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.

 

Buy A Blu-Ray A Week – UK

Blu-Rays To BUY

Moneyball – I really liked Moneyball, I didn’t love it as much as others did but I still thought it was an engaging drama with some really great acting. This is one of Brad Pitt’s finest performances and most definitely Jonah Hill’s best, in this film I found out he really can act. Moneyball is a smart soulful baseball movie that everyone will love. You don’t have to know anything about baseball going into this movie, you could the baseball and still completely love this movie, thats how good it is.

Take Shelter – This film was utter brilliance, Michael Shannon’s acting in this film will blow you away, he gives an in-depth emotional performance that deserves some sort of recognition. I can see some people not liking this film as it isn’t filled with action and violence but if you enjoy an astonishing drama with phenomenal acting then this will be right up your ally.

Tower Heist –  I was debating whether to put this film under buy or avoid but I decided to put it here for quite a few reasons. Tower Heist is about a group of workers who lose all their money because their investor committed fraud so they conspire to rob the man who lost them all their money. I did quite enjoy this movie, it is Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy’s best movie in a while and that’s why I think it is worth a buy, I think this could be the return of good old Murphy and Stiller. If you aren’t a Stiller or Murphy fan then this obviously isn’t the movie for you but if you are a fan this is a great buy.

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn –  If you have ever wondered what it would look like if Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg – two of the greatest directors of all time – did a motion capture movie then this is that movie. Tintin is a fast paced stunningly beautiful picture that can be enjoyed by the whole family. I’m not the biggest fan of this style of film as I struggle to gain a relationship with the characters and they seem as though they lack heart but if you can get over that then you will love this movie. I highly recommend this to anyone who was a huge fan of the original cartoons or comics as you will not be disappointed and will be constantly on the edge of your seat.

Bly-Rays To AVOID

Machine Gun Preacher – Now let me start by saying I know some people that really liked this movie, I did not. Butler performs just as good as usual but that is one of the only positives in this movie. The biggest negative is the editing, this movie dragged a lot, it could have easily been half an hour shorter to stop this movie feeling as though it’s sole purpose was to cram it with facts. I didn’t like this movie so I obviously wouldn’t recommend it but I do know people that like it so it could be right up your ally.

All of the above blu-rays will be released on Monday 19th March 2012. Which ones will you be picking up this week? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks again for reading.

Buy A Blu-Ray A Week – USA

Blu-Rays To BUY

Melancholia – This film isn’t to everyones taste but I really loved Melancholia. This film is incredibly beautiful and it is impossible to be slightly moved by the smaller events that take place within a grander scale. This film is quite slow and this slow tempo may cause many viewers to be turned off but trust me that slow pace is worth it as this film is a true masterpiece. I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone as I know quite a few people who will hate this film but when you watch the trailer (click on the image below) and you enjoy it then you will most probably love this wonderful film.

The Descendants – I’m quite annoyed that The Descendants didn’t win more Oscars, in the end it only took home one for Adapted Screenplay, I feel as though George Clooney should have taken away the Oscar for Best Actor but it wasn’t to be. I really liked this film and thought that Clooney’s performance was the best of 2011 and should have received some recognition. This is my favourite Alexander Payne film, it is so sweet yet sad at the same time. I would recommend this to every person that I lay eyes upon, it really is a great film.

My Week With Marilyn – Another brilliant Oscar worthy film is released this week in the USA. My Week With Marilyn is a light charming affair that centres on the multitalented woman Marilyn Monroe. This film is worth a watch just see the great performances from Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Williams. The film does feel a little puny compared the the astounding performance Williams delivers. If you are a Monroe fan this film is right up your ally but even if you aren’t this film is still worth your time, just for the astonishing acting and the interesting subject matter.

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn – If you have ever wondered what it would look like if Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg – two of the greatest directors of all time – did a motion capture movie then this is that movie. Tintin is a fast paced stunningly beautiful picture that can be enjoyed by the whole family. I’m not the biggest fan of this style of film as I struggle to gain a relationship with the characters and they seem as though they lack heart but if you can get over that then you will love this movie. I highly recommend this to anyone who was a huge fan of the original cartoons or comics as you will not be disappointed and will be constantly on the edge of your seat.

Young Adult – I haven’t actually had the chance to see Young Adult, it wasn’t actually screening in my local cinema which I was quite gutted about. I have heard so many good things about this movie, especially regarding Charlize Theron’s performance, it has been said that she is absolutely astounding. I will have to wait till this is out in the UK to check it out but I most definitely will be watching this one, and from what I have heard you should too.

Blu-Rays To AVOID

The Three Musketeers – Oh my, there is a lot of bad movies released this week. I mean what can I say about The Three Musketeers, well it is bad, very very bad. It’s filled with poor acting, diabolical action scenes mixed with an extremely messy plot. It seems as though the film makers were attempting to mimic the style and shit quality of the Pirates Of The Caribbean series and they pulled it off but made it seem ten times worse. Please for the love of God don’t go near this movie with a barge pole.

Happy Feet Two – I along with many other people really enjoyed the first Happy Feet movie but I along with everyone else was extremely disappointed with this movie. Now Happy Feet Two may be a great movie for you to stick on in front of your children to keep them quite but I highly doubt that anyone over the age of ten will actually enjoy this movie. After watching the first Happy Feet I really wasn’t craving a sequel and I really wish that they didn’t make it, I was so disappointed.

All these titles are released on Tuesday 13th March. What will you be picking up this week? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you very much for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that like and follow button to show me some love.

Who Really Are The Best Directors Ever? (Part 1)

This is a list of MY top fifteen directors, obviously everyone has different opinions but these are my personal favourites. So lets get started.

15. Brad Bird – Now I know what you are thinking, yes Brad Bird hasn’t directed a lot of films – only four feature lengths – but two of those four are among my favourite movies of all time. Before last year the only films Brad Bird had directed were all animated movies and the best of animated movies, Pixar movies. Brad Bird’s directorial debut was the amazing cartoon The Iron Giant that is a movie that I seriously loved when I was a child. It is an intelligent and playful which is completely charming. This film was the first time I got a glimpse of Brad Bird as a director and I loved every second of it. He then went on to direct one of the best and most exhilarating Pixar movies, The Incredibles. This is one of my favourite Pixar movies because this was the first Pixar film that really drifted away from the typical Pixar formula and Brad Bird made that happen. Next he directed another one of my favourite Pixar movies, Ratatouille. Bar Toy Story Ratatouille is my favourite Pixar film; it is just a complete joy. As always with Pixar the animation is phenomenal along with amazing voice acting and astonishing script writing, it is just an overall masterpiece. Finally Brad Bird directed what I would say his greatest masterpiece, not because it’s his best but because it shows that he really can direct. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is my personal favourite of the whole franchise and Brad Bird made it that. This was Bird’s first live action feature length movie and what an amazing job he did. We may need a few more films to just see how great Bird really is but we can expect great things from him.

14. James Cameron – This guy has directed a few more films than Brad Bird with two of his films being the highest grossing movies of all time. James Cameron has directed some truly brilliant films, one of which being The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, both of these films really are masterpieces but it is obvious that The Terminator is the better of the two. The Terminator is the greatest sci-fi violent action movie of all time; it is a true monster of a movie with a monster of a character. Both Terminators are among the greatest sci-fi films of all time, these films really made the genre popular to people who weren’t nerds. Cameron also directed the sequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien, Aliens, which is also one of the greatest sic-fi movies of all time. Aliens is a dark, gritty and simply terrifying piece of cinema. As you can see Cameron likes the science-fiction genre that didn’t stop with Aliens he also directed the highest grossing movie of all time, Avatar. I loved Avatar, it may not be one of my all time favourites but it was truly awesome. James Cameron made me believe that 3D can be used to benefit the engagement of a film and I thought that would never happen. Another great momentum from Cameron was of course the second highest grossing movie of all time, Titanic. It has been said that Titanic is the greatest love story of all time, but I disagree. I wasn’t personally a massive fan but I have to admit it was a brilliant piece of cinema that has been beautifully shot with great shots throughout that only James Cameron himself could have done.

13. Francis Ford Coppola – The director of the so-called “greatest movie of all time” The Godfather is at my number thirteen spot. Coppola has made some breathtaking films in his career, my personal favourite of Coppola’s has to be Apocalypse Now, it is one of the greatest war movies ever made. It is a disturbing vision of the effects and shocks that continue to haunt people about the Vietnam war. I actually prefer Apocalypse Now to The Godfather, it was when people actually began to speak the word of Coppola as being one of the greatest film makers of all time. Coppola showed us all with The Godfather series how a gangster film should really be done, he then changed gangster films forever with most gangster films after The Godfather mimicking the beauty and style of Coppola’s films. The films Coppola directed have collectively won 22 Oscars that is an awful lot, of those twenty-two Coppola has won five for himself. I love Coppola’s films I feel as they are all so complete and are all utter masterpieces.

12. Peter Jackson – It seems that Peter Jackson was born to make The Lord Of The Rings he did such a perfect job and was better than anything I could have ever imagined.  The Lord Of The Rings is the best trilogy ever created; all three movies are some of the finest examples of perfection I have ever seen. Lord Of The Rings are what most people know Peter Jackson for and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, to be honest he hasn’t really done much else apart from King Kong. He directed The Lovely Bones which didn’t get very good reviews and I really didn’t like it. The reason that Peter Jackson isn’t higher on my list is because I feel like he can only make Lord Of The Rings related films but it’s because those films are so amazing that he is on this list. The only film that isn’t Lord Of The Rings that I love that Peter Jackson did was King Kong; I thought it was brilliant if a little slow. It was a great testament to the original King Kong, it felt like the perfect remake that no-one asked for but still loved. I think I need to see more evidence of what else Peter Jackson can do before I completely fall in love with him because I think he has great potential to be phenomenal.

11. J.J. Abrams – This is another director on my list who hasn’t done a plethora of films, J.J. Abrams is probably best known for his direction/production of the Lost series. It’s a shame he is because he has done so much more since that series. My personal favourite movie of Abrams’ so far has to be his new take on Star Trek; I thought it was absolutely astonishing. I’m not usually a large Star Trek fan but when I saw Abrams take on the franchise I fell in love with it, he really sparked a whole new lease of life into that franchise. Super 8 is another brilliant film that has been directed by Abrams and yet again I loved another one of his masterpieces. After watching Super 8 it confirmed what I was thinking of Abrams, he really is just like a young Steven Spielberg, you can really tell that when watching Super 8 and its resemblance to E.T. Mission Impossible 3 is the first film that Abrams directed and it was my favourite in the series until Brad Bird’s fourth installment came along. I feel that Mission Impossible 3 is different from Abrams’ over films; it’s a lot more explosions and action centered whereas the other two are more beautifully shot. I just know that Abrams will grow up making more and more amazing pieces of cinema that I will cherish forever. Abrams says he grew up admiring Spielberg and that really comes through in his films and I reckon in twenty years we will be watching Abrams films thinking that this is the second Spielberg. 

The second part of my list of best directors will be out on Thursday of next week. What do you think of my list so far? Who are your favourite directors? Feel free to tell me all your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks again for reading, and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that follow and like button to show me some love. Don’t forget to check back on 1st March for part 2.

New ‘Hobbit’ Still Online

A new still from the upcoming Peter Jackson prequel to Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been released online today. The Hobbit centres on ‘Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug’ (Courtesy of IMDB) We see some of the cast returning from The Lord Of The Rings such as; Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Sir Ian McKellan and the phenomenal Andy Serkis as Gollum. We also see some new actors in this film; Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Richard Armitage as Thorin and many more. I personally can not wait for this movie, I am so glad that Peter Jackson has come back to direct otherwise it just wouldn’t be the same; I reckon Martin Freeman will be brilliant and I can not wait to see him in the Shire. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set for a 14th December 2012 (UK+USA) release date and that date can’t come soon enough. You can check out the image below.

What do you think? Are you as excited as me? Tell me in the comments below. Thanks for reading.

New ‘Hobbit’ Still!!

A new still from The Hobbit has just been released online. The Hobbit is a prequel of Lord Of The Rings telling the story of Bilbo and how he first encountered Gollum and came to possess the ring. The Hobbit stars Martin Freeman, James Nesbit, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and many more. The Hobbit set for a 14th December 2012 (UK+USA) release and I can’t wait. Check out the amazing image below.  

Are you looking forward to Martin Freeman playing Bilbo? Tell me in the comments below.