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#486351 Soylo: A Soy Wars Story

Posted by Sir_Muffonious on 26 December 2017 - 08:01 AM

Star Wars has never featured hard science, good acting, or dialogue. It has always been ham-fisted writing and passable delivery, but we liked it because we were kids and it was fun. I get the gripes about characterization and the actual plot details (not the tedious plothole arguments based on Wookiepedia science), but to act like bad writing and acting is some departure from the Star Wars tradition is just absurd.


In any case, the dialogue is about as bad as any Disney/Marvel conglomerate production (or any George Lucas-written movie, for that matter), in that some of it is cringe-worthy borderline pandering gif-bait, but the acting is fine, considering a lot of the characters (Luke, Leia, Rey, and Kylo excluded) are not asked to do any emotional heavy lifting whatsoever (which is another issue altogether, but one that nobody really seems to be raising, because they're too concerned about how Disney nerfed Luke, or how space fuel doesn't work that way).

#486322 Soylo: A Soy Wars Story

Posted by Sir_Muffonious on 22 December 2017 - 08:41 AM

If nothing else this movie's aesthetic is really pleasing, there's a lot of color in it, and despite arguments to the contrary it's not some awful bleak grimdark Game of Thrones wannabe. There's nothing cynical about the movie. Yes it's about heroes/legends getting old and failing and dying but it's more Obi Wan or Anakin's death than it is like, Ned Stark or Robert Baratheon. Like if you're of the opinion that Star Wars should have just been left alone and the resolution of RotJ should have lived on in perpetuity then I totally agree with you, but capitalism demands that our nostalgia be plundered for all the wealth it can generate, and if Disney is going to bury the dead cat that is Star Wars in the Pet Sematary, I personally am counting my blessings that we got a pretty decent movie out of it this time around, but I guess mileage will vary.


I will say that the editing is a disaster. There's absolutely no reason a Star Wars movie should be two and a half hours. Too many characters with too much nothing to do.


My original stance on new Star Wars was similar to the TLJ backlash in that I thought the sudden restoration of the status quo between trilogies was undermining the story that Star Wars originally told but like, isn't the whole thing with the Force supposed to be about balance? Is balance supposed to be peace or more like a back-and-forth? I never understood how the good guys winning and the Dark Side i.e. an entire aspect of the Force's nature being eradicated at the end of the OT was "balance". If RotJ and RotS are inverses of each other then isn't it natural that it's only a matter of time before stuff gets dark again?

#486280 Soylo: A Soy Wars Story

Posted by Sir_Muffonious on 19 December 2017 - 06:38 AM

Kathleen Kennedy is just a nasty lady coming to destroy my dad and embarrass him for all the world to see, in the name of feminism.

#486270 Soylo: A Soy Wars Story

Posted by Sir_Muffonious on 18 December 2017 - 12:46 PM

It was really long but I thought it was actually quite good. Way more nuanced than TFA, less like fan service despite offering plenty for fans. More confident in its style and execution, without needing to retread the same ground to convince anyone that it is what it is, which is a new Star Wars movie.


The worst parts were:



I think the movie's greatest contribution to the culture is how upset it's making people online.

#485574 Soylo: A Soy Wars Story

Posted by Sir_Muffonious on 14 September 2017 - 09:47 AM


Yeah, I understand the worry, but people have been saying this about the Marvel movies for years, too, and I still don't really see it. The Guardians of the Galaxy movies feel distinct from anything else, Iron Man 3 felt like a Shane Black movie, the Joss Whedon ones are very obviously Joss Whedon ones, the Louis Leterrier one was exactly as bad as every other Louis Leterrier movie, Cap 1 was classic Joe Johnston, the Russo Brothers are better than everyone else. Granted, when they hire boring no-name directors with no discernible style of their own, they end up making those very paint-by-numbers Marvel Movies™, but I've yet to see a director with a distinct voice get chewed up by the machine (well, except for Edgar Wright's original Ant-Man, obviously :P).


Eh, I agree that Guardians has a unique feel, and that the Russo Brothers' films are recognizable because they're actually good, and the Whedon ones are recognizable because the dialogue is so bad and the female characters are...typical Whedon fantasies, but aside from that I don't see a lot of variation. Maybe I'm just unfamiliar with a lot of the directors...and I don't really like the Marvel films at all to begin with. 


But totally, I'm willing to give Episode VIII a chance and see if it actually builds on the existing content or if they just continue to replicate the story beats from the original trilogy. I certainly want it to be good and different.

#485517 Soylo: A Soy Wars Story

Posted by Sir_Muffonious on 12 September 2017 - 12:11 PM

Oh I don't agree with that at all. I mean, Rogue One was a bit bleh, but The Force Awakens felt Star-Wars-ier than anything since the original trilogy to me. Exciting space adventures with fun action and characters I actually like; I went into that movie thinking I was too old to really care about any of this Star Wars business any more, and I walked out a changed man.


Of course it felt more like Star Wars - there was a Sith with a helmet, a Death Star, an Empire, a mysterious evil master, X-Wings, and Han Solo. It took the franchise back to basics at the expense of literally everything that happened in the original trilogy. Sure, Luke and Leia and Han are older now and they defeated the Empire and Vader and the Death Star and the Jedi returned but now there's a new Empire and also the Sith are back and also they built a new planet destroyer and also the Jedi are all dead again. I don't know, it was fun. I like the new characters and I fully expect the rest of the new movies to expand on the first and get away from the basic formula, but TFA felt like a Star Wars fan trying to make a Star War from a recipe book.


Like obviously this is all a moot point because Lucas is done for good. TFA was better than I ever expected it to be but it still felt kind of voiceless. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac were all great casting decisions who made it worthwhile, but the story itself is totally disposable.

#485504 Soylo: A Soy Wars Story

Posted by Sir_Muffonious on 11 September 2017 - 12:10 PM

Too bad Tarantino is making the Manson family movie that definitely won't be in poor taste at all.


FWIW I wouldn't object to a return for George Lucas. Star Wars has already been commercialized to Hell so it's not like his toy-selling shtick would really change anything about the series in its current form. Revenge of the Sith showed he still kind of gets it IMHO. Just assign a no-nonsense editor to the movie to keep things from getting out of hand. The Disney director-of-the-week approach feels so soulless and mechanical. For better or worse, it doesn't feel like Star Wars without Lucas.

#485429 Game of Thrones: What about Ygritte, Jon?

Posted by Sir_Muffonious on 29 August 2017 - 09:11 AM


#485424 Game of Thrones: What about Ygritte, Jon?

Posted by Sir_Muffonious on 28 August 2017 - 06:49 AM

Can't wait until the script for the final season is leaked in six months so I know exactly how we'll be put out of our misery.


In all honesty, I didn't think the finale was too bad. I'm still consistently underwhelmed by most of the interactions of these characters who haven't seen each other in years, but I don't know what exactly I'm expecting. 




This was a filler season somehow, despite how much happened. The show gives no significance to 90% of events that happen, so they feel pointless and superficial. Oh well.

#485407 Game of Thrones: What about Ygritte, Jon?

Posted by Sir_Muffonious on 24 August 2017 - 10:03 AM

This show's gotten real bad huh.




Does anyone know why the last two seasons are so much shorter? Is it just because D&D don't want to be bothered with it anymore? Because obviously the show is a big deal for HBO, why not milk it for another three full seasons and do the story justice? It's excessive, sure, and at this point I also just want this whole thing to be over so I can move on with my life, but man, they put all this work into it for 6 years just to end it with a truncated fan-fiction spectacle fest, which to be fair I guess is where we've been headed all along.


oh well. I'll just uh. Go and read the early chapters of TWoW again I guess.

#450195 XCOM 2

Posted by Sir_Muffonious on 02 July 2015 - 11:52 AM

Yeah Long War is basically a nightmare. I've played it longer than my three vanilla playthroughs combined, and I've still only reached the first base defense. All of the exact changes escape me, but it's basically a much longer, more difficult version of the game in exchange for incredible options for customization and strategy. You end up with a much more complex game that's even more enjoyable to sink your teeth into. The drawback is giant chrysalids. One time on a terror mission I fought one as tall as a three story building.

#428342 The Video Game News/Countdown to E3 Thread

Posted by Sir_Muffonious on 16 July 2014 - 09:58 PM

But they didn't, and it wasn't.


Imagine that.

#427871 Batman v Superman: Their mothers have the same name, y'know

Posted by Sir_Muffonious on 03 July 2014 - 03:58 PM

Am I the only one who can't shake the feeling that Henry Cavill's face is exactly the same in both pictures? Guy's like a perpetually puzzled wooden board.

#427685 Videogame superpoll olol

Posted by Sir_Muffonious on 29 June 2014 - 02:28 PM

Dragon battles in BG2 are crazy, as are the fights with demigods. Time stop and death spells and summons oh my.


XCOM is also pretty epic. When you pull out that narrow victory on the last turn of the mission.


Massive combos in the Arkham games are great if you can clear a room without getting a scratch on you.

#427140 Game of Thrones: What about Ygritte, Jon?

Posted by Sir_Muffonious on 16 June 2014 - 04:10 PM

This is another one of those episodes where every scene is just incredible. They really went all out with the special effects, with the extended shots of the dragons and that CRAZY skeleton fight (WAY more awesome than I picture it in the books). There was a ton of action but also lots of plot development and wrap up. Mannis' landfall? Awesome. Brienne vs the Hound, delightful. I like that they gave Ygritte a more proper send off. I was disappointed by the lack of Stoneheart and a few lines missing from Tyrion and Tywin's encounter, but all in all this was an amazing finale.