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This was a good rant/interview/skewering of ol’ Georgie-porgie…..I personally think Lucas got sucked into a giant ego-trip with the second Star Wars trilogy; he was surrounded by yes men in a giant blue foam warehouse in Australia instead of finding new interesting talent and shooting on location….possibly his work on video games in the 1990s convinced him that an all bluescreen movie could be the way to go. He was horribly mistaken.
A good parody of how they made “Episode 1″ has to be Damon Packard’s “The Untitled Star Wars Mocumentary”; it’s hilarious watching his actors interact with footage of George Lucas.
i love the prequels, but the originals are better. and even if I hated the prequels i would leave George alone. the reason people think Lucas hates us, is because, many of us hate him, and constantly bash him. So that made some tension between the fans and him, so why wouldn’t he hate us if we hate him?
The prequels were interesting in the same way that something excreted from my spastic colon might be mildly interesting…
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I like how they mentioned the artwork devolving with each successive release. That shit has bothered me for years.
And if George didn’t start Star Wars, Francis wouldn’t have made Apocalypse Now.
Considering he wrote the Patton screenplay, made the great Godfather prequel/sequel (“I knew it was you, Fredo”), The Gene Hackman classic The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now . . . no, just no. He is a little pretentious though.
I give Coppola his due, but there was no need for him to be an asshole over Abel Gance’s NAPOLEON.
I actually thought of the Mona Lisa example while watching the earlier part of this review. So gratified when they mentioned it themselves. Yep… it’s a lot like that.
What is RLM’s take on LucasFilm being sold to Disney + Episodes 7, 8, 9 being announced? Is this the final sellout? Or is it possible that this is long-awaited oft-doubted redemption of a fallen filmmaker?
Hey, you use the Island music from Resident Evil 4 during Rich Evans’ Lucas scene.
I’m glad someone else noticed that.
You should invite alexander phleepe again to discuss Star Wars Episode 7
I guess we know who he is leaving Star Wars to.
When Jay is moving the TV at around 12:27, the panning of the camera in the Cantina scene is moving at the same speed as Jay. Did you guys do this on purpose?
Is there any way to find that Scarf video.
Whats it called?
I think Lucas was counting on what happened with A New Hope to happen with the prequels. He needed to write and direct so that he could take full credit again, but he was banking on the enormously talented people around him to polish his turds. What he didn’t take into account was that now he was GEORGE FUCKING LUCAS and that no one was going to tell him that his turds were anything but perfect and shiny the instant he pinched them off. Maybe if the scripts and the directing were almost there with just a few flaws someone might have had the huevos to make some suggestions. But no one was going to say, “Sorry, George, but everything you’re doing is utter shit and you need to start completely over from scratch.”
And then Lucas sold Star Wars to Disney,
But the best version of original Star Wars, see the revisited version….unless Disney killed it.
I don’t hear about the true Phantom Menace in these delightful pieces – the hole where Gary Kurtz used to be. Read this INCYMI http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2010/08/12/star-wars-was-born-a-long-time-ago-but-not-all-that-far-far-away-in-1972-filmmakers-george-lucas-and-gary-kurtz-wer/
Honestly I think what happened is George grew too big for himself. He collapsed like a star going nova under his own weight. When he was directing star wars originally? He was a director and writer but he wasn’t some big shot that could make all the calls with out working with the community. There was everyone working with him to make a great movie and it showed. There were people working for an art they were passionate about and collaborating together. It showed in the Indiana Jones movies as well. But you can see as he gains influence he corrupts that process by taking away creative freedom. At least this is my hypothesis for what happened.
Star Wars sucks. Always has sucked, and always shall suck.
Frankly, I feel sorry for people who were raised with it
The originals are excellent. This is irrefutable.
dont forget the added cgi effects for no reason
i always noticed this too! i always wondered if anyone else would say anything
They’re just movies… there.
Yeah, they are just movies, the same way that the Mona Lisa is just a painting, Romeo and Juliet is just a play, The Great Gatsby is just a book. The White House is just a building and you are just a human being. Good job at being Cynical. Throughout time we have assigned personal value to things, it is natural to have an emotional response to something. If you don’t I find that really sad.
Han shot first: there’s one scene in Dr.No in which Bond shoots Professor Dent twice – the second time in the back – although Dent had emptied his whole magazine into a decoy in the bed in the room in which Bond’s waiting for an assassin unknown to him. Originally the scene had Bond unloading his whole magazine into Dent – one in his front and the other five in his back. The makers deemed this to be too violent so they cut the scene. But at least the scene still makes sense. (Actually to me the scene makes even more sense since I can’t imagine Bond to be wasteful with ammunition not even in an act of revenge.)
If that scene from Dr. No would be digitally changed the way the Han vs. Greedo scene was changed I imagine that Professor Dent’s gun would be loaded – the bullet going magically through Bond without harming him or Bond’s upper body flipping to the side – so that Bond would have the chance to kill Dent in self-defense. Fuck that! (Or as Bill Hicks put it: “‘Hi, we’re the New Kids, we’re so good and clean.’ *growls satanically while blowing his microphone* ‘We’re so clean cut.’ SIEG HEIL! HEIL! HEIL! A good clean country. HEIL! HEIL! HEIL! *growls satanically while blowing his microphone again* FUCK THAT! I WANT MY ROCK STARS DEAD!” <- from Bill Hicks – Play From Your Fucking Heart http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRkA6zugNMQ )
No, Han did not shoot first. You can’t shoot first if the other guy doesn’t shoot at all. Han was the ONLY one who shot. Period.
This is another clear example of Lucas making changes without understanding the characters.
Greedo’s mission was to deliver Han to Jabba because Han owed money. If Han had missed and Greedo had shot him in the head (that is where he was aiming at), who exactly did Lucas think would’ve paid his debt? From Greedo’s point of view, it would have been better to let Han go, instead of executing someone who owed money to a galactic mafia boss like Jabba – even if it was self defense.
This scene is so important, because it sets up the character of Han Solo as someone who does not care for the rules and is only looking out for himself. Han is the epitome of the rogue with the capital “R.” He had total control of the situation. Greedo had to die because he got in his way.
When Obi and Luke start dealing with him, the viewer is meant to be distressed and constantly aware that Han is a shady character. This guy just executed someone because he didn’t want to pay his debt, and he just might turn on Obi or Luke, when he can benefit from it the most.
After Han has brought back Leia to the Rebels, he takes his payment and leaves. This is exactly how you would expect him to behave. From the very first scene, where he executes Greedo, everything he has done to that point has been consistent to his character. He is only looking out for himself and he doesn’t give a s#it about the Rebels.
So, when we see him return at the crucial moment, during the trench-run, when Luke needs him the most – THIS is when the image of the egoistical rogue is shattered for the viewer. THIS is where the viewer is meant to say, “Oh, he does care! He is a good guy after all.”
Greedo shooting at Han makes it look as if Han was acting in self defense. The whole rogue with the capital “R” goes out of the window. Now Han has become just an average smuggler, who just happened to aim better than his opponent. If someone better had taken Greedo’s place, Han would be dead. Add to this that his ship is a total junk, which breaks down every time when it’s meant to jump to hyperspace, and Han begins to look like some wussy loser about to lose control of the situation at any moment.
Of course you don’t expect a hack like Lucas to understand this. The man has gone over to the Dark Side a long time ago. Any shred of talent, which was left in his body when Star Wars (or as assholes like to call it – A New Hope) came out, is long gone.
Handing over Star Wars to someone else was about the smartest thing he has done in his life (filming the prequels was the most idiotic).
George Lucas has suffered a lot of criticism
over his decision to sell his company to the Disney corporation,
especially after Disney promptly dissolved the LucasArt’s wing after two
decades of frontier challenging development from the devout and
talented staff. But on the other hand, George Lucas has donated several
lifetime’s worth of money to deserving causes and cannot find my
think it’s about time that the media and the public (this means you!)
gave George Lucas the credit for which he is due. Not only has he formed
the imaginations of countless people for generations, and further, been
generous enough to allow his almost inconceivably popular and richly
textured legacy to live on through such luminaries as J.J. Abrams, he
has done so without so much as locating my telephone charger.
So I put it to anyone who’s ever tried anything, anyone that’s ever
risked anything, anyone who has had the courage to follow a dream dared
in the mind of their own inner child to lift up the couch of their own
embittered egos and mark the words of the wisest Jedi knight of them
all, “Where is my telephone charger?”
George Lucas and his staff.
A great example of a movie enhancement that went good was Apocalypse Now Redux. Thank god Disney is now guarding this chicken coop.
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