Aug
02
2018
6

Tweet of the Day, The Screenshot Says It All About The Stormtrooper movie.

Assuming it’s real.

…I’m not sure that I want to really check if a Star Wars Stormtrooper movie is real.  If it’s real, then I have to deal with the consequences of that.  Possibly we could still pretend that it’s not, if it is?  Keep it going for as long as possible.

Moe Lane

PS: You’re thinking of Troops, probably?  — Which needed only ten minutes to make the point, and pretty darn well.  Whatever Hollywood comes up with, that’s what it will have to beat.  I am not confident in Hollywood’s chances.

Jul
19
2018
1

Disney to finally kill off the loose ends in Clone Wars, once and for all.

They’re not putting it that bleakly: “The animated series, which last aired in 2008, will get 12 new episodes on the forthcoming Disney streaming service.” …But let’s be honest, shall we?  There are any number of characters in Clone Wars that need to be given honorable deaths prior to Revenge of the Sith, and a twelve-episode direct-to-streaming final season sounds like it’d do the trick. Especially since Disney wants to hit the ground running with its streaming service, too.  So they might as well go for a Grand Harvesting. (more…)

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.

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