Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Every generation has a legend. Every journey has a first step. Every saga has a beginning.
Anakin Skywalker, a young slave strong with the Force, is discovered on Tatooine. Meanwhile, the evil Sith have returned, enacting their plot for revenge against the Jedi.
*previously a 53, now an 84*
I think I've reached the tipping point of my love for this thing, but then again, each rewatch is practically exponential in how it affects me as a Star Wars fan and a cinephile. Each frame of world building - cascading waterfalls, forests festering with fog, dusty Tatooine landscapes - is rich and lively in its conceptual work, with costuming, CG effects, and sound design providing a textual beginning to the saga. Lucas paints this picture as delicate and grandiose; a far cry from the uncertainty of Attack of the Clones and the devastating tragedy of Revenge of the Sith. All the puzzle pieces - galactic politics, bureaucratic interplay, Jedi as spies and samurai,…
I will try and explain why I dislike this film so much. It is a bit of a geeky rant, so bear with me.
A Universe of Boredom
The original trilogy gave us a window to one of the most interesting universes ever created. It is a fantasy, filled with amazing aliens and wonderful characters. The Phantom Menace was the film that could expand on this universe. We could have gotten more fantastical worlds, more foundation to the mythos. What we instead got was Tatooine......again. It could have traveled the entire universe but it instead gave us a planet we already know. This is but a tiny example of the unbelievable unimaginative feel this film has. This is most present…
An indiscriminatingly awful, vomit-inducing, excessively cartoonish, unbelievably stupid & mind-numbingly pathetic piece of shit that deserves to be ranked amongst the worst atrocities ever committed on film canvas, the first chapter of George Lucas' prequel trilogy & fourth instalment in the Star Wars saga marks its creator's return to film direction after a 22-year hiatus and shows that world cinema was far better off without his directional inputs.
Set three decades before the events of Star Wars in a galaxy far far away, the story of The Phantom Menace follows two Jedi Knights who are sent to negotiate a peaceful end to an interplanetary trade dispute but when that falls apart, they flee from their hostile situation to warn the Queen and…
*previously a 15, now a 53*
Pretty drastic jump in quality on this rewatch, a one-two combo of Lucas's formalism hitting me like a ton of bricks and his ability of weaving dedicated Star Wars influences and filmic nods towards his personal mythological tapestry overwhelming my eyes and ears (shoutout to the 'Ring Theory'). I can't defend the dialogue or the performances, and Jar-Jar is utterly atrocious in spite of his well-meaning basis of being a sci-fi Buster Keaton sidekick, but Lucas creates an entirely different time and place in The Phantom Menace, starting a musical symphony sixteen years after the climax has already been cherished and the end has been mourned. If anything is certain, Lucas adores image-making like…
Ani are you ok?
So, Ani are you ok?
Are you ok Ani?
If George Lucas knew the true havoc and hilarity that he would unleash by creating this unnecessary prequel, it may have induced him to look up from counting his money long enough to consider whether or not his rushed, first draft, banal script truly deserved to see the light of day. Instead, we are left with an altogether puzzling effort that, while producing many unintentionally laughable moments, leaves most fans of the original movies feeling something between alienated and puzzled.
This movie stinks. I think that enough people have made that point much louder and clearer than I can state it here, but still, it must be said. There are too many plot-holes, odd casting choices, odd characters, useless characters,…
Star Wars is simply too big to fail. Otherwise, there’s no explanation for its ubiquity, despite the prequels. When Wanda and I walked out of the theater after having seen The Phantom Menace, I swore George Lucas had taken his last dime from me. I was angry. Flat out angry. I felt like a member of the audience at the Sex Pistols Winterland show. And yet last night I spent $21.64 for the privilege of suffering through it again. I know, right? First world problems. The kids wanted to see it, and the the plan is to re-watch all of them in episode order as a lead up to going to see this new one. I can console myself at…
Definitely my least favorite Star Wars film. I'm not an elitist by any means, but from a general standpoint, several things about Episode I leave me disappointed.
Darth Vader breathing in the final seconds of the credits might be the best part of this movie. It hasn't aged well.
I like to think Jar Jar Binks is a metaphor for the sort of bumbling politician who assumes his position through sheer happenstance despite being grossly unqualified to be in charge of anything, let alone an army. He is the George W. Bush of the Star Wars saga.
I watched it, and it actually wasn’t too bad. I pretty much knew everything that would happened, but I was still entertained, so that’s good.
Na jarenlang raar aangekeken te worden vanwege het feit dat ik nog nooit een star wars film had gezien, ben ik er nu eindelijk mee begonnen. En ik bekijk ze in de volgorde zoals je het hoort te doen: in chronologische volgorde.
Deze film was oké, maar als ze deze wijze van filmen in elke episode volhouden, kan het nog een lange zit worden.
I think George Lucas is a moron, but not for making these films. After all, they made him heaps of money with no effort; I'm pretty sure he wrote the script in five minutes and then left it to the green screen guys to expand on his one-page plot outline. I can't imagine he was actually present with the cast and crew for more than one or two days in production. He probably didn't even know the movie was done until the cash started rolling in.
What he did do stupidly was putting his name on it. Let's be honest here George, you didn't direct shit. Nobody did. This movie is a mess. I wouldn't be surprised if large portions…
What's a three word phrase that describes how to ruin a franchise? If you said: "The Phantom Menace" you would be correct.
Day 1 - A Wes Anderson film
Day 2 - An anime not directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Day 3 -…
Complete list. :-(