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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Jan 27, 2016, 15:27 Bodolza
Cabezone wrote on Jan 27, 2016, 04:55:
It was not. Everything the actors handled and used was a real prop.
Everything? JJ had working lightsabers?

This bullshit never happens. A bunch of people waving their swords around pretending to fight something not there.
Except the parts in the video showing Rey on a 100% green set. Or everything that takes place in space. Or the entire rathgar sequence. Or all the stuff with Snoke.

They almost never shot outside of a studio in the prequels.
Which let Lucas create whatever he could think up, giving us planets, characters, and environments that we'd never seen before.
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News Comments > Star Wars: Imperial Commando Rumor
11. Re: Star Wars: Imperial Commando Rumor Jan 26, 2016, 12:39 Bodolza
My recollection was that Republic Commando was incredibly repetitive. Room, hall, door, room, hall, door, room, hall, etc.

Playing for the Empire this time? So will Disney give us missions to torch villagers?
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News Comments > Oculus Rift $599
29. Re: Oculus Rift $599 Jan 6, 2016, 14:05 Bodolza
Wow - way to smother the baby in the crib, Facebook. In order for this to have gone mainstream, it needed to be inexpensive enough to be an impulse buy. This price, plus the cost of the video card most people will need, kills any chance of that happening.

I predict a low sales volume, which means it's going to take at least a couple more years for the price to come down to something reasonable. So much for 2016 being the year of VR.
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News Comments > Into the Black
24. Re: Into the Black Dec 15, 2015, 13:07 Bodolza
This has never been more appropriate.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 8, 2015, 15:11 Bodolza
jdreyer wrote on Dec 8, 2015, 04:49:
- Anakin's turn to the dark side is wholly unconvincing.
- Order 66 is a complete deus ex machina from out of the blue

Probably my last post on this subject since it's time to move on, but I've got to address these two, since they've always bugged me when people mention them.

I disagree thoroughly with the first. It was well established in the OT that changing to the Dark Side is fast.

Yoda: But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan's apprentice.
Luke: Vader... Is the dark side stronger?
Yoda: No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.

Emperor: Good, I can feel your anger. I am defenseless. Take your weapon. Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!

According to the OT, joining the dark side is like flipping a switch. The single action of killing the Emperor would have converted Luke to the dark side.

Lucas spent an entire movie and a half on Anakin's transition to the dark side. Anakin was well on his way before even joining Palpatine. He'd slaughtered the Tuskens and killed an unarmed Dooku.

As for Order 66, it was "out of the blue", but also clearly planned since AotC. It was established in AotC that the clones were programmed to obey specifc orders, and the programming was done under the direction of Palpatine.

Lama Su: We modified their genetic structure to make them less independent than the original host. As a result they are totally obedient, taking any order without question.

Obviously, orders 66 was done in secret, but their actions were completely in character with what we knew about the clone army.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 8, 2015, 02:31 Bodolza
1badmf wrote on Dec 7, 2015, 23:02:
ok here's an anyeurism inducer that you'd have to be willfully blind to not see:

in rotj leia says she remembers her mother, yet in revenge we know she died in childbirth. so unless you're gonna make up some more unnecessary force induced bullshit, that makes no fucking sense.

First of all, why is the force "bullshit"? Leia is the daughter of the most powerfull Jedi that ever lived. Second, she didn't die in childbirth. She died after seeing and naming both children. It's not clearly established in the movie how long afterwards she died.

Here's the actual dialog:
Luke: Leia, do you remember your mother, your real mother?
Leia: Just a little bit. She died when I was very young.
Luke: What do you remember?
Leia: Just images really, feelings.

It's clear from the dialog that she just barely remembers her.

also it makes no sense for kenobi to say that yoda was the one who trained him when it was mostly qui-gon. yet another inconsistency when they could just as easily have had yoda train him.

Think about what you're saying. You can't just replace Qui Gon with Yoda. First of all, Yoda isn't going to running around the Galaxy with Obi Wan, so you lose the mentor role. You also can't kill off Yoda at the end. It would have caused all sorts of story problems.

I'm not sure why you see this as an issue, anyways. You really think this dialog would be better?
Obi-Wan: You will go to the Dagobah system.
Luke: Dagobah system?
Obi-Wan: There you will learn from Yoda, the Jedi Master who instructed me from the ages of 3 to 12. I had another master after Yoda who trained me until I was 17, but you won't meet him in person because he died about 30 years ago.

and the way anakin blows up the trade fed battleship... it stretches credibility, to put it lightly.
I agree, but so does a few hundred short bears taking out an elite Imperial squadron. I'm not saying the prequels are perfect, but there sure does seem to be a loss of perspective. So many of the criticisms about the prequels also apply to the OT.

and not for nothing, but padme had to be a braindead idiot to fall for a whiny, hate filled little bitch like anakin.
And do demonstrate my last point,
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 7, 2015, 20:04 Bodolza
AngelicPenguin wrote on Dec 7, 2015, 19:07:
To hear someone say that RoTJ was the worst of the 6 movies, I have to ask - how old were you when you saw the movies? Did you see the original trilogy when it first aired in the theaters?

Yes, I saw it in the theaters when I was a kid and I still remember that pretty well. Technically, I didn't say it's the worst. I said it's tied for the worst. The acting is really spotty in parts, especially the sister reveal to Leia. Han is turned into a cartoon character and totally loses the bad-ass persona. The sfx on the speeder bike chase do not hold up. I always thought both the practical and CGI Sny Snootles looked terrible, and the Rancor looks like a hand puppet. Some of the compositing was really dodgy before the special editions. I must say, I actually was never bothered by the Ewoks, though, like some people. That one Ewok dying in the battle really made me sad as a kid.

yonder wrote on Dec 7, 2015, 19:09:
But fine. I'll give it a tiny go. Not on plot holes, but in horrific contradictions.

1)Who trained Kenobi?
Trained by Yoda when he was a kid, then apprenticed to Qui Gon when older. What's the contradiction? Am I missing something?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 7, 2015, 17:35 Bodolza
shihonage wrote on Dec 7, 2015, 17:09:
I just pointed you to the most siccinct and entertaining source that actually enumerates the idiocy that those films are riddled with.

Succint? It's an hour and 45 minutes long. You're clearly not interested in having an actual discussion with your own opinions.

Anyone else able to offer up any plot-holes?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 7, 2015, 16:46 Bodolza
shihonage wrote on Dec 7, 2015, 16:38:
As for plot holes, look no further than RedLetterMedia's takedown of all 3 prequels on Youtube.

There's no way I'm sitting through all that. I watched the first 20 minutes of the RotS one, and he spends the first 10 minutes talking about the other movies, then goes on to start complaining how he can't make any sense of the opening shot. There's just way to much stupid for me to handle.

If you've watched them, how about naming one or two plot holes for me?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 7, 2015, 15:42 Bodolza
In preparation for the new film, I've been rewatching all the movies for the n'th time, and I've got a few opinions to share. I'll start off saying that Revenge of the Sith is my favorite, so anyone with blind hatred for the prequels can just skip the rest of this post.

First of all, interesting things happen after you've watched a movie multiple times. Line readings that seemed odd at first start to become more natural. It's hard to explain, but I think it's because Lucas's dialog is so stylized that it really stands out, but once you've heard it a few times, your brain starts to adjust to the rhythms.

As for the acting, Jake Lloyd has a few clunker lines, but he's in the movie quite a bit, and he's fine most of the time. Anyone who's seen the audition tapes for the role knows he was far better than some of the other kids they auditioned. Moving on, people calling Hayden Christensen a bad actor, well, they're just wrong. He's playing an angry, irrational, love-sick teenager. I've got a nephew right around that age, and his portrayal is pretty spot-on. Natalie Portman, on the other hand, starts strong but seems to get progressively worse through the movies. It feels like she cared less and less about the role.

Jar Jar is certainly grating when he first appears, and I could do without the fart joke, but I like most of the Jar Jar stuff in the final battle. It helps that Qui-Gon is pretty irritated with him as well through most of the film. More importantly Jar Jar brings some levity and fun to the movie, which I actually find myself missing in AotC. You want to talk annoying - C-3PO is much worse than Jar Jar in AotC. Whinny and nothing but bad puns. There's still a couple points in AotC that bring chills, like all the Jedi charging, and the ground battle between the armies, but overall I'd rate this one as tie for the worst, along with RotJ. That said, it still moves pretty good and I enjoyed watching it.

I think Lucas nailed it with RotS. The entire opening sequence is my favorite part of all the movies. I've re-watched just that section multiple times. The acting (except Portman) is generally excellent, especially from Obi wan and the Emperor. I think most of the actors had figured out how best to deliver Lucas's dialog by this point. The movie moves incredibly fast. There are no lulls in the story (which can't be said of ESB.) The sfx are better than any of the other movies. BTW, those complaining about all the CGI creatures should really go back and watch the movies. There are a ton of practical creatures in these movies. The movie is still dark, but somehow doesn't feel as oppresive as AotC, even without any "comedy" characters. Maybe due to Obi Wan seeming to have so much fun playing the part, especially when tracking down Grevious. Finally, I love the imagery in the final battle.

I hear people scream "plot-hole" all the time when referencing the prequels. Can someone actually point some out to me?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 3, 2015, 14:19 Bodolza
Fion wrote on Dec 3, 2015, 11:54:
He keeps making failures and they keep hiring him for bigger and more expensive flicks.

300: $456 million gross/$65 million cost
Watchmen: $185 million gross/$130 million cost
Legends of the Guardian: $140 million gross/$80 million cost
Sucker Punch: $90 million gross/$82 million cost
Man of Steel: $668 million gross/$225 million cost

The man always makes money, and MoS was his biggest hit to date.

But, yes, Doomsday looks terrible. I hope they change the design and give it to a better sfx house after all the negative feedback.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 20, 2015, 16:44 Bodolza
OS/2 and GeOS were both vastly superior to the competing versions of Windows. GeOS basically lost out because they couldn't get a dev kit out in a reasonable amount of time, but OS/2 lost due to MS's illegal tactics. I think I'll be forever pissed off about being stuck with the inferior option.  
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News Comments > Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series Concludes Next Week
4. Re: Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series Concludes Next Week Nov 12, 2015, 13:27 Bodolza
The Telltale games are more like choose-your-own-adventure books. The quality is mostly dependent on the story, animation, and voice acting.

That said, the ones I've played do a pretty good job on all three, so I usually pick them up when they're on sale.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
14. Re: etc., etc. Nov 4, 2015, 12:48 Bodolza
I don't mind a bunch of CGI, as long as it's well done. This did not look well done.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
8. Re: Into the Black Nov 4, 2015, 12:44 Bodolza
Don't count on it. Episode 1 was still being worked on up until the last minute. In the first screenings, Maul didn't split in half when he fell.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 29, 2015, 13:53 Bodolza
Also had my first at 40, and yes, that drink was the worst part of it by far. I felt like Dumbledore in the cave. My results were the same as Blue's, so 50 seems pretty late to me. They told me to check back in 4 years.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 27, 2015, 13:26 Bodolza
nin wrote on Oct 27, 2015, 10:53:
  • His own son bests him in battle, he fails to defend the second death star, and it's also destroyed.

  • You left out that he starts out as Tarkin's lap-dog in the first movie. He's just the enforcer, and the other officers make fun of him to his face(mask). The only film that had Vadar as the primary villian is ESB, where he fails to accomplish the single task he spends the entire film working towards -- capturing Luke.
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    News Comments > Morning Metaverse
    17. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 26, 2015, 15:33 Bodolza
    I find regular sports boring to watch and a waste of time, so I'm never getting on-board with e-sports, since it's even worse. At least in normal sports, the movement of the players directly reflects the action.

    That said, I've watched some play-throughs. Freeman's Mind is fun, and I enjoy watching stuff like Dev's Play, but that's more equivalent to watching the extra material on DVDs. In both cases, it's the added content that makes it interesting. I can't imagine just watching someone play Half-Life.
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    11. Re: Drug firm offers $1 version of $750 Turing pill. Oct 26, 2015, 14:01 Bodolza
    Does this mean Obama is no longer leading the left-wing conspiracy and Hilary has taken over? So hard to keep up.

    Also, deslided
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    News Comments > Into the Black
    21. Re: Into the Black Oct 20, 2015, 15:15 Bodolza
    It's like the universe has collective forgotten how great The Phantom Menace trailer was, and then what happened afterwards.  
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