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Skummy last won the day on July 3 2016

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  1. Fine speech.
  2. Yep. The weirdest thing about all the remakes of old kids' shows is that they're not being remade for a new generation of kids, the way the cartoons of the '60s were remade for the '80s, they're being remade as a nostalgia trip for the adults who grew up watching it.
  3. As far as this challenge is concerned, I've definitely made the rather stupid decision to commit to reading lots of very long books. I'm currently working my way through "Keeping On Keeping On" by Alan Bennett, and it's bloody lovely, as I knew it would be, but just barely ever finding the time to read it.
  4. Likewise, but brilliant in so many things, such a great supporting actor. Or, as my brother always called him, "The quintessential That Guy".
  5. I'm not sure, I wasn't paying attention when he first showed up. I hope so!
  6. No idea if this is a known thing, or if it happens rarely or often or what, but I just had an exhibition match as Brock Lesnar in order to get one of the trophies and, after winning, The Undertaker appeared in the ring and tried to beat me up.
  7. I get the need to do it with Cushing, as much as I think they overused it. He's a vital part of A New Hope, so they felt he needed to fit in to Rogue One to make the prequel work. Moving forward, you can't argue that they need Leia to continue to be part of the story when the option to re-write the story is still there. It would be more poignant, and add another human, emotional layer, if her character was allowed to die of natural causes, with no pomp or circumstance, between films. Have Leia's funeral be the opening scene of IX if need be, just don't use the possibility of CGI to drag things on needlessly. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. In all cases, the worst thing about CGI is it makes directors think they can do anything, when the best art comes from working around what you can't do.
  8. As I understand it, it's an ongoing discussion; she's filmed all her scenes for VIII, and it becomes an issue of how they approach it moving forwards - re-cast, use CGI, or write her out, as she was apparently intended to be a major part of IX. I think the best choice would be to write her out - yes, it will cost more to do necessary re-shoots and re-writes to make it work, but actors and studios are insured for exactly that reason.
  9. That's cool, I love new stuff.
  10. I've gone for 50. I've done 75-100 in the past, but that's when I was working jobs that meant I had plenty of downtime and would read for most of the day at work, or when I was unemployed and would spend most of my days reading in coffee shops. Now I don't have nearly as much time to read, but tend to get an hour or so in the evening, and try and find a bit of time at the weekends. My target's definitely optimistic for this year, though, but I'll give it a go.
  11. That's a pretty accurate rendition of being a WWE midcarder. I had the same issue - from what I can gather, it's about more than winning matches; try and put on more five star matches, cut good promos on your rivals whenever the opportunity presents itself, and that seems to work, but it's still a slog.
  12. While, mostly, never too much to my taste, he was an amazing performer and could write one hell of a pop song. Aside from that, he was absurdly, insanely generous. He played benefit and charity gigs for unions, for the miners, and for NHS nurses after his mother died. There are stories of him giving tens of thousands to people he overheard in restaurants complaining about being in debt. And this from Richard Osman is just extraordinary;
  13. I really, really liked it. I thought it was at least twice the movie Force Awakens, and was a far better prequel than any of the previous prequels were - one of the many problems with those prequels was that you already know the parts of the story that matter, and they just try and fill in the blanks with a bunch of fluff, which makes the mythology and backstory of the original trilogy less enthralling, and all while conspiring to make the universe smaller, by drawing connections between characters that really didn't need to be drawn (Darth Vader built C3PO! Yoda and Chewbacca are friends!). This film did the opposite; it fleshed out a comparatively minor bit of the backstory into a compelling narrative of its own, and actually added a layer or two to the original film in the process. While, stylistically, it felt less like "a Star Wars movie" than Force Awakens did, it felt like it belonged in the Star Wars universe more than that movie did - does that make sense? It was less of a space opera romp, but it felt like it made better use of Star Wars' strengths; the mythos and the imagery that the universe allows them to have at their disposal. The numerous references and callbacks felt so much less forced, and - with only two exceptions I can think of - less of a nod and a wink than anything in Force Awakens, and there was nothing as cringeworthy as some of Han Solo's dialogue in that movie, or the big dramatic reveal of R2D2. Just hearing "Captain Antilles" over a PA in the background was a more pleasing nostalgic moment than forced references to trash compactors in Force Awakens, and contrast Leia's brief appearance to say one significant line to the ending of Force Awakens and the seemingly endless panning around a motionless Luke Skywalker in case you haven't figured out that this is important yet. I love that they depicted the Rebel Alliance as flawed, and a little bit more morally ambiguous - in all the previous films they had always been whiter than white virtuous and always on the side of good, whereas this showed them to be human and fallible which, again, adds moral weight to the later films, not just to this one. The role of a prequel should be to add to the original text, which the Star Wars prequels had never managed before, and I think this movie just about does that. I did have a couple of criticisms, many, I wasn't overly fond of CGI Peter Cushing. The CGI itself was ridiculously impressive, but that he appeared as often as he did meant that the initial sense of being impressed gave way to more "uncanny valley" stuff just because you had to look at him for rather too long. Things like the lighting were off, so I agree that it's an effect that will likely age badly. It's a shame, because it could have carried so much more weight if they just used it more sparingly. Tarkin's role didn't necessitate him being on-screen all that much - he could have been referred to or, as he appears a couple of times, only seeing the back of his head, and a glimpse of his reflection. If you only got to see him in full once, the effect would have been more impressive, and his role in the film felt more significant. It didn't help that, outside of one or two lines, the voice actor didn't sound enough like Peter Cushing for my liking, which was distracting. Speaking of overused....I didn't like Darth Vader in this movie at all. I think him making a rubbish pun quip belongs in the same category as "NOOOO~!" as far as unforgivably rubbish Darth Vader moments go. And him residing in a Sauron-esque supervillain tower was just ridiculous - it's Darth fucking Vader, you don't need to give us a big old visual cue that he might be the baddy. I also felt that the depiction of Vader as the Emperor's right hand man was, while in keeping with Vader's role in most of the franchise, at odds with how he's depicted in A New Hope. In A New Hope, he's clearly subservient to Tarkin, he follows orders, he pilots his own TIE Fighter into battle, and an admiral even feels he can get away with mocking him openly - you don't get the impression that he's a figure of authority, he's a samurai, he's the dragon. It's only in the subsequent films that he's presented as being in control. Admittedly, I've always assumed that's a case of George Lucas making it up as he went along, rather than a conscious narrative in which Vader rises up the ranks, and how Vader is used in this movie probably fits the overall character arc, it just disappointed me as the rest of the movie seemed to try so hard to fit its place in the timeline. Like Tarkin, again, I think Vader would have been better utilised if he had appeared less. He really didn't need to show up at all until the closing few minutes; his introductory scene serves very little narrative purpose whatsoever.
  14. 71% Creativity 49% Immersion 28% Mastery 19% Achievement 16% Action 6% Social Sounds about right to me.
  15. No chance it'll happen, he just knows it'll keep people talking about him and drive up his asking price. It's no different to him teasing WWE appearances.