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Puggo - Jar Jar's Yoda

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#1305662
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Why don't people hate the Palpatine re-casting in ESB yet despise Force ghost Anakin's re-casting in RotJ?
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I hate both changes. I thought that Clive’s emperor was delightfully creepy and almost mechanoid looking. I also liked Shaw’s ghost for the sense that we finally get to meet the nice Anakin that Obiwan talked about. The replacement Anakin ghost doesn’t have that effect because he never seemed nice in the prequels. Another example of how the prequels messed up a perfectly good saga.

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#1305333
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - <em><strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong></em>
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Smoking Lizard said:
I have long tried to understand why fans like this dreck so much and the only things I can come up with are nostalgia, community identity, and brand loyalty.

No way. Indeed I liked Mandalorian and I liked TFA, RO, and Solo, but I didn’t like any of the prequels (especially ROTS), and I didn’t like TLJ. They’re all just movies and each have their own strengths and weaknesses.

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#1305329
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - <em><strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong></em>
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One of the reasons I liked the show so much was the pacing. Too many of today’s sci-fi efforts (prequel and sequel SW included) are just non-stop or over-the-top action and after a while it becomes numbing. This one had pacing like the original SW, with slow parts that give you time to sink into the story. It also never got ridiculous or silly, like Canto Bight or the worst parts of ROTS. And the action scenes looked realistic and gritty.

Was the staircase (that looked so much like the one in Jabba’s palace) an easter egg?

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#1287523
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Help Me Understand Empire Strikes Back?
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Of the three, I still think that the original '77 is the best. In fact, I always considered TESB as a much weaker movie, and largely still do. SW is almost a perfect movie, with a great pacing and cohesion, and every scene being important to the plot development. By contrast, TESB to me always seemed like a series of imaginative scenes, rather than a single movie, and some of the scenes are largely irrelevant - the asteroid cave scene to me always seemed silly and extremely unrealistic (gravity, for starters). However, it has two very strong elements - (1) Yoda and the deeper exploration of the spiritual elements, and (2) the climactic scene when Vader puts Han in the freezer. The timing in the latter is really excellent, and everyone’s acting (particularly Carrie and Harrison’s) is top notch. It’s also surprisingly realistic - pretty much how a cruel tyrant and an arrogant victim would likely interact. Vader wastes no time (unlike the emperor in ROTJ where the interaction drags on and becomes unbelievable). So lately I have come to appreciate TESB much more than I did when I was younger. But SW is still my favorite.

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#1280785
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<strong>Moon</strong> - an appreciation thread : (2009 film by Duncan Jones) (<strong>NEWS</strong>)
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CHEWBAKAspelledwrong said:

Puggo - Jar Jar’s Yoda said:

Just watched it, as a result of reading this thread.
Pretty intense movie. Almost disturbing.

But did you like it?

I was impressed by it. The plot construction, and gradual reveal of what was going on, was really ingenious. Did I enjoy it? Hmmm, most of the movie was depressing. The ending was very satisfying, though. And I really liked how the computer’s character arc changed over the course of the movie.

There is one particular brief exchange between the computer and Sam that at the end of the movie turned out to be very prophetic in retrospect. But I think saying it here would be a spoiler.

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#1278990
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Crime in your life
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When I was in my 20’s, my apartment was broken into and I was cleaned out. That is the only significant crime that happened directly to me.

However, my 75 year old aunt was a very recent victim of a more serious crime. She was a victim of one of those telephone kidnapping scams. The perpetrators convinced her that her daughter was kidnapped, and had her running around the state for over 30 hours, extorting her for $8000 over that period. Although she eventually learned that it was a hoax, and that her daughter was fine, the experience was extremely traumatizing. It happened about a month ago, and she is still suffering from PTSD symptoms.

Everyone needs to be made aware of this scam. If you get a phone call saying that a loved one has been kidnapped, it is useful to know the typical specifics of the scam: (1) they impersonate your loved one with screaming sounds in the background, (2) they insist that you stay on the phone and NEVER hang up, (3) they keep you moving non-stop, (4) they may spoof your loved-one’s phone so you think that they have his/her cell phone, (5) they claim that actually they are hitmen and that your loved-one was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, witnessing their hit (this latter is to convince you that they have no problem killing him/her).

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#1262962
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What has kept me so busy the past couple of years...
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The two books I’ve been working on are finally finished and on the market. 2nd edition of my previous book (major revisions), and 1st edition of a new one:
https://www.amazon.com/Computer-Graphics-Programming-OpenGL-JAVA/dp/1683922190
https://www.amazon.com/COMPUTER-GRAPHICS-PROGRAMMING-OPENGL-C-ebook/dp/B07MHD8TKB

Some light bedtime reading…