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#1421143
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If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
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Spuffure said:

I really hope there IS a god or something, and all the bad things that happen to me is his/her ‘plan’, so to speak, or some purpose to my life and where it’s going.

But if you’re non-religious (like me), you can also say ‘I make my own purpose’ and get on with that.

Right now my feeling is, make life as enjoyable and as comfortable as you can for yourself and help others to achieve that same goal. Whether that’s activism, charity work, or just being a nice person.

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#1420904
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<strong>Star Wars: The Bad Batch</strong> (animated series) - a general discussion thread
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That trailer was great! The plot of Clone force 99 being hunted by Tarkin and the Empire because they’re too much like conventional rebels (a ragtag group with their own principles and methods) is shaping up nicely.

Some people have noticed that Crosshair is absent from the group in quite a few shots - it’s possibly he might choose to stay with the Empire and become an antagonist. I’d like this, it would upset expectations and make the choices of the other members more compelling, in a way. Also, conflict within the main protagonists is usually good to watch.

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#1420835
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Going away? Post so here!
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SilverWook said:

Taking some time off to finally get my long delayed cataract surgery. Not looking forward to it, but I’d rather endure some short term discomfort than go through life fearing walking into an open manhole cover. It will be nice to see the world clearly again, especially pedestrian crossing lights.

Anchorhead, Jason, and Tobar will still be on the job in my absence, so pester them, be excellent to each other, and try not to burn the forum down, please? Thank you! 😃

Seconded, good luck! We promise to behave in your absence.

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#1420730
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The Kenobi <s>Movie</s> Show
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I was thinking it could only be a voice cameo, as The Clone Wars established Qui-gon only appears as a Force ghost on Mortis. Other than that, he’s a classic disembodied voice, and I don’t mind that at all. It would contribute to the sense of Ben’s isolation if his only company is a voice with no body he hears in his head.

As for the overall plot of this show, I’m betting someone (possibly Moses Ingram’s character - she mentioned something about ‘playing with lightsabers’ on her instagram earlier, although it might be nothing it could mean she’s an Imperial Inquisitor) will find out about Luke, and Obi-wan will have to pursue them. That’s the only way he’d leave the planet and potentially come into contact with Vader.

I still have massive reservations about this ‘rematch’ they’re teasing, but I think I’m beginning the period of slow acceptance. I want to be excited for this show, I just need to hear more about what direction it’s taking. It has the potential to make the original trilogy and Obi-wan’s story more compelling, but it also has the potential to fuck everything up.

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#1419260
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Best Performance in the Original Trilogy
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I’ve always thought Alec Guiness’ performance is the best. He does Obi-wan’s gentle humour so well, but also communicates the past trauma of the Clone Wars and Jedi purge. The scene in Obi-wan’s hut is Guiness’ best - without his acting, the dialogue about past events might have felt like a forced ‘exposition dump’, just an insert of necessary worldbuilding - but instead he made me invested in those events before I’d seen them play out on screen.

His performance reminds me of Mark Hamill’s in TLJ a little, in that both actors were skeptical about the films they were in (Mark thought Luke was being fundamentally misunderstood, Alec thought the premise was cheesy and the dialogue was bad) but both set this aside to deliver deadly serious and compelling performances.

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#1419258
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Last movie seen
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As people were talking about Zack Snyder’s Justice League, I’ll put in a brief review. I thought it was great. Slow and indulgent, sure, but it’s also really atmospheric, the characterisation is miles ahead of the original film (low bar, I know) and it has some genuinely powerful and emotionally compelling moments. Most of all, I could tell it had passion put into it, unlike the very uninspired Justice League of 2017. While Joss Whedon’s version was a ‘corporate product’ film, clearly designed to appeal to as many people as possible, ZSJL has bold creative decisions and everything about it screams ‘fully realised artistic vision’ to me, even if it IS still a blockbuster film.

The actual last movie I saw was Close Encounters, which I was rewatching. Still a masterpiece. The way it handles the mystery of the aliens is nothing short of enchanting, although it’s increasingly clear to me that Roy Neary is a very irresponsible parent.

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#1418819
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Who are you, and what makes you happy offline?
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Your cats are called Ezra and Sabine… love it!

I’m a big film fan too. I occasionally write screenplays in my spare time and may go into a writing career one day if I become very good at it, but right now I’m mostly interested in film studies and reviews. I play piano, drumkit, and I’m a percussionist in several brass bands. I also like painting whenever I actually get round to doing it. I’m also into railway photography and really enjoy cinema trips, two things I’ll have to get back to after the pandemic.

One of the biggest things that makes me happy is listening to music! I’m a fan of different artists in different genres, like New Order, Bruce Springsteen, Courtney Barnett, Grimes and Philip Glass. Loads of star wars soundtracks thrown into the mix as well, of course.

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#1418100
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[fill in the blank] Just Died!
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Damn. I loved Yaphet Kotto in Alien, a really memorable performance. I’m just reading about how Irvin Kershner offered him the role of Lando in TESB, but not wanting to be typecast in ‘sci-fi’ movies, he turned it down… I wonder how differently the character would have turned out?

Thinking of buying Irvin Kershner’s movie ‘Raid on Entebbe’, featuring Yaphet, which I’ve never seen.

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#1417745
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<strong>STAR WARS: REBELS</strong> (animated tv series) - a general discussion thread
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I saw that it was a story possibility for Maul to kill Kanan, and I’m glad they didn’t do that. Most of Kanan’s best moments with Ezra come in season 3 or 4 I think. It’s been 2 years, so I think it’s ok not to hide this as a spoiler - I think his actual death was perfect and far more impactful than it could have been otherwise. We see the rest of the Ghost crew struggling to move on without Kanan, and that’s touching to see, but if that went on for two whole seasons I think it would really have dragged the show down.

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#1415361
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<strong>STAR WARS: REBELS</strong> (animated tv series) - a general discussion thread
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rebothejedi said:

I could not agree more. From what I’ve seen his on screen acting is also solid. I’m sorry the picture isn’t showing up for you. Here, see if this link works: https://photos.app.goo.gl/pyBPfseZbpyAjpcZ8

Yep, that works! Thanks. It’s a pity you couldn’t make his eyes fully red, but this is a great indication of what Mikkelsen’s live action Thrawn would look like. Personally, I think maybe a small chin prosthetic to make it sharper (as long as it’s not uncomfortable for Lars) and he’s there.

I’d prefer animation for a Rebels sequel - I think it’s more faithful to the original show, and you can do much more ambitious projects that way. But if they’re going the live action route, Lars Mikkelsen is the man to bring Thrawn to the big screen.

EDIT: also for some reason, the original picture is NOW showing up all of a sudden. 🤷‍♂️ Sorry if you had to go to any trouble putting it on google photos!

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#1415293
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<strong>STAR WARS: REBELS</strong> (animated tv series) - a general discussion thread
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rebothejedi said:

Sorry if this is a little late, but I love that this is being commemorated. Here’s my contribution:
Thrawn-Mikkelsen-1.png
We may be seeing Thrawn in an upcoming series so I’ve done a little bit of fan-casting here. For those who don’t know, this is Lars Mikkelsen, the voice actor for Thrawn in Star Wars Rebels. I certainly couldn’t imagine any other voice for Thrawn so Lars gets my vote. I only made changes that would be possible with practical makeup so as to be accurate. I didn’t remove his beard because any attempts I made made him look plasticky, but I think that he would look incredible for thrawn sans-beard I think he is perfect for the role. He fits the Star Wars casting bill as being not too recognizable too; there aren’t really any characters that people have him associated with so they would only see him as Thrawn.

Your edit isn’t appearing for me, neither on here nor on the website, unfortunately

I’m usually annoyed when people pretend their opinions are objectively correct. That said, Lars Mikkelsen as Thrawn is the objectively correct choice. When people fancast actors like Benedict Cumberbatch or Jason Isaacs, they say things like “_________ could make a great Thrawn”. Meanwhile, Lars is ALREADY a great Thrawn! I can’t read any line of Thrawn’s dialogue in the books without hearing it in that voice, and I can’t imagine a portrayal of Thrawn without it.

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#1415288
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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I thought the series finale was a little rushed, up until the final 10 minutes - which may be my favourite 10 minutes in the MCU. Unfortunately Pietro and Hayward were dealt with a little too quickly and easily in my opinion, but I have far more positive things to say about the episode than negative things.

Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and Kathryn Hahn deserve all the love for their brilliant acting, and Christophe Beck deserves all the love for his beautiful music throughout the series. The ending of the show was so touching, and I like how when the hex has vanished, Wanda is standing in the same spot where she started it, and in the same clothes. It’s as if the whole thing was a dream.

The big complaints I see about the finale are from comic book fans disappointed that there was no multiverse and no Mephisto, in the end. With the amount of teases, mystery boxes and red herrings in the show, I don’t blame them. But - from the perspective of someone who’s never actually read the comics - I appreciated that this was first and foremost Wanda’s story, and it never got sidetracked from that.

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#1415029
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<strong>STAR WARS: REBELS</strong> (animated tv series) - a general discussion thread
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Three years ago today, the Star Wars: Rebels series finale ‘Family Reunion - and Farewell’ aired!

As a result, today is ‘Rebels Remembered’ day. I can’t tell you how good it is to see so many people coming together to appreciate this lovely show. It’s a very compelling story of a family unit being forged in a time of desperation, and although it’s primarily about the formation of the Rebellion, it has many great additions to Star Wars mythology and the Force also. It has some truly fantastic characters, one of the best romantic couples in Star Wars, and one of the best master-apprentice relationships in Star Wars. And despite what some say about the animation, I love how it brings McQuarrie’s art-style and some of his unused concepts to the screen - and I personally think it looks great too.

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#1414614
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'Star Wars: <strong>The High Republic</strong>' era publishing project (was aka 'Project Luminous')
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After nearly 2 months of waiting, my favourite local bookshop got my order of Light of the Jedi in, and now I have it! I’m hyped. Will post my review in here once I’m done.

All I can say right now, is that I love the painted cover, the golden and blue colours on the book, and the back cover inscription of “For over a thousand generations, the Jedi knights were the guardians of peace and justice…” They say never judge a book by its cover, but I’ve a good feeling about this.

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#1414034
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<strong>Star Wars: The Bad Batch</strong> (animated series) - a general discussion thread
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It seems like half of people are in love with the Fennec Shand animation model, the other half hate it. I’m okay with it - it differs only slightly from what Fennec looks like in live action - but I think we need to see it in motion, and in the final product.

Tarkin’s model is similarly very sharp-edged, more so than either his Clone Wars or Rebels designs, and in the trailer I thought it looked fine.

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#1413412
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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rocknroll41 said:

Great episode last night! PREDICTION: Episode 8 will be a flashback to how this all started and will be called “Behind the Scenes” or “The Making of WandaVision” or something to that effect

Well done!


Elizabeth Olsen deserves an award for her acting in WV. It’s given her the chance to show incredible range! Paul Bettany and Kathryn Hahn have been great too (I don’t know what it was about episode 8, but I really noticed how well they do subtle changes in their faces and voices). And then, there’s the costume design: designer Mayes C Rubeo has risen to the challenge of covering different time periods and genres and that deserves to be recognised at an awards ceremony too.

SPOILERS:

I can’t believe we might be seeing Wanda fight the dead corpse of the man she loves reincarnated as a billion dollar killing machine. She’s not in the best mental state for that right now.

This show is nuts, in a very good way.

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#1412905
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Your favo[u]rite directors
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Stardust1138 said:

How am I just seeing this? I certainly do! Haha

I’d recommend starting with Stalker. What were you thinking?

I like your choices too. I need to watch Greta Gerwig. Little Women looks so good! Agnès Varda is another. A friend recommended her to me.

What do you recommend by Ken Loach, Damien Chazelle, and Bong Joon-ho?

I just got my first films by Hayao Miyazaki the other day. I’m really looking forward to watching his work. I got Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind and My Neighbour Toroto.

I wrote that list late at night, and completely forgot that I’ve already seen Ivan’s Childhood. Some really striking compositions in that film. I own Stalker on blu-ray, so that probably will be my next port of call - then because I’m a sci-fi fan, I think I’ll watch Solaris next. I remember seeing a clip from the film - the long driving scene - which totally mesmerised me.

With Agnès Varda, I’d recommend you start with Cleo from 5 to 7, which is my favourite of her films. Ken Loach, start with Kes, then The Wind that Shakes the Barley (my favourite I think), and his most recent ones I, Daniel Blake and Sorry We Missed You are very good as well. Damien Chazelle, I honestly don’t think it matters where you start (I haven’t seen his debut, about the two people meeting on a park bench, yet though). Bong Joon-ho: I became interested in him after Parasite, then you could always go back to some of his earliest films like Memories of Murder. However, Snowpiercer from 2013 is a great companion film to Parasite: while Parasite visually depicts wealth inequality on a vertical scale, and in modern day Seoul, Snowpiercer visually depicts wealth inequality on a horizontal scale, and in a post-apocalyptic world. You’ll understand what I mean about vertical and horizontal if you see the films.