by Rob Boylan
CinemaCon, the yearly convention for film exhibitors and studios to get together and tease us with clips we can't see and blindside us with awful news, was held this week in Las Vegas and, well, some of the news coming out of it was a bit distressing for fans of traditional film.
Film is basically dead now, both for production and most certainly for exhibition. This 48fps nonsense is creeping its ugly head into the conversation, 3D won't go away and has big name spokesmen now in Martin Scorsese and Peter Jackson, and, well, you're all regular blog readers so you've already read Steve's blog about theaters potentially letting people Tweet during screenings.
It's difficult to keep typing this blog post through the eye twitch I developed this week.
News, links, etc:
-Speaking of CinemaCon, someone was busted on Monday for taping one of the presentations on his cellphone but no word on what it was the pirate was trying to capture. Looking at the CinemaCon schedule for Monday, there wasn't really anything of note, surely nothing worth going to jail for. (Deadline)
-Meanwhile, Tuesday at CinemaCon saw the first extended footage of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit screened in its native 48 frames per second format (which is twice the speed of regular film exhibition). I really don't understand this move to high refresh rates and fps. Movies aren't supposed to look like real life, they're supposed to look like art. The whole reason digital cameras took so long to catch on, and took so much flack in the earlier uses, is because they looked like shit. They didn't like like films. They looked like something any douche with a camera from Best Buy could make. Eventually the chips and lenses came around, but now we're gonna go backwards? We're going backwards with TVs too. 120Hz HDTVs look like shit . Unless you're insane for video games, 60Hz is what you should be buying if you don't want people to look waxy and fake. (The Guardian)
-Jackson responded with the "people hate it because it's new" argument. (The Hollywood Reporter)
-Speaking of movies looking like art: ever wonder how the Wizard of Oz and other three-strip Technicolor films were colorized? I do object to the premise of the article that three-strip Technicolor doesn't look right. It looks better than modern color standards. It brought a lot to the table for the idea that Hollywood made dreams come true. And they look even better in bluray. (i09)
-Bootlegging DVDs: heroic? I really hope they don't go after this guy because of this article. (NY Times)
-Pixar unleashed their upcoming slate post-Monster University this week on Twitter. It includes Bob Peterson's The Good Dinosaur (2014), Pete Docter's still untitled movie inside the human mind (2015), and Lee Unkrich's also untitled Dia Day Los Muertos film (2016). Still no word on what Andrew Stanton or Brad Bird are working on, but both are back at Pixar after their forays into live action. (@DisneyPixar Tweet 1, Tweet 2, Tweet 3, @leeunkrich)
-Remember when it was awesome that Egypt overthrew their government last year? It seems somehow less awesome now that they put a comedic actor, Adel Imam, on trial for and found him guilty of insulting Islam. I haven't seen the clip of it and I'm sure I wouldn't be offended by it because I'm offended by very little, but the very idea that this could happen, even though it was a small sentence and fine, makes my blood boil. Speech shouldn't come with legal ramifications, it should only come with social ramifications. Right? Then again, Theo van Gogh might say social ramifications can go a little too far too. (NY Times)
-Matt Singer is dead right in this piece about bullied comic fans becoming bullies themselves online. (CriticWire)
-Sony isn't fucking around: they've already got one draft of The Amazing Spider-man 2 by James Vanderbuilt and have already hired Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman to rewrite it weeks before the first one hits theaters. I'm starting to temper my excitement for ASM lately because it seems like they're going to fix the stuff Raimi messed up but make a whole bunch of new missteps, and I'm honestly not a big fan of Orci and Kurtzman's work (Transformers, M:I3). But at least none of them are the dread Sam Raimi. Bonus, bonus, bonus. (IFC)
-ATTN Hollywood: make this into a Goddamn movie, quick! (NY Times)
-Surely Lars von Trier's new film, the two-part pornographic drama called Nymphomaniac, won't cause any controversy when/if it hits Cannes in 2013. (IndieWire)
-John Caraminca points out that most TV is white, but pointing out that Girls and other TV shows are too white (or talk about vaginas and periods too much) lets them off of the hook for just being bad shows. (NY Times)
Trailers, posters, etc:
-The third trailer for Pixar's Brave. (Apple)
-Judd Apatow's Home Movies, aka This is 40. (YouTube)
-Elena, the Russian film which won Un Certain Regard at Cannes last year. (Apple)
-New poster for House at the End of the Street, aka Jennifer Lawrence Has Boobs and Cheekbones. (JenniferLawrence.org)
-I guess Yellow Submarine is getting a rerelease? (Apple)