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2014-01-22 02:13:09 PM  
Farking. Awesome.
 
2014-01-22 02:20:59 PM  
How did those spaceships land in the woods without knocking down any trees?
 
2014-01-22 02:25:22 PM  
Actually, they look gap far better than the original movies.

And for the record, I liked the prequels.
 
2014-01-22 02:25:37 PM  
He should make comics.
 
2014-01-22 02:34:22 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: Actually, they look gap far better than the original movies.

And for the record, I liked the prequels.


Lucas talked about the trilogy being the middle part of 3 trilogies, its too bad he never made the other 2 trilogies.  The Clone Wars sounded like it had a lot potential.
 
2014-01-22 02:50:30 PM  
I dropped a Mon Calamari Star Cruiser shaped turd the other day that looked more like Star Wars than the prequels do.
 
2014-01-22 03:14:27 PM  

ShawnDoc: Darth_Lukecash: Actually, they look gap far better than the original movies.

And for the record, I liked the prequels.

Lucas talked about the trilogy being the middle part of 3 trilogies, its too bad he never made the other 2 trilogies.  The Clone Wars sounded like it had a lot potential.


It could have been dark and gritty, with serious moral dilemmas to consider and tragedy that stung you right in the gut.
 
2014-01-22 03:23:40 PM  
That's because minitures look 1,000 times better than CGI.
 
2014-01-22 03:25:39 PM  

Clock Spider Jerusalem: ShawnDoc: Darth_Lukecash: Actually, they look gap far better than the original movies.

And for the record, I liked the prequels.

Lucas talked about the trilogy being the middle part of 3 trilogies, its too bad he never made the other 2 trilogies.  The Clone Wars sounded like it had a lot potential.

It could have been dark and gritty, with serious moral dilemmas to consider and tragedy that stung you right in the gut.


And man, I bet the whole thing with the emperor's rise to power and taking over the senate would have been more awesome than any other court room drama! With lasers n shiat!
 
2014-01-22 03:29:24 PM  
Why not just link straight to the guy's Flickr?!
 
2014-01-22 03:31:18 PM  

INeedAName: Why not just link straight to the guy's Flickr?!


UPROXX pays more.
 
2014-01-22 03:32:58 PM  
B-wings. Ick.

Shoulda called those things "Space Cows."
Totally useless versus TIE fighters.
 
2014-01-22 03:33:06 PM  

ThatBillmanGuy: Clock Spider Jerusalem: ShawnDoc: Darth_Lukecash: Actually, they look gap far better than the original movies.

And for the record, I liked the prequels.

Lucas talked about the trilogy being the middle part of 3 trilogies, its too bad he never made the other 2 trilogies.  The Clone Wars sounded like it had a lot potential.

It could have been dark and gritty, with serious moral dilemmas to consider and tragedy that stung you right in the gut.

And man, I bet the whole thing with the emperor's rise to power and taking over the senate would have been more awesome than any other court room drama! With lasers n shiat!


Did you hear that they got that wunderkind J.J. Abrams to direct that third trilogy AND oversee three side story films before the second one's even released?

I hope he brings back Darth Vader! It's been over 30 years since we saw that guy on screen in a new movie!
 
2014-01-22 03:34:43 PM  
I SUCK!

Those are Y-wings, but then again, everybody but me already realized that.
 
2014-01-22 03:35:50 PM  

give me doughnuts: I SUCK!

Those are Y-wings, but then again, everybody but me already realized that.


Haha, you suck.
 
2014-01-22 03:43:42 PM  

Clock Spider Jerusalem: ShawnDoc: Darth_Lukecash: Actually, they look gap far better than the original movies.

And for the record, I liked the prequels.

Lucas talked about the trilogy being the middle part of 3 trilogies, its too bad he never made the other 2 trilogies.  The Clone Wars sounded like it had a lot potential.

It could have been dark and gritty, with serious moral dilemmas to consider and tragedy that stung you right in the gut.




The problem has always been years of expectations and speculation. Everyone thought the prequels should be dark and gritty.

But you can't tell a story that way. In order to show Anakins decent into Vader, Lucas had to show the galaxy when it was a more civilized time. He had to show a time where Anakin was good and innocent. The Tragedy of Revenge of the Sith could only have an impact if it was offset by the Joy that was in episode One
 
2014-01-22 03:45:16 PM  

give me doughnuts: B-wings. Ick.

Shoulda called those things "Space Cows."
Totally useless versus TIE fighters.


Geeky and stupid.

HAHA! You suck.

I wanted to make a catamaran submarine flying boat thingy with a B-Wing as a kid. I still do.
 
2014-01-22 03:52:03 PM  

stuhayes2010: That's because minitures look 1,000 times better than CGI.


I say one thing about John Carter: it's the first movie where I thought that the CG looked as good as models, maybe even better. Everything seems to blend together very well and all the CG has some texture to it.

The best CG stuff from the early days is from directors who made sure that they worked well with the limitations. Jurassic Park still looks pretty good. Terminator 2 still looks good.

Attack of the Clones looks like ass.
 
2014-01-22 03:53:08 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: Clock Spider Jerusalem: ShawnDoc: Darth_Lukecash: Actually, they look gap far better than the original movies.

And for the record, I liked the prequels.

Lucas talked about the trilogy being the middle part of 3 trilogies, its too bad he never made the other 2 trilogies.  The Clone Wars sounded like it had a lot potential.

It could have been dark and gritty, with serious moral dilemmas to consider and tragedy that stung you right in the gut.

The problem has always been years of expectations and speculation. Everyone thought the prequels should be dark and gritty.

But you can't tell a story that way. In order to show Anakins decent into Vader, Lucas had to show the galaxy when it was a more civilized time. He had to show a time where Anakin was good and innocent. The Tragedy of Revenge of the Sith could only have an impact if it was offset by the Joy that was in episode One


It would have been cool if they showed young Anakin as a genuinely likeable young guy, like 12 or 13. Modest, clever, but with a tendency towards impulsive rage he constantly fought to keep down. Making him a dippy child and then a petulant monotone teen would have been awful.
 
2014-01-22 04:01:35 PM  
Actually, the main reason I don't like the prequels is they're too farking shiny. The others were made in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They look more realistic. Once George thought he could make everything picture perfect with CGI, he overdid it.
 
2014-01-22 04:14:24 PM  
Toys look more like models than CG does? You don't say.
 
2014-01-22 04:17:29 PM  

Clock Spider Jerusalem: It would have been cool if they showed young Anakin as a genuinely likeable young guy, like 12 or 13. Modest, clever, but with a tendency towards impulsive rage he constantly fought to keep down. Making him a dippy child and then a petulant monotone teen would have been awful.



Very much this.
And the jump from whiny teen to "I'm gonna slaughter a whole village of sand people! Is that cool with you, Sweetums?" was a bit abrupt.


Clock Spider Jerusalem: Actually, the main reason I don't like the prequels is they're too farking shiny. The others were made in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They look more realistic. Once George thought he could make everything picture perfect with CGI, he overdid it.


This, too. You're filming in Tunisia, George. Throw some dirt and dust around. If it's supposed to be a wretched hive of scum and villany, then it should look like one.
Coruscant should have had that '70s heat-haze and grit feel that so many movies and cop-shows had. Like every puddle had a film of oil on it.
Naboo looked about as authentic as the Robert Goulet Cajun Christmas. Show the humity. Get some moss and mildew growing on the outside of everything. Don't gold-filter and soft focus everything.
 
2014-01-22 04:18:01 PM  

GhostFish: Toys look more like models than CG does? You don't say.


The old school method with models, once the motion stop wasn't too herky jerky, looked better.
 
2014-01-22 04:18:12 PM  

give me doughnuts: B-wings. Ick.

Shoulda called those things "Space Cows."
Totally useless versus TIE fighters.


Nonsense. In a straight-up dogfight, yeah, the TIE has the advantage*, but playing chicken with one? B-wing, every time.

* still has to burn through your shields, while you only have to nick him once
 
2014-01-22 04:20:49 PM  

Clock Spider Jerusalem: Actually, the main reason I don't like the prequels is they're too farking shiny. The others were made in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They look more realistic. Once George thought he could make everything picture perfect with CGI, he overdid it.


Yeah and that trip to the Uncanny Valley with some of those CG characters.  Say what you want about Jar-Jar the character, but what really disturbed me was the constant attempt at making him look "alive". His ears sort of lilting at all times, and he seemed to never stand still.  Always kind of subtly bouncing.
 
2014-01-22 04:20:54 PM  

Clock Spider Jerusalem: Actually, the main reason I don't like the prequels is they're too farking shiny. The others were made in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They look more realistic. Once George thought he could make everything picture perfect with CGI, he overdid it.


Meh.  If they story and dialog was better, I personally wouldn't have cared about the CGI being so plastic.  Unfortunately the story sucked, the acting was pretty bad, and the dialog was farking atrocious.
 
2014-01-22 04:22:30 PM  

give me doughnuts: B-wings. Ick.

Shoulda called those things "Space Cows."
Totally useless versus TIE fighters.


They're not interceptors.  They're bombers.  They're designed to attack capital ships, with A-wings and X-wings protecting them from enemy fighters.
 
2014-01-22 04:24:47 PM  

give me doughnuts: B-wings. Ick.

Shoulda called those things "Space Cows."
Totally useless versus TIE fighters.


But pretty damn devastating against capital ships, especially for their size.  Also could take out a corvette or blockade runners.
 
2014-01-22 04:26:06 PM  

meanmutton: give me doughnuts: B-wings. Ick.

Shoulda called those things "Space Cows."
Totally useless versus TIE fighters.

They're not interceptors.  They're bombers.  They're designed to attack capital ships, with A-wings and X-wings protecting them from enemy fighters.


*Shakes tiny fist.*
 
2014-01-22 04:26:49 PM  

farkeruk: Attack of the Clones looks like ass.


It's amazing to compare the SW prequels with the LOTR trilogy, which were both made at similar times.  The LOTR series used miniatures much more extensively than CGI, and still looks quite good and modern today despite being ten years old.  The SW prequels, which were almost nothing BUT CGI look, as you say, like ass today.
 
2014-01-22 04:31:29 PM  

give me doughnuts: I SUCK!

Those are Y-wings, but then again, everybody but me already realized that.


HAHA, you suck. We're going to put you in Yellow Squadron Y-Wing, without a co-pilot (TopAce is already assigned to an X-Wing in Red Squadron).
 
2014-01-22 04:31:44 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: How did those spaceships land in the woods without knocking down any trees?



Repulsorlift engines; the same anti-grav systems used in speeders (land, air, or bike). Starfighters use them to escape atmosphere without firing up the sublight drives. Also, starfighters have a small panel that opens up to reveal a joystick that ground crews use to move the fighters into launching or storage positions using the repulsorlift system.
 
2014-01-22 04:34:49 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: farkeruk: Attack of the Clones looks like ass.

It's amazing to compare the SW prequels with the LOTR trilogy, which were both made at similar times.  The LOTR series used miniatures much more extensively than CGI, and still looks quite good and modern today despite being ten years old.  The SW prequels, which were almost nothing BUT CGI look, as you say, like ass today.


Kind of like how the LOTR prequels (I know, not really), are way too CGI heavy and look it. I'm looking at you sled pulling rabbits and barrel sequence.
 
2014-01-22 04:43:35 PM  

Gubbo: HMS_Blinkin: farkeruk: Attack of the Clones looks like ass.

It's amazing to compare the SW prequels with the LOTR trilogy, which were both made at similar times.  The LOTR series used miniatures much more extensively than CGI, and still looks quite good and modern today despite being ten years old.  The SW prequels, which were almost nothing BUT CGI look, as you say, like ass today.

Kind of like how the LOTR prequels (I know, not really), are way too CGI heavy and look it. I'm looking at you sled pulling rabbits and barrel sequence.


I'm still angry about that farking barrel sequence.
 
2014-01-22 04:44:34 PM  

Crudbucket: Gubbo: HMS_Blinkin: farkeruk: Attack of the Clones looks like ass.

It's amazing to compare the SW prequels with the LOTR trilogy, which were both made at similar times.  The LOTR series used miniatures much more extensively than CGI, and still looks quite good and modern today despite being ten years old.  The SW prequels, which were almost nothing BUT CGI look, as you say, like ass today.

Kind of like how the LOTR prequels (I know, not really), are way too CGI heavy and look it. I'm looking at you sled pulling rabbits and barrel sequence.

I'm still angry about that farking barrel sequence.


The barrel sequence wasn't as bad as I feared, but it was too long. I'm more upset about the entire Smaug encounter being butchered.
 
2014-01-22 05:07:13 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: The Tragedy of Revenge of the Sith could only have an impact if it was offset by the Joy that was in episode One


Joy?

i404.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-22 05:28:38 PM  

RyansPrivates: meanmutton: give me doughnuts: B-wings. Ick.

Shoulda called those things "Space Cows."
Totally useless versus TIE fighters.

They're not interceptors.  They're bombers.  They're designed to attack capital ships, with A-wings and X-wings protecting them from enemy fighters.

*Shakes tiny fist.*


Then why do A-Wings carry more torpedoes?

Huh?
 
2014-01-22 05:30:16 PM  

Clock Spider Jerusalem: Actually, the main reason I don't like the prequels is they're too farking shiny. The others were made in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They look more realistic. Once George thought he could make everything picture perfect with CGI, he overdid it.


The only defense, and a weak one at that, is that the prequels were set in a time of peace and civility, and focused on the shiny 1%ers' planets (Naboo, nice areas of Coruscant).  The OT was in a time of decay and war, and on the backwoods and poor planets (Tatooine, Hoth).  A decent contrast would be Naboo to Bespin, as both were fairly peaceful and wealthy, and both are shiny and clean.  And really, this defense only works for locations, not anything meaningful like ships or tech.

Dammit, why am I white knighting the garbage prequels?

/Tatooine, Hoth...suppressing the urge to make a Jawa joke
 
2014-01-22 05:35:08 PM  

HMS_Blinkin
2014-01-22 04:26:49 PM


farkeruk: Attack of the Clones looks like ass.

It's amazing to compare the SW prequels with the LOTR trilogy, which were both made at similar times. The LOTR series used miniatures much more extensively than CGI, and still looks quite good and modern today despite being ten years old. The SW prequels, which were almost nothing BUT CGI look, as you say, like ass today.

Then there's The Hobbit prequels that are all CGI and so far as bad as the StarWars prequels
 
2014-01-22 05:47:00 PM  

Skunkwolf: RyansPrivates: meanmutton: give me doughnuts: B-wings. Ick.

Shoulda called those things "Space Cows."
Totally useless versus TIE fighters.

They're not interceptors.  They're bombers.  They're designed to attack capital ships, with A-wings and X-wings protecting them from enemy fighters.

*Shakes tiny fist.*

Then why do A-Wings carry more torpedoes?

Huh?


Not to get too geeky, but the A-wing carries concussion missiles (6) and a b-wing carries torpedoes (2 bays of 8 = 16)

Source:
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/B-wing_starfighter

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/RZ-1_A-wing_interceptor
 
2014-01-22 05:49:41 PM  

stuhayes2010: That's because minitures look 1,000 times better than CGI.


And I'd bet you have no idea what in the prequels are miniatures and what is CGI.
 
2014-01-22 05:52:08 PM  

Skunkwolf: RyansPrivates: meanmutton: give me doughnuts: B-wings. Ick.

Shoulda called those things "Space Cows."
Totally useless versus TIE fighters.

They're not interceptors.  They're bombers.  They're designed to attack capital ships, with A-wings and X-wings protecting them from enemy fighters.

*Shakes tiny fist.*

Then why do A-Wings carry more torpedoes?

Huh?


A-Wings carry Concussion Missiles, which do less damage and aren't as effective against shields compared to the Proton Torpedoes carried by X-Wings, Y-Wings, and B-Wings. Concussion Missiles are faster than Proton Torpedoes, however, and make better anti-starfighter heavy weaponry, especially since TIE's don't have shields.
 
2014-01-22 05:53:42 PM  
I remember when I was little my dad had this huge book all about Industrial Light and Magic. Page after page of pictures of the models and how they did all the special effects. It was *awesome*. I loved that book so much. Hell, I liked seeing the models and processes even more than I liked the movies. The care and detail and ingenuity that went into making those films was flat out... well, magical.

There's no magic in ILM anymore.
 
2014-01-22 05:57:17 PM  

That Guy Jeff: I remember when I was little my dad had this huge book all about Industrial Light and Magic. Page after page of pictures of the models and how they did all the special effects. It was *awesome*. I loved that book so much. Hell, I liked seeing the models and processes even more than I liked the movies. The care and detail and ingenuity that went into making those films was flat out... well, magical.

There's no magic in ILM anymore.


I know....ILM is a video game company now.  That is one of the things I appreciated about LoTR: Weta used a combination of models and CGI to great effect.  Yes there were green screens, but they used models extensively.  See: Rivendell, Helm's Deep.
 
2014-01-22 06:00:18 PM  

Mugato: stuhayes2010: That's because minitures look 1,000 times better than CGI.

And I'd bet you have no idea what in the prequels are miniatures and what is CGI.


I do. And I agree with stu.
/watched the shiat outta the extras
 
2014-01-22 06:03:13 PM  

RyansPrivates: That Guy Jeff: I remember when I was little my dad had this huge book all about Industrial Light and Magic. Page after page of pictures of the models and how they did all the special effects. It was *awesome*. I loved that book so much. Hell, I liked seeing the models and processes even more than I liked the movies. The care and detail and ingenuity that went into making those films was flat out... well, magical.

There's no magic in ILM anymore.

I know....ILM is a video game company now.  That is one of the things I appreciated about LoTR: Weta used a combination of models and CGI to great effect.  Yes there were green screens, but they used models extensively.  See: Rivendell, Helm's Deep.


Models and CGI and camera tricks and rotating stages and special props and ... yeah, Weta had the magic. They were awesome.
 
2014-01-22 06:24:37 PM  

secularsage: ThatBillmanGuy: Clock Spider Jerusalem: ShawnDoc: Darth_Lukecash: Actually, they look gap far better than the original movies.

And for the record, I liked the prequels.

Lucas talked about the trilogy being the middle part of 3 trilogies, its too bad he never made the other 2 trilogies.  The Clone Wars sounded like it had a lot potential.

It could have been dark and gritty, with serious moral dilemmas to consider and tragedy that stung you right in the gut.

And man, I bet the whole thing with the emperor's rise to power and taking over the senate would have been more awesome than any other court room drama! With lasers n shiat!

Did you hear that they got that wunderkind J.J. Abrams to direct that third trilogy AND oversee three side story films before the second one's even released?

I hope he brings back Darth Vader! It's been over 30 years since we saw that guy on screen in a new movie!


DOOOOD!!! What if one of those side films has Boba Fett?! That'd be so awesome if they revealed who he really was and stuff!
 
2014-01-22 06:26:27 PM  

meanmutton: give me doughnuts: B-wings. Ick.

Shoulda called those things "Space Cows."
Totally useless versus TIE fighters.

They're not interceptors.  They're bombers.  They're designed to attack capital ships, with A-wings and X-wings protecting them from enemy fighters.


B-wings are freaking awesome. Slower than the x-wing, but still faster than that plodding cow of a Y-wing. Better shields and hull than anything else, plus with the Ion cannons, TIEs are easy to take on.

/talking about the x-wing games, right?
 
2014-01-22 06:31:27 PM  

OnlyM3: HMS_Blinkin
2014-01-22 04:26:49 PM


farkeruk: Attack of the Clones looks like ass.

It's amazing to compare the SW prequels with the LOTR trilogy, which were both made at similar times. The LOTR series used miniatures much more extensively than CGI, and still looks quite good and modern today despite being ten years old. The SW prequels, which were almost nothing BUT CGI look, as you say, like ass today.
Then there's The Hobbit prequels that are all CGI and so far as bad as the StarWars prequels


I have an issue with the Wizard of Birdshiat.
 
2014-01-22 08:09:33 PM  

OnlyM3: HMS_Blinkin
2014-01-22 04:26:49 PM


farkeruk: Attack of the Clones looks like ass.

It's amazing to compare the SW prequels with the LOTR trilogy, which were both made at similar times. The LOTR series used miniatures much more extensively than CGI, and still looks quite good and modern today despite being ten years old. The SW prequels, which were almost nothing BUT CGI look, as you say, like ass today.
Then there's The Hobbit prequels that are all CGI and so far as bad as the StarWars prequels


To be fair, the Hobbit movies look fantastic in 24p.  48p/3D makes it look like warmed over (plastic) dog shiat.
 
2014-01-22 08:25:14 PM  
FAKE!

And damned impressive too.
 
2014-01-22 09:47:58 PM  
Oh, look - we all hate the prequels. So let's pile on.

These things look better than the originals, which were pretty dumb movies, to be sure.

Oh, stop. I'm at least as old as you are. I like Star Wars. But, man, it's dumb when you stop to think about it. Like Bat Man.
 
2014-01-22 11:57:12 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: I'm more upset about the entire Smaug encounter being butchered.



This. All that added cartoony bullshiat about chasing dwarves through the mountain, and then the Gold Dwarf. . . WTF were they thinking?

All of that and we lose the best line of the entire book:

"Never laugh at a live dragon."

goddammitsomuch
 
2014-01-23 12:01:34 AM  

Sybarite: I dropped a Mon Calamari Star Cruiser shaped turd the other day that looked more like Star Wars than the prequels do.


Dropping Tie fighters without wings right now so getting a kick...
 
2014-01-23 01:21:35 AM  

Por que tan serioso: Sybarite: I dropped a Mon Calamari Star Cruiser shaped turd the other day that looked more like Star Wars than the prequels do.

Dropping Tie fighters without wings right now so getting a kick...


Sounds like you need more fiber
 
2014-01-23 06:34:06 AM  
Pretty good on the other hand WTF did they do to Flickr?
 
2014-01-23 07:38:33 AM  

OnlyM3: HMS_Blinkin
2014-01-22 04:26:49 PM


farkeruk: Attack of the Clones looks like ass.

It's amazing to compare the SW prequels with the LOTR trilogy, which were both made at similar times. The LOTR series used miniatures much more extensively than CGI, and still looks quite good and modern today despite being ten years old. The SW prequels, which were almost nothing BUT CGI look, as you say, like ass today.
Then there's The Hobbit prequels that are all CGI and so far as bad as the StarWars prequels


And at least Lucas stayed true to the story(because they're his stories).  PJ thinks he knows more than Tolkien, so let's go ahead and have Saruman die at Orthanc instead of the Shire or Thorin, not Dain, attack the great orc so we can have some contrived chase through Middle Earth.  Fark fark fark PJ.
 
2014-01-23 09:01:55 AM  

RyansPrivates: Skunkwolf: RyansPrivates: meanmutton: give me doughnuts: B-wings. Ick.

Shoulda called those things "Space Cows."
Totally useless versus TIE fighters.

They're not interceptors.  They're bombers.  They're designed to attack capital ships, with A-wings and X-wings protecting them from enemy fighters.

*Shakes tiny fist.*

Then why do A-Wings carry more torpedoes?

Huh?

Not to get too geeky, but the A-wing carries concussion missiles (6) and a b-wing carries torpedoes (2 bays of 8 = 16)

Source:
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/B-wing_starfighter

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/RZ-1_A-wing_interceptor


Beat me to it.

I'm actually not a big fan of the movies, but the X-Wing and Tie Fighter games kept me sane through elementary school.

/doing the Death Star run with a B-wing was much easier than an X-wing
//liked Tie Fighter better than the X-wing games though, made for better dogfights usually
///almost lost my shiat at the Y-wings mistaken for B-wings thing.
//and that felt really stupid to type
/I think it's time for bed
 
2014-01-23 09:07:26 AM  

LL316: PJ thinks he knows more than Tolkien, so let's go ahead and have Saruman die at Orthanc instead of the Shire or Thorin, not Dain, attack the great orc so we can have some contrived chase through Middle Earth. Fark fark fark PJ.


tolkien needed an editor and PJ's films are fantastic.

go suck a bombadill.
 
2014-01-23 09:08:06 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: The SW prequels, which were almost nothing BUT CGI look, as you say, like ass today.


You'd probably be surprised at how many FX in the prequels are conventional.
 
2014-01-23 09:09:22 AM  

frepnog: tolkien needed an editor and PJ's films are fantastic.


No, Jackson needs an editor. For all his films.

/just farking die, Kong
 
2014-01-23 09:23:36 AM  

Boojum2k: Big Beef Burrito: I'm more upset about the entire Smaug encounter being butchered.


This. All that added cartoony bullshiat about chasing dwarves through the mountain, and then the Gold Dwarf. . . WTF were they thinking?

All of that and we lose the best line of the entire book:

"Never laugh at a live dragon."

goddammitsomuch


How many goofy action scenes does a movie really need?

That scene should have been all about atmosphere. Smaug's voice was great, and the fire breath effect really made it seem like a devastating weapon, but that's about it. The whole lair was too well-lit and the amount of gold was absurd.
 
2014-01-23 09:58:09 AM  

RyansPrivates: Skunkwolf: RyansPrivates: meanmutton: give me doughnuts: B-wings. Ick.

Shoulda called those things "Space Cows."
Totally useless versus TIE fighters.

They're not interceptors.  They're bombers.  They're designed to attack capital ships, with A-wings and X-wings protecting them from enemy fighters.

*Shakes tiny fist.*

Then why do A-Wings carry more torpedoes?

Huh?

Not to get too geeky, but the A-wing carries concussion missiles (6) and a b-wing carries torpedoes (2 bays of 8 = 16)

Source:
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/B-wing_starfighter

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/RZ-1_A-wing_interceptor


THE NERD IS STRONG IN THIS ONE
 
2014-01-23 11:26:27 AM  

Boojum2k: Big Beef Burrito: I'm more upset about the entire Smaug encounter being butchered.


This. All that added cartoony bullshiat about chasing dwarves through the mountain, and then the Gold Dwarf. . . WTF were they thinking?

All of that and we lose the best line of the entire book:

"Never laugh at a live dragon."

goddammitsomuch


It's been a long time since I read The Hobbit, but having seen these two movies I'm left wondering what they're going to have left in the books to turn into a 30 minute scene that looks like a level of a videogame that features the protagonists running away from something?
 
2014-01-23 11:42:57 AM  

Ghastly: but having seen these two movies I'm left wondering what they're going to have left in the books to turn into a 30 minute scene that looks like a level of a videogame that features the protagonists running away from something?



They'll include a hilarious scene of Bilbo riding with Radagast on his bunny sleigh through the Battle of Five Armies, it'll cost $100 million for the bad CGI, have the Giant Eagles poop on Radagast, ball-chin goblins swinging at Bilbo and comically missing every time, and Gandalf standing over watching and looking stern. It will make the SW prequels look like The Godfather.
 
2014-01-23 11:43:11 AM  

Ghastly: Boojum2k: Big Beef Burrito: I'm more upset about the entire Smaug encounter being butchered.


This. All that added cartoony bullshiat about chasing dwarves through the mountain, and then the Gold Dwarf. . . WTF were they thinking?

All of that and we lose the best line of the entire book:

"Never laugh at a live dragon."

goddammitsomuch

It's been a long time since I read The Hobbit, but having seen these two movies I'm left wondering what they're going to have left in the books to turn into a 30 minute scene that looks like a level of a videogame that features the protagonists running away from something?


I'm just guessing, but I'll throw out some ideas. SPOILERS, I guess.

Bard doesn't simply shoot Smaug with his last arrow, he parkours all around Lake Town, dodging fireballs, and balancing precariously on rooftops and railings, all the while fighting off an invading force of orcs. The elf chick and the leftover dwarves hit foes with pans and household items. Wacky hijinks ensue.

Bilbo doesn't quietly sneak away with the Arkenstone without anyone noticing, he pickpockets Thorin, then has to run a gauntlet of surprised and angry dwarves before diving out of the front gate ledge. Wacky hijinks ensue.

Birdshiat Wizard resuces Gandalf from Sauron's fortress in a hilariously mad caper involving turtles or something. Wacky hijinks ensue.
 
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