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(SlashFilm)   Director Irvin Kershner dead at 87. The odds of that happening today were approximately 3,720 to 1   (slashfilm.com) divider line 96
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2010-11-29 12:00:55 PM
Dang. That was a well-directed film. You paying attention, Lucas?
 
2010-11-29 12:15:32 PM
Never tell him the odds subby!
 
2010-11-29 12:19:30 PM
Lucas can have a great vision, but he doesn't know how to edit. Lucas is good as long as he has strong people around him who can stand up to him. Kershner made Empire Strikes Back so good because he took Lucas's vision and made it work, even doing things that Lucas didn't like, like creating a very famous line because the original line didn't make sense for the character.

If you watch Red Letter Media's critique of the prequels, this is where they went wrong. Instead of being surrounded by other powerful talents, Lucas was surrounded by spineless yes men. No one was going to tel him that the script as he had written it was absolute shiat because he is George Lucas. This also happened to Crystal Skull.
 
2010-11-29 12:37:26 PM
greentea1985: Lucas can have a great vision, but he doesn't know how to edit. Lucas is good as long as he has strong people around him who can stand up to him. Kershner made Empire Strikes Back so good because he took Lucas's vision and made it work, even doing things that Lucas didn't like, like creating a very famous line because the original line didn't make sense for the character.

If you watch Red Letter Media's critique of the prequels, this is where they went wrong. Instead of being surrounded by other powerful talents, Lucas was surrounded by spineless yes men. No one was going to tel him that the script as he had written it was absolute shiat because he is George Lucas. This also happened to Crystal Skull.



No argument here, but I don't think Kirshner should get all of the credit. The screenplay written by Brackett and Kasdan (and not Lucas) is a BIG part of the sucess of Empire.
 
2010-11-29 12:42:40 PM
Trivia Jockey: greentea1985: Lucas can have a great vision, but he doesn't know how to edit. Lucas is good as long as he has strong people around him who can stand up to him. Kershner made Empire Strikes Back so good because he took Lucas's vision and made it work, even doing things that Lucas didn't like, like creating a very famous line because the original line didn't make sense for the character.

If you watch Red Letter Media's critique of the prequels, this is where they went wrong. Instead of being surrounded by other powerful talents, Lucas was surrounded by spineless yes men. No one was going to tel him that the script as he had written it was absolute shiat because he is George Lucas. This also happened to Crystal Skull.


No argument here, but I don't think Kirshner should get all of the credit. The screenplay written by Brackett and Kasdan (and not Lucas) is a BIG part of the sucess of Empire.


dont forget John Williams' contribution. I might be sad over Irvin today but the day that man shuffles the mortal coil I will be weeping buckets
 
2010-11-29 12:54:32 PM
Trivia Jockey: greentea1985: Lucas can have a great vision, but he doesn't know how to edit. Lucas is good as long as he has strong people around him who can stand up to him. Kershner made Empire Strikes Back so good because he took Lucas's vision and made it work, even doing things that Lucas didn't like, like creating a very famous line because the original line didn't make sense for the character.

If you watch Red Letter Media's critique of the prequels, this is where they went wrong. Instead of being surrounded by other powerful talents, Lucas was surrounded by spineless yes men. No one was going to tel him that the script as he had written it was absolute shiat because he is George Lucas. This also happened to Crystal Skull.


No argument here, but I don't think Kirshner should get all of the credit. The screenplay written by Brackett and Kasdan (and not Lucas) is a BIG part of the sucess of Empire.


I wasn't giving Kershner all the credit. I was just saying that the people who were around Lucas when he was making the original trilogy are a big reason of why it was such a success.
 
2010-11-29 12:57:10 PM
Trivia Jockey: You paying attention, Lucas?

No.
 
2010-11-29 12:57:28 PM
I know ...
 
2010-11-29 01:20:47 PM
HappyHarryHardOn:
dont forget John Williams' contribution. I might be sad over Irvin today but the day that man shuffles the mortal coil I will be weeping buckets


We'll still have Danny Elfman.

/ducks
 
2010-11-29 01:55:58 PM
I've often wondered why Lucas didn't continue his collaboration with Kasdan, seeing as it beared such lovely fruit.
 
2010-11-29 03:08:47 PM
And I don't care what anyone says, I liked RoboCop 2.
 
2010-11-29 03:10:57 PM
i224.photobucket.com
 
2010-11-29 03:10:58 PM
Trivia Jockey: Dang. That was a well-directed film. You paying attention, Lucas?

But he's finally perfected digital eyelash rendering!
 
2010-11-29 03:15:25 PM
Trivia Jockey: Dang. That was a well-directed film. You paying attention, Lucas?

Yes, that's why he re-re-releasing Empire Strikes Back on Blu-ray DVD with all the stuff Kershner cut out, to make it better.
 
2010-11-29 03:15:35 PM
"I thought he smelled bad on the OUTSIDE."
-- Coroner
 
2010-11-29 03:16:01 PM
then i'll see you in hell :(
 
2010-11-29 03:17:36 PM
Lucas asked Kershner to direct Attack of the Clones but wouldn't acquiesce to Kershner's one demand, that George hold him like he did by the lake on Naboo.
 
2010-11-29 03:19:36 PM
Trivia Jockey 2010-11-29 12:00:55 PM Dang. That was a well-directed film. You paying attention, Lucas?
======================================================

I'm always stunned he didn't direct many mainstream films, empire strikes back's directing was PHENOMINAL.

Despite the mainstream, I don't particularly enjoy empire strikes back as much as the other two (the plot is way more absurd than the ewoks winning) but I have always loved the directing.

Such subtlety everywhere.

There's an article I read years back that analyzed (so an insane detail) every tiny thing that Irvin did in the movie to make it such a great movie. I should try and find it again.
 
2010-11-29 03:20:35 PM
That's two. Whose gonna be three?

/amazingly, two celebrity deaths in a row that are actually kind of a bummer.
 
2010-11-29 03:23:37 PM
The Empire Strikes Back was the best of the Star Wars movies and that was due in large part to Mr. Irvin Kershner.

Rest in peace.
 
2010-11-29 03:24:53 PM
Kershner was a good director, but his commentary on the Empire Strikes Back DVD shows another one of his skills: clearly and concisely explaining how stories are told.
 
2010-11-29 03:25:50 PM
Dangit. We've lost the best Star Wars director. :-(

Trivia Jockey: No argument here, but I don't think Kirshner should get all of the credit.

Best line in the film is directly attributable to he and Ford fighting it out with Lucas. Don't short-sell his contribution to the greatness that is TESB.
 
2010-11-29 03:26:41 PM
HappyHarryHardOn: Trivia Jockey: greentea1985: Lucas can have a great vision, but he doesn't know how to edit. Lucas is good as long as he has strong people around him who can stand up to him. Kershner made Empire Strikes Back so good because he took Lucas's vision and made it work, even doing things that Lucas didn't like, like creating a very famous line because the original line didn't make sense for the character.

If you watch Red Letter Media's critique of the prequels, this is where they went wrong. Instead of being surrounded by other powerful talents, Lucas was surrounded by spineless yes men. No one was going to tel him that the script as he had written it was absolute shiat because he is George Lucas. This also happened to Crystal Skull.


No argument here, but I don't think Kirshner should get all of the credit. The screenplay written by Brackett and Kasdan (and not Lucas) is a BIG part of the sucess of Empire.

dont forget John Williams' contribution. I might be sad over Irvin today but the day that man shuffles the mortal coil I will be weeping buckets


That soundtrack was the peak of his career. I mean that in a positive way - it's an astonishing musical buildup from the beginning of the movie to the end.

The asteroid field still gives me chills.
 
2010-11-29 03:28:45 PM
<b><a target="_blank" href="http://www.fark.com/cgi/comments.pl?IDLink=5789600&IDComment=65155455#c651 55455">Sybarite</a>:</b> <i>And I don't care what anyone says, I liked RoboCop 2.</i>
 
2010-11-29 03:29:20 PM
jake3988: Trivia Jockey 2010-11-29 12:00:55 PM Dang. That was a well-directed film. You paying attention, Lucas?
======================================================

I'm always stunned he didn't direct many mainstream films, empire strikes back's directing was PHENOMINAL.


Empire was the top grossing movie of 1980. It is in the top fifty highest grossing US films of all time 40 years later, and when adjusted for inflation/ticket prices, is number twelve. It is also in the top 60 movies worldwide...
How much more mainstream can you get?
 
2010-11-29 03:29:20 PM
Oh what the hell, Fark? You broke your own quote button?
 
2010-11-29 03:30:32 PM
Solon Isonomia: Kershner was a good director, but his commentary on the Empire Strikes Back DVD shows another one of his skills: clearly and concisely explaining how stories are told.

Holy God, THIS.

The whole subplot about the Wampas in the Rebel Base would have been included by GL, had he directed.

The pacing of the movie is great. The music is great, the script (and rewrites) is great. I think I'll watch it tonight (the real, unf'ed with one).
 
2010-11-29 03:36:09 PM
this kinda makes me glad i did a Captain Needa costume for Halloween this year ...
 
2010-11-29 03:36:44 PM
(i was Cardinal Glick the year George Carlin died.)
 
2010-11-29 03:50:01 PM
skyotter: this kinda makes me glad i did a Captain Needa costume for Halloween this year ...

skyotter: (i was Cardinal Glick the year George Carlin died.)

It's ok. Apology accepted.
 
2010-11-29 03:50:57 PM
Complicit: I've often wondered why Lucas didn't continue his collaboration with Kasdan, seeing as it beared such lovely fruit.


Lucas has a tendency to do that. I got to work with Gary Kurtz for a while in August. He had some nice things to say about Lucas, but also said that the guy is VERY hands on and that tends to push some people away from him.
 
2010-11-29 03:55:43 PM
:(
 
2010-11-29 03:56:04 PM
Sybarite: And I don't care what anyone says, I liked RoboCop 2.

As did I. However,he also directed the abominable Bond flick Never Say Never Again for reasons that have mystified me to this day....
 
2010-11-29 03:58:20 PM
So assuming he died in the average of the odds, then for the past 5 years or so he has had an equal chance of dying every day?
 
2010-11-29 03:59:11 PM
jake3988: Trivia Jockey 2010-11-29 12:00:55 PM Dang. That was a well-directed film. You paying attention, Lucas?
======================================================

I'm always stunned he didn't direct many mainstream films, empire strikes back's directing was PHENOMINAL.

Despite the mainstream, I don't particularly enjoy empire strikes back as much as the other two (the plot is way more absurd than the ewoks winning) but I have always loved the directing.

Such subtlety everywhere.

There's an article I read years back that analyzed (so an insane detail) every tiny thing that Irvin did in the movie to make it such a great movie. I should try and find it again.


If you find it, please share.
 
2010-11-29 04:03:36 PM
fearmongert: How much more mainstream can you get?

I think he was wondering why he didn't get more mainstream work AFTER Empire Strikes Back.
 
2010-11-29 04:19:05 PM
Apos:
Sybarite: And I don't care what anyone says, I liked RoboCop 2.

As did I. However,he also directed the abominable Bond flick Never Say Never Again for reasons that have mystified me to this day....


Really? I thought that was one of the better Bonds. Far better than any of the official releases at the time. Compare it to say Moonraker for instance that came out the same year.

fearmongert:
I'm always stunned he didn't direct many mainstream films, empire strikes back's directing was PHENOMINAL.

Empire was the top grossing movie of 1980. It is in the top fifty highest grossing US films of all time 40 years later, and when adjusted for inflation/ticket prices, is number twelve. It is also in the top 60 movies worldwide...
How much more mainstream can you get?


You picked on the word mainstream but totally forgot about where it said "many" before it. One movie does not make many.
 
2010-11-29 04:24:40 PM
Was he frozen in carbonite?
 
2010-11-29 04:25:24 PM
Oh, they've encased him in carbonite. He should be quite well protected. If he survived the freezing process, that is.
 
2010-11-29 04:26:21 PM
Looks like he'll never

movies.popcrunch.com

say never again.

/YEEEEAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!
 
2010-11-29 04:26:45 PM
Dead.

And STILL a better director than Lucas.
 
2010-11-29 04:37:20 PM
I'm reminded of just how much I want the new behind the scenes book
 
2010-11-29 04:39:36 PM
This is how we get wrong sounding muppets.
 
2010-11-29 04:40:44 PM
Snapper Carr: Looks like he'll never



say never again.

/YEEEEAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!


Thank God it's a slow day at work, because I just had a literal lol.
 
2010-11-29 04:41:37 PM
greentea1985: Trivia Jockey: greentea1985: Lucas can have a great vision, but he doesn't know how to edit. Lucas is good as long as he has strong people around him who can stand up to him. Kershner made Empire Strikes Back so good because he took Lucas's vision and made it work, even doing things that Lucas didn't like, like creating a very famous line because the original line didn't make sense for the character.

If you watch Red Letter Media's critique of the prequels, this is where they went wrong. Instead of being surrounded by other powerful talents, Lucas was surrounded by spineless yes men. No one was going to tel him that the script as he had written it was absolute shiat because he is George Lucas. This also happened to Crystal Skull.


No argument here, but I don't think Kirshner should get all of the credit. The screenplay written by Brackett and Kasdan (and not Lucas) is a BIG part of the sucess of Empire.

I wasn't giving Kershner all the credit. I was just saying that the people who were around Lucas when he was making the original trilogy are a big reason of why it was such a success.


CSB warning: I remember an article in the Globe and Mail after PM came out. In it, Lucas stated two interesting things:

1) when he did the original Star Wars, he showed his first cut to his friends Spielberg, Brian DePalma, and FF Coppola (and some other guys who I knew became very big but I can't remember their names). They said he had a great idea, but it really needed some work. Apparently all of them contributed to reworking the movie

2) he claimed that no one thought Jar Jar was racist until a columnist in the LA Times made a false claim.
 
2010-11-29 04:46:28 PM
t0.gstatic.com

rip Don Kirshner
 
2010-11-29 05:05:49 PM
Blathering Idjut
Best line in the film is directly attributable to he and Ford fighting it out with Lucas.

For those of us not in the loop, which line?
 
2010-11-29 05:08:14 PM
He's no good to me dead.
 
2010-11-29 05:11:29 PM
capngroovy: Blathering Idjut
Best line in the film is directly attributable to he and Ford fighting it out with Lucas.

For those of us not in the loop, which line?


Search your feelings. You know which line it is.
 
2010-11-29 05:11:50 PM
capngroovy: Blathering Idjut
Best line in the film is directly attributable to he and Ford fighting it out with Lucas.

For those of us not in the loop, which line?


who knows? ;)
 
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