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Zack Snyder Still Doesn’t Understand What He Did Wrong In “Man of Steel”


Much has been written about Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” specifically the climax. We don’t need to re-tread this territory… or, at least, I didn’t think we did. But apparently Zack Snyder, in the past three years, has learned nothing.

First, this excerpt from a recent interview:
Snyder was mystified when someone told him that they couldn’t think of a movie in recent memory that’s had as much collateral damage as “Man of Steel.” “I went, really? And I said, well, what about [‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’]?” the director says. “In ‘Star Wars’ they destroy five planets with billions of people on them. That’s gotta be one of the highest death toll movies in history, the new ‘Star Wars’ movie, if you just do the math.” [via Wall Street Journal]

A couple of things – first, he gives this anecdote as if this is a conversation he had with someone, or at the very least something he has been thinking about actively since “Star Wars” came out, which means this is a RECENT story. This isn’t his reaction in the aftermath of “Man of Steel” and its critical reception – he’s reacting to the fact that “Star Wars” didn’t get called out for what he perceives as the same thing, mass destruction.

However, it’s also clear that he STILL entirely misses the point of why people are upset.

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Mike Watches “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” – The Movie, Part 2

Part 2 of my review of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film is up on PartialArc.com! This is the one where we meet Jabba the Hutt’s uncle who talks just like Truman Capote.

Guys, I’ve said this before, but Star Wars got real weird while nobody was looking.

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Mike Watches “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” – The Miniseries, Season 3

The third installment of my Star Wars: The Clone Wars review series is up on PartialArc.com! Last time, we saw the emergence of General Grievous as he took down five Jedi all on his own. Today we’ll see the series bridge the gap to Revenge of the Sith, and we’ll also see Anakin get stoned and go on a spirit quest with the cast of James Cameron’s Avatar. I am not even joking, that is the plot of these episodes.

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Mike Watches “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” – The Miniseries, Season 2

The second installment of my Star Wars: The Clone Wars reviews is up on PartialArc.com – when we left off last week, Anakin was playing chicken with an enemy ship. Today, we’ll get a lot more Vader foreshadowing, along with a few more random side stories of other Jedi doing things that don’t necessarily make a lot of sense.

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Mike Watches “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” – The Miniseries, Season 1

I’m resuming my mission from last year, to watch and review every episode of the Cartoon Network series Star Wars: The Clone Wars! You can catch the series at www.PartialArc.com – the first post goes up today! Check it out, and watch for a new installment every Tuesday!

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What Death Means in Film, or How the Coolest Character in ‘Pacific Rim’ Ruins the Movie [Opinion]

My friend and roommate Jeffrey recently showed me Pacific Rim for the first time (I missed it in theaters). For the most part, I thought it was fun – I mean, it was overwrought and cliché, and I didn’t care about any of the characters, but I went in expecting big, dumb, goofy robot / monster fights, and that’s what I enjoyed about the film.

And one character, more than any other, summed up the big, dumb, goofy fun aspect of the film – Hannibal Chau, played by the great Ron Perlman.

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For those who haven’t seen it, some minor spoilers for the film follow.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Recap – A Brief Hiatus

Some of you might have noticed that we haven’t had a new “Clone Wars” recap last week or this week, and there’s a few reasons for that. The first is, quite frankly, things have been very busy at work and I’ve fallen behind – that’s why last week was so light on content. I’ve also had some internet issues at home, which makes the “Clone Wars” recaps very challenging to put together. And on top of all that, I’ve ALSO been working on an additional project on the side; it’s still a few months out, but I think you guys are all really going to enjoy it – but that’s also been fairly all-consuming lately.

The main reason we’re not getting a new installment today, however, is that it’s Memorial Day, and I honestly think it’s more important that we just take this day to remember the fallen soldiers who have fought and died for our country. And on a day like this, which is so important to remember, I didn’t really want to commemorate it with this guy:

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Don’t worry, we’ll be back next week with all the Jar Jar action you could ever want. Probably more than you could ever want, actually. Much, much more.

Anyway, happy Memorial Day, everybody – hope you all have a lovely and safe holiday.

Why I Game – The Star Wars Comparison

This year is the 40th anniversary of Dungeons and Dragons. So, in celebration of that, and in light of the fact that D&D is releasing a new edition this summer, I’m posting some stories I have of playing Dungeons and Dragons and other roll-playing games.

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This week, I’m taking a break from telling stories about my past to give just a bit more context about what it’s like to play a role-playing game. The easiest shorthand to explain the game, of course, is to compare the game to popular movies or TV shows that others are familiar with. When I’m trying to recruit new players, I’ll often say, “It’s like Legend of Zelda, but one guy is the video game and he explains everything you see and everyone you meet and fight,” or “It’s like Lord of the Rings, but even weirder and more awesome.”

The best analogy to describe actual game play, however, is to say “It’s exactly like Star Wars: A New Hope.”

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – 1×07, “Duel of the Droids”

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We are entering a new golden age for Star Wars fans. While the prequel films were generally considered to be mediocre, the recent TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars filled in the gaps and told new stories with the same beloved characters, and was fairly well-received. Since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re watching “Duel of the Droids,” a follow-up to last week’s R2-centric episode. In this episode, Anakin continues the search for R2, and the identity of a traitor is revealed!

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