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The Superman Trilogy, Part I: The Last Son of Krypton

Finished the latest set of touch-ups to the script. They are as follow:

  • Krypton is now identified as Krypton (figured keeping the planet’s name a mystery was pointless)
  • Kara/Linda has been changed to Luma-Lyn (a character inspired by Luma Lynai)
  • Mrs. Bogdanove is now Miss Maggin
  • Lana’s mother’s name has been changed from Carol to Sarah (the character’s name pre-Crisis)
  • Lana’s father’s name has been changed from Thomas to Lewis (ditto)
  • Nell’s name has been changed to Helen (the character’s name post-Crisis)
  • Removed Luthor’s scenes (I’ve decided to place his introduction in Act II instead)

I’ve also decided to retool my original plot somewhat. I’ve decided against making Luthor a military officer; I’ll be making him a weapons scientist/defense conglomerate magnate instead. Also, Brainiac won’t be making an appearance; a different character will serve as secondary antagonist (I won’t reveal who just yet).

My apologies for these disorienting changes.

Best and Worst Movies: The Thread

Every movie I’ve rated 10/10:

  • Aladdin (1992)
  • As Good as It Gets (1997)
  • Barton Fink (1991)
  • Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)
  • Cape Fear (1962)
  • Cries & Whispers (1972)
  • The Frisco Kid (1979)
  • A Goofy Movie (1995)
  • House (1977)
  • Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013)
  • Lost Highway (1997)
  • Mandy (2018)
  • The Mask of Zorro (1998)
  • Misery (1990)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  • The Ninth Configuration (1980)
  • Only the Lonely (1991)
  • Persona (1966)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
  • Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
  • Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
  • Psycho (1960)
  • The Seventh Seal (1957)
  • Stalker (1979)
  • Wild Strawberries (1957)
  • Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

Every movie I’ve rated 1/10:

  • Blood of Dracula’s Castle (1969)
  • Creepin’ (2001)
  • Evil Dead (2013)
  • The Humanoid (1979)
  • Mirrors (2008)
  • Night Train to Mundo Fine AKA Red Zone Cuba (1966)
  • Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)
Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread

Shopping Maul said:

I’m probably gonna get slapped here, but I despise this film. Talk about Special editions - this film is ‘Han Shot First’ on steroids. Placing the Tantive at the battle itself and having Vader - who had just seen the rebels passing the plans through a doorway - suddenly get his facts wrong (“several transmissions were beamed to this ship…”), followed by an interrogation with Leia that doesn’t remotely reflect what Vader has supposedly just witnessed (perhaps Disney could do a Lucas and replace Vader’s lines with “Princess, I just saw you at the battle receiving the plans firsthand for Sith’s sake!”)…and all so we can see Vader exhibit a particular badassery that he fails to wield ten minutes later in 1977?!?

But the worst crime (no, it isn’t the appearance and repeated dialogue of the cantina aliens from ANH) is the Death Star exhaust port fiasco. The whole point of the exercise was that the shot was basically impossible. It was a desperate plan. That’s why every rebel in the briefing room was shifting nervously in their seats. That’s why Wedge Mk 1 said “that’s impossible, even for a computer”. That’s why the first attempt failed despite said computer. That’s why General Dodonna didn’t say “good news guys, a weakness was planted in the station for our benefit!”. That’s why it took Luke trusting in the Force to make this seemingly impossible shot work. If a dude was really going to plant a weakness in the DS, would he make it so effing difficult that only a budding space wizard could pull it off?

The Death Star wasn’t blown up because of insider sabotage. It was destroyed because Imperial hubris failed to account for rebel ingenuity and tenacity (hence the argument between Taggi and Motti in ANH), not to mention the wild card that was Luke Skywalker. Why mess with this?

Not to state the obvious on a site dedicated to this one truth but, as we’ve been stridently pointing out to Lucas for decades now, Star Wars '77 was fine as it was.

I don’t disagree with your points one iota, but I still don’t hate or dislike the film. I view it as I view pretty much any other fanfilm with effort put into it; I appreciate its aesthetics/technical achievements though the characterization/writing falls short.

Disney to buy 20th (21st) Century Fox? (Disney has now bought them - 14 Dec '17)

dahmage said:

DuracellEnergizer said:

snooker said:

I don’t like that Disney has a monopoly on the rights to my entire childhood, personally. Freaks me out.

That’s why any Disney film I purchase in the future will be purchased secondhand.

I’d use my firsthand, but I’m elitist that way, so …

Pfft. If you ain’t telekinetic, you ain’t nothin’.

The Star Wars Saga – Streamlined

Anakin Starkiller said:

It seems odd to me to leave the ST out of this, cuz it’s another section of the saga that clearly wasn’t planned in 1977 and feels like a natural fit for such project.

I had some ideas for an ST rewrite, but I was gonna stick with the PT-OT because those were Lucas’ babies.

Really, though, your rewrites seem to do far than make things consistent and viewable in chronological order.

My previous PT rewrite was a deliberate inversion of the OT. I could craft a rewrite more in keeping with the films’ spirit if that was my goal.

Points are all moot now, though, since I’ve lost interest in a streamlined saga.