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High ground vs high air

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In "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith", the last duel (Anakin vs Obi Wan) does have some dramatic tensions. I wasn't very clear what's the exact meaning of Obi-wan's yelling "I have the high ground".

This question lingered for quite long enough and finally I decided to tackle it.

First thing first. In a military battle, the party who has the physically higher ground does have some advantages such as:

  • easier to charge against the enemy
  • higher weapon momentum because of the gravity (to throw spears, grenade etc.)
  • better sight to see enemy's moves (thus better sniper spots)

So Obi-wan is right.

But why does he yell? Couldn't he just keep quiet and kill silently?

The simple reason would be that he still had some brother-hood-love in Anakin so he warned him.

But the not-so-simple-reason also exists. The lava stream was flowing and Anakin could either float away along with the flow, or he could just land to another further spot then do some sort of ground-to-ground approach. In this case, Obi-wan's yelling might just be a psychology game to trigger Anakin's ego.

Both reasons are possible. The director might just leaves the thoughts to the audience on purpose. You judge.

Back to Anakin. After he was triggered by the "high ground" yelling, he decided to jump to a even higher spot to prove he's better. It is higher, but it's in high air and he easily lost the maneuver of the sword...

Overall, it's a wonderful scene and definitely worth a blog entry.

Classic dust scenes

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Some classic dust/dirt movie scenes:
- North by Northwest (1959) Cary Grant;
- Midnight run (1988) Robert De Niro
- Kill bill 2 (2004) Uma Thurman

My wild guess: there might be some sort of inspiration passing from Hitchcock to Martin Brest and Quentin Tarantino.

The reason I compile it in poster & comic style is that I try to capture an old, traditional film feeling... 

Top 5 greatest running scenes in action movies of all time

It's not 360 degree flipping kick or 720 degree full body dodging.Running is just the most REALISTIC and exciting action an actor/actress can deliver.

I mixed 5 great running scenes to build up as my top list. This is just personal flavour. Hope you like it.

The movies I picked: The Expendibles, Matrix,  Riddick, Terminator 2, Bourne, Superman.  

Stallone, Vin diesel, matt damon never disappoint me. Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and T1000 (Robert Patrick) are really great surprised to every one! Salute to all of them.