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

 

‘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

Why I Hate 3D!

These days everything seems to be released in 3D and I just don’t understand why. As you can tell from the title of this post I am in the camp of people who are against having the third dimension taking over cinema. Let me start off by saying I am someone who can perfectly watch 3D so that isn’t a reason why I personally hate it.

This isn’t the first time that 3D in movies has taken off, the first time 3D became a success was in 1952, yes it was that long ago, this craze for 3D began to wither away by September 1953 due to many reasons, mainly due to the complex task of having to project two images at once. As soon as December 1953 3D was back in our cinemas with all new projectors making it easier for the film to be projected, in this wave of 3D even the great Alfred Hitchcock released a 3D picture but that didn’t stop 3D from wilting out by early 1955. But 3D wasn’t done there a handful of films were released in 3D between 1960 and 2003, where 3D made its long awaited comeback. We now have extremely advanced technology making the production and viewing of 3D easier than ever so why not bring it back.

In the past I have enjoyed the occasional 3D but it has now got to the stage where everything is being thrown out with many of them being post converted making them look even worse than if they were shot with three dimensional cameras. Avatar was actually the first feature length movie I ever saw in the third dimension and I absolutely loved it, the 3D was extremely subtle and was just there to deeply engross you into the film and you know what it really worked. I thought to myself after seeing it, that if all 3D movies are going to be like this then I can really see it taking off, but I knew that wouldn’t happen though, I knew Hollywood would do their best to shove 3D down our throats until we got sick of.

The biggest downside to 3D has to be the expense, the cost of my cinema ticket goes up by a whopping £1.95 just for some glasses that make everyone look stupid and fall off the bridge of my nose. The other day I went to the cinema to see The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists and there wasn’t an option to see it in 2D so I had to pay extra to go and see it in a dimension that I didn’t want to. I thought to myself what the hell it might be great 3D, it wasn’t, it added absolutely nothing to the movie so I left the movie pissed off having spent £1.95 on something I didn’t want to. I don’t have a huge problem with 3D in the cinema because it can actually benefit some films, admittedly very few.

In 1896 they didn’t even dream about 3D, when audiences were shown the first ever motion picture – The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station – they all moved back, with some screaming and fainting because they believed the train was actually coming towards them. Nowadays we get every 3D film trying to mimic that by throwing things out us, but you know what? Surprisingly (sarcasm) the novelty has worn off and we don’t want arrows firing through the screen at us every five seconds.

The one thing that I am pissed off about is the amount of 3D rereleases that are coming out, I can actually see the movie industry coming to an end very soon as they clearly have no original ideas and are just rereleasing, rebooting and remaking every movie they can. I really don’t see the point of films being rereleased in 3D, I have never thought to myself damn I wish Star Wars was in 3D. No-one has thought that because no-one wants it, they are phenomenal films (the originals) in 2D so we don’t need a third dimension. I never really thought we needed 3D, IMAX is the most engrossing experience I have ever witnessed and has trumped every 3D movie I have seen so I reckon we should all just root for IMAX instead of 3D.

3D in the cinema is nowhere near as bad as the attempts at 3D in the home. I don’t own a 3D TV at home, I have refused to spend over a grand just so I can watch the occasional movie in 3D. All the reasonably priced 3D TVs I have tried out all experience something called ghosting which is where you begin to see double in some scenes, now to me this is a fault and is proof that the technology isn’t perfect yet they still sell these TVs. I don’t want to spend however much on a TV that has a major fault every time I watch a film in third dimension. I know that all modern TVs that are being bought out now come with 3D equipped as standard and I know the next TV I buy will have it but that doesn’t mean I will use it.

I have decided that when Christopher Nolan finally makes his first 3D movie I will join the bandwagon and accept that 3D is the future but until that happens I hate it. What are your thoughts on the third dimensions? Do you think its really going to take off this time? Or can you see it withering away like another fad? Please tell me your thoughts in the comments below, I am really interested to hear what other people think. Thank you very much for reading, if you enjoyed this most please feel free to hit that like and follow button.

Changes To My Blog!

Recently many of you may have noticed that my posts have become less regular, this isn’t because I am losing interest, I love doing this and if I could I would do it all the time but unfortunately I have other commitments in my life. Therefore I have decided to stop posting news updates on this blog and just do reviews on TV shows and films with the occasional rant and list popping up. I will still be covering HUGE news, for example if there was a new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises I would post it because that is too amazing to miss but if it is just a TV spot for American Reunion then I won’t be posting it. I’m sorry if this has caused any of you inconvenience but when my life starts to become less hectic then I will go back to including news but at the moment I have too much on my plate. I’m really sorry if this upsets any of you but I hope that you will stay just as loyal as you have been and continue to read my posts. You can look out for my Hunger Games and Walking Dead Season 2 reviews in the coming days. Thank you very much for being so loyal and supportive, I couldn’t do it without any of you.

Game Of Thrones Season 1 – Review

I have been waiting to watch this series for ages and I have finally got round to it and I really don’t know why I didn’t watch it before. This series is absolutely phenomenal; I have now become a huge fan and cannot wait for season two to start up in April. Game Of Thrones is a HBO adaptation of the amazing books written by George R.R. Martin. It is set in fantasy medieval world where seven different families are fighting for control over the land Westeros.

Let’s start off by talking about the absolutely astonishing acting, the stand out performance obviously comes from the biggest name in this series, Sean Bean, he delivers an astounding performance as Ned Stark. Another one of the standout performances in this show is Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, the evil imp, his performance supplies some humour to an otherwise dark and serious show. I felt like the series overall was phenomenally casted and I really couldn’t think of anyone better to play these characters. This great casting mixed with the brilliant acting really made me feel for these characters as if I had known them for years.

Now I haven’t read any of the books that were written by George R.R. Martin so I don’t know if this has been a good adaptation from it’s source materials. From what I have heard I an conclude that is one of the best book to television adaptations that we have seen for a while. It has been said that this show follows the book to perfection, some scenes have been directly converted word for word from it’s source material.

Game Of Thrones really isn’t a series for the feint hearted, it is filled with extreme violence, blood and sex. This isn’t a bad thing as it doesn’t feel forced and is perfectly fitting with the style of the show. But the excess violence and sex may off put a few people from watching the series, but you really shouldn’t let it.

There are a few problems I have with Game Of Thrones, one of them being something quite personal. While watching the first episode it took me a while to get into it and ending up taking me till around episode three before I started to really get into it and engage with the characters. The time it takes to get into it shouldn’t be anything that puts you off as when you do get into you will love yourself for sticking with it.

Another problem that I had with the series was how they missed out all of the intense battles, one of my friends has actually read the books and they said that the battles are actually quite long and played out but in the series they have been cut out, one example is just before there is a battle Tyrion Lannister gets knocked out so you and him miss the whole battle and then when he wakes you and him see the aftermath, missing all the action.

The final thing I wasn’t really fond of was the soundtrack, I know great soundtracks are hard to make but I just thought that this one was lacking and didn’t have the depth and fullness that I had hoped for. Don’t get me wrong it’s a good soundtrack compared to others but it’s no Lord Of The Rings. 

Now let’s go back to the things I loved, I absolutely loved the dialogue that was superbly written by David Benioff, D.B. Weiss. I think that the dialogue is in perfect fitting with the dark series. I have heard that some of the conversations in the series are directly transferred to the screen without any alteration in the source material.

One thing I really l did love is the direction of this beautiful series, there are some astonishing landscape shots that pan across the medieval countryside. Game Of Thrones really does have a breathtaking style giving the overall show an amazing look.

Game Of Thrones does have a few faults but they are only really nitpicks and those small niggles shouldn’t stop anyone from sitting down and watching this groundbreaking series in a ten hour sitting, by god it is totally worth it. Please don’t let any of the violence or sex put you off because this show really is one of the best I have seen in a while. I know that there isn’t many battles but HBO make dramas not actions so I’m not that fussed but it would be nice to see a little more. I guarantee you will love this series as much as I did and once you had watched the first series you with be begging to see the second which returns to our screens on April 1st 2012 and you should really tune in, I know I will.
9/10

New ‘Prometheus’ Trailer

A new trailer has been released for the upcoming Ridley Scott movie Prometheus at WonderCon in California. Prometheus is said to be set in the same universe as the Alien movies but there are many rumours that it is a direct prequel to the Alien movies. Prometheus centres on a group of explorers who are taken to a distant planet by a clue to the birth of humanity, on this planet they find out that the whole human race could be in danger, it is their job to stop it. Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Noomi Repace, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron who are all astonishing actors and can’t wait to see them in their roles. You can watch Prometheus in cinemas on 1st June (UK) and 8th June (USA) and check out the new awesome trailer below.

What do you think of the new, full trailer? It’s insane right? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below, thank you again for reading.