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A Trope Bingo Card is a nice idea, although I'm with Shepard Book in that people who talk in the theater should be sent to the special hell.
The page should have suggestions for trope by genre, too. Even better, a link to a script that will fill one out randomly for you, possibly also based on genre.
...I may have to write that now.
It should be noted that I very rarely snark out loud in public theatres. Indeed I typically go to the movies alone because that way I'm less tempted to show off in front of friends. Those times I do, however, I get away with it due to Rule of Funny*.
Let's just say that when I saw MST3K for the first time, my response was "Oh, finally! Someone ELSE who does that!".
*Actually, I get away with an awful lot I do for that reason. Many around me remark that if I wasn't funny enough to make up for it, I'd be considered a colossal jerk.
I actually like to hear my parents make commentary during movies. That said, I was disappointed when our viewing of the 2009 Star Trek film had conditions where we went in separate seats, hence, I didn't get to hear their commentary.
Eh... Pocahontas IN SPACE!. It doesn't look all that interesting, but it doesn't look all that bad. Maybe.
It looked interesting when I first saw the trailer, but reading up on the film put me off pretty damn fast.
An anvilicious rant about how Humans Are Bastards? No thanks.
How are blue people with spears supposed to fight people with fucking power armor!
By using those spears
I'm thinking of a visit to the cinema when it'll be played. No, not for "Mighty Whitey joins a tribe of Noble Savages after falling for local Nubile Savage". I plan to see Space Marines in Powered Armour, Stuff Blowing Up and all-around Completely Missing the Point, up to probably cheering the wrong side.
They have flying dinosaurs.
I'm with lord Gacek. I wanna see some spear wielders shot to shit by spece marehns. Possibly orbital bombardment. Then colonization. I think we've got an alien invasion page...Ah, How To Invade An Alien Planet.
edited 30th Nov '09 6:22:42 PM by Deboss
I think i'll be Rooting for the Empire on this one. Screw the blue furries and their inevitable Green Aesop to save the poor defenseless bloodthirsty killer space dinosaurs. Humans are the ones with the giant robots!
But what if one of the blue furries was Nightcrawler?
FOR THE IMPERIUM OF MAN! DEATH TO THE XENOS!
edited 1st Dec '09 2:34:17 AM by krrackknut
I for once! object! FOR THE GREATER GOOD
SOMETHING THAT ISN'T A FUCKING WARHAMMER 40K REFERENCE!!
Let's nuke the site from orbit! It's the only way to be sure!
Is this okay?
I'm from Buenos Aires, and I say KILL 'EM ALL!
Or do you prefer this one?
But seriously, it is hard to find a show with as much merry, unashamed, genocidal jingoism as in W H40k :]
Now something's starting to bug me.
How do we know this will involve a Green Aesop? How do we know it won't turn out that the Na'Vi are the real bad guys? And me having odd brain functionality *cough*autism*cough* I just don't understand how any of it is "Anvilicious".
edited 4th Dec '09 7:26:21 PM by DoomTay
Because that's how things usually turn out.
I'd be surprised if it turns out James Cameron was Dangerously Genre Savvy and made them the blue guys the bad guys that looked all friendly with the earth but were actually pure evil. I've been wanting to see a plot twist like that for years.
The Na'vi aren't going to suddenly be revealed as evil.
Want to know why?
Because they're elves, they're closer to nature, and they're stand-ins for native american tribes we brutally colonized/raped/genocided.
Elves are innately superior to us in every way imaginable up to and including morals, being closer to nature makes you more good then those evil science using folks like us because we stuff our face with hot dogs but they stuff theirs with nature and nurture and dongs(nature's hot dog), we feel kind of bad for the fact that from the moment we landed on America we made the native's lives worse in ways direct and indirect (Have some buckshoot mr. chieftein, have some booze natives, have some diseases too, how about a trail of tears, lemme put a bounty on natives so people can hunt them down like animals until there's barely any of you left, wouldn't it have been great if Columbus ship ran into a hurricane?)
These are the ingredients for a preachy movie with a Green Aesop
That'd be like if one of the Left Behind books suddenly revealed the Anti-Christ was the good guy all along, while it might of been sort of cool, you'd be fooling yourself if you thought it'd actually happen in a book like that. He's Eastern European, his last name is Carpathia, he's the Anti-Christ in a book written by a far-right member of the far-right rapture cult, it's not gonna happen.
Doesn't mean it wouldn't be cool. There's a number of movies I would pay full price to see if they were subversions. I think I mentioned somewhere that if they had a horror where the dude with a hockey mask and a knife called the baby sitter, and she cought him off guard and beat his ass with a baseball bat for fifteen minutes and they called it a day. Unexpected? Maybe. Hilarious? Hells yeah.
But I'm still Rooting for the Empire in this one, regardless of how gratuitously evil they are.
Ok I know tvtropes has the whole "informal" thing going on, but the article for Avatar is really starting to resemble an IMDB board. Half of it is bitching and moaning about this or that in the film. The article is supposed to be informative, not a site for people to insult the film constantly. I think it needs to be a lot more objective than it is right now.
B-b-but the Snark! It wouldn't be nearly as entertaining of a site without the snark!
It's not like the movie's OUT yet... We don't really know a whole lot. Other than stuff we want to bitch and moan about.
That said, i'll watch anything done by James Cameron. Even something involving holier-than-thou space elves. Something about female characters in a mainstream movie that are actually capable of looking out for themselves is... Heartwarming.
As count of living in a place where movies don't start playing when they should, the only information that I have about Avatar is its trailer. And the fact that is a James Cameron filme. (so, the guy makes Titanic and now he's God?)
So, my impression was: Atlantis, with coolers weapons.
Besides, the whole trailer told me every single plot twist on the film. For real. I know now how it begins, how it develops, how it changes in the middle, and - possibly- how it ends.
All that in the 2:30 minutes of trailer.
edited 5th Dec '09 3:55:15 PM by audrey
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