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You would think a movie about a bunch of geeks standing in line for a
to see "The Phantom Menace" would be a laugh fest, "Let's make fun of the
nerds" type movie. It's actually much more than that. Yes, it's funny,
it is also touching on how all these geek like strangers became the best
friends just because they waited in line for a movie.
Other pieces like Star Wars: The Musical and the woman who painted her car like a X-Wing are just laugh out loud funny. This movie was a great glimpse into a world I know very little about. Let just say I wouldn't want to live there, but it was a great (an often funny) place to visit.
not being a star wars fan, i went with a friend at a film festival and was surprised at how much i loved this flick! funny, clever, entertaining, and very educational! a must see for all starwoids and non. don't know where or when it's playing next, but worthy of some research.
I'll be the first to say, I love the Star Wars films, but to wait days in line???? I admire the people who did this but I pity them until they can line up for episode 2. If you can spend that much time waiting for a movie, you don't have much of a life. Starwoids is a great documentary on people who have nothing better to do. Don't get me wrong, it's really great to watch, because no matter how bad your life is you have something better to do than wait in line for a movie ticket. It's really an uplifting movie in the end.
I had heard about this movie not too long after Episode I was released in theaters. I was never able to see it until it arrived on video. It was more than worth the wait. I consider myself a Starwoid. I waited in line for tickets to Episode I. Although I waited in line for only 6 hours. But this movie absolutely captures the atmosphere of what it was like to wait in line. You looked around at the line, and saw people that you would probably have nothing to do with in any other aspect of life. But they were there in line with you, waiting with the same anticipation and excitement. For that day, they were your friends. You identified with them in a way that you cannot identify with anyone else. No matter where you came from, you had a passion for Star Wars, and you were going to get tickets to the first show no matter what. In Starwoids, someone make reference to this event as their version of Woodstock. That very sentiment was uttered by someone waiting in line with me. Nothing could be truer. In a way, waiting in line was more fun than seeing Episode I itself. Everyone was in full fanboy mode. Everything that day was Star Wars. I waited in line at a theater that houses 30 screens. As you can imagine, it's a pretty big building. No one was allowed to wait before 8am. The entrance was blocked off by police. When the barricade was cleared, the race was on. People hiding out in a nearby field raced for the building. The parking lot turned into a raceway. People were jumping out of moving cars to be first in line. By the time tickets went on sale later that day, the line had more than wrapped around the building. Literally thousands of people had shown up. It's that spirit of excitement and togetherness that Starwoids captures. If you are a Star Wars fan, you see so much of yourself in the people featured in the movie. If you didn't have the honor of waiting in line (and yes, it was an honor) this is as close as you can get to experiencing what it was like. Save for the births of my children, it was the best time of my life. So see Starwoids, and get a taste of what it was like to be there.
With all the hype and hoopla around the DVD release of Star Wars: The
Phantom Menace, it's easy to forget the amazing frenzy that occurred
the theatrical release of the movie. Waiting a few minutes in line this
at your local retail store or a couple of days for your DVD to arrive from
an online retailer just doesn't compare to the Star Wars Fanatics who
as long as six weeks waiting in line to be the first to see Star Wars: The
Starwoids is a very entertaining look at what it's like to be a Star Wars
Fanatic, to not only get caught up in Star Wars frenzy but be a part of
Watching Starwoids I couldn't help drawing comparisons to Trekkies, a
documentary about Star Trek Fandom. While I think Trekkies was a fantastic
documentary I enjoyed Starwoids even more. Trekkies felt like it was
the absurdity of Extreme Fandom while in many ways Starwoids celebrates
The makers of Starwoids waited in line along side other fans for 42 days,
and their film really feels like its 'from the trenches'.
Starwoids is introduced by Kevin Smith who also does an interview on the DVD about the influence of Star Wars on his movies (ever thought that Jay and Silent Bob are a lot like C3PO and R2D2?). It's an interesting interview, and I would have liked to have seen even more. So after you watch Star Wars: The Phantom Menace on DVD be sure to check out Starwoids for a great look at the entire movie phenomenon.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
*Spoiler/plot- Starwoids, 2001. On 1999, Lines formed outside two
Mann's owned theaters in Hollywood and Westwood to see the first Star
Wars film Episode 1 first new films in 16 years. Filmmaker Dennis
Przywara actually stood in line for 42 days to capture the emotion and
drama that event brewed. True fans clashed over a rivalry between the
two theater line camps. IN this film you will meet and know many of the
fans that participated. Also there are refreshing related Star Wars
field trips to Death Valley to see Star Wars filming locations and to
Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. Highlighting super fans like the Bobba
Fett musician, driver/owner of a custom X-wing car, and the producers
of a Star Wars theatrical musical.
*Special Stars- 40+ Star Wars fans who waited in a theater line for 42 days to get the first showing tickets of Episode 1.
*Theme- Some people are fans and fans make news by acting excessive.
*Trivia/location/goofs- Theater lines locations: Mann's Westwood plaza, Westwood Calif and Chinese theater, Hollywood calif. Field trip locations: Death Valley and Lucas Valley CA.
*Emotion- A gallant attempt to document a phenomena of film openings in an industry town like Los Angeles. The film is edited confusingly and has no pacing. The director's choice to artificially build some kind of drama by pitting Westwood against Chinese theater line groups did not work to make this a narrative instead of a very flat one dimensional news story piece that will only attract and keep the viewer's interest for a few minutes at most. The film premise is great, but it's way too long and confusing if not a scifi fan.
The description of this film is that it's like a Star Wars version of
"Trekkies". This is really inaccurate. While I did not love "Trekkies",
it was competently made--with a professional host (Mary Crosby), decent
production values and something of interest to non-Star Trek fans.
However, "Starwoids" is really poorly made--and is only of interest to
the most ardent Star Wars fans. Its production values are minimal--just
a lot of handicam shots. There isn't any sort of narration. In fact, it
looks EXACTLY like some home movies by some die-hard fans slapped
together. Why would anyone want to pay for this? Even Star wars fans
would expect much more than this--a film which consists of lots of
video of folks waiting in line to see "Episode 1" as well as clips of
various fan stuff--like a Star Wars musical--complete with fuzzy camera
work and completely devoid of editing. I rarely am this mean to an
independent film but this one made me mad---I cannot see why anyone
would pay for this and it looks more like clips from YouTube.
Worst moments in this 'film'? Fans comparing George Lucas to God--and finding God coming up short by comparison. Talk about the expression 'get a life'.
Yes, I loved it! And I loved it because I was LIVING it! So in a sense,
Starwoids is also a video journal for me, at least the parts that had
to do with the Chinese Theatre line.
The experience was something that was new for all of us to do. I never imagined taking part in a 6 week line event but I did it anyways because hey, why not, what's life without taking some chances and doing something crazy once in a while. In the end, I would not change the experience for the world. We had so much fun out there doing it and we forged friendships that will last a lifetime.
I also have something to say to Chris Gavez who wrote a comment here somewhere about how much of a loser we all were.
First of all, throughout all 3 line events (one for each prequel), we raised around $70,000 for the Starlight Children's Foundation with the donations we received during each 6 week line-up. Oh yeah, we're losers.
And yeah, you can find me on Myspace, Chris, I'm easy to find, just search my first and last name. And go ahead, look at my pictures, see how much of a loser I am with that beautiful girl who happens to be my girlfriend of almost 4 years now. Oh yeah, and you mentioned how we're all virgins too, right? lol Yeah, I think you're the loser, dude. Don't be jealous that we all had fun while you sat home on your ass, always dreaming of doing something fun in life but instead, watched videos of others, like US, and couldn't do anything more than try and talk trash to us online. LOOOOSER!
Starwoids ranks as one of the best and unquestionably the funniest Star Wars documentary ever made. I have seen the film numerous times since its inception. From high school kids putting on a Star Wars musical to jawas who have trouble with their eyes popping out, there are plenty of laughs (and you don't have to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate them, you just have to have a sense of humor). At the same time, a drama plays out between rival fans who lined up to see Episode I over a month before it came out! Set some time aside for yourself and watch it.
I saw this film at the NoDance Film Festival and I would have to say that I not only laughed myself silly, but was intrigued with these people (or Starwoids, as the movie calls them) from beginning until end. The film takes almost a Utopian approach on how two groups not only stand in line for six weeks for a movie, but also how they learn to live, love, and deal with each other in a `Survivor' like fashion. One even starts their own form of government! The side stories about other Star Wars fans are priceless. Star Wars - The Musical and a DJ Boba Fett are worth the price of admission alone. Fan or no fan, this is a great movie and one the best ones on fandom I've ever seen.
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