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    babypook
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    #34440

    I really enjoyed Super 8. It’s been a week since I’ve seen it, and it’s staying with me.

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    Ryan_Fernand
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    This was the most fun I had at the movies this year.  It’s by no means a masterpiece and the adult characters are horribly written.  However, the child actors are great (especially Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney) and had amazing chemistry with eachother.  The film also so had amazing sequences (the bus attack).

     

    For more of my thoughts on Super 8: http://www.lordofthefilms.net/2011/06/super-8-review.html

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    Scottferguson
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    Under consideration:

    Variety listed this as one of 25 films likely to get two or more nominations in the top (non-craft) categories and the summer film (along with HP) having the best chance of a BP nomination.

    On merit, this would be more deserving than half or more of the recent BP winners and is better than some recent winners, but I really doubt (not fitting into the usual Oscar-bait drama configuration, and not quite being the “event” films Avatar or Inception were. For me, I liked it as much as the former and more than the latter.

    One thing I liked is that though the Spielberg influences are there, this is clearly JJ Abrams film. He reworks some familiar territory (small towns, kids, interest in movies, aliens) and gives it a somewhat less optimistic (along the way), less sugar-coated view. This is also very much a different world than the “safe” suburbia or Spielberg’s films, where the goal was strive for conformity (a big theme in SS’s films) and otherwise fitting in. This is an America under siege, particularly in the center section, where the factories are disappearing and with them a whole way of life.

    The craft in the film is impecabble, and hopefully the sound people and other branches take a solid look at this.

    I just don’t see where the 5% #1 votes could come from though. Paramount is making a real push for this – there was even a SAG screening recently – but my guess that is because of the importance of the people involved more than any real expectations of Oscar glory.

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    babypook
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    The more both summer and fall films have come out, the better and better Super8 is beginning to look to me.

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    Tye-Grr
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    The more both summer and fall films have come out, the better and better Super8 is beginning to look to me.

    I agree. It’s still in my Top 5 of the year’s best so far.

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    Riley
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    What awful covers:

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    Tye-Grr
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    ^What’s so awful about them?

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    The craft in the film is impecabble, and hopefully the sound people and other branches take a solid look at this.

    Agreed, until the Elle Fanning character started screaming when the alien showed up.  I tell you this, Sleeping Beauty was not pleased.  Do the Fanning girls have a contractual obligation to break every window in your house for each film they appear in?  And what the hell were those annoying blue lines across the frame in every nighttime scene?

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    Tye-Grr
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    ^That would be lens flair, the only thing that bothered me about the cinematography.

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    ^That would be lens flair, the only thing that bothered me about the cinematography.

    “I wanted a visual system that felt unique. I know
    there are certain shots where even I watch and think, ‘Oh that’s
    ridiculous, that was too many.'” –J.J. Abrams, on use of lens flare in STAR TREK (2009)

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