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#1 of 21 OFFLINE   Phil Garcia

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Posted February 05 2007 - 11:02 AM

It looks like a great story: a farmer tries to build a rocket to launch himself into outerspace...with the help of his kids and family. The beginning of the trailer had charm and a premise that was pretty interesting. NASA tries to intervene as people start to wonder...can this farmer joe actually build a rocket?

But then...

They show a bunch of townfolks staring upwards into the sky right before the police try to stop the launch...which seems to indicate that he did indeed lift off, thus ruining part of the surprise that the movie was building up to.

Not only that...in the TV trailers they ACTUALLY SHOW the rocket taking off from the barn, just in case we had any doubts what people were staring at before. Real nice Warner.


I still want to see it, and it looks like a great movie. Anyone else feel the same way?

#2 of 21 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted February 05 2007 - 01:10 PM

i saw that trailer to phil, and thought the same exact thing.
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#3 of 21 OFFLINE   Garrett Lundy

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Posted February 05 2007 - 02:34 PM

Eh, Spider Man 3's trailer shows ......
Spider-Man killing the alien symbiot (black costume) with the church bells.

"Did you know that more people are murdered at 92 degrees Fahrenheit than any other temperature? I read an article once. Lower temperatures, people are easy-going, over 92 and it's too hot to move, but just 92, people get irritable."

#4 of 21 OFFLINE   Ken Chan

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Posted February 05 2007 - 10:35 PM

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Did you know that in those little preview windows you get when you hover over the thread links, it shows the text in the spoiler boxes? Posted Image Not your fault of course, but ironic.

More to the point, don't you remember that according to "market research", the American viewing public wants to "know what it's getting", so trailer monkeys routinely give away the whole damn movie, to show the most eye-catching scenes.

#5 of 21 OFFLINE   L. Anton Dencklau

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Posted February 06 2007 - 04:25 AM

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#6 of 21 OFFLINE   todd s

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Posted February 06 2007 - 06:38 AM

I thought it was a remake of the Andy Griffith show "Salvage One". Posted Image
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.

#7 of 21 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted February 06 2007 - 09:27 AM

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I'm willing to bet the movie is more complex than the ads let on. The polish bros have a great track record so far...

they only have 2 other movies.

northfork was decent but never saw or heard of the other.
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#8 of 21 OFFLINE   Greg_S_H

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Posted February 06 2007 - 12:39 PM

An even worse ad campaign would be, "Watch it like an astronaut: wear a diaper so you don't have to take a bathroom break!" Posted Image

#9 of 21 OFFLINE   L. Anton Dencklau

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Posted February 06 2007 - 01:25 PM

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#10 of 21 OFFLINE   Hooligan

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Posted February 13 2007 - 11:31 AM

I thought the same thing -I downloaded the trailer to my PS3, watched it, was thinking it will be really good, then the end scenes ruined it for me. The best part would have been the build up to "does it actually work?", "will he lift off against NASA/GOV. orders/threats?"

I guess everything works out in the end. Thanks for saving me babysitting $$ and ticket and snacks $$, Warner.

#11 of 21 OFFLINE   CaseyL

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Posted February 16 2007 - 03:02 AM

This has been an ongoing complaint of mine for years. There are movies that I just don't ever go watch because the trailer gives the whole thing away. If there's a movie I want to see, I try to stay away from trailers altogether.

#12 of 21 OFFLINE   Colin Jacobson

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Posted February 16 2007 - 04:03 AM

They must've taken a cue from the Zemeckis school of advertising: tell 'em everything!

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Can't speak for Jackpot, never saw it, but you should be able to find
twin falls idaho. Good movie.

The guys who made "Twin Falls Idaho" are behind "Farmer"? Thanks for the warning - I friggin' HATED "TFI" and will want to stay away from anything they touch! "Farmer" already looked bad, though...
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#13 of 21 OFFLINE   L. Anton Dencklau

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Posted February 17 2007 - 12:14 PM

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#14 of 21 OFFLINE   DavidPla

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Posted February 17 2007 - 12:35 PM

Robert Zemeckis has been known to do this with ALL of his movie trailers. Watch any of them... the ENTIRE film is there sometimes including the final shot of the film. His explanation is that atleast with his previews, he never misleads the audience in what they're getting.

#15 of 21 OFFLINE   gvw

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Posted February 18 2007 - 03:38 AM

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I thought it was a remake of the Andy Griffith show "Salvage One". Posted Image


lol Posted Image

#16 of 21 OFFLINE   Colin Jacobson

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Posted February 18 2007 - 03:50 AM

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...and I, like everyone should be on the internet, have been reading colin's reviews on DVD movie guide for what seems like forever, and value his opnion... and also quite often disagree with his take. I still get a kick out of "Naked Lunch is not weird enough."

Happy to please! Posted Image And thanks for the nice comments!
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#17 of 21 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted February 18 2007 - 06:01 AM

heh, from 4 years ago.
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#18 of 21 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted February 24 2007 - 03:17 PM

Although, it's basically has a Rocky storyline, the film works on quite a few levels. The gist of plot: Charlie Farmer wants to go on the biggest ride out there: to orbit the earth in his own constructed space capsule. He and his family face quite a few obstacles in their quest to make Charlie's vision a reality, but overall, there's an underlying spirit of optimism and dogged determination to fight for one's dreams.

I give it 3 stars, or a grade of B.
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#19 of 21 OFFLINE   Elizabeth S

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Posted February 24 2007 - 04:09 PM

I like "Twin Falls Idaho", "Northfork" and Billy Bob, but I didn't care for this film. While the performances were fine, I just didn't feel very engaged in his quest to follow his dream. I imagine children will be bored by this film.

I could tell by the trailer it wasn't my type of film, but I thought I'd give it a chance.

#20 of 21 OFFLINE   Ron68

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Posted February 24 2007 - 05:11 PM

I enjoyed this movie a lot. The story was fairly predictable but that didn't prevent me from getting caught up in the characters lives. I the performances were quite good all around. I like movies like this and casn't wait for the DVD.


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