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  1. It's funny, everyone has a first image that comes to mind when they think of a film. For me, the first thing I think about when I think about Fellowship of the Ring is Bilbo opening his front door and going in to hug Gandalf...that kind, vulnerable greeting to an old friend. Holm has actually been an actor I DO think about, because I delight every time I see him pop up and am always amazed at the variety of characters he played. You're right, however, that he (like McKellan) dissapears into his characters. It took several viewings of FOTR before it hit me that I'm looking at Ash. I mean, I knew it on some level of course, but that's how much he pulls you into his characters.
  2. Rest in Peace Ian Holm, our dear friend. 88 years was far too short a time to spend with such an admirable soul. I do believe you are quite ready for another adventure...
  3. Worthy thread! There are many movies that are near to my heart, and many that I love, but came later in life so their impact on me wasn't as great as it could have been. As @Thor pointed out, there is a distinction between being impactful and being a mere favourite. So while these films are among my favourites, this not a comphrensive list of my favourites. Nor are all these films works of cinematic genius. These movies just came to me at the right time and in one way or another impacted me, some profoundly so, and at least one completely altered the course of my life. In order of release: Casablanca Star Wars Educating Rita Dead Poets Society Shadowlands Groundhog Day Seven Years in Tibet It's painful for me to leave The Fellowship of the Ring off this list, but it came to me when I was older, and the impact Tolkien had on my life happened when I read the books. Similarly, I think The Empire Stikes Back is a better film than Star Wars, but you can only see the first Star Wars for the first time once.
  4. Is 90's nostalgia a thing now? Who could be nostalgic about the 90's?
  5. Outlaw King (2018) Well this was better than I'd read, but not as good as it could have been. For an "epic" it felt a little small scale, which is surprising b/c the film takes you across the whole of Scotland and covers some pretty pivotal moments in Scottish history. The locales of course are spectacular, but Pine is a little underwhelming as Robert the Bruce. He's not bad by any means, but you don't get the sense that this person is a leader of rebellion. The romance gets in the way of the main story and while the woman playing Bruce's wife is fine, the relationship feel superfluous. That said, the battle sequences are quite well done (it's plenty violent) and its attractively shot. Netflix seemed to aim for an old style historical epic here, but I have to say missed the mark. At two hours the film doesn't feel epic, and I'd have liked to see a longer cut...the whole thing is over just as you're getting into it. Mainly, what Outlaw King does is remind you what an incredible feat Mel Gibson pulled off with Braveheart. Pine's Robert the Bruce just can't hold a candle to Mel's Wallace, and in fact isn't even as memorable as the performance by the guy who played Wallace in Gibson's superior film. 2.5/5. Worth watching for Braveheart fans, Scottish history fans & @Chen G., but others may find it boring. Tempted to take half a star off for no kilts or bagpipes, history be damned!
  6. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) Miller's Crossing (1990) Miller's Crossing is better.
  7. F*ck, so over the foul, foul weather in these British isles. 3c, grey skies, freezing rain and slush. And it will be that way for the foreseeable future. As if Brexit isn't bad enough! Dark have been these days of late.
  8. Of course Disney makes money off that stuff. Who else? The problem is, book, comic and soundtrack sales are peanuts (comparative speaking) for Disney. Toy sales on the other hand are a crucial source of revenue (sometimes 2-3x the movie's gross), and those sales were down for TLJ. Adult collectors still may have some interest, but the appeal for kids has faded. Which is, er, bad. If the Star Wars movies, TV series and other entertainment products don't make the kind of significant cultural impact Disney expects, then merchandise sales will suffer. Which is what's been happening and a big part of the problem. It also undermines the "TLJ was still financially successful" argument. People bought tickets, but after that interest either weined turned into hostility. Box office receipts are only one piece of the picture. Hopefully they can turn the ship around with Episode IX.
  9. I guess it depends on what you did to deserve the suspension. If you're a pilot and worked for the same airline for 20 years, then flew your plane into a building just the once, that would be a pretty big screw up.
  10. You're helping burn it to the ground with your forum cannibalising Discord! Who will think of the children! Future JWFan's want this forum. They'll need this forum in the dark days to come when tracked and electronic soundtracks dominate all.
  11. Anyone who says they haven't met a gay person is delusional. Or in denial.
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