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#1223750
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<strong>Mr. Robot</strong>
Time

ChainsawAsh said:

Fantastic show. I urge anyone who gave up during the admittedly slow second season to give it another chance.

That happened to me a few months back. It wasn’t that it was slow. It was a bad, protracted rehash of bits from season 1 - without the sense of direction or drive that the first season had. It was the entire “get on with it” package, basically.

Season 1 was great, often uniquely so. I might pick it up again at some point.

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#1221364
Topic
All Things Star Trek
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Meanwhile, in Discovery news:

https://deadline.com/2018/06/star-trek-discovery-james-duff-joins-executive-producer-overall-deal-jenny-lumet-olatunde-osunsanmi-promoted-1202419818/

EXCLUSIVE: The Closer creator James Duff has joined CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery as executive producer. It is part of an overall development deal he has signed with series producer CBS TV Studios.

Additionally, writer Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married), who joined the series as a consulting producer at the start of Season 2, has been promoted to co-executive producer. Co-executive producer Olatunde Osunsanmi has been upped to executive producer and will serve as the series’ producer/director based on set in Toronto.

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#1219568
Topic
Projecting films and Home Cinema
Time

A solid 1080p projector will set you back around 400$ new, even less used - that’s for a reputable brand. I’d say they’re cheap to the point where bothering with potential Chinese crap isn’t really worth it… And these can do 100" from a distance of about 2m - that’s for long throw models. Short throw projectors can do the same image from right next to the screen, basically - depending on how you plan your setup there are options.

If you’re just getting into the topic you might want to read up on DLP vs 3LCD as well.

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#1217783
Topic
All Things Star Trek
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chyron8472 said:

Handman said:

Should I try watching Discovery? I’ve heard the most horrid things, and I’m a huge fan of TOS.

No. My understanding is that the last little bit of Season 1 starts the crew adopting some semblance of Prime-Universe-Starfleet’s ideals, but I haven’t watched that far.

Some of the characters say/agree with something to that effect (extremely contrived), but you don’t get that from the series, i.e. the series does not reflect any of those ideals.

It’s an interesting watch, but not for the right reasons.

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#1217621
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

Here we go again:

http://trekcore.com/blog/2018/06/star-trek-discovery-showrunners-harberts-berg-out-for-season-2/

series showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg have been released from the series as Season 2 continues production in Toronto.

The pair leave the series as of Episode 205, reports The Hollywood Reporter, and while they’ll be credited on their episodes of the next season of Discovery, the show will be led by executive producer Alex Kurtzman for the remainder of the season. Kurtzman, who got his start in the Trek franchise in the Kelvin Timeline film series, has been with Discovery since the show’s original announcement in late 2015.

Also departing the series for Season 2 is executive producer Akiva Goldsman, director of “Context is for Kings” and Season 1’s finale “Will You Take My Hand?.” Goldsman had, as THR reports, “a management style and personality that clashed with the writing staff.”

The series is about to take a “a planned production hiatus” after Episode 205 is completed, not expected to impact delivery of the series to viewers in 2019, to allow Kurtzman to settle in as the new showrunner and straighten things out inside the Discovery production machine.

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#1205525
Topic
How Many Versions are there of the AOTC
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Sishyo512 said:

m_s0 said:

It sounded odd to me as well when I found that bit of info here:

https://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=683662

By now [2010], ‘Attack of the Clones’ has been released uncut on DVD in Great Britain as part of the Prequel Trilogy Box.

Thanks for checking!

I was starting to get somewhere with my film reel restoration, but as I was about to pour some of my money into it, I see this post.

Well whaddya know…

Actually, I checked that 2008 UK box and the cut is still there.

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#1193361
Topic
The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Wexter said:

m_s0 said:

Wexter said:

m_s0 said:

Yoda Is Your Father said:

m_s0 said:

joefavs said:

Here’s a pretty good article about the film: https://www.avclub.com/part-kurosawa-part-wile-e-coyote-the-last-jedi-boldl-1821291545

RE: Ackbar vs. Holdo, the author of this piece has a good point in a response to a comment:

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky said:

Lotta folks seem to think that her role should have gone to good ol’ Admiral Ackbar, but I get Johnson’s intention: Everybody likes Ackbar, and the audience needs to be fooled into Poe’s point-of-view.

Probably why she didn’t get a proper ‘hero’ introduction as well. It’s a trade-off, but one I liked given where and how it’s taken: this is all Poe’s point of view - to the very end, and that’s why his turn into a proper leader works in the finale.

The more I think about it, the more I appreciate how well-written this film is.

Poe got a bunch of people killed because he was reckless and disobeyed orders. But it’s cool because ‘Ah, that’s just how Poe is, the little scamp’.

It’s war, and that’s not his first, nor his only deed.

If he kept pulling stuff like that in an actual war, his superiors would have him shot in the head.

Thankfully, this is drama (with a slant towards action adventure). This is a character flaw, not a movie flaw - I really don’t get the complaints here. At worst, I’d put this in the same ballpark as Chewie being best friends with Lando at the end of ESB, even though he probably should’ve murdered that traitor the first chance he outgrew his usefulness (which would have been almost immediately).

Sorry, but the comparison doesn’t work at all. Lando has earned the forgiveness of the rest of the gang. That was on a personal level. On military level, if you are going to brush off a soldier acting like a complete psychotic, pointing guns at superiors and making decisions that result in people dying, with “oh, ain’t he a cute hothead”, you are seriously challenging the suspension of disbelief.

I guess my point was that it’s perfectly of a piece with what Star Wars is - to me, I guess, since some people tend to react to it as though it were an adaptation of an army field manual 😃

oojason said:

‘The Director and the Jedi - Documentary Review’… (by HelloGreedo)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHH3InY8mFA

 

Much better than I expected - not as overwhelmingly corporate-fluffy. Or maybe it’s just the next level of comouflage for this sort of fare. Fun watch on the whole, though I’d prefer something meatier.

adywan said:

Looks really nice. One or two notches above the usual promotional/official graphic art.

Also:

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#1178788
Topic
Last movie seen
Time

CHEWBAKAspelledwrong said:

Moon (2009)

A really enjoyable, interesting, and realistic science fiction film. A masterpiece? No. But a really great directorial debut. I’m definitely going to try and seek out what Duncan Jones has done since.

It pains to me to say this, but… um… maybe don’t? Or at least don’t get your expectations too high.

I haven’t seen Source Code since it came out, but I do remember hating it quite a bit after seeing what he’s capable of in Moon. Warcraft I haven’t forced myself to sit through, I just can’t muster the will. It’s a blockbustery studio flick, though, so it might be perfectly acceptable cinematic fast-food.

Mute is an utter disaster, but this one I feel sympathetic towards. There’s clearly heart and several great films in this disjointed, badly written, often poorly acted, miscast mess. It feels as if just about everything that could’ve gone wrong has gone horribly wrong, except for Clint Mansell who knocks it out of the park again.

I’ve just seen it, so it’s all really loose thoughts at this point, but the failure to do anything with the main character and the thematic thread that’s set up, but never really followed through… at all and then somehow concluded without there being a thematic thread to conclude… completely kills this movie. On that note, the screenplay they filmed feels like a failed initial draft that should’ve been thrown out half-way through writing. It really is that bad. Several decades of polish too many?

In view of the above, Paul Rudd is incredibly grating as the counterpoint to the protagonist (?). He’s focusing on playing against type to the point where he loses track of the movie, it feels like.

And they should’ve gone lighter on the special effects - they’re distractingly terrible. Minor quibble in the grand scheme of things, but annoying given that the worldbuilding is pretty good.

At least it wasn’t boring.

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#1176512
Topic
The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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darthrush said:

Collipso said:

Is Black Panther as good as people are making it out to be? Marvel movies have recently been falling so flat to me (despite most of them getting great reviews) and feeling like basically CGI messes that I really am not excited even with all the praise.

I’ll be honest here. I enjoyed it well enough but it doesn’t live up to the hype. It’s nowhere near the Winter Solider or The Dark Knight which are my two favorites superhero movies. And there is a fair amount of crappy CGI throughout if your not fond of that. But it’s still a darn good movie. Just not great.

I feel it tries and feels relatively competent in areas modern blockbusters tend to ignore or pay lip service to at best. And really nothing more than competent. There’s a basic thematic thread, decent characters that support that thread well enough, and everything devolves into a whole lot of punching in a way that’s slightly less detrimental to the piece than you’d expect from an MCU installment. That said, it’s still pretty safe, a bit bland and not even ankle-deep as far substance is concerned, and I don’t really have any need to see it ever again. Disposable MCU product - I don’t mean it in a bad way, necessarily.

The movie is most impressive from a purely workmanlike point of view that has more to do with project management than moviemaking.

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#1175303
Topic
All Things Star Trek
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Handman said:

Is Discovery even worth watching?

Not for any reason you’d like or hope.

It is worth an autopsy, though, so if cutting corpses up is your thing, DSC comes highly recommended.

The show is still salvageable, but not easily so. Actually, the main reason why I think that’s the case is that DSC is bad to the point where you can’t even consider it an honest attempt at a… thing. Whatever they wanted it to be. You can’t even tell easily what that was - beyond a launch pad for a streaming service, that is.

It’s badly written, the characters almost never do, tell instead, proclaim all their motivations aloud, and when the scripts actually do try and rely on action to tell the story you really wish they didn’t - with very few exceptions that feel almost accidental.

On the whole it’s extremely unfocused - kinda episodic, kinda serialized, in fact it throws the worst elements of the two into a blender. On the few occasions it tries to be a Star Trek show it almost gives you the impression it’s resentful in doing so. It also takes until after the mid-season break to even start feeling remotely cohesive, and for its finale it elects to do a pratfall.

In other words: it is interesting. Fascinating, even.

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#1143682
Topic
The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
Time

Wexter said:

m_s0 said:

Yoda Is Your Father said:

m_s0 said:

joefavs said:

Here’s a pretty good article about the film: https://www.avclub.com/part-kurosawa-part-wile-e-coyote-the-last-jedi-boldl-1821291545

RE: Ackbar vs. Holdo, the author of this piece has a good point in a response to a comment:

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky said:

Lotta folks seem to think that her role should have gone to good ol’ Admiral Ackbar, but I get Johnson’s intention: Everybody likes Ackbar, and the audience needs to be fooled into Poe’s point-of-view.

Probably why she didn’t get a proper ‘hero’ introduction as well. It’s a trade-off, but one I liked given where and how it’s taken: this is all Poe’s point of view - to the very end, and that’s why his turn into a proper leader works in the finale.

The more I think about it, the more I appreciate how well-written this film is.

Poe got a bunch of people killed because he was reckless and disobeyed orders. But it’s cool because ‘Ah, that’s just how Poe is, the little scamp’.

It’s war, and that’s not his first, nor his only deed.

If he kept pulling stuff like that in an actual war, his superiors would have him shot in the head.

Thankfully, this is drama (with a slant towards action adventure). This is a character flaw, not a movie flaw - I really don’t get the complaints here. At worst, I’d put this in the same ballpark as Chewie being best friends with Lando at the end of ESB, even though he probably should’ve murdered that traitor the first chance he outgrew his usefulness (which would have been almost immediately).

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#1143671
Topic
The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
Time

Yoda Is Your Father said:

m_s0 said:

joefavs said:

Here’s a pretty good article about the film: https://www.avclub.com/part-kurosawa-part-wile-e-coyote-the-last-jedi-boldl-1821291545

RE: Ackbar vs. Holdo, the author of this piece has a good point in a response to a comment:

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky said:

Lotta folks seem to think that her role should have gone to good ol’ Admiral Ackbar, but I get Johnson’s intention: Everybody likes Ackbar, and the audience needs to be fooled into Poe’s point-of-view.

Probably why she didn’t get a proper ‘hero’ introduction as well. It’s a trade-off, but one I liked given where and how it’s taken: this is all Poe’s point of view - to the very end, and that’s why his turn into a proper leader works in the finale.

The more I think about it, the more I appreciate how well-written this film is.

Poe got a bunch of people killed because he was reckless and disobeyed orders. But it’s cool because ‘Ah, that’s just how Poe is, the little scamp’.

It’s war, and that’s not his first, nor his only deed.

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#1143647
Topic
The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
Time

joefavs said:

Here’s a pretty good article about the film: https://www.avclub.com/part-kurosawa-part-wile-e-coyote-the-last-jedi-boldl-1821291545

RE: Ackbar vs. Holdo, the author of this piece has a good point in a response to a comment:

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky said:

Lotta folks seem to think that her role should have gone to good ol’ Admiral Ackbar, but I get Johnson’s intention: Everybody likes Ackbar, and the audience needs to be fooled into Poe’s point-of-view.

Probably why she didn’t get a proper ‘hero’ introduction as well. It’s a trade-off, but one I liked given where and how it’s taken: this is all Poe’s point of view - to the very end, and that’s why his turn into a proper leader works in the finale.

The more I think about it, the more I appreciate how well-written this film is.