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Posted on 12-30-17 08:39:59 PM (last edited by OPStellar at 12-31-17 09:19:03 PM) Link | Quote
As a film studies major, I am inclined to appreciate the works of Steven Spielberg.
Recently, while looking up books on my Kindle Reader (which is now worth more, since it is no longer sold or serviced by Amazon, btw), I came across something that said it would soon be a major motion picture by Steven Spielberg.
I raised an eyebrow. The night after that, I saw the new Star Wars with my dad. It's a good movie. You should watch it.
Back to my point: I saw the trailer for Ready Player One, and it was STUNNING.

I have started this discussion, hoping some will participate in commenting their remarks on what they know about it.
Brief trailer spoilers: It has the DeLorean from Back to the Future, characters from OverWatch, stuff from TRON... the Iron Giant at the end was like a cherry-on-top.
I want to know what the... previous generation of gamers, if you will... thinks about how Spielberg has handled the massive load of games in this The Maze-esque feature. What did he do right? How did he go wrong? Qualifiers, etc..
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Posted on 12-30-17 09:39:05 PM (last edited by Tarale at 12-30-17 09:39:54 PM) Link | Quote
Ahhhhh I have a weird relationship with Ready Player One. I read it, it wasn’t terrible but there’s definitely some shit about it that rubs me the wrong way. Especially the way Parzival talks to and about girls, but other things too, like the way it holds up a very specific type of geek stuff on a pedestal, but ignores others. Notably, uh, the girl stuff, I guess. It just kind of reminds me of all the gatekeeping techbros I’ve dealt with my entire life.

I really hope Spielberg manages to make it less like that, and a bit more inclusive. It has the potential to be quite a fun movie if it’s less marred by some of that.

Don’t even bother reading Armada.
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Posted on 12-31-17 12:00:17 PM (last edited by OPStellar at 12-31-17 12:01:31 PM) Link | Quote
Originally posted by Tarale
Ahhhhh I have a weird relationship with Ready Player One. I read it, it wasn’t terrible but there’s definitely some shit about it that rubs me the wrong way. Especially the way Parzival talks to and about girls, but other things too, like the way it holds up a very specific type of geek stuff on a pedestal, but ignores others. Notably, uh, the girl stuff, I guess. It just kind of reminds me of all the gatekeeping techbros I’ve dealt with my entire life.

I really hope Spielberg manages to make it less like that, and a bit more inclusive. It has the potential to be quite a fun movie if it’s less marred by some of that.

Don’t even bother reading Armada.

yes I realized it was Ready Player One...
This morning.

Hey, Xkeeper, can you please rename the thread to "Ready Player One"?
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Posted on 12-31-17 09:18:09 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Tarale
Ahhhhh I have a weird relationship with Ready Player One. I read it, it wasn’t terrible but there’s definitely some shit about it that rubs me the wrong way. Especially the way Parzival talks to and about girls, but other things too, like the way it holds up a very specific type of geek stuff on a pedestal, but ignores others. Notably, uh, the girl stuff, I guess. It just kind of reminds me of all the gatekeeping techbros I’ve dealt with my entire life.

I really hope Spielberg manages to make it less like that, and a bit more inclusive. It has the potential to be quite a fun movie if it’s less marred by some of that.

Don’t even bother reading Armada.


Okay, I wouldn't get my hopes up too high, considering how Spielberg girls are often portrayed.
Think of the Back To The Future trilogy, the many Indiana Jones movies, Jaws, the Jurassic Park movies he worked on, the Gremlins movies, Catch Me If You Can, Super 8, The Goonies, etc.. Hopefully, though, the portrayal of... their style of geekiness... is more on-par with your expectations. Given, some of these names are things he produced, but some he also directed. I just find that the young women characters are almost stereotyped and objectified, but not in an demeaning way per se, just not a truthful depiction, either.
Can't say much about his more recent works... Jurassic World didn't use the stereotypical Spielberg girl as much... for part of it...
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Posted on 12-31-17 10:44:45 PM Link | Quote
Yeah, I don’t have my hopes up especially high, just hoping that in 2017/2018 the studio don’t think that one-dimensionality is still something they can get away with. But honestly, the book has an established audience, made up of the kind of people who think their fandoms are NO GIRLS ALLOWED, so it won’t surprise me either if the studio “play it safe”.
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Posted on 01-02-18 11:04:42 PM Link | Quote
funny this thread would show up talking about it!

a friend just sent me this review of the book. what do you all think about his criticism?
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Posted on 02-01-18 09:51:22 AM (last edited by Zeether at 02-01-18 09:52:04 AM) Link | Quote
I rolled my eyes at the trailer when I saw it. After seeing the one passage where the MC just spouts names of famous 80s/90s movies and TV shows etc and the whole "Spielberg wants people to go 'I KNOW THAT' in the theater" thing I'm officially uninterested

Easily going to be the worst thing he's made since 1941, which is painfully unfunny in every way
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Posted on 04-02-18 10:42:55 AM Link | Quote
Went to see it with my Dad; just got back from watching it. Dad loved it, probably because it's his whole childhood wrapped up in a movie, so that's nice for him.

Honestly, while it's visually stunning, and I'll quite freely admit that the idea of driving around in the DeLorean from BttF is somewhat appealing, the movie was just awful. I've never had a movie make me physically cringe in my seat before.

If you liked the book, you'll probably like the movie too. If you didn't like the book, the movie will do it no favours.
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Posted on 04-02-18 03:53:19 PM (last edited by sofi at 04-02-18 03:54:09 PM) Link | Quote
i watched it and thought it was pretty bad. i think the last thing we need right now is a move about how one cardboard cutout's undying devotion to nerd culture is going to save the world along with his cardboard cutout friends. we have enough of that.

looked cool, though. i think Spielberg reused a lot of Minority Report sometimes, though, and you can tell a lot of it is just Minority Report visuals with high key lighting. wish they showed more of the slums, which i thought was the coolest part conceptually and visually.

also wish the movie ended with another VR headset coming off to reveal the whole movie is really just a gerbil playing the main character in a VR simulation.
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Posted on 04-03-18 01:21:08 AM Link | Quote
I have no interest in seeing the movie, but I've been morbidly curious as to how (if possible) Steven Spielberg could save the plot/characters. Judging by the reactions here, it seems that it wasn't possible after all.
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Posted on 04-03-18 09:16:59 AM Link | Quote
I had no interest in the book or movie, and what everyone's saying here just confirms my suspicions. Maybe once it's out on video and streaming services I'll watch it out of curiosity.
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Posted on 04-03-18 08:26:22 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Zero One
If you liked the book, you'll probably like the movie too. If you didn't like the book, the movie will do it no favours.

I have a mate who loves the book and he can't stand the movie. I find this hilarious.

I'm not going to pay money to see the movie so I won't see it until much later when I hatewatch it.
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Posted on 05-09-18 07:43:23 PM Link | Quote
I REALLY wanted to see it in IMAX, but didn't get to, thanks to finals...
Maybe later...
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Posted on 05-10-18 07:49:56 PM Link | Quote
Basically, to sum up my feelings on the movie...
I saw it and Tomb Raider on back to back weekends, and I'd rather go see Tomb Raider again and just watch a recap of all the cameos I probably missed out on later.
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