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Messages - JOE SOAP

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 22 September, 2017, 10:16:46 pm »
It would really screw with audience expectation to have a mid-budget Star Wars film.
Thing is, the average punter doesn't have a clue about movie budgets - it's not as if you'd have to market it as such, and there's no need for a low or midrange budget movie to look cheap in this day and age - I'm just saying that maybe not every single blockbuster needs to end with a 45 minute cacophony of cgi excess?

It's nearly always clear in a trailer how 'expensive' or 'big' a film looks – even at a sub-conscious level it registers with the audience – unless you have an expensive cast, which can amount to the same thing.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 22 September, 2017, 09:15:23 pm »
Deadpool, American Sniper and IT prove otherwise

The noteworthy point is that these are exceptions.

The most noteworthy point is this is Star Wars – the most exceptional brand of all – but in this case it's more about the scale of profit rather than no profit.

I've little doubt a smaller scaled $50 million Star Wars film would make money but at this point Lucasfilm would rather spend 3-5 times that amount on one, more spectacle driven film with the chance to reach a billion+, than several smaller films that would take longer to make and release, then wouldn't amount to as much success when combined.

They're better-off sending their smaller scale stories to VOD where the marketing/distribution spend is lower.


Yes, FIre Walk With Me is very relevant throughout Season Three as the latter contains important callbacks and references to multiple story elements only contained in the film - especially the very end of both. Some of the feature length cut of unused scenes - The Missing Pieces - is also relevant as a companion to the film.

Film & TV / Re: Hellboy Reboot
« on: 13 September, 2017, 11:35:20 pm »
David Harbour as Hellboy

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 12 September, 2017, 05:54:11 pm »

Not an equivalent but Dublinese has the similar sounding Up in Nelly's room behind the wallpaper – sounds like the location of a sinister presence in a horror film – which is a slang response to the question of something's whereabouts.

General / Re: Texas City
« on: 11 September, 2017, 08:34:53 pm »
It's outcome would also depend on what it was fought over: independence seems a bit after-the-fact since it could be argued national fragmentation had all ready happened in 2070, and Mega City Two seemed to secede and go autonomous without a schmozzle, so it could be a conflict over share of resources, jurisdiction boundaries or the production of hats.

General / Re: Texas City
« on: 11 September, 2017, 12:19:23 am »
Every Empire Falls was about a megalomaniac Texan Chief Judge who wanted to reunite Texas and MC1, which would be an odd ambition for a state that had fought a (successful) war to achieve the exact opposite.

Chief Judge Oswin's real plan was one of conquest over a newly weakened state rather than a reunification in ideological terms for old times' sake.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 September, 2017, 03:10:04 pm »
I don't know, I've read critics that claims the film's a watershed and borderline epoch defining, which it clearly isn't.

That's not the general consensus, though. Few are indicating WW is a modern masterpiece.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 September, 2017, 02:44:42 pm »
For something to resonate with an audience does not mean it's either brilliant or bad, nor does it always matter what anyone thinks for it to make money. The critic consensus has rated Wonder Woman around a 7-7.5 which I think is about right for an average film that hasn't totally shit-the-bed, so I don't think it's overhyped in terms of reviews.

Film & TV / Re: Blade Runner 2
« on: 10 September, 2017, 04:55:23 am »

« on: 09 September, 2017, 05:42:51 am »
Midnight Edge's feature on the show is full of dubious and seriously (unnecessarily venomous too, I thought) unsubstantiated claims. Wouldn't believe much of it.

Midnight's Edge videos are a collation of every internet rumour put in a blender. It's goes no deeper than a web-search.

General / Re: Texas City
« on: 08 September, 2017, 04:22:34 pm »
Origins makes no mention of any civil war. I'm pretty sure war between the US megacities has stopped having happened.

Wouldn't really be an Origins thing: doubling up the conflict quota for a Cursed Earth skirmish that's tangential to Fargo's story and Dredd's a big lad by the time it happens -going by Mick McMahon's Civil War cyclorama inspired cover- so it could still be a pre-2099/Prog 2 event. Plenty of room there to fit it in.

General / Re: Panzer 88
« on: 07 September, 2017, 01:13:31 pm »

They have the funding so I guess the changes are part of that.

General / Re: Panzer 88
« on: 07 September, 2017, 12:49:04 pm »

Film & TV / Re: On telly this week
« on: 07 September, 2017, 11:34:30 am »
When you look at all the money currenty flowing through PKD adaptations, it's sobering to remember that in his 30s he was reduced to eating catfood...

They do say PKD is an acquired taste.

"When I see these stories of mine, written over three decades, I think of the Lucky Dog Pet Store. There's a good reason for that. It has to do with an aspect of not just my life, but the lives of many freelance writers. It's called poverty[........]So anyhow, there I am at the Lucky Dog Pet Store on San Pablo Avenue, In Berkley, California, in the Fifties, buying a pound of ground horsemeat." - Philip K. Dick in the introduction to the Golden Man, 1980

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