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May 24, 2004


The special edition trailer. I expect this means a special edition Howard the Duck is in the offing (via Ain't It Cool News).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 24, 2004 08:53 AM

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I know it's one of those groundbreaking classic sci-fi flicks that deals with the quest for human perfection and the anti-utopia of enforced sedation and blah blah blah, but to me it will always be ranked as one of Lucas' worst movies -- exceeded only by "Howard the Duck", "The Phantom Menace" and "Attack of the Clones".

I just can't stomach these apocalyptic anti-utopian sci-fi scenarios. My advice to entertainment types who think that the world is headed for hell in a handbasket: Do something practical about it now, like start treating non-Hollywood folks like human beings, drop those recreational drugs, sell your SUV, build a homeless shelter, and plant a lot of trees. Save us from the hypochondriac pontificating of pseudo-allegorical sci-fi movies.

Posted by: Chris Taylor at May 24, 2004 07:22 PM

I love THX 1138. My dad took my twin brother and me to see it when we were ten.

Posted by: David F. at May 25, 2004 07:32 AM

And, though I usually duck after saying it (so to speak), I actually *enjoyed* _Howard the Duck_. Jeffrey Jones, John Barry sound track, ILM fx, funky music and other cult goodness. I think if it hadn't been a big *Lucas* flop, it would have a much better rep.

Posted by: *** Dave at May 25, 2004 09:07 AM

I have not seen THX 1138 or Howard the Duck so I will reflect on Chris' intervention. The hilarious thing about directors wanting to make a statement is that their radical posturing almost inevitably consists of trumpeting the safest, dare I say "hegemonic", position of their own middle-class etiquette. It kills me how many people I know who treat a visit to a Michael Moore-style film as a revolutionary act. The Battle of Seattle folks may have been armed with Starbucks lattes but at least their notion of radicalism involves getting some fresh air.

The tragedy of George Lucas is that he should have accidentally redeemed himself with "The Star Wars", Frank Herbert knock-off that it is, only to have blown it so badly at this stage of the game. Had those prequels never been made I would have insisted on their genius to the end of my days.

Posted by: Flea at May 25, 2004 09:35 AM

Also, hi David! I have been working on a letter.

Posted by: Flea at May 25, 2004 09:36 AM

I sorta liked "Howard the Duck" in my younger days, but only because Lea Thompson wore a short skirt for most of it. =) I can't seem to like THX, even though it stars one of my favourite actors. I've forced myself to watch it a couple of times, and it just doesn't work for me.

Posted by: Chris Taylor at May 25, 2004 12:14 PM