George Lucas on “Charlie Rose”

September 5, 2007

In the fall of 2004, during the release of THX 1138 on DVD, TV journalist Charlie Rose interviewed filmmaker George Lucas about his films, his innovative work with Industrial Light & Magic and the future of movie making.

Click for the full hour-long interview here.


Star Wars Robots Make the Movie List

July 31, 2007

To coincide with the release of Transformers, the London Times rate the most celebrated “artificial people” in cinema. They selected the 50 most-memorable robots in film and rated them in four different categories:

  • Plausibility (meaning how likely it would be that, with advances on currently existing technology, such a device could be built)
  • Coolness (just how well designed, shiny or generally well-appointed the robot appeared to be)
  • Dangerousness (scoring not only on built-in weaponry, but the robot’s eagerness to use it)
  • Comedy Value (how effective the robot is at providing light relief in the film in which it appears)

Along with robots from such films as Batteries Not Included, Metropolis, Aliens, Terminator and Austin Powers, it should come as no surprise that the metal movie stars from the Star Wars saga and THX 1138 made the cut.

Here are the results:

11: R2-D2 (Star Wars)
“Your droids! We don’t serve their kind here!”
Plausibility:5 Coolness:10 Dangerousness:2 Comedy Value:10

12: Droideka Droids (Star Wars)
The Droideka can fire up to 240 dual blasts a minute (unless their blaster arms get too hot)
Plausibility:8 Coolness:8 Dangerousness:10 Comedy Value:0

31: Battle Droids (Star Wars)
“Roger, roger”
Plausibility:0 Coolness:8 Dangerousness:4 Comedy Value:8

36: Robot police force (THX 1138)
“Everything will be all right. You are in my hands. I am here to protect you. You have nowhere to go. You have nowhere to go”
Plausibility:7 Coolness:6 Dangerousness:7 Comedy Value:0

45: C-3PO (Star Wars)
C-3PO gets his name from the map grid reference of George Lucas’ local Post Office
Plausibility:3 Coolness:3 Dangerousness:0 Comedy Value:9

Read the entire list here:
The 50 best movie robots
Times Online