In this reel of COL Movies, the boys head back in time to revisit 1977’s “Star Wars”. After that blast from the past, it’s off to the theater to see Disney/Pixar’s newest princess in “Brave”. In trailer world, they check out the Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix venture, “The Master”. In news, it’s some Spider Man, Mad Max, and more Dark Knight news. It’s the 112th reel of COL Movies “A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away”
- Amazing Spider man planned as a Trilogy?
- Marvel moves their untitled movie to August 2014
- On again..off again…on again.. Mad Max Fury Road is shooting again..
- Can’t wait for The Dark Knight Rises? You can listen to 14 minutes worth of the score online plus plot synopsis confirms that this movie takes place 8 years after The Dark Knight.
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The Past: Star Wars (1977)
Rotten Tomatoes: 94% Fresh; 93% Audience
Director: George Lucas
Staring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Sir Alec Guinness
- CGI added for the “special” editions isn’t holding up
- The Star Wars Legacy…had George Lucas ruined it?
- Watching it on Blu-Ray
- Positives: A stand alone epic; defined blockbuster; compelling back story; crosses genre lines (sci fi, western, road pic); great fight scenes
- Negatives: The characters don’t have depth, they’re just fodder and props
What We Learned:
- Droids are not allowed in escape pods or bars
- The Jundland wastes are not to be travelled lightly
- Stormtroopers are apparently only precise when they are firing at Jawas
- Making a jump to hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops…….boy
- You must be at least this tall to be a stormtrooper
- Womp rats are not much bigger than 2 meters
- Let the Wookie win
Original 1977 Trailer:
Jeff: Always a favorite and classic sci-fi movie. The special edition of this one to me only really screwed up with Han shooting second. Hence the reason I call the theatrical editions the Han-Shot-First editions and the only true edition. Worth seeing either version but to be true, see the theatrical . . . if you can find it.
Ray: My only recommendation is to try and only watch the original theatrical releases if you can. Messing with the story aside the CGI used in the “special” editions does not really hold up these days. And this should be the first one you watch… not episode 1.
Steve: Hadn’t watched in a while, so I found myself picking apart the spotty editing and expeditious storyline, wishing they’d gone into more detail to set the universe better. I don’t know that it’s held up as well as I remembered. The special edition CGI is just stupid. Regardless, it’s still a classic that should be watched. Also – this is STAR WARS – this “Episode IV: A New Hope” crap annoys me.
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The Present: Brave
Rotten Tomatoes: 76% Fresh; 83% Audience
Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson
- Reese Witherspoon was originally announced as the voice of Princess Merida, but scheduling conflicts prevented from taking the role. Kelly Macdonald replaced her.
- This film marks the first time a Pixar produced film has a female protagonist.
- The original title of the film was “The Bear and the Bow”.
- Originally 80% of the film took place in snow. When director Brenda Chapman left the project so did much of the white stuff.
- The Pizza Planet truck, a fixture of nearly every full-length Pixar film can be spotted in the Witch’s Hut.
- None of the footage shown in the preview trailer is in the finished film.
- This is the first Pixar film to be a period piece.
- Princess Merida is the first Pixar character to be included in the Disney Princess line.
- The misunderstood dialogue that Young MacGuffin (voiced by Kevin McKidd) speaks is actually a form of Scottish dialect called the Doric that comes from Kevin McKidd’s hometown of Elgin, Scotland.
- The character Lord Macintosh is a reference to the Apple computer. Steve Jobs was a co-founder of Apple and played a big role in Pixar.
- In fiction, a MacGuffin refers to an object, goal, or desire that the protagonist is willing to do anything in order to achieve. Lord MacGuffin and his offspring are ironically the exact opposite, in that they (and the other suitors) are what Merida will do anything to do in order to avoid.
- The chess set in Merida’s room is the famous Lewis Chessmen from the 12th century, unearthed in Scotland in 1831.
- It took six years to make this film. Mark Andrews was initially the consultant, providing the Scottish themes for Brenda Chapman. However, by October 2010, Chapman left after four years of work with Andrews subsequently taking over but still keeping the intended story that Chapman wrote.
- Brenda Chapman based Merida on her own daughter while Elinor was loosely based on herself.
- Two additional software were specially developed for this film by Pixar in the period of three years. One of them allows simulation of Merida’s hair curls to move together with her movements.
- Merida has 1500 strands of hair curls rendered.
- To intense for young children?
- The breakneck pace
- Some moments of photo realism
- Positives: Ultimately, positive reviews – but most were lackluster saying that it just didn’t hit expectations or potential; lots of “looked amazing”
- Negatives: Slow pacing, patchwork storyline was hard to follow; Just didn’t have the “oomph” of other Disney and Pixar pics – no outstanding songs or characters; definitely for the kids and not the parents this time around.
What We Learned:
- Legends are lessons that ring with truths
- Never conjure where you carve
- Following Will O’ Wisps can get you into trouble
- Be careful what you wish for…you just might get exactly that.
- The spell for changing your fate… tastes gamey.
Jeff: This was . . . interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie but wasn’t blown away by it. I did like the fact that the trailer didn’t tell you really what was going on but still showed a thread of the true story. Worth seeing, just could wait for the rental if you want to.
Ray: Not my favorite Pixar movie, but I think this still holds up in the Pixar line of films regardless of what some perceive as a disneyfication. It can be a little scary if you have young kids but the story is great (especially inspiring for young girls) and the technical aspects of this movie were amazing and exquisitely animated.
Steve: Not as exciting as I thought it would be. I still like the premise of the strong female lead taking her life in her own hands and all of that. However, it just didn’t grab me as other similar films have. Looked good though!
The Future: The Master
Release: November 9, 2012 (UK)
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as “the Master” whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.
Jeff: This was a random movie trailer I saw on Film State and just got intrigued. I’m still on the bench but could be good or not. Joaquin is good at crazy.
Ray: Intrigued, looks to be strong performances from both Phoenix and Hoffman. Definitely one to keep on the lookout for.
Steve: I don’t get it. Phoenix’s teeth creep me out.
The Past: Heavenly Creatures