A Hype to Remember: Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)

ALL OF US HERE AT AFTER THE HYPE LOVE STAR WARS, BECAUSE… WELL… IT’S STAR WARS!

In honor of Star Wars Day (May 4th) we will be releasing one “Hype to Remember” a day to cover all 8 of the released Star Wars films! It’s your boy Ryan and we’re going to talk about clones.

I’m here to give Bryan a writing break by talking about a new hope…A new hope that the Star Wars prequels could be good!

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)

 

By the time we saw the trailer for Episode II: Attack of the Clones, the truth about The Phantom Menace had sunk in. It wasn’t good. It was flashy without any of the heart that made the first three films special.

 

But wait!

 

The music from my favorite scene in Return of the Jedi! Obi-Wan with a beard already? Anakin with a lightsaber! Stormtroopers? No Jar Jar! Another Boba Fett, except this one is named Jango? More lightsabers!

 

Ok, I don’t want to get fooled again but this one looks way better than Phantom Menace, I can’t wait…

 

Aw, crap.

 

Ryan James

Ryan is a sound engineer in Los Angeles, focusing on Production Sound for Film and TV. He’s an avid video game player, comic book reader, and all-around collector of nerd culture.

A Hype to Remember: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

ALL OF US HERE AT AFTER THE HYPE LOVE STAR WARS, BECAUSE… WELL… IT’S STAR WARS!

In honor of Star Wars Day (May 4th) we will be releasing one “Hype to Remember” a day to cover all 8 of the released Star Wars films!  I’m back again to talk about the beginning of the dark days…

Let me take you back… a long, long time ago… When Phantom Menace could still be good…

The year, 1998, the movie, Meet Joe Black. The first trailer for a Star Wars film in about 15 years has just hit theaters! (remember when the internet sucked?) People across the country bought tickets for a movie they didn’t want to see, sorry Joe, just to see 2 min of Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace! This 2 min!

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Bryan is the Host and Producer of After the Hype. He loves talking. About everything. But mostly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, and Batman.
 
He also lives in Los Angeles and works in TV Post Production

A Hype to Remember: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

ALL OF US HERE AT AFTER THE HYPE LOVE STAR WARS, BECAUSE… WELL… IT’S STAR WARS!

In honor of Star Wars Day (May 4th) we will be releasing one “Hype to Remember” a day to cover all 8 of the released Star Wars films!  I’m RETURNing today because OF THE JEDI!

 

Three years isn’t the longest you’ve ever had to wait for a sequel.  But when the last movie you saw was Empire Strikes Back, that 3 years might as well be 300.  People were losing thier minds!  Who is the other?  Is Vader really Luke’s dad? WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO HAN??? Then boom!  Revenge of the Jedi trailer is released and, well… at least one of the questions is answered:

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Bryan is the Host and Producer of After the Hype. He loves talking. About everything. But mostly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, and Batman.
 
He also lives in Los Angeles and works in TV Post Production

A Hype To Remember: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

All of us here at After The Hype love Star Wars, because… well… it’s STAR WARS!

In honor of Star Wars Day (May 4th) we will be releasing one “Hype to Remember” a day to cover all 8 of the released Star Wars films!  I get the honor of talking about the BEST film in the series thus far – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK!

 

I jumped on board the Star Wars train roughly around ’97 when they re-released the original trilogy back in theaters, so I had the benefit of knowing that this was part of a larger saga that would (hopefully) be ongoing. It’s weird to go back and watch the original marketing materials for these movies, especially after living through the updates, re-releases, and the marketing for the new movies still to come.

 

This trailer feels very much like a sales pitch, stating matter-of-fact what we’re getting in the movie, which is more of what made the first one so great, plus this new guy LANDO CALRISSIAN. It also spoils a lot of the movie (minus the big reveal), which I wasn’t really expecting.

 

And yet I don’t really mind all that much. There’s a rough-around-the-edges charm here that the franchise has lacked for a long-ass time, and I hope we can get back to that somehow.

 

Anyway! The trailer!

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Jonathan Hardesty

I spend too much time on the internet and not enough time fighting dragons. An editor by trade, screenwriter by long-term-goal, and someone who can’t spend a day without making stuff.

Episode #187 – Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (20th Anniversary)

This week we’re going back to high school to talk about the 90s classic ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION. Get out on the dance floor and move like you invented post-its. We’ve got a great episode ahead! Special thanks to Michelle Dunn and Sean Buono for guesting on the show this week.

 

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A Hype to Remember : Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

All of us here at After The Hype love Star Wars, because… well… it’s STAR WARS!

In honor of Star Wars Day (May 4th) we will be releasing one “Hype to Remember” a day to cover all 8 of the released Star Wars films!  I’ll kick things off with STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE!

Star Wars is so much more than a movie.  It’s a way of life.  I have no idea when the first time I saw Star Wars was, it’s always just been a part of me.  I wish I was around to see this trailer in theaters for the first time.  It’s such a joy to watch.

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

 

 

They have no idea how to market this movie!  Is it a fantasy? An action movie? They just keep telling us how great it is, then throwing in a random clip.  Clearly they didn’t have James Earl Jones voice track in yet.  They didn’t have colors on the light sabers.  The whole thing looks like a cheap 70’s sci-fi flop.  But still, somehow, looks totally amazing!  This trailer had a tough job to do, and it does it perfectly!  I can only imagine seeing this once, maybe, then seeing the finished product in theaters!  My mind would have been blown!

I love this trailer, it’s the perfect set up to the perfect movie!

 

Bryan is the Host and Producer of After the Hype. He loves talking. About everything. But mostly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, and Batman.
 
He also lives in Los Angeles and works in TV Post Production

A Hype to Remember: Mass Effect 3

If I could only play one game series for the rest of my life, that series would be Mass Effect.

 

I’ve been playing a ton of Mass Effect Andromeda, and I can’t shake the feeling that this isn’t Mass Effect. Yes the characters designs are there, they say the right words, and it all looks very Mass Effecty. But it just doesn’t capture that feeling that the original trilogy did. This has to be partly on me right? Maybe I’m not giving this game the a fair shake. But I just don’t feel that excitement I had when ME3 was coming out. Son of Krogan I was excited for that game!

 

I have to watch that trailer again!

MASS EFFECT 3 (2012)

 

 

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Bryan is the Host and Producer of After the Hype. He loves talking. About everything. But mostly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, and Batman.
 
He also lives in Los Angeles and works in TV Post Production

Episode #186 – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

This week Mari Provencher joins us to hunt for magical beasts and talk about the newest franchise in the Harry Potter universe: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. Grab your TARDI-I mean suitcase and join us on this adventure through time and spa-I mean America in 1926.

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Episode #185 – Arrival

The newest episode of After The Hype has ARRIVED! That’s right, we’re talking about Denis Villeneuve’s and Eric Heisserer’s stunning Sci-Fi film ARRIVAL. Special thanks to indie author A.R. Fagundes for joining us this week to bask in the glory that is Amy Adam’s performance. Seriously, we have to strain ourselves to come up with problems for this movie. ENJOY!

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Katniss & the Strength of Vulnerability

When your government forces you to murder teenagers on a live TV show, you really need somebody to hug.

 

Let’s talk about girls.

 

I’m a girl. You may or may not be a girl. But one thing we both know is that girls don’t always get the best roles in film. I watch a lot of action films, and sometimes I’ll watch a movie that is otherwise spectacular, but has zero women in it. Sometimes action films will have a cool prostitute character who keeps our hero grounded emotionally while also having super sweaty sex with him.

 

There was a time when conventional wisdom was that you couldn’t get an action film made with a lady in the lead unless that lady was Angelina.

 

That was then.

 

Now I have all kinds of girl crushes. Watching women kick ass is probably my favorite thing in the whole world besides impressing strangers at a karaoke bar.

 

Every so often I’ll be popping by here to talk about films from the lady perspective. I won’t just stick to action films, but I will start there.

 

One of my biggest girl crushes is Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. If you haven’t seen the movies, go watch them right now and come back, otherwise you’re gonna be super spoiled by what comes next.

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Emily Blake

Emily Blake is a screenwriter/producer/script supervisor/dog lover. She cohosts Chicks Who Script, a filmmaker podcast that focuses on women and minorities (Chickswhoscript.com), and tweets a lot @TheEmilyBlake. She is a Gryffindor.