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#1215292
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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:

I don’t buy the “protest” argument at all (seems a little tin foil hat to me). If hardcore fans didn’t like TLJ, they probably know that Solo has nothing to do with it. IX’s performance will be a better indicator of the true response to VIII. I think the “boycott Soylo” group is a pretty minor demo, especially considering most of those people probably saw it anyway.

It’s all speculation, and I agree that IX’s numbers will be a better indicator. I think they’ll be worse than TLJ’s unless there are some clear indicators from Disney that they’re changing direction.

As always with SW, the fact of the matter is most of the audience is made up of casual fans at best. For them I think the main reason is that they still see Star Wars as one single franchise, whereas something like Marvel is a combination of different franchises (which is to say nothing of the fact that Solo’s performance is roughly on par with most Marvel origin movies). I do think the five month gap probably hurt it, as people aren’t used to so much SW at once, and checked out when they felt this one was skippable.

Unless TLJ is what told them it was skippable, because Star Wars itself has become skippable.

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#1215281
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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RO ended up doing over a billion worldwide and Solo isn’t going to get anywhere close to that.

I’m not buying into the “Star Wars fatigue” argument. There’s a new comic book movie every other week and they’re all doing well. People binge 10 hours of TV in a weekend. Seeing a few hours of Star Wars 5 months ago isn’t going to stop fans from seeing another few hours of Star Wars movie now.

Many claim it’s only a “vocal minority” who aren’t happy with the direction Star Wars is headed, but I think there’s a bit of a protest vote going on here and it didn’t matter whether Solo was actually good or not. TLJ did some damage.

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#1213449
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Trident said:

I don’t know. I guess I’m just thinking being oversensitive sort of short-changes the chances to actually fix problems instead of just muffling them up.

Nobody is allowed to be remorseful anymore. Whatever you’ve done, and to whatever degree, can only be rectified by your career ending and you going away forever. And if you do apologize, you’ll only be ripped into more fiercely.

Republicans have learned this, which is why they rarely apologize. It’s better to deny, deny, deny, and wait for it to pass out of the current news cycle, because there’s always something new waiting to offend people if you give it a few days.

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#1213349
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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:

Jay said:

DominicCobb said:

TV’s Frink said:

darthrush said:

Overall, RJ took a few risks but didn’t go nearly far enough to get away from remixing elements of other SW movies.

So he should have made 90% of people hate it instead of 50% of people hate it?

Haha this is good.

My post was going to be

“So he could only make the creative decisions you wanted him to make, not the ones he wanted.”

Isn’t this a summary of most opinions? “I like this, I didn’t like that, and I wish they’d done this other thing instead.”

The logic behind your line of thinking is sound though, because TFA was applauded — and Disney commercially rewarded — for following the formula.

K

Thanks for the thoughtful response!

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#1213340
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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:

TV’s Frink said:

darthrush said:

Overall, RJ took a few risks but didn’t go nearly far enough to get away from remixing elements of other SW movies.

So he should have made 90% of people hate it instead of 50% of people hate it?

Haha this is good.

My post was going to be

“So he could only make the creative decisions you wanted him to make, not the ones he wanted.”

Isn’t this a summary of most opinions? “I like this, I didn’t like that, and I wish they’d done this other thing instead.”

The logic behind your line of thinking is sound though, because TFA was applauded — and Disney commercially rewarded — for following the formula.

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#1213018
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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moviefreakedmind said:

If you care about this video game, but don’t care about gun control, then you’re not interested in actually addressing what is causing these shootings.

I care about the publisher’s right to make and sell the game. I also care about sensible gun control.

The discussion about private platforms and their effect on speech is interesting, partly because it forces right-leaning folks to debate capitalism vs. free speech. When a private platform becomes ubiquitous, its decisions about what content is acceptable and what content gets blocked or demonetized affects the course of the discussion and potentially the culture itself. However, a private platform isn’t obligated to remain fair or provide all sides with an equal voice. YouTube was brought up previously as an example.

Steam falls under the same umbrella, I think. It’s the biggest PC game retailer by far. It’s arguable that it’s very difficult to succeed as a PC game developer without distributing via Steam, so if Steam drops your game, things are going to get a lot tougher on you. Steam isn’t obligated to support you, however.

Once access to a private platform becomes a requirement for visibility and success, does the platform have an obligation that goes beyond its own financial interests?

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#1213011
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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DrDre said:

While this review is for TLJ it sort of sums up how I feel about the current state of the franchise, and the addition of Solo to the list of feature films:

https://www.google.nl/amp/s/www.popmatters.com/star-wars-the-last-jedi-death-spirit-review-2517583409.amp.html

This quote sums it up pretty well:

“These films of oppression and resistance, good and evil are restrictive in their scope, their multi episode continuation an echo chamber that would best left to the silence of imagination over big screen realisation. Star Wars has become a broken record, with a faulty premise of philosophical balance, that can only be handled appropriately by breaking its defined structure.”

While Solo is not a bad film in my view, and I liked both TFA and RO, I’m sick to death of the current franchise’s self-referential nature, and its tendency to revisit past hits. The announcement of a Boba Fett film on the day of Solo’s release only reinforces this view, and I dislike it intensely. Star Wars used to spark the imagination. These new films stiffle the imagination by either giving us distorted versions of what came before (ST), or by filling in the blanks with backstory and fan service (RO and Solo). So, while I found some enjoyment watching Solo, I can’t help but feel empty after yet another entry in the continuing Star Wars franchise, which sadly grows much faster in volume than in original content.

Nailed it.

TLJ gets some respect from me for trying to break the mold and be something different, even if it fell flat in many ways, and I blame it only partially for its “failures” because it was forced to deal with the deficient story of TFA — a boring retread.

I’d gladly wait another three years if I thought the extra time would make IX a better movie, but with all the excuses they’re making for Solo’s box office bomb, I don’t have high hopes that they’re going to take any lessons from it and rethink their direction.

Haven’t seen Solo yet and won’t judge it based on others’ reviews (I liked RO more than I thought I would), but I’m probably waiting for Netflix like I did with RO. These side story films don’t excite me the same way the numbered episodes do, but I don’t dislike the extra bit of flavor they add to the galaxy.

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#1212685
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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moviefreakedmind said:

DominicCobb said:

Roseanne is straight up racist.

I don’t know. She said something racist. I don’t know if that makes her racist. She actually had an episode about unconscious racism where she called out white people for unwittingly judging black people. Like I said in that list, you’d have to get rid of Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, and a ton of others if you judge people by one stupid statement.

I watched the reboot and the Yemeni/Muslim neighbor episode was the best one in my opinion. Anyone who called it racist or Islamophobic completely missed the point. And never mind that there are regular cast members on the show who are black, so calling Roseanne racist or the show racist implies that these cast members don’t know enough to make their own decisions about who they work with, which is condescending.

One of the reasons for the show’s popularity is that it represents how American families not drowning in PC culture actually talk in their private lives. Lots of people have weird ideas about other people, but that doesn’t mean they’re malicious in their intent or full-on racist.

However, everyone should know by now that comparing people with dark skin to apes has racist connotations (which is why it’s silly that some on the right are calling out Bill Maher for comparing Trump to an orangutan…it’s not the same thing). You just don’t do it.

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#1212467
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ROBOTECH: The Deculture Collection
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Thanks for picking this up and completing it. I just suffered through the remastered edition on Netflix without realizing this was available. Beautiful work.

One thing I noticed on the first two episodes: after the opening credits, the audio is pushed heavily toward the right channel. The rest of the episodes seem fine, with dialog anchored to the center. I’ve tested it on both my Mac and Windows 10 machine with the same results. Is this just a quirk in the original mix?

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#1211710
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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moviefreakedmind said:

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/05/jordan-peterson-does-not-support-equality-of-opportunity.html

Another great article on Jordan Peterson hypocrisy.

moviefreakedmind said:

Excellent exposé of Jordan Peterson associate, alt-right apologist, and hypocrite Dave Rubin:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/free-speech-true-believer-dave-rubin-the-top-talker-of-the-intellectual-dark-web-doesnt-want-to-talk-about-his-own-ideas

If Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin are everything these writers say, why not just link directly to their talks/lectures so people can see for themselves instead of always pointing to editorials? It’s odd to me that there are literally hundreds of hours of footage and podcasts of both men available online at no cost, yet you rely primarily on editorials (again, editorials) about them to make your point rather than the words of the men themselves.

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#1211294
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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TV’s Frink said:

Both sides are definitely full of it. I think one side is significantly fuller of it but I might just be full of it myself.

Analyzing my own behavior and thought patterns forced me to arrive at the following conclusion regarding my own biases: the issues I care about most tend to be issues championed by Democrats (with a few significant exceptions), so it was easy for me to fall into the trap of seeing Republicans as “worse” and buy into negative depictions of conservatives. If I were as passionate about the issues conservatives tend to be passionate about, I’d quite likely view progressives as “worse”.

Our bias and self-confidence convince us that what we believe is obviously the most reasonable belief, and anyone who disagrees must be missing something, when what’s usually missing is just a bit of perspective, and perspective is difficult to maintain when feelings are involved. And because politics involve people at every level, feelings are always involved.

True objectivity is hard.

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#1211282
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New 4K releases - but are they any good?
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LexX said:

Jay said:

Some of my favorite Blu-ray releases are just clean 2K scans with minimal cleanup. Verhoeven’s RoboCop and Total Recall remasters look amazing.

Have they remastered Total Recall too? If yes then that has gone by me completely.

Since they’ve already done a 4K remaster for RoboCop BD release, hopefully they release it on 4K soon too!

I have this one, but it’s no longer in print:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Total-Recall-Blu-ray/42963/

I think this later release has the same disc/master:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Total-Recall-Blu-ray/121027/

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#1211245
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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suspiciouscoffee said:

Gotta love whataboutism.

“Whataboutism” is a logical fallacy when the purpose of the argument is to deflect from the original topic of debate and potentially shift the blame to the other side. I’m saying both sides are full of it.

That’s the beauty of dropping party affiliation; you no longer feel the need to defend “your side” and all bullshit is laid bare.

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#1211206
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New 4K releases - but are they any good?
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SilverWook said:

Of course they have better resolution, but actors shouldn’t look like wax works. Predator is a prime example of this. The early Blu-Ray release, even though it’s an MPEG 2 encode, is way better.

Yes. The second release was a DNR nightmare.

Some of my favorite Blu-ray releases are just clean 2K scans with minimal cleanup. Verhoeven’s RoboCop and Total Recall remasters look amazing. Paramount could do the same with the Trek films and most fans would be thrilled.

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#1211200
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New 4K releases - but are they any good?
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moviefreakedmind said:

Even if you’re going to say that they were lazy output, they still look far better than VHS, laserdisc, and DVD.

That shouldn’t be the yardstick. I’ve seen the “it’s better than the [insert previous release]” justification for decades, and it doesn’t really cut it. The truth is that you actually have to try to make a Blu-ray bad; excessive DNR and weird sound mixes don’t happen on their own.

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#1211155
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New 4K releases - but are they any good?
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The screen grabs in the blu-ray.com review look a lot closer to the original DVD release, which I remember as being somewhat desaturated, with a green cast that made scenes in the Matrix look kind of brown overall.

Not that we should be using DVD as a reference, but the original Blu-ray release was way over the top green.

moviefreakedmind said:

LexX said:

Many BD releases have gotten good video/audio reviews, like Jurassic Park, 007 films, Back to the Future etc. but on this forum people have had a different opinion as they have older releases and possibly even original audio tracks or film reels to make their point.

I’m just going to be completely honest with you, and some people here may get pissed off at me, but most people on here just generally aren’t the experts that they think they are, and that’s putting it extremely politely. Just because someone on this forum thinks that old laserdiscs or DVDs look better than a perfectly fine blu ray doesn’t mean that you should listen to them. The 007 films look great on blu ray, except for Goldeneye which wasn’t restored. But even Goldeneye still looks better than it did on DVD and VHS. I’m going to go out on a limb and wager that over 99% of blu ray releases are better than any previous home video presentation of the film in question. I think the OUT and the “accurate” (however the hell that’s even judged) Star Wars color obsession has gotten many people on this site to think that all modern home video is questionable and all old home video is inherently accurate when that’s not true at all.

I agree with you in general (especially about people citing old NTSC releases as color references, which is insane), but you picked a bad example. The 007 films aren’t all terrible, but even if we set the color timing aside (which I’m certainly no expert on), the DNR trashed a lot of those discs. I have the box set and on a 50" 1080p display, it’s obvious they made a poor effort. The Bond and Star Trek films (OS and TNG) are shining examples of lazy studio output.