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post #1 of 35
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This is a film that, upon seeing the previews, I immediately dismissed as the worst sort of Hollywood movie. Out of curiosity I read some of the reviews (mostly mixed) that are out there and was surprised to find that the film was worked on by a very competent crew. Director Mark Stanton (Finding Nemo and WALL-E), Michael Chabon (winner of of a Pulitzer Prize for Cavalier & Clay) helped with the script, and it has a crazy good cast of supporting actors like Willem Dafoe, Brian Cranston, Cirian Hinds, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Thomas Haden Church and Dominic West. Upon reading this, I immediately decided this is something I wanted to see as a historically/sociologically-minded cinemaphile . Then I saw this, the first 10 minutes of the film:

In that first 10 minutes, I think Mark Stanton may have beat Steven Spielberg's most recent 2 attempts at recapturing an Indiana Jones-like tone with John Carter's humor, histrionics, and sense of adventure. Now, I'm not expecting this film to be incredible cinema, but I am interested in it as an oddity. I must admit, I am even a little psyched to watch something that's such a bizarre studio product. Apparently the source material was written around the 1920's, is considered a precursor to all space opera, and has been ripped off in every way imaginable.

Anyhoo, if you guys happen to want to see it or end up watching it for whatever reason, drop a line. I'm interested to read what people think about this.
post #2 of 35
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Originally Posted by boogaboogabooga View Post

This is a film that, upon seeing the previews, I immediately dismissed as the worst sort of Hollywood movie. Out of curiosity I read some of the reviews (mostly mixed) that are out there and was surprised to find that the film was worked on by a very competent crew. Director Mark Stanton (Finding Nemo and WALL-E), Michael Chabon (winner of of a Pulitzer Prize for Cavalier & Clay) helped with the script, and it has a crazy good cast of supporting actors like Willem Dafoe, Brian Cranston, Cirian Hinds, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Thomas Haden Church and Dominic West. Upon reading this, I immediately decided this is something I wanted to see as a historically/sociologically-minded cinemaphile . Then I saw this, the first 10 minutes of the film:

In that first 10 minutes, I think Mark Stanton may have beat Steven Spielberg's most recent 2 attempts at recapturing an Indiana Jones-like tone with John Carter's humor, histrionics, and sense of adventure. Now, I'm not expecting this film to be incredible cinema, but I am interested in it as an oddity. I must admit, I am even a little psyched to watch something that's such a bizarre studio product. Apparently the source material was written around the 1920's, is considered a precursor to all space opera, and has been ripped off in every way imaginable.

Anyhoo, if you guys happen to want to see it or end up watching it for whatever reason, drop a line. I'm interested to read what people think about this.

I'm curious about it, because I read several of the John Carter of Mars books when I was a young'un during my Edgar Rice Burroughs phase. Tried reading one a couple of years ago and gave up after a couple of pages.
post #3 of 35
I saw a commercial for it last night and thought it was a sick joke. Know nothing about the source material. The 10 minutes I've seen here doesn't seem terrible I guess. Will not be paying to watch though
post #4 of 35
This guy has to be the worst actor since David Caruso
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This guy has to be the worst actor since David Caruso

Yeah, considering the character I can't help but think that casting wishes they could travel back in time and get a young Harrison Ford.
post #6 of 35
disney action movie? no thanks.
post #7 of 35
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This guy has to be the worst actor since David Caruso

he made a pretty good drunk football player
post #8 of 35
I am watching it.
post #9 of 35
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Originally Posted by grundletaint View Post

he made a pretty good drunk football player

Passable Gambit...
post #10 of 35
I'd much rather watch Battleship than this piece of garbage.
post #11 of 35
I am sure you think the book was garbage to.
post #12 of 35
I can't wait for this film. The buzz has been strong and it's based on one of the most classic of sci-fi stories. My gut tells me that it's going to bomb due to the shitty marketing the House of the Mouse (no relation) has done, but it might end up being a real gem.
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I can't wait for this film. The buzz has been strong and it's based on one of the most classic of sci-fi stories. My gut tells me that it's going to bomb due to the shitty marketing the House of the Mouse (no relation) has done, but it might end up being a real gem.

Where? Nothing I have read about this movie has been positive.
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Where? Nothing I have read about this movie has been positive.

Yeah, mostly mixed as far as I can tell and it's really early in the game. I just read a review from Variety which I'm strangely thinking is probably accurate.
post #15 of 35
I probably would have liked this when I was five.
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