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  1. I want Mackenzie Davis to step on me. But seriously, I really liked that way more than I thought I would. Wasn't much a fan of
  2. It certainly is a concise summation of his feelings about going to war with the US, if nothing else. I don't think it's at all based in any actual statement he gave, but it's an example of the good writing that this movie sorely needed. I get why it's significant, you don't need to convince me. The film, though, does, and it failed at that. Yes. Ah I see, I suspected as much... Oh, that's not necessarily a ding against the movie, I didn't mean it like that. I was just taken off guard is all even though I rightly had no reason to be so. I sat down and an hour in the stray thought popped into my head: "Wow. These people are REALLY white." Which is weird, I didn't have the same reaction to other modern historical war films. But ah well, it is what it is.
  3. Yeah, Tom Garth didn't feature in the film, or if he did, it was in such a minor/tertiary role that I don't recall him. (A lot of the pilots looked and sounded alike...) The movie didn't touch on the US internment camps. I don't know that it necessarily needed to, though I did notice how... homogenously pigmented the Americans were.
  4. There was no interracial romance subplot at all. Who were the characters in the '76 movie in that relationship? One or both characters might have showed up, but yeah, there was no interracial romance subplot. There was a black sailor given a medal at one point, I think, unnamed but probably alluding to some IRL person or another.
  5. Now now, calm down before you burst an artery there. Did I say in any of that that I thought those events didn't happen? No. I simply said I found it amusing and unsurprising that, even in 2019, a Chinese-funded American historical war film would play so... openly... to the same jingoistic, racist, xenophobic sentiments that made up propaganda in the past. It's wearing its heart on its sleeve, as it were. Japan's war atrocities don't offer any thematic or storytelling purpose. The only reason it's there is pro-Chinese propaganda. All the crap Japan pulled during the war, yeah, that's well deserving of a movie on its own, but in this movie, it's a diversion from what is ostensibly the main focus of the film. It's one of the basic ways in which the movie was really poorly made. (Note that they didn't bother mentioning Japan's crimes against Korea or the rest of the Asia theater, only specifically China.) ...but then again, the movie already felt like it was just running through a checklist of events. "30 Hypest Moments Before/During Midway." It wasn't interested at all in amassing it all into a cohesive story. "Okay, today we're filming this moment. Yamamoto, say your line that you didn't actually say but people swear you said because it's a cool line and it makes America look super big dick energy. And... action. Cut. Great take, you guys, onto the next scene." It felt like watching fanfiction, or again, one of those "Hypest Moments" countdown videos. A far cry from, say, Dunkirk recently or Tolkien after that, where there's an actual story and dramatic through-line that makes the film more engaging than a documentary. (Hell, like I also said above, I'd have preferred watching a documentary over this.)
  6. Saw Midway because my cousin was in the Marine Corps and wanted to see part of that heritage on the big screen. Pretty terrible movie, unfortunately. Any of the various documentaries (he pointed me toward a YouTube video but I've lost it) are more informative AND engaging than this unfortunate trash fire of a movie. The recent Netflix documentary series is pretty good. Writing was amateur hour. Acting was... well, I've seen all of these actors do better jobs. The filmmaking in general is remarkably poor. I'm not surprised that it was bad, but I AM surprised that it was bad in such basic ways. I found it funny to see prominent Chinese studios credited at the beginning of the movie. I was also amused and thoroughly unsurprised when there was a token "China" scene, as well as a pervasive anti-Japanese attitude throughout the movie (despite the epilogue text crawl insisting otherwise). It's racist propaganda nested inside nationalist propaganda nested inside other nationalist propaganda. All hilarious stuff.
  7. I'm surprised they didn't make a bigger deal of this. No silhouette teaser, no secretive "Next RG In Development" mystery box at an expo, nothing? Just this sudden promo image and preorders are up? Kinda disappointed that they didn't try to miniaturize the "condom suit" of the PG to at least hide the elbow and knee joints. I'm sure with today's tech they could make it much easier to work with while still looking seamless.
  8. We're 19 years past the Second Impact and still don't have giant biomechanical artificial humanoid fighting androids.
  9. I assumed he did so to trick the Ghost into thinking it had successfully destroyed him.
  10. The YF-21's purge mode doesn't do anything but get rid of the limbs, right? The limbs that aren't visible and don't play any functional role in fighter mode anyway? Unless you're adamant about displaying it in battroid mode with its arms and legs shot all to hell, I don't see any reason why they should engineer that into the toy. And I mean, if push comes to shove you could just take the limbs apart and get the same result...
  11. I don't know much about the transformation of this VF. Are the legs basically just stowed away inside the body of fighter mode, or are they arranged to conform to/create a certain shape? I'm wondering if they're shaped the way they are for any specific reason, or if the sculptors have relative freedom to, well, sculpt them however they see fit. They're probably that way for a more stable standing pose, but I'd have preferred the legs to be longer and/or more spindly-looking. To me the YF-21 battroid always looks rather precariously top-heavy, like it rightfully shouldn't be able to walk around on those legs. Or like it's always hovering above the ground, and those legs are never meant to touch down.
  12. A spare for when my not OCD inevitably gets the best of me and I just HAVE TO mod one to look how I think it should, royally screw it up, and bemoan the fact that I no longer have one for each mode. Oh, forgot to ask: The yellow lining on the bottom of the fighter mode. Am I correct in assuming that's just the same overly aggressive Bandai tampo job that gave the YF-19 the ugly writing on its wings? Or is that actually in the design/artwork?
  13. As always, the only way to get the best of all worlds would be to make separate toys in each of the three modes. Ah well. I guess I have no choice but to spend $1200 on four of these. No choice whatsoever. No choice. None.
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