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  • Capt. Xerox 12:41 pm on October 31, 2012 Permalink
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    Did the John Carter disaster prompt Disney to buy Star Wars outright rather than try to create their own franchise? http://t.co/I3DSyqWl

  • Capt. Xerox 4:00 pm on June 13, 2012 Permalink
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    An analysis of how geniuses can bomb while making movies, comparing John Carter with The Outlaw Josey Wales. http://t.co/gEk8NwyW

  • Capt. Xerox 2:29 pm on April 30, 2012 Permalink
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    This amazing concept art from John Carter just makes me angry that this great movie was so mishandled. http://t.co/luJjArA5

  • Capt. Xerox 2:09 pm on April 16, 2012 Permalink
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    I can related to Ben Bova’s appreciation for John Carter and how it brought back early memories of reading ERB. http://t.co/a3dNGO7g

  • Capt. Xerox 7:01 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink
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    I was sad to see that there is a John Carter movie novelization, but happy that ERB’s originals have been repackaged. http://t.co/gIKUxXXY

  • Capt. Xerox 3:19 pm on March 19, 2012 Permalink
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    Despite the seeming failure of John Carter, fans are campaigning for a sequel from Disney. I don’t see it happening. http://t.co/Led8Q1Aj

  • Capt. Xerox 9:27 pm on March 18, 2012 Permalink
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    As a lifelong Edgar Rice Burroughs fan in good standing, I could not live with myself if I didn’t haul my butt out to the theatre to catch the movie based on his first story, A Princess of Mars. Non-ERB fans would know the movie by the uninspiring title John Carter.

    Despite the lacklustre showing at the box-office and its inevitable failure to make money for Disney, I think that the movie is a success for anyone who bothers to actually see it. It could be my standing in the ERB fan club which has coloured my opinions, but I don’t think so.

    Many critics have complained that the story is unnecessarily complicated and I’d have to agree with them. I think the scriptwriters worked hard to create a backstory to explain how a 19th-century American ends up on Mars, but they were perhaps a bit too clever. They could have stuck closer to the source material which may not be as sophisticated for today’s audience, but would certainly simplify the story.

    If you ignore some of the more convoluted plot points, the movie delivers on visuals and action that should have made this a slam dunk for the blockbuster-loving masses, but I guess the poor marketing couldn’t save it.

    For those of you not familiar with Burroughs’ Mars series, it is a sequence of adventures of a former Confederate soldier on Mars. The lower gravity on the Red Planet gives him near-super-human strength and he uses this advantage to great effect in various battles that pit him against monsterous foes.

    Along the way he befriends an 8-foot-tall, green-skinned, four-armed Martian and falls in love with a red-skinned Martian princess. In the movie, and in the book, he has encounters there is much swashbuckling as John Carter slahes and swordfights his way across the dying planet, wheter it be in the vast deserts that are now dried-out seas or high in the air in ornate flying machines that more closely resemble flying sailing ships.

    Some of the scenes are reminiscent of the most recent round of Star Wars movies, specifically an arena battle and some of the flying sequences which look like they could have been outtakes from the Phantom Menace pod race. I don’t take that as a negative and you have to take into account that Burroughs’ stories pr-edate Star Wars and, pretty much every other, science fiction story by several decades so the reality is that most of them were stealing story ideas from ERB and not the other way around.

    I’d readily recommend this movie to any science-fiction fan who wants to turn their brain off for a few hours and be entertained by a grand spectacle that will transport them magically to another planet.

    • lazaruslair 1:17 pm on March 19, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My (rotten) kid went ahead with one of his friends and saw this movie without me. Now I’m going to have to wait until the DVD/BR comes out. I was very much looking forward to it.

  • Capt. Xerox 2:50 pm on March 12, 2012 Permalink
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    Critics seem to be lukewarm on John Carter, but most moviegoers like it. http://t.co/Q3iX4bDT

    • avdezign (Cosmic) 1:09 pm on March 14, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I have actually liked the movie, they kept it as true to the original as they could any more so and I think it would have made no sense (remember that originally John Carter only had thoughts of Mars and there he was), I have read the complaints of reviews and I think they expected too much from such an old story. Fans wanted more true to the original and others wanted something more innovative. I think it was well balanced for an action space opera (sins of the mushy middle?). This is much better than any Transformer (Karina will kill me if she reads this).

      A lot of this seems predictable formulaic and things already seen in other SF movies, but lets all remember that this story was written way before anything else (except for Verne and Wells), A good fun movie with lots of action and good SFX. I will eventrally purchase this on DVD and watch it again.

  • Capt. Xerox 1:41 pm on March 9, 2012 Permalink
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    Too bad these John Carter of Mars newspaper comic strips aren’t better formatted for reading online or on mobile. http://t.co/t47HOZaj

  • Capt. Xerox 10:00 am on March 8, 2012 Permalink
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    Michael Chabon worked on the John Carter screenplay? Now I am *definitely* going to go see it! http://t.co/aKDz3A1z

    • Capt. Xerox 5:51 pm on March 10, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Might go see it next weekend, but only if I can watch it in 2D. Thankfully, there’s one theatre near me that does. The other two only have in it 3D. Not interested in paying the premium for it and, from what I’ve heard, the 3D effects are lacklustre in this movie.

    • avdezign (Cosmic) 5:11 am on March 10, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We are off to see it today downtown for the «matinée» edition (13hr), too bad it’s only in 3D, I’m sort of tired of that, I wish they would give it up already.

  • Capt. Xerox 3:36 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink
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    Here’s a more negative review of John Carter. The reviewer didn’t damn it completely, but thought it started slowly. http://t.co/pIiXFDLe

  • Capt. Xerox 12:40 pm on March 4, 2012 Permalink
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    Talk about getting ahead of himself. The director of John Carter hopes it becomes a franchise as big as James Bond. http://t.co/3uRTw31o

  • Capt. Xerox 10:25 pm on March 3, 2012 Permalink
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    Here’s the first review I’ve read of the John Carter movie. It is favourable and that seems to be the consensus. http://t.co/OQM2kSBX

  • Capt. Xerox 3:25 pm on February 27, 2012 Permalink
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  • Capt. Xerox 5:34 pm on February 17, 2012 Permalink
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    John Carter may not appeal because of its title? Why not use the forgotten original title: Under the Moons of Mars? http://t.co/3xlORsnU

  • Capt. Xerox 1:59 am on February 6, 2012 Permalink
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    I’ve been a big fan of ERB’s Barsoom books for a long time. Interested to see this anthology, Under the Moons of Mars. http://t.co/BeN8ZHVX

  • Capt. Xerox 3:15 pm on January 30, 2012 Permalink
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    Imagine if the John Carter of Mars animated feature from 1936 had gone ahead. It would have been fantastic. http://t.co/zw5qeed8

  • Capt. Xerox 4:49 pm on July 15, 2011 Permalink
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    John Carter trailer looks better than I expected. I wish they’d use the original story title: Under the Moons of Mars. http://ow.ly/5FxMN

  • Capt. Xerox 1:43 am on July 13, 2011 Permalink
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    I am an ERB fan from way back so am wary of getting my hopes too high for the upcoming John Carter (from Mars) movie. http://ow.ly/5CZmM

  • Capt. Xerox 1:18 am on June 18, 2011 Permalink
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    The concept art for the new John Carter movie is not wowing me. I will cut them some slack if the script is any good. http://ow.ly/5kHa7

  • Capt. Xerox 11:21 pm on June 15, 2011 Permalink
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    Judging from the first John Carter of Mars poster, you’d be hard-pressed to know that is actually set on, you know, Mars. http://ow.ly/5iQen

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