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#1037198
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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Sougouk said:
Your first introduction of Yoda, is that of a Jedi Hermit, whose been cooped up on Degobah for 20+ years. He looks dishevelled, crazy, and a little kooky.

Strange, I never thought these things. His kookiness was all an act, you know.

Sougouk said:
CGI Yoda works for the PT, because…

No, no it doesn’t. CGI Yoda didn’t work at all. And the prequels didn’t work at all for that matter.

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#1037158
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ROTJ is the best Star Wars film... discuss!
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Return of the Jedi was my favorite when I was a little kid. Star Wars was the “boring” one, Empire Strikes Back was the “scary” one, and Jedi was the one I watched over and over again.

When I became a teenager and young man, I found that Empire became my favorite. Maybe because it was “darker” or seemed more real. Jedi slipped to #2–I still loved it, and it didn’t drop because it fell out of favor; but rather, I found myself just liking Empire Strikes Back more and more. Star Wars was still the boring one, but it got better with age and time.

As a grown adult, I look at these films from a dramatic and craftsmanship point of view. Empire Strikes Back is still the best and continues to grow in esteem as time passes, both for the enhanced depth and complexity of the characters and emotions involved, as well as the sheer excellence in execution of all filmmaking crafts. The script, the camerawork, the direction, the acting, the score, the set and costume designs, the casting, and on and on, the people involved in making Empire got every last creative ounce out of each and every scene. And then they stood back and asked, “how can we make this even better?” It is the little things mis-en-scene in Empire that make it, as Roger Ebert once said, a near perfect movie of its kind, and one of the most visionary and inventive films of all time.

Return of the Jedi also has a very strong and compelling narrative to tell, and in parts, that story is executed and brought to screen with nearly as much skill. There is nothing more fun in any Star Wars film than the fight on Jabba’s sail barge. The technical effects created in Jabba’s puppetry and the speeder bike chases on Endor and the space battle around Death Star 2 are still a sight to behold. The film’s camerawork is brilliant throughout.

And of course, the scenes between Luke and Vader and the Emperor are among the most emotionally compelling in the entire trilogy.

But unfortunately, Jedi has slipped to a distant #3 in my rankings, because it shows its prequel-era Lucas character at times. As good as the production values are in some aspects (which I mentioned) there are other scenes and sequences where Lucasfilm clearly cheaped out. There are of course the Ewoks, which at times range from endearing to bearable, but at other times turn the movie into an eye-rolling farce. And of course, the acting from the supporting case is probably the worst of all three films.

If I could sum up Jedi’s biggest flaw in one phrase, I would say it possesses at times a clear lack of restraint. And yet, even when Jedi is at its weakest, its heart and execution are still demonstrably better than anything offered in any of the five other films.

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#1036211
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Name EPISODE VIII Thread
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suspiciouscoffee said:

MalàStrana said:

The Clones do attack some people AND there is a veiled phantomatic menace. The Sith take their revenge, a rogue one rises up and allows for a new hope which leads to a retaliation and finally to a return, until something awakens. SW titles are good.

FTFY

Rebel freedom fighters defeated the evil Galactic Empire in some STAR WARS.
The Empire struck back.
A Jedi returned and saved the galaxy.

THE END

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#1035959
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The Random "Star Wars" Pics & GIFs Thread
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Booman said:

I’m kinda glad that they didn’t emphasize all of the small details like this in the movie. It makes it seem more realistic, at least in my opinion. These sort of things should be stuff that you notice in the background, not something that’s thrown in your face. If you think about it, they pretty much did the same thing in the OT.

Yes, that was my point. You can notice it in the background while other more important stuff is going on in the foreground. However, when the direction and editing are so terrible, you don’t even have a chance to notice these things in the background. You don’t get the chance to notice them at all.

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#1035949
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The Random "Star Wars" Pics & GIFs Thread
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ZkinandBonez said:

A HI-RES LOOK AT THE USER INTERFACES OF ‘ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY’

Some of these are really awesome.

(I’m glad they’ve stuck with the retro designs and not tried to modernize it like other franchises has tried to do.)

See this stuff looks good. I will always give credit where credit is due.

The problem is that I don’t remember any of this in the movie. Maybe it was in there, maybe it wasn’t. Either way, the camera and editing never slowed down long enough to pay attention to these kinds of things.

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#1035601
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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Circumvent what facts? Your replies have all been nonsense so far and a few different people have kindly pointed out that you are making a fool of yourself. Your best response would probably be to sit back and listen instead of throwing a tantrum.

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#1035590
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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Lord Haseo said:
Your ability top circumvent reality via mental gymnastics is fucking impeccable. They’re not going to release the OUT incomplete so you’re dead wrong.

Hey Hasbro, this is what I was talking about when I commented on lack of civility a minute ago.

Fox is most definitely not the reason the OOT hasn’t been released. DUCY?

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#1035567
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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Yeah everyone already knows that. Are you guys trying to suggest that Fox is the reason the OOT hasn’t been released? Because boy, that’s a good one…

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#1035566
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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doubleofive said:

Look over there!

It’s a featurette on casting Anakin.

I have no idea why I wasted my time watching this, but when Lucas was talking to all 3 actors at the table, JL was seated in the middle and he was the only kid George looked at when he spoke.

The other two child actors were even worse than JL. The only conclusion I can draw is that the 3,000 kids thing is a pathological lie, especially given the things Lucas said in other interviews.

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#1035550
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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TV’s Frink said:
Fine. We’re both to blame, but unlike you, I’m going to be an adult about this going forward. I’ll just ignore every worthless thing you post.

If you could be civil then everything would go a lot better. There’s no reason why we can’t all agree or disagree on topics without being miserable sob’s towards each other.

To the extent I’ve ever behaved that way towards another poster, I apologize.

I do take issue with the need by a few of you to play hall monitor and police every thread in vain attempts to squelch all negative comments towards Disney and their mediocre-to-terrible films. Especially considering their behavior regarding the most important Star Wars issue of all. To put things in perspective, it was 6 years between the time George released the GOUT and the time he sold all rights to Disney. It has now been 5 years since Disney took over, and still no OOT.

Considering their films are barely better than the prequels, which is not saying much, this lack of action should be considered an outrage.

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#1035494
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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moviefreakedmind said:

The behind the scenes footage from TPM showed footage that made it seem clear that Lucas chose Jake Lloyd over other, much better child actors. How Jake Lloyd even made it to the final auditions might have been the fault of the casting director though.

IIRC from a Lucas interview, he had seen Jake Lloyd in something else on TV before casting.

Probably what this means is that Lucas had already made up his mind, so the casting director just did as he was told.

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#1035321
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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There is enough baiting already.

Unlike your posts which are almost always directed personally at other members, I was simply replying to the discussion with my point of view. Maybe your time and energy would be better spent doing something else besides policing every thread on OT.com in an attempt to rebut every anti-Disney/anti-LFL post. At the very least, you would be less agitated.

You’re on the record (in more ways than one) as a quantity over quality guy.

What.

You just said in your last post, the more the better. If they suck, who cares, and if they are good, well then that’s a bonus. You fully endorsed the “throw as much **** at the wall” and hope something sticks approach.

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#1035308
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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Are you rustled?

You’re on the record (in more ways than one) as a quantity over quality guy. Are you sure you didn’t like the prequels at all?

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#1035012
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Are the Prequels Even Worth Watching Once?
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moviefreakedmind said:

All three of the Star Wars movies were very much George Lucas films. He nearly went bankrupt trying to get Empire made. The idea that he had little to nothing to do with the creation of Empire is inaccurate. He didn’t have complete creative control on the first two, but he was definitely the driving force.

George Lucas contributed his part and that’s what he was good at. Not more. Anyone who thinks he actually had a clue what was going on in that movie, well just look at the '97 Special Edition release. He changed it to make Luke scream when he jumped ffs. The man didn’t even have a basic understanding of the story.

As Carrie Fisher said in an interview once, the actors and the story often just got in the way for George, who wanted to focus all of the attention on the creatures and robots he made up.

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