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Trouble in a Galaxy far, far away…

It was announced yesterday that the directors of the upcoming stand-alone Han Solo movie, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 and 22 Jumpstreet), have left the production, despite having already invested FOUR MONTHS in production (not PRE-production; actual production) efforts, including filming.
We could sit here and equivocate on the fact that both parties are using the “creative differences” schtick, even though Lord and Miller admit they hate that clichĂ© (but who say it’s “true” for once), or we could look at another quote from an unnamed source that would seem to have a bit more importance to the casual, or not so casual, Star Wars fan: the fact that those differences included concerns that Han Solo is not a “comedic personality.”
I read that statement and I heard warning bells. The Star Wars franchise, for all its perceived narrative shortcomings and clunky, George Lucas dialogue, has never been accused of-or mistaken for-a comedic property.
The fact that this change of direction was pronounced enough to warrant a dissolution of the partnership between director and studios at this juncture is concerning. Frightfully so, in my opinion.
Production has been shut down for a few weeks while a new director is found and brought up to speed. Uh-huh. A hiring of this importance to Disney/Star Wars on such a short time frame?
Okay.
A couple names being mentioned as replacement directors are Ron Howard, whose directorial resume speaks for itself, and Joe Johnston, who helmed the first Captain America film. If a decision needs to be made between those two, I’d skew toward Johnston, whose familiar in current Disney protocols through his Marvel involvement, and who will be asked to “fix” a film that is, effectively, expected to be a superhero-caliber movie.
Regardless, the trend of directors leaving productions due to “creative differences” is starting to get out of hand, forcing bastardized amalgams of movies into megeplexes around the world as studios try to play catch-up and do re-writes, re-shoots, and other creative gymnastics.
If a studio is going to invest millions of dollars in a film, the creative direction of the film should be clear during the hiring process of the director, not suddenly become an issue halfway through filming.
Thoughts?

Superheroes and How to Depict Them

While that title might sound a little lofty, here’s what you’re going to get: we’re going to talk about how superhero movies have both succeeded and failed in depicting their heroes.

What this means is that we touch on everything from Logan, to Deadpool, to The Amazing Spiderman, to the upcoming DC movies (especially The Flash) to The Fantastic Four, John Wick, and more.

Heck, we even sneak in a Star Wars reference as we break down what, in our eyes, makes these types of movies succeed or fail.

Do we tangent?

Oh, yes. Yes, we do. Mightily. Sorry about that, but it’s a hazard of the job, really. Can’t be helped.

Nevertheless, we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it.

Episode 16 – Rogue One

This is it! The blockbuster of the year.

The movie that everyone has been waiting for:

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

We’re going to talk about it all, but, as always, we’ll warn you when we get to the spoiler-heavy parts.

And so, without further ado,

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Episode 04.5 – “Salt Lake Comic Con 2016” Wrap-up

Yes, we know it’s not movie related, per se, but since Jason and I both attended the recent Salt Lake Comic Con, we decided we really should talk about it.

It’s got movie stars, so it works.

Nestled between episodes 4 and 5 of the podcast, we made this presentation for YouTube, covering the good, bad, and ugly of the con. [Editor’s Note: For the record, there was way more of the first, and not very much of the second or third.]

And since the Visually Stunning Movie Podcast now has a new home, I figured I should get this put back where it belongs, which is here.

Have a look/listen if you haven’t seen it before, or watch it again and relive the joy that was Salt Lake Comic Con, and remember to start planning for next year’s event now. It it scheduled for September 21-23, 2017.

Enjoy!