For reasons unknown…seriously unknown…there’s a petition online to have George Lucas direct Star Wars Episode IX.
The consensus seems to be that Revenge of the Sith is, in fact, the best of the prequels. True, that can be damning with faint praise, but…well, let’s see what the Geeks have to say about this one.
The Force Awakens opens on the 18th. Star Wars fans can barely contain themselves. They got the original band back together (mostly), and the epic saga continues with a new generation.
To better prepare ourselves, we here at Gabbing Geek are doing a Star Wars rewatch, with a movie covered a day until the 18th rolls around, skipping weekends.
Here’s our first installment on Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Unless you’ve been living in a hole for the past year or so, you know there’s a new Star Wars coming out next week.
To do something with that, I’m doing a rewatch and have invited the other Geeks to share their two cents on the previous six movies. We’ll have one a day starting tomorrow with The Phantom Menace (skipping the weekend) and end with Return of the Jedi next Thursday.
So, hey, see what we have to say about the most important movie series in the universe. That statement may be a bit of a hyperbole. Schedule after the cut.
Movie posters are iconic pieces of art but it is amazing how much the titles and font are part of the visual appeal. We check out what the posters look like with the text stripped away and only the visual to sell the story.
Ok, so the 1989 Batman wasn’t a bad movie. I’m trolling you a little. But it was a disappointment to me relative to how excited the poster above had me. In an era before The Facebook, this was all we had to go on for our notice.
I remember walking into the theater one day and finding out there was a Batman movie because THIS teaser poster was on the wall. This was back when there was still an element of surprise in geek movies. The movie was a let down compared to the hype of the poster.
What other movies had really strong movie posters but missed the mark on delivering a good movie? Fair warning. These movies are ACTUALLY bad!
I’ve been doing podcast reactions for a while now, even before I got tapped to write for this site. In that time, I have picked on Jenny and Watson quite a bit. Why not? Jenny is three ducks in a woman suit who doesn’t know who Max von Sydow is despite his memorable roles in both The Exorcist and Flash Gordon–leading to my theory that someone is finally continuing Flash Gordon‘s “To be continued” tag when Ming the Merciless is revealed to be the bad guy in Star Wars Episode VII. Watson just has that one picture that makes it rather easy. Heck, it doesn’t matter what other pictures I use, that picture will be the one that appears on Facebook for any article I write and use it for.
But aside from pointing out just how much Ryan likes the awful, awful Krull, I don’t pick on him that much.
I’m not going to pick on him now, because this post is an intervention.
This week on the podcast, those darn Gabbing Geeks discussed how to fix disappointing stories. They also discussed pop culture mothers after Mother’s Day, but I don’t have anything to add there. They also discussed feminist action heroes, but that might be the work of a future column.
Just go see Mad Max: Fury Road if you haven’t already.
But I’m going to take a moment to discuss how to fix a certain infamous set of prequels.
It is a common theme of this series. Some amazing Geek property is developed, and the main creative driver gets the lionshare of credit; while others involved blend into the background. It’s not unfair, really. George Lucas, for all his modern sins, was the visionary who brought us the Star Wars universe. He does deserve to be credited with that amazing achievement. But it is not like the movies got to the bigscreen and DVD (not digitial…) with only Lucas at the helm. Others were involved. Others helped not only in the production/business side, but they also made key creative choices. I think it is fair to say Star Wars would not the same without our Background Geek of the Week. Who is this geek who has done so much in the shadows? Continue reading Background Geek of the Week: Jedis and Neckbeards