Every month we take a look at a movie on the Internet Movie Database’s List of the TOP 250 FILMS OF ALL-TIME. These are movies that transcend a simple “My Favorite Scene” column. These are movies that are hard to just pry five gems from, but we do and examine the film overall. We’re on our twelfth installment in this series. Click on the links for The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Dark Knight, Pulp Fiction , Schindler’s List, 12 Angry Men, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, The Return of the King, Fight Club, and The Fellowship of the Ring to check out previous installments.
At #12, we come to the first of the (soon-to-be) eight films in the Star Wars franchise on the IMDB Top 250: the undisputed fan and critical favorite – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Appropriate timing, since we are now less than a month away from the return of Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and The Empire Strikes Back is undoubtedly the ultimate Vader film. Continue reading Top 5: Scenes from The Empire Strikes Back (IMDB Top 250 #12)
This is an interesting discussion from IGN that I have actually intended to post for over a year. It came out around the time of the digital release of the six film set, and it’s a discussion about 7 positive changes made by Lucas during all his tinkering with the films. Now, I don’t agree with all the things they say are positive. For example, cutting Jeremy Bulloch out is still a crap move, and who knows if that will hold up if Lawrence Kasdan revamps Boba Fett’s origin like is rumored? I do think adding Ian McDiarmid to Empire and the Death Star explosions are examples of great changes, and it’s nice to approach the topic from a positive point of view, rather than the general freak out rant that instantly starts when the topic of Lucas’ never ending tinkering does come up. I generally feel most of the changes are overall unnecessary or detrimental or psychotic (replacing Sebastian Stan at the end of Jedi with Hayden Christensen and the musical number in Jabba’s palace as examples). But it’s a good jumping off point for conversation and it’s a very good discussion. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!
Seth Green’s Robot Chicken has provided ADHD humor for anything and everything pop culture in glorious stop-motion animation for a decade now. One of their favorite targets has always been Star Wars, even doing a few Star Wars specials. One of the great things about Star Wars is that it is so easy to mock without ever diminishing it. It’s canvas that’s just ripe for parody. Here, for your Friday morning enjoyment, are the top 10 Star Wars Robot Chicken moments.
Attack of the Clones is, to my mind, the weakest entry in the Star Wars series. I think that this is a film that should have set up the payoff of Anakin falling to the Dark Side. We should have gotten to know the Jedi that fell during Order 66. We should have seen more of the Clone Wars instead of just one awesome battle after nearly two hours of listening to the English language be butchered during cinema’s most painfully forced love story. For that matter, I’ve never understood why Count Dooku was necessary as a character. Most of his back story was only established in the EU and letting Maul live or bringing Grevious forward a film would have been more interesting. Ok, I swore I was going to focus on the positive things, didn’t I? There ARE cool things in Attack of the Clones. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) “Obi-Wan vs. Jango Fett”
After the largest beta test in video game history, Star Wars: Battlefront will be hitting Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC on November 17th. The Battlefront games from last generation were probably the best Star Wars games I’ve ever played (aside from Knights of the Old Republic). Just playing two levels over and over on the beta was a ton of fun and, since I can see that nearly my entire friends list played the beta as well, I expect some co-op action as we all try to pretend like we’re not creating paper chains at this point to count the days til Episode VII. That last one may be just me, but no one’s ever accused me of coping normally.