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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
ScottWeinberg
post #1  on January 10, 2008 - 4:28 PM PST  
OK, so the marketing machine has been working overtime for the past several months, and it's been a very effective campaign indeed. (That's what they thought about Snakes on a Plane.)

But I'm just a sucker for any movie that has a giant monster, and I still believe there's some use for the "Blair Witch"-style visual approach.

So I'm A) pretty tired of the advertising, but B) pretty darn psyched to see the flick already.

Your thoughts on the whole Cloverfield thing?
weezy
post #2  on January 11, 2008 - 12:17 PM PST  
The trailer for this looks fun, action-packed and visually striking. I don't know about how scary it looks though. I came across one of the first critic's rundown of the movie today over at Spout.com and stopped reading after the line "This movie is f*cking brilliant." I will watch it regardless of what the critics think so I'll save the read for later!

Never watched Blair Witch because I heard it was doggy poo, but I do appreciate it for its the concept. Any other recommendations for movies with the same POV style that's not Blair Witch or its cruddy copy cats?

ScottWeinberg
post #3  on January 11, 2008 - 4:01 PM PST  
Well, I'm a huge fan of BWP, even after all these years. I can definitely see what the detractors DON'T like about the film, but I still dig it a lot.

Romero's upcoming Diary of the Dead uses the POV angle pretty well. There's also a British indie on the way called The Zombie Diaries that's not half-bad. Another called The Poughkeepsie Tapes just got bumped backed to oblivion.

Some say The Last Broadcast is really solid. I think it's really so-so.
Nenufar
post #4  on January 11, 2008 - 5:05 PM PST  
> On January 11, 2008 - 4:01 PM PST ScottWeinberg wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Well, I'm a huge fan of BWP, even after all these years. I can definitely see what the detractors DON'T like about the film, but I still dig it a lot.

I think Blair Witch gets a bad rap because if it was just what it was, but never hit the big time, it would just be this little obscure cult item that people pass around to each other and say, "Check this out!" Instead it was a victim of its own marketing genius, success, and was too small to live up to the hype. For what it is, and for the time, it was pretty darned creative and spooky. But now that it's been satirized so many times and so forth it'd be hard to watch it with yer mind clear, watch it fairly.
Vanamonde
post #5  on January 12, 2008 - 12:34 AM PST  
I wonder if people who had a happy children hate, "The Blair Witch Project" more that people who suffered a bit of abuse. I like the film and my childhood was rather uneven. I recognize some of the syndrome in the horror of the Blair witch.

Still, not a film I ever want to see a second time or own. Not like "They Live" or "John Carpenter's Vampires".

We like our John Carpenter stories, yes, we do.
AstroAppa
post #6  on January 13, 2008 - 11:13 PM PST  
bwp gave me motion sickness....haha, I hope Cloverfield doesn't have the same affect on me, looks awesome.
troublemaker
post #7  on January 14, 2008 - 2:39 PM PST  
I feel I've been fairly numb to the Cloverfield marketing machine. That is, until a day or so ago when it finally got to me. It just looks like A LOT of fun. Like I want to set my expectations to a minimal level, grab a bunch of a friends, and have a few beers before watching it.

ScottWeinberg
post #8  on January 15, 2008 - 8:19 PM PST  
OK, not to be a teasing little bastard, but I just saw the movie -- and forgot all about the mildly irritating ad campaign.

I think it's one of the best 'giant monster' movies I've ever seen. And I've seen most of 'em.

Please don't let the movie get 'overhyped' for you. It's just a really cool and very novel approach to a very old sub-genre. But it's a lot of fun.
EmpressStephanie
post #9  on January 17, 2008 - 7:08 PM PST  
Bought tickets to the premiere midnight screening of this tonight.

Can.
Hardly.
Contain.
Myself.

I really hope this is as amazing as it looks like its going to be.

(C'mon J.J. I already love Lost)
EmpressStephanie
post #10  on January 17, 2008 - 11:54 PM PST  
IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

Seriously unbelievably good, so much more than I expected. So scary, so eerie, so creepy, so just amazing. Perfect. This movie is perfect. Everyone should see this, I really think its impossible to be disappointed by this movie.
Vanamonde
post #11  on January 18, 2008 - 2:21 PM PST  
> On January 17, 2008 - 11:54 PM PST EmpressStephanie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
>
> Seriously unbelievably good, so much more than I expected. So scary, so eerie, so creepy, so just amazing. Perfect. This movie is perfect. Everyone should see this, I really think its impossible to be disappointed by this movie.
> ---------------------------------

ooooo, now I am excited. I have been a Big Fan of the Big Monster films for years. And I have not been to the theater yet in this 2008. Holy Coolies! I have not been this excited since I realized that Gorgo's mommie is coming to the rescue!
AstroAppa
post #12  on January 19, 2008 - 12:09 AM PST  
I just saw it too. Loved it! MY blood was pumping throughout the whole movie, I did get a little motion sickness though, haha. Liked the characters, specially HUD!! If you're one of those on the edge about watching this movie, I recommend that you do, it was a blast!

Anyone catch the radio noise at the end of the credits?

It was like a little puzzle for the audience to decipher. Abrams seems to mess with that kind of stuff (just look at 'Lost').

****spoilers*****

I looked it up online, and apparently someone figured it out by playing it backwards. It seems to be someone saying "It's still alive" opening up for a sequel maybe?
EmpressStephanie
post #13  on January 20, 2008 - 12:16 PM PST  
> On January 19, 2008 - 12:09 AM PST AstroAppa wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I just saw it too. Loved it! MY blood was pumping throughout the whole movie, I did get a little motion sickness though, haha. Liked the characters, specially HUD!! If you're one of those on the edge about watching this movie, I recommend that you do, it was a blast!
>
> Anyone catch the radio noise at the end of the credits?
>
> It was like a little puzzle for the audience to decipher. Abrams seems to mess with that kind of stuff (just look at 'Lost').
>
> ****spoilers*****
>
> I looked it up online, and apparently someone figured it out by playing it backwards. It seems to be someone saying "It's still alive" opening up for a sequel maybe?
> ---------------------------------

I missed it but I heard the clip on wiki. Awesome, just awesome. They seriously can make 18 Cloverfields and I'd gladly see them all.
AstroAppa
post #14  on January 21, 2008 - 12:37 AM PST  

> I missed it but I heard the clip on wiki. Awesome, just awesome. They seriously can make 18 Cloverfields and I'd gladly see them all.
> ---------------------------------

I konw what I thought might be fun, if they did another movie during the same time period from a different point of view. Maybe do it from the POV of the media, or something like that. Truthfully, I like the movie just the way it is. I liked how they left it mostly all to the audiences imagination and made it more about the people than the monster, but a few answers here and there wouldn't hurt...
weezy
post #15  on January 21, 2008 - 11:20 AM PST  
It already made all its money back! A victory for low budget films!
EmpressStephanie
post #16  on January 21, 2008 - 5:44 PM PST  
That's what I think is so cool about this movie. Normally I would be super irritated with a film that gave me no answers but here the structure of the film completely justifies it so it's not annoying. Plus, sequels don't HAVE to bad, and I think Cloverfield left enough material open to make an excellent sequel. If they did, and I believe they will, with J.J. Abrams at the helm I'm sure it will be excellent.
MsManners
post #17  on January 22, 2008 - 4:38 PM PST  
If you're dying for more Cloverfield, there's an official Japanese Manga coming out that gets into the origin of the Monster. Not translated yet (unless it's been fansubbed) but should be eventually. Cool.
EmpressStephanie
post #18  on January 22, 2008 - 11:40 PM PST  
> On January 22, 2008 - 4:38 PM PST MsManners wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> If you're dying for more Cloverfield, there's an official Japanese Manga coming out that gets into the origin of the Monster. Not translated yet (unless it's been fansubbed) but should be eventually. Cool.
> ---------------------------------

I'm going to be all over it - although I don't think it's 'real' in the sense that its extra-fictional. J.J. Abrams does it all the time with lost.
jross3
post #19  on January 23, 2008 - 8:54 AM PST  
We saw it Monday; loved it! Best monster movie ever, agreed.
Everyone's talking about the "secret" at the end. Spoiler free: Watch the very last scene and watch the ocean.
Spoiler-ful:
supposedly the splash is either the monster dive-bombing into the bay or a satellite crashing in from orbit. One would normally assume it was the monster; however, according to wiki, people who played the alternate reality game (part of the viral hype machine) said that part of the game was an announcement indicating that one of the company's satellites had been lost. The same source also claims that JJ Abrams said the monster had been living under the ocean for a long time... but I haven't seen where this source got its source. So IMHO it's still anyone's game. I'm for the oceanic theory though. The idea that the monster is "a juvinile suffering from separation anxiety" could support either one, though.

There's a manga! Links!
Japanese
English
Cinenaut
post #20  on January 23, 2008 - 1:22 PM PST  
I haven't seen Cloverfield, but did everybody get to see the Star Trek teaser trailer?
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