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Wampa Cave / Re: Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year
« on: December 26, 2017, 02:37:53 PM »
I got a bunch of loose, complete vintage figures to fill in some gaps in my vintage figures. Also went to TLJ for a third time as the power went out mid-afternoon and we had nothing to do at night, so we all went to the movies!

Wampa Cave / Re: Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year
« on: December 24, 2017, 06:07:31 PM »
Merry Christmas to all troopers in the great white north! Hope all of your Star Wars wishes come true  :happy0025:

Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 19, 2017, 08:58:59 PM »
I agree with CJ inasmuch as I'm sure they are crunching the numbers and trying to figure out why the audience reaction is what it is. I'm wondering, though, how many of us would have left ESB in 1980 completely satisfied? I remember being pissed off that it was left hanging like that.

If Rotten Tomatoes existed back then, would the greatest movie ever made have fared much better in the first week after its release? I honestly believe we are only able to appreciate ESB for what it is because of the unbelievably tidy way everything was resolved 3 years later by ROJ.

jjreason......when I first read your comment my first reaction was yea that's right, great insight jj.  

Then I started thinking about it - this can't be right I am agreeing with jj :).   I don't remember being pissed when I left ESB.  In fact I remember that I was really excited for the next movie and wow I never saw that coming, Darth Vader is Luke's Father.  It also made me go and look at the rotten tomatoes rating for Empire Stikes Back and over 1 million people have given it 97%.  Now I get that this rating is all in retrospect ie people having the ability to see all 3 movies together.  But even considering that, currently for TLJ to get a 97% rating it means the next 1,750,000 people to rate this movie would have to all say they like it.  Time will tell.... how this movie will be ultimately viewed.   We all have different taste in wife and I both like Kevin Costner's Water World - so what do I know ?
I think this is apples and oranges. Since Rotten Tomatoes didn't exist for over 30 years after ESB, everyone is rating it in retrospect. So, to compare, you would have to eliminate ALL TLJ reviews for the next 30 years, and only count those that start coming in after that :scared0008:
I agree with JJ here. None of us can likely say with complete certainty what we thought after the first viewing of ESB. I can say for sure that it was not my favourite for many years, likely (if only subconsciously) due to the fact that the rebels get their butts handed to them all movie. However, because it is so well done, but also because ROTJ ties up all the loose threads that were left hanging and bothered us about ESB, we can look back at it as the all-time classic it is.
Now, I am not saying we will be able to do the same with TLJ, but only that we should give it a chance, and hold out until episode 9 for a final verdict.

Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 19, 2017, 08:53:52 PM »
Haven't read anything here or anywhere else....I had surgery this past Thursday and won't be able to see the movie until after December 20th.  It's been difficult....let me tell you.
Hope your recovery goes well. Looking forward to your comments about the movie when you see it.

Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 17, 2017, 06:41:50 PM »
I am in the same camp of really liking this on the second viewing. I didn't hate it on the first viewing, but I was just conflicted, especially with the Luke story, but various other things as per my earlier posts.

While there are still minor issues for me, I do really like the movie overall. I think it is a worthy addition to the series.

As Cashfan said, you can find out about the First Order from the books. Basically, the empire collapsed a while after ROTJ, but part of that was self-induced based on a plan put in motion by the emperor, should he die. Only a select group of the leadership were kept and went off to the unknown regions to create the First Order. While I can understand the comments about wanting to know more, I disagree that all of this should be in the films. We all loved the OT precisely because it didn't get bogged down with all of this kind of crap. The PT tried to explain every detail of the political climate, who Palpatine was, how he rose to power, etc. and we found it boring. I think they have it right this time - people can follow the movie and enjoy it as is, but if you really have an interest in finding out more, read the books.

As for the concerns about it's score on Rotten Tomatoes and that critics like it an audiences don't, I would simply point to the fact that the opening weekend is the second largest of all-time (after only TFA), and this likely will earn more at the domestic box office than any other movie besides TFA, likely in the range of $800 million (along with a billion or so worldwide). I think Disney will be quite pleased with the combination of great scores from critics and close to $2 billion in earnings.

Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 16, 2017, 12:42:01 PM »
Great comments in this thread.

One point I would make is that I don't think audiences don't like this movie. Super fans like us may be griping about it, but the average casual fan and non-fan seem to love this movie. Even with the Fanboy hate, it rates at 8.0/10 on IMDB, suggesting that others must really like it, and it scored an "A" cinema score from audiences on opening night.

JJ - I agree that we haven't seen the last of DJ. He is a Han/Lando type character for me, and I also thought that we may see him come back later in TLJ to help save the day. He seems like he is all about the money, but I think he does care somewhere behind all the gruff.

Several people have mentioned, and I agree, that Chewie and the droids (C-3P0 and especially R2) are under-utilized in the movies. I would like to see more of them. And with all of the pointless scenes (Luke milking the teats of that beast, or even spearing the fish, which was cool, but not needed, the communication with Maz leading to the Master Codebreaker who they never even used, etc., etc.), they could have scrapped those and given us more of them. However, I would trade that for more of Luke.

I think I have come to terms with Luke's death scene. It is actually a good scene overall. What I don't like is they never gave Luke enough to show us before that. He got one fight scene, and even that was a force projection and not real. I would have liked to see Luke whoop some a$$ one more time. Here's hoping for a Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight standalone film sometime :fighting0003:

I am sure I am in the minority in this respect, but among the prequels and the sequels, the movie that I came out of the most pumped after the first viewing was actually TPM!! I think the final duel with Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Darth Maul made up for so much for me at the time, and I was only 23, so I didn't totally hate the Jar Jar and kid Anakin stuff. I am in complete agreement with JJ, though, that after multiple viewings, I and II just don't hold up, especially, for me, II - I can barely tolerate most of it due to the crappy romance. I would rather watch VII than either of those, and I expect VIII will rank higher for me, as well.

It is fun to see how different our tastes can be, though - we are all huge Star Wars fans, but the same scene can be loved or hated - many have commented on Luke and Yoda's scene being their favourite (it was one of mine, except for the burning of the tree), while others (Cmdr Bacara, for example) found it really annoying. And then there's Napseeker, who seems to have the complete opposite view from JJ on just about everything! It's so hard to please us fans! :scared0008:

It seems to me that most of us liked Rogue One, whereas it has been very mixed for VII and VIII, which I think just goes to show that it is our attachment to the characters of the OT and our desire for how we think they should be used (as opposed to how they have been) that clouds our ability to enjoy it - Rogue One had very little involvement of established characters, so we were just happy for the story and characters to go wherever the director wanted to take us, and we enjoyed the ride. I still think (or maybe just hope) that this is why I will really like IX, as the expectations on OT characters will be nearly irrelevant, as they will mostly be dead.

Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 15, 2017, 06:59:30 AM »
Overall, this was a good movie. I'm not sure I'm really feeling that right now, but the rational part of me says that it was. There were highs and lows, for sure. It will take many more viewings for me to really know where I place this in the Star Wars pantheon.

*******************Spoilers below*************************************

I agree with a lot of the comments so far, both good and bad. Here are some of the things that stood out to me:

The Good:
The overall flow of the movie - this one did a better job of having the feel of ESB without remaking it than TFA did with Episode 4. The resistance starts on the run, they are on the run through the movie, and they end on the run. Overall, the good guys get their butts kicked, just like in ESB. The walker scene on the white planet (sure, it was salt and not snow) was a bit too much of a copy, but at least they didn't trip up the walkers with landspeeders.

The fight scenes were great, like Rey + Kylo versus the red guards. The "Luke" versus Kylo scene at the end was fine. In general, the action sequences were well done.

The humor was good. I rarely felt like they overdid it, although it was close at times. Overall, the tone was good.

The tie-ins with the recent books were good. There were some things from "The Legends of Luke Skywalker" like Luke using the Force with a giant long pole to catch fish, or even the whole idea of legends of Luke being told in pockets of the galaxy, like with the children at the end of the movie (I agree JJ - on first viewing, I couldn't quite be sure if he had used the force to get the broom or not, but I think he must have, otherwise why would that scene have been considered important enough to be the final scene?). Also, from the book Leia: Princess of Alderaan, we were introduced to the planet Crait, and the fact that it was an important rebel base, so that was cool to see it on screen. I haven't finished Phasma yet, so not sure if there are tie-ins there.

The bad:
The whole take on Luke was just not good enough for me. Admittedly, I come into this film with a lot of baggage, namely the EU. However, eben wiping that out, we saw a powerful Jedi emerging in ROTJ. To think that Luke never really did anything with his potential - he never succesfully trained even a single Jedi, unless we are now considering that Rey has completed her training? I just think this diminishes the whole arc of the PT/OT

Luke's death is borderline. I don't hate it, but I am disappointed we don't see more from Luke. I should have known better. However, like Bespin-81 says, everything doesn't have to be a twist. It looks like Luke survives, as it was only a projection, but then he dies and becomes one with the Force? Why? I am ok with twists that make sense - Kylo changing back and forth seemingly is real to me as he is conflicted. DJ changing back and forth feels the same - I see him as a Lando or Han type of character who is good at heart but has had to look out for number 1 his whole life, so doing the right thing doesn't ome easy for him. I expect we will see more of him in episode 9. But all of the other twists just seemed unecessary.

Captain Phasma being resurrected from her fiery grave of Starkiller base just to have 2 minutes of screen time before another fiery death? I just don't get it...

The Ugly:
Luke milking those whatever they were. Just weird. What a waste of a scene...

Leia surviving out in deep space for what seemed like a minute at least. I could MAYBE buy it if she got balsted out, but we see right away that she is using some force technique to maintain and air bubble or something and quickly pulls herself back in. But she was unconscious, and I don't think you can use the force when you are unconscious, so for her to have survived until she came too out in a vacuum at nearly absolute zero temperature is ridiculous.

The aliens in this weren't great. Most of them, like the porgs, the caretakers, and the ones on Canto Bight, just looked fake. I am used to cutting edge effects in Star Wars movies, so when I see subpar CG that makes aliens look almost like cartoons plopped onto the screen, it disappoints me.

That's all for now. The best thing about this for me, I think, is I am hoping now I can go and enjoy episode 9 much more. You may be wondering why, based on this review, but here is the reason: So much of my disappointment in 7 and 8 has come from expectations - what is Han's story, or Luke's story even more, as Luke was always my favorite. I wanted to see them romping across the galaxy, kicking some First Order butt, and being the heroes. I am less concerned about Leia, but even so, there can't be much in number 9 about her, as they have said they aren't going to use CG. So, the slate is now clean, and I can go in with no expectations, just allowing them to take these new characters wherever they are going to go, so I don't think I can be nearly as disappointed. Let's hope not, anyway

Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Re: Bloodline
« on: December 05, 2017, 06:08:21 AM »
For a book that was like 90% politics, it was pretty good, and I agree, better than Aftermath. It was interesting reading that no one knew that Vader was Leiaís father. As fans, these are the things we take for granted and assume everyone in the galaxy knows. I guess Luke and Leia decided to keep it quiet, for some reason  ??? :P

Scout Report / Re: A Star Wars Suit for Christmas
« on: December 05, 2017, 06:01:38 AM »
Oh dear. Have we progressed from ugly Christmas sweaters to ugly Christmas suits  :P

Wampa Cave / Re: Columbia Limited Edition ESB Winter Coats
« on: December 05, 2017, 05:59:17 AM »
Those are awesome, but based on the price of the Rogue one coats they made they will be in the ballpark of $500 USD (or maybe more since it is ESB and not Rogue One)

Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Re: Bloodline
« on: November 28, 2017, 06:49:14 PM »
What did you think? I read it a few months back. There were some good parts, but I didnít enjoy it as much as Thrawn.

Wampa Cave / Ryan Johnson to direct new Star Wars trilogy!!!
« on: November 09, 2017, 05:36:45 PM »
In the midst of all of the director firings, I guess Rian Johnson stands out as someone Lucasfilm loved working with! They announced today that he will be developing a new Star Wars trilogy, I presume taking place after Episode 9.

There will also be a new Star Wars TV show, which will be on a new Disney streaming service.

See the article in Varety here:

Wampa Cave / Re: Cineplex The Last Jedi Opening Night Fan Event
« on: November 09, 2017, 05:34:06 PM »
Nothing near me - no surprise!

Video Games / Re: Battlefront, Anyone???
« on: October 04, 2017, 07:58:17 PM »
I want to get this one. It should be a better value than the first one because of the addition of a campaign mode. Either way, I don't think I could resist it!

Wampa Cave / Re: TRU files for bankruptcy protection
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:10:32 PM »
Crazy!  It's a sad day for toy collectors of all types...

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