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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Feb
05
2018
2

Video of the Day, You Cannot Unhear These Star Wars Lyrics edition.

At least, that’s what somebody argued on Facebook.  I have to agree: and, heck, these lyrics for Star Wars’ Duel of the Fates actually kind of made vague sense, in places. At any rate, they’re gonna be in your head now!

Feb
05
2018
7

First Solo trailer.

It’s not promising.  I suspect that there’s a reason why we’re hearing more from the people in that heist than from Han Solo himself.  Also: the chronology is confusing me. Just how old is Han Solo, anyway? Shouldn’t he be old enough to remember the Republic and the Jedi Order*?

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