Page 31 of 31 FirstFirst ... 21293031
Results 751 to 772 of 772

Thread: Star Wars Anthology Discussion

  1. #751
    Poppy Watashi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Big Apple, 3 AM
    Posts
    11,110
    The only "re-imagining" is Rey who is a combination of the best parts of Luke, Leia, and Han. Poe, Kylo, and Finn are their own characters not tied to any traits of the original cast.
    I'm back to rating shit again.

    Carol (Todd Haynes) - ***
    Phoenix (Christian Petzold) - ***½
    The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino) - ***½
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens (JJ Abrams) - ***
    The Mend (John Magary) - ***


    "Hitchcock is really bad at suspense."
    - Stay Puft

  2. #752
    It's very generous ascribing a "character" to Poe, who is generic pilot 101 but with the added feature of disappearing randomly for most of the film.
    Last 10 Movies Seen
    Manchester by the Sea (2016) 72
    Arrival
    (2016) 63
    /Se7en (1995) 95
    /Dredd (2012) 58
    /This is the End
    (2014) 74
    /The Blair Witch Project
    (1999) 38
    Juvenile Offender (2012) 42
    /Green Room (2016) 70
    The Interview
    (2014) 56
    The Big Sky (1952) 64


    Stuff at Letterboxd


  3. #753
    Replacing Luck Since 1984 Dukefrukem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    New Hampshire Cabin
    Posts
    28,554
    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    It's very generous ascribing a "character" to Poe, who is generic pilot 101 but with the added feature of disappearing randomly for most of the film.
    And showing up when the script needed him to.

    Just Watched
    Payback (1999) ★★★★
    The Avengers (2012) ★★★★★
    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) ★★★★½
    Ghostbusters II (1989) ★★★★
    Ghostbusters (1984) ★★★★★


    Currently Playing | Played
    The Witness (Steam) ★★★★★

    TV Show Currently Watching | Watched
    Twin Peaks (S1) ...
    The Defenders (S1) ★

    Currently Reading | Read
    Songs of Susannah (King) ...
    Wolves of Calla (King) ★



    Thoughts/ Twitch.tv / Youtube / Film Diary

    Quote Quoting D_Davis (view post)
    Uwe Boll movies > all Marvel U movies

  4. #754
    Administrator Ezee E's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Denver
    Posts
    25,689
    That could be more on Oscar Isaac who makes something terrific out of small material.

    LATEST SEEN
    Big Sick - *** 1/2
    mother! - ***
    It - **


    twitter

  5. #755
    walks with the dead. Dead & Messed Up's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    9,399
    Guys, Poe is gay, and he's got it so bad for Finn. Do you even internet?

  6. #756
    A Platypus Grouchy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    7,258
    Quote Quoting Watashi (view post)
    The only "re-imagining" is Rey who is a combination of the best parts of Luke, Leia, and Han. Poe, Kylo, and Finn are their own characters not tied to any traits of the original cast.
    Whaaaaaat? I mean, Rey and Poe are bland, forgettable stereotypes. But what amazes me most is your defense of Kylo, who's a shit discount Darth Vader if there ever was one. I wish I could see this movie the way you do.

  7. #757
    Poppy Watashi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Big Apple, 3 AM
    Posts
    11,110
    Or just see movies by paying attention.

    Ren is a "discount Darth Vader" because that's who he strives to be. Abrams and Driver have created an angry MRA-type fanboy who loses his temper when things don't go his way. He wears a mask, not because of a breathing problem, but because it is a facade to hide his pathetic self. He is constantly being tempted by the light side, a theme not explored in the Star Wars universe thus far. He is not the intimidating force that is Vader. He is dangerous because he is unhinged and torn from his parents.

    Rey's opening scene explains who she is and what she wants without her ever opening her mouth.

    This isn't reading inbetween the lines. It's all right there in the film.
    I'm back to rating shit again.

    Carol (Todd Haynes) - ***
    Phoenix (Christian Petzold) - ***½
    The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino) - ***½
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens (JJ Abrams) - ***
    The Mend (John Magary) - ***


    "Hitchcock is really bad at suspense."
    - Stay Puft

  8. #758
    good for health Skitch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Neo-Ohio
    Posts
    9,536
    I'm fine with all that, Wats. I don't have the regular complaints I've read online. I don't care who Rey's parents are. I hope its not a plot point. My issues are with how illogical Starkiller Base is on a design level, why they went with a Deathstar 2.0 anyway, not knowing what the First Order wants and if its the destruction of the New Republic then why build such an illogical Starkiller Base, and lastly, I feel like there should have been more clarity on the exact failing of Luke's school and his falling out with Kylo. More than a Force dream that is left to interpretation until we get the next entry.

    I don't have issue with Poe disappearing for half the film because it was obviously implied he was thought dead. It feeds our main character Finn and his arc.

  9. #759
    walks with the dead. Dead & Messed Up's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    9,399
    Rey's opening sequences nicely explain a want (to leave the planet), but the film afterward complicates things by piling on one Force power after another (it doesn't show her evolve - she just learns she has them when she needs them) and by creating an obscurantist backstory about her family. It adds a dream sequence that plays like something you'd see in a TV pilot, which kicks the can to Rian Johnson, who has to make sense of JJ's smattering of imagery. And once she leaves Tatooine-2, her desire to leave the planet is officially over, and she doesn't have a firm motivation that we can hang onto. It's all very reactionary.

    And not to be uber-predictable-fanboy, but I was rewatching bits of Fury Road yesterday, and it struck me that Nux and Finn are riffs on the same idea - a defector to fascism who allies with rebels and even tries to help save the day in the end (Finn gets cut down, Nux martyrs himself) - but Nux, with less dialogue and more action, feels more consistent and cleanly developed as a character. I think the big difference is that his film gives us space to see him as a brainwashed soldier. We see him struggle to do a good job. We see him fail and despair. And we see why he defects.

  10. #760
    Since 1929 Morris Schæffer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Belgium
    Posts
    9,095
    Here are my rankings:

    1. Episode V
    2. Episode IV
    3. Episode VI
    4. Episode III
    5. Episode VII
    6. Rogue One
    7. Episode I
    8. Episode II
    MOVIES

    • The Deer Hunter (Cimino, 1978) ♦♦♦
    • Lion (Davis, 2016) ♦♦♦
    • It (Muschietti, 2017) ♦♦♦
    • Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (Cameron, 1991) ♦♦♦♦
    • The Terminator (Cameron, 1984) ♦♦♦♦ rewatch
    • Abduction (Singleton, 2011)
    • Titanic 3D (Cameron, 1997) ♦♦♦♦
    • Baby Driver (Wright, 2017) ♦♦♦
    • Dunkirk (Nolan, 2017) ♦♦♦♦
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming (Watts, 2017) ♦♦½
    • War for the Planet of the Apes (Reeves, 2017) ♦♦♦½
    • The Mummy (Kurtzman, 2017) ♦½

    TV

    • House of Cards (S5) ♦♦♦ / The Americans (S5) ♦♦♦♦ / Game of Thrones (S7) ♦♦♦½
    • The Americans (S4) ♦♦♦♦ / Better Call Saul (S3) ♦♦♦ / The Americans (S3) ♦♦♦♦

    -----------------------------------------------------
    More FBI Guys

  11. #761
    The Pan megladon8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Ottawa, Canada
    Posts
    23,816
    I thought we saw pretty clearly why Finn defected, in like the first 10 minutes.
    Last Seen (out of 10):

    Man Vs. - 6.5
    Blair Witch - 4
    Get Out - 8.5
    Scream - 7
    Arrival - 8

  12. #762
    walks with the dead. Dead & Messed Up's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    9,399
    Quote Quoting megladon8 (view post)
    I thought we saw pretty clearly why Finn defected, in like the first 10 minutes.
    I don't buy the reason they provide, because I have no foundation for recognizing why this specific stormtrooper has the unique reaction he has, which is a first in the Star Wars universe.

    But honestly, I'll just start ranting about his character's utter incoherence if I keep typing, so stopping.

  13. #763
    Replacing Luck Since 1984 Dukefrukem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    New Hampshire Cabin
    Posts
    28,554
    Quote Quoting Dead & Messed Up (view post)
    I don't buy the reason they provide, because I have no foundation for recognizing why this specific stormtrooper has the unique reaction he has, which is a first in the Star Wars universe.
    Well, to be fair, all the previous storm-troopers were clones.

    Fin was "recruited" at a young age because the dissolved empire needed to refresh their army.

    Just Watched
    Payback (1999) ★★★★
    The Avengers (2012) ★★★★★
    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) ★★★★½
    Ghostbusters II (1989) ★★★★
    Ghostbusters (1984) ★★★★★


    Currently Playing | Played
    The Witness (Steam) ★★★★★

    TV Show Currently Watching | Watched
    Twin Peaks (S1) ...
    The Defenders (S1) ★

    Currently Reading | Read
    Songs of Susannah (King) ...
    Wolves of Calla (King) ★



    Thoughts/ Twitch.tv / Youtube / Film Diary

    Quote Quoting D_Davis (view post)
    Uwe Boll movies > all Marvel U movies

  14. #764
    Second star to the right [ETM]'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Novi Sad, Serbia
    Posts
    7,634
    Fin's earlier life is expanded upon in the second film.

  15. #765
    - - - - - Irish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    8,130

  16. #766
    Replacing Luck Since 1984 Dukefrukem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    New Hampshire Cabin
    Posts
    28,554
    I'm sure wild for Ron is having breakfast for lunch.

    Just Watched
    Payback (1999) ★★★★
    The Avengers (2012) ★★★★★
    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) ★★★★½
    Ghostbusters II (1989) ★★★★
    Ghostbusters (1984) ★★★★★


    Currently Playing | Played
    The Witness (Steam) ★★★★★

    TV Show Currently Watching | Watched
    Twin Peaks (S1) ...
    The Defenders (S1) ★

    Currently Reading | Read
    Songs of Susannah (King) ...
    Wolves of Calla (King) ★



    Thoughts/ Twitch.tv / Youtube / Film Diary

    Quote Quoting D_Davis (view post)
    Uwe Boll movies > all Marvel U movies

  17. #767
    Replacing Luck Since 1984 Dukefrukem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    New Hampshire Cabin
    Posts
    28,554

    Just Watched
    Payback (1999) ★★★★
    The Avengers (2012) ★★★★★
    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) ★★★★½
    Ghostbusters II (1989) ★★★★
    Ghostbusters (1984) ★★★★★


    Currently Playing | Played
    The Witness (Steam) ★★★★★

    TV Show Currently Watching | Watched
    Twin Peaks (S1) ...
    The Defenders (S1) ★

    Currently Reading | Read
    Songs of Susannah (King) ...
    Wolves of Calla (King) ★



    Thoughts/ Twitch.tv / Youtube / Film Diary

    Quote Quoting D_Davis (view post)
    Uwe Boll movies > all Marvel U movies

  18. #768
    good for health Skitch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Neo-Ohio
    Posts
    9,536
    I remember reading one of the books had a big chunk about the spice mines. I recall really enjoying it. I wonder if that was in the Corellian trilogy?

  19. #769
    Sunshine and peace Wryan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Charleston
    Posts
    4,692
    Oh thank god I thought he was hinting at a Spicer cameo.
    "How is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home wine-making course and forgot how to drive?"

    - Our Homer

  20. #770
    Administrator Ezee E's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Denver
    Posts
    25,689
    Quote Quoting Skitch (view post)
    I remember reading one of the books had a big chunk about the spice mines. I recall really enjoying it. I wonder if that was in the Corellian trilogy?
    Ditto.

    LATEST SEEN
    Big Sick - *** 1/2
    mother! - ***
    It - **


    twitter

  21. #771
    walks with the dead. Dead & Messed Up's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    9,399
    You can just base that on the movies, though. "Spice mines of Kessel" and "Kessel run" are mentioned in the original.

  22. #772
    Replacing Luck Since 1984 Dukefrukem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    New Hampshire Cabin
    Posts
    28,554
    He also could be trolling us

    Just Watched
    Payback (1999) ★★★★
    The Avengers (2012) ★★★★★
    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) ★★★★½
    Ghostbusters II (1989) ★★★★
    Ghostbusters (1984) ★★★★★


    Currently Playing | Played
    The Witness (Steam) ★★★★★

    TV Show Currently Watching | Watched
    Twin Peaks (S1) ...
    The Defenders (S1) ★

    Currently Reading | Read
    Songs of Susannah (King) ...
    Wolves of Calla (King) ★



    Thoughts/ Twitch.tv / Youtube / Film Diary

    Quote Quoting D_Davis (view post)
    Uwe Boll movies > all Marvel U movies

Page 31 of 31 FirstFirst ... 21293031

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
An forum