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Yoda movie in works at Disney?

A stand-alone Yoda film?  I’ll believe it when I see it on Deadline.com

Hold onto your Gungans – Lucasfilm and Disney want to make a Yoda movie per dear old Harry Knowles and Ain’t It Cool News.

You can’t argue with the logic.  Having carefully laid the ground work for, and then convincingly established a catalogue of films based around Marvel’s superhero stable, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that Disney might find their newly-acquired “Star Wars” universe a suitable vehicle for further exploration.  Particularly as this particular sci-fi cast of characters and settings is as popular as ever with a younger generation of fans, who don’t have the hang-ups of oldsters like me about new-fangled “Clone Wars” spin-offs and patchy prequel trilogies.

AICN’s story alludes to Lucasfilm chairperson Kathleen Kennedy putting together a slate of movies set in the “Star Wars” universe and planning a first instalment set around the adventures of the diminutive Jedi Master, which strikes me as an interesting choice.  No Boba Fett?  No young Han Solo cutting a swathe through the galactic underworld, Danny Ocean style?  Still, if this initial salvo (should it come to pass) takes off, there’s no reason that we can’t see a whole panoply of “Star Wars” experiences duking it out in cinemas with Marvel movies for years to come.

But seriously, an IG-88 movie.  Make it happen, Ms Kennedy.

 

 

 

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Metallic Faith Malarkey

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When I’m not learning how to write my name in Elvish, I’m being utterly perplexed by my fellow citizens.

In data extrapolated from the 2011 UK census results, it would appear that 6,242 of Britons declared  Heavy Metal as their religion (for the record, that’s more respondents than self-identified as a Scientologist, Druid or Shaman).

To which one can only remark “Huh?”

I love a bit of Maiden as much as the next middle-aged, dog-walking vegetarian but can’t quite get behind the notion of aligning my musical genre of choice with organised faith – the goals of one seem quite at odds with the professed beliefs of the other, surely?

Obviously this result should probably be taken in the spirit of the kind of lightly subversive, nose-thumbing surrealism that I suspect it to be (note the high ranking of ‘Jedi Knight‘ as a faith of choice in the UK census, even after the quality of the “Star Wars” prequels should have killed aligning oneself to Uncle George’s franchise outright).

So, if I’m reading all of this correctly, the proper conclusion to draw from this census is that agencies of social control (which we normally oppose with all-consuming fervour) are a very bad idea until they provide you with the opportunity to make a snarky response to a survey.

Swell.

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“Star Wars: Episode One – The Phantom Menace” – 3D or not 3D?

Man, it almost looks like a good movie when you see that poster...

So, the re-release of “Star Wars: Episode One – The Phantom Menace” is nearly with us and comes with fashionable 3D for maximum generational division down the old multiplex.

The kids will love it – anybody born in the seventies will very possibly see it as a work of pure evil and the general populace will probably not let it bother them for a second.

Behold - a marvel of effects, sound and editing!

This review of the new 3D re-release at Den of Geek gave me pause – are we being too hard on what was always intended as a kid’s movie?   Is our relationship and feeling of ownership over the original trilogy blinding us the merits of the prequels?

I’ve previously come out of the closet and admitted to enjoying the other two prequels, even with the obvious flaws like Hayden Christensen’s work as Anakin – he’s done good work in other movies, so I really don’t think that the problem with the emo, proto-Vader is all down to him.  He’s not the one who wrote all that guff about sand, coarseness and Padme – so the prospect of those flicks getting a digital nip-and-tuck has me more psyched than the prospect of seeing Jar Jar effing Binks stereotype his merry Gungan way across the screen.

Jedi. Bad. Assery.

So, to view – or not to view?  Do I take one for the nerdy team just to ‘enjoy’ the first prequel movie on the big screen again? If nothing else, there’s some awesome sound mixing action to check out – but that’s not really enough of a reason to pay the 3D premium, armed with the foreknowledge that you’re really not going to dig the movie that you’ve paid to see.

It’s the equivalent, really, of having to eat your greens when you really fancy cutting straight to the more attractive dessert also on offer…

 

 

 

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