I just lost a lifelong friend to Covid. Almost another - he was in the hospital for 10 days but finally got better. This is serious stuff. My wife just got vaccinated (she’s a doctor). Such a relief.
Can’t decide between Sarah Vaughn and Yoko Ono.
Fabulous episode, maybe my favorite so far. Really liked the bartender, and the sandpeople. And I’m glad they’re not over-using baby yoda’s force skills. I was afraid they were going to have him stop the dragon.
Looked like they even went back to some of the same spots where R2D2 had gotten lost in ANH.
The reason I say Peter Cushing, is because of the original question. As a SW mega-fan, the performances of Hamill, Ford, et al are all perfect, and ignited a whole new cinematic world.
BUT, if I try my hardest to step back and view the movies totally objectively, from the viewpoint of a director, playwright, or film aficionado, there is a pretty fair amount of what would typically be called “bad acting” in the OT. I even remember myself (and friends of mine) thinking this in 1977 (but that didn’t stop us from loving the movies). A LOT of critical reviews at the time also gave the film low marks for acting quality, which should come as no surprise given Lucas’ decision to cast mostly unknowns in the lead roles.
However, Cushing’s performance is an exception. At no time is he anything but completely believable. He never looks like he is reading his lines, faking an emotion, or over-acting. His inflection is outstanding and his experience as a dramatic actor are evident. In a setting that is always teetering on the edge of slipping into caricature, he makes the dark world he inhabits real and scary. And whereas some of the actors at times look like they are having trouble buying into what must have seemed at the time like a bad B-movie low mark on their career, Cushing looks 100% immersed, like he took the role very seriously and gave it his Shakespearean best.
BTW, with regards to my “bad acting” comment, above, the prequels make everyone in the OT look like Lawrence Olivier and Ingrid Bergman by comparison.
Peter Cushing, hands down.
5/4 is actually Dave Brubeck Day.
The single worst argument I ever heard was - and I kid you not - … “haha, those old 1977 special effects were so bad, just look at that scene of Han meeting Jabba.”
I disabled Cortana,
How did you do that? I thought they made it impervious.
Ellis Marsalis, Bucky Pizzarelli, Mike Longo.
(more jazz musicians who have succumbed to Covid-19.
Wallace Roney (59) - jazz trumpet player (of Covid-19).
Having watched it in the theater 5 times in 1977, and changing my life in the process, this film will always be “Star Wars” to me.
A careful review of all the different releases and comparing them to the timeline shows that the original May 1977 version of the film (see Moth3r’s bootleg and Puggo Grand) had 4 differences. 3 FX shots and the end credits. Not to mention the soundtrack.
I’m curious, which FX shots are replacements?
When the Falcon leaves Tatooine, the shot of the Star Destroyer shooting at it, then the composite shot of the Yavin IV temple when Leia et al arrive, and then the shot with the Rebel lookout when the Rebel fighters blast off. There are subtle differences between those shots in Moth3r’s bootleg, Puggo Grand, JSC, and SWE and those same shots in Definitive Collection, Faces, GOUT, SSE, 4K77, and all the non-English versions (German, Spanish, and French specifically). Two of the were changed for the SE. Because SSE, 4K77 and all the non-English versions (even the earliest pan&scan releases) match the Definitive Collection and GOUT, the change had to be made for the late 77 release and they must have used a modified copy of the May 1977 edit for the early English language home video releases which would explain the JSC and SWE. But thanks to them we have them in widescreen. They aren’t too noticeable upscaled to 720p and spliced into 4K77.
I’m not sure if those shots are actually different. Having captured the 16mm myself for PG (and PE), I can say there are many ways I could have captured it, which would have led to differences is appearance. The one and only proven shot difference that any of my 16mm captures uncovered was in ESB when Luke was rescued from Cloud City. That caused a bit of a stir, I might add.
My only gripe about the last two episodes is the repeated speeches, by literally everyone, along the lines of: let’s not give up, we’ve got this, all right? Are we ready? let’s do this, etc etc. I don’t know if I’m being clear here, but it seems there’s some heavy overdone pep talk every 10 minutes. I’m finding those tiresome.
I was listening on headphones, and was pretty sure I heard it. Of course they had to give the Master a way out.
I thought the idea of time lord cybermen was ingenious, and I loved their outfits. It’s a natural that they’d want to save them on some level for later use.
So, did I hear the Master say “everyone in here!” just before the particle was released?
As much as I am loving this Doctor, and the stories, I have to admit that the current crop of companions are a lot like Adric back in the old days… kinda bland.
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I’ve really enjoyed the Priscilla Hutchins series by Jack Mcdevitt.
Anyone else seen the blu ray of the 1932 Carl Dreyer (German) movie “Vampyr”?
I just got it and watched the movie for the first time in about 25 years. What a great film - it’s now my favorite vampire movie. Like a cross between Nosferatu and Blair Witch. So creepy! And the transfer is amazing.
The packaging is great too, with the inclusion of the related short stories, Carmilla being the most noteworthy.
I also really liked the twist that nobody seems to know what the force is, or what the Jedi are, or who Yoda is. It also means that they have had to infer that this baby Yoda is something important because these bad former imperial folks want it so badly. And right away, the viewer knows a lot more than the characters. It’s a great device, and I hope that the producers continue to use it wisely.
And yes, bringing in “saga” elements would be a sure-fire way to doom the series.
We already had seen his face. Admittedly he was a bit young, but technically the reveal happened very early in the series.
Ep. 8 was probably my least favorite. The effects were a bit cheesy in spots, and the dialogue was forced sometimes. But this was a wonderful series, and I’ll probably go back and re-watch them all.
Wow, strongest episode yet! Some nice developments in the music, too.
Speaking of which, I just learned that an old high school buddy of mine is playing percussion in the music.
For most of the episode, I was wondering why the Twilek was there – she wasn’t doing anything (other than prancing, hissing, and saying snarky things). Then at the end when she fought against Mando it suddenly was clear that she was a frighteningly good warrior. That was a nice touch, holding off on showing her capabilities and then saving the answer to the nagging doubt about why she is on the mission, until near the end.
The only thing I didn’t care for was all the hissing, and looking like vampires. Other than that, this was a really fun episode. I especially liked that Mando prevailed mainly because of his cleverness, not just his strength. Interesting that he got paid, even though the hiring organization essentially went from one prisoner to three prisoners. I guess that guy was more important than the other three.