May 22nd, 2005


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Thanks to edminster...a few questions about movies.

1) Total number of films I own on DVD/video:
About thirty. I have about sixty additional DVDwhich are mostly anime or music video compilations.

2) The last film I bought:
Castle In The Sky

3) The last film I watched:
a) In the theater: Star Wars III: Return of the Sith
b) On DVD: Evangelion: Death & Rebirth. It sucked.

4) Five films that I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me (in no particular order):
a) The Princess Bride
b) Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
c) Zulu
d) Apocalpse Now
e) High Plains Drifter

5) Tag 5 people and have them put this in their journal:
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The end of Star Wars

Well, I didn't think the movie sucked as bad as some people thought it did, but I'm not going to rank on them for their criticism of the movie. (Much.) I'm also not quite as excited about it as my friend Jo, who thought it rocked as hard as Team America. I'm in the middle - it was an okay movie, with some really cool stuff and some really crappy writing and acting mixed in with mediocre technical work.

Sure, there were things that Lucas could have done better, but the people who bitch about the chemistry between Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen in this movie need to take a chill pill. Maybe the suspension on my disbelief isn't as played out as theirs, but I found Anakin's concern for Padme believable, and an adequate explanation for his turn to the Dark Side. Aside from that, the Jedi got fragged by their troops as they so richly deserved after the idiocy of SW2's final battle, so it met my minimal expectations. I knew this wasn't going to be as good as The Empire Strikes Back, and no movie is ever perfect. This one had plenty of dumb stuff going on, but it also had some really cool stuff. In the end, if the actors were a little wooden and some scenes might have profited from being shot as silent film with subtitles, it was no biggie. I expected a B-movie and got a big, flashy B-movie. Those of you expecting the SF version of Merchant-Ivory as done by Kenneth Branagh need to quit smokin' that crack and just appreciate the movie for the cheap thrill it is. At least it wasn't American Graffiti, thank God.
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