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post #101 of 540
Yeahhhhhhh... I forgot about Gunter.

I listened to the audio book, and having wil Wheaton proudly and loudly exclaim all of that above like some sort of nerd elitist was more than a little grating.

I suspect the author of ready player one is insufferable, like that guy you know who talks about crash bandicoot nostalgia with way more passion and for way longer than is warranted.
post #102 of 540

The book really does feel like Alpha Nerd of Film Twitter: The Novel. 

post #103 of 540
Wait...FANBOYS as in the 'Road Trip movie to see Episode I' that got shelved when Episode I was released and revealed to be less than decent?
post #104 of 540
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Originally Posted by mondguy View Post

Wait...FANBOYS as in the 'Road Trip movie to see Episode I' that got shelved when Episode I was released and revealed to be less than decent?

 

Yes. That Fanboys.

 

He's also the proud owner of a DeLorean.

post #105 of 540

The book also has no characters. It's a couple of Mary Sues and a villain who is evil for the sake of it.

post #106 of 540
That 'message' at the end of the book is probably the most off putting thing about it. So wildly disingenuous. It's like he finished the book, realized how gross it was, and said, oh shit, I need a quick fix!

Maybe Spielberg can resolve it.
post #107 of 540
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Originally Posted by Freeman View Post


I suspect the author of ready player one is insufferable, like that guy you know who talks about crash bandicoot nostalgia with way more passion and for way longer than is warranted.

He's in a documentary about digging up the landfill with all the discarded E.T. Atari games. He drives a DeLorean with an E.T. doll seated beside him.

I couldn't find him more gruesome, and I grew up in the '80s.
post #108 of 540
I need to go slap my 1995 self for wanting more pop culture talk in my movies.
post #109 of 540
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Originally Posted by mondguy View Post

Thought experiment: Replace all of these known items with something obscure or original. Does it still have the same appeal?

 

Maybe. The idea of humanity willingly retreating into a massive virtual world because we've fucked up the real one beyond repair is interesting. As is a struggle between a massive corporation and the rest of the population for control of said massive world.

 

It's derivative, but it's still compelling in the right hands. Imagine if the Matrix was unimaginably profitable and everyone in it was aware and had a shot at inheriting full control over it and its value.

 

Look, I think Spielberg is smart enough to make this work in ways the novel doesn't quite. The corporation hunting down the scavenger hunt items isn't fucking around - they toss kids out of windows while they're still playing the game if they're a threat to them winning. They resort to terrorist activities to prevent other people from finding the scavenger hunt answers. Spielberg's deft enough to find a better balance between the fanciful virtual world and the horribly dystopian one outside it. And certainly better at understanding tone and pacing to take a good concept and make an even better movie out of it.

 

Granted, you have to be willing to forget that this is post-Crystal Skull Spielberg we're talking about, but yeah.

post #110 of 540
Actually Cline is a really nice dude. And yeah he has a Delorian made up like the BTTF one (flux capacitor and all), but he was always taking it to little events to show to children. Seriously, the dude is a nice harmless geek who made good is all.
post #111 of 540
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Originally Posted by Amos Orange View Post
 

The book also has no characters. It's a couple of Mary Sues and a villain who is evil for the sake of it.

 

Someone - I think it was John Scalzi - wrote a short story about the villain and his backstory where you learn - 

 

MORE SPOILERZ FOR THE BOOK (Click to show)
Sorrento's sister became so obsessed with the Oasis and the game at its center that she got addicted to drugs to stay awake and od'd. And his motivation is then he wants to become in charge of the OASIS so he can shut it down completely. Cline has said that this is now canon to the story, so who knows if that makes it in.
post #112 of 540
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Actually Cline is a really nice dude. And yeah he has a Delorian made up like the BTTF one (flux capacitor and all), but he was always taking it to little events to show to children. Seriously, the dude is a nice harmless geek who made good is all.

No, he is evil personified!
post #113 of 540

Cline may be a nice dude, but his work (vis a vis his characters who are supposed to be sympathetic) has a real undercurrent of gross misogyny and attitudes towards women. You might even say that he's a nice dude in real life, but in his books, he comes off as a...Nice Guy. 

post #114 of 540
Yeah probably a pervert too!
post #115 of 540
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Originally Posted by Paul C View Post
 

I'm sure I'm not the first to say this, but there's something weird about Spielberg playing with all this nostalgic iconography, which can't have the same kind of nostalgic value to him personally. He channeled his own nostalgia into making the kind of new stuff that this is now fetishizing.

 

It's an interesting point, because the novel itself is all about people fetishizing the 80s despite not having any nostalgic connection to the pop culture of that time. The creator of the Oasis grew up in the 80s and was obsessed with it, so he created the scavenger hunt in the game to be full of nothing but 80s references and clues.

 

So, the entire world becomes obsessed with 80s culture again as a result, despite it being 50 or so years after the 80s. Pop culture across the world literally goes back because everyone is spending years searching for related clues. Everyone is watching the movies again, listening to the albums all the time, wearing their hair like Flock of Seagulls.

post #116 of 540
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I hate that the Iron Giant has been brought back from its singular film to something like this

But that's the way things go I guess.

oh well

Actually, if anyone was to use Iron Giant it should be Spielberg as he gave Brad Bird his first big break (ie. Family Dog on Amazing Stories and Bird's first screenplay credit on *batteries not Included).
Edited by User_32 - 7/24/17 at 10:05am
post #117 of 540
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Yeah probably a pervert too!

 

Look what you did Freeman: 

https://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=727549

post #118 of 540
uh oh... twitter has been unleashed upon this...

poetry...?

https://mobile.twitter.com/benjanun_s/status/889527112608002049


edit:

oh NO!!! boone's link is audio???
post #119 of 540
Cline totally fucks his E.T. doll.
post #120 of 540
After reading the last couple pages of this thread, I'm so conflicted!

Like I said, I read the book a few years ago, on a recommendation (the recommender's incorrect assumption there that I would have to like such an 80s nostalgia trip), and I thought it was mostly harmless. I think I knocked it out in an afternoon, so it's not like I have to resent the wasted time. I also don't have any principled objection to pop references or nostalgia if used to good narrative ends; and they aren't added value to me otherwise. The book was okay.

My problem with this trailer is that it could be filled with every genre Easter egg in the world, and I wouldn't know because it all looked like a gray-blue blur to me, flares shot through fogged glass. But again, maybe that's me and my eyes are old-- the only things I could pick out were the Giant, the DeLorean, and Kaneda's bike (which does look fucking cool, and never won't).

Spielberg's been real hit-and-miss with me this whole century, so I don't get a sense of how this movie might play outside of all that. On the other hand, this is a teaser, so maybe he's got something very special up his sleeve. Conflicted!

Will say this: "Game-Changer" and "Pop Culture Holy Grail" are the most obnoxious trailer appelations I've ever seen. Worse than "Visionary". I ought to sit this one out just on account of that horseshit.
post #121 of 540

To be fair "Game Changer" is a cheeky pun and "holy grail" is a reference to the story's Mcguffin. Both are somewhat tongue-in-cheek.

post #122 of 540

We all know his holy grail is the porn star who knows the name of Luke Skywalker's home planet. 

post #123 of 540
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Originally Posted by Amos Orange View Post

To be fair "Game Changer" is a cheeky pun and "holy grail" is a reference to the story's Mcguffin. Both are somewhat tongue-in-cheek.

Point. I wasn't thinking of the main character's handle there, I admit... "Game-changer" is just one of those buzz-terms I wish we could just permanently retire, pun or no.
post #124 of 540

Ive never read the book, but still, I am the only one not really moved/interested by this?

I mean, to me it looks like this will be Spielberg's "Suckerpunch" (minus the sexism).

I really had no excitement or awe from this trailer or the movie's premise.*

 

*On the other hand, Ive watched waaay too much anime and read too many comics, so the "Virtual World hides a secret/adventure" premise I've experienced a lot already.

post #125 of 540

More like Sucker Punch with a +20 sexism modifier. 

post #126 of 540
I'm so disinterested, I haven't even watched the trailer!
post #127 of 540
I wasn't interested UNTIL I saw the trailer..
post #128 of 540
I'm so disinterested, I have to keep telling everyone how disinterested I am.
post #129 of 540

Disinterested +10

post #130 of 540
PERFORMATIVE DISINTEREST!!!
post #131 of 540
I am actually now more interested just to spite your disinterest.
post #132 of 540
All this disinterest is uninteresting..
post #133 of 540
I couldn't care less!
post #134 of 540

Im now interested in the disinterested that I have unleashed.*

 

*At least Nooj changing his avatar undid one of my biggest unleashings upon this forums.

 

Oddly enough, the more references/cameos I learned are in the movie/book, the more my desinterest grew.

post #135 of 540

Still waiting eagerly for that Nooj Avatar change.  

post #136 of 540

"Moviegoers Say Game Over To Spielberg's Ready Player One"

 

 

You're welcome, Box Office Mojo.

post #137 of 540
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Originally Posted by Mike J View Post
 

"Moviegoers Say Game Over To Spielberg's Ready Player One"

 

 

You're welcome, Box Office Mojo.

 

 

There's no way in hell that this doesn't do well. It's the cinematic equivalent of the most incredible nerd handjob ever.

 

It's basically FORREST GUMP's TRON.

post #138 of 540

Jesus, you people.

post #139 of 540
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Originally Posted by Headless Fett View Post
 

 

 

There's no way in hell that this doesn't do well. It's the cinematic equivalent of the most incredible nerd handjob ever.

 

It's basically FORREST GUMP's TRON.


And we all saw how well Tron Legacy performed.

post #140 of 540
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There's no way in hell that this doesn't do well. It's the cinematic equivalent of the most incredible nerd handjob ever.

It's basically FORREST GUMP's WHO DE-REZZED ROGER WRECK-IT RABBIT?

maybe with a dash of that one anti-drug PSA from the 90s that had a bunch of Saturday morning cartoon characters crossovers trying to prevent a kid from getting peer pressured
post #141 of 540

I mean, he's not wrong Jacob.  Except for the part where a hand job is desirable.  

post #142 of 540
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I couldn't care less!

I couldn't care any more less or less more!
post #143 of 540
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Originally Posted by mcnooj82 View Post

 

 

Ding ding ding we have a winner ladies and gentlemen.

 

Everyone can go home now.

post #144 of 540
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Originally Posted by Freeman View Post
 

I mean, he's not wrong Jacob.  Except for the part where a hand job is desirable.  

post #145 of 540

Nerd handjob is code for masturbation.

 

Which READY PLAYER ONE is really all about.

post #146 of 540

I mean, I didnt even saw/noticed most of the references until I read a breakdown of them.

In motion, this looks/feels like having a fever dream/hallucination at a Hot Topic.

post #147 of 540
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Originally Posted by ryoken View Post
 

I mean, I didnt even saw/noticed most of the references until I read a breakdown of them.

In motion, this looks/feels like having a fever dream/hallucination at a Hot Topic.


Tim Burton owns Hot Topic, sir! Not even Spielberg can touch that shit.

post #148 of 540
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Originally Posted by Mike J View Post
 


Tim Burton owns Hot Topic, sir! Not even Spielberg can touch that shit.

 

Fine, a fever dream/hallucination at Comic-Con.

post #149 of 540

It's a joint Burton-Rowling-Gerard Way production over at HT. 

post #150 of 540
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Originally Posted by Boone Daniels View Post

We all know his holy grail is the porn star who knows the name of Luke Skywalker's home planet. 

Nerd stench/

Would Luke's home planet be Tatooine, or that weird asteroid colony he was actually born on?

/Nerd Stench
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