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#1166218
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Pictures of screenings of TFA, R1 and TLJ in 35mm / 70mm / Dolby Cinema?
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IMAX laser can be the full 1.43:1 ratio or it can be it can be cropped vertically to 1.9:1. You just have to ask the specific theater to find out.

I saw TFA in full 70mm IMAX in Indianapolis and it was glorious.

I saw Rogue One in standard digital IMAX 3-D, but on a full size IMAX screen (not a post-converted “LieMAX” Screen) in Phoenix. I was actually surprised at how good it looked. Far and away the best 3-D presentation I’ve ever seen. It was a surprisingly enjoyable and memorable experience. Though I’ll admit I was glad I had already seen the film twice in 2-D previously, so I was able to really focus on enjoying the 3-D part of the viewing experience.

I saw Dunkirk in Austin, TX on a full size 1.43:1 IMAX Laser (actually the biggest screen in TX) as my first experience seeing IMAX Laser. I was rather surprised that, as far as I could tell, it was every bit as good as 70mm IMAX film. Just beautiful.

And that experience led to me seeing TLJ at that same IMAX laser theater. I’d have loved to see both Dunkirk and The Last Jedi on IMAX film, but the nearest theater for that was 5 hours away. As it was I had to drive two hours just to get to the laser theater.

Based on these experiences (and seeing The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Interstellar all on 70mm IMAX film) I’d definitely say if you have the chance to see a movie on actual IMAX film, do it! It’s amazing! If you’re a serious film nut (like me) it’s worth driving as far as you have to at least once. If you can’t do that, imax laser is actually a very close second. If you decide to see something in 3-D, Imax 3-D (even if it’s just the regular dual 2K IMAX projectors) is the best I’ve seen.

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#1163947
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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moviefreakedmind said:

It seems like a lot of people have the idea that in order to enjoy a movie they have to like, defend, and justify every single aspect of it.

I don’t think so. I don’t love the idea of Star Destroyers entering atmospheres, the Evazan cameo, or the lack of Moroff screen time to name just a few. It’s not a perfect film at all, but it’s still a film that I really love.

And I really dig Vader in this movie and enjoy discussing and debating his appearance in it.

ray_afraid said:

Mocata said:

Vader should have said “Needa hand there, Captain?” to stay in character.

Yes. This is exactly the level the R1 pun is on. Vader didn’t talk like that.

I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree. I don’t think Vader’s actual pun is nearly as lame as that. In fact, I think it sounds very much like something he’d have said in the OT (particularly reminiscent of “apology accepted” as he flipping KILLS the guy…) and have no problem with it.

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#1163901
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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I agree with RRS-1980’s thoughts. And why does it matter that his joke is specifically a pun? It’s WELL established he is wryly sarcastic and uses incredibly cruel humor to rub his subordinates’ noses in their own failures. So that’s all ok but only if it’s NOT a pun? Why is Vader limited in what type of cruel jokes he’s “allowed” to make?

I’m admittedly biased b/c R1 is now firmly my third favorite Star Wars movie closely behind SW and ESB. But I think they did a GREAT job with Vader in R1. My only criticism is he does look a little off sometimes in the scene with Krennic both in movement and the way the costume fits. But it’s been decades since the OT was filmed and they obviously had to make a new costume and find a new actor. I think they did a great job recreating Vader from the OT in all respects. I mean, even the shots where he looks a little “off” aren’t THAT bad. Nothing like how lame he looked in ROTS.

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#1162772
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The Toys That Made Us. A documentary series.
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I watched this the other day too. It was pretty neat. I also watched the He-Man episode which was just as interesting. I had no idea that He-Man was created as Mattel’s direct response to the crazy success of Kenner’s Star Wars line. They even called him their “Star Wars killer”! No spoilers, but Skeletor’s inspiration is mind boggling, and truly scary. They only scratch the surface in the show, but a quick google will turn up the full morbid tale!

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#1161385
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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I always just assumed lightsabers had a sort of deadman switch built in. It could easily be based on touch-sensitive technology. As long as you’re gripping the handle it will stay on.

As for throwing it, maybe they have a control that can lock it on for a time limit or until an impact of a certain G. Or just use the Force to keep it on while it flies.

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#1161126
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Little Men, Little Wars - Share Your Star Wars Collection
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So I’ve begun testing the waters of 6 inch (1/12 scale) action figures over the last year. It’s a fun scale that can capture really good detail that sometimes rivals the 1/6 (12 inch) figures, but at at fraction of the cost and required shelf space. Plus, the modern 6 inch figures tend to be some of the best articulated figures ever made in the history of toys.

Anyway, I’ve got a few of the Hasbro Black series. I’ve been very selective, but it was the 40th Anniversary Darth Vader that sucked me in. It is a total home run and arguably one of the best Darth Vader figures ever made. I’ve also got a bandai 1/12 Stormtrooper model that is fantastic, but I haven’t had time to build it yet… I eventually want to get at least a second Stormtrooper and a bandai Death trooper kit to complement the Hasbro death trooper. Finally, I’ve got the Medicom Mafex ROTJ Boba Fett. It’s another total home run. One of the coolest ection figures I’ve ever owned. The obsessive nerd in me desperately wants to get the mafex ESB Fett as well now. I’ve also been getting some of the mafex DC superheroes like Batman and Wonder Woman and they are just too cool.








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#1154579
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If you need to C*mplain about the CGI Grand Moff Tarkin in <em>Rogue One</em>... this is the place
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I enjoyed Tarkin in Rogue 1, but then I’m one of those crazies who really loves R1. It’s my third favorite Star Wars movie behind Star Wars and ESB.

I agree with those who never bought it as Cushing, but absolutely buys it as the character of Governor Tarkin. To me, it looks totally real as long as it’s relatively still. It’s when he talks that the veil falls away. As others have mentioned, CG just can’t seem to accurately recreate the subtle snappy twitches of real living things. I also think there’s possibly (probably?) some issues with animators who just can’t help themselves playing with their digital toys. I feel like many digital characters movements are too smooth, but also too exaggerated. They move too much, too far, and in too deliberate a manner in many cases where it’s not necessary.

I do think we’re getting very close to realism though. For example, I thought King Kong in Kong: Skull Island was almost entirely convincing. He has the benefit of being an impossible creature in a fictional world. But I thought they got his movement incredibly believable in most shots (especially the closeups of the face). It may also help that, being so enormous, his movements SHOULD be more dramatic and exaggerated due to the enourmous mass of a creature that size.

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#1149012
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What feels most Star Wars
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Hmm, things that really stood out to me over the years as feeling very distinctly “Star Warsian” in that they capture that same feeling I get from the OOT would include:

Rogue One

Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight video game (this might be one of the most “Star Wars” things outside the films for me)

Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast video game (this one captured the OT “look” better than almost anything but the story isn’t as good as the previous entry)

X-Wing Alliance video game

X-Wing Rogue Squadron novel (I’ve recently been seriously thinking about tracking down the other novels and comic books from this series)

Star Wars Battlefront video game (the one on the PS4. It had major issues at launch but once they updated it to allow more single player options it has been pretty awesome)

Heir to the Empire novel trilogy

JEDIT:
I didn’t read much of the Dark Horse comic run in the 90’s (another thing I’ve been seriously thinking about delving into) but Dave Dorman’s artwork in the mid 90’s (much of which was for comic and novel covers) is absolutely deserving to be on this list. I have a big softcover coffe table book of his Star Wars art and it is amazing!

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#1148215
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Collipso said:

SilverWook said:

Disney Ruined Star Wars said:

SilverWook said:

If these guys aren’t all being sucked out into space, then a similar emergency field around a small door isn’t a stretch.

Seriously people, we’re nitpicking movies where you can hear sounds in space.

They can have shields that allow for open air on the exterior of the Death Star. Its’ that way when the Falcon lands in the first movie too. But in general I agree with your point, the scientific stuff doesn’t need to be nitpicked as long as its not obvious and really dumb. For instance, the asteroids in the asteroid field would never be that close together in real life. And when the Millenium Falcon flips and spins like it does when it turns around on Bespin, all of the occupants would be thrown around and probably incapacitated if not killed.

Presumably the Falcon’s artificial gravity prevents this. Just like Luke and Han can sit in the gun turrets without seatbelts even though they are facing out the top and bottom of the ship.

Were they? I thought they were both facing forward, but one was at the top and the other at the bottom.

Yes. I wrote a much lengthier post about it some time ago, but the windows you look out in the Gun turrets are flush on the top and bottom of the Falcon. So top gunner is on his back and the bottom gunner is on his belly, relative to the Falcon. ANH is really the only film that actually gets the turrets operation (based on their actual physical design) correct. TFA and TLJ take some major liberties with the physics of how the turrets could really move. Also, even back in the original EU they had the idea that the armored disc the turret window is mounted in could rotate (which is made cannon in TFA) but in reality this would mean the ladder tube you climb up or down into the turrets would not be correctly lined up anymore.



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#1142967
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Episode VIII : The Last Jedi - Discussion * <strong><em>NON SPOILER</em></strong> * THREAD
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Dunkirk was the first movie I ever saw on imax laser, earlier this year. While I’d love to be able to say that 70mm is definitively superior, I really can’t.

I still personally prefer film, but if I’m being totally honest, the dual 4K laser projection looked as good as any 70mm print I’ve seen. And according to articles I’ve read the industry professionals who’ve conducted direct comparison shootouts tend to agree.

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#1130962
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star wars battlefront 2 controversy thoughts
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Ugh, I HATE this pay to play model of gaming. It’s been around for a long time, but has been getting dramatically worse in recent years. And this sounds like possibly the worst offense yet.

I was tremendously disappointed when I got the previous battlefront only to find out the majority of the game was only available for subscription based multiplayer. And that on top of that, most of the really awesome maps and heroes were only available through paid extra downloads. It’s like I paid $60 for the first third of a game and then needed to spend an extra $100 for one measly year of access to the rest. Which really pissed me off because it clearly had the potential to be the best Star Wars game ever. Thankfully they did eventually do an update that gave you some of the better gameplay modes in single player and it was enough to make me reasonably happy with the game experience. But it still left a sour taste in my mouth. And it still annoys me that, even if I was willing to pay for the DLC (like Chewie, Dengar, Vader’s TIE Fighter, awesome OT gaming maps, etc) I wouldn’t get to use a lot of it in single player, which is all I care to play.

Battlefront II looked like an amazing follow up that I was really excited about. It had an actual single player story campaign and all kinds of new locations and characters from the full spectrum of the Star Wars universe. And they managed once again to find a way to drop a massive downer on top of it that sucks all that fun and excitement right out. It feels like a massive bait and switch. And that’s frustrating as all heck.

While I don’t agree with the childish extremes some customers have used to express their dissatisfaction, I do think their anger and frustration is totally justified. This is a predatory and disingenuous business model that aggressively takes advantage of its most loyal customers. I know that’s nothing new in the world, but it doesn’t make it right.

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#1130142
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Show off your Star Wars Collection (This is the place..let's see it already)
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I’m in the process of clearing out the old and replacing some of it with new items in my collection. Leaning more toward “quality over quantity” these days. At least a little bit anyway.

So that being said, I don’t have any good pictures of my collection as a whole because it’s in flux. I’m just about done clearing things out and selling them and soon I’ll begin the process of taking down everything else, cleaning/dusting it all, and completely rearranging everything.

But, I can post a few pictures I’ve got of some of my favorite items, and some of my most recent acquisitions.




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#1120081
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan. Just two years ago, my list would’ve only included three films. Now it has five!

  1. Star Wars (tie)
  2. The Empire Strikes Back (tie)
  3. Rogue One
  4. The Force Awakens
  5. Return of the Jedi

My rankings are a mixture of how much I personally enjoy each film combined with how good it is on a more objective, critical level. But mostly it’s just how much I enjoy them.

It’s funny, I used to be a die hard “ESB is the best ever, bar none!” kinda guy. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve really come to appreciate the true, unbridled greatness of the original film (it was always my second place anyway). And I’m now at a point where I just honestly can’t decide which one I prefer. I love them both.

Also, Rogue One has moved up the list with repeat viewings. I really liked it from day one, but I initially felt the characters were bland and held it back. Whereas TFA’s biggest strength is its great characters. So initially I had those swapped. But on repeat viewings Rogue One’s issues melted into the background whereas the problems with story in TFA become more glaring. Even so, I’m amazed that there are now TWO new Star Wars movies that I rank higher tha ROTJ. After the prequels I figured there’d never be a new Star Wars movie I liked.

But rankings aside, I love all five movies. Even ROTJ, easily the weakest of the bunch overall, has a rip-roaring (if not totally logical) opening act and has a wonderful third act that feels like the perfect end to the OT (and served as a template for how to edit the third act of R1…)

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#1116837
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Episode VIII : The Last Jedi - Discussion * <strong><em>NON SPOILER</em></strong> * THREAD
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So does anyone have any solid info about how much of the film was shot on 70mm IMAX film? Also, has anyone found a list of which imax theaters in the U.S. will be showing what version? I found a list naming the 10 theaters that will show it on true imax film projection, but there’s a full sized imax laser that is SO much closer to me. As much as I’d love to see it on imax film (like I did for TFA) I’d be happy to settle on the imax laser experience if I know I’m getting the full image (some imax laser shows open up to the full frame equaling the 70mm film projection, while others only open up to the same size image as “liemax” digital shows which are still cropped vertically compared to 70mm imax film. The parts shot on 35mm will always be shown in scope, no matter which theater you’re in).

I saw Dunkirk on the full size imax laser and as much as it pains me to admit (because I’m a big nerd who loves the actual medium of film), I’d have a hard time telling the difference between it and imax film. It was really good.

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#1101285
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Kennedy worse than Lucas.
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SilverWook said:

imperialscum said:

SilverWook said:

Lucas was an artist who became a businessman though.

I would say PT is a strong evidence of contrary. Even though PT sucked and was receiving lots of criticism since TPM, he was making what he wanted and not what audience wanted/expected. He could make films about Anakin/Vader being likeable badass, which is what most of people would love/expect to see, but instead he followed his own unpopular story where Anakin/Vader was an annoying whiner.

He still signed off on the biggest avalanche of merchandising rivaling even the OT for Phantom Menace. A good portion of it being crap that gathered dust on shelves for years. Would 1970’s George have allowed this to be made?

Probably?