Here I pick out some of the most interesting responses to two of my recent posts - whether it is possible not to know what you think of a film and what did you think of John Carter. I know what I did...

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by Nick T

    on 10 Apr 2012 17:11

    Portland182 makes a good point there - I saw Carpenter's The Thing and also Bladerunner when they were released. Loved them both. Each time I sat in virtually empty West end Cinemas. Went back to see Bladerunner 4 times in 2 weeks, though (it was in the days before the intyweb and dvds, you see). Yeah, Ridley Scott is a hack and god knows how he keeps making films that don't make any money... they must be terrible.

    Also, once again I read comments that start 'I haven't seen JC but.....' and some that say 'I haven't seen JC, don't want to, it's crap and The Dark Knight Rises is AWESOME' - this of a film that has only had a trailer released so far. Seriously, children?

    And any comment on mainstream films that name checks Pasolini should never get past the moderators...

    All the best.

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by portland182

    on 8 Apr 2012 11:17

    I enjoyed John Carter, it has it 's moments. Weather there enough moments for you personally is opinion.
    It is funny, epic, dramatic, well made and engrossing.
    Non US box office shows that it performed well. What went wrong is probably the marketing in the US.
    Unfortunately.
    However the box office is not the only judge of the qualities of a film.
    Without directly claiming anything about the relative merits of the following list, I suspect that, like flops such as 'It's a Wonderful Life', '2001: a space odyssey', 'The Thing', 'Blade Runner', 'Fight Club', 'Donnie Darko', 'Citizen Kane', 'Forbidden Planet' and 'The Iron Giant', 'John Carter' will prove to be a slow burner, and have a longer life on home formats.
    Mark, perhaps if you were to re-watch it the 'funny' names would not be such a problem?
    I know you are too busy to revisit films, but as you yourself have pointed out, and the above list suggests, sometimes the initial view is not really enough to decide correctly.

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by thanksfornuffin

    on 30 Mar 2012 19:14

    A few people seem to be making silly points here. "The Dark Knight Rises" will be "a lot less fun" than John Carter will it streetrw? Nice you can make judgments based on not having seen the finished product. What we can almost guarantee is that Dark Knight Rises will make over 1 billion dollars which means bums were on seats.

    Frankly I'm still dumbstruck by the way Disney went about the whole business of John Carter. Changing the title at the last minute only sums it up and the director interview on the radio with Kermode and Mayo confirmed to me he already believed it was a turkey going downhill fast. Better to have watched the much cheaper Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan films from the 30s written by the same Edgar Rice Borroughs.

    The folly of John Carter is not whether you liked it or not - in matters of taste we are all allowed our own opinions - but that a studio can faff around and get it so completely wrong with the kind of money that countries get to deal with.

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by Tel-X

    on 30 Mar 2012 16:44

    One film that I veer from 'Is this genius?' to 'Is this detritus?' more than any other in recent years... RUBBER. Some friends get it, some have insisted I watch 'Troll 2' in revenge (sorry pals, I'd already seen it).

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by GomezTheCritic

    on 29 Mar 2012 13:19

    Oddly enough i loathed Megamind upon first viewing- it was in 2D the audience- was awful- screaming children, i couldnt admire the visual gags or in jokes, i was frustrated- might even blame it on high blood sugars- but upon home viewing i thought it was a fantastically daft, masterfully voiced spectacle, that had a great score, and had great temp and Jonah Hill isnt as bad as i thought. I

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by I_am_I

    on 27 Mar 2012 20:16

    The fact Andrew Stanton didn't seem to care how much John Carter cost is just breath-taking arrogance. It makes me question his artistry and motives for future films, and I won't watch WALL-E the same way again (WALL-E is almost like two separate films, as though Stanton got bored with the artistry of the first 30 minutes and what he really wanted to do was some generic robot-bashing on a spaceship).

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by Ernie Stephenson

    on 27 Mar 2012 10:44

    My "general" rule of thumb; if a block-buster has done badly it's generally good and if a blockbuster has made its money it's generally bad.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by babyfacemichael

    on 27 Mar 2012 06:33

    Funny, but i just watched Hidden (cache) for the first time.The end of that film could start an arguement in an empty room. Is it terrible,beguiling or great i dont know,dont ask me . and i just watched it. Plot Spoiler - Why.why WHY!!! do i need to know who sent the tapes so much. AARRGG.

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by Graphis

    on 26 Mar 2012 21:57

    I really liked John Carter. But then, I was a fan of the original Edgar Rice Burroughs books, which I read when I was about 12-15 years old. As an adaptation of the original books, it works very well indeed. But the target audience is, I feel, young boys, who'll probably love it. If you view it through simply those eyes, instead of the eyes of a Guardian critic looking for deeper stuff, then it's a hugely enjoyable adventure romp. Aliens, sexy girls in chain mail bikinis who can wield a sword, special effects, nasty villains, strange beasts, and lots of fighting: what's not to love?

    OK, so it isn't Three Colours Red or some dreary Ingmar Bergman or worthy Mike Leigh: but it doesn't pretend to be. It is what it is, just judge it on that. I think Disney are being extremely presumptuous in declaring it a flop, and I predict that it will eventually make its money back, and then some... Just because it didn't have an amazing opening month, and take trillions of dollars, is no reason to write it off. It ain't Star Wars, for sure, and I don't suppose it will have quite the same pop cultural impact, but it's still an enjoyable two hours, and I think you're being far too harsh on it, Mark.

    Let's face it, Burroughs wrote the Tarzan novels, and nobody takes them that seriously: they're just enjoyable entertainment. This film is in exactly the same vein: it's pulp fiction transferred to the screen, and done very well indeed, better than most previous efforts at this genre. If you enjoy Tarzan, and Conan, and Jason and the Argonauts etc, you'll love this. I did, and I'm happy to admit it.

    John Carter will find its audience, even if it's only on DVD. Which I'll definitely be buying.

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by BeamMeUp

    on 26 Mar 2012 18:03

    The money is an issue mainly because at those levels it is pretty much the only issue! Everything else about the film now has that question indelibly attached to it - "was it worth it" - making what would otherwise be a fun, but wholly unremarkable Sci-Fi romp into something much, much less... purely because of the money issue.

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