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In memory of Raven.

Even I didn’t expect Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to be this bad. It is simply a terrible movie: derivative, incoherent, arbitrary, superficial, and deeply boring and uninvolving—despite, or maybe because of, the frenetic action sequences, dazzling duels, and effects so special they’ll leave carbon scoring on your eyeballs.

The Rise of Skywalker is 2 hours, 22 minutes long, which is long enough, but it feels even longer. I saw it in a half-empty theatre, and when Harrison Ford showed up on the screen, a whole row of people began streaming toward the exits. It would have been the last straw for me too, but I had my duty to you, dear reader, to sustain me.

There’s no way to “spoil” a movie this bad, thus I am going to give a running summary of the plot. So if you don’t want to hear it, now is the time to angle your deflector screens and warp on out of here, or whatever.

The Rise of Skywalker is the third installment of Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy. The die was cast in the first installment, The Force Awakens, directed by Jar Jar Abrams. Instead of coming up with original stories and a new cast of characters, Abrams and Disney decided to do something calculated, cynical, and easy: milk nostalgia for the original trilogy by bringing back the main cast (Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, the droids, the walking carpet) and shooting a derivative remake of the original Star Wars and parts of The Empire Strikes Back (see my review here), but this time as an inept farce. Somehow the rebellion has been defeated and a new empire has risen, turning the victory of the first trilogy into defeat and all their striving into naught. And instead of a male hero, this time we have a Mary Sue, Daisey Ridley’s Rey, who takes to the lead like a fish to a bicycle.

Since Star Wars fans are not exactly the most mature and discerning cinephiles, they squealed, grunted, and buried their noses in this slop while Disney rubbed their hands together in glee and raked in untold millions of shekels.

The second installment, The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, continued in the same vein, with point by point, sometimes shot-by-shot retreads of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. (See my review here). But this time the director’s cynicism and contempt for the story and the fans were so transparent that he provoked a rebellion.

There were many objections: Luke throws away his lightsaber, Luke dies, Leia can suddenly do Force magic, Supreme Leader Snoke is killed off, Rey’s parents are nobodies, etc. Some of these objections may be silly. (Imagine actually caring about non-entities like Snoke and Rey.) But Star Wars fans were awakening to the fact that Disney was exploiting them and holding them in contempt while taking their money.

This gave the impetus—and Gamergate provided the template—for the great Star Wars boycott of 2018 that tanked the movie Solo. (See my review here). As we shall see, The Rise of Skywalker does attempt to placate at least some of the more superficial critics of The Last Jedi.

Since Abrams and Johnson managed to remake and mock the whole original trilogy in only two films, Abrams was in an uncomfortable position in The Rise of Skywalker: he might have to actually come up with something original. Of course he tries to minimize the shock of doing something really new by bringing back the original cast some more. Luke and Han Solo are both dead, but Luke comes back as a ghost and Han as a figment of his son’s imagination. Carrie Fisher really is dead, but Abrams cleverly incorporates unused footage from the first movie. He also finds Billy Dee Williams in carbonite to reprise the role of Lando Calrissian. But the greatest surprise is that he resurrects Emperor Palpatine.

Yes, I know, the last time we saw Emperor Palpatine, he was thrown down a shaft in the second Death Star, followed by a big explosion that we interpreted as the release of malign energies when he went splat at the bottom, followed by the destruction of the whole damn Death Star, to add an even greater air of finality.

But, as in the Roadrunner cartoons, when Wile E. Coyote falls to his death through a portable hole, or blows himself up with a bomb, or gets an anvil dropped on his head, only to be magically resurrected moments later for further adventures with the bird, Palpatine is back to spare Jar Jar Abrams the necessity of coming up with a new villain after Rian Johnson casually dispensed with Snoke.

The trouble is that, for all his Gungans and Ewoks and juvenile dialogue, George Lucas’ Star Wars still had a bit more realism and existential heft and credibility than Roadrunner cartoons.

The Rise of Skywalker begins in medias res as Kylo Ren, the new Supreme Leader, battles to find a Sith McGuffin that allows him to fly to a hidden planet, where he finds Palpatine alive. (Yes, he appears to be on life support. But more than 40 years have passed.)

Still, we have questions. If Palpatine was merely injured, how exactly did his empire fall? Why didn’t he just dust off his skirts and continue the war? Why in the galaxy did he retreat to this remote, hidden planet (Mordor, or something)? Why did he set up Snoke as his cat’s paw rather than rule directly? Why did he not step forward when Snoke was killed? Why did he allow Ren to take over? How, given his exile, did he build a vast fleet of new star destroyers armed with planet killing lasers? Why was Ren searching for him? Etc. Of course none of it makes sense, which means that resurrecting Palpatine is arbitrary, dumb, and unintelligible.

Oh, and you’ll love this: the First Order was just the beginning. When Palpatine launches his new fleet, then we will have the Final Order.

Palpatine orders Ren to kill Rey because he fears her. But why is Ren now taking orders from Palpatine?

Meanwhile, Poe Dameron, Findu, and Chewbacca meet a contact who tells them of a mole in the First Order. They escape by performing as many as six impossible stunts before breakfast, jumping wildly in and out of hyperspace while the enemy fighters manage to still follow them. (So they can do that now?) Then we see Rey doing dangerous and impossible feats, training under her new Jedi master, Leia.

This too has the credibility of a Roadrunner cartoon, and it seems very silly in the universe of Star Wars, where even though there are all sorts of magic and advanced technology, there is still a sense of rules and limits, which helps the viewer suspend disbelief. Jar Jar Abrams explicitly mocks his suspension of Lucas’ rules (and our disbelief) when stormtroopers start flying. “They fly now?” asks Findu incredulously. Throughout this film, lot of us were thinking “They x now?” incredulously. But incredulity is a barrier to actually getting into the story. Which is one reason this film is so goddamn boring.

When Poe, Findu, and Chewie return to base, they bicker like children with Rey. Rey and company are as surprised as we are by Palpatine’s return, so they go to the exotic planet of Pasadena to search for a McGuffin that Rey just happens to find in one of Luke’s books. This second McGuffin will lead to the first McGuffin, which will lead to Mordor or something.

There’s no hemming and hawing and hesitation in Abrams’ script. No problems to stump the characters. No sense that military campaigns need more than just a locker-room huddle to plan. Just a series of arbitrary McGuffins to move them from one chase, space battle, monster, or sword duel to another. But somehow the movie is still 142 minutes long, and somehow it seems even longer.

On Pasadena, our heroes conveniently just bump into Lando Calrissian, who conveniently knows just where to look for the second McGuffin in the desert: the abandoned ship of a Sith assassin, which has just been sitting there for 20-odd years, untouched by the Sith, unstripped by Jawas. Hell, by all appearances, the local teens have not even “partied” in it. Conveniently, even the battery has not run down, so our heroes can escape on it later. Our heroes also find the assassin’s bones and a dagger which is inscribed with Sith “runes”—naturally the most evil people in the universe write in runes—giving the location of the McGuffin that gives the location of the Sith planet.

But, since C-3PO is programmed not to translate Sith (hate speech is barred in his terms of service), this new bit of arbitrariness requires a visit to yet another planet, Kimchee, where a tiny puppet extracts the info from 3PO’s head. This whole digression, as well as the stupid idea of inscribing what is in effect a memo on an ancient-looking dagger could have simply been avoided by putting a post-it note on the ship’s dashboard giving the McGuffin’s location, or better yet, a direct route to the Sith planet. It wouldn’t have been any dumber, and it would have streamlined the movie considerably.

Kylo Ren uses his Force bond with Rey to find her on Pasadena. He reaches out through space and time and somehow snatches her necklace off, which she just so happened to acquire on Pasadena, so Ren goes there to meet her. But if Ren can snatch a necklace off her across untold light-years, why can’t he just magically intuit her location? In fact, he does magically intuit where she is. So why not give her coordinates to his lackeys? Why does he have to use “analysis” to determine where the necklace came from? And why assume she is on the planet where the necklace is from? (Imagine if she had bought the necklace on a different planet. Girls who like to travel do that, you know.)

Ren and the First Order show up on Pasadena. Rey goes to confront him, taking down Ren’s TIE fighter with a lightsaber. But, this being a Roadrunner cartoon, he walks away from the fiery crash. The First Order capture Chewbacca and the Newmanium Falcon. Rey uses her magic powers to try to prevent the First Order transport from leaving the planet. (She can do that now.) But the transport explodes, killing Chewbacca. But don’t worry, this being a Roadrunner cartoon, we soon learn that Chewie was on a different transport.

The ancient-looking dagger contains coordinates to the Sith McGuffin on the second Death Star which was built, what, 40 years before? And wasn’t the Death Star blown to atoms anyway? Conveniently not. It crashed on “the nearby forest moon of Endor” (rinse, repeat), and although it landed in an ocean “on the nearby forest moon of Endor,” the location of the McGuffin conveniently is above the water line. Conveniently, the ominous metal doors still have electrical power as well, and they are not even locked. Rey grabs the McGuffin and has a vision of herself turned evil.

Then Ren shows up, grabs the McGuffin, and breaks it. The only way she is going to get to Mordor is with him. Then they fight. Leia uses the Force from clear across the galaxy to distract Ren (she can do that now), and Rey stabs him. Leia dies, and Rey feels so bad that she uses magic to heal Ren’s wound. (She can do that now.) Ren, who tried to kill his mother in the last movie, now feels remorse. Rey steals Ren’s ride while he is distracted by a vision of his father, Harrison Ford. Ren has blown up entire planets, but there’s still good inside him. This stupidity, at least, is Lucas’. Ren throws away his weapon. He’s going to be a good boy now.

There’s also a sequence where Findu and Poe infiltrate the First Order command ship to rescue Chewbacca, which turns out to be absurdly easy. But I don’t remember how it quite fits with the rest of the story because by this time it had become so overcomplicated that even my big brain was getting fatigued.

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Also, Ren magically communicates to Rey that her parents weren’t exactly nobodies. You see, her father was Emperor Palpatine’s son, so that makes her Palpatine’s granddaughter. Yes, Palpatine now has a son. Yet that didn’t prevent Palpatine from having Rey’s parents killed for hiding her from him, because even when she was a toddler, he feared her powers and wanted her dead.

It was great drama when Darth Vader told Luke Skywalker that he was his father. But this new revelation barely attains the level of farce. (I wasn’t the only one in the theater who scoffed.) Perhaps Disney’s next Star Wars trilogy can focus on the adventures of Palpatine’s nephew’s girlfriend’s roommate.

Discovering that her grandfather is the Emperor messes with Rey’s head, so she decides to have a good cry on the planet of Achoo, where Luke hid out. When she arrives, she burns Kylo’s starship. She tries to throw her lightsaber into the fire, but the ghost of Luke Skywalker catches it and tells her that a Jedi’s weapon deserves more respect. Then he convinces her to go back to the fight.

But how? She just burned her ride. Fortunately, Luke uses magic to raise his x-wing fighter from the bottom of the ocean, where it has been for how many years? Conveniently, it is in perfect working order. Luke also gives her Leia’s lightsaber, because she’s now been retconned as a Jedi too, and in a flashback, we see that she was even better than Luke. Also, somehow the McGuffin on Ren’s ship was not consumed by flames, so Rey uses it to find Mordor where she will confront the Emperor.

When Rey arrives on Mordor, she transmits its location to the Resistance, who mobilize to attack Palpatine’s fleet. When Rey meets Palpatine, he demands that she kill him and take his place on the Iron Throne. When he dies, his spirit and the spirits of the other Sith will live on in her. (They can do that now.) Then Kylo Ren, now reverted to good boy Ben Solo, somehow shows up to help Rey. But somehow his henchmen the Knights of Ren also show up. For some reason they are now on Palpatine’s side, so he has to fight them. Too bad he threw away his weapon in a fit of pique. Rey loans him a lightsaber.

When Ben shows up, Palpatine has a change of plan. You see, Ben and Rey have so many midichlorians or something that they constitute a Force Dyad. (They have those now.) It turns out that a Force Dyad is just the thing that Palpatine needs to get off life support. So he drains them to rejuvenate himself. Then he’s back to wanting to kill Rey.

No, Palpatine is not crazy. If he were crazy, how could he negotiate such extreme mood swings?

Palpatine throws Ben down a hole, but this being a Roadrunner cartoon, he climbs back out. Palpatine attacks the Resistance fleet with Force lightning. (He can do that now.) Rey manages to drag herself back into the fight, and using both Luke and Leia’s lightsabers, she manages to kill Palpatine. Then she dies from the strain. Ben Solo then brings her back to life, whereupon she kisses him, then he dies.

Meanwhile, a diverse array of Resistance fighters destroys Palpatine’s fleet. My favorite moment is when Findu and a frizzy-haired mulatto chick lead a cavalry charge across the top of a Star Destroyer. Then we have long drawn-out scenes of celebration, including a couple of cat ladies kissing. The movie ends with Rey on Tattooine, burying Luke and Leia’s lightsabers near the house where he grew up. A passerby asks Rey’s name, and she says “Rey Skywalker.” And, in a bit of symbolism, we see the ghosts of Luke and Leia as Tattooine’s twin suns set.

Clearly when Luke prevents Rey from throwing away her lightsaber, and when we are told that Rey’s father was Palpatine’s son, Jar Jar was trying to placate some of the fan objections to The Last Jedi. Aside from the apparent lesbian cat-lady kiss—and who are we to assume their genders anyway?—Abrams actually seems to go out of his way to make this movie as inoffensive as possible. For instance, the long-feared love match between Rey and Findu never happened. Nor does the Asian chick Rose end up with Findu. Instead, the introduction of the frizzy-haired mulatto chick on Endor seems to be setting him up with a woman of his own race.

Indeed, the only demographic that gets slighted in The Rise of Skywalker are the Gungans. This movie contains all manner of humanoid and alien diversity, pretty much every species we have seen in the other films, except for the Gungans. The Gungans are conspicuous by their absence, which to my mind makes them the key to the whole damn movie. Where are the Gungans? They must be involved. And if they are not in front of the camera, they must be behind the camera. Director Jar Jar Abrams, for one. When you think about it, crypto-Gungan influence seems to be the only possible explanation for a movie this bad.

The Rise of Skywalker has really only one redeeming feature: John Williams’ lovely music, but in this case, the score does not add depth to the movie but simply highlights how shallow and dumb it is. The Rise of Skywalker isn’t Ed Wood bad or Coleman Francis bad, such that you might just succumb to the temptation to see it anyway. It is just plain bad, a painful waste of time and a cruel mockery of Lucas’ original mythos and the millions of fans who found meaning and pleasure in it. Jar Jar Abrams and Disney have killed Star Wars. Let’s hope the fans stay away in droves and kill the careers of the people responsible for this disgusting cinematic abortion.

 
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  1. Dumbo says:

    Good riddance. From the first reboot it was obvious that all three films would suck.

    It’s amazing that a corporation such as Disney didn’t have an overarching story plan for the trilogy beforehand, apparently just making things up as they went on.

    I haven’t seen the film nor will see it, but Richard Brody’s review in The New Yorker is good, also negative about the film, and contains minimum spoilers for those who care (Why “Lynch” feels the need to recount every scene of every film he reviews, I have no idea – more than reviews he seems to do commented summaries of films.)

  2. Svevlad says:

    Star Wars is garbage, always was garbage, and always will be garbage. Nearly all popular sci-fi is, and it’s absolutely goddamn insufferable to watch. It’s so goddamn naive that I thought I’d go retarded if I kept watching the first movie.

    I could make a remake of the entire thing and make it look like the Sistine chapel compared to the original.

  3. “…the Newmanium Falcon…”

    That there is pretty darn funny.

    I won’t see any new STAR WARS movies, since having made the mistake of sitting through Lucas’s JAR-JAR BINKS TRILOGY.

    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @fjarmstrong
  4. Altai says:

    People seem to give Kathleen Kennedy a hard time but it was JJ Abrams that landed the fatal blow to this series. Taken from a high-level glance, a lot in these films is actually a combination of the criticisms of the Mr Plinkett reviews and George Lucas’ overview he gave for the new trilogy, including a female Jedi lead.

    I read the synopsis of TFA before I saw it and was shocked at how everyone was giving it such rave reviews. I read to myself and wondered, how can it be this short, where is the plot? Things just happen, nothing is explained or set up. What a burden for the next film in the trilogy to have to do this, I thought. Then Rian Johnson threw out virtually all the plot threads there were from TFA, didn’t explain or contextualise anything, in fact he made things even more confusing and made a bad film on top, though it was a beautiful film in terms of cinematography. I don’t know why JJ Abrams treats the Star Wars films, directing of which seems to have been his childhood dream, like a badly budgeted TV show, but that’s how he shoots them, so ugly. The opening scene in TFA looks like something from a cheap 90s TV show.

    So with that it fails because we have no expectations because the plots of the first two aren’t going anywhere and we don’t even know the stakes or why we should care or even get much time alone with any of the characters to really understand them. So there was nothing JJ could do, since this film was going to be burdened with so much plot and character backtracking it couldn’t possibly recover. Add in lots of new characters (Why?) and cameos of old ones and it seems like he knew the only way to redeem it at all was to add a massive CGI space battle.

    But I personally don’t blame Kathleen Kennedy or Igor, it was JJ Abrams that did this, why he let near the script is beyond me, so I suppose Kennedy and Igor signed off on that and deserve the blame.

    • Replies: @songbird
    , @Priss Factor
  5. Gene Su says:

    It is just plain bad, a painful waste of time and a cruel mockery of Lucas’ original mythos and the millions of fans who found meaning and pleasure in it.

    I only half agree with Trevor Lynch’s review. What I disagree with most is the above statement. So let me tell you what I think:

    The Star Wars Sequel trilogy is not dreck because it has been Disneyfied and SJW-ized.

    The Star Wars Prequel trilogy is not dreck because of any hidden liberal political message.

    The Original Star Wars trilogy is dreck.
    It is dreck because George Lucas created it to be dreck.
    And the worse part is that it does not have to be dreck. It could have been a masterpiece.

    I did not come to this conclusion when I watched Return of the Jedi as a 9 year old. I came to this conclusion after I watched Revenge of the Sith after college.

    George Lucas had some very good ideas with Star Wars. His problem was in how he tried to execute the ideas. His masterpiece saga was not only meant to be Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader’s life journey through an extremely tumultuous time. Star Wars is also about how a civilization decays and a government can be usurped, causing death, impoverishment, and misery to its populace.

    Among other mistakes, Lucas :
    failed to delineate the social setting of his “Galaxy, Far, Far Away”,
    did not add any depth to his characters,
    wrote horridly banal dialogue.
    employed over-the-top special FX in an un-creative manner,
    made fight scenes for video games.

    I think the Rise of Skywalker is the best of the Disney trilogy. Rey is not supposed to be “Kick-Ass Sheroe.” She is supposed to be a hidden princess, just like Luke Skywalker is a hidden prince. Star Wars is about two families of genetic royalty (Skywalker and Palpatine) who can tap into the magical Force. By the way, don’t a lot of writers on the Unz review set store by human genetic royalty? I get that impression from all of the articles on genetics and IQ.

    Trevor Lynch can make fun of J. J. Abrams for the plot and style of the Rise of Skywalker. However, Abrams got a lot of ideas from the Expanded Universe. In particular, I suspect the following story lines – all of which are comics except for the last – influenced the Rise of Skywalker film.

    Tales of the Jedi / Golden Age of the Sith – An ancient Empire flourishes on a far away planet of Korriban, led by an aristocracy calling itself the Sith. This Force strong aristocracy are descendants of banished Jedi from the Core Worlds. The Jedi find this Empire and destroy it. Of course, as centuries go by, Jedi fall to the Dark Side and become interested in the secrets of the Sith. Among these secrets is the ability to summon cosmic storms that can devastate planets and star systems.

    Dark Empire – Using cloning and the Dark Side of the Force, a clone of Palpatine takes control of the Imperial Remnant and attempts to wipe out the New Republic.

    Legacy – Two centuries after the death of Luke Skywalker, Sith Lords hunt down one of his descendants, Cade, who seems to have the mysterious power to bring people back from the dead.

    Jedi Prince – a children’s book that features a secreted-away grandson of Emperor Palpatine.

    Now, the Expanded Universe has a lot of storylines – some clever and some garbage. The sad part was that some talented writers were able to take George Lucas’s dreck and make it into a rich and enjoyable fantasy. If I was in Abrams’s position, I would not have chosen Dark Empire as my main template. I found the idea of the Emperor being resurrected and being able to summon cosmic storms to be a little too cheap. (Peter Jackson once said he didn’t like the idea of magic because it seemed cheap.)

    I probably instead, for the sequel trilogy, picked storylines based on Mara Jade (Luke Skywalker’s wife) and Shira Brie / Darth Lumiya (another student of Darth Vader). Both are Force Sensitives and both were very interesting characters. I would also have the original Solo and Skywalker children featured.

    And one more thing, Trevor. That Macguffin you were referring to is actually a Holocron. It contains the spirits of past Jedi and Sith masters and can only be used by someone with Jedi Potential.

    • Replies: @Diane G
    , @Priss Factor
  6. Pasadena?

    LOL

    In a way, this version of STAR WARS is most fitting. Force is Farce in a culture where Farce is Forced as Dogma, such as homosexuality is a ‘rainbow’ and trannies are ‘women’.

    RISE sounds more ridiculous than BLAZING SADDLES and SPACEBALLS, but we are supposed to take it straight. Choke on the Joke, goy.

    • Replies: @Pericles
  7. songbird says:
    @Altai

    TFA really woke me up to fake reviews, and the manipulation of meta-scores.

    A lot of positive buzz, pre-release. Then I saw it, and thought it was awful.
    I went to IMDB, and it had a positive score there, but in the viewer-submitted reviews, people mostly thought it was terrible. Obviously, there was some sort of manipulation of the meta-score. Maybe, it is built into a formula, or maybe the numbers are just totally fudged, according to the bribe they receive.

    • Replies: @Altai
    , @theMann
  8. Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs are great movies compared to this horseshit saga.

  9. Altai says:
    @songbird

    I’m not sure how much of it was deliberate overhype, it seemed like there was more than enough genuine hype. Even the RLM guys were on it and it took at least a year for people to start to really come out and critique it.

    That response did disappoint me and made me trust other people’s ability to think critically even less. Despite their eventual positive review, RLM got the hype right with this video.

  10. STAR CRASH is the real thing.

    We don’t need STAR WEIMARS or STAR SCHWARZ.

    John Carpenter’s DARK STAR is really funny.

    • Replies: @Gordo
    , @SunBakedSuburb
  11. Anonymous[381] • Disclaimer says:

    Just saw it tonight. It was not good. When you get to #9 in a series there just isn’t much original storytelling left. Like the recent Terminator, also bad, the studios just rehash the same basic plot with some minor tweaks. Time to let this series die.

  12. Wow, such negative comments on Unz of all places.

    Just saw it and wasn’t that bad but many enjoy dissing anything and everything. Much worse things in culture or what calls itself a culture. Fans got three new movies written and directed by Lucas himself but then complained it’s creator wasn’t good enough or Star Warzy enough. At least now he can stay relatively blameless.

    The first movie had ridiculous escapes and implausible plot points but most saw it decades ago if they are at least decades old. It was made for kids and you have to be pretty old not to have seen as a kid and probably were more forgiving the plot made little sense but the score was great and special effects were more realistic than anything ever seen before.

    It had the power to amaze. It is hard to be continually amazed so if you ever have been between your real or fake bitching be thankful once in a while for those who gave you that and the thousands that had good paying jobs to do so, to give you that experience even if others don’t seem to measure up by comparison. That in a way is your fault for no longer trying see the good mixed in with the garbage. If not your cup of tea, you don’t have to see it but it makes people happy and unlike many movies, they’re not selling the goodness of empires.

    Little of Gene Roddenberry’s spirit lives on in new Star Trek movie spectaculars but these movies were always silly fun and remain so if you can look past the obvious flaws.

  13. vot tak says:

    Star wars never struck me as something to rave about. It was the muppets do science fiction. 😀

  14. neutral says:

    The blame goes beyond Kennedy, Abrams or Johnson, Disney is a jewish run organization that exists only to further jewish goals. It is like all other Hollywood outlets pushing anti white replacement ideologies, this overrides all other concerns, even if they lose money on some of their movies their total control of the pop culture sausage factory means they will never have to worry about any consequence of pushing their ideologies in their movies.

    • Replies: @Gleimhart Mantooso
  15. Mr. Anon says:

    Star Wars – the 1977 movie – was a good popular entertainment and adventure story for adolescent boys.

    Star Wars – the franchise, the saga, the cultural phenomenon, the life’s work of George Lucas and his fan boys (girls), the Weltanschauung, the Religion – is a big steaming pile of s**t.

    • Replies: @Trinity
  16. Dumbo says:

    There’s no other explanation for the fact that Jew Jew Abrams continues to make movies except for ethnic nepotism. I never saw or heard of anything original or interesting that he has ever done. Millions of fans complain that he “ruined” both Star Trek and Star Wars. I have seen only the first reboot, TFA, and could not continue any longer. Good luck for those who watch this garbage.

    Anyway, adults who take this whole Star Wars thing seriously and discuss about Jedi, Forse, Sith, are either mentally challenged, or are looking for a new religion.

  17. Sol says:

    But the transport explodes, killing Chewbacca. But don’t worry, this being a Roadrunner cartoon, we soon learn that Chewie was on a different transport.

    Lifted from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

  18. This sequel of movies is just a tiny snowflake on the tip of the leftist iceberg. The sanctimonious left are intent on only one thing: jamming their pseudo-moral fantasies down your throat. If anything even remotely traditional gets destroyed in the process, then that’s a feature not a bug. Logic doesn’t matter; character development doesn’t matter; good plot doesn’t matter; pleasing an audience doesn’t matter; making money doesn’t matter; in general, factual reality itself doesn’t matter. For a leftist, there can be no limits and no boundaries on their sacred mission: to spread their secular religious cult to every corner of the globe. And if you even think about getting in the way, the left will have absolutely no qualms about utterly destroying you.

  19. Max Payne says:

    Was Rick Berman co-producer or something?

    I was hoping they would end this trilogy resolving the dispute about the taxation of trade routes that started this whole saga in Episode 1. Ah well… at least they didn’t do the whole neutral-side force Jedi/Sith hybrid thing.

    Thank you for saving me 2 hours and 22 minutes!

    • LOL: Pheasant
  20. The first three movies were just fine. All the subsequent ones are just Jodie Foster on a pool table over and over and over and over and over and over again. I’m amazed that Space Trek Wars is actually still a thing.

  21. Truth3 says:

    Nobody with half a brain wastes time on Jewish Hollywood.

    Why even cover it?

  22. CBTerry says:

    The original Star Wars was geared toward 12 year-old boys. I am not sure if this is true (practically everything one reads about Hollywood is a lie), but I read at the time that Lucas created Star Wars because he could not buy the rights to Flash Gordon.

    And after that it was all downhill. I cannot find it online, but anybody who takes any part of Star Wars seriously needs to read John Simon’s evisceration of The Empire Strikes Back, originally published in National Review. Simon noticed that Lucas was trying to turn Star Wars into some type of religion, and he accurately predicted what were supposed to be surprises in the next installment.

    Since then Star Wars has been invaluable in illuminating the intellectual and artisitic depravity of contemporary culture, a culture so jejeune that a discussion between Bill Moyers and George Lucas on “The Mythology of Star Wars” can be published for something other than laughs.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  23. Pericles says:
    @Priss Factor

    Pasadena, lol indeed. And why was there no rainbow lightsaber? I thought this was supposed to be TGBL friendly.

  24. Anonymous[347] • Disclaimer says:

    I strongly commend the following to your attention if you want/need a good STAR WARS yuck. It’s a short oldie-but-goodie parody from 1978.

    May the chortles be with you!

    • Replies: @c matt
  25. El Dato says:

    a good cry on the planet of Achoo

    Right, I have already wasted much time on that movie.

    Thanks for the extreme review, Trevor.

    I didn’t bother with “Revenge of the Sith (2005)” and just took in “Rogue One”, which I consider successful in the old-school spirit of “have a good time at the movies, then back to work”.

    NEXT!

  26. Star Wars started out as campy entertainment in the 1970s. It was created by a Modesto, California boy named George, who found his love in film classes.

    Now it has been turned to shit by Disney. That is what happens. Mr. Lucas somewhat regrets selling his baby, but billions of dollars assuage regrets. George is more concerned with getting his vinyard past local opposition in Marin Country.

    My wife, unfortunately still likes Star Wars and wants to see this one. Therefore, I will most likely have to endure taking her to it this weekend. I plan to show her Trevor Lynch’s review here before we go.

    (Note to Ilana Mercer and others who think they are clever when they point out that using “I” in writing is a sin: Yeah, yeah, yeah, “I” know. “I” knew it and commented on it before you did here. Sometimes “I” have to write from the perspective of “I,” because this is a comment section. You see, Ilana, “You” shouldn’t always write as if “Your” thoughts belonged to God, out of the aether. They are “Yours,” so own them. Own them.)

    • Replies: @flashlight joe
  27. Moi says:
    @Dumbo

    I walked out of the very first Star Wars.

  28. Old Prude says:

    I have whiplash. The original plot: Boy discovers maiden in distress. Old man leads him to a hired gun. They go and rescue the maiden, then sink the bad guys’ ship.

    All these twists seem contrived to give the fanboys lots of stuff to talk about with each other, not to really tell a story.

    Planet Kimshee. LOL.

  29. joannf says:

    Culture Wars.

    Hokey – I never watched a Star Wars movie even though I used to be a science fiction fan.
    But I understand how much they mean to lots of youngish people, and I don’t believe in coincidence.

    All of this is for one reason : to destroy several generations’ childhood dreams and make the entire white world feel more shitty, orientation- and faceless.
    Money no longer counts for Disney, Hollywood and the {people} who’re running it, the NWO does.
    Ordo ab Chao does, and that’s also why they propagate Islam and LGBTQXYZ at the same time.

    Listen to Leonard Cohen’s “The Future” if you haven’t yet.
    It’s not that they didn’t give a warning – even rattlesnakes do.
    Here’s a link for your convenience, and so much for cohencidence.
    [this went into the sound track of ‘natural born killers.’ an Oliver Stone movie that you might want to resample for clues what its message really was, and who’s hating who and what for…]

    • Agree: Dumbo
    • Replies: @Dumbo
  30. Because television became commercially available the year I was born by the time I was 12 I realized I’d been watching the same the cliched plot lines and hearing the same dialogue over and over again.

    The first Star Wars gave me a déja vu feeling like yeah I’ve seen this a million times already and at this point it’s like watching paint dry.

    ET was another exercise in tedium. Entertaining perhaps for young children, but otherwise torture to sit through, Lucas and Spielberg both masters of the recycled cliche.

  31. Hail says: • Website
    @Dumbo

    Why “Lynch” feels the need to recount every scene of every film he reviews, I have no idea – more than reviews he seems to do commented summaries of films

    I agree with this. (Not necessarily for all the reviews, but this one, yes.)

    This review could have been a good deal closer to 300 words than 3,000+; little would have been lost if it had.

    The people, surely, want commentaries. Something of the politics of the movie, maybe, the culturo-political subtexts of the plot; Not the plot itself, and not an exhaustive recounting thereof.

    I mean, for those who haven’t seen the movie and in general aren’t familiar with the Star Wars universe, the exhaustive summaries of what every character is up to will probably be impossible to follow anyway. So what is the goal here?

  32. The characters and premise of the first movie Force Awakens were so bad, I think, that there was simply not enough chemistry to create a gripping plot in the subsequent two films. Even the best writers need raw material to work with. I simply don’t care enough about any of the characters or outcomes to want to see the new one.

  33. Anon[388] • Disclaimer says:

    Arcann and Thexan went through lots of pain and isolation as Grey force weilders who killed many Jewdi.

    Why does Disney care if it loses money. It’s just the cultural programming arm of many headed snake, no different to the media arm.

    Their pathetic trite immorality now means they actually can’t invent anything – that’s perfectly understandable, because sin dulls the senses. They can’t even sense anymore how shit everything they make is.

  34. The final Disney Star Wars movie will simply consist of two hours of raw footage of a pack of Jews and Diversities stomping the living crap out of a White teenage boy in a grimy high-school bathroom somewhere.

  35. Dumbo says:
    @joannf

    The lyrics of this song are prophetic.
    Some parts sound like the Protocols of the Elders in song form lol.
    But Cohen has a more negative view of the NWO future, so his view is more critical.

  36. anon[680] • Disclaimer says:

    Luke! Blowing up that whole planet was good for Israel..

  37. Gordo says:
    @Priss Factor

    Dark Star is so good they have to hide it, like They Live.

  38. @Dumbo

    Only one thing can rescue this latest SW movie’s viewability: Baby Yoda.

  39. theMann says:
    @songbird

    “but in the viewer-submitted reviews, people mostly thought it was terrible. Obviously, there was some sort of manipulation of the meta-score. Maybe, it is built into a formula, or maybe the numbers are just totally fudged”

    Which goes double for Knives Out.

    I have found that the only way to deal with IMDB reviews is to read the one star reviews of a film. If they are all of the “this film was so stupid, I hated it” variety, then you can assume the film isn’t too bad (given genre, language, casting and so forth).

    If the one star reviews are very specific in tearing up a film, scene by scene, then you know what a dog it is, because several people just told you. In any case, the Meta scores are worthless.

    I do check content advisory in films before seeing them. First, because I am done paying to sit through two hours of Catholic bashing by the Jewish Bolsheviks in Hollywood. And second, because the rule of the “F” word always applies: If there are more than six F words, or derivatives thereof in the film, you know it is garbage because the film makers couldn’t even bother to write a decent script, and there is no point in being sweared at for two hours.

    • Agree: songbird
  40. “Star Wars” should have been shut down after “Return of The Jedi.” Lucas etal. had already accomplished what they set out to do. And, dammit, why didn’t they keep the Ewok “Nub-Nub” song? It was perfect way to cap off what was otherwise a bittersweet ending.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  41. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:

    I still remember those old glorious movies of Hollywood about cowboys , historicals , military
    , musicals , romantics , fantasies , etc , but in the last couple of decades or so the magic of Hollywood is gone , and I am affraid that the magic of the USA has gone too .

    Sic transit gloria mundi , so passes the glory of the world .

  42. “the planet of Achoo”

    God bless you.

    • LOL: Old Prude
  43. I believe I have saved a lot of potentially wasted time in my life by never having seen the original and so not finding it worth trying to read this review. In fact I don’t think I have seen any sci fi movie since watching 2001 A Space Odyssey just before taking the opportunity on a trip to Sri Lanka, at Jerry Pournelle’s suggestion, to visit Arthur C. Clarke in Colombo.

  44. Anon[117] • Disclaimer says:

    I’m not going to watch this movie. These are impressions from the last Jewdi.

    My favourite part was how JewJew and Rian Jewson managed to subvert everybody at once.

    The Black guy was a vaguely homosexual minstrel
    The white woman was a retarded lesbian with pink hair
    The Asian was a fat stupid ugly femcel
    The other white woman was a masculine dyke Sargent Major character who got beaten to a pulp and murdered by the Negro.
    Luke of course, was the blue eyed and blonde haired archetype that needed to be destroyed. So they got Luke to suck literal alien testes on his home planet. His entire character was a Jewish transplanation of the desired outcome and ancillary character traits they want for any white leadership. Luke was a leader. So of course they made him a nihilistic old depressive who burned all his books and threw away his priceless heirlooms and then sacrificed everything for diversity.
    My theory is that Rey is actually conceived as a Jewish character. She’s like Adam ‘poos and wees’ Sandler in ‘you can’t mess with the Zohan (Zohar)’, just a Jewish female untermensch, like what they’re doing with wonder woman, who is based on the Babylonian pantheon Diana. The Mary-Sue-ing isn’t just because they’re Jews who can’t write, it’s also deliberate to make the inversion more acute.

    Let’s see, who else.

    Oh yeah, the Mexican was also a vaguely homosexual dilletante.

    They made Han and Leia divorced, and their kid a school shooter. And they both die as failures.

    The whole thing is replete with cultural marxist tropes ‘kill the past’, ‘if you kill your enemies they win’ or whatever that fat Asian idiot was saying.

    The Jews killed Star Wars, the same way they’re killing the United States of America. Taking something that shuoldn’t be possible to lose and destroying it.

    ‘Of course’ the rebels are smelly diversity terrorists attacking the evil space Nazis for no reason, because they weren’t able to govern the Republic presumably, just like in real life. They turned it into Space Liberia and Space Venezuela. Then they got jealous they couldn’t build anything.like a dreadnought or a death star even when they got affirmative action and space gibs.

    But the Sith are coming for the Jewdi. They think no one can challenge them, in their temples to Mammon and Baal.

    But who will be Darth Malgus?

    Lol, go to hell star wars and Hollywood. Both are just the cultural programming department of the Deep State. The Jedi are just engaged in Tikkun Olam.

    It’s just amazing. Don’t watch movies.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
  45. Trinity says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Couldn’t agree more. WHY “adults ” continue to watch this kind of garbage and all those comic book superhero movies only shows how infantile our society has become. Of course all these sequels, remakes and comic book movies ( which are just sequels and remakes as well) show what a bunch of no talent, unoriginal slugs all those Jews really are that reside in Hollywood.

    No self respecting WHITE man, woman, or even boy or girl should ever lower themselves to watch any of this trash coming out of Jew run Hollywood nowadays much less pay to go watch it at a movie theater. I haven’t been in a movie theater since the early 2000s and I certainly wouldn’t pay to watch the crap (((they))) put out now. Admittedly there was a time when even Jew Hollywood put out some decent movies that were actually watchable. Maybe it is the time period that I grew up but I found the early and mid 70’s to be a good time, movies like the original “Dirty Harry,” “Rocky,” “One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest,” “Taxi Driver,” the original “Walking Tall,” “Deliverance,” etc. were all good movies. Of course the original “Star Wars” and other science fiction movies like “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” came out around this time, but Science Fiction never appealed to me that much. HOWEVER, it seems even the most benign Jew production back then and even decades earlier was always sprinkled with some anti-White propaganda whereas nowadays it is littered with anti-White hate and more and more nonwhite actors. STOP MAKING THESE JEWS IN HOLLYWOOD RICH, PEOPLE. STOP PAYING TO WATCH THIS CHILDISH CRAP.

    • Replies: @Yaakov
    , @Anonymousse
  46. It’s funny they had to do all these fan service/safe option/inoffensive things because the first movie was specifically broadcasting the message that the “past must die” to throw it up in the faces of the original fans, and of course promote new product.

    Speaking of selling toys at any cost, here’s something fucked up I was thinking about… So because these new movies are hot garbage, they have had to rely on tricking peoples nostalgia. That’s why they dug Lando out of his retirement home, why Luke is still important, and why the droids are still hanging around. This is also the reason they have used Princess Leia’s likeness. Even though Carrie Fischer has died, Disney is still putting her to work. How ghoulish is capitalism/consumerism that even the most faithful minions won’t be allowed their due rest. Because the share holders come before everything else, Carrie Fischer has basically been enslaved from beyond the grave. That’s capitalism for you… even death is not an excuse to stop product production.

  47. I was leaning against seeing this movie, though I saw all the rest. Thanks for the help. No way am I sitting through that. Shouldn’t we be glad if this is the one that is so bad that they finally stop making them?

    In any case, I already spent my movie bucks for the winter on “Richard Jewell” and it was well worth it.

  48. Z-man says:
    @Kevin O'Keeffe

    If Newmanium alludes to the total takeover of the franchise by The TRIBE then yeah it’s very funny.

    I won’t see any new STAR WARS movies, since having made the mistake of sitting through Lucas’s JAR-JAR BINKS TRILOGY*.

    Those three are ‘high art’ compared to this current swill. I saw the first one with Solo being killed by his Joo-ish son and Luke as an old man on top of a mountain. That was it for me.

    *I’ve fast forwarded or ignored any jar jar binks appearances as much as I could when I watched them. I think I took my kid to see these movies way back when, wow the last one was 2005. That’s a long time ago, relatively speaking. Those three had enough good material for two movies. (Grin)

    • Replies: @Anonymousse
  49. Dumbo says:
    @Anon

    LOL. Yes the main point of this new trilogy seem to be the Multi-galaxial Rebels may destroy an Empire, but are totally incompetent at building anything. Just 20 years after they destroyed the Evil Empire, they were not able to create anything in its place, and the Evil Space Nazis are already on top of things again, kicking their ass and building a new Death Star.

    And of course, all the members of the original gang had to die in pathetic ways, and be substituted by a black, a lesbian, an asian, etc. I think the whole point of this trilogy was just to destroy the original material, not to create anything new.

  50. Harbinger says:

    What’s happening is, especially with the latest offering from the ADL – Sacha Baron Cohen’s speech on controlling the internet, people are waking up. The Jews are terrified, as they should be and so they’re desperately trying to bring their agenda to a rapid close. The only problem is, their agenda is the ‘boiling a frog in water’ scenario and once your turn up the heat, a little too high, the frog’s going to jump out.

    It’s not just films and TV that this agenda is being promoted in. Having been one of the original video game whizzkids of the 80’s and an avid gamer, for most of my life, I’ve watched as the gaming industry has been taken over by big money corporate and agenda after agenda rammed down people’s throats. And of course, many have shunned gaming because of it. For example, they decided to make the latest offering of a first person shoot ’em up, set in WW2, with a female lead character, with a prosthetic arm, bashing the evil nazis with a spiked club. People just laughed. Then of course, it was also full of blacks in the German armed forces (and British) in order to continue promoting diversity.

    All industries are under the constant agenda promotion of the Jew.
    And the reality for them is the modern catchphrase – “Got woke, went broke“.

    As for the movie, well, there’s more chance of me winning the lottery, which I don’t play, that not only going to see this movie, but any movie coming out of the west. I’ve seen six movies in the last twenty years on the cinema – Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit Trilogy. The last Star Wars movie I watched was pirated and that was Episode 3, of the dreadful prequels to Lucas’ original trilogy. That put me off them for good. When I heard of a ‘reboot’ I just laughed.
    I just have no interest in watching an action movie, with a female ‘girl-power’ lead along with a black. I can’t relate to both. “Oh you’re just sexist and racist” – nope, I just find it laughable to see women jumping around bashing the crap out of men twice their size and black people, not of my culture, history or nation either. Children play make believe, not adults and it’s probably why they’re going to enjoy this before adults. However, that stated, although the original movies were certainly ‘make believe’ they still had an aura of reality about them, unlike the constant stream of ‘jokes’ coming out of movies in the west, who end up killing off the male leads/storylines in order to promote the female agenda.
    Look at how the latest Ghostbusters movie was totally slated? It’s the same with all the ‘all’ female remakes that are being vomited out these days, such as the remake of the latest remake of Charlie’s Angels. And the remake of Ocean’s Eleven with an all female cast. And women are blaming men for the failure of their dreadful movies. The ‘evil patriarchy’ as we’re all told.

    I left Hollywood a long time ago, really. Sure, I’ve seen the JRR Tolkien movies, but that’s only because they’ve always been favourites.
    Hollywood has always been Jewish, but now even more so. Pretty much 99% of all films coming out of the west are written by them, directed by them and most certainly produced by them. Sure, people will say “yeah and they’re destroying every establishment in the west” and I’ll agree , but then that’s one of the agendas; you can’t have a new world until you’ve destroyed the old one.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  51. Z-man says:

    Has anybody seen the new ‘A Chrismas Carol’ with one of my favorite actors Guy Pearce in it. Dark and depressing, Pearce doesn’t get a chance to evolve to the happier ending of ‘Carols’ of the past and Cratchit’s wife is now a mulatto. Geesh*t!

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    , @Harbinger
    , @Dumbo
  52. @Svevlad

    The first two star wars were fun. Then it became farce. Now it’s tradgedy. Anything for a buck.

  53. The biggest takeaway from this shitshow is the defamation of Luke Skywalker, one of the last universally-known heroic White guys, made into an emo nihilist.

    Duck Fisney, right in the neck.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  54. I’m happy I didn’t watch it, nor the previous installation. But I’m also happy it was made, because I’m having some fun reading the reviews.

  55. @Dumbo

    There’s no other explanation for the fact that Jew Jew Abrams continues to make movies except for ethnic nepotism. I never saw or heard of anything original or interesting that he has ever done.

    His films make funny, and they reinforce the Globohomo zeitgeist. I’m pretty sure they’re a success on his terms.

  56. More from HolyJew.
    Paying money to be told you are inferior by people who ARE inferior.
    Look at Harvey Weinstein or J.J.Abrams, does that look like the pinnacle of genetic success? It is if lying, perversion and nepotism is considered success.

    Boycott Hellywood. Keep your shekels. You’ll need them. They are melting down the dollar as we speak.

    • Agree: Trinity
  57. @Buzz Mohawk

    @Buzz Mohawk,

    “I plan to show her Trevor Lynch’s review here before we go.”

    Don’t be a dick. Take your wife to dinner and a movie she will enjoy. You will be glad you did.

  58. Omegabooks [AKA "Anon"] says: • Website

    So Rey confronts the Emperor on Mordor. Really? Mordor? But I guess Disney has waaaaayyyy too much money such that if JRR Tolkein was still alive it wouldn’t be worth suing Disney for any sort of copyright infringment…

  59. Mr. Anon says:
    @Z-man

    Has anybody seen the new ‘A Chrismas Carol’……

    I could tell from the ads for it that it is complete crap. More retconning of diversity into Victorian England. And it seems to be filled with violence and dark, edgy scenes. Everything on TV now is “dark” and “edgy”. F**k that. They’re pissing all over our cultural canon.

    If you want to see a good retelling of A Christmas Carol, watch the 1951 version with Alistair Sim. It is by far the best.

    • Agree: Z-man
    • Replies: @Sol
  60. Harbinger says:
    @Z-man

    There really is only one ‘A Christmas Carol’ and that’s the 1971 musical version with the late Albert Finney. A true gem of a movie, but never shown on UK TV due to the fact that it’s just oh, so, incredibly white. Yes, a movie that typifies London of the day and English people. Watching it is like stepping into an alternative reality.

  61. Corvinus says:

    “Even I didn’t expect Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to be this bad. It is simply a terrible movie: derivative, incoherent, arbitrary, superficial, and deeply boring and uninvolving—despite, or maybe because of, the frenetic action sequences, dazzling duels, and effects so special they’ll leave carbon scoring on your eyeballs. The Rise of Skywalker is 2 hours, 22 minutes long, which is long enough, but it feels even longer. I saw it in a half-empty theatre, and when Harrison Ford showed up on the screen, a whole row of people began streaming toward the exits. It would have been the last straw for me too, but I had my duty to you, dear reader, to sustain me.”

    LOL, what is derivative and arbitrary is this entire “movie review”. It’s as if the author is on Alt Right steroids.

  62. Dumbo says:
    @Z-man

    I saw the trailer for that one. An awful lot of black people for a story set in Victorian England…

    Reminds me of another (terrible) recent English film which I don’t remember now the title, set in an even earlier period and also full of black characters, including a supposed baroness or duchess.

    • Replies: @Harbinger
    , @Z-man
  63. Harbinger says:
    @Dumbo

    Yes, the BFI is now churning out a constant stream of ‘period’ dramas. One of their latest ones was about Mary, Queen of Scots. I remember watching a clip and simply laughed when one of her cast was a black man, a confident of her majesty. Let alone that any black man, of the time would have been educated, the fact that he was fraternising with the aristocracy simply beggars belief. The black man, of the time, would have been looked upon by whites, not differently to how Jews look upon non Jews.

    This, ‘blackwashing’ of history is now running on all cylinders. They are desperately trying to promote as many black people, in TV and films as humanely possible. The black population of the UK is just under 3 million people, most of whom are located in London, Birmingham and Manchester. This means they make up under 3% of the overall population. Yet, they are vastly disproportionally represented in film, TV, university admissions (positive discrimination while in the USA it’s called affirmative action) and of course sports. There’s a website that follows TV, here in the UK, showing the blatant promotion of blacks, historical rewriting when it comes to race and of course, almost every advert in the UK now is full of blacks and/or promoting miscegenation. Anyone watching UK TV, from outside the UK would think that the black population of the UK was around 60% if not more.

    https://uniformpattern.blogspot.com/

    What really angers me is that I have absolutely no hatred for anyone, but I am incensed by this rewriting of history and the lie that Britain has always been a mongrel country (in the concept of mixing of races). This is doing two things to the people of the UK. Firstly it’s making those who know the truth to become angry and certainly pushing them down the road towards militant behaviour. Secondly, it’s indoctrinating the younger generations and brainwashing the older, stupider ones, who don’t bother to educate themselves, on reality and choose to ‘tag along’ with the agenda so as to not be offensive. It’s pathetic.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  64. songbird says:

    I’d like to see Disney fall flat on its face for pushing globohomo, but I think the reality is that it has too many different revenue streams, and surprisingly, almost something like a monopoly on releases.

    If I were the Chinese, I would make Disney an especial target. A lot of people don’t want to take their kids to this stuff, and there is a big market for kids’ movies.

    • Replies: @c matt
  65. @Altai

    People seem to give Kathleen Kennedy a hard time but it was JJ Abrams that landed the fatal blow to this series.

    Blame Lucas uber alles. He grew more childish with the years. His first film was masterpiece THX 1138. Then, he made AMERICAN GRAFFITI and was poised to make APOCALYPSE NOW. But he made STAR WARS, which was pretty thrilling at the time. But he seemed to grow backwards. Each new installment of STAR WARS series got sillier. EMPIRE was ridiculous in its polarities: It was, at once, darker and heavier than STAR WARS, but also had Kermit’s grandpa as the master, truly silly stuff. Ridiculous.
    And RETURN OF JEDI began like SESAME STREET with Jabba and cast of freaks. And more muppets throughout. Lando’s co-pilot is a squid-faced muppet. And the rebels are led by Akbar who looks like a cross between a Negro and grouper fish. And the empire is brought down by a bunch of teddy bears. So, from the first one to the third one, it got more childish and stupider.

    Then the next trilogy. With all the passage of time and advancement in technology, one might have expected Lucas to finally do it right. But PHANTOM is even worse than RETURN OF JEDI. ATTACK OF CLONES at least has superduper special effects if not much else. REVENGE OF SITH has a great opening battle scene but the rest was pretty boring, and Portman and the Hayden kid were insufferable.

    Still, one could argue that the cycle was finally finished. The six movies constituted a universe unto themselves, and at their best, had genuine moments of wonder and original design. And Lucas could have left it at that, but the moron, who married some negress, sold the thing to Judeo-Disney. The difference between STAR WARS and STAR TREK was the first was a closed system whereas the latter was an open system. Well, long live the difference, but in Judeo-Disney hands, it was turned into another STAR TREK thingy.

    Also, if Spielberg paid his dues and rose to prominence with show of real talent, JJ Abraham has been groomed and promoted by the industry as designated heir of Spielberg, not least because he resembles Eisenstein perhaps. He was chosen than self-made. A sense of entitlement reeks from all his works. Consider what Spielberg could do with a car and truck in THE DUEL. And most of the suspense in JAWS comes from three men and a boat. As the shark shows up only in the end, that’s all Spielberg had to work with, but what a wunderkind he was. In contrast, JJ can build 100s of millions and fail to come up with an original moment.

    Anyway, blame Lucas for Benjamin-Button Disease. He grew up backwards emotionally. Hiding from the world in his Skywalker ranch like dragon in a lair, he became like Michael Jackson in Neverland.

  66. @Dumbo

    There’s no other explanation for the fact that Jew Jew Abrams continues to make movies except for ethnic nepotism. I never saw or heard of anything original or interesting that he has ever done.

    It’s like the first crop of Neocons were genuinely interesting and original thinkers.
    But their children are real do-do’s. JJ is the William Kristol of Hollywood.

  67. “..
    So keep your auditions for somebody
    Who hasn’t got so much to lose
    ‘Cause you can tell by the lines I’m reciting
    That I’ve seen that movie too..”

    Sir Elton John

  68. @Prester John

    “Star Wars” should have been shut down after “Return of The Jedi.” Lucas etal. had already accomplished what they set out to do. And, dammit, why didn’t they keep the Ewok “Nub-Nub” song? It was perfect way to cap off what was otherwise a bittersweet ending.

    The first one is the only one that I care about though I don’t wanna see it again. It was amazing at the time, and it’s opening scene is still one for the ages. EMPIRE has a pretty thrilling duel at the end, but the idea of Luke learning his tricks from Kermit’s grampy made it all very silly. RETURN was a farce. Also, Lucas is worst when he gets most serious. He said at the time that the Ewoks were like the Viet Cong, i.e. all the industrial power can’t defeat a determined foe. But Vietnamese were not stone-age hunter-gatherers. They were highly civilized people with organization and ideology. Also, they had modern weapons sent to them by the Soviet empire and Red China. And it took 8 yrs for them to prevail, at the cost of over million lives. It takes an afternoon for Ewoks to beat up all the Storm Troopers on Ewokonia. Ewoks are more like Aborigines of Australia and Indians of America, and we know what happened to them. Lucas should just shut up about politics and just deal with optics. Of course, it didn’t help that Joseph Campbell praised STAR WARS to the skies, which filled Lucas’ head with even sillier ideas. (By the way, today’s ‘Woke’ people might be called E-wokes).

    In the first trilogy, the first one matters. It was an event like no other, and nothing since, not even AVATAR, has matched the excitement it generated. It really was a new hope than a new hype, what we get these days. I know many prefer EMPIRE for its darkness, but it’s too silly for tragedy. It’s like mixing screwball comedy with DOCTOR ZHIVAGO.
    The other notable SW movie is ATTACK OF CLONES because, at least in terms of technology, Lucas finally got to do what he wanted with special effects. ATTACK has lame drama and storyline, but what visual wonders from car chase to the long drawn-out battle scenes at the end. So, the first one was truly novel, and the ATTACK was the fulfillment of Lucas’ technological ambition.

  69. @Svevlad

    What? A smart guy on here? How’d you get under the fence?

    • LOL: Old Prude
    • Troll: Anonymousse
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  70. I am impressed at how this Child Wonder Writer gets paid for writing plot summaries.

    He’d get a D in Freshman Comp 102 (in right and true world, that is, not a grade-inflated one).

    • Replies: @Anon
  71. I saw the first Star Wars film in the late seventies because a friend gave me a free ticket; it was an OK way to spend a few hours, but nothing more.

    When “educated” people I knew started to tell me how wonderful the Star Wars series of films was, I knew this country was done. Since then I’ve seen no reason to change my mind.

  72. @Harbinger

    I just have no interest in watching an action movie, with a female ‘girl-power’ lead along with a black.

    Girl power is boring, but babe rave is pretty cool. The problem is babe rave got politicized into girl power. Movies are fantasy. Also, there babe rave is hardly new in myths and legends. Greeks has hunter goddess Artemis and warrior goddess Athena. There’s the mythical Amazons.
    Germanic mythology has the Valkyries.

    In the frontier West, women had to learn to shoot guns and ride horses. And Annie Oakley was a beloved staple of Buffalo’s Bill Wild West. And the notorious Belle Starr had her day in the sun.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_Starr#Story_becomes_popularized

    RESIDENT EVIL has a cool killer babe with Milla Jovovich in the role of a lifetime. The series is trashy but moves briskly and is endlessly watchable because it doesn’t get bogged down with ‘meaning’ or ‘depth’. It knows its limitations and is rather ingenious in rebooting and configuring the trajectory of the series with every movie. It is good trash. Yukari Oshima was pretty good in trashy martial arts flicks.

    Miyazaki made two action epics with heroines(and villainesses). NAUSICAA is mostly outstanding, but MONONOKE is too grim for animation and outlandish for a Japanese folklore. Though obviously the female characters’ powers are wildly exaggerated, they are not Mariko Sukiyakis. The best babe rave series is Bubblegum Crisis the original. Though made as future fantasy, it might actually prove to be prophetic, even for Japan where the native population is now dying off and being replaced by global masses.

  73. Yaakov says:

    Harrison Ford.. Masculine male. Carrie Fisher.. formerly attractive hottie, wearing a crotch revealing plastic slave suit. Mark Hamill…. Somewhat masculine male; definitely not a twink. Etc. All reasonably in shape with good genetics for the screen.

    Nu Wars? UGHs. Out of shape, poor genetics, not even trying to look good.

    No amount of special effects can make up for eye sewage and a bad script.

  74. Sol says:
    @Mr. Anon

    BBC War of the World’s could have been interesting but it had white-knighting males (so Victorian/Edwardian) and a strong female.

  75. Yaakov says:
    @Trinity

    No masculine male of any race should watch this drech. And it’s high time to return to white ethnicities rather than the Jew idea of a white egalitarian race. That’s the damn problem. Our (((Fellow Whites))) have put us in the same hopper. I don’t identify with the gutless filth at a Starbucks. Fellow Celts, Slavs and even the Itals have held on to values that the Socialists of Northern Europe seem to have abandoned. And since when have the Brits of Perfidious Albion been our friends? Have we forgotten what the Brit lugenpresse did? The Irish Genocide, the Scottish Highland replacement, not to mention the policies that brought us the Middle East muddle that resulted from the Balfour Declaration and the creation by terror of the state of Israel. All, and more, covered up by the British propaganda machine in the popular press and academia. Sounds familiar, and with the same (((people))) behind the throne since Cromwell.

    I for one welcome July 4th as a freedom from the British Tyranny now unleashed in the Isles and Commonwealth, though revisited by the power mad dictator FDR. Until Caucasian men jettison their fixations with the English monarchy and realize that the Brits (with their (((masters))) behind the scenes) are still an enemy to be dealt with. Just like the Jewish state, they are anything but good friends and allies, as their recent activities against an elected US president have proven. Stand for your tribe, just like the Jews and Arabs do. To allow the b.s. that the MSN and propaganda ministries use is to be swept away with the Socialist tide.

    • Agree: Beefcake the Mighty
  76. How about y’all stop giving money to people who want us dead? This is such low hanging fruit, but people still blunder over to the theater and hand over their money. Even right wing geek sites are creaming over Baby Yoda. JFC…

  77. donut says:

    “The trouble is that, for all his Gungans and Ewoks and juvenile dialogue, George Lucas’ Star Wars still had a bit more realism and existential heft and credibility than Roadrunner cartoons.”

    Disagree .

    Here is a more realistic version of Star Wars only lacking Antifa and the impeachment of Darth Vader .

  78. only two of many inconsistencies and shortcomings since the original star wars :
    .
    1. light sabers are -with only one exception i remember- used in ‘sword’ fights analagous to regular, steel swords, instead of the technical contraptions they are… (aside from the various exotic configurations) for instance, there would be a whole range of new offensive and defensive moves that would be necessary with a blade that can ‘retract’ and ‘extend’ instantaneously… we get none of that, might as well have been choreographed from an errol flynn 40’s movie swordfight…
    .
    2. with the obvious exception of large droid armies, patrolling droids, etc; NO DOUBT hordes of mini, micro, and nano botz, droids and drones would have been deployed in these advanced technological contexts… i only remember one scene where someone deploys a couple-few basketball sized hover-drones to scout out a town; otherwise, they would have been ubiquitous, they are not…

    • Replies: @Pericles
  79. @Sick of Orcs

    The biggest takeaway from this shitshow is the defamation of Luke Skywalker, one of the last universally-known heroic White guys, made into an emo nihilist.

    Actually, Luke Skywalker was hardly the main attraction of STAR WARS.
    In the first movie, he was just some excitable young man. In EMPIRE, Ford-Fisher banter stole the show. Luke learning to be Jedi Knight on Dago’s Bar was dull as hell. In RETURN, Hamill looked and acted like an overgrown Ricky Schroeder, and he lacked the requisite aura as a grand Jedi master. RETURN’s main attraction was the special effects, more and better than the previous two movies though, overall, RETURN was pretty dumb.

    If there’s a dramatic arch throughout the entire series, the key character is Ben Kenobi, and the best thing about the PHANTOM, ATTACK, and REVENGE is Ewan McGregor as Kenobi, not least because he can actually act unlike Hamill and Christensen. After his master’s death, young Ben took it upon himself to raise Annakin to be The One. But he failed, and Annakin went to the dark side. And we really do see growth and shades of depth in the transformation of Ben Kenobi from PHANTOM to SITH. One of the few genuinely emotional moments is when Kenobi cuts off Annakin’s legs and leaves him to die. In the next three movies, Kenobi tries to guide Luke in the right direction. Even though he dies in STAR WARS, his spirit guides Luke throughout the next two films. Ford did a good job as a swaggering swashbuckler and James Earl Jones did fine voice-acting as Darth. But Christensen, Portman, Hamill, and Fisher all failed on the dramatic level. The only major character with dramatic substance was Kenobi, well played by both McGregor and Guinness.

    • Replies: @Sick of Orcs
  80. Z-man says:
    @Harbinger

    Well I’m not as good as you. I’m disgusted by all this ‘blackwashing’, and the people who push this BS revisionism I HATE. (Grin)
    If you think that’s bad how’s about the 21st Century PC commercials plastered all over the ‘airwaves’. They are pushing interracial mixing at a furious pace, whether it’s a car commercial or selling yogurt. The thing is this belies the statistics that show that most whites mate with other whites and most blacks stay with blacks and asians and so on. Sure there’s been a small increase in the last 50 years but it should not be encouraged with propoganda which it is by the Satans that run the media.

  81. Z-man says:
    @Dumbo

    …and btw, Mrs Cratchit is not only a mulatto but she’s an ugly mulatto at that! (Grin)

  82. IvyMike says:

    I saw the 1st S Wars on opening night, still haven’t got over my surprise that someone could make such a bad movie. I see from the reviews they still haven’t made a good one.
    I mean, Mark Hamill? Great cosmic joke he became fabulously wealthy acting.

  83. Star Wars was always judaic satanic crap Luca and John Campbell have a special place in hell for their sickness

  84. All these people claiming to have ALWAYS hated Star Wars remind me of the people who claimed they ALWAYS hated disco. It was hard to see how disco could have been such a huge thing, given that nobody would admit to having liked it.

    • LOL: Z-man
  85. @CBTerry

    I cannot find it online, but anybody who takes any part of Star Wars seriously needs to read John Simon’s evisceration of The Empire Strikes Back

    That’s in the compilation REVERSE ANGLE. Funny as hell review.

    Kauffmann didn’t think too much of STAR WARS either.

    https://newrepublic.com/article/125424/innocences-star-wars-iv-a-new-hope-review-stanley-kauffmann

    https://newrepublic.com/article/125443/star-wars-impervious-film-criticism

    https://newrepublic.com/authors/stanley-kauffmann

    STAR WARS was not on the top 10 list in Village Voice.

    https://www.villagevoice.com/2017/08/01/10-best-movies-1977/

    The movie was reviewed by Molly Haskell, wife of Andrew Sarris

    https://www.villagevoice.com/1977/05/30/galactic-graffiti-star-wars-reviewed/

    Rosenbaum totally hated STAR WARS

    https://www.jonathanrosenbaum.net/1977/10/the-solitary-pleasures-of-star-wars-tk/

    https://www.jonathanrosenbaum.net/2018/06/excessive-use-of-the-force/

    Critics who bashed STAR WARS

    https://screenrant.com/worst-original-reviews-star-wars-a-new-hope/

    But plenty of critics liked it too.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_(film)#Critical_response

    • Replies: @CBTerry
  86. @Dumbo

    I like it. It was far faster to read a summary than to watch a 2.5 hour movie. Not that I would have anyways, but at least I can laugh at it as though I had.

  87. The success of the original Star Wars movie was mostly due to great production design and a few very good set pieces. The light-Sabres looked cool and were a great idea, Darth Vader’s costume looked awesome, the Death Star and Han’s spaceship looked cool, the Jawas and Sand People looked cool. Aside from a couple of great set pieces, the movie itself is mostly a lot of boring routine shootouts, chase scenes and perils of Pauline escapes.

    But it shows you the importance of a great entrance, or a great opening: the chase scene where the little spaceship is being pursued by the bigger spaceship… which as the shot continues turns out to be much, much, MUCH larger than you expected it to be. THAT is the bit that sold the entire movie, it really made you sit up in your seat. After that master stroke, the audience was primed to buy anything.

  88. niceland says:

    Just read the article this morning and watched the movie very late in the evening. I disagree with the author of this article quite a bit.

    The supreme hero of the movie is Rey who happens to be a beautiful white girl who saved the galaxy. She did so with support and guidance from the ghosts from the past, Luke and Han Solo. Leia had a role as the the grand old lady. So the heavy lifting movers and shakers with god like powers are all white people. The rest is on par with Chewbacca – brave followers, people of color, droids and aliens.

    As for the story it’s been unconvincing and shallow from the start and only gotten worse. This movie follows the formula. It makes little sense to expect a grand finale with great storytelling to wrap up the mess. But it takes you to the Star Wars universe that you got interested in as a kid. I was 9 when the first movie came out. With couple of beers you get a little nostalgia kick out of this one like expected. And you knew there was no George RR Martin involved. So no disappointments so to speak.

    Was Star Wars ever good SciFi – perhaps the first one for a 9 year old but that’s about it.

    • Replies: @Sol
  89. @Corvinus

    Corvinus loved it.

    This is Corvinus and the conservatives enjoying the sexual tension between Poe and Finn.

    Gosh you’re right Corvinus. Everybody loved it! Disney Starwars is a raging success. Just like Conservativism.

    • Replies: @Lurker
  90. Willem says:
    @Trevor Lynch

    I liked StarWars when I was a kid. Then I grew over it.

    I am sure though that I would have hated all the sequels from the 1990s onwards, even if I had been a kid at the time.

    To me it seems there was StarWars, and then there was ‘StarWars’. Two completely different things. StarWars gave you the idea that there was another world out there where evil could be won by rebelling evilness. ‘StarWars’, on the other hand, is a complete mind-fuck.

  91. @Priss Factor

    Luke’s journey is The Hero’s Journey, told and retold for thousands of years.

    In the current shitquels, Hamill never got to play the elder Kenobi role of wizened advisor. The circle never completed.

    I respect that you preferred other elements of the films; my focus remains on the trashing of Luke Skywalker.

    Before this latest cinematic travesty, Luke slew the Emperor and ‘blowed-up’ the first Death Star. He was the very symbol of heroism. Giving up everything over his whiny nephew was absurd.

    Sidenote: if you’re going to use a lightsaber to kill someone sleeping, you don’t ignite it standing over them, you place the emitter next to their temple then ignite.

    • Replies: @Trevor Lynch
  92. I strongly suggest the writer Of This text to critique a Russian movie “Island” (rus. Остров).

  93. Christo says:

    “Findu” LOL , +1 Lynch

  94. Pericles says:
    @art guerrilla

    In the ‘first’ movie (Phantom Menace) there are lots of robot soldiers; a few decades later in the ‘fourth’ movie (A New Hope) there are just smallish numbers of worker robots around. Clearly something went quite wrong in between.

  95. @Sick of Orcs

    One of the patterns of the new trilogy is to turn the heroes of the first trilogy into failures. Thought the Empire was vanquished? Wrong. And now we learn that even Palpatine was not dead. Abrams and Rian Johnson obviously hate Star Wars or they would not make a mockery of it while enriching themselves on Lucas’ legacy.

  96. @Dumbo

    (Why “Lynch” feels the need to recount every scene of every film he reviews, I have no idea – more than reviews he seems to do commented summaries of films.)

    Yes, and other reviewers on Counter-Currents act as if this were an editorial policy. There are some excellent actual movie reviews on that site from the likes of de Camp, Jilveey, and others, but most of the younger crowd goes with the lazy plot summary + comment format.

    I think Greg Johnson got in the habit of doing this because he traditionally reviews non-fiction books that the reader isn’t expected to go through himself. His approach might be the best fit for that purpose (imho, it is), but runs the risk of looking like the product of a grade-school assignment when it’s applied to fiction. Writers are creatures of habit, I guess.

    • Replies: @Trevor Lynch
  97. afdasfd says:
    @Corvinus

    I guess Corfagus’ boyfriend stopped giving him some.

  98. Damn near perfect review. Manohla Dargis could learn from it. I hate Star Wars, but this was hilarious and, for me, justifies the former’s existence.

    Perhaps Disney’s next Star Wars trilogy can focus on the adventures of Palpatine’s nephew’s girlfriend’s roommate.

    “I AM YOUR FATHER’S BROTHER’S NEPHEW’S COUSIN’S FORMER ROOMMATE.”

  99. Sparkon says:
    @Trevor Lynch

    Disco was a lot of fun at the time for couples and singles who liked to go out dancing at nice clubs. Unfortunately, there has always been a certain subset of guys who can’t or won’t dance, but who came out to discos anyway to drink, hang out, and try to get laid. Yea, at the beginning, there really were a lot of good-looking, slender, well-dressed, well-groomed dames at discos. It was a welcome change from the barefoot, hayseed, field-hippy look that some from both sexes had affected in the late ’60s.

    One tactic for the non-dancing dudes was to falsely demean guys who did dance as queers, and sure enough, pretty soon the queers did take over most discos, attracted by the false rumors, I suppose. Then former playboy but durable sourpuss and expert partypooper Ronald Reagan was elected, and we got a lot of that rough punk music leading downward to slam dancing and mosh pits.

    Between the queers and the punks, discos and most social dancing were destroyed.

    I was still under the spell of cinema at the time, and I enjoyed the original Star Wars, but I never thought Carrie Fisher was very attractive at all, and the Star Wars formula wore out quickly for me anway, although I saw all of the original trilogy in theaters. Now I have SWII, Attack of the Clones on DVD, but I no longer have the energy, interest, or attention span to sit and watch a movie from start to finish, but I sometimes play movies with the sound muted just for the dynamic background visuals, like a painting on the wall that’s always changing.

    Even the boob tube is a lot better with the sound off.

    Speaking of space operas, last night, MeTV had the Star Trek episode “The Immunity Syndrome” where Kirk, Spock, and Bones took on “an enormous space amoeba” that dished out that old ST standby — camera shaking! — as the Enterprise was being sucked into, you know, the irresistible force of an amoeba vortex, or something. Bones even took a spill during one set of especially severe camera vibrations near the climax of the amoeba’s powerful space suckage. What excitement as the enormous amoeba drew near! And what a shocking and unexpected denouement as the Enterprise blasted through the enormous amoeba, with all of it captured in living space color on the Enterprise View Screen!

    No enormous space amoeba has even a snowball’s chance in hell with script writing like that.

    At first, the Star Trek producers maybe were just going to have a regular space amoeba, but shucks, they decided to go ahead on, and make it “an enormous space amoeba,” so while the episode might have needed more Shatner, it couldn’t possibly have needed any more space amoeba, which according to Spock was two to three thousand miles wide.

    In this episode, Capt. Kirk was resplendent in an uncharacteristic light green, form-fitting, plunging v-neck body shirt. Apparently his normal mustard-colored shirt was in the laundry, or perhaps the producers just decided to sex up this episode with More Shatner!

    Needs More Shatner! Art by Rabittooth at Deviant Art dot com

    But I take it More Harrison Ford is no longer effective.

  100. Ray P says:
    @Trevor Lynch

    Not disputing the subversion but it’s a common pulp fiction trope for the vanquished villain to return from death.

  101. Sol says:
    @niceland

    White women save the coloreds… So it’s recognizably the fantasy of a white American feminist… Kathleen Kennedy.

  102. @Threestars

    Please stop reading my stuff.

  103. Anon[398] • Disclaimer says:
    @Trevor Lynch

    By destroying canon, Jew Jew also destroyed the “Star Wars Shared Universe” concept and billions of future dollars from the Star Wars brand. I do not mean the “EU” either.

    The Clone Wars, Rebels, The Mandalorian, Rogue One, even Solo… all existed because Lucas had created a coherent and consistent setting, galactic history, backstories and mythology. Plus novels, comic books, video games, etc.

    Nobody cares about the backstory of Mace Dindu or Gaywad Pilot Guy. Nobody will care to find out “how Palpatine survived the Death Star exploding.” Nobody wants Rey’s dumb origin story. Nobody cares what happens to these new characters or to setting.

    No TV shows will be set in the post-TFA setting. No future sequels. No future stand-alone films.

    Like always with his tribe, Jew Jew pissed away a valuable industry in return for a CASH NOW grab. The Star Wars ”golden goose” has been financialized into a commodity and exploited into destruction.

  104. @Priss Factor

    Any movie with Marjoe Gortner is a must-see.

  105. Really amusing how some of you are blaming Jews for the decline of a fictional movie series when the non-Jewish creator already ran it into the ground and then sold it to Disney.

    The real problem is that too many man-boys have way too much nostalgia for the originals. The bad acting and corny scripting in the originals were muted by special effects. Empire is at least decent, I’ll give it that.

    Lucas is terrible at casting and Return of the Jedi had lazy writing (another death star with a vulnerability?). If Jedi wasn’t bad enough Lucas creates the garbage sequels that fanboys and the cowardly press can’t honestly review because they are too emotionally tied to their childhood.

    Oh boo hoo that Disney is just making visual crap out of them. Why not when people will keep paying for it?

    I would also point out that Lucas had all kinds of egalitarian and anti-Western messages in the original. The dark side was based in self-indulgent power and rationalism (good is then selfless egalitarianism and emotionalism). The empire was clearly meant to represent militaristic Anglo expansionism. He even had the uptight general with the British accent. The entire series is pro-individualist and anti-Western.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
    , @Dumbo
    , @Anon
  106. sggsdg says:
    @Svevlad

    I could make a remake of the entire thing and make it look like the Sistine chapel compared to the original.

    Why don’t you do it then, you pretentious twat?

  107. @Trevor Lynch

    One of the patterns of the new trilogy is to turn the heroes of the first trilogy into failures.

    But that’s par for the course. Every new Godzilla movie suggests all earlier efforts to destroy the monster failed. It’s back! Same with Dracula movies. For some reason, the son of a bitch is back to haunt humanity.

    Also, futility is an old theme in art. Germanic mythology is about gods and heroes who know they are doomed but fight on anyway, like Sisyphus never gives up.

    Of course, Judeo-Disney brought back the empire for more shekels, but this is hardly new or Jewish.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
  108. @John Johnson

    Really amusing how some of you are blaming Jews for the decline of a fictional movie series when the non-Jewish creator already ran it into the ground and then sold it to Disney.

    Yeah, the #1 culprit is none other than Lucas who betrayed himself and his creation. At one time, he said he’s gonna make money off STAR WARS and then work on personal projects. But instead, he just made more STAR WARS(and INDIANA JONES) movies, just like Stallone got stuck on expanding the ROCKY and RAMBO universes. Lucas never became a true personal artist, but still, STAR WARS was his baby and its best moments had visionary wonder. But then, he sold it to DISNEY. Merchandising was part of STAR WARS business from the start, but with Disney, the movies themselves became just a merchandise.

    Still, there’s no reason that the new crop of movies had to be THIS bad. After all, Disney has made some very impressive movies over the years(even though I don’t much care for them). In contrast, the Disney STAR WARS seems like a work of sabotage.
    Now, it makes no sense for DISNEY to dole out 4 billion to Lucas to sink the franchise, but there seems to be two conflicting Judeo-Disney agendas for STAR WARS. First, yes, they wanted to turn it into a financial extravaganza. Spawn more movies, more video games, more TV shows, more everything — not necessarily a good idea because what made STAR WARS special was the wait and anticipation; ubiquity kills STAR WARS.
    But another part of them wanted to destroy the Old Vision as overly ‘Aryan’ and crytpo-Nazi. After all, even though the good guys beat the Bad Space Nazis in the first movie, they seem like Good Space Nazis in the Riefelstahlian ending. Also, Lucas was chummy with mytho-fascist scholar Joseph Campbell who was also ‘antisemitic’. So, the Jews at Disney hollowed out the Old Vision and stuffed it with PC diversity stuff to the max, esp as Trump became president.

    Jews at Disney wanted to destroy Old STAR WARS and replace it with New STAR WARS and make tons of money off it, but STAR WARS loses its luster without its intrinsic ‘Aryan’-fascist aesthetics and thematics. (Of course, BBC and European TV now do the same thing by retro-fitting European legends, myths, and histories with cast of diversity, esp with blacks.) In a way, what Jews have done to STAR WARS is akin to what they did with Christianity, which is not a vessel of globo-homo.
    Jewish directions of Wagner operas haven’t been very helpful either. If Jews wanna mock STAR WARS, it should be done the SPACEBALLS way.

    https://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2015/09/26/on-contemporary-opera-and-wagners-jewry-in-music/

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    , @CBTerry
  109. Dumbo says:
    @Trevor Lynch

    I think the real problem is that they did not know what to do. They tried to create a kind of replacement villain in the first episode, the so-called “Supreme Leader Snoke”, but most rightly people found him ridiculous, so they killed him off in the second episode (in a pathetic way, by the way – one of the hallmarks of this new trilogy is that characters are killed or die in pathetic ways, from the heroes Han Solo and Luke to the villains). But then they did not have another villain and Kylo Ren was not very convincing either as a Dark Vader replacement, so they had to bring back the Emperor again.

    It’s clear that the only plan was – let’s put on a woman as main character, and a multi-culti task, and let’s kill all the old characters – but other than that they didn’t really know, or care.

  110. Dumbo says:
    @Priss Factor

    The “bad guy” with real presence in the original trilogy is not so much the Emperor as it is Dark Vader, even if he has a redemption at the end. Actually, I think that they tried to create a similar thing in the first episode of the new trilogy, with Kylo wearing a dumb mask, but that did not work, so they gave up on that idea in the other episodes, I think. I have seen only the first one and parts of the second.

    Nobody cares about the backstory of Mace Dindu or Gaywad Pilot Guy. Nobody will care to find out “how Palpatine survived the Death Star exploding.” Nobody wants Rey’s dumb origin story. Nobody cares what happens to these new characters or to setting.

    I think they did it mostly to sell toys. They can make new droids and aliens and stuff that people will buy, and rides in the Disney park, those can have any design and be based on anything as long as they have the “Star Wars” brand and parents will buy them for their children. But yeah, who cares about the new characters, no one.

  111. Dumbo says:
    @John Johnson

    Really amusing how some of you are blaming Jews for the decline of a fictional movie series when the non-Jewish creator already ran it into the ground and then sold it to Disney.

    The same thing happened to Disney as a whole by the way. Created by anglo Walt Disney, but then his sons apparently were not as smart and they ran into difficulties, so the Jews ended up taking over.

    Lucas is terrible at casting and Return of the Jedi had lazy writing (another death star with a vulnerability?).

    Yep. And the same is repeated in the new trilogy, twice too I think.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  112. Anon[398] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Johnson

    Lucas is terrible at casting and Return of the Jedi had lazy writing (another death star with a vulnerability?).

    If you read the original draft script for Star Wars from 1974, you will see Lucas originally had 1 story, which he broke into 3 films. The second Death Star in ROTJ seems repetitive, but that’s because Lucas was keeping to his original vision for 1974 story, which ended with the explosion of a Death Star.

    Supposedly Lucas had all 9 movies planned out in 1979. Yes, Lucas deviated from his plan many many times, as obvious in the prequels.

    But unlike Jew Jew, Lucas did have a master plan for his story.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  113. @Kevin O'Keeffe

    Kathleen Kennedy screwed the pooch when they began a trilogy with no plan. You should at least have an outline as to the story you want to tell. Instead you have directors writing single films that contradict each other and then having Jar Jar Abrams go back and retcon the second film.

    • Replies: @Anon
  114. @Priss Factor

    Still, there’s no reason that the new crop of movies had to be THIS bad.

    Have you watched some of their other movies lately? They have terrible writers and you can find plenty that aren’t Jewish.

    Try getting through Frozen, I dare you.

    I’m not at all convinced there is a Jewish conspiracy at work. Most of their movies and shows have lazy writing. It’s just corporate complacency.

    The problem is that Joe Q Public will go and watch just about anything. Too many people just go to the movies as a hobby. That’s why there are so many crappy superhero movies. Look at how many of those movies Sony has churned out. On quality control Disney still beats Sony.

    Jews at Disney wanted to destroy Old STAR WARS and replace it with New STAR WARS and make tons of money off it, but STAR WARS loses its luster without its intrinsic ‘Aryan’-fascist aesthetics and thematics.

    Where do the sequels fit into this theory? The acting is unbelievably awful and he brought in Samuel Jackson’s tired angry Black character which completely ruins the feel of it being a different era. Nataline Portman was horrible. How did Lucas not see that?

    What are you saying here anyways? That Disney is going to stick in some corny globalist writing where they slavishly checkbox every minority? Lucas did that already in episode 2. Remember team diversity jedi?

    There was nothing of merit to replace. You can’t ruin garbage.

    Disney could have a single scene of Natalie Portman taking a dump on tatooine and it would still be better than episode 1 and 2. I can’t believe people own those movies. They are terrible and our lying society tries to pretend otherwise for nostalgic reasons. Number 3 is OK but still has plenty of bad acting.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  115. @Anon

    If you read the original draft script for Star Wars from 1974, you will see Lucas originally had 1 story, which he broke into 3 films. The second Death Star in ROTJ seems repetitive, but that’s because Lucas was keeping to his original vision for 1974 story, which ended with the explosion of a Death Star.

    The history doesn’t change or excuse the fact that it is lazy writing and doesn’t make sense.

    If they had enough engineers to build a death star with an advanced weapon that can destroy planets then you’d think they would at least make sure the second one wasn’t vulnerable to the same type of attack. Are we supposed to believe that no one got an email on that?

    It’s lazy cut and paste writing and amazingly the concept was used AGAIN in Force Awakens. Why even have human writers? Just have a machine churn out hero blows up big planet base stories.

    • Replies: @Pericles
  116. Anon[398] • Disclaimer says:
    @fjarmstrong

    Even more amazing: Disney paid $4 billion in part for Lucas’s story outlines and plans, which Kathleen Kennedy apparently disposed of in the same trashcan she dumps her tampon wrappers.

  117. @John Johnson

    Have you watched some of their other movies lately? They have terrible writers and you can find plenty that aren’t Jewish. Try getting through Frozen, I dare you.

    I’m not at all convinced there is a Jewish conspiracy at work. Most of their movies and shows have lazy writing. It’s just corporate complacency.

    I’m not saying Jews are untalented. If anything, on average, Jews are more talented than most, esp in comedy. Look at most movies and TV shows from around the world, and they are trash, and Jews got nothing to do with that. But one problem with JJ Abrams is that he’s been groomed. He didn’t prove himself and pay his dues like Spielberg. He was anointed by the industry as the rightful heir without having done anything remarkable.

    And we’re not talking of conspiracies but prejudices. Jews tend to hold a certain worldviews, grudges, and biases, and surely STAR WARS was going to be remolded according to Jewish likes and dislikes. Look all around pop culture and media, and there is a certain Jewish pattern that emerges to deconstruct whiteness. The new STAR WARS fits right into the pattern.
    Of course, not only Jews hold such views, but they’ve led the way, and many ‘woke’ white cucks have been mentally molded by Jewish controlled academia and media. One thing for sure, Jews are worse than white cucks because of the sheer hypocrisy. While stupid white cucks really believe in PC nonsense, Jews push diversity on white nations but demand that Israel be defended as a Jewish state.

    Anyway, if STAR WARS had fallen into the hands of Greg Johnson and Counter-Currents, they too would mold it in their ‘image’ and to their liking. If Johnson produced/directed STAR WARS, all the characters would probably be white. He might cast Jews only as villains and blacks as savages.
    STAR WARS is now in Jewish hands, and there is no getting around the fact it’s been weighted with Jewish political biases. All sides do this. Nazis took JEW SUSS and made their own version that was heavily anti-Jewish.

    Jewish Power had two things in mind when it acquired STAR WARS. To squeeze more profits from it and to use it as a weapon in Culture War against whiteness. Let’s not kid ourselves. Especially since the rise of PC in the 60s, Pop Culture(movies, TV, advertising, pop music, etc) has been regarded especially by progs as the MAIN battlefield of winning hearts and minds. Biden himself said Jews pushed ‘gay marriage’ through sitcoms. And look at all those TV commercials pushing globo-homo even though soap and soup have nothing to do with buggery.

    Though people were always aware of the political aspects of pop culture, there used to be a time when serious people generally made a distinction between serious ideas & forms and pop culture. Leftists used to see pop culture as mainly capitalist tool of escapism. As such, many were anti-pop-culture. But with the fading of Marxist leftism and rise of proggy-hedonism, the ‘new left’ embraced pop culture, advertising, and other tools of capitalism as the most effective way to spread their ideas. STAR WARS has become part of that culture war.

    • Agree: Anonymousse
    • Replies: @John Johnson
  118. @Dumbo

    The same thing happened to Disney as a whole by the way. Created by anglo Walt Disney, but then his sons apparently were not as smart and they ran into difficulties, so the Jews ended up taking over.

    Also, the cost of animation skyrocketed. Even in the golden age of Disney, PHANTASIA was prohibitively expensive, and it took many years to recoup the cost.

    The decline in animation happened throughout the industry. Compare old TOM AND JERRY with new ones in the 60s. And Looney Tunes was a mere shell of itself in the 60s. To keep animation profitable, the product has to be pared down, like 60s TV SPIDERMAN(which was pretty clever and effective, making up for low budgets with weird sound effects and hip editing), FLINSTONES, and JETSONS. Also, those had humor to carry them over. DISNEY was never big on humor. Even Donald Duck and Mickey were no match to Bugs and Daffy.

    But another factor was the changing times. Disney stuck to family-centered programs when (1) the culture was rapidly changing, esp. against squareness, and (2) there were tons of ‘family’ shows on TV. But then, the 60s were a bad time for all of Hollywood as the studio system was all but gone but without a new system to take its place. It was a time of turmoil, and fate of Disney was no exception. MGM totally went under, and eventually all the studios were taken over by new people.

    From a financial viewpoint, Lucas was smart to sell STAR WARS. He had nothing more to add to the material. Also, he knew that the second trilogy failed to generate much excitement. There was much buzz about PHANTOM, but it was a huge disappointment, and neither ATTACK nor SITH could salvage Lucas’ reputation. Sure, the movies made lots of money, and there was the usual buzz, but no one regarded STAR WARS with awe anymore, not least because the rise of CGI made far-out special effects commonplace. From 1977 to the second TERMINATOR movie, Lucas and Spielberg were among the very few who could do truly outstanding special effects. But by the time second trilogy came out, it was nothing new or special, esp after MATRIX and alongside LOTR movies. Indeed, even STAR TREK movies had special effects as dazzling by then. It was a crowded field.

    Also, even though Lucas turned out to be a huge disappointment, we gotta give credit where it’s due. He, along with Coppola, made Kurosawa’s comeback possible with KAGEMUSHA. A student returning favor to the master. Also, it seems Lucas played a key role in getting Schrader’s MISHIMA finished. I don’t particularly care for it, but kudos to Lucas for helping out a peer.

    And the success of STAR WARS led to studios taking chances on works such as EXCALIBUR. After the failures of ZARDOZ and EXORCIST II, it seemed Boorman’s career was over, and he would never get to work on his dream project, but the Arthurian legends was Star-Warsy enough to get a go-ahead. And most likely BLADE RUNNER got the green light because the studio expected something like STAR WARS.

    https://scrapsfromtheloft.com/2017/12/26/excalibur-boormans-plunge-review-by-pauline-kael/

    https://scrapsfromtheloft.com/2019/01/15/blade-runner-interview-syd-mead/

    https://scrapsfromtheloft.com/2017/08/14/blade-runner-review-michael-dempsey-film-quarterly/

    Some other interesting reading:

    https://scrapsfromtheloft.com/2018/01/15/return-of-the-jedi-pauline-kael/

    https://scrapsfromtheloft.com/2018/02/16/al-pacino-playboy-interview-1979/

    https://scrapsfromtheloft.com/2019/02/24/the-empire-strikes-back-denis-wood/

    https://scrapsfromtheloft.com/2017/12/17/once-upon-a-time-in-the-west-1968-review-by-andrew-sarris-the-village-voice/

    https://scrapsfromtheloft.com/2016/11/04/mythmaking-kubrick-fellini/

  119. The best Star Wars movie after The New Hope was Space Balls.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  120. @Trevor Lynch

    One of the patterns of the new trilogy is to turn the heroes of the first trilogy into failures. Thought the Empire was vanquished? Wrong. And now we learn that even Palpatine was not dead. Abrams and Rian Johnson obviously hate Star Wars or they would not make a mockery of it while enriching themselves on Lucas’ legacy.

    Thank you for the comment! I enjoyed your review, which had more thought go into it than the shitquils.

    Whether or not Penisnose Abrams and Ruin Johnson deliberately set out to destroy the OT characters, they would be forced to include SJW insanity, it’s mandatory (or is that persondatory?) Both screwed the bantha.

    Maybe Jar Jar did want to make an ambitious movie until the Mouse told him who wears the red suspenders around here:

    “What are we gonna do with the old characters? Hamill’s in his mid-60s, Ford ejaculates graveyard dust plus he hates Han Solo. Carrie isn’t looking too fit. Are these three even gonna survive another trilogy in real life? SOFT REBOOT TIME.”

    • Replies: @Pericles
  121. @Milesglorious

    The best Star Wars movie after The New Hope was Space Balls.

    In this age of STAR WARS fatigue or STAR WEARY, something like Space Balls would be welcome relief. JEWS IN SPACE in History of the World Pt 1 is pretty good too. MARS ATTACK is also a pretty good parody of sci-fi, esp those of 1950s. LIFE OF BRIAN has a funny Star Wars parody.

    There was also Muppets from Space. Didn’t see it.

    Among the cheapie movies trying to cash in on STAR WARS craze was Laserblast.

  122. @Priss Factor

    Let’s not kid ourselves. Especially since the rise of PC in the 60s, Pop Culture(movies, TV, advertising, pop music, etc) has been regarded especially by progs as the MAIN battlefield of winning hearts and minds.

    This is because the left itself is built on fuzzy ideas that are better pushed through fiction.

    Where you and I differ is this assumption that non-Jewish Whites would all be pushing healthy family oriented programming if left to their own accord.

    I can list a dozen wealthy non-Jewish producers that produce nothing but garbage. So we are supposed to blame the Jews for brainwashing them? Doesn’t add up.

    The harsh reality is that there are plenty of White people that:
    1. Resent White society
    2. Prefer liberal ideas regardless of merit

    Mass media and fiction naturally attract liberals and egalitarians. It’s a complete myth that liberals value debate. They prefer to convey their ideas where there isn’t accountability.

    Yes Hollywood is disproportionately Jewish but I wouldn’t obsess over it. Nothing is stopping someone like Lucas from creating a family oriented studio.

    If you kicked Jewish producers out of Hollywood you would just be helping liberal non-Jewish producers.

  123. Abbybwood says:
    @Dumbo

    George Lucas sold his creative soul to the devil.

    Bob Iger’s new book says as much.

    Lucas gave all his story notes on the last three installments knowing that contractually NONE of the ideas had to be used.

    And of course, they screwed him. Not because his ideas/concepts were “bad” but because they COULD screw him. With his consent.

    Which means Lucas is a simple corporate whore just like all the others:

    Take the $$$ and run.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  124. @John Johnson

    Maybe, maybe not. The fact of the matter is that modern liberalism, and mass media as it’s primary weapon, IS Jewish dominated and reflects many characteristics of the Jewish collective. It’s thus irrelevant if some hypothetical or counterfactual conception of non-Jewish liberalism acted this way.

    On this particular movie, I didn’t think it was nearly as bad as this (very entertaining) review makes it out, but I’m still looking for a good reason to like it. Probably the best thing that can be said is, it’s a lot better than the PC dreck of the previous film (which had Culture of Critique written all over it).

    • Replies: @anon
    , @John Johnson
  125. anon[342] • Disclaimer says:
    @Beefcake the Mighty

    On this particular movie, I didn’t think it was nearly as bad

    That means you paid to watch it?
    lol, what a cuck you are.

  126. Anon[194] • Disclaimer says:
    @obwandiyag

    No, you’re just an Afro-moron, who doesn’t understand culture and it’s interactions with environment.

    If you think Science Fiction doesn’t matter, or popular media doesn’t matter, it’s because you’re a retarded Nafri faggot.

    If you think writing a plot summary for people who aren’t going to watch this Jew festival movie kill another franchise is stupid, it’s actually because you’re stupid.

    African’s can’t write Science Fiction, or fiction at all for that matter. So it’s not surprising.

    These books up for Hugo awards are all uniformly effluent trash, and the only reason they are up for consideration in the Hugo Awards is racial bias in favour of blacks and the stunning self-abnegation of the Quisling SJW and Jewish judges.

    The Black God’s Drums, by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com publishing)
    Binti: The Night Masquerade, by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com publishing)
    Black Panther: Long Live the King, written by Nnedi Okorafor and Aaron Covington, art by André Lima Araújo, Mario Del Pennino and Tana Ford (Marvel)

    These books don’t even rise to the level of Boys Own Comics or Mills and Boon.

    I mean seriously? It’s hilarious. You’re golems, plain and simple, and you think that big gust of cultural uplift somehow has a relationship to your merit. It’s actually hilarious.

    Your top Mufasas as soon as they get into a free speech environment are no different to Hotep DeQuan raving on the corner with his cup robbing corner shops. I read that Chisala thread, and shared it around. You both got your asses handed to you by some random nobody white/Jew kid in the MidWest. How telling is that. And that Berkeley ‘involuntariness’ theorist was also a feckless faggot.

    Black people have received $5trillion in aid from whites since about 1965. $5trillion. Is there ever a thankyou? Is there ever an expression of goodwill for that pathological altruism?

    Be careful, faggots. Because things are teetering on the total cessation of aid and the quarantine of your entire continent by the Chinese.

    Chanda’s next article is going to be really interesting.

    Skyrim Belongs to the Nords. It don’t belong to the Nigerian rapists.

    Self-deport. But keep commenting on the Unz Review from your mud-hut, because everytime you do it just adds to the slowly firming sentiment amongst whites that you people have to go home. Soon.

    This is what happens when you get non-Jews and Blacks with possession of a cultural artifact.

    Notice anything?

    The Empire is coming.

    Self-Deport.

    No one likes you. You don’t function as you’re supposed to economically or culturally – so you’re going to be sent home by the powers that be. It’s inevitable.

    • Replies: @Wtf
  127. @Beefcake the Mighty

    Maybe, maybe not. The fact of the matter is that modern liberalism, and mass media as it’s primary weapon, IS Jewish dominated and reflects many characteristics of the Jewish collective.

    I can tell you for a fact that liberal political writers are not majority Jewish. Heavily Jewish relative to their population sure but not a majority or even close.

    Hollywood has a lot of Jewish producers but I doubt they are a majority. It’s possible that was the case during the 50s when there were fewer studios.

    On this particular movie, I didn’t think it was nearly as bad as this (very entertaining) review makes it out, but I’m still looking for a good reason to like it.

    So you don’t like liberalism in movies and yet you are paying theater prices? Theater tickets are what fund Hollywood.

    I doubt I will even rent this garbage. I’d rather mow the lawn.

  128. @John Johnson

    LOL. Nice hasbara act you got going there.

    Where you and I differ is this assumption that non-Jewish Whites would all be pushing healthy family oriented programming if left to their own accord.

    Never said such. Never did. Look at Japan. It was the Japanese who came up with tentacle anime porn and ultra-violent horror movies. And one look at Bollywood, and you know people can be plenty retarded without Jews.

    Also, all this ‘family programming’ is just another kind of sickness and decadence. It’s like culture inside a bubble. Anti-septicism of bubble culture is no culture at all. True culture must engage with reality and truth. It has to come in contact with germs, without which immune system cannot be strengthened. Also, some germs have value.
    Later Disney grew sickly with ‘family’ programming and the rule to make everything G-rated. True culture must engage with germs without succumbing to them. Weimar culture is where the germs took over. And then Nazi culture failed because it was too antiseptic and demanded everything be ‘clean’. How to make yogurt? Not by freezing milk into germ-free solid. Not by letting milk go bad and turn sour. You make it by introducing the kind of germs that are beneficial in interaction with milk. Culture works much the same way.

    Whites, Jews, and etc. should be pushing TRUTHFUL programming, the real stuff of art. As darkness is a part of reality, truth culture must address it WITHOUT succumbing to it.

    I can list a dozen wealthy non-Jewish producers that produce nothing but garbage. So we are supposed to blame the Jews for brainwashing them? Doesn’t add up.

    No kidding. We are not in disagreement. Even talented goyim like Robert Altman and Brian DePalma made their share of total crap. Most people in entertainment, Jew or non-Jew, are just terrible. Most movies are crap. The real question, at least politically, is what is the crap used for?
    After all, even crap can be effective propaganda for or against your side.
    Most movies in Nazi Germany and Soviet Union were crap, but those made by Nazis were pro-Nazi and those made by Soviets were pro-Soviet.
    So, if the US were pro-white, even its crap would at least be pro-white, which is better than nothing. But with Jews controlling the US, most of the stuff, crap or non-crap, is made to be anti-white.

    The harsh reality is that there are plenty of White people that:
    1. Resent White society
    2. Prefer liberal ideas regardless of merit

    True, but it’s a matter of degrees. There’s a difference between being self-critical, which is good. Liberal strain in American society was mostly good and reformist. It made for progress.
    But what we have today isn’t mere criticism or reformism. It is pathological hatred of whiteness, and the people most responsible for mainly associating whites with holocaust and black slavery are Jews. White Liberals of the New Deal era were not self-hating. But today’s whites, even Cons, are such wussy-ass cucks. Who castrated them? Jews played a key role. After all, most whites, right and left, grow up under Jewish monopoly of media. So, even most non-Jewish commentators have been mentally molded by Jews. And there is the fear factor. The fact is anyone who notices Jewish power gets purged in America, a nation where even Chick Fil A has been pressured NOT to donate to Christian organizations that won’t cuck to globo-homo, a proxy of Jews. Sure, your hasbara mission is to deny all such, but let’s be honest for a sec.

    It’s true that liberals and such types generally go into arts and entertainment. But liberals today are different from liberals of yesteryear. Also, white liberalism in the past was sincere in its championing of greater equality and more liberty. White liberals wanted the same rules for everyone. But ever since Jews took over Liberalism, the new rule has been ‘liberal’ Jews get to be tribal and supremacist and push PC to shut down free speech. Instead of same rules for everyone, Jews have their own special rules while pushing different rules on others. When white liberals opposed racial discrimination, they meant equality for everyone. When Jews pretend to do likewise, they mean that whites should serve Zionist oppression of Palestinians.

    And even though the arts and academia attract more liberals, there were many more conservatives and even white race-ists in the arts in the past. So many Hollywood actors and directors were on the right and were staunch conservatives. But look around today, and clearly PC ideology and idolatry rigged things so that academia and arts are totally libby-dib, but worse, it’s not a true liberalism that is for free speech and expression for all sides. There used to be space for both John Wayne and Paul Newman. Today, anyone who thinks like Wayne would be purged from arts and culture. And while Hollywood can make movies about Muslim terrorists, not a single movie has been made about the Nakba. Indeed, there should a film studies about movies that have NOT been made. Their absence says more about the reality we live in.

    Mass media and fiction naturally attract liberals and egalitarians. It’s a complete myth that liberals value debate. They prefer to convey their ideas where there isn’t accountability.

    Do cons love debate? Why did Buckley purge Buchanan and Sobran to appease Jews?

    The fact is Liberals used to appreciate debate and controversy far more in the past, but that went away once liberalism went from ideology to ‘idology’. Ideology could be very wrong, but it’s still about ideas as applying equally to all. In contrast, ‘idology’ is about favoring certain groups as holy icons, and Jews say the holy three are Jews, blacks, and homos. So, whatever the holy three do cannot be wrong simply because they are holy. Jews can destroy the Middle East, but they are victims of ‘antisemitism’ if we notice. Blacks can rob and rape, but they are victims of ‘racism’ if we notice.

    Also, while there has always been the white left and white right, the problem with Jews is they tipped the balance in favor of the left and then corrupted the left by making it serve Jewish Tribal supremacism uber alles. What does Pelosi have in common with Trump? It’s “MUH ISRAEL”.

    Without Jews in the West, the white right and white left would be in balance, and that’d be a good thing as both right and left have something to offer. But Jews upset the balance. Paradoxically, Jews aided white anti-tribalists so that that their own tribalism could get first dibs on everything. Jews didn’t so much attack tribalism per se but attacked the particular tribalism of a rival group so that their own tribalism would have more elbow space, all the while pretending to be ‘liberal’. For Jews, liberalism has been a strategy, not a principle. Their ultimate goal is tribal hegemony and supremacism.

  129. @Abbybwood

    Lucas gave all his story notes on the last three installments knowing that contractually NONE of the ideas had to be used.

    But what if the New Star Wars isn’t considered canonical by its core fans?
    Then, Lucas keeps the money and the ‘spiritual’ ownership of the material.

    Take Bubblegum Crisis. It was followed by Bubblegum Crash, AD Police, and then Bubblegum Crisis 2040. But the only truly canonical works are the first eight episodes of Crisis. Part 2 of Crash is pretty good, but Crash isn’t truly canonical. No one cares for AD Police, and almost all regard 2040 as total trash.

    So, if STAR WARS fanbase decides the new stuff is not canonical, then the only true STAR WARS is the first six movies.

    Same with GODFATHER. No one takes part III seriously. Even truer of PSYCHO. II and III are not part of the canon. Even truer with JAWS. Only the first movie is the real thing. And only bruce lee movies are the real stuff. Not fake bruce lee stuff with bruce li, bruce lo, etc.

  130. @Pericles

    In the ‘first’ movie (Phantom Menace) there are lots of robot soldiers; a few decades later in the ‘fourth’ movie (A New Hope) there are just smallish numbers of worker robots around. Clearly something went quite wrong in between.

    Lucas’ vision simply changed, and he had more advanced special effects, so the prequels are more high tech in content and execution than the original trilogy. Also, I think he introduced droid soldiers to try to take the death and tragedy out of war.

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  131. @Pericles

    In the ‘first’ movie (Phantom Menace) there are lots of robot soldiers; a few decades later in the ‘fourth’ movie (A New Hope) there are just smallish numbers of worker robots around. Clearly something went quite wrong in between.

    But in ATTACK OF CLONES, it is demonstrated that clone warriors are superior to droids and are poised to replace them.

    What seems silly to me is Jedis using light sabers like baseball bats against laser blasts. All one needs to do to kill a Jedi is shoot him simultaneously with two pistols. As he bats away one shot, the other will surely hit.

  132. @John Johnson

    What you say is a lie.

    Because regardless of the ethnic or religious background of the Hollywood producers there are very, very, even lethally clear prohibitions on authorised and permitted themes and tropes.

    Almost all of Hollywood today is a form of fantasical revenge porn for non-existent crimes.

    Whether it’s Quentin Tarantino and the ludicrous ‘Bear Jews’ beating Wehrmacht troops to death gruesomely in Inglorious Bastards.

    Or the ‘The Hunt’ which has White Americans literally being hunted for sport by Liberals.

    Or ‘Sabrina’ which teaches Satanism and Occult practices that are entirely real to teenagers, full of orgies and human sacrifice.

    Or ‘American Pie’ which profaned Americans in the most egregious manner, full of Jews in Goy-Face showing to the people of the United States what they see in the mirror.

    Or Larry David urinating on a picture of Jesus Christ in Curb your Enthusiasm.

    Or forcing Black men to wear dresses, as David Chappelle observed.

    It’s an accelerting trajectory of subversion, open contempt, profanity and filth.

    “Meet the Fockers”.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger forced to play as a pregnant women.

    Sex, filth, degradation, Occultism, open contempt, unironic hatred, blatant propaganda and programming.

    I could go on and on.

    “John Johnson” Lol I’m a Mischling and I see you think the same way. Albeit I actually know Flints, and love Flints including the place in Michigan for what they represent.

    I was listening to Wagner today, prelude to Lohengrin. It’s so different. It’s a different universe to the Jew.

    You use Liberalism interchangeably in the same way you use ‘white’ to suit your subversive purposes.

    And regardless of producers and directors then their is equity ownership and parent companies.

    Everything today follows the Jewish tropes. Even ‘Mean Girls’ where the white girls are made to look derisory and ridiculous.

    The Witcher – with white people cuckolded while they watch a black man rape a white women.

    It’s the same, everywhere.

    I hope White people can keep their patience and tolerance. But I wouldn’t blame them if they didn’t.

    Hollywood deserves to die. Not just for their hatred of everything good and decent. But also for the horrific crimes they are guilty of vis a vis children they think no one knows about.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  133. @Trinity

    One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest is one of the most subversive cultural products there is… do you really not see this?

    It’s actually not even all that “subversive” strictly speaking since anyone with slightly above normie IQ should be able to see its message. It’s basically “your values are evil, degeneracy is better” pinned to the thinnest possible metaphor… not to mention the book/movie was directly used as potent propaganda in an actual movement to normalize both drug abuse and mental illness.

    Obviously (((Hollywood))) today is poison but now that they’ve basically won this campaign of their long war on Christianity… it’s actually lower dose than a lot of stuff back then like The Graduate, The Pawn Broker, Midnight Cowboy etc… when the frontal assault was at its hottest. They rely on the constant background radiation to do the job and aren’t openly shelling anymore.

    No disrespect, but you’ve got some serious rose colored boomer glasses on about things you might have grown up with.

  134. @Z-man

    It’s amazing that the normie sphere completely fails to make the connection here…

    it’s that damned Bob Iger and Abrams, they don’t seem to get our cultural attachment to heroic ideas… they keep subverting our beloved mainstream cultural products for money and to spread crass and insidious nihilistic messaging… and the gall to do this while Nadler and Schiff are trying to unseat our duly elected leaders… dem primary full of billionaires like Steyer and Bloomberg who want to disarm and restrict the speech of law abiding heritage americans

    almost as bad as that Soros fellow Breitbart is always on about…

    Saaaaay… did you hear that guy was some kind of NAZI?!? I wonder if all these guys are damned nazis?!? I knew these anti american libtards had something in common!

  135. CBTerry says:
    @Priss Factor

    Dare I use your comment to go onto a tangent to discuss weightier matters — Wagner?

    I know little about opera directors, but I know enough to know that it would be impossible to find one who creates more repulsive blasphemy than the homosexual Stefan Herheim. His Parsifal has scenes that could have been lifted from Rocky Horror. Indeed, at one time you could go onto youtube, type in Rocky Horror Parsifal, and find it. I would show it to people for laughs. It also features Nazis, but I never got past the fishnet stockings.

    More recently I saw a (delayed) simulcast of the Queen of Spades, which made Tchaikovsky an actual character in the opera and featured birds, or two women dressed in elaborate bird costumes, copulating. Herheim is such an ignoramus that he did not even know how birds do it — perhaps he should have worked on Cole Porter musicals first. (Yet I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the production in a perverse way — it was late, I was tired, and I just started treating the entire fiasco like a Terry Gilliam fever-dream animation.)

    A worthy area of study would be learning who is promoting Herheim. He has won numerous awards and has been able to direct at the most prestigious opera houses. You don’t get to his level by chance, and he sure did not get there by talent, unless it is the talent to desecrate.

  136. @John Johnson

    You appear to be living in some kind of fantasy world.

  137. @Priss Factor

    Yes. Of course a leftism without Jews would be just as stupid in most ways as the current rendition. But there is absolutely no reason to think it would be self-hating, inverted morality/obligations, etc. as modern liberalism demands. Those aspects are due to a very specific, organized force, and it’s irrelevant how many white cucks and opportunists have signed on.

  138. Lurker says:
    @Flint Clint

    Is that some sort of GRIDS thing on his face?

  139. Pericles says:
    @John Johnson

    If they had enough engineers to build a death star with an advanced weapon that can destroy planets then you’d think they would at least make sure the second one wasn’t vulnerable to the same type of attack. Are we supposed to believe that no one got an email on that?

    Well, I mean, we were behind on schedule and getting the new design through the Federation Aviation Administration would take decades and anyway what were the odds for it to happen twice?

  140. Pericles says:
    @Sick of Orcs

    SOFT REBOOT TIME.

    Had Disney wanted to, they could have set the third series say a hundred years in the future and avoid having to kill off all the beloved characters in disappointing ways. So they didn’t have to do it, but they did.

    Also, didn’t Chewbacca survive the carnage? Does that mean Lucas gets his points after all?

    In summary, my impression is not decisions taken by steely-eyed capitalism but by SJW playground.

    • Replies: @Sick of Orcs
  141. Pericles says:
    @Trevor Lynch

    Well yeah, but I prefer an in-game, er in-movie, explanation.

  142. @John Johnson

    Nothing is stopping someone like Lucas from creating a family oriented studio.

    Ah it’s the good ol’ “why don’t you just make your own social media site/internet architecture/payment processors/banks” argument. Hasn’t this reached DR3 level laugh line status yet?

    By the way, there was an enterprising european that created his own family oriented studio free of jewish control. His name was Walt Disney.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  143. How about an article on the bogus “German Miracle” story? There was no miracle. Hitler simply printed his own money like Lincoln and JFK tried to do. Why was Hitler allowed to do this under the Treaty of Versailles?

    • Replies: @Anon
  144. @Priss Factor

    Do cons love debate?

    Definitely not mainstream conservatives that serve the establishment. They are like libs and prefer a debate among friends. But conservatism holds that some truths aren’t good for the public and that some inequality is inevitable. Liberalism is more of a cult that lies about its motivations. The wishful thinking and blind market worship of today’s conservatives would be easy to deal with if we were able to put liberalism in check.

    Without Jews in the West, the white right and white left would be in balance, and that’d be a good thing as both right and left have something to offer.

    I’m not convinced of this at all. I have read too many editorials from non-Jewish liberals. I’m not convinced that egalitarian and leftist minded Whites can even handle modern politics and the racial implications. This includes many conservatives. They are simply too emotional to accept some balance. I think the current stalemate would have to be overruled with a new left or populist movement.

    But I think you make some interesting points.

  145. @Flint Clint

    “John Johnson” Lol I’m a Mischling and I see you think the same way. Albeit I actually know Flints, and love Flints including the place in Michigan for what they represent.

    I really don’t know what you are saying here.

    You use Liberalism interchangeably in the same way you use ‘white’ to suit your subversive purposes.

    Where have I done this?

    I am more critical of liberalism than most here. I think it is unhealthy for anyone regardless of race but White people are more vulnerable to it than others due what I believe is an environmental/genetic combination.

    I am on record here stating that Hollywood makes garbage and yet you listed a bunch of garbage movies as some type of proof to your point. It would be like if I said I don’t support fast food and then you list all the reasons why I should avoid fast food.

    So why don’t you read what I actually post before calling me a subversive as if I am trying to undermine Unz posters. I am certainly subversive of liberalism and you can read through my posts if you doubt this.

    • Replies: @Flint Clint
  146. @Anonymousse

    Ah it’s the good ol’ “why don’t you just make your own social media site/internet architecture/payment processors/banks” argument. Hasn’t this reached DR3 level laugh line status yet?

    Ah it’s the good ol’ “Jews maintain an oppressive system that includes a long list of supposedly helpless wealthy Anglos that could undermine the system and yet are forced to spend their money on sparkly gems and modern art” problem that Jew haters here can’t deal with.

  147. @John Johnson

    No.

    I was reacting to your reconstrual of Jewish preferences as Liberalism.

    White Liberals are scum. But they don’t use blatantly Jewish semiology.

    That’s set in place by Jews.

    Like Superman being a Jewish Messiah. The ‘S’ is the snake of Leviathan in Kabbalah.

    I just used movies and shows off the top of my head that use Jewish semiology specifically to mock and express power over non Jews.

    Another one is O Brother Where Art thou.

    It aggravates me when you or other Jews like Ben Shapiro blatantly misdirect to ‘liberalism’ or ‘the enlightenment’ instead of specific people and groups of people.

    They know, John Johnson.

    You are subverting via your misdirecting. This isn’t ‘White Liberals’. This is Jews, leading White Liberals down the road to destruction.

    Babylonia is replete throughout Hollywood. That’s not white liberalism. Don’t lie.

  148. You are subverting via your misdirecting. This isn’t ‘White Liberals’. This is Jews, leading White Liberals down the road to destruction.

    Here we go again with the poor White liberals being misled.

    Do you really think the White liberals that write for the Washington Post and NY Times have no idea that they are lying? That they are sad little brainwashed lemmings? When they write an article about race do you think they are trying their best to include all relevant information?

    What about liberal professors? Do you think they are victims? They are grown adults with PhDs. You think they haven’t figured out in over a dozen years that liberalism requires them to lie? You think they don’t know what they are doing?

    Liberalism requires lying by its leaders. The White liberals at the top in the media and schools are not misled or indoctrinated. They know full well they are lying because their ideology demands it.

    It’s irrational to ascribe the responsibility of White liberals to Jews. You clearly haven’t been around White liberals if you think they are all just pawns in some Jewish conspiracy. You can usually get them to admit all kinds of politically incorrect facts in private.

    I went to college in a liberal area with very few Jews. Most my profs were left-wing and couldn’t wait to fill the heads of students with liberal garbage. So yes I think it is totally ridiculous to write them off as victims to a Jewish conspiracy. These were very intelligent liberals that fully exploited their positions to indoctrinate students. They don’t care about the truth or what the Jews are doing. They hate you and me for even questioning their egalitarian ideals. They hate us for existing.

    • Replies: @Flint Clint
  149. Star Wars was Kurosawa for retards and toddlers now it’s cartoon physics and wokeness at the speed of light.

  150. Acky says:

    “Instead, the introduction of the frizzy-haired mulatto chick on Endor seems to be setting him up with a woman of his own race.”

    Very odd comment, mixed race people are not black.

    • Replies: @Tusk
  151. It aggravates me when you or other Jews like Ben Shapiro blatantly misdirect to ‘liberalism’ or ‘the enlightenment’ instead of specific people and groups of people.

    You probably have a public school understanding of the enlightenment period which is typically anti-Catholic without much discussion of everything done in the name of equality.

    Those French revolutionaries were raping and beheading nobles in the name of equality and reason.

    They executed priests and replaced churches with temples of reason
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Reason

    The French Jewish population at the time was only 40k.

    So yes today’s liberals inherit from a period where White egalitarians went on a killing spree in the name of equality and freedom. Oh dear I guess that disrupts your “if not for jews we wouldn’t have problems with White egalitarians” theory.

    Then Napoleon went on his own killing spree in the name of equality and freedom which ultimately failed but not after killing a few million people. Don’t want French equality? Too bad now deal with our swords and cannons.

    Today’s liberals inherit from that period. It’s not as if Whites got egalitarian ideas entirely from Socialism. White people had a history of destroying and killing for equality before Marx.

  152. @Stephanos Spartan

    I thought it was Lucas attempt to recreate the Flash Gordan serial movies from his youth.

  153. @John Johnson

    In all the western world it is now illegal to cross a Jew. Including in the United States.

    Yes but those Liberal professors are espousing Jewish ideas and Jewish identity.

    Of course they’re lying. But when it’s most egregious, just check. Check the name. Check the affiliations. Max 2 degrees of separation you hit Jews.

    Liberals are Robert Heilbroner’s fools, echoing ideas of economists echoing ideas of Jewish theologians.

    Jews are not going to escape culpability by redirection to Liberals.

    Liberals also are not victims.

    But their weak effeminate minds make them susceptible to the Matrix of culture created by Jewish monopoly. They are complicit. In some cases, by necessity. It becomes a precondition of advancement to espouse false egalitarianism. Literally a contractual duty. And there are terrible consequences for not observing the Omerta.

    These games of partiality and hedging are swiftly running out of landscape.

    If they hate Jews and whites alike for existing it’s going to be hard for whites to have sympathy i think. If Jews started decimating white Liberals, that might assist with the idea of fellowship.

  154. @Svevlad

    You’re the most awesome person on the entire internet.

  155. @Dumbo

    Look up “The Critical Drinker” on Youtube for very entertaining movie reviews, including a two-part review for this latest Star Wars abomination. He hates the Woke/SJW crapola.

    • Replies: @Ex-Saffer
  156. Anon[121] • Disclaimer says:
    @German Miracle

    How about an article on the bogus “German Miracle” story? There was no miracle. Hitler simply printed his own money like Lincoln and JFK tried to do. Why was Hitler allowed to do this under the Treaty of Versailles?

    But Weimar period printed tons of money but it didn’t much good.

    Hitler built stuff and created vast work projects. Money went toward the future, which he messed up with war.

  157. Sparkon says:

    Getting back to Star Wars, if that’s not too rash, and looking for a moment at the technical side of things, I think the very concept of those light sabers is unrealistic and cheesy. The prominence of such a goofy weapon undermines the entire story, but it’s apparently not removable from the franchise, something like an Apple battery.

    Let’s be real. In fantasy land, you want a stand-off weapon. Give me a proper ray gun any day, and I’ll stand back and burn holes through the foreskin I mean forehead of any alien dipshit around before it could even get close enough to swing a light saber at me. In fact, with two ray guns, I could put holes in both those places.

    [MORE]

    In other words, don’t go to a ray gun fight armed only with a light saber.

    —-

    Now, for the occasion I have compiled a

    Short list of Significant Science Fiction Movies
    from the Second Half of the 20th Century

    The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    War of the Words (1953)
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
    The Forbidden Planet (1956)

    The Time Machine (1960)
    Planet of the Apes (1968)
    2001: A Space Odyssey (1969)

    Soylent Green (1973)
    Logan’s Run (1976)
    Star Wars (1977)
    Alien (1979)

    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    Outland (1981)
    Blade Runner (1982)
    The Terminator (1984)
    Brazil (1985)
    They Live (1988)

    Total Recall (1990)
    Terminator 2 (1991)
    Mars Attacks (1996)
    The Fifth Element (1997)

    Hornable Mention
    Queen of Outer Space (1958)
    The 10th Victim (1965)
    Barbarella (1969)

    Notable Exclusions:
    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

    • Replies: @Milesglorious
    , @CBTerry
  158. Tusk says:
    @Acky

    I wonder what they are because they’re not White either. Perhaps they are phantom (menaces) that don’t actually exist?

  159. @Sparkon

    Good list I would add Soldier 1998.

  160. @neutral

    Yep.

    Disney and Star Wars both were created by White Gentile Men, but now look at them after having been taken over by, ahem, certain people.

  161. @Trevor Lynch

    Yes. It reminds me of teenage kids I knew who I’d seen exit a rollercoaster all juiced up with their adrenaline flowing, and then the next day in class saying it was no big deal. Some people always have to show how cool and above it all they seem to think they are.

    As for me, I liked SW and TESB. I liked the first part of ROTJ, but I checked out when the Ewoks took over. I was nevertheless looking forward to TPM, but JarJar and the awful acting of little Anakin lost me. The poor acting of teenage/adult Anakin in the next two was even worse, and those “prequels” seemed largely like an exercise in “Wow, look at our CGI stuff!”

    I haven’t gone to any of the Disney Star Wars flicks. The first image in the first trailer for TFA was of a diversity hire stormtrooper. That’s all I needed to know about where the series was going.

  162. @Pericles

    The dark side of the force outsourced its manufacturing to China, and Chinese lightsabers can’t even light a cigarette.

  163. @Stephanos Spartan

    Star Wars was Kurosawa for retards and toddlers now it’s cartoon physics and wokeness at the speed of light.

    A more interesting time in cinema.

    [MORE]

  164. CBTerry says:
    @Sparkon

    Looking even for a moment at the technical side of things would cause Star Wars to collapse into laughter.

    The light sabers were a way for Lucas to incorporate the sword fights from the movies of his youth into a space setting that would appeal to the youth of 1977. Cheesy, but giving credit where credit is due, it was a masterstroke.

  165. Although there were women and blacks in the First Order officer class in the previous two films, they were much more prominent in this one, not sure if that was a poison pen by the director. One thing’s for sure: the resistance/rebellion is liberalism writ large, diversity on a galactic scale, against the entirely human First Order/Empire.

  166. New STAR WARS isn’t even clones of the old one but mutants.

    When musical acts end, they just end. There will be no second Grateful Dead or Rolling Stones.

    If any set of movies were singular in their conception, it was STAR WARS. But they’re giving it the 007 or Godzilla treatment.

    It’s like the fake Beatlemania Band of the 70s.

  167. Time for an “OK Boomer” Comment. Youngsters don’t understand who truly incredible Star Wars was when it appeared in 1977. Finally, after all the dreary, “everything stinks” movies of the late 60’s and early 70’s we had a fun, entertaining , POSITIVE, film with fun, likable characters to root for. Not to mention some great music. It was a breath of fresh air in 1977.

    Now here it is 43 (!) years later, and some Hollywood hacks are still making $$$ off it. What is this, cynical cash-grab sequel #6? Of course its crap. Even Lucas couldn’t keep up the quality from film 1 to film 3.

  168. Youngsters don’t understand how truly incredible Star Wars was when it appeared in 1977.

    There was modernism. Then, post-modernism or pomo. Then post-post-modernism, or popo. And then, promotion of popo as pop cultural standard, or propopo.

    While artistic revolution didn’t happen overnight — romanticism, realism, naturalism, impressionism, etc. led the way, — modernism drew a clear line between the past, tradition, and convention and the New, the Personal, and radical. Modernism was against both elite traditional culture and mass consumer culture. It regarded aristo and high-bourgeois culture as stuffy and repressive. And it regarded mass consumer culture as shallow, mindless, and means of mind-control by the rich.
    Modernism was avant-garde, or radical-elitism. Elitism not in preservation of the status quo but in envisioning the new and perhaps better future. Some modernists were individualists and personalists who didn’t care much about politics; they were immersed in being true to their vision, or genius. Other modernists were ideological and hoped to devise new forms of expression to serve the cause of revolution. Either way, it was serious stuff.

    But as modernism was predicated on (1) novelty and (2) intellectualism, it ran out of steam. Soon, experimentation in painting and sculpture was exhausted. Modernist cinema also faded after the 60s. Also, once the bourgeois and the establishment adopted modernism as the New Normal, it lost its edge. When cities began to hire modernists to create official art for the public, what was so daring about it? When even high school art students were drawing like Picasso or Pollock, modernism was nothing special. Soon, modernism failed to generate much excitement. Also, its intellectualism meant that its appeal was limited.

    With fading of traditional culture and subsiding of modernism, the only thing left was pop culture. And the only hope of keeping some vestige of modernism alive as thing of ‘buzz’ and ‘excitement’ was to go into post-modern mode and turn modernist expressions into reusable tropes. If modernists use various colors to create their paintings, post-modernism says the works themselves are the material that could be plundered for collages. DJ music works the same way. Instead of making original music — deemed near-impossible as all musical forms have been exhausted — , combine existing music in bits and pieces to create new sound-collages.

    Modernism began against the establishment. It had a distinct sense of past and future. But then, it became the establishment, what with even city officials funding modernist arts as civic virtue: It was as if modernism is GOOD for humanity. But the very triumph of modernism undermined its rebellious spirit. Besides, it ran out of ideas. Once modernism lost its edge and became part of the official or establishment fabric, it had nowhere to go, especially because the masses never cared for it. No amount of weirdo sculptures or action paintings could make people return to museums or care much. Once novelty ran out, the intellectual class was less into modernism, and the masses never much cared.
    Also, the 60s made the intellectual class open to the idea that pop culture could be just as complex and even daring as avant-garde elite culture. And there was some justification for this as film critics realized Alfred Hitchcock was indeed one of the great artists of the 20th century. And music scholars were right to appreciate the best of 60s rock as tremendous music and indeed better and more important than all those boring self-important modernist music based on serialism or some such.
    But there’s a difference between acknowledging genuine talent in pop culture/medium and conflating pop culture itself as the stuff of meaningful culture. It’s the difference between finding gold nuggets even among plain rocks and elevating fool’s gold as the real thing. Pop Culture as a whole(and certainly advertising) never deserves respect.
    Initially, post-modernism took elements of pop culture and used them in artistic space that still kept its distance. But over time, the merging of sensibilities led to intellectual culture being subsumed into pop culture, to the point where one didn’t know which was which.

    And this is the problem with a work like JOKER. When TAXI DRIVER and KING OF COMEDY were made, there was a clear understanding of what is serious and what is un-serious. Scorsese’s films were art cinema, SUPERMAN was not. But increasingly, especially with Chris Nolan’s BATMAN, the pop was treated very seriously, and suddenly, pop expression as a whole became subject of ‘serious’ discussion. And then, JOKER took it to the next logical conclusion. Instead of giving pop culture the artistic treatment(as with Nolan’s BATMAN), it spawned an ‘art film’, to the extent that we aren’t sure if JOKER is a movie about the villain in BATMAN universe or a Bickle-like character who thinks he’s the Joker. With JOKER, there is no clear line between art and pop. It goes beyond mere pretensions. Rather, pop has reached a point where it dares to be a full-blown ‘art film’ than a pop movie with arty trimmings.

    Though plenty of critics still care about cinema-as-art, they are now also invested in movies-as-propaganda. They don’t see themselves as individualist critics who must always favor truth and standards upon considering movies. Rather, they see themselves as agents of progress who promote the kinds of works, however worthless artistically, amenable to the agenda. There is no other way to explain the ridiculous critical praise for FORCE AWAKENS and LAST JEDI(or BLACK PANTHER). They are pushing the agenda of Diversity and anti-Trumpism. In the past, when critics were still mindful of high and low culture, most would have been ashamed to praise total junk in the name of the agenda. But such restraint is missing from the shameless propopo critics who are equally immersed in pop-culture-as-propaganda as in film-as-art. And yet, their allergy to JOKER seems to indicate something went wrong along the way. Pop Culture was supposed to serve as useful propaganda for the agenda, but it’s as if Joker, a product of pop culture, went off the script, developed a mind of its own, and sabotage the wiring from within. It became unruly, without even Batman to put him back in his place. Push trash as serious message(as so many critics have been doing lately), and a creature of this trashiness(the imagination for Joker) might take himself far too seriously to stay in the lane. Trash as art or moral message is a kind of nihilism, and nihilism obeys no rules. Proggy critics can’t believe their promotion of Pop-Culture-Trash as the main vehicle for ‘progress’ has emboldened trashiness to develop a mind of its own.

  169. @Pericles

    There is even a story already in place occurring a century after the OT. Star Wars Legacy.

    The (((Mouse))) has Scrooge McDuck levels of shekels. They can afford all the SJW crap they like.

  170. Wtf says:
    @Anon

    Chinese are not gonna qurantinr africa. They will reduce pop by unholy means, and send as many as they can to western world.
    If we do not wake up soon we will dissapear

  171. bubbles says:

    I was in high school when the #1 came out, and remember that the theme – young hero who does not know his true identity – had not been around and done hundreds of times. For those of you below the age of forty who look at the Netflix lineup where every other movie is a retired professional hitman drawn out of retirment for one last job, or to defend his family(literally hundreds of films), this seemed pretty new back then. Remember, this was before Alien also pre Terminator, pre The Thing. Before that we had what; Star Trek, and Lost in Space? I can name a few others(UFO), but none inspiring.

    Empire was good, but goodness, Ewoks next? How about the walker hit by two trees; it not only collapses – it explodes! If you are a storm trooper wouldn’t you be saying, I’m not getting anywhere near that death trap. By the time the prequels were done I was rooting for the Empire.

    That said; as excited as I could be at my age for a reboot that might do justice to the original, any scorn heaped on these 3 is warranted. Just a couple of things not mentioned by other reviews I have read: After the Band Gets Back Together we learn that they have just 16 hours until the fleet is released. Did I hear that right? 16 hours? Earth hours? Then they leap across the universe multiple times in what must be nanoseconds while time stands still, and survive I don’t know how many fatal crashes from space at high speeds that should have killed every single soul, and walk away without a scratch. My daughter informs me this is science fantasy not science fiction – so there. Ok, now I also liked this one: Fin and that asian chick blow up a star destroyer after charging across it on animals(disclaimer: no CGI animals were hurt during the making of this atrocity), and as the SPACE SHIP begins to tip over and they are sliding down the edge as it blows up and gets prepared to crash in a million pieces, they are conveniently picked right up unharmed. Really? I shoulda quit after Empire.

  172. Dutch Boy says:

    Oy! My wife talked me into going (against my better judgement) and I was sighing and squirming within five minutes. A pox on Abrams and hi whole crew – no more Star Wars for me.

  173. Diane G says:
    @Gene Su

    I feel the Dyad also came from the “legends” When Luke and Mara first realized they were in love with each other. Both embodied representation of light and dark, they had an exceptionally strong and rare force connection. The force always brought them together, through time and space. The Dyad concept may be new, but the idea was already there in the books.

  174. Carpetbagger and Disney CEO Bob Iger admits he deceived Lucas: he bought George’s story treatments along with the franchise, giving the impression he planned to use them. But he was careful not to EXPLICITLY commit to using them. Instead George was infinitely dismayed to see Disney trot out a cheap retread of his original movie. And it was a huge success. But bereft of the original trilogy’s spiritual underpinnings, the whole exercise was bound to run out of steam. And it has. If this last abomination is claimed to have cleared a billion dollars, it will only be thanks to Disney’s creative bookkeeping. Mark my words, when we see Galaxy’s Edge close its doors at Disneyland forever, probably in 2020, we will know that this last movie didn’t break even and lost a ton of money.

  175. Girls and negroes (in every combination of these imaginable) save the galaxy making use of one lucky coincidence after another. And the storm troopers’ armor can’t deflect arrows let alone energy bolts. Rey buries the light sabres at the end and, hopefully, buries this franchise once and for all (fat chance).

  176. @Platypus jr

    But isn’t that ultimately Lucas’ fault for failing to get the necessary contractual protections? He wasn’t an amateur in that business. Fool me once…

  177. c matt says:
    @Anonymous

    Man, that brought back memories!! I would have happily parted with three bucks for that.

  178. c matt says:
    @songbird

    Why on Earth would you target someone who is destroying your enemy?

    • Replies: @songbird
  179. c matt says:

    And the empire is brought down by a bunch of teddy bears.

    Honestly, what good is that stormtrooper armor if you can get knocked out by rocks? Your typical big city riot gear is more effective than what a society that creates a planet destroying laser can come up with?

  180. songbird says:
    @c matt

    Why on Earth would you target someone who is destroying your enemy?

    1.) To make money.
    2.) To drain money from a competing propaganda center.
    3.) domino theory (witness unrest in HK)

  181. @Gene Su

    It is dreck because George Lucas created it to be dreck.
    And the worse part is that it does not have to be dreck. It could have been a masterpiece.

    Right. It could have been EXCALIBUR IN SPACE but turned into MUPPETS IN SPACE.

    In Simon vs Ebert/Siskel, both miss the point.

    Simon dumps on the whole thing while Ebert/Siskel say RETURN OF JEDI is great.

    In truth, it could have been great(as Lucas came up with a superb idea and wondrous designs), but Lucas made each new installment more infantile.

  182. Looks like Chinese are making their own junky movies that win at box office. Junk all around. Sad really.

    https://trad-news.blogspot.com/2019/12/chinese-cinema-goers-piss-on-hollywoods.html

  183. Star Wars except for SW, TESB, ROTJ and the Holiday Special aren’t canon.

  184. Star Wars captured the imagination of my generation. When I was a boy, kids were seeing Star Wars 7 or 10 times. All ages loved the film. Empire Strikes Back was that unique sort of sequel that is actually better than the first. The 3rd one kind of stunk a little bit, but it was all cohesive.

    Many years later, Lucas did the whole thing over again. Even though there are many armchair quarterbacks who will point out the flaws in the second trilogy, I feel that Lucas was honest to the spirit of the movie, and that he was able to introduce new characters and science and life-forms that filled up the screen with an entirely different world. He was making an epic. The second trilogy told the sad fate of Darth Vader. (In a weird sort of synchronicity, the plot also showed how economics and false flags could be used to manufacture consent and gain a totalitarian control of an empire, and just afterward, economics and false flags were used to gain control of the US empire.)

    Did Lucas get tired of being criticized for making silly characters like JarJar Binks, or for casting wooden actors? Are geniuses overly sensitive? Or did he just figure: I can make $4 billion cash for selling out to the evil mouse!

    I’m not going to see any more of the Star Wars movies. I don’t like going to movies that have to dole out movie roles to strong women and X% minorities. I’m really sick of hollywood trying to teach me anything about how racist everything is, and how much better everything will be when everything is gay. The films no longer have captured my imagination, and I don’t care to see what sort of world Disney is presenting.

  185. @Platypus jr

    Instead George was infinitely dismayed to see Disney trot out a cheap retread of his original movie.

    Dismayed and 4 billion dollars richer. He’ll get over it.

  186. Muggles says:

    I haven’t see this Star Wars film though I haven’t liked any of the newer ones. From this review it sounds terrible, muddled, incoherent.

    Even when a film is better produced/acted, a terrible plot is fatal. I managed to sit through Star Trek Beyond, another entry in an historical series. It was awful. Insanely bad plot that made no sense. With an ending that left me feeling that 5 different scripts were submitted and they stapled together a few pages from each one. A horrible ripoff of loyal fans.

    When Hollywood sneers and bamboozles paying film-goers to this degree, you feel like deplorable at a Democrat convention. Time to leave and never return.

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