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« Reply #40 on: June 08, 2011, 08:29:04 PM »

Quote from: Blackjack on June 08, 2011, 08:15:45 PM

EW weighs in and loves it [A] (probably means we'll all hate it... icon_razz)

EW reviews Super 8 (NOTE: There could be spoilers.... be warned! Like the monster looks like Pee Wee Herman!)
http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20483133_20483446,00.html
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Loving, Playful, and spectacularly well made, Super 8 is easily the best summer movie of the year — of many years. And I make that declaration with full knowledge that the season has just begun.

It's been eons since a movie has conjured up such intense, specific feelings, images, memories, and nostalgic fantasies about American summertime youth — everyone's American summertime youth, regardless of current age, nationality, sex, or climate. It's been ages since adolescent innocence, fatherly authority, and everyday awe were in movie vogue.

This irresistible story of ... [hey, I'm protecting you in case you're Howard Hughes and are avoiding the trailers-bj paranoid] may leave viewers dumbstruck: How have we survived for so long on such a meager, high-cal, low-nutrition diet of processed summertime superhero sequels?

Super 8 is an antidote to that emotional-
vitamin deficiency. It's also a great specimen of original storytelling grounded in a sophisticated respect for storytellers who have come before.
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Variety weighs in less enthusiastically... [Possible spoilers though if you've seen the trailers, nothing you don't already assume]
http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117945388?refcatid=31
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Rare is the writer-director capable of creating such compelling horror-movie characters, yet one suspects J.J. Abrams' spirited teen ensemble would have sustained our interest even without the CG ... [censored for your protection again]. Sadly, the helmer seems too smitten working with Steven Spielberg to recognize that his idol-turned-champion created the very paradigm that limits his passion project, forcing this modest nostalgia trip to function as a blockbuster.

What could have been a sleeper hit seems ill equipped to attract the broad summer audience its tentpole trappings demand.
The latter is almost certainly what everyone said about ET pre-release in 1982 (which had no stars and a rubber alien).

It does seem like something that's going to need good reviews and word of mouth to survive the summer box office blockbuster bloodletting.

Uhg, that sounds terrible. I hate kids. I was really hoping for a good monster movie.
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« Reply #41 on: June 08, 2011, 08:37:30 PM »

84% on Rotten Tomatoes on 49 reviews.  83% of the their top critics too.

Not too shabby.  I'm probably taking my son to see this over the weekend.
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« Reply #42 on: June 08, 2011, 09:47:40 PM »

This is the movie most likely to get me into a theater this summer, and it looks like a nice heat wave will soon drive me to seek air conditioning.
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« Reply #43 on: June 09, 2011, 01:57:17 AM »

Really looking forward to this.  It was filmed in a small steel mill town Weirton, Wv. Where I grew up.  I have several friends that are in the movie as extras/ background folks. 
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« Reply #44 on: June 09, 2011, 02:09:18 AM »

the few trailers Ive seen have moved this up on my possible theater list.  It looks like is could be a pretty good summer flick.  I have an awesome home theatre set up so it takes a lot to pull me into the public theaters these days.
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« Reply #45 on: June 09, 2011, 04:39:40 AM »

Ebert quite liked this (3.5 stars), although I think he expresses some disappointment the movie... well, the way I'd put it is he seems to feel the first hour is like the best of Rob Reiner's "Stand By Me," with the sensitive side of J.J. Abrams doing fine work with a cast of unknown youngsters; and then after that it veers off those rails into FX-laden J.J. Abrams Summer Movie Blockbuster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mode, as if it's afraid to be a sweet, funny movie about youngsters because, you know, we're expecting M.I. 4 meets Cloverfield, and you can't just have a movie about teens goofing off in 1979 and expect to survive the box office onslaught of Green Lantern, right?

Then again, the EW critic that hates most summer movie blockbusters loved every minute of this. So who knows? I hope it's a runaway success and puts the louder summer flix to shame.  icon_cool

I was 14 in 1979, and I suspect I'll get all horribly nostalgic.  icon_smile
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« Reply #46 on: June 09, 2011, 04:41:50 AM »

I was 3 ninja

But I'm looking forward to it.  And I thought the Portal 2 tie-in was well done.

Oh, and MI4?  The photo recon unit?
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« Reply #47 on: June 09, 2011, 02:11:23 PM »

Want to see this on Saturday with the wife and our 10yr old.

However - I just read the following - I marked in BOLD the part that causes concern for me (copied / pasted from IMDB):
 
As you might expect, J. J. Abrams has churned out another exhilarating experience with solid entertainment. Imagine, if you will, a combination of The Goonies + Cloverfield and you will get Super 8, the story of a young boy and his friends that witness a creature escaping a crashed military train while filming with a super 8 camera. As I heard an audience member say after the screening, J. J. Abrams put his fingerprint on this movie, then smeared it all over. The mysterious creature is only glimpsed a handful of times during the first half of the film, and the story will keep you constantly guessing and engaged. With the aid of some fantastic special effects, Super 8 will no doubt be one of the most exciting films of this summer, additionally offering a nostalgic reminder of the times of Spielberg's E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. So the bottom line is: Super 8 is good, and if you're watching it as a J. J. Abrams fan, you're in for a real treat.

But the film is not without its flaws. Within this young cast you can sense a lot of rising stars… but that's just it. They're still "rising". It is a common problem to have some amateur acting with kids. The story is not entirely original either. However, these are only minor complaints against the movie. The main issue with Super 8 is that it can't decide what it wants to be. Is it a coming-of-age drama? Is it an alien action film? Is it horror mystery? Alien and horror and mystery genres can mix quite nicely, but unfortunately coming-of-age… not so much. One aspect of the film focuses on the adventure of kids in a rural town while another focuses on a violently rampaging alien. The result is a schizophrenic jumble of genres that has you shifting uncomfortably in your seat at the idea of kids watching certain scenes. For this reason, I STRONGLY caution adults taking their kids to see this movie. Super 8 had more blood, cursing, and blatant drug references than any movie I have seen in a while. IT's a bit like walking into Kick-ass expecting a child's movie. In my honest opinion Super 8 should have been rated R, but Abrams was careful when pushing the limits of PG-13 rules. Indeed, this movie was a wonderful throwback to the days of E.T., but perhaps should only be viewed by those who watched E.T. when it came out. Don't forget that the Abrams touch is violent, as well as mysterious! 8/10

Hmmm - what to do. Our son is by no means a shrinking violet but I need to be aware at the same time.
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« Reply #48 on: June 09, 2011, 02:17:19 PM »

Quote from: Roman on June 09, 2011, 02:11:23 PM

For this reason, I STRONGLY caution adults taking their kids to see this movie. Super 8 had more blood, cursing, and blatant drug references than any movie I have seen in a while. IT's a bit like walking into Kick-ass expecting a child's movie. In my honest opinion Super 8 should have been rated R, but Abrams was careful when pushing the limits of PG-13 rules. Indeed, this movie was a wonderful throwback to the days of E.T., but perhaps should only be viewed by those who watched E.T. when it came out. Don't forget that the Abrams touch is violent, as well as mysterious! 8/10


It has more blood, cursing and drug references than kick-ass? I guess I would need to watch it again but KA was pretty violent, I just don't remember exactly how much blood and cursing there was (drugs I don't remember at all).
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« Reply #49 on: June 09, 2011, 05:26:32 PM »

EW has a dual interview w/ Abrams and Spielberg. Mostly saved for their print version but a bit is here:
http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/06/09/this-weeks-cover-j-j-abrams-steven-spielberg-super-8/
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The relationship began nearly 30 years ago when Abrams — then a teenage wannabe filmmaker growing up geeky in Los Angeles, along with his best friend Matt Reeves (who co-created Felicity with Abrams and directed Cloverfield) — were hired to repair the 8mm Spielberg shot during his youth.

“I remember working on this one film and getting to the credits where it said: ‘Written and directed by Steve Spielberg.’ Not ‘Steven.’ Steve Spielberg!” recalls Abrams. “I told Matt: I am totally going to cut one of these ‘Steve Spielberg’ frames out of this film and keep it for myself, but Matt talked me out of it.”

“People only called me Steven after my first screen credit,” replies Spielberg. “I prefer Steve, but those days are long gone.”
While I don't think there's anything fundamentally wrong with "hybrid" films that try to mix different genres and meet different expectations, it's really tough to do well, imho. You often end up not quite pleasing anyone, instead of pleasing everybody (which presumably is the goal).

I mean, using a TV reference, is AMC's The Walking Dead a weekly zombie horror show, or is it a soap opera drama that uses zombies as a backdrop, or is it "Lost with Zombies"? I like the mix there, but some people would rather just have Dawn of the Dead every minute, lopped-off limbs every other minute, and skip the melodrama. I think the mix is what makes it special there.

It's interesting to speculate whether Super 8 is exactly what Abrams intended, or if he really was struggling with meeting summer movie expectations and the Spielberg-as-producer connection. Spielberg has already shown with Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, Munich etc. etc.  he can do films waaaaaaaaay out of what 1970s/1980s audiences thought he would always be doing (great popcorn movies). Hopefully Super 8 is Abrams trying to show he's not a action/sci-fi one-trick pony, and is perhaps just his initial baby steps in branching in other directions. Not necessarily "better" or "deeper" directions, just different.  icon_smile
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« Reply #50 on: June 09, 2011, 07:47:25 PM »

Talking to someone who saw a prescreen of the movie, I'm super, super stoked to go see this. It sounds great.
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« Reply #51 on: June 10, 2011, 04:32:52 AM »

Just came back from a preview screening. Got two words to describe it: Top.Notch! JJ Abrams basically channels Steven Spielberg and together they deliver pure sci-fi, monster-movie cinematic magic. The film's very nostalgic, set in 1979 and it pays tribute to the craft of super8 filmmaking. The cast of kids is very likeable and you can't help but be swept along with the whole adventurous air of it. Quite the magical film. Loved it!
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« Reply #52 on: June 10, 2011, 04:36:43 AM »

Quote from: ibdoomed on June 09, 2011, 02:17:19 PM

Quote from: Roman on June 09, 2011, 02:11:23 PM

For this reason, I STRONGLY caution adults taking their kids to see this movie. Super 8 had more blood, cursing, and blatant drug references than any movie I have seen in a while. IT's a bit like walking into Kick-ass expecting a child's movie. In my honest opinion Super 8 should have been rated R, but Abrams was careful when pushing the limits of PG-13 rules. Indeed, this movie was a wonderful throwback to the days of E.T., but perhaps should only be viewed by those who watched E.T. when it came out. Don't forget that the Abrams touch is violent, as well as mysterious! 8/10


It has more blood, cursing and drug references than kick-ass? I guess I would need to watch it again but KA was pretty violent, I just don't remember exactly how much blood and cursing there was (drugs I don't remember at all).

Maybe Roman was stoned when he watched it, but, nahh, this one's not more violent than 'Kick-Ass'. It's not for very young kids, but a couple of curse words and some scary-but-not-gory action doesn't make it a R rating.
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« Reply #53 on: June 10, 2011, 04:46:02 AM »

I have not seen it yet. A friend of mine did, however, and this was his review:

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Saw an advance screening of Super 8. Horrible recycling of E.T., littered with plot holes & implausible actions by the characters. Wait a few months & watch it at home.
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« Reply #54 on: June 10, 2011, 01:56:01 PM »

Yeah, I;m not terribly excited to see this...  I'll wait for the DVD
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« Reply #55 on: June 10, 2011, 01:58:35 PM »

Quote from: Soulchilde on June 10, 2011, 01:56:01 PM

Yeah, I;m not terribly excited to see this...  I'll wait for the DVD

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« Reply #56 on: June 10, 2011, 02:11:57 PM »

Quote from: PR_GMR on June 10, 2011, 04:36:43 AM

Quote from: ibdoomed on June 09, 2011, 02:17:19 PM

Quote from: Roman on June 09, 2011, 02:11:23 PM

For this reason, I STRONGLY caution adults taking their kids to see this movie. Super 8 had more blood, cursing, and blatant drug references than any movie I have seen in a while. IT's a bit like walking into Kick-ass expecting a child's movie. In my honest opinion Super 8 should have been rated R, but Abrams was careful when pushing the limits of PG-13 rules. Indeed, this movie was a wonderful throwback to the days of E.T., but perhaps should only be viewed by those who watched E.T. when it came out. Don't forget that the Abrams touch is violent, as well as mysterious! 8/10


It has more blood, cursing and drug references than kick-ass? I guess I would need to watch it again but KA was pretty violent, I just don't remember exactly how much blood and cursing there was (drugs I don't remember at all).

Maybe Roman was stoned when he watched it, but, nahh, this one's not more violent than 'Kick-Ass'. It's not for very young kids, but a couple of curse words and some scary-but-not-gory action doesn't make it a R rating.

wha? Huh? Twas not me that posted that reference - that was ibdoomed  Tongue. I was clean and sober when I saw KickAss (at least that is what I told the parole officer....) ninja
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« Reply #57 on: June 10, 2011, 02:22:47 PM »

Quote from: rickfc on June 10, 2011, 01:58:35 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on June 10, 2011, 01:56:01 PM

Yeah, I;m not terribly excited to see this...  I'll wait for the DVD

This.

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« Reply #58 on: June 10, 2011, 02:39:01 PM »

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Oh, the irony!  icon_lol
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« Reply #59 on: June 10, 2011, 02:51:47 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 10, 2011, 02:39:01 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 10, 2011, 02:22:47 PM

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Oh, the irony!  icon_lol

my thoughts exactly  icon_lol
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« Reply #60 on: June 10, 2011, 03:19:03 PM »

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 10, 2011, 02:22:47 PM

Quote from: rickfc on June 10, 2011, 01:58:35 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on June 10, 2011, 01:56:01 PM

Yeah, I;m not terribly excited to see this...  I'll wait for the DVD

This.

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« Reply #61 on: June 10, 2011, 03:22:18 PM »

Quote from: rickfc on June 10, 2011, 01:58:35 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on June 10, 2011, 01:56:01 PM

Yeah, I;m not terribly excited to see this...  I'll wait for the DVD

This.

DITTO.  I think I'll finally see Thor this weekend instead.
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« Reply #62 on: June 10, 2011, 03:37:30 PM »

Taking the wife to see this on Saturday, and leaving my son home with the babysitter  icon_twisted
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« Reply #63 on: June 10, 2011, 04:09:18 PM »

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Taking the wife to see this on Saturday, and leaving my son home with the babysitter  icon_twisted

Taking my son to see this on Saturday, and leaving my wife home as the babysitter.   icon_biggrin
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« Reply #64 on: June 10, 2011, 04:15:30 PM »

no one is taking the babysitter and leaving the wife and kids at home?
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« Reply #65 on: June 10, 2011, 04:52:24 PM »

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no one is taking the babysitter and leaving the wife and kids at home?

Pfft, certainly not to a movie, there are better ways to spend time with the babysitter.
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« Reply #66 on: June 10, 2011, 04:58:42 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on June 10, 2011, 04:15:30 PM

no one is taking the babysitter and leaving the wife and kids at home?

I heard Arnold Schwarzenegger is!  icon_lol
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« Reply #67 on: June 10, 2011, 05:20:43 PM »

Hey, Coach Taylor is in it (Kyle Chandler). Want to watch!
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« Reply #68 on: June 11, 2011, 02:26:22 AM »

Saw it this afternoon, and really enjoyed it a great deal.  Especially impressed with the lead male kid actor and Dakota, I mean, Elle Fanning.  They are definitely going to be ones to watch in the coming years.  The main kid is just fantastic, one of those great kid actors that can do well conveying emotions without necessarily needing dialog.  They have great chemistry throughout and really do a good job of building the movie's emotional core.  

The movie does really play out as a "hybrid" as I've heard it called.  There's a coming of age/dealing with tragedy story unfolding around Stand By Me-ish kids, who are making a movie with their Super 8 (that was the original movie idea from what I read).  And then it was mashed with a Cloverfield-esque, ET-wannabe, monster storyline.  Sometimes it gels, sometimes it doesn't.  For some it might move a bit slow in parts, but I really enjoyed it.  I'm really curious to know what the original screenplay or story looked like before he blended in the monster stuff.

The interesting thing about this movie to me is that I can easily see how some people could have their expectations raised really high, so they might end up questioning the final product.  And yes, it is easy to poke a lot of holes in the movie, and ask questions about some of the things that happen that seem rather arbitrary, and others that might feel contrived just to get an emotional response.  So I'd say you definitely have to manage your expectations going in, or you could be very disappointed.

Another side note.  As big a fan I am of JJ Abrams, it seems to me he doesn't have a lot of defining characteristics as a director.  If you told me someone else directed this I would have had no idea.  I don't know if it bothers me or not, as sometimes I get irritated when I feel like a director is forcibly doing something that he always does just because.  But JJ doesn't seem to have any JJ-isms that I can recall.  In fact some of the shots are more Spielberg homage-y than they are JJ-y.  I guess some of the emotional stuff, particularly the old footage of the mom, gave me some Lost-ish vibes (I almost thought the actress was Kate.)  This is not necessarily a bad thing, just something that occurred to me.

All in all I was happy with the movie, particularly on an emotional level it felt very satisfying, and I'm always happy to see a fantastic kid performance.  Unfortunately there's that nitpicky side of me that wants to pick nits on some of the plot elements, but I'm trying to ignore him lol.

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« Reply #69 on: June 11, 2011, 02:27:18 AM »

Oh yeah, and one other note, comparing this to Kick Ass is ridiculous.  There's maybe a couple of bad words and a couple of references to smoking pot, that's it. 
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Quote from: Soulchilde on June 10, 2011, 01:56:01 PM

Yeah, I;m not terribly excited to see this...  I'll wait for the DVD

This.

DITTO.  I think I'll finally see Thor this weekend instead.

LOL,haven't you said that every weekend since its been released? Tongue
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« Reply #71 on: June 11, 2011, 04:37:35 AM »

I thought this was a great movie. Very sentimental at parts, but not treacly so. The kids did a good job carrying the movie, and the plot wasn't too implausible. Certainly better than the big box of empty that as Thor. So far, between Thor, X-Men, Hangover, Pirates and this, it's been a good season for movies.
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« Reply #72 on: June 11, 2011, 08:32:55 AM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 11, 2011, 03:11:35 AM

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Quote from: Soulchilde on June 10, 2011, 01:56:01 PM

Yeah, I;m not terribly excited to see this...  I'll wait for the DVD

This.

DITTO.  I think I'll finally see Thor this weekend instead.

LOL,haven't you said that every weekend since its been released? Tongue

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« Reply #73 on: June 11, 2011, 02:23:39 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on June 11, 2011, 08:32:55 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 11, 2011, 03:11:35 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 10, 2011, 03:22:18 PM

Quote from: rickfc on June 10, 2011, 01:58:35 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on June 10, 2011, 01:56:01 PM

Yeah, I;m not terribly excited to see this...  I'll wait for the DVD

This.

DITTO.  I think I'll finally see Thor this weekend instead.

LOL,haven't you said that every weekend since its been released? Tongue

by Jupiter's cock I will see that film!

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« Reply #74 on: June 12, 2011, 12:39:44 PM »

Saw it last night with the wife... neither one of us knew much about it going in (and talking to the other people in line, most of them didn't either), but we both enjoyed it.  The sci-fi aspects were just the framework upon which they hung the human relationships; the melding of the two wasn't perfect, but it did make it enjoyable for those like my wife who wouldn't be interested in a pure sci-fi/monster movie.  The actors were all excellent, and the relationship between the two leads was sweet and believable (I kept thinking back to the Karate Kid remake, where the romantic relationship was too mature for their actual ages)

The "Stand By Me for Generation X" vibe was strong, but welcome.  Seeing all of the late 70s trappings did my heart good; though the anachronisms in these sort of movies always drive me up the wall smile  The movie ostensibly takes place in 1979, but they reference both Rubik's Cube and the Walkman - neither of which were introduced here until mid/late 1980.  But they did an excellent job with the soundtrack - most, if not all, of the songs were hit singles in 1979.

Overall, I thought it was a decent way to spend two hours, and I'll probably pick it up on blu-ray once it comes out.  On a side note, is Spielberg exec. producing everything these days?  With the exception of Harry Potter, all of the trailers had "Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg" splashed across the credits.

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« Reply #75 on: June 12, 2011, 02:38:11 PM »

I took my 14 yr old son to see this last night and we both thought it was an excellent movie. A few have already refuted Romans earlier post, and I'll add that I don't think this movie is inappropriate for a young teen. If anything the movie makes subtle criticism of marijuana and alchohol use - actually strong against the latter. As well, the brutal moments for any of the violence is off screen. I agree with others that the male lead, Joel Courtney, and Ellie Fanning were excellent. Quite honestly I think Coutneys performance is the best acting by a young teen since Natalie Portman in Leon the Professional - I say that despite liking many of the performances by the Harry Potter cast. Fanning isn't far behind - top rate performance. For those wanting to wait until it comes to BRD/DVD, its isn't a movie that requires the big screen treatment. That said, because the audience gets so drawn into this film, I'm glad I watched it in a theater to hear and share the experience. The movie isn't perfect and there's some noticeable plot holes, but it's the type of movie where you don't care because the ride is so much fun. 2 thumbs up high from me.
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« Reply #76 on: June 12, 2011, 02:43:30 PM »

Quote from: Laner on June 12, 2011, 12:39:44 PM

Seeing all of the late 70s trappings did my heart good; though the anachronisms in these sort of movies always drive me up the wall smile  The movie ostensibly takes place in 1979, but they reference both Rubik's Cube and the Walkman - neither of which were introduced here until mid/late 1980.  
Incorrect! The walkman came out in July of '79, though you are right that it hit maximum mainstream penetration by the mid-80s. And the Rubik's Cube was released internationally by 1979, but I think it was not released in the States until 1980. But yeah, they both were unlikely to be part of popular culture in 1979.
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« Reply #77 on: June 12, 2011, 02:45:40 PM »

Laner, you should spoiler your response about the credits, as I think I've peiced together your reference.
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« Reply #78 on: June 12, 2011, 02:55:55 PM »

Quote from: Captain Caveman on June 12, 2011, 02:43:30 PM

Quote from: Laner on June 12, 2011, 12:39:44 PM

Seeing all of the late 70s trappings did my heart good; though the anachronisms in these sort of movies always drive me up the wall smile  The movie ostensibly takes place in 1979, but they reference both Rubik's Cube and the Walkman - neither of which were introduced here until mid/late 1980.  
Incorrect! The walkman came out in July of '79, though you are right that it hit maximum mainstream penetration by the mid-80s. And the Rubik's Cube was released internationally by 1979, but I think it was not released in the States until 1980. But yeah, they both were unlikely to be part of popular culture in 1979.

Actually it was only known as the Walkman in Japan in 1979. True it was released in NA in 79, but it was originally called the Sony Soundabout - wasn't branded the Walkman until 80. But we're talkin a year here -maybe less- so we're really splitting hairs. slywink
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« Reply #79 on: June 12, 2011, 04:16:44 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 12, 2011, 02:45:40 PM

Laner, you should spoiler your response about the credits, as I think I've peiced together your reference.

Done, though it was nothing more than a throwaway gag- had nothing to do with the movie proper.
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