Aug
29
2014
17

Let me solve the ‘original Star Wars is not available’ dispute.

I have absolutely, positively, I respect these people utterly, no problems with those who are reconstructing the original Star Wars movie frame by frame because George Lucas is a frustrated would-be auteur who can’t stand the fact that he will go down in movie history for creating the greatest space opera of his century.  But the man is a would-be auteur who got bought out by the Mouse.  For an insane amount of money – and if Disney didn’t lock down the redistribution rights to George Lucas’s cocktail napkin scribbles in the process, well, I can’t believe that Disney didn’t do that.

So, here’s how it can play out:.

  • Disney collectively realizes that enough people will pay cash money for the original Star Wars trilogy to justify a DVD set.
  • Disney collectively realizes that those same people will visibly not care if Disney breaks George Lucas’s hands if that’s what it takes to get access to the original footage.
  • Disney releases the dang movies.
  • George Lucas whines about it, and goes back to obsessively trying to edit his epic space operas into something that doesn’t burn his soul.

I think that this is reasonable.

Via… hrm. :clickety click click: Ah, Hot Air Headlines.

May
04
2014
12

Your Glorious Fourth epic Imperial agitprop for the day.

I have been reminded of this classic piece from 2002, making the case for the Empire.

STAR WARS RETURNS today with its fifth installment, “Attack of the Clones.” There will be talk of the Force and the Dark Side and the epic morality of George Lucas’s series. But the truth is that from the beginning, Lucas confused the good guys with the bad. The deep lesson of Star Wars is that the Empire is good.

It’s a difficult leap to make–embracing Darth Vader and the Emperor over the plucky and attractive Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia–but a careful examination of the facts, sorted apart from Lucas’s off-the-shelf moral cues, makes a quite convincing case.

(more…)

May
04
2014
3

May the Fourth Be With You.

This is a somewhat different Troops than you’re accustomed to:

Different theme song (somebody probably complained), much better video quality. So it goes.

May
02
2014
1

oh god i would give them the money for this

i would give them all the money and smile the entire time because it would be worth all the money

Apr
29
2014
7

I hope that @TheWookieeRoars said ‘Just start putting on the zeroes, boys…’

“…I’ll let you know when there’s enough of ‘em.”

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga,Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, andKenny Baker in the new film.

Via Hot Air, where Allahpundit has gone through the depths of despair and utter futility to the placid pools found beyond, and thus to a place where he can hope that “people will be pleasantly surprised by the results.” Me? I’m a Philistine, boychiks. Gimme what I crave! And go ahead and pass around all those tons of Disney cash freely there, Abrams. To quote Commander Riker: when the train comes in, everybody rides.

Apr
12
2014
8

Tweet of the Day, This Is A Portent edition.

I dunno a portent of what, yet, but there’s some definite portent-like activity going on, there.

Nov
02
2013
5

My basic issue with the Wars on Kinkade series.

This is going around – basically, the artist is inserting Star Wars imagery into examples of Thomas Kinkade‘s work – and while I get the concept I have to say that I find the works  themselves to be hit-and-miss, and mostly miss. Let me show you two examples, and I’ll explain why. (more…)

Sep
27
2013
3

“4 Rules to Make Star Wars Great Again.”

There ain’t a dang thing in this that I disagree with. And I’m not even going to try to add anything to it, either. I’ll settle for these four things.

Via AoSHQ.

Apr
17
2013
3

“I do not recognize the chair.”

That’s the first point where I lost it.

Via:

Moe Lane

PS: Personally, I happen to agree with Patton: they should bring back Boba Fett.

Mar
15
2013
1

Billy Dee Williams to return to Star Wars?

I’m not sure that I like this trend:

Where’s Lando?

That’s what Star Wars fans have been wondering now that George Lucas has admitted that he has talked to members of the original cast, including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, about appearing in the upcoming sequel. But it’s not clear whether they will see the return of Billy Dee Williams, the suave actor who played Lando Calrissian, administrator of Cloud City.

Actually, I’m pretty sure that I don’t like this trend.  Then again, Disney could have just given George Lucas the equivalent of a toy hammer and let him bang on things with it while they got on with making the actual movie.

Mar
07
2013
5

Wow. It worked! The Internet broke George Lucas!

There’ll be no living with it now.

The criticism got to Lucas. He found it difficult to be creative when people were calling him a jerk. “It was fine before the Internet,” he says. “But now with the Internet, it’s gotten very vicious and very personal. You just say, ‘Why do I need to do this?’ ”

Well, the most obvious answer there is: you don’t.  Instead, you sell your intellectual property to Disney, which has this weird idea that you’ll sell more product if you produce product that people want to buy.

Feb
05
2013
12

I… don’t know where I stand on this.

‘This’ being the problem that there are two franchises, and only one JJ Abrams.

See, I don’t know which side I identify with more, because it depends on circumstances.  I watched both Star Wars and Star Trek.  I read the ST books, not the SW ones.  I play the SW video games, not the ST ones.  I know the back-story to ST better than I do SW; I know how to roleplay a SW character better than I know how to roleplay a ST one.  I’m torn even when it comes to the franchises themselves: I love the ST reboot because it’s deliberately evocative of TOS, but SW desperately needs a reboot, if not a a finger-down-the-throat purge.

It’s a puzzler.

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