Tuesday, February 09, 2016

039: Return to Night Market

img_20160208_184523-01.jpegEmily's high school classmate from abroad was in town for a visit and so her old gang gathered together for a night out at Roxas. We went for barbecue at one of the stalls and then a stroll afterwards. Today being a holiday, the entire length was packed with people. The line for Mang Danny's ice cream was especially long. Emily and I had decided to skip the ice cream this time around, but her friends braved the line.

I had a high school classmate visit briefly this afternoon. She had trouble with her hard drive a few days ago and I offered to take a look. No such luck recovering it, but it was good to chat and catch up about old times.

While folding clothes this morning, I watched one fan edit of the Star Wars prequels. As is common with these projects, they skip The Phantom Menace almost altogether and focus on Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. This version also omitted Obi Wan's investigation into Kamino. I won't say that this particular fan edit was especially good, but it did serve as a faster and more accessible reintroduction to the prequels.

The prequels get a lot of grief from the fans and I must admit I've done my share of dissing. But re-viewing the movie today with somewhat fresh eyes yet with some perspective, I think I finally got what George Lucas was trying to achieve.

It was this: the prequels had a 1930's sci-fi serial quality to them. The spaceships and other vehicles were shiny and finned, the creatures were Harryhausen-like in their menace and movement, and the Jedi Knights were swashbuckling superheroes. Padme Amidala was a classic heroine right out of the golden age of scifi. There was even the obligatory council meeting of the villains as they discussed their plans. Seeing it from this angle made me enjoy it even more.