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Events and Occasions / Re: Soovada 2018 (Roze Garden)
« Last post by Imazi on 06/18/18, 06:34:18 PM »
Alright, starting at 9pm server would be hard for me since I start getting sleepy around then but 8pm would work a little better. Anyone else have any thoughts?
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Events and Occasions / Re: Soovada 2018 (Roze Garden)
« Last post by Ash on 06/18/18, 10:36:47 AM »
So the company has made a schedule change for me so I get off of work an hour earlier than normal. if we can host the next one 9 p.m. server time I would be a few minutes late, but would be able to make it! 8 server could work too...it'd just be an hour in that case XP
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Pom Poko
dir. Isao Takahata 高畑 勲 Takahata Isao


They used their balls as weapons in a brave kamikaze attack.

Pom Poko is my favorite Isao Takahata project. I've only seen it once, late late at night on a cable channel in the early aughties, and was FLABBERGASTED by A). how beautiful it was, B). how bizarre it was and C). how emotionally complex and sincere it was. It was what inspired me to really look in to the oeuvre of Studio Ghibli beyond the big Miyazaki movies.

Pom Poko is about a community of tanuki dealing with the urbanization of Japan in the mid 20th Century. Anglicized as 'Raccoon Dogs', tanuki aren't raccoons and they're not QUITE dogs...they're actually a bit more like foxes, and have a folkloric reputation as shapeshifters and tricksters* (as well as, similar to western raccoons, being urban pests).


Some real-life tanuki

The tanuki in Pom Poko find themselves in existential danger due to the rapid urbanization of the Tama Hills near Tokyo, and take up the old practices of shapeshifting and playing supernatural tricks on humans to try and save their territory from being consumed in the concrete explosion that radically changed the landscape of the former outskirts of Tokyo with unforgiving swiftness. The tanuki we follow are, in turns, silly, brave, desperate, psychotic, and mournful, and the movie switches art styles and tones rapidly, but never falteringly or inadequately. Scenes of bucolic silliness early in the movie give way to scenes of supernatural oddity and thanatotic processions later on...it's a truly bizarre movie.

But it's also incredibly charming. It gets dark later on, but there's a sweetness and spirit of fun that remains even as our shapeshifting heroes face the inevitability of urban sprawl, and I give it one of my highest recommendations. You are unlikely to see any movie quite like this on the big screen this year, or maybe ANY year.  A dubbed screening is playing Monday, June 18th, with another subtitled screening on Wednesday, June 20th. https://www.fathomevents.com/events/studio-ghibli-fest-2018-pom-poko

*Of note, tanuki males have prominent testicles, and they folklorically have ENORMOUS testes that they often pound like drums and carry over their shoulders like a pack. As such, the movie makes mention of them using their 'balls' as part of their shapeshifting (unless you're watching one of the dubs which may bowlderize it to 'pouches'). So, expect that!

https://youtu.be/_7cowIHjCD4
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Outside Realm / Re: Solo: A Spoiler Thread
« Last post by blingdenston on 06/18/18, 01:02:23 AM »
The villian sucked...I can't even remember his name except that it's temper tantrum jarvis. T

'Temper Tantrum Jarvis' is what I'm going to think of him as from now on. Personally, I thought he was adequate...I was afraid he was going to be 'the secret origin of Snoke' or some dumb crap, so that was a relief...plus I think that having a villain who's not physically intimidating, someone prissy and unpredictable is a neat change-up.

That said...you may notice that he's not in it much, and he only has one costume (in a movie where even Han Solo gets, like, three or four outfits). That's 'cause...he's a reshoot character! The ORIGINAL Dryden Vos was played by Michael K. Williams, intended to be CGIed over as a Thundercats-type lion-man. That's right. Omar Little from 'The Wire' was going to be the villain...as a big cat-dude. Unfortunately, when they swapped directors and changed the tone of the movie, they couldn't get Williams back to do the reshoots...so they just cast a new guy and filmed new scenes and saved some money on the CGI. Think of how awesome that would've been if Han and Chewie and Beckett were shitting their pants across from LION-OMAR. Ugh! I want it so bad!
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Outside Realm / Re: Solo: A Spoiler Thread
« Last post by Ash on 06/17/18, 09:40:14 PM »
Pretty late to this discussion thread, but I saw solo yesterday and I thought I'd put my thoughts out there. Especially considering my opinions over the movie are...mixed to say the least. Lots of retconning, some stupid moments, some good moments, and a few dull moments in there. So...let's get into it.

Positive!

Because I'm a positive person I want to just start off with the stuff I liked, and it did some pretty good stuff. I loved how Han and Lando's relationship came to be. It really gave off that feeling from Episode V of how they may respect each other and team up from time to time, they both subtly piss off one another. Plus the whole sabbacc scene for the falcon, twice, really reminded me of the books, so i certainly liked that. Chewie's reveal was cool...was a bit disappointed they didn't mention the whole life debt part but I can knock that off as a oversite. Alden Ehrenreich did his best to be Han and he certainly had his moments where I thought "there's my boy," but then being Han is a tall order to begin with. And one little detail that I loved that some of the movies has kinda ignored is the old star wars species. Seeing Twi'lek, Rodians, Duro, just the classic star wars aliens again was really nice, especially since the main films have a weird obligation to try and ignore those species when possible...for some weird reason. Oh, and Warwick Davis. That cameo brought a sweet smile to my face.

The negatives! Because every movie has one and this is no exception.

The whole retconning of Kessel and the Maw, honestly, pissed me off. How such a interesting, dangerous, and contested region of space is devolved into just a big ol' cloud with a gravity well in the center...which makes no sense, but whatever. I like to think the Kessel region, where in the EU is a partially destroyed planet, barely staying together as it skirts the region of space when a cluster of thousands of blackholes encompasses space would be far more interesting, but that's what the film crew decided not to go with. The villian sucked...I can't even remember his name except that it's temper tantrum jarvis. The lighting was off at times...especially when they first enter the falcon. It just seemed far too dark for what it should be. Hyperfuel...was weird. I may just not have understood it and they decided to finally give the fuel in star wars a name. I need to think over that a bit, but it certainly quirked a brow. And finally corellia...it looked kinda bland, like some knock off, low budget coruscant. And it also messed with me that it didn't show any Drall or Selonian. That was a real missed oportunity to show the effects of the empire on alien species. Just a missed opportunity.

Over all I just felt the movie was...Meh. The good parts kept me entertained, the bad moments kept me pissed, and there was just a lot of down time between the two. Where stuff didn't happened and left no impression. The movie, overall, is just something I don't plan on ever seeing again, and would like to just kinda ignore...as something that doesn't represent the star wars i grew up with. Though, this is from the respective of a unchanging veteran of the series...so take that with a bit of salt.
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Events and Occasions / Re: Soovada 2018 (Roze Garden)
« Last post by LVT on 06/16/18, 11:56:13 PM »
Thanks for hosting! Sorry I couldn't stay the entire time!
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Cantina / Re: Gratitude
« Last post by Imazi on 06/16/18, 11:26:24 PM »
Thank you to all the visitors to the Roze Garden for Jessak's Soovada bash! It was a lot of fun and we went farther into the night than I thought we would.
Livia
Taelios
Freya
Quenlyn
Kinai
Nyla
Kynett
Sebrik
Minnette

Special thanks to @Orell for helping with inviting and hosting on Effet.

I know some of you missed out on attending due to real life obligations, so I am thinking of doing another one. Although it would need to be on a Saturday, we can try to see which Saturday and what time might work better for others.

Feel free to discuss that here.
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Events and Occasions / Re: Soovada 2018 (Roze Garden)
« Last post by Imazi on 06/16/18, 11:18:52 PM »
I'm glad you had fun. :grin: It looked like Kinai and Quenlyn had themselves a lot to talk about. I'm not going to lie, I half expected those two characters to have a falling out when I saw them enter. :lol:
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Events and Occasions / Re: Soovada 2018 (Roze Garden)
« Last post by Dassalya on 06/16/18, 10:16:20 PM »
Thanks for running this, Imazi! I had fun! (I was the reticent cyberneticist in the corner. :) )
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Events and Occasions / Re: Soovada 2018 (Roze Garden)
« Last post by Imazi on 06/16/18, 07:02:32 PM »
Thank you so much Orell. :aww:
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