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    DarthDementous reacted to Sweeping Strings in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    Don't know why they can't maintain the 'through-line' of the Doctor offering adversaries the choice of quitting, leaving and not returning but if they don't make that choice the consequences are their own fault ('That's the sort of man I am ... no second chances' to quote Ten in his debut story, as he sends the Sycorax commander plummeting to his doom) across Doctors/stories. Doesn't seem that difficult, and is a fairly solid moral standpoint for the hero of a family show to have IMO.  
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    DarthDementous reacted to Marian Schedenig in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    Funny, because I feel Chibnall's approach is too mass-appealish (family TV-ish with no strong season arc) and light-hearted (no serious drama or dark sides to the characters) compared to RTD and Moffat.
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    DarthDementous reacted to Docteur Qui in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    Recently rewatched Smith/Moffat's first season and really, honestly just can't get over how much fun it is. I loved it at the time, but now it just hurts to see how much the show has dipped in quality since. I know the Chibnall-bashing is flogging a dead horse but the difference is night and day.
     
    What stuck with me wasn't the arc-centric episodes (which are very good), but how entertaining the monsters-of-the week are. Vampires of Venice is a delightful romp with a wonderful villain in the late Helen McCrory, jam-packed with fun and illuminating character beats from Amy, Rory and the Doctor. The Lodger makes me laugh out loud despite the broad humour sometimes falling flat - it's almost always made up for by Smith's earnest performance.
    Victory of the Daleks, which I recall being very tepid on, just sings in comparison to something like Revolution of the Daleks (the blatant plot similarities notwithstanding).
     
    Even the most expository scenes vibrate with energy and movement. To then watch something as anaemic, simplistic and procedural as Orphan-55 or Arachnids in the UK is such a drag.
     
    As I said, flogging a dead horse, but man, remember when Doctor Who was fun? Or at least tried to be?
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    DarthDementous reacted to toothless in Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker (JJ Abrams 2019)   
    when you play it from here, for whatever reason you can enable auto translation by Google 🙂.
     
    BTW thank you so much for watching this. Not because you found it good but because you actually watched it before judging 💯
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    DarthDementous got a reaction from toothless in Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker (JJ Abrams 2019)   
    @toothlessI really enjoyed the French YouTuber’s TFA critique videos, thanks for the recommendation!
     
    I really want to watch his TLJ ones but it doesn’t seem like there’s any English subtitles so I don’t know what I can do there
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    DarthDementous got a reaction from TSMefford in Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker (JJ Abrams 2019)   
    Do you have a source for any of that? I was aware these rumours have been around for a while but I didn’t see anything that was able to disprove the claims
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    DarthDementous got a reaction from Cerebral Cortex in Indiana Jones 5 (James Mangold, July 29 2022)   
    I'm feeling the excitement in the air, this seems like a really solid creative team so we could get something good out of this.
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    DarthDementous got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in Indiana Jones 5 (James Mangold, July 29 2022)   
    I'm feeling the excitement in the air, this seems like a really solid creative team so we could get something good out of this.
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    DarthDementous got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker (JJ Abrams 2019)   
    If JJ was director/writer/producers for all the movies I don’t think the final outcome would’ve changed significantly, in fact it could easily be worse.
     
    People who think RJ totally went against JJ’s ideas have bought into the post-backlash TLJ narrative. Before that not only did JJ himself say he wish he had written the script, but his friend Greg Grunberg corroborated this and said that he never usually says that. JJ’s response you can chalk up to marketing but Greg wasn’t even involved with TLJ so he had zero obligation which is why I think it’s genuine. Especially considering that both pre and post backlash JJ has been quite consistent in his opinion of TLJ and it not going against what he intended.
     
    There was a plan for the Sequel Trilogy from the start, it just wasn’t a good one. I have reason to believe it was JJ himself that helmed the throwing out of Lucas’ story treatments in favour of a soft reboot that seeks to recreate scenes from the OT but in a different order - and that’s what all of the movies pretty much do. Plus if Rian had really diverged from this plan so significantly then KK would’ve undoubtedly stepped in as it’s pretty clear she has a penchant for that given her track record.
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    DarthDementous reacted to Marian Schedenig in TWIN PEAKS   
    David Lynch has invented…
     
     
     
     
    …the torch:
     
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    DarthDementous reacted to TheAvengerButton in Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker (JJ Abrams 2019)   
    It always bothers me when people say that The Last Jedi didn't follow through on the set-ups of The Force Awakens, or that The Rise of Skywalker didn't follow through on the themes of The Last Jedi and so on and so forth. Of all the things you could very easily critique about the Sequel Trilogy, that aint it.
     
    Like, I would love to be convinced that that was actually the case, but it seems to me that the set ups and the themes and what have you flow extremely well from film-to-film, and that despite the haphazard way these films are coddled together. It actually comes together pretty well in the end.
     
    I think people who really, REALLY don't like these films try to make it an all or nothing deal. It's either all bad or it's the greatest thing ever made. That's never true with anything. Like other films, the Sequel trilogy has stuff that they do that isn't done very well and stuff that they pull off very nicely. The characters are all fun. The effects feel closer to those of the original trilogy than the somewhat artificiality of the Prequels (despite still having absolutely copious amounts of CG). I even like the narrative undercurrent of the new generation having to fill the shoes of their heroes and carry on their legacy on their own terms. When it comes to the bad, some of the locations could use a better identity. When I think back to the planets of the Original Trilogy there's usually a central pillar or object which continuously gives presence to each planet. There's the Cloud City on Bespin, the Shield Generator on Endor, the temples on Yavin. They are all shown to jut out and hang over everything or fill the screen with their awe inspiring beauty. The planets of the Sequel Trilogy don't really have that (with the exception, IMO, of the Shield Door on Crait). The overall exposition used throughout the film could use a bit more slow down. I remember leaving TFA wondering why the hell they didn't fill us in more on the gap of time between ROTJ and TFA. Then there's the 98mph dumps in TROS to contend with as well. There was also an unnecessary cloud of mystery behind Rey, and while a little bit of mystery goes a long way I still can't figure out what J.J. OR Rian were going for between Rey and her parental dynamic (does she actually KNOW her parents are dead? Did she know the whole time? Is she just supressing her own memories? Does Kylo already know who Rey is before they meet in TFA?) Way too confusing to try to piece together.
     
    So people try to throw everything they can possibly critique at these films and try to make everything stick and it just doesn't work. If you think the movies ignore each other or are extremely inconsistent with major details you really need to force yourself to watch these movies again just to get a refresher.
     
    Hi, my name is TheAvengerButton (not my real name) and this is my TEDTalk on Star Wars.
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    DarthDementous reacted to SilverTrumpet in Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker (JJ Abrams 2019)   
    Between this thread bumping and the Abrams quote that I assume spurred it, I'm still really upset at what happened to Star Wars. I thought I was over it, but I guess I'm not. Haven't really thought about Star Wars since the end of Mando season 2 where I saw that show going exactly where I was afraid it would. 
     
    ...at least it wasn't a rejection of what came before it. Granted, if you look at the Disney trilogy as what came before it, I guess it does do that. Star Wars is at war with itself to this day. It's actually kind of fascinating. That's why people are so drawn into behind the scenes drama in Youtube videos.
     
    The war in the pop culture creative world between fan service and the modern trend of rejecting and insulting long standing fans of popular series like Star Wars, Marvel, DC, etc is a much more compelling story than the whole of what's being presented by those series. 
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    DarthDementous reacted to toothless in Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker (JJ Abrams 2019)   
    Your comment alone says everything you need to know about judging a book only by its cover. You’re right it’s clickbait! Even the name of his videos is : "Pourquoi j’ai raison et vous avez tord" (Why I’m right and you’re wrong). But it’s this divisive character and a bit of troll that triggers people and ultimately make people watch.
     
    Now you can hate this, of course  it’s an opinion and I even agree with you. But saying this video is garbage isn’t true when you look at the amount of work and analysis of the production, cinematography, sfx, scenario, etc. If after watching it you disagree with it that’s fine, it’s your opinion based on the video 🙂 But selling your opinion as fact with sentences such as « its garbage » just based on the thumbnail is at best, sad.
     
    I know it's internet but it' not hard to pick between: 
     
    • I don't want to watch it because the thumbnail isn't to my liking
    • I watched it and I disagree with him
     
    You don't have to go with "I decided it's worthless garbage based on the thumbnail".
     
    I know I will come across as a fanboy of this youtube channel but again, It's completely okay to disagree with anyone. It's completely okay to have opinions. It's okay if anyone does want to watch a video or whatever. But I'm getting slightly annoyed at how everyone reacts like everything is pure shit or pure gold without nuance. Worse when people react to something they don't bother watching.
     
    PS: the thumbnail with RJ giving the middle finger is based on 5sc in the video where he shows how RJ shitted on JJ work. It’s not at all directed to us the viewer or to Rian Johnson.
     
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    I think if I introduce the concept of his channel with something else than Star Wars it might be better understood: the video starts with 3 minutes of troll to annoy people and then transforms to analysis where there are good elements (and good movies) in this saga.  
     
     
     
    Now this will be my last post with a video from this guy haha. Didn't think I would create such a drama and i'll stop the off topic  
     
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    DarthDementous got a reaction from toothless in Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker (JJ Abrams 2019)   
    Mmk I'll take your word for it and check it out for myself then
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    DarthDementous reacted to Docteur Qui in Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker (JJ Abrams 2019)   
    There are few things in this world I'd less rather watch than YouTubers spending hours complaining about Star Wars. And this is coming from someone who recently watched a 5-hour video of someone complaining about Doctor Who.
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    DarthDementous got a reaction from Holko in Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker (JJ Abrams 2019)   
    If JJ was director/writer/producers for all the movies I don’t think the final outcome would’ve changed significantly, in fact it could easily be worse.
     
    People who think RJ totally went against JJ’s ideas have bought into the post-backlash TLJ narrative. Before that not only did JJ himself say he wish he had written the script, but his friend Greg Grunberg corroborated this and said that he never usually says that. JJ’s response you can chalk up to marketing but Greg wasn’t even involved with TLJ so he had zero obligation which is why I think it’s genuine. Especially considering that both pre and post backlash JJ has been quite consistent in his opinion of TLJ and it not going against what he intended.
     
    There was a plan for the Sequel Trilogy from the start, it just wasn’t a good one. I have reason to believe it was JJ himself that helmed the throwing out of Lucas’ story treatments in favour of a soft reboot that seeks to recreate scenes from the OT but in a different order - and that’s what all of the movies pretty much do. Plus if Rian had really diverged from this plan so significantly then KK would’ve undoubtedly stepped in as it’s pretty clear she has a penchant for that given her track record.
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    DarthDementous reacted to oierem in Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker (JJ Abrams 2019)   
    You misunderstood what I meant. I know that Lucas is lying when he says he had planned the whole thing beforehand (and about many other things, although calling him a "pathological liar" is too much, imho). 
    What I meant is that he says he had it planned because he thinks that's a better way of creating a trilogy than making it up as he goes. He lies because, from his perspective (and from the perspective of a lot of fans and viewers), not planning things out from the start is a mistake. 
     
    We will have to disagree about the importance of Lucas' contribution to Empire. I know how the process of creating that films went (as you do), yet I disagree about your interpretation of many things:
    -About the genesis of the story: before Brackett's draft, there's Lucas' handwritten story treatment, in which the story of the film is already in place, and really close to the final film (so obviously, Brackett's draft could not be totally different).
    -As far as I know, the initial story conferences were basically Lucas laying out the story for Brackett. Of course, she may have contributed to some degree, but Lucas had the story already in his mind (as his stoy treatment shows). If you read the transcriptions of the story conferences for Raiders of the Lost Ark, you can see how Lucas has the story in his mind... and then is reworked by the three of them. 
    -Kasdan came in after Lucas' draft (Lucas only wrote one draf for Empire), in summer 1978, and his three drafts have no substantial differences from Lucas'. Instead, I'd say his contributions to Jedi were much more significant, since they affected the structure of the film itself.
    -Lucas was present on the set of Empire for two months (out of six), which is a third of principal photography. That's hardly "barely present". Although clearly, Kershner was the director of the film.
    -About the edit: I have not read any documented evidence about Lucas and Kershner's supposed fight about the edit, and in any case, it doesn't add up. First, Lucas couldn't have been overruled by Kershner, because Lucas had the final cut right. Second, Lucas edited the first third of the film before Kershner started working on it, while Kershner was still filming. Third, Williams spotted the film in early November 1979, and recorded the music in late December. By that time, the picture was essentially locked in the final edit. Therefore, somehow Lucas and Kershner were able to have the film edited in just about two months! Were there disagreements? Of course. But as I said before, the whole story of Lucas being angry about Kershner's cut and trying to rework it... is not documented and isn't even logical. Lucas had every right to edit the film the way he wanted, period.
     
    There are facts, and there are opinions. I think we both know enough about the facts. Based on them, we create our opinions, and our opinions differ. So be it. I don't think it's relevant for this discussion, anyway. 
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    DarthDementous reacted to mstrox in The Bad Batch - The Clone Wars Spinoff show   
    I’m now caught up on the show and think it’s really good!  
     
    I don’t know if I saw this expressed here or elsewhere and I don’t care to look really, but it’s a bit of a missed character opportunity to attribute the sniper guy’s heel turn to the chip in his head.  Would have been a much more interesting/nuanced approach to have it be an actual choice, but whatever - I’m willing to go on whatever ride they’re taking us on.
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    DarthDementous reacted to Manakin Skywalker in The Bad Batch - The Clone Wars Spinoff show   
    Oh shit I think I subconsciously recognized it too!
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    DarthDementous got a reaction from Manakin Skywalker in The Bad Batch - The Clone Wars Spinoff show   
    I figured out where I recognize Omega's theme from! Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this is almost note for note:
     

    Original Reddit post that pointed out the similarity with a clip from the show containing the theme in question: 
     
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    DarthDementous reacted to greenturnedblue in The Bad Batch - The Clone Wars Spinoff show   
    Me too I think it reminds me of How to Train Your Dragon Hidden World
     
     
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    DarthDementous got a reaction from Manakin Skywalker in The Bad Batch - The Clone Wars Spinoff show   
    I’m not sure why you expected it to be markedly different from TCW Season 7 which only came out last year
     
    If you’re comparing it to the earlier seasons of the show pre-Disney take-over, then it’s pretty clear that the rendering has improved significantly, particularly in terms of lighting and post-processing, you may notice there’s actual depth of field now. The animation is also much more fluid, particularly in the dialogue scenes, with a slight Rebels influence
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    DarthDementous got a reaction from Arpy in The Bad Batch - The Clone Wars Spinoff show   
    I’m not sure why you expected it to be markedly different from TCW Season 7 which only came out last year
     
    If you’re comparing it to the earlier seasons of the show pre-Disney take-over, then it’s pretty clear that the rendering has improved significantly, particularly in terms of lighting and post-processing, you may notice there’s actual depth of field now. The animation is also much more fluid, particularly in the dialogue scenes, with a slight Rebels influence
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    DarthDementous reacted to Permanent Waves in The Bad Batch - The Clone Wars Spinoff show   
    Much less static too, some of the early stuff had a lot of "running in and stopping"
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    DarthDementous reacted to Chen G. in Watched Return of the Jedi recently   
    Of course its tedious, but I suppose that depends on the propensity and capacity that people have (or do not have) to try and analyze their own tastes. Some will shrug it off "I just like it" whereas others will try and figure out exactly why they like it.
     
    That's when things get truly interesting, and its essentially the same as any critical discussion one can have about any piece of narrative art.
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