Andy Nowicki is astonished and dismayed by the 93% "fresh" rating that "The Last Jedi" has received from film critics, as collated on the Rotten Tomatoes site.

He remarks here upon the sinister significance of this near-monolithic orgy of praise for what discerning moviegoers should recognize as a deeply flawed movie:

And here he follows with an assessment of  Disney as one incarnation of the hydra-headed "rough beast" that is the "deep state."

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  1. This is why they did the Long March Through The Institutions.

    My first encounter with this type of tactic of manipulating reviews to further a political agenda was in my childhood with the classic Falling Down. That movie, which could better be titled "America Falling Down" is still watched and honored decades later, but at the time it was panned by the "liberal" media.

  2. I refuse to watch new movies, most especially ones like this, partly targeted to the young and thoroughly impressionable. It feels like betrayal, like my soul is being dirtied, covered in street grime. I think of all the Weinstein's, all the worst trash of humanity, making obscene amounts of money to dispense pure, undiluted mental poison unto the lemming masses. The young are being molded into fighters for ignobility, ready to permanently wreck what little is left of fit-for-humans living. Their morals, their ingrained emotional responses to stimuli, being corrupted, from which most lack the capacity, or courage, for concentrated independent thought to break out of. It really is pure Evil, I'm sure of it.

  3. George Lucas was one of the Movie Brats who were greatly influenced by Westerns, esp John Ford's THE SEARCHERS.

    Of course, his big success was STAR WARS, and it is in the news again. The latest installment LAST JEDI has been blasted in many quarters. Not just the Alt Right but from the fanbase.

    Mark Hamill himself wasn't happy about what was made of Luke Skywalker. I haven't seen it and don't want to, but maybe the latest installment is really about George Lucas' betrayal of his own destiny.

    Not for nothing was the hero named Luke Skywalker. Luke was the alter ego of Lucas.

    Like Luke, George Lucas was divided between his destiny as an artist and the temptation of business and money. He began as an experimental film-maker, and Coppola regarded him as his protege. His first feature film was THX 1138, one of the boldest sci-fi films ever. And he continued in the personal vein with AMERICAN GRAFFITI. And even the first STAR WARS was quite an imaginative leap and derring-do as film spectacle. With the success of STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES, Lucas had the money to make more personal films. In the 70s, that was supposed to be his Destiny. After all, the original plan was for Lucas to direct APOCALYPSE NOW with John Milius.

    Lucas was supposed to succeed in business ONLY TO make enough money to serve his true calling as a great American auteur of personal film-making. He would be the new Welles-Kurosawa-Ford-Kubrick. He would go even further than Coppola, his Obi-Wan.

    One day, with enough money, he would do what he was meant to do and become a great auteur.
    But in the end, he just went for the Empire of Greed. He just stuck to STAR WARS franchise and made them more infantile to rake in the bucks. He squandered art for bucks.
    But after the 6 films, did he not have enough money to FINALLY fulfill his destiny as a great personal film-maker? So, what did he do? He sold STAR WARS to Disney for billions and gave up on his Destiny for good. He financed junk like RED TAILS.

    So, maybe the broken-down Luke in LAST JEDI is supposed to be a commentary on George Lucas. Lucas' myth of being this personal artist who took on Hollywood and did his own thing proved to be false. He just became another greedy mogul who marketed formula, and when he got through with it, he just sold it to Disney. He gave up his baby just like Luke Skywalker tosses away his light saber and burns the sacred texts. When Lucas gave up his vision(however already compromised) to Disney, he might as well have burned the myth. And when Yoda tells him to go ahead and burn the text, it's as if even Yoda lost faith in the myth. Why not burn it when Lucas sold his life work to Disney for more money that he could possibly spend?

    So, Lucas' selling his vision to Disney was like Luke in LAST JEDI burning the Jedi Canon and destroying the remnants of the Jedi order. He is conceding that it's all futile in the end.
    Ultimately, the empire will always win. And this 'empire' is a metaphor for universal lust for power. The 'empire' is not some great Other Evil. It is lust for power itself regardless of which side wins.
    So, even though the Rebels won in RETURN OF THE JEDI, the victory only led to new power that birthed a new empire. So, even if the Resistance wins, it will lead to yet another empire. It's like US won WWII and defeated Nazi empire and Japanese empire. And then US defeated the Soviet Empire. But the US became another empire with insatiable power lust. And the boomers who opposed Nixon and war just grew up to take power and run the empire themselves. So, even if the empire is defeated, the winners just create a new empire. And Jews who were victimized by WWII became the 'new nazis' of globalism fomenting wars and crushing Palestinians.

    1. Lucas was once one of the young turks of Hollywood. They were the rebels and upstarts. They challenged the Studio and the old way of doing things. But as they gained success and power, they became the New Empire, indeed bigger than any empire before. And if they'd started with idealism, they eventually grew tired of the dream and came to believe in money and power and judged everything by box office success and marketshare.

      So, the fact that Luke Skywalker is exposed to be a has-been phony who has lost faith in the Jedi mythology reflects what happened to George Lucas. Lucas became a tired cynical old man who just lived for money and power. His talk of personal film-making became just self-serving nonsense. He became the empire, a tired one at that. He betrayed all the Jedi principles of 70s cinema. He gave up on auteurism and became a mogul. He went over to the dark side while pretending to be on the side of light.

      George Lucas grew stale, cynical, and bored.
      And Luke Skywalker in the latest movie, as if to channel the corrupted and faded Lucas, is presented as a tired soul who no longer believes in anything. Also, he's realized one thing. No matter who wins, good guys or bad guys, the empire will always win since the new boss will become like the old boss in time. Power has its own logic. Eventually, it purges naive and utopian ideals and became a naked game of power. The new empire is just an outgrowth of the Rebellion that became Republic that became Empire.

      And the fact that Luke beams himself as a hologram? It goes to show that Lucas has become a phony myth. The real Lucas is a greedy cynical old man who believes in nothing. The Lucas myth is a hologram beamed to the world. Lucas has become a hyped myth.
      Being a faded and corrupt soul as an artist, the only thing he has left is his legend that is propped up by electronic media. And since he has betrayed his true destiny to become a real artist, even his legend is fake. The fact is he even failed to fully realize STAR WARS as a visionary work, and worse, he even sold his baby to Disney to make billions when he already had many millions. He gave up and just turned into vehicle for merchandising and special effects.

      So, it's fitting that the Luke in the latest movie is as tired and cynical as Jabba the Hutt.

      This is actually a fitting commentary on what has become of boomers, counter-culture, Lucas, and the dream of New American Cinema of the 70s that was supposed to be about the rise of the auteurs. But the auteurs just became the tired and cynical moguls of a new empire more soulless than previous ones.

    2. The old STAR WARS just became greed. Those who bitch about how Disney ruined are missing the point. Lucas gave up on the vision and just pursued it as a business. I think a part of Lucas always felt a certain shame since he betrayed his destiny in following the footsteps of Ford, Kurosawa, and Coppola. So, after awhile, he didn't even try to hide the fact that STAR WARS became just more excuse to make more money and keep Lucas relevant in the business since he gave up on his other personal projects, whatever they may have been.

      So, even prior to the sales to Disney, STAR WARS was just franchising. Disney paid big bucks for one reason only. MORE MONEY. It was purely cynical. But lest it be accused of shameless and naked Greed, Disney globo-corporate capitalists wrapped it with 'progressive' tropes of Girl Power, Diversity, Jungle Fever, Purple-Haired Lesbian Narcissism, and etc. But this supposed Space Socialism cost $200 million for one reason and one reason only. To rake in billions of bucks from around the world. For noble souls to watch this 'progressive' work of 'resistance', they have to fork out $20, big bucks for kids without jobs these days. Some socialism. To see Space Socialism, get in line folks, and hand over your hard-earned cash to see Social Justice long long time ago in a galaxy far far away.

      Just like Wall Street wraps itself in 'progressive' homo colors to evade scrutiny, Disney squeezes STAR WARS as cash cow for milky way galaxy of dough, and it easily suckers all these 'progressive' critics by pretending to spread a message of Hope against Literally Hitler Trump. Corporate Disney, a force of 'progress'. LOL. What a clown world we live in.

      Also, the media are owned by Jews, and they are kinder to STAR WARS now since The Tribe at Disney now own it. It now belongs to the Jawas.

      Jews in the media were hostile to Old STAR WARS because it was owned by gentile Lucas. But now that it is firmly in Jewish hands, Jewish media and critics praise it to the sky.

      No wonder cynicism keeps spreading.

  4. Blame George Lucas. He created his own vision, and good or bad, it was his. He had control over it and was associated with it. Lucas = Luke. It was like a fantasy autobiography, about being torn between fulfilling his destiny as a true artist and the temptation to just go for the money.

    In a way, Lucas betrayed himself and just went for the money. But in some ways, he remained true to himself because he maintained absolute control over his biggest success, STAR WARS, a personal vision and possession. And his Industrial Light and Magic did revolutionize cinema that is the most technological of the arts.
    So, even though failed to become a Kubrick or Kurosawa(not even a Coppola), he made his own movies in his way, and he had personal control over his empire. He remained independent of Hollywood even as he worked in the mainstream.

    But he totally betrayed himself by selling STAR WARS to Disney, an unscrupulous whore factory. He was as foolish and deluded as the Lord in Kuroswa's RAN who believes his domain and his prestige will remain intact even after he relinquishes power to his sons. He soon realizes that his sons, the first and second, are sharks who will even betray their father to further their own naked ambitions.

    Lucas was surely assured by Disney that his original vision will not be tarnished or compromised: The new sequels would carry on with the original concept of the Force.
    But once Disney got a hold of the material, it was totally turned upside down. Disney trampled all over the original vision and made it into a total freakshow closer in look to STAR TREK.
    Lucas gained the world but lost his soul. It's all the more ludicrous because he already had more money than he could possibly spend. If he were strapped for cash, it'd be more understandable. He just got so addicted to more and more money. He became not so Darth as Jabba.

    He's a rich man in business but a poor man in art. He has no integrity left. He has no respect from any quarter. He's a total joke, like the lord in RAN after ceding authority.
    The old man Luke in the new movie seems as lost and disoriented as the fallen Lord in RAN.

    It is so fitting that Luke makes himself into a hologram in LAST JEDI because that's what Lucas is in the New STAR WARS. With the original hexalogy, Lucas's spirit was all over them. He made them with his own mind, heart, and hands. His body and soul were directly connected to those works.

    But, Lucas's presence in the new series is totally an illusion. He sold the rights, and Disney can do whatever it wants to. And Lucas' presence is merely 'virtual'.
    Just like Disney is no longer what it used to be --- a gentile operation in an industry dominated by Jewish moguls --- and is instead only a brand controlled by people who have no respect for its founder, the STAR WARS franchise is now associated with Lucas in name only. Lucas is used a hologram in the new series, like the fake CGI Leia in the end of ending of ROGUE ONE.
    Just like Clu takes over from the real Flynn in TRON LEGACY, hologram faux-Lucas has replaced the real Lucas in the new STAR WARS. Without ownership of the franchise, Lucas' power over the material is purely illusory. It's like the fallen lord in RAN suddenly finds himself weaker than the jester. And in LAST JEDI, the old Luke is pushed around by some silly girl.
    It's either the director rubbing it in or lamenting that Lucas betrayed his vision by ceding the rights to Disney. In that sense, the new movie could be as subversive as Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi epics. Straight on the outside but mocking on the inside. The director is telling Lucas, 'You dummy, how could you have done this to yourself?"


    1. Lucas had the Force as long as he held onto the rights of the original. But once he sold the rights and gave up authority, his Force was gone. It was now owned by others, and his role in the New STAR WARS was purely titular and ceremonial. It's the Farce.

      Worse, the new series proved to be regicidal because Disney did to Lucas' vision what the Bolsheviks did to the Tsar and his family.

      Lucas helped Kurosawa realize the project of KAGEMUSHA where the original lord is replaced by a shadow. Lucas made himself into a shadow in the New STAR WARS.


  5. In a way, the New STAR WARS Makes Perfect Sense Given the Change in Ownership from George Lucas to Disney. Force reflects real power.