‘Super 8′ – What Did You Think?

You’ve seen the awesome trailer. You’ve read Germain’s review. You’ve maybe even caught the film yourself at a special screening presented by /Film. This weekend, J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 finally hits theaters for all to see. Does Abrams successfully channel that nostalgia for Amblin films from the 1980s?Does Abrams continue to prove himself as an able director for the big screen? Can Super 8 live up to the high expectations that Abrams’ fans and sci-fi geeks have set for it?

Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Assume SPOILERS lie after the jump and in the comments.

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A couple weeks back I got a chance to get on the phone with director JJ Abrams about his new film Super 8. The interview is spoiler free, so feel free to check it out even if you havent seen the movie yet. We talk more about the film’s character-based storyline than the science fiction action, delving into the influences from his own childhood and why Hollywood doesn’t make movies about kids anymore. We talk briefly about Steven Spielberg’s involvement as a producer, and what that really meant to the film. I get geeky with Abrams, talking about the easter eggs in the film, and even ask him if we’ll ever see a movie about the Bad Robot in his production logo. Lastly, I had to ask him about LOST, and find out how much he knew about the smoke monster while he was directing the pilot episode. We also talk about his use of lens flares and the infamous mystery box. Read the whole interview after the jump.

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Ever heard of a turducken? It’s a food item consisting of chicken and duck stuffed into a turkey; three elements that don’t exactly go together, but are delicious enough individually that the end product is a delight. I ask because J.J. Abrams‘ latest film, Super 8, is the movie equivalent of a turducken. It’s a decidedly pleasant blend of innumerable influences, compressed down and stuffed together into a package that might feel a little disjointed and bloated, but ultimately works because each element itself is so good.

Continue reading this non-spoiler review after the jump.

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/Film co-presented an advance screening of JJ AbramsSuper 8 last night in Hollywood California. While screenings were held in 11 other cities (in 250-300 seat theaters), the /Film and FirstShowing readers turned out in full force for the Hollywood sneak preview — almost filling the Arclight’s 850+ seat Cinerama Dome. The line stretched around the block and rather than turn away a huge amount of people, Paramount Pictures were awesome enough to upgrade from a normal sized theater to the dome.

A group of /Film readers at the front of the line were at the Arclight at 11:00 am for the 10:00 pm screening — talk about dedication. It was great meeting and talking with some of the /Film readers who waited hours in line, and it was also awesome to see this movie with a theater full of very excited fans — the best possible crowd. It was an awesome night for sure, thanks to all of you who came out!

Following the screening, a lot of readers tweeted me their brief reactions, most of which were positive to extremely possitive. At first I attempted to retweet some of the better entries, but even those became too many. So after the jump I’ve included all of the reaction tweets coming out of last night’s screening as of 3am pst. None of the tweets included in this post contain spoilers. Enjoy, and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Did you get shut out of tonight’s free #Super8Secret screenings? While you are going to miss something very cool, you’ll get a chance to see the movie itself sooner than you think. Paramount has teamed up with Twitter to promote the fact that Super 8 , the Steven Spielberg/J.J. Abrams collaboration will open in several hundred regular and IMAX theaters Thursday at noon in advance of its wide opening on Friday.

After the jump, find out how you can get tickets and get a look at the new, gorgeous, Drew Struzan-inspired poster. Then check back later this week for more Super 8, including more reviews, interviews and more, in the next few days.

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Last week a viral website went online asking what the #Super8Secret was. Turns out the secret is special free early fan screenings in 12 different cities. I’m very excited to offer this opportunity to /Film readers who are excited to see this movie. I’ll be on hand with my good friend Alex from FirstShowing to present the Hollywood screening at the Arclight, which you won’t want to miss. But if you’re not in Los Angeles, you can RSVP for any of the other 11 cities with the same secret password.

JJ Abrams wants you to be the FIRST to see Super 8, and he has chosen FIRSTSHOWING and SLASHFILM to show it to you in LOS ANGELES!! Please join us for a free early screening on Wednesday, June 8th at 10:00pm at THE ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD. There will be free popcorn and soda, and a chance to win a Super 8 prize pack!

To RSVP, please go to www.Super8Secret.com and enter the password MINT. No purchase is necessary.

Please remember that, like any of the advance screenings, studios overbook the theaters to ensure a full theater. Most recently we promoted the Attack The Block screenings in 25 cities and quite a few readers showed up too late to get in. Please arrive as early as you can to guarantee you admission and a good seat. A list of other cities is after the break.

EDIT: If you’re having trouble with the site, it has been going up and down, but as of 12:30 PST should be back up and running.

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J.J. Abrams‘ new film Super 8 opens this week, and there are quite a few reviews and reactions to be found already. (Pete just offered up his video reaction.) But on the off chance you want to approach the movie the old-fashioned way and not read much before seeing it, here’s a new trailer to get you thinking about how you might deal with the arrival of a monster and the military, if you were a small-town kid who just wanted to make a movie with friends. Read More »

After the jump you can watch a spoiler-free video blog reaction to JJ AbramsSuper 8 that I recorded a couple weeks back with Alex from FirstShowing. I have delayed posting this, as I wanted to include a written reaction to the film. The video blog focuses more specifically on the film, my written thoughts are more of a subjective reaction to the movie, along with a couple notes about the public perceptions of JJ Abrams vs. the realities.
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What Is The #Super8Secret? Find Out on Tuesday!

On Thursday, you might have seen me tweet out something about a possible new viral website for JJ Abrams‘ upcoming movie Super 8. Unlike those fake fan-created Dark Knight Rises viral videos floating around, this website has been confirmed as legit from the official Super8Movie twitter account. This new website, Super8Secret.com, only contains the question “What Is The #Super8Secret?”. It also contains buttons which allow you to virally spread this website to your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

I have done some digging, and well, I still don’t know what the Super 8 secret is…. yet. But I’ve been told the secret will be unleashed on Tuesday June 7th at noon pst. Not only that, but you will be able to find out what the secret it, here, on slashfilm.com. So please check back. Until then, you might want to hit one of those buttons on the Super8Secret website and spread the word, because, well, who knows what might happen (or not happen) if you don’t?

Early Buzz: JJ Abrams’ ‘Super 8′

The first public screening of JJ AbramsSuper 8 took place this Saturday in Hollywood. A few movie journalists were in attendance, and today PAramount Pictures gave word that we were allowed to “tweet about your thoughts on the film” before the review embargo breaks on June 1st. I’m sure more than a few of you already follow me on Twitter and already heard what I thought (if you don’t, you can find my tweets on @slashfilm). I’ve decided to do a round up of all the early tweet reactions to the film. Hit the jump to find out what people thought of Super 8.

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