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Old 02-16-2018, 05:58 AM   #26
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Might want to take a closer listen to the music in the Comic Con trailer that came out four months before Thor Ragnarok.

The Wonka connection seems to be a theme with this one. There was even talk back when this was coming together that Spielberg originally wanted Gene Wilder to play the game's deceased creator.


I'll agree there's a big golden ticket element to Ready Player One and using the song make sense but look at Ragnarok's production history: principal photography for Thor ended at the end of October, 2016 (and Ready Player One's ended a month earlier) -- so I don't think the Comic Con trailer had any influence on the Marvel team. The Thor sequence is special effects heavy and clearly not an after-thought because there was clearly a desire to give Jeff Goldblum's character a good intro, so I doubt the sequence was a late minute add.

I'd call this one a draw but defer to you.
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Old 02-16-2018, 07:44 AM   #27
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How derivative and 'me too!' given how the Willy Wonka song was just used so masterly in Thor Ragnarok last Fall. I'm sure the use of the song was just marketing types at work but I say its a warning sign. Another warning sign is that the trailer shows way too much.

At least they're not pushing the Depeche Mode.

Dear heavens, please some creative type, mash up this song with the video above:

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Old 02-16-2018, 09:28 AM   #28
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The book isn't amazing, in fact a lot of it is pretty sub-par, but it is fun. These trailers have none of that fun. It turns it into a bad CW teen drama with way too much CGI. I have no idea who the target audience is for this movie.
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Old 02-18-2018, 04:16 AM   #29
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The book isn't amazing, in fact a lot of it is pretty sub-par, but it is fun.
I, too, was quite disappointed by the book when I read it a while back. It had a great premise and some rather solid world-building, but unfortunately the actual story Cline told in this world he had created was mostly garbage. It was almost as if someone had written fan fiction using the world and characters some other author had created.

We've of course seen nothing yet but the trailers, but this might be one of those rare cases where the film adaptation is better than its source material - if only because the the bar to clear isn't awfully high here.
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Old 02-20-2018, 10:43 PM   #30
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We've of course seen nothing yet but the trailers . . .

13,910,192 Youtube views for RPO Trailer 1 as of today, posted for two months.

139,694,112 views for Infinity War Trailer as of today, posted for two months.

27,315,613 views for Incredibles Sneak Peek, posted for six days.

Lastly, from Dennis Miller's Twitter (you know, that cynical guy from the '80's)
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10,874,138 views of Solo Teaser, posted for two weeks.


Doesn't mean anything but I thought it was interesting.
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Old 02-20-2018, 10:58 PM   #31
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Lastly, from Dennis Miller's Twitter (you know, that cynical guy from the '80's).

My favorite NFL color commentator.
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Old 03-02-2018, 03:37 PM   #32
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Old 03-05-2018, 08:34 PM   #33
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From the Hollywood Reporter on Avengers release date causing Rampage to move up a week:

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The Avengers and Rampage dominoes impact Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Ernie Cline sci-fi novel. That film, which opens March 30, would have enjoyed three weeks as the sole tentpole in the marketplace.

RPO only has two weeks now to make bank.

I bet Spielberg wishes that he did in fact have some medicinal marijuana (that's an inside joke for the 14 non-retirement home bound people that actually watched the Oscars last night).

Disney is clearing the field.
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Old 03-05-2018, 10:22 PM   #34
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I bet Spielberg wishes that he did in fact have some medicinal marijuana (that's an inside joke for the 14 non-retirement home bound people that actually watched the Oscars last night)..

So, Harrison and spouse?
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Old 03-06-2018, 12:57 PM   #35
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So, Harrison and spouse?


Isn't Harrison at the old age home already?
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Old 03-06-2018, 01:18 PM   #36
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Isn't Harrison at the old age home already?

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Old 03-13-2018, 11:27 AM   #38
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Spielberg at the well received SXSW screening:
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“When I make a movie that I direct behind the camera, and I made a whole bunch of historical films like The Post and Bridge of Spies where I direct behind the camera, I’m pretty much in control of that. But when I decide to make a movie where I’m sitting in the audience with you, and I direct a movie in a seat next to you, that means I made the picture for you. And your reaction is everything, everything.”

“When I read the book, the scene that made me say completely yes to the film was a four page dialogue scene between Parzival and Art3mis. It’s the most they ever take in the book together. If I can capture in a bottle and reduce it to movie length to get that relationship; because this is character movie as well as an action movie.”

“My wife was jogging, and everyday when she went out and ran would listen to the book on tape. And this is not her kind of story, gaming. She’s never played a videogame in her life. You don’t have to play a videogame to understand the story. She came back to me after three days –I already decided to do it–she said, ‘Oh, there’s no decision to be made, you’re making this movie!”

“I found when I had multiple projects, I don’t get lost on one. I’d come back to one with complete clarity and my objectivity is the thing that I fear the most losing. The second I become too subjective about something and get too inside the story, I can’t see it from the audience’s point of view. By doing several things at the same time, I get to have a renewal of objectivity.”
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Old 03-13-2018, 12:22 PM   #39
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I will see this, despite agreeing with Joe and Roundshort. The buzz surrounding it is to great.

Ironically, it's sort of the opposite of what Disney is attempting. The Mouse House is trying to create new memories, and Beard here, is trying to encapsulate them in a singular experience.

That could prove a sticking point for Indy V
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Old 03-29-2018, 02:23 PM   #40
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So just saw the movie...WOW. Spielberg outdid himself her. No spoilers at all, but there are plenty of easter eggs throughout, lots of stuff from not only his filmography and particularly pop culture. Maybe even one or two that are of specific interest to people on this forum!
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Old 03-30-2018, 10:47 PM   #41
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So just saw the movie...WOW. Spielberg outdid himself her. No spoilers at all, but there are plenty of easter eggs throughout, lots of stuff from not only his filmography and particularly pop culture. Maybe even one or two that are of specific interest to people on this forum!

Just saw it myself and without getting into the whole book/movie sub-discussion, I was rather caught off guard by how pedestrian and un-Spielberg-y the movie was. It was serviceable enough, but if I didn't already know Spielberg had directed it, I would have never guessed from watching it.

For the record, I'm still very much in the hope/denial camp where it comes to Spielberg and another Indy movie, but with every additional movie he makes, a little of that hope dies. Ready Player One, The Post, The BFG, Bridge of Spies... All perfectly enjoyable movies, but nothing that really screams "Spielberg!" about them.
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A line from the book:
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"Halliday once said that he preferred to pretend the other Indiana Jones films, from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull onward, didn't exist. I tended to agree."
How did Spielberg respond?
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[Steven Spielberg] never said anything about that. You know, he's got a pretty thick skin, and that little dig is done in the context of 'the first three are a holy trilogy,' and it's also a very geek thing. That was a way to build Halliday's character. So many geeks from that era are so reverent and Halliday's maybe a little too reverent about the 1980s and the first original three came out in the 1980s, you know? So anything outside of the 1980s didn't count. It was less a dig about Steven and the movie and more about Halliday's obsession with and fixation with the 1980s.
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I will tell you that David Koepp came to the set of Ready Player One to talk about Indiana Jones 5, and I really wanted to go over and say hello, but I didn't because I was like 'Oh I bet he read this book,' and he's like 'Back off.' I never met him. I didn't go over there. It's just the worst thing. I remember when I met him I was like 'I hope he doesn't bring that up.' He never did.
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Old 04-04-2018, 01:52 AM   #43
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A line from the book:

How did Spielberg respond?

And David Koepp?


This is interesting, well the Indy mention at least.

At the end of the movie when Parvizal goes to Halliday's apartment in the Oasis, right when Halliday grants him the 'easter egg'.... you can see a 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' poster on Halliday's wall.
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Old 04-11-2018, 02:41 PM   #44
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As with Tintin, RPO is doing over 75% of its business overseas. Hope it holds up this weekend against Building Punching Movie.

It's fantastic, and worth rewatching on the big screen even without the pop culture references. The treasure hunt unfolds in such a satisfying way, Indy 5 will have to be able to at least match it. It could have been really solvable, for instance if Halliday was a huge Bachelor Party fan and every quest (car chase, Atari game) was Bachelor Party themed. Really short too.
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:31 PM   #45
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Time to start talking Lost in Space on Netflix?

With spectacular Friday and Saturday weather here in the East and RPO losing IMAX screens, Forbes noted RPO "tumbled 55% for an $11.2m third weekend and a $114.8m 18-day cume" and is looking around a $140 Domestic box office.

Not too good for a film with a purported $175M production budget.

While the international numbers look good, getting only 25% in China takes a big bite.

My 14 year daughter saw RPO with friends and liked it. My 12 year son had ZERO interest -- somewhat ironically, all him and his buddies care about are their Fortnite stats. My 17 year old also had no interest and just wanted to know when 'Isle of Dogs' is coming out and, more importantly, she is on the 'A Quiet Place' bandwagon.

It's funny. There's a little bit of a golden age of horror going on right now that is making a lot of folks, a lot of money -- and it is hilarious how these little films keep on coming out of no where and slaying industry "visionaries" in the field.

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With spectacular Friday and Saturday weather here in the East and RPO losing IMAX screens, Forbes noted RPO "tumbled 55% for an $11.2m third weekend and a $114.8m 18-day cume" and is looking around a $140 Domestic box office.

Not too good for a film with a purported $175M production budget.

While the international numbers look good, getting only 25% in China takes a big bite.

My 14 year daughter saw RPO with friends and liked it. My 12 year son had ZERO interest -- somewhat ironically, all him and his buddies care about are their Fortnite stats. My 17 year old also had no interest and just wanted to know when 'Isle of Dogs' is coming out and, more importantly, she is on the 'A Quiet Place' bandwagon.

It's funny. There's a little bit of a golden age of horror going on right now that is making a lot of folks, a lot of money -- and it is hilarious how these little films keep on coming out of no where and slaying industry "visionaries" in the field.

RPO will not be viewed by this raven patron. But we are heading to A quiet place today. Like JB said, love the quality of horror movies these days. Seems the gore porn era has backed down and we are seeing some great ghost stories, psycho thrillers, and Posseion flicks a few times a year. Hopefully we will see a decent reboot of Friday the 13th at some point
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But we are heading to A quiet place today. Like JB said, love the quality of horror movies these days.

I'm envious. Look forward to your review.

As to RPO, if you hadn't told me it was a Steven film, I'd of never guessed. Made for a curious experience.
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RPO will not be viewed by this raven patron. But we are heading to A quiet place today.

Dude, you can post here but don't have two secs to swing by R.I.P. and pay your respects to Gunny?
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Dude, you can post here but don't have two secs to swing by R.I.P. and pay your respects to Gunny?


I think my Hommage on Facebook was enough. R. Lee will have placement for sometime.

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I'm envious. Look forward to your review.

As to RPO, if you hadn't told me it was a Steven film, I'd of never guessed. Made for a curious experience.

Still no RPO - so I guess thread drift...... A Quiet Place was goodish - kinda went where you thought it would go. With that being said, impressive it can hold your attention. A few scenes that would make even R. Lee Ermey wince in pain.
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