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I was watching the Plinkett reviews of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace again (haven’t seen the new one yet, so no spoilers please) and an interesting thing stuck out in light of recent events. Starting at the six minute point of part 5, which is where the link should take you, Mr. Plinkett starts discussing […]

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NO SPOILERS I was walking my dog earlier today and listening to “The Ricochet Podcast, Ep. 286: No Spoilers.” When my nine year old son went with friends from school to see the latest Star Wars two days before my wife and I were able to, we were properly armed against any accidental plot point […]

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I immensely enjoyed Star Wars at the theater this morning with my daughters. Done right, and assuming we ignore the three recent prequels, the Star Wars franchise is better than Star Trek. That’s saying a lot for me, as someone who has followed Start Trek for twenty-five years. You heard it here. Thank you for […]

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Now we know what George Lucas thinks of a tyrannical totalitarian empire. I wonder what kind of movies Emperor Palpatine allowed? One of the reasons I retired is so I can make movies that aren’t popular. Because in the world we live in, in the system we’ve created for ourselves in terms of — it’s […]

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Prepare to geek out: Lileks monologues Star Wars past and present.

(No spoilers herein!)

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Didn’t expect to be in a crowded theatre replete with excited lightsaber clad kids and their bearded Dads, (who appeared even more giddy). But PrayforaReagan told me she wanted to see it. What else can I do but get some plush Imax seats and wormhole back to being a fresh British emigre watching my first movie […]

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This whole review is spoilers. You’ve been warned. So we start out with General Princess Leia who sends this Puerto Rican pilot (Poe Dammeron) to the desert planet of Jakku to get the one thing that the resistance needs to find Luke Skywalker, last of the Jedi, who’s AWOL on some remote planet. They need […]

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The long, long wait is nearly over. Yes, we’re talking about the next Democratic presidential debate which has been curiously scheduled for Saturday night. What’s curious about that? Well, it’s the last Saturday before Christmas, so presumably most people who aren’t complete social pariahs will be at parties instead of huddling around the TV. And […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The Torch Has Been Passed to a New Generation

 

fa1The name J. J. Abrams strikes fear into the hearts of fans for what he did to Star Trek. But the 2009 Star Trek movie, despite its obnoxious camera angles and superfluous lens flares, did do one thing right: It captured some of the joy of Star Trek. It gave a wink and a nod to fans familiar with the source material. There were jokes. There were references. There were winks and nods to fans who could appreciate them. (Unfortunately, that’s about all it had going for it.)

In a moment of charity, one could forgive Abrams for Star Trek. He had an almost impossible task. The success rate for Trek films is somewhere south of 5o percent. (Of the ten before Abrams came along, there were two or three good ones.) It can’t be helped. Star Trek works best on the small screen.

By contrast, Star Wars can only work on the big screen. Abrams had a tougher task with the Star Wars movie. The difficulties greater. The expectations were that much higher.

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This is the Star wars cantina song–maybe some of my fellow Ricochetti are legally prevented from enjoying this fun song by the, one hopes, inimitable Mr. Richard Cheese. Some other version on youtube may be legal or legal-ish… Preview Open

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unmasked3Darth Vader, the super-villain of the Star Wars movies, is a racist construct. You knew that, right? Or do you need to be educated?

If so, here’s what Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC’s resident movie critic, has to say about this:

“I know why I have feelings — good, bad and otherwise — about Star Wars,” Perry explained. “…I spent the whole day talking about the Darth Vader situation.”

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Crowded theaters are more than I can stand – people opening wrappers, talking, cell phones, chewing – it’s just awful. So, I will not be seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the day it opens (or several thereafter) despite my love for the series. Like I did with Breaking Bad, I intend to black out […]

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Everyone is excited about the next Star Wars and — despite my burning hatred for what J.J. Abrams did to Star Trek — I’ll be seeing it in theaters, albeit with my expectations set lower than a Sarlacc that just wants to be left alone.

However, the two movies I’m most excited by this season aren’t reboots, remakes, or sequels, though the subject of one of them has been previously produced for television:

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Movie characters with masks are a godsend to parodists. The folks behind the Auralnauts channel specialize in changing audio tracks on film clips with often hilarious results (I highly recommend their Dark Knight Bane parodies; their 10 Guaranteed Improvements to the Hobbit is also fantastic). Yesterday they dropped a new film with Lord Vader voiced […]

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