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

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I am making a lot of embarrassing confession this week, sorry.

Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Monday, 12 March 2012 18:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

right there with you, sister

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 12 March 2012 18:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought this was great.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 12 March 2012 23:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Me too. Pleasingly bonkers, straight-up pulpy comic book action, way better than any x-men or green lantern hornets or avatars.

Just listened to the Mark Kermode rant, fuck. I used to have a lot of time for the guy but that was excruciating. Ok so he found it boring, boredom is in the eye of the beholder I guess, it kept my attention for the full length. But incomprehensible? Christ, it wasn't rocket science. There were the green guys and the blue guys and the red guys, and the green guys were particularly easy to spot since they were actually green - oh and they had four arms and were 9 feet tall. The plot took a few diversions, but only into well familiar scenarios. And there were a few funny words, what a shame. Ok I had a few "did they just call him sadgrab or sarbag or sagbar?" moments but given there were barely half a dozen main players it was still hardly taxing.

ledge, Monday, 12 March 2012 23:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was convinced I was going to find it boring, partic as it's fairly long, but it was nicely paced, I thought. How tf is it 'incomprehensible'? I did get a little confused about who was on the red team and the blue team to start off with but ???

kinder, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

well like 75% of the film is people saying fake words, gives a little bit of a Dune vibe in terms of people talking about goofy stuff solemnly, i can see why that seriousness would scan as incomprehensible to someone who wasnt getting into the movie

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Alternatively, any movie would be incomprehensible if you didn't give a shit and stopped paying attention. IOW it's a lazy criticism and totally misplaced for a story as straightfoward and well-worn as this.

ledge, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

i am refusing to believe the plot of this can be difficult to follow or incomprehensible, tbh. did the vulture thing about the trailer show up on this thread yet

bosomy English rose (thomp), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

also, i've seen the thing about them taking 'of mars' out of the title because mars needs moms was such a failure about a dozen times, it has only just occurred to me to wonder, what the fuck is mars needs moms

bosomy English rose (thomp), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

massive disney mocap bomb, their second about mars in the last year funnily enough

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

h4a should i go see this tomorrow i trust yr judgement

Lamp, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

christ, that rich ross pic is terrifying

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

a movie about how kids need to learn to appreciate their parents. well that's got summer blockbuster written all over it

bosomy English rose (thomp), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dear ILX, I love you for making me really want to see this.

(And not just because of Tim Riggins)

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

lamp - yeah why not. you'd probably find some things to dig about it, i dunno.

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 02:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dear ILX, I love you for making me really want to see this.

(And not just because of Tim Riggins)

― Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, March 12, 2012 8:47 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i was going to post p much the same thing

catbus otm (gbx), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 04:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

I enjoyed this! Some meh bits here and there but it worked pretty well, I thought. For those (of us) lamenting the state of big budget Hollywood, this was refreshingly solid.

Also, as a Rome fan, I enjoyed seeing Posca, and then it got even better with Marc Antony and Caesar fighting side by side.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 05:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

And I just found out Atia was one of the green things!

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 05:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ooh Rome ppl :D

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 05:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

So, what we conclude from behavioral analysis and available forensics is the following: The suspect is likely a white male in his late 20s to late 30s. He likely is not a college graduate, but feels nonetheless superior to those with advanced education, and he is likely employed in a bureaucratic entity, possibly civil service or quasi-public service from which he feels alienated. He has a problem with authority and a deep-seated resentment of those who he feels have impeded his progress professionally. …The suspect has trouble with lasting relationships and is possibly a high-functioning alcoholic.

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all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 06:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

<3 <3

McNulty of Mars

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 07:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

nice job, SM :D

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 18:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just saw this and really liked it! Will probably become a cult fave like "Return To Oz" - another lush Disney production that was killed out the gate. Want to see this again on the big screen before it's gone (around 6 other people at my screening).

Lawanda Pageboy (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 20:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think we're seeing this on Sat. Tried to convince Mr Veg to go tonight to half-price Tuesday but no dice.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 20:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

There were 8 other people at mine, but it was 10:35pm on a Monday.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 20:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

plz just post some Kitsch pec pix

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 20:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

And Lyn Collins thigh pix!

Lawanda Pageboy (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 20:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

i don't have much desire to see this but it did make me want to read some ERB for the first time in about two decades.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 20:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 20:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not sure if there are any other film score nerds on ILX but I just listened through the score album and it's Giacchino's high water mark to date, by some distance. Don't buy the Amazon MP3 album though-- it's badly encoded and sounds watery.

Axolotl with an Atlatl (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 22:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Must have been nods to Jerry Goldsmith's Apes score.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 22:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Giacchino does the score? DEFINITELY I AM IN. Loved his Star Trek score.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 23:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just heard Stanton talking about filming where they filmed Apes, actually.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 23:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i dont usually pay much attention to movie scores but this one seemed pretty good to me, gave it an epic filmmaking feel early in the movie

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 23:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

really enjoyed this! went tonight with ilxor herb albert. i think there were four other people in the audience. totally fun and entertaining. i laughed out loud! i cheered! felt like a kid.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 02:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

i was the only one laughing at it, but the big SMACK towards the climax was great.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 02:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

i liked that i could actually see what was going on and follow the action. i get lost in cgi-land sometimes. and i really just loved the jumping thing! totally a kid's dream come true.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 02:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, good call -- nothing ever got too distracting or off. And speaking of CGI-land, that really was some high quality stuff at points, even/especially the Tharks; it shows how quickly the field has grown and improved even over the last few years. Rah for Scott liking it!

i was the only one laughing at it, but the big SMACK towards the climax was great.

Haha if it's what I'm thinking of, yeah, that made our group laugh too.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 04:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost Is "Return to Oz" really some cult classic?

I'm totally seeing this and "21 Jump Street" this weekend. Please wait out the two weeks til Hunger Games, John Carter, just for me!

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 12:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Return to Oz is a total cult classic

Number None, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Return To Oz is v.v.cool.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

one of the reasons it's fondly remembered is all the awesome puppetry etc. Not sure the cgi of John Carter will be looked back on in the same way

Number None, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Main reason I fondly remember RtO is it's fucking shit scary.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

and we all know cgi ain't scary

Number None, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

The arena scene was almost *too* close visually to the one in the 2nd Star Wars prequel but it was also 1000x more fun/exciting. And with had less monsters!

I also really loved the Tharks. Agree with Ned that the CGI was pretty well done.

Lawanda Pageboy (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

is the plot of this movie totally incomprehensible? a.o. scott compared it to "dune," which to my mind reads = visually beautiful and incomprehensible.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

it is totally fucking by numbers good guys and bad guys and some other good guys. as i said upthread "incomprehensible" is being used as code for "i got bored and stopped paying attention".

ledge, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

(Xpost) * and with less monsters *

Lawanda Pageboy (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

some of the dialogue is incomprehensible because its just people babbling about imaginary names that you literally dont know the meaning of.

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:11 (2 years ago) Permalink


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