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Postby Nth » Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:35 pm

The full Blade Runner Black Out short film is up - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TieEBM7wumc

Also early screeners have been giving the movie glowing reviews.

Blade Runner 2049 was one of the most mind-blowing films Ive seen. Its breathtaking and transportive. Denis Villeneuve has a masterpiece.
Jenna Busch, Legion of Leia

Blade Runner 2049 is sci-fi masterpiece; the kind of deep-cut genre film we dont see anymore. Visually mind blowing, absolutely fantastic.
Erik Davis, Movies.com

I saw Blade Runner 2049 and it is BREATHTAKING. Its an impressive follow-up, preserving mysteries, adding new ones, expanding the universe.
William Bibbiani, IGN Movies

Good news! Blade Runner 2049 is a terrific continuation and expansion of the original. Wasnt hoping for much, ended up LOVING it. (Even Leto!).
Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

I saw Blade Runner 2049 a few days ago, and the more I think about it the more I love about it. Gorgeously directed. Sylvia Hoeks is AMAZING.
Terri Schwartz, IGN Movies

Astonishing. More than just a visual wonder, its a groundbreaking science fiction masterpiece.
Jimmy O., JoBlos Movie Emporium

Everyone bow down to Denis Villeneuve. Hes done the impossible and delivered a huge home run with Blade Runner 2049. Loved it. You do not have to have seen the original Blade Runner to watch Blade Runner 2049. But it will definitely make the film better if you have. Even if you have no interest in the film, the breathtaking cinematography by Roger Deakins is worth the price of admission. Hes a God.
Steve Weintraub, Collider

Ive seen Blade Runner 2049. I looks amazing, characters and performances are strong, stays true to the original but there are flaws.
Simon Thompson, IGN Movies

Blade Runner 2049 is phenomenal. Visually mind-blowing sci-fi with noir roots shining through in a tight, twisty mystery. Best of 2017 so far. Denis Villeneuve is unquestionably one of the elite working directors and theres no excuse if Deakins doesnt win the Oscar.
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Re: Movie Reviews and Discussion

Postby Nth » Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:41 pm

Remember the old Rampage games? Apparently there is a movie coming based on them - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coOKvrsmQiI

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Postby TheDenizen » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:13 pm

is it just going to be 90 minutes of King Kong smashing buildings and munching people?

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Re: Movie Reviews and Discussion

Postby Nth » Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:52 pm

TheDenizen wrote:is it just going to be 90 minutes of King Kong smashing buildings and munching people?


It's a Rock movie, so pretty self explanatory.

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Postby TheDenizen » Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:55 pm

lol yeah pretty much

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Postby El Marsh » Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:52 pm

So uh....is Justice League as bad as it's being made out to be?
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Postby fullbug » Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:55 pm

Finally got around to watching 'Tusk' this morning, that maybe be the most screwed up movie I have ever seen...... :shock: :lol:

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Postby TheDenizen » Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:05 pm

fullbug wrote:Finally got around to watching 'Tusk' this morning, that maybe be the most screwed up movie I have ever seen...... :shock: :lol:

ain't it great? :lol:

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Postby Fignuts » Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:16 am

Infinity War trailer dropped today. Looks suitably awesome. So satisfying to watch. To grow up in the 80's and 90's bereft of any quality marvel movies. Stuck with the Dolph Punisher, and straight to DVD Cap. Then to look back at what Marvel Studios has accomplished the last 10 years. Creating this universe, that mirrors the interconnected comics I read as a kid....all leading up to a two part epic based on my favorite story arc of all time.

I know that none of these movies individually deserve a "best picture" award, but Marvel Studios deserves something for successfully undertaking such a daunting task, as creating the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Postby Fignuts » Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:19 am

Watching the trailer for Rampage, I feel like the movie takes itself way too seriously. In a market with blockbusters like Godzilla and Skull Island, I doubt watching this trailer is really going interest a lot of people. Could have stood out a lot more if they went a more comedic route, which would be fitting anyway given the source material.

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Postby TheDenizen » Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:50 am

I haven't posted any movie reviews in aaaages now....but with FPWW and other stuff keeping me so busy, I haven't watched a new movie in months. Until now....

Trainspotting 2 - A group of aging junkies (who hate each other over some 20 year old baggage) attempt to open up a brothel with the expected disastrous results. Fun times catching up with some interesting characters, and this flick has a handful of really great visual scenes even if it cannot hope to compare to the original film. 20 years later and heroin is still some pretty awful shit, can you imagine that? 7/10

Leperfuck
- A bizarre indy short that did the circuit of film festivals in 2008/2009. Unlike a lot of low budget movies with outrageous titles, this one certainly delivers as promised. A woman whose husband contracts leprosy decides she wants a baby, and it's about as gross as you might expect. At least it only lasts a few minutes. 4/10

X-Rated Ambition: The Traci Lords Story
- British TV documentary that provides a cursory gloss-over of Lords' career in the XXX movie industry of the 80's, and the fallout in the wake of the revelation of her true age. It's got some interviews with stars of the time, but no comments from Lords herself, which makes it all seem kinda pointless. This mostly seems to exist to show off a bunch of images and clips of Lords in the nude from her (now-illegal) films. Points for the child pornography, I guess? 5/10

Final Cut: Ladies & Gentlemen
- This masterpiece was put together by a group of Hungarian film editors, and tells an archetypal love story by rapidly splicing together short clips from hundreds of other films. Not sure if this was intended as an indictment of how filmmakers tend to lazily reuse the same tropes to depict romantic relationships, or a celebration of how well filmmakers have hit on such a simple, consistent visual language to convey a near-universal human experience. Either way, it's a sumptuous feast of editing virtuosity that you cannot take your eyes off of for a second. I love that many of the clips have added meanings if you know the context from their original film. A must-view for anyone who considers themselves a cinephile. 9/10

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Gothic & Lolita Psycho - A girl witnesses her mother's murder, and dons a black leather lolita dress to seek revenge. It's equal parts Lady Snowblood and Machine Girl, which is to say it's pretty much Kill Bill on a micro budget. Shot mostly in large, sparsely furnished rooms, it serves up a series of escalating fight scenes which actually have some competent and creative choreography going for them. As for the heroine's choice of costume? *shrug* It's never explained, but it makes a pretty nifty film title, doesn't it? 6.5/10

Kunoichi (Lady Ninja)
- A group of Koga girls are kidnapped by Iga ninjas who plan to turn them into sex slaves, but one of the girls is also secretly a ninja, leading to a series of chases and fights mostly filmed in the woods. Despite the star being a legit martial artist, she isn't shot terribly well, giving the fighting scenes a clunky rhythm. The plot is nonsense and when the heroine kills the final bad guy immediately after finding him, she says "that was too easy" and the movie just kinda ends without resolving her stated mission of destroying the Iga ninja village. Lame, especially considering the movie was barely an hour long. 4.5/10

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Postby fullbug » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:30 am

Thanx again for the reviews, a nice change from reading stuff on Rotten Tomatoes! I have watched a few now due to your reviews.....

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Postby TheDenizen » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:17 am

fullbug wrote:Thanx again for the reviews, a nice change from reading stuff on Rotten Tomatoes! I have watched a few now due to your reviews.....

I hope you watched Leperfuck! ;)

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Postby fullbug » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:35 am

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fullbug wrote:Thanx again for the reviews, a nice change from reading stuff on Rotten Tomatoes! I have watched a few now due to your reviews.....

I hope you watched Leperfuck! ;)

I dunno, still having nightmares after watching 'Tusk' thanx to you..... :lol:

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Postby TheDenizen » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:38 am

Yakuza Apocalypse - A gang of yakuza vampires declare war on an evil syndicate after their boss is murdered. Takashi Miike deserves some plaudits for continuing to find new and bizarre ways to fuck with the conventions of the traditional yakuza movie. Sure it's hilariously muddled at times, and there are entire subplots that just get dropped halfway through, but any flick that has vampire gangsters fighting a dude in a fuzzy frog costume is OK in my book. Fun trash. 7/10

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Postby TheDenizen » Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:40 am

For context, here's a review of Samurai Cop that I wrote for tromataker's Kidnapped By Ninjas blog several years ago:

Samurai Cop is about a white cop named Joe who comes to LA to fight the evil Japanese gangs taking over the streets. Despite the fact that we're told several times that Joe has "trained with the Japanese masters", he talks about the code of "Bushida" and cannot pronounce the name of the main bad guy Fujiyama (played by a Latino). The Katana gang (which appears to only have one actual Japanese member) doesn't take kindly to Joe's intrusion into their racket peddling smack to grade school kids, so they send wave after wave of goons to die by Joe's hand.

Samurai Cop is truly wretched in every way. Filmed in the mid 80's and starring Sly Stallone's bodyguard, it never actually played anywhere, only getting a direct to DVD release in the 90's after being discovered in a vault somewhere. Everything is completely amateur hour, from the clunky writing, to the awkward direction, to the wince-inducing acting (Samurai Cop is the only acting credit on imdb for several of the principal actors). This movie wants to be a knockoff of Lethal Weapon so badly, it even has Joe exchanging painful chummy racial banter with a black partner.

Joe dodges bullets during a car chase by ducking and bobbing his head in the driver's seat. The main girl has a giant crocheted lion head on her office wall for no apparent reason. A villain uses a katana to slowly SAW the head off an unconscious guy. One of the female gang memebers only has one line: "The boss is coming", but she gets to use it in about five different scenes. The climactic katana duel was obviously filmed in slow motion and sped WAY up. It's got glaring continuity errors, poorly choreographed fight scenes, ridiculous plot devices, laughable editing, cheesy 80's synth music throughout, and three of the most painfully uncomfortable-to-watch love scenes I've ever witnessed.

It's a fucking classic.


Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance - 25 years and a successful kickstarter campaign later, Samurai Cop finally has a sequel. Any goodwill earned by bringing back most of the original cast and padding it out with porn stars is immediately lost due to the inclusion of Bai Ling and Tommy Wiseau. The plot is head spinning nonsense that introduces several new characters in every scene who are never seen again, which is fun, but the constant winking references to the original movie make this feel more like a spoof of so-bad-they're-good movies instead of the genuine trash that was Samurai Cop. Decent enough fan service, I guess....but this could have been magical. 6/10

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Postby 450splash » Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:26 am

Hey everyone. I was wondering what everyone thought of The Last Jedi, as I'm pretty sure most of us have seen it by this point. :) I'd like to hear what all of you think before I chip in my $.02. So, what did you think.
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Re: Movie Reviews and Discussion

Postby Fignuts » Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:09 am

oh boy. Has it's moments, but they don't make up for the many faults, in my opinion.

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The whole movie just seems poorly paced. Slow at times, and it didn't flow very well. None of the new characters clicked with me at all. First Star Wars movie that I could say that. Holdo didn't even need to be in the movie.

The comedy. The new movies have had a little more comedy than the old films, but so far it's been written into the tone of Star Wars very well, and the Jokes have been quality. Neither is true here. First off, if anything this movie should have dialed back on the humor, since the circumstances extremely dire, but theres more than ever. Secondly, the majority of it isn't even funny. It's stupid prequel comedy, not the clever bits from Awakens and Rogue. It's like they tried to make a Star Wars movie with the Marvel Formula, but it's like oil and water.

Phasma. We were told she would have a much bigger role, and those disappointed with her appearance in Awakens would be happy. Right. Apparently about 10 seconds equates to "a much bigger role".

Leia. I can accept Liea using the force to survive (even though they should have at least given a throw away line about luke giving her some training in the past) but did they have to make her shoot through space like fucking superman? It was fucking comical.

The Casino didn't feel like star wars. Felt like some other generic sci-fi thing. Also, I love animals too but get your animal cruelty agenda out of my fucking star wars movie.

Biggest issue?

Snoke. god I am still so fucking angry about snoke. Like, you didn't know anything about the Emperor, but they were just popular movies back then. Over decades they built upon the first movies with a rich history and all these rules on how everything thing works. And what makes Snoke so interesting, and such a compelling mystery, is that his very existance FLYS IN THE FACE OF ALL OF IT.

I get that his identity and origins aren't that important to the conflict between Rey and Kylo, but Star Wars is bigger than this movie or this trilogy, and that info is VERY important to the Star Wars as a whole.

And if they really just killed him off because they didn't think he was important, not only is it lazy fucking writing, it shows a lack of appreciation and understanding of the work that has gone into building Star Wars into the entity it has become.

But we'll see I guess. Darth Maul survived getting chopped in two. And Snoke is way more powerful.

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Postby King_of_Kong » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:46 pm

I highly recommend The Last Jedi. The movie does very enjoyable, though it does have some squandered potential.

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Postby Nth » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:59 pm

Fignuts wrote:oh boy. Has it's moments, but they don't make up for the many faults, in my opinion.

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The whole movie just seems poorly paced. Slow at times, and it didn't flow very well. None of the new characters clicked with me at all. First Star Wars movie that I could say that. Holdo didn't even need to be in the movie.

The comedy. The new movies have had a little more comedy than the old films, but so far it's been written into the tone of Star Wars very well, and the Jokes have been quality. Neither is true here. First off, if anything this movie should have dialed back on the humor, since the circumstances extremely dire, but theres more than ever. Secondly, the majority of it isn't even funny. It's stupid prequel comedy, not the clever bits from Awakens and Rogue. It's like they tried to make a Star Wars movie with the Marvel Formula, but it's like oil and water.

Phasma. We were told she would have a much bigger role, and those disappointed with her appearance in Awakens would be happy. Right. Apparently about 10 seconds equates to "a much bigger role".

Leia. I can accept Liea using the force to survive (even though they should have at least given a throw away line about luke giving her some training in the past) but did they have to make her shoot through space like fucking superman? It was fucking comical.

The Casino didn't feel like star wars. Felt like some other generic sci-fi thing. Also, I love animals too but get your animal cruelty agenda out of my fucking star wars movie.

Biggest issue?

Snoke. god I am still so fucking angry about snoke. Like, you didn't know anything about the Emperor, but they were just popular movies back then. Over decades they built upon the first movies with a rich history and all these rules on how everything thing works. And what makes Snoke so interesting, and such a compelling mystery, is that his very existance FLYS IN THE FACE OF ALL OF IT.

I get that his identity and origins aren't that important to the conflict between Rey and Kylo, but Star Wars is bigger than this movie or this trilogy, and that info is VERY important to the Star Wars as a whole.

And if they really just killed him off because they didn't think he was important, not only is it lazy fucking writing, it shows a lack of appreciation and understanding of the work that has gone into building Star Wars into the entity it has become.

But we'll see I guess. Darth Maul survived getting chopped in two. And Snoke is way more powerful.


This guy sums up a lot of the points you made, pretty much says this current trilogy is all but over now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdLQaO552RE

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Postby Pyrodean » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:15 pm

I've had time to let it sink in so I don't hate it as much as when I first saw it, but I didn't like the Last Jedi. I get moving forward and changing things for a new generation and all, but I thought they could have done it better then they did.

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I don't want to come off as an in raged fan boy so I won't get into everything, but the thing that bugged me the most was when general purple hair took out the first order fleet by flying hyperspace through it. It was a cool idea in and of itself but weaponizing hyperspace really opens up a can of worms. Why not just do that to begin with? Why not escape with the others and set the ship to auto pilot and send it at the fleet? Why didn't they just do that to the Death Star in ANH? Or to Star Killer base in TFA? Since ships shields don't protect against it, why not just have a bunch of kamikaze drones flying around taking ships out with hyperspace? Going forward canons and lasers are pretty much rendered useless now. lol Am I over thinking this?

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Pyrodean wrote:I've had time to let it sink in so I don't hate it as much as when I first saw it, but I didn't like the Last Jedi. I get moving forward and changing things for a new generation and all, but I thought they could have done it better then they did.

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I don't want to come off as an in raged fan boy so I won't get into everything, but the thing that bugged me the most was when general purple hair took out the first order fleet by flying hyperspace through it. It was a cool idea in and of itself but weaponizing hyperspace really opens up a can of worms. Why not just do that to begin with? Why not escape with the others and set the ship to auto pilot and send it at the fleet? Why didn't they just do that to the Death Star in ANH? Or to Star Killer base in TFA? Since ships shields don't protect against it, why not just have a bunch of kamikaze drones flying around taking ships out with hyperspace? Going forward canons and lasers are pretty much rendered useless now. lol Am I over thinking this?


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My "kayfabed explanation" is that nothing short of a Mon Calamari cruiser could pull that off, and perhaps only a Mon Cal cruiser has the properties to do that. Seeing that they wasted their last one, it's no longer a valid tactic, so we'll not see that happen again.

That aside, like many things in Last Jedi, I think a lot of decisions were either made in committee or weren't properly thought out in time to go to film. And even so, I enjoyed watching it more than Force Awakens for a number of reasons.

First, I went in late, intentionally spoiled everything. I had low expectations. For FA, I spoiled nothing and that amazing trailer that showed Han and Chewie in the Falcon set my expectations sky high. A personal issue I had with FA was having them kill off Han like a chump. That didn't sit well with me, and then Emo Kylo who looked so intimidating in his armor, stopping the blaster bolt and such, goes toe to toe with forceless Finn and loses cleanly to Rey...no, not good, way to kill your monster heel's push right there, similar to Hall of Pain Mark Henry getting dropped by Big Show's KO Punch, you knew then that Ren would never live up to his promise. With Last Jedi, I already knew there'd be some headscratchers, knew what they were, and went in with the intention to enjoy it anyway.

Even better, when I went to the theatre to see it, I went with the intention of seeing Darkest Hour, but the screenings I saw were inaccurate, so I figured I'd stick around and watch Last Jedi anyway. At this point, my headcanon is that the Timothy Zahn novels are the real follow up to the original trilogy, and the current movies are just an alternate story.

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Postby Pyrodean » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:00 pm

senator wrote:
Pyrodean wrote:I've had time to let it sink in so I don't hate it as much as when I first saw it, but I didn't like the Last Jedi. I get moving forward and changing things for a new generation and all, but I thought they could have done it better then they did.

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I don't want to come off as an in raged fan boy so I won't get into everything, but the thing that bugged me the most was when general purple hair took out the first order fleet by flying hyperspace through it. It was a cool idea in and of itself but weaponizing hyperspace really opens up a can of worms. Why not just do that to begin with? Why not escape with the others and set the ship to auto pilot and send it at the fleet? Why didn't they just do that to the Death Star in ANH? Or to Star Killer base in TFA? Since ships shields don't protect against it, why not just have a bunch of kamikaze drones flying around taking ships out with hyperspace? Going forward canons and lasers are pretty much rendered useless now. lol Am I over thinking this?


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My "kayfabed explanation" is that nothing short of a Mon Calamari cruiser could pull that off, and perhaps only a Mon Cal cruiser has the properties to do that. Seeing that they wasted their last one, it's no longer a valid tactic, so we'll not see that happen again.

That aside, like many things in Last Jedi, I think a lot of decisions were either made in committee or weren't properly thought out in time to go to film. And even so, I enjoyed watching it more than Force Awakens for a number of reasons.

First, I went in late, intentionally spoiled everything. I had low expectations. For FA, I spoiled nothing and that amazing trailer that showed Han and Chewie in the Falcon set my expectations sky high. A personal issue I had with FA was having them kill off Han like a chump. That didn't sit well with me, and then Emo Kylo who looked so intimidating in his armor, stopping the blaster bolt and such, goes toe to toe with forceless Finn and loses cleanly to Rey...no, not good, way to kill your monster heel's push right there, similar to Hall of Pain Mark Henry getting dropped by Big Show's KO Punch, you knew then that Ren would never live up to his promise. With Last Jedi, I already knew there'd be some headscratchers, knew what they were, and went in with the intention to enjoy it anyway.

Even better, when I went to the theatre to see it, I went with the intention of seeing Darkest Hour, but the screenings I saw were inaccurate, so I figured I'd stick around and watch Last Jedi anyway. At this point, my headcanon is that the Timothy Zahn novels are the real follow up to the original trilogy, and the current movies are just an alternate story.


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I intentionally spoiled it for myself as well to try and simmer down my expectations. So I was aware going in of the 180 they pulled with Luke's character, Leia Poppins and the whole capitalism is evil side story with the casino. But all the plot holes just got to me. I know every movies has them, but for some reason they were just really sticking out to me in this one. Like why did Admiral purple hair wait until all the other ships in her fleet were blown up before she did her plan? In my head, I made the excuse that she needed to wait until they got real close to the salt planet because the little ships they used to make their get away on weren't capable of going very far for reasons.

It's funny you mentioned the Thrawn trilogy. I was just thinking the other day that I'm going back to those being "my" episodes 7,8 and 9 lol. So far Rogue One is the only thing from the Disneyverse that I have excepted into my Star Wars headcanon.

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Postby senator » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:37 pm

Pyrodean wrote:
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I intentionally spoiled it for myself as well to try and simmer down my expectations. So I was aware going in of the 180 they pulled with Luke's character, Leia Poppins and the whole capitalism is evil side story with the casino. But all the plot holes just got to me. I know every movies has them, but for some reason they were just really sticking out to me in this one. Like why did Admiral purple hair wait until all the other ships in her fleet were blown up before she did her plan? In my head, I made the excuse that she needed to wait until they got real close to the salt planet because the little ships they used to make their get away on weren't capable of going very far for reasons.

It's funny you mentioned the Thrawn trilogy. I was just thinking the other day that I'm going back to those being "my" episodes 7,8 and 9 lol. So far Rogue One is the only thing from the Disneyverse that I have excepted into my Star Wars headcanon.


Yeah, Rogue One is far, far superior to both of the modern "numbered" entries to the series. Not that it's a perfect film in itself, but I think R1 would survive on its own without the Star Wars name. Can't say that about Force Awakens or Last Jedi. Rogue One is flat out better in just about every way. Less narrative idiocy, mischaractarizations, failed attempts at humor, and I feel what it did well, it did much better than either of the others. I agree, I can fit R1 in with "my" Star Wars.


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