There’s the old axiom in drama that says if you don’t see the body, the person in question is not really dead. There’s an unspoken addendum to that rule though: if you see the body lose a hand and then be tossed out out 1,324th story window by Force lightning, it’s okay to assume its dead even if you don’t ever put eyes on a cadaver. But someone is making a case for the former, at least so far as Mace Windu, the Jedi master from the Star Wars prequels is concerned. Samuel L. Jackson wants you to know he’s ready and willing to return to the role, as soon as one *minor* problem is resolved. (more…)
Everyone is completely preoccupied with Star Wars right now. There is nothing else. Sign painters are just painting the words Star Wars on everything, judges are finding all defendants “Star Wars,” and in the latest polls, Star Wars has been found to have taken the lead in the republican primary. (Whew, that’s a relief.) If you’re not excited about Star Wars right now, then you’re a liar. In the midst of all this excitement and Star Wars over-stimulation, Screen Junkies (the channel that does those honest trailers on YouTube) has released a new honest trailer on YouTube for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Let’s check it out below.
When most people say “Star Wars” it brings to life images of fascination, childhood whimsy and, for many of us, our first introduction into science fiction. Now throw “prequel” in there and you’ve got an abomination to God in the eyes of most nerds and the desire to force choke anyone who says otherwise.
In the opinion of controversial art critic Camille Paglia, however, one of the worst of George Lucas‘ franchise entries is actually the single greatest work of art in recent history. And given the title of this article, you probably already know what’s being brought up here is the dreaded Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
According to Paglia’s newest book, Glittering Images, the critic claims Revenge of the Sith as one of the premiere artistic works for our generation. In an interview with Vice, Camille praises the film for having some of the best examples of digital art in the modern era:
“The long finale of Revenge of the Sith has more inherent artistic value, emotional power, and global impact than anything by the artists you name. It’s because the art world has flat-lined and become an echo chamber of received opinion and toxic over-praise. It’s like the emperor’s new clothes — people are too intimidated to admit what they secretly think or what they might think with their blinders off…
I had considered using Japanese anime for the digital art chapter of the book, but it lacked the overwhelming operatic power and yes, seriousness of Lucas’s Revenge of the Sith.”
I couldn’t make this up if I tried for fear of a burning X-wing crashing on my front lawn. Did Paglia watch the same movie we’ve all cursed for the last seven years or was she on death sticks the whole time?
No, she was looking at it from an artistic angle and in her mind Revenge of the Sith held at least some kind of special meaning or symbolism that could make it the appear to be the best ever. Most of us would have never saw it the way she did, but it’s one person’s grand statement to the world. The odds of that actually being true however are approximately 3,720 to 1 and we’re not ones to listen to the odds.
What do you think? Is Camille actually making a good point or is this just an attempt to get a rise out of the art world?
Special thanks to Vice for conducting the original interview.
New York Toy Fair 2012 has come and gone. While we thought we featured everything in our NYTF: Toy, Toys and Oh Yeah, More Toys post, news is still coming out of the “Big Apple”. Hasbro has announced it’s line figurines, collectible items and game pieces for their upcoming Star Wars line. They presented a plethora of plastic fun things, which are representative of the original trilogy, prequel trilogy and the expanded universe. In other words, more Star Wars shit we can’t help but buy. As much as I hate putting more money in George Lucas’ pocket, I must own that Darth Star display with all the wee little figures (above).
Check out the full gallery of images (with shots supplied by Pietro Filipponi) and descriptions after the jump.
Hey, it’s Star Wars. “Shut up and take my money”, right?