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The internet is a powerful tool, don't be fooled by it [Jan. 19th, 2008|09:15 pm]
Ade "AJ"
First off, thanx so much for the kind & generous person who gave me some paid months on LJ. I know I've been bad at posting here, but really, its been insanely busy. Hope you understand.

So, how about that Cloverfield? I thought the Blair Witch was already a been there done that next to the old 1970's "bigfoot" footages- then again, maybe I've just existed waaay too long to be that impressed by anything Hollywood tries to "wow" at us lately. Not to say Cloverfield was a "bad" film, it has entertainment...value...had some ...moments.... in parts, however, to be fair, I did enter the movie house w/ low expectations and a very open-mind. I've been busy with the musings so I pretty much missed the internet buzz that somehow "justifies" this movie. But, it seems to me, this whole internet viral ad campaign only serves to hype up a mediocre film and save on the budget while it lures in a curious audience. In other words, its an experimental film w/ experimental marketing. Well, kudos on another Hollywood gimmick. After sitting through 84 mins of a hipster party gone sour, near constant clamour , and epileptic cam-cord spasms (wait, there was a few shots of monsters in here too, right?), it becomes glaringly obviously, the real entertainment was the anticipation of this film. So, yeah, there was an online buzz manipulated by the various websites offering glimpses and revelations of what this "monster" was going to look like. So much of a hype that when you DO finally get to see the monster its like a false orgasm. Wait. That's it?

::long awkward pause::

Conclusion: I think J.J. Abrams needs to understand that the Godzilla franchise is uniquely Japan's pop culture first (the world's second)- that markets primarily to children and those nostalgic of their childhood. Godzilla has earned endearment because its sincere, not serious and certainly not because its a kitchy teen slasher flick.

ps> Why is the monster even called "Cloverfield"?
pps> SB5 updates soon
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[User Picture]From: rosehiptea
2008-01-20 06:02 am (UTC)
Apparently "Cloverfield" was the working title of the film, and that was a street near someone's office. It was going to be changed, but then the viral campaign caught on and they stuck with it.

I didn't see the film and I'm not sure I'll spend the money when I hardly ever see films anyway, but that's what I saw on the internet.
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[User Picture]From: tigerade
2008-01-20 08:21 pm (UTC)
If I was going to name this film after a street in my town, it'd be Moorpark.
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[User Picture]From: rosehiptea
2008-01-20 08:39 pm (UTC)
I don't think I can do any better than that. I think I know where that is.

*reads other comments* The military had a code name for the case? They thought the sudden destruction of a large city could be kept secret?

OK, I guess the military would have a code name for it but they might as well go with "Giant New York Monster" in a case like that.
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From: gabycat
2008-01-21 01:36 am (UTC)
your icon- Seres/Walter OTL! XD
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[User Picture]From: rosehiptea
2008-01-21 01:47 am (UTC)
I ship it desperately, because I am a sad person like that! XD
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From: gabycat
2008-01-20 06:27 am (UTC)
seems this film its not worth even the popcorn...
I thought they called Cloverfield 'cause that was the name of the street where the party was, no idea really...
^^I'll better go watch "Enchanted" bet I'll have a better time.

PPS- YAY!
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[User Picture]From: tigerade
2008-01-20 08:15 pm (UTC)
Gojira is a fun name for a monster- Cloverfield sounds like a name for a cat...or Parakeet or an elementary school. And apparently that's not even the name for the monster!-- just the "code name" the military gave the case. And yeah, if you thought Signs was upsetting, I doubt you could sit thru this one, Ne-chan.
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[User Picture]From: finalglory
2008-01-21 12:50 am (UTC)
Signs actually scared me...I hate aliens
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From: gabycat
2008-01-21 01:57 am (UTC)
I'm Ok with aliens, I actually love the ALIEN movies. But the thing is that when a movie has too much suspense and suddenly something jumps, I freak out. Also can't stand vampire movies... hate anything that touches my neck so I react to the screen. once I even cracked my neck from cringing too hard.
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From: gabycat
2008-01-21 01:46 am (UTC)
well, not upsetting AJ... but you do remember I freaked out when the ALien popped. I just get too nervous when anything jumps at the screen that way. I cringed and literally jumped into my seat! ; __ ; Ne-chan can kill a spider, but gets scared by the sneaky evil monster movies...
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[User Picture]From: finalglory
2008-01-21 02:01 am (UTC)
T_T don't kill spiders
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[User Picture]From: dazperfectgift
2008-01-21 07:05 am (UTC)
not to drift,
but Enchanted was actually very cute..
I did think there'd be more to it,
but it really did have it's good parts.

plus I love Timothy Spall. <3
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[User Picture]From: m_crowley
2008-01-20 05:53 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree more. At least you wrote a scathing review with minimal swearing. I doubt I could do the same.
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[User Picture]From: tigerade
2008-01-20 08:24 pm (UTC)
To give it some credit, there was some fun special effects--and some fun moments-- but all smothered in cheese.
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[User Picture]From: tigerade
2008-01-20 08:08 pm (UTC)
lol! I know! Hipster party from heeeeeellllll- I don't CARE who slept w/ who- stupid human shallow dramas- can't you think of something more creative to have a problem w/ for once?
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[User Picture]From: invadertwinkie
2008-01-20 10:41 pm (UTC)
I am going to have to agree with you, Ade-dear. I love monsters and whatnot, but I didn't expect so much of a cop-out of a film. I read some of the things online following seeing it (I had experienced none of the viral marketing until I was told of it after the film, strangely enough...) and couldn't decide if it helped or hurt my impressions of the film. Most of the things I found were stupid little bits of self-promotion, such as J.J's logo for DHARMA in Lost , which was more than a bit shameless...*shrugs*

I did have to give them credit for the "falling object" being shown in the corner of the camera at the end when they gave that unforgivably cheesy line "I had a great day" or something to that effect. I felt that it could have been a lot better if they had just lengthened it a bit to give it a bit more meat here and there (as well as make it a little more worth my $9.00 ticket) and if they cut a bit more of the "human" aspect, seeing as there was not a single character in the film who could just use their brain. There were times I almost wished that someone else would take the camera away from the clumsy dolt and put it into the hands of an actual director masochistic enough to film the carnage with some production value on the spot. :/

just my two cents...
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[User Picture]From: kwazyqwackers
2008-01-21 08:24 am (UTC)
I was considering going to a free sneak preview, for the sole fact that it was free, but I had to work, so I didn't. I'm glad I didn't waste my time. Hollywood these days.. Really, the latest movie I've seen that was even "good" was Sweeney Todd, and I only enjoyed it because it was a musical. 'Could've gone without the buckets of blood.

Thanks for posting this though, it's nice to hear a review on this movie.
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[User Picture]From: batness
2008-01-21 09:57 am (UTC)
I haven't seen Cloverfield, but I don't plan to. I got motion sick watching Blair Witch, and at least I knew what that was about really. Cloverfield seems to be doing well MOSTLY because of all the "mystery" surrounding the actual film rather than its contents. Lame if you ask me, but I have many friends to disagree.

I don't know about the monster itself, but the film was called Cloverfield after the "government's project that discovered the home video of the creature," at least according to the writer. I'm fairly disinterested in the series, especially since I think Abrams should be spending time making sure LOST doesn't go the way of his OTHER shows (*FELICITYCOUGH*).
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