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post #51 of 548

Matthew Broderick would have been great for the Wonka/Rylance/Halliday part. That's who I pictured when reading the book - sort of Broderick by way of Steve Jobs.

 

Since it's not a terribly demanding part, would have loved to seen what Michael J. Fox would have done with it. 

post #52 of 548

Anyone catch Freddy Kruger?

post #53 of 548

I did.  Felt weird seeing him in a Spielberg film, but I'm sure Wes would've liked that.

post #54 of 548
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Anyone catch Freddy Kruger?

 

post #55 of 548
I finally just watched the trailer for this. Holy shit....that is NOT what I thought this was..
post #56 of 548
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Anyone catch Freddy Kruger?

No.

Could barely make anything out, in fact. Don't know if that's just me, or what.

Read the book whenever it was it came out. It's neither as good as some people say or as bad as others say. Have a feeling it's going to be the same with this movie.
post #57 of 548

But Spielberg made his entire career off of taking sort of decent books with great ideas and turning them into much, much better movies.  IE. Jurassic Park and Jaws.

 

If anyone can take the wonderful, WONDERFUL idea that is Ready Player One and capitalize on the potential it's the beard.

 

But also the CG non stop as much shit on the screen as possible totally impossible chaos fest that is this trailers racing action set piece does not appeal to me at all.  I want the Beard who put together the T Rex scene, not the Beard who's cluttering the screen with shit because he can.  

post #58 of 548
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But also the CG non stop as much shit on the screen as possible totally impossible chaos fest that is this trailers racing action set piece does not appeal to me at all.  I want the Beard who put together the T Rex scene, not the Beard who's cluttering the screen with shit because he can.  

Agreed, but it doesn't even have to be JURASSIC PARK Spielberg.  Mine car chase/TEMPLE OF DOOM Spielberg would suffice.

 

I still think the action is going to be fun, there's just a lot going on there from what we've seen so far.  Perhaps too much going on.

post #59 of 548

I have to say, I kind of hated this trailer, because while I mildly liked Tin-tin and BFG, like, I'm getting real tired of watching Steven Spielberg genre outings used on bucketloads of CGI. And because the "cinematic game-changer" and "holy grail of pop culture" stuff made it sound like some Harry Knowles acolyte made the thing.

 

Also, gotta say, the whole pop culture blender thing is such a JJ Abrams concept to me (and boy did this trailer remind me of JJ Abrams), it's like, damn, is the master now imitating the half-assed pupil by adapting this book? You guys see Once Upon a Time? This whole trailer reeked of Kurtzmann and Orci and that ilk. Spielberg MAKES pop culture, he shouldn't have to become one of the lame dudes that recycles/regurgitates/refurbishes it. 

 

I mean, is this thing gonna get super-meta? Will the premise become an excuse for Spielberg to Dark Tower his shit? Will Jaws and ET and Indy and Schindler be in there?

 

I don't know, there may be some cool setpieces, I was getting more a goofy-ass Minority Report vibe than anything, but even that won't work too much for me if they're as CG as the ones in this trailer look.

post #60 of 548

And as someone who lives in Columbus, Ohio, boy is it weird to see this trailer for a Spielberg flick about a sci-fi dystopia open with "I live here in Columbus, Ohio..."

 

But we DO play a lot of videogames here in Columbus.

post #61 of 548
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I mean, is this thing gonna get super-meta? Will the premise become an excuse for Spielberg to Dark Tower his shit? Will Jaws and ET and Indy and Schindler be in there?

Spielberg has said that they've removed explicit references to his own films.  Only some of his producer efforts were allowed to be included (hence the DeLorean, and there's supposedly some GREMLINS references in there somewhere, too).

 

But I'm not unsympathetic to your other concerns.

post #62 of 548
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Spielberg has said that they've removed explicit references to his own films.  Only some of his producer efforts were allowed to be included (hence the DeLorean, and there's supposedly some GREMLINS references in there somewhere, too).

But I'm not unsympathetic to your other concerns.

So what you're saying is the Poltergeist tree has a cameo?
post #63 of 548

I heard Tobe Hooper's coke nose has a cameo. 

post #64 of 548
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Spielberg has said that they've removed explicit references to his own films.  Only some of his producer efforts were allowed to be included (hence the DeLorean, and there's supposedly some GREMLINS references in there somewhere, too).

 

But I'm not unsympathetic to your other concerns.

 

Well, see, I thought that might be the only way he could save this thing. Make it the Spielbergiest movie of them all.

 

Ah, well.

 

Maybe before Freddy gets blasted he'll do horrible, horrible things to Jar Jar Binks. Might as well get the nerd gratification on to full effect.

post #65 of 548

OK, finally watched this.  Unsure on the movie itself but really dug the use of Rush...which should surprise NOBODY.

post #66 of 548
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I heard Tobe Hooper's coke nose has a cameo. 

 

I heard they may in fact change the directing credit for the final film to Tobe Hooper. 

post #67 of 548

 Since its possible that Mechagodzilla will be in this, there is a good chance I'll see it.

post #68 of 548

I will be very, very surprised if they have that fight from the book. Don't hold your breath on seeing it.

 

The movie is definitely it's own thing and probably skips a lot of fun stuff.

post #69 of 548

I found this teaser confusing and alienating! Kid in a desolate city plays VR, presented as a load of chaotic CGI vomit featuring the Iron Giant and Willy Wonka music for some reason? I don't understand why this is a thing.

post #70 of 548
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OK, finally watched this.  Unsure on the movie itself but really dug the use of Rush...which should surprise NOBODY.

I'm guessing 70's Van Rock is the new trailer trend for geek movies. I approve!
post #71 of 548
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I'm guessing 70's Van Rock is the new trailer trend for geek movies. I approve!
I think it's more that the main character in the book listened to Rush all the time (if I remember correctly). This and Thor are a fluke. Now back to your standard slowed down piano ballad cover version of some 80s song.
post #72 of 548
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I think it's more that the main character in the book listened to Rush all the time (if I remember correctly). This and Thor are a fluke. Now back to your standard slowed down piano ballad cover version of some 80s song.

 

If the soundtrack is all Rush, then my ticket is as good as bought for this.

post #73 of 548

The "soundtrack" to the book is all 80s, but there's at least one sequence set to a Rush song.

 

Which is fine, because even though I know little of their work outside of their "hits," Rush makes everything better. 

post #74 of 548

Will be interesting to see if the movie's approach to pop culture is as lilywhite (except for the Japan stuff, which didn't make it in) as the book's. 

https://twitter.com/jbouie/status/889467559245959169

post #75 of 548

My interest in this is solely to watch Spielberg flex his adventure/action muscles.  I've never read the book, and the story seems completely ho-hum to me.  Like a trailer park Matrix.  But the trailer was eye-poppingly and aurally gorgeous.  I like seeing the Iron Giant and the Delorean, I guess, but seeing Spielberg show the recent video game-inspired sci-fantasy directors how a genuine master does it will be what buys my ticket.  Whether the movie is any good or not.

 

It was a beautiful (almost hypnotic) trailer, and sold me completely.

post #76 of 548

Also, speaking of RUSH, this is my personal favorite use of "Tom Sawyer" in nerd-centered media: 

post #77 of 548
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Also, speaking of RUSH, this is my personal favorite use of "Tom Sawyer" in nerd-centered media: 

 

Wrong!

 

 

post #78 of 548

Fair.

post #79 of 548
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
post #80 of 548
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I think this film has the potential to be pretty amazing, if Spielberg has something he wants to say with it. And I doubt the something would be as binary as nostalgia = bad. I'm especially curious what Mark Rylance is going to bring to that role. If the Wonka-esque character from the book was being played by some 80s icon - I was thinking Michael Gross when I read it - that would feel keeping with the book's shallow aims. Getting someone like Rylance suggests Spielberg has something else in mind. Or maybe he just wants to hang out with his buddy Mark Rylance, who will play it as if he was Michael Gross.

In truth, this is a big deal for Spielberg's late period. Is he making this through the eyes of the creator, whose output has shaped millions of kid's lives for the last thirty years, in ways he could never have predicted? Or is he making a film he thought had a profitable hook and some action sequences he had an idea how to shoot? I don't know if I'll like the answer, but I'm damn curious.

So that was a re-worked Willy Wonka theme playing at the start of the trailer. 

post #81 of 548
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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

 

CORPORATE SYNERGY, TONY!

 

I will say though that it's kind of weird that they brought Freddy Kruger back for this of all things when WB also is doing IT. I always saw any 80s-set version of IT riffing on Jason and Freddy much the way the book's 50s setting riffs on Universal movie monsters. 

post #82 of 548

Fun trailer, and I expect the movie will be reference and easter egg overload. For example, did anyone else notice the A-Team van in the starting grid? Or Duke Nukem in the Freddy Kruger scene?

post #83 of 548

I won't lie, I enjoyed the hell out of seeing Kaneda's motorcycle in there.

post #84 of 548
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I won't lie, I enjoyed the hell out of seeing Kaneda's motorcycle in there.
The first time I saw the trailer I thought it was a light cycle from Tron, minus all the glowing colors. When I watched the trailer again it dawned on me that it was Kaneda's bike, and I may have exclaimed a little too excitedly, as my wife just gave me a look.
post #85 of 548
Where's all the video game references in this video game project? Is Spielberg ditching games and focusing on 80's movie culture?
post #86 of 548
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Where's all the video game references in this video game project? Is Spielberg ditching games and focusing on 80's movie culture?
I'm betting we'll get more of that in the first full trailer. I have a feeling there is a shit ton of stuff in this movie.
post #87 of 548
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Where's all the video game references in this video game project? Is Spielberg ditching games and focusing on 80's movie culture?

 

Dude, I just said Duke Nukem is in the trailer. It's like unless we're fighting about Spider-Man, you don't even notice I'm around...

post #88 of 548

It's going to be weird seeing the first cinematic versions of all this stuff as 2-second sight gags.

post #89 of 548
If only there was more video game references for someone to point out to me!!!

(Duke is AWFUL)
post #90 of 548

And from the 90's, not 80's. If 90's pop culture is in play, who knows what we'll see.

post #91 of 548

Here's a list of references: 

 

and, of course, Kevin Smith. 

post #92 of 548

Yeah, I don't know why they'd have Duke Nukem in there, with all the negative stigma surrounding that franchise.

 

I guess because it was an inexpensive character to use in the film? I don't imagine we'll be seeing Mario or Sonic or any other big mascots in the film.

post #93 of 548

If I had to guess, I would also probably say Disney has some kind of semi-propietary/exclusive deal to use those characters. Mario is apparently a big part of WRECK IT RALPH 2.

post #94 of 548
They probably paid Spielberg himself to give him the rights to use Duke Nukem.
post #95 of 548

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.

post #96 of 548
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Here's a list of references: 

 

and, of course, Kevin Smith. 

 

Who wrote this thing?

post #97 of 548
I'm being a real Grumpy Gus type about this, but reading comments elsewhere along the lines of "OMG, it has the Delorean in it! How can I not see it!" gets under my skin. In this age of hidef video formats/streaming, it's easier than ever to see the original Delorean in the context OF WHY YOU LOVED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.

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

I am so sick to death of pop culture remix blenders.
post #98 of 548

I mean - 

SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK (Click to show)
The message of the book, if there is one, is Halliday saying to the lead "I wish I had spent more time in the real world rather than playing video games and consuming all this pop culture," and the lead realizing that there's "more to life" than nostalgia and the OASIS. 
 
That's something I could see Spielberg dealing with.
post #99 of 548
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Who wrote this thing?

 

Ernest Cline, writer of FANBOYS and ARMADA. 

 

That passage is from the book.

post #100 of 548
I have zero interest in this. "Pop Culture References: The Movie" just seems completely unnecessary.
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