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10.05.2016
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I remember the first time seeing the full-length Plinkett take down of THE PHANTOM MENACE in 2009. While brutal and honest, it also made strides to talk about it as a film, and not pointing out things we'd already seen countless times by that point. They didn't focus on Jar Jar, or Anakin's wooden acting, or anything like that. They instead focused on structure, or the fact that the film had no protagonists, etc. It elevated internet film criticism, and led many other YouTube vloggers to take up the mantle (honestly, for better and for worse). Also creating the persona of crazed lunatic Plinkett (played by Mike Stoklasa) to narrate the review was a hilarious stroke of genius.

Plinkett went on to produce other popular videos, like the take down of the ATTACK OF THE CLONES and REVENGE OF THE SITH (as well as COP DOG). After a long hiatus, however, Plinkett has come back to skewer the newest STAR WARS film, THE FORCE AWAKENS. 

I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit disappointed in this one. While still funny, having Plinkett focus on the prequels once again (coming across as an old man railing against millinials), as well as attacking something called The Ring Theory (is it really that popular?), and a weird digression about diversity, it definitely makes this a lesser entry. 

However, his take down of the corporate structure of Disney and how it manipulated fans is pure gold. Also, his criticisms of THE FORCE AWAKENS (when he gets to them) are solid (if not harsh enough, as I was not a fan of the film outside of the characters Rey, Poe, and Finn). Even his weird diversity trangression had a spark of a good point (that, while an inherently good thing, was still only made for corporate reasons, and also became squeamish about depicting an actual interracial romance - even if he spent way too long on it). 

Either way, I think it's at least worth watching to spark discussion, and if nothing else it's worth to check back on the older reviews, even if some of the humor is a bit dated now.

Extra Tidbit: Red Letter Media, which makes the Plinkett reviews, also produces the popular web series HALF IN THE BAG and BEST OF THE WORST.
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4:12AM on 10/06/2016
Great Review with a lot of extra StarWars and Hollywood critique
Great Review with a lot of extra StarWars and Hollywood critique
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9:58PM on 10/05/2016
When's the next Plinkett review coming out, you hack frauds?
When's the next Plinkett review coming out, you hack frauds?
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6:55PM on 10/05/2016

Plinkett is Great

I haven't watched this yet, but if I ever feel like reminiscing about the Star Wars prequels, I watch Plinkett's reviews instead. In fact, I re-watched his Phantom Menace review about three weeks ago.
I haven't watched this yet, but if I ever feel like reminiscing about the Star Wars prequels, I watch Plinkett's reviews instead. In fact, I re-watched his Phantom Menace review about three weeks ago.
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6:50PM on 10/05/2016
I think you pretty much have to mention Ring Theory if you're gonna do a video on bloggers possibly being paid to defend the prequels (or perhaps just being shallow contrarians to get views?). It's basically the ultimate defense. It's also important because I think one of the biggest criticisms of The Force Awakens is "it's too much like A New Hope", and not only does Plinkett show that the similarities between the OT and the prequels is superficial at best, he also makes a really strong
I think you pretty much have to mention Ring Theory if you're gonna do a video on bloggers possibly being paid to defend the prequels (or perhaps just being shallow contrarians to get views?). It's basically the ultimate defense. It's also important because I think one of the biggest criticisms of The Force Awakens is "it's too much like A New Hope", and not only does Plinkett show that the similarities between the OT and the prequels is superficial at best, he also makes a really strong point about how the ALL the movies crib from each other, and you could effectively make that argument about any of them. Which is SO true.

Star Wars is simply an incredibly restrictive saga. I don't think you can't realistically tell a story within that saga that isn't effectively A New Hope either in-itself or spread over multiple movies like V and VI. Even the much-praised Thrawn Trilogy is basically just A New Hope over three books.
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5:31PM on 10/05/2016

Ha

Does the truth about cultural enrichment really leave you so unsettled, my liberal prince?
Does the truth about cultural enrichment really leave you so unsettled, my liberal prince?
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