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Sigh... - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Oh, by the way, did you all know that TPM, the number five all time box office hit (number nineteen, adjusted for inflation, here), "immediately flopped"? I actually just e-mailed a critic who came up with that one because, huh? What? Where does that come from? (Of course, I got the adjusted placement wrong, though I think I was looking at a different list. Still, top twenty all time, adjusted for inflation=not a flop.) I mean, I can see some kind of weird "No one I know liked it, so no one liked it" attitude, but the box office numbers are out there for anyone at all to look at. There's just no way to legitimately call this movie a "flop" (let alone an "immediate" one--it was number one for three weeks and in the top ten all summer, if I recall).

I want to borrow ladyaeryn's :headdesk: icon.

Sorry. I'll stop boring you all and write some fanfic or something. And actually keep to my boycott of RotS reviews. Really. I can quit. Anytime...

:scratches arms, hops from foot to foot...:
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jiminyc From: jiminyc Date: May 18th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you can't keep up the boycott and just HAVE to read a review...I'll recommend this one:


He's a Star Wars fan from way back and I love his reviews because he's not a pretentious critic. He's a movie fan.

You might actually enjoy reading this one. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 18th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that was fun. :) Thanks.
timesink From: timesink Date: May 18th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those aren't the reviews you're looking for {jedi hands}
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 18th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is one of those moments when I wish I were weak-minded. Repeat to self: Those aren't the reviews I'm looking for, those aren't the reviews I'm looking for...
ncp From: ncp Date: May 18th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

I love you, you're fabulous, but you're making me yearn for my Insane-Star-Wars-Fan days. I have clearly moved on to being an Insane-Harry-Potter-Fan. Fanfic would be nice. Maybe some R/T smut.


fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 18th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never written smut, but the giggle factor at imaging a Fern smut-scene has succeeded in taking my mind of really bizarre critic assertions for a moment.
ncp From: ncp Date: May 18th, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well then, how about a crossover? Jar-Jar/Dobby, maybe.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 18th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eeep, Dialect!Porn... it's the new slash.

"Oh, yes, Dobby will try to please..."

"Meesa thinking yousa not working hard enough..."

"Dobby will work harder, harder.... Oh, Dobby is so happy!"

Er, yeah.
laureate05 From: laureate05 Date: May 18th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't worry, we'll get you into a good 12 step program. BRotSRRA (Bad Revenge of the Sith Review Readers Anonymous). You just need to find a sponser.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 18th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Brotsrra... It sounds like an EU species of alien, though it would need a few more consonants. ;)
laureate05 From: laureate05 Date: May 18th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here was my first though upon reading what you said: "The European Union is developing aliens? Wow, brotsrras must have been made in eastern Europe."

Please be advised: I am not big into sci-fi and haven't eaten all day.
shezan From: shezan Date: May 18th, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, by the way, did you all know that TPM, the number five all time box office hit (number nineteen, adjusted for inflation, here), "immediately flopped"?

Saw that somewhere and yowled. WTF???
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 18th, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know... I mean, are people really that amnesiac? It was only six years ago?! Do they really not remember the crowded theaters all damned summer? (And trust me, I saw the thing pretty regularly until it was out of its last local theater. The crowds didn't get thin until almost fall.)
austenrowling From: austenrowling Date: May 19th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Thats really interesting. I see two that held the same spot on both lists. Most of the newer movies, arent even on the second, adjusted list. And GOTW, which is in the middle of the unadjusted list, is the top grossing film...I think I had heard that before.
dramaturgy From: dramaturgy Date: May 19th, 2005 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, there are days where I think I'm the only person who actually sort of enjoyed Episodes I and II.
lazypadawan From: lazypadawan Date: May 19th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved Episodes I and II. You're not alone!
may_child From: may_child Date: May 19th, 2005 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I did too. And there are many more people who feel the same way.
From: a_p_ Date: May 19th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with you too!

There are plenty of us. Don't let the bashers and critics tell you otherwise!
ringwraithe From: ringwraithe Date: May 19th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
DOOOOM on people who hate Star Wars. Pretty much for no reason, most of the time. Hrmph. Even I'd heard that TPM was a major flop, and while it's not my favourite Star Wars movie (that goes to Return of the Jedi which I watched at age three or so when my dad hooked me onto Star Wars) but hello, a flop it was not. And every Star Wars fan watched it because hello, we want to know what happened Way Back Then. Even if some of them didn't like it, all twenty billion of them watched it!! And then some.

I liked Return of the Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back the best, methinks. Maybe cause I saw them when I was so ickle...I just adored them, and had the biggest crush on Darth Vader (the breathing, the voice...oooh so sexy to my ten-year-old mind. Mmm. Anyway. *cringe*) I need to rent Episodes I and II again...I loved the CGI, although at times I wanted to smack Jar Jar.

Star Wars fans unite. I wish I'd been old enough and known about fandom when that fandom was really up and going. I haven't watched the movies for ages now. :(
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: May 19th, 2005 07:40 am (UTC) (Link)
If I get to where I can "flop" like that, I'm set for life. ;)
ladyaeryn From: ladyaeryn Date: May 19th, 2005 08:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I want to borrow ladyaeryn's :headdesk: icon.

By all means, take it. (I've joked in the past about how this more than any other is my default 'fandom' icon.)
thalia_seawood From: thalia_seawood Date: May 19th, 2005 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
lazypadawan pointed this review out to me:

While I don't agree with the reviewer's take on the other prequels or the acting, this review is totally worth reading. The reviewer got the point of ROTS and gets very enthusiastic. 99% of the review is positive so I think you'll enjoy it.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 19th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think people weren't counting on the fact that it wasn't being released into the same market as the first one. In the '70s, movies weren't dropped all that quickly from theaters and had more chances to get underway, so they had bigger "legs." In the Adjusted Top 100, the most recent entry in the top ten is E.T., from 1982. You have to go all the way to number 17 (Jurassic Park) before you hit anything made in the '90s. There are only two from the '90s in the entire top 20. Movies aren't performing like they used to because business practices have changed and audience behavior has adjusted to it.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 19th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah... my finances should suck so badly. I wanted a limo, but I could only afford a customized Beemer, at least if I wanted the fifteen bedroom mansion with the three car garage...
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