Archive for the ‘George Lucas’ Category

George Lucas’s References

January 29, 2016

Someone on Reddit did something worthwhile and compiled a list of reference books and novels seen in the background of an old web doc on George Lucas writing TPM (“All I Need Is An Idea”).

The books are a very interesting mix of child psychology, gnosticism, folklore, science fiction novels, and mythology, plus basic reference material.

Here’s the webdoc:

Tribute Video Is Live

January 17, 2016

Susan Bowes’s tribute video to George Lucas is up on YouTube.  Spread it around and let it go viral!

Who’s Sorry Now?

January 11, 2016

Image from seller Devil Olive on Redbubble.com. Yes, you can buy stuff with that image.

After TFA’s release there has been some articles here and there that have been encouraging yet maddening; wistful pieces that dare I say miss Lucas’s influence on Star Wars (and kinda sorta show some grudging respect for the prequels if not outright appreciation). Right now I’ve noticed most of these pieces are in higher-brow publications or sites that are more aimed at cinephiles than nerds, but I’ve seen more or less similar sentiments in the New York Post’s and GQ’s websites.

A couple of examples dropped in The New Yorker within the past week. The latter piece is interesting because here’s a Serious Film Guy who hadn’t seen any of the films until recently and didn’t really care for them…except for AOTC and ROTS. It’s as though the acid didn’t finally kick in until five films into the series. However, I’ll agree ROTS is Lucas firing on all cylinders and it’s great to see for a change somebody else notice how AOTC is a beautiful, complex film.

Of course I didn’t need TFA or anything else to recognize Lucas’s value as an artist and a visionary. I already know! That’s one reason why I’m bothering with this site. I just wonder to these guys, where the heck were you when we needed you? They certainly were not around during the prequel years. Back then it was cool to beat up on Lucas and his work and portray him as something worse than serial killer or a pedophile, a sentiment that unfortunately carried over to how TFA was reviewed. Oh sure there were a few people here and there who broke the trend but kicking Lucas around became a pop culture/media thing for a long, long time that got us to where we are now. As Jett Lucas tweeted around Christmas, think of all of the movies we would’ve seen already had it not been for all of the prequel bashing.

I think it’s widely acknowledged what George Lucas has done for entertainment and advancing cinema. There’s a reason why he got the Kennedy Center Honors after all. But he’s horribly undervalued and unappreciated as an artist. He seems to have shared the same fate as his mentor Francis Ford Coppola. In the ‘70s, Coppola could do no wrong. By the ‘80s and ‘90s everybody was throwing tomatoes at him and now he’s making his own weird experimental movies that occasionally get released to even more terrible reviews. (At least people like the wine.) Now Lucas is in his own exile, cut from the popular entertainment stage because frankly, nobody understood what the hell he was trying to do all along. Especially not Star Wars fans. Had there been more prominent voices who did understand Lucas’s oeuvre and if we had a culture more receptive to those voices, things would be very different today. Lucas might be still with the saga he created.

However, I suppose it is nice a few people are starting to recognize Lucas’s artistic strengths now instead of waiting for him to die. Maybe if we’re all lucky, this might kick off a reappraisal of his films, including the prequels, and at last a genuine understanding of the saga.

Update On Fan Appreciation Video

December 29, 2015

I mentioned back in November Susan Bowes’s plans for a fan appreciation video for George Lucas and his work on the prequel trilogy. She has moved the deadline to mid-January, so there is still time to get a video clip to her. Her e-mail address is susanbowes@optonline.com.

I’ll Just Leave These Here

December 26, 2015

A couple of Dec. 24 tweets from Jett Lucas, George’s son, that are interesting and a bit poignant:

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I’m fine with moisture evaporators and trade talks but I see his point ;).

Charlie Rose’s YouTube channel posted yesterday some video of his interview with George Lucas.  They’re relevant when you connect it with the tweets.

 

Some Interesting Reading

December 17, 2015

First, check out the Telegraph’s defense of Lucas and the prequels.

A fan blogger discusses why saga/prequel fans shouldn’t boycott TFA. I don’t necessarily agree with all of his opinions and there are some inaccuracies/assumptions, but it’s an interesting argument. And like I’ve been saying, prequel fans have to learn to be more vocal in constructive ways.

While not technically reading, Geek University posted this video showing Eps I-VI side by side, demonstrating the Ring Theory:

Ron Howard Was Asked To Direct TPM

November 25, 2015

Here’s a very interesting revelation from director Ron Howard, who has known George Lucas since working on “American Graffiti” decades ago. Lucas had asked him to direct TPM, as well as Robert Zemeckis AND Steven Spielberg:

Appearing on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Howard revealed to host Josh Horowitz that George Lucas, with whom he worked on American Graffiti and Willow, asked him to direct Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

“He did, he did,” Howard said in response to whether Lucas approached him about the film. “He didn’t necessarily want to direct them, and he told me that he had talked to [Robert] Zemeckis, he talked to me, he talked to Steven Spielberg. I was the third one he spoke to. They had all said the same thing, ‘George, you should just do it!’”

So much for the meme that Lucas was some power-hungry control freak who only wanted “yes men” and wouldn’t “share” with anyone else.

Let Lucas Know You Appreciate Him

November 23, 2015


Art by Noah Evans

Fan Susan Bowes has taken it upon herself to make a video showing George Lucas there are Star Wars fans who appreciate him and his work and is asking for fellow fans to submit their own messages to include in the video. If interested, e-mail your clip to susanbowes@optonline.com. She’s already started working on it and would like to post it on YouTube and Facebook as soon as possible.

Sums It Up

November 21, 2015

Posted on the SWPAS FB page by Stephen Marshal Bove:

On That Note: “In Defense of George Lucas”

November 19, 2015

A guy posted on his blog “In Defense Of George Lucas”, a welcome piece sticking up for the saga’s creator:

What really bothers me is how the director himself has taken the brunt of the hatred. Lucas has been called everything from incompetent, lazy, greedy and arrogant to outright racist. This is coming from people who hardly know anything about his personal life. But how does someone so incompetent and lazy build, from the ground up, the biggest FX company in the world? How does someone so greedy donate most of the 4 billion he earned selling to Disney? How does someone so arrogant appear so humble in his interviews? How does someone so racist have a best friend, Ste(v)en Spielberg, who is Jewish, and make a black man the most powerful Jedi next to Yoda, or produce a film in honor of black aviators, or marry a black woman? But no, the haters hate him and his films, and if you disagree, they’ll attack you too, and with the same fervor.”