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Filmism.net Dispatch January 15, 2012

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Welcome to 2012, the year of The Amazing Spider Man, The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers and more exciting movies too innumerable to mention.

A few observations this week rather than anything too in-depth. First, I read something about the success of Star Wars that had never occurred to me before and I think goes some way to explaining the breadth of the Star Wars universe we all know.

Remember the first ever sequence, of Captain Antilles' blockade runner trying desperately to outrun an Imperial Cruiser? Some battle or crisis had obviously occurred, perhaps part of a larger war. We didn't know what it was, but we joined the story in the middle of it, giving us a sense that this was a big universe with a big story to fill it, one we weren't privy to yet.

It was expressed most simply by Lucas' original desire (rejected by the Directors' Guild of America, which caused him to pay up and cancel his membership) to have the film entitled as Episode 4. We'd obviously missed a lot, and we wanted to know what it was.

Some would argue that by the time 2005's Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith came and went we'd have been better off left wondering, but that's another story.

I can't claim to have thought of it myself, I actually read it in a great book I suggest you check out called 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die.

The Devil Inside has scared up amazing business in the US since its release, further cementing a viable business model in Hollywood. Successful low-budget horror films aren't new, we saw it with Paranormal Activity and the granddaddy of them all, The Blair Witch Project.

But Paramount marketed what by all accounts is a crap movie, refused to show it to critics to keep a lid on the bad news and have been laughing all the way to the bank on the money of armies of bored 15 year olds on school holidays.

Just before Christmas I also fulfilled a bit of a movie geek dream by interviewing George McFly himself, none other than Crispin Glover. Hear the whole thing courtesy of Filmism.net's friends at Moviehole.net here.

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