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NOTE: This is my list of villain favourites as it was in 2011. Version 2 comes soon!
(in order of release)
Romance of The Stars
In Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope, Obi-Wan stated that both he and Anakin fought in the Clone Wars. For 25 years, everyone wondered what The Clone Wars were like. Well, this is where they begin.
Following ten years on from The Phantom Menace, the Senate of the Galactic Republic is now debating on whether to create their own army after several planetary systems have left to form their own government, the Confederacy of Independent Systems, which is led by Dooku, the Count of Serenno and former Jedi Master.
The debate, known as the Military Creation Act, has been met with opposition by Padmè Amidala, former elected Queen of her home planet of Naboo and now Senatorial representative for her people. The film begins when an unknown assassin bombs Padmè's starship in an attempt to kill her. Both Chancellor Palpatine and the Jedi Order become concerned for her safety afterwards and two Jedi are assigned to her as bodyguards: her old friends Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.
In the years that have passed since they last saw each other, Anakin has maintained a crush on Padmè. On their first night serving their role as bodyguards, Padmè is attacked yet again and Obi-Wan and Anakin pursue the would-be assassin through the air traffic of Coruscant only to discover that there is greater mystery to the assassination attempts. Obi-Wan, under the orders of the Jedi Council, leaves to investigate while Anakin remains as Padmè's body guard and goes with her into exile, hiding at her private lake retreat on Naboo.
What follows is Obi-Wan uncovering further pieces of the mystery which as he finds involves the entirety of the galaxy, and the friendship between Anakin and Padmè developing into something more, as the Star Wars galaxy begins to descend into darker times.
Like The Phantom Menace, I have heard many negative comments about this film. Personally I think they are entirely wrong. Most say that the growing love between Anakin and Padmè is displayed in a very stale manner and that the chemistry is really poor. I believe otherwise, specifically in the scene where they first meet again. Anakin's awkwardness towards her continues to make me blush, and the various scenes on Naboo make my heart feel warm. Additionally their love theme "Across the Stars" is one of my most favourite pieces of Star Wars music.
Another negative comment I've heard people making is in regards to the backstory of popular character Boba Fett being established in this film. I think the way it was done was a great concept, have him as the cloned son of the genetic template for the soon-to-be Clone army of the Republic really fits in with the saga and sees him begin the journey which makes him the mysterious enigmatic man we see him as in The Empire Strikes Back.
Other complaints are Yoda being able to be so fast when duelling when he requires a walking stick (he's the Grand Master of the Jedi Order and he's over 800 years old, exertions of lightsaber duelling exhausts him afterwards), the assassin despite being named by Anakin as a changeling does not change herself into a different disguise when attacking Obi-Wan (being in a public nightclub I think it would easily be noticed), and Ankin being a complete cry baby. Anakin is meant to be conflicted in the things he does in the film and he is IN LOVE when the Jedi Order has decreed that their warriors should not. He is letting his feelings out.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is perhaps the greatest live-action romance story I have ever known. I watched when I was eleven years old. It did not make me cringe, I enjoyed it. Star Wars is not an adult romance film where men jump into bed with the nearest girl every night, it is a space fantasy meant to be seen by all ages. The romance is done in a way that a general audience can understand it.
If you would watch this film for the first time ever or see it again and look at it from this point of view, then you can judge whether peoples' complaints are verified or not. My fellow Star Wars fans, please take some advice: trust in the Force and in George Lucas, the creator of the greatest film series of all time.
The Sith Menace
As a kid, I watched Star Wars 4, 5, and 6 on videotape countless times. I absolutely loved those films. Then when I was 8, I froze at the news I was given. The Star Wars saga was being continued.
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, this is the only one of George Lucas' science-fiction fantasy masterpiece series that I did not see at the cinema, so I had to wait for it to come out on video. It was well worth the wait.
The film goes back thirty two years before Episode 4, back to the beginning of the end for the Old Republic. The tranquil planet of Naboo is threatened by the greedy members of the Trade Federation, who have recently been angered by the Republic increasing the taxation of trade routes. They are secretly backed by the scheming Sith Lord Darth Sidious, the future ruler of the Galactic Empire. Two Jedi Knights are sent to intervene.
The events of the film are then set into motion when Sidious orders the Federation leaders to kill the two Jedi and invade Naboo to force its democratically elected Queen to sign a treaty which would allow them to bypass the trade routes. The Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi escape to find the Queen and escort her to the Republic capital of Coruscant. To stop them, Sidious sends his apprentice Darth Maul to hunt them down.
Many fans of the series believe that this installment is a weak one for its story and characters. I myself believe that is a mistake. It is the role of the Jedi to complete their missions with compassion and only interfering with planetary roles when necessary. As for the complaints about Anakin, the point of the way Jake Lloyd plays the role is that he is supposed to be an innocent child. He is not evil from the day he was born. With Padme/Queen Amidala, yes she is only fourteen years old and has much to learn in the role of being a planetary representative, but she is sharp minded and ready to defend her people in any way she can. And finally, Jar Jar Binks. Many say he's horrible, but I say he is one of the most enjoyable characters I have ever seen on the big screen.
The Phantom Menace tells the beginning of a film legacy and commences the rise Of Anakin Skywalker to becoming a Jedi and his subsequent fall to the dark side as Darth Vader. It is a fantastic opening to the best film series of all time, and I would not have had it any other way. If any of you believe me in this, then the Force is with you... always.
The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978)
The Better Version
It is said that it is hard for a remake to reach the level of its original counterpart, but this film is the rare exception. It reaches the level of the 1935 Hitchcock film and vastly surpasses it. Instead of the restricting in-studio black and white shots, this film offers the realm of colour and the expansive location shooting of the Scotland hills.
Set in 1914 before World War 1, Thirty Nine Steps follows the story of Richard Hannay (Richard Powell) on the run from London after being framed for the murder of a spy (Sir John Mills), and being pursued across the Scottish landscape by both the police and the real murderers, led by the scheming villain, Edmund Appleton (David Warner).
Appleton plans to assassinate someone of great importance at a certain time back in London,and it is up to Hannay to interpret the clues the murdered spy has left behind, evade his hunters, and return to England. This leads to one of the most fantastic climaxes the cinema has ever seen.