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    Did anyone see this movie, or do you plan to?

    It has a lot of buzz.

    I like the fact that the title of the movie does not really mean anything, and it was just the working title that a movie house uses to keep it secret.

    The only thing that I did not like about the trailer is that the Statue of Liberty's head is not to scale. It is much smaller than it is in real life. I've been in it and at the crown about 10 people can stand in it. The Statue's features are also wrong. The eyes, nose, lips and cheeks are wrong. It looks more like a Pharaoh.

    This movie has been compared to the Blair Witch project for the intentional shaky cam work.
     
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    I might see it, i've heard mixed things, everyone agrees the visuals are good, but a few people said the characters are extremely annoying, lol.

    on a side note, saw The Orphanage yesterday, awesome movie
     
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    Yes, I'm thinking of seeing CLoverfield. Even if just to see the monster. My fav movie reviewer gave it a "A" review -- and he has real integrity (unlike Siskel).

    I saw Todd Sweeny a few nights ago. I enjoyed it very much. I wondered how it would end, and it was a satisfactory ending.
     
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    I saw it last night and liked it a lot. The first person view makes you feel like you're in the story with the characters, but it may make you feel a bit sick at times. Of course, since it's from the producers of Lost, they don't really give you many details about what is going on. They pretty much just leave you hanging throughout the whole movie and at the end. If you can appreciate JJ Abrams's work you'll like it.
     
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    I hope they never even show the monster, makes for better suspense. Sometimes when you see it, things get kind of corny.
     
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    Hmmmm. Good point. Well, then, I'll go to find out IF they show a monster, and if not, how do they get around not showing the monster!

    It's supposed to have a lot of dramatic suspense, unlike most horror movies where they always do something stupid to dangle themselves in harm's way.
     
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    I was listening to Fangoria Radio on Sirius last night and they say that they do show the monster.
     
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    Well then, mem, what are you waiting for? Run out and catch the movie and then come back and tell us if it was worth it!!! :biggrin1::tongue:
     
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    looks crazy...if i knew what it was about id probably pay to see it, i think i'll just get it on a torrent site
     
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    It's cool enough, but there are a lot of unanswered questions, if you don't see it you won't be missing a revolution in modern film, but if you do see it, it's a good way to kill an hour and a half and it's actually better than a lot of other monster movies that I've seen, just don't sit to close, it's all hand held camera work (which is actually kind of cool) but can be very shaky. It's got a lot of action which never hurts in a monster movie.
     
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    I appreciate it artistically, but I didn't like it.

    Cinematography, story telling, everything was genius.

    But it's a definite mind fuck for entertainment purposes. You never know what's going on...you don't know who, what, why, or how all of this is happening. But they make it clear you're supposed to focus on the people affected and not, "ZOMG BIG MONSTERS!"

    I can give it an A for appreciating art. I will probably never watch it again in my life, therefore it gets a C- for creatively droll.
     
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    Gene Siskel hasn't reviewed a movie since 1999.

     
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    Yeah, he's gone underground.
     
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    I saw it and thought it was great!


    The "Blair Witch version of Godzilla" is fairly accurate, but I will say that the camera work, editting, and tension in Cloverfield seemed far superior to me.

    Like many reviewers have said, the story isn't something particularly special--Monster spontaneously arrives in city, causes havoc, people try to escape. But the nature of how the story is told is unique because of the perspective it's told from. The monster movie genre currently has slim pickings for new movies, and I'd argue there hasn't been a good one since the original Jurassic Park, and as predictable as Cloverfield is, the sum of its great parts make up for its pitfalls.

    I'd say my favorite part about it is that it doesn't give you anything more than what the main characters know about what's going on, even at the very end of the film. You'll walk out with a lot of questions about what happened. But then again, what did you expect going into a J. J. Abrams film? :smile:


    And you do get to see plenty of the monster. They definitely give you a "money shot" of it at one point in the movie.
     
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    cloverfield was one of the most intense movies i have ever seen. i highly recommend it! im in disbelief.
     
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    i literally JUST got back from seeing the movie, and i have to say. it was pretty fucking awesome! i have to agree that you want to sit a little ways back to take in the whole movie and remember it's supposed to have a "home movie" affect since it is supposed to be film footage off a camcorder. if you can live with that then you'll see it's a pretty good movie. lot's of action, lot's of character interaction. good story, and to the people who complained about not knowing where the moster comes from or what it is. does that make it any less scary?
     
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    by the way. i did think the end theme they played during the closing credits was pretty damn corny.
     
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    it was good but would have been so much better if it was a conventional movie instead of the shakey cam. It was just so frustrating, everyone in the audience was trying to like will the camera movement with their heads to try to see more...they just dont show you what you want to see very often, its just alot of movement and the actors faces, they rarely are showing the monster and it sucks because thats what you want to see and youre just hoping they show you more but they never do and they dont explain anything!!! the ending sucks!
     
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    thats how it's supposed to be - you're living the moment with them - imagine yourself as the guy with the camera. once all this is happening, you don't know ANYTHING thats going on - which they didnt. it was more realistic than going into a back story and an explanation of things. this movie was creative, very creative and it pulled you right in. like you were RIGHT there with them running down the street.
     
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    I guess it is supposed to be like real life, and if it really happened you would not know where they came from.
     
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