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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. Big Money B.G.
    September 11, 2009 at 3:44 pm — Reply

    I love all three previous “Pirates” movies, so hopefully this will at least be on-par; if it’s a new Director and all that, than they have a HUGE task ahead of them and even bigger expectations…

    …From me, anyway…

  2. smmaddog
    September 11, 2009 at 3:55 pm — Reply

    I can’t wait!

  3. September 11, 2009 at 3:56 pm — Reply

    I have to admit that I’ve been over the Pirates movies for quite some time now. That said,I do have friends who will be there on opening night, just not myself.

  4. September 11, 2009 at 4:15 pm — Reply

    I absolutely LOVED all three Pirates movies. They are some of the most fun movies of the last decade. I cannot wait for this new one.

    I also think Disney should have done an animated series based on the films. They have a lot of merchandise done in an animated style, but no cartoon. Seems like a perfect fit for that Disney XD Channel.

    Maybe Marvel could do a Pirates comic now. Hmmm….

  5. ElwoodClutter
    September 11, 2009 at 4:15 pm — Reply

    I am SUPER excited! But I’m one of the few people who actually thought the Pirates movies got better as they went along.

  6. Phil
    September 11, 2009 at 4:24 pm — Reply


  7. James Mares
    September 11, 2009 at 5:12 pm — Reply
  8. Hardman
    September 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm — Reply

    Hmmm… I liked the first two Pirates films, but the third one was pretty awful. Russle Brand as Jack Sparrow’s Brother? That’s a funny idea.

  9. September 11, 2009 at 5:51 pm — Reply

    I liked the first two a lot (neat new approach to what’s always been one of my favorite Disney rides), but the third one felt like it was trying to put too much into it plot-wise and managed to cross over that fine line between “surreal whimsy” & “patience-trying nonsense”. Hopefully this one will be a return to form for the series.

    That said, where’s that Jungle Cruise movie we were supposed to be getting this year? Did they cancel it?

  10. Chakka
    September 11, 2009 at 7:37 pm — Reply

    Third one sucked horribly…and I don’t really care about the franchise anymore. But, the first too were incredibly great back then.

  11. September 11, 2009 at 8:08 pm — Reply

    Loved the first, hated the second, enjoyed the third. I really though the franchise was done with the last one.

  12. gilbert
    September 11, 2009 at 11:39 pm — Reply

    @James Mares: It is probably based off that book. If memory serves correct, that book had a strong plot that dealt with the Fountain of Youth, which was also preluded too at the end of the Pirates 3.

  13. September 12, 2009 at 12:41 am — Reply

    There are some films that should have NEVER, EVER had sequels (Hello Matrix and Underworld trilogies) and Pirates is right there with them. I loved part 1, 3 was just okay, and the 2nd one was a complete mess and they are all way too damn long! As for the title “On Stranger Tides”….really?…..meh!

  14. September 12, 2009 at 12:43 am — Reply

    Well, I thought the first one was a bit too long, didn’t enjoy the second, and was out of the cinema half-way through the third.

    I think it’s safe to say I’m not excited about #4

  15. September 12, 2009 at 4:56 am — Reply

    I just hope that this time around the finish the script before they start shooting.

  16. Salieri
    September 12, 2009 at 4:58 am — Reply

    If I could care less, believe me, I would.

  17. Brian Duff
    September 12, 2009 at 6:48 am — Reply

    I enjoyed the first one. It had a great setup and the actors did their parts well. Same as with the 2nd one, everything was raised a couple notches in the epic feel for the adventure. As for the 3rd movie, it kind of fell into the category of how alot of 3rd movies just fall short of even how great the first one of the series was. Hopefully with a 4th movie, the feel will be renewed if they change up the formula a bit. I do think that the subtitle is a bit …strange… ba-dum-shhh!

  18. Creep
    September 12, 2009 at 7:33 am — Reply

    The first one was great…..part 2 and 3 mediocre (shame on the writers for destroying all the charisma Tia Dalma had, before the Calypsorevelation)…perhaps that one (no Orlando *yeah*) will be better

  19. September 12, 2009 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    I think the title is horrible. I enjoyed the first two films but the last one was terrible, thus I have lost interest in the series.

  20. xrayguy
    September 12, 2009 at 8:54 pm — Reply

    Ohhh Gaawd, aren’t they all just dead yet?

    • Brian Duff
      September 13, 2009 at 2:19 am — Reply

      It’s supposed to be a prequel of how Jack Sparrow and Barbosa first started before they had their little hissy fit. Would be nice if there was a spin-off movie on it’s own of how Calypso betrayed Davy Jones.

  21. DMC
    September 13, 2009 at 1:38 pm — Reply

    YES YES YES YES and one more time YES

  22. Lamigra
    September 13, 2009 at 4:46 pm — Reply

    I enjoyed the first flick, but to be honest I preferred a root canal procedure over the second and the third films…

    • Rome
      September 15, 2009 at 1:25 pm — Reply

      With you 100% Lamigra!

  23. Chris Jarocha-Ernst
    September 18, 2009 at 10:02 am — Reply

    Oh. My. God. A Tim Powers book is getting adapted into a movie? Even if they are shoehorning the Pirates universe into it, that’s still awesome.

    Anyway, I hope that’s what the two similar titles means. I recommend the novel “On Stranger Tides” to anyone who likes pirate stories in general and voodoo pirate stories in particular. And I *really* recommend Powers’s “The Anubis Gates” to those who like time travel and/or magic and/or Dickensian London.

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