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    Just because Williams doesn’t have a catchy “epic” track this time that casual moviegoers can latch onto doesn’t mean the work is average. Listening to the soundtrack, it’s very well crafted and some of Williams best work in years, I think. 

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    Duel of the Fates ain’t even that great. The score is though. “Rey’s Theme” alone >>

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    Here’s my Movie Minute Review (no spoilers): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrFzDxFLGnM&list=PLZ9JFEQ2TiT0VRlp9fJqIbLJs_ughBbYn

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    [quote=”PaulHanlinJr”]

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    People still take PaulHanlinJr seriously around here?

    And who the F are you to talk?   Don’t even know you.  Sounds like a newbie just trying to get his 15 minutes.  
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    I remember your annoying presence in the Jennifer Lawrence vs. Emmanuelle Riva debacle. You should join a forum exclusively about box office statistics.
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    Still pissed about Riva losing to the better actress? 

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    The fact no one remembers Lawrence’s performance anymore speaks by itself.

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    Ageism has no place in out sociefy anymore. Riva is a healthy, active elderly woman and of the great actresses in French cinema. Not all older actors playing characters with health issues are playing themselves. That’s extremely prejudiced. Jennifer is the star of the hour in Hollywood, but let’s see how long it will last. I have yet to see a great performance from her (although she does good in Hunger Games, where her star power is enough to seal the deal). And DOR can’t write complex characters…

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    We waited for years, and it’s finally here. At 3 o’clock this morning I
    entered the cinema wide-eyed, full of hope. As was with many people’s
    childhoods, Star Wars was a staple of mine, and to this day the
    original trilogy still stand as some of my favourite films. J.J. Abrams
    famously managed to reignite the Star Trek franchise with two fantastic
    films, so when tasked with doing similar to Star Wars, some people were
    sceptical, but nonetheless excited. The main questions is: did he
    deliver? Yes he damn well did!

    You know that tight throat feeling you get when you have a sudden urge
    of adrenaline, for the last hour of the film, I had that feeling,
    sitting there on the edge of my seat, heart pounding fast. What I was
    watching was exhilarating to say the least.

    Let’s look more at the film (don’t worry, there will be no spoilers
    featured). First off, the opening – the classic text followed by the
    panning shot to a planet (or death star) with a Star Destroyer emerging
    into the frame, it all features, as does the use of practical effects
    and puppets / robots over the extensive use of CGI that was utilised in
    the prequel trilogy, thus giving fans the old school style of Star Wars
    they wanted oh so much. The film is fast-paced, with stunning action
    scenes and spectacles, but not rushed, the shots linger and the camera
    moves gracefully, giving us a spectacular view of the situation at
    hand.

    The prequel trilogy shunted the franchise on a downward spiral, the
    overuse of CGI and the introduction of some of the most annoying
    characters in film (a-hem Jar Jar Binks), but Abrams, the finest choice
    of a director to reignite the franchise, did nothing more than show
    pure love for the films and has created a sequel that definitely
    exceeded my expectations. A film that features endless nostalgia with
    appearances from Ford (who is beyond fantastic), Fisher, Hamill even
    Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca and constant references to the original
    trilogy.

    The only partial negative aspect is its somewhat lack of originality,
    it acts more as an homage to ‘A New Hope’ than an original tale. But if
    you overthink points like this when viewing it, you won’t enjoy it, so
    just empty your head of that and watch the film for what it is: a space
    opera that acts as nothing more than a sheer piece of movie magic!

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    The day Jennifer Lawrence stars in a movie as brilliant as Hiroshima Mon Amour and works with a director as masterful as Alain Resnais we will talk again. I can’t find a single great movie in this “great filmography” you talk abou regarding Lawrence lol! And it is not true that the French didn’t know Riva. We are talking about the cinephile world, they most certainly did, despite her indeed never being a star. There are dozens of amazing actor that the American people in general don’t know or didn’t know until much later in their careers as well.

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    Near Certainties
    SOUND MIXING
    SOUND EDITING
    VISUAL EFFECTS

    Not much to say here.

    Possible
    PRODUCTION DESIGN
    SCORE

    There are enough new cues in Williams’s work to stand out (particularly in the first half of the film) as different enough, and the branch loves him.  Plus the original trilogy all got Art Direction nods and JJA’s return to sets over green screens may be seen very favorably by that branch.

    Highly Unlikely
    CINEMATOGRAPHY
    COSTUME DESIGN
    EDITING
    PICTURE

    No SW film since the original has been nominated for Costumes or Editing and none of them ever received a Cinematography nod.  And to score a Best Picture placement, you need enough votes by people who think it was the Best film this year, period (#1 votes).  And it’s neither the best film to take place in space, the best 7th installment of a decades-old franchise, nor the best scifi film to feature Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson to come out this year.  I simply don’t see it happening.

    Prediction: 5 nods max (which is as many as all the prequels combined, so a respectable sum). 

     

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