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AOTC Star Words #29

April 13, 2018

We’re getting near the end of the film.  In secret, two Sith discuss their plans:

Just one scene, and everything that seemed so clear becomes muddy. Dooku, leader of the Separatists, is flying to the very capital of the Republic. He calls Sidious “master” and Sidious calls him by his Sith name, Tyrannus. Wait, wasn’t that the name of the man who recruited Jango Fett for cloning? How could Dooku be connected to both the source of the Republic’s new army and the the droid armies of the Separatists?

After making every sign of being shocked and affronted during the escalating battle on Geonosis, Dooku says now that the start of the war is “good news.” And Sidious replies with a phrase that will be chillingly familiar to anyone who recalls the Emperor’s words in Episode VI.

 

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Rian Johnson Re The Prequels’ Influence On TLJ

February 1, 2018

Last night TLJ director Rian Johnson did a Q&A session over Facebook.  Here he confirms the influence the prequels had on the film:

“So I was watching Revenge of the Sith recently and I noticed there are a few echoes from that film to The Last Jedi, like when Anakin’s talking to Padme in Revenge of the Sith just before they face off Obi-Wan, there’s some similarities there with the “join me” and the lashing out of Kylo to Rey and Anakin to Padme. Did you watch the prequels while you were writing?

Yeah, I watched the prequels a lot actually, and that goes for the writing and while we were in prep. I think partially because the original trilogy was the ones that I know by heart, shot for shot. The prequels – I knew them really well but I saw them less so I kind of wanted to steep myself in that visual language a lot more before I got into it.

The notion of finding echoes, not just in the original trilogy but also in the prequel trilogy felt like just a really rich well to draw from. So I kept the original trilogy and also the prequels just on my iPad that I had with me all the time and at night I would just put it on in a random spot and watch pieces of it.

My question is about the last scene between Rey and Ben. He’s kneeling on the ground, he has his father’s dice in his hands that his uncle gave to his mother and his mother left for him, and he’s looking up at the person who’s the most important person in the world to him and before that door shuts, if he could have a do-over to go back to that moment, what do you think he would say or do differently and why?

That is such a great question. Will you be mad if I said that it’s such a great question, I don’t want to answer it? Only because I think that’s such a beautiful notion of “what does he regret in that moment”, it’s the same way I think about in Revenge of the Sith, that mask is coming down, that beautiful shot of Anakin’s eyes right before it goes over and you see that glimpse of… Is it fear? Is it regret? What is it? What is going through his mind at that moment? That’s that kind of moment for Ben and I don’t want to put that moment in your guys’s head. I feel like that’s a moment that everyone should read into themselves. But just posing that question is really beautiful.”

Transcript by sleemo.tumblr.com; H/T Naboo News

This Is Getting Ridiculous…

December 23, 2017

When people start posting they hate Star Wars now, it sucks, it’s a joke, etc., they’re accomplishing nothing but bringing negativity.  And honestly prequel fans should know better.

I’m thinking it’s time for a comment timeout and to start laying down the law.  New posts for the next few weeks will NOT have comments open.  On any previously open comments I want NO more bashing of any of the films or the saga as a whole.   Any such comments will be deleted.

If you have any questions or comments, e-mail is SWPASadmin@gmail.com.

 

Thoughts On TLJ (Spoilers, Duh)

December 18, 2017

TLJ is in my very soul tormenting me.

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Spoilers, TLJ, & You

December 12, 2017

It’s that time again.

In the interest of keeping fans unspoiled for the movie please do not post any spoilers in comments until December 18.

As of now, I am leaning against doing an open thread as I’ve done before.  Why?  I think it’s becoming too contentious and as it is, I’m strongly considering shutting down comments for a while as of Jan. 1.

Come to think of it, don’t hijack other posts to rant on what you think either.

Violators will be banned.

Thanks.

 

So, What’s Been Going On?

November 28, 2017

As you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t been posting as much on SWPAS lately.  This is for many reasons.  Six or seven years ago, there was stuff going on all of the time largely due to Clone Wars.  Today it’s a little light in the prequels news department; some days there really isn’t much going on and I don’t feel like spending lots of time on minutia.  The good news is there are many more voices out there but I don’t have time to personally listen to every podcast or watch every video or post about every meme and fan art piece.  I’m not going to promote all of them either without knowing anything about them.

Other reasons include being busy, being unmotivated (there are several reasons for that too), and having a lot of problems with the state of fandom today.  I’ve never had an easy relationship with “fandom,” and I’m just beginning to understand why.  Furthermore, interacting with other SW fans on social media has become precarious within the past couple of years as people are mobbing up on other fans for reasons that have little or nothing to do with Star Wars at all.  Who wants to do or say anything in this kind of environment?

In short, I’m going to contemplate SWPAS’s future; right now that doesn’t mean shutting down but changing focus.  For now it’ll chug along as it has been until I figure out exactly what the new focus should be.

 

Buzzfeed’s “21 Photos That Prove 1999 Was The Greatest Year For Star Wars Fans”

October 17, 2017

Not that I think much of Buzzfeed or the dim bulbs who hang around there, but somebody posted a whole bunch of photos from the spring and summer of 1999 depicting the mania surrounding TPM’s release.  Of course the comments are full of bashers, so feel free to add balance to the Force.

By the way, I was acquainted with a number of people who were involved with the Uptown Theater line up.

Update:  Buzzfeed changed the title of the story a day later.  Losers.

 

Star Words AOTC Part 3

October 15, 2017

Martil posted the third part of her look at AOTC:

Anakin probably wants to crawl into a hole in the ground and never come out. So much for proving his maturity. Looks like he has always been and always will be a child in Padmé’s eyes. No wonder he’s so insistent afterwards on pledging to track down the assassin, against all his master’s disapproval — he’s desperate to win Padmé’s favor to make up for such a wrong-footed introduction. Alas, Obi-Wan’s chastisement only humiliates him further.

By the way, there is so much secondhand embarrassment in this scene, illustrated by way of cleverly-timed cuts to the onlookers’ faces. Typho, Dormé, Obi-Wan, even Jar Jar — they all notice it, and there is much hiding of smiles and darting of eyes. I love how editing can tell a story without a word of dialogue.

While you’re at it, check out her One Woman Star Wars: Episode II.

Pod racers Re-Imagined By Car Manufacturers

October 5, 2017

What if Ferrari, BMW, Dodge, Ford, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and Subaru made pod racers for various famous races?  ClickMechanic decided to find out. (H/T Naboo News).

For the record, I’ll take the Lamborghini.

Lucas Named 16th Best Screenwriter Ever

October 5, 2017

Vulture polled 40 screenwriters on the 100 best screenwriters of all time.  George Lucas ranked #16:

 In marrying the aesthetics of the pulp serials of his youth to formal lessons gleaned from Joseph Campbell, he quite literally created the template for 40-plus years of blockbusters. But his legacy isn’t limited to space operas. “Yes, the man created Star Wars, but want to see another side of his skills? Check out American Graffiti and weep because you’ll never be as talented as he is,” says Andrea Berloff.