'John Carter,' aka the Edgar Rice Burroughs 'A Princess of Mars' adaptation

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tim riggins is a charisma supernova fyi

horseshoe, Friday, 9 March 2012 00:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

otm

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 9 March 2012 00:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

calling actors by their TV names is annoying, esp when he's got a great name like Kitsch

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Friday, 9 March 2012 01:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Tim Riggins will be the highpoint of his career

Number None, Friday, 9 March 2012 01:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Okay thank you for clearing that up, I was wondering who this Tim Riggins guy was when everyone seemed to be talking about Kitsch...

Ned Raggett, Friday, 9 March 2012 01:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Tim Riggins will be the highpoint of his career

idk he wore a swimsuit p well in 'the covenant' but probably

Lamp, Friday, 9 March 2012 01:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's less depressing to call him Tim Riggins, that way I can pretend Battleship and X Men never happened

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 9 March 2012 02:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Anyway, looks like I will be seeing this thing tomorrow with some friends who are Edgar Rice Burroughs fiends and have been hoping like hell it succeeds. So...we'll see.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 9 March 2012 02:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Keen to find out your thoughts, Ned. fyi you're gonna be my weathervane on this thing

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 9 March 2012 02:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

"It was all about Woola's buttface! Oh yeah some dude in a loincloth."

Ned Raggett, Friday, 9 March 2012 02:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

and then there was this crazy pod race in the middle...

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 9 March 2012 02:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Use your light saber John...oh my!"

Ned Raggett, Friday, 9 March 2012 02:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

looool

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 9 March 2012 03:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Rich Juzwiak ‏ @RichJuz: My favorite thing about John Carter is that its first line is "Mars!" (in voice over).

Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Friday, 9 March 2012 17:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

:D

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 9 March 2012 17:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

i want to see this badly because i love the "planetary romance" genre (SPACE: 1889!) and the guardian review gives me some much-needed hope for the film

the late great, Friday, 9 March 2012 18:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

baloney 2012 (am0n), Friday, 9 March 2012 18:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

i am also vajazzled for this, though i refuse to specifically endorse "planetary romance" on the grounds that it sounds suspiciously like something that twirly moustache steampunk ppl would fancy.

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Friday, 9 March 2012 18:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

buckaroo bonzai now and forever

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Friday, 9 March 2012 18:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

block that metaphor:

I felt as if someone had dragged me into the kitchen of my local Greggs, and was baking my head into the centre of a colossal cube of white bread.

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Friday, 9 March 2012 18:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

^ a feeling i think we all know well

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Friday, 9 March 2012 18:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

wtf

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 9 March 2012 18:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

reviewer took too many mushrooms in prep

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Friday, 9 March 2012 18:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

reviewer baked his head in too many ovens

EZ Snappin, Friday, 9 March 2012 18:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

when metaphors fail

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 9 March 2012 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

i am also vajazzled for this, though i refuse to specifically endorse "planetary romance" on the grounds that it sounds suspiciously like something that twirly moustache steampunk ppl would fancy.

Aw c'mon man! Leigh Brackett! C.L. Moore! JACK FUCKING VANCE! It's a genre with pedigree.

Axolotl with an Atlatl (Jon Lewis), Friday, 9 March 2012 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

no ledge, this one that ned posted upthread: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2012/mar/01/john-carter-week-geek?CMP=twt_fd

the "planetary romance" genre is basically like the originary text for steampunk!

the late great, Friday, 9 March 2012 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

the late great, Friday, 9 March 2012 19:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

grew up on this nonsense

the late great, Friday, 9 March 2012 19:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

I guess what it comes down to is that my very favorite shit (Jack Vance, James P Blaylock) happens to be foundational for steampunk, yet I abhor steampunk.

Axolotl with an Atlatl (Jon Lewis), Friday, 9 March 2012 19:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

So it was pretty ridiculous and entertaining! Yeah, go see it.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 March 2012 05:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

There's a huge feeling of "Wow, I can't believe they got away with spending that much money on this" but however formulaic it was always going to be, it wasn't dull. And yeah, Riggins or Kitsch or whatever you want to call him did pretty good and yes is mostly stripped down to not much throughout.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 March 2012 05:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's also the kind of film where I missed some dialogue here and there and thought "Ah, it won't matter." And it didn't, and I expected as much, so.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 March 2012 05:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

TIM RIGGINS OF MARS

yay

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 10 March 2012 05:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the report Ned! Glad to hear it was fun.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 10 March 2012 05:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Fun is important. I feel better about seeing this

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 10 March 2012 05:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

There's one scene that is pure pulp one-dude-vs-the-alien-horde and gotta say that was pretty amazingly done. Frazetta come to life, that.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 March 2012 05:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

from Boxoffice:

John Carter is off to an underwhelming start. The sci-fi flick grabbed only $9.818 million on Friday. If family audiences decide to show up, then Carter could manage a better multiplier this weekend and possibly pass the $30 million mark. Either way, there's no way this debut will be seen as anything but a disappointment. Carter will have very little time to rebound considering that The Hunger Games hits on March 23. A 73% approval rating from around 15,600 Flixster users indicates that word-of-mouth is mixed.

http://www.boxoffice.com/statistics/bo_numbers/early_estimate/2012-03-10

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 10 March 2012 21:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Industry Hacks Poison Well Before Release, Then Bemoan Poor Box Office."

Even with a shitty marketing strategy, I mean, come on.

the Hilary Clinton of Ghostface Killahs (Phil D.), Saturday, 10 March 2012 23:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

My local (NYC) megaplex is showing it in only one of its, like, 14 theatres and that's with just 3 showings per day. I think the "Heaven's Gate"-ish advanced fusillade has mortally wounded this one. FWIW, I'm gonna try and catch this on the big screen at one of those screenings tomorrow.

Lawanda Pageboy (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 10 March 2012 23:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

this was surprisingly breezy for a 2+ hour flick! i enjoyed it for what it was. manages to be pretty light in tone without being campy. worth seeing if you like this sort of thing.

enjoy your fleetfoxesocracy sheeple (latebloomer), Sunday, 11 March 2012 05:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think I am a person who likes this sort of thing. Buoyed by positive ilxor reviews itt

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 11 March 2012 05:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Underwhelming performance?! After the great pains they took to keep the public from confusing it with Mars Needs Moms!? Surely people were all like, "John Carter? I don't know who he is but he sure sounds interesting! I have to spend $15 to find out more!"

Alan Hale's Corn Casserole Recipe (Family Circle, June 1976) (Deric W. Haircare), Sunday, 11 March 2012 06:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mark Kermode went on an unholy rant about this, not that that means absolutely anything at all qualitywise, but it made me more aware of just how much the knives were out due to its production cost. I think I'm going to see it this week just to spite that, but my local multiplex is only showing it twice a day in 2D and I can't be fucked with anymore retro-fitted 3D nonsense, unless any of you ILXors think it worth the extra dosh.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Sunday, 11 March 2012 06:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nah, 2D will be fine.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 11 March 2012 06:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah there's no reason to see this in 3D.

enjoy your fleetfoxesocracy sheeple (latebloomer), Sunday, 11 March 2012 06:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Great story!

valleys of your mind (mh), Sunday, 11 March 2012 14:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

wow. stop what you're doing and read that article.

the late great, Sunday, 11 March 2012 17:51 (2 years ago) Permalink


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