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I was reminded recently that one needn't rely exclusively on George Lucas' recent rash of franchise mangling to have their attitude inch methodically toward the idea that perhaps he's really just an idiot who got very lucky.   Many a Star Wars fan reacted with disgust when the prequels began hitting screens, and with good reason.  The sad excuses for milking more money out of a 30-ish year franchise managed to only slightly disguise the fact that they were feature-length video game trailers.  They were purposeless in a sense rarely seen in film, mainly because no one presenting such ludicrous scripts to anyone could ever get them turned into a movie.   There was a more subtle reaction to the latest Indiana Jones movie »

- Marc Eastman

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