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That's right. 15 years.
That's almost as much time as between the Return of the Jedi and the Phantom Menace.
we're all fucking old
And still a massive crock of shite
and the age difference is really apparent when he talks about how much he loved Phantom Menace as a kid. He was probably 8 when it came out, so for him, that's what Star Wars is. Dead weird. Like that time I was talking to this couple at a Deftones gig and they were telling me that Saturday Night Wrist was their favourite album. Surely that shouldn't be anyone's favourite album? Even the band dislike that one. But that's the one that came out when they were the right age, so that's the one they cherish. Maybe Lucas was right, and we're all wrong, and they really ARE children's films and we didn't get it because we're too old and jaded.
Probably not, though.
was probably about a similar age, though I'm pretty sure I saw the reissues (w/ the new effects I guess) of the original trilogy before that.
not sure what my point is
well..apart from pink cellphone
well..apart from pink cellphone
has a couple of very good songs on, but if you asked me to make a case for every album individually to be their best one, SNW would be the hardest.
I remember thinking Darth Maul was the coolest thing ever, and Qui-Gon Jinn is still my favorite Jedi
So yeah it probably does have something to do with when it came out
Didn't really like Star Wars too long probably due to being a teenager when the other shit ones came out
It looked like it was going to be something amazing. I remember being so hyped for it and then what a let down.
Apart from the lightsaber fight, I think it still stands up. With dual of the fates - amazing! Should have been much more of this.
Trade federations! Crap droids that couldn't invade a tea party! Jar-Jar Binks!
The lightsaber duel is brilliant, but it doesn't save it
The truly baffling thing is that it's the best of the 3 prequels, the other two managed to get worse!
but I thought Episode 3 was quite good when I recently rewatched it.
I mean, they both have some truly dire bits but the good stuff in them is way above the duel in Phantom Menace.
With Episode II you can vastly improve the DVD with a couple of chapter skips:
Chapter 23 is that fucking dreadful fireplace scene where Anakin gets all creepy with Padmé and if yo udrop Chapter 38, the robot factory, they pretty much go from landing on the planet to being captured and in the arena. Dunno, you can't do much about Yoda's speaking parts in the finale and stuff but it definitely improves things.
Episode III, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO aside (and really everything after Obi-Wan leaves him for dead) at least has some fucking PACE so you can just enjoy action action action...
Can just imagine you sitting there watching the film with the chapter list in front of you.
When I watched it I just skipped those as they came up. I put the list up so you'd know where I meant but I don't know if you can programme DVD players (?) so you'd just be relying on quick button pressing.
feels like it lasts about a week
excited for the new movie though, yeah??
Gunna be awesome!!
and on holiday in Florida so I got to see it a couple of months before anyone else at school.
I think I was just about young enough to not hate Episode I at the time, different story when Attack of the Clones came out (which was so much worse too)
I was working there. I thought I was pretty special when I was seeing it before all my pals. 10 minutes in I wasn't feeling all that special.
great fun on the N64 + EXPANSION PACK OH YEAH SWISH
i was like 13 & a nerdy gaming obsessive well versed in the originals so fell firmly into the naff camp when the film came out
that lightsaber battle at the end is still great fun to watch on youtube, god i love Liam Neesons
Couldn't care less about the films.
Bring him back with robot legs or something
and just starts fucking windmilling with his lightsabre: easily the best thing in the first three episodes.
THIS is windmilling
www.meatspin.com (no idea if that link still works)
even though it's your homepage and company website
totally different (better) film.
probably the best use of him
feel so oooooooooooooooold
check yr facts pal
just realised it's 100 years since WWI started.
So old :(
Then III is best (of a very bad bunch).
Phantom Menace has that cunt kid and too much Jar Jar.
but is slightly less painful to watch because less cunt kid/Jar Jar, and also has the big fight in the desert at the end which is pretty good.
and Natalie Portman looked sexy as far as I recall.
But there is that bit about "I don't like sand. It's coarse and irritating and it gets everywhere. Everything here is soft and smooth."
in a room with a roaring fire and a sheepskin and then said "No, we can't have sex"
Yeah, they were. Technically accomplished like the graphics but like the graphics no relevance or grip. I mean the demon guy just shows up each time, says nothing and then they fight. It's like a ballet interlude, or an end of level boss.
Its just a drawing. LOOK that man's fighting a drawing with a drawing of a sword - SO COOL
Wow Yoda's throwing bits of the roof at him and he's tiny and spinning around because graphics. WOW GRAPHICS
Yeah you get some people that argue about them being technically better than in the originals, but they are nowhere near as intense because the characters are so weak, luke hacking away at vader is infinitely better
Then LOTR came out iand it was like "ah, this is how you do an epic fantasy film" and Lucas looked like a cunt forevermore. Said the Raven.
And found them increasingly painful to watch at the cinema. They also just show up how shit some of the original ones are, and how you looked past that because THEY WERE FULL OF COOL FLYING SHIT.
But I am grateful to Phantom Menace for more than either of the other 2.
1) Podracer as noted up there was a GREAT game multiplayer at Uni
2) The pre-release hype was so well done. The posters were done to match the old style of the originals: http://www.scifinow.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Star_Wars_Phantom_Menace_poster.1.jpg
and the teaser campaign for it was basically solid gold:
3) That feeling of being 10 again when the film started at the cinema. For the 5 minutes at the start, I was a kid again and grinning like a small child as I was at the cinema, watching a Star Wars I hadn't seen before. THAT intro music, the shimmering Lucasfilm logo, the type vanishing into the distance...
They handled all of the first bit so well leading up to it. Just a shame Lucas made 3 shit films with no real story, continuity or decent moments in them (though I quite liked the Jedi being awesome in the intro and running super fast / melting doors etc).
Remember ordering tickets at midnight when they went on sale for the first showing at the local cinema (there was no need it was half empty). Funny thing is I can't remember it being a crushing disappointment, I must have been in denial or something. People at works kids apparently love Star Wars which I find bizarre, pretty sure when I was a kid I would not have been fooled by a slow paced film with no characters
once and for all
Episode 2 - absolute shite
Episode 3 - absolute shite
I think the prequels' biggest crime was drawing attention to the flaws of the originals. Granted, the originals were at least fun, but they also had the same stilted dialogue and plot that was obviously made up as they went. I'm mostly just sick of hearing about Star Wars now....
Ep I: meh
Ep II: better, but boring.
Ep III: I've only seen bits of and it was more of the same.
JJ Abrams is a better fit for Star Wars than Star Trek, but I can't name a single movie he's done that's better than average and the whole lens flare thing, while cliche to complain about, really is fucking tacky.
think thats a bit harsh on the original dialogue, they may have their moments of sci-fi jargon which is to be expected, but it is a lot more natural and has plenty of moments of humour and memorable lines completely lacking from the prequels.
Lucas honed the script for the original star wars for years, got a lot of input from his friends who happened to be some of the best filmakers of the era, include a crucial last revision which sought to make it less stilted and and more humourous. For the sequels he hired some decent writers to help him. By the time of the prequels he seemed to think he didnt need any help anymore and his first draft would do, and im sure there was no one around to disagree with him
and Mission Impossible III and his two Star Trek films are both pretty good. Frankly 'pretty good' for Episode VII will be good enough for me.
Because it sums up how I feel and what I've done so many times.