I took the time and to read a lot of your comments on Cloverfield. There were quite a few. There were also some heated discussions about this film. Topics such as motion sickness, Godzilla and Blair Witch Film comparisons, all of the web content and where you thought the creature came from were all discussed. All of it made me realize how great Mania is. Here is a site that allows us to create a forum where we can discuss movies with people outside of our circle of friends. Sure many times these are heated debates and name calling has occurred more than once but all in all we come to this site because we all have a great passion for movies.
Some of you know that I started on this site like you, a member. My Avatar is the themovielord. I was a long time reader of Cinescape and made the transition to Mania where I started posting my reviews like a fiend. Later, I joined the site as a columnist I didn’t post as many reviews as used to as themovielord. I did however post a review for Cloverfield because how could I not? Abbie Bernstein’s review received 7 bangs and 53 comments. I really wanted to join in the conversation and posted my own review. A member having the ability to post reviews is a phenomenal feature about this site. The Collector , another Maniac, immediately posted his thoughts on my review and what he wrote got me thinking. He said that, “The people in the film are so STUPID that it really dumbs New York down. After 9-11, do you think they would be THIS dumb?” He brought up an interesting point. Do you or I actually believe that any New Yorker wouldn’t head to the hills as soon as their city started to fall again? Of course they would, but to enjoy the movie we have to have a suspension of disbelief. There are always holes or plot points that entire stories could have been avoided if the characters had our hindsight or foresight. My favorite example of this is from Lord of the Rings. If Gandalf and Frodo could have just gotten the eagles to fly them over Mt. Doom and dropped in the one ring they could have been back for second breakfast in no time. Yet, if they did this we would have had no story, no quest, no adventure and no Gollum/ Smeagol one on one conversations.
The Collector has a great point but remember after all it is just a movie, and one about a giant monster to boot.
Suncoast & FYE - Limited edition swank steel book collectible packaging (pictured above).
Best Buy - Bonus Disc entitled "TJ Miller's Video Diary," containing almost 30 minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage with "Hud".
Kmart & Sears - Get a free Cloverfield Ringtone.
Target - Target Deluxe Edition includes "Rob's Goin' To Japan Party Mix" music.
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