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Terrible Movie Still Terrible, But Now in 3D

In honor of today's 3D release of The Phantom Menace, Wired has re-released their 1999 review of that film, also in GLORIOUS, EPIC 3-D. Were we ever this young How could George Lucas possibly botch the most anticipated film in history? Three words: annoying alien sidekick.

Say what you will about extremely rich man George Lucas… because he is extremely rich and will ignore what you say anyway.


Don't Do This, Harrison Ford

Film newsy site Twitchfilm reports that Harrison Ford is "in early talks" for Ridley Scott's Blade Runner sequel. You might remember Blade Runner as the stunning poetic meditation on the ultimate impermanence of existence. It is a film that says "we cannot possibly know how things will turn out." Except now we will.

A reboot or prequel might have felt ill-advised, but a sequel with Ford ostensibly reprising his role as Rick Deckard is a move that feels almost inevitably disappointing and terrible. Like there are maybe a few ways that can be done right, and so very many that will inflict pain on us all. OR [...]


Franchise Nation

They came slowly, the franchise films, the grandchildren of the serials. The other night I was in the theater trying to see The Green Hornet for the second time (the first time, the theater started to burn down 30 minutes in, so I had to, like, evacuate (evacuate the theater, I mean, not like, in my pants), and then the next day sit through act one twice, which wasn't really the worst thing), and there was the omnipresent trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides. And it suddenly occurred to me that we were on the fourth movie of a franchise built around a really rather [...]