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  Titanic -vs - The Phantom Menace
One of the questions on the minds of many movie fans this summer is if The Phantom Menace will Beat Titanic's Box Office Records.
* Note: since I only have access to the weekly final figures of the foreign BO figures for the phantom Menace, that part of the worldwide gross will only be updated once a week.
Note: For Titanic, weekends 5, 9 and 23 and for the Phantom Menace, weekend 2, represent extended holiday box office totals.
www.the-movie-times.com /thrsdir/titanicVSmenace.html   (292 words)

  Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (often abbreviated TPM by fans) is the first chapter in the popular Star Wars film series by George Lucas.
So the 'phantom' in the title of Episode I could be referring to the Dark Lord of the Sith and ‘menace’ to the meaning of the name 'Sidious.' Another possible meaning of the title is a subtle indication at the ultimate outcome of the Saga--Anakin becomes Darth Vader.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released on DVD in 2001, with certain scenes and other elements edited and added in by George Lucas that make the DVD a slightly different version from its theatrical release.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Phantom_Menace   (2908 words)

 'Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace' (PG)
Lord Lucas has said in press notes for "The Phantom Menace" that he decided to write this movie, the first in the early trilogy, after seeing the computerized possibilities in Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park." That is precisely the problem.
"Phantom Menace" is to the original "Star Wars" trilogy what Roger Moore's Bond films were to the Connery originals: a pale imitation loaded down with cutting-edge bells and whistles.
But "Phantom Menace" gives him little opportunity to do more than interact with computer beings, chase the plot and show off his light saber against a deadly, hooded opponent whose orange-and-fl horned face is hard to take seriously.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/style/movies/reviews/phantommenacehowe.htm   (784 words)

 The Phantom Menace
In the months that followed, 'TPM', as it was affectionatly referred to, opened in other countries across the world, generating heaps of excitement and breaking box-office records left, right and center.
The Phantom Menace is kind of like a high school reunion in reverse: meeting old friends before they become old friends, visting that familiar far away galaxy in an even longer time ago.
As the old cliché goes, “at the end of the day” the reason TPM failed to hit a chord with practically everybody, the way the OT did, was because Lucas now suffers from the bane of all movie moguls’ existence; too much time, too much money, too much power.
www.shavenwookie.com /orhp/tpm   (3073 words)

 The Phantom Menace   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-26)
A crewman was calling out for Winnie the Pooh; Jason Schwartzman, drummer of Phantom Planet and Rushmore movie star, was trying to figure out which freshly signed DVD belonged to which gaping fan; a clump of music geeks were passing the time by choosing their favorite song from Weezer’s green album.
The mass of spectators thickened once a rather large, half-naked pro-wrestler-type took his position in front of the stage and bunches of environmentally unfriendly G-Mart balloons were distributed.
The close of the shoot bore an uncanny resemblance to a bad teen movie, yet those in attendance were proud to be extras.
www.citypaper.net /articles/011702/mus.sandh1.shtml   (455 words)

 Reel.com: Videophile Extra - The Phantom Menace
That's just what happened last January, when the announcement came in that George Lucas would be releasing his lackluster blockbuster, The Phantom Menace, exclusively on VHS at a "sell-through" retail price.
Though TPM video cassettes promise to yield a hefty sum, even a minor release on DVD (the fledgling industry is already projected to reach $4 billion dollars next year) would seem much more lucrative.
The merchandising philosophy behind the TPM video reflects a distinct shift in Lucasfilm's corporate culture, which has devolved from a fan-catering one (like Star Trek's Paramount, who even accepts script submissions from the public) to an organization driven by capital (like Disney, who releases, then re-releases the same video under the guise of "masterpiece collection").
www.reel.com /reel.asp?node=newreleases/reviews/page2   (1034 words)

 The Phantom Menace - A disappointment?
The Phantom Menace, respectively the Star Wars saga in general is a fantasy-space opera-family-entertainment-movie.
The Phantom Menace is not supposed to be high art or a religion.
The Phantom Menace is a film for the 90s, created for an audience of the 90s and not for a fistful of aging Star Wars fans.
www.maikeldas.com /SWEP1eng.html   (717 words)

 New Scientist Premium- Black holes cannot escape the phantom menace - News
Whether the big rip happens or not depends on the nature of the dark energy that is believed to be pulling the universe apart.
One form this energy could take is something called phantom energy, whose density increases continuously and which will eventually accelerate the expansion of the universe so drastically that everything will be destroyed.
"Phantom energy will pull the galaxy apart, and then the solar system, the sun and all the planets, until all that you are left with are quarks and electrons," says Vyachadav Dokuchaev at the Institute...
www.newscientist.com /channel/fundamentals/mg18625065.100   (309 words)

 The Phantom Menace   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-26)
This is why The Phantom Menace has drawn such major fire for containing stereotypes; his characterization is at their same crude level.
The cartoonish atmosphere in The Phantom Menace isn't helped by the fact that the comic relief in the film consists solely of slapstick.[1] I'd hardly call the original Star Wars films adult, but the comedy wasn't pitched solely at a pre-literate level.
The Phantom Menace isn't a complete waste of time; if there's one directorial ability that Lucas has managed to retain, it's the ability to mount an exciting and breathlessly-edited action sequence.
www.panix.com /~crodell/99film/phantom.html   (496 words)

 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-26)
But The Phantom Menace is a Star Wars movie, first and foremost, and it will ultimately be judged by the yardstick of the three prior movies rather than on its considerable artistic achievement.
The Phantom Menace starts off full of promise, with audiences cheering the return of the classic logo and the initial plot crawling slantwise up the screen.
The Phantom Menace is worth seeing, worth marveling over, worth enjoying both as entertainment and as a luminous work of art -- not to mention its considerable value as a passport back to childhood.
www.hsbr.net /reviews/blueduck/reviews/strwr.hsbr   (1250 words)

 dallasobserver.com | | Film | Star bores | 1999-05-20   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-26)
This is a phantom movie--the special effects serving to obscure a convoluted plot told with lifeless characters who utter the most obvious, hackneyed dialogue this side of a galaxy far, far away.
Not at all, which is precisely the problem with The Phantom Menace: It's a prequel, meaning there exists no suspense, no drama, no sneak attack, nothing save the inevitable rehashing of tales long ago revealed during the original trilogy.
Yet during The Phantom Menace, there are protracted moments when not a single human character appears on-screen--say, during a Braveheart-esque battle in an open field, pitting the floppy-eared Gungun against the Battle Droids.
www.dallasobserver.com /issues/1999-05-20/film5.html   (2013 words)

 IGN: Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Review
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a third person over-the-shoulder adventure game that puts you in control of the good guys from Lucas' latest in the Star Wars franchise.
However, The Phantom Menace does include a few larger quests that actually require you to travel around to different parts of the level to complete.
The cutscenes in The Phantom Menace are really choice and the game is almost worth playing just to relive scenes from the movie in computer graphics form.
pc.ign.com /articles/161/161411p1.html   (1394 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Video: Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace [1999]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-26)
I first saw "Phantom Menace" in Washington, DC a few days after it was released.
"Phantom Menace" is a thoroughly lazy piece of film-making - worth renting overnight but definitely not worth laying down a tenner for.
The Phantom Menace is the first chapter in a six-chapter story.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/B00004RCNN   (1519 words)

 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-26)
The problem with "The Phantom Menace" is that he simply has no story to tell.
In "The Phantom Menace," he gets so bogged down in the task of bringing his story from point A to point B that he ends up with only the bare bones of a plot, and none of it comes alive.
Only an enduring and compelling storyline could have allowed the first three films to become the classics they're almost universally acknowledged to be.
us.imdb.com /title/tt0120915   (1295 words)

 Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Still, with a handful of decent new characters to play with you might expect The Phantom Menace to hold its own; after all, Lucas has had twenty-odd years to refine and craft their persona.
Darth Vader exuded menace, danger was all around when he appeared, but you don't get a whiff of this in The Phantom Menace.
The rest of The Phantom Menace is uneven, studded with high-toned, pseudo-philosophical dialogue spoken by characters with minimal appeal and scant chemistry.
www.film.u-net.com /Movies/Reviews/Phantom_Menace.html   (873 words)

 The American Enterprise: The Phantom Menace   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-26)
First, controversy was created among Lloyd Webber's legion of fans--who, judging by Phantom's box-office receipts, apparently number around 600,000--when Lloyd Webber made the decision not to cast 61-year old Michael Crawford, who became identified with the role during its initial Broadway run, because he was too old.
In the filmed version of Phantom, we are subjected to long and tedious scenes of characters singing trite love songs to each other, or commenting on the action in ways that could be much more efficiently accomplished through spoken dialogue.
Phantom's failure is certainly not due to poor performances or to the look of the film.
www.taemag.com /issues/articleID.18377/article_detail.asp   (733 words)

 Review: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-26)
The Phantom Menace starts in familiar fashion: the Lucasfilm logo materializes, followed by the words "Star Wars", then the introductory crawl - all are done in accompaniment to John Williams' score.
And, while it's true that special effects-driven movies can be the bane of the industry, The Phantom Menace has far more going for it in terms of heart, plot, and human interest than the likes of Armageddon and Godzilla.
The Phantom Menace is not a masterpiece, but it's an example of how imagination, craftsmanship, and technological bravura can fashion superior entertainment out of something that is far from flawless.
movie-reviews.colossus.net /movies/s/sw99.html   (2012 words)

 Star Wars:  The Phantom Menace  by John Williams
The original release of The Phantom Menace was surprisingly brief and markedly underwhelming regarding its packaging; however, for average Star Wars fans and John Williams fans, it was sufficient.
The dominant brass all throughout scores like The Phantom Menace and The Patriot show this trend to be continuing right into the next millennium.
The highlights and lowlights of The Phantom Menace as a score, are directly tied to the film itself.
www.tracksounds.com /reviews/swtpm.htm   (2967 words)

 LA Weekly: Film Review: The Pablum Menace
It's not too clear exactly what Menace's particular war is about, except there are good guys, and very bad guys who inexplicably display no swastikas on their lapels, and wishy-washy politicians distracted from their jobs by irrelevant personal attacks, and there's taxation without representation, and there may be tea involved, I'm not sure.
The chosen bits, often unwieldy and unrelated but too expensive to discard, are artfully strewn atop the remainder of the story cubicles while George stuffs his feet into his heaviest pair of lumberjack boots, then stomps repeatedly upon the grid until all the sturdy bits are squeezed snugly in place.
Menace is shot in a rich, low-wattage color -- not glossy, just a touch of grain; you'll want to lick the schmutz right off the robot's head.
www.laweekly.com /ink/99/26/film-burk.shtml   (1505 words)

 Star Wars: Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, & THX 1138   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-26)
This is the force of Qui-gon's character in The Phantom Menace: He is a true, albeit spiritual, father in the full, confident exercise of his powers at their height.
With all its virtues, Phantom Menace shares the same failing as another venerable science fiction series, Star Trek: A lack of understanding of, and even hostility to, commercial culture and finance.
The primary characteristic of the villains in Phantom, apart from the pure evil of the Sith Lords, is greed.
www.friesian.com /starwars.htm   (13903 words)

 Dr. Daniel's Movie Emergency - Star Wars: The Phantom Menace - Natalie Portman, Liam Neeson
Phantom Menace is loaded with extremely well-crafted action and an enormous amount of mind-blowing visual artistry.
This story is not as much about renegade star pilots and huge hairy co-pilots and young naive desert dwellers learning to master their inner power, and that apparently gets under people's skin.
The Phantom Menace shows off George Lucas' true talent: the ability to take us on a magical journey to another world and let us live there for two hours.
www.stairwell.com /doc/exam/phantommenace.html   (1600 words)

 NaboOnline.com - Episode I The Phantom Menace - Old News
Also, TPM passes the $300 million mark in 28 days (beleive it or not, another record, Titanic needed 44 days).
He's not the Emperor yet [in The Phantom Menace], but he is a Sith Lord.
The Phantom Menace raked in $28,542,349 on its opening day, beating The Lost World, which had held the record with $26.1 million.
www.naboonline.com /episode1/old.shtml   (2758 words)

 The Phantom Controller Menace
JANE PINCKARD -- The Phantom is officially on display at E3 - as discussed earlier this week on Gizmodo.
Well, crazy or not, the Phantom's going to have a 40gb hard drive upon which you will store games that you have downloaded from your broadband internet connection.
Apparently you'll be able to play multiplayer with the Phantom against fellow gamers on their PCs.
www.gizmodo.com /archives/the-phantom-controller-menace-016176.php   (206 words)

 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Greg's Preview - Yahoo! Movies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-26)
This Phantom Menace release will be a double-disc set, with over six hours of extra material, including an audio commentary from George Lucas, interviews, a one-hour program culled from 600 hours of footage, a 12-part documentary series, all of the various teasers and trailers, and five featurettes on various aspects of the film.
The Phantom Menace has been described as many things, as has the Star Wars saga as a whole, and I think any baggage or preconceptions that we bring in may be what cause some people to walk away from the film with mixed opinions.
The Phantom Menace, however, delivers the new trilogy of Star Wars films in the manner that I'm pretty certain that George Lucas intended (considering the amount of control he had...
upcomingmovies.com /starwars1.html   (2490 words)

 The Lonesome Road - Star Wars: The Phantom Menace - Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-26)
Everyone seems to be complaining about the lack of a Han and Chewie and all the well-known characters that made Star Wars what it is. But think of a Phantom Menace movie that had exact counterparts for every likeable character in Star Wars.
Yes, I just said something in The Phantom Menace was better than the original trilogy.
About the only thing I disliked about The Phantom Menace was that you could clearly tell that Yoda was a puppet.
www.lonesomeroad.com /viewtext.asp?textID=113   (1527 words)

The Phantom Menace is an old-fashioned epic and like epics of yore it supplies its audiences with enough spectacle and awe.
By focusing too much on the weaknesses of Phantom Menace, critics have made it out to be bad movie.
What they meant is that it could have been a better movie - in that they are right, but what they neglected to mention was that that doesn't make Phantom Menace a bad movie - something it isn't.
www.scifimoviepage.com /phantom.html   (541 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: DVD: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [1999]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-26)
Reflecting the symbolic and mythological bases of at least five story arcs, The Phantom Menace wields a newly emerged, youthful vibrancy courtesy of Lucas' invigorating return to the director's chair and his healthy respect for the emotional sources of fantasy.
Usually I'm not one to watch the now common second disk which comes with almost every film these days, however The Phantom menace bonus disk is completed to such a high standard even the most casual film watcher will feel compelled to sit down for and hour or two and simply explore.
My opinion is that as a stand alone film the Phantom Menace is simply average, at times its outstanding and breathtaking but at others simply boring and slow.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005MFPJ   (1947 words)

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