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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: April 9, 2016, 09:31 AM »
Pretty amazing to see this concept finally work.  Being able to re-use a booster like that one will be a major step forward in cutting down the costs of launching payloads into orbit.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: April 9, 2016, 06:50 AM »
That looked good, but the stylization of TRON: Legacy took me out of the movie a little bit.  It looked too good, and lacked a sense of realism.  Even some of these scenes in the beginning of the movie that were flashbacks to the 80's.  Which is odd, since they had Jeff Bridges there to perform the part.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: April 8, 2016, 05:43 PM »
Do you think the Imperial in white is Tarkin or just some Grand Admiral?

Ben Mendelsohn's character is a high ranking Imperial, but definitely not Tarkin.  There were some articles several months ago that discussed how ROGUE ONE would be incorporating a fully digital Grand Moff Tarkin.  The digital Tarkin will draw on a lot of archival Peter Cushing performances, footage and photographs to create the Tarkin character for ROGUE ONE.  We've seen some amazing looking creatures realized as digital characters, but have we ever really seen a human character convincingly realized as a digital character?  This is going to be one of the big tests for ROGUE ONE.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Product Packaging Revealed
« on: April 8, 2016, 05:10 PM »
Imperial fetishization, anyone?

I'm not surprised by the presence of a masked Imperial on the packaging.  That's stock and trade Star Wars marketing at work.  And you knew that people were going to lose their minds as soon as they saw the AT-AT's in the trailer.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: April 8, 2016, 04:16 PM »
So... you didn't see it, but still feel comfortable making the statement that it was badly written and badly edited?  Okay.

I will agree with the reviewers on one point:  the movie took a good goddamned long time to get moving anywhere because of the mantra of "ORIGIN.  REPEAT.  REINFORCE".   And there was a lot of groundwork that was getting laid out in advance of the climax of the film.  A lot of the reviews I read expressed confusion over how the story was proceeding.  Personally, I didn't get that impression.  I also got the sense from a number of reviewers that they were explicitly comparing this project to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Almost every review has avoided the big point in the movie.  That being the martyrdom aspect.  Superman has made himself a target following his showdown with Zod and the other Kryptonians that laid waste to much of Metropolis, killing thousands.  He was horrified by the fact that he had to kill Zod in order to end that threat.  He has responded by helping those in need around the world, including his new girlfriend.  He went before the U.S. Senate to answer for his actions, only to be the target of an attack disguised as a suicide bombing.  And eventually Superman sacrificed himself to end the Doomsday threat.  I certainly found there to be some significant character development for a character who is struggling to come to grips with his all powerful nature, and his intentions to do good.

I thought the nightmare sequence with the parademons and the Superman cult was interesting.  And it came across to me like a cross between Batman's fears of a world dominated by Superman combined with the threat that his presence will draw to the planet.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: April 8, 2016, 12:29 PM »
I saw this during the week and I've been digesting it.  Was this movie good?  Yes.  Was it great?  I'm not prepared to go quite that far.

I liked how Bruce Wayne/Batman's angle of the story was portrayed.  Personally, I'm still a little disappointed that they were unable to continue with the Christian Bale/Nolan parternership, but that's done.  All of that being said, I think that Affleck did a good job of portraying the character.  This iteration of Batman has clearly been at this for a long time.  He's suffered personally and has shut himself down to a degree because of the mounting personal toll.  And I think it's also led him to take an attitude of "fight for your life" where he has made the moral compromise that using deadly force can be justified in particular circumstances.  Batman's fighting style seemed updated and still very brutal.  Although there were points where he seemed a little too strong.

The setup for Batman's story arc seemed to parallel the way people reacted to the September 11th attacks.  There was a paradigm shift following a mass tragedy.   But in Bruce Wayne/Batman's mind, the threat was an alien who was so powerful that he could lay waste to cities.  And when he ran into that ash cloud to rescue people from Wayne Financial?  You could not help but see the parallels drawn by the falling of the World Trade Center in 2001.  Personally, that's something that doesn't sit well with me since I saw that ash cloud first hand on the day of that attack.  But it was nonetheless a powerful storytelling device.

As for Superman's end of the story?  The personal conflict is there, too.  Although he's presented with the notion of whether he should be this savior for humanity.  It's interesting to see that the relationship between him and Lois Lane has been accelerated.  And I think it was because of that relationship that Lex Luthor was able to figure out who Superman was, and how to attack the vulnerable points in his life like his girlfriend and mother.  Let's face it, too.  A different hairstyle and glasses are not going to cut it in maintaining a secret identity.  This is 2016, and facial recognition software would be able to tell anyone with a decent photo of Superman just who he really is.  I don't know that I would call that a "plot hole" (a term that I've come to find really irksome from the current generation of armchair film critics) as much as a dated aspect of the design of the Superman character.

Luthor was thoroughly douchey, although I suspect that was the intent.  He recognized the world changing aspect of having this Kryptonian tech on Earth and sought to gain control of it for his own ends.  Hence the acquisition of the Kryptonite, and the move to experiment on Zod's body and get access to the scout ship.  As for the creation of Doomsday?  I have to plead some ignorance since I've never really been a DC guy.  Doomsday seemed like a major global threat.  This certainly provided the right moment for Superman to team up with Batman and Wonder Woman.  And Luthor's files on the other "meta humans" seemed like an interesting way to introduce a range of characters without a full slate of origin stories.

And then there were the critics and the reviews.  I think that a lot of them set out to compare this movie to something else, whether it was the Nolan Batman trilogy or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or previous Superman projects, or whatever else.  Was that fair to THIS project?  Probably not.  But that's the studio's cross to bear when they seem so intent to regularly reboot these properties because they don't have a solid grasp on creating a big picture universe that can involve these characters who regularly cross over into one another's storylines.

Then there are the genre film fans.  And I think there are some that have clearly chosen sides in the decades old DC vs Marvel school of thought.  As far as movies go, Marvel has had the more solid footing in terms of crafting a movie & TV universe that has tied things together in a somewhat cohesive fashion.  And they've been pretty successful, despite a number of early missteps.  I think the MCU combined with fans who aggressively use social media made for a climate where it was going to be tough for a DC cinematic universe launch to be successful.  At least tougher than when the first Iron Man film came out.  Launching a comic movie universe when there's no competition is one thing.  Launching a second movie universe when one has been in existance for close to 10 years (with a number of films that have further developed those characters) makes for an uphill battle for the new venture.  Looking at "Dawn of Justice" on it's own, I think it's okay.  But when the comparisons with the MCU start coming in?  It's going to get heated.  And I really think that's been one of the root causes for the hostility towards this project.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: April 7, 2016, 12:00 PM »
And Mon Mothma?  Nice!  It even looks like they got the same actress that played her in REVENGE OF THE SITH.

According to EW, it is indeed the same actress.

I checked IMDB as soon as I saw the trailer hit.  It definitely made for some nice viewing on the train this morning.  Anyhow, that was around around 8:30 ET.  At that time there was no listing for Mon Mothma on the ROGUE ONE page.  But it's been updated, and Genevieve O'Reilly, who played Mon Mothma in ROTS, is now listed on IMDB as part of the cast.

What I'm really curious about now?  Does Ian McDiarmid factor in as a cast member now given the scene showing those Royal Guards?

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: April 7, 2016, 11:27 AM »
I would think it's Emporer Palpatine by virtue of the Royal Guards standing sentry.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: April 7, 2016, 11:13 AM »
Here are some screencaps that caught my eye:

The return of Mon Mothma?

And Royal Guards, anyone?

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: April 7, 2016, 09:31 AM »
Seeing the Yavin IV base really does help bring you back.  Especially with the Rebel Troopers in that ANH era gear.  And Mon Mothma?  Nice!  It even looks like they got the same actress that played her in REVENGE OF THE SITH.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: April 6, 2016, 07:18 PM »
Looks like a trailer will hit tomorrow on GMA!  Check out the teaser:

I watched the deleted scenes, too.  And I get the sense that there might be some more that will be packaged in another release down the line.  It sucks to be that cynical about things, but I think there have been some very calculated decisions by a range of studios that release assorted versions of their content over an extended timeframe.

I liked the scene between Finn and the Villager.  It really cemented his decision to not kill innocents in his service to the First Order.  But when you compare this scene with the scene where the Stormtroopers have lined up the villagers to execute them, Finn doesn't fire.  And it's shown quite deliberately.  Combine that with Kylo Ren's recognition of something being wrong with FN-2187, and I can understand why this scene was cut.  Because it was redundant.

I liked the message from Jakku scene, too.  But I think the reveal of Poe on D'Qar and his brief dialogue with Finn saying "I woke up at night..." covered that point.  And I think having Leia revealed in the scene where her transport arrives on Takodana works better for the flow of the movie.

The scenes where the X-wings are taking off and going to lightspeed as well as the snowspeeder chase came across like they were cut before those effects were completely finished.

The one scene that I think could have stayed in the film?  Finn being treated in the medical center.  It brought together how much Rey cared for him, and also established the fact that Finn was going to recover.  The way Rey said goodbye to Finn in the movie left his status dangling somewhat.

I was really hoping to see the deleted scene where Unkar Plutt followed Rey and the Falcon to Takodana.  Because we haven't seen enough Wookiee rage and arms coming off!

Oh, and what was with Leia's mysteriously disappearing ponytail?  Did they seriously spend money to digitally remove a ponytail?

TRU has a sale on Black Series 6" figures now through April 9th.  Figures are $14.99 each.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: April 1, 2016, 07:15 PM »
I think a trailer being attached to Captain America- Civil War is a near certainty.  There was that one teaser trailer at Celebration, but that's really been one of the only official  things we've gotten so far.  I think Disney has put a lot of effort into security and leak prevention.  But I also think all of the discussion of THE FORCE AWAKENS has allowed ROGUE ONE to fly under the radar for a while.  Things will probably pick up once the teaser comes out.

TV-9D9 / Re: Upcoming SW Live-Action TV Show Discussion!
« on: April 1, 2016, 07:06 PM »
Not badly done, but such a blatant prank on fanboys.

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