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What Do I Think Of Disney

Posted in Disney, Film, Filmmaker, Filmmaking, Science Fiction, Star Wars, Walt Disney with tags , , , , , on May 25, 2021 by darkjade68

Let me start from the beginning

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Walt Disney is one of my all time heroes (see my post from 2012 ‘Walt Disney – Through My Eyes’), along with Bruce Lee, Captain America (The Comic Book version), George Lucas and John Hughes

He was the epitome of ‘Imagination’

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Growing up in the 70’s-80’s, Disneyland was truly ‘the happiest place on earth’

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The Pirates of the Caribbean ride was my favorite, but I also enjoyed the Haunted Mansion, and Space Mountain

But more than that, the whole feeling at night

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And the Disney Movies, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ was my favorite and when ‘Aladdin’ came out, I’d never in my life laughed harder in a movie theater that one of the Genie scenes

Rare Recording Outtakes of Robin Williams Doing the Voice of the Genie From  'Aladdin' in 1992

Robin Williams was a genius, I will always love him

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Then Disney picked up ‘Pixar’, which was brilliant

Their animation department was flailing, so it made perfect sense to pick up the future of animation…

Pixar

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Next came Marvel, we’ve all seen how that has turned out

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And last, but not least, ‘Lucas Films’…

Once again, brilliant

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Most importantly with ‘Lucas Films’ is, the original first two ‘Star Wars’ films/George Lucas were the reasons I became a Filmmaker…

…so this was a big deal for me

And the reality is, George Lucas isn’t going to live forever, so I thought Disney was a perfect place/home for the ‘Star Wars’ Franchise

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The difference between me and a lot of people who loved the first and second installment of the ‘Star Wars’ films (Chapters 1-6), is I never called myself a ‘fan’

I’ve always been a filmmaker first

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I simply felt ‘Star Wars’…

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…and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ were brilliant (They’re my two favorite films of all time)

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I wasn’t much of a fan of ‘Return of the Jedi’, I wasn’t an Ewok fan, but all of the Luke and Darth Vader scenes still felt like ‘Star Wars’ to me

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The films in 1989, 92 & 95 were their own thing

I felt Lucas got slammed pretty hard for ‘Phantom Menace’, which likely lead to ‘Attack of the Clones’ being so great, as well as ‘Revenge of the Sith’

But unlike a ‘fan’, I had no expectations going into those films, so I truly enjoyed them for what they were

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Chapters 7, 8 & 9 (Also ‘Rogue One’, and ‘Solo’) were also their own thing

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‘The Force Awakens’ surprised me…

…although J. J. Abrams, did not

He’s great… he’s a force

I was so happy with ‘The Force Awakens’, even though SPOILER ALERT Han Solo died

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Rey was a great two dimensional character (Focused on what was in front of her)/Never stopped running/Typical ‘Star Wars’ character in a good way

Star Wars: Poe Dameron

Poe was awesome, but I’ve always loved Oscar Isaac

He’s brilliant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hinged on Finn's convenient crisis of  conscience

But to my surprise, Finn was my favorite character in ‘The Force Awakens’

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I didn’t really care for ‘Ben Solo’ in ‘The Force Awakens’, which was a big deal because ‘Darth Vader’ is my favorite villain of all times

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But in Chapter 8, ‘The Last Jedi’, Ben (Adam Driver) is brilliant

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And Rai was awesome… Their characters made that film

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Mark Hamill (Luke) was also a welcome ‘Star Wars’ contribution to the general vibe of the film

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Plus his final scene was brilliant

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‘Rogue One’ was literally the best possible prequal to ‘Star Wars’ Chapter IV

Brilliant, a stand alone film for sure

Some say it’s their favorite all time ‘Star Wars’ film

I don’t blame them

But Chapter IV & V are my favorites, followed by Chapter II

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When I was a kid, Han Solo & Darth Vader were my favorite characters in the original ‘Star Wars’…

…and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ was Han Solo’s/Harrison Ford’s ‘swan song’ (It was his best ‘Star Wars’ film)…

These characters and films changed my life

With ‘Solo’ (The film), once again, I entered with no expectations

And in the end, I liked it

But more than that, a sequel should have really been made… This film was truly built for it, and it would have likely been an even better film

How Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian stole 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Also, Lando was great

Darth Maul Cameo Scene - SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) Movie Clip - YouTube

SPOILER ALERT I wasn’t thrilled to find out Darth Maul was alive (The dude was cut in half in ‘The Phantom Menace’), but I guess they brought him back before this film in another project

That I’d call a mistake/attempt to bring back what ended up being a fan favorite from ‘The Phantom Menace’

Boba Fett spin-off series announced in The Mandalorian season 2 finale -  Radio Times

But ‘Star Wars’/George Lucas made his own mistakes/’what I considered a lackluster decision’ by killing Boba Fett in that pit in ‘Return of the Jedi’…

SPOILERS But Disney brought Boba Fett back to life too in ‘Mandalorian’, also a bad move in my opinion… But also based on his popularity I think

And now he’s going to have his own series… Ehh not so thrilled

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Finally, the final ‘Star Wars’ film, Chapter IX (The Rise of Skywalker), no expectations once more (The world on the other hands had huge expectations), they destroyed the Finn character sadly, having him run around after Rey the whole film, but the chemistry of Rey and Ben Solo was awesome (Once more)

All and all, I was happy with that film (I’m not sure many were, but I was

The reality is, there was no way to meet the expectations of the whole of the ‘Star Wars’ audience (Perhaps if my bro and I filmed it, lol), which is already largely broken into at least to parts anyways (The die hard fans of the original films, and the fans of the second group of films, not to mention the new fans from all over)

Lets move on/back to Disney

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First with the creation of Disney+, which is awesome…

…Disney old movies, Marvel Movies, Pixar Movies and ‘Star Wars’ movies and series all in one place

I was in

Also, making it just $6.95 made it a no brainer

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And if that wasn’t enough, galvanized with the creation of ‘The Mandalorian’, which in my opinion truly gave me hope that the original ‘Star Wars’ feeling from the original ‘Star Wars’ films, was alive and well, and more than that, had a future

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Thanks largely to Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and Pedro Pascal

Each, indispensable

SPOILERS I’m not going to even tell you what happens at the end of Season 2 if you haven’t seen the show… If you’re ‘Star Wars’ fan, just check out both seasons

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This post was going to be even longer (I wrote much more), but I feel it’s long enough as it is

I will end with this

To the Disney Execs;

  1. I really hope that what you do isn’t all, or even 80% about making money, and that’s it… Try to keep the spirit of Walt Disney himself in your ranks
  2. Steer clear of all of this ‘cancel culture’… Stop giving so much power to the trolls/haters out there, and that goes for all major corporations
  3. Tweet happy birthday to George Lucas from now on, once again, if the trolls steered you away from it, you’ve given them too much power… Respect the creator of ‘Star Wars’, or sell Lucas Film
  4. Yes, Disney+ out performed your expectations, even before the pandemic, but don’t expect that growth rate to continue, it’s not natural/possible… Appreciate and maintain the followers you already have, sorry corporate america, it’s not all about growth, it’s also about maintenance
  5. You’re making great shows, don’t let greed cloud your vision, nor destroy everything positive that you’re achieving
  6. Break the mold over and over again, don’t stick to things that extinguish the souls of your employees, and leave your fans hanging dry
  7. Greed is wrong… Be the change

Nuff said, thanks for listening/reading

And ‘May the force be with you…’

DarkJade-

On A Lighter Note, ‘Baby Jaba’

Posted in Movie, Movies, Star Wars with tags , , on January 23, 2020 by darkjade68

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The Mandalorian Season 1 (Not Just A Baby Yoda)… In Review

Posted in Star Wars, Writing with tags , , , on December 28, 2019 by darkjade68

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I was really looking forward to this show…

At first I had heard it was somewhat based on an old western style, which sounded great

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But when I heard Pedro Pascal was playing the lead (Whom played one of my favorite ‘Game of Thrones’ characters), I was super stoked

Beyond that, i’m a huge Disney fan, so I was actually interested in checking out ‘Disney Plus’, which looked to have a vault of Disney Movies made available to stream (I have not been disappointed)

MY TWEETS;

Episode One

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Episode Two

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Episode 2 was a great ‘Jawa Tribute’, and an opportunity to see what Little Yoda could do

Episode 3

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This Episode was my favorite, amazing, was completely reinspired about the future  of’ Star Wars’

Episode Four

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From the Directing, to the concept and execution of this Episode, if Episode 3 hadn’t been so good, I may have given up on the Series

I’m not being hyper critical, just being honest

Episode Five

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So rough… Like I said, loved the beginning and setting, but the characters and/or actors and/or writing and directing, was terrible

The young Bounty Hunter could have been such a cool character, and especially the Assassin Bounty Hunter they were chasing…

This Episode wasn’t as bad as Episode 4, but it didn’t leave me with a lot of hope for the Series

Episode Six

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In the end, I really liked this Episode… The two characters on the left were a bit over done (Not the Art above, but the actors, or directing, or both), but the two characters on the right were great… Especially the droid

It left me with curiosity in regards to the final two episodes of the show

Episode Seven

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What a great Episode… And I shouldn’t be surprised, as it ended up that it was Directed by the same Director as Episode 3

Episode Eight (The Finale)

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A great episode…

Also, Gina Carano’s character in both Episodes 7 & 8 lept way beyond her performance in Episode 4, she was great

I will admit, the final moments of this Episode felt a bit forced, and contrived (The very last moments, most of the Episode was great)

Episodes 7 & 8 really started to feel like ‘Star Wars’ to me

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Overall I’m very happy with the series

There were some Writing, Directing and Acting issues along the way (Not by the Lead Actor, he was amazing and consistent throughout), but the Production is beautiful, and…

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…the two surprises, and best characters other than The Mandalorian were IG-11, and ‘Baby Yoda’

Nuff Said,

Check it out

DarkJade-

P.S. John Favreau (The Creator of the Series) confirmed, there will be a Season 2 Next Fall!

P.S. P.S. The Theme Song of the show, followed by the Concept Art and Lead Actor (Ok, Baby Yoda too), may have been the best parts of this Series

‘Star Wars’ (The Original) Was The Reason I Became A Filmmaker…

Posted in Film, Film Making, Film Review, Filmcraft, Filmmaker, Star Wars, Writing with tags , , , , , , on December 20, 2019 by darkjade68

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‘Star Wars’ (The Original) Was The Reason I Became A Filmmaker…

In Honor Of The Last Film, I Give You The Links To All 32 Of The ‘Star Wars’ Related Posts I’ve Done On This Site Since 2011 (Some Of The YouTube Video Links In Posts No Longer Work)

  1. ‘Star Wars’ (Darkjade’s First Look) – August, 2011
  2. ‘Star Wars’ In Review… – September, 2011
  3. Filmcraft (Volume 2) ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ – December, 2011
  4. DarkJade Presents – ‘Star Wars’??? – January, 2012
  5. DarkJade… The Meaning Behind The Name – February, 2012
  6. Happy Easter… And A Little ‘Star Wars’ Fun – April, 2012
  7. ‘The Written Word’ One Year Anniversary – August, 2012
  8. DarkJade Presents… My Sci-Fi Path – September, 2012
  9. Disney Buys ‘Lucas Film’ For 4.05 Billion Dollars – It’s A Changing World – October, 2012
  10. The Writer – Keeping The Dream Alive – November, 2012
  11. ‘Star Wars Rebels’ – December, 2013
  12. ‘Star Wars’… The Reason I Became A Filmmaker – My Story (Part I) – April, 2014
  13. “I, Filmmaker” – “Star Wars” Part 1 – September, 2014
  14. George Lucas – Charlie Rose Interview – November, 2014
  15. “Star Wars: Episode VII (The Force Awakens) Trailer – December, 2014
  16. “Star Wars” Episode VII (Darklord Trailer) – February, 2015
  17. “Star Wars”… – March, 2015
  18. “Star Wars: Aftermath (Book Sep 5th, 2015) – March, 2015
  19. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Japan Trailer) – November, 2015
  20. “The Star Wars Films” – Plus “The Force Awakens” In Review… – April, 2016
  21. No Words – December, 2016
  22. A Tribute To Carry Fisher – April, 2017
  23. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Teaser – April, 2017
  24. “Who Is James Mahoney?” – July, 2017
  25. Why I Became A Filmmaker– February, 2019
  26. Dear Me – March, 2019
  27. We Lost Him… Seemed Like The Sweetest Guy In The World – May, 2019
  28. Harrison Ford Bids Farewell To “Star Wars” Co-Star, Peter Mayhew – May, 2019
  29. Amazing – October, 2019
  30. “The Mandalorian” – October, 2019
  31. “The Mandalorian” Episode IV – December, 2019
  32. “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” Full Press Conference – December, 2019

The Mandalorian Episode 4

Posted in Film, Film Making, Film Review, Star Wars, Stream, Writing with tags , , on December 4, 2019 by darkjade68

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Posted in Star Wars with tags on October 29, 2019 by darkjade68

This looks Bad A$$, just picked up the 7 Day Free Trial for Disney+ Streaming Service to check it out, Streaming November 12th