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    I think the posters that won't like this movie haven't watched it yet.
    I'm hopefully seeing this sometime today or tomorrow. I hope I'm not one of those people.
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    If I overlook all the ridiculous crap, is it still fun? In certain moments, sure, but its uneven toeing of the line between corny, amateurish filmmaking joy and flat narrative grinding and ghetto-ed emotional sequences simply don't blend well. I wanted a sloppy meta blockbuster, and it was trying so hard to be both, tonally, that it materialized to neither.
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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    My main beefs with the film:
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    The more I think about it, the shoddier the whole story seems.
    I agree with all of this. "Shoddy" is the perfect term for the film.
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    JJ Abrams was on the Daily Show last night. Interview here:

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tu...11/j-j--abrams

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    Quote Quoting Irish (view post)
    JJ Abrams was on the Daily Show last night. Interview here:

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tu...11/j-j--abrams
    He's even starting to look like Spielberg.

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    HE was also on Howard Stern yesterday.

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    This was so awful. I'm just disappointed I let the trailer fool me into seeing it.

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    Lower grade than the Hangover 2?

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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    Lower grade than the Hangover 2?
    And The Green Hornet. You're fired.
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    Put me in the "liked it" camp. I thought Elle Fanning was terrific. I loved the scene where she blows everyone away with her acting. It reminded me of Mulholland Drive. Her zombie and home movie watching scenes were just as good.

    When this movie was about the kids and little moments like those, I loved it. When it was all loud explosions and monster movie stuff, I kinda liked it. It basically felt to me like a Michael Bay movie directed by Cameron Crowe of Almost Famous. An odd and uneasy mix.

    Perfect way to use the credits at the end. I wish audiences weren't so lame though. 2/3 of the audience were out of their seats and halfway to the exits as they stood and watched the credits.
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    Hah, almost my entire audience had already raced out the doors by the time the credits sequence began, so that there were literally maybe ten of us watching it in what had been a pretty packed room.
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    Yep, I was one of the ones who was gone the second the credits started. Don't feel bad about it either.
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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    Yep, I was one of the ones who was gone the second the credits started. Don't feel bad about it either.
    You should pat yourself on the back for being special.
    Sure why not?

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    So what did I miss?

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    Quote Quoting Pop Trash (view post)
    And The Green Hornet. You're fired.
    The Green Hornet wasn't half as bad as everyone is making it out to be just as Super 8 wasn't half as good as some people seem to think. :P

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    You should pat yourself on the back for being special.
    Ok.
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    The one moment I thought to be completely hokey was the scene where Joe and Alice sit in Joe's room with a film projector between them and the film that plays is, conveniently, footage of Joe as a baby with his mother. Other than that, the movie was a great fusion of Abrams and Spielberg's filmmaking styles and storytelling techniques.
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    One thing that annoyed me about this movie: there's one kid who likes firecrackers, and that is literally the extent of his personality. When he dies, there will be nothing to say at his funeral except for how much he liked firecrackers.

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    One thing that annoyed me about this movie: there's one kid who likes firecrackers, and that is literally the extent of his personality. When he dies, there will be nothing to say at his funeral except for how much he liked firecrackers.
    But wasn't it convenient how his knowledge and access to firecrackers was an important factor in the climax? That came as a surprise.
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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    But wasn't it convenient how his knowledge and access to firecrackers was an important factor in the climax? That came as a surprise.
    There were a lot of things Abrams did wrong with Super 8, but I still this was a stepping stone for him. He'll be able to reflect back on the misuse of characters and planted subject matter for future films.

    The biggest being the reveal of the monster way too late. If you're gonna name a movie after the most important subject in the film, why not focus more around that subject? Oh because it takes a week for the film to finally develop. :lol: Let's see, what can we do for a week while the kids are waiting for the film to develop?

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    Quote Quoting Isaac (view post)
    One thing that annoyed me about this movie: there's one kid who likes firecrackers, and that is literally the extent of his personality. When he dies, there will be nothing to say at his funeral except for how much he liked firecrackers.
    I'm pretty sure that kid was based a little on Tanner from The Bad News Bears (at least in his looks) and the blonde wild child from Over the Edge.
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    I'm pretty sure that kid was based a little on Tanner from The Bad News Bears (at least in his looks) and the blonde wild child from Over the Edge.
    Exactly the same two kids I had in mind, especially the one from Over the Edge.
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    I'm predicting this won't lose much audience during the second and third weeks. It may even gain. My 15-year-old daughter and her friends had not heard of it. She enjoyed it so much that she's dragging all of them to it on Saturday.

    She is in a group of kids who spend weekends making movies for youtube.
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    Quote Quoting balmakboor (view post)
    Exactly the same two kids I had in mind, especially the one from Over the Edge.
    Right. And I think the blonde kid in OtR also carried around an arsenal of firecrackers.

    I had friends in the 80s with that same type of personality.
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    Quote Quoting balmakboor (view post)
    I'm predicting this won't lose much audience during the second and third weeks. It may even gain. My 15-year-old daughter and her friends had not heard of it. She enjoyed it so much that she's dragging all of them to it on Saturday.
    It'll be interesting to see the B.O. results this weekend. The only other tentpole release is The Green Lantern, which is getting bad buzz. Of course there is the Jim Carrey penguin movie. And people love their penguins.
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