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  1. I would have liked to see more of it in the movie, but those scenes are REALLY dull.  It also sucks in the sense that it gave Padme more to do that wasn't being pregnant and crying about how Anakin was breaking her heart.

    "So this is how liberty dies..." is by far her best moment in the entire trilogy.

    The thing that really gets me is that Sith is the only of the three that actually leans into the fact that the prequels are a slow-motion tragedy.  More of that, and I think people would talk about the stuff in each of them that's actually good.

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  2. "Farder" is the Frisian word for "sailing," which makes sense as a title of respect/nobility for a culture that primarily lives on the water.  Texel is also part of the Frisian Islands off the coast of the Netherlands.

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  3. 16 minutes ago, SnoGirl said:

    Or trying to secretly set-up the Rebel Alliance once she realized what was going on?

    There were a few scenes that were filmed and ultimately cut of Padme, Bail Organa, Mon Mothma (played by the same actress who would eventually play her in Rogue One) and a few other senators doing something similar.  Unfortunately, they were better in concepts than execution.

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  4. On 12/5/2019 at 11:27 AM, LeGrandElephant said:

    I also realized that telling Billy to “go to Ratter” in death is ironic considering what we find out about death in The Amber Spyglass. 


    Lee deciding to let go so that he could be reunited with Hester, at least after a fashion, is one of my favorite things in the book.

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  5. On 12/6/2019 at 3:33 PM, Ruprecht said:

    I knew the discovery of Billy Costa was coming but I was still moved by it. I especially loved the singing by John Faa and the Gyptians. 

    It's really surprised me that in a lot of ways, Ma Costa has made the strongest impression on me out of almost all of the characters.  The "go be with Ratter" scene just gutted me.

    While I did have a reaction similar to Serafina and Farder Coram together, it wasn't nearly as strong.

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  6. I had avoided this trailer on general principle, but allowed myself to look at it and...god help me, it's actually really charming.

  7. 22 minutes ago, Danny Franks said:

    I don't think Hayden Christiansen is a good actor, but Attack of the Clones never even gave him a chance. He's, by turns, creepy and possessive then sweet and genuine, then dangerously unstable. Every fucking red flag you'd be on the lookout for. Framing him as a romantic hero was baffling. Natalie Portman was just working for the money, I'm convinced. Whatever excitement she (or anyone else) had about being in Star Wars was squashed by Lucas' direction.

    I think he's perfectly fine when given the chance.  No one could have sold that Anakin/Padme nonsense.

    Contrast with Revenge of the Sith, he has a lot of good scenes...that aren't with Padme.  The opera scene, from a performance perspective, is one of the best of the entire franchise, and the scene where Anakin and Obi-Wan say goodbye to each other really sells the tragedy of what the audience knows is about to happen.

    I think a lot of that is due to Tom Stoppard having been the one who actually wrote the script, and I think Lucas also had Carrie take a pass at it.  It's just better material.

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  8. 15 hours ago, elle said:

    That instrumental version of "Reflection" is beautiful!

    If the same person also did the arrangement for Rise of Skywalker's version of the Star Wars theme and Circle of Life in the Lion King trailer, he or she needs a raise.

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  9. On 11/26/2019 at 12:32 AM, HunterHunted said:

    Why are Eddie and Buck NOT dating? The subtext is essentially text now. Hen and Chim are besties. Hen and Athena are besties. None of their dialogue sounds like Eddie and Buck. Hen is a queer woman who doesn't sound half as swoony talking to her ex or her wife as Eddie and Buck sound talking to each other.

    The scene of the two of them talking in Buck's kitchen made me turn to my husband and say "This is for sure the setup for a gay porn."

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  10. On 11/14/2019 at 10:46 AM, Lemur said:

    I actually like this change, as one of the bigger complaints about the books I've seen was that Pullman spends so much time world building in the first book but then immediately drops it and sets a good bit of the second book in our current world

    I wonder if part of that is intentional, though.  One of the things that I find so effective is that once Lyra gets to Asriel in the North, we find out the story we've been reading isn't the story we think we've been reading, but it still makes sense when you look back on the plot.

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  11. 12 hours ago, Capricasix said:

    I’m also liking LMM as Lee Scoresby, and Hester too. The bar fight was a good scene.

    LMM won me over from the first season.  And "She stole my bacon!"

    I think I may like Hester more than Pan.

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  12. I've never had a particularly strong reaction to Ronda Rousey other than "Oh, it's her again."

    The "I don't have a cat" scene was the first time where I thought she was actively goddamn terrible.

  13. I've found the "...Begins" episodes to largely be a mixed bag (really liked Hen's and and loved Chim's, and completely hated both of the Bobby ones), and this fell square in the middle.

    I liked the actress playing Young Athena (and enjoyed that they subverted the established notion that 9-1-1 flashback partners/bosses are horrible bigots), but I didn't think they did a good job matching someone who looked like Angela Bassett.

    On the other hand, they nailed finding a young match for Claudia Christian.

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  14. 5 hours ago, Wiendish Fitch said:

    And if I see Harold and Maude's inclusion on one more Rotten Tomatoes "So n' So's Five Favorite Movies" list, so help me I will scream obscenities until my neighbors call the cops. 


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