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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Our Take On: Super 8 (The Film - And....The Promotional Comic Book!)
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Book Movies


Our 'Take' On SUPER 8
 the Film!
And Promo Comic Book!

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Photos: Above:  The promotional comic book for the Super 8 film!  Yes, it's a 'retro comic book cover' and presented as one that could have been printed by DC Comics in 1960!  Top Left Photo:  One of the film posters for the movie!

TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3454:

Every 4th of July Tina and I usually go to one of the local theaters to catch a film, and one not necessarily a 'comic book movie' that we usually would blog about here!

We also usually have a home project that we will finish first, before getting cleaned up to go out...

However, this year we will be going to our church's BBQ at 1PM and then instead of seeing the film they are presenting afterwards... We will be going to see 'Super 8'.

Yeah, I didn't think it was a 'comic book movie' either, but I knew that Tina wanted to see it, especially on the 'BIG SCREEN', as the previews we saw in the theater before made it look like one that needed to be seen on the BIG SCREEN!  Plus Tina had seen a panel at the 2010 SDCC that mentioned the film...!

So, I was looking to see what times it played today, and ran across the fact that there is a 'comic book connection' to this film!

No kidding! Just like the movie that Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow was in back in 2004, 'Sky Captain And The World of Tomorrow'! There was a promo comic book for that also, but we saw the film and read the promo comic book before I started blogging in 2006!   However, I have mentioned that movie and promo comic book several times in the past as seen by this link!

Okay... I believe that I'm just going to post a few items on this film we are going to see later today, from others, and then come back and just give it a 'comic book grade', along with Tina, without going into a full blown review as it isn't really a 'comic book' movie! My intent is to format this blog post now, watch the film after the BBQ, and then get Tina's reaction / comic book grade on the way home, remember mine, and then post it for Tuesday, July 5th!

So what's this movie about?  Here's just part of what I found at Wikipedia.org for it:

"Super 8 is a 2011 American science fiction film written and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, and Kyle Chandler and was released on June 10, 2011[3][4] in conventional and IMAX theaters. The film tells the story of a group of children who are filming their own Super 8 movie when a train derails, releasing a dangerous presence into their town."  For more you can click this link, but, SPOILER WARNING!!! It goes very deeply into the whole film!  So If you don't want to know, don't read too far into the page!!

Here's what the DC promotional Comic Book is about:

SUPER 8 #1
Cover by ALEX ROSS
In 1957, the Soviet Union made contact with an alien life form in the Earth's atmosphere... and shortly thereafter the United States nuked it from the sky! The chain of events that followed is what leads into to J. J. Abrams' new blockbuster, Super 8! Hitting theaters June 10th
10 pages FC • 12+

And LUCKY YOU... Here's the link to read it online for FREE! (At least at the time of this posting!).

Now, it's time to put this blog post on 'hold' until we get back from seeing the film...  I'll be back with Tina's comic book grade and a quick paragraph from her, plus my comic book grade plus a sentence or two...!


We're back... We stayed out later than we thought we would... And now it's Tuesday morning!

First, here's Tina's comments that she told me last night on the way home, with her comic book grade:

Good action sequences!

Good use of monster!

Good use of the kids in the story!

This is a 9.0 out of a 10.0 comic book grading scale, a VERY FINE / NEAR MINT (VF/NM)!

On the promo comic book... Tina thought that she shouldn't read it before going to the film, as she hates spoilers... But she read it and enjoyed what it presented.  Plus figured that it would not affect her watching the film itself. No grade was expressed on that promotional item.

Here's my thoughts:

This movie, set in the late 1970s, is like a 1950s movie updated for the 2010s! 

Yes, it was a movie that Tina first marked down as wanting to see, way back at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con International, when she first heard the mention of it during the panel.  But for her it was worth the wait!

As for myself, once I found there was a 'comic book connection', as shown at the top right of this blog, it got me off the fence to go see it! 

I give this film a NEAR MINT (NM) 9.4 out of a possible 10.0 comic book grading scale!

As for the promotional comic book, even though I only saw it online, and did not hold it in my hands like I normally read comics... I give that promo item a VERY FINE / NEAR MINT (VF/NM) 9.0 grade.  If you were lucky enough to obtain one... Keep it!

This was a great way to spend part of our 4th of July holiday!

Both Tina & I believe this movie is worth taking in... Especially at a BIG SCREEN near You!   Don't wait for the release of the DVD because there are many scenes that should be seen on the BIG SCREEN!

~Michael D Hamersky

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Updated: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 6:08 AM PDT
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