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  1. I think Ben Simmons' best chance at leaving the 76ers is sitting out until they trade him. The question is, how much money is Ben Simmons willing to lose? I feel like the team will at least wait to see if he actually sits out. He has so many years left on his contract the team has a ton of leverage. If he sits out training camp and then preseason, the Sixers will start to get antsy but will still have the leverage. It may be smart for him to attend training camp and play preseason to get his money but outside of that just sit out. Once he starts missing actual games that's going to really move the dial.
  2. Marcia Lucas is an academy award winning editor of the original trilogy and former wife of George Lucas the series creator, so these comments definitely hold some weight. I will admit that for me personally, Luke's death was pretty cool but Han's death didn't do anything. It seemed kind of unnecessary and it felt like a bit of manufactured drama. Harrison Ford was one of the few actors that had an opportunity to bring some real charisma to his role. The only thing his death does is to kind of make Kylo Ren's character irredeemable. Star Wars is a prime example of why directors shouldn't go into these big franchises and just kind of do their own thing. They really need to lay out a future roadmap for each character and flesh out their own personal backstories so the movie as a whole makes sense and has continuity. Her arguments of the importance of having the big three is intriguing because while I agree that the relationships and interactions between Han Solo, Leia and Luke are critical to the success of the first trilogy. I disagree that we need them to be the main characters in the new movies as well. The problem with the Force Awakens is that it simply seemed like a cash in opportunity for Disney. They created all these new characters but never really assigned them any real importance in the beginning. Is Rey the star? Is Finn the star? Is Poe the star? Is Kylo Ren the star? Or is Leia, Han and Luke the star? They didn't properly pass the torch in the first movie, probably because they really didn't have a true outline for where they were going with the new trilogy. There were too many moving pieces that were just insignificant. Finn's character is a prime example. He was totally irrelevant. He was an intriguing character at first but then we realize he's not really good at anything you just kind of roll your eyes whenever he's own screen because you're tired of getting your hopes up. Poe is a cool character, a hot shot pilot, very capable but despite the amount of screen time he receives, he's obviously a secondary character more of a Mace Windu type that has a few really cool scenes but is not the leading guy. In truth it feels like they should have merged Finn and Po into one character. Kylo Ren is extremely emo and he is the bad guy that is nowhere near as cool or menacing as Vader. Leia and Han get some screen time; Han in particular but its very obvious that he's not the star, he's more like the grand daddy showing the young bucks what to do. There was just a gigantic hole. Who is the lead? Rey is the one that fits the bill the most but Finn is the one dragging her around everywhere, which makes no sense whatsoever because the way Finn's character is written, he doesn't have a clue about what to do at almost any point in the movie. It seems the movie was focused on showing us Star Wars, then following a true narrative with characters leading the way. And I think that's what Marcia Lucas is getting at in her critique. It's about the characters, their journey and their relationship and interactions with each other as they try to conquer the evil empire. It's not simply about the Jedi vs Sith, cool powers and special effects. All that is just window dressing. You have to give the characters opportunities to shine and they just didn't. At least not in the way many fans wanted them to. While I did enjoy having more Star Wars movies to watch, this new trilogy could have been so much more. The Mandalorian came along and showed what a good character driven narrative in the Star Wars universe looks like. Fans eat up every single episode and we almost never even see the lead character's face! That says a lot about the writing and how Disney should move going forward with the franchise.
  3. Dune is coming out on October 22nd and I predict its gonna be huge!😁
  4. Although its a technical stress test, it does give us a decent feel for the gameplay starting out. I'm very interested to experience how the playstyles will change based on which civilization you choose to play as.
  5. I'm not sold on the gameplay yet, as this is just a story trailer and they only showed bits and pieces. But the idea of a game that has multiple paths and endings, sounds a lot like a Bioware game. I imagine there are a number of players that are interested in trying this one out.
  6. I like the fact that they've made it easier to customize the control center. It almost has an android sort of feel to it. Customization seems intuitive and easy. Also I'm sure that people that own multiple versions of the same game appreciates Playstation is now making it easier to distinguish between them on the home screen. I'm sure the biggest features to most users is the expandable storage capabilities.
  7. Wow, there is a lot to unpack here. It seems like they've brought the big three back from the first trilogy. Even the oracle seems to be making a return. One of the more interesting theories I've seen suggested about his movie is that the events of the first trilogy was just another method of control. That Zion, agent smith, the nebuchadnezzar, sentinels etc was just a deeper layer of the matrix, which was designed to help keep the few humans that reject the top layer of the matrix under control. This theory would help explain why the big three are back. Also shout out to Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as it seems that he is replacing Laurence Fishbourne as Morpheus. That is a tough role for anyone to try to follow. In my opinion Fishbourne had a certain demeanor, a manner of speaking that is very distinct and to be honest irreplaceable. I hope fans of the original aren't too hard on Yahya. Hopefully they take his character in a different direction stylistically and story wise. Perhaps we'll discover that Morpheus is more of a title. Who knows.
  8. I must admit this phone looks high tech and quality. I wouldn't mind having one.
  9. As expected God of War Ragnarok's in-game footage looks great! It appears the story will pick up almost exactly where the last one left off. It seems like some fans were a little disappointed that they actually showed Tyr in the trailer but its not a biggie to me. I think the fact that they didn't show Thor is even more telling. I do wish they didn't show Freya attacking Kratos though that was a disappointing spoiler. Not wholly unexpected but disappointing all the same.
  10. I know PlayStation fans have to be really hype for this game. Even though we don't see any actual gameplay or in-game footage, just the fact that we know that Insomniac, the same developer behind spiderman and ratchet and clank is making the wolverine, this game should be amazing. I expect great gameplay and for the graphics to be a feast for the eyes!
  11. https://collider.com/best-action-movies-on-hbo-max/
  12. https://collider.com/haunted-mansion-movie-cast-owen-wilson/
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