Vids I Dig 338: Filmento: ‘At World’s End’: How to Build the Perfect Action Sequence

From Filmento’s YouTube description: With Birds of Prey Harley Quinn failing at being an impostor Jack Sparrow, let’s travel back in time to take a look at the real Captain Jack Sparrow, this time in the trilogy conclusion, At World’s End. While this movie might not be the most flawless movie overall, when it comes to the maelstrom ship battle action sequence at the very end with the Black Pearl going against the Flying Dutchman and Davy Jones, it does shine bright. Not only is it a great action set-piece, it’s one of the greatest action set-pieces of all time. In today’s Film Perfection, let’s see what narrative elements it uses to make that happen. For a brief moment, let’s return to a better time when Johnny Depp was still Captain Jack Sparrow and things were great. Here’s hoping for one more, Pirates of the Caribbean 6 with him.

Vids I Dig 326: Yesterworld: How Walt Disney’s ‘Snow White’ Changed Animation Forever – A History of “Disney’s Folly”

From Yesterworld’s YouTube description: The story of Walt Disney’s uphill battle to revolutionize feature length animated films, ultimately winning him one of the rarest Academy Awards Oscar in History and changing the film industry forever.

Comic Review: The Star Wars

Published: 2013-2014
Written by: J. W. Rinzler
Art by: Rainier Beredo, Michael Heisler, Mike Mayhew, Nick Runge
Based on: George Lucas’ rough draft of the original Star Wars screenplay

Marvel Comics, 218 Pages

Review:

I always wanted to read George Lucas’ original rough draft of the script that eventually became Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. But this is even better than reading the script, as it provides visuals, inspired by the original Ralph McQuarrie concepts for Star Wars.

Additionally, since I’m a pretty hardcore comic book reader, I thought that I’d really like experiencing this early version of Lucas’ vision more than just reading the text. Frankly, it’s a great homage to that screenplay and McQuarrie’s art.

In the end though, the final movie is a much better version of Lucas’ vision. This was still really enjoyable, however, and I really dug it and it probably would’ve made for a solid sci-fi B-movie in the late ’70s, where those things may have been a dime a dozen but they were still pretty cool and a lot of fun. Well, many of them were, anyway.

What’s really cool about this is seeing how a lot of Lucas’ concepts weren’t that fleshed out. Some characters evolved into others, some were completely omitted and the scope of this story feels and looks much larger than what the budget would have allowed.

This isn’t great, though. It’s fun, it’s energetic and I liked the core characters but it lacks the heart and spirit that made A New Hope an instant classic that birthed one of the largest franchises of all-time.

I wouldn’t recommend this to casual fans but it is worth checking out if you’re a lifelong Star Wars fan. It’s kind of weird in spots and I had to keep reminding myself that the rules weren’t established yet.

Rating: 7.25/10
Pairs well with: other Expanded Universe comics within the Star Wars universe.

Vids I Dig 309: Filmento: ‘The Rise of Skywalker’: How to Fail at ‘Endgame’

From Filmento’s YouTube description: Half a decade into the Disney generation of Star Wars, we finally got the sequel trilogy conclusion with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker… and it’s not very good. The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi might’ve had problems, but this film just craps the bed entirely. And while you could name a big batch of problems and also blame me for giving Disney and JJ Abrams some of the ideas that led to all this, the main weakness with this film lies in its nature of being a bad series conclusion. And in order to see what exactly is the issue, let’s compare it to another recent very successful series conclusion in Marvel’s MCU — Avengers Endgame. Rise of Skywalker tried to copy paste a lot of same things from Endgame but still managed to fail at all of them. Let’s see how to fail at Endgame.