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Hrm. Well, it wasn't on my 'watch' list, but...that does sound like the type of thing that should be encouraged as a direction for movies to go in...

(Although, to read the intro description at the Federalist link provided, they make it sound like a CGI sequel to The Fountainhead...)
 
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Think the Director said it best when he tweeted "Art deserves many interpretations, even wrong ones".

I enjoyed this movie a lot. The lyrics of the Batman song were hilarious. Also, it did take the piss out of Starbucks.
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Drew1365 wrote:
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Think the Director said it best when he tweeted "Art deserves many interpretations, even wrong ones".


That's got to be the blandest comment ever.

Maybe he was afraid of being moderated.
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Drew1365 wrote:
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Think the Director said it best when he tweeted "Art deserves many interpretations, even wrong ones".


That's got to be the blandest comment ever.

Sorry I didn't give you any ammo for an argument. How about this:

This movie, although superficially critical of our current economic system, is indicative of the further move towards away from a mass-production and consumer society, to modes of post-Fordist production and consumption, and the breakdown of a shared culture according to agreed modes of discourse, into an atomistic one where individuals, in their identity as consumers are ceded the limited creativity to select their individual consumption but at the cost of certain modes of solidarity as producers?
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Is this movie actually decent? It looked frankly horrible.
 
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tmcvey wrote:
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tmcvey wrote:
Think the Director said it best when he tweeted "Art deserves many interpretations, even wrong ones".


That's got to be the blandest comment ever.

Sorry I didn't give you any ammo for an argument. How about this:

This movie, although superficially critical of our current economic system, is indicative of the further move towards away from a mass-production and consumer society, to modes of post-Fordist production and consumption, and the breakdown of a shared culture according to agreed modes of discourse, into an atomistic one where individuals, in their identity as consumers are ceded the limited creativity to select their individual consumption but at the cost of certain modes of solidarity as producers?

Fer fuck's sake! You win, you win!!! I'll trade you Julianne Moore and the tub of jello and you can keep your Traci Lords... just please stop with this sort of brain-melting commentary! It burns my eyes and makes me feel trapped and fearful.
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Drew1365 wrote:
tmcvey wrote:
Sorry I didn't give you any ammo for an argument. How about this:

This movie, although superficially critical of our current economic system, is indicative of the further move towards away from a mass-production and consumer society, to modes of post-Fordist production and consumption, and the breakdown of a shared culture according to agreed modes of discourse, into an atomistic one where individuals, in their identity as consumers are ceded the limited creativity to select their individual consumption but at the cost of certain modes of solidarity as producers?

Why do you hate liberty? soblue


Well, I could also write something like:

"Emmett, representing the everyperson, understands that the strength of the economy lies not in the statis of a command-and-control economy ruled by a bureaucratic elite, but the Schumpetian creative destruction that capitalism and its decentralized distribution of control and information enables. The master builders, representing the self-styled progressive creative elites, are shown to be unable to cohere together to act; only Emmett, representing the consumer as sovereign, can reconcile the tension between change and statis required in the post-modern economy."

....but Tripp is upset enough already.
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twomillionbucks wrote:
Is this movie actually decent? It looked frankly horrible.

I went and saw it with my kids. I loved it. It was fun, witty, and neat seeing all the stuff made from Legos. The twist toward the end was a surprise. It was also a toal nostalgia bomb for me, especially the 80s space stuff. Plus it was pretty fun spotting characters from old kits and figures from the last three minifig series.

That being said, my older brother thought it was the stupidest movie ever, so YMMV.
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My sixteen year old wants to go see this. Fortunately, so does my wife and he is off school next Monday and Tuesday..... Could work out well for me!
 
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Fer fuck's sake! You win, you win!!! I'll trade you Julianne Moore and the tub of jello and you can keep your Traci Lords... just please stop with this sort of brain-melting commentary! It burns my eyes and makes me feel trapped and fearful.

I seem to have been missing out by never paying attention to the trading scene here.

Jello, though, not pudding?
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rinelk wrote:
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Fer fuck's sake! You win, you win!!! I'll trade you Julianne Moore and the tub of jello and you can keep your Traci Lords... just please stop with this sort of brain-melting commentary! It burns my eyes and makes me feel trapped and fearful.

I seem to have been missing out by never paying attention to the trading scene here.

See this thread: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1120309/the-best-test-ca... for context.

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Jello, though, not pudding?

Pudding? Instead of jello? What are you, some kind of deviant?
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twomillionbucks wrote:
Is this movie actually decent? It looked frankly horrible.

I didn't watch it but my 11 year old came home from it and said, when this comes out on Blu-ray we have to buy it and watch it every day...best movie ever!
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Just came back from watching it with the family. It's a pretty good movie. The best part is seeing all the LEGO.
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Another thumbs up vote!

It looks like disposable pop junk, but it's really a commentary on disposable pop junk.
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Karadek wrote:
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Is this movie actually decent? It looked frankly horrible.

I went and saw it with my kids. I loved it. It was fun, witty, and neat seeing all the stuff made from Legos. The twist toward the end was a surprise. It was also a toal nostalgia bomb for me, especially the 80s space stuff. Plus it was pretty fun spotting characters from old kits and figures from the last three minifig series.

That being said, my older brother thought it was the stupidest movie ever, so YMMV.

The 80's space guy was the best. I remember my own space guy with the planet on his front becoming faded, and cracking the helmet.

It did make me want to head to the Lego store.
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I've had this BGG Avatar for about six months.

I just saw the movie today, and you can guess it really spoke to the seven year old in me.
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I wonder how the licensing works for all the intellectual properties of other companies? When they got into an arrangement with Lego for physical playsets, was movie rights included or did companies like D.C. negotiate a piece of this movie.
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I wasn't impressed, but my "kids" (16 and 22 liked it).

There were some funny parts and I liked the message
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Lego pieces are to play with, not to build models.


Unfortunately, that wasn't the message my family, especially my wife took from it. All in all, I'd have been happier to save the $5 and two hours and have just heard about it.
 
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Alaren wrote:
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Is this movie actually decent? It looked frankly horrible.

It's pretty funny, and easy to watch. My kids enjoyed it a lot, though one of them is such a Lego fan that he would have enjoyed it regardless. I really liked the stop-motion Lego short films that occasionally cropped up in the 1980s and this was in some ways a long version of those.

The critic in me suspects that the nostalgia factor made me more forgiving of the movie's flaws than I would otherwise have been, but while it's not The Shawshank Redemption it is not a bad film by any stretch.

I do find it amusing that the Lego stores still sell minifig "magnets" that have been super-glued to their bases. They didn't used to super-glue them but people would buy the magnet sets on sale instead of buying minifigs... Lord Business apparently won his fight at Lego HQ.

But, come on--Wolkenkuckucksheim!

Just saw it yesterday, and that alone made it worth seeing. Particularly given that being in Cloud-Cuckoo-Land is supposed to mean that you're deluded into thinking that everything is awesome, the anthem of the place from which CCL is an escape! There's some heavy stuff going on there. I rather hope it was an intentional statement that the only escape from the delusions of modern life is another delusion. I'm almost willing to believe it was (Phil Lord and Chris Miller are Dartmouth grads, after all, and may well have developed a degree of skepticism about the ideology of escaping the frivolous occupations of modern life out in the mountains of New Hampshire).

Probably I'm reading too much into it.
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Probably I'm reading too much into it.

I'm a big fan of reading too much into things. It's one of the few ways we can escape the delusion of modern life.
 
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