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Revenge of the Second Disk [Nov. 2nd, 2005|09:35 am]
Zoethe
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I came home to a prezzie last night; Ferrett had picked up Revenge of the Sith.

Now, I may never actually watch the movie, but a pile of special features that deep had me drooling. We sat down to dinner and popped in the showcase feature, "Within a Minute." It describes all the people involved in making a single minute of the film, this particular minute being the part of the duel at the end when the lava splashes up over the catwalk and it breaks and falls. I can't remember the exact number, but somewhere in the vicinity of a gazillion people are involved, displayed in a gigantic web looking like squared off molecules all across the screen. I appreciated that the program opened, after "The Writer," with groups such as "the production office," "the accountants," and "the caterers." Some people have complained that these people aren't interesting, but they are the backbone, and usually their names appear - if at all - way at the bottom of the credits after everyone has left the theatre. They are there from day one, though, and so putting them at the top made sense.

The feature was fascinating, but left me sad. All this work, passion, dedication, for a movie that was, frankly, not that good. Oh, it was better than the last two, but for me it's still firmly behind Return of the Jedi in the rankings. Too much glitz, too little passion. Even the "sister" scene is more bearable to watch than the "beautiful" scene. Listening to these people gush about George's vision, while knowing how hollow that vision really was (much pretty, cool action, who cares about acting?) left a little gnawing ache in my Star Wars lovin' heart.

(But, slipping to the Shallow Side, listening to Ewan McGregor speak in his raw, unrefined brogue? YUMMY!!!)
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[User Picture]From: sageautumn
2005-11-02 03:37 pm (UTC)
It it makes you feel any better (and it almost undoubtedly won't)... even the worst major release movie you've ever seen had a heck of a lot of work tossed into it.

Just think of how much better it was than THAT one!
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[User Picture]From: unamundamour
2005-11-02 03:49 pm (UTC)
Was just reading in EW this morning about a deleted scene where Padme starts the Rebel Alliance, and thought, Gah! Now I have to Netflix the DVD just to see that scene!

It won't live up to what I wanted to see in the movie, but I have to see it anyway.
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From: wildcelticrose
2005-11-02 03:51 pm (UTC)
When I saw it, my response was, "Well, it didn't suck as bad as the previous two, and it did tie up loose ends."

That's sad.

~L
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[User Picture]From: cieo
2005-11-02 04:15 pm (UTC)
I like the shallow side. He's one of the few men on my "need to rape" list.
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[User Picture]From: suzieboz
2005-11-02 06:39 pm (UTC)
Travis borrowed my copy last night - still unwrapped. Oh, the price we pay for a few hours of babysitting.

I would have bought him his own damn copy if I thought he was really serious.
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From: wiccanotwicked
2005-11-02 07:05 pm (UTC)
I love Shallow Grave
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[User Picture]From: morgi
2005-11-02 11:44 pm (UTC)
and usually their names appear - if at all - way at the bottom of the credits after everyone has left the theatre.

You mean there's people who don't sit through all the credits?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-11-02 11:51 pm (UTC)
If you sat all the way through the credits, you would know that people all around you don't.

;-)
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[User Picture]From: morgi
2005-11-02 11:57 pm (UTC)
But we're too busy watching for outtakes and surprises! =)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-11-02 11:58 pm (UTC)
Point.

Screaming kidneys???
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[User Picture]From: morgi
2005-11-03 12:10 am (UTC)
Oh, you mean those people tripping over us on their way out?

Heh. I went to the screening of Bruce Campbell's Man with the Screaming Brain and thought it seemed like a good title to swipe. What with years of undiagnosed kidney disease and all.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-11-03 12:45 am (UTC)
I was just curious what the diagnosis was. My sister has loin pain hematuria and just had surgery for it last March. It took two years of agony - like a fencepost being shoved through her back - for her finally to get diagnosed. Screaming kidneys describe what she went through.
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[User Picture]From: morgi
2005-11-03 01:46 am (UTC)
Oog. I remember reading about that in Ferrett's journal.

I have IgA nephropathy... slow chronic kidney failure caused by a certain protein doing odd things it isn't supposed to. Or something. No pain involved, anyway; this was more of a silent scream. It was one of those surprise diseases.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-11-03 03:16 am (UTC)
Oh, yuck. Are you actually to the point of dialysis?
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[User Picture]From: morgi
2005-11-03 10:24 am (UTC)
I spent two and a half months on hemodialysis, have been on peritoneal dialysis the rest of the time, and am ready for my transplant, Mr. DeMille. This dialysis thing is losing its novelty.

But it could have been worse.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-11-03 11:24 am (UTC)
Wow, I'd never even heard of peritoneal dialysis until now. I can see that it would be vastly better than hemodialysis, but still what a pain in the butt!

Good luck.
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