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#1276258
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Last movie seen
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Loved it, loved it, loved it.

In the interest of disclosure, this is the first story I remember as a child. I was five. I vividly remember getting my Eeyore stuffed animal and I kept him close for years. Weirdly (or not), it’s who I am to this day. No one - no one- would argue that Eeyore is not the mental state of who I am 50 years later. I see the world the way he does and I always have. I wear it proudly (usually) 😉 Sometimes you recognize a kindred spirit. But I digress.

I’ve always loved the story, the book, and the film when I was a small child. I saw this film was a thing and knew I’d be watching it. I liked it much more than I suspected I would. It’s a feel good story for kids, with a few adult situations for those of us who are now grown, and it’s totally predictable. Totally predictable in a way that was fun and heart warming.

Great story, amazing CGI, and a fantastic job of the adults taking a back seat to The Hundred Acre Wood. I’ll watch it again, probably tonight, and purchase. It’s currently on Netflix.

I’m on my iPad, so no photoshopped score tonight, but if I could, I’d give it 5 out of 5 red balloons.

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#1274884
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Making The first politics thread visible once more (but still locked)
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Jay stated the reason why these threads were moved to a place where they could not be seen at the time in your ‘The deletion of the political threads’ thread in the Feedback Forum…

Jay said:

I haven’t decided whether I’ll restore them or not. The primary reason I moved them is to prevent new visitors from viewing them and search engines from indexing them (they already have, but once they show up as 404 for search spiders, they should get dropped from the index and no longer actively link to them).

I might restore them under a members-only section of the forum, so at least those who are logged in can still read them.

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Jay said:

Post Praetorian said:

I would also appreciate having them restored…I have often enjoyed participating therein and have a concern that the discussion of politics is at this time more important than ever given the lack of understanding among various factions…

There was little desire for understanding or a genuine exchange of ideas in the politics threads of late, which is why they’re in cold storage for the time being.

Since then, and as indicated to you in your PM query about this just last month, the thread is seemingly unrecoverable. Even if it were not - the primary reasons as to why Jay removed the political threads would still apply.

Also, the Political threads, at times, were a divisive powder keg - and resulted in spats, ill-feeling and a lack of civility being carried over between members into unrelated threads throughout the site.

As Jay stated above, it often seemed there was little desire for understanding or a genuine exchange of ideas (or examination of our own beliefs and that of our political parties we may have voted for or support). This may not have been the case for some of the more thoughtful and insightful members here - yet they were seemingly dismissed or overlooked (or drowned out) for yet another cheap hit or ‘for the lolz’ - which sustained more division amongst members here.

We’re not going to bring that powder keg back (even as a ‘read-only’ locked thread - even if we could).

We are past all that now - and we have moved on. Hopefully for the better.

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#1273876
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Current solvency
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I’m sure I speak for the other mods when I offer my sincerest thank you to the board for stepping up when we truly needed it. Behind the scenes it wasn’t a given that we would exist beyond January of this year. Fifteen years of incredible knowledge and discussion would be lost. Now, thanks to your generous support, we are in a much better position.

As of today, we have funds enough to keep us up and running until: September 2021.

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#1273694
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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I agree, great stuff. For all our years of deep diving the details of the films, we’re still on the outside looking in (for the most part). When I read these types of discussions where they go into crazy detail about how they did things, I realize we’re not the only deep dive nerd. What an amazing and wonderful job those men and women have, to be able to create and work in that world.

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#1273202
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Proof of Lucas’ revisionism in Rinzler’s making-of book?
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Man, he’s told so many versions of everything through the decades - it would be nearly impossible to gather and quantify them all. He’s been a pathological lia and revisionist almost since the beginning.

One film, nine films, six films, twelve films, six films, twelve films, or nine films.

Claims to have had The Saga (genuflect) all planned out since the early 70s, yet hired two separate authors to write a sequel to the only film - after it became a success.

Vader as father, princess as sister, Midichlorians, Han shot second, etc, etc, etc

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#1273132
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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LordZerome1080 said:

ray_afraid said:

LordZerome1080 said:

Anchorhead said:

LordZerome1080 said:

I would like to see a Sith who had High functioning Autism Spectrum Diagnosis.

You might want to explain that statement before I take it down.

What’s wrong with it?

Without context, that comment could easily sound derogatory.

Also this is a SW random thought thread and you’re not the op.

But he is a moderator, so that doesn’t matter. Why the bad attitude?

He had the bad attitude first.

Your original answer would have sufficed. Editing it to add two lines of snark, then claiming to be a victim - that’s not going to work for you.

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#1272994
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Rian Johnson to Head New Star Wars Trilogy
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leetwall31 said:

Also,they gave Rian the new trilogy before the movie came out. There were no box office numbers, so I don’t know why you’re brining that up.

Disney changed directors three quarters of the way through the production of Solo. Theyre clearly not afraid to make a course correction when they think it needs to be made. I suspect they’re more than happy with their choice of Rian as director now.

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#1272990
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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SilverWook said:

Hal 9000 said:

Just a quick random thought.
I’ve always had a tulmtous relationship with my Dad, who passed away a few years ago and who I believe to have had a case of high functioning autism. I have felt a great deal of immutable criticism from him and longed for affirmations or validations which were exceedingly rare. It’s been helpful for me to recognize some of the underlying factors and the limitations he was working with all along.
One reason I appreciate the original ‘old man’ ghost of Anakin at the end of ROTJ is because not only do we see Anakin redeemed in the unmasking scene, we even get to see him fully restored into the man he should have been all along. He doesn’t revert to a juvenile state, but is legitimately restored to become what he wasn’t able to be. I know it’s a bit silly, but the image of this sort of restored man smiling back at me speaks to this deep part of me. Able to say those things to me which perhaps he wasn’t before.

Awesome OT.com post of the week!™ 😃

That’s totally how I felt seeing Sebastian Shaw back in 1983. It’s the Anakin that could have/should have been. I couldn’t articulate it at the time, but it resonated. It’s a pity George overlooked the power of that image.

Make that two for Awesome OT.com post of the week!™.

To someone else’s point above; I don’t think Lucas missed the significance of the scene when he was removing it. I don’t think he ever understood the significance. He doesn’t strike me as someone who has a great deal of emotional depth. He’s done an ok job of emulating depth and understanding when it’s suppossed to be in a film, but it seems more from a construction point of view as opposed to emotional. There’s no shortage of interviews and stories of Lucas having weirdly disjointed and broken narratives in American Grafitti and Star Wars until Marcia stepped in to fix them.

Hal’s fantastic explanation of why and how a scene can connect with the audience is exactly why it should be in the film. I can’t imagine there’s anyone who doesn’t really understand why Lucas altered it. No doubt, Lucas made a lot of idiotic and wildly unnecessary changes to the OT, but inserting an actor from a film that came out twenty years later may be the most misguided. He ignored all semblance of depth and instead went with marketing. As he has done for decades, he put his needs ahead of those of the audience.

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#1270081
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[fill in the blank] Just Died!
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oojason said:

‘Richard Overton, America’s oldest World War II veteran and the oldest man in the US, dies at 112’…

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/27/us/richard-overton-oldest-ww-ii-vet-died/index.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46699175

 

He was a very big deal here (Austin). There is a bill filed to rename a major road after him.

https://www.kvue.com/video/news/politics/texas-legislature/bill-filed-to-name-part-of-airport-blvd-after-richard-overton/269-c09ed11e-4d51-4a78-b790-e17aa0a636e7

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#1270077
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Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
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DominicCobb said:

what potentially really exacerbated that issue was that we just saw Harrison actually play him not three years before. So I’m sure a lot of people didn’t feel the urgency when they just recently got their fix of Han Solo but featuring the genuine article.

I mentioned that very thing a while back. Two versions/castings of the same character so close together is a very tough sell in a fan base as volitile as Star Wars. Particularly when one of them is the iconic original.

Not helping matters at all was it coming only months after what may be the most polarizing film in the franchise. I think there was considerable fan backlash that transferred to a lack of attendance at the box office, possibly in protest. The film’s troubled production didn’t help either and it may have served to further alienate some fans’ anti-Disney thoughts. I think the box office results were a perfect storm of protest, anger, and apathy.

If they had gone with a less is more approach, they may have had a better result. There was too much going on and it almost made Han a secondary character in parts. Ki’ra could have been the McGuffin to get Han invested in bettering himself and one day returning, but without having her being such a main character. He comes back, she’d been killed long ago, or just no longer a part of that world, or she moved on without him. He then continues on in his life of crime, now energized with a fresh dose of pessimism about people in general.

Leave out a big-role Ki’ra, leave out Maul (eye roll), and end the film with a set-up of Han’s meeting and subsequent friendship with Lando as the second film. Leave audiences wanting more, not feeling exhausted from too much.

That was something Nolan did perfectly at the end of Batman Begins. Gordon tells Batman about a criminal who leaves a clue at every crime, hands him a joker playing card in an evidence bag, Batman says “thanks, I’ll check it out”, roll the credits. Simple, but enough to leave the audience speculating and interested in how they’ll meet and interact.

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#1268765
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The future of OT.com - UPDATE: Please donate!
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Valheru_84 said:
So maybe just a stickied thread under the forum announcement area something like the below?

OT.com Donation Status

Base monthly site costs ($75p/month)
Slot 1. Filled
Slot 2. Filled
Slot 3.
Slot 4.
.
.
Slot 75.

Surplus site funds (for new site features, competitions, etc)
Slot 1.

We’re working on it currently with either a graph or a list similar to your suggestion. Regarding surplus money, I’m always going to want to push any extra dollars into the next available month’s payment. That won’t be solely my decision though. If we were to really need a patch or upgrade, we can handle that as needed.

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#1267945
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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OutboundFlight said:
I agree redemption is certainly likely for him, but in my opinion it would be a cop out.

That’s where I am on it. This is the guy who killed Han and tried to kill Luke, Leia, et al. If he’s turned and redeemed, it feels like nothing can be taken too seriously. He tried to kill every one of the original 1977 heroes and succeeded in one instance?..it’s ok, he’s good now. Everyone gather for the group shot at the end aaaaand - titles, cue the feel-good fanfare.

That, to me, would be a really weak way to make everything happy and good. Maybe have him die while helping defeat FO, but not help, live, and good guy. Not after what he’s done or tried to do.

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#1267705
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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SilverWook said:

I don’t think Rey ever had time or a safe place to explore dating on Jakku, (there’s no evidence she ever even had a casual friend) so her discomfort with seeing Ben shirtless made sense to me. The movies would likely never broach the subject, but her fighting skills are as much about keeping lecherous scavengers at bay as it is daily survival on a hostile planet.

I didn’t mean the shirt scene was misplaced, just one of the only times she’s doing something that isn’t reacting to a line. It does make sense that she’d be a bit weird about it. No doubt she had to fend off advances that are beyond what the franchise normally addresses. Her life would have been a hell of a lot more uncomfortable than we see in that first film.

It just seems like we don’t see much beyond the surface with her in TLJ. She’s a major character in the story, maybe the major character, but she’s almost like a supporting character. Maybe some of that is Luke being back in the story. He really is THE major character of the franchise.

I don’t know really, I have a hard time remembering her in TLJ, where I remember her vividly in TFA. I hope they get back to her. With Snoke and Phasma gone, maybe it will free up story to devote to her.

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#1267609
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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NeverarGreat said:
I hope Episode 9 really delves into the deep psychological wounds of the character, since that’s where the real story is going to be.

I agree. For me, she was much more interesting the first 30 minutes of TFA and a bit near the end when she’s having an emotional breakdown. I’d like to get her back to being the stranger we met a few years ago. By stranger, I mean someone with depth and interest.

All we got this last time was her being a bit snarky and somehow weirdly bashful with asking Ben to put his shirt on. Other than being on screen during the film, as a character, she’s largely absent from the story.

That said; Some of my thoughts could also be me having forgotten a lot of the film. I need to watch it again to be sure I’m not way off.