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(Time)   George Lucas says he wants to retire from blockbusters and focus on indie art films. Not a repeat from 1991, 1999, or 2005, this is   (entertainment.time.com) divider line 76
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2012-01-18 10:57:49 AM  
Indie art films in 3D consisting largely of digital characters?
 
2012-01-18 11:06:04 AM  
I've also got this great idea for an indie fill that will only cost 300 million dollars.
 
2012-01-18 11:08:56 AM  
Isn't this new airplane movie his first non-Starwars-related-abortion since Howard the Duck?
 
2012-01-18 11:14:01 AM  
Maybe he should make a film about the formation of the Republic of China, starring the Gungan race.
 
2012-01-18 11:17:55 AM  

unlikely: Isn't this new airplane movie his first non-Starwars-related-abortion since Howard the Duck Willow?


Yes. Yes it is.
 
2012-01-18 11:30:44 AM  

unlikely: Isn't this new airplane movie his first non-Starwars-related-abortion since Howard the Duck?


Indiana Jones 4?
 
2012-01-18 11:38:26 AM  

Ishkur: unlikely: Isn't this new airplane movie his first non-Starwars-related-abortion since Howard the Duck Willow?

Yes. Yes it is.


Ugh. And we both forgot about Indiana Jones and the Fridge of Dumb.
 
2012-01-18 11:39:17 AM  
I'm all for him being the producer. Writer or director, not so much.
 
2012-01-18 11:49:11 AM  

unlikely: Ishkur: unlikely: Isn't this new airplane movie his first non-Starwars-related-abortion since Howard the Duck Willow?

Yes. Yes it is.

Ugh. And we both forgot about Indiana Jones and the Fridge of Dumb.


Indiana Jones 3
Indiana Jones 4
Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
Radioland Murders

He's got "Executive Producer" credits on a few things from the late '80s/early '90s, which may have involved him a lot or a little. It's a bit of a nebulous credit.
 
2012-01-18 02:42:21 PM  

simplicimus: I'm all for him being the producer. Writer or director, not so much.



Agreed.
 
2012-01-18 02:48:44 PM  
Take that, Mr. Hitler!
 
2012-01-18 02:53:35 PM  
Don't threaten me with me with a good time, Georgie boy.
 
2012-01-18 02:55:05 PM  

RexTalionis: unlikely: Isn't this new airplane movie his first non-Starwars-related-abortion since Howard the Duck?

Indiana Jones 4?


Indiana Jones 4 could be fun but Harrison Ford is getting pretty old. They should just leave it as a good trilogy instead.
 
2012-01-18 02:55:07 PM  
I was gonna say, the last time I remember him saying something like that, we got "Howard the Duck", which made absolutely no one happy.
 
2012-01-18 02:55:31 PM  
So he'll make more strange-ass movies like THX 1138? Not sure if want.
 
2012-01-18 02:55:42 PM  
Meesa gonna examine complex-a social issues by utilizing powerful performances by relatively unknownsa actors and tightly written scriptsas?

*falls into pile of manure*
 
2012-01-18 02:58:28 PM  

bhcompy: So he'll make more strange-ass movies like THX 1138? Not sure if want.



Robert Duvall made that flick easier to sit through.
 
2012-01-18 02:59:36 PM  

theorellior: I was gonna say, the last time I remember him saying something like that, we got "Howard the Duck", which made absolutely no one happy.


thereservoirblogs.files.wordpress.com

Oh, it made someone happy... or something
 
2012-01-18 03:01:01 PM  

bhcompy: Oh, it made someone happy... or something


Lea Thompson's ass, while nice, in no way makes up for that gigantic pile of cinematic FAIL.
 
2012-01-18 03:04:38 PM  
Okay people, you know the drill. Someone link to that Patton Oswalt bit, someone else scream "PIZZA ROLLS!" and let's move on with our lives.
 
2012-01-18 03:10:54 PM  
Uh huh. I'm sure he'll get right on this after the next Indiana Jones movie, "Indiana Jones; Fark You, You'll Watch It and I Need Another Garage For My Chins."
 
2012-01-18 03:18:40 PM  
Funny enough I saw a movie poster last night for the upcoming release of Star Wars Episode I in 3D.

GO AWAY GEORGE.
 
2012-01-18 03:26:40 PM  

Apos: bhcompy: So he'll make more strange-ass movies like THX 1138? Not sure if want.


Robert Duvall made that flick easier to sit through.


I recall the 70s titties did too, but I saw it years before I had discovered streaming internet porn.
 
2012-01-18 03:27:09 PM  
THX was good.
He will never make something like that again.
 
2012-01-18 03:29:01 PM  
I really appreciate the lo-fi take he did when he made Star Wars 4. It really did seem dated, though it could have used a few more of the original actors to make an appearance.

I'd say my biggest complaint was that the lightsword fighting was pretty boring. Well, that and explaining how that old dude got a lightsword in the first place.
 
2012-01-18 03:35:15 PM  

Sybarite: Indie art films in 3D consisting largely of digital characters?


Indie art films in 3D consisting largely of digital characters for children.
 
2012-01-18 03:35:42 PM  
I've enjoyed hating on Lucas as much as the next guy, but I'm spent. There is another transcript floating around where he talks about not making anymore Star Wars films because:

"Why would I make any more when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?"

I think this is mission accomplished at this point. He gets the message that he is a terrible filmmaker, and whether he comprehends it or not, it doesn't matter. He can go ruin his art house films and leave Star Wars alone. I can't tell if he is being petulant or just resigned. Same outcome either way.

Assuming he lives long enough I half expect him to fail with his small movies or get bored. At that point he'll either re-release Star Wars again with new, insipid tweaks, or he'll start making more movies again.
 
2012-01-18 03:35:56 PM  

sprawl15: I really appreciate the lo-fi take he did when he made Star Wars 4. It really did seem dated, though it could have used a few more of the original actors to make an appearance.

I'd say my biggest complaint was that the lightsword fighting was pretty boring. Well, that and explaining how that old dude got a lightsword in the first place.


A lightsword's no match for a good zapper at your side.
 
2012-01-18 03:37:37 PM  
A repeat from 1991, 1999, or 2005, this is not.

Fixed. C'mon, subby.
 
2012-01-18 03:48:36 PM  

Sybarite: Indie art films in 3D consisting largely of digital characters?


Funny, I thought the characters he wrote were more 2D than 3D.
 
2012-01-18 03:49:20 PM  
I just want to comment that Lucas should really look into a writing class if he is going to do anything.
 
2012-01-18 03:54:27 PM  
This article about the Star Wars movies (new window) summed it up nicely for me as to why George Lucas did what he did. The short of it is that the angry young man grew up and stopped being creative and daring. That's the first point.

Second point is found in all the Red Letter Media reviews. He sums it up with excellent justification and references. The linkage between Revenge of the Sith and Citizen Kane is rather scary when you finally see it. He also points out another frightening fact: When does a filmmaker become so powerful and egotistical that he forgets everything he ever learned in film school with regard to how films are made?

Third point: You can only bottle that lightning once, maybe twice. After that it's down to luck and a demand-based market to justify the boring tripe you toss out like chum to the sharks. We knew by Return of the Jedi that something was being lost, and the story arc of two excellent films was being wrapped up with midgets, a colossal space orgy of a dogfight and in the end a total biatchslap where Hayden Christiansen takes the place of the original "Old Anakin".

Fourth and final point: George Lucas, like the honey badger, don't care. He don't give a shiat because he's wiping his nose with wads of cash and walking along his California enclave admiring all that he built. I give him the nod for ILM and paving the way for Pixar, but beyond that he's a pusher serving a very specific, nerdy, often expensive drug. It sells well, and he still profits. Don't hate the player, hate the game, as the kids say these days.
 
2012-01-18 03:57:54 PM  
You Star Wars haters are truly the stupidest people on the internet.
 
2012-01-18 03:57:59 PM  
But he's finally perfected digital eyelash rendering!
 
2012-01-18 03:58:26 PM  

Carth: RexTalionis: unlikely: Isn't this new airplane movie his first non-Starwars-related-abortion since Howard the Duck?

Indiana Jones 4?

Indiana Jones 4 could be fun but Harrison Ford is getting pretty old. They should just leave it as a good trilogy instead.


Best Comment on whole thread.
 
2012-01-18 04:01:02 PM  

Devils Advocate 668: You Star Wars haters are truly the stupidest people on the internet.


Never been to the politics tab?
 
2012-01-18 04:08:14 PM  
The People vs. George Lucas (new window)

/oblig
 
2012-01-18 04:14:35 PM  

simplicimus: Devils Advocate 668: You Star Wars haters are truly the stupidest people on the internet.

Never been to the politics tab?


Youtube comments?
Barrens chat?
Gwenneth Paltrow's website?
 
2012-01-18 04:16:46 PM  

th0th: He don't give a shiat because he's wiping his nose with wads of cash and walking along his California enclave admiring all that he built.


There was an article about Marcia Lucas, her role in keeping Star Wars on the right path, and the difficulty he had rebuilding his empire after the divorce that basically makes me think he had a Scarlett O'Hara "As God as my witness, I'll never have less than a billion dollars again!" moment.
 
2012-01-18 04:54:12 PM  

velvet_fog: The People vs. George Lucas (new window)


I forgot about that one. I need to stay current on the symptoms of Lucas Derangement Syndrome.
 
2012-01-18 05:07:13 PM  

Devils Advocate 668: You Star Wars haters are truly the stupidest people on the internet.


Not picking on you. I spend way too much time here defending Paul Vanhoeven. Talk about haters.
 
2012-01-18 05:12:10 PM  

simplicimus: Devils Advocate 668: You Star Wars haters are truly the stupidest people on the internet.

Not picking on you. I spend way too much time here defending Paul Vanhoeven. Talk about haters.


Aside from Showgirls,there isn't a single farking reason to despise Verhoeven,whose wicked wit and insightful observations inform his filmography.
 
2012-01-18 05:13:09 PM  
How many times do you think he'll rework Red Tails over the coming years?
 
2012-01-18 05:14:42 PM  

Surool: How many times do you think he'll rework Red Tails over the coming years?


Directly proportional to its box office revenue.
 
2012-01-18 05:17:59 PM  

Apos: simplicimus: Devils Advocate 668: You Star Wars haters are truly the stupidest people on the internet.

Not picking on you. I spend way too much time here defending Paul Vanhoeven. Talk about haters.

Aside from Showgirls,there isn't a single farking reason to despise Verhoeven,whose wicked wit and insightful observations inform his filmography.


I agree. But wait till the Starship Troopers wasn't faithful to the book brigade shows up.
 
2012-01-18 05:33:08 PM  

Apos: Surool: How many times do you think he'll rework Red Tails over the coming years?

Directly proportional to its box office revenue.


That is actually what I was thinking while I posted. There is no way this movie will have the nearly unlimited pool of fandorks to rape over and over by continually rereleasing the same garbage with minor tweaks to it, but nothing I could come up with was nearly as clean as that post.
 
2012-01-18 05:34:58 PM  

Surool: Apos: Surool: How many times do you think he'll rework Red Tails over the coming years?

Directly proportional to its box office revenue.

That is actually what I was thinking while I posted. There is no way this movie will have the nearly unlimited pool of fandorks to rape over and over by continually rereleasing the same garbage with minor tweaks to it, but nothing I could come up with was nearly as clean as that post.


"Take that, Mr. Hitler!"

How could he improve perfection?
 
2012-01-18 05:36:23 PM  

das_klaun: I forgot about that one. I need to stay current on the symptoms of Lucas Derangement Syndrome.


There's bound to be a Bieber thread you can go read, Sparky.
 
2012-01-18 05:41:46 PM  

Apos: Surool: How many times do you think he'll rework Red Tails over the coming years?

Directly proportional to its box office revenue.


Well, Spielberg can do the the sequel, the Tuskagee Experiment.
 
2012-01-18 05:43:31 PM  

born_yesterday: "Take that, Mr. Hitler!"

How could he improve perfection?


If that line was in a 40s era propaganda flick, it may not have been as cringe worthy.
 
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