A Bunch of Silly Tales About Glen's Surreal Adventures and Perspective of Life!

Monday, May 30, 2005

HAPPY HARVEST FESTIVAL! - Or should I say 'Kotobian Tadau Kamaatan' in the another installment of the Teenage Robot fan art collection! Posted by Hello

Monday, May 23, 2005

AN EXCLUSIVE REVIEW OF STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH!

(C) Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox Posted by Hello

I have just watched the final chapter (the third in chronological order) of the popular Star Wars Saga and the verdict? It's PURE SATISFACTION, and I really mean it! Possibly the best Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back, it features a plethora of goodies not usually felt on the previous five. Also, read the review below as I first step into the cinema to experience the Force for the very last time... (This review is also available on the IMDB website. Go vote for it by logging into this address: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur0095638/comments and click on the title!)

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, there was once a great 'knight' who stood up from his anonymity, learnt everything he saw and conquered all that were then deemed impossible to reach by many. But like any great legends, he too was scarred by the very bitter past that marred his status as a fighter, forcing him to step down and never to come back. However, his sense of determination and enthusiasm was beginning to mend, and like a little child who begins to learn to pick up a stick, he tries to regain his former self, only to stumble several times along his path to redeem himself. At long last, the struggling 'knight' had achieved his goal to become what he used to be many years ago. If you wonder who this 'knight' is, his name is George Lucas, famed director and creator of the popular sci-fi fantasy epic Star Wars, whose 30-year journey has recently ended with a bang with Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. As a treat to fans of the original, they will be delighted that many of the elements that make the original trilogy a classic have returned to this installment to bring a fitting conclusion to one of the most beloved movie sagas in history. That's right, expect the Wookies to make their appearances here, so do the X-Wing/Tie Fighter-like starfighters, Governor Tarkin, the clone troopers that bear their resemblance to stormtroopers, the blockade runner, Darth Vader, the Death Star, etc. Wow.

The movie opens with an incredible space battle over Coruscant (possibly the best I've ever seen so far), followed by series of unexpected fighting sequences and last-minute decisive actions which help build up the anticipation of Sith's overall theme. And if you think these jaw-dropping sequences aren't enough, George has provided some of his greatest tricks yet to be seen. As the Clone Wars reach its zenith, the Jedi Council senses a far greater threat that originates from the core of the Republic but is unable to determine who the real culprit is. Anakin's relationship with Palpatine has become much closer as the Supreme Chancellor tells many of the Sith's unique qualities to his about-to-be apprentice. This further complicates the Council's worsened matters. Elsewhere, Padme begins to get worried about his beloved Anakin who seems to be troubled by the pressure of the Council itself (he is furious when he is not granted the rank of Master) and the political and corrupted principals of the Senate. These dilemmas eventually lead to a climatic showdown filled with emotional depths, unexpected concussions and terrible consequences so powerful, thought-provoking and satisfying that many fans will definitely change their perspective on the original trilogy (no wonder George twitches some details in the original trilogy DVD set) as well as the first two. And it tends to get better as we move along...

Like the previous five, George once again proves his SFX mastery to create compelling worlds and creatures (which in fact look far more realistic this time around), thanks to the talented artists at ILM. Also, the classic John William score remains the significant highlights of Sith with similar tracks from Episodes I, II and IV. Aside from good storyline (we know that already), expect additional improvements including better script, characterizations and acting (thank goodness!). Hayden Christensen, whose portrayal of whining Anakin in Episode II horrifies some fans, finally gets his role right as he manages to express his hatred towards anything that stands in his way. Kudos to Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Natalie Portman (Padme) who seem to feel comfortable with their characters as well. And let's not forget the truly delicious Ian McDiarmid as Darth Sidious/Palpatine (you'll never see anything like that before!). Truthfully, this movie will forever be remembered for its switching montages between Padme and Anakin at the end sequences; in fact, they are really the central pieces of the entire movie, whose inevitable destinies separate them on a sad and melancholic note, making way for a new revelation for Episode IV: A New Hope (thanks to its creative smooth editing). Of course, Revenge of the Sith still suffers from the limitations of the prequel trilogy that plagues the first two but the flow of the movie is so compelling and energetic you will tend to forgive and forget its shortcomings.

Due to its political resemblance to the events of 9/11, many viewers wonder if George intends to relate it to the Bush Administration (in which he eventually declines, countering with the fact that democracy usually turns into dictatorship for the sake of power and history tends to repeat itself all over again). Funnily enough, Ronald Reagan once adopted the name Star Wars for promises of peace, so I guess it's a fair exchange.

To sum it up, like Darth Vader at the end of Return of the Jedi, George has finally redeemed himself from the critical mistakes he made in the previous two episodes, producing a true masterpiece that is so worthy it eclipses everything the previous Star Wars movies have provided so far (sorry, Sith, The Empire Strikes Back still remains unmatched). Now that the saga is complete, we all leave the cinema with wide smiles all over our faces. I'm sure George will be pleased by the end results.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

THIS IS THE WEEK OF STAR WARS! - Star Wars fans, rejoice! Revenge of the Sith is about to storm the cinemas this week as people from around the world are preparing for the greatest celebration that has lasted for many years since the release of the original Star Wars movie 28 years ago. This will also be a powerful moment when we all finally bid farewell to George Lucas's popular epic saga for the last time (that excludes the upcoming Star Wars projects). And for those who have been with Star Wars since childhood, the time has come for us to finally 'grow up' and ascend to an unknown future! Be sure to check out Glen's review of one of the best Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back! Oh, and while you are watching it, remember that the Force will always be with you!  Posted by Hello

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

JENNY FAN COMIC! - A few days ago, one guy, who calls himself A-Log had approached me via e-mail, saying that he's very impressed with the drawings I've made exclusively for The Teenage Roblog. Also, he wonders if I could be of any help because he has completed his own fanfic based on the same show after rubbing his head for 3, 4 years, something like that. So, it's up for me to create a one-year comic strips (the volumes are massive) so stay tuned for more when I've done anything good! Posted by Hello

Friday, May 06, 2005

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! - Ok, it's not even Mum's Day yet but this Sunday, the whole world dedicates this moment to all mothers who have given us everything we need in many special ways! We'll always love, you, Mom! For my fan art, just log on to the Teenage Roblog (http://www.teenageroblog.blogspot.com) to view it right now! Posted by Hello

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

PEACE? WHAT PEACE?

Despite what you hear on TV and radio, these guys are still fighting for many critical reasons including the intrusion of their holy land or whatever that sparks controversy between the feuding nations. I can't tell why it actually happens so but let's assume that everything's back to normal like it used to be ten million years ago, eh? - Glen The Guy Who Is No Politician! Posted by Hello

Sunday, May 01, 2005

THE RETURN OF DARTH VADER! - This is the month of Star Wars! After more than two decades since the death of a famous Sith Lord, Darth Vader once again graces the big screens for the first and final time! His former-self Anakin faces an inevitable fate in this newest chapter of the epic series, so do we who can't wait to witness the tragedy, the horror and the dark revelations that lay ahead in a few weeks away! We may already know what happens to our beloved heroes of the Republic. We may already know how Anakin becomes the notorious executor in the universe (in theory only). We may already know how it all leads to the events of Episode IV. But only one question remains tangling: will George Lucas finally get it right after making mistakes in the first two films? Only the Force knows well... Posted by Hello