• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About JohnSolo

  • Rank
    Regular Poster
  • Birthday 12/26/00

Contact Methods

  • Skype

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Dothan, AL

Recent Profile Visitors

1316 profile views
  1. the mstrox thread

    No, you're completely forgetting the scene when Luke confronts Vader and says, "My name is Luke Skywalker. You killed my father. Prepare to die".
  2. I applaud Zack Snyder for destroying an entire cinematic universe faster than any other filmmaker in Hollywood. Bravo, sir.
  3. DC Cinematic Universe Thread

    It's official: Justice League has a rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes, and the site's critic consensus isn't looking very good either.
  4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind is better than everything!
  5. I'd have preferred if Thorin and Smaug had never met in the films, as they never did in the novel. Having these two archnemesises, both of which have an unnatural, mortal hatred for each other, never actually meet each other in person has a much more profound feel than the two meeting and never really doing anything satisfying; i.e. big showdown, one opponent kills the other after a brutal and epic struggle, etc. In the films, their confrontation is rather underwhelming. Thorin never does anything noteworthy except taunt Smaug for a few scenes, unsuccessfully tries to kill him by melting a giant gold statue on top of him (really? that's the best you've got, PJ?) and that's really it. It's all very underwhelming and mediocre. That being said, I really enjoyed the Erebor scenes in the third act of DOS; they're the closest thing to the masterful "escape from Moria" sequence from FOTR that the Hobbit trilogy has to offer.
  6. What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (35th Anniversary Remastered Edition)
  7. Yes, Get Out is a great film as well.
  8. Wait, what happened to Bilbo Skywalker? Why just "Bilbo" now?
  9. I've always had my issues with the Hobbit trilogy, but I've also always been quite fond of them, as it was around the time of their release that I became a Middle-earth fan. I guess it's just the nostalgia factor.
  10. To celebrate the release of BOTFA, Denny's should've offered a fried fish special; a dish that takes up room on the plate, but offers little to no actual substance.
  11. YouTube Comments of the day!

    Kill him with fire.
  12. Favorite short musical moments in Williams scores?

    I've always loved that bit at 2:23, the theme for R2 and 3PO. Quintessential, classic Star Wars.
  13. What "refugee crisis"? Yes, you have the survivors of the destruction of Laketown searching for a place to temporarily reside, but the issue is immediately solved when they decide to head to the ruins of Dale. Then the Elves drop off some food in exchange for their help in retaking their portion of the gold in the Mountain, and that's about it. Case solved. None of the political aspects of the aftermath of Smaug's death which you previously mentioned is found in BOTFA; the master of Laketown is killed in the first 5 minutes of the movie, and we're left to deal with discount Grima Wormtongue Alfrid Lickspittle, his protégé, throughout the rest of the film, who offers uncomfortable comic relief and later meets his demise in a laughable, stupid scene. No deep politics here at all, just runtime-padding nonsense. The only characters in the film which clearly exhibit "greed and moral ambiguity" are Thranduil and Thorin. Thranduil just kind of mopes about, occasionally making mention of his desire of jewelry, but that's really as far as his character goes in terms of development. Thorin, for the beginning of the film, trudges around, yelling at, and even threatening to kill, some of his closest comrades, then immediately has a change of heart after experiencing a vision of himself being... swallowed up in a lake of gold? I get what the scene symbolizes, but it definitely could've been told in a much better and compelling manner. Yes, the opening scene is certainly a spectacle to behold, but after it's over, that's it. The film has nothing else to offer in terms of magnificent action setpieces, aside from the "banishment of Sauron" scene. All you're left with is an underwhelming compilation of CGI-infused battle montages and ludicrous, physics-defying scenarios. None of the points in which you mentioned are enough to sustain a film of their own, let alone a three-hour feature. I don't believe it's a bad film; I've always been rather fond of the Hobbit films, as they were influential in my becoming a Middle-earth fan, but don't try to make it out to be something it's not, and was never intended to be.
  14. The entire plot of BOTFA could easily have been condensed into a 20-30 minute long epilogue. Worst case of bloat I've ever seen in a film.