Weekend Open Forum: Summer blockbusters that'll get you to the theater

By Matthew · 44 replies
Jul 5, 2013
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  1. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    Will this thread still be open when this summer's "blockbusters" hit "Redbox"? If so, can I get back to you on this?

    I'm "intrigued" by the 3D FX extravaganza they're pushing at the moment, "Pacific Rim".

    This looks like "Robot Jox", meets "Godzilla". It should be worth a buck twenty to stink up the house with, come November or December.

    I don't want to give the impression I'm hard to please. Any thing without Kirsten Dunst altogether, or Julia Stiles in a starring role would make me happy.

    Unless Jennifer Lawrence suffers an "all you can eat pasta night", binge/relapse, I'd probably go see almost any thing with her in it.
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  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    That Pacific Rim reminds me of the Power Rangers or the old Voltron days. The White House Down looks interesting, got to see that one!
  3. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Pacific Rim is Neon Genesis if I'm not mistaken. Eva Program (Project Eva) kind of gave it away.
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    Neon Genesis oh that yeah could be just don't know when it releases.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    After a bit of research I'm inclined to agree.

    That notwithstanding, I'll rephrase myself. "Neon Genesis Evangelion" (1997), is "Robot Jox" meets "Godzilla".

    Godzilla @ 1954 : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godzilla
    Robot Jox @ 1989: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot_Jox

    Both predate "Neon Genesis", by decades. Granted it's conceptual cut and paste. But, George Lucas openly admitted that the "Krell machine", in "Forbidden Planet", ((1956) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_Planet ) was his inspiration for the reactor core of the, "Death Star". The plot of, "Forbidden Planet" was heavily adapted from Shakespeare's, "The Tempest", which predates all of the foregoing by at least four centuries.

    It would be interesting to know where "Robot Jox" draws its seminal inspiration from, as animation seems likely due to scale and ease of production.

    I guess what it boils down to is this; there's nothing really new under the sun. Just bigger, louder, more lifelike diversions, with a much higher ticket price....
  6. How can you not have enough money to spend $5 on an early weekend showing? That's what I do. I've seen all the new movies before 11am, because Marcus Theatres here in WI is only $5 for a movie before 11am. It is freaking great!

    $5 for a movie is too expensive?
  7. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    It is not just the cost of entry. It is now over £10 just to see the movie and they charge a premium for 3D. If you buy drinks and food that costs a lot also. Factor in the cost of transport and getting a meal that can be a substantial cost. Is it any wonder folks wait for films to be released on DVD. We often rent movies from the library for £2.50.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    Right, I should move to Wisconsin so I can see movies for five bucks. I'd also lay money on the fact your car insurance is less than mine here in the big city....

    Besides, who gets up at the crack of eleven in the morning anyway?:confused:

    Oh, and before I forget, you can keep those winters!
  9. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    Lot lower end theaters around for seniors, kids and students get in cheaper. If know someone at those place you can get in for free also. Prices for a ticket can range from $5, $10, $15, $20, best to find a new friend and get in for free!
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,724   +3,697

    If you ever want thousands of new best friends, start working a movie theater ticket booth. lol
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    Yeah right! Start thinking like a tick and go looking for a dog.
  12. Saintnsinner

    Saintnsinner TS Rookie Posts: 56   +11

    Hollywood has totally lost every bit of originality and imagination. All they pump out is remakes, rehashes, sequels, and prequels. Couple that with Hollywood's cookie cutter, politically correct, anti-American, anti-hero, socialistic bullshit idealism and you get what you have now, total crap. Add the fact I can watch movies in 65" high def surround sound in the comfort of my own living room while having a cocktail and a sandwich, and I'd have to say, no, there's nothing I'll be gong to the movies to see anytime soon.
  13. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,265   +436

    You haven't seen a movie since 1998 are you serious?
  14. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Absolutely. I used to watch movies when I was younger although it was never my favourite pastime. As I've got older I'd rather watch sports & documentaries on TV. I don't think I've been in a cinema since '95.
  15. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    White House Down, very good movie! Comedy (lots of funny lines), Lots of Non-Stop Action and lots of who did what to who in the plots. But in all one of the better movies so far to go and see.

    Going to check out the new release on B-ray 7/9 "The Host" about alien invading the planet.
  16. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,265   +436

    I commend you.

    You missed both The Matrix and The lord of the rings triliogy's which I thought was worth every dollar.

    Actually there was alot.

    loved Tron in 2010.

    And I just saw Man of steel opening weekend that was good.

    I know they release alot of crap these days but I don't think I could hold out that long.
  17. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    Kept out spoilers

    iv seen these in the last month
    star trek, ok I guess 7/10

    world war z 7/10, everyone at the theater was laughing at how stupid the zombies were made in the last half. literally the whole theater laughed at the sight of the zombies and their dumb bird noises, human cannibals are scary enough, no need to make them act like raptors and sound like parrots.... ( I love zombies)

    fast and the furious 6, I thought it was good, 8/10. it had the original actors, the last one I saw was the first one.

    after earth 6/10, was boring and I wanted to ***** slap will smiths little kid, he was annoying, when it ended I was relieved I could get up and go

    Iron man 3, 6/10, not enough action, crappy story full of holes
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  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,724   +3,697

  19. "after earth 6/10, was boring and I wanted to ***** slap will smiths little kid, he was annoying, when it ended I was relieved I could get up and go"

    ..of course it's boring, because it's M Night Shyamalan's works :D
    and it's not only you who wants to slap that kid
  20. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    Wait the movie "The Heat" was really bad, it had some funny moments but the acting was like going to a bar and watch the crowd have a fight. The swearing in this movie is really over done though. If you have kids don't bring to this movie.

    Sandra Bullock
    She looks old and wore out in this movie, and too me she looks like she didn't like the script either.

    Melissa McCarthy
    Trying to be a tough woman and the swearing gutter mouth she has and non-respect for others really makes her look bad on the screen. But then again it's movie but the worst one too add to the rest of the pile this year for 2013.

    Just bad acting on both these two ladies, just don't under stand how the director / producers of this movie thought this was a funny comedy for everyone.

    Next up is Despicable Me 2 not by choice but the GF wants to go see it.. ;)

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