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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread

ZkinandBonez said:

SilverWook said:

The artist did a lot of covers for the German Perry Rhodan novels. It looks like creative swipes from iconic spaceships happened more than once in the series. Not sure if these are the same artist.

Thanks. For a moment there I was wondering if Lucas or ILM had “borrowed” the design from some random book cover.

However, it’s interesting that the artist choose to add domes to the ship (presumably to differentiate it somewhat) since the Interdictor Star Destroyers introduced in the EU in the 90’s more-or-less did the same thing.

There is a dome on the bottom of an ISD though. So, just move it up top and duplicate - you get that thing.

AOTC score questions

alexp120 said:

SomethingStarWarsRelated said:

What does it mean when music is “tracked”? Because, apparently there was a lot of it in this movie. I know chunks of TPM were used. And I know pieces of the actual soundtrack were not used.

Actually, the meaning that ‘tracking’ references is the practice of using music that is not written exclusively for the film that is being worked on. It can be music from other films, classical or contemporary music that has been released commercially (the film, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ is a good example), or even pop music–old and new.

There was a separate release of the AOTC soundtrack CD with one bonus track, "On The Conveyor Belt," that was sold exclusively by the store-chain, Target.

I think in the case of AOTC, it refers to the fact that Williams wrote a bunch of music that could be used for scenes which Lucas was still figuring out/editing/re-editing, especially the battle at the end. This is a very different way of doing things than the OT, wherein Williams would receive the finished (save a few minor final cuts) film and write the music to match the nearly-final cut. This allows for a lot of nice touches to the music (timing to match events on screen), but restricts the director & editor to finish his work on time and then commit to it.

James Bond 007 Thread

moviefreakedmind said:

It looks like they’re not discarding all of the horrible, embarrassing plot developments that came in Spectre. My anticipation for this upcoming Bond movie is basically rock bottom. Why can’t they figure out that when you fuck around and try to do direct sequels to previous films in this series, it doesn’t work? This is evident in Quantum and Spectre. Bond doesn’t need to be a cinematic universe. The reason the series is so great is because anyone can drop in for a film and not need to have seen the previous ones. Why can’t we just have a great, standalone adventure anymore?

Because cinema is dead, movies & tv have merged, etc. See:

The original Marvel Star Wars series

Shopping Maul said:

SilverWook said:

Yeah, I’d be interested to know how many Marvel movie adaptations were done without seeing the finished film. Did they all feature scenes that were ultimately cut? Jack Kirby’s version of 2001: A Space Odyssey being the exception as it was done around 1976.

An interesting one (for me at least) was the Conan '82 adaptation. It’s vastly different to the finished film, but over the years it has become increasingly evident that it was pretty accurate in terms of the original script. That’s what’s so fascinating to me - it’s almost as if two parallel versions of these movies were being created. A lot of the stuff that seemed so inaccurate in the TESB adaptation has shown up in deleted scenes and script drafts.

ROTJ was probably the most ‘film accurate’ adaptation I was aware of back in the day, but for me it arguably has better dialogue than the movie in a number of places. I see it as a kind of ‘what if ROTJ had been directed by someone else’.

This reminds me of the original Back to the Future novelization

AFI Silver Theater in Washington DC area showing Episodes 1-8

The AFI Silver, in Silver Spring, MD, is showing all 8 Episodes.

  • The Phantom Menace: May 3rd, 4pm
  • Attack of the Clones: May 3rd, 7pm
  • Revenge of the Sith: May 3rd, 10pm; May 4th, 11am
  • A New Hope: May 4th, 2:30pm; May 5th, 5:30pm
  • The Empire Strikes Back: May 4th, 5:30pm; May 5th, 8:30pm; May 6th, 6:30pm
  • Return of the Jedi: May 4th, 8:30pm; May 6th, 9:20pm
  • The Force Awakens: May 5th, 11am; May 7th, 6:30pm
  • The Last Jedi: May 5th, 2pm; May 7th, 9:20pm

The OT listings say “1977/1997”, so it’s definitely SE - wouldn’t really surprise me if it was actually 2004 or 2011 versions, though I don’t recall what’s been the case at previous AFI Silver showings. No idea what versions of the prequels it’ll be, but probably whatever the most recent digital copy is. The ticketing shows them as playing in Theater 1, where do have the ability to project real film - but I’d be surprised in this case.

I’m tempted to go see The Phantom Menace, as I haven’t seen that in years and it’d be nice to see it on the big screen again, but schedule may prevent me.