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Vic’s Ready Player One Review (Non-Spoilers)

What would be the easiest way for me to express my feelings for a Ready Player One review? Go see the movie and remember that Steven Spielberg is a Director of some renown? Sure. I feel you will be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t make it out to an actual movie theater and see it? Maybe. Nostalgia is not the be all and end all for the film? Definitely a truth, and in addition a valid point. No, the easiest way for me to sum up a Ready Player One review is that Spielberg has delivered a very fun film.

Obviously as I have already stated in previous posts, I admit I am one of the target audience. Of course I would be woefully inept if I didn’t mention the Retroist summed up the problems facing the film better than myself. But the truth is this. Ready Player One while not a perfect film is the closest we’ve come to seeing the Spielberg that brought us some genre-forging films. Similar to the likes of Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Furthermore, I truly feel that not only Spielberg but Zak Penn have taken the core of Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel. I don’t want to stay improved it, but perhaps brought other elements of the story to the forefront. Case in point, Art3mis, wonderfully played by Olivia Cooke. Many critics have lashed out at Cline…and with reason…that her role in the book is something akin to a prize to be won. I am happy to say that in the film version that couldn’t be further than the truth, yes, it’s still a love story but no one is being ‘won’.
Ready Player One review - Olivia Cooke

Tye Sheridan does a very good job of portraying the main protagonist of the film, Wade Watts aka Parzival. To be fair the film’s beginning might be considered a little heavy on the exposition. On the other hand this is a case where the audience needs to get caught up on the fly. So I think it’s honest to say that the filmmakers didn’t make a mistake in this regard. Lena Waithe, Ben Mendelsohn, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, as well as Simon Pegg do great jobs with their roles too. Although I felt that Mark Rylance stole the show, in his scenes as the creator of the OASIS, James Halliday.
Ready Player One review - James Halliday

Of course as has been seen in the trailers, in fact too much so, is the pop culture celebrated by the film. In that superior post by the Retroist, he wisely mentions that the marketing for the film. Had indeed slightly missed the point of the film itself. The nostalgia that those of us of a certain age will feel while watching the film…isn’t the film. It would however be fair to say that it is used as something akin to window dressing. In fact Cline’s 2015 follow up novel Armada goes way, way too far with the nostalgia. I want my main takeaway from this Ready Player One review to be this. In no way is the pop culture nods or nostalgia ever rammed down your throat or the like. It is most CERTAINLY celebrated but Spielberg yet again knows this isn’t what the movie is about.
Ready Player One - Bigfoot

Naturally since this is my Ready Player One review, I reckon I better tell you the synopsis. It is 2045 and Wade is like practially everyone on the planet. Just trying to find some relief from the oppressing life he was born into. It does appear that every Man, Woman, and Child find escape by way of a staggering virtual reality universe known as the OASIS. Which had been created earlier by Halliday and his best friend Ogden Morrow (Pegg), before a falling out saw Halliday becoming sole owner of the technology. The creator of the OASIS was literally loved by the World…and why not?
Ready Player One review - Parzival and Art3mis

This virtual reality paradise, assuming you can afford it, lets you do anything. With the right equipment you can even have physical contact, for good or ill. Many aspects of pop culture have been given literally their own planets. For example, Planet Doom, which appears to be a free-for-all. Especially when artifacts are up for grabs. Think of these as incredibly rare and powerful power-ups, to be used and hoarded by those throughout the OASIS.
Ready Player One review - Planet Doom

James Halliday has died several years before the start of Ready Player One. While the World mourns the loss of such a genius, the eccentric has a little game to play still. That is the fact that he has created the greatest Easter egg hunt. Somewhere in the overwhelming vastness of the OASIS are hidden three keys, the player that finds them will inherit Halliday’s fortune. As well as the OASIS itself I should add – which would make them the most powerful person on the planet. Which is of course why the IOI, an telecommunications empire wants to make sure they are the ones who find Halliday’s Easter Egg.

Obviously, Wade and his fellow Gunters, those who hunt for the keys and aren’t employed by IOI – find themselves in the crosshair of that powerful corporation. It becomes a race to see who will gain control of the OASIS…and Halliday’s dream of a better world.

Ready Player One, friends…it is an incredibly entertaining film. A joyride that sums up why I so dearly love movies. Many of those films that I hold so dear, were of course directed and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is an absolute blast to see him rekindle the ‘spirit’ of some of his earlier work. A film which understands the delights of all pop culture and most importantly, has a lot of heart.

That 80’s feeling is helped by a score composed by the legendary Alan Silvestri. So the last thing in this Ready Player One review is the opportunity to hear the main theme from the film. Enjoy!

[via] WaterTower Music

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Remember The E.T. Coors Poster…Wait, What?!

While it has apparently been known for a little while. Until the other day I never knew this E.T. Coors poster ever existed. At first I will admit I didn’t believe it was real. Doing a little bit of research online collaborated that this was in fact not a bit of clever fan art.
E.T. Coors Poster

In particular it was coming across an article from Shawn Robare’s always awesome Branded in the 80s that convinced me. Still I think it’s rather odd. Steven Spielberg’s classic 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in turn led to this E.T. Coors poster being created?!

But after all I think you’ll remember that Coors appeared pretty prominently in the 1982 movie. At least in the case of a rather humorous scene involving the link between Elliot and of course E.T. – who is left to entertain himself, while the young boy is at school.
E.T. Coors Poster

While I can’t speak for you – obviously. However when I first saw the movie I can tell you the audience was roaring with laughter as E.T. became inebriated. My Father included. Furthermore I can remember having a difficult time hearing anything in this beer guzzling scene because of that laughter.

[Via] Movieclips

I think that while nowadays we might be taken aback by the idea of this E.T. Coors poster. I mean can you imagine how it would be accepted if a PG family film coming out today had a tie-in poster with an alcoholic brand?

Granted having said that, when you get down to it – Coors was actually doing a good thing. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial naturally had a cultural impact at the time of its release. Moreover by playing on one of E.T.’s more popular lines from the films it possibly saved lives as well.

Having talked a bit about the E.T. Coors poster. Why not enjoy this 1990 pre-show for Universal Studios E.T. Adventure?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3YJwPLh0hk
[Via] Lucas Vieira

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John Carpenter’s The Thing…Is Becoming A Board Game?!

1982’s The Thing is one of John Carpenter’s greatest movies. Having said that, I want to point out that isn’t hyperbole but just a stone cold fact. Granted in 1982 most audiences weren’t ready to embrace The Thing. While the average movie goer was certainly basking in the warmth of 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and for good reason. There were indeed a few fans of horror that embraced the much darker film of alien contact.
Drew Struzan

In addition there were enough fans of John Carpenter as well as his exceptional film about isolation and paranoia. That The Thing continued to quietly capture fans by and large over the years. I can still vividly recall the sense of delicious dread and fear watching it for the first time, at a local Drive-In. Furthermore John Carpenter’s take on John W. Campbell’s novella Who Goes There? over the years has mutated from cult film to full-fledged classic.

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I would like to point out I place The Thing in my top ten favorite movies of all time.
The Thing

All things considered it shouldn’t have shocked me that there was an announcement today by Mondo. In partnership with Project Raygun they are producing a board game based on the 1982 movie. Entitled THE THING: INFECTION AT OUTPOST 31 it will boast artwork by Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative. Of course Outpost 31 was where the cast of characters in the 1982 movie were stationed – an Antarctic research station.
The Thing

As for the style of the game this is what the news release from Mondo stated:
“When we set out to create the first licensed Mondo board game the biggest question was; what film property would we go after? So many of the films we celebrate at Mondo would be an absolute blast in game form,” explained Jay Shaw, Mondo Brand Director. “As soon as John Carpenter’s suspense masterpiece, The Thing was mentioned it very quickly became our top choice,” Shaw noted.

“The next step was to figure out how to actually make a game. We all love playing them, but none of us had designed one before. Game mechanics are an incredibly complicated art form and we didn’t want to enter this space unless we were going to get it right. Luckily our dear friends at Project Raygun were completely up to the challenge. They’ve built an incredibly challenging fast paced game of paranoia that transports players directly into the film,” Shaw continued.”

By all means I do realize that might not be a whole lot to go on. On the positive side until we can get more facts about the game itself – it gives us ample time to start staking a claim on which characters we will want to play.

I call dibs on Fuchs!
The Thing - Fuchs

I also want to thank Earl Green for the heads up on the upcoming The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 in the first place. Talking it over with Earl, I think we might be able to arrange a night in the future where we can sit down and record the game session. I’m positive there are more than enough people at the arcade who will want to join in for the fun. I’ll also be sure to post any updates on the board game as they come in!

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How Is It That I Did Not Know About Mr ET?

During my time here on The Retroist I’ve written about both E.T. and Mr. T – on more than one occasion. However today was the first time that I have had the privilege of seeing both icons combined into something even greater. I’m referring of course to Mr ET!
Mr ET

That image was sent to me – so I am afraid I do not know who the cosplayer happens to be. But that isn’t the only way people are celebrating the idea. You can hop on over to TeeFury right this second. Pick up your own Mr ET shirt designed by Captain Ribman!

Mr ET

Image courtesy of TeeFury.

In addition it appears that Mr ET was made into a toy of some sorts. At least that certainly seems to be the case judging by this image from GeekTyrant!

Mr ET

Image courtesy of GeekTyrant.

You have to wonder how something so delightfully humorous came to be though, right? How so many different people embraced the idea of a Mr ET? Well, a quick internet search pointed to the ninth episode of season six for The Simpsons. In the episode entitled “Homer Badman” where Homer is watching a comedian who says:
“I think about weird stuff, like what would happen if Mr. T and E.T. had a baby. You’d get Mr. E. T., wouldn’t you? And he’d sound something like this: ‘I pity the fool who doesn’t phooooone hoooome.”

Having said that it’s not like this has been the only Mr. T reference in long running series.

The writers for The Simpsons also included a throwaway line in “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet”, the first episode of season 5. At a moment when Homer, Apu, and Principal Skinner are beginning to break up as a musical act.

How much further can Mr ET go on as a possible pop-culture icon? Only time will tell us the answer to that question. But in addition to a younger generation falling in love with 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial all the time. There is always the possibility they will stumble on Mr. T’s “Treat Your Mother Right” as well!

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