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#1193361
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Wexter said:

m_s0 said:

Wexter said:

m_s0 said:

Yoda Is Your Father said:

m_s0 said:

joefavs said:

Here’s a pretty good article about the film: https://www.avclub.com/part-kurosawa-part-wile-e-coyote-the-last-jedi-boldl-1821291545

RE: Ackbar vs. Holdo, the author of this piece has a good point in a response to a comment:

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky said:

Lotta folks seem to think that her role should have gone to good ol’ Admiral Ackbar, but I get Johnson’s intention: Everybody likes Ackbar, and the audience needs to be fooled into Poe’s point-of-view.

Probably why she didn’t get a proper ‘hero’ introduction as well. It’s a trade-off, but one I liked given where and how it’s taken: this is all Poe’s point of view - to the very end, and that’s why his turn into a proper leader works in the finale.

The more I think about it, the more I appreciate how well-written this film is.

Poe got a bunch of people killed because he was reckless and disobeyed orders. But it’s cool because ‘Ah, that’s just how Poe is, the little scamp’.

It’s war, and that’s not his first, nor his only deed.

If he kept pulling stuff like that in an actual war, his superiors would have him shot in the head.

Thankfully, this is drama (with a slant towards action adventure). This is a character flaw, not a movie flaw - I really don’t get the complaints here. At worst, I’d put this in the same ballpark as Chewie being best friends with Lando at the end of ESB, even though he probably should’ve murdered that traitor the first chance he outgrew his usefulness (which would have been almost immediately).

Sorry, but the comparison doesn’t work at all. Lando has earned the forgiveness of the rest of the gang. That was on a personal level. On military level, if you are going to brush off a soldier acting like a complete psychotic, pointing guns at superiors and making decisions that result in people dying, with “oh, ain’t he a cute hothead”, you are seriously challenging the suspension of disbelief.

I guess my point was that it’s perfectly of a piece with what Star Wars is - to me, I guess, since some people tend to react to it as though it were an adaptation of an army field manual 😃

oojason said:

‘The Director and the Jedi - Documentary Review’… (by HelloGreedo)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHH3InY8mFA

 

Much better than I expected - not as overwhelmingly corporate-fluffy. Or maybe it’s just the next level of comouflage for this sort of fare. Fun watch on the whole, though I’d prefer something meatier.

adywan said:

Looks really nice. One or two notches above the usual promotional/official graphic art.

Also:

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#1178788
Topic
Last movie seen
Time

CHEWBAKAspelledwrong said:

Moon (2009)

A really enjoyable, interesting, and realistic science fiction film. A masterpiece? No. But a really great directorial debut. I’m definitely going to try and seek out what Duncan Jones has done since.

It pains to me to say this, but… um… maybe don’t? Or at least don’t get your expectations too high.

I haven’t seen Source Code since it came out, but I do remember hating it quite a bit after seeing what he’s capable of in Moon. Warcraft I haven’t forced myself to sit through, I just can’t muster the will. It’s a blockbustery studio flick, though, so it might be perfectly acceptable cinematic fast-food.

Mute is an utter disaster, but this one I feel sympathetic towards. There’s clearly heart and several great films in this disjointed, badly written, often poorly acted, miscast mess. It feels as if just about everything that could’ve gone wrong has gone horribly wrong, except for Clint Mansell who knocks it out of the park again.

I’ve just seen it, so it’s all really loose thoughts at this point, but the failure to do anything with the main character and the thematic thread that’s set up, but never really followed through… at all and then somehow concluded without there being a thematic thread to conclude… completely kills this movie. On that note, the screenplay they filmed feels like a failed initial draft that should’ve been thrown out half-way through writing. It really is that bad. Several decades of polish too many?

In view of the above, Paul Rudd is incredibly grating as the counterpoint to the protagonist (?). He’s focusing on playing against type to the point where he loses track of the movie, it feels like.

And they should’ve gone lighter on the special effects - they’re distractingly terrible. Minor quibble in the grand scheme of things, but annoying given that the worldbuilding is pretty good.

At least it wasn’t boring.

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#1176512
Topic
The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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darthrush said:

Collipso said:

Is Black Panther as good as people are making it out to be? Marvel movies have recently been falling so flat to me (despite most of them getting great reviews) and feeling like basically CGI messes that I really am not excited even with all the praise.

I’ll be honest here. I enjoyed it well enough but it doesn’t live up to the hype. It’s nowhere near the Winter Solider or The Dark Knight which are my two favorites superhero movies. And there is a fair amount of crappy CGI throughout if your not fond of that. But it’s still a darn good movie. Just not great.

I feel it tries and feels relatively competent in areas modern blockbusters tend to ignore or pay lip service to at best. And really nothing more than competent. There’s a basic thematic thread, decent characters that support that thread well enough, and everything devolves into a whole lot of punching in a way that’s slightly less detrimental to the piece than you’d expect from an MCU installment. That said, it’s still pretty safe, a bit bland and not even ankle-deep as far substance is concerned, and I don’t really have any need to see it ever again. Disposable MCU product - I don’t mean it in a bad way, necessarily.

The movie is most impressive from a purely workmanlike point of view that has more to do with project management than moviemaking.

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#1175303
Topic
All Things Star Trek
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Handman said:

Is Discovery even worth watching?

Not for any reason you’d like or hope.

It is worth an autopsy, though, so if cutting corpses up is your thing, DSC comes highly recommended.

The show is still salvageable, but not easily so. Actually, the main reason why I think that’s the case is that DSC is bad to the point where you can’t even consider it an honest attempt at a… thing. Whatever they wanted it to be. You can’t even tell easily what that was - beyond a launch pad for a streaming service, that is.

It’s badly written, the characters almost never do, tell instead, proclaim all their motivations aloud, and when the scripts actually do try and rely on action to tell the story you really wish they didn’t - with very few exceptions that feel almost accidental.

On the whole it’s extremely unfocused - kinda episodic, kinda serialized, in fact it throws the worst elements of the two into a blender. On the few occasions it tries to be a Star Trek show it almost gives you the impression it’s resentful in doing so. It also takes until after the mid-season break to even start feeling remotely cohesive, and for its finale it elects to do a pratfall.

In other words: it is interesting. Fascinating, even.

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#1143682
Topic
The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
Time

Wexter said:

m_s0 said:

Yoda Is Your Father said:

m_s0 said:

joefavs said:

Here’s a pretty good article about the film: https://www.avclub.com/part-kurosawa-part-wile-e-coyote-the-last-jedi-boldl-1821291545

RE: Ackbar vs. Holdo, the author of this piece has a good point in a response to a comment:

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky said:

Lotta folks seem to think that her role should have gone to good ol’ Admiral Ackbar, but I get Johnson’s intention: Everybody likes Ackbar, and the audience needs to be fooled into Poe’s point-of-view.

Probably why she didn’t get a proper ‘hero’ introduction as well. It’s a trade-off, but one I liked given where and how it’s taken: this is all Poe’s point of view - to the very end, and that’s why his turn into a proper leader works in the finale.

The more I think about it, the more I appreciate how well-written this film is.

Poe got a bunch of people killed because he was reckless and disobeyed orders. But it’s cool because ‘Ah, that’s just how Poe is, the little scamp’.

It’s war, and that’s not his first, nor his only deed.

If he kept pulling stuff like that in an actual war, his superiors would have him shot in the head.

Thankfully, this is drama (with a slant towards action adventure). This is a character flaw, not a movie flaw - I really don’t get the complaints here. At worst, I’d put this in the same ballpark as Chewie being best friends with Lando at the end of ESB, even though he probably should’ve murdered that traitor the first chance he outgrew his usefulness (which would have been almost immediately).

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#1143671
Topic
The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
Time

Yoda Is Your Father said:

m_s0 said:

joefavs said:

Here’s a pretty good article about the film: https://www.avclub.com/part-kurosawa-part-wile-e-coyote-the-last-jedi-boldl-1821291545

RE: Ackbar vs. Holdo, the author of this piece has a good point in a response to a comment:

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky said:

Lotta folks seem to think that her role should have gone to good ol’ Admiral Ackbar, but I get Johnson’s intention: Everybody likes Ackbar, and the audience needs to be fooled into Poe’s point-of-view.

Probably why she didn’t get a proper ‘hero’ introduction as well. It’s a trade-off, but one I liked given where and how it’s taken: this is all Poe’s point of view - to the very end, and that’s why his turn into a proper leader works in the finale.

The more I think about it, the more I appreciate how well-written this film is.

Poe got a bunch of people killed because he was reckless and disobeyed orders. But it’s cool because ‘Ah, that’s just how Poe is, the little scamp’.

It’s war, and that’s not his first, nor his only deed.

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#1143647
Topic
The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
Time

joefavs said:

Here’s a pretty good article about the film: https://www.avclub.com/part-kurosawa-part-wile-e-coyote-the-last-jedi-boldl-1821291545

RE: Ackbar vs. Holdo, the author of this piece has a good point in a response to a comment:

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky said:

Lotta folks seem to think that her role should have gone to good ol’ Admiral Ackbar, but I get Johnson’s intention: Everybody likes Ackbar, and the audience needs to be fooled into Poe’s point-of-view.

Probably why she didn’t get a proper ‘hero’ introduction as well. It’s a trade-off, but one I liked given where and how it’s taken: this is all Poe’s point of view - to the very end, and that’s why his turn into a proper leader works in the finale.

The more I think about it, the more I appreciate how well-written this film is.

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#1143610
Topic
4K restoration on Star Wars
Time

Mike O said:

Lust-In-Phaze said:

Mike O said:

Valheru_84 said:

Seeing that news about the Disney-Fox deal is supposed to be revealed today when TLJ also releases, I’m thinking (and fervently hoping) this bodes well for 4K OUT prospects. It’s to much of a coincidence for it to not mean something significant for SW.

.Val

Not according to Pablo Hidalgo on Twitter 😦.

He makes it seem like it really is George holding it back, which I never thought was the case. I wonder if it’s an actual legal stipulation or if it’s just LFL trying to honor his wishes.

You’d think after spending $60 billion, they really wouldn’t give a damn what Lucas thought.

That’s an investment towards their streaming empire, though - in the grand scheme of things not a lot to do with Star Wars. And they already have a ‘Star Wars’ (or ANH) to put on that platform.

But yeah, whenever a colossal, multinational corporation says they’re doing something because they respect someone’s wishes - they’re not telling you the truth. It’s either they won’t do it, because - for whatever reason - they don’t see the benefit, or because they are prohibited do it, and can’t circumvent this in any way. Yet.

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#1142701
Topic
The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
Time

DominicCobb said:

Jeebus said:

DominicCobb said:

People are going to warm up to this one. It’ll take some time, because it’s so different. But it will happen.

I think you’re right. I can already feel myself warming up to it a bit, definitely gonna have to watch it again.

I’m excited to watch again too. The funny thing is I guess I’m the opposite of everyone - the first time I saw TFA I just thought it was pretty good, with some issues, but I eventually warmed up to it and really loved it on my subsequent viewings. With TLJ it was an intense love affair from start to finish.

I’m the same, but overall less impressed with VII, and still not crazy about it. It makes sense from a business standpoint, but is stagnant to the point of being skippable.

TLJ I absolutely loved, and I’m weirded out by the fairly negative fan reactions thus far. Then again, I approached this expecting a Rian Johnson movie - which is what we got. I feel this is the first Star Wars movie post-OT which drops needless lore reverence and for the first time manages to use the rules of the well-established universe in a creative way that feeds meaningful character development which in turn supports a strong thematic undercurrent. Sounds kinda pretentious once you say/write it, but if you’re going to start nitpicking ‘power levels’ as if you’re watching Dragon Ball you are missing the point completely, and the point is great, nuanced drama. Just look at Snoke and Kylo Ren: it’s an incredible, tangled, crunchy mess of a relationship that completely explains why that character acts the way he does. It’s not easy to make someone sympathetic without having him be sympathetic (he’s absolutely pathetic by any measure), but it is achieved here seemingly effortlessly, and through interpersonal dynamics outside of the one between Snoke and Kylo Ren as much as through it.

These might be ramblings of a madman, but I’m really impressed by how this movie is written.

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#1141170
Topic
4K restoration on Star Wars
Time

moviefreakedmind said:

George supposedly crunched the numbers on what it would cost to restore both versions when he was preparing for the DVDs, but Fox pushed him hard enough that he decided to rush out a cheap transfer of only the SEs (hence the Lowry project). That’s coming from the Steve Hoffman Forums guy that worked on it. That may just be his way of explaining why the work was so subpar, but sounds legitimate since George was so adamant about waiting until 2006 to release Star Wars on DVD at all.

Link?

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#1134212
Topic
We have X in HD, but we still don't have Star Wars
Time

SilverWook said:

Granted, that’s just pure, crowdfunded (collective) insanity. Fun to mention and kinda counts for that reason alone, but at the end of the day it wasn’t some kind of an actual business entity putting up the cash up-front in the hope of profit - I’d say those are the real headscratchers.

Speaking of:
Ninja III: The Domination

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