Working in retail can suck a great deal of the holiday spirit out you, especially after the Black Friday crush. But none the less, Christmas is here and I mean to enjoy it. While, I've been Christmas shopping in bits and pieces every since August at the Renaissance Faire, today was the first day I went out with only Christmas shopping in mind, and it was wonderful.
My dad and I went out to find a Christmas Tree. After having only real trees we decided to go with an artificial one this year. We looked at the inflateable Christmas decoraions, including a singing fish and C3PO and R2D2 then picked out our tree. We found one that looks real and even has small pine cones placed on the prelit branches.
After stowing it away in the van, we visted another store where I found Christmas gifts for a friend and my brother and sister in law. Then we had coffee and looked around at Barnes and Noble.
While babysitting for my neice and nephew, I drove them around to look at the Christmas lights. We had Christmas music on and were blessed with very little traffic, so we were able to pause and even stop at some houses to examin the Nativity scenes and the Santas.
Add in, watching Doctor Who and having an epic lightsaber battle with my nephew it was a wonderful day. I think I'm ready for Christmas.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The Revenge of the Sith is my favorite of the prequels. My father enjoys it so much it's his favorite of all six released films. While, I won't go that far, I get his point. It sets up the entire original trilogy. We see the formation of the Empire. The Clone Troopers becoming Storm Troopers, which now that I've begun watching the Clone Wars, is so much sadder. The clones were literally hijacked and forced to turn on the Jedi they served and befriended. But back to Episode Three ; We see the defeat of the Jedi and the birth of Darth Vader.
This movie makes me cry a great deal. I get very emotionally vested in stories and this is no exception. The troopers turning on the Jedi is bad enough but then there's Anakin leading clones into the temple, where they don't just kill the adults, or even the teen Padawans, no, they murder them all. It's horribly ironic that Anakin turned to the Dark Side to save his wife and child, yet his first task as a Sith is to murder children. And when the Senate is told troops put down a rebellion and killed the Jedi, not one, single senator asks, "But what about the kids?" No one cares, becouse the Jedi have now become the enemy and what Chancelor, I mean Emperor Palpatine says must be the truth and who are they to argue?
Then there is poor Padme, not only has the goverment she once served turned evil, her husband has as well and she sees no hope and no future. No wonder she gives up after the twins are born, but that only complicates matters for the two orphans.
But wait, there's more. Palpatine sneers at Anakin, now Darth Vader's pain. Even though he was not directly responsible for Padme's death, he still did not help, and he hates himself for it. While he's screaming in anguish, Palaptine smiles, knowing that now, he's all Vader has, thus ensuring his loyality.
Of course, there is Obi Wan thinking he's killed his best friend, Yodi exiling himself for failing to defeat Palpatine. Yes, tis a sad movie my freinds, but it moves us onward to A New Hope. May the Force be with you!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The movie may be called The Attack of the Clones but after re watching it today, I think a much better name would be The Shroud of the Dark Side. At the very end, Obi- Wan comments that without the clones, they could not have defeated the Separatists, to which Yoda replies that Clone War was begun and the shroud of the dark side has fallen. It's a great line that sums up the Revenge of the Sith.
I have also decided that Yoda would make an incredible elementary school teacher. The scene where he interacts with the younglings at the Jedi Temple may be my favorite part of the film. He jokes with the kids, yet gives them a real problem to solve, that of Obi-Wan's lost planet, and then not only asks, but takes the kid's advice. The scene is adorable and a bit profound that way.
One of the better aspects of the movie for me, is the the glimpses of life within the temple, the kid's training, the library. It all blends with what we know of the Jedi to give a better idea of what their daily lives are like.
I also love seeing Naboo; it's gorgeous with it lush green fields and deep sapphire lakes, as well as the castle like buildings. I also love Padme's clothes , notably the yellow gown she wears to the picnic and her wedding dress. I have actually seen the wedding dress and veil on Pinterest on Vintage and BoHo boards.
Last, but not least, the movie builds towards the events of the third movie. I find the scene where Anakin confesses to killing the entire Sand People camp while the Imperial March plays softy to be quite chilling. It's also heartbreaking to think that poor Shmi had finally found something good in life, a husband, stepson, a home, just to be kidnapped and abused. She finally gets to see her son again, but the poor woman has no idea that her death will aid him in his fall and the fall of many.
Overall, I like this movie. Yes, there are still flaws. Jar-Jar is in it, but even he is toned down from Phantom Menace and bit more bearable, more so than some of Anakin's lines. "I don't like sand..." great come on line, Ani... however, as with most movies, I acknowledge the bad, but prefer to focus on the good, such as seeing Yoda fight. May the Force be with you.
Monday, November 2, 2015
All right, I know, The Phantom Menace is the weakest of the six movies, even of the three prequels. Too much Jar Jar Binks. A far too long pod racing scene. Jar Jar. Not nearly enough Darth Maul. Binks. The bad acting. Jar Jar... again, really he seems to take over the entire movie. Maybe the crazy theory about him being a secret Sith has some validly after all.
But despite all of the faults, I just can't hate the movie as much as my fellow Star Wars fan do. Maybe, it's because I still enjoy the good points of the movie. Darth Maul, aside from looking wickedly awesome he has some awesome light saber skills. I mean he killed Qui Gon Jinn played by Liam Neison, who usually is unkillable in his films. Some people complain about his silence, but I think it adds to his frightening demeanor, and when he does speak it's in a quiet, dark tone. So my inner Goth may have a crush on him, but moving on.
The light saber fights in this movie are pretty good. I agree they lack the raw energy of the original three, but they are still good, mostly because of the Martial arts influence of Ray Park who plays Darth Maul. Ok, so, I haven't quite moved on from Darth Maul, but I really enjoyed the potential he had, potential that was sadly, not used.
All right, now I am moving on to Shmi Skywalker. She may be the best developed character in the movie, the goofy subplot about Anakin's conception not withstanding. She has suffered greatly and yet puts on a brave face for the sake of her son, who she is losing, but she knows she must not be selfish and allow him to go with the Jedi.
I admit it; I like Phantom Menace, maybe not so much for what it is, but for what it could have been. It is still Star Wars after all and can't be completely terrible, except for Jar Jar; he's pretty terrible no matter how you slice it.