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Title: Ready Player One
Post by: wilder on July 22, 2017, 04:41:00 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znavw4akfoY

Follows gamer Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) as he plays through a MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) game searching for an easter egg left behind by the game’s creator James Donovan Halliday (Mark Rylance).

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Release Date - March 30, 2018
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: Gold Trumpet on July 22, 2017, 09:26:48 PM
It's a trailer so it's filmmaking by advertisers, but if Spielberg wasn't headlining this, how interesting does this even look? Instead of remembering the quality of Minority Report, this got me thinking about the misfire that was War of the Worlds. Let's hope it is good because if the best of Spielberg can have something to say about the spectacle environment of blockbusters today, it would be a great thing.
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: Drenk on July 23, 2017, 05:46:06 AM
It looks bad. BFG was insulting. I wonder how much Spielberg cares about these movies.
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: RegularKarate on July 24, 2017, 09:43:05 AM
I guess this trailer is for people who have read the book? All we know from this trailer is: Future, VR, and Nostalgia. There's no story. There's maybe one shot that looks like something Spielberg would do. I still haven't seen BFG, but War of the Worlds isn't a misfire. It takes a hit in the third act, sure, but it's still good.
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: polkablues on July 24, 2017, 12:57:12 PM
Totally agree with you. The whole time, I just wanted the trailer to even hint at an answer to the question, "In purpose of what?"
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: jenkins on March 06, 2018, 01:52:53 PM
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Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: Sleepless on March 06, 2018, 02:27:27 PM
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Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: jenkins on March 06, 2018, 02:31:15 PM
lol at the power of memes

they look meme cringing there perhaps, but on the streets, where i first saw them, they're fly enough

(https://i.imgur.com/iIXU9cn.jpg)
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: pete on March 07, 2018, 08:25:08 AM
are there still a lot of people who see themselves in this face?

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Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: polkablues on March 07, 2018, 08:50:50 PM
Demi Adejuyigbe's "rejected theme song" pretty well sums up this whole thing for me.

https://twitter.com/electrolemon/status/971208968323280896
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: jenkins on March 08, 2018, 12:25:29 AM
dang okay. nah but in the past i not been into things and been like "why people into these things?" this is Spielberg, i liked the first 2/3rds of The BFG, i cried during War Horse, and it's set in Ohio. i'll be there. all these pop confections are like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park as far as i'm concerned.
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: Kal on March 12, 2018, 01:03:11 AM
Well, I was as worried as everyone else after watching the first trailer, and I have not been a fan of Spielberg movies as of late (maybe in the last 10 years or more)... BUT...

I truly LOVED this movie. I had a total blast. It's vintage Spielberg to me, and a movie meant to sit back, relax, enjoy the ride. The visuals are just insane, but the story flows well and I thought they did a great job with the casting too.

I just watched this at the SXSW premiere with Spielberg, Cline and most of the cast, which was pretty cool. Spielberg seemed very sincere about his passion for making this, for video games in general "since playing Pong on the set of Jaws", he said.

Cultural references are pretty great. There are some that are not in the trailer that I know people here will dig. Some are a big part of the plot and big spoilers. Won't even reference any of that. Also there were technical difficulties towards the end, which was pretty fun as the whole theater was cheering and it took them like 3 tries to get it back on. Fun stuff.
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: samsong on March 30, 2018, 03:17:42 AM
tried my damndest to just enjoy the ride, but this movie is fucking garbage.  set pieces are pretty solid, especially one that features a refrence that totally caught me off guard in the best way, but theyre far from face-melting. the condescending geek pandering and the stupid, stupid narrative/storytelling are unfortunately front and center.  it’s hard to have fun when being talked down to like i have the cognitive wherewithall of a blow-up doll.
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: Sleepless on March 30, 2018, 08:27:01 AM
So the marketing is on point?
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: Alexandro on March 30, 2018, 10:03:42 AM
I loved it.
I don't really get the hate. Geek "pandering" is kind of the point, as it's supposed to be about a world where geekdom is the mainstream... the storytelling is average. To be honest at some point I felt everything was too convoluted and stoped following every small piece of it. But that's how video games and universes like these work. I mean, it's supposed to be a geek film made on geek terms, and even though I don't think it fully achieves that, I can see how it comes close. I guess it helps that that grandpa Geek Spielberg is behind this.

Now, what the film really does is exhaust you with visual information and ridiculous set pieces, but that's a good thing. It felt good to be exhausted by it, and think "well, there is no way I'm absorving every piece of visual information this thing is throwing at me". And it was funny...

I went in thinking this could be a disaster. And I hated, HATED those nostalgia posters jenkins showed us, and the character design of the two leads, but in the end I didn't care. The film absorved me into it's own trippy madness. I actually wasn't bothered too much with the dumb pontification at the end. I liked it more than The Post, and my kids (7 and 4) LOVED IT and couldn't get their eyes off the screen, which is a lot to say for a 140 minute film. I mean when I went with my kid to see The Avengers he got bored pretty quickly (not to mention myself); this is very classic 80's "suburban underdogs get together to beat the system spielberg stuff" but on steroids. So yeah, I advise to enjy it for being just that.
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: eward on April 02, 2018, 11:51:49 AM
I fucking loved this. Saw it in 70mm Thursday night at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn. Can't wait to check it out in IMAX 3D. Much to my relief, at no point did I find this to be the soulless nostalgia-fest many people seem to be describing, the same people who spew nothing but effusive praise for something like "Stranger Things" (speaking of soulless nostalgia) which is decidedly not my cup of tea. It's chock-full of references, sure, but that's the world of the film, and it rarely pauses to leer or wink or even take a breath (not that I needed it to)...everything feels organically and emotionally integrated, unlike so much other ostensibly like-minded fare drowning the box-office and drawing puzzling amounts of critical praise....  and a few of the cornier plot moments (mostly the Corporate Baddies material) had a tongue-in-cheek quality that I found, well, winning in that grand old Spielbergian "suburban underdogs against the system" (as aptly described by Alexandro before me) stuff. And Mark Rylance is predictably brilliant.

So yeah, loved it.
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: samsong on April 02, 2018, 06:47:16 PM
i'm not going to shit on anyone's enjoyment of this movie, but i don't really understand the praise for rylance.  he's playing a slightly more functional version of garth algar.
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: eward on April 02, 2018, 07:13:59 PM
he's playing a slightly more functional version of garth algar.

Okay, while I don't think that's giving it enough credit, that made me laugh out loud.
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: Drenk on April 05, 2018, 05:50:22 PM
Wow. That was painfully bad to watch. I'm with you, Samsong. Let's do a clan or whatever and we'll make out on Tuesdays.
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: eward on April 09, 2018, 09:59:51 AM
Saw this again, this time in IMAX 3D and enjoyed it even more. Not getting the hate for this. It's such a blast.
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: Drenk on April 19, 2018, 05:31:55 PM
There is this great article about the book: https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/19/17250892/ready-player-one-book-facebook-internet-dystopia.

And Spielberg couldn't save that material. It's too bad. It's the delusional fantasy of a fanboy. It's about nothing real, not even about the delusion. It's only a product of that delusion.

Some quotes...

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Its story imagines the future by superimposing it on the past — specifically, on its author’s childhood — and is mired in the utopian misconceptions that defined the childhood of the internet as well. As the online world has moved into something more like middle age, the notion that the anonymous, unaccountable freedom of the web is a panacea for prejudice seems hopelessly outdated. That didn’t stop Cline, or many of the online-world architects that were his contemporaries, from insisting that the liberties of the internet would be both inevitable and universal.

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There is no sign of these dangers in the text of Ready Player One; while the world outside of the OASIS is falling apart, the virtual world remains — yup — an oasis, a utopian expanse where anything is possible and everyone is emancipated by their online presence. The digital landscape Ready Player One envisions is centrally rooted in VR, which was lauded in the ‘80s as the quintessential technology of the future, but which has panned out to be something much more marginal. But no matter: the book’s obsession with the past is so fundamental and inescapable that the wish-dream of the ‘80s is the only future it can imagine, in form and ideology. “This is the OASIS,” Wade Watts says of his online world in a text chat with his love object. “We exist as nothing but raw personality here.”

This is, to put it lightly, not how the internet worked out. Rather than liberating people from abuse and marginalization, online platforms have become tools for amplifying existing social inequality and harassment in unprecedented ways. We need look only at abuse campaigns like Gamergate, and the painful realities of harassment on social media like Twitter and Facebook, to find ample evidence of how incredibly untrue these visions of the future were, and are.

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This is the narcissistic drive behind the very worst elements of both the internet and the gaming world: not only to seek out things they like and enjoy, but to ensure that only things they like and enjoy can exist. This contest is portrayed, somehow, as a cool, fun thing, and not a rich dude smothering the development of newer and more vital culture because he really liked Space Invaders and The Last Starfighter.

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This apparent anti-corporate stance resonates oddly with Wade’s total devotion to media that is made, by and large, by corporations, and his consistent deification of Halliday and his company, GSS. Ready Player One ends (spoiler!) with Wade winning the contest, the fortune, and control of the OASIS, passing the scepter of its corporate monarchy from Halliday to his most obsessed fan, which solves everything in a way that can only be described as Phase 2 of the Underpants Gnomes business plan.

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About halfway through Ready Player One, Wade reveals his OASIS password: “No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful,” a reference to a 1987 song by They Might Be Giants. It is a strange, contrary sentiment to endorse in the context of a fantasy about getting exactly what you want: the girl, the money, the world.

Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: tpfkabi on May 07, 2018, 10:43:07 PM
I have opened myself up to going to a lot more popcorn movies in the last couple years - basically post The Force Awakens when I found a theater pretty close that has $6 3D matinees. The trailers didn't entice me much, but it's Spielberg. I had fun with it. I think I generally bump up my score a point or so any time I see it in 3D, so who knows if it will change when I see it later in 2D. The 3D was particular cool during one sequence. There was nothing in the advertising that told they were going there. If they would have teased it, I think the box office would have been a little bigger. :

SPOILERS

The entire sequence in The Shining - inside Kubrick's movie - was incredible. If you see this in 3D you actually get "splashed" by the elevator blood from The Shining! Insane. They do the thing where it appears water/blood splashes on the lens, so in 3D it's the closest you can get to being in/with the elevator blood.
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: pete on June 01, 2018, 11:31:17 PM
this was so tedious
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: KJ on August 17, 2018, 03:39:02 PM
this was so good
Title: Re: Ready Player One
Post by: eward on August 17, 2018, 05:18:43 PM
^^ THANK YOU!

Been defending this movie to the proverbial death as of late.