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STAR WARS PATHWAYS: PATH OF...
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Christopher Pico

Starring:
Robert Speicher
Maron Wong
Justin Baughman

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What's it about
A Star Wars fan flick regarding a lost Jedi and his master going out to hunt him down. When he arrives he finds himself in a battle with a Sith.
Is it good movie?

How can I fairly review this? This is a poorly acted Star Wars film with bad special effects and bad dialogue. No this is not Attack of the Clones, Hayden Christiansen is Laurence Olivier compared to these guys. But how can I review an amateur filmmaker who along with some friends, decided to make this kind of a tribute? Well, the question is, did they successfully make an entertaining albeit cheap homage to Star Wars? And the answer to that is… for the most part yes. By using some modern day hard rock music, some interesting camera angles (although a bit too many close-ups on actors’ eyes) this was surprisingly entertaining. But the most impressive bit was the lightsaber duel. The actors may have been amateurs, but they were able to put on a pretty well choreographed battle.

By setting up a series of fan films, Pathways introduces us to Si Tran Kan played by Robert Speicher whose Padawan Learner has lost contact with him. He goes to where he was last heard from and finds an old enemy, Sith Lord Darth Malphedor (Maron Wong). It seems that Malphedor has a bone to pick with Tran Kan and wants to kick his ass. Yes, there is a story here, and this is the very beginning of a trilogy. As the title suggests, there is a whole lotta betrayal going on. I won’t give too much away, but the film is played as close to a Star Wars film as you could get with a microscopic budget. But as a tribute it is an entertaining and thankfully short viewing. Apparently, the force is with anyone who has a camera and a computer to put up lousy effects.
Video / Audio
Video: The 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen looks cheap.

Audio: The "digital sound"... you guessed it, sounds cheap.
The Extras
This is a simple disc with extras being a part of the feature themselves, which you can access through scene selection. This included the Path of Betrayal Trailer which is in some ways better to watch than the feature itself. It gives a bunch away and is very short.

Next up we have Bloopers, and they’re pretty funny folks. It was a blast to see these dude f*cking around making a “Star Wars” flick and all sorts of problems arising. This is fun stuff.

Next we have Interviews with the cast and director of the film. As I said before, these are all amateurs who just wanted to make a Star Wars flick and this is kind a fun introduction to each of them. It’s nothing deep here, just a few film geeks talking about the love for Jedi’s and the Dark Side.

We then have Trailers for “Path of Deceit” and a behind the scenes look at “The Pathways Trilogy”… or should I call it “Thrillogy”? This is an extremely entertaining bunch of extras for a, “Hey! Grab the camera and we’ll go out back and make a movie.” type of flick. The special features are the best part of the DVD.
Last Call
Yes, Star Wars Pathways is amateur filmmaking. The lousy effects, the bad acting and stilted dialogue keep this from being… well… good. But its still a fun homage to the world George Lucas created. They take his idea and run with it. And they also have the sense to shoot a pretty worthwhile attempt at the lightsaber duel between Sith and Jedi and add an interesting soundtrack without using the original Star Wars theme. In other words… oh, look at those goofy dudes making a Star Wars movie… well their parents and drunken friends will be pleased. Cheers guys, can’t wait to see the continuing saga.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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