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Monday, August 11, 2008

Two Bits of Nerd Business

posted by on August 11 at 17:49 PM

In regards to my post from earlier today, where I link to a video of real life superheroes, Slog Tipper Jonah directs my attention to this mildly amusing but highly satisfying Saturday Night Live internet video:

And in other nerd news, Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News had a highly negative review of this Friday’s animated Star Wars movie up on his blog, but he took it down after being pressured by Lucasfilm. Luckily, Valleywag saved the review and is running it. Although I wish they hadn’t excised Knowles’ cusswords, the film still sounds like a dog:

Then they introduced Baby Jabba aka Rotta the Huttlet aka Stinky. At the point of this character’s introduction – it officially became, the worst character in the history of STAR WARS. If you hate George Lucas cutsiepoo bull**** – oooooooh boy. You’re gonna have a field day of venting and hatred directed at this unbelievably ****ing awful little ****.

Oh – but wait… Little Stinky the Hutt isn’t the worst character in the history of STAR WARS… because Stinky got introduced earlier in the film. As much as I hated lil Stinky… I was weathering Stinky. I seriously was. But later there was a character of such immense **** – offensively bad. The character was so bad, so incredibly awful – that it was a slap to the face. It woke me out of my ****-accepting stupor and made me angry. SUDDENLY my “inner fanboy rage” was awoken.

Thanks to Jonah for sharing the video with me, and thanks to Valleywag for bravely sharing the Stinky the Hutt love.

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1

Gosh nothing about the video of the super hero was funny. Are viewers and the audience so simple minded that violence is now funny to them.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | August 11, 2008 6:22 PM
2

I've only seen the trailer and I could have written that review. The trailer had me groaning in 30 seconds- I couldn't bear 90 minutes of it.

Posted by grumpypants | August 11, 2008 6:48 PM
3

Star Wars Clone Wars = good.

Hater fan boys = bad.

I will add that anyone with a kid of a certain age knows that kids way prefer the prequels to the original movies, which they find slow and dull ("Can we fast-forward over the droids lost on Tatooine, Dad, pleeeeeeease???"). So I'm guessing that hater fan boys who hate Clone Wars (from the trailers alone) are unable to find their inner child again, or at least are unable to find a child to enjoy the movies with and through the eyes of. I honestly love it all, all 6 movies and even the animated Ewok movies, and I thank my kids for that.

Posted by Simac | August 11, 2008 8:07 PM
4

Haven't seen the movie, don't really intend to, no strong thoughts about it any way, but is any one else disturbed by the idea of Lucasfilm making anyone who rights anything negative on their blofs take it down?

Posted by Waiguoren | August 11, 2008 8:29 PM
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@3 Yes, I know myself younger self would have thrilled at the newer episodes Congressional hearing scenes and trade regulation debates, and the ecstatically dreamlike romantic montage of Anakin riding through fields on giant obese fleas. And I can't even begin to imagine how many deep and peacefully dreaming sleeps I would have had from Obi-wan's final triumphant victory over Anakin - flaming stumps! Yummy!

...there's really no need to put either series on a pedestal.

Posted by meatwhichdreams | August 11, 2008 8:39 PM
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The inner film buff and sci-fi geek has bashed all semblance of restraint and sensibility to say this to #3:

Give me a fucking break, you Lucasfilm employee/wannabe. *mutter*Damned George Lucas fan boys.*mutter*

Posted by TheMisanthrope | August 11, 2008 9:52 PM
7

Dear Paul -- the missing words are FUCK and SHIT. There.

Does it read any better now? Didn't think so.

Get a thesaurus, writer boy.....

Posted by Hartiepie | August 12, 2008 8:35 AM
8

@3 They make you think you like the crap that is Star Wars: one of the best arguments ever not to have kids.

Posted by whatevernevermind | August 12, 2008 9:51 AM
9

Lucas is butthurt that Tartakovsky's Star Wars was better than the new trilogy, so he had to destroy it.

Posted by Sirkowski | August 12, 2008 9:55 AM
10

I can't read anything Harry Knowles writes (if you can call it writing) anymore after that god-awful Blade 2 review where he compared Guillermo del Toro's directing to eating pussy. I gagged a little just typing that.

Posted by T | August 12, 2008 10:37 AM
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The review was pulled because Lucasfilm told Ain't It Cool News that they were not allowed to post any reviews until the movie opens. They knew this going into the screening, and posted the review anyway- possibly due to a misunderstanding or human error.

It was not pulled because of content, but because it was posted in violation of a previous agreement with Lucasfilm. It will be re-posted once the movie opens.

Posted by Robot | August 12, 2008 10:54 AM
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@1:

You're kidding, right? For many viewers "simple-minded violence" is the raison-d'-etre of comedy. Mike Judge was only half-satirical when he posited that, in the future a show called "Ouch! My Balls!" would be TV's top-rated show.

(And really, it wasn't the violence itself, so much as it was the absolutely ridiculous repetition of it - ala "Robocop" - that made it only marginally funny, i.e. hitting him two or three times, not funny; hitting him 30 or 40 times WITH THE SAME RECOIL EVERY TIME - moderately funny.)

Posted by COMTE | August 12, 2008 1:36 PM

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