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#1237121
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Rian Johnson to Head New Star Wars Trilogy
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Days? No clue, I usually try to watch every movie on the first day it opens, but I honestly don’t remember if I’ve seen every one of them on the first night. Other theatres? Nope, I live in a small town which had 4 theatres in the 90’s but after the digitalization a few years ago we have now just one which works the whole year and one which is showing movies only in the summer. However a multiplex should be in a huge shopping center which is being built right now, so the situation should improve in the next few months.

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#1236921
Topic
Rian Johnson to Head New Star Wars Trilogy
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DominicCobb said:

pittrek said:

Collipso said:

SilverWook said:

Disney is probably going to focus on Episode IX for now. Once Galaxy’s Edge opens in the theme parks they have the perfect opportunity to cross promote or announce new movies.

Funny how Solo has made more money than Ant-man & The Wasp and nobody is calling that a bomb. 😉

Solo didn’t make more money than the new Ant-man and it was 100 million-ish dollars more expensive.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=untitledhansolostarwarsanthologyfilm.htm
https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=ant-manandthewasp.htm

A film needs to make 2 - 2.5 times its budget to only break even.
Solo budget - 275 millions, needs 550 - 687.5 millions to break even, made 213 millions.
Ant-Man and the wasp - budget 162 millions, needs 324 - 405 millions to break even, made 211 millions.

So in the case that the numbers I just googled are correct, both movies bombed, but Solo lost more money.

Not necessarily true as you aren’t factoring in worldwide grosses were Ant-Man made a decent bit more.

Ultimately the bigger failure for Solo was the foreign grosses (which is what tentpoles moreso rely on there days). SW has always had a predominantly American fanbase - perhaps the fact that this was a film made specifically for a fan favorite character hurt perceptions. People in China don’t have any real allegiance to Han Solo, so maybe there was a failure in marketing there to make it seem not just for the hardcore fans.

Yes, I used only US domestic results, because those were the numbers I found.

Now speaking for myself - I have seen all of the Star Wars movies since the 1997 special editions in the same theatre. During the 1997 SE run, it was sold out. During the prequels it was full, almost sold out. TFA was sold out, Rogue One was pretty full, TLJ was pretty empty. You know how many people have been there for Solo? If I remember correctly something around 6. Star Wars used to be pretty popular here, but it’s slowly dying.

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#1236797
Topic
Rian Johnson to Head New Star Wars Trilogy
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Collipso said:

SilverWook said:

Disney is probably going to focus on Episode IX for now. Once Galaxy’s Edge opens in the theme parks they have the perfect opportunity to cross promote or announce new movies.

Funny how Solo has made more money than Ant-man & The Wasp and nobody is calling that a bomb. 😉

Solo didn’t make more money than the new Ant-man and it was 100 million-ish dollars more expensive.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=untitledhansolostarwarsanthologyfilm.htm
https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=ant-manandthewasp.htm

A film needs to make 2 - 2.5 times its budget to only break even.
Solo budget - 275 millions, needs 550 - 687.5 millions to break even, made 213 millions.
Ant-Man and the wasp - budget 162 millions, needs 324 - 405 millions to break even, made 211 millions.

So in the case that the numbers I just googled are correct, both movies bombed, but Solo lost more money.

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#1235462
Topic
Star Wars - The Lost Cut is not exactly what you think it is....
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I have absolutely no proof for this so feel free to ignore this post, but the bootleg version I used to watch on my VCR in the early 90’s was a bit different. During the chasm jump Luke first missed, then Leia kissed him, then he tried again, this time he made it and Leia kissed him again, “for luck”. I remember thinking it’s funny what a young guy can do when he’s “properly motivated”. The second difference was during the meeting before the Death Star attack. After the wamp rats comment Luke and the pilot next to him shook hands and introduced themselves. And I’m pretty sure the guy introduced himself as “Wedge”, and I was pretty confused that there are 2 different pilots named Wedge. The third and last change I remember was the third Biggs scene right before they go inside the ships. I was very confused when back in 1997 I found online a list of SE changes and this scene was listed there - to me, it was always a part of the movie. I actually had a feeling that it originally was a bit longer.

The tape doesn’t exist anymore, I replaced it with the first official VHS tapes when they were released here and later with the SE tapes, so I have absolutely no proof that these are something else than messed up memories, but if you want a rumour list, here are mine.

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#1235020
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Is <em>Revenge of the Sith</em> the Best or Worst Prequel?
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DominicCobb said:

pittrek said:

DominicCobb said:

I will say anyone who doesn’t think AOTC is the worst prequel (or the worst SW movie as a whole) is a fucking lunatic.

Wow. Thanks, I guess.

I will say I’m willing to hear an argument before I pass final lunatic status. But it’s not looking good for you.

I don’t remember insulting people who like TLJ, which is in my opinion the worst SW movie, and the worst movie I have seen in years, but OK. But what kind of “argument” you want to hear? There is nothing objectively quantifiable about opinions. I personally can’t take seriously anything which looks like a video game. Hell I’ve seen video games which look more realistic than this “movie”. If you can’t get “absorbed” in the movie, you will immediately start to notice different things. Like the acting, where you can clearly see the actors are doing it because they are contractually obligated to do so and not because they care. The story is much worse than in AOTC, it’s just a collection of random scenes followed by what seems to be a 10 hour long boring duel. Which reminds me - the editing. The scenes just come and go, most of them don’t have any beginning, middle or an end. Enough or should I continue? As I said the only positive thing I can say about this movie is that the score is great as every thing Williams ever did.

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#1234928
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Is <em>Revenge of the Sith</em> the Best or Worst Prequel?
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The Phantom Menace is just boredom. The only reason why to watch it is the John Williams score and that it’s the best looking Star Wars prequel.
I actually LIKE AOTC (yes, I’m the one person who likes it). But still, the only thing I really like are the action scenes, because those are the only scenes in the whole prequel trilogy where I feel something and care about anything what’s going on.
Which means that ROTS is definitely the worst for me. It’s not even watchable. I honestly can’t say anything positive about the movie, except for John Williams’s score is brilliant as always. It LOOKS like a computer game, the story makes no sense, the acting is horrible, the actors stopped caring a long time ago, the dialogue is like it was written by a 8 years old… Well at least it’s funny if you’re drunk enough.

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#1234651
Topic
All Things Star Trek
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SilverWook said:

I totally did not know Adam Nimoy is married to Terry Farrell. That puts Dax swooning over Spock in Trials and Tribbleations in a weird new light. 😉

I had no clue, that’s actually impressive. By the way, a few days ago I was watching a documentary about the FX legends - Skotak brothers. To my surprise I found out that Dennis Skotak is married to D.C. Fontana

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#1234053
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All Things Star Trek
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The main problem with First Contact for me are the Borg. Why is there suddenly a Borg Queen? That completely changes the character of the whole race. Why are they suddenly space zombies? Why do they fight their way to Earth through the whole fleet, and THEN travel back in time? Couldn’t they first jump to the past somewhere in the delta quadrant and then fly safely to Earth? Also why did they travel to the first contact time and not to let’s say ancient times? Why are they trying to assimilate mankind? Didn’t they use to assimilate races to get technological advances? What can they get by assimilating a bunch of savages which barely survived a world war?

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE the movie, but the plot makes no sense. And I don’t even start about Jean-Luc “The line must be drawn here” Picard.

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#1233916
Topic
All Things Star Trek
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Warbler said:

pittrek said:

Warbler said:

SilverWook said:

They can safely ignore Voyager. And Q flat out told Picard in the finale that the trial never ends.

There is one other problem with bringing Q back. John de Lancie has aged much since his last appearance in Voyager(did he make one in Enterprise). I will be obvious that he is much older. Qs are supposed to be omnipotent. I find it hard to believe they age.

That could be explained easily - he could WANT to look older to match Picard’s age or anything like that.

Possible, I suppose.

I have to say I have a bad feeling about bringing back Picard.

I have a bad feeling about Star Trek in general anymore. Once they started with the Kelvin timeline, they never should have returned to the original. The whole point of creating the Kelvin timeline was to start over and to leave the original universe to rest in peace. But now they have gone back to it. It is bound to confuse fans just getting into Trek. I think the continuity is so messed up and confused, I don’t think it can be fixed. I think I am done with it. Sorry.

Don’t be afraid, if the rumours are correct, the new Picard show will once and forever destroy the original timeline.

What do you mean by that?

There are many youtube videos covering that rumour, here is one of them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLl17YXrAZY

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#1233915
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

Warbler said:

pittrek said:

ChainsawAsh said:

I liked Insurrection…

Me too. It feels like a long TNG episode, which for many people is a problem, and it contradicts an episode of TNG, but compared to Nemesis it’s a masterpiece.

Which episode did Insurrection contradict?

I don’t remember the English titles of the episodes, but there was the last episode with Wesley, I think season 7 - the situation was similar - the Federation has decided to forcefully remove a colony of American Indians because somebody else wanted it. Picard’s attitude was “I don’t like it, but it’s an order”. In Insurrection the situation is very similar, but now for some reason Picard decides to do a small insurrection to defend them.

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#1233875
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

Warbler said:

SilverWook said:

They can safely ignore Voyager. And Q flat out told Picard in the finale that the trial never ends.

There is one other problem with bringing Q back. John de Lancie has aged much since his last appearance in Voyager(did he make one in Enterprise). I will be obvious that he is much older. Qs are supposed to be omnipotent. I find it hard to believe they age.

That could be explained easily - he could WANT to look older to match Picard’s age or anything like that.

I have to say I have a bad feeling about bringing back Picard.

I have a bad feeling about Star Trek in general anymore. Once they started with the Kelvin timeline, they never should have returned to the original. The whole point of creating the Kelvin timeline was to start over and to leave the original universe to rest in peace. But now they have gone back to it. It is bound to confuse fans just getting into Trek. I think the continuity is so messed up and confused, I don’t think it can be fixed. I think I am done with it. Sorry.

Don’t be afraid, if the rumours are correct, the new Picard show will once and forever destroy the original timeline.