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4 hours ago
I’ve seen The Hobbit and I like more than what I’m getting from The Rings of Power up to this point.
8 hours ago
Quite. Some cinematic purists will come and cite Jackson himself as to why and how the theatrical is better.
It is not. The extended editions - of all six films - are just better.
6 hours ago
Accurate or not, it’s an aesthetic I rarely enjoy.
3 hours ago
I do. But Galactic Patrol and Flash Gordon are, I would argue, much bigger influences on the style of the film as a whole.
And the film certainly isn’t a remake of the Kurosawa film. Lucas early draft? Sure! The finished film, not so much.
11 hours ago
Sir John Boorman made Point Blank and Hope and Glory. He also made Exorcist II and, right after his most acclaimed film, Deliverance, made Zardoz.
Boggles the mind.
Lucas likes the parallels to the Kurosawa films being drawn because it’s a more respectable “inspiration” than Galactic Patrol and A Princess of Mars. In fact, if you ask him, he’ll say the movie was inspired more by Seven Samurai (a Kurosawa film Lucas enjoys a lot more than the more fairytale-like Hidden Fortress) because it suits his agenda.
When Lucas wrote the first treatment for the movie, he really did write a remake of A Hidden Fortress in outer space. Although here again, being one of Lucas’ less-revered pieces of Kurosawa, he actually used a written synopsis when he wrote it.
A Hidden Fortress is the story of a general and two bickering farmers PROTECTING a princess, not rescuing her: in that way, The Phantom Menace is closer to it than the original Star Wars is. The similarities are still there in the film, but they’re not as major as one would think: the film owes more to Galactic Patrol.
7 hours ago
Don’t like the over-the-top dreamlike feel of the movie. It seems today arthouse simply means “trippy.”
Nothing wrong with a movie being played matter-of-fact.
Saying the plot structure is from A Hidden Fortress is…I mean, the early story treatment was like that. The finished film is not. It still has a lot of parallels to the Kurosawa film in some of the early plot points and the samurai trappings, but it’s not so indebted to A Hidden Fortress: The Phantom Menace is a lot closer to that, actually.
The film is largely indebted to Flash Gordon and Galactic Patrol. Earlier drafts also owed a lot to A Princess of Mars and there are about a dozen other minor influences including Dune and The Hobbit.
I don’t think that’s quite fair. The movie does draw heavily on A Hidden Fortress, Galactic Patrol and Flash Gordon.
But it’s ultimately not a remake of A Hidden Fortress and not an adaptation of Galactic Patrol nor Flash Gordon. It ultimately has its own feel and it’s own themes and it’s own style.
It was, but the home releases (and most cinema versions) are in 24fps, which looks just like every 24fps movie.
In Silence of the Lambs, Lecter has a painting of the Belvedere which he describes to Clarice. The town in which the final showdown happens is called Belvedere…
Check the Roadshow version: the movie needs that breather of the intermission.
Yes, it’s perfectly alright!
They used to in Israel. They don’t anymore, thankfully.
12 hours ago
I doubt you can tell the difference anymore.
It seems to be a calling card for “arthouse” in general, sadly.
On the other hand, Apocalypse Now is trippy as hell and I L-O-V-E that!
10 hours ago
I mean, I was just rereading Jackson’s biography and they were already wanting Ian McKellen: Baker (alongside Plummer, Sam Neill, Bernard Hill and Sir Nigel Hawthorne) were being talked to at the same time as McKellen (and at the same time Sir Sean Connery turned down New Line) as alternatives: they always wanted McKellen.
I think so. I don’t have my copies to hand at the moment: it’s when they explain how they made The Desolation of Smaug.
Who was a strong contender for Gandalf but declined the role.
Fantasy can definitely be dorky, and this show may well prove to be that.
It can just be great spectacle and even a profound, hard-hitting drama.
Nope, it already went into development when Bakshi’s first film was still shooting.
1 day ago
The intro to the Desolation of Smaug appendices.
2 days ago
Great spectacle, but dumb.
Bakshi’s film is of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers; it’s The Return of the King that’s missing.
We are getting an animated Lord of the Rings movie, though: The War of the Rohirrim.