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(Deadline)   Hugh Jackman's Real Steel, which is just Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots meets Rocky, is #1 at the box office, earning nearly twice as much as George Clooney's latest stinkbomb   (deadline.com) divider line 97
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2011-10-09 10:25:42 AM  
I thought The Ides of March was good.
 
2011-10-09 10:37:34 AM  
Real Steel was a rare instance where the trailers looked awful, but the movie itself wasn't half bad. It was sort of a Rocky meets Over the Top hybrid, but it was good fun if you enjoy those cheesy 80's movies like Karate Kid, Bloodsport, Rocky etc.
 
2011-10-09 10:50:05 AM  

coco ebert: I thought The Ides of March was good.


That's the only thing I've seen lately that goes on the 'yeah, I'd watch that' list.
 
2011-10-09 11:12:27 AM  
Did the obvious tag get knocked the fark out?
 
2011-10-09 11:15:34 AM  
trolling headline is trolling.

ides of march looks WAY better than this POS.
 
2011-10-09 12:15:41 PM  

coco ebert: I thought The Ides of March was good.


Yeah it was. Nothing mindblowing, but solid across the board. Quite the year for the Little Goose.
 
2011-10-09 12:50:46 PM  
Real Steel looks godawful but it would be a fun movie to write an inspirational theme song for...

Growing up from a boy to a man
Giving soul to what was once just a can
Welding fire, this robot can win
Arms of steel, heart of a Schwinn.

Robot boxer fight for justice and right!
Robot boxer jabbing into the night!
Robot boxer you have a heart of steel!
You lack a soul yet you taught us to how tooooooo feeeeeeeeeeeeel!

Dent your foes!
On your toes!
Some of your parts came straight from the crate
Robot Boxer I think you are great
ROBOT BOXER!
BOXING ROBOT!
Wipe away your tears that run down your bust.
Wipe away the tears or you will rust.
You are the DAD
I thought I NEVER HAD!

BOX ROBOT BOX!
FISTS OF FIRE!
 
2011-10-09 01:09:52 PM  
earning nearly twice as much as George Clooney's latest stinkbomb

Damn and a half, subby.

Save yourself the $5-a-month TotalFark subscription fee and buy a clue.
 
2011-10-09 01:31:17 PM  

spman: Real Steel was a rare instance where the trailers looked awful, but the movie itself wasn't half bad. It was sort of a Rocky meets Over the Top hybrid, but it was good fun if you enjoy those cheesy 80's movies like Karate Kid, Bloodsport, Rocky etc.


So it's basically more of the same lowest common denominator, moronic blockbuster crap Hollyweird's been shiatting out for 30 years? Pass.
 
2011-10-09 01:43:09 PM  
Real Steel was awesome and one of my favorite movies of the year. The story was great, the acting was great (especially the kid) and the special effects were great. Remember how everybody laughed about the Planet of the Apes movie and it ended up being really good? Well, this is like that and even more so.
 
2011-10-09 01:44:30 PM  
Jackman needs to go and make Van Helsing 2. That was his best work (apart from Oklahoma obviously).
 
2011-10-09 01:49:25 PM  
Real Steel looks like a better-written 1980s Van Damme film, with Van Damme and the other fighters replaced with CGI robots, and with Huge Ackman thrown in. This seems like an easy win to me. It's not Film, but it's solid Flick.

Clooney doesn't seem to want to do blockbusters. I don't blame him. He doesn't need to do blockbusters, and most blockbusters suck, anyway. Why deal with that pressure? He seems to just want to have fun and make movies with people he likes.

I think he could pick better projects, but I don't blame him for his choices.

Market-analysis film journalism is utter crap, a complete waste of time. It's like a weather report that tells you about last week's weather. These people aren't film critics and can't reliably predict what films will succeed, so who cares what boilerplate crap they recycle to explain the box office receipts already in?
 
2011-10-09 01:50:17 PM  
TheBojangles: Jackman needs to go and make Van Helsing 2. That was his best work (apart from Oklahoma obviously).

You're Satan, aren't you.
 
2011-10-09 01:52:30 PM  

El Freak: spman: Real Steel was a rare instance where the trailers looked awful, but the movie itself wasn't half bad. It was sort of a Rocky meets Over the Top hybrid, but it was good fun if you enjoy those cheesy 80's movies like Karate Kid, Bloodsport, Rocky etc.

So it's basically more of the same lowest common denominator, moronic blockbuster crap Hollyweird's been shiatting out for 30 years? Pass.


Read the reviews. Lots of reviewers say it's a great film.
 
2011-10-09 01:53:29 PM  
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Maybe someone should make robot fight club next. Activate!

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/spaced/video/series-2/episode-3/ro b ot-fight-club
 
2011-10-09 01:54:21 PM  
I remember playing this game in the 90's. They made it into a movie?

i56.tinypic.com
 
2011-10-09 01:54:30 PM  

TheBojangles: Jackman needs to go and make Van Helsing 2. That was his best work (apart from Oklahoma obviously).



WTF? Are you also a Uwe Boll fan?
 
2011-10-09 01:57:33 PM  

DamnYankees: coco ebert: I thought The Ides of March was good.

Yeah it was. Nothing mindblowing, but solid across the board. Quite the year for the Little Goose.


Yeah, pretty much. It's your standard "idealism get shattered" political movie, but it's one of the better ones.
 
2011-10-09 02:01:25 PM  
Whenever I see ads or trailers for "Real Steel", I have "Robot Jox" flashbacks, and retreat into a corner in the fetal position, rocking back and forth until I get to my happy place.
 
2011-10-09 02:01:41 PM  

coco ebert: I thought The Ides of March was good.


I was going to see that movie, but since I stayed in yesterday I rented "Melancholia" which was ... a strange movie. It actually starts off with the ending, which is Earth is destroyed by the planet Melancholia that smashes into it. The first five minutes are filmed nicely, and then the film switches into a character study.


I thought this Trier film was better than "Antichrist", but I don't think it's one of the best films this year. Like "Drive", I think Melancholia was overhyped by the reviewers. But it is worth checking out, and you get to see Kirsten Dunst's boobs as well.

 
2011-10-09 02:02:17 PM  

SuperDarly: I remember playing this game in the 90's. They made it into a movie?

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t2.gstatic.com
 
2011-10-09 02:25:34 PM  

spman: Real Steel was a rare instance where the trailers looked awful, but the movie itself wasn't half bad. It was sort of a Rocky meets Over the Top hybrid, but it was good fun if you enjoy those cheesy 80's movies like Karate Kid, Bloodsport, Rocky etc.


LarryDan43: SuperDarly: I remember playing this game in the 90's. They made it into a movie?

[i56.tinypic.com image 320x200]

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I told my girlfriend as we left the theater if you combined Over the Top, Rocky I, and this episode of the twilight zone you get the plot to Real Steel. She of course had seen none of these. It was a pretty good flick though.
 
2011-10-09 02:28:29 PM  

Comrade Bingo: this episode of the twilight zone


That Twilight Zone episode (Steel) and the movie are based on the same Richard Matheson story (new window)
 
2011-10-09 02:30:44 PM  
"Real Steel" looks like it was made for people who thought Transformers was too artsy.
 
2011-10-09 02:34:43 PM  
We saw most of it last night (one of the IMAX projectors stopped working with about 20 mins to go, so we got free passes to a future IMAX). But of what we saw, it was pretty good. As predictable as Avatar, except not a stinking pile of garbage.

I'd like to echo that the kid's acting was excellent. A welcome break from the Jayden Smith (aka the only kid I would actually punch in the face as hard as I could) who seems to be in everything.

Then coming home and seeing Hugh Jackman on SNL was pretty funny. Seems like he's enjoying his ride in life.
 
2011-10-09 02:34:52 PM  

Snapper Carr: Comrade Bingo: this episode of the twilight zone

That Twilight Zone episode (Steel) and the movie are based on the same Richard Matheson story (new window)


Thanks for the link; I did not know that. I've got a Matheson treasury that's been sitting on my bookshelf for a year. Maybe I should try reading it.
 
2011-10-09 02:45:18 PM  
Hugh Jackman's Real Steel, which is just Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots meets Rocky,

I'm sorry, but is this suppose to be a revelation?
Is Subby thinking we're all morans for not knowing this?

THIS IS WHAT I WANTED TO FREAKING WATCH!
 
2011-10-09 02:52:03 PM  
Wait, wait, wait... you people are actually paying money to watch this movie?
 
2011-10-09 02:57:32 PM  
But does he lack

The Will of a Warrior?

images.wikia.com
 
2011-10-09 03:02:03 PM  

brap: Real Steel looks godawful but it would be a fun movie to write an inspirational theme song for...


There's a reason your posts are all green on my screen.

If you'll sing it, I'll get to work on backing tracks, though I don't have a drummer handy.

/how to feeeeeeeeeeeel
 
2011-10-09 03:15:30 PM  
I saw Clooney interviewed by Charlie Rose (who's actually in the movie), and Clooney said that -by getting everyone to work for as little as possible and signing away his own back-end- the Ides of March cost $12 million to make.

$12 million. Think about that, folks. Look at the cast list. Think about how many people will watch it on video in the future.

Hell, according to Box Office Mojo, it's already made $10 million.
 
2011-10-09 03:16:05 PM  
Coming soon: "Hungry Hungry Hippos: The Need For Beads"
 
2011-10-09 03:20:06 PM  

LarryDan43: SuperDarly: I remember playing this game in the 90's. They made it into a movie?

[i56.tinypic.com image 320x200]

[t2.gstatic.com image 200x150]


Thank you! It's been driving me crazy that nobody recognizes the episode.

/Matheson's a HELL of a writer
//Read a bunch of his stuff last summer. Had no idea he wrote Somewhere in Time.
 
2011-10-09 03:28:51 PM  

Comrade Bingo: Snapper Carr: Comrade Bingo: this episode of the twilight zone

That Twilight Zone episode (Steel) and the movie are based on the same Richard Matheson story (new window)

Thanks for the link; I did not know that. I've got a Matheson treasury that's been sitting on my bookshelf for a year. Maybe I should try reading it.


Besides writing some of the most famous TZ episodes [Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, The Invaders (the one w/Agnes Moorehead battling tiny spacemen), Little Girl Lost (girl falls out of bed & into a dimensional rift), & Mute (orphaned telepathic girl)], he wrote everything from time-travel/chick lit (Somewhere in Time) to hippy-dippy-trippy quasi-erotic ghost stories (Hell House). The Shrinking Man is by far his best, IMO. How he portrayed the main character's psyche, some of the really surprising scenes (especially given the time he wrote it in!)--amazing writing.
 
2011-10-09 03:37:50 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

SPOILER ALERT: The Blue Bots Head is knocked off!
 
2011-10-09 03:49:13 PM  

Thelyphthoric: brap: Real Steel looks godawful but it would be a fun movie to write an inspirational theme song for...

There's a reason your posts are all green on my screen.

If you'll sing it, I'll get to work on backing tracks, though I don't have a drummer handy.

/how to feeeeeeeeeeeel


Sounds like a plan.

Disclaimer: There will be falsetto, and it will not be pretty.
 
2011-10-09 03:49:45 PM  
Out of curiosity, has ANYONE seen a "real" add for this movie? I mean, one that isn't a Royal Purple add?
 
2011-10-09 03:51:50 PM  

El Freak: spman: Real Steel was a rare instance where the trailers looked awful, but the movie itself wasn't half bad. It was sort of a Rocky meets Over the Top hybrid, but it was good fun if you enjoy those cheesy 80's movies like Karate Kid, Bloodsport, Rocky etc.

So it's basically more of the same lowest common denominator, moronic blockbuster crap Hollyweird's been shiatting out for 30 years? Pass.


Certainly sounds exactly like that. HAven't they had one every month for the last since I've been alive?
 
2011-10-09 03:58:16 PM  

RockofAges: Man, those Charles Band flicks were hilarious. Come on, they're mostly super terrible, but usually funny enough to watch once.

Trancers?

/Jack Deth is the best protagonist name evar.


Dry hair's for squids.
 
2011-10-09 04:23:55 PM  
Sounds like someone isn't ready for big boy movies.
 
2011-10-09 05:02:52 PM  

eddievercetti: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x400]

SPOILER ALERT: The Blue Bots Head is knocked off!


Sadly, it appears to be a more interesting story than Transformers 3.
 
2011-10-09 05:05:19 PM  

GAT_00: coco ebert: I thought The Ides of March was good.

That's the only thing I've seen lately that goes on the 'yeah, I'd watch that' list.


That and Anonymous, the movie about the Shakespearean authorship question.

(Not that there is a real question.)
 
2011-10-09 05:07:58 PM  
Oh they remade Robojox? Cool!
 
2011-10-09 05:08:15 PM  
Is Real Steel really that good or is it that all of the people in this thread are saying it is good because we have been so deprived of any good movies recently that they finally snapped and perceived this movie as good? Or is it even more sinister and these people were suckered into seeing this movie so they are lying and saying it is good because they want other people to get suckered like they did? Which is it, because judging by the trailer this movie can't be any good.
 
2011-10-09 05:08:36 PM  

Lord Dimwit: That and Anonymous, the movie about the Shakespearean authorship question.

(Not that there is a real question.)


What worries me about that one is that it's directed by Roland Emerich, the guy who made Independence Day and various other big-budget disaster movies.
 
2011-10-09 05:11:10 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Lord Dimwit: That and Anonymous, the movie about the Shakespearean authorship question.

(Not that there is a real question.)

What worries me about that one is that it's directed by Roland Emerich, the guy who made Independence Day and various other big-budget disaster movies.


...now I can't the mental image of The Rose exploding in a ball of flame as William runs out shaking a spear and screaming about how England will always triumph.
 
2011-10-09 05:12:40 PM  
I'd watch it. Looks like a perfectly fine stupid popcorn action flick.

/oh, and this:

Quantum Apostrophe: Oh they remade Robojox? Cool!

 
2011-10-09 05:20:42 PM  

ongbok: Is Real Steel really that good or is it that all of the people in this thread are saying it is good because we have been so deprived of any good movies recently that they finally snapped and perceived this movie as good? Or is it even more sinister and these people were suckered into seeing this movie so they are lying and saying it is good because they want other people to get suckered like they did? Which is it, because judging by the trailer this movie can't be any good.


It looks like stupid fun. The trailer sells it as stupid fun. I'm not willing to waste the money to see it in the theater, but I'll watch it on video when it comes out and be entertained for 90 minutes.
 
2011-10-09 05:21:43 PM  

ongbok: Is Real Steel really that good or is it that all of the people in this thread are saying it is good because we have been so deprived of any good movies recently that they finally snapped and perceived this movie as good? Or is it even more sinister and these people were suckered into seeing this movie so they are lying and saying it is good because they want other people to get suckered like they did? Which is it, because judging by the trailer this movie can't be any good.


I haven't seen it yet, so I can't answer. But I think part of the issue is that a lot of us really can take a well made popcorn flick and appreciate it, and the reports I am hearing are that it is well made. And, frankly, the negative reviews tend to have some pretty weak complaints.
 
2011-10-09 06:03:54 PM  
Watched it last night with my son, hes 7 so it made for the perfect father/son outing. It was exactly what they sold me in the trailers, badass rendered CGI robots fighting eachother to the death.

The special effects alone made the movie worth it to me....
 
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