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Cloverfield
Topic by: ScottWeinberg
Posted: January 10, 2008 - 4:28 PM PST
Last Reply: November 14, 2008 - 10:40 AM PST

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author topic: Cloverfield
artifex
post #21  on January 24, 2008 - 7:45 AM PST  
> On January 23, 2008 - 1:22 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
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> I haven't seen Cloverfield, but did everybody get to see the Star Trek teaser trailer?
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It would be so cool to have a new Star Trek, and have it have elements of horror in it.
Cinenaut
post #22  on January 24, 2008 - 9:18 AM PST  
> On January 24, 2008 - 7:45 AM PST artifex wrote:
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> It would be so cool to have a new Star Trek, and have it have elements of horror in it.
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You mean, like the Borg? That's basically what the Borg were: mechano-zombies that look a little bit like Pinhead from the Hellraiser movies.

Vanamonde
post #23  on January 24, 2008 - 7:55 PM PST  
I would like to see Dr. Beverly Crusher overcome some nasty beasties!
jross3
post #24  on January 25, 2008 - 1:31 PM PST  
> On January 23, 2008 - 1:22 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
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> I haven't seen Cloverfield, but did everybody get to see the Star Trek teaser trailer?
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indeed. Didn't get to see a whole lot that told me what it was going to be about though.
I was more excited about the Hellboy trailer. That looks pretty darn cool.
Cinenaut
post #25  on January 25, 2008 - 3:51 PM PST  
That's why they call it a teaser trailer!

I hope Hellboy II is better than the first. Have you seen The Amazing Screw-On Head? It's very amusing, but also very short (22 minutes).

> On January 25, 2008 - 1:31 PM PST jross3 wrote:
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> indeed. Didn't get to see a whole lot that told me what it was going to be about though.
> I was more excited about the Hellboy trailer. That looks pretty darn cool.
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ScottWeinberg
post #26  on January 28, 2008 - 8:51 PM PST  
Dug the Trek trailer, but more on topic: Cloverfield worked just as well for me the second time around. I'd call it a very efficient little flick.
Cinenaut
post #27  on January 29, 2008 - 8:27 AM PST  
Sorry for going off topic.

Did anybody get motion sickness? Did you sit farther back than you'd normally sit for this one?
underdog
post #28  on January 29, 2008 - 1:29 PM PST  
> On January 29, 2008 - 8:27 AM PST Cinenaut wrote:
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> Sorry for going off topic.
>
> Did anybody get motion sickness? Did you sit farther back than you'd normally sit for this one?
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Uh oh. I'm worried about this - I'm going with my girlfriend who tends to get that way in these kinda shaky camera movies. Should we indeed sit way back? Should I buy some dramamine first?

Will report back here tomorrow - if we survive!
Cinenaut
post #29  on January 29, 2008 - 2:24 PM PST  
A good excuse to sit in the back row. Nudge nudge wink wink.
underdog
post #30  on January 29, 2008 - 5:11 PM PST  
> On January 29, 2008 - 2:24 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
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> A good excuse to sit in the back row. Nudge nudge wink wink.
> ---------------------------------

Well, if we're not gonna watch the movie we might as well sit in the back of Meet the Spartans or something. ;-)
Cinenaut
post #31  on January 30, 2008 - 8:54 AM PST  
Ha! Spoken like a true film buff, Underdog.

The trailers for Meet the Spartans make me sad.
underdog
post #32  on January 30, 2008 - 9:31 AM PST  
Well, damn if that wasn't one of the best monster movies I've seen in a long time. I'm trying not to think too hard about it because I'm afraid it will all fall apart if I do, but in the moment it had me gripped. It reminded me in some ways of course of The Host, and both could be seen as metaphoric horror movies - but Cloverfield is more straightforward (and the 9/11 parallels are pretty obvious), if no less enthralling. The monster's genuinely terrifying too.

Hey one nitpicky question though -isn't the Statue of Liberty's head bigger than it appears in the movie? That one part seemed a bit much.

But I loved the movie.
underdog
post #33  on January 30, 2008 - 9:32 AM PST  
And yes, my g/f did get a bit queasy a few times, but sitting way in the back helped a lot. Only during the scene where they're in the tilting building, at an angle, with the shaky camera, did we both get nauseous.
ScottWeinberg
post #34  on January 30, 2008 - 6:41 PM PST  
Maybe I'm nuts, but I find it a little impressive that they went with this title. I'm a big fan of titles that have "nothing" to do with their respective movie, and they really could have called this flick New York Rampage, The Visitor, or any one of a thousand cheesy things -- but "Cloverfield" is just cool.
underdog
post #35  on January 30, 2008 - 10:20 PM PST  
> On January 30, 2008 - 6:41 PM PST ScottWeinberg wrote:
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> Maybe I'm nuts, but I find it a little impressive that they went with this title. I'm a big fan of titles that have "nothing" to do with their respective movie, and they really could have called this flick New York Rampage, The Visitor, or any one of a thousand cheesy things -- but "Cloverfield" is just cool.
> ---------------------------------

The origin of that title is pretty amusing, too. As quoted in LAIst article on director Matt Reeves:
"When we started the project there was going to be an announcement in the trades. In this case, they wanted to keep everything under wraps. So the movie was going to be made under this outside corporation that was basically a property of Paramount. That corporation had a name that I dont know the name of. I think Clover was the first part of it. Maybe it was Cloverdale. When Drew [Goddard, LOST writer] was putting a name to the project, there was supposed to be a name for the project like there was for The Manhattan Project. So he said, "I am going to use that weird mysterious thing," and he misheard it. He didnt even understand that it wasnt Cloverfield, it was Cloverdale. Maybe that was because of the street by J.J.s old office, but the truth is he just misunderstood it."
underdog
post #36  on February 1, 2008 - 9:23 AM PST  
Cloverfield, #4 at the box office this past week, looks like a classic in particular when compared to the awful lot ahead of it on the chart:

1. Meet the Spartans
2. Rambo
3. 27 Dresses

What a depressing group, people are actually paying money to see those films! Yikes.
hamano
post #37  on February 18, 2008 - 2:49 PM PST  
I finally saw Cloverfield today! What a fun rollercoaster/haunted house ride. My only complaint was they showed a little too much of the monster at the end, when it was strafed with bombs from a B2 bomber and when Hud bought it. I would have been happy with just glimpses, because it looked a bit too fakey. Mao-chan thought it looked like a skinnier version of Gollum from LOTR. The monster design reminded ME a lot of the God Warrior thingie at the end of Nausicaa of the Valley of Winds, especially when it was crawling.

I loved the way people seemed compelled to shoot images with their phones even as all the mayhem was going down. A great comment on our YouTube generation.

We saw Cloverfield and Spiderwick today... Spiderwick was a much better kid's movie than the Golden Compass movie, I'm kinda sorry to say. Mao-chan told me they condensed all 5 Spiderwick books into one film, so they must have changed or cut out a lot, but it was well-paced and well-made. David Strathairn looked a little bit puzzled, as if he was surprised to find himself playing Arthur Spiderwick right after The Bourne Ultimatum.
Battie
post #38  on February 18, 2008 - 10:55 PM PST  
> On February 1, 2008 - 9:23 AM PST underdog wrote:
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> Cloverfield, #4 at the box office this past week, looks like a classic in particular when compared to the awful lot ahead of it on the chart:
>
> 1. Meet the Spartans
> 2. Rambo
> 3. 27 Dresses
>
> What a depressing group, people are actually paying money to see those films! Yikes.
> ---------------------------------

...Various (unnamed) politicians have been elected in recent years. Those same people who voted them in paid money to see those films.

Mind, I want to catch Meet the Spartans on tv one day in the future. I just won't pay money for it.

My friend wanted to sneak into 27 Dresses after Cloverfield...me and her boyfriend both gave her dirty looks. (Neither of us are big on sneaking into flicks, for one, lmfao.)

My brother saw Cloverfield recently...It actually gave him AND most of his friends motion sickness. Hahahahaha! He said a few of them had to leave to visit the restroom. Meanwhile me and MY friends sat there eating greasy, yummy popcorn and chocolate with nary a problem. Weaaaaklings!
hamano
post #39  on February 19, 2008 - 5:26 AM PST  
I kinda felt sorry for the Cloverfield monster... the way the film was shot, without attributing any motives to the monster's actions, made it look like the poor thing was just running for its life all over Manhattan as it was harassed and scared by little tanks and fighter jets. For most of the film it looked like the monster's only goal was to escape, but it couldn't find a way out of the maze of streets. So I wonder what real-life situation and animal the film-makers based the monster's behavior on....

I wonder when the video game is coming out....
EmpressStephanie
post #40  on February 19, 2008 - 6:54 AM PST  
> On February 19, 2008 - 5:26 AM PST hamano wrote:
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> I kinda felt sorry for the Cloverfield monster... the way the film was shot, without attributing any motives to the monster's actions, made it look like the poor thing was just running for its life all over Manhattan as it was harassed and scared by little tanks and fighter jets. For most of the film it looked like the monster's only goal was to escape, but it couldn't find a way out of the maze of streets. So I wonder what real-life situation and animal the film-makers based the monster's behavior on....
>
> I wonder when the video game is coming out....
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I think that is the idea. It was scared and just started rampaging.
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