It’s turkey time!
The Star Wars prequels vs. The Matrix sequels
The Oregonian’s Shawn Levy ponders which highly anticipated set of -quels let viewers down the most. His conclusion is… Not really all that surprising, actually.
Well, with both trilogies complete and behind us, I’m not sure that those people would have been correct in the least. Lucas improved on quite a bit of “SWEP1” in the subsequent prequels, while the Wachowskis absolutely crash-landed “The Matrix” in their sequels to it. (Let’s leave off “Speed Racer,” shall we, so as not to be overly cruel….) Especially given a decade of reassessment, I’d call Lucas’ three-film enterprise by far the more successful.
(Via io9, where they are polling, and Star Wars is ‘winning.’ Frustrated childhood dreams rear their ugly heads again!)
And can I just say randomly that The Fifth Element beats them all in capturing the madcap cheesy fun aspect of Star Wars? Or will you stone me?
Movies in brief
Scientific American sums up the important science fiction movies of our time… With only one sentence each.
VES recognizes Star Wars
Star Wars is #1 on the Visual Effects Society’s list of the most-influential visual effects films of all time, surprising no one. Blade Runner, 2001, The Matrix, and Jurassic Park round out the top five.
Poll: IMDB’s All Our Trilogies
IMDB’s latest poll asks for your favorite movie trilogy. Both the classic and prequel trilogies are present, and TFN is urging folks to vote for the OT, so this could get… interesting. Assuming you’re willing to register on IMDB for the privilege, anyway. As I post this, Lord of the Rings is winning, with the OT close behind.
“Guns. Lots of guns.”
Plenty of familiar moments in SF Signal’s seven coolest scenes in science fiction film and television. Including Raiders of the Lost Ark seems to be stretching the limits of ‘science fiction,’ though.
With blackjack! And hookers!
The 10 Best Sci-Fi films That Never Existed. The original pitch/concept for Alien 3 sounds awesome. (via Big Dumb Object)
Warning: Item contains Star Wars prequel angst, criticism of George Lucas, and swearing. Not recommended for anyone with less than +3 Fanboy Resistance.