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BobHarrisderailed quite quickly this thread has.


It's okay. RT saw fit to create two of these for me.
Jun 26, 2017 2:39 AM
This top is might be a little vague, so let me explain. I've gotten excited for movies before that boast an extreme amount of visual variance in their trailers, such as Sucker Punch, Treasure Planet, Thor 2, Jupiter Ascending, John Carter, or Cloud Atlas where the trailers show off many, many different settings, effects, and set pieces. Generally speaking when I go see these movies they end up being bland. Like, it seems like the filmmakers threw every idea they had into one movie and the narrative and characters lacked a hook or focus. These make for great trailers that raise hype, but end up being mediocre to bad movies. I noticed this trend in Transformers: The Last Knight (Nazis, Dragons, Space battles, gunfights, sword fights) and that Valerian movie. Now I'm rooting for the Valerian movie to be good, but I'm worried that it will be a hodge lodge of wildly different action sequences featuring a bunch of monsters and spaceships and various worlds, but uses it as a crutch to sell tickets rather than develop a good story.

Anyone else skeptical when you see trailers that appear to have every kind of blockbuster visual in the book?
Jun 26, 2017 2:11 AM
It's actually the opposite.
Jun 23, 2017 7:25 PM
When is Gus Van Sant getting his Star Wars movie?
Jun 23, 2017 6:23 PM
Janson Jinnistan
Evan SolomonI vote. I voted in the Jersey Governor primaries a couple weeks ago. My guy, Jim Johnson, didn't win unfortunately.

Well, I hope that you don't refrain from voting for the Goldman Sachs guy just because he's the lesser of two evils. More people should vote in the primaries precisely to elevate progressives above the typical DNC candidates, so I applaud that.


I don't like Murphy, but I feel compelled to vote purely on party lines, which kind of makes me sick.
Jun 22, 2017 7:05 PM
I vote. I voted in the Jersey Governor primaries a couple weeks ago. My guy, Jim Johnson, didn't win unfortunately.
Jun 22, 2017 6:51 PM
BadLieutenant
Evan SolomonI'm being serious, is it time to consider leaving the country? It seems like we are on the brink of descending into something really, really bad. Like, potentially worse than the Great Depression. I'm talking dystopic, extreme poverty levels ?where people are rioting and dying in the streets. It seems like Republicans have had a successful coup of democracy and there is no going back. I was hopeful for 2018, but after failing the Georgia election, I am not hopeful anymore. I don't think the House will flip. And when it doesn't, the Republicans will be able to pass more and more legislation that makes it so their positions are untouchable and then boom, we're all done for.

I just don't see a way out. Revolution is doubtful because just under half the nation is brainwashed. People say that once GOP policies start hurting their base, they will flip, but I doubt that. Many North Koreans worship their leader.

At least stick it out until after the Supreme Court ruling on gerrymandering. The court has already ruled that overly partisan district mapping could be considered unconstitutional, provided a metric for determining what constitutes "overly partisan." If the upcoming ruling establishes such a metric and it's strict enough, it could upend the entire landscape for re-election in the House. And it wouldn't likely be good news for the GOP, as Republicans were largely responsible for drawing those district lines in their favor in the first place.


Forgive me if I'm not very optimistic. It seems that the right are getting away with everything, even potential treason. It's starting to make me hate. As in if a person I see in my day to day claims they are a Republican, I get angry. They just seem so transparently evil, but theor voters ignore it. Their voter suppression tactics and lobbying work. And are there not 5 conservatives on the Supreme Court vs. 4 progressives?
Jun 22, 2017 4:57 PM
I'm being serious, is it time to consider leaving the country? It seems like we are on the brink of descending into something really, really bad. Like, potentially worse than the Great Depression. I'm talking dystopic, extreme poverty levels where people are rioting and dying in the streets. It seems like Republicans have had a successful coup of democracy and there is no going back. I was hopeful for 2018, but after failing the Georgia election, I am not hopeful anymore. I don't think the House will flip. And when it doesn't, the Republicans will be able to pass more and more legislation that makes it so their positions are untouchable and then boom, we're all done for.

I just don't see a way out. Revolution is doubtful because just under half the nation is brainwashed. People say that once GOP policies start hurting their base, they will flip, but I doubt that. Many North Koreans worship their leader.
Jun 22, 2017 4:31 PM
If this health care repeal bill actually passes, I will probably be dead before I turn 30.

Is it legal to say you wish bad things to happen to a specific politician?
Jun 22, 2017 4:13 PM
I didn't know that people hated Ron Howard. What did he ever do to anybody? He is one of the most innocuous directors I can think of.

It should be noted that Marvel has a tight creative throughline governed by Kevin Feige, who arguably is an auteur at this point. It should also be noted that Disney essentially lets him do whatever he wants because he keeps making them money. Don't be surprised if he replaces his boss Alan Horn when Horn retires.

Lucasfilm, oddly enough, wants to go in a direction you would more closely associate with a strategy that would fit and benefit Marvel better. You have a smattering of movies featuring the same characters, settings, and events with wildly different styles and tones. The inconsistency in their productions going back before the Disney buyout makes me question Kathleen Kennedy's producing abilities. However, from what I heard, she has a problem with the film's action sequences, comedic tone, and Emilia Clarke. All of these things are fair things to be concerned about when making a movie like this.... so I don't know. Kennedy also is quite a pedigreed producer from before she took over Lucasfilm.

All in all, this seemed like a Lucasfilm issue, not a Disney issue. Now the studio is making it Disney's issue, which may lead to more oversight from them in the future. Contrary to popular belief, the big suits do not meddle in the affairs of Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm. They can request a Toy Story 4, sure, or put out memo stating they require X, Y, and Z for merchandising purposes or brand identity protection (no children can die onscreen in a Marvel movie, for example), but they let Pixar or whoever make the movie because they make "quality" movies that make money consistently. Something like this might provoke them to take a more hands on approach.
Jun 22, 2017 4:01 PM
That is some intense and impassioned hyperbole for a movie about robots made by a man with the most childish of sensibilities. I wouldn't consider a dumb movie as a "catalogue of everything wrong with western civilization." Jesus Christ.
Jun 22, 2017 2:16 PM
Something definitely fishy is going on. Supposedly before they left they went to WB to try and get their Flash jobs back right before this happened. Has it been confirmed if they quit or were fired?
Jun 21, 2017 9:20 PM
Could this damage their careers permanently? I read Kathleen Kennedy wasn't too happy with the movie, and not in a "exec doesn't know any better" kind of way, but in a "this movie sounds quite bad" kind of way. In that case what do you do? Work with the Producer to try and improve the film? Or just ditch halfway through production? This looks really bad for them.

Ron Howard makes sense because he is a professional who is good with comedic actors and will likely use decades of filmmaking experience on all fronts to get the film back on track. Not that it will be great, but Production will be under control.
Jun 21, 2017 3:36 PM
Saw on Reddit quite a few alarming rumors. If they hold water, production should just be shut down and mark it off as a loss. Something like this could poison the well.
Jun 21, 2017 4:36 AM
Robin McDonaldI have to agree getting killed by a killer whale would be like getting killed by a Panda. You'd probably enjoy it and think he was so cute.


Tell that to Dawn Brancheau.
Jun 18, 2017 7:52 PM
MKS
Evan SolomonWhy does Hollywood find Sharks to be such a safe bet in horror movies? I don't understand it. Sharks are not scary. They just aren't. Even the mighty Great White can end up as a snack for an Orca. It doesn't help that being salt water animals, the premise for your characters being hunted by a shark had to be increasingly contrived each subsequent shark movie. Is it because Jaws was such a hit? I don't know, Jaws succeeds for me on a character and technical level more so than the shark. I understand the idea of being scared of what you don't see when you're in the water, but in these shark movies you are made fully aware of the shark and what the shark can do in the advertising. What's the point? Can't we broaden our creature features to the rest of the animal kingdom? That movie Back Country did well. How about a movie about a murderous Silverback Gorilla? Or a serial murdering elephant? Anyone see that Korean movie Chaws? Sharks are stupid, literally and figuratively.

To you. This is like saying "spiders/heights/clowns/the dark" aren't scary. What is scary is highly subjective and often illogical.
To answer your question: because people find them scary.
I also find your premise questionable as Hollywood has only made 2 theatrically released shark movies in the last decade and a half (20 years next year) with most being independent films. Even 47 Meters Down was originally DTV. It's not a high demand genre and is relegated to niche and cheap venues.


You got me on fear being subjective, but I still think that the point about shark based movies being prevalent on the west stands. You have theatrical movies such as The Shallows, Open Water, 47 Meters Down, and the upcoming 150 million dollar film Meg from WB. You also see a steady stream of Shark movies on VOD and network TV. Sharknado is five films in and plays on theaters. It is extremely bizarre for such a specific concept to be used over and over, imo. There are plenty of animals out there to make scary that would lead to less contrived plot lines.
Jun 16, 2017 1:27 AM
Why does Hollywood find Sharks to be such a safe bet in horror movies? I don't understand it. Sharks are not scary. They just aren't. Even the mighty Great White can end up as a snack for an Orca. It doesn't help that being salt water animals, the premise for your characters being hunted by a shark had to be increasingly contrived each subsequent shark movie. Is it because Jaws was such a hit? I don't know, Jaws succeeds for me on a character and technical level more so than the shark. I understand the idea of being scared of what you don't see when you're in the water, but in these shark movies you are made fully aware of the shark and what the shark can do in the advertising. What's the point? Can't we broaden our creature features to the rest of the animal kingdom? That movie Back Country did well. How about a movie about a murderous Silverback Gorilla? Or a serial murdering elephant? Anyone see that Korean movie Chaws? Sharks are stupid, literally and figuratively.
Jun 15, 2017 9:08 PM
Thunder C. WordMan, Super Mario Odyssey absolutely serial-murdered everything else on display across the whole damn thing. That whole "possess and control everything" angle kind of blew my mind. I mean, it's nothing conceptually new or anything, but the trailer re-captured my interest in something that has been boring the crap out of me for at least a full decade. Here's hoping Nintendo is making itself great again by actually delivering on the execution as well.

Oh but wait, the new 2.5d Metroid game looks positively abysmal and is shaping up to be the exact opposite of what I want from a proper 2d Metroid game, so I guess Nintendo still sucks. But then again..........The new Switch Kirby game does look jig-dancingly fabulous, doesn't it? Gotta love the pink dude and his hyperaggressive "watch-me-fuck-your-shit-up" shenanigans.



People seem to think of Nintendo as this nebulous entity that single handedly is responsible for all of it's decisions and output. In reality Nintendo EPD (Entertainment Planning and Development) is the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory where the magic like Breath of the Wild and Oddyssey happens. That division is a tight ship with a shitton of proprietary, technomagical dev tools that people on the outside know very little about. This team is in full development of one-three games at a time depending on the complexity. Usually Miyamoto's children like Mario, Zelda, and Pikmin. Then Nintendo had it's second party studios that they own as subsidiaries but have their own development team, like the Pok?mon Company or Monolith Software ( Xenoblade games). For many of their franchises like Metroid or Smash they have "teams" that manage their own offices that dictate what should be done with said IP and how. In the case of Metroid, you have team head Sakomoto deciding that this game will be a partnership with a third party development team. This guy often makes some dodgy decisions, which seems like the reason Nintendo EPD is directly over seeing Metroid Prime 4, which is the important one.

Nintendo is a big company with a lot of departments that shouldn't really be personified as one creature, despite my satirizing of them in my first post. And none of these development teams I mention have anything to do with Nintendo's awful decisions and ideas the past five years. Something tells me Enouma wasn't particularly keen on shoving amiibo functionality into the masterpiece that is Breath of the Wild.
Jun 15, 2017 12:21 PM
I don't know...I'm pretty tired of Republican supporters vandalizing Jewish graveyards, killing black people, and stabbing veterans that try to defend minorities.
Jun 14, 2017 4:34 PM