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88 Miles Per HourThe 2nd trailer struck me as odd, simply because I did not think they'd make such a whacky movie right out of the gate. Thor/ Dr Strange, its kind of expected by now that they deal with other worldy creatures and themes, but Panther, whoa....they are really pushing the realism envelope. Some might say that ship sailed a while back once the 1st Avengers tackled aliens and stuff, but I expected something more grounded for this first movie. Guessing that they are just doing more 'world building' with this movie in a lead up to Infinity War.


It's a trailer. Trailers have to be splashy and bright and exciting and move at breakneck speed. They'll leave the world building for the movie.
Oct 18, 2017 2:38 AM
IllyriaHere's how I would've fixed TFA to actually be interesting:

1. Remove Snoke, the First Order, and Starkiller base. It's just rehashing old plot lines. "Resisting" an organization that isn't in power doesn't make sense.

2. Instead of having a "man behind the curtain" like Snoke, Kylo Ren is simply the bad guy. After being trained by Luke, Ben Solo turned to the dark side and assumed the name Kylo Ren. He began an attempt to restore the Sith to power, gathering the remnants of the Imperial power structure and bringing it under his command. He is now the Rebellion, and he moves about the galaxy searching for force sensitive people to destroy them as they are a threat to his power.

3. Luke, having failed to restore the Jedi and losing his nephew to the Dark Side, goes into seclusion to search for answers from the Force. He knows he can end Kylo Ren, but he can't bring himself to destroy him just like he could not destroy Vader, but he also does not think Kylo can be redeemed.

4. Han and Leia are estranged just as they were in TFA. Leia, losing political favor with the Republic due to her son being the homicidal maniac roving the galaxy, now leads a small and independent force trying to intercede where they can and to find and hide force sensitives.

5. Han, returning to his smuggling ways, found and takes on a young girl whom he later discovers is force sensitive. The girl, Rey, is smart and capable, but cocky and roguish. He saw himself in her, but as she crewed for him he learned the truth about her abilities. This leads to inner conflict, his failures as a father, his desire to protect her, to hide her, but also a constant reminder of what happened with his son. He keeps her abilities a secret, even from her. He knows he should take her to see Luke, but he can't bring himself to expose her to that and he still blames and resents Luke for what happened to Ben.

6. Paths intersect, Kylo discovers Rey and Han, and is incensed that the father who abandoned him now has a surrogate, force sensitive daughter. He confronts and kills Han, and becomes obsessed with finding and killing Rey, eventually coming to the realization that every Sith lord needs an apprentice, and that she would be the perfect candidate.

OK... do all that and you know what you have?

Soap opera.
Oct 13, 2017 4:00 PM
Izzy Black
?D Ray
Lupita Nyong'o, IMO, comes through just fine in her part, because we SEE her face (under the CGI). With the mask on, Kylo Ren is simply too much like Vader.


???? Maz Katana looks nothing like Lupita Nyong'o. Maz Katana is an old, orange pruning alien with goggles. And the CGI masks or distorts (I think in a distracting way) nearly all of Luptita's physical acting mannerisms and instincts, her nuanced gestures and expressions. Not casting Luptita in her own form was a mistake and frankly an utterly bizarre decision. Why the hell would you want to transform Lupita Nyong'o into CGI? Let someone else be your CGI alien.



?D RayThird paragraph: See second paragraph. Yes, "very menacing"... just like Vader. Again, let's not have "Junior" show up too often. And yes, he has the whiny angsty emo hipster temperament because that's what he is. He's NOT Vader. He's trying to be Vader, but he doesn't have the "history" (and he's got too many healthy arms and legs). If this is the way they're going, let's not waste it. Remember, he's killed his own father, now we see him (possibly) bearing down on the ship his mother is in. Can he pull the trigger (no, because we've already been told Leia is in Episode IX)? Then what does he do when he can't do the deed?
Regardless, it's a different dynamic for this trilogy. Snoke is the bad guy, Kylo Ren is the new Anakin, but maybe the Dark Side doesn't pull him in all the way, giving him some proxy redemption for Anakin, his grandfather.

I get the angle, but like I said, it just makes for a much less compelling villain. We'll see how other players step up in the sequel. I prefer a menacing, charismatic villain, even a Vader clone, to a bland, ineffectual, or inconsequential villain.


That's because Kylo Ren isn't the villain. It may be Snoke, but remember, we thought Vader was the real villain in TOT, but it was the emperor. Ren is just the conduit through which we'll find out who the real villain is. And therefore, the real villain may be someone behind Snoke.
This deepens the mystery and the story, that it's NOT following the OT exactly. Yes, we have a new hero, but we also have someone who is of the Dark Side who may (or may not) assist her in her journey.

What if Kylo Ren really does become her teacher, and together they fulfill the "sibling quest" we didn't get to see in the OT?
What if Snoke is someone from the OT we don't even realize, like the emperor who survived being thrown down the shaft by Vader?
What if Luke actually points Rey to Kylo, knowing her Light can help redeem him?

These are the things I'd think about. I'm a writer, and the "what if" question is the crux of every story.
Oct 12, 2017 9:56 PM
Oxnard Montalvosome of the editing in the trailer looks deliberately misleading but wouldn't it be surprising if it turns out they were not misleading us? that we would see what looks like blatant misdirection, assume misdirection, then find out there was no misdirection at all? because if so then RIP General Leia. or not. Find Out This December!

"Truly, you have a dizzying intellect." :)
Oct 11, 2017 2:33 AM
Johnny HyperspaceThought the trailer was okay. Not feeling the "I'm afraid" angle for Luke at all. Doesn't feel anything like Luke Skywalker from the original trilogy. Feels really contrived. This is the guy who ran the Death Star a few hours after leaving home, faced Vader without preparation, faced down a Rancor, faced down Vader and Palpatine tag-team, and now suddenly he's afraid of an emo-hipster and a girl? Because they're powerful? And he's supposed to be a Jedi?

This is what happens when you don't make a sequel for thirty-some years. You don't get to fill in the blanks.
Oct 10, 2017 11:31 PM
Izzy BlackMuch less exciting than the TFA trailer. Not a fan of the CGI effects and overly busy action sequences. Reminds me too much of the prequels. ?And another CGI alien, and as a sidekick to Chewbacca? Ugh. The first part of the trailer with Rey training looks awesome though.

Also, why is Kylo Ren always maskless? I get it, Adam Driver has got chops and you want to show him off, but so does Lupita Nyong'o, an Oscar winner, and yet she's invisible in TFA.

It bothers me because I thought Kylo was genuinely spooky when he first appeared in TFA. Very menacing. Soon as the mask comes off, he's a whiny angsty emo hipster. Which is fine, for the story and all, but it makes for a much less engaging villain when he's vulnerable 70% of the time he's on the screen. Judging by the trailer, same thing is going to happen here. I hope not though, and that they're just trying to advertise their stars.

No disagreement with your first paragraph. We've seen far too many "overly-busy" action sequences in this series. Sometimes less is more.
Second paragraph: Kylo Ren is maskless to give him an identity different from Vader, and keep him from becoming "Vader Jr.". Lupita Nyong'o, IMO, comes through just fine in her part, because we SEE her face (under the CGI). With the mask on, Kylo Ren is simply too much like Vader.
Third paragraph: See second paragraph. Yes, "very menacing"... just like Vader. Again, let's not have "Junior" show up too often. And yes, he has the whiny angsty emo hipster temperament because that's what he is. He's NOT Vader. He's trying to be Vader, but he doesn't have the "history" (and he's got too many healthy arms and legs). If this is the way they're going, let's not waste it. Remember, he's killed his own father, now we see him (possibly) bearing down on the ship his mother is in. Can he pull the trigger (no, because we've already been told Leia is in Episode IX)? Then what does he do when he can't do the deed?
Regardless, it's a different dynamic for this trilogy. Snoke is the bad guy, Kylo Ren is the new Anakin, but maybe the Dark Side doesn't pull him in all the way, giving him some proxy redemption for Anakin, his grandfather.
I still can't believe Rey is anything but Luke's daughter. If not, the payoff is simply flat.
Oct 10, 2017 1:00 PM
Rock
Janson Jinnistan
Shonai ?Ben.he knew what every man really wanted to "read"

Everyone jokes about this, but it is remarkable how many great writers were Playboy contributors back in the day: Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, Vladimir Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut. ?And they had some of the best interviews, where everyone from Jack Nicholson to Malcolm X could let their hair down. ?Ever since the John Mayer fiasco, no one will ever give these kinds of interviews again any time soon.

And vintage Playboy used models who were much more 'girl next door' as opposed to the highly artificial escort ads they would become by the 80s-90s, and occasionally used the work of photographers, like Herb Ritts and Helmut Newton, who were true artists whose nudes now hang in several museums.

Playboy probably gets a lot of PC flack about the patriarchy and rape culture and all of that, but I think it's wiser to recognize that we're all better off being on this side of the sexual revolution, and appreciating the extent to which Playboy, and Hefner, made the revolution possible. ?Plus, now that they've reverted to showing nudity (after that bizarrely-advised respite), they've offered us some great images of Eniko Mihalik, who is also a great artist in her own right.

[img]https://78.media.tumblr.com/6d39d378e7b1b219342eb1f52ac5642d/tumblr_owzqsxsrrC1ut7ic0o1_400.gif[/img]

Barbie Benton, circa late 1960's.
Sep 29, 2017 2:55 AM
All this amounts to is a cash-grab by lawyers and his sleazy ex-girlfriend. If the NFL decides to challenge the lawsuit (which has already been filed, duh, that didn't take long), this could become a quagmire.

CTE is a serious issue in all sports, but particularly the NFL. But I'd be interested to know of any studies outside of sports regarding the topic and if non-sports injuries result in the same damage and outcome.
Sep 22, 2017 12:37 PM
MKSStar Wars: Neon Noir.

I'm shameless.

Love the Neon Noir. Unlike any of the others.
Sep 16, 2017 6:55 PM
Puffin NubbinsAs the Popmatters article states in the title of their review (for those who really didn't get it) "'The Babadook' Isn't a Horror Movie About a Monster, But a Mother" - a mother with a dead husband and special needs child who is driving her batshit crazy. The monster is part of her psyche breaking loose, wanting punish the child for being so frustrating. She can't hurt her child, but the monster could... ?The Babadook is a monster that emerges from the protagonist's frustrated desires and ambitions.

So... the Babadook is the Monster from the Id, as in Forbidden Planet. Right?

And therefore, the Alien is Ripley's Monster from the Id?

Are all creatures, by that reasoning, the same? Is Freddy, for example, Nancy Thompson's Babadook, or her Alien, or her Monster from the Id, fueled by her own fears and frustrations?

Ad infinitum...
Sep 16, 2017 11:11 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Btkx7xiCrXU

:(
Sep 16, 2017 2:40 AM
So let me see if I understand this...

Hollywood is blaming RT for posting reviews with the ratings given by the reviewers? Reviews that are available publicly? In newspapers, magazines, and other sites, that can be searched online and usually pulled up for free by anyone taking a bit of time to look? And RT isn't "rating" movies, they're simply tallying up the score, so to speak?

1. Hollywood doesn't seem to understand what RT is
2. Hollywood doesn't seem to understand there are other sites, like IMDb, that do the same thing
3. Hollywood doesn't seem to understand they really do make crappy movies, and a whole bunch of them came out this year
4. Hollywood doesn't seem to understand how this works; make a good (or at least popular) product, people will buy it

This is the Age of the Whiner. No one wants to take responsibility for anything. Hollywood is obviously on board with that. It's just easier to point fingers and complain.
Sep 13, 2017 1:25 AM
Another King adaptation, three days from release and no reviews. Shades of The Dark Tower.

And why can't anyone do a decent adaptation these days? It's been a while.
Sep 6, 2017 12:45 AM
Well... I think you may be looking a bit too deep for "meaning" in some of these films. Risky Business was Joel's wet dream. Lana was Joel's all-time greatest masturbatory fuck. She was everything he every wanted in a girl, including the dream within a dream (Love on a Real Train, great soundtrack by Tangerine Dream).

After Lana, no woman would ever satisfy Joel because she wasn't real.

Now Guido, HE was a pimp's pimp. "Time of your life, hey kid?"

One of Cruise's best performances ever, and Rebecca De Mornay never looked better.

Just my opinion. :)
Sep 5, 2017 12:51 AM
James MacKinnon
B.A.Baracas
Thief12And it's not just these. It's this Hollywood "recent" fetish with prequels. Just look at what Disney is making with the Star Wars universe. We have prequels for Han Solo, Boba Fett, and now Obi-Wan. Who needs that?

I needed Rogue One.

Rogue one wasn't a "real" prequel though... It was a sequel to a prequel.... Oh god I've gone crosseyed...

Rogue One was the only prequel to TOT we really needed to see. It wasn't "necessary", but it certainly answered some questions, and was a great "pre-Episode IV" lead-in to TOT. Except for that last scene. Digital Leia.... :(
Aug 24, 2017 2:38 AM
hemi tabernlOk so can anyone please explain the ending to me WITHOUT googling it please?..
*spoiler alert, so if you haven't seen then GO see it now!!
1. what does the silver paper horse he finds on the floor in the end signify?
2. the girl he lives with in the end, is she a replicant or not?
3. in the end is he a replicant or not?
4. why do we keep hearing the echo of his friend "It's too bad she won't live but then again who does?" sounds like she's a replicant so why does he mean by "who does"?.. everybody does.. for 80-90 years in average..
5. if she is a replicant then why do the other agents beside the hero let her live? same question goes for the hero if he is a replicant.
thanks in adavnce have a good one

OK, taking these one at a time, and please understand, I saw BR in it's initial release in theaters, so I've had a bit of time to think about this.
1. It's a unicorn, not a horse. It means Gaff suspects Deckard's true nature.
2. Rachel was a Nexus 6 model, as confirmed by Dr. Tyrell during his discussion with Deckard.
3. Depends on your interpretation of the clues (Gaff's origami, other things).
4. Gaff again, being (a) redundant, and (b) assuming Rachel, like all replicants, has a limited life span.
5. She was under Tyrell's protection (she was described by Tyrell as "an experiment, nothing more". to Deckard. Likely, she was not known to the other replicants. Gaff, understanding the situation and having a bit of a soft spot, allowed Rachel to escape with Deckard. He may have been ordered to. Hell, Gaff may be a replicant. I have thoughts about this as well.

Hope this is helpful.
Aug 24, 2017 2:07 AM
Cough-cough-TDK-cough-cough. :(
Aug 22, 2017 1:07 PM
Hmmm.... not good.

3/11, 21%.

Ouch! :(
Aug 3, 2017 4:22 AM
The Dark Tower. No buzz. Nothing. Nada. No threads. Only one recent article (USA Today). No reviews, and it's out in two days. One of King's most popular series, over 1.3 million words total. Zilch.

Is this a bad sign?
Aug 2, 2017 5:26 PM
RNRAmerican hate crap.

There, THAT was easy.

Uh-huh. And that explains the success of the Transformer series, right?
Jul 27, 2017 3:18 AM