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#1289071
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Screening of the Original Version of STAR WARS July at Stockton, CA
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Well, the actual movie shown was a disappointment but it was cool finally checking out the Bob Hope Theater. It was absolutely gorgeous on the inside. I’ll probably be heading back next month for a screening of Bullitt.

There was a guy there named Tim Donaldson, who played one of the Jawas when he was 5. He said he and several other kids from his school were chosen to be in the film. Apparently the film crew had to shoot a few insert shots in Death Valley. I think he said his father worked as a park ranger at Death Valley…not sure how the other kids got selected. He said he’s in one of the shots where Artoo is being carried to the sandcrawler. I also thought it was interesting that he said he was fitted for a Tuskan Raider costume. Makes me wonder if there was a plan at one point to film a sandpeople village or something. I think he must live in the Sacramento area; I’ve seen him at a few comic book conventions.

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#1288920
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Screening of the Original Version of STAR WARS July at Stockton, CA
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alexp120 said:

Cthulhunicron said:

So yeah, I drove an hour today to get to the theater, only to discover they’re showing the 1997 version. Disappointing, but not terribly unexpected.

Are you saying that you didn’t read the July 5th post on this thread that told you that the '97 version was the one that the Fox Theatre was screening?

Laserschwert said:

Just when we thought they’ve turned around:

No, I haven’t been on the forums in a couple weeks.

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#1288913
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Screening of the Original Version of STAR WARS July at Stockton, CA
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pleasehello said:

Sorry, not my intention to insult anyone. Though I have yet to meet a person from Stockton who disagrees with that assessment.

Seriously. I live in Sacramento, and I’ve never met anyone proud to be from Stockton.

So yeah, I drove an hour today to get to the theater, only to discover they’re showing the 1997 version. Disappointing, but not terribly unexpected.

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#1286907
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Screening of the Original Version of STAR WARS July at Stockton, CA
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oojason said:

I wonder if they’ll be showing the GOUT DVD?

(just going on this screening here - https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Carolina-Theater-in-Greensboro-claims-to-be-showing-GOUT-this-weekend/id/68099/page/1)
 

Hope it sells out and there’a fair few younger fans seeing this too 😃
 

That kinda makes me nervous. I just assumed it would be a film print, but maybe that’s naive of me.

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#1282233
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Star Wars vs. A New Hope
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Man, I remember being 8 years old in 1993, watching Star Wars on VHS. It always confused the hell out of me that the first movie was called Episode IV in the title crawl. Lucas is a madman.

Like…if you wanna do prequels, fine I guess. But do them like the X-Men movies did. First Class is a prequel, but nobody refers to it as the first X-Men film. Episode numbers just make things weird. It infuriates me when I hear about people who are new to star wars starting with Episode 1.

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#1245739
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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Finally got around to seeing this. It actually was better than I expected, though not without its problems. The movie is best when it just feels like a crime/heist movie set in the Star Wars universe. I found myself rolling my eyes whenever they decided to over-explain something (Kessel Run, the last name, why Han refers to Chewbacca as Chewie) I was impressed that this movie feels this coherent, considering all the behind-the-scenes drama. There’s some dumb stuff (Lando sleeping with his droid?) but I really enjoyed the train heist scene and the climax in Dryden’s office.

I’m still kind of on the fence about how I feel about Ehrenreich playing Han. Part of me just really doesn’t like seeing another actor portray such an iconic character. I guess for what it is, it’s fine. His performance didn’t quite win me over, but it’s not terrible. I was actually really impressed with Glover’s performance as Lando. Those first moments where he’s still off-screen, I can almost imagine Billy Dee Williams saying those lines.

I definitely didn’t love this film, but overall, I think it’s more competent than Rogue One.

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#1210172
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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paja said:

(first impressions)

I just saw solo, I’ts a mix of cowboy bebop, 21 jump street, American Graffiti
and blade runner, Also if i hear one more chick with a British accent one more time! and that fuckin cam-

And i have many problems with it

Anyway It was a fun Heist movie and a very boring one.

I give it Three and a half oojasons out of five

If it was very boring, how was it fun?

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#1144100
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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I wasn’t terribly impressed by this movie. I guess it’s…okay, but it just felt kind of like a mess to me.

I give it credit for being more creative with the story than TFA, but there were still parts that felt like they were included just to reference moments from previous films. The frustrating thing is that these moments have these superficial veneers painted over them to try to make them feel more original, but it’s so shallow and obvious that it comes across as pandering. For example, there’s another AT-AT assault against a rebel base. But don’t worry, it’s at the end of the movie now! And it looks at first like the ground is covered in snow, but don’t worry, we’ll have a character look right at the camera and tell the audience that it’s actually salt! It’s the same problem I had with Starkiller Base (it’s not technically a Death Star…) Btw, how were those speeders supposed to stop the walkers? They didn’t have any weapons.

I have really mixed feelings on the subplot with Finn and Rose. It feels like it goes on too long, and it’s unnecessarily complicated. They make a big point of needing to find the guy with the flower pin, they find him, he’s in the movie for like 2 seconds, then they just happen to meet another code breaker (who’s annoying as hell, by the way) in the jail cell, then he betrays them, etc you get the point. I’m always saying I want Disney to take more risks with these films and show us something new in the Star Wars universe, but I can’t help but feel that the casino scene felt really…out of place. I don’t know…it just felt a bit too close to a real-world casino inhabited by Star Wars characters.

I think one of the biggest problems for me is that there are several parts that are downright cringe-inducing. Some that come to mind are Leia’s “Mary Poppins” moment, the awful Yoda cameo (Force ghosts can apparently summon lightning now?), Luke milking the sea cow, and the MCU-style humor between Hux and Dameron at the beginning. Actually, most of the humor in the movie didn’t really work for me.

I was also disappointed with the complete lack of any exposition about Snoke. Who the hell is he? How did he corrupt Ben? He looks old, so is there any connection between him and Palpatine? I’m the first to agree that not every detail needs to be spelled out, and I like it when there are things left to the imagination, but it would have been nice to at least know something about him.

However, it’s not all bad. I liked most of the scenes between Rey and Luke, and between Rey and Kylo. I liked how Kylo destroyed his mask, further distancing him from Darth Vader. The fact that he started out as a Vader wanna-be is part of his character, and I liked how it visually symbolized him growing beyond that. I liked the fight scene in the throne room, and I was actually genuinely impressed with the twist at the end. I have mixed feelings about Luke dying, though. It actually shocked me that they killed him off, considering they just killed Han, and Carrie Fisher passed away. Although, in a Star Wars movie, it doesn’t really matter that much, since he can always come back as a Force ghost. I’m very curious to see how Leia’s character will be handled, moving forward.

This turned into a bit of a ramble, and it’s not nearly as well worded as I would like. The movie had its moments, I guess I just wish it was a bit more focused and not as long.

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#1092013
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Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
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Mocata said:

darthrush said:

NeverarGreat said:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjEd3DpH_e0
Warning: Detailed spoilers for the upcoming Han Solo movie! Proceed at your own risk!

This was hilarious.

It was.

I thought it was funny, too. They’re totally right, you just know they’re going to work the Kessel Run into the story somehow, and of course Boba Fett’s going to show up somehow. I just wish these things could be left to our imagination, I don’t need every little detail of Star Wars backstory over-explained.

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#1086829
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Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
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TV’s Frink said:

I will never understand the attitude that a new movie can ruin an older movie. I will see this once, and if it sucks, I’ll never see it again, and it won’t affect my opinion of the OT or TFA one bit.

That’s not really the problem. I simply don’t care about seeing this movie. I’ll probably watch it when it comes to streaming, out of curiosity, and if I wind up liking it, that will be a pleasant surprise.