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#1440390
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Dune - Denis Villeneuve
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Stardust1138 said:

fmalover said:

Honestly I don’t like the drab muted colour palette Villeneuve is going for.

I also don’t like the look of Baron Harkonnen as some sort of cyberpunk villain. I the book the Baron Harkonnen is described as having red hair and dressing in flamboyant, brightly coloured robes.

I’ve not read the books. I’m thinking about waiting until after I see the film as it will help prevent further expectations. That’s interesting though.

I read the book last year, and I’m currently halfway through Children of Dune.

Reading the book has killed any anticipation I might have had for the movie, because the books evoke vivid imagery in my mind that is far removed from Villeneuve’s vision. The movie looks like some sterile perfume commercial with minimalistic aesthetics and there’s a lifelessness to the way the movie looks. I think that’s one of the few things the 1984 film adaptation got right, with the elaborate costumes and baroque set design. I don’t know why so many book fans are so hyped for this movie.

I feel like other directors that would have been better suited from a visual standpoint are Tarsem Singh, Darren Aronofsky or Luc Besson.

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#1439955
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Unpopular Opinion Thread
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Stardust1138 said:

I also feel the Prequels don’t get their due respect with cinematography. George made it look so easy but they’re truly beautiful pictures to look at. They’re shot more like documentaries instead of typical cinema. The Sequels - The Force Awakens in particular is jarring how jumpy it is and how much it limits what we see. There’s no breathing room at all and any chance to feel atmosphere is quickly cut. Only Rey’s montage comes close to giving any sense of scale but Jakku feels like miles in the same location and not Tatooine that’s filled with scale. You have the Lars Homestead in one direction and in the other you have the Tuskin Raiders Camp that took time to get to. Not just two minutes.

Even when taking into account that AotC and RotS were shot on early digital cameras, and despite the clean art nouveau aesthetic which contrasts with the OT’s rough utilitarian aesthetic, all three PT movies still look and feel like Star Wars.

I get no such feeling from any of the Disney era movies. Rogue One in particular, which takes place shortly before the start of the OT, has all the sets and costumes to fit with the timeline, but the worlds don’t feel as lived in as they did in the OT. The ST desperately tried to ape everything about the OT looks-wise, but something doesn’t feel right about them.

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#1439790
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Your ideal Star Wars Sequel Trilogy
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jedi_bendu said:

This is a tricky one: I wonder if it’s possible to have a more meaningful explanation for this force bond/dyad than just ‘it happens, but it’s unusual’. TROS barely has an explanation, but at least there Rey is palpatine’s ‘granddaughter’ so it’s the grandchildren of vader and palpatine being connected in a sense. Maybe, like so many things that happen because of the force - such as force ghosts - it simply can’t be explained and is there because the story needs it. I must say I’m really interested in the plot point of Rey accidentally finding out about the planned attack because of the force bond.

The best I can come up with would be that Kylo and Rey unconsciously feed upon the living Force, and their first encounter in episode VII inadvertently sparked a reaction which resulted in their Force bond.

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#1438525
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<strong>The Clone Wars</strong> (2008 animated tv series) - a general discussion thread
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Stardust1138 said:

I just watched the Heroes on Both Sides arc again and still consider it to be one of the most engaging and underrated bits of Star Wars. Padme’s humanitarian efforts shine through in a very meaningful way and it’s really good seeing things aren’t clearly defined. We’re all people at the end of the day. I think that’s something we all need reminding of.

This episode is probably the closest the series ever got to a “shades of grey” scenario.

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#1437133
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Last movie seen
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Anakin Starkiller said:

Just watched Shazam! It was pretty good, if a little ordinary.

I really enjoyed Shazam! It was a fun-for-all-ages type of movie which you don’t see much of these days.

For all the criticism the DCEU gets, I for one appreciate that each movie is so different from the other. Snyder’s mythological take on superheroes, Wonder Woman’s earnestness, Suicide Squad’s nihilistic humour (I really liked it but also hope the Ayer cut sees the light of day), Aquaman’s over-the-top blockbuster insanity, which contrasts with the MCU’s sameness, and as the saying goes, variety is the spice of life.

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#1435923
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Unpopular Opinion Thread
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Ezra learned his lesson far too quickly for my liking. Had it taken about 5-10 episodes I would have bought it, but learning his lesson after just one mistake is IMO cowardly storytelling.

Ezra mind controlling Imperials into killing each other was the only truly enjoyable moment for me throughout the series + when he’s a total dick to that Imperial officer.

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#1435851
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Unpopular Opinion Thread
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jedi_bendu said:

I’ve finally come to the conclusion that Star Wars: Rebels is my favourite Star Wars series. It has my favourite romance in the franchise, my favourite master-apprentice duo, and many of my favourite moments - like Ben vs Maul and Ezra’s scene in the remaining piece of the Lothal Jedi temple. It tells a convincing account of the formation of the Rebel Alliance, while expanding the mythology of Star Wars in imaginative ways and keeping the story of a family unit forged in desperate times at its heart. Every character has episodes of development, including Chopper. It honours what came before by incorporating characters and vehicles from Legends and using McQuarrie’s art style as a basis for its visual style, as well as - for me at least - making the original trilogy more compelling. I could go on for hours.

At the end of the day, Rebels is the Star Wars story which makes me happy the most.

I have the opposite view.

For me Star Wars Rebels represents the absolute worst of Disney era SW. It’s Star Wars at its most sanitised and risk-averse. Every storyline ends with a cop out.

I honestly don’t get why this series is so popular.

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#1434851
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Last movie seen
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JackNapier said:

The films Mission Impossible 2 and 3 are interesting looks at both the direction that early 2000s cinema was in, and a nice look into the early career of Tom Cruise.

Over the years I’ve come to notice that many view M:I2 as the weakest entry in the series. Why?

For me the first two M:I movies are the best, 3 for me was the weakest and GP, RN and Fallout are just fine.