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post #30901 of 33800
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Originally Posted by Fraid uh noman View Post

All this sky portal talk from Suicide Squad is the one thing that has me questioning this movie the most. A bad review is one thing....we all got different opinions. But that shit sounds LAME. How many movies has that happened in and where did it start? Return of the King?

 

(The original) Ghostbusters?

post #30902 of 33800
I always forget obvious ones like that. But Return of the King was the first one that looked straight the SAME as the ones they still show...like in the first Iron Man...although those two had so little bearing on the plot that they don't bother me too bad. And past that I can't remember exactly what others I've seen that trope in.

I guess the Avengers counts...though it doesn't look QUITE the same and is a much bigger part of the plot..
post #30903 of 33800
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Originally Posted by Fraid uh noman View Post

I always forget obvious ones like that. But Return of the King was the first one that looked straight the SAME as the ones they still show...like in the first Iron Man...although those two had so little bearing on the plot that they don't bother me too bad. And past that I can't remember exactly what others I've seen that trope in.

I guess the Avengers counts...though it doesn't look QUITE the same and is a much bigger part of the plot..

 

Yeah, I definitely think The Avengers is responsible for set off the rash of recent skyportals appearing in tentpole films.

 

You're right, the plot device of trying to stop the aliens getting through has been borrowed along with the look.

 

I didn't even think about Iron Man, but that wasn't really a portal, just a blast of energy -- I can totally let that slide. Although, the look of the blue energy has definitely been borrowed (but The Avengers portal was also blue wasn't it?).

 

That finale was probably one of the best ones Marvel has done along with Civil War.

post #30904 of 33800
I guess Return of the King counts as a blast of energy shot skyward as well. And I'm still not sure what either of them were meant to be showing. It seemed like just some kind of random effect..
post #30905 of 33800
I imagine this is largely due to there needing to be some sort of visible doomsday weapon or scenario that the heroes can charge towards in a final desperate attempt to save the day. It has to seem massive and insurmountable, although we've seen them shut down 50 times now.
post #30906 of 33800
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Originally Posted by Bill View Post
 

The probability of sky-portal based finales in next year's offerings...
  

 
Uncharted: 10% (that's if they don't choose to rip off Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in which case 99.9%)
 

 

Who would do that?

post #30907 of 33800
I only saw one movie at the theater this summer (Civil War) and that's only because Marvel is a fairly safe bet at this point (and even most of their films are somewhat bland/predictable/one note). Just not interested in blockbusters anymore unless its Marvel or Star Wars (notice each studio has one mogul in Kennedy/Feigi rather than a committee of faceless corporate drones). Blockbusters are just too far beyond studio fuckery at this point to be worth the time...its like they're not so much making movies anymore but glorified marketing campaigns to trick you into giving up your money. Before there at least seemed to be some genuine desire to make a lasting achievement.
post #30908 of 33800
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Originally Posted by Cylon Baby View Post
 

 

Who would do that?

 

I don't know, the games are running out of Indiana Jones movies to riff on.

 

edit:

 

I guess they're probably just gonna re-do the first game, so probably no alien portal.

 

Still, they could reference Raiders enough that whatever MacGuffin they use qualifies as a beam of light portal thing.

post #30909 of 33800
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Originally Posted by Ambler View Post

I only saw one movie at the theater this summer (Civil War) and that's only because Marvel is a fairly safe bet at this point (and even most of their films are somewhat bland/predictable/one note). Just not interested in blockbusters anymore unless its Marvel or Star Wars (notice each studio has one mogul in Kennedy/Feigi rather than a committee of faceless corporate drones). Blockbusters are just too far beyond studio fuckery at this point to be worth the time...its like they're not so much making movies anymore but glorified marketing campaigns to trick you into giving up your money. Before there at least seemed to be some genuine desire to make a lasting achievement.

 

I must completely concur with this statement.  I've seen a few more 'blockbusters' than you have, but very few of them have been anything more than marketing campaigns in search of a plot.  Very few (CIVIL WAR and ST: BEYOND) have been worth any sort of monetary expenditure.

post #30910 of 33800
I kind of liked the end of "Jason Bourne," where it's just two guys beating the hell out of each other in a sewer.

That's not a spoiler because I didn't say who wins.
post #30911 of 33800

Is Legend of Tarzan worth a look? It's doing better than anyone originally expected.

post #30912 of 33800
How has Tarzan succeeded with no Skyportal?
post #30913 of 33800
You need skyportals and/or gorillas to have a hit movie. Tarzan covers its nonskyportal bases.
post #30914 of 33800
At this point they may as well make a movie franchise called Sky Portal and be done with it.
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Imagine a skyportal/gorilla crossover!
post #30916 of 33800
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Originally Posted by Ambler View Post

At this point they may as well make a movie franchise called Sky Portal and be done with it.

 

It already feels like every movie is another instalment in the SCPU (Sky Portal Cinematic Universe).

post #30917 of 33800
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Originally Posted by felix View Post

Is Legend of Tarzan worth a look? It's doing better than anyone originally expected.

It is decent. Jackson is fun in it and Robbie/Skarsgard have pretty good chemistry, but it isn't anything I would recommend going out of your way to see.
post #30918 of 33800
I saw a preview of Tarzan on a DVD I watched at my sisters house recently. It looked more striking, visually, than I had expected it to. I definitely wouldn't be opposed to giving it a shot when it turns up around here to rent..
post #30919 of 33800
While Tarzan may not be amazing or needed, it's without a doubt one of the more competent and fun Summer movies we got this year. And everyone was certain it would die horribly at the BO. Kinda cool that it didn't just opening decent, it had some great legs in the following weeks.
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I've been picky about what I see in theaters for a while now...and it's paid off. 

 

Saw Deadpool, Civil War, Start Trek Beyond so far, and enjoyed all of them. 

 

Was mildly curious about BvS and SS but bad reviews (and a positive review that says it's not that bad is a bad review to me) deep sixed my interest in both. 

 

Can't wait for Jack Reacher and Dr Strange!

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Originally Posted by Ambler View Post

At this point they may as well make a movie franchise called Sky Portal and be done with it.

Is that what SKYLINE was?
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Ugh...Skyline..
post #30923 of 33800

"Discreetly raises hand" I didn't think it was that bad.

post #30924 of 33800
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Originally Posted by felix View Post
 

"Discreetly raises hand" I didn't think it was that bad.

 

As the person who started the Post Release thread (one of a grand total of three threads here since late 2008 ...), I actually also didn't think Skyline was that bad.

 

*hides behind Felix as they'll probably take him out first*

 

 

Go Northrop Grumman x47b Go! (That drone pilot was busting some serious moves there.)

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Skyline and Battle: Los Angeles are my favourite VFX dis war.

post #30926 of 33800
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Originally Posted by felix View Post
 

"Discreetly raises hand" I didn't think it was that bad.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Shan View Post
 

 

I actually also didn't think Skyline was that bad.

 

 

* Summons sky portal to suck Felix and Shan away *

post #30927 of 33800
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Originally Posted by MrSaxon View Post
 

 

 

 

* Summons sky portal to suck Felix and Shan away *

 

 

 

SAXON!!!!!!!

 

Summons sky portal to take Saxon away first!

 

 

post #30928 of 33800
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Originally Posted by Ambler View Post

At this point they may as well make a movie franchise called Sky Portal and be done with it.

 

All Your Portals Are Belong to Us

 

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I will name my first child Sky Portal in honor of this phenomenon. 

post #30930 of 33800
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Originally Posted by Fraid uh noman View Post

I guess Return of the King counts as a blast of energy shot skyward as well. And I'm still not sure what either of them were meant to be showing. It seemed like just some kind of random effect..

 

Well, said energy blast in RotK was a beacon signalling the forces of Mordor to march on Minas Tirith. Happens in the book as well. 

post #30931 of 33800
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Originally Posted by MrSaxon View Post
 

I will name my first child Sky Portal in honor of this phenomenon. 

 

Who you'll promptly have to give up to the Great Old Ones via their Sky Portal.

 

post #30932 of 33800

The cruel irony of it! 

post #30933 of 33800
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Originally Posted by MrSaxon View Post
 

The cruel irony of it! 

 

Those, as they say, are the breaks.

 

The first rule of Sky Portals is that you do not talk about Sky Portals.

post #30934 of 33800
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Originally Posted by Fraid uh noman View Post

I always forget obvious ones like that. But Return of the King was the first one that looked straight the SAME as the ones they still show...like in the first Iron Man...although those two had so little bearing on the plot that they don't bother me too bad. And past that I can't remember exactly what others I've seen that trope in.

I guess the Avengers counts...though it doesn't look QUITE the same and is a much bigger part of the plot..

 

The TRON poster beats them all!!

 

post #30935 of 33800

A lot of gems in here:

 

 

A Visual Guide to Marvel Movies Looking The Same

 

http://moviepilot.com/posts/1674421

 

 

 

Sadly, this is the only sky portal picture:

 

post #30936 of 33800

Does anyone know when they are going to release Beyond Skyline?

post #30937 of 33800
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Originally Posted by User_32 View Post
 

 

The TRON poster beats them all!!

 

 

Hey!

 

 

Well, not only can *I* give you a newer Sky Portal ...

 

 

I can give you Jeff Bridges fighting Jeff Bridges on a bridge in front of the Sky Portal for your entertainment.

 

 

Check and mate, I think.

post #30938 of 33800
Any fans of ocean floor portals here?

Guys?

(crawls back to play with his silly robot toys)
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Originally Posted by Virtanen View Post

Any fans of ocean floor portals here?

Guys?

(crawls back to play with his silly robot toys)

 

Pacific Rim? Of course, yes.

post #30940 of 33800
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Originally Posted by Shan View Post
 

 

Pacific Rim? Of course, yes.

 

Different enough that I'll let it slide...

 

Generated by IJG JPEG Library

post #30941 of 33800
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Originally Posted by COULD432 View Post


It is decent. Jackson is fun in it and Robbie/Skarsgard have pretty good chemistry, but it isn't anything I would recommend going out of your way to see.

 

I thought Jackson was one of the things holding the movie back, but otherwise agreed. The return to the Sam Hammer  '89 Batman format is refreshing after the Marvel origin story has seemingly become the rule. Moves fast enough I didn't dwell on the plot holes or occasionally dodgy CGI (tho many of the effects were quite good).  Feeling this will be one of those movies I end up stopping on whenever it pops up on HBO or TNT.

post #30942 of 33800
SS 20.5M
 
HUUUUUGGGGEEEEE!
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Don't forget NINE LIVES this weekend.  That should make...what, $15 or so?

 

Good GOD does that look bad.  How far has Barry Sonnenfeld fallen when he's reduced to making shit like this?  As to Spacey and Walken, I hope that the paychecks were good.

post #30944 of 33800

oh man, I didn't know it was Sonnenfeld!

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From the director who stopped giving a fuck...
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He COULD always go back to pornography!

post #30947 of 33800
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Originally Posted by mcnooj82 View Post
 

oh man, I didn't know it was Sonnenfeld!

 

I was shocked when I discovered this as well.  It's like when FFC made JACK...you just have to wonder how big the paycheck was to make him sell out his dignity.

post #30948 of 33800
The final worldwide for SS is now about $30 million, and it opens in UK and other territories today. It's going to have a good weekend!
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Having seen "Finding Dory" twice and "Secret Life of Pets" once, I've sat through the "9 Lives" trailer three times now. I no longer fear death. I welcome it.
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Originally Posted by Bradito View Post

Having seen "Finding Dory" twice and "Secret Life of Pets" once, I've sat through the "9 Lives" trailer three times now. I no longer fear death. I welcome it.

 

So, the abyss is staring back at you now? 

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