I have to agree with Bomb here. Just leave established characters alone. But more to the point what mainly bugs me is the arbitrary reasons why those characters are changed. If a character's race and gender is altered simply to appeal on a superficial level, well I think that would be more of an insult than a compliment to whatever race or gender you're attempting to pander to.
Not to take it away from Dr. Who but this is why I don't like Rey and it's not because she's female. On the contrary, I think a female as a Jedi works quite well as you're emphasizing a character who can't rely on physicality alone and needs the force (unless you're Jynn Erso and can beat up armored stormtroopers in hand to hand combat without breaking a sweat). That's what Yoda was all about. It's WHY they made the character a female that bothers me because she's so poorly written, I'd say for Disney it was more about "How can we market to little girls?" rather than "How can we tell a compelling story about an interesting well-written female character?".
I'd like to believe they changed Dr. Who to a female because it would make for some interesting storylines and not because it would fill some kind of gender quota. However, the pc age we live in makes me believe otherwise.
Edit: Just so no one misunderstands me, I'm happy that little girls and older girls for that matter can have characters in Star Wars to enjoy. They just deserve ones as good as Leia and Ahsoka.
Last Edit: Jul 20, 2017 5:05:10 GMT -5 by Rogue Five
Nothing new to add to the discussion about SW, but had to pipe in on GIJoe2. The only thing even memorable about that movie was the first few minutes. The interplay between Tatum and Johnson could've carried that movie so much further, it was an absolute fail to kill off Duke.
I'm not bitter... I'm not...
Yeah great move right? Killing off the main hero in only his second movie. At least they're not stupid enough to kill off Superman in his seco...oh wait.
Post by Rogue Five on Jun 23, 2017 21:43:14 GMT -5
I'll be honest, I was underwhelmed by that scene. Vader taking out a squad of lightly armed practically helpless rebel marines is too easy for him. That's stormtrooper work like in the beginning of ANH. Now, had he taken down a group of Jedi instead it would've been a more awesome display of power imho. It was still definitely more exciting than the rest of the movie.
I always thought the appeal of both Han and Boba Fett was that they were so enigmatic. I think a back story just kills it. Heck, the extended scenes at Jabba's gave us more Boba Fett than we wanted. Thanks again jcru for the despecialized OT. At least we'll always have that.
Yes!!! And another thing...
The idea of anyone besides Harrison Ford playing Han Solo is preposterous. So much of him is in the character. That's like someone besides Sylvester Stallone playing Rocky. I could never suspend my disbelief for that because Sylvester Stallone IS Rocky. Harrison Ford IS Han Solo.
(By the way guys, please forgive my constant railing at Disney on our forum. I know you guys are pretty excited for the new movies coming out. I'm not trying to be a buzzkill. It's just very therapeutic for me to get this out of my system lol)
Last Edit: Jun 23, 2017 15:50:54 GMT -5 by Rogue Five
For instance, take the GI Joe movies. The first one had an all star cast and was a pretty good movie, all things considered. Then for GI Joe Retaliation, they get Jon M. Chu to direct it, who fits your description (above) to a T. Previously famous for directing Justin Beiber and Nicki Minaj videos.
The result is one of the worst movies in the history of movie making. What a let down.
I'll take Ron Howard. I'm not looking for fresh and new in my Han Solo. I'm looking for a comfortable pair of pajama's just like Harrison Ford's appearance in TFA, with an interesting back story. I'm not crazy about the choice of actor, but I don't think Richie Cunningham will be responsible for killing the movie.
You're certainly right, J. It's not always a recipe for success. The problem with Chu though wasn't that he was an "indie" guy, the problem was that he's not good at filming movies. He's better suited for working with terrible music acts. But Retaliation had problems from top to bottom. Your point is still taken though.
To be honest, most of the time I would prefer having an established director so long as he's invested in the movie and is allowed to direct the way he wants. Ron Howard is a great director. And let's remember... he worked with George Lucas when they filmed American Graffiti. He surely learned a lot from him too. I have no doubt in my mind he would strive to do justice to Star Wars. I'm just not convinced he'll be calling the shots on this one.
So the trend in Hollywood for the past 5 or 6 years is to hire small name indie filmmakers to direct big-budget blockbusters because 1. They work cheap and 2. They're less likely to resist studio interference in their films as they don't carry the same clout that a Spielberg or a Nolan do. The irony is that these younger indie directors usually have more passion then their established counterparts and when they're given creative freedom, the result can be a wonderful movie like Guardians of the Galaxy. But most of the time you get a Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-man, or Suicide Squad
What happened here, I presume, is Miller & Lord were doing something they believed was original and new (something Star Wars desperately needs) and Kennedy wanted to play it safe and give you more of the same. Same characters, same ships, same planets, same plots, same dialogue, same same same. So they're kicked off the set and they bring in an established name -Ron Howard- who when he's making one of his movies is great but I guarantee you here he'll have little creative influence because that's not why he's there. He's there mainly because he'll bring order to what must be a chaotic production at the moment not to mention he's an old friend to Kennedy and is no doubt doing this partly as a favor.
This is why I have absolutely zero interest in the post-Lucas Star Wars era. It's ridiculous to even say post-Lucas Star Wars because as far as I'm concerned it's not even truly Star Wars without Lucas. That's like a follow up to Lord of the Rings being made without Tolkien. These movies are no longer made by passionate filmmakers who strive to break new ground and take risks. Now they're made by a committee in a board room and designed to have mass appeal in the most superficial ways possible. It's why you'll NEVER see a movie like Empire Strikes Back again but you'll see plenty of nostalgic rehashes like force awakens and rogue one.
Say what you will about Lucas, good or bad, he was a talented filmmaker who surrounded himself with other talented filmmakers (Yeah, I don't know what the heck he was thinking with the prequels. Doesn't negate the work he did before though). Kennedy on the other hand is a former secretary who was fortunate enough to work for incredibly talented people. She might be good at dealing with day to day business but she is no filmmaker. Star Wars needs filmmakers.
Last Edit: Jun 23, 2017 3:37:40 GMT -5 by Rogue Five
Nice score!! I also believe the ANH prop was an early Folmer. You even got one that has a fully knurled button which is the rarest of the rare. Ebay find? I'm usually on the lookout for this variant and I didn't see this particular one you snagged.
Post by Rogue Five on Jun 11, 2017 22:50:26 GMT -5
I bought a McQuarrie Starkiller concept hilt from Vektor and it is awesome!! Very well constructed and although I'm not going to be dueling, I'm 110% sure it would stand up to it. The hilt had a slight machine mark that he made me aware of but honestly had he not told me, I might not have even noticed and he still factored that into the price which was a bargain. He also did some minor custom work and greased up the threads at no extra charge. Communication was great and Vektor always gave detailed answers to all of my questions. Shipping was fast and secure all the way from Finland thanks to some championship dog sledding and an iron will.
Vektor must have been channeling the spirit of his Norse ancestors when he forged this hilt. They would be proud of him.
Post by Rogue Five on Jun 10, 2017 17:08:38 GMT -5
And yet despite being typecast, he was never bitter about it. Where a lot of actors who portrayed iconic characters showed some resentment later on, he always embraced his legacy and was really good to fans. You could see he loved Batman.
TGS posted an update today with a sneak peak of the stamping on the bottom of a tube. It looks PHENOMENAL. Everything is pointing to these guys absolutely hitting it out of the park. I am getting really ancy, in a good way. Their attention to detail is just awesome.
I don't think these are going to have the same issues others recently did with QC and specs because the TGS guys are apparently putting hands on protos and revisions at every stage of manufacturing.
Hard to tell in the photo they posted but the edge around the bottom doesn't appear to have a rolled lip like a vintage would have. Might just be the light throwing it off though.
Last Edit: Jun 8, 2017 1:17:29 GMT -5 by Rogue Five
I'm not into conventions but if they have it in Anaheim and you guys go, I'd go there too just to meet you fellas. And I'd definitely wanna hang with Ross. I get the feeling just by looking at him that that dude's a baller at these conventions.
Last Edit: Jun 6, 2017 1:51:25 GMT -5 by Rogue Five
That settles it. I'm in for a TGS Graflex. Now, to unload my 2 mint vintage Graflex. I hope with all these replicas out there being mass produced by TGS, Saturating the market, that I can still sell my vintages. I'll probably have to drop the price way down and take a loss since they're so old.
Tell you what Luke my man...I'm gonna help you out here. I'll give you exactly the same amount you paid for those vintages even though it's been a few years.
No no please I insist. I like to help my friends out in their times of need.
Last Edit: May 17, 2017 15:31:13 GMT -5 by Rogue Five
megtoothsith: clamp card switch solution on Korbanth MPP, channel the core to the LED Module and run switch wires alongside LED? or Channel core just forward of the threads perpendicular to the existing channel topside?
Aug 15, 2017 8:56:46 GMT -5
jedicri: thanks ARKM!
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