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quietearth [Celluloid 11.03.09] post apocalyptic movie news scifi

"Any machine could rebel, from a toaster to a Terminator." -Author Daniel H. Wilson

Following in the footsteps of Max Brooks, author Daniel Wilson published the novel How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion (amazon link) in 2005 which ran the gamut from realistic scenarios, to humor and robot history.. and is now following it up with a novel titled Robopocalypse which "explores the fate of the human race after a robot uprising." While an "unpublished manuscript", word is that Dreamworks has optioned rights to the film and are fast-tracking it even though the book won't be published until 2011.

I'm no fan of Spielberg, so when you say "Dreamworks" I'm automatically wary, but this is post apocalyptic so I can only hope it's done properly. But who am I kidding, they'll probably put Michael Bay on it.

via THR

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bad dog (11 years ago) Reply

How can you say you don't like Spielberg? He's hamfisted and heavyhanded and occasionally so sappy I momentarily wish movies had never been invented, but for sheer cinematic force, the guy's a genius. Every movie he has done could be considered "good," whether you liked it or not. In many ways, his movies redefined genres. Just one small obvious example is Saving Private Ryan, with an opening sequence and finale that redefined how war movies could and should be made.


agentorange (11 years ago) Reply

"Every movie he has done could be considered "good," whether you liked it or not."

That's a very interesting comment. Spielberg certainly knows his way around movies and he's a master storyteller.

You can fault him for a lot, but in the end his films are indeed well crafted and entertaining.

But, the form he works in is strictly the classic Hollywood style so you can really only compare him to others working in the mainstream. His influence sneaks into European cinema here and there (certainly Luc Besson is a fan), but he's really got nothing in common with say Lars Von Trier, or anyone trying to break down the codes of cinema.

Long story short, "good" may not be the best word to use.


omny (11 years ago) Reply

Close Encounters... that's like, easily top 5 in my list. Even if all else he did was utter crap, which isn't, that movie alone is enough.

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