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PostSubject: Star Wars Movies   Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:38 pm

>MFW there still isn't a Star Wars Movie Post.

So here it is. Discuss what you liked about them, what you didn't like about them, all that jazz. You can also say any fond memories you had of the movies when you were a kid, or at least a younger person.

For me, my fondest memory was going over to my best mate's house, pulling out his VHS copy of The Empire Strikes Back (This was back before the days of DVD's) and watching the Ewok fight scene over and over again. We rarely even watched the rest of the movie, just going back to watch that one scene multiple times for our own ammusement.

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PostSubject: Re: Star Wars Movies   Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:44 pm

Well, I can say I was alive for the release of Empire and Jedi (albeit embryo and 2 1/2 respectively). Very Happy The first SW film I actually saw was (please don't laugh) The Ewok Adventure. Yes, it's super campy. But...it was my first foray into a galaxy far, far away. Smile


Movie Highlights and Summaries (for me). CAUTION: Here be spoilers. If you haven't seen all six films by this point, well...go do that. Seriously. :p

Episode I: The Phantom Menace - I was obsessed with this film. Seriously. 17 times in the theater obsessed. Digging through garbage for Pepsi cans obsessed. Using a hot coat hanger to burn a hole through my Qui-Gon figure so I could set up a scene of Maul impaling him (it looked EPIC, btw). This movie has it's high points, namely the pod race and the duel between Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Darth Maul. Duel of the Fates is still one of my favorite John Williams' pieces and i've used it for various projects over the years when I need to really emphasis something or some sort of conflict is imminent. Other than that, this film doesn't have much to take away.

SUMMARY - This little turd who's a great pilot has more Force bugs in him than anyone else and he gets taken away to be trained as a Jedi. The greatest swordsman in the galaxy gets killed by a murderous pincushion who in turn gets killed by Christian from Moulin Rouge. Evey from V for Vendetta is a 14 year old who thinks she knows everything.

Episode II: Attack of the Clones - I was a little older when this came out (21), so I was a little more leary and wasn't going to let myself get suckered into it like I did with Episode I. I didn't. I only saw this one nine times in the theater. I was proud of myself. The quality of the toys that came out for this film was remarkable and I ended up with a bunch of them. Most of the toy lightsabers I have come from that era. Anyway...onto the movie. This is my least favorite SW film. It starts off in one place and ends in not too much of a different place. Hayden Christiansen is a whiny turd and his "angst" was about as believable was Rob Patterson's in Twilight. Ok, having your mother die in your arms sucks and murdering a bunch of nomadic savages was a little Dark Side, but hey...i'd probably do the same thing. It's described in WAY more gory detail in the book. New bad guy: Count Dooku. Seems awesome. What's that? We find out that Yoda was his master and he was Qui-Gon's? Oh snap. What an ironic turn of events. The duel between Yoda and Dooku was clearly the highlight of this movie, and when I went to see it at midnight, the entire audience of about 400 erupted in laughter when Yoda first leaps at Dooku and gives his war cry. :15 in is what i'm talking about.

SUMMARY - Brink of war. New kid whines a lot and falls in love with a girl he met for a week when he was 9 years old. Christian grows a mullet. Evey falls in love back with new kid. George Lucas pleases fans by making Jar Jar Binks the reason that the most powerful Sith lord up to that point gained power over the central government. Count Dracula has a red lightsaber, so he's the bad guy. George Lucas ruins one of his greatest characters by making him a 13 year old clone of the purple alien from Green Lantern. Oh, and there's a whole army of that guy too. And a war starts. Oh, and Jules from Pulp Fiction is now the second most powerful Jedi ever.

Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Only 3 times in the theater with this one. I was getting better. Smile This is actually my second favorite of the films. I know a lot of people hate on it, and that's fine. Haters gonna hate. I really dug how dark it was and the character interactions started to become a little more like those of the original trilogy, which was the biggest fault of the prequels. The banter between Anakin and Obi-Wan in the first 1/4 of the movie was great. I knew what was coming, but that didn't take a lot of the sting out of it. Seing Obi-Wan and Anakin duel was amazing and at the same time very bad. I felt that the fight should have been way more epic, but we got what we got I suppose. Like I said...not bad, but certainly not the end of Episode I. Hayden managed to fuck up even being Vader in the suit. He was that way for all of 5 minutes, how could he fuck it up? I'm not blaming him for the NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, but when they're standing on the bridge of the Star Destroyer, he folds his arms. Darth Vader only ever did TWO things with his hands. He kept them at his side, or he grasped his belt. It's a small detail, but I feel a crucial one. Grevious was pretty cool, but his lightsaber duel with Obi-Wan literally ended after 17 seconds. Is this the same badass from the Clone Wars cartoons who took out like, 3 Jedi Knights and 1 1/2 Masters? WTF.

SUMMARY - Lots of people die: Dracula, Jules, Evey and oh, you know...99.9% of the Jedi order. Way to go, new kid. You turned Dark for what? Some bad dreams? Geeze...and then you turn to Wrinkles for help? You're acting career is going places, new kid, i'm sure. Christian duels new kid while Wrinkles duels a stoned, centuries old Kermit the Frog. Before Evey dies, she spits out her twins that she had with the new kid after their secret, taboo filled marriage. They happen to be Luke and Leia (sort of boring coming from parents named Anakin and Padme), the main characters of...

Episode IV - A New Hope - I love this movie. The dialogue is campy, but it's so snappy at the same time. Amazing work by the actors, half of which hadn't done much up to this point. John Williams' iconic opening fanfare gets heard for the first time, enthralling audiences for decades to come. I still get goose bumps during Luke's trench run. That end part right after Han shows up til the boom. Start at the 3:00 mark.

SUMMARY - Mufasa is now a total badass and not a whiny kid anymore. He's a spiritual brother, down with the Force and all that good stuff. He's a Nubian god. Christian has somehow turned into Fagin from Oliver Twist. Mufasa fights Fagin and Fagin just gives up and becomes a ghost. New whiny kid gets his hands on a lightsaber and decides he's going to run the f*cking universe for a while. Get's a whole clan of whites together and they go and bust up Mufasa's hood, the Death Star. What the f*ck do you call that? *Jason Lee stands up* "Intergalactic civil war?" GENTRIFICATION! Indiana Jones, Bigfoot and whiny kid get medals from hot chick.

Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back My favorite of the saga. I fell in love with this movie when I was young and first saw the AT-ATs on Hoth. It sold me. I'm not even going to elaborate and just move on to the part I know you're all reading and laughing at.

SUMMARY - It ends on such a down note. Whiny kid gets his hand cut off, finds out Mufasa's his father. Indy gets frozen in carbonite and taken away by the grown up clone of the purple alien from Green Lantern. It ends on such a down note. That's all life is. A series of down endings.

Episode VI - Return of the Jedi My least favorite of the original trilogy. It's not a bad flick, but it wasn't was good as IV or V. I like the color green, so Luke having a lightsaber was pretty sweet. Due to budget restraints, Endor was populated by little people instead of Wookies like Lucas wanted. And...that's about it. A decent ending. Anakin's body isn't in the armor when Luke burns it, by the way. If you read the book, after he dies and Luke gets him onto the shuttle, he does the whole self substantiation thing and turns into a ghost, leaving a suit full of cybernetic appendages to burn. Interesting side note, that spot on Endor has had nothing grow on it since that fire happened.

SUMMARY - All Jedi has was a bunch of Muppets.

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PostSubject: Re: Star Wars Movies   Sun Jul 03, 2011 6:16 pm

I feel like I killed this thread before it even started. :/

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PostSubject: Re: Star Wars Movies   Sun Jul 03, 2011 6:25 pm

I don't really have much to say about the movies, I've watch all 6 obviously but I don't really care for any of them. That or I can't remember anything that happened because it has been several years since I last saw one. I like the franchise much more for the video games.
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PostSubject: Re: Star Wars Movies   Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:16 am

What can I say about the Star Wars films? I really like them, but that is a lot like saying that you like pizza. You're not exactly expressing a revolutionary concept. I really can't think of anything to say that hasn't been said better by other people. Besides, I'm not here because I'm a huge fan of Star Wars. If that was the case, I would have played Galaxies. I'm here because I am a fan of Bioware and Knights of the Old Republic. Actually, part of the reason I liked KotOR was that it distanced itself from the films.

Don't be sad Amorphic, I liked your post! I'm glad somepony here has some interesting opinions on the films. Apparently, I can write several essay length posts about Friendship is Magic, but can't think of a single thoughtful thing to say about the Star Wars films. What on earth is wrong with me?

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PostSubject: Lucas trying to ruin my childhood memories even more   Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:23 pm

With the blu-ray versions of the movies coming out, GL is at it again
, making unnecessary changes.

/sigh

He really needs to leave the films alone.
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PostSubject: Re: Star Wars Movies   Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:48 pm

Pinkie_Pie wrote:
With the blu-ray versions of the movies coming out, GL is at it again
, making unnecessary changes.

/sigh

He really needs to leave the films alone.

Funny story about that...

http://www.iwatchstuff.com/2011/09/george-lucass-1988-speech-about-preservi.php

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PostSubject: Re: Star Wars Movies   Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:34 pm

My personal favorite is Return of the Jedi, which I feel gets too much flak in comparison to the other two. Granted Empire is the best film, and I can freely acknowledge that, but Jedi is everything that is Star Wars to me.

1. Empire has a massive fleet, overwhelming force, and a Death Star.
2. Jabba's palace, filled with all sorts of crazy aliens, and the larger than life rancor.
3. Luke comes into his own, and starts to accept his responsibility as the last of the old Jedi Knights, and first of the new.
4. The ships! Rebels have Mon Cal cruisers, Nebulon Bs, A-wings, B-wings, Y-wings, X-wings, Corvettes, and of course the Falcon. Empire has TONS of ISDs, and the Executor!
5. I actually like the ewoks. To me, it kind of fits that the Empire completely overlooks the cute cuddly teddy bears and think they are of no concern to them, but they are, in reality, fierce warriors expert in forest combat. To me it makes sense that the Rebels were able to make contact with the locals and enlist them to their side. I'm sure there are many real world parallels, but I can't think of any right now off the top of my head.
6. The heroic, wordless sacrifice that Darth Vader makes to save Luke, right as Luke is dying in front of him. Its the perfect redemption for the good man that Anakin Skywalker was supposed to be, before he got turned into Hayden Christiansen.
7. The funeral pyre and the celebration in the ewok village. A simple ceremony cheering on the fact that the Rebel cause had removed the greatest threats to the galaxy and the upper hierarchy of the Empire.
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PostSubject: Re: Star Wars Movies   Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:50 pm

Mhmm where to begin. I will do this in the order of in the order in which I saw them. I'll write more if you all want me to and I get bored.

Episode IV:
 

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PostSubject: Re: Star Wars Movies   Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:12 pm

Quote :
I'll write more if you all want me to and I get bored.

Please do.

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PostSubject: Re: Star Wars Movies   Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:27 pm

Fluttershy wrote:
I'll write more if you all want me to and I get bored.

That... was... awesome! SO awesome!

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PostSubject: Re: Star Wars Movies   Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:39 pm

Simple list:
4 (Well, common, It's Star Wars. THE STAR WARS. How could I have not put that as top)
6 (Great battle, great speeder chase, action, action, ACTION)
3 (I just loved watching Anakin turn, battle at the start was also great and the 'shit hits the fan' sequence was great too)
5 (Ye, I know. I just felt that not much happened between battle of Hoth and 'I am your father')
1 (Not too bad, good fights, great pod scene)
2 (Boring, only made bearable by the battle at the end. Let's be honest, while the relationship was important it did not need a whole episode and Star Wars were never that kinda movie)

As far as the changes go, I have never seen the originals, I have seen the special editions first. I actually liked that some of the bugs (see through AT-AT's) got fixed and that there were extended scenes. The larger pod race in PM dvd release was also good, but seeing Christensen in RoTJ was kinda weird.
The only change that I know of in blu-ray is the new noooooooo. I did not mind it in RoTS, because it seemed to fit but I do think it spoils the whole scene in RoTJ,. Think about it, you do not see Vader's face nor does he say anything. And yet you know exactly what he is feeling, that is some amazing acting and directing there.

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PostSubject: Re: Star Wars Movies   Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:53 pm

My ranking would have to be
V: Come on, its Empire.
IV: I think the only reason Empire beats this is because I liked the Battle of Hoth better than the Battle of Yavin
VI: Worst of the originals, it just didn't feel as well written.
I: Best of the prequels,honestly. Good plot progression, nice character progression
III: Not my favorite,but better than the catastrophe that was II
II: Barely watchable.
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PostSubject: Re: Star Wars Movies   Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:13 am

Fluttershy wrote:
I'll write more if you all want me to and I get bored[/color][/spoiler]

better than re-watching
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PostSubject: Re: Star Wars Movies   Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:59 am

Guess what? I got bored.

Episode V: Part One:
 
It is getting late for me and I am too tired to do anymore. I'll finish five later.

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PostSubject: Re: Star Wars Movies   Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:33 pm

Fluttershy wrote:
Guess what? I got bored.

Episode V: Part One:
 
It is getting late for me and I am too tired to do anymore. I'll finish five later.

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