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Generally considered to be the strongest of George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels, The Revenge of the Sith (a great parallel title to Return of the Jedi) was heralded on release, even making its way onto a few year-end Best-Of lists for those critics who could truly see what the film was trying to achieve.
Since then it seems to have gone pretty much the same way as the films that preceded it, with early anticipation and acclaim dwindling to the point where Revenge now gets labelled as the best of a bad bunch, or some other reductive derivative. But, as I’ve tried to explain with The Phantom Menace (for the most part) and Attack of the Clones (overwhelmingly), that’s simply not fair.
If we set aside the prequels’ chief flaws, the ones that most use as arguments against the new trilogy – so general poor acting, questionable and overused CGI, »
- Taylor Burns
The second installment of George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy was always going to be the toughest assignment, the bridge between the anticipation and excitement of the first Star Wars film in sixteen years and The Revenge of the Sith, where fans knew they would finally get to see Anakin Skywalker become Darth Vader.
Attack of the Clones was certainly the film I remembered enjoying least as a kid (the final 45 minutes aside, which everyone agreed were insane), and I was sure that that would be the case again. That’s not quite how it transpired, though, and instead I have come away from my prequel rewatch marathon with Attack of the Clones as my unbridled favourite of the three. If anything, I might love it a little too much, so much so that the following eight points are basically seven mini love letters to the film and one slight disagreement. »
- Taylor Burns
George Lucas knows that most fans do not like his prequel trilogy. He directed all three movies, including 1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, 2002's Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. And despite the fact that a lot of people believe he ruined the franchise, he did want to return for Star Wars: Episode VII. But Disney didn't quite see eye-to-eye with his vision. In a new interview with CBS This Morning, the creator of the vast and powerful Star Wars universe revealed why he decided to break-up with his beloved sci-fi series. This is what he had to say, explaining that his vision did not meet that of Disney's.
"The issue was, ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, 'We want to make something for the fans.' People »
George Lucas directed his last movie 10 years ago. That was, of course, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, the concluding installment of the immensely popular yet highly divisive prequel trilogy. Time has been kind to the third installment, which was quite effective at stirring emotions, even as it reached a climax that was a foregone conclusion, at least for anyone who saw the original Star Wars trilogy. In November 2012, Lucas sold the rights to Star Wars to Disney, and walked...
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George Lucas directed his last movie 10 years ago. That was, of course, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (above), the concluding installment of the immensely popular yet highly-divisive prequel trilogy. Time has been kind to the third installment, which was quite effective at stirring emotions, even as it reached a climax that was a foregone conclusion, at least for anyone who saw the original Star Wars trilogy. In November 2012, Lucas sold the rights to Star Wars to Disney, and walked away from control of the franchise he created. But make no mistake, Lucas is still very much interested in the Star Wars universe. In a new video for Vanity Fair, he says that he's "curious that the Force doesn't get muddled into a bunch of gobbledygook." Watch...
- Peter Martin
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Directed by Francis Lawrence
The anticipation that comes with the release of the final installment of a massively popular and beloved film franchise is always palpable. The Return of the King, Revenge of the Sith (Star Wars fans, at the very least, were still excited in 2005, and they are numerous), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2; each franchise had the respective studio behind it bombastically announcing the arrival of the final chapter. How would the storyline conclude? Where would characters that audiences had come to love see their journeys end? Here we are once again, this time with the concluding episode of the Hunger Games series, one that has, it should be noted, proven to be refreshingly consistent with respect to the quality of its entries. »
- Edgar Chaput
Who doesn’t go to the movies to escape? That escape is frequently provided merely through amazing comedy and/or drama. But a certain spectacle never hurts. Amazing visual effects not only help in this regard, but studios frequently find themselves selling a movie’s effects before its stars or its story. No other craft finds itself so prominently featured in the minds of movie executives. The Academy Award for Best Visual Effects awards up to four individuals who play the most important roles in crafting a film’s visual effects. I should note that the sorts of films that get nominated in this category tend to feature dozens if not hundreds of individuals on their visual effects crews. As a result, determining which supervisors will be nominated can be tricky from this far out. More than any other Oscar category, blockbusters tend to score here. Being a “prestigious” and »
- Gerard Kennedy
Going to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on December 18th will likely involve a commitment of a few hours. You'll have to get to theater early unless you want to be stuck in the first row, or along the sides of the cinema, craning your neck to see what is happening on the big screen. Then there's the movie itself, and now we know how long the new chapter in the saga will play out. Read More: Finn And Rey Bond In A New TV Spot For 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Slashfilm dug into the pages of EW and discovered that the running time will be two hours and fifteen minutes. That makes it the third longest "Star Wars" movie to date, coming in behind "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," which are five and seven minutes longer, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This week on Destiny wasn’t great. Some terrible wording on the weekly update, some unenjoyable ventures into the Crucible, overall lack of balance, the return of Trials, and some more time with the Festival of the Lost event ensured that. Listen to the Two Man Fireteam discuss the weekly update and some general thoughts on how Destiny could improve. Also discussed are challenge mode for the raid, class balancing, and the random drop system.
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- Tim Maison
We've read a lot of crazy internet theories in our day, but this latest one, about a much-maligned character from the "Star Wars" prequels potentially being the most cunning and evil being in the entire galaxy, might be the most insane. Or is it?
The theory comes courtesy of a Reddit user (really, could it come from anywhere else?) named Lumpawarroo, who claims that Jar Jar Binks may in fact be more than just a clumsy simpleton who was a painfully unfunny (and some say racist) attempt at comic relief who never should have inhabited the "Star Wars" universe in the first place. But what if, Lumpawarroo asks, that was all a ruse? What if Jar Jar was not only a Force user, but a skilled fighter, master of mind control, and in fact the person behind the rise of the evil Emperor Palpatine?
Okay, you can stop laughing now. »
- Katie Roberts
He’s the most evil man in the galaxy and the most fun. Ryan celebrates Emperor Palpatine and the actor who gave him life, Ian McDiarmid.
Luke Skywalker’s jaunt beyond the horizons of his Tatooine homestead results in knotty familial problems and a severed hand. Princess Leia has to deal with psychological fall-out of her home planet’s destruction at the hands of Grand Moff Tarkin and the trauma of inadvertently snogging her own brother. Even Han Solo, so chipper in A New Hope, winds up frozen in carbonite and thrust in the boot of Boba Fett's ship by the end of The Empire Strikes Back.
Nor do the villains have all the fun; Darth Vader’s cool demeanour »
For fans worried that the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens novel adaptation might spoil all the film's secrets before you get a chance to see it, you can breathe easy. Director J.J. Abrams' mystery box will continue to be shrouded in secrecy leading up to the film's release on December 18. The book has officially been delayed to stop the spread of plot spoilers.
J.J. Abrams has worked hard to keep his sci-fi sequel encased in the pitch black, only dolling out plot points when necessary. No official synopsis has been released for the movie, and thus far, we only have rumors and character descriptions to go on with just two months left until the adventure hits theaters worldwide. Even though there have been three theatrical trailers released over the course of the past year, none of them have included too many story elements. At this late date, »
For the past couple of years, Joel Edgerton has been doing work that has gotten him more and more noticed in the industry. This year, partly for his role in Black Mass, the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards will be citing him with their Hollywood Breakout Actor Award. This will not only have him in contention at the Oscars for a Best Supporting Actor nomination, it will continue him down the path for A-list stardom in the years to come. We’ll see if the Academy Awards go for him or not, but the Hollywood Film Awards already have. Kudos to Edgerton for the honor… Here’s part of the press release once again announcing this honor: Actor Joel Edgerton will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Actor Award” for Black Mass The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards” will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, »
- Joey Magidson
In less than two months, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will finally hit theaters, thus bringing to an end a constant flow of rumors regarding this highly-anticipated adventure. Three trailers have been released thus far, and new details have slowly started to be revealed, but there is still so much we don't know about this new Star Wars movie that will not only spawn a new trilogy, but three spinoffs as well. Today we have a new rumor from Star Wars News Net, which claims that the iconic Yoda will return in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The site's source is an unidentified non-us resident who works in audio dubbing for the international release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Unfortunately, no details about this Yoda scene were released, and it's worth noting that, while this beloved Jedi died in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, »
Today’s big piece of Star Wars news is that Luke Skywalker’s Twitter-dominatingly absence from the final trailer (and theatrical poster) for The Force Awakens was on purpose: speaking with the Sydney Morning Herald, when asked about the once (and probably future) Jedi, J.J. Abrams said “These are good questions to be asking. I can’t wait for you to find out the answer… it’s no accident.”
And everyone’s treating this like it’s a surprise. What?! Did anybody really think that through the entire process of editing the final trailer and getting it ready for release nobody, not J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy or the legions of tight-lipped workers at Lucasfilm, realised that they’d forgot the most important character in the franchise, only after releasing going “Oh sh*t, how did we forget about Luke?”
Of course Luke not being in the trailer wasn’t »
- Alex Leadbeater
Ricky Church on whether nostalgia can be a bad thing…
Last week Star Wars: The Force Awakens released its final trailer and crashed many theater sites in its sale of tickets, literally breaking the Internet. The reception of the trailer has been overwhelmingly positive, stirring the emotions of a grown adult to make them feel like a child again while raising excitement of this film to whole new levels. The Flickering Myth team discussed our reactions to the trailer and one word that was thrown around a lot here, and among various other sites and forums, was the word ‘nostalgia’.
Everyone agreed the trailer was full of nostalgic moments, from the music to various shots reminding you of the Original Trilogy’s magic, but there was some concern that there might have been too much nostalgia in the trailer, begging the question: can nostalgia be a bad thing?
- Ricky Church
It’s a packed edition of The Week in Star Wars following a new poster and trailer for The Force Awakens alongside some record breaking ticket sales, #BoycottStarWarsVIII, Luke Skywalker turning to the Dark Side and more…
Well, what a week this has been. We’ll kick things off with last Sunday’s new poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which features Finn, Rey, Kylo Ren, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3Po, R2-D2 and Poe Dameron. You can also take a look at the all Lego version of the poster and the all Jar Jar Binks version…
…This was then followed on Monday with the latest and final trailer for the hotly anticipated movie (which was preempted by four short teasers). The trailer was so popular, it broke its own record of most views in a 24-hour period. You can read the thoughts of the Flickering Myth »
- Luke Owen
Monday seems like such a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. And we're guessing that in the past 72+ hours, you've watched the brand-new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer about a billion times. Well, now we have an alternative version from the fine folks at Science Vs. Cinema. They've taken the first two teasers released earlier in the year, and edited them together with this third and final trailer for one epic, mega-sneak peek. The sad thing is, this is the last footage we'll get before the movie drops in theaters this December.
We're only two months away from The Force Awakens making its debut in theaters. And despite the fact that the prequel trilogy was awful by most accounts (we like them), the fans seem to be more in love with the franchise than ever before. And most are overly enthusiastic for this next installment. »
Nothing kicks the rumour mill into gear quite like Star Wars. As anticipation builds ahead of the The Force Awakens's December release, every piece of Force Awakens gossip pinballs around the web faster than the Millennium Falcon doing the Kessel Run.
But which possess the Force and which are pure Bantha poop? Here are nine huge (and potentially spoilerific) Star Wars rumours to chew over.
1. Rey and Kylo Ren are linked more closely than you think
The Star Wars movies have always explored blood ties and family, so is the notion that Kylo Ren and Rey are separated siblings?
Offspring of Luke? Son and daughter of Han and Leia? Obviously we can't say for sure, but the latest poster has fans speculating about the positioning of Rey's staff parallel to Kylo Ren's lightsaber. The previous Comic-Con poster for The Force Awakens places Rey between the light (Finn) and dark side »
Star Wars fans looking to revisit the Saga on the big screen ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be delighted to hear confirmation that select theaters are set to host a Star Wars movie marathon on December 17th.
As per Comic Book, Fandango has launched a landing page for the marathon, which will take in The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi ahead of the hotly-anticipated first instalment of Disney’s Sequel Trilogy.
Tickets for The Force Awakens are set to go on pre-sale tomorrow, following the release of the brand new poster and trailer. At this point, there’s no word on whether any UK cinemas will be holding a similar marathon.
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- Gary Collinson
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