^Thanks, I had to really modify it to make it fit the style of the classic OT posters. I really wish The Prequels had more retro art, and I’d give them the 90s CBS VHS treatment as well, but sadly they don’t. I love Struzan’s work, but I was never as crazy about his Star Wars posters individually. I’m even playing with the idea of covers for Solo and Rogue One, as they both have fairly retro looking posters.
Well, I guess the cover bug bit me again.
Army of Darkness
Must … resist … urge to … snark.
I liked this one in my teens ('90’s), but can’t stand it now, while ED & EDII are among my all time favorite films.
To each their own! It’s the most popular of the trilogy, so I know I’m in the minority.
Speaking of being in the minority…
Alien3 (theatrical cut)
Day of the Dead
I think as the years go by I prefer to watch Evil Dead II more than the other 2 films, but I owe a lot to Army of Darkness. I had only watched AOD as a kid, and I remember seeing Evil Dead for sale at the store, and I thought I was getting AOD, and I ended up falling in love with the movie. Then I found Evil Dead II at a blockbuster, and had to watch it. I remember falling even more in love with it, because it was like a rehash of the first film, but more over the top, and had more of the comedic moments one found in AOD.
What I think is best about AOD is Bruce Campbell. I think Evil Dead II showed him testing the waters of his comedic acting, where by AOD he had become a pro at it. It’s over the top and I don’t think I’d like the film as well with anybody else in the role.
I guess I probably saw AOD too much in my youth and I might not enjoy it as much as I used to, but it’s forever sewed into the fabric of my mind.
Return of the Jedi
Must … resist … urge to … snark.
There was a point in my early 20s when I would take a dump on ROTJ, but the more Star Wars saturates the market, the more I appreciate Jedi. It certainly was a step down in quality from Empire, but there’s a lot about the film I really love. Star Wars is like ice cream, some folks like chocolate, some people like vanilla, some people are just happy to get ice cream…then there’s the crazy people who would eat crap on a cone and swear it’s awesome…
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Army of Darkness
The Last Crusade (There’s 3 Indiana Jones movies, and that’s how I will always feel)
Return of the Jedi
Toy Story 3
Honorable Mentions: Return of the King…I just didn’t like this film as much as the others, maybe it’s because of the length, but maybe since seeing The Hobbit movies, I might be kinder to it.
It’s a shame Disney doesn’t do releases with Criterion Collection. I’m holding out hope that a decent mono version of the soundtrack is somewhere out there.
I would love to see what you could do with this film!
I feel like I’m in the minority, Solo was the only one this whole run that made me have some faith in the franchise surviving. It was fun and its own adventure. I had some issues with it, but honestly I thought it felt as close to the fun of the original films as you could get.
Rogue One was a bleak war film that had characters I didn’t care about.
The Last Jedi…I feel I’d break the server with all I have to say about it.
The Force Awakens was a decent reboot, that was ruined by the aftertaste that was its sequel
I’m kind of back. Life has pulled me away a fair bit lately. I also decided that Star Wars and I should see other people for a while.
Rammstein - Rammstein
What a solid debut. Terrible album cover, though. While not as artistically impressive as later Rammstein albums, they give you all the ingredients you come to expect from them from the get go. It doesn’t have the symphonic quality of an album like Reise, Reise or the polish of Mutter, but it still finds a way to be operatic at times. Maybe not in sound, but thematically. The lyrics can be very disturbing at times, and comical. I think tongue is firmly planted in cheek with Lindemann’s words.
There’s a lot of tasty synth work in this album. Sounds ripped right from the game Doom at various points. Without the guitars, this is a respectful Deutsche club album.
The guitars are not something to drool over, as far as shredding and complex chord work, but they are so fitting for the material. Another impressive element is the bass guitar work. Ollie is allowed to shine in the mix, which is rare for anything metallic.
This film has never had good art.
I suddenly feel the urge to make it a good poster. I always loved the movie, but they gave it a dumb cover.
Thanks, I really wanted it to have the look of the classic posters. Force Awakens and Rogue One got a lot of neat throwback style posters, but everything for Last Jedi was like gritty modern war picture posters. Fleming was the only one that gave it a proper classic style, but it clashed with the set. It’s also neat that every cover of my set is a poster from a different artist.
Honestly, the chunk of Rocky V I wanted to use was a very small amount. Unless the director’s cut has some hidden gold in there. I think I even plan to cut the scenes about Paulie screwing the Balboa’s over, and just keep Rocky’s financial struggles in the newspaper montage. Rocky’s in one of the top sports for athletes losing it all.
^Thanks!! That means a lot.
^I took this Hugh Fleming poster, and edited it to look like one of the 80s posters.
Well, it took about a hundred years, but here it is. My 1992 VHS esque DVD cover for The Last Jedi. Now I need about a week of sleep.
Blade Runner 2049
Second viewing of the film, and I think I appreciated it even more. Just a well rounded film, and the biggest complaint many had was its length, but I think it was to its benefit. I’m intrigued by the possibility of future films, but I really don’t know how you could continue from there. It felt like a good close.
My War - Black Flag
So far I’ve decided I want to trim the fight, cut out most of the simulated live HBO stream stuff, and keep the fight cinematic much like the other Rocky films. I also want to reinstate several deleted scenes. The quieter moments that harken back to the original.
I’m debating on cutting the scene where Rocky goes back to the ice rink, because I felt there was more impact for his breakdown at the meat packing plant. I do want to keep the part where he returns to his old house. It was well done.
Really, most of this edit will be a (see if I can, and how I can learn from it) kind of process.
I also have decided upon rewatching it, that I think the original ending is the best one. Winning wasn’t the message of the film, after all.
I want to try to keep the quieter slow moments of the film. Make the movie less about the fight.
The only deleted scene I won’t add is the scene where Rocky is asking Steps about his father, it would’ve been a great scene, but there’s no payoff in the end. Which is a shame, I think it could have added some weight to the film.
Been playing around with the throne room scenes, and was wondering. When the red and green sabers collide, they create a yellow flare. Would that yellow flare be visible on Palpy’s face, or would the red and green show up in different areas? Either way, I fooled around with a mockup. Perhaps to make it seem more like Palpy has some light in front of him.
I also think the CGI additions to these films are blatantly out of place. So, if it’s not really necessary, or it doesn’t improve the scene in anyway, I’d cut it out completely.
Part of me likes that Star Wars is going back to anybody can use the force, as it really takes a shit on midichlorions. I just always felt that the Jedi were able to use the force, because they were trained to hone it. It’s basically like if Disney bought Dragon Ball, and some little kid at the end of their movie made a damn spirit bomb. Forget about training for years and meeting King Kai…nope…everyone can just make a spirit bomb now.
Complete disregard of Vader as a character after he had already been set up in TFA as a major influencer and inspiration to Kylo. After a few mean words from Snoke, Kylo smashes his helmet to pieces, symbolically smashing his obsessed Vader-like aspirations and everything that had been set up in the previous movie. Trying to delete Vader from a Skywalker-saga SW movie is like trying to delete Hitler from a WWII documentary. Can’t you wait until you get you start your own non-Skywalker SW trilogy, Rian?
General Hux was set up, almost literally, as a young ascendant Hitler in TFA. Now he is the butt of silly tone-deaf jokes? I thought Kathleen Kennedy was supposed to be supervising Rian?
Snoke’s comment about the Dark in Rey and the Light
Kylo, Yoda, and Luke all talked about destroying the past. I didn’t really mind this at all until I realized the second, much deeper meaning of this dialog was that Rian Johnson was ACTUALLY COMMENTING ABOUT THE PAST STAR WARS MOVIES THEMSELVES WITHIN THE MOVIE HE WAS COMMISSIONED TO DIRECT! He was literally talking about destroying all the Star Wars tropes that came before HIS movie.
The movie almost feels like Rian Johnson hates J.J. Abrams. “Oh you created Poe to be a hero, you think Snoke should be an important character, you want Rey’s bloodlines to be important, you probably wanted Luke to be a more heroic character, you wanted Vader’s presence to be felt through his inspiration of Kylo? Well I am going to kill the past because this is MY movie! Oh… And I bet you thought the Knights of Ren was a cool idea too. Well, fuck you about that too.”
I do think there is a good Star Wars movie in there somewhere utilizing TLJ footage as a rough cut.
I agree with your long post and these couple paragraphs nail it
Thanks! I probably should have made the post a little briefer, but thanks for reading!
How about Poe’s character though? It feels like they took a hero from TFA and turned him into one of those commercials you see every day on TV where the wife is the clever one and the husband is barely smart enough to chew his food and would be lost without her. (Because of course, it would be highly offensive if the wife was made stupid.) Disclaimer: I am HUGELY in favor of women and diversity in SW–as stated in my post, but don’t take a character who has already been established as a competent heroic leader make him a moron simply to fulfill a feminist agenda.
Yeah, I felt Oscar Isacc has been wasted so far. Probably the most talented of the new cast, along with Adam Driver, but his character is almost non-existent as far as how much he moves the plot forward.
Merry Christmas to all of you. I know I take long absences from this wonderful place, but trust me when I say I’ve grown to consider a lot of you friends, and people who I’ve grown to respect. I hope wherever you are, you are comfortable and happy.
I was re-watching all the Rocky films, and like others, I always felt Rocky V to be very weak, and the blacksheep of the bunch. They tried to take Rocky back to his roots, but they also forgot what made the original film so special. Anyway, here’s what I’m proposing.
The first chunk of Rocky V merged into Rocky Balboa. Cut the Tommy Gun stuff and mr. “Only in Uhmerica!!”
Start the film with Rocky fanfare and fight from IV (I’d like to attempt recutting this myself. Perhaps to try to match the tone of the rest of the edit. As it is…it’s just too 1985)
-Considering keeping the shower scene “I can’t keep my hands from shaking” but cut the brain damage arc. I think that fight was a good enough reason for Rocky to retire. I mean damn, he’s a dinosaur in boxing years. Also, there’d be no way his brain damage would improve enough to be eligible to receive a license to fight, or pass with “flying colors” as they put in Rocky Balboa
-Keep the “We lost everything” segment
-Create transition from V to Balboa with little segments. Audio clips from V. Newspaper clippings to explain the 16 year gap.
-16 years later Rocky at the grave of Adrian in Rocky Balboa
-I’d like to add little bits from Rocky V that I liked to various parts.
-Cut “Is that from the 80s?”…“No it’s from the 70s” felt kind of off.
-Add “Get up you son of a bitch, 'cause Mickey loves ya!” to when Rocky gets knocked down.
-Tone down some of the ESPNish vibes
Cut list will grow as I continue to think it through.
This begs a question. There exists 2 endings. One where Rocky loses, one where he wins. I’m partial to Rocky losing, but welcome your thoughts and opinions, as well as what else you think could be cut or added.