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#1 StevenRRR

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 07:15 PM

With the cancellation of the Dresden Files, now Caprica and recent posts on this forum questioning the commitment of the SyFy.com to Science Fiction, I couldn't help noticing this move review by Joe Leydon.

"Skyline," an underwhelming and derivative sci-fi thriller that's only marginally more impressive than a run-of-the-mill SyFy Channel telepic."

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 11:36 PM

I have not seen "Skyline" yet myself but the user reviews for the movie on Yahoo are brutal. The overwhelming view of the reviews that I read were *extremely* negative yet the movie still somehow maintains a user rating of "C+" which really isn't that bad. I do plan on seeing the movie and the only thing I know of to compare it to is "Independence Day" circa 1996, which although rather cheesy I still like, especially the special effects. All I can say is, if "Skyline" is better than the last Terminator movie, "Terminator Salvation", then I will not feel bad for going to see it.
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Posted 14 November 2010 - 11:44 PM

The only good thing about Skyline is the FX, which were incredible considering it's $10M budget. Oh, since the film opened with a $11M this weekend, expect the sequel next year, which was already in the works before Skyline opened.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 11:46 PM

Search "sony skyline" for the nasty stink last August.

Up next, Battlefield: Los Angeles this spring. Buzz isn't being kind to this one either.

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 12:36 AM

Up next, Battlefield: Los Angeles this spring. Buzz isn't being kind to this one either.


It's getting a great response at Rotten Tomatoes and looks like what Skyline wanted to be, but failed.

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 07:30 AM

I have not seen "Skyline" yet myself but the user reviews for the movie on Yahoo are brutal. The overwhelming view of the reviews that I read were *extremely* negative yet the movie still somehow maintains a user rating of "C+" which really isn't that bad. I do plan on seeing the movie and the only thing I know of to compare it to is "Independence Day" circa 1996, which although rather cheesy I still like, especially the special effects. All I can say is, if "Skyline" is better than the last Terminator movie, "Terminator Salvation", then I will not feel bad for going to see it.



Very true. The last Terminator movie was just bad, but then again so was the last SAW movie. I hate that I can't find a good solid movie on the big screen any more

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 09:11 PM

It's getting a great response at Rotten Tomatoes and looks like what Skyline wanted to be, but failed.

Reaction to the trailer at the RT forums is mixed.

But I did find there a link to the international trailer! I hope the trailer narration is not actual dialog pulled from the movie, not Will "The Voice" Lyman but what sounds like Michael Pena, one of the soldiers in the movie. Shock Til You Drop: Alternate International Trailer for Battlefield: Los Angeles

I join others in wanting to see a fictional history of the 1942 event. That would have made a fresh movie. People are just tired of the whole fake CNN footage - hovering alien craft over major cities - events seen through the eyes of a few people running around - genre. It's just a narrative-less skeletal framework to hang visual effects on. The result is a great looking trailer, one good box office weekend, and a forgettable movie.

In its favor over Skyline, Battlefield features a ton of practical effects, real soldier toys, (real soldiers), real destruction. That's why it cost over five times more. Both movies are worth renting later on just to see the dazzling visuals, unless you can't wait to see Michelle Rodriguez on the big screen again.

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 09:52 PM

Reaction to the trailer at the RT forums is mixed.

But I did find there a link to the international trailer! I hope the trailer narration is not actual dialog pulled from the movie, not Will "The Voice" Lyman but what sounds like Michael Pena, one of the soldiers in the movie. Shock Til You Drop: Alternate International Trailer for Battlefield: Los Angeles

I join others in wanting to see a fictional history of the 1942 event. That would have made a fresh movie. People are just tired of the whole fake CNN footage - hovering alien craft over major cities - events seen through the eyes of a few people running around - genre. It's just a narrative-less skeletal framework to hang visual effects on. The result is a great looking trailer, one good box office weekend, and a forgettable movie.

In its favor over Skyline, Battlefield features a ton of practical effects, real soldier toys, (real soldiers), real destruction. That's why it cost over five times more. Both movies are worth renting later on just to see the dazzling visuals, unless you can't wait to see Michelle Rodriguez on the big screen again.


Well, I'm not one to judge a film by it's 30 second teaser trailer, like some it seems. Guess I just have a more open mind than others.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 06:44 PM

I saw Skyline today and thought it was a pretty good film. It's no E.T., but I found it entertaining and even a little scary at times.

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Posted 27 November 2010 - 09:17 PM

To each his own I guess. I am such a sucker for these movies. Skyline started off OK but just morphed into a bad Saturday nite SYFY movie of the week. And the way the ending set up a obvious sequel, well I won't be rushing to see that one.
Hopefully Tron:Legacy lives up to the hype. I wonder if AMC or TCM are planning to show the original Tron?

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Posted 27 November 2010 - 10:36 PM

To each his own I guess. I am such a sucker for these movies. Skyline started off OK but just morphed into a bad Saturday nite SYFY movie of the week. And the way the ending set up a obvious sequel, well I won't be rushing to see that one.
Hopefully Tron:Legacy lives up to the hype. I wonder if AMC or TCM are planning to show the original Tron?

So far there is no televised schedule for Tron.

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