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.

 

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

 

Is There Such Thing As A ‘Greatest Movie Of All Time’?

Citizen Kane? The Shawshank Redemption? The Godfather? Star Wars? Which one of these great movies is the ‘greatest movie of all time’? Well the correct answer is none of them, I don’t believe there is such thing as a ‘greatest movie of all time.’ Yes you can have a favourite movie of all time but does that make it the greatest? It is impossible for people to agree on what is the ‘greatest movie of all time,’ it’s so hard to choose one because their isn’t one.

One of my favourite movies of all time is The Dark Knight, there are many things that make this one of my favourites movie. This is the movie I watch at home on rainy days, on Christmas, when I’m ill or when I just need cheering up, this movie means everything to me, that is what a favourite movie should be like. Now I know most of you out there won’t agree with me, we all have our personal favourites, a lot of peoples favourites might be absolutely terrible in my eyes but to them it is everything they want out of a movie and that is all you can ask.

Movies really shouldn’t be given the title of the ‘greatest movie of all time’ because it adds a lot of pressure to first time viewers of that film. Not too long ago I watched Citizen Kane for the first time and all I could think throughout the movie was that I have to like it, this is supposedly one of the greatest movies of all time, unsurprisingly this ruined my enjoyment of the movie. I like to go into every movie with a wide open opinion but I already had the perception that I was going to watch the ‘greatest movie of all time.’ You know what, going in with that expectation the film fell short of what I was expecting leaving me to feel underwhelmed. There shouldn’t be any pressure for audiences to think that a certain movie is the ‘greatest movie of all time,’ people have their own opinions and they can think what they want about movies.

There are only a few movies that I watch for the first time and think to myself, this is one of my favourites, when I first watched The Dark Knight in the theatres I loved it, but it wasn’t until I watched it at home five months later that I realised just how much I loved it and the more I watched the more I fell in love with it. I feel as though in this modern day of remakes and sequels there are only a few directors that I know could make my next favourite film.

In IMDb’s top 250 of all time they place The Shawshank Redemption at the top, this doesn’t make it the ‘greatest movie of all time,’ the list is controlled by the publics ratings, it just means that The Shawshank Redemption is the most popular peoples favourite. I can tell if a movie is very well made but that doesn’t mean I will enjoy it. One example being Schindler’s List, I can tell that it is a beautifully made movie with astonishing acting but for some reason I just didn’t enjoy it. I just feel that people should have their own favourites no matter on the quality of the movie, whether it be White Chicks or American Psycho people are free to like what they want to and they shouldn’t be forced to like what are considered the ‘greatest movies of all time.’

The movies should be an experience and not a competition.

I would love to hear what some of your favourites are in the comments below. I will be producing a list of some of my favourites (in no particular order) soon so look out for that. If you enjoyed this post please feel free to like and follow my blog. Thanks for reading.

‘Red Tails’ – Movie Review

Red Tails is the latest movie from the childhood destroyer George Lucas. It centres on a group of African American pilots in a training program who are faced by segregation who are grounded during World War Two but are finally called into duty where they need to prove themselves while rising their lives for a country that didn’t appreciate them. Right off the bat let me tell you that I was so excited for this movie, from the trailer it looked like George Lucas could actually redeem himself after ruining the Star Wars franchise. But I was so wrong, this film was absolutely diabolical.

The biggest flaw of the movie has to be the shoddy excuse of a script, written by John Ridley and Aaeon McGruder, both pretty unknown screenplay writers but that doesn’t always mean it will be bad, but in this case it really is. This script is just a massive ball of cheese, every word that comes out of the characters mouth just makes you curl up and cringe. Then again what did you expect from the same producing team as the Star Wars prequels, making this movie feel as though it was written by George Lucas himself.

The poor script makes for some characters that you just don’t care about, when you are watching all these impressive dog fights you couldn’t really care if they made it back or plummeted towards the ground, I know that sounds heartless but you really don’t care. The characters just have no depth or back story causing you to not care about them one little bit.

One positive thing in Red Tails is the amazing special effects that attempt to keep you entertained between the dreadful scenes where speech is exchanged. The only good scenes in this movie are scenes that take place in the air, yes they still have the occasional clichéd speech but the astonishing visual effects make up for that at times. I think I would have preferred this movie a lot more if they cut out of all the speech and it was just two hours of continuous dog fights.

All round the performances are pretty mediocre but the one actor that stood out was the always brilliant Terrance Howard. He has to be the only character that you slightly care about, but unfortunalty his good performance doesn’t make up for the script that basically ruins the whole movie. Even if this movie had great performances they wouldn’t have stopped the rest of the many failings.

All in all I really didn’t enjoy this movie, from the trailer it had so much promise, it looked like another feel good race movie but boy was I wrong. The gorgeous special effects couldn’t make up for the one dimensional characters that spurt out a spew of cheesy lines that no one in their right mind would think of saying aloud. Please avoid at all cost, it’s poor, very poor.

3/10

Prometheus – Movie Review

I have been looking forward to this movie for so long. When I first heard Ridley Scott was planning on making a prequel to Alien I decided it was about time for me to watch it and unsurprisingly it blew my mind, after that I was desperate to see this movie. After viewing the first teaser trailer for Prometheus I was so impressed and I was anticipating it even more, now if you think they showed us too much in the trailer and gave away most of the plot, that’s because they did.

Prometheus centres on a group of explorers that travel to a distant planet in an attempt to find who created the human race. While there they manages to cause disturbances that put the fait of the human race out of their hands and it is their job to stop the race from falling.

Your first impressions of this movie will be how utterly beautiful it is, from the Scottish highlands to the inside of Prometheus this movie never fails to look stunning in every frame. The visuals of this movie causes it to become so immersive which really helps bring you into the universe. It’s just a shame that the look of this film couldn’t help you from ignoring all its other failings.

When talking about the acting in this movie it is a very mixed bag. Let’s start with the phenomenal, as always, Michael Fassbender, he absolutely carries this film; his portrayal of android David is Oscar worthy. It’s a great shame the same can’t be said about the rest of the cast, Noomi Rapace along with others are just remotely average but the worse acting in the film came from British actor Rafe Spall. I watched Pete Versus Life (Channel 4 sitcom starring Spall) and automatically noticed that Spall was a horrendous actor, he was bad in a comedic role but was even worse in Prometheus. Not only was his performance laughable it was just down right cringing, it didn’t help that the script created for that character was just silly.

The crew of Prometheus is far greater than that of Alien and that is possibly it’s biggest failing. Prometheus has a total crew of seventeen people, if you think that sounds too many, thats because it is. You don’t get involved with the characters and really don’t care about them when they start dropping like flies. Even with the characters that got the most screen time and the most development it still wasn’t enough for me to remotely care when fatality struck. All the characters in the movie were so one dimensional with extremely poor development.

Now I know there have been a lot of unfair comparisons to Alien but this is a prequel to the greatest sci-fi horror of all time and making a prequel that lives up to the original is a near impossible challenge, unfortunately Scott doesn’t manage to do it. Alien was so groundbreaking at the time of its release so it is kind of unfair to compare the two but it needs to be done. The thing that made Alien so amazing was how simple it was, mixed with the long nervous silent scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat through the whole movie, unfortunately Prometheus had absolutely none of these. This movie wasn’t scary at all there were no suspenseful scenes keeping me on the edge of my seat. I feel as though Scott attempted to take on way to much which caused the movie to become very muddled with it not knowing what story it was trying to tell.

I know it sounds like I am bashing on the movie but I did actually like it, yes I was hugely disappointed but that doesn’t make it a bad movie. I would recommend this to any fans of Alien just so they can give their own opinion on it, I know people who love it and people who hate it and I’m in the middle. Prometheus is predictable, messy and not the prequel I wanted but it my be the one you did.

7/10

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.

‘The Avengers’ – Movie Review

First thing I need to say isn’t really related to The Avengers but thought I would express my views on the matter. I am utterly pissed off that there was no new Dark Knight Rises trailer shown before the movie, the only reason I can think of is because they must be releasing it with the American release not the UK one because we get a week early but there was an amazing Prometheus trailer I hadn’t yet seen. Anyway onto the movie.

The plot of The Avengers is simple, bad guy – Loki – tries to take over earth, that’s about it. This isn’t really a bad thing though, this movie is already two hours twenty minutes so with the inclusion of a deep plot the film would have been even long. But to be honest you aren’t really looking for an intense plot filled with metaphors and hidden meanings, all you really want is to go and have a great time and thats exactly what you get.

As I said there isn’t really much plot going on here but what there is plenty of is character depth, Joss Whedon does a fantastic job of giving these characters so many levels that we never knew they had. This added depth to the characters really causes us too feel for them in their moment of hardships. The character I ended up empathising for the most was actually Black Widow which actually surprised me a great deal. But that’s thing that Whedon does really well, he is used to developing characters and yet again his fantastic writing does it again here.

Now if you had your doubts about Joss Whedon’s directing ability then let me reassure you that you can put those fears to bed. Some of the shots he creates are absolutely stunning making for what will be some very iconic scenes from the movie. Not only did Joss Whedon direct this action filled roller coaster he also put pen to paper and wrote it, as I said the plot isn’t exceptional but the dialogue is utter brilliance. Every word out of Tony Stark’s mouth is absolutely hilarious making this funnier than a lot of comedies I have seen.

Everyone knows the standard of the acting that is typically found in these Marvel movies, it’s pretty good but nothing really amazing. You don’t expect much from the actors  but if this is your first Marvel movie, I don’t know why it would be, but then you will be surprised by the above average quality.

Robert Downey Jr. obviously returns as the obnoxious and downright funny billionaire, Tony Stark. Everyone has seen this role before so you don’t really see anything new here but you know what, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t gotten old. As usual Robert Downey Jr. performs brilliantly, displaying one of the best performances of the movie adding some comedy to an otherwise action filed adventure.

Downey Jr. isn’t the only one that shines here, Mark Ruffalo – who I am a huge fan of – plays Bruce Banner/ the Hulk brilliantly making for my personal favourite Hulk’s we have seen to date and there is nothing I wish more than for him to get his own movie after this, but we all know that isn’t going to happen. Ruffalo also supplies us with many laughs throughout the movie and he also gives us a collection of the best action sequences in the whole movie with his “Hulk smash!”

We see the return of Tom Hiddleston as the menacing Loki and he plays the role absolutely beautifully. The first shot we get of Loki is harrowing which is mastered by the combination of Hiddleston’s devilish performance and Whedon’s gorgeous directing. Loki not only makes for a horrifying villain but his chemistry between Downey Jr. as Iron Man is priceless. If you weren’t fond of Loki in Thor – like I wasn’t – your mind will be changed here he truly is an evil person making for an iconic villain.

Chris Evans and Hemsworth show us the performance you expect from seeing them in their individual Marvel movies, they aren’t show stopping but are good enough for this movie. I feel as though the best moments of acting are when all of the Avengers are together, the chemistry between them is perfect, they all have their own different relationship between each other that can swap from hatred to best friends in a matter of minutes.

Now the one thing that you don’t have to worry about in this movie is any of the main characters being pushed aside. When I first saw the trailer I thought that this will end up being Iron Man & Co. but trust me it isn’t, all of the characters you want to get all the screen time they deserve. Maria Hill played by the brilliant Cobie Smulders is one of the very few characters that gets pushed to the side, but she was never really regarded as one of the main characters although I would have liked it if she had a bit more ass kicking to do. Pepper Potts played by Gwyneth Paltrow makes a brief appearance which literally lasts a minute but you don’t really care about that as this movie really isn’t about her.

The Avengers isn’t exactly perfect, there was one thing I wasn’t too fond of and that is that these movies are starting to feel far too familiar. Apart from the stature of this movie in comparison with others it doesn’t really vary it’s self from the other Marvel movies – Paramount Pictures – the direction has the same old comic book action style which you can spot in all the other movies. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I can see many people starting to tire of it.

If you are a loyal reader of mine then you know that I am not the biggest fan of 3D, I feel as though it is usually useless and extremely overpriced, the same can be said here. I didn’t feel as though the 3D was necessary, if it was it would have been filmed in 3D and not post converted like most films are these day. The 3D wasn’t used like Avatar to fully engross me in the world, it just felt like it was there and there was nothing really too it, I know I would have enjoyed the film just as much in 2D.

The thing The Avengers does best is what it set out to do. It isn’t trying to be a dark superhero movie with a serious tone – like The Dark Knight – and that’s good because trying to compete with that is a ridiculous thing to do. The Avengers tries to be a comic book action-filled, Hollywood blockbuster and you know what it does that perfectly. I don’t think you will be able to compare this and the later released comic book movies this year – Amazing Spider-Man and Dark Knight Rises – because it is so different.

I am just worried about how the sequels/spinoffs from this are going to be able to live up to it, this is the greatest threat the earth has faced and I don’t see how a single film focusing on Iron Man can live up to that. I will hate to be the first film made after this because it will be compared A LOT saying how it just didn’t live up to The Avengers and that’s sad. I also wonder how long they going to be able to keep going for, I mean someones going to want to leave soon, what are they going to do? Just trade actors hoping we won’t notice.

Trust me, if you are a fan of superhero movies then you will fall in love with this movie, it is the movie we all wanted and expected, Joss Whedon has done us all proud and for that I would like to you thank you very much. Now I can’t wait for the directors cut with all that footage that Whedon was made to chop out. I feel as though this is the perfect start to a Summer filled with brilliant movies.

10/10