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  1. I grew up on a lot of "old" computer games that had the MIDI soundtracks, so I still enjoy the music to games like TIE Fighter, Dark Forces I, Doom, Descent, and obscure ones like Solar Winds and Ocean's 1993 Jurassic Park game. The original Zelda and Mario games had really good music as well. Does anyone have a MIDI of the theme to the original Tecmo Bowl? Not Tecmo Super Bowl, but the original Tecmo Bowl where it didn't have an NFL license, so you could only play as "Pittsburgh," not the "Pittsburgh Steelers." Sometimes when I play computer games, I just turn off the music and listen to my own CDs, but I do like all the edits of the Star Wars music in the more recent games of those kind, like the last two Dark Forces/Jedi Knight games and Rebellion. There's parts of the score to The Empire Strikes Back that was released in the Special Edition that I still associate with Jedi Knight, since that was where I heard it first.
  2. The Matrix Reloaded probably won't be as good as the original. It won't have the "wow" factor that the original had, or as Keanu Reeves would say, "whoa." Everything (mostly) then was fresh and hadn't been seen before (I still get misty eyed at a few of the really cool revelating parts at the end), and aside from the 1.6 mile freeway fight sequence (i'm drooling already), I hope this movie isn't a letdown; I'm optimistic. We'll see what happens, I guess.
  3. Wojo

    X-Men 2

    After I saw the film, I was left with one impression, but it's SPOILER laden, so it's time for the magical white font, read at your discretion. *** The ending of the film had a bit in common with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. I mean, the death of a major character is not uncommon in many films, but the way that Jean's was handled in X2 had a lot in common with Star Trek II. Not only the fact that both are second in a (hopefully for X-Men) long line of feature films, but they feature the death of a major and beloved character, which has the promise to return. Jean sacrificed herself to save the larger group of people, not the Enterprise but the rest of the X-Men in the otherwise doomed Blackbird, and her sacrifice was not only noble, but it was unavoidable and unstoppable; only in this case, she herself kept others from helping her (namely, Nightcrawler), unlike Star Trek II, where it's McCoy and Scotty who stop Kirk from saving Spock. It is a shame that someone like Iceman or Storm couldn't somehow freeze the oncoming water, but when someone's gotta die, there's no way around it. Additionally, it is Jean who reads the end narration, much like Spock reading the "Space...the Final Frontier" bit at the end. Plus, both films give us a visual treat that, when combined with the "dead" character's narration, basically slap us in the face and say "hey, he/she's not dead, they'll be back in the sequel, we're just shoving this down your throat so you cheer and don't cry." Namely, the faint logo of the Phoenix in the lake, and Spock's coffin on the Genesis Planet. I pointed at the screen and cheered when I saw the Phoenix logo, but that's because I read this post earlier last week, knew of the death, and had time to ask someone to explain it. I don't usually mind spoilers, anyways. I'm not saying that X2 is cheapened for behaving like Star Trek II in this manner, just the opposite. I love both films, and believe it was a perfect way to end the second X-Men film, and kick the door wide open to sequels. Bring on the Sentinels. Just no Shi'arr, Apocalypse, Bishop, or Cabel...time travel or extra-terrestrials would cheapen and cheese up the franchise, and destroy the credibility that Brian Singer's given us so far. *** Spoilers over. Enjoy.
  4. The only reason that Across the Stars sounds at all like a theme from Hook, specifically the theme heard in Prelude and perhaps again near the end when Smee inexplicably appears as a Londonite, is because they use the same rising interval at their beginnings. I'm no music major, and I didn't deserve the A that I got in music theory, so I can't be more specific than that. But as for structure, once you listen to it enough and let it sink in, Across the Stars does share much in common with both Luke's Theme and the Imperial March. As he did with Anakin's Theme in Episode I, John Williams has proven how skilled he is at adapting and decomposing various existing themes to become other themes at an earlier point in history. And since the love of Padme and Anakin eventually gives birth to Luke (and Leia), and is but one piece of the puzzle that gives rise to Darth Vader, no two themes are more appropriate than these at being adapted for their love theme, the third such theme of the Star Wars saga. I refuse to be told otherwise.
  5. I thought Spielberg originally wanted it sung over the end credits, but couldn't have it happen that way, so John Williams did the next best thing by incorporating the theme into the musict itself.
  6. Ah, JoeInAir, you beat me to it. I was going to resurrect the post I had made a few months back http://jwfan.net/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&f...iewtopic&t=2488 and then see what people's responses to this controversial yet totally canonical episode were. Yes, I like the fact that the Borg are never named, just like the Ferengi never were either back in 1x19 Acquisition. And based on the way the episode ends, the two Tarkalian bodies ejected will probably depressurize, explode, and there won't be anything left to discover; the bodies will not survive re-entry to a planet or sun, or will float forever, so no finding Borg that way. I'm reminded of the way that Lore was discovered, floating in space, by Pakleds; not likely here, the way we know the Borg history as it exists. Likewise, the wreckage of the transport will also leave no trace of Borg. It's likely that Starfleet classifies the entire encounter and possibly totally forgets about it by the time real first contact is made with the Borg by the second season of TNG in Q-Who. After all, Archer tells T'Pol (and we, the audience) that Zefram Cochrane did reveal the details of how Borg from the future almost sabotaged first contact, and the Enterprise-E of the future stopped them, even if he did repeal his comments. Add that to the fact that Starfleet classified the Enterprise-E's time travel incident of "First Contact" the film, and we've got a massive Starfleet cover-up on our hands. Purely speculation, though, because even if Starfleet (and/or its insidious and off-the-record department Section 31) knew that Borg from the future led to the wreckage found at the Arctic Circle in the 2150s, they'd have no way to know from what point they originated. I think I've rambled a bit off course. The ending was perfect, since it pretty much tells us that there'll be no more Borg in Enterprise (even if they left a few bodies at the Arctic, they know now to destroy them rather than revive them), and it brings the whole history of the Borg full circle, i.e. the man who goes back in time to become his own grandfather. By having the Borg of the 2150s complete the mission of "First Contact," namely to send a subspace message to the Borg Homeworld in the Delta Quadrant telling them of Earth, assuming they don't have the transwarp gate system set up until the 2370s, then it'd still take 200 years for Borg to travel from the Delta Quadrant and make it to Earth. Which puts them right on a scheduled invasion set in the 24th Century, as Archer predicted....which means that it makes sense now that Q's introduction wasn't necessarily the catalyst that introduced the Federation to the Borg. Remember that Federation and Romulan bases along the Neutral Zone had been destroyed by a powerful unknown alien, scooped up and removed entirely, and that was the final episode of the first season ("The Neutral Zone"), well before Q sending the D into Borg space. Thus, though Star Trek never confirmed it, that base scooper could've been an advance Borg guard, and all Q did was coincidentally send the Enterprise D in to say hi; the Borg were already on there way, since they'd had Earth's "address" since the 2150s, thanks to Borg sent there from the not-so-distant future......aye yai yai, time travel! So now it's not likely that Borg technology led to upgraded Starfleet systems, since the Borgified transport was destroyed and all drones destroyed as well. The Borgified systems on the NX-01 will probably just be repaired, and the shield and warp technology isn't there, so it's altogether usless for advancing Starfleet with future Borg upgrades. It was also nice to hear of Dr. Phlox's familiarity with the Bynars, another little tidbit of Trek trivia that's pretty neat. Two problems, though. If they've got Borg nanoprobes in the 22nd century, why don't they try to freeze some and make a weapon against future Borg incursions, or otherwise use them for good? Probably because they're so volatile, what with assimilating everything in sight and being programmed to complete the Borg Queen's mission. Oh well, no loss. Also, Captain Archer refers to the section of space the Borg were sending their message to as the "Delta Quadrant." This is good and all, since that's what it's referred to as in the time of TNG, DS9, and specifically Voyager. Four quadrants: Federation in Alpha, Romulans and Klingons in Beta, Dominion and Wormhole's exit in Gamma, and Borg and Voyager's long journey home in Delta. BUT in all of TOS and the movies, the quadrant nomenclature is all screwed up, nothing is consistent. It's as if quadrant refers to the four big divisions of the Milky Way Galaxy, and can also refer to smaller sections of space, like quadrants of a sector or astrogation block or whatever. No big deal, since naming and number consistency has never been really keen in Star Trek, but we get by. For those of you who I haven't bored to death with my 2 am rambling, I salute you!
  7. No, we do not, we need the original 1977, 1980, and 1983 versions on DVD, that's as "special" as Star Wars is and needs to be for me.... ...but I detect a bit of sarcasm in your comment, so yeah, hehe. It saddens me that there won't be any commentaries in the Indy Trilogy release. I've listened to most of the one from Gladiator, some of Braveheart's, a bit of PJ's from the middle of the Extended Fellowship of the Ring, and half of Superman's. I like commentaries, I really do, I just never budget time to watch them as well as the film. The lack of one seems to cheapen this Indy set a lot. Heck, the South Park TV series has a director's commentary on CDs that you listen to separate from the DVDs themselves, since Parker and Stone didn't want them to be censored. And not for Indy? And sure, Crusade is a rehash, retread, and otherwise rip-off of Raiders, but it's still enjoyable, even though he doesn't actually get the goodie at the end, or the girl. Raiders is better. Temple's probably more entertaining. But having the original James Bond tag along is still a lot of fun.
  8. I just watched two of the trailers I downloaded from Jurassic Punk a few days ago www.jurassicpunk.com (I know you're not talking about the Super Bowl trailer, so I didn't watch that one), and if you're talking about the instrumental chord, I have no idea. But if you're talking about the song with words that says "come on," then I think it's "Wake Up" by Rage Against the Machine. That song was also played at the end of the original The Matrix film, if I remember correctly.
  9. There's also a remote possibility that C3PO and R2D2 would be ordered to forget everything that they experience in the years leading up to and including the events in Episode III. The only way for this to work is that no one ever asks them about their past, but since C3PO is so loose-lipped, it'd probably never work. This technique was used in an episode of Star Trek TNG when the Enterprise finds a planet of extremely xenophobic aliens and convinces them to just erase their memories and computer banks, and ordering Data to never reveal what happened, rather than have the aliens simply kill them all. But that'd never work, so yea, the droids will have to have their memories erased. It's not so farfetched or blindingly convenient as one would think, since Owen Lars was going to have their memories erased anyways before sending them away to vaporator duties on Tatooine. Thus it can be assumed that erasing a droid's memory would be standard procedure before committing them to another duty, like formatting an old hard drive once you get it.
  10. In the track "Ah! Venice" from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," some instruments combine to create the sound and effect, musically, of the giant boat propellor threatening to swallow Indy's boat.
  11. Eh. Ranking the original Star Wars as next to worst makes me sad, because in a sense, at least for me, it's in a league of its own. Sure, it has to function as one-sixth of a story arc spanning 28 years of cinematic history (1977-2005), but it's also the one that got the ball rolling. It's the first, the only complete Star Wars movie that functions totally well on its own. For instance, every true Star Wars fan may agree that Empire is the best because it's the dark chapter and seriously twists with what we know and love about Star Wars, but its ending leaves us hanging. Han's "dead," Vader's just told us what has to be a total lie, and the Rebellion seems on the verge of defeat. Likewise, Jedi does not function without Empire as a lead-in, since it is Jedi that ties up the loose ends and then ends the story as we need to see it on the big screen. In a similar sense, then, even though Phantom Menace is the first of the six Star Wars films in story order, to start out watching it first...I don't know, since I saw Jedi first so my perception of Star Wars is totally messed up. But I don't think that the prequels can stand on their own without the classic trilogy to follow through. I draw a further analogy to the Back to the Future films. A lot of people like Part II the best, since it is that series' parallel to Empire: dark, story twist, and the "death" of a major character at the story's end. And thus, Part III ties it all together, but it is only the first BTTF film that can stand alone as a complete work, with no need for anything to precede or follow. Thus, my ordering of Star Wars is: TESB/ANH (tie) ROTJ [star Wars video games] AOTC/TPM (tie)
  12. She dies??? Man, I hate spoilers. Anyways, I have inherent optimism for Episode III. Granted, I'm not gonna sit on my butt for the next two years, giddy as a schoolboy, or watch all five movies over and over again in preparation. I might give the classic trilogy one more watch and that's about it. But based on what has to happen in order to get this "oh my mommy died/i can't love who i want/obi-wan's so mean/i lost my hand, boohoo/i never get to have any fun/i'm so tough and no one appreciates me yet" soap opera reject Anakininto the oh-so-powerful, awe-inspiring, terrible-yet-loveable trash-talking and Dark Side-wielding Darth Vader.........it boggles the mind just how much story is left to tell. I mean, just because someone has a high midichlorian count (tongue in cheek on that one, that should've been removed from a phantom edit before jar-jar) and can't love someone and loses his mommy...that can't make him become the most evil and powerful man in the galaxy this side of Exar Kun (sans Palpy), can it? But, alas and gratefully alike, Episode III will not simply be a giant two-hour plot point dictation, like a title scroll to end all other title scrolls. It has to flow, with dialogue, characters, music, action, and draw the audiences in. So far, most of those points have been sadly lacking in Episodes I and II. I mean, my dad, for instance, loves the classic Star Wars as much as the next guy. Sure, his favorite is Jedi, but I think that's because it's got the most action and he's seen it the most. I prefer Empire, but that's beside the point. The point is...three times I've sat him down to watch Episode I, and those three times, he's fallen asleep. I figured he had to watch I to pick up on the subtleter points of Ep II, like what's the new Shaft doing in space, who's the bratty kid, who's the babe, who's the old guy that talks like the emperor, and what the hell is a naboo? Both those movies left a bad impression, like seeing an old friend from high school that you used to like, but now it's like "what the hell happened to you?" It'd be nice if Lucas could get back to storytelling, quotable dialogue, and good old fashioned fun for Episode III. The lightsabre duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan should go down as the best, wheras the duel in the last film was laughable. Sure, we had to see Yoda show us why he's the Master and all, but it still looked out of place, like........but I digress. The point is to await Ep III, not bash Ep II. Based on what has to happen, the movie has to be good, but it's about execution. A great director can make a crappy story great, whereas a bad director can take an awesome story and totally ruin it. Which face will present itself in Episode III? Two more years, and we'll know. If it's great, yay. If it blows, well, we've still got three Star Wars movies that don't. And anyone who wants to imagine a better backstory than the one presented in the prequels, well, that's why we've got imaginations.
  13. I know the thread says for those who say it originally in the theatre, and since I was born in the year of Raiders, I missed Empire by about fifteen months. But since I saw the 1997 edited versions in the theatre, which had the least edits meaning it didn't need fixed that much, I can probably talk here. I just wanted to share the fact that I saw them all wrong. I remember being really young and starting to watch Return of the Jedi on TV, and all the "monsters in the dungeon" (the aliens in Jabba's court) really freaked me out, I thought it was dumb, and had mom tape over it. Then in about 1991 or 1992 it was on TV again as soon as we got in the house after a day at Idelwild, a Pennsylvanian amusement park, so I taped it again and watched it. Thus, Vader's revelation in Empire never had a chance to surprise or shock me, since I knew they were father and son. However, three years ago when I watched Empire for the first time after seeing Episode I, I got tears in my eyes when I realized that little Jake Lloyd's Anakin grew up to be the Dark Lord on my screen, it really hit home. They should have a warning that accompanies Jedi, telling people who haven't seen the other two to watch something else first, just as with Star Trek IV. For a time, I thought that Bird of Prey was the Enterprise.
  14. I think I'm cautiously optimistic more than anything. Based on what still needs to happen in the story to get Anakin evil, "die," don the suit, the kids born and divvied up, the backlash from the secret wedding, the establishment of the Empire, and potentially a visit to Dagobah (maybe Ben drops Yoda off there on his way to Tatooine with Luke...) and another mention of the Geonosians' Death Star technology...based on that and more, the story has to be good. It all falls on the execution and direction now more than anything. I actually think I'm looking forward to this more than Indy IV, which I don't know a thing about. What religious artifact is left for Dr. Jones to seek that could possibly have apocalyptic implications, like the Ark of the Covenant and Grail? I liked the bogus screen play "Indiana Jones and the Sons of Darkness" because it made the Soviets the bad guys which makes sense with an Indiana Jones in his 50's after the defeat of the Nazis, it brought Marion back as Indy's love interest of choice since the trip to the bar after the events in Raiders ended resulted in something, and it gave Indy a reason to look for Noah's Ark, or more accurately, something on the wrecked ship itself. Indy found Atlantis in a video game, and that was just a so-so Disney film. I can't really think of anything else left to find, and the artifacts themselves are part of what makes Indy so cool. Besides, if the rumours are true, I don't want to see Willie return, even is she is Spielberg's wife. We'll see what happens.
  15. A lot of times this is really neat, like having a few alternate versions of cues that were written but not used in the movies. Like the alternate version of "Return of the Jedi" from the movie of the same name (the cue where Luke and friends blow up the Khetanna, Jabba's sail barge). That alternate version is on both the 1993 and 1997 soundtrack releases, and has also been used in a few Star Wars games from LucasArts. But that doesn't always mean you're gonna get a decent of music that was written just not used. That's often akin to asking for an author's rough drafts of a novel, or a painter's scribble pads. It'd be nice, but not always gonna happen.
  16. Good point, Cypher. I apologize for being immature.
  17. My bad, I was thinking "deedle-eedle-ee, dee dee" instead of "dun dun duddle-unh dun." I don't know what the first thing is I thought, might be Viacom or Universal or something. Eh, it's too short to claim it sounds like anything, and if it does, it's better to steal from the best than steal from crap.
  18. I'm sorry, but could someone explain this? It's just the seven-note Paramount fanfare at the shot of their trademark mountain like others have said. You might hear it at the end of the Indy movies, too, but I never watch the end credits that long, basically because I haven't watched an Indy for months and months.
  19. Well done! The timing could not be better, especially with the episode of South Park from two weeks ago "Toilet Paper" cleverly parodying "Silence of the Lambs" as well.
  20. Ok, I had a really good post here that basically tore this guy apart, but then I saw Ricard pleading for no more insults, so I thought better of it and removed most of it. A. Any move that makes large amounts of people scared is called a horror film. That's how it's defined. Sorry, man, but I know how to use a dictionary. B. You must've spent your 2002 in a tin can and only seen one movie, Signs. C. Why are you laughing at an engineer? Look around. Chances are that an engineer built or designed everything you see. The computer you used to type your blatantly ignorant message. The synthetic fabrics you're wearing. The materials used to build your house. The electricity that lets you do things well into the night and colder months that people couldn't do a century ago. The medicines that keep you alive. The car you use to get around in. And get this: engineers are smart. Really smart. And we make a lot of money. Just because you didn't do good in math doesn't give you the right to insult people who can go "x equals negative b plus or minus the square root of b squared minus four a c all over two a" or "udv = uv - vdu" in their sleep. The following ain't a spoiler; the movie's on dvd already; if you haven't seen it yet, it's by choice, not by accident. But I'll make it nice and white so people who haven't seen it yet but somehow still want to won't get all pissy. Ok, so let me get this straight. In Signs, you've got aliens that die when they come into contact with liquid water? What the heck do you think makes up a good portion of the Earth's atmosphere? You're telling me that one of the best movies of 2002 would have you believe that the most important ingredient for life as we know it to exist is deadly to another form of life? Wow. I can understand that water is sometimes an acid, and that water melted the Wicked Witch of the West, but that's childhood fantasy from a century ago, and it's a classic; Signs ain't, and if anything, it's a sign that Mel Gibson can't find good roles anymore. This is the 21st century, when we're supposed to be a little more sophisticated than that. Give me a break. But the point remains, someone wants a showdown.
  21. You found it "respectable"??? BATTLEFIELD EARTH!?!?!?! You joking? Dude that was the worst movie of 2000 when it came out. -Rogue Leader who is not surprised this guy posted as a "Guest" ashamed to reveal his true identity! Hey buddy, did you read the damn book? If you didn't, then it's obvious why you wouldn't find one iota of respectability in it. I posted as "Guest" simply because I was in a computer lab and logged in on the main page, but when I tried to quote a previous message, it logged me out, forcing my long post to be rendered as from "Guest." I am insulted that you would insinuate that I should find shame in respecting Battlefield Earth for attempting to adapt Hubbard's novel to the big screen. It's a huge undertaking and was seriously blinded by Travolta's own personal opinions, namely, the film was biased by his post-BE-Hubbard-esque opinions, and what he thought would be funny. I never saw the need to praise the movie as being among the best of the year 2000. You must not have read my entire post, you missed my final point in which I said I would probably not watch the movie again simply because it is so heavily flawed and riddled with bad dialogue, poor acting, lousy effects, and loud score. Well, all but one the third of those could describe Attack of the Clones, but that's not the point. The point is that only someone who read the novel Battlefield Earth could ever hope to appreciate the movie Battlefield Earth, and that is only with a heavy heart, a sigh, and a wish that it had been executed much better, like the labor of love that translated into The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and X-Men. Rogue Leader, you have demonstrated to me just how narrow your vision is when you are unable to respect another person's opinions of a movie they can barely appreciate, yet still not totally enjoy. Read the book, then we'll talk, ok? I'm not ashamed. I am Darth Wojo. And yes, the avatar is the shield power-up from the Descent computer games.
  22. That was me, friends, defending Battlefield EarthTHE NOVEL. I'm in a computer lab on campus and I logged in, but it must not have registered or something screwed up...grr... C'est la vie, non?
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