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#1248865
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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  1. Star Wars

  2. The Empire strikes back

  3. Solo - A Star Wars Story
    All i can say is: I love this movie! Such a fun space adventure with likeable characters and a great engaging soundtrack. Watching it, i’m feeling like a 10-year old boy again discovering the magic & fun of Star Wars for the first time.

  4. The Return of the Jedi

  5. The Force Awakens
    I don’t mind the copied A NEW HOPE story structure. Too me it is an entertaining movie that pays tribute to the original trilogy and A NEW HOPE in general.

I can’t rank the other movies since i don’t care about them any more. But for the sake of completeness:

  1. Attack of the Clones
    Strange to say this is my favorite Prequel movie. There is a swelling atmosphere of doom in the story i always liked. And John Williams soundtrack supports that baleful atmosphere very well.

  2. Revenge of the Sith

  3. The Phantom Menace

  4. Rogue One
    Bland and uninteresting. Also irritating fan service and a way too epic final battle.

    (The truth is: Kyle Katarn stole the death star plans.) 😉

  5. The Last Jedi
    This movie is terrible. Last december i left the cinema very dissapointed. I really tried to like TLJ when it arrived on Blu-ray. Some of my comments in the TLJ thread reflect my attempts. But no. The phase of denial is over.

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#1248850
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Lucasfilm gives Cease and Desist to stop production of fan remaster of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
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SilverWook said:

Wasn’t there a fan remake of Dark Forces some years back? Feels more like Disney is behind this than Lucasfilm.

I was looking forward to a Dark Forces mod called Dark XL. In combination with the original game files you could play Dark Forces in higher resolution with better textures & lighting as well as keyboard + mouse support. Unfortunately the developer abandoned the project and left Dark XL stuck in a playable Alpha Build Version with lots of bugs though.

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#1230317
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Episode VIII : The Last Jedi - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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Hardcore Legend said:

DominicCobb said:

SilverWook said:

This could all be fixed if it’s revealed she had a bit of training as a toddler by some forgotten survivor of the Jedi purge. 😉

I’d find that neither satisfying or necessary.

Unless knowledge of how to use the force transferred to her from her mind link with Kylo, the simple fact that she on her own thought to use the Jedi mind trick needs some sort of explanation…unless I am forgetting something.

I suspect that Kylo UNLOCKED her force powers during the interrogation scene. Her force powers were sealed by someone who left her behind on Jakku. A planet so remote that even old Luke Skywalker admitted that Jakku is pretty much nowhere. But who was it? My guess: it was Reys mother. When Snoke was actively looking for young untrained force users, Reys mother hid her on Jakku never to be found by Snoke. Snokes search was successful though: he found Ben Solo.

I’m really hoping we will see Reys mother.

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#1228672
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Episode VIII : The Last Jedi - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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Possessed said:

DrDre said:

yotsuya said:

DrDre said:

yotsuya said:

Shopping Maul said:

I liked Luke’s vibe in TLJ in theory, but the execution bugged me somewhat. Luke in exile was great. Luke reconsidering past events and pondering (as I have as a fan) the idea of Jedi hubris was great. Luke suggesting that the old Jedi orthodoxy had to die was great. All the stuff about the Force and ‘balance’ and how no-one has a particular claim to it was absolutely great.

What I didn’t like so much was the idea of Luke being on the back foot with all this. Having Yoda come back to give Luke a lecture on ‘failure’ annoyed me. Luke transcended his masters in RoTJ. Yoda and Obi Wan wanted Luke to simply kill the bad guys. Luke chose a more personal, Zen route. I’d prefer he’d been doing the grumpy hobo routine in TLJ as an act - similar to Yoda’s initial test in TESB. This could have been his way of forcing Rey to take her destiny into her own hands, a new and different path away from the usual formalised Jedi training routine. Once Rey had flown off to confront Kylo, Luke could have revealed his cunning duplicity to Yoda and they could’ve burned down the Jedi tree together. Then, after Luke’s great skype-battle with Kylo, Rey could’ve realised what he’d done and be like “you sly devil”.

This way he could’ve played the hobo but still been the Luke we all love and respect without being diminished.

If you didn’t notice, the scene with Yoda doesn’t alter the more Zen route he took in ROTJ. Yoda isn’t advising him on the force, he is advising him how to teach. Advising him as a fellow master. I think because Luke was so pivotal, Rian didn’t just have him fill the master/mentor role immediately. He brought back some of that negativity that characterized Luke in ANH and TESB. It created a nice character journey for Luke to take him where he needed to be to help Rey.

The problem of course is, that he didn’t really help Rey, and that she still succeeded despite this. She helped herself to some books, when she was fed up with him, after which Luke sort of rediscovered himself, and was able to create a diversion for the rebels. Ultimately though he wasn’t much of a mentor in this film, except to be an example of how not to be. Yoda told Luke how to be a better teacher, he got to stage an illusion, and then he died before he could pass on what he had learned.

This is Star Wars. Since when is dying a barrier to being a teacher and mentor?

Ehm, since ANH. Force Ghosts can provide guidance, but up until TLJ they couldn’t physically interact with their environment.

False. Obi Wan sat on a log in return of the jedi. 😛

And he touched some twines when he entered the scene, right?

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#1227278
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Handman said:

As long as we condemn everyone who’s done or said something questionable in all the time they’ve been around, there’ll be no one left in Hollywood. No one is infallible.

Well, then Rian Johnson should be worried right now. Back in 2011 he made joke about the Star Wars OT Blu rays. He tweeted “will Lucasfilm release the original cuts or just the cartoon versions?” or something like that.

Just kidding. Of course that tweet has not the same political magnitude like Gunns or Roseanne Barrs tweet. But as you said: No one is infallible.

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#1225841
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Episode VIII : The Last Jedi - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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Just completed my fourth viewing on Blu-ray. The movie really starts to grow on me.

One thing i noticed about the Canto Bight subplot. It wasn’t completely unnecessary. Because DJ got captured along with Finn & Rose he made a deal with the First Order. He showed them how to spot the cloaked Resistance ships on their way to Crait. That forces Holdo to weaponize hyperspace.

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#1221525
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Episode VIII : The Last Jedi - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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NeverarGreat said:

Collipso said:

when i saw the scene my first thought was “how the heck is she alive?”

People have survived being exposed to the vacuum of space before. Also remember that she is surrounded by the air that got blown out of the ship, which she could have subconsciously kept around her using the Force.

IMO the ‘Space Leia’ scene is problematic, because it is heavily switching between movie genres and their specific rules. The overall genre of the STAR WARS movies is science-fantasy. But the movie event of being sucked into space belongs mainly to the science-fiction genre. Being sucked into space is very well ‘documented’ in lots of sci-fi movies and even the dumbest movie-goer knows what happens to a character/person by that event. The rules are clear. But Rian Johnson tries to solve that science-fiction problem with the rules of the science-fantasy genre, let’s say magic, namely the Force. And that is why the scene does not work.

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#1220776
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George Lucas'comments
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Here is another interesting quote from George Lucas. It can be heard on the Return of the Jedi 2004 DVD audio commentary. During the infamous Jedi Rocks scene in Jabbas Palace he says this:

I’m still amused by people that somehow think that when you use cyber technology or digital technology in movies that suddenly it’s fake. But when you look at the scene in here like Jabbas palace. Now there are some digital characters in here, but they are no more less fake than all the other characters are in here. Is a digital character more fake than a big fat rubber character? (laughs) I mean there is nothing real here at all. And it’s hard to say that a rubber character has more integrity than digital character. What i tried to do is make the characters become believable. So they look realistic enough to where you have a suspension the disbelief and accept them as characters, not as tricks. Which is what they all are.

From a philosophical stand point he might be right: cg or rubber - it is a fictional character, hence not real. But Lucas totally undermines the visual quality of both tricks. A rubber character looks more believeable than a CG character, due to his physical nature. Amazing how Lucas, who calls himself a filmmaker, fails to realize the crucial argument why his PT cg characters always got ‘meh’ feedback than his OT rubber characters.

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#1211528
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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SilverWook said:

I liked that the Empire was mostly background in this. I was sure we were going to get a gratuitous cameo of some sort on the bridge of that Star Destroyer that turned up.

I liked that too. No ‘Imperial flags everywhere’/‘we have to rebel’ melancholy. The whole crime syndicate theme was a breath of fresh air. I also liked the Enfys Nest crew. Visually they looked like a Mad Max gang in space. I was surprised that their leader was an attractive young woman. I expected a scarred tough guy with a beard and one eye. The young attractive woman was better though 😉

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#1211519
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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DominicCobb said:

Haarspalter said:

DominicCobb said:

dahmage said:

People only see fan service when they want to.

I actually agree with Mala about all the references that seemed fan servicey to me. But those things didn’t make it a bad film. It was a fun ride for the most part. But I certainly liked all the other recent star wars films more.

I’d say this film had considerably more fan service than Rogue One, though what there was tended to be integrated better (save that red guy, which is worse than anything in RO).

cough, cough

CGI Grand Moff Tarkin & CGI Princess Leia

Edited my post to clarify that I thought the fan service was mostly handled better in Solo, not Rogue One.

I would like to clarify my post too.

I wrote: And thank god no distracting fan service like Rogue One.

What i meant: The writers/producers/directors could have shoved in lots of recognizable stuff (= fan service elements) which is unnecessary for the story they told, like:

The Emperor
Darth Vader
Grand Moff Tarkin
Princess Leia
Death Star
Tatooine
Young Luke Skywalker
Mynocks
Alderaan
AT-ATs
Jedi
Blue milk
Jabba the Hutt
Jabbas the Palace
Rancor
Sarlacc Pit
Dropping-Jabbas-cargo plot point
Boba Fett
Slave One
Coruscant
Talking about the Force
Leading-into-A-New-Hope-Cantina-Scene-at-the-End
etc.

They could have done it - injecting lots of unnecessary star wars stuff - but they didn’t do it. Granted, they mention some of the stuff, but more importantly they did not show them. The present fan service elements were subtle enough for me. They did not distract from the story like in Rogue One.

I stand by my thesis: SOLO is a far superior ‘Star Wars Story’ movie than Rogue One.

Rogue One does not work on its own. It’s a cinematographic parasite that adheres between Episode III & IV. SOLO on the other hand works on its own. A person who never saw a single STAR WARS movie could watch SOLO without any previous knowledge. More so, there is a high possibility that this person falls in love with the universe and would like to see more of it - like A NEW HOPE. Becketts crew is a likeable bunch of scoundrels. The death of every crew member was touching in it’s own way - especially Rios and L3’s death were heart breaking.

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#1211348
Topic
<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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DominicCobb said:

dahmage said:

People only see fan service when they want to.

I actually agree with Mala about all the references that seemed fan servicey to me. But those things didn’t make it a bad film. It was a fun ride for the most part. But I certainly liked all the other recent star wars films more.

I’d say this film had considerably more fan service than Rogue One, though what there was tended to be integrated better (save that red guy, which is worse than anything in RO).

cough, cough

CGI Grand Moff Tarkin & CGI Princess Leia