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  1. I agree with Sehlat Vie on IM3. I actually quite liked it, particularly the focus on Tony's emotions and inner struggles. I do think it definitely could have been better, but I would go as far as to say that I think it's one of the better MCU films. I might be odd, though, because I don't really care for the first Avengers, or Guardians of the Galaxy. My favourites are probably Captain America: The Winter Soldier, at the top, and then the first Iron Man. Maybe Iron Man 3, and maybe Doctor Strange.
  2. I don't know much about classical music, but I've been trying to listen to more of it recently. I do remember The Planets, by Holst, which was neat. I also remember listening to some of Chopin's work and Danse Macabre. I recall hearing a bit of Swan Lake, which was lovely. I also listened to the first part of the Moonlight Sonata recently, which was very nice indeed. On another note, apparently Erik Satie's work plays in a TNG episode -- Picard is listening to it while waiting for the ship to self-destruct. I must watch that scene at some point...
  3. Yep, that makes sense. It brings to mind the scene in TFA with Rey during the final duel -- she remembers the force, and takes a moment, closing her eyes, before attacking Kylo. I also like the scene Locutus mentioned, where Rey resists Kylo's attempt to interrogate her with the force. From what I remember, Kylo has quite an unsettled expression at the end of the scene.
  4. Thanks for the suggestion, kenman. (Interesting to see that Howard Shore did the soundtrack for that film, as I really liked his work on Lord of the Rings.)
  5. The writing can be inconsistent, definitely. In terms of the Kenobi and Maul scene, I seem to remember someone (a comment I saw from a random person online) saying that he might not have been able to use the force speed technique as he was tired out from the battle. (He had also just used a force jump just to get back to the right catwalk.) The gif of the prequel duel reminds me of this article from the Roger Ebert site: http://www.rogerebert.com/balder-and-dash/the-dance-of-the-lightsabers-duels-in-the-original-star-wars-trilogy-vs-the-prequels The author makes a good point about that particular moment, where the three characters are all forced to wait during the duel.
  6. I don't really watch stuff by Scorsese, not because I think he's bad, but because the style of his work doesn't appeal to me much. (It looks quite heavy and sometimes disturbing.) However, I definitely liked Hugo. It feels serious and interesting without being grim, and there is a charm to it. I did watch Raging Bull years ago, but I think I was probably too young to appreciate it.
  7. I remember watching the anime film years ago -- I think it was on VHS. I can't remember much from it, but one thing that stands out, when I look at a few scenes today, is the visual element. There are some very nice, distinctive shots here and there, and there's an interesting atmosphere to the work. I would have to watch it again to really see how it deals with the 'Sci Fi' content in the story, though. This new film sounds like it is fairly different in terms of the story.
  8. One of the biggest topics seem to be the mystery around Rey's parents. What do you all make of that issue? At first, I wasn't actually that interested (why is there even a need to give her a significant heritage?) but I guess it could be interesting to see a connection to one of the old characters. The obvious option seems to be Luke's daughter, but who knows? I think she's clearly very powerful in the force...she might have even more talent than Luke, but I'm not sure yet. Other theories seem to be that she's a descendant of Kenobi, or the daughter of Han and Leia.
  9. - More use of the guest characters, like Barclay and Ro Laren. Ro should also be introduced much earlier. - More emphasis on character relationships, as with DS9. TNG did have some nice character material at points, particularly as it went on, but they could have fleshed it out a bit more. The whole Picard and Crusher element rarely seemed to get much material. Data and Geordie being friends is great, but it would be nice to see more of their interactions when they're not on duty. What about Guinan and Ro, and the friendship they started? With all that said, I should point out that I haven't actually seen every single TNG episode, although I have seen a fair amount, and I enjoy the series. I'm particularly reluctant to go near the season one and two episodes, which don't seem to be very good. (Aside from The Measure of a Man, which is great.) I normally don't like it when I see people always using the term 'dated' to describe certain things, but those early seasons do feel a little dated to me.
  10. I'm definitely looking forward to this. It would be neat if they reveal things that not many people know about, like they did in the DS9 Companion book. I'm also interested in hearing what they would have done if they had been given another season. Not that the show needed another season, but it's still quite a cool concept.
  11. I know this is a very old thread, but I thought it was interesting. (What is the rule on posting in old threads, anyway?) What did you think of the books you ended up getting? I never finished Moby Dick...definitely want to do that at some point. It's hard to recommend stuff without knowing what you tend to like, but I'll just go with a few that haven't been mentioned yet: Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Brontë. Persuasion, Jane Austen. You already have David Copperfield by Dickens, which is another good classic. If you like fantasy, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is worth looking at.
  12. If they choose the 'grey' route, like some are suggesting, I wonder how the film will explore that. I mean, the dark and light sides of the force are a massive part of the franchise as a whole. I haven't seen much of Rian Johnson's stuff, only Looper, so I'm curious to see how he depicts this change.
  13. Any thoughts on Luke's last line? And yeah, the trailer and the poster are both great. Particularly looking forward to Rey's training scenes.
  14. I'm not sure if this thread has been done before or not -- if it has, I apologise. What games are you interested in, but haven't played? (Or have only dabbled in, rather than playing properly.) My list would be: Transistor: This has a lovely soundtrack, from what I've heard, and some nice visuals. Night in the Woods: Distinctive, and concentrates on storytelling and dialogue. Mass Effect: Andromeda: I tend to like BioWare stuff, and I've played all of the previous Mass Effect titles. Reviews for this one seem to be a bit mixed, though. Heaven's Vault might also end up being good. (It's by inkle, the one that made 80 Days.)
  15. Yeah, it's one of my favourite 'superhero' movies in general. I hope the MCU comes out with another one as good as that one day. Iron Man is definitely one of the better MCU works. The one GustavoLeao mentioned, Doctor Strange, wasn't bad either. I'm still waiting for them to make one for Black Widow...