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Chen G.

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  1. As I understand it, very little. All the more reason why Part Two needs to be a big moneymaker.
  2. Its not so much the salary but the precentage. I mean, come on, you don't put Chalamet, Ferguson, Brolin, Skarsgard, Bautista, Rampling, Zendaya, Bardem and now Walken, Pugh and Seydoux without giving each of them a cut and that's all fine and well but it means the profit needs to be a big one.
  3. When she walked into the room and he was fleeing? I mean, yeah you can make it all work. Just like you can explain why Owen in the original has no memory of C3PO who, in Episode II, lived with him. But you shouldn't have to explain things.
  4. Watching the original film, you get the impression Luke had never seen a lightsaber in his life, nor had any concept of "The Force." Well, here he's being chased by a manaical woman with a saber who lates chokes him with the Force... But Star Wars was always like this! I know, I know two wrongs don't make a right. But still!
  5. As was the case with The Rise of Skywalker, though, I really, strongly dislike the token-redemption they gave Reeva.
  6. With so many star salaries, Part Two is going to have to make a helluva lot of money!
  7. Nope, sorry. Not hearing it. I mean, I do. But I don't think that connection is meaningful.
  8. An uneven episode - especially the obligatory "villain redeems theirselves" schtick - but other parts had surprising amounts of pathos to them. I liked it.
  9. Yeah, George is not best with numbers or literature if he thought 250-300 pages is anything near the size of War and Peace...
  10. Why of course! You see, how wrote a script and it turned to be a really giant script, about 350 pages, "it was like War and Peace!" and then he divided it into two halves. Then he... divided the second half into six parts and the first half into eight parts, the fifth of which he divded into three and so he took the third plus the two eighths and a sixth and did a square root and... I dunno, I'm not good with math.
  11. This looks quite good, though: https://www.ign.com/articles/the-lord-of-the-rings-the-rings-of-power-orcs-exclusive?utm_source=twitter
  12. I think Nick is talking more generally. I mean, Meteor Man, Hobbits that seem to have emerged right out a local Peter Pan play, a village that's magically turned into Mordor, etc...
  13. Good continuity means contradictions don't rise in the first place... Obi-Wan is offers no more continuity headscratchers than any other film or TV entry into this franchise.
  14. A quote from since after the movie was out: Lucas was reimagining much of the film’s backstory in the months following its release. In this particular context, there are two elements: that Vader dueled with Obi Wan before, and that Vader’s suit was a life-support after the battle left him crippled. The point in which the former idea emerged is in dispute, but the latter is very much a retcon. And, really, the main point is to show just how haphazard Star always was (and had remained) in terms of “continuity” and so to try and will Obi-Wan into not contradicting anything is a doomed enterprise.
  15. And you two don’t care that the idea that Vader’s suit is a life-support is a retcon? The duel, that and only that is the real issue?! And, like I said, Kaminski does put some question into Hamil’s reliability there: just less than me.
  16. Although he does put some question into Hamil’s recollections, Kaminski actually thinks the duel did come to Lucas mind, but only during shooting - not in the writing process. I question that: smells like Lucas retrofitting to me. He does, however, seriously question that the duel resulted in Vader scoring wounds that make him require the suit for life-support, which he claims only came into Lucas mind after the fact. It’s all in his book, but there’s also an essay here: http://fd.noneinc.com/secrethistoryofstarwarscom/secrethistoryofstarwars.com/visualdevelopmentofdarthvader.html
  17. The only party I accuse of lying outright is George Lucas, and this is a point other authors have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt: the man is extremely duplicitous. The others I mostly attribute to faulty memory. You can call it what you will, but that’s how a historian works: he assessed the reliability of the sources as he understands it, and my assessment of those quotes of Hamil’s is that he let’s later pieces of information colour his memories of past events. When you hear Lucas talking about a duel in the past, it’s easy to project that unto your memories and say “oh sure, I remember him talking to me about a duel and stuff!” And this is not some point I’m making out of thin air: I’m mostly taking from Kaminski, who’s made these arguments (I think, very compellingly) before me.
  18. You don’t need to be an idiot to misremember things, especially nearly 30 years after the fact. Memory is suspect.
  19. I thought the way those sequences were intercut worked quite well. It is curious that they staged it at a time since before Anakin lost a hand. Making this a sequence that takes place after the bulk of Attack of the Clones may have been better.
  20. The point is that the quote itself is NOT from 1976 - it’s from 2004!
  21. No, it’s Mark Hamil recalling that he spoke to Lucas in 1976 about it. Read Kaminski, for starters. It’s an older book - published before some of Rinzler’s later publications - and at times it’s overreaching with some of its conclusions (especially regarding the sequel trilogy), but it’s still a superb piece of historical research into the development history of these films. I do think I should recall my assessment of the document as being falsified: I think Lucas drafted this document in 1978 to decide on what number episode to give to his sequel.
  22. This is a good one, but I think there’s even more to be made of some these topics. For instance, I think much of Lucas’ early years is kinda souped-up, both in his assertion that he “kind of fell into film” and in making it seem as though he was well on his way to becoming an Anthropology professor but decided to pour his understanding of humanity into cinema instead.
  23. Yeah, but Hamil is describing supposed script drafts that had this as a literal framing device, which (1) had not been found in spite of Rinzler’s exhaustive investigation of the archives and (2) doesn’t read like a Lucas script insofar as Hamil recalls it describing a camera move, which Lucas never does. Memory being suspect seems to me to be the best explanation.
  24. The Ewoks were inspired by Wookiee from early drafts of Star Wars, but Hamil is describing script pages that describe a Wookie family reading about the adventures of Luke as a framing device: that was never a thing. The quotes about the 12-film plan are all from 1978, not from 1976 or 1975. The document appended is also estimated as being from that period, and even here I suspect possible falsification insofar as some of the notes Lucas jotted under the original film (here Episode VI) are reproduction of notes, slightly doctored, from his 1974 notes: “Kane Highsinger/Jedi friend; Leia Aquilae/princess; General Vader/Imperial Commander; Han Solo/friend” and here “Han Solo/Pirate Leia/Princess. Also Darth Vader.” Why would Lucas even need to add to this document a plot synopsis to a movie he just made? Kaminski and Taylor both show that Kurtz’ memories (and this all taken from interviews of Kurtz from the nineties or later) are just as suspect as Hamil’s or anyone else’s.
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