There are two types of people in the world. Those who prefer Star Trek and those who prefer Star Wars. I’ve always been the former, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love the former. For the the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on home video I wrote a piece exploring why maybe I don’t love it as much now as many of the people I know.
On Star Wars, Then and Now
Both times there was this immediate rush. Star Wars is good again. What a time to be alive. The interesting thing about watching a movie twice in two days is that everything stands out. The stuff that works and the stuff that doesn’t. There’s a lot of stuff that works about the new Star Wars movies. I love Rey, Finn, and Poe. I love the new locations in Rogue One and the Jedi-less story it tells. I love the tone of the movies, and the effects are some of the best I have ever seen.
I just wish that they didn’t feel exactly the same. There are two George Lucas quotes I have been thinking about lately. The first is from the special features of The Phantom Menace. He’s describing the story of the prequels, how it will have familiar beats as the original trilogy, and he compares them to stanzas in a poem that rhyme. The second is from 2015, right after he’d seen The Force Awakens he was asked what he thought and he replied “I think the fans are going to love it, it’s very much the kind of movie they’ve been looking for.”
I finished watching Iron Fist season one and I had some feelings about it. They are not good feelings.
Iron Fist Season One Review: I Don’t Have A Good Pun To Tell You To Skip It (if You Haven’t Decided To Already)
that’s really the main problem here: the show feels cheap and phoned in. The first half of the show’s 13 episodes could probably have been reduced to two or three, and like Luke Cage they even set themselves up for some great standalone episodes and then ignored the opportunity. Once the plot gets going we’re still saddled with the fact that Danny Rand isn’t a likeable character, and when they try to do anything interesting there are almost no original ideas. Davos’s character arc in Iron Fist is exactly the same as Mordo in Doctor Strange. Colleen Wing’s story has exactly the same twist as Elektra’s in Daredevil‘s second season. There’s one fight in the middle that only seems to happen so that you know someone has seen Drunken Master and another toward the end that makes sure you know that someone really liked the Hong Kong office tower sequence from The Dark Knight.
Long story short, don’t bother watching Iron Fist.
Back when it was new I wrote a short piece on the High Frame Rate (HFR) movie filming and projection technology.
On Frame Rates:
HFR filming and projecting now doubles that frame rate to 48 and the result is that, basically, your brain doesn’t have to work as hard and everything looks much, much, much clearer.
So what does this mean to me? Quite a bit as it turns out because it turns out that I like it. I actually like it quite a bit.
Apparently this means I disagree with the majority of the critics but from what I’ve read most of the critics are just saying “it doesn’t look like a movie” which simply isn’t true. It does look like a movie, it just doesn’t look like movies always have.
It’s an interesting read now because HFR still hasn’t caught on yet. This is likely due to the fact that it still feels pretty undercooked but at the same time there is still so much potential for it to change the way we look at movies.
I used to build websites as a hobby. I even made a few back in the day for money, but mostly it was a hobby. After the rise of social media I stopped having a website just for me. For a long time it not longer seemed necessary, in this age of Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and Letterboxd and SnapChat and Tumblr and every other platform it seems almost more important to build your profile up in all those places. The down side is that everything is everywhere, and thus kind of nowhere, and so as a result I’ve rebuilt Stretched.ca for the first time in years.
Continue reading “Welcome Back, Simpson”
The 89th Annual Academy Awards were last night. I had some thought about the performances, the host, and the big debacle at the end.
The 89th Annual Academy Awards took place last night. It was an … interesting show. While Simon and I live-blogged the whole thing I have a few follow-up thoughts on the spectacle.
Last night Simon and I upheld our annual tradition and live blogged the Oscars for the 6th year in a row. It was a weird Oscars broadcast that culminated in the wrong film being announced as best picture!
Playing catch up on all the writing I had meant to do last year. Here are some thoughts on the films of the Marvel Universe.
We’re continuing to shake off the dust around here at Awesome Friday HQ, and one easy way to do that is to update the Marvel Fanboy Marvel Cinematic Universe Rankings. Last year there were two additions to the canon of films, Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange. Each were good, but where do they fit? Let’s take a look.
I went to the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival and reviewed five films for Awesome Friday!
Continue reading “Awesome Friday: 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival”
I attended the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival and reviewed a number of movies for Awesome Friday!
Continue reading “Awesome Friday: 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival, Selected”
The Academy Awards are upon us once again. It’s easy to be cynical about the Oscars, whether it’s because your favourite films never win or because of the endless campaigning, or because it’s, or because of the whole “rich people giving each other statues” thing, but I still kinda like them.
This year the nominees are mostly good, so here they all are along with some thoughts, opinions, and a prediction or two.