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Post  Iago on Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:20 am

It took me a bit, but I finally got around to watching The People vs. George Lucas last weekend (with Eve, who really liked it.) While it can hardly be called balanced, it is nevertheless a fast-paced and entertaining look at the Star Wars movies and their alterations, and the love-hate relationship that fans have with not just the films but Lucas himself. It includes a ton of clips from fan films that are worth the price of admission alone; my favorite is a parody of Misery where a fan kidnaps Lucas and demands that he rewrite the films. (Also a puppet clip that connects Star Wars to Michael Jackson in an amusing way.) The documentary does include clips of people defending Lucas and the prequels (though they must have had a harder time tracking down anyone to defend the alterations of the original trilogy) but its heart is clearly with the fans who feel jilted and abused. Highly recommended.

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Post  Seamaster on Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:26 am

I've never been in the right mindset when I've thought about watching that documentary. Like any heated debate, I find the sides are too far skewed at times, and that becomes tiresome. I might check it out for the parodies, though.
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Post  Iago on Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:01 pm

Well, that is what is enjoyable about this one; by definition it is a movie about fanboys, so the fanboy attitudes are half the fun. And their snarkiness is often quite amusing -- their comments on the "Greedo shoots first" controversy are sometimes hilarious.

The best thing about the movies is how entertaining that it is, which is not something that can be said about a lot of documentaries, even the good ones!
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Post  Seamaster on Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:05 pm

A solid tongue-in-cheek documentary is always welcome.
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Post  Iago on Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:08 am

The movie DOES really take a hard look at the dispute, but it does it with wit. Check it out.
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Post  Seamaster on Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:05 pm

Lucas clearly wasn't involved, then.
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Post  Iago on Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:40 am

No, wit he lacks. And that is pointed out in the movie, by the way -- they really tear into "humorous" things like Jar-Jar Binks. Check the thing out!
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Post  Seamaster on Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:05 pm

Jar-Jar Binks. What a sad character. As if The Phantom Menace wasn't a bad enough movie without Jar-Jar.
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Post  Iago on Sat Sep 22, 2012 5:54 pm

There are various fan edits of The Phantom Menace which tighten up the film and remove the parts that they hate, such as Jar-Jar. The best of them runs about 70 minutes. (They talk about this in the documentary.)
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Post  Seamaster on Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:20 am

That's just awesome. Alright, you've persuaded me to check out the mockumentary.
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Post  Iago on Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:55 pm

Oh, it is a real documentary, not a mockumentary. But let me know what you think!
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Post  Seamaster on Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:34 pm

Will do.
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Post  mrblur on Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:37 pm

Hmmm have to watch this later....
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Post  Iago on Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:16 pm

It is available on Netflix -- that is where I got it from.
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Post  mrblur on Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:03 pm

It's in my instant queue now number 214....so much to watch.
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Post  Iago on Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:54 am

Well, I would like to hear your opinions a year from now when you finally get to it!
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Post  Seamaster on Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:33 pm

I wonder when the documentary on the Disney purchase of Lucas is likely to be out?
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Post  Iago on Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:10 pm

Ask Rahul. I am sure that he has an opinion on that!
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Post  Seamaster on Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:37 pm

It was a rhetorical question.
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Post  Iago on Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:28 pm

No problem; Rahul gives rhetorical answers!
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Post  mrblur on Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:34 pm

What I got out of it......

"Han Solo shoots first......"

"my childhood was raped.."

and wha wha wha wha, and George Lucas basically says I don't give a fuck it's my story and movie.


after the documentary, George Lucas sells StarWars to Disney and another documentary will be made he was a sell out....


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Post  Seamaster on Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:52 pm

I'm sure the shareholders were happy!
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Post  Iago on Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:00 pm

Another announcement of new films that I cannot generate any enthusiasm for . . . Once all of the rumours have settled down and we see some real writers and directors attached to the projects, I may or may not get interested, depending on the choices. Granted, the fact that Lucas himself will not be touching them is good news . . .
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Post  Seamaster on Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:29 pm

The original trilogy is all that matters . . . at least for our generation. It will be a new generation that loves all of the spinoffs and new movies.
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Post  Iago on Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:53 pm

The speculation has already started about whether or not Disney would release the original trilogy now that they own the shebang. They would make a lot of money off of it, and Disney is always about the money. On the other hand, I am sure that Lucas put some kind of clause into the sale specifying that only his special editions could be released.
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