Life is to be lived. Gotta scream into the abyss and be your very own savior. All else be damned!
Hogwash. A little weed now and then won't kill you and it can open your mind. That "gateway" talk is pure bull. It is very much harmless in moderation. Plenty of worse things out there ranging from certain foods, alcohol, organized cults (religion), etc...
There is a lot of great anime around, but usually you have to hunt for it. The majority brought to the US and Europe is the lower quality stuff that people think is more "suitable to the audience". Generally though the linework is better than western animation regardless of the varied genres or stories.
I sorta consider the prequels themselves to be three huge continuity mistakes. I would have thought it would make more sense to adjust the prequels to the original films and not the other way around.
"hopelessly clinging to nostalgia", "his original vision", "it doesn't work onscreen"...
Sometimes I think these kinds of thoughts (for multiple movies) are dumped onto the fanboys on the internet in hope that they will endlessly repeat them and start believing in them en masse. These ideas feel like cheap excuses to make people happy about accepting a product or piece of media that is sub par, executed poorly, etc...
Just a random thought I guess.
I had read the "Dark Empire" comic because it was a big deal when it came out, it was neat to see some new Starwars stuff in the format. I used to buy comics all the time, mainly for the art as that is what I do. I had previously read the old Marvel comics Starwars books and enjoyed them for what they were.
Eventually Dark Horse began pumping out multiple Starwars titles, some even based on the novels. They always had decent looking covers so I picked a few on a random trip at some comic shop. Upon going through them I noticed a few things, the art was generally boring and the writing was terrible. One book had the emperor hobbling about and acting like he was a villain from some 80's cartoon show. After that, the only comic I ever bought was the first part of "Heir to the Empire" which was decent enough. Aside from a few stories the EU in comic form were either pretty "meh" or just corny and badly put together.
This was all years ago and some of it could have gotten better but I am pretty sure the back story and canon has gotten so silly and convoluted at this point that it was probably a good idea to wipe it clean. Saying that, Disney will start pumping out a whole new mess of problems as a new EU starts selling like mad and quality control goes out the window. Eventually the whole thing will suffer the same fate.
I dunno man. Can you really go back to the year 1977 and screw around with stuff and not have it stick out like a sore thumb? Sadly these changes zap you out of the movies because they just don't work. Not to get into them too much, but those two scenes really screw up the film the way they were handled. As soon as Han starts getting moved around like a digital puppet and a CGI Jabba starts running around 1977 it's like the guy next to you in the theater starts farting really bad and the smell just lingers.
Hmmm. I never thought Starwars looked cheap. I don't entirely buy the whole "this is how I wanted them to be" thing as well. I get that Mr.Lucas probably notices "flaws" or things he wanted to do differently but I'm not sure that it was such a wise thing to completely redo the films in such a tasteless way. Mainly because multiple people had a hand in creating all aspects of the movies and these timeless pieces of art are like lightning in a bottle. Dusting off and restoring that lightning is great but trying to "improve" it, adding things, taking things out, makes some of the magic fall out. The whole debacle always reminds me of Fred Astaire pushing around a Dirt Devil.
I am glad he finished that animation. Think it took him like 4 years? So much nicer than any of the CGI cartoon shows.
That's the thing though. Mverta is restoring the film out of love. An official restoration is going to be a "corporate" restoration.
Maybe they will release the unaltered trilogy. Every other interview regarding Ep 7 seems to mention practical effects being used- it is an idea they are spreading around to sell the film. It certainly seems Disney is aware of the overuse of CGI in the prequels and any negativity surrounding the "updates" to the original trilogy. It is a good thing to know this is in the brains of the people in charge of StarWars.
The director himself would certainly try to recreate the feel of the original movies as opposed to the Special Editions. A perfect lead in to the new trilogy would be a release of the unaltered original trilogy.
Gotta have hope I guess.