Posts Tagged ‘TPM’

Kitster Gets His Own Funko Pop Figure

February 16, 2017

 
The Star Wars Show brought back Dhruv Chanchani, who played Anakin’s buddy Kitster in TPM, to present him with a custom Kitster Funko Pop! figure direct from the company.

“Re-watching TPM”

February 11, 2017

Making Star Wars.net has an ongoing column called Opening the Holocron and its latest entry is a look back at TPM:

Of course, no movie could ever transcend that toddler’s memory and TPM – with its admitted flaws – certainly did not. But I did, and do, enjoy it.

Perhaps prophetically, it sure seems that many viewers who despise TPM (as well as its siblings Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith) simply can’t remember what it was like to be Anakin Skywalker’s age, to have that kind of hope, to have that kind of awe…

Like Anakin himself, those who deride the prequels don’t (or didn’t) want things to change.

Favorite Scene Series Gives Some Love To TPM

December 2, 2016

Frequent Lucasfilm/Star Wars author Jason Fry wrote this great piece on why “Qui-Gon Waits” is his favorite scene from the saga:

From a storytelling standpoint, the energy gates at the heart of Theed are a device to separate Obi-Wan from the other combatants, letting Lucas use Maul as the antagonist for two different dramatic fights.

The pause in the duel shows us the length of the energy-gate cycle, but it’s a potentially awkward bit of staging — one Lucas turns into a great, wordless character moment for all three duellists. Maul tests the energy field and then prowls around like a caged beast. Obi-Wan, powerless to intervene, bounces on his tiptoes in frustration. And Qui-Gon? He switches off his saber, regards Maul for a moment, then sinks to his knees and shuts his eyes.

“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.

TPM In One GIF

November 12, 2016

For the generation on the go and with no time to watch a two-hour movie ;):

Update: Here are the gifs for AOTC and ROTS…

Lil’ Anakin Funko Pop Figure Coming To Target

October 28, 2016

Passed around on Twitter late this afternoon/evening was this screenshot of a Funko Pop Anakin (TPM) figure, coming soon exclusively to Target:

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Photo from @Jenmarie on Twitter.

Everybody go running to Target this Sunday to see if it’s there!

 

Trevor Noah On TPM

August 24, 2016

Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” dropped by The Star Wars Show’s studios to chat about what else, Star Wars. Noah says the first Star Wars film he ever saw was TPM and he absolutely loved it and he loved Jar Jar. “To me he’s rock and roll.” Heh heh.

The interview starts three minutes into the show.

What Really Needs To Be Done (Commentary)

August 22, 2016

Inverse posted an interview with the director of “The Prequels Strike Back” and it occurred to me a kind of new narrative is taking shape concerning the films. It’s not the dominant geek/media industrial complex’s narrative yet but I’ve noticed it becoming more common. That narrative is the prequels were ambitious, had good or at least interesting ideas, and creative but (and there’s always a “but”) they weren’t executed all of that well.

I think this narrative is arising due primarily to two factors:

1. The effect of Mike Klimo’s Ring Theory. Since it was posted in late 2014, numerous people have come to recognize the many cogs and wheels that make the saga work together.

2. TFA’s effect on perceptions of the prequels. Those who spent years disliking the prequels but still found fault with TFA needed a new take on their arguments. The old arguments that the prequels were entirely created on computer have been debunked to all but the willfully ignorant; in fact Slashfilm revealed in an interview the other day that there was no model work at all in TFA and it had far more CG shots than TPM.

Now after all of this time I suppose you might find it encouraging there is starting to be concession that the prequels have some value. However I don’t think it’s good enough. They are still holding on to the idea that the movies are “bad” or at least greatly inferior to the OT. It’s still repeated over and over in the media that the prequels are terrible and universally-hated. We still have a long way to go to reach the point where the prequels and we as fans get the respect long due.

It is certainly a positive development to see stuff like the Ring Theory out there and others delving into the meaning of the prequels, what they did to deepen the mythology, and what they can teach us. They’ve been helpful to those open enough to read or listen to those analyses. The problem is that analysis of the story is one thing, but the quality of how that story is expressed is another and it’s that aspect of the prequels that gets attacked the most. What’s really needed to help the prequels is to put forth the idea that they are exceptionally well-crafted, well-executed films.

One person who has done this is Camille Paglia in her book “Glittering Images.” But there needs to be more people out there with the courage to say these are deserving works of art and can express why. I have been doing that series “Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy” for this very reason: I write about why I think the acting, the score, the cinematography, etc. work in a particular scene. There’s also the prequel frames Tumblr. Such takes on the films need to be full-throated and without apology but also without a defensive tone.

Of course not everyone is going to be convinced but we can start to turn the bandwagon around.

Podcast Discussion on TPM Score

August 7, 2016

I don’t listen to many podcasts due to lack of time, so Adam Dimand pointed out an episode of Rebel Force Radio’s Star Wars Oxygen from early 2015 that I’d missed.  This one is about TPM’s score.  Enjoy!

Kind of Pro-PT Clickbait

August 1, 2016

Comicbook.com posted about a month ago (conveniently hidden during July 4 weekend) a listicle called “Five Moments We Still Love From The Star Wars Prequels.”  The things chosen during the slideshow are kind of obvious, there’s the usual laying down of cover fire, and there’s even an annoying typo that hasn’t been fixed, but it’s better than the usual.  Slightly.

Hey, it’s the middle of summer and things are slow…