Is Cloverfield "Nerd Bait"? - An Article

Friday, July 13, 2007

Dear Constant Reader,

Is "Cloverfield" nerd bait?
This giant slice of cocksucker seems to think so :

from Radar Online :
J.J. Abrams' Irresistible New Nerd Bait

When it comes to capturing the hearts and minds of American geeks, no one does it better than super-producer J.J. Abrams. He made Jennifer Garner a techie pin-up with Alias, helped IT guys everywhere socialize with chats about "the others" with Lost, and he will become their undisputed king with his new Star Trek movie next year. But no Abrams project has inspired as much unadulterated dorkery as his upcoming untitled thriller (currently known by the codename "Cloverfield" and by its release date, "1-18-08").

What began as a mysterious, handheld-camera trailer for a monster attack film—it started airing this weekend at Transformers screenings, natch—has exploded into a full-on viral phenomenon, complete with stop-frame YouTube analyses, digital sound engineering deconstructions of the creature's roar, and vigilante mathematics to decode logarithms in the teaser clip and in two grainy photos on the official homepage.

As with any Web phenomenon, scandals have already started to break. Two sites rumored to be clues were called out as fakes yesterday by Abrams himself. "For what it's worth, the only site of ours that people have even FOUND is the site," he told Aint It Cool News.

Abrams adds, "But, obviously, if the movie doesn't kick some massive ASS, who gives a rat's about what's online?" Hmm, maybe your entire Magic the Gathering-playing fan base?

By Rachel Syme 07/13/07 10:30 AM
File Under: J.J. Abrams

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