreaming about being a part of that world. The gloomy foreshadowing of Anakin’s eventual fall to the dark side assured me that this was just the beginning of a spectacular journey.