Just got back from The Hobbit in IMAX 3D. It was amazing! I know there has been a lot of griping about this movie, but honestly I thought it stood up to the LOTR trilogy quite well. Yes, some of the action was a bit over the top, and there was more humor, but you need to keep the source material in mind. Martin Freeman is great as Bilbo, and all the returning cast puts out solid performances. Can't wait to see this trilogy play out.
Scratch that, I did my own research and see you're talking about Sarah Polley
Zack Snyder will never direct anything noteworthy aside from the first 10 minutes of Dawn of the Dead. Sucker Punch, which was his greatest period of freedom, was a fucking abomination.
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The Hobbit was mostly terrible from a storytelling perspective, but it was cool to look at the HFR 3D. For me, it felt like everything was moving in fast forward and I never completely got used to it, but god it looked great, super-sharp.
Regarding the storytelling - damn, I'll never complain about how retarded something like "Wanted" or "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (or apparently anything with Angelina Jolie) is again after seeing all the ridiculous close calls these dwarves went through. Not to spoil anything - the end of "Fellowship" had a lot of REAL DRAMA going on, characters lost, dead, captured, etc... and every battle felt like it could end in the death of a primary character. In "Hobbit", there's no real drama... ever. It's just crazy CGI nonsense for three hours on par with those other absurd modern films. I think the fact that Fellowship was based on the book (and the natural stopping point of the original book) while Hobbit is cut into artificial parts may have contributed to the lack of anything significant happening, but at the end I felt like I'd watched a cartoon/videogame... while Fellowship left me drained (with Gandalf and Sean Bean's, etc).
It was otherwise extremely similar to the original films. I would have lost the riddle battle with Golem or Bilbo. I suck at that, apparently.
Any Ernesto Diaz Espinoza fans on this board? I enjoy his movies quite a bit. Here's his latest.
there were some supremely mediocre chunks of the hobbit, but none of that really bugged me. it was entertaining. my complaints about the weakness of the original source material apply here.
definitely on board with more HFS releases. it was the first time I've had 3D work properly for the full length of a film without concentrating or straining on forcing the image to resolve. like always, 3D excelled where it was used to subtle effect as opposed to overly dramatic focal range or objects flying at the audience.
HFS had a wealth of appeal for me outside of the 3D as well. that said, I hope it is obvious to Jackson et al. now that you can't simply shoot a 48FPS film like every other film you've shot prior. clear choices have to be made about lighting, editing, and camera language (especially along the z-axis) distinct from traditional approaches. given the uphill battle that adoption will face, I imagine it is unlikely we will see a feature length film that really tackles these problems end to end any time soon.
it's also pretty shocking that a film that requires so much suspension of disbelief would be the first HFS film... given the crucial role that a slow frame rate has played over time in making suspension of disbelief effortless in film, you'd think it would happen for a film where it plays a less significant part in roping the audience in. kudos though... it made a fairly run of the mill film really interesting to watch.
why didn't the eagles talk in The Hobbit. It's like they're racist against eagles or something.
Excited about Badlands, but TERRIBLE cover.
just release the fucking trailer already
I'm surprised to see that Criterion is already putting out Monsieur Verdoux when they still have some big(er) gun Chaplin movies they haven't released yet. Looking forward to it, though.
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If you want to see what analog video can look like, the blooper reel on the Star Trek: The Next Generation blu-ray is from what's got to be VHS (and maybe even 2nd generation VHS to boot), and while I love the content, it looks HORRIBLE (The rest of set of increbible-looking, btw).
I'm still holding onto hope we will see Lost Highway on Criterion Blu someday
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