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Quick Cuts: OVERRATED OR UNDERRATED? (Part 3 of 3)

Posted in 2011, Aliens, Giant Monsters, JJ Abrams, Michael Arruda Reviews, Overrated or Underrated?, Quick Cuts with tags , , , , , on June 30, 2011 by knifefighter

QUICK CUTS: THE OVERRATED OR UNDERRATED GAME (ANSWER 3)
(Quick Cuts created by Michael Arruda)

With the recent release of SUPER 8, the new alien movie from director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg, we’re going to play a game of “Overrated/Underrated.”

Are the following overrated or underrated?

1. Steven Spielberg
2. J.J. Abrams
3. ET, the Extraterrestrial
4. The Cloverfield Monster

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ANSWER # 3

MICHAEL ARRUDA answers:

1. Steven Spielberg

I’d have to say that Spielberg is actually Underrated.

 I know, I give him a hard time on this Web site, and deservedly so, because his over-the-top sugary style irritates me.  That being said, the man is a tremendous filmmaker, responsible for some of the most memorable movies ever made, JAWS (1975), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981), JURASSIC PARK (1993) and SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993), to name just a few.

I’ve always thought critics have been unfairly harsh on him, and he often doesn’t get the credit he deserves, as if because he’s “Steven Spielberg” he’s held to a higher standard.  For example, I really liked his WAR OF THE WORLDS (2005) remake, yet the film was largely panned by critics.  Sure, it has its flaws, but it provided a lot of thrills and better than average entertainment.

So, because Spielberg doesn’t always get the credit he deserves, I say he’s underrated.

The multi-talented JJ Abrams

2. J.J. Abrams

Underrated.

Why?  One word: LOST.  Why isn’t this guy a household name yet?

A typical sappy moment with Spielberg's E.T.

3. ET, the Extraterrestrial

Overrated.

Everyone and their grandmother loved him in 1982, and they continue to love him today.  Why?  I’ve never understood the attraction.  Is he sweet and cuddly?  Nope.  On the contrary, he’s hideous!  I’ve always thought he should be living in a garbage can as Oscar the Grouch’s next door neighbor.

Allegedly doctored photo of the Cloverfield Monster attacking New York. Is it real?

4. The Cloverfield Monster

Underrated.

The Cloverfield Monster is a terrific movie monster.  I expected this creature to achieve icon status, to be up there with Godzilla and King Kong.  Yet, there’s been hardly any buzz about this monster since the film left theaters in 2008.  Cloverfield Monster, where are you?

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Quick Cuts: OVERRATED OR UNDERRATED? (Part 2 of 3)

Posted in 2011, Aliens, Giant Monsters, JJ Abrams, LL Soares Reviews, Overrated or Underrated?, Quick Cuts, Steven Spielberg with tags , , , , , , , on June 24, 2011 by knifefighter

QUICK CUTS: THE OVERRATED OR UNDERRATED GAME (ANSWER 2)
(Quick Cuts created by Michael Arruda)

With the recent release of SUPER 8, the new alien movie from director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg, we’re going to play a game of “Overrated/Underrated.”

Are the following overrated or underrated?

1. Steven Spielberg
2. J.J. Abrams
3. ET, the Extraterrestrial
4. The Cloverfield Monster

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ANSWER # 2

LL SOARES answers:

People are still afraid to go in the water, thanks to JAWS (1975).

1. Steven Spielberg

Very Overrated. Hey, I like some of his movies. DUEL (1971) was a terrific debut. JAWS (1975) was great and still holds up quite well, mechanical shark and all. It’s still the one movie that comes to mind first when I think about summertime. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977) and JURASSIC PARK (1993) had some good moments. I even like EMPIRE OF THE SUN (1987) and the first part of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998).

So I don’t hate the guy. But people treat him like some cinematic deity, and I just don’t see it. He’s not consistently good. For every good movie, he has two or three bad ones, or boring ones. To me, he just isn’t in the same league as masters like Kubrick, Peckinpah and Hitchcock.

And he has a sentimental streak a mile long. It’s actually ruined some of his movies that could have been a lot better.

2. J.J. Abrams

I’ve been a fan of most projects he’s been involved with, so I’d have to say Underrated. But that’s bound to change eventually.

I actually liked his reboot of STAR TREK (2009) I didn’t think it was the best thing since sliced bread like a lot of people, but it was a fun way to recharge the series. SUPER 8, despite its flaws, was pretty enjoyable. And I’ve been a fan of his TV work for a while now, especially LOST.

Alien Pals: E.T. and Michael Jackson. Visitors from outer space.

3. ET, the Extraterrestrial

Overrated.

Too cute. Too sentimental. Too nauseating. Spielberg tried to do something different by making a movie about an alien monster who was NICE. Not necessarily a bad idea in theory—look at a classic like the original THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, (1951) where a good alien tries to save us from ourselves—but in Spielberg’s hands it’s pure fructose corn syrup. I saw this when it first came out, as a kid, and soon after the dentist said I had three cavities. Give me those murderous, crazy-as-hell alien monsters over E.T. any day.

Also, the effects were awful. E.T. looks like a stiff, plastic puppet. Or a giant bobble-head.  He couldn’t even walk right. This was cutting-edge technology in 1982? What did they spend, like ten bucks on this guy?

Eeegah! It's the CLOVERFIELD MONSTER!


4. The Cloverfield Monster

Underrated.

I liked this monster a lot, even though they didn’t show him enough in the movie. I can’t wait til he takes on King Kong and Godzilla. We want more CLOVERFIELD!

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Quick Cuts: OVERRATED OR UNDERRATED? (Part 1 of 3)

Posted in 2011, Aliens, Daniel Keohane Reviews, Giant Monsters, JJ Abrams, Overrated or Underrated?, Quick Cuts, Steven Spielberg with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2011 by knifefighter

QUICK CUTS: THE OVERRATED OR UNDERRATED GAME (ANSWER 1)
(Quick Cuts created by Michael Arruda)

With the recent release of SUPER 8, the new alien movie from director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg, we’re going to play a game of “Overrated/Underrated.”

Are the following overrated or underrated?

1. Steven Spielberg
2. J.J. Abrams
3. ET, the Extraterrestrial
4. The Cloverfield Monster

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ANSWER # 1

DAN KEOHANE:


1. Steven Spielberg

Neither.

Spielberg is raised high on a pedestal of directors/producers and rightly so. The guy has a vision and has the resources to back them up.

2. J.J. Abrams

Underrated, only in that he is not as well known as he will be.

Those of us who’ve been captivated by the guy’s work since ALIAS hold him in high regard, but now the rest of the world is catching up to us.

Where the hell are my Reese's Pieces?


3. ET, the Extraterrestrial

Overrated.

Granted it’s a good movie, very cute, and the first half of the film is very excellent, very Spielberg, but overall a bit too long and syrupy… siruppy… mooshy.

4. The Cloverfield Monster

Underrated.

I LOVE this monster. Thought it was a brilliant creation. I did NOT care, however, for yet another movie where they thought the giant monster wasn’t enough and had to put little monsters in as well (a la GODZILLA (1998) and  a la JURASSIC PARK (1993) – the one time it DID work).

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