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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Movies Should be able to stand alone!
« on: July 3, 2005, 11:15 PM »
I can't believe I'm going to do this, but I dissagree to an extent. In a way, the movies work well as stand alone films. Infact, each one is quite good on it's own to varying degrees. I mean, Greivous, Syfo Dius, Lord Tyrannus, what do we really want to know? Who really care's who Syfo Dius is? The fact that we don't know adds to the mythology. Greivious was just a pooly executed character, no amount of back story could have fixed what was on screen. Tyrannus, he's just the bad guy, that's all we need to know and he was handled adequately, but not great (in ROTS.)

The problem I have is that when the movies are connected togeather, they fall apart. Concepts are introduced and then contradicted or not consistant in theme, mood or rythum.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More articulation!
« on: July 3, 2005, 10:56 PM »
Articulation has it's place. Hasbro has definately improvedover the years and I'm very pleased with how things are going. Sure, some could be done better, but I'm not complaining too much. As for the action features, I think they worked well this time around and wouldn't be horribly upset if we continued to see some versions of each character with them.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU 2-pks
« on: July 3, 2005, 10:49 PM »
Whatever gets rid of old stock. Regular people will be more inclined to buy them if they think they're getting a deal. I'll just be waiting to see the Bail/Bail two packs. :-\

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Clone Army Packs... if only!
« on: July 3, 2005, 10:45 PM »
Great idea. I'd buy, but we'd never get 'em. I guess the closest we'll get are the EE SA clones, 48 figures per case.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: July 2, 2005, 04:12 PM »
I finally saw Batman, I was very impressed. I thought it was very tight and very well done. I have no complaints.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: I Need This
« on: July 2, 2005, 04:09 PM »
I wonder how the ventilation for it is....

If they were smart they would have been put in the two fan/grate slots in front.

For SW it's the Falcon. For non-Star Wars it's the Earthforce Starfury from Babylon 5. It looks so plausable.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: July 2, 2005, 02:58 PM »
My saturday scoring streak resumes with my finding of a 500 Vader!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: July 1, 2005, 01:30 PM »
Anyone watching Hell's Kitchen?  I'm loving the show for some reason

Yes, the whole, military idea of tearing someone down and then building them up again is intreaguing and facinating to watch.

I have to recomemd "The Inside" I have to say that three out of the four shows so far have really surprised me with their ideas and their boldness. I don't think anyone would be dissapointed.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Name that flick!
« on: July 1, 2005, 01:22 PM »
Is the one to the right Brian James?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ever Walk Out of A Movie?
« on: July 1, 2005, 01:20 PM »

My wife and I walked because it was so far removed from the trailer used to promote the film. The movie was fair in my book - not great, almost poor - but she was disgusted by the plot and felt misled. So we fled.

Bummer. A lot of people I know, twenty - thrity something males, hold that movie very dear to their hearts. But, I can see why some people wouldn't like it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How Many States Have You Been To?
« on: July 1, 2005, 01:17 PM »
Let's see:

I've driven from PA to CA and to NC and between sevral times and stopped in every state I've been through, in most cases, stayed over night. So my count is 27:

Pennsylvania (my home state)
California (my current home state)
North Carolina (My wife's home state)
New York (School field trip)
New Jersey (Great adventure many times)
Massachusetts (band competition)
Connecticut (passing though)
Maryland (good friends live there)
DC (school field trip)
West Virginia (passing though)
Virginia (passing thourgh)
Ohio (good friend lives there)
Indiana (passing thourgh)
Illinos (passing thourgh)
Missouri (visited Arch)
Tennessee (passing thourgh)
Kentucky (passing thourgh)
Arkansas (passing thourgh)
Texas (had lunch at Rooties in Forth worth)
Oklahoma (passing thourgh)
Kansas (passing thourgh)
Colorado (stated over night)
Utah (passing thourgh)
Nevada (Vagas Baby, Vagas!)
Arizona (passing thourgh)
New Mexico (passing thourgh)
South Carolina (band competition)

Power of the Force 2 / Re: AT-AT walker
« on: June 30, 2005, 07:38 PM »
I was poking around inside the POTF2 AT-AT, taking the batteries out for long-term storage. Anyway, I couldn't find a way to take the stupid electronic box out. Is it possible? I'm just curious, since they stopped working on one of my AT-ATs, even after I put fresh batteries in.

I was going to try, but never go around to it. I think you can, but you have to do some dissasembling.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ever Walk Out of A Movie?
« on: June 30, 2005, 01:19 PM »
^ A week or so ago I slept through Casablanca in my Intro to Film class. Most of the films we've seen so far are interesting to one degree or another, but I've never seen Casablanca and it just doesn't appeal.

I don't have to worry about it being on a test because everything in the course is take-home essays; if need be I could rent the DVD and watch it.

Casablana is a "How to write a screenplay" movie. I you like movies, you won't regret watching this.

I kind of had a similar thing with Citizen Kane, but instead of sleelping through it, a couple of guys in the class and I skipped it to go skiing. I don't regreat skiing, but I do regret not watching the movie. I never saw Citizen Kane until 10 years later when my friend got it for me as a gift. IMO, it's one if the finest films ever made and I was kicking myself for going so long having never seen it.

On Topic:

I've only ever walked out of movies where other people are talking or had brought babies.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: June 30, 2005, 01:07 PM »
As far as the sappy ending, I'm glad the Speilberg sticks to his guns. It seems that people these days want down endings, but he doesn't care, and does it his way.


I think people want realistic endings, one fitting of the film just viewed. We had just watched 90 minuties of the human race being exteminated starting with big cities like Boston. Everyone was on a run for their lives, and here are four people who looked like they just stayed at home and watched the caos from the windows. Definately a questionable artistic decision, but not a questionable studio decision. I'm not arguing that the familiy should have died, I just think they could have at least showed that they had gone through hell too. I expect better from Spielberg.

*****End Spoiler*****

Overall I liked it though, very intense for me.

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