Don't believe the hype-see the films you want.

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  1. saj1d

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    I use to go to the cinema just because my friends said the film was good or because a film critic on tv or a magazine review might of tempted me to do so.

    How many times have you gone to watch a film and be let down?..I can think of many films over the last year when this happened,for e.g.the new Indy flick was one,the trouble with trailers and teasers are that it ruins the fun,and in

    an age of technology that it is hard to keep away from all the HYPE surrounding new releases-one might ask "What do you do"?..I say hype is only as good as you want to believe in.

    The trouble with a nation of media friendly corporations is the audience that their targeting are prone to consume a product of escapasim and that alone is an illusion itself.

    Think back to the days when the BILLBOARDS were the only form of advertising and remember how far we have come through the dark ages.

    I can hardly imagine myself in that "era" where little or no

    hype was available,with the last year hitting the economy on a global scale and what can only be measured by each individual,it seems almost strange to view the news or a film without any PRE-CONCIEVED NOTIONS,don't let the

    director direct you,so make the most of your films.:cool:
     
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    The best way to approach this is to go to Hollywood films with lowered expectations and then be pleasantly surprised when something is actually good. I mean there is only so often you can get overexcited by the hype and then be disappointed because your got you expectations way up. After all, they didn't give Ivan Pavlov a Nobel Prize for nothing.

    Another approach is to go and see more films that aren't hyped as much. Smaller films, foreign films, olde films, that kind of thing. If I got excited every time a another Stephen Sommers or Roland Emmerich atrocity came along I would have lost my passion for film a long time ago.
     
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    Thoughtful post but there is no simple solution.

    I have often been to a movie because of the hype and came out disappointed. The latest example is Slumdog Millionaire, which did not appeal to me at all. Media hype, good reviews or even one's own intuition can let one down. I went to see Cameron's Titanic over 10 years ago because I am very much 'into' the subject, but hated the film. It can also work the other way, of course; a film that you did not expect to be much but went anyway because of friends or family might surprise you.

    At the end of the day, tastes are very individual and watching any film is a chance.
     
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    Without the hype I wouldn't even bother to watch Slumdog Millionaire, and I wouldn't bother to watch Mama Mia, or Moulin Rouge.

    Mama Mia, and Moulin Rouge are two of my favourite films. So hype is winning so far!

    I haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire yet.

    On the other hand.. Casino Royal was hyped to the hilt, and I always said I wouldn't like it, and I didn't. So it seems that you can still have an open opinion even stronger than the hype itself.
     
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    More often than not if a friend recommends a film to me I normally like it. My friends tend to have similar interests to me, that's why we have stayed friends when we left school or moved jobs etc.

    As far as critics go, it's nice to see films blind from time to time but you can normally find a reviewer that has similar opinions on films as you and then you can avoid seeing a film off the back of a review and hating it:smashin:.

    Marketing campaigns, through the internet/TV/cinema/papers/radio etc can overhype anything these days. Films are no exception, you can even make films like The Happening:eek::boring: look good with a decent trailer shown to the right audience. Everything is the same now though, the marketing budget for the PS3 release Killzone 2 is reported to be £2 million for the UK alone:eek:.

    saj1d- what is with the couple of line breaks mid way through your sentences? I keep looking for spoilers:confused:;). Not trying to be uppity, but it is a bit confusing:).
     
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    Occasionally, the hype can make a good film appear disappointing at the first viewing. I had heard a lot about Casablanca before I saw it for the first time and my immediate reaction then was that it was overrated. But something made me go back and see it again and I must have seen it well over 20 times by now. Having appreciated the various nuances, one-liners and the human relationships of the time, I now consider as an all time great film - one of the best ever.
     

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