How is it possible that a 119 year old serial killer manages to make the ends of all of his Star Wars prequel reviews heartwarming? Generally because Plinkett comes across shockingly (and quite out of character)as a humanist, pleading for films that aren't cold, technological, cynical grabs at money, but films that embrace characters, emotions and story.
Plinkett: So, I don't know if there's anything to say about Revenge of the Sith or the other Star Wars prequels. Sure, you can pick them apart on the technical failures, the plot inconsistencies, the lousy dialog, but generally speaking, they failed to connect with people, and that was the main problem. It felt like someone came along and sucked all the excitement and emotion out of Star Wars, and they left it in this vacuum of dull, sterile boringness. The original films had a richness to them. They felt more real. There is just so many moments and images that resonate all our collective memories. There's just too many to list. Moments we remember because we're emotionally invested in what's happening.
Half in the Bag
Mike and Jay's generally optimistic hopes for the future of cinema despite having to sit through Transformers: Dark of the Moon with uninterested kids in the audience:
Mike: Yes this is horribly stupid... but if the film had a really compelling story regardless of Twitter, Facebook or whatever the kid was doing, he probably would've stopped and watched it. So there is still hope if you can make a movie with a compelling story and characters... As long as one scene leads to the next and I'm curious about what's happening. It's human curiosity and that's what engages you, it's the core of a story... No matter what excitement you put on screen "What going to happen next?" is all that matters.
For the review of The Last Stand and A Haunted House, Mike cracks up over Jay's description of the Seltzer and Friedbert parody movies. For someone whose screen persona is often a dour Deadpan Snarker, it's wonderful to see him give a wholehearted laugh.
The Best of the Worst
The "Dick The Birthday Boy" t-shirt from the Haloween/Rich's Birthday episode. And the episode as a whole.
Jay and Jack have a conversation with Len Kabasinski and say that, despite them ripping on the films he made, they respect him as a filmmaker since he actually created something, which gives him a one up on critics that just talk about movies but never did anything.
Mike defends the 1997 computer animated adaption of a man's own sci-fi stories and proposes that perhaps the guy works for Pixar now. It could have been Mike being deadpan as usual but he does lead the rally that they should not destroy the tape since it was someone's honest passion project and it could be one of a kind.
The real A.A. Roberts appeared in the comments and stated he enjoyed the riffing on his project - and he's still working on sci-fi art, in new mediums, no less (ie. sculpture.)