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John Byrne
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Posted: 20 June 2018 at 1:43pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I have the weirdest feeling this is Robert Zemekis attempting to embrace the Uncanny Valley.
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Would you believe I couldn't even finish the trailer?  I didn't even last a minute... "Nope, just not for me!"

Gut feeling is saying box-office dud, but huge cult following afterwards, though.



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I think, in this case, the uncanny valley is an
intentional artistic choice, or so it seems.
It is intriguing.
I am in!
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I think, in this case, the uncanny valley is an intentional artistic choice, or so it seems.

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Isn't that what I said?

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Posted: 26 December 2018 at 9:53pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Is it safe to presume that no one here saw this?
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The reviews are really harsh, and with so many other movies I want to get in I will be skipping this.  This movie got the ultimate red flag for me - Richard Roeper gave it a good review, and I rarely agree with him.

It has made me want to check out Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 doc about Mark Hogancamp called MARWENCOL, which inspired this narrative version.  






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Tim O'Neill: It has made me want to check out Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 doc about Mark Hogancamp called MARWENCOL, which inspired this narrative version.  

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Me too, Tim. I have no interest in the Zemeckis version. The trailer was too much for me.
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Yeah, there have been good documentaries such as the one mentioned above, as well as a really good audio documentary on NPR about the man the story is based on.  This just seems like desperate Oscar-bait.  And it looks like the story has been....de-complicated?  Bowdlerized?  Varnished?  To make some of it more palatable and less complex for a general audience.
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Zemeckis has been making movies for 40 years. One of them, BACK TO THE FUTURE, is high on the list of my all-time favourite movies. Yet I don't really like any of his other films. I'll watch a trailer, like this one, and it simply doesn't appeal to me. Strange. 
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I’ll also give Zemekis WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT and DEATH BECOMES HER. The skid kicked in shortly thereafter.
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I moderately liked "what lies beneath" and "castaway" but this latest film
doesn't look like something I'm interested in.
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My biggest problem with CAST AWAY was the 4 year time frame. If we count backwards we find his former girlfriend with an eleven month old baby, which required a nine month pregnancy, and presumably a reasonable “courtship” before the marriage. Even allowing that she became pregnant on the wedding night, and despite her protestations to the contrary, it sure seems like she gave up on our castaway in a pretty short time. Two years or less.
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(It's been years since I saw CAST AWAY, so I'm not clear on plot specifics or noted lines of dialogue, but wouldn't she have assumed he was lost at sea, after such a spectacular crash into the ocean?)



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Sure—except she makes a big deal about how she “didn’t give up” on him.
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JB,

I LOVED those two films: WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? and DEATH BECOME HER (a particular favorite!) --- that said, I'm afraid I'd rather watch paint dry than see this newest film.

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Makes me crazy, but there is no question mark in the title of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT.
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...which means that Roger Daltrey and friends must have done it, since it isn’t presented as a question!
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Tangent: one of my micro-annoyances in life is that nobody pays any attention to the comma in GIRL, INTERRUPTED.
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 QUOTE:
...she makes a big deal about how she “didn’t give up” on him.

Ironically, she too cast him away.

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I saw the documentary last year, and found it thoroughly interesting, particularly because I live near the actual Marwencol. I don't honestly see how a dramatization would improve upon the documentary.
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Posted: 30 December 2018 at 11:28am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

I like Robert Zemeckis. I like (for the most part) Steve Carrell. I've no desire to see this movie, unless it pops up on cable and there's nothing else that catches my eye.

(I say for the most part regarding Carrell because I didn't watch THE OFFICE and couldn't get through FOXCATCHER.)

Not surprised the film is a dud. 

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Posted: 31 December 2018 at 8:29am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

I might be inclined to catch it on HBO in a few months, but not enough to spend money and time in a theater.

Zemeckis just hasn't been on his game in... what, 20 years now? That's a LONG time to be dining out on ROGER and BTTF, though others have buffed their celebrity credentials for longer and for less.

I'd like to see him get a win, I really would. But it looks like MARWEN isn't it.
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Posted: 31 December 2018 at 2:42pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

I think that's a bit harsh.

Strip BTTF and Roger Rabbit from his CV and he's still a winner of a best director Oscar. Contact, What Lies Beneath and Castaway were all well made and entertaining films.

Part of his problem is that he went away from live action to the world of mo-cap CGI for close to a decade (though I sorta liked his version of A Christmas Carol, or at least liked parts of it). His return to live action hasn't set the world on fire, so I'd definitely agree that he's been below par for close to the last 20 years, but I don't think it's fair to say he's been dining out on just the two films you mentioned.


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Fair enough, Peter. There is more to his resume than those four movies (BTTF being a trilogy) and it's not fair of me to dismiss that.

He's chosen to explore aspects of filmmaking that interest him but didn't catch on with audiences-- which is a shame, though he doesn't owe it to audiences to serve up what he did decades ago. That said, he could use a hit. I'd like to see him get one.
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Yes, I'm with you that I'd like to see him hit a home run again. Of his more recent films, I thought Flight was not bad. Discussing this makes me think I should check out Allied, which is one I've passed over on Netflix up to this point.
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