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Entertainment / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi discussion
« Last post by rowjimmy on Today at 08:35:58 AM »
First of all, I loved it. Not perfect but great.

Luke didn't die. He's not more dead than Yoda who didn't seem so much like a ghost in this one did he?
He held to his ideals of not raising a lightsaber while still giving the resistance hope and help. He studied the ancient texts and learned not only how to give his life force and matter into the force the way Obi Wan and Yoda did but to project himself through that across great distances. That, as well as Snoke's power to connect minds are force powers we've not seen before. But why shouldn't there be powers we've never seen? I thought it was beautiful and unpredictable. If Luke had actually shown up and fought Ben and died like Obi Wan, that would have been decried as well. I think that would have been a more justified complaint.

I liked the old fashioned Samauri/Kung Fu trope of the potential student sleeping outside, waiting on the doorstep of their chosen master, hoping to be trained. Strong call back to that sort of story right down to the following him around through is day-to-day mundane tasks.

Agreed completely about Benicio Del Toro. Dude was terrific.

I thought the porgs were only briefly funny and altogether kinda stupid but that is a thing that Star Wars does so I didn't let it get me down (or there wasn't enough of it to get me down. Either way...)

I'm not convinced that Rey and Ren are siblings although that could certainly prove out and have a quality pay off. I'm also not convinced about her parentage as described but that too could be real and I'd be cool with it. Definitely some class warfare tones in this and if she's the daughter of a princess well... let's just say the humble beginnings might make a better story. All that said, the big saber fight was fucking awesome.

I'm not too worried about Snoke's story. I'm curious and would likely read about it in a book but, ultimately, this is not his story. He's just another surrogate parent. I did love how he went out. His own arrogance trumped his power.

Lastly, I liked Finn's story. The heist was cool and introduced a new character and a point of conflict for Finn now that he's met two girls in his life... Also, I wonder if Phasma will be back? Does she count as a third girl? Being handsome is tough in outer space.

The Hux/Ren pairing is pretty good stuff, btw.

As for Carrie Fisher, they had all of her stuff shot before she passed. Ultimately, the film is better for how it played out but now they have a huge problem. How to lose a major character. They've said that they won't use cgi. That sorta leaves them painted in a corner, doesn't it? I guess we'll see in two years.

I'll be seeing this movie again soon.
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Entertainment / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi discussion
« Last post by Hicks on Yesterday at 11:45:56 PM »
Saw it, pretty damn good, definitely better than Force Awakens and brought something new to the table. 

Benicio was a pleasant surprise, had no idea he would be in it and it was a classic role that hearkened back to his early work like Usual Suspects.   

So, Rey and Ren are brother and sister right?  We don't really believe that bs about her parents being random drunk junk traders do we?

They had to limit Luke's role to some degree because well, Mark Hamill can't really act. I thought they did a good job of working him into the story and was fine with his last scene. Kinda thought he would be checking out in this one.

Really hope they have footage for Carrie Fisher in IX and that they don't have to do too much CGI. 

Was a little bummed that they didn't really fill in much of Snoke's backstory and that he didn't show us any light saber skills.  But I guess he's not a Sith anyway?

Definitely will be seeing it in the theater again. 
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General Topic Discussion / Re: Last Show Attended?
« Last post by mbw on Yesterday at 11:36:08 PM »
Tip jar is looking light.
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General Topic Discussion / Re: Last Show Attended?
« Last post by PIE-GUY on Yesterday at 11:11:32 PM »
Natronzero and I caught jamband up-and-comers The Jauntee at their first ever Austin show last night. It was great.


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Entertainment / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi discussion
« Last post by khalpin on Yesterday at 10:59:26 PM »
So,  Luke dies by exhaustion? Iím not thrilled with this ending for our hero. Maybe I just didnt understand how low his force gauge was without a heads up display.
That was definitely disappointing.  The whole deceptive, remote jedi thing....you thought he was dead but he was really back in Northern Ireland...oh wait, no you're right....he's dead.  Because?  I don't know.  To tell you the truth, I would've enjoyed the movie a lot more if Luke wasn't in it.  Spent half the movie trying not to be a jedi, then after R2 replays the Princess Leia hologram from a New Hope, he does a 180 and decides to train Rey? Pfft.  All of his scenes seemed completely unoriginal and mailed in, writing-wise.

Pretty much everything else, I liked.  Didn't mean to bash on it.  I was just so excited to see what Luke would bring.  And he pretty much showed up like the Buffalo Bills. 
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General Topic Discussion / Re: Vinyl
« Last post by Caravan2001 on Yesterday at 10:00:05 PM »

'Twas a very vinyl Christmas around here this weekend.

Got the Analogue Productions pressings of
Lou Donaldson / Here 'Tis
Walter Davis Jr. / Davis Cup
Freddie Hubbard / Aritstry of Freddie Hubbard
MSFL Miles Davis / Miles In The Sky
The new 2LP Sgt. Pepper's
and Side Trips

Should be a few good days of listening...

The new Sgt.Peppers is pretty dope.  Really like the new mix.  The second LP is a bit of a novelty.  Have played it twice and enjoyed it, but doubt I will revisit it.  A little uneneven, but still, it's the Beatles so I love hearing the demo stuff and snippets.  So, while I won't likely go back to that one, I see myself pulling the new LP mix over the other 4 copies I own. Don't have an OG though.  My oldest one is a '73 pressing.
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General Topic Discussion / Re: Vinyl
« Last post by August on Yesterday at 09:26:11 PM »
The first 3 titles, yeah. Wish Iíd bought more tbh.

Yeah. Half off on those pressings is unbeatable.
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Sports Talk / Re: NFL 2017-2018
« Last post by slslbs on Yesterday at 09:23:15 PM »
Iíve watched that play about 10 times since. James clearly lost control of the ball when it hit the ground. Thatís the rule - thatís how they call it.
Then the Pats get a pick. I thought Ben was gonna spike and kick a FG to tie.
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Entertainment / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi discussion
« Last post by birdman on Yesterday at 08:42:43 PM »
So,  Luke dies by exhaustion? Iím not thrilled with this ending for our hero. Maybe I just didnt understand how low his force gauge was without a heads up display.
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General Topic Discussion / Re: Last Show Attended?
« Last post by Buffalo Budd on Yesterday at 08:42:12 PM »
incredible RJ, cool looking room.
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