Recent movies I like: The Way, Way Back; Short Term 12; Blue Jasmine; We're The Millers; Star Trek; Elysium; The Wolverine; The Heat; The Spectacular Now; The World's End.

- mark 9-20-2013 8:38 am

gearing up for Rush i presume.
- dave 9-20-2013 4:30 pm [add a comment]

Yes. Several people I know got into previews.
- mark 9-20-2013 5:54 pm [add a comment]

- anonymous (guest) 9-22-2013 7:07 am [add a comment]

Wizard of Oz, An Imax 3D Technicolor Extravoganza & Experience

- the 3D is actually okay
- fucken restoration using the original 3-strip Technicolor negatives
- mountain climing Toto
- the detail on the make-up of the Scarecrow and Tin Man
- the flash of yellow light when WWW tries to take the ruby slippers
- the way the 3D artists tended to leave the painted backdrops as flat features
- goddam flying monkey people, squadrons of them!

Two thumbs way up.

- mark 9-23-2013 5:48 am [add a comment]

The juxtaposition of 3D with traditional 20th century set building was very interesting. The landscape shots had a certain Truman Show-esque appearance, but only subtly so. I think it takes a certain video geekitude to study the 3D depth choices made in post.

3D often has a feel like a diorama made of cutouts. Everything is still flat, but at different planes of depth. It's an easy out that looks a little cheesy. They did a pretty good job of avoiding that. But the backdrops are treated as backdrops from depth perspective. The sets were so big, that if one doesn't focus on the backdrop one might not notice how wall-like it looks. But as soon as one tries to sort out where it stacks up the 3D depth department (aka z-axis), it's wall.

They could have created artificial depth in the backdrops. This is entirely feasible with current technology. They could have given the scenes the expansiveness of modern CGI/bluescreen production. But *that* would have been cheesy. In this case, maintaining the "diorama-like" back drop is truer to the original film. Oz is expansive, yet closed in.

(I think they may have done some of that "cheesy" backdrop depth manipulation in the hall of Oz, to create greater depth to the hall. That's one of may favorite shots of the whole film, and it looked great. So rules are for chumps.)

- mark 9-23-2013 8:03 am [add a comment]

I re-watched the Wizard. My brief stint as a reviewer of cinematography is over.

They did manipulate the apparent depth of the back drop. But not everywhere. The Scarecrow's field, the mountain vista from the witch's castle, and a little bit in the field of poppies. (Po-o-o-o-o-pieeeessss.) It's mostly pretty subtle. And it still has the Truman Show effect. There's only so much they can do with depth before it hurts your brain. So they were pretty modest in how far they pushed the scenery around. The craziness of modern computer animated 3D isn't present.

The film generally has a shallow depth of field. My conjecture is that this helps mask some of the limitations of a sound stage. Anything very close or very far away from the camera is soft due to focal blur (being slightly out of focus). In the synthetic 3D, they did a nice job of maintaining consistency between synthetic depth and the depth as apparent from camera blur.

- mark 9-24-2013 6:32 am [add a comment]

Gravity. Stunning visuals. Forget everything you know about low earth orbit (LEO). But, but, but, why is Hubble so close to the space station? Don't think about it!  I think this one calls for IMAX, but I think the only IMAX release is 3D. It was a bit distracting when space debris comes flying out of the screen, but there was a minimum of that stuff. I really want to know how they shot the micro-gravity stuff. Sandra Bullock takes very good care of herself.

- mark 10-05-2013 9:58 am [add a comment]

gravity tricks
- mark 10-05-2013 6:14 pm [add a comment]

Rush -- Fuck yeah. I think the story is compelling enough for general audiences, not just motorheads. For motorheads the sights and sounds of those cars is amazing. For a racer, the level of safety in those days is terrifying.

I have a box set of "year in review" DVDs covering 1970 through 1980. I'm up to about 1972. I need to get though it.

- mark 10-06-2013 3:19 am [add a comment]

Don Jon, Enough Said -- relationships are hard.
- mark 10-08-2013 3:54 am [add a comment]

Neil deGrasse Tyson watches Gravity ...

- mark 10-09-2013 5:22 am [add a comment]

Full Metal Jacket (DVD), 2001(DVD), The Shining (theater, AMC Claasics series).
- mark 10-28-2013 12:47 am [add a comment]

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