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Long Day. [Apr. 11th, 2004|11:30 pm]
[In the Moment |sleepysleepy]
[Special Music |The London Symphony Orchestra - The Battle of Yavin]

Plenty of chit-chat happened with family and friends over the phone.

Heroic Duo was not much to write about . . . your standard action flick. It had me goin' at the end. I've seen better, but hey, it wasn't awful.

A little nap happened. Jim banged on my door pretty loud, and that was good. I told him to do that if there's an emergency or for The Sopranos.

Now, I lay me down to sleep. I pray that people don't do things to me in my sleep. If I should die before I wake, well then, that sucks. I hope they have sandwiches and movies in the afterlife.

Also, of many orchestral pieces, I have always been fond of "The Battle of Yavin" from the London Symphony Orchestra, from the Star Wars Ep. 4 CD.

[User Picture]From: fruitpunch76
2004-04-12 04:52 am (UTC)


That picture makes me smile. You are so cute, even when you are sleeping. I'm glad Jim woke you up for the Sopranos. I hope it was good. I still don't know when I will get to see it this week.

I feel pretty rested. I woke up this morning with nasty sick phlegm, as opposed to my normal phlegm. I have to watch it today. I may only stay through Women's study tonight...if I can get someone to take Missy home. I need to go get me some Robitussin on my lunch today. So far it's hecka slow...so I'm hoping for happies!!!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-12 05:32 am (UTC)


I think I'm gonna go back to bed some more, as I'm rested, but this is rather early to rise for me.

I hope that you're feelin' better. I wish you good immune system recovery.

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From: puppytron
2004-04-12 06:17 am (UTC)
i am very fond of "Anakin's Theme" from the Episode 1 soundtrack. the thing i really like about it is its really pretty and whimsical but there are these tiny tiny tiny hints of the Emperial march melody in it, as if it was implying that this is the muic that really came first, and we've never heard it before, and the scary powerful Imperial march music was born from this little boy that lost his way...
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-12 06:55 am (UTC)

Oh, how I love Darth Vader . . .

That one's interesting, yes.

Such a way he lost, and he lost it hard.

The feeling of . . . 'against all odds' . . . is what I like specifically about "The Battle of Yavin." I know those poor farm boys and nerfherder-types are going in their spare-part dime-store cowboy ships like a wild pack of teens looking for that ultimate score. Defiance of logic. Giving it a shot on pure hope, since there's no good alternative.
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From: puppytron
2004-04-12 07:38 am (UTC)

Re: Oh, how I love Darth Vader . . .

and oddly, the Battle of Yavin was by far the best (space) battle in the series as far as drama goes.

The Battle of endor was way too choppy breaking back and forth between luke v. vader, the ewoks, and the death star II battle.

Hoth was cool, but they got their asses kicked.

the battle of naboo sucked for teh same reason s the battle of endor sucked...you had the Gungan ground battle, the Queen storming the palace, the space battle disaster, and then the light sabre dual...too much going on.

the clone battle was badass though
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-12 09:22 am (UTC)

Clone Battle . . . Shock & Awe . . .

I agree. The Clone Battle most definitely lit a fire for the fierce battle-scene afficionados. That was pure Sh-cock 'n' Awe, and it worked for me.

The Endor final battle I will defend, as it was rather good to see Luke and Vader go toe-to-toe. Literally, that part of the fight card was a must-see. The first time they met in Bespin Cloud City was even better, but it was under the sheer awe of a rather dark film. Empire Strikes Back rates high on my list of Star Wars, for the sheer innocence-lost/hard-knock-schooling everyone receives.

Yet, what was lackluster . . . the Endor space battle really was cool with the Death Star Shooting Gallery. Watching those big ships get aced, that was pretty good.

Lando's machine shouldn't have been able to fit in the Death Star innards. It didn't make as much sense as the corridors were rather tight.

It would have been way cooler to set up Wedge as the guy who led everyone in to set up us the big f-bomb on the Empire.

Also, the new Jabba Band Song just popped up on the player. Man, it sounds so out of place. The original scene with the focus on the dancer would have been better.

Most of the re-edits are not so hot over these last few years.

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From: puppytron
2004-04-12 10:46 am (UTC)

Re: Clone Battle . . . Shock & Awe . . .

yeah the whole "fly to th e center of the death star" was why i didnt like it. But the super star destroyer crashing into the death star was awesome.

Bespin light sabre dual i can watch over and over andover again....

new jabba palace song is second only to the new end of the film song on crap factor 3000...give me Ewoks singing "yub nub!" over that new crap anyday...
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-12 10:51 am (UTC)

Oh, that Lucas and his silly re-edits.

The one set of really good fixes were the addition of the Biggs scene in Ep 4, and also in Ep 4, the Death Star explosion.

I would prefer the old "yub-nub" celebration instead of the song as well at the end of Ep. 6.

Some people like it, but all in all, I think the lasting power of the scene where "Yo-Da-Man!" kicks ass is going to be weak over time . . . like the Jabba fix in Ep. 4.

I'm not used to seeing Yoda go blitz-samurai-ninja-style on anyone. Up until that moment, we were used to him being rather old and rickety.

It's not the worst scene, but it isn't the best. Anakin and Amidala love scenes are bleh. Vomit vomit vomit.

If we're not going to see some Star Wars pr0n, there's no reason to drag that one out so long.

There is literally no reason to show their playful hijinks in the field. It's too out-of-place for my taste.

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From: puppytron
2004-04-12 11:20 am (UTC)

Re: Oh, that Lucas and his silly re-edits.

what does George Lucas know of love? that is what i ask...

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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-12 11:26 am (UTC)

Re: Oh, that Lucas and his silly re-edits.

It's never been but a passing infatuation between males and females in his large amount of screen time.

There hasn't been much treatment of it, and not the right scenes of it either.

Some Amidala/Anakin interest must remain, but it didn't have to be so prevalent. Not even Leia and Han's infatuation was covered as much. Their 3-film tour de blue genitals was an epic dragging of that tension over the longest period of film time, longer than most films.
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[User Picture]From: nostalgic_woe
2004-04-12 09:36 pm (UTC)
So this Heroic Duo you speak of...what's it about?
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-12 09:46 pm (UTC)

It's an action film . . . your standard Hong Kong cinema where a cop is on the trail of a mysterious crime where the criminal is a member of the police force . . . the criminal claims to have been hypnotized.

Teaming up with an incarcerated hypnotist, they uncover a deeper plot that involves the hypnotist's family . . . also his teacher of the art.

The big heist centers around a pair of ancient jewels worth millions. Plenty of gun-shooting and martial arts happen, though intermittent with a weak story and occasionally blah acting.

The film got better toward the end, but it just didn't cut the mustard for me. At the top of my list is Hard Boiled, which if I remember correctly, is the longest and most gun-fight-filled film I have ever watched.

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0104684/ (Hard Boiled/Lashou Shentan)

I really loved that film. Oooh, was it good. I've seen the other Woo biggie, The Killer, but this one's just ultra-violent . . . it beats Heroic Duo hands-down.
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[User Picture]From: nostalgic_woe
2004-04-13 02:20 am (UTC)
Yea, Tarantino spoke about "The Killer"...i really need to start watching all these, I have the resouces and the interest in HUGE but the time is the only thing holding me back. Thanx for the tip on "Hard Boiled"...sounds great!

Know anything about "Battle Royale"...that was another i was told about!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-13 09:43 am (UTC)

Yep, I have watched that one.


Worth it . . . if you can find a copy.
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