Jun
16
2018
6

Quote of the Day, We Would Have Seen Jar-Jar As A Saviour edition.

This quote is accurate (go to the link for context).

George Lucas’ final trilogy plans are so dumb, fans would have begged for the return of Jar Jar

I understand that emotions are high over Star Wars, but: it could have been worse, my droogies.  Merciful God in heaven, it could have so very much worse. Always remember that George Lucas hates Star Wars for what it did to him, and hates us for making it impossible for him to seek closure. If he had been given the chance, Lucas absolutely would have giggled as the knife started to turn.

Jun
12
2018
6

My prediction for Solo.

I think that, in a couple of years, they’re going to do a sequel for Solo after all, box office disaster or not. Why? Because it’s not a bad movie. Yeah, the robot was sometimes annoying — but, heck, droids are slaves in the Star Wars universe and I’ve been known to fulminate about that a little when I’ve had enough drinks in me. But the rest of it? …I genuinely liked it. It was a good heist film. Woody Harrelson in particular has nothing to be ashamed of.

And I suspect that in a couple of years there’s going to be enough of a slow burn of renewed interest that Disney will green-light a sequel. Particularly because of that one cameo. That one cameo offers the Extended Universe fans a chance to get some of their favorite stuff up on the big screen after all.  And if there’s anything that the Mouse is good at, it’s getting its money back on an investment. They’ll want to get it back on this one, too.

But that’s just my admittedly not juiced-in opinion, so I guess we’ll see.

Moe Lane

May
28
2018
21

Oof: Solo opens so low*.

103 million for the weekend, which is pretty damned bad when compared to expectations and probably budget.  It’s usually a safe enough bet to count on Disney’s ability to make the sharp curve in time, but not this weekend; I was expecting $130 million.  Clearly, I was wrong. Good thing I don’t handicap movies for a living, huh?

Shame, though: Solo wasn’t bad, for what it was. And it may still generate legs and a sequel, because of [SPOILERS].  But there’s apparently a limit to how much Star Wars can be stuffed into a movie schedule.

Moe Lane

PS: I mistrust narratives.

*Line cheerfully stolen from Forbes.

May
25
2018
4

My Solo mini-review.

Short version: Solo is a decent heist flick, when judged on its own merits.  It is impossible to judge the movie on its own merits, however. Why? Because the second half of the title is A Star Wars Story. (more…)

May
24
2018
10

Our long national nightmare is over: there will be a Boba Fett movie.

Rejoice: “James Mangold is writing and will direct a Star Wars standalone movie centered on Boba Fett, the feared bounty hunter and fan favorite character, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.”  Guess they ran the likely numbers for Solo this weekend* and realized that, hey, this was a doable project. Or Disney has a checklist, and it’s Reveal The Next Movies time. Probably the last movie of the trilogy, the Boba Fett flick, and then the Kenobi standalone.

I would not object to a neo-Western/samurai Ben Kenobi flick, honestly.  It would have a certain appeal.  And it’s likely to be able to sustain a couple of titles, too. (more…)

May
05
2018
3

Disney movie advance ticket sales surpasses other Disney movie but not other other Disney movie.

Disney must find all of this entertaining: “Tickets for Solo: A Star Wars Story went on sale Thursday night and the first 24 hours of presales have already doubled Marvel’s megahit Black Panther, according to Fandango. Yet Solo can’t top first-day presales for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, which remains the fastest-selling film of the year in these early metrics.” Especially since ‘megahit’ is unlikely to be applied to Solo, even if it makes more money than Rogue One did.

Why? Ah.  Well, how do I put this tactfully? There are societal expectations for Star Wars movies. Making over a billion dollars per movie isn’t exceeding them; it’s the bare minimum for fulfilling them.  This doesn’t bother Disney, because while they do like making movies (if they didn’t, they’d never make good ones) they really do like making movies that bring in the cash.  Which is probably what they’re going to do with Solo.

May
04
2018
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May the Fourth be with you.

Found here, but good luck getting the game working on your current computer.

Apr
21
2018
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In the Mail: The Han Solo trilogy.

Chosen because somebody on Twitter swore up and down that this AC Crispin Star Wars Extended Universe Han Solo trilogy was Absolutely Worth It; and then she narrated what happened to the point where I shrugged and said Fine. I’ll give it a try.  There’s also supposedly a kind of Rogue One vibe going on here which sounded kind of appealing.  Although, honestly?  I mostly decided that I needed to read something that wasn’t like the stuff that I normally read. It’s not good to get in a rut, you know.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Mar
08
2018
7

Lucasfilm hires Jon Favreau to produce live-action Star Wars TV series.

Witness the power of this fully operatiOK, that joke is played out: “Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau has signed on to executive produce and write a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s new direct-to-consumer platform. Favreau is no stranger to the Star Wars galaxy having played roles in both the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.”   But will it suck?

Good question.  By all accounts, Clone Wars does not — but it’s animation, which means that they save a mint on special effects that way.  The question really is, what are they going to do in that universe?  I mean, sure, KOTOR screams out for a miniseries.  It screams so very, very loudly.  But who here thinks that Disney’s gonna go down that road?

Yeah… yeah.  Me, neither.

Moe Lane

PS: I’d so totally watch a KOTOR miniseries. First and second campaigns. I’d pay for the streaming service providing it without even slowing down.

Feb
09
2018
6

Who the heck let George Lucas wander around the Solo set unattended?

He ended up being managing to be “helpful:”

“[George Lucas] had intended to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours,” [Lucasfilm President Kathleen] Kennedy says. “There’s even one little moment in a scene that — I can’t tell you what, sorry — but in the scene on the Millennium Falcon where George said, ‘Why doesn’t Han just do this.’”

In other words, George Lucas helped direct a small part of Solo.

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