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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:37 pm 
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Yes, that's what gave the impression. They emphasized it a lot in the scene and I must have not heard when they said she was Spanish.
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Which villain is Muslim, the Spanish scientist, the German general, or the Greek god in disguise as an English cabinet minister?

Is this film the Burger King Kids Club?
That's nothing compared to the heroes.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:42 pm 
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knives wrote:
I must have misheard. I thought they said she was Turkish (though even that would make confusing why her notes are in Arabic).
Ah, right, the notes. Doctor Poison herself is (allegedly) Spanish, but her notebook is in, according to Wonder Woman’s own translation, in Sumerian and “Ottoman.” The latter is apparently not really a language (according to this person), but she could have meant Ottoman Turkish.

My guess is the notebook is written in dead and/or obscure languages/scripts as a form of code, which was smart since nobody but Wonder Woman could decipher it.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:45 pm 
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I must have misheard. I thought they said she was Turkish (though even that would make confusing why her notes are in Arabic).
Ah, right, the notes. Doctor Poison herself is (allegedly) Spanish, but her notebook is in, according to Wonder Woman’s own translation, in Sumerian and “Ottoman.” The latter is apparently not really a language (according to this person), but she could have meant Ottoman Turkish.

My guess is the notebook is written in dead and/or obscure languages/scripts as a form of code, which was smart since nobody but Wonder Woman could decipher it.

There's a close up on them when she hands them over and they're clearly in Arabic which could never by mistaken for Sumerian to make this all weirder.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:34 pm 
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Yeah, look at that thing I linked to. The guy says the alphabet is in the Arabic script family, but not actually Arabic because it uses a letterform not used in Arabic. The Sumerian uses different letterforms, and you can see a screencap of that.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:50 am 
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For Your Consideration


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:58 am 
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I... don't... understand why the press is taking this like it's not a totally normal thing to just put literally everyone you have in every movie for your consideration? The only ones that matter are the ones they bother to advertise in the trades, which will be far more limited. Literally tab over to the Lego Batman movie's page on the WB website and see it's being submitted for Best Director.

WB's going to have to make a choice to have either this or Blade Runner as their supplemental campaign for a BP nod after Dunkirk and I'm increasingly convinced it'll be this.

(It's not really related to this in anything more than the most superficial terms and in fact kind of contradicts my point, but I was very surprised to see in an old Variety issue this past week that the FYC campaign for Se7en literally only put forward Morgan Freeman for Best Actor with no other actors in any of the other categories.)


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:08 am 

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I hope they will campaign for Blade Runner and not for this


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:18 am 
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The whole appeal of this campaign is that people saw the movie - which Blade Runner has failed at. I just really don't see much awards season narrative behind BR other than "it's good!" Wonder Woman has the commercial success / first superhero movie to be nominated / female talent things all in its favor (and also it's good), whereas Blade Runner pretty much has just whatever goodwill Denis Villeneuve might have developed (the Academy, of course, also does not particularly care for Harrison Ford and thus has only ever nominated him once). It's commercial failure has really hurt it from this perspective, in my opinion anyway.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:18 am 
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Ribs wrote:
The whole appeal of this campaign is that people saw the movie - which Blade Runner has failed at. I just really don't see much awards season narrative behind BR other than "it's good!" Wonder Woman has the commercial success / first superhero movie to be nominated / female talent things all in its favor (and also it's good), whereas Blade Runner pretty much has just whatever goodwill Denis Villeneuve might have developed (the Academy, of course, also does not particularly care for Harrison Ford and thus has only ever nominated him once). It's commercial failure has really hurt it from this perspective, in my opinion anyway.

I'm sure the push for BR2049 will be for Roger Deakins for Best Cinematography, which would be another aspect it could share with its predecessor.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:24 am 
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dda1996a wrote:
I hope they will campaign for Blade Runner and not for this

Why? Why shouldn't a studio campaign for whatever films they deem to qualify for awards considerations? As Ribs said above, this conversation is so absurd.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:26 pm 

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I said my personal hope would be that they would push BR. I also disliked WW so there's also that. But I was voicing a very personal opinion that I hope they also invest in BR because I think it's a very worthy picture and I hope they won't let the box office influence its chances.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:47 pm 
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That isn't what you said, though. You said that you hope they campaign for Blade Runner and "not for this." When something is as inconsequential in the long run as a FYE campaign, it seems odd to be investing in a studio not campaigning for a particular film, when they could just campaign for both. We're talking about a few web ads and ads in trade magazines, they're don't have to ignore one film to campaign for the other.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:30 am 

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I read Cameron's statements as an extension of his previous comments about not liking comic book movies. For a woman to succeed and be included in the most generic lowest common denominator of movies isn't progress and it doesn't elevate women. We need to make better movies.

But isn't Wonder Woman important precisely because it is the first big dumb superhero action movie directed by a woman? Women have already been making "better" movies. Of course there should be more female directors for all kinds of film, but I don't think there is anything particularly novel to most people about a great female-directed art film. How many think pieces are written about how the latest Reichardt or Denis movie is a big deal because it was directed by a woman? There are still important conversations to have about the embarrassingly low percentage of women directors in indie or art film, but it sure is a hell of a lot better than mainstream Hollywood releases.

So if there are going to continue to be big dumb superhero action movies (and of course there will be, just like there were DeMille epics in Classic Hollywood), then it would be nice if a good chunk of them were directed by women. That is progress. The fact that Wonder Woman happens to be much better than most of them is a nice bonus, too.

I think a lot has been made about a woman finally being able to direct a blockbuster, but would that still be news if the movie was bad? Twilight and 50 shades were also blockbusters directed by women, but most people thought the movies sucked so it was like the media felt it was inappropriate to emphasize them being directed by woman, as if that would be negative for female directors in general. But it's been a trend for a while now to get a female director for big-budget movies aimed at/starred by women. Wonder Woman did nothing new there. Yeah, it's the first superhero movie directed by a woman, simply because it's the first one starring one. That doesn't mean Catherine Hardwicke will be asked to make the next Avengers film.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:28 am 
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mfunk9786 wrote:
That isn't what you said, though. You said that you hope they campaign for Blade Runner and "not for this." When something is as inconsequential in the long run as a FYE campaign, it seems odd to be investing in a studio not campaigning for a particular film, when they could just campaign for both. We're talking about a few web ads and ads in trade magazines, they're don't have to ignore one film to campaign for the other.

Well, they can't (or even shouldn't) necessarily campaign for both. These campaigns cost a lot of money (rightly or wrongly), and take up a lot of resources. Now Warner Bros. has deeper pockets than say someone like A24, but then there's also the fact the campaigns for both WW and BR could end up cannibalizing each other, if they're both pigeon-holed into the "token genre picture" nomination. So I think there's some justification is someone hoping that a studio campaigns for one film over another.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:05 am 
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felipe wrote:
I think a lot has been made about a woman finally being able to direct a blockbuster, but would that still be news if the movie was bad?


Sadly, it was much worse than bad.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:27 am 
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willoneill wrote:
mfunk9786 wrote:
That isn't what you said, though. You said that you hope they campaign for Blade Runner and "not for this." When something is as inconsequential in the long run as a FYE campaign, it seems odd to be investing in a studio not campaigning for a particular film, when they could just campaign for both. We're talking about a few web ads and ads in trade magazines, they're don't have to ignore one film to campaign for the other.

Well, they can't (or even shouldn't) necessarily campaign for both. These campaigns cost a lot of money (rightly or wrongly), and take up a lot of resources. Now Warner Bros. has deeper pockets than say someone like A24, but then there's also the fact the campaigns for both WW and BR could end up cannibalizing each other, if they're both pigeon-holed into the "token genre picture" nomination. So I think there's some justification is someone hoping that a studio campaigns for one film over another.


Yes; WB basically has Dunkirk locked up as a major BP player so they should be able to spread the wealth and get a second thing seriously in the mix for a nomination with a hard push. But I maintain there's really no narrative for Blade Runner that's compelling besides its quality, considering America as a whole just didn't care about it - whereas Wonder Woman is a good movie that audiences flocked to en masse, its continued success important to WB as it builds its franchise further. I just can't imagine the decision-making process that would lead a room of executives to decide to put their resources into Blade Runner in major categories over Wonder Woman, regardless of the actual quality of either.


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Well if there was an entry in the franchise that comes out in the same year that kneecaps its importance due to poor quality then they might switch campaigns...


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:43 am 
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Ribs wrote:
willoneill wrote:
mfunk9786 wrote:
That isn't what you said, though. You said that you hope they campaign for Blade Runner and "not for this." When something is as inconsequential in the long run as a FYE campaign, it seems odd to be investing in a studio not campaigning for a particular film, when they could just campaign for both. We're talking about a few web ads and ads in trade magazines, they're don't have to ignore one film to campaign for the other.

Well, they can't (or even shouldn't) necessarily campaign for both. These campaigns cost a lot of money (rightly or wrongly), and take up a lot of resources. Now Warner Bros. has deeper pockets than say someone like A24, but then there's also the fact the campaigns for both WW and BR could end up cannibalizing each other, if they're both pigeon-holed into the "token genre picture" nomination. So I think there's some justification is someone hoping that a studio campaigns for one film over another.


Yes; WB basically has Dunkirk locked up as a major BP player so they should be able to spread the wealth and get a second thing seriously in the mix for a nomination with a hard push. But I maintain there's really no narrative for Blade Runner that's compelling besides its quality, considering America as a whole just didn't care about it - whereas Wonder Woman is a good movie that audiences flocked to en masse, its continued success important to WB as it builds its franchise further. I just can't imagine the decision-making process that would lead a room of executives to decide to put their resources into Blade Runner in major categories over Wonder Woman, regardless of the actual quality of either.

I probably could've said what I did in a more polite fashion - but this is ultimately what I was trying to get across. If they did need to choose one of those two films (and I still think they don't), Wonder Woman would be the clear choice by just about any metric. By all accounts, Blade Runner is a very impressive, very good film but not a revelatory one - and its overall quality might be the only thing it has in its corner over a film that is beloved by many, many more people for a whole lot more reasons. I don't think either will get a Best Pic nomination, but if Wonder Woman does in a weak year, it makes a ton more sense from a narrative perspective for the Oscars, and for WB.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:45 am 

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My biggest issue is that Wonder Woman isn't only a bad film, it did nothing new either, except have a female lead and director.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:53 am 
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Filmicly that might not be terribly important, but historically (and with the defeat of Clinton this is a question much more on the mind of Academy type people) it is significant. The last time any woman had a chance like this was nearly two decades ago with Deep Impact.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:59 am 
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dda1996a wrote:
My biggest issue is that Wonder Woman isn't only a bad film, it did nothing new either, except have a female lead and director.

I haven't seen it, so I can't speak to the quality of Wonder Woman with any specificity, but I think you're pretty vastly outnumbered in this opinion in the general population, and almost certainly still when that circle shrinks to only include Academy voters, too.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:39 am 

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Like always my Cinematic taste and the general taste is vastly different. Honestly, and this might be a controversial thing to say, but if the film wasn't the first woman directed woman led, and by being marginally better than former DCU films made it better reviewed. Personally I would be highly disappointed if this is the film that gets all those Oscar first, rather than a film that is actually worthy both culturally and cinematically.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:59 am 
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Having stated that opinion re: the women working on this film several times, I think your point has gotten across.


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I also agree that Wonder Woman was quite bad. Charming in spots, occasionally admirable, better than most DC superhero films, yet still bad. But let's not kid ourselves for a single moment that that's going to stop it from from being nominated for—and possibly winning—Oscars. I wouldn't even be mad if Patty Jenkins won for directing, given that she made something watchable and popular out of the mess of a script she was given.


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At the very least I see it picking up a lot of technical awards.


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