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Patticus last won the day on April 6 2013

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  1. I'm well aware, and Leia still doesn't sit quite right with me, but at the same time, this is technology with ample room to grow and improve, and these movies should by rights be periodically updated to reflect the improved visuals they should receive. The DerpFakes video proves you can get good results from a low budget.
  2. That was the studio's fault, maybe Kathleen Kennedy, for messing up the release date. It was a good movie, not amazing, but far from being in any way bad, and didn't deserve to bomb. I have hope that KK's successor (assuming she does lose her job) will look at Solo, Deep Fake Harrison Ford into it... ... re-release it in an off year, then bring us Solo 2 with Taika at the helm, followed by a Taika-lead Lando TV series starring Donald Glover.
  3. The sequel trilogy was a blind overreaction to the hate that the prequel movies received. But despite the issues the prequels had (wooden acting, poor dialogue, slight overemphasis on politics), the story they told was solid, coherent, and had heart, which are things TRoS lacks. TFA and TLJ work well together and are both fine Star Wars films, but the trilogy as a whole is a mess, because of the lack of a Marvel-/Lucas-style framework and guiding visionary. This feels like the result of the exclusion of Lucas, or someone who could represent his vision just as well, like Favreau, or Filoni. But the sequels are made and, beyond reinserting some cut dialogue scenes to slow up the pacing in places and restore Rose Tico's place, there's very little to be done now but grudgingly accept them. A new SW film is to be announced in 2020. Directors (and others) who should be considered for future films, I think, must include: Dave Filoni, Deborah Chow, Taika Waititi (for Solo 2 please), Jon Favreau, Rian Johnson, George Lucas, Ron Howard, and Tony Gilroy (who re-shot Rogue One). I'm open to others, of course, but these people should be considered at least. Taika, especially, as I think he'd rock a Solo sequel. But most important is setting up the framework for any new series of films, working out and agreeing on story arcs before production begins, allowing each director the room to do what they want without actively interfering with other directors' work, and generally ensuring that the films aren't overreactions to previous efforts, within or without the immediate series.
  4. In RotS, Yoda suggests that the much-vaunted prophecy (which is apparently revealed in the recently released prequel novel, Master & Apprentice) has been misread. It's now thought that he did bring balance to the Force - in the Mortis arc of TCW, which is referenced in his one TRoS line ("Bring balance, as I did."). He saved his son from the possession Palpatine threatened Rey with, some are now saying. That's why Vader met Luke's lightsaber with his own when Palpatine goaded him into attacking. He also bought time, I suppose. Time necessary for a new generation of Jedi to emerge. But when it did, Luke sensed Palpatine's influence over Ben, misreading it as the puppet Snoke (because nobody knew he hadn't been fully vanquished), reacted instinctively, and the New Jedi Order fell again. I don't think Palps was necessary. A far more interesting story would have seen the ascendant Kylo Ren enthroned and that conflict between him and Rey playing out on their own terms. But we got what we got, which ironically was one of the excuses Disney/Kathleen Kennedy gave for erasing the old EU, and it works in its own way.
  5. TLJ was an extremely well constructed film, with solidly written and realistic female characters, a story that challenged the characters and forced them to learn hard lessons, a beautiful rhyme of the TCW Mortis arc that expertly paved the way for the end of TRoS. It had several great messages (articulated succinctly by Yoda and Rose) and iconic sequences, and the best use of fan service in the new trilogy. It was both thoughtful and thought provoking, pacifistic to the end, and despite its pace being slower than TFA and TRoS, it was still highly watchable, with excellent cinematography and iconic scenes throughout. It also has the best lightsaber duel, involving no physical contact at all, establishing forever Luke's bonafides as a true Jedi Master. Rian Johnson deserves to be involved in the future of the franchise, alongside Favreau, Filoni, Chow and others. He is fantastic.
  6. Do, please, tell me what rating the films have. Because I saw the OT in the theater when I was 9 with zero issues. Being a kids movie series doesn't necessitate pink fluffiness everywhere with no death - dark themes, when explored appropriately and suited to the story being told, can absolutely enrich kids movies.
  7. If you've seen the opening crawl, a speech is referenced. The entire impetus of the film. It was only broadcast in Fortnite, as part of its TRoS celebration. A baffling and, frankly, nonsensical decision, that alienates everyone who isn't obsessed with that game. Whatever happened to YouTube? Or Battlefront 2? Or any other format? George Lucas is the original visionary. Dave Filoni is a large part of why Clone Wars, Rebels, Resistance and Mandalorian were so good. He's very likely second only to Lucas in his knowledge of the Star Wars universe, at least among those who are currently creating canon content for it, and his work is very highly regarded. Jon Favreau is also involved in The Mandalorian, and I have the utmost confidence in his ability as a result. Deborah Chow is heading up the new Obi-Wan Disney+ series, and she's directed two episodes of Mandalorian, alongside episodes of American Gods, The Man In The High Castle, and other shows. She also had a cameo in Mandalorian alongside Filoni as an X-Wing pilot. Everybody is concerned about George Lucas going it alone like he did with the prequels - but if he had a team of this caliber working with him on writing, direction, etc, moderating his excesses, then I don't see how it could fail. They've all got proven track records working together, they wouldn't all need to be involved all of the time, but they're the Dream Team as far as I'm concerned. It's Disney. It doesn't have "respect" for anything, it does whatever it can to further its market dominance and make money - hence the glut of live action remakes, many of them shoddy. This is what happens when toxic fans ruin things for the creator of the thing they claim to love, and lead him to selling up. Nobody will do it like they did, particularly if they decide to ignore most of their suggestions and ideas afterwards, as Abrams and Kennedy did. Thankfully, several elements of Lucas's original sequel trilogy did make it through to the new films, but in my view, not enough. Kennedy's getting the boot now, though, it seems. And FYI, the toxic "fans" are the ones who (loudly) feel the compulsion to make others not be able to enjoy watching (or making) the films, be they prequels or sequels. They're the ones who chased KMT off social media. They're the ones who ruin good things for others. Kids and adults enjoy the new Star Wars films, as I do. I was a kid when the prequels came out, and I both understood and enjoyed them too. I have very mixed emotions about what Disney, Abrams, Johnson and Kennedy have created, but I think you're mis-characterizing the new movies. Yes, even TRoS - it's a frenetic film,in desperate need of a Director's Cut with half an hour of additional content that slows up the pace a bit, and provides more depth to new characters and old, but it isn't to my mind what you describe. It was always a film series for children. All of the films were made with kids in mind first and foremost. That isn't to say that there aren't elements that people of all ages can enjoy, or that adults can appreciate more, but these were always kids movies, and it's important that we all remember that.
  8. Lucas had a story to tell, too, but he sold his company after making Star Wars stopped being fun. Perhaps, instead of being so relentlessly unforgiving and needlessly negative, so-called "fans" should have treated the prequels as the kids movies they so obviously were, and not some stain on the cultural fabric of America, or some assault on the original trilogy.
  9. Maybe you should watch it before you cast judgment. It's a divisive film, as just about every Star Wars film is. It needed another 10-30 minutes to set the pacing right, Fortnite should never have been gifted that opening line, Kelly Marie Tran was sidelined in an awful capitulation to the toxic "fans," the performances were on point for the most part, and new characters felt incredibly under-used given the caliber of the talent they got for them. It was an enjoyable ride, rhyming where it counted with prior films, but my feelings overall are mixed. I need time and repeat viewings. Abrams did about as well as he could, but this one (and let's face it, both previous ones) should've been given to George Lucas, Dave Filoni, Jon Favreau, and Deborah Chow. I hold out hope that Lucas's Whills plot will be explored in a future Star Wars film series, and done justice to.
  10. The worst night in modern British political history, and the opener to what will likely be the darkest five years of our lives. Expect sharp increases in persecution of minorities, the LGBTQ etc communities, expect sharp rises in poverty and homelessness, among many other things. This election also marks a final end to Britain's role in combating the climate crisis, and the implementation of left-wing policies that might mitigate it, or its knock-on effects. If you can leave the country, I suggest you do so.
  11. 232 patriots, 196 career criminals. Un-fucking-believable.
  12. Anything that keeps the country from crashing out is a good thing, just as long as Boris doesn't win out in the end. But more time also means more time for the right-wing press to spread its lies and propaganda.
  13. It would be no bad thing at all to force every Republican politician to publicly vote against impeachment after all of the evidence gathering, the hearings, the damning testimony from the apparently ever increasing number of whistleblowers. That way, five years down the line, when the whole GOP is decrying Trumpism, when they're all claiming to have been against him from the beginning (as they inevitably will), we can point to the impeachment votes and say, "No, you definitely supported and enabled the kleptocratic, kakistocratic, stochastic terrorist fascism of the would-be King Trump, you sickening fucks." Then we curb stomp their worthless careers and replace them with more AOCs.
  14. While yes, CNN can be and has been shady (all that free-of-charge wall-to-wall Trump coverage during the 2016 election, for one), Sandmann and his friends are hardly the good, innocent boys they claim to be: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/covington-catholic-high-school-nathan-philips-video-nick-sandman-native-american-man-maga-trump-a8740876.html
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