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How to Make 3D Work for You

After seeing The Hobbit for the third viewing, I believe it is finally time for me to talk a bit about 3D films. I have always been one to doubt the importance and extravagance of 3D. However, it’s not just the extra price on the ticket that bothers me. For some reason, the majority of times I go to the theater to view a 3D film, the extraspatial element seems to wear off in a matter of minutes.

I remember that happening after the opening moon sequence of Transformers 3, the 3D had no effect on me. I took my glasses on and off repeatedly, trying to see any difference. With the glasses off, everything just looked slightly blurry! What a hoax, I thought. It reminded me of when I saw Spy Kids 3D back in the day with the old blue-and-red anaglyph glasses. That one was so bad that I just took the glasses off and watched the movie in awful psychedelic purple. So, 3D and I go way back.

Anywho, back to The Hobbit. Here’s how they did it:

So far, I’ve seen The Hobbit three times. The first time in 2D, and the second and third times in 3D. Well, I must say, my second time around was so bad that I was very glad that I’d seen it the first time in regular ol’ 2D. The Hobbit is a fantastic movie, 2D or 3D, but an unexciting or painful 3D experience is no fun at all. My third time around, however, I put all of the experiments I’d been doing with 3D film viewing into full effect, and I had the most enriching 3D experience I’ve ever had. Here are some tricks that I’ve learned to take with me into the 3D theater to make sure [...]

The Bourne Legacy

At last, another film review! Well, seeing how much I love the Bourne Trilogy, I feel compelled to write a movie review about The Bourne Legacy (2012).

Let me start by saying it was a fun film with some great acting and action. However, the new Legacy is just not up to scratch when compared to the originals: The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). Everything about these films (not just the first, but all of them) is that they say something about people, about our basest emotions and drives as human beings in danger and peril of morality. All of this is fueled by the superb acting (and action) of each film. The fight scenes are ultra-realistic and down to earth; rarely are there any flashy moves or brawling. Just like everything that the character of Bourne does has a point, so does everything in the films, which are woven together to create continuous (though not streamlined) story which is always adding layers and characters. Finally, I just really like how Bourne was shot and edited, which is a personal preference.

While the new film captures some of this, it is lacking in several areas. Now, I understand that neither of the directors from the original trilogy is a part of the Legacy, although the screenwriter from the first three films is the writer for this film as well as the director. In addition, although a different director of photography was hired than for the first three films, The Bourne Legacy was shot very well. I noticed a few cool shots; one was a continuous 360˚ shot around two people while they had a conversation. I was impressed. Also, the acting was very gripping. Jeremy Renner and co-star Rachel Weisz craft quite likeable [...]

The Dark Knight Rises & Chrysler

Getting amped about the new Batman movie coming out July 20th?

So am I! Got together with colleague Nick Albertson and entered the “Imported from Gotham City” contest. Basically, entrants used footage from “The Dark Knight Rises” and footage of the new Chrysler 300 to cut together a 25 second television spot. We had a blast doing it, too! The winning entry will be chosen by Christopher Nolan and will get to go to New York City for the premier of TDKR!

To help us win, go to Imported From Gotham City website and vote for our entry. Five stars! Or…that is, five bats. To find it, search “Rogers” in the search box in the right hand corner by clicking on the magnifying glass.

For your enjoyment, the video is here as well. However, you can only vote on the official website, not on YouTube.

Cheers! And see you at the premier.

Inception incepted

So, it looks like some dudes broke into the mind vault of Warner Bros., stole the film Inception, went back in time, gave it to Chris Nolan, and asked him to direct it. Then, after the film was released, they took it again and voiced over the trailer a Capella style. Ingenious, no?

Back to the…Sculpture?

Recently, I saw a funny meme on the infamous Facebook concerning the wonderful and yet nostalgic sci-fi film series Back to the Future (1985), directed by Robert Zemeckis. Growing up, I loved these movies, and I still do today. Not only are they a time capsule for the 1980s, but also for the 1950s and…the FUTURE! The way that 2015 (Yikes!) is depicted is was fascinating then and now, especially seeing the tech that was foretold to come. That and getting to see Frodo play video games.

Anyway, I always longed for a real, live hover board and even believed my relatives who heard Michael J. Fox say on the radio that the hover boards used in the film were genuine (it was really a joke). Looking forward to the future of 2015 as a kid was interesting, but also made me doubtful that things would turn out that way at all. This meme sums it up perfectly in a tongue and cheek sort of way:

But then, I heard* about this…

Applause, applause, applause.

*Special thanks to Eric Kays for the article and info.

Sucker Punch Mashup

Okay, two videos for you today: The first one is an original trailer for the 2011 mind-blowing film Sucker Punch, directed by Zack Snyder. This is an excellent film, and a real ride you won’t want to miss. I chalk it up to brain cinema akin to Inception (2010) and Shutter Island (2010). Watch this flick’s trailer first:

To take this cranial experiment to the next level, now watch this next video. It is the same exact trailer, cut together shot-for-shot with footage from classical Disney films! The same audio and inter titles are used from the first trailer, but the story is told entirely with animation. I find this spectacular! The amount of time, level of creativity, and not to mention dedication needed in the creation of this video is astounding.

Wanna take it to the third level of insanity? Prepare for this by setting up a “kick,” so that you can wake up if lethal trouble arises while you perform this feat of inception. After watching each video in order, open each in its own window side-by-side on your desktop, and try to sync up the videos together. if you are successful, both videos will play simultaneously while you will hear one audio track. Then you can really compare how closely the mashup video follows the original trailer. Now kick it!

Love Tap

Today’s video is a special short film from Walt Disney Pictures Short Films division. This is an excellent take on the concept of love, destiny, and fairytale endings, something which Disney has held the market on for decades. Also, this short film is aesthetically excellent; the whole story is told succinctly and visually with little dialogue. The story flows and is visually appealing, in a compact sort of way. Its rather like a fortune cookie: sweet, crunchy, with something special at its heart.