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Old 09-17-2007, 11:44 PM   #496
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Those are some great shots you compiled, he is a great technical director, really great at anything other than directing actors, like you said. The biggest problem with the prequels were that so much emphasis was placed on the visuals and effects compared to the story and most of the character development that it falls flat under its own weight.

The prequel series handled the Clone Wars, Jedi vs. Sith, Rise of Palpatine, and pure action scenes incredibly well, but the central part of the story, the conflict of Anakin and how he became Darth Vader was terrible. If Episode II was the beginning of the story, with Episode I being like a prologue and it was teenaged to young adult Anakin having to deal with these emotional issues of love, loss, and service, then it would've been a stronger trilogy.

Episode III's biggest problem was Anakin's shift to the dark side, which happened in about 30 seconds. Sure it had been building throughout the series, but regretting killing Mace one moment and pledging himself to Palpatine the next was so half-assed and shoddy... dear God.

I should probably bad mouth the prequels less than I do, they truly are technical feats in cinema, but like I said earlier, when it gets in the way of the story Lucas is trying to tell, then what's the point?

(I could probably write a full essay on this, but I'll spare you all. )
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How does random film discussion always find its way back to Star Wars?

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Because we like to party.
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This aint no party.

This aint no disco.

This aint no foolin around.
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Stop Making Sense, one of the best concert films ever?

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It's better than Star Wars.
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Just a lame joke.

Although, the more I think about it...
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Native Melody >>> Yub Nub
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Only slightly.
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Sooo, does anyone want Alex Garland's Halo script?
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Major INDY IV spoilers await below:

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/34088

Also confirming something I suspected for a while.
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Quote:
Originally posted by Lancemc
How does random film discussion always find its way back to Star Wars?

forget film discussions, how about ALL discussions...

The answer to this question is two-fold:

1. Star Wars = Awesome

2. We = Nerds

There you have it folks...

And for the record, I agree with Laz that Lucas has his moments, it's a shame they are fewer and more far between in the prequels...

One of my biggest complaints about the prequels is Darth Maul. This guy is all kinds of awesome, why was it necessary to kill him off in the first film? I say keep him coming back in all three...
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Sooo, does anyone want Alex Garland's Halo script?


if it's as good as the Death Proof script, I'll be happy.
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One of my biggest complaints about the prequels is Darth Maul. This guy is all kinds of awesome, why was it necessary to kill him off in the first film? I say keep him coming back in all three...
It had to happen though because of the Sith Rule of 2. There can only be one master to one apprentice. The Jedi do the same thing, that's why there was a hubbub when Qui-Gon wanted to take on Anakin as his apprentice when Obi-Wan was still considered his apprentice already.

With Maul out of the picture, Palpy could set his sights on Anakin.
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