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Merry Christmas and a better new year

Posted December 26 by John Birmingham

Delayed season's greetings to you all, excpet for those of you trapped in the past by a cruel and unforgiving international date line. For you, I'm right on time.

Spent the day slowly bloating with alcohol and roast goose.

Will spend today recovering.

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jl is gonna tell you...

Posted December 26
Being on the other side of said date line, still coming to terms with a delicious Christmas meal and. Ah, prime rib roast and Merlot. Amazing. And I still had some time and sobriety left over to do a little writing on the latest and check in here. Happy holidays to everyone here at the 'burger.

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Posted December 26
Merry Christmas JB, and to all the other burgerers. Hope you're all recovering nicely from Christmas indulgences, or for those on the wrong side of the dateline, I hope you're in the middle of epic Christmas indulgences from which you will need to recover :)

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Oldy puts forth...

Posted December 26
Merry Christmas JB, hope your 2017 is packed full of win

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jason mumbles...

Posted December 26
I am currently enjoying the best day of the year, Boxing Day. Family commitments all over, cricket on the telly, plenty of leftovers to eat at my whim and the nap window is open all day. May even indulge in a quiet one or three tonight. Batteries fully recharging for my tilt at world domination next year. It doesn't get much better in my world.

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insomniac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 26
What Jason said, and Merry Christmas to all

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Dave W reckons...

Posted December 27
All the best to everyone, and thank you John.

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NBlob puts forth...

Posted December 27
Peace. Such a little word. A single syllable with syllabance and a plosives bow. Yet it features in every tradition, Buddhist to Orthodox Judaism, at a Catholic Mass one shakes the hand of the stranger beside you and wish them peace. If there is anything we need at this time of year it's peace. The peace of reconnecting with family over shared table and traditions. The peace of taking time to think of those who we've lost.
I wish you a peaceful season.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted December 29
The cynicism I've learned over the years tells me that peace is an illusion at best and a condition imposed upon those vanquished for reasons of realpolitik. But the optimistic idealism programmed into me sincerely thanks you for your wish and remembers Robert Browning's beautiful resolution of cynicism and idealism when he wrote "a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a Heaven for?"

Peace to the World, goodwill towards all.

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MickH mumbles...

Posted December 30
Merry Christmas & a happy new year JB
I hope this is a successful one for us

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Casting call for 'A Girl in Time'

Posted December 23 by John Birmingham

I'll probably open the spoiler threads for the book later today, but Jo MacD commented on Twitter this morning that she imagined the writer Laurie Penny as Cady.

I can totally see that. Great pick.

But she's not my version of Cady. As usual, I'm not telling anybody who I cast in the various roles. But yes, the character files in Scrivener do have extensive notes and photographs of all the main players. I find it helps with keeping the characters true to themselves.

So, keeping it spoiler free for now, I'm curious about who you cast to play Cady, Smith and friends in A Girl in Time.

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John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted December 23
Nice.

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WarDog would have you know...

Posted December 23
Ruby Rose

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted December 23
You've all grown soft since I've been gone. And provincial.

Lena Dunham
Anum Fiyyaz
Miranda Kerr

HAVOCK21 would have you know...

Posted December 23
yeah, fkn PUSSIES!!!!

More like Kate fkn Beconsale

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted December 23
Too old, but still good.

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insomniac mumbles...

Posted December 23
Smith should be someone grizzled, and they need a good drawl. Billy Bob, maybe Matt Damon

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JoMacD reckons...

Posted December 23
I may have missed a reference to it in the text (no spoilers please, I'm only a third of the way in) but I'm having trouble placing Smith's age. Have a feeling he would look and act older than his years due to cultural and environmental factors. At the moment my mind has him lazily played by Matt Smith as he appeared in The Impossible Astronaut- Stetson and all. In fairness, he needs to be played by someone at least as attractive as the female lead, or else it's just not fun for us male-attracted people, Nathan Fillion would do nicely thank you.

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Posted December 23
He's about 29, but looks older because he's lived hard. Fought in the Civil War. Lives on the back of a horse.

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jl ducks in to say...

Posted December 23
I'd go with Tom Selleck from "Quigley Down Under" for Smith.

Cady- a girl I knew in the service who none of you would know, so I'll describe her. She was blonde, had a pretty, sharp looking face with a nose ring, and a quick wit. She had too-short hair that got her into trouble at times with dress regulations for a woman. Lots of attitude and she could focus on a task like a laser.

Chumley- Jim Parsons.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted December 23
Controversial choice! He'd need to bulk up for the third act.

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Blarkon mutters...

Posted December 23
Even though the future lawyer that got them out of the DHS cell wasn't named Boylan, I retconned him into being Boylan.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted December 23
He is not Boylan. Boylan has had his moment.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted December 23
You promised me more one-liners than the Rhino. By my reckoning, the scales have not yet balanced.

she_jedi mumbles...

Posted December 23
We could do a Dave / Girl crossover and have Boylan appear in the Trump as Pres timeline. Although there would be more entertainment value having him serving in the Trump camp, trying to bring down the administration from within.


Actually, that's probably where you went wrong Boylan, and now you're down in Mexico building the wall :P

Blarkon ducks in to say...

Posted December 23
's time travel. There can be multiple Boylan moments. Protagonists can even go back and relive the best ones.

NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted December 24
@SheJedi building? With those hands? Ha ha ha ha

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted December 24
I am enthused about the possibility of Trump building a wall between Mexico and the United States. I am investing in a business with the patent on a new, lighter, taller, less expensive ladder that will be made in Mexico.

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AuntyLou puts forth...

Posted December 23
Cady = Hailee Steinfeld
Chumley = Russell Tovey
Smith....well I am still having trouble with him. Why couldn't you have made him Nathan Fillion's age!

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JBtoo is gonna tell you...

Posted December 23
Adelaide Clemens

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she_jedi swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 23
Cady - Claire Foy
Smith - Tom Hardy
Georgia - Hayley Atwell
Chumley - Matt Smith

I'd also do an honourable mention for Norman Reedus as Smith too

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted December 23
OMG. Reedus is a great left field pick

AuntyLou asserts...

Posted December 23
But he is too old...and ugly. And I am willing to say that being even older and arguably uglier!

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Surtac puts forth...

Posted December 23
No. Not Laurie. Great attitude but the hair is all wrong. You described Cady as a long hair blonde early on and that is what stuck in my head.

My pick would be a blonde version (dye or wig) of Hayley Campbell (yes Eddie's daughter). Check her on the twitterz - she has attitude to burn.

Smith - I have no idea. I see him as a fair bit older than Cady but I just can't pick it.

So it goes.

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AuntyLou asserts...

Posted December 23
Is Cady blonde? Long thick hair...maybe I just went black/brunette because I knew a super smart kickarse chick years ago. Hence Hailee Steinfeld...she was in the True Grit remake.

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w from brisbane puts forth...

Posted December 24
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Casting them might be a little problematic though.

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Norsey puts forth...

Posted December 25
Brianna Wu as Cady

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted December 26
This made me smile.

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jason mumbles...

Posted December 27
I may be a bit late (family can seriously eat into my reading time).
I think Michaela Bannis (upper middle bogan - Aussie tv show) is a winner. Her swearing is on a par with anyone's. Smith, Hugh Jackman would suit and wouldn't hurt the box office. Left field pick is Dr Chris Brown. At least my wife would come to the movie with me of one of them eadt the lead.

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Rob is gonna tell you...

Posted December 29
Hex from Good Game as Cady.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted December 29
Ha. Perfect.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 4
i know that to cast a movie it would have to be people in the here and now but do you approach the character looks as anyone from time or just the current crop?

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david mumbles...

Posted January 5
for smith sam worthington

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Streaming music and rebirth of the album

Posted December 23 into Music by John Birmingham

From the New York Times...

John Seabrook’s book “The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory” delved into the 21st-century pop that resulted from concentrating on single tracks: We got songs that were fabricated as masterpieces of instant gratification, full of technological sizzle and concocted by a surprisingly small clique of professionals for a highly competitive A-list of pop stars, who added some small personal garnish to the committee efforts. The same people write for (and with) Taylor Swift, the Weeknd and Adele; they knew the secrets of radio play, which is still seen as the best guarantee of mass success despite the occasional online breakout.

Streaming, instead, encourages curiosity. With streaming rather than downloads, access replaces ownership and the commitment is of time, not money. That’s still significant, but it doesn’t feel so irrevocable. Where downloads and playlists favored the lone song, streaming gives the artist and the album a fighting chance again. Anyone interested in a particular artist, from die-hard fans to novelty seekers, can listen to a whole album repeatedly — not just song samples, not just YouTube choices — and let subtler material sink in. Musicians don’t need to think so exclusively about what sounds, beats and structures the radio gatekeepers will allow; they can get poetic, political, sonically weird or all of the above. While big and glossy still works, it’s just possible that odd and heartfelt will, too.

Couldn't agree more with the argument that 'streaming encourages curiosity.' After years, probably decades of stagnating taste, I've got dozens of new artists and groups in my playlists now. And sure, they tend to be alternative rock acts, or hip hop, which I've always listened to. But I would never have found them in the download era. Because after a while you just stop trying. But with streaming you don't have to try. The platform serves it all up for you, no matter which service you use.

One interesting factoid from the article. It takes 1500 plays of an album to match the income from one paid download. That looks bad, but then I was never going to download any of the albums I've been listening to since getting Apple Music, and Rdio before that. And with some albums I would come close to 1500 plays after a couple of years.

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mick g reckons...

Posted December 23
Exactly. I'm listening to music on Spotify that I'd never buy, but if I and a few million others are doing the same worldwide then surely that benefits artists who would never be making money from my buying their music in traditional formats.
Im hoping it also leads to the downfall of miserable human beings like Chris Brown (the r&b douchebag,not the tv vet). Fingers crossed.

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Helical would have you know...

Posted December 24
I don't like streaming for multiple reasons.
I spend a large portion of my time away from mobile reception (plus I have limited data) so I don't want to be tethered to a data connection. My music lives on my mp3 player's 120GB hard drive.
Streaming does not help newer bands or niche bands as they need such huge numbers to make any money. A local and successful progressive metal band, that tours internationally, showed their income off Spotify last year, a handful of change, enough to buy a cheeseburger.
Finally, I want to still be able to listen to my music when the zombie apocalypse comes. So while you lot are searching for an internet connection in between getting your brains eaten, I'll be out bush headbanging away.

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The Butte Crack cover

Posted December 22 by John Birmingham

I'm not sending this one out to commerical production. Ity's just me, GraphicStock and Pixelmator.

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John Birmingham reckons...

Posted December 22
I could be talked into darkening the background behind the time of the letter 'A' in the subtitle. And maybe the letter 'J' in my name.

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jason mumbles...

Posted December 22
Agree with the A in the subtitle but I reckon the J is okay.

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Surtac ducks in to say...

Posted December 22
I agree with Jason.

Holy sh*t. I made the cut. Will be very curious to see what the Blue Pencil of Doom did to the story I submitted.

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insomniac mutters...

Posted December 22
You can save the A with a thin black or maybe dark blue in this case on the lettering, if possible

insomniac reckons...

Posted December 22
line...thin black line

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 22
Include my middle name and I'll make it worth your while.

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NBlob reckons...

Posted December 24
Did you consider comic sans?

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ronS puts forth...

Posted December 26
Where do I get it?

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Ian Rangel asserts...

Posted December 30
Yes!!! I can't wait!

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jason has opinions thus...

Posted January 4
No pressure John but I checked the bottom of my Christmas stocking and there was no Butte Crack (except mine as I leaned in, obviously).

Have i missed something?

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Fanfic author details needed

Posted December 21 into The Dave by John Birmingham

I'm just pulling together the fanfic ebook. Some of the submissions don't have names or titles on them. I'm happy to think up titles, but really, I can't wing it with names.

If you submitted a chapter, let me know with a proposed title and whatever name you want credited.

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Brother PorkChop ducks in to say...

Posted December 21
If its in, then the title could be Gozilla Eat Your Heart Out
with my CBG tag or Simon AKH. Whatever suits really.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted December 21
That's the one set in Japan?

Brother PorkChop is gonna tell you...

Posted December 21
Yes

Brother PorkChop is gonna tell you...

Posted December 21
Godzilla maybe? Missed the 'd'!

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insomniac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 21
Can't remember if there was a title. Let's go with 'insomniac' but it has to be lowercase.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted December 21
And which story?

insomniac ducks in to say...

Posted December 21
I was greedy and submitted two of you recall. The one with two guys in a room and the one driving in a car.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted December 21
Oddly enough there was two 'car' stories, but I remember Boylan's referenced Stephen King's 'Christine'.

insomniac mumbles...

Posted December 21
Now I feel like I should have tried harder. If you look very abstractly you might see a reference to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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jason reckons...

Posted December 21
It goes a little something like this...

Loch Ness monster story is 7th Guardian
Soccer hooligans story is F Troop
Paranoid guy is Inner demons
Indigenous one is Kurdachai Man
Suicide bomber one is The Fedayeen
Terrorist running away is White Caves
Attack on the church is The Church
Truck driver is Revenge
Militia one is Fightback.

As far as names go. Jason Cox works for me.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 21
Hahaha. I had no trouble remembering yours. You're half the fucking book!

Brother PorkChop is gonna tell you...

Posted December 21
I hope the soccer hooligans are the Millwall lads. Especially after their actions during the last London/UK riots.

jason asserts...

Posted December 21
You are 100% correct. The Milwall lads carry the day.

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MickH mutters...

Posted December 21
John,
feel free to use my Q7S classic

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MickH reckons...

Posted December 21
Do you still have it?

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted December 21
I probably have a very old version, but we should definitely talk about this separately, now that I've decided to take a fuck you approach with this IP. Email me, would you?

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ShaneAlpha has opinions thus...

Posted December 21
A Place of Angels pts 1, 2 & 3,
An Early Tale,
Dying of Embarrassment
State of Origin
Put them all under my name: Shane Stapleton

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she_jedi reckons...

Posted December 21
Is it too late to submit something?

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 22
I'm sending it out tomorrow!

she_jedi has opinions thus...

Posted December 22
Oops, nevermind! :)

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Sparty2 ducks in to say...

Posted December 22
mine was
"The Home Front"
the "Extract from shooting script of the BBC 13 part documentary series “The Earth at War”, narrated by Sir Kenneth Brannagh.
Credit either

Sparty (perferably)

or Mark Williams

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Surtac reckons...

Posted December 22
Mine was the one about monsters in Parliament House in Canberra.

Yes, I know. Irony , right.

As for a name, Surtac or Sten Duncan will work for me. If you need a real-life name, ping me at surtac at gmail dot com or dm me at twitter as @OriginalSurtac.

Curious as to whether I made the cut.

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Surtac asserts...

Posted December 22
Oh yeah, title. I'm not good at titles. Whatever you reckon works.

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Therbs mumbles...

Posted December 22
I did one, I think titled "A Different Day". Was a bit shite so prolly no need to bother about it.

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Rob mutters...

Posted December 22
I can't remember what mine was,

Maybe Hobart Land of Lumpy White People? Oh I digress, Hobart is a kick ass town .

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NBlob asserts...

Posted December 24
DangNabbit! Stupid dumb work. I was away, then a dog ate my homework and I hadn't been feeling very well. I guess if I made the cut, we'll roll with Harry vs the Dragon. NBob.

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Rogue One

Posted December 20 into Movies by John Birmingham

Took the fam to see this last night. Can't recall when I've enjoyed a Star Wars film as much. This being the end of civilzation, there has of course been a manbaby backlash to the penis shortage in the ensemble cast. It's only like 95% male, which is very misandrist.

But being an utter cuck, I fucking loved it.

I thought it meshed with the overall narrative much more smoothly than any of the rebooted and mostly reviled 'prequels' and it gives me real hope for where Disney might go with the franchise over the next decade or so. There's a lot of narrative infilling they could do.

I wont get into spoilers here, but anyone who hasn't seen the film should avoid the comment thread below.

Non spoilery reflections. The storyline was a deft melding of revenge motifs, a coming-of-age tale and a star spanning caper flick. The violence was much more instense than the original series, but not as bloody as last year's Force Awakens. It was still pretty intense though.

The cast was well balanced and the performances mostly great.

I thought the exploration of the 'dark side' of the rebellion was fittingly modern. It recalled the insurgency series of Galactica.

Effects? Top shelf, although I had a few uncanny valley moments with Moff Tarkin.

Script. B+

Rewatch value. Very high.

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Chris Salmon mutters...

Posted December 20
Great story, acting, effects. Thought the music was a but over done at times but still very much in the spirit.

Nice to see the galaxy so far away without so many super doopers, royalty, and associated wunderkind. These are the real folk of the Alliance. People not afraid to get their hands dirty.

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MordWa mumbles...

Posted December 20
Funnily enough, the Tarkin effects didn't bother me at all; Peter Cushing was always a creepy looking dude. I though Leia was more distracting, and (sorry to moan) whoever in the Vader suit was damn near dancing, he was so spry-! I liked it, make no mistake...

Can't wait for Rogue Two, aye *wink wink*

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Stephen mutters...

Posted December 20
Saw it on release day Liked it mostly more of an adult focus, some of those inspirational speeches were cringeworthy though. Seemed like someone had decided to add them after the main shooting, apparently a lot of reshooting and re editing was done, new scenes added some dropped to change the tenor of the film.
Worth seeing but not a great film but certainly better than the prequels, and also better then last years film The force Awakens

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Posted December 20
SPOILERS
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Donnie Yen almost wasted in this, pity he won't be back for more

Gilligan puts forth...

Posted December 22
I respectfully disagree.

I know Mr Yen is usually a leading man (he was simply *epic* in Ip Man), but within the ensemble piece I thought Chirrut and Baze were an awesome double act. Yen's Force-sensitive nature was a great way of including the mysticism of the original trilogy without adding yet another "one of the last Jedi" character to the universe.

I also loved how he cleaned up the squad of Stormtroopers. Would've like a few more mid- and long-shots with a locked-off camera, but I got to see some solid wailing on dudes, and even the signature foot shuffle/plant thing from HK cinema.

I think he was used much more effectively than, say, Jackie Chan in Kung Fu Panda, who really only had a couple of lines so why bother?

Of course, YMMV.

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Vovchara swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 20
yeah, agree completely. The dark side of rebellion was spot on. Surprisingly funny jokes. For a rather dark narrative.

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Don Bagert mutters...

Posted December 21
Lots of nice places with info on cameos and Easter eggs about Rogue One, although one I haven't seen yet is about that temple that Chirrut Îmwe was part of - whether it was related to the Jedi temples, one of which was seen in the "Path of the Jedi" episode of Star Wars: Rebels. (It was used to have Yoda - voiced by Frank Oz! - communicate with the Jedi Kanan in that episode.)

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Kristophr has opinions thus...

Posted December 21
Thanx for the review. I think I'll go see it.

Yea, the virgin-TOWs ( the neckbeard crazy wing of the MGTOW community ) panned it. Which was a good review by itself.

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Blarkon ducks in to say...

Posted December 21
First Star Wars film that I won't see a second time in the cinema - and I think the minimum number of times I've seen a Star Wars film in the cinema (Caravan of Courage and Ewok Adventure excluded) is about 5.

Visually amazing, but a bit soulless. It's odd that there was all this stuff I wanted to see, but came out of the experience feeling a bit empty.

Rebellion comes across more in this film as a bunch of amoral ideological terrorists than freedom fighters - which I guess explains why the galaxy seems to be in a substantially worse state by Episode 7 when they are running things than it was when the Empire was in charge or even when things were failing during the end of the republic era. Revolutionaries who are willing to kill anyone to achieve their goals don't make great governments - and that's how the rebellion now comes off - just another faction lusting after power, not a group of selfless heroes overthrowing a tyrannical regime.

No wonder Luke fucked off after Jedi and didn't tell them where he was going. After Rogue One, it's pretty clear that unless you're already one of the elites like senator Mothma or Organa, the new regime won't be substantially better for you than the one with the old guy who can shoot lightning bolts from his fingers. Wonder how long the guy who ordered Jyn's dad's death waited before he set up some gulags and started the purges of people who may have worked with the imperial government. I'm guessing not very fucking long.

Would *love* to know what the original cut was like.

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Posted December 21
These are all valid points, but another of seeing R1 is as the series growing up. It simply much more realistic than the original kids movies.

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Posted December 21
I grok that - though wonder if a series ostensibly about knights with magic powers and laser swords is an appropriate canvas for a gritty grown up or realistic approach.

As many documentaries and reflections on the phenomenon that is Star Wars have suggested, ANH was a breakout film in the 70's specifically because it was unashamedly optimistic and simplistic in an age when other filmmakers were going for gritty realism.

I recall an interview with Lucas around the time they were making "Attack of the Clones" where he was asked why Star Wars wasn't grittier like The Matrix. He said he'd love to make a film like that, but it wouldn't be Star Wars. That audiences wanted the franchise to grow as they had, but that at its essence it was a story aimed at 9 year olds and that straying to far from that simplistic view of good and evil would compromise the essence of what made Star Wars different from a million other SciFi and Fantasy properties.

There probably is a balance that can be found between what is essentially a silly idea and gritty realism. It's just that a series where an overriding narrative philosophy was "once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny" doesn't seem to be too compatible with the idea of moral shades of grey.

"Give in to your hatred" doesn't seem like such a danger if the narrative ruleset is altered to allow more moral ambiguity.

I dunno. Isn't it possible that a theme or universe is more than just the art direction and internal history, but also about the narrative and moral rules put in-place by the creators - and that if those rules are broken in the wrong way, the integrity of the fictional setting itself "collapses"?

Gilligan puts forth...

Posted December 22
I've had a few friends come out of the film a bit cold, liking the individual bits/beats but not having the whole really gel for them. Me? I loved it. Much Rogue, would Rogue again.

As for the morally ambiguous Rebellion, I think JB's on the money when he talks about the series growing up.

I thought the attack on the hover tank had a very roadside bomb/IED feel about it, and I'd like to think that couldn't have been by accident. And if we are maturing the series a bit, the truth is that the Rebellion would've needed some straight up wetwork black ops guys and gals willing to do whatever if they wanted to defeat the Empire. One imagines that if you fully explored the activities of the Resistance in occupied Europe, probably not the entirety of the group covered themselves in whitehat glory.

It's almost like (acknowledging that he was working for the baddies) the Operative in Serenity. He knows he's doing, and is willing to do, terrible things to achieve his side's aims, and that in so doing there's no place in the New World for him. And he's OK with that. Cassian... similar thoughts, but maybe a little less at peace with it.

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Coriolisdave mumbles...

Posted December 21
Enjoyed this, but found the music very distracting.. didn't seem to fit half the scenes, had absolutlely no subtelty (Vader on screen? QUICK, DEATH MARCH!).

Really hoping we get to see the original cut one day - judging from the trailer breakdowns on youtube it was a significantly different film.

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JBtoo mumbles...

Posted December 21
Agree with the criticisms of the music - it was terrible.
The film was a lot bleaker than I was expecting. Felicity Jones was very good - pity we won't see her again.

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Murphy_of_Missouri puts forth...

Posted December 22
I'll see it this Friday but I have seen the CGI Tarkin and Leia clips via YouTube. I thought they were well done. It is interesting that they can digitally resurrect someone from the grave, and technically, Tarkin wasn't dead yet by this point in the series.


I think the ethics hand wringing is probably just another sign of the ongoing panic fest in the wake of recent events in November. I find myself chuckling heartily and moving onto the next train wreck.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted December 22
I haven't seen the film, I read the comments thread above, and now the film is ruined for me. I know I can only blame myself, but I am still bitter about the whole thing.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted December 22
Welcome back, 007. I hope we can look forward to some gratuitous sex and violence.

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SZF has opinions thus...

Posted December 28
Loved it. It's very much a "war movie" in the style of The Dirty Dozen or Where Eagles Dare. More than anything, I came out of it struck by the thought that after growing up with the original trilogy, THIS was the sort of Star Wars movie I wanted to see as an adult. I've seen plenty of objectively better flicks, but very few that were as much fun to watch.

My only regret is it's a bit too Rated M for me to take my 6.5 year old (yet)...

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