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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: Today at 04:37:06 pm »
I probably want to see that more than I wanted to see Last Jedi.  How can you not want to see how this turns out?

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: Today at 02:28:03 pm »
I recall the only major concern was the dropoff in Chinese ticket sales, though that would likely have little to do with grumpy Star Wars fanboys as the property doesn't have the pop-cultural lineage over there that it does in the West.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: Today at 01:29:46 pm »
The people we vote for generally don't know how to run an economy (even assuming that an economy needs to be run), they only know how to get elected.


No one is pure enough.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: Today at 12:07:53 am »
Disney also didn't give theatrical releases to sequels to mega-hits like Lion King and Aladdin, and walked away from the successful Narnia movies because they didn't own them outright.  Disney are about the big picture and one flop means nothing to them in the context of Star Wars as a brand.  They probably had plans made ahead of time in case Solo flopped big time.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 20 June, 2018, 11:20:10 pm »
Disney have made many, many turkeys over the years, but they haven't let the miserable failures of Fantasia*, Black Cauldron, Treasure Planet or Mars Needs Moms stop them making cartoons.  More germane to the convo, they didn't let John Carter becoming the Titanic of sci-fi flops scare them off making sci-fi franchises, as they just went out and bought Star Wars lock, stock and barrel.

* A flop at the time, as WW2 broke out and prevented the film playing overseas - even success in the US wasn't enough for it to break even, though it's obviously gone into serious profit in the years since.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 20 June, 2018, 09:13:27 pm »
Mad Max in Fury Road is a nothing character*, and yet...

Obi Wan could be a great movie, though admittedly I say that as someone who has long enjoyed films about hermit kung fu masters who have no time for the adventures that come knocking on their door.

* his only character bits are from the Mad Max videogame that George Miller worked on.

News / Re: Leah Moore and John Reppion
« on: 20 June, 2018, 07:28:40 pm »
The only option coming up is a page to input debit or credit card details - no Paypal option there, on my profile page, or on the donation page.

News / Re: Leah Moore and John Reppion
« on: 20 June, 2018, 03:05:47 pm »
Does anyone know how to make a donation using Paypal?  Theoretically it seems to be possible but I'm blowed if I can figure it out.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 20 June, 2018, 12:29:11 pm »
The Jurassic Games - look at that title and ruminate upon it for a moment and I'm sure you'll guess what two properties are being banged together for a quick cash-in.  I often wish that the people involved in these things had some kind of talent or enthusiasm for making films, or at least wanted to be entertaining, but The Asylum has established the financial model for these things - "quality is irrelevant, there just has to be content to sell" - and the movies now turn out exactly as you would expect based on that philosophy.  So is squandered yet another potentially great movie premise wherein death row convicts are given the chance to escape their convictions if they survive a gauntlet of traps and flesh-eating dinosaurs, their suffering broadcast to the world - on paper this sounds entertaining, but on film not so much.
Maybe I expected too much from a recent rewatch of all the Death Race movies, but this is not even entertainingly bad, it just... exists.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 18 June, 2018, 08:39:05 pm »
Minister for Health is an unelected position, and the current incumbent is independently wealthy, was parachuted into his parliamentary seat when the previous incumbent became a dame or whatever the heck the inbred title is, and is widely regarded as a shock absorber for the government ideological position of dismantling a free at point of use NHS.  It is literally impossible for him to give less fucks what people think of him.

Off Topic / Re: Stand out neighbours?
« on: 17 June, 2018, 08:18:10 pm »
My downstairs neighbors are
1 - an ex-Forrin Legionnaire with some form of PTSD that prompts him to scream at his flatmate in a one-way conversation usually sparked off by minor things, which goes on for ages and one time I (carefully and quietly) left the flat as he was scream-talking at the other guy and as I exited the building, I met the other guy coming back from the pub, and
2 - the other guy, who smokes and drinks to cope with his nerves, because something puts him on edge - I guess I'll never find out what that thing might be - but he smokes only the stinkiest of weed, which I assume I have gotten used to over the years as one time my niece visited and was taken slightly ill from the brief exposure she had in the communal hallway.
Recent high points include neighbor #2 having to be carted off by an ambulance, and #1 deciding to have a barbecue in - for some reason - my back yard instead of his own, despite his back yard being an 8 by 4 stretch of concrete with a handy and pleasant bit of shade offered by a neighbor's tree, while my back yard is 3x4 of scrub ground currently 90% occupied by propane tanks.  I can see my yard clearly from the kitchen window so I had a great view of #2 walking down the garden path, through his own garden, into mine where he set up the barbecue right beside a large tank full of explosive gas, unfold a chair, put his head in his hands and burst into tears.  There's no fire escape in my flat, which I mention because both seem like the type to start a chip pan fire at 4am.

Film & TV / Re: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
« on: 17 June, 2018, 05:37:52 pm »
I always found the quips problematic in that they usually fed into the narrative that Spidey was a bullied kid who in turn became a bully.  It makes him a more interesting character than he'd otherwise be, but too often the core of the character being a selfish arsehole is ignored - although the dreadful 1990s cartoon was spot-on in realising this over the years, to the point that when Spidey meets alternate universe versions of himself, the one whose Uncle Ben never died is a successful businessman because he was never guilted into changing his ways.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 17 June, 2018, 05:30:13 pm »
Unless there's follow up and the duel of wits has been ended with nothing less than conclusive victory, the questions being asked were never asked.  I learned this further up the thread when we discussed PMQs.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 17 June, 2018, 02:51:40 pm »
I like how everyone is banging on about the Brexit Dividend like it's a real thing for the country rather than a windfall for the small number of press baron billionaires who get to avoid paying the EU's new tax rates.  The Prime Minister is on tv promising literal magic money and the BBC refuse to ask any questions.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 16 June, 2018, 04:26:11 pm »
Episode 9 is the last movie in a series that has spanned decades, so it's guaranteed a huge opening and even the hardcore haters will show up for it.  There is almost zero chance of it making a loss and the only question that needs to be answered is "will it perform as well as the movie which preceded it?", which I shall answer in the spirit of The Last Jedi* and say "yeah probably."

Abrams has never yet written a satisfying ending to anything.

Abrams said ages ago that Ray and Finn's stories won't be finished in Episode 9, although he does actually lie about the content of his work ahead of time ("He's not playing Khan", "the island is not purgatory", "we'll answer the Rimbaldi question" and "the island does not move" to name but a few classics) so maybe it'll all be wrapped up in a neat little box by the time the credits roll, though I wouldn't bet on it as I don't see branding-obsessed Disney as willing to let that opening scrawl/John Williams theme combo be put beyond their use.

* IE: the least interesting answer possible to any questions you may have.**

** which means it is actually the cleverest and most satisfying answer of all IF YOU ONLY UNDERSTOOD IT LIKE I DO.

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