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01/16/2020

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I like the sound of The Mandalorian But it’s hard to imagine using the Disney subscription For anything else afterwards.

Our heating system has broken down

Wow, and you're not going to be above freezing till Saturday. Hope you have plenty of blankets.

I would definitely not recommend subscribing to Disney to get The Mandalorian. I mean, you don't even like Star Wars, do you? It's definitely for those who like that sort of thing.

I signed up for a 7-day Disney+ trial and binge-watched the Mandalorian. And cancelled before being billed.

:-)

And by the way if anyone reading this has seen all the references to "baby Yoda" on Facebook and elsewhere and wondered what it's about, he's in this series. Not actually Yoda (if you don't know who Yoda is at this point, you don't care), as that wouldn't fit with the chronology of the main story, but presumably one of his species. No spoilers, please, I've only seen through episode 3.

I liked the first three Star Wars movies somewhat. I saw them years after they came out. Just sat down and watched all three. They are enjoyable space movies. I don't get the obsession with Star Wars mythopaeic cosmology :) I thought the movies were comedic - I mean, pretty funny haha, not exactly uproarious but quite memorably funny jokes.

...and then there is the weird Joseph Campbell connection to Star Wars. In college I had to sit through several classes listening to Campbell talk to George Lucas, and this was a religion class at a Catholic school! Not Spring Hill, Mac. Where I received my bachelor's degree in Miami.

I kind of gave up on Star Wars after the first of this latest trilogy, which was exciting but also seemed to mirror the original Star Wars from 1977, same basic plot. I thought, "can't they do anything except constantly re-tread that story?"

Consider pressing on to Last Jedi. I thought it was really pretty good. A lot of fans really hated it because of what it does with Luke. But I thought it was good. But then you would need to see Rise, which kind of explains it.

I’m sitting in a motel room where I just finished watching the last half or so of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf on TCM. Damn, that is some potent stuff. And brilliant acting. It came out in 1966 and I saw it then, or soon after. I was impressed even then though I didn’t really understand it.

I own the first six Star Wars movies, so over the weekend I re-watched Episodes 1,2,3. While the first one, The Phantom Menace, was actually worse than I remembered, I enjoyed 2 and 3 and found them better than I remembered. So next I will watch 4,5,6 and then I can watch the latest trilogy.

Back when I had a young step-son any discussion of Star Wars became an annoying back-and-forth about which "first movie" I was referring to. It was mildly exasperating.

My favorite is still 4. That's the only one Alec Guinness has a big part in. I watched it recently (with the grandsons) and still enjoy it, although it's pretty hokey. I think there is pretty close to universal agreement that 1-3 are not very good overall (if not absolutely stinking terrible), although probably some of the fans who hate 7-9 may think 1-3 look better now. Also watched 2 and didn't care much for it. Poor Hayden Christensen. I think 2-3 ruined his career or at least damaged it. I am still somewhat amazed that Natalie Portman turned out to be a good actress, as I thought she was awful. Maybe that was more the fault of the script and direction.

You are correct about 4, and I love Alec Guinness. In 2 and 3 Ewan McGregor was also great as that character. For some reason in 1 he seemingly could not act. A lot of it is script and direction, I'm sure. The over-reliance on Jar Jar Binks was what made 1 so awful though.

"seemingly could not act" Yeah, that's pretty much the way he struck me, back 20 years ago when those movies first came out. I don't know what the problem was. Nobody really came off very well, and I think it must have been the script in large part.

The web had just become widely available when the Phantom Menace came out and immediately someone put up a web site called jarjarmustdie.com or something like that.

I watched 7,8,9 this past weekend, Mac. I liked 8 the most of the three, and 9 the least. I don't think I really enjoy JJ Abrams movies. That said, I basically enjoyed all three, 9 just seemed too hyper-fast and very hard to keep up with what is really happening. Since I have watched (or re-watched) all nine in the past little over a week, I am in a unique position with my brain to rate them best to worst at this moment in time only:

Best: 4
Worst: 1
In order from best to worst: 4, 5, 6, 8, 3, 7, 2, 9, 1

So there you go.

I don’t really them all well enough to venture a complete ranking, but mine would be close to yours, I think. I’d put 9 higher.

Meant to say "remember them all".

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