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The Prequels Strike Back (article at Tor)

Posted by Quasar on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/08/the-prequels-strike-back#207084

I was going to post this link, but I'm 5 years over the Prequels.

Jack S. Pharaoh
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Posted: 2 years 10 weeks ago

I decided to read through most of the article linked in the OP.  The guy who wrote that is an idiot.

Quasar
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I don't see 3D movies, so when I go to see this, I'll be seeing the 2D alternative version.

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
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Posted: 2 years 10 weeks ago

You should have seen it 13 years ago.

Turn your head and cough!
Quasar
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Posted: 2 years 10 weeks ago

I would have, but back then I was 5 years over the Prequels.

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
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Will they be putting a 2D version on any screens? I won't be going to see it, anyway, but only because I can't afford it. (It's not like I can use knowing I'll dislike the movie as an excuse.) Also, Jubbers can't watch 3D. It gives her headaches, and then she gets double vision. The way she describes it, her eyes focus past the glasses, and it's like the glasses are no longer on her face.
 

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Just tell her to squint.

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
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"Hey, look! A dime!"

Drakemd
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Run out and get these for the kids... <

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Quasar
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I just looked up what was showing at the Carmike Theaters in my area, and there are no showtimes for 2D versions of Episode I. That is BULLSHIT!

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
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Posted: 2 years 10 weeks ago

Plinkett's site's been pretty active the last few days.

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I for one am excited about the re-release of Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace 3D in theaters this weekend and be sure to check your local listings to see where and when Star Wars Episdoe 1 The Phantom Menace 3D will be playing in your town in a theater near you!

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Fuck that.

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Corporal_Hicks
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It's ok, Dalty. Lucas hates you (and all of us, really) anyway.

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One of the things Plinkett did was put up a downloadable commentary for Episode I. He encourages the downloader to put it on a portable device and use it to enhance the viewing experience. 

I think you might be required to pay to download it. It appears you can listen to the site's streaming version for free, though.

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Have so many people ever wanted a movie to fail so badly?  I don't claim to be one of those people, mind you, I just assume that there is a culture of hate out there directed at this release.  I do want it to do poorly as the boxoffice, but I don't think I care too much.  If it did very well I would be astonished, and a little put out.  I think maybe Prequel fans will want to go see it and boost the boxoffice just out of spite for the Prequel haters.  Yet, even many people who defend the Prequels claim TPM is a pile.  How many people will really be willing to sit through two jours of Jar Jar Binks at this stage?  Movies that are already widely available on video don't tend to attract many people to he cineplexes, anyway, from what I remember so the movie could be easily forgiven for not drawing well.  Then again, who the fuck thought re-releasing this movie was a good idea?  According to boxofficemojo, the movie is getting a pretty wide release, too: 2,655 theaters.  One kinda funny thing about this is many Prequel haters thought that time would tell the tale, that after a period of reflection the Prequels would be widely seen for their inferiority.  Now this is almost like a chance for that theory to be tested.  One could even compare the box office totals to the OT when they were re-released in the late 90s.

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I am NOT camping out this time.

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Thanks to the rerelease, TPM is now rated "rotten" on rottentomatoes.com. I think it has dropped five or six points in the last couple days.

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Corporal_Hicks wrote:

I am NOT camping out this time.

Is that like Hulking out, but with more musical theatre?

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Jack S. Pharaoh
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Wow, TPM pulled in $8.65 million on Friday. Anyone ever wondering about the propagation of bad movies need look no further than this (of course, there's a lot of other places you could look, like the 'Transformers' franchise, but whatever). Of course, bad movies aren't anything to bother about: I just generally avoid them or laugh at them when I do come across them. But seriously, TPM? I couldn't sit through that movie for free.

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I'm reading lots of stories of kids who were 8,9, 10 years old when they first saw it and are now going back to see it for nostalgic reasons, which kind of makes sense.

I imagine TPM is one of those movies that does not hold up from childhood to adult.

And I always thought "well the kids like it" was a poor defense of the films at the time. Kids like everything.

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On that note, I'm going to see it tomorrow. My hypocrisy knows no bounds.

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Hicks, you mind if I share this? After all, I got the link from you.... interesting read anyway.

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/why-star-wars-prequels-better-original-tril...

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That's a great example of clueless, academic idiocy. The article's argument, in a nutshell: the prequels are more political than the originals. This makes them better than the originals.

Academics fucking love when art hits the observer over the head with politics.

This reminds me of the time I overheard one of my professors discussing The Hurt Locker with some students in a hallway. She said, "I guess it was OK, but I think it wasn't political enough. It missed multiple opportunities to say something." Jubbers was there.

I stopped what I was doing and challenged her to elaborate on this. She couldn't. (I mean the professor, here, and not Jubbers.) She said something dismissive about how it "just would have been a better movie" if it had been "more political." I stopped short of asking "How?" because Jubbers and I had places to be, and no one likes to travel in circles when you have places to be. Unless traveling in a circle is where you want to be. (This should explain why academics love being in academia so much.)

Of course, we're all traveling in a circle. And that circle is also traveling in a circle. Rotation. Revolution. Et cetera. (What's that? You got what I was going for without me adding "rotation" and "revolution"? Doesn't matter. It's better when I hit you over the head with it, even when it's not politics.)

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Fuck politics.

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after seeing all the commercials, I decided to pop in my DVD and rewatch the end of Phantom. Other than Williams awesome Duel of Fates score, the end of the movie is really bad. Lucas really needs to realize they're not good and no amount of technical tinkering will make them better.

We were watching Al-Quaeda, and all this time our security services should have been keeping watch on Jakester's throbbing nutsack!-Dalton's chin dimple