Anyone who knows that I am a Star Wars fan, should also know that I am a Prequel lover and that Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is my favorite Star Wars movie and one of my all time favorite movies. There are many reasons for this and I was recently reminded of some of them. In an article published on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s website in October 2012, the author of the essay, Camila Paglia, enumerates on why Episode III is an artistic masterpiece.
The essay is lengthy and discusses George Lucas’ beginnings and how he came into Star Wars starting from Star Wars in 1977, but the end of the essay delves into Revenge of the Sith. This essay is actually an excerpt from her book, “Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars”, which I have yet to read but plan to do so at some point.
Who is the greatest artist of our time? Normally, we would look to literature and the fine arts to make that judgment. But Pop Art’s happy marriage to commercial mass media marked the end of an era. The supreme artists of the half century following Jackson Pollock were not painters but innovators who had embraced technology—such as the film director Ingmar Bergman and the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. During the decades bridging the 20th and 21st centuries, as the fine arts steadily shrank in visibility and importance, only one cultural figure had the pioneering boldness and world impact that we associate with the early masters of avant-garde modernism: George Lucas, an epic filmmaker who turned dazzling new technology into an expressive personal genre.
Join the Credible Nerds, Marc and Justin, as we discuss the recently released trailers from San Diego Comic Con 2018. Aquaman, Shazam!, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Glass, and Fantastic Beasts 2! We also talk about the new model of streaming services that movie studios are gravitating towards. How will this affect Netflix and Hulu? Is it a good thing for the Nerd consumer?
Marc’s back! We discuss upcoming conventions – Salt Lake FanX and Star Wars Celebration 2019, as well as some upcoming summer movies. We revisit The Last Jedi six months later as well as give our final thoughts on The Avengers Re-Watch series now that Avengers 3 is out. We discuss where are all the superheroes when the Earth is about to be destroyed?
Join The Credulous Nerds as we give a spoiler filled review of Solo: A Star Wars Story with special guest host – Harry. We break down the film and discuss what we like about Solo and how well it fits into the rest of the Star Wars Universe.
The article also outlines how Lucasfilm has misfired on hiring the right directors for over half of the Star Wars films (except Episode 7 and 8) since the Disney buyout, and how they made the right choice with Ron Howard for Solo.
“Solo” is the fourth film in Disney’s revamped franchise machine to creatively malfunction: Director Josh Trank exited a still-unmade Boba Fett spinoff in 2015; Oscar-nominated filmmaker Tony Gilroy was brought in to save 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” when director Gareth Edwards’ efforts missed the mark; and “Jurassic World” helmer Colin Trevorrow — who was originally hired to direct the next “Star Wars” movie, “Episode IX,” in 2019 — was shown the door following clashes over the script.
Making a Star Wars film isn’t easy and is serious business, not only from a financial perspective, but from a producer/actor/filmmaker’s perspective, and a fan’s perspective. It’s not easy to have a successful Star Wars film without scoring big on those three perspectives, something even George Lucas had to work hard to do.
The article also lets the reader know which scene George Lucas had a little bit of input on, so check it out!
While I am looking forward to Solo, I’m a little more excited about seeing it after reading this article from Variety. The Nerds will be seeing this film on Friday! We’ll be giving a reaction video and a review show as usual, so stay tuned! Anyone else have tickets yet?
Are you old school with the Original Trilogy? Or are you down with the Prequels? Perhaps you’re loving the Disney-era films and the new stories being told?
I don’t think there can be a wrong answer as they all bring something awesome and fun to the Saga!
But we all have our favorite – which is yours?
My favorite – and yes it’s hard to choose just one, is Episode 3-Revenge of the Sith. For me it’s the pivotal point in the Saga, everything changes in this film. It’s the heart of Star Wars – the Prequels come to a dramatic end, and it provides a deep, dark hole for the Original Trilogy to climb out of and bring us that hope that we know and love that culminates in Return of the Jedi. – J
The Credulous Nerds, Marc and Justin, with special guest, Kimball, review Avengers: Infinity War. This is a SPOILER filled review show, so listen only if you’ve seen the movie!
We talk about the motivations of Thanos, the return of past favorite characters, and the shocking ending of Infinity War. We again address who is the most powerful Avenger and how the Avenger fared against Thanos.
It’s a longer episode, but we dive deep into the story and character development. Let us know what you think! Join us on our Facebook page – The Credulous Nerds and sound off about your thoughts on Infinity War.