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REVENGE OF THE SITH

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Thoughts….

  • This is the only movie that Lucas really had an idea for in the new trilogy – he has all but admitted as much. That shows. Of the prequel trilogy, it is far and away the best.
  • Jar Jar Binks DOOMED THE GALAXY. It’s true…
  • Hayden Christensen still cannot act.
  • Natalie Portman is surprisingly bland here.
  • While there is great action, there is very little emotional connection for the audience.
  • Mace Windu deserved better!
  • Seeing the Emperor revealed is a great moment.
  • Ewan McGregor is a terrific Obi Wan Kenobi and I cannot wait for his Disney + series!
  • This is the most satisfying of the prequel movies. It has a reason for being and that helps – a lot!
  • The battle on Mustafar is worth the price of multiple admissions.
  • The Tantive IV makes a wonderful appearance.
  • I would like more of Jimmy’s Smits’ Bail Organa.

Retro-Reaction

Revenge of the Sith is, really, the one we’ve been waiting for. This is the story we really wanted to see – the fall of Anakin Skywalker, the rise of Darth Vader and the Emperor and the race into seclusion for Obi Wan Kenobi. The only thing holding the movie back is George Lucas’ over indulgence in his desire to make this a movie for children. While there is no argument that Star Wars is entertainment primarily aimed at kids, Lucas embraced that idea a little too closely throughout the prequels. While that tone worked okay in The Phantom Menace and was really on display in the daffy Attack of the Clones, it is very discordant here. This is a movie of sweeping themes and terrifying murders – anything that takes away from that is unfortunate. Lucas doesn’t quite find the middle ground here, but he comes close enough for this to be the best of the prequel bunch!

The Schedule 

  • Review One: The Phantom Menace
  • Review Two: Attack of the Clones
  • Review Week Three: Revenge of the Sith
  • Review Week Four: Solo
  • Review Week Five: Rogue One
  • Review Week Six: A New Hope
  • Review Week Seven: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Review Week Eight: Return of the Jedi
  • Review Week Nine: The Force Awakens
  • Review Week Ten: The Last Jedi

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Star Wars Rise Prep: Attack of the Clones | Video Game Nightmare


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WEEK TWO: ATTACK OF THE CLONES

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Thoughts….

  • Every bad choice George Lucas could have made as a writer, he makes.
  • Every bad choice George Lucas could have made as a director, he makes.
  • This movie has all the depth of a bad video game.
  • Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman have NO chemistry.
  • I could have written (and I do really believe this is true) better puns for C-3PO.
  • Ewan McGregor and Christopher Lee are far better than the material.
  • Samuel L. Jackson is just happy to be there.
  • Does Boba Fett really pick up a helmet with his father’s severed head in it?!?
  • How video-game inspired is the Geonosis scene with Anakin, Padme, R2-D2 and C-3PO?
  • The Tusken Raider attack by Anakin is actually a very good set piece.
  • Jimmy Smits is a welcome addition.
  • Jar-Jar Binks is to blame for everything.
  • The music is truly incredible.
  • The real settings, especially the idyllic retreats on Naboo, are much more breathtaking than any digital creation.
  • This is the LOW POINT of all Star Wars movies as far as I am concerned.

Retro-Reaction

Attack of the Clones is, for my Republic Credits, the worst Star Wars movie of them all. There is so little story, so little creativity, so little logic to sustain it. I once read that George Lucas said he only had enough story for one prequel movie. That really seems to be the case here. Attack of the Clones is really a bad movie with very few redeeming points. Knowing that Revenge of the Sith is coming next is one of them.

The Schedule 

  • Week One: The Phantom Menace
  • Week Two: Attack of the Clones
  • Week Three: Revenge of the Sith
  • Week Four: Solo
  • Week Five: Rogue One
  • Week Six: A New Hope
  • Week Seven: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Week Eight: Return of the Jedi
  • Week Nine: The Force Awakens
  • Week Ten: The Last Jedi

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WEEK ONE: THE PHANTOM MENACE

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Thoughts….

  • The 20th Century Fox flourish followed by the opening notes of John William’s score still impresses and excites.
  • Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor are a terrific pair.
  • The CGI does not hold up well… it is surprising how primitive it looks.
  • I always forget Keira Knightley is in the movie!
  • R2-D2’s introduction is very well handled.
  • Darth Maul is a GREAT name (and a great character).
  • As good as the casting of Neeson and McGregor is, the casting of Jake Lloyd is … not.
  • Natalie Portman is really, really young in this film.
  • I tend to forget the midichlorians (mercifully).
  • This movie is really, really, really intended for children.
  • There is a certain visual grandeur to the beginning of the podrace scene as the flags take the field (then it’s completely undercut by an actual fart joke).
  • The last appearance of puppet Yoda is… nice.
  • Yoda’s “fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering” line is one of the best in the entire saga.
  • Darth Maul’s full reveal in the Naboo hangar is a Top 25 moment in the saga’s history.
  • The lightsaber battle is the best directed sequence in the film – no, it’s the best sequence in the film. The music, the action, the acting, they all work.
  • I had forgotten that the Darth Maul action figure came in torso and leg pieces joined by a powerful magnet.

Retro-Reaction

The Phantom Menace is… not great. 20 years ago, I tried to will it into being great then. That didn’t happen. I tried to see it for what it is now, and that helped. It’s a kids’ movie, made by a big kid for little kids. There is nothing wrong with that. It didn’t ruin my childhood. It doesn’t make me like Star Wars less. It doesn’t offend me.

It’s just not very good.

The Schedule 

  • Week One – 8.25 – 8.31: The Phantom Menace
  • Week Two – 9.8 – 9.14: Attack of the Clones
  • Week Three – 9.22 – 9.28: Revenge of the Sith
  • Week Four – 9.29 – 10.5: Solo
  • Week Five – 10.6 – 10.12: Rogue One
  • Week Six –  10.13 – 10.19: A New Hope
  • Week Seven – 10.20 – 10.26: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Week Eight – 11.3 – 11.9: Return of the Jedi
  • Week Nine – 11.17 – 11.23: The Force Awakens
  • Week Ten – 12.1 – 12.7: The Last Jedi

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And There Came Rise of Skywalker Preparation


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In mid-December, the last installment of the 9 film Star Wars Skywalker saga will be released. The Rise of Skywalker will grace our movie screens, answer every-and-all questions we have about the Star Wars universe and satisfy all viewers.

Or not.

Here’s the thing: I know it WILL satisfy me. I know myself that well. And I cannot wait.

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In preparation, it is time (HIGH TIME) to re-watch each of the films and to blog about them going into this last chapter. The first decision to make is how to watch them. As any true Star Wars fan knows, there are three acceptable ways to watch:

  • In release order beginning with 1977’s – A New Hope through 2017’s The Last Jedi,
  • following the so-called “Machete Order
  • or in the order in which the films occurred in their timeline – The Timeline Order (1998’s The Phantom Menace through 2017’s The Last Jedi)

Writer’s Note: While they are not explicitly part of the Skywalker Saga, I am including Solo and Rogue One though they are not typically considered in the above approaches.

I will be watching the films in the Timelime Order as follows (and I have front loaded the project):

  • Week One – 8.25 – 8.31: The Phantom Menace
  • Week Two – 9.8 – 9.14: Attack of the Clones
  • Week Three – 9.22 – 9.28: Revenge of the Sith
  • Week Four – 9.29 – 10.5: Solo
  • Week Five – 10.6 – 10.12: Rogue One
  • Week Six –  10.13 – 10.19: A New Hope
  • Week Seven – 10.20 – 10.26: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Week Eight – 11.3 – 11.9: Return of the Jedi
  • Week Nine – 11.17 – 11.23: The Force Awakens
  • Week Ten – 12.1 – 12.7: The Last Jedi

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Link’n’Blog – 6.13.19: Sucker for Jo Bros

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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as fun or thought provoking as I have.

I can’t help it (and I don’t want to), I LOVE this song!

You can decide which version you like best:

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Link’n’Blog – 6.7.19: The Last Blockbuster

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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as fun or thought provoking as I have.

As a former video store employee in my youth, this one hits very close to my nostalgic heart.

 

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Link’n’Blog – 5.31.19: On EDGE!

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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as fun or thought provoking as I have.

As if I could be more excited for GALAXY’S EDGE…

The Launch of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland

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