3 thoughts on “Superman, Force 10 from Navarone, Moment By Moment, Oliver’s Story, King of the Gypsies, 1978

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    May 29, 2020 at 9:09 pm
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    I wished Roger talked about Superman first instead of Gene. Because I felt that the way Gene overrates the love story over other aspects of the film is embarrassing. I do agree with him about the model shots of the dam bursting, but it pissed me off when he called the helicopter scene cheap, when it’s really one of the most awe-inspiring scenes in the movie.

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    September 17, 2020 at 5:47 am
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    Patrick, you’ve talked about Hollywood’s blockbuster mentality which continues to this day, how it started with Jaws and Star Wars, and how Hollywood forgot that those movies were made from the heart and not the wallet. I think you can add Superman to that conversation! Jaws was a passion project from Spielberg and Star Wars was a passion project from Lucas. No doubt that with the meticulous casting and Mario Puzo’s story, Richard Donner clearly made Superman and Superman II (before he was fired) from the heart as well.

    And yes, Hollywood has forgotten that and are still constantly trying for the box office home run, especially during the summer, and caring much more about the special effect than the story. And I’m afraid that mentality hasn’t changed even after this covid crisis.

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      September 17, 2020 at 6:53 pm
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      Oh Superman is a perfect example on how well you can combine special effects with story. So you;re right.

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