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39 Responses to “BYOEaster Egg SPOILERS”

  1. JS Partisan says:

    I still have no idea why people need profundity from Ready Player One. It’s the book/movie equivalent of having all of your toys, from different properties, and playing with them together. It’s like a mod in GTA V. Why it has to “meaning something,” is totally lost on me.

  2. Michael Bergeron says:

    the best thing Spielberg did was replace the novel’s role-play of War Games with The Shining, … brilliant sequence and the high point of the film

  3. Monco says:

    Hate to be that guy but maybe this should be made a spoiler thread.

  4. Amblinman says:

    This is Spielberg’s Fury Road. It’s as close as he’s come to his old style, successfully, as we’re likely to see. And being able to bridge the gaps between 80’s video games, current open world games, pop culture through the lens of today’s kids, and an ode to movie lovers…is actually a miracle.

  5. Hcat says:

    Look at that, Amblinman likes a Spielberg film :)

  6. Amblinman says:

    @Hcat, it was bound to happen sooner or later.

  7. JS Partisan says:

    I haven’t enjoyed a Spielberg film, since Bridge of Spies. Easily, one of just the best movies he has ever made.

  8. MarkVH says:

    Hasn’t he made just one movie (now two) since BoS?

  9. Mike says:

    BFG and The Post

  10. Sergio says:

    Hey Dave, what’s with the Rushfield columns getting aggregated every week now? Most of his stuff reads like pure hit pieces against Netflix and the streamers while praising Establishment Cos that very likely pay for it.
    Just read the blurb from the current homepage, wtf did Netflix and Amazon have to do with FB’s shitshow???
    Back on topic, The Post is my fave Spielberg in prob a decade. Can’t wait for RPO on IMAX woo!

  11. JS Partisan says:

    If you look at this decade. There are like, for me, three films that really stand out, and that I can watch over and over again. Catch Me if You Can, Lincoln, and Bridge of Spies. Everything else? Is just sorta there.

  12. amblinman says:

    RPO is the first Spielberg film I’ve really enjoyed since Catch, which is criminally underrated.

  13. JS Partisan says:

    Man, you weren’t a fan of Lincoln? Huh.

  14. Nathan Tremblay says:

    Spectacular. DP, please do a proper full-length review of this one. Need to see it again. See it on a huge screen, obviously.

  15. Ray Pride says:


  16. Sideshow Bill says:

    Agreed on THE SHINING sequence. He is on his game here. He takes another mediocre book, tightens and refocuses it and we had a whole lot of fun. It’s just fun. All the exposition that killed the book for me is skillfully done before the title card, then it’s just a great ride. I had a lot of fun today and I really really needed that.

  17. Pete B says:

    Nothing to do with Ready Player One as this started out as a BYOB…

    Our AMC is offering a Double Feature this weekend of Peter Rabbit with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Is this a nationwide push? And how does that work towards box office totals? Do the two movies split the proceeds? Just curious.

  18. JS Partisan says:

    Pete, it’s usually one gets the money, and this case I’d imagine it would be Peter Rabbit. A movie, that made some cash here, but is so offensive to other parts of the world. Sony needs to make it up somewhere!

  19. Hcat says:

    Rabbit seems to be doing alright elsewhere, it seems to be completely burying Wrinkle in the areas where they competed. I seem to recall Sony doing this type of thing before with Spider-Man/MIBII and maybe a few others. I think it has more to do with the fact that they don’t have a new release to drop into theaters until May and that there is period of calm in the family market since gnomes stumbled and Wrinkle is not the juggernaut that was expected.

    In other news, Colin Trevvevoeeroow is back in the chair for the third Jurassic World, am I cynical to take this as a vote of no confidence in this summer’s sequel? Given how sequels in general are performing (and Universals in particular) is it a sigh of relief if this opens to $125 and crosses $400.

  20. PcChongor says:

    After seeing RPO, I finally understand why Spielberg rushed THE POST into production. The Washington Post already has a great article about it, but the film strangely seems to celebrate stepping out of our various illusions while still keeping its head buried in the sand. While I found THE SHINING sequence fun, it did make me a bit sad to realize that nothing’s sacred and god clearly doesn’t exist because Kubrick would’ve Noah’s Ark’d the fuck out of our world before letting one of his films get necrophiliac’d–even if it was by Spielberg (who was waiting to shoot RAIDERS while Kubrick finished up with THE SHINING). RPO is much more interesting as Spielberg’s most personal and meta film to date. He’s moved on from his inner child and now pines for his inner middle-age man.

    Regardless of everything, the action scenes were exquisitely directed and made me dislike the new Star Wars films even more because of how much better they could’ve been even with all their nostalgic claptrap.

  21. Doug R says:

    Couple of things-the whole city going bananas during the big fight with EVERYONE on the sidewalk swinging or running. The IOI employees cheering on Wade and reaching for the dot themselves in the final confrontation.

  22. JS Partisan says:

    HC, it’s doing 78m elsewhere. I brought that up, because the Guardian wrote such a scathing review of it. They went to, “HOW DARE YOU,” level of scathing, because the tale of Peter Rabbit means much more to them.

  23. GdB says:

    RPO really that good? I find the pastiche of it all slightly nauseating. This Byob is the first time anyone has peaked my interest in it.

    ETA: (Since this is Byob) Watching the deleted scene in TLJ of Luke mourning Han, the fact those 30 sec of a 2 1/2 hour movie were cut; but a scene of Luke milking an Alien is left in, is exactly why I fucking hate this movie and the storylines the sequel trilogy chose to close out the OT characters with.

    Forgive the indulgence, but you can’t discuss the film composition elements on TLJ with Geeks who have any appreciation for how they affect narrative and story like you can here. 30 fucking seconds was all that scene was, if that, and they still chose to cut it?? Was it because they didn’t want to remind the audience that they douched Han Solo as a character too? GTFOutta here with that logic Lucasfilm.

  24. JS Partisan says:

    GdB, the only hope for that franchise, is the World Between Worlds. That’s it. Nothing else can make those prequels worth it, and you can end it with all of the heroes having a moment together. Sure. It’s retconning, but JJ has already done this. He did it to Felicity, and he’s going to do it to Star Wars.

  25. Nathan Tremblay says:

    JS, can you explain? What’s the World Between Worlds?

  26. Pete B says:

    GdB, if you watch the other special features you’ll learn they spent alot of time & money on that alien milking scene. So it was staying in regardless of whatever else got cut. But yeah… 30 seconds for Luke & Han?

  27. Dr Wally Rises says:

    Oh man, not The Last Jedi again? It’s been done to death by now, surely. As for RP1, I still maintain that while Munich will stand as his latter day masterpiece, RP1 is the best time you’ll have had at a Spielberg movie since Jurassic Park.

    “Fucking Chucky!”.

  28. Pete B. says:

    Well Wally, TLJ just came out on BluRay Tuesday, so…

  29. Mike says:

    So all the people who *HATE* The Last Jedi are going to be back complaining, now about the extras on the DVDs they just bought.

  30. Dr Wally Rises says:

    Dude, I know – I got my Best Buy 4K steelbook this week so that’s a fair enough point. Plenty of other movies around that aren’t close to being all talked out though.

  31. movieman says:

    No Friday box office chart and analysis?

  32. Ray Pride says:

    Charts are up.

  33. movieman says:

    Thanks, Ray!

  34. JS Partisan says:

    [Looks at blu-ray] I don’t see any TLJ over here, and it has started the arguments up again. Darn, infernal arguments!

  35. Monco says:

    I hate The Last Jedi and have no intention of discussing scenes on a DVD I haven’t bought. So no worries there.

    Loved Ready Player One. A great example of changes to a book that make it work better as cinema. And AI and Minority Report are his latter day masterpieces. I also adore War Horse but realize the consesus is that it is not one his greats. I certainly think it is though.

  36. Triple Option says:

    I got an offer from AMC for double points if I saw Ready Player One on IMAX. Which I did. It’s definitely LieMAX cuz it’s not full IMAX size but it was nice to see on the big screen. I didn’t read the book. I wasn’t as enamored with it as many of the other responders in this thread. I had all but written off 3D but you gotta live sometime. I guess I’m glad I saw it Liemax 3d so I won’t have to wonder if I would’ve liked it more. Didn’t know much about it going in. I will say was an Intellivision guy over Atari all day!

  37. Ray Pride says:

    Sound is always a bonus at Chicago’s Navy Pier IMAX: truly surrounded.

  38. Pete B says:

    It’ll get bumped by Ready Player One soon enough, but right now Peter Rabbit is the second highest grossing movie of 2018 (USA).

    It didn’t get any favors from the double feature weekend though if our viewing was an indicator. The wife & I were the only folks there.

  39. Doug R says:

    Kind of surprised Warner didn’t do a double feature just before Oscar nom week and run Wonder Woman and Justice League as a double feature to goose JL’s numbers and get WW out there with the voters.

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