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#1226782
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Has Star Wars finally "jumped the shark"?
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Well I know I don’t have to go see it, I have yet to see Solo and honestly I don’t think I will for a very long time. I’m just saying it would be nice if there was a little more variety. But at the moment, I think the production schedules are just too small. I think we can all agree that Rouge One needed a little time in the oven with character development and TLJ could have used some time as well (I’m not going to get into TLJ because I don’t want to open that can of worms today).

I just think that once every couple years at least would not only give them more breathing room, but it might tighten up the scripts. You know what I mean? Not only that, but it would give the community time to get hype built up. It feels like the hype machine can’t catch up with how fast they’re putting these movies out, when it should be the other way around. Now admittedly I hate hype culture and I do my damnedest to stay away from it, but let’s be honest, TFA and RO had a lot of hype and it was really hard not to get excited for those films.

It’s not even a critique of the films themselves. I can take a sub-par Star Wars movie or five (all the s**t I talk about RO and TFA is nitpicking for the sake of nitpicking, I actually dig those flicks). I’ve been cool with that since The Caravan of Courage. Sorry for the wall of text, I ramble when I have a couple drinks after work 😃

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#1226679
Topic
Has Star Wars finally "jumped the shark"?
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I don’t it has “jumped the shark”. My issue with the new films is how fast they’ve been cranking this shit out. They aren’t giving the new movies any room to breath. The Force Awakens was a decent 6-6.5/10 flick but it was kinda relying too heavily on it’s sequel to pick up it’s slack. Rouge One was a nice change of pace and it was a nice appetizer before the main course (The Last Jedi). My biggest issue with RO was well, spoiler alert: they get the Death Star plans and personally I find the exhaust port thing being a flaw to be revisionist history. But that’s just par for the course with Star Wars. Then, The Last Jedi comes out and I’d say a solid 1/4 of the fanbase’s reception to the movie was negative (myself included). Then, about a week after TLJ hits video, Solo is out. I hadn’t even digested TLJ yet and next thing I know I see a trailer for Solo and it comes out in a week. Like, how didn’t I hear about this? (I guess I shouldn’t take long breaks from this site)

It’s not that I want Star Wars to be a “rare event”, I just don’t have the time for the Marvel movies. I don’t wanna see 3 films in the same series a year. Is it too much to ask just to space out the movies another year or two?

I want time to digest a movie. If Star Wars went the direction of the X-Men movies, with one every year or two (or 3) taking place in different eras, with different characters doing different things I’d be fine with it. But so far, it’s all people fighting Stormtroopers, flying X-wings, Shooting TIE Fighters, etc.

I mean, other than TFA and TLJ, everything has been ANOTHER fucking prequel. Is a whole TV series, and two feature films in the same era not enough? What about a movie or TV show that takes place in between the OT and the ST? The era everyone wants to know about?

It all just feels like more of the same, and it feels like I’m having things pushed on me I don’t want.

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#1203697
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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DuracellEnergizer said:

TPM’s characters aren’t great, neither is the acting, and the story’s a mess, but the movie wasn’t so flawed that it singlehandedly killed the PT; two great sequels could’ve made up for its shortcomings. Neither AOTC nor ROTS have that saving grace; they introduced more and greater flaws, undermining the PT’s foundation further, spoiling any chance for course correction.

That’s my perspective, anyway.

Sure, the plot in TPM is a mess, dialogue is stiff, characters are boring and Jar-Jar is… Jar Jar. But what I love about it is the fun and intense Star Wars action set-pieces and the movie moves at such a frantic pace, that I never get bored watching it until you get to Coruscant. But hey, that’s why they invented the “skip chapter” button on the front of every DVD player ever made. After that the movie picks right back up.

It’s become a guilty pleasure of mine over the past couple years, because it’s embarrassing Star Wars porn and I love it.

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#1172150
Topic
Dealing with People Selling Fan Projects
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dylanv1025 said:

LordZerome1080 said:

Found another one. https://m.ebay.com/itm/Star-Wars-Original-Trilogy-Despecialized-Edition-3-Blu-Ray-Set-SEALED-BRAND-NEW/162905430089?hash=item25edeb9849:g:FvoAAOSwIFtZ~TN1

Wtf, how did he get it “sealed”?

I work at a Party City and we sell giant rolls of cello wrap. It isn’t hard to wrap things in it, you just have to be good at wrapping and gluing. What would be REALLY impressive is if they were shrink wrapped.

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#1166850
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Why was this user banned? thread.
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TV’s Frink said:

J0E said:

Why was Ric Olie banned? When will he be back?

The no fun police decided to put a zero-sock policy in place and apply it retroactively. Not even the best ever sock of all time was allowed, despite previously being allowed for several years, once the decision was made.

I’m still pretty darn mad about it honestly. So thanks for scratching at that old wound.

Shit dude I was just memeing, I’m sorry.

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#1163821
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Drugs, ranked
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ChainsawAsh said:

yhwx said:

At the risk of sounding lame, I don’t really approve of this thread.

Understandable. For the record, other than pot I don’t do drugs particularly frequently anymore - coke 3-5 times a year at most, MDMA slightly more often, LSD 2-3 times a year, and the rest are pretty much once a year or less, or I tried them before and probably won’t do them again.

And I have my limits - I won’t touch heroin, crack, meth, etc. ever in my life. I’ve seen what those do to people and I don’t want any part of that. And I’m pretty careful about how frequently I do things like coke, which is IMO my worst vice.

Frankly, I think alcohol is much worse than most of the other things I’ve listed here. (Though I say that as I sip a bourbon and ginger beer…)

I honestly only ever got drunk once in highschool at my friend’s grad party. I’ll have the occasional beer during baseball season but that’s it.

With weed, I can’t smoke it. The first drug I ever did was spice and I had a seizure at school. After that, I feel like I’m gonna have another experience whenever I even take a toke. I’d much rather drink Redbull, trip on shrooms and watch some Space 1999.

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#1162832
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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ray_afraid said:

J0E said:

You can pick apart the OT Plinkett style if you wanted to.

People say this, but nobody does because nobody can.
We’re back to the ol’ “There all bad movies!” argument again. bluh.

You completely missed the point.

Never once did I say “they’re all bad movies”. I said that the plot takes a back seat to the characters and character interactions. I’m willing to suspend my disbelieve at the holes in Star Wars, the few holes in Empire, and the massive holes and tonal shifts in Jedi because I’m invested in the characters.

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#1162731
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Valheru_84 said:

Ok…so for someone that really doesn’t like TLJ (just shy of hate) and hates what RJ and Disney have done to SW with TLJ, this analysis video is absolutely beautiful! That is not to say that it’s not also very watchable / listenable by people that like the movie as he does a great job on remaining pretty unbiased and simply poses logical questions and really explains where his point of view comes from.

It is in similar vein to the Red Letter Media detailed critical analysis videos of the prequels and equally as long, if not longer. This is only the first of 3 parts and it’s 1hr and 22min by itself but it’s interesting and on point from start to finish, I had no trouble listening the whole way through.

It is very much a detailed and in depth movie critique rather than the usual ranting review or opinion piece from one or another of the varying extreme views out there (and therefore there are no pre-warnings required for this video 😉 ):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw7pcCj0ORk

Val

I’ve seen it, and personally I’m not a fan of the Plinkett style reviews, at least in terms of Star Wars. For the most part, this guy is just picking apart the plot scene by scene. As far as I’m concerned, the plot has always been a backdrop for the characters, and harping on it is completely missing the point. You can pick apart the OT Plinkett style if you wanted to. My biggest problem with The Last Jedi are the inconsistencies in tone and inconsistencies in characters from The Force Awakens and the previous films.

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#1160897
Topic
The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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TV’s Frink said:

J0E said:

TV’s Frink said:

J0E said:

with how dumb it was not to let a loose cannon like Poe who openly disobeys orders in on the plan

And what happens when they let him in on the plan and he disagrees with it? He blows it up.

I got no problem with that.

Like I said, a nit-pick

But that’s not what it is. A nit-pick is a minor complaint that makes sense. Your Poe complaint doesn’t make sense.

Okay? I don’t see what the point is in being hung up on my minor points that I dismissed immediately in my original post. The larger point of my post was that I fundamentally disagree with Rey’s characterization in this film, because it feels like her arc isn’t earned.

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#1160834
Topic
The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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TV’s Frink said:

J0E said:

with how dumb it was not to let a loose cannon like Poe who openly disobeys orders in on the plan

And what happens when they let him in on the plan and he disagrees with it? He blows it up.

I got no problem with that.

Like I said, a nit-pick, I could harp on nit-picks all day, as I did with my initial viewing. But in doing so, I ignored everything the film did well. But I don’t care about arguing about a handful of things I like/dislike. I just wanted to share my thoughts on the characterization of Rey.

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#1160752
Topic
The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Collipso said:

J0E said:

[…] “Muh-Rey Suuuue” […]

I wouldn’t advise using that term, but you didn’t really use it seriously or anything so I think it’s ok. Just don’t use it.

I thought it was pretty clear that I was mocking people who use it, just merely stating I can see their perspective. I’ll keep that in mind, thanks.

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#1160732
Topic
The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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I just got back from my second viewing of The Last Jedi. I loved it and hatted it even more with my second viewing.

disclamer
I REFUSED to see anything about the movie before my first viewing Sunday night of opening weekend, not a single youtube video speculating, not a single review, not even anything beyond the first trailer. I wanted to go into it completely open minded and was genuinely disappointed by no preconceived expectations.

I did not take issue with the film because I “hate wamen”, I did not dislike the movie because my favorite youtube cringe-lord fan theorist was wrong. I loved TFA and I will admit, I see where the crowd that shouts “Muh-Rey Suuuue” are coming from, but I felt that she was actually a good character. When Luke in SW77 was presented with his call to adventure, at first he rejected it because he cared about helping his family. When his family was killed he accepted the call and went with Ben. Rey on the other hand, rejected her call to adventure almost throughout the entirety of the film, even when multiple people told her that her parents were never coming back and she really doesn’t fully accept it. To me, that was the most compelling aspect to her character and her charismatic performance just sold it to me on repeat viewings. I LOVED TFA, and I felt Rey’s character was a clever inverse of Luke.

I stick by my critique of the Casino planet pacing issue, with how dumb it was not to let a loose cannon like Poe who openly disobeys orders in on the plan, how every tense and dramatic scene was undercut by a joke that made me groan and cringe (a la Guardians of the Galaxy), how inconsistent the tone was, how strange the pacing was at times beyond the casino planet, the weird social commentary etc. These are all nitpicks, that have varying degrees of impact on the movie. Some large, some small.

What I found the most disappointing was Rey. I loved seeing her flirting with her darker temptations and her training as well as the Heroes come from nowhere angle (until it had the subtlety of a ballistic missile in the ending shot of the film). I really would have liked to see Rey grow more as a person. Earlier, when I thought her character was a clever inverse of Luke, I thought that after training with Luke she would have accepted her parents would never come back and been a better person. Or that she would have had a moment of weakness like Luke when he was training and rushed to face Kylo, which she does. But by the end of the movie, it feels like she learned nothing. It feels like she was overtly told that Heroes come from nowhere and by extension the audience. It doesn’t feel like she GROWS.

There are a lot of things I liked and a lot of things I disliked, but that’s the one thing that’s been on my nerves since I saw the movie a second time. If you’ve made it this far, God bless if you believe in that sort of thing.

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#1158046
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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ray_afraid said:

Michael Ward said:

I had to go to Wal-Mart and by the Blu-Ray collection for all three. I’ll probably never even watch those.

All I have are receipts showing that I bought a copy and sold it.
Those two receipts are my entire Star Wars collection.

I mean, I agree with everyone else that this goes against the rules, but I picked up my copy of The Complete Saga for 25$ second hand at a garage sale (which I still own). At least Lucasfilm got their cut from you. I refuse to buy the original trilogy (or the prequel trilogy) at retail price AGAIN until the original versions are presented in passable quality. They’ve got my money from the 2000 VHS copies, the 2006 DVD’s and the prequels in theaters (and the 3D re-release of The Phantom Menace).

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#1155567
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Random Thoughts
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paja said:

J0E said:

suspiciouscoffee said:

Sometime in the future, a new user joins named ana. ana is a troll with ties to violent gang-related business in the outside world, and seems to be attempting to recruit members from this site into his gang for some reason. It is generally agreed that he should be removed. The moderator gang of the site declares war. The mods banned ana.

I tried to buy the Despecialized Editions from him but I just got a gram of Black Tar Heroin in the mail instead. No wonder they call him Duracell Energizer…

Disclaimer: I did not try to buy any fan projects nor did Duracell Energizer sell any fan projects (or drugs) that I’m aware of. This post is purely satire.

“This post is purely satire.”

Are you sure?

As sure as I have a heroin addiction

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#1155450
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Star wars trilogy 1997 Special Editions
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I have no idea where you would find them, maybe on Usenet but I have no idea how to use that site so I’d be of no help there. Myspleen currently isn’t allowing invites and I hardly use the site to begin with. I’d try and look around the site. If you’re in the PAL region, I know there’s some Standard Definition television rips formatted for DVD5’s. I’ve heard they’re floating around but I’ve never come across them so I have no idea if the quality is that good or not. I’d suggest looking around other threads. Sorry I’m much help when it comes to the Special Editions.

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#1155373
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Star wars trilogy 1997 Special Editions
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Welcome to the site bro. There’s currently a project dedicated to preserving the '97 Special Editions (http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/1997-Star-Wars-Special-Edition-35mm-Project/id/56979). I’m sure that someone out there that has the VHS or Laserdisc on whatever language your looking for will add it. I don’t know of any VHS preservations but you might get lucky looking for a Laserdisc preservation. Harmy has a preservation of the '97 version of A New Hope. It might have the language you’re looking for. You can find that here (https://goo.gl/1WGHBA). And here’s the thread (http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Harmys-STAR-WARS-Respecialized-Edition-97-AVCHD-and-MKV-now-out/id/16682/page/13#1091171)

May the force be with you.