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#1259717
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Doctor Who
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I’m bummed for the long wait but that seems to be the way things are done these days. Doctor Who, Game Of Thrones, Better Call Saul, Stranger Things, My Brilliant Friend, Lost In Space, Sherlock, and a few others I watch. I don’t watch GoT, but I know they also have long breaks.

I’m ok with the breaks. TV in general these days is big budget Hollywood quality. Everything seems top notch because (I suspect) they take longer and put a lot of time & effort into the shows.

Regarding Doctor Who specifically; Very happy with this first season. It seemed to fly by. Only one more and we’re on our break. I don’t have strong thoughts one way or another on the Christmas episodes. They’ve been hit or miss quality-wise, so I don’t see it as a big deal that we’re getting a New Years episode instead.

I’m just glad we’re getting one more.

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#1259045
Topic
The Star Wars Holiday Special 1978
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When the Holiday Special aired in 1978 and I sat in front of the TV like a million other nerds. I was prepared for a sequel to my favorite film ever. I’d lived Star Wars every day up to that point.

Not even midway through, I was wrecked. It was terrible. It was nothing like I had expected. Totally disalusioned, I spent decades hating it as my memory of it faded. By the 1990s, all I really remembered was how I felt about, not the actual show.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum. These days, after decades of Lucas tampering with the franchise and trying to alter history, I’ve come to appreciate it. It’s bad and silly, but it’s Star Wars before Lucas contaminated it. It’s a time capsule. It’s Star Wars before the fall.

Like Voss pointed out, its more Star Wars than the prequels. I agree with Wook. It would be nice to have a proper DVD of it. Looking at it in the context in which it was made, I don’t dislike it anymore. I appreciate the honesty of it. It’s what Star Wars was in 1978.

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#1255340
Topic
Doctor Who
Time

A few thoughts after just one watch.

For me, the best episode yet! Again, deeper and more serious than we’ve been in a very long time. I really dug the weight of the scene where the Doctor is in physical pain at having thoughts forced in her head. To me, that had a more serious feel than we normally see in the show. Another was when she’s telling the Vajarian she’s going to stop them. It lacked the usual not on my watch bravado and instead had a more serious tone, as though the Doctor was genuinely upset and then threatening them.

I’ve thought this a while and it was especially so this evening because of her being central to this story; Mandip is breathtaking. Even better, she’s a strong actress playing a deep character. I look forward to every scene. I loved that this was largely about her. She has the chops and can carry scenes.

Outstanding score on this one. Like a lot of the episode, as well as the new season in general, this was big budget Hollywood level. Awesome score. Looking forward to a soundtrack album. Great stuff and as I suspected, the show is really getting its footing as it grows. Ryan was a non-issue but they can’t all be center stage in each episode.

Jodie’s Doctor has a lot of the quirkiness of the 10 and 11, but more of an actual edge when she’s angry or threatened. It’s a more serious take or at least a more realistic one. To echo oojason, the cinematography was very much on par with a big-budget Hollywood film. In general that seems to be the case with the season so far.

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#1254961
Topic
Cassian Andor Live-Action Series
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I think part of my lesser love for the 1977 film - and to be clear, I still LOVE it - is that for me the entire Saga has become contaminated by all the damage Lucas inflicted upon it through the years. The suppression, the prequels, the SEs, the constant lying, etc, etc.

I haven’t watched it since the Bonus Disc GOUT was released. Part of that is so that it stays a separate entity from all the mess that came after. The NPR version is still my go-to for that story. It’s also free of all that came after.

If the early descriptions are correct, these two new TV shows are a return to the days where the GFFA was vast and mysterious. Man, that is exactly what I’ve wanted for decades. Story and characters first, spinning colors and visuals second.

ChainsawAsh said:
I hope they don’t tread any more deeply into Jedi/Force stuff on the show than Rogue One did.

I agree. At least when Rogue One did address them, it was to put them right again; The Force Of Others and Kyber crystals. No more of that idiotic midichlorian BS, and the chosen one… * eye roll *

This new stuff - a deep space detective and a deep space gunslinger - bring it!

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#1254917
Topic
Cassian Andor Live-Action Series
Time

Rogue One is my favorite Star Wars film. This pretty much guarantees I’ll be a subscriber to their streaming service. I was already interested enough in The Mandalorian. This seals the deal. Two new shows, both free of the weight of The Saga. Looks like we may be getting actual EU stories.

These two shows are much more interesting to me than any of the films they’ve announced. I’m not interested in Rey anymore and I certainly don’t care about a Rian-helmed trilogy.

oojason said:

Looking forward to finding out who’ll be writing and helming the show (c’mon Ron D. Moore…) and more details - hopefully a more pragmatic ‘greyer’ view and feel of the world a la Rogue One.

Oh man, I hadn’t thought about that. Moore would be perfect for either of these!

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#1253304
Topic
The Boba Fett movie
Time

If they went that direction, I’d be a streaming customer for sure. I know your one-sheet is a bit in jest (and awesome) but the content and quality of a short series could be fantastic if done to the standards of modern streaming services. TV in general has become much more respected the past decade or so. It’s returned to a point when quality comes before quantity.

When I was a kid there was a series called the NBC Mystery Movie. It came on Sunday nights. They were feature film length detective shows and crime dramas. My favorite was Colombo. They only aired about six or seven a year, often times over a month or more apart. It was because they put in the time and work on quality writing, A-list actors, directing, etc instead of frequency. Spielberg directed one of them.

While I sometimes lament the long gaps between seasons of many current shows on Netflix, AMC, Prime, BBC, etc, I know it’s because they’re taking the time to put out a quality product. If Disney goes this same direction with their network, we could see some Star Wars content on par with the theatrical releases. No complaints here if they back off of numbered sagas and focus on their TV series.

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#1252518
Topic
Movies you watch every Halloween
Time

Jay said:

Anchorhead said:

I have a 4th of July film, a Thanksgiving film, a December only film, a summer only film, a cold rainy nights only film, and a few Christmas films - but I’ve never had a Halloween film. Weird, now that I think about it. I’ve never been a fan of horror films, so that must be why. I’ll have to give this some thought. The Shinning comes to mind as fitting but that’s about as scary as I care to get. E.T. is really more my style though.

I think E.T. qualifies as a Halloween movie the same way Die Hard qualifies as a Christmas movie.

True. I guess a feel-good story can’t really be a Halloween film. 😉

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#1252351
Topic
Movies you watch every Halloween
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I have a 4th of July film, a Thanksgiving film, a December only film, a summer only film, a cold rainy nights only film, and a few Christmas films - but I’ve never had a Halloween film. Weird, now that I think about it. I’ve never been a fan of horror films, so that must be why. I’ll have to give this some thought. The Shinning comes to mind as fitting but that’s about as scary as I care to get. E.T. is really more my style though.

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#1251983
Topic
Last movie seen
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I really had no interest in seeing this but since I’m a big fan of Peter Dinklage, I decided to give it a look. I was hooked after 15 minutes. This was very interesting. I remember Hervé but not much beyond his only two roles where he received any real notoriety. Super-stardom more like, and it clearly took its toll on him, as did his early life in Paris.

The story is true and the director of the film is the reporter in the story. He went to a great deal of trouble to tell this the way it happened, not pulling any punches. The story of bringing it to the screen is also interesting and they touch on it briefly near the end of the movie. The director’s attention to detail and authenticity is extremely detailed, particularly the last thirty minutes. To explain that, which I saw in an interview with him, would be a bit of a spoiler so I’ll leave that part out of this review.

I’ve seen Dinklage in a few things and he’s always at the top of his game. He can do dark, serious, comedy, on screen and in theater. As a fan of his, this may be his finest hour. Unbelievable performance. I’ll be watching this a second time for sure.

https://youtu.be/o7KRdBDl5is
https://www.hbo.com/movies/my-dinner-with-herve

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#1251519
Topic
Doctor Who
Time

For me, best episode in years. As a Doctor Who episode, fantastic. Clearly Jodie is starting to make The Doctor her own. For that matter, so are the companions. I’m loving the tougher Doctor and the more serious tone. I’m watching it again in an hour or so just to see the great performances and the cerebral discussions. It’s a great Who episode, but more to the point it’s a great TV episode - Who or otherwise. I was floored. The last 15 minutes or so were a new level of seriousness. I suspect because it was a known event in our history.

Also nice to see the companions get a substantial amount of story. Love LOVE Mandip. She had some great scenes tonight! As with the Doctor, I’m digging the deeper work. She really shined in her scenes. Must be her Mexican heritage. 😉

Great work by Tosin also. I’m liking that he’s more than just the frustrated kid from the first episode. He’s becoming quite a well rounded character. Same for Bradley. More depth and great as an audience surrogate. The scene where Graham talks about missing Grace was particularly well done and very moving.

Last and nowhere least; Vinette!! OMG, she was fantastic. LOVE HER, and not just swoon (although, there is her physical beauty). Tonight was strength of performance. She’s amazing.

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#1248776
Topic
Doctor Who
Time

Love the new intro. Really reminds me of decades past. Digging the new theme music, especially the throw-back end title music.

LOVE the new TARDIS interior. So nice to have a dark and organic style again. I’ve really missed that. A similar take to the Eccleston and Tennant coral interior without the turquoise glow, which I thought was unnecessarily cold. This is much warmer.

The story was fine. I’m glad to get back to stand-alones when it isn’t a deal where the fate of the entire universe revolves around some sort of pretzel logic spanning several episodes. This is what I was hoping for under new direction and a new Doctor - weekly adventures.

The production values are top notch. When we meet the first racer, my first thought was it could have been a scene from Solo. I got a chuckle out of the Doctor telling the second racer his ship should be on Antiques Roadshow.

This whole thing so far is a very welcome reset to what has long attracted me to show. I’m an extremely happy fan. It’s been a dark few years for me Who-wise, but this has been well worth the wait.

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#1247809
Topic
Upcoming movies
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Really looking forward to First Man. No, not only because of Claire Foy (swoon). Having grown up in Houston in the late 60s/early 70s, NASA is part of our DNA. Particularly the Apollo and Skylab programs. That was a huge part of our identity as a city, so those stories are very special to me.

I went to Ed White elementary school in the 70s and a large picture of him in his space suit was the first thing I saw as I walked through the doors every day. The trailer looks like they may address his death in this film. Even if it’s just a few moments like it was in Apollo 13, it will still be nice to see him mentioned.

It’s still a big deal to me 45 years later. My desktop picture at work is a picture from the Apollo program and I regularly listen to the audio from the Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab missions while I work. I have several hours from most of them.

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#1247806
Topic
Doctor Who
Time

I took the line about buying women’s clothes as just something funny to say. We haven’t seen every moment of the Doctors life. Could have been any number of reasons.

I particularly liked the scene where The Doctor is irritated at Tim Shaw for pulling a tooth from someone he just killed, as though that crossed the line for totally disrespecting the victim. She seems genuinely more bothered by that than the killing. For me, that’s the kind of depth of character & scene that’s been missing the past few years.

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#1247167
Topic
Doctor Who
Time

Puggo - Jar Jar’s Yoda said:
I don’t know if it was the same everywhere, but where I was there were SO many interruptions, ads, interviews, sneak previews, etc., that there were times when I wasn’t entirely sure if I was watching the show or something else.

I don’t know where you are in the world, but here in the States is was a very interrupted affair also. Like you, I wasn’t always sure if it was the show or another piece inserted between the commercials. Plus we didn’t even get the end credit sequence. After the last scene it went right to an interview session with four people I dont know.

Full disclosure, by the time I went to bed late last night, I’d seen it three times. It was the same each time, except for the commercial breaks where they inserted a lot of clips of Jodie at NY Comic Con. Those were interesting, but the show was still a mess of interruptions and no end credits.