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  1. Hey, I get you. But Joker is a billion dollar movie, and is thus far the peak of what an R-rated, cerebral comic book character piece has achieved. You don't get back to $2B+ emulating that, IMHO. TV is a different medium. Game of Thrones had a lot of time to build its story, and its fanbase, and didn't really peak in terms of viewership until Season 7 (well after its best narrative stuff). Can you emulate that slow build in the cinema? I think KOTOR would make a fine story on TV. And I don't think it's impossible to adapt it into a movie, either. I just think cinema is easier ground to navigate when you're presenting something fresh and trying to grow your fanbase.
  2. I have to disagree with the idea that Episode VII represented a fresh start. It was a purposeful continuation of the previous six episodes, and was too weighed down by our expectations about the legacy characters to really be considered new ground in my book. The problem I have with a KOTOR adaptation is that, to me, KOTOR is the realm of the die-hard, nerdy, dedicated Star Wars fan. That's great for some of us, but Star Wars has a huge appeal to casual movie-goers that it needs to consider. Going back to the history of the Old Republic, and adapting an already-established story will similarly weigh down the story with expectation and lore-delving. I just don't think it's a good idea. Go somewhere new. Tell a new story.
  3. I'd agree with TPM, and especially AOTC. However, ROTS's writing is much improved overall and would save the movie on the strength of the opera scene alone. Edit: I still rank all the prequels below the new series, just that ROTS is much closer to the other six Star Wars movies than TPM and AOTC, and I actually think it's a better made film overall than A New Hope.
  4. To me, TROS isn't technically as well made as some of the others in the series, though it's certainly not in the bottom third. That said, I think I would find it very re-watchable because of its fast pace, emotional high points, and lovely visuals. If I had to rank the series in terms of rewatch-ability, it would look like this (with the rank in terms of technical film-making quality in parantheses): 1. The Empire Strikes Back (1) 2. Return of the Jedi (4) 3. Revenge of the Sith (6) 4. The Rise of Skywalker (5) 5. The Last Jedi (2) 6. The Force Awakens (3) 7. A New Hope (7) 8. The Phantom Menace (8) 9. Attack of the Clones (9)
  5. After being in Europe for two weeks, I finally got the chance to sit down and watch this movie. If I were to ever quit the internet, this would be the moment. The amount of hand-wringing, moaning and nitpicking over this movie is absolutely flabbergasting. This movie is a perfectly acceptable way to be entertained for two hours. It's not a revolutionary film, but it's well-acted, fast-paced, beautiful and full of emotionally satisfying moments that connect well to other entries and themes in the nine-movie arc. I mean, yeah, it's got its problems, and there are any number of other narrative choices they could have made that may or may not have been more interesting. That said, I'm just shocked at the flak this movie has gotten, and to me the inability to relax and just enjoy this movie is a very poor reflection on its diehard fans. Ok, rant over. Thanks all.
  6. I guess I'm in the vocal minority here, but I think, if it's executed well, this could be a thrilling and thematically consistent way to end the trilogy. I have no problem with Palpatine's return. His machinations are what precipitated the whole story. Bringing back the Sith master who taught us about immortality in the prequels, and then tying his return and continued influence to the clone technology that was so instrumental to his rise to power feels very plausible and consistent to me. Frankly, from the leaked descriptions, this is more satisfying take on the return of Palpatine than what the EU offered. I guess I don't see why Rey being a Palpatine necessarily blots out the significance of the Skywalkers. They were his primary instrument of power by the end of one trilogy, and then they were the force of virtue that snuffed out his influence for a generation in the next. Now, in this final trilogy, it sounds like they're the catalysts that inspire a new generation (his own descendant even), to destroy him. It really depends on how they present it all, but, again, if the execution is right, this outline has the potential to tell a powerful story about redemption, agency, and how evil never dies but asks each new generation to defeat it in its own way. By the end, maybe the Skywalker name becomes emblematic of that effort, and that's why Rey takes the name. At any rate, we'll just have to wait and see how it all unfolds on the screen. It might end up being terrible, but I think the shellacking it's getting on this thread right now is painfully premature.
  7. Disney has everyone right where they want them. Fans of the franchise either really enjoyed TLJ, or they hated it. Either way, they are emotionally invested, and that increases the likelihood they'll be at the box office in a few weeks time. Apathy in the fanbase is the death knell of any franchise, and apathy is nowhere to be seen here. Solo's problem, for example, wasn't that it was bad--it's that nobody cared about it. I think this will open bigger than TLJ, and have better legs. I also think it will be a more palatable film for die-hards.
  8. Cos'è??? Mandolino? Non è uno strumento di musica? Io non abbia mai visto questa parola in questo contesto.
  9. I think your hopes about this version of Spider-Man are misplaced. You may not like this version, but Tom Holland is extremely popular. This situation also suggests that both Disney and Sony would rather Tom Holland’s rendition of Spider-Man continue to be a part of the MCU. Far From Home went out of its way to position him as a key part of whatever the future MCU looks like. That said, if you’re looking for Spidey to be a focal character in his own right, I’m sure that’s where they’re taking him. The Iron Man protege role has finished its job narratively, and his next adventures will see him influencing others rather than vice versa.
  10. You get a humbled like because I honestly didn’t think of that angle, and it’s a good observation. I kinda love the idea of Spider-Man bridging two universes, and these two characters are perhaps a more potent combination overseas than they are here in NA.
  11. Yes, but I have a feeling that part of this deal is that Sony gets its wish and Tom Hardy's Venom joins the MCU.
  12. I think there's a better than 50-50 chance Sony and Disney going to work out a deal. There's no way they're not having backroom discussions. I saw the link below earlier this week, and just noticed it doesn't seem to have been posted here. Admittedly, it's a rumor, but one with some teeth given their source has at least a little credibility to their track record. https://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/sony-offered-disney-deal-30-spiderman/ For my part, I had a blast with Venom. It was dumb, but it knew it, and I'd be delighted to see that character appear in the MCU.
  13. Poo on all this. My three favorite characters in the MCU are now gone (Cap, Iron Man, Spidey). My excitement for comic book movies just took a major gut punch. I think both Sony and Disney may have lost a customer here.
  14. I think it's safe to assume that discussions are still ongoing. This could end up being a permanent divorce, but I don't see that we've arrived at some critical juncture (past reshoots and post-production) that would preclude Spider-Man's renewed inclusion in the MCU. In other words, negotiations aren't dead until we've passed some point of no return. We can discuss what that is, but neither side benefits by really calling it quits at this point.
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