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  1. That's what I meant. WE haven't seen adult Gorn in SNW. I dunno, the toddlers seem pretty capable. They might all grow up to be psychopaths with PhD level intellect.
  2. Cruise' MI franchise films an his recent sci fi efforts have had all of those things and, while they've mostly done well, non of them have done this well.
  3. Is it tho? I mean, I guess it sort of does but not in the same way as something like WW84 and Stranger Things. It's also got a lot more going for it than that. I'll say it again, the last 30 minutes of TG:M is fucking intense; in a way that the final battle of most Avengers movies isn't. On top of brilliant visuals and editing, you aren't breaking the tension every 1.5 minutes to inject some meh banter or some sight gag, which seems to be par for the course for a lot of superhero stuff. The characters in this film also don't have the kind of plot armor that goes along with a shared universe franchise. I view this film a bit like The Color of Money. Technically, it's a sequel to The Hustler, but you didn't have to see the latter to enjoy the former. I never even made the connection between those two until long after I'd seen it. What's amazing is that there's less separation in time between those two films (25 years) than there is between TG and TG:M.
  4. ...and still going. This thing's got some legs. It's currently trading number one spot with Elvis day to day. I was sure Jurassic World would beat it globally by virtue of the fact that it got a China release and those films tend to do quite well overseas. Based on how it's tracking, I'm not so sure. It's domestic performance is well below JW: Fallen Kingdom and way below Jurassic World 2015. At the rate it's going, it'll top out at $360-$370 mil domestically. If TG:M does $1.1-$1.3b globally, it's pretty unlikely JW:D will do the $750+ overseas it needs to beat that. Lightyear is another one that's coming in below expectations. Everyone is keeping their piggy bank moneys for Avatar 2 I guess.
  5. We've never seen an adolescent Gorn before and we haven't seen an adult Gorn yet. And the Gorn's weakness is cold. As in, "you're relatively safe from them as long as you can see you breath" kind of cold. I don't know how that ranks "tier wise". You know it! "Sam is tougher than he looks." Yeah, no shit. He's got the scar tissue to prove it. Did you all se how he lost his shit because Spock wasn't losing his shit? The man's a mass. He goes to his quarters every night and cries into his pillow. Pikes quarters are pretty swanky. His ready room is amazing. I was getting serious Mad Men vibes from that final scene for some reason. Prediction:
  6. I've got D+ access for a little while so I decided to see what hte MCU was doing lately. I rewatched GotG Vol 1&2. I think they largely still hold up but I still think Yondu's death was a bit nonsensical. And the boss fight at the end of Vol 2 was a bit excessive. And I fundamentally disapprove of 5 post credit scenes. Definitely the most cinematic of the MCU films I think. I also saw Dr Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and Black Widow. I wasn't that impressed with either of the TBH. Dr. Strange 2 had some impressive visuals and some interesting ideas, but it just never seemed to flow for me. The editing could have been snappier and the first half seemed a bit too heavy on exposition and Maguffins. I liked the way final boss played out with the Chekov's gun from the prologue. That was clever. I rolled my eyed at the orchestral version of the '90's animated X-Men theme. I know there's a fair amount of unironic love for that show on this board but I fucking hated it. So, so much yellow. The movie was OK. I think I liked Black Widow a little better. David Harbour was great. Flo Po was a nice addition. Scar Jo seemed a bit wooden to me. It was fine. I'm sure if I thought about it I could find a dozen plot holes or story problems that bugged me but I'm just not that invested enough to care.
  7. Vader stands out. Krennec is memorable. I liked Jyn Erso. If I may inject some positivity in this thread, related to the whole lightsaber discussion, Season 5 Episode 6 of The Clone wars; "The Gathering" is one of my favorite half hour's of television ever. This is the one where the kids go to harvest their crystals. It's the beginning of a four episode arc where there's a kidnapping and a mutiny and Hondo does some Hondo stuff. There's also a cool lightsaber construction droid that does stuff. Well written. Cool visuals. The music. This hits me right in the feels. It works feels I didn't know I had. The cockle and sub-cockle feels that never get enough exercise.
  8. Well, if you're a hardcore SW devotee, Here's what I guess is a pretty comprehensive list (Canon and Legends) of references to "training lightsabers." these are the ones the younglings use that have special doodads that prevent the from chopping their wee legs and arms off. https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Training_lightsaber/Legends https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Training_lightsaber The "Canon" page also has links to pages describing the various combat styles and techniques. I'm a bit fuzzy on this, but I'm pretty sure we see Duku training Ventress, Savage Opress, and General Grievous. Same for Kanaan and Ezra in Rebels. Definitely for Kanaan and Sabine in Rebels. In Rebels, Kanaan has his force vision in a literal dojo with lightsabers mounted on the walls. In the season 5 finale of Clone Wars, we see Padawans training with their *actual* lightsabers; the ones they assembled after harvesting their crystals earlier in the series. And in season 1 of Kenobi we see Anakin and Obi Wan sparring at the Jedi temple. So yeah, it's firmly established that it's a skill that has to be learned and practiced as much as any other Jedi whosiwhatsit. Yeah, this.
  9. The Man from Toronto. Goofy light entertainment but pretty good actually. I laughed several times. There was a scene that reminded me of the church massacre in Kingsman and it was kind of amazing actually. It was definitely more worthwhile than some of the other Netflix originals I've seen recently. *cough* Red Notice *cough*. *cough* Adam Project *cough* *cough* *cough* I'd say give this one a spin.
  10. Thanks. It was bit cheeky but fundamentally on point I think. Piloting a single seat race car is fundamentally the same as a road car. I can pilot a car or light truck but I don't have an air brake certification. That's not to say I couldn't drive a truck or bus with air brakes, but I'd need a little instruction on how they work and I couldn't do it legally. On the other hand, someone with experience on a child's dirt bike understands the operation of everything up to a 700 lbs touring bike. They might need to find their rhythm on it, but they have the muscle memory and know where all the controls are. It wasn't always this way. Top Gear did a thing where they drove a Model T and the controls on that thing are completely foreign to me. 3 speed manual column shifters used to be a thing. So was dog-leg first gear on floor shift manuals. Anyone remember the high beam button on the floor next to the drivers left foot? All gone. I actually got crossed up when I got my current car because reverse is opposite where it was on my previous two cars, to I had to relearn that. My niece used to work at the counter of a franchise auto parts store/repair shop. Every time someone came in with a manual gearbox the guys would sheepishly giver her the keys because none of these guys could drive stick. I take a perverse pleasure in that because I gave her her first driving lessons in a manual transmission car. Kid burned my clutch so bad I thought the car was on fire. She's out there emasculating young men all thanks to me. Good for her. Anyway, after about 100 years of mass produced cars and trucks, cockpits have been pretty standardized; in function if not in form. In Star Wars space travel has existed for literally thousands of years. It only makes sense. Casey Stoner was 16 when he first raced at the world championship level. I think he would have been up there sooner but there was an actual age restriction. There are plenty if kids much younger than that racing competitively on 2 wheels and 4 in national championships. What's really funny is that there is now a generation of F1 drivers who have never driven a manual transmission car. Give them paddle shifters and they know immediately what to do. Give them a classic with three pedals to do the hillclimb at Goodwood or something, and they need clutch practice and a lesson on heel-toe down shifting. That looks amazing.
  11. That will be explained la... Oops, never mind.
  12. As opposed to "fuck all", yes it's acceptable. And all he did was aim an pull a trigger. He didn't go toe-to-toe with Kylo Ren. So, there wasn't any lightsaber training except where there was? Good to know. And that little low-power droid on the Falcon was totally as formidable as Kylo Ren in combat. Who can say it wasn't? What is depicted is an academy of Monk wizards who spend decades honing their skills but, "Lightsaber combat"? Training in "The Weapon of a Jedi Knight"? Gee I don't know about that one. But hey, I'm the one glossing over canon, right? Kylo Ren has the same powers she does and training and skill with the weapon. She never even held one before that day. What are you not getting about this? And what does Ben say to him? "You've taken your first step into a larger world." Which totally translates as, "Within 24 hours you'll be ready to fight a Sith Lord and hand him his ass in combat." Thank you for perfectly illustrating my original point.
  13. What vision? In Maz's basement? The random jumble of visions she had no idea how to interpret?
  14. Told what by who? Who gave her the *slightest* bit of mentoring in the ways of the force before that moment? Luke on the other hand, is applying the lesson he learned earlier on the falcon. Without his targeting computer his lack of awareness is analogous to fighting the remote with a blast shield obscuring his vision. I don't know if you'd call that a Chekov's gun, but it's similar. Again, it might thin, but it's something. Because you can't cut yourself in half if you swing a stick wrong. Because, unlike a stick, there is an established canon, from multiple films and television shows, that a lightsaber is a unique weapon and requires, like, practice and skill to wield properly. The kind of practice and force abilities her opponent in that fight had. It's not like she was sparring with an amateur and it's not like she was David Carradine with that stick anyway. It should also be noted, the only times Luke goes "Saber to Saber" with anyone in the OT, it's against someone who isn't actually trying to cut him to ribbons. It's perfectly plausible that if he went up against say, Darth Maul in RotJ, he'd have died. No he's amazing to start with because he's the only human who can pilot a pod racer in anger. He can do this because he's strong with the force. Being strong with the force allows him, on some level, to perceive events just before they happen, making him appear to have superhuman reflexes. This is exposition that's actually in the film. It's compatible with the established lore and it's all that's needed. It might be "magic" but even magic has rules. Piloting well is. Luke and Anakin both have experience. Rey presumably does too. That said, there's still a spectrum. Kenobi, from what I understand, was a middling pilot by Jedi standards. Not really. There's a considerable interval that passed since the Death Star's destruction and the battle on Hoth and we know Luke has been communicating with Kenobi's spirit. And we only saw part of the lesson on the Falcon from Han Solo's POV. At some point Kenobi tells Luke to travel to Degobah. That conversation is never shown but we know it happened.
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