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(Greek: κρυπτεία / krupteía, from κρυπτός / kruptós, “hidden, secret things”)

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The Oil Factor

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Looking at this with the 6 years of history one cannot but see some validity.Take note of the debate now about pulling out of Afghanistan as opposed to the lack of talk in removing forces from Iraq. The difference is of course that there are no petrodollars to be made there. Poppy dollars sure…

Oil Factor

Written by Krypt3ia

2009/11/17 at 12:14

A Christmas Carol 3D: A Review

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Though I think that Disney is an evil empire, sometimes they do actually come out with some nice content. In the case of “A Christmas Carol 3D” they do a fair job at re-telling the classic story, but they come up luke warm at best on the 3D effects. This especially became clear to me when the trailer for Alice came on and the Cheshire Cat suddenly was eerily grinning at me from my lap! Nothing like that type of effect was evident in A Christmas Carol. This small scene in a trailer did more in 3D than did the whole of the Scrooge film.

Oddly enough, last night I decided to watch “Beowulf” not really thinking about how I was set to see this film today (both are Robert Zemeckis films) and I have to say that I am still more impressed with the CG and 3D effects in Beowulf as opposed to Christmas Carol. The detail just seems much better in Beowulf. Even the facial movements track better for me than what I saw today in this film. So, hands down Beowulf wins out on the CG and 3D, as well as the novel re-telling of the epic poem. So much so in fact that I have a hankerin to find my copy of the Heaney version and re-read.

Another problem I had with this film was due to the 3D technology. The goggles made my head hurt from pinching, the 3D itself gave me a massive headache visually, and if you aren’t looking at the screen DEAD ON, you get a lot of distortion. This is just bad design on the part of the film makers and the designers of the eye wear. A shame really, blinding and giving migraines to all those paying customers.

I suppose that what it comes down to for me is that there wasn’t enough substance to the re-telling and the CG/3D just let me down. So, I would not recommend this film if it weren’t for a matinée price… And even then, 12 bucks is a bit pricey to be in Imax 3D… Wait til it comes out in DVD… Better yet, go rent the Patrick Stewart version.

CoB

Written by Krypt3ia

2009/11/09 at 02:24

Posted in Film, Movie Reviews

Where The Wild Things Are

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When I was a kid, this was one of my favorite books. Later on in life, I wanted to become a children’t book writer and illustrator, a career that perhaps still will happen someday. This movie has reminded me about not only my childhood love of this book, but also about once meeting Maurice Sendak and those desires to write and illustrate.

I went to see this film with some trepidation as I was unsure just how a children’s book like this could be turned into a live action movie and still capture the imagination. I have to say that I left the theater with a mix of emotions that bordered on sheer love for this film and a great nostalgia for the book at the same time. The thing of it is, they are very much divergent in many ways from one another.

First off though, I cannot say enough about the imagery of this film. The wild things are huge puppets with digitized facial expressions that are flawless. The rough coast of Australia that this was filmed at is breathtaking and the set design and CG work on the “fort” and houses is fantastic. Even the wardrobe design, especially in Max’s wolf suit was very well done indeed.

The story I think, is much more nuanced than the original book in that there is much more that needs to be filled out in a movie that perhaps was conveyed in a shorter fashion in the book. However, this too can be accounted for as Spike Jonez’ take on the book transitioning to a movie. I for one liked the backstory with the expansions of characters to have more dimension in the film.

The voice talent also was well chosen and the choice for Carrol (James Gandolfini) was inspired I think. He loses much of the Soprano twang to the diction, but still, you can hear in your minds eye the menace of Carrol as Tony. Which brings me to the scare factor.

There are dark and scary moments in this film that I think much of today’s children’s films, and books, have lost in these days of infantalizing our youth. I went to a 7pm show and there were many small kids in the audience, and though there were some taught scary moments, none cried out…

Maurice said it all recently at an interview about the film when asked about the scare factor;

“Let them wet their pants”

I guess I just can’t say enough about this re-invention of “Where The Wild Things Are” but I will leave you with this…

The final scene with Max and his mother is one of the most poignant pieces of film I have seen in some time… And one with no dialog to boot.

Now that is film making and acting…

See this film.

CoB

Written by Krypt3ia

2009/10/19 at 00:15

Posted in Film, Movies