Go check out Mike Nelson's book podcast covering this garbage. The book isn't even Twilight bad. It's 50 Shades of Grey bad.
Then watch The Turbo Kid for a much better movie. It's actually directed by the same guy who made the poetv classic Bagman!
I went to see it, partially because it's the only film I've ever heard of to be set in my city, but more so out of sheer morbid curiosity to see how bad it was and honestly...I was disappointed that I wasn't more disappointed. Spielberg actually managed to turn it into an okay film. Not a good one mind you, but the book is so fucking horrid that I'm amazed anyone with any sort of reputation in Hollywood signed on to a movie adaptation of it, much less Spielberg of all people.
The "REFERENCES!" aspect of it isn't nearly as prevalent in the film as it was in the book either. They're there, but it's all background noise. Aside of the Iron Giant nothing is there for more than a split second as fanboy nostalgia wank fodder if someone who knows what it is happens to see it.
Also the message at the end is basically "ESCAPISM IS BAAAAAAAAD!" which is kind of weird when the preceding two hours revolved around a bunch of video game nostalgia and video game players trying to save their video game.
It's going to suck, and I'm going to see it - but I'm not going to pay for it.
This is a must see movie for me, if someone else is paying.
Some movies are just meant to be seen in theaters but aren't good enough for me to waste my own money.
I'm with you guys. Watching this review, there's a part that sums it up perfectly: when Mike's talking about the scene from the novel (omitted from the movie) about how the.. uhh.. fuck it I'll just say METAVERSE.. offers up free public education and all these social services because IRL World's pretty much boned. It's Dystopia 101, but most always makes for an interesting discussion. But instead of going there, the school "teaches" everyone about how to play fucking "Joust." But then maybe THAT'S the point, that IRL World's so boned that History Pre-1977 was mysteriously lost, so we really do have nothing more than these new post-Joseph Campbell archetyypes. I dunno, someone get a decent cam rip and I'll watch it.
I was hoping Otherland would get an adaptation at some point, but I guess it's a little too long and 3dgy for a one film mass appeal adaptation.
Then again I last read Otherland in Jr High and what the fuck does anyone know in Jr High.
"The precondition for kitsch, a condition without which kitsch would be impossible, is the availability close at hand of a fully matured cultural tradition, whose discoveries, acquisitions, and perfected self-consciousness kitsch can take advantage of for its own ends. It borrows from it devices, tricks, stratagems, rules of thumb, themes, converts them into a system, and discards the rest."
Ready Player One then shows Greenberg's theory is fundamentally flawed, as kitsch in fact needs nothing but kitsch to feed on. The cultural serpent is perfectly capable of sustaining itself by eating its own tail.
i hope Cline’s atheism screeds are left fully intact. He’s substituted one religion for another, and clearly isn’t smart enough to fully grasp what that means.
There are a lot of edgelords who haven't figured that out.
I read the book. It's fun, forgettable, disposable popcorn pulp fiction.
There's also a clear line where it becomes profoundly embarrassing. For me that was the bit where, as Mike mentioned, the main character has to reenact WarGames. Not just dialogue, though. Oh no. He also has to mimic the movie's STAGE DIRECTION. So he's reciting what Matthew Broderick said and also moving and gesturing as Matthew Broderick did. Where was Matthew Broderick standing in the classroom? When was he supposed to follow this person? Was he sitting or standing at NORAD and where and which?
I did not think it was possible to have a nerdboner that hard until I read RPO. And as much as it made me blush and look over my shoulder, I would love to see them try to adapt that kind of shit into a movie.
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