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Cloverfield

Posted on Sunday February 10, 2008 at 1:00am in

Yesterday after class Mike and I decided to go to Japanese Coffee Hour since it fit our schedules and we had never been to one. It’s just an hour set aside every week for people in Japanese classes to get together in Jazzman’s Cafe and talk in Japanese. It was a lot of fun and I met a lot of people from other classes along with the other Japanese teacher. We ended up staying for almost 3 hours. After that, I went over to Bryan’s dorm and we started watching The Godfather, but 30 minutes to the end the disk gave out and we never got it to work.

But that’s okay. Today we saw a great movie. Cloverfield was, in summary, an intense experience. I didn’t want to see it. I was upset that the previews don’t tell you anything about the movie, I didn’t even know what it was about. It wasn’t until Mike said that we had to see it that we actually gave it a chance. I’m very glad we did because this is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. It was incredibly immersing and exciting, perfect for theaters. The crazy thing about it was it’s a monster movie. I hate monster movies, they’re stupid. Like Godzilla. What a horrible idea for a movie. This is a monster movie done so radically different that I liked it in a genre of movies that I generally dislike. How did they do it? Well, first off it puts you in one perspective for the entire movie. You see it all through the eye of a handheld camera in one group of people. Then, it shows you the attack from their view and the panic sets in. You don’t know anything about what’s going on. You don’t even know a monster is attacking until 20 minutes after the attacks begin.

This movie is cool because it shows, pretty realistically what would happen if a monster attacked New York City. It might not sound exciting in writing, but believe me it is very well presented and very well put together. I recommend it highly and I think it’s something you’ll enjoy very much.

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