Clay Sutter
claytacious
4/6/18
11:22 AM
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I would disagree with your assertion regarding original content. Here are the big-medium budget exclusives from just the launch year, not including remakes: Read more

3/29/18
3:57 PM
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You make a convincing argument, but allow me to suggest a slightly reading. Perhaps both the original trilogy and TFA/TLJ are ultimately about the same conflict: empathy vs hatred. Luke succeeds in saving Vader because he empathizes with him rather than giving in to his hatred, like the Emperor instructs him. Read more

3/29/18
2:34 PM
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While there was a certain degree of bias in my selections, I purposefully pulled lines from very long reviews that included more detail. The one sentence reviews just don’t tell us much, like these two examples from today and yesterday, respectively: “someone should kick the director’s face...” and “pure utter Read more

3/29/18
11:28 AM
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I can respect that. The volume of jokes/gags compared to TFA and the original trilogy (and definitely Rogue One) is high, and that’s not for everyone. They also diverged in a number of ways from plotlines established in TFA. But what I appreciated is that the main theme of the film was that we should not be beholden Read more

3/28/18
4:06 PM
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I have lots of answers for #1. In the past 3 months, I have picked up and then forever abandoned Mass Effect: Andromeda, Halo 5, and Gears of War 4. And the reason for all of them was gameplay. Read more

3/27/18
10:30 AM
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Because enjoyment is partially a choice form my perspective. Everyone is capable of giving themselves over to a movie and seeing where it takes them. Whether they take advantage of that is a different story. But it’s not up to filmmakers or entertainers of any kind to make sure they cater to the whims of the more Read more

3/27/18
8:04 AM
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So you saw Holdo as an antagonist of sorts? I found it interesting that in the Poe/Holdo storyline it was actually Poe who was a bit of an antagonist with his mutiny. It turned the tables on a character originally presented as an idealistic hero and provided a learning experience so he can develop into something more Read more

3/26/18
5:42 PM
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I hear that. There was a lot of explaining in TLJ, like they were trying to pull off so much in one movie they were afraid the audience might miss something important.

3/26/18
4:51 PM
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If you look at the trailers, TLJ was sold with furry puffins, space skirmishes, a battle on a planet with red salt that looks super cool when ships ski over it, and a chase through a casino. That does not strike me as being similar to the marketing for what one might call a “character drama.”

3/26/18
4:43 PM
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You make an interesting point. There are certainly people who seem to prefer the old days of simple good vs. evil, so perhaps that is part of the backlash. I suppose not everyone likes a dash of moral ambiguity in their escapism.

3/26/18
4:32 PM
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You misconstrued my point. The intention was to highlight the expectations of Star Wars movies. People generally don’t go to them for the heartfelt, impactful performances. I suppose my flippant response made it seem otherwise, but I do think it’s reasonable to hope for good acting in Star Wars movies. I even noted Read more

3/26/18
4:13 PM
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I would argue that the original trilogy wasn’t about man vs machine. Rather Luke’s robo-hand in that moment was used to illustrate a parallel between Luke and his father. Otherwise there aren’t any instances I can recall where machines are identified as an enemy. As for your assessment of TFA, it almost certainly Read more

3/26/18
3:14 PM
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Agreed. People too often mistake their opinion for fact, and then write about it on the internet like it’s gospel. That said, I do still think there are basic standards of quality. And while there may be some character and plotting issues in TLJ, I don’t think they make it an objectively bad movie. Trying to step Read more

3/26/18
3:09 PM
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I did not intend to assert that “art films” are the only type of movie to be well-paced and well-written. Instead I was making a point about expectations. For example, when I went to see Phantom Thread, I expected an exceptionally well-written, well-acted film with a solid narrative structure. I got that and then Read more

3/26/18
2:54 PM
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The way I see it, there’s a lot for the fans to nitpick. But that’s true of literally every single Star Wars movie and show. It’s a vast and not particularly consistent world. There’s already a lot of that, so I wanted to look at the fodder the original trilogy provided for people who were ready to take up arms Read more

3/26/18
2:12 PM
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True, very little time passes between the films. Days, perhaps. But the Force, as depicted across the vast and conflicted Star Wars canon, seems to defy time. Consider the Clone Wars arc where Anakin, Obi Wan, and Ashoka crash land on a planet inhabited by just one family of 3. It’s revealed that all that happens to Read more

3/26/18
2:02 PM
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You make a very compelling argument. Makes me think about Han’s reference to Luke’s delusions of grandeur in ROTJ. It’s almost like Luke is always on some hero/power fantasy that gets his friends in trouble who, in turn, have to bail him out.

3/26/18
1:07 PM
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Yep, definitely enjoyed it more the second time myself.

3/26/18
12:46 PM
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That’s the spirit! I enjoy a good debate as much as the next nerd, but the negativity is just a buzzkill. Why not just enjoy the movie about the galaxy where teenagers who look like adults always save the day?