Spoiler Free ATTACK OF THE CLONES Review From The N.Y. Premiere!!!
Hey folks, Harry here... Jeff Mullen was smiled at by Natalie Portman. Jeff Mullen is now the sexiest geek ever. Way to go Jeff! Wednesday night at Midnight simply can't get here soon enough in my opinion. It really can't. I'm dying to see what was cut out, what was added and how it plays with an audience. I've actually turned down seeing this at a couple of opportunities now because I want the experience of seeing this with that midnight audience. Midnight... Metropolitan. Oh yeah baby, oh yeah!
Jeff Mullen here,
So I just got back from the NYC Premiere and I must say that the Children's Aid Society put on a great pre-party show. To sum the pre-party show up in a few words ... about 75 professionally dressed actors ... professional gymnists doing some hardcore light saber duels on the balcony levels of the Embassy Suites ... a free star wars arcade (including no-pay cranes in which you could win all the new 5 1/4 inch figs) ... and yes NATALIE PORTMAN. Probably the second most satifying experience I have had in these wee 23 years was seeing Natalie Portman turn her head ... look at me ... smile ... then go back to auto-graph giving. (Other celebs I saw in person were Gov. Pataki, Susan Surandon (who the hell knows how to spell this stuff), DENNIS LEARY (YEAH!!!!!), Liv Tyler (sitting next to Mchauly Caulkan, James Earl Jones, Dan Akroyd ...)
Now onto the most satisfying experience (Natalie, if your reading this, I'm lying ... you were the most satisfying experience) ... ATTACK OF THE CLONES.
THIS WILL BE A NO SPOILERE REVIEW SO READ ON.
There is no Spider-man, there is only Clones. As much as I loved Spider-man, Clones is amazing and will be the favorite of many for the next three years. In Speilberg's words "its my favorite". I know I might be hasty in saying such words, but WOW. For those who read the negative reviews ... all you should take out of it is who will be looking for a new after the summer is over.
They said the love story sucked ... it was one of my favorite aspects of the film ...
They said the CGI looked fake and nothing technically new was done in the film ... The CGI was the best I've seen to date and there was definately a shot that I've never seen done before (imagine completely CGI world ... Toggle Iris out ... Zoom Iris in ... it gave the impression of a ground level handheld camera being manly being used to zoom into an entirely CGI shot).
They said the movie sucked ... Clones is arguably the best one to date. If you watched the overeall reaction of everyone after the film it was a most definate "HOLY SHIT". If you have allowed yourself to hear some spoilers DON'T WORRY, you're safe, you will be surprised. For those that have seen every trailer and commercial a few hundred times. Don't Worry, you haven't seen Anything.
POSSIBLE EXTRA STUFF FOR DLP
NOW I think I may have figured out what will be the difference on the digital version ... The copy of clones I saw did not have the shot from the Clone Trooper Trailer where all the troopers were waiting in line to gather their helmets etc... I think this is part of a "preparation" sequence that is included in DLP. On another note ... I remember a scene in a commercial/trailer/promo where Windu was saying "a lot of jedi have died today". If there is such a scene ... it is not in the copy I saw.
If I could have one thing changed about clones??? I would make it 4 hours long... I mean I wish I could have sat next to Natalie Portman (I never thought much about her but after see clones ... Natlie Portman defines perfection)
Prepare yourselves guys ... Jeff Mullen
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May 13, 2002, 1:43 a.m. CST
got my midnight tickets WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! first.
May 13, 2002, 1:49 a.m. CST
Oh yeah, this is gonna rule
May 13, 2002, 1:50 a.m. CST
While I'm excited to see the movie at 12:01 am, it troubles me that someone is posting a "review" which will be seen by thousands and doesn't make any effort to spell even the names of the celebrities he is fawning over. Oh well, 3 days to go...
May 13, 2002, 1:56 a.m. CST
by Tokyo Joe
Still waiting for a spolier free review that actually reads like it was written by a proffesional. Fortunately for me I get to wait until July when it's finally out it Japan. In the meantime I guess I'll just put up with Spiderman a few more times.
May 13, 2002, 2:03 a.m. CST
I'm mad excited yo! I got my midnight tickets for the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. Midnight crowd and digital screening! Hoo-Yah! But seriously, my expectations for this movie are the same as they are for every movie. All I want is for it to be fun. That's all I can ask for. That's all anyone can ask for. Everything else is gravy. If the drama really kicks it, BONUS. If the score rules, big time BONUS. You can't go into a theater and expect best movie ever. I'm counting on Episode2 to be a really fun movie and so far it sounds like I won't be disappointed.
May 13, 2002, 2:16 a.m. CST
I'm in total agreement friends. One minute past midnight Thursday can't get here sooner. And for everybody out there worrying about whether if all those critics are right about Clones sucking here's a piece of advice from a good friend of mine--go see the movie with an open mind and use that mind to formulate your own opinion on the film. Don't let critics sway your opinion on a movie; let alone before you even see it. You and you alone are either going to love it or hate it (or end up somewhere in the middle). Furthermore, you don't need critics to validate your opinion on anything.
May 13, 2002, 2:17 a.m. CST
by TheGinger Twit
... Then this film will be pretty fucking good!! And to think that the soundtrack is only 70 minutes long and the film is 2 1/2 hours. Whoo hoo!! But you know... I remember when lord of the rings got this kind of rev up. Pee-u!
May 13, 2002, 2:21 a.m. CST
by TheGinger Twit
May 13, 2002, 2:22 a.m. CST
just thought i'd ask.........
May 13, 2002, 2:26 a.m. CST
yeah, so there.
May 13, 2002, 2:32 a.m. CST
It is there that I will have my Star Wars cherry broken for a glorius fifth time. Let those who are without sin cast the first stone, for reviews never do Star Wars justice anyway.
May 13, 2002, 2:40 a.m. CST
by dogma jedi
Wednesday night 12:01 at the CINEMARK THEATHER in Plano Texas! I'm indeed excited to see this film the way George ment it to be seen! I can't wait to hear to see : "A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away.." Hear the wonderful score by Master John Williams And the opening crawl that reads: "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones", and invites me into a world I've been familiar with almost all my life! SENATOR AMIDALA, THE FORMER QUEEN OF NABOO, IS RETURNING TO THE GALATIC SENATE TO VOTE ON THE CRITICAL ISSUE OF CREATING AN ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC TO ASSIST THE OVERWELMED JEDI..... I'm already overwelmed & overjoyed by the upcomming event Wednesday night!!!!! Grab on to something... this is going to be an awsome ride!!!!!! Spider-hyphen-man was a wonderful way to open up a movie season that won't suck as bad as last summer! Thank you MARVEL, And thank you George Lucas, and thank you Harry! Enjoy everyone! ---DOGMA!!!
May 13, 2002, 2:40 a.m. CST
12:01a.m Thursday May 16. I suggest that Star Wars fans relax, enjoy the film. For many of us we do not know a world where Star Wars did not exist. These movies are pure escapism...they don't have the secrets to living a succesful life or the cure for all diseases. They are films made to entertain, by a flesh and blood, fallible human being named George Lucas. My childhood is safely intact no matter what Episode 2 is like. And that's what Star Wars is for me...a reminder of what it was like growing up in this often harsh world. Star Wars allowed me to escape for a few hours to a completely different world...a galaxy far, far away. The feeling for this film is much different than the anticipation for Episode 1. In 1999 I, as well as others, felt that Phantom Menace was going to be a life changing experience, similar to what we experienced as children. What a wake-up call, then, to realize that Phantom Menace was a film that had faults, that it wasn't the pinnacle of film, that my life remained the same. It exposed the faults in the Original Trilogy as well...made me realize that my romantic notions of the power Star Wars was perhaps wasn't what was on screen, but the way it made me feel as a child. For Episode 2 it's all about the love of movies, the magic, the effects...it's not about life this time, it's just about fun.
May 13, 2002, 2:44 a.m. CST
probably 2nd to Empire. The movie was everything you wanted from Star Wars. Yoda whumps butt and all those POOR POOR Tusken Raiders ; )
May 13, 2002, 3:01 a.m. CST
by Vitaly Chernobyl
Saw it on Saturday and oh my God, this will truly live up to your expectations. For all you people waiting for a good Star Wars movie - this is it. For all you people just looking for 2hrs 20 mins of high-octane enjoyment - this is it. For you die-hard romantic fable people - hell, this is it too. And for all you people who will hate it anyway - this is for you as well. Yes, there are flaws, but they are so minor as to be forgetable, if you are prepared to do so and are not completely ruled by your prejudices and preconceptions. I love this film and waiting until Thursday to see it again is going to be so very hard. And for all you people slamming the love story - if you have never been in that position, then lucky you. And also, don't forget, these are kids talking to each other about love. Also, those shots the reviewer mentioned that were misiing - they were in our copy, as was the headbutt. Final point - Hayden nails Vader from the start. You can easily see Anakin becoming Vader.
May 13, 2002, 3:15 a.m. CST
Can't wait. Nice thing about this showing is you won't get annoying 2 year olds, or people who were just dragged there for a Saturday afternoon or evening timekiller. These will be the ones that really want to see the movie and will hoot and holler and enjoy themselves. Damn these 24 hour days. I'm going to take some Nyquil so I can just sleep 'till Wednesday.
May 13, 2002, 3:48 a.m. CST
I hate this hypnosis crap, but this is funny as hell. Check out http://www.cinescape.com/24/editorial.asp?aff_id=24&this_cat=More&action=page&obj_id=34477&type_id=226210&cat_id=237780&sub_id=0 It's a sleep hypnosis file that claims to help you forget reviews and spoilers for Episode 2. Can it help me forget Armageddon and Pearl Harbour? Thanks Newbomb Turk for the tip. Cherry flavor. Half a bottle should do it. I'll listen to this file and go in to the movie fresh and unblemished by these talkbacks. Maybe I'll even alter it so I can see the original trilogy again for the first time.
May 13, 2002, 3:54 a.m. CST
1280x1024, that's the resolution of TIs DLP Cinema solution. My HT projector can resolve more pixels than that. At its worst 35mm film is over four times the resolution. 70mm is even more. Digital DLP cinema is good only for the movie compnaies (no film dupe costs). It is bad for film. Just say no. Yeah, they'll call it "digital quality" so the sheeple masses buy it. But then they buy DirecTV and it's low res sub vhs artifacted picture as "digital quality" too. As I said, jsut say no.
May 13, 2002, 4:03 a.m. CST
Lawrence Kasdan co-wrote, Gary Kurtz produced, and Irvin Kirschner directed!!! And they ALL restrained Lucas from f**king up things as he has done ever since!!!
May 13, 2002, 4:16 a.m. CST
by Vitaly Chernobyl
Then shut up!! AOTC rivals ESB as the best SW movie. And for all you haters who say Lucas can't direct humans - wait until you see Hayden. He is superb as Anakin. You can see the emotions within him. The lines from the trailers, when taken out of context sound bad. Yet in the movie, they work perfectly. The meetings between Temeura Morrison and Ewan McGregor and Ewan and Christopher Lee are riveting. Christopher Lee is brilliant. There is acting and a good script in this movie - as much as that must offend all the haters...
May 13, 2002, 4:40 a.m. CST
It's truly great. I went into it expecting a SLIGHTLY better Episode I and was prepared to despise the film. In the begining of it, I was very critical, but soon I stopped and enjoyed it. As hesitant as I am to say it, it MAY become my favorite of the 5 so far, even better than Empire. I say that because looking back on the movies has a lot to do with how they end up in your heart, and this is a much different movie than Empire. The ending I was NOT prepared for. Now I can't WAIT for Episode III. JarJar is barely in the movie at all, and this one ties you in to Episode IV a good bit. I was VERY surprised. Had little to no excitemet for this one looking at the trailers, but for once, they didn't show the cool stuff in the trailers. Cool stuff actually being the story I guess. Sorry if I'm being vague, but if you doubt I saw it, then wait till the VERY last line in the movie. We all know it, but it took me completely by surprise and totally was a 'to be continued' type of thing. Oh and Hayden seemed to have the WORST of his dialogue in the trailers. He's not a great actor, but he's not as bad as your thinking at all.
May 13, 2002, 4:48 a.m. CST
Any of you geeks got midnight tickets for TheFilmWorks in Manchester? DPL showing on Screen 12, woohoo! See ya there.
May 13, 2002, 5:06 a.m. CST
The internet knows how to spell those names. You know the system that allows you to send the review you just wrote.
May 13, 2002, 5:17 a.m. CST
What's all that about the missing footage. Am I going to have to go somewhere else just to see some more overused CGI and bad dialogue. GODDAMMIT.
May 13, 2002, 6:06 a.m. CST
I will wait until the noontime showing the following day to see "Clones". I've had the misfortune to see Star Wars at midnight showings before and all that ends up happening is frustration heaped upon frustration because the audience is TOO PYSCHED UP to shut up!!! After some cool effect or dialouge, the audience will cheer and yap away for the next minute and a half while onscreen you just missed key dialouge immediately following . Yes, midnight showings are exciting but i'd much rather brave the crying 2 yr. old than the talkative exuberent fanboy.
May 13, 2002, 6:09 a.m. CST
That was a fantastic review. My mates at work saw it today, and they came back and said "dude, you are gonna love it!" - I'm waiting to see it at midnight with old school buddies so I didn't go to the screening today. I can't wait. Thanks for the review. I saw SPIDER-MAN last week, and I am so excited to see another great film just 7 days later. Roll on Wednesday! (Maggot96, if you're reading this....HOW COOL DOES IT SOUND?!?!)
May 13, 2002, 6:24 a.m. CST
I, like many of you I'm sure, have followed the making of this movie since a month after EP1 was released. It was a blast to follow all the casting rumors, particularly praying they would ignore DiCaprio for Anakin. Remember the Christopher Walken rumors. I've avoided spoilers for the most part, excpet for the beginning when it was either vague, false, or specualtion so any rumor was taken with a grain of salt. Reading this review filled me with joy because I realize that a 3 year wait for this movie is but a couple of sleeps away and even though I"ve been inadvertantly exposed to 1 or 2 spoilers, it looks like there is still plenty here to be surprised about. YODA YODA. Anyways, see yuo all ad midnight, just imagine, at that time, nearly every other Star Wars geeks will be doing the exact same thing, feel the love and lets have fun.
May 13, 2002, 7 a.m. CST
by Darth Kal-El
I dont know what the current topic de jour is and frankly,i dont really care,i saw the ebert and roeper review of AOTC and, as much as i am not a whiny fanboy who cries if star wars is wronged in any way i could really not stand eberts review...hey u geeks who slam him-hes just like you are-he'll trash this movie based solely on the fact that it makes him uncofortable.he said in his review,wich roeper slammed BTW,that anakin and amidala spend too much time being good lookin and sayin 'i love u but i must not' and went on to bash it for its lack of realism! real people do talk like this...its something,unfotunately,the majority of the people who come to this site with their itchy pussies about 'LOTR gave me my first orgasm!!','Spiderman is gayer than me!!','Matrix is gonna suck because im not popular therefore anything popular is stupid'wont understand.and I am including ebert's dumb ass in that.a brilliant mind once said 'write what you know'. and that fat fuck ebert knows about fuck all,but i still havent seen that review on his show....oh and P fuckin S,lay off harry you player hating LOSERS!youre in his site and u try to talk shit about him?!and some ignorant poster even brought his mum into this!!! for shame...that,boys and girls(who am i kidding,mostly BOYS)is why you still sniff your older sister's used panties while you finger your bum with one hand and on the other hand....get lives ladies
May 13, 2002, 7:41 a.m. CST
by Darth Kal-El
You might not have realized this,altho since this is common sense im surprised u missed it,but u can like spiderman,LOTR,star wars,matrix,the OT,all in the same way and still remain a true fanboy geek at heart.the infighting and shit talkin has to stop!why do u think were not taken seriously by the regular media?!and i say we because im one of u too.im a film geek true as u.but i saw matrix and blade and yes,even Phantom Menace in the big screen and loved each one differently but the same...for a few hours i got away...the world stopped being important and i was facing down darth maul's twin energy blades and running from a computer virus with a brain right next to carrie-ann and the annoying kid from 'speed'.so what gives me the right to say one experience was better than another?nothing.plain and simple....i loved 'the forsaken' too and am actually involved in the sequel 'dark nights' due out in sept. of '03.so i guess my point is this-stop taking things,including yourlselfs so seriously.A few of u will never do more for this industry than pour bile and hatred into your keyboards-for those of u that do rise above that petty shit,you are 80% lucky and 20% dirty bastards with mad tenacity-my deepest respect to you.the rest of u are cheating yourselfs by breaking off into these dumb 'LOTR','LUCAS ROCKS ASS MATRIX SUXS','vin diesel is a bad actor because he can pull more bitches than me',clubs.Love star wars OT,love Matrix,love Spidey,Love Transformers and He Man for all of me....but stop hatin' people who arent as uptight as u.oh and P fuckin S-If it makes u angry to see good looking people succeed get up off your DSL-having ass and hit the gym or skip that fourth Kryspy Kreme...but stop HATING! questions,comments,complaints-AIM SN 'Ecuasuperman';e-mail 'email@example.com'.i incourage informed inteligent responses.This is a new revolution in the making-when u can love multiple movies and diffferent opinions adn quit bashing movies because u dont know what real life is about....it starts here... player haters not welcome
May 13, 2002, 7:56 a.m. CST
by Darth Kal-El
....since both of my previous posts are PLANTS!! I made them in photo shop....with some help from adobe acrobat...those whores.I know u fanboys dont feel secure unless someone yells 'PLANT!!'or 'FAKE!!'so i thought id lend a hand(dont get excited kid)so now we got that out the way...harry still rules and moriarty is my new fave-like brad pitt in fight club,hes just too cool....
May 13, 2002, 7:59 a.m. CST
Harry, I saw 'Attack Of The Clones' over here in the UK Sunday morning in a special show. Thought you might like my thoughts on the matter. H m m m m m . . . I loved it. Okay, reservations. Teenage Annakin - wanted to slap him. Sulky teenager. Slap, slap. I initially thought, 'Ahah!' I thought, 'this actor's really good. He's playing sulky teenager to perfection.' Wrong. Hayden Christopher is just dull in the part. And irritating as hell. Also, he can't even walk right. Watch the film, see what I mean. I'm a tv scriptwriter, so I work with actors all the time. You know they're going to be bad if they're too self-conscious to even walk naturally. Hayden looks like he's dropped a load in his Jedi bloomers. Plus, his idea of pain is to knit his eyebrows and quiver his bottom lip. Not a pretty sight. Second problem; unfortunately Lucas still can't write dialogue. Stiff ain't the word for it, and some of the minor characters are seriously wooden when they deliver it. Even Sam Jackson can't save some of his lines. Comedy. R2 and C3PO are to the front, but they don't actually do anything - and the sequence where they s p o i l e r s from here. ...have C3PO's head swapped with a battle droid just doesn't lead anywhere at all. Such a major event should lead somewhere but it just fizzles out. If my story editor read a plot of mine with something as promising as that in it, and it led nowhere, he'd have it out straightaway. And me out the door. Apart from that, the film is superb; great action (at last!!!), the story is well-twisting and satisfying - setting us up for part three, interesting character development - especially in Obi Wan and Yoda, and above all, a coherent screenplay. The progression from Annakin to Vader is signposted skilfully, and the confrontation between Yoda and Christopher Lee's Count Dooku is breathtaking. Even if some of the audience around me did laugh when Yoda went into sabre-twirling action ... And, after the screening, nobody but nobody believed that it was shot on video. The moment when the Ambassador's 'ship dropped out of space then down to Coruscant like a ww2 bomber... Wow. all in all, a worthy addition to the Star Wars series. I'm looking forward to part three now..
May 13, 2002, 8:54 a.m. CST
Another reviewer on Lucas's payroll! They're everywhere I tell you! We must warn the others before it's too late! Oh, the humanity! Somebody actually liking Star Wars.....man, how uncool can you get? Thankfully, us spiffy cool true internet film geeks know better.
May 13, 2002, 9:33 a.m. CST
by Mr Bonefish
At least someone else agrees with me. Crank out the popcorn baby.
May 13, 2002, 10:12 a.m. CST
by Crazy Fresh DJ
"'nuff said", whatever that is supposed to mean, but folk who write their whole post in the subject bar usually write "'nuff said" here.
May 13, 2002, 10:59 a.m. CST
I am sorry, I loved FOTR (best movie last year), but the Balrog looking real? Come on... Even I admit the Balrog didn't look real at all. The revamped Jabba the Hutt in ANH looked more real then the Balrog (and Jabba looked completely fake). Honestly, I hope AOTC is good because I really am getting less impressed w/ Spiderman after my second viewing, still good, but man after the first hour its kind of lame.
May 13, 2002, 12:06 p.m. CST
Robo- How can you say Ep.1 was racist? You silly nut! I agree it wasn't any good, and that the few good parts were so chopped up that it diluted the power of them, however, it wasn't racist. Most of my friends are black, I went to a school that was 80% black (and I'm white), and I can tell you now, no one there that saw it thought it was racist. Only press called it racisit and a bunch of people who had nothing better to do with their time. There are only so many ways to put an accent on the english language, so what if the flanneled one chose Japanese for the Trade Federation... guess what? The idea of soul-less corporate entities was cemented in the eighties when the (you guessed it) Japanese werebuying up companies right and left, so George wasn't far off. As far as Jar-Jar Binks and his inane and annoying-as-hell accent goes, guess what?Ahmed best did the voice, and came up, to a large extent with what we saw on screen... and guess what else... HE'S BLACK!!!!! he can't be very racist, now can he? Also... why give a link to that idiot Ebert, that ass thought Bring It On and Tomb Raider were great, if it doesn't have big tits (and Miss Portman, though cute as hell, doesn't), that fat old bastard doesn't like it. His opinion is less useful than most critics... and they aren't much use at all.
May 13, 2002, 12:48 p.m. CST
I saw it with the students and faculty of a school in NYC (instead of the typical Hollywood celebs), so I was able to appreciate the film with Star Wars fans (lots of cheering and clapping during the movie). First, lots of thanks and praise to everyone involved with the premiere in Tribeca. Very classy to debut the film right next to ground zero, and inviting the kids and faculty that were affected the most by 9/11. This will definitely help revitalize the area! Now for the movie, I also enjoyed it very much. However, it's difficult to say if it was the best SW movie of all. Once the hype settles, and in retrospect, people will be able to judge it better - but it does deserve to be compared to empire (unlike phantom). The special effects were fantastic! You will definitely not be dissapointed! I wish I could offer similar praise for Hayden, but the fact is that he's not a good actor. He's not bad, but he's not great either. The plot at first seemed predictable but after the midpoint, there were some very interesting twists - especially the ending. I don't want to say more for fear of spoiling it for others. However, I will say this: DON'T FUCK WITH YODA! Once you see the movie, you'll know what I'm talking about. Spaniard
May 13, 2002, 1:40 p.m. CST
by fun guy
hey i hope this star wars movie is good. alot of people disagree. i guess i'll have to wait to decide when i rent it next year some time. it probably won't be cool like the lord of the rings movies. star wars got kinda dumb when they changed them in the nineties. that pissed me off.
May 13, 2002, 1:50 p.m. CST
That 'unnamed nerd kid' had 3 (count 'em - 3!) lines in the Simpsons last night!
May 13, 2002, 2:18 p.m. CST
If the guy had said that episode 2 was brilliant I would have been excited, but to say it's the best star wars film, that sounds a bit over enthusiastic to me. Unless they've completely rewritten the script between the release of the last trailer and the release of the film, I don't see how the cheesiness evident in that trailer could compare to The empire strikes back, but I'll keep my fingers crossed or whatever.
May 13, 2002, 5:53 p.m. CST
Oh! Thought you were serious for a moment. Hey a comment on effects, anyone watch TPM DVD? Lucas is still the master of effects no matter what anyone says. Check out the shadows on the lame battle droids, they match almost all the way through, including the angle of the sun and everything. TPM DVD has impressed me, yeah, I know, still not the best SW movie but IMHO there still has not been CGI to match it, even though its been three frigging years. You all just do me a favor and check out the effects on the DVD. The only thing I could really dig down and find that wasn't too good was the amount of wind in the pod race (there should have been a hell of a lot more considering how fast they were going). All of them would have been smashed against the back of their pods because of the G-forces!! Later.
May 13, 2002, 6:08 p.m. CST
I read that in an interview on Sunday in the Toronto Star. These luddites are not embracing the new revolution in filmmaking, simply because the studio executives are convincing theatre owners not to. Lucas wants to contribute a technical breakthrough to cinema, much like the coming of sound and colour in film, yet he faces roadblocks at all turns. It's about time we got rid of celluloid, an ancient organic and photochemical means of capturing photons. The time and technological paradigms have changed, and instead we have people like SPIELBERG and SCORCESE dismissing digital cinema because it doesn't have that "film look". As Lucas correctly states: *****Lucas becomes passionate when talking about his vision of a digital future, where movies will be projected not as a strip of celluloid moving through a projector but as digital bits distributed via satellite and shot through computers. Attack Of The Clones was filmed entirely in a new 24-frame digital format that improves on the digital innovations he introduced for The Phantom Menace. He dismisses as "photo-chemical fanatics" the people who prefer celluloid to digital filmmaking, such as his friends and fellow directors Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. He argues that even seeing isn't believing when it comes to this topic: The human eye has merely learned to tolerate the imperfections of fuzziness of celluloid film, he says, which diehards mistakenly think of "that soft warm, soulful quality that everybody talks about." He's convinced people would vastly prefer the digital clarity that Lucasfilm is pushing, which indeed looks remarkable when viewing Attack Of The Clones in this setting. He had been hoping to have digital projection for between 300 to 400 of the 5,800 carefully selected North American theatres that will screen Attack Of The Clones, a big jump from the four digital screens that were available for The Phantom Menace three years ago. But he's had to settle for just 80 digital screens in the U.S. and Canada (he doesn't know where in Canada), a situation he finds "extremely frustrating." He blames the slow acceptance of digital cinema on suspicious movie-industry people, the theatre owners and studio bosses, who just refuse to accept Lucas' good intentions at face value. "What they're really trying to do, and what they're really afraid of, is control," Lucas says, obviously agitated. "Everybody says, `Oh, it's the money, and the quality of the projection isn't right.' But if you're lucky enough to see (Clones) digitally, you'll see that the quality is superior ... so that's not an issue to anybody. "And the cost? We were going to give the projectors to the theatres. But they were saying: `Don't take them! Don't take them! They're like drug dealers! Once they get you hooked, they'll keep you going!' "So they've been fighting this thing, and certain companies have been saying, `He's the devil incarnate! He's gonna destroy the world! He's gonna destroy cinema! But cinema is the art of the moving image. The technology is irrelevant."******* Link to the article: http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1021155011521&call_page=TS_News&call_pageid=968332188492&call_pagepath=News/News Arnheim must be laughing from his grave.
May 13, 2002, 6:32 p.m. CST
Well, saw ATOC...blargh. Not as goat blowingly bad as TPM, but so what? I can take or leave SW, so I had the handicap of seeing this as a mere human being who likes movies based on their content. I suppose I could go on about what I did and didn't like, but why? I'm actually a lot more interested in this theory I'm cooking up...I think that George Lucas is the Grateful Dead of cinema. Think about it: a hardcore group of fanatics wildly overpraise work which appears to the outsider to be a poorly composed bunch of baby drool. Said fanatics will accept no criticism, no matter how small or well founded, and the sheer energy expended on the process makes rational viewing all but impossible. I have no venom against Lucas, really, I'm just a little tired of the extreme amount of attention this terminally mediocre filmmaker recieves. I mean, really, has Lucas ever made a good FILM? Not a good cultural watershed, not a good reason to drop a large chunk of cash on that home theatre system, I mean a good FILM that would still be worth watching on a small TV with crappy sound. I think not. To wrap up with a rehash of the classic Grateful Dead joke: Q: What did the Star Wars geek say when he ran out of action figures? A: Wow, this movie sucks.
May 13, 2002, 7:36 p.m. CST
Am I the only one that thinks Natlie Portman is a horrible actress? Ok come on, yeah she is hot, but every single line out of her mouth in this movie sounds so horrible and fake. Maybe its all George's fault but the only other thing I've seen her in was The Professional and she was just a kid in that.
May 13, 2002, 8:31 p.m. CST
I wish every Star Wars AOTC review would say if the reviewer liked TPM or not, that way if they did I'll know they have their head up their ass and can skip it entirely.
May 13, 2002, 9:16 p.m. CST
Come on, does anyone believe that for a minute? Even with huge profits, GL can't afford to give away enough digital projectors to run a big release on them exclusively. $125K. Each.
May 13, 2002, 11:20 p.m. CST
by frank cotton
just had to commend you on your most excellent choice of user IDs. wish i'd thought of it! maybe one day we'll see someone else with taste finally make the movie.
May 14, 2002, 12:22 a.m. CST
I saw the movie at the Dallas charity event, and came to this conclusion; this movie is fun!! It makes you want to see Episode III right after this one is over!! TPM was, in my opinion, enjoyable, but it did not have the ending excitemet that ATOC has. There's some cheesey dialoge, but that's Star Wars movies. They all have corny dialoge, it's just something you overlook, and move past because it's about the entire experience. ATOC brings back the trill of Star Wars movies of the past. I'm not ready to call it my favorite, but it's up there. I won't continue this post much longer, but I must say how great it actually is to finally see the Clone wars that we heard so much about in Episodes IV - VI. This movie may not satisfy everyone's demands, but to me it was exactly what I could've hoped it could be. I feel my money went not only to a great charity here in Dallas, but to see a really fun film, like Star Wars films are, and supposed to be!! BTW I've also got my tickets for 12:01 Thursday morning!! Can't wait to see it a bunch more times!! Bring on the DVD and Episode III, which without a doubt will have to be 6 hours to finish everything with this set and lead to IV-VI.
May 14, 2002, 2:36 a.m. CST
by Voice O. Reason
HEY, LOOK AT ME! I KNOW HOW TO PUSH THE CAPS LOCK KEY! HOLY CRAP, MAYBE PEOPLE WILL PAY ATTENTION TO ME IF I TOTALLY TYPE SOMETHING STUPID JUST TO GET PEOPLE RILED UP! AND I'LL DO IT WITH THE CAPS ON! HOLY CRAP, I'M A FUCKING GENIUS! SUCKS BALLS! SUCKS BALLS! SUCKS BALLS! Dumb ass.
May 14, 2002, 10:59 a.m. CST
Mr. Mullen seems quite excited. Then again if Natalie Portman smiled at me, I'd be excited as well. Jeff, I hope my impression of this film is half as possitive as yours. *crosses fingers*
May 14, 2002, 12:57 p.m. CST
I'm worried... read Ebert's review, and after hearing that Anakin says, "I don't like the sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating--not like you. You're soft and smooth," to Padme, I got really nervous that this is going to suck. Write a good script, dammnit! And Natalie Portman is hot, but always got the impression with her that she'd be a person I'd hate in real life. Anyway, this movie looks bad, just like the other LoTR movies are going to be bad. Spiderman was mediocre too. I had more fun seeing Hollwood Ending, which was only an average Woody Allen film anyway.
May 14, 2002, 2:20 p.m. CST
He wrote an article in which he said picture quality is better, but it didn't change how he felt about the film - his big complaints were acting, dialogue, pacing, etc.
May 14, 2002, 10:56 p.m. CST
by frank cotton
have to agree with djsmackmackey, a new hope was the best. it had a feel to it that was not matched by the sequels, and a darkness not usually seen in that type of film. CAULFIELD: another touchy-feely wimp who hates all sci-fi, and whose opinion has no value.
May 14, 2002, 11:43 p.m. CST
by Voice O. Reason
Fuck CLERKS. I suppose if Kevin Smith's favorite ice cream was vanilla, you'd say it was wrong to like vanilla? People love EMPIRE because it had the most depth of all the films...and I'm one of those people.
May 15, 2002, 4:05 a.m. CST
by AlphaOmega Man
All this talk of AOTC prompted me to dig out my Indiana Jones video trilogy boxset (Raiders, Doom and Crusade) and so feeling nostalgic I decided to play Raiders (easily the best of the bunch). On the boxset versions of each film, you get a preview of all the features produced for the Young Indiana Jones series (Train Of Doom, Tales of Innocence, Treasure of the Peacocks Eye etc etc etc) and whilst watching this preview I came across something quite revealing... I think George Lucas is using the feature titles of the some of the Young Indiana Jones series for the titles of the new Star Wars films... definately EPI and EPII and possibly EPIII... Check it out, in the Young Indiana Jones series, chapter 10 is called "The Phantom Train of Doom"... "The Phantom Menace" right? And chapter 12 of the series is called "Attack of the Hawkmen"... "Attack of the Clones" right?... Now I'm thinking if George follows suit, out of the remaining titles left in the Young Indiana Jones series he could use (and from what we know has to happen in the the third Star Wars Episode) Chapter 12 which is entitled "Masks of Evil" kinda fits the bill for EP III don't you think? He could alter the title to "Masks of the Sith" as some masks are eventually worn (Anakin/Vader) and some masks are revealed (Palpatine/the Emperor and other co-conspirators)... waddaya think? BTW, I haven't seen AOTC yet and Spiderman isn't released here in the UK till June, but I am flyin' to Orlando on the 26th of this month (then drivin to Miami a few days later), so if anyone can reccommend a kickass theatre/cinema (in either city) to see them in I'd appreciate it.
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