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    bloody malth reacted to mouthymerc in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    This made me laugh. There is foul language so beware. http://geekxgirls.com/article.php?ID=9449
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    bloody malth reacted to Vorzakk in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    While I do not refute either of those whatsoever, I believe that there's a little more to it when it comes to the sequel / prequel / remake / reboot trend.  
    Forty years ago, most people had access to around five TV stations and most theaters had a single screen.  Back then, it was pretty easy to get someone to watch something new; simply because there wasn't a lot of competition.
    But today; people have access to literally hundreds of TV channels, only 'artsy' theaters have less than a dozen screens, and we've got the internet on top of all of that.  With such a glut of entertainment offerings, advertising becomes far more important; and it often costs as much to properly promote a movie as it costs to make it. 
    So with all of that in mind, what it really comes down to is that it's a lot easier to sell someone something that they already like than it is to sell them something new.  Tiresome as they might be to many; sequels, prequels, remakes, and reboots all contain a feature which is very appealing to studios:  built-in advertising.  
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    bloody malth reacted to Maelora in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    This kind of sums up why I think Rey is a boring character (at least in the first one; she improves a bit by Last Jedi:
    "You want to give me a lightsaber? The one that was Luke Skywalker's first lightsaber, hand-crafted by Anakin before he went over to the Dark Side? I'm flattered, but I couldn't possibly. In untrained hands, a flashy laser-sword would be more dangerous to the person wielding it than-- What's that? I can also have the full compliment of Jedi skills without any training or special effort? Well in that case, sure, I'll take the lightsaber.
    "But you know, as cool as a lightsaber is, I might also need a blaster. Just saying. Oh, Han Solo's blaster? I get that too? Cool. And the Millennium Falcon as my very own personal ship? Does it come with Chewbacca as my loyal sidekick? It does? Hooray! Oh, but wait. The Falcon is a notoriously temperamental ship that would require constant maintenance by a master mechanic and the piloting skills of a master starship captain. I couldn't possibly--what? I just happened to pick up those skills as well, on my own, while scavenging around the same junkyard where I learned the language of droids and taught myself to be a professional mountain-climber? That must have been some junkyard!
    "And now you say the Rebellion has a map to Luke Skywalker's secret Fortress of Solitude, and you need somebody to be the first person to meet up with him in years and years? That's a tough one. It should definitely be someone who's been with the organization for longer than five minutes. Someone who actually knows Luke, and has a chance of convincing him to return. Someone he cares about. Someone who has proven themselves as trustworthy and capable, time and again. It really can't be anyone other than Luke's very own long-suffering twin sister. And since the Rebellion has some downtime, they can certainly spare Leia for a few-- What's that? You all had a vote and decided that I should be the one to meet Luke because everyone thinks I'm just so awesome? Sure, I guess I could fit that into my busy schedule…"
     
    Rey's what I've always called a 'GM's Girlfriend' character (and I say that as someone who's had boyfriends and girlfriends, and dated my players of both genders).  Okay, you have your RPG party, and they're a bit of a motley crew. They have a few injuries, mismatched weapons and skills, they're not min-maxed or optimised as well as they could be.   But hey, they have heart, they've clearly been played from first level and have organically reached this moment through months or years of play.  They've quarrelled and bonded and made mistakes and history together.
    Then the GM decides to bring their Significant Other into the game. And guess what - that person's character is obscenely powerful compared to everyone else. They have max stats, all the best items and skills and generally reduce everyone else in the party to a supporting role. They're awesome just because and everyone else is told they must love and adore the new character and basically accept their new positions as flunkies.
    TLDR; you're welcome to like Rey if you wish, but personally I've always found her a rather dull character with no personality or story arc beyond 'I'm so awesome'.  She can do everything better than anyone else and it doesn't matter how she learned these things because she's a badass female character and you just gotta roll with it.  
    When you have a character who can only ever roll Triumphs, the story is diminished because there's little struggle or weight to it when success is always assured.
    And the idea that if you dislike her, you're some horrible sexist dinosaur is really insulting my intelligence.
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    bloody malth reacted to SEApocalypse in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    "Want" is the wrong word in this context. You don't want to see it, you have to because your brain triggers those memories which are in recent memory based on other media you have seen recently. Not only is Mary Poppins itself iconic, but the memory of her scene was strengthened by Yondu's Mary Poppins scene in Guardians of the Galaxy II.  
    The scene makes sense for star wars, absolutely, but the scene is bad from a movie perspective, because it evokes the wrong emotions and memories, based on other medias. Just like the OT gets better because it is using references to all those other media at it's time, a movie can get worse, because evoking the wrong references. 
    And it gets worse with superman, which is one of the biggest icons of pop culture and with just a lot of terrible movies in the recent years with several scenes similar in look. And those references makes the scene a good idea with a bad execution. Even changing the camera angle might have made the scene much better. Now at the other hand in 20 years hopefully no one remembers Superman Returns or Batman v Superman … and the scene might work a lot better. ;-)

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    bloody malth reacted to Maelora in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    Yes. Yes, she is.  In fact, I'm a complete monster
    But srsly, I love Carrie and Leia to bits and I thought it was a tad silly.  It would have actually made more sense if it was her son's doing, not wanting to lose another parent after he'd killed the first one.
    I don't mind Leia the Jedi as a concept; I just think it's unnecessary for her character.  She's one of the rare people who's awesome without the Force.  It feels bolted-on really.
    I only assume that - going forward - Leia was going to be a mentor of sorts to Rey with her brother dead.  When we lost Carrie, we lost that entire plotline, unfortunately.
     
    And yes, I very strongly felt that Force Awakens Rey was a colossal Mary Sue.  Far too perfect; less of a character and more of a living incarnation of 'Girl Power' (TM).  Last Jedi actually humanised her a bit. Luke shakes her up and makes her think for herself.  Some of her foes actually get some licks in.  She's not always as smart as she thinks she is.  Y'see, I do love me some kickass heroines, but I like them to be human, someone I or other women might aspire to.  Rey was better this time around because she had dialogue that went beyond 'I AM WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR'.
    And here's a thing: it's perfectly fine to criticise women in fiction.  We think we're big and tough and can write and act as well as the menz. Which we are. So when we do rubbish things we need to take that criticism on the chin, prove we're up to the task as male actors or writers have to do.  It's no good saying we're equal and then reaching for the smelling salts and fainting couch when we get a little criticism.
    Supporting the performance of women simply because we lack a chromosome, out of some kind of 'gender solidarity' is horribly misplaced and demeans us more than mere critique.  At worst, it sets us up for a diet of more rubbish if we're immune to criticism.  Yes, some sexist jerks disliked the Ghostbusters remake because they hate women. But some of us disliked it because it was bobbins, because it was badly acted and plotted and was a pallid imitation of a movie we loved. 
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    bloody malth reacted to 2P51 in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    BS.  I made fun of the Hux/Poe Verizon ad exchange in the very same post.
    I've made fun of the Luke sea cow scene.
    I've made fun of the soldier tasting dirt on planet Fantasia.
    People have very consistently made fun of  many aspects of this movie in this thread.  There hasn't been a drip of sexism.  Maelora is the one who coined the Mary Poppins reference, is she a sexist?  This is just another example of how people get upset and they run to the new socially acceptable scarlet letters whenever someone says or types something they don't like.
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    bloody malth reacted to 2P51 in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    I said nothing sexist.  I find your comment to be nothing more than slander and I've reported you.  I was aiming the overly invested emotionally comment directly at you.
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    bloody malth reacted to 2P51 in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    Really? He's in there briefly between the Poe/Hux Verizon cell phone ad dialogue and Mary Poppins/Super Leia....
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    bloody malth reacted to Desslok in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    Really? Lets go to the tape:
    . . . . 
     
    Right out of the gate you're making proclamations for the entire fandom, insisting that your way is only way and when asked for clarification, you go straight to Attack Mode. Please, point out to me EXACTLY in comment 3133530 or  comment 3133580 where I was rude or snide? You came into this thread weapons hot, and when everyone here didn't instantly fall to our knees in appreciation of you generously dispensing your wisdom to the ignorant masses, you got pretty ******* angry pretty ******* quick. 
    By the way, since you seem to have trouble differentiating the two, the above paragraph is probably leaning towards rude and snide.
    Everyone else around here who liked / hasn't liked the movie has pretty much gone "J'ya know what - it was / wasn't for me, but if you dug it then more power to you." - including @2P51 who can sometimes get salty as **** (come on man, I loves ya, but you know it's true). If our resident salty-as-**** pirate can play nice, then it's time for you to grow the f up and play nice with others. You don't like the flick? Fine. Stop being a jerk about it.
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    bloody malth reacted to DanteRotterdam in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    Perhaps you could apologize for your abject rudeness and belligerence?
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    bloody malth reacted to Stan Fresh in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    I doubt this is specific to our time. Crack open some ancient text and you'll read about how kids today have no respect for their elders, and how the kingdom is going to ****, and how everything used to be better when the writer was young.
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    bloody malth reacted to Sunrider in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    Don't understand why there's so much resentment on the "milking scene" - what do you guys think where your milk comes from? Ultimately, the milk you buy is meant for a calf. ;-)
    Living as a hermit on a remote island means living off the land. I like the scenes, as they show how Luke survives without food capsules and protein rations. His fishing technique is interesting, though.
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    bloody malth reacted to JorArns in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    I disagree that depth is creating the controversy.
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    bloody malth reacted to coyote6 in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    My preferred Billy Dee WIlliams cameo would be bookending Solo - Lando sitting in a cantina, reminiscing about his recently deceased old pal Han, and telling a tale of their earlier lives. 
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    bloody malth reacted to Maelora in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    ... which beggars the question: all of the fans who like Last Jedi now, will you still like it when if Abrams retcons the whole thing in revenge for what Johnson did to Force Awakens? 
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    bloody malth reacted to robus in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    I had no theories invested in this episode. With TFA it felt like a Star Wars movie even if much of the plot was a remix. There were scrapes, thrilling escapes and witty banter.
    With TLJ I got none of the feels. The scrapes felt inconsequential and the banter was clunky at best or utterly out of place at worst. And was there one thrilling escape?
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    bloody malth reacted to Endersai in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    If she had been related to ANYBODY it would have been embarrassingly stupid. I've never felt more contempt for people than I have those who said she was a Kenobi; except maybe the "Bring Back Legends" basement dwellers.
    The fact she was a nobody, though, to me was great because it was bad writing from Lucas (and with 3 PT films, I get pointing out bad, lazy or daft writing is shooting fish in a barrel with some sort of gatling gun) to constantly make everyone mates/family members with everyone else.
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    bloody malth reacted to Maelora in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    And we were doing so well weren't we?
    Ah well, there's always one who won't play nicely.
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    bloody malth got a reaction from Holzy in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    I hated most of the movie, but yeah, it annoys me to no end to see people writing things like "anyone who likes (or dislikes) this movie is not a true fan of Star Wars!". Get over yourself.
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    bloody malth got a reaction from Holzy in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    I hated the movie. Well, mostly.
    But I'm not here to convince anyone who liked it, or even loved it, that they're wrong. Far more interesting than the movie (from my perspective, of course), has been how divided opinions are on it, and despite some name calling in media forums and threads like these, they don't seem to be divided among demographic lines. My gaming group is pretty evenly split among those who loved it, those who felt "meh", and those who hated it. I've seen people who loved the movie be accused of being fanboys, while elsewhere, the same accusation is leveled at people who hated the movie. I've read a bunch of testimonials from people who grew up with the OT that felt like the Last Jedi re-captured the spirit of their youth and others who felt like it betrayed the spirit of Star Wars. My millennial friends hated it, but of course this is mostly anecdotal, plenty of people felt like this was the Star Wars for their generation.
    When I spoke to some friends who loved it, I found that our general impressions of what worked and what didn't were very similar, but how that translated to our overall enjoyment of the movie was very different.
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    bloody malth got a reaction from Norr-Saba in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    I hated most of the movie, but yeah, it annoys me to no end to see people writing things like "anyone who likes (or dislikes) this movie is not a true fan of Star Wars!". Get over yourself.
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    bloody malth got a reaction from whafrog in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    I hated the movie. Well, mostly.
    But I'm not here to convince anyone who liked it, or even loved it, that they're wrong. Far more interesting than the movie (from my perspective, of course), has been how divided opinions are on it, and despite some name calling in media forums and threads like these, they don't seem to be divided among demographic lines. My gaming group is pretty evenly split among those who loved it, those who felt "meh", and those who hated it. I've seen people who loved the movie be accused of being fanboys, while elsewhere, the same accusation is leveled at people who hated the movie. I've read a bunch of testimonials from people who grew up with the OT that felt like the Last Jedi re-captured the spirit of their youth and others who felt like it betrayed the spirit of Star Wars. My millennial friends hated it, but of course this is mostly anecdotal, plenty of people felt like this was the Star Wars for their generation.
    When I spoke to some friends who loved it, I found that our general impressions of what worked and what didn't were very similar, but how that translated to our overall enjoyment of the movie was very different.
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    bloody malth got a reaction from Desslok in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    I hated most of the movie, but yeah, it annoys me to no end to see people writing things like "anyone who likes (or dislikes) this movie is not a true fan of Star Wars!". Get over yourself.
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    bloody malth got a reaction from SEApocalypse in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    I hated most of the movie, but yeah, it annoys me to no end to see people writing things like "anyone who likes (or dislikes) this movie is not a true fan of Star Wars!". Get over yourself.
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    bloody malth got a reaction from Nytwyng in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Eventual Spoilers)   
    I hated most of the movie, but yeah, it annoys me to no end to see people writing things like "anyone who likes (or dislikes) this movie is not a true fan of Star Wars!". Get over yourself.
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