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Which is your favorite?

Mission Impossible III
9 (18%)
Star Trek
16 (32%)
Super 8
12 (24%)
haven't seen any
0 (0%)
don't like any
6 (12%)
Star Trek Into Darkness
2 (4%)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
5 (10%)

Total Members Voted: 49

Author Topic: Abrams, J.J.  (Read 4027 times)

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Re: Abrams, J.J. - Director's Best
« Reply #20 on: June 14, 2011, 01:25:03 PM »
It starts with the Pilot for Alias (known as "Truth Be Told"), which also has a firm beginning, middle and end. Running 66min, it was directed as a stand alone movie so that if the series wasn't picked up they could release it on DVD. His other pilots were only 42minutes, but not Alias or Lost (which was filmed together as 1 movie, totaling 82min.)

Don't other episodes have a "firm beginning, middle and end"?  What does that even mean?  There must be a story with a definitive conclusion?  Where does that leave Last Year at Marienbad?  Or, as you pointed out, Fellowship of the Ring?  If length matters, then I guess Un Chien Andalou doesn't count.  Neither does Night and Fog.  Bummer.  Can you let me know what the cutting off point for running time is?

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Re: Abrams, J.J. - Director's Best
« Reply #21 on: June 14, 2011, 01:34:18 PM »
Yeah, saying the bit about a beginning, middle and end was silly. What I meant was more that the pilot episode of Lost is little more than an amazing sequence meant to hook you for the rest of a story. Seriously, 1SO, go back and watch the first episode of Lost. It is well-directed, but then so was the entirety of The Wire. Being well-directed is not enough.

If anything, Serenity, the pilot episode of Firefly, is a much better example of pilot-as-movie.
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Re: Abrams, J.J. - Director's Best
« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2011, 02:42:49 PM »
I always just assumed TV stuff was for... the TV boards. :-X
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Re: Abrams, J.J. - Director's Best
« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2011, 02:56:38 PM »
I don't think the poll options really matter that much anyway.  I'm more interested in the rankings that people post in reply.  So don't worry about the poll portion... if you want to rank the pilots in your post, go for it!

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Re: Abrams, J.J. - Director's Best
« Reply #24 on: June 21, 2011, 11:29:15 PM »
Super 8
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Re: Abrams, J.J. - Director's Best
« Reply #25 on: June 22, 2011, 04:04:27 PM »
STAR TREK
SUPER 8

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Re: Abrams, J.J. - Director's Best
« Reply #26 on: June 23, 2011, 01:47:53 AM »
Mission: Impossible III
Star Trek
Super 8
All of LostParts of Alias
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That other thing he did.
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Re: Abrams, J.J. - Director's Best
« Reply #27 on: June 25, 2011, 01:34:03 AM »
Finally saw his latest...

1. Super 8
2. Star Trek
3. Mission Impossible III
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Re: Abrams, J.J. - Director's Best
« Reply #28 on: June 25, 2011, 10:37:13 AM »
1. LOST: The Pilot
2. Star Trek
3. Mission Impossible III
4. Super 8

Normally I'd come down on the "TV shouldn't be considered" side of the argument, but when it's as brilliant as the LOST pilot, I've gotta include it. I've probably seen the Alias pilot, but I don't remember it at all.
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Re: Abrams, J.J. - Director's Best
« Reply #29 on: July 05, 2011, 06:49:35 AM »
Star Trek, a very good reboot

Super 8, too much lens flare, some great performances

Mission Impossible 3, tainted by the first MI film that spat on the grave of the TV series, yes I can hold grudges.