Escape to the Movies: Earth to Echo - This Generation's ET?

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Earth to Echo - This Generation's ET?

Has Hollywood finally made the next ET or Goonies?

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So what's the film the 3 guys at the end are referencing? So can't be bothered to keep up with the unfunny deluge of R rated 'comedies'.

youji itami:
So what's the film the 3 guys at the end are referencing? So can't be bothered to keep up with the unfunny deluge of R rated 'comedies'.

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OT: what a pleasant suprise of a movie. Not a cynical note? I am impressed, reminds me of the movie The Explorers which I loved as a kiddywink.... I'm filling up with repressed childhood emotions... This is not going to go well down the beer festival later.

That's a massive compliment, and I really get the impression that regardless of how good it is (haven't seen it yet), Generation X'ers will be denying that to their graves.

I might go see it, then, anyway.

I dont get it why does bob hate that guy so much? Bob why do you hate kevin smith so much?

I literally just googled that and I got his blog and im reading and watching and Im like........Oh god I see it now. also I was right to hate jay and silent bob my god that was bad!!!!

Man, the Facebook commenters really didn't like the swipe at Kevin Smith. I'm not for or against the guy personally, but I don't see how owning a comic book store and being a self-proclaimed nerd should offer Smith any sort of protection from criticism, any more than Bay should have protection from American critics because his films are rabidly pro-America.

OT: Just out of curiosity, has any Escapist actually had to move because of a freeway being built? It's something that I see pop up in movies and TV shows from the 80's and 90's all the time, but I've never seen it happen in real life (and I live in Ottawa, which is constantly expanding and running new roads). The worst I can think of is a couple lots being removed, not an entire neighbourhood.

If there was a Moviebob drinking game, the sudden U-turn repeated jabs at Kevin Smith would definitely be a shot.

First though: Gah! what the hell is that?! *having just woke up and pretty much first thing I see today*

Second though: Huh never even heard of this...

Final thought: Meh it might be worth a rental.

Wow, it seems Bob really dug this movie. Incidentally, this review was the first time I'd heard of it so I decided to check what average it has on IMDB and I was rather surprised to see it at a less-than-stellar 5.8 at the time of writing.

Well, if nothing else, this might give Bob material for a potential "You Are Wrong About Earth to Echo" Big Picture episode.

I have really young cousins visiting who might like this movie a lot more than my jaded 9 year old cousin[don't ask me how he got that way :( ] and I'm tempted to want to take them to see this movie now.

I didn't think to much of it the first time I saw this movie and no one was really talking about it when we saw this movie. In fact, I had forgotten that I had seen a movie that day, but it's inoffensive movie and I was relatively engaged all the way through, but I felt like the movie took a dip when the alien finally came in. It's kind of unfortunate how the thing I was most excited about became the least interesting thing about the story. The drama felt kind of forced to me when they were off to collect the magic trinkets to help the Robot like it was video game(the sort of plot structure where it goes "And then this happened and then this happened, etc"

Taking younger kids to see this movie might make the experience better for me though. It'd be nice to capture the movie magic that I once felt with a younger audience.

The rant Moviebob gives about Kevin Smith basicly applies in its entirety to Moviebob himself.

I would like to see this movie, but I hate the 'home-made movie' style of filming. It makes me nauseous. Is the whole movie done that way, or just parts of it?

Do big movie studios threaten Bob with assassination? I ask because, first he defended Michael Bay and now he shows us the US american flag in close up. Just like Michael bay.

You know, when I was 10, my best friend moved away from my area (to 90 miles away, but as a child in 1999 that's literally the same as dying). I have never seen him since.
I still get tormenting dreams about it.

So yes... if I watched that film I would probably get sucked in, because I can completely bloody related to the impending fear of never seeing your best friend(s) ever again*.

*Granted now they have technology so they can Skype each other and Steam Co-Op. I mean, their social problems aren't as bad as if they happened 15 years ago, it still bloody sucks massively.

Thunderous Cacophony:
OT: Just out of curiosity, has any Escapist actually had to move because of a freeway being built? It's something that I see pop up in movies and TV shows from the 80's and 90's all the time, but I've never seen it happen in real life (and I live in Ottawa, which is constantly expanding and running new roads). The worst I can think of is a couple lots being removed, not an entire neighbourhood.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capel_Celyn

That's the closest thing that's happened where I live in recent memory.

Granted this is a reservoir and not a motorway, and a lot more political.

Bob has convinced me to eventually give this movie a chance, I'll probably check it out when it gets released on DVD. From the trailers I saw it looked like it was just trying way too hard to be modern E.T. like Super 8.

geier:
Do big movie studios threaten Bob with assassination? I ask because, first he defended Michael Bay and now he shows us the US american flag in close up. Just like Michael bay.

It's Independence Day over here, so that was the reason he showed the flag at the end of the video.

josemlopes:
The rant Moviebob gives about Kevin Smith basicly applies in its entirety to Moviebob himself.

Add videos games to his list and that is exactly Bob.

I'm beginning to think almost every movie that's coming out is either for kids or for people who wish they were still kids. Not going to go through the list because it would take too long, but...whatever happened to movies about being an adult?

You don't have to live with your family, you can drink, you can swear, you can have sex with people with relatively little hassle beyond the dating scene itself, and you can buy video games and watch pornography without worrying about your parents bothering you. It's awesome. There should be more movies about that.

josemlopes:
The rant Moviebob gives about Kevin Smith basicly applies in its entirety to Moviebob himself.

Lol i thought that myself, kettle pot black. Would seem Bob is the thing he hates.

rbstewart7263:
I dont get it why does bob hate that guy so much? Bob why do you hate kevin smith so much?

I literally just googled that and I got his blog and im reading and watching and Im like........Oh god I see it now. also I was right to hate jay and silent bob my god that was bad!!!!

But do yourself a favor and watch red state, that film just shits on all your expectations and keeps you guessing whats going to happen next and you still don't have a fricken clue.

Thunderous Cacophony:
Man, the Facebook commenters really didn't like the swipe at Kevin Smith. I'm not for or against the guy personally, but I don't see how owning a comic book store and being a self-proclaimed nerd should offer Smith any sort of protection from criticism, any more than Bay should have protection from American critics because his films are rabidly pro-America.

OT: Just out of curiosity, has any Escapist actually had to move because of a freeway being built? It's something that I see pop up in movies and TV shows from the 80's and 90's all the time, but I've never seen it happen in real life (and I live in Ottawa, which is constantly expanding and running new roads). The worst I can think of is a couple lots being removed, not an entire neighbourhood.

Me, I've seen the opposite happen: whole neighborhoods and shopping centers springing up near highways. Any one who builds a freeway through an existing suburb, requiring it to be knocked down, just sucks at their job.

Stabby Joe:
If there was a Moviebob drinking game, the sudden U-turn repeated jabs at Kevin Smith would definitely be a shot.

I would have chugged a beer through that rant. I take it Bob is not a Smith fan, then. Or sees too much of himself in Smith, which is a whole other problem.
OT: Surprisingly positive review, Bob. More than J.J. Abram's Super 8. Yeah, if this was playing in theaters when I was 10, I'd have gone to see this.

That kind of generational disconnect is one of the reasons I never got into movies like The Breakfast Club, which are considered by my parents' generation to be the height of social commentary and speaking to their experiences. My high school experience, simply enough, doesn't line up with the experiences being referenced in Breakfast Club. I can only imagine how weird it would be for an even younger audience, who doesn't even have the holdover touchstones of that kind of class- or interest-based granularity, where someone is either a jock or a nerd or a goth or a punk or a preppy girl.

teamcharlie:
I'm beginning to think almost every movie that's coming out is either for kids or for people who wish they were still kids. Not going to go through the list because it would take too long, but...whatever happened to movies about being an adult?

But you do have to deal with things like jobs you don't necessarily like, worries about bills and obligations, the isolation that comes from not constantly being around hundreds of people of roughly the same age with at least some of the same interests. Maybe there's a broader societal problem with the loss of "I wish I were an adult" escapist fantasies, but speaking as an adult I can also see the appeal of "weren't things awesome when I had most of the access to video games and movies, but I didn't have to worry about money?"

I'll probably pass on this one since I tend to get simulation sickness with found footage films.

josemlopes:
The rant Moviebob gives about Kevin Smith basicly applies in its entirety to Moviebob himself.

Pretty much, if anyone knows Bob, they know he truly fits the billet of everything he says about GenXers, Kevin Smith might as well be the alternate version of himself.

Don't be sorry, I love Kevin Smith. His podcast empire is fantastic. I love nearly all his movies. He put his love behind The Dirties, which is a fantastic and poignant movie about school shootings but also much more about bullying and youth detachment.

His new movie "Tusk" sounds really interesting. I'm glad he's doing his own thing.

It's good you're finally giving reviews to lesser known but interesting movies, always like when critics give their recommendation to compete with the multiplex movies.

Wow, this movie looks super precious.
I didn't even know it existed till this review.
I'll probably give it a go, thanks Bob

First Person Shakey-cam....

I will never watch this. Not targeted at me, but damn it seems sad such a neat concept for a movie is ruined by "found footage" shakey-cam garbage.

Probably not gonna watch it, seeing as it doesn't really seem that worthwhile despite his praises, but nice to know regardless.

Also, I get it's Independence Day, but is there really a point in making one of your credits gag a simple American flag? Half of Escapist's traffic comes from outside that superpower, just to remind you.

Bob Chipman talking shit about Kevin Smith is like TheAmazingAtheist talking shit about Bill Nye.

Yes, I'm mad. You leave my fat friend alone!

*sighs* Bob, isn't it high time you did a Big Picture or something about your full opinion and reasoning behind your dislike of Kevin Smith? I'm getting fairly bored with the whole backlash of fans to your opinions about the guy. Can we finally find a way to put this topic to bed, so we can move on to better topics?

Hm. Well, I hope this becomes a modern classic, judging by what you've said, Bob. Because it sounds like a winner to me.

As a small side note, let me say this:
GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE!

I'm not sure if it's really possible for adults old enough to be the parents of the kids in the movie to write a movie that truly speaks to that generation, as opposed to only making other adults think it does. I mean, I guess you could have actual kids help write it, but the last time someone tried that we got Sharkboy and Lavagirl. Having the movie revolve heavily around social media, or some other thing that's "popular with the kids these days", feels like an easy cop-out.

Thunderous Cacophony:
OT: Just out of curiosity, has any Escapist actually had to move because of a freeway being built? It's something that I see pop up in movies and TV shows from the 80's and 90's all the time, but I've never seen it happen in real life (and I live in Ottawa, which is constantly expanding and running new roads). The worst I can think of is a couple lots being removed, not an entire neighbourhood.

Not a freeway, but our ... township hub? ... was bypassed a few years before I was born to cut down on traffic problems by rerouting the major US highway about a block away from the road it used to occupy (with no one allowed to build along the new stretch). A bunch of roads got intersected, and one had its middle third chopped out (I guess they decided they didn't want two intersections so close together), but most of the space it occupies is basically wasteland. I figure that factored heavily into the decision, since the whole point of a bypass is to build it away from where stuff is.

TBP Bob: I was a massive tit for taking poignant pot-shots at Michael Bay
EftM Bob:*Takes random pot-shots at Kevin Smith less than a week later*

I for one second this:

KazNecro:
*sighs* Bob, isn't it high time you did a Big Picture or something about your full opinion and reasoning behind your dislike of Kevin Smith? I'm getting fairly bored with the whole backlash of fans to your opinions about the guy. Can we finally find a way to put this topic to bed, so we can move on to better topics?

If you have a valid gripe about the guy then air it out in full Bob, stop foisting it on unrelated EftM episodes.

rbstewart7263:
I dont get it why does bob hate that guy so much? Bob why do you hate kevin smith so much?

I literally just googled that and I got his blog and im reading and watching and Im like........Oh god I see it now. also I was right to hate jay and silent bob my god that was bad!!!!

If I was going to hazard a guess, it's because Kevin Smith is a big geeky guy who used to work in a video store whose independent media work caught enough attention to make a fairly solid run in the world of movies.

...Does the first three-quarters of that bio-snippet sound familiar?

One could make a case that Kevin Smith has squandered a certain amount of his good fortune and his time in the spotlight, that his recent work has been sub-par, and that he's devoted far too much time of late to public pissing matches rather than creative endeavors. That said, I'd argue he's also responsible for at least three or four movies that were good and/or entertaining, and there are certainly figures who have gotten more attention and had bigger blow-outs who have produced less of worth.

I speculate that part of Bob's grief is the feeling that if he had been a little closer to being Kevin Smith's contemporary rather than coming of age in an Internet era where content creators struggle to get heard over the noise, he would have seized the reins of stardom and done a better job of it. Sheer speculation, though; I don't want to pretend I have some special insight.

The realization that I'm now the old person that realizes "new" movies are just recycling old movies is truly the worst part of this film.

Wow... Even before the alien being shows up, the movie already sounds like something I would be interested in watching on one of those uncut movie channels... Also, I keep hearing[1] how the kids in this movie don't really act like kids of that age act, so that alone is making me a bit hessitent on my possible overall enjoyment of this movie when I do get to see it in the future, probably...

Oh well... At least I think this review was probably more positive than if MovieBob reviewed the movie Tammy instead...

[1] as in, I looked at Jeremy Jahn's review of this movie...

Callate:
One could make a case that Kevin Smith has squandered a certain amount of his good fortune and his time in the spotlight, that his recent work has been sub-par, and that he's devoted far too much time of late to public pissing matches rather than creative endeavors. That said, I'd argue he's also responsible for at least three or four movies that were good and/or entertaining, and there are certainly figures who have gotten more attention and had bigger blow-outs who have produced less of worth.

I don't know if he squandered it, I mean now he's in the business of doing an avalanche of popular podcasts and live shows while using that momentum to make less conventional films. Granted said films are either not out yet or to be made (still in planning/production and what not) so I don't know whether they'll be up to his old standard but hey, at least he knows where he's going and seems happy with it...

...and while I wouldn't call myself an apologist and actually kind of like Red State in a morbid fascinating sort of way.

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