In their latest episode, Karl and Jason are joined by special guest Teresa Delgado of the “Star Wars Bookworms” podcast, Fan Girl Next Door blog, and a member of Jedi News. Your hosts sit down to discuss the role of romance in the Star Wars films. From the dysfunctional love of Anakin and Padme to the fun flirtations between Han Solo and Princess Leia, your hosts have a grand old time talking love, romance, and Wampa’s! Continue reading
And so the ATOC retrospective series continues. Here’s Part 4!
This is a 7 part series focussing on the 10th anniversary of AOTC. This series will cumulate with our live video podcast commentary of the movie on Thursday the 24th at 7:30 EST at http://www.starwarsreport.com/live Be there!
My cousin said it very well.
“So the Jedi counsel sends a young, angst ridden, emotional teenager to go alone with the beautiful young senator, to the most beautiful and romantic of all the planets in the galaxy, and they expect him not to fall head over heals in love?”
He said that a number of years ago when I was just watching it for the 2nd or 3rd time. While he meant to be humorous, he had a good point. Contrary to what many people say, the romance in AOTC was not “unrealistic” it was quite the opposite. Think about it. When young people of that age spend tons of time together they generall get together.
Trust me. I’m the youngest of 6 kids, 4 of whom are married. I’ve seen it happen many times.
I’m not the biggest fan of the movie portrayal of the Anakin/Padme romance, not so much because of the characters, but really because of 2 things:
- The dialogue. Anakin: “”I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth.” Sometimes something is so bad that it’s good.
- The Oath. I don’t hear many people talk about this, but the Jedi do swear an oath to the order and nothing else. It still bothers me how easily Anakin brushes that oath off and quickly comes to the conclusion that the Jedi are “encouraged to love”.
Ladies, are you interested in a guy who says you should date because he’s been “encouraged to love”?
Didn’t think so.
This past Thursday I attended my first midnight screening of any movie. I saw Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. It was awesome!
I was actually surprised by the number of people who were there at this small, suburban theater. There were a good 30 to 40 of them. This was a good sign. Even though TPM came in 4th this weekend at the box office, it still made a cool 40 plus million dollars world wide so far. (Hopefully enough to continue this yearly tradition.)
We walked up to the concession stand to buy our popcorn and tickets. A very nice lady produced our yummy snack and began handing us our standard black-ish 3D glasses. This was, of course, completely unacceptable. I wanted my special, limited edition black and red Darth Maul 3D glasses and I wanted them NOW. The lady kindly informed me that the theater manager had (I dare say rather cruelly) instructed the employees not to give out any of the coveted eyewear until the following day… the following day.
But with a look that was a combination of both sympathy and good will to all Star Wars fans, this kind hearted lady stepped into the back room and then came out from around the concession stand. She was cautiously concealing beneath her vest, the “one and only-limited edition-get them while they last” Darth Maul Real-D 3D glasses. My evening was made.
So without further ado… My 7 best Episode I 3D moments.
1. The escape from Naboo. It’s the first 3D space battle in Star Wars. It showed me the potential for immersive 3D space combat in Star Wars. Oh, and by the way… WE’RE SITTING DUCKS!
2. Darth Maul’s Spy Probes. The only time in the movie when the 3D was “in your face”. I loved it when those things flew out of the screen.
The Pod-race. While the 3D was cool in this scene, it’s really the AMAZING sound mix that makes this scene stand out.
Entry into Coruscant. All of the wide shots of planets were incredible but this sequence really made me feel like I was in the royal starship.
The battle of Theed. The firefight in the Theed hanger was incredible. You really got a sense of the size and scale of the hanger.
Dual of Fates. This one had to make the cut. It’s definitely the most thrilling and exciting lightsaber dual in Star Wars.
And finally, the celebratory parade. Anakin got a haircut, Padme wore her most beautiful dress yet, and Boss Nass gets to hold the sparkly ball of happiness and yell at the top of his lungs…
I really enjoyed seeing this film in 3D with a bunch of Star Wars fans at midnight, and I hope you enjoy watching it too!