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I was playing to some of ya'lls pre-conceived notions. I will actually be very surprised if it's Luke's kid.

Seriously though, if Ren is indeed an offspring of a Skywalker I believe its far more likely to be that of Leia and Han. Power of a jedi and dark moral character of an illegal smuggler (or scoundrel if you will).

Or perhaps there is another explanation such as the Emperor having himself cloned before getting tossed by Vader?

Will know soon. This feels like waiting for the opening weekend of college football season only better....

Growing up I was cautiously optimistic that we would ever get the second trilogy (i.e. Episodes I-III). Never did I imagine that I would ever see this expand beyond that. Having cake and eating it too.
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12-14-2015 02:06 PM
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I feel like both are offspring of Han and Lea. One is good and one is evil. I am guessing Kylo kills Solo (his dad).
12-14-2015 02:25 PM
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Non-Spoiler info:

Early non-spoiler reviews seem to say the movie lives up to its hype as being very good. Only negative is about a cgi character that seems to contrast with rest of the film. (This film's Jar-Jar?) Oh well, guess Disney couldn't help themselves.

Too bad they couldn't use cgi to replace Jake Lloyd (young Anakin) with an older version in the Phantom Menace, and alter the dialog, and heck, just alter the whole movie. Same with the awkward Anakin/Hayden Christiansen dialog and acting in Clones.



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Atlanta musician goes viral playing all 31 parts of 'Star Wars' theme on guitar
4:16 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 | Filed in: Movies

One thing you need to know about Cooper Carter is that he loves "Star Wars." Another thing you need to know is that he's a professional guitarist — been playing since he was 5, performed with the Indigo Girls — who also works in video production.

So when he said that it was not really a chore at all to spend hundreds and hundreds of hours rearranging and recording composer John Williams' 31-part orchestral "Star Wars" theme for guitar, he meant it.

"This was a perfect project," Carter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of his theme-redux, released Dec. 7, which has racked up more than 500,000 views on YouTube and been covered by Entertainment Weekly, Guitar World ("which I've been subscribing to since I was 6") and others.

In the video, Cooper, a Druid Hills native and Westminster grad, plays his guitars in a 16-split screen. The different guitars sub as the different instruments: flutes, clarinets, french horns and more (all while Cooper wears various "Star Wars" T-shirts).

His "guitar orchestra" has also earned plaudits from musicians, including Queen's Brian May, who posted about it on Facebook, and John Petrucci, his personal hero. The web traffic crashed Cooper's personal website, too, and it's still down.

But Cooper knew what he was getting into by recording and releasing the video how and when he did — mostly. He's an "enormous" fan of the iconic sci-fi franchise, and he knew the run-up to the release of "The Force Awakens" would be a good time to drop the video.

He hoped it would be well seen. But all the press attention, plus reports that his version of the theme is being played on ESPN Radio and other stations, exceeded expectations, he said.

"It's been really fun watching it spread across the world," Cooper said.

The video was weeks and weeks — and guitars and guitars — in the making, starting around early November and snowballing from there, after Cooper started exploring the theme's melody on guitar.

Asked to estimate how many hours he spent on it, rearranging and playing and recording and editing and mixing, Cooper couldn't settle on a number. Two hundred hours? Three hundred? Four?

"Honestly, it was so much fun," he said.

(The guitars were mostly his, but the "Star Wars" shirts he had to buy.)

Some of the trickiest parts of the process were in playing the already-tricky violin and flute parts with a guitar, Cooper said. But "Star Wars" is the film that made him want to be an artist when he was growing up, was "the most important thing" to him as a kid.

So the reward of pulling off the video, of learning and arranging all the theme's composite parts, was well worth the work.

And, yes, he'll be at the first showing of "The Force Awakens" in Atlanta tonight, just in time to hear Williams' melodies again — from a different set of instruments.

"I'll never be able to hear them the same way again," Cooper said, "because I hear all these little parts that I had to figure out, and it's been such a joy to crawl into John Williams' mind in a way and listen to everything he was doing with it."
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Oh my god. That was awesome.
12-18-2015 12:43 AM
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I so wanted to like this movie. My nephews' half-sister's daughter, Cailey Fleming, plays the young Rey. But this movie was not that good. It borrowed plot points from episodes 4, 5, and 6 and crammed them into one movie set roughly 30 years later. Mark me down as hugely disappointed.

• Rey lives on a desert planet and doesn't know who her parents are, she encounters a droid key to the resistance (same as Luke and the rebellion)
• Kylo faces his father, Han Solo, on a catwalk and kills him (Luke faces his father,Vader, on a catwalk and gets his hand sliced off)
• Han Solo, Chewie, and Finn infiltrate a facility and destroy it to lower the force field (Han Solo and team infiltrate a facility on Endor and lower the force field)

Not much effort for originality here.
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(12-18-2015 01:02 AM)Funslinger Wrote:  Mark me down as hugely disappointed.

I'm happy to mark you down as overhyped as well.
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(12-18-2015 01:12 AM)demiveeman Wrote:  
(12-18-2015 01:02 AM)Funslinger Wrote:  Mark me down as hugely disappointed.

I'm happy to mark you down as overhyped as well.

That is your right. If you are happy with unoriginal, uninspired movies then carry on.
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(12-17-2015 11:13 AM)GoodOwl Wrote:  Non-Spoiler info:

Early non-spoiler reviews seem to say the movie lives up to its hype as being very good. Only negative is about a cgi character that seems to contrast with rest of the film. (This film's Jar-Jar?) Oh well, guess Disney couldn't help themselves.

Too bad they couldn't use cgi to replace Jake Lloyd (young Anakin) with an older version in the Phantom Menace, and alter the dialog, and heck, just alter the whole movie. Same with the awkward Anakin/Hayden Christiansen dialog and acting in Clones.




At least episodes 1, 2, and 3 had more originality (despite being prequels) than episode 7. The embedded video here is more original than the movie.
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My son enjoyed it...few reasons why he can stay up past 930 on a school night...stars wars debut is one of them.

Me on the other hand was not impressed. I'm not a fan of getting the old crew back together.
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