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hanso 1/25/2013 10:11:36 AM

 Women have small brains, a third the size of us.  Its science!  They are smelly pirate hookers.

axia777 1/25/2013 10:12:33 AM

 @hanso - ROFL

DougRed4 1/25/2013 10:41:02 AM

Very much looking forward to this.  JJ is an amazing director, Star Trek reboot was very, very good, and most of what Bad Robot produces is really well done.

And it's true that the Star Wars franchise was doing just fine and not in any kind of trouble (unlike Star Trek, which was barely on life support); even if a scrub nobody director was hired for SW they would be basically printing money.  With JJ they're pretty much guaranteeing a windfall!

keithdaniel 1/25/2013 10:49:05 AM

VermithraxPejorative, people like Kara, Innersanctum, and myself are allowed to criticize JJA's watered down version of ST all we like so if you don't like that then maybe you need to get over it!!  The reality is there are those who didn't enjoy the last ST and thought it was made with mosty action, FX, flashy sets, and a young hip cast.  JJA like too many other directors has been spoiled with a bigger budget with less emphasis on story and character.  He has not proven himself to me to be called a "great director" because those that should be called that should have great movies on their resume.  IMO, JJ doesn't have that.  Mission Impossible was a fairly good actioner that had other parts making it good which made up for the lukewarm story.  I've already made my overall point about his watered down ST and I haven't seen Super 8 yet.  I enjoyed Felicity (well, the first two seasons before JJ left) and especially Lost (IMO, one of the best tv shows ever!) Joyride was good (I haven't seen Cloverfield) which tells me that perhaps he's better at being a producer than a director.  And just because a movie does well commercially doesn't make it great.  Those that do must think that Blade Runner, John Carpenter's The Thing, and Dragonslayer were bad movies since they all flopped commercially!  Yes, JJA rejuvenated ST but only commercially in my book because I believe overall the movie failed despite being entertaining to a degree.  A two and half star (out of four stars) fluff piece at best, a decent video rental, but it was so much less than it could've been!

As for who I think should direct any future Star Wars movies...Guillermo de Toro, Ridly Scott, and Neill Blomcamp come to mind, especially the latter who not only gave us a great sci-fi movie like District 9 but was on a budget when he did so and yet made it look as if the movie was made for at least a $100 million!  To me the best directors can still deliver great films even if they have to work with smaller budgets.  In that situation, you're forced to think outside the box and become more creative and resourceful.

Higgy 1/25/2013 10:58:05 AM

KD, you summed it up perfectly.  You can add me to your list of ciricizers.  Good post.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 1/25/2013 11:03:27 AM

John Nobles better be in it. And I want him to be a straight up bad guy.   Oh - and Anna Torv.  And Jasika Nicole. And....

Hell, if Nolan can do it - put his cast in all his movies - so can Abrams.

SarcasticCaveman 1/25/2013 11:15:43 AM

 Good lord, but the Love vs. Hate for Star Trek is so tired.  Flawed? Yes.  Saved the franchise and spark interest in non fans?  Yes.  Done.  Let's move on.  Besides, I think we  all know that the best Star Trek movie was Galaxy Quest.

For those who haven't seen Super 8, you're missing out.  In my mind, it was the best of what made Close Encounters and The Goonies great, with a little bit of a Stand By Me tone  to it.  Not only that, but the way it was filmed and the way the characters interact and relate to each other made it a fantastic homage to Speilberg at his  best.

If you don't like JJ's Star Trek because of the Star Wars "rock and roll" he tried to infuse it with, I'm willing to bet you'll like  his take on Star Wars.

fanboymouse 1/25/2013 11:23:45 AM

I am totally cool with this on the condition that the interior of the Millenium Flacon does NOT look like the inside of an Apple store.

axia777 1/25/2013 11:48:32 AM

I did not like the new Star Trek movie because of the major changes to the story/characters. But I will thought it was a well made movie. Super 8 was an amazing movie and Caveman summed it up really well. I did not like Lost but again, I thought it was well made. With the guidance of the rest of the Star Wars crew this is going to be good.

Only movie I did not like from him was Cloverfield, but that was because I despise the shaky cam BS. The chances of them using shaky cam in Star Wars is pretty much zero, so I have no worries about that at all.

Everyone is also forgetting that JJA is a massive self professed Star Wars fan.  That means he will give it repsect.

 

momitchell7 1/25/2013 12:13:25 PM

This is great news and Chris Pine IS the perfect choice to play Luke Skywalker and Karl Urban will make a great Han Solo!

I don't know why, but I just love all of the hate that ST fans have toards the JJA ST movie(s). It was so far and above ANYTHING that had ever been done in the ST universe before and yet all you hear about (from them) is how awful it was - how it ruined their lives... oh, man, please give me a break. I hated ST until I saw JJA's rebirth of it.

ANYWAY, the one thing that I hope they keep is the conceptual art team that has been a part of the other SW movies - that has always been amazing.

 

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