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#1199341
Topic
Most Baffling Complaint of a Star Wars Movie
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TV’s Frink said:

Great thread. With that said…

DominicCobb said:

ROTS
Grievous’s cough. I think it’s actually a pretty good way to immediately establish that he’s not just a droid, and to sort of anticipate Vader’s breathing. Not sure what about it people hate.

It’s partly that he’s just constantly doing it, and it’s more distracting than Vader’s breathing. It’s partly that they explained it in an EU source, which is annoying (Vader’s breathing aside, again). But it’s probably mostly because the character is annoying to begin with so the cough just makes it worse. I think it would bother me less if Vader was doing it.

I don’t think he does it that much as you say. And any explanation is unnecessary. It’s easy to assume that the technology just isn’t perfect or whatever. As for the character being annoying, I won’t argue about that.

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#1199333
Topic
Most Baffling Complaint of a Star Wars Movie
Time

People complain a lot about Star Wars movies. Some justified, some not as much. This is for the latter.

Some ground rules:

  1. This is NOT the thread for you to make your own complaints
  2. This is NOT the thread for you to talk about praise for the films that is baffling
  3. This is NOT a place for you to talk about complaints you merely disagree with. This is for complaints that, try as you hard as you can, you simply cannot understand

With that said, here’s mine for each live action film

SW
Luke doesn’t mourn his aunt and uncle’s death. This is silly to me. We see he’s clearly broken up about it, then we cut away and when we cut back some time has passed, but he’s still broken up about it and because of it has decided to move on and join the fight against the Empire.

ESB
Vader being Luke’s father turns it into a soap opera. Star Wars was mythic from the start and this seems to fit that pretty well, amongst other things. This is not a hard one to defend.

ROTJ
Lapti Nek is a pointless musical number. I think it must be the extended Jedi Rocks that colors this complaint, but actually in the theatrical Lapti Nek is not really a musical number at all, and doesn’t have anymore emphasis on it than the Cantina Band’s song. Much like that, it’s a good way to paint the picture of Jabba’s seedy palace.

TPM
That Darth is a title, not a name. I mean, why the hell not? First of all, it’s a solid portmanteau (“Dark Lord of the Sith”). Second of all, maybe this is just me, but I think Darth is kind of a funny name, but works fine as a title. Also, despite what people say, there is nothing in the OT that would suggest this shouldn’t be the case.

AOTC
The forbidden love angle to the romance. Execution aside, I like the concept of Jedi being forbidden from having attachments, and I think Anakin feeling the need to break that rule is a good first step in his split from the Jedi.

ROTS
Grievous’s cough. I think it’s actually a pretty good way to immediately establish that he’s not just a droid, and to sort of anticipate Vader’s breathing. Not sure what about it people hate.

TFA
Rey knows the Falcon better than Han. Besides the fact that Han’s knowledge of the Falcon was never infallible, the things that Rey knows that Han doesn’t are things that have changed about it since Han last had it.

RO
The blue milk cameo is shoved in your face. If you didn’t know that was a “reference,” you wouldn’t think twice about it, because it’s not the focal point of that shot.

TLJ
Hits you over the head with an animal cruelty message. First of all I don’t know how you could say that’s in anyway heavy handed, they stumble on the Fathier cage and let them out because why wouldn’t they, amongst other reasons. Second, I struggle to understand why having even the vaguest hint of distaste for animal cruelty in Star Wars is a bad thing.

Anyway, that’s it for me. You guys?

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#1199324
Topic
Episode IX Discussion <strong><em>Spoiler Thread</em></strong>
Time

darthrush said:

DominicCobb said:

darthrush said:

DominicCobb said:

I think there are a lot more than just the three options you pose. Kylo’s a complicated character, and depending on what happens in IX, his conclusion could be pretty complicated too.

That’s if JJ wants to get that complicated.

Well, didn’t he create the character to begin with?

JJ creates amazing startpoints and isn’t the best at sticking the landing in my opinion.

I tend to disagree. We’ll see I guess.

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#1199317
Topic
The Scifi Films and Television of 2018
Time

Dek Rollins said:

DominicCobb said:

Dek Rollins said:

DominicCobb said:

Dek Rollins said:

He’ll watch (some) youtube clips of TV shows, but anything made for the internet is beneath him. I wonder if he ever watched Siskel & Ebert back in the day.

Please don’t compare RLM to Siskel and Ebert.

Outside of a few obvious differences in format and content, Half in the Bag is pretty much a modern Siskel & Ebert.

I’m not talking about the medium. I don’t give a shit about the medium. Siskel and Ebert are two of the all time greatest film critics. Please don’t pretend the RLM guys are anything close to that.

I would say they are pretty close. Siskel and Ebert may be the best, but that doesn’t make RLM low. They’re intelligent and they explain their opinions well, along with critique of the objective and technical aspects.

Please. Close? Come on.

Because I’m fair and okay with being wrong about this, as my knowledge of RLM is limited, I’d be interested to see an example of some actually thoughtful criticism from those guys to see if is anything near any given Ebert writing.

And don’t forget that Siskel and Ebert were never perfect either.

Define perfect?

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#1199287
Topic
The Scifi Films and Television of 2018
Time

Dek Rollins said:

DominicCobb said:

Dek Rollins said:

He’ll watch (some) youtube clips of TV shows, but anything made for the internet is beneath him. I wonder if he ever watched Siskel & Ebert back in the day.

Please don’t compare RLM to Siskel and Ebert.

Outside of a few obvious differences in format and content, Half in the Bag is pretty much a modern Siskel & Ebert.

I’m not talking about the medium. I don’t give a shit about the medium. Siskel and Ebert are two of the all time greatest film critics. Please don’t pretend the RLM guys are anything close to that.

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#1199284
Topic
Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
Time

DuracellEnergizer said:

DominicCobb said:

DuracellEnergizer said:

SilverWook said:

Vuffi Ra would have been a nice nod to the Lando novels though.

Nah. Why recanonize elements people might actually care about?

Huh, I thought I was the only one who didn’t care about Thrawn.

Alright, so that’s one major element fanboys are in love with that was reinstated. Essentially everything else has been pointless minutiae.

There seems to be a conscious decision to not bring in characters. Characters carry the baggage of their past stories. Background minutiae is just that.

I do hope that in the future they’ll feel free to add in older characters. But then you’ll still get bitching. If this new droid was called Vuffi Ra, people would complain the he’s not supposed to be a she, and he’s supposed to have tentacles, etc. On the other hand they could have had Vuffi Ra in the film be just like in the books, but then your tying the hands of the filmmakers who wanted to create their own character, which was the whole point of the reboot anyway to avoid that.

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#1199279
Topic
Star Wars &quot;Official&quot; Canon Content Thread
Time

Tyrphanax said:

Also it’s pretty clear to me (at least) that the Story Group isn’t really vetting stuff and is just signing off on broad strokes, so it’s literally just the old EU rubber stamp strategy applied to what is mostly garbage again. Sure, we had some good stuff, but for every Thrawn Trilogy, there was a Children of the Jedi and a New Jedi Order and a Courtship of Princess Leia. Yuck. I felt like they were saying they’d be really closely looking at stuff to ensure it all jived and made sense and that would mean there would be a quality control element and we’d have a new EU that was mostly good with some bad, but I suppose not.

Is Last Shot bad though? This just seems like a really nitpicky complaint to me. Doing a quick Google search, it seems like the reviews for the book are largely positive.

I haven’t read a bad book or comic from the new canon that I thought was bad. Well, I guess Heir to the Jedi was forgettable, and Shattered Empire and the Leia miniseries felt rushed. But on the whole I think it’s been pretty good. Even with the one or two goofy aspects, the Vader series was great. The Aftermath books were really good too and actually better than most of the old EU books I’ve read. I don’t know. Seems like the complaints are a little off base. The story group seems to give the creatives a lot of independence and freedom, and only step in when they need to or the creatives want them too.

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#1199273
Topic
Most Dissapointing Aspect of Sequel Trilogy? Most Satisfying?
Time

darthrush said:

The Force Awakens humor has a few misses here and there but overall, it lets serious moments breathe. Hands down, the most annoying aspect of the Last Jedi to me is the out of place humor. The horse chase scene is terrible but you can take a bathroom break. The humor on the other hand punctures other scenes throughout the rest of the movie.

The way people talk about the humor in TLJ, you’d think Luke made a fart during his death scene, or Rey slipped on a banana when they revealed her parentage.

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#1199262
Topic
Ranking the Star Wars films
Time

moviefreakedmind said:

The worst one of those was when Mace Windu, Yoda, and Kenobi are all standing in the Jedi Temple atrium in AOTC. That one looked particularly bad.

Yup, I was thinking the same.

I also think LuckyGungan brings up a good point in that taking a still image of a fast-paced CG action scene isn’t a fair assessment of how it actually looks in motion. That still of Kashyyyk looked awful a few posts up, but it definitely isn’t that noticeably horrible in the film, even if it does still look fake.

Well it’s a give and take when in motion. Yeah for sure the pic I posted is unrepresentative and goes by fast. But I’d say, by and large, seeing it in motion is worse. I’m thinking of things like the pic Neverar posted, where when you see it in motion the compositing becomes very obvious and characters slide across the floor.

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#1199080
Topic
Most Dissapointing Aspect of Sequel Trilogy? Most Satisfying?
Time

fmalover said:

TFA had its fair share of idiotic humour (the cringe worthy rathtars) and nobody batted an eyelash, in fact some even praised it “OMG SW now has comedy in it LOL”, and Johnson has decided to continue with Abrams brand of humour but now everyone is like “WTF Johnson is ruining SW with his comedy”. Seriously why? I don’t get it.

People think that “darker middle chapter” means no more fun.

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#1198960
Topic
Ranking the Star Wars films
Time

DominicCobb said:

but kashyyyk… looks gorgeous to me, given that it’s a 2005 film.

Actual movie still:

Fixed.

Mocata said:

DominicCobb said:

Wait what? I have to upgrade to do 3rd party hosting? Guess that’s the end of photobucket for me.

Oh yeah it’s been dead a few months. Imgur or bust.

I guess I don’t use it that often. It was a picture I uploaded a while ago.