Search Your Feelings. You KNOW it to be True.

The Empire was right. Admit it.: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/decline-and-fall-empire_1049518.html?nopager=1

If only the messengers of the Sith had not succumbed to the darkness of their natures. If only they had been more like Revan, who recognized the need for the Dark Side to defeat the Mandalorian Threat. Who, along with his General, realized that the truth was not all on the side of the Jedi. Who sat and watched as the Galaxy burned. Who felt nothing, denied their just impulses and remained silent as threats gathered beyond the fringes of the Republic that they had no interest in facing.

The Jedi did not fall because they were destroyed by the Sith. They fell because they refused to stand when the galaxy needed them. Nobility of heart means nothing without the intent to act. And the Jedi code saps all willingness to resist. In an ideological war, one cannot replace passion with indolence.

Or, one could simply argue that Lucas made the Jedi of Yoda’s era into complete idiots, duped into believing their own wisdom instead of facing the threats arrayed against them. They failed because Lucas decreed they should fail, and he no longer truly respected what he had built in the original movies.

But the first argument is at least fun for its counter-narrative impact. Because everyone else is linking it too. 😉

OK. This Strikes Me As Intriguing

Just don’t do something stupid like cast Shia Labeouf as the young Han Solo, please. https://www.yahoo.com/movies/s/han-solo-star-wars-standalone-film-21-jump-202608959.html

I have to admit I’ve been impressed with most of Disney’s decisions since acquiring the Star Wars Franchise. I still wish they had decided to play with the Thrawn storyline from Timothy Zahn’s novels. But I can see, given the age of the primary characters, why that might be problematic at this point.

On another note, the writing is flowing again. If slower than before, it’s something close to consistent. So I can’t complain. 😉

Simon Pegg befouls his nest

Love his movies and wit. Also amusing what he says here given he has co-writing credits in the next Star Trek movie. http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2015/05/20/nerds-nerd-simon-pegg-renounces-geekdom-rips-on-comic-book-films/

My own thoughts? Weeeeelllll… first of all, whenever someone says, “Movies used to be about (x),” I get amused. Yes, there were “important” movies in the old days. There were also pure camp films (Flash Gordon in all its iterations). And sorry Simon, but parents always took at least guilty pleasure in these. Nor is it correct to say there aren’t ‘important’ movies today. For Hollywood’s given definitions of important. They don’t do as well because the would-be ruling class of the entertainment industry has discovered that forcefeeding its agenda to the ‘masses’ that disagree with them results in dangerously low profits. That’s another reason we get these cycles of reboots and comic properties: They’re among the few things that are *safe* for studios to make.

Given the cost of making major motion pictures, as opposed to say, printing an e-book, it’s safe to assume ‘independent’ films will remain as committed to Hollywood’s ideas of importance as it has. There’s simply no plausible alternative until the cost of putting flicks on screens comes down. But, I think it’s fair to say given the dichotomy between the purveyors of dreck and the audience, you are going to continue to see ‘safe’ choices in movie making for the foreseeable future.

Sorry Simon. Guess I’ll see you and the gang in another spoof. 😉