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  1. I still haven't seen a lot of 2017 movies, like (from your list) 25 through 21, 18, 11, 10, 8, 7, 5, or 3 through 1. But here's my top 25, with scores out of 100 after each of them:

    25. Wind River - 79
    24. Wonder Woman - 80
    23. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - 80
    22. Logan Lucky - 80
    21. The Lego Batman Movie - 80
    20. Ingrid Goes West - 81
    19. The Big Sick - 81
    18. Baby Driver - 82
    17. Spider-Man: Homecoming - 83
    16. Get Out - 84
    15. The Disaster Artist - 84

    14. The Shape of Water - 84
    13. Atomic Blonde - 85
    12. Thor: Ragnarok - 86
    11. Mother! - 86
    10. A Ghost Story - 87
    9. The Florida Project - 87
    8. Good Time - 88
    7. Colossal - 88
    6. Princess Cyd - 90
    5. Logan - 90
    4. Star Wars: Episove VIII - The Last Jedi - 92
    3. Dunkirk - 96
    2. Blade Runner 2049 - 96
    1. Okja - 100

  2. I'd say it's pretty close to the two System Shock games, which I guess are sort of between BioShock and Deus Ex if you play Deus Ex in a way where you don't shoot a lot of people. Deus Ex can be played as a shooter though so it's sort of hard to know what exactly you mean. If you're asking whether you can use stealth to get around all the enemies, I think the answer is mostly no, but sometimes yes, whereas in BioShock it's always no. So maybe that answers the question.


    I think she had like six good reasons for not telling Poe. The guy is obviously an arrogant blockhead, you don't really want to trust him with the info. He's just been demoted by Leia, you don't want to sort of contravene Leia's last order before ending up in a hospital bed by immediately giving him more information than you give to someone in his position. They have no idea how they're being tracked through hyperspace so they want to keep the plan on a need to know basis in case there's some sort of leak or mole or whatever. Time is short and she doesn't need Poe constantly interfering, which is what he is OBVIOUSLY going to do if she keeps him in the loop rather than telling him to go suck a dick. Poe clearly doesn't respect her or her ideas and there's no reason to think he's going to go along with the plan if he hears it. She's in a precarious position, having just been put in charge of the entire Resistance, and it would be a bad idea to let her authority slip by giving in and buckling under to this hotshot pilot who Leia as just specifically demoted and who clearly is a popular guy (popular enough to mutiny later on).


    And @SuperBiasedMan, I'm pretty sure she DID tell Poe she had a plan. She said something like "I've got it under control" or whatever.

  4. 2 hours ago, Nappi said:

    The worst part of the film for me was how Laura Dern's character was treated in the first half of the film.

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    The way in which she was made to look as an incompetent leader was really poor. I wish they had found a convincing way to show how Poe was blinded by his desire to play to hero, instead of making be the most arrogant / the least competent person when it comes to explaining a plan.


    Even the first time I watched it, I didn't get that impression at all. I thought it was pretty obvious that:

    Poe is way too arrogant. Leia is telling him that, Holdo is telling him that, even C-3PO can't condone his actions.

  5. I made it to the Forgotten Sepulcher for the first time today! I was streaming, actually, if someone wants to go find the VOD and scrub through to find it. Spoiler for what happened to me:


    I died immediately in the dark.

  6. 5 hours ago, your name here said:

    Actually, the "getting barfed on at the ballet" story is a common urban legend. This is just another example of how "I heard about it online" turns into "it happened to a friend," which turns into "it happened to me a few days ago and I vividly remember it, and also my wife was there and can corroborate." It's just amazing how these stories become more and more related to the teller in the retelling.

    Tune in next week when we here the story from Nick, whose new Canadian hairdresser told it like it happened to one of her customers.

  7. When this won RPS's GOTY I bought it and I've been enjoying it a ton. I've gotten much better at it over the 15 hours I've played, although I still haven't beat a second boss. I think my single complaint is that the shields take too long to block after you hit the block button. I guess I could learn the timing but frankly I just find it too much of a pain. I suppose they would be too powerful if they worked instantly, but the way they feel right now is not great IMHO. Aside from that this game is great.


    edit: I take it back I have three issues. The first is the shield thing. The second is that giving you a randomly generated set of equipment at the start is silly because you can just restart until you get what you want, but that's tedious and frustrating. Just let me pick, or don't give me stuff at the start. The third is that the optimal way to play is to only unlock blueprints for your favorite equipment. But that sucks. I don't know what my favorite equipment is until I unlock a blueprint and try the stuff out. Now that I know the Spartan Boots or whatever are trash, it's too late to do anything about it unless I restart entirely.

  8. I think the game's difficulty is basically fine, and I played it on Hard or whatever, but I can see why that courthouse fight (which I also think is what everyone's referring to) would kick people's asses. I had to try that like six or eight times at least before I made it through.

  9. 3 hours ago, unimural said:


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    Star Wars has never been about plot, and this movie isn't either. The reason why this, for me, hasn't been an issue with the original trilogy is because the original trilogy is about family and friendship. It is fundamentally about relationships, even more than it is about characters. Almost all the actions in the movies are motivated by something happening to family or friends. They save the galaxy, but that's almost incidental. That's why it's ok to merely imply a world behind the events.


    Somehow, this movie says we should care about the Resistance and the world they live in. The events in it. But the movie itself treats the world and plot as disposably as Star Wars always has. You can't go and say "Hey gun dealers sell to all parties so we're all complicit" and have that mean something, when so much of the movie and its history is about Bad Guys. The world at large is a backdrop, and trying to claim it is not a mirage breaks everything down. You can't make good guys do ends justify means without making all war horrible. Yet somehow this movie still tries to claim it's cool to kill fleets of people, and yet have shades of grey. All these attempts just detach me from the movie, and make the writing seem lazy.



    I'm having a little trouble seeing how anything in A New Hope is about "family and friendship" any more than The Last Jedi. Luke's only remaining family (as far as he knows) gets turned into skeletons 30 minutes in and it's not like he's better friends with Leia or Han than Rey is friends with Finn. Of course, it does turn out that Luke has family in the game, late in The Empire Strikes Back, but it also turns out that Han and Leia (and Luke) have family in the game, because Ren is their son (nephew).


    Maybe the idea is that the original trilogy is about family because Luke turns out to be searching for his family, but I think you'd have to have slept through The Last Jedi to miss the part where Rey's entire character arc is her looking for replacement family, because her original family deserted her and Han got killed in the last movie.


    I don't think the movie was saying "hey gun dealers sell to all parties so we're all complicit" - the guy who said that is obviously kind of an asshole, and it's Finn's rejection of that neutrality (a neutrality he embraced at the beginning of the film, when he was willing to abandon the Resistance to save himself and Rey) and his decision to commit to a suicide assault on the battering ram that represents the climax of his character arc. The movie is pretty clearly saying that the rich people on Canto Bight are the bad people, and the First Order are the bad people, and the Resistance (including those kids at the end) are the good people. I don't really know why you think the movie is saying there are any shades of grey. Everyone in the First Order is clearly super duper 100% evil with the exception of Ren, who is in the classic Darth Vader position of having done six billion terrible things but he is still potentially redeemable.

    Or, to put the point in another way: what stuff in the movie made you think it was trying to do the whole "shades of grey" thing? Was it just that hacker's claim that it's all the same (a claim that is obviously self-serving because it justifies his later betrayal, which is what gets most of the Resistance blown up)? Or was there anything else in the movie that made you think that?


  10. I didn't feel like Finn and Poe had nothing to do at all. I didn't feel like that the first time watching, but the second time watching really cemented how central they are to the movie's central theme:


    The movie's central theme is failure. It's best expressed in Yoda's speech to Luke, in which he says that failure is the best teacher. The movie is a long meditation on what it means to fail and what it means to move past failure. Poe's arc is one that beings with him winning a Pyrrhic victory, which Leia points out is just another way of failing. Poe doesn't understand this and thus spends much of the movie fighting with Holdo. Finally, he learns that sometimes being a leader means being able to admit that you've failed, so he calls off the attack on the battering ram and is able to figure out that Luke's plan is to make a futile last stand while the rest of the Resistance escapes. In other words, Poe in quick succession is able to accept two failures that lead to great success, whereas at the start of the movie he was gunning for success at all costs, even if this led to failure.


    Finn's story is also one of failure, plot-wise. (There's more going on with Finn, namely his rather massive character development from a guy who's just interested in running and in keeping Rey safe, which is a lot more comprehensible if you keep in mind the previous movie, to his contemplation of Benicio del Toro's character and his realization that he doesn't like it, to his acceptance of a suicidal attack and then his about-face when Rose saves him and so on... there's so much there! But not in terms of plot, which is I think one thing that lots of people don't like. Lots of people are very obsessed with everything in a movie having something to do with the plot, and it's true that Finn and Rose don't really have much impact on the overall plot.) His quest is basically a few big failures (didn't find the master hacker, didn't disable the tracker, got more or less the entire Resistance killed). These failures serve as a counterpoint to the Rey plot, which has very few contemporary failures (it's mostly about Luke's failure in the past, and his response to it). In the Rey plot, she is trying to get Luke to get over his failures and come back and fix everything, whereas Luke is clinging to those failures. In the Finn plot, he keeps pressing through the failures, seemingly in order to triumph, but the actual result is kind of just a disaster in every way. So you've got this interesting tension, which is that all along it seems like Luke is the one letting people down and Finn is the one who is going to save the Resistance, but ultimately it's Luke's willingness to confront his failure and deal with it that saves everyone, whereas the traditional "let's just go on an adventure without really thinking it through and that will sort things out" approach makes everything much much worse. Failure is a teacher, and Finn hasn't had any failures to learn from. Now he has had some, so perhaps that will play into his arc in the next movie.


    As for the idea that "Rey doesn't even know what's going on with the fleet, her coming back has nothing to do with them," do you have the same issue with other Star Wars movies? So for instance nobody in The Return of the Jedi know what's going on with Luke, Vader, and the Emperor. Luke coming back has nothing to do with them - he basically just walks in from out of the frame and starts dancing with the Ewoks. Nobody in The Empire Strikes Back knows what's going on with Luke and Yoda. He lands and Cloud City and Leia yells like two sentences at him. Nobody in A New Hope knows what's going on with Leia, Vader, and Tarkin beyond what little Luke learns from R2's message. Once they break Leia out of prison her role in the movie is basically over. Did these also bother you?

  11. 2 hours ago, eot said:

    Maybe I'll go and see it a second time then.


    Not sure though how I'll get past things like

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    How the main characters don't really have any interaction with each other, they don't develop their relationships at all, which makes me question why they even have Finn and Poe in these movies. Two movies in Rey said "hi" to Poe, which is about as much as she said to Finn in this one as well. Poe and Finn, who had good chemistry in the last movie, also barely have any time on screen together, and what little time they do have isn't well spent.


    I'm curious if you have the same criticisms of the other Star Wars films. Did it annoy you that Leia and to a lesser extent Han never really interacted with Obi-Wan Kenobi, or that Luke never really interacted with Lando, or that Han didn't interact with Vader, or the Luke and Han never interacted with Tarkin, and so on? In The Empire Strikes Back Luke and Leia barely even talk! I think they have a single conversation. And Luke and Han have even less interaction in that movie!

  12. Just saw it for a second time. The first time I really really liked it, but it definitely felt a little disjointed and packed to the gills with lots and lots of stuff. The second time it really held together as one focused, cohesive whole. All the themes were even clearer the second time around and I really appreciated it more. It's also probably the prettiest Star Wars movie and also very excellently shot. If you compare it to, say, a Marvel movie, the action scenes where lots of things are going on are way more readable and pretty. For instance:


    The sequence in the hangar on Snoke's ship after it's been rammed by Holdo and everything is on fire and the Stormtroopers are fighting the BB-8T-ST and Phasma is facing off against Rose and Finn is extremely legible while at the same time having a lot of chaos. There's one particular shot where Finn is running to the left in the foreground and all sorts of shit is going on in the background and it's really masterful how well it reads and how much you can take it. 90% of the time this sort of thing in a movie is just a bunch of visual noise where you can barely pick out the hero because they're some entirely CGI body doing some wacky shit and everything is too chaotic to see anyways. But in this shot you can see everything clearly.


    Fisher's face did not look weird to me (and this is coming from someone to whom Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher in Rogue One looked like plastic garbage robot humans who would never fool me for a millisecond) but who knows, I guess.

  13. 5 hours ago, Erkki said:


    I think I must admit that I wasn't presenting very good reasoning for my dislike of the movie. To be honest while watching I was really torn between liking it and not liking it. But at the end I just felt I couldn't accept all the flaws, which I think are numerous, and still say that I like it. I can only say I liked the visual side of it a lot, for the most part.


    To be honest I'm not at the moment very interested in going deeper and really exploring my dislike of it. To summarize, maybe I'd say it just had too much stuff, too many characters to care about, and that stopped it from focusing on particular things or characters better (except Rey and Ren perhaps) and then it just had several situations which I found ridiculous or dumb, but which may have come mostly from again having too much stuff in it and not being able to spend more time to show why the situation would NOT be ridiculous. The motivation of the characters didn't feel right to me, and I think some of the setup for the story was just a bit lazy for not establishing better motivations for certain things.

    Thanks, this gets closer to what's going on (and if you don't want to go deeper that's fine). Like I said in my first post in this thread, this movie does have a ton of stuff, and I can definitely see why someone would be turned off by that. I don't think there's anything strange about preferring a more focused, straightforward movie to something like this, which is like twelve movies worth of stuff.