Higher Frame Rates Are The Future!

I have just come out of seeing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 48FPS. Firstly I saw the movie in 24 just incase I didn’t like the higher frame rate but it turns out, I absolutely loved it. I can’t quite fathom exactly how and why the higher frame rate causes people to feel nauseated. I know everyone is different but I can confidently say that one day this will be the norm and every film will be released in 48FPS instead of the stale and dated 24FPS.

For those who don’t know, let me explain exactly what it is meant by 48FPS. A film is made up of images, hence the name moving picture, usually 24 different images are shown within one second, therefor creating the illusion that it’s moving. However, when it comes to 48FPS we are shown double the amount of images in a second, this is said to increase the reality and clarity of the films that we are watching. A lot of modern TVs have an option which you can select called Motion Plus, this makes everything on your TV look as though you are watching it in 48FPS. Below you can see two different GIFs, the top one is the typical 24FPS and the one below is the newly introduced 48FPS (wait for the GIFs to fully load before judging).

24FPS

24FPS

48FPS

48FPS

They aren’t the best representation of what double the amount of frame rate is like but they give you a rough idea. Many people say that the second looks like a “soap opera,” I personally don’t see that, I think that it adds a lot more realism. When it comes to The Hobbit people thought that the 48FPS took you out of the experience and even made some people nauseas. I personally thought it added a huge amount to the experience, it made the film look a lot realistic and gave the film such a real life feel, and I loved it.

A higher frame rate is meant to make the video appear smoother, this is because you are seeing more images per second. Where the higher frame rate really shines is when the camera is panning, in The Hobbit when the camera pans along the snowy mountains you cannot say that you don’t prefer it to the 24FPS, the higher frame rate just looks perfect. Many people think that the higher frame rate should only be used on documentaries because it makes landscapes look exceptionally beautiful, the majority feel that the higher frame rate doesn’t look right when people are involved, they feel as though it looks “sped up” I personally don’t feel this way.

I don’t know if any of you remember the re-launch/introduction of 3D into the cinema, people really weren’t convinced and said that it was just a gimmick (I personally still think that studios slap it on some films just for a crash grab). When Avatar came along people were blown away by the impact 3D could have on the movie going experience, Avatar changed the movie industry forever and I think it will again. James Cameron will be filming the Avatar sequels in 60FPS and I think that when they are released it will make people realise that higher frame rates are definitely the way forward.

By nature humans don’t like change, and that is exactly what this is, we have had 24FPS since the birth of film, and many people feel that there isn’t a reason to change. I remember when everyone first got timeline on Facebook, everyone was complaining about how bad it is and how much they hated it, but now, no one cares because it has become the norm, the same thing will happen with higher frame rates. I’m glad that more and more directors are going to start directing their movies in higher frame rates, once they start pushing it then the more likely the general public are to lap it up like they did 3D.

When it comes down to it whether you like higher frame rates or not, it is all down to personal preference. It’s like 3D as a lot of people just don’t like to watch stuff in 3D and it will be similar with higher frame rates for the next few years until eventually they will become standard for all movies, along with ultra high definition and 3D. Once a few more films are out in higher frame rate more people will begin to like it, then there will become a point where people will only watch movies in a higher frame rate as the quality of 24FPS just doesn’t compare, and I hope that day is soon.

Have you seen The Hobbit yet? If so, what was your opinion of the higher frame rate? Do you think it will catch on? I would love to hear your thoughts below. Thanks for reading.

 

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My Favourite Movie Soundtracks

The Graduate

From one of my favourite movies of the 60s comes the phenomenal soundtrack completely sung by the historical duo Simon & Garfunkel. Every song on here is beautifully written and even more magically sung while still fitting perfectly with the films tone and style. If you are a Simon & Garfunkel fan you have probably already heard all of these songs on their own separate albums but this is the collection of some of their greatest songs and this is a must listen for anyone who even remotely likes music.

Best Song – The Sound Of Silence

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

From another one of my favourite movies comes the amazingly modern yet retro soundtrack for the film Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. With a mixture of rock and techno it fits perfectly with this incredible piece of modern cinema. Containing songs from rock legends The Rolling Stones and T-Rex to fictional band Sex-bob-omb, to understand the brilliance of most of these tracks you really need to watch this movie and once you have you will not be able to turn this soundtrack off.

Best song – We Are Sex-bob-omb

Pulp Fiction

This is yet again another one of my favourite movies and the soundtrack is just beyond perfect, the Pulp Fiction soundtrack that combines lots of past hits to make a beautifully fluent and soundtrack that is one of the best you will ever hear. The great thing about this soundtrack is that it also contains everyones favourite dialogue from the movie, yes even Ezekiel 25:17. Everyone I know who has listened to this has said it is their favourite soundtrack and I would have to say it’s mine to.

Best song – You Can Never Tell

A Hard Days Night

I am an absolutely huge fan of The Beatles so this makes this soundtrack one of my favourites of all time, the film alone is brilliant but with the addition of this soundtrack it makes it one of my favourite movies ever. The Beatles are, in my opinion, one of the greatest bands of all time and I couldn’t think of anything better than a whole soundtrack filled with some of their greatest tracks.

Best song – She Loves You

 

My Worst Cinema Experience!

Today I visited my local cinema to see The Avengers for the forth time and it was possibly the worst movie going experience I have ever had. There was no problem whatsoever with the film, in fact the film was absolutely astounding but unfortunately the crowd was not, it was filled with noisy eaters, annoying kids and heavy breathers.

The thing that I found the most irritating was the children, they were just downright rude and ignorant of other peoples enjoyment of the film. I was sat a row in front of a family of four with two children aged around 4-5 years and surprise surprise the female of the children started to get bored in a film that two hours twenty minutes in length. About halfway through the movie when the action of the first act had finished and the action from the last act was about to pick up the child began to become very restless, not only did she fidget lots she also began to do the most ignorant thing in the world, and began to quietly bang her feet on the floor loud enough for me and people surrounding her but not the whole screen. The child then began to talk to her dad, I didn’t give a shit what she was saying I just wanted her to keep her little gob shut. Now I know that she is a child and doesn’t really know that what she is doing is going to piss off everyone and that she does it just because of boredom. What pissed me off the most was that the parents did absolutely jack-shit. If you are going to take your children to the cinema you should ensure that they are going to behave themselves and if they don’t then it is your job to put them back in line. If this was my first viewing of this movie then I would have been even more pissed off that this child had taken all of the enjoyment out of the film. So next time you plan on taking your children to a movie screening make sure they behave themselves.

Young children weren’t the only kids in the cinema that got me royally pissed off there were also a group of what I can safely guess were young teenagers, but they are definitely the biggest dickheads in the world. Teens wonder why society hates them, well here is your answer. If you sit at the back of the screen making loud noises to try and impress the girls you are with then you will obviously make a few enemies. I know that at their age impressing girls is all they try and do but that is no reason to be such a prick about it, if I was girl I would not be impressed with a dick at the back of a cinema making annoying noises in an attempt to piss off the whole screen. I have decided that from now on I am only going to be going to over 18 screenings only and that way you won’t get any of these childish cretins in the cinema.

To add on my already pissed off mood the person sat next to me was possibly the loudest breather in the world, I could tell he wasn’t ill he was just incredibly noisy. It wasn’t too bad in the action scenes as the loud sound effects obviously overpowered his loud exhaling, but when it came to the quieter scenes all I could hear was his breathing, the child in front of me fidgeting and then teenagers at the back either talking or giggling to themselves and the noisy eater sat behind me.

Now there are very few things that are more annoying than a heavy breather but one of those things is a loud eater. I understand that some people can’t help it but if you know you are a noisy eater why in the world would you buy a large popcorn and a fizzy drink for an experience where you are supposed to be as quiet as possible. I first noticed the noise during the adverts as he was stuffing popcorn down his throat chopping as loud as possible, I thought to myself that it will stop in a minute, most people finish their popcorn before the film starts anyway, happily it did stop. What didn’t stop though was the extremely loud slurping noise he made every time he took a sip of his drink. Every five minutes through the film he took another sip making me extremely angered.

All of these experiences mixed together made me very angry, so angry in fact that with about thirty minutes before the film finished I walked out of the screen over to the checkout and demanded a refund. Luckily the woman behind the counter was extremely pleasant about the whole thing and she issued me a refund and apologised about twenty times.

‘Alcatraz’ TV Series Review

I have decided to expand my blog into television shows as well as movies to give my blog a wider audience. I will only review television shows and nothing else, I will review a series as a whole and not individual episodes. I hope that you all like that I am expanding into television and hope you enjoy my posts that follow.

The first television show that I have decided to review for you guys is the J.J. Abrams produced TV show Alcatraz. First off let me tell you what Alcatraz is actually about, Alcatraz is a mystery thriller that focuses on the old American prison, Alcatraz that has been closed for the last sixty years; but on the night the prison closed down all of the inmates awaiting transportation and their guards vanished. Sixty years later after the prison was closed and the inmates vanished they begin to turn up into daily life where it is the job of a detective and a comic book shop owner to capture the prisoners to find out what really happened.

I was really excited when I first heard about this series, I am a huge J.J. Abrams fan and also am a massive fan of television shows and films that centre around prisons, I don’t know why but there is something about them that intrigues me. So I thought that when it premiers I would start watching it and fall in love with it, like I did Prison Break, lets just say thats not exactly what happened.

Obviously with every series you start off with the first episodes, so I sat down to watch the premiere and I was quite let down but I thought I would give it a few more episodes to prove it self but unfortunately it still didn’t manage to impress me. After watching the first two episodes my worst fear was confirmed, that every episode would feature inmate or guard coming back that they must capture. Before too long the same structure of a new character coming in each episode and getting locked up again at the end becomes extremely boring and repetitive.

I lasted to episode seven of Alcatraz before it got the stage where i didn’t care about watching it any longer. I didn’t purposely not watch it, I just forgot it was on and had no desire to go back and watch it. It just feels as though you are watching the same episode every week just with a different character being chased.

Alcatraz stars Jorge Garcia who most of you will remember from J.J. Abrams’ first phenomenal series Lost. In Alcatraz he plays a nerdy comic book collector and shop owner who gets dragged into the case of the inmates returning because he wrote a book on Alcatraz, I didn’t know that was now the entry process for a secret organisation, you must know stuff about a prison and you are now an agent, fuck your day job, leave your shop to run its self.

Acting really isn’t the strongest point in this show, Jorge Garcia is pretty average at his role but he seems phenomenal compared to the other performances in this show. Sarah Jones who plays the detective come agent is nearly the worst “actor” in this whole show, her performance isn’t at all convincing and her mannerisms just annoy me. Nothing can compare to extremely diabolical acting of the guards and inmates that come onto our screens just for one episode. I am kind of glad they are only in one episode just for the simple fact that I don’t have to endure another second of what they call acting.

I have already stopped watching Alcatraz and I don’t think I will be returning, I have not become attached to the characters enough to care what happens in the end, and I’m not particularly interested in how the inmates traveled forward in time. To be brutally honest I just don’t care anymore. I could see this series being axed after the first but because J.J. Abrams’ name is attached I don’t think it will be.

Alcatraz had the real potential to be absolutely phenomenal but I was quite let down by the whole series. I did enjoy parts of the series so far, the plot its self it pretty good and like I said could have been great but the plot has really gone to waste. The problem is with shows like this is that you know you have to wait till the final episode to find out what is going on and why, I can’t wait that long to find out.

So what do you think of Alcatraz? Do you enjoy it? Or have you stopped watching it like I have? Feel free to tell me your thoughts on the show in the comments below. Thank you very much for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit like and follow to show me some love.

 

Buy A Blu-Ray A Week – USA

Blu-rays To BUY

Game Of Thrones Season 1 – I never actually watched Game Of Thrones, yes I know I have been told many a time that I am missing out. But don’t worry I will be picking this up soon and then I will be able to experience that critically acclaimed series. From what I have heard I would definitely recommend this to a lot of people but I can really judge until I actually give it a watch. I think that you should pick this up just because of all the buzz and acclaim that has surrounded it.  

The Skin I Live In – I’m not usually one for foreign movies but this one blew me away. After watching The Skin I Live In I don’t see how it didn’t win let alone get a nomination. I agree with what many critics are saying that this is a Spanish Hitchcock movie. This is a great dark twisted drama thriller that delivers a new modern take on the classic Frankenstein story. I seriously love this movie and I would recommend to all of you but if you don’t like reading subtitles then you may not want to check this one out.

Like Crazy – I very recently watched Like Crazy as it had been recommended to me by many different people and I actually really enjoyed it. This is one of Felicity Jones’ greatest performances along along with her partner Anton Yelchin who pleasantly surprised me. If you aren’t into romantic dramas then this definitely won’t be one for you but to anyone that does I seriously recommend this to you, and I can guarantee that you will love it.

Blu-Rays To CONSIDER

Footloose – I was seriously uninterested by this movie, I had no intention whatsoever to check it out, so I didn’t. However I have heard some really good things but also some really bad things so I’m really unsure whether to recommend this to you or not. It has received a quite impressive 70% on RottenTomatoes so i could be worth your time. If you are into these sorts of movies then this one might be for you but I’m still not interested but you maybe.

Blu-rays To AVOID 

Immortals –  I really really hated this movie, I wasn’t interested from any of the poster or trailers. While watching Immortals all I thought about was how much this film is trying to mimic 300, yes it has the same producers but it doesn’t mean you have to try and recreate the exact same film. To be fair to this film, it does look pretty nice, and has surprisingly great looks for such a dreadful film. It seems as though film makers can never get these sort of films right and I don’t want to see hundreds of more attempts until they make a good one. I really wouldn’t recommend this film to anyone as I hated it so much, but its your call.

Jack And Jill – Of course I wasn’t going to recommend this steaming pile of shit. There isn’t really much I can say about this movie, most of you know how seriously poor it is and that is why you shouldn’t go anywhere near this movie. EVER!

All of the above Bly-rays are released Tuesday 6th March 2012 in the USA. So what blu-ray will you be picking up this week? If any? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks again for reading, if you enjoyed this post please feel to hit that like and follow button to show me some love.

‘Despicable Me 2’ Teaser Trailer Is Here

The trailer for the upcoming Dreamwork sequel Despicable Me 2 has been released today. Despicable Me 2 doesn’t currently have any plot released to the public. We do see some familiar voices returning in this movie, Steve Carrell, Al Pacino, Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove. I quite liked this first Despicable Me I thought it was a good little animated movie but I fear that this maybe milking the franchise a little as I felt it didn’t really need a sequel. Despicable Me 2 hits theatres on 28th June (UK) and 3rd July (USA) and you can check out the teaser trailer below.

What did you think of the original? Are you looking forward to the sequel? Feel free to tell me in the comments below. Thanks for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that like and follow button to show me some love.

84th Academy Award Winners!

I’m sorry I’m late on this story but I live in the UK and wanted to watch the Oscars but couldn’t stay up till 3am because I had work, so I didn’t want to know who won till I watched it and I have just finished watching it. So here are the winners.

Best Picture

The Artist

Best Actor In A Leading Role

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Actress In A Leading Role

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best Director

Michel Hazavanicius, The Artist

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Actress In A Supporting Role

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Foreign Language Film

A Separation

Best Cinematography

Robert Richardson, Hugo

Best Art Direction

Hugo

Best Costume Design

The Artist

Best Make Up

The Iron Lady

Best Film Editing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Sound Editing

Hugo

Best Sound Mixing

Hugo

Best Documentary Feature

Undefeated

Best Animated Film

Rango

Best Visual Effects

Hugo

Best Original Score

Ludovic Bource, The Artist

Best Song

Man or Muppet, The Muppets

Best Adapted Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, The Descendants

Best Original Screenplay

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Best Live Action Short

The Shore

Best Documentary Short

Saving Face

Best Animated Short

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

It was a very predictable show I think, the only surprise for me was how Hugo won best visual effects over both Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Do you agree with the winners? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that like and follow button to show me some love.