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posted by LaminatorX on Tuesday March 25 2014, @06:44PM   Printer-friendly
from the Ches-ko-ba-tuta-creesta-crenko-ya-kolska! dept.

mechanicjay writes:

While a bit pop-culture and light hearted, it's an indelible part of every geek's soul, so perhaps it's worthy of a front page discussion:

Over at Movie Pilot, Alex Rosenhiem puts forth a compelling argument for preservation of art and of shared cultural experience and why that matters. He couches it in the context of revisionism as applied to the Han/Greedo Cantina scene, long a source of nerd rage, countless arguments and is even it's own meme. The moment is a pivotal one for the development of the Han Solo character, but more importantly Rosenhiem argues that Art, Star Wars included, gives us access to the past and where we were at a certain point in time when we first experienced it.

 
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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by gishzida on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:31PM

    by gishzida (2870) on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:31PM (#21145) Journal

    Um... Not so sure about that. I saw the original release something like 8 times... most of those at a large theater on Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood [west L.A.] after Star Wars was released. I own a copy of the first edition paperbacks... but I haven't bought the DVDs. Why? Because the Marketing Gurus have turned what was "novel" at the time into a marketing juggernaut of make ca$h and more ca$h... With each new product and each new novel [and soon new movies] the plastic peals off the trope. I imagine this will also be the fate of the "Avatar" sequels...

    There is [was?] a similar scene in the original Indiana Jones movie where the Arab swordsman/thug/mook makes "threatening motions" at Indy with his giant gleaming sword... and Indy replies by pulling out a .44 Smith & Wesson HE2 and shooting him.

    Does it make a difference that unequal force was used? Hmmmm... you choose between getting sliced and diced or shot up... Han and Indy both seem to believe it is better to be a live rascal than a dead skunk.

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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:39PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:39PM (#21151)
  • (Score: 1) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:45PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:45PM (#21153)

    I'm definitely a fan, but I've never gone further than renting the DVDs...

    I suppose I "care" that they watered Han down, but really can't get all that worked up about it - the stepping on Jabba's tail scene was a much worse atrocity, IMO.