People, you have GOT to watch this video critique of Episode I: The Phantom Menace on techland.com! The reviewer is Mike from RedLetterMedia in Wisconsin (his YouTube channel also skewers the Star Trek: TNG movies in a similar manner).
It's not the usual fanboy "George Lucas raped my childhood" baloney, but a very astute look at what is so wrong, wrong, wrong with this movie (and by extension, the rest of the Prequel Trilogy).
And to top it off, it is very funny. It's like Zach Galifiankis and Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs ("it puts the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose") were spliced together.
It's in seven segments of ten minutes each. So watch a little here, a little there, but WATCH IT YOU MUST!
Every filmmaker who wants to make a fantasy film, be it space opera or superheroes or toys to movies needs to watch this and TAKE NOTES.