History Film / Super8

27th Nov '15 1:25:53 PM Morgenthaler
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->''"There's a reason that ''Super 8'', its cool thrills, also seems a work of innocence: it takes incidental inspiration from the films of a director who, back in 1979, was the J.J. Abrams of his day. Look closely and you'll see that ''Super 8'' [[GenreThrowback is a medley of tropes from the films of Spielberg's early prime.]]"''

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->''"There's a reason that ''Super 8'', its cool thrills, also seems a work of innocence: it takes incidental inspiration from the films of a director who, back in 1979, was the J.J. Abrams of his day. Look closely and you'll see that ''Super 8'' [[GenreThrowback is a medley of tropes from the films of Spielberg's early prime.]]"''"''
27th Nov '15 1:25:34 PM Morgenthaler
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* RecycledTrailerMusic: If the music from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCRQQCKS7go this trailer]] sounds familiar, that's because it was from the movie ''{{Cocoon}}''. It can also be heard in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEzTeHJUk3k this trailer]] for ''Cocoon: The Return''.

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* RecycledTrailerMusic: If the music from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCRQQCKS7go this trailer]] sounds familiar, that's because it was from the movie ''{{Cocoon}}''.''Film/{{Cocoon}}''. It can also be heard in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEzTeHJUk3k this trailer]] for ''Cocoon: The Return''.
22nd Oct '15 2:49:25 AM PaulA
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* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: At the end of "[[ShowWithinAShow The Case]]," Charles talks directly to the audience, only to be interrupted by a zombie tearing out his throat. It's a ShoutOut to grindhouse movies that did the exact same thing, and to the framing stories of a few ''AlfredHitchcockPresents'' episodes being invaded by the primary plots.

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* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: At the end of "[[ShowWithinAShow The Case]]," Charles talks directly to the audience, only to be interrupted by a zombie tearing out his throat. It's a ShoutOut to grindhouse movies that did the exact same thing, and to the framing stories of a few ''AlfredHitchcockPresents'' ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' episodes being invaded by the primary plots.
31st May '15 9:09:32 PM pittsburghmuggle
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An interactive version of the teaser trailer is bundled with ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', found in the game's Extras section. There's also a prequel comic book that was bundled into the second issue of the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' comic book tie-in. It details the 1958 events referred to in the film and how Col. Nelec got involved with the situation. It can be read [[http://www.super8comiccontest.com/ here]] (SPOILERS ALERT).

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An interactive version of the teaser trailer is bundled with ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', found in the game's Extras section. There's also a prequel comic book that was bundled into the second issue of the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' comic book tie-in. It details the 1958 events referred to in the film and how Col. Nelec got involved with the situation. It can be read [[http://www.super8comiccontest.com/ here]] (SPOILERS ALERT).
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31st May '15 2:45:13 PM eroock
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'''''Super 8''''' is a 2011 {{science fiction film|s}} written and directed by Creator/JJAbrams and produced by Creator/StevenSpielberg. It is an homage to classic "adventurous children" movies, particularly those made/produced by Spielberg like ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', ''Film/TheGoonies'' and especially ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.

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'''''Super 8''''' ''Super 8'' is a 2011 {{science fiction film|s}} written and directed by Creator/JJAbrams and produced by Creator/StevenSpielberg. It is an homage to classic "adventurous children" movies, particularly those made/produced by Spielberg like ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', ''Film/TheGoonies'' and especially ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.
31st May '15 2:44:01 PM eroock
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* Bookdumb: Joe. His talents are obviously placed outside school subjects. In one scene he hides a test marked "C-" from Alice.
6th Mar '15 11:43:13 AM tropeminer
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''Super 8'' is a 2011 {{science fiction film|s}} written and directed by Creator/JJAbrams and produced by Creator/StevenSpielberg. It is an homage to classic "adventurous children" movies, particularly those made/produced by Spielberg like ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', ''Film/TheGoonies'' and especially ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.

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''Super 8'' '''''Super 8''''' is a 2011 {{science fiction film|s}} written and directed by Creator/JJAbrams and produced by Creator/StevenSpielberg. It is an homage to classic "adventurous children" movies, particularly those made/produced by Spielberg like ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', ''Film/TheGoonies'' and especially ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.
2nd Feb '15 10:30:11 AM Zeego
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** Taken UpToEleven in the first draft of the script, in which the alien was never supposed to be shown ''at all''.
2nd Feb '15 10:22:40 AM Zeego
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** Interestingly, the film was originally going to have a scene where Joe masturbates as a CensorDecoy, but the scene never made it past the script because the filmmakers decided it would be [[{{Squick}} too creepy]].
1st Dec '14 9:10:05 PM Angeldeb82
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''Super 8'' is a 2011 [[ScienceFictionFilms science fiction film]] written and directed by Creator/JJAbrams and produced by Creator/StevenSpielberg. It is an homage to classic "adventurous children" movies, particularly those made/produced by Spielberg like ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', ''Film/TheGoonies'' and especially ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.

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''Super 8'' is a 2011 [[ScienceFictionFilms science {{science fiction film]] film|s}} written and directed by Creator/JJAbrams and produced by Creator/StevenSpielberg. It is an homage to classic "adventurous children" movies, particularly those made/produced by Spielberg like ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', ''Film/TheGoonies'' and especially ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.



* BirdsOfAFeather: Joe and Alice both have [[ParentalNeglect neglectful fathers]] and [[MissingMom missing mothers]].

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* BirdsOfAFeather: Joe and Alice both have [[ParentalNeglect neglectful fathers]] and [[MissingMom missing mothers]].{{missing mo|m}}thers.



* [[ClusterFBomb Cluster S Bomb]]: As summarized by none other than JamesRolfe, "Coming from a [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd guy that says shit a lot]], these kids say shit ''all the time''."

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* [[ClusterFBomb Cluster S Bomb]]: S-Bomb]]: As summarized by none other than JamesRolfe, "Coming from a [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd guy that says shit a lot]], these kids say shit ''all the time''."



* DamselInDistress: Alice when she is captured by the alien.



* DistressedDamsel: Alice when she is captured by the alien.



* [[ShowWithinAShow Film Within A Film]]: Types 1 - "The Case."

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* [[ShowWithinAShow Film Within A a Film]]: Types 1 - "The Case."



** TagAlongKid: Preston

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** TagAlongKid: TagalongKid: Preston



* FluffyTheTerrible: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that ''Cooper''--the alien--is not a monster at all. Although he's still scary.

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* FluffyTheTerrible: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] {{Justified|Trope}} in that ''Cooper''--the alien--is not a monster at all. Although he's still scary.



** The deputy punching out bad guys to steal their uniforms is a pretty blatant call back to ''IndianaJones''.

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** The deputy punching out bad guys to steal their uniforms is a pretty blatant call back to ''IndianaJones''.''Franchise/IndianaJones''.



* GreyAndGreyMorality: The conflict between the army and the alien. The army is highly xenophobic, and willing to go to grand lengths to bring the alien down. But they're mostly just doing their jobs, and even the worst of them has his redeeming qualities. Namely, sacrificing his life to let the kids escape the alien. Meanwhile, the alien has no problem with killing or kidnapping innocent people that get in his way, using kidnappees as a food source while he rebuilds his ship. However, he's more interested in leaving Earth than causing harm, and the whole reason he's attacking humans at all is because his terrible and inhumane treatment at the hands of the military has led him to believe that all humans are a potential threat.

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* GreyAndGreyMorality: GreyAndGrayMorality: The conflict between the army and the alien. The army is highly xenophobic, and willing to go to grand lengths to bring the alien down. But they're mostly just doing their jobs, and even the worst of them has his redeeming qualities. Namely, sacrificing his life to let the kids escape the alien. Meanwhile, the alien has no problem with killing or kidnapping innocent people that get in his way, using kidnappees as a food source while he rebuilds his ship. However, he's more interested in leaving Earth than causing harm, and the whole reason he's attacking humans at all is because his terrible and inhumane treatment at the hands of the military has led him to believe that all humans are a potential threat.



* HeelFaceTurn: The alien monster, thanks to the PowerOfFriendship.

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* HeelFaceTurn: The alien monster, thanks to the PowerOfFriendship.ThePowerOfFriendship.



** From the prequel comic's tagline: "The Soviets sent a dog. The U.S. sent a ''[[NukeEm nuke]]''." This is actually justified: the Soviets' probe was shot down, causing all the worst reactions...

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** From the prequel comic's tagline: "The Soviets sent a dog. The U.S. sent a ''[[NukeEm nuke]]''.''{{Nuke|Em}}''." This is actually justified: the Soviets' probe was shot down, causing all the worst reactions...



** Averted by Joe, who tells her [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming she should never feel that way]] about her dad.

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** Averted by Joe, who tells her [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments she should never feel that way]] about her dad.



* TheNewRockAndRoll: Parodied a little bit when the Sheriff makes a passing mention (upon finally catching the store clerk's attention) that the Walkman is "pointing down a slippery slope of juvenile distraction".



* NothingButHits: "[[ElectricLightOrchestra Don't Bring Me Down]]," "Easy", "My Sharona," "Heart of Glass," and "[[SillyLoveSongs Silly Love]] [[PaulMcCartney Songs]]" all show up.

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* NothingButHits: "[[ElectricLightOrchestra Don't Bring Me Down]]," "Easy", "My Sharona," "Heart of Glass," and "[[SillyLoveSongs Silly Love]] [[PaulMcCartney "{{Silly Love|Songs}} [[Music/PaulMcCartney Songs]]" all show up.



* NotUsingTheZedWord: Almost no one says "alien".

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* NotUsingTheZedWord: NotUsingTheZWord: Almost no one says "alien".



* PetTheDog: What does [[KnightTemplar the Colonel]] do in his last few minutes of life? [[YouShallNotPass Buy time for the kids to escape from the creature]].

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* PetTheDog: What does [[KnightTemplar the Colonel]] do in his last few minutes of life? [[YouShallNotPass Buy time for the kids to escape from the creature]].creature.]]



* [[PostKissCatatonia Post Hug Catatonia]]: Averted with Joe and Alice. He looks astonished for a split second, but then hugs her right back.
* {{Prequel}}: The comic bundled into the second issue of the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' comic. Long story short, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the alien's ship had been monitoring Earth for quite some time and humans only discovered it with Sputnik; the Russians were scared shitless and so were the Americans, through OSS intelligence. The Russians sent Sputnik 2 (with Laika on-board) to investigate, while the Americans sent a probe of their own, which the alien ship promptly atomized. The U.S. response? [[NukeEm A nuclear warhead]].]]

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* [[PostKissCatatonia Post Hug Post-Hug Catatonia]]: Averted with Joe and Alice. He looks astonished for a split second, but then hugs her right back.
* {{Prequel}}: The comic bundled into the second issue of the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' comic. Long story short, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the alien's ship had been monitoring Earth for quite some time and humans only discovered it with Sputnik; the Russians were scared shitless and so were the Americans, through OSS intelligence. The Russians sent Sputnik 2 (with Laika on-board) to investigate, while the Americans sent a probe of their own, which the alien ship promptly atomized. The U.S. response? [[NukeEm A nuclear warhead]].]]warhead]]]].



* TheNewRockAndRoll: Parodied a little bit when the Sheriff makes a passing mention (upon finally catching the store clerk's attention) that the Walkman is "pointing down a slippery slope of juvenile distraction".



* YouMeddlingKids: Mostly subverted, the kids are too scared by the threat of military action to actually do anything about the creature, it's only at the end of the second act when [[spoiler:Alice is captured by the creature]] do the kids actually do anything important to the plot. JJ Abrams even mention on the DVD commentary that he didn't want the kids be the ''ScoobyDoo'' gang.

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* YouMeddlingKids: Mostly subverted, the kids are too scared by the threat of military action to actually do anything about the creature, it's only at the end of the second act when [[spoiler:Alice is captured by the creature]] do the kids actually do anything important to the plot. JJ Abrams even mention on the DVD commentary that he didn't want the kids be the ''ScoobyDoo'' ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' gang.
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