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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

You're very welcome.

By 'bonkers', do you mean over the top, insane fight choreography, impressively athletic stunts and ambitious camera work?

This is exactly what I mean.

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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

if we're not allowed miniseries then for sure if you can forget the season finale

I didn't think the finale was THAT BAD. It certainly was a departure and different than I expected though...
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Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

A few years ago I watched a set of "fan edits" of the prequel Star Wars movies. They rearranged and (heavily) cut down the movies to make them almost tolerable. Entire plot points and characters were removed, motivations changed, etc. It was surprisingly effective.

I believe the one I watched is the "MagnoliaFan edit" which goes a little further than "The Phantom Edit" which just straight up cuts out stupid stuff.

My recollection is that the one of the most significant changes is that they made all of the aliens speak in alien languages...this allowed them to subtitle their dialog and completely rewrite some of it.
In the end, they made the film a fair bit darker. No wacky jar jar antics, no "yippees" from Anakin...and a lot more racist subtext on why the trade federation was coming after the gungan's planet (basically changed their objection from being about taxation to being about slavery...which explains a lot more).

Still...the Machete order (named after the guy who proposed it) is probably the way to go...screw episode one in all forms. If you've seen it, you don't need to see it again (unless you really want to check out the MagnoliaFan edit)...and if you are new to star wars...don't taint yourself with that until you have watched and fully digested the rest--then you can treat it like the christmas special.
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Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

A few years ago I watched a set of "fan edits" of the prequel Star Wars movies. They rearranged and (heavily) cut down the movies to make them almost tolerable. Entire plot points and characters were removed, motivations changed, etc. It was surprisingly effective.

Though there have been too many stupid decisions to really save it, hopefully someone can make a nice 2½ hour edit of all 3 Hobbit movies to make it somewhat watchable.
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

This is exactly what I mean.
I didn't think the finale was THAT BAD. It certainly was a departure and different than I expected though...

i thought the finale was good until the last scene. made me want to hurl
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

i thought the finale was good until the last scene. made me want to hurl

The part where Rust goes:
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"If you ask me, the light's winning" ? Like he had such an epiphany, changing from a cynical nihilist to some kind of born again optimist?

Obviously what he went through is life altering, not sure if it's too far fetched.
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just the emotional sappiness of it all with cliched realizations seemed sophomoric to me. and by sophomoric what i really mean is it seemed like it was written by a college sophomore who was high on weed and oxycontin. i just disliked it. the depth of the characters was great but then that last scene just kind of ruined it all for me.
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also the fact that he survived just seemed like a gratuitous deus ex machina Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
If i could rewrite it i would have broken something in the character but now that you mention it maybe breaking rust would actually be fixing him because he was already broken
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

just the emotional sappiness of it all with cliched realizations seemed sophomoric to me. and by sophomoric what i really mean is it seemed like it was written by a college sophomore who was high on weed and oxycontin. i just disliked it. the depth of the characters was great but then that last scene just kind of ruined it all for me.
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also the fact that he survived just seemed like a gratuitous deus ex machina Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
If i could rewrite it i would have broken something in the character but now that you mention it maybe breaking rust would actually be fixing him because he was already broken

In your spoiler, bolded is what I was getting at, yeah. It wasn't the best finish, but it also wasn't terrible. Not bad really when you've seen how a lot of great shows have ended so poorly. I suppose we shouldn't really be settling for mediocrity.
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i guess I'm just not a fan of sappy endings but now that you've said it, it does kind of make sense
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Originally Posted by imatlas View Post

Bad Words.

Impeccably crafted and fucking hilarious.

This was way low on my list of movies to see but I'm glad you posted this because it made me watch it last night and it was great. Not at all what I expected.
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Originally Posted by ballmouse View Post

There's an order (not sure why it's called Machete order) of watching Star Wars that skips Episode I with the order of IV, V, II, III, XI.

Heard good things about this method.

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Originally Posted by otc View Post

I have been meaning to try that the next time I find someone who hasn't seen them.

Preserves the Vader reveal (although that probably only matters for kids...adults have probably all heard the line) but still provides the back story to the empire.

Ep 1 basically exists in a bubble... The bad guys all die...the good guys die or have their actors replaced..and the plot is unrelated. If you still really feel the need to watch it at the end...there is a re edited version that is tolerable.

hmmm, i was watching it with my younger cousins who havent seen STar wars. do you think i could do II, IV, V, III, Xl? or is that too convoluted? have i ruined their lives? atleast spared them from ep1
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Just go with Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Those are the only ones worth watching.
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Originally Posted by SixOhNine View Post

Just go with Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Those are the only ones worth watching.

X2. There is no reason to watch the new ones at all. It's like if you were going to show your son the Police Academy movies why would you go past 4? That's the last one Gutenberg was in and the last one that mattered. The story is complete when he flies off in a hot air balloon with Sharon Stone.

Edit - also, R.I.P. David Graf. You are missed, fella.
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Originally Posted by ballmouse View Post

There's an order (not sure why it's called Machete order) of watching Star Wars that skips Episode I with the order of IV, V, II, III, XI.

Heard good things about this method.
+1, highly recommended.
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

hmmm, i was watching it with my younger cousins who havent seen STar wars. do you think i could do II, IV, V, III, Xl? or is that too convoluted? have i ruined their lives? atleast spared them from ep1
Stick with the Machete order, I really think it's the best way to bring new viewers in.
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I caught Edge of Tomorrow last weekend on it's way out of our market - absolutely loved it. Plothole nitpickers need to understand that as soon as time travel is involved it's all fucked and just ride the thing. It's so good on so many big points - action you can sink your teeth into not just video game like gimicry, legitimately funny, a smart plot, and it has heart too; it's the most overall enjoyable movie I've seen in a long time.

My girlfriend managed to miss/forget the trailers and went in knowing -nothing- and enjoyed it a lot more as a result versus myself who had a general knowledge of the premise.
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I also had no idea what the movie going to be about when I went in. Loved it. Also pretty much agree about the time travel business. Though some movies do take the suspense of belief a bit too far.
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