Super 8 - An Amblin Entertainment Production, a J.J. Abrams Film

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  1. Adam Lenhardt

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    "Set in Ohio in 1979, Super 8 introduces a troupe of six youngsters who are using a Super 8 camera to make their own zombie movie. One fateful night, their project takes them to a lonely stretch of rural railroad tracks and, as the camera rolls, calamity strikes — a truck collides with an oncoming locomotive and a hellacious derailment fills the night with screaming metal and raining fire. Then something emerges from the wreckage, something decidedly inhuman."


    After seeing that Super Bowl trailer, this rocketed up to just behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 as my most anticipated movie of 2011. I love the aesthetic of the film, it reminds me of the Steven Speilberg and Joe Dante childrens' pictures of the late seventies and early eighties, like E.T., Gremlins, The Goonies and Explorers, only with a slightly more sinister edge to it.
     
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    In addition to E.T., it reminded me of Close Encounters as well. Of course, that's probably why the people who have already decided to hate it will say why it's bad.


    I very rarely watch trailers or commercials (this is probably the 3rd or 4th time that I've watched one online in about 3 years) but this one has me interested me enough to watch it online. From episodes of Alias to the Lost pilot to Mission: Impossible III to Star Trek, J.J. Abrams is rock solid when directing so I'm looking forward to this.
     
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    This was the best movie commercial during the Superbowl. I can't wait to see this.
     
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    Nice use of James Horner's "Cocoon" opening cue here. Adds to the nostalgic feel of the trailer.
     
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    New full length trailer now available. I am now 100% excited to see this.


     
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    Wow. Huge 70's Spielberg vibe with this thing. I think it may have just jumped into my most anticipated slot.
     
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    Damn that looks wicked cool.
     
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    Tv spot I just saw looked pretty interesting! However, the parent character who isn't very supportive of their kid's hobbies/dreams & ambitions/company they keep is getting a little old.


    If only "77" would finally come out of whatever black hole it seems to have fallen into?
     
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    The trailer makes me think of a live-action "Iron Giant" except for the missing dogs part.
     
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    Any early viewings of this movie yet?
     
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    Yup another one I can't wait to see!!! Love the feel of this one too. Can't wait!
     
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    I think that's what J.J. Abrams is good at -- delivering the "feel." I don't like the way his stories turn out, however. He doesn't seem to know how to make all the smoke and mirrors pay off. Hopefully with Spielberg involved, this one will be different.
     
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    Variety has reviewed Super 8 - here is an excerpt from the review - don't read if you want the film to be a total surprise.





    It's Cloverfield with a story and without out all the jerky camera work. Sadly it doesn't look like Abrams has overcome his love for lens flares,
     
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    The only thing that is more cliched than Abrams' use of lens flares is people complaining about it. :)
     
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    Yep, I got my tickets for an IMAX showing tomorrow. I'll have one day of work before summer break starts the next day, so I hope Super 8 is going to get it started off right. The trailer is certainly awesome, and even though I'm not sipping the Abrams/Spielberg kool-aid yet, I have pretty high hopes for it.
     
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    Saw it this morning and loved it. It's a perfect summer "popcorn" flick.
     
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    I admit, I thought it was terrible. The script couldn't seem to figure out what it wa. The end was crazy disappointing. And what is with using 'mint' as some sort of slang incessantly? C-
     
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    I couldn't agree more. I just got back from seeing it, and it was terribly disappointing. I did find the first hour interesting, but the 2nd half just turned into a run-of-the-mill alien/action movie. I couldn't wait for it to end.


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