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In our seats with lots of popcorn and iced coffee. 3 minutes until. it starts.
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Lani wrote:
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In our seats with lots of popcorn and iced coffee. 3 minutes until. it starts.
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My review of The Rise of Skywalker. It's not what you think I might say.

There were very few people in costume with the exception of young women and girls - especially as Rey. That was very satisfying to me. I enjoyed the first 3 movies, but also saw the stereotyping of women. Now girls see strong, competent leaders.

There were lots of 3 generation families. It was wonderful to see them and their multigenerational excitement.

Everyone was silent when "In a galaxy far far away...." appeared on the screen. Usually everyone reads it aloud, but this time the theater was silent. When the music swelled, cheering and clapping.

For Carrie Fisher fans - she plays a larger role than I thought she would. That touched all of us oldies. Her appearance was seamless. It was just like she was present during the filming.

When the ending arrived, I was very satisfied. It ended where it began. Star Wars is over.

However, my adult child, who once dressed as the child Anakin (and looked like him and was interviewed on the news at the opening of the first prequel), went all logical. Tme/space continuum problems, etc. Sigh. Star Wars never made sense. It's a fantasy. Relax and enjoy.

But we both agreed that last night was also about the end of an era. For us. Like the ending of the movie.
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Thanks, Lani. I will see it soon.

However, I kinda doubt it's really the end of the story. If they make more Star Wars movies, millions of people will pay to see them.

So there will be more, I suspect.
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"The Good Liar" is spectacular. Don't read any reviews before you see it. Just go see it. Prepare to be astonished by two great actors.

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Foggy wrote:
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... I kinda doubt it's really the end of the story. ...
The story of the Skywalker family is over.

Disney's The Mandalorian series seems to be popular.
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Just gonna reiterate my endorsement of the Mandalorian.

And that I appreciate Rise of Skywalker for including
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:shock: I missed that, unless you mean
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Last night whilst looking for something to watch on TV I found a movie version of "The Girl in the Spider's Web". :o

The film came out a year ago to so little fanfare that I missed it completely.

"The Girl in the Spider's Web" is the 1st of the Millenium series penned by David Lagercrantz after the death of Stieg Larsson.

Apparently the producers of the English language "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" movie decided to skip making films of the next two books, "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest" and instead move on to the Lagercrantz book.

Sadly the "Spider's Web" movie is nowhere near as good as the "Dragon Tattoo" movie let along the superior Swedish language films of all three Larsson books. The script changes too much of what is in the book leaving out just about everything that made the book pretty good for a sequel written by a new author. The major character of Mikael Blomkvist is given almost nothing to do. So many plot points from the book are left out that the film sometimes would be unintelligible to anyone who has not read the book.

The film bombed at the box office.
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Volkonski wrote:
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"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest"
Great books.

I've only ever found one movie that IMHO was actually better than the book, "The color Purple". Whoopi Goldberg is the bomb!
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MsDaisy wrote:
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"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest"
Great books.

I've only ever found one movie that IMHO was actually better than the book, "The color Purple". Whoopi Goldberg is the bomb!
The Firm was better than the book (too many moving parts and credit cards in the book).

The Shawshank Redemption was as good as, but not necessarily better than, the novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. Stand By Me was better, IMO, than the short story The Body.

Those two stand out for me, I guess, because Stephen King's work doesn't translate well to the screen. But those stories aren't really supernatural, either, so the hook that makes the story great isn't in your own head.
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This is a You Tube movie Hubby found entitled The Gunfighter. TFSM for You Tube!
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there was a lot i liked about ROS but i liked it the least of the new SW movies—certainly i liked it less than TLJ. i particularly objected to the “no, rey is actually the granddaughter of the emperor” revision & also the excision of rose. otoh, i really liked how explicit it is that everyone & everything is marked by war. it’s that sense of generational trauma that i found most moving in ROS & i thought that carried much of what was otherwise a pretty weak story

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voxpopuluxe wrote:
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i particularly objected to the “no, rey is actually the granddaughter of the emperor” revision & also the excision of rose. otoh, i really liked how explicit it is that everyone & everything is marked by war.
I read the “war” thing as a response to the backlash against the casino planet segment of TLJ where in the middle of a galactic civil war and trillions being murdered, people were drinking and gambling without any worries. It was the most un-Star Wars thing possible.

I definitely preferred Rey being a nobody. The nepotism in the series is out of hand.

Some of the changes to what TLJ established were good and necessary but there were so many that it just becomes jarring. They even change it so that Luke was aware of Palpatine being alive the whole time.

I might also be reading too much into it but I don’t know what sort of social commentary was intended when the millennial cast is going into the final battle with space ships inherited from the old characters.

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Watched "Tolkien" via HBO last night. The film covers JRR Tolkien's life from about age 5 to 25.

Tolkien's estate distanced itself from the film when it was released but there really is not much for them to object to. Like most movie biographies it takes a few liberties (mostly by simplifying events to fit them into the available movie time) but generally it sticks to the facts. The performances are good.

I had not known that Tolkien had fought in the Battle of the Somme in WW I, one of the bloodiest battles in human history. Luckily for him he contracted trench fever which so damaged his health that he was invalided back to England. Tolkien's battalion was almost totally wiped out shortly thereafter. All but one of his close friends died in the war.
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Watched "Tolkien" via HBO last night. The film covers JRR Tolkien's life from about age 5 to 25.

Tolkien's estate distanced itself from the film when it was released but there really is not much for them to object to. Like most movie biographies it takes a few liberties (mostly by simplifying events to fit them into the available movie time) but generally it sticks to the facts. The performances are good.

I had not known that Tolkien had fought in the Battle of the Somme in WW I, one of the bloodiest battles in human history. Luckily for him he contracted trench fever which so damaged his health that he was invalided back to England. Tolkien's battalion was almost totally wiped out shortly thereafter. All but one of his close friends died in the war.
I thought it was really good. His son Christopher, who has been the guardian of all things Tolkien, just died in the last few days at the age of 95.
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Peter Jackson's "They Shall Not Grow Old".

I found this to be very moving. A lot of film footage that was never before made public.

Per Wikipedia-
They Shall Not Grow Old is a 2018 documentary film directed and produced by Peter Jackson. The film was created using original footage of the First World War from the Imperial War Museum's archives, most previously unseen, all over 100 years old by the time of release. Audio is from BBC and Imperial War Museum (IWM) interviews of British servicemen who fought in the conflict. Most of the footage has been colourised and transformed with modern production techniques, with the addition of sound effects and voice acting to be more evocative and feel closer to the soldiers' actual experiences.

It is Jackson's first documentary as director, although he directed the mockumentary Forgotten Silver in 1995 and produced the West Memphis Three documentary West of Memphis in 2012. Jackson, whose grandfather (to whom the film is dedicated) fought in the war, intended for the film to be an immersive experience of "what it was like to be a soldier" rather than a story or a recount of events. The crew reviewed 600 hours of interviews from 200 veterans and 100 hours of original film footage to make the film. The title was inspired by the line "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old" from the 1914 poem "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon, famous for being used in the Ode of Remembrance.
Warning, some of the images are disturbing as are some of the remembrances. War in all its horror.
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Jackson did not receive any payment for the making of the film. Jackson's crew restored all 100 hours of footage the Imperial War Museums sent them for free.
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I just remember reading about the Dead Marshes in the Two Towers when I was a kid and wondering how he came up with that stuff. Then I read about WWI and it all became clear. It is still for me one of the most horrible things in the book.

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