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May 09, 2007



Keep in mind that I haven't seen SM3 yet...

Lucas is one of those people with absolutely no aesthetic compass, in my opinion. What they think is good is crap and vice-versa. I had a boss like that once, and geez, the first compliment I got, I felt like throwing up.

Mark Engblom

You're right, Lucas has no "aesthetic compass" (good term), and...more importantly...nobody around to tell him some of his ideas are terrible. Since he's surrounded by yes-men and worshipful employees all day long, it's not likely he receives any sort of constructive push-back on his half-baked concepts.

He also seems to be forgetting that, at their core, ALL of this stuff (Spider-Man, Star Wars, etc) is "silly"....but in a good way, and not viewing any of this stuff as Profound Art.

It's escapism, pure and simple.


The only reason I own Episodes 1-3 on DVD (aside from the fact I got them super-cheap) is all those documentaries that show exactly what you're talking about.

The yes-men, the "big ideas" in search of a coherent plot, etc. If any document is proof that Lucas doesn't know what the hell he's doing, it's on those DVDs. Not that he's not a nice man or anything, but geez.



That made my night.



Let me add my Bwahahahaha! to Matt's. Being a child when star wars: new hope and raiders opened means Lucas will always occupy an important place in my imagination, but that comment of his is absurd, and I wonder if it's not motivated by sour grapes, since the first spider-man stole the wretched attack of the clones' critical and box office thunder in 2002, and the second one came close to doing that with revenge of the sith in 2004. But the notion that "there's not a lot of story" is just bizarre-- I loved the new spider-man movie, but if you are going to lodge any complaint against it, it's that there's TOO MUCH story, and a wonderful performer like Topher Grace feels underused. But that jam-packed, cornucopia quality is one of the best parts of the movie: passion and imagination ooze off every frame, and even the bits that don't work almost get by because of raimi's energy and audacity (there's nothing in the second SW trilogy to match the poignancy and emotional uncertainty of that last peter-MJ scene, maybe the most adult and daring thing I've ever seen in a "comics" movie, and therefore the most "spider-man" scene in the whole film). What's wonderful about Sam Raimi-- who I think has made the transition from "indie" to "blockbuster" better than almost anyone-- is that, even as his technical skill has increased, he's lost none of his geeky wit and enthusiasm, and that gives his films a kinetic sincerity that's pleasantly overwhelming. Then again, like Raimi, I'm from Michigan, so maybe I'm just biased. (:

Mark Engblom

You're right on target with your Spidey 3 comments, as well as Raimi's great gifts. He's really created something special with his Spider-Man trilogy which, at the very least, bucked the "Law of Diminishing Returns" hex when it comes to superhero movie sequels.

You're also right about Lucas. I'll always be grateful for the great risks he took back in the day to launch the Star Wars phenomenon, but I honestly think all those years in the Star Wars coccoon have ruined his storytelling instincts.

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