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tomierna's Avatar Picture tomierna (Admin) – December 08, 2007 02:41AM Reply Quote
Film, TV, video DVD, DV, Flash. Put the Multi to use here, folks.

ARL (Moderator) – December 16, 2017 09:15PM Reply Quote

"what, a Star Destroyer can fucking hover in an atmosphere now"

And what - lightsabers, the force, hyperspace, the ability to send radio messages while in hyperspace, spaceships that have their own gravity (to name just a few) - don't bother you?

Seems you're being very selective with your "Neil DeGrasse Tyson"-ing of Star Wars. It's make believe.

(Unless it gets really silly with nonsense like Midoclorian bloodcounts and whatnot, that's just absurd...)

El Jeffe – December 17, 2017 10:37AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
yeah, about the only thing I want is to be entertained, and as few germs on public seats as possible. :)

ddt – December 17, 2017 12:08PM Reply Quote
Then you might not want to go to some small town theatres, Jeffe (see second graf): https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2017/12/16/the-star-war-wasok/

I guess what bugged me about the hover is just a) internal inconsistency and b) the trend of recent filmmakers who take on nostalgia titles and try to jam sequences AND plot into single-shot tableaus that they think are "cool" or "iconic", no matter what else suffers. I'm thinking largely, here, of Snyder, but Abrams does it too and this has modeled that behavior to others.


ARL (Moderator) – December 17, 2017 06:41PM Reply Quote
Did Abrams direct Rogue One? (edit: no)

ddt – December 17, 2017 07:20PM Reply Quote
Yes, I know that. Of course I know that. I don't want this to turn into personal attacks/defensiveness.

You obviously treasure all that. That's fine. I like weird things few other people like. But I'm just saying it doesn't work for me (I don't think I'm alone in this), and then trying to explain why, rather than just say "it suuuuucks".

He is kind of in charge of the direction of the franchise, but I was saying more that he's an influence.


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ARL (Moderator) – December 17, 2017 08:22PM Reply Quote
Sorry, didn't mean my last comment to be snippy. I googled mid-post hence the edit. And yes, Abrams is still an influence as you say (but I'd argue a slightly better one than Snyder or Lucas).

ARL (Moderator) – December 17, 2017 08:34PM Reply Quote
Apropos of nothing, and because this is a safer space than Facebook: My extremely subjective Star Was rated filmography

Equal 1st: Empire and TLJ (I dunno if this is just post-cinema "afterglow", we'll see how I feel after a second viewing)

Third: Rogue One (they all die, that's dark af...)

Fourth: A New Hope

Fifth: The Force Awakens (or if you're a cynic, "A New Hope 2.0")

Sixth: Return of the Jedi (aka "muppets are cheap labor")

*************** All above this line are pretty decent, below is where the "meh" starts ********************

A distant seventh: Revenge of the Sith

*************** And this is where the "ow, it burns!" butthurt begins ***********************

A *very* distant eighth: Attack of the Arseclowns

Ninth: The Star Wars 1978 Christmas Special (Wookie porn!)

And bringing up the skid-marked rear at Tenth: The Trashed Franchise er, Phantom Menace (I felt truly violated leaving the cinema after that abomination)


John Willoughby – December 18, 2017 12:22PM Reply Quote
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No way is Phantom Menace worse than Life Day Special. Beatrice Arthur sang, man. She SANG.

Mokers (Moderator) – December 18, 2017 02:52PM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
John Willoughby
Beatrice Arthur sang, man. She SANG.

Wait, this is a feature, not a bug!

John Willoughby – December 18, 2017 04:37PM Reply Quote
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John Willoughby
Beatrice Arthur sang, man. She SANG.

Wait, this is a feature, not a bug!

Not when it's 1978 and you're looking forward to the first new Star Wars material since the movie. (No, I don't count books. Splinter of the Mind's Eye sucked.)

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ARL (Moderator) – December 18, 2017 07:58PM Reply Quote
My hatred for Jar Jar is strong...

(Mind you, it been a long time since I watched the special, it's really only fragments...)

ARL (Moderator) – December 19, 2017 01:21AM Reply Quote


I lasted 16 minutes. I concede I was wrong, come back Jar Jar, all is forgiven...

El Jeffe – December 19, 2017 09:09PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
The Crown, S2e9 - lotsanazis
Ok, I have no clue about Philip and nazis. seems like more nazis that I would have expected. I would have expected zero.
That episode has the most poignant nazi scene i can recall; or expect. right up until his father ....
I could have done without that whole episode, personally. But it was apropos on this day when I was 'hard' on one of mine trying to kick their ass into gear for their own good. and it worked....

ddt – December 19, 2017 09:31PM Reply Quote
The British royals were of German stock, remember. And there was (maybe is) a long and strong fascination with fascism in England -- V for Vendetta was a direct commentary on that, and Thatcherism was a flirtation with it. Nazis were welcome in social circles, especially the upper ones, prior to the outbreak of WWII.


ARL (Moderator) – December 19, 2017 10:33PM Reply Quote

ddt – December 26, 2017 12:23AM Reply Quote
Doctor Who Christmas special -- I bought into it, though I wish the Doctor had paused more at the sad moment when the captain said, "World War... One???". Liked his noting motivations he wanted for the next Doctor -- we should repeat these things to ourselves every day about our daily selves. Thoughts?

Also watched the first two episodes of Jean-Claude Van Johnson, which was silly and fun.


El Jeffe – January 28, 2018 01:49PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Been watching this KickStarter video production where they visit all 2560 train stations in the UK...

John Willoughby – February 07, 2018 04:32PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Yes, people are definitely clamoring for more tame shows.

Looking forward to Apple's Game of Scones.

ARL (Moderator) – February 07, 2018 06:47PM Reply Quote
To think that Apple once flew a pirate flag. How did Apple become so conservative?

John Willoughby – February 07, 2018 07:07PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Apple's always aimed at the mass market, though they don't always hit it. I think that they're confused about where the masses are on video entertainment these days, though.

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