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Greatest Star Wars Movie


  • 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    @wheatbeer:

    I agree with everything you said Alex. I only mentioned marketing as a hypothetical and I do not view marketing influences on casting as being PC by necessity. In fact, much of the time when marketers influence casting decisions it ends up being politically incorrect.

    I shouldn’t even use the term “politically correct” or “politically incorrect” because their usage in American English no longer has a clear definition.

    Once PC refered to absurd extremes to avoid offense. Today, a single female character surrounded by a platoon of men can somehow be labelled PC  :?

    My PC theory on R1 is based upon the fact that Jyn is a TOTAL cipher, i.e. a zero.  She adds nothing, nothing to the story other than being the daughter of the DS designer.  She does nothing interesting, she says nothing interesting, and her death isn’t interesting.

    I think the choice to put her in there was totally political.  On a grand level the story is very simple. Secret to DS leaked; plans struggle to get to rebels; rebels get the plans. You could fill that out a million different ways. Sure, you could make the main mover a girl, but do it in a way that she actually had character, actually had some quality that moved the story forward, like some bounty hunter or sexy wh��e who got the plans by drinking and carousing with Empire officials.  NOW, that would have been interesting.  Instead you get some mousy girl who cries and stands around and does nothing.

    They put her in there to be the girl every female girl could identify with for the purpose of reorienting the franchise towards a more female friendly perspective, but then they did nothing with her.  It’s annoying, but predictable dreck.

    If you doubt me, try this mental experiment: take her out of it and then think of some work-around of how the plans got from the designers to the rebels keeping the other characters, places and action.  It’s beyond easy.

    Not to belabor this, but you know how all these feminists crowed about how great Wonder Woman was in showing a “strong woman.”  Total silliness. Wonder Woman wasn’t bad, but was kind of corn ball.  And as for “strong female protagonist,” you know they made those films about 30 years ago. It was called Alien/Aliens, and Sigourney Weaver kicked ass.  She actually used her intelligence, character and human strength to confront a monster more terrifying than most any movie since.


  • 2017 2016 2015 '12

    you should criticise the writers. a male protagonist would look equally bad in your eyes, I hope, unless you think the movie as shown was written perfectly for a male.

    and if the plot is just badly written, what does it matter if male or female?
    Suggesting that a woman role should reduce her to use her body as only one of two alternatives, is, well, saying she has not the same other talents as a man. And for that I see no reason.


  • 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    @alexgreat:

    you should criticise the writers. a male protagonist would look equally bad in your eyes, I hope, unless you think the movie as shown was written perfectly for a male.

    and if the plot is just badly written, what does it matter if male or female?
    Suggesting that a woman role should reduce her to use her body as only one of two alternatives, is, well, saying she has not the same other talents as a man. And for that I see no reason.

    The whole movie is written around a character that does nothing and is meaningless but for the fact she is a girl. Don’t you think that’s a deliberate choice especially given the current PC environment?


  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    @Karl7:

    @alexgreat:

    you should criticise the writers. a male protagonist would look equally bad in your eyes, I hope, unless you think the movie as shown was written perfectly for a male.

    and if the plot is just badly written, what does it matter if male or female?
    Suggesting that a woman role should reduce her to use her body as only one of two alternatives, is, well, saying she has not the same other talents as a man. And for that I see no reason.

    The whole movie is written around a character that does nothing and is meaningless but for the fact she is a girl. Don’t you think that’s a deliberate choice especially given the current PC environment?

    That’s assuming that a male would be the default choice for a no brain character.


  • 2017

    @Karl7:

    She adds nothing, nothing to the story other than being the daughter of the DS designer.  She does nothing interesting, she says nothing interesting, and her death isn’t interesting.

    “Despite appearing to be in control of her own narrative, everything that Jyn does in Rogue One is governed by men around her. Nothing is of her own doing. She is only picked up by the alliance due to her relationship with two men; her father (Galen Erso, Mads Mikkelson) and her surrogate father, Saw Gerrera (Forest Whittaker). Other than taking ‘daddy issues’ to a whole new level (a horrible trope in itself), it also means that Jyn has no actual reason for entering into this story. She is merely being used to get to the men in her life. Her father is a scientist, Saw Gererra is an accomplished (and psychotic) rebel, but Jyn herself is only useful to get to them.”

    http://femphile.com/2016/12/21/rogue-one-if-this-is-the-face-of-feminism-we-have-a-long-way-to-go/

    It took 5 seconds to find an explicitly feminist critique sharing the exact same viewpoint on the character as yours Karl.

    It seems like fundamentally you, myself, and the feminist reviewer I just quoted agree that the character concept was flawed, for very much the same reasons (I did enjoy the film despite that though).

    The only difference is that you interpret that as evidence of PC (whatever that means in this context), while I view it as evidence of writers drawing upon unoriginal tropes.


  • 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    @wheatbeer:

    @Karl7:

    She adds nothing, nothing to the story other than being the daughter of the DS designer.  She does nothing interesting, she says nothing interesting, and her death isn’t interesting.

    “Despite appearing to be in control of her own narrative, everything that Jyn does in Rogue One is governed by men around her. Nothing is of her own doing. She is only picked up by the alliance due to her relationship with two men; her father (Galen Erso, Mads Mikkelson) and her surrogate father, Saw Gerrera (Forest Whittaker). Other than taking �daddy issues� to a whole new level (a horrible trope in itself), it also means that Jyn has no actual reason for entering into this story. She is merely being used to get to the men in her life. Her father is a scientist, Saw Gererra is an accomplished (and psychotic) rebel, but Jyn herself is only useful to get to them.”

    http://femphile.com/2016/12/21/rogue-one-if-this-is-the-face-of-feminism-we-have-a-long-way-to-go/

    It took 5 seconds to find an explicitly feminist critique sharing the exact same viewpoint on the character as yours Karl.

    It seems like fundamentally you, myself, and the feminist reviewer I just quoted agree that the character concept was flawed, for very much the same reasons (I did enjoy the film despite that though).

    The only difference is that you interpret that as evidence of PC (whatever that means in this context), while I view it as evidence of writers drawing upon unoriginal tropes.

    Well, I don’t have any insight into the creators/writers minds or decisions other than what is on the screen and the broader context it is shown. I don’t think they’ve come out on record on this as far as I know.

    Regardless, Disney is not some low budget operation.  They have the money to spend. Someone at “quality control” had to have said, “Hey Jyn is a total nothing.” And the powers that be, I assume, said, “Keep her in. We want a girl in there to rebrand the franchise as more female friendly. Do it.”

    If you don’t believe me, then here are “nice” articles laying it out for anyone who is interested: http://www.firstpost.com/living/the-feminism-is-strong-with-this-one-star-wars-the-force-awakens-reinforces-gender-balance-in-pop-culture-2568062.html

    https://www.bustle.com/p/the-last-jedi-makes-treating-women-as-equals-seem-easy-because-it-is-7592812

    Certainly seems there are a few who think Jyn, Rey etc are “good” choices for their political implications.

    I am a little surprised this is even a debate.  Modern feminism used to be an upstanding philosophy to the extent it advocated for treating women as having having the same capacity for moral agency as men, and thus should be treated as such before the law.

    But feminism has warped and has become an aggressive and opportunistic force that speaks out of both sides of its mouth. “We want equal opportunity, which can only be achieved if there are equal outcomes.”  I speak from first hand experience here as a lawyer who deals with this nonsense. To feminists, of course the new star wars had to have “strong female leads” in their eyes because it is “their turn,” story be damed.

    I guess I don’t think giving people things or making decisions just based on “perceived historical grievances” is a very intelligent way to organize society.  Not because to refuse to do so it isn’t nice or hurts people feelings, but because when you do that you end up getting stuff that doesn’t work. Just like Jyn.


  • 2017 2016

    FWIW, I just feel the new TLJ is like a sweet with no real nutritional value for Star Wars mythos or storyline evolution.  I agree with one critics which said the new Trilogy lack of pre-production time to get story straight and keep on continuity with other trilogies and within Ep. VII, VIII.

    It tastes like a Star Wars movie but when digesting it you realize that all substantial is missing.


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    Dr Who has gone a stage further by casting a female in a role played as a man-child by 14 male actors for over 50 years, under the justification that there’s “no such thing as gender”.


  • 2018 2017 2016

    Watched TLJ a Second time yesterday with my older son.
    I had time to look closer and found out that a lot of Women are in TLJ. I mean i don’t care but it was to some degree a overload.
    Even the RED Guardians of Snoke? Come on?!

    A few things adding up on the story if you Listen carefully.
    Other things are, well he could have saved it.

    I am setting January 15th for a Spoiler free time.
    After the 15th we can talk about more in Details if you all wish.

    Oh and i have a Good guess wich stormtrooper Prince Harry is 😉


  • 2018 2017 2016 2015 Customizer

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9hwGZFPSmw

    I found TLJ to be an overlong mash up of Empire and RotJ with a tremendous amount of convenient screenwriting and incomprehensible decisions. There about 3 or 4 scenes which I actually enjoyed, at least for a time, but on the whole I found the film pretty uninteresting.

    However, after watching the above video, I have come to agree that the entire movie was almost one big troll effort by the director. He literally burned everything down that was built up in The Force Awakens and left us right back at square one by the end of Last Jedi. That is a satisfying bait and switch against all the SW pop-culture super freaks out there, who try to decipher every detail until the next film comes out. However, like Jay says, the idea works better on paper than in actual implementation. It leaves the movies feeling emptier than they otherwise already would due to poor writing. I don’t really want to watch a rebellion build itself up from nothing for a THIRD time. I didn’t even want to watch a rebellion build itself up a second time, but that’s what we were given anyway.

    People wanted a return to the Star Wars of old and I guess they got it. At least for now, Disney is only willing to riff (with slavish devotion) on the themes and aesthetic established in Ep IV-V-VI. People rail on the prequels for being terrible and in many senses they are. But I have always seen that as more of an execution problem than a thematic one. There are some pretty mature and even classical concepts in Ep I-II-III which live up to the SW space-opera characterization. I appreciate that ability to tell a different story. I think I put a higher premium on originality than full on execution. You can’t make great films without both, but if I have to choose I would rather see a new and interesting film with some flaws than a shiny, flawless film that I have seen 5 times before. Unfortunately the prequels just tripped over themselves, mostly due their creator’s meddling. But did anyone think we would ever pine for the days of George Lucas? Yet here we are.


  • 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    Right on LF!

    Man, you got to wonder if the writers of the 2 new Star Wars movies were either total hacks or actually had ideas that were simply overridden by executives who said: “No new ideas.  Too risky. Just rehash original films with more politically correct characters…. etc.”

    As you say, the thematic arc of: Republic, corruption, downfall to empire, tyranny, then rebellion restoring freedom; was done already Doing it again is just boring, not to mention incomprehensible.  No one has yet to explain to me how the “New Order” managed to get up off its feet after the downfall of the Empire. Was the New Republic just totally incompetent?  What was the point of the “Resistance” if there was already a Republic? Etc… Etc…

    Just think what they could have done if they invested some “original” thought into the new movies?

    How about: After the fall of the Empire, we pick up with an older Luke trying to rebuild the Jedi Order and follow all the travails of that, maybe reveal that its much hard than it looks, and a bunch of “students” run off to terrorize and get rich or something off their new powers and Luke and some of his “good” acolytes have to stop it.  Maybe reveal that after the fall of the Empire, there is a general hatred of the “force” and “Jedis” for getting the universe in so much trouble in the first place, etc… so that Luke and his students are always under suspicion if not under threat…etc.

    Don’t make the follow up movies big space operas but more singular character studies of Jedis, good and bad, and their powers…etc.

    Oh wait, I guess that won’t sell toys…


  • 2018 2017 2016

    And this would have been accomplished if they would have simply followed up the novels.
    Starting with Admiral Thrawn rebuilding the Empire, Boba Fett freeing himself out of the Sarlaac getting married and still trys to recollect bis Bounty on Solo, Luke creating a new Jedi Order and has to battle with Dark siders and so on….


  • 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    I’ve never read the follow-on books.  How did the Imperial remnant deal with the betrayal of Vader?  Did they even know about it?  Did luke blab all over the place?  Or did some “sense” that Vader turned? How did this affect the morale of the remnants?


  • 2017

    @aequitas:

    And this would have been accomplished if they would have simply followed up the novels.

    It sems silly that they didn’t appeciate any of the books well enough to adapt when many of them were best-sellers with a significant fanbase.

    @Karl7:

    How did the Imperial remnant deal with the betrayal of Vader?

    I don’t think that becomes public knowledge. Luke does share that info with one ex-Imperial with a vendetta, but otherwise, I think he only tells family.

    (Please correct me if I’m wrong AeV … been many years since I read the books, and I stopped just before the Yuuzhan Vong books started).


  • 2018 2017 2016

    All the EU written before the sale to Disney is now considered “Legends” and has been replaced by officially sanctioned material. This timeline sums up all the novels written to date:

    https://io9.gizmodo.com/a-timeline-of-everything-we-know-happened-after-return-1820781008

    The gist is after signing an armistice with the Empire (not surrender accords), the New Republic for some reason demilitarizes while the Imperial remnants are re-branded as the First Order mysteriously finds the resources (with a severely reduced tax base, to be sure) to build Starkiller Base as well as to buy tons of new Star Destroyers and TIEs from those dastardly defense contractors who love to gamble (perhaps the New Republic should’ve played ball with them, too). Leia forms the Resistance as a paramilitary organization to counter this threat, but it’s apparent the most she could scrounge were a few Mon Calamari cruisers and some support ships.



  • The Last Jedi was clearly superior to Empire Strikes Back… proof is all here (possible sarcasm)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h3Iv4oiDdw&t=7s


  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10


  • 2016 2015 '10

    Haven’t seen the new movie yet, but the Clone Wars television cartoon featured some of the best Star Wars storytelling of recent years, especially the season 5 Darth Maul arc.  Star Wars Rebels is watchable but not quite as good, though moving towards climax now with Thrawn as the main antagonist.  Chopper is probably my all-time favorite Star Wars character.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiTmxpb-7xw


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    @Zhukov44:

    Haven’t seen the new movie yet, but the Clone Wars television cartoon featured some of the best Star Wars storytelling of recent years, especially the season 5 Darth Maul arc.  Star Wars Rebels is watchable but not quite as good, though moving towards climax now with Thrawn as the main antagonist.  Chopper is probably my all-time favorite Star Wars character.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiTmxpb-7xw

    I think Rebels is every bit as good as Clone Wars. I haven’t caught any of the new season yet but I’m eager for it to hit blu-ray. The Rebels creators get Star Wars a lot more than our recent film creators do.


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