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I just got back from seeing J. J. Abrams' Cloverfield movie and I can tell you some things that won't spoil the film:

First, the monster is one ugly brute, looking like a Lovecraftian fever dream. Unlike the charming Godzilla, this thing is so alien and so ugly you know its a monster. And yes, though you don't get to see a lot of it, you do get to see it in greater detail in the last half hour.

Secondly, if you are prone to motion sickness, this is not the movie for you. Thank heaven it's short because I think the theater would have been puke city if it had gone on for the prerequisite two hours.

Amazingly, there is some humor in it, mostly through Hud, the guy who is documenting everything and, unlike The Blair Witch Project, his running around with a camera makes sense because of his character. That camera sure has good batteries though.

However, and I won't give away any clues, I didn't care for the ending at all.

If you go, you should see the previews for The Dark Knight and guess what? They finally made the Joker evil. And not just bad boy evil, but the very embodiment of depraved lunacy.

Also got to see a teaser for Abrams' Star Trek film coming out near Christmas. Yes!


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Jan. 19th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
I wanted to see the new Star Trek before, but having read about it, now I want to see it even more! Sylar as Spock, Eomer as McCoy, Shaun of the Dead as Scotty and Anamaria as Uhura... THIS should be interesting. :)
Jan. 19th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for the review!
I wondered about it.
I read earlier that the designers of the monster wanted something "really insane", so I'm dying to see what they came up with.

Actually, I hate "Blair Witch" style shooting, where everything is jerky, for the 'puke' factor that you mentioned, so if someone could just give me a screen shot of the monster, I could save myself $10, and save my cookies (and not toss them).
Jan. 19th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
Edit: Wow, ask, and ye shall receive.
Working my way through LJ edits revealed a nice drawing of said monster in HollyAnn's journal. Whoot!
Jan. 19th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
So I take it this wouldn't be a good one to see at the IMAX theater. :P
Jan. 19th, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)

Definitely not!

You'd surely need a seat belt.
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Jan. 19th, 2008 09:23 am (UTC)

No. It's far, far worse.

So are the smaller monsters.
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Jan. 19th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
No.John McCain
Jan. 19th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
OOOOOH! Now I'm curious about the flick! =)
Sounds like one of those flicks that you either will love it or hate it.
As for Batman:The Dark Knight, yea, Heath Ledger really plays the most psychopathic and totally evil Joker that I have ever seen on screen ... almost true to the Graphic Novel "The Killing Joke". I've been reading a few things that the Director wanted Joker to be as close to what a real psychopath would do if he could get away with it.

Jeff Ringtail
Jan. 19th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'll probably be seeing it Monday together with the family. Thanks for the description of the film.
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
When I read about the The Dark Night trailer, I instantly went to IMDB to watch it. Heath Ledger looks awesome as The Joker and yes, he does play the character as pure depraved lunacy. It should be a good movie.
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