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« Reply #200 on: August 08, 2014, 06:55:18 PM »

I liked it a lot but can't say I loved it.  I think I prefer The Avengers and Ironman1 over GotG but I will look forward to GotG2 as it was enjoyable.  I guess I was hoping for a little more uniqueness compared to other Marvel films, it had some but I thought it would really break the mold of this type of flick.
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« Reply #201 on: August 10, 2014, 02:40:23 PM »

Took my older brother to see it Friday night -- ah the joys of $17 3-D tickets -- and he loved it, and said it was the most fun he had at the movies in years. He was very much "like but not love" with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I can't believe we're related.  icon_razz

We did notice a sprawling line of parents and their sugar-numbed kids waiting in line for the Turtles movie, which is apparently wiping out Guardians of the Galaxy and everything else at the box office this weekend.
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I figure parents are simply starved for some cotton candy to take their kids to and just assumed talking CGI-motion capture turtles from the director of the "beloved" Battle Los Angeles (??) was the way to go.   Roll Eyes

At the least, looks like my precious Captain America: The Winter Soldier's box office champ title (in North America anyway) for this year will stay intact.  Bring your own!
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« Reply #202 on: August 10, 2014, 04:45:13 PM »

Quote from: Blackjack on August 10, 2014, 02:40:23 PM

We did notice a sprawling line of parents and their sugar-numbed kids waiting in line for the Turtles movie, which is apparently wiping out Guardians of the Galaxy and everything else at the box office this weekend.

Yeah, but likely only for this weekend, and the Turtles opening weekend doesn't look like it's going to break any records
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« Reply #203 on: August 10, 2014, 10:12:05 PM »

Turtles opened at $65 million.  Guardians has $41.5 million for weekend #2.
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« Reply #204 on: August 10, 2014, 11:29:05 PM »

Quote from: Zinfan on August 08, 2014, 06:55:18 PM

I liked it a lot but can't say I loved it.  I think I prefer The Avengers and Ironman1 over GotG but I will look forward to GotG2 as it was enjoyable.  I guess I was hoping for a little more uniqueness compared to other Marvel films, it had some but I thought it would really break the mold of this type of flick.

I'm with Zinfan on this one. I liked it a lot too hut wasn't blown away by it.

I will say that i wished this was the film that Ice Pirates should have been!
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« Reply #205 on: August 11, 2014, 05:47:59 AM »

poor Romy and Otter, you guys were such solid slots on my friends list.  ninja
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« Reply #206 on: August 11, 2014, 07:41:23 AM »

Quote from: Harkonis on August 11, 2014, 05:47:59 AM

poor Romy and Otter, you guys were such solid slots on my friends list.  ninja

Well shoot and me with the week of September 9th off with plans to play Destiny on the XB1 with XBL friends, guess I may have to look at the PS4 version now that I'm friendless. 
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« Reply #207 on: August 11, 2014, 08:28:26 AM »

that does suck!
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« Reply #208 on: August 11, 2014, 01:08:21 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 10, 2014, 10:12:05 PM

Turtles opened at $65 million.  Guardians has $41.5 million for weekend #2.

Turtles is being universally panned.  I have a feeling that ticket sales will plummet next weekend and GotG will be back on top. 

If that doesn't happen, I fear for humanity.
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« Reply #209 on: August 11, 2014, 02:01:30 PM »

Quote from: hepcat on August 11, 2014, 01:08:21 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 10, 2014, 10:12:05 PM

Turtles opened at $65 million.  Guardians has $41.5 million for weekend #2.

Turtles is being universally panned.  I have a feeling that ticket sales will plummet next weekend and GotG will be back on top. 

If that doesn't happen, I fear for humanity.

The age 6-18 demographic is going to flip at these reviews.  No way they're going to repeatedly ask their parents to take them to the movie now, not even if all their favorite tv shows get hammered with commercials for the movie and for tie-in toys.   icon_wink
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« Reply #210 on: August 11, 2014, 02:22:46 PM »

I think you're overestimating the number of 6-18 year olds who even know what a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle is.   
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« Reply #211 on: August 11, 2014, 02:42:06 PM »

Quote from: hepcat on August 11, 2014, 02:22:46 PM

I think you're overestimating the number of 6-18 year olds who even know what a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle is.   

Kids don't need to know anything about our versions of all these rebooted franchises to be into them.  The toy sections in stores are exploding with TMNT stuff right now, plus there was an animated series in the 2000s and a new CGI series that started up more recently.
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« Reply #212 on: August 11, 2014, 02:44:11 PM »

Is TMNT more kid friendly than the Tranformers movies, because those are actually terrible kids movies.
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« Reply #213 on: August 11, 2014, 03:56:46 PM »

Being 'universally' panned doesn't explain why they've already announced the sequel.
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« Reply #214 on: August 11, 2014, 04:13:16 PM »

Whether or not it received critical praise or critical damnation, a sequel was going to happen if it made money through either box office or licensing. 

I'm simply saying that films that receive this amount of negative criticism seem to have shorter box office lives.  While films with good reviews (like Guardians) tend to keep a steady box office income for quite some time after they debut.

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« Reply #215 on: August 11, 2014, 05:29:37 PM »

Personally, I want to see Guardians beat Sin City this coming weekend.  There doesn't seem that there's anything else on the docket in the coming month that will have near the widespread appearl.
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« Reply #216 on: August 11, 2014, 07:18:55 PM »

Quote from: Harkonis on August 11, 2014, 05:47:59 AM

poor Romy and Otter, you guys were such solid slots on my friends list.  ninja

Ha! Idle threat.  I'll always be on your list - I'm the nicest most drama free gamer out there!











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« Reply #217 on: August 11, 2014, 08:42:46 PM »

Went and saw this the past weekend with my kids and we all really enjoyed it. One of the criticisms I heard before going in is that it's a bit of a mindless action film. I can't say I agree with that at all, as I found the screenplay well written with dialog that at time was even witty. As well, for the party of rogues sort of space opera it is, I found the characters were better conceived that 99% of such movies. Very impressed with it and I'll have no problem recommending it to friends that aren't even SciFi fans.

BTW I talked to a few friends that saw the new TMNT movie this past weekend, and a sense of outrage at how truly craptastic it was seemed to be the consensus of opinion.
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« Reply #218 on: August 12, 2014, 01:45:35 AM »

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« Reply #219 on: August 12, 2014, 05:48:32 PM »

Quote from: kronovan on August 11, 2014, 08:42:46 PM

BTW I talked to a few friends that saw the new TMNT movie this past weekend, and a sense of outrage at how truly craptastic it was seemed to be the consensus of opinion.

My wife and I saw TMNT and liked it. My boss went last night and liked it as well.
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« Reply #220 on: August 12, 2014, 05:57:11 PM »

Well, .02 percent of the population can't be wrong!   Tongue
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« Reply #221 on: August 13, 2014, 07:06:43 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 11, 2014, 03:56:46 PM

Being 'universally' panned doesn't explain why they've already announced the sequel.

Sometimes studios are contractually obligated to make more than one movie, irrespective of the success or failure of the movies they've already made.

Not saying that's the case here, just putting it out there.
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« Reply #222 on: August 13, 2014, 08:12:06 PM »

Quote from: hepcat on August 11, 2014, 01:08:21 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 10, 2014, 10:12:05 PM

Turtles opened at $65 million.  Guardians has $41.5 million for weekend #2.

Turtles is being universally panned.  I have a feeling that ticket sales will plummet next weekend and GotG will be back on top.  

If that doesn't happen, I fear for humanity.

It'll happen; the strong box office for TMNT is primarily USA based, whereas GotG is roughly splitting it's box office between USA and foreign. Movies that draw a majority of their box office from the USA tend to trail off if they aren't good, as bad publicity tends to have some impact in a media saturated market like the US. Regardless, GotG has now done $325 million globally in just 2-1/2 weeks and I won't be surprised if  TMNT doesn't even achieve that in its entire theatrical run.

BTW I watched TMNT at a local cheapie Tuesday viewing since making my last comment. I'm siding with my friends; IMO it was piss poor and apart from the fact it was somewhat darker like the original manga, I thought the 1990 film bested it in just about every department.  So glad I only had to dole out $6 to see it.
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« Reply #223 on: August 14, 2014, 12:49:23 AM »

Saw this tonight (GotG, not TMNT, which is somehow getting just as much talk), and it was my first experience at an Alamo Draft House, so a big thumbs up evening for me!
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« Reply #224 on: August 17, 2014, 03:12:10 AM »

Alamo Draft house is awesome.  They are opening one in LA, just went to the West Lakes one in San Antonio and that was advertised.
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« Reply #225 on: August 17, 2014, 07:44:33 PM »

I've been going to the Alamo Draft House for so long now it's hard for me to imagine people just now getting introduced to it. Welcome to the club smile
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« Reply #226 on: August 17, 2014, 08:42:51 PM »

Quote from: th'FOOL on August 17, 2014, 07:44:33 PM

I've been going to the Alamo Draft House for so long now it's hard for me to imagine people just now getting introduced to it. Welcome to the club smile

Thanks.  Living in Connecticut, it's still a fantastic oddity.  Can't wait until they take over the world.
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« Reply #227 on: August 19, 2014, 03:17:30 AM »

thumbsup Thumbs Up from my mom on the movie, managed to coax her to see it on IMAX on Saturday.  icon_smile Bring your own! And we actually paid about a quarter less to see it there than my brother and I did to see it on a regular 3D screen in the evening a couple weeks back.

Just don't ask about our disastrous experience afterwards at a seafood chain that's long been one of her favorite restaurants (cold coffee, uncooked "seared" tuna sashimi and then as substitute when she bitterly complained, some soggy battered vegetables and rice dumped upside down in a Chinese leftover style container box). I've seen better customer service at Chili's for crying out loud.

Couldn't believe a restaurant could so quickly wipe the smile off my mom's face that Guardians of the Galaxy had put there.  icon_eek
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« Reply #228 on: August 24, 2014, 03:41:11 AM »

Saw it tonight.  Absolutely LOVED it.  Haven't had that much fun at a movie in a long, long time.
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« Reply #229 on: August 24, 2014, 05:52:20 PM »

Looks like this movie has already left one of the two multiplexes that are convenient for us. Tuesday is its last day at the other one. I hope to be able to see it next Tuesday before it's gone.
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« Reply #230 on: August 24, 2014, 06:21:20 PM »

Quote from: Ironrod on August 24, 2014, 05:52:20 PM

Looks like this movie has already left one of the two multiplexes that are convenient for us. Tuesday is its last day at the other one. I hope to be able to see it next Tuesday before it's gone.

It's still the seconds highest grossing movie out right now, doesn't really make sense to pull it.
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« Reply #231 on: August 24, 2014, 07:03:31 PM »

Quote from: forgeforsaken on August 24, 2014, 06:21:20 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 24, 2014, 05:52:20 PM

Looks like this movie has already left one of the two multiplexes that are convenient for us. Tuesday is its last day at the other one. I hope to be able to see it next Tuesday before it's gone.

It's still the seconds highest grossing movie out right now, doesn't really make sense to pull it.

Actually #1.

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"Guardians of the Galaxy," which features a machine-gun-shooting raccoon and other extraterrestrial misfits, has now collected $252 million since opening on Aug. 1, according to movie tracking site Rentrak, making it the summer's biggest box-office hit, surpassing "Transformers: Age of Extinction."
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« Reply #232 on: August 24, 2014, 09:00:09 PM »

Quote from: forgeforsaken on August 24, 2014, 06:21:20 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 24, 2014, 05:52:20 PM

Looks like this movie has already left one of the two multiplexes that are convenient for us. Tuesday is its last day at the other one. I hope to be able to see it next Tuesday before it's gone.

It's still the seconds highest grossing movie out right now, doesn't really make sense to pull it.

I'm guessing most places are turning over for Labor Day weekend. It will still be showing through next weekend in some more distant theaters. Realistically, though, those aren't convenient so we won't see it if we don't go by Tuesday. Wife will be home that day so it should be doable. On the plus side ticket prices have fallen to $7.50 so we'll get out of it for $20 with popcorn.

Back when I used to go to movies regularly they stayed in theaters for months. Nowadays even the top movies seldom run for more than 4-6 weeks. Maybe Hollywood is just turning out too much product.
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« Reply #233 on: August 25, 2014, 02:26:01 PM »

Damn.  Labor Day weekend.  End of summer.  I hated this time as a kid, it isn't any more fun as an adult. 
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« Reply #234 on: August 25, 2014, 02:38:23 PM »

Quote from: Ironrod on August 24, 2014, 09:00:09 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on August 24, 2014, 06:21:20 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 24, 2014, 05:52:20 PM

Looks like this movie has already left one of the two multiplexes that are convenient for us. Tuesday is its last day at the other one. I hope to be able to see it next Tuesday before it's gone.

It's still the seconds highest grossing movie out right now, doesn't really make sense to pull it.

I'm guessing most places are turning over for Labor Day weekend. It will still be showing through next weekend in some more distant theaters. Realistically, though, those aren't convenient so we won't see it if we don't go by Tuesday. Wife will be home that day so it should be doable. On the plus side ticket prices have fallen to $7.50 so we'll get out of it for $20 with popcorn.

Back when I used to go to movies regularly they stayed in theaters for months. Nowadays even the top movies seldom run for more than 4-6 weeks. Maybe Hollywood is just turning out too much product.

Still doesn't make any sense to pull the top grossing movie from your theater.  I suppose it might not be performing locally though.   
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« Reply #235 on: August 31, 2014, 09:06:29 PM »

Saw it and really enjoyed it.  It had a surprising balance of humor, action and heart.  I liked that the guardians all got plenty of funny character moments without any one of them being reduced to the group's Gimli or Jar Jar Binks. 

 This was also my first time at an Alamo Drafthouse (in Lubbock, Texas of all places)   and I've got to say I'm hooked.    Everything from the assigned seating to the unique movie pre show featuring footage from raccoon documentaries and some truly choice vintage trailers of old cheesy sci fi films (Ice Pirates, Star Crash etc)  just contributed to a first class movie going experience.   Nobody in the audience talked loud or disrupted the movie with their cell phones either.
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