George Lucas in Love

By Shamus
on Dec 6, 2008
Filed under:
Movies

This has been linked to hell and back, but maybe you’ve managed to miss it up until now.


Link (YouTube)

Also along these lines: My own take on what Star Wars would be like if it was written today.

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  1. SolkaTruesilver says:

    Ah… there is so many ways to define Epic, or to desecrate it…

    I am not sure on which side of the fence this stands.

  2. JohnW says:

    Ha! I hadn’t seen that before, it was good.

    Not beating-Saving-Private-Ryan-for-best-picture good, but good.

  3. Duoae says:

    Awesome! Hadn’t seen that before either! Read your re-write of the Star Wars film also – great stuff!

    :)

  4. Noumenon says:

    I hadn’t seen it before either, and I surf the internet a lot. I’m glad I watched the whole thing.

  5. First time viewing for me, too! Hilarity indeed.

    Ben

  6. Griffin says:

    That was awesome. And yeah, for some reason I too never see these memes until you post them, so, um, just keep on doing what you do.

  7. Old_Geek says:

    Now it get it! Up until this point, I thought the reason i hadn’t written a multibillion dollar series of movies was because i lack motivation and creativity. No! its because of my family, friends and random passersby. They haven’t inspired me enough. DAMN YOU FRIENDS, FAMILY AND RANDOM PASSERSBY!!! I”LL KILL YOU!!!! KILL YOU ALL FOR NOT INSPIRING ME AND RUINING MY LIFE!!!! Then i’ll dedicate my deadly rampage to Shamus for all his guidance. That would look good written in blood…

  8. Sam says:

    Like most others, I’d never seen that until your posting. It was surprisingly entertaining.

    When I get a pet duck I’m totally naming him Howard.

  9. TheRailwayMan says:

    Bloody epic…

    The ‘twist’ at the end, though… Not too sure about that. Hilarious, it was, however.

  10. potemkin.hr says:

    Where do you find gems like these? Simply brilliant :D

  11. Volatar says:

    I missed it also (and the previous post you linked, I think I need to read the archives of your blog) so thank you!

    Don’t get the duck thing though…

  12. Anaphyis says:

    @Volatar/11: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_the_Duck_(film)

    How much Lucas was involved with the film differs depending on the rumor you are currently reading. He was a fan of the comic and showed it to Huyck (the screenplay writer) once. Universal finally agreed to make the film under the condition Lucas would show up as Executive Producer in the credits.

    Also, ILM (Lucas’s special effects company) was heavily involved in the film too. As stories go it says Lucas was heavily indebted at that time and hoped for the success of the film. When it bombed badly, old pal Steve Jobs helped him by buying the CGI department of ILM for way over the market price, which later became Pixar. You know, the thing Jobs later sold to Disney for a fortune.

    Funny though, I loved the movie. Of course, I was around 10 at that time and refrained from ever watching it again when I grew older to prevent another major disappointment you get when you try to re-live childhood nostalgia.

    @Topic: me 2. Didn’t knew it as well, thanks Shamus.

  13. susie says:

    that was great … especially the twist – I should have seen it coming.

    I ended up spending the last 3 hours reading about Star Wars on Wikipedia when I could have been playing a video game. Thanks!

  14. Telas says:

    If you really want to waste some time on Star Wars (and lose a great deal of respect for George Lucas’ memory), check out The Secret History of Star Wars by Michael Kaminski. IT was released as a monstrous PDF this summer, and is now an actual book. The PDF may still be available in various places.

  15. Oleyo says:

    Heh, heh. Just re-read your modern Star Wars hypothetical and cracked up whilst shaking my head at it’s appropriateness.

    Robin Williams as RW-D2. *shudder*

  16. Browncoat says:

    Thanks for showing that again.

    Have you ever thought of doing a screen-cap comic based on George Lucas in Love?

  17. Illiterate says:

    BC, wouldn’t that be a bit redundant? Also, a limited amount of source material..

    of-course, if you look at the last 6 or 7 pages of darths and droids, you’ll see a lot of mileage being taken out of 2 or three images of Darth Maul.

  18. Kelson says:

    This was a fun one. I’ve actually got a copy on DVD somewhere, along with 3 other parody shorts to fill out the disc. There was Film Club (Fight Club) and some sort of young-Dr. Evil-crossed-with Notting Hill and something else, but George Lucas in Love was definitely the best of the lot (not to mention the main feature).

  19. Namfoodle says:

    That was funny. “Could you talk forward?”

    I hate it when prof’s have distracting personal habits or, uh, lives. This is what I wanted to say to one professor (at USC, too!):

    “Could you cut your hair, put on some clean clothes, stop riding a skateboard and stop impregnating the hippie-chick with ankle bells who sits next to me in lecture? I find the whole situation rather distracting.”

  20. Spam says:

    I also had not seen this before..Quite funny! Thanks Shamus!

  21. T-Bone says:

    Hey, don’t forget, in those same 30-odd years, the quality of George Lucas movies has also deteriorated intensely. I mean, the OT had some bad dialog, but it was *memorable* bad dialog credibly presented (by James Earl Jones, Harrison Ford, Alec Guiness, even Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher do a pretty good job). The prequel, on the other hand, uses such wonderfully affectless actors like Natalie Portman and Hayden Christiansen, and if it’s at all possible the dialog has gotten even worse and the random assortment of aliens has become more gimmicky (the guy with two heads that argue with other, the faux-Jamaican gungans, the faux-Chinese trade federation, etc).

    I also want to point out that part of what made the OT cool was that it was dirty, and grungy, like real life, and there’s the cool moonshiner with a hot rod that spends all his time tuning up his ride. Contrast this with the prequel, where everything (even the battle droids and the Anakin’s hacked-together pod racer) look like brand-new consumer junk with a six-month warranty.

    The fact is, ceteris paribus, George Lucas couldn’t even turn out something as good as Star Wars anymore.

  22. Lost Chauncy says:

    By far one of George Lucas’ best works is also one of his lesser known:

    Radioland Murders (1994)
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110939/

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