Posts Tagged Star Wars

Movie Mayhem – Best and Worst of 2016

For various reasons, my goal for 2016 was to attend less movies, hopefully avoiding the bad in favor of the good. And though I did skip some movies that in years past I probably would have gone to because they were there, the inevitable stinker still crept into my viewing addiction. And at 107 movies, I only saw 3 less than I did in 2015 (though those three would probably have ended up on my worst list). So much for that resolution. But, with 58 movies graded at an A- or above, this year’s crop still managed to be on the higher end in one way or another. So, what were some of the most awe-inspiring (and some of the stinkers) from the past year? Let’s find out.

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Movie Mayhem – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Even though it’s just as important to the quality of a film, production design isn’t talked about a lot when it comes to what makes a movie great. Bad acting keeps the viewer from investing in the emotion of a character, poor cinematography turns the film’s visual appeal sour, and bad sound design can make one’s ears bleed, but mediocre production design will make an entire film feel inauthentic. Like all aspects of a film, production design enhances the story, adding visual cues to character and location that are absorbed by the viewer throughout the film, adding layers to characters, locations, and mood that we didn’t even know we needed. The items placed in a bedroom, the wardrobe worn by extras, the color palette of a city landscape — they all hold meaning within the world the filmmakers are creating, and if just one thing is out of place or doesn’t make sense, viewers will notice, even if only subconsciously. I bring this up because Rogue One, the first of many standalone entries in the ever-expanding Star Wars saga, must rely heavily on the production design to make this fun, intense chapter fit into the massive world correctly. Read Full Review

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Movie Mayhem – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

For the last few months, I’ve been praising the marketing department at Disney for the way they’ve handled the marketing of Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens. They’ve meticulously given fans a taste of what’s to come without revealing any major spoilers or giving us a clear plot. All we knew was it involved a stormtrooper with a guilty conscious who meets a young recluse, both of whom are thrown into the middle of a brewing war led by a sinister Darth Vader worshiper. All of this secrecy led up to the ultimate question:

Where is Luke Skywalker? Read Full Review

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Star Wars: The Anticipation Awakens

At one point in my 2012 film, Secrets of the Desert Nymph, one of the characters encourages his best friend to go after the girl of his dreams before it’s too late. When his friend finally agrees, he’s boggled by the idea that he do it right that minute.

The exchange:

“You mean now?”

“No. When episode seven hits theaters.”

Of course, this was when it was a well-known fact that George Lucas wasn’t ever going to release another Star Wars film. The joke was meant to mean if he didn’t do it right that minute, he never would.

Cut to one year later and the announcement that Disney bought Lucasfilm and its entire film library for $4 billion dollars. Disney’s second announcement — Episode 7 was coming, and it was coming fast. And even though it makes the joke in a three-year-old movie seem as dated as the fight over Beta and VHS, I couldn’t be more excited. Find Out More

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Can I Just Say…

With all of the pretty good news coming out of the Star Wars camp in recent weeks, it was disappointing to hear that Denis Lawson (Ewan “Obi-Wan Kenobi” McGregor’s uncle) has decided not to reprise his iconic role of Wedge Antilles in Star Wars: Episode VII because he would be bored by it. Now I understand that Wedge probably wouldn’t have had a big presence in the new sequel, and I respect Denis’s decision (after all, if you can’t get fully behind something, you’re better off not doing it), but it definitely would have been awesome if the one and only character who actually participated in, and survived, attacks on both Death Stars (not to mention the Battle of Hoth) made, at the very least, one last appearance alongside his fellow X-Wing pilot, Luke Skywalker.

It certainly isn’t the worst news in the world… so long as there isn’t another Death Star that needs to be destroyed!

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Star Wars Episode VII Can’t Get Here Fast Enough!

Yesterday, Disney released the main cast list for the upcoming Star Wars film, so being the hardcore Star Wars fan that I am, I thought it was finally time that I weigh in on not only the cast, but several other rumors that have been floating around ever since Disney first announced its purchase of Lucasfilm, and their decision to start producing a variety of Star Wars related material. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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Mace Windu alive and well?

Last night on David Letterman, Samuel L. Jackson talked Star Wars, relaying a story about how he hasn’t gotten a call from J.J. Abrams about being in the next Star Wars film, and his disappointment for receiving such the cold shoulder.

Could it be possible that the reason you haven’t gotten a call is, oh, I don’t know, because Mace Windu is dead?!? Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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