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John Byrne
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Posted: June 20 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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Posted: June 21 2018 at 4:54pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply


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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Posted: June 24 2018 at 9:26pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

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: December 26 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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Posted: December 27 2018 at 9:27am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

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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Posted: December 27 2018 at 9:43am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

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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Posted: December 28 2018 at 10:27am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

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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Posted: December 28 2018 at 12:17pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I’ll also give Zemekis WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT and DEATH BECOMES HER. The skid kicked in shortly thereafter.
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Posted: December 29 2018 at 3:52am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

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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Posted: December 29 2018 at 5:21am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

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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