Nov 25, 2014

'Episode II was a decrease to da series' as decreed by Brian Delaney, Star Wars fan.

We were amused to spy this comment on G+. We think the author was trying to suggest that Episode II: Attack of the Clones was a disgrace to the Star Wars franchise.

Was it? We’ve covered how the haters are gonna hate like Brian here and yes, it is part of the prequel trilogy, a much maligned set of films. 

But we thought we should cover off four areas of what we think there is to love about Attack of the Clones and address some of the parts which do let the site down just a tad. Just a tad....

1. Yoda turns out to be a total bad ass.

I dunno about you, but in the theatre where I saw Attack of the Clones people began cheering when Yoda and Count Dooku started to battle. Yoda was flipping around and using the Force like he invented it. This was great spectacle and showing Yoda in this light increased his standing in the Star Wars realm amongst fans. The prequels are great because they showed how great a Jedi the little green guy was.

Nov 24, 2014

The very best Star Wars movie quotes from the best characters

One of the best things about the Star Wars films is that they are so quotable – the lines and phrases have become part of pop culture across so many realms – Yoda’s altered sentence structures, Han’ call it like it is quips and Luke’s bright eyed innocence about wanting to go to Toche Station have made the films live on.

From upstanding Jedi to fallen  Sith, precious princesses to bickering robots, here’s what we think are the best quotes of the major characters are from six motion picture films of the Star Wars franchise. 

Yoda, the meanest greenest Jedi ever known
  • “You must unlearn what you have learned.”  - Some say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Yoda seemed to think he Luke could with Luke and ultimately he was proven right. 
  • “Do or do not. There is no try.” - This pretty much sums up the whole of Luke's efforts in Empire
  • “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you." - A line from Phantom Menance where Yoda is basically outlining what will happen to Anakin Skywalker and the consequences his fear will have for himself, all those around him and beyond.
  • "When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good, you will not, hmmm?”  - Yoda has a joke with Luke and then he dies....
  • "No, there is another." As Obi Wan Kenobi laments Luke possibly failing and being the last hope, Yoda through into the mix that there was another hope. 

Nov 17, 2014

Is there REALLY a Mace Windu Star Wars film in the works?

Is there a Mace Windu movie in the works? There's plenty of tales still to be told in the Star Wars universe and it could just be that A.J. Edwards has let slip something he perhaps should not have during a Reddit Ask Me Anything:

While it could simply be the director was mouthing off to get some publicity for his new film, a Mace Windu could be pretty awesome. Obviously it would have to be a prequel but to learn more about how Windu became one of the greatest Jedi by way of the film medium would be awesome.

It will probably be years before such a thing is actually announced so don't hold your breath for any confirmation soon.

Yoda's Akiro Kurosawa reference in Revenge of the Sith

Yoda Seven Samurai reference

Revenge of the Sith featured a very cool reference to one of the films by a Japanese director that inspired the original Star Wars film.

We have mentioned before how Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress was a major influence on George Lucas. It’s no surprise then that Lucas deftly slipped in a visual reference to Akira Kurosawa’s famous Seven Samurai film.

As Yoda rides in a gunship, he runs his hand over his head, sadly pondering how has Jedi Council's request of Anakin to spy on Palpatine has riled Anakin. This mimics Kambei Shimada’s motion in the Seven Samurai. 

Pretty cool when you know to look for it! 

Nov 16, 2014

What was the working title for The Force Awakens?

working title force awakens avco
2nd Unit film canister of Avco

The working title of The Force Awakens was:


This production title was named after  a Los Angeles cinema that showed Star Wars which in itself is not hugely notable except for two points:

  • Avco was one of only four cinemas who fitted Lucasfilm’s THX sound system for the film.
  • It was the cinema that the young JJ Abrams first saw the Star Wars.

So there you go, not quite as cool as the story of Blue Harvest but quite the bit of trivia none-the-less.

Nov 11, 2014

How many "firsts" will the seventh Star Wars movie have?

The first ignition for Luke
While Star Wars “The Force Awakens” will be the 7th live action Star Wars film, it will have many firsts. Some we know, some we don’t.
  • This is the first film in the franchise to have two producers.
  • This is the first film to feature an IMAX sequence in 3D
  • This is the first film to feature a female as the lead (This is presumably Daisy as Kira)
  • First film to feature flash backs
  • First film to have three credited writers (assuming the work Arndt did gets a credit) – the jury’s out on whether Lucas will get a credit, possibly a ‘based on a story’ type one.
  • First Star Wars film distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. 
  • We're willing to bet this will be the first film that a hero character dies in.

Nov 10, 2014

Han Solo will die in A Force Awakens!

That’s our prediction any way - here’s the rationale.

Actor Harrison Ford has never been hugely fussed with Star Wars and is on record in a few interviews as being a bit bemused by everything and its success. He is also well noted thinking of himself as being more Indiana Jones than Han Solo.

With this seeming reluctance to play Han Solo in yet another Star Wars film, he agreed to take part in A Force Awakens so that he could contractually get a new Indianna Jones movie into production. Let’s assume this was a one time deal in that this will be Ford’s last Star Wars appearance ever – so in order for JJ’s The Force Awakens to take full advantage of the fact that Han Solo won’t be in any future Star Wars films, the script has been written so that Solo goes out.

So that’s the ‘real reason why’ Han will die.

But what about the story telling reason?

In terms of story telling, The Force Awakens is a hand over. The major characters from the original trilogy are passing the torch to the new, much younger actors who will carry the next 2 films of the trilogy (not to forget potential roles in the cross over films). 

If the story of film is truly about a hand over, why not have Han Solo die in the most glorious way as he saves everybody and in doing so passes his own torch to his child who will go on to have many wonderful space adventures. Everyone suspects he will have married Leia and their child will be Force sensitive so the hand over goes that way (Kira?)

Another idea why - from a certain point of view, A New Hope hinged on the death of Obi Wan Kenobi. His sacrifice (of a sort) helped Luke and Leia escape from Tarkin and Vader’s clutches. The Force Awakens needs such a moment, and Han Solo is the perfect candidate for it.

Of course his death should be so heroic and so noble it will be up there with movie deaths such as Spock in Wrath of Khan, Damien Karass in The Exorcist, Harry Stamper in Armageddon and let’s not forget the death of Obi Wan at the hands of his former apprentice in A New Hope.

Here’s hoping any way.