Discussion in 'Star Wars TV' started by G-FETT, Jul 1, 2007.
That scene... is just awesome.
I never read the Hobbit, so I was merely enjoying it on its merits as to how good the story is and how well it meshes to the other installments of the Hobbit-LOTR tale (on film). I didn't care for An Unexpected Journey at all, and had no intention of seeing Desolation of Smaug in theaters, but ended up seeing it on a spur of the moment trip to the theater with the hopes of once again seeing Wolf of Wallstreet, but having to wait an hour an a half, or going to see DoS immediately.
I thought it was a huge step up from the first film, and things like Legolas' appearance didn't bother me at all. I don't know where the film deviates from the novel and where it doesn't, but I saw no clear break in the tone of the film to make it apparent to me that any of it was original material tacked onto Tolkien's story
When it came to Smaug himself, I felt like the scenes themselves with him were good, but that they ran waaaay too long. My only other complaint about him was that I wish that Bilbo hearing him speak, that they had followed the lead of the scene earlier on with the
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spiders, in which he can understand them when he wears the ring.
. I know that he speaks freely in the book, but it was still just a little jarring to have a talking dragon to me on film, when up til then only the human and human-like races could speak whatever the common language is meant to be. It would have been a little creative license, but I also think it would give purpose and foreshadowing to that earlier scene.
But I'm otherwise looking forward to the final installment after the absolute bore (IMO) of the first film.
spiders, in which he can understand them when he wears the ring.
I really liked DoS, it was better than Unexpected Journey for me, in spite of having to hide my eyes during the spider scene and actually getting nauseated at the initial flash of pincers. (Yeah, I probably need help.)
I was a bit thrown off by Smaug talking though. I just ignored it because Cumberbatch.
Tauriel was awesome, I don't care that she was made up just for the movies. But...I wish Jackson hadn't made her a love interest for anyone.
For those who remember the Very Secret Diaries of Legolas the Elf from the LOTR movie days...Legolas had to be there, because he's still the prettiest.
Maybe. His father is prettier, and wears more eye makeup than I do.
I did enjoy the film, and my youngest is now an LOTR fan, so...mission accomplished.m
So I'm doing some shoveling outside and what should come on my iPod but the "Ice Planet Hoth" track from the ESB soundtrack. XD
At least today was warmer than yesterday. And by warmer I mean high 20s vs low tens.
And yeah, I liked DOS better than AUJ. I still think there's too much padding and it should have been no more than 2 films, but whatever, it is what it is. Cumbersmaug was pretty great, and we'll really get to see him in action in the last film.
I just saw a picture of Boston on the news. Holy snow piles the height of wampas, Batman.
We're hitting record lows in Charlotte this week; yesterday morning I was still in south Florida and even there, I wanted a sweatshirt when I went on my run.
You all who are getting all the snow and ice...stay safe. The pictures from the icy roads and bridges aren't pretty.
Yeah... the forecasted low for Atlanta on Monday night is 5 degrees F.
Up here in chicago, the high monday is -13 degrees F
Supposedly on monday or tuesday in Ohio the low will be -20 with a windchill of -40. Supposedly anyway.
It's colder in Manitoba than it is on the surface of Mars.
I like cold weather but that's too much for me.
If it gets us out of classes for a day or two I won't complain.
I'm using the days off work that come with the cold to stay inside and work on my Fives helmet...
We're supposed to get freezing rain tomorrow night and I'm crossing my fingers for a delay going to work Monday.
Speaking of smartphones, apparently they want to create 3D hologram phones within the next five years.
Here's how it's supposed to work:
Sounds pretty nifty. We may be able to see full-size holograms of people like in Star Wars! As I've mentioned earlier in this thread, I thought this technology wouldn't become widespread until the latter half of the 21st century, but we may be seeing this within the decade. Very exciting.
Furthermore, they claim that "in the future, we could see fully holographic rooms in which 3D objects could be viewed from every angle." Now that's the kind of technology I'm talking about! It's pretty cool how so many of the technologies we take for granted today started off as inspirations from various sci-fi franchises, like Star Trek and of course, Star Wars. This is just one example that will probably come to fruition within our lifetimes.
I think in one of those History Channel documentaries it was mentioned that the cellular phone was inspired by the Star Trek communicators, but I feel like that invention had a very practical purpose in being able to communicate from anywhere without being restricted to a landline.
A hologram just seems like a novelty invention. Having a Star Wars style glowing head of someone projected in front of me seems like it would have zero purpose other than "this is kind of like Star Wars, neat!"
I see where you're coming from, but I suspect the next major innovation in computers, maybe a decade or two down the line, will be holograms. As in, we won't be carrying laptops around -- the interface itself will be a hologram. It could be projected from a device the size of an iPhone or thumb drive. Or something installed in the walls of a house (which isn't useful outside, hence we'd need something portable...).
In 1895, Jules Verne wrote a short story about an American man communicating with his wife in Paris via a screen in which he could see her and the room she was in. I use it when I'm teaching science fiction and the idea that some sci if concepts have become reality. If Jules Verne knew Skype and FaceTime in 1895, I can see holograms happening.
I think some of those inventions though reflect a universal desire.
I hate flying. It took me roughly 6 hours to get from Michigan to Idaho. About an hour and a half of it is layover, then the time it takes to taxi out onto the runway and to the gate, load and unload, etc.
Yeah, I wish I could teleport from point A to B and be done with it in two seconds. If someone ever invents such a think hundreds of years from now, people will probably say that it's imitating Star Trek or something, when I think such a desire would have existed regardless of Star Trek. The idea exists in Star Trek to begin with because it's reflective of a human desire, not because Gene Roddenberry was ahead of his time and envisioning technology that other people couldn't have even begin to imagine.
Same with things like warp speed/hyperspace/faster than light travel. I don't know what sci-fi franchise thought that up first, but even if Star Trek, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica all never existed, I think the curiosity and drive to explore and the realization that we're not going to get very far in space with current technology would cause physicists to explore such theoretical possibilities as going faster than the speed of light, because even at the speed of light, you're not going anywhere fast.
Attention all Back to the Future fans, people who need to stop wasting their lives and go watch Back to the Future, and people who shouldn't tell me they don't like Back to the Future lest I decide their opinion on all subjects is not worthy of consideration:
Look what the oldest boy and I built. It took two days; it has 401 pieces, some small enough to warrant need for a microscope. It also has moveable wheels and doors and an "OUTATIME" license plate.
If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.
My best friend saw Back to the Future for the first time like 4 years ago... He subsequently bought a poster for the movie, a shirt with the Back to the Future title all across the front, a toy Delorean, and went to a Halloween party as Doc Brown.
All three movies were actually on TV earlier. Part 2 made me think of this thread and the future technology discussion. While it got most stuff wrong, it got some stuff right, or close to right at least.
The 500-some-odd channels on TV, with voice recognition, is the first thing that comes to mind as far as what it got pretty close to correct.
LOL, hate to bring up Animorphs again but one of the books (#15: The Warning) states a super advanced alien race has computers that transment data at 50,000Kbps or 49Mbps. I can hit 45Mbps fairly regularly on my cable internet and my router has 7 Gigabit ports. I find that amusing when ever I reread that specific book although yes that book was published in 98. That's just one example from the series of how current technology has caught up.
And yet the next big innovation for smartphones is gonna be lame curving and bending if the Galaxy S 5 rumors prove true. Sometimes it feels like Smartphones, tablets, and computers have gotten pretty boring in terms of advancement. As I mentioned earlier is so space aged the power I have in the palm of my hand thanks to it. But its hard to imagine what that next really exciting thing will be until I can tap an app on my phone is projected by some watch that projects a hologram from my wrist.
I've always been fascinated by space and into amateur astronomy. I don't think anything I watched really inspired me to do that other than pictures of celestial objects. I do think there is an innate fascination with the stars in humans. Most of the stars visible in the night sky have more than one name under different cultures. Castor and Pollux for example, the twins in the constellation Gemini have Latin, Hindu, Arabic, and Chinese names. Castor is cool to look at. With a small telescope or even a big pair of binoculars on a clear night with reasonably dark skies. Castor splits easily into two bright stars. Its a visual binary. A third star comes out at higher magnifications. Its actually atleast sextuplets. I agree humans would be exploring the stars without Star Wars and Star Trek although I think they also inspire people further.
And its going down to 26F here tonight supposedly. It was 80F here at 3pm. Florida you fail dammit!
It's even cold where I am and it is supposed to be the steamy middle of summer. I don't even have to hibernate to avoid tourists and holiday-makers; they have all decided to not come visit where I live!
Damn, so this **** is global?
And back in December it was only three degrees Celsius cooler here than it was in Melbourne, in spite of the fact that we're supposed to be in opposite seasons.
Was watching NHK World last night on my Roku and they actually had a new story on just how cold it was in the US. I thought, you know it's cold when your weather make international news. My car's not especially happy with being parked outside where the air temp is -13, but at least it starts and runs. And it's starting to warm up now. -4 outside at the moment, with 12 projected for tomorrow. I might actually be able to turn my heat off at home.