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Home Movies, Then and Now

  By TechUniverse
Itís 1979, and a group of Midwest teens are shooting a monster movie with a Super 8 camera. Suddenly, an army freight train carrying secretive cargo from Area 51 derails in front of them. Amidst the explosive wreckage, the abandoned camera captures footage of, well, something big and bad -- and definitely not from Cleveland -- escaping into the night. Like in all movies shot with any camera, a government cover-up ensues. Can these spunky little Spielbergs use their forbidden film to help capture the beast and save the day? Thatís the premise of the highly anticipated new alien action thriller Super 8, directed by J.J. Abrams (ďLost,Ē Star Trek) and produced by Steven Spielberg. If it sounds like E.T. meets Close Encounters of the Third Kind, with a little Unstoppable thrown in for good measure, well thatís no accident. Abrams was an aspiring filmmaker himself in the late í70s, making his own Super 8 flicks with friends. In fact, after winning a Super 8 film festival a few years later, the wunderkind crossed the radar of the sci-fi superstar, Mr. Spielberg. After seeing Abramsí amateur work, he asked the fledgling director to restore some of the 8 millimeter home movies that the Spielberg himself had made as a youngster. Read More

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