Posts tagged Movies
My Top 15 movies according to flickchart.com
I have been playing around with flickchart.com for some time now. This is a movie rating site where they give you two movies and you simply say which you like better. Simple, but as you rate it gives you a list of your top movies based on that rating and eventually you end up with a reasonable list that is often suprizing.

The here is of my top 15 movies and while it isn't the list I would make on my own it's not far off and I thought it might be interesting for people. If there are any movies on this list that you haven't seen you should go out immediately and do so.

1. Serenity

2. Batman Begins

3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

4. The Matrix

5, The Princess Bride

6. The Return of the King

7. Shaun of the Dead

8. The Two Towers

9. Fight Club

10. Silence of the Lambs

11. Fellowship of the Ring

12. Star Wars

13. Gattaca

14, Back to the Future

15. Aliens

As you can see the Lord of the Rings movies are split up on the list, this is basically because the rating is random(though you can choose to rate a specific movie) and if I were making the list I would probably switch Shawn of the Dead and fellowship of the Ring so they were together and if I were to rate more that would likely happen.

What is most odd to me is that Aliens made the top 15. I have never considered myself a fan of aliens and yet nearly every time I had to compare it with another movie it came out ahead.

Flickchart.com is in beta yet so if you want an account you need to contact them but when I did they got back to me quickly so if you're interested in their site you should check it out.

Read More
The Hunt for Gollum
There is an old saying that goes everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it. We have the same issue with Hollywood. We talk about their unwillingness to make new movies, to take risks, complain about remakes and sequels, yet they continue to make money. But in the last years something has changed. Movie making has finally reached a point where you don't have to spend 100 million dollars to make something interesting. The Hunt for Gollum cost 5000 dollars to make and while it is a fan film which means it can't make a profit it certainly demonstrates that we are at the point where people can make movies that are more than good enough to challenge Hollywood so long as they have the talent and I hope the makers of this make a film based on their own ideas soon so that they aren't limited by agreements to make no money.
Read More
Deadpool and the Wolverine Movie
After a discussion with some good friends about the Wolverine movie as well and reading a couple Deadpool comic books recently I decided to comment on the character in the movie. Since Deadpool doesn't really appear until the end of the movie It will be spoilery. The first problem with the character is of course that his mouth was sewn shut. This is a joke I suppose but the character's nickname is "The Merc with the mouth," so having him without a mouth seems to be a bit problematic. Second is the breaking of the fourth wall. I understand that this might be odd in a movie, but that is what deadpool does and you could have done it without completely doing it. Simply have him look into the camera that could have been to the audience but also could be to one of the other characters. I can understand the decisions to do it this way. The movie is called X-men origins: Wolverine so having deadpool take over the end would have been problematic. So here is an idea on how to avoid completely changing Deadpool while still allowing wolverine to star in the end of his own movie... Ready? Here it is. DON'T USE DEADPOOL AS THE VILLAIN. I know it's radical but here's my thought. If the character you are choosing doesn't work in the plot use someone else. There are roughly 9 million mutants in the x-men universe so choose someone else. This has of course happened in many other comic book movies as well, and it's not that i feel that the character has to be an exact copy of the one in the book. I enjoy smallville most of the time and that show regularly plays with villains and heroes, the difference is that you can still recognise them as the same character even without the names. Here are a few things about deadpool that they changed, his powers, his look, his motivation, his personality and his origin. So what makes this character deadpool? He is called dead pool beacues, get this, he is a pool of death created to be weapon 11. Finally I wanted to comment on how this will effect upcoming movies. This may not seem important since the character dies at the end of the movie but there are strong rumors that there will be a Deadpool movie. So will it simply ignore everything that happened in this movie or will it try to turn this character into the one from the comics?
Read More
The Next Special Effects Fad
One of the factors that I hope will begin to get us out of the era of movies that have nothing going for them but special effects is the rise in computer power. At some point special effects have to become so cheap and easy that they stop impressing people. The problem is that I can see the next step in movie special effects is on its way and it will lead to another decade of movies that try to impress us with technology rather than story. What I think this next era of movie special effects will be is movies that are nearly or completely indistinguishable from other live action movies movies made by scanning in old movies and making digital puppets out of the characters. It is easy to give an example than explain. Imagine Citizen Kane, now imagine that you can scan it into a computer and remove Orson Welles from the rest of the moving creating a three dimensional picture of him from the film and create a digital puppet that can be manipulated just like a animated character. Now imagine that you can take the dialog he spoke and using the base sounds create any dialog you want. It's all pretty much possible now, it's just difficult to do. Now imagine a Hollywood executive that realizes that with this ability he can take Orson Welles and put him into a completely new movie doing and saying anything he wants and instead of paying one actor he can hire 10 computer techs. The good thing is that new episodes of older TV shows could be made this way. Imagine creating digital images of everyone from the original Star Trek TV series and being able to make new episodes that are completely different than anything they did before. It this point it would be little more than animation with photos instead of drawing but in 5 or 10 years they will have computer programs that could do a vast majority if not all of the acting as well. This would allow a programming language that would control every aspect of what appeared to be live action show. This could open up huge options for Hollywood if there were some creativity. Imagine being able to make a good movie and being able to cast any actor who has ever been on film for any part. The problem is that isn't what will happen. What we will get is Citizen Kane 2, this time it's personal.
Read More