On Frank Oz in the Star Wars: Yoda Movie

Luminous beings are we....
Luminous beings are we….

When the standalone Yoda film was announced this week (man news is coming fast), I said it would need Frank Oz as an imperative.  GeekTyrant.com (which is a fantastic site and you should be there every day) got a word and it sounds like he wants what we all want – a good story, but he’d be willing.

“He’s in my heart. I know Yoda very deeply.”

It’s safe to say at this point that Yoda will be a CG animated character from here on out. I seriously doubt they will go back to using a traditional puppet, and Oz agrees,

“I think it depends on the story, but I think at this point you can’t go back to the puppet. The reason George [Lucas] did the CGI, which I supported, was that he wanted to tell a story that would have been hampered by the physical limitations of the puppet.”

Even though none of this is confirmed other than we will see several Star Wars spin-off films, I think it’s safe to say that we’ll eventually see Yoda, Boba Fett, and Han Solo movies. All the popular characters will have their day in the sun, and I’m sure we’ll see some new ones as well.


Can I have my Darth Maul movie to recompense me for the six opening day tickets to Phantom Menace I bought?

My Favorite Scene: The Dark Knight Rises (2012) “Rise”

If Chris Nolan knows how to do one thing it’s end his movies with a punch. There’s a “Nolan Formula”.  Open strong.  Slap your audience across the face immediately and invest them.  But most importantly of all: stick the landing.  He actually writes the ending of his movies first and works backwards and that’s brilliant.  Because how many times do you leave a theater saying, “Man, that was good but that ending?”  Here, with very little dialogue other than the passage read from A Tale of Two Cities at Bruce’s funeral and underscored by Hans Zimmer’s powerful score, are moments, subtle hints that only they would know that Bruce is still alive somewhere.  I love the smile on Morgan Freeman’s face and Gary Oldman wildly watching the sky when he finds the new bat signal.  I wept at the wordless reconciliation between Alfred and Bruce; Father and Son.  And then Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who nearly stole the movie, throws the fans a Robin card in a way that’s not at all cheesy or pandering.  Then he picks up a bag Bruce left him and finds the Bat Cave and as he rises to the suit, the movie ends and Batman Begins.  Full circle.  Masterful storytelling.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Dark Knight Rises