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Mamo #327: Zero-G is Ruined

Do we have a show? You bet your britches we have a show. We talk Big Kahuna and Movie Club, Carrie and The Descent, Oblivion and Gravity, Agents of SHIELD and TV, rep cinemas and the future of exhibition, and maybe some other things too. Mamo is like Pringles: once you pop, you can’t stop.

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Mamo #326: Gravatar

Gravity continues into its second weekend of box office domination and as the inevitable backlash winds up, Matt and Matt take a few trips around the planet in their space suits to talk about god, the lack of same, and how we ascribe meaning to our big screen counterparts by way of great filmmaking.

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Mamo #284: Let’s Get Into It

The next generation of immersive cinema has arrived, and so has The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Was bundling them together a good idea? We talk High Frame Rate at 48 frames per second, our Hobbit reactions at 24 frames per second, and eat a great breakfast at regular speed. Plus: science! Join us and enjoy.

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Something the World Definitely Needs: Avatar 1.5

The re-release of Avatar hits theaters this week. I think they’re calling it Avatar: Cash Grab or Special Edition or Deluxe Version or something like that. It’s gonna be like, totally worth it because there’s going to be an EXTRA NINE MINUTES of footage we didn’t see the first time around. But it gets better.

Because this is the best movie ever made and it’s getting a special re-release with extra stuff for the awesome fans and the twelve people that missed it in theaters the first time around, Fox has announced they’re releasing the special edition DVD with that has… wait for it… SIXTEEN whole minutes of even more spectacular footage! Including shots of the Nav’i going to school, the death of one major Na’vi character and a hunt for one of Pandora’s creatures; ya know, stuff that will really enhance the depth of the story and flesh things out so much better with the characters. Not to mention we’ll all be able to own at least three different versions of the movie for our bookshelves!

Let’s see, the film was released in theaters in December of 2009. The DVD/Blu-Ray was released in April of 2010. We’re getting the re-release in theaters this Friday and now a new special edition DVD/Blu-Ray this November. Don’t forget, sometime next year, we will finally see the 3D Blu-Ray release of the film, which I’m sure will have even more extra footage. Yeah, this is all set to happen within a year and half of the film’s initial theatrical release. – nerdbastards

Condescension aside, I’m actually curious if anyone out there (that visits this site anyway) is planning on checking out the second coming of Chr… Avatar this weekend. As a side question, are you planning on picking up the Blu-ray/DVD? If so, which version(s)?


Jim Cameron Makes No Sense… and is Kind of a Dingleberry

So the evidence that 3D pisses me off continues to mount (like I need more). Ironically it’s none other than 3D spokesman James Cameron who baffles me with some of his remarks as to the state of 3D, the future of 3D, the use of upconversion in current films (Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans) and how he’s going to sue the pants off of anyone and everyone who plans to make a 3D movie with his technology.

The full article and interview with “USA Today” can be found HERE, but I pulled a few choice remarks out of the story to make my point. Oh and did I mention he plans to re-release Titanic in upconverted 3D (“spring of 2012”)? Gee, thanks James.

“We now need the second wave [of 3D infrastructure]. We had more than enough for Avatar and more than enough for Alice In Wonderland. But now you’re going to have film coming upon film coming upon film. We’ve demonstrated that the 3D market is an extremely lucrative market and this is not a fad, this is not something that is going to go away.”

First of all, you didn’t have enough for Alice and Avatar. Hence, Alice trounced your blue nymphs at the box office. Secondly, I really hope he’s wrong about 3D not being a fad. If theaters resist the knee jerk to expensively convert all of their screens, he may be. It’s sort of a Catch-22: theaters need to convert in order to screen all the movies coming in 3D, but enough 3D movies need to be made to make it worth it for the theaters.

As of right now, theaters aren’t prepared for the onslaught of 3D movies that are supposedly on the way. So in the short term, if the theaters play the “wait and see” game, the film industry might begin to see losses on some of their big budget 3D films since not all of them can play at the same time in any given theater. A possible progression of events may (or may not) then happen: studios will scale back on the number of 3D movies produced (for cost effectiveness) while at the same time theaters realize that they’ve been missing out and need to start getting more screens ready for all of these 3D movies being released. So now you’ve got all of these theaters ready for 3D but no films coming out. And if the studios start producing more at that point, hopefully audiences will have grown weary of the mind numbing experience as a result of the combination of either the inferior quality products (since they don’t have access or the money to use Cameron’s technology – discussed below), the extravagant prices of wearing annoying glasses and/or just finally getting over the fad/novelty/distraction.

“[Industry people] think, ‘what was[sic] the takeaway lessons from Avatar? Oh you should make more money with 3D’ … they ignore the fact that we natively authored the film in 3D, and decide that what we accomplished in several years of production could be done in an eight week (post-production 3D) conversion with Clash of the Titans. If people put bad 3D in the marketplace they’re going to hold back or even threaten the emerging of 3D. People will be confused by differences in quality… They’re converting Clash of the Titans in eight weeks. But I’m guessing six months to a year to do it right. We’re targeting spring of 2012 for the release (of a 3D version of Titanic)…”

So no jabs at Alice (which finally stomped you out of the multi-plexes), but rip apart Clash of the Titans why don’t you? Then drop that you’re going to re-release Titanic in 3D and then say the following!?:

Q: Should the existing film catalog be converted to 3D?
A: If it’s done well. I think it should be driven by the artist. If Star Wars gets converted into 3D I think George (Lucas) should do it. If Terminator gets converted into 3D, I should do it.

Q: How do the converted films look?
A: It’s never going to be as good as if you shot it in 3D, but think of it as sort of 2.8D.

So you’re trying to revolutionize the film going experience and the digital marketplace with 3D television and high end technological feats, but deliberately release a film which you just admitted in your previous statement will be of inferior quality? wft?

Nevertheless, if we’re going to force theaters into upgrading all of their equipment so it’s capable of screening 3D films properly, we’re going to want the end product to at least look like quality craftsmanship. How would you go about ensuring that all 3D films from now on are as high quality (subjectively speaking) as Avatar was?

“Depending on who our strategic alliances are with, we’ll either put out our (intellectual property) and make it available for licensing or put it into a pool or whatever it is, or we’ll be in the suing people business for a long time. We figured this stuff out empirically six or seven years ago and we patented it. If people try to do it the way we’ve done it on Avatar they’ll get a phone call.”


Cameron’s Leaked Oscar Acceptance Speech

An eternity ago when Cameron won the best picture/director Oscar for his titanic Titanic, we proclaimed he was the king of the world. Going down in Oscar history as quite the prolific and some might argue, pompous, acceptance speeches of all time, Cameron has sat down and prepped out what he’s going to say on the big stage “when” he wins again this year for the even more titanic, Avatar. Luckily, Vanity Fair stole a copy of Cameron’s notes for that upcoming speech and has shared it with the world…

read the final 3 (yes, 3) pages that I’ve tacked up under the seats:
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Bookmarks for Feb. 14-17

  • Some Came Running: “Shutter Island”
    Glenn Kenny positively reviews the Scorsese’s newest opus: “So all things being equal, even the most devoted of Scorsese fans couldn’t necessarily be blamed for expecting little beyond a very very grand piece of Guignol, with inimitable style and panache but maybe not so much resonance. So I am thoroughly happy to report that, to my eyes and ears at least, Shutter Island is, in the Godardian formulation, a vrai Scorsese film, in its way the most fully realized personal work of the Scorsese-DiCaprio collabs, a puzzle picture that, as it puts its plot pieces together, climbs to a crescendo that aims to reach that perfect note of empathetic despair we haven’t seen/heard in a Hollywood picture since Vertigo. I think it very nearly gets there.”
  • Top 10 Stills of 2009
    Part one of two in which InContention looks at compelling stills from 2009 films.
  • Best and Worst worst date movies
    “One Slate writer brought a prospective beau to see the morbidly erotic In the Realm of the Senses, which also involves genital mutilation and which happens to be one of her favorite movies. She never heard from him again. “Just as well, since anyone who can’t roll with Realm O’ isn’t my type anyway,””
  • Robert Smith – “Very Good Advice”
    Robert Smith has turned his attention to Almost Alice, a collection of songs inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland. He’s joined by the likes of Owl City, Avril Lavigne, the All-American Rejects, and many other of your favorite artists. (The movie’s actual score was done by Danny Elfman, though Avril’s track will show up during the credits.) Take a listen to Smith’s “Very Good Advice” streaming here. It includes less tears than the original.
  • When talking about your influences works against you.
    It’s fair. If you’re going to attack Tarantino, the first thing you typically do is cite him for plagiarism, which for me is missing the point — the locations and sequences he films are always slowed down to his distinctive pace. So why is Martin Scorsese celebrated for his cinephilia while Tarantino’s is held in evidence against him?.
  • Avatar, the French New Wave and the morality of deep-focus (in 3-D)
    Jim Emerson wonders why James Cameron would use a shallow depth of field in Avatar, a technique that often uses blur to signal depth, in a film that already has depth through its use of 3D. He bolsters his position through references to Cahier critics’ defense of the freedom deep focus allows viewers, arguing that with so much to look at in Avatar, Cameron’s dictatorial shallow focus is inexcusable.
  • Hollywood sign coverup part of campaign to purchase Cahuenga Peak
    A nonprofit group plans to cover the Hollywood sign with a banner urging “Save the Peak” this week, announcing its effort to purchase nearby Cahuenga Peak from private developers for $11.7 million.


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Look at All That Cheddar

We do not really bother with box office around these parts (except of course the insightful analysis within the Mamo! podcast) but “Most Money Ever Made Worldwide” does not happen very often. The Jim Cameron ego just earned more bragging rights having the two biggest dollar films in the history of filmgoing. He does not make cheap movies, but he does prove the maxim (at least in so far as his own films go), “If you spend it, they will come.”

Minutae at Box-Office Mojo.