Video: The best movie review you’ll ever see — the finale

posted at 4:30 pm on December 31, 2010 by Allahpundit

This guy is enough of an Internet phenomenon that I assume I don’t have to introduce him. Longtime HA readers, at least, are already familiar with his reviews of “The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones,” so you should know by now that you’re in for something special here. I sat down thinking I’d give the first clip 10 minutes and then go about my New Year’s Eve business; two hours later, I was still there watching clip three. This is, quite simply, the best thing you’ll watch all day, notwithstanding the various TV marathons going on around the dial. If you can’t spare hours, at least watch the third video for the “Citizen Kane” comparison and insights into Lucas’s crippling addiction to F/X at the expense of storytelling.

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Getting popcorn…

… be right back!

Seven Percent Solution on December 31, 2010 at 4:38 PM

WOO HOO!

This just totally made my day!

Mr. Plinkett rocks! Break that sh&t down! Get down to brass tacks!

CPL 310 on December 31, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Actually quite funny, but my face hit the keyb at “kid Han solo”, and I couldn’t take it any more.

Actually I thought ep 1 was the best of the prequels, and the other 2 were nearly unwatchable.

But if you go back to the originals, they are nearly unwatchable too.

rightwingyahooo on December 31, 2010 at 4:44 PM

All of it is good but one HA-appropriate line that really stuck out is about 12 minutes into part two: If you’ve ever wondered how a war would be run by disorganized hippies, here it is.

LastRick on December 31, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Awesome! Can’t wait to watch.

FloatingRock on December 31, 2010 at 4:53 PM

If you can’t spare hours, at least watch the third video for the “Citizen Kane” comparison and insights into Lucas’s crippling addiction to F/X at the expense of storytelling.

To quibble over a small point, there’s a fair bit of criticism of the green screen and Lucas’s addiction to sitting and drinking coffee in the second part too.

LastRick on December 31, 2010 at 4:54 PM

I got it Palpatine is Obama. Thanks HA, the circle is now complete.

Tommy_G on December 31, 2010 at 4:58 PM

citizen vadar…heh

just saw the first 15 minutes of clip 3…

most excellent :)

cmsinaz on December 31, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Star Wars blows.

SouthernGent on December 31, 2010 at 5:07 PM

But if you go back to the originals, they are nearly unwatchable too.

Not if you Bogart!

karl9000 on December 31, 2010 at 5:14 PM

I’m on part 2. This has made my day.

Emily M. on December 31, 2010 at 5:18 PM

I like the idea but the guy’s adenoidal voice got to me after a few minutes.

rrpjr on December 31, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Star Wars blows.

SouthernGent on December 31, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Most movies “suck and blow” these days (to borrow the phrase from Bart Simpson) because the Left cannot tell a story without turning it into a heavy-handed, ham-fisted, shove it down your throat and shove it up your a$$ attempt to tell a Lefty morality tale.

Wanderlust on December 31, 2010 at 5:20 PM

I’ve been waiting for this review for nearly a year. I won’t be able to start watching it till tomorrow, but if it’s even in the ballpark of the first two reviews, it will be well worth the wait.

KGB on December 31, 2010 at 5:24 PM

111:14?

hillbillyjim on December 31, 2010 at 5:27 PM

rightwingyahooo on December 31, 2010 at 4:44 PM

But in 1975 it was amazing.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Who wants to share some pizza rolls?

Blue Collar Todd on December 31, 2010 at 5:32 PM

These reviews made me realize just how amazing Empire really was. And now that we’ve learned why the writers for episodes 4&5 bailed (they wanted a poignant solemn ending to the trilogy, Lucas wanted a muppet Xmas party to sell toys) the point becomes all that more insightful for films in general.

I recently watched Empire again and I forgot how great it was.

Tman on December 31, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Wanderlust on December 31, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Oo…oo…oo…like Avatar?

belad on December 31, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Does this guy’s voice remind anyone of Nick Gillespie over at Reason?

drewwerd on December 31, 2010 at 5:37 PM

I’ve liked his Star Wars reviews, but I admit he lost me after his review of Star Trek, in which he basically holds up as a positive everything that in Star Wars he considers a negative. He thinks the change for the sake of change there is a good thing, that people’s memories of the original aren’t hurt by going in a new direction, and so on—in other words, he doesn’t have a critical viewpoint you can point to and immediately understand, relate to, or even agree or disagree with. I kind of lost all respect for him after that. I also think he tends to be way too hard on certain plot points, insisting they don’t fit complicated schematics for storytelling when they’re not supposed to—I’m a huge stickler for stories interlocking correctly, making sense, and never going for a whack in the head when in a whisper in the ear will do, but this guy overdoes it. The movies hang together better plot-wise than he indicates, though I’m not claiming they’re brilliant. And the extra-narrative stuff with the woman hunting him down, a “sequel” from his review of Attack of the Clones I find very tiring. Though I believe reviews of this nature do need to be entertaining, I think they should first and foremost be enlightening—and they never strike me as that.

WesternActor on December 31, 2010 at 5:37 PM

To quibble over a small point, there’s a fair bit of criticism of the green screen and Lucas’s addiction to sitting and drinking coffee in the second part too.

LastRick on December 31, 2010 at 4:54 PM

He shows so many shots of Lucas directing at two monitors from a chair drinking coffee after that; hilarious.

111:14?

hillbillyjim on December 31, 2010 at 5:27 PM

And worth every minute. Earlier today had the same experience as Allahpundit today: was just gonna watch a few minutes but ended up watching till the end. Comedy gold.

inviolet on December 31, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Mr. Plinkett is the man! I was so happy to get this today.

ynot4tony2 on December 31, 2010 at 5:39 PM

But in 1975 it was amazing.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2010 at 5:27 PM

1977.

Here is the timeline of movie greatness:

1975 – Jaws
1976 – Rocky
1977 – Star Wars

keep the change on December 31, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Dude,
Get a life.

moochy on December 31, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Get time machine.

Kill George Lucas’ mom.

These movies are utter crap, unless you have no imagination of your own and have never seen a film made before the year you were born. Ripoffs of work by dozens of smarter people, mashed together for 12 year old boys.

Star Wars fans are the same people who think Twilight Zones are “deep.”

ConservativeTalkRadio on December 31, 2010 at 5:47 PM

He shows so many shots of Lucas directing at two monitors from a chair drinking coffee after that; hilarious.

inviolet on December 31, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Yeah, there’s something almost symbolic about the many shots of Lucas looking at the two monitors, with his coffee, leaning back in his chair because of his gut… compared to the old retro shots of a thin and hungry-looking Lucas walking around harsh environments shooting the originals. Seriously, the analogy writes itself.

LastRick on December 31, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Star Wars fans are the same people who think Twilight Zones are “deep.”

ConservativeTalkRadio on December 31, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Ya had to be there.

hillbillyjim on December 31, 2010 at 5:51 PM

this was old and annoying after the first 10 seconds of the first video he did… and it’s now even more annoying. if that was even possible.

Kaptain Amerika on December 31, 2010 at 6:03 PM

All of it is good but one HA-appropriate line that really stuck out is about 12 minutes into part two: If you’ve ever wondered how a war would be run by disorganized hippies, here it is.

LastRick on December 31, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Truly, my favorite line out of all of them…
Mr. Plinkett’s schtick gets a little old after a while, but in spite of the weirdness, he makes very good points about the Star Wars prequels and their problems…..

mjk on December 31, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Okay, here’s my movie review:

The best thing about Eyes Wide Shut is that when they ran out of film it woke me up… though that hideously eternal piano theme of the same note played twice followed by the next lower note played twice followed by the first note again played twice still creeps into my nightmares occasionally.

viking01 on December 31, 2010 at 6:16 PM

The guy’s review of The Phantom Menace is really incredible, and I highly recommend anyone watch it if you have an hour.

I took a postgrad-level class on film study to finish my B.A., and that entire class was about equal to RLM’s Phantom Menace review in terms of scholastic filmmaking content. (And yes, snark aside, that’s actually saying a lot.)

HitNRun on December 31, 2010 at 6:34 PM

I think he is WRONG about Anakin being the stupidest character in the whole series.

Clearly Padme is the dumbest humanoid to ever walk slowly, turn, and sit on a couch.

He didn’t even have her on the list.

Epic fail.

Lily on December 31, 2010 at 6:36 PM

I went to Wmart today to look for a movie on DVD. All I saw was a bunch of craptacular selections in the new movie section. I come home to find these three little gems. Loved the first two reviews. Thank You Allah-wan you were my only hope!!!

dddave on December 31, 2010 at 6:36 PM

“Who cares how dark it is? My stool is dark, and my doctor says that’s bad.”

Priceless.

IronDioPriest on December 31, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Star Wars Episode III?

Welcome to 2005.

And here I thought we were on the cusp of 2011.

Better late than never I guess. He’s pretty funny.

FlatFoot on December 31, 2010 at 6:38 PM

BORING

Kini on December 31, 2010 at 6:42 PM

The reviewer overlooked the main failing of the prequels. The whole point was just to get Anakin into the Darth Vader suit and you didn’t need 8-9 hours of prequels do that.

Furthermore, while having a dozen or so spaceships flitting around the screen doing the Battle of Midway in outer space was way cool back in ’77 since you had NEVER seen that before, who cares in these days of CGI?

kd6rxl on December 31, 2010 at 6:43 PM

You know, I’ve seen Revenge of the Sith twice now…and I still dont remember the freakin movie

American Elephant on December 31, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Speaking of lefty screwing with movies these days with their version of preachy morality……

GULLIVERS TRAVELS (which was not funny and very crude) had this out of nowhere crap about how “war” didn’t solve anything, etc.

TOTAL CRAPOLA!

PappyD61 on December 31, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Hollywood and its infinite supply of reprobate self important so-called ‘Celebrities’ is an infected festering oozing pustule on the taint of planet Earth.

FlatFoot on December 31, 2010 at 6:58 PM

I’ve always figured that Lucas designs a line of merchandise to be marketed through toy stores and fast food restaurants then writes a script to sell it. Even when in upper grade school I saw Star Wars first run I figured CP3O was little more than Tin Man redux and that Leia was Dorothy with a headphones hair style, the flying monkeys firing photon torpedoes and so forth.

viking01 on December 31, 2010 at 7:01 PM

He’s off color, but he’s brilliant.

Warner Todd Huston on December 31, 2010 at 7:05 PM

I love studying film and I learned so much just in that five minutes of part 3 comparing Citizen Kane to how Lucas sucks. I hope Lucas watches this before he makes the Star Wars live action tv show but I doubt it.

redeye on December 31, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Favorite bit: cutting together the comments from Richard Chew, one of the main editors on the original Star Wars, with scenes from Episode 3. He said the original Lucas cut of the first film lacked emotion and structure – just like Episode 3 – and 2 and 1. Oh, irony.

KillerKane on December 31, 2010 at 7:18 PM

I remember taking film history courses back in the 80′s and doing the analysis of shot types and how camera motion evolved from the teens to the 30′s… Mr. Plinkett does a superb job on that, and the rest of it (minus that annoying voice work) should be required reviewing for anyone doing cinematic analysis.

Most of Eps. I – III were just unwatchable, and his comparison/contrast across multiple films shows why. George Lucas has actually regressed and become a less able director with success, and directors in the 1920′s did a better job of setting up scenes than he did with the Prequels. Mr. Lucas needs to review the basics before he does anything else: special effects were not the reason people flocked to the first films, they were just eye-candy to the story. And that four-letter word that Plinkett was searching for I put down as: PLOT. There isn’t one throughout the Prequels.

Seriously, no matter how annoying the voice work this series on the Prequels has been excellent. A bit weird but excellent.

ajacksonian on December 31, 2010 at 7:29 PM

“Did the Galactic senate operate in a democratic fashion with a monster in charge who was building a Death Star, without any objection?”

There’s a modern day allegory in there somewhere.

I thought CP30 was just ripped off with much of the plot from Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress.

redeye on December 31, 2010 at 7:29 PM

keep the change on December 31, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Oh, thanks, I was amazed in 1977 but had the stuffing scare out of me in 1975. It’s all coming back to me now.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Give Lucas some credit, finding costumes that make Natalie Portman look unattractive is quite some achievement.

mudskipper on December 31, 2010 at 7:33 PM

American Elephant on December 31, 2010 at 6:46 PM

I believe in a past review this gentleman asked people to describe any of the characters in these movies. I don’t think you should feel lonely.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2010 at 7:37 PM

The reviewer overlooked the main failing of the prequels. The whole point was just to get Anakin into the Darth Vader suit and you didn’t need 8-9 hours of prequels do that.

Furthermore, while having a dozen or so spaceships flitting around the screen doing the Battle of Midway in outer space was way cool back in ’77 since you had NEVER seen that before, who cares in these days of CGI?

kd6rxl on December 31, 2010 at 6:43 PM

???

Did you watch something totally different?

Mr. Plinkett brings up the fact that the prequels were basically there to shoehorn Anakin into the Vader suit at least twice in the second part of the review. I forget how often it’s mentioned in total in all three reviews.

Furthermore, his criticisms of “jamming sith on the screen” are brought up throughout Ep II’s review, and again in Sith’s review.

Who wants a pizza roll?

CPL 310 on December 31, 2010 at 7:40 PM

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canopfor on December 31, 2010 at 7:40 PM

I feel sad for those of you without souls, who didn’t find this brillant.

TiminPhx on December 31, 2010 at 7:41 PM

I do agree,I miss the 80′s,when women,
were almost nekkid!!!

canopfor on December 31, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Saving money on ink too,ouch!

canopfor on December 31, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Wrong!

SPILL.com has the greatest movie reviews you ever see … Evah!

Tony737 on December 31, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Well there you go…he says in the third installment, “then you got some movies you see and you don’t even remember seeing it”…that’s me and Revenge of the Sith.

American Elephant on December 31, 2010 at 8:02 PM

The worst movie I have ever seen, bar none, was “Quest for Fire”.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2010 at 8:09 PM

“THE ENTIRE SENATE IS FILLED WITH STUPID IDIOTS” (Pt 2)

LMAO! Instant Classic.

dddave on December 31, 2010 at 8:15 PM

All of it is good but one HA-appropriate line that really stuck out is about 12 minutes into part two: If you’ve ever wondered how a war would be run by disorganized hippies, here it is.

LastRick on December 31, 2010 at 4:49 PM

That is probably the most insightful line which is applicable to the Obama administration.

Conservative Samizdat on December 31, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Might be the first time a movie review was better than the movie it reviewed.

American Elephant on December 31, 2010 at 8:25 PM

That comparison to Star Trek was particularly damning.

joeindc44 on December 31, 2010 at 8:28 PM

If only he had put in a reference to Emperor Obamatine, Darth Pelosi and Darth Reidius. I would have wet my pants…

dddave on December 31, 2010 at 8:35 PM

PappyD61 on December 31, 2010 at 6:48 PM

thanks for the tip….

I wonder how the green lantern will turn out…

cmsinaz on December 31, 2010 at 8:40 PM

I think Lucas’s pseudo-goiter wrote the three prequels.

(Doesn’t he have enough money to have it removed?)

An adult Director of Photography is what is missing from these three craptastic flicks.

Welles had one of the best in movie history for KANE.

The first STARS WARS

profitsbeard on December 31, 2010 at 9:10 PM

EPISODE TWO-

The first STAR WARS was shot by Gilbert Taylor, B.S.C.

Who was no Gregg Toland (the camera wizard who filmed KANE as well as The Grapes of Wrath and The Best Years of Our Lives, etc., etc.) but who understood the emotional uses of the camera a billion times better than the three prequels’ cinematographers (whose lame names I don’t even care to look up).

Plinkett’s lambasting of the two shot and reverse shot dullness and the endless “sitting on the couch” idiocies of the exposition in these turkeys was apt.

Lucas’s best work now seems to have been “American Graffiti“.

Clear, engaging, intertwined and alive.

You’d think with all his money Lucas’d be able to fund one decent film, now.

Here’s a suggestion, George: a straight biopic about Bessie Coleman.

No clones, no CGI, no younglings, and no cosmically-stupid Jedi knights.

profitsbeard on December 31, 2010 at 9:30 PM

I must confess, I’ve really enjoyed all of his reviews (and yes I’ve spent hours watching them). But, I wish he weren’t quite so off color…I’d love to share these with a larger audience since he’s brilliant and hilarious with his critiques.

diesirae on December 31, 2010 at 9:31 PM

The worst movie I have ever seen, bar none, was “Quest for Fire”.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Cindy Munford:I went to the movie theatre to see it as well,
I share your pain,and Happy New Year,hey,have
you heard from HawkDriver!:)

canopfor on December 31, 2010 at 9:37 PM

EPISODE THREE-

What Lucas did wrong with the three prequels is what some people do wrong with their Christmas trees…. they use so much tinsel that it looks more like a big cone of shredded aluminum instead of a living, aromatic, mythically-earthy tannenbaum.

And, there was no casual or throwaway or genre-mocking humor, as the first three had, because the end result had to be the grim inception of Darth Vader, which George must’ve have thought you couldn’t get jokey about.

Epic trifecta fail.

And thank God Plinkett has no more SW footage to eviscerate!

(Because he had made 98.6% of the salient and hilarious points in his previous reviews already and this one was beiginning to feel like a rote clone.)

profitsbeard on December 31, 2010 at 9:48 PM

I just finished watching it.

BRILLIANT.

Babino on December 31, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Yeah, all those talking on a couch scenes were snooze inducing. Too much great stuff in this review. And yes, Darth Vader should never say the word “Padme”….or Snuffleupagus.

I still like the Attack of the Clones one where he overdubs “English mother f$%#*r. Do you speak it?” over a clip of Frozone. One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. The whole Why Is Samuel L Jackson In Star Wars segment was brilliant, along with Anikin’s points and strikes with Padme. Hilarious.

Dongemaharu on December 31, 2010 at 10:00 PM

1. This guy should be writing scripts instead of Lucas.

2. The difference between Citizen Kane and the Star Wars movies is that Citizen Kane was worth watching.

Vashta.Nerada on December 31, 2010 at 10:05 PM

What is the definition of insanity?

Not knowing anything about this, then clicking PartI. Just…for a minute.

Then, neglecting all, fascinated, clicked on PartII…just for another minute or two.

Pausing only to type this….as I commence the clicking of Part III.

……God help me….(and may my my girlfriend forgive me..)

CURSE YOU ALLAH!!

Browndog on December 31, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Just finished.

I saw Star Wars when it opened in the big screen when I was a kid. Hooked.

…..going to get some pizza rolls for tomorrow…..tomorrow-

Browndog on December 31, 2010 at 10:48 PM

The brilliance of how he tied up the whole 3-part review comes at the end where Luke turns off his targeting computer and relies on The Force to destroy the Death Star; the epitome of overindulgent technology. That scene on its own means what I just described, but it means much more when put into the context of the review. It shows how far George Lucas has fallen from the raw vision, imagination, and instinct of episodes 4-6 by relying on nothing but overindulgent technology to make his prequels.

mizflame98 on December 31, 2010 at 11:16 PM

Funny. Saw that prequel on the big screen. Nothing in these clips rang a bell.

curved space on December 31, 2010 at 11:26 PM

I think the woman at the end was a Hollywood agent sent by Lucas from the future to kill Plunkett before he has a chance to tell the world how incredibly stupid movies that haven’t come out yet will be.

This man is very dangerous. He. Must. Be. Stopped.

B Man on December 31, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Awesome! another entertaining review. IMO Serenity had a much better space battle scene towards the end then the waaay over done battle at the beginning of this prequal.

aikidoka on January 1, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Here is the timeline of movie greatness:

1975 – Jaws
1976 – Rocky
1977 – Star Wars

keep the change on December 31, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Have to disagree with you. As a child, I used to think every movie was great, up until the day I went to see Star Wars. About halfway through, I could predict almost every upcoming scene, so I walked out.

Vashta.Nerada on January 1, 2011 at 12:12 AM

I just noticed in the first minute of part one, George Lucas appeared with the caption of “filmmaker”. I laughed for five minutes over the quotation marks. Seriously.

mjk on January 1, 2011 at 12:18 AM

Have to disagree with you. As a child, I used to think every movie was great, up until the day I went to see Star Wars. About halfway through, I could predict almost every upcoming scene, so I walked out.

Vashta.Nerada on January 1, 2011 at 12:12 AM

I only made it through 15 minutes of the first (modern) episode of Dr. Who. I knew some guy was going to show up in a blue box with his magical screwdriver.

yelnats on January 1, 2011 at 1:30 AM

The Republic was the UN only less effective and the Jedi looked more like a death cult, complete with mind control and teaching young children to kill for the Order. By the end of Ep.III I was rooting for the Sith!

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on January 1, 2011 at 4:11 AM

I love this guy- He is spot on as far as I can tell.

Thinking back over the run of movies which characters stand out? When Star Wars first came out there was a great array of characters! From the prequels none of them really stand out except the ones you despise like jar-jar. Portman is annoying as hell too, anikin is a brat and Obi-Wan never really takes off. The emperor does shine in his roll when he isn’t spouting some dumb dialog provided by lucas.

Aside from the pod race in the first prequel, the first three movies in the series are pretty forgettable.

Lucas forgot his basics, or perhaps only got lucky. His best work remains American Graffiti, Star Wars a New Hope & The Empire Strikes Back (which he was NOT director).

THX-1138 is an odd duck, I have watched it twice but can’t really call it a great movie.

gdonovan on January 1, 2011 at 9:16 AM

F— this guy. Happy new year.

fiatboomer on January 1, 2011 at 9:29 AM

For an extra added treat, you should watch his review of Baby’s Day Out.

mizflame98 on January 1, 2011 at 9:40 AM

I never realized how ugly George Lucas is. But long ago I knew how stupid and talentless he was.

The only question is “how the fuc* did people spend so much money on this tripe?”

No, that’s wrong. There are two questions: “And how the fuc* did such a talentless, ugly douche make a billion dollars selling Jar-Jar Binks to you nitwits?”

Jaibones on January 1, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Good stuff, as usual.

I love the scenes of Lucas working. I assume thos are extras on the DVDs? He just seems so bland and uninspiring, yet all the lackeys are looking at him like he is Cecile B DeMille.

reaganaut on January 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM

I knew something was weird when it was obvious from the beginning that Palpatine was the ultimate villain, future emperor and Darth Sidius from the outset, yet none of the good guys had a clue. After that I was just in it for the Industrial Light and Magic. I remember thinking many times that the movies would have been better without any characters, just a narrator, and just shown us the fight and battle scenes.

As this review makes clear, though, once you start asking questions and pointing out things that don’t make sense, it never ends.

Part III is pretty much a film school lecture. We didn’t need it to tell us how flawed these films are. Lucas should hire a good screen writer for his next Star Wars and a decent director, but when you own everything, who’s going to tell you what to do?

flataffect on January 1, 2011 at 12:15 PM

I really enjoyed this analysis, as it taught be a lot about film-making. This should be required viewing in any film school.

Frankly, I think the cartoon spin-off, Clone Wars, is better than any of the pre-quels.

Mutnodjmet on January 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM

diesirae on December 31, 2010 at 9:31 PM

When he first came out with his episode one critique, I thought he would be picked up almost immediately. Some of my girl friends really didn’t like his serial killer backdrop. That has held him back from what could be a great career as a critic. I must admit there were way too many disgusting moments in this series, but all his points are spot on: Lucas destroyed “his” franchise.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on January 1, 2011 at 2:13 PM

The genius of the original Star Wars was in how Lucas had to work around not getting what he really wanted.

Count to 10 on January 1, 2011 at 5:56 PM

I really enjoyed this analysis, as it taught be a lot about film-making. This should be required viewing in any film school.

Frankly, I think the cartoon spin-off, Clone Wars, is better than any of the pre-quels.

Mutnodjmet on January 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Agreed on both cunts.

Even the 5 minute trailer for the new Star Wars: The Old Republic game coming out this year are better.

Yakko77 on January 1, 2011 at 6:22 PM

What’s wrong with your faaace?

Coronagold on January 1, 2011 at 6:45 PM

The brilliance of how he tied up the whole 3-part review comes at the end where Luke turns off his targeting computer and relies on The Force to destroy the Death Star; the epitome of overindulgent technology. That scene on its own means what I just described, but it means much more when put into the context of the review. It shows how far George Lucas has fallen from the raw vision, imagination, and instinct of episodes 4-6 by relying on nothing but overindulgent technology to make his prequels.

mizflame98 on December 31, 2010 at 11:16 PM

In effect, Lucas failed to heed his own warning in his own film about his own failing.

Epic.

profitsbeard on January 1, 2011 at 8:12 PM

I’d like this guy to be in charge of dismantling the fed. He’s a no-nonsense kind of guy with a tad bit of humor and just enough creepiness to rival harry reed.

long_cat on January 1, 2011 at 8:35 PM

If any good came out of the prequels, it is these reviews.

I have to admit that this third part repeats a lot of what was already said in the first two parts and comes across as derivative, but the Citizen Kane comparison was well done and quite appropriate. I also enjoy his off color humor, mostly because I just picture Lucas’ reaction if he ever witnesses it in contrast to all the yes men butt kissers he surrounds himself with.

Daemonocracy on January 2, 2011 at 6:17 AM