Posts Tagged ‘TPM’

A Philosopher Reviews TPM

November 2, 2017

Joel forwarded a link to this fascinating and unapologetically positive review of TPM posted back in February, which I guess was originally written at the time the film came out.  The author is a philosopher, which means he has many interesting takes on the film and why some critics reacted to it the way they did.


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.


TPM Star Words Wrap Up

September 22, 2017

The last part of Matril’s take on different lines from TPM has been posted:

There was a lot of foreshadowing about Anakin discussed in the last entry, but we also have a tremendous hint regarding the identity of Sidious, right before the film’s final scene. It casts an ominous shadow over all of the gleeful celebration that follows.

Yoda and Mace discuss the fallen Darth Maul (did they learn his name from the Viceroy or not? No one mentions him by name again, so who knows?) and acknowledge that the Sith truly have returned. And they know there’s another one out there, because “Always two there are. No more. No less. A master…and an apprentice.” This is a great line on its own. It explains the Sith rule of two succinctly and simply. We understand that the two must be constantly at odds, each secretly planning on replacing the other while knowing the other plans to replace them. Vader’s power play with the Emperor and Luke makes more sense than ever.

But Mace’s reply…this line gives me goosebumps.

Next up, AOTC.

Star Words & More TPM Love

September 14, 2017

Matril is getting close to the end of TPM with her series with Qui-Gon’s final words:

Does Obi-Wan believe at this point that he is the Chosen One? Maybe not. I think he wants to believe it, because otherwise Qui-Gon wasted his last words and last wishes. He’s certainly going to honor that dying wish with all his might.

And here we have the establishment of an awfully shaky apprenticeship for Anakin. Obi-Wan, barely done being a Padawan himself, driven not by any particular connection to Anakin but out of devotion to his lost master; charged with the training of possibly the most important potential Jedi who ever lived. No big deal. No major issue if he fails, except perhaps the Force falling permanently out of balance. But Qui-Gon begged for his promise — there’s that word again! — and Obi-Wan is determined to follow through.

Meanwhile, the Star Wars Show invited on NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney who says TPM is his favorite SW film:

Finally, the Ministry of Cinema updated with a short trailer billing a new episodic series based off its documentary “The Prequels Strike Back.” The first episode will be up on Oct. 6:

More Star Words

September 8, 2017

This time it’s from the conclusion to TPM’s big action scene:

And what a great line; what a great delivery. Steady but carrying an edge of contempt. Taking all his threats and throwing them back in his face. I love, too, that Padmé is physically much smaller, yet somehow manages to stare down her foe. Just a fantastic moment all around. The other battles of Episode I’s finale are, arguably, more fun to watch, more eye-catching and intense. But this ending might be the most satisfying. After all the Viceroy’s confident taunts, he must admit defeat in the face of a fierce, tiny fourteen-year-old queen.


NASCAR Driver Talks TPM

September 3, 2017

NASCAR racer Ryan Blaney was quoted in an interview about how he became a Star Wars fan:

“I was probably six or seven when Phantom Menace came out,” Blaney said to FanSided via email. “That’s the age as a kid when you start figuring out what you like and don’t like. I enjoyed it right away and saw Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith right when they came out. I discovered the originals when I was a little bit older, and it’s always something I’ve been intrigued by. I did enjoy it right away, and it was pretty cool how it worked out because it was unique timing that I was able to get into it at an early age when your mind is developing.””

TPM Still One Of The “Leggiest” Blockbusters

September 2, 2017

Believe me, it probably made Forbes’s Scott Mendelson cry to realize this:

As George Lucas said when promoting Attack of the Clones(paraphrasing): “I made More American Graffiti, I know what happens when people don’t like a sequel, no one goes.” But audiences did go and see The Phantom Menace in theaters that summer. More importantly, at least to the conventional wisdom that folks hated the movie as much as the hardcore fan base did, that movie didn’t just snag a huge total box office sum 18.5 years ago. It played all summer long, becoming one of the leggiest blockbusters of the modern era.

Just to add to this, TPM was playing somewhere in the Washington, D.C. metro area from May 1999 to January 2000. This includes its initial run, the discount theater/drafthouse run, and the charity run in December 1999 that in some places extended past the new year. I’m aware of contractual obligations some theaters had to run it so many weeks at a minimum but just because it was there didn’t mean people weren’t seeing it.

Star Words: Sidious Gives His Famous Order

September 2, 2017

Matril’s series on TPM focuses on a pretty famous line from the film:

The Viceroy assumes he’s talking about the Naboo and Gungans. And maybe he is, in this particular instance. But this could be considered the general mantra of Darth Sidious, and perhaps the Sith in general. Something in the way of your quest for power? Wipe it out. All of it. Show no mercy. Nothing must impede your rise to complete dominion. It doesn’t matter which side it’s on.

Star Words: We Are Your Humble Servants

August 24, 2017

Matril’s Star Words series reaches Queen Amidala’s big diplomatic moment:

This is a big deal, to put it mildly. When Boss Nass criticized the Naboo previously, he was expressed contempt of their arrogance, of their presumption of superiority over the Gungans. For the queen to lower herself — to literally kneel before the bosses — is to offer a direct contradiction to that presumption. We are not better than you; perhaps we are not even equals. Without you, we are nothing.

And the specific wording is even more important. Remember when Qui-Gon first encounters Jar Jar and saves his life? Jar Jar immediately declares, “Meesa your humble servant.” The exact same phrase. For all we know, it might be the ritualistic words required of a Gungan entering into a life-debt.

Star Words: Midichlorians Explained

August 11, 2017

The Star Words series discusses the scene where Qui-Gon explains midichlorians to a young Anakin:

But now, with a simple question from Anakin, he explains their meaning. And I just love this scene, because it demonstrates Qui-Gon’s patience and teaching ability, his gentle smiles and clarifications as Anakin looks more and more bewildered and incredulous. (“They live inside me” has a great wait, is this guy completely nuts??? kind of delivery.) It shows us what might have been, if only Qui-Gon had survived to be Anakin’s master. Now there’s no more mystery, and we understand the Force like any other mundane scientific principle.

Or not.