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  1. Star Wars Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

    This topic is turning pretty bitter and cynical... Don't forget escapism is an integral part of cinema. If you can't appreciate spending 2 hours away from life immersed in a fantasy maybe you shouldn't be watching these films in the first place. The fact that you do keep watching and feel so strongly about them tells me you do enjoy the experience.
  2. Star Wars Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

    New ground? That's exactly the point of Empire and Revenge. How is this new ground? I agree that the lightsaber fights in the prequels were dance-like but at least to me there's some enjoyment in watching those set pieces. I do prefer these to the lightsaber fights in the original trilogy which by comparison were so incredibly clumsy and ugly that it almost begs to mind if those people actually knew how to yield swords. The new lightsaber fights on the other hand are exactly what I want to see as it actually feels like they're holding something dangerous and powerful.
  3. Star Wars Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

    This movie was basically the same as Empire and a bit of Return (MC gets Jedi training from a recluse master and then confronts the bad guy while still trying to turn him; side characters try to infiltrate the enemy ship without success; ends in a bleak yet somewhat hopeful tone). I really don't see how this "turned plot conventions on their head". Besides, because the side plots fill so much of the movie while constantly undercutting the main story (Rey + Luke + Kylo), it's pretty impossible to ignore them in the overall experience of watching the movie. The Finn + Rose plot is inexcusable in it's pointlessness (they add exactly 0 to the plot while severely damaging it). I've seen the movie twice and I think it's ok but I definitely don't agree with most of the arguments I've seen from people trying to defend it.
  4. Star Wars Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

    Agreed. John Williams really outdid himself with Duel of the Fates.
  5. Star Wars Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

    Both have amazing lightsaber fights though...
  6. Star Wars Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

    You can be ambivalent. I am.
  7. Star Wars Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

    The Force Awakens was so simple and clean that this felt even more convoluted than it actually was (though it was indeed convoluted).
  8. Justice League

    I don't think this is nowhere nearly as problematic as many make it out to be. It's formulaic and bland but that's most superhero films these days. The thing about copying the Marvel formula is that because they can't do it like Marvel, it exposes the weaknesses that people are usually willing to overlook. Because I tend not to, I guess I didn't find this to be terrible. But yeah, DC needs to rethink their approach. I really liked Wonder Woman but the character and the actress are both so fresh and charismatic that those 2 factors alone are almost enough to carry a (the) movie. The movie was charming and innovative by virtue of the circumstances (WW1 movie about a female super-hero) and I'm pretty sure future movies will have a hard time coming up with such a unique set of characteristics. On an individual basis, I prefer the Justice League characters to the Avengers so it's kinda disappointing that DC isn't able to capitalize on that. I guess benching Zack Snyder as head of the DCU is a good start. On a side note, the superhero movie release calendar until 2020 is insane. Saying fatigue is starting to cripple into the public is an understatement.
  9. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    That was my initial thought. It's my understanding that the series includes the last 2 movies and I didn't care all that much for neither, however, I've been seeing a lot of people really excited about the show so I'm considering. DBZ was my life growing up so I know I'll either love or hate it. I've seen HxH. OP feels like too much of an endeavor. I mean 1000 episodes? That's crazy.
  10. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    Question for DBZ fans, anyone watching Dragon Ball Super? Been hearing good things...
  11. Game of Thrones TV Show

    Season 6 was almost entirely post books, especially the ending. I think it's only natural that everything is feeling rushed, not only because they have less 3 hours to tell the story, but also because everything is converging. I remember in the earlier seasons when the complaint was "each episode is like, 90% boring and 10% really cool stuff" and of course that 10% is going to land harder and have a lot more impact. Now that the main characters are converging into a single arc and every episode had a lot of development, it feels way cheaper. I'm not saying I prefer this approach to the earlier one or vice-versa, I just know that I've been enjoying this season. I seriously don't get the criticism over LF. How is his character so different from the LF from season 1? The only different thing is that now he was caught off guard which is something that would have to happen eventually or he'd end up sitting on the Iron Throne. The Starks outsmarting him was a consequence of their growth, and it's about time they start getting the upper hand. I mean, if you want to see Starks getting screwed over and over again, you have 5 seasons full of that.
  12. Game of Thrones TV Show

    Was there any other way? They didn't have "CSI" evidence but then again... They had severe accusation that LF couldn't refute. In Westeros, that has always been enough. As for Arya, the judge is also the executioner. That is the Stark way (though technically the judge was Sansa but I'm sure no one was expecting her to get her hands dirty, so the other Stark will do). Maybe we should assume that his armor is made of Valerian steel? Still I do think that was indeed poorly handled as there was no build for that to be a naturally fair assumption. She wasn't being stupid. She had a plan and when Jon didn't act according to her plan, she responded emotionally. Her conversation with Tyrion gave her time to calm down and think things through. Besides, we don't know everything that they talked about. The look on Tyrions face when Dany was with Jon was sort of suspicious (though it can be interpreted in a number of ways). Definitely would have been better. Again, although I agree that the season was rushed, I believe the main plot points have been handled pretty well.
  13. Game of Thrones TV Show

    That was just him panicking. He isn't used to being caught off guard, let alone in such a life threatening situation. He was desperately reaching out. I found his reactions to be perfectly in line with his cowardly character.
  14. Game of Thrones TV Show

    The Arya - Sansa fights were real. When Arya arrived at Winterfell, she didn't know what to expect and then she saw LF pulling the strings so she tried to understand wtf was going on. The supposed threats towards Sansa weren't actual threats, it's was just her being weird and teasing her sister, whom, again, she was trying to figure out. Sansa on the other hand, felt threatened by Arya because she saw what she was capable of and by realizing that she's now an assassin, she didn't know what kind of mental state Arya was in. So, the fights were real. They were feeling each other up. Sansa always knew that LF was shady but she also knew that he loved her and because he was Lord of the Vale, he was also a strategic ally. I think LF went a little too far trying to persuade Sansa to kill Arya and that's when Sansa realized LF was trying to manipulate her, to kill her sister of all things. What wasn't shown but implied was a meeting between the Stark siblings, Bran included, and I mention Bran because he clearly had a part in setting things straight. So, everything he saw was perfectly legitimate and it wasn't a case of the show deliberately deceiving the viewers. LF is smart but when it comes to Sansa he was also emotional. He was eager to win her heart and that made him reckless. Arya and Bran were also too much of a wildcard for him to truly anticipate their actions, thus leading to that scene, which I must say, not only was surprising but also very satisfying. I think the main gripe with this season isn't the plot itself but the shortcuts the writers are taking to get to were they want, and granted there have been a lot of shortcuts, but they also don't have the time for a proper build up. In a way, the books are a pretty good picture of the opposite. GRRM spent so much time building things up and now he has a lot of stuff but doesn't have an exit strategy.
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