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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 22, 2015, 05:58:30 PM »
Thank you Griffith and everyone for the input. One other question I had; are most of the prequels solely dependent on CGI? I grew up in the 80s and 90s and I love practical effects like The Thing or Ray Harryhausen's work, and while I heard the Force Awakens has more traditional models and props like this, I'm not sure about the other trilogy.

90-95% of the movies are green screen. And they look awful.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 22, 2015, 05:19:52 PM »
Finally, he made what was on paper what a Star Wars prequel should have been (it's really the only one worth watching at all since the other two are basically meaningless), but it was such an over the top, overcompensating and operatic, self-satirizing mess (it's almost so bad it's good) that it's best appreciated like a play.

I agree with you completely.

Also, the Clone Wars movie wasn't too bad. It was actually supposed to be the first three episodes of the series, but Lucas wanted it in theaters. The CGI sucks, but the story isn't too bad. It leads to the best Star Wars since ESB, in my opinion. The whole series makes you really enjoy Anakin a lot and makes it actually feel sad knowing that this:

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ANAKIN: "I'M TURNING TO THE DARK SIDE!"
CHOIR: "HE'S TURNING TO THE DARK SIDE! WOOOOOOOOE!!!"

doesn't happen overnight like it did in the movies.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 22, 2015, 04:31:16 PM »
Warning: Based on that statement this man is a possibly a sadomasochist. :troll:

I wish that weren't the case, but as I've said on the board in the past...watching the Clone Wars series actually makes the prequels better tolerable. I actually don't mind them anymore.

Phantom Menace still sucks, though.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 22, 2015, 03:27:23 PM »
This will probably sound really dumb, but I have never experienced the Star Wars prequels. I watched the original trilogy growing up and loved them, but never went to the theater for those. Are they as bad as people make them out to be, or is it exaggerated? I'm still debating if I should watch them all before the Force Awakens. Thanks everyone! :)

I would recommend watching episodes 1 and 2, then watching all of the Clone Wars series, then episode 3.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 21, 2015, 08:52:00 PM »

Funny you contrast it positively against Jurassic World though; debates of subjective quality aside, isn't that in the same mold and basically it's closest equivalent (along with Star Trek 2009 for different reasons)? A "soft reboot" that technically exists in the same continuity but is basically a remake/revival with some modern wrinkles? I saw Jurassic World again recently and enjoyed it much more the second time because I knew exactly what it wasn't; so, who cares if it's truly of "classic" quality if it's basically just a reproduction anyway (that may redeem The Force Awakens for me, ultimately)? Plus, the second time I could focus on just how much it was also ripping off Aliens and kind of appreciate the nobility of that pursuit. But yeah, it's purely junk food while The Force Awakens at least has some compelling characters, accompanying story threads and some genuine forward momentum).

I've never been a huge fan of the Jurassic Park stuff. I actually preferred JP3 to JW. JW was just not...good. Hence why I called it a shitshow. Even after (forced) multiple viewings, it got worse for me. But, again, I'm not the right person to ask about it.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 21, 2015, 07:24:07 PM »
http://www.vox.com/2015/12/21/10634206/star-wars-force-awakens-box-office

No surprise there. Just glad it beat the shitshow that is/was Jurassic World.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 18, 2015, 07:49:16 PM »
More random thoughts:

Was it just me, or did that Rey vs. Kylo interrogation/force battle scene come off a little rapey? Was this intentional? Is it problematic or the ultimate in fangirl empowerment and pandering? Could that unfairly shame victims because there's no such equivalent force resistance in real life? Am I just trolling at this point? But seriously, someone's going to write a sincere 1000 word blog post on this at some point?

Anyway, it was certainly a bit ridiculous after a while of watching them strain and blink at each other, but so we're all her instant force powers, like during the "Oh yeah, I'll just use the force powerup and win the game!"


No, I agree. That whole scene felt pretty forced (pun heavily fucking intended, dammit). After a while it was like, Ok, we get it, you two are strong. I can't imagine them having done that scene in less than 20 takes. It was just so awkward and felt like something you would see on some late night comedy show. It's the only part of the movie where I actually was taken out of it because it was so silly.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 18, 2015, 04:59:43 PM »
"The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am." Re-watched the OT this week. :ganishka:

Well, I'm no less biased, and for that I don't even know if I'm going too easy on it or being unfair (I'm only holding it to the standard of my favorite movies ever from my childhood =); like did I really sit back and experience it as it was or was I so up in my head about it I was basically experiencing some paralleling meta dissonance (which the movie completely facilitates btw!). I mean, it's trying to be new and old Star Wars at once, and I actually liked the new better than their attempts to be the old, so it's like a missed opportunity on both counts? I don't know, I need to see it again with some perspective, but my first impression is it never quite rang true and my gut feeling is that's because it didn't (Immortan Joe: "MEDIOCRE!"), or worse...


Mutt Vader: "You need a teacher!"

"Part time."


Maybe you're trying too hard to analyze it? Or maybe you were trying too hard to immerse yourself in it?

I just didn't feel those. I let it take me by the hand and I loved the ride. I had some issues with it, but it never didn't feel like a Star Wars movie to me.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 18, 2015, 04:13:21 PM »
Great points, Griff. I'm the opposite, however. I embraced it from the opening scene until the end.

I'm extremely biased though since SW has been an integral part of my life since I left my dad's ball sack.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 18, 2015, 03:05:34 AM »
Just got out of the movie. Loved it all.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 15, 2015, 08:03:24 PM »
My wife actually pulled my aside last night and asked me to stop talking about the premier on Thursday night. Apparently I've been talking about the premier since November of last year, and even moreso when each new trailer dropped. I've maintained radio silence on all spoilers outside of the trailers, but knowing it premiered last night has made me fight looking up anything related to the movie with almost every ounce of will I have.

I think seeing this movie on Thursday will be the end of a prolonged orgasm, be it good or bad.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 15, 2015, 06:37:09 PM »
I still remember getting into an argument with a fan friend in high school because I took the somewhat radical position at the time that, "it was kinda bad." His response was basically, "Come on!" and "It's Star Wars!" To which I would say things like, "That's my point, WAS it?" followed by more "Come on"s.

I'll be ready at approximately 10:30pm this Thursday. :badbone:

(better make it 11 since there's probably going to be at least a half hour of previews)

Don't rush on my account though because Holiday crap is going to have me running all over afterward as well.

I'm watching it at 7pm on Thursday.

I'll refrain from sending you spoilers.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: December 15, 2015, 06:36:00 PM »
Sounds like my kind of film! lol

I said that, too, but watching it is a lot different than hearing about it.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: December 15, 2015, 11:56:45 AM »
I didn't even know bone tomahawk was out, I will definitely be watching that tonight!

There is a very brutal scene in it. Made me sick to my stomach.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: December 15, 2015, 01:44:10 AM »
What proof do we have that this is a Star Trek movie..?

I thought Beastie Boys was synonymous with Star Trek!

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: December 14, 2015, 11:26:54 PM »
What.The.Fuck.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2015! Gift time!!
« on: December 11, 2015, 06:46:37 PM »
You could always email jeff@amazon.com about this, including relevant information about each order. That would probably guarantee that such a thing does not happen again. Would likely ruin a few people's day as well.

Oh wow, awesome! Thanks, Aaz!

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2015! Gift time!!
« on: December 11, 2015, 06:17:31 PM »
My ninja skills are improving! I hope you enjoy it!

Also, Amazon is lacking in the "being sure to include the gift message" department they seem to be big on. This is the third time they haven't included one in something I sent!

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: December 11, 2015, 02:46:55 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COvnHv42T-A

X-Men: Apocalypse trailer. I really dug First Class and Days of Future Past, so I'm looking forward to this.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 342
« on: December 10, 2015, 09:10:59 PM »
I wonder if it is mentioning anything special about berserk ?

 http://www.younganimal.com/magazine/next.html

I think it's just saying that Berserk will be in that issue. Christmas day, no less.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: December 01, 2015, 12:19:38 PM »
I didn't read the comic series, so I'm curious to check this one out. Hopefully it delivers.

Ed Brubaker did one of the best runs in the character's history about 10 years ago. Most, if not all of the stuff they use is based off his run. It was really, really well done.

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News & Not News / Re: Paris Attack
« on: November 14, 2015, 12:24:16 AM »
It's still ongoing. Biggest attack on France since WW2.

Glad you're okay, dude.

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Video Games / Re: Video Game Soundtracks
« on: November 04, 2015, 07:28:34 PM »
Darksiders 2 has my favorite game OST.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYEZTeH4AHU

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Video Games / Re: The appeal of 'let's plays'
« on: November 04, 2015, 07:27:41 PM »
I'll watch them late at night when I'm eating a bowl of cereal or something, but that's about it.

Most of them I can't stand, but others are tolerable.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
« on: November 03, 2015, 03:16:49 PM »
New Preacher series, based on the comic book.

The general consensus is everyone hoping the dude who did the trailer didn't know shit about the series, or at least hopefully this isn't a sign of what's to come.

Preacher is one of my all time favorite comics, but I haven't been excited for this--even when it was just a rumor.

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