C-3PO spouting hacky zingers in the droid factory and subsequent battle in AOTC. Nothing else even comes close.
Certainly not enough to put it in greatest-ever territory, but speaking of Battlefront II, I’m enjoying the shit out of the Ewoks vs. Stormtroopers mode.
It looks like one of the two theaters in Boston that’s set up for 70mm is doing it June 1-14, and then the other one has it June 15-24, so the window could be a lot wider than those three days depending on where you are.
Why do they have to be producing on a galactic scale? It could be a weird little niche brand.
Kashyyyk looks better in Battlefront II than it does in the actual movie.
Anyone else reading Last Shot? I’m about 70 pages in, and so far, this feels the most like a Legends book out of all the canon stuff I’ve read. I think it’s probably because it’s so unabashedly about two OT main characters in their prime, which we haven’t really had yet in canon (Heir to the Jedi was Luke on his own [and lousy], and the two Leia-centric books had her alone too, as well as significantly younger and older than the OT time frame). Anyway, I’m having a lot of fun with it.
Last Shot was delivered to my kindle this morning, I plan to start it on my lunch break. Looking forward to it.
Watched the first half of the HBO Elvis Presley doc last night and enjoyed it immensely.
Adopting a star system, because after another OT/ST watch-through I’ve decided I have too many ties for a straight list to be practical. No surprises here if you’ve paid any attention to my other posts; I haven’t radically shaken up my opinion on anything. I just think this reflects my feelings better than a proper ranking.
The Empire Strikes Back
The Force Awakens
The Last Jedi
Return of the Jedi
The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
Revenge of the Sith
The tone and pacing of the ST are absolutely spot-on for me, and those are far and away the most important aspects of a Star Wars viewing experience for me, so on the whole i’m a happy camper. My one major complaint is that the political situation is sketched too lightly. I’m an EU guy, so I’m personally well aware of what’s going on, but if I was just going off the movies I wouldn’t have any sense of that wider context.
The most satisfying aspect to the trilogy for me is the energy of this new cast. Finn and Poe escaping the Star Destroyer was more triumphant than anything in the prequels.
This too. I adore the new cast.
Lord knows I dig some polarizing directors (cough Godard cough), so I don’t begrudge anyone their Ashby love, but I think I’ve now come to understand that he isn’t for me.
A Night At The Opera (1935) - hadn’t seen this in seven years or so. Still love it to bits. The part around the middle where Chico and Harpo play music for the folks in steerage is absolutely mesmerizing. Beautiful, lovely film.
Being There (1979) - I wanted to like this. I really did. Lots of people who I respect never tire of singing Hal Ashby’s praises, and even though I hated Harold and Maude, I was willing to chalk that up as an honest miss and give the guy another chance. But this supposed masterpiece was every bit as cutesy and preposterous as H + M. Peter Sellers’s performance was reliably amazing, so it was worth watching for that at least, and there were more than a few undeniably beautiful visual moments, but I just could not get behind the writing. I didn’t hate it, but I don’t think I’ll be going out of my way to watch anything else of Ashby’s again.
Been reading a ton the last couple weeks.
-The Lost World by Michael Crichton - meh.
-Eaters of the Dead by Michel Crichton - delightful.
-Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer - interesting.
-Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami - much better than I thought it would be. I thought I hated Murakami, but I guess maybe I just hate Kafka on the Shore.
-The Croning by Laird Barron - only fifty pages into this one, but so far it’s checking a lot of my horror boxes.
There’s a rumor going around that there’s two more sequels to this. I don’t know what they have planned.
My understanding is that Ehrenreich and (maybe) Glover are signed on for two more movies, not necessarily direct sequels. I took that to mean maybe a Lando movie with Han in it or a Boba Fett movie with the two of them in it, as opposed to a straight up trilogy of Han movies.
Regarding Malla; I’d love it if they brought that into the light and canonized it.
I mean, Lumpy has already turned up in a canon novel, so Malla’s canonicity is at least implied.
Now that we know Enfys Nest is a woman, do we think there’s going to be some kind of big casting surprise? The only actress on the IMDB cast without a character listed is Lily Newmark, who seems to be far too young, so I have to think it’s someone else.
In all seriousness though, I’d really prefer a Lando movie to the Kenobi and Yoda ideas that get thrown around a lot. I think it would be cool to spin Solo into a sort of loose “scoundrel-verse” series. Could roll the theoretical Boba Fett movie in there too.
Oh god damn it, I just actually saw the URL and you’re probably right. Joke posts shouldn’t be this plausible!
I figured if the still-unconfirmed Kenobi movie deserves its own thread, so does this.
According to SWNN, Black Panther and Creed director Ryan Coogler is in early talks for a Solo followup/spinoff focused on Donald Glover’s Lando.
How do we feel about this? Personally, I was more interested in a Lando movie than a Han one from the start, so I’m totally on board. As for Coogler, I thought Black Panther’s screenplay was kind of eh, but I liked the direction and (most of) the performances. I thought Creed had some similar issues, but I also walked away from that one feeling good on the whole. I think it’ll really come down to who works on the script, but as of now I don’t see any reason to feel uneasy about Coogler.
EDIT: there’s a vague Solo spoiler in the article, so if you want to go in completely cold, skip the fourth paragraph.
Hearing Ian again was a real treat. I thought the guy that voiced Palpatine in the early seasons of TCW did a fine job, but after his death Tim Curry and Sam Witwer never really worked for me. Nothing beats the original recipe, though (and yeah, I know, Clive Revill is actually the “original”, you all know what I mean).
Anyone else unable to play the Blu on a Sony player? Apparently this has been a problem for Disney titles as of late. I have an S-1200, latest firmware from 2014.
It loads what looks like a menu image, dings, but no menu options come up.
The regular BD plays fine on my Sony player. My UHD player is a Samsung, so I can’t speak to the 4k disc. I had a similar issue with the Planet of the Apes BDs, though. Wouldn’t play past the Lawgiver intro on my Sony player after a certain firmware update, but worked fine on my PS4 (haven’t tried watching them on the Samsung player yet, but the internet says it’s a problem specific to Sony players so I’m assuming they’ll be fine).
Quick show of hands, who here actually has a Rotten Tomatoes account? I’m genuinely curious about how many people are active on the site, because neither I nor anyone in my social circle has ever reviewed anything there. I suspect that active RT users may be too niche a group to really be representative of audiences overall.
FWIW, Letterboxed (which is the only place I personally ever rate anything) has TLJ with an average score of 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 stars being the most popular response by almost twice as much as any of the other responses (I gave it a 4.5).
The only shitty audiences I’ve had to deal with for the last few years have been for indie horror flicks like It Follows and The Witch, and even then it was more an issue of people complaining loudly during the credits that “it wasn’t even scary” than about disturbing others during the movie itself.
Well it sounds like everyone’s going to get a crack at it in a few weeks, at least in the US. I’ve been seeing stuff about upcoming 70mm screenings for the 50th anniversary beginning in mid-May.
Would see again, even though the showing I went to was only a few months ago. An all time classic. (plus it was almost sold out and I got a bad seat).
Did the same thing with Lawrence two summers ago. Saw the DCP at the Coolidge in June, then found out they had a print in Somerville in September and couldn’t not go for it.
I like the Best Buy 4k steelbook art quite a lot. I’m hoping they design the inevitable 4k releases of the other movies to match.
I’m just frustrated with the way that you can’t carry on a conversation about the movie for more than a couple posts without circling back to whether the movie was good or bad. Surely everyone is on the record at this point. Are we ever going to get to the point where we can just talk about the stuff that happened in the movie without having to reevaluate why we liked or didn’t like it for the umpteenth time?