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Reply #35 on: July 24, 2018, 06:38:50 PM

Interest peaked before the "full" trailer was released.  Who knew dialogue and shitty YJ emo-pop music will kill any hope this adaption will be good.

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Reply #36 on: July 25, 2018, 06:27:41 PM

Just to shit on the eyes a bit more, nobody else has the anime sex doll eyes in the movie. Would have made slightly more passable sense if there was at least one other damn critter. AI2: Salvage Job

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Reply #37 on: July 25, 2018, 08:39:49 PM

But she’s “special”/“one of a kind”/so on and so forth.
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Reply #38 on: July 25, 2018, 09:26:22 PM

So give her blue skin or something. Anything would have been better than that shit.

I guarantee you that the preview screeners all came out hating on the eyes but someone's ego was involved so they stayed.

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Reply #39 on: July 26, 2018, 09:44:25 AM

I kinda like the eyes; not enough to go see this in theaters (since the wife has zero interest), but I'm excited enough to check it out when it hits Netflix/Hulu/whatever.

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Reply #40 on: August 03, 2018, 10:18:29 AM

I'll watch this. It looks like fun, I know nothing about the source material. The plot summary from the Wikipedia article sounds like a hot mess anyway, so .. whatever  awesome, for real

But yes, some of the CGI could and should be improved.

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Reply #41 on: August 03, 2018, 10:55:40 AM

Guys, its a James Cameron passion project.  His record has been pretty consistent.  At the very least, we should get an entertaining spectacle movie thats fun to watch in theaters even if the plot is silly and easy to make fun of.  At best we get like, T2 I guess (but highly doubting that).

Obviously he could totally fuck it up, but willing to give him the benefit of the doubt he’ll make something watchable (and not just another Ghost in the Shell movie fuck up).
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Reply #42 on: August 03, 2018, 11:32:53 AM

Cameron's passion projects are among the worst shit he does.
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Reply #43 on: August 05, 2018, 06:59:10 AM

Cameron's passion projects are among the worst shit he does.


Cameron and passion project should be words of warning to wasting your money.
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Reply #44 on: August 05, 2018, 07:03:50 AM

What are these bad movies you guys speak of?  I'm having a hard time coming up with anything truly terrible he's done (honest question, I'm sure I'm missing something).

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Reply #45 on: August 05, 2018, 07:56:13 AM

His last two passion projects were Avatar and Titanic.
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Reply #46 on: August 05, 2018, 08:03:29 AM

And both of those are examples of what I was just saying.  Both where great flashy visual movies that were fun to watch in theaters, had a basic but mostly inoffensive plot, and are not worth rewatching ever again.  This movie turning out as good as Titanic or Avatar is one of the best case scenarios, and it would money well spent at the theater if so.
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Reply #47 on: August 05, 2018, 09:13:54 AM

Cameron is just producing it. He's too busy making 3-4 more Avatar movies to direct this himself. Robert Rodriguez is directing which is the bigger warning sign since the quality of his movies is very inconsistent.
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Reply #48 on: August 05, 2018, 09:28:42 AM

Well, he also wrote the script (along with Laeta Kalogridis), so his involvement is a bit deeper than that.

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Reply #49 on: September 07, 2018, 12:28:53 PM

His last two passion projects were Avatar and Titanic.

Which given the assloads of money both brought in seemed to have found a viable market with people who did enjoy them.
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Reply #50 on: September 08, 2018, 11:42:22 AM

His last two passion projects were Avatar and Titanic.

Which given the assloads of money both brought in seemed to have found a viable market with people who did enjoy them.
how many times do we have to go over this

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it just makes something popular and profitable
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Reply #51 on: September 08, 2018, 01:40:47 PM

Well if it's unprofitable and you don't ever want to hear about it again until the hoi polloi at Cannes give it some prizes, then you really should be here for the Toronto Film Festival. Every year you have to chance to sit through dozens of government subsidized films out of Quebec. They're said to be good but believe me you'll never want to hear about a mopey, angsty teenager for the rest of your life.
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Reply #52 on: November 13, 2018, 09:28:54 PM

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Reply #53 on: November 14, 2018, 07:36:25 AM

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Reply #54 on: November 14, 2018, 11:51:25 AM

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So Netflix summer of 2019?

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Reply #55 on: November 14, 2018, 01:03:55 PM

Unlikely given that it's soon to be a Disney-owned film.

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Reply #56 on: November 14, 2018, 01:37:06 PM

Too bad... I would have liked to watch this at some point.

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Reply #57 on: November 15, 2018, 08:44:20 PM

I thought they improved the eyes somehow, but actually I think they just made the rest of the girl more anime/CGI which actually makes it look way less creepy than before.

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Reply #58 on: December 26, 2018, 10:16:14 AM

So earlier this month the husband and I went to see Bohemian Rhapsody finally and saw this trailer.  Husband asked me about it because he thought it looked interesting and I'm still not sure how to feel about that.

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Reply #59 on: January 03, 2019, 09:41:28 AM

Saw the new trailer with bumblebee and it looks like a live action movie starring a pixar character, it's weird.

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Reply #60 on: February 18, 2019, 05:03:00 PM

This was a really fucking good movie.  You don't notice her eyes anymore within minutes of her character being fully introduced and you'll quickly fall in love with her.  It's not perfect by any means and won't be winning any Oscars outside of technical categories, but it stays quite true to the source material, the motorball and fight scenes are absolutely amazing, plot and pacing are well done, and it's just overall a very fun/entertaining movie.  It's a must see in the theater in my opinion.  I saw it in regular 2D, but really want to go see it again in 3D.

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Reply #61 on: February 26, 2019, 12:56:29 PM

I saw this last night and enjoyed it.  Visually imaginative, lots of worldbuilding without heavy exposition.  Main complaint is that the ending is clearly trying to set up a sequel that may not happen.

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Reply #62 on: February 26, 2019, 09:58:08 PM

I saw this last night and enjoyed it.  Visually imaginative, lots of worldbuilding without heavy exposition.  Main complaint is that the ending is clearly trying to set up a sequel that may not happen.

Yeah, there is a fucking huge 'To Be Continued...' at the end.
I never read the source material because I hate anime. I enjoyed the movie though even though I rolled my eyes a few times at the anime tropes. Christoph Waltz is amazing as usual, the visual effects are really well done, and the pacing is tight. It's the movie that Mortal Engines should have been.

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Reply #63 on: March 08, 2019, 09:44:13 AM

I’m a bit ambivalent about it.

The visuals are stunning, the effects are great, the character design is top notch and the fight scenes are well choreographed. The actors are on the whole pretty great as well and the visual design and performance capture for Alita work exceptionally well.

The movie also has major pacing problems and the script makes lots of mistakes that I wouldn’t have expected from a veteran team like Rodriguez and Cameron. Also Jennifer Connelly is criminally underused as is another well known actor I won’t spoil here. I probably would be less critical if this was a first time project or a movie by a less experienced team.

I also don’t know the source material and I’m therefore not sure how much of it is the fault of Rodriguez or Cameron and how much of it is because of the Manga.

The movie takes much too long to get going which leaves not enough time to tell the actual story. By the time all of the characters and their backstories have been introduced and you get to the actual conflict of the movie more than an hour has passed. Which makes the second half of the movie feel very rushed. So much so that they do an actual “several months later” time skip to wrap things up while skipping over what could have been a pretty interesting bit of character arc for a part two for example.

It’s enjoyable but I am also little bit disappointed because I had wished it to be a tighter story that’s getting to the point quicker. Something both Rodriguez and Cameron were quite good at at some point during their career.
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