lazypadawan: (nightmare)
It is a bit of wishful thinking on the part of game lead Haden Blackman:

http://www.theforce.net/latestnews/story/TFU_Project_Lead_Hoping_For_TV_Show_Or_Movie_132260.asp

But my response is, please for the love of God, NO. As someone with poor eye-hand coordination and no patience for video games, I never played TFU but I did read the novel. It read almost like a serious version of my Gary Stu parody from some years back and Starkiller is so much of a Gary Stu I suspect his real name is "Gerald Martin Stuart." Video game aesthetics are one thing. But too much of it on paper usurps the role of the Skywalkers and other movie characters, not to mention bringing in Force powers never seen in the films.

(Interestingly enough, I got into a discussion today about who and who isn't a Mary Sue. I say canon characters are never Gary Stus/Mary Sues but I don't consider Starkiller any more canon than any other expanded universe character. He's really a cypher for the player.)

Worse than that, it would be little more than pandering to the fanboys who wished the prequels were more like a video game and less like a movie with a plot and stuff.
lazypadawan: (team anakin)
Today is the first annual SW Prequel Appreciation Day. This had been an idea festering in my mind over the past six months and I thought I’d float it to see what kind of reaction I would get. The goal wasn’t to get official fandom on board or get Hallmark cards printed out. After all, the first time I’d ever heard of May the 4th was when some co-workers told me about it in 2003. Who knows how long it was around before that? Besides, SW Day to me was May 25.

Anyway, the goal was to plant the seed for something that could be much, much bigger over time. Now I have a better idea of how to spread the word on something. Next year, there will be more to promote our love for Eps I-III.

Why do we need a Prequel Appreciation Day? I don’t think Eps I-III get a fair shake and I don’t think official fandom has enough emotionally invested in them to back them up. The people who don’t like the prequels have both the mainstream media and the internet echo chamber on their side, mostly because it’s the way of the media culture to prop up then attack icons. Without the real passion for Eps I-III on its end, I think official fandom kind of shrugs at this sentiment instead of figuring out a way to overcome it. Not only is the ongoing bashing potentially destructive to SW’s legacy, not only has it turned SW fandom into two camps, it’s also hurtful to those of us who have loved and supported these movies as part of the SW family. I would do no less if the targets were Eps IV-VI and I figure many of you wouldn’t either. It’s up to the fans to stand up, be counted, and help turn this thing around. I’m not interested in choosing one trilogy over another. I’m a fan of the saga, the whole enchilada, and I want to see a greater appreciation for how all of the movies work together as a whole.

By the way, check out the fics on [livejournal.com profile] swficchallenge for stories whipped up just for the occasion!

Has it really been half a decade since the last SW movie debuted in theaters? In some ways it shouldn’t seem that long and in other ways, one can appreciate how the blockbuster landscape has changed even since then. Go back in the sands of time to read some of my early reactions to the film.

Having seen it several times since May 19, 2005, occasionally I wonder if this one is really the best of the series. Not a favorite mind you; favorite and best are two different things. But on an artistic level, I think Lucas really outdid himself. This is the part of the prequel timeline he really wanted to tell and the last oh, 45 minutes or so of the film are just pitch-perfect. Even before that are scenes that while they don’t have the trademark action and adventure, are still just amazing film work. Exhibit #1 is the great opera scene with Anakin and Palpatine. For my money, I think it is the best-written and acted scene in the entire series. And you know I love all of them! Hayden Christensen and the brilliant Ian McDiarmid, who really should have gotten a Supporting Actor nomination, played perfectly off each other. It feels like a scene from a Godfather film. Maybe it was a little tribute to Lucas’s old mentor Francis Ford Coppola. Exhibit #2 is the amazing dialogue-free ruminations scene. Anakin and Padme are far apart, yet one can feel the love and powerful connection between the two of them as he struggles with the greatest moral dilemma of his life. Exhibit #3 is the Order 66 scene. A hat-tip to “Battleship Potemkin” turns out to be even more emotionally gripping than Eisenstein’s Soviet propaganda. Genius. The opening sequence is second only to ANH’s as my favorite and who couldn’t love the film’s coda?

Visually, it remains a beautiful film to look at. I can’t wait to see it in 3D, hint hint.
lazypadawan: (Default)
So I whipped up a "press release" I'm sending to various fan sites to promote Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day. Feel free to appropriate for you own site/blog/comm/etc.:

Announcing The First Annual Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day May 19, 2010

The Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Society is sponsoring the first annual Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day.  Chosen to fall on the day TPM was released in 1999 and ROTS's fifth anniversary, May 19, it's a day for folks who love ALL of the Star Wars saga.

How can you participate? 

Before May 19:

1.  Join the Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Day event page on Facebook and send invites to your friends:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114965471855137&ref=mf

2.  Promote it on Twitter using the tag #swprequelappreciationday.

3.  Promote it on any other social networking site you use (i.e. LiveJournal, MySpace, Ning, etc.).

On May 19:

1.  Post your favorite lines from the flicks or your favorite memories of 1998-2005 on your blog, Facebook, LiveJournal, or Twitter account.

2.  Watch the prequel trilogy, or heck, why not all 6?  They're all awesome.  Throw in some Clone Wars too. (Yes, Clone Wars counts!)

3.  Put on your favorite old Darth Maul tee or have your kids dress up as their fave Clone Wars characters.
 
4.  Write some meta or fan fiction.

5.  Come up with cool icons, fan art, and other graphics.

6.  Have a party.

7.  Whatever else you can think of to celebrate Eps I-III.

Send pics or screencaps of your Prequel Appreciation Day to SWPASadmin@gmail.com and the Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Society will post 'em.

It's time to show the world we can't imagine a Star Wars without podracing, Padme's vast wardrobe, clones, Count Dooku, Jango Fett, Watto, an angsty Anakin, a young Obi-Wan, good ol' Jar Jar, or General Grievious.  For more details or updates, visit http://www.starwarsprequelappreciationsociety.wordpress.com

Contact:
SWPASadmin@gmail.com
lazypadawan: (Default)
Folks, it’s time to stop hiding in the shadows and letting the kind of thugs who attacked the Star Wars Examiner be the only voices heard. The internet has given birth to Talk Like A Pirate Day and May The 4th. So why not start Prequel Appreciation Day?

On May 19, 2010 (chosen because TPM and ROTS came out on May 19), we will show our support for Eps I-III through the following ways:

*Use social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to call attention to Prequel Appreciation Day. Post your favorite lines, favorite pix, etc.. Use icons from Eps I-III or Clone Wars if you wish. If you’re on Twitter, use the tag #swprequelappreciationday

*Post about your favorite PT era memories, post meta about your favorite characters, etc. on blogs, message boards, or LiveJournal. Use prequel-themed icons.

*Wear a PT-themed t-shirt!

*Feel free to engage in any other activity to show the world you love ALL of the SW saga and take a picture of it. Submit it to SWPASadmin@gmail.com and I’ll post it! I will also link to or post anything you put on your own sites.

Get the word out! Keep up with developments on my other site SWPAS (link at the top of the page).
lazypadawan: (Default)
I've posted Part One of an interview with the author of Anticipation and Revenge, Jonathan L. Bowen, on SWPAS. Go check it out here:

http://starwarsprequelappreciationsociety.wordpress.com/2008/01/08/interview-with-jonathan-l-bowen-part-one/
lazypadawan: (Default)
Here are some cool things coming down the pipeline for SWPAS:

1) [livejournal.com profile] celosia, don't worry, I'm going to load those icons for use on the site. I already use the Darth Maul one as my avatar on the SWPAS WordPress site.

2) My astonishing and never-before-told (not on LJ, anyway) true story of how I was a SW t.v. pundit.

3) An exclusive interview with Anticipation/Revenge author Jonathan Bowen.

4) A networking site. Thank goodness Facebook turned off that stupid Beacon function, since it was in the lead for setting up a networking thigamabob there.

5) So help me by Spring '08, t-shirts, etc..

6) Maybe, maybe an exclusive message board/community.

Need icons!

Nov. 8th, 2007 08:28 pm
lazypadawan: (Default)
I'm putting the call out for anyone to make SW Prequel Appreciation Society icons. It's wide open, just as long as it's pro-PT. I'd like to post them on the site.
lazypadawan: (Default)
Remember the story from a month or two ago about Ewan McGregor supposedly telling a kid on his sick bed that the SW films were the worst he's ever worked on?

Well, ContactMusic enters the fray with this inflammatory headline:

JACKSON SLAMS MCGREGOR'S STAR WARS RANT

And here's Samuel L. Jackson's alleged beatdown of his former co-star:

Actor SAMUEL L. JACKSON is baffled by STAR WARS co-star EWAN MCGREGOR's recent attack on the sci-fi franchise - insisting his role was a dream come true. McGregor claimed the prequels were the worst films he has ever made, but Jackson can't understand the reasoning behind his statement. Jackson says, "I'm sorry Ewan feels that way. I always loved those movies; I always wanted to be in one."

Oooh, burn! Betcha Ewan's just shaking in his kilt over that one.

Naturally, TFN reports on this as though it was all fact. Here's what Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo had to say on his starwars.com blog:

Ohhh... BOOM goes the dynamite! SLAM simply doesn't cover it. Not since that meteor PLOWED into those dinosaurs has there been a roundhouse so powerful. Can't you just feel the blistering heat coming off that cannon-lobbed "I'm sorry". Man, Ewan is gonna think twice before ever having a quote (or, as is known in some periodicals as a "rant" apparently) attributed to him by a third person like in this story.

Nevertheless, it's great SLJ has a positive attitude toward the movies. He's grateful for being given the chance to make a fan geek dream come true. Go check out the trailer for his new movie with Hayden Christensen, Jumper. It looks really good:

http://www.jumperthemovie.com
lazypadawan: (Default)
The SWPAS is close to opening for business! But I need a graphics person to at the very least do a banner and supply the know-how to load it. Thank you!

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