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2018-03-21 10:50:01 AM  
Don't know why the director is complaining about a lack of story in the game. Clearly this is about the people, the monsters are just a McGuffin. He has free license to work in some real ground breaking screenwriting that questions long held moral tropes and gives the audience some serious existential questions
 
2018-03-21 10:54:06 AM  

rcain: Don't know why the director is complaining about a lack of story in the game. Clearly this is about the people, the monsters are just a McGuffin. He has free license to work in some real ground breaking screenwriting that questions long held moral tropes and gives the audience some serious existential questions


Like where do those blimps come from? How can they carry a monster that large?
 
2018-03-21 10:57:57 AM  
Let's just say I said no to 'Rock-zilla' [laughs]. It was presented in a room much like this and I was like, 'That's a hard pass from me.' That sounds really not grounded at all. It's like a Saturday Night Live skit a little bit. I wanted to balance out some kind of grounding aspect with the fun, you know.

Because a giant wolf that can parasail like a flying squirrel is SO much more realistic.

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2018-03-21 10:59:32 AM  

rcain: Don't know why the director is complaining about a lack of story in the game. Clearly this is about the people, the monsters are just a McGuffin. He has free license to work in some real ground breaking screenwriting that questions long held moral tropes and gives the audience some serious existential questions


...damn, I can't add to that. Nice.
 
2018-03-21 11:01:44 AM  

Mikey1969: Let's just say I said no to 'Rock-zilla' [laughs]. It was presented in a room much like this and I was like, 'That's a hard pass from me.' That sounds really not grounded at all. It's like a Saturday Night Live skit a little bit. I wanted to balance out some kind of grounding aspect with the fun, you know.

Because a giant wolf that can parasail like a flying squirrel is SO much more realistic.

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That's actually a neat reference.

Rampage is an ersatz King Kong vs Godzilla vs Varan.
 
2018-03-21 11:03:55 AM  

This text is now purple: Mikey1969: Let's just say I said no to 'Rock-zilla' [laughs]. It was presented in a room much like this and I was like, 'That's a hard pass from me.' That sounds really not grounded at all. It's like a Saturday Night Live skit a little bit. I wanted to balance out some kind of grounding aspect with the fun, you know.

Because a giant wolf that can parasail like a flying squirrel is SO much more realistic.

[img.fark.net image 850x478]

[img.fark.net image 200x183]
That's actually a neat reference.

Rampage is an ersatz King Kong vs Godzilla vs Varan.


I get the feeling that this guy has never watched a real Godzilla movie in his life, though.
 
2018-03-21 11:08:50 AM  

Mikey1969: This text is now purple: Mikey1969: Let's just say I said no to 'Rock-zilla' [laughs]. It was presented in a room much like this and I was like, 'That's a hard pass from me.' That sounds really not grounded at all. It's like a Saturday Night Live skit a little bit. I wanted to balance out some kind of grounding aspect with the fun, you know.

Because a giant wolf that can parasail like a flying squirrel is SO much more realistic.

[img.fark.net image 850x478]

[img.fark.net image 200x183]
That's actually a neat reference.

Rampage is an ersatz King Kong vs Godzilla vs Varan.

I get the feeling that this guy has never watched a real Godzilla movie in his life, though.


Nobody has ever watched a real Godzilla movie, because Godzilla doesn't actually exist.
 
2018-03-21 11:10:27 AM  
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2018-03-21 11:15:41 AM  
I must have pissed away a hundred hours playing that hypnotic-boredom game with my brother on NES. It's literally the same five near identical boards over and over and over but we couldn't stop playing. The thing should be used to diagnose autism.
 
2018-03-21 11:16:09 AM  

dittybopper: Mikey1969: This text is now purple: Mikey1969: Let's just say I said no to 'Rock-zilla' [laughs]. It was presented in a room much like this and I was like, 'That's a hard pass from me.' That sounds really not grounded at all. It's like a Saturday Night Live skit a little bit. I wanted to balance out some kind of grounding aspect with the fun, you know.

Because a giant wolf that can parasail like a flying squirrel is SO much more realistic.

[img.fark.net image 850x478]

[img.fark.net image 200x183]
That's actually a neat reference.

Rampage is an ersatz King Kong vs Godzilla vs Varan.

I get the feeling that this guy has never watched a real Godzilla movie in his life, though.

Nobody has ever watched a real Godzilla movie, because Godzilla doesn't actually exist.


Then what were those documentaries I watched so often on Sunday afternoons as a kid, they were in black and white so I know it was a documentary and they are always real.  It is such a shame that Japan was so careless with the release of nuclear energy that they would distort nature in such a way.  Of course whatever the hell the US has done has created Trumps and Kardashians/Jenners so I guess living in a glass house, I shall put down the stone.
 
2018-03-21 11:17:05 AM  
My only real hope for this movie is that it will inspire someone to make a modern sandbox version of Rampage where you play as a Kaiju tearing through cities. It would make for a wonderful stress reliever at the end of the day.
 
2018-03-21 11:19:01 AM  

Copperbelly watersnake: My only real hope for this movie is that it will inspire someone to make a modern sandbox version of Rampage where you play as a Kaiju tearing through cities. It would make for a wonderful stress reliever at the end of the day.


I'd settle for a good remake of King of the Monsters.
 
2018-03-21 11:26:51 AM  

Susan'sLittleAdamsApple: dittybopper: Mikey1969: This text is now purple: Mikey1969: Let's just say I said no to 'Rock-zilla' [laughs]. It was presented in a room much like this and I was like, 'That's a hard pass from me.' That sounds really not grounded at all. It's like a Saturday Night Live skit a little bit. I wanted to balance out some kind of grounding aspect with the fun, you know.

Because a giant wolf that can parasail like a flying squirrel is SO much more realistic.

[img.fark.net image 850x478]

[img.fark.net image 200x183]
That's actually a neat reference.

Rampage is an ersatz King Kong vs Godzilla vs Varan.

I get the feeling that this guy has never watched a real Godzilla movie in his life, though.

Nobody has ever watched a real Godzilla movie, because Godzilla doesn't actually exist.

Then what were those documentaries I watched so often on Sunday afternoons as a kid, they were in black and white so I know it was a documentary and they are always real.  It is such a shame that Japan was so careless with the release of nuclear energy that they would distort nature in such a way.  Of course whatever the hell the US has done has created Trumps and Kardashians/Jenners so I guess living in a glass house, I shall put down the stone.


Did you happen to watch any Gilligan's Island?
 
2018-03-21 11:29:49 AM  

Copperbelly watersnake: My only real hope for this movie is that it will inspire someone to make a modern sandbox version of Rampage where you play as a Kaiju tearing through cities. It would make for a wonderful stress reliever at the end of the day.


Sorry, I couldn't hear you over my "Giant Mechs vs Kaiju" chess game

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2018-03-21 11:32:35 AM  

dr_iacovone: Susan'sLittleAdamsApple: dittybopper: Mikey1969: This text is now purple: Mikey1969: Let's just say I said no to 'Rock-zilla' [laughs]. It was presented in a room much like this and I was like, 'That's a hard pass from me.' That sounds really not grounded at all. It's like a Saturday Night Live skit a little bit. I wanted to balance out some kind of grounding aspect with the fun, you know.

Because a giant wolf that can parasail like a flying squirrel is SO much more realistic.

[img.fark.net image 850x478]

[img.fark.net image 200x183]
That's actually a neat reference.

Rampage is an ersatz King Kong vs Godzilla vs Varan.

I get the feeling that this guy has never watched a real Godzilla movie in his life, though.

Nobody has ever watched a real Godzilla movie, because Godzilla doesn't actually exist.

Then what were those documentaries I watched so often on Sunday afternoons as a kid, they were in black and white so I know it was a documentary and they are always real.  It is such a shame that Japan was so careless with the release of nuclear energy that they would distort nature in such a way.  Of course whatever the hell the US has done has created Trumps and Kardashians/Jenners so I guess living in a glass house, I shall put down the stone.

Did you happen to watch any Gilligan's Island?


Those poor people. . .
 
2018-03-21 11:50:33 AM  
"Grounded" doesn't mean "Realistic".

"Grounded" means (in this context) "Identifiable".

I understand what is happening and believe that the scenario a it is presented is being handled by "real" people with motivations, thoughts, and feelings.  It is "Grounded" in a reality... that happens to be dealing with a giant monster crisis.
 
2018-03-21 11:56:57 AM  

Rocketboy1313: "Grounded" doesn't mean "Realistic".

"Grounded" means (in this context) "Identifiable".

I understand what is happening and believe that the scenario a it is presented is being handled by "real" people with motivations, thoughts, and feelings.  It is "Grounded" in a reality... that happens to be dealing with a giant monster crisis.


My son and I will be watching this. He thinks the Rock is awesome and there are giant monsters smashing things. Its really all he needs to know. I expect to chuckle at a couple of jokes aimed at the grownups.
 
2018-03-21 11:59:08 AM  

Burr: Copperbelly watersnake: My only real hope for this movie is that it will inspire someone to make a modern sandbox version of Rampage where you play as a Kaiju tearing through cities. It would make for a wonderful stress reliever at the end of the day.

Sorry, I couldn't hear you over my "Giant Mechs vs Kaiju" chess game

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Since I had to Google it, I'll help the next Farker out by adding the name of the game - "Into the Breach".
 
2018-03-21 11:59:57 AM  

This text is now purple: Copperbelly watersnake: My only real hope for this movie is that it will inspire someone to make a modern sandbox version of Rampage where you play as a Kaiju tearing through cities. It would make for a wonderful stress reliever at the end of the day.

I'd settle for a good remake of King of the Monsters.


I'd love another War of the Monsters (PS2 game that nobody heard of).

Or go old-school and remake Crush Crumble & Chomp.
 
2018-03-21 12:17:14 PM  

rcain: Don't know why the director is complaining about a lack of story in the game. Clearly this is about the people, the monsters are just a McGuffin. He has free license to work in some real ground breaking screenwriting that questions long held moral tropes and gives the audience some serious existential questions


It's like someone heard about porn and thought "I bet the audience would like a two hour movie about the complex motives of the Pizza delivery boy and how the capitalist construct brought him to the bored housewife's domicile."
 
2018-03-21 12:17:22 PM  

dr_iacovone: Susan'sLittleAdamsApple: dittybopper: Mikey1969: This text is now purple: Mikey1969: Let's just say I said no to 'Rock-zilla' [laughs]. It was presented in a room much like this and I was like, 'That's a hard pass from me.' That sounds really not grounded at all. It's like a Saturday Night Live skit a little bit. I wanted to balance out some kind of grounding aspect with the fun, you know.

Because a giant wolf that can parasail like a flying squirrel is SO much more realistic.

[img.fark.net image 850x478]

[img.fark.net image 200x183]
That's actually a neat reference.

Rampage is an ersatz King Kong vs Godzilla vs Varan.

I get the feeling that this guy has never watched a real Godzilla movie in his life, though.

Nobody has ever watched a real Godzilla movie, because Godzilla doesn't actually exist.

Then what were those documentaries I watched so often on Sunday afternoons as a kid, they were in black and white so I know it was a documentary and they are always real.  It is such a shame that Japan was so careless with the release of nuclear energy that they would distort nature in such a way.  Of course whatever the hell the US has done has created Trumps and Kardashians/Jenners so I guess living in a glass house, I shall put down the stone.

Did you happen to watch any Gilligan's Island?


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2018-03-21 12:28:59 PM  

Boojum2k: dr_iacovone: Susan'sLittleAdamsApple: dittybopper: Mikey1969: This text is now purple: Mikey1969: Let's just say I said no to 'Rock-zilla' [laughs]. It was presented in a room much like this and I was like, 'That's a hard pass from me.' That sounds really not grounded at all. It's like a Saturday Night Live skit a little bit. I wanted to balance out some kind of grounding aspect with the fun, you know.

Because a giant wolf that can parasail like a flying squirrel is SO much more realistic.

[img.fark.net image 850x478]

[img.fark.net image 200x183]
That's actually a neat reference.

Rampage is an ersatz King Kong vs Godzilla vs Varan.

I get the feeling that this guy has never watched a real Godzilla movie in his life, though.

Nobody has ever watched a real Godzilla movie, because Godzilla doesn't actually exist.

Then what were those documentaries I watched so often on Sunday afternoons as a kid, they were in black and white so I know it was a documentary and they are always real.  It is such a shame that Japan was so careless with the release of nuclear energy that they would distort nature in such a way.  Of course whatever the hell the US has done has created Trumps and Kardashians/Jenners so I guess living in a glass house, I shall put down the stone.

Did you happen to watch any Gilligan's Island?

Those poor people. . .


I would love to see a movie about a group of people touring on a boat that has to make an emergency landing on a small island for repairs.  They find this area with tiny huts and a table in the front of it filled with empty coconut shells....then at night, seven killers hungry for meat after feasting on coconut for so long come out to hunt.  Yes, those wacky castaways are back and they are not wanting you to leave their island.  It's Killigan's Island.  Imagine the scene where the lanky killer is struck with a hammer or something and falls dead and the fat killer bellows, "You killed my little buddy" as he charges.  The professor actually having people to experiment on in his lab, a bloodthirsty Ginger using her body to seduce her victims to come close...Maryann standing off to the side wishing she was Ginger.
 
2018-03-21 12:36:38 PM  

Susan'sLittleAdamsApple: I would love to see a movie about a group of people touring on a boat that has to make an emergency landing on a small island for repairs. They find this area with tiny huts and a table in the front of it filled with empty coconut shells....then at night, seven killers hungry for meat after feasting on coconut for so long come out to hunt. Yes, those wacky castaways are back and they are not wanting you to leave their island. It's Killigan's Island. Imagine the scene where the lanky killer is struck with a hammer or something and falls dead and the fat killer bellows, "You killed my little buddy" as he charges. The professor actually having people to experiment on in his lab, a bloodthirsty Ginger using her body to seduce her victims to come close...Maryann standing off to the side wishing she was Ginger.


Isn't that LOST?
 
2018-03-21 12:39:42 PM  
Doesn't matter, the Rock is in it, I'll see it.

/saw Baywatch, didn't hate it.  Zac Efron is also really funny.  The women were gorgeous.  I would murder all of you if Alexandra Daddario told me to.
 
2018-03-21 12:41:56 PM  
Monster movies are hard to get right, particularly the monsters rampaging a city motif.

Frankly, i still consider the '33 Kong, and the '54 Godzilla as still tops, in regards to capturing the awe, wonderment and dread a populace would feel if a huge beast came into their city.    The first Cloverfield film had some good moments, but sorta jumped the shark early on.
 
2018-03-21 01:03:19 PM  

rummonkey: Rocketboy1313: "Grounded" doesn't mean "Realistic".

"Grounded" means (in this context) "Identifiable".

I understand what is happening and believe that the scenario a it is presented is being handled by "real" people with motivations, thoughts, and feelings.  It is "Grounded" in a reality... that happens to be dealing with a giant monster crisis.

My son and I will be watching this. He thinks the Rock is awesome and there are giant monsters smashing things. Its really all he needs to know. I expect to chuckle at a couple of jokes aimed at the grownups.


It's a PG-13 movie. The entire thing is aimed at adults.
 
2018-03-21 01:08:05 PM  

weddingsinger: Doesn't matter, the Rock is in it, I'll see it.

/saw Baywatch, didn't hate it.  Zac Efron is also really funny.  The women were gorgeous.  I would murder all of you if Alexandra Daddario told me to.


Oh to have the Rock promote a movie hard, talk about all the action sequences in it, his comedy bits, and his first full frontal and then have the surprise that the full frontal is a old video clip of him as a baby being bathed and they replace the Rock after the first five minutes with Rick Astley performing for the rest of the movie.  They could do that for his next four movies and call it Rockrolling.  Directed by Seth MacFarlane.
 
2018-03-21 01:37:33 PM  

T.rex: Monster movies are hard to get right, particularly the monsters rampaging a city motif.

Frankly, i still consider the '33 Kong, and the '54 Godzilla as still tops, in regards to capturing the awe, wonderment and dread a populace would feel if a huge beast came into their city.    The first Cloverfield film had some good moments, but sorta jumped the shark early on.


One giant monster movie that doesn't get the respect it truly deserves is "Tremors".
 
2018-03-21 01:46:52 PM  

meanmutton: rummonkey: Rocketboy1313: "Grounded" doesn't mean "Realistic".

"Grounded" means (in this context) "Identifiable".

I understand what is happening and believe that the scenario a it is presented is being handled by "real" people with motivations, thoughts, and feelings.  It is "Grounded" in a reality... that happens to be dealing with a giant monster crisis.

My son and I will be watching this. He thinks the Rock is awesome and there are giant monsters smashing things. Its really all he needs to know. I expect to chuckle at a couple of jokes aimed at the grownups.

It's a PG-13 movie. The entire thing is aimed at adults.


That's not how ratings work, buster.
 
2018-03-21 01:57:30 PM  

tacos4jesus: meanmutton: rummonkey: Rocketboy1313: "Grounded" doesn't mean "Realistic".

"Grounded" means (in this context) "Identifiable".

I understand what is happening and believe that the scenario a it is presented is being handled by "real" people with motivations, thoughts, and feelings.  It is "Grounded" in a reality... that happens to be dealing with a giant monster crisis.

My son and I will be watching this. He thinks the Rock is awesome and there are giant monsters smashing things. Its really all he needs to know. I expect to chuckle at a couple of jokes aimed at the grownups.

It's a PG-13 movie. The entire thing is aimed at adults.

That's not how ratings work, buster.


Its aimed at my kids, the references are there to keep me entertained. At least that's how I view these types of movies these days.
 
2018-03-21 02:08:18 PM  

dittybopper: T.rex: Monster movies are hard to get right, particularly the monsters rampaging a city motif.

Frankly, i still consider the '33 Kong, and the '54 Godzilla as still tops, in regards to capturing the awe, wonderment and dread a populace would feel if a huge beast came into their city.    The first Cloverfield film had some good moments, but sorta jumped the shark early on.

One giant monster movie that doesn't get the respect it truly deserves is "Tremors".


While not "Kaiju size", I guess you could call them "Giant Worms".

Tremors always gets a "stop and watch if it is on a channel while I am scrolling" response from me.


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/I think I made it up to number 3
 
2018-03-21 02:15:43 PM  
dittybopper:
One giant monster movie that doesn't get the respect it truly deserves is "Tremors".

Haven't seen it since i was a kid, but remember it being very (surprisingly) solid.  I will revisit it!
 
2018-03-21 03:56:46 PM  

Subtonic: I must have pissed away a hundred hours playing that hypnotic-boredom game with my brother on NES. It's literally the same five near identical boards over and over and over but we couldn't stop playing. The thing should be used to diagnose autism.


I played it with my brother on the N64- we had Rampage: World Tour. It had something like 130 levels and was impossible to lose. So my bro and I needed to make sure we had like three hours free every time we played because we couldn't stop until we finished it.
 
2018-03-21 05:36:58 PM  

T.rex: dittybopper:
One giant monster movie that doesn't get the respect it truly deserves is "Tremors".

Haven't seen it since i was a kid, but remember it being very (surprisingly) solid.  I will revisit it!


It's still used in screenwriting classes as an example of a very tightly written and filmed movie. Nothing is wasted and everything gets set up in earlier scenes. Excellent and the creature effects (which I only recently learned made extensive use of miniatures) still hold up.
 
2018-03-21 07:01:02 PM  
Wait... Rampage movie?

Been done already:
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2018-03-21 11:06:07 PM  

RI_Red: Wait... Rampage movie?Been done already:


Still one of my favorite episodes.

/ Hmm, cock-flavored spit.
// Well, you never know what's gonna be on the board.
/// Lemme see cock-flavored spit! BLAM!
 
2018-03-22 01:30:28 AM  
As long as there is some smouldering intensity,
 
2018-03-22 03:33:16 AM  
Rampage world tour was awesome as a kid
 
2018-03-22 08:57:04 AM  

balko: T.rex: dittybopper:
One giant monster movie that doesn't get the respect it truly deserves is "Tremors".

Haven't seen it since i was a kid, but remember it being very (surprisingly) solid.  I will revisit it!

It's still used in screenwriting classes as an example of a very tightly written and filmed movie. Nothing is wasted and everything gets set up in earlier scenes. Excellent and the creature effects (which I only recently learned made extensive use of miniatures) still hold up.


Tremors is like the canonical example of how to do good, effective, and realistic looking practical effects.  And they did it on a ridiculously low budget by Hollywood standards.
 
2018-03-22 09:19:10 AM  

Burr: /I think I made it up to number 3


I've seen them all.  I like them all, to greater and lesser degrees, with the exception of the last one (Tremors 5: Bloodlines), which I'm ambivalent about.  I like some of the elements of the story, and I like the scenery change (happens in Africa), but I think that because they had gone full-circle with the Graboid-Shreiker-Assblaster-Graboid Egg life cycle in the previous 4 films, they felt they needed to up the ante, and in doing so, may have gone just a little bit too far with the creature design.

OK, maybe a lot overboard.

When you've got detachable tongues that can leap out of the mouths of Africanized Graboids and slither on the ground as fast as a coked-up jet powered Black Mamba with it's tail on fire, and that can leap like a dirt dolphin, well, I'm sorry, that's going too far.
 
2018-03-22 11:01:39 AM  
I think my biggest problem with the movie is that from the trailers, it looks like they just took a generic monster movie, named the gorilla George, and put the Rampage name on it. 

I know the games never had a ton of backstory, but I always thought the major conceit was always that George, Ralph, and Lizzie were humans that got transformed into monsters. (Hence why they turned back into humans when you ran out of health)
 
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